Friday, April 29, 2011

Creative Charms Blog Hop

Hi, Welcome to my blog! Amy here and I am a Cricut/SCAL (Sure Cuts Alot) lover. I love Creative Charms and use them on almost every single project I create. I’ve been designing for CC since 2009. I also design for SVG Cuts & The Crop Shop.

Thought I would show how Creative Charms is great for every season.
Summer time fun with Creative Charms
Perfect for Fall Pages & Projects

Winter & Spring (I’ve shared these in the past, but a few of my favorites)
If you are participating in the Hop the secret word for the phrase is:
If you want to join in on the hop here is the run down:
Creative Charms –

Kristal –
Amber –
Sandra –
Jan –
Laura –
Diane –
Jennifer H –
Michelle –
Lisa –
Chris –
Jamie –

You Are Here ----- Amy –
Jennifer Y –
Trudy –
Ellen –
Joscie –
Ilene –
Midori –

I have some Creative Charms goodies to share with you! Just leave me a comment (with your email) and I’ll announce the winner May 2nd.
I also have goodies on my Facebook Page.
Now you are off to Jennifer Y’s Blog:
I enjoyed working with everyone on the design team and look forward to working with the new designers too. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the hop!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

More than Just a Wedding Invite Collage

So for my latest Wedding Shadowbox I worked in a bunch of cool stuff...from the invite to the favors, a photo and the little owls that the bride & groom used as their theme for the their wedding.

All the details on the Creative Charms products I used are over on the Creative Charms Blog if you’d like to check them out.

I used SVGs from SVG Cuts for this project too.

A few closeups....

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tip Tuesday - Welding

Welcome to the second edition of Tip Tuesday. (woo-hoo 2 weeks in a row!) Here is a sneak peek at a journaling box I made for the upcoming Creative Charms Blog Hop Project. I combined/welded two SVGs for this.

Step 1
Import your SVG into SCAL. I used the scallop shape from Edisto Island Cards - Oak Manor Step Card - "label_top.svg" Make note of the X & Y Coordinates under the Properties box.

Step 2
Click on the image and copy & paste it. and drag it down so the middles overlap.

Step 3
Now you can just sorta eye ball this or you if you want to get exact make sure you have the second image selected and enter the same X coordinate as the first image you placed. This will line them up perfectly.

Step 4
Select both images and click on Weld under the Properties box.

Step 5
Click Preview to ensure it works!

Hope that helps if you are new to SCAL!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Blog Hop Next Week & Easter Bags

Hi Everyone - I am very excited to be participating in my first ever blog hop for Creative Charms. It is next Friday 4/29 - there will be lots of prizes & a grand prize giveaway if you participate in the hop. Check out the logo (I designed it!). You'll start on the Creative Charms Blog and hop on from there. I have lots of projects to share for the hop - looking forward to sharing them.

Also have some Easter bags to share. I used files from SVG Cuts Spring Bunnies SVG Collection. I created prints of the files - had to make 17 and that would be alot of paper piecing!

Hope your Easter is a Happy One!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tip Tuesday - Resizing in SCAL

I know there are a lot of new SCAL users out there and seems like a lot more questions are popping up. So I decided to do Tip Tuesday. Stop back every Tuesday (I hope) for tips on SCAL, Scrapbooking, Crafting, etc.

Someone asked about sizing two layered SVGs on the SVG Cuts Forum and here is how I do it:

Step 1
Import your bottom & top layer SVGs into SCAL.

Step 2
Click on both images while holding down the shift key. Continue to hold down on the shift key and click on the bottom right icon and drag to the size you would like.

Step 3
Now you have two SVGs that are both sized up proportionately. You can now copy and paste more of them if you like.

Please note: Another way to resize is to use the Width & Height box within the Properties box. Make "Keep Proportions" is checked when you enter in your new width/height. You can either click on each image separately and resize or for a short cut you can select both together and resize.

As you can see there are many different ways to do things in SCAL or any program - just sharing how I do things :)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Wedding Invite Collage - Cherry Blossoms

Did you get SVG Cuts Cherry Blossom Collection? I sure hope so because it is so beautiful. As I mentioned in an earlier post Thienly is hosting a challenge on the forum. Check out the entries here.

When I saw the Cherry Blosoms Collection I thought it would work perfect for a Wedding Invite Collage that was on my to do list. The flowers were a perfect match to the invite.

I cut the flower petals using two different pinks and also cut the small flower in the middle using a burgundy. The middle part that comes out was cut in brown to match my invite. I added some inking to the edges. I assembled as Thienly recommended - with a hot clue gun and it worked perfect.

The stems are from Celeste's Cutesy Corner Elements - I used the branch file. I cut the leaves by hand to match the invite.

The invite is framed in a file from the Photo Cards Collection - Tami's Card. I added some Creative Charms Vintage Brads.

