Monday, July 26, 2010

More Meow ;-)

Hello to all my crafty friends! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend! I enjoyed mine so much, I didn't want it to end! Isn't that always the case though? I did get some good craft time in, always a plus! And of course I spent some more time playing with the Meow Cricut Lite cart!

My little cutie patootie is wearing Lily Kate by Basic Grey. lol. And the little kitty she's holding is flocked, so he's all soft and furry. I don't know why my last couple pictures have not been as crisp...maybe a setting got switched when my husband was using the camera. Anyway, I'll try to figure it out before next time.
Here's one more card for today. It's a real quick and simple one. I carry around all these store bought monogram note cards that I've had forever, but I looked at one the other day and thought about making my own:
This card is a 4 inch square card. The W was cut from Storybook, and I believe the scallop square was as well. I embossed it with the Cherry Blossom folder from the Asian set with my Cuttlebug.

Lately I've mentioned how I love the hummingbirds in my yard. Well, guess what I saw yesterday? What is cuter that hummingbirds? Baby hummingbirds! Oh    My    Gosh! How cute are they!?!? We seriously thought they were bees at first, that's how small they are! And why don't I have pictures you ask? Because I suck, obviously! But, I will try to get a picture just for YOU! Promise!

Thanks for stopping by, and HUGS to all!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Cool Cat...I caved!

Hello Friends! TGI's almost Friday! I hope your week is going well!
I wasn't going to buy any of the Cricut Lite cartridges until the prices came down. I usually only spend $20 - $25 on my carts. The most I ever spent was $30 when Just Because Cards and Give a Hoot came out, and one of them I got Office Help for free with the purchase, so that helped me justify it. Even though, Lord knows I'll probably never use Office Help! Anyway, I decided to take the plunge! I've been buying so many older carts lately, I knew I wanted a newer one, and the instant gratification that comes with picking one up at Wal-mart won! I had a really hard time deciding between about 5 of them, but being one of the world's biggest cat lovers, I knew I'd regret it if I didn't choose Meow! I love every image on the cart, so be prepared to see a lot of cat cards for awhile! ;) My husband is very musically inclined and his favorite instrument to play is guitar, so I wasn't at all surprised with his choice when asked what I should cut first:
Sorry it's a little blurry, I was rushing. My card is base is a standard A2 size, in cream card stock. I cut the cat at 3 1/2 inches, and Cool Cat at 2 1/2. The little music notes I cut from Stretch Your Imagination, the little singing birdie, I don't know what page. I used my score board to get the diamond pattern on the background, and drew in the guitar strings, added the little doodles to "Cool Cat" with a white pen, a little Stickles to the music notes, and that's about it!
I think I may get one more today, but now it will be hard to decide between my top choices, Sugar and Spice or Bloom.
Thank you SO much for stopping by, and I hope you like my Cool Cat!
Have A Great and Crafty Day!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

What I've been up to...

Hello to all my crafty friends! I'd like to start off by giving a big warm welcome to some new friends that have joined recently! I love new friends and hope you enjoy some of what I share with you here!
Well, I was MIA for over a week! I recently joined a card swap with the very sweet and talented Flowerdisco. Anyway, we have to make 16 cards. One for any occasion in each month, then a few others. So, I've been busy coming up with cards for that. Now, some people can whip up 16 cards in an afternoon. For me, this is a challenge. Especially when the recipients are all so brilliant! I just hope that my cards will be comparable, ya know? And, I decided to wait to share them on my blog until after they've been swapped. And of course I'll be sharing the cards that I receive from the other participants!

Anyhoo, other than that, over the weekend I was asked by one of the owners of The Jewel Shoppe, where my husband works, to make some little gift cards that she can attach to the custom pieces that go out. Well, their store color is purple, and their logo (I guess is what you'd call it) is a little snow flake (for their last name) with a diamond in the center. So based on that, this is the idea I came up with:

Oh, and I had forgotten to take a picture until late Sunday, and it was by then too dark to get a good one, so I asked my husband to take a picture of them before he left for work Monday morning. So, he took these for me, and I was so happy that they turned out! I made 3 variations, and figured she could choose what elements from each one she liked. They are 3 X 3, 2 of them I rounded the corners. They all have a diamond cut from Indie Art, but I used various layers. They were all embossed with my Cuttlebug and the Snowflakes folder. One I used white core paper, which I sanded lightly. All the diamonds were cut from Waussaw white shimmer paper, so the diamond really sparkles. ;) I also used a Waussaw shimmer in purple on one, and just a deep purple on the other. So, which is your favorite? I like the one with the deep purple, I think.

Oh, and did you watch HSN last night? How awesome is this partnership between Provo Craft and Martha Stewart!?!? I know I want those cake carts for all those wonderful borders!
I hope you have a crafty week!


Thursday, July 8, 2010

A couple of cards...

Hello friends! I'm finally starting to get back to feeling like my normal self again after my hectic weekend! I knew it was a bad idea trying to fit all that into just a 3 day weekend! With the drive being over 12 hours each way, I spent over a whole day out of the 3 just driving! It was all so fast I didn't even have time to see my friends or family like I'd planned! So, I hurt a lot of feelings in the process! But, honestly I'm just glad we made it home, and safely! We drove home through a lot of heavy rain, and were hydro sliding all over the place! I honestly felt like I'd been in a bad car wreck for the first couple days, and I realize now it was from my death grip on the steering wheel while I was in tears, and practically hyperventilating and chanting over and over, "I just need to get off this road". Good Times! Believe it or not, I'm actually a very good driver, but it was all just a bit much for me to take at that point after all the emotions from the guilt of not being able to see my family, and from just being overly tired! I just wanted to be home! And needless to say, I couldn't be happier that we have a short week after the holiday!
I really need to work on getting cards made ahead for my stash! I have some, but never the kind I need! I got home and suddenly need at least 3 birthday cards, just this week! So, here is one I put together last night for Mamaw, my husband's grandmother who is also our next door neighbor!
Pagoda seems to be my favorite go-to cartridge when I need a quick card! I've made a few others recently, but they were just so last minute, I didn't even have time to take a picture! :(
When I sat down to make Mamaw's card, I knew instantly I wanted to use a hummingbird ans flowers of some sort. Mamaw and Papaw are all about their garden, and have numerous sugar water feeders, which attract many of these cute little guys! I love those Calla Lilies and think they would also be great for a sympathy card!

Before I go, I thought I'd show you the Independence Day I made before I left. This was my first attempt at an easel card!
I cut the little guy from A Child's Year. I set him up on pop dots, and kind of liked the way he looked against the fireworks in the background, as if he was flying through it! I will definitely be making more easel cards in the future! So easy, fun, and just something a little different!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Die Cuts Are Us sale!!!

Hey friends! I'm going to be back in a little bit to share a couple of cards. My husband and I drove back home to Florida over the weekend. It was long and rough, and I'm still trying to get back to 'normal'. So, that's why I haven't posted or been by to leave some love on your blogs! I did want to pass on a GREAT sale that Die Cuts Are Us is having! They have a little bit of everything over there, including Cricut and Cuttlebug! They are getting ready for CHA and have marked everything down 40 - 50% until Monday July 12th! Sounds like a good time to stock up on supplies!
Thanks for stopping by, and I'll be back a little later with a card or two!