Thursday, June 28, 2012


Hello all my crafty friends!  My girlfriends birthday is coming up and she will be leaving soon to go help out with the new arrival of her 3rd grandchild.  So we got together before she had to leave to celebrate her birthday and one of the things I made her was the cute, sassy shoe off of Princess Party. I got some pink glitter zebra paper at ACMoore.  It was really heavy cardboard paper from the scrap area of the store.  I cut it in my Cricut using a mulitcut of 4 but it still didn't cut quite all the way through, so I finished up with my craft knife.  I scored and folded and glued together with the hot glue gun.  Then I added my trim, flower and pearls.  Simple, easy peasy project.  Then I stamped some address labels with a stamp set from Stampin Up and wrapped around some chocolate nuggets because we all need some chocolate from time to time.  Piled them in the shoe and that was one of her gifts from me.  She love it!!! lol  She is a lady who loves shoes and she has some of the prettiest and coolest shoes and boots I've ever seen so I knew this was perfect for her. I loved that she loved this darn little shoe and is the whole reason I bought this cart.  I hope you enjoy this cute little shoe too, maybe I've inspired you in some little way to go get crafty!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Patriotism is Alive...

and well at BBTB2 !  Since 4th of July is right around the corner our talented DT sister had issued the challenge of making any project with the Patriotic theme using any cart we like.  I kinda knew in my mind what I wanted to do, but didn't have the details worked out until I dozed off one day and this is what came into my mind.  I took 4 stars from George and Basic Shapes cut at 8", 6", and 4" in red, white and blue paper.  I scored my stars and folded them so they were 3D and then stacked them on top of each other with hot glue.  Then I attached my star to a stryoform wreath.  I then wrapped blue ribbon in each section of the wreath, not the hole thing-just in each middle seconds of the star.  After that I cut flowers from the Flower Shoppe in red, white and blue at 3".  I rolled and glued my flowers ontop the open parts of the wreath form leaving the ribbon showing in the middle.  Then on the top of the wreath only I glued flat back pearls onto each flower in the middle.  Added my hanger and now it is ready to hang.  I hope that you will stop in and see what my other design team sisters have in store for you, you won't be sorry.  Then go and make something patriotic and link it up at BBTB2!  Can't wait to see what you make!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Strawberry Basket

Hi my crafty friends, Brenda here from Friends Craftin' with Friends.  This week on Sweet Sassy Diva our projects are to be centered around "strawberry fields", so anything to do with strawberries!!  One of my favorite fruits, ok I love all fruits, but strawberries are right on the top of my fruit list. lol  I just recently and by recently I mean a few weeks back, got the Spring Cottage Cricut cart. OMGosh do I ever love this cart!! lol  And one of the cuts on there is a cute 3D strawberry favor.  Then there is a cute little strawberry basket, OMGosh they are too cute.  So guess what my project is today???  If you said the berry and basket you would be right! lol  I made the little basket and two strawberries for inside the basket for a favor.  Now I just need to make lots more. lol  But they are quick and easy, so let me show you how to make the berries.

First I started picking my sizes in my Gypsy.  Here are all the layers.  I did do some test cuts on the berries to see what size that I wanted them to be.

I picked my papers, I did a plain red berry, a red poka pot paper from the new SU catalog, green leaf caps from a Cricut Earthtones stack and the basket is a light green from Paper Trey Ink.  I can't remember the offical color but it looks like a seafoam green to me. lol  Here is the SU poka dot paper, isn't it so cute?!  And it is double sided! Love double sided paper.

Here are my berries cut out.  Now I'm ready to score and assemble.

I scored on the score line which I am please to say are very tiny. Here's what my berry looks like after scoring it.

Next I used a generous amount of hemp to tie my berry together.

Now it is time to put the leaf cap on the berry.  I ran my twine up through the leaf cap and then threaded a white button (to mimic the blossom on the berry, yes I know they aren't there once there is a berry, but thought it was a cute addition) and tied a bow.

Here is my cute little basket with my cute little berries.  Isn't it just the sweetest?!!  I added a tag to my basket using a die and stamp set from My Creative Time.

As always I hope that me and my design sisters help to inspire you to get crafty!  Happy crafting!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Over the Hill???