I used AC Cardstock for my frame & flowers. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend. I am heading to an IRS Crop (IRS = I'd rather scrap) so I know I'll be having a great weekend :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Creative Charms DT Call

Creative Charms Design Team Call

Monday, April 11 – Sunday, April 17

Creative Charms is an embellishment manufacturing company and they are looking for a designers to add to their design team. They are looking for several people who are passionate and excited about sharing their ideas and creativity. The designers they are looking for are in at least one of these categories: scrapbooking, card making, and altered design.

The designers shall:

· Post twice a month to the Creative Charms blog

· Post to their own personal blog and Facebook any specials and giveaways

· Contract for at least three months with an optional 3 month extension

Compensation of $30 of Creative Charms product each month with additional monetary compensation for publication in print magazines.

To apply please email the following to with the subject line Design Team.

· Name

· Address

· Phone Number

· Email Address

· Blog Address

· 3 of your favorite projects

· Design team experience (past and present)

· List of projects that have been published

I love Creative Charms Products - Check out their store here & blog here! Go for it!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Farm Collage

I had a crafty weekend and completed two shadowbox collages. I got the frame at Michael's for $3.99!

This farm collage was so fun to make. A friend of mine at work asked me to create this for her parents as an Anniversary Gift.

I asked her to describe the farm and after going onto SVG Cuts the Grandpa's Organic Farm Collection had almost everything I needed (even a windmill). Mary - you must of done your research on that one. I also used the cow from Harvest Hill Farm. Puppy is from Doggie Pals I and it captured their dog Angel perfectly.

I tried something new for this collage - Cri-Kits Pens. I won these in a recent challenge on the SCAL Forum. I love these! I did the farm name and Established with the pens.

It draws where it would normally cut so I had to play around with the fonts a bit. I converted my fonts to outline in Illustrator and made them into a single line. It was so much fun.

Cri-Kits is having a challenge on their blog and I entered this. Click for the challenge details.

Guess what...I am on FB Now - Check out my page.

Plus I figured out how to add an email subscribe feature on my blog -----------------> Check it out on the right side of my blog.


Saturday, April 9, 2011

Buny Hop Layout

I created this fun &
easy scrapbook Page for the SVG Cuts Design Team.

Here are a few closeups:

It can be cut on the Cricut Create (6x12).
Check out all the details on the SVG Cuts Blog!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Creative Charms Goodies for April

Check out these cute kits from Creative Charms!

Deal of the Month – Hopping into Spring – 6.99

  • Purple Gradient Gem Stickers - 72 Pieces
  • Yellow Flared Flowers - 3 Pieces
  • Yellow Sparkled Butterflies - 2 Pieces
  • Yellow Flower Bows - 3 Pieces
  • Yellow Large Sparkled Flower - 1 Pieces
  • Pink & Yellow Flower Brads - 6 Pieces
  • White Flower Brads - 3 Pieces
  • Amber Pure Blossoms - 12 Pieces
  • Yellow Gem Butterflies - 12 Pieces
  • Bunnies with Flower Gem - 2 Pieces
  • Purple Organza Flowers - 4 Pieces
  • Purple 3D Sparkly Garden Brads - 12 Pieces
  • Pink Gingham Butterflies - 3 Pieces
  • 18" Purple Fancy Polka Dot Ribbon
  • 18" Yellow Fancy Polka Dot Ribbon

Kit of the Month – Spring has Sprung – 14.99

  • Orange Sparkled Flowers - 6 Pieces
  • Yellow Sparkled Flowers - 6 Pieces
  • Orange Flared Flowers - 4 Pieces
  • Pink Flared Flowers - 3 Pieces
  • Pink Sparkled Butterflies - 3 Pieces
  • Orange Gem Butterflies with Bag - 5 Pieces
  • Pink Vintage Pearl Brads - 9 Pieces
  • Pink Gradient Pearl Stickers - 72 Pieces
If you not already a follower over at the Creative Charms blog I would highly recommend it. A new project is posted everyday for plenty of inspiration.

Have a great weekend and hope you have plans to get crafty!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Latest SVG Cuts Challenge

Head on over to the SVG Cuts forum. Thienly is hosting the latest challenge. SVG Cuts is even supplying a free Cherry Blossom SVG Kit to use for the challenge!

Check out the Kit Here.

Check out the details on Theinly's awesome project here. What a great idea to add the marker on the tips of the flower while it is still on the mat.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Easter ATCs

I had so much fun making these Easter ATCs for the SVG Cuts Swap. ATC stands for Artist Trading Card. They are 2.5" wide x 3.5" high.

I tried to pair a fun whimsical card with a more traditional card.

These work perfect for cards or a cute little bag.

Join in on the next swap - I think it is going to be a floral swap. Fun!