February 25, 2011

Rockin Rosettes..

Hi friends!

I wanted to share my recent addiction to paper rosettes with you! They are totally fabulous!! .. and can be used in SO many different ways. Scrapbooking, card making, weddings, home decor, party banners, cupcake toppers.. etc. You can make them bold and bright.. or light and romantic. And the best part of all.. is that anyone can make them. They are super easy and take no time at all!

A few pictures for inspiration and ideas...

 You can have a bowl full of these beauties with your business card or logo on the top at your next party or gathering.. a really cute way to spread your companies name ~ photo source

 Hang many bright and bold rosettes from the ceiling for a beautiful work of art at your wedding or just a party at your home. Even in your child's bedroom! ~ photo source

You can make paper rosettes to journal on or add elements and design to your scrapbooking pages..

Full step by step details on how to make these ones above, and photo source can be found here 

You can create big or small cupcake rosettes! These will dress up any party for adults or kids ~ photo source

.... more juicy party ideas!! photo source

You can add jewels and buttons and ribbon and twine.. the possibilities are endless! ~ photo source

Paper rosettes are SUPER easy to make. All you will need is some paper, glue and a scoreboard or scoring tool. Here are a couple detailed videos from YouTube on how to get them done..

 From Creations with Christina..

From tsherjpans...

Are you totally inspired to go off and make some rosettes now?? Maybe? ;) I am!! Would love to read your comments on if you've made these before and if so what you used them for!

Keep creating..

Luv Ashley

February 23, 2011

Do you Cricut??

I do! I just recently (about 4 months ago).. got myself a Cricut. I had wanted one over the past few years quite badly but couldn't justify the cost when I knew I could create just fine without one.. However, I finally got one. Now I'm a happy little bug! I have 4 or 5 cartridges.. building my stash slowly. My Hello Kitty cartridge is probably my fave so far.. everything on it is just so adorable.

Well.. Provocraft has come out with a new machine to celebrate their anniversary! It is called the E2. Which is abbreviated for Expression 2. This new machine is planned to be released in April of this year and has a lot of great new features. Basically they have combined the Cricut Imagine and the Cricut Expression into one machine for a limited time only.

The new features include an LCD touch screen, wifi capability, a cutting light to enhance the view of the mat whilst cutting.. and mat preview to see and arrange the set up of your cuts! It has a pause button so you can stop halfway through cutting for whatever reason.. and the green plates on the sides are interchangeable! It is also compatible with the Gypsy and uses all of the Cricut cartridges including the Imagine carts. This machine will cut the Imagine cartridge images.. but not print like the Imagine does. (so if you are wanting to print and cut, it's still a better idea to purchase the Cricut Imagine).

ProvoCraft has also announced the new Cricut CraftRoom, which will be a free web based program, compatible with any Cricut machine, as well as with PC and Mac computers. The program will allow you to use on screen editing for any cartridge you own, and allows you to preview all of the other cartridges.

I myself, prefer not to print.. so this machine has me very excited! I am hoping they will have it in different colors eventually. Like P!NK of course ;)  This is a great machine for the Cricut user that hasn't invested a ton of money in their machines yet. Just starting out.. or wanting to upgrade without jumping right up to the Imagine. Here is a quick video from YouTube that was taken at the recent CHA event by Twinsmoms..

I'm excited! Provocraft is constantly coming out with great equipment. If you haven't gotten yourself a cutting machine yet and you are into scrapbooking or card making.. I highly recommend purchasing a Cricut. Perhaps an E2..

I will be posting many of my projects made with my Cricut in the very near future!


February 20, 2011

Luv Ashley..

Hi friends!

Do you all know about the fabulous blog by Elsie, called A Beautiful Mess? It's one of my MOST favourite places to sit and daydream about owning and creating all the lovely things she posts on a daily basis.. It is run by the amazing Elsie Flannigan. There are how to's and vintage goodies, and photography and crafting goodness! I always feel so inspired when I visit her space. She also has a shop called Red Velvet that is just dreamy if your looking for unique accessories, vintage clothing or home decor with style! You should most definitely take a peek if you haven't already..

I wanted to tell you about one of the recent pieces that Elsie featured just recently.. A most FABulous star headband! It is fairytale romantic, and Wonder Woman all wrapped into one! Well, a friend of mine.. (she is my creative twin) ..she spent the last couple weeks working on creating this headband, and will now be selling them for kids and adults! They are totally non toxic, and super soft to form to the shape of little heads. I do believe she is creating them in multiple colors as well.. so perfect for photography props and princess parties!

This is Eryhn.. and her AMAZING new star band!

 Isn't it FABulous! ♥  ..you can contact Eryhn through her ShimmerBerry shop on Facebook if you are interested in purchasing one for yourself, or your little princess! She also creates really pretty crystal jewelry.. so take a peek around if you stop in..

..and don't forget to check out A Beautiful Mess and Red Velvet by Elsie as well! So many wonderful ideas and inspiration there...

Happy crafting friends!!

Luv Ashley..
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