Thursday, September 24, 2009

I wanna be a Rock Star

Here is a LO I did for 52 Sketches, 52 Weeks. I decided to scrap the pictures of my son at christmas last year. He recieved a drum set. Yay! Thanks Uncle Wes! (insert sarcasm here).

This layout sort of evolved slowly as I worked on it. I started by searching my stash of paper and realized that I didn't have anything appropriate for what I wanted to create. So I set out on google to find something printable and I found this awesome Rocker background. I printed it out and used it as the backdrop for the pics. Then I decided to create my own title. So I used some basic font and a few flourishes, welded them together and wha-lah! You can snag your freebie down blow. I also created the scalloped border you see at the right of the layout. You can download it here. Rock Star Title SVG
I wanted the title to look like a chandellier, so I used a bunch of gems to create this effect.

Font: Rage Italic Journal Frame $1.00

Guitar Stamp $1.00

This is a first for me. I created my own "bling flourish" by using glossy black dimensional paint. I printed out the image on white paper, then I used some clear plastic (left over from some sticker packaging) to create this. You can see the tutorial here. In this photo you can see the plastic, but when I put it in a scrapbook protective cover, you won't be able to tell! BTW, I did this one yesterday and let it dry overnight. So if you just want to play around with the idea, you could make a few and then put them aside for later. That way when you go to create a LO, they are already dry!
Ok...and don't forget to check out Lindsay's blog for her Halloween digi stamp freebie and to see what the other DT members have created! You won't be disappointed!
Freebie Thursday!
In addition to the files that I've shared above, I wanted to give you this stiletto shoe svg. Remember that cute little high heel shoe that I created a card for the other day? Well here it is...yours to download and use! If you missed the post about the shoe card, click here to see it. High Heel Shoe SVG Freebie

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Twilight Inspiration Tuesday - Mary Alice Brandon (Cullen)

For today's Twilight Tuesday Inspiration Challenge, we were asked to create something that was inspired by Alice Cullen's former life (before she became a vampire). Back then, her name was Mary Alice Brandon. I decided to use the sketch from Spoon Full of Sugar. I found this lovely sketch of Alice through google. I love how her eyes are copper colored and the rest of the photo is black and white. It is hard to tell from these pics though. I chose the sentiment "eternally beautiful" because even before she was a vampire, she was beautiful, but after she became one, she was "eternally" beautiful. The lace was purchased at the thrift store! I got a ton of assorted colors for just a couple of dollars.

I created this lovely word art to go along with the card. You can download it here.

We are also supposed to talk about Alice's "gift" and whether we think it is a blessing or curse. This is very difficult to decide. I would have to say that in her situation it is definatly a blessing since it has gotten her and her family out of some very sticky situations many times. So to be able to foresee the future and potentially protect the ones that I love, I would say it is a blessing.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Twilight Tuesday --a day early!

Hey everyone! I'm celebrating Twilight Tuesday a day early! So here is my card! I used a picture of Edward and Bella that I found online. Someone had altered it slightly to where it looked like

it had been sketched. Pretty cool looking. So I saw this awesome tutorial on how to create faux flourishes and I just had to try. I didn't use a template or anything, I just freehanded this design. I wanted it to wrap up and touch the photo on each side. Then I chose one of my favorite quotes from the series: "Today is the first and last day of forever." I love it. Wouldn't this make a great romantic birthday card or a card for a wedding? I also used my Tim Holtz distress Ink "old paper" to make the sentiment match the paper behind it.


Sunday, September 20, 2009

Halloween Card Using Dustin Pike's SVG Freebie

Sorry for the less than stellar photos. My camera is about to give up on me. I'm planning to get a new one around Christmas time. So just bare with me! Here is a card I made using the Pumpkin freebie svg that I got from Dustin Pike. I think he turned out so cute!
I made this card using this week's sketch from Sketch and Stash.
I also participated in the La-La Land Crafts Challenge this week, which was to simply "embellish" your card. so I added this cute little flower that I made! Then the Charisma Cardz Challenge this week was "flower power". So it fit just right with the sketch and other challenges! I also did the Papertake Weekly Challenge which was to "fake-it". It said you could use fake stitching, flowers, ribbon or whatever. Well I do that nearly everytime I make a card. So the fake part of this one is the flower!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Dustin Pike goes SCAL!

