Saturday, November 28, 2009

Did you have a happy turkey day?

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving out of town at my in-laws in Colorado Springs this year.  I stuffed myself and did not save any room for pumkin pie.  Friday evening we went to dinner and I did save some room for dessert then so I enjoyed a slice of vanilla bean cheescake.  Not too bad!  We just got back home a couple of hours ago and thought I'd better post my latest Basic Grey Challenges card.  Again, it is a Christmas card.  Tis the season, right?

The challenge for the next couple of weeks is to make a card based on a sketch from the lovely and ever so talented Tara G.  She does amazing things so please check out her blog too.


So here is the sketch:



And here is one of many Christmas cards I have been making using this wonderful sketch.


 
 
 

I wanted to share a photo of my cute and handsome son who finally lost his two top teeth.  Of course he wanted me to pull them out on Wednesday morning, the day we were leaving for Colorado Springs.  And so I did!  I just love listening to him talk now, such a cute little lisp he has.  It reminds me of Tim Meadows (former Saturday Night Live actor) and his character the "Ladies Man".  I think there is a movie they made too, that was really bad, but I may have to watch it just to hear his character talk. 





Well I hope you all are doing well and you have most of your Christmas shopping done.  I have a few more things and I am finsihed.

Hope you have a great rest of the weekend and a wonderful week ahead!




Friday, November 13, 2009

I am back...

Well I have been such a bad blogger.  It has almost been a month since my last post.  Let's see.  I had a bad experience with a new pillow I bought.  At 3 in the morning I woke up with a very bad kink in my neck.  So I threw the pillow off of my bed, found my old pillow, and went back to sleep.  The next morning I woke up, still with a kink in my neck and a headache.  As the days progressed the kink in my neck worked it's way down my entire left arm and left all the muscles in my upper arm in a constant muscle spasm.  Lots of pain and very little fine motor skills in my hand and fingers. Nothing that some muscle relaxants and some Vicodan won't knock you out into "la la land".  Also I got a prescription for these wonderful patches called "Flector patches" that have pain reliever in them and when you put them over a knotted muscle then medicine goes there directly. What a relief they were so I could function in a non-drugged phase during the day.  Needless to say, I was not crafting all that much.  I could even curl my hair or put deodorant on (under the opposite arm) without my arm shaking and seizing ans basically not functioning like my arm should be functioning.  My arm is slowly recovering.  And my hand and fingers have improved a lot now, but they still aren't the same yet.  Is this what it is like getting older?  I will be the big 4-0 next March and so I am hoping to get into better shape than what I am in right now.  My goal!


So enough about all that.  I was able to make some cards for this weeks Basic Grey Challenges blog.  The challenge is to use "Glitz and Bling" on your creation.  So rhinestones, glitter, and just whatever seems shiny and sparkly.

I am working on Christmas Cards right now and thought that some Glitz and Bling and some Basic Grey in the mix would make some very nice Christmas Cards.




Even the paper diecut trees are shiny and glittery.  It is hard to see that in the photo.

So that is all for now.  I am doing a craft show with my friend Mary and my new jewelry pals Denise and and Michelle tomorrow so wish me luck on that.

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Latest Basic Grey Challenge- A Color Combo


Hi all1!  I am a little late in posting the latest challenge at Basic Grey Challenges Blog.  I have a craft show coming up in a few weeks and I am scrambling to make things for it.

The challenge:  Use the following Color Combo to create your card.  Make sure to use some Basic Grey products on it too.






Here are a couple of cards I made for the color challenge.  I thought that the June Bug papers and embellishments would be perfect for this challenge.






Just very bright and colorful paper to use to make a card.  How fun!

Well sorry for the quick post!  I hope you all have a great rest of the week!




Thursday, October 15, 2009

Darth Vader Cards & an Awesome Clone Trooper cake!

I just wanted to make a quick post to share the Darth Vader thank you cards I made for the Star Wars themed birthday party we had last weekend.  My son and his friend Sam had a joint birthday party and it was a blast.  The weather was perfect and everything was just so wonderful and super fun!

First here is the most awesome Clone Trooper helmet cake ever made.  My friend Heidi (Sam's mom) is just so talented and she was so worried about make this cake since it was her first cake using fondant icing.  It turned out wonderfully!!!

 And it's Gluten Free!!!

If you want to see some more pictures from the party and the process it took to create this wonderful cake please check out her blog, Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom.  You can even see the pool noodle light sabers she made and the Death Star pinata she made as well.  She is AWESOME!


So onto my Darth Vader Thank You cards.  A super nice gal Theresa (aka Tebug) in the svg.com forum I am a member of sent me a jpeg of Darth Vader that worked perfectly into an SVG file to create these cards.

Here are the cards.





So if you would like the SVG file or the SCUT3 file for this card here are the links.

