Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I {heart} Paper Flowers!


I've expressed in the past my love for paper flowers.  I love creating them and have to stop myself from using them on EVERYTHING I make.  Since I got my Cameo, I haven't made many because I've been trying to find files that are just right.  I have the Flower Shoppe Cartridge for Cricut, but it's up on the top shelf, I'm super short and I don't wanna dig it out!  Soooo...  Here's my first "real" flower using the Cameo.  It's ok...but I know I can do better.


Love that giant flower!!


I saw the yellow part on Pinterest and cut it by hand.  I will be designing a file on my Silhouette because I really like how it looks.


Thanks for looking!

Cheryl




Saturday, September 13, 2014

Simple Card



I love making cards.  I know most of you that follow this blog do some type of paper crafting.  And wouldn't you agree that there's not much better in the world than sitting at your craft desk on a lazy Saturday afternoon just playing with paper and glue and glitter? It's loverly.


It's taking me a while to adjust from the world of Cricut to Silhouette.  I am so used to flipping through the Cricut books and looking at images on cartridges and finding images for the Silhouette is so different.  I LOVE the versatility and functions of this machine - and I will never go back - but I'm still gathering images and so making cards has proven to be a little more challenging when designing.  I made this from a free SVG I came across on Pinterest.


I stamped the sentiment, then went over the word "wish" with my Gelly Roll Stardust pen in clear.  It doesn't photograph well, but in person, it's just clear with sparkles and makes the words look groovy.  You can get the pens here:



Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a great weekend!

Cheryl

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Pinterest Fun!

Sooo....I spend way too much time on Pinterest.  

I crave it.  

I long for it.  

Almost as much as Dr. Pepper and Doritos....  

It's quite sad, yet extremely gratifying.  It's like the Bermuda Triangle of the internet.  Once I'm there, I may or may not return.  

That being said, I was perusing Pinterest today at work and found some fun stuff I thought I'd share.  Here are my random Pinterest picks of the week:

Pinterest
Enough said, right?  I freely admit that once I'm home for the night, the bra is off.  As a rather busty girl (trust me - it stinks!), bras are difficult to buy, fit and find.  They are uncomfortable devices of torture to me and I am free of them as soon as possible!  Of course, the problem is if I were to get this shirt I'd have to wear a bra with it cuz we don't need our girls falling out the sides, right?  It's our lot in life as women, I suppose.  {sigh}


Pinterest
As you know, I saw the light and got a Silhouette Cameo at the beginning of this year.  I love the machine but am still learning all the things it can do.  I must try this.

 
Pinterest
I have recently fallen for the hype....jumped on the bandwagon...drank the kool-aid, so to speak...

I bought a tub of coconut oil.  A-maz-ing!

This stuff works for so many things.  Recently, my mom (who has dry skin like I do) told me she had started using this a nightly moisturizer.  So, I tried that a couple days ago.  My skin actually feels better.  Shock!  I was skeptical.  Since I loved the coconut oil, I'm sure would love this DIY cream too.  It's on my list.


Pinterest
How adorable is this?  I have no open walls in which to place it, but I want one!  But let's get real - Does any one's desk stay this tidy and coordinated?  Mine sure doesn't.  And that chair looks horrible uncomfortable.  But it would look great in my pretend house that never gets messy and doesn't actually get used!


Pinterest
Absolutely!  Enough said.


Have a great Thursday!

Hugs,
Cheryl










Saturday, August 16, 2014

Awesome Birthday Card


This will be a super quick post.  I was playing around with some new fonts with my Silhouette the other day and cut this word out.  I decided to slap it on to some paper and Viola!  It's a really simple card, but I thought I'd share it anyway.


I added some handwritten words and added some dots with my white gel pen, then put it on the card using foam tape.  That's it!  Easy peesy!

Have a great Saturday!

Cheryl





Thursday, August 14, 2014

New Trimmer!

I posted a few days back asking for input on trimmers.  I am finally the proud new owner of this fancy baby:
I waffled back and forth between the guillotine style or the rotary blade.  I decided to try something new (because I love change!) and I am pretty happy with it.  I haven't done a ton of crafting over the last few weeks, but I purposely cut a variety of weights and types of paper the day I got it and it was pretty darn nice!

