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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Something Old And Something New

I was out this weekend looking for treasures at garage sales and I came across a bag of unfinished building blocks! These blocks mixed with yummy supplies from Posh Designs Scrapbook Store equal cute blocks you can use as home decor!

First I covered all sides of the blocks except for the sides I wanted to put photos on with some yummy paper from Cosmo Cricket - Jacks World! I then sanded all the edges to give them a nice smooth look. And finished the edges with chalk to add some colour. I then added the word love from the fuzzy felt alpha letters from Making Memories Felt Alpha Stickers - Green!

Stop by the store and pick up a beautiful Printed Pack of Paper to turn something old into something fabulous and new!

I also made a layout of my cute Nephew Caleb this weekend. First I matted my photo and then adhered it to my base piece of cardstock from BoBunny.I then inked the edges and I also inked the edges of the gorgeous chipboard flourishes from BoBunny and added a bit of cute ribbon.

And I added additional layers to a gorgeous Prima Flower to make an extra large flower!Make sure to check out all the flowers that are in full bloom over in the store! A girl can never have to many flowers!

Are you wondering how I got my perfectly rounded corners????

From my new tool......the We R Memory Keepers - Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper!! It can easily add perfectly rounded corners to paper, cardstock, chipboard, leather, plastic, acrylic/poly and more! The Chomper also gives you two corner options, 1/4" and 1/2".

I hope you enjoyed today's projects, until next time Happy Scrapping!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Fanciful Fridays - Soon to be summer!

Well it's the end of another month, usually they go by quite quickly but for some reason May seems to have gone by very slowly for me. We had such nice weather earlier on and then it turned chilly and damp. I thought this was supposed to be April weather? it's just not right for May. I can't wait for those temperatures to creep up again and bring back the warmth.

On the flip side, Nini has kept things hotter than ever and has brought in some great products over the course of the month. She's really outdone herself. If you haven't checked out the new items page, you really should.

She's got the pre-orders up for Basic Grey's Lemonade line, perfect for spring and summer LO's. Have you seen the card kits? I've purchased them in the past and they are great. So simple to put together and it looks like you've put in more work than you actually did. Oh and did I mention the price? Only $15!!! You make 8 cards with the kit, that's less than $2 a card, way less then what you'd pay at the store and it's hand made! I've been tempted to put an order in, but I know that I already have so many goodies. *lol*

She's got new Inkadinkadoo stamps in at only $1.99! At that price you can get all six of them. A great deal and a perfect finishing touch on a card or special project. Get them before they are gone!

The Basic Grey June Bug line is also ready for pre-order. If you haven't seen the Rub-on Olio books, you really should. Gorgeous rub-ons that are multi-coloured and really pop! I have these for another Basic Grey line and I was just floored at how nice they are! Priced at only $7 for the most awesome of rub-ons, you won't be let down. Trust me on this.

Keep your eyes peeled for many more exciting products coming soon. As always if you have questions about an instock or out of stock item, Nini is always happy to answer. If there's something you're looking for and don't see it, perfect time to get in touch with her as well.

Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Cricut Tuesdays with The McSmitty Girl

Hi Everyone and Happy Tuesday!

Summer is in full swing here in Canada! Warm weather, clear skies and the bright sun were the inspiration for this week's post. Another short and simple project you can use for your upcoming BBQs, parties and get-togethers ~ a box and coordinating tag. You can use the box as part of your celebratory decor by filling it up with treats for your guests to nibble on or you can use these boxes to give as a parting thank-you gift. The possibilities are endless and I hope this edition of Cricut Tuesdays sparks your creativity. This week I will be using 2 cartridges: Tags, Bags, Boxes and More in addition to Accent Essentials plus the Cricut Markers. So let's go...

To create the box:

- Place a 12x12 solid piece of cardstock onto your cutting mat (preferably a light color)
- Remove the blade assembly and replace with a marker color of choice
- Insert the Accent Essentials cartridge first
- Load paper as usual
- Press the 'Auto Fill' button ON

*Trick: This feature will cut or draw automatically the maximum amount of images onto your cardstock/paper.

- Choose your image (for this project I used 'Accent-4')
- Select your size (I chose to size my images at 2")
- Press 'Cut' ~ Now your image will be drawn onto your cardstock
- Once completed, unload paper and swap cartridges to the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More
- Load the same sheet of paper just freshly drawn upon into your Cricut
- Switch out the marker for the blade assembly
- Choose your box of choice (I used the 'flrbox' for this project)
- Press the 'Fit to Page' button ON (make sure your Auto Fill button is OFF)
- Press 'Cut' ~ the Cricut will actually cut this image out at 8-3/4"
- Unload paper, remove cut image from mat, score & assemble your box... Presto ~ a completed box with customized images created with your Cricut!