UPDATED 3/2/1012


To make the card base I just put 2 Darth Vader's on a page in SCAL.  The selected weld for both of them. The selected shadow blackout option for both. Then rotated and flipped one of them and lines them up to form the card.  I could fit 2 on a 12 x 12 page.

Well that is all for today.  Hope you all have a great rest of the week!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Balloon Fiesta has begun & my Basic Grey challenge card

Hi everyone!  Hope everyone is having a great weekend so far.  Today is the official start of the Balloon Fiesta here in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  We have 550 hot air balloons this year.  And they are just starting to go up this morning/  I am hoping the kids will wake up so we can drive down the road and watch them. 

There is a new challenge over at Basic Grey Challenges today.  The challenge is to use a wonderful sketch created by Martine, who is the owner of this wonderful blog.


So here is the sketch.




And here is my card based on the sketch.



Isn't he a cute puppy.  I ordered the June Bug card kit a while back and thought this would be the perfect time to open it.  The kits are very nice to have because you get a little bit of paper and embellishments, a sampling you could say, of the whole line.  It was fun to mae some cards with it.

Well that is all for now.  I hope everyone has a great weekend!



Friday, September 18, 2009

Star Wars Invites and Christmas Cards already?

Hi everyone!  Yes, I am working on Christmas cards already.  It has been so hard to make them though.  I am not in the Christmas mood just yet.  But I really pleased with how these turned out that I may have inspired myself to make some more.  I made these 3 cards for the latest challenge at Basic Grey Challenges.  The challenge:  Use some embossing on your cards (and of course using some Basic Grey on it too).











Aren't those icicles fun?  I found a video tutorial on how to make them at Dawns Stamping Studio blog.  If you haven't checked out Dawn's blog then you need to hop on over there. Her work is amazing and she has the best video tutorials!


Now onto the Star Wars Clone trooper invites I made.  I made the SVGs for these invites for a co-birthday party we are having with my son, Garrett and his buddy Sam.  Their birthday's are 5 days apart and we thought that we could just have a fun Star Wars themed birthday party and do it together to save a little money as well.  Sam's mom, Heidi, is an excellent cake baker and just awesome all around cook, baker, chef...only her food is gluten-free.  I get to sample pretty much everything she makes and let me tell you, gluten free or not, the food she makes tastes delicious!!  My hubby will go on ranting and raving about how she doesn't even need to share the fact that here food is gluten free because it tastes so good.  She is going to attempt to make a Clone Trooper shaped cake for the birthday party.  I think she is going to try and make one like this one here.  I told her cupcakes would be good too but I think she can do it.  You should see the Hungry Caterpillar Cake she made for her son Luke's birthday and the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom cake and cupcakes she made for my daughter.  I hope you take look around her blog. 

So here are the invites we will be sending out soon.



We thought the girls would like the purple and pink Clone Troopers.




 
The Star Wars font is so cool!



If you would like to have a copy of the SVGs I made to create this card you can find them here:  6 x 6 Card Base, Clone Trooper top (White), clone trooper base (not a card), Clone Trooper base card (can size to whatever size you need). 

I just updated my Storm Trooper card SCUT file for the SCAL software if you use that.  You can find the download here.   Storm Trooper .scut2 

I also updated the SVG for this card.  It can be found at this link.   Storm Trooper SVG

Here is just the clone trooper SVG and SCUT files.  These are not cards.  

The above (crossed out) SVG links are no longer available.


I am going to use the Clone Trooper (not a card)  and make them as big as I possibly can and hang them around the house for the party.  I will post more pictures of the cake and all the decorations after the party.

Well that's all for now.  I hope everyone has a great weekend!



Tuesday, September 8, 2009

I hope everyone had...

... a nice Labor Day Weekend.  We hung around the house mostly.  Did a little bit of yard work.  Grilled some steaks and had corn on the cob.  It was a nice relaxing weekend.

I finally have a moment to share a layout that was inspired by this photo.


This photo is for the latest challenge (an inspiration challenge)at Basic Grey Challenges.

I decided to do a layout this week and I used a photo of my daughter and my niece, Brantley.  Brantley, my sister, and mother came to visit us in July for Caden's 4th birthday party.  This photo was taken during the party.  Aren't they the sweetest looking children.  Looks can be deceiving-LOL!  They get along fairly well but I'm not sure if they would if they lived close together. My cousin and I used to fight with each other all the time when we were kids.   Over a thousand miles separate these two, so when they can come for a visit it is nice to have a cousin to play with.


I also used a sketch from the Page Map Blog for there current sketch challenge.  You still have some time to submit a layout of your own.  The Basic Grey lines I used are Periphery and Marrakech. 


The prize pack is awesome, so check them out when you have a chance.

Well that's all for my brief post.  I wanted to wish my fellow teamie, Anthea, a belated happy birthday.  Keep an eye out in the next few weeks for a card from the States.

