Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Exciting News!

Now that the announcement has been posted, I can share that I've been selected, along with a ton of other talented ladies, to be a guest designer over at pinkcricut.com!

Pink Cricut

I'm a huge fan of Sarah's, and of her design team (Erin Lee Creative is one of the first cricut blogs I ever followed!) so I can't tell you how excited I am to work with them. I'm not sure yet when my day to be featured is, but I will let you, faithful two readers, know when it is!

Want to see the card that landed me the spot? :)It really is one of my favorite cards I've ever made. When I cut that tiny cupcake out and put it together, I may have actually squealed from delight. It's SO cute!

Bird from Create A Critter, 3 inches
Cupcake-Sweet Treats, 1 inch
heart and scalloped heart-welded and cut from gypsy
Face Stamp-Peachy Keen Medium Critter Faces
White gel pen
Diamond Glaze (makes the eyes glossy)
Patterned Paper- We R Memory Keepers Holly Jolly collection
heart brads-LSS
"Eat Cake" stamp-Studio G
Black ink- Tim Holtz distress ink in black soot
Red ink- Studio G
Pink Ink (around the edges of scalloped heart)-Stampin up Pink Passion
Ribbon-4 for $1 bin at Michael's
Blush-People Blush! I wanted him to have pink cheeks, but I don't own chalks..and since I'm on a spending freeze I had to make do. My own blush on a Qtip was the perfect touch and free to boot ;)

I hope you like my card and I cannot WAIT to see what this group comes up with in the next few weeks!

I'm also entering this card in the Getting Cricky with K Andrew Challenge to use a bird in a card!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Card Cupids Challenge!

This weeks challenge over at Card Cupids is Cards with more than one fold.
I made a Z-fold card and used the digi stamp from Sweet and Sassy Stamps called "Cocoa's Latte". Isn't it adorable?! The winner of the challenge will get three free Digis!

You have until Sunday to enter, and I hope you do!

Monday, January 17, 2011

I'm in love with a mini

album! I made my first mini album this past week, and I had so much fun that I've already made a second one. I love doing these!

Much like my regular scrapbooks, my minis are super simple and leave lots of room for pictures. The precious baby mini has almost no embellishments, because I don't really have any unisex ones (I'm not sure who that one is for yet). I may add some things later to make it more boy themed for my new nephew or my new GREAT nephew!

The Evalyn album is for some friends who are due to have their first baby later this month. I thought that it would be a sweet thing for them to fill with pictures and mail to an out of town family member or something :)
The little plaque on the front cover is to write in Evalyn's birthdate. The inside cover has a tag that pulls out of a pocket, and that can be written on or a photo attached to it. Each of the pages has a simple little embellishment, but mostly I just left lots of room for pictures and writing about how adorable Evie is!

So those are my very first minis. I'm already stalking ebay to purchase more chipboard books to cover and create more minis for all of the preggos in my life.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Love Layout

I made this layout this past weekend for a few of our engagement pictures (which I finally printed out through Snapfish-4 years later!)
This is the first layout that I've completed in 8 years! Obviously, I'm pretty proud of myself :)

The background paper and red paper are from a set that a coworker gave me for Christmas
The "LOVE" was cut from Elegant cakes and welded with the Gypsy and inked with Making Memories Sepia ink, and studio G red ink
The design on the corner is cut from Elegant Cakes, and also inked
The paper flowers are from Hero Arts
The brads are from a LSS
The flat back pearls are from my stash

When I originally designed the layout I was going to cut backgrounds for the photos from the Gypsy Wanderings cartridge, but when I got them on there it just felt too busy. My style for scrapbooking has always been pretty plain and basic, though, so I think this fits right in with the rest of my incomplete scrapbook!

I just ordered 100 more photos from snapfish, so I'm hoping to really get going on my scrapbook! I forgot how much fun it was.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Snaps for Provocraft

I just wanted to share a recent experience I had with Provocraft because I was really impressed with their customer service. They say that if someone has a positive experience they'll tell one person, but if they have a negative experience they'll tell ten people...so I'm trying to do the opposite by telling lots of of a positive experience :)

I got my Gypsy a few weeks ago and waited a few days to make sure I liked it before linking my cartridges. When I finally started linking them, there was one the Gypsy couldn't recognize, Create a Critter. I tried turning backwards, resetting the Gyspy, waiting a day, nothing worked. When I looked up on a few forums I saw that this was kind of common and many people complained about the long wait times with PC customer service, so I was dreading calling.

