Monday, August 30, 2010

Becky Higgins Project Life Relaunch - Finally

Was bumming around the web this morning and decided to channel Aunt Ann and visit Becky Higgin's site. She has relaunched "Project Life" and has the kit for sale again in both kit-style and digital-style. Whooohooooo! I am sticking to my no purchases for 90 days but am super tempted. The designs look very similar to last years but still has a ton of style.

The kit is $49.99 and can be purchased on Amazon with free shipping.

Check out for more information.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

90 Days and No Hobby Lobby - What will I do?

I don't spend a ton of money on scrapbooking. It is more like 5 dollars at Jo-Ann's, 10 dollars at Hobby Lobby, and another 5 dollars at Michael's. The bigger problem is that I have so many stickers, letters, papers, ribbons, you name it at home. Please kill me if I buy one more baby-themed sticker sheet. I have decided to go on a diet... not a lose 10 pounds diet but a craft store diet. And for how long, 90 days. Yes, 90 days. I figure by than I can slowly break my habit of buying things that are "sooooo cute" rather than things I will actually use. Will it be hard.. yes, yes, yes. I am actually rethinking this decision as thoughts of multi-colored jewels dance in my head. But I am sticking to it. My last purchase... the "Say it in Style" stamp set from Close to my Heart. I have been using my sister's for way too long and she needs it back at some point. So from today until November 22 I will be kissing the craft stores goodbye. I promise to not even go there to finish gifts I am making. I will utilize my fully stocked supply of scrapbooking impulse purchases to the fullest of their capabilities. Wish me luck! (Good thing November 22 is just in time for Black Friday!)

Happy Birthday Pop-Up Card

I am absolutely in love with the new "Premium Pop-Up Cards" SVG kit on! I visited my mom on Sunday and we worked on the Cricut Expression. The best about her Cricut is that she also uses Sure Cuts Alot. What an awesome tool to turn svg files into works of art!

This Happy Birthday card was made using the pop-up card kit. No guess work involved... the kit includes the cupcake, the scalloped layered piece, the inside pop-up "happy birthday" and even the card and envelope! No measuring or guessing sizes. I then added glitter to the edges of my cupcake's frosting and punched holes in the scalloped layering piece. Once again, I resorted to the good ole' "Say it in Style" Close to My Heart stamp set to stamp "Happy Birthday." The front seemed a little boring so I also distressed the edges of the happy birthday layer and the front of the card itself. Another key addition to this card was the Doublemate paper - light purple on one side, dark purple on the other.... a perfect pair!

It was quite tricky to have the "happy birthday" pop-up fold right when inside the card. In a "TA-DA" moment, Mom and I got it at the same time. Once you get the hang of it though, it is as easy as, well, cupcake? The card does seem thick so I am mailing with 2 stamps just in case.

Making this card motivated me to save up for a Cricut and Sure Cuts Alot.

Wrapping It Simple

I made this hang tag to include on a gift bag for a bridal shower. The letter "R" is from an Anne Geddes branded chipboard letters I got on clearance from Archivers. I used the outside part of the letter rather than the "R" itself. I then layered on green paper and purple paper. I punched a hole using a standard hole punch. The purple ribbon was already on the bag. Keeping it simple and beautiful!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Unscripted Sketch #68 - Precious Baby

Finally got to try out the "Sketch It Saturdays." I have been putting off making a baby girl card for a friend so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity. The patterned paper is from K&Company Berry Sweet line. The green felt letters for "baby" is from Making Memories. I used my flower punch I got from Michael's for the orange circles. The "Precious" rub-on is from Me & My Big Ideas. The heart and butterfly rub-ons are from Colorbox. I got these in the $1 spot and felt guilty getting them because I thought I would never use them. I proved myself wrong. I added glitter (which I try to avoid at all cost - still have glitter on my craft table) to the both the butterfly and heart. I will definetly be back next Saturday!

Original sketch: