Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Game ON! Game Birthday Gifts in a Tote!

Ok, so I got back on my blog before August ended . . . barely.  It's been busy, though getting back into the swing of school with my girls - ugh!

Anyway, as I mentioned in my last post I had some birthday cards to make this month. I was given the idea of board games as gifts for my godkids, so I used the games as inspiration for the cards. Here they are:

This was one of my favorite games growing up!
I hope they enjoy it, too!
 
My hippo was from the Cricut Lite Zoo Day cartridge!
The 7 is from the Mickey Font cartridge - stickled of course!
 
I used my PC to personalize the inside.

And who could forget Hi Ho Cherry-O!
My teen-aged girls wanted me to open this game
so that they could play it before we shipped it off - LOL!

The tree with stickled cherries is from the Cricut Stretch Your
Imagination cartridge, and the 3 from the Mickey Font cartridge.

Again, the inside was personalized on the PC.
I was irritated with myself that I didn't use more creative
wording to tie in the games. I had in my head a while
before I made the cards that I would say "1-2-3 cherries
for 3 years old!" or something like that. Oh well.

And Candy Land!  Such a classic game!

I used The Mickey & Friends Cricut cartridge
for the lollipop (all cards were welded on my Gypsy). 
The popsicle stick was real and was tied with
Trendy Twine strawberry cupcake baker's twine.

I was a little better with this wording!

My BFF and the mom to these birthday recipients
had just posted on Facebook about how she would like
a Magic 8 Ball to tell when certain stages will end in
her children. I thought it would be fun to surprise her
with one given my game theme I had going on! I'm sure
the kids will enjoy it after the novelty wears off. :)

I used an 8 ball graphic I pulled off the internet to
make this card on my PC. No Cricut cartridge!

The inside!

And of course I had to package it all in a fun way,
so I got out my vinyl and personalized a storage tote from
Walmart! The handles have green on them, so I chose
the lime green vinyl to match. In retrospect, the green
is not the easiest to see when the tote is filled, but oh well.

I used my Cricut Lite Cherry Limeade cartridge for the letters.

Each godchild received two games
plus the Magic 8 Ball for my BFF.


I did wrap each gift before I packaged it up and mailed the tote across the country. The shipping was probably the most expensive part of this gift, but it was worth it. I don't get to see these kids too often, so I like to be the fun godmom that sends them fun, personalized cards and gifts. And my BFF spoils me on a regular basis with her friendship and her thoughtful gifts, so it was a pleasure to send this out. Sorry I didn't post my usual supply list. I tried to put some details within the post, but leave a comment or email me if you would like any more info.

Have a good remaining week all!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Treat Box Using the New Artiste Cartridge!

Hello, my crafty friends!

If you are still following me, thank you!!!! I've had a hard time getting back into my craft zone since moving in May, but hopefully it will come fully back soon. The new Close to My Heart (CTMH) Cricut cartridge, Artiste, certainly has me wanting to get back into the craft zone. I just received Artiste on Friday and made something that night with it! This cartridge is definitely a must-have.

Last weekend I went to Michigan with my girls, friends of theirs, and one of their moms. We had a great time! I told that mom that I wanted to make the Lemon Blueberry Muffin cookies recipe I have pinned on Pinterest after we went blueberry picking. I actually delivered on that promise and made the cookies! They are yummy!!


Now how can I tell someone I'm making cookies and not share them? I can't, so I made this cute little box and tag to put some cookies in for my vacation friend.





Supplies:
  • CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge for box and tag
  • Cricut Preserves cartridge for blueberry
  • JoAnn Kraft paper
  • Cardstock scraps for tag and blueberry
  • Clear Acetate for window
  • CTMH "You're the Best" stamp from Kudos Collection in the Artiste Bundle
  • Stampin' Up Brocade Blue marker to ink stamp
  • Shore baker's twine purchased from Scrappy Moms
  • Stampin' Up oval and scalloped oval punches
  • Lime and Waterfall Stickles

Wells that's it for now. I have some birthday cards to make, so hopefully I will have them up soon! Have a good week!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Personalized Graduation Card

I'm baaaaaaack!!!!!!!!

