Sunday, May 31, 2009

Can't forget the Graduates!

Happy Sunday all!  Its bright and sunny here today and I'm looking forward to enjoying some time outdoors.

Today's post features Graduation cards.  They are all similar, using the diploma shape from the Hello Kitty Greetings Cricut Cartridge.

The first two cards I used paper from the DCWV All Dressed Up stack, silver cardstock embossed with Swiss Dots in the Cuttlebug on the first one only.  Scalloped circles for both were cut using the Gazelle.

The paper used for this card also came from the DCWV All Dressed Up stack, but went with a little color this time.  Used the Martha Stewart border punch, and scalloped circles cut using the Gazelle.

Finally, this card was made in the 5 x 7 size, background paper was embossed using the Diamonds and Dots Quickutz folder, Diploma cut in a larger size, and Congratulations cut from the WIld Card Cricut cartridge.

That's it for today.  Hope you all have a great day, enjoy sunshine wherever you are!

Koala-t hugs,


Saturday, May 30, 2009

Dad's Day

During my recent cardmaking marathon, I finished a few Father's Day cards.  

This first one I used the new Lyrical Letters Cricut cartridge for the argyle cut.  Layered that on brown print cardstock on teal and brown printed paper.  Greeting cut using WIld Cards cartridge also on the Cricut.

Used Core'dinations Chocolate Box paper and Quickutz embossing folder for this card.  Greeting cut with Wild Cards and the Cricut, used border punch and square punch for side design.

Another card using Lyrical Letters for the leaf frames, used Martha Stewart border punch and cardstock from the Old World DCWV stack.  DAD cut using the Jumbo font also from Lyrical Letters.
Thanks for stopping by.

Koala-t hugs,


Thursday, May 28, 2009

More Wedding Cards

There was a problem with the photos in my original I deleted it and re-posted it.  Hope this does not cause any problems!

Here are a few more wedding cards I have created in the past two weeks.

This is a 5 x 7 card, and I used InStitchz design template, embroidered with ivory floss adorned with tiny crystal stickers, top of card embossed using Cuttlebug and Sizzix embossing folder, ivory ribbon and scalloped circles cut with the Gazelle, embossed with Bride and Groom design embossed with the Cuttlebug.

Another card using the In Stitchz template, embroidered with white floss, bling finishes off the design.  Black swiss dots cardstock by Bazzill, scalloped circles cut using the Cricut and the bride and groom design embossed using the Cuttlebug.  This is also 5" x 7" with handmade envelope.

I love how a simple card becomes more elegant when using the In Stitchz templates.  I used ivory embroidery floss on embossed cardstock.  Glitter cardstock is from the All Dressed Up stack from DCWV.  Scalloped circles also cut with the Cricut and the wedding bells design is embossed using the Cuttlebug.  This is a 5 x 7 card and has a handmade envelope.

This card was made using the Wild Cards Cartridge, cut at 6".  The bride and groom and the greeting are also cut using Wild Cards.  An envelope was made to match.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  More cards to come.

Koala-t hugs,


Monday, May 25, 2009

Wedding Season

June is just around the corner and that means Wedding Season.  Here are a few Wedding cards I made.  For something a little different, I made these 5 x 7"

This first one could be for a wedding or a bridal shower.  Made with Martha Stewart border punch for the green border, white cardstock embossed with Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, floral print paper for the background, scalloped circles cut with the Gazelle in 3 sizes and smallest circle embossed with wedding cake shape from Cuttlebug.

This card was created using the Wedding Cartridge for the Cricut.  The car was cut at 5 1/2", blue cardstock was embossed with Cuttlebug D'vine Swirls and Mosiac embossing folders.

Storybook Cartridge was used for "Happily Ever After" for this card, scalloped circles in 3 sizes, and printed cardstock from the All Dressed Up stack from DCWV.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Enjoy the holiday!

Koala-t hugs,


Saturday, May 23, 2009

Lyrical Letters

Lyrical Letters is the title of one of Provo Craft's latest cartridges for the Cricut.  When I first saw information about it on line, I was not sure I wanted it.  Sure, it had several fonts, but did I really need more font cartridges?  Then someone posted the "extras" on this cartridge....and who doesn't like EXTRAS???  It has many titles and greetings perfect for cards.  I was able to get it at Michael's last Cartridge sale for a great price, but had to wait, as they were out of stock and I was given a rain check.  It finally came in last week and as soon as I brought it home, I had to make something with it.  I create these cards using this very versatile cartridge!

