Sunday, August 26, 2012

It's A Girl!!!!

Hi Everyone!!!

I apologize for not posting this earlier.  Last week we found out the sex of our Grand baby.  Yes, it's going to be a girl.  We are so very excited!  We are also glad to hear that Mom and Baby are doing well and getting bigger.  Now for the next two steps:  Baby shower and Birth.  

So, Grandpa and I have been busy picking up family gifts from everyone for baby shower.  Since, Montana is a no sales tax state it makes it less expensive for everyone and saves on shipping.  Great deal for everyone.  Baby shower is scheduled for September 8th, so I know we will stay busy up until then.

Today's card was a simple card.  The only cricut cartridge that you will need will be Doodlecharms.  So, let's get started.

I made a standard A2 card in white cardstock.  The patterned paper was from DCVW "Nana's Nursery.  I cut it at 2 1/4" x 5 1/4".  Then I punched each side with the following Martha Stewart edge punch.
From there, I adhered to pattern paper to the base card and glued Recollection Pearls over the holes and wrapped pink ribbon around.

For the little girl face.  I cut her out at 2 1/4" using the Cricut Cartridge "Doodlecharms" on page 102.  In my stash of things, I found extra small baby blue rhinestones and glued them for the eyes.  I inked the cheeks and lip with pink chalk and took Tim Holts Distress Ink "Tea Dye" and lightly edged around the face.  Added smaller pearl beads for earrings.  Adhered the face to the main card with foam tape.  Glued the hair down and foam taped the bow to the head.  Stitched around the bow with my pink zig pen and completed it with a pink rhinestone.
Finished up the card with stamping "A Bundle of Blessing" in the lower left corner with Studio G "pink" ink and stitching around entire card again with my pink zig pen.
Sorry, this post is getting shorter and shorter.  We are currently receiving major rain and thunder.  So I want to get this posted before we lose any power like we did last night.  It took several hours before it came back on and by then we were in bed.  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Until next weekend......  All of you on the Gulf Coast side of the states....  Be Safe!!!  We will be praying for you all during the "Isaac Hurricane". 
Challenges I've entered into:
DL Art - Happy Birthday 
Little Scrap Pieces - Make it Sparkle


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Nature (Flowers)

Good Morning All!!!!

Today, I wanted to share with you a quick card.  There is no cricut involved in making this one.  All you will need is some stamps, ribbon, and a paper cutter.  So let's take a look.....

The base of my card is white.  The yellow cardstock was cut at (4" x 5 1/4").  Then I cut two more white cardstocks at (3 1/2" x 4 3/4"; 3 1/4" x 4 1/2").  Attached everything to the main card except the smaller white cardstock.  This piece, you will need to attached everything else to before it's attached to the main card.

Cut four pieces of patterned cardstock at 3 1/4"  x 1".  Foam tape just one side of the 1".  Attaching each pattern piece together.  Wrap white ribbon around.  Then I used my fiskars scallop punch and cut it in yellow.  Just make sure that the length is 3 1/4" and attached it to the patterned paper.  This gives you your window shade.  I made bows out of the same ribbon and glued them down on the ribbon.  I cut two pieces of patterned paper "clouds" at 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" each.  These were attached to the small white cardstock with my ATG, giving a small gap in the middle.  Now you can attach the window shade to the the remaining white cardstock.


All these flowers were punched out using the Studio G punch.  I chose several random colors and glued tiny white pearls on each flower.  Glued them around the white cardstock the help hide it.  Now, I was able to attached this to the white cardstock 3 1/2" x 4 3/4". Which was then attached to the main card.

This little butterfly was punched out in a deep purple with Studio G punch.  I glued pearls on the body and foam taped it to the window adding black dots with my zig black pen.  I sure hope my directions have made since.  If you have any questions regarding the making of this card.  Please feel free to email me at  Otherwise, I would love to see your designs. 

