Sunday, July 31, 2011

Campfire Fox


I created this card for Scrappy Moms Stamps Terrific Tuesday Challenge.  You were suppose to use either the "Campin Critters" cartridge or the "Nifty Fifties" cartridge, but if you don't have those, as I currently don't, they said you can use a similar cartridge.  So I decided to use the "Create a Critter" cartridge.
ALL paper for this card is from The Paper Company's value packs.
I started with a piece of brown 5 1/2x 8 1/2" cardstock and I folded it in half for the base of my card.  Then I cut a piece of blue card stock at 5 1/4"x 4" for my first layer on my card.  I cut a piece of green cardstock at 5 1/4"x 2" and attached it to the lower 2" of the blue cardstock using my ATG gun.  I took a piece of grosgrain ribbon and laid it across where the two colors met and secured it on the back using regular Scotch tape.  Then I secured the whole thing to the base of the card using my ATG gun.
I cut the fox at 3" from the "Create a Critter" cartridge and I cut the campfire at 2" from the same cartridge.  The little fire-pit under the campfire I created using 2 scalloped ovals from the "Storybook" cartridge.  I cut them both at 1 3/4" using the real dial size button on my Cricut Expression.  I took the darker one and, using a pair of scissors, I cut out the center and then used a Zig 2-way glue pen to secure it to the lighter color.  I attached the fox to the card using 3D-Dots and the campfire using my ATG gun.
I used stickles, Mermaid, Star Dust and Waterfall, to create stars in the night sky.  And finally I used a My Pink Stamper stamp from her "Christmas Wishes" set with a Stampin' Up! Classic, Chocolate Chip, stamp pad for my sentiment.  

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Frisky Melon!!


 I made this card for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog's Challenge Me Monday Contest!!  Yay!! 
I started with a piece of pink cardstock cut at 5 1/2"x 8 1/2" and folded it in half for the base of my card.  This was from one of The Paper Company's value packs.  Then I cut a piece of black cardstock, also from The Paper Company, at 5 1/4"x 4" and used it as my first layer.  I attached this using my ATG gun.
For my second layer I cut a piece of paper from the Colorbok Pattern Pack at 5"x 3 3/4".  I then wrapped a piece of grosgrain ribbon around it and secured it in the back using regular tape.  Then I attached the whole thing using my ATG gun.  
I cut the watermelon at 4" using the "Stretch Your Imagination" cartridge with my Cricut Expression.  I used a black, pink and green paper, all were from The Paper Company value packs.  I attached it to the card using 3D-Dots.
Then to finish off this card I added a My Pink Stamper stamp from her "Birthday Crazy" set using a Stampin Up! Classic, Basic Black, ink pad.

I really hope that everyone enjoys this card as much as I enjoyed making it!!!

Happy Crafting!!!! 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hippo Birthday!


This is a birthday card that I made for one of my nieces.  I started with a 5.5"x 8.5" piece of cardstock, folded in half for the base of this card, the paper is from a value pack by The Paper Company.
For the first layer of this card I used a piece of 5 1/4"x 4" cardstock, also from a value pack by The Paper Company.  I attached this layer using my ATG gun.
Then I cut two strips of two different colored blues, also made by The Paper Company.  One strip is cut at 5 1/4"x 2.5" and the other is cut at 5 1/4"x 2" and I used a Fiskars corner punch on all 4 corners of each piece.  Then I layered the smaller strip onto the larger strip and attached it using my ATG gun.  I attached a piece of ribbon, making a bow using The Pink Stamper's cheater method. Here is a link to her video where she shows how to do that:  
I attached the whole thing to the card using my ATG gun.
I cut the hippo at 3.5" from the "Create a Critter" cartridge on my Cricut Expression.  The first layer is a black from The Paper Company, the second layer is a light blue from The Paper Company, it actually matches the light blue strip behind the hippo.  The third layer is a pink and brown plaid from DCWV's Animal Crackers and the forth layer is a light pink also by The Paper Company.  I glued the hippo all together using mono-adhesive and a Zig 2-way glue pen and then attached it to the card using 3D-Dots.  I took the little flower, that cut out of the hippo, and attached it to the corner of the card using a small 3D-Dot and then put a little piece of the matching light blue paper in the middle.
To finish off the card I used a My Pink Stamper stamp from her "More Punny-licious" set with a Stampin Up! Classic Basic Black ink pad.

My niece absolutely loved this card!!

Happy Crafting!!!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Couple Quick Updates

In my posts I have been stating which value pack that my "The Paper Company" cardstock is coming from, I will no longer be doing that.  So many of the different packs have a similar color and I want to take them out of the packaging and group the similar colors together for storage.  So, from now on when I use this particular paper I will just state that it came from "The Paper Company's value packs" or simply "The Paper Company".  I'm sorry if this is an inconvenience to anyone, but I need to get some better organization going for myself.

My next update I stated in another post, we will be going on vacation next week back to the states to visit family and will be gone through most of August.  I may post updates as to what we are up to or any craft shopping I do but I, most likely, won't be posting any new projects.  If I do something with my sister-in-law then I may be able to post it but we will see.  So followers, please don't leave me! I promise I will be back at the end of August and back to posting regularly!!!!

And my last but the best news of all, we found out today that we are expecting our 3rd and last child in April of next year!!!  The whole family is very excited!!!  My husband wants a 3rd son, our oldest David and I want a little girl and our 2 year old wants a baby cow LOL!!  

Lots of excitement around the Sharp house!!!

Happy Crafting!!!! 

Frog Birthday!


I made this card for my sister-in-law for her birthday.  I didn't actually forget her birthday, but I knew the card wouldn't get to her in time for her birthday.  
I started with a piece of 5.5"x 8.5" piece of cardstock, from The Paper Company's Rainy Day value pack, folded in half for the base of my card. 
Then I cut a piece of blue cardstock at 5 1/4"x 4", cut the corners with a Fiskars corner punch, and mounted it to the base as my first layer using my ATG gun.  The paper was also from the Rainy Day value pack.
I cut a piece of orange cardstock, from The Paper Company's Jewel Tone value pack, at 5 1/4"x 2.5", wrapped a piece of "Happy Birthday" ribbon from Craft Essentials around it, secured it with regular tape on the back, and then adhered the whole thing to the card using my ATG gun.
I cut the frog at 3.5" using my Cricut Expression and the "Create a Critter" cartridge. For the first layer I used a black from The Paper Company's Black and White value pack.  For the next layer I used a green and orange plaid cardstock from DCWV's Animal Crackers matstack.  For the cheeks I used the same orange that I used for the strip behind the frog, and the blue belly on the frog is the same as the base of the card.  I cut the lily pad from the same cartridge, it is an accessory for the frog, and it is also cut at 3.5" using a light green cardstock from The Paper Company's Bright value pack. I attached the lily pad using my ATG gun and the frog using 3D-Dots.  I attached the flower using a small green brad and by poking a small whole through the card.
And for the final touch I used a My Pink Stamper stamp from her "More Punny-licious" set and I used a Stampin Up! Classic Basic Black ink pad.

My sister-in-law loved this card, she didn't even care that it was late.

Happy Crafting!!!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Snappy Birthday


This is a birthday card that I made for my mom, and it was also the first card that I made.  To start I took 5.5"x 8.5"(which is a 8.5"x11" piece of cardstock cut in half) piece of cardstock and folded it in half for the base of my card.  The paper is a light brown from The Paper Company's Natural Fashion Colors value pack.  
Then I took a piece of light pink paper from The Paper Company's Earth's Garden Fashion Colors value pack and cut it to 5 1/4"x 4", cut the corners with a Fiskars corner punch, and used it as my first layer on my card.  I attached it using my ATG gun.
Then I cut two pieces of different colored blues, one at 5 1/4"x 2.5" and the other at 5 1/4"x 2", and layered the smaller one on top of the other one (both were from The Paper Company's Rainy Day Fashion Colors value pack).  Then I wrapped a piece of blue ribbon around them and adhered it, using my ATG gun, to the pink paper. I poked a whole in the ribbon using an exact-o knife and used a butterfly brad to attach the blue flower to it.
The crab was cut at 3.5" on my Cricut Expression from the "Create a Critter" cartridge.  I did the first layer in black, from The Paper Company's Black and White Fashion Colors value pack, the second layer was cut from a pink and brown plaid printed paper, from DCWV's Animal Crackers stack.  I also cut a brown shadow from the same paper that was used for the base of the card and the crab's cheeks were cut from the same pink that was used for the first layer of the card.  It was assembled using mono-adhesive and a Zig 2-way glue pen and then attached to the card using 3D-Dots.
Lastly, but certainly not least, I added a My Pink Stamper stamp from her "More Punny-licious" pack and I used a Stampin' Up! Classic Basic Black ink pad.

My Mom absolutely loved this card when she got it in the mail and I loved making it for her, so it was win-win.  I thought it turned out really well for my first card as well.  

Happy Crafting!!!!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Leaf Play!


