Sunday, December 4, 2011

My Cricut Craft Room 100 Cartridge Blog Hop

Welcome to Day Two of  Erica's Craft Room 100 Cartridge Blog Hop. You should have come from the very talented Lezlye .

Today I have two projects that I'm very excited to share. One is my first attempt of a tri-fold card. Everyone should know by now I'm not a card maker but I came across this Christmas card by Crafting with Katie on Everyday Cricut, so I challenged myself.  Believe me it would not have been possible without Katie's instructional video see HERE Thank you Katie!

Carts I used~
Tis the Season
Wild Card
George and Basic Shapes

The base was made with a 12x24 mat.  It is an A-2 card 12'' wide, folded 4" wide.
The instructions on how to make the base is best shown in a video of which I will refer you to Katie's.
She makes it very easy to follow.  I chose different words and cut, which is what is so great about creating with your Gypsy.  I have saved the base file and can go back to this and add different words and design for different occasions.
With the Tis the Season cart I used <tree3> pg. 17 #55
The decoration on the tree is the Layer Feature Key #55. After cutting it out I added Deco Art Glistening Snow Writer and let it dry 2-3 hours before applying it to tree.
The red Christmas balls are Recollections Glitter Shapes.

The paper is DCWV, The Merry Christmas Stack
After seeing it posted here I might add some presents under the tree.
What do you think?

My second project was also inspired during my web surfing.  I found these adorable lollipop holders that were made with a die designed by Emma of  My Creative Time. I knew I wouldn't be able to order and get them in time to make for the hop and as it turns out they are so popular they are sold out but will be available again on December 7th.  You can find them (Stiched Lollipop Holder Die) in her store and you can bet I'll be purchasing them along with some of her All Around Stamps. Check them out, they are so cute!

Well then on to plan B!

I decided to try to make them using my Cricut carts and Gypsy.  Have I told you how much I love my Gypsy?

Ok, this took a bit of searching but I found the cuts I needed in Billionare, George and Basic Shapes and Art Philosophy.

This is the lollipop holder or anything else that you that you might want to use as a super creative gift.
The possibilities are endless!

I used the <tie-s> in Cricut Cartridge Billionare and used the hide/contour on the Gypsy to hide the suspenders. I then made a duplicate, flipping one and putting them end to end. The center square is from George and Basic Shapes and the scalloped circles  are from the Art Philosophy Cart. <Circle 3> Pg. 41 #21

The outline in red is showing what will be cut out after welding.

This is a sample of the cut and how I scored the bottom.

The cardstock is from the Martha Stewart 12x12 Frosty Gingerbread paper pad. I punched two holes in the center of both circles, placed the lollipop in the center, laced the ribbon through and tied the bow. I topped off the bow with a candy cane brad from my stash.

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Here is the entire lineup in case you get lost.

Thank you for stopping by

Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Create A Critter

Welcome everyone, today we are using the Create A Critter Cricut cartridge.  If you didn't come from Erica's Blog  please go back to check out the projects made by some of the other design team members.
I get a lot of my inspiration just browsing through ladies magazines that I pick up at the grocery store and I saw a cute little Thanksgiving decoration and decided to adapt it using my Cricut.
This inspiration came just in time for me try out the Cricut Craft Room Exclusive cartridge 3D Pinwheels.  It's a digital download to the Cricut Craft Room software that just became available to everyone. This was my first time using CCR and when I saw the digital images, I purchased the 3D Pinwheels, selected my project and cut it out, all while in my pj's!  How's that for convenience?

I cut the scalloped pinwheel at 6.25 using a double sided patterned paper 'Picadilly' from Basic Grey.

I found the cute little turkey on Create A Critter cart that I won from Erica awhile back, cut at 3" using Provo Craft Cardstock. I hand cut and added a buckle to the hat and gave him some google eyes.

Using a straight pin I inserted it above the turkey's nose and through the pinwheel then into the eraser end of a pencil.

I hope everyone had a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving!

Happy Crafting!


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Welcome to My Cricut Craft Room's Recipe Blog Hop

You should have come from Erica's Craft Room, if not please start at the beginning so you won't miss any of the great projects.

Today I made a project for Erica's Recipe Blog Hop.  I'm not a great baker so I'm always looking for easy and delicious!  I found this recipe by Paula Dean, I love her!  It's all about the butter!

Apple Fried Pies

I used Sweet Tooth Boxes and Ribbon and Rosettes to make a cute little box to hold the recipe.
I thought it would be a great gift to include this in a basket with the indgredients, who wouldn't love that?

It's actually a cake box from Sweet Tooth Boxes cartridge.
# 1 pg 10 <cake>  cut~ 11.48-11.00

For the topper I used the newly released cartridge Ribbon and Rosettes
I've been waiting on this one!

