Monday, May 31, 2010

BBTB2 Blog Hop - Bless this Nest

Happy Memorial Day everyone! Let's celebrate with a BBTB2 Blog Hop with candy galore. If you've arrived from wonderfully creative Theresa's blog you're on the right track. If not, hop on back to BTBB2 to start at the beginning because you wouldn't want to miss a thing. This week our fabulously talented DT sister Jeri chose the Bless the Nest cut from the Sweethearts cartridge. Funny, this project just grew and grew. I started making a shaped card, then decided on a little hanging, and ended up adding the big frame from the Camp Out cartridge (stretched to fit in DS) so now this baby measures 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches. The welded leaves are from Heritage and the nest is from Give a Hoot. The gorgeous papers are from the DCWV Linen Stack. I just LOVE it. The flowers were a gift from my sweet friend Leah.
The background shadow cut and the regular words were cut twice to give even more depth and dimension (and the fact that my first color choice wasn't exactly what I wanted and why waste the cut? LOL) There's quite a bit of popping as you can see. Now hop along to my dear friend and uber talented DT sister CAROLE'S BLOG, but before you do, be sure to leave a comment here to win a $30.00 gift certificate to Custom Crops! Be sure to stop back this FRIDAY to see who WINS!!!!
And just in case there's any snag in the hop order, here's the list and have a great holiday! Anybody barbequeing? I'm doing Cornish hens on the outdoor rotisserie...YUMBO!
Donna (ME!)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Macabre Monday Challenge #40 Beautifully Beastly Butterflies

Phew, just finished although I really wanted to do more. I've been messing with this Haunted Design House Macabre Monday challenge all week. Beautifully beastly butterflies, WooHoo! I designed mine in Cricut Design Studio using the butterfly from Hannah Montana with the skull and crossbones and (blood) drop from Indy Art and the bat from Paper Doll Dress Up. I cut it in 3 layers of grungpaper (so this sucker has some strength) and mixed up my own brew of glimmer mist with Perfect Pearls and Distress Reinkers and sprayed the crap out of it (along with anything else within a 3 foot radius). Well, I'm exaggerating just a tad, but let's just say my ironing board will never be the same. LOL And my fingers...YIKES!

Recognize the skull? I asked my DH and he actually saw it for what it was so that's a good sign! Just finished blinging it up and will perhaps put it on a clip to use for a lovely Halloween hat embellishment or something. Would have liked to do a wall hanging, but DH is yelling at me to get ready for Art in the Vineyards so who am I to refuse? Have a great holiday. I'll be back tomorrow with the BBTB2 blog hop so I hope to see you then.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Land of the Free Because of the Brave

I'm sure many of us are getting ready for the long holiday weekend with plans for a getaway or a barbeque. Not quite sure what's in the works for us, but I did want to call attention to the reason for this holiday and say thank you to those who have risked or sacrificed their lives for our country. We truly are the land of the free because of the brave men and women who serve. I decided to make a wall hanging using the We Love Our Troops set of downloadable printable stamps from The Cutting Cafe. The United States and open star are from the Stand and Salute Cricut cartridge.

I printed the sentiment twice, once in red and once in blue and punched the layers. I use my Printmaster program to do this and Regina has easy instructions on The Cutting Cafe site.

The ribbon is also part of this wonderful set and I cut it out with scissors, but if you have SCAL for your Cricut or a Pazzles or Gazelle machine you can let your machine do the cutting. This set includes 34 stamps and is perfect for patriots, military families and those of you who participate in Cards for Soldiers, so be sure to check it out. Also, there are new sets arriving several times a week for all kinds of occasions so if you havn't visited The Cutting Cafe recently, you're in for a treat. I hope every one has a safe and wonderful weekend!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Oh Alice! Chapter 14-Getting Sketchy on a Golden Afternoon

