Thursday, January 28, 2010

Cinema Saturday Challenge- Australia & MOJO 123

Howdy friends,
I rushed home to try & post this card I made for this week's Cinema Saturday Challenge- the film Australia (Use Kraft) I also used some of the colors for my card.
I used the square card from this week's MOJO sketch challenge:


And here's my card:
I used Pink Paislee for all my patterned papers (luuuv!) and Kraft CS for my base. As soon as I saw the inspiration pic I immediately thought of this image from the Love Struck cart. I added a bitty Prima flower in her hair like Nicole's in the pic. 
Thanks for peeking! I'm rushing out the door to pick up my little one!
Gotta Go!

K+ J= Love Struck

Hi there friends!
Today I have another project I created with the Love Struck Cricut Cart. I wanted to use the heart box that is one of the 3D projects included. While working on it, I decided that rather than making a box, I should think outside the box & create something completely different. So..., this is what I ended up creating:
It's a tree trunk with branch. Yes, this was originally the box. Can you guess what the "K + J" stands for??? That's the bonus question for today :)

Here are the deets:
I cut the box on 12 x 12 CS on the "Fit to Page" feature. I cut the tabs off both ends then I stamped the remaining piece with a wood-look stamp. (It's hard to tell because the CS was textured.) I ran a scrap piece of cs in my hearts crimper & adhered it with dimensionals behind the heart cut out (so it's recessed). I punched out the grass border to go all the way around & added bitty Primas & heart punches. I didn't have Valentine's Day candy on hand so I just filled it with Raffaellos (which I always have on hand :) I hung the "Love" sign from the branch as the sentiment. At 6" tall, you can fill this trunk of love with all kinds of goodies. Oh, here's a peek of the inside:
ETA:  To create the trunk DO NOT add the score lines to the box. Cut off all tabs to top & bottom. Adhere one end to the other. Then you'll need to make the bottom so your goodies sit inside. To create a bottom, I cut out a 4" circle & made slits all the way around to make little tabs which I adhered to the inside bottom of the trunk. I created the branch by simply rolling a scrap piece of CS & adhered it to the trunk with a glue dot.

Don't forget that Cricut Carts are on sale at YMH until Feb 2nd. You can get all the deets ---> here.

Thanks so much for peeking today! I've created one more project with the Love Struck cart & then I may have to put it away for a while. My other carts are starting to feel jealous ;).
Gotta Go!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Thinking of You Book

Hello Friends,
Today I have a card I made for a friend who has been at home recouperating from surgery. This was a pretty quick card to make.

 I stamped the book 3 times & cut each out at different lengths to layer. In between each layer, it's popped up with dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment, punched out the butterflies, & added a ribbon bookmark. I ran my gold Krylon marker all over the edges of the book to give it that gold foil look.

Thanks so much for peeking today! I've got loads of school stuff to do so...
Gotta Go!

The Deets:
Stamps: book-heartfelt creations, Through the trees-PTI
Paper: Far East- DCWV, Very Vanilla, Gold- SU!, Heritage Paper- Sandylion
Ink: Chestnut Roan, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: ribbon, MS butterfly punches, dimensional, Krylon Gold Marker

Monday, January 25, 2010

CHA Winter Show News & Enabler alerts

Hi friends,
Phew! I'm plum tuckered out from a weekend in Anaheim, but it was fun! I have a few bit of news to share with ya. No pics are allowed in the Trade Show (where all the new goodies are revealed) because I'm not one of the big boys (or girls :), so I don't have pics of that part to share with ya. But I do have some sneak peeks from the consumer supershow!
I didn't get a pick of t!m or Anna---> yet :( :( but I did get to meet some preeety cool people. I did take some pics with them but I am THE MOST unphotogenic person ever! I always come out with like 10 chins or something mutant-like :( Won't be posting those LOL! but you'll see what I mean!) I got to meet the fab:

Beate & Jen (from Splitcoast Stampers!) They were both so friendly & Jen was just so cool!

