Mar 31, 2010

Cricut Catridges I Own

  1. Gypsy Font
  2. Gypsy Wanderings
  3. Plantin Schoolbook
  4. Hello Kitty Greetings
  5. Once Upon A Princess
  6. A Child's Year
  7. Paisley
  8. Give a Hoot
  9. Just Because Cards
  10. Disney Dreams Come True
  11. Create a Critter
  12. Robots
  13. Nursery Rhymes
  14. Preserves
  15. Potpourri Basket 
  16. Love Struck
  17. Mother's Day 2010
  18. Cuttin' Up
  19. Tear Drop
How many do you own?

Works In progress!!!


I hate to say this but sometimes I get a really great idea for a card/layout or something crafty and then I start it, and all of a sudden the idea is forgotten or the creative juices run out. Has this happened to anyone? I'm sure I can't be the ONLY one in the world, if so, i'm not going to lie, that would stink!

Anyhoo. I started a few pages in my DD's Scrapbook, and since i've completly run out of ideas. I got the pictures on the page, and some paper layed out, but i feel there is to much empty space, and I wrote some journaling. Now i'm thinking "What else can i do with this?" I figure i need to add a title and some embellishments but everytime i go shopping, i forget about these projects. And then i come home and feel like wanting to hit myself when i'm once again stuck.

Here are my forever works in progress. Any ideas.. would be incredible!!!

Mar 28, 2010

Wish Rak Finally Completed

Once again this is another wonderful post about scrapshare. I just completed my Wish RAK (Random Act of Kindness) set, where someone posts a wishlist and you fulfill some of their wishes, and then you're able to post your wishlist, and someone will fulfill some of your wishes.

This one is for Shiregal!

Her wish list included some handmade cards as well as a giant wooden clothes pin in order to alter.
I made all the cards, as you can tell some are from previous card front swaps (extra) and some i made from scraps :). I was able to pick up the giant clothes pin from Joanns for .99 cents (had a coupon)


Will be sending first thing monday morning in a flat rate box. I think that's a really good wish RAK for only 5.60 total (4.90 for postage) What do you think?

Mar 27, 2010

recap of First Crop Night.

I had a really great time minus the calls and texts to DH to check on the baby. It all started with one phone call during the middle of the crop, asking how things were going. Then i heard my little one crying in the background and suddenly I began to worry. :(  Now that I look back I think it's funny how worried I was ( DH couldn't find the baby food, for some reason he thought i kept it in her room, silly bily) I guess this is a common thing for new mothers to get a little bit of anxiety once seperated from their child for the first few times.

The set up of the Crop was great, I had a huge table all to myself. I did end up bringing my cricut, and cutting mats. And thank goodness i did that, they had a cricut for everyone to use but not a cutting mat, and a Computer usb wire for people using mtc, design studio, or SCAL. Now i know that I bring my cricut accessorties, gypsy, and wires and mat, but NOT my cricut.

They also had a sissix and cuttlebug for everyone to use and the little folders. BUT they did not have many embossing folders. The woman hosting the crop was suprised at my scrapbooking since i had a few layouts already started and she called me "hardcore" when i Whipped out my ATG gun. hahaha. I didn't think i was a hardcore scrapbooker but i guess i am?!

Anyhoo. I was able to complete 2 pages ( minus journaling and a title on the other) as well as made 4 cute little bee cards.  I made them as a thank you to my aunt for making my little one a beautiful quilt. I always make 4 cards at once because  you never know when you're going to need a cute little card and it's easy peasy to just do all the cutting gluing at once... instead of the other option, running around like a chicken with your head cut off, rummaging through paper and glue trying to make something up last minute.. or maybe that's only me???


When i was scrapping at the crop I realized I had left my giant picfolio at home so I only had a limited amount of photos to play around with *sad sad sadface* so this is what I had done


  I wiill post more pictures once i finish them 100% once i look around for the rest of the pictures.
Also I'm going to post up a complete crop packing list of what I brought and what to bring next time.. just so I can have it ( I already signed up for next month's crop).. also have to post some stuff about TIM Holtz class. :)

Here is what i was able to accomplish in 4 hours, well more like 3 because i spent alot of time too worried to create.




Mar 26, 2010

1st Crop Night @ Michaels **updated 2/2/11

 Hey Friends,

This is a very popular post that is often google searched. So if you are coming to my blog for the first time. Welcome..my website has grown and branched since I wrote this post over a year ago. I now focus on video tutorials for cardmaking and scrapbooking. Please feel free to visit my mail page here after reading this post.

Since I have first attended the crop night at michaels, I go every month. I find that it is fun to get out of the house I enjoy the social interaction with people who enjoy the same hobby as I do.

I have made great friends in my area and love just sharing my projects. Now adays I bring 1-2 projects to work on and end up talking the entire time.

My michaels has a cricut expression and a few cartridges(5) so I usually bring my gypsy. They have a ton of different colored cardstock available for people to use. They also have heat guns, xyron machines, a cuttlebug and a sizzix (with tons of dies).

If you are curious what tools your michaels has, you're best off callling before you go into the crop night to make sure you have everything you need to finish your project.

My micheals usually has crop night starting at 3pm and ending at store closing (9pm) but I usually go around 5pm and that is more than enough time for me to get some things done. They have a few  large tables set up and a handful of the same people show up at my crop night so there is always more than enough room to set up your supplies.

If you have any questions regarding crop night at michaels, please feel free to email me and I can help you out, when it doubt contact your local store.

Hugs

Cristina



 **** here is the original post*****

Tonight is my first Crop night ever. Hosted at Michaels. I have never been to one before ( I feel like such a newbie) anyways I am staying up late tonight trying to figure out what to pack, then doing some quick page planning, figuring out what pictures, papers i need. and then hopefully doing all of my cricut cut outs during the day. It's been really difficult because hub has been sick a few days and i'm not sure how "up-to" he'll be for watching our baby girl during the day. (she's 5 1/2 months). I just want to make sure he is well rested for 5-9:45 when i will be running out of the house like a bat out of hell.

I'm very excited. Ok so here is what I have packed in my bag so far. Sorry if I'm getting all these names wrong.
  • 12 inch Trimmer with both the scoring and cutting blade (Cricut)
  • Craft Knife & a  Paper piercer thingy (Making Memories)
  • Self Healing Cutting mat (Purple Cows)
  • Free style Decorater w/ circle and straight guides (Purple Cows)
  • Quick Dry Adhesive, pop dots, photo squares
  • Journaling Pens & Templates 
  • Pencil, Eraser cube and Sharpener( I mark down things before i cut)
  • Distress ink in Tea Dye and Black Soot (Tim Holtz)
  • Sanding Block (Making Memories)
  • Cutterbee Scissors
  • Piercing mat (Bazzil)
I'm not sure what tools I should bring other than that.. 

I'm only bringing enough paper for a few projects i wanna work on. Trying to limit to one medium sized bag. NOT bringing my album because that alone is a chunker.

Any advice on this would be fantastic. Oh it's 4 hours long if that helps

Mar 25, 2010

Layout: Sitting Pretty

Made a layout for my DD's Baby book. Called Sitting pretty, Used 100% papers from Basic Grey Urban Prarie. Not sure of all the indidiual names of every pattern but they are all from the collection pack. (19.99 @ Michaels)

Cut all flowers out on SCAL. Font is SiennaCG True Type Font (Identical to Cricut Hello Kitty Font) found off of SCAL forum which is linked in my previous posts somewhere)

Used Stickles on the center of Each Flower.(Will have to post the colors up later)
Now going to Journal on my Page hehe 

Enjoy
 

Pink Stamper: Froggie Card(Paisley)

I've been wanting to make this card for a while. Here is the video and following.. my version of the card.. Enjoy.

* note I did not emboss my version of the card because i dont have a cuttlebug YET (Hint hint to family reading this)*


Cardstock from Reflections Essentials 8.5x11 cardstock pack. (Cheap Cheap 12bucks @ michaels for 200 sheets)

Ribbon is Celebrate it Basic Black 2.50 for 10 yards at Michaels (Floral Section)
Pattern Paper is Paper Pizzaz  Hot Pink Swirls
Stickles in "Diamond" on crown.



Mar 24, 2010

Pump it up


So Today I was finally able to get to the craft store in order to buy some embellishments for the cards i posted before as part of the Card Swap. I figure before I mailed them out I needed to spruce them up a bit.

 Being that I'm new to cardMaking and only recently started to delve deeper into scrappin (buying more tools, learning techniques, reading BOOKS..etc) I had no idea how to go about sprucing up my cards. I was not 100% sastified with what i created. So I went to Michaels, and just wandered around the store for about an hour, lugging around my 25lb 5 month old daughter, the entire time, and picked things up, put them in my basket.. put them down in a place I didn't get them from [ i know i'm not the only one that does this] I even peeked into other people's baskets as i walked buy. I needed ideas

 Here are my results :)


Cricut Look Alike Fonts & Cartridges

I was surfing around the internet like i usually do looking for scrapbooking things. Came across the SCAL Forum. Never noticed it was there. There is a such thing as a "Font Equivelent Chart" To match the Cartidges. SQUEE!!! This is exciting for all those MTC and SCAL users.  Clicky

Feel free to snoop around that forum. :) Please leave some love in the tagboard

Mar 23, 2010

Scrapshare Card Front Swap

Posting my Card Fronts I created for the ScrapShare Card Front Swap.
The first Category I joined was "Thinking of you". I created the card using Pattern Papers from DCWV Rustic Paper Pack. Solid Tan is Coredinations and Dark Blue background/Bird Cut out are DCWV Match Maker Jewel Tone. The "Thinking of you", "Bird" and "Scalloped Circle" were from Gypsy Wanderings. The scalloped Border was from Plantin School Book.

 This Card was for "Generic Feminine". As you Can see I did add the "Thanks" Title just for display of where the title would go. Once again For Maroon and Dark Pink Pattern Papers I used DCWV Rustic Paper Pack. The Light pink is DCWV Jewel Tones White Core Cardstock. I sanded it down to get the above effect. Maroon Solid Paper in which the flower and "thanks" are cut out are both from "The paper company" from their spectrum cardstock stack. The Light flower was cut out from Coredinations White Wash paper. All diecuts are one again from Gypsy Wanderings.

Finally this card was for Generic Male. The Background papers are all from the DCWV Rustic Paper stack. Edges inked with Tim Holtz Distress ink in Black soot and paper is patterns with TIm Holtz distress ink in Tea Dye. I used Making Memories Edge distresser to get the battered effect on the edges of the card as well as the inset layer. The owl is cut from Paper Pizzaz Brown Leather paper and rests ontop of Cordinations Black Magic Cardstock. The Owl Die Cut is from Gypsy Wanderings.




Mar 20, 2010

Hello

I figure I should join the scrapbook blog train. My life is no way nearly interesting enough for people across the world to come and read it, but I guess this is a good idea to share my photos of scrapping, aka my obsession.

I'm a scrapbooker. Have been since '06. When i went to a CM event and it just clicked: "Why havent I done this before?" I've been stuck ever since. (Probably literally too).

I'm pretty much a busy body, always on the move, but from time to time, I enjoy some me time... which is where scrapbooking comes in. It's my time to be creative and just take time to relax and reflect. When I'm not doing scrapbook related things. I enjoy reading, Playing with my daughter, sleeping, eating and going for walks ( now that the weather is starting to warm up).

I've never been to a scrapbooking class in my life, though I want to, so everything I have learned either comes from Youtube, Scrapshare :), or Becky Fleck.

I do not have a "craft room", or eve "scrap table". I sprawl everything out on either my living room floor or Bedroom floor, depending on where my daughter is napping. I have everything cleaned up and away by the time she wakes up. (Which is a good 4-5 hours of Scrapping a day, lunch breaks optional)

So Hello World.. Welcome .. Look around. Make Yourself Comfy Leave me a comment. Or not. Now off to vaccum my tiny scraps from the carpet :)~