Bottom layer are leaves.  #46 pg 66 cut ~ 2.50
I cut eight leaves , scored in the center , shaped and inked. I then punched a hole in one end a connected them with a brad and fanned them out forming a base for my rosette.
The bottom rosette is # 41 pg 61 <Scallop8> cut ~ 1.5 times 6  Score and fold and adhere together to form rosette.
The middle rosette is # 11 pg 31 <petal>  cut 1'' x 6
The top rosette I made from the strip that you tear off of 12x12 patterned paper by American Crafts 'Autumn Harvest'  On one side it had a row of apples. I just scored and folded to make rosette for the top. I then added the orange glitter brad from We R Memory Keepers

 I hand cut the recipe tag to fit inside the box after printing it out on my computer. I inked, layered and attached them together in one corner with a brad .

I cut out the cute little harvest, apples, fall fun tags from the 12x12 patterned paper 'NightFall' (fall fun) from American Crafts and pop dotted them to the box and recipe card.

Hope you got some ideas for a great gift and yummy treat!

Up next is ... Tammy

If you get lost along the way here is the entire line up...remember to visit and COMMENT on them all to win.
Thank you for stopping by
Happy Crafting!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Welcome to the Giving Back Blog Hop

You should have come from Amanda's Blog, if not please start at the beginning with Kat so you won't miss any of the great layouts.
After hopping you'll want to go to Erica's Facebook page and leave a comment.  We will be randomly selecting someone from those comments to win blog candy.

This blog hop is about giving back and saying thanks to our leader and hostess to My Cricut Craft Room, Erica 

         For my contribution to the album that was the idea and thoughtfulness of Laurie, one of our design team sisters, I made a layout using a picture of Erica's alter ego 'Secret Santa'.
         Christmas happens to be Erica's favorite holiday and if you follow her on Facebook or her blog you will quickly find out all about Secret Santa.  You never know when she will pop up with a game and or prize giveaway, but more than prizes Secret Santa has given more than she will probably ever know. She has lead us in her passion to give to others and I'm so grateful to have been included in her endeavers to contribute to our soldiers and to the children of St Judes.  She has given so many a place to come and share a love for the one thing we all have in common...crafting.
          We are from all over the world and even though everyone has a different story, lifestyle, young and old we have bonded as friends. Meeting Erica and this group has opened up my world to a whole new experience of crafting for me, not to mention the best support from some wonderful friends. 
           This is what 'Secret Santa' has given to me and I am eternally grateful.

Thank you Erica!
You inspire us all!

Next on the hop is Tina

Here is the entire line up~

·  kat schriber  lezlye lauterbach  christina bartels capps

Thank you for sharing in our tribute to Erica, I hope you are enjoying the hop

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Erica's Craft Room 100 Cricut Cartridge Blog Hop

Welcome to Erica's Craft Room 100 Cricut Cartridge Blog Hop

You should have started at Erica's Craft Room, if not please start at the beginning.

This is day two of the 100 Cartridge blog hop with a whole new line up and new projects.  I hope everyone had a chance to check out day one of Erica's talented design team! If you just came from Lucinda's Blog you are in the right place.

My project this weekend is a two page layout ( I hope you can stand one more Halloween!)  I really love this holiday and I'm not ready for it to be over!

I used the following carts on this 'very busy' two page layout. With so many awesome cuts on these carts, I tried to utilize as many as I could!  It was that or you were going to be seeing Halloween until New Years!

Happy Hauntings
Autumn Celebrations
Holiday Cakes

Happy Hauntings

<Tree-s> pg 67 #40  Cut 6.27-7.21  ~    CTMH/ Black cardstock
<Tree> Cut 6.83-7.21  ~  Bo Bunny /Orange
The tree was too large to run through the
Cuttlebug so I folded a couple of the branches in to make it fit. I used the Forest Branches folder.
<Gate> pg 62  #45  Cut 7.08-4.06
I heat embossed the gate using black embossing powder , then sprayed it lightly with Chattered Angels Glimmer Mist. See below~

                   I love how it gives it an old rusted appearance.  The gravestones are heat embossed with silver embossing powder.
<Grvyrd-s> (grass with headstones)    Cut 6.07-4.06 ~ Black cardstock
Grass is Layer 1  ~  Green Cardstock
Beware on sign is Layer 1-shift Cut 2.10-4.06 ~ Orange

Autumn Celebrations

Trick or Treaters are pg 59  #48  Layer 2   Cut 7.57-3.21 ~ Black cardstock

Aren't they sooo cute?!

Holiday Cakes

Don't forget to look at these carts for your seasonal graphics, there are some amazing ones!
I went through mine and made a cheat sheet for each season so I wouldn't forget about them.
They are NOT just for the cake machine!

