Saturday, November 10, 2012

Need to Scrap!

Hey y'all! It has been so long since I have posted on here - it has been a very busy year! I got married this summer and ever since it feels like we haven't had a second to stop and breathe! I need to get back into scrapping so badly, but my new crafting space still isn't completely set up! Hopefully I will have it done in the next weeks.

Tonight I wanted to let y'all in on a giveaway on a friend's blog.  Check out Mallorie at The Happy Home for a Shutteryfly giveaway!


Friday, February 10, 2012

Cricut Circle Magazine Challenge - Use Cricut Craft Room

Wow! I cannot believe it has been 3 months since I have posted anything! I have done a few projects in that time, but haven't had the time to post them - I will try to catch up on posting them soon!  Today I have my entry for the Cricut Circle Magazine Challenge.

The Challenge: We want to encourage you to play with the Cricut Craft Room™design tool, so this month we are using it as part of our challenge! We want you to create a project of your choice with the Cricut Craft Room™design tool. 

Materials needed:
Assorted Papers
Pre-made Card Base
Pop-Up Sticker Squares
Terrifically Tacky Tape
i-Rock Gem Setter and small gems
Silver pen
Pebbles Inc. Chalk
Printer and pink ink
Cricut Cartridges: Sweethearts

I made this card for my friend's bridal shower in a week.  I started by cutting all the pieces from Sweethearts cartridge.  I had to use Craft Room (or Gypsy) to remove some of the parts from the plate areas (they have hearts in them that you need to tell it not to cut) so I had solid plats and not "Just Married" plates.

I used my Bow-Easy to make this bow and used Terrifically Tacky Tape to attach it.

I used my i-Rock gem setter to add some of the smallest gems to the plate and bumper areas to give it a little bling.  I used a silver pen to add some detail on the top of the car.

For the plate, I used my printer to add E & A (their first initials).  I then used some chalk to edge it.  I added some twine around the grey base and some gems to the top.  To attach them I used pop-up squares in between each layer.

For the lights, I used glue and made it 3D then added glitter.  They dried pretty well, but took a long time.

What do you think?


Friday, November 11, 2011

Cricut Circle Magazine Challenge - Sketch

Hey all! I made this card for one of my friend's birthday.  I decided to make it for the Cricut Circle Magazine Challenge this month as well.  This  month the challenge was to use a sketch that was featured in the magazine and at least 3 Cricut sketches.

Materials needed:
Assorted Papers
Pre-made Card Base
Pop-Up Sticker Squares
Embossing Powder (Zing - Metallic Teal) and Embossing Ink
Heat Embosser
Cricut Cuttlebug and D'vine Swirl Emboss Folder
"Happy Birthday" Stamp
Silver Ink
Pebbles Inc. Chalk
Cricut Cartridges: Jasmine (Rectangles), Sweet Treats (Cupcake), Circut Classic Font (Circles, Heart), Storybook (Inside)

I had a hard time choosing the papers for this one, but settled on these hoping that they wouldn't turn out looking too busy.

The very back paper is a pre-embossed paper form Bazzill Basics.  I chose to glue everything down instead of trying to "pop" the background items because I didn't want it to get too busy.

I used the heat embosser and Zing powder to emboss the top of the cupcake (essentially the "cherry") and the embossing folder to do the base.  After gluing all the pieces together I used to Pop-Up Stickers to attach it.

I used the embossing folder to emboss the red circle and chose to glue it backwards so that the embossing is going down instead of up.  I then glued all of the pieces on top of each other instead of using pop-up stickers.

I used silver ink to stamp the sentiment inside.  I thought the front was too busy to add words as well.

What do you think?


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fall Home Decor - Cricut and Vinyl and a Pinterest Project!

Hey all! This week I did a little fall decor project for my apartment.  I got the idea for it from Pinterest and added Cricut Vinyl to make it a little more "fall".  Also, for all of you on Pinterest - I have added a button to the right where you can follow me - you can choose to follow all my boards or just some of them (I have one dedicated to crafts and one to cards) - I hope you have a good time going through my boards!

Materials needed:
Brown Vinyl
Cricut Cartridges: Songbird (M), Gypsy Wanderings (Leaves)
Fillers: Corn, Red Beans, Peas

This is the original photo I saw on Pinterest - I liked that it used natural (and cheap) materials for decoration!

This is what I came up with.  I bought the little people at Michael's last week in the clearance section for about 75 cents a piece.

I used my Gypsy to size the cuts - the leaves are the border option from the single leaf that is on the overlay of Gypsy Wanderings.