In the meantime, have a wonderful Sunday!!! ~ Shawn

Challenges I've entered into:

DL Art - Happy Birthday
3 Girl JAM - Butterflies and Bows
Double Click (AKA A Busy Bee) - Butterflies and Bows

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Autumn Blessings

Today, I chose to feature an Autumn card.  It didn't really take that long to make.  All you will need is the following items:

DCWV - Fall Stack & Fall Cardstock Stack
DCWV - The Metallic Stack
TPC Studio - Autumn Harvest Clear Stamps
Black Ink
Black Ribbon
Bic Mark It Permanent Marker (Honey Brown)
Scotch Dry Adhesive Glue

So now that you have a list of what you will need.  Let's get started.......

Standard A2 card in Black Cardstock (4 1/4 x 5 1/2)
Green Cardstock (4 x 5 1/4)
Patterned Cardstock (3 3/4 x 5)

Stamp Autumn leaves on green cardstock (3 3/4 x 1 3/4)
Black cardstock (4 x 2)

Stamp Autumn Blessings on Metallic Gold (7/8 x 3)
Black cardstock (1 1/8 x 3 1/4)

Take clear rhinestones and color them with Honey Brown.  Don't forget to add a few pieces of black ribbon.

That's it, now all you have to due is put it all together.  I will be entering this card into the following challenges:

Party Time Tuesday - Garden Delights
Freshed Brewed Blog - No Digis! Rubber Stamps Only

Again, thank you for stopping by.  Hope you all are having a fantastic weekend.   ~ Shawn

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Hyalite Lake

Instead of sharing a handmade card.  I decided to share with you a trip our family made yesterday.  We went for an 11 mile hike round trip, just 20 minutes away from our house.  It took us 6 1/2 hours total, which included lunch, photos, and rest stops.

Before sharing the photos.  Here is a summary of the hike:  The Hyalite Creek Trail is the premier hike in the entire Bozeman area.  The trail passes eleven waterfalls in a deep canyon with massive cliff walls and majestic peaks.  The hike ends at Hyalite Lake, a high mountain alpine lake in a horseshoe - shaped basin.  The lake is surrounded by the craggy peaks of Fridley Peak and Hyalite Peak.    

This is our map of our hike.  We started at Hyalite Creek and went to Hyalite Lake.

Grotto Falls (Megan & I)

Apex Falls (Steven & I)

Arch Falls

Champagne Falls was so surreal that we stayed here and ate our lunch.

Chasm Falls

The log footbridge we had to cross to get over Hyalite Creek below the base of the Apex Falls.

Divide Peak

An Enormous Mushroom upside down with it's stump off.

Grotto Falls (Megan & Nick)

Close up of Hyalite Lake with Fridley Peak

Our view entering Hyalite Lake

U - Shaped Canyon

Shower Falls (Megan, Steven, Peanut (dog), and I)

S'Il Vous Falls


Just another great view of what you'll see.

This is what the path looked like about the last two miles.

Needless to say, today has been a much needed rest day.  It's been hard going up and down stairs.  So I wanted to get this posted and get back up the stairs.  That way I didn't have to walk anymore (ha,ha).  Last week we walked 7.2 miles.  I will be posting those soon.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  As you can see we surely did.  Shawn :)

Saturday, August 11, 2012

You Brighten My Day......

Welcome to another Fabulous Saturday!!!!!  Let's just get to it....

Here is today's card:

The base card is measured at 5 1/2 x 4 1/4.  I ran it through my cuttlebug using the swiss dots folder.  For the frame, I used my gypsy along with Elegant Edges.  The image I used is located on page 48 of the manual.  I took the <Scallops> and stretched it out to measure 5 1/4 x 3 1/2.

Then I used the Sentimentals cartridge.  You can locate the lamp on page 40 of this manual.  I cut the image and lamp shade at 2 1/2".  I also ran the lamp shade through my cuttlebug using the swiss dots folder.

I attached the pieces together of the lamp with my ATG gun.  Then I went ahead and wrapped a very thin white ribbon around the shade and tied a knot.

