Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fall is in the Air - Part 2

I would love to live someplace where the temperature stays around 60-70 degrees. That would be lovely. I know I've harped on this recently but I really do dislike hot weather.

Anyway, I made this card with a specific challenge in mind. Over at My Cricut Craft Room they're having a contest to pick one new DT member. The project is to be Autumn themed. Then, at the end of this week all the projects will be up for voting which will determine who is the new DT member!
So, I would love for you all to take a minute and go over there and vote for me next week!!


I followed this sketch from MFP Sketch with a Twist:


I used Autumn Celebrations for the phrase, pilgrim hat, witch hat, Dia de los Muertos skull, and pumpkin. The layered leaves are from Mickey and Friends. The maple leaves are a Martha Stewart punch. The leaves flight path are gelly roll pens. All the papers are from my scrap stash. Interesting thought, I just realized this is the 3rd project in a week where I have used the teal color. I think it might be because my new phone case for my new iPhone is that color and it's making me a little crazy to see the case every day but still be waiting for the phone...I'd imagine I'm not even close to being the only person feeling that way.

I'm entering this in:
Getting Cricky - Happy Fall Y'all
DL.Art - 1000 Post Linky Party
Milk and Coffee - Welcome Fall
MFP Sketch with a Twist - Autumn/Fall
Simply Create Too - Autumn/Fall

Thanks!!
Sarah Mae


Saturday, September 29, 2012

National Coffee Day!

I woke up this morning and went to Krispy Kreme because they had free coffee!! 
Such a good way to wake up. :)

I made this card to send to my friend who goes to school up in Seattle. Oh to be there today, some of the best coffee in the country...


I used the Love You a Latte cart. The stamps are K Andrew Designs on top of a Spellbinders die. The embossing folder is Musical Flourish. And, the ribbon is 3GJ. All the papers are from scraps stash.

I'm entering this in:
Fresh Brewed Blog - Coffee Day
3 Girl Jam Challenge - Coffee and Ribbon
Bearly Mine Challenge - Add a Sentiment
DL.Art - 1000 Post Linky Party
Docerela - Border Punch/Cricut cut & a Sentiment

Thanks!!
Sarah Mae

Monday, September 24, 2012

A Tea Party!

A while back I posted a cute little monkey invitation that my friend was going to use for her daughters birthday party. Well, she changed the party. Luckily I hadn't cut anything out yet, so no wasted paper. 
Now the party is a tea party at this cute little tea room. My guidelines were as pink as can be and lots of glitter!!


And here is the inside


I used the Once Upon a Princess cart. I cut the middle layer twice and then hinged it with a half inch piece of paper at the top. All the papers save the little heart in the phrase are Hobby Lobby brand. The heart is Doodlebug. The ribbon I got from Hobby Lobby and the pearls are Recollections. 

I'm entering this in:
CARDZ TV - Bling it Up
Cute Card Thursday - A Different Shape
DL.Art - 1000 Post Linky Party

Thanks!!
Sarah Mae

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Fall is in the Air

I guess I'm a bit stuck on the Fall theme. Luckily everyone still has challenges going on to accommodate my sticking, lol. 
Fall colors are easy to work with. The browns and reds make for very warm, cozy, and comforting designs, I love it!


The tree and branch are Create a Critter 2, the owl is Create a Critter, and the hat is Autumn Celebrations. Looking through my books I saw several pilgrim hats but I think this one is the cutest! The inks I used on each layer are Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Tea Dye, and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. The sentiment is lettered and the ribbon is 3 Girl Jam.

I'm entering this in:
Getting Cricky - Happy Fall Y'all
2 Sisters Challenge - Things with Wings
Bearly Mine Challenges - Fall Colors
Bitten By the Bug 2 - Things that Fly in Nature
Cricut Chirp - Create a Critter Craft
DL.Art: Thankful Thursday Challenge - Halloween/Fall Colors or an Owl
My Craft Spot - Wild About You

Thanks!!
Sarah Mae 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

More Fall!

