Just a lil tulle will do

I love to tie bows on my cards using tulle.  Especially when I make them with multiple loops like I did in this one:

This is a birthday card I’ve made for a dear friend of mine whose birthday is coming soon.  Her favorite colors are blue and green and she is EXACTLY what this sentiment says…classy and fabulous.  I ♥ her severe!  The tulle bow has three loops and was tied using my hideously ugly bow board.  I used Spellbinders labels dies (I’m at my sister’s house and have no idea which number they were), Spellbinders Heart Circles and Classic Circles Large and Small.  The butterfly is from the Fundamentals 1 SD Card from Craftwell and the sentiment is from Unity.  The inside reads “You are BOTH” and I used my Teresa Collins stamp maker to make a “BOTH” stamp.  The background paper is K & Company and the card base is Core’dinations and the heart circle die cut is my fave solid core cardstock I get at a LSS.  The other two circles and butterfly are from scraps.

Of the last three projects I’ve posted, only this one was “blog-worthy” IMHO, but I shared the other two anyway.  You’re welcome Ildi!

Here Comes the Bride – Getting Cricky Simple Sunday Challenge

It was bound to happen…a wedding challenge.  I suppose it’s only fitting because the prime “I do” season will soon be upon us, but since my definition of marriage requires a man and I’m kinda anti-men a little bit still, this challenge served to be a little bit tough.  Then it hit me…you can’t have a wedding without later having an anniversary right?  My baby brother will be celebrating his 4th anniversary in the next few months.  He married the love of his life and in every picture of him on that day he is not just grinning or smiling but CHEESING.  I mean twinkle in the eye ear to ear grin and the whole nine.   I made this for him and will fill it with some of my favorite pictures from that day.

This explosion box project features  I Heart YouIt’s Valentines and Owly Hoo stamp sets.  I saw an explosion box with a cake in the middle on the eCraft HSN launch and the person who created was kind enough to put a tutorial on her blog.  You can visit her blog Crafty Kayes Room or this tutorial for instructions.
This box is not complete because it needs the In The Family stamp set from K Andrew Designs so I can add a Happy Anniversary sentiment around the anniversary hearts on the inside.  This set was designed especially for me, I’ve been asking for a family set for some time…look, isn’t it perfect?
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As usual, there is a challenge going on over at Kristal’s blog.  Be sure to head over to Getting Cricky to find out details on how you could link up and win!  Also, be sure to come back tomorrow when our DT features another pre-hop week of projects using SVG’s, image cards, or cartridges we’ve either never used or haven’t used in at least three months then tune in Friday at 9pm EST for the monthly Getting Cricky Hop!  See you back here tomorrow!

Feeling HOT HOT HOT

Actually, with last night’s snow fall I’m really not LOL.  Welcome to day 4 of Project Week for Getting Cricky.  I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing all the amazing projects my DT Sisters and I have worked so hard to bring you.  Today’s project is a little late and I do apologize.  I taught a class last night with more women than I could count and then let my kids stay up late playing in the snow.  We don’t get much here so it might be there only chance to enjoy that icky cold wet white stuff all winter.  Anyway…as I’ve sat here and shivered every time the kids open my front door and leave it ajar, I knew I wanted to do something HOT for today’s project.  Here’s what I came up with:

The stamps are of course the Food For Thought set and the heart and flames came from Fundamentals 1 and Destination USA SD Cards from Craftwell.  I cut them on my eCraft using a stabilizer, no tabs, pressure at 5.5 and the paper was core’dinations.  The background mat is more from the Studio G package I picked up at Wal-Mart for this project.  Just in case you haven’t had a chance to view them yet…check out the newest release, now available for pre-order.  Don’t forget…free shipping with code faithfreeship at checkout!

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Order $25 or more and receive a FREE mini set (while supplies last).  Here’s what that looks like:
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Until tomorrow my crafty friends!

Daily Gratitude

I’ve also been asked to be a Guest Designer over at the Scrappin’ Chics Challenge blog this month.  For my first project, I decided to make a gratitude activity for my family.  My kids are really digging it.  Here’s what it looked like the first day:

The leaves are filling up with some awesome things my family is grateful for.  For details on how I created this, please visit the Scrappin’ Chics Challenge blog.

Back-2-School eCraft Style

Welcome to the Back 2 School Blog hop presented by eCraft Crafters!  I’m so excited about this you just have no idea.  I personally think eCraft is one of the best known secrets in the die cutting machine industry…maybe not a secret exactly, but certainly this machine doesn’t get the publicity it deserves!  We die-hard eCrafters are anxious to help Craftwell USA promote this machine and decided to kick off some HUGE things coming your way with this hop!  All of the fabulous designers in this hop are showing you back-2-school themed products created using the AMAZING and versatile eCraft.

