Thursday, September 15, 2011

New Cricut Lite cartridges

I treated my college kid, his girlfriend, and his roommate to dinner last night at Red Lobster. Yum! Endless shrimp was great!! Of course, after dinner, I offered to take them to WalMart to get a few groceries and stuff. My son bought a desk chair like my green one in my scraproom but his is red - school colors. I found a couple of things for the shopping cart too. I got 2 new Cricut Lite cartridges - Yee-haw and Love You a Latte. I used my Michael's ad to save $9 on each cart as Michael's has carts on sale this week for $29.99 and WalMart sells theirs for $39.00.
 My Michael's is very slow to get anything new and my WalMart is resetting its scrapbook area again. I was surprised that WalMart wanted the Lite carts because their scrapbook area keeps going smaller and smaller.

YeeHaw just looked fun!! I will HAVE to make some cards for one of my principal as she enjoys saying YeeHaw and Hey, Cowboys and Cowgirls! It is pretty cute.
 I love the barn and the horses on this cart.
 I got home late  last night due to the nighttime road work going on and taking up 2 lanes out of 3. So I don't have the carts uploaded to my Gypsy yet.

I don't drink coffee and couldn't make a cup if I had to. But this was another cart I felt I needed. My girlfriend loves coffee so I'll get some cards made for her  for Christmas. And I'll make my sisters some cards with the tea sayings. Again I just thought the cart looked cute.

 Hopefully the Lites will be easy to assemble. Some of the Lite carts have lots of layers. I do really like the Billionaire and Cherry Limeade fonts.  I have good luck with Billionaire font  welding on my Gypsy.

There is one or 2 new Lites that I am still thinking of getting at some point. Recess would be great for some of my bulletin boards at school.  And I just saw a Cricut contest for the classroom. I'll have to find the rules for that. YeeHaw, that's all for today. 

Monday, September 12, 2011

OWH Virtual Cardmaking Party Sept. 11, 2011

 Yee Haw!! It's time for another OWH Virtual Cardmaking Party! I didn't do many on Sat. but I got several challenges done today since the Hubby was gone on a business trip. He had to travel to CA and didn't want to travel on 9.11.11. However, I did remember to call my Dad, whose birthday was today on 9.11.11. He said he didn't get a birthday card yet. Hmmm, I can make lovely cards. I can make lots of cards. However, I can't seem to remember to send my family's birthday and anniversary cards out on time!!

On with the Challenges of the weekend!

Challenge #1 was Garanimals. ( Do they still make Garanimals??) Challenge was to use an animal on a kid's card. I had some tiger paper, which was double sided with the tiger stripes on one side and the the other side had the rows of stripes with rows of tigers. I had several different tiger stamps as my kiddo #2's college are the Fighting Tigers.
 The first tiger looked too serious for a kid's card so I made another card just using a different happier tiger. I almost put this one in Dixie's non traditional Valentine card Challenge.

The second challenge was Celebrate Nature and I had just found this digi flower. Since I have my new scraproom, I could find some purple papers to use. They had been hiding in the stash for a bit. I colored the 
digi stamp using colored pencils. I did the iris in several different colors but they didn't work with the purple theme here. I had a bunch of purple brads (3 packages from Joann's - they had been marked down to 50 cents/package) so I wanted to use them on these purple papers.

Challenge #3 was Unique Christmas, using non-traditional colors for a Christmas card. Pink and Lime green are not a usual Christmas color combination but again I found the Heidi Grace glittery/shimmery gingerbread on pink and the striped papers in the stash. The green scalloped ribbon is a velvety one while the pink ribbon is Michael's 3/$1 on sale ribbon.

Challenge #4 is one I didn't get done. I picked sketch #76 and have something in mind for it but it didn't make it to the mat yet. 

Falling for You was Challenge #5 . You had to use the phase "Falling for You" on  the card. I used my favorite fall stamp, the tree with the leaves falling. I matted it on a copper shiny paper which didn't scan as copper. The stitches are from the ribbon stash and had its own adhesive on them. The stitches reminds of the sweater we start pulling out of the closets as the weather starts to cool. The cream strip is the edge of some paper that you usually trim off. 

