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My latest trip to Michael’s

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Hi everyone! I know, I know. It seems like the only time I post to this is when I have videos. It’s been a crazy summer. I have been traveling for work every week, training new people. And let me tell you, watching someone work and telling them what they did wrong is exhausting! Who knew standing around could be so much work?? (BTW that was totally serious. I can’t believe how tired I am after each day!)

So, that leaves me with very little time to create, but when I am away, there’s always a Michael’s or AC Moore (sometimes both!) near by. I can always shop. And so I have!! This time it was actually a local Michael’s and I went after I finished working for the day. It was in the same shopping center, so how could I say no??? Plus I was in Wal-Mart ALL day and I needed to interact with some intelligent people. (sorry not sorry. I HATE Wal-Mart!!)

Here’s the link to the haul:

Michael’s Haul Video

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Michele

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Get Well and Pet Sympathy Cards

A couple of weeks ago I received a custom order request from a friend that I went to grad school with. She asked me for a pet sympathy card. I didn’t think that there would be a market for those type of cards, but to my surprise, I was wrong! My last sale was in fact the same card I made for her! So I have to say thanks to Kara for the idea!

Here is the original card:

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And here is the card I made for the Etsy sale – I emailed the customer to tell her that I could customize the dog to the colors of her friends’ pet and she chose tan and white:

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The colors are slightly different. I don’t like to make two of the exact same card – I like to make each card unique. I also added a collar and a tag with the letter “Z” for the dog’s name.

The next card I made is for my coworker. She had surgery on Thursday. I know its going to be a long road to recovery for her. She came down last week to get cards that I was donating to Hayden’s Heart fundraiser this past weekend and she liked the Thanks a Latte card that I made. So, I wanted to use that image in the card for her. But how do you turn a coffee card into a get well soon card?

Well, this might be a stretch, but I used the sentiment “How’ve you bean?” on the front and get well soon on the inside. I had to think long and hard about how to make it work and I think I might have succeeded. We’ll see once she gets it!

Here are the images from the card:

IMG_2377 IMG_2378 IMG_2379The coffee cup was cut at 5 1/2 inches and the newspaper was cut at 3 1/2 inches.

Hope you like the cards! Thanks for stopping by. As always, feel free to leave a comment and subscribe. Also, if you want to see more about the cards, check out my YouTube channel – my username is chelebelle1120.

Teddy Bear Parade and Love You a Latte

Recently, I ordered these two Cricut cartridges. Walmart had a deal 2 for $50. It looks as though Walmart is really the only one who carries the Teddy Bear Parade cartridge, so I thought that I would go ahead and order it. I have been wanting it for awhile. Especially after I saw diamondrose123’s video on how you can use that cartridge with other ones that feature animals, like Create a Critter.  I’ve seen many cute projects from the Love you a Latte cartridge as well. I was so excited to use these cartridges.

Until the post office got involved. I ordered them on Jan 1st and they got shipped by UPS to my post office by the 4th. They didn’t deliver them to me until the 8th. Not sure why they kept them so long. But, by the time I got them, I was in full remodel mode of my craft room. So, unfortunately I haven’t had time to use either of them.

But, even though I haven’t used them, I have several ideas for some projects. So I will be making a lot soon – hopefully this weekend. Look for some pictures to come soon!

Since I haven’t been able to craft, I’ve been busy redoing my room. I got a couple of closet organizers from Home Depot and some baskets.  It’s coming together nicely. i have several shelves of scrapbooks, places for my stamps and punches and even little cubby holes and holders for some of my smaller supplies.

Here’s the video if you want to check it out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRoxhcf04Ng

 

Here’s a picture of the closet:

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Valentines Day

So, it’s only the second week of the year and already I’m thinking about Valentine’s Day. Actually, I started working on them at the end of last year. It seems as though, like in the food industry, you are always worried about the next holiday before the current one is even over. Or maybe that’s just the crazy world we are living in. Retail stores seemed to have adopted that philosophy as well, so I guess my business has to follow suit.