I called on Monday 1/3 and was on hold for only 15 minutes. I spoke with Christy who was so nice and apologetic that I ended up with a defective cartridge, and she said they'd send me a new one. When I hung up with her I had an email in my inbox asking about the call, and I received my new cartridge on Saturday 1/8.

Anyways, I was (am) super impressed with how they handled my issue, especially since I had such a negative attitude when I went into the process.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Card Cupids Challenge!

This weeks challenge over at Card Cupids is almost as easy as last weeks was! All that is required is that you use your favorite embellishment. Mine is glitter glue, and it's probably hard to tell from my photo, but the entire spaceship is glittered all to death. I just love glitter glue! (as a bonus, I'm allowed to send it to the hospital because the glitter can't fall off of the card.)

The stamp is from Fresh Brewed Designs, who is generously sponsoring our challenge this week with three free digi images to the winner!

Again, I made this card Valentines day colors so that I can use it in my big batch of Valentines Cards for the two hospitals Card Cupids is sponsoring. Don't forget that Card Cupids has a big prize for the Valentine's Day Challenge and you have until Feb. 4th to submit your cards. The Prize includes Pearl Pens, a My Pink Stamper DVD and more and is worth over $100!

I've posted a few Vday cards in my last post if you're in need of a little inspiration and I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Some Valentines Cards

I'm almost halfway to my goal of 25 Valentines cards for Card Cupids, so I thought I would share a few that I've made in the last couple of days.
The cupcake shaped card is my favorite yet, I just love it! Hopefully these inspire you to create some Valentines cards of your own!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Maybe if I say it outloud...

I'll actually stick with it. I'm going on a shopping fast! I'm not sure for how long, maybe April because if I'm going to do this, I need to make it worth it. I've just been shopping at craft stores WAY too much! Since Monday alone I've been to Michaels three times, Joann's once, a local scrapbook store that was going out of business (and had huge discounts!) and shopped online. All of this:plus more that I can't remember (and that's when you know you have a problem, when you buy so much stuff in a week that you don't remember what it all was!) has joined my stash just this week. I need to start focusing on using up what I have and stop buying stuff that I don't need!
So that's my story. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Anything Goes Challenge

This week over at Card Cupids we're having an "Anything Goes" challenge, sponsored by Whimsy Stamps!
I chose this adorable dog holding a sign and made a 4X4 card (my first!). Of course I had to make this a brown dog because he's goofy looking and reminds me of Bill, my Chocolate Lab. Plus, he's chomping on that sign, which is totally something Bill would do! :)

If you've never joined us at Card Cupids for a Challenge, this is the one to join! It's super easy and the winner gets a $15 gift certificate to Whimsy Stamps!

Red Cardstock-Stampin' Up Really Red
Pattern Cardstock-DCVW stack
Red and clear Glitter Glue-Studio G (dollar spot at Michael's)
Ribbon-Target dollar spot
Rub on-Stampin' Up
Markers-Crayola Super Tips :)

oh, and I've decided to make all my challenge cards this month Valentine themed, so I can reach my goal of 25 Valentine cards to send to Card Cupids by February 4th!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

My Pink Stamper Challenge/Design Team Submission

Yesterday Robyn over at Mypinkstamper.com announced that she had two spots left on her design team, and issued a challenge to use her favorite colors, Green Pink and Brown and a favorite cartridge of your choice. I was so excited to see that because Robyn is the one that got me into Cricut machines, and I would love to work with her. Of course, the more I see entries popping up in my google reader from blogs I admire and subscribe to, the more nervous I get, but I had to try! :)

This card will serve two purposes, as I will be sending it to Card Cupids as part of my valentines package (which is appropriate as My Pink Stamper is one of the Card Cupid sponsors for the Valentines challenge!). It's my goal to make 25 cards for Valentines day for Card Cupids!

Tree and Hearts-Simply Charmed (my favorite Cartridge!)
Green and light pink cardstock-Recollections
Dark Pink and brown textured cardstock-Stampin' Up
Ribbon-Michaels 4/$1 bin
Stamp- Hampton Art Joyous Holidays
Ink-Stampin' Up Passion Rose
Glitter Glue-Studio G
Marvey Gel Excel Gel Pen
Crayola Super tips (light pink dots and stitching)

Also, this was the first thing I've cut with my Gypsy and I love it! I hid the contour in the tree, sized the hearts, laid them out on the mat, then went into my craft room, stuck the paper to mat and cut it. Crafting doesn't get easier than that!