Thursday, May 31, 2012

Card using Wild Card 2 cartridge

I did this card a couple weeks ago for a colleague that was not able to make a work trip with me. I wanted her to know how much I appreciated all her hard work to make our event a success.
This card is from the new Wild Card 2 cartridge. There are so many cute images on this cartridge not to mention the card base itself along with envelopes. In just a few cuts, you have a card ready to stamp and mail.

I really like how it turned out.

Here's how I did it....
All paper from my stash
Card and all layers cut at 4.25" from Wild Card 2 cartridge
Twine from Twinery
Sentiment from My Pink Stamper

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Fashionista Cards

A week or so ago, I saw a great card on Pinterest that I knew I wanted to try.
Early yesterday morning, before heading into my gardens for the day I gave it a whirl. It is a Cricut free card- oh my!!!

The card showcases a print dress done by folding origami paper. I have to admit I had to watch the video a couple times to be sure I got it right.
My dress was made using a 4" square piece of text weight scrapbook paper, not card stock. Card stock would be too hard to fold and get everything straight. You can find the video directions for the dress here. When I watched this video another one popped up on the side of my screen for another dress. 
You can find the video instructions for the second dress here.

I had a small micro punch from CM I used to layer the flowers with a crystal in the middle.

I used Kraft paper as my base card and then stamped the sentiments, from My Pink Stamper Pinka-licious stamp set in black. Used a ruler and black pen for a simple border so all the focus would be on the dress. 

This was fun and I like how simple they are. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Photo Inspiration Project for Ginger Snap Scraps

Hope everyone enjoyed an extra long weekend. Here in MN it rained again!
The grass and plants are enjoying it, but goodness, can we get a dry weekend?

I did finally get out yesterday afternoon between showers to get one round of weeding done.
Today, looked to be a full day of moderate temperatures for more gardening until about 3pm when a black cloud came over. The rumbling of thunder sent us scrambling to put things away just in time for a down pour with hail. Really! The good thing from all of this is that when it rains, I get to craft!.

Today is my day to post a project for Ginger Snap Scraps. Our theme for today was to be inspired by this photo.
This is a great photo and in fact a craft project itself. Cover a tin can with old book pages or scrapbook paper for a little vase for wild flowers.

I was inspired by the colors and the pink flower. I also wanted to play with some SVG files to see if I could make a shape card using my sure cuts alot program.
I couldn't stop at just one, they are so cute. So...I did a set of 4 cards.

Each little snail is ready to give someone a little flower to brighten their day.

The SVG file is from Lettering Delights and all the sentiments are from my BugBites All Year Round stamp set which can be found over at Ginger Snap Scraps or here on my blog.

The eyes are stamped using a stamp from the Peachy Keen Bird Faces and More stamp set. I used my white gel pen for a few highlights and my glitter pen on the flower petals.

I also inked the edges with Tim Holtz ink and used them to stamp the sentiments.

The stamps, Bazzill paper, and inks can all be found over at the Ginger Snap Scrap online store.

Hope you all have a great week.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Simple Sunday Challenge Card

GEtting Cricky's Simple Sunday Challenge going on right now is anything Disney Themed.

So here is my super simple card I did with some old Disney stickers I had from past scrapbooks of many Disney trips.

I am also linking this card up to the following challenges...

Please stop by these blogs to see what the DT have for your as well as to just see what other bloggers have linked up. So much talent out there!!!

Here's how I did it..
A2 card base size
Paper all from my scrap stash
Buttons from my stash
Minnie sticker left over from a sheet of Disney stickers
Sentiment from My Creative Time Many Greeting
Doodles with my marker

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Ginger Snap Scraps Memorial Day Blog Hop~Day 2

Welcome back to day 2 of the first ever Ginger Snap Scraps Blog HopThe DT is featuring projects themed for Memorial Day.
If you have just come from  Ashley's blog, then you are in the right spot. If you are just stopping by and would like to jump in on all the fun, then please start from the beginning by clicking here. 

My project for today's hop is a double hinged card and my first ever attempt at this. 
I have to say I am quite pleased with how it turned out.

I used Bazzill paper as my base for the card along with the red, white and dark blue for the die cut image from A Child's Year cartridge. Other pattern papers are left over from last year's 4th of July cards.  The sentiment is from My Pink Stampers Freedom Rocks stamp set.