Suzanne Dean: (the one whose Copic coloring I stalk admire :)

Robyn (My Pink Stamper):

Debbie Olson (Papertrey Ink, Copics, Spellbinders- what doesn't she do???):

"The Cricut Lady" She was all smiles every time I saw her!

See what I mean???) I look like I'm storing nuts for the winter! I have chubby cheeks, but not THAT big! (Oh, btw they were passing out chefs hats to everyone & giving prizes out randomly to people they saw wearing the hat. Just in case you were wondering... I cut my hair SHORT during the summer - the shortest I've ever had it. I had to cut 10 inches off so I could donate it to Locks of Love. So it was for a great cause.)

Ginger Adams (spokesperson for Provo Craft & you see her presenting on HSN & infomercials. She was awesome. so nice & sweet.) I don't remember the name of the other lady :( sorry

and THE one & only---> Teresa Collins (she was sooo sweet! and so stunning in person!)

I was so giddy with excitement upon meeting them all!
I also got to meet Wyland, Dee Gruenig, and Terri O (I just didn't get any pics with them) Dee is such a crack up & what a little ball of energy she is!

Let me give you a sneak peek of what Provo-Craft is coming out with. BTW, I did get permission to take pics of what I'm about to show you, OK.

The newest machine is Cricut Cake:

It is a cake decorating super machine! It cuts out the fondant so you can make amazing cakes & you can use any of your existing carts! Yes, it's pretty much the same machine as the Expression but before you start running fondant through your E, the Cricut Cake has special components inside that make it food-safe. So keep your Crisco off your regular Cricut!  Here are some of the beautiful creations they had on display:

I loved the child's year cakes! All of them were sooooo beautiful. They were giving away loads of carts, Gypsys, Expressions, & Cricut Cake machines! I didn't win any :( but the girl next to me won a Cake machine! It's OK though, I don't make cakes, I just eat them :)

Here are the FREE Make & Takes they had at the Provo Craft area:
A wood frame:

We used some new quilling dies to make the pretty flowers and used vinyl for the lettering.

Here are some the new quilling dies:

As you can see, PC is also coming out with extended cutting plates for these longer dies as well as 12 inch embossing borders and dies that emboss & cut at the same time.

With the Cricut Cake machine we made cupcakes: (mine took a beating on the way back :(

and with the YourStory Machine we made this Valentine's Mini-book.

It's so cute :) Provo is coming out with Specialty cardstock & glue so you can use whatever cardstock & papers you want to be able to make mini albums & not have to make it into a hardcover book. I'm so looking forward to that! It is expected in stores around April.

Here's a peek of the new Cuttlebug machine that will make its debut February 28 on HSN. Ginger Adams personally designed it & it is sooo pretty. It is raspberry & has these pretty butterflies along the sides. It will come as a bundle with the 12 best selling embossing folders evah!  It will be exclusive to HSN so make sure you look for it then.

Here are some of the projects they had at the Provo tables:

They also showed us the new photo app that's coming for the gypsy & *possibly* a future Cricut app for the iphone! So many wonderful things coming from Provo Craft! They were truly the hit of the consumer show.

Here are the Make & Takes for:
the EK Success booth: A journal & bookmark

the Michael's Booth: a decoupage heart box

 and Making Memories gave away these beautiful aprons.

They have a flurry of butterfllies at the bottom.

Sizzix is unveiling a whole line of dies & products exclusively for t!m holtz. I also got to see his new book coming out- a must have for all t!m fans out there. T!m has a new electronic machine to be released this summer perfect for cutting all his materials. It looks like a little suitcase- cute! Sizzix is also releasing their own electronic die cutting machine called the Eclips. It uses carts (like the ones from Cricut) but you can't use your cricut carts in the Eclips. More to come on that. Prima is off the charts with their new goodies- so gorgeous. Wait till you see Bo Bunny's new lines. There's one that has purple, deep rich purples- my fav color- & it is SOOOO beautiful! Can't wait to get my hands on that!

