Thursday, December 31, 2009
And finally the winner of PDSS Sketch Challenge #4 again using Random.org is...
Congratulations to both jenny_oul & BethieJ! Please email Nini and she will get that prize to you as soon as possible. You need to make sure you get in touch with her by the Saturday. Or you will forfeit the prize and another winner will be chosen. So do hurry.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Here's what's being offered to one random winner of the challenge: American Crafts Clear Acrylic Stamp Set - Birthday
All you have to do is participate by creating anything with the sketch in mind. Post in Mr. Linky below by typing your name and leaving a direct link to your creations. Below are some inspiration for you from the Posh Designs Scrapbook Store Design Team. Remember to have fun. Happy Crafting!
I hope everyone had a wonderful, memorable Christmas and that Santa brought you new scrappin' goodies to play with! With alot of the Christmas crafting out of the way; let's get back to just havin' fun (not that making Christmas crafts is not fun or anything...).
Here's a quick project to make using the Wild Card cartridge. This card was created from a special request I received a couple of weeks ago and you know who you are ;) So here is the Owl Card located on page 72 and everything was cut at 5-1/4". The best part of this cartridge is all the die-cuts coordinate with the main images (the card and envelope). This includes layers, icon, frames, liners and phrases plus so much more.
- Use cardstock the blackout creative feature to create your card base only.
- Use patterned paper as layering piece over top the above die-cut using the standard cut image.
- Do not change the size dial after you've created your envelope. This includes cutting the phrases, icons and layers.
- For quick assembly, use a paper collection already coordinated for you and/or scraps.
- Add other embellishments and/or stamps to your card or envelope to add interest like I've done here with my envelope (I used a bird & cherry imaged stamps).
Cheers & Happy Crafting ~Michelle
Monday, December 28, 2009
Hi all! I made these super quick & easy cards using the Crate Paper Season Collection Kit! Everything I used is from the kit except for the white cardstock, blue ribbon and staples! If you are short on time and need to whip up a few cards for that someone special, the Crate kits are the way to go!
Friday, December 25, 2009
our last and final winner of our super cool Win your Wish List Contest has just been announced and I would also like to take this opportunity and wish you a very Merry Holiday Season.
I am deeply thankful for your friendship, confidence and loyalty this year. May God bless your heart with good health, happiness and love, cheers!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Christmas is in only days away and I hope your presents are all wrapped and tucked under the tree! This year I decided to make a few personalized presents. I made bookmarks for our children's godparents and for my step Mother I made a chalkboard.
I've seen it on one of my favorite web site and I just had to make my own. It's really easy to make.
You need 2 picture frames (8"x10") it's easier to work when it's in wood but I didn't find one so I used plastic instead! Unmount the screw, the glass and the fixture.
Make a layout or an arrangement (mine is a little winter layout).Then mount the frame back to how it originally was! If you're frame did not come with a backing then you'll need one of about 8,5" by 10,5".
Now you have two choices, you can paint the backing with chalkboard paint. Or you can buy a chalkboard. I already had the paint so I painted my backing.Remember to give it at least 2 coats and wait 24 hours.
Mount the second frame, but don't place the glass on the piece of chalkboard. Now you only have to fix the two frames together.You'll understand why I suggest to work with a wooden frame instead of plastic!
Place the two fixture like THIS on the back of the frame. (It's more esthetic when you don't see it). If you're like me and have a plastic frame, then you'll need some really tacky glue, I used silicone glue. Wait another 24 hours until it's finally done and looks something like this:
Love you girls!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I have created two cards, these cards were pretty quick to make. I used the Maya Road's Artistic Scroll as a template for both my cards. The first one was cut out of Kraft Cardstock. Using Fancy Pants Christmas Magic Paper Kit I selected my paper and trimmed out another piece using the same shape as my background insert. I also used a border sticker from the kit itself. I then stamped my sentiment across the top and punched out some snowflakes (3) placing them randomly.
Crate Paper's Bliss Collection these kits come with amazing stickers and diecut elements. Using Martha Stewart's Doily Punch I punched out the edge, then overlapped the two different pieces of paper together. Lastly, I stamped a sentiment and punched out a snowflake and adhered it onto the card. To add more definition I doodled all around the edges.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Christmas Day is only 3 days away! Do you still have gift wrapping to do? Well this week I am going to show you how to make quick, beautiful gift tags using the newest Cricut cartridge, ‘Very Merry Tags’ which is a Limited Edition cartridge for 2009-2010.
