Friday, January 27, 2012

Got Chocolate?

     Ericas Craft Room Challenges. I just had to enter this challenge when I saw the colors. Are you ready to have your mouth water?
     I don't know what I love more, using up some scraps or having the use of some amazing patterns in the Imagine cartridges, lol. For this wonderful chocolate image I used the Imagine Everyday cart. Doesn't it just make your mouth water?
     I used the Imagine More scalloped oval cut @ 3'' and chose the chocolates. I also cut out a solid brown piece of card stock cut @ 3.5". Both images were inked with walnut stain (think chocolate glaze, lol).
     The rest is fairly simple: a few scrap strips and some journaling. The background pink card stock is embossed with the hearts cuttlebug folder and I used some rain drops in the top corner.
     C'mon let's see what you can come up with. I'd love to see your creations!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Challenge Time At Going Buggy

     My cyber friend Enfys is having a challenge at Going Buggy.  I entered with my Hang In There Card but thought some of might also be interested in joining in on the fun! Just follow the link. I can't wait to see what you come up with!!!
 This is my take using the Red, Black and White!!! Ooh La La!

A New Award And A Little Purse!

     Welcome back everyone. No you are not seeing things my blog has a new look. Ok so it's a work in progress,lol. Thanks Steve for all your help! First I would like to thank Yvette @ for passing on this wonderful Liebster Blog Award. I feel so honored to receive this.
The origins of the Liebster Blog award are somewhat unclear but the general consensus is that it originated in Germany, Liebster meaning favorite or dearest, to showcase bloggers with fewer than 200 followers. Upon accepting the award the recipient must then pass it on to five more blogs of note.
           Here are my choices for the Liebster Blog Award. These ladies do such wonderful work and I am sure they will inspire you too:
1.Tamara @
2.Teresa @
3. Tess @
4. Janet @
5. Jen @
          I hope you had a chance to see my Hang In There post from yesterday. It was so much fun to do! If you didn't have a chance you can find it here:
     To create this cute purse I used Tags, Bags, Boxes And More. I found the image on pg. 118 and used the fit to page option.The paper is on the Imagine More Cards cartridge. I used the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Ladies Fashion Buckles and the Spellbinders craft foils in silver. In order to achieve a distressed look, I used alcohol inks by Adirondack in silver and pitch black. I love using alcohol inks!!!
      In order to add some texture I used a cuttlebug folder. I think it is Cherry Blossoms. Which ever one it was, it matched the design in the paper perfectly.I put some of Tim Holtz techniques to work on this one. After it was embossed I sanded lightly and added some Spun Sugar ink to the edges. Then, to give it a leather like look, I used an embossing ink and added clear embossing powder and then used my heat gun. So cool!!!! I did have to do it several times but I really love the results.  
 I used a piece of scrap ribbon to lace through the buckle. I just used my ATG gun to adhere to the card and trimmed it even with the edge and added a Celebrate It flowers from Michaels.
     I just wanted you to see the side view. The rhinestone was black but I stamped it with the silver alcohol ink and it blended in perfectly and still has it's sparkle!

     Be sure to visit from January 24th on. Erica has fabulous prices on all sort of crafting supplies. Tell her For The Love Of Art sent you!!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Hang In There!

     Welcome to Imagine Monday! Today we could use the Imagine, Expression 2 or CCR, I chose to use the Imagine More Cards and the Snapshot Texture cartridges for the Imagine. Just make sure when you're done that you be sure to check back at My Cricut Craft Room and see what the other team members have to show you for their creative and fun projects.
     For now, sit back, relax and I'll show you how I to used the pattern papers  to make my project for today.
     I first printed out this great background paper. The Imagine comes with a built in cart Imagine More with some great shapes. If you scroll to the end you can print a 5x7 swatch that is printed to the proportionate size. I layered this on a piece of glossy card stock.
     As you can see I added some stitching with silver thread.
     I always pull my stitching to the back so there are no threads hanging around.

     I used the Ornamental Iron cart to cut out this "gate" . The image is on the last row, 5th from the left @ 4.75" with the shadow feature. I also did some distressing with Pumice Stone and Black Soot inks. I bet you are wondering what that little hole is for.
     Well a hanger of course! I cut the gate to go with the shadow out of black/charcoal card stock. I also used a Zig pen and silver embossing pen to add some more details. The hole was for this brad to hang a Tim Holtz hanger!
      I love this stamp by Pink By Design. I got to color with my Copic Markers (R22,R24, R27 and R29.) but I made a real bad mistake. While inking the edges I smudged some ink on the design after I had it all colored! I hate when that happens. So after my stickles dried I came up with a solution, why not add a pink ribbon!
     Voila I think it works. Shh, we are the only ones that know what lies beneath!
     After adding a few rhinestones, my sentiment from Pink By Design and some stickles on the lace, its time to hang it up!!!
     Be sure to come back tomorrow, I have a matching bag to show you! Now head back over to My Cricut Classroom. By the way, you won't want to miss all the excitement happening over there. Erica is opening her new store Jan.24th (and we all know how great her prices are!). So be sure to check out her store tab on the blog! Hope you have fun shopping!!!