Hi my crafty friends!  It is Monday and you know what that means, it's time for another post for BBTB2!!  And this week we our theme from design sister Stephanie is "birthday's and pearls" using any cart and making any project.  What to do, what to do.  I thought about doing a cake card, but decided against it.  I struggled up to Saturday morning trying to figure out what I wanted to do.  In the end I decided since my DH will be 50 in January that I would get his card made for him.  Now I am 2 years and 8 months older than he is and he is always calling me an "old fart".  But soon he will be an "old buzzard". lol  So with that in mind I made a long base measuring 4.25" x 11" on my Gypsy as a template.  Then I created another 4.25" x 9.50" block and welded the buzzard from Life's A Party on it to make it a 4.25 x 11 card base using the base that I made 4.25 x 11 so I would know where to stop with my buzzard.  Clear as mud?? She's A Sassy lady has a tutorial over on her blog that you can check out. She call this type of card an A2-Long, go and check it out. I wanted my card to have the shape of the buzzard on the end of it instead of it being the whole card.  I cut my layers for the buzzard and assembled him.  I tell you this buzzard kicked my old butt!  I had a heck of a time trying to figure out how his eyes went with the pieces I had.  In the end I figured it out but already messed up putting him together.  So after my second try, I left it as he was.  I will now for next time.  I guess I was having a lupus fog moment at the time or just a plain ole "duh" moment. lol  I used DCWV Natural stack for my card base and scraps from my scraps bin for the layers.  My sentiment on the outside was a birthday set from My Creative Time stamps and the inside sentiment came from a birthday set from Fiscars that I got a JoAnn's. I used liquid pearl to dress up my buzzard and I also used tiny black pearls for his nostril holes. I hope you like my little buzzard, I had a lot of fun making him.  I hope that you will come join us at BBTB2's newest challenge.  Check out the rest of my design teams sisters and see what wonderful inspirations they have for you!!

Monday, June 11, 2012

It's Monday! Time for another BBTB2 Challenge!!

Hello again crafty friends!  Yes, I have two posts for today, can you believe it?! lol  Well today is Monday so it is time for another BBTB2 challenge.  Our ever to talented Glenda gave us the challenge theme "Roses" in honor of National Rose month this month.  We can make anything our hearts desire, using any cart our hearts desire.  So with that being said, I chose to use the cart "Shall We Dance", a Cricut Circle cart.  I used the creative feature key "medallion" as my card base.  I welded two together and used the hide contour for the second one.  I didn't think this through before hand though as I wanted my card to sit vertically and not horizontally.  Well with the rounded bottom being more rounded than the sides, it just wouldn't sit vertical. lol  So horizontal it is.  I used some K&Co paper I had in my stash for a long while now for my card base.  For my window where the rose is I used zebra vellum that I have had forever now to give it the punch of "wildness". lol  A little stickles and liquid pearls and my card is done.  I hope you are inspired by all the ever so talented ladies at BBTB2 and will join us in this rose challenge!  So what are you waiting for??  Head over to BBTB2 and have a look see!

It's Your Day!

Hi all my crafty friends, Brenda here from Friends Craftin with Friends.  This week at Sweet Sassy Diva we were ask to make anything with fathers in mind.  So I made a Father's day card for my DS to give to his dad.  The other 5 boys will have to come up with their own card. lol  Ok first off I grabbed my Gypsy girl and over at She's a Sassy Lady, Sheila has a great video tutorial on how to make tri fold cards like on Just A Note that came pre-installed on the E2. Go over to Sheila's blog and watch the tutorial, it is 4 videos because she walks you through it step by step!!  So I made my base using George and Basic Shapes and then welded my die cuts that I wanted to use.  Here are what my card layout and layers look like on my Gypsy girl.

I proceeded to cut out my base and score it.  Here I had a little boo boo, but I am still going to use the card.  I didn't have it on the mat correctly and lost part of the end of the card.  Oh well, I wasn't going to trash it, but just make the best out of it.  Here is what it looks like.

Next I cut all my layers out and assembled them.  Then attached them to my card base.  Here is the beer mug with the foam.  I used Smiley Cards for this die.  I wanted a little dimension to the foam so I used liquid pearls on the foam and for the "sweat" on the mug I used glossy accents. This is the side of my card that is messed up.  I should have a rounded edge on the left side but I don't.  But like I said I am making it work anyway. DH won't even notice.

