Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Birthday card for my Sarah.

One of my besties' birthday was this past week, Sarah who turned... well, I've stopped aging at 29, so I"m assuming she did too... she turned (drumroll) 29!!!!!!!!  She absolutely ADORES pink.  I can't stand the color.  Since this card was about HER and not me, I made her this:

No, that is NOT glitter paper, I hand glued every stinking sparkle on there.  well, it wan't that bad.  I'll tell you how I did it!

What you'll need:
1 happy birthday stamp
Tie the Knot cartridge
cardstock in black, light pink, med, pink and a pinky-purple color. (this color will get glitterfied)
zig 2 way glue pen
atg gun
3 rhinestones.

So I welded the shadow of the corset together, making it a height of just under 5 1/2 inches.  I then did two solid corset inserts (one for the liner!  I'm a smart thinker...) and then the other two layer pieces all at the size of the shadow.  **remember, you don't need to make the shadow bigger, because it's already an outline.

Arranging your paper on your mat, cut everything out.

for the very top piece, (the pinky-purplish one) cover the FRONT of that in glue.  I couldn't find the trusty old elmers for that so I used my Zig 2 way.  I then sprinkled a super fine glitter (that I got at Dollar Tree of all places!  came in a pack of like 10 per card, 4 different color cards- heck yeah, I'm in heaven!) all over it.  flipped it over, tapped it off and voila!  awesomeness.

I assembled the corset together and then glued it onto the front of my black card.  I also added the inside liner as shown to the side ----->

I stamped Happy Birthday and attached it to the front with some foam squares.  On the inside, I wrote "hope it's uplifting!"  After I wrote my sentiment, I added the rhinestone "buttons" on the front.  gave her a little bling.

Oh come on, I'm not the punniest chick in the world, but I thought it was funny.

anyhoo, I made an envelope out of pink printer paper (yay, getting like 500 sheets of paper for 3 bucks!  okay, it was a little more, but the white is like $3 where the color runs like $11.  it's a nice touch though. and for $11, you can make 500 standard A2 envelopes- yeah, worth it to me.) and she will get that in a few days when I see her again! :)

Happy birthday Sarah, hope you had a great day!   Oh, and this is what it looked like with the flash.  I was trying to get a little more sparkle in the picture.

Friday, July 22, 2011

scraplifting by Lain Ehmann

SO yes, I scraplifted this, but I gave Lain Ehmann all the credit.  She's a smart cookie, and while I give all the info for how to recreate my designs, I too would like to be respected and credit given where it's due.  Feel free to jack my design (by no means am I saying don't do it!) I'm just saying don't present it as your own. 

Hey, buddies!

Scraplifting is NOT the same as cheating -- at least, not unless you copy someone's layout piece by piece and then try to pass it off as your own in public!

Scraplifting, to me, is merely gathering ideas. Rare is the time when I sit down, leaf through an idea book or magazine, find a layout I like, and then copy it in the exact same products shown. Fuggedaboudit! Where's the fun in that? What I find fun is attempting to create a look someone else has pulled off, using the materials and supplies *I* have on-hand. It's much like seeing Kate Hudson on the pages of InStyle wearing an adorable boho-chic outfit, and then trying to recreate it at home with your Target budget and H&M heels

THE KEY IS TO MAKE IT YOURS! By using your products, your photos, your colors, your eye for design, your journaling (can't forget that!), you take one idea and make it into something new, something original.

Of course, there are those times when you just want to lift a layout as close to the original as possible. This is okay, too! Why else do you think all the magazines include product information for each layout they publish? Disclaimer: IT IS NEVER OKAY TO PASS SOMEONE ELSE'S WORK OFF AS YOUR OWN. If you lift a layout, don't submit it for publication. And if you put it on your blog or in an online gallery, a simple credit ("scraplift from Tia Bennett") is sufficient.
Scraplifting - it can help make your scrapbooking fun, fast and fabulous. Trust me. It works.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thankful Thursday!

Hi Everyone!!

So, today is Thankful Thursday design.  We were challenged to make a movie themed project.  Well, I can't think of anything more fitting than the new Winnie the Pooh movie that just came out.  Here is my take on my thankful thursday movie inspired design.
This is a 6x6 tri-fold album I'm using to help my children remember their bedtime routines. 
you will need: 
3 sheets of 12x12 cardstock
12x12 sheet of K and I paper
1 pooh bear cut at 5".
atg gun
zig 2way glue pen

cut the 2 sheets of 12x12 cardstock in half.  score at 6" and 6 3/4"- all four sheets.  Glue a 5 1/4" x 6 side to the matching 6 x 6" side.  Repeat for the other card stock and glue together to make the book.  You can find a tutorial here to give you an idea of what I've done.
cut out and assemble pooh bear.
Cut your 3rd piece of card stock 5 1/2 x 4 1/2.  Score 1/2" in on the 4 1/2" side.  run your ATG along the little back flap of that to give you something that will stick like this:  You will have 4. (feel free to make more if you want more, you will just need more cardstock.)

On the front of the tri-fold, glue your pooh bear. (see my top photo for the one I did) punch a hold with your paper piercer and add your brad.

When the front is finished, cut your paper 1/4" shorter than the insides of the paper.  the left flap will be 5 3/4 x 5.  The right flap will be 5 3/4 x 5 3/4.    Putting the paper on the back AFTER you add your brad will hide the feet of the brad.

Mine is not complete yet but I will post a little more (and possibly a little more detailed) when I have the time. :)

Oh, before I forget, go check out Jenny!  She has prizes and you should go get in on that. :) The post-it prize is SO worth getting!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My Pink Stamper Designer Challenge!!!

Hey Everyone!  If you're interested in being a designer for Robyn at http://www.mypinkstamper.com/ she has a design team challenge going on now!  Check her site out and apply!  If you're familiar with her, you know that she's amazing!  If you're not, go bask in her awesomeness. :D


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I had a brilliant idea!

So, I have about a zillion cricut cartridges.  Well, not really a zillion, and certainly no where near how many have been made, BUT I wanted to make at least 4 projects from each cartridge that I DO have, (and of course, if I end up getting more carts, this will hold true for them!) and do 4 different designs from each of that.  I will of course still be on the design team, and if you have projects that you've done, or that I inspire you to do, I'd LOVE to see them!  Attach the appropriate link to your design (NOT the link to your blog, but the project itself)- I encourage it!

What does everyone think?  I'm rather excited!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Hello Stalkers!!!

I just wanted to say hi to my newest followers-  this is quite a responsibility, living up to your demands for awesomeness.  Wow.  No pressure, huh?  I am SO honored that you have all decided to follow me!  Thank you for that!

I am going to put out a challenge and I want to offer you guys this- if you put links to your own blogs when you post, you will get some exposure!   This is helpful for when you're just starting out in the blogging world.  Heck, I crafted for YEARS and blogged about it before Momo had a "if you have less than 50 people, put your link here" blog. (and when I figure out Mr. Linky I will do that for you guys too!) and that's how I got my first few stalkers, then I became a designer for the very talented and lovely Jenny over at CrazyAboutCricut.blogspot.com  Now, at the posting of this, I have 60 crafty people who enjoy creating things all looking to me on occasion for inspiration.  I hope I can live up to your expectations!

So, keep looking- on the 7th, there is going to be a Red, White, and Blue Thankful Thursday design team challenge. :)  Hope to see you there, and if you happen to make a RW&B project, throw your link in your comments.  I'd love to see them!