Tuesday, August 25, 2009

"Dance" word book

My granddaughter Kayla has been taking dance classes for 2 years now. Her little sister Kerri will start in the fall, and she's not even 2, but she loves to dance. She and Kayla will put on their leotards and ballet shoes and dance around the kitchen. I love watching them have so much fun!

I created this word book for those who want to preserve memories of their little girls in Dance. Using Design Studio with my Cricut, I used several cartridges to create this book. I used Opposites Attract for the font, I used Joy of the Season for the ballet dancer, and George for the rectangle to make the page shapes.

The paper I used is from a stack called So Sweet from Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby's brand). I love the pink and turquoise colors in this stack!

The bling adds just enough to make it girly!

This is another project I'll be selling at the upcoming craft fair. Less than 3 weeks until that 2 day event, so I've been busy!

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Have a great day!

Koala-t hugs,


Thursday, August 20, 2009

School Bus Memory Book

The start of school for the year is upon us. I created this memory book for the upcoming craft fair. I created this book using Design Studio and the Cricut Expression. The school bus shape is from the Doodlecharms cartridge. Its 8" tall by 11" wide. I cut the pages from chipboard, cut cardstock to fit (used the Color Kalidescope paper stack by Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby). Each page was made for each school pictures from Kindergarten to 8th grade. Binding was done with Bind It All and 1 " O rings. I used the Pooh Font Set for the lettering on all pages.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

New Projects! Word Books

The fall season is not far away and I'm getting ready for the upcoming craft fairs. My daughter and I do one in September and one in November. Its held at a local community college and its very well done, well organized and advertised. Its one show my daughter and I enjoy doing every year. The first one is in less than 4 weeks so I've been working to get projects completed to sell at this show.

Here is an example of some of the work I'll be showing. This particular book was created for my Mom to give to her sister.

I created this book using Design Studio and my Cricut Expression. Used George and Pooh Font set and Storybook for front border design.

I'm looking forward to showing more projects I've created!

Koala-t hugs,


DOUBLE the Exciting News!

A few weeks ago, my son told me that he and his wife were expecting. YEA! This will be their first child and my third grandchild. Yesterday they had an ultrasound done and discovered they are having TWINS! WOW! I'm still in shock! They are both very excited as is the entire family! They are fraternal twins, but don't know the genders yet....

I love being a grandparent! I'm already thinking of ways to make extra $$ so I can spoil all my grandkids!

Koala-t hugs,


Saturday, August 15, 2009

Summer Treat!

Summer is a great time for ice cream! Its a great way to cool off during hot and humid summer weather. One of my favorite ice cream flavors is Black Cherry. Well, I like any ice cream that has cherries....New York Cherry, Black Cherry Vanilla, Cherry Chocolate Chunk....if its got Cherries, its my favorite!

When I started coloring the artwork for this card (BTW, is another selection from Mom's sketches) I used a Copic color called Pale Cherry Pink (R11) for the ice cream. I used Copic color Garnet (R39) for the bits in the ice cream, perfect for Black Cherries! The Core'dinations Chocolate Box paper for the background, embossed with Cuttlebug folder D'vine Swirls is a perfect compliment for the ice cream! The scalloped ovals were cut using the Gazelle, and greeting cut with the Cricut and Wild Cards cartridge.

Drat, now I have a taste for ice cream!

Have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

Koala-t hugs,


Sunday, August 9, 2009

You've Got a Friend

I hope you are all not getting tired of seeing my Copic colored artwork and cards. I need to switch gears so I don't get burned out...I still have a few more to show and I'll be moving on to other projects to post.

This card features a sketch I did of one of my favorite koala pictures. If you haven't already guessed, I do love koalas. I would love to travel to Australia one day and actually hold one, but right now, I collect them in various forms (stuffed toys, figurines, books, etc) and sometimes draw them.

I colored this sketch using Copics...it was fairly easy since the main colors were gray for the koalas (This Copic color is called Warm Gray) and two different greens for the grass.

The background paper is from a new stack by DCWV called Rustic...very nice! Lots of earth tones/autumn colors.

I used the Gazelle with a pen to write the greeting.

I'm thinking of livening up my blog....so if you have any suggestions as to what you'd like to see, post them in the comments...I'm open to new ideas!

A new week is about to start, and only a few more weeks until Summer is officially over. WOW, where did the time go? Hope you are making the most of the rest of your summer....have a great week!

Koala-t hugs,


Thursday, August 6, 2009

When Life Hands you Lemons...

Today's feature is a card, using Mom's original artwork, scalloped circles cut using the Gazelle cutter and using a pen instead of a blade, it drew the text "When life hands you lemons". The background paper is Core'dinations vintage paper, embossed with Sizzix embossing folder, printed paper is DCWV, trimmed with EK Success border punch. Lemon artwork has two scalloped edge circles, inked.

This is the inside of the card...the word cut with Cricut using Wild Cards font, Pie cut with Paper Dolls cartridge, used glitter glue to make it look like a lemon meringue pie (one of my most favorite pies!)

I seem to be stuck in cardmaking....but I'm enjoying using the Copics. There are more to come!

Thanks for stopping by.

Koala-t hugs,


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Cuttlebug and Copics

Here's another card I created using Mom's artwork. I LOVE roses and this one is very detailed. I guess its a bit unusual in color, but I'm still trying out new things with the Copics. I used a new Cuttlebug embossing folder for the frame. I cut it out, inked it and cut out the inner rectangle to frame the rose. The background layer is embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder, and inked the edges to match the frame. I didn't add a greeting, as it could be used for birthday, or thank you, nearly any occasion!

Have a great Wednesday. Thanks for stopping by.

Koala-t hugs,


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

First Birthday

I had a request for a card for a little girl's first birthday. I created two for the customer to choose.

For the first card I used the following supplies:

Celebrations Cricut cartridge for the balloons,
Paper Pups for "Happy Birthday"
Hello Kitty for "1st"

DCWV Nana's Kids for the background paper
DCWV Sweet stack for the balloons and corner design
EK Success border punch

For this card I used
Design Studio
Winnie the Pooh Font Cartridge
Winnie the Pooh and Friends Cartridge
Bling flowers
EK Success mini scalloped border punch

I'll be posting more cards in the next few days. I've created several cards using original artwork created by my my and myself and colored with Copics. My busy time is upon us, as I get ready for the craft fairs in September and November. I will post more projects as they are completed.

Thanks for stopping by....

Koala-t hugs,