Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Mother's Day Cards and Older Projects


Good evening everyone, 

I have been working on some Mother's Day cards. 
And as you know in England it comes earlier than in the states. 
I thought I would also post some older projects as well :) 

So I will start with the newer ones and work thru to the older projects.
The first projects are the Mother's Day cards I have been working on. 
I wanted something simple and pretty and had seen this sort of design
on cards. I like the honeycomb look :)


The flowers are cut out on my cricut expression machine, and 
I used a free SVG file from  Bird's Cards and you can find them here
I followed her directions on how to make them look more real. 


 I also used a free SVG file from Bird's Cards for the pennant.
You can find them at the link above.
To make the hexagons, I used my MTC software and 
sized them to fit inside one another.

This card was made for a friend of mine for Valentines day.
He wanted something special for his girlfriend.

The stamp is from House Mouse designs. I used promarkers on the image. 
I love how it turned out. 
Other items used: 
Papers from My Minds Eye
Sentiment from: Whimsy Stamps and Dies
Gems and Ribbon from stash
Flower Punch

Perfect Mailbox

This mailbox is a SVG file from My Scrap Chick you can find it here. 
It was super easy to put together. I have made a few for some friends birthdays. 


Side View

As you can see the mailbox does open. It can hold quite a bit of candy or other small items.

This is another Valentines day Card I made for another friend.


The same items from above were used. 

Christmas Bag

 I made this Christmas bag for my daughters teacher. 
She really loved it, I put cookies in it for her along with 
some peppermint candy canes.
The bags I bought from a local store, and then used some SVG's that I 
got from SVG CUTS to spruce the bag up.  You can find the set here.

Beary Christmas

Here is a small Christmas card I made for a friend. It was really 
simple to make but turned out so super cute.
The stamp is from FizzyMoon
and I used Promarkers to colour it in. I then used some string glitter to 
add some dimension to the card.

Thanks for stopping by,
Cheryl

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Happy Sunday

Good afternoon, 

 Has everyone had a good weekend? Hope so:)

I have for the most part. 

Some things came up dealing with my visa, as you all know I am from the U.S.
 and now live in England and have done so since 2003.

It seems the person who was dealing with our claim apparently
 doesn't know or understand how to read a visa.
 My visa is an Indefinite Leave to Enter the UK. Which means
 I was given permanent residency before we entered the country due to me
 being married to a British national. 

Where the problem lies 
is because the visa was issued while we were
 still in America it has an Valid from and expiry date. The valid from /expiry date was the time
 window we had to come to England. Whoever was looking at our claim does 
not understand that it has to have an expiry date in case we had changed 
our minds about coming to England back in 2003. But since we entered
 England in November of 2003 the expiry date on the visa is void. So 
we got to call the Home Office tomorrow and get this all cleared up,
 because if this has happened to us, who knows who else this has happened to. 

And the person responsible for the problem needs to be dealt with, because
 as far as I am concerned, if you don't understand your job, or don't understand
 how to read a visa and its part of your daily duties, 
then clearly you are in the wrong line of work!

My husband made a joke and said all they would have to do is come to our
home and see all of my stamps to know we are not trying to hide anything hahahahaha.
So funny lol

So enough of me venting now and lets get onto some projects I have made starting with some old ones  :) 

This is a birthday gift set I made for my daughters best friend Hannah. She was turning 10.
And I always like to do something special for her.

This is a close up of the card. I love this stamp and Hannah's birthday falls in October so 
I thought they were autumn type colours but 
still bright and cheerful.


This is the cupcake box I made to match the card. The cupcake was quite big.

Items used:
Card Stock from First Edition
Ribbon and Gems from stash
Stamp: TGF Birthday Anya
I coloured her with Promarkers.


The second project I am showing you is another Gift sets I made for
 my mom and mother-in-law. Their birthdays fall in the same month.


Again I used the Birthday Anya and coloured her in with promarkers.
On the inside of the purse there is a tiny card that matches
the patterened paper on the outside of the purse.