This week the Oh Alice! challenge is a sketch by the talented DT member Jen Shults. Fortunately I've managed to overcome my fear of sketches and no longer run away screaming. I'm also getting the hang of tweaking it just a tad and not feeling totally guilty. The adorable image is by Elaine Cox for Sweet Pea Stamps colored with my Copics. I popped a mat cut with my Large Scallop Oval Nesties. The DP's are Basic Grey Urban Prairie 6x6 pad and Me&My Big Ideas 8x8 pad. the lacy punches are MS and the flowers are Prima. I really love the colors and almost think this could be used as a baby card (providing the recipient doesn't think I'm calling her new bundle a piglet. LOL) What do you think?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Burtonesque Dolls Challenge #4 and Tiddly Inks #6

I am so excited that the challenge at The Burtonesque Dolls this week is An Affair to Remember, inspired by the fab movie Corpse Bride. I was all set to use The Happy Couple from Tiddly Inks to do this challenge but then I saw Gossmere and fell in LOVE! Don't get me wrong, both images are just adorable but Gossmere just spoke to me and I thought it would be easy to Bring on the Bling (the Tiddly Inks challenge this week) so that's what I did.

I started with irridescent DCWV Luxury Stack paper and masked a moon and inked with Black Soot and Shabby Shutters. The trees are a Cottage Cutz die from The Scrapping Cottage and the Bridal Arch is a Labels 10 Nestie with the MS Spiderweb border punch attached. The edges are blinged up with Perfect Pearls and of course adhesive gems. The tombstone is a Cuttlebug cut and emboss set.
Just look at Gossmere's sweet face! I added a tattered veil and gems to her headpiece and sprayed her with adhesive and sprinkles her with very fine MS glitter but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get that to show up in the pic...bummer.
The flowers are Primas and that cool stuff she's standing on is a sprinkling of Metallic Mica Flakes by US Art Quest. I just love the shimmer and the color was just perfect for this card. I just used some clear tacky glue and sprinkled it on.
Here's the dimensional view. I'll tell you I had a ball building this creepy cute scene. Be sure to stop by The Burtonesque Dolls to check out the fabulous creations by the DT using fab images from Busy Beauties. By playing along you have a chance to win some of those fab images. I was last week's lucky winner. WooHoo! And if you love Tiddly Inks as much as I do, go have a play at the Tiddly Inkers challenge blog too.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bah! Humbug! Challenge #19 - Ribbon

Well for once I'm not scrambling for Bah!Humbug! this week. Perhaps it's because the challenge is RIBBON and I'm so in love with the May Arts silk ribbon I got at Stamp and Create. (Thanks Sharon for turning me on to this stuff...YUMMY!) I decided on some simple Cricut and Cuttlebug and chose the burgandy background color to match the luscious bow. Ornament is from the Cricut Christmas Solutions cartridge that is being discontinued. RUN to get this if you haven't already!

The mat is popped and embossed with the 5 x 7 inch Holly Ribbons folder and the ornament was run through with Swiss Dots and popped just a bit higher. The corners are an EK Success punch with burgandy gems and that's it! I may just duplicate this. I'm sort of lovin' the reds and white. Bah! Humbug! is great motivation for getting your Christmas cards done early and a good excuse for Christmas nuts like me to craft Christmas all year long. The fabulous DT and participants are full of inspiration, so try it, you'll like it! New challenges come out every Thursday. Now if I can just get them in the mail when the time comes I'll be all set.

Monday, May 24, 2010

BBTB2 Dress Form from Forever Young

Well here's a girly one (aren't you all relieved after yesterday's creepy Dr?). This week at BBTB2 the cut of choice is the dress form from Forever Young. I was excited to use this cartridge again because it was another of the ones I just HAD to have and I've really not explored it much at all. The pretty pink and black papers are all from the Sabrina 6x6 pad by Making Memories. I love using the smaller pads for cards because of the reduced scale of the patterns.

I created a shaped front card by welding the shadows of the word "chic" and the dress form with a flourish from Picturesque. (Another cart I haven't used yet. LOL) I was thrilled how well that particular flourish went with the floral print inside. The birdcage skirt is from Serenade (and don't ask me how much I paid for that before it was readily available) and AGAIN, this is the first time of used it. Please don't tell me I'm the ONLY one who's done that. The bow is made from some absolutely EXQUISITE silk ribbon I got from Stamp and Create. Tres chic!

Lots of layers as seen from the dimensional view and of course the all important adhesive gems. For a moment I thought I was out of the right size of black ones and I almost had a heart attack. They were hiding under a pile of crap on my table but I had just enough. A trip to M's is definitely in order! Be sure to stop by BBTB2 to see the fabulously creative things my DT sisters have done with this cut and we'd love it if you'd play along.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Macabre Monday Challenge #39

Happy Sunday! Those of you who have been visiting for awhile know what's coming. WOOHOO! It's time for another Macabre Monday challenge for Haunted Design House. This week the challenge is Devious Doctors and Fiendish Florence Nightingales. (Heck, I pretty much think ALL doctors and nurses fall into that catagory (I apologize to you if you happen to be in that profession but hey, I call 'em like I see 'em. Whadda ya mean you'll only feel a slight pinch? OWWWWWW!) My creativity sort of ran dry until I started thinking about how far medicine has come. We just saw Robin Hood and I started thinking about doctors in medieval times so I browsed the internet until I came across pictures of the lovely tools of the trade (are you kidding me!?) and this little illustration of a doctor and his patient (doing what?). Click on the pic to get up close and personal with this dude. So anyway, no stamped image, no bells and whistles.

I thought it came out kinda elegant AND to the point. Perfect for a history buff recovering from surgery, don't you think? (I'm not so sure it would have been appreciated BEFORE surgery though. LOL) I hope this doesn't freak out any of my new followers (or my old ones for that matter. Sandy, I KNOW you secretly love these. LOL). Be sure and come back tomorrow for my BBTB2 card. I REALLY like how it's turning out!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Burtonesque Dolls Challenge #3 and Tiddly Inks #5

I sure am having fun playing with challenge blogs and The Burtonesque Dolls is no exception. This week we are to use skull and black flowers and I just couldn't help but use another ADORABLE download from Tiddly Inks. This is Pinky and she's new along with that fabulous downloadable digi skully cupcake paper. How cool is that?!? I took my colors from the background paper and colored Pinky with my Copics. She's cut out with Spellbinder's labels Ten. The hot pink background is embossed with a 5x7 Cuttlebug folder and the flowers are "wedding confetti" from M's that I colored black with a permanent marker. The glitter skully is foam and I added some rhinestones for embellies. It just so happens that Tiddly Inks has a challenge blog too and this week it's no designer papers (but you can use the digi kind, WooHoo!) so I'm entering it over there too.

And BTW, did you SEE the fab new rubber stamps that Betty ( she's the hostess with the mostest at The Burtonesque Dolls) has done? OMG! They're available for preorder HERE at Simply Betty Stamps so hurry before the first run is sold out. (I've already got my order in!)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Oh Alice Mushroom Inspiration- Chapter 13

OMG! Two in one day! I'd wait to post, but I'd be late for the very important date to post this week's Chapter 13 Mushroom Inspiration Challenge at Oh Alice! This fabulous stamp is ching-chou kuik's Cheshire Cat Illusion from Sweet Pea Stamps. Isn't the image just EXQUISITE? I (attempted) to color her using the inspiration illustration colors (below my card) and cut the image out with my Labels ? (well, they're around here somewhere) Nesties and backed it with the In Spades Pendant. The DP is Prima Nursery Rhymes and the card stock is Bazzill and Stampin'Up. Although the embossed strip looks almost identical to the D'Vine Swirls Cuttlebug folder, it is actually the new Texture Fades Swirls folder by Tim Holtz. I wouldn't have bought this one, but I got them all in a bundle for a great price at Crop Stop so there you go.

