Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Fairy House Mini Album with Graphic 45 Paper

Laura Denison over at FollowingThePaperTrail, created this incredible Fairy House mini album using the new Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime 8x8 paper stack.  I fell in love with it and bought the instructions so I could make it.

You can buy the instructions on Laura's site at  I would suggest you also watch her Ustream videos (there are 3) associated with this project as some of the instructions are not as detailed as I needed them in the pdf and the video is a great supplement.

Note: Since taking the pictures, I inked the edges of the photo cards inside the house.

The top of the house lifts off to reveal the mini album inside. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Ready For Summer BBQ's - ScrapbookPal.Com Design Team Post

Somehow the end of the school year is upon us which means grilling is about to become a near daily thing around our house.  I am always jealous of people who have cute items out at their BBQs so I decided to make some cute things for my own BBQs using the new Luau Solutions Cricut Cartridge I received from

Project by Tammy White

I have several of the off-brand Crystal Lite type of containers that I have been saving for a project, knowing they would one day come in handy!!  I simply covered the containers in solid color cardstock using Scor-Tape to attach the paper to the container.

I then cut the 3 shapes (and their single layer) at 5" and attached to the cardstock with Pop Up Glue Dots.  I used Green, Tea Dye and Yellow Stickles Glitter Glue on a couple of the shapes to give them some dimension.  FYI - the tiki wrap around shape, last button on bottom row of keypad, it does not have a layer.  Also to make sure it would fit my container, I used Cricut Design Studio and stretched it to approximately 8.75" long by 5.7" and then cut the hanger off the top.

Because the containers are rather tall, I put a paper towel at the bottom of the ones I used for the spoons and forks.  If you are going on a picnic, the plastic utensils fit great inside these containers and you can put the lids on to keep them clean.  You could also put napkins inside one of the containers. 

I hope you have a wonderful summer!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Time to Organize - New Resolution

Now that I am back from my 5 day crop (swarm to you cricuteers) in La Porte, IN, I am wanting to get my new craft room organized before I get all my stuff unpacked so that I can just put it in it's proper place.  I've been watching some craft related organization videos and reading some articles over at The ScrapRack blog and they have put me in an organizing mood.  I am not affiliated with the ScrapRack in any shape or form (I don't own one either), but the principles can still be applied without purchasing the system.

So I started with my paper stacks/theme packs tonight.  Once I sorted them out, I counted them and found that I have 97 paper stacks/theme packs!!  This does not include the individual loose sheets or my solid color cardstock packs.  I am sure I will find a few more stacks as I start moving stuff around but I was kind of (mildly) shocked that I have so many.  If I were to stack them all together, I am pretty sure I would have a stack higher than I am tall (5'6").  My new resolution is to not buy any more paper stacks (unless they are Graphic 45 stacks - I just can't give those up) for the rest of the year.  I'm trying to be reasonable in my resolution, I will not succeed if I say never, but I MIGHT succeed if I say no more for the next 8 months.  That sounds like forever too, maybe I better go with until the kids start back to school in August...   

I was happy to find that in all those stacks, I only had 2 duplicates and 1 of those was sent to me in a swap after I had already purchased it.  I'm going to put the duplicates in a box of stuff I'm collecting for my mom who has very few craft supplies.  That qualifies as purging right???!!

Crud, I just found another paper stack - that makes 98!  I better stop counting!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Wish You Were Here - Design Team Post

This month I received the cute Luau Limited Edition Cricut Cartridge from  The cart is on sale for $23.99 right now so don't miss your chance to own this adorable cart!

I am at a 5 day crop this week and was feeling a little sassy when planning my project.  I hope you get a giggle out of it.

Project by Tammy White

Using the Luau cartridge, I cut the bar (3rd row, 4th button) at 4" and the layer (4th row, 4th button).  I ran the thatch roof through my Cuttlebug with the Distress Stripes Embossing Folder and then used a Colorbox Fluid Chalk Cat's Eye Inkpad in Toffee to highlight the texture.  I used Dried Marigold and Antique Bronze Distress Stickles and Cinnamon Stickles to highlight the items on the bar.  For the sand, I handcut some tan paper and then stamped the "sand" with a Stampin' Up stamp using the Antique Linen Distress Inkpad. I used the brush end of a Tombow Dual Brush Pen in Chocolate to write "He He He" on the bottom corner of the "sand" strip.  I used Pop Up Glue Dots on the bar and the palm fronds to give some dimension to the card.

Using the Life's A Beach cart, I cut the Palm Tree at 3" and then used Cinnamon Stickles on the tree trunk and brush end of a Tombow Dual Brush Pen in Light Green on the edges of the palm fronds.

I used the Fiskars Border Punch Threading Water on the edge of my card stock and the same patterned paper I used for the base of the bar.  I adhered these to a green cardstock. 

For the sentiment, I wrote it using the brush end of a Tombow Dual Brush Pen in Chocolate and then used Cinnamon Stickles over it.

That's all there is to it.  A nice and easy card for you try.