Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Lots of stuff going on this week in the workspace.  Went to an Iris Folding Card class at this public library Monday, results there are the green and purple cards on the edge.  Katie got a blue ribbon on her flower for the father daughter dance, which she gave to me instead of throwing away (why she didn't want it for her stash, I don't know) am starting a card design (my sticky note and blue card base sitting there) for my Cooking with Cricut Design Team project.  do you see what is there in the middle of my desk?  I got a few of the new Ranger Distress Markers!  I haven't used them yet.   I got some new stamps there stacked on the left side, and the box under my paper cutter is the box for Michael's graduation announcements that I have also begun work on.  Ooooh, I have to show you how they are coming together.  Here is the card closed:
I hope you can tell it's a grad hat. :)

And here is what it looks like open!  Since Michael is a graphic arts major, he is designing the inside with a fun poem I gave him and the details of the open house.  I found this idea on youtube and just ran with it.
I just love this idea, and surprisingly, Michael likes it too!  I am not yet happy with the tassel, that is going to need a few more prototypes.  I didnt really want to use a larger brad and the string just comes out from around the brad too much.  Any suggestions or ideas would be greatly appreciated, or if you just had fun looking, thanks for stopping by!!

Many thanks to Julia at http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/ for starting this wonderful project.

p.s. yes I know my post says Tuesday, but it's Wednesday where Julia lives and almost Wednesday here lol!  Close enough and my desk won't change between now and a few hours from now as I am going to bed!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

PaperTrey Make it Monday #54

This is my second attempt, the first one I didnt even finish, just didnt like where it was going.

Paper Trey pink cardstock and patterned paper
Paper Trey Raspberry Fizz ribbon and ink
Peachy Keen stamp PK-266 Duck Dolls
Scrap beige cardstock
Letraset Pro alcohol markers
Ranger Archival ink

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Cooking with Cricut Challenge #74

Jump on over to http://www.cookingwithcricut.com/ for another great Challenge!

THEME-CHALLENGE: Birthday + a cake, cupcakes or balloons

My card uses the Cricut Imagine Yummy cartridge.

A2 card base from DCWV.
Bazzill Basics Coconut Swirl cardstock (then printed with the Imagine)
Piggy Tales cardstock, "toad"
Doodlebug twine
Pebbles, Inc. Happy Birthday rubon
Cuttlebug Birthday embossing folder
Martha Stewart marker, persimmon
Gelly Roll pen, clear star
Foam pop dot
ATG gun

That's it!  One great thing in using the Imagine is you actually will use less paper and supplies and can make a quick card at any time.


Here is today's workspace.  Started a project working on college graduation announcements for my SO, Michael.  You can see parts of them in the bin there.  Trying out some techniques, trying to decide how I want to decorate them.  Finally figured out the design that I want to do, now to just get 35 of them made by the end of March, should be easy enough to do.  Since Michael is a graphic design student, I asked him to design the printed inside, so it can be all graphic-like and all lol.  I am still waiting on my son to make me another shelf, my stamps are on top of one another (outside of photo range) and are getting annoying.  Been in a crafty funk lately.  Trying to do some new cards and when I see what others have done and what I came up with I just want to trash mine!  

I found this reading Ohhh Snap's blog who then led me to find Julia's Stamping Ground where the chaos begins!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge 52

Well, this one stumped me.  I am not really sure what they want for this challenge.  I read this and then looked at the example and it just didn't jive.  Therefore, I will interpret it my own way and go from there.

The Challenge: Scrap what you love! Include a tag and use the negative space of a Cricut cut.
Rules and Guidelines: Circle Blog Challenges are open to Cricut Circle Members only. Your project must be newly created for this challenge and include atleast 2 Cricut Image Cuts. You must submit a project to be entered into the Challenge Prize Drawing. One entry per person, please.