Hey everyone! I just had to try this out! Dustin Pike has a freebie svg file posted on his blog of a cute little pumpkin that he doodled and has converted it to an svg! I could not wait to cut it. So here is a pic of what it looks like cut out! So easy to cut too! Came out perfect. I just used a white pen to add some life to the eyes. I also used a black pen to define a few of the black lines on the cheeks.

I think I may make a card out of him sooner or later, but right now it is getting late. So I'll do it another time!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Unleash Your Inner Goddess!

Here is a card I created to go along with yesterday's challenge in 365 cards. The challenge was called "One, two, buckle my shoe..." We were supposed to create something with a shoe on it. I cut the high heel shoe out using SCAL and my Cricut. Stay tuned, it may be next Thursday's freebie! But for now, if you'd like to download the sentiment that I created as WordArt, you can get it here.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Freebie Thursday **Scroll Down for LSS**

Hey there everyone!
So I'm sorry I'm a bit behind getting your freebie Thursday posted. I hope you enjoy it! I know it is a little out of season for Prom, but if you're like me you stay behind scrapping your pics. These pic were actually taken in 2002. It was my senior prom. Yes that's me and my hubby before we were married, we were high school sweethearts. (ok take a sec and say "awww") haha. You can't see it, but the journalling says that the song we walked out to at the prom was "I could not ask for more" by Sara Evans (the first song on my blog playlist).

I used this week's sketch from Crafts by Rowena. I just love her sketches. I am always inspired to create by them. I think it is because they aren't too over complicated like some seem to be sometimes.
That loopy border at the bottom of the LO is a freebie from Paolo. I just took a square in SCAL and welded my border to the bottom. So easy!

Prom Flourish Title

(In case you're wondering, it is Edward's font. *Twilight* called "Be Safe".

Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Day!

Well it's Thursday, so you know what that means! It's time for LSS! She has released yet another awesome set of stamps! It is very creepy, gothic and edgy and of course I love them! It is the Creepy Crow Set available for only $5.00! Perfect for a spooky halloween card! Check out Lindsay's blog to get a freebie from this set today!

Here is a card that I created using the Creepy Crow ATC from the set. It was so fun to color! I also used a piece from LSS Elegant Card Kit in off white. I printed it on tan paper and then folded to make my card. You can find it here for only $2.00! The sentiment under the image is also part of the set. Makes putting the card together a "no-brainer". If you can't tell, I've already decorated my house in halloween decor, so I used that as my backdrop. haha.
Also new to LSS, she has created these one-of-a-kind Cupcake wrappers. This is a first for me! I've never seen anything like them before! Perfect for any party! Here you get a set of birthday cupcake wrappers to print color and cut out and a blank tempate that you can print on pretty paper and cut out. You could aso print it on cardstock and embellish with traditional rubber stamps, how fun is that! You get them both for only a buck! Assembly is super easy, just cut them out, put glue on the flap and glue to the back of the opposite end to form a cone. The cupcake will fit neatly inside. You get 3 wrappers from each sheet of paper!

Ok, now for my project this week! I finally got around to scrapping my Halloween pics from last year. I was Cruella DeVille and my son was a dalmation puppy. I used the Spiderweb Border SVG freebie that I made. I used 3 stamps from LSS. I used Harry the Spider, Spooky Pumpkins and Halloween Journal. I used last week's sketch from Crafts by Rowena.

Here is a close up of the journalling. I used LSS's Halloween Journal block and then used individual text boxes to put the words on each line perfectly. I used Edward's handwriting from Twilight. It was a freebie, you can find here.

**Freebie Thursday will be posted later today!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Scrap & Stamp Challenge

Here is a LO I did for this week's Scrap & Stamp challenge. This is the first time I've ever participated in their challenges. But for some reason I've been in the scrapping mood this week and I'd run out of sketches to use, so I went looking for some new inspiration! The pine trees and camp sign are digi stamps from Dustin Pike.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Twilight Tuesday -- Motorcycle Challenge

Hi folks! Thanks to a fellow blogger, I've discovered a new "fix" for my Twilight obsession! I should have known that a site like Twilight Tuesday would exsist, but I had never before heard of it until someone left a comment about the site on my blog! Thank you!

