Saturday, December 29, 2007

Technique Videos

Now that I have a little extra time to relax, I have been checking out other card making and scrapbooking blogs. I came across this site Paper Diva and found it very interesting and informative. Christine is based in Canada and not only has a blog, but she has a site for Video Techniques. I spent quite a bit of time watching some these. She does a nice job of introducing new products and demonstrating step-by-step techniques. It was like watching a five minute "Martha Stewart" episode. If you have a few extra minutes, check it out, just click on her site, Scrap Time!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Holiday Gifts

Well, it is after the holidays and things are very relaxed right now (other than a little cleaning up after presents!). I am on vacation for two weeks and plan on spending some time in my comfy "jammies" with a lush new blanket from my daugher Tori, with a cup of Starbucks flavored coffee (from my other daugher Allie) - do they know me or what!! I have a stack of Paper Crafts, Paper Trends, and Cards magazines to relax with. I also have time to sit at the computer and put some of my ideas online. I know it is after the fact, unless you haven't had all your holiday parties yet or maybe you can use these ideas for next year (you know it isn't too early to get started for next year!) Here are some holiday gifts I used. I made two of these little "doggie" gifts for Max's groomer and the owner. They take such good care of my little darling! I used the Doodle Charms (Cricut machine) to make the dog shown here. Just a little layering of paper and a few googlie eyes made this an easy craft. This snowman basket with matching cards was one of my favorites. I found the basket at Michaels and then designed the cards to match (and if you know me, you know that is how I design my baskets - around the containers!) I used my Cricut machine for the snowman (again Doodle Charms cartridge). I did a little sponging to antique the cards and the snowman. These cute little money cards made a nice gift (from my dad to all the grand-kids this year). I made sure to tell them "Don't throw that card away!! (I don't know if they listened!) Again I used the Cricut machine with the Doodle Charms cartridge. The stamp "I Believe" is from Stampassions. I stamped that near the top and added some clear glitter glue. On the inside I used the Stampin' Up punch (half circle) along the edge to create the money holder. I'm sure the kids were only interested in the "money" part, but I thought these cards turned out really cute! Until next time, thanks for looking!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Christmas Tins

Wow, I can't believe it has been over a month since I sat down here to update! I guess things have been rather hectic. I have had a very successful "craft show" year. I'm glad I can share my cards and creations with so many people. I finished my craft shows for the season in early December and thought things would slow down, but I kept getting more orders for cards, albums and gifts. I haven't been very good at taking pictures of these things, but I do have a few to show you. This is the latest gift I put together for some friends at work. Most of the cards were made with my Cricut. I had it "chirping" all weekend. I found the tins at our local grocery store and then designed cards to match.