When I started out creating some design concepts, I wanted to do a lot with distress inks. I have a lot of pinks and Valentine’s Day seemed to be the perfect time to try out mixing and matching for some unique backgrounds.

The first card I started out making was one I designed around a stamp set that I have had for awhile, but have never used. It contains a stamp that features two birds holding hearts. One says “Be Mine” and the second one says “Or Else”. I used two Spellbinders Nestabilities dies and used white cardstock to create the top two layers for the card. I used Worn Lipstick distress ink to color the top layer (which is the layer the stamp is on) and then used Picked Raspberry for the next larger layer. I backed both of them with a black cardstock.

The next thing I did was create the background. I took another white piece of cardstock and used the same technique with the Worn Lipstick distress ink. I then put the newly distressed cardstock in the hearts embossing folder and then used the Picked Raspberry on the embossed image. This technique highlights the embossed image while the debossed part retains the original distress color. The background was backed with some more black cardstock. I placed pop dots on the back of the original image and then assembled the card.

Thanks for stopping by. Please feel free to leave a comment or become a subscriber. You can see some if my distress techniques at my YouTube channel – chelebelle1120. Image

Catch up

First, I hope that everyone had a great Christmas and/or Hanukkah. This time of year is always crazy and of course this year is no exception. Christmas snuck up on me so fast – I thought I was prepared, but I wasn’t! I was working until Christmas morning on tags and cards for presents. Not that I minded. I love being busy!

One of the things that I was busy with was a collaboration with a friend from high school. She makes the most adorable cookies – she’s so creative. A client of hers asked for the leg lamp from A Christmas Story. She wanted to add “FRAGILE” tags to each wrapped cookie and she very nicely thought of me. I was so excited to work on this project with her! I made a mock up for her and with one small change, she approved and it was a go!

First, I used the Accent Essentials Cricut cartridge to cut out the tags twice – once in white for the front and once in black for the “shadow” or the backing for the tag. Once they were cut out, I used tea dye distress ink to cover the surface of the white tag. Then, I used a Paper Studio wood grain embossing folder and placed each tag in individually to run through the Cuttlebug. To bring out the woodgrain, I used the Tim Holtz blending tool and some Vintage Photo distress ink. To add some dimension, I then used some Walnut Stain direct from the ink pad onto the tag.

To add the border, I inked up a stamp after I used a mask on the wording. I then stamped the border onto the tag and then wrote the word “FRAGILE” on each tag. The last step was to glue the front piece to the backing. I made 24 of them. Even though the tags had several steps, I was so happy with the way they turned out. I was even more pleased when Angela said she liked them and she said her client was happy with them.

Here is a picture of the tag. You can go to Angela’s blog to see the final result! Here is the website: http://shakebakeandparty.com/2012/12/17/its-a-major-award/

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Sneak Peek

As you know, I’ve been working really hard to try to get some new things done for the craft fair at the end of the month, which will be my first ever! I know I talk about it a lot, but I am excited and nervous. When I was trying to come up with ideas for new things to make, I watched some YouTube videos. There’s one particular YT channel I watch to get inspiration and it’s called CardzTV.

I was looking back at some of her older videos the other day and saw the cutest idea for a project. After watching the video, I realized that I didn’t have the proper Cricut cartridge to complete the project, so I went to Amazon and ordered it. Well, it came Friday night and I couldn’t wait to use it on Saturday! I was trying to keep the things I am working on more of a secret / surprise until the show, but I couldn’t wait. The first one I did turned out better than I expected, and I am still working on the second one.

Here’s a sneak peek of the recipe book….

It’s not finished – I want to add ribbons and maybe some charms on the side and decorate the inside pages a little more, but for right now, this is what I have. Leave a comment and let me know what you think! Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:

VersaMagic Spanish Olive ink

Darice embossing folder – Dots

My Mind’s Eye paper

DCWV Christmas paper (from a couple of years ago)

Red cardstock

This and That Pop Dots (from AC Moore)

The Paper Studio 1″ Binder Rings (from Hobby Lobby)

Light blue card stock (From AC Moore – comes in a variety pack)

ATG gun

My First Special Request

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Yesterday, I had my first personalized, special request! It came from my old next door neighbor. I was so happy that she asked me to make something for her. (Old as in that she moved, not her age. She’s younger than me and I don’t consider that old!)

