Thursday, July 29, 2010

Merci Card made with Martha Stewart Elegant Cakes Cart

OMG! Have you ever had an idea for a card or project in your head and you are like "That is going to be so cute!"? You come up with all these grand ideas about what you are going to do on the project. And then you start assembling it. Half way into the project you realize you bit off more than you could chew. That's the way I felt with this card, the card that almost wasnt!

I got the new Martha Stewart Elegant Cake Art cart from HSN and I was dieing to use it. There are so many classic Martha cuts on this cart that could work well with cards. Well I saw this accent , loved it and thought "I could use this as a background. So I started cutting. I cut out 10 thinking I would have a few extras for mistakes. When I took the mat out, I realized that the cut is actually 2 pieces each, not one (this cart is not on the G yet). I knew it was going to take a little more work than I anticipated but I proceeded.

When I started glueing is when I realized what I had done. Lineing up all those pieces was horrible. I know what I am good at and what I am not. Exact measurements has never been my forte'. I started in the middle (my best idea) and went from there. By the time I put 4 or so on the paper, I was ready to throw in the towel but I didn't. The more I completed, the better it looked and that kept me going.

When I had 7 accents on the card, I was going to stop. But then I decided to cut one in half (crazy, right) and put the halves on the sides of the middle one. I really like the finished look. I cut out some marquees from the Storybook Cart and layered them. I stamped "Merci" in white with my SU! Craft Ink and added a piece of bling for the dot. I decided I needed to include more red so I cut a piece of ribbon, glued it down, pop dotted the marquee and placed it on the card.

I really am happy with the way it all came together! I don't know if I will be making this card again but at least I did try it. Thanks for looking and leave me some comments!


The Scrappin' Delta Diva

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Great Idea! 30 Minute Cards

There are so many celebrations going on all the time - birthdays, anniversary, new babies, graduations. The list goes on and on. And there are even less happy times that still call for a card. Sometimes, you need a card in a pinch. So I decided to start something called 30 Minute Cards!
30 Minute Cards are cards that you can make in 30 minutes or less. They will use Cricut cuts, stamping or other quick techniques. They may not be as detailed as other cards that take more time but the result will always be the same - Beautiful!
Here are 2 cards I made this weekend. My Father's birthday was Sunday and my MIL's is today. So I made them both a card.
Father's Birthday Card
My father isn't that old but he definitely isn't as spry as he used to be. He is starting to deal with getting older so I made him this card. Sometimes, it's not about how much detail is on the card but rather is it simply about the words. I used my computer to print "I'd rather call it Vintage!" on the inside. I used From My Kitchen to cut the phone and Plantin Schoolbook for the words. I really like the way it came together, all in 30 minutes.

Mother-In-Law's Birthday Card
For this card for my MIL, I challenged myself to not use my Cricut and get back into my stamps. I have quite a few stamps, mostly from SU!. All the stamps I used for this card came from SU! and I like the way I was able to mix sets to come up with this beautiful card. The ribbon is also SU!. I stamped the swirl with Pretty in Pink. I then stamped the tag in Close to Cocoa, cut it out and put some pop dots on it to give it a little lift. I finished the ribbon off with a gem pin and it was complete. My husband loved it!

Look for more 30 minute cards in the future!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Tim Holtz Reinker Technique Picture Tutorial

Hey everybody! Thanks for all the love you have given me for my Boys and Their Toys card. I think you all love it just as much as I do! Many of you asked me how I made the background paper. While I was making it, I had a feeling people were going to ask me that so I took pictures as I was doing it. Here is a picture tutorial on how to make this amazing background.

Step 1: You will need very few supplies for this technique. They are: a bottle of TH Reinker, a nonstick craft sheet, a heat gu, a spray bottle of water and a paint brush (I used s small one for the thinner handle)

Setp 2: Drop a few drops of ink onto your craft mat. I started with 2 drops since I wasn't sure how this was going to come out. I later incresed to about 5 drops.

Step 3: Spray your area with water. Make sure you spray a wider area than your ink drops cover.