There you have it! All I managed to bring back from CHA. Hope you enjoyed peeking at some of the things coming in the near future. Don't worry, you have a couple of months to save your lunch money before they're on store shelves. BTW, the 2010 Summer Convention & Trade Show and Craft SuperShow will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention and Conference Center in Rosemont, Illinois. So get ready Chicago! The CHA Summer Trade Show will be held Tuesday, July 27 through Thursday, July 29, followed by the CHA Craft SuperShow consumer event Friday, July 30 and Saturday, July 31, 2010. The 2011 Winter show is rumored to be back in Los Angeles. Thanks for peeking!
Gotta Go!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Love Struck Again & Again & Again

Hi there friends!
Today I have 3 quick little projects to share with ya. Do you have the Love Struck cart? Then you'll be able to play along if you'd like :) I call these simple little projects Semi-Homemade Gifts. Yes, kinda like the cooking show with Sandra Lee (luuuv).
So, let's say V-day is tomorrow & you need some quickie cute gifts. Here's what you can give someone:

Blech, not too interesting. But it was cheap at under $1.

or... take that same box of chocolates & Semi-Homemake it into this:

(side) so you can see the dimension & layers :)

What if that is just too "Romantic" looking for ya. Ok, how about something a little more... Sweet:

This one has a little more Spring-y feel. I used Prima flowers & Dew Drops to embelish. The white layer is glittered for sparkle :)

Too sweet for ya? Does it make your teeth hurt just looking at it? Well, I have something that's a little more daring:

Grrr, Gone Wild! but with style, of course ;) For this one I used black glitter paper & it looks fierce! Tres Chic!

For about $1 each, you can create some fab semi-homemade gifts quick & easy. All of these different looks were created with 1 cart---> Love Struck. You've seen several projects done with this cart so you know I luuuv it! Now, one disclaimer: Because the images on this cart are so intricate, it's best that you don't cut small images (1-3 inches). At a small size, it just doesn't capture the details of the images & you'll be disappointed.

I cut the 1st one at 6 1/2", the second heart at 6 1/4", and the third heart at 8". I recommend you test your cuts to be sure it fits well on your project.

Kristina has a special announcement from YMH:
"I just got word from Provo Craft about special pricing to celebrate winter CHA. Are you ready for this? You can order a Gypsy (from me/my store) for $199.00!!!! AND there's more...EVERY cartridge that is currently available from Cricut is only $38!! That includes the newest releases like Paisley, Sentimentals, Heritage, Elmo, Batman etc. BUT wait there's more... all solutions cartridges are only $25 and the new spring mini cartridges are $20.
*shipping is extra, actual shipping costs will be charged by your preferred method (first class or priority) I DO SHIP WORLD WIDE.
All you have to do is email me your order and include your paypal email address. I'll send you an invoice, once your payment is received I'll place the order and you should have your items in a little over a week!!!
Any questions, just ask ;)
my email address is

This is only for a limited time, special pricing ends on February 2nd (yep, Groundhog day)"

I'm so jealous you can get the Gypsy for $199! I love, love, love mine & that price is awesome. If you want Love Struck or any of the other Limited Edition Spring Mini carts, you can get them for only $20 here at YMH Store or email Kristina directly.

Thanks so much for peeking at my easy little projects & I hope they inspire you to keep it beautiful, keep it special, & always keep it semi-homemade :)

1 more day 'till CHA! I'm so excited I'm even rhyming! I'm a poet & didn't know it :) Oh, now I just can't stop :{
Gotta go!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I've got some Romance...

Howdy friends,
Yesterday, I got my new CB Embossing Folders in the mail. This is the Romance Collection & I wanted to share them with you.
Sorry I had to take pics under less than satisfactory conditions :( but I hope you're able to see the images well. Here they are:
Chandelier - A2

Emily's Bouquet - 5"W x 7"L

Conversations - 5"W x 7"L

Meadow Lark - 5"W x 7"L

Romance - A2

and one more. But I decided to make a speedy quick little project with it.
The Queen of Hearts - A2 Card Box:


It's my A2 Pizza Box to hold playing cards (No, that is not my pic- Hee! Hee!) note pad, & pen.
I used coordinations cardstock & sanded to expose the red. Easy as pizza pie :)
Just in case, you can find the folders --->here.

Thanks for peekin' today! 2 more days until CHA!!!
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