Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Awesome Scrap Supply Website!!

Hi everyone!! It has been a little bit since my last post, but I have been very busy crafting and have lots coming up to show you!! :)

I wanted to put up a short post tonight to let you all know about this awesome website that Megan at Above Rubies Studio directed me to!!

I went to the site on Monday and placed an order and it was here this afternoon!! That is F A S T!!! I think the most I paid for any item was $6.00 for a paper pack. Great prices on embellishments and stickers!! Check it out!!

Look for a new design post tomorrow!! A super cute cupcake birthday card and matching envelope!! Til then, goodnight!!


Friday, March 12, 2010

Bloom Where You're Planted...Inspired by Monique Griffith

Good evening everyone!! Great news today!! After a long year in college, I got a letter today telling me I have been accepted into the nursing program!! I am so happy that a year's worth of hard work has paid off!!

It has been a couple days since I posted, but I have been a busy little bee. Tonight I am going to share with you the layout I created, Bloom Where You're Planted, which was inspired by Monique Griffith's layout Flower Power. You can see her design HERE.

I followed a lot of Monique's design almost to a T. What is called "scraplifting". But since she used the Paisley cartridge and I don't have that one, I changed some things to make it my own. I am not gonna put up a lot of specific details for how this was made, but I will say it took some time and I learned a lot from Monique. She has some really great designs and this was a lot of fun to recreate.

I cut my title from the Wild Card cartridge twice and offset it for shadow.

I cut out some of the characters from an extra sheet of the paper and used some of the rubons that came with the set.

I cut out the butterfly with the blackout from the Tear Drop cartridge along with the shadow. I only glued down the center of the butterfly so some of the white blackout would show.

I loved the way these photo mats looked. I can't wait to get some pictures on this layout!!

Hope you all like this one! It was a lot of fun to make and I really love the way it turned out!! Be back soon with some more great designs!!

Have a great night!! Brandi

Friday, March 5, 2010

Anniversary Card for Josh

Good morning and welcome to what is suppose to be our warmest day since December 1st, 2009!! Today is my husband Josh and I's 5 year anniversary!! 5 years ago today we were in sunny Las Vegas, gambling, I got tattooed and we got married!!


This is a picture of us from last summer. 
But on to the craft stuff!! I made Josh an Anniversary card using all my wonderful new skills!!


For this card I used My Mind's Eye paper from their Be Loved collection. I cut out the heart and it's shadow from my Doodlecharms cartridge and inked the edge of the shadow with Cat's Eye Chalk in Chestnut Roon. The stamped sentiment on the front is a rubber stamp from the $1 bin at Michael's. The small bubble heart sticker is from K&Company and the ribbon is just some organdy I picked up at Joann's. 



For the inside, I added a piece of yellowy cream textured cardstock from Best Occasions at Wal-Mart. The sentiment is from a vellum stack at Wal-Mart also. I used my decorative scissors to cut around the edge and then attached it to the cardstock using my Crop-A-Dile II and some brass eyelets.
Hope everyone enjoys today's post! My wonderful husband got me two beautiful pairs of diamond earrings. They are just gorgeous!! This evening, we are going to Peoria to see Alice in Wonderland and have dinner at Kobe Steakhouse. I am really looking forward to it. I have never been to a hibachi grill before and it sounds like so much fun!!

Don't forget to leave a comment on this post!! Now go enjoy the SUNSHINE!!!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

March Calendar 2010

Good morning!! Last night I sat in my craft room for hours playing with all of my various toys and feel like I made some really great stuff! I started playing with my new Designer's Calendar Cricut cartridge and decided to make my first calendar. Now, I know this is a calendar cart, but I think it actually has some really great cuts on it, plus you can cut a really nice scalloped square on this one for journaling, layering, etc....


I cut March at 2" in the script option with the shadow in the green used on the page and the top in a nice bright green. Again the scalloped square in from the cart and I inked all the edges with green Studio G ink.


