Monday, February 28, 2011

Another wonderful SU! card class

I am fortunate to know several wonderful SU! demonstrators. Even more fortunate that they love to create and prepare fun classes for us to attend. I went to an event Sunday afternoon where we made 9 different cards. Gorgeous cards. I'm so happy I went.

So from what I understand most everything used on all 9 of these cards is from their annual Sale-a-bration catalog.

Woo Hoo! New stuff. Love it.

And such a variety of designs and ideas. Love it!

Look, pompom ribbon! Love it!!

And the beautiful spring colors of the SU! ice cream parlor paper pack. Love it!!!

More pompom ribbon. Super-dee-duper love it!!!!

I must confess, even though this is not bright springy colors. This was my fave design of the day. Stunning.

And look a boy card. Cool boy card at that. That's never easy to accomplish.

Thanks for sharing your awesome talents ladies, Tannon, Tracy and Kim. I really enjoyed the class. Keep up the great works.

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

2-5-7-10 box with paper roses

It's a crazy name for such a pretty gift bag. Split Coast Stampers newsletter revisited this oldy but goody this week. You can find the tutorial here and there is a link in the gallery to a youtube video also. I do love a good tutorial video.

Here is a close up of my paper roses and leaves.

Here is a side view to give you an idea of the dimension of the roses.

I started with two 3.5 inch squares and one 2.5 inch square, which I free hand cut into a rough scallop circle.

This is a detail shot of the free hand scallop spiral cuts I made from the outer edge all the way into the center.
The rolling starts from the outside, rolling towards the inside then hold it all together with a glue dot on the center circle area, pressing the rolled petals down into the glue dot. At this point I pressed the petals outward and rolling slightly for texture. Not bad for my first real attempt. A few things I will try next time. Using lighter cardstock or patterned paper (this was SU! cardstock,some of the thickest I work with) and I will cut a more precise scallop circle on one of my electronic cutters.

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

More monogram card sets

More monogram and monochromatic note card goodness. I am a tad addicted right now. This inspiration came from I spent a bunch of time on Monday going through all of their how to posts. This one jumped out at me, I just had to try it. And being the crazed stamper that I am I thought I would try multiple colors, and if I'm going to get all the stamp pads out I might as well test out multiple background stamps.
This is a SU! background stamp and just miscellaneous paper, ink and ribbon that I could find to coordinate. It helps that I have a huge stash of all 3 of those items. Yikes!
Another SU! background stamp. I am really liking this monochromatic card scheme.

Again more stash items, nothing is from 1 single line or sold together. I just coordinated as best I could.

This is a Hero Arts cling stamp. I am a sucker for shwoopies. I love them. And I believe this is my favorite of the 4 different backgrounds.

I had a heck of time coordinating any green ribbon. This is actually Target dollar bin ribbon that says explore all over the one side. I was lucky that it was colored on the backside but had no words printed.

I believe this is an older SU! background stamp. Since I never mount my SU! stamps on wood blocks this technique is perfect for my unmounted background stamps.

And my final color coordination. I love the spring bright colors and the simplicity of these sets. I hope the recipients do also. If I come up with a new way to package them I will share that also.

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Pazzles flower cards

I was instantly drawn to the simple elegant design I saw on the blog post of 02-18-11 by Tiffany Bauer. Gorgeous. So I set out to recreate my own version of it. I do not have the SU! bigs die that she apparently used for the flower and my mom had just taught me a cool way to design a 5 petal flower on our Pazzle machine. So it was a no brainer. Improvisation at its finest.

I loved the idea of the embossed background paper, but I couldn't decide which one so I did 3 different ones.

And I couldn't decide which ribbon and color scheme I liked best so again I tried 3 different ones.

In the end the green one is my favorite. Between the beautiful SU! sizzix embossing folder and the gorgeous green burlap-esque ribbon from my Reasonable Ribbon club spring kit, and even the sentiment turned out to be my favorite.

