Monday, February 28, 2011

Video Game Scrapbook Paper

In my blog post from yesterday, I shared the scrapbook layout I did for my son's 16th birthday, and a few people really liked the paper that I used with the video game controllers on it.



So I wanted to post the information on where you can find it in case you need it for layouts for your favorite gamer.

I purchased the paper at Archiver's and I am pretty sure it was in the clearance section at the time.  I usually go on a trip to Archiver's and head right to the clearance bins and just buy papers that I like or have a theme that I know I can and will use at some point.  Yes, sometimes this means I have the paper sitting around for over a year or so, but when the right layout comes along, then I know I have JUST what I need!

For those of you that do not have an Archiver's, I did find the paper online.  It is by Moxxie and it is called High Score.  It is a two sided paper, and here is an image that shows both sides.



Since I only used a small piece of the paper for this layout, I still have the flip side with the "old school" video game images of aliens and squares to shoot at for another layout.

I went to the Moxxie site, www.gotmoxxie.com, and found the paper . . . just click here.  The name of it is High Score.

They also have a coordinating rub on



In case the Moxxie site is sold out, I did a Google search for the High Score scrapbook paper, and I also found it at ScrappinStuff.com . . . just click here.

It is also at ScrapYourTrip.com . . . just click here.  

Sunday, February 27, 2011

16 years . . . 16 balloons

I am a couple of years behind on my scrapbooking, and I just recently did this layout for my son's 16th birthday. He will be 18 years old this year in May.  (wonder if I can get to scrapbooking his 17th birthday before he turns 18?)

He picked where we went to dinner that night, and when the restaurant found out it was his 16th birthday the waiters and waitresses started bringing out balloons to him, one at a time, and tying them to his arms until he had 16 balloons tied to him!



Here is a closer shot of each page.  I used some paper with video game controllers on it for the left side of the page, and then attached the card that the wait staff from the restaurant signed for my son, along with a close up of him, and a shot of him walking out of the restaurant where you can really see all of the balloons!


The shots from inside of the restaurant turned out kind of dark, but you can still see the balloons and some of the wait staff surrounding him, so I had to include them in the layout.  I then cut 16 red balloons from my George and Basic Shapes Cricut Cartridge to use for the right hand side of this layout.


Side note:  For his 17th birthday when we asked where he wanted to go for dinner, he said any place except this restaurant . . . he did not want to see this happen two years in a row!


Saturday, February 26, 2011

Scrapbook layout

I always have a hard time with one picture layouts . . . I feel like I need to fill the page with pictures, and when there is just one I have to think outside of my normal box.

Here is one of some of the relatives on my husband's side of the family.


The background paper came with that scalloped border on it, and then I did the tag from my George and Basic Shapes Cricut Cartridge.  I typed the name of each person in the picture onto the soft green strips of paper and arranged them below the photo, and found some antiqued look floral stickers to add something more to the open space.  

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Great use for plastic canvas!

I saw a great tip on my friend Ellen's blog, and I had to share it with all of you!

Here is a great way to keep the your faux stitching even on a project, and make use of those pieces of plastic canvas you might have laying around the craft room  (come on, admit it, you used to make plastic canvas projects)

First off, isn't this notecard box Ellen made so cute!  If you have ever done the faux stitching look on a project, you know that it can be hard to keep it looking consistent.  So how did Ellen do it?


Plastic canvas!


If you place the plastic canvas on top of your project and use it as a guide as shown above, you can keep your stitches looking even all the way around the project.  The plastic canvas is sold in sheets and in a variety of shapes like circles, hearts and stars so you can find the right lines and curves for your project.


Thanks Ellen for the great tip!  I cannot wait to try this out for myself!  
Make sure to stop by Ellen's blog at CardMonkey-Business.blogspot.com to see all of her wonderful creations.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Masculine card

I always have a hard time when I am making cards for men . . . I like to use my glitter and metallic papers for cards, and most guys just don't like a lot of "bling".  This is a card that I created for my Father-in-law.  He loves horses, so I found this sticker with a horse on it and used that as my starting point.  Then I found some plaid paper that had just a subtle touch of color, and I played off of those colors with the band across the card and the sentiment.



I cut the word Enjoy from Jubilee Cricut Cartridge

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A cup of coffee to start the day

In the past year I have been making birthday card for my co-workers, and I usually put a $5 gift card to Caribou Coffee inside of the card.  It is a nice little treat and they seem to like it.

Here is a card that I create for a co-worker who's birthday was just a few days ago.


