Monday, December 17, 2012

Happy Monday!

Gooooooood morning! How are y'all this fine, cold, snowy Monday? "How on earth can you have so much enthusiasm on a Monday?!?" you ask. Well, I am actually writing this Sunday night so I am pretty peppy. Honestly though, I do enjoy Mondays now that my eldest is in school. I love his enthusiasm and excitement in the morning. Believe me when I say it is better than coffee! (Especially since I don't drink coffee due to my religious beliefs.) But I did drink coffee when I was younger and my son's energy is definitely a better 'wake me up'. ^.^ 'Nuff chattin'! Let's get to what you came for! (First, how bout a cute pic just to make you smile? My kids are the cutest in the world!)

My 1yr old's 1st ice cream cone.
He just turned 2 now. *sniffle*

This was my first go at a gate fold card. It turned out WAY better than I ever imagined it. I think it has a fantasy feel to it. :) The paper both regular cardstock and part of a textured pack I bought at a toony store here in my small town. (A toony is our Canadian 2 dollar coin.) Purple is one of my favorite colors because it is both powerful yet suttle, bold yet soft - the best of all worlds when it come to coloring, in my opinion anyway. The tone on tone effect worked very well with this card. I stamped a background with a stamp from the Baroque Borders stamp set from Close to my Heart. I used a purple dye based ink. The flowers are from Martha Stewarts Starburst (I think) punch. The butterflies are cut from the Cake Basics cartridge, (that I borrowed from my hubby's collection), and they were cut at 2 inches, 1.5 inches, and 1 inch. The light purple butterfly on the ribbon was from another Martha Stewart punch. The fastener I created from some Close to My Heart's white twine, which I inked with the same ink that I used to stamp the border, and a silver bead that I glued a clear gem into. The ribbon is some wired ribbon I bought at my local Walmart and took the wire out of. I then used glue dots to hold the pleats down.

I glued a crystal gem into the middle of a bead and voila!

I stuck two clear gems together back to back with a
glue dot to created a weight at the bottom of my twine.

I had a hard time trying to find a sentiment for the inside of the card, so instead I made some tags that I could attach photos to and send to a family member. I LOVE it! I am so impressed with myself! The only problem sets the bar higher than I would like for my next project. ^.^ 

Well thank y'all for stoppin' by! I hope you have a GREAT Monday and an even better week. Take care!

Monday, December 10, 2012


Good Monday, my special viewers! How are all of you? I hope your holidays have been pleasant so far. 

With only 15 more days left until Christmas, (OH...MY...GOSH!), I am crafting up a storm! For today's My Cricut Craft Room design team post, we have been asked to make something with a star. With so many options I had a hard time making up my mind as to what I would make. So, I went to my 'needs' list and realized I need tags. After flipping through the Art Philosophy cartridge booklet, I found the perfect item. This is what I came up with.

First I cut 2 tags  on white paper. One I cut at 4 inches and the other at 3 inches. I then cut the shadows at 4 and 3 inches on a piece of gold paper. You can find the tag image on page 40 of the Art Philosophy booklet.

Next I glued each tag to it's shadow, allowing the gold to come through and add color to the stars. :)

I inked the edges, added a sentiment which I also wet embossed, added some fake stitching around the stars and voila! Two star tags made in a matter of minutes. 

To see more inspiration for the holidays, head on over to My Cricut Craft Room to see what the rest of the team has for you. 

Happy Holidays!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Card Creating Tuesday

Good frosty morning, my peeps! I hope you all are having a great Tuesday so far and I hope it only gets better! Today is another design team post for Erica's Cricut Craft Room. We are counting down to Christmas and today's theme is 'cookies on cards'.

This card was simple to make and actually a lot of fun! (Aren't they all??) First, I started by cutting out cookies on a plate from the Sweet Shop cartridge. I cut the image at 1/2 an inch. (My card base is 3 3/4 inches by 6 3/4 inches.) I cut the cookies out twice and reversed the layers to add a little bit of variety to the plate. 

I cut the second set of cookies apart to stack them on the plate. ^.^ Yum!!

