Friday, July 9, 2010

Friday Funday....

So I have been working on a HUGE project for work this week and was out with my assistant last night buying items to complete this project--well I get the cash and wrap to pay and my card is declined--NOT POSSIBLE I say--so I call the bank and they said there was a few charges on my debit cards that were 'out of the norm' so it ends up someone has cracked my card and now I will be with out a debit card for at least 10 days.  So this brings me to my point--I was thinking what was I going to do and how was I going to live with out my debit card--which got me to thinking what could I not live without in my scraproom!  So I am asking you what can you just not live with out when it comes to crafting--we all have at least 3 items that we use all the time, turn to in a time of need, and and always depend on to get the job done.  What are yours?
Mine you ask--well
1-My atg guns (yes more than one) they may be large but never fail to get the job done!
2-Embossing Folders: swiss dot, divine swirls, herringbone to be specific
3-Chalk ink--every color I can find--not matter what you are working on a little ink will go a long way in adding pop and depth to any project!
I have a few cool (at least I think they are) projects for next week as well as another answer to a follower challenge.  If you have a challenge that was not posted in the last call on my blog; feel free to email me at will answer all of them, and I try to take into account if you say it is something needed in the near future!  These challenges have been so much fun!!!
I am sure we are all ready for the weekend--so make it a great one!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Twins Baby Shower Thank You using Cricut Everyday Paper Dolls and Nursery Rhymes

So today I am back with part 2 of the Twins Baby Shower with a Thank You and a shower game that easily turns into a gift for the mother to be!
Let's start with the Thank You card.  The video walks you step by step through the card making process!

Some detail shots:

So every shower needs a game--and since the mother to be did not have a theme--I thought I would just give her one--Nursery Rhymes--I am not stretching here--because yesterday I showed plates and napkins that had polka dots and nursery rhymes--and what better cartridge to use than Cricut Nursery Rhymes!
So here is what you do-
First each guest needs to bring a 4x6 or a 5x7 frame--a FUN frame something other than a plane basic frame (Ross and TJMaxx are great places to look).

Secondly make a number of Nusery Rhyme cuts (one for each guest) and have them ready to pop into the frams at the party.

For this cut I used glass beads to add some bling to the cut and I embossed the back ground with the large polka dot embossing folder.

Lastly play two games Guess the Nusery Rhymes is one and What are the words is the second--you can have prizes for the winners but the frames all go home with the mommy to be!  As pictures are put in the cuts also can be used for a scrapbook!
I hope you likeed the card and the gift/game---I just love the fact that the mommy get to keep the frames because every new mommy and all newly weds can always use frames!
Remember to make it a great one-

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Twins Shower...A boy and a girl!!!! Invite with Video

It's Wednesday and I have a challenge to answer!  Jennifer sent this one my way-

Hi Bryan,

My challenge to you was to come up with an invitation, decorations, party favors and possibly thank you notes for a baby shower we're giving August 7th. What makes it super challenging is that my brother & his wife are having twins: a boy and a girl! Also, they don't have a theme (if they were decorating their room in say a jungle theme, we could use that for the party). My sisters & I (who are giving the shower) thought it would be nice to do pink & brown and light blue & brown (we love those color combinations & they're so trendy right now). But how do we do that all on one invitation?
Any help would be much appreciated!!!
Thank you so much,
I don't have any of the cartridges that make you think of a baby, like New Arrival or B is for Boy or Sugar & Spice. I do have the Potpourri Cartridge, Nursery Rhymes, Mother's Day (has a baby stroller) and a Child's Year, though.

So I have come up with this invitation--it is super simple but packs a wow when you pull it out of the envelope.  I have used pink, blue and brown; added ribbon and embossing and you have a really easy invite that you can make on the go (nice lunch hour assembly).  Each invite takes about 5 minutes if you have every thing cut and embossed. 

So in this challenge I also looked at decorations that could be used and found these perfect items at Hobby Lobby-Polka Dots and Nursery Rhymes are now your theme!  Instead of cake you will have cupcakes and if it is a morning shower you can do muffins!

Thursday I have part two to this challenge with a great thank you card, a gift idea for the mother to be, and some party decorations you can make into a game for the shower!
Thanks for stopping in and remember to make it a great one

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I Heart USA card using Cricut Independence Day

Tuesday as Monday is never a good thing--at least the week is only four days!
Here is an Americana Card I made that has a vintage feel.  All the papers are from Michael's and I used glimmer mist on the cricut cut to add some subtle shine.  The Independence Day cartridge is a great one--so don't put it away--keep it handy!!
I made a number of these to send to some active duty service men and women from a church group.
I used the stars cuttlebug folder for the middle layer and did some inking to add to the vintage feel of the card.
Here is the inside
I really like the button and twine--talk about Home Spun.  I left the card 1/2" longer, scored it and folded it up to the inside--saves another cut and you can make it into a pocket to add a picture if you wanted to!

Still not feeling well but I have been working on another readers challenge.  On Wednesday I will have be showing my solutions to a challenge from a very loyal reader-Jennifer-who is preparing for a baby shower.  I will have two options that can be used for the invite or the thank you.  I also have decorations and favor ideas--not all are home made but when your throwing a party a balance of work and fun must be maintained.  LOL.  I even have a video!!!
Make it a great one!

Monday, July 5, 2010

July's Calendar using Cricut Independence Day, Cindy Loo, and Going Places

Well it's Monday, I am off for the 4th and still sick.  I have been coughing for days--got some good meds but this cough is killing me.  I have to admit I did not get as much scraping done as I wanted part due to being sick--and the other part I am going to blame Prove Craft as there is still NO GYPSY update for the Cricut Lites--really.  I am not going to vent but it is highly annoying I have 7 of them!  I am hoping the update will be up and going this week.
On to the Calendar--
I used Cindy Loo for the word 'July', going places for the city scape, and Independence Day for Lady Liberty
I sent the letters through the Xyron and added some silver glitter.  I also used one of my favorite finds of all time--Stamp-N-Foil.  I think it really makes the fire works sparkle over the NYC skyline.
I do hope you all had a great weekend and a wonderful 4th of July!
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