Monday, November 29, 2010

Xmas Layout Using My Freebie

It feels like forever and a day since I did a paper layout. I have had this on my desk for a month, and finally over the weekend had some time to play with paper.

I used the SVG freebie cutouts that I provided in the post below on my layout. I love how it turned out.

Here's the layout:
Dec.25th sm

The title really pops, since it's in green. There is some of that green in the striped paper. All the paper is My Minds Eye i Believe Christmas line. It's so adorable! The brads are MME and the cream vintage velvet flower is one of our new colors from Creative Charms. The chipboard snowflake is from 2 years ago, it's DCWV.

Couple of close ups:
Dec.25th cu 3

This is one of the tags on the MME punch out sheets, I added a simple MME brad and some bakers twine in red & white candy cane stripes.

Dec.25th cu 2

Close up of the Creative Charms vintage velvet flower. They come with a pearl, but I thought this big brad really popped.

And last, is the title that I designed and cut out on the Silhouette:

Dec.25th cu 1

I love the drop shadow.

If you do happen to do the cutout, I wouldn't cut out the December much smaller than 4 inches across, my "m" fell away from the "e".

Instead of regular cardstock, I used the Quickutz sticky back stacks. Perfect for titles because they are already sticky.

Today we are (finally) going to go see Harry Potter! I think I'm more excited than my kids. First we are going to have lunch - we're going out for Sushi! Couldn't think of anything more different than the turkey we've had for the past few days.

By the way, I've reorganized my blog and I have a page just for all of my freebies. Rather than trying to scroll through all my posts, you can simply select that button, and they are there for the taking! I also added a handy dandy search feature.

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy the last few days of fall, because as far as I'm concerned, winter and the Christmas season begin December 1st!!

Have a great day!!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday Freebie!

I hope you all had a wonderful Happy Thanksgiving. We had a really nice and delicious Thanksgiving. YUM. Love, love, love stuffing!! (or as folks from the south call it “dressing”.

Today to say thank you to my bloggy friends, I have 2 cutable files to share. You can use these on cards or layouts or even the title for your december daily.

The folder includes jpeg, svg and png files.


25 sm

I’ve cut these out and I’m going to use them on a layout, which I’ll share with you later.

Here is the link to download the file. I hope you enjoy!
december 25th

-----> ETA

Maggie asked what font I used for the 25, it's Claredon. You can get a free version here. December is also Claredon.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Punches 3 Ways....

It was going to be 4, but my snowflake did not turn out and you cannot punch thru folded layers... FYI!

You may have seen some of these techniques before, but I thought I'd share with you a few different ways to use border punches.

No. 1

The first one is a super easy idea. Use your border punch to make the edge of an envelope flap really cute:
punched env

No. 2

The second idea is pretty easy, too. Cut a strip about 1 3/4" wide and whatever length you need. Using a fancy lacy edge punch, punch along each side. You should end up with something like this:

puched ribbon

Looks great wrapped around a small box, or even a gift bag. And, of course, you could use it on a layout as well.

No. 3

The third option requires a bit more work. I have 2 samples. For the first sample, I cut a 12" strip about 1 1/2 inches wide (give or take), then punched along the one edge. Do an accordion fold using the punched edge as a guide. I folded between each scallop, and then in the middle of that scallop as well.

folding small

Once you have it all folded, create a circle, then tape or glue edges together. I used a one inch punch to punch a circle which I glued in the middle of my "medallion". I added a big sparkly gem from Creative Charms to finish it off:

small thingy

This would look great on a holiday bag or tag or even hanging from a Christmas tree. The thinner the paper, the easier it is to fold. I used an old holiday paper stack.

The next one is the same concept, but bigger. I used about a 2 1/2 inch wide strip by 12 inches long, and you will need 2 total. One wide strip won't make a complete circle, so you will need 2.

I scored between my punched edge for easier folding:

score thingy

(this is the Martha Stewart Lattice punch)

Once both strips were folded up, glued and put together, I punched a 1 1/2" circle and topped that with another Creative Charms brad, this time using a vintage brad:

big fan thingy

I think it might have looked prettier had I layered a larger circle under the red one. It's still pretty and would look great on a tree with some added ribbon and sparkle.

These were just my practice ones, to see if punching the edges would make for a prettier accordion folded embellie, and it does!

I'm sorry for the blog absence last week. It just kept getting pushed to the back burner.

I did work on some cool SVG images that I will share with you in upcoming posts. My gift to you for visiting my little ol' blog!

Have a happy Sunday!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Jumping Up and Down!!

Yep, I've been jumping up and down since I got the good news on Friday... I'm OK!

Well, the “dot” is still on my lung, but it is too small to “determine”... that is what the girl on the phone said. Weird word, they can’t determine what it is...

I had an appointment with my radiologist at 3:30 on Friday. The oncologists office called me about 10 minutes before I was going to leave for my appointment. While at the radiologists, I asked them to look at my scans. He said in his thick Russian accent, “I vouldn’t vorry about it.”

So, for now, I’m not. I’m tired of worrying. It’s so futile. Waste of time and energy. In 3 months, I get to have another scan, and do it all over again. Let’s hope my dot stays a dot. But, for the next 3 months, I’m FREE!! I don’t need to see a doctor, get blood work, pee in a cup or anything!! That has to be the best news in the past year for me. :D Seriously!

Now that I can concentrate, I can get back to playing with my paper. I couldn't concentrate last week, but I did play with some digi stuff. I was thinking about making this a hybrid, but I just haven’t gotten a chance... so I’ll show you the digi:

baby it's cold

It’s all Crystal Wilkerson stuff. Isn’t she the best? By the way, she is the designer for Echo Park paper. I always knew she would look great in print!!

In other news...
  • I think I might paint my dining room pumpkin. Currently, it’s burgundy. I never really liked that color, and have no idea why I even chose it.
  • I’ve found I like the color gray... who knew?? And, it looks great with orange.
  • I’ve been looking for a comfortable, yet fashionable pair of boots. Currently, all my boots have no less than a 2 inch heel... and sadly, I can’t wear heels because my feet still hurt from the Xeloda chemo.
  • I’ll be working a giant crop this weekend, Crop Around the Clock... it should be fun.
I think that’s it. I missed last weeks photography class because I had a really bad cold last week. Today is the last class, I think I’ll go.

Have a great day!!