Another cute layout!!  I started this one with a light green 12x12 Bazzill cardstock.  Then I used two different pieces of patterned paper, from The Paper Studio's All Seasons paper pack, to break up the background.  
I used the "Stretch Your Imagination" cartridge and cut the tree and the 3 leaves.  The tree was cut at 4 inches and the leaves were cut at 3 inches.  I used The Paper Company's Fashion Colors value packs, Natural, Jewel Tone and Brights.  I used 3D Dots to attach them to the layout so that they would stand out.
The "Autumn Leaves" and the "Raking The Leaves" signs were in a package of All Seasons chipboard pieces that I bought at Hobby Lobby.
This was a really simple and fun layout to do.  The last 3 pictures just show some close ups of different parts of the page for a better view.

Happy Crafting!!!!




Sunday, July 24, 2011

Ice Cream Card


I am so proud of this card!!!  I had an overwhelming sense of accomplishment when I finished this project.  I made this card for Fantabulous Cricut's Challenge Me Monday Contest.  The challenge was to make a project incorporating ice cream, cold drinks or just any cool treat.  It took me a couple days to get it right but I finally got it finished up last night and so I wanted to share it with you all today!!!
I started with a 5.5"x8.5" piece of card stock folded in half for the base of my card.  It was a piece of brown from The Paper Company's Natural Fashion Colors value pack.  Then I cut a piece of dark orange from the same pack at 5 1/4" x 4" and used it for my first layer on the card.  I attached it using my ATG gun.
Then I used a piece of paper from DCWV Animal Crackers matstack and cut the bowl.  The bowl is from the Cricut cartridge "Create a Critter" and I cut it at 3" using the real dial size button.  Also from this cartridge I cut the banana at 2.5" using the real dial size button.  The scoops of ice cream I cut using the "Stretch Your Imagination" cartridge and I cut them at 1.5" and the cherry was cut proportional to them.  They were all cut using The Paper Company's Fashion Colors value packs, Natural, Pastels and Earth's Garden.
I used mono-adhesive to attach the cherry to the ice cream and then ice cream and banana to the bowl.  Then I used some 3D-Dots to attach the whole thing to the card.
I took the leftover piece of paper from cutting the bowl and cut it into a 5 1/4"x 1 3/4" strip and place it just a little bit away from the top of the dark orange paper using my ATG gun.  I ran a piece of blue Grosgrain ribbon where the strip of paper and the dark orange meet to break it up and incorporate the blue from the bowl into the rest of the card.  I used a mono-adhesive to attach the green scoop of ice cream to the card and then used a "My Pink Stamper" stamp from her "Birthday Crazy" pack for the "It's your day!"  

Again I absolutely love the way this card turned out!!!  It was a great feeling to challenge my creativeness and succeed, whether I win the challenge or not, I'm really proud of myself!!!!  I'm looking forward to some new challenges!!!
Happy Crafting!!!!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

2nd Butterfly for Jessica

Ok, here is the second butterfly off of the "Create a Critter" cartridge.  Once again I laid out the 3 colors on the mat that I would be using.  (All the paper is from The Paper Company's Fashion Colors value packs.  I'm not sure exactly which ones because I used some scraps I had to make this.)  Then I cut all 3 layers at 3 inches.  Again, make sure you do not have your real dial size button on or you layers won't line up.


The second picture shows all three cuts, sorry that they are a little hard to see!!
The third picture shows them all glued together!!  I used mono-adhesive and a Zig 2-way glue pen to glued the pieces together.  This is not one of the main cuts that is on the cartridge, it is actually an accessory to one of the main "Critters".  This was was really simple and very cute as well.  Also if you wanted to dress it up some you could put a little rhinestone sticker for an eye or use some stickles to bling it up!!

Again Jessica, thank you for the opportunity to answer your question!!

Happy Crafting!!!! 

Butterfly For Jessica!!!


Jessica, here is one of the 2 butterflies on the "Create a Critter" cartridge.  



I laid out four colors that I wanted to use on my mat, the first picture shows this.  Then I cut all 4 layers with my dial size set at 3 inches. (Make sure you don't have your real dial size button on or your layers won't fit.)









The second picture shows all four cuts, I know the pink one in the right corner is kind of hard to see.








The last picture is all four cuts glued together!!  I had to replace the pink with blue because I accidentally put the glue on the wrong side of one of the wings and the other was already glued on lol!!  Operator error!! 




This butterfly, I thought, was very simple and is very cute!!!  Thank you for the opportunity to answer your question!!  I will post the second one in a little bit!!!