Here are some other tips:

1) When assembling your box, you need to only glue the outside flaps into your box. There are only 2 per box for this particular image.

2) You do not necessarily need to adjust the pressure or speed on your Cricut machine when using markers - the general rule of thumb is the more pressure = thicker lines; higher speed = increased chance of drag marks with the markers across the page and in between the images. Play around with scrap paper first to see what you can achieve.

3) For faster assembly, choose one marker at a time per page when choosing the Auto Fill option. This can also work if you want different images onto the same piece of cardstock. Simply key in all the images you like in order of preference until the Cricut machine beeps letting you know that no more characters can fit.

4) If you want different colors of the same image, you cannot use the Auto Fill option but have to switch in and out your markers upon every completed drawing created = more time required.

5) You can only have 1 size per image or series of images using the Auto Fill option. If you like different sizes, you must wait until the Cricut has completed your current drawings = this will also require more time.

6) Use the Paper Saver option on both drawing and cutting to ensure you get as many images onto your cardstock as well the most images cut onto your box image.

7) If you have the 12x24 cutting mat, you can create 2 boxes at the same time along with tags from the spare part of the same cardstock (again ensure your Paper Saver option is on to maximize paper use)

8) As you can see from my example that I have chosen holes for my box to tie ribbon or in this case my tag through. You can choose the blackout feature if you do not want holes in any of the images in this cartridge set but you will need to score all the sides yourself before assembly.

To create the coordinating tag is quite simple...

- Using your Accent Essentials cartridge, choose the same shape you chose in creating your box making it larger but in proportion to the box itself (in this case I chose my image to be cut at 2-1/2")
- Using your Tags, Bags, Boxes and More cartridge chose the tag shape that best resembles your shape image from Accent Essentials (for me it was the circle tag) but as a shadow to the image above (for this project the circle tag was cut at 3")

Tip: Use your markers again to add emphasis to your images prior to cutting.

Well I hope that this project adds that special touch to your upcoming summer celebrations. It is quick and easy to do. Have fun and Until next week... Happy Crafting!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Time To Hit The Beach ~ Jackie's Creations

Time to grab your blankets and lawn chairs and hit the beach! The weather is gorgeous, and it's the perfect time to take in some sunshine, and take some gorgeous photos!

This months Design Team kit included the fun Bo Bunny - Beach Collection,Word Album Class Kit! This kit is so amazing! It comes with everything you need to make a gorgeous perfectly coordinated mini book album! It takes the guess work out of matching papers and embellishments! Posh Designs Scrapbook Store also has other cute albums to choose from, like Happy or the cool new Bo Bunny Clearly Mixed Up Flower Album!

Plus the kit comes with clear and easy detailed instructions! To help you scrapbook each page, from beginning to end!

This kit also includes Bo Bunny - Double Dot Chipboard. Cute alphas, flourishes and flowers!

Plus a cool template of different sized arrows, making it really easy to make your own!

Now I have the perfect album ready for all those beach photos I will take this summer! I hope you enjoyed today's project, I know I enjoyed making it!
Until next time, Happy Scrapping!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Fanciful Fridays - Happy Memorial Day!

Although Posh Designs is based in Canada, we know that we have many American customers and wish to wish them a good long weekend!

Taken from wikipedia :

Memorial Day
is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (May 25 in 2009). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War (it is celebrated near the day of reunification after the civil war), it was expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any war or military action.

After celebrating with the family, why not scrap some of those great pictures that you know you took during the day! (and over the course of the weekend) The new Basic Grey - Optimistic cardstock pack has the perfect combo of colours, including of course, red, white and blue! Place your order now before they run out.

For a little fun and embellishment, use Basic Grey - June Bug buttons. Available in various sizes and colours, including the patriotic red, white and blue. Another pre-order, so you'll want to get them in your cart before someone else does!