I stamped the image in matching coloures on the plain card stock to add a bit of dimension.
I found the pattern for the purse on Splitcoast Stampers.

Items used;
Nestabilities
Cricut expression machine
Ribbon and Glitter from stash

The last Projects I will show today are the Birthday cards I made for my sons this past year. My oldest son David turned 17 and my youngest son Derek turned 13.

The top image is the card I made for David. He plays guitar and
I really liked this image, looked vintage to me .
I had not made a twist easle card before, so was really pleased with the way it turned out.


This card I made for Derek , again I had not ever made a waterfall card before.
And I found a super easy video on youtube, that walks you thru
all the steps to make one.
So if you have not made one either....give it a try its easy
and they are super cute!

This is the card my daughter made David for his birthday. 
The TV card is a free SVG file you can find on SVGCUTs
I went into my MTC software and made it into a card.
I then used my Imagine machine to print and cut the image on the tv screen.
My daughter put the card together.
 
This is the card Emma made Derek for his birthday. It is a type of swing card.
She wanted to do a skater because her big bro loves to skateboard.
The image was cut out useing MTC.


Thanks for stopping by and have a fab day!
Cheryl

Friday, 9 March 2012

It's been awhile

Hi everyone :) 

Long time no chat :(  So many things have gone on since last year. And things are sort of now starting to get a little bit better:) 

Won't go into detail , but it has been a roller coaster of a ride lol . 

Anyways, I am back and will be posting hopefully on  a regular basis again. I will be showing projects that I have last year, over the holidays and new projects that I am working on now. 

I have missed blogging and chatting to you all :)


The first project I would like to show you is a fairy card I made. 
I am not exactly sure of the name of the stamp, cause I bought it off of ebay and it was a used stamp. 
But I thought she was sooo pretty.


I used promarkers on the image.

This is a close up view of the detail.

Items used: 
White gloss card stock, Pink pearl card stock
Chocolate Stampin Up Ink Pad
Flower Punch
Gems and Ribbon from stash
Glitter Glue
Paper and Sentiment from: Papermania Rose Garden


My second project is an anniversary card I made for a friend of mine for her parents.

I used the Book-a-Trix board by The Glitter Girls

The front of the box I made to hold the card

Side view of card to show the dimension

Items used: 
Gems, Pearls, Ribbon and Flowers from stash
Butterflies and Floral leaf I cut out useing my my cricut expression machine 
Cuttlebug embossing folders
Nestabilities


Thank you all for looking :) 
Cheryl

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Almost Easter


 Happy Easter everyone,

I think it is important that crafters be informed of their options. 

There are some really good die-cut machines on the market
at the moment that are of high quality materials. And can cut proper circles!
Here is a quick list of some of them, and these are in no certain order:
1. Silhouette SD
2. Boss Kut-Gazelle
3. Black Cat Lynx
4. Black Cat Cougar
5. E-craft
6. Pazzels

And please, please research these cutters to find out which is best for you. You can go here and read the reviews of some of the machines. Jin has done a fab job:) 
And OMG Lettering Delights hit 10k members on FB!!!! Congrats everyone, and to thank their fans they are giveing away free sets!! 11 freebies to be exact and you can find them here.
Lettering Delights is awesome!!! Love their SVG files!!
Also I will be putting a list of sites on my blog to other blogs as well as stores that have FREE SVG files and sell SVG files. So be watching for that :)

So ok, I thought I would post a few things I have been working on for Easter. 
I hope you like them :)
Cadbury Egg Box
 This is the top and I used a Free SVG file from SVGCUTS.COM you can find it here

 This is the inside of the box.

Easter Baskets
 These are Easter baskets I have made useing the Free SVG file from Paper Pasttimes. Denise does some really super neat stuff over on her blog. You can find the SVG file here.
This Basket was made from a 12x12 piece of cardstock. 
I put lace around the top of it to spice it up a bit lol. 
And on the sides there are flowers where I joined the handle.
I also made a macthing card.

 The stamp is from Penny Black: Easter Bonet
I used Promarkers to colour the image in and then added some glossy accents to a couple places.

