Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sewn With Threads of Gold

Fall has always been my favorite season for so many reasons.  And one of those is the beautiful colors.  The sky is the brightest, bluest, blue.  And the sun shines so bright against all the different colors of the foliage.  It just  appears as if it is shine down with threads of gold.  This card was created with that in mind.

The sewing machine is a cut from the Nifty Fifties cartridge.  I wound some metallic gold embroidery thread around the spool and then "threaded" the machine with the gold thread.  

The two dress forms are from the French Manor and Nifty Fifties cartridges.  I cut the leaves from the Doodlecharms cartridge.  The paper I used to create the card is from K&Company, Glitz Pack, and  Recollections.  I added some gold gem leaves to the card for glitz and dimension. The ribbon is from My Craft Spot and it is topped with a gem brad from Recollections.  

The stamp, "Sew Thoughtful" is from Scrappy Mom's Stamps.  And the inside of the card says,  "Autumn is sewn with threads of gold".  

Thanks for dropping by.  I hope you too will enjoy this beautiful season of colors.  

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge   Leaves are falling
My Sheri Crafts   Sew simple  
My Craft Spot   Ribbon 
Whimsical Wednesday   Anything goes

Celebrate The Occasion #32

This week at Celebrate the Occasion we are having a fun challenge.  The challenge is to create a card of any occasion and add ribbon.

Thia little card is made with paper from Me and My Big Ideas and Colorbok.  the puffy sticker is from a set by Wildflowers.  I found the paper stacks and the puffy sticker set at the same time a couple of months ago.  I just loved them both and thought that they would work well together.  I am so glad I rediscovered them to make this card.  i will be using them alot now.  The cute buttons are also from Colorbok.  And i have had the ribbon in my stash for quite some time.  

Please join us for the challenge this week at Celebrate The Occasion and show us the fun things you will make using ribbon.    Have a great week!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Farm Fresh

There is nothing better than farm fresh fruits and vegetables. Take a look at this fresh produce.

The background paper of the card is from Glitz Designs.  And all other paper used is from my scraps stash. 

 The pumpkins and farm fresh sign were cut from the Freshly Picked cartridge.  The apples were cut from the Country Life cartridge.  And the little bird on the branch was cut from the Live Simply cartridge.

  I used Tim Holtz Wild honey, Tea Dyed, Spiced Marmalade,  and Peeled Paint ink pads to ink the fruit, background paper, and fresh picked sign.  I also did some inking with a Color Box bronze ink pad.  I used a framed corn embellishment with the word Harvest to add a little more color.

And i finished the card with a gold ribbon and bow and three little pumpkin colored rhinestones.

Now I am hungry for some fresh fruit!!

More Than Favors   cartridge Live Simply
Scrappy Moms Stamps   cartridge Country Life
My Craft Spot   Happy Harvest theme

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A Tall Birthday

This week at Celebrate The Occasion the challenge is to make a tall birthday card that includes a package.  Well, why have just one package when you can have more!
I created this card using paper from the DCWV Whimsy stack.  The packages were cut from the Celebrations cartridge and then inked with Colorbox chalk. 

 I also cut the cupcake and tag from Celebrations.  They too were inked with Colorbox chalk and then given some dots with swirl glitter glue. 

 The sentiment stamp is from TPC Studio.  And a sheer ribbon was added to the tag to finish the card.  

I hope you will join us this week at Celebrate The Occasion.  There you sill seen what the talented design team has created for your inspiration.  We want to see your wonderful creations for this challenge. 

Monday, September 12, 2011

Music Soothes the Soul

I have a quick post here with a card I made about my favorite of all things...MUSIC!
As not only a music lover, I have spent the majority of my life as a student of music.  I have a BS in music education  and a background in theater and dance.  I teach kindergarten in a wonderful school in a great school district.  We have an outstanding music teacher at our school.  He is great with the children and provides them with a solid foundation in music education.  I like to use the fine arts as much as possible in my classroom.  As I tell the parents each year.  Your child has two sides of a brain.  I will teach to both sides of their brains.  All research shows that children who are educated with the fine arts are better readers and have a better concept of math than those who are not.  

Now off of my soapbox and back to the card.  I made the card with paper from K&Company, AC Specialities, and Colorbok. 

 I used Quarter Note,one of  my favorite cartridges, for the cuts.  And I added some pink glitter glue, and bling.  And then a pretty gold striped ribbon and bow.
Embrace the fine arts and add some more joy to your life.