I purchased this from Amazon for $26.44.  You can get one here, if you're interested:

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  Since I'm a member of Amazon Prime, I got free 2 Day shipping, so I thought that was a decent deal.  I looked at some that were cheaper, but I'm a firm believer in "You get what you pay for"!  If you're not a member of Amazon Prime, you should be.  It's awesome!  You get FREE 2-Day shipping on any Prime items, Prime Instant Videos (Think Netflix, only, in my opinion, better) and now they've added Amazon Prime Music as a part of your subscription. You can try it FREE for 30 days to see if you like it.  You can read all about it here: 

Amazon Prime (One Year Membership)
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We've been members of Amazon Prime for almost 4 years now and it just keeps getting better.  My hubby loves to read and it really saves us money on shipping since he buys tons of books.  He says he just can't switch to reading on a phone or tablet - He likes a good, old-fashioned book in his hands.  And I like getting stuff in 2 days because I'm impatient!

Blessings,
Cheryl






Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sunflower!


Have you hear of Miss Kate Cuttables? She is a fabulous gal who designs and offers a FREE SVG file every day!  You can visit her site HERE. I love her files.  They're super cute and easy to cut and layer.

I downloaded this cute little bee from there.  I have a friend who really likes Sunflowers and I saw a similar "split card" (don't know the official name...ha ha) made using a daisy.  I thought I would try one with a sunflower and the bee.


I created the base for the card in my Silhouette software.  It was really hard to photograph, but it's pretty cute in person.  The card measures around 5"x 5".


When I cut the little bee he was so tiny, I had to draw on the eyes and mouth.  I added everything to the front with several layers of foam to make it POP!  

On another subject, I am in the process of creating a planner/home management binder/budget book....etc.  Do any of you use that on a daily or weekly basis?  I purchased several items in the ARC line of products by Staples and am trying to design my own pages.  Once it's complete, I will share it all with you, but was wondering if you have any ideas or suggestions as I'm setting it up?  I hope to have sections for meal planning, budgeting, blog posts, calendar and notes/receipts. If you aren't familiar with the ARC system, here's a link to their products:


Have a blessed day,
Cheryl

Monday, July 21, 2014

Trimmer Help!

A few weeks ago, I was in the middle of making several cards and had a huge mess on my desk.  I dropped my trimmer in the floor beside my desk because it was taking up too much room and totally forgot about it.  I'm sure you can imagine what happened next.  I got up to take a potty break and SNAP!  I stepped right on the arm that swings out to measure the paper.  Here's what I was left with...


I broke the poor thing's arm!  {sad face}

I can cut anything out to 5.25" and that's it.  So now I'm on a quest for a new trimmer.  This is a big decision for me.  I am pretty picky about trimmers.  I have had several that have been mediocre and I would like to have one I love - but what to choose?

I need your help!  What trimmer do you use?  Do you love it?

Here are the few I've been looking at on Amazon: (These are affiliate links)


I have never owned a swing-arm or guillotine style trimmer and I never really wanted one until I used this super old one at work.  I was cutting coupons at lunch and a co-worker told me we had one stashed in the back.  I love it!  The thing is that it's great for coupons, but will I love it for crafting????  I just don't know.


Here's the other one I was looking at.  I really like rotary style trimmers and that's what I've used for a while now.  This one folds out to cut 12" paper, but then folds flat for storage.  It's a bit higher, but I'm willing to pay it if it works well.


I really like the measuring grid on this one, but I don't like this blade style.  I find that this type of blade tends to rip the paper instead of cut.  My friend has this kind and really likes it, but my OCD kicks in if I even see a little "fringe" on the paper due to the blade.

Sooooo.... Can you help me decide?  I would like to order one in the next day or two and would love your input.

Smiles,
Cheryl

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hello Sunshine!

 

Hello, sunshine!

I made this card for a friend of mine who has been facing some hard times.  I wanted something sunny and happy and fun!


Here's a close up of the center of my sun.  I added a few gems because everything is better with bling.  I inked the edges of everything with black.  I was worried the black would be too harsh, but I didn't want to use brown and didn't have some gray ink.  I gotta get some of that...


I made a little cloud, cut it out and put my stamp on there.  This was a cheapo, dollar bin stamp and I like it.


Although this was super simple, I really enjoyed making it.  The paper is from The Basics stack by The Paper Studio.  I designed this in the Silhouette Studio software.  I thought I'd share the file in case you all were interested in it.  Here's the link:


Happy Crafting!!
Cheryl