Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Crafty Sentiments New Baby & Crafty Cutter Die Release

Good morning and thanks for stopping by.

Finally today is the day that Crafty Sentiments release the NEW baby images which are really cute and come with some great sentiments as well as their new Crafty Cutter Die Cutting Shape's.

This week we all used different images from the release and for my card I used 'Lucy With Her Rattle' and the 'It's A Girl' sentiment that comes with it. I also used the first to be released 'Vintage Label' die and then the stamped fancy edge is from a set I think that set is called 'Thank You' but I will correct it once I have checked.

Ok our challenge this week is to use 'Banner's' on your creations, now banner's are really popular at the moment and there are a few dies around to use, you can cut one on the Cricut like I did on or each just cut triangle's out by hand. We really don't mind we would just love to see your creations.

6" Square Card Blank - Craft Superstore
Card Stock - Coredinations
Designer Paper - Craft Creations
Image & Sentiment - Crafty Sentiments 'Lucy With Rattle'
Die Cut Shaped Stamp - Crafty Sentiments 'Thank You'
Medium - Promarkers
Banner - Cricut 'Elegant Edges'
Baby Wording - Plantin Schoolbook
Brush & Lotion Bottle - Everyday Paper Dolls
Twine - My Craft Spot

Challenges I would like to enter this into:-
My Mum's Craft Shop - Boys & Girls
Hanna's & Friends - Anything Goes 
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle - Favourite Colours
Sweet Stampin' - Anything Goes
Creatalicious - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes - Anything Goes
Lexi's Creations - Card For A Child

 I am sorry it is late I forgot to schedule it.  I had a really bad day yesterday and I am struggling to sit up at the moment so will have to edit in small stages!!

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Bitten By The Bug 2 Plus Karaoke Boy

Good evening all, thank you for popping by today. 

Here I have my last couple of projects I have made with my Cricut. 

Over at Bitten By The Bug 2 they have two challenges going on and I have combined the two together, I hope that is ok if not please delete my entries.
 The first challenge was to use the cut 'Time 4 Fun' from the Cuttin Up cartridge but I don't have that one so made my own cut using Plantin Schoolbook. The second challenge is to create a project using the word 'Classroom'. Now both of these hard me stuck for a while but then as always I reverted back to my teaching days and made a reward chart.

This works best with young children probably reception year or maybe year 1, this is equivalent to Kindergarten I believe in the U.S. As you can see on the second picture I cut out 30 stars for the number of pupils in the class and the object is that once all the stars have made it onto the chart the children get a free session to do whatever activity they wish for the afternoon.

Classroom, rewards and time 4 fun were cut from Plantin Schoolbook and the books, scissors and glue are from Locker Talk. I actually cut the scissors, glue and books for another project but the person they were for changed her mind so they fitted nicely into this project. 

This is how I love to see the chart, the children can write their initials on the stars if they want to. I have also changed shapes each time it has been filled in the past.

Scrapbook Paper - Sugar Tree 'Steve's Pages SF13'
Card Stock - Bazzill
Cricut - Expression
Border Die - Xcut 'Scallops'
White Pen - Sakura

Other challenges I would like to enter this into:-
Simon Says Stamp - Dies To Die For
Craft Us Crazy - School or End Of Summer

My second project is a simple card for a boy and this is where I struggle with the Cricut because I always think my cards have too much white space lol. I used lots of different embossing folders on this card for texture and interest and all the cuts are from Paper Dolls For Everyday. Maybe one day I will be happy with this type of card. At least they come in handy for my god children's friends!

6" Square Card Blank - Craft Superstore
Card Stock - Bazzill
Cricut - Expression
Embossing - Cuttlebug 'Swiss Dots', 'Tiny Bubbles', 'Houndstooth' & 'Diamond Plate'
Sentiments - Unknown (I won this stamp set ages ago but I can't remember who from if anyone recognises them please let me know so I can give credit)
Twine - My Craft Spot

Challenges I would like to enter this into:-
The Crazy Challenge - Men Only
Stamps R Us - Birthday Card
Top Tip Tuesday - For A Child
Celebrate The Occasion - Birthday With Balloons
My Mum's Craft Shop - Boys & Girls

Just before I go I want to remind you all of the upcoming new release from Crafty Sentiments . On Tuesday we will be launching the brand new Crafty Cutter Die as well as the new monthly baby release so you won't want to miss it.

I will be back Tuesday with my project for the new release.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

My Craft Spot Cricut Challenge & A Few Others

Good evening, when I saw the challenge at My Craft Spot of 'Fall Leaves' I knew immediately what I wanted to use. I have admired this frame from Pooh & Friends for ages but never really had reason to cut it and although I have no reason for it yet the challenge was enough to get me started lol. I have not added a sentiment as yet because I don't know who or what I shall use this for yet.

