Saturday, January 28, 2012

Cardz TV - "It's a Guy Thing" Challenge

Hi everyone!
On the day after Thanksgiving I waited in one of those long pre-dawn lines with other bargain hunting shoppers. I happened to be about the 50th person or so in line at Menard's, and was behind a person who works in my office. I commented that I hoped not too many people in front of me were after the $12.99 Cricut cartridges. His response?  "I don't really think you have anything to worry about there."  Ha ha ha!!  Never under estimate crafters looking for deals on Cricut cartridges!!  When I got to the cartridge section, hands and arms were flying trying to grab the limit of 8. I grabbed whatever I could and headed for the registers. When I took stock of what I actually grabbed, I was happy for the most part. However, I had no idea how I was going to use the "Hey Dude" cartridge.  Well.....

Thank goodness for my nephews!!!  Looking for a birthday card design for a 13 year old boy wasn't easy - and then I pulled out this cartridge and found inspiration!

For the Cards TV "It's a Guy Thing" challenge, I decided to pull the cartridge back out to make a card for my nephew who turns 9 next week. You can find all the details (and some terrific projects!) HERE

For this card, I used Bazzil card stock and papers from my scrap bin. Plenty of pop dots were used to make the cyclist appear to be jumping off the card. And because boys like to get dirty, I distressed the mat and inked the entire surface. The sentiment came from PTI.

Here is the one I made for my older nephew last month for his 13th birthday.


Take Care -
Kim G.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Easel Card

Hi everyone!

I've seen so many really cute easel cards that I wanted to try it out for myself.  This one is actually my second attempt because - as seems to be the norm for me lately - I didn't take a picture of the first one.

I wish I noted the website where I got the inspiration, but some clever person out there had used the adorable roller skate cut from the Nifty Fifties cartridge, and I knew I needed to use it too.  Funny how I never notice some images on a cartridges until I see someone else use it in a way I never thought of.  I know no one roller skates now - but my friends and I did back in the day! :-)  Of course, we're talking 80's (not 50's).

I started wanting to use pink and purple- but then I remembered the really cool glitter paper I bought last summer. I don't know the manufacturer, but it's the best glitter paper I've ever seen. It's supper shiny but very smooth. The glitter doesn't rub off and it cuts like a dream in the Cricut.

The card stock is all Bazzil. The sentiments come from Fiskars. I added Diamond Stickles to the laces so they would shine line the skates. Too bad the glitter doesn't shine as much in the picture as it did in my scrap room!!

Take Care!

Kim G.

Monday, January 9, 2012

My Christmas Cards!

Hi There!

Thanks to my dear friend Laura and a family whose address I messed up on - I have two versions of my Christmas card to post!  I got the inspiration from a special edition of Paper Crafts Magazine (sketches). The patterned paper is from a DCWV Christmas Stack from a couple of years ago.  I grabbed six different patterns so I could make them a bit different.  The card base is 5.5 inches and I used Fawn Bazzil (cut from Wild Card cartridge).  Buttons are from Buttons Galore, and the twine is from the jewelry section of Michaels (can't remember the manufacturer). All other paper is a mix of Bazzil and Stampin Up. And...of course, gotta have those Stickles (diamond)!!!  I also inked the edges to give them a little bit more depth.  I'm not really happy with the way the pictures turned out - they are much cuter in reality (if I do say so myself.....ha ha ha!).

and here is the inside......

The outside and inside sentiments are from PTI.

Hope your holidays were wonderful!!!  Let's get started on those new projects!!

Take Care!
Kim G

Monday, January 2, 2012

The Paper Variety - Kiss of Color Challenge

Hey hey!  Posts on two consecutive days!!  I decided it was time to spend a full day in my craft room before going back to work tomorrow. Why is it when I have the time to spend working on projects, the ideas just don't come as easily as they do when I'm busy working or otherwise not able to play? I was only able to get three things done today - but hopefully more ideas will flow soon!

To jump start my creativity, I looked through my favorite blog sites to find a challenge to work on. I landed on The Paper Variety who is holding a Kiss of Color Challenge.  For this challenge, you need to create a project using primarily black and white with just a "kiss" of color.  Want to join in?  You can find all the details at The Paper Variety HERE.

Here is the card I created using the challenge rules:

I wanted to keep this one simple so I could finish something quickly and keep going on other projects.  This is a simple 6 x 6 card using black and white Bazzil paper, stamps from Fiskars, and red ribbon from Offray.  (black ink from Memento, and red marker from Marvy)

See ya soon!

Kim G

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year Everyone!

My husband and I decided to take it easy this New Year's weekend. Just some quiet time resting and catching up with all those shows stored on our DVR.  It's nice to give yourself permission to be lazy - especially after a very busy Christmas season!

But - it's now time to get to work.  I can't believe I haven't posted since September!  I guess I've been lazier longer than just this weekend?  Unfortunately, no.  Lately when I got a chance to play in my craft room it was only to work on my Christmas cards or rush a birthday card.  Hopefully this year I'll be able to spend more time doing what I love - and using up all the supplies I keep collecting!

Sadly, no pictures of my Christmas cards.  I was really happy with the way they turned out, but I didn't think to take pictures until they were all sealed in envelopes and ready to be mailed. I was able to use up some of a DCWV Christmas paper pack I bought a couple years ago - so I actually had 6 versions of the same card. This year I'll remember to take pictures!!!

So, to get my blog restarted, I thought I'd post a couple of things I've done over the last few months.

Baby Card

Retirement Card

My plan is to get into my craft room tomorrow and start cranking out some projects.  I have plenty of birthdays coming up, and maybe (just maybe) I'll do some Valentine cards this year!


Kim G