Happy Crafting!!!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Harvest Time!!


This, I thought, was a super cute layout!!!!  Once again, I know I'm out of season but I'm way behind on my scraping!!!  Ok so the base of this is a piece of 12x12 Bazzill cardstock, I have no idea what color I forgot to look when I bought it.  
The 3 pieces of printed paper are from The Paper Studio All Seasons paper pack.  
The embellishments are made by Jolee's Boutique and  I bought them at Joann Fabrics.  
The ribbon with the scarecrow heads on it is made by Craft Essentials, again purchased at Joann Fabrics.
The "Autumn" was made with the Cricut Expression using the "Stretch Your Imagination" cartridge.  It was cut at about 1.5 inches.  The 3 colors are all from The Paper Company's Fashion Colors value packs, Natural, Earth's Garden and Jewel Tone.

And that's it!!!  I know it looks crazy busy but that's what I like about it and it was so much fun to make!!!

Happy Crafting!!!! 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Halloween 2010


Ok, yes I know it is July but I'm trying to get my scrapbooking caught up!!  I have a box full of pictures that I'm pecking away at slowly.  So for right now there will be layouts done that don't coincide with the time of year it is, but it will give you ideas for your pages this year lol!!
Ok the base of this page is Bazzill cardstock and the color is Cheddar.  The two pieces of printed paper both came from The Paper Studio's All Season paper pack.  The piece of solid orange paper behind the "spooky" embellishment was from The Paper Company's Jewel Tone Fashion Colors value pack.  The Monster and the "Trick or Treat" sign were cut from the "Mini Monsters" cartridge, I don't remember the sizes there were cut at though.  Both were cut with paper from The Paper Company's Fashion Colors value packs, Jewel Tone, Rainy Day, and Bright were the packs used, I believe lol.
And lastly the embellishments, "Spooky", "Happy Halloween" and the little bat, were from K&Company Halloween pack.

This picture isn't that great because it was taken with my iPhone and the page was in the page protector.  I think I will retake pictures of the other layouts I have recently completed and will post with my camera so the quality is better.  Also I will take them out of the page protectors!!

Happy Crafting!!!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Old McDonald's Farm


Ok, this first picture is from when I got stumped creating this page.  It looked good but the page just wasn't complete.  So I posted this picture on Facebook and asked my friends for some advice.  Many posted and I tried to work in as much as I could to get the finished product that you see below.


 The base of this page was a simple light green from my Deja Views, The Sharon Ann Little Ones Collection.  Then I took a piece of blue 8.5"x11" paper from The Paper Company's Bright Fashion Colors value pack and cut it into 2-6x6 squares and put them side-by-side across the top to form the blue sky.  
All of the animals were cut on the Cricut Expression from the "Create a Critter" cartridge, I absolutely love this cartridge!!!  They were all cut at, I believe, 3 inches.  I used many different colors and papers to make them, but all the paper came from The Paper Company's Fashion Colors value packs.  Brights, Black and White, Earth's Garden, Jewel Tone and Natural were the packs that I used. 
The barn was also cut from the "Create a Critter" cartridge.  I used a 12x12 piece of red paper from The Paper Studio's All Season Paper Pack.  When I cut it I just set my size to fit to page to get the biggest barn possible.
The cuts of grass also came from the "Create a Critter" cartridge.  I cut them at different lengths to make it a little more realistic.  Also the clouds were cut from the same cartridge and at different sizes.  The cloud on the left is actually two different clouds of different sizes glued together to make one big cloud!!  The cuts of grass and the clouds were cut from scraps that I had laying around so I'm not sure what kind of paper they were cut from, SORRY!!
I used some brown ribbon to line the page also to simulate a fenced in barnyard.  And lastly I used the "Designer's Calendar" cartridge to cut the letters, they were cut at either 1" or 1 1/2".  

This page turned out sooo cute!!!  I want to thank all of you that gave me ideas when I was in a bind!!!

Happy Crafting!!!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Welcome Followers!!!!

Hello Followers!!!

I want to thank you all so much for signing up to follow my blog, it means the world to me.  I'm looking into making crafting, meaning scrapbooking and card making, into a little side business for me, so please invite your friends so I can get my projects out there!!!

On a separate note, I'm thinking about doing videos of the projects that I do later on, probably not until late August though.  Would that be something that you all would like to see???  My husband is going to show me how to edit, add sound (music) and text to videos, so if I can do it and you want to see it them I will be happy to try it out.  Please leave me a comment on this post if you would like that!!!