Craft project : Memorial Day star wreath

Supplies needed :

  • Red, white and blue cardstock
  • A paper plate
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Optional - glitter, brads, buttons

    1. Cut a large hole in the plate, depending on the size of the plate make the width of the base of the wreath anywhere from 1" - 2".
    2. Cut out many stars from the cardstock, you can shake things up a little and make them various sizes if you want.
    3. Adhere the stars to the paper plate.
    4. Finish by adding any embellishments you desire, whether it's glitter, brads or buttons.
    There are many sites with various kid friendly Memorial Day crafts, this was just one I saw and thought it looked fun. I hadn't had a chance to make any of them due to time constraints at home, but if you decide to make any, please post pictures on the community site, we'd love to see your creations!

    Wednesday, May 20, 2009

    Thursdays with KLDezign

    Wow mais la nouvelle thématique du blog est superbe!

    Que c'est frais!

    Comment allez vous cette semaine?

    La semaine prochaine je ne ferai pas de chronique j'aurai probablement la tête ailleurs et j'aurai pas de nouveaux projets à vous montrer!

    Mais cette semaine je vous montre ma toute dernière page!

    J'ai reçu cette semaine (faut dire qu'il était temps car j'aurais assommé mon facteur) la collection Whisteria de Basic Grey...

    Un seul mot... WOW! Je ne le cache pas, BG étant une de mes collection favorite, (je précommande les collections avant de les avoirs vues..)

    Alors dès que je les avaient en main, il ne me restait qu'à essayer de choisir la photo parfaite pour coordonner le tout!

    Alors voici une page sur moi, ce qui est assez rare j'en conviens; intitulée La vie devant soi.

    Les superbes papiers Whisteria, avec les brads, les boutons et les brads Glazed assortis. Le tout surmontés de pierres décoratives Kaisercraft!

    J'aime beaucoup ma page je ne le cache pas!

    Alors à dans 2 semaines ou je pourrai probablement vous montrer des pages de scrap de moi... Mariée!


    Kim @ KLDezign

    Monday, May 18, 2009

    Cricut Tuesdays with The McSmitty Girl

    Happy Tuesday Everyone!

    Well my family received some great news very recently... My Nephew was finally born! His name is Ryder and is the second child for my Brother and my SIL but Ryder is their 1st Son! So with lots of excitement as well as running back and forth from my home to theirs (they live in the city); this week's post will be short and sweet.

    Last week I discussed the concept of making smaller cards with coordinating envelopes with your Original Cricut or even with the Cricut Create machines. I think these cards are great for sending a sentiment or greeting when the thought of writing a personal note can be daunting. I made these few to show you that no matter the size of the card or message; you can be just as creative using the Cricut system. So let's get started... Here are your instructions to re-create these cards at home using the Walk In My Garden cartridge.



    To re-create the middle card:

    - Load your 6x12 paper or cardstock onto the cutting mat
    - Load paper as usual
    - Select image 'fldcard'
    - Turn your size dial to 4-1/2"
    - Press Cut
    - Unload your paper as usual
    - Fold card along the score marks as indicated for you by the machine
    - Finished size: 3" x 4" rectangle folded

    Tip: Ensure you use the standard set image for this card and any card to get those score marks. The score marks make it easier for you to know where to fold your paper or cardstock making this fool-proof.

    Tip: You can use the shadow or blackout feature of any card but be aware that when using the shadow image; it will cut proportionally to the size you indicated. Therefore it may or may not fit into the coordinating envelope. Just to make sure, cut your envelope out first as your guide to creating your card.

    Tip: To maximize your paper usage, ensure your 'Save Paper' function is ON. This will tell your Cricut machine to cut the image as close to the top of the cutting mat (i.e. the most right hand side of cutting mat when you are looking into the machine). As a result, you will have a significant amount of paper scrap to use for a future project.

    To make the flower on this card:

    - Cut the 'stflwr' image at 2-1/4"
    - Leaving the size dial where it is, cut the following layers: 'stflwr-s' (using the shift key) & shadow creative feature
    - Nest all the layers together
    - Stitch around the edges (optional)

    Tip: Use different colors of cardstock to create the different parts of the whole image like I did for the leaves and the centre flower. On this cartridge you will have to cut the image twice (i.e. 'stflwr-s'). This is a great opportunity to use up some of the scraps that maybe piling up!

    Don't have either of the machines I am talking about? Not a problem. I have a work around that using your Cricut Expression machine. Better yet, let me show you how to create 2 cards at the same time. The cards shown on either side of the one above was created by 1 piece of 6 x 12 cardstock. Here are my tricks and tips for you to do the same thing and here's how...

