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Saturday, February 11, 2012

File Folder Swap

So, you may remember the File Folder I received a bit ago: File Folder Swap
This is my complete File Folder:

Among the possible Themes for the Folder, my partner made a request for a Christmas Tracking folder. Some of the things she was wanting were a way to list the gifts she has bought, gifts to buy, and a place to keep the receipts. I loved this idea and decided that would be the theme.
The front of the folder. I used Graphic 45 paper (I know my partner said she loved them but wasn't currently "into" them, but this time of year has a limited selected of Christmas papers, plus these did match what I had in mind.) The Santa image is from a punch out page, layered onto a red damask background. I used Prima flowers that I glittered with Stickles from Ranger. The flourishes are made with iron-on rhinestones that I hand placed and glued. I also used the Stickles to randomly accent a few of the designs on the background. All edges throughout the entire folder were inked with Cat's Eye Chalk ink in Dark Brown and roughed up with a cardboard nail file.A slightly different view as I open the folder. I didn't use a lot of dimension on the folder since she will probably keep this nearby or use it frequently.

This is the inside. Again, Graphic 45 paper for the two greens. But I also used Bazill paper. I needed lined paper and found this beautiful Family Page, that I cut up for the lines, and used the blank back side for the solid color. I also randomly glittered with the Stickles on the backgrounds again and inked the edging with Cat's Eye Chalk in dark brown.
I did not put any titling on the folder or the pockets or the pages because everyone is different. Personally, I would use this to list the gifts I needed to buy and the gifts I've bought; BUT my partner may have a different need as she listed a few things she would like to track, such as her Christmas Cards. So I decided not to title them so she could personalize it to her needs.


Here is where my projects becomes "Different"
I made an expanding folder out of the last two folds. She had mentioned wanting to keep her receipts and after playing with my prototype for a while I realized if I made all the folds just like the first two, the receipts tend to slide out of the top. I hate losing my receipts, or dropping them and having to resort them. So I thought that it would be nice to have a more secure way to keep them.
I cut the parts of the folder off that would have been pockets on the last two folds. The lining and sides are BoBunny paper. I cut a section of the paper out and accordion folded it then attached it to the folder underneath the lining. To ensure that the receipts would stay in the pocket, I attached three small circles of Velcro to the top of the opening. Those receipts aren't going anywhere now!
This is the back of the Folder. This is paper from Cloud 9 Design. Again, some random Stickles for accenting.
This is the back inside of the folder. This paper is from Graphic 45 again. And again, random Stickles for accent.

Like I said, it is different. I really hope that my swap partner likes this!
I know that I will be making one of these for myself as I love having the receipts together with my list and this would be nice to set up on a shelf for each year.
Thanks for visiting!
I hope you like it as well.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Cricut Mini and The Gypsy

The newest Gypsy update is out and now the Gypsy is able to communicate with the Cricut Mini.

We can cut with the Gypsy!!!

Happy Day, Happy Day!

I had a lot of updating to do on everything but I have successfully made cuts with the Mini!

You will have to update your Mini through the Cricut CraftRoom program (you may need to update your CCR as well). Then simply hook your Gypsy to the Mini and you are good to go!

When you start a project you want to cut with the Mini, there are now 4 different mats to choose from. The Mini mat is located on the bottom left of the screen.

Have fun and Enjoy Yourself!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sympathy Card

I recently participated in a Sympathy Card swap. Sympathy cards are generally difficult to make, and most of us don't have them on hand for when we need them. Then, suddenly, we need one and just have a difficult time making one at the last minute. We are dealing with our emotions or helping the one who needs it or any number of things. It is hard to make a card for such an occasion when card-making normally brings us joy.
So when it was suggested to do such a swap, I jumped on it. It completely made sense and made me happy to know that I would be able to have cards on hand to bless someone in such a difficult time.

So, here is the card I created:

I started with a cream colored cardstock card base. The purple paper is from one of the cardstock 6x12 paper pads from ProvoCraft. The filigree cross is from Easter 2010 cartridge. The cross shadow was created using my Gypsy and Elegant Edges cartridge. I layered and welded them, stretching one box for the longer portion and then cut. I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder Swirls #2 and lightly sanded the raised portion to give it more dimension. (and those who know me know how much I can't stand sandpaper!) Then I used a Martha Stewart border punch for a lacey look on the edge.

The cross is adhered with pop-dots to give it dimension.

I did not add an interior sentiment for many reasons: first- depending on the need, a different sentiment may be better than one I picked, so I felt it was better to leave it blank and allow the giver to write or stamp a sentiment inside; second- as I looked at it I realized it would also be a good card for Christenings, Baptisms, Dedications, Memorials, or any number of occasions that are not limited to a Sympathy need.

Monday, February 6, 2012


The Winner of the Love is in the Air Blog Hop is
Very coy--love the fish.

Pattik - you have 2 weeks from today to claim your prize!