Sunday, April 17, 2011

Cricut Inks

For the very first time today, I used the ink inserts for my Cricut!! This is the finished product...

I used the Paper Lace Cartridge that I got last week (finally!) and I'm really loving it.  I should have got the cartridge a long time ago- just kept waiting for a better price on it... I have a hard time spending a lot on cartridges....if anyone has any scoop on the best place to get them cheap let me know!

Since the pattern on this card is rather busy, I decided to keep it super simple and just tie a little bow with some orange ribbon to match. It was super easy to use the inks- I'm not sure why I was so intimidated by them....will have to use them again for sure!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!  More to come next week..I've been working on 2 big events for work, one we completed yesterday, the other will be shortly I will have a lot more time to make some stuff- and I've got some great ideas floating around in my head!

Monday, April 11, 2011

A New Season, A New Skill Blog Hop

Hi There! Welcome to the A New Season, A New Skill Blog Hop.Welcome to our blog hop!

If you have come from Melissa's Blog then you are in the right place.  If you have just arrived here from somewhere else, please head over to Crafting Misfit's site and start at the beginning.  There's a giveaway happening there so you will want to check that out for sure! You can also link up your own project there.

For this hop challenge we were asked to do something we had not done before.  Either a new project, a new technique, or a new material/supply.Today, I have two projects for you. I planned one project and then got a shipment of goodies so I had everything I needed to do a second project for you! Thank you in advance for all of your comments!

Here is my newest project- I used Stampin' Up Ink and a brayer to coat the inside of an embossing folder and then embossed a piece of white card stock. I chose to use 2 colors, rolling 1/2 the brayer in the light green ink, and then rolled the other 1/2 in a purple ink. I wiggled the brayer back and forth a little on the folder so I wouldn't have a line down the middle. If you were to roll the ink on the other side of the folder you would have the opposite effect- the Fleur de lis would be inked, and the rest of the paper would be white still. Pretty Cool!

Lessons Learned:  Use more ink for a more solid look! I used Stampin' Up Ink, and it came right off the embossing folder when placed under running water- I can not say the same for any other ink since I did not try it with any other brand- ink at your own risk :)

This next image is the first project I did for this blog hop.  The silver in the stars is actually pieces of embossed soda cans! My friend Meg's mom Jo Ann first showed us this idea a few months back when we were all scrapping together. I think she had seen it a magazine, and came prepared with cut open soda cans for us to try. So I finally tried it. The can is soft so it feeds through the Sizzix Texture Boutique very easily.

Lessons Learned:  When using the embossed soda can, you need to have a wider border around the edges to hide the sharp edges. The edges of the stars need to be a little bit bigger to hide the edges of the sods can safely. And I personally dont like how the inked edge came out on this textured card base. But thats how we learn right? Trial and Error...Just goes to show that many of us never make the perfect product on the first try!

Here's the line up- enjoy everyone's projects~
Sue-Ann at ( You Are Here)
Lolis (Your Next Stop)

Dont forget to head back to the start to link up your project at Crafting Misfit
Hope you guys all enjoy the Blog Hop! Thanks for stopping to look at my projects!


Sunday, April 10, 2011

There's a blog hop coming up!

Hello! Hope everyone has had a good weekend!  Its Sunday evening and the weekend hours are winding down- trying to get geared up for another busy week at work. I've got two huge work events this coming weekend, which is why I haven't been around much..but that will all be changing soon!

Tomorrow night at 5pm is the "A New Season, A New Skill Blog Hop" and I've got 2 projects that will go up for this. Check back tomorrow night!

I was lucky to take a break yesterday and spend the day crafting with my friends so I'll have a few more projects to post for you later this week!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Inspire Change

Guess who got a new border punch? 
I love it!

I whipped up this card on my Gypsy in no time flat!  I love being able to make things and store them for later... and I have perfected the art of arranging the cuts on my wouldn't believe what I cram on there! And I use a ton of different colors on some of my projects and still manage to get it all on one 6x12 mat for my Cricut Create! 

Get out there and Inspire some Change!

Hope you are having a great weekend!