Challenge #6 was A Piece of Birthday, designing a masculine card. Yee Haw, I had cowboys stickers and found a free font for the sentiment. But Oops, I didn't use any paper piecing in it. 
I want to make some more of these, but not birthday, for my principal, who says Yee Haw a lot during announcements to get the students fired up for upcoming events.

An non-traditional Valentine was Challenge #7. Not sure I really hit this one but I liked it. It has silver paper, which didn't scan well like the copper paper, silver hearts, silver-embossed sentiments, and two silver containing papers as the stripes. It's on a soft dove gray card. Hopefully, my shipper Dixie will like it when it finally arrives in a box at her house.

Challenge #8 was another one I didn't complete. It was Take the Scenic Route, using your stamps to make a scene. Definitely one I need lots of thought for but no time.

Challenge #9 is another sketch that I didn't have to do. I don't use sketches very often and never quite sure about them. However I need to use sketches some time soon as my card today are very similar in format but all the papers and other items are different.

Challenge #10- Autumn Patriot required 4 fall colors and I didn't seem to have the right colors for this challenge. I loved the colors in the Challenge and how they blended together nicely. 

Challenge #11 was to create a CAS card. Clean and Simple. Maybe my Snoopy card will fit the bill on this one. I had the Snoopy embossed in black on white paper for a while but he got lost in my supplies. After the organization of my new scraproom, I found him again!! The paper looks like old letters and I think it is from the DCWV World Traveler stack, one stack I have almost used all the papers. Snoopy is on a bit of red cardstock, some felt star ribbon, and then a scrap piece of black. I penned a stitch line on the black and the old letters papers. I went a bit crazy one day embossing this Snoopy so I'll be making lots of these this week. I thought I would use a few of them for Any Hero cards so I didn't put a sentiment on them. If I make them cards for the soldiers to send, I'll stamp a Missing You on the bottom corner.

Challenge #12 was Daddy's Child, a card a Daddy could send to home to his kiddo. I have boys, though they are college kiddos, so I did a truck theme. The striped paper is from American Crafts travel pack. The trucks were a 8 1/2" x 11" paper on clearance at Hobby Lobby and I cut the cute vehicles apart to fit the card. I inked the edges in blues because boys are messy. : )

Gimme an O, Gimme a W, Gimme an H!!!
Go, OWH!!!
Challenge #13 was a bit of fun, thinking of items that start with an O, a W, and an H. The thinking part was hard on a weekend!! Anyway, I created 2 cards, using a fall theme with the required letters. 
In my cards, O is for orange
W is for the white strip (and the word Where in the sentiment)
H is for home, heart, and harvest.

 Cold Temperatures, Warm Hearts was Challenge #14, in which I used a cute digi snowman and a sizzit cutout. It is Joy, instead of love.

 Black and White with a Splash of Color was Challenge #15 and Michelle's Sesame Street characters were so cute!! I had just the right size scraps for this card, amazingly, a piece of  black and a square of black with white polka dots!! I added the red ribbon and punched scalloped circles for the little cloth ladybug and the tiny sentiment. I had to add the white button that had appeared on my craft table.

Challenge #16 was an opportunity for me as it was 1 + 1+ 1 = Fun. You had to use a button, a chipboard, and a tag. A package of chipboard items and another of buttons had been in one of my crop bags I cleaned out yesterday and I hadn't put the items away yet when this Challenge was posted. I don't usually use tags and rarely use chipboard, though I have a bin of it!! The tiny  bird was part of a Michael's $1 stamp that just fit the hole of this chipboard birdhouse. I colored the bird yellow so it would show up in the hole. More pink and lime green ribbon, a tiny sentiment, tiny buttons (which appeared on the table) and a long scrap. A bit of inking on the tag and base. A quick card. 

OK, it has been a great day of Challenges to make cards for OWH!!
 It is very late so I need to log off. 

Thanks for the fun day, OWH!!