Thursday, December 30, 2010

Candle Birthday Card - Sentimentals

I got a new card making magazine today and was inspired to make some cards. Here is the first. The base card is cut from the Sentimentals cartridge using the Cricut and my Gypsy for sizing. The candles are made by cutting paper to the size you like and then rolling and glueing at one end. I used some mini ric rac for the wic's. For the candle flames I used a leaf cut from the Walk In My Garden cart on the blackout feature. Then I added bling on the flames. I tied the candles together with some ribbon. I lined the inside with some matching paper and a "happy birthday" stamp. TFL!



Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Simple Peony Card-Picturesque and Smiley Face




This is a way simple and easy card to make. I created it with my Gypsy, Cricut Picturesque cart, George and Basic Shapes cart and digital Smiley Face cart. The card is cut at 4.75 inches. It is from the Smiley Face cart. I cut the card from a beautiful pearlescent paper from a K & Co. stack. It is double sided. I thought it may be hard to write a message on, so I cut the card a second time on a less "slick" paper. I cut it on my Gypsy and when I did this time I used the "hide contour feature" to hide the circle. Then I used the George cart to cut a bigger circle. The reason for this is so that this paper can't be seen from the front. I only used the bottom half of the card inside because I really liked the double sided paper that was already there for the top.
The peony is from Picturesque and is cut using the framework feature. This is one of the very reasons I wanted this cart. It is amazing! The truth is, I always thought this cut was a rose, until I read the booklet, then I found out it is truly a peony...lol. Anywho, it is cut at 2.75 inches. Then I used the basic cut for the background and glued the framework and basic cut together. I put it on pop dots and put it in the center of the card. I added some ribbon around the bottom and viola...it is done! TFL!


Friday, December 10, 2010

Flower Hedgehog - Cricut Wildcard and Promarkers


Promarkers are all the rage right now. They are a professional marker that blend so beautifully. I really wanted some. So, for our 17th wedding anniversary, my great dh got me a bunch! I am so blessed!
I was definately very inspired by the www.promarkerchallenge.blogspot.com blog. I decided to make a card to start testing out my new markers. But, of course, I will never abandon my "bug" (aka Cricut) so I used them on this card too. The hedgehog and flowers are a woodblock rubber stamp. I colored it in with my Promarkers on my paper and then used a circle cutter to cut it out. I cut out the doily card from the Cricut Wildcard cart at 5.75" on pink cardstock. Then I cut out 2 other other circles from the George cart for layering. I used chalk in around several of the edges. I also used my white pen around the edge of the card. I added Prima flowers to the right, bottom corner. TFL!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Over The Hill-Wrap It Up






Hi Everyone! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I did. It was just my little family, my mom and my little bro. My husband cooked a delicious turkey and all the fixins'. And one of the best parts about having a teenage son is that he got to do the dishes!!! Yeah for me!

Anywho, here is the next set of cuts in the Wrap It Up cartridge handbook. It is on page 22. This cartridge is so versatile. This set of cuts is titled "Over the Hill". The first cut is the basic cut. It is cut at 5 inches, as are all its layers. I added some gems in the leaves.
The second thing pictured is the "Over the Hill" phrase cut. It is also cut at 5 inches. I cut the base in red and then the shift key in blue. Then I actually cut the tree top from the basic cut (in purple) to add to the top of this tree. It is not one of the layers for the phrase, but it fit pretty good. It is slightly big, but not noticeable from the front. Gems again here on the tree.
Third is the tag. It is cut at 4 inches. I cut the tag in blue. Then I cut the blackout for the tag in purple. I wanted a shadow for this tag, so I made my own. I used my Gypsy. First I "hid" all the holes on the tags so they wouldn't show when they were cut. Then I copied the blackout cut of the tag. Then I increased the size of the copied shape. I assembled the tag and then I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch a hole through the middle of all 3 tags. I think the shadow looks like it belongs. I added some ink to the blue layer. I also added a red and a green gem to the leaf.
The next cut is the box. The max size for this on your Gypsy is 11.5 inches. I cut this in red. I assembled it and then stapled the sides of the boxes before I glued the tree sides up. I also added a purple square panel to the 2 sides that have trees. Those squares are not a part of the box cut. Again there are some gems on the leaves.
And last, but not least, the card. It is a card that is folded at the top. It is cut at 5 inches. It is not the most perfect card I have ever made, but I still like it. The scallop is from Mini Monograms. The tree/hill are relative to the size of the card. I covered the tree with Martha Stewart fine glitter. The red gems went on the side of the card this time. The tree is on pop dots.
I used the Marvy Uchida Glitter pen and American Crafts White pen for dots and glitz everywhere. TFL!
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cupcake-Wrap It Up








I got the Cricut Wrap It cartridge and it ROCKS!!!! I decided I am gonna' try and do each cut on every page as a set and post it on my blog. I will try and feature one page per week. I know that seems like a long time to go through a book, but with the Holidays coming up, and a family to take care of, I have my hands full!

So I am beginning at the beginning. Page 21 features the cupcake. Each page has basic cut, a layer for that cut, a phrase and shadow for that phrase, a box and an accent for that box (as the shift key), a tag (no shadow function) and a tag blackout (no shadow function).
I started with the box. It cuts at a max of 9.5 inches with your Gypsy or your Expression on fit to page. All the patterened paper for all the cuts is from K&Co. I added some acetate to the sides where the cupakes are so that it could hold some kind of treat. Otherwise, it will be kind hard to open and not hold much. I also cut some flowers from the paper and added pop dots to give some dimension to the top. Although it is hard to see, I used metallic paper for the cupcake accents from Core'dinations.
Next I did the cupcake. It is cut at 5 inches. The "asterisk" looking shapes on the cupcake wrapper are done with metallic paper and then I added little gems to each point. There is another layer that can be added to this cupcake, but I like it the way it is.
The card is next. It is super easy to put together. I cut it at 7.5 inches. I ran the wrapper part of the cupcake through my Fiskars crimper to make it look more real. I also added some ribbon to the side. All the paper on this is K&Co. or Core'dinations.
The tag is cut at 2 inches. I used the same ribbon as I did on the cupcake card. I used Core'dinations metallic paper for the base and the K&Co. paper for the top. I used one of the little side cupcakes from this cut and glued it in the middle and then popped another one on top of it.
Last, but not least, is the phrase. I really like how it looks, but you have to cut it at a good size or it rips. Also, the base is a blackout, not a shadow. So, if you don't line it up just right (like I didn't...lol), it looks a little funny. Oh well, it is still a way cute cut!
This was a great group of cuts to start with! TFL!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Golden Reindeer Christmas Card


Wow! I can't believe this is my 70th post! Life sure moves along fast. Anywho, the card base is a 5.5 inch square. I used a layer of tan cardstock and then a layer of patterned paper to top the card. I added some beautiful glittery ribbon around the edge of those 2 pieces of paper. On the bottom edge of the tan paper I used a Martha Stewart punch. I also use the same color paper on the inside and repeated the punching.
The reindeer is from Joys of the Season...of course cut on my Cricut...lol. I love my bug:) The frames behind the reindeer are cut from the Lacy Labels Lite cartridge. There are so many great shapes on this cartridge with so many great uses. I used flat backed pearls to accent the reindeer antler and the bottom of the card. It is a simple card, but I like it. TFL!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Cricut Imagine Video - Full Page Printing

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This is a video I made to show the full page printing with the new update for the Cricut Imagine. TFL!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Christmas Tree Window Card





Hi Everyone!
I hope everyone had a happy Monday! This another Christmas card I made. It is actually one of my faves. The pics really don't do it justice. It is really chunky and fun! Anywho, I used my Expression for everything. I decided that when I am cutting anything with glitter that I would rather use my Expression rather than my Imagine. It is just a personal thing. But with the Imagine having ink tanks and everything, I just figured better safe than sorry. And since I have and E I thought, why not be safe.
The solid paper and glittered (green) cardstock are from Core'dinations. The patterned paper is last year's DCWV Christmas stack. It is double sided. So for the tag I used one side for the base and one side for the tag with the window cut. What is sandwiched between the tags is 5 Christmas trees from the Joys of the Season cart all glued together. On top of that I put a piece of acetate to make it feel like a window.
The card itself is from Just Because Cards. As is the scallop border and the green, glittered and embossed cardstock behind the tag. I embossed the green paper with my Cuttlebug and the newer 5x7 Polda Dots embossing folder. The ribbon at the base and top of the card is just stuff I have collected over time. The gems are from the $1 spot at Michaels. I used my glitter pen here and there. This one was definately outside the box for me and I really enjoyed it! TFL!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Christmas Snowflake Card




Hi Everyone!

