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So Happy to Be Back! September 18, 2009

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Wow! I have totally been neglecting my blog. It so happens that I have had to take care of my number one priority- my boys! The summer holidays had me pretty occupied with playdates, swim lessons, beach days, just plain ‘feeling like a bum’ days, outings to visit the Lisbon Oceanarium, the Estoril Arts and Craft shows, Barbeques, the list goes on, not to mention the normal day to day activities to run a home. The saying is true: “Time flies when you are having fun!” I sure enjoy having fun, but do not like so much when the time flies.

Enough of that! I have a bunch of new crafting projects that I worked on in between the busy activities. I will be putting these up to share, shortly. For now though, I just wanted to stop in and make a note that I am still alive and doing well.

Next week, I plan to upload some new SCAL.scut files, that you should find useful.

Take care and catch you later.

 

Check out My Card Slide Show! August 2, 2009

 

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY May 10, 2009

Happy Mother’s day to all of you mommy’s out there that are celebrating Mother’s day today. Last week was mother’s day here in Portugal and it was a lovely day. So then, I am celebrating two weeks in a row, hehehe!!

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day

Today I made this card for all of you that are reading this blog. I love how it turned out and thanks to my friend K, who gave me the idea to coordinate the base CS (card stock) and and the DP (designer paper). I stamped the flower on white CS and then stamped again on another piece of white CS. I cut out the sides of the flower and popped up on dimensionals. One of the leaf was done in the same way. Next, I used my 2-way glue pen on the edges of the flower and a leaf, and then sprinkled the glitter. I made sure to cut the DP in and area to capture the flowers. Each strip of paper is cut to 2 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. The ribbon was tied to the lower portion of the stamped flower strip. I used Scrapbook adhesives Ez-runner to apply the DP strips to the green base CS. The entire stamped flower strip is popped up on dimensionals. And Whalaaa! A beautiful card made for you.

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day

Ok, the card is a 6×6. I used DCWV DP (Spring ’09 Glitter stack) and CS (Metallic Stack).
Stamps set is Bodacious Bouqet from SU (Stampin’ Up!)
Inks: SU Summer Sun (flower), Certainly Celery (stem), Bashful blue (for inking the edges)
Chalk: Pebbles Inc Pearlescent Chalks for chalking the flower background (love this stuff!)
Ribbon: American Crafts
Glitter: Stampendous ultrafine glitter

Thanks for looking. Bless!

 

Free Curvy Frame .scut file April 23, 2009

Hi Crafters, here is curvy frame.scut file I created that will make a fabulous frame for your cards, or that you can use on your scrapbook pages. I know that it would be a great idea for me to post a project where I used the file also. Anyhow, that is why there are backlinks. If you use this frame, send me a jpeg of it. Alternatively, you can send a link of the page on your blog, and I will gladly backlink it here on this post. Send Mail

Have fun creating!!

 

13 Free FREE cute Fonts you can snag at SNF April 15, 2009

Hello Readers,

Here I go again with my font obsession.  ScrapNFonts is giving away 13 free fonts.  I particularly adore the LD Vanilla font.  Here is the link that will take you to the page.   SNF Free Fonts This offer won’t last so snag ’em while you can.

Installing fonts is quite easy and SNF has an excellent tutorial on how to do it.  You can cut any of these true type fonts with the Cricut machine using the SCAL program.  Also, by adding these fonts to your collection, you will make more unique titles and journaling for your scrapbook pages, card sentiments, and give a different look to documents and presentations.  Let me know if  you have any questions. 

What are you waiting for? Go get them!  🙂 Enjoy!!

 

Cuttlebug Challenge April 8, 2009

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Thinking of You Card
Thinking of You Card (Before)

 

Good Day Readers,

I decided to do a Cuttlebug Challenge today. If you are not familiar with challenges, they are simply motivational and inspirational ideas or projects to get your creative juices flowing.  Now there are some awesome bloggers with really cool ideas that set up these challenges,  so you can search for card challenges and I am sure you will find some great ones. 

Check out the Cuttlebug Challenge I participated in today.   The criteria for this Cuttlebug challenge, well was to use the Cuttlebug machine, black, white, and craft paper and to keep the card CAS “clean and simple” . 

I used DCWV pattern paper and Cardstock and Inkadinkaddo Stamp set, with the Cuttlebug folder.  Honestly, I am not too happy with the way it turned out.  Will probably redo. 

