TIOT: Crush

hi all!

me n pezza have been on our own again with hubby out of town.  she wanted to get some books at the library so we went and did that yesterday.  i came across some of those old Dick and Jane books and got several – sure enough she can read quite a bit of them.  she decided over Christmas to teach herself to read 😛  she has already taught herseld how to do math.  i don’t know WHAT they are going to do with her in kindergarten.  ESPECIALLY since she has 1 1/2 years to go – she is not starting this fall YIKES!

we will be spending the day today working on a birthday cake for a friend down the street.  nothing as complicated as the snowflake cake!  just one tier, buttercream frosting, polka dots on the side and then she wants a dog on top – she sent me a picture and i had it printed onto a frosting sheet.  the guy who did it insisted it is really easy to put on the cake – we’ll see!

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Remember to catch the very first Imagine This Friday tomorrow!  we will be doing a basic card demonstrating how to do an image as one layer and several layers.  In addition we will have a giveaway too!

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i have a little Valentine card for you for TIOT with Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design! This one came together quickly and uses the current color challenge over on SCS:
The patterned paper is from the Bo Bunny Crush 6×6 collection (on discount in the store right now!) I used three stamps from the Inkadinkado inchie flourishes set. i mounted them on a piece of super glittery Best Creations cardstock. Next i took an all white flower (susana has lots to choose from) and gave it a good mist with Tsukineko psst Shimmer Spritz in sheer silver and then edged the petals with red ink. i finished it off with a red Prima Jewelry center. i punched the bottom of my cardstock with a border punch and then highlighted it by inking and adding teeny red pearls with my Viva Pearl Pen. finally i added a very subtle (2 floss strands) line of stitching above the border using the Sew Easy tool.  The sentiment is one of the latest Valentine Studio G stamps (I am sold out – but i do have some of a previous valentine/spring collection!)

There are so many fun things to play with at SCACD! i am a big fan of variety!

thanks so much for stopping by!  i really treasure each of my visitors!
hugs

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smiling sweetness from Peachy Keen

hi all!

well we had some great fun in the ice yesterday – it was the perfect kind – snow first so it was easy to get off the driveway and sidewalk but icy enough to make the hill down the side of our house VERY slick for some toboganning.  unfortunately our hill slopes just enough to send them sailing into the fence!  but all it did when they would hit was send them into a spin for the rest of the journey downhill.  Pezza of course, wanted me to send her down facing backwards – crazy girl.  while i do love winter time i AM going to be happy when i can send her out into the yard for the afternoon again!

i have another Imagine project for you along with an announcement!  but first i want to let you ALL know that my good friend (and CHA buddy) Terri at Stampsalive has been putting LOTS of stuff on sale to make room for CHA goodies so be sure to check out her site!!!!  her prices are always incredible and now they are even better.  Cricut -aholic like me?  she has some really good deals on cartridges – especially if you are a new Imagine owner and need some cartridges for it!

In addition i still have my whole store marked down 33% – my selection is dwindling but i still have a whole storage room filled to the brim – amazing studio G products, adirondack pigment ink pads, stickles, a wide variety of Ranger and Tim Holtz items and more – CHECK IT OUT!

ok onto the fun!  this project is for the current Peachy Keen LFIF (Let’s Face It Friday) challenge – a thank you card and it must use one of the MANY ADORABLE Peachy Keen faces.  these face stamps are perfect for LOADS of cricut cartridges – and she even has many designed SPECIFICALLY for certain cartridges – SWEEEEEET!  and now here it is:

isn’t it she CUTE!?!?!?!  this entire card other than the base is white cardstock that has been through my Cricut Imagine!  I used the sketch from the current CAS (Clean and Simple) challenge on Splitcoast Stampers. in keeping with the Clean and Simple theme i kept my embellishments to a minimum – i ran my Sew Easy across the top of my paper using the Scallop stitching head.  Then i stitched using ALL 6 strands of the darkest pink Sew Easy thread.  i wanted the stitching to really stand out against the patterned paper.  Then i used the thread to tie a simple bow.

the Imagine has been getting a bit of a bum rap – even being a called a FLOP on the message board!  NOT!!!

I used two cartridges for this card – Bloom Lite and Blossom Imagine.  The Imagine has it’s own cartridges and can also use the regular cartridges.  They can work together to create LOADS of different possible combinations.  The flower is from the Bloom cartridge and i used the colors on the Blossom cartridge to color the layers so it would match the background paper which also came from the Blossom cartridge.  in order to save on ink i don’t print entire pages of patterned paper – just a square large enough for my card front using the shapes on the George Cricut cartridge.  JUST as much dimension as you get with the regular Cricut.  i finished it off with a mini pink glittered skittle in each cut out corner.  The Sentiment is a Studio G of course!

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And now my announcement – in light of my sadness at reading the frustration and disappointment, as well as misunderstanding, regarding the Cricut Imagine – and in light of my thorough LOVE for it – i will now be doing Imagine This Fridays – detailed tutorials – both a video and pictorial  – on the Cricut Imagine!  So if your Imagine is just a giant paper weight – or WORSE still in the box -get it out!  Go through the set up in the booklet, REMEMBER TO GET YOUR LATEST UPDATE DONE and then join me for the very first Imagine This Friday – i will be doing a little giveaway as well!

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Have a great day!

SCACD is back open! Sew Easy tool video

hi all!

happy new year!  we did not do anything exciting on new years eve because i am a big fat wimp when it comes to late nights!  now if you wanna talk early mornings – THOSE i can do!  in fact i have been kicked out of Suzanne’s room at CHA *crying real tears* due to my sleep habits.  hahhahha!  we couldn’t get our usual suites so we had to get 2 separate rooms so suzanne and terri are staying in one since they have the same sleep habits and i will be in the other one with my buddies ashley (etsy inspired challenge) and elaine (friend from the Cricut message board.) i THINK the rooms connect though – just in case i have to pop over and keep suzanne in line LMAO!  i alaways start getting really excited about CHA once the holidays are over!  i love seeing all of the new goodies of course and i especially love getting to see friends in the business from all over that i only get to see at CHA – they are all SO MUCH fun!

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SCACD is back open today after a much deserved break for the holidays and Susana has some AWESOME new stuff in stock and more on the way!

my project today uses one of the newest stamps From the Vault at SCACD called Guardian of Hearth & Home by Carmen Medlin.

I had never tried the feathering technique using the two different colors before but i guess i got suddenly inspired and i really like how it turned out!  I used Viva Decor Holographic Glitter Liner on her wings for some super sparkle and then added gold sparkle to the edges of them and to her belt with a Spica Glitter pen.

I added the brown stitching using the new Sew Easy Tool Susana got in stock just before the holidays – LOVE this thing!  you can buy a variety of interchangeable heads for it to create pierced holes for all manner of stitching.  Just run it across your paper and done – way faster than piercing each hole one at a time!  Then just take floss and stitch through them!  Susana has the cards of Sew Easy colored floss in stock too!  i like them because each one has three different shades of the color on it so i get a lot of variety with them.  This is FLOSS so it is thicker and gives you more dimension than regular sewing thread done with your sewing machine.  i used the same floss for threading my buttons so the look is coordinated!

so what do you think?  the hand stitching actually goes very quickly since the holes are nice and well-punched through.

i used a regular piece of crafting fun foam beneath my paper so the little pokers on the head can go through the paper easily.  check out my video below for complete info and a good look at how this little tool works.  then head over to SCACD and check out the different heads you can buy to do different stitch designs.

Now i am off to do some house cleaning FUN TIMES!  i hope you enjoy the video and find it useful!!!

hugs