Fantabulous Cricut   Make some music!  

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Whooo Goes There?

My sweet friend Sheila, at She's A Sassy Lady did a great Gypsy Made Simple tutorial of an A2 wide card with an owl welded to it.  Well, I love using my Gypsy.  I got it for my birthday last October.  And I have not used a cartridge in my Cricut since.  I tend to take my Gypsy with me where ever I go.  (Just in case I have the time and need to create something with it.)  It has also made my life easier making things for my classroom.  I just take my Gypsy to school with me instead of a bunch of cartridges.  I have a Cricut in my classroom as well as one at home.

Now, back to my project.  After watching Sheila's tutorial and seeing her cute cards, I decided to make one myself.

Sheila used an owl from the Hoot and Holler cart.  But, since I do not have that one, I just found me a cute little owl from the Give A hoot cartridge.  And here it is.  I used a pale olive green to cut the card base.  And the background paper is from a Glitz Design pack.  The paper used to create the owl is from My Mind's Eye.  
I used a few gold balls to add a little bling along with some leaf dimensional stickers.  And I tied a ribbon and bow to the card that matches the card base.  
The inside of the card has the Glitz Paper for the background.  I added a sentiment suing a stamp from The Oriental Trading Company.  And I finished the inside with some more of the dimensional leaves.  

Thanks Sheila, for the great inspiration!  You always share such great ideas.

Forever Young... Delightful

Here is a card made with some very warm papers from  a new stack I got a couple of week ago at Hobby Lobby called Glitz Pack.
I used the Forever Young cartridge for the cuts on this card.  I added a little bling flower to the dress and some gold bling flourishes to the frame.  The two epoxy sentiment stamps are from a set I found in the $1.00 bin at JoAnn's.  I finished the card with a sheer yellow ribbon and bow that match the dress.  

MAG   Forever Young page 43   

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Just a Note

There are several people who are always working hard behind the scenes at our school.  These are people who never seek attention or credit for what they do.  I wnated to send a little note to them just to remind them that their work does not go unnoticed.  here is one of the cards.
All of the paper I used to make this card is from the DCWV Tradwinds stack.  An EK Success punch was used to create the scalloped border.  The little swuare gold gems are from Recollections and the sentiment stamp is from a TCP Studio stamp set.  The ribbon I have had in my stash for quite sometime.    When I firsst saw this paper stack, I knew I just had to have it.  There is just something about some shades of blue that really touch me and these did.  This card is my first from this stack.  But there will be many more.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

You Make Me Smile

Here is something I made tonight from scraps of paper.  Before looking at any new paper or paper stacks, i was actually putting away some scraps.  It was at this time a new idea came to me.  So I just looked through the scraps and pulled ot these papers.
  This week at Celebrate The Occasion the challenge is GRANDPARENTS DAY.  I think I have created a perfect card for a grandparent.  I know if mine were alive, it would be perfect for them.
This is an A2 card made with an ivory base.  The papers I used are from K&Co and Recollections. 

 The sentimemt I printed on the computer.  The rocking chair and kittens with yarn are cut from the Kate's ABCs cartridge.  The ribbon is also a left over scrap.  And I added a few little rhinestones to create the kittens' collars.  This card makes me smile.  I mean who wouldn't smile watching little kittens play with yarn!

  I invite you to go to Celebrate The Occasion and see the wonderful projects the design team has created.  And most of all, come join the challenge.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Shabby Tea Room # 78

This week at The Shabby Tea Room the challenge is entitled "Pink Wedded Bliss".  There are some beautiful photos that have been offered for inspiration.

Oh, how I love these beautiful photos for inspiration.  And inspired I am.  Take a look at what I created for this challenge.

The toile paper is from a Recollections pack called Elegance.  The music paper is a left over scrap from My Mind's Eye.  The dollie and  toile paper were both inked with a Tim Holtz spun sugar ink pad.  The music paper was distressed with a Tim Holtz distresser.

  I made the two large flowers from an old sewing pattern.  After cutting out several flower shapes, I inked them with a Tim Holtz tea dyed ink pad. After giving them time to dry, I poked a hole in the center of them and then attached a brad.  I then  added an old pearl button and a pink pearl  to the center of each flower. I just had to add  a little flourish element to it.  

I found the pink and white lace trim in my sewing closet last week and knew I would be able to use it on something.  So when I started working on this card, I knew I had a place for it.  And to top off the lace I lied a black velvet bow and a little black cameo button,    
The stamp is from a small set I by Colorbok/  
And there it is, my take on the "Pink Wedded Bliss".  Go over  to The Shabby Tea Room for some more shabby pink bliss! 


