6 Degrees of Sorry

Blog candy…I think I hate it.  Yep I said it.  Why you ask…well because I hate readers who only read blogs that offer it, I hate that we all expect it so much most people feel obligated to offer it and I especially hate that I’m so far behind in sending it out to my winners.  For the record…I will NOT be offering any more blog candy until I can get caught up on what I’ve already offered and haven’t gotten int he mail yet.  Anyway…in that spirit of things, I decided to include a card with all the blog candy prizes I’m mailing to express my sorrow for it taking sooooooooooooo long to get in the mail.  I have a lot of cards to make (I told you I’m AWFUL about blog candy), and so I needed something pretty simple to create yet easy enough to tweak and make different each time.  The six cards in this post all feature the exact same supply list below.

Supplies Needed: 
A2 Card base
Fundamentals 2 SD Card
Background paper cut at 4 x 5.25
Adhesive (Tombo Mono Adhesive)
Scallop Trim Border Punch (Stampin’ Up)
K Andrew Designs Art Stamps Sympathetic Sayings
Ink (Memento Tuxedo Black)
3 coordinating colors of paper for butterfly cuts

The butterflies were all cut at 2.5 inches from 3 different papers.  I used one sheet of open stock paper I bought at Joann’s (the patterned paper butterfly) and then the other two colors are just random paper from my stash.  The background mat I used came from a Recollections stack called All Girl or something similar.  I don’t have it handy to look it up for you.  The sentiment is from this set by Kristal Andrew and can be purchased here.

If you have won blog candy from me, one of these cards (or something similar) could be on its way to you soon!


Getting Cricky Simple Sunday Color Challenge

Usually we do a theme for the bi-weekly Simple Sunday Challenge over at Getting Cricky, but this time we deviated from the norm and decided to go with a color challenge instead.  This is the first color challenge I’ve actually participated in…GASP, I know…I know.  After this one though, you can bet I will do this again more often.

So, the challenge this time around was to use orange and black with at most…one other color.  I chose to use purple, orange and black.  Common colors you see together this time of year right?  Probably not like this though:

I just couldn’t force another Halloween/Fall project right now.  I was over Halloween before it began (it’s so NOT my thing), I don’t have many Fall moments that need scrapping, and if one more person tells me “Happy Fall Y’all”, I just might have to vomit.  Seriously.  Anyway, the stamp I used comes from this set:

Here’s what else you’ll need if you want to re-create this card, or one like it, on your own:

Supplies Needed: 
A2 Card Base
Fundamentals 2 SD Card
Orange mat cut at 4 x 5.25
Scripture Sayings stamp set
Ink (Versafine)
Embossing folder of your choice
Manual die cutting machine (I used my Grand Calibur)
Flat-backed pearls
Adhesive (Tombow Mono Adhesive, Pop Dots and Elmer’s Fabric and Craft Glue)

Using your eCraft, cut Image 6 and 8 from the Butterflies category on the Fundamentals 2 Card at 4.5 inches.  I cut two of Image 6, one in orange and one in black.  I cut one of Image 8. then cut the body off of my orange butterfly and glued it to the front of the black Image 6 cut.  I then glued my Image 8 to the front of this piece making a thicker more durable butterfly.  I was careful to only glue the two bodies together so the black wing layer could lift a bit adding dimension.  While this piece was drying, I took a Cuttlebug folder and placed it over 3/4 of my orange mat and ran it through my Grand Calibur.  Mayunnnnnnn does that thing EVER give you a beautiful deep impression.  Anyway….next I added ribbon toward the bottom, stamped my sentiment, added some purple flat backed pearls and that was it.  Be sure to head over to Kristal’s blog to see the rest of the DT projects,  link up your own, and find out what awesome gift Kristal is giving away this time. I can’t wait to see what color you will choose to mix with orange and black for this challenge.  We love seeing what you come up with!


So Thank-Fall” Getting Cricky Blog Hop

Welcome to the “So Thank-Fall” Getting Cricky Blog Hop!!

Welcome to this month’s Getting Cricky Design Team Blog Hop!!  Each of us, along with our Special Guest – Letillia from Diva of 5, are so pleased to have you here with us!!  Along the way, you’ll see NEW ideas for creating cards and projects with Kristal’s stamps sets!!