This is a larger than average 7" square card with the frame cut at 6" and tigger cut at 2.75". I was very brave and even inked all the leaves before sticking them down, although I admire this technique on other people's blog's it always frightens me to do it. I do actually love how it turned out though.

Card stock - Bazzill
Cricut - Expression
Cartridge - Pooh & Friends
Ink - Momento 'Rich Cocoa'

Challenges I would like to enter this into:- 
**I was a little unsure on a couple of challenges as I have not used a stamped image if incorrect please accept my apologies and delete, thanks.**
My Craft Spot - Fall Leaves
Whimsical Wednesday - Fall Colours
Cooking With The Cricut - Colours of Autumn
Paper Pretties - Use Fall As Inspiration
Scrapalicious USA - Fall Theme
Crafting For All Seasons - Fall Colours
Delightful Challenges - Happy Fall Y'All
4 Crafty Chicks - Fall or Autumn
Crafts 4 Eternity - Autumn Days
Crafty Catz - Autumn

Just before I go I want to remind you that Tuesday will be the new baby release & the new Crafty Cutter Die release at Crafty Sentiments.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Cricut Halloween

Good morning, the weather is beautiful here today but the question is will it last into the weekend? Probably not is the usual not. Why does that happen we have lovely weather Monday to Friday but come the weekend when most people can get out we have dreadful weather.

Today I bring you the first of three Cricut only projects I have made although I did use stamps for the 'Boo' and the ghost face.
The challenge over at Bitten By The Bug 2 is to use Tags, Bags, Boxes & More to create a 3d project, I do not have this cart so made my own box instead.

I made this coffin treat box and added the little ghost element for a bit of fun and then stamped 'Boo' on the inside, the stamps I used for this I have had since I began crafting and they were still sealed, that is shameful isn't it! I also stamped the ghost's face using my Peachy Keen stamps. The orange trim is something else I have had forever, I picked it up in a charity shop thinking it would come in handy for Halloween but I think this is the first time I have used it.

Card Stock - Bazzill
Stamps - See D's 'Dot to Dot 50504' & Peachy Keen 'Funshine Faces PK-944'
Embossing Ink - Tim Holtz
Embossing Powder - Unknown
Cricut - Expression
Orange Ribbon - Charity Shop

Challenges I would like to enter this into:-
Bitten By The Bug 2 - TBBM 3d Item
Creative Stamp Friends - Anything But A Card
Use It Tuesdays - Unused Stamps
Cardz TV - Things That Go Bump In The Night
Sketchy Colours - Orange, White & Black 

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge

Good evening and thank you for popping by today.

As I have a few spare days I have decided my Cricut is going to become my friend and not my enemy when it comes to creating cards and projects. I have had my Cricut for nearly two years now and mainly use it to create mats and layers for my stamped image cards unless I am asked for that certain something from a customer or family member. I have seen a lot of lovely projects around blogland which is what has spurred me on and with that said here is my Cricut only card.

Some of you may remember the door plaque I made for my god son's bedroom HERE, well it turns out it is admired by some of his friends and in fact I have made three others for friends of his since. 

With that in mind I went with this card for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge which this week is 'It's A Pirates Life'. I am sure it will get used in due course.

This is a 6" square card, the 'A Pirates Life For Me' sign was a freebie I got from Create With TLC and I think it is just perfect for my card. The skull and cross bones I made myself using SCAL 2 from a clipart image. I used glossy accents on the eye patch, eyes, nose and mouth and then enamel accents for the teeth. Plus I was really brave and edged the pirate sign and sentiment with a black ink pad.

Card stock - Bazzill
Seniment - Computer Generated
Skull & Cross Bones - SCAL 2
Glossy & Enamel Accents - Ranger

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Happy Birthday With A Sprinkle Of Sugar

Good afternoon, I made this card a few days ago and keep forgetting to post it so here it finally is. I have been having a play with some scraps and this cute Sugar Nellie image. I used my Cricut to die cut the scalloped circle.

6" Square Card Blank - Craft Superstore
Cardstock - Bazzill
Designer Papers - Echo Park 'A Walk In The Park'
Image - Sugar Nellie 'Honey Pip'
Sentiments - Crafter's Companion Popcorn Bear 'Birthday Hugs'
Medium - Promarkers
Button - Echo Park
Twine - Echo Park
Mats & Layers - Cricut 'Elegant Edges' Cartridge

Challenges I would like to enter this into:-
The Sugar Bowl - Sketch & Use Scraps
Stamp With Fun - Anything Goes
Stamps R Us - Birthday
By The Cute & Girly - Bright & Beautiful
Ooh La La - Punches & Dies
Anything Goes - Anything Goes
Bearly Mine - Button It Up 
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Dies To Die For
My Mum's Craft Shop - Boys & Girl's
Ruby's Rainbow - For The Girls
Delicious Doodles - Cute As A Button
One Stop Crafts - Girlie
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle - Birthday Card

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Crafty Sentiments 'Happy Birthday' Challenge

Good morning and welcome to this week's challenge over at Crafty Sentiments Designs which is a nice easy one of 'Happy Birthday'
I have made another of my just in case cards and this one is for a little girl. I think this image is so cute and love to use it with these fun bright colours, perfect for children although I am nearly at the end of this pad and I don't think it is sold any more boohoo. 

