Wednesday, March 31, 2010

May not be too exciting...but I am pumped!

Yes...this is a very simple page layout but what is cool, I used my brand new Cricut to cut out my letters! I also wanted to show how I use smaller photos instead of 4x6 photos. In this case I used my Selphy printer by Canon. I did two up instead of single photos.

This blizzard was insane so I wanted to show several photos I took from inside the van as we drove. Some were in pitch black and others were under street lamps. I wanted to stay with my color theme so I used the same papers to back my photos as I used to cut u my letters. (Jasmine font.) I also wanted my center photo to pop a bit more so backed it differently than the others photos.

My writing is not the best but I wanted to make sure and journal a little bit. I drew pencil lines so I could wright straight and then used a great pen to write. I also went back to my headline for this page and just put a line on the right side of each letter. It makes the letters stand out a bit without cutting a shadow letter.

As I said, this is not a complicated layout but wanted you to see the use of smaller photos and my first attempt using the wonderful Cricut. Hope you have a wonderful and creative day.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Happy Wednesday...a few hours early

I am on vacation in New Mexico but had to bring some supplies just to play. This is a simple card I came up with using the CuttleBug and pretty papers. Here is the step by step! I started with a great ivory base card. I buy them in 50 packs at Michael's with a coupon! I also got a great paper stack and matching cardstock stack made by DCWV. This one is Mariposa.

Cut your solid color cardstock 1/4 inch smaller than the base card. I then put the embossing folder to the far left of the cardstock and ran it through the Cuttlebug.

I then cut a smaller piece of butterfly decrative paper and attached it to the left side. I left a slight border all the way around just to make it pop a little bit.

Next, I stamped the sentiment. (MSE) in a deep orange and cut it out with a pair of deckle scissors. I then layered the words on a solid then the pattern. Each layer was trimmed with the decrative scissors.

I opened the card up and stamped a flourish (Paper Inspirations) on the left side and the final sentiment on the top panel of the card.

Yes, I did bling out the envelope. I stamped the flourish and tore a bit of paper to make a rough edge. I used a paintbrush to apply a thin layer of glue then added glitter!

This was a quick, easy and fun card to make with a few supplies, on the go and with a bunch of kiddos on vaca! Nice the creative juices still work. Can't wait to get home and rest!

Happy Creating,

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A Work In Progress

Well, it is Wednesday again and I am thrilled to bring you something a little different this week as promised. In the first photo you will see most of the tools I used to create a piece of wall art. It is a little intimidating to start with such a large piece of blank! I first had to decide on design so I taped off my first section and stamped my images.

After the stamped images were done I started coloring in with PanPastels. These are a great medium that blend really well and can be bright and vibrant or soft and subtle. I applied the color with a soft palette applicator.

I continued on sometimes stamping first and other times after. I then cut out some pears and ran them through the CuttleBug. I then ran the pastel colors over the tops of the deeply embossed images. I love my CuttleBug!!! I attached the pears with a dries clear glue.

I continued with the same process until I came to my last area. I cut out a larger pear and embossed it and I also stamped the "pears" stamp and tore it out. I added some final touches of pastel to make my embossed image pop a little more. I then painted the edges of the canvas with acrylic paint. I plan to embellish a bit more just not sure how or with what I am going to finish this piece off. It has been fun making this one! Hope you enjoy!

Happy Creating...Don't forget to visit my blog and take part in the contest! Kristi


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Earth Laughs In Flowers

Love Craft Month! I did a card today. Next week I will be working on a different project! It will take me a while to complete it! I will have some before and after for that!

This card is a simple tri fold card. It measures 5 1/2 X 11. Finished card is 5 1/2 square.
I cut 2 - 5 x 5 pieces of decorative paper. I edged the piece to go on the inside of the card with ink and attached. I cut the other piece in half and ran each half through the Cuttle Bug with he paisley folder. I also cut out 7 corner pieces while I was using the machine.

I inked the now embossed card fronts and ran ink over the top of the design to make the images pop a little bit. I attached these pieces to the card having them meet in the middle.

I ran the corner pieces through my little sticker maker and attached one in each corner of the card front and two on the inside flaps of the card. I double stamped the words on the card front and then on a scrap stamped the outside phrase again and attached it.

I got out my fun sticker and attache a flower to the front and little flowers to the inside. The flower on the card front I filled in with clear liquid adhesive and sprinkled with glitter. I did the same on the edge of the the words on the card front.

As a final touch on the card front I added a couple of dimensional flowers attached with a brad to make the flower really pop. I then stamped the Thinking of You on the inside.