Next, I used Gypsy Wanderings, to cut a yummy mug of hot cocoa. 

I cut the image 3 times but used my Gypsy to place each image when I wanted to place the different colored papers on my mat.

To cut each aspect of the image seperately, I used my Gypsy to hide some of the outlines on the image. The cup, for example, is the same image cute twice. One has the heart cut out, the other does not. That is how I got a red heart on a green mug. ^.^

To make my tree, I used a stamp from a flower making stamp kit. Any similiar stamp will work, this is just the one I had on hand. I used the shape of the image to create the branches, The stamp layered very nicely which I believe gave the tree a rustic look. :) I then edged the card with red ink.

Next I cut a small piece of  brown cardstock to make a table top and I used a doily to make a lace table cloth. I added some twine to the tree and some green bling to spice it up a notch. The sentiment is stamped and wet embossed on red paper which I pop dotted to the green ribbon piece. I also used a stamp to create the background pattern on the red paper.

Voila!! Thank you for coming to visit me today. I hope you found some inspiration on how to put cookies on cards. For more inspiration check out the other projects the design team has for you on Erica's blog. Ta!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Letter of the Day at My Cricut Craft Room

Good morning, everyone! Today is another design team post for My Cricut Craft Room! Today's theme is the letter 'T'. I was thrilled to do this post because I have the perfect project for you today-shirt notecards with a colorful tie!! As a member of the LDS church, I see a LOT of missionaries in white shirts and very colorful ties. These notecards are perfect for sending a little note to a missionary, for a missionary to leave as a 'sorry we miss you' card, or as a birthday/father's card for any dad or grandfather. This card is so versatile and I love the way they turned out with those ties!

You can find the images and card base on page 75 of the Artiste handbook. The cards, ties, and pockets were all cut at 4 inches. (Make sure you do not have the Real Size button activated or the ties and pockets really will be 4 inches tall and will not fit on the cards.) The cards were cut from some white cardstock and I used my Gypsy to space the ties evenly on my mat so I could cut them out of seperate colored papers all at the same time. I also lined up the pockets to cut on a small piece of paper. (This is a great way to use up your scraps.)

After assembling the cards, I cut out 4 of the matching envelopes to go with them. The envelopes are also found on page 75 and cut at 4 inches. (Again, watch the Real Dial size button. If it is activated or lit up, the envelopes will not match the sized of the cards.)

Next I cut out a pouch to put the cards and envelopes in. The pouch is also from the Artiste cartridge and is found on page 43. I cut it at 4.5 inches out of some burgandy cardstock. Because of the thickness of the cards and envelopes together, I added some scorelines to the pouch to make it able to carry the thickness. 

Thanks for joining me today for another fun project using my Cricut! For more projects like this, visit today!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Festive Friday at My Cricut Craft Room

Hey, everyone! Today is my first post as a member of the My Cricut Craft Room Design Team!! Today is Festive Friday and the theme is 'Past Halloween Items'. Last Halloween, I was just starting to learn how to put my Cricut Expression to good use and I didn't have many cartridges. My hubby had also just bought me my Gypsy and I was having fun playing around with both machines. I came up with a really cute idea that can be one of two things: a treat box or an LED tealight candle holder!

First I cut out two Jack o' Lanterns at 3 inches. Using my Gypsy, I cut two more without the face features.That way I can layer them without the yellow showing through the face features. (You could also use the shadow feature, but I wanted my pumpkins to mimic carved pumpkins.) 

Flip one of the pumpkins to have them match when the box
is completely.

Then, using the Cricut Craft Room Basics cartridge, I created the box piece for my treat box wielding together a bunch of rectangles.

This shows the different triangles I used to piece my box together.
This is what it looks like welded together for me to cut.

After cutting out my pieces, I scored the box piece. It looked like this.

This is what it will look like after it is folded.

Add glue or double sided tape to each of the tabs.

A better look! ^.^

Next I started putting the box together.

What it will look like inside once it is put together.

I used a yellow Bic marker to add highlights.

Add a handle and please all trick or treaters!

Instead of a handle, add an LED tealight for some
spooky fun!

Voila! Yummy!

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