Friday, June 26, 2009

The Character Cafe First Feature Friday & Freebie Template!

The Character Cafe (TCC) Design Team is having it's first Feature Friday today!!! All the DT Members are posting their creations using TCC images.

I'd like to say that I have something to post using TCC images, but I don't. My plan sort of fell apart. I did create what I intended on creating, but not with TCC images!!! LOL My computer is not hooked up to my printer and so on Wed. night at about 11pm when I realized that Thurs. was the last day of school and that I wouldn't be able to make my teacher gifts then, I worked like a mad woman in order to get them done!!! Unfortunately, that meant that they had to be created without TCC images. Plan B... create something on Thurs. during the day for Feature Friday's post... uh.... didn't happen either. I had great intentions, just very poor follow through! It seems that there's just so much work to be done, that crafting has be put off (I know you all know what I'm talking about!).

Anyway, for this week, I will share my teacher gifts as this was a "first time" creation and I think they turned out pretty good. The teachers loved them, the girls loved giving them and that's really all that matters in the end right?!

I used paper from DCWV The Glitter Stack, plain cardstock on the inside, a triscut box (cut and inside for stability), sticky note pad (3x3), stamps from Inkadinkado, Martha Stewart inks, and sakura glitter pens (of course!).

Now, when I do these again (and I will... for my mother's golf ladies league with the cutest little guy... can't wait to show him!) I want to put a closure of some sorts so that the books stay closed just in case someone would want to toss it in a bag or something. I wanted to do it to these as well, but it was an afterthought and I used scor tape and it wasn't going to budge to slip some ribbon between the papers!

So, in retrospect, I did up a template in Inkscape so you can either cut it with SCAL and the Cricut, or I also have a pdf file here for cutting by hand :) Click the image for pdf download.


The black cuts are for the cardboard cuts, the green is for the decorative paper and the blue is for the inside liner. Have fun!!!!

Well, I'm off to get something done... my kids are in a Taekwondo Competition near Toronto tomorrow, so it's going to be a long day!

Happy crafting :)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

First Ever Blog Hop at The Character Cafe!

Just a quick note to let you all know that we're having our First ever Blog Hop over at The Character Cafe!!! You won't want to miss it as we're introducing our new Design Team Members, giving away a freebie, having a couple great prizes AND giving a whopping 50% off discount code good until Tuesday :)!

Head on over there, the Hop starts at 9:00pm EST Thursday, June 18 and ends Tues. at 8am when the draw is made! (the discount code is only good until Tues!)

Kendra :)

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Father's Day Card - New Release & another Challenge Sponsorship :)

Hi everyone! First off, let me just say yippee!!! I went to my first scrap store garage sale this weekend at Scrappin Great Deals and did I ever score :) I got over 250 pieces of paper for an average of $0.15 a sheet... he he he... I needed paper in a bad way so I'm tickled pink. I couldn't find the "just right" paper for my card and I'd been looking for the past week flip flopping between papers that weren't what I was looking for and finally, the garage sale...

So, without further ado, I'm going to show you my newest card (simple, yet suitable) and one of The Character Cafe's new releases! We had been holding off until we assembled our design team, but father's day is in 2 weeks and so we decided we'd just get the couple images we thought would be good for that out there!So, this is not a new character, but something I did a while back and for some stupid reason, just never uploaded to the site... Buster and Willy are there, but the sentiment image is not... hmmm Well, we've changed the digi stamp of Buster and Willy to include this one with the sentiment as well at no additional charge! If you can't read the sentiment, it reads

"He didn't tell me how to live, he lived and let me watch him do it - Clarence Buddington Kelland".

I think it's perfect for this image as well as a Father's Day card! I'm going to give this one to my dad and I think my girls are making their own edition for my hubby (on top of the "cards" they stole my stamps for today... boogers).

Card details - Buster & Willy coloured with crayola pencil crayons and mineral spirits, ribbon from my stash (can't you tell, it's a bit wrinkled LOL), a caterpillar button also from the stash, some hemp string, Deja View Sharon Ann Timeless Collection paper (yay), Bazzil cardstock, some eyelets and Tim Holtz distressing ink.

I was just over to The Cafe Blog and I have to tell you that if you haven't been there already to check out the card Kelly made, well, you've just got to go take a peek. It's gorgeous! She really outdid herself on this one.

I also wanted to let you all know that The Character Cafe if sponsoring another challenge! We are sponsoring the Sketch and Stash Challenge #12 starting tomorrow, June 8th. The winner will be able to pick 3 of our images for free so head on over there sometime this week and enter, what have you got to lose (except a bit of your stash... he he he, couldn't help myself!)?

Well, gotta go update The Cafe to reflect the new releases before it gets too late!
Happy crafting :)

P.S. If you haven't thought about throwing your name in the hat for our design team, what are you waiting for?????? Check out the details and e-mail us... get going :)