Sunday, February 27, 2011

Have A Sham-rocking Birthday

Good evening bloggies,

Well I'm all done with the wedding invitations, so it's time to tackle some other projects that are coming up. Firstly, one of my besties has a birthday in March.

Since she's partly Irish, it only makes sense to have an Irishy birthday card.

This is a 5 x 7 inch card. I used my Fiskar's boarder punch to make the edge stand out. The brown piece is 2 x 7 inches that has been embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder. The shamrock and it's shadow were cut from Designer's Calendar at 3 inches. I put a 5 x 7 mat on the inside to make the boarder stand out as well. The sentiment was printed from my computer and matted on the same brown paper to make it pop. Both the shamrock and sentiment are on 3D dots to add dimension.

The outside says, "You don't need Irish luck..." and the inside says, "To tell you that you sham-ROCK". Because she does!! I downloaded the font from Da Font. It's called YY Unical Most Irish and I think it fits perfectly.

I will be traveling for work this week so I won't have much time to craft. I'll be back next week with some more things I need to get done. Babies, babies, and stationary.

Stay crafty!!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Testing Blogpress

Testing a new app for my iPhone. I will be able to blog from anywhere, not just a computer. Coolio.

Can I upload pics?

Blizzard 2011

Well I guess it works!

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Almost done with Invitations

Happy President's Day,

I finally got the paper in to finish up the wedding invitations. It's been non-stop cutting and embossing all weekend (except for Saturday when I went to Harrisburg to celebrate my friend's daughter's birthday).

After I got all the cuttin and folding down, it was time to focus on the content of the invitations. In my house we are mostly Apple users (iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Mac Mini). We do use laptops with MS Windows on them for work. Originally, I made the inserts using MS Word and MS Publisher. Our wireless printer decided that it wasn't going to connect to my laptop to print. So I had to do it all over again on my Mac. I haven't really used it much since we bought it over a year ago, so I had to some googling to find a decent desktop publishing program to use. I decided on Swift Publisher for ease of use and cost.

Here is the final product:

I used the directions found here for the base of the invitation. I embossed the pocket with the Divine Swirls Cuttlebug folder. I also created a 1 1/2 inch band to put on the outside, which was also embossed. The monogram scalloped circles were cut at 2 1/4 inch (base and shadow), the letter "S" was cut from Classic Font. I believe it was cut at 1 1/4 inch.

I have about half of them complete. On to finish the rest!

Stay Crafty

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Saturday: Operation Crop

Hello Everyone,

Today has been super productive. After Saturday morning pancakes, Miss A and I went to Micheal's to grab a new paper trimmer and the Sizzix Texture Boutique. All trimmers were on sale 40% and I used a coupon on the Sizzix Boutique. For those who have been thinking about getting the Cuttlebug but are not ready to commit to the price. I recommend the Boutique. With a coupon, it was $19.97 with tax. I also recommend reading the directions very carefully. If you are doing a single piece of paper, you definitely want to use the stint (and maybe another piece of cardstock) for best results.

I also needed to replace my paper trimmer. For some reason it just refused to cut straight lines anymore. I battled back and forth about the type to get. In the end I purchased the Making Memories folding trimmer. I like the fact that it's a 12 x 12 trimmer, but can be folded and stored away. It also has a magnetic ruler to hold paper down so that you can score your paper.

Miss A got a book on how to make fortune tellers, which kept her busy ALL DAY!! Once we got back I immediately went into full invitation mode. I folded and assembled 21 pockets and invitations. I also managed to cut 150 scalloped circles and 150 "S"s. All I am waiting for now is the rest of my Berrylicious paper to come in so I can finish the invitations. Here's what the last bit of my Cricut cutting looked like:

Hope you all are having a super weekend.

Stay Crafty

Friday, February 11, 2011

Just Scoring Along

Hello everyone,

Sorry for being gone so for what seems like forever. I've been up to my shoulders in these wedding invitations. Last weekend I ran out to A.C. Moore to get some more paper. Went to every store in the general area and was only able to find 21 sheets (I need 150). So I asked a few of the employees if I could just order through them. I know when I worked there we would do such nice things for our customers. No luck. 3 different stores told me "no" and that I could go to their website. Well I did, and you can't order open stock paper.

