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Friday, March 18, 2011

Spring Bling Blog Hop

Welcome to GabyCreates
and to the
Spring Bling Blog Hop
sponsored by MAG

If you follow my blog, you probably remember a single page layout I created similar to this.  Well, I tend to love two page layouts so I decided to create the "left" page.
I did just a bit of rearranging, I moved the vellum/tag to the left and added/replaced a pink flower to the right.
I also added a bit of paper with different colors to the left one because I had run out of paper, and I think it looks OK together!
I also wish to add that I just started designing for Simply Scrapping Crafts. I am on the Sketch Design Team, so my layout follows this Saturday's sketch. Make sure you participate for a chance at a great gift.

~Thanks for visiting, leaving a comment and hoping with us!
~Leave a comment here for a chance at 5 embellishment packets.
~There is a great giveaway at MAG, so make sure that you visit, leave a comment, and follow.
Lucianna is next
and just in case you get lost here is the line-up
Melissa http://www.melissa-moecreations.blogspot.com
Nicole http://www.nadialax13.blogspot.com/
Gloria http://www.girliascards.blogspot.com/
Gigi http://www.the cricutbug.blogspot.com
Adrian http://www.byadrian4u.blogspot.com/
Gaby http://www.gabycreates.com/ You Are Here
Lucianna http://www.dilsaverdesigns.blogspot.com/
Update- Carri U is the winner! (I have left you a comment with info)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Birthday Banner

I created this tutorial for She'sASassyLady Blog
My Sister Monica recently celebrated her 40th B-day and I want to show you how I created this banner. I was inspired by a banner Jana Eubank created back in October for Halloween.
After deciding on the design and my sister's likes and her colors (yes, we were all asked to wear black and turquoise!..that's my family! Never mind be happy that I show up to you party, and maybe bring you a gift, but I must wear specific colors? lol... we actually enjoy that kind of stuff!) I set out to create or design on my Gypsy.
For the design: I first had to decide how many pieces/flags I needed for my banner: -HAPPY- -4OTH- -MONI- That is a total of 16 pieces/flags (I cut her name short, phew!!...kidding again, we do call her Moni). Next, I had the colors, black and turquoise and finally I had to decide on the actual theme. Even though my sister is on dialysis, she still keeps her spirits up by always wearing make up and wearing dresses and stockings with high hills most of the time. So there it was the other part of my design!
My next step was to see how much card stock and pattern paper I needed.
After I gathered all the pieces I decided to use
Cricut Country Life, Forever Young, MS All Occasions Cake Art, MS Seasonal Cake Art, and Base Camp cartridges for my project.
Using Country Life I cut 16 of this banners at 11.5" our of very thick heavy DCWV card stock.
I cut 16 of the layers using patter paper also at 11.5"
I adhered the base and layer together using my ATG gun.  I want to mention that I did not need to cut the layer using card board because there was no need since the base card stock was heavy enough, otherwise I would have had to cut the layer twice, once in card board, the other using pattern paper.
My next step was to create 16 rosettes, one for each piece/flag

Using the MS Seasonal Cake Art cartridge and my Gypsy just to see how many I could fit on sheet.  I was able to fit 6 pieces cut at 2".  I used 4 pieces for each rosette, so I had to cut 64 pieces or 10 times a whole sheet plus an additional sheet with only 4!!! My Expression was churning!
Here you can see that I had to score at each peak and valley.  That is 64 x 11.. that is 704 times!
Yes, my fingers were sore!  And I had to fold them too! (now you know why I cut her name short! lol)
This is how I folded each piece in a zig-zag motion.
Next I had to adhere 4 pieces together. You do this by overlapping the ends or two peak and one valley.
This is what it looks like when all 4 pieces are adhered to each other.
Next step is to bring it down or push it down and inward.  It is much easier than it looks. Here I am using one hand so that I can photograph with the other. But with a little finesse and both hands, it is not that hard.
At this point you need to have some 1" circles already punched and the glue gun ready!
Oh, you will be so glad you have a glue gun!
I forgot to take a picture of the scalloped circle I cut to use in between the flag/piece and the rosette.
I cut 16 scalloped circles at 5" using MS All Occasions Cake Art
This was my basic piece/flag for my banner.  I now had to create something to decorate each one of them.
I am not very please on the location of the banner's placement.  I don't think that it highlighted the design and colors, but the party was not at my house! I feel that a banner like this placed on a flat colored wall or surface would emphasise the design much better! What do you think?
For the 3D star I used a Sizzix die and for the 40th I used my Gypsy to weld everything together and create the layer/shadow. The 4 and 0 were size 5" and the t and the h were cut/welded at 2.88" using Base Camp.
She was cut using Forever Young at 7" and her layers. Added a little bling and tulle to her dress.
The lipstick was also cut at 5" with its layers using the Forever Young cartridge.
Added bling and Glossy Accents.
I additionally cut and decorated a piece/flag with a nail polish cut at 5"; the high hills/shoes at 5"; the perfume bottle at 4"; and the boots at 6" using the Forever Young cartridge.
All the letters were cut using Base Camp at 5" with their respective layers.
I finished the banner using lots of black and turquoise ribbon and black tulle.

Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment!

Gift Box for Jasmine

Creative Cutter Room Challenge  -for She'sASassyLady Posting click HERE 
Today is my Grand daughter Jasmine's B-day!!!!!!!!!
Happy Birthday Jasmine!!
I created this cute box to insert a Visa Card
My daughter and I agreed that it would be so cute for Jasmine to get her own Visa and Mommy can take her shopping!! (won't be there so see :( - hopefully I'll get pictures to scrap!)
This is a side view. I used 3D foam.
Princesses Dreams Come True for the J
Paper Doll Dress Up for the Shamrock
Sizzix die for box.

Here you can see that I did try to create a Leprechaun, but opted for the Shamrock instead.  My Leprechaun is hiding!

These Basic Grey are the greatest little magnets (much better than velcro, in my opinion) to use in any box or bag you want to close securely.  The magnet is pretty strong as well as the adhesive on them. Each package contains the + plus and - minus and they sell them in two sizes. I used the small ones.

You can interpret this challenge anyway you like, however you must create a new project for this challenge!
And the prize?
EMMA  from My Creative Time donated 

Thanks Emma!
Be sure to enter your project over at the Creative Cutter Room!
Stop by the Creative Design Team Members for more inspiration!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Campin' Critters LO

It is Wednesday Challenge at CWC
Green Scene is the Challenge
I used Campin' Critters and Tinkerbell to create this Tahoe layout

I will journal as soon as I figure out if it was 1986 or 1987!
I just could not wait to get this cart to play with it. I know I will get a lot of use from it since I use to go camping a lot.  I just hope that I have pictures! I did not have a good camera back than and talk about no digital! of course.
This LO was inpired by a LO Jana Eubank crated for the Circle Blog.

Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment!
Make sure you go visit Cooking With Cricut what the other DT members created and to enter the challenge.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Beauty Layout - MM Dilly Dally

A Beauty Layout of my Lauren
It is Challenge time at ScrapTiffany
and the Challenge is Beauty
and if you visit my Blog, you know that I have been creating
projects for Happy N Scrappin' on Tuesdays
In addition today, I am "killing 3 birds with one stone" by deciding to create this layout with the Cricut Circle Blog's Weekly Challenge which is Monochromatic Green with a touch of Gold. --is that perfect for me or what?? GREEN!! and MM Dilly Dally had the perfect PP!!
 I love these pictures of my grand baby!
I used vellum so that the letters wouldn't get lost on the background.
Look at those lips!
Cricut cuts:
"Beauty" - Cricut Princesses Dreams Come True both reg and shadow feature cut at 4" -I hand cut off the B and A of the phrase (it included the word beast).
Butterflies - Cricut Lacy Label layer feature at 5.47" and 6.91"
"in" - Gypsy Font welded.
"Bloom" - Gypsy Wanderings cut at 1.50" with its layer.

Machine stitching
DMC green floss
Gold flower sequins

Supplies I used that you can find at Happy N Scrappin":
MM Dilly Dally Collection
Provo Craft
Basic Grey
American Crafts
Tim Holtz
Stickers & Rub-ons 
Brad Combo 
Skinny Stripe 
Pattern Floral 
Ribbon by the Yard 
Provo Craft 
BG Buttons 
Kushgrip non-stick 

Thanks for visiting and thanks in advance for your comments!!