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I am a 37 year old nurse who is currently not working due to medical issues. I have chosen to pass my time crafting, but because I am not working, I have little money to spend on supplies. I have a small stash from while  I was still working but am now using what I have access to around the house. I also use things I can find cheaply at the dollar store, in the dollar bins, on clearance, or buy with coupons at Michaels and Hobby Lobby. I also like to shop thrift stores and garage sales for things to use in my crafting. You would be surprised with what you can find if you aren't afraid to prowl a little.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

So Thankful

Hello again everyone! I haven't been feeling well, so this post is going to be short and sweet.

This week's theme at the Outlawz is die cuts/punches. So, here is my project:
Card Base: Brown scrap
Circle layer: I have had this paper in my stash for quite some time. I do not know who the designer is. The pack has totally fallen apart and the front has come off and is gone.
Rectangles: backside of pumpkin paper
Sentiment: computer generated and printed on Very Vanilla paper from Stampin Up.
Leaves: Martha Stewart Punches punched from scrap paper
Pumpkin: Cut from Cricut craft room basics cartridge using scrap orange paper. I ran it through the embosser with the distressed lines EF then inked the edges with Really Rust ink from Stampin Up. I colored in the stem and vines with sharpie markers and added the doodles with sharpie also. I popped the center of the pumpkin up with one layer of foam tape.

I hope you like it. Have a great week and keep creating!

Miranda

Challenges:
Exploring Cricut: Count Your Blessings
Craftin' Desert Divas: Thanksgiving
Craft Your Passion: Add some Doodling
Die Cuttin Divas: Thanksgiving
Created with Love: Anything Goes Paper Craft
Little Scrap Pieces: Anything Goes
Docerella: Anything goes
2 Creative Chicks: Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Birthday Stars

Hello fellow crafters! I hope you have all had a great week. This weeks challenge at the Outlawz is stars and snowflakes. The idea is to use stars and or snowflakes in your creation.  I chose to make a birthday card for my mom. There are several pictures of this car since there are multiple aspects to this card. So, pictures first.

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Ok, so, first things first....papers: All papers are scrap. I love it when scrap papers come together to make such awesome projects.
 
Inspiration: came from Pinterest and of course, I can't find the link again. So, thanks for the inspiration whoever you are!

The front of the card is a tag that I elongated and fan folded. It is being held shut with bakers twine from my stash. The paper on the front was embossed with a star EF. The sentiment is computer generated. The stars were cut from the Cricut cartridge Cricut Craft Room Basics.

Inside, again the sentiment is computer generated and the stars are the same cut as on the outside. The ribbon is a scrap from my stash.

I love the way this turned out and I hope you do too.

Challenges:
FCCB: Buttons and Ribbons
Paper Play Time: Sparkle
TTCRD: Anything Goes
Little Scrap Pieces: Anything Goes
Docerella Creations: Brown and Orange

Thanks for stopping by and keep creating!

Miranda

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Food Coma

I am so excited. This is the first week that Paper A La Mode at the Outlawz Challenges has had a sponsor! This week's sponsor......Rick St. Dennis. He has a little bit of everything and all his images are fantastic. If you are unfamiliar with his work, he has two store; one at Etsty and one at Zibbet. Seriously, check it out! His images look complicated, but are really quite easy to color.

On to my project. I have made an 8.5" x 11" sign that I plan to place on the Thanksgiving serving table.
Obviously this is inspired by the Keep Calm and Cary On signs that have been all the rage as of late. Here's the Recipe

Image: Rick St. Dennis Autumn Nap printed on Very Vanilla paper from Stampin Up and mounted on scrap orange paper. This combination was then adhered to box pleated ribbon from my stash.
Coloring Media: oil pencils
Green Leaf: The image has a pumpkin leaf where the green "flower leaf" has been glued. The flower is from the dollar isle at Michael's. I think I got it last year at Christmas time. I took out the little stamen and added a hand made bead spray.
Edge Flowers: The flowers at the edges of the image have been in my stash for quite some time and I honestly have no idea where I got them. The leaves under the flowers are punched maple leaves.
Background paper: The background paper for this is also Very Vanilla from Stampin Up.
Brown Layer: The brown layer is Early Espresso from Stampin Up. I used the Cricut Craft Room Basics to cut out the lettering and used the negative space to achieve the look I wanted.

Here's a closer look at the image:

This was a very fun piece to make. I hope you like it!

Challenges:
2 Creative Chicks: Thanksgiving
FCCB: Anything goes
CARDZ TV: Happy Harvest
Craftin Desert Divas: Anything Goes
Card Mania: Anyting Goes
The Perfect Sentiment: Fall or Halloween
An Inky Situation: Turkey
DL Art: Anything Goes
Little Scrap Pieces: Anything Goes
3 Girl Jam: Anything Goes with Ribbon
Docerela Creations: Brown and Orange
Cut It Up: Thanksgiving
Casology: Brown

Miranda

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Winter Wonderland

The theme this week at the Outlawz is "Snowmen." Now, I absolutely love snowmen and my house if full of them. I also have a ton of snowman images and it was difficult to chose one. But, when I finally did, this is what I came up with.....my first shaker card:

Here's the recipe:
Card Base: generic white card stock
Image: Disney coloring page
Blue paper: From recollections
Acetate: clear plastic from a Stampin' Up bag
Blue Glitter Paper: DCWV glitter stack
Snow globe base: Scrap brown paper
Silver shape: scrap metallic paper
Blue ribbon wrapped around base of snow globe: scrap piece from stash. I think it came from Studio G.
Silver Snowflake: Brad and charm from recollections.


I hope you like it! I think it turned out pretty cute for my first shaker card.

Challenges:
Craftin Desert Divas: Anything Goes
Die Cuttin Divas: Anything Goes
Pinspirational Challenges: #81
An Inky Situation: Anything Goes
DL Art: Word Art Challenge
3GJ: Anything goes with Ribbon


Miranda

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Halloween Wreath: Beware

This week on the Outlawz, we have an anything goes challenge. As it is Halloween, I have decided to make a Halloween wreath. The one I had last year, is old and ugly.  So here it is.....


I used a 12 inch foam wreath I got at the dollar store. I wrapped 2" wide strips of patterned paper around the wreath. Honestly, I just taped them to it. I bought some spiders and skeletons at the local grocery store and hot glued them to the wreath. The spider web is made of bakers twine from my stash. The black mesh behind the spider web is the mesh bag that the spiders and skeletons came in. The beware sign is cut from my Cricut ultimate creative series cartridge. The papers are scrap. It was very simple to make and I am quite proud of it.

Challenges:
FCCB: Home D├ęcor
CardzTV: Halloween
Exploring Cricut: Halloween
Craftin Desert Divas: Halloween
Die Cuttin Divas: Halloween
Created With Love: Halloween
Pinspirational Challenges: Halloween
Sparkles Monthly Challenges: Halloween
Little Scrap Pieces: Anything Goes
3 Girl Jam: Anything Halloween with Ribbon
Docerela Creations: Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you like it.

Miranda

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Jack O'Lantern Kitten Peeker

I was able to spend a little time in my craft room today and came up with a very cute card. There is no stamping in this card. It's been a long time since I made a card strictly from Cricut cuts. But, here it is.....
I found a very similar vintage Halloween card. It was so cute, I CASE'd it. Here's the recipe

  • Purple Layer: card stock from Recollections
  • Black Layer: Generic Black card stock
  • Pattern Paper: K & Company Sleepy Tree Paper Pad
  • Pumpkin (yellow): cut from Cricut Craft Room Basics using yellow scrap paper
  • Jack O'Lantern: pumpkin from Cricut Craft Room Basics. Jack O'Lantern face from Ultimate creative series cartridge with square removed. Faced superimposed onto pumpkin so that it would cut out the face on the pumpkin. Orange scrap paper used
  • Leaves: cut from Ultimate Creative Series using scrap olive green card stock
  • Vines: curling ribbon from stash
  • Cat head: Cut from black card stock using Ultimate Creative Series. Whiskers drawn on with white glaze pen. Eyes drawn on with white glaze pen. Mouth outlined with grey oil pencil. Nose cut from scrap pink card stock.
  • Witch Hat: Base layer cut from purple card stock. Layers cut from black card stock. Cut using Disney Pooh and Friends cartridge.
  • Sentiment: computer generated and inked in Really Rust ink from Stampin Up.
  • Bat: sticker from stash.
Challenges:
FCCB: Purple and Black
Cardz TV: Ghost and Goblin Party
Paper Playtime: Buttons and Ribbon
Catch the Bug Challenge Blog: Bingo (Ribbon, Orange, Players Choice)
Craftin' Desert Divas: Halloween
Pinspirational Challenges: Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges: Frame It
DLArt: Pumpkin
Little Scrap Pieces: Anything Goes
3 Girl Jam: Anthing Halloween with Ribbon
Cut It Up: Halloween or Day of the Dead
Sparkles monthly Challenge: Halloween or Colors

Hope you like it!

Miranda

Outlawz Saturday Paper A La Mode DT Inspiration

This week's challenge at the Outlawz Saturday Paper A La Mode challenge is "in the cornfield." We would love to see your scarecrows! For information on the project I created as part of the design team, click here.
Thanks,
Miranda

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Fall Harvest

I"m having a creative slump, but I was able to make a card tonight. So, here it is....

Card base: Orange cardstock from Recollections.
Next Layer: Yellow Card stock from Recollections and embossed with the D'Vine Swirls embossing folder.
Leaves: Cut from Ultimate Creative Series Cricut Cartridge. Veins on oak leaf added with brown Sharpie marker. Edges of leaf also inked with brown sharpie, then inked with Really Rust ink from Stamin' Up.
Image: matted on scrap brown card stock. Digital image from From the Heart Digital Stamps and is colored with a combination of oil pencils and sharpie markers.
Embellishments: Skittles from Double Click.

Challenges:
From the Heart Stamps: Monthly Freebie Challenge
Cardz TV: Pumpkin Patch
Craftin Desert Divas: Halloween
Craft Your Passion: Add some Embossing
Casology: Pumpkin
Pinspirational Challenges: Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges: Frame It
Sparkles Monthly Challenges: Halloween or Colors
DLArt: Pumpkin
Deconstructed Sketch: Sketch 123

I hope you like it!

Miranda

Saturday, October 12, 2013

"M" is for Maroon

This week at the Outlawz, there is a color challenge and it goes something like this.....Make a project in which the primary color begins with the first letter of your first name. The color can be in any language. If there isn't a color that begins with your first name, make a project in which the main color begins with a letter that appears no where in your name.

So, "M" is for Miranda and for maroon.  Here is my DT entry.
As you can see, it is an easel card. The card base is a maroon piece of shimmer paper from DCWV. The next layer is a piece of plain black card stock. The next layer is a piece of kraft of with maroon diamonds. It is from one of last years Christmas papers from Recollections. The image was printed onto a piece of maroon scrap paper. The image is another one that my nephew drew. All I did was some light coloring with sharpie markers. I also did some sponging around the edges with black ink from Studio G. (If you are unaware, Studio G products can be bought at Wal-Mart, Michaels, etc. They usually cost lest than $1) The RIP ribbon I had in my stash. The sentiment was a freebie from Create with TLC. I printed it onto kraft card stock and distressed it with vintage photo. I hope you like it!

Challenges:
Create with TLC: Show it off
Little Scrap Pieces: Anything Goes
3 Girl Jam: Fun with Digis and Ribbon
Docerela: Use Embellishment
Delightful Challenges: Distressed
Created with Love Challenges: Any Holiday
TTCRD: Anything Goes
Crafting Desert Divas: Anything with a sentiment


Have a great weekend!

Miranda

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Raggedy Scarecrow

Sorry I haven't been around lately. I have been quite ill and really couldn't wrap my head around much of anything. But, I am starting to feel a little better. I think because all I have been doing is sleeping, it's now 4am and I can't sleep. So I decided to try a simple card. It's a fall greetings card, but I am pleased with how it turned out.


