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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Michaels & Walmart Haul Feb. 13th and Layout

Just wanted to share some recent purchases I picked up because nobody in my 'real life' can understand the excitement associated with the purchase of new supplies and a new lo I created.  I love this time of year because I always get a chance to pick up some new supplies that I have added to my want list from the previous year.
I got my first sets of Peachy Keen Stamps, super excited but I may have ordered the wrong size of the critter set. I went with medium but I think large would have been better considering the size of the cuts I usually make. I'll make it work or possibly place one more order, lol! I got Birthday Bash and Florals Embellished for cricut cartridges. Yeah! I can cross those two of my list.  I have wanted an embossing machine for a year now and was aiming for a cuttlebug, unfortuneately Michaels or Walmart did not have one. So being the unpatient crafter that I am I picked up the Sizzix Texture Boutique and a bunch of embossing folders that were on sale so I could not resist. The colorbok cardstock from Walmart ($5) will be used for cricut cuts being that it is black, brown & white. I find myself reaching for these colors on a regular basis now especially when using the Create a Critter cart. I am so happy I got a tripod. Hopefully my lo pics will come out better using this as oppose to my hand that seems to shake uncontrollably everytime I try to take a pic. Any other time no shaking what so ever. Figures, right? So enough with the I gots and on to a lo using my stash, that I entered in the Week #3 February Sketch challenge over at

 I created this Lo using Plantin Schoolbook for the circles. The scalloped piece behind large circle is actually 2 inch circles, cut in half and adhered evenly around the larger circle, which was cut using fit to page feature (11 inches) on my Cricut Expression. The large circle pp is from a K&Company Christmas Stack called BW Evergreen, the other pps are from DCWV and the cs is Recollections. I added faux stitching using a Gelly roll white pen. This is my got to technique right now. Every lo I have made gets the stitching treatment lately. To get the green dotted paper to layer perfectly, I put the 12inch by 4 inch scrap piece on the cutting mat and cut another circle the same exact size as the large one, I then just trimmed the top and bottom off to the size I wanted it to be and adhered it down. The other red pp was also a scrap I had it was a little larger so I just trimmed it down to the size I liked. For the title I used Scal2 (am new to this my husband got it for me for my birthday recently I love it so far). I love this photo of my girls. I oringinally had it on an 8 1/2 by 11 lo I created early on in my scrapbooking days but I thought it deserved a better presentation. Thank goodness I originally adhered it using a glue stick so it was half falling off anyway and was easy to take apart without any damage. I do not recommend using any type of gluestick unless you think you may want to take your lo apart in the future. Thanks for checking my blog. Please feel free to leave a comment and I will be back to post some los using my new scappy supplies soon. Have a great Day!!!!!


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Recent Lo

I am trying to get into this blog more but I just haven't got my mojo back yet. I am working on it by joining challenges over at and making myself do them. Thank you to all my followers as I know right now this is not the most exciting blog on the internet, but I will do better in the future I promise...
Here is my most recent lo that I entered in 2 challenges over there.
The sketch came from the weekly sketch challenge. They post a sketch there and give you a twist to add to your creativity. The twist this week was to use a punch which I did with the black scalloped border. The other challenge category this lo was entered in was the use your stash challenge. This challenge encourages you to use products you already have on hand and also gives weekly lo guidelines with a twist. This is actualy for their week 1 lo which required me to create a lo with me and someone/thing I love with a twist of using a stitched heart. I picked these pics of my daughters and I and added doodled stitching to the title.
The products I used to create this lo were my cricut expression and SCAL 2 for the scalloped corner in the background. The pink and white pp is from the DCWV ultimate stack. I love this stack and the SCAL 2 program which is new to me but I already love it.. The title was cut out using the Birthday Bash cartridge at 2 1/2 inches. I doodled the stitching using a gellyroll pen. All the cs is from DCWV. The ribbon is burgaundy and from Joann's store. The green border strip and the black chipboard heart are from Colobok. I made the journaling paper using the quick form app on my printer. I decided on the color scheme with the help of This website is awesome. if you find yourself stuck trying to figure out which colors to use check out that site. I have it bookmarked and check it often. Thanks so much for visiting and I promise to see you soon. I got a bunch of new goodies recently and plan to create some great projects real soon!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Create a layout in 30 Mins.....

I haven't updated my blog in over a week because my birthday was on Wednesday and I have been busy, busy, busy....So today I thought I would share a lo I did for a challenge over at and it also falls under the 52 challenges I said I would do on this blog. The challenge at was to create a single photo lo and I added the extra challenge of making it in 30 mins or less. I did so by designing the whole lo on my GYPSY and using pp and cardstock out of coordinating stacks made by DCWV. Here it is..
I created this lo using gypsy wanderings, mini monograms and Plantin Schoolbook. I used the layers feature on the gypsy and set this lo up using 7 different layers. I started with the yellow background paper which is cut at 11.38 inches wide and 12.08 inches tall. The 2nd layer was the striped scallop cut at 10.57 inches wide and 12.31 in height. Next I used the gypsy wanderings for the striped bracket looking accent under the title and that was cut at 3.49 inches wide by 2.96 inches tall.Layer 4 was the first mat under the bracket shape cut at 3.58 inches w and 3.45 inches h. The next mat was 3.97 w by 3.69 h. I did these before the yellow curved square so I would know how big to make this shape and still fit the title block and show the background. Layer 6 is the yellow mat under the gingham paper cut from Mini monograms cart and it was cut at 8.27 w by 10.29 h. The gingham red paper also from Mini cart was cut at 8.88 w by 11.16h. I used Plantin Scoolbook for the Title and the mat for the title and got the inspiration for it from a sticker I had. The border strip is from Martha Stewart Crafts. I used multiple mats to make these cuts and just cut one layer at a time. Having the whole lo planned out on my gypsy really helped speed up the process of gluing the pieces down which sometimes when making a lo I can struggle with this for days. Thank you for stopping by and checking out my creations. I hope you like it and that the directions are clear if you would like to recreate a similar lo for your scrapbook.... Have a great Day!