Thursday, January 27, 2011

Birthday Duo

I'm back with a simple duo. One of my goals this year is to use up some of my stash that I've had sitting around for years. It's so hard because after a while the papers just don't "talk" to you like they used to. I've decided that making cards for Operation Write Home (OWH) is just the thing I need to get me using these supplies. And, as a military wife, it's a cause that hits close to home.

This week the OWH Blog is asking us to make cards for our Heroes to send home to their kids. I used some DCWV Card in a Stack papers that I had and cut them down to size to make the A2 sized cards. Add some ribbon, cut a scalloped circle and cupcake with my Cricut and viola! Cute little cards that could be used for a variety of ages. My only regret is that I didn't make more of them! I will have to be mindful of that on my next ones.

Thank you for looking! And if you have the urge to craft, but no particular occasion coming up, would ya think about joining Operation Write Home and their cause? Thanks!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Who Loves You?

Yay! I'm back with a card that I think is absolutely adorable! There's two separate websites that gave me a bit of inspiration. Copic Creations is challenging it's readers to show off the new things they got for Christmas. And Diva Coffee Break Designs had this cute sketch up. So I put them together and viola! A cute, very girly Valentine's Day card for my eldest daughter.

Trying to stay true to my rule of "Use My Stash" all papers came from my drawer, so I have no specifics. As for what's new... the white lacy border was a made by a Recollections punch I got for Christmas, and the image was colored in with my new Copics! I'm so glad to have a few more of those now. I dusted off my old SpellBinder dies to cut out the image and the scalloped frame. And I Inked them up while still in the die. It was nice to not have to "fight" my way through the creative process on this one!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Valentine Princess

Ever feel like you're just stuck? I've been that way the last few days when it comes to crafting. This is the third card I've made since the last one I've shared, they've all just been lacking something, but I seem to be stuck when it comes to fixing them, so I thought I'd share this anyway. Maybe "it" will come back to me.

Even though I'm not happy with the end result, I love the little unicorn, the flowers, and almost love the princess (I did her nose wrong). I cut them out with my cricut, colored them in with my copics, and dusted the unicorn down with shimmering chalks. Unfortunately the camera doesn't really pick the slight shine up. But I know my six year old will love it. She's all about unicorns lately.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Fabulous Birthday

I finally found a few moments to make a card. I've been a bit overwhelmed with other responsibilities lately, it was so nice to be able to make a card for an upcoming friend's birthday.

Some of the inspiration came from a challenge at Scrapbook & Cards Today. I love the look when white is given a bold burst of color. Silke is the master of this sort of elegant simplicity.

The other bit of inspiration came from a conversation I had with friends at church yesterday. I made the comment that my cuttlebug never gets used anymore. It seems pretty useless for die cutting in the day and age of Make-the-Cut and Cricut. So I returned to the machine that got me started, and used it for embossing the background of this card, as well as using my Spellbinder dies to cut out the Birthday Bella.

All in all, I think it's a great simple card. I wish I had done two, one to send and one for my stash!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Christmas 2010

One of the many new things I'd like to take on for 2011 is participating in Scrapbook and Cards today's Project 12. I was so excited to start with the new year, that I kind of goofed. I used last month's sketch on accident! lol Oh well, I still have a nice Christmas layout. Will have to try again.

The papers are a vintage style that I've had sitting in my stash for some time. The wreath and tree I cut using MTC and the title, poinsettias, and ornament were cut from the Celebrate with Flourish Cricut Cartridge. (I'm totally loving that cartridge!) I sprinkled some little red brads throughout the embellishments for a little bit of cohesion, and hopefully to pull the eye through the layout.

My 2010 Scrapbook is now complete! I'm so proud of myself. I have a bunch of books started, but have never completed one before. It feels good! I found a new album on sale at Michael's that's just waiting for the first fruits of 2011!