Saturday, May 29, 2010

Blog Candies!

I will be giving away three blog candies to three lucky followers! An entry point will be given if you follow my blog, and another entry point for following My Sheri Crafts—you get more chances of winning for following both blogs! Winners will be chosen using and will be announced on my blog on June 26, 2010 at 09:00 Arizona Time. Post the pic in your blog, or if you have none, then just spread the word around so that more people can join in the fun! I will also consider it as an entry point if you bump this post to the top in the Cricut Messageboard. :-D
Here are the goodies that are up for grabs:

Set A: 6x6 Basic Grey Cupcake paper pad
Jelly Beans ColorBox Classic Pigment Cat’s Eyes
Inkadinkado Humorous Birthday Stamp Set

Set B: 6x6 Basic Grey Granola paper pad
Chocolate and Blueberries ColorBox Fluid Chalk Cat’s Eyes
Inkadinkado Birds Galore Stamp Set

Set C: 6x6 Basic Grey Offbeat paper pad
Primary Elements ColorBox Fluid Chalk Cat’s Eyes
Inkadinkado Doodle Flowers Stamp Set

All featured items are available at Here’s a coupon code for the store: 10OFF25. You’ll get 10% off your order of $25 and up.
Goodluck everyone!

Mini Folder

I made this mini folder as an entry for this week's Design Team project at My Sheri Crafts. I used paper from DCWV's The Whimsy Stack, and Bazzill. I used a Doodle Flowers stamp from Inkadinkado, and colored it using Prismacolor Pencils. Glossy accents was applied on the flower to give it a shiny look. Spellbinders dies were used for the flower die cuts. The lace paper is from K&Co.

This mini folder measures 6"x8". To make this folder, score a 12"x12" piece of paper at 6". Flip it sideways and score at 8". Trim 1/2" off the bottom part. Cut the bottom scored line until it meets the horizontal line. Mark the bottom of the divided cardstock at 10 cm on each side. Make a diagonal mark until the horizontal line and cut.

Apply adhesive on both outer sides of the lower part of the cardstock and fold up. Stamp a flower image, color with pencils and apply glossy accents. Layer several cuts of Spellbinders Dahlia to form flowers. Top with stamped image and buttons. Embellish mini folder with paper ribbon, flowers and stamped sentiment.

Steampunk Inspired Jewelry

My earliest memories include watching Victorian and other period movies with my mom. She had the penchant of dressing me up in frilly outfits and granny boots. I also remembered playing with quaint household gadgetry like wine decanters with musical boxes and brass cigarette dispensers, which my family had collected through the years. I was raised the Steampunk way without even being aware of it. :-)

My friend Kimi told me today that they had the Industrial Chic line of jewelry pieces available at Michael's. She gave me the link, and I knew I had to get some of them to add to my collection. So here are what I came up with...

Both necklaces are 18" long. The necklace on the left has spinners and gears from Tim Holtz, and the cameo is from Madame Delphine. I made the necklace on the right for hubby. He was the one who taught me to play dominoes, hence the choice of pendant. He also picked the muse token as a dangler for the pendant.

Tattered Florals Grunge Roses

I made these roses following the directions from Tim Holtz's tutorial in his blog. I used the Tattered Florals die on grunge paper. I wanted a faint shade of pink with a hint of cream, and some striations on the petals. To achieve this effect, I colored the grunge paper with two coats of white acrylic paint. I applied an antiquing solution to it after the paint dried. I then brushed it with Viva Pink Glimmer mist. I wanted a little more shine, so I applied a thin layer of Bronze Perfect Pearls to the flowers.

I wanted to achieve a glassy look to the flowers, so I dipped the roses on a melting pot filled with clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Baby Books

I used the New Arrival cart for the cuts in both books. Plantin' Schoolbook was used for the fonts. I used paper from Core'dinations, K&Co, DCWV and GCD Studios. All embossing was made using Cuttlebug folders.

I also made a baby book using bright summer colors--hot pink and orange that I mixed with pastels.

Here is the link to the downloadable DS file that I made:

Sunday, May 23, 2010

This Week's Cards

This has been a very productive week for me, craft-wise. I was able to finish two baby wordbooks, make the project for the Design Team's blog, and of course, make all four cards for RAQ's Challenge. Sue is this week's host, and here are the sketches with my own interpretations. The added challenge for the cards are to use the colors red, white and blue, have a patriotic theme and to use scraps.

I kept my patriotic cards fairly simple. The tag is from Spellbinders. I used the Stars Cuttlebug embossing folder. The rounded flag image is from Independence Day mini cartridge, cut at 2 1/2". The flowers are from Prima and the red crystals are from The Paper Studio.