My interpretation is to take a large tag, one with spaces or cuts in it, and to use the negative space for the background to show through.  This isnt exactly scrapping what I love directly, but indirectly.  I love sushi.  There is this wonderful little mom and pop sushi place we frequent 1-2 times a month.  They have typing paper taped on the bathrooms for the sign, so I made them signs :)  So you see, I did scrap something for something I love hehehehe.  Tag shape is from CTMH Art Philosophy and the letters are from Birthday Bash.  

Friday, February 17, 2012

RRR Challenge #42 Pink & Brown with Ribbon Theme

Made this fun little card with RRR ribbon, scraps from my scrap bin, and a new stamp and inks I got from Papertrey Ink.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Hello again from Indiana-better late than never~!  Lots of folks liked my new tower for paper last week and I wanted to share where I got it.  I got it from http://cameronstoyz.com/ and just love it.  I now have it filled with paper!

Here is what we have on the desk today.

Got some new stamps and got them all into cases and stamped into my stamp album.  I had sort of sorted them but that categorization isn't really working really well, the "uncategorized" seems to be taking up half the book.  Hmm, I need to clean up the desk some.  I have ran out of space on my shelf that I was putting the rubber stamps, and need to add another one.  There is the start of a new project under the stamp album.

I found this reading Ohhh Snap's blog who then led me to find Julia's Stamping Ground where the chaos begins!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge #51

Weekly Challenge #51: Valentine’s Day Cards Challenge!

The Challenge: Create a Valentine’s Day Card. Include sequins or gems and ribbon.
Rules and Guidelines: Circle Blog Challenges are open to Cricut Circle Members only. Your project must be newly created for this challenge and include atleast 2 Cricut Image Cuts. You must submit a project to be entered into the Challenge Prize Drawing. One entry per person, please.
Feb 3-17th time frame for the challenge

I just love how this card turned out.  I created it for the Cooking with Cricut Blog hop this past weekend and it truly inspired me.  I decided to add a little bow to it to qualify for this challenge.  I am not sure if I like it better with or without the bow.  It was created during the window of the challenge so it should be good for posting. This one is going in the SMASH book!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Cooking with Cricut Blog Hop

Welcome to PaperCraftingWorld.com & CookingWithCricut.com's Love Song Blog Hop! Love is in the air and our Designers have come up with some great Valentine's Day projects inspired by their favorite love songs.  I am so glad you stopped by!  This is my first blog hop and I am SO excited to share with you today.

If you arrived here from visitinJenny J. Crazy About Cricut  you're in the right place. If you're joining us mid-hop and would like to start at the beginning click  here to go to Paper Crafting World’s Cooking With Cricut blog to start from the beginning!

I was inspired by a famous love song, can you guess what it is? Keep reading to find out!

Here is the card I created:

Song name and artist revealed at the end so keep reading!

This was such fun to make with the Spring Fever Holiday Cricut cartridge and Cricut Craft Room!! I really like the lite cartridges, they give you a little from a bunch of the larger cartridges and you can get such a wide variety of images with them. I replaced the dial part on this design with my own. I created it in Cricut Craft Room using a basic circle shape (a bunch of circles!) to make the 3D effect of a real rotary phone. Each finger hole in the phone is just that circle shape. Took me about 30 minutes total to get them really lined up how I wanted it. Then to get the numbers in the right place I lined up the plain under circle and the top cut dial circle and wrote the numbers in before using a pop dot to raise it up. Here take a closer look:

I was  trying to make the details as I remember my grandmother's phone.  I recall the strange letter/number phone number she used to have in the center of the phone.  No it wasn't BR549 lol.  And then when I was about to cut the mat for the background look what I noticed was written on this fun paper.....

I had to make the Chance Encounter a focal point too :) What fun! So....have you guessed the song yet? Keep reading!

We hope you’ll join us and link up your favorite love song inspired project at CookingWithCricut.com. One lucky entry will be chosen by random.org to win a $10.00 gift certificate provided by PaperCraftingWorld.com! And make sure you leave a comment, too!