If you’ve hopped along from Janis’ Blog, then you are in the right place!! And, as I’m sure you know by know, if you just happen to be one of my faithful readers (thanks to all of you), please be sure to start at the beginning with Kristal’s blog.  I’d hate you to miss out on any of the fun!

In case this is your first time to hop along with us, there are some things you should know about K Andrew Designs Art Stamps.  Each of Kristal’s stamp sets benefit charity and $1 per stamp set goes to benefit the charity noted on the stamp set package. Currently Kristal is donating to the following charities: Cancer Angels, Storefront Shelter for Homeless Children, Intrepid & Fallen Heroes, E. Glaser Pediatric AIDS  Foundation, Doorways Shelter for Women & Children (Domestic Violence), Wayside House for Women, Camp Good Days & Special Times, Adopt a Classroom, and Autism Research Institute. Kristal will donate $1 for every stamp set sold, (retail or wholesale) to the charity noted; you can imagine how wonderful this will be over time, I’m sure.  Each time you purchase a K Andrew Designs art stamp set, someone around the country is receiving some good help!  This is exactly what Kristal means when she says “Stamp Good, Do Good!”

If all of that wasn’t reason enough to get you opening a new browser and going to K Andrew Designs, these stamps are all made and assembled here in the USA ensuring all product materials are safe and that jobs are being provided and maintained here in America.  You can learn even more about Kristal’s stamps (and pick some up for yourself) by visiting her online store: K Andrew Designs

To say “THANK YOU” for hopping along with us today, we have TWO coupon code specials for you to take advantage of for THIS WEEKEND ONLY (thru Sunday, October 23rd):

fallblessings for 25% off the Fall-O-Ween set

shipitfree for FREE SHIPPING!!

Kristal’s newest stamps sets are LARGER sets — perfect for cards, layouts, and so much more…  For more details or to make one these sets YOURS, please click on the preview:

Crafty Friends
Pirate Party! LARGE SHEET (Faces included–but separate so you can use other face stamps)
Pirate Tales & Fish Scales (LARGE SHEET)

For my first project, I’m featuring the Fall-O-Ween set and Winter Wishes set shown below.

Winter Wishes

Our theme this month is “Thank-Fall”…you know something Fall related that we are grateful for.  Fall is my second favorite season and I’m thrilled to report that our leaves are finally turning their usual amazing colors.  I live in the foothills of some mountains…one of them we lovingly call MY mountain.  The pictures in this layout are not my own, but nonetheless I am grateful for this amazing Fall View:

All of the paper used in this layout is from Core’dinations.  The photos are matted very tightly to a red piece and the orange accent piece was punched along the top and bottom edge with the Martha Stewart fall leaves edge punch.  I tried the EK Success Layering Punch for the small maple leaf in the top right corner but returned it because it doesn’t work like as well as I’d like.  The bigger leaves were cut with my eCraft using I think the Fundamentals 2 SD Card.  The “Be Thankful” tag was also cut with my eCraft, as was the title “autumn”.  To get this sentiment combination I used the B and E from the “Best Witches” sentiment along with the word thankful.  The word delightful comes form Winter Wishes and Blessings is from the Fall-O-Ween set as well.

The other thing I am most thankful for (at this time of year especially) is family.  Though intended to be a card design, the “center step” template made the perfect display for a recent photo of 5 of my favorite kids:

Here the jack-o-lantern edge was punched with a Martha Stewart punch and layered on the card.  I cut a cloud and moon with my eCraft added some ink to both, stamped the bat  from the Fall-O-Ween set on the cloud and added “Harvest up some fun” as the sentiment at the bottom.  The moon and cloud were attached using pop dots for added dimension.  Man I ♥ these kiddos severe!

Unfortunately, I am so far behind in sending out blog candy for previous winners, I don’t have any to offer at this time.  Be sure you visit my DT sisters’ blogs though for ways to win some K Andrew Art Stamp goodness because I know many of them are offering a stamp set as blog candy.  Next up is my awesome friend and DT Sister Ildi, the Craftin’ Mama!.  Please click here to visit her blog.

