Tuesday, December 28, 2010
I hope you've all had a scraptacular Christmas. I know some of you got digital cutting machines from Santa this year. Congratulations on starting the next level of your scrapping addiction!
Although I've had a Cricut Expression for a few years now, Santa (aka Mom) felt I needed one that matched our Sassy Scrapper Studio, so I'm the proud owner of a LIME GREEN Cricut Expression. I absolutely LOVE it and the newly released version of Make the Cut. And not to sound snotty or anything, but now I don't have to share a machine. Mom has one of her own now:) It can be quite tricky coordinating Cricut time when both people are cutting fools like we are!
Now on to our Ornamental Idea...
As much enjoyment as I get from using all the scrap tech that's available to us, it's always nice to go back to the tried and true techniques, like stamping. For these cards, I used both the CTMH Adornments stamp set as well as a Stampin Up ornament set. And no, I don't believe using the two together is some type of scrap-blasphemy:) It's impossible for one company to make everything, so you have to mix it up to get the look that makes YOU happy. Because after all, that's what matters; right?
I began with a card base in red. I used a piece of ivory cardstock as a matte, cutting it the same length as my card base. I then used a Martha Stewart border punch on the edge. I cut a piece of patterned paper and adhered it to the top. The finishing touch for that portion of the card is a piece of CTMH ribbon in a soft gold color. It's only available in the Mistletoe Creative Basics set.
Now, here's the coolest part of all. Do you need at least 30 or more Christmas cards every year? Between my husband's co-workers, church friends, scrapping friends, and family, I need a bunch. But why strain the budget? I purchased the patterned paper I used for this project at Hobby Lobby on clearance. It's made by Paper Studio, and for the insane price of 17 cents per 12x12 sheet, you can get lots of cards done cheaply. Now is the time to start combing the clearance racks both online and at your favorite stores. Some really cool Christmas papers will be on clearance soon after the holidays!
Enough about my bargain hunting skills. Let's get on to the stamping. I used a piece of ivory cardstock scrap. I cut it to the size I needed and stamped my three ornaments in red to mimic the patterned paper being sure to go off the edges with some of the images in order to get the effect I wanted. I then used black ink to add my strings and green ink to add my "So Blessed" sentiment. I then matted it with dark green cardstock and adhered it to my card. Quick, simple, and inexpensive...the makings of an awesome Christmas card.
Here is another sample of the same card. I changed it up a little because sometimes it gets a little tedious to repeat the same card over and over.
I hope you found both enjoyment and inspiration. Have a Sassy Scrappy Day!
Sunday, December 26, 2010
With the flakes falling outside, I felt that we should have another snowy showing. The card idea today was a challenge I gave myself. Create a Christmas card without using traditional Christmas colors and using an all purpose stamp. Here's what I came up with...
I used a script writing background stamp by Heartfelt Creations (http://www.heartfeltcreations.us/) to make my patterned paper. I then stamped a "snowflake" using a medallion stamp from Stampin Up. In the center of the medallion, I added a snowflake tag from the Quickutz Jingle CD Collection and the tag (Merry Christmas) is from the Quickutz Silhouette store. I used Make the Cut software and my Cricut to cut it out. A little bling in the center makes it totally frosty. The colors I chose are a popular decorating scheme, brown and teal.
For my second card, I used some "leftovers." I like to make use of positive and negative pieces when I can. For one thing, the last thing we need to keep track of is more scraps; right? I used the snowflake that was cut out from the center of the snowflake tag and placed it in the center of the medallion with some bling. I also used some Platinum Stickles to make all the little dots around the center snowflake sparkle. You can't see it very well in the picture though.
I'll be back soon with some more ideas. I still have a few left to share, and now that everyone has received their Christmas cards and gifts, I no longer have to keep everything under wraps!
In a few weeks, we'll be gearing up for Valentine's Day! I'll have some sweet ideas to share the love with your favorite Valentine.
Thanks for stopping by and have a Sassy Scrappy Day!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
But seeing a few flakes fall really put me in the mood to make a few warm and cozy snowy cards.