Haunted House <Spooky1-s>  pg 35 #8 Cut 5.54-7.24~ Black Cardstock
<Spooky1> 7.24  ~ Orange/ Bo Bunny

Border <Fall4> pg 63 #46 Cut .029 ~ Black cardstock

Blackletter used for font.

Happy Hauntings

There are 10 very intricate, beautiful frames on this catridge and I used four different ones.
The first size you see listed with each is the size of my picture.  I then used George and Basic Shapes and chose the shape of my frame ( oval, square, ect.), made it the size of my picture then used it in layers on my Gypsy to get the correct size of the frame I wanted. After fitting the two together, I would then delete the George shape and cut the frame.  All my pictures fit perfectly.

Raggity Ann ~ <Frame 8>   pg 45    2.50-2.00 (picture)   Cut  3.08-2.94 (frame)
Cow ~ <Frame 9>   pg 46     2.50-2.00   Cut 3.83-3.79
Jeannie ~ <Frame 7>   pg 44      2.50-3.50  Cut 3.24-4.76
Mermaid ~ <Frame 1>   pg 38      1.50-2.50  Cut 3.24-3.79
Pumpkin ~ <Frame 8>    pg 45

I cut these on lowest speed, medium pressure and blade depth 5 using Close To My Heart Black cardstock. I then heat embossed with black embossing powder.
Green and white dotted paper is Too Cute To Spook by Bella Blvd.

This is my finished project~

This is my granddaughter and some of the costumes I made for her through the years...

Next you should go to Jen's Blog

If you get lost along the way here is the entire line up.

8. Connie - You are here 

15. Erica’s Project-

Hoping everyone had a great Halloween!

Thanks for stopping by
Happy Crafting!


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Card Creating Sunday

Welcome to Card Creating Sunday

It's Card Creating Sunday in My Cricut Craft Room so please be sure to visit Erica's Blog to check out all of the creations made by her design team.

Today I'm sharing my first project using my new Expression 2! So far I'm really enjoying this new machine. 

Wobble Card
I loved the image of the boot that is on the E2's preinstalled cartridge Cricut Alphabet and it was perfect for the card I wanted to make for my granddaughter.  She is going to be in a rodeo the end of this month and I wanted to show my support.
Boot ~ Cricut Alphabet - Cut @ 4"
I ran the top layer through the Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots folder to look like Ostrich.
This was my first attempt to make a wobble card and was pleased to find out how easy it is to do.
I just wrapped some wire around my zig glue a couple of times and cut it off with wire clippers and attatched to boot and card with tape. I wish you could see it wobble or in this case 'kick'!

I used kraft paper for the card using the Art Philosophy Cartridge #25. The shape of this card was perfect for my wobbling boot.
<Star3> pg. 45 ~ Art Philosophy - Cut 1.08-1.47
Label~ Art Philsophy - Cut 3.30-1.35
I used Pink By Design's stamp from the  Rock On Stamp Set for 'Kick up your heels!'

This is the inside.
I used A Child's Year cartridge for the font cut at 0.65-1.00

I'm hoping my card of encouragement brings a good outcome for Jayde and Honey!

Best of Luck to a Great Team!

Thanks for stopping by

Happy Crafting!

Friday, October 14, 2011

October 15th & 16th Fall Favorites Blog Hop

Welcome to My Cricut Craft Room's Fall Favorites Blog Hop
You should have started at Erica's My Cricut Craft Room, if not please start at the beginning.

I love all of the holidays but Halloween is just plain FUN!  Today I'm going to share a layout I just made about the Halloween party we had last year for my grandsons and their friends. We had a haunted barn that I helped decorate but I let the older kids dress up in spooky costumes to lie in waiting for the unsuspecting visitors. I got a big kick watching them pop out and surprise everyone
until my son surprised ME when he started up the chainsaw! (No one was injured in this production!)LOL!
We also had an old fashioned apple bobbing and a hay ride to the cemetary.
Oh, and lots of TREATS!

There were so many pictures I decided to put together a collage of a few of them.

Click to enlarge
Carts I used~

Happy Hauntings~ 
Bone (get it?) Appetit - cut .79-1.60

Indie Art~
Scull and crossbones #12 - cut 1.84-2.18

Chandelier - cut 3.43-3.49
Frame -  #56 pg. 67 Base cut 3.99-4.18  Frame cut 4.34-4.18

  The chandelier in Sophisticated didn't have candles so I used the candles from Best of 2006 cart.
I wanted to hang the chandelier from the top of the page so I used this border for a chain from the Elegant Cakes cartridge. cut 2.75-0.29

Art Philosophy~
Border pg. 66 Font layer cut 5.50-0.91
Flowers  pg. 69 Font layer/shift cut 3"

Background paper is My Mind's Eye~Mischievous
Orange and cream floral patterned paper is Recollections Midnight Magic Paper Pad

The stamp Eat drink and be Scary is Studio G

The Treats~
For the mummified cupcakes pipe white frosting into random strips across a cupcake. Dots of red and black frostings make up the eyes.
The bloodshot eyeballs are peanut butter balls dipped in white chocolate. I then painted veins with a small paintbrush using red food coloring. Pipe small dots of black icing for the pupils.

