Thursday, February 3, 2011

Good early morning blog is really early here. I just had to get some things done this morning on the blog that I have been wanting to share these last few days.

First up, I made some cards. Not many but I made a car using a stamp that I have. I know that I have made cards with this one before but I wanted to make this one for the baby version of that card. I made it both in girl (only made one) and boy versions (made 2).

I like the boy version better, mostly because the patterned paper makes the cards theme of exploration or a journey into parenthood work much better.

So here is the card

K&Co-Sweet Nector paper pad

American Crafts- ribbon
Heidi Swap-photo corners
Studio 18-Rhinestones

Ink & stamps
Colorbox Chalk ink-blackbird, wild honey
Copic Markers-YR04, BG34, YG13
Fiskars-New arrival stamp
Paper Trey ink-enjoy the ride

The sketch that I used for the card was from a sketch#10 (I believe) but I didn't post it for the challenge. My only intention was to make some cards with the sketch that I could use for family and friends. But I am thinking that maybe in the future I will enter the challenge.
Did you notice that I mentioned a paper pad for my supplies?? it is the first that I have purchased in years. I haven't bought a paper pad from any chain or lss for at least 5yrs, I usually purchase paper by the sheet (getting only the ones that I absolutely have to have) but I went into M's to grab another set of mats because I had a member reward of $5 off my next purchase, and so I headed there to get my mats. I walked right by the paper section there and headed towards the mats, but on the way back I took a wrong turn while looking at some stamps on the end cap and bam! there was this paper pad. I have no idea if it's new or old, but it is so my style...bright but not kiddie and it works so good with so many card ideas that I am planning. I haven't found sheet in it that I wouldn't use either the front or the back of the sheet. And that is why I grabbed it. I also grabbed a valentines pad too that was awesome but now I wish I would have gotten the mat stack for this paper pad. There are actually two Sweet Nectar sets but one of them had some papers in it that I didn't like at all but the map paper made me jump all over this set! And I honestly don't regret getting a paper pad! I don't know if I will be getting more but to not have gotten one in so long it was so worth getting this one.

Also I am not going to say that someone should do this but I was looking high and low for the actual die that I have of this stamp, and couldn't find it at all. And I am still not sure where it is, but I needed to cut out the car image, and I didn't feel like hand cutting them so I stamped the image and created a template on my expression. I am in no way saying that you should do this, or steal images, but because I have the actual die (which I do have on an invoice) I figured it would be ok. And honestly I love that it worked out but it took a little time to do, and I hope that I find my die, cause I really wanted to cut some of those cars in felt...and I haven't even thought of trying that out on my expression. I only mentioned it all because #1 it was an accomplishment for me because I did it on my machine and #2 it was a great idea if you are in a bind and you need something that you own but can't find it anywhere!

I am going to be making more cards the next couple of days and I hope to get them done before we start Valentine's day projects here this weekend. Especially because I have made it my goal (because I obviously don't have enough to do) to send all the woman in my family Valentines cards along with some little gift and a card or two from the kids. And so I started the search for digital images that I could purchase and cut...well the search kind of fell into my lap. I was checking out my lettering delights newsletter and saw some of the cutest my fun and lovable designs...and of course since they cost way less than a cricut cart, I surely got them. And since it was from my birthday money it felt good to spend it on something fun. I didn't get nearly what I wanted (I put those on my wishlist) because someone on MTC's site said something about dollar days on letter delights site coming soon...and I don't know when soon is but you better believe I am going to be there so fast to get more images.

So here is the image I got cut all out and added to the bottom of our family calendar. I redid the calendar this month. Mostly because I wanted the writing to be flexible but not the dates and what I learned from last month is that since I have a ton of those calendar grids, I should probably put the dates on the calendar behind the glass because it all got accidentally wiped off last month.

Isn't the little froggie sitting on the mushroom the cutest ever! Love it! I wanna first say, I am not paid by lettering delights but I wanted to share this site because it could be a great alternative to your cart issue if you have SCAL or MTC. You can check it their site out here

I like carts from my cricut but honestly I haven't seen an image that was cute but nice enough to be used on an adult project that I didn't have to edit to make it not look so diecut-ish...ya know! LOL but I am now going to be searching the internet to find more digital images and more everything else that I if you have some suggestions please share them. I could surely use a fellow crafters resource information...


  1. Love the card, great colors. I can't wait to try MTC, you make it seem like a must have!

  2. Thanks Tamika, it is an awesome program and there is an option to download a free trial to see if you like it also!