Sunday, October 31, 2010

Things that go bump in the night - snippettes from a Witches Journal

Happy Halloween all my friends old and new and those I have yet to met.  Hope everyone has a fun, safe Halloween filled with treats and some tricks.  This is a 6"X6" card.  The moon was cut from Cricut cart "Oct 31st", The bats are MS and the photo corners are QK.  The socks are from a Spellbinder's die.  The background paper is from one of my favorite shirts I scanned in.  Colors by Copic markers.  From here we slide into the Holiday seasons.  Hugs

Friday, October 29, 2010

Star Gift Hang Tag - Smiley Cards

I was one of the very lucky people chosen t receive the first download of the Gypsy Cart Promotion (wow what a sharing 6 fonts) yesterday.  This morning I printed double sided from the Imagine and then cut out six of these cuties on 3" from my Gypsy on the Expression, to use as gift hang tags.  The punched snowflakes are from a MS punch.  "merry Christmas" is a "Hero Arts" stamp.
This is the inside, there is repositionable adhesive on the black ribbon at the top of the star, it really works and you cannot see it.  I use the "Repositonable Craft Stick" by Scotch.

Chistmas Cards

These are my favorite Christmas cards so far.  I printed out 3 panels on my 6"X6" card stock, then placed the tree from Cricut cart "Stretch Your Imagination" on my Imagine board, flooded with the pattern.  The photo corners are QK, The black snowflakes are from a Marvey punch and the blue ones are from an MS punch, the blue circles and middle embellie are from a MS punch also.
This one was done the same way just a little different configuaration and colors. The "merry Christmas" stamp is from a "Hero Arts" stamp set. Happy Friday, Hugs

Thursday, October 28, 2010

3 ReinDeer

Happy Thursday, I am so so so in love with this Imagine, it expands and enhances my studio more and more each day.  I literally dreamed this card all night, yesterday I pulled out some embellishments from last year that  I wanted to finish up and use this year.  The reindeer were from an after Christmas sale, I kept looking at them yesterday and realized they needed a very specialized paper, I had a few 2 toned sheets in my stash but nothing worked.  In my dream I kept printing out these two tone sheets but of course there was no memory of specifics in my brain from the dream, just the memory of doing them.  So I have been playing with sizes, carts etc. since 3AM and here is what I came up with, I am kind of excited about the process.  I used the George Basic Shapes cart and placed it on the board, resized it to 7 (there is a bit of bleed over the top to the back) which kinda looks cool but may play around with the sizing a bit, definitely want it to go all the way to the top, then placed another one, then flooded one with dark green and the other with this pattern from "snow angel".  Embossed the side with a boarder Cuttlebug folder and placed the reindeer. Size is 6"X6"  Happy Creating, Hugs

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Merry Christmas

Happy Wednesday - "Snow Angel" and "Imagine More" carts were used for this card.  The craft paper envelope was cut from "Imagine More" and the fawn and bird are from "Snow Angel".  The back ground paper was embossed with the "Joy" Sizzix folder, Merry Christmas was stamped with a Memories stamp set. Photo corners are by QK.  Have a great day as you start sliding into Halloween weekend. Hugs

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Enclosure cards and envelopes/Imagine

For those of  you that have the Imagine, have you seen this envelope on the "Imagine More" cart?  I printed and cut it out at 5.5" the final measurements are approx. 3"X2 1/4", I then designed a card for the envie.  Putting 6 or 12 of these in a sweet see through bag - what a fantastic stocking stuffer for your favorite gift giver. Hugs

Blessings - A Thanksgiving Card

Tuesday greetings everyone.  A standard a-2 card today.  The background was done printing from the Imagine onto pastel yellow cardstock with "Imagine More" cart.  The background block also the Imagine and is stamped with a background stamp by JudiKins. The sentiment block was embossing with a Cuttlebug boarder folder, and embellished with a gem.  "Blessings to you" was computer generated. Photo corners are also Imagine.  Have a great day. Hugs

Monday, October 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Card

Happy Monday,  a 6"X6" card this morning with great big juicy photo corners by Sizzix, the were cut on turquoise card stock and then stamped with a background stamp and I added a gem to each.  Background paper was printed from "Imagine and More" cart onto pastel yellow cardstock.  "Happy Birthday" is a stamped image.  The two sentiment blocks and butterfly are also from the "Imagine More" cart. Misc. ribbon.
We got rain yesterday, boy did we get rain but all is quiet this morning.  Hope you have a great week. Hugs

