Sunday, September 26, 2010

Happy Birthday Jaime!


Here is a super quick and simple card I made for my husband for his 35th birthday. For the card base, I cut an 5" x 8" piece of Bazzill cardstock and scored at 4". I used my Sizzix Big Shot and Top Note Stampin' Up! Bigz Die to make the striped piece, patterned paper is from the Basic Grey Pyrus 6 x 6 Paper Pad. I cut a 2 1/4" and 2 1/2" circle using my Cricut and Mini Monograms cartridge, then layered. I stamped the smaller circle with a $1 sentiment stamp from Michael's using Ranger Archival Ink in Coffee. For the inside of the card I cut a 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle to layer on the base of the card. The sentiment is also from Mini Monograms.

Hope he likes it!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Cricut Cardz Challenge #43

This week Cricut Cardz Challenge Design Team #2 is showcasing their cards over at the CCC blog. For challenge #43, make a card for a new baby using any cartridges you'd like, and the colors green, orange, yellow and white ONLY.  Be sure to head on over to the blog to check out all of the great inspiration for this challenge from the DT!

For my card I wanted to make something clean and simple. I used only white, yellow and green on my card. I used Graphically Speaking to cut my card base, Mini Monograms for the rounded squares inside and out, and Wall Décor and More for the lovely little duck. I love the simple yet elegant cuts on the Wall Décor and More cartridge. I stamped the sentiment on the inside of the card rather than the outside. I'm very happy with the final product.

Cricut and Cricut Cartridges Graphically Speaking, Mini Monograms and Wall Decor and More
Sizzix Big Shot & Multi-use Platform w/ Impression Pad with Sizzix Texturz Birthday Stripe

Bazzill Dotted Swiss and Textured Cardstock (Yellow and Green)
Recollections Cardstock (White)
Stampin' Up! Stamp from Fabulous Phrases
Ranger Archival Ink - Coffee

Graphically Speaking (Card base) - 100% Pure, Icon Blackout, cut to length 11"
Mini Monograms (Rounded Squares) - Square Foundation, various sizes cut to length 4" to 5"
Wall Decor and More (Duck) - Duck and Duck Shift, cut at 3 1/2"

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Cricut Cardz Challenge #42


Feels good to be back to blogging!! I have been super busy the past couple of weeks at work and with the girls school and sports. I managed to squeeze in some creative time yesterday to work on this card for CCC #42. The challenge is to make a card for Halloween using the card feature from any cartridge, and using any colors you'd like. Hop on over to the Cricut Cardz Challenge blog to check out all of the great inspirations from DT #1.

For my card I used the Hello Kitty cart which I rarely use. I have had my eye on this particular cut for awhile now and I thought it would be cute to use an animal print paper for the costume. I was looking for zebra stripes but decided to go with leopard spots instead. Isabella, my oldest daughter, loves animal print so I will be giving this card to her for Halloween. She'll love it!!

Cricut and Hello Kitty Cartridge
Recollections Cardstock
DCVW Patterned Paper

HK17 plus Card Feature and all Layers cut at 5 1/4"

Check back tomorrow for CCC #43!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Paper Variety: Giveaway!

The Paper Variety: Giveaway! Help Us Advertise: Visit the blog to learn how you can win this SUPER CUTE Echo Park 'Life is Good' paper kit for helping us spread the word about The Paper Variety!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Be Inspired #100 Happy Birthday, Cuttlebug Challenge!!

Today I created a card for the Be Inspired #100 Happy Birthday, Cuttlebug Challenge. It is the second birthday of the Cuttlebug Challenge and what a better way to celebrate than with a challenge! Create a Happy Birthday card with at least two layers (since it's their second birthday!!), and using the Cuttlebug! Hop on over to the blog to check out all the great DT inspirations.

