Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Perfect Pear

My neighbor Naomi needed an anniversary card for her nephew and I had seen pears used and wanted to use one. Of course deciding which one I would use was quite a chore, there were so many to choose from and so little time! *okie loves sounding overly dramatic* I finally went with one from the Preserves cartridge.

Here is the PERFECT PEAR card. The cut file is set to cut 4 at a time and requires Preserves and Cursive 101. The "perfect" could be easily switched to another cart if you don't have Cursive 101. The card I made is an A2 but I reckon you can make a bigger one if ya want.

Due to one of the pears being flipped it is important line up the layers before adhering permanently. I just stacked mine after I got them done so I wouldn't get them mixed up.

Here are the supplies used:
Cricut Cartridges - Preserves, Cursive 101
Cuttlebug Textile folder
Patterned paper mat 4"x5.25" - Basic Grey
3.25x3.25 mat - Prism cardstock
3x3 mat - DCWV
Cardstock for pears - Prism
Coverstock for card base, eggplant
Stickles - Diamond, Cinnamon
Cat Eye Chalk ink - Chestnut Roan, Olive Pastel
Liquid Pearls - platinum
Stampin Up marker - Chocolate Chip
Rolling paper piercer

Here is a close up so you can see some of the detail.

When I sand cardstock that I have embossed with the Cuttlebug I leave the cardstock on the folder while sanding to help the cardstock keep it's texture. If I don't I end up smashing the design a bit *okie does not like smashed designs*.

I measured 3/8" from the edge and used the rolling paper piercer and then added the stitch marks with the Stampin Up marker *okie is still a bit upset about her broken sewing machine...but that is another story*. I only used the Liquid Pearls on the lettering and think it gave a desirable effect *okie laughs at herself for trying to sound magaziny or something*.

I used the Diamond Stickles on the edge of the pear center and then to add a few dots at the bottom. I used Cinnamon Stickles where the seeds are cut.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Earthy toned card

I found a sheet of tags in my stash and decided to make some cards out of them. I had gotte the sheet at Big Lots years ago and I think I paid fifty cents for the sheet. Now that I know what to do with these sort of embellies I would like more but guess what.......I think they are out of style because I don't remember seeing any lately! LOL

I think with the earthy tones of this card and the sentiment it could be used for a variety of occasions so I didn't stamp anything on the inside. I think it would make a good birthday card for a man, a get well card or even a sympathy card.

No Cricuting on this card but I did use the Forest Branches Cuttlebug folder for the piece of kraft paper on the card. The mulberry paper is some I got at the stamp garage sale over a year ago. I always forget to use the stuff and I do like the effect it gives things *okie wonders how she can get a better memory*. I think the little bit of twine added the finishing touch to this one.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Celebrate - Straight From The Nest

I thought I would try out the Straight From The Nest Cartridge tonight and make a card. I have looked at the cuts on the cart over and over and finally decided on these cuts. I had a heck of a time with the butterfly since I couldn't find some of the layer cuts *okie thought she was going to resort to drinking*. And before you smarty pants say "well okie why didn't you check the booklet" I just want you to know I DID! I decided to post on the Cricut Messageboard and lo and behold two wonderful ladies answered my question about where to find the cut! *okie still wonders why it was there*.

The patterned paper is My Minds Eye. The orange, red and pink is Mica Stardream. The green is Kiwi Kiss from Stampin Up.

Here is a close up showing the doodling and dimensions. I used the white Signo gel pen for the white and Stampin Up Old Olive for the green doodling. I inked the butterfly with Olive Pastel Cat Eye Ink.

That's all for tonight!! *okie waves goodbye*

Someone requested that I share the cutfile for this card so here it is! *okie is always glad to share a .cut file and loves it when folks use them*. CELEBRATE - SFTN

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Study Buddy - layout

Lucy da Lovely is a demander of attention and when my daughter tries to study Lucy wants my daughter to put the books down and give her some lovin! She even crawls on top of the book to get her point across! I was able to get some snapshots of this very thing!

I know Locker Talk doesn't get a lot of hype but I really love that cartridge for layouts of my daughter. I have used it on several layouts in the past and when I got these pictures printed I immediately knew I was going to be using it again!

I used Locker Talk for the book and the title block. I can't remember what the printed papers are, maybe DCWV *okie tries to remember, but not very hard*. I loved the notebook patterned paper for this layout and used a piece for the journaling block and used the Stampin Up Spiral Notebook Punch along the top.

Altered notepad

My friend Linda saw a cute idea using legal pads, can't remember where right now *okie thinks she might have been ignoring Linda when Linda told her because Linda always is coming up with something cute that okie wants to make*, but anyway she had the legal pads cut in half at Staples and gave me some of the pads. I kept thinking I wanted to do something with them and then when I got my latest Cards magazine I knew what I wanted to do!

