Saturday, October 30, 2010

Holiday Display

I like to have wall hangings for each holiday by my door, but I don't always have the time to change out my pictures. The other day, I found a cork board at Walmart that had the most beautiful frame and it's 12x12. So, I decided to make a 12x12 sign or themed page for each holiday or season. Then I can just use the push pins that came with the corkboad and change out the pictures when the seasons change. I'm planning to use one of my inexpensive, not so attactive albums to store the pictures. Here's my first page for Halloween. I used DCWV Autumn stack, Wausau cardstock, and the October 31st Cricut cartridge.

My children and I always had the tradition of watching the Halloween Town movies on Halloween day. Well, this Halloween I don't think that will happen. Both of my daughters have decided to spend the night tonight in our old town with family and friends. They won't be back until late Sunday evening after all of the Spooky festivities. A little sad for a Mom that has always made sure she made the holidays special. If I ask my son to watch them with me, he would, but I know he really is getting too old for that. Just not the same. Oh well, that's how it's supposed to work. Can't keep the apron strings tied forever.

So, my mission now is to pull out the Halloween movies and watch them while I'm crafting. That's fun too. Why break the tradition. Maybe someone will decide they want to join me.

Happy Halloween and thanks for visiting my new friends!!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Flood of Projects

I have been wanting to post my projects as I make them, but in a house full of teenagers, I'm lucky to get any computer time at all. Anyway, since I've gotten my Gypsy, I'm able to go card crazy. I've also been working on a few home decor projects. The first is the work family. I purchase the 6" paper mache letters from Hobby Lobby, painted them black and covered them with paper from DCWV patterened paper. Then I sanded the edges and inked them using Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip ink. I'm not completely finished with them, but I want to find accessories that are just perfect.

Here's a few Halloween cards I made.

Here's all the materials I used for these cards.

Papers: DCWV, Cloud 9, The Paper Studio, Stampin' Up
Cricut Cartridges: Create-a-Critter, Happy Hauntings
Embossing: Cuttlebug, Stampendous, Ranger
Stamps: Papertrey Ink
Sentiments: Printed from my computer
Ink: Stampin' Up, Versamark
Special Effects: Glossy Accents, Google Eyes, Gems and Ribbon from my stash.

I've also made some Thanksgiving cards. The weird thing is that I'm not the kind of person that ever gave cards out. So, I don't have addresses for any of my family and friends. So that's my next project "The Great Address Acquisition."

Recipe for the Fall cards:

Papers: DCWV, Stampin' Up cardstock
Stamp: Stampin' Up
Ink: Stampin' Up
Embossing: Cuttlebug
Cricut Cartridges: Gypsy Wanderings, Potpourri Basket, Songbird
Brads: Stampin' Up

I have more cards and projects that I've made, but I they are all Christmas, so I will wait closer to December to post them.

OK, now that I've successfully flooded my blog with posts. I will try to post each of my projects when I do them and try not to have blog jam in the future.  Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

It's been a while...

It's been quite sometime since I updated. I've been busy crafting the whole time, but my daughters always have the laptop, so I don't get much computer time. My birthday (big 4-0) was a couple of weeks ago and my husband bought me a Gypsy. I don't know what I ever did without this little wonder. I used to spend so much time in my craft room going through all of my Cricut book, deciding what I wanted to do and then doing my best to make sure I put the paper on the mat just right.

Now, I design anywhere, in my living room, during my breaks at work, doctor's office waiting rooms. The list is endless. I love how I can combine images from multiple cartridges and get the exact result I want.

Mostly, I've been making cards, but I've also created a few home decor pieces and scrapbook pages. I love doing borders with my Gypsy. So, here are a few of the cards I've made in the last couple of weeks. I will try to give credit to all of the products I used, but since I'm able to use my scraps more effeciently, many of the supplies came from my scrap box. One product I absolutely LOVE is DCWV glitter paper. I use it every chance I get. It cuts so well on the Cricut and doesn't leave any glitter pieces behind.

Cricut Cartridges: Joys of the Season, Winter Woodland, Gypsy Wandering, Plantin Schoolbook
Papers: The Paper Studio, DCWV
Inks: Stampin' Up, Distress Ink, Versamark
Embossing Powder: Stampendous

I'm still designing and will have many more to post in the coming weeks.