Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Happy Canada Day!

Canada Day is a special day for me. Although I wasn't born a Canuck, I have lived almost my whole life here, coming to Canada when I was my youngest daughters age right now. I've married a born and bred prairie boy, and my girls are growing up loving this wonderful country! I wouldn't have it any other way! Our family usually takes in the festivities of Canada day, and today I'm participating in my first ever Canada Day Blog hop with The Canadian Paper Trail -- a new blog I have the pleasure to DT for. So, here's my LO created from last year's fireworks (always a challenge to take pictures of fireworks!) and my girl's expressions:

Your next stop is the final one, The Canadian Paper Trail! If you came here first and would like to check out all the other stops on this blog hop, please go to The Canadian Paper Trail where you can pick up the "trail".

Supplies: Canadian paper (brand unknown), black cardstock, red with stars vellum; Wall Decor & More and Home Decor cricut cardridges.

Thanks for dropping by, and Happy Canada Day!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Debossing with your cricut: Robot Puppy!

There's lots of buzz about debossing and embossing with cricuts, so I thought I would try out an old trick I use on cards! On score lines in my cards, I usually use an inverted blade and "draw" a score line. Works like a charm! I really don't have the money right now for a whole kit, but love the look! So here's what I did:

1. Take out your blade housing and remove blade.

2. Insert blade with pokey-side inside the blade house. The "wrong end" will be sticking out.

3. Set to about 5 or 6 depth.

4. Put housing back in your machine. Choose your paper. This image was done on metallic Making Memories paper (see supply list below). I did not use a cushion or embossing mat underneath, although I will try out a spellbinders mat someday when using cardstock. However, the metallic worked great without! Design or choose your image, and cut!

5. Enjoy your debossed image!

Other instructions:

This LO was made with Robotz, and the Robot Puppy is cut in standard cardstock, inked edges and then has a layer of Glimmer Mist pearl applied. The ink ran lightly, but I like the look!

Paper: Martha Stewart Playful Pink paper pad
Making Memories "Slice" paper multipack (metallic green)
Fonts: 4MyLover

How Exciting!

I'm the featured designer over on Joy's Life today! Here's a sneak peak of my mini-book:

I would love it if you hopped on over to take a look! Joy's got the cutest stamps that go with Create a Critter, which I really love. They stamp beautifully!

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

My First Birthday

This is me, on my first birthday! The original photo came out of a magnetic book, and is in bad shape, but I managed to get it into useable shape, I think. However, This page needed to keep it simple, and so I decided to use my MS punches and make a pretty little border. Love those punches! Here's the result:

Supplies: Fonts: LA Headlights BTN (my, birthday) and Vivaldi (First)
Paper: ? from my stash
Martha Stewart punch and flocking
Atg and xyron sticker maker
Prima flowers

1. Create lace doily frame using Martha Stewart Doily Lace edge punch using strips of paper 1.25" wide. The picture in the sample is 6.5" x 7" and required two 1.5" x 12" strips of paper.

2. Punch strips with selected punch.

3. Cut into punched strip to first dot.

4. Make a gentle curve in the border, tucking each section of tabs behind the next tab.

5. Lay down a layer of adhesive at the edge of the back of the photo.

7. Starting at an inconspicuous spot, gently bend around the photo, Match the joint if necessary.

8. If unable to completely match beginning and end, use embellishment to cover this area.

9. Cut title, then use adhesive to apply flocking. Shake loose, then adhere to page.

10. Adhere photo to page. Embellish.

I hope you found that helpful! There's a few punches that this works especially well with, mostly the ones that are scalloped edged. Try some out, and let me know how it works!

Thanks for commenting, and linking back to me if you try this out. I'd love to see what you make!