Monday, May 28, 2012

Thinking of You Teapot -My Craft Spot Project

Hello friends, welcome back for another great challenge for My Craft Spot
 Today's challenge is...
Buttons and Bows 
Make a project using buttons and bows.

I enjoyed making this card, the adorable teapot is a steel die (die-namics) called Always Time for Tea from My Favorite Things, I just love how each piece is able to be cut separately, the die even has a teacup and tiny little spoon, so sweet.
I used the Lacy Oval Spellbinders die behind the teapot
The flower punch is an older punch from Stampin Up, and these sweet tiny buttons I had in my stash for a while, so I was glad to use them.

The paper collection is DCWV Garden Party mat stack, and I used my sewing machine for the stitching along with a bit of lace from my stash.
The sentiment is from My Craft Spot, Sweet Sentiments #1 clear stamp set.

This lovely crinkle ribbon is also from My Craft Spot this is Raspberry Truffle.
You can see the sweet teacup and spoon image in the photo below.

Side view.

Inside of card.

 Each Monday Kimberly at My Craft Spot host a challenge for everyone to join. It's a great way to motivate yourself to get creative, and her blog is a great place to purchase quality products and a wonderful place to be inspired.
Head over to her blog and see the other "Buttons and Bows" projects created by the design team -HERE.
Thank you for visiting.

You're My Hero -Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Project

It's a wonderful day to think of those people who have sacrificed so much for us so we can have the freedom and comforts that we do. 
Yes, Memorial day is a day to remember and honor those who have died in our nation's service, but for me it's also a day to honor and remember friends and family members who have died. 
As a young girl my mother would always pick a huge bouquet of purple iris's from our yard and as a family we would visit the grave sites of my grandparents. My parents would talk about the past and we always saw relatives there who were visiting just as we were. It's a beautiful memory for me, because I believe that death is not the end.
Today's challenge at Fantabulous Cricut is...
Memorial Day
Make a project using the color red plus anything that makes you think of Memorial Day (ie. a flag, military symbol, or poppy).
Remember to use at least one image on your project that has been cut using your cricut machine.
This weeks sponsor is Wild Orchid Crafts and have provide a few of the design team members with product for us to create with, thank you so much Wild Orchid Crafts!

For my project I made a memory frame with the theme of how a child may remember a loved one, and since my husband is in the Air Force the image from A Child's Year cricut cartridge just jumped out at me page 69 cut at 3.3" high (measurement using my gypsy).  The captain "wings" were cut .92" high.
The stars were cut using George and Basic Shapes cricut cartridge cut at various sizes.
All paper images except for the black shadow, were inked using Tim Holtz Vintage Photo

I used a stamp set from My Favorite Things, Well Worn Greetings and used the coordinating Die-namics die to cut the oval.
I added stitching using my sewing machine and inked all the stitching with vintage photo.

The items that I used from Wild Orchid Crafts are the brown/yellow tone Cherry Blossoms and the 1 1/4" rose leaves.  I grouped 5 blossoms together and three leaves, I added antique photo Tim Holtz ink on the leaves, then on the wire stems I wound vintage cherry bakers twine from My Craft Spot and tied a bow.

Remember to take a look at the inspiring projects made by the FCCB design team -HERE and share your Memorial Day projects with us.  

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Hello Sunshine - CC Designs Stamp

I'm still practicing using my Copic markers and I'm really enjoying using them. This adorable image is a CC Designs Sugarplums rubber stamp set called "Take a Seat" from All That Scraps the set can be found -HERE. This set has 12 images, 6 characters (5 girls 1 boy) and 6 seats (wagon, bench, chair etc.)
I've wanted to get a few CC Designs stamps from All That Scraps and thought this would be a great set to start with. The designer paper is from DCWV "The Green Stack" mat stack.

Copic colors used:
Hair: E31, E13, E 29
Skin: E50, E01, E35 cheeks R20
Shirt: C1 and Colorless blender
Shoes: R20, R22
Roses: R20, R22, R29
Leaves & Grass: G21, G28
Wall: E50, E13, E33
Shadow: C1

I decided to do a bit of paper piecing with this little girl's clothes, and I really liked this image above from the mat stack and though that would look so cute as her jacket.  So I decided to scan the image on my computer and make it smaller so the floral images would fit on her jacket, I like how it turned out. The pants are paper pieced too but not resized as the jacket was.

For the "Hello Sunshine" phrase I used a clear stamp with Versafine black ink.  This phrase is from My Craft SpotButterfly Kisses stamp set. I also used crinkle ribbon, Sunshine Yellow and Maraschino bakers twine from My Craft Spot.  The charm I've had in my stash for a long time.

Inside of card

Thank you for visiting :)

Monday, May 21, 2012

Way to Go Graduate -My Craft Spot Project

For todays Fantabulous Cricut challenge project click -HERE
I'm so thrilled to have the opportunity to be on My Craft Spot design team and share with you my crazy love for creating with paper! 
Each of the 8 design team members will post a project every other week with the option to post on our "off" week if we choose. This happens to be my first "off" week, but I couldn't resist creating a project for this weeks challenge.
Challenge #56
(graduation, new baby, new job etc.)
With my niece graduating this year I wanted to make her a fun card to celebrate her special occasion of graduating High School.  I used her school colors, brown and gold and added designer paper to give it more of a feminine/girly feel.  
I found the tutorial for this graduation shape card on You Tube -HERE, the instructions were very helpful and easy to follow.
The tassel is made from embroidery floss, again found instructions from a You Tube video -HERE again great instructions.
I love to learn new creative ideas (at least new to me) and often find what ever I'm looking for on You Tube... Love that visual learning!