Sunday, October 24, 2010

changing the color of patterned papers

I know two posts this morning, but this was worth posting for.  I know one of the updates I am waiting for PC to do for the Imagine is giving us the option to change the colors on patterned papers, but until that happens here is a fun way to alter those colors, it is best done with 2 color patterns.  I used the barn red checks on "Imagine More" cart and printed full page using yellow pastel 12"X12" paper from a Wal-Mart stack, so if you use blue you will get a violet/gray with orange and if you use green you will get a taupy/green with organe color, etc. etc. There is so much fun with this machine - hope you have some today. Hugs

Imagine Note Cards

Happy Sunday Morning, it is cool and wet here in NCA and we are expecting a whooper of a storm to move through bringing winds and more rain, a great stay in and stay warm day.  Yesterday I played with the butterfly on the "Imagine More" cart, experimenting with different elements.  One of the slickest parts of the Imagine images is the ability to print and resize the parts for printing and cutting in different sizes.  The first card was punched with the MS lattice boarder punch, the photo corners are QK.  The label sentiment was computer generated, the butterflies are layered to give the card a little dimension.
The second card also used the MS lattice boarder punch and a Cuttlebug embossing folder.  "Merci" is a stamped image and I added some tiny red berries to the branches.  Both of these done on white cardstock to  give it a crisp look.  I am doing 6 total for a gift box note set.  Hugs

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Snowflakes and craft paper-Imagine

Happy Saturday everyone.  The Imagine continues to run here.  I love craft paper and a month or so ago I was at my paper supplier and saw a roll of craft paper imprinted with snowflakes. Wasn't going to pass that one up and I brought it home.  I was skimming through my "Snow Angel" cartridge and kept looking at the snowflakes and a project was born.  I used the craft paper as a background for my standard A-2 card and layered 2 of the snowflake designs 3 times.  I stamped "merry Christmas" with a Memories Stamp set and added EKSuccess photo corners. A little bit of glitter in the middle of the center snowflake. Then cut an A-2 envelope from the "Sentimentals" cart.  I wanted to finish the inside but the blues on the Snow Angel cart were not what I wanted so I used RGB Codes to print out the inside block and I punched out the snowflake with a 1 1/4" circle punch.  I used one of the snowflakes for an envelope seale.
I folded the card back so you could see the inside well.  Hope everyone has a great weekend. Hugs

Friday, October 22, 2010

Pumpkins Bats and Halloween

 I scrap lifted this idea from the Cricut Circle Blog, idea was posted 10/16/10 "Decorate & More" by Charity Hassel.  What a great center piece or fun for sharing.  I tied decorative ribbon around the stems, added a gem to the end and then MS bat punches (12) 6 on each side.  Happy Friday, hope everyone has a great weekend. Hugs

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Play Date Cafe - Anniversary Challenge

Oh my goodness, The Play Date Cafe - Anniversary Challenge, I was so very honored when asked to participate this week as Alumni, it is hard to believe this wonderful challenge blog is one year old, but it is and look at those wonderful party colors, makes yah ready to dive right in.  Two great sponsors this week Unity Stamps and Cosmo Cricket, woow thanks to both sponsors.
Unity Stamp Design Team will be going an extra mile this week, each day a designer from their team will be spotlighted, so get ready for some GREAT inspiration.
My project is a 6"X6" card, paper is by K&Co., the background doily  was created using the MS large around the page Flower punch set.  The butterflies are from Cricut cart "Straight from the Nest".  The sentiment is a stamped image and I am sorry do not have mfg on this one. Double bow and that adorable flower is from the bridal section at Michael's, I added a gem.  Yellows, pink and orange - OH YUMMM!
Happy Thursday, Hugs

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Christmas cards

Two Imagine Christmas cards this morning.  These are from the "Snow Angel" Imagine cart and oh some great stuff on this one.  I embossed a background sheet with a Cuttlebug folder.  Used snowflakes as photo corners.  The background oval was printed with the Imagine as well as the snowman.  A little glitter on the snow and good to go. Over all size is 4.25"X5.5".
The background on this was printed (solid color) on the Imagine and then spritzed it with a fine spitzing bottle, the main snowflakes on the ornament have been raised with pop dots.  The sentiment block was cut and printed with the Imagine "Merry Christmas" is a stamped image.  Photo corners are EKSuccess on silver paper and then accented here and there with pearl gems.  Happy Wednesday, Hugs

