Christmas Wishes Getting Cricky Blog Hop

Welcome to another installment of your monthly Getting Cricky blog hop!  Hold onto your party hats boys and girls because this month we are pleased to introduce you to 10 of our new Junior Design Team Members PLUS the Senior Design Team and of course Kristal (gotta save the best for last).  Our super special guest designer this month is none other than the fabulously talented Ellen from “A Little Bit of This“.  Thank you Ellen for joining us, we’re honored to have you!

This month we are focused on Christmas Wishes and our NEW Junior Design Team has created some fabulous things for your viewing pleasure.  As you know, if you’ve been a good little hopper you should have arrived here from Janis’ blog.  If not, please go back to the beginning and start with my good friend Kristal Andrews at Getting Cricky.    You won’t want to miss a single bit of this hop.  I’ve seen the preview posts for days and there is some amazing talent on the team!  These projects are sure to please!

The theme Christmas Wishes means so many things to each of us…for me it is hugely spiritual.  Since becoming a single parent, my children and I have had the opportunity to start some new traditions.  One of them is that they now receive three gifts in similitude of the three Christ received on his birthday.  It was actually the kids’ idea and I of course loved it!  Additionally, before my children and I open our tree, we sing Happy Birthday to our Lord Jesus Christ.  We always bake Him a birthday cake every year and talk about the gifts we are going to give Him (while eating His cake for him).  I try very hard to keep Christ in Christmas so for me, my Christmas wish is always that the world will remember the real reason we celebrate this festive occasion.   This concept, celebrating the birth of my Lord, is the inspiration behind my project for today’s hop.

The papers in my project are entirely from my scraps.  I used sheer wired ribbon for the bow, Spellbinders lattice rectangles I think, and of course K Andrew Designs Stamps.  The sets I have featured are Winter Wishes (for the word Happy), Coffee and Tea for You and Me (for the word birthday), and Scripture Sayings (for the word Lord) are shown below.  I used “Lord” from the sentiment “I have set the Lord before me. I shall not be moved.”

K Andrew Designs

K Andrew Designs

K Andrew Designs

Aren’t these some amazing sets?  Can you see all the options available to you because Kristal has designed them to mix and match?  You could do “You’re Just Blessed” and “You’re Just my heart” and so much more!  We will soon offer a document you can download with countless mix and match options for you to try!  YAY!  Why not get started on the ones I’ve mentioned and my “Happy Birthday Lord” by getting 20% off ALL your K Andrew Designs purchases this weekend.  Yes…that’s right, save 20% off your total order this weekend only!  Use code  cricky20 at checkout and don’t miss out on this awesome deal!

Your next stop along the way though is my wicked talented and crazy beautiful friend Craftin’ Mama Ildi.  Remember her to-die-for washer necklaces from the last hop?  Definitely be sure to check out what she has in store for you!!!!  And….if you get lost along the way, here’s the entire line-up:

 

Not good but better

Yesterday I was feeling better so I did some venturing out.  Turns out I overdid it and I’m kinda paying for it today…YUCK.  Anyway…I did feel well enough to make a video showing you all how I tie the bows I use on my projects.  I hope you like it.  Be sure to check back here at 6pm PST for the Getting Cricky Blog Hop!  You don’t wanna miss it!

I need a fix but…

this will just have to do I guess.  I am wallowing in rotten right now.  I look rotten, I feel rotten, I probably even smell rotten right now.  TMI I know but you know me and honesty…today I even feel like a rotten Auntie.  I take care of the world’s cutest little boy while his Mommy works.  He and I spend an insane amount of time together.  It is so fun being 3 with him…we play hard and laugh harder.  Except for this week because laughing and playing hurts.  I think he misses me…today he’s been really needy.  Every 5 minutes it’s been “so Auntie guess what”…I have wanted him to go back to sleep since he got here.  I feel rotten for not having the energy to laugh and play with him like I normally do.  Hopefully I can feel better soon.