Walking around campus in the middle of the day it hot. My university has one of the most spread out consecutive campuses in the country. What that really means is that in Texas we believe in really big roads..everywhere. If you just took out the roads I'm pretty sure it would shrink by at least half if not two thirds. It is actually very beautiful, especially now that the leaves are starting to turn wonderful fall colors. Most of the buildings are done in a Spanish style with terra cotta tile roofs, there are huge lawns just about everywhere, and it's all very sprawling to the eye. That being said, when buildings are more than a 10 minute walk from each other, it's hot.
As I'm still waiting for Fall to arrive, I needed to make another fall card.


The image is from Stampin' with the Dragon, Jiggy with Leaves, that I colored with Promarkers and Copics. The next layer is kraft inked with Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey Distress inks then embossed with a Sizzix folder, fall fence, and then inked again with Tea Dye and Vintage Photo. The base layer is a patterned paper from the Recollections all seasons stack. The ribbon is from my stash, the twine is Doodlebug. The leaf punches are Martha Stewart.

I'm entering this in:
Getting Cricky - Happy Fall Y'all
Bearly Mine Challenges - Fall Colors
Love to Create - Things with Wings
Paper Pretties Monday - Use Ribbon
Papertake Weekly - A Hazy Shade of Autumn
Raise the Bar - I Believe I Can Fly
Ribbon Carousel - Fall into Fall
Scrap Creations - Embossing
The Paper Shelter - Fall Colors

Thanks!!
Sarah Mae


Monday, September 17, 2012

My favorite part of fall is the colors

If you read my 'Wishing for Sunny Days' post you know I'm from West Texas. It's sunny again. It's also hot again, except for really early in the morning. For the past 2 years it's been really dry in the region. This year hasn't been quite as bad as last year. In 2011 I spent the spring semester (January through May) in Europe. When I left Texas it was brown, dry, and dusty. When I came home in May, I remember telling my mom it looked exactly the same outside, brown, dry, and dusty. Well anyway, we have actually seen rain this year (I kid you not there was no recorded rain in my region until like August last year - possibly exaggerated by a month or so but solid truth), but the leaves on trees have started to turn colors and fall. Now, for those of you who already have cooler temperatures, I'm a bit envious. Fall may start on September 21st but we don't usually see it until extreme late October through mid November. There are stores around town that have contests for who can guess the day of the first freeze, lol. 
So enough of my back story/tangent. :) This morning when I walked outside it was around 8:30 or so, probably 60 degrees and there were red and brown and orange leaves from the oak tree in my front yard all over the driveway, with no street noise, it was utterly beautiful.

A card for fall.


The image is from The Paper Shelter, colored with ProMarkers and Copics. The papers are kraft, and solid and patterned Recollections. The center square is a Spellbinders die. All the layers are inked with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink. The punches are Martha Stewart inked with Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Tea Dye, and Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The sentiment is just lettered together. The tag is hand cut from a pattern I have from somewhere. The ribbon is 3 Girl Jam hot chocolate crinkle ribbon tied into a bow with my new bow maker I bought from them. :) 

I'm entering this in:
Getting Cricky - Happy Fall Y'all
A Blog Named Hero - Tag You're It
Crafty Catz - Brown and Orange
DL.Art - 1000 Post Linky Party
Jellypark Challenges - All About Challenges
Paper Crafting Journey - My Sentiment Exactly
Paper Playtime - Punches and a Sentiment
Paper Pretties - Punches
Papertake Weekly - Things that make you go Aww!
Simply Create Too - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter - Punch It

Thanks!!
Sarah Mae



I Feel the Love Project

I don't know about you all but I have so much fun just looking through the book for this cart I actually find it hard to choose something to make!
Right now at My Paper Craft World aka Cooking with Cricut the Cricut challenge is a Card Outreach. The cause is called I Feel the Love Project. This is what PCW has on their post about the project: 

The "I Feel the Love" Project for September is to make Halloween Cards to be given to the kids who live at Casa Pacifica.   Casa Pacifica serves abused and neglected children and adolescents, and those with severe emotional, social, behavioral, and mental health challenges on California’s Central Coast.  Each year the facility has an amazing Halloween party for the kids. It is IFTL's goal to send a card to each of the 70 children who reside there.  (For more information about Casa Pacifica please visit their website.) 