Step 4: Using the wooden tip of your paint brush, start to swirl the ink and the water around together. This will start to make smaller drops/pools of ink. It will also thin the ink out with the addition of the water.

Step 5: When you have spread out your ink, take your piece of white cardstock and tap into your drops/pools of ink. Cover as much are as you can and soak up all the ink. Turn your paper over so the ink side is up. The paper will probably be curled but don't worry. It will straighten out in the next step.

Step 6: Using your heat gun, dry the paper. You will notice that the intensity of the color will lighten. You will probably only need to heat it 15-20 seconds for it to dry.

Repeat steps 2-6 until you get the look you want. I made 3 layers on the background for my card. I just love this technique because you don't know what your final result is going to be and that is a little exciting for me. I can't wait to try this with some other colors.
I hope you like this tutorial! Please share any projects you complete with this technique with me. I would love to see what you create and be inspired! TFL!!!
The Scrappin' Delta Diva

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Boys and Their Toys Card

Oh, oh, oh!!! I have been about to come unglued trying to wait to share this card with you all! I have been in a very creative mood this summer but I try to space my posts out so I can have at least 1 or 2 a week. I made this card last Saturday and couldn't wait to share it with you. I call it Boys and Their Toys and I absolutely love the way it came out! I think it looks like the Little Bill cartoon. I tried some new things with this card so let's get to the details.

  • Sugar and Spice Lite - wagon
  • B is for Boy Lite - all the toys

For those of you who have been following me, you know that I started a recent love affair with the Tim Hotlz inks. They are amazing and here is yet another reason why. I made the background paper!!!!! Yeah, uh! I'm stepping up my game. I wanted to use the TH inks but my eBay order had not come in with all my differnt shades of blue. So I only had Broken China in the reinker on hand. I knew that you could spray a craft mat with water was one way to use his ink pads so I decided to do that with the reinker and see what happened. I dropped a few drops of ink on the mat, sprayed it and swirled it around with the tip of a paint brush. I then dipped my white cardstock in it and turned it over. By the look in my eyes you would have thought I had found Fort Knox (or won a golden Cricut!). I repeated this step a couple of times and the results are what you see. I am very pleased with this technique and will be doing it again. I am going to make a post with pics for this technique by the end of this week.

I then cut the wagon out using the Sugar and Spice cart. I don't know why they have a wagon on the girl cart and not the boy but they do. I had to work on this wagon a little. I wanted the handle and the detial to be silver. So I cut the base in silver. But when I went to layer it, the wheels were silver. So I ended up have to cut another bas in black, punch holes in the wheels for the "hub cap", trim it so the sliver line would show and glue it under the red layer. So that is why there is a little adhesive on the "hub cap".

Next, I cut all the layers for the toys. This was a lot of small work but it paid off big time. I just love all the details in the toys. I colored the details on the Jack-In-The-Box's face on because the cut outs were way to small to glue on.

I put pop dots on the wagon and put it on the card. I then glued the toys to the card, making sure to put some of it below the line of the wagon so they look like they are "in" the wagon. I was going to put a title on there but when I finished, I thought it was perfect the way it was.

I don't think I could be happier with this card than I already am, especially since boy and guy cards are so hard for me. TFL!!!


Monday, July 12, 2010

Christmas Eve Night Card

Hi everyone! I was inspired to make this card because there were a lot of challenges with the Christmas theme. I didn't get it posted in time to meet the deadlines for the challenges but i wanted to share it with you anyway.

For those of you who have been following me, I have recently jumped into the world of Tim Holtz. I am so in love with his inks and all the things you can do with them. I am using them on everthing I create these days, including this card. Here are the details.

  • Christmas/Noel - everything except the snow hill.

I love the Christmas/Noel cart! The cuts are so beautiful, big or small. So I pulled it out and cut the sleigh, reindeer and trees and their layers.

