Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Good Luck! ~ St.Patricks Day Digital

Just bought the St.Patrick's Day Cricut digital cartridge and had to get creating right away!

It's a very basic card since I only used one cut, but I think it really pops with the color combo and embossing.  The sentiment used is from My Pink Stamper's Sport-tastic stamp set.  The rainbow is cut at 3.431" with the rest of the layers cut to relative size.

I used this week's Creative Color Challenge for my color inspiration:

I hope the color combo this week will inspire you too!  =)

Monday, February 27, 2012

Creative Color Challenge 02-27-12

Time to announce last week's winners and this week's new color challenge. 

Congratulations on winning last week's creative color challenge!  Here is your winner button:
You will also be entered in the monthly drawing for the Just Because Cricut cartridge.

Here is this week's Creative Color Challenge:

Tangerine Tango RGB = 243, 107, 67
Tempting Turquoise RGB = 96, 192, 217
Old Olive RGB = 153, 150, 71

I know I have been using green in each week's color challenge, but I am purposely doing so in case you might need to work on St.Patrick's Day projects.  =)  I want to thank each of you that has participated in the color challenges.  I am so thrilled with each link up and am excited to see this challenge continue to grow with creativity and new participants!

Looking forward to seeing your creations!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Gnomes and Mushrooms

I have had my eye on the Cricut digital cart Gnomes and Mushrooms for a while.  Since cricut.com had all their digitals on sale last week, I went ahead and purchased it.  Here is my first project using this cartridge.  Using the Cricut Craft-Room, I welded two shadows to make a shape card:

I also followed this week's Creative Color Challenge:
Don't forget to link up your creations HERE for the chance to be a weekly winner and be entered into the monthly drawing for the Just Because Cricut cartridge.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My Pink Designer Day - February 2012

I think Robyn, My Pink Stamper, and Maria are having fun coming up with creative post assignments for us!  Our post challenge this month:

Theme: How many can you use???!!!!

Use as many My Pink Stamper stamps from any set(s) on ONE project. It can be a card, scrapbook page or mini book.
I broke out my Imagine and created an heirloom mini recipe book for my project.

I created one page for personalization and another for dedication. 

Each page has a lined square for the recipe name, ingredients, and serving information.

The lined squares could also be used for journaling to share any loving memories and thoughts about the recipe or it's creator.

I also stamped each recipe page with a From the kitchen of: sentiment so that the recipient would know who created the recipe.

All the page bases are printed on vanilla cardstock so that the backside would match and not be white.

I know it's hard to tell from this photo angle, but the images on each page are multi-layered with atleast two layers.

Most of the images are cut at 3".

The speech bubbles are cut at 1", 1.5", and 2".

I thought adding a place for atleast one photo would help personalize the mini.  I also added some additional journaling tags.

This is how the recipe mini stands up...on it's own!  =)

This is how it would flip when following a recipe.
Materials Used:
  • Cricut Imagine cart Kate's Kitchen
  • My Pink Stamper Yummy-licious stamp set
  • Chipboard
  • 1" book rings
  • Celebrate It ribbon
  • Vanilla and white cardstock
  • Stampin' Up! linen thread
  • Stampin' Up! Kiwi Kiss corderoy button
  • Stampin' Up! Early Espresso classic ink
  • Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon
  • Stampin' Up! tag punches
  • Stampin' Up" library clips
  • Yellow striped bakers twine
  • Mini staples
  • Ranger distress ink in Peeled Paint
  • BazzilBasicPaper self-adhesive jewels in Artesian Pool
  • Pop dots
Although there are a lot of images to this project, it really isn't difficult if you have an Imagine.  The recipe mini itself is one of the BONUS items on the cartridge.  I simply cut it once without printing on chipboard (fit to page) and then print and cut it (fit to page x2) to cover both sides of the chipboard.   The inside sheets are another BONUS item.  I print and cut these (@ 8.5") x12.  Most of the images are cut at 3" inches using the layers feature so that each page would have dimension.  The speech bubbles are cut at 1", 1.5" and 2.0".  I inked most off the edges in Peeled Paint and added jewels throughout the mini. 

I love how perfectly the Yummy-licious stamp set coordinates with this cartridge.  Was that the plan Robyn?  ;) 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Creative Color Challenge 02-20-12

Hi again everyone!  Today is the second week of my new Creative Color Challenge!  We had two link ups last week and both are my weekly winners:

Congratulations!  Both of your projects ROCK!  You will both go into the monthly drawing to win the Cricut cartridge "Just Because".  And here is a button to sport on your blog:

This weeks Creative Color Challenge is:

Old Olive RGB = 153, 150, 71
Pretty in Pink RGB = 253, 204, 208
Night of Navy RGB = 47, 69, 93
Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Thursday, February 16, 2012


On the Circut Circle message board, a weekly cartridge challenge has begun.  This week we were challenged to use the cartridge Sophie.  I still had mine in it's case!  Yikes!

I used my Imagine and filled all the shapes with patterns from the Imagine cartridge, Lori's Garden.  I also used the color combo I posted on Monday.  This cartridge has a lot of florals.  The creative features include 4 different card bases, doilies, and bookmarks.  I included a matching bookmark for the recipient stamped with My Pink Stamper Flowers and Friendship.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day and a Winner!

Happy Valentine's Day!  I created this card for my hubby using the Anna Griffin All Occasion Card Making Kit.  It comes with everything you need to whip up 30 cards FAST!!!