I embellished using skeleton leaves I've had since dinosaurs roamed the earth and some peacock feathers. and adhesive gems. although I'm going to need LOTS more practice on these Sweet Pea Stamps images, I've recently purchased TONS of them and have more on the way. Love, love, LOVE them!

Just Bug-cause I Love You From The Cutting Cafe

I'm in love with the Cute Critters Downloadable Printable Stamp Set from Regina's Cutting Cafe. With so many adorable sentiments and critters to choose from I had a hard time deciding which one to use first. I was in the mood to do a fun fold card for a change and browsed on Splitcoast Stampers until I came to the Spring Card. Wow, I hadn't done one of those in awhile. Then I remembered my MS ladybug punch around the page set and that was it. There are several fun word circles that could have fit with this adorable little ladybug, but I decided that I was was making it "Just Bug-cause". I colored the sweet little bug to match my DP from Stampin'Up and for once managed to punch around the 5" square the FIRST TIME without messing up! (Maybe I'll take a few pins out of my Martha doll. LOL)

Be sure to stop by The Cutting Cafe to see all of the fabulous new sets Regina has designed. there's a hug 63 stamp Birthday Fun set that is fabulous, and a wonderfully patriotic We Love Our Troops set just in time for Memorial Day just to name a few. Remember, these are downloadable and printable so you can use your computer program to resize them or print them in any color you want. Instructions are on the Cutting Cafe site.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Twinkle Twinkle FREE.cut File now available! (Thanks for being patient!)

Hey guys! Just wanted to let you know that the FREE .cut file and full instructions for the Twinkle Twinkle Baby Frame you saw at Everyday Cricut are available HERE at Custom Crops. Thanks again for your patience and support. Would sure appreciate comments on the CC site (as well as here) I know it's a PITA to have to sign in, but... TIA. xxD

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Bah! Humbug! Challenge #18 (and #17 a little late)

I made it with my Bah! Humbug! challenge which this week is punched borders. Boy, do I have border punches! I think they reproduce in my drawers and the pile on my floor gets bigger and bigger! I've been missing my weekly Cuttlebug Spot challenge since we have the month of May off so I decided to do a simple embossed card because it goes so well with punched borders. The ornament folder is from a bundle and I'd never even opened it. It's actually 5 x 7, but I cut the embossing apart for this card. The Merry Christmas is cut from the folder and trimmed and popped with a red frame. Both border punches are from Martha Stewart.

But wait! I felt sooo terrible about missing last week's Christmas Food Challenge (good loyalty member that I am, LOL) that I made a second card featuring a gingerbread man along with a border punch so I guess it qualifies for this week as well. The little guy is welded in Cricut DS to the card base with additional layers popped with dimensionals. The DP is Cosmo Cricket Rise and Shine line which isn't Christmas but it just looks like Santa's kitchen to me. I've added a candy cane just for good measure here.
I've kind of dropped the ball on the insides of my card but here you can see how he front is actually layered. The border punch is again MS (she says while sticking yet ANOTHER pin in her voodoo doll. LOL) So anyway, even though it's late, I've not missed a challenge yet at my favorite Christmas Challenge Blog, Bah! Humbug!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Stampotique Designer's Challenge#7 - Use a Template

The current challenge over at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge is to use a template and just to show all you guys out there that not ALL Stampotique stamps are creepy I used Jokerhat by Kelle McCarter. Isn't she FUN!? For the template I went back to my dear friend Audrey's Blog to get the measurements for the Origami box she did a few weeks ago. I'll tell you, when you want to find some great and clever gift or packaging ideas, Audrey's your gal. This cute little box only requires one sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 paper. I used double sided so it's as cute inside as out. Click HERE for Audrey's tutorial.