For those of you who have not seen or aware of this cartridge here’s a bit of info about Very Merry Tags:
- This cartridge is more basic than your typical Solutions cartridge.
- There are no creative features.
- The price point is geared to be lower than your typical Solutions cartridge based on the above two factors.
To create these tags I recommend using a size no less than 2-3/4” for some of the shaped tags due to its intricate cuts. *Tip: If you choose a size larger than 3” there will be enough space on the back of the tag to do some journaling. You can substitute these tags for cards if you are truly in a pinch of time.
What you will need for this project…
- Christmas themed papers (optional) - You can use these papers for more basic shaped tags.
- Cardstock in your choice of color(s) – Try using metallic, pearlized or glittered cardstock such as found in the Hippie Chic and/or All About the Girls DCWV cardstock packs, found here. *Tip: Head to your scrap stash first!
- Cricut Marker in your choice of color (optional) – To create a quick outline of the shaped cut of the tag without using ink pads, etc to color the edges. Though you can leave this step completely out if you wish.
- Ribbon, Cord or Thread
- For this project I used a black Cricut Marker and set my size dial to 3-3/4” and 4” (based on the size of scraps I had at the time of crafting).
- Set your size dial to at least 3-3/4” or taller.
- Ensure your pressure and depth adjustments are appropriate to your paper/cardstock of choice. Select your tag image in row 3 or in row 5. These are the set blackout creative feature for each of the tags. Press CUT.
- Then press the corresponding shaped tag in rows 1, 2 (for row 3 blackout tags) or in row 4 (for row 5 blackout tags). Do not adjust your size dial.
- Insert your Cricut Marker color and Press CUT.
- Once it has completed your drawing; Press LOAD PAPER. Switch your marker out for your cutting blade.
- Press REPEAT LAST, then press CUT.
- Nest and adhere the shaped tag die-cut onto the blackout tag.
- Write your message on the back of the tag (optional).
- String through your ribbon to hang off of your present.
If you do not own this cartridge, I encourage you to look at your cartridges that contain shapes or sentiments and apply the above creative suggestions to help you get your gifts ready for the holiday season.
I would also like to take this opportunity to wish every single of you a Very Merry Holiday Season! May you and yours be blessed with good tidings, wonderful memories with family and friends you share this occasion with.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Hubby took this picture of my daughters and me the day we took family pictures for our Christmas cards. I loved this picture and wanted to use something different, something out of my comfort zone.
For this layout I used paper from Websters Pages. I picked the very beautiful Natures Storybook line for my paper. It doesn't stop there though girls. I also used Websters Pages holiday wings stickers, and the designer journaling cards. I also added a little button, some ribbon, and some fun thickers for my title.
Once I started working it all just kind of flowed together. So I'm asking you to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Now stop on over to the Posh Store and find that "Out of your comfort zone" paper and goodies and let's see what you come up with. You just might surprise yourself!!!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Friday, December 18, 2009
CONGRATULATIONS to our THIRD random winner of our WIN YOUR WISHLIST CONTEST!!!
Hurry and consult the board, who knows it really might be you this time!!!
If you haven't started your Wish List, head on over to Posh Designs Scrapbook Store for a chance to win next week's FINAL drawing!
Wanna up the ante, be sure to participate in our current BI-WEEKLY sketch challenge (#4) for a chance to win a MYSTERY PRIZE PACK you've got 10 DAYS to load and link up your creations!
Good luck everyone and Happy Crafting! Have a safe and happy weekend!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
1. Cut a circle, any size. The ones I will show are 8 inch circles.
2. Use really sticky adhesive, and apply it to one side of the circle.
3. Fold the circle until it forms a cone. Press the adhesive and hold for a few seconds to make sure it really sticks.
4. Embellish the outside as you wish.
5. Add some tasty homeade treats to a treat bag and fill your cone!!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
color combinations~white and blue (other color with this is ok but it needs to be mainly the two colors listed) and journaling card/tag
Here's some inspiration for you from the Posh Designs Scrapbook Store Design Team. Remember to have fun.
Can you believe we are only 10 days away from Christmas Day? Unbelievable eh? And if you are like me there are many last minute preparations you need to find some crafting time to do. Also if you still have tons of Christmas papers, cardstock and/or themed embellishments to use up, this is another great opportunity for you to clear through your stash! Between us girls, it’s all about clearing through your stash so you can justify buying the newest, freshest stuff found right here at the Posh Designs Scrapbook Store, right? J
This week I will show you how to create quick, simple and adorable Christmas ornaments. You can use these ornaments as part of your gift giving trim, a gift tag for that present, home décor, and so much more…
What you will need for this project:
- Christmas themed papers
- Cardstock in your choice of color(s) – Try using metallic, pearlized or glittered cardstock.