Also so you know, I'm going to try to post at least one new project daily, with the exception of when we are on leave in the states!!!  Yay!!  We have one of those trips coming up next month, I'm so excited to see everyone!!!  If I have something I can post during that time I will, otherwise I'll be with family having fun.  But don't worry I'll be sure to make up for the lost time once we are back.

Right now I'm still working on posting projects that I have completed in the past month.  Once I'm caught up I will either be doing videos or taking pictures as I do the projects so you can see a little more on how I do what I do lol!!!

Thanks again for following Razor Sharp Crafts!!!!

Happy Crafting!!!!








1st Day of 1st Grade


This was the first layout that I did with my Cricut Expression, and then I was hooked on it!!  The base is a piece of light blue cardstock from Deja Views, The Shannon Ann Little Ones collection.  The design printed paper is from The Paper Studio's All Season paper pack, it has some really great designs!!!
The bus was cut at, I believe, 3 inches and it was from the "Stretch Your Imagination" cartridge.  It was cut from the yellow paper in The Paper Company's Bright Fashion Colors value pack.  The black steering wheel, the wheels, the strip on the bus and the number and letters (1st) were cut from The Paper Company's Black and White Fashion Colors value pack.  The letters and numbers were all cut from the "Designer's Calendar" cartridge.  The red letters were cut from The Paper Company's Jewel Tone Fashion Colors value pack.
The letters and the number on the side of the bus came from an EK Success alphabet stickers set.  The other little stickers on the page came from Ek Success as well, it was just a learning pack, not sure on the exact name, it was bought at Walmart.  The ribbon that runs along the bottom of the page is Offray MicroSpool that I bought at Joann Fabrics.

Such a great page!! 

Happy Crafting!!!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Lightening McQueen!!


I made this die cut using my Cricut Expression with the "Cars" cartridge.  I used The Paper Company's Bright Fashion Colors for the blue shadow and eyes, the pink tongue and the orange signal light and "95" on the side and on the headlight.  
Then I used The Paper Company's Jewel Tone Fashion Colors for the red body and wheels, and the yellow for the writing on the hood and the lightening bolt on the side.  
Lastly I used The Paper Company's Black and White Fashion Colors for the black wheels and area on the hood and for the white windows, headlights, lightening bolt and the area above the back tire.  (This isn't in order of how I made it, I'm just grouping the colors by color packs.  Sorry for an confusion.)

I love the way this turned out!!  I still haven't used it yet, it's sitting here on my desk.  I will probably work it into a scrapbook layout later on, we'll see!!  I did this right after I got my Cricut Expression just to see how hard it was, and it wasn't hard at all!!!

Happy Crafting!!!!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Dragon Cricut Cut


This is just a dragon cut that my son David asked me to "make" for him.  It is from the "Designer's Calendar" Cricut cartridge.  I used a piece of 6x6 red cardstock.  It was from The Paper Company's Heritage Color Sheets.  I selected the dragon to cut and then I selected the "fit to page" button on my Cricut Expression to get the biggest cut possible with the size paper that I was using.

*Note:  If you are making a cut using the "fit to page" button that has layers, make sure you note the size so you can set your size dial for the layers so they will fit properly.

Happy Crafting!!!!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Baking Together Layout


Ok, I promise I will be more precise in the papers' brands and their sizes and embellishments' brands and names used later on.  Right now I'm just trying to get a bunch of my most recent stuff posted to share with you!!!  This is my "Baking Together Layout".  We spent some time with the family in upstate NY before our move to Germany and we got together at my brother and sister-in-law's house to bake cookies with Aunt Jamie, Makayla and Madison!!!  

In this layout I just used a plain blue cardstock from my "Deja Views The Shannon Ann little ones Collection" as my base.  The 5 squares of decorative paper were from a lot of scrap paper that I bought off a lady here in Germany so I can't tell you where exactly they came from.  The cookie embellishments were from a Martha Stewart embellishment pack.  And the "Our Memories" chipboard sign came form an All Seasons pack that I bought at Hobby Lobby last year.  I don't remember who made it, SORRY!!

I really liked how the colors in this layout came together!!

Happy Crafting!!!!

Friday, July 15, 2011

My First Blog!!!

Well I'm officially up and running!!!  This is my first ever blog and I'm hoping it will be a success!!  On here I will be posting craft projects that I do and possibly even ones that my kids do, we will see.  Most projects will be scrapbooking pages and homemade cards and most of my projects will involve using the Cricut Expression, which I LOVE!!!!  So stay tuned for some great projects that will hopefully inspire your creativity!!! 

Happy Crafting!!!!