Monday, June 28, 2010

Stash Busters!! 4 Quick and Easy Cards

Ok so I have lots of "goals" this summer - some crafty and some not - One of my major Crafty goals is to use up some of my stash. If you've seen my SB room online or in person - you can tell I have lots and lots of paper - lots  of it is from the early days and I don't love it anymore - so guess -what I'm gonna find a way to use it or give it to someone else (like a school).

Idea 1)
Personally - I think since I just got the Cricut Expression (YEAH) I'll use it - either for projects or practice cuts - I don't know about y'all - but when I cut something with my Cricut I often have to so a second cut cuz the size is wrong -

Idea 2) Envelopes for the cards I make and am encouraging myself to SEND vs Store and thus increase the STASH

So my youngest is at camp for 3 weeks and I try and mail a card to her almost everyday. Thats a good way to bust my STASH!!!

Here are 4 quick cards I made with the DCWV Green 4 x 6 mat stack, SU! kraft and SU! sahara sand cardstock.

This last one I was in the ozone I guess when I cut the base cardstock cuz it was 6 x 4.25 (instead of 5.5 x 4.25) and it won't fit in a normal A2 envelop so I made an envelop with my Expression and the Wild Card cartridge. I am putting the paper inside out so the printed side is on the inside and it will look like a liner and the outside will be white and easy for the post office to read.
Thansk for stopping by! I'm sure I'll have lots more cards over the next few weeks -
PS note to self - another big crafty goal is to make a SB page!!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Another Crochet Purse

I love it!! This is my latest crochet purse and I gotta say - my favorite by far! I don't know if y'all are like me - but most of the time I don't really "love" what I make - I tend to see what I could a /should a done differently that would make it better. But this one - I love. I used it tonight for the first time and it works great - right size - light - pretty -
I seem to not be able to follow patterns. well - I mean I know how and all but somehow when I get involved in a  pattern my brain just veers off and starts down its own path and before I know it - I'm way off what the designer intended. Which is fine - once you are somewhat familiar with the craft and know what you're doing. Not so fine when you're first starting out with a craft which explains why I didn't like some of my earlier purses.

So after making several earlier purses - I had an idea in my head that turned into this one - I didn't use a pattern - and unfortunately I didn't write down how I did this one because I think I'd like to make another one with different colors. But maybe I can figure out how to get "close".

I did have a pattern that I mostly followed for the rose flower. Its from Fashion Flowers to Crochet by Darla Sims published by American School of Needlework. Isn't it cute?

Thanks for stopping by! Till next time - Andrea

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Turtle Father's Day Card

I had so much fun making him....Isn't he cute?
So I got to use my new toys!!! The other day I purchased Make The Cut software for my Cricut. I was playing around and found a coloring book of a turtle and altered it a bit and it was so easy to cut it out! Originally I was intimidated by the thought of the product - but let me tell ya - its soooo super easy!

So then my dear friend ,and enabler :)  Eleanor,  (I am sooo glad she did ) sent me a link to a great price on a Cricut Expression and I caved and bought it. It arrived Friday - oh my! What an awesome machine - lots of great features vs the baby bug I had. So I had fun with Wild Card making some envelopes and cards (I'll show you another time) . I can see myself really utilizing the machine now!

The Father's Day phrase and the grass was cut with the Wild Card Cartridge...ribbon and cardstock and green fiber and circle punch are from my massive stash. Card dimensions are 3.5 x 6 and yup - it fits in a standard card envelope.

I hope y'all have a happy Father's Day. Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Quick post - little blog candy EDITED TO ADD GONE TO NATCHA

Helloo!!! Quick post today - does anyone like the Ranger Distress Stickles? If so I have 3 bottles to send your way - or the first person to contact me anyway LOL.

I love stickles! Mainly cuz I love sparkle and glitter perhaps. But I don't feel the love for distress stickles. I tried 'em - so yeah one of the bottles is slightly used. I don't like 'em. The glitter doesn't get the same coverage as their regular stickles - which is a "duh-" moment for me cuz its DISTRESSED!

Back later this week (hopefully)
Thanks for stopping by

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Second Card post today!!

So here I don't post for weeks and then do it twice in one day - I promised a friend that I'd post this card and I'm afraid the week will get away from me and I won't get a chance...course I bet there is a way to prepare posts ahead but I haven't figured out more than the basics here...

Here is a card for Sharon, my SU! rep and dear dear friend. I used my fav set - Friends 24-7.
The inside of the card. I masked the flower stamp so stamp it twice. The flowers are watercolored using the top of the ink pads.
I used the back of the ribbon on the front of the card to hold the check I needed to send her for my last order.

supplies: C/S chocolate chip and pink pirohuette paper. Ink is rose red, certainly celery, chocolate chip (my all time favorite ink color)

Oh and the flower - is crocheted by ME!! I love combining my two favorite hobbies!~!

Thanks for stopping by

Father's Day Cards

So for once I made some cards "ahead" LOL - ususally the day I need a card (despite the massive stash of homemade cards I have) I'm usually scrambling to make a card. 

Here are 2 of the 3 Father's Day Cards I'll need.
Here's Hubby's Card
My Father In Law's Card

supplies: I used the new Argyle stamp set from Paper Trey Ink for the front and the inside of the cards. Oh Boy!! Do I love this set - its so easy to line up and use to make your own patterned paper!! PTI does an amazing job of making border stamps.

Don't ask me who makes it - but the Happy Father's Day stamp is from my stash from ages ago.

The little birdie on DH's card is the Stampin Up bird punch - gotta say that is one of my all time fav!! punches!!

Cardstock is SU! soon to be retired Barely Banana and Sage Shadow and the ink is SU!s Chocolate Chip - probably my all time fav ink color (and cardstock)

I liked the argyle set so much that I made a money holder card for my nephews birthday from the supplies sitting on my desk. The birthday packages are a SU! sale-a-bration set and the ink is the soon to be retired Sage Shadow.
Thanks for stopping by!! Andrea

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

NY City and SU! My digital Studio

Well it seems like I took another hiatus from posting and this time from crafting. I haven't really had the time to make much of anything worth sharing lately. We did take an awesome trip to New York City with the family. Believe it or not - my camera broke so I only have a few pictures that my DD took. Here we are outside of Wicked.
I just bought SU!s My Digital Studio and tried my hand at my first digital page. I know that the program can do lots more than I attempted. I plan to mostly use the digital program for hybrid projects. I still really love the feel of paper and there is something soothing to me to a paper project.But this was fun to play with and pull together while watching TV tonight with the girls. Any one watch Chuck? They've got me hooked and we're catching up on the past seasons.
Thanks for stopping by! I'm hoping to get some paper time later this week - or maybe go to a yarn store to figure out how to attractively attach the handles to a crochet purse I've made (that is so far my fav all time purse I've made - or anything I've crochet) but more about that later - when its done