Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Sistas Fashionista....."Stylin' Diva's" .....So, What's Your Style"....?????

The Ladies had a great time making dresses with the Scalloped Circle Nestabilities. As simple as this challenge was creative, inspiring and fun.......Take a look at some of the styles they came up with...It's amazing the difference paper makes....Look at all the great styles the ladies created with just a few other embellies......Great huh???? So.....what's your style????
The website we used to make the dresses: Thanks Patty and LisaLisa.

Challenges for June 1-7, 2009

So we are ready for this week's challenges......
Challenge 1-Flap Paper bag Album

This Flap paperbag album is not only simple to make...but so much fun....It also gives you lots of places to store cards , pictures, tags and more...Give it a try. You will be amazed of the pocket storage....And they make great gifts.......Hope you all have fun with this one....

We will be using "Angi's Scraps" Youtube video for instructions. Thank you Angi

Samples created and submitted by Ms_Dee

Challenge 2- Father's Day Card/Layout - submitted by BlackDiamond

Ladies here is a challenge for Father’s Day. Make a card or layout, or both. Use the directions for making the shirt from any of the two video tutorials below. Color and style is up to you. You do have to use the word DAD/Father on the card and or layout. You can add your own twist to it using brads, buttons, a tie or whatever..... just be creative. Don’t forget to use double-sided paper.....And's all about having fun.... Special Thanks to Classy Crafts and Pinkscrapper99 for the Youtube tutorials.

Challenge 3-"Blog Hopping"

I know a lot of you have blogs and actually take the time to visit others...but do not really take time to leave comments when you visit. So this week we will be "Blog Hopping"....Blog Hopping really inspires you, gives you loads of ideas... shows you others creative side and it's just relaxing to see what others take is on a project....

So...go "Blog Hopping" and whomever blog you visit....."Leave a comment" and let them know how they inspired you or how much you like their work.......Blog-hopping is also fun because when you visit others blogs and leave a comment ...they tend to visit yours and do the same...So have fun Ladies...Take the time to browse all the creativity......It is sooo very inspiring.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Sista Challenges- May 25-31, 2009- Fashion Show Week

"Fashionista"- Scalloped Nestabilities Technique
Okay Ladies.......We promised ourselves a Fashion Show......and you all are doing such a great job with the "Scallop Dress" techniques...that we really have to have a "Fashionista" by this weekend......So anyone still working on your Scallop Dress is the time to add your finishing touches and complete them....Anyone that has questions....feel free to ask on the Sista thread...someone will answer or lead you in the right direction...... Saturday, May 30, a Slide show will be posted with all of your fashions, cards and LO's using this technique......So far....we have some great ideas submitted.....Keep up the good work Ladies....and show everyone your style.....

We are also back to maintaining the Sistas Blog with the help of just a couple of people.... so bear with we try to make this a smooth transition......I(Ms_Dee) am trying to lift the pics of your projects off of the Sista far anyone that does not send a pic of their project to the gmail account and it is not included in a Slideshow or your projects are not displayed with others .....please send an email to the gmail account and a pic of your project (if you can) and let us know that we missed your we are not ommiting or overlooking your projects intentionally........It's just easier when your projects are sent to a centralized location ..................the MB (Sistas Thread) moves too fast.....So Ladies.....we need some help here .........We will be checking the g-mail account on a regular basis to make sure all email are picked up...... So remember....if you can submit pics of your projects to the email will help us to better improve our Sista Blog..............Well I have to say's going great so far thanks to all of you.......

Also...The Glass Etch Challenge and the Tri-fold Shutter card projects will be posted by anyone that has not completed them.....You still have time........Now is the time to ask questions, complete them...etc., etc.,

So the request of a few of the Ladies on the Sistas thread....we will be extending this weeks challenges until May 31, 2009..........So everyone... continue to encourage, enjoy and inspire......and we'll have all of the projects displayed in time for us to move on to something else by June 1, 2009.....

Monday, May 18, 2009

Sista Challenges- May 18-24, 2009

Here are this week's challenges. Remember to post your creations on "The Sistas" thread on the Cricut Message Board AND send them to - Do not send links please! Instead, email your pics.

Challenge #1 – Tri-Fold Shutter card (Suggested by Lanita)
This card looks similar to a Quad Fold Card. Just by a few folds and cuts it makes this great card. It is a lot easier to make then it looks, matter of fact.....very simple. Instructions and photos are and here, (special thanks to The Craftiblog).

