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Did you ever have one of those days…..

where no matter what you did, nothing would go your way? That’s how tonight’s crafting adventure ended up! I was working on my last project for the #pawgustart event and every thing I started wasn’t to my liking. I started out trying to watercolor with distress inks, but couldn’t find my heat tool to heat emboss the image. So then I decided to paper piece the image. That turned out ok and I continued to work on the card. The next step was to use ink on an embossing folder to create trees and a blue (inked) background. When I added the paper pieced owls onto it, I did not like the way it looked.

I decided to scrap that project (after making two video parts for it, totaling over half an hour!) to work on making a flip card from a steel die. I have never really done one, so I thought I would give it a try. First attempt was poor at best! I tried to cut two pieces of patterned paper and glue one down to each side. The card would get stuck as you were flipping it. I gave up on that idea and decided to cut a new base out of white card stock, use the center pieces from my failed attempt and go from there.

I took a Heidi Swapp 12 x 12 heart stencil and used Barn Door distress ink to create the background. Next, I glued on the pieces that I cut out from my “failed” attempt at the flip card to cover the middle piece that flipped. I used the stamps from the Simon Says Stamp Circle Friends stamp set to create the background, bear and the sentiment. I added some clear gems for some sparkle to the card.

Here is the video that I made for the event : https://youtu.be/VZSunbePruI

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Michele

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Sketch Sunday #24

So, for this week’s Sketch Sunday, I used the MFT Sketch Challenge. I know – shocking! (You can find the sketch here: http://www.cardchallenges.com/search/label/sketchchallenge). But, I did something different. There’s no card this week. I decorated the front of a plain, kraft bag!

I got the kraft bag from Michael’s. They come in packs of 13 I believe and you can use the coupons on them. I’m sure I used at least a 50% off one! This is the first bag I have decorated since Christmas. I wanted to make cute bags for my nieces’ Valentine’s gifts.

I started off typing in “Valentine’s” in the search bar of Design Space. (For those of you who don’t know, Design Space or DS is the website you use with the Cricut Explore to design what you want to cut). I found some conversation heart images that I wanted to use at first, but then I couldn’t get the papers to match. So, I decided to scratch that idea and use another image. There is an adorable image of a teddy bear dressed as Cupid in the Cricut Lite cartridge Teddy Bear Parade. So I typed in “Teddy bear” and found the image. I sized the bear to 5.52″  tall by 5.24″ wide. I then changed the colors of all of the pieces so that only a couple of sheets of card stock would be needed. His wings were changed to white and everything else was red, black, brown or tan!

In the sketch there was a banner, so I again type in “banner” in the search box and a bunch of images came up. I chose one and sized it to 5.06″ long and .89″ wide. I changed the layers to be white and red so that they would match the teddy bear. I also chose some patterned paper. The heart piece that was used as the largest layer was cut to 7 3/4″ x 9 3/4″ since the bag is approximately 8″ x 10″. The darker pink paper with white polka dots was cut to 5″ wide and 4″ tall. The lighter pink paper needed to be narrower but taller so I cut that one to 5″ tall and 4″ wide.

The last two pieces that I needed were the scallop at the bottom and the circle element. In a previous card I made, I had stamped a couple of the Chalkboard hearts from a Simon Says Stamp stamp set in Red Royal from Hero Arts Shadow Ink. The extras were sitting on my desk and I thought this would be a good project to use one on! I also found some Martha Stewart border stickers that could be cut in half to make the perfect scalloped edge.

Once I had all my elements, I took some Tea Dye distress ink and inked around the edges of the tan pieces of the bear. After that was done, I put all of the pieces of the bear together. I then took the patterned papers and glued them down in the proper place. The banner was adhered together with the Zig Two Way Glue pen and added to the two smaller pieces of patterned paper. Once that was on, I could place the teddy bear on the same papers and then the bag was finished! I think that it came together very nicely!

To see the step by step process, click here: http://youtu.be/dCdR4_pXHps

Here is a picture of the completed project: IMG_1651

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Christening and Wedding Cards

This weekend was supposed to be an eventful one. My cousin got married on Saturday and my best friend’s baby got Christened on Sunday. I made Saturday’s event, but not Sunday’s due to that stomach bug that is going around. I was so upset to miss the Christening, but I’m sure the guests that did make it were appreciative of my absence. 

I knew that these events were coming up, so over the past couple of weeks I made cards for them. Then Saturday morning, I got a request from the godmother to make her a card for Sunday’s event. I went through my supplies and wanted to use some of my supplies that I haven’t ever used before. 

First, for the card that I made for my cousin for his wedding. I cut an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of black card stock down to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored it at 5 1/2″. I also cut a piece of white card stock at 4″ x 5 1/4″ and a piece of red card stock to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″. For the background on the white piece, I used the falling hearts stencil from Simon Says Stamp and some barn door distress ink. I also used the barn door distress ink to stamp the couple dancing on a piece of 3″ x 4″ white card stock. This was matted with a 3 1/8″ x 4 1/8″ of red card stock and a 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ piece of black card stock. 

To finish off the card, I cut a piece of red card stock down to 4 x 5 1/4″. I then took a Martha Stewart edge punch and punched out the heart design at the top for a decorative edge. I stamped the greeting in the same red distress ink on a piece of white card stock measuring approximately 3 x 4 3/4″. 