Small Easter Baskets

The bunny SVG is also free and you can find it here at Jennifer Scrap Shack. 
I kept proportions and sized it to 3and 1/2 wide
I used my Sizzix texture plate to emboss them and then added a bit of cotton wool for the tail. 
The top basket is for a boy and the one beneath is for a girl. On the boy baskets I used dark colour buttons instead of flowers where the handle joins. 
Also I stapled the handles on to give them a bit of re-enforcement.

 These easter baskets were sized at 8x8  
The handle was 1and1/2 inches wide by 10 inches long....
might of been shorter cant find the paper I wrote it down on lol , 
so size to whatever suits your needs.

Size comparison
This picture is to just show the size difference between the 2 baskets.
Thanks for looking :)
Cheryl

Monday, 21 March 2011

Bat Man Cards

Happy Monday everyone,
Hope everyone has had a good weekend. 
I have been doing alot of SPRING cleaning, 
got part of the loft cleaned out. And have gone thru my kids winter clothes to 
get rid of things I know won't fit them next winter.

Painted both of my kids bedrooms the last couple of weeks and everything is finally finished. 
So am hopeing to get pictures takin to show how much better they look. I have learned to not paint rooms hot pink and dark blue. LOL Trying to paint over those colours was a nightmare. 
Both rooms took 5 coats of Magnolia paint each!! 
But they look soooo bright and fresh and the light just bounces all around in their rooms. 
So once I have takin pictures I will post them :)

Now onto some cards. As some of you may know, I use MTC software to 
create images or I use free SVG files that my Cricut Expression machine cuts out. 
So I thought I would post a couple new ones that I have made the last few days.

If you would like to know exactly what MTC software
Does and Does Not do, you can have a look at my post here



 My husband is a HUGE Bat Man and Super Man fan So I created this card for him. 
I am so excited, I have not ever worked with vinyl before, but my husband liked this card so much he wants a t-shirt with the image on it . So I am going to be buying some vinyl to try and do that for him. It will be for his Birthday. Still have a couple months til then though hehe 


This is the card I made my husband for his Birthday. He hasnt seen this card.


This is a card I made for a friend who is getting engaged. I used
a free SVG file, that you can find here : champaine bottle.
I took the SVG of the champaine 
bottle and made it into a card by adding a shadow layer 
and then copying it and mirroring the image and 
welding the 2 together. I finished the card off, by embossing the
gold cardstock with a Do-Crafts embossing folder, and then adding some glitter
glue to the petals of the daisies 
and stamping and heat embossing the Congratulations in gold.

Thanks For Looking :) 
Cheryl

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Baby Eeyore


Happy Weekend everyone :)

Its sooo sunny out today! Am loving this weather, still a bit cool out though. 

Just a quick post today to try and explain what MTC/SCAL software does and does not do. 

1. It DOES NOT allow people to cut from PC cartridges.
If we want to use our PC cartridges we MUST use either DS or the GYPSY. 
End of we have to use one or the other or if you have both you can use both. I own a Gypsy and that is what I use.

2.  MTC/SCAL software allows us to cut to our machines, images that we have created, or bought from SVG sites. And believe me there are a ton of them out there.. a couple stores I shop at are SVG CUTS you can find their store here , Lettering Delights you can find their store here
Little Scraps of Heaven Designs you can find their store here .
These are just a few of the online stores that create and sell SVG files. 
You can also google" FREE SVG files"
So whoever is telling you that we MTC/SCAL users are "stealing" PC images is lieing to you . 
Its an all out and out blatant lie!

3. MTC/SCAL does not block the use of PC cartridges. You are still able to
use your cartridges the same way even you dont have MTC/SCAL ,
you MUST own either DS or the Gypsy in
order to be able to create from the cartridges.

And what I mean by create is:
be able to weld , hide contours of the images,
add one image from one cartridge to
another image from another cartridge.


Below are some projects I have made useing MTC software.

 Baby Eeyore card I created this from a picture I have.

 Aloha Card
 These were free SVG files I found online. 

