Monday, June 29, 2009

Lime Light Design Team - Animal Shelter Project!

In an earlier post about this challenge, I promised a more complete view of some of the things I made for this project. Though this isn't everything, it shows a lot of the things I made to help the animal shelter raise money for caring for the animals.

I got this stamp on ebay, and couldn't resist. People do keep birds as pets too!!

These are the Joy-Fold cards for kitties, and...
the Joy-Fold cards for doggies!
Corner bookmarks
I made a BUNCH of these post-it-note holders!!! I also got most of these kitty stamps from ebay as well... along with some other kitty stamps I had in my stash.
3 more bookmarks made with the jumbo paper clips.

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Back from Vacation!!!

This year, we took an entire week plus a few days of driving time to go to Florida!

We stayed at our timeshare (parking is a pain in the @$$ there!), and went to Disney 2 days,

Universal Studios 1 day, 1 day we drove to Miami, 1 day to Cape Canaveral, and 2 days for spending in Orlando bumming around and shopping, touring, and visiting the GREAT restaurants!

Here are just 3 pics of the 700+ we took, and LOTS of video!!

Animal Kindom is by FAR my favorite park!!! It's so relaxing -

not stressing like the other parks can be, every cast member (in ALL the parks) is so very nice!! I think the shows and rides here are among the BEST...
This is a picture of the journal I made for the trip... a nice way to use some of my DCWV papers, my 50 States Cart, and Mickey!!! I filled almost 40 pages of things we did on our week-long trip. No wonder we're wiped out now!!

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Lime Light Design Team Call and Pre-view!

I just wanted to show a peek of things I've made for our latest project.

These two shutterfold cards are for raising money for animal shelters to help with the costs of food and upkeep for the animals.

Next week, I'm showing ALL the items I made for this project!

The cat card is stamped and watercolored with Stampin' Up products.

The dog card is from the Cricut Cartridge Paper pups. How cute is he!!??

Stop by later to see all the great STUFF I made!!
Look at my other post about joining our Design Team. It's a great opportunity to help others and stretch your skills!!

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Card for a Dear Friend

Just wanted to show you this card.
I stamped right on the cardstock, watercolored, and
after I took the picture, inked the edges in lt. green
and brown.
Gotta LOVE the Hostess sets from Stampin' Up!!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Call for Design Team Members!!!

Visit this link:

The Lime Light Design team is a GREAT place to stretch your skills, learn new techniques, and contribute to worthwhile causes.

I've personally found this team to be so satisfying because we are able to use our creative skills to help others!!

Each task we've done over the past year has been different... and there's never a dull moment!

One wonderful think is that our tasks are usually spread out with enough notice that I know I've had enough time to complete all my other crafting tasks without feeling rushed or stressed.

Please follow the above link, read all the requirements, and give our Lime Light team a try!

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

50 States Swap - Oklahoma

This is an 8x8 Oklahoma page I created for a 50 States Swap on the Cricut Messageboard. Under the flag and horse tag are facts about the state. To the left of the flag, I will attach a piece to adhere the state quarters to.

I found the horse stamp at Michael's on Sunday, and used the Versamark ink with the clear embossing powder to heat-set that horse onto the tag. The background is stamped with SU's Close to Cocoa ink, and the large swirl from the Priceless set.

It turned out even better than I planned!!

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4th of July cards....

Last year, the very first cards I made were for 4th of July... these are
so much better! Better technique, better idea, AND the inside is also
decorated. I've seen that recently, and have started doing it for some of
the cards I send.

All the stamps are from HL - the stamp-ink is Brilliant Blue from Stampin Up, and the word Freedom is heat embossed with Clear Ranger Ink. I colored the bee with Stampin' Up markers, and spent lots of time cutting them! They are popped with foam spacers. The bees also have Stickles on their wings, and antennae.

Please enjoy!!
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Cards for Soldiers "Summer Colors" 5/26 - 6/15

How cute is this one??

I want to sit in that chair!!

I found the most perfect paper stack at Hobby Lobby for this CFS challenge!
It's called Island Lily and what made it so perfect is that the colors coordinated so well, all I had to do was choose, cut and adhere!

I did use my Stampin' Up punches for the sayings, Studio G stamps for the wording, and paper scraps for the background of the sayings.