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Next – the christening card. I did one for my cousin’s son a couple of years ago. The background was done in religious scrapbook paper and then I used a ware thin die to cut out a scalloped circle. I took brown distress ink to color in the circle and then stamped a large cross in brown. I didn’t want to do something similar to that one for this Christening card, so I started going over in my mind what Cricut cuts I had. I came up with something that I thought might work. 

The Teddy Bear Parade cartridge has a wedding dress and veil, but I thought that I could maybe turn that into a Christening dress. I made the basic teddy bear cut at 4 1/2″ and put those pieces together. I then cut the wedding dress and headband with flowers out in white. I used picked raspberry and dusty concord distress ink to color the two flowers of the headband. It looked a little plain to me, so I went through my drawers to see what I could add. I found some gems in purple and pink and added them to the flowers. 

The dress has a cut line in the middle, so I needed to do something to hide that. I took some light pink ribbon and wrapped it around the dress and added some pink gems to the “belt” I created. I then added some lashes to the bear’s eyes with a black Sakura pen and white centers to her eyes with a white Sakura pen. The last part to the bear to make her look like a baby was to make the pacifier cut in purple and pink. I added the same gems from the dress and then the bear was complete!

For the background, I went through my patterned paper. I found some purple paper with crosses on it and cut it to 4″ x 5 1/4″. I also cut out the letters for “God Bless” from purple card stock. I got the font from my newest Cricut Cartridge, Suburbia. It’s the Housewife font at 1″. The last part was cutting a mat at 1/8″ larger than the background paper. I put all the pieces together and here is what it looks like:

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The last Christening card is a totally different look from the one above. It’s more classic and simple. The card base is the same as the one above – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and is a side folding card. The mat was cut from a silver piece of card stock at 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ and the white embossed piece was cut at 4″ x 5 1/4″. To get the embossing on only part of the card stock, I used an item that I never used before – Tim Holtz’s diffusers. They came in a pack of three – one with an oval cut out in the middle, one circle cut out in the middle and one oval cut out at the top. The good thing is that you get both the positive and negative parts so you can create six different looks with the diffusers. 

The diffusers work with embossing folders to only put embossing on a certain part of the card stock. Wherever the diffuser is, is where the embossing will be. For this card, I used the one with the oval cut out of the middle with the chevron embossing folder. I wanted to use another supply that I had lying around so I went through my embellishment drawer and found the “blingy” crosses. I had silver and gold crosses and since I had the silver scrapbook paper, I picked the silver one. (I did make a gold one as well). Here’s how that one turned out:

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So here are three of my latest designs! I made a bunch of sketches and hopefully I will be able to start working on those designs soon. Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to leave comments or questions and subscribe. 

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Buying Haul

I recently bought from Simon Says Stamp online and then from a new Joann’s store. In my day job, I got a bunch of new stores and by one of them was a brand new Joann’s. It was the largest one I’ve ever seen and it was awesome. My local store only has maybe two aisles of scrapbooking items. This store, however, had as much as my local Michael’s or AC Moore. (If you want to see the video from the hauls, go to my YouTube – chelebelle). 

SInce I bought ALL of these new supplies, I decided that I needed to use some of them to create some new projects. So I did! I made four cards (three from supplies I bought in those hauls). The first card is a kraft card base that I used Tumbled Glass distress ink and a stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop to create a swirled background. Then I used the same color ink and stamped a GIna K Design sentiment stamp on a piece of white card stock and attached it to the front of the cardbase. I added three small teal colored gems to the bottom of the sentiment piece. 

The second card was made from black card stock. I then cut a piece of white cardstock a 1/4″ smaller and inked the whole piece up in three colors of distress ink – Tattered Rose, Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick. I did the same to a smaller piece of card stock so I would have another layer for the top of the card. I took the larger inked up piece and ran it through a Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder that has roses on it. After that I sprayed some glitter mist on it for a little shine. On the smaller piece I stamped the two birds with a heart above them from a stamp set from Joann’s (Fiskars I believe) and then matted it with some black card stock.

The third card I made was using the “XOXOXOXO” die from Simon Says Stamp. I inked up a piece of white cardstock with chipped sapphire, dusty concord and milled lavender distress ink and then ran the die through my Cuttlebug to create a bunch of ombre strips. I also used a black cardbase for this card and covered the top with some white and purple washi tape. Then I placed a “XO” strip under it and alternated them to the bottom of the card. 

The final card comes from another exclusive Simon Says Stamp set. This one is a stamp and die set, which I am really loving. The centers of the “O’s” from the above pieces were used to create the polka dot background of this card. I glued them down onto the white card stock and then cut another piece of white cardstock from the Nestabilities die. I used the same three colors of distress ink to color in the background for the bra and hanger to sit on. I stamped the bra in two shades of Hero Arts Shadow ink (Pool and Tide Pool I believe). Then I used the dies to cut out the bra, hanger and the bow. The last step before putting the card together was to cut a small piece of white card stock for the sentiment. I stamped it with the two colors of the bra. 

Here is a picture of all four cards, which will hopefully be going up on Etsy soon!

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