August 13, 2013

The end is only the Beginning

Just Finished Up the last swap I signed up for on the CMessage Boards.
I think I will take a break after this and focus on my buisness, but more on that at the end of the post.

The challenge this time around was
1- Vintage Apple (No Lace)
2- Grunge Leaves (no brown)
3- Steampunk Pumpkins (no gears)

This is what I came up with:






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July 21, 2013

Would you care for some Tea?

I recently finished another Ticket Swap and my Partner requested a Tea Time Theme
 and in a Vintage/Retro style.

I made three of them tear away tickets. Those were easy.

The last two, the Strip Tickets were hard. It took me about a week to come up with something and I wasn't to happy with them.

This is what I came up with.
 












Thanks for Looking!
ALI


EDIT: I recivied the most beautiful Tickets from my Swap Partner. I loved them and they are perfect!


Ticket Swap

I was recently in a ticket swap.
I had never done any altered tickets, so I had to go buy the ticket die.
Good news, it works on my Cuttlebug. Bad News, it requires the extended plates which I didn't have.
Off to Michaels to buy the plates.

After much running around I finally sat down to make them.
They were to be a summer theme. To me, nothing says more "SUMMER" than the beach.

I spent most of my summers at South Padre Island since it's about 20 minutes from where I grew up.

I used the Tim Holtz Ticket die and cut out 12 of them






 
Thanks for Looking
ALI

July 18, 2013

I needed a Challenge....

So I have been trying to Scrapbook more often, since most of my projects have been Home Decor.

But, to be honest, I have been in a rut.

My Scrapbook Layout creativity had been missing and I really needed to look for it.

I really enjoyed the Ticket Challenge over on the Trendy Twine Blog so I decided to look around and...

I found a Challenge I liked!!

Dr. Phil Scraps Had a Sketch Challenge that looked very promising.

The challenge was to use this Sketch



So off I went to my **ahem** "Craftroom" **ahem** to start creating.

I wanted to use the "For Always" Paper Pack from Close to My Heart (CTMH) since it has that Retro/Vintage Feel. I had an Idea floating in my head and this was perfect.

I started with the Cricut Cartridge ARTISTE by CTMH. Using my Gypsy (CCR) I manipulated a 2 Rectangles into a Cutout of a Polaroid on White Daisy Cardstock from CTMH. You can't really see it but I also cut out a view reel wheel that I made from a Circle and rounded squares and two triangles. It's in the upper right hand corner. I made it on the Gypsy as well and it was 11 inches all around.



I then Made a slight bigger Rectangle in Black Cardstock to Mat the Polaroid cutout.


My go to embellishment right now is Trendy Twine. I used Black Licorice and tied them around the base of the Polaroids.


Next I used The Cranberry Ribbon from CTMH on the middle of the left side of the Layout. The base is Slate Cardstock and the bottom 4 inches is the Patterned paper from the Paper Pack. You can see at the upper left/center I have used the fabric pack also from CTMH "For Always" I made three banners.


For the Title and Journaling, I also used Artiste Cricut Cartridge. I cut out the letters in White Daisy Cardstock and used The Stamp set Universal Background Flair from CTMH to stamp the letters. I used the Script Block. For the Journaling, I used CTMH Stamp Set called Comments.


Using Liquid Glass, I covered the letters of the Title for a little bit of dimension.


For the Other part of the Title, I cut it out from CTMH ARTISTE and used VersaMark ink to cover the diecut and covered it with CTMH Silver Embossing Powder.


On top of the Fabric banners I placed my Handmade flower. This was cut from the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge Rose Flower, Three layers. The Center is the Quilable flower also on the same Cartridge as was the leaf.


On the other side of the Layout, I used The sentiment from CTMH Stamp Set Family Tree. The Ribbon Stamps and Center Circle are from the CTMH Stamp Sets included with Artiste. They were stamped in Black Ruby and Slate.



And here is the completed Layout.





Thanks for Looking!
ALI


DISCLAIMER: I am not affiliated with any of the product I used. I have not been paid to use them, nor were they given to me. I just really like them. LOL.

July 14, 2013

Patriotic Wreath.....






Thanks for Looking!

Sting like a Bee

I've been a Busy Bee...

Lol....

I've been entering Ticket Swaps over on the Message boards so I'm in a Altering Ticket Kick.

