Friday, May 11, 2012

It's Your Day!

Hi everyone and Happy Friday! :) I'm so glad the weekend is almost here. I have a super fun project to share with you today so I'll get right to it. For my project today, I was honored to volunteer to create a project using a cut file from a new pattern set from My Scrap Chick. I was asked to work with this adorable caddy which should be available soon from My Scrap Chick ("MSC").

How fun is this little 3D item?!?! First, I downloaded the SVG file into SCAL 3.0. I didn't resize it, I just left it the size it came (which is the perfect size for what I was looking for). I then cut the image out using my Silhouette. What is really awesome about this file from MSC is that the score lines are included in the cut and the score lines are perfect! You don't even have to actually score them with a scoring tool, just fold. LOVE that feature. After I cut the caddy out, I put it together (I use Scor-Tape for all my 3D items, it works great!). I then decided to embellish the little box using DCWV designer paper. I also wanted to decorate the front of the box with a cute little bear from MSC (this particular one is from the Valentine Bears set, available HERE).

I used SCAL 3.0 and my Silhouette well to cut this pattern out. I cut it pretty small so it would fit on the front of the box and this just really shows how well the Silhouette cuts, even the tiniest pieces are just perfect. I put everything together and then did some doodling with my white gel pen.
I decorated the sides of the box as well with my DP and a swirl, which was made using an EK Success punch. The flower decorating the top of the box was cut out using my new Flower Shoppe Cricut Cartridge. The sentiment is from an old Hero Arts set.

I then wanted to put some confetti type paper in the inside of the box for decoration. I shredded a piece of black cardstock using my paper shredder and then folded the individual pieces. It just makes for a little something extra. I thought this would be an adorable way to package some fun Mother's Day gifts or birthday gifts. It's such a super cute and fun way to package a small gift.   You can see, there's even a divider on the inside which creates two sections.  SO cute!  What do you think?

Well, that's it from me today. Thanks so much as always for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

I'm back - Happy National Scrapbooking Day

Hi everyone and Happy National Scrapbooking Day! :) Wow, it's been a long time since I've posted on here and there's a really good reason :) I last posted in December, which is the time I discovered that my husband and I are expecting our first child!!!! We are SO thrilled and SO excited. The first trimester was fine, just the typical issues there. Once I got out of that trimester, we started working on the nursery, which unfortunately was my craft room :) That meant we had to take everything out of the craft room (boy did I have a lot of stuff), organize it, move most of it to the basement (which right now is unusable for anything but storage) and then carve out a little nook for me in the sitting room of our bedroom to use as a crafting area until we can get the basement finished. That took so much work and I do get tired pretty easily so it just took a long time to be able to have a functional space again. But, now I'm six and a half months pregnant, baby and I are doing great, and I have a small space in which to craft so things couldn't be any better :) I won't be crafting with any regularity for now, just whenever I feel up to it and have the chance, but it does feel good to get to working with paper again :) Well, enough about me and onto my card for today.

For my card today, I decided to center my project around this ADORABLE image from My Scrap Chick called Be Mine, from the amazing Tiddly Inks. I had SO much fun piecing this project together. I cut the image out using my Silhouette and SCAL 3.0. I ran her dress through my Cuttlebug using my Swiss Dots embossing folder. I then inked with some dark brown ink around her hair, and then, instead of using the eyes for her and the hedgehog that come with the pattern, I omitted those and stamped the faces using my wonderful Peachy Keen Stamps (Princess Face Assortment).

Next I created my card base using SU Melon Mambo carstock, my favorite SU color. I rounded the corners on the right side using my Creative Memories corner rounder punch (I've had this punch forever and it still works perfectly :) ). I then added some white cardstock and then my DP, which is from DCWV (Baby Girl stack). Next I decided to cut out some grass using my Cricut. I used my Gypsy to plan how tall I wanted the grass. The grass was cut from the Create a Critter cricut cartridge. I then inked all the grass pieces with green ink and then adhered the grass to the card base using dimensionals.

Next I adhered the main image to the card base also using dimensionals. If you've ever been to my blog before, you know how much I love using flowers as accents for my cards. For an early birthday present, my mother-in-law bought me the Flower Shoppe cricut cartridge so now I can make my own roses. I'm SO in love with this cartridge. What money I will save on having to buy mini roses and Primas! I cut the roses and leaves out using my Cricut and the Flower Shoppe cartridge. They are so easy to put together. I then adhered them to the card base.

The sentiment I thought went perfectly with the image. The sentiment is from My Creative Time (You Had Me at Chocolate stamp set). Finally, for a final finishing touch, I added a white sheer bow.

What do you think?  Well, that's it from me today. Sorry for the super long post, I had a lot to share :) Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to be back soon with another project to share. Have a wonderful day and Happy National Scrapbooking Day. Get crafty! :)

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