Monday, January 30, 2012

You're Dino-mite!

Back today with another little valentine card idea. I love making little valentine's. I think it's the square shape. Plus, I always try to make them as close to 4x4", so I can make quite a few from a 12x12" piece of paper. I've been making these different *samples* for Sammy to pick out which one she wants to use for her preschool class. I'll need to find out if she can add a little treat or not. If she can, I'm leaning towards an idea that includes pink heart marshmallows and frogs. :)
I really like this one. I cut the card base on page 40 from the Elegant Edges
cartridge. The dinosaur is from the Create A Critter cartridge, cut at 2.75".
 The *word blurb* is the phrase feature on page 28 of Create A Critter.
 I used my cricut markers and set the size at 1.25". *You're Dino-mite*
is from the *Build a Valentine* set by My Craft Spot.
I popped up my little dino for added dimension. Let's
say you didn't add the heart-you could easily make this
into a birthday card. Just add it to a folded A2 card base.
For ALL of my valentines I make them postcard style.
I put the *To From* and any written message on the back. 
Tip: If you're new to adding Peachy Keen eyes to project, I thought
I would share how I do it. First, I use my Gypsy to *hide* the eye cut
or any other part of the face I want to stamp. I cut the layer that included the eye
cut for the dinosaur for a template. I layer that over the layer I actually
want to stamp, mark a dot with my pencil, and use the mark as a
guide for my *eye* placement.
I like to use the PK-760 Super Simple Eyes and Noses.
The eyes are really easy. I ink up one eye with Momento
black ink. Perfect for when you aren't wanting eyelashes
or eyebrows. Plus you can add the *highlight* anywhere
you want.
After I stamp the eye I go back with my white Signo
pen for the *highlight*. The final step is glossy accents.
Typed out it may seem like a lot of work, but it really isn't.

I hope the *tip* helps. If you would like to see a video on adding PK stamps to your project, Kimberly, at My Craft Spot has a great one HERE. Also, today is Monday, so that means it's challenge time over on the MCS blog. Today's challenge is *anything goes*. If you've never played along-this is your chance. Create something new this week and link it up HERE. :)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Bit By The Love Bug

I have another little set of valentines to share with you today. I've never made this little bug from Create a Critter, but I'm so glad I did. I thought it had several layers, but it only has four including the little heart. I used another cut from the Elegant Edges cartridge for the shaped card base. I added twine to the heart cut, which I show how below.
The *Love Bug* sentiment is perfect for this card and is from the
*Build a Valentine* set by My Craft Spot. I've used this set a lot!
I cut the card base from the Elegant Edges cartridge at 3.75" and
the little bug is from the Create a Critter cartridge cut at 2.75" I did
use my Gypsy to *hide* the bug face, so I could stamp a cute
little Peachy Keen face with some personality. :)
I used stone colored twine for the heart. 
The first thing I did was add red tacky tape to the back of the heart.
Be sure to leave the adhesive backing in place.
The next step is to turn the card over, start in the bottom corner
of the heart with your twine, following the heart shape, around
and around you'll go until you end up in the center of the heart.
Snip the twine as close to the heart as you can and push the end
of twine into the red tape. I used my pencil to help guild the twine
around the heart and then to tuck the end into the tape. Super easy!
Here is what it will look like when you are done.
It won't take long at all. I will be making cards with twine
shapes in the future! I might recommend stamping your sentiment first.
Here I used maraschino colored twine. I also added some
glossy accents for the heart. A little chalk for the checks
and she's good to go.
Have a great day!