AND just for visitors of my blog, I have to give away a little bit of blog candy since this is my first!  In order to win these sweet little folding Fiskars scissors, which are great to take places like crops and classes or to keep in your purse.  You must be a follower of my blog and leave me a comment below by noon EST on 2/14/2012 for your chance to win.  Be sure to leave me your email address.  If I do not have a way to contact you I will chose another winner.  You will have a week to claim your prize.

Well, we are almost to the end, did you guess the song?

My Inspirational song: “I Just Called to Say I Love You” – Stevie Wonder

Thanks so much for hopping with us today. Now head on over and visit Madison @ Funky Cards and see what she has created!

October Afternoon Modern Homemaker stack patterned cardstock
DCWV Mat Stack red cardstock
The Paper Company Natural cardstock
Bazzill Basics black cardstock
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Antique Linen
atyouSpica black pitch marker
GellyRoll clear star marker
Zing emboss powder, silver
i-rock gems
ATG gun
pop dots
Xyron Sticker maker

Cricut :
Spring Fever Holiday
Cricut Craft Room Basic Shapes

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Trying a post from my tablet today.  This week has been really busy. I got a new paper tower, see previous  post. So with getting that I had to rearrange my area. I can't  get the whole wall in one photo so I will take a few more here. What I am working on is a menu board. I broke the glass as you can see there just opening  the frame so I think  its defective and need to exchange  it. I will blog about it when it is finished. I also have a few birthdays coming up that I have started collecting the stuff for. Am hoping to get those done this week and to sort my patterened paper into the paper tower.   I also have something occupying  my chair lol.

Cooking with Cricut Challenge #72

 (find it here)

THEME-CHALLENGE: Grown-up Valentines theme.  
You must use a brad and the color black on your project. 

This challenge is hosted by three Cooking with Cricut Design Team members:  Kemma (that's me!), Dalis and Michelle !!

I was inspired to do something different for this card.  I had heard of tea bag folding in an iris folding class I took in December at my local library.  I was searching through some of my books and happened to find one showing how to make this design.  It involves taking little squares of paper and folding them up rather intricately and then putting them together to form a pattern.  I used George and Basic Shapes cartridge to cut out 8 2x2 pieces for the center design since I did not have a square punch that size, using the white side of the paper for half, and the design paper for the other half.  That is one of the neat things about having a Cricut, I can make a bunch of the same shape really quick and easy with it.  

Cutmates Licorice card stock
AC Cardstock in red
Bazzil white
flower paper is from the DCWV Summer stack
Bard door Ranger distress ink
zig 2way glue
a bow brad I got from a set from HSN.com
George and Basic Shapes Cartridge
heart blocks Cuttlebug texture folder

Monday, February 6, 2012

Paper storage and Organization

So I got this terrific 12 by 12 by 40 slot paper tower on ebay and

 stained it up real nice to match my desk, which is to the right which you cannot see.
 I have started organizing my paper, first the solids in sort of a rainbow order, and then I put some of my stacks in the bottom, but I have all these loose patterned papers that I just have no idea how to sort.  Do I want to do it by brand, since several of the challenges I do want certain brands of things?  Or do I want to also do rainbow and take the stacks out and maybe put them on top of the cabinet?  Hmm, that could work, but I am just not sure, will take more thinking!

Baby Card with Iris Folding

Woohoo my 100th blog post!!

Today we have a project in Iris Folding!
 Close up of the iris folding
It's a baby rattle.  I took some of the colors from the patterned paper, which is Little Sprout by Fancy Pants Design.  I had a baby stamp, colored them with markers and cut them apart to look like baby blocks.  For the folding, I used papers from a sample pack I got at Dolphin Papers.  I hand cut the handle for the rattle and added some ribbon and a little Ranger Barn Door distress ink on the edges.

Iris Folding February Challenge:
For this challenge members will be using a simple circle pattern to create... something round!