For these two cards, I cut a snowflake out of craft cardstock using my Cricut Expression and Make The Cut (MTC) software. The snowflake itself is from the Silhouette store. I created a cut file in the MTC software to cut out the entire rectangle and snowflake portion. I then used a scrap of patterned paper behind the snowflake cutout. A bit of distressing with CTMH Chocolate ink and a sponge dauber gave it a kind of rustic, cozy look. I added a piece of embroidery floss for an extra dash of color. You can even use different shape cutouts like stockings, a wreath, an ornament.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Don't you just love flowers? They look pretty, most of them smell divine, and they can make almost any papercraft project better, whether elegant or funky. I made a lovely poinsettia card in red and gold, which coincidentially matches my Christmas tree. I was also inspired to create a Christmas ornament adorned with the lovely bloom.
Let's begin with the card...
This is elegant card was so simple I could have made it with my eyes closed. Well, maybe not closed completely. There were sharp objects involved. I began by cutting my card base from red Bazzill cardstock. I cut it 5.5 x 11 so my finished card would be 5.5 square. I cut a gold piece of textured paper to 4.5 x 4.5 and layered a piece of CTMH cardstock in ivory with approximately a 1/4 inch of gold showing all the way around. Then it was time for the fun stuff. I used a poinsettia stamp from Heartfelt Creations (http://www.heartfeltcreations.us/) which I stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with CTMH embossing powder in gold. I then used the Spellbinders Blossom #2 die to cut out the three poinsettias. I then took my Cutter Bees and trimmed half of the leaves off the two top layers, bent the remaining leaves for dimension, and used foam tape in the center underneath each layer.
What? No poinsettia stamp? Well, to make this project even easier and a little more glimmery, use a silk poinsettia from the floral department. Remove all the plastic centers, etc. and spray with Glimmer Mist. Burnt Red would be my first choice. After the flower is dry, shape the petals, add a brad to the middle to hold it together and use a glue dot to attach to your card. See how easy that was!
Now on to the ornament...
Saturday, December 11, 2010
It's time for another sassy card idea. I was up in the scrap studio listening to Christmas carols and singing along with Harry Connick, Jr. I grew up in New Orleans, and Harry, Jr. is a staple, kinda like red beans and rice. I got in a really whimsical mood while jamming out to "Must Have Been Ol' Santa Claus" and decided on this really cute and glimmery idea.
I started with a plain white card blank and ran it through my Cuttlebug with an embossing folder. After that, I used Glimmer Mist in Marshmallow to add a little zing to the plain white cardstock. (It's a little hard to see in the photos.) I added a strip of Heidi Grace shimmer patterned paper that I found ages ago at Big Lots. It was 25 sheets for $2. How can you beat that?
The other cardstock is Bazzill Bling. I used a Spellbinders label die. The rest was cut and/or drawn with my Cricut. The "Happy Ho Ho Ho To You" was typed into Make The Cut software with the bezier warp function. I put a black pen where the blade goes and it "wrote" my sentiment. Without unloading the paper, I replaced the blade and cut the circle around my writing. That was such a fun technique, don't be surprised if you see it again;)
Thursday, December 9, 2010
I'm still using the CTMH Mistletoe collection. I promise I'm going to be change collections real soon. There's some Basic Grey calling out to me from my stash. This is a tricky little tree to make, but once you get the hang of it, it's easy. It's just a folded half circle. If you're using a cutting system like Coluzzle or Creative Memories, you can cut a whole circle and then cut it in half on your trimmer. Then you have enough for two cards. That's like multi-tasking :)
For the bow (and this is SOOO SIMPLE), just take a length of ribbon and make a double loop (four loops total). This is a NO TIE bow! Hold your pieces together in the middle and insert the ribbon in between the prongs of a brad. You can also use a button and baker's twine or embroidery floss. You would do that by taking the floss/twine and making a knot around your ribbon loops, thread the floss/twine through the button holes and tie a double knot or a bow. Both ways look really cute.
If you'd like more detailed instructions or a folding diagram for the Folded Christmas Tree, please email me or leave your email in a comment.
Now for the second design...
