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Sketch Sunday 23

For this week’s Sketch Sunday, I went with a sketch from the My Favorite Things’ sketch challenge (which can be found here – http://www.cardchallenges.com/search/label/sketchchallenge). Since I organized my stamps (but didn’t bring them upstairs to the craft room yet!), I went though them as I sat and watched tv tonight. I found a couple of sets that hadn’t ever been used or had only been used once. I then looked at the sketch and realized that I needed some paper for the background.

For the 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ white card base, I used some white Recollections 65 lb card stock. I knew I wanted to use the cassette tape die from MFT that has been in my stash for so long, unused! I cut the bottom layer out of black card stock from Recollections and the label from the same white as the base. I also stamped the label from the MFT Journal It Playlist in Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Pale Tomato.

For the background of the card, I thought I wanted something with hearts because I wanted to create a love/Valentine’s day card. I was looking for some vellum that was leftover from the wedding invitations that I did for my friend Alicia and came across something under my desk that changed the theme of the card. When I saw that the Crate Paper Party Day paper had music notes with “Happy Birthday”, I changed focus. I now needed a new sentiment, so I dug through my stamp sets. I couldn’t find any ready made sentiments that I liked, so I made my own!

First, I saw the word “EPIC” in the Journal It Playlist stamp set from My Favorite Things and decided I wanted it to say “Wishing You an epic birthday”. Next I found the “Wishing You” from the MFT Merry Messages stamp set and the “Birthday” from the MFT Delicious Birthday stamp set. The “an” was more difficult to get, but I finally found the sentiment “You Are an” in the MFT Be Original set. Lastly, I stamped these all in Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Pale Tomato on some white Recollections card stock. I then mounted that on some of the same Crate Paper that I used for the front of the card.

To finish off the front of the card I used the MFT Jumbo Squiggle Border die with some vellum to make the scallop design that is at the bottom of the sketch. I also cut a piece of vellum that was a little bit smaller than the cassette tape die cut so that there was a backing to the tape.

Here is what the card looks like:photo-49image-2

Here is the link to the YouTube video of the card being made: http://youtu.be/pCVV6t3FuJE

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Sketch from: http://www.cardchallenges.com/search/label/sketchchallenge

Supplies:

Hero Arts Shadow Ink Pale Tomato

MFT Stamp Sets:

LLD Delicious Birthday (Birthday)

LLD Journal It Playlist (EPIC and label for cassette tape)

CS 57 Merry Messages (Wishing You)

LLD Accent It (Cassette Tape dies)

LLD Be Original (You are an)

Jumbo squiggle border die

Recollections:

65 lb white and black cardstock

white vellum

Zig 2 way glue pen

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Sketch Sunday # 22

Since I just wrote a guest blog post for Craftynotshifty.wordpress.com, I am just going to post the YouTube video for Sketch Sunday. Go over to her blog in a couple of days to catch the post on this video!

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Guest Blogger

I am excited to announce that I will be guest blogging over on crafty not shifty’s wordpress site in the next week or so. I am busy working on my post – it will feature a lot of stamps and techniques. To get a sneak peek of what it will feature, visit my IG at scrapsecrets1120 or over at my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scrapsecrets/268068073266999?ref=hl

The link to Laura’s blog is https://craftynotshifty.wordpress.com. Check out her blog today – she is giving away a FREE distress ink pad!

Thanks for letting me guest blog Laura! Hope the arm is better soon.

Michele

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Sketch Sunday #21

I finally got a Sketch Sunday done on a Sunday – go me! HAHA. This week the sketch inspiration came from the MFT Card Challenge. I usually use that because I love their stamps and their sketches – plus I use the card as my entry to their challenge every week. (Or as close to every week as I can get!!)

This week’s sketch can be found here: http://www.cardchallenges.com/search/label/sketchchallenge

For my card I used the Lawn Fawn Journaling die to cut out some Canson XL 140 lb watercolor paper. I used girl from the Pure Innocence Serenity stamp set and stamped her with some Versamark ink. I heat set it with some Ebony embossing powder from Recollections. I stamped the sentiment from the MFT You Make the Day stamp set and heat set it with the same Ebony embossing powder.

I used the same journaling die to cut out the middle of a piece of Crate Paper designer paper so that I could inlay the watercolor piece into it. I also die cut a stitched circle and a star from Sizzix and Lifestyle crafts. Then I assembled the card on a 4″ x 5 1/2″ card base.

To see the video, click here: http://youtu.be/xuyXjhnoZW0.

Here is a picture of the finished card: image

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Ways to Dress Up Cricut Cuts

I belong to two Facebook groups that deal with the Cricut. It seems like a ton of people got one from Santa this year and there are a lot of questions. One of the themes that seemed to be repeating was, I made a basic cut – now what? How can I make these cuts look more dynamic?

I have had a Cricut for four years now (I think – I can’t remember a time without my Cricut!!) and this summer, I splurged and bought myself the Explore. I have cut out several hundred images and am still finding new ways to dress them up. So, I sat down and thought about the different ways I have found over the years and wrote a list.

Today, I made six cuts that turned into three different looking apples with a similar theme. I did a plain cut, which is just the basic red and green. I cut that one twice because I added something to the second cut. The last one had the same green cut, but the red was different.

To see what I did, click on this link and you will see the three assembled apples.  http://youtu.be/hTO50VEo_eo

There are more parts coming, as I have plenty of other ideas to share!! What is your favorite way to dress up a Cricut cut?

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Sketch Sunday #20

I can’t believe that I have done 20 weeks of turning sketches into cards. I love it! I think that if I wasn’t doing this, I wouldn’t create anywhere near as often as I have been. I know I am still far away from where I would like to be for creating crafty things, but this is a start!