I used the Lyrical Letters Cricut Cartridge to cut out the coffee cup, and then I used some cute papers by KI Memories.  Then I added a little piece of ribbon to add dimension and hide the line where the two papers come together.

Die-cutting sale at Custom Crops

Custom Crops is having a sale on Die-cutting machines and supplies.  This would be a great time to stock up on some of those items that you use on a regular basis, like mats and blades.  It is also a great time to get a deal on some cartridges that you might not have jumped on right when they came out.

The following cartridges are all listed at $13 each!
April Showers
Gingerbread
Spring Holiday Cards
Trim a Tree


There are several others for under $20

Monday, February 21, 2011

Just a little something

My daughter's hocky team was in a tournament recently, and I took on the challenge of making pins for all of the Mom's of all of the players.  I added some ribbon, in the team colors, to these pins for a quick and easy way to personalize pins.





Not every crafty project needs to be labor intensive. 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Warning for all who sell crafting items!

Here is one of those times where my two internet lives collide . . . I have my crafting blog and my scam education and awareness blog . . . and this topic will be posted on both of them.

I was made aware by a post on our scam fighting message board that recently several Stampin' Up demonstrators have received emails from people wanting to purchase items and pay with a cashier's check.  This is a scam that we have seen variations of for years on our website, and if the scammers are doing it to Stampin' Up consultants, it is only time before they start to target other places that sell crafting items.

The scammer will request to purchase items and send a cashier's check as payment.  If the check arrives, and it is for more than the amount of the items, the scammer will apologize for the error and ask you to deposit the check and wait for it to clear, and then wire the extra money back to them.  If the check is for the correct amount, once you have received the check and deposited it, the scammer will contact you letting you know that they need to cancel the order and will request that you return the money to them by wire transfer . . . they may even tell you to keep a portion of the money for your time and trouble.

If this situation matches one that you hear of, it is a scam.  The cashier's check will come back as counterfeit later on and you will be held liable for the entire amount of the check.  Just because the bank has told you that the check is "good", "clear" or "verified" does NOT mean that the money from that check is "real" and that you are safe . . . in most cases, in about a week or two, the bank will contact you and hold you liable for the money.  People have lost thousands of dollars due to these scams, and there is no way to recover this money because the scammers are in another country . . . it would have to be the law enforcement and government in that country that would have to do something about these scams.

To learn more about these and other scams, go to my website ScamVictimsUnited.com

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Cricut Bundle and Purchase LITE cartridges ONLINE!

I wanted to share some information I found with all of you.  Cricut has a bundle with the Champagne colored Cricut Expression, along with three cartridges . . . Home Decor, Calligraphy Collections and Picturesque for $225.00



But here is the information that I think is REALLY great news . . . you can purchase the Cricut Lite Cartridges ONLINE


These cartridges used to be exclusive to Walmart stores, and I was disappointed when I went to my local Walmart store to check out the cartridges and they did not have ANY Cricut products in the store.  Click here to purchase Cricut LITE cartridges!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Three new Cricut Cartridges

Today is the day . . . Hello Thursday . . . the day we find out the new Cricut Cartridges coming out.  I have to say, my wallet is safe this month.  Two of the new cartridges are for the Imagine, which I don't own, and the third is the new Creative Memories Stork's Delivery cartridge that I told you about a couple of weeks ago . . . but I do have more pictures of the cartridge now!

Stork's Delivery is an exclusive cartridge from Creative Memories.

It has a variety of baby images.  Here is what the back of the box looks like.

And here are a few shots of the handbook pages so that you can get a better look at a few of the images and the font that is on this cartridge.  It looks like they are trying to do a boy and a girl image/cut for each page, which is nice and I like that the Font has both lower case and upper case letters.



The other two cartridges are for the Imagine, and they are background/pattern cartridges.  The Imagine is the only machine that cuts and prints images, so you can just load plain white paper into the machine, and out comes printed images all cut out for you.

Vintage Papers is filled with backgrounds with a rich colors.


Here is a shot of all of the patterns.
And here is a close up on one page from the handbook.


Heirloom reminds me of looking at vintage fabrics and wallpapers.  The colors in this one are much softer. 

Here is a shot of all of the patterns.
And here is a close up on one page from the handbook.

First Birthday

My nephew just turned one recently, and I made this quick and easy birthday card for him.


