Friday, December 17, 2010

Vintage Gift Card Holder

Good morning and happy Friday to you! Today is my last day of school for 2 whole weeks!!! I am so excited to be home with my kids, stay up late into the wee hours of the night, and not have to fly around in the mornings!

I have a lil' gift card holder that uses some products from my most favorite companies! The envelope was created with my Imagine machine by Provo Craft. It is from the cartridge, Imagine More Cards. If you don't know what the Imagine is, it is a printer mixed with a die cutting machine. You print, then cut the image you want! I am totally addicted, and you will definitely be seeing more projects done with it! The main image is from another favorite company of mine, Crafty Secrets. It is one of the Birds & Blossom's Creative Scraps' images. I inked the edges, dabbed the entire front with Versamark and sprinkled it with a glittery embossing powder. I love the look, but it is glittery without distorting the image! I backed it with a scalloped square using a Spellbinder's die.
I tied some of my colored seam binding around image to finish it off.
I added a piece of velcro to keep it shut...... : ) Then just slip the gift card inside!

Another busy weekend ahead of me.....Cort has another basketball game to cheer for tomorrow and Sunday I will be seeing my Dad, my sisters, all the nieces and nephews for breakfast with Santa. And somewhere in between there, I plan on baking some cookies with the kids!
Have a wonderful weekend! : )

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Hello Thursday!

Hello Friends, It's Thursday and in Provo Craft world it's Hello Thursday... the 3rd Thursday of the month when you get to see previews of soon to be released Cricut cartridges. If you are a member of the Cricut Circle, you got to see them yesterday on the Cricut Circle Blog and in the Circle PDF magazine. Yesterday we had an amazing post on the blog showing incredible creations using 9 upcoming cartridges, as well as some great samples in the magazine. Normally, I don't get to share my Circle projects with "the public," but I do get to share my cards showing off the new cartridges soon to be released! My cards today use the new cartridge called, "Spring Holiday Cards!" It is such a fun cartridge that includes, Easter, St. Patrick's Day, Spring Items, etc. LOVE it! Here is my first card using this FABULOUS cartridge! After cutting the image at 4" I took the inner layers of the rainbow and added glitter to them. (Big surprise huh? ;) I added glitter to the clouds and popped them up on pop dots. For the word colors I Copic airbrushed them in the traditional ROYGBIV color scheme and then added glitter to the letters. The frame was also cut using this cartridge. I used white ink around the edges and added colorful rhinestones to the corners.
The rainbows lil' face was given a bit of glossy accents too.....
My next card is for St. Patricks's Day! I live on the southside of Chicago, so I will definitely be making more of these for all of my Irish friends this year! (And maybe a few who want to be Irish for the day! ; ) This card was also cut at 4". I added liquid applique to the "foam" and while I was heat setting it, I added clear glitter. (Told ya I was addicted!) I added google eyes, did a bit of distressing, and some machine stitching to the perimeter. The clover was cut at 1 1/2 " about 6 times. Then I stacked them, glued them together to create a "faux" button. I used my Cropidile to punch holes so I could thread my twine through it. I added some of my colored seam binding to finish it off.

See? It kind of looks like a button? Right? : ) OH! and I forgot to mention.....I added glitter to that too. ; )
Glittery beer foam is the best!
If you would like to become a member of the Cricut Circle click HERE for more info! It is such a fun, supportive community to belong to!
Have a wonderful Thursday!!!! Thanks so much for popping in for a visit!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Don't Forget!

Good morning! It is a very chilly snowy morning here in Chicago. We've had heavy winds and now the temperatures have dropped to an uncomfortable low. I have layers and layers on and am still cold! Ugh! It's going to be a loooooooooooong winter!

Enough about my complaining....and on to my card for today! I have another JustRite card created by children's author and illustrator, Elizabeth Dulemba. This set is called Ellie Time. Who knew elephants could be cute and stylish! (Check out the vest!) ; ) I colored this adorable image in with Copic Markers. The mouse was cut out separately and Crystal Effects was added to his heart. I then placed him on pop dots. The main image was cut out using Spellbinder's oval die, then left in place while I airbrushed with the B000 Copic Marker. I backed that with a scalloped oval in red.
The inside says, " I Love You!"
I created "grass" for my elephant by using my Martha Stewart fringe scissors. The sentiment was stamped directly on it and I threaded a thin white ribbon through it. As a last and final touch, I added a red rhinestone to the ribbon.
And let me reiterate how much I loved reading about you gals! It seriously was the highlight of my weekend! : ) I always appreciate your visits and comments! Thank you so much!!!!!!
Off to school.......dressed as an elf. Yep. Gotta love schoolteachers! ; )

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Gypsy Winner!!! : )

Drum Roll picked number 82! The winner is Rexann! She said:

Nice card!! I have Freshly picked and love it so!! Something interesting about me you ask? Well I am a very big introvert and I have no control over it...Is that strange?? Love your card..TFS!!!

Congrats Rexann!

And thank you all so much for sharing a bit about yourselves! I so enjoyed reading these tidbits about you! : )