Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A Few more projects to share

So let me explain - obviously this is a "before picture" but what is it? Well it's a cd holder actually that I found when I was out and about - but I saw something else.

This past Christmas I was on a roll - I was going to get all of my Christmas shopping done early. I found the PERFECT doll house for my daughter! I was thrilled! I always wanted a doll house when I was a little girl - and since that didn't happen for me I was determined it was going to happen for my daughter. So when I saw it online - I ordered it!

Well a week or so later guess what - the doll house came. When I answered the door my daughter was right behind me and the doll house box was in full view. They did not put it in any sort of "hidden" box - nope it came in a box with a HUGE picture on the front showcasing this doll house. She was thrilled- I was heartbroken! I knew in that moment it would have to go back because Santa could no longer bring it to her unless I wanted to have the "talk" with her early :( So back went the doll house.

Fast forward to me seeing this little case and the creative juices started flowing....here's what I came up with.

A grouping of the pieces:

The table was also "unfinished" I painted it white to match and then "dressed" it up with pattern paper from GCD Studios.

This bed makes me giggle! It was an old pinewood derby car before - not even joking! Look at it now - isn't it so cute! I couldn't resist adding in a little rug for the cat - oh my Mom would be so proud to see me crocheting (thanks Mom for being so patient with me - see I did learn LOL)

Here's a close up of one of the chairs:

I also have a little mini book to share. I have been wanting to create a little book about myself for a while now. I think it's important to scrapbook about yourself - and if you are anything like me you often forget to do it.

Here's my little mini book using the "Artsy Urban" line from GCD Studios (I {Heart} this line - not even kidding!)

The inside pages tuck into the book and the book closes - this picture is kind of small but you get the point:

Here's a close up of one of the pages. I really wanted to focus on my journaling on these pages:

Well the laundry is not going to do itself I guess - so I better get to it. Have a super day everyone and thanks for stopping by :)

Monday, February 22, 2010

A few projects to share - long post - lots to share ;)

So this weekend was filled with snow . . . snow. . . snow and the sickies! Not really my kind of weekend! I allowed myself plenty of rest, lots of medication and 3 boxes of tissue and I think I am on the mend.

Well the weekend wasn't a total wash - in between naps I was able to get a few projects finished up.

This week over at BBTB2 we were challenged by our fellow design team member Sandi to use the little elephant cut from the everyday paper dolls cartridge found on page 75. I have to admit I struggled with this one - this little guy does not have a shadow feature! I decided to use my design studio to take off all of the little markings - you can do this by right clicking on each of the "detail markings" and selecting hide contour.

I kept it pretty simple after that - no layering - nothing - just decided to use the basic shadow cut to join 2 elephants together and play off of the word "tons". Isn't this paper and chipboard the cutest ever - it's from Crate Paper.

Anyway, here's my take - you need to head on over to the BBTB2 blog to check out the others - my fellow design team sisters are so much better with whimisical then me - trust me you will be inspired!

I also had a chance to play with some of GCD Studios papers. I played around with the Artsy Urban - I love this line! It's papers mix and match so well. Here's a little altered bucket that I made by cutting and rolling some paper to form flowers. I then added in some prima bling and leafs that I have had in my stash for a while (feels good to use up that stash!). I also have a little altered book that's "all about me" that I am excited to share later this week.

The Vintage Boy line was a lot of fun too! Gavin just had his birthday and he had a "buzz" party - this paper is perfect for invites, thank you notes and favors. It also is perfect for scrappin' the party itself.

I was also able to create a few other projects this weekend for Scrapstreet Magazine. We have some amazing companies sponsoring the magazine these next few months - I wish I could share but my lips are sealed! I will however, leave you with a little sneak peek of some projects I completed using one of of our upcoming sponsors....oh this was fun! Here's my projects:

So what do you think? Do you think you know which company this might be for? Make sure to check out our upcoming April issue to find out!
Speaking of Scrapstreet Magazine - did you check out the free February issue? It's chalked full of amazing projects that will inspire you! Are you looking to get published? We would love to include you in an upcoming issue...make sure to check out the current calls by clicking here.
Thanks for stopping by today! Have an amazing Monday and if you get a chance - stop back by later this week - I have so more projects to share with you :)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

It came - It came - My Gypsy is here

I held off - I swear I tried to fight it but I lost the battle last weekend when Oh My Crafts dropped the price of the Gypsy to $159! It was at this point that I realized I had to get it - I mean prices like these just don't happen everyday right :) So here I am in the middle of a Colorado snow storm playing with my new toy! I can't wait to share everything that I learn with my fellow cricut lovers! I feel like a "new kid on the block" again with a new cricut toy - haven't felt this way in several years!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

BBTB Cutting Cafe Challenge & Cards Toot

Happy Monday Everyone! I am starting my Monday late this morning because my entire family is home today! Since today is a holiday I get to enjoy the weekend with them a bit longer.

I have some fun news to share this morning! I found out late last week that one of my little cards was picked up by Cards Magazine! Woot! I am thrilled to be a part of the July 2010 issue! The card that was picked up - was one that I created just a few weeks ago and never got around to posting on my blog - so when the magazine comes out I will share it with you all.

This week over at BBTB2 we were challenged by Rene to use the double hearts from the wedding solutions cartridge and combine that with our sponsor this week which is the cutting cafe. If you are in the market for some digital stamps - you need to check out what Regina has to offer - amazing stuff I tell ya!