I love the pink and green combination!  I used DCWV Nana's Kids mat stack, white cardstock cut into marquee shape using Accent Essentials cartridge, embossed with Dots and Diamonds embossing folder from Quickutz, Happy B-day cut using Lyrical Letters with the Cricut Expression.  A bit of Stickles to outline the bow.

Not only does this cartridge have lots of card greetings, it has beautiful designs to be used as backgrounds.  I cut this one using adhesive backed mat stack from Autumn Leaves, background paper is also from this stack.  Scalloped circle cut with the Gazelle, and Happy Birthday stamp from Katie & Co.

A variation of the first card,black and teal another of my favorite color combos!   I used the Marquee cut from Accent Essentials cartridge, embossed with Diamonds and Dots Quickutz folder, scalloped circles cut on the Gazelle and Happy B-day cut using Lyrical letters.  Glitz Stickles, color Mermaid, outline the bow.

This card was cut using Wild Cards, scalloped circles cut using the Gazelle, Best Wishes cut using Lyrical Letters on my Cricut and flower is Petalloo.  Ribbon is woven into the scallops.

Hope you are having a great weekend...the unofficial start to summer!  YEAH!!!

Thanks for stopping by and thank you to all who post!

Koala-t hugs,


Friday, May 22, 2009

Happy Birthday Cards

Time to get back to Blogging! Its been a few weeks since I posted, but I've been busy creating new cards!  Here are a few to get started.

The first one is created with the Sizzix embossing folder from the Happy Birthday set, trimmed with a yellow cardstock border and the Martha Stewart doily border punch.  Scalloped circles cut using the Gazelle and the birthday cake is cut with the CB die, layered and decorated with stickles.

WIth this card, I used the Fiskars border punch, ribbon, scalloped circle cut with the Gazelle, and greeting rubber stamp from Katie & Co.

Thanks for looking...more to come!

Koala-t hugs,


Monday, May 4, 2009

National Scrapbook Day Challenge 10-Using Circle/Scallop/Shape

It might have taken me 2 days, but I'm so pleased with myself that I finished all 10 challenges!  I want to thank Robin for hosting this fun day to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day!

For my final Challenge, I Textured Cardstock, and with a cut out design behind it, I sanded the paper to emboss the design into the cardstock.  I created a scalloped circle in Design Studio and used the Hello Kitty Font cartridge for the title.  The photo is of my daughter when in high school, we had 'glamor shots' done at the local mall!

Well, that's all my 10 Challenges!  I hope to challenge myself and join other challenges to keep my creative juices flowing!  And it was lots of fun too!

Thanks for visiting my blog...have a great day!

Koala-t hugs,


NSD Challenge 9 - Mix It Up

This Challenge was particularly "challenging" for me.  I always see layouts using different fonts/sizes used in the title, but I was hesitant in doing it myself.  I really had to push myself to do this title in this way.  Now that I've completed the first one, I know i'll try it again.

Border made using Fiskars border punch, letters cut using the Cricut and Base Camp, All Mixed Up, George, Opposites Attract, ZooBaloo and Pooh Font Cartridges.

Hope you are enjoying my entries for National Scrapbook Day Challenges sponsored by Robin, the Pink Stamper!

Koala-t hugs,


NSD Challenge 8 - Using Card Sketch

Once I saw the sketch for this card, I had the idea in my head before I even started it.  I used papers from DCWV All Dressed Up, some Bazill Bling and Bazill Smoothies for the text.  I used Martha Stewart Border punch for the border and three clear skittles on the side.   On the inside it says "in a million Mom".

I'm saving this for my Mom!

Thanks for looking.

Koala-t hugs,


NSD Challenge 7 - Faux Chipboard

Faux Chipboard is a method I've used often in the past.  I couldn't see buying lots of chipboard letters, then be left with all the odd letters that I'd never use.  And at the beginning, I didn't know if the Cricut would cut chipboard, so I made my own using heavy cardstock and layering it. 

This layout was fun to do.  I used white Bazill Bling for the background, black bling for the corner flourish, and several layers of basic cardstock to create the faux chipboard.I used the Home Accent cartridge cut on the Cricut.  I also cut the title on the Cricut using the Hello Kitty Font Cartridge.   The mesh was cut on the Gazelle.

The photo is my brother John and all his nieces at my niece Amy's wedding.

Three more challenges to go!

Thanks for looking.

