Today is my oldest (I'm sure she's hating THAT term) daughter's birthday. Since she's in Texas and I'm in California, her gifts have to be sent. I do try to add a little creativity so here's what I sent.
I made the accordion book using the Mini Book cartridge (which was featured on My Paper Crafting's Cartridge Showcase Monday).
I cut everything at 3 inches for the envelope and accordion pages. Then I cut 3 extra sets of pages in gray, patterned paper, and white at 2.75 inches. That gave me 3 sets of mats to choose from and all I had to do was cut apart the ones I wanted and adhere them to the base pages - sure made matting easy and perfectly sized! All the papers and embellishments are Cloud 9 (on sale at J's, woohoo!). The stamps are CTMH- part of the Cricut companion collection.
I really like the way this album folds up and "latches" itself and then slips nicely into the envelope which is large enough to hold the mini that has mats and embellies on each section.
Along with the gift cards, I included aroma therapy bath products, an electric wine opener, and a box of hand selected See's Candies (they can't buy See's in Lubbock!).
Happy Birthday, Aly.
You are so loved and make us proud to be your parents everyday.
This month we'll be using Elizabeth Craft Designs stickers and Glitter Ritz to create our cards. Instead of filling in each section with a different color glitter we'll use our Copic Markers.
It's a fun process with great results. Here are the samples that we'll be making in class.
We'll be using the negative pieces from each sticker to add to the inside.
The Copics work well with the glitter but it's important to not overblend since the alcohol in the ink can dissolve the glue on the sticky tape. For this process, you should use light feather strokes rather than circles. Also, it's important to burnish the glitter well so that the surface feels almost like velvet. Your pens won't get ruined! Not all microfine glitters can get a smooth enough texture so as not to ruin your brush tips. Again, we're using Crystal Glitter Ritz.
I hope my gals will enjoy the projects and want to make more.
The paper is from an odd stack I found at Tuesday Morning several years ago. I used Spellbinders Labels 1 for the mat and generated the sentiment from my computer. The image is colored with Copics and highlighted with Stickles and a silver Signo pen.
When you visit My Paper Crafting you'll find a link to this week's free digi download:
I hope you'll join our Link Up at MPC for a chance to win a digital image of your choice from
Remember that there is always a FREE digi file for you to download when you visit.
Here is a card I made using the FREE file. After coloring the cake and frosting, I paper pieced the cupcake wrapper.
The paper's are Authentique and the "ribbon" is recycled from Christmas packaging and tied with Scrapper's floss - love that stuff!
I would really LOVE for you to link up your digi projects to this week's DDF post. You'll have a chance to win a digi of your choice from Paper Crafting World. The digi gals are working hard to bring you great ideas each week as well as promote our Link Up. So please head over to
It's Wonderful Wednesday at My Paper Crafting. The CWC (craft with cutters) gals are sharing Cricut projects that feature winter items to keep you warm and cozy.
I chose this darling cap from the Winter Woodland cartridge. The papers are Echo Park and
Bo Bunny. I added Frosted Lace Stickles for a furry effect and heat embossed the sentiment so it would show up better. The ribbon is American Crafts. You will see more projects when you visit MPC. This is our challenge day so be sure to create your "Bundle Up" project, including a Cricut cut, and add it to the post.
Off to a card class at my Local Scrapbook store - fun times!!!
Today is Die Cut Tuesday at My Paper Crafting. Although I'm on the Crafts with Cutters team and coordinate the Digi Desserts Fridaze gals, I decided to try my hand at Melin's cut files as well.
This cutie is Bunny Raggedy with Hearts and she can be found at Paper Crafting World by clicking HERE.
I have a Pazzles Inspiration cutter which I got recently and was so excited to finally sit down and create with one of Melin's fabulous cut files. I really like the way this project turned out and am so glad to be learning more and more about my Pazzles. Her files come in lots of different formats so they can be cut with almost any cutter that works along with your computer. And, don't you love Raggedy's dress? It's from my new Authentique paper pack - just love those papers!
There are more cut file projects for you to see at My Paper Crafting. You'll also see some of Melin's newest cut files. And, just like Fridays, Melin is offering a free cut file for you to download.