Monday, September 5, 2011

First Fall Card of the Year

Now that September is here, that means fall will be arriving in the near future.  I am so ready for fall weather, because this summer was brutally hot.  For the next couple of days we should have cooler weather.  But usually September is one of our hottest months.  So I am begging fall to hurry up and get here soon!
This was such a fun card to make because i just love fall so much.  I love the colors of fall and the climate.  But I also love fall because my three favorite holidays are during this season.  They are, my birthday, Halloween, and Thanksgiving!  Oh, I sure do not want to leave out football season. Roll Tide!

    Now back to the card.  The card measures 6 x 6.5.  The card base is ivory which has been inked with a Color Box bronze ink.  The first layer is a dark green paper from the Vintage Fashion Colors pack from JoAnn's.  The next layer is a green stripe from a Tim Coffey Fall stack from the K&Co. I  embossed the paper and then inked it with a Tim Holtz antique linen inkpad. 

 The top rectangle has the same dark green mat under a light green swirl print paper, also from the Tim Coffey stack.  It was also embossed and then inked with the Tim Holtz peeled paint inkpad.  And the layer to the right has a crimson mat from JoAnn's Heritage pack, and topped with a honey yellow paper from the Vintage Fashion pack.  It too was embossed and then inked with the Tim Holtz wild honey inkpad.

   I added a tree cut from the Heritage cartridge and some leaves I found several weeks ago in the fall decoration dept. at Hobby Lobby.  And the little sentiment, (The Beauty of Autumn) is an embellishment that I also found there. 
And so, there you have it, my first fall card of the season.  Oh, and a Happy Labor Day to everyone!

Die Cuttin Divas   Fall Colors


Saturday, September 3, 2011

It'sTime For Football

It is my favorite time of the year...football season!  And today was a very special day here in Alabama.  Today,The University of Alabama played its first game of the season in Tuscaloosa.  We played Kent State and had an impressive win, 48-7.  But that was not all of what this game was about.  It was the first game played since the April 27th tornado tore through Tuscaloosa, destroying so much of the city and killong 35+.  Seven of those who died in the tornado were students at the University.
There was a pre-game performance by rhe  Million Dollare Band to honor all the first responders on April 27th.  And the half-time show included a tribute to those who died in the storm.  The band played a trilogy of Amazing Grace, Taps, and My Home's in Alabama.  The stadium was full of tears.

Prior to the beginning of the game the Alabama fans gave the Kent State team a Standing O when they entered the stadium.  You see, a good many of their players came down to Tuscaloosa this past summer to help build houses for those who had lost their homes in the storm.  Even though we were glad to have beat them in the game today, we love them for caring so so much to give up part of their summer vacation to help is out.  It will not be forgotten.

I made a card to celebrate the beginnig football season.
This is an A2 size card/  The background paper is a crimson from The Paper Company, (JoAnn's) and the black and white houndstooth is from DCWV Dots, Stripes, and Plauds stack.  I cut the elephant from the Cricut Lite Zoo Day cartridge and the A from the Stone Script cartridge.  The logo I printed from the internet.  And I tied some crimson and white twine to the card.
This is the inside using the same papers.  I cut the Play Time from the Cricut Lite Play time cartridge.  I wanted to add a houndstooth ribbon to the card.  But I do not have a cartridge with that cut.  But I do have a stamp that is the shape of the ribbon.  So I stamped it on the houndstooth paper and cut it out. Perfect!!  It was important to use the ribbon on the card, because that has become the symbol of Tuscaloosa since the tornado.  It is even painted on the field as a memorial, and the players wear one on their helmets. 
My sweet daddy, who is 87 years old is a die-hard BAMA fan. He no longer goes to the games.  But he would not miss watching one on television, no matter the cost where he is at the time.  Two weeks ago he told me that he was going to buy a new television before the first game of the season.  He just wanted something larger than his 42" screen.  So he bought a 58" screen.  I am sure that he was wearing his shirt like Coach Sabin, one of his Bama hats, sitting in his den with Alabama football art hanging on the wall, watching the game and cheering the Tide on!  I haven't seen him today to ask hime about watching the game on his new set.  But, I will drop by my parents tomorrow and visit with him and get the scoop. So the only thing I have left tosay about today is...

Cooking With Cricut   Family Fun, something your family enjoys.