Koala-t hugs,


NSD - Challenge 6 Use Patterned Paper

I created a 5 x 7 greeting card for this challenge.  I used a multi colored flowers on a brown background cardstock from the DCWV Blossoms and Butterflies collection. I matted this paper with a layer of green and yellow Bling from Bazzill cardstock.   I cut flowers to match the colors in the print, using George cartridge and the Cricut.   The marquee for the background was cut using Accent Essentials cartridge and the Cricut.  The Birthday cake is a Cuttlebug die, which I layered to give dimension, using Stickles for the candles and frosting.  I also added Stickles for the centers on the flowers.

Thanks for looking...

Koala-t hugs,


Sunday, May 3, 2009

NSD Challenge 5 - Sketch Layout

I'm just getting used to using sketchs for my layouts and cards.  I chose this picture, because my granddaughters are my favorite subjects to scrap.  

I chose the papers to match the colors of the girls sweaters in the photo.  I used Bazzill bling silver cardstock for the base, stamping a design on the left edge with an acrylic stamp I made using a design from the Cricut Storybook Cartridge.  I used layers of Bling in dark pink and lavendar, edged using Fiskars border punch.  I liked how the sketch had multiple mat layers for the photo.  Scalloped circles layer the round stamp verse "SILLY" and I used flower brads with ribbon threaded through them.

I'm half way through the challenges!  Hope you come back to see the rest of them!

Koala-t hugs,


NSD Challenge 4 - Mother's Day Card

I was able to complete this challenge a little quicker than the others.  I made this card  using Stampin' Up paper (a very nice person on the Cricut Message board sent me samples and I just love these colors!).  I used the Fiskars border punch, cut the "marquee" using Storybook and MOM with Opposites Attract font using my Cricut Expression.  I am thinking my Mom will be getting this card next sunday!

I have to say a bit THANK YOU to Robin of The Pink Stamper!  I know why these are called "challenge" as each project really challenged me and pushed me to create some wonderful projects.  I may be much slower than many others, but I did accomplish more than what I would usually finish in a day!  Thank you Robin.  I appreciate all your hard work!

Koala-t hugs,


NSD Challenge 3 - A Kids Page or Card

I guess I had a different idea of a kids page.  I saw other scrapper's entries and its nothing like what I thought to do...but I guess that's what a challenge is, the individual's interpretation!

For this challenge, I chose photos of my Granddaughter, Kayla.  She was staying with me for a day or two and we sat out on the balcony, enjoying a summer day.  It was early evening and the sun was casting long shadows.  Kayla was dancing and enjoyed watching her shadow dance with her.

I used Bazzill Swiss Dots cardstock, Yellow cardstock from the Kalediscope stack from Hobby Lobby.  Letters cut using the Cricut Expression and WInnie the Pooh Font and Jasmine cartridges.

Thanks for sure to come back for more Challenges!

Koala-t hugs,


Challenge 2 - Try Something New

This one really had me thinking.  I'm the type of person that when I buy a new tool, or see a new technique, I try it out right away and use it a few times.  So, when the challenge to try something that was in my stash, I had nothing.  I went on to the next challenges.  I then realized I did do something new, but it was last week.  I had vinyl sitting amongst my supplies for some time, and knew I wanted to use it, but had not touched it.  So this challenge is fudged a bit, as I completed it last week.

I have a blank wall in my Living Room where I will be putting up family photos and it is the perfect place for some vinyl wall art.  I created this, using Cricut black vinyl, my Cricut Expression and the Home Accent cartridge.  It was fairly easy and fun to do.  I am now in the process of gathering photos to put in frames to finish them.

Hope you enjoyed my version of Challenge 2....more to come!  Thanks for stopping by!

Koala-t hugs,


National Scrapbook Day! (well, a day late)

Saturday, May 2, was National Scrapbook Day.  To celebrate this day, Robin, at The Pink Stamper blog held challenges and giveaways all day.  I felt I needed a little challenging, so I decided to join the fun.  In the process, I found how S - L - O - W  I am.  Inspite of that, I did have fun and completed many projects.  I will post them by Challenge Number.

Challenge Number 1  Use the color Brown with any pastel.  

This one was easy for me, since one of my latest color combos is pink and brown.  I had this card created in my Cricut Design Studio software and decided to try it out with this color combo.

To create the card, I used Opposites Attract for the letters, George for the rectangle shapes to form the card, and the shift/silhouette flower shape.  THe card was cut in brown, , extra flowers cut in two shades of pink and attached to the base flowers with tiny brads.  The background of the card is pale pink cardstock unfortunately the color got washed out in the photo( embossed with the Sizzix embossing folder.  A length of ribbon and its ready for Mother's day!

Thanks for looking....stay tuned for more Challenges!

Koala-t hugs,