Sunday, November 22, 2009

Let's Eat / Thanksgiving Invites

This year, my friend ask me to help her out with her Thanksgiving invites.  It was a last minute thing and I had to come up with something quick... so I let her "borrow" my Thanksgiving invites idea that I previously posted for the Cat's Pajamas Gobble It Up blog hop.

So I had to come up with something different for my own Thanksgiving invites! :) Here is what I came up with:

I used my Cricut Speaking of Fall cartridge to make this three-fold cards; this cartridge is so much fun to use, especially during this time of year, letters are made up of fall theme icons - turkey, pumpkins, fall leaves.  This turkey makes a "D" :) and one of the feature of this cartridge is a three-fold card.  I cut some fall leaves to add more dimension to the card and added a felt nut to add texture.  The sentiment is from TCP Gobble It Up set; straight and to the point! :)

Here is what the inside looks like:

I printed the invitation information on matching pp and added another felt nut along with fall leaves pp to tie the look of the inside to the outside.  I am pretty happy on how it turned out!

"Let's Eat" - The Cat's Pajamas newly released Gobble It Up set
turkey three-fold card - cut at 4 1/2'' using Cricut Speaking of Fall Cartridge and Cricut Design Studio
fall leaves - cut at 3 1/4" using Cricut Speaking of Fall Cartridge and Cricut Design Studio
DCWV Texture paper, DCWV Indian Summer Fall Stack
EK edge punch (inside)
M's button
Target felt nut $ bin
Momento Rich Cocoa ink

Thursday, November 19, 2009

TCP Challenge TCPTUES84 / ESS Sketch #60

Last week TCP Tuesday Challenge  was hosted by Susan who brought us a TCP stamp challenge; where we were to use any  TCP December holiday stamp :).  Immedietely I chose to go with my oh so awesome new TCP Give A Little set that was just released.  Among the many FUN images on this set, there is this cute little penguin surrounded with lights and holiding an ornament, ready to decorate that tree!

For inspiration, I turned to this week ESS Sketch #60; and what a great layout this sketch makes! 

Here is my take on these two challenges.

With this sketch Tracy Clemente gives us a nice big accent that is held by a ribbon-like element.  For the accent, I wanted to use a fancy frame that went with the pp I chose; I found this in the Cricut Home Decor cartridge.  With a little help from Cricut Design Studio, I was able layer it to make it more fancy and paper pierced it to match the stitch look of the green ribbon. 

Isn't this little festive penguin ADORABLE?  ALL of the new TCP sets just rock!  I just hope I get time to play with them all.  As it is, I have been really itching to ink this image for a bit now!  So tonight I just had to :)   I used glaze glue and glitter to add dimenssion and bling to the ornament he is holding; that was a lot of FUN!  Hard to tell, but I also used glaze pens to color the lights.  I found this nice red felt ribbon that was perfect with this layout. 

I had such a great time making this card, and I simply had FUN playing with glitter, glaze and ribbons!  Another xmas card done, and plenty to go! :)
Thanks for stopping by and have a good one!

cute Penguin w/lights - The Cat's Pajamas Give A Little S-9678
"Be Merry and Bright" -  The Cat's Pajamas Give A Little S-9678
frame - all layers cut with Cricut Home Decor and Cricut Design Studio
DCWV Texture paper, K&Company Brenda Walton Peppermint Twist paper
Martha Stewart fine green glitter
M's s red felt ribbon, Targetr $ xmas ribbon
Aleene's Paper Glaze
Sakura Glaze pens
Versafine Onyx Black

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

IO Shaker Cards Challenge / Christmas Tree

Christmas seems to be just around the corner, sneaking up rather quickly or so it seems. I wanted to play along with Impression Obscession's Shaker Cards Challenge. Shaker cards are so much FUN and IO makes it easier with their Shake It Pouches - comes with a nice peel-n-stick backing that holds the inner stuff nicely inside the accetate.