For the lamp post, I wanted to add some character to it.  So I found this really small stamp from Hero Arts Clear Stamps "Everyday Sayings".  Got out my white ink pad and stamped it right on top.  I adhered the lamp to the frame with foam tape.

This saying was not a stamp, instead it was computer generated.  The font I used was CK Cute at 28".  I added some dots along the side of the "B" with my black zig pen.  This took some time because I needed to figure out where I wanted the saying to be placed before cutting the frame.  So this part might take you some time.....

For this, I used three different sized clear rhinestones.  Got out my Bic Mark It Permanent markers and colored each one with the black.  The red circle is just some cardstock.  I used my Studio G circle punch and punched it out.  I think I got it from Walmart, if not, Michael's.  Then everything was glued down to the frame.

For my final touch, I wrapped some black ribbon around and through the scallops and tied another knot.  Then I put foam tape behind the frame and adhered to the main card.

Here are a few challenges that I plan on entering this card into:

Dream Valley Challenges - Die Cuts and Punches
Love to Create - Punches & Dies
Paper Pretties - Use Scallops
Whoopsi Daisy - Die Cuts and/or Punches
Catered Crop - Use the color "White" somewhere in your project
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
DL Art - Happy Birthday

As always, thank you for stopping by and sharing your Saturday with me.  Have a fabulous day!!!


Monday, August 6, 2012

Back to School

Wow!!!  What an honor it was to be asked to be a Guest Designer for Exploring Cricut......  I was thrilled!!!

Since school will be starting back up here in just a couple of weeks, if not days.  I wanted to work on a backpack.  So instead of doing the standard card, I choose to make a 3D backpack that can be filled with bite size treats.  But, before I begin to tell you how I made it,  you will need to get out your gypsy and your cricut cartridge "Campin' Critter". 

This is for front of the backpack.

This is the side view of the backpack.

Finally, this is what the backpack looks like from the rear. 

Now, let's begin with how I made this beautiful backpack.  On page 69 of the manual, I cut the <backpack> at 9" hiding the straps in a chevron pattern paper.  Shift/Layer 1 was also cut 9" in the a hot pink cardstock.  Layer 2, which is the flap was also cut a 9" in the same hot pink cardstock.  For any assembling issues that you may have, please refer to pages 73 & 74 of the manual.

However before I started assembling, I needed to add some silver eyelets for the straps.  Here is a closer look.


I then strung some "Amethyst" ribbon size 3/8" through the eyelets to make the straps and glued the ends to the inside of the backpack.  From here, I attached the front flap and added small black eyelets. 

 I threaded some Bolo Cord Black (Hobby Lobby) to make the handle that can be used instead of the straps.  Because this cord was so thick I hot glued it inside the flap.

I assembled the pocket and used Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive to glue to the sides.  Finished them up by gluing a hot pink rhinestone to each pocket.  Next time, I think I will use some velcro so the pockets can be opened and closed while being filled with a very small goody.  Like a little note.......

Finally to help give the front some spunk.  I got out Say It In Pearls (Hobby Lobby) Swirls Black and adhered a small section to the front.  Got out Recollections (Michael's) purple flowers and small black brad (Joann's) and along with a large rectangle rhinestone and glued everything to the front.

I surely hope I've inspired several of you to give this cricut cartridge a try.  I know I will be using it again......

Thank you again Diane with Exploring Cricut for allowing me to share my talent with everyone!!!  Don't forget to stop by their website and let them know that I've sent you to them.  Who knows, you might just be their next Guest Designer........ 

Have a wonderful Monday!!!


A few challenges that I will be entering this backpack into:

Die Cuttin' Divas - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
DL Art - Happy Birthday

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Back 2 School

Good Morning!!!  I'm so excited to share with you so more great news.  But first, I would like to give a morning shout out to Diana with DL Art.  Tomorrow is her birthday.....  Happy Birthday to You!!!  Yesterday I told you that I had won one of her challenges and showed you what I won.  Well, today I would like to share what I made with my winning.