Inside card
I started with 2 strips of red paper.
1- 8.75" x 4.25" and scored at 5.5" and another 9" x 3.25" scored at 4.5". From there I just started to layer the mats. The image is cut at 2.5" and attached with dimensions to pop it up. 
Paper and Cartridges can be found in the Ginger Snap Scrap online store now. If you have not stopped over to check it out- do it now!

Now remember there is still a chance to win some blog candy!  
Cori is are giving away a $20 gift card to Ginger Snap Scrap online store!
Just leave a comment here and let us know that you did the following:

Head over to Ginger Snap Scraps and follow the blog here!
Head over to Ginger Snap Scraps on Facebook and like them!

Please visit the store and enjoy TRIPLE REWARD POINTS all weekend long!

Now it's time to hop over to see what Connie has created for you. Have a great weekend!

Barb - --you are here
Connie -'re next stop!

I'm a Guest Designer today over My Sheri Crafts

I am so happy to post today my guest designer project for My Sheri Crafts Summer Lovin' theme challenge this week. 

I have been traveling a lot for work the last 6 weeks so I don't get to check all the wonderful blogs I follow daily. So boy, was I surprised and excited when I got Sheri's email letting me know I won the Guest Design spot for challenge #84! Thanks Sheri!!!
Once I got back home, I went straight to work on my project. 
When I think of summer, I think of water, sun and swimming. So this is what I came up with. I used glossy accents on the snorkel mask- I know it is hard to see in this photo. 

I had a great time doing this project and hope all of you join in on the fun this week as well. Just hop over to My Sheri Carfts blog and link up!

Here's how I did it...
Base card is standard A2 on white card stock
Pattern paper from Echo Park 6x6 Hello Summer paper pack
All other paper from my scrap box
Elmo/layers cut at 3.25" from Sesame Street Seasons cart
Wave cut at 1" from Life's a Beach cart and layered on top of a strip of dark blue paper
Sun/layers cut at 2.4" from Pooh and Friends cart
Mat/layers cut to size from Elegant Edges cart
Sentiment from BugBites All Year Round stamp set
Tim Holtz ink on all edges
Buttons from my stash
Glossy accents on mask

Friday, May 25, 2012

Ginger Snap Scraps Memorial Day Blog Hop~Day 1

Hello everyone and welcome to the first ever Ginger Snap Scraps Blog Hop. The DT is featuring projects themed for Memorial Day.
If you have just come from  Ashley's blog, then you are in the right spot. If you are just stopping by and would like to jump in on all the fun, then please start from the beginning by clicking here. 

My project for today's hop is a step card version I first did back in February that you can see here. This is such an easy card put together with endless possibilities. 
So here is my card as a tribute to all those who served and are serving now to protect our country and freedom!

I used Bazzill paper as my base for the card along with the red for the die cuts from the Cricut cartridge Stand and Salute. Other pattern papers are left over from last year's 4th of July cards. I used a Martha Stewart punch for the top scallops and a bit of ribbon from my stash. A card would not be finished without some inking of edges using Tim Holtz ink. All or similar products can be found in the Ginger Snap Scrap online store now not to mention awesome prices. 

Now for some blog candy!  
Cori is are giving away a $20 gift card to Ginger Snap Scrap online store!
Just leave a comment here and let us know that you did the following:

Head over to Ginger Snap Scraps and follow the blog here!
Head over to Ginger Snap Scraps on Facebook and like them!

Please visit the store and enjoy 20% off your purchase and TRIPLE REWARD POINTS all weekend long!

Now it's time to hop over to see what Connie has created for you today. Come back tomorrow for my day 2 project!

Barb - --you are here
Connie -'re next stop!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

You're Outtasight!

Yup- all of you are outtasight! 
I get so much inspiration from all of you, seems the perfect word to capture the feeling. 

I have been playing around with another new cart I found on ebay in the last few weeks...Bump in the night. Seems you would think it more for the Halloween season, but I think the little monsters are cute enough for just about any occasion. 
The fantastic DT over at Ginger Snap Scraps is playing with stamps from Pink by Design today. You can find many Pink by Designs stamps in Cori's online store now. My sentiment is from the Feelin' Groovy set. 
I used several small scraps from my scrap box on this card. Some you may recognize as Lawn Fawn and Bo Bunny. I love those mini 6x6 paper pack!

Be sure to swing by here and check out what the other DT members have created for you today as well. 