This is my take on this challenge:

I used the IO Star-topped Tree image and added some flower soft in Polar White as snow on the tree. I also mixed some with coarse glitter as the "snow" element inside the shaker box. I also folded a strip of paper to mimic ribbon folding I have seen on some great looking projects; really like how it gives a nice fancy look to the card. I also got to use my new Martha Stewart three dot punch that worked nice with the dot embossing on the frame. The frame was cut using my Cricut; it caught my eye with its FUN shape :)!

Great time making this card, too much FUN actually, did not pay more attention to gluing things on straight when putting it all together --- but that is what makes it handmade! :)
xmas tree - Impression Obscession Star-topped Tree E8275
Impression Obscession Shake It Pouches - Lg. Circle (size 3'')
frame - Cricut Winter Wonderland and Cricut Design Studio
Martha Stewart three dot edge punch
Martha Stewart coarse glitter
Flower Soft Polar White
Cuttlebug Swiss dot embossing folder

atyouSpica for added glitter on star
DCWV Texture paper, K&Company Brenda Walton Peppermint Twist paper
Momento Bamboo ink
Versafine Light Blue ink

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Rejoice / ESS Sketch #59

Last week I received the Snow Friend Cricut Cartridge and I have been really wanting to play with it, I think the various snowmen cuts are adorable, expressive and FUN!  So tonight I had a chance to play!

I had in mind to use this week's Sketchy Thursday ESS Sketch #59, and as always, it was lots of FUN!

Here is my take on this week challenge:

Tracy Clemente inspired sketch brings together so many layers while at the same time not looking so busy; and that cirlce frame is such a nice snow globe look to go with this cute little dancing snowman.  I used snowflakes as the accents.  I was able to use my Cricut and Cricut Design Studio to create the snow globe look I was looking for. 

The sentiment "Rejoice" is from a studio G $ stamp and I fits nicely with the happy dancing snowman.  The papers are from last year DCWV Christmas Stack and Provo Craft Holiday Slab V.  Adding the red gems to the blue snowflakes is a nice look.

I really like how this card came together, how it makes a lively and FUN christmas card.  I have quite a few more christmas cards to make, but I'm glad I got one less now :)

Have a great Thursday and thanks for stopping by! :)

"Rejoice" - studio G stamp
snowman - cut at 2'' using Cricut Snow Friends Cartridge
snow globe look - cut using Cricut Zooballoo Cartridge and Cricut Design Studio
Martha Stewart snowflake punch
EK small scallop punch
DCWV Texture paper, Provo Craft Holiday Slab V

Moment Lady Bug ink
Darice red gems
M's ribbon

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

TCP Challenge TCPTUES83

Still playing catchup, this is last week TCP Tuesday Challenge, which was a sketch challenge hosted by the very talented Leigh! A good thing that I have all month to participate in these TCP Tuesday Challenges, gives me time to catch up!

Here is my take on the challenge:

I took one look at this sketch and my eyes brighten up when I saw the circles framed by scallop circles; and what a great idea to offset them off the edge of the card like that! FUN!!!

While looking at my TCP stamps, I came across these 3 amigos penguins, and I just had to ink them!  Aren't they adorable? They are part of The TCP Kitty Christmas set, and it is one whole image so I knew I had to mask them to seperate them out but it was totally worth it!  I really like how this card came out!  See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil - how FUN is that?  And the very appropriate sentiment, "Naughty or Nice?" is stamped inside.  I pulled these pattern papers from last year DCWV Christmas stack - really like that xmas trees pp and am crazy about the different holiday color combination that grey, black, pink and small splash of red make so I just used those colors throughout. 

Had a great time making this holiday card last night.  Made me feel proactive to get another xmas card checked off! :)

Before I run, I wanted to mention that if you love the TCP xmas images like this one I just used, there are new TCP Christmas sets being released today and to celebrate that the TCP Design Team is having a Holiday Hop so you can see in action how AMAZING these new christmas sets are!  Hop on by!

