Monday, May 30, 2011

Paper Playtime's May Digi Monday Challenge!

Card #150

TALL card measures 9" x 8" and scored @ 4".
"I Love You" wood stamp from Michael's dollar bin.
Digi Image from Ai Factory, one of our many sponsors this month.
The adorable digi image was digitally colored by our daughter, Kati. You can find her website here. Feel free to contact her if you have black and white digital images you'd love to be digitally colored by her. Tell her you were sent over by her MAMA and you'll get a discount. :)
I cut 2 squares @ 1" and then diagonal cut them for the corner matting of the image.
Black mat was cut @ 8 3/4" x 3 3/4".
Green heart mat was cut @ 8 1/2" x 3 1/2".
All solid papers are from Recollections, and the green heart background paper is from Recollections ALL GIRL stack.

This next card was made also using Ai Factory images digitally colored by KATI
This card is 6" x 12" and scored @ 6".
Card #151

Card base and striped background papers are both from K & Company Simply Sweet Stack.
The Pink strips were cut @ 2 1/2" x 6" and 1 1/2" x 6".
The "U and Me" sentiment was handwritten.

For my next card, I used  a digi image from Bugaboo Stamps, who is also one of our many sponsors this Challenge for Digi Monday @ Paper Playtime.

Card #152

I hand wrote "You & Me" for the sentiment with an Ultra Fine Tip black Sharpie.
I used Blue matting paper from Recollections which matched this ribbon perfectly.
The button has some black splattered in it, and it's from Bag of Buttons from Hobby Lobby.
The black and white pattern papers are from a friend, so I'm not sure which paper stack they came from, but most likely they are from a DCWV stack.

Come see what the other Design Team members have created this week with images from more of our Digi Sponsors! And don't forget to play along with us. The theme is WEDDING or LOVE.  Show us what you can make!

Monday, May 23, 2011

PAPER PLAYTIME is having a one week challenge starting today that's just for fun. The challenge is to make anything you want and add a CHARM to it! Easy Peasy!

Card #149

For my project, I made a TALL card. Yes, I think May has been my Official TALL CARD MONTH. LOL
Tall cards are 9" x 8" and scored @ 4".
Solid papers are from Recollections and *Stampin' Up.
The card base, brads, {, and "nuts and bolts" are all from *My Mind's Eye Lil' Robots Collection that has double-sided paper, ribbon, brads, chipboard, diecuts, etc in it.

Robot 18 is cut from ROBOTZ page 45 @ 4" and adhered with Pop Dots for dimension.

The key charm is from Lost & Found Charms collection.
Come play with us this week at Paper Playtime!
Make anything you want and just add your own charm to it.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

CCC #75 Masculine Birthday Card using Something with WHEELS

Card #148
Welcome to Cricut Cardz Challenge #75!
Today Mary has asked us on Design Team #2 to make a Masculine Birthday Card using something with Wheels.  
My card is a regular A2 size card which is 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Card base is from DCWV All About Boys Stack
The YEE-HAW! Tag is also a die cut from this same paper stack
Buttons from "Bucket of Buttons" from Michael's
Solid papers from Stampin' Up
COUNTRY LIFE Cricket Cartridge Girl on Tractor page 32 cut @ 3 3/4"

Stickers on tractor wheels are also from same Boys paper stack
I hope you'll hop over to CCC and play along with us this week!
Have a fun day!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

New, Bright Crocheted Baby Blanket with Pom Pom Edging

Here's a new baby blanket I made yesterday with very bright colors.
I love the way it turned out!

I found this PomPom yarn - first time I've seen anything like this. I crocheted this all around the edges. So soft and pretty!

Once again, I used the same pattern from this cool crochet book I got at Joann's.  I just made the blanket a little smaller for a BABY size.

Hmmmm.... wonder what I'll crochet today?  Make a bookmark?

I'll be adding this post to Alex's MADE IT MYSELF MONDAYS.  It's a new linking party that starts TODAY!  Go check it out!!

:) Janis

Friday, May 13, 2011

Crocheted Baby Blankets

Doesn't this pile of yarn look like yummy fun?!
We are moving next week from Texas back to South Carolina.
I've got all my Cricut and fun paper toys all packed up, 
but not my yarn and crochet hooks!
I'm currently working on 2 projects.

This first project is a crib blanket for our next grandbaby which is expected this September.  I'm using our son's favorite color, yellow, and Nhi's (pronouce "knee") favorite color, green.  I added in some black for a neutral color.

This other project is just for fun. It's going to be a sofa blanket using all these fun colors. Love these colors!

Not finished with either project yet, but you get the idea.
Both patterns came from this book I got at Joann's.