    - Apply a 6 x 12 cardstock sheet on the cutting but on the opposite side of where you are going to load in your paper (i.e. on the left side of the cutting mat).
    - Load paper as usual
    - Use your arrow keys (surrounded by the 'cut' button) to navigate your blade assembly to the most top right of the page where the paper loaded into the machine (this should be a direct left movement).
    - Press 'Set Paper Size' and this will calculate the size of paper loaded in your Cricut Expression (it should read an appox to 6 x 12, if not move the blade assembly until you are closer to this dimension).
    - Press the 'Quantity' key and set the amount of cuts to 2 by using your arrow keys located under the LCD screen.
    - Press the 'Fit to Page' key. You are now asking the Cricut to calculate the size it needs to cut on the size of cardstock inserted into the machine times two.
    - Select your image (for this blog post, I used the same image as with the above card).
    - Press 'Cut' and the Cricut will cut out 2 cards from this one piece of cardstock. Your finished size for each card should be 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" folded.

    To re-create the flower on this card, I used the Storybook cartridge:

    - Select image 'Flower-1' (which is located with the letter 'I')
    - Set your dial size to 2-1/4"
    - Press 'Cut'
    - Select the same image using the shadow creative feature
    - Leave the size dial as is from your last cut
    - Press 'Cut'
    - Layer the images together and adhere them to the card

    Tip: Try using any of cartridges that have card images on them as the above tricks and tips apply to all of them.

    (optional) I used Pop-Dots to give some more added dimension to the card as well I added a piece of colored cardstock onto the 1st inside fold for added color. I left space on each of the cards to stamp a sentiment, greeting or hand write a personal statement.

    You can use the rectangle envelopes created from last week's blog post if you need to address the card to someone. If not, these cards are simply sweet on their own.

    Hope these cards inspire you to think cards can be short and sweet!

    Until next week... Happy Crafting!

    Saturday, May 16, 2009

    Pink Cat Studio ~ Lilly Card

    Hey Everyone!

    Boy am I excited to have this entire long weekend all to myself and my crafts of course! Davian left earlier this evening to spend the weekend at granny's!

    Soon after he left *lol* I got a chance to play around with my papers, stamps and markers! I came up with this birthday card for my friend! I hope she'll like it!

    I used adorable stamps from Pink Cat Studio (email me if you'd like to order some), cardstock, ribbon and my trusty Copic markers! I'm fairly new to using these markers but with lots of practice I hope to improve someday *lol* :)

    Please click on the image for a full view!

    Thanks for looking, until next time! Have a wonderful long weekend!

    Friday, May 15, 2009

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    Have a wonderful long weekend!

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    Fanciful Fridays - Happy Victoria Day!

    Once again I'm a few days early for the holiday wishes :) I had hoped to make something themed for the holiday, but somehow a layout about camping and drinking just didn't seem right. Also, the only pics that I have of those activities happening are from 15 years ago! (the last time I went camping)

    So for those not in the know, here's an excerpt from wikipedia :

    Victoria Day, colloquially known as May Two-four, May Long, or May Run, is a Canadian statutory holiday celebrated on the last Monday before or on 24 May, in honour of both Queen Victoria's birthday and the current reigning Canadian sovereign's official birthday. It has been marked since before Canada was formed, originally falling on the sovereign's actual birthday, and continues to be celebrated across the country on a fixed date and in various fashions, also being considered an informal mark of the beginning of the summer season.

    So, instead of something holiday themed, I decided to go with "cute" instead. My sister will be visiting at the end of the month and she will be laden down with many paper crafts made by me. Thankfully, she's always happy to receive presents! I can't wait to fill all the little bags and boxes with fun goodies, just for her!

    I made my own template for this one, so I can only show you what it looked like before assembly. I took one sheet of foiled cardstock from the DCWV Citrus cardstock pack for my base. I then used a piece of Cherry Arte Her Beauty printed paper for my background on the purse. The cardstock is a nice heavy weight and the patterns of the Cherry Arte papers are so much fun!

    I had a blast stamping with my new Stampavie Hoo Hoo There stamp which I affixed to the layered background. A Cherry Arte rub on, Valentine's sticker that I had lying around and a piece of fiber from Basic Grey finished it off nicely. Now to figure out what to stuff it with, I'm sure I'll be able to find a few cute hair scrunchies and clips for her or maybe I'll venture out and find something completely new to give her.

    I'll have to let you ladies know what she thinks of all the little gifts that she'll be getting. Maybe I'll even take pictures and scrap them.

    So to all the Canadians, enjoy your long weekend. Hope the weather is nice and you get a chance to get out and BBQ to your heart's content. Happy May 24!!!

