Wednesday, February 29, 2012

DIY Photo Canvas

Yeah, this is my first attempt at making my own photo canvas!! It's not perfect but not too bad for the first go around.
This is really simple to do. All you need is
1) tissue paper
2) canvas (purchased at Hobby Lobby 2pk 8x10 for $3.49)
3) card stock
4) modge podge
5) black and white photo
6) paint brush
7) tape
First off find a photo you would like to use and crop it to the exact part you want to show on your canvas. Cut some tissue paper to fit over your card stock by about 1/2" and tape down. My photo is an 8x10 and my paper size was 12x12 and centered in the middle of the page. If your printer does not print that large just use a 8x11 and make sure your photo is printed in the center.
Now after you photo is dry remove the tissue paper from the cardstock and trim to fit canvas with a 1/2" overhang on all sides. Apply Modge Podge evenly to your canvas. Center your photo and lay ontop very carefully. With your fingers start in the center and slowly smooth out any wrinkles. Be carefull tissue paper will tear. After you have the top done add some modge podge to the sides and bring down sides and smooth out. Let dry completely.
I added a final coat of modge podge on the top and sides. Let dry completely and ta da, you have a canvas photo.
I am going to try this again with regular copy paper and compare the two to see how that looks. Will keep you posted. If you have any questions just let me know, will try to help. Thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Winter is for The Birds!!

This is my card I made for the Cardz TV challenge #102 -- A Stitch in Time. Make a card for any occasion using real or faux stitching and use any cartridges or colors you’d like. Since I was feeling a little Blah from cabin fever this is what I came up with. Sorry for the poor picture, not very good lighting.
The cute little penguin is cut from one of my favorite Cricut cartridge-- Create a Critter on page 39. I add some faux stitching around the card base and around the penguins face. The icicles are a Martha Stewart punch, I think it's a Halloween punch but works nicely for icicles as well.
Come join the fun at Cardz TV and thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, February 10, 2012

PTI Sketch Challenge

Todays contest at Papertrey Ink the challenge was to choose a sketch and create a project based on it. I chose sketch #5, I love the simplicity of this sketch.

Unfortunately today was spent preparing to visit the funeral home. A very good friends husband lost his battle with cancer. As I was at the florist I seen this poem that was very fitting so I decided to use it on my card. This is my first sympathy card, I find them very hard to do.

This is the inside with the rest of the poem.
God saw you getting tired,
And a cure was not to be.
So he put his arms around you,
And whispered “Come to me”.
With tearful eyes we watched you,
And saw you pass away.
Although we loved you dearly,
We could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands to rest.
God broke our hearts
to prove to us,
He only takes the best.
This is short post, it has been a long day. Good night all.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Papertrey Ink Celebration Day 5

Already day 5 at Papertrey Inks celebration and they have got so many exciting things going on right now!! Thier Sneak Peaks have been awesome, can't wait to get some!! Today they announced that Papertrey Ink has now created and entire series of Pinterest boards to serve as a fantastic one stop shop for all your inspiration needs!

So todays contest is to pick one of the team members Pinterest inspiration photos or select your own piece of Pinterest eye candy to use as a jump-start for your very own creation. I chose this adorable little bee set, isn't it cute!! You can check it out here.
Materials used:
Paper--Papertrey Ink and Coredinations
Bee-Create a Critter
Spellbinders--Labels S4169 &168
Stamp Sentiment--Papertrey Ink Flower Garden Sentiments
Bee Face --PKS Critter Faces
I just love all these challenges, come join in the fun at Capture the Moment, Nichole will keep you upto date on all the events. That's it for now, ta ta!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

PTI Color Challenge

Good evening everyone!! I am having loads of fun celebrating Papertrey Inks 5th Anniversary. They have a lot of great things happening and today they have a color challenge. You were to pick a team members favorite color combination and create a project.
I chose Ashleys
I will say this was a challenge using 5 colors, a little out of my comfort zone, but in the end I am quite pleased with the card. Thanks for stopping by, ta ta for now!!