What I really like about this book, is 1) all the pages and photos are in full color and 2) all the patterns tell you the repeat math. In other words, instead of telling you row by row how to make an entire blanket the size they determined beforehand, it tells you the repeat pattern number.  So the very colorful blanket I'm making is a repeat pattern of 17.  For my beginning chain, I crochet 17 times and then another 17 and then another until I get the size of the blanket I want. Then I start the 2nd row with the pattern instructions.  Some of the patterns will say a repeat pattern of 21+5 or 11+7, etc.  I love that!

You guys have a fun weekend! Go be creative and make something!
:) Janis

Monday, May 9, 2011

TALL CARD Challenge at Paper Playtime Going On Now!

Card# 147

Today starts the TALL CARD Challenge over at PAPER PLAYTIME!
For an additional challenge we are asked to use our Cricut.
Tall Cards are 9" x 8" and scored @ 4".
They fit into regular Business Size Envelopes (the size most of your bills come in the mail in.)
My card was made with all Recollections papers.


Seal page 56 cut @ 2 1/2"
Round stand cut @ 1"
"We Are Missing You!" created in Print Artist using BEACH font and the Headline feature.
(The Headline feature allows you to write as much as you want and then stretch and resize the box so that the message completely fills in the box.)

Join us over at Paper Playtime and make your own TALL Card - remember for an extra challenge to use your Cricut too.

Friday, May 6, 2011


Recently over at my challenge blog, Paper Playtime, I decided to expand the Digi Team by a few.  We had several applicants apply and we were blown away by the response. Thank you all so much who applied!

A small group of Design Team members worked together sorting through the applicants' samples, their blogs, their email application, etc.  We wish we could add them all, but we had to limit our choice to 11 new Digi Design Team Members.

Congratulations to our newest Digi Design Team Members!!

Amy @ Papertrails Leaver
Belinda @ The Embellished Card
Christine @ Crafting Serenity 
Diane @ Diane's Place
Erika @ Cricut Love 
Jessica @ Chick-n-Scrap 
Lorianna @ Lorianna's Corner 
Monica @ La Papera Gialla 
Nikki @ The Glamorous Side of Scrapping
Tracey @ Welcome To My Art Addiction 
Zulma @ My Little Scrappy Owl 

Be sure and check Paper Playtime on Digi Mondays' Challenges (always the LAST Monday of the month) and see what our Design Team has to inspire you with!

Don't forget, the 2nd Monday of every month is our "Challenge Monday" with our Challenge Design Team.  Your project can be anything made of paper using any medium of your choice - Cricut, Stamps, Quilling, Digis, Etc. 

All of our Design Team members are so very creative, versatile in their projects, and inspiring!

Have a fun, creative weekend!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Digi Design Team Call for Paper Playtime

Hi all my Crafty friends!  My Challenge Blog, PAPER PLAYTIME, is looking for 2 new Digi Design Team members.  Do you like to create with Digital Images? If so, this may be something you'd be interested in.

Paper Playtime has several Digi Sponsors for our Digi Monday each month. Digi Mondays are always the LAST Monday of the month.  We are looking for applicants who love using Digi images and feel comfortable creating with them.  As part of the Digi Design Team, you are only required to submit ONE project a month!

Our Digi Mondays are very popular with hundreds of participants each month.

If you would like to be considered for our Digi Design Team, here's what you need:
1) You MUST have a blog
2) You must be familiar and comfortable using Digi images
3) You must be committed to getting your project done each month and submitted on time. (We recommend you finish your project early and get it submitted to us so if something comes up later in the month, your project is already done.)

We will provide you with FREE digi images from the sponsor you are assigned to for you to use in your project each month. You should receive the image(s) during the first week of the month so you have all month to get it done.  When using this image for your Paper Playtime post OR for any other post, you MUST link back to the sponsor every time.

If this is something you are interested in applying for, please submit your name, email, and blog link with the INKLINKZ button below.  In addition, please email me, Janis, at attaching a few projects you've created with digi images.  Remember, we are only looking to add 2 new Digi Design Team members.

Thanks for considering joining our team! We look forward to hearing from you!

CCC #73 Beach Theme Card Challenge

Card #146
This week over at CRICUT CARDZ CHALLENGE, Mary has all of us on Design Team #2 to come up with a beach theme card using any cartridges and colors we like.
All papers are from various Recollections paper packs.  Card base is 11" x 4 1/4" scored at 2 3/4" and 8 1/4".  Background blue gingham panels are cut @ 2 3/4" x 4 " (4 of these) and 5 1/4" x 4". Cricut cartridge SIMPLY CHARMED used for all cuts. Beach ball p. 51 cut @ 2". Sand and pail p. 51 cut @ 3 1/2". Sunshine with glasses p. 50 cut @ 2". "Life's A Beach" phrase p. 51 cut @ 1 1/2". "Sunny" p. 50 cut @ 1".

I hope all of you will hop over to CCC and play along with us! We'd love to see your beach card ideas!