Sunday, March 21, 2010

This photo cracks me up-everytime.

Good afternoon all, its a weird day here today a bit dark and gloomy and very muggy hopefully we will get some rain tomorrow.

Here is my next hybrid instalment. The whole "sweeter than sugar" bit is done on the PC, it was a tag but i made it bigger, added some text and attached some photos then printed it of. Everything else is "real-touchy feely" paper, flowers and ribbon. I printed of a separate little tag on normal paper and cut out the cup cake to go on my flower. I was just going through my albums and came across these two photos and i had never realised how intent Joe was with the candles. Of course way back then we probably had a drama and tantrum about him blowing out the candles, but now these photos just crack me up and make me smile. If you cant read the text on the LO just click on the photo, hopefully it will put a smile on your face, if not it might bring back some memories of your own. Here's a cute card i made with the cricut.
and here are 4 cards i made with the left over paper from my monthly challenge. Don't know about the top right one but i like the others. The top left one will be my Mothers Day card when i borrow a sentiment stamp from Susan (just planning ahead)

Provocraft have just released another bundle of cartridges for my cricut (i already have 4 on pre-order from their January release) but there is a really, really cute robot one and a really cute critter one and a romantic Paris one and a fun holiday one, gosh how is one meant to save for our holidays?
Hope you all have a great week, we only have 9 days of the school term left then yay two weeks off.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A Butterfly

Hi all a very short post today, but i just wanted to show you something that i learnt from another blog. Love this blogging community. Although the card below might seem basic to you for me it was a first. Thanks to Emma and this video here she showed us how to copy and paste an image then reverse one then weld them together-all on the GYPSY-are you confused yet? Anyway what i am trying to say is Emma taught me how to make shaped cards. Now that i have done a butterfly shaped card i can use any image on my cartridges to make different shaped cards. My card is pretty basic but now I know the "HOW" i can go and experiment.

Night, night


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Scrapping,cards lots of cooking & no eating

Hi everyone, hope you are all OK. Although i have a few photos to show you i will have to be quick as Caitlin wants to print of her Uni assignment. So here goes...
A lot of baking was done this weekend. Some plum jam made in the bread maker. Yum, shame i cant eat it. Some profiteroles & on the left is some mango bread , the recipe courtesy of Rumi and next to that a marble cake recipe here from Lisa. All where yum apparently.
Next up my hybrid LO from my online class this week and i got to use some of the ribbon that i won from Mel last year. The blue paper, the tag with the little girl and the paper with the writing on are a free digital kit by Tia Bennett available at Two Peas. This is my entry for the monthly challenge at my local scrap store.

And the card on the left was from here, Tracey's second tutorial (my card didn't turn out nearly as nice as hers-the stamp i think,should have used a bigger one). Now the two little girls are a free digital stamp sorry i cant remember where from, that i printed out and coloured with my copics, cut out and made into a card. Aren't they sweet.

OK that was short and sweet for me.
Have lost 16kg now.
Have a great week everyone.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Pot Holders or Face Washers?

Hi everyone thanks for stopping by. I need your help. As you know i thought that i would make some face washers to go in my Easter baskets. I had this picture in my mind and this is the end result.. Yes they look like pot holders don't you think. Not at all what i had imagined. So I got to thinking again and thought "Body Glove", now this did turn out like I expected.
Which would you prefer do you think.
On to other things. I had my second online class for my Hybrid scrapbooking and must say that i am learning a lot and its not too hard.
This LO I did during the week and as i used more of my Hero Arts digital butterfly's (that i printed on white card stock and then coloured in with my Copics) and Photo-shopped the photos (ie I put a grungy frame around them) and did my journalling in Microsoft Word you would call this a Hybrid page.

Now this one I did last night and most of it is Digital. The blue paper and the flowers are a digi kit from J Sprague-Echoes of Asia and the word art was designed for the class by J Mcnally. The wonderful thing is these kits are FREE. Now without boring you the blue paper, photo,word art and 1 flower where all layered and printed on a sheet of photopaper. I then printed some extra flowers onto white cardstock cut them out and mounted them on foam and stuck them on. The brownish background is Kraft card stock and the title and journal strip are from my stash-not digital.

I will never do a whole LO digital for 2 reasons. I love the touchy feely textures and 3d elements we make to go on our pages and No 2- All of my LO'S are 12x12 and i cant print them out on my computer, oh and there is a third point, when would i use my most precious Cricut if i turned a digital scrapper?
Other things..
I have done my usual ironing this morning whilst mum came over and had a chat.
After that I made Hedgehog slice, which i had to taste (just a morsel) and some strange quiche Lorraine recipe (which i also had to taste). I say strange as there is no pastry, the bottom of the pan has a sprinkling of breadcrumbs and then you add 1/2 cup SR flour to the eggs. A bit like the impossible pie. However it did turn out and it tasted really nice.
OK, I have gone on long enough. Enjoy your night and have a great week.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Lets get Digital, Digital...

Hello everyone, hope you are all well.

The other day i was browsing my favourite blogs and came across this post on Jennifer Mcguire's blog. It was all about digital products and how easy it was. After watching her video I went directly to Two Peas in a Bucket and purchased these wonderful butterfly digital stamps. Then all you do is insert them into a Word document, resize to whatever you wish and print. So so easy. Anyway the butterfly on the left is inked and the one on the right is coloured with my copics and of course the swirly background comes from my cricut. Here are some remaining butterfly's that i put on my paper so as not to waste it and these can be used at a later date. This kit was only US$4.00 so much cheaper than having to purchase a stamp and pay postage and the good thing is that there are about 4 other different butterfly's an overlay and various other stuff on this mini digi kit. Unlike stamps you can resize this to what ever you want and you download it straight away..have i convinced you yet?

So now that i have the digi bug among other bugs IE-the copic bug, the cricut bug,the gypsy bug,the cooking bug...I could go on forever but i digress so back to the digi bug, I happened to notice that Big Picture Scrapbooking were having a Hybrid Scrapbook course so i just couldn't help myself and enrolled. (hybrid is where some of the elements on a paper scrapbook page have been made/printed on the computer) This course is not about altering photos but about all of the digital embellishments out there and how to incorporate them on a page. Anyway here is my first LO after lesson one.

The Title and journalling strip where done on the computer with Word and we were given a free tag and that's the one in the bottom left with the red writing on. Like the stamps above you just insert it into a word document,resize and recolour if you wish then print and cut out. Would you know that this isn't an embellishment purchased at a shop but one printed at home? I don't think you can tell and the best bit to these are that you can use them whenever you want over and over again.

Ha.... just taking a breather.

Now during the week I was playing around with my cricut and the Easter Cartridge in particular and made this oh so cute Easter basket. (sorry the photo is not very good). I think that i will make another one and give to my work girls at Easter, but instead of chocolates i thought that i would crochet them a washcloth and add a homemade soap (no I wont be making soap) and OK if you insist i might add 1 choccie.

OK have you had enough yet?

I have been playing hooky (crocheting) at nights during the week but i forgot to take a photo of my WIP, it's going to be one big red and white granny blanket, I am just doing a square and will keep going until i feel it's big enough.

Ok I am done

Thanks for staying with me if you made it this far.

Have a good night.