Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tuesday's here already??

Time is just flying it seems. The kids have 3 weeks left of preschool so I am starting to work on teacher gifts for the end of the year.

I did make some really great folders with cards inside for a friend of mine to give her teachers. The greeting card folders template comes from the Cutting Cafe. I sized it done so that it would fit some 4 Bar sized cards and envelopes. I also attached some ribbon so they could be tied close with a cute little bow. The monograms also come from the Cutting Cafe and can be sized too. I sized them so I could punch them out with my 1 3/8 circle punch. They turned out so cute and I made all 6 of them in a weekend. I am probably going to make some for my teacher gifts too.








Can you see all the adhesive I got stuck all over the counter. Yikes! Thank goodness for Goo Gone.

For Basic Grey Challenges this week we had a wonderful sketch to work with from my very talented teamie, Chris. You have to check out her amazing blog too. And she also makes wonderful digi-images too so you have to check that out as well.

Here is my card that I came up with. Isn't she cute? My coloring doesn't do her justice.



I wanted to share a digital layout I made using Photo Shop. It's my second or third one I've made. I made for one of the challenges in last weeks My Sketch World crop. The challenge was to use some or all of a quote. I used most of it on here and I thought it was perfect for this photo I took in our backyard back in February. The kids thought there was a pot-of-gold out there since it was around St. Patrick's Day.


Another challenge in last weeks crop was an art inspired challenge. I made this 6 x 6 layout for it.



And one more layout I made for the crop was a color combo challenge. I just loved the colors for this one and had so much fun with this layout.




And while I am on a roll I might as well share the cards I made for my challenge at the crop. My challenge was a recipe challenge (I had 2 recipes to choose from). Once recipe was to use a recycled item on you card and the other was to use paper piecing.







Well that's all for now. I have a complete silence this morning at home. Everyone has slept in, except me of course, and I have been enjoying the peace and quiet that rarely exists here-LOL!

Have a great rest of the week!
Kristen

Friday, April 17, 2009

A busy weekend is coming up!

That's right! The My Sketch World Spring Crop starts tomorrow. You should see all the card and scrapbook challenges we have lined up. And some prizes too! So if you want something fun to do this weekend then stop on by!



Now for my Basic Grey Challenges reveals this week.
"This weeks challenge is is a firm favourite for a lot of people (including me), so for this weeks challenge we would like to see some paper piecing in your creations :), please remember though that you must use at least one item from BasicGrey somewhere in your creation, and most of all have fun creating"


Here are my paper pieced cards I made. The cute elephant and turtle came from My Scrap Chick. They have some of the cutest paper piecing stuff there. You pick out the patterns you like, pay for them, and then you download them onto your computer. I cut them out on the Cricut and do a little distressing with the ink and out them together. You can adjust the size to fit your needs. Check them out if you like paper piecing.





Here is a card I made using (and I'm sorry I'm not sure if this was from Martine or Chris) some wonderful stamped images to play with. I pulled out the Pastels and went to work on it. I smudged pastels so badly on it. Thank goodness I could erase mostly all of the boo-boos.

I also used the April 1st card sketch from My Sketch World to make this card.


Another card I made was using some really cute cupcake SVG files I bought from SVG Cuts. If you have a Cricut and SCAL then this is the place to check out. Everything made is the best!! It is double checked by the people that design them so they will cut right and work right and not cause some hiccup that freezes your computer. In the forum, they will even look at files you bought else where and fix them. They have the best quality SVG files around and they do take requests if you are looking for something in particular.

Anyway, my card won in the "It's Your Birthday SVG Contest" they had there a week or so ago. I won a $10 gift certificate to use in the store. I bought some awesome files and I can't wait to try them out.



One last photo is one I made of my son playing at his very 1st T-ball game last week. I had used a sketch and theme of the page from the Page Maps Blog's latest contest, "What's on my mind...". I took some pictures of his 2nd T-Ball game so I am thinking of making a separate album or mini-album of his baseball activities.

Isn't he the cutest!

The weather should be warmer and sunnier tomorrow. Today it snowed rained and sleeted all day. Yuck! In 4 days it's supposed to be 80 degrees. I can't wait. This weekends goal: To set up the new sandbox for the kids. And to find some decent sand to put in it. I stash one of Garrett's Thomas the Trains in my pocket to check the sand out. It has a magnet on it. One time the sand we had gotten had so much iron filings in it we had to dumped it out and get new sand. His train's magnets would be covered in black iron filings and I would have to try and wash and wipe it off. A little disturbing but now we know what to look for in "good play sand".

Well have a great weekend everyone!
Kristen

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Rain

Finally we get some much needed rain and no wind to go along with it. I really hope this "greens" up the grass in the back yard.

Well I have been busy making cards this past week. The latest challenge at Basic Grey Challenges this week made me think of baby cards for some reason so I just went with it.