I needed a birthday card for my brother and I was looking through my supplies the other night. I saw some Simon Says Stamp birthday stamp and die sets that I haven’t used in awhile (probably because I have become so obsessed with My Favorite Things stamps and dies!!). There was a set of balloons, a Happy Birthday word die and some stamps. I also found the embellishments that came with my Lawn Fawn stitched journaling die set.

For the background, I used a 5×7 Darice embossing folder that looks like basket weaving. I inked it up with four colors of distress ink: Green – Shabby shutters and Peeled Paint and Blue – Faded Jeans and Salty Ocean. I really like the way these colors look together. I used those same four colors to ink up the stars from the journaling dies and the “Happy Birthday” from the SSS die.

SInce I wanted to use the large balloon and a lot of the background I inked up, I opted for a 5 x 7 card instead of the traditional 4 x 5 1/2 ones I usually do. I glued the pieces together with Zig Two Way Glue Pen and my ATG. Once everything was glued together, I adhered the card front to the card base.

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Project Update

So, I decided to not really do New Year’s Resolutions because every time I do, I break them. However, I am trying to do Life Resolutions – long term changes. I am starting off with ones that have to do with my business and then working on some personal ones. The first one I decided to work on is my organization.

First of all, if you’ve ever seen my house, you will realize that I am the most unorganized organized person. Contradictions, I know. I say this because even though there are things all over my house, I know where things are. It’s my own brand of organization. That is until I try to organize and I realize that I can’t find anything because it’s not where it belongs. And this is because I have no true home for anything.

Which is why organization is number one on my list. I thought that to keep me on track with what I want to do for my business, I better come up with a way to remember everything. I often have all these great ideas about projects I want to do or videos and/or blog posts I want to complete and then once I actually get the time to do them, I forget what that great idea was! Or, even worse, I remember and then I have no time because I haven’t scheduled my time. Great on the idea part, terrible on the execution. That should be my tagline!!

To rectify this, I decided that I would make a cork board calendar and keep all of my ideas on it. If there’s a product I want to use or a sketch I want to create a project from, I can just add it to the board! Genius. So off to Michael’s I went. I picked up two packages of 12×12 cork board tiles to create the calendar. I knew that I had a glue gun, scrapbook paper and ribbon at home so the only other thing I needed were thumb tacks. I didn’t see any I loved, so I just grabbed some silver ones because I figured I could dress them up with jewels or ribbon or something cute.

Once I got home, I started creating the project. I opened the first pack and started to hot glue to pieces together. BAD idea. The hot glue caused gaps in the pieces and then I ripped one trying to take the pieces apart. This is why I was glad that they were Buy One Get One Half off because I already had a second pack to open and try a new approach.

For the second try, I decided to go with scrapbook paper. I found some sheets of what I think are American Craft glitter paper that I got from Joann’s. (Honestly, I buy TOO much paper so I can’t keep track of all the brands I buy at different places. I know – woe is me!! LOL) It is a little larger than 12×12, so I cut the paper down a little and used some ATG to glue it to the cork board. I then took some American Crafts glitter ribbon and make a cross to adhere all four pieces together. I then proceeded to get my ruler out and figure out how big each rectangle needed to be. I figured I would need five weeks and I needed eight rows at the top (one for each day of the week and the first one for the month name – maybe?)

I took the glitter ribbon and started to cut the pieces I would need to make the columns and rows, but I soon discovered that I didn’t have enough glitter ribbon. Back to the craft room to see what else I could find. There I found some rolls of Recollections glitter tape in black. I cut them into the same length pieces as the glitter ribbon and assembled my chart! I really was liking the way that it turned out – nice and glittery!!

For the days of the week, I used My Favorite Things dies that are the days of the week. I originally bought them because we had wanted to do a pool for when my sister was going to have the twins, but after I ordered them she ended up in the hospital with contractions and almost didn’t make it to her own baby shower, so we decided against that. The dies sat in a bin, unused, until now! I took some Die Cuts With a View Shimmer Stack paper in purple and cut the days of the week out. To adhere the days, I used a Zig Two Way Glue pen. They stuck, but it took awhile for them to adhere. Glitter paper is tricky to get things to adhere to. I may need to revisit this adhesive method at some point, but for right now, the days are stuck where they belong!

The last thing I needed to do was to figure out what I was going to use to write my ideas for each day on. Since the spaces are roughly 3 x 4, I thought that I could use my journaling card die from Lawn Fawn. I cut one out and it fit perfectly!! Problem solved.

Today, I decided where to hang it. For right now it is hanging above my Cricut Expression that’s on one part of my L shaped desk. I can add or take down the papers with different projects on them so that I always know what’s going on for the month. There will always be something on Sundays, as I am starting up my Sketch Sunday series again tomorrow. Here is a picture of what it looks like in my room:

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There are two more projects I am working on. One is a grateful journal. I am using the same 3×4 Lawn Fawn journaling die to cut out those rectangles and using a combination of stamps, dies and handwriting to capture one thing from each day that I am grateful for. I think I am going to put together either a journal or a mini album at the end of the month with all of the cutouts so that at the end of the year, I can see what fantastic things happened each day!

The last project I am working on is a visual way to see how much weight I need to lose versus how much I’ve lost. I saw something on Pinterest and wanted to recreate it. You take two jars and put something in one that represents how much weight you want to lose and once you lose a pound, you put one rock or stone or whatever you chose into the pounds lost jar. It will be so good to see the first jar empty and the second jar fill up. I have a hard time staying motivated, so I am hoping this helps.

In the near future, I want to put together a bill book so that I can keep track of all of my household bills in one place. I have a bad habit of forgetting to pay a bill because I throw all my mail into a pile. BAD idea and a terrible thing for your credit. UGH! I hate admitting and writing that, but for 2015 I am going to get better!!

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