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Monday, March 30, 2009

*WARNING! Blog under construction!*

Before the Design Team launched, I really wasn't all that concerned with how my blog looked. Well now that I'm a part of this fabulously talented team, I really need to figure out how to glam-up my blog. I picked this "sweet" background in honor of our first challenge, which I am currently working on.

Now....if I could just find my pictures under all this pink glitter.....

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

New Cricut Design Team

I was recently invited to be a part of a new Cricut Design Team put together by the lovely and talented Cheryl Kim from the Cricut Message Board. I am really looking forward to working with such a talented group of papercrafters - who love pink as much as I do! Here is a link to the blog that is still under construction:

I can't wait to get started!!

Monogram Cards - The Details

First - thanks to everyone for your kind comments and congratulations! I know a few people are interested in scraplifting this idea for their own use and I'm deeply flattered - - - just please be respectful and don't claim the design as your own, or attempt to sell them for a profit.... because I WILL hunt you down...! I would also love to see your versions so please send me a picture when they are done!

(Note: I have also taken off the distracting background on this blog. I know it looks cute, but I find it hard to read anything with all that going on. So for now my blog will look a bit plain until I figure out a better design.)

I thought I would post the instructions for the Monogram Cards here. (They were included in the CHIRP! - however there were some typos and they didn't show the picture that contained the box...but I'm not complaining or anything...LOL!) These can be made on the baby bug (The Original Cricut) and certainly adapted if you don't have Cricut Design Studio.

The Cards:
3 sheets of a nicely weighted 12X12 cardstock will yield 12 cards. You can get 4 cards per sheet since each card is 4X8 unfolded. I used the Divine Swirls embossing folder in my Cuttlebug for the front design. I used the new Fiskars scallop punch on the bottom of the front of the card. Then I used a border folder from True Love (again from Cuttlebug) - this is a bit tricky to get straight.

The scallop and circle on the front are from a .cut file I downloaded from OkieLadyBug's blog for Design Studio, but you can use any scallop and circle from any cartridge with those cuts...or you can use nestabilities or even just hand-held punches. I embossed the circle with Cuttlebug folder Swiss Dots.

The cardstock strip behind the scallop is 4X1 1/4 (I think) inches and the smaller one on top is 1 inch. I used a corner punch from Creative Memories on the opposing sides. I chalked everything (because ink can't be erased if I screw up) and used a pop dot to adhere the scallop.

The initials are from the Storybook cartridge. I welded them together using Design Studio.

I used the Wild Card cartridge to make the envelopes. It's the envelope from the Doily card, cut on Blackout at 4 1/4 inches (I think). I could only get one envelope per 12X12 sheet of pattern paper. If you are careful with your cuts, you can also get an envelope liner out of that same 12X12 sheet - but that was done using the 12X12 mat on the Expression, so I'm not sure if that would also be true for the Baby. Using two-sided paper looks nice too. I choose to use my paper stash, so all of the envelopes do not match, but the colors coordinate so it looks like it was done that way on purpose.

I ran a sheet of cardstock through my Xyron 900 and then stuck that on my mat to cut the envelope seals from the George cart, 1 inch circles. Since the envelopes don't have glue, this gives them a way to seal the flap.

Someone on the Cricut Message Board directed me to splitcoaststampers for box ideas. Then I just put the envelopes in the middle of a 12X12 sheet of cardstock and used a ruler to figure out the dimensions - which I didn't write down. I used another 12X12 sheet of cardstock for the bottom of the box. I also did not have ribbon that matched so I cut two 1 inch strips of cardstock and glued them together. The flower on the box is the Poppy from Storybook cut at various sizes and adhered together using pop dots.

Yikes! I didn't realize how much work those took until I wrote it all down. Jeesh!!

Happy Crafting!!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

I actually won something.

That never happens to me, so it was very exciting to get an email from the Editor of the Cricut CHIRP! today. The CHIRP! is the Cricut newsletter and one of my projects was selected to be featured in the Project Corner and Spotlight section. (If you scroll down to my Bridal Shower Gift post, you will see the picture of the project that won.) Even better then the fame and notoriety - which I am sure will come from this win - is that I got to pick a free cartridge! How cool is that?! I picked Graphically Speaking because it is one of the newer ones and I've been eyeballing it for quite awhile now. So yippee for me!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

More Monogram Cards

Here's another set of monogram cards with the matching box. I did get paid for these, though next time I'm charging more!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Ebay & Etsy

In order to help supplement my scrapbooking obsession....err, I mean hobby....I started selling things on ebay and etsy a few months ago.

I've done pretty good on ebay so far. I'm mainly just selling stuff that's sitting around the house. I have also had some pretty good success with selling gently used scrapbook tools and supplies....things that I just don't use anymore. (It makes space for NEW stuff!) My id on ebay is theshoppingdiva if you'd like to look up my current items. I'm hoping to get better organized so I can put one new thing out there everyday.

Before Christmas I opened up a little store on etsy but haven't sold anything there yet. I posted some things and then kind of forgot about it for awhile. I really want to make some twin-themed paper crafts for that site. If only I could find the time.....!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wow - check out the amazing projects and kits on this blog!! Plus you can enter to win their blog candy giveaway!

I have....Followers???!!!

You would not believe how shocked I was when I logged onto my blog today and saw that I have THREE followers!! LOL!

I just want to thank you personally for following my blog and for making such nice comments (especially Shelly who commented on every one of my projects!)

Knowing that I have people "watching" me, I think it will inspire me to keep creating and sharing here. Thank you again and please let me know if any of you make a version of one of my projects. I would love the chance to see them!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A Bridal Shower Gift

Brian's cousin is getting married and her bridal shower is this weekend. I decided I wanted to make her something personal, so I made her these monogram notecards. Then I realized they had to have matching envelopes and seals...and then a box to put it all in - so I made that too.
I also etched a plate with the bride and groom's initials, their wedding date and some flourishes. I hope they like this stuff - it took forever to finish!!