Here is a Christmas card I made for the challenge over at www.MyPinkstamper.com. The challenge is to make something Winter related. So, I made a Christmas card. I used the When It's Cold Outside, George and Basic Shapes, and Wild Cards cartridges for the Cricut to make this card.
The card size is 5.5. All the circles are made with George. the "snowflake" shape is from WICO (When It's Cold Outside). All the shapes on this cart are made to look like snowflakes, but have shapes with in the snowflake. This one is Santa and his reindeer. The card is from Wild Card. I can't remember which cart I used for the "Merry Christmas". I use my Gypsy for all my cutting on my Expression and I forgot to write that one down:) All the paper is from last year's DCWV Christmas stacks.
The gems are just some from my stash. The fabric in the middle is just that, a strip of fabric. On the inside I used my traditional glitter pen and white dots here and there. TFL!

Counrty Carnival Handbook - Video

I had a request to post pics of the Country Carnival Handbook. So, I decided to do it in a quick video. It is such a great, great cartridge for the Imagine! Hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Country Carnival Thank You Card - Cricut Imagine Video

Hi Ladies! Here is my next video. It is using the Cricut Imagine and Counry Carnival cart. Definately a keeper! I show how to make the bonus card and envie on this cart and I also show how to change the border around your cuts. The colors are much more vivid in person. I did the best I could with my video. This one is better than my last. And I will continue to try to improve in the video area. They sure are fun to make! TFL!

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Fall Festival






This is a layout I made for a Fall Festival we go to every year. It is at the school I went to when I was growing up. My mom has volunteered to run the Italian food booth there for the last 29 years. She says she wants to do at least 1 more year to make it an even 30 years. She is the reason we still go. We went last night and had a blast! The kids went on rides, played games. and my favorite part, the baked goods booth. I have some really great memories of the Fall Festival and I really enjoy making new ones with my family.
Anywho, all the die cuts are from the Carousel Lite Cartridge. I am so loving this cart! It is fun and layers so easily! The title is also from this cart. The sticker letters are from Karen Foster. The paper is from a very old stack called The Scrapboook Wizard. TFL.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Owl My Thanks







This is my latest card. It is made with my Cricut Expression and Cricut Imagine. The cartridges I used were Wild Card and Imagine More. The owl is from the Wild Card cart. I cut it at 5.5 inches. I used the CI with the Imagine More cart to flood fill the owl with a pattern that I am really loving. I also used the Imagine More cart to flood fill the eye layer with a pattern. Then I used my E to cut the owl on blackout to line the inside of the card with blue cardstock.
I printed the sentiment on the computer in Microsoft Word. It says "Owl My Thanks" two times. All my circle punches are dull or broken because they are so old. And I just can't justify buying more right now with all the toys I have. So, I thought I would give the "Center Point" feature on the Expression a try. I used George and Basic Shapes, sized it to the size I wanted, put my printed paper on there and gave it a try. I think it worked out good. It is not perfect, but I am pleased. I know I will get better at it with time. I put an orange button in the middle to embellish.

I also added blue bling to the eyes and ribbon to the center of the card. TFL!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Count Your Blessings Birdies


I made this card for a friend who just had a baby. On the inside it says. "Count Your Blessings". The birds are cut from Wall Decor and More at 4". The photo corner is from Picturesque and is cut at 1.5". The ovals are custom sized on my Gypsy to fit the birdies. I used George and Basic Shapes for those.
The paper is from the DCWV Latte stack. It has such rich and beautiful colors! The purple in the stack just sang to me. I added some ribbon and a brad and some glitter pen here and there. I don't think I know how to make a project without my glitter pen! TFL!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thank You Card - Imagine More Cart




This is my second card made with my Imagine. Super easy, super fun! The card is a standard A2 size. The part that was cut with the Imagine is the 3rd pic from the top. It is on page 21 of the Imagine More cartridge. I did not change any of the colors. I did make my own cardstock oval to put behind the cut and printed piece. I popped the piece I cut on the Imagine. I also popped the rose on that set of cuts.
The solid orange and blue colored papers behind it are cardstock from my stash. The checkered paper is from the My Mind's Eye Complete Boy stack. These cartridges will still blend very well with traditional cardstock and printed papers. For me, it will make my matching and card making so much quicker and easier.
The rubber stamp is from Stampendous stamped with a Tim Holtz distress ink. I also used a sander around all the edges to play up the "shabby chic" look that this cartridge seems to lend itself to. I also added ribbon, staples, some glitter pen here and there, and viola... here is my card!
TFL!