I cut It's Your Day from Wild Cards and Dad came from Beyond Birthdays.

The banner came from Just A Note that is on the E2 machine. My stamped sentiment is from Paper Trey Ink.  The twine is from The Twinery and my base papers came from DCWV The Guy stack.

Well I hope you liked my card and will be inspired to make the man in your life a sweet card!

Monday, June 4, 2012

H2O Baby-BBTB2 Challenge

Happy Monday crafty friends!  If it is Monday then it must be time for a new BBTB2 challenge!!  Our talented design team sister Sandi gave us a water challenge.  We can use any cart we want but just make it a water theme project.  I decided to do a layout of our grand-daughter, Cadence taking a bath in my kitchen sink.  She came to stay with us while her mom and dad when to the Military Ball and we kept her for a little over a week.  So much fun!  But cause grandma's old back isn't into being on the floor at the tub, I decided to bath her in the kitchen sink.  That worked out for both of us! lol  For this layout I used some papers I've had in my stash for a while now called Doodlebug.  Cute papers. The solid blue paper is Cordinations paper. I printed out my pics and went with colors that were in her towel and toys she was playing with in the "tub".  I got my pics on my layout the way I wanted them and then cut out my critters from Create a Critter.  My title is from Simply Sweet cart.  The "baby" was already welded together, I just welded the "h2o" together.  A little stickles and I popped up my critters and I called it done.  I did my journaling along the side of the layout, it went perfect there.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Patriotic Rosette Wall Hanging

Hi my crafty friends, Brenda here from Friends Craftin with Friends.  We were asked to make something patriotic in honor of our soldiers and veterans this week at Sweet Sassy Diva.  I have two sons that serve in the Army, one is full time Army and has deployed 5 times thus far and one son that was in the Army Reserves who just came home from Afghan in Dec. of 2011 so this was an easy one for me.  I decided to make a 9" rosette.  I started out picking out my papers.  One of which I wish I hadn't chosen but too late now! lol You will need three 12 x 12 papers. 

Next you need to cut your papers down to 9.5" x 12". I scored on the 12" side every 1.5" on each paper.   I then punched a border on each 12" side.  You don't have to do this if you don't want to. This is a good time to ink the edges of your paper if you wish.  I chose to ink with Tim Holtz Black Walnut distress ink. 

Next you want to fold your paper mountain/valley folds.  Re-inforce your fold with your bone folder.  Then you are going to fold each one in half and re-inforce that fold too.

Now you are going to glue the fold onto itself with either wet glue-like Scotch Quick Dry, hot glue or score/red liner tape.  I used hot glue. This is what it will look like once glue onto itself.

After you have all three papers folded and glue onto themselves you are going to glue them all together. Continue to glue all three together to get your rosette form. Here all three are glue together, I just need to glue those last two sides together and I will have my rosette form.

Next I cut 3 stars.  One in Blue at 8", White at 6" and Red at 4" using George and Basic Shapes.  Score each point of the star like this:

When you have all the scoring done your star should look like this:

Now you are ready to fold your star to make it a 3D "barn" star.  The star points are folded mountain style while the other line is folded valley style.  Here is what your star should look like and you can now ink it.  I did with the Black Walnut distress ink.

Next I cut and inked my yellow ribbon.  I pop dotted the pieced to give it more depth.  I did the same with the banner, I cut it in white with the layers and pop dotted the layers up as well as inked with the Black Walnut distress ink.  I cut out the letter for FREEDOM using Don Juan in black.  Added them to my banner.  This is what the end product looks like.  I am thinking of adding "isn't free" to the ribbon tales, if I do I will use the same font as I used for "freedom".  I stacked my stars together and glued them to a piece of twine which also is glued to the rosette.

I re-inforced my holes for my hanger.  I didn't want it to rip out after only hanging for a while. 

 I hope this inspires you to make something patriotic in honor of our veterans and soldiers.  I think I will give this to my DIL to hang in her home, after all she deserves it for holding down the fort while DS is deployed all the time.  Crafty hugs to all....Brenda