    Thursday, May 14, 2009

    Mindy's Zoo ~ Basic Grey Lime Rickey Card

    Hey bloggers!

    Today I want to share with you a card I made using an adorable collection of clear stamps called Mindy's Zoo by Autumn Leaves' designed by Mindy Terasawa.

    Last night right after watching the Grudge 3 (which was an okay movie by the way), I decided to play around with my Copic Markers and new stamps and then one thing led to another hihihi looked at the time and it was already 5 AM... Oh my gosh, I couldn't believe how 2 hours of crafting passed in a jiffy!!!

    During my play time I created this card which sort of reminds me of Dreamwork's Madagascar movie! Thanks for looking!!! ~ Nini

    Please click on the images for a full view!

    List of supplies I used:
    • Paper from Basic Grey's new Lime Rickey Collection
    • Autumn Leaves Mindy's Zoo Clear Stamps
    • Copic Markers
    • Prism Smooth White Cardstock (best pick for Copic Markers and stamping)
    • Memento Black Tuxedo Ink Pad (best to use with Copic Markers they don't bleed in)
    • Ranger Clear Embossing Powder
    Remember I can get my hands on almost anything so if there's an item you don't see in store, product requests are always welcomed!

    Thursdays with KlDezign

    Bonjour tout le monde! Comment allez vous?

    Il ne me reste que 16 jours avant mon mariage c'est le grand décompte ici! Quel stress et que de préparations!

    Alors je vous écris une petite chronique vite vite car je suis un peu dans le jus!

    Voici donc ma dernière page faite avec les superbes papiers Cosmo Cricket... Je vais vous avouer que j'étais presque triste. J'ai vraiment aimé ces papier qui allaient tellement bien avec la face "crasse" de mon plus jeune! Je me suis vraiment amusé à créer des pages avec ces motifs enfantins.

    J'ai cousu de façon aléatoire pour donner un peu de fantaisie à ma page. (Je fais de la couture à tout bout de champs alors n'allez pas croire que je fais des bords de pantalons aussi négligemment!)

    Le lettrage est de Bobunny et je trouvais qu'il allait merveilleusement bien avec le reste des éléments de pages.

    Alors voila les 100 visages de Damien!

    (Je sais je sais! J'ai fait un travail parfait! Mon gars; pas la page!)

    Voici donc les nouveaux papiers Cherry Arte! Non mais ça m'a fait tellement de bien recevoir de beaux papiers MASCULIN! Pas que j'aie des préjugés mais les papiers sont trop souvent féminin à mon gout, moi qui ai 2 garçons (et un chum qui aime faire des poses stupides devant mon appareil!) Alors cette collection m'a fait un grand soulagement! Enfin des couleurs d'hommes viriles! hihi

    Alors pour une fois j'ai fait une page complétement destructurée, pleine de peinture acrylique blanche et de rub-on assortie cette page crie totalement HOMME.

    Alors voilà pour cette semaine! J'essaye de vous revenir la semaine prochaine avec pleins de nouvelles pages!


    Kim @ KLDezign

    Tuesday, May 12, 2009

    Cricut Tuesdays with The McSmitty Girl

    Hi Everyone and welcome to another edition of Cricut Tuesdays!

    Over the past couple of days I've been helping a friend get to know more about the Cricut Create machine. She does not own one... yet. My friend had a couple of dilemmas. What is the maximum size of coordinating envelopes and cards? What cartridges do I recommend getting first as a start to her Cricut library (she adores flourishes, florals, likes to make gift boxes and loves cute lettering)?

    Although I do not own this machine, this did not stop me in helping out my friend. And how did I help her without owning a Cricut Create? I used my Original Cutter Machine. Why? Because the Original Cutter Machine and the Cricut Create are basically the same machine but the Create has the functionality of the Expression (another topic for a future blog post).

    Here are my tips, tricks and how-to's so that you can save time and start making wonderful cards today.

    Tip: Using the Beyond Birthdays cartridge the following cuts were used as my benchmark. Universally the cards and envelopes suit any occasion and are pretty much the standard size to the cardmaking world.

    Tip: Try mixing and matching images from other cartridges onto the foundational cards and/or envelopes for a more custom and unique card design.


