Thursday, October 14, 2010

Circle Challenge #2 - Think Pink





Here is my entry for the Think Pink challenge! This challenge is especially exciting for me becasue I registered to walk in the 3-Day For The Cure in 2011!! How cool would it be to win a pink expression and/or the Pink Journey cartridge right now? lol Well, I used a digi stamp from Whimsie Doodles for the card front and used the colored pencil and Gamsol technique to color image. For the challenge we were to use: Pink, Ruffles, Scallops, Flourishes, Glitter and Jewels ( incorporate any 3 on your project) and at least 2 cricut cuts on our project to qualify. I used a scalloped circle from Mini Monograms Cartridge, The background on both the card front and inside were from Once Upon A Princess, and the awareness ribbon is from Designer's Calender. I used stickles glitter on the ribbon and pink gems on the circle behind it and black on the pink background inside card and pink throughout.

Have I mentioned how super exciting this all is? lol LOVE IT!! How will I ever sleep tonight? lol Sorry my pics aren't the greatest, my friend still has my charge cord for my camera so I am using my husbands cell phone for pics right now, yuck! lol Let me know what you think if you stop by to look! :) I NEVER get any comments!! lol

Josi

Friday, October 8, 2010

Gift stacks...bring it all together!




So, I had the coordinating file folder notebook folios (made from file folders), and magnetic notepads. I added a handmade mini coaster book and made little gift stacks. Here is the finished gift stack! :) I will post some directions on the folio if anyone requests it, they are simple and I found a video tutorial on YouTube to do them myself! :) Thanks for looking! :)

Mini book made from altered coasters!






I had 2 packs of coasters, there were 8 coasters per package. I cut 4 different colored pieces of 12x12 sold textured cardstock into 9 4x4 pieces, then rounded the corners with my crop-a-dile (i was able to do 4 pieces at a time! yay!). I embossed 1 piece of each color (per book) with my cuttlebug and 4 different folders. Then I used my ATG gun to adhere the cardstock pieces to the coasters. I used my Zutter Bind-It-All to punch the holes on each of the pages and then to bind the books as well! Added some ribbon and lace scraps to the bound coils and viola....a cute little mini book! :) I added a stamped image which I "stickled" for some interest. Let me know what you think! :)

Josi

Michaels Clearance bins-50 cent deals!!






I was at Michaels back in mid-September and found packs of pretty file folders, journals, and notpads w/a magnet on the back which all coordinated together, and then there were packs of 4x4 coaster with the corners rounded. I got them home and got to thinking I needed a thank you gift for two of my Gramma's friends who gave us VERY generous wedding gifts so, I had wanted to do something extra special for them, and then a gift for my Mom for her birthday!

The coaster sets had 8 coasters per pack, i used 4 per book, so for $1.00, I made 4 books!! A quarter a piece, can't beat that!! lol Each pack of file folder had 4 tabbed folders floral on the outside and a solid color on the inside (one pack gold and the other pink). I made jr. legal pad folios out of them. So, for $1.00 I can make 8 folios, about 13 cents a peice, WOW!! lol

I used a strip that was cut away making the folio to adhere to the top of the notebooks to coordinate them as well with the folio. I really love these projects, they are cute AND economical! :) Let me know what you think! :)

I will make another post with some recipes and directions for the individual projects! Have a HAPPY WEEKEND!!

Josi

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Circle Blog Challenge #1: Ooh, La La! French Manor!: Today, Yesterday, Tomorrow Layout for Cricut



I used 2 cuts as masks for my distress inks, i love the possibilities of this technique!! I welded two border peices on my gypsy for border on left hand side, I love how that turned out!! I have never used my french manor cart until this project and I definitely went from being not very crazy about it to LOVING IT that fast!!

Frame from sentimentals (pg 30 used layer peice and shadow peice), dress form (pg 62), eiffel tower and border (pg 68) from French Manor for masks, and flowers on blackout feature from george. The sentiment was self created in MS Word and printed on a clear overlay and placed between the 2 frame layers. I photocopied a page from my emily post ettiquette book (it talks about travel in europe and clothes in paris) Inked everything with tattered rose, tea dye, and walnut stain Distress Inks. I used two pearl lapel pins on the distressed book page. I used antiqued sticker brads for flower centers and on frame. Background was plain craft paper to begin with. I had sooo much fun making this, i may have to do a few more projects in this style! It was my first time really using my distress inks as they were intended I think! I love it!! I think that is everything?! Let me know what you think!

Josi

Took pics in basement late last night so color is more muted than in real life but, its close!

hmm...if you can't read the sentiment in pics it says: Today we preserve the memories of Yesterday so we might revisit them Tomorrow