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Imagine Update is here

It drops a full page print icon onto the menu.  There is limited communication between the Gypsy and the Imagine but more is coming.  If you are upgrading both machine you have to do one at a time.  Mine upgrade for the Imagine got in a loop at the end, the whole process should not take more than about 35mins, if it goes longer call PC. The Gypsy upgrade went slick and quick. When doing an edge to edge print there is a minimal bleed onto the mat, it cleans up quickly and easily with a baby wipe.  This paper is from "Snow Angel" isn't it awesome?  Am I gushing?  I love this machine. Have a great evening - Hugs

Thanksgiving Card

Good Tuesday morning everyone. I am really struggling with the fact that the seasons are upon us.  I did this quick Thanksgiving card with the Imagine.  I have been working with the Imagine non stop for 4 days now and I love it.  The learning curve is low and yet I discover something new every time I print and cut.  The finished look will pass with little to no fuss and yet if you want to spend the time you can achieve some fantastic details by adding shadows with Copic markers, inks and prisma pencils.   The ability to set your own RGB codes is genius, I also have the Bazzill app and am able to print out tags to match my Bazzill card stock which I have tons of.  I am sure when the updates are done it will be even better, so in my opinion this is definitely a machine to consider. 
This card is 4.25" X 5.5".  I used the "Imagine More" cart, I cut in layers so that I could do my own thing.  The sentiment is handwritten and I added the measuring tape at the bottom.  EKSuccess photo corners.  Have a great week. Hugs

Monday, October 18, 2010

BBTB2-Challenge/Country Life

Happy Monday and time for our BBTB2 Challenge, we were asked to use the barn from Cricut cart "Country Life", I do not have that cart but I do have "My World" which has a barn so I created from that. I cannot remember when I have had so much fun creating a card, for some reason this whole card just tickled my funny box and I giggled through the entire process.  The barn and cow are from "My World", the sun is from "LIAB", the sky background was printed with the Imagine and "Best Friends" cart papers are by Cosmo Cricket. The bottom background paper by Imaginations "Meadow Study".  The banner on the barn was computer generated and attached with 2 black brads.  All coloring was done with Copic markers.  Hope you have a great week and "thanks for mozyn on to my here blog and yah'all come back now.", said, in my best Texas drawl.  Hugs

Sunday, October 17, 2010

News from the Pond

Happy Sunday one and all.  The "Imagine" has bonded with my studio, I am so tired but keep getting calls of inspiration.  This is a 6"X6" card.  The background printed and cut from "Best Friends", frog and accessories from "Fairy Tales", they were further enhanced with Copic markers after being cut, pop dots were used for dimension.  The photo corners are 2"squares cut on the diagonal and then punched with the Martha Stewart large Flower corner punch.  I used oval pearls to set them off.  The smalll plaque says "News from the Pond" and was computer generated.  Misc. ribbon. Hugs

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Imagine is here, installed and working!

What a saga this has been, but a month and a day after ordering, one received and returned, the Imagine is finally producing.  I have to say this is one slick machine.  I held my breath yesterday as I pushed the start button.  This card was done completely with the "Imagine More" cart. I first printed out my background paper to cardstock cut it for a 6"X6" card, EKSuccess photo corners, "Happy Birthday" is a stamped image and misc. ribbon and crystal.
I am submitting this for the "Circle Cricut Challenge this week which is fall colors.

 This is the treatbox from "Imagine", bats were done with MS punch and Boo is a Spellbinder's font.

Hope everyone has a great weekend, we are finally in some cool down from the 90's, so will enjoy every lesser degree. Hugs

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Bluebird of Happiness

Oh Martha's punch again, what I truly love about this around the page punch is that depending on the size it looks so different each time.  The precious bird is from Cricut cart "50 States",  An Ellison tag, "happiness" is an MM Stamped images, I used real twigs, fun, fun. Coloring by Copic markers.  Happy Thursday, Hugs

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Frills and Monogram

I always keep some monogram cards in my stash, they are great for a special thank yous or general greeting. I have played a lot with the Martha Stewart Large around the page Flower set and really like how this card came out.  I also used "Finale" font by QK and the butterflies are by Cricut cart "Straight From The Nest". The side flowers on the ribbon are from the wedding section at Michael's love those, misc gems.  EKSuccess photo corners. The overall size of the card is 6"X6".  Happy Tuesday, Hugs