 It's pretty neat, an excuse to use Create a Critter 2 and get to make a kid smile!
So this is my project, at the I Feel the Love Project Blog you can find the address to mail it to. Mine went out today!


I used the Create a Critter 2 cart. Embellished with stickles on the base layer and on the star of her wand. The pearls are Recollections. Some of the smaller pieces were hard to adhere because they were soooo small so I ended up going to Walmart and getting a little Xyron, it made life exceedingly easier. :)

I'm entering this in:
Linking this at I Feel the Love Project
CARDZ TV - Creature Feature
Crafts and Me Challenge - In the Pink
Cricut Chirp - Create a Critter Craft
Divas by Design - For a Child
DL.Art - 1000 Post Linky Party

Thanks!!
Sarah Mae



Sunday, September 16, 2012

Wishing for Sunny Days

My ideal day would be about 70 degrees, sunny, and barely breezy. I live in West Texas where we have sudden thunderstorms, haboobs, wind like you wouldn't believe, sometimes it literally rains mud because of the dirt in the air, and there's no gradual temperature change, one day it's hot, one days it's cold. So, while it does rain, it's not usual for there to be consistent cloud cover. While I prefer the cooler weather I've missed the sun. 
So, I needed something sunny.


The image and sentiment is one I won from Mark's Finest Papers that I colored with ProMarkers and Copics. The papers are kraft, core'dinations, and Provo Craft. The emboss folder is Paper Lace 2 that I sanded and distressed the edges. The ink I used for the edges and for around the image is Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The dies are Spellbinders.

I'm entering this in:
Joyful Stamper: Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes
DL.Art - 1000 Post Linky Party
Fresh Brewed Blog - Distressing
Hiding in My Craft Room - Distressing
Mark's Finest Papers - Favorite Technique - Inking/Distressing
Milk and Coffee Challenges - At least 2 different shapes
Natalie and Amy - Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey - Sentiment on the front

Thanks!!
Sarah Mae



Thursday, September 13, 2012

I've been studying :)

I saw this magazine at Hobby Lobby and thought it might be interesting. I flipped through it and found that really it's a book of tutorials and examples of the rules, it's kind of awesome!


So this is my nod to balance or asymmetry.



I used my new stamp set I won from Mark's Finest Papers! I colored the horse with a blender pen and chalk, there's a tutorial about it at the MFP Tutorial link below. The sentiment is stained with Making Memories burnt sienna stain and the edges are sanded and then inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The horse is also sanded and inked with Vintage Photo. All the paper came from my scraps box. The pattern is DCWV Old World Stack. 

I'm entering this in:
MFP Tutorial Time Challenges - Color with Blender pen and chalk
A Gem of a Challenge - A Boy Thing
Bearly-Mine Challenges - Anything Goes
DL.Art - 1000 Post Linky Party
Fresh Brewed Blog - Distressing
Hiding In My Craft Room - Super Scraps Saturday
Hooked on Craft Challenges - Cards for Men

Thanks!!
Sarah Mae

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Steampunk-ing?

I had never heard of steampunk until while watching an episode of Randy to the Rescue (like Say Yes to the Dress Kleinfeld on wheels) and a bride was describing her steampunk theme to Randy (who didn't know what it was either). The way she was describing it was a bit.. convoluted is a good word to describe her description. So naturally, I googled. I like to think of it as Sherlock Holmes meets the tv show Warehouse 13. I keep seeing challenges calling for a steampunk theme and it looks really neat. Well, this week I saw 3 challenges for it so I thought that would be a good opportunity to try my hand at it. 