    • Load Paper as usual already placed onto a 6x12" cutting mat

    • Start your size dial at the maximum height which is 5-1/2" (this would be the same for the Cricut Create and Original Cutter machines)

    • Select your image, starting with the envelopes first (i.e. 'squr-1' and 'rect-1' images which are actually the foundation keys* on this cartridge)

    • For use on your Original Cutter Machine, once you press 'cut' the machine will automatically beep if the image is too large for the cutting mat. The actual maximum size for the square envelope and card is 4", while the rectangle shape is 3 x 3-1/2".

    • For use on your Create machine, press the 'Fit to Page' cutting function as it will automatically calculate the maximum size for you (which will end up to be the same as with the above).

    *Foundation Keys are an added creative features which have already set images. This allows you to layer the images, phrases, words or letters found on the cartridge onto the card/envelope. IMHO this is added value to the cartridge itself, saving you time and energy to ensure you coordinate your card/envelope design elements together.

    Tip: Always start cutting out your envelope first. I cannot stress this enough... Not only will you save time but you will know what size to cut your card next hence saving you more time and energy trying to figure out fit and size if you were to cut the card image out first.

    Tip: If you want to ensure your envelope and card will fit together; do not press the 'Real Dial Size' button on. In doing so the envelopes will not be able to cut because the cutting mat is too small for the image size in this cutting mode. No worries... I have a work around that creative block. Just read on.


    As you can see from my samples in the picture, these make really cute cards that can be made in a flash! But actually we are not done with this dilemma yet. As I just mentioned using the 'Real Dial Size' cutting function does that; the machine will literally cut out your image to what the size dial is set at. The how-to is really simple and follows the basic steps as discussed earlier.

    • Load paper as usual after it is placed onto your cutting mat

    • Select your image

    • Select your size

    • Press the 'Real Dial Size' button on

    • Press cut

    As a result you will have an end product of a 5-1/2" square card and a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" rectangle card when folded. The picture of all of these examples shows you the envelopes (folds shown) and cards both done in the set maximum size and with the Real Dial Size cutting mode on.

    So how do you create the coordinating envelope. Easy! There are many tools out there such as the Crafter's Companion The Enveloper, which allows you to custom create your own size envelopes for all types and sizes of cards. And like using your patterned or solid colored papers or cardstock to create these envelopes; this is no different.

    I also gave my friend lots of cartridge recommendations to start her Cricut library. Now remember she adores flourishes, florals and cute lettering. These are my top picks and personal choices for me to help her decide (and yes if you are wondering I do own all the cartridges that have been released to date):

    Fabulous Finds:
    To create your bookplates, tabs, paper clips, etc... Layer several pieces of cardboard or paper for added dimension.

    Tags, Bags, Boxes and More:
    I have created boxes for gift cards, cake slice boxes, jewellery boxes, tags, goodie bags, you name it, this is an essential for sure.

    Accent Essentials:
    This has great and funky shapes plus a great label image I use all the time!

    Home Accents:
    For the swirls, flourishes plus all the other pretty images

    Home Decor:
    For additional images that are all around cute, pretty and contemporary

    Opposites Attract:
    This has an upright and script font plus others making this cartridge worth every penny.

    One of the latest releases which also has a great alphabet font plus the images are so darn pretty. I have used this cart to even make photo mats for my LO pages.

    Wild Card:
    Goes without saying... This cart is jammed packed with phrases, an alphabet, different card and envelope images that are not your standard. I recently posted about this cart when I made my MIL birthday cards from Cole and Us.

    Hello Kitty Greetings:
    This is a stinkin' cute cart with the ability to make cards out of phrases and images available.

    Hello Kitty Font:
    Like above, the lettering is so darn cute and there are at least 3 different alphabet fonts.

    For more cute lettering fonts... I think that maybe Don Juan (with the Create), Doodletype, Printing Press and maybe for a more basic font you can look into Plantin Schoolbook (with the Expression) or Base Camp.

    Well I hope I've help you crafters out there who have the Original Cutter Machine determine what size of cards and envelopes you can make. Plus I hope that I have given you some cartridge ideas to put on your wish list in case you do not own them yet.

    Until next week, have a good one and take care!

    Sunday, May 10, 2009

    Smiles Make the Heart Bloom ~ Jackie's Creations

    There is nothing like seeing a child's smile and hearing their laughter! And the fun bold colours in the line from Cosmo Cricket - Jack's World was the perfect choice for a layout of my Nephew!Both the paper and the fun title are from this line!

    And to make my flower from Bo Bunny pop I added liquid pearls to make light blue polka dots!And the gorgeous chipboard flourishes are also from Bo Bunny Press!