My first Video!!!! Some Imagine Info.!

Hi Ya'll!!!! I have made my first video. It was a bit tough. And let me apologize right now because it is shakey and my editing skills are not good yet. But, I still think it has a bit of good info. TFL!


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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Imagine...Just Because Armadillo



Oh my....how great is the Cricut Imagine!! The printing is wonderful and the cutting is so smooth. It is the first day, but it is a good first day. Anywho, here is my first project. It is a really simple card. I used the Imagine More cartridge and the basic round scallop that came with the machine. I cut the largest scallop at 5.5 and flood filled it with "pattern" content from the cartridge. The next scallop is 4.5 and is also filled with "pattern" content from the cartridge. The armadillo set of cuts is from page 10 of the manual. I changed the base color of the circle to orange. I cut everything else as it came in the book. I cut it as layers rather than one piece. I popped the "Just Because" and the Armadillo to the bottom circles. I also popped the whole set of armadillo cuts to the card. I added a bit of ribbon. The card is just a simple piece of 12" x 6" cardstock folded in half. I am soooo gonna' love this machine! TFL!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Halloween Mini Book

This is a Halloween mini book I made. I made it for a family member that doesn't get to see my boys very often. This is most of the book. Then after Halloween I will put pics of my boys in the book and mail it off. TFL!

The book is overall 6"x6" chipboard. All the cuts I made were from Happy Hauntings. Mini Montsters, October 31st, Lyrical Letters or George and Basic Shapes. I am so glad that Provo Craft finally came out with some Halloween carts this year. Of course I used my Gypsy to size and add dimension to everything. For the cover I used paper from the new DCWV Halloween Stack. The haunted house is from October 31st. The ghosts are from Happy Hauntings. It is really hard to see in the photos, but I used gray and green chalk in on the ghosts to make them look like they glow in the dark. It looks cool in person.

The paper on these 2 pages also comes from the newest DCWV Halloween stack. The spider web is from October 31st. The spider is from Lyrical Letters.


This is the same paper as from the front and back of the book. The tree is from Happy Hauntings and the "beware" is from Happy Hauntings.


The paper on this is from a Cloud 9 seasonal stack. The "drippiness" at the top is from the Martha Stewart Drippy Goo punch. The "Caution" sign is from Happy Hauntings.


The paper on this is also from Cloud 9. The shape punched "into" the corners and edges is also Martha Stewart punch. It is a new one this year. I think it is called Crackle. I think it looks like brains.....muahhhhhhaaaahahha.


The paper on these 2 pages is from a way old DCWV Fall stack. It pays to be a hoarder...I mean...collector sometimes....lol. I really love how these 2 pages came out. The eyes are from October 31st. The letters are stickers from Joanns. The brads are Making Memories.



The paper on this layout is last year's DCWV specialty Fall stack. The ribbon is K & Co. The 3D dancing skeltons are foam.


This little layout is super simple, but fun. The vines are cut from October 31st. The pumpkins and owl are K & Co. stickers. And then I added a few seqiuns 'cause I always gotta' have some bling.


The paper on this spread is from a stack from K & Co. from last year. It is a 2 sided paper, so each side is the reverse of the other. The title is from Mini Monsters. It says "A Little Batty". I love how this cart layers together. It is super easy to use. I also used a Making Memories Brad and some fibers.


The paper on this is from K & Co. also. It is a 2 sided paper. I created the candy corn on my Gypsy from the George and Basic Shapes cart. I also created its shadow. I started with a rounded edge triangle and adjusted the width. It was easy peasy from there. I inked all the layers with orange chalk ink for some depth. The ribbon is K & Co.



This is the candy corn page opened up.

This is the back. I might add some ribbon or fiber once I add all the photos into the book. I learned waaaaay to much about Blogger today!!!! But, at least I can post a bunch of photos at once! Thanks so much for looking.