Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Altered Journal

The theme for this week's PCW challenge is Altered Journal.

I have a notebook that I keep by the computer for jotting things down, so I decided it needed a new look!

I cut the birdcage and flowers from the  Flowers and Birdcage set available here.

For the background, I used a couple of papers from a freebie set in a magazine that I had stashed away. The bottom layer was a green colour and I overlaid that with the yellow after punching the dragonflies with a corner punch.

To finish it off, I added some colourful ribbons to the binding of the notebook!

Pop over to the Paper Crafting World blog to see the other projects from the talented design team!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Flying High

The challenge for this week over at Paper Crafting World is Let's all fly high.

Melin has a lovely aviator file that is just the thing for those layouts and cards that involve planes or flying. 

For my project this week, I made a card using the aviator cutting file and the balloon cutting file from the Key to my heart set.

For the background, I used distress inks and brayered the different colours after I stamped the clouds and masked them.

I stamped a grass stamp from Montarga along the bottom of the card and added the Happy Birthday stamp.

For the Fly High sentiment, I used a gel pen with my Cricut and wrote the letters, then cut out the cloud shape. I used SCAL2 to do this.

Check out the lovely designs from the rest of the design team here.

Monday, August 20, 2012


I was inspired recently by an article in a Craft Stamper magazine and a Split Coast Stampers newsletter to make some butterfly cards.

This card is a circular foldout card. The layers of the card twist out to form a long card that can be hung (see below).

I used Spellbinders Nestabilities dies to cut all the circles from various papers and card and a Creatables die for the butterfly.

I used stamps from a variety of sets for the stamped images.

To hang it, I used a narrow ribbon.

The butterfly die is a beautiful one, but can be frustrating to get out of the die once it has been cut. I always use waxed paper between the die and the paper, then it all comes out very easily. You can use the waxed paper die cut as well as the paper one!

This card was inspired by the CS magazine article.

I stamped the butterfly images onto card twice. For the layer on the card, I trimmed it to fit across the card base. For the cut out images, I stamped them with a dotty stamp using bundled sage distress ink, then coloured the wings with a bundled sage distress marker. Used the marker to draw the lines across the white layer top and bottom then added to the striped base layer.

For this one, I had a black butterfly peel off that I wanted to try s added it to a circle die cut from white cardstock. Coloured it with Copic markers.

Die cut 3 fancy tags and cut in half then attached them to the back of the circle, before attaching to the base card layered with black gingham paper and yellow spotted paper and a black gingham ribbon.

Sentiment stamps are from Gina K.

I am entering these into the challenge over at Ruby's Rainbow this week. The theme there is butterflies!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Taste of Summer CWC and PCW Blog Hop

This weekend, all the design teams for Cooking with Cricut and Paper Crafting World and having a blog hop. The theme is Taste of Summer.

You should have gotten here via Xochitl's blog! Welcome!

Each summer we pick blueberries by the boxful at a local growers, eat them fresh and freeze them for making blueberry muffins and blueberry and apple pie in the winter, so when I saw Melin's cute bear with a blueberry pie, I knew this would be my contribution for the blog hop!

I used the already coloured digital stamp for my card. She is so cute holding on to the pie.

I cut the image using a spellbinders labels die, embossed the edges then coloured with lemonade distress ink. I cut a dark blue layer to go under the image using the outside of the label die and a cutting blade.

Using the largest die in the set, I cut a folded card to make the easel card base, then cut some coloured papers with the same die and layered these onto the base card, adding my ribbon and a bow with ribbon and baker's twine.

I then attached my image and added some cute little flowers.

For the inside, I printed a sentiment, then cut it with another label die along with a backing layer, then attached to the base card with foam squares.

I am so looking forward to summer, to pick blueberries again. I hope I get some on my own blueberry bushes at home this year too!

I hope you have enjoyed our blog hop today. Click here to go back to Cooking with Cricut to see what awaits you there!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Black and White Challenge

The challenge this week at Cooking with Cricut and Paper Crafting World is to use black and white and peridot (which is the birthstone for the month of August). Also needed to use a book page somewhere as part of the design.

I cut the oval frame using one of Melin's lovely cutting files available here. I then backed it with an oval of a book page then cut a silhouette to go in the middle using a die.

The background was embossed with the Cuttlebug then the frame attached to it with a peridot coloured ribbon across the bottom, topped off with a double bow.

Please hop on over to the challenge at Cooking with Cricut and see what the other lovelies have done for this week.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Mixed Media

After taking the class with Tim Holtz a month or so ago, I decided to do some more canvas and mixed media projects.

This is one of the two that I did in one week. I covered the canvas with stamped tissue then coloured it with distress stain and distress ink. I used one of Tim's background stamps with barn door DI on the background after distressing, then added the various items to fit the sewing theme.

This large cotton reel is actually made from card, using a file from the SVGCuts Sew Crafty kit. I added distress ink to the edges of the 'cotton reel' - top and bottom then wound it with wool to simulate the cotton on the reel. I added lots of buttons, some large pins, a ribbon bow and some flowers to finish it off.

The cotton reel is actually a box - the top lifts off to reveal a container to store little bits and pieces in! It actually stands about 5" tall and would be great for keeping all thos offcuts of ribbons that I seem to accumulate!

I am going to enter both of these into the Craft Room Challenge this week as the theme there is buttons and bows.