Sunday, February 13, 2011

Cute Critters Cards

Happy Sunday everyone! It was an absolutely beautiful day today! The sun was brilliant and it felt good to be outdoors. The only reminders of the winter so far are the mountains of snow that still obscure the landscape. I know, I need to be patient and if the weather forecasters are correct, we will have above freezing temps all week. I'm anxious for the snow to be GONE!

Today's feature are a few cards I created using Create a Critter. I originally purchased this cartridge because of the adorable koala on it. The other critters are equally cute and I hope to make more of them into cards.

For this card, I cut the koala at 3", the balloons at 1 1/2", Happy Birthday was cut using Gypsy Wanderings at 1 1/2" and the grass cut at 1 1/4". Background paper is from the Core'dinations stack Core Impressions by JilliBean. I used Glaze pen for the Koala's nose for a bit of shine.

I also used Core Impressions paper for this card, koala cut at 3", happy birthday at 1 1/2" and heart balloon at 2", all cut using Create a Critter. EK Success border punch used for trim.

I used Core'dinations White Wash (blue) for background paper and all cuts are from Create a Critter cartridge.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you also had a day with sunshine, but if it wasn't I hope my cards brightened your day even just a little bit.

Have a great evening!

Koala-t hugs,


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Rock Princess

Hi all! My hibernations continues, as the temps hit new lows. Looking out the window and seeing the bright sunshine, its very deceiving. But hope springs eternal, watching the local weather and seeing how the temp is predicted to climb into the 30's by the weekend. In comparison, it could be shorts weather! hahaha In any event, its another day closer to spring!

Today's project is one of my recent favorites. I was trying to decide on what card to make for my granddaughter's 6th birthday and I had made a few, including this one. But I realized she's still too little for the Rock Princess theme, but I love the way the card turned out.

The girl was cut using Rock Princess Cricut cartridge at 4". I cut the hair from white card stock and colored it in with Copic markers, as I wanted it similar to the color of my Granddaughter's hair color. The curtains were cut using Twinkle Toes. The background paper is from DCWV. I used stickles to add dimension to the bows and the peace sign on her t-shirt and the boots. I also use a Glaze pen for the Guitar.

Thanks for stopping by today and hope you have a great day!

Koala-t hugs,


Monday, February 7, 2011

Let's Hear it for the Boys/Men

Hi everyone! Hope you are having a good Monday. A quick look out the window reminds me its STILL WINTER and I want it GONE! I used to think January would drag by, but February isn't going any quicker. Here's hoping for a thaw SOON!

In making greeting cards for many years (started in 1994, when I got my first computer), I've always had a bit more difficulty making cards for the males in the family. Unless there is a specific theme I could use (music or sports) it can be tricky making cards for the guys.

I created three cards that are "non frilly" that would be good for the guys and their birthdays.

I used the DCWV Naturals stack for all three cards. The greetings are from Paper Lace cartridge and the shapes are from Lacy Labels. I also used EK Success border punches.

I love the colors of the paper in the Naturals stack and perfect for these cards!

Thanks for stopping by!

Koala-t hugs,


Saturday, February 5, 2011

A Very Sweet Treat

Happy Saturday everyone! Hope you are enjoying life where ever you may be! I had the granddaughters here over night and they went home a little while ago, and its very quiet!

Today, I wanted to brag on my daughter a bit. She has wanted a Cricut Cake since they first came out, but couldn't get one. Last fall, I happened to stop by Michael's Crafts and found one for a great price. They were clearing out all the Cricut Cake machines and accessories 60% off and I knew Katie would love one for Christmas. I bought it then called my son in law, asking if he wanted to give it to her for Christmas. So between Keith and I we gave Katie the Cake, the tool kit, mats, blades and 3 Cake cartridges. She said she wasn't too surprised (don't know how she figured it out) but I know she was pleased with the gifts. (Granddaughter Kayla said she hugged the box when she opened it tee hee)

Anyway, after some practice, she made her first cake...for Kayla's 6th birthday in January. Here is the finished product.

She used chocolate fondant for the two layers and dyed gumpaste for the words and butterflies and there is a border around the second layer that's not visable. The Cake was yummy (yellow layer on top and chocolate layer on the bottom) even the chocolate fondant was pretty good!

She learned quite a bit for her first attempt and I can only imagine the cakes she will make in the future!

Have a great Saturday....hope you stop by soon!

Koala- t hugs,


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Scrapbooking - We've Come a Long Way!

Hi all! Hope you survived the storm so far. With all the bruhaha regarding the storm, I had forgotten that today was Groundhog Day. The little furry guy in Philadelphia didn't see his shadow today, and that's supposed to mean an early Spring.....well, only time will tell. After the past few days, I'm sure there are lots of folks that are hoping the groundhog is correct! Keep your fingers crossed!

Today, I don't have a project, but a bit of a "blast from the past". I recently went through a bin I had in storage of momentos and a scrapbook I had made in 1970! I am working on a "Book About Me" for my grandkids. I have lots of photos, but remembered this old scrapbook I had made that held some other memories I could add to the newer book.

Here is a photo of the book. When I see this book - the pages were similar to construction paper and the book was assembled with a shoestring looking thing, I realize how far we have come regarding the saving of our memories. I'm sure the pages of this book are NOT acid free and certainly not archival quality - the pages were falling apart!

I think I used Elmer's glue to attach everything. I used scissors to cut out everything (and not really straight) and there was no flair or creativity to the pages! And most of the pages held greeting cards I received over the years. Infact, many of the cards are from people I didn't remember who they were!

I like how this hobby/craft has developed over the years. I think with all the tools and supplies we have available to us, the more it sparks my creativity.

I took the book apart (the paper of the pages was just about crumbling in my hands) and I saved the parts I wanted for my new book. I have programs of plays I was in during High School, graduation ribbons, tickets for concerts I was also fun to go down memory lane and be reminded of the events of my past.

I am working on my Book About Me....and I can't wait until I finish it!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Koala-t hugs,


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Little Fancy

Hi all! Well, the Blizzard of 2011 is upon us! The snow is blowing, the wind is howling and I"m so glad to be warm and indoors! Hope you are all safe and warm.

Today's feature are cards I created using two cartridges with similar names. One is Paper Lace and the other is Lacy Labels. Lacy Labels is one of the Cricut Lite cartridges only available from Walmart. I purchased it last summer and it has some wonderfully elegant shapes on it. Paper Lace was released late last fall and it also is very elegant.

This first card was made with shapes from both the Paper Lace Cartridge and the Lacy Labels Cartridge. The paper is DCWV Elegant Stack using the ivory and rose color sheets and the Metallic Stack using copper colored paper. The bottom layer of paper was embossed using a Sizzix folder in the Cuttlebug. The flowers were also cut from Lacy Labels. The greeting was cut using Paper lace. I put a little bling in the centers of the flowers

This next card was created using Paper Lace. The background paper is DCWV Natural stack. Its difficult to see in the photo, but its one of the foiled papers. This stack has some beautiful designs in it! The circle greeting was cut using Paper lace. Simple but elegant!
With the weather as it is, and I won't be going anywhere anytime soon, I'm hoping to get some projects completed. The snow is coming and the only thing I can do is PRAY FOR SPRING! =~D.

Have a great day!

Koala-t hugs,