Well I am off to enjoy the day with my precious family - have a super week everyone!

Friday, February 5, 2010

BBTB Reveal - Wild Card Cartridge

Ready or not we are starting a new week - if your house is anything like mine it's going to be a crazy week filled with lots of little valentine cards, treats, parties, and so much more - it all adds up to having lots of things to get done!

Well since Valentine's Day is coming this week - Peggy picked out the perfect little challenge for us this week. Using the Wild Card Cartridge she challenged to use the little heart card and envelope. This little card has a few different options depending on what you want to do - I decided to use the blackout feature and use up some valentine papers that I had left over from last year! I kept it pretty simple this week - tied some ribbon, added a flower and button and a few stitches and this was done - a very easy card that could easily be duplicated.

Here's a look at my card:

Have a happy week everyone - and if I miss telling you later - have a very Happy Valentine's Day!


Happy Friday Everyone!

So there were 55 people that entered my drawing from the BBTB challenge. Using random.org the winning number is:

So comment 54 was......

Congrats Donna! Send me an email at jenthecrazyscrapbooker@hotmail.com with your mailing address and I will get your doodlebug flock right off to you!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

A photo...and some exciting news :)

This past summer I signed up for a course in photography through BetterPhoto.com - I hate to admit it but I never really committed to doing the classes. To be honest without going into great detail - things this summer just stunk - and I had a lot of personal things going on. I am happy to say that things are going so much better for me personally.

Although I messed up my course with Better Photo - I was determined to get into another class! I am determined this year to understand f-stop and shutter speed, camera lenses and so much more! I am determined to take better photos and finally be able to fully use this expensive camera my husband bought me :)

So - guess what! I am all registered for an upcoming class by Karen Russell! I could not be more excited! I am a big fan of her work - and I have heard so many amazing things from others that have had the privilege of taking her class! I was not able to get into the first class - as it filled in just 2 mins! But I am happy to say I am registered in her class starting at the end of June! If you are not familiar with her or her work - you will want to check it out (click here to do so)

This year I thought really long and hard about doing the 365 photography challenge - but
to be frank committing to something that big seemed pretty scary to me - silly I know - but still committing to take a photo everyday seemed like something that would be hard for me to keep up with - now of course a little over a month into it I wish I would of done it. YEP go ahead and roll your eyes will me - *giggle*.

So I have decided to try to take a new photo everyday for the rest of the year :) Heck - it's never too late to join in on some fun, right? Now I might blog about this from time to time - but I don't think I will blog every time I have a new photo to post - instead I am going to add a slide to the right side of my blog and add in my photos - I hope that you will enjoy viewing them and watching (hopefully) as my photography skills grow.

Now to get me started on my journey to better photos - I will leave you with a photo I took this afternoon of my sweet little girl. I took this photo (now keep in mind that I am new at this) in my AV mode the aperture is set at 5.6 and shutter speed at 1/200, ISO 200).

Have a super day everyone!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Freebie February!

Happy Wednesday Everyone! The week is just flying! If you noticed today I changed the title of my "freebie" to freebie February. I have decided that realistically in order for me to have better balance in my life and enjoy more time creating I have decided to share a freebie on a monthly basis and if time allows I of course will share more ;). I hope you that you will continue to visit my blog and share with me what you make using my cut files.

So today I made this little "curved" template for you. It is sized to fit a standard card and is in 2 pieces - so you can layer them - add a simple little sentiment and an embellishment and you are good to go :)

Here's a preview of what you can download: (click here to download this cut file)

Have an awesome day everyone - and remember if you decide to download this cut leave me a comment here :)

Monday, February 1, 2010

BBTB Blog Hop!

Good morning everyone! I hope you are all off to a great start to your week! Today the BBTB2 team is having our monthly "blog hop" - so grab a cup of your favorite morning brew and your comfy chair and "hop" with us because each of the blogs today will be offering some "blog candy"! Make sure to leave a comment on each of the blogs today for your chance to win!

*Now if you are "hopping with us today" you should have arrived from Jeri's blog - if not click here to go back because you don't want to miss her sweet little card - it's almost as sweet as she is!

This week we were challenge by Melissa to use the "Rabbit/bunny" cut for the winter woodland cartridge. I have to admit I picked up this cartridge as soon as it came out but I have only used it once - I know I know...it's an adorable cartridge - but to my defense I did pick it up at Christmas time and as we all know tis the season of crazy right? So I was very happy that Melissa issued us this challenge. For those of you that like to play along, please join us and upload your creation to the BBTB2 blog!

Since I am still on a "Valentine kick" (you should see my craft room right now -heart explosion I tell ya!) I decided to pair this little bunny with a digi stamp that I made using photoshop - and also the little bag from the Plantin School Book Cartridge! What an adorable little bag this is! I then used my design studio to place a heart in the middle. Using my cuttlebug and the ever so popular swiss dot folder I embossed some acetate. I then decorated my little bag with some of the cutest Pink Paislee pattern papers.

Here' s a look at my bag:

So now onto my blog candy!!! Up for grabs is this set of crushed velvet flock from Doodlebug Designs!:

If you would like to be entered into my "blog candy" just leave me a comment here on this posting - I will draw the winner using random.org this friday morning! Good luck to all that enter!

Now the fun doesn't stop here! From here you will want to head on over to Heather's blog - she has a creation today that will knock your socks off!

Have a super day everyone!