I found some paper with a variety of cute animals on it, and use the Sweet Treats Cricut Cartridge to cut the number 1 candle shape.  Sometimes you just don't have a lot of time to spend on a card, but it is nice when you can find some cute paper and just add one accent to make it more personal, and you still have created something special.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A card for a rock star!

My brother-in-law is a musician, and the description of a "rock n roll" kind of guy, so I knew that a typical birthday card would just not work for him.


So I found some black paper with metallic electric guitars on it, and cut the words You Rock out of silver paper,  and for a little something extra, I added what I think looks kind of like a tattoo design, which I found on the Graphically Speaking Cricut Cartridge.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Mark your calendar

I wanted to give all of you a heads up so that you can mark your calendars.  On March 26th, 2011 we are having the Disney Pixar Blog Hop!  I am hosting this event along with Melissa Allore from DisneyDreamerDesigns


Melissa and I are both big Disney fans, and we were talking about themes for Blog Hops one day and that is when the idea came to us . . . what about a Blog Hop that features nothing but Disney or Pixar themed projects! Cards, scrapbook layouts and crafts of every sort!  We both agreed THAT would be a Blog Hop that we would want to go to . . . so that is when we decided to make it happen.

This is going to be one hop that you don't want to miss!  If you are on Facebook, make sure to RSVP to the event!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Yesterday I showed you the "wild" card that I made for my husband for Valentine's Day, and here is the regular card that I made for him.



I cut the heart and the words from Lyrical Letters.  I really like this cartridge . . . it has a LOT more than JUST fonts in it.

I hope that all of you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

I won an award

I would like to thank my "Sistah in Scrapbooking", Ellen from the Card Monkey website for honoring me with the Stylish Blogger Award.


There is a fun little game that goes along with this award . . . I am now suppose to link back to the site that gave me the award, tell you 8 things that you may not have know about me before reading this post, and pass the award on to 8 other bloggers who I admire.

8 Things You Might Not Have Know About Shawn Mosch

1.  I was a hockey cheerleader (3 years in high school, one year in college)
2.  I have been sewing since I was about 10 years old
3.  I made my own wedding dress
4.  I am under 5'-0" tall
5.  My husband and I operate a website that educated people about scams and fraud called ScamVictimsUnited.com 
6.  I went to Walt Disney World for the first time on my honeymoon
7.  For my "real world" job I have been a drafter for over 13 years
8.  In July I will be 40 years old

And now, for the 8 blogs that I follow that I am passing this award on to . . . 



Valentine's Day card

My husband started a tradition of buying two cards for me for my birthday, our wedding anniversary and Valentine's day . . . one is a nice card, that I can open with others around, and the second one is something that I have to open when the kids are not in the room.  Now, they are not X rated or anything . . . something like this card that you can buy at any store

Inside says: Are you thinking what I'm thinking?

So, since he gets me two cards every year, I have started to get him two also.  Well, here is this year's "wild" card.



In case you cannot read it, inside the heart it says "I'm WILD about you!"  I cut the bra and panties from the Cricut Cartridge Forever Young.

Tomorrow I will share the other Valentine's Day card for my husband with you.



Saturday, February 12, 2011

New Crafting Sites

I came across a couple of new craft related sites that I wanted to share with you.  The first one is called Let's Cricut.

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Let's Cricut has a message board where you can talk to others Cricut owners and share your ideas and photos of your work in their gallery.  They have a section for posting about Blog Hops that you will be in, or Swarms going on so that you can connect with fellow crafters in many different ways.

The other site is The Craft Hot Spot, and it is a listing of events like Blog Hops, Giveaways, Card Drives, Birthday Celebrations, Challenges, Swaps, Design Team Calls and Product releases for some of your favorite crafting sites.



Both of these sites are new, and their traffic and followers are just starting to grow, but I have a feeling that both of them are going to do VERY well.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Treats for my co-workers

I made these cute little purses over the weekend, and I plan to bring them in to work and fill them with candy for a fun little treat for the wonderful ladies that I work with.



These were cut with the Forever Young Cricut Cartridge.  I used some hearts that I had left over from past projects to embellish the fronts of the purses.  I think this will be a cute little Valentine's Day treat for my co-workers.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

And the winner is . . . ME!

I found out today that I won a ScrapCart and a paper pack from Consumer Crafts!



I posted in January about the Refer a Friend Contest that they were doing.  Grand Prize was a Cricut Imagine, but I did not really even want one of those . . . if I had won it, I was going to use it for a prize in a contest on my site.  I am SO happy that I got the prize that I did!  Here is the picture from the Consumer Crafts website of the scrapbook cart I won.