I used the scraps that I had from my Mother's Day Design Team project for this card. The paper is from Basic Grey. The stamp used is from Tim Holtz, stamped using Spun Sugar Distressed Ink and Moss Green ColorBox Ink. I used skittles to make the image pop some more. I wanted a very subtle effect for the image, hence the very low color contrast. The ribbon is from Offray and Prima flowers were used. The faux stitching on the tag is a rub-on from DCWV.

The cut is also from the Independence Day cartridge and measures 2 1/2". Ribbon is from Offray and the labels for the sentiment are from Spellbinders.

I used the colors from the Ad Challenge for this card.

I had to "make" my own paper for this card. I used alcohol inks in the following colors: Wild Plum, Butterscotch and Terracotta. The stamps that I used are from Hero Arts and JDL Stamps. Flower is from Prima. The background paper is from K&Co. The flourish is a die cut from Tim Holtz's Sizzix line. I embellished the upper and lower left hand corners with transparent stickers and Liquid Pearls.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Mini Tag Album

I made a mini tag album for my entry for the Design Team at My Sheri Crafts. We made items focusing on Just Rite Stampers products. The twist for this album is that this was made accordion style. It is handy enough to fit in a small purse, and the tag pockets make it possible to switch pictures.

Paper used is Offbeat from Basic Grey. I personalized the paper by using the coordinating Offbeat Rub-ons. I used Nestabilities scalloped circles for the frames. Punches used are Parisian and Daisy Chain, both from EK Success. Ribbon is from Offray. The lace paper is from K&Co.

To make this album:
Cut a piece of 5 ½”x 12” cardstock. Score at 3” increments. Fan-fold. Cover cardstock with coordinating Offbeat paper, giving a small (approximately 1mm) allowance for creases. Trim corners using corner rounder. Punch holes on top of every 3” panel. Make tag pockets for pictures and additional tags for journaling. Stamp names and initial for family’s last name using Just Rite Stampers.

Kitty Paint Can Swap

I decorated the paint can with the cat from Create A Critter, cut at 2". I glued googly eyes and decorated the handle with ribbon. I used flowers from Prima and The Paper Studio. The papers are from DCWV. As part of the goodies that I sent, I sketched Anastasia's little boy and made a mini album that was my design team entry for My Sheri Crafts.

Some of the goodies did not fit in the paint can.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

More RAQ's Challenge Cards

I also used the colors for the Ad Challenge for my card for sketch 1.

I used DCWV paper from the Whimsy Stack for this card. The yellow paper that was used in the middle of the card is from MAMBI. The center panel was inked and embossed using the Textured Textile embossing folder. Flowers are from Prima. The ribbon is from a swap and the skittles were dyed using alcohol ink. Lace is from The Paper Studio.

This was one of the rare occasions where I followed a sketch to a tee. I used cardstock from Core'Dinations. The paper is from the DCWV Garden Party Stack. The letter A is a font from Nursery Rhymes, cut at 1 1/2", and glued on stacked squares, cut using Spellbinders dies. The flourishes are from Heritage, cut at 3/4". Flowers are from Prima. Pearls are from The Paper Studio.

I was inspired to make a pyramid explosion box when I saw the third sketch. I got the template from the Scor-Pal projects website. The paper is from DCWV Whimsy Stack. The stamped image is from Inkadinkado. The flower and pearls are from The Paper Studio.

Here was how I made the bow for the the pyramid top:

RAQ's Challenge Cards

I have been making and making cards and never got the chance to post them. So here they are:

I flipped the card sideways and cut the model from Forever Young at 3". The paper is from DCWV. I layered a paisley black and white adhesive-backed ribbon and dotted ribbon from Offray. The frame is from Spellbinders.

The 3" tag and the storks, also cut at 3" are from the Nursery Rhymes cartridge. The "pocket" was punched using Cornice border punch from Martha Stewart. The background was embossed using D'vine Swirls and DotSpots and Dots embossing folders. The button was cut using Spellbinders. Ribbon is from Offray.

Once again, I used the teal paper from the Mariposa stack. It has to be one of my favorites. The tag is from Spellbinders. Sentiment is computer generated. The blue roses are from Prima. The punch used is from Martha Stewart and the embossing was done using Organic Flourish Border Cuttlebug embossing folder.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

My Sheri Crafts Mother's Day Projects, Week 2

I made a purse and a card for my projects for My Sheri Crafts. I think Moms should be honored all year round and not just on Mother's day.

The purse is from the Forever Young cartridge, cut at "fit to page" or 5". Paper that was used is Two Scoops from Basic Grey. The ribbon handle is from Martha Stewart. I lined the bottom part of the purse with a feather boa and embellished it with Liquid Pearls and flatback pearls from The Paper Studio.

The matching card is 5"x7. The bird from Give A Hoot was cut at 1 1/2", and the tree branch was cut at 1". I used Spellbinders for the background labels. The border punch that was used is Jewels, from EK Success. The sentiment was stamped using JustRite Stampers. Flatback pearls are from The Paper Studio.