I cut chipboard where it would cover the back and front and scored along the length for the thickness. I covered both sides of the chipboard and then decorated the front. I also stamped each page of the notepad with the same greeting that I used on the front.

I covered the top of the notepad with some coordinating patterned paper. I did think about putting a ribbon at the top or something...but then decided against it.

I think next time I will cut the chipboard where it will extend 1/8th of an inch on the side.

Remember you can click the picture if you want to see a larger image.

I want to do one with food patterned paper so my neighbor Naomi can use for grocery lists. I might also try and figure out how to do it where she can replace the pad when she uses it all.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

AND THE WINNER IS......Posted now!

I don't know yet. I am trying to make supper and build a greenhouse on my Zoo so I haven't gotten to do the random number draw thing. I will before LOST comes on though! I have disabled comments so the comments that are on the post will be the ones eligible!

Be back later with the winner!!


Okay I have the winner now!! I got a little side tracked with watching LOST and playing a game on Facebook *okie is so addicted to facebook* and almost forgot to do the number generator!

The winning number was 23!!

That means the winner is.............
Blogger VeronicaA said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for a chance to win some of your masterpieces. I love visiting your blog and do it daily. You have such cool cards and I love the humor that comes with them. This is a special treat. I appreciate you and your inspiration.

April 17, 2010 8:10 PM

Saturday, April 17, 2010

My personal giveaway......

It's not expensive but it is from the heart!

I was putting away my melon cards I just made and thought "dang I need to give away some more cards...I am running out of room!" So I thought I would do a giveaway of cards on my blog. I know it's not expensive but it is from the heart! And isn't that why we get into the paper crafting in the first place?

You will receive the exact cards that are in the picture if you win...that is a total of 12 cards. To have a chance to win all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. I will close the giveaway on Tuesday April 20th. Please enter only once. I am only posting this on my blog since I would like for my regular readers to win. You comment will not show up immediately as I have to approve comments before they are posted.

You can click the picture if you would like to see it up close.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Just Because Cards....Melon

Just Because Cards....HOW COOL IS THIS CART?? I recent acquired it and after being sick for a week I decided I needed to do something creative so I made this Thanks A Melon card. The paper is Stampin up...all of it! LOL The patterned paper is from the Raspberry Tart pack that has been discontinued. I did some sewing on the card *okie is so glad her machine is working again* and I really like the effect it gave. I think the card might be a little busy but over all I like it!

I debated about making the melon with patterned paper and then decided to live on the edge and JUST DO IT! HA HA HA

I am not too happy with the green scallop frame, but I ain't redoing it now!

Here you can see more detail, and of course you can click on the pictures if you like if you want them bigger. I pop dotted the melon and also the sentiment. The rhinestones are some hot fix ones I got off eBay *okie is totally addicted to eBay and has been for almost 10 years now...if not 10!*

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Giveaway reminder

Make sure you check out the Cuttlebug Challenge as we have a lot of goodies to be given away, including a Cricut Cake. Tomorrow is Sweet Treats Thursday and due to illness I was not able to complete my assignment for this go around but I can't wait to see what my fellow designers have come up with!

Hopefully I will be up and running again soon and have projects to post.....but for's back to the recliner for some rest.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

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The prizes are as follows:

Grand Prize Winner: Cricut Cake and Tie the knot Cartridge
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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Blinkie Done.....I think

Thanks for all the wonderful tips on the Blinkie! I think I have it fixed now so it can be grabbed and added to your own website.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Sweet Treats Thursday - Cupcake Theme

Happy Sweet Treats Thursday bloggies!! This week's theme at Cuttlebug Challenge is Cupcakes. Yes you heard me...cupcakes, those small sweet cake confections. My fellow designers for the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog have whipped up some great projects to share with you also, so make sure you check out their projects also for some sweet inspiration.

My project is for miniature cupcakes that can be packaged up for that special friend, family member or for even just treating yourself! I also made a cupcake shaped card that fits in an A2 gusset envelope. I do have .cut files available for the CUPCAKE CARD WITH TAG and MINI-CUPCAKE BOXES.

Of course presentation is key so I did use some film to wrap the box up in to keep the cupcake fresh, but not like it will last long enough to need the packaging for freshness.

Here is a close up of the cupcake shaped card. Supplies used:
Sweet Treats cartridge
Wild Card cartridge - sentiment on tag only
Patterned paper
white gel pen

The card base is a cut included on Sweet Treats so even if you don't have Design Studio you can still make this super cute card. For the .cut file all mats are labeled and cuts are included.

I made several boxes because they were just so fun to make and decorate! Supplies used:
Sweet Treats cartridge
Script and Swiss Dot Cuttlebug folders
Patterned cardstock
Flower paper punch
White gel pen

If you want to make different mini-cupcake boxes than I have done just make sure they are large enough to hold a 2" cupcake.