Jokerhat was cut with a Nesties Circle and layered on Nestie Inverted Scalloped Circles. Her hat was paper pieced and cut out and I used a Prima flower and adhesive beads to embellish it.

Isn't it cool how the box opens? The outside edges are rimmed with a wavey punch from EK Success. The ric rac is an EK Success punch as well. I realy enjoyed this challenge and I think this adorable box would be cute for party favors or to hide a small gift.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Burtonesque Dolls Challenge #2

OMG! The time just got away from me. Here is challenge #2 Burton Chicks for The Burtonesque Dolls. I started this challenge in a completely different direction and decided I wanted to go creepy cute instead. The adorable image is Batty from Tiddly Inks colored with Copics. She's framed with a Nesties Deckle Oval cut out mat which is popped. I used my MS spider web corner and spooky fence border punches and embelllished with May Arts ribbon I colored black with a permanent marker strung through a large eyelet. OOOhh, gotta go post so I don't miss it! I LOVE The Burtonesque Dolls!

BBTB2 Ready 2 Rock and Butterfly Kisses free .cut file

Happy Monday! This week at BBTB2 Our fabulously talented DT sister Enfys chose the Ready 2 Rock cut from Hannah Montana. This cartridge is alot more versatile than you'd think, with cool fonts and alot of musical images that would work for both girls AND guys. I made a shaped front card using Cricut DS by welding the phrase to the winged guitar for the front, and then using the rounded square from George for the back.

The papers aren't photographing that well. I glittered the guitar base using my Xyron and my purple Doodlebug sugar coating and then used iridescent holographic paper for the overlay so it really sparkles. The red is foil board and the inside top is charcoal matte metallic. Those tiny stars are available at M's in the same place the adhesive beads, gems, and pearls are and are also the Recollections brand.

I used the new Tim Holtz Texture Fades Cracked folder for the inside and also the 2 on the front. Is that cool or what? I'm not quite sure what sentiment I'll be using for this just yet so I've left it blank. I think it could be used for a number of occasions and the colors definitely say "guy" to me. Be sure to stop by BBTB2 to see the creative ways my DT sisters have rocked this challenge. Also, be sure to stop back to BBTB2 on Wednesday for an exciting giveaway.

Thanks also for those of you who have been patiently waiting for the .cut files for my Everyday Cricut projects. Although I'm not quite done with the baby frame, the Butterfly Kisses FREE .cut file and complete article is available HERE. If you plan to use it, be sure to read the instructions for cutting the inside mat because it's kinda tricky. I've also included pictures of how I printed the inside sentiment. Hang in there and please check back for Twinkle Twinkle.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Voodoo Witchery for Haunted Design House

Well last week was fun but almost did me in doing 5 major projects and articles for Everyday Cricut plus 2 for BBTB2 (a new one for tomorrow). YIKES! On Friday I just sat staring at my mess on the table and finally blew it all off to spend time with DH. I missed several of my fave challenges but did NOT miss Macabre Monday at Haunted Design House where this week's challenge is Voodoo Witchery. Hope I don't scare away any of my new followers. It's all in fun. LOL

I decided I'd make my own Voodoo doll. Do you recognize her? Do the initials I embroidered on her dress give you a clue? I couldn't help but think that Karin from Jill Penney and Daniel Torrente for Stampotique is a fairly good likeness and has that sort of deranged perfect housewife looks that so comes to mind when I think of the ridiculously high standards our dear MS sets for us.
Okay, I buy her books, read her mags, occasionally watch her tv show and spend a sh**load of cash on her crafting goodies only to feel inadequate because no matter what, you know she's always thinking "I can do anything more beautifully than you." So I went a little berserk and took my own inadequacies out on poor Martha.

