Friday, July 16, 2010

Friday Funday.........

Can you believe it! It's July 16th--where does the time go?  Summer is almost half over and even though it has been hot as heck here in Texas--I am starting to really look forward to fall.  Most places it starts in September but here we are luck to get fall before Halloween.  Anyway, I was looking at my calendar yesterday and my list of "to do" paper projects and I better get busy---LOL!
Last week I asked what 3 things could you not craft with out.  I got a good laugh at how hard it was to keep it to three--trust me I feel the pain when you have to pick--since I love every item in my craft room.  That includes the mountains of rub-ons, chipboard letters, ribbon, rolls of ATG tape and my seemingly never ending supply of foam squares.
This week we say 5 new cartridges and 3 new cake cartridges, a partnership between Provo Craft and Martha Stewart, and if you are a fan of Paper Trey Ink--an AMAZING release this month.  How to afford it all!  So my Friday Funday question to you all is:
Which, if any, of the new Cartridges do you want?  Are you going to buy now or wait?

I think they are cute, but cute is really not my thing--the Happy Haunting is for sure on my list which I will get sooner than later, but I also think the Martha Cake Cartridges are really amazing--supper clean truly Martha!  These I will wait for! I have to tape the HSN presentation next week so I don't just call in and get them now.  I have to remind myself that I am on a BUDGET!

Next week I have a great exploding box to share with at least one video and a couple of other project that I will be sharing!  Have a great weekend and we will see you back here on Monday morning!
Make it a great one-

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Ski Lift Layout using Cricut Lite Dude....Part 2

OK--so I have the finished layout and a video of how it is put together. 

It is a double page layout with two photo blocks for a 4*6 photo.  Photo mat is 4.5*6.5!

I used some twine for the lift wire and flake glitter from Martha Stweart for the snow. 

To expand you photos on this layout you can use Clost to My Heart Photo Flip Flaps (item Z4114).  These can be used right on top of your sheet protector.  Not only do they give you more spaces for photos but they also can make your scrapbook interactive and 3D!

Here are some detail shots of the layout. 

Make it a great one!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Another challange answered using Cricut Lite Dude Cartridge Part 1

Guess it is time to answer another followers challenge--this time it is from Lisa:

Hey Bryan!, I wonder what you do for a living flying all over the world all the time?...

I have 3 boys and would love to see you use the Cricut Lite Dude cartridge - we wake board, motorcycle, ski, bike, surf (or try to :~) - any of these activities would be great!

Since I just got this cartridge a couple of weeks ago I thought I would go ahead and knock this one out.  The artwork on this cartridge is really cool and pretty easy to layer.  As I was coming up with this double page layout I thought I would break it into two parts with a couple of short videos.  

To day I am going to show you how I work out my layouts.  I first start with a sketch. 

Sketching my layout allows me the opportunity to work out size (to some degree), color, placement, and where I am going to put my photos.  
Once the sketch is done I head to my gypsy to make it come to life.  This video shows you some of the tricks I use in building my layouts.

Come back on Thursday to see the cuts and the finished layout.  
make it a great one-

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

What will $10.00 get you............

well it can either get you one stamp like this

Or it could get you this......................

No joke--Joy from Obsessed with Scrapbooking and Everyday Cricut (also a good friend) posted on her blog about a garage sale she went to last weekend and got an amazing haul of stamps.  Well they had it again this past Sunday morning and I swear there were more stamps in that front room than anywhere I have ever seen.
My haul included: 28 individual wood mount stamps, 7 CTMH clear sets, 9 CTMH retired wood block sets, 11 SU wood block sets, 1 alphabet set, 150 sheets of patterned/textured velum, 5 lbs of basic pattern paper and some cool gift boxes--all for $10.00

Thank you HAPPYHAPPYJOYJOY!   Deal of the day!
Make it a great one-

Monday, July 12, 2010

United We Stand......

OK so since it is still July--red, white, and blue are still fair game! So today I have a card that is all about embossing.
*The card is SUPER SIMPLE! The royal blue base is cut at 9" by 4 1/2" and folded in half.
*The red foil layer is cut at 4" square.  I wanted to mix it up a bit so instead of embossing (raising the stars) I debossed them with the Starts cuttlebug folder.
*The top layer I cut at 3 1/2" square and inked the edges.  I used two different blues to give a little more depth.  Next I placed the printed ribbon (from Michale's) across the top and bottom.  I placed the ribbon before stamping so I had some guide lines to help center my stamp.  I used versa mark ink and added some silver embossing powder, fired up the heat gun and let the magic happen!
I added a writing mat and a little ribbon to the inside!
A simple card any one can do using a couple simple techniques that really add a punch to any project.  Hope you have a GREAT Monday (at least as great as Monday can be.)  Make sure you stop by on Tuesday to see the "Deal" I got this weekend!
Make it a great one-

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Retail Therapy

So after my debit card issue this past week, I needed some retail therapy.  Since I have wanted to get one more Cricut Lite Cartridge that I have been wanting and came HIGHLY recommended by to Paper Crafting Pros--Melanie and Joy.  I broke down and got it--so Lacey Labels is now part of my collection.  I think I am going to start a book for a friend who is having a baby with this cartridge and Nursery Rhymes--I am over flowing with ideas.
I also got the new cuttlebug polka dot 5X7 folder--I love the fact you can do a photo mat and still see the texture--if you like swiss dots this one will be next in your line of favs.  I will be using this folder a lot in this baby book.  Speaking of Baby Book--I got almost all of the patterned paper for this book for less than $5 dollars.  I happened upon a clearance section in one of the craft stores and low and behold it was over flowing with girly colored paper--since they are having a girl I thought this was simply fate.  
Hope you all are having a great weekend!
See you Monday morning with a new project!

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