Now I can get my weekly dose of Twilight and some crafty goodness to go with it. So here is my first challenge. I was supposed to create something inspired by Jacob, Bella, their motorcycles & friendship. I even used Jacob's handwriting font from the books for the sentiment. You can get it here. I used the sketch from Stamptacular Sunday Challenge as well. So here it is!

Sketch #37

I absolutely love this photo. I took it a couple of weeks ago after my son got done playing in the dirt. He was sweating so badly that the dirt in his hair turned to mud and started to drip down his forehead. So he needed a popsicle to cool down. I was able to use the new toy that I got from Lora! It was the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher. I used it to secure the ribbon to the top of the photo. Works great! The popsicle was cut using the doodlecharms cart.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The music on my blog...

Ok, so I've had a few complaints about the music on my blog. Some say that is scares the crap out of them when they arrive and others say that it has run the cat out of the room. I've been asked to turn down the volume. I tried to do that, but I'm not sure if it worked or not. If not, I also rearranged the songs a bit so that the first song is the more mellow one, not the rock your socks type. haha.

Also, I've had some people say that they really like it. One person even said they sometimes they leave my page open just so they can hear the music while they work. So for this reason, I'd prefer not to remove it.

Please let me know your thoughts....

Friday, September 11, 2009

Mystery Prize is HERE!

Remember when I told you that I had won the mystery prize on Lora-The Scrapbook Lady's blog?! Well it's here! It's the Tim Holtz "Tiny Attacher". It is just like a stapler but has teeny tiny staples! Great for scrapbooking and card making! Thank you Lora.
I had actually seen one of these used on one of t The Pink Stamper's episodes and have wanted one ever since. So Lora is a life saver! Thanks girl!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

LSS & Freebie Thursday!

Hey there everyone! It's my favorite day of the week! LSS release day! I am so in love with this new set of stamps that Lindsay has just released! It is a coffee/java stamp set! This is just one little stamp and sentiment from an awesome 9 stamp set for just $5.00! I just have to mention first of all why I love this set so much more than any of her previous stamps. I love her other stamps of course, but this is the first time Lindsay has included sentiments! I can not tell you how much time it saves me and how much easier it is when the sentiment is there and ready to print. No thinking required! I am notorious for spending more time trying to come up with a cute sentiment than actually making the card. This card only took 15 minutes! I think a lot of our DT members have used it this week in their projects as well, so don't forget to check them out! Also, Lindsay is giving away a freebie from the set on her blog!
So this week Lindsay's DT decided to play along over at Inspirational Card Sketches challenge blog! You know why?! Because Lindsay is giving away 10 Stamps to the winner! Wow 10 stamps! Go check it out!
And now for the fabulous Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Design Team:
Melissa Bove
Melissa Craig

Ok, now for your freebie Thursday! If you're not a fan of the Twilight Saga, then I'm sorry, this may not interest you unless you know someone who is. But am OBSESSED. That word doesn't even begin to describe the level of devotion I have to these books! So I was thinking about them and this is what I came up with. I hope someone out there can use them. If so, PLEASE share it with me! You know I'd love to see it, since I'm so obsessed...hehe.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Sketch #36

Here is another LO for 52 Sketches, 52 Weeks. I just love their stuff! These pics were taken on the way home from shopping one day. We saw a monster truck across the street from Wal-Mart at a Jiffy Lube. My son Travis LOVES monster trucks. So we went over to see it. He was so amazed! It was Big Foot!!! Very cool day!

