Friday, November 26, 2010

BasicGrey Nook & Pantry Birthday Cards - Buzz & Brag Friday

Happy Friday! Two of my favorite people were born in November (hi, Cathy & Reagan!) Last year my sweet friend, Tracy, bought me the BasicGrey Nook & Pantry 6x6 papers and coordinating acrylic stamp set. She also included a card idea. My card is a CASE of that card idea.
I made the second card from the scraps from this card and previous cards I have made from this 6x6 pad (I love to use up scraps!)

What have you made this week? Link your project to Betty Bee's Buzz "Buzz & Brag Friday." Haven't had time to craft? Then leave a comment sharing good things that have happened in your hive this week :)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Cricut Vinyl projects - Wednesday Showcase

I made this wood plaque following this tutorial at Betty Bee's Buzz. This will be a gift for my sweet sweet sister and b-i-l. I finished early this morning and when my dh saw it he asked if I would make one for us! Yep, he's a keeper :)

For even more fabulous ideas using vinyl, head over to Betty Bee's Buzz right now for her Wednesday HoneyBee Showcase. My supplies include: acrylic paints, crackle finish, adhesive-backed vinyl, die ink, and my cricut machine (more details at Betty Bee's Buzz.)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The BeSt Wax Museum (Susan B. Anthony & Betsy Ross together at last!)

Here are Susan B. Anthony & Betsy Ross; together at last! At Belmont Station elementary (BeSt), one of the programs for the 3rd graders is a wax museum. The students wear a button (Kathryn has hers on in the pic) that says, "Push to talk."
The students have researched their famous American for the past month and create a poster. The 3rd graders are seated in the hall beneath their poster. When someone pushes their button, the child stands and recites one fact about their famous American (6 facts total.) This was so cute! My mom sewed their costumes. I have to admit these are two of the cutest girls at BeSt!!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Look who's coming to dinner...

My mom is coming for dinner on Thursday, so I thought I would make this napkin ring for her. The napkin ring is Roe's idea, actually. I followed her easy tutorial and made this in less than 30 minutes! Roe is hostessing this week's Monday Motivation. Click on over to the hive (Betty Bee's Buzz) for lots of samples and inspiration! Why not give it a try yourself? I think this would spruce up any table, then you could link our creation to Betty's Buzz & Brag Friday.

paper: Secret Garden by The Paper Company Studio, Bazzill Bling, and black card stock
fancy brad: (I purchased recently at Hobby Lobby)
chipboard tag: Secret Garden by The Paper Company Studio
die cuts: Provo Craft French Manor Cricut cartridge & square Spellbinder Nestibilities
border punch: SU

Friday, November 12, 2010

Buzz & Brag Friday: Iris Sympathy card

Happy Friday! It's time to buzz and over to Betty Bee's Buzz and leave a comment about what you have been up to this week or good news to share and/or link a recent creation. What's going on in your hive?

My step-mother passed away last week and I made this card for my step-brother, Douglas. Whenever I need to make a sympathy card, I use this iris stamp by PSX. I first stamped the background with a linen background stamp on kraft card stock. I colored the irises with my Prismacolor pencils and added some bling.

stamps: SU (linen background) & PSX (iris)
inks: Tim Holtz pumice stone & antique linen & Memento black
papers: Bazzill (purples) & SU (kraft)
bling: Hero Arts pearls and gems
border punch: Fiskars threading water
Prismacolor colored pencils

Monday, November 8, 2010

How Can You Resist? Last call for blog candy!

It's my turn to teach a Motivation Monday tutorial at Betty Bee's Buzz. You can click there for more details AND to leave a comment or two or twenty for a chance to win Betty's blog candy. Blog Candy closes tonight!
Both of these cards are examples of heat emboss resist. I have tips on what to do and what I learned (lol) at Betty's blog :)

Pears card:
  • papers: 6x6 Cosmo Cricket Early Bird & Core'dinations card stock
  • ink: SU chocolate chip
  • stamp: A Stamp in The Hand Co. Pear Border #2
  • hello sentiment: BasicGrey rub-on
  • ribbon: SU
Floral card:
  • papers: hand-made pattern paper (manufacturer unknown), ACMoore (black), and Magenta (silver paper)
  • stamp: SU Heartfelt Thanks
  • ink: Memento
  • ribbon: (manufacturer unknown)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Merci! Masculine Card

Lots of "firsts"! I have a new Provo Craft Cricut Expression and I just had to play :) I cut out the Eiffel Tower and the "Merci" sentiment. This machine is amazing. It has a place of honor right now in the middle of my kitchen table for all to admire. I usually have anxiety when I need to learn how to do anything machine-related. (Learning to blog was a huge learning curve for I took the machine out of the box, set it up following the easy-breezy directions, and cut out these two items with no trouble; all in less than an hour! This machine has infinite capabilities, and I am ready to learn. If I can do it, anyone can.

I had an idea in my head for a card with the Eiffel Tower and a "merci" flag flying from it with a script background. Yes, my mind goes to Provo Craft products first...I luv my embossing folders and dies! I did not have any other plan for a sketch or other embellishments. I started with the flag and then thought it might be fun to make a flag of France. I needed my Tweezer Bees to glue on the "Merci". I love that little tool! After I embossed the kraft card stock, I wanted the script to "pop", so I distressed it. Michael's has Martha Stewart border & corner punches on clearance (score!), so I tried my new border punch. I have had the black studs (yes, they are black IRL) in my stash for over a year, and I thought this is a perfect time to try them.

I know this sounds like an ad for Provo Craft, but I promise I have not been paid to do so!

Eiffel Tower: Cricut Wall Decor and More cartridge
Merci: Cricut French Manor cartridge
embossed background: Cuttlebug Script embossing folder, distressed with Tim Holtz inks (pumice stone & vintage photo.)
border punches: Martha Stewart French Scroll and SU scallop
studs: Prima

Friday, November 5, 2010

Buzz, Brag, Bee Happy Friday & Blog candy

Today is Buzz, Brag & Bee Happy Friday at Betty Bee's Buzz. Click over and link a recent creation, or leave a comment about what good things have happened for you this week. I was able to have a play date with my card-making girlfriend yesterday and 3 more today! I love and admire each of these ladies; we have so much fun and laugh A LOT. I can't think of a nicer way to start the weekend!

My card today was inspired by a card I saw at Nancy Riley's blog recently. I was so taken with it that I knew I wanted to make one similar. I hope you like it too :) What has inspired YOU recently?

Happy Friday, Darlings!

Stampin' Up!: lattice die, embossing folder, kraft card stock
flowers: K&Co.
mini brads: DCWV & Bazzill (red)
corregated paper: Michael's
black card stock: ACMoore

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Give that candle a facelift! Did I mention blog candy?

Good morning! Today is HoneyBee Showcase Wednesday at Betty Bee's Buzz. Our inspiration this week is to give our candles a facelift.
I found this frosted glass candle in my closet and I added some SU rub-ons to make it a little more festive.
This candle came from the same closet. I stamped on tissue paper with various stamps and die inks, then I adhered the tissue paper to the candle with my heat gun.

Please check out Betty Bee's Buzz. Here are the hive-lights:
Motivation Monday: new inspirational tutorials every week
HoneyBee Showcase Wednesday: samples by the HoneyBees (our take on the tutorial)
Buzz & Brag Fridays: sharing good news...YOU can share what good things are going on in your hives or something fun you created this week

And there is honey at the candy up for grabs!
HOW TO BE CONSIDERED: Just leave us a comment or two or ten at Betty Bee's Buzz, and if you post a project, or become a follower, that would be really nice, too. We'll count them all up, and put them in a bonnet, and draw a winner! We'll choose a winner on Monday night, November 15th (really late, so you can comment on that day's Monday Motivation!!!). Any questions?
PS. Don't forget that we have a link from Thur. for you to post your Halloween Costume photos! We want to see them, and they count toward the blog candy, too!!!

Did You Moose Me?

We have enjoyed a nice long weekend four day weekend...Monday was a teacher workday and yesterday the students were out of school for election day. I hope your Halloween was SPOOKtacular, but I am already looking forward to Thanksgiving. I think Riley Moose is excited too :)

I made this card for the current color challenge at Passionately Artistic (formerly known as Cuttlebug Challenge blog.) Use brown, green, and orange (Autumn colors).

Papers: BasicGrey Origins & Memory Box Twilight
Stamp: Riley Moose by Hanna stamps
Punches: Fiskars border (threading water) & Martha Stewart (fence)
dies: Spellbinders Nestibilities
ink: CM marker (faux stitching), Memento black & copic markers