See No Evil penguins - The Cat's Pajamas
Kitty Christmas N-7475
"Naughty or Nice?" - The Cat's Pajamas Kitty Christmas N-7475 (stamped inside)
Winter Wonderland Cricut Cartridge used to cut the frames and circles
Versafine Black Onyx
Stickles Diamond, Stickles Candy Cane, Stickles Pink
Paper Company texture paper, DCWV Texture paper, DCWV Christmas Stack 2008
J's ribbon

Sunday, November 8, 2009

November Month Scrapbook Calendar Page

I was able to finish my scrapbook page for the month of November created for my 2009 S.E.I. Calendar. I am so sad to find out that S.E.I will not be making a 2010 S.E.I. Calendar kit :( ; I 've been doing this for 3 years now and I come to enjoy them very much; I looked around for other calendar kits, but found them to be less of a blank canvas which means less room for me to put my own personal touches. Plus most of them are not 12x12, but as small as 6x6! And I refuse to buy a blank calendar where I have to write in the months and dates myself! No way! :) But I will have to figure something out, because I do want to do a calendar for next year. Will have to see.

I also wanted to play with this week Simon Says Challenge, where Simon Says....Give Thanks! A very fitting challenge for this month :). I am a little surprise how close Thanksgiving Day is - pretty much around the corner!

This is my take on the challenge:

That is the hubby being thankful that the turkey came out of the oven looking juicy and yummy! :) And with this layout I am giving thanks for him, for all the moments we share and for the sense of family we cherish. I created the sentiment using my darling Cricut and Cricut Design Studio to weld the Turkey and the sentiment. The sentiment is from the new Designer's Calendar cartridge and the cute Turkey is from Speaking of Fall cartridge. The Speaking of Fall cartridge is a cartridge which makes letters out of Fall theme icons, so the turkey is suppose to be a capital "D", in this case for "Day".

Really like how S.E.I. doesn't theme the months on their calendar other than trying to use colors/patterns appropriate for that month in a very subtle way. It lets me decide what to do with the pre-existing layout and offers me a blank canvas to put my own touches to it. I will definetely miss that! :)

Hope you are all having a relaxing weekend! Thanks for stopping by! :)

SEI 12x12 Calendar 2009

"Give Thanks" - cut at 3 1/4'' using Cricut Designer's Calendar and Cricut Design Studio to weld
"D" - cut at 5 1/8'' using Cricut Speaking of Fall and Cricut Design Studio to weld
small leaf on top of "k" - cut at 3/4'' using Cricut Speaking of Fall and Cricut Design Studio to weld
DCWV Texture Paper

Cuttlebug Organic Flourish border embossing folder

Thursday, November 5, 2009

ESS Sketch #58 / IO Wreath Challenge

The first week of November has started off a little bit choppy; I caught a nasty cold that has zap a lot of my energy and made me a bit miserable. But since I slept most of the day away, I am burning the midnight oil right now, getting a chance to play in this week's Sketchy Thursday ESS Sketch #58. I also wanted to participate in the bi-weekly Impression Obsession's stamp challenge where they are currently having A Wreath Card Challenge.

This is my take on these two challenges:

I used this ESS sketch that Tracy Clemente created featuring a nice big circle with some fun circular embelishment to accent the circular frame. I thought this sketch went perfectly with the image I had in mind and that the circular embelishment were just right for using some gems.

For the IO Wreath Challenge, I wanted to use this fancy looking wreath from the Fancy Ornaments set along with this sentiment that fits so nicely. I used Martha Stewart pine branch punch to border the image, and I think it gives the card a FUN look :). I used pink gems on the wreath to match last year DCWV Christmas Stack pattern papers. I really like the way the pink looks combined with red and green on these pattern papers.

This was a FUN card to make and all the time I was making it, I didn't really think about my constant runny nose, LOL :)! It was a temporary relief! :)

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

wreath - Impression Obscession Fancy Ornaments set CL201
"Christmas Joy to you and yours" - Impression Obscession
Fancy Ornaments set CL201
Martha Stewart pine leaf punch
atyouSpica for added glitter on the bow
DCWV Texture paper, DCWV Christmas Stack 2008 pattern paper

Darice red gems
Heidi Swapp pink gems
Versafine Black Onyx ink
Momento Lady Bug ink

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