    With the right products it is easy to make a clean quick layout with ease! And Posh Designs Scrapbook Store has everything you need!

    And after you have done all your fabulous shopping over in the store before you throw out all your packaging think again!!

    I made these super sweet ATC'S from clear packaging from my scrapbooking supplies!!

    First I cut my cards they should be 2.5x3.5. I then decorated each card with fun rubons from Imaginisce - Twitterpated. I also used Bazzill in Stitch'z Floss to stitch a fun border on one of my ATC'S!

    I hope you enjoyed todays projects, until next time Happy Scrapping!!

    Friday, May 8, 2009

    Fanciful Fridays - Happy Mother's Day!

    Hope you ladies didn't forget that this Sunday is Mother's Day!

    To celebrate the occasion, I've created a super simple project that will be perfect for those adorable little goodies you've got put aside for *your* mom. From what I can tell a lot of you are mom's yourself, and in that case you can always direct your partner to this post so *they* can make this simple box.

    It really is super simple. You can see the template on the left hand side. You cut around the outside and fold on the inside dark lines. Glue the flap at the bottom to the opposite side to create the pillow box. You'll see below in my finished projects how they are supposed to look.

    By using cardstock as your base, you'll have a nice sturdy box. I used Pink Paislee's Sweet Cakes Honey Bunch for my stamped box and Pink Paislee's Sweet Cakes Sweet Nothings for my second box.

    Then using ribbons, patterned paper and tags you can keep on creating and liven up the outside! I've chosen to stamp and emboss one of my boxes and use Pink Paislee's Sweet Cakes ribbon with a Pink Paislee's postcard tag for the other. All in all, a total of about 20 - 30 minutes of work for both. Now they're ready to fill and give.

    All of the Pink Paislee products used are in the clearance section which gives you a chance to save a few dollars now to put towards the gift that will go inside afterwards!

    I hope you enjoy your weekend and are appreciated on Sunday. From all of us to all our scrapping mom's out there, Happy Mother's Day!

    Tuesday, May 5, 2009

    Cricut Tuesdays with The McSmitty Girl


    Hi Readers! I hope everyone is having a great start to the week thus far!

    Well last week I received my May DT Kit and boy oh boy; it was packed with awesome goodness!!! Completely set with my Son in mind (thx Nini), I was able to create 3 layouts. So without further adue; let's get started...

    The 'for the love of BOOKS' layout was created using the Cherry Arte's collection 'Arcade' I used the following papers for this page: Star Search and Alien Invasion (both sides) plus for the background cardstock was taken from the K & Company 'Remake' line - Night Blacks. Once my elements were in place I created the title using my trusty Cricut machine and the new Jubliee cartridge.


    Technique: If you want a faux embossed look, try using the same color of cardstock and the above two features, nest and glue the characters together... Volia! A faux embossed look. This tip works best on cardstock only for visual purposes as supposed to using patterned papers or cardstock.

    The 'Who wants a ride?' layout was also created using the Cherry Arte papers from the same Arcade collection, 'Houston' (both sides) and 'Word Play'. Also I used a chipboard piece from the Pink Paislee line, Winsome collection - Fetching group. Again once my elements were in place, I created my title using the Cricut machine and cartridges Street Sign and All Mixed Up.

    Tip: To maximize your cartridges and your paper/cardstock stash, get creative and mix up your fonts either with your words or even different lettering. You might be pleasantly surprised at the results; I know I was!


    For my 3rd layout... You will need to see that in the Posh Designs Interactive Community Site. It will be posted in the gallery there.

    As you may recall in my last blog post, I just recently celebrated my Wedding Anniversary and had created 2 cards for my DH.

    To create the 'Happy Anniversary', I used the Calligraphy Collection Cricut cartridge but instead of the blade to cut; I inserted the Cricut black marker to 'write' out my greeting. I then hand cut around the greeting leaving some space outside of the outlined words for additional impact. This was done at 3".

    Technique: When using the Cricut markers to draw or write your images; simply remove the blade housing unit as per your manual instructions and insert the marker. *You will need to adjust your pressue and speed modes to achieve the line thickness you desire as supposed to following the manufacture's instructions (do not worry this will not harm the marker or your Cricut machine).

    'SMACK', love ya' is the 2nd card I made for my DH created with a little cheekiness in mind for some fun. Here are my instructions using the Indie Art and Street Sign Solution cartridges:


    Add a border punch for an additional detail effect if you wish prior to adhering your elements in place. I did this effect to ensure a straight line when placing my letters 'love ya' on the card sideways while adding that special touch.