- Holiday themed embellishments – You can also use ‘everyday’ embellishments such as solid colored brads, rhinestones brads, buttons; it is totally up to you!
- Heavy-Duty Hole Punch (like the WRMK Crop-a-Dile) - 1 punch per ornament required. The purpose of this tool is to thread cord/ribbon through to hang your ornament onto your present, tree or within your home.
- Any Cricut cartridge you have on hand containing Christmas themed images such as Joys of the Season, Christmas Cheer, and the Solutions cartridge Christmas Noel, Snow Friends and/or When It Is Cold Outside.
- Ink Pads or Paint Dabbers (optional) – These tools are used along the edges to give a finished look to your ornament.
- Ribbon, Cord or Thread – To string your ornament and hang onto your present, tree or within your home.
Here are the instructions to create your ornament:
- Set your size dial to at least 3-1/2” or taller.
- Ensure your pressure and depth adjustments are appropriate to your paper/cardstock of choice. *Tip: You will be able to fit 4 cuts onto 1 – 12 x 12 piece of paper/cardstock as long as your size of your cut is less than 4”.
- Press your QUANTITY button ON and set to ‘2’.
- Select your image and Press CUT.
- Once it has completed the 1st two cuts; Press the FLIP button ON.
- Press the REPEAT LAST button and this will automatically bring up the last image cut. Then press CUT. Do not adjust any of the dials.
- If your image has layers, cut them out without adjusting the size dial.
- Nest and adhere all layered pieces onto each die-cut (if applicable).
- Take each cut and score each of them in the middle lengthwise. Ensure all score lines are equal per die-cut.
- Handling the 1st die cut (non-flipped), take the one folded side and match up to the 1st FLIP die cut. Adhere both ends together. You will notice that the cuts will align together seamlessly indicating to you that you have the correct sides matched up.
- Take the side of 1st flipped die-cut and adhere the side onto the 2nd non-flipped die-cut.
- Take the 2nd non-flipped die-cut and attach together the sides of the 2nd flipped die-cut.
- Re-fold each score line for crispness.
- Ink or Paint the edges of the ornament (optional)
- Punch a 1/8” hole at the top of the ornament and string through cord or ribbon of your choice.
- Embellish as desired.
Have fun creating your ornaments! And until next Tuesday, Happy Crafting!
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
I used THIS template to make a mini pizza box, the perfect size for small 3x3 thank you cards. I decorated the outside with some We R Memory Keeper scraps, DCWV cardstock, ribbon and a prima flower.
These sweet little cards are decorated with a bird cut from the patterned paper, a thank you sentiment and some jewels!
This would make a nice hostess gift for those last minute holiday parties!! Hope you are enjoying your holiday season so far... Happy Crafting!!!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
For those of you who have "seen" me around this blog and the PDSS forum by now you've probably discerned that I am a pretty simple scrapper. Don't get me wrong, I love embellishments and layers as much as the next person, but I tend to like clean straight lines and keeping the visual interest directed at the photo.
So there you have it, a simple (but pattern heavy layout)!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
First, wash and dry the lid. Then cut two 6.5cm circles from your choice of patterned paper or solid cardstock and adhere the circles to either side of the juice lid. Next, embellish one or both sides of your ornament with stamps and stickers. Last, punch a whole in the top and add a string for hanging on the tree.
ALTERNATIVE: Because of the thickness of the lid, I have to use the Crop-A-Dile Big Bite II to punch the hole. If you don't own this tool, before you adhere your circle to the lid, use a liquid adhesive to attach your string to the lid, once it dries, you can attach the circle.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Happy December Everyone and Welcome to another edition of Cricut Tuesday with me!
Over the past few weeks I have been focusing on cards. For my last card feature of the year, I still had to mass produce cards for extended family and friends. Based on the principle to use one die-cut shape, whatever I had alot of within my stash; I chose my color scheme and here’s what my card turned out to be.
Here is the list of materials I used for my card. You may alter anything on this list to what you have in your stash and/or how elaborate you like your card to be.