6" Square Card Blank - Craft Superstore
Cardstock - Bazzill
Designer Papers - K & Co 'Sparkly Sweet'
Image - Crafty Sentiments 'Primrose - Blowing Bubbles'
Sentiment - Crafty Sentiments 'Patches & Stitch'
Medium - Promarkers
Flowers - Prima
Pearl Brad - Dovecraft
Border Die - Nellie Snellen 'MFD 023'
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons

Challenges I would like to enter this into:-
Willow Sketchie Designs - Sketch
Simon Says Stamp - Film or Song Inspired 'I'm forever blowing bubbles'
My Mum's Craft Shop - Happy Birthday
Delightful - Girly Girl
Crafty Emma's - 4 Different Embellies 'Flower, Pearl Brad, Ribbon & Glossy Accents'
Totally Stampalicious - For A Child
Lexi's Creations - For A Child
Top Tip Tuesday - For A Child
Crafting For All Seasons - Birthdays
Whimsical Wednesday - Just Because

That's all from me today, my back is playing up so cannot sit still for too long. Please pop over to the challenge blog and see all the other fabulous creations from the design team.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Beary Hugs For You

Good afternoon. I just wanted to show you a card I made today to add to my just in case pile, you see I have these children that appear in my craft room on the lookout for a card for their friend's whose birthday is that day and they have forgotten!! 
I made another of the ribbon flowers I made before and have to say I really like them.

I don't normally show you the inside but as I saw a couple of challenges wanting it here it is.

6" Square Card Blank - Craft Superstore
Cardstock - Bazzill
Designer Papers - Prima 'Annalee'
Image - Belles 'n' Whistles 'Beary Hugs'
Sentiments - Crafter's Companion Popcorn Bear 'Birthday Hugs'
Medium - Promarkers
Pearls - Kanban
Ribbon - Panda Ribbons
Button - Stash
Twine - My Craft Spot 'Pink Sorbet'
Mats & Layers - Cricut 'Elegant Edges' Cartridge

Elphine House - Beary Cuddles
The Crazy Challenge - Birthday's
Lothian Crafts - Handmade Flowers
Cupcake Cards & Crafts - Pink & Green
Passion For Promarkers - Beary Special
Truly Scrumptious - Decorate The Inside
Crafty Purple Frog - Birthdays
Craft Your Day's Away - Handmade Flowers
Paper Sundae's - Decorate The inside

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Crafty Sentiments New Manga Digital Release & 'Spots & Stripes' Challenge

Good morning and welcome to this week's Crafty Sentiments Challenge which is 'Spots & Stripes' but this week is a little different as we are also showcasing our NEW Manga Digital Range which goes on sale today HERE.

As you may remember I had to unfortunately miss out on last week's challenge due to being away so this week I have two cards for you! My first card features Jack - 'Let's Go Out'. I think this image is perfect for teenage boys, Jack looks very trendy and stylish with his smart clothes and mobile phone attached to his ear, isn't that the way all teenagers look these days!

Jack Supplies:-
Cardstock - Paper Mill Shop
Designer Papers - Summer Driggs 'Falling For Fall'
Image - Crafty Sentiments 'Jack Let's Go Out'
Medium - Promarkers
Border Punch - Nellie Snellen 'MFD 023'
Twine - My Craft Spot
Pearls - Kanban

Challenges I would like to enter this into:-
Carly's Sketches - Sketch
C.R.A.F.T - Children
Card Makin' Mama's - Use A Digi
Totally Gorgeous - It's A Boy Thing
St Luke's Charity - 1 Patterned Paper, 2 Pearls, 3 Punches & 4 String
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin' - For A Teenager
Creative Stamp Friends - For A Man/Boy

For my second card I used Sally - 'Going Out' and again this image is another that could be used for the older child. I really love these new Nitwit papers and I chose to cut the doily from the heart piece to match the hearts on Sally's top and hair clip.

