Sunday, August 28, 2011

Birthday Card

A friend of mine from work asked me to make him a card that he could give to his sweetheart for her birthday.  He said that she loves homemade gifts and is a gardener.  So, I sat down and this is what I created for her.

I have used a number of cartridges for this card....let's see if I can remember them all:

Everyday Paper Dolls:
Girl, Spade

Pooh and Friends:
Fence, Clouds

Create a Critter:
Carrots, Flowers on the Wheelbarrow

Straight from the Nest:

Walk in my Garden:
Wheelbarrow, Flowering Can, all Flowers, Caterpiller

Baby Steps:
Flower on girls overalls

George and Basic Shapes:

The Butterflies are created using a Martha Stewart Stamp and Punch.

The inside of the card has Gnome from Freshly Picked and a simple, "Happy Birthday" for a sentiment.

This card took approximately five hours from start to finish but much of that time was spent finding the perfect cartridges and then trying to size everything without the use of my gypsy.  My puppy chewed the power cord and I still haven't replaced it.....


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Craft Nook Challenge #4

So the ladies at the Craft Nook have done it again......put out a great challenge for us!  Check them out at The Craft Nook.  This is my local craft's two towns south of me but worth the drive!

Anyhow, this challenge was to include five elements.....colour scheme to be black, white and a colour of your choice and you must include bling and stitching.  I did just purchase a new (well, new to me) sewing machine for my scrapbooking at a yard sale on Saturday for $7.50.  It's like new and as soon as I figure out how to thread it, I'll be using it the meantime, I pulled out the good ol' needle and floss and went to work.

I used the new cricut cartridge "Sophisticated" for all of the design elements on the page and some i-rock gems for added bling.  I've chosen not to put a title in the banner as I'm not sure what I'll use this  layout for yet but  I am so pleased with the outcome....hope you enjoy!

I also wanted to add that I was reading some forum questions on and came across someone that I thought had a fantastic idea.  In order to use up her old stock of supplies she "pays herself" when she completes projects using only old items and not having to purchase new products all the time.  I jumped all over this as, like with many of us papercrafters, I am totally addicted to purchasing new products and forgetting what I already have.  So going forward, I am putting aside $1 for every layout I create, $2 for a two page layout and 50 cents for every card.  This will not only encourage me to craft more, but when my jar is full, I'll have lots of money to buy new products guilt free!