Friday, November 30, 2012
Hopefully, this year will be different! I've already begun working on the boxes, using Sister Stamps adorable Year of the Snake stamp to decorate gable boxes to hold my treats.
Don't forget to check out the Sister Stamps blog as well as the blogs of the rest of the Sister Stamps Guest Design Team for their creative projects using the two new Chinese Zodiac stamps!
Patti: Creations by Patti
Linda: Simple and Sassy Creations
Laura: By TKG
P.S. Tomorrow (Saturday) is Release Day for the first two stamps (snake and horse) in this fun Sister Stamps Chinese Zodiac Collection!
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Have you heard? Sister Stamps will be releasing their first two stamps of a very special Chinese Zodiac Collection this Saturday. I'm especially excited about this new collection of stamps for two reasons...one being that I've been waiting for and wanting a set of cute Chinese Zodiac animal images like these to use on New Years projects for the longest time! And secondly, because I was given the honor of being invited by Jenny to join her team of super talented guest designers for this release.
One of the nicest things about working with these stamps is that it gave me a chance for an early start on my New Years projects!
This particular one is a two-year calendar, which really made it perfect for using both the Year of the Snake (2013) and Year of the Horse (2014) stamps.
Used the Make the Cut program and Silhouette machine to create and cut out the octogons, years and the kanji characters for snake and horse. Tiny sakura blossoms were put together using Punch Bunch and Carl punches. Ran the gold octogon pieces through a Cuttlebug embossing folder (Asian bundle) and adhered everything to a piece of patterned paper (My Little Shoebox, Aiko collection) cut to fit the calendar.
Wouldn't you agree that these are the most adorable snake and horse Chinese Zodiac images ever? Denise did a fabulous job of creating these sweet critters, and just wait and see... you'll find yourself wanting to add all twelve of these cuties to your collection! Get a preview of all twelve of the stamps (which are scheduled to be released two at a time throughout 2013) here at the Sister Stamps blog.
And if you haven't done so already, you must go and check out the amazing projects created by the rest of the guest designers for this release. Here are the links....
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Been seeing so many different styles of very cool fence, door, and window dies in all different sizes being released by many of the companies specializing in thin dies lately. And seeing all the beautiful cards and paper crafts that others have created with them really made me want to run out and buy some too! Ahhh.....but at 10 - 15- 20 dollars per die...I just couldn't justify the spend. And how often would I actually use them? Better to try and create my own using the Cricut cartridges I already own and Design Studio or search for some images to trace in Make the Cut.
I admit it did take a lot longer to do than simply buying the ready made dies, but in the end I had cutting files that can be changed, re-sized or re-designed to fit my future needs.
It's difficult to see in the photo, but the roof on the house was actually inked and pieced as three separate scalloped, overlapping layers for some dimension.
The tiny flowers and leaves along the fence and in the window box were punched from a mini Punch Bunch blossom punch and Martha Stewart small branch punch.
For the front of the house, I used MTC and the Silhouette to design and cut the door. I used my Cricut, Cricut Design Studio and the George cartridge to create the windows and windowboxes; Picturesque cartridge for the picket fence and Wild Card cartridge for the mailbox.
Really had fun with the mailbox! I made a teensy-weensie envelope to fit inside the mailbox, and couldn't resist decorating the mailbox with some personalization. Does that look familiar? Yes! It was inspired by Carl and Ellie's painted mailbox from one of my daughter's favorite Pixar animated movies, "Up".
Open the card to the inside of the house and there you'll find a little white doggie perched on a comfy couch. (LOL, this is the little doggie my son in law has been promising to get once they got a place of their own...) The sign on the wall above the couch reads "Home Sweet Home".
Couch and doggie are Cottage Cutz dies and the sign was created in Design Studio.
Whew! Took me quite a while to put this one together...but I have to admit I did have fun with it!
Sunday, November 11, 2012
This "mini" laptop card was for my DH the computer geek. In my search for guy card inspiration, I was delighted to come across several very cool cards made to look like a miniature Apple MacBook and knew I had to CASE the idea. But being that DH has always shunned the Apple Operating System, I naturally had to change it up to look more like his own Windows based PC. Simply used Make The Cut to trace and convert the ASUS logo into a cutfile and cut them from silver metallic cardstock.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
first card using the flowered frame cut from the Cricut Love Struck cartridge couple months ago, that I couldn't resist playing around with that cut again for another thank you card. I had been toying around with the idea of a frame or window type easel card in my brain for some time and decided it was time to give it a try.
This is what the card looks like when returned to it's flat position...
...and a peek of the card on the inside.
I was happy how this card looked once it was propped up, but a little disappointed that it turned out kind of flimsy...lol, or maybe I should say "delicate".... because the width of the leafy stem part that forms the heart shape of this frame was probably too narrow. And since I used another frame cut instead of a solid piece of cardstock as the folded easel support, the finished card front might have seemed a little confusing to a recipient who is not familiar with how an easel card works. Fortunately, this card was created for my blogging friend Lynn of Ben Franklin's Lynn's Craft Blog (who is a seasoned and "pro" at crafting), for a very special surprise RAK I won on her site. Lynn always inspires me with her beautiful creative craft ideas and I love to visit her blog to stay in the know of the newest and coolest crafting tools and ideas hitting the market. Thanks so much, Lynn!