This leaf is not the original on the cartridge - this is the flipped image.  I wanted the little canisters to be mirror images of each other.

This leaf is the original image from the cartridge cut in brown vinyl.

Another overall view of my little fall corner! I am hopefully going to be making another project for this area tonight to add some more "fall" feel to my apartment!

What do you think?


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween Home Decor

Hey all! I actually made this project last week, but after having surgery I'm just now getting around to posting it!  I made a little Halloween Home Decor Project for the Cricut Circle Monthly Challenge. The Challenge: Create a Halloween Home Decor project! Your project must include atleast 2 different Cricut Image Cuts.

I made it into a whole little corner on the bar in my apartment complete with some decorations my FMIL sent me in a Halloween goody box!

Materials needed:
Papers: Chipboard
Paints: Black, Martha Stewart Glitter Purple and Martha Stewart Glitter Orange
Paint Brushes
Pop-Up Stickers
Hot Glue Gun and Glue
Craft Pumpkins (bought mine at Michael's for half off)
Cricut Cartridges: Storybook (Letters)

I started by cutting the letters for "BOO" in both shadow and regular features.

I then painted all the letters black.  Once they were dry I added the purple paint on the shadow letters and the orange paint on the regular ones.

I used the Pop-Up Squares to attach the letters to each other.

I then used the hot glue gun to add them to the pumpkins!

Some up close pictures:

For these guys I just ran a piece of orange paper through a shredder!

I am happy with how it came out - and once Halloween is over I will be able to pack it all up and use it again next year since the pumpkins are fake!

What do you think?


Friday, October 14, 2011

"Our Stories" Layout - Circle Challenge

Hey all! I made this layout today for the Cricle Circle Magazine Challenge.  This is a layout I have been meaning to make for a while, it is going in my engagement/wedding planning scrapbook and has the story of how me and my fiance met - from each of our perspectives! It is so funny how we see things (and remember things) differently! Contest Rules: Use any Echo Park Collection and at least 4 Cricut Cuts from your favorite cartridge in your design.

Materials needed:
Papers: Echo Park Victoria Garden Collection: Garden Gate, Sunshine, Botanical Ballad, and Journaling Cards
4 buttons
Terrifically Tacky Tape
Pop-Up Stickers
Inkjet Printer
Cricut Cartridges: Sweethearts (Corners, His & Hers), Lyrical Letters (Rectangles)

I had a hard time with putting no pictures on this layout, but I chose to use papers that were heavily patterned to try to offset that.

I cut out the rectangles for my paragraphs and used their dimensions to dictate how much writing I could do.  I printed the paragraphs then taped the rectangle on the right spot and ran the same page through the printer.

I added some twine and buttons for embellishment before gluing them to the larger rectangles so they will stand out.

I used pop up stickers to add the title "His and Hers" which I thought was cute and appropriate for the page!

I played with the idea of popping the corner details as well, but my fiance wanted me to glue them straight down so I did.  I love the delicate details on them!

What do you think?


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Thinking of Ewe - Sketch Challenge

This is the final project I made for the Cricut Circle Blogiversary Challenge Series.  I decided to use it to make another card for my fiance's grandfather - we visited him a few weeks ago and he had my other cards hanging up in his room to show off.  I wanted to make another to bring him some happiness - letting him know we are thinking of him.  The Challenge: Create a project of your choice using the sketch below. Your project must include atleast 2 different Cricut Image Cuts.

Materials needed:
Base Card (or white paper and cut your own)
Papers: Shiny Blue, Pre-embossed blue, Blue and White Dots, Orange, Yellow, White, Black
Pebbles Inc. Chalk - orange and gray
3 buttons
Terrifically Tacky Tape
Pop-Up Stickers
Inkjet Printer
Cuttlebug Folders: D'Vine Swirl
Cricut Cartridges:  Cricut Classic Font (Rectangles, Circle), Just Because Cards (Sheep, Sun)

Here is the sketch I had to use for this challenge - pretty simple!

After cutting all the pieces - I attached the main rectangle to a pre-made card base.

I used an inkjet printer to make the sentiment on this card - I jammed up my printer 4 times before I got it to work!

After gluing together the sun piece I used my Cuttlebug and D'Vine Swirls folder to emboss it.

I used Terrifically Tacky Tape to add the 3 buttons.

I chalked the edges of the yellow circle and the edges of the sheep.  I added the sheep with pop-up stickers and glued the circle down to the card.

I hope it brings a smile to his face - what do you think?