Then I saw a Challenge on the Trendy Twine Blog 

Recipe: 
Colors:  Yellow, Black, & White only (no other colors can be used)
Bee or Bees (embellishments, stamps, stickers, etc.)
Trendy Twine
 
So I decided to Combine them both.
 
I started out with Black Cardstock and used the Tim Holtz Ticket Die
to Make my Ticket Strip.


Taking a Yellow piece of Cartdstock, I used the HoneyComb Embossing Folder from Stampin Up on it to give me the Hexagon shapes. 
Then I used the Ticket Punch to get 5 inserts with the Honeycomb design for my background.



Next, I wrapped the Punched Tickets with Bumble Bee Twine from Annie's Paper Boutique. I absolutely love their twine. I usually get their Spools and then put them on a smaller spool so they are easier to transport to crops or swarms.
I wrapped all 5 pieces.


Next, I took the Close to My Heart Bee Mine Stamp Set (a Petite Perk) and Used Both the Big Bee and the Mini Bee. Once I stamped them, I used CTMH Glitz in Stardust for their Wings and left it to dry.


While that was drying, I used the Stampin Up Boho Punch to make little flowers. I punched out 5 of the bigger flower and then using a normal hole puncher in the lower corner of the Flower. I then followed along the inner edge to Make a 1/4 hole in the center and cut one side. Then I started wrapping it around itself to produce a mini flower.


I then joined all elements together and Voila! My Tickets!


I plan to use them on a Layout that I'll post later this week.




I'm entering these Tickets on the July Challenge: Sting Like a Bee from Trendy Twine


THANKS FOR LOOKING!
ALI



May 9, 2013

What have I been up to, Part 1

So I have been abscent in my blogging for a while. Not because I wanted to, but because life simply got very busy, very fast.

In January, My oldest turned 6. So there was some planning there. Next, February came with all the Preparations for Valentine's Day. In March, I had my birthday and my son's field trips to plan. And Last month was my youngest 2nd birthday.

Now, My youngest had his first birthday party at home and a second celebration at my parents. But for his 2nd, we decided to give him a big party at Chuck E Cheese.

If you've read my blog, you know that ALL of our parties are at Chuck E. Cheese. This is for two reasons. 1- I don't have to serve and clean up. 2- They have GLUTENFREE Pizza. Now this last one, if you're a Celiac like me, gets warning signals blaring. Most places that advertise GlutenFree, are NOT GlutenFree. They are cooked WITHOUT Gluten, but Cross-contamination is a given.

Well, Chuck E. Cheese got it right. They cook the GF pizza in it's own wrapping and serve it to you still sealed. Not only that, but they give you a sealed disposable Pizza cutter that you can take home.


It was awesome! Delicious! And I didn't feel awful afterwards!

So, frankly, I don't mind having all our parties there.

I digress.

Well, For my 2yr old, his brother decided his "theme" for him. It was down to the two shows that the birthday boy likes. Blue's Clues and Team Umizoomi.

Team Umizoomi Won.

Ofcourse it did.

It's the only one I don't have ANYTHING for.

There is virtually NO decorations you can buy for it.

Everything has to be handmade / homemade.

*BIG SIGH*

Okay, well, I started looking for Svg that I could cut, that were of the Umizoomi team. I found this really nice laday that had vectored them and transformed them into SVG. She was very nice and let me have them for personal use for the party. The only one I did make was the Umi-Car. I couldn't find an SVG of it and found a very nice picture HERE. I then used Inkscape to convert it and made some invitations and some were decorations. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.




We got the ballons at our local H.E.B. they were ALOT cheaper than at Party City. As a matter of fact, we did the same at our 6 yr old's party.



The cake I made using Fondarific Fondant and the Umicar.




Here is Bot. I used my Cricut Gypsy to cut out the Shapes for the signs.


Here is Geo. For the Number 2, I used my Cuttlebug and the Dot Embossing Folder.


And Ofcourse, Mili, she had to be here even though it was a "boy" party.


This is the Umicar I made into an Svg. It came out pretty good.


The cookie pops were made from Schwan's Frozen Cookie Dough. I have found it to be the BEST cookie frozen premade cookie dough for these. I then frosted them with Betty Crocker's cookie frosting and placed fondant numbers and shapes on them.


The birthday boy hadn't taken a nap and was VERY tired!!!


Thanks for looking!
ALI