The card base is an olive colored cardstock from Recollections. The next layers if a dark reddish brown. The images and sentiment were printed on plain generic white cardstock . The leaves were cut from the Cricut Classroom Cartridge: August and September which is free cartridge in the Cricut Craft Room this week.
There are 2 different digital images here. The background is from Elizabeth Dulemba and is called Passel o' Pumpkins. It is colored with sharpie markers. The Raggedy Scarecrow is this month's freebie from Birdie Brown. He is colored with a combination of sharpie markers and oil pencils. I sponged around the images with really rusk ink from Stampin' Up.
The sentiment is computer generated and sponged with Vintage Photo. The background paper brought out the greenish color in the ink. The 2 clear orange circles are called Skittles. I won them in a challenge. They are from Carrie-AKA A Busy Bee. She makes the skittles by hand which makes each one slightly different and she has a wide variety of colors and comes out with new colors quite frequently. I have fallen in love with them. She currently has her Halloween colors available. The color of the ones I used is called Sunset Orange. They are adhered with glossy accents.

Challenges:
BBTB2: Fall Leaves are Falling
Catch the Bug Challenge Blog: Anything goes
Crafting Desert Divas: Anything with a Sentiment
Die Cuttin Divas: Use Brown
Birdie Brown: Freebie Challenge
Delightful Challenges: Distressed
DLART: Pumpkins

I hope you like it.
Have a great day!

Miranda

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Fight Like a Girl

October is breast cancer awareness month and I have thrown together a quick card in honor of those who are suffering with, who have survived, or who have lost their battle with breast cancer.
Card base is just plain generic white cardstock. The sentiment is computer generated and colored with a Bic felt tip pen. I got the image from www.letmecolor.com. It is colored with a combination of sharpie marker and oil pencil. The pink paper clip is from my stash as is the silver ribbon charm that says hope.

I hope you like it.

Have a great Sunday!

Challenges:
613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes
Cut it Up: Think Pink
3 Girl Jam: Fun with digis and ribbon
Craft Your Passion: Add a little charm
Craftin Desert Divas: Anything with a sentiment
Cardz TV: Breast Cancer Awareness

Miranda

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Trick or Tweet & Freebie

This week's challenge at the Outlawz is "Doodles." I am not much of an artist. I really can't even draw a sick figure. But, since I am part of this design team, I couldn't just pass it up. But, I did put it off longer than I usually do. Then, while I was at a store, I don't which one, I saw a Halloween poster that got me thinking. So, when I got home, I sat down with my graphics program, I "drew" my inspiration on the computer. And, this is the card that I came up with using my "digital doodle:"

The card base is a dark blue card stock from Michael's. I created clouds in the background by sponging ballet blue ink over pieces of paper that had been cut out with decorative scissors. The moon is a scrap pieces of cream paper cut in a circle. I stamped it with a French script background stamp from sweet stamps. I then inked the circle "moon" with vintage photo distress ink. The strip of paper that is acting as the "tree trunk" is a scrap piece of paper from DCWV (I think). The branch was cut from the Ultimate Creative Series Cricut Cartridge from a scrap piece of brown card stock. The birds on the branch are the digital image I created. It was colored with sharpies. Here's a closer look at the clouds.....

Anyway, I hope you like it. If you would like the digital image, please let me know and I will post it.

Challenges:
FCCB: Fall is in the Air
Craftin Desert Divas: Party
Created with Love: Halloween
An Inky Situation: Color Challenge
Little Scrap Papers: Anything goes
2 Creative Chicks: Halloween

Have a great weekend.

Miranda

PS....I have gotten a couple comments regarding the image I did. I thought I would go ahead and post it. Please do not post this on sites such as Pinterest, facebook, etc. If you are aware of someone who would like the image, please send them to my blog to get it. Other than that, have fun with it and I would love to see what you do with it if you feel like sharing.

Thanks,
Miranda

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Patches

This entry is going to be short and sweet. Here goes:
 
Black and Silver Paper: Shimmer paper from DCWV
Orange foil paper: Recollections
Spider paper: K and Company
Black Chevron paper: Scrap
Tombstone: Cut from Cricut Craft Room Basics
Image: From the Heart stamps colored with oil pencils
Bats: stickers from EK success that I got at Wal-Mart for 1.

Here's a closer look at the image:

Challenges:
BBTB2: Happy Fall
From the Heart Stamps: Sketch No. 35 Card Sketch Challenge Pattern no. 35
My Craft Spot: Pinterest Inspired
Delightful Challenges: Happy Fall
3GJ: Celebration


Have a great weekend and keep on crafting!

Miranda


Carousel

The challenge at The Outlawz is "Carousel." I'm not much of a carousel person, but I was able to put something together. When I was growing up, I lived near an amusement park. I spent more than my fair share of time there. They had a huge carousel and I took my inspiration from my memories of that carousel.

I started with the images. They are both the same image, only colored differently. They are freebies from Beccy's Place. I colored them with oil pencils and added some bling to the poles with iridescent glitter glue. All papers used for this project are scrap. What I did was adhere the background paper to a piece of mat board. I then cut rectangles in the center of rectangles longer than the back ground. The inner most being shorter than the outer. The manipulated them to round them like a carousel. I added the scalloped border to the top. I also added a small strip of the same paper to the bottom of the project. The sentiment is computer generated. The silver rhinestones were from the dollar bins at Michaels. After standing back and taking a look at what I thought was the finished project, I realized something was missing. On the carousel at the amusement park, there were pictures along the top of the carousel. So, I decided to add glittered gems to the scallops. To me, it made all the difference in the world. I bought the gems on clearance at Michaels.

This was one of those projects you kind of make up as you go along and I am quite pleased with the way it turned out. I hope you like it too.

Challenges:
CardzTV: Fair Time
TTCRD: Anything Goes
Little Scrap Pieces: Anything Goes

Have a great day and keep on crafting!

Miranda

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Fall Fairy

I'm not much for fairies, but when I found this drawing, I had to color it up and use it. This drawing is a one of a kind that was drawn by my nephew. I am so very proud of him. He is an awesome artist and has artwork all over the city of Cincinnati and if you watch MLB baseball, he does all the graphics for the Cleveland Indians. Anyway, enough about that. Here is the card:
The card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest that you can find here. All papers used were scrap. I have already said the fairy was drawn by my nephew. The pine sprigs were cut from the 50 States Cricut Cartridge. It is a free cut this week in the Craft Room. The butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch. I used a previously inked paper I had left over from a previous project. The pearls on the body were form the dollar aisle at Michael's. The yellow flower is also from the dollar aisle at Michaels. I inked the edges in orange ink from Studio G. The image was colored using a combination of Sharpie Markers and Oil Pencils. I then distressed the paper with Vintage photo. Here are some closer looks at the card.
 


Challenges:
Craftin Desert Divas: Autumn/Fall
Craft Your Passion: Autumn/Fall Colors
Created with Love: Anything Goes
Pinspirational: Hello Fall
An Inky Situation: Fall Leaves
Docerela Creations: Anything Goes
Sparkles Monthly Challenges: Butterflies and/or Fairies
BBTB2: Anything Fall Goes
 
I hope you like it! Have a great weekend!
 
Miranda


Vintage Easle Card

This week's challenge at the Outlawz is to use something you have had for a long time but never used. As, my stash is not that large, there isn't much I haven't used, but I was able to come up with some paper and some silver butterflies that have been around a while and I haven't used. Here is my project:


I think it turned out absolutely beautiful. The card base is cream cardstock that I distressed with Vintage Photo distress ink. The scallop circle is cut from the Cricut Cartridge, Cricut Essentials. Then using the Ribbons and Rosettes cartridge, I cut out and shaped the rosette from the paper I had found. If I remember correctly, it was a sheet of paper from Michaels that I go on clearance quite some time ago. I wanted to put cheese cloth between the scallop and the rosette but didn't have any. So, I say and thought for a few minute. I was able to come up with something. The fibers between the scallop and the rosette is actually medical gauze that I died with home made blue glimmer mist. I think it turned out fabulously. I glued the gauze down, then the rosette. The next two circles were cut from the Cricut Craft Room Essentials cartridge. I glued them down and then adhered some more of the gauze I had died. Next was a flower made of the same paper as the rosette. It is a 6 petal flower with 2 petal layers. The flower center is a grey snowflake and a blue pearl from my stash. To me it needed something else, so, I added the grey flourishes and the fleur-de-lis. I still thought It needed something, so I added the 2 silver butterflies. The sentiment is computer generated and the sides inked with grey ink from Studio G. (For those of you who don't know, you can get Studio G items from both Wal-Mart and Michaels. They usually cost less than $1.) The sentiment was adhered to a tag cut from the Cricut Essentials cartridge. The tag was then adhered with foam tape.

This was not a card that I could make in a day. It took several. But, I do think it is absolutely gorgeous. I hope you like it too!

Challenges:
Little Scrap Pieces: Anything Goes
3 Girl JAM: Celebrations
Docerela Creations: Anything Goes
Cut It Up: Going in Circles


Have a great day!

Miranda

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Poison Apple

This card was inspired by a card that I saw on Pinterest. It was done with a silhouette. I do not have a silhouette, I have a Cricut, so I had to do some improvising. Here is what I have come up with:
Are you scared? I would be if this apple ended up in my Halloween goodies, or in my fall basket, or wherever I found it. Here's what I did.

The card base is just plain white card stock with a computer generated sentiment. The font is a free font called dripping marker. I thought it was appropriate as it kind of imitated the dripping poison on the apple. The red black and green papers are scrap. The spider web paper is a free digital paper from Granny Enchanted. I cut the apple out from the Everyday paper dolls Cricut Cartridge. If there is anything similar to the dripping poison skull in the Cricut library, I am unaware of it ans certainly don't have it. The poison skull is drawn and cut out by hand. I traced the apple onto black cardstock, added some eyes, a nose and some drippings. After cutting it out, I adhered it to the apple with foam tape. I also adhered the apple to the card with foam tape. I added glossy accents to the dripping part of the skull to make it look like the dripping part was still wet.


Challenges:
From the Heart:Card Sketch Challenge Pattern no. 34
Paper Playtime: Apples
Die Cuttin Divas: Use and Apple
Created with Love: Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes

I am very pleased with the way it turned out. I hope you like it. Have a great day and stay crafty!

Miranda

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Acorns and Leaves

It seems as though everyone is trying to get into the feel of fall. There are multiple fall/autumn challenges out right now and I have decided to join in the fun with this card creation:
All the papers on this card are scrap. The leaves are silk leaves that came from a fall leaf flower bunch I got at Wal-Mart. It cost less than a dollar and I figured I would find something to do with them eventually. The card base and the dark brown rectangles have been dry embossed with a wood grain EF. You can see one of 3 fibers that are tied between the dark brown rectangles. The fibers are actually burlap fibers that had frayed off a larger piece. The other two fibers are hidden beneath the leaves. The acorn was cut from the Create A Critter 2 Cricut Cartridge. I embossed the cap of the acorn with the Swiss Dots EF. I doodled some highlights on the acorn body and then applied glossy accents to the body. The first layer of the tag I did on the computer and cut out by hand. The inner layer was done with blending summer sun, more mustard, and really rust ink from Stampin' Up. I found a random bar code generator online and made the bar code. I printed it out onto the paper I had inked, cut it out and adhered it with foam tape.

I like the way it turned out. I hope you do to.

Challenges:
BBTB2: Use a fall theme on a project
My Craft Spot: Favorite Technique (dry embossing and Die cuts)
Craftin Desert Divas: Fall/Autumn
Craft Your Passion: Autumn/Fall Colors
Created with Love Challenges: Anything Goes
Pinspirational Challenge: Hello Autumn


Have fun and keep creating!

Miranda

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Autumn Thanks

Keeping with the autumn theme with blended backgrounds, I have created a thank you card.  Why don't you take a look.....
  1. Base: black card stock
  2. Ribbon: from stash
  3. Glitter: Glitter glue from Michaels
  4. Scarecrow background: Summer sun, More Mustard, Really Rust, Elegant Eggplant, Marina Mist inks from Stampin' Up.
  5. Image: Tidbits and Trinkets
  6. Sentiment: Handwritten


Challenges:
From the Heart: sketch  Sketch033
Catch the Bug:  Indian Summer
Casology: Silhouette
Perfect Sentiments: Thank You
Little Scrap Pieces: Anything Goes
My Time to Craft: Autumnal Colors
2 Creative Chicks: Scarecrows
613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes/Happy Fall Y'all


I hope you like it. Have a creative weekend!

Miranda

With Deepest Sympathy

Hello again everyone! This week's challenge at the Outlawz is monochromatic. This one took me a bit to figure out, but this is what I have come up with:
  1. Card base: Early Espresso from Stampin' Up
  2. Chevron Layer: from DCWV Haberdash stack.
  3. Polka Dot layer: Scrap from one of last years Christmas stacks from Recollections
  4. Rosette: Free digital paper called shell from Linda Tieu
  5. Sentiment: free digital sentiment:  CC11 Sentiments Whole Page by Paper Crafts Photos, via Flickr
  6. Buttons: Stampin' Up.
I hope you like it! Have a great weekend!

Miranda

Friday, September 13, 2013

Get Well Card

There has been a lot going on in the lives on my creative sisters at the Outlawz. But, to make a long story short, we were asked to make get well cards for one of the girls' sister who is ill. So, I dove right in. This one will take a bit to explain and I will do the best I can. Please feel free to ask questions, leave comments, etc.

Ok, first for the front of the card:
A lot going on here. The card, as is measures 4" x 6". The card base is a piece of 12 x 12 cardstock that I cut into a 6 x 12 piece. I then scored that piece into three 4" x 6" rectangles. The outer rectangles were then scored into two 2" x 6" rectangles. The card was then z folded on each side to make a gate fold. When the card is open, you will see that each fold has a different height.

In the very back of the card, you can see a "clip board." It is made of a piece of thin chipboard that has been inked with Vintage Photo. The Clip part is made of a piece of textured foil paper that has been propped up on an angle. I attached a pop can tab to resemble the circular hole part of the clip. I also adhered a piece of plain white paper to make it look a little more official (I guess).

Working out way down, we see a sick little teddy bear lying in bed with an ice pack in his head. The teddy bear is cut from the Create A Critter 2 Cricut Cartridge. The pillow is cut from the Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge and the ice pack is cut from the Dr. Checkup cartridge. I chose not to cut the teddy's face and use a Peachy Keen Wide Eyed Kids set. Color was added to the face with oil pencil and glaze pen. I lightly inked the edges of the pillow in Ballet Blue ink from Stampin' Up.

Moving down once again, we come to 2 pill bottles. The labels were computer generated, adding a little taste of my humor. The bandage is a real, a generic Band-Aid, but real. I adhered it to cardstock then cut around it. I then just used glue stick to adhere it to the card. The pill bottle lids are 2 rounded off rectangles. The bottles them selves started out as 2 plain white rectangles. I then inked them lightly with vintage photo ink. I then blended with Really Rust ink from Stampin Up until I was satisfied with the results.  Because of the gate fold, the card wouldn't stay shut, so I added some bakes twine from my stash.

Moving to the inside:
Here you get a view of the entire card. I have pictures of each panel and will describe each. I think it will be easier that way.

The left, inside panel is matted with scrap paper that I believe is from one of last years Christmas stacks from Recollections. The syringe is cut from the Dr. Checkup Cricut Cartridge. The base cut is from textured silver foil paper. The "medicine" is just a piece of scrap red paper. I adhered it to a piece of clear acetate with glossy accents then adhered the acetate to the syringe base. It makes it look a bit more realistic. You can't really tell in the picture, but it definitely more life like than just using cardstock.

The right side panel is matted with the same paper as the left. The "pills" are simply ovals that I made on my graphics program. I colored them with sharpie markers and glaze pen. I went over the middle band with a glitter pen.

The center panel shows our sick little teddy tucked in bed up to his chin. The polka dot mat acts as his bed spread. The sentiment is computer generated.

Here's a closer look at out sick little bear. He is made of scrap paper. The ice bag is plain white cardstock that I colored with sharpie markers. His eyes are done in a combination of oil pencil and glaze pen.  He sure doesn't look like he feels very well.

I sure hope she like blue and brown. I know it is my favorite color combo.

Challenges:
An Inky Situation: Teddy Bears
Die Cuttin Divas: Teddy Bears
Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes
Card Mania: Favorite Color Combo
(Pin)spirational Challenges: #74



Have a great day and keep creating! BTW, thanks for sticking around for such a long post.

Miranda





Thursday, September 12, 2013

A Bugaboo Halloween Card

Let me start out by saying, having your gall bladder taken out SUCKS!!! Everyone talked about how easy it was and how they were back to normal in just a few days.....well, not true for me. My abdomen still hurts with I cough, sneeze, breath deep, yawn. I still get nauseated pretty easily, and I am still sleeping way to much. But, I have managed to do some crafting. It helps keep my mind off how badly I feel.

This card was inspired by the Bugaboo challenge, Stella Says Sketch:


As I am currently into Halloween and fall cards, This is what I came up with:
Ok, here we go:
The card base is just plain black cardstock from recollections. It was actually a piece of scrap. It measures 6" x 6". The purple and green papers are both from the DCWV stack called Silky Smooth. The image is a Bugaboo image called Halloween Skelekinz-topper. I printed it on green and purple striped paper that I created in Office Publisher. It is colored with a combination of sharpie markers and oil pencils. The spider web border was cut from the Ribbons and Rosettes Cricut Cartridge. The sentiment is computer generated. I did it in a free font called A Charming Font. It is supposed to look like the Charmed title for those of you who watched it and know what I'm talking about. I own every season on DVD and have watched it from beginning to end several times. I know, I know. You don't have to say it. The same goes for Buffy and Angel too. I guess I'm just one of those kind of girls.

Ok, enough of that. I hope you like my card. Have an awesome day!

Miranda

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Autumn Card

I have discovered that I really like making autumn cards. I think it has to do with the colors. Any who, here is what I have come up with this time:
So, here's what I did:
  1. Papers: Early Espresso from Stampin' UP, Very Vanilla from Stampin' Up, Free digital paper pack called Shell from Linda Tieu
  2. Ribbon: from my stash
  3. Glitter: Glitter tape from Recollections
  4. Leaf: I'm honestly not sure where I got this, but thought it was perfect for this card.
  5. Square Background: Always Artichoke and Really Rust ink from Stampin up.
  6. Buttons: from Stampin' Up.
Challenges:
CWLC: Tic Tac Toe
Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes
Cardz TV: Celebrate the Harvest
Paper Play Time: Use 3 different Papers
Craft Your Passion: Glitter and Gloss
An Inky Situation: Sketch

I hope you like it.

Have a creative day.

Miranda

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Happy Birthday LIttle Man

This card was inspired by several challenges so I will start with there:
  1. My Time to Craft: Gate Fold
  2. 3 Girl Jam: Celebrations
  3. Decerela Creations: Mini Card 
  4. Cut it Up: Labor Day
  5. Craftin' Dessert Divas: Babies
Here's the outside of the card:

The card measures 3" x 3". I could not get the card to stay closed on it's own. I assume it is due to a combination of the gate fold and the bakers twine. So, to help keep the card shut, I made a ribbon belly band from some blue circle ribbon from my stash.

This is what you see when you remove the belly band:
The blue cardstock is scrap. The twine is from trendy twine. I love this image, but unfortunately, I don't know where I got it. The initials are KJ. So, if this is your image or you know who's image this is, please let me know so I can give credit where it is due. The image is was colored with water color pencils and oil pencils.

This is what you see when you open the first "gate:"
The sentiment is computer generated and the edges inked with Ballet Blue ink from Stampin' Up. The kitten stickers are from my stash.

This is the inside of the card:
Again, the sentiment is computer generated and then inked in Ballet Blue ink. The Frogs are prism stickers also from my stash.
I hope you like it!  Have a great weekend!

Miranda