Here's how I did it...
Card base is 4" square
Paper from my scrap stash;pattern papers from Bo Bunny and Lawn Fawn
Monster/layers cut at 3.5" from Bump in the Night cart
Mat - not sure the size or what cart- it was left over from another project. 
Sentiment from Pink by Design Feelin' Groovy stamp set
Twine from Twinery

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Graduation card for a Nephew

Here is my next graduation card for our nephew who is graduating from high school this weekend in Illinois. I quickly finish this card up last night so I could get it in the mail to have any chance of getting it to him this weekend.
The school colors are black and silver. I welded numbers from the Mickey Font cart, using the shadow feature, to a rectangle to get the right edge I wanted. I then cut the numbers again without the shadow feature in silver.

The card measures 5"x7" when folded. I found the subway art saying online and then just printed it on my silver paper from CM. CM has some new papers that have a slight shimmer without it being glitter. Glitter paper just makes my cricut messy.

There are a few more Graduation challenges happening out there. So be sure to visit,  Celebrate the Occasion and Cricut Cutter Room to check out those awesome DT projects and link up a project yourself. And why you are there, check out all the other fantastic projects other bloggers have already linked. 
Come back tomorrow for the Ginger Snap Scrap Memorial Day Blog Hop. I have two Patriotic projects for you. 

Here's How I did it....
Card base made on gypsy with a rectangle from Plantin Schoolbook sized to 7" x 10"
Welded letters/layers from Mickey Font cart
Paper from Bazzill and Creative Memories
Subway art sentiment  found online
Hat dies and sentiment inside card from My Creative Time Here's Lookin' At You stamp set
Twine from Twinery

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

My first graduation card of the season

So far I have three graduation cards to get done this week. Here is the first one.
I came across a beautiful card done by Marlene over at the Scrappin' Cookie last year. I took inspiration from her wonderful design and came up with this version. 

I found the digi stamp online over at Whimsey Stamps. I first printed the sentiment on card stock to the size I thought would be right for the card. I then positioned it on my cutting mat so it matched up where I had placed the scallop mat on my gyspy screen. With much luck, it cut perfectly the first time..yup, I can hardly believe it.  I think this is the first time ever I did not have to print extras and re-cut and re-cut and re-cut before I get it all lined up correctly. I know you all can relate!

Oh, the hat- well that was my little treat in the mail on Monday. It's the new My Creative Time Here's Lookin' at You stamp and die set. Love it!

I will be back later with my other grad cards. Not sure what I am going to do yet, but need to start cutting something.

I see Fantabulous Cricut also has a challenge this week for Graduation projects as does My Craft Spot, and a green challenge at Little Scrap Pieces where I will be linking up. You should too!

Here's how I did it...
Base card is 5" square
Green pattern papers from Cosmo Cricket Tea for Two 6x6 pad and Lawn Fawn 6x6 pad
Digi sentiment from Whimsey Stamps
Scallop mat from Elegant Edges sized on my gyspy
Hat from My Creative Time Here's Looking At You stamp set 
Twine from Twinery

Christmas in May I say!

It is never too early to get a jump start on those holiday cards. 
Today over at Ginger Snap Scraps, the DT is playing with all sorts of stamps and ink. 
I decided to pull out my BugBites Mistletoe stamp set which can be found over in the Ginger Snap Scraps online store. 
I recently purchased the Go Canada cartridge from Ginger Snap Scraps and fell in love with this cute moose image. It's perfect with this stamp from the Mistletoe set. 
For more fun ideas from the DT using products in the Ginger Snap Scrap online store, click here

Here's how I did it....
Card base is 4" square
Paper is all from mys scrap stash
Moose cut at 3.25" from Go Canada cart
Sentiment from BugBites Mistletoe stamp set
Twine from Twinery
Tim Holtz ink on all edges along with dimensions to pop up the moose
Glitter pen over the sentiment for a little sparkle.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Peachy Keen Anything Goes Challenge

It's raining here in MN today so working in my flower gardens has been put on hold. No worries, just means I get to spend time in my craft room today. 

Peachy Keen has an "anything goes" challenge going on right now. I recently purchased this adorable Natalee stamp. 
I am still working on my coloring technique with my copics. Practice makes perfect as they say. I have LOTS of practicing still to do. 