If you just arrived here from Lyssa Zimmerman then you are on the right path.  If you came here from other location, please start back at the beginning with my good friend Raven Baca @ Love 4 Stamps.  Why start at the beginning…well so you don’t miss a single fabulous project of course!!!  Plus it gives you more chances to win the grand prize….brace yourselves…..

Qualified winners from this hop (and another one we’ll do early September) will be entered to win an eCraft of their very own!!!!  Let me say that again….ONE lucky winner will receive a BRAND new eCraft!  Thank you Craftwell for sponsoring this hop for us, we appreciate you for so many reasons.  One of them is veneer…I used it to create this project:

Supplies Needed:
eCraft
Fundamentals 1 card
Home and School card
Wood Veneer Sheet (here I used balsa)
Chalkboard paint
Chipboard
Stamps (I used K Andrew Designs ~ Coffee and Tea For You & Me)
Ink (I used Studio G and Tim Holtz Distress in Old Paper)
Adhesive (ATG, foam dots)
 

First, paint a sheet of 12 x 12 chipboard with chalkboard paint and set aside to dry.  Load your balsa veneer into your eCraft machine, remove your blade cap and then, using image 19 in the shapes category of Fundamentals 1, cut it at 4 inches.  Ink your edges with your favorite ink.  Next load your painted chipboard into your eCraft and then cut the same shape at 3.5 inches.  Adhere chipboard to balsa wood.  Switching to the Home and School card, cut your choice of school supplies.  I cut the scissors because it was easy.  Adhere chipboard chalkboard to balsa wood using ATG, stamp for added impact (see the top left corners of all four),  add your scissors or other cut with a foam dot and voila!  I pulled out my chalk just so I could show you what it looks like in use.  These are super fun, super easy, and would make GREAT notes in your kids’ lunches or backpacks.

 I hope you have enjoyed this project of mine.  For my individual blog candy I will be emailing 1 lucky winner my SVG file I’m working on.  It will look something like this: 

 
In case you get lost along the way, here’s the entire line-up: 
 
Raven Baca http://love4stamps.blogspot.com/
Carley Carter http://the-real-icarley.blogspot.com/
Debi Tullier http://fabric-ecraft.blogspot.com/
Denise O’Connor http://purplepaperparadise.blogspot.com/
Erika Valdez http://www.craftysprouts.com/
Lyssa Zimmerman http://bornagaincrafter.blogspot.com/
Faith Freeman http://faithfulecreations.com/ <<<<You are here>>>>
KimberlyRae Forde http://kreationsbykimberlyrae.com/blog/
Rosa Ahrens www.for-micaela.blogspot.com
Zeni Pradel http://www.scrappyzeni.blogspot.com/
Craftwell USA http://craftwellusa.com/ 
 

As some of you may have heard from this hop this amazing eCraft machine that we are all using is created by CraftwellUSA.com. This company is really amazing, their customer service is fabulous and the products are top
notch. Well when they heard about our hop they decided to giveaway (1) One eCraft to (1) One lucky winner (color may vary).  To be eligible for this grand prize you must do the following:

1.) Please leave one comment here on my blog (Only one comment will be qualify per person additional comments will not count.)
2.) Stop by eCraft’s facebook page (Link to eCrafts facebook page) to see more awesome projects and tutorials.
3.) You must be an email subscriber.  This means you have signed up for email updates and confirmed your email subscription so that you show up on my report of subscribers.

We are also having another blog hop on September 5th. ALL comments left today and on the September 5th blog hop will be eligible to win the eCraft so this will give you more chances to win.

(1) One lucky winner will be announced on Raven’s blog on September 10th. The winner will also be listed on the eCraft’s Facebook page (see why it’s a good idea to like eCraft’s Facebook page).  All are welcome to hop, however the eCraft giveaway is only open to U.S. entries.

Next up is KimberlyRae, she uses her machine mostly for fabric so if that doesn’t scare you (fabric scares me), be sure to check her out!

Sometimes less is more

As parents we often get stuck doing things we don’t enjoy just because they are either necessary or good for the family.  Today is one of those days for me…we are soon headed out to spend the day at the zoo.  Oh goody…can you hear my sarcasm?  It’s gonna be 85 today and I don’t do well in the heat.  Sure, it’s not as hot as some places are in this country right now but it’s still 10 degrees hotter than I like having it.  Plus there’s the whole animal thing (my favorite animals are on tv or in pictures), and then the kids aren’t using their listening ears very well either so that is pretty aggravating too.  Nonetheless, we are still heading out and I’m praying the experience isn’t one we all wind up dreading.