    Tip: For quick dimension on a image, letter or phrase or word, try using the same cardstock but this time using the shadow creative feature along with the standard set image cut. This effect will add height to your project while saving you time and energy.

    Technique: First press the shadow creative feature key, select your image then your size and press cut. Do not 'unload paper' yet... Next hit 'repeat last', unselect the shadow creative feature key and press cut. No reselection of the image nor to resize the height. That way you will know these cuts will fit proportionally to each other.

    Well that's it for this week. I hope you enjoyed this edition of Cricut Tuesdays with me. I love feedback, comments and even suggestions, please drop me a line. Until next Tuesday... Take Care!

    Monday, May 4, 2009

    Sweet Giraffes And Circles Galore ~ Jackie's Creations

    Today I am sharing a layout of my Nephew. I was so excited to play with April's Design Team Kit it was packed with fun bright papers from Cosmo Cricket - Jacks World! The perfect match for this playful picture of my Nephew!

    First I tore a plain piece of cardstock and adhered it to my base piece of cardstock. I then added my photo.And I stapled some fun ribbon also from Cosmo Cricket - Jacks World to my layout.

    I hand cut some circles and glued them to my layout before I did my stitching.To hold the circles in place. And I only applied adhesive to the edges, so I would not have to stitch through paper and glue...this could cause my layout to tear and mess us my needle with the adhesive.

    I then added my chipboard title and some fun flourishes from BoBunny. And to finish the layout a cute little giraffe sticker!

    I hope you enjoyed today's project, until next time Happy Scrapping!

    Friday, May 1, 2009

    Fanciful Fridays - Happy May Day!

    My goodness, where did the day go?

    Hurray, hurray, the first of May... Wishing everyone a very happy May Day! Happy Beltane! For those that don't know the history, here's a snippet from wikipedia :

    For the Celts, Beltane marked the beginning of the pastoral summer season when the herds of livestock were driven out to the summer pastures and mountain grazing lands.

    Many communities still celebrate Beltane with May Poles, Morris dancing, bonfires and flower crowns. It's a wonderful way to welcome the warmer months :)

    I had plans to show you how to make a table top May Pole centerpiece and a flower crown, but didn't have the time to make them today. It's just been that kind of day, a shame really. It would have been fun to celebrate and dance around my very own May Pole with my friends toddler :)

    My post will have to do without the photos, although over the weekend I may end up making both of these items (even if a little late for any celebrations) and posting the pics.

    For both projects you will need quite a bit of ribbon, I'm sure looking here will help you in your quest.

    May pole centerpiece :

    • Take a dowel, that can be found at any local hardware store and place it in a pot of earth (which later can be used for planting)
    • Affix a number of ribbons at the top, either by gluing or stapling
    • Intertwine the ribbons around the dowel, working your way down to the bottom.
    To the right is an example of what it should look like as it's being intertwined.

    Decorate the pot how ever you would like. The brighter the better as it is a celebration of the upcoming summer! If you don't have a dowel, you can use a paper towel tube and decorate it before attaching the ribbons.

    Flower Crowns :

    picture below is to give you an idea of what it looks like

    Take florists wire and wrap it around your head a few times to get the size you want.

    Take these lengths or wire and wrap them with ribbons and fibres.

    Add to the circlets a few flowers and jewels.

    Wear with a smile and dance around your May Pole!

    I've made flower crowns before using the fun garland you can get during holidays at the dollar store and adding to it. Ribbons are what make these projects pop! Without them they are nothing *lol* Play around with what can be added to make them more unique, I'm sure the possibilites are endless!

    If you've made any May Day or Beltane creations, we'd love to see them. Head on over to the community center and post them in the gallery or in your very own blog post! I will post photos of my projects over the weekend here and at the community site, so don't forget to check back! Once again, Happy Beltane!

    And the winner is...

    Drum roll please, and the winner of our most yummiest blog candy ever is... #21

    Rachel Cloutier said...
    wow look at all those amazing stuff :) i'm a newbie to all this but wow i'm have been shopping on posh web site and it amazing :)
    April 14, 2009 1:22 PM

    Congrats Rachel please contact Nini at to claim your prize if we don't hear from you in 3 days we'll have to pick someone else!

    To everyone else better luck next time and be sure to FOLLOW POSH DESIGNS we love givin' away candy and you don't wanna miss it!!!


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