DCWVTextured Card Base
K & Company Designer Mat Pad - Hopscotch (Lime Green w/ Polka Dots)
DCWV Fun in the Sun Summer Cardstock Matstack (Fuchsia Textured)
K & Company Adhesive Chipboard - Sweetie Birthday
Cricut Mini Monograms Cartridge (Circle and Scalloped Circle)
Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirl Embossing Folder
Cuttlebug Happy Birthday Embossing Folder
Pop Dots

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Cricut Cardz Challenge #41

So this is my first official post as a Cricut Cardz Challenge Design Team Member. YEAH!!! I have met so many wonderful people and have been using my Cricut all the time!! I have learned a few new things and am excited to learn more.

For CCC #41, you have to make a card for Fall using any cartridge you’d like, and any colors EXCEPT, NO brown, orange or yellow. Head on over to CCC blog to check out all of the wonderful inspiration from DT #2. If you'd like to enter the challenge, post your name and a link to your card in Mr Linky by midnight EST, Tuesday, September 14th.

I made a "Happy Thanksgiving" card using the Create A Critter and Storybook cartridges. Okay, so this is not your traditional turkey, but I like how he turned out.

Cricut, Create A Critter & Storybook Cartridges
Stampin' Up! Cardstock
Sizzix Big Shot & Multi-use Platform w/ Impression Pad
Sizzix Texturz Birthday Stripe
Stampin' Up! Stamp - Fabulous Phrases
Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black

Create A Critter Cuts:
Turkey w/ Layers & Shadow - 3"

Storybook Cuts:
Marquee 4 - Shorty/Holes - Cut to Length 5 1/2" (x2 for card base)
Branch 2 - Corner - 1 1/4"

Monday, September 6, 2010

Cuttlebug Challenge #99 & Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge...Your Layers!


This is a card I created for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge and Cuttlebug Challenge.

The Cuttlebug Challenge is to create a card, layout, home decor project, altered item, etc. with the primary color as PINK, in honor of My PINK Stamper (the sponsor this week), and it needs to have a sentiment stamped on the front.

The Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge for this week is Your Layers! Interpret the theme as you wish. I created a card that used several of the techniques I love to work with...dry embossing, die cutting, stamping, punches, embellishing, Tim Holtz.

Pre-cut A2 Card
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Pack Vintage Shabby
Sizzix Stampin' Up! Exclusive Square Lattice Textured Embossing Folder
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
Cuttlebug D'vine Swirls Embossing Folder
Tim Holtz Sizzix Tattered Floral Bigz Die
Stampin' Up! Oval/Scallop Oval Punch
Stampin' Up! Scalloped Edge Border Punch
Flower Button from Joann Fabric
Stampin' Up! Linen Thread
Stampin' Up! Sentiment Stamp - Fabulous Phrases

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Cardabilities Sketch #10

Here is a card I created based upon Cardabilities Sketch #10. Hop over to the blog to check out all the wonderful cards the DT created.

Bazzil Cardstockh
Stampin' Up! Textured Cardstock
Graphic 45 Paper Collection: Steampunk Debutante Patterned Paper
Cricut Die Cutting Machine & Storybook Cartridge (Scallop Rectangle, Marquee-Outside & Inside)
Crochet Lace from Joann Fabric
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Black Soot
Graphic 45 Flower Staples (inside)
Basic Grey Bling (inside)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Cricut Cardz Challenge #40 & CPS #182

The Cricut Cardz Challenge this week is to make a card using scalloped circles, scalloped ovals, scalloped squares or scalloped rectangles, and any cartridges or colors you'd like. This week I'm playing along with the challenge. Check out DT #1's awesome cards for inspiration on CCC #40. Be looking for me and DT #2 as inspiration next week on CCC #41.

This card is also for Card Positioning Systems sketch #182. Be sure to head on over to their blog to check out all the great DT inspiration as well as the reader entries.

Cricut Carts used:
Graphically Speaking (card base)
Mini Monograms (square and scallop circle)
Storybook (marquees)

Stampin' Up! Kraft Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Textured Cardstock
American Craft Ribbon
Stampin' Up! Stamp from Fabulous Phrases
Ranger Pigment Ink - Terra Cotta
Ranger Clear Embossing Powder