I guess it’s my fault I’m aggravated…I walked into my room to make a quick card and all hell broke loose while I was distracted.  I know I know…what was I thinking wanting some time to myself right?  At any rate, here’s a super quick fast easy card I made using the All About Girls mat stack from DCWV and Positive Thoughts stamps from K Andrew Designs.

See…I told you, sometimes less is more!

In case you missed it the 1st time….

Lemme ask you a question!  What’s equal parts nervous and excited?  No it’s not a man when he’s about to pop the question, or a woman having her first baby.  Give up?  Ok I’ll tell you…it’s me!  I’m so excited to be a part of the Robert’s Arts and Crafts DT; however, with that excitement also comes nervousness since this is my very first DT ever.  Plus, I’m following Bodacious Brie’s incredible butterfly masterpiece.  At any rate, I definitely feel quite honored to have been chosen for this position.

We will be having an official blog hop to introduce ourselves soon, but let me tell you a bit about me before I get to my project for the day, and I won’t even copy it from my blog this time OK?!?!?  Alright, let’s see…I’m a full-time student, full-time best babysitter ever (just ask my nephews…they love me), full-time single mom, and wanna-be full-time crafter.  Purple is my all time favorite color ever, me and butterflies go together like peanut butter and jelly, Simon and Garfunkel, ketchup and fries…well you get the idea.  I actually use both sides of my brain because I am whimsilytical (yeah I totally just made that word up).  I am artsy, I enjoy the theater, and I love to write and am quite good at it.  Totally right-brained huh?  But then, I’m also great at math, extremely analytical, and an excellent communicator.  Totally left brain stuff!

My crafting took a back seat for many years, but about five years ago, I discovered creative talent I didn’t know I had and that caused me to push the envelope even further on what I could do with that talent.  Today I did this:


Yes yes…I know….it’s totally a summer page when it should be back-to-school right?  The thing is…for us it’s still summer and we have a lot left of it still!  I just can’t put my head around back to school yet; I refuse.

Roberts makes a page like this awfully easy to create, especially with things like free shipping on $50 orders or 20% off your total purchase.  And I promise it isn’t as difficult to create as it might look.  You will need some supplies of course, and some time…this certainly isn’t the fastest layout I’ve ever created that’s for sure.

Supplies Needed: 
12 x 12 sheet of paper for your page
DCWV Citrus Stack
Border Punch of your choice (I used a Martha Stewart one here)
eCraft
Fundamentals 2 SD Card
Waterlife SD Card
Fundamentals 1 SD Card
Twine
Stamps (All stamps used were from K Andrews Designs)
Ink (Tim Holtz Distress ink in several colors, Memento Tuxedo Black)
Adhesive (foam squares, ATG, mono adhesive tape runner)  
 
Paper Trimmer

I don’t know about you but I LOVE one-stop shopping.  Roberts is JUST that and carries everything you need to create my layout.  So, now that you’ve got your supplies…here’s the process you might want to follow.

First you’re going to choose your papers.  Except for the white paper in my layout and the green stem on the flower, every piece of paper used came from the Citrus Stack.  This color scheme is a challenge for me, but I’m really pleased with the result.  The entire design was inspired by one of the pieces of equipment in the photos.  Look closely can you find it?

So first I took out my eCraft and cut Image 9 under the long stemmed floral category on Fundamentals 2.  I cut this shape initially at 9 in green and then white.  Then I cut it at 9.5 and then again at 10 to get the dimension shown below.

You will want to cut the head off the flower on all but your green piece so you can layer them.  Once I had my flower cut, assembled, and stamped I adhered it to the page.  One layer of the flower (the 10 inch one) is stuck down flat to the page, the rest are adhered with foam squares.  Next, I cut one sheet of a patterned paper at 5 by 12 inches to serve as a background mat for the photos.  Then, using a Martha Stewart edge punch, I punched the top and bottom edge of the paper.  This was laid more or less at the bottom of my page and after I liked where it was I added the pictures.

Switching to the Waterlife cartridge, I cut the sun (Image 1 in the first category) at 4, without my pen in the trolley.  By doing this, it didn’t draw the center piece and was just a sun shape.  I cut the center layer from the same category and at about 2 inches then did some of the same layering effect as with the huge flower.  The difference being I made both sun cuts the same size.  Finally I reverted back to the oldie but goodie Fundamentals 1 cartridge and had it cut my “pennants” for me with no problems.  These were cut at 2 and 2.5 I think.  I’m sorry I don’t remember.  I inked up all the edges and assembled them to look like a banner on the page, adhering them with foam squares for dimension.  At the last-minute I decided to add some twine and I think it was just what this page needed to wrap it all up!

Good luck to all of you celebrating or getting ready for back-to-school.  I promise to think of you when I’m chilaxin’ on the beach this weekend.