I made my own Glimmer Mist with Perfect Pearls in Perfect Pearl (white) and Distress Ink Reinkers in Broken China. I sprayed the white background paper and dried with with my heat gun. I made about 3 layers for the rich color. I can't wait to get other colors of blue to create more depth! (watch for future projects)

When I was watching ALL of the TH's demo videos on his site, I saw him use Adirondack Arcylic Paint Dabber in Snow Cap (the color) on a project. I knew that would give a good snow affect on projects so I got one. I used it on the trees and I like the way it came out. I cut out a snow hill by hand, glued it on and glued the trees on top of the hill.

I put pop dots on the reindeer and the sleigh to raise them up and give the illusion that the trees were way off in the back. I drew the North Star on with a gel pen and it was complete. I will definitely be making more of these for the Christmas holiday. I should have more ink colors by then and I think that will give the card a whole different look.

Thanks for lookin and as always, leave me some comments. Have a blessed day!


Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Perfect "Pear" Couples Card

I went a little cartridge crazy in June. I got 6 new carts! I know, I know. But I got some good deals on them since most of them came from eBay. One of them was Preserves, which served as the inspiration for this card.

I noticed how they had so many differnt cuts of pears on there and decided to use them to my advantage. I like to put a "play on words" in my cards and these pears played right into my game. Here are the details.

  • Sweethearts - 'The Perfect..."
  • Preserves - everything else.

I used a really pretty cream for the background and accents on the pears. I inked the edges of the card with my Wild Wasabi ink pad from SU! (this was a seasonal color a couple of years ago and I am so glad I got it). I love the way the pears came out!

When I cut out the sentiment, it had the word "Pair" on it. I cut that off and replaced it with the word "Pear' from the preserves cart.

****There is something hidden on this card or rather not that overt. The first person to guess what it is and leave a comment on my blog will receive some blog candy from me! Good Luck!!!



Wednesday, July 7, 2010

My First Vinyl Project (kinda...)

Hello again everyone. Have been a crafting, cricuting, card making fool over the last couple of days. I have designed a lot of cards that I have cut out and there are more that still need to be cut. I have fallen in love with a new line of products (new to me anyway: ) and worked on some crafts.

One of the crafts I have done is decorate my dog's new feeder. I had it made and I wanted it painted all white. I knew it was going to be a great canvas for me to try some things on. I have wanted to work with the vinyl again since I have only used it once (I made my store name to go on the wall in my suite). The results are pictured below. I really looove the way it came out!

  • Calligraphy Collection - Bella and heart
  • Paper Doll Dress Up - Crown

I added a little bling to make the crown special.

Here's my sweetie checking out her new bowl. She loves it! (or at least what's in it!)

Thanks for looking and leave me some blog love!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Sympathy Cards

Hello everyone! Happy 4th of July, Independence Day for this great country called the US of A! I hope you all are enjoying your family and remembering all that it has taken for this day even exist.

While I am celebrating, my heart is a little heavy, too. I have had several friends and sorority sisters lose family members in the last few weeks. So my scrapping this week has mostly been making sympathy cards. I designed 2 cards since I have to send out about 5 cards. Here are the details for the cards. I used an Amy Butler paper stack for both cards. It was really nice since all the papers were double-sided and the colors coordinated perfectly.

With Sympathy Dove


  • Jasmine - With Sympathy sentiment
  • A Child's Year - bird
  • Storybook - scalloped oval

I covered the card with a piece of the coordinating paper. I then inked the edges with my SU! Close to Cocoa ink pad. I embossed the bird with my Cuttlebug Script embossing folder and put pop dots on it to give it some dimension. I glued all the pieces in place and called it done.

With Sympathy Butterfly


  • Storybook - marquee and butterflies
  • Calligraphy Collection - With Sympathy Sentiment

Again, I covered the card with the coordinating paper from the paper pad. I inked the edges of the card, marquee and the top butterfly. I also embossed the marquee with my Cuttlebug Swiss Dot folder. I put a pop dot on the back of the top butterfly so that I could fold the wings out. I glued it all down and was very pleased with how it came out.

Thanks for looking and leave me some blog love!