Monday, October 11, 2010

Doily Bookmark

I did not participate in the 3-D haunted house this week, I did not have the cart, but omg, if you love Halloween you have to check out the BBTB2 Challenge this week.  I have been playing with the large "Flower" around the page set and oh this bookmark takes just secs to do and is so sweet.  Here is the recipe.
1 4"X4" piece of cardstock
1 3/16" eyelet
Martha Stewart Lrg. Flower Around the page punch set

Punch around your 4"X4" square the cut it down the middle on the diagonal, I airbrushed one piece a darker pink, place one on top of the other a little off and secure with an eyelet, it is done.  Now go read a good book. Happy Monday, Hugs

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Cricut Circle Blog Challenge - #2

 In the Pink
A new "Pink" for Breast Cancer Challenge is up on the new Cricut Circle Blog, the blog is open for public viewing until Monday 10/11, so please stop by, so much fun going on over there.
Many layers of pink going on, prima flowers, a big flower left over from a few years ago, a brad, oval pearl, EKSuccess photo corners, a pink and black bow. Martha Stewart punch embellished my black card stock with scallops and some K&Co. for the backdrop on pearly pink card blank.  Happy Saturday. Hugs

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Cricut Circle Blog Challenge - #1

The first challenge for this wonderful new challenge Blog, to use "French Manor" cart, a circle exclusive and a grand cart.  This blog is previewing for the rest of the week, so if you are not a member check it out and consider becoming one. 
We were to use two cuts from FM, those of you who know me, know my fascination and love of photo corners and these are just the best, I love love love these photo corners, the "Carte Postale" was my second pick.  To embellish with pearls or jewels, I used honey colored gems.  The bee is one of my favorite Clear Stamp images stamped on a 1 1/4" circle.  The black polka dots were punched with a Martha Stewart punch,
the black and white photo corners are EKSuccess cut from paper tape.  A fun challenge. Happy Wednesday. Hugs

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Oh Alice-give us words

I do truly love "The Oh Alice" Challenge Blog, it is like getting permission to free fall.  This week they are asking for the printed word to be the focus for the challenge.  So I did a special background paper just for the occasion. Then used Graphic45 boarders, then made a banner using paper tape and adhesive tape, 3 stamps "Live, Love, Laugh" and the airbrush and laid the adhesive tape over the paper tape.  The photo corners EKSuccess from paper tape.  The bats are from the Martha Stewart around the page punch. Hope everyone has a great Tuesday. Hugs

Monday, October 4, 2010

BBTB2-Challenge/Graphically Speaking

Bitten By The Bug 2, a weekly challenge of creations from the Cricut, please visit our challenge blog and our multi talented designers.

"The Hand" with pointing finger, our challenge this week.  A friend asked me to come up with a couple of ideas for save the date announcements, her colors are black and white with splashes of red and her metal is Rose Gold.  While working on the challenge this idea came to me.  It is a single 6"X6" piece of cardstock with all the info on the back.   
Happy Monday, Hugs

Friday, October 1, 2010

236calorie Egg&Bacon Muffin

With my new routine of walking and the gym I find I am a little more conscious of what I eat, I mean to do all that work and then blow it on a hamburger seems rather sadistic to me, LOL.  On the other hand I am not going overboard either.  Tweaks here and there can yield great results.  Here is my newest breakfast treat.

English Muffin with Scrambled egg and bacon my way.   236 calories
   McDonald's Egg McMuffin 298.95
   Jimmy Dean Frozen 430 (yep, you read it right)

Here is the recipe:

1 large egg
1tblsp milk
1slice bacon(crumbled)
1 english muffin (100 calorie muffins)

1 microwave egg cooker
1 microwave bacon cooker (I use the one that cooks the bacon on the standing rack so that the bacon does                                        not cook in its own grease.)

Cook your bacon prior to fixing your sandwich, I keep crumbled slices in a container in the frig for salads and sandwiches.  In a mixing bowl crack your egg, add milk and beat gently, add bacon crumbles and pour into microwave cooker, cook for 45secs.  The more you beat the eggs the more it will puff up but will then let down when you remove from the microwave. Place on toasted English Muffin (a slice of cheese is optional and will add to the calorie count), I have found that the egg is so fluffy and moist the cheese is not needed.
Happy Friday, Hugs