The "Funky Fold"

Love this fold, It looks more difficult than it is!! There is a great tutorial on how to make it from Sandy at Stars & Stripes. Stars & Stripes is having a virtual card making party and listing a couple of challenges each day. Challenge #3 is the "Funky Fold".
I love learning new techniques and folds. This one came together pretty easy and I love how it turned out. Come join in the fun at Stars & Stripes!!
Material list
Paper- DCWV "Out & About" and color cardstock
Cricut carts- Home Accents and Sentimentals
Stamp Sentiment -- Papertrey Ink "#2071 Pond Life"
Bling -- Want 2 Scrap
Hope everyone has a fabulous day and thanks for stopping by!!
PS -- Don't forget to stop by Scap Guy's and sitn up for his IMAGINE Giveaway, and really appreciate if you told him Cindylu sent you, Thanks!!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Papertrey Ink 5th Anniversary Celebration!!

Today is the second day of Papertrey Ink's Celebration and for today's contest they have a sheet of freebie images that each of the 2012 Stamp Designers has contributed to. Your challenge is to print out the sheet onto white cardstock and incorporate one of the images into a project. With so many amazing images to chose from on the sheet, it may be difficult to pick just one! Well let me tell you they are some fabulous images!!

I chose the sweet little birdie "Just thinking of You". Sorry about the bad lighting in the photo, will have to work on that.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a great evening!!


For My One & Only

Hi there!! Today I am sharing a card I made for my Dear Hubby, this will be our 30th Valentines day being married, oh my!!

My daughter In Law made one last week with black and white and I thought it turned out splendidly so I gave it a try, I think I like hers better. Did not want to get to frilly for the hubby so I hope he likes it.

Will be entering it in to a few Fabulous Challenges, here is a list where you can join in the fun!

Paper Playtime Challenge #67 -- Cricut Creations with Hearts or Love Theme
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #97 -- use a heart on your project
My Creative time Thursday Throwback Challenge -- VALENTINE'S DAY CHALLENGE! Use any cartridge of YOUR choice & just make a Valentine Card
My Craft Spot Challenge #43 -- Valentines Day a card or treat packaging

Materials Used:
Cricut Cart-Elegant cakes pg 31
Paper- DCWV
Sentiment - My Creative Time "Gift Card Sentiments"
Label- Spellbinders S4-235 Fancy Tags

Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me this fabulous Monday!!
PS, don't forget to stop over at Bryan the Scrap Guys and tell him Cindylu2u sent you over, he has some fantastic Giveaways going on and you don't want to miss them!!


Sunday, February 5, 2012


Papertrey Ink is celebrating their 5th Anniversary!! All of their designers have listed their favorite items and shared loads of inspiration. Papertrey Ink will be giving away the entire list of items the design team has chosen, Oh My!!

My card inspiration was taken from a project Erin Lincoln created. Just can't say enough about the wondeful design team projects, they are some very talented ladies!!

Hop on over to Nicoles blog and get in on the fun and fabulous inspiration!! Off to watch the SuperBowl Commercials, hehe!!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Valentine Treat Box

This is little treat box made from a toilet paper roll. I took my roll and covered it in pink paper using my ATG gun. I then flattened my roll and used my bone folder to go over the edges really well, opened it up and flattened it again going the opposite way, you end up with a square tube. Next I cut the bottom 4 corners 1/2" in and folded them in, I used hot glue for the bottom to make it sturdier. To get the milk carton look I folded in my top, you have to play with it a little bit and then crease it.

Then comes the fun part, decorate however you like and I used the George cart and cut out a heart and used the Mickey and Friends cart to cut out my hands and feet. Well I had to add the adorable Peachy Keen Princess Face (PK-640) then placed a baggy full of kisses inside and sealed it up with hot glue as well.
Well that's my cute little treat box, will be entering it into a few challenges this week at
Cooking With the Cricut -- Challenge #71 Child's Valentine -- you must use the colors red, pink and white.
That's it for now, love to hear what you think!!