 Minnie Mickey Peppermint Card
I created this card from a picture I have
 You're Ok Card 
This was also a free SVG file

 Truck Card 
The truck was a free SVG file I found online
I then used my Every Day Paper Dolls cartridge to cut out the head and hair from my Gypsy

Rocket Man Card
This was a free SVG file I found online
I then used my Every Day Paper Dolls cartridge to cut out the head and hair on my Gypsy


I hope that this post clears up that we MTC/SCAL users do not "steal" PC cartridge images. That in fact if we want to use our cartridges we MUST use them like everyone else does that does not use MTC/SCAL software. 

Have a Great Day:)
Cheryl

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Happy St. Patricks Day

Happy St. Patricks Day everyone!
Hope everyone is having a fab "green" day :)

I have some projects for you today from Valentines Day.
Am still trying to play catch up on my posts, so will also show you my
St. Patricks Day cards I made as well, along
with a birthday card for my niece who is turning 1 in a couple of weeks:).
And while I have been away I won an award from Jennys Creations 
you can find her wonderful blog here Thank you so much for thinking of me :)  It really means alot to know that I inspire people :)
So Thank you again
 

Also if you are someone that uses MTC/SCAL software with your cricut, Provocraft have sued and settled out of court with the owners of MTC. From yesterday the software will no longer be compatiable with the cricut machines! In saying this...in order to keep your software safe...simply do not upgrade the firmware on your cricut machine and do not update your MTC software. 

If you have updated the software...not knowing of this lawsuit, you can go to the MTC 
homepage and they have a list alternativ machines
that will work with MTC.

I am very upset that Provocraft have done this...so many people use and love MTC software. They also use cartridges with their Gypsy. I know I do...I tend to make projects that use bits from my
cartridges as well as from my own designs from MTC.
It didnt hurt my machine, it enhanced it!!
And its a real shame that a company has the right to tell me once
I have purchased something from them , how I have to use it.
But I will not let it get me down. I want to be able to create freely and think outside of the box. And  now it is very clear to me that Provocraft do not want me to be a free thinker.
I will simply spend my money else where...if Provocraft dont want it that is fine with me :) 
I know of a lot of companies that do :)

In saying that I will continue to use my expression until it breaks down.

Now onto some very cute projects:) 
I will start with the Valentines projects and work down to the St. Patricks Day Cards:)


 This is the card that I made for my kids for Valentines Day. I created it on the Gypsy. I welded 2 hearts together from Gypsy Wanderings and then duplicated some of the hearts and made them a smaller size so they would fit on top. I then used an embossing folder to give it a bit of depth.

 This was my husbands Valentines Day card. I again used my Gypsy to weld 2 hearts together from Gypsy Wanderings and hiding bits on it, I then used my MTC software and cut the flame and "Hot 4-U" svg out. I popped that up with pop dots. I then used TGF stamp and coloured her in with Promarkers. And added some light pink heart gems and used a white gel pen to finish it off.
 I created the box for it by cutting some old scrap paper ,folding it  and then glueing it in the shape of a square and made a slit in the top for the card to sit in.

 This is the treat bags I made my husband and kids. I used a Childs Year and cut the image at 3.50 width and 2.45 height. For the layer of the background I sized it the same and hid the center pieces. I used a Nestability and folded it in half for the image to sit on. and glued that to the tops of the bags.

 This is the card I made for my niece that is turning 1 in a few weeks. I used MTC to create this card. 
Isnt Tweety sooooo cute :) The inside of the card says 1st Birthday. 
I punched some flowers and used my Kandis Rhinestone setter to put gems in the middle. I made this card so that they could cut Tweety from the card and put it in my nieces scrapbook:) The card is 6x6



And finally, this is the St.Patricks Day cards I made for friends. I used my Gypsy again and welded 2 hats from A Childs Year together and then cut out the lucky from simply charmed. I put black cardstock at the back of the card that had sticky tape on it. and then rubbed glitter onto the shamrock and the black bit of the hat to give it some bling. I cut out the buckle from the hat by welding 2 rounded squares together from Accent Essentials



Thanks for looking:)
Cheryl