The paper is from AC, the scallopped circle was cut using my cricut and scal. The font in the journaling is called Pea Stacey. It is a freebie, you can find it here.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Monster Truck Party Hat Bday Invitations

Thanks to Lindsay at The Frugal Crafter's Weblog, I finally was able to figure out how I wanted to do my son's 3rd birthday party invites. She posted a free svg file today of a party hat card that she used to create her twin's birthday invites.
I used the freebie Monster Truck digi stamp from Dustin Pike. My son adores monster trucks! I will probably wind up making about 10 of these. I've made 5 already. I did them in under an hour this morning. The hard part is going to be nailing out the details of what I want the inside to say. I haven't picked a date or time yet. haha. I was able to fit 4 cards on one piece of cardstock! So this is a very cheap way to make invitations! I added some yellow stickles to the edge of the yellow at the bottom and top of the hat. Then I used some alpha stamps that I had laying around to put the work Party on the front. It is difficult to tell it by looking at this pic, but I also used some silver acrylic paint to paint the "chrome" parts of the truck. I wanted them to stand out separately from the tires. What do you think?

I've got a Chocolate Hangover!

I just had to share this cake with you all! I found the recipe on Kevin & Amanda's Blog the other day and I found it just in time for my Dad's 48th birthday. He loves Reece's Cups, so I made it for him! It was so fabulous! My only complaint was that I probably should have left out the chocolate chips that are in the cake. It was almost too chocolately for me. But everyone else loved it! You should try it! It was a real crowd pleaser!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Look Who's Two

Here is a page that I did using Rowena's Wednesday Sketch. My son's 3rd birthday is coming up in just a month, so I thought I better go ahead and scrap his 2nd birthday. I guess better late than never. The font I used for the title and journaling is a freebie called "I wish I were taller. You can find it here along with other fabulously free scrapbooking fonts! Once again those cute chipboard embellies were all for just a $1.00 at the Dollar Tree. I love that place. That isn't even all of them. I still have some left over!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

A Bonus Freebie from LSS & A New Use for Your Cricut!

Apparently our mistake makes this your lucky day! We thought we'd give out all the DT freebies, but there's still one more! So browse the DT's blogs below to find it!

This week I decided to finally use this beautiful Flourished Dragonfly stamp that I've been admiring ever since Lindsay created it. It is just stunning! I decided that I loved the black and white as is, so I just gave the dragonfly himself a little color and sparkle. He's coated in glitter and sparkle.
Don't forget to check out the links below to see who has the freebie this week!
----On to the New Use for Your Cricut!------
Do you see those stitched designs in the corners of this scrapbook LO? I did those with my circut! Don't believe me? Well this is how it works... You simply use the cricut to cut out the tiny holes just like you would any other svg. It is completely re-sizeable (just don't forget to choose "keep proportions". Then after the Cricut is finished, you have an embroidery template design and you may use a needle and some floss to fill complete the stitching. So easy a caveman could do it!
In case you'd like to try this technique I'm putting the three designs below in my store. Want to try before you buy? Check out the freebie Circle LO that I posted yesterday.
Another thing I might add, these are great to cut on on your cricut and then save for later. That way when your husband wants you to "spend time" with him, (for my husband that means watch tv w/him) you can sit and do the stitching then!

3 Flowers Template-- $3.00

This one would look great on a card! I plan to turn this one into a card when I get the time.

Freebie Thursday!

I decided to create some files for all of you with little boys, like me! It is kinda hard sometimes to find cute svgs for boys, so here we are! This is called the Vroom Vroom Set. They can be purchased as a set or individually.

The little car is your freebie for today!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Sketch #35 + freebie

Here is a layout for 52 Sketches, 52 Weeks that I did using a picture that was taken back when my hubby and I were only 17 years old. I love scrapping these really old pics. It helps me remind me how far we've come. I'm the one holding the blue balloon. He's the one with the yellow visor behind me. I sure wish I was that skinny again! haha.
I did something on this layout that I've never done before. I created a scut file that would cut out tiny holes in a circle so that all I had to do was hand feed colorful floss through each hole to create the look of stitching. After I did the blue floss, I decided to go back and do pink in the opposite holes to get this look. The buttons are put on using fabritac glue with floss glued on to make it appear like it was sewed on when it was not. If you would like to try this technique, I've included the scut file below.
Circle Dots Scut
The above font was a freebie from Kevin & Amanda's Blog called Guess What.