- 12 x 12 sheets of kraft & cream cardstock
- 1 background stamp
- 1 sentiment stamp
- 1 greeting/verse stamp
- 2 ink pads in different colors that complement the colors of cardstock chosen. If you are new to stamping, start off with a good, well versatile stamp pad like StazOn
- 1 border punch
- 1 die-cut shape
- Corner Rounder punch (like WRMK Corner Rounder Chomper found here, optional)
- Embellishment of choice
If you recall my 1st batch of Christmas cards, I used 1 cartridge to create my card, envelope and sentiments. There were lots of layers, colors, and textures. Based on those principals from that post, here are the instructions for this week’s card:
- Take your 12 x 12 cardstock and cut into thirds creating 3 cards that will measure 4 x 12.
- Create a gate fold by scoring and folding 2” on each side into the middle thus creating a card to measure 4 x 6.
- Use the corner rounder punch on each corner (optional).
- Border Punch each card fold opening (optional).
- Background stamp along the front of the card:
- Border punch the card fold openings (optional).
- Each die cut shape/layer was cut at 3-1/2” each (in which was the perfect size as it fit lengthwise on the card front). The snowflake (#4) for this card is taken from the Joys of the Season cartridge using the Layers, Blackout and Standard cut images. The standard image cut was embellished using alcohol inks on glossy paper. I chose a color scheme to complement the ink color I used for the background and sentiment stamped imaged. I paired my color scheme with cream cardstock as my blackout cut image for contrast. The layers image cut using the vellum patterned paper. (optional) If you do not have alcohol inks to create your own patterned paper; choose patterned paper from your stash instead!
- (optional) Stamp your greeting or write your message inside the card. As you may see I wrote my message in a different color of ink but I did use the same color of ink for my greeting as I stamped my sentiment on the card front with.
- Create a complementary envelope using the Beyond Birthdays cartridge, rectangular envelope setting your size dial to 8-1/4” (1 – 12 x12 cardstock/paper will create 1 envelope). Score and adhere as usual.
- Border punch the envelope opening (not shown, optional). Tip: This is a great opportunity to use up some of your Christmas patterned paper stash that is one sided. Simply make your envelope cut then score and fold all the patterns inward leaving the white on the outside. Not only do you have an instant envelope liner but the patterned paper will also act as an additional barrier for others not to ‘peek’ into the envelope.
That’s it, you’re DONE!!! Again you can make your card as elaborate or as simple as you like. Plus you can use this template to create all sorts of cards not just Christmas. Think kids valentines or party invitations, even thank-you cards. Also use this template to create as many cards as you need. From one to one hundred, when you want to give a handmade, created card but don’t have a lot of time; this is a perfect example to show you that you can do it!
Now that I am officially done my Christmas cards for this year; I’ve got to start on some gifts and home décor for the holiday season. There have been so many great projects created found on this blog! Go check them out today. So until next Tuesday, Happy Crafting!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
I used a template to cut out the cardstock for my notepad. I scored and folded the cardstock in half, with a little spine for the notepad. I attached the notepad using really sticky tape, embellished the outside and tied it with a ribbon! I love the big bling flower, really add an eyecatching detail.
Here is the inside. Mine has a little pocket to tuck in receipts or business cards or other post-its.
Friday, December 4, 2009
I used the Glazed Apple double-sided patterned paper on this card. I also added an element sticker from the collection.
For this Happy Holidays card I used the Rooftop double-sided patterned paper. I distressed with some glimmer mist and my fingernail!
Be sure to stop by the Posh gallery and share all of your holiday cards! Can't wait to see!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
#3 Sherri C.
Congratulations Sherri C.! Please email Nini and she will get that prize to you as soon as possible. You need to make sure you get in touch with her by the Saturday. Or you will forfeit the prize and another winner will be chosen. So do hurry.
This week I'll explain how make this cute piece from my Christmas decor.
Sorry my picture is a little bit blurry but I've took other ones so you could see the details!
Believe it or not the head is made with an old sock! (I love to recycle!)
I took a styrofoam ball and inserted into an old sock. I ten taped the "neck" of the head with some tape.
I used a candle light pillar from my wedding to make the body. I added some double-sided adhesive tape top the top and I fixed the sock onto it.
Before adding some decoration inside the pillar. I use some pearl beads and finally decided to throw in some Prima flowers.
The body is now done, let's decorate our little character!
For the face I used some marker to make his eyes, mouth and cheeks. I added some ribbon around the pillar to hide the little imperfection of the sock.
A big translucent ribbon and a flower which completes the neck!
I made an other cone to make the hat, I added some pompoms and a second translucent ribbon.