Have a great week!






Saturday, August 29, 2009

Corset card birthday set

I just wanted to share this while I had a chance to hop on the computer for a second. School has barely started and both of my kiddos are sick with a virus. It's not as bad as it could be. Some kids get a very high fever and can't eat or drink anything because their throats are so sore. So far a mild fever and they still seem to eat whatever they want to eat.

I made a quick little gift set that went very well with the latest Caardvarks challenge which was to use hot pink, black and white in your card creation. So I converted a pdf I had of an elegant shoe or a witch shoe (whatever you want to use it for) and turned it into an svg that I could size and cut out on the Cricut. The pdf files for this sure can be found on Ellen Hutson's Simple Dreams blog. She has an awesome blog and awesome creations as well. Check her blog out! The card was also a pdf I made so it would cut out on my Cricut and made the card an A6 size. The corset pdf can be found at the Time for Crafting e-Mag. Your should see all the templates and patterns they have there!! Lots and lots! I then put in some eyelets and laced the ribbon on through. You can adjust how much tying and untying you want to do on the card. The inside sentiment was cut on the Cricut also! The shoe will make a great little gift box. I am thinking of some yummy chocolates and maybe a Victoria's Secret gift card to make it the perfect gift for a BFF's birthday or for a bridal shower. There are so many possibilities!  



If you would like the svg or scal files for the corset card, please click on the links below.


 Corset Card SVG          Corset Card SCAL



 




Well that's it for now. I have antsy squirmy children bustling about. Have a great rest of the weekend and a super week ahead! I can't believe it's going to be September already!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Tomorrow is the first day...

...of Kindergarten for my son! I can't believe that he is a Kindergartner already. Time flies by so fast. I handed out my teacher gifts today along with a the "kajillion" school supplies we have to buy. We had our meet and greet at school today for my so and for my daughters preschool. She starts preschool on Wednesday. The what to do with my free day...hmmm.

So here are some pictures of some of the gifts I gave the teachers today.

The first is a petal box that I made that holds 12 3 x 3 square cards. I made an svg of the petal box so I could cut it out on my Cricut. You can find the file here. The designer papers are Stampin' Up. The little owl card is from the Wild Card Cricut Cartridge. The sized the box so that it would be a little larger than 3.25 inches (which is the size of the square envelopes). The paper bow I made is from a very easy to follow tutorial on Split Coast Stampers. Here is the link.







The next gift I made is a square diver box from The Cutting Cafe. The barrel and little apples are from the Doodle Charms Cricut Cartridge. I filled the inside with all sorts of desk supplies that I hope the teachers can use.








I am also a bit late in posting my latest creation for the Basic Grey Challenges blog. Every two weeks a new challenge is posted. The challenges are posted every Saturday and this weeks challenge was the use the following color scheme.


I decided I wasn't going to make a card and thought I'd make a box instead. I used the cupcake box template that I got from The Cutting Cafe (my favorite store to shop at...) to create it. I used BG Bittersweet papers and embellishments.


I am saving this box for another time to give to a teacher. I'm thinking Valentine's Day might be good. But please check out Basic Grey Challenges and play along. It's quite fun!

Well I need to catch some Zzzzzzz's. I want to be bright eyed and super happy and positive tomorrow for my son's first day of Kindergarten. Which reminds me I need to get the camera right now. Tomorrow will definitely be a scrapping moment if there ever was one.

Have a great rest of the week everyone!!
Kristen

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Some more teacher gifts

I have been busy the last few days making some teacher gifts for a friend of mine in Texas. She emails me what she wants and I make up a few things, take some pictures of them, and email them back to her, and then she gives the thumbs up. I am getting to know her style more and more, so making things for her is getting easier. She also needed some tags for gifts that she will give in the future so I will show them to you all too.

The teacher gifts are a set of 6 cards that fit inside this wonderful greeting card folder from The Cutting Cafe. I made three of these. The monograms ("B" and "S") are also from The Cutting Cafe. The papers I used for these is Stampin' Up. The owl is from the Wild Card cartridge by Cricut.

Set 1



See the little pocket to fit some stamps inside and a pen or pencil fits easily inside too.



Set 2




Set 3




Here are the petal tags I made for her. They are called petal envelopes and I made the into an svg file so I could cut it on the Cricut using SCAL. All of them are shown opened up. There is one down in the bottom right corner that is closed up the way it would be for a tag. I punch a hole through the upper right corner and then put an eyelet on the top layer only. Then I ran a piece of ribbon or cording through it so it can be tied onto a gift bag or present. Here is the link for the Petal Card SVG.



Here are the tags.


That's all for now. I need to make some more teacher presents for my kiddos' teachers. I have some time. They don't start school until the 25th.

Have a great week!
Kristen