In addition to wishing you a day filled with love, I would like to announce my winner from this past Friday's Pinkalicious Blog Hop:

Donna LeeFeb 12, 2012 08:03 AM
This is an adorable mini album! TFS

Congratulations Donna Lee!  You have until this Friday night 11:59 central to claim your blog candy. 
I am not sure that you noticed, but I started a weekly challenge on my blog this past Monday.  All you have to do is create any project using the listed color combination and link it up to the post.  I will be announcing weekly winners and a monthly prize winner.  I hope you will join in on the fun and link up!  =)

Monday, February 13, 2012

I am starting a weekly challenge on my blog!

I am so excited to start a new weekly challenge on my blog!  It's simply called "Creative Color Challenge". 

Basic guidelines:

I will post a color combination each Monday for you to create with.  Although  I list specific color names, you can use any similar colors and/or brands.  It may be any type of project (card, scrapbook layout, home decor, etc.)  You can link up your newly created project (no back linking) at the end of each week's post.  You have until Sunday night at midnight (central) to link your project up.  The following Monday I will post my favorite project and a randomly chosen project (using Random.org).  Both winners will get a winner's button for their blog and go into a monthly drawing to win a crafty prize.  Sound like fun?  I hope you will join me in sharing your creations.

This week's color combination:

I am using Stampin' Up! colors, but you may use any brand you like.  Just match the colors as closely as you can.

Here is my project using this week's colors:

To kick off the start of my new weekly challenge, I will be giving away the Cricut Cartridge "Just Because" to the monthly winner.  Good luck and happy crafting!

Friday, February 10, 2012

My Pink-alicious Blog Hop

Welcome to this month's My Pink-alicious Blog Hop!  You should have arrived here from Missy's blog. 
This month we were challenged as follows:

Challenge: Use the color red, a circle, a pink ribbon and MORE THAN ONE My Pink Stamper stamp.

I have been creating with the Cricut cartridge Victorian Romance and decided that I would use this cart with Robyn's stamps to create a mini word book for my project.

*** I went back and added shadows to the lettering and some liquid Pearls.  I didn't like how the lettering didn't pop against the similar backgrounds.  As I add embellishments to each additional page, I will update the pictures.  =)

Materials Used:
  • Cricut cartridge Victorian Romance
  • My Pink Stamper From the Heart stamp set
  • K&Company McKenna paper pad
  • Ranger Worn Lipstick distress ink
  • Stampin' Up! cardstock in Rose Red, Very Vanilla, Mellow Moss and Always Artichoke
  • Misc. ribbon from my stash
I just love the old fashioned and romantic feel the cuts on this cartridge have and how Robyn's stamps paired up with them perfectly!  I like how stamping with the distress ink made the sentiments look aged.

I want to add some more soft bling and embellishing to the mini as well, but I wanted to keep it clean and simple for the blog hop. 
Here are the files to this word book if you would like to easily recreate:
http://www.box.com/s/211ivfzlvk2ls5n25xy3   Gypsy
http://www.box.com/s/fdqxq2m0jx4rh77q6ygu  Cricut Craft Room

And here is the file to the rest of this past week's projects using this cartridge:
http://www.box.com/s/94dn8iq85lob86i39zec  Gypsy
http://www.box.com/s/4sbgv75x4o470ur2us23  Cricut Craft Room

Have you tried cutting chipboard on your Cricut yet?  What?  You haven't?  Well, you are in luck!  To thank you for hopping along with us, I am giving away a Deep Cut Blade with Housing kit to one luck winner.  It even comes with two markers if you haven't tried that either!

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post.  Using Random.Org, I will select a winner on Valentine's Day, February 14th.  You will have until Friday night, Febraury 17 to contact me with your mailing information. 

The next stop on the blog hop is with the talented Roberta.  And here is the rest of the list in case you just joined us or get lost. 

Blog Hop List--February


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Victorian Romance Treat Holder

Oh boy!  This one is a little tricky without the assembly instructions.  This is what I came up with.  Hopefully, I did the folds right.  It's hard to see the box on the tiny picture on the back of the cartridge and I couldn't find any place online that had instructions or that showed one assembled.

Materials Used:
  • Cricut cartridge Victorian Romance
  • My Pink Stamper Boy Crazy stamp set
  • Echo Park Yours Truly Collection Kit
  • Imaginisce gimee glam
  • Stampin' Up! Black classic ink
  • Stampin' Up! tag punches
  • Stampin' Up! silver cord
I wanted the box to look masculine since I am giving it to my hubby.  I kept the embellishments to a minimum for this reason.  Here is how I folded the treat box:

Here it folded without any embellishments.  The ends are a little loose if you keep it this way, but of course, that is an option.

Here is a close up of how I folded the ends.  I folded a vally with the first set of folds (closest to the treat box) then created a mountain with the second set.  I tried it other ways (mountain first, then valley and also valley and then another valley), but this way looked best.

Here is another view of what it looks like without additional embellishing or adhesive.

This is how the open end looks without any additional adhesive (where you adhere the main body together --  there is a tab for the main body portion of the treat box).

I went ahead and glued these two loose ends together so that the ends would hold their shape better.  The top portion of the treat box in this picture is how it looked from the inside once I glued these ends together.

And this is what it looked like after I glued the two open ends on each side and without any additional embellishing. 

A little confusing, I know.  I hope this mini tutorial helps you with this treat holder.