I cut out the calendar grid available on page 47 of the cartridge handbook. I will say it is a bit tedious to sit and do all the cuts and gluing involved in making this, but I used my Xyron sticker maker and I think that made it go a bit faster. I cut out the important date shapes in 1 1/2" sizes. I like them a little bigger than the box and overlapping and it makes it easier to glue. Again on these I used my Xyron.


All in all, this was a fun project. What a shame it is only good for one month! 
It is going to be a lovely day today and everyone should go outside and take a walk!! As you can see on the calendar, tomorrow is my husband and I's 5 yr. anniversary. We got advance tickets to see Alice in Wonderland at the RAVE theatre in Peoria and we are going to go to the Kobe Steakhouse. I am soooo excited!! I have never been to a hibachi grill before and I just can't wait!! 

Look for my post tomorrow morning! I will be posting the anniversary card I made for Josh last night. Very cute and easy to do with or without a Cricut!!

Thanks for looking!! Don't forget to leave a comment and click the link on the left to follow me!! Brandi


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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Thanks a Melon card....Inspired by Joy

Evening all!! I have been sitting here being crafty for a couple hours now and thought I would post some pics of the card I just made. Today on Everyday Cricut, Joy made a card titled Thanks a Melon. I recently got the Doodlecharms cartridge for my Cricut and since it has a watermelon on it, I decided I would use her card for some inspiration. To see hers click HERE.

For my card, I cut the watermelon at 2 1/4". All the paper I used today was from Martha Stewart's Playful Pink collection which can be purchased at Wal-Mart. I really like the weight of this paper and the way it cuts, but it is on the pricier side.



I cut the scalloped square from my Designer's Calendar cartridge at 2 3/4" and then inked all the edges with a matching green ink from Studio G. Then I jazzed up the melon with some Lime Green Stickles to give my card some shine along with adding the pink organdy ribbon and bow. 


Again, this was inspired by Joy over at Everyday Cricut. It made a really cute card that I hope everyone likes! Please leave a comment and click the link on the left to follow me!! 

Have a great night!  Brandi

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Christmas Gifts 2009

Yes, I do realize that tomorrow is March 1st.

Believe me, I am not trying to extend the season or anything of the sort! Come on SPRING!!!! I am dying to see some green grass and have the temps hold above 40 for one week solid....

But I digress...on to the good stuff.

Today I thought I would post the pictures of the Christmas gifts I gave out this year. Since I didn't have my blog then, it seemed like a good lazy way to still post to my blog....hehe.

For gifts this year I made everyone a pretty jar of homemade hot chocolate and used my Cricut to make gift tags for them all. I figured this would save me some money and put a little heart in my gift. Alas, I think I spent more making hot chocolate than I would have on gifts by the time I bought all the ingredients for HUGE batches of hot chocolate (BTW, did you know how much DRIED milk costs?? Outrageous!)



I picked up these great fliptop jars at Dollar Tree. They had a good seal and wouldn't flip open easily and had several cute designs. I got the chocolate dipped Peppermint stir sticks at Aldi's for a great price. Then I used pretty curling ribbon and attached my tags that were cut on Best Occasions cardstock from Wal- Mart using the Plantin Schoolbook Cricut cartridge and my Expression. 



Let me know if you want me to post my hot chocolate recipe so you can make some yourself!! Much better than the store bought packages with a three month shelf life!

Be sure to leave a comment and click the link on the left to follow my blog!!

Thanks for looking everyone and have a great day!!


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Treat Bag Toppers

Morning everyone! Today I am going to show the treat bag toppers I made for my daughter Jordan's 9th Birthday. Happy Birthday Jordan!!


These were made using the Doodlecharms cartridge from Provocraft with my Cricut Expression. First, I made 10 5" squares out of white Georgia Pacific cardstock using the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge and my Cricut.