She said that she couldn’t find any cards that said Mom-Mom so she asked if I could make her two cards. When I’m making something personalized, I want to make sure that I incorporate their ideas into my work. I asked her what she was thinking and she wanted to include her brood in the card. She has some of the cutest kids I’ve ever seen (it doesn’t hurt that she said the twins don’t like anyone and they were both giggling and smiling for me when I met them : ) And her oldest has the cutest little singing voice – she’s an absolute doll!)

I knew that I wanted to use the Baby Steps or New Arrival cartridges for the twins, but I wasn’t sure what to do for her older daughter. The cartridges Paper Doll Dress Up and Everyday Paper Dolls were too old to represent her, but the babies in New Arrival were too young. Luckily, Baby Steps has some toddler icons and they were perfect!

I started out cutting all three dolls at 2 1/2″. When I placed them on the card, it didn’t look right. I recut the toddler at 3″ and it gave a more proportional look to the card. I chose the two crawling babies (one boy, one girl), but when I cut the boy, I used the Flip key so that the twins would be facing each other on the card. Since they all have light hair, I chose a light yellow and cut the shift layer out for all six dolls. (I actually made eight cuts because at the time I wasn’t sure which version of the toddler doll I was going to use on the card). Then I cut out the coordinating layers – red for the baby girl’s pajamas, the toddlers jumper and the balloon, blue for the baby boy’s pajamas and white for the toddler’s shirt.

The last step I did before assembling was to add some dimension to the pajamas and the jumper/dress for the toddler girl doll. To me, they looked too plain to leave as they were. I went through my Cuttlebug folders and found the Swiss Dots folder. I stuck all the outfits in the folder and ran them through the Cuttlebug. *If you are going to try to replicate this step – one note. The dress/jumper has holes where the buttons would be at the top. Make sure when you are lining the dress up in the folder that you keep the dots away from them or it will just create one big hole and won’t look right. You can tell if its ok or not once you close the folder – it’s clear so you can see where the raised dots will be once it’s run through the machine.*

When I went to assemble them, I needed to cut the black layer down so that the yellow layer could be seen underneath, but needed to make sure that the eyes and the mouths were covered in black. I could have easily just cut strips of black and placed them behind the eyes and the mouth, but if you do it this way, it gives the doll even more dimension. It’s completely a personal preference!

Next was assembling the card. Since there was yellow, red and blue in the card already, I looked through my stack of papers to find something that would go with all three. I chose a dotted patterned paper that had all different size and color circles on it. I placed a smaller mat on top (the dotted paper is 5″x7″, the blue is 4″x6″). Then I arranged the kids on the blue mat – the toddler at the top and the twins underneath facing each other. I used pop dots to elevate them from the card stock – I wanted the kids to be the main focus of the card.

After the kids were attached, I added the heart balloon. I knew that she wanted Mom-Mom to be on the card, since that was the whole point in requesting personalized cards! So, I thought, why not incorporate that into the balloon that the toddler was holding? I used a blue metallic gel pen and added “Mom-Mom” and then used a piece of black ribbon as the string for the balloon.

The last cuts I made where from the Simply Charmed cartridge. I looked in Wild Cards and I only saw Happy Father’s Day – no Mother’s Day! Unless I missed it? But I checked several times. So I went with the Simply Charmed’s Happy Mother’s Day and cut it twice out of the same blue card stock that was on the front. I think that was cut at 3″. *If you try and make those cuts too small, they won’t come out correctly. I try to make them as big as possible!*

Once the sentiment was attached, I added a tiny lady bug stamp to the top left corner of each blue piece of card stock on the front (lady bugs are something that the customer loves and mentioned them in her request!). I also added them to the flap of the envelope. The cards were done! Here is how the turned out:

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The colors are MUCH more vibrant in person! My cell phone just wouldn’t take great pictures last night.

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