I'll be back tomorrow with a Crafts with Cutters project created using a Cricut cartridge so I hope you'll be back as well.
It's Digi Desserts Fridaze at My Paper Crafting. I have two really cute digi images to share with you.
I just love these Authentique papers and had fun finding just the right Copic colors for my Snow Couple Kissing. You can find this digi image HERE.
This second image is the FREE digi being given away with today's post at My Paper Crafting. I used the pre-colored version. When you pick up your free download, you'll receive a pre-colored image with a sentiment and one without, along with the black and white line art with and without the sentiment.
Don't forget to link up your own digi project to the DDF post. One person will be chosen to receive an additonal FREE digi image from Paper Crafting World. We're really hoping that you'll add Digi Desserts Fridaze to your weekly challenge list. You can use any digi but will get an extra entry if you use a PCW image. I'm really looking forward to see your digi design!
Funny story: I went to a crop Friday night and only took digi images to color and my Copics. I had decided to spend the entire evening coloring. Well, I always select my papers and design my card before I color - it helps with selecting pen colors, right? But, I decided to work a little differently that evening. Uh-huh! I wasn't at the store 15 minutes before I found myself walking around looking for papers and figuring out a layout. Mind you, I have enough paper at home to fill a store. I found this great paper and borrowed supplies to put my card together before I started coloring. Awww, I guess I'll never change - I love being able to select my markers based on my papers - oh well!
Visit Delightful Challenges to see even more projects using the new images. Then, you can add your "Add Hearts" project to the link for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate from
This week the Cricut designers at My Paper Crafting are making cards to donate to the
I Feel the Love Project. The cards are going to the students in Ms. Soto's class. She was the amazingly brave and strong teacher who put her students first in trying to protect them from the gunman at Sandy Hook School and lost her life in doing so.
If you would like to participate you can mail your cards by Jan.31 to this address:
P.O. Box 1203
We're asking that the cards have hearts on them and be fun and uplifting.
I used the Boys will be Boys cartridge for the wagon and several punches for the hearts. The doodling was done with my Signo white gel pen and the sentiment was computer generated.
If you're not into coloring digi stamps, most of Melin's digis come pre-colored as well as in black and white line art. All this card took was a quick visit to my paper stash, a punch, some string, and this adorable pre-colored image. Come on, now, can it get any easier???
If you link up HERE, you'll have a chance to win a free digital image of your choice from
I'd love to have you join in the Link Up fun and help us spread the word about the joy (and ease) of using digital stamps. Along with the Link Up and chance to win an image, you'll find a free image every week, right there for you to download. And, come February we're adding another exciting opportunity to our DDF challenge - can't wait to share it with you.
So head on over to My Paper Crafting and see what the digi designers are sharing this week, grab your free download, and then Link Up your own project. You are welcome to use any digi, but will get an extra entry if you use a PCW digi - how great is that?
Woohoo, the craft room is set up and I'm starting to design again. Wow, two weeks without crafting seemed strange but having our daughters home for the holidays was DEFINITELY worth not having the time or room to craft!!!
Today is just a note about what's happening in the New Year.
First of all, I've been asked to be the Senior Designer for Delightful Challenges (challenge blog for Digital Delights by Louby Loo). I've been designing for Wendy for over a year and I am thrilled to be able to step up and take this position. What it really means is that I'll be doing half of the Delightful Challenges posts which will be up every Thursday beginning January 10.
Woohoo, Blogger and I are becoming fast friends.
Next, I will continue to coordinate and post Digi Desserts Fridaze for My Paper Crafting featuring digital art from Paper Crafting World. We've added some amazing new digital designers so please plan to visit every Friday. Besides getting to see Melin's newest digital releases, there will be a free download every week. This year we're inviting YOU to participate in DDF. Each week there will be a link up button so you can add your digital design project. You may use any digi but if you use a Paper Crafting World digi, you'll be given an extra entry. One crafter will be selected each week to receive a free digital image from Paper Crafting World. And, to make it easy for you to add your project, Melin has created a permanent tab on the My Paper Crafting blog to gain easy access to the DDF post.
Get ready to join in the fun, it begins tomorrow, January 4.