Hope you all enjoy this card and I look forward to my post next week!

Also...check out my blog for more of my cards and to view details for my contest!

Happy Creating...


Monday, March 8, 2010

Target $spot and Cuttlebug who would have thunk?

Good Morning,
We excited to be celebrating National Craft Month with you. Everyday you will find great inspiration with the Wow factor..

I'm Maggie with you to share a fun short tutorial on how to turn a T-shirt from the Target $ pot onto a wow T-shirt using the Cuttlebug and a few items..

Cuttlebug Machine, Flower die cut from Provo Craft, fabri-Tac from beacon Adhesives, Fabric, Tulles, Buttons from JHB, thread and needle.

How to:

1.Cut fabric strip to fit onto the Cuttlebug, repeat 3 times to create the layers.

Now it's time to assemble..
2.Layer the flowers


Once you have them assembled the way you want..  then glue the layers together with fabri-tac.


3.Thread the ribbon to the layers once the glue is dried.
4.Add buttons to the middle of the bottom flowers.

Voila done, wasn't that so easy???

Here's the finish T-shirt again..

I want to see how you decorate your T-shirts leave us a link and a comment tell us what do you htink of this tutorial?

Have an inspiring day!

PS don't forget all the prizes we are giving away this month..

Help us spread the word by inviting your friends to become followers..

Raspberry Cuttlebug Giveaway


Sunday, March 7, 2010

National Craft Month & Lamp Shade


Hi Everyone,
Welcome to a fantastic month of celebration from International Woman's Day, St Patrick's Day to our favorite ~ National Craft Month!
We plan on creating wonderful inspirations for you with a Wow Factor.

Today we are celebrating the gift of Light. Without light it is hard to create ART!

I’m Maggie with you today as I share a simple tutorial using the Cricut ExpressionProvo Craft Gypsy, and Cuttlebug from Provo Craft

Supplies: Sassafras papers, terrifically tacky tape, glitter from Ek Success (MS), Zip Dry glue, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Colorbok fluid chalk, Brads, Prima Say it in Studs.

How to:
1.Select the shadow on the Accent Essential Cartridge and size to 4 inches, multiply by 2, then down size to 3.5 inches, downsize again to 3 inches, downsize again to 2.5 inches for a total of 8 flowers.


2. Ink the edges, spritz the flowers with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, crumple and let dry for 2 minutes. The smaller flowers add glitter using the EK Success and MS fine gold glitter.

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3.Unfurl the flowers a little bit, insert a brad into the center.


4. Use tacky tape and adhere the flowers to the lampshade, add Organza Ribbon for a finishing touch.

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5. Adhere Prima Say it in Studs to the sides of the flowers, add the punch butterflies.

Voila, you are done!

Here is the finish Lampshade…wasn’t that easy, eh?


Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment letting us know what you think?

Have an inspiring day!

PS. don't forget all the prizes we are giving away this month..

Help us spread the word by inviting your friends to become followers, tweet about the blog..

Raspberry Cuttlebug Giveaway


Saturday, March 6, 2010

Come chat with me & Kathy tonight!

Hi everyone,
You are invited to come chat with me(Maggie), Kathy and the team , as we want to get to know you much better, and  have the opportunity to ask the team anything you want..
We will be announcing the winner tomorrow of the spot to Cropping with the stars and the Provo Craft Executive team.
Meet us here Saturday at 7PM EST.
Feel free to invite your friends to the party.

Have a fabulous inspiring weekend,

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Thank You

Happy Wednesday! The sun is shining and there are signs of spring! The day is the inspiration for this bright and sparkling thank you card.

I started with an off white base card from WorldWin and stippled a light layer of Stream (Ranger) just around the edges. (Just got a new camera and still working on the color settings but this is pretty close.)

Next I cut my glitter paper to 5 x 3 3/4. I then ran it through the Cuttlebug upside down so the image would be recessed. I then cut out the flowers from a Sizzix die then embossed them. I used some fun K & Co. paper that is double sided. I also cut out one flower of the glitter paper and embossed it as well.

I used a pretty ribbon to wrap around the the glitter layer and attached all that to the card front. Next I attached the ribbon tails that would peek out from the flower. I stacked the flowers and put a brad in the middle. The brad was not the correct color so I put a little glue on the brad top and glittered it to match. I then attached the flower to the card front with some foam tape.

Last, I used the same stream ink and stamped Thank You on a scrap of the plaid paper. I trimmed it out with deckle edge scissors and layered it on a scrap of the base card and stippled it as well. I popped the words up with foam tape and attached to the card.

I hope you have enjoyed today's card. Happy Spring to you all!