I have always enjoyed being crafty. I remember getting really excited about stickers and fun stationary when I was little. Well its good to know that some things in life never change!

I was introduced to scrapbooking in 2005 and have been hooked ever since. My love of crafting has branched out to include DIY, projects, gardening, baking, and canning. I hope to share my projects here.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Calling Cards Lunch Box

A fellow Circle member, Scrapalette, decorated a cute lunch box to hold her calling cards for the Stampede. I loved it, so I had to make one for myself!

I purchased my lunchbox from JoAnn's for about 5 dollars.

I printed the background papers for both sides using my Imagine and Imagine More Cards Art Cartridge, which is one of my Cartridge Challenge Picks. The Pink spotted background I then embossed using my Circle Logo Embossing Folder.

The Phone image is from Imagine More Cards. I printed the entire image flat, and then printed an additional phone and dial layers, and then I pop dotted them for some more dimension. I printed "Jan's Calling Cards" on my computer using Sparklyfont from Font Diner.

I cut a Circle Logo at 2" in Bazzil Bling paper and adhered it over one of the embossed images.

For the other side I also used Imagine More Cards for the Background paper.

I used the Imagine More Art Cartridge to cut the Cow, and his head layers. I printed him on Bling paper to give hime some extra sparkle. It worked great! He is cut at about 4". The city scene is from Planin Schoolbook. I cut it out of Coredinations Black Glitter paper.

The top sign is a stamp I had, the Dallas and Pasture signs I printed from my computer. I just used my pinking shears for the sides of the signs.

The fantastic charms hanging from the handle were made by my friend Missie.

I just LOVE THEM! You can check out her Blog Created by Missie for more of her awesome projects.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Stampede Layout

Hi Ya'll! I am back from the Stampede. I had so much fun. I hope to upload a few pics from our festivites soon.

Today I am sharing a layout I made using one of my cartridge challenge picks: 50 States.

Cartridges used:
50 States - State shape cut at fit to page for the shadow layer. Texas title was cut at 1".
Old West - Cactus, Rock and Mini Cactus cut at 4.47", Wagon Wheel 1.94", Boots 2.65", and Hat 1.82"
Jubilee - Dallas Stampede title cut using Runt Font at 1.71"

Here is a close-up of my title. I used my Tiny Attacher by Tim Holtz to give some "stitching" to my title. I just LOVE this little tool!

Here are a couple of close-ups of the other elements in the layout.

Background paper is from Basic Grey - Blush pack.
Striped paper is from My Minds Eye- Simply Delightful.

Finishing touches using gems, Pink Ribbon from Martha Stewart, as well as my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.

I hope to get caught up on my posting. I was planning on posting from the hotel, but there wasn't internet service inside the crop room.

Have a Great and Crafty Week!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Crazy Birthday Centerpiece

Hello all! While I am away at the Dallas Stampede, I thought I would share with you a crazy centerpiece I made for my friend who will turning 30 this week. I made this springy bouquet using Accent Essentials for all the flowers. Mark another cartridge off of this month's challenge! HOORAY!

First Thing I did was paint a 3.5" square block of wood black, and then I covered it with Martha Stewart Glitter in Black Onyx. I LOVE MS Glitter!!! While the glitter was drying I spent some time twisting various colors of Jewelry wire into springs and bendy stems.

I cut 5 different shapes from Accent Essentials. I cut each base twice (once flipped on my Gypsy so I can layer them back to back) and one of the top layers. I cut one of each of the five layers in six different colors of Bazzil Bling paper. The base layers I cut in Black Glitter paper from Target.

The 30's were cut from Birthday Bash. They were also cut in the same colors of Bazzil Bling. The Happy Birthday on the base of the cube was cut from Cricut Classic Font in glitter paper, also from Target. I finished each flower with a sparkly tulle bow in matching colors.

Here are some close-up's of some of the flowers.

I made 30 flowers of course, and then I drilled quite a few holes on the top of the block. The flowers just sit in the holes, they are not glued. I wanted to make transport of this to Dallas as easy as possible.

Have a Great and Crafty Week!

Dallas Stampede Calling Card

Happy Friday to All! I am on my way to Dallas for the Stampede. HOORAY! So I thought I would share with you the Calling Cards I made for the Stampede.

The Cactus images is From the Hero Arts Howdy Stamp set.

The Mermaid is compiled from cuts from several different cartridges. I used my gypsy to get the sizing right on the cuts. For the top half of the Mermaid, I cut the girl from Rock Princess pg. 34. I cut off her legs (eek!) and removed the guitar from her hands. I also cut her shirt, face, arms, and hair.

Her tail was cut from Dreams Come True pg. 32. I used glimmer mist in Key Lime Pie on both pieces of her tail.

The scarf is from Old West pg. 35. I flipped the image and used my hide contour feature to remove some of the cuts, as I was cutting that image VERY small.

Finally her hat and its band was cut from Once Upon a Princess pg.41. I used Glimmer Mist in Pearl on the Hat pieces.

