Thursday, July 28, 2011

My Pink Stamper Give Aways

Today is HELLO THURSDAY. That means it's the 4th Thursday of the month, when Provo Craft releases new Cricut Cartridges. Robyn, My Pink Stamper, is one of the Hello Thursday girls. She gets to work with the new release Cricut Cartridges to show us how cool they are. Right now she is waiting for the ok to show us. But in the mean time Robyn has some Cricut Cartridges and My Pink Stamper Stamps to give away. Head over to her Blog to join all the fun.

Click below to see the Give Away Post:

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Lord is my Strength...

I purchased my first set of "Unity Stamp Co."  stamps at CHA. I love how well they stamp. They are the red rubber with just the black foam backing. Then I put it to my acrylic blocks and it stamps beautifully. This is a different style of card for me but I love how it turned out.



Supplies & Instructions
Stamps: Unity Stamp Co - Devoted
Cricut Cartridge: Wild Card - button #45 - 4.5"
Chalk: Pebbles
Ink: Martha Stewart
       Color Box - White
Embossing Powder & Ink: Versa Mark Watermark Ink & Clear Embossing Powder
Glossy Accents
Pen - Sakura Gelly Roll - White Pen

I used several techniques for this card. The base of the card I stamped the butterflies with a Versa Mark watermark ink and then embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I colored the butterflies with Chalk. The sentiment I stamped with a Color Box white ink. But since White ink has a hard time drying I embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I stamped the trees, accented with chalk, cut out the tree on the front and accented the leaves with Glossy Accents.


Birthday Cupcake Card

A little boy is celebrating his 1st Birthday with a Cupcake themed party. So I made this card especially for him.




Supplies & Instructions:
Paper: All the paper is Core'dinations, except the white on the inside.
Cricut Cartridge: Sweet Treats - button #6 - 5.25"
Stamps: My Pink Stamper - Sweetest Cupcakes Stamp Set
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug Seeing Spots
Embelishments: Stickles - Star Dust
                          Stazon - Ink
                          Sakura Gelly Roll - White Pen

Monday, July 25, 2011

Design Team

I am honored to announce that Robyn at My Pink Stamper has asked me to be on her design team for another term. I had so much fun last time, and I am looking forward to this team too.  I was able to get to know so many new people and challenge my crafting talent.

If you have tried out for a design team and wasn't chosen, DON'T GIVE UP! I tried out for several design teams and didn't make it. I know how discouraging it can be but keep your head up and keep trying.

Congratulations to my fellow Pink Stamper Design Team. I look forward to working with you and getting to know you better.

If you would like to see the new My Pink Stamper design team. Check them out HERE. 

Saturday, July 23, 2011

CHA Pictures & Projects

I got to go to CHA Supershow (a small section of the Transworld's jewelry, fashion & accessories show). It you went to it you understand what I mean by a small section. There will 3 small isles of booths. Last year was amazing because the whole convention floor was CHA. Oh well, I still made the most of it. I'll show you the fun I had, projects I made, and few of my favorite booths.

 "My Favorite Things" Booth

 "My Favorite Things"
Make & Take Badge



"Split Coast Stamper's"
Beate John's demonstrates how to make cards with Spellbinders.

Wendy Russell from "She's Crafty" hosted a 15 min canvas crafting challenge. My crafting friend Edna and I were able to be in it. We had 15 minutes to decorate a canvas with the supplies on the table and share who we are going to give it to and why. It was alot of fun & great hanging out with Wendy.

 Focused working on my Canvas


 Edna, focused on her canvas

 This is how my canvas turned out. I was trying to put my daughters names on it when I ran out of time. I plan to give it to my mom with a picture of my girls on it. She lives several hours away and doesn't get to see them very often. When I brought it home, my oldest daughter said it was beautiful.

My crafting buddy Edna & I


A goodie bag from one of my favorite booths.
"Taylored Expressions"


 I made this cute flower at
"Lion Brand Yarn Company"


 
 This was an awesome project at another one of my favorite booths. It is a tag from
"Unity Stamp Company"


 This was a fun card to make from "Raisin Boat"
I have to say I really liked this company. Have you ever wanted to rent stamps? Well they rent stamps just like you would Netflix. You pay a monthly fee to rent their stamps. You can then choose to buy that set or return it. I think it is an amazing idea and affordable too. Check out their website for more info.

 Well I hope you enjoyed my trip to CHA with me. I had alot of fun making all these projects and getting to know these companies more.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Cricut Make and Greet - NEW Circut Products! - Flower Frame

I had alot of fun, yesterday, at the Cricut Make & Greet, it was so honor to attend. I met some great people, got to hang out with one of my crafting buddies Edna, and was introduced to another great product that Provo Craft created.

Cricut Mini
Have you ever wanted to go to a Crop and not have to transport your Cricut Expression & all your Cricut Cartridges with you? Well the product development team at Provo Craft has been listening. They produced the most portable, functionable, and affordable product so far. See all the features & benefits below, but here are my favorite...
-Small, Portable, Light Weight, & Affordable (they said the MRP is $119)
-Cuts 8 1/2" x 11"
-It Uses Cricut Craftroom online, on a laptop or computer to create the perfect project anywhere. Once your Cricut Cartridges are loaded on the Cricut Craftroom then no more switching those for each project.


Introducing the Cricut Mini™ Personal Electronic Cutter—an all-new machine that makes
home, school, business, craft, d├ęcor, party, and DIY projects simple and fun. The Cricut Mini™ machine is a small, lightweight, ultra-portable way to make almost anything you want out of many different types of materials, including thick and thin paper, fabric, vinyl, magnetic material, craft foil, and lots more. With the Cricut Mini™ machine, it’s easier than ever to make projects and be more creative!

FEATURES & BENEFITS
• Simply plug it in, turn it on, connect to the Cricut Craft Room™ Application—the online design tool where you can see and design with the Cricut® cartridge library—and start making projects.

• Includes a cartridge port to link all your cartridges to the Cricut Craft Room™ Application.

• Cuts paper, cardstock, vinyl, magnetic material, fabric, craft foil, sticker paper, and lots more.

• Works with Windows and Mac computers with a standard wireless or wired Internet connection.

• Cuts on 8 ½" x 12" materials. Cut small shapes and fonts from ¼" up to 11 ½"!

• Small, portable, and lightweight for ultra space saving.

• Extremely precise and detailed cutting capability.

This new product defiantly caught my eye. It is so affordable it would make a gift for a friend or get one for yourself to craft at a crop or on vacation. This makes crafting anywhere much more practical.

Now for the flower frame I made yesterday....


This is a frame to go over my CHA badge. So I can by styling this week. It would also be a beautiful frame for any picture. This flower was so much fun to make.
The Flower Shoppe Cartridge is defiantly a must have. Also, the Fancy Frame Cartridge is great for making frames in your scrapbook pages or for pictures around the house.

Flower Frame Instructions
Materials:
·         Cricut Expression® Personal Electronic Cutter
·         Cricut® Fancy Frames cartridge
·         Cricut® Flower Shoppe cartridge
·         Cardstock: 6 sheets of coordinating colors and/or patterns
·         Adhesive pen
·         Adhesive dots
Instructions
For the frame:
·         Using the Cricut and Fancy Frames cartridge, cut one at 4 ¼”
·         Using the Cricut and Fancy Frames cartridge, cut one at 4 ¼”
·         Use the adhesive pen to adhere the frame layers as shown. Set aside.
For the flower:
·         To cut out the leaves, use the Cricut and Flower Shoppe cartridge, and cut out four at 1”
·         To cut out the center of the flower, use the Cricut and Flower Shoppe cartridge, and cut one at 2”. Twirl the image starting with the center tab to create the dimensional flower center.  Place adhesive dot at the end and adhere so that it stays rolled.
·         To cut the flower, use the Cricut and Flower Shoppe cartridge, and cut one at 2” and one at 1 ¾”. Place adhesive dots on the tabs of the flowers and attach to the end of the flower cut out to create a dimensional shape.  Attach the smaller flower to the larger flower by layering (as shown).
·         Attach the center of the flower to the flowers by using adhesive dots.  Add leaves to the back of the flower and adhere to the card as shown.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

CHA fun this week

I am so excited and honored to be invited to a
Cricut Make & Greet today.
It will be so much fun to meet many others who are passionate about crafting like I am. I hope to make some lasting friendships.

Then I plan to attend the CHA Craft Supershow, Saturday morning.
CHA Craft Supershow has some changes this year. It is just a Section at the TransWorld's Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show. It takes place in Rosemont at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. I am lucky to live about 1 hour away from it so I can drive in to enjoy the event. There will be many free make & takes. We will get to see the newest products from many leading Scrapbooking & Crafting Companies. For more information about the even click HERE. If you register to attend online then it is free to attend. If you register at the door then it is $5.

If anyone will be at the CHA Craft Supershow Saturday morning and wants to say hi, leave me a comment. So I am looking forward to an exciting week.

Angela
Simple Creations

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Custom Wedding Album

Wedding Album Gift
I had a custom order for a 8"x8" Wedding Album. It made the perfect Wedding Gift. I tried to keep everything simple & elegant. So I used Black & White and accented it in Apple Red, which was their wedding color. All of the photo mats are 4.25" x 6.25" so that 4"x 6" photos will fit perfect in them. So all the Bride & Groom have to do is adhere there pictures & the album is complete. I am sorry for some glare on the pictures. I took the pictures while it was in the album so I could keep it all together. Scroll down to the bottom for the album details.













Cricut Cartridges Used
Alphalicious
Lyrical Letters
Sweethearts
Sweet Treats

Pattern Paper
Making Memories Wedding 8x8 Paper Pad

Album
8x8 Album from Michael's

I hope you enjoyed this project. I was amazed I was able to complete this who album so quickly. By using pattern paper from one pack & accenting with Red & Black, keeping all the photo mats the same size, and the designs simple helped make this album simple & quick. Now I have all of these cuts saved on my Gypsy, so the next Wedding Album will be even simpler because it is already designed. This is a great way to make a personalized gift than a special couple will cherish for a lifetime. I even included adhesive squares for them to mount there pictures with.