I know the flower is very basic and probably a cinch for anyone to recreate on their Pazzles, none the less I have done the work and gotten the layers into a pleasing pattern and am always happy to share my files. If you would like it, please leave me a comment (including your email address, it bums me out when I can't track it down, therefore I can't send it out to you) and I will send it right out.

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Covered post-it notes

These are late for Valentine's day....but there is an excuse. I was looking for the gel pens that was showed on the tutorial. I bought some but they turned out to be too fat and would not fit in the slot. So I improvised and used my hubby's hack saw to cut some cute Valentine's pencils down to the right size and keep them attached to the notepad with ribbon.

Here is a close up of the cover. I used some old buttons and some ribbon roses as embellishments.

Layer is all on top of a portion of paper doily and add some polka dot paper punched with the SU! triple heart punch. Voila! A cute and useful gift, for......Valentines day or any other day. ;)

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Monogram cards gift set

My boss's wife made us these delectable chocolate dipped pretzels, including the drizzled striped white chocolate over the top. Almost....I say almost too pretty to eat. But I did eat them, they were nummy. So as a small thank you for her always baking for us I thought I would make a monogram card set for her. I sure hope she enjoys them.

I spied this card example last night on the Cricut message boards, here. I loved the crisp white with the striking red. I changed it only a tiny bit, why mess perfection I say.

Each card in my set is just the smallest bit different too. The border punches and the ribbon are changed up just a bit from card to card.

I decorated the envelope with the same cuttlebug embossing folder I used for the white portion of the card.

The "C" monogram is from CTMH chocolate alphabet set. The whole monogram scallop is pop dotted up for a little dimension.

I simply packaged the whole set up inside a clear envelope saved from Creative memories sticker packs. I tied it with yet another red ribbon and added a tag stamped with a little thank you sentiment. Easy peasy but I think pretty darned cute.

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Pazzles treat box with belly band

Yahoo! My second design on my Pazzles Inspiration. It's the same box as the St. Patrick's box I posted yesterday. A 2.5 inch cube with cute fold up cover and belly band to hold it all closed.

Here it is with belly band removed and sides falling open.

And a view from above, holding 7 (Awesome, huh?) Ghirardelli squares. I even inked up my new SU! chocolate stamps and used my red liquid pearls on the hearts.

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

St. Patricks treat box with belly band

I was perusing the Cricut message boards today and saw this darling Valentine's treat box. It appeared she wasn't ready to share the file so I just set out to duplicate it. I'm not sure of her dimensions, so I just set it up for cutting from 8.5 x 11 inch cardstock. The finished size is 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches, its a cube.

This is how it looks when the belly band is removed and the sides fall out.

And the view from above, with the sides fully laid flat.

And folded back up. The gap at the top is fully closed when the belly band is slipped on.
The box holds 3 York peppermint patties and 2 Ghirardelli's squares easily.

I designed this box using George basic shapes and Mini monograms cartridges in the Cricut design studio. If you would like this file, leave me a comment on this post and I will send it on out to you. The shamrock on the front was cut from A childs year cartridge, but you could choose anything to decorate the front. Heart for Valentine's day, Bunny or egg for Easter, the possibilities are endless.

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Valentine's treats and surprises

I made up a basket full of pretty Valentine's goodies to take to church with us this morning. I made some sour cream containers full of M&M's and Hershey's kisses, some butterfly wings around Tootsie pops and a few bookmarks for a non-candy selection. I used a few sheets out of a DCWV spring pack from last year.

Here are the sour cream containers. I cut all the heart layers from my Cricut using Doodlecharms cartridge.

These are the butterfly wings also created using Doodlecharms cartridge and lil circles from George basic shapes cartridge to pass the Tootsie pop stick through.

And last but not least, the book marks. The scalloped heart is from Doodlecharms, the rest of the pieces are scraps left from cutting the rest of the projects. Love that!!!!

The sour cream container labels and the butterfly wings are both fairly simple designs, but I have already got the layers right and everything test cut so if you would like these .cut file I am happy to share. Leave me a comment and I will send them right out to you.

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!
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