Sally Supplies:-

Cardstock - Paper Mill Shop
Designer Papers - Nitwit Collections 'Pink Swear Kit'
Image - Crafty Sentiments 'Sally Going Out'
Medium - Promarkers
Doliy & Flower Die - Marianne Creatables 'LR0130'
Swirls - Spellbinders 'Floral Accent'
Heart Gems - Unknown

Challenges I would like to enter this into:-
Willow Designs - Sketch
Card Mad Fairy - Use Flowers
Allsorts - Flowers & Swirls
I Did It - Anything Goes

Just before I go I wanted to let you know that Crafty Sentiments are going to be having their own Die Range, here is a sneaky peak of the first one that is available on pre-order now over at the Crafty Sentiments Store.

That's all from me for now but please don't forget to pop by the challenge blog and see all the other images and creations made by my fellow team mates.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Harvest Festival Baskets

Good evening all, I am so sorry my post didn't publish yesterday for the Crafty Sentiments Challenge and I didn't even realise until just now when I came to do this post!!
As of yesterday all Crafty Sentiments Challenges will be start on Tuesday's and this week saw the release of a new Halloween image which I was not able to use as I was away. However just for you I have a picture of the image that is on sale NOW as a digital download.
Her name is Annabel isn;t she the cutest witch ever!! So dig out those Halloween images and join in the challenge.

On Monday my godchildren called in to see me after school to show me their new uniforms and for the little one to tell me all about his first day at school which was so nice of them but there was a con!! 

My god daughter Thavisha asked 'Auntie Kim can you make me a basket to carry my acorns in for my church service play for Harvest Festival?' Of course I said yes and I was informed it needed tree's and had to be brown and orange or Autumn colours. 
So I designed this basket in the new Cricut Craftroom using Heritage and Plantin Schoolbook Cartridges and quite enjoyed making it. It was designed to fit a whole 12" x 12" sheet. The orange liner was made separately using Plantin Schoolbook and then just slotted into the basket. I used three different seam binding ribbons plated together to make the handle and I have just added some tissue paper inside for the photo.
I have just noticed in the photo that the two tree's have come unlinked, they were linked by extended an arm of the branch to stick behind the branch of the next tree. I can take another photo if needed.

Off trotted Thavisha to school this morning pleased as punch with her basket and when they called after school I immediately thought she had broken it and needed a repair but oh no that would of been so easy. 'Auntie Kim can I have 47 more of these baskets, my teacher has given me the card and some glue for you' well I nearly fell off my chair laughing, it is a good job I know her teacher, she used to be a colleague of mine in my teaching days and knew I couldn't say no if Thavisha asked!!
So if I don't reappear for the next week or so you know why lol.

Cardstock - Bazzill
Cricut - Heritage & Plantin Schoolbook
Seam Binding Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Tissue Paper - Poundland

Challenges I would like to enter:-
Bitten By The Bug 2 - Use Heritage Curly Tree
Totally Papercrafts - Not A Card
Wags 'n' Whiskers - Anything But A Card
Secret Crafter Saturday - Autumn Colours
Everybody Art - Autumn
Scrapalicious USA - Fall Theme

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Crafty Calendar Challenges September Challenge

Good morning all I am really hoping blogger is playing nicely today as I am currently away from home and had to schedule this post.

This month our challenge at Crafty Calendar Challenges is:- 
'Let Sleeping Bear Lie', now you don't have to use a sleeping bear any bear will be fine. I have used Charlie Bear - Just Relax to make a new baby card.  

6" Square Card Blank - Craft Superstore
Cardstock - Double Mates
Designer Papers - Cuddly Buddly
Sentiment - Computer Generated
Medium - Promarkers
Bubbles - Glossy Accents

Challenges I would like to enter this card into:-
Creative Card Crew - Anything goes
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers - Anything Goes
Truly Scrumptious - Rocked up Pink

Thanks for stopping by and please don't forget to stop by the Crafty Calendar Challenge Blog to see all the other design team member's wonderful creations.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Raise The Bar Guest Design Team Challenge

Good morning all I am hoping blogger is playing nicely as I am away from home and had to leave him in charge!!

Last week I won the challenge over at Raise The Bar and was lucky enough to be asked if I would like to be this week's guest's designer and of course I jumps at the chance so I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the ladies over there for the invite.
This week their chance is 'Paper Piecing' and as they are being sponsored by Whimsie Doodles I was offered an image to use. I chose this little cutie called 'Diving Leah', I have paper pieced her rubber ring and her little flip flops.

Card Base & All Cardstock - Bazzill 
Designer Papers - DCWV 'Adhesive Stack'
Medium - Promarkers
Border Die - Nellie's Multi Frame 'MFD028'
Ric Rac - Unknown
Glasses Shine - Glossy Accents

Challenges I would like to enter this into:-
Fussy & Fancy - Sketch
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes
Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes
Some Odd Girl - Paper Piecing
Secret Crafter - In The Sea

That's all from me today, please be sure to pop over to the Raise The Bar Challenge Blog and see the other design team creations.