Have you seen the "Tiny Tags" stamp set that Kimberly has for sell at My Craft Spot? It's a great set with sentiments for many occasions, perfect for a small tag as they were designed for... but did you ever think you could use one of those small phrases on card, it can be done and I think it worked out perfect for this card!

Inside view of card, those brown edges fold in when closed and this card fit's perfectly in an A2 size envelope. The cardstock is Chocolate Chip and More Mustard from Stampin' Up!

Added some stitching using my sewing machine.
I used my mounting tape to pop up the sentiment to give it more dimension.

Front view, yep stitched the top of the grad hat.

Bottom of card
Border punch is from Recollections
Designer paper has been retired from Stampin' Up!

 I hope you enjoyed my card and were inspired in some way today, and if you haven't seen the rest of the design team projects for the "Congratulations" challenge, you really need to head over to My Craft Spot and see what they've made... talk about being inspired... such inspiration and talent those gals have shared!  -HERE.

"CONGRATS" -Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Project

For todays "My Craft Spot" challenge project click -HERE.

Hello friends, welcome to another wonderful Monday!  Each Monday begins with a new challenge over at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog, and this weeks challenge...
"You Did It"
Make a Graduation card or project
remember to include a cricut cut image somewhere on your project

I've been thinking about this shape card in my head for a few days now and I was able to quickly design it using my Gypsy and then put it together.  I rarely use my cricut machine without my gypsy... really almost never, I love my gypsy!  The letters "CONGRATS" are from the Birthday Bash cartridge, and were welded together. The graduation hat is from Everyday Paper Dolls.

I designed this card to fit in a legal size envelope (the long -approx. 9 1/2" x 4" size) using several layers.

I like to use the colored fun foam or craft foam as some call it to create a "pop-up" effect when working with black cardstock, instead of using my usual white mounting tape so it's not as noticeable.  I used black and orange fun foam for this project. I purchased the multi color package so I have several colors on hand.  
I cut the fun foam into strips and then smaller pieces, the size that I need, I use tacky glue to adhere it to the cardstock.

The tassel was made using grosgrain ribbon from Stampin' Up.  You can see a video -HERE showing how to make this type of tassel, as well as another fun graduation card. I made the graduation card in the video for this weeks My Craft Spot challenge, my card can be found -HERE.

The black cardstock is the "shadow" font feature from the Birthday Bash cartridge, the orange and white are the layered font. 
I added stitching using an extra fine sharpie pen on the orange "CONGRATS" image. 

Inside of card

You'll want to head over to Fantabulous Cricut to see the other great projects that the design team has created, and we would love you to join us for This Weeks Challenge -"You Did It"  -HERE
Thanks for visiting today!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Karen's Gorgeous New Blog Make-Over

Karen has a gorgeous new look on her blog, have you seen it yet?
I had the opportunity to give Karen's blog a "make-over" and it is absolutely stunning. The digital scrapbook kit that Karen chose is called Glimmering Memories by Lauren at DSP.

Karen's Blog is titled Kaleidoscope Sparkles and this new look is just perfect for her positive personality. When you take a look at her blog notice her lovely creative artwork, it's beautifully done such an inspiration, just like her.
Take a look at her blinkie

Kaleidoscopic Sparkles

 Karen was such a joy to work with in the design of her new blog. As we incorporated each element from the digital kit that she absolutely loved it was fun to see the blog look come together with a stunning style all her own. She introduced her new blog on this post -HERE. Head over to Karen's blog and "grab her blinky" to place on your blog, and become a follower, she has so much to share with everyone.
Thank you so much Karen for this wonderful opportunity I had to let your beautiful personality shine through with the design of your "new blog look".  View Karen's blog -HERE

Interested in a new blog look?  Email me and we'll chat :)
robinscreativecottage @ yahoo .com (remove spaces)
Thank you for visiting today!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Friendship Card -Meet Tullulah Digi Stamp

Hello, I have another sweet image from DigiStamp Boutique, her name is Tullulah. 
 Sally-Ann is the designer and I love her whimsical style of people characters. 
I love Tullulah's loose ponytails on her hair, I like coloring hair.  I'm still working on learning techniques with my copic markers and trying to get better at it... and it it true what the say... practice, practice, practice, so that is what I'm doing practicing.  :) This image can be found -HERE.

Copic Marker colors:
Skin - E50, E01, E13, R20 (cheek) 
Hair -E33, E25, E29
Dress -BG11, BG13, BG15
-R20, R22, R24
Shadow around image -C1, NO
Finishing the image off with a bit of sparkle using Diamond Stickles

Paper collection it the mat stack Garden Party by DCWV, and I couldn't resist sewing on my card again.  I used my spellbinder dies for shapes.

I used the beautiful crinkle ribbon from My Craft Spot this is the Snow White color, the stamped image is also from My Craft Spot the Sweet Sentiments Set #1 clear stamps.

I'm trying a new idea on my blog the "InLinkz Link Manager" to list the items that were used in this project, it's a great quick reference tool. Let me know what you think I'd love to hear if it is helpful at all.

Thanks for visiting.