The images are Tiddly Inks that I colored with Promarkers and Copics. The embellishments are Tim Holtz time pieces, Tim Holtz filmstrip ribbon, and the tiles and rosettes are from Hobby Lobby and didn't show a brand name on them, weird. The background is Tim Holtz Sizzix emboss folders for 2 of the corners with Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets dies. The inks are Vintage Photo and Tea Dye Distress Ink. 
It's a bit more busy looking than what I usually do but I like the theme overall. And now that I got my feet wet I'm excited to do some more and try it again!!

I'm entering this in:
Berry 71 Bleu - Steampunk
Steampunk Junkies - Anything Goes (just punk it up!)
Happy Daze Design Team - Steampunkery

Thanks!!
Sarah Mae

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

So I bought some ProMarkers..

I don't have many rubber stamps or digital stamps but I seem to be accumulating them rather quickly from different winnings. This seemed like a good reason to check out the Copic nation. After doing quite a bit of online research about the different brands of alcohol markers I went to the different craft stores in my city to see what they have on hand. The selections were sparse at best. When I looked into buying them online I decided that I would buy 3 of the sets of 12 ProMarkers. I got them on Amazon and paid about $75 for 36 markers, not bad. Any colors that I missed there is enough of a selection of Copics and Prismacolors at the stores I can supplement as needed.
I think I have watched probably 30 youtube videos in the last week, all having to do with marker blending for beginners. I also had my sister give me a lesson. Where I am good at scissors and glue crafts and sketching if I'm staring at something, she's pretty amazing at drawing and painting just from her mind. Her specialty is watercolors, which has everything to do with layering colors and gradient blending. So, she and I played with my markers trying to figure out the best way to use them! It was a fun sister bonding moment. :)
This was my best attempt (The inking around the stamp wasn't the best but I couldn't find my dauber for the purple, we were out of tissues and I was trying to cover up a marker mishap that I couldn't get out of the die cut, lol)
 
 
The stamp is Lucy Mouse from Paper Makeup Stamps. The papers are Core'dinations color core and DCWV white core. I used my new distressing kit and used the edge scraper on just about everything and the sander on the pink layer. The emboss folder is Spellbinders paisley. The sentiment is from the Recollections princess set. The ink colors are Dusty Concord and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks.
 
I'm entering this in:
Bearly - Mine Challenges - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Blast from the Past - #125 Emboss It
DL.Art - 1000 Post Linky Party
Natalie and Amy - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Things That Make You Go Awww!
Perfect Sentiments - All Creatures Great and Small
Scrap-Creations - Pick 3 - Die Cut, Distress, Emboss
Shelly's Images - Anything Goes
The Poodles Parlour - For a Female
 
Thanks!!
Sarah Mae
 


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Hey there Sweet Thing!

I've had the Mickey and Friends cart for a while now and have yet to use it. One of my friends is a huge Minnie fan so I thought this would be cute to send her. She goes to school across the country so several years ago we thought it'd be fun to keep in touch by snail mail! She sends me postcards and I send her handmade card!!!


The paper is DCVW white core textured and it didn't cut the best, nothing, however, a good marker edging can't fix! The patterned paper is My Mind's Eye. The pearls I got in the dollar bin at Jo-Ann. The ribbon is off a card I got with my order from Crop Stop. And, the stamps are K Andrews Designs!

I'm entering this in:
DL.Art - 1000 Post Linky Party
Perfect Sentiments Challenge - All Creatures Great and Small
Pile It On - Patterned Paper
The Pink Elephant - Patterned Paper
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenge - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Tuesday Alchemy - Anything Goes
Natalie and Amy - Anything Goes
Unique Crafter's Challenge - Anything Goes
The Poodles Parlour - For a female
Shelly's Images - Anything Goes
Joyful Stamper Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes

Thanks!!
Sarah Mae

Saturday, September 8, 2012

A 'Silent' Layout

I saw a new challenge blog today, Red Carpet Studio. Their challenge themes will come from movies, kinda neat! The first challenge is to make a 'silent  movie' layout. So, a layout with no title, no words, and no journaling. 
I spent a semester abroad in Spring 2011. I have 4 scrapbooks in progress from my trip, and lately I've put them on the back burner to spend my crafting time learning new techniques and making cards because they're smaller and sometimes easier to work with. Well, since this is a layout challenge I brought out my trip stuff. I haven't started on my trip to Paris so I thought that would be fun to work with! I took this picture on my phone. Every night when the lights on the Eiffel Tower come on the flash for a few minutes. The shutter speed on my phone was slower than that of my camera so I was able to get a picture with more of the lights showing! 


The base paper is Bo Bunny and the patterned accent paper is DCVW. The emboss folder is Musical Flourish and the ink is Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Last week I won a Making Memories Distress Kit from Exploring Cricut, it came in yesterday! :) Between that and all the Distress inks I bought the other day, that's about all I've been doing!! On every element I used the edge scrapper in the kit, way too much fun!!

I'm entering this in:
Red Carpet Studio - Silent Movie Layout
DL.Art  - 1000 Post Linky Party

Thanks!!
Sarah Mae

Create a Critter 2!

I am already in love with the cart!! I love how there is a page for every holiday imaginable and several holidays have lots of pages! So I had to make something and I figured Halloween is around the corner so why not a Halloween card!!


I used the same colors for it that are in the handbook because it's just soo cute!! The papers are a mix of DCVW, Recollections, and a Provo Craft stack. The 'Happy Halloween' is actually just letters spelled out because I found I don't have a Halloween sentiment. I think I'll have to remedy that soon!! The embossing is D'vine Swirls. The inks used are: Dusty Concord, Black Soot, Antique Linen, Wild Honey Distress Inks. Michaels has them on sale this week... I might have bought every color. :)

I'm entering this in:
Getting Cricky - Happy Fall Y'all
A Blog Named Hero - Who's the Boss
Cardz TV - Happy Holidays
Cricut Chirp - Create a Critter Craft
Delightful Challenges - Halloween
DL.Art - 1000 Post Linky Party
Heck of a Challenge - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes
Perfect Sentiments  - All Creatures Great and Small

Thanks!!
Sarah Mae

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Create a Critter 2!!

I just had to send out a quick post as an FYI because, I bought Create a Critter 2 today at Jo-Ann! They got them in last week and were putting them out as I was there!! And, the carts are on sale this week!! Yay! Hopefully I'll have time tomorrow to make something!!
Thanks!!
Sarah Mae

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Thank You with a Flourish

I'm working on bulking up my stash of always going to need cards. Today I'm tackling thank you cards! 


I used Spellbinders to cut the layer. Then I ran it through with the Musical Flourish embossing folder. After thank I inked it with Vintage Photo Distress ink. The flourish if cut from Straight from the Nest and thank you is from Story Book. I edged them with a brown marker and then inked them as well with the same Vintage Photo ink. I like it. I think it'd be cute in a bunch of different color combos!

I'm entering this in:
A Blog Named Hero - Who's the Boss (embossing)
Anything Goes Challenge - Make Your Own Background
Craft Your Passion - Emboss It
Paper Play Challenges - Appreciation/Thank You
Victorine Originals Challenge - Brown, white +1 color

Thanks!!
Sarah Mae

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Back to School!

All over Blogland there are Back to School challenges. I figured I should make one too! 



I used the Autumn Celebrations cart for the lockers and the phrase and a Cuttlebug folder for the embossing. Per Exploring Cricut's challenge I used the colors you find in a Crayola 8 count box.

I'm entering this in:
Exploring Cricut - Back to School
Bitten by the Bug 2 - Back to School
Craft Your Passion - Emboss It
DYSU - Back to School
Milk and Coffee Challenge - Back to School
Paper Pretties - Back to School
Pixie Dust Studio - Back to School


Thanks!
Sarah Mae