Challenge #2 – Scallop Dress - (Suggested by LisaLisa&ScrapJam)
This is a simple, but fun challenge using the "Nestabilities" scalloped circles. It would be fun to have a "fashion show" with all of the items you create with the scallop dress pattern. And we are going to do just that....... So do you want to be a part of the "Fashion Show"???? Come on Ladies....let's have some creative fun.......For those that do not have Nestabilities, several of the cartridges have the scallop circle......... ...So get those creative minds going and let's see your creative styles......A layout, Card, or even an altered item....yes...whatever you choose......using the "scalloped dresses" you create.........The possibilities are endless!........ and I can't wait to see all of the styles you all create for the........ "Fashion Show".........

And these are two cards LisaLisaandScrapJam submitted to the Sistas Thread...Cute, cute, cute, Huhn?????? Thank you LisaLisa
And the website :
Challenge #3 – *********************Glass Etching Project***************

Have you ever wanted to create a glass etched project for a friend, a wedding, or an anniversary for that special someone..... and thought it was just too hard of a task...Well, with a few items can create a this project with very little effort.....We had planned to do the Etching project about a month ago... and even suggested you go out and get the products you needed to do this project........Well, now the time has come....So gather up all of your materials that you have been waiting so patiently to use and show us what you are creating.......I am sure the project that you make will be onse that you and any one that you present them too will be very proud of...................

What You'll Need
1. Armour Etch and brush
2. Vinyl
3. Glass Product (vase, bowl, cup, mirror, etc.)
and 2 Glass Etching Tutorials - one from our very own Robynstamps
Okay Ladies.....Show us where your creative energy takes you with these challenges. And remember........"have fun"........

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Challenges/Projects submitted by "The Sistas"- May 3-11, 2009

This week the ladies took a break from the normal thread challenges and played "Catch-Up". They submitted pics of their work which consisted of prior challenges, projects completed for friends and family members, Graduations, Proms, Weddings, Teacher's Appreciation Week and Mother's Day.......Yes, there was a "lot" going on.......So...... we decided to capture it all.....Great Work Ladies......

Monday, May 11, 2009

QVC Show

A few of the Sistas went to a recent QVC show where Lisa Bearnson recorded her last show. She’s decided to work from home to be near her family. We had a lot of fun...Lisa Bearnson (Founding Editor of Creating Keepsakes Magazine) was really nice and personal with the audience - she gave out hugs left and right. After the show she had a (unscheduled) Q & A session, then signed autographs and took pictures.

Lisa gave out a nice goody bag…with a copy of the May 09 – Creating Keepsake Magazine (which she signed for us); Sizzix Tag Set #3 (butterfly, heart, star & flower) & an extra flower; Photo envelope by Tapestry (holds 20 4x6);8 adhesive badges by Flair (looks like buttons/pins); 2 Prima Large Flowers; pack of 4.5x6.5 – 80 sheet ColorCore Cardstock (20 colors) & last but not least a 8.5x 11 Expandable Scrapbook with Scrapbook Software. Almost forgot there is also a Sizzix Book "Make It Your Style" ideas for scrapbooking, home decor & fashion.(see sample )

Anna Griffin gave out a Rub-on Transfer Kit – Family assortment 12 sheets total with 652 rub-on’s; craft stick and design/idea sheet. Anna co-hosted the show with David Venable.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

This Week's Challenges- May 11-18, 2009

The Sistas Challenges May 11th - 18th -Poem/Song and Pretty Bugs Layouts, Stair Step Fold Card

Here are this week's challenges. Show off your imaginative and unique ideas! As you complete the challenge, please post it on "The Sistas" thread on the Cricut Message Board AND send them to - Do not send links please! Instead, email your pics.

Challenge #1 - Poem or Song
This is actually simliar to a previous challenge. Post a layout with a poem or song.

Challenge #2 - Pretty creepy crawlers
Create a layout with any pretty insect; butterfly, dragonfly, caterpillar, etc, - You must use an insect from one of the Cricut cartridges.

Challenge #3 - Courtesy of Schnurse2004 -
It's called either a Stair Step fold, or an Accordion fold, depending on the orientation of your project. This would be a Stair Step fold since it's landscape, but this fold can work either way - portrait or landscape. (See directions below....)

*************Directions For Stair Step Fold/Accordion Fold Card*****************
Cut cardstock-10.5 X 5.0 -( if you want to stamp on this, now would be the time to do it.)
Score cardstock at 1.25" - 2.5" - 4.25", 6" and 8.25"
Fold with hills and valleys (accordion style) making sure that the smallest (1.25" fold) is folded down, as this will be the front of your card)

Once you look at the samples, you will see what I'm referring to. Now here's the fun part...decorate with ANYTHING...punches, cut-outs, stickers, flowers, stickles, skittles...whatever your theme is, run with it. These cards may be done in landscape or portrait orientation so 'step it up' and let your imagination run wild. See a few samples here .........