This led me on a Google search to find the specific color at a decent price. Well the prices were nice, but the shipping and handling were killer!! Note to self: Don't order paper from Amazon EVER again.

So last night I started cutting and scoring the 21 sheets that I have. Tonight's plan includes cuttlebugging the outside flap and the pocket. Then gluing everything into place. Over the weekend, while I wait on my order of paper to arrive. I will turn my attention over to the actual invite and inserts. I have a rough draft design that I made in MS Publisher. Just waiting on the bride-to-be to approve the wording. Then it's off to print them up.

I'll check in this weekend with my progress.

Stay Crafty

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Need Honest Opinions

I was asked by the man-friend to make invitations for his bestie's wedding. The fiance stopped by today and we talked about what she was looking for. We did some google searching in hopes to find a design she liked. We happened upon the blog Weddings with the Cricut. Here is the invitation that she liked. Looks like the blog has been taken down so I'll direct you to the video on youTube, here.

I used the directions listed in the blog post. Here is my rendition:

I used the Divine Swirls Cuttlebug folder only on the left flap. I used Mini Monograms for the scalloped circle and the letter S. All 3 cuts were made at 2.25".

For the inside of the invitation, I used the Divine Swirl folder again for the pocket. I cut the corners from the Sweethearts cartridge at 2" (I believe). I have a vellum page over white cardstock. (Still undecided about this. The corners just didn't look right without it.) I cut the the flowers at 3 inches from Pagoda. She was looking for Calla Lillies and this was the closest I had.

I need you honest opinion on how it looks. Of course everything will be printed from the computer, I just used my handwriting for the sample.

Stay Crafty

Friday, February 4, 2011

Wedding Album

While working on my entry for Momo's challenge, I decided to make another page for the wedding album.

This is the right facing page of the bridal shower page I showed in my last post about the wedding album.

Here's a close up of the packages, cut from the Sweethearts cartridge. I blinged out the bows to stand out. I also used a fine felt tip maker to make the lines stand out a bit more. The larger package is cut at 2.5" and the smaller one is cut at 2". I popped up the larger one using 3D dots.

This is one of the journaling blocks that I got from Oriental Trading. I used a thin strip ATG tape to adhere it to the page.

Stay Crafty

Momo's Tuesday Challenge

Happy Friday Everyone!!

I spent some time down in my craftroom catching up on some projects. My first project was for Momo's Tuesday challenge. This week's challenge was to use black, white, and hot pink with at least one heart.

* Standard A2 sized card (4.25" x 5.5")
* Pattern paper is from Micheal's (clearance) and is cut at 4" x 5"
* Cupid is cut from the Sweethearts cartridge at 3"
* Sentiment is a rub-on I've had FOREVER!!
* Rhinestone heart is from Oriental Trading.

I know the photo looks a bit red, but I promise it is bright pink. I really need some new lights in my basement. I hope you like the card. I'm going to give it to my very special Valentine.

I also made another page for the wedding album that I've been working. Check it out over here.

Stay Crafty

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

I-Rock Tool Bundle

Hey Everyone,

Just wanted to give you a heads up on today's scrapbook steal over at

Everyday they post deals that are available until sold out. Today they have an I-Rock bundle for $14.95. Have a crafty day!

Stay Crafty

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Updated: Enabler Alert!!

Update: There seems to be some concerns about the validity of the website mentioned below. I will keep you updated on my personal experience with them. For now, I will ask you to make your own judgement before placing an order.

Thanks to Janice over at Cricutology for providing me with a reason to get MORE cartridges.

Over at Scrap N Save, there are a few really good deals on carts. I got Storybook for 5.99, Just Because Cards for 3.99, 3 Birds on Parade for 4.99, Everyday Paper Dolls for 3.99, 2 12x12 Mats for 5.59, and the best part...a Cuttlebug for 14.99.

I think I got a really good deal on everything, but I'm super excited about the Cuttlebug. They also have a couple of the Disney carts for less than $10. Go over there right now!! Check them out!!

Stay Crafty (and on budget)