I used the pattern paper, the ladybug with sentiment, and the paper outlining her from Imaginisce "All Occasion" Build A Card.  I took white cardstock and ran it through my cuttlebug with a paper embossing folder.  Used my EK to stamp paper holes and inked Studio G "Yellow" all around. 

I tied some red ribbon around the card and made a bow.  The gold star I glued directly onto the white cardstock.


For the lettering, I used ProvoCraft repositionable Alphabitties in black.  They were just to cute to pass up.  Now, I can't wait to give it away to a lucky kid in the neighborhood.  Especially, knowing that it is their first day of school.

I've entered this into the following challenges:

DL Art - Happy Birthday "Anything Goes"
Simply Create Too - Anything Goes
Crazy 4 Challenges - Create a card/project for a teacher

Now for my final news!!!  Just over a week ago, I received an email from Diane - Owner of Exploring Cricut Blog.  She thanked me for entering into their "Christmas in July" challenge and wanted to know if I would be interested in being their Guest Designer on August 6.  Oh my gosh!!! Was I excited to read this email.  There was no special project required and sky was the limit.  However, they did ask that it contain at least one cricut cut.  I immediately responded and accepted her offer.  So tomorrow, August 6, 2012, I will be Guest Designer for Exploring Cricut Blog.  Come by and see what I made..................

In the meantime, have a wonderful Sunday.  I'll see you tomorrow..... Shawn

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Perk Up!!!!

Hi Scrappers!!!  It has been a fantastic week.  First off, I would like to thank Diana with DL Art for sending out my prize that I won.  I entered into a challenge of hers called "2 colors, ribbon and embossing" and won.  Here is a picture of my prize:

I can't wait to dig into it and make a card.  Thank you, Diana!!!  Just a piece of advice scrappers, entering into challenges does pay off.

Now onto today's card.  Since school will be starting up here pretty soon.  And kids will be bringing home colds.  I decided to focus my card on "colds".  So let's get started:

I realize that not everyone drinks coffee.  Some drink tea or even hot apple cider.  So that is why I chose the saying "Perk Up!!!".  I used my gypsy and the cricut cartridge "Love You A Latte".  Measurement for my base card was cut at 8" with welding, hide contouring the steam, and flipping image.  The layers were cut at 8.04".  I ran the two layers through my cuttlebug with the divine swirls folder.  My pattern paper was cut at 1 5/8" and trimmed to measure the width of card.  I then stitched around the pattern paper with my hot pink zig pen.

From there, I used some ribbon that I purchased at the Dollar Store.  It's a little shear, but the color matched perfectly with my pattern paper.  I first wrapped the ribbon all the way around and attached it to the front of the card.  Then I cut another piece of ribbon at 5 1/4".  Located the center of this piece and attached with Zots.  This was the start of my bow.  Then, I cut another piece of ribbon at 1 1/2" and wrapped it around the center of the other piece.  Then I glued a pink heart rhinestone in the middle.  After drying, I attached everything to the main ribbon again with Zots.

"Perk Up" was computer generated by using a font called Lobster Two and sizing up to 26.  I printed it off on white cardstock.  Then I took my EK Tools Large Punch "Photo Labels" and punched it out.  Finished it off by stitching around with my hot pink zig pen.  Attached foam tape to the back and tucked it under the main ribbon.

I finalized the lid by wrapped We R Memory Keepers "Pink" floss around and foam taped it to the main card.  I found a pink button and threaded white floss through it and made another bow.  Glued a smaller light pink rhinestone to it. 

Sure hope you like it.  When the time comes, either a family member or friend will be in need of a "Perk Up".

Challenges I've entered this card into:

Anything Goes Challenge Blog - Let's not be square
Twisted Tuesday Challenge - Fifth Tuesday Free For All
Paper Playtime - Anything Goes
Scrap Creations - Anything Goes
Krafty Girls - Get In Shape

Say tuned tomorrow as I have other exciting news to share with you........Until tomorrow, have a great day!!!  Shawn