This will be really nice because I can roll it off into a corner at night, and then roll it back out when I need to use it.  Plus there is space to hang files with paper, or lay them flat.  Wonder if I could fit my Baby Bug on that shelf on the bottom under the hanging files?  That would help keep it out of the way since I have been using my Expression more recently.

Thank you Consumer Crafts!!!!!!



How I say I Love You

What do I love more than Mickey Mouse?  My husband!  This is a Valentine's Day card that I created for him.  I may even find a cute frame to put the card in so that I can set it out every year.



I found this great paper with bright colored wavy stripes that I used for the background.  Then I cut a Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse Silhouette out of metallic purple paper with my Mickey and Friends Cricut Cartridge.  You can do this by just cutting out the Shadow feature of any image.  Then punched out hearts in two sizes from two different pink glitter papers and layered them, and placed them between Minnie and Mickey's hands.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Guest Blogger ~ Baby Boy Card

Today I am featuring a Guest Blogger.  Her name is Madison, and her site www.funkycards.blogspot.com

I love the work that Madison does, and it just amazes me that she is a teenager . . . such talent at such a young age!  Here is the card that she created just for this guest blog spot. 


Here is what Madison had to say about this card ~ 
I knew I wanted a big rattle for a focal point, so I used Cricutsearch.com to see what cartridges had a rattle.  I found out that I did not have any of the cartridges found.  So, I needed to get creative.  I used the From My Kitchen and Gypsy Wandering Cricut cartridges to make my own rattle.

The hearts were made with the Sweethearts Cricut cartridge and embossed with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder.
~Madison

I love the colors Madison . . . classy!  I cannot believe the talent that this young lady has.  

Please stop by her blog at  http://www.funkycards.blogspot.com/ to see more of her wonderful creations! 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

So cute!

This is an old picture, but it is so cute I had to share it.

 This is my daughter Beth (several years ago) with the Valentine's Day card box that she designed and created. The idea/design was all hers, but I did help make it all come together.


She really wanted one that looked like a puppy dog, so we covered the entire box with brown paper, and then used toilet paper rolls covered with paper for the legs.  The tail is a brown pipe cleaner.  For the head, we found a round balloon, and cut some ears out of fabric.  She used markers to draw on the face.  For a finishing touch we made a collar for the puppy with a piece of ribbon and then punched a heart out of paper and wrote her name on the heart.

She has used this same card box for several years in a row for the Valentine's Day party at her school . . . we just need to replace the balloon head each year.

Monday, February 7, 2011

New Cricut Cartridge Coming!

I just found out yesterday about a new Cricut Cartridge that will be coming out in March.  I am not sure if this will be a part of the March Hello Thursday, or if it will be something separate since it is from Creative Memories.


I cannot wait to get my hands on the full handbook so that I can check out what special features this cartridge has and see all of the images.  From what I hear, it will be available to order from Creative Memories sometime in March.  As always, when I hear more I will let you know!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Last minute Super Bowl snack

I know that I usually share crafting items on this site, but today I wanted to tell you about a snack that my husband always asks me to make for him on Super Bowl Sunday.  It is an appetizer that his friends named "Heart Attack on a Stick", but even with a name like that, they are devoured quickly!

Ingredients:
1 package of bacon
1 package of sausage (we like the maple brown sugar flavored)
brown sugar
toothpicks

Cut the bacon strips in half, and the sausage links in thirds.



Wrap the piece of bacon around the piece of sausage, and insert a toothpick to secure the entire thing.



 Line them up in a glass pan.



If we are just having a small group of people over, I use a small square pan.  The nice thing is that you can wrap all of the sausage from the package, and what does not fit in the pan you can put in the freezer and use for a gathering later on.  For a large group, use a 9x13 pan, and you should be able to fill the entire thing with the one package of sausage.

Now, sprinkle brown sugar over the entire thing, and let it sit for a few hours.  I like to make this up in the afternoon, then I can let it sit and throw it in the oven when the game starts, and they are ready for half time.



Bake at 325 degrees for 45-60 minutes.  Once they are done, I remove mine from the baking pan and place them on a plate with paper towels on it.  This helps to soak up some of the grease.

ENJOY!

Friday, February 4, 2011

More Football Projects

If you are having a Super Bowl Party, you might want to make a banner to support your favorite team.  Use your Cricut to cut out the images and letters.



This is a quick and easy project that you can have done in time for the big game.

Or how about this cute little football player to help cheer on your favorite team!