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Winner

OK, we have a winner of the *stamp set of your choice* .....lucky number 3, Lisa. Congratulations, Lisa-I will be sending you an email for your address. A BIG thank you to everyone for your sweet comments. I'm so glad you all liked the cards and the new stamps. Thank you to Kimberly for giving one of my followers a stamp set of their choice. :)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Tiny Treats For Valentine's Day

I'm back with some sweet little treats. I recently bought the Tim Holtz Mini Rosette die, and I love it! The die cuts two strips for making rosettes, and I used the smaller of the two strips. 
I made little boxes to hold a single chocolate heart. They are seriously so cute! The *Be Mine* sentiment is from the newly released stamp set *Build a Valentine* by My Craft Spot. The box is from the Sweet Tooth Boxes cartridge. I cut the box on pg.63 at 2.50". Tip: cut the lid to the box a little bigger or it won't fit-I actually cut the lid at 2.50" and the bottom of the box at 2.43". I didn't bother to score the box-the patterned paper I used was thin and folded easy. I put a little dab of glue to hold the box together. The boxes went together really quickly.
The heart is a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. I bought mine at Target.
The paper is from Fancy Pants. The little bird is so cute. You could even stamp a little sentiment inside the bottom of the box before glueing it together. 
To make life easier, I like to use punches when I can with stamping. It's nice to stamp and then line things up with a punch instead of trying to stamp on a little strip of paper. I'll be posting soon about the punches I am now using with my crafting. I bought this punch from my friend Kirstin Davies, she's a Stampin UP demonstrator. :)
To add the little notches on the end of the stamped strip I use my square punch. I turn the punch over and line it up with the corner. If you don't have a square punch you can just use scissors. I personally have better luck with the punch.
The nice thing about using the punch to cut the notch is I can customize the strip to any size I need.
One last look. :)
Don't forget you still have a chance to win a stamp set of your choice from My Craft Spot by leaving a comment HERE.Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

New Valentines Stamp Release

Hi everyone, I'm so excited to share 5 fun projects I've made using the cute new stamp sets, Always and Forever and Build a Valentine by My Craft Spot.

For my first project I used my Imagine machine and printable vinyl.  I printed, kiss cut a 3/4" circle, and then stamped my sentiment using the new stamp set *Build a Valentine*. I even used sentiments from other sets, like *sweet* for my *sweet heart*.The printable vinyl was very easy to work with and stamp on. I used my Gypsy to design the window for my pillow boxes. The pillow boxes are from the Wrap It Up cartridge, cut at 5.60". The window cut is from Winter Frolic cartridge cut at 1.30". It's nice because at this size you can cut four pillow boxes from one piece of 12x12 paper.
The *Hugs and Kisses* sentiment is from the *Sweet Sentiments #2* stamp set. The scalloped circle, which I use a lot, is from the Sugar and Spice cartridge The inner circle is cut at 1 3/4" and the scallop is cut at 1 1/2".
This is a picture of the vinyl when it comes out of the Imagine machine.  If you don't have an Imagine machine yet, you can use a full sheet sticker label, sold at office supply stores, print some cute printable   pattern paper, stamp your sentiment, and then punch with a 3/4" punch. Lettering Delights is a good source for your printable paper.
For this card I used the *Build A Valentine* stamp set.  I took this picture of my husband and my daughter last summer in Ocean Shores, WA. I'm glad, because it made a sweet card for my daughter to send her dad for Valentine's Day. 
*My Favorite Place Is Inside Your Hug* is from the *Always and Forever* stamp set- a perfect sentiment for this card. The stitching I added with my sewing machine really adds a nice touch. 
I made a set of little Valentines perfect for a class Valentine's Day party exchange.  The *Bee Mine* sentiment is from the *Build A Valentine* stamp set. The little bee is from the Give a Hoot cartridge, cut at 2.5". The card base is from the Elegant Edges cartridge, book feature, cut at 4x4". I used the new Valentine twist twine for the bee trail.
This cute little set of owl valentines is also from the Elegant Edges cartridge, cut at 3.75". The *Happy Valentine's Day!* sentiment is from the *Build a Valentine* stamp set.The owl is from the Create a Critter cartridge. The cute valentine paper is from Pebbles "With Love" collection. 
I used my Gypsy's hide contour feature to "hide" the eyes so I could stamp Peachy Keen eyes onto this adorable owl. 
"You're Out of This World" is from the *Build a Valentine* stamp set.  The space ship is from the Just Because Cards cartridge. The card base is a cut from the Elegant Edges cartridge. I used the "Boyfriend" mini deck paper from Cosmo Cricket. 
Phew! Are you still with me....Good, because it's now time for a giveaway! Kimberly at My Craft Spot has been generous enough to give one of my followers the chance to win a My Craft Spot stamp set of their choice. All you have to do is become a follower of RockPaperCricut and leave a comment on this post with your favorite stamp set choice if you are a winner. YES! The winner will be announced here on my blog on Monday, January 23rd. The other design team members fro My Craft Spot will each be sharing their Valentine projects as well over the next couple of weeks. You'll want to be sure to look out for those days. Thank you all for stopping by and have a great week! :)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Staying Warm?