The Cricut Life's a Beach cart had so many cute images, I had the hardest time choosing! I think they're really adorable, but I have to say, the pineapple drink is by FAR my favorite!!!!!

Comments are always welcome!!

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Friday, June 5, 2009

Baby Boy Book - It's DONE!!!!!

Each page here except 2 show some cuts from two of my Cricut Cartridges.....
New Arrival, and Tags, Bags, Boxes and More. The tags came in more handy than I could have imagined!
There are also lots of inchies and twinchies running through the book in lots of places! They just work so perfectly sometimes!!!

Each 'month' page includes a facing page with space for a picture to show how much he's growing, and the back of the tag says, "I am 3 months old, and I can..." so my friend can write down all the things he can do and show how much he's changing as he grows.
Here you can also see my "binding solution" - where the book then flips over and turns the other way to make sure all the pages are included.

I used SO many Cricut cuts!!!!! The very first swap I participated in over on the Cricut Messageboard was for a baby book. I joined this because my dear friend was pregnant, and I wanted to improve my skills over the first baby book I'd made just one year ago. BOY was this one better!!!!!
I used the 8x8 DCWV stack Nursery, Boy... matched the papers, and adhered them back to back so the facing pages would match... as you can see from the pages.
Each space for pictures is already corner punched, so all she has to do is crop the pics and slide them into their places!!!!!
I used quite a few of the cuts from my swap group to complete the book... and I also used some for other baby cards and things as well. It's been GREAT!!!!
Now, for the problem solving part. I made a 50 page book.... YES 50 pages, can you believe it!!!!! For anyone that has a Bind It All, we know there aren't any binding wires for a 3 inch thick book!!!!! SO, after thinking about it for a very LONG time.... I came up with quite a solution! (Yes, too many exclamation points. I promise to stop.) :)
I split the book into 3 'sections'. The first and last section are bound normally, and the middle section is bound with smaller wires on the RIGHT. It actually works pretty well. You open the book normally until you get to the middle.... then turn the ENTIRE book to the right, and open those pages the other way.... then at the end, you flip the entire book back over, and then open normally again! **Clear as mud, right? I included some pictures and hope that will help.
I really LOVED making this project. It took an incredible amount of time and work since each page is different - not like so many things I make that are one design and just duplicated many times.

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Mom's Birthday Card

Mom LOVES flowers, and always has her garden full of them... so in addition to getting flower cards for Mother's Day, she also gets one for her Birthday. Plus, her very favorite flower of all is the orchid!!

I cut 3 sets, and used the one that didn't fit on the outside for the inside of the card. It actually worked quite well... one of those happy accidents!
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Stationery Box Set for Mom's Birthday!

When I made my sister's birthday gift (a stationery box set), Mom requested one for her birthday too..... so here it is!! The colors are different for this theme, but worked so well with the sunflowers and brown and yellow!
The inking is all the Pearlescent Cinnamon, a Brilliance ink.

an inside view

I bought 3 sets of the Sunflower Shapeabilities (Nestabilities) so I'd have lots of options for different sunflowers on the cards - there are 6 different cards with sunflowers and a few with bumble bees in the set!!

This is a Cricut sunflower from the Walk in my Garden cart.

Instead of sending this home to Wisconsin, Bennie and I drove up to surprise Mom for her birthday! Only my sister knew we were coming, so it really was a GREAT surprise. Plus, Mom really loves the box!!

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Watercolor Technique with Stampin Up WC Crayons

These are 3 of the SU watercolor sets. Can you see I've always got 3 or 4 projects going!!?? I just have to switch off. They all get done in good time, but when I get bored with one, I move on to the next one. Is that crafting ADHD? LOL
Here you can see the size of the crayons... and the 4 Zig water pens I bought awhile ago. The brushes are all different sizes, and I've used them all already!

I was told this was the way to load the color onto the pen, and it really is easier than going from the pointed top end.
In-progress coloring....

I colored these a few days ago... they look even better than I imagined they would!! Please enjoy.

At our last meeting of my Stamp Club, we used the watercolor technique! WHAT FUN!!!

SO, here's a quick showing of what I've been working on for the Design Team with watercolors. I also colored some things for the baby book I finished TODAY!

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