November 17, 2010

Cricut Circle Ornament Challenge

Please be kind.  I know that the video quality is not wonderful here, but I really wanted to show exactly what this ornament can do.  I used my gypsy quite a bit in this project.  I started with a square box from bags tags boxes and more, but I just couldn't get the house to weld to the box in a way that woud really work.  So, I placed a square box on layer 1 then opened a new layer (with layer 1 visable and basically used it as a pattern) I used basic shapes to form the sides of the box and the bottom then welded the house to two of the sides to create a box with no lid.  I had to make the lid by hand with a ruller and lots of glue but I think it worked out just fine.  I also used a bit of cuttlebug to emboss the house (retro kitchen stripes) to look like siding, and the little trees are also from CB dies.  Here are a few pictures of the final project, but I will be uploading a video as well- not a tutorial, just a highlight of the features.  Thanks for stopping by.

November 12, 2010

Explosion Box

I just love this little explosion box.  I created it for a friend's 40th birthday as her "card".  I used my cricut to create the pop up cake in the center, my nestibilites dies to do the circles and scallops, and I created the box by hand.  The top of the box was embossed using the cuttlebug.  I know that there are easier ways to do this, but I was very happy with the results.  I plan on trying it again soon and doing a full tutorial.

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November 11, 2010

Messy Room

I have been trying to get motivated to organize my craft room for months, but just can't seem to get it done.  I have a small space (but I am thrilled to have it).  This was our nursery as you may have noticed it still has some "winnie the pooh" accents.  I know I need to get them out of there, but I think I am a little attached to them.  I thought I would show a few pictures of my space here so that I might publicly embarrass myself & maybe get motivated to it organized.  If you have any suggestions for organization feel free to leave me a comment.

November 5, 2010

Myrtle Beach June 2010

I always seem to be behind in my scrapbooking.  There will always be another trip that needs to be added to the books.  Another outing that needs to be scrapped... For the last few days this layout has been driving me crazy.  I couldn't seem to get it just right.  I'm still not 100% happy with how it turned out, but I am glad I am done with it for now.

I used create a critter for the sandcastle and the crab, Paperdolls for everyday for the bucket and shovel, and a Martha Stewart punch for the edge on the accent strip.

November 3, 2010

Simply yet elegant

This is a card I made this summer as a sample for my demo days.  For those of you who don't know, I was an ASM/ Provocraft rep at a Michaels store in IL.  I am still technically employed by them, but there haven't been any demos since August at my store.  I do have two upcomming dates for the holidays so stay tuned to see more projects from work. 

I wanted to make a project from paper that really highlighted how beautiful the cuts are on the Elegant Cakes Cartridge. 

This was a fairly simple project, but ti turned out beautifully.  The card base is a whitewashed blue paper.  I embossed it using my cuttlebug and the swiss dots folder.  After the card was embossed I lightly sanded to bring out the blue color.  The flower swirls were cut from a blue glimmer card stock, and the pink flowers were also cut from a glimmer cardstock.  I added an accent strip of the pink paper and some bling. 

The phrase on the inside of the card was also cut from the elegant cakes cartridge from the pink paper.

November 2, 2010

Cricut Cartridge Challenge

A friend Jan, had mentioned to me that she was encouaged to list all of her cricut cartridges on her blog and make an effort to have a post for each cartridge.  I thought this was a wonderful idea, as I certainly could use some inspiration to dust off some of my cartridges and put them to use.  So, I will be posting my cartridge list here along with links to projects involving those cartridges.  Please be sure to check out the new link at the top of my page to see a list of cartridges with links to projects involving those cartridges.  Thank you!

November 1, 2010

Cricut Circle Blog Challenge Entry

Here is my entry for this weeks blog challenge:
This photo was taken as a part of Ian's second birthday photo shoot.  I printed the background paper using my cricut imagine and the imagine more cartridge.  The balloons were cut using my cricut expression and the create a critter cartridge.  Each balloon is made of a card stock layer and a clear layer with glitter in the center (essentially a mini shaker card).  The silver pieces were all embossed using my cuttlebug.  The word two was also cut using my expression and the zoobaloo cartridge.

The rest of the photos are just close up shots of the different elements in the page.

Edited to add:  I have been asked several questions about the silver material on this page.  It is artist board.  Sold in sheets similar in size to posterboard; acid free.  I purchased the artistboard at Hobby Lobby for about $3 per sheet.  HL carries this in Silver, Gold, vellum, Clear, and many other colors.  The next time I am there I'll try to snap a photo of the display.

If you have any more questions just leave me a message and I'll reply as soon as I can.

Cricut Circle Blog- Weekly challenge due 11-04-2010

NOTE: Thischallenge is from the Cricut Circle Blog.  You must be a circle member to view the blog and enter the challenges.  This is the original challenge post from the blog.  I will be posting my entry in just a minute....

This weeks challenge is as follows:
Weekly Challenge #4: Birthday Sketch Challenge

Create a Layout, Card, or Altered project using the SKETCH provided. Your project must have a BIRTHDAY THEME and include BUTTONS in some way. 

Project must be newly created for this challenge and must include atleast 2 different cuts from any Cricut cartridge to qualify. This challenge is open to Cricut Circle Members only. Submit your entry using the InLinkz tool found at the bottom of this post. Please post your full name along with your entry. You must submit a project to be entered into the drawing. Entries are due by 11:59 pm MST on Thursday, November 4th, 2010. This week the winner will get to choose their prize from three options!  The WINNER will be able to choose whether they want to a) have $25 added to their account, b)receive TWO Embossing Plus folders (Vintage Collage & Embossed Tags), OR c) receive the Everyday Paper Dolls Cartridge! Awesome!
Here is the SKETCH: