Thursday, July 22, 2010

Beach Boys LO - Sketchy Thursday Challenge

Sketchy Thursday is having a Guest Design Team Challenge, so I decided to try it out. In addition to the sketch we also had to

• Use the color yellow somewhere on the page.

• And use at least one handmade embellishment.




Here is what I came up with.

Cosmo Cricket Snorkel Collection, Cosmo Cricket Twist & Shout PP, EK Success Chutes & Ladders PP, Bazzill Cardstock, Best Occastion Cardstock, Doodlebug Brad Buddies - Fish, American Craft Thickers, Making Memories Tiny Alpha Stickers, Cricut Doodlecharms Cartridge, Stickles, DMC Floss, Misc - RicRac

I used pictures from our trip to the 'beach' last weekend. I thought they would be prefect to use the color yellow with. The yellow sun die-cut was cut using my Cricut Expression and the Doodlecharms cart. I added some yellow stickles to jazz it up. I also used a strip of yellow PP from EK Success' Chutes and Ladders and yellow American Craft Thickers for my title.

I took 'handmade' embellishment to another extent. Instead of 'creating' something, I hand stitched around the border and added some white pen doodling to the circle. I also used my Heidi Swapp Edge Distresser to tear up the edges of my main's photo mat.
I had TONS of fun doing this LO and I'll be keeping my fingers crossed so I can at least make it to the Top 5.  Wish me Luck!

ETA:
I just realized this LO might also qualify for two of the challenges Practical Scrappers is hosting.

  • Older Than One Year - You only have to use one thing older than 1 year for your project to qualify.

  • July Challenge - Just Beachy. Pull out those items you take or find at the beach and use them on your project.
All items used in the LO are OLDER than ONE YEAR. And for my 'Beach Find' how about three swimmers and two fish brads.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Gift Bag Card Holders

At about the same time that I was making my sister's Graduation Card, Becky Roberts introduced her Card Size Gift Bags. I immediately knew they would be prefect for the some-what odd shaped cards I was doing. Using some of the guidelines Becky posted on her blog - Inking Idaho - I created a .cut file using the Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge. The card holders measure 4 3/8" x 5 1/2" x 1" roughly and fit an A2 or slightly bigger sized card.

To coordinate the Gift Bag Card Holder with the cards I was making, I used the same PP(patterned paper). Added a 7/8" White Stain Ribbon I found at CVS during the Christmas Season into the pre-slit cuts and tied a bow. Here is the complete Card and Gift Bag Card Holder for my sister.

I also made a Gift Bag Card Holder for my sister's boyfriend's card. Only on his, I added a popped-out 2010 to the front instead of the bow. I thought the bow added a girly touch to the bag, so I simply deleted the pre-slit lines from the on the .cut file.

Here is the complete card.

Gift Bag Card Holders
.Cut File is available via a comment request. The .cut file comes in the form of a .zip file and includes pictures, TOU, and .cut file. I'd LOVE to see your completed projects, so please send me pictures or a link to your blog. Thanks!


Gift Bag Card Holders - Cricut Expression, Design Studio, Cricut Plantin Schoolbook, Bazzill Blackbird Cardstock, K&Co Graduation PP, CVS 7/8" White Satin Ribbon, Bobbin Ribbon 'Congratulations', SU! Sticky Strip.
Graduation Cards - Please see Graduation Cards post.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Graduation Cards

For today, I have a few graduation cards I made back in June. My youngest sister graduated High School on June 23rd and I HAD to make her something special. I'm soo proud of her...she is such a hard worker and I'm sure she will achieve everything she desires.

I'd never done a Graduation Card before and I knew I wanted this one to be extra special, so I went to Scrapbook.com for some inspiration. I ended up CASEing two cards from the gallery.

My first card - pictured above - was inspired by Anderjackie's Congrats Grad Card. I loved the shape of card and the swirl die-cut she used in the background.

To get the Top-Note shape I welded two of the shapes together using Design Studio. My swirl die-cut comes from the Storybook Cartridge and the graduation cap comes from Locker Talk. The pink flower actually comes from a silk floral stem found in the A.C. Moore Floral Aisle. The 'Congratulations' paper comes from an older DCWV Stack. The inside sentiment is a digital wordart from Kathy Winters' Graduation Inspiration.


For a few finishing touches, I added a few acrylic white dots, some ribbon and a stick pin.

I wasn't completely finished with the card above, when I had a feeling it wasn't what I was looking for. So I got inspired by a second card I saw on Scrapbook.com - Amarilys' Graduation Card. I loved the elegance of the white and black with a touch of silver.

For my card, I knew I wanted to add some pink - afterall, I don't always get to scrap with pink - but keep the black & white feeling.

I used the same base as the card above, just rotated it. The leafy branch, butterflies, and label all come from the Storybook Cartridge. 

 Again, the cap is from Locker Talk and the pink flower is from the Floral Aisle at AC Moore. I also used the Martha Stewart Doily Lace Punch. And some more acrylic white dots. A touch of Cotton Candy Stickles to the butterflies.

The inside of the card uses another wordart from Kathy Winters' Graduation Inspiration.

 By the time I finished both cards, I LOVED them both and couldn't decide which one to give her. So I gave them both to her!

If anyone is interested, the .cut file for both these cards is available via comment request.




I also made a quick card for her High School Sweetheart, they've been together since Freshman year and he's become part of the family.

His card was inspired by the Mojo Monday 144 Sketch.

For this card I used papers from a 12x12 Graduation Specialty Paper Pad by K&Company, that I found on clearance at Target and Cosmo Cricket's The Boyfriend - Homework sheet. 'grad' was cut out using the Pooh Font Set - one of my favorite fonts - and the cap is from Locker Talk. I distressd some of the edges using Heidi Swapp's Edge Distresser Tool.

At the end of the day, I LOVED all three cards I made.

TFL!

A quick reminder: Don't forget you still have time to enter my Grand Re-Opening Blog Candy Giveaway!! All entries must by submitted by Tuesday July, 13th at 12mid EST.


Graduation Card1 - Cricut Expression, Design Studio, Cricut Accent Essentials, Cricut Storybook, Cricut Locker Talk, Bazzill Piglet Cardstock, Bazzill Blackbird Cardstock, DCWV, Kathy Winters Design Graduation Inspiration, AC Moore Floral Stem, Misc - Ribbon, Stick Pin, Acrylic White Paint Pen. Graduation Card2 - Cricut Expression, Design Studio, Cricut Accent Essentials, Cricut Storybook, Cricut Locker Talk, Bazzill Avalanche Cardstock, Bazzill Blackbird Cardstock, Wausau Chalice Silver Cardstock, DCWV, Martha Stewart Doily Lace Punch, Cotton Candy Stickles, Kathy Winters Design Graduation Inspiration, AC Moore Floral Stem, Misc - Acrylic White Paint Pen. 'Grad' Card - Mojo Monday Sketch 144, Bazzill 'Grey' Cardstock, Bazzill Vibrant Blue Cardstock, Bazzill 'Dark Blue' Cardstock, Bazzill Blackbird Cardstock, K&Co Graduation Paper, Cosmo Cricket Homework, Misc - Ribbon, Brad

Friday, July 9, 2010

Birthday Princess_Scalloped Card

I know I said I was going to share this card with you yesterday, but things don't always go as planned. I ended up running a few errands and didn't get the chance to write up the post. So I'll share the card and story with you today.


Back on June 4th, DS#1 came from school with an invitation to a small classroom birthday party for one of his best friends and should I say Kindergarten Love! He - very sweetly and a glow in his eyes - asked me to make something 'special' for his friend. What else could I do than accepted? The invitation was Princess themed and although my card isn't that Princessy, I think it turned out pretty cute.


Inspiration for this card came from the Mojo Monday 141 sketch,  but was never actually sumbitted. Unfortunately, I don't have any carts that have a scalloped card, so I resorted to creating my own using Studio and Plantin Schoolbook. I also used Storybook for the butterfly and label.

The inside of the card uses a sentiment from the Another Year Older WordArt collection by Verena Karolyi. And a princess crown from the Paper Doll Dress Up cart cut using Doodlebug's SugarCoated Cardstock. I also used the Don Juan cart to add the swirl underneath the sentiment. Using the Stitched Feature, I had the holes pierced on a scrap pieces of paper and then traced them onto the card and followed the pattern using a white acrylic paint pen.


As a finishing touch I added a nice spray of Pearl Glimmer Mist to the front of the card. Sorry for the horrible picture, but its the only way to see the glimmer on the card.


Now, no card is complete without a matching envelope. Again using Design Studio I created an envelope and liner for this scalloped card.

Design Studio, Cricut Expression, Don Juan, Plantin Schoolbook, Storybook, MS Doily Punch, Basic Grey Urban Prairie Collection, Bazzill Berry Blush Cardstock, Bazzill Vintage Mauve Cardstock, Bazzill Avalanche Cardstock, Doodlebug Bubblegum SugarCoated Cardstock, vka_OneYearOlder WordArt, Heidi Swapp Pink Jewels, Heidi Swapp Edge Distresser, Offray Ribbon, White Arcylic Paint.

Scalloped Card .cut File
.Cut File is available via comment request. The .cut file comes in the form of a .zip file and includes pictures, TOU, and .cut file. Also please leave a comment here letting me know you have downloaded my file. I'd love to see your finished projects, so don't forget to send me some pictures.
Thanks!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Terms Of Use...

I have a few .cut files to share with you during the next few weeks, but before I do I thought it would be a good idea to share my Terms of Use with you. They are pretty simple and nothing to be scared of.  Along with the make-over of the blog I also did a quick fix to  my .cut files. These will now be shared in the form of a .zip file and will include the .cut file, photos, my Terms of Use, and if necessary any notes or tutorials. Please feel free to read these now. If you have any questions or comments in regards to anything about my blog or .cut files, I would love to hear from you. You may leave a comment here or email me at ScrappinCookie at hotmail dot com.


And before I go, I want to leave you with a little snippet of tomorrow's project - which includes a .cut file.
See Ya Tomorrow!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

GRAND RE-OPENING + BLOG CANDY...

Hi Everyone! I know its been another long month since I posted, but I got carried away trying to give this blog a make-over. And I'm some-what proud to announce that its OFFICIALLY DONE! I know that in some screens not everything looks aligned and center - I'm trying to figure out why that is. On my screen it looks just PERFECT, I don't know if it has to do with the width of our screens or maybe the web browsers. Here is a screen shot of what it should look like - the outer wrapper(the part bordered by a marron line) should be centered in the floral background, the header should fit right in between the border, and the post title should be in a handwritten font.


I used several different design elements to give ScrappinCookie its make-over. The main kit I used is called Samantha's Room by Kim Hill from CG Essentials. I knew I wanted to use brown and pink, so when I saw
this kit I just fell in LOVE with it. It has all the elements I wanted to use - paper flowers, buttons, labels, a gem etc. I did have to recolor a few items to fit the design I was going for.

The second thing I knew I wanted to use was a chocolate chip cookie - after all the name of this blog is ScrappinCookie. I searched for what seemed forever and almost gave up when one night I came across this
Another prefect match. This kit is called Chocolate Cravings by Heather Roselli. I used the chocolate chip cookie to accent my post titles, the chocolate chip can be seen used as a center for many of the paper flowers and the scattered chocolate chips can be found as part of my post divider.

Another digital kit I used was Snow Birds by Bella Gypsy Designs. From this design I only used their front.
To me they look like chocolate chip cookies and thought they would be prefect to spell out the blog's name in the header.

And lastly but not least, I used a few design templates from Delicious Scraps to complete the blog's header
look. The Dazzling Frame was recolored to fit the blog's ongoing color scheme and the Doodled Tag 4 was filled with papers from Samantha's Room digital kit.  

Most of the fonts used come from Kevin and Amanda.

You can find all these Design Elements on the right sidebar under Credits or in the Footer section of the blog. All pictures and links will redirect you to the designers store so you may purchase the kits if you like. I would like to send an Appreciation Shotout to all designers for letting me use thier digital kits on my blog's design. I hope I have used your kits wisely and correctly.

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