The seahorse is from Life's a Beach, Pg. 69. I only cut the base layer for the seahorse, as most of it would be hidden. I Inked the edges of the seahorse with Colorbox Ink in Cyan. I also used Sea Glass Glimmer Mist on it, and used a gem for the eye that I colored myself with my Bic Mark-its.

I made her little Lasso with Hemp.

Hope you enjoyed my Calling Card. I hope to swap these out and recieve tons of cards from my fellow Circlets in Dallas! Hope to see you there!

Have a Great and Crafty Week!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Birthday Cake Box

Here is a project for my Cartridge Challenge for this month: Tie the Knot

I made a cake box and decorated it for a friends birthday.

I cut the box base at 11.74 inches. I used my gypsy and rotated the image and used a 12 x 24 mat to get the biggest box I could. I then cut the base twice. Once in posterboard and once using DCWV Adhesive backed Pattern Carstock in 12x24. I then carefully layered the pieces together. I then cut the lid for the cake box also out of poster board. I added a pink layer on top of the white and I embossed it with the Divine Swirls Cuttlebug folder. I had to run it through my Sizzix twice to get the entire triangle embossed, and there was a line between the two embossings, but that is where I put the 30.

For the 30: I cut the Thirty at 2.23 inches from Birthday Bash. I cut each letter twice and then embossed one set with Sizzix Diamonds folder. I then took a small piece of acetate, left over from some packaging and folded it. I then adhered the 30 to the front and back of the acetate right at the fold. Now the 30 stands up.

I then cut a small slit in the pink paper and slid the bottm half of the acetate stand under the paper.

I used some organza ribbon in brown and gathered it on a thread for the frosting. I attached it to the pink paper using my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher. I then attached the entire topper on the box lid. I finished the cake off with some small roses ribbon that I have had in my stash forever.

Have a Great and Crafty Week!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Butterfly Matchbox

Today I have a gift box I made using Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More. It is the Matchbox cut on pages 64 and 65 in the handbook. Using my Gypsy, I sized it as big as would fit on a 12 x 12 page.

The paper I used was left over from making Valentine's Last year. Its Eskimo Kisses Starry Night by Basic Grey.

The Frame and butterfly on the front are Embossed Stickers from Little Yellow Bicycle. I used some Mettalic rub-ons to add some color to the stickers. I stuck a light blue scrap behind the frame to make the butterfly pop. I finished off my box with an Organza bow.

Wow I have been crazy crafting for Dallas, but I managed to squeeze in this extra project. I hope when I come back from Dallas, that I can settle down to a more routine pace of crafting.

Until then....

Have a great and Crafty Week!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

MIA this week!

I have been MIA all this week, trying to get ready for the Stampede next weekend. I actually feel like I have done more shopping than crafting lately, and now it is crunch-time!

Here is a picture of my craftroom workspace at the moment. LOOK...down in the right hand side...you can see a small part of my tabletop that isn't buried. I better stack something there too! LOL

I hope to have a couple of projects completed and posted by the end of the weekend..We'll see how that goes.

Anyway...I better go get started on uncovering my tabletop, so I can finish up the 1000 projects I want to do before I escape to sunny Dallas.

Have a Great and Crafty Week!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Crown Birthday Invite

Hello All,
What a crazy week, last week was, between Dentist appointments, meetings, and birthday parties, I didn't get much crafting done at all. Hopefully this week will be better! Here is another installment in my Cartridge Challenge. I used Rock Princess for the invites for my daughter's birthday party this year.

It's a pretty simple card, as the invites are for 8 and 9 year olds. I cut the Crown from page 39 in Rock Princess at 3.86 inches. I used some Sakura GellyRoll pens in Green Star and Black Star to give the gems a little more sparkle. I love these pens for adding a quick touch of sparkle without the drying time of stickles. I only wish they came in more color choices.

The Sentiment is from a Baby shower invite stamp set, I believe may be Hero Arts. The punch used on the sentiment is from Stampin' Up.

The border stamped images on the background were from an older clear border set, I picked up from Archiver's a few years ago.

Have a Great and Crafty Day!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Cartridge Challenge changes to Monthly

Howdy! I am really starting to get excited for my trip to Dallas for the Stampede! I have been in Dallas project mode for a while, and as the event nears, I have more and more things to do to get ready for that.

So...I have decided to change up my Cartridge Challenge.

I am still going to tackle the challenge of using all of my cartridges. I seem to be having trouble keeping to the one week deadline I gave myself, so I am going to start pulling a months worth of cartridges at once, and then have the entire month to do them all. I will still be attempting to use 2 a week, or 8 for an entire month.

So for the March I will be using:

Chore Chart -Lite
Accent Essentials
Tie the Knot
Rock Princess
Twinkle Toes -Lite
Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More
Imagine More Cards -Imagine
50 States -Classmate

With this new system, I think I can still challenge myself to use cartridges that are just sitting on my shelf, but allow for a little more flexibility to do other projects as well.

Now I'm off to make something!

Have a Great and Crafty Day!