Here’s a list of the entire hop, in case you get lost along the way or want to revisit anyone:

Flying away on a wing and a prayer

Who could it be, believe it or not it’s just me…oh sorry I was just remembering a theme song to a show I watched when I was little.  Great American Hero or something like that…

Our Getting Cricky Simple Sunday challenge for today is all about things with wings…airplanes, hang gliders, flying transformers, hospitals, buildings, Detroit’s hockey team, or in my case…butterflies.

This project was actually really kind of difficult despite how simple the finished project looks.  I’ll get to how I did it in a second.  First I want to show you a close-up of the stamping:

I used 3 different stamps from the Winged Things stamp set shown below.

Supplies Needed:  
1 metal frame (mine is about 5.5 by 11.5 at the longest and tallest points)
Photoshop or other graphics program
2 12 x 12 sheets of paper
Scraps for the title cut and butterflies  (I chose my name since this is going in my room)
Pearl bling (mine are recollections)
Chocolate Chip Ink (Stampin’ Up)
Winged Things Stamp Set (K Andrew Designs)
Gemstone bling (mine is silver but I don’t know from where)
Fundamentals 2 SD Card
Adhesive (ATG, Elmer’s Fabric and Craft Glue, foam dots and Glue Gun)
White mulberry flowers (I Am Roses)
Alcohol Ink or Re-inker (here I used Purple Twilight and Sailboat Blue)
Alcohol Blending Solution
Heat Gun

See…you thought I was kidding when I said it was kinda difficult didn’t you?!?!?  Ok…so the first thing I did was I took the ribbon out of the hanger that came with it when I bought it.  It was ugly.  Then I laid the metal frame on my scanner and scanned the image.  I imported the scan into SCAL using the Trace feature and then cut it over and over with my eCraft, manipulating the size till I got a shape that would work (the purple shape in the background).  The blue piece is actually a “messed up” shape, but I liked how it looked when added to the purple piece so I kept it and used it.  The purple and blue piece were combined and adhered to the metal frame using my ATG.  I went over it a few times laying down a super sticky layer of adhesive for maximum adhesion.  Next I cut a butterfly from the Fundamentals 2 SD Card.  I cut the solid base and wings and cut the body out of the wings to get the effect featured and added silver bling to bodies. One is cut at 3 inches, one at 2.  These were adhered to the blue and purple background paper with foam dots.  The flowers were dyed using the inks listed and then I used alcohol blending solution to bleed the color out a bit.  I love those roses…so hard to believe they were white to start with huh?!?!?

I used my heat gun to speed up the drying process of the flowers a bit.  While they dried the rest of the way, I stamped “Let your dreams take flight” on the blue background paper and cut my name using this font all in lower case.  I opted not to include the dot on the i.  I cut it first as a welded shadow layer, then I cut the letters unwelded.  I used a scrap of Core’dinations paper for the shadow cut and then a scrap of paper from the Glam Girl stack by DCWV for the individual letters.  I put these pieces together with craft glue and used foam dots to adhere them to the frame.  Once the flowers were totally dry, I used my glue gun to glue them down.  Finally, I took my crop-a-dile and punched a slightly larger hole in the frame and tied some new ribbon.

Now it’s your turn….head over to Getting Cricky to see what she and my DT Sister’s have made for you.  Kristal has a giveaway going on that you won’t want to miss!

Here’s a picture of it, but for details you will need to visit her blog!

Be sure to link up YOUR winged projects by adding your link here!

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)
Fundamentals 2 SD Card
Waterlife SD Card
Fundamentals 1 SD Card
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.


Another Sneak Peek

Happy Hump Day Ladies and Gents!  My first DT project is up over at the Roberts blog!  Here’s another sneak peek of the project:

To see the entire project, including directions on how I made it, please visit http://blog.robertscrafts.com.

Butterfly Beauty Close-Up

Just wanted to post a close-up/better picture of the butterfly in my butterfly beauty card.  I think it’s my favorite thing about the entire card.

I cut the main butterfly twice.  Once in lavender and once in dark purple.  I used glue dots to adhere the dark purple layer to the card base.