Challenge #30 is entitled Soft Chocolate Centers and . . . "As its Easter on Sunday we thought we would have a challenge inspired by all those lovely chocolate treats you will be scoffing into hehe, so this week we would like you to take inspiration from your favourite Chocolates :), so say your favourite chocolate is Mint chocolate, well you could then base the colours of your card on this so your card would be Brown and Green :), sounds scrumptious doesn't it, i cant wait to see you chocolate inspired creations this week, but please don't forget to use at least one item from Basic Grey on your creation."

With that said here are some cards I made for the challenge this week.




Okay, so this one is not a baby card.
A very belated Valentine's Day Card perhaps.
I was experimenting with doilies, so fun!

So be sure to stop by and take part in the challenge and be sure to check out my fellow teammates wonderfully gorgeous cards as well. Very inspirational, for sure!!!

A couple other baby cards I made were created using this wonderful digital paper that Martine, who owns the the Basic Grey Challenges blog, had made. It is so gorgeous and fun and I love all the colors she had in the pack. I hope she makes some more papers so I can play. It was the first time I had actually printed off papers and used them on something. The only downfall I can see is that I will be using a lot of printer ink to make these papers come to life. Well worth it in my opinion!!


You can check out Martine's other blog called "The Craft Table" for lots more inspiring creations. She does amazing work!!



Here is something you will want to mark on your calendar.



Head on over to My Sketch Work for more information on this week long crop. There will be all kinds of wonderful challenges to do and lots of prizes too! Hope to see you at the crop! And be sure to stop by on the 15th to check out the latest scrapbook page and card sketch for the second half of April.

Have a great week!
Kristen

Sunday, April 5, 2009

A new week

I really wish the weather would make up it's mind around here. A few weeks before it actually turned officially spring, it was sunny and warm. Just beautiful! Now that spring has sprung it's been cold and super windy! I mean the wind has just been the worst. And with no rain the dust is awful too. One day the sky was brown because of all the dirt. The weather today looks cool but no wind, thank goodness. It seems whenever Garrett has T-Ball practice the weather is not the greatest.

Yesterday was Garrett's opening day for the Little League baseball team he is on. He is in T-Ball and got to wear his little uniform and run the bases. Orbit, who is the Albuquerque Isotopes (our Triple-A farm team for the LA Dodgers) mascot, was also there to high-five the kids.
Isn't he a cute little Mascot!


Then there was a big group photo of all the teams. It was soooo windy and cold, we didn't stick around for too long. Too bad, it would have been nice to be out and about there yesterday.

Here are some pictures from yesterday's event.

What a cutie!!
Although he prefers I say handsome!

Altamont Little League



So I am keeping busy these days. My big project, that I just finished yesterday and mailed off, was some barn card birthday invitations and cow card Thank you note cards. So a couple months ago a friend of mine in Texas asked for some birthday invites for her son's 6th birthday. They are going to have it a a farm with a petting zoo and lots of other fun things I am sure. I had just gotten SCAL for my Cricut and thought I am going to make a barn shaped card for this. Well, I wasn't sure how to do that so I researched the Web and found all kinds of sites that had svg. files on it to use in SCAL. But I couldn't find a barn anywhere. Instead I found Mary Rudakas. She makes all these wonderful .svg files and there was a link to send her a picture or sketch of an idea and she would turn it into the .svg fies for you. So I did just that. I drew up a picture of a simple barn and emailed it to her. In less than 24 hours she emailed me a picture of what she had come up with. It was amazing. So then I was off to create. Her is a link to Mary's Etsy Shop. Check out all her great creations. You can also find her stuff at SVG Cuts (see link further down in this post).

Here is the end result of my little adventure.

This was so fun to do. Then I discovered Inkscape. You need Inkscape to make yor own .svg files and then use those files to put into SCAL for your Cricut. I decided I could do this and I made the cutest cow shaped note card that my friend also wanted to write than you notes for the party.

Here is the card that I made from scratch.

If you are interested in the files for this card, I have it in .svg format and .scut format (for and A2 size and square sized cards). Please drop me a line and I'll figure out how to get them to you. I even flocked the white spots on the cow. It was so fun to make!!


For Basic Grey Challenges this week we were to make a card with a spring and/or Easter theme.
Again, I used an .svg for the cute bunny of this card. I bought this wonderful Easter Set and Bunny set from SVG Cuts. The set with the bunny can be seen here. And of course we were to use some Basic Grey on our project. I used the Blush and Bittersweet lines on my card. I also used a sketch from the Cardmaker's Sketch Book from Tanya Fox. Such a wonderful resource to have handy.


SVG Cuts also has a forum you can join and a blog to browse too. It's a great place to get information on SCAL and Inkscape and troubleshoot any issue you may be having.

I have some more cards and things to post. But I will have to do that later this week.
Until then, I hope you all have a wonderful week!
Kristen