Saturday, December 28, 2013

Playing Along with Sketch~N~Scrap

Happy Birthday, Mama!

Friday was my mom's 81st birthday! Go Mama!!!  So for her special day, I made a special card using the sketch over at Sketch~N~Scrap. I couldn't post until today though, cuz she actually reads my blog and I didn't want to spoil the surprise.  So here is the sketch:


And here is my mama's birthday card:



If you want to play along too, head over to SNS. Not only do they have card sketch challenges, but they also have some amazing scrapbook sketch challenges!

Friday, December 27, 2013

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!

Woo Hoo!!!

I am happy to finally be able to announce that I have been selected for another Design Team!!


Thank you, Action Wobbles!!!  Check out the announcement here! And help me welcome the new DT and get to know the ones who are continuing!



My term starts January 2014, so very soon I will be sharing some new creations with you featuring the fun Action Wobbles.  Stay tuned!  And I hope you join us for all the fun challenges!

Til next time, keepin' it crafty!!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Robin's Nest

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! 


I am happy to share my final Christmas card of the year with you.  I realize it's the day after Christmas, but it's still the Christmas season.  I have a special type of card today, it's called a Bendi Fold Card. The instructions for this card can be found at Splitcoast Stampers. And here it is...



This very dimensional card was a lot easier to make than it looks.  You start out with three basic pieces of cardstock.  I used the black and silver glitter cardstocks from The Robin's Nest. They made THE perfect snowy ground and twinkly night sky.



Once the pieces were cut, tabbed and assembled, it looked something like this:



I then used my Silhouette Cameo to cut tiny houses and trees, and a Santa and his reindeer. They were then added to to the base and tabs with a little white gel pen to accent snow.  A few deer stamped and a embossed sentiment finish off this amazing little card.



Here are a couple more views of it opened up.





I've been wanting to try this card for a while and, once I got started, it was much easier than it looks. 

If you'd like to see some really beautiful papers, this month over at TRN, the Russian Winter Collection is on sale for 20% off!!!  

Thanks for letting me share with you today.  Enjoy your holidays and be safe!

Til next time, keepin' it crafty!

Ro Donner
Toodle Noodle Creative

TRN Supplies Used:
Black Glitter Cardstock  
Silver Glitter Cardstock  
Red Dew Drops

Other Supplies:

Silhouette Cut Files:
   Winter Trees #22748
   Home for the Holidays #34225
   Santa & Sleight #5437
Red & Green Cricut Cardstock
Stamps:  Deer (Rubber Stamp Tapestry); Sentiments (Hot Off The Press)
Zing Embossing Powder
Versamark

Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas from Me & FCCB!

Since the holidays are upon us and I'm busy wrapping and preparing for Christmas, I am just sharing a quick little post with you today.

I did a quick little last-minute kind of card using some paper scraps and my Stretch Your Imagination cart.  Since my Cricut and Mac still aren't speaking, I grudgingly cut directly from my cartridge. Nothing picture-worthy there...lol.

But here is my little card:

I cut the tree at 2 3/4" and filled it with green and yellow stickles.  The Noel is from a section of an Anna Griffin embossing folder, highlighted with black ink.  I then "hand stitched" around the card using a white gel pen.  Easy Peasy.

I hope you and yours enjoy a wonderful Holiday.  Merry Christmas.

Til next time, keepin' it crafty!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

THE ROBIN'S NEST - RUSSIAN WINTER

SCRAPBOOK PAPER...IT'S NOT JUST FOR SCRAPBOOKS ANYMORE!



Happy snowy day to all my blogging, crafty friends! Did you know that those beautiful papers used for scrapbooking can be used for so many other things? I use them all the time to add to custom frames and letters, to make books and journals, and to make hundreds of cards each year. But did you ever think about how great they are to wrap gifts in? I have made Halloween treat containers, wrapped small boxes, and even made gift boxes. Check out the latest!!  
Jewelry Box Using Winter Glitter Snowflakes Cardstock from The Robin's Nest
Pillow Box Using Winter Glitter Deer Cardstock from The Robin's Nest
How cute are these?  Wouldn't you love to see one of these hidden in the Christmas tree or tucked gently into your stocking?  And you can put loads of different little items in them.  Be creative!

Here is how I started...I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the jewelry and pillow boxes. But you can also find patterns for these on the internet.





I then assembled the boxes and wrapped them in ribbon!  Here is the jewelry box assembly.
Pre-fold on score lines.
Add adhesive to the tabs.
Fold on score lines and add jewelry.
Here's a necklace I made for my daughter's stocking!
Add ribbon and tie!
And for the pillow boxes...


Fold on score lines and add tape to bottom tab.
Add your gift and fold in ends.
Wrap ribbon around and add a tag!

These little gems go together quickly, which makes them easy to mass produce. My kids, grandkids, hubby and mom will all have some of these peeking out of their stockings this year.

Now head on over to The Robin's Nest online store and see all the lovely papers and embellishments...I bet you will be inspired to try some gift wrapping too!



Til next time, keepin' it crafty!!

Supplies used:  Winter Glitter Snowflakes and Winter Glitter Deer (The Robin's Nest); Adhesive, Slihouette Cameo, Ribbon, White cardstock

Monday, December 9, 2013

FANTABULOUS CRICUT CHALLENGE #190: HOLIDAY CARDS

Welcome back to another Fantabulous Challenge!!

Challenge #190 Holiday Cards
Show us your holiday cards!

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Be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project!