Okay so I made some alterations by adding the sentiment on a white oval CS, chalked the edges with gold chalk, added 2 flowers at the ends, and added 2 rhinestones on the flowers.

Now I am contented.  🙂  Thanks for looking.

Thinking of You (After)

Thinking of You (After)

 

Spring has sprung .scut files April 2, 2009

Hi Crafters,  You can use this .scut file to cut out a welded  HB.  This can be used on cards to say Happy Birthday, or if you have initials that are HB.  Also posted today is a Springy flower file that you can use to decorate whatever your heart desires.  This may be a tip or not: use pattern paper instead of plain card stock, or you can layer using a combination of both.

Hope you are enjoying the Spring.  I sure am, and also looking forward to celebrating Easter.  Thanks for stopping by. 

http://www.4shared.com/file/96409474/84d95bfa/HB_online.html

http://www.4shared.com/file/96409473/1abdce59/springy_flower.html

 

ScrapNfonts having Semi-annual $1 sale March 25, 2009

Hello Crafting Friends,

Just wanted to let you know that ScrapNfonts are having their Semi-annual dollar sale.  I love saving my dollars, and this is the time I shop for the fonts on my font wish list.  I get them for $1, plus an additional discount.  Can beat it! 

Anyway, if you are looking for some fresh, funky, cool, sassy, elegant, you name it, font, go ahead and click on the link below to check out their sale.  I am really not sure how long it will last, so I will be heading over there now.  Oh yeah! Remember if you have the SCAL program, you can used these fonts with the program.

http://www.scrapnfonts.com/searchsite_detail.php?id=1808

 Just wanted to share with you all.

Have fun!

 

Download Free scallop circle .scut file March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patty’s Day.  Yes, its time I shared another .scut file with you.  It is not exactly a clover leaf, but close enough.  🙂  I have sized this image at 1.75″ x 1.75″ to cut a similar size as the SU Scallop circle.  Hope you find it useful and fun.

Please use this link to download: http://www.4shared.com/file/93373188/9e9cea9e/Scallop_Circle_175x175.html

 

Delight in Life! March 7, 2009

 

 

Delight in Life

Delight in Life

This is a card I sent to a friend when she had her baby boy.  Giving birth is truly a miracle, from the moment of conception, to all else that follows.  We should Delight in Life!

Here is the list of products I used, however, you can always improvise with other embellishments, papers and stamp sets that you have, inorder to create your own unique cards.  Inspiration from www.splitcoaststampers.com, however I cannot find the link.  I will edit should I find it.  SCS rocks!

 Stampin’ Up! Products used:

 Delight in Life (sentiment) and Looks Like Spring (flower) stamp sets.

Certainly celery green gross grain ribbon

Certainly celery green button

Apricot Appeal cardstock (CS)

¼” circle punch to get the ticket corner look.

Chocolate Chip Ink pad for sentiment

Apricot Appeal Ink Pad for the flower

 

Cuttlebug  (CB) Folders:  D’vine Swirls and Bloom Dots

Offray: Green ribbon on button

Bazill Basics Green Cardstock

Measurements:

v  A2  Card which measure 4 4/16”W x 5 8/16”H; same as 4 ¼” x 5 ½ “ or 4.25” x 5.5”, so if using and 8 ½” x 11” CS score down the middle at 4 1/4” and cut at 5 ½ “  You will now have two A2 cards.  Hope this makes sense.

v  Bloom Dots layer is 4”W x 5 4/16”H

v  Green CS layer for sentiment  3  4/16 ”W x 1 8/16”H

v  D’vine Swirl  layer is 3”W x 1 4/16”H

Procedures:

v  Stamp Flower on Apricot appeal CS with Apricot Appeal ink. Cut out with scissors.

v  Stamp sentiment with chocolate chip ink. Color in small flower with red marker, and leaves with green marker.  You can also use colored pencils.  Emboss sentiment layer with D’vine Swirl CB folder.  Layer on green CS.

v  Emboss  Apricot Appeal  CS  with Bloom Dots CB folder.  Attach ribbon, and flower with button. Attach  sentiment on the lower portion.

v  Use enough adhesive and secure to the green CS base.

v  Smile and give yourself a pat on the shoulder.  Job well done!

Delight in Life Ver. 2

Delight in Life Ver. 2