It has been a busy month for me, I started a new job and I'm loving it. My mother was scheduled for surgery last month but it was postponed until today, so all her appointments have kept me hoppin'.
I've also been working on organizing my scrapbooking area (it is actually my front room - I share it with the family PC - our furniture is in our family room). As soon as I am finished I will post before and after pictures (be warned the before pictures look like a tornado hit the room!
And I've been working on my flower beds outside, it has been a very warm spring and everyting is coming up about 5 weeks early this year. But I'm not complaining, this is the first year in 6 years that I will have flowers so I'm really exicted to clear out my flower beds and plant plant and plant some more. At my last house in MT, we had 6 deer that lived in our back yard, great to look at but the only flowers we could get to survive were plastic ones. So I'm really excited to be back in Iowa and be able to have real flowers again. My yard has not been cared for since we left (we were paying for lawn service but according to the neighbors no one actully did anyting), so we have a lot a weeds in the grass, and a lot of grass and weeds in the flower beds. Maybe I will post some pictures of the beds after I get them cleaned up and planted.
I hope to post some projects that I have been working on this weekend, so check back in a few days...until then...have a great day!
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For consideration for these open positions, I would like to submit the following examples of my work. The first is a set of cards that I recently made for Queen of my Craftroom, both cards are made using the cricut along with my gypsy and a cuttlebug embossing folder, they both use a Red, Black and White color pallet and are embellished with buttons.
I created this tag album using Graphic 45 paper from their Botanicabella collection. The album is made from recycled toilet paper rolls which are covered in black cardstock. I cut strips from the paper to wrap around each flattened roll. The rolls are binded together using my Bind-it-All from Zutter Inovative Products. Each flattened roll has a tag inserted into the open end. Each tag is embellished with paper from the graphic 45 collection and a metal embossed tag. The tags are distressed with Tim Hotlz Distress Black Soot Ink as well. Each tag and roll is also wrapped in twine.
My husband asked me to create him 15-20 thank you cards for several of his customers. I saw a tag that I liked on Pinterest and used it as a sketch for these cards.
I cut a 4.25" x 5.5" card in half, rounded the corners then inked the edges with Pealed Paint and Tea Dye distress inks. Cut a rectangle 1" x 2.75" out of solid green cardstock then embossed that on the top portion running lengthwise with a stitch folder on the cuttlebug, I then inked the raised potion with the Tea Dye distress ink as well. I added a solid dark green ribbon to the bottom edge as well. I cut another 1.5" x 2" rectangle out of the same green cardstock then rounded the corners and inked the edges in Tea Dye as well. I stamped "Thank You" onto the cardstock. I cut 1 1/8" circle punch out of Graphic 45 scrap paper, as well as a 2.6" x 3" rectangle out of Graphic 45 scrap paper with the bottom two corners rounded and inked. I added the circle punch to the top of the tag and added a shear ribbon and button with twine tied through the button holes. The back of the card has another stamp saying "Thank you very much" with enough room for my husband to add a hand written note to his customers.
This week over at Queen of my Craftroom, we were challenged to create a card using bling, ribbon, and stickles.
I created this birthday card, the dress and scalloped tags are cut using the cricut. The dress comes from Forever young cartridge, I do not remember where the tags are from (sorry). I wrapped ribbon around the mid section of the dress. I dry embossed the dress using the cuttlebug and added bling to the bottom right corner. The card front and inside are matted in black with a cream front. Two sentiments are stamps, one on the front "make a wish" and "A day to remember" on the inside.
I created this banner that hangs on a wall in my kitchen that I could not decide what to put there.
The banner is made with Graphic 45 paper from the Botanicabella collection, Birds in Paradise and Botanical News and black and red cardstock.
I cut each banner at 5 1/2 inches for the black background, the green printed paper is cut at 4 1/2 inches. I added the word MENU, cut at 3 inches, the black scalloped circle is actually cut at 2 inches but fits the 3 inch word cut perfectly. The wheat grass is cut at 3 inches, and the flowers are cut at 1 1/2 inches, 1 1/4 inches, and 1 inch then layered, a antique brass brad is inserted into the middle of each flower. All the triangles are strung together with a green sheer ribbon. I used Botanicals, Walk in my Garden, Mini Monograms, and Tie the Knot cricut cartridges.
My Pink Stamper has made it to 10 MILLION Hits this week. So in honor of this, Robyn has created a challenge and Blog Hop in celebration. She asked everyone to create a card or layout using Red, Pink ribbon, two stamps, a Circle and a Die Cut.
I created a candy wrapper that has red in the paper as well in the scalloped tag, pink ribbon and both a scallop and a circle die cuts from George Basic Shapes and Mini Monogram cartridges. I used two different Valentine's Day themed stamps and stamped not only on the circle tag but also on the card stock paper wrap as well.
This week at Queen of my Craftroom, we were challenged to come up with a Valentine's Day card, below is my version of a card that I saw on Pintrest. The card is embossed with the cuttlebug, four hearts are cut from George Basic Shapes Cartridge along with the shadow. I added a white rose button for accent.
I created two versions of this card, one for my sweetheart the other to send to my 91 year old grandmother.
I created this tag album using Graphic 45 paper from their Botanicabella collection. The album is made from recycled toilet paper rolls which are covered in black cardstock. I cut strips from the graphic 45 paper to wrap around each flattened roll. The rolls are binded together using my Bind-it-All from Zutter Inovative Products. Each flattened roll has a tag inserted into the open end. Each tag is embellished with paper from the graphic 45 collection and a metal embossed tag. The tags are destressed with Tim Hotlz Distress Black Soot Ink as well. Each tag and roll is also wrapped in twine.
This week over at Queen of my Craftroom the designers were asked to create Valentines Day Treat Boxes. Since I had to create these for my youngest daughter's class anyway this was great timing. I used my Gypsy and Expression and the Spring Cards Cartridge to create these treat boxes. Each box was cut in bright pink and each card was cut in bright blue. I inked the edges of the box in a chalk blue.
I used black and cream cardstock from DCWV, along with patterned paper from the DCWV Couture stack. The large background flower piece was cut on the cricut from the Elegant Edges cartridge. The title "Family" was cut from the Blackletter cartridge.
I added Prima flowers and added bling using the iRock. The cream colored stick pin comes from Dritz, the ribbon comes from Michaels. The doilies are from Little Yellow Bicycle. I inked the doilies and edges of various pieces with Fired Brick Distress Ink from Tim Holtz.