Here's how I did it.....
A2 card base
Paper from Echo Paper
Stamp from Peachy Keen
Sentiment Stamp from BugBites All Year Round stamp set (available here on my side bar)
Copic markers

Friday, May 18, 2012

Food Fare Friday ~ Coffee Cake

It's Friday and I am on my away home from San Antonio. Had a great week there at a Women's Conference.
I will be glad to get home to some crafting this weekend and to spend some time in my yard. The weeds are starting to take over. Why is it that the weeds never have a problem growing.

I thought I would share this recipe page I did some time ago and thought I posted, but apparently didn't.

Hope you all enjoy  your weekend.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Ginger Snap Scraps Spring Theme

Hey everyone, it's Thursday and time for another DT post for Ginger Snap Scraps. Today the theme is Spring. I am in San Antonio this week on business, but had time before I left to get t his card ready to post today. 

I love this time of year when all the flowers are coming up and starting to who their colors. It is a welcome change to the grey and brown winter months. 
So here is a card that reminds me most of spring. 
I used pattern papers form the Lawn Fawn 6x6 paper stack. I sure do love this stack. This paper and the Twine form Twinery I used can all be found over in the online store, Ginger Snap Scraps

Here's How I did it....
Base card is A2
Pattern papers are from Lawn Fawn 6x6 paper stack
All other paper from my scrap stash
Flowers all cut from Walk in my Garden using the border feature
Sign also from Walk in My Garden
Twine from Twinery
Buttons from my stash

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Yeah- I got Top 5 over at Fantabulous Cricut.

Wow, what a surprise, I just saw that I was chosen 

Fantabulous Cricut
 over at Fantabulous Cricut for my Mother's Day cascading card. 

What a nice surprise. Check out all the top 5 winners this week here.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Happy Monday!

Hope you all had a Great Mother's Day weekend.

It is Monday and I am in San Antonio all this week on business. No worries, I have a few things I tried to do ahead to post for you. 
Being I am in Texas this week, I thought I would do a card inspired by the destination.
I am also linking this up to the Peachy Keen Sketch challenge this week.

Here's how I did it....
A2 based card
Pattern papers from WeR Memories Fiesta 6x6 paper stack
All other paper are bitty scraps from my scrap box
Cactus and Cowgirl cut from Lettering Delights Rootin' Tottin' Cowboy set
Adorable face from Peachy Keen Stamps.
Sentiment from MPS Boy Crazy stamp set
Lots of dimensionals

Friday, May 11, 2012

Food Fare Friday- Cake Mix Dip

Here is a fantastic recipe I found on Pinterest. After trying it over Easter weekend, I decided it is a definite keeper and thus I scrapped it. Once you give it a try, you will fall in love with it to, not to mention how easy it is.

Here's How I did it...
8x8 base-I cannot remember the brand of the pattern paper
Girl/layers cut at 5.5" from Paper Doll Teen Scene cart
Apron cut from From My Kitchen cart
Face from Peachy Keen stamps
Twine from Twinery
Sentiment from My Pink Stamper

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mother's Day Cascading card

Over at Ginger Snap Scraps, the DT is posting Mother's Day inspired projects.
I recently saw a tutorial for a cascading card here at My Crafty Life. It looked fairly straight forward so thought I would give it a try. It was so easy to follow. The hard part was decorating it.
Looks Like a bouquet of flowers

When the card is flat to mail
I am pretty happy with how it turned out for the first time.
I am stuck on using these great papers from the Lawn Fawn Paper pack. Can't seem to get enough of them.
This and the twine from Twinery can be found in the Ginger Snap Scraps store.

I am also linking this up to the following...Hope you stop over at all these great blogs and join in.
My Paper Craft World Mothers Day Challenge
Fantabulous Cricut 
My Sheri Crafts
More Than Favors Wacky Wednesday
Cardz TV- Mothers Day 

Side view showing how it unfolds
Here's How I did it...
Pink base paper from Bazzill
All pattern papers for flowers from Lawn Fawn 6x6 stack
Flowers cut at various sizes ( 1.35" - 1.65") from Sweet Treats cart
Leaves cut .5" from Walk in My Garden cart
Mat/layers cut from Elegant Edges cart
Mothers Day cut at 2.17" from Mothers Day 2010 cart
EK border punch
Stickles and Twine from the Twinery

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Inspiration Challenge

Ginger Snap Scraps, the online scrap supply storeis hosting its first Challenge on the store blog. It is an inspiration challenge. You know how I love challenges, I just had to link a project up!
I was inspired by the simple sentiment as well as the paper with the pretty flowers. Yes, you will see a theme in my projects over the next couple weeks with similar paper.  I adore this mini paper pack from Lawn Fawn.