For mass production or the folding-challenged (and I'm one of them), I replaced the folded tree with a diecut tree. These trees are in the Silhouette store. You can cut them out with the electronic machine of choice. I always use my Cricut. I also added a bow to the side for a little different look. (I added the ribbon to the card and then tied a separate piece into a bow and attached with a glue dot.) The shaped layer is one of Penny Duncan's Shaplies sized to fit the card, which you can download for FREE at http://pennyduncancreations.blogspot.com/. It's cut out of plain CTMH ivory cardstock. I took a sheet music background stamp and stamped it in CTMH chocolate ink. I then too a sponge dauber that I'd been using, and without applying more ink, I smudged the edges for a distressed look.
Thanks for stopping by and have a Sassy Scrappy Day!
Monday, December 6, 2010
I used papers from two of Basic Grey's collections, Dasher and Fruitcake. I just love the distressed look of the papers. I don't have to do anything to them :) The acrylic frame and poinsettia are from Making Memories. I found some olive green silk ribbon which I attached to a chipboard tag. It was raw chipboard that I painted to match my page. I stamped the word "Christmas" on it with brown Staz-on. The journaling block is a stamp from Making Memories. I stamped on white paper, then distressed with a stippling brush with both blue and brown ink. I added an American Crafts chipboard tag as well. The satin stocking is an ornament from Wal-mart. I like to look in places other than craft and scrapbooking departments for embellishments. The title "Stuffed" is chipboard glitter letters from Target's $1 bin. I always make sure to stop by Target at least once a month to see what's new in the bargain bins. I almost never go away empty handed. The last time I was there, I found lime green metal mesh wastebaskets for $2.50 each. They are perfect for my scraproom. I have two!
Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back soon with more sassy scrapper fun!
Thursday, December 2, 2010
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Also, don't forget to pop over to Becky Fleck's www.pagemaps.com and get your copy of the Pagemaps 2011 Calendar! It's a year chock full of scrapbooking and cardmaking inspiration.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Black Friday is right around the corner and there are all sorts of sales for wonderful scrap goodies. Here are a few of my favorite sites to visit -- and some are FREE!
www.customcrops.com is having their annual "Pink Tuesday" sale starting at midnight. They've had a few sneak peaks of bargains and the savings will be HUGE! If you need Cricut cartridges and accessories, they have some hard-to-beat prices, not to mention no crowds, no sales tax, and free shipping (over $100.) They also have Cuttlebug accessories, especially the new Sizzix Basic Grey Christmas dies and embossing folders. OMG, they are all soooo cute! I love the little reindeer! And I just can't get enough Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.
www.letteringdelights.com is for font mavens and digi scrappers. They have tons of great stuff. You can use LD clipart for print-and-cut with both Silhouette Studio and Make the Cut. I've gotten a lot of my fonts from this site, especially during Dollar Days. The special currently is for new customers. Subscribe to the newsletter and get free fonts! How easy is that?
www.svgcuts.com is the place to go for .svg files to use with Make the Cut and Sure Cuts a Lot. I recently downloaded the cutest set of Christmas pop-up cards. The Cricut does all the work cutting everything out and you get to wow friends and family with your awesome craftiness!
http://skhedrdesigns.blogspot.com is the "go to" place for FREE downloads. She is very talented and has tons of .svg files. I recently downloaded some Christmas borders that I can't wait to get on my pages this season. I'll be sure to post some of my Holiday creations soon!
www.dafont.com is where I go for FREE fonts. I have approximately 2,000 on my computer and don't know what I'd do without them. Silhouette Studio users as well as MTC and SCAL users can cut all True Type fonts. The possibilities for titles and home decor are limitless.
http://pennyduncancreations.blogspot.com is truly a remarkable site. All the downloads are FREE, but I like to leave a little love in the form of a donation (via paypal) because she is such a talented artist. You can download her cut files in almost any format (GSD, DXF, SVG, MTC to name a few). And if you like all those Spellbinder dies and can't possibly afford or store all of them, she has another option. They are call Shaplies, are similar to the Spellbinders, and all you need for storage is a little space on our computer. Those cut files are free as well and come in several formats, even GSD for your Silhouette peeps out there. I downloaded the Christmas ornament Shaplies and I can't wait to use them. They're going to make great "bling-y" gift tags!
www.fontgarden.com is also a free font download site. They have a lot of handwritten fonts, which is great for those of us who want the look of handwritten journaling - just not our own;)
Thanks so much for stopping by. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment or drop me an email.
Until next time, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families.