Staying warm? Here in Woodinville, WA (near Seattle) we are getting a ton of snow. School was cancelled for today, so I let the girls have friends stay over night. They have been busy playing out in the snow. I have been busy crafting inside. I was inspired by the snow for my project. 
I am totally into making pockets out of the new cute bags
from My Craft Spot. Simple,fast, and oh so cute! I fold the
bags up from the bottom and sew the sides together with
my sewing machine. The stamped sentiment is from
the *White Christmas* stamp set. I used pretzel bags, the ones
from the craft store for chocolate dipped pretzels, filled
the bags up 1/3 of the way up with marshmallows, and tied
the top closed with strawberry cupcake twine.  
I tucked a little chocolate treat in the back. I think
Sammy's teacher needs this little treatster when
we go back to school. :)

Monday, January 16, 2012

My Craft Spot Challenge #41 -Snow Much Fun

Brrrrrrr, it's cold outside! I love it, and so do my girls. Perfect for today's challenge at My Craft Spot. This weeks challenge is *snow much fun*. Be sure to make a card/project and link it HERE for a chance to win the *Winter Wonderland* stamp set by My Craft Spot. Here is my project...
I LOVE the new bags now offered at My Craft Spot. I folded the
bag up from the bottom and then stitched the sides together with
my sewing machine to form a pocket for my card and a chocolate treat.
 I used chocolate truffle twine for my bow.
The snowman is from the winter frolic cartridge cut at 3" .
The *Frosty Kisses* phrase was cut at 1 1/4". The scarf is
navy seam binding. The stamp I used for the face is the
*snow cuties* set from Peachy Keen stamps. I use the *snow
cuties* set the most!

The sentiment is from the *winter wonderland* set by
My Craft Spot. I think making this card worked because
it started snowing right after I made this card, and we
got a ton of it! 

Have a great week, and stay warm!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year

My Craft Spot Challenge #39 -Winter Wonderland

Hi everyone! Hopefully everyone had a wonderful time with family and friends this holiday season. Hey,Happy New Year!

Have you seen all of the goodies being released over on the My Craft Spot blog?!?! Two new darling stamp sets, perfect for Valentine's Day. The goodie bags are so cute! 

Today is Monday, and that means it's challenge time over at the My Craft Spot blog. This weeks challenge is *winter wonderland*. Think glitter!
This whole card sparkles! I used glitter paper for the white layer and the igloo. Red Stickles on her scarf, and glossy accents on the heart. I used silver foiled paper for the shadow layer on the snowflake. The *Snowed Inn* sentiment is from the *Winter Wonderland* stamp set by My Craft Spot.The cute little couple and igloo are from the Create A Critter cartridge. The snowflake tag is from the Winter Lace cartridge. I did use my Gyspy to *hide* some of the details in the snowflake so I would have room for stamping. The maraschino twine is also from My Craft Spot.
Sewing machine stitching around the border. *Cold hands Warm hearts* sentiment is also from the *Winter Wonderland* stamp set., don't stop, and check out all of the new goodies at My Craft Spot. Also, be sure to enter this weeks challenge--I'm excited to see what you all make!