I hope you too will jump on over to the Ginger Snap Scraps blog and entry a project as well. I hear there are more challenges planned for the future with more great prizes to win!!

I am linking this up over at Pin-Spirational Challenges as well. Their challenge this week is a cute photo with lots of pink!

Here's How I did it....
A2 card base from Pink Bazzill card stock
All other papers from Lawn Fawn 6x6 paper stack
Flower/layers from Lettering Delights Mulberry Lane Too set cut at 3.75"
Sentiment from Scrappy Moms Simple Sentiments stamp set
Ribbon from my stash
Edges inked in Tim Holtz vintage ink pad
Stickles and lots of dimensionals

Monday, May 7, 2012

My First Ginger Snap Scraps DT Post

Today is my first DT post over at Ginger Snap Scraps. The DT has put together projects using the new Tim Holtz Seasonal Spring Distress Ink This ink is so pretty you must get it!

I do not do a lot of blending with the Tim Holtz inks, usually using them for inking edges. So, this gave me a new opportunity to try something different.

I started with white card stock and started to use all three colors from this spring collection, layering them and blending the ink together so it was seamless from one color to the next. Once I got it how I wanted it, I positioned it on my cutting mat to cut the bird.

I am happy with the results. I also used the Tim Holtz Vintage ink to ink the edges of my card to match the mat color better. You could do this with any ink color and white card stock. a great way to match your papers on the front without having a full sheet of colored paper.

This card is for a friend who recently lost her mother. I hope it brings her some comfort.

Here's how I did it...
Base card is A2 size
Pattern paper from My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline 6x6 Paper pack
Bird/layers cut at 2.5" from Indie Art cart
Mat cut from Elegant Edges and sized on my gypsy to fit
Sentiments from My Pink Stampers Sympathy and Comfort stamp set

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Masculine cards

I don't know about you but cards for guys are the hardest thing for me to come up with. 
I just find it hard to find cuts and images that are not too girly. 

I had come across a bag of these tiny sticks at the craft store and thought there must be something I can do with them. After much thought, I came up with this card. I think it will work nicely for a guy's birthday especially if he likes fishing. 

Here's how I did it...
Card base is A2 from Kraft paper
Other paper is from my scrap stash
Deer/Layers cut at 3.5" from Campin' Critters cart
Sentiment from Pink by Design
Twine from my stash

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Thank You Note

This is a quick thank you I did for a colleague who helped me out over a weekend with some last minute work items a few weeks ago. I inserted a $10 Starbuck's card. I'm sure he will make good use of it.
The company colors are orange and blue so I tried to tie that into the design. 

Here's how I did it...
Gift Card die from My Creative Time
Kraft paper and pattern paper from my stash
Stamp on blue paper for background and cup die/stamp from My Creative Time Coffee Break set
Sentiment at the top from My Creative Time You Are Perk-fect
Thank you sentiment from My Pink Stamper
Twine from my stash

Friday, May 4, 2012

Thank you treat box

I finally made it home late last night. 
I have some projects I will be working on today being I have the day off. 
Here is a little treat box I did using my new treat box die from My Creative Time. 

I used some scrap papers from my scrap box. The flowers were punched using a Creative Memories Punch. The leaves are from a Martha Stewart punch. Sentiment/tag from My Creative Time as well. I filled it with little chocolates.

Have a great Friday!!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


Hey all.... it's my  last day on the cruise ship and then I head home tomorrow. 
I can't believe I have such a great job that takes me to such wonderful places in the world. 
Today we are in Palma de Mallorca, an island off Spain. 

Creative Memories has a new Cricut cartridge that was released yesterday called Be Young. 
Here is a little birthday card using that cartridge. 

I love this the little vintage paper pack from Bazzill. 

Here's How I did it....
All paper from paper stack 6x6 Bazzill Vintage Marketplace pack
A2 size card base
Bottle/layers cut at 2.5" from CM Be Young
Mat/layers from Elegant edges, sorry cannot remember the size. 
Sentiment from My Creative Time
Believe sentiment from My Pink Stamper
EK border punch
Buttons and ribbon from my stash