My card this week features a branch and a snowflake from the Winter Woodland cartridge.  



I cut my card base from some silver cardstock and layered onto it a piece of white cardstock that has been embossed with the Snow Flurry embossing folder from Anna Griffin/Cuttlebug.  

I tore two pieces of white cardstock and adhered them with dimensional tape, then I added the branch.  To all those pieces, I added some Diamond Stickles Glitter Glue to give it some sparkle.  


I stamped the greeting on the snowflake and added some more Stickles and some red Dew Drops from The Robin's Nest.


This card is not fancy, but it's not plain either.  The embossed background give it just enough character and the layers add some dimension.  

Now, it's your turn!  See what you can come up with!  Need more inspiration, head on over to Fantabulous Cricut and see what the other designers have to share.  And please!!! Play along!!!!

Til next time, keepin' it crafty!

Friday, December 6, 2013

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!!



I am so excited to announce that I have made the Sketch~N~Scrap Design Team beginning January 1, 2014!  As my regular followers know, I am a huge fan of sketches. They always inspire me to think outside the box and be creative.  And not only does SNS offer great sketches for cards, they also do scrapbook layout sketches and contests and prizes....Oh My!!!

So to celebrate, I am playing along with their December card sketch.


Love this sketch!!!!  I don't think I would have thought to use so many different designs of paper on one card, but it works beautifully.  What do you think?


I even added a little somethin' to the inside!


Papers are from Pink Paisley, DCWV and My Mind's Eye.  Sentiments are from Hot Off the Press.  Other supplies are from my "stash".

I hope you will join me in following Sketch~N~Scrap and play along.  I look forward to sharing with you in the coming months!

Til next time, keepin' it crafty!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Why Make Just One When You Can Make FOUR?!


I hope you all are enjoying a special day.  I am spending some wonderful time with family and friends. And while it's a very busy time, I'm not too busy to share with you some cards made with the wonderful Robin's Nest papers!!!

Did you know it's just as easy to make four cards as it is to make one?  Trust me when I say IT IS! You simply cut everything out in fours.  It only takes a couple of minutes longer and when you're done, you will have four cards instead of just one.  This is a great way to put together some spare cards for your stash, or perhaps tie a nice ribbon around them and give them as a hostess gift.  It makes it easy when doing invitations or Christmas cards (just multiply the numbers as needed).  Put together a batch of thank you notes in a snap!  Change the size and layout and you can do multiple gift tags or bookmarks.  The ideas are limitless!

Here is my little "batch" of four...


As you can see, they are not all exactly alike.  The placement of the dew drops is different and the background areas are from different sections of one piece of cardstock.


Here is how you start it out.  Just cut four (or however many you ultimately want) of each piece. Here are the measurements I used.


Once you have all the pieces cut out, you just start your assembly. I added some glittery embossing powder to the top layer of the tags.  Very irridescent and shiny!  Those were then adhered to the back layer of the tags (cut from TRN Red Cardstock).



I added some dimensional tape to the backs so they would be popped up a little from the base.


Once those were assembled, I simply adhered the layers together.


I stamped the sentiment on the tags and on the inside of the card and heat embossed with white embossing powder. Not matter how many times I heat emboss, I am still fascinated by the transformation.


I then adhered the top layers to the front of the card and the sentiment panel to the inside. Easy peasy. And I had four cards in no time!




Don't forget that this month, there is a special over at The Robin's Nest....20% off select cardstock. Check it out here!!!

Hope you have been inspired to try multiples of cards. Thanks for letting me share with you today.  Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Til next time, keepin' it crafty!

Supplies Used:

Monday, November 25, 2013

FCCB #186: Sparkle & Bling

Challenge #188 Sparkle and Bling
Make a project that sparkles

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This weeks challenge over at Fantabulous Cricut is to use some Sparkle and Bling on your project. Well, since this little elf has been busy working on Christmas gifts, it just inspired me to get one of my Granddaughter's gifts done a little quicker.

My little Kai (rhymes with eye, short for Kaileigh) is a budding artist herself. She's not quite 4, but has the vocabulary and understanding of a six year old, I swear.  Since one of our favorite activities is making "stuff", what better gift for her than a cart full of craft supplies, all for her!

Top of Cart
Front of Cart
I started out with a plain black plastic cart, and busted out my glittery vinyl.  A short time later, I had a cart full of sparkly goodness.



I used Cricut Alphabet to cut out all the words, using my Gypsy to design (Apple and Cricut still not playing nice) and my Cricut Expression to cut.




I even made a little apron for my girl using a piece of acetate for a stencil.



I've filled it with goodies galore and will probably be adding things here and there as I pick them up.


The best Christmas gift I ever received was when I was about 11 or 12.  I received a big box full of art supplies.  It was the best gift for a budding artist, and I've always remembered that wonderful feeling I got when I opened it up and saw all the oil pastels and charcoal pencils and paper and oil paints.  Oh! I just got a rush again!  So I am hoping I can pass that special time on to Miss Kai.  And in such a sparkly way!



Keeping it kind of short today.  Whacked out with a bad case of bronchitis and I think I have a lung or two to cough up.  Sorry, not a pretty picture, is it?

I hope you are encouraged to head over to Fantabulous Cricut and play along.  You will surely be inspired by all the wonderful goodies the Design Team has to share!

I wish all of my regular readers and all the visitors a very Blessed Thanksgiving.  If you're traveling during the holiday, be safe.

Til next time, keepin' it crafty!