I know it's been waaaaaaay too long!! I finally got motivated to get back into my crafting last night and made a card for a graduation party I am going to today. Nothing like waiting until almost the last minute, right?

This is the 3rd daughter graduating within 2 years from this family, so I wanted to make a card similar to the ones I made for her older sisters, but yet be a little different.

Here it is:

School colors=navy blue and orange

The photo was sent with the grad invite,
so I scanned it and cropped it into a star.

 
Below are the older twin girls' cards I made
2 years ago (prior to having my blog).
I used Gypsy Wanderings for the "Congrats" on those,
but everything else is pretty much the same.


 
Supplies:
  • Cricut Life's A Party cartridge for "Congrats!" phrase
  • Orange, navy blue and white cardstock
  • Cuttlebug stars embossing folder
  • Stampin' Up ticket corner punch
  • Harrington PC font
  • Foam Dots to give dimension to "Congrats! "phrase
The triangles that hold the check were just squares I cut in half. Then I carefully applied my ATG adhesive to the edge of the triangles where the check would be furthest from. The nice thing about ATG is that you can sort of roll it with your fingers to get it to be in the place you want it. That's what I did here.

Part of the reason why I've been away from crafting so long is that I got a puppy! Her name is Bella, and she got to meet Cricut tonight! This is how it went . . .

video


Isn't she the sweetest?? The photo below was the day we adopted Bella 1 month ago at the tender age of 6 months old! She is an American Bulldog mix. In my experience, mutts are the BEST! And the high school mascot where we now live is Bulldog, so now we have our Bella the Bulldog!


Most would say I rescued her from her shelter, but I'd say I feel rescued, too. :)

Enjoy this beautiful Summer day wherever you are!

Friday, May 11, 2012

So excited! I'm in May's Chirp!

Happy Friday, All!

I know I haven't posted much in a while, but I just moved so life has been very scattered. I just got internet in my new place TODAY. So of course I had to play first on my crafty websites/blogs and discovered that my Scrappy Moms' Pinwheel centerpiece was featured in the Cricut May Chirp! So awesome!



I really miss crafting and hope to get back to it as soon as I get my new crafting digs situated. In the meantime, I will look forward to looking at all of your blogs for some extreme craftiness!

Happy Mother's Day to all of those moms out there!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Cards of Easters Past

As I have done for all of the other holidays I regularly make cards for, here are my cards from my Easters past:

2004


2005

2006

2007


2008


2009

2010

2011's card is already on my blog, so you can find that post HERE.

 
So there they are! I like being able to go on my blog and use it as a resource to remember what I've done for past holidays. I also love seeing how my girls have grown into beautiful young ladies. Hope you enjoyed the cards, too! 

Easter Card 2012

Well it's still technically April, so I wanted to post my Easter Card I made for this year before the month is over. I also want to post my past Easter cards as a resource for me, so hopefully I'll get to that before the weekend ends.

Here is my VERY SIMPLE Easter card 2012:

On the front, a Spring-y photo of my girls ticket cornered
& orchid baker's twined (from Scrappy Moms)

On the inside, I have a strip from the front photo that
had to be cut off. The font is FZ Script 15 Italic.


So simple, huh? Life's been a bit hectic lately but I still wanted to send a card out, so simple was key.

The photo was taken on a beautiful day in March when my daughters and I went on a photo journey at our local arboretum. The three of us were so busy just snapping away and enjoying God's beauty. Yes, the original intent was for me to take Easter photos of my girls during this visit. But much to my delight, my daughters took just as many photos with their camera and iPod as I did. We had such a great time that we re-joined as members of the arboretum. I can't live in Colorado right now, so I guess I have to pay for God's Beauty for now! :)


Here are a few of my photos from that day:





Ahh, just looking at these again makes me remember that unseasonably warm and fun day. It was such a nice treat! God is GOOD.

Have a wonderful remainder to your weekend!