Next you should go to Lori's

I've included the blog list in case you get lost.


Sunday, October 2, 2011

My Cricut Craft Room October Cartridge Blog Hop

Welcome to day 2 of My Cricut Craft Room 100 Cartridge

Blog Hop!

If you came from our lovely host Erica's blog you are in the right place!

I have the pleasure to kick off day 2 of Erica's monthly 100 cartridge blog hop.  I hope all of you were able to hop yesterday and see the wonderful projects the team had created. If you're back for more,  we're so happy to have you!

I'm so happy for fall!  It means fabulous fall colors! (somewhere...I live in Florida) It means football
games, frightening Halloween partys and last but not least (for me),  not so bad hair days!!!! Notice I didn't say good, but I'll take any improvement!

To make up for the fall colors that elude us in Florida I made a project that includes the beautiful

I found this frame at Goodwill and the center board was fuschia with a bright yellow, stretchy rubber
band to make a memo board.  So for $2.49 I brought it home and took it apart, covered it with a beautiful patterned paper, poked holes through the original ones and restrung it with 1/8" white elastic
that I colored with chalk ink to match. I then added the mixture of flowers.

Carts~ Art Philosophy and Flower Shoppe

The Daisy was made with Flower Shoppe a Cricut projects cart.
If you'll notice the handbook shows you the order of the layers and the finished product.
You can see the each layer pointed out with a red dot on the overlay in a vertical row.
<daisy3> is the bottom layer and you cut 10 of these.
All layers cut at 3''
I didn't shape or ink my daisy...I liked the crisp clean look.
There are six different swirl flowers on the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge that is sold by
Close To My Heart.  I soooo recommend this cartridge!
The cuts are a spiral in different shapes.
Here's a not so great picture of two of them.
There are two each on pages 68,69, and 70
Font/Shift and no shift
Cut at 3''
Patterned paper is Basic Grey, Mellow
Chalk Ink is Technique Tuesday
Post Card by Webster's Pages
My next project is a layout about my grandson, Christopher,  playing Pop Warner football.
This is his first year and my only experience with football has been my daughter and granddaughter
as cheerleaders. I didn't watch the when the opposing team tackeled my GS I freaked out when they didn't immediately get off of him! I'll learn! LOL!
Carts I used~ Word Collage
                                                                                   Elegant Edges
                                                                                   Birthday Bash
                                                                                   George and Basic Shapes
Word Collage is another Cricut projects cart that I think I will use alot.
#14 on the overlay  cut ~ 5.85-5.59  Black cardstock
I used hide/contour on the Gypsy to hide everything but the football and cut it out using a textured leather (feels like leather!) from The Paper Co.~ Franchise 12x12 Football
I found this at A.C. Moore
I did the same for DEFENSE using background color cardstock to indicate the position my grandson was playing. Yellow cardstock is Pearlescent Paper by ColorBok.
The background shape was made using Elegant Edges #44/shift cut~10.89-10.41
Paper is Simple Grid/Black by Luxe Designs.
TEAFORD using Birthday Bash cut~3/4"
Stars using Sophisticated #41 Font feature cut~2.74-0.88 (yellow cardstock)
Circle using George and Basic Shapes
#11 Shift~white cardstock
#11 Silhoutte/shift~black cardstock
#1 stamp I used Clear Stamps by Inkadinkado Jersey Numbers and Jersey Alphabet
For my third project I made Halloween treat bags. I had purchased the bags at Stampin Up while at CKU. I had never seen little bags like this before.
I made the three Halloween toppers on the left using
Autumn Celebrations.
The one on the right was made using Autumn Celebrations for the base but I designed the 
'Angry Bird' (it's a game app!)
After seeing a red Angry Bird made by another crafter, I knew I had to make the black one
for my 5 year old grandson.  He loved it!

#4 pg. 25 < Phrase> Black cut 2.87-3.00
Recommended to cut at least 3" in handbook
Circle <phrase/s> yellow cut~ 2.87-3.00
Pumpkin- <phrase/layer> orange cut~1.79-3.00
Base <phrase/layer/shift> cut 3.03-3.00

This is an example of how I used my gypsy and cut out the monster.

Happy Fall
Happy Game Days
Happy Halloween

Happy Crafting to everyone!

I hope I have inspired you to start creating for fall, if I have please let me know, and thank you for stopping by!

Next is the very talented Lucinda

Enjoy the hop and if you get lost I have added the blog list:

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