She's stamped on canvas and colored with Copics. I hand stitched around her and stuffed her with shredded and crimped pages of a MS Living magazine (that's what she's lying on too.) She is removeable in case I want to carry her with me next time I go shopping at M's and have a cart full of her stuff but only ONE coupon and the total gives me heart failure. The lacy punch along the edge is of course HERS and one it usually takes me several tries to not screw up (And don't even ASK how long it takes me to do one of those punch around the page thingies!) I know you have to cut a certain size but it doesn't matter! They were specifically designed to make us feel like IDIOTS! So that's my little rant. Hope you aren't all freaking out. I, for one, am feeling much better. It's a good thing!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Butterfly Kisses for Everyday Cricut and the Winners!

Well it's Friday, and this ends my week as Guest Designer on Everyday Cricut. I sure enjoyed my time there and again want to thank Melanie and Joy for having me. My fancy card Friday post is from Straight From the Nest and features the Butterfly Kisses sentiment. To read all about this card please click HERE. I apologize for not being able to visit most of my favorite blogs this week and for not participating in some of my favorite challenges. Although I've known about this guest Designer Spot for months, I'm a terrible procastinator (wish I were different but that's how I roll) so it's been a REALLY BUSY WEEK! I'm expecting beautiful weather today and my DH has been wanting to go out to lunch since last Sunday and I've been putting him off. Imagine me sipping wine at the Wente Golf Course grill today around 1:00 pm because that's where I'll be. Wish you could join me.

There will be a .cut file available for this card as well as my Twinkle Twinkle frame in the near future so please keep checking back. If you click on the Custom Crops designer blinkie on my sidebar you can see ALL of the articles and .cut files currently available and they're free, of course.

And now what you've REALLY been waiting for. The winner of the Just Because Background Downloadable Printable Stamp Set from The Cutting Cafe is...

# 68 Diane who wrote: Very elegant and gorgeous!

and the winner of the K & Co paper pad is ...

# 128 Jessie who wrote:

I love the elegant Black and White card. One thing I would love to see added in your instructions is construction time. It would help to know how ling it took for an experienced crafter so the newbie know how much time to set aside.

Well Jessie, that's a tough one. If you count how long it took just to pick out the paper, I'd say it took all day long. LOL No seriously, I'm a terrible one to ask. With all of the interruptions, changes I make midstream, hunting for stuff I just laid down a minute ago on the table and floor...well, it's imposssible to really gage. Also, if I'm using Design Studio, sometimes the design alone takes hours or even days if I need a break from it. Better to ask someone without ADD. I'd have to be truthful and scare you off.

Congratulations Diane and Jessie! Please email me at dlmundinger (at) yahoo (dot) com so I can get your prizes to you. Thanks you everyone for your sweet comments. I sure hope you continue to visit me here because I love having you. xxD

Thursday, May 13, 2010

(I'm) Five Layout for Everyday Cricut

So are all my buddies in SHOCK again? Yup, you're seeing right, I did a layout!!!! I don't know what came over me, but reading the reader's comments on Everyday Cricut made me fool around and I think I'm starting to like this. Other than the hand from A Child's Year and the 2 inner mats from George, all of the cuts are from Graphically Speaking. LOVE those number borders and the jumbled words. My dear friend Leah has always loved this cartridge (and borrowed it often before she got her own, hee hee) and she is a scrapbooker extraordinaire. this happens to be a layout for a child, but Graphically Speaking has alot of great cuts for adults and I almost did one using one of my fave pix of DH on a back packing trip that hangs right here in my scrap room. Another day perhaps.
Had to laugh. I tried to carry the "5" theme throughout the layout: 5 buttons, 5 beads of each letter in the "five" word jumble and there in a closeup there are 6 adhesive beads on the letter "I". Thanks Michelle for pointing that out. All fixed now in real life. Trust me, it was a long day. LOL Alot of people are asking about those beads. I usually get mine at Michael's and they're their own Recollections brand. $1.99 per pack for 3 sizes and they come in loads of colors as well as pearls and rhinestones. I've got a whole drawer full because I stock up every time I go, especially when I've got one of those fab 20% off entire order coupons. Couldn't live without them! I've listed all of the sizes for this layout on Everyday Cricut. Also, for those who were asking, the .cut file for the criss cross cards is now available HERE at Custom Crops. The Baby frame is coming next so be sure to come back.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Twinkle Twinkle Baby Frame

Just LOOK at that FACE! That's my dear friend Margie's newest grandson Angelo and she graciously allowed me to use his photo for my Everday Cricut project for today. I'd been dying to use my new Nursery Rhymes cartridge because I LOVE those darling silhouettes. The star is from George and I encourage any of you who never had a baby bug (like me) to go ahead and invest in that cart because it really has THE BEST basic shapes of anything out there. For some reason the shadow of the star looked better to me than the regular cut so I used it for all of the frame layers and just decreased the size by 1/4 inch each time while increasing the size of the inner circle to get the layered mat effect. I seem to be on a bit of a blue and yellow kick here (remember the Mother's Day card HERE?) Well I knew I had the perfect paper (thank heaven I could FIND it with the giant MESS in my craft room) with the little stars and moon so I just couldn't help myself.
Anyway, read all about my Frame HERE at Everyday Cricut, and if you haven't already be sure to scroll down a bit to enter to win my K& Co paper pad and the Just Because Background and Sentiment Downloadable Printable Stamps from The Cutting Cafe. A number of my DT sisters have sets they are giving away so be sure to check it out. My winners will be announced Friday so you all come back now, ya hear?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Criss Cross Cards x 2 for Everyday Cricut and a Giveaway! (.Cut File Available)

Did you know there are criss cross cards for the cutting on Tie the Knot? Well I sure didn't until I started browsing through my manuals looking for fun stuff for Everyday Cricut. These are my Tuesday cards and I hope you like. As you can see, I did another cream and back card because I just think they're sooo elegant and that gorgeous monogram so inspired me. On a lighter note, I did the same card in picnic colors using "Celebrate" from the From the Nest cartridge. To find out more about them, click HERE to visit Everyday Cricut. And, just because I love you guys, I'm offering an 8 x 8" pad of this elegant ivory and black K & Co paper so you can make one too. Just leave me a comment. The winner will be announced Friday.
Click HERE for the free .cut file and detailed instructions at Custom Crops.

Monday, May 10, 2010

BBTB2 and Peggy Loves Vintage

This week at BBTB2 the Design Team had beautifully nostalgic images from Peggy Loves Vintage to work in tandem with any of the first row tags from Tags, Bags, Boxes and More. I'm a big fan of Peggy Loves Vintage (and am honored to be on her Design Team) so this was an especially fun challenge for me. I love to combine Peggy's vintage images with punched borders, Cutting Cafe sentiments, Cricut cuts... well, they're so versatile, they work with anything! I chose the little girl and little boy at the beach images. They came separately or together but since I wanted to fussy cut the images I chose to print them separately. I printed the little girl twice and the boy once and used the scalloped top tag (page 91 or last one on the left of the top row) and the window cut to make my little vignette. And what a better way to showcase it than to make an easel card.
The frame and the images are popped and I tied a little hemp around the frame for detail. the designer papers are from the DCWV Linen Closet stack. Don't they have a sweet summery feel?
The "sand" paper is from the 2008 DCWV Summer glitter mat stack. "Summer" was cut twice from the Lyrical Letters cartridge with Alpha Beads strung on more hemp to complete the sentiment. The popped label is Spellbinder's Labels Eleven and I added a small shell for detail. Finally, I used "Skittles" to hold up the easel. I thought they sort of looked like sea glass. Be sure to stop by BBTB2 and check out how my Design Team sisters used more of Peggy's fun images and stop by Peggy Loves Vintage to browse the delightful images she has in store. Hey, and be sure to scroll down to see my Everyday Cricut post (I'm Ms. May!) and my Cutting Cafe giveaway.