I then foldes them in half using my bone folder. Next I cut 10 squares of the patterned paper from the DCWV Glitter Stack. Using my Adtech glue runner, I attached them to the front of the folded white cards and then used my border punch to make the decorative border on both ends of the square.
Finally, using the Doodlecharms cartridge, I cut out the birthday hat with both layers at 3", put them together and then jazzed it up a bit with Orange Peel Stickles to make the small dots on the hats.


Here is the finished product. I got the Wilton clear treat bags at Wal-Mart, filled them with some goodies and then used blue staples to attach the toppers to the bags. 


A picture of me and Jordan at Railroad days on the Tilt O Whirl. 

Hope you enjoyed today's post. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think! Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

First design post!!! At long last!! Mindy's birthday presents!!

Good friends are hard to find!! I have found one in my friend Mindy. Everything I am posting today are the gifts I made her for her birthday. I used a laundry list of different supplies and whatnot, so if you want to know about anything you see, just ask and I will let you know who made it and where I purchased it. Enjoy and let me know what you think!!


Done in an 8x10 matted frame. I like to take them and embellish the matting and make them for gifts.


This is the front view of the Memory box I made for all of her concert tickets and loose, small sentimental items.


View of top and side. I used four coordinating papers from DCWV and trimmed it all out in white satin ribbon.

Inside view.


For the gift bag, I purchased a plain bag at Michael's and went crazy with my Crayola markers. There are dots, swirls, and stars galore on it. I then used all my different ribbons to cover the front handle only and filled it with confetti shreds and coordinated tissue paper.

I also made her a Gratitude of Friendship coupon book that I placed inside the memory box....I apparently took no pictures of it and will try to go take a few and post them.

Well, that's it for my first design post. Please remember to comment and let me know what you think or if you have any questions. Heck you could even go to the left of the page and follow me if you wanna see more.

Thanks for looking and everyone have a great day! 

Saturday, February 13, 2010

I know, I know....

I just got shipping notice that the special batteries I had to order for my camera are FINALLY on the way!!! It is kinda pointless to have a blog like I am trying to have without a camera. So we will just chalk it up to a few weeks delay and by Monday or so I should be ready to go!!! Looking forward to getting some pictures of my designs up and sharing with everyone and maybe even someday gaining a few followers!! LOL Check back Monday and see if I got the batteries and posted some pics and from then on it will become a regular occurrence!!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Where the heck are the pictures???

Ok ladies and gents.....

I have not gotten lazy on my blog already, as I am sure it may seem.


I think maybe my battery is burnt up. I have charged it and the light on the charger says green and good to go, but when I try to turn it on......drumroll please.....

nothing, nada, zip

I truly hope that my camera has not broken.........gonna head to WM in a few and buy a lithium battery and see if it works. I promise I will get some pictures up ASAP......


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

My First Post!!!

Hi and welcome to Forever Cherished Designs!!!!! This is my first post and I am soooo happy to be starting my new blog to show off my paper crafting designs. I enjoy making personalized, one of a kind cards and scrapbooking. I am just beginning, so some of my designs are going to be kinda basic and others might be better. I don't guarantee perfection, and I don't guarantee you will like all my ideas and designs. But I do guarantee to give it my best shot.

I have been trying to ease up on myself when it comes to my designs. I know that there is no right or wrong in papercrafting and I have to be the first to admit that I am pretty hard on myself. I get the picture in my head of what I want it to look like and when I have to change my design it tends to be difficult for me.

I hope you enjoy this journey with me as I begin my paper crafting career and blog. I hope to parlay this into something big for me that I love to do. Please leave me comments and let me know what you think. I do have to ask that you please only leave polite and positive comments and remember the age old lesson, " If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all."

All the works you will see on this blog will be my original designs unless otherwise stated. If my work inspires you to create something similar, please give me credit for the original design and idea by posting a link to my blog on your post. I will do the same in return. I will always do my best to tell you what products and lines I am using, if I still have the info. If you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

I would eventually like to start some giveaways and contests, but more on that later!!! 


I hope to put up my first set of pictures later today! I am going to post a very cute card I made a few weeks back!!