Usually when I’m feeling rotten about something, I decompress with paper, glue, ink, ribbon, stamps, die cutting machines, paper trimmers, corner rounders, my crop-a-dile…you know all the usual crafty things.  It’s my drug I suppose and right now I’m jonesing for all things crafty severe.  I don’t see that happening today though…sitting up is a challenge right now.  Before I resume my prone position, let me share something I made a while ago…yes, from scraps again.

Once I’m feeling better I’ll make a video showing how I tie bows.  If you can’t wait that long though, go to http://amazingpapergrace.com and look under Becca Bits and watch her bow videos.  I learned to tie mine from watching her tie hers.  The stamps used come from the Owly Hoo Sentiments and Hoot Owl Accessories by K Andrew Designs.  You can check them out below:

K Andrew Designs

K Andrew Designs

 Here’s to hoping I can get my fix in later today or tomorrow.  I may just have to suck it up and go in my freezing cold craft space regardless of how I’m feeling because I have to get a project made for the Getting Cricky Hop this Friday.  I hope you’ll join us!

Splitcoast minus insomnia

I am sick.  Sicker than I’ve been all year I think.  Don’t you just love it when your kids bring home their germs from school and forget to avoid sharing them with you?  My oldest shared her germs last week and I was feeling yucky for a couple days…after falling asleep with my youngest daughter, I think I felt better the day of and after my car wreck 2 years ago.  I can barely talk, my nose is stuffed and I can’t breathe very well and blowing it does nothing.  My voice is barely above a whisper and even that hurts if I say more than 5 or 10 words in a row.  I’ve slept so much the last couple of days I can’t sleep anymore…despite really wanting to.  So I did what I usually do when I’m not entirely feeling up to crafting and bored stiff…I visited some of my favorite blogs, watched some videos, and surfed the resource gallery.  I compiled a 220 page document full of some great projects.  A few people indicated they would like it shared.  You can download it by clicking here.  These are some of my favorite tutorials in the resource gallery.  Stay tuned for my rendition of these tutorials, I’ll be back to crafting once I feel better.

Fun-alicious

My family puts “alicious” on a lot of words just because we can.  One of our favorites is yum-alicious.  When I saw K Andrew Designs Crafty Friends set with this mix and match phrase I knew I would have tons of fun with it.  There are so many fabulicious options in this set.  Check out my first combination:

With this set you could also do stamp-alicious, craft-alicious, crop-alicious, friend-alicious, craft-alicious…you get the idea.  This card features papers from my scraps, lacey circles from Spellbinders, and Winter Wishes, Owly Hoo and Crafty friends stamps from K Andrew Designs.  Even the bow is from my scrap ribbon pile.  Are you a blog-alicious friend?  If you’re reading this post, most definitely!

I ♥ Crafty Friends!

Except for my sister, I don’t have anyone local that I craft with.  I’m LDS of course so there are lots of scrapbookers in my Ward (it’s a fun way to preserve our genealogy), but we’ve never gotten together and gotten our craft on.  Regardless, I do ♥ my crafty friends.  They understand things no one else does.  What you ask…well they understand why you often have to clean up to mess up.  They understand why there is no such thing as too much paper and why you have to have more than one pair of scissors.  They understand the difference between ph neutral and acid-free and know what lignin is and why it’s better to have paper that is also lignin free.  Only my crafty friends understand why I almost fainted when someone said something like “are you sure you really want to ship all this paper it’s gonna be heavy and it’s just paper” while helping me pack for a cross-country move, and only my crafty friends get why not all ink is created equal.  Crafty friends understand why you have to have wet and dry adhesive and why not all adhesive is created equal.  They understand the difference between a brad, button, and eyelet, and know that a hammer can often be a crafter’s friend…unless of course they use a crop-a-dile to set instead.  Crafty friends know why my cardboard boxes are NOT trash and know exactly what I mean when I say craft knife.  They know what A2 sized is, they totally get why multiple types of ribbon in the same color is a necessity and they know what J’s, M’s, SU, CTMH, and LSS all stand for.  Yes indeed crafty friends are the best.  Today’s project was inspired by all of YOU!

This card is made entirely from scraps with the exception of the stamps and ink and the embellishments.  The flowers are from a Creative Charms pack I received from my beautiful friend Kristal Andrew.  The stamps are hers too and the ink used was Versafine.  I used Spellbinders lacey and classic ovals for the sentiment piece and, though it’s tough to tell in this photo, adhered it with pop dots to give it a little dimension.  I have to tell you about how I created the stamped goodness on this card though…when I posted it in the Getting Cricky DT group, Kristal said “WOW girl–you rocked the Crafty Friends set out–love the butterfly”.  Let’s talk about the butterfly first…I think it’s one of my favorite combinations so far so you can expect to see it on more projects in varying colors.

The butterfly features the wings and the exclamation points found in the Fall-O-Ween stamp set shown below.  I stamped the right wing first and then stamped the left making sure it was touching the right wings.  Next I taped over one of the exclamation points and both periods in the double exclamation point stamp and used it to make the body of the butterfly.  I drew its antennae myself with a pen.  You didn’t believe me when I said that the best part of K Andrew Designs stamps is how versatile they are now did you?

Ok…the Crafty Friends set that I “rocked out” was a little more complicated but it still worked.  For the sentiment, I took “friends” and “are the best friends” and put them together then stamped that first.  I knew I wanted my card to say crafty friends but, if you look at the set below, that word doesn’t exist independently.  So…I pulled out the tape again and taped off everything but the word “Crafty” in crafty as a fox.  Then I inked my stamp using Versafine (it’s pigment based and stays wet longer which is why it needs to be heat set).  Once it was inked, I taped over the unwanted words again just to make sure no residual ink came through onto my stamped piece.  The result is what you see above.

The floral embellishments on the bottom were hot glued.  The hardest part of this card was taping off the unwanted portions of the sentiments I chose.  I hope this will help you see new ways to use YOUR stamps as well!  You can get your OWN  K Andrew Designs art stamps by clicking the image below!  If you place an order, please tell Kristal I sent you!

I ♥ each of you my crafty friends!

Boxed In

Remember a few posts ago when I told you I was going to have some more projects for you inspired by my late night Splitcoast Stampers viewings?  Today I have another one for you.  This might actually be one of my all time favorite techniques/tips/whatever.  My mind is full of ideas of ways this can be used as a gift item.  It could be made in a bride’s colors and given as a gift to the bridesmaids, it could be a gift for a new bride, it could be a fun way to do a baby announcement, it could be for Mother’s Day, Christmas, birthdays, graduations, and so much more.  It is super simple to create as well.  Here’s my “Box Card” based on the this video.

This card doesn’t lay totally flat and has a belly band.  The way I think this could be turned into a gift is by making a set of notecards/inserts that would fit in the box but still allow it to close easily.  Maybe 4 to 6 depending on the papers used and how heavy the embellishments were.  This card was a lot of fun, I hope you try it out!

Supplies Needed:
8 1/2  x  11 piece of patterned paper, or lightweight cardstock
Scoring Tool (I used Martha Stewart Score Board)
Cardstock to decorate the card
Stamps (K Andrew Designs Scripture Sayings)
Versafine Onyx (make sure you heat set)
Martha Stewart Edge Punch (I think it’s lace doily)
Scissors
Adhesive (ATG)
Ribbon
Spellbinders Lacey Circles
Spellbinders Classic Circles
My custom tree stamp
Distress Ink (Frayed Burlap for tree..I think)

The instructions at Splitcoast Stampers are easy to follow.  I won’t repeat them here.  I used Spellbinders for my shape on the front and the MS punch for the trim on the side.  The tree in the background is a stamp I made myself using my Teresa Collins Stamp Maker.  Ribbon was random ribbon from my stash.  I will soon start featuring cards that I’ve made using only scraps (aside from ink and stamps of course), so stay tuned!