Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mailboxes for Easter

I had made Valentine Mailboxes for my older 4 Grandkids and still had a bunch of mailboxes left.  I thought why not an Easter Mailbox instead of a small Easter Basket from Grandma and Grandpa for my younger 2 Grandkids. 

I cut the base pattern paper to fit the mailbox width wise and then marked the rivet holding the flag on the paper.   A small slit and a hole punch made the perfect shape cut out to fit under the flag rivet. I slid the paper under the rivet and started gluing from there.  The 12 inch paper was 3/4 of an inch to short to go all the way around but I made sure that the opening was in an area where it would be covered by the grass cut out.  I used Aleene's tacky glue and a paint brush to apply the glue to the mailbox, working in sections, starting at the rivet area.  I then  smoothed out the paper with a makeup sponge.

   I decided these needed a bow since they were Easter Mailboxes.  I really liked the look of the bow on these mixed with the pink  braid edging that I have had for years.  
I used Celebrate with a Flourish and just cut it apart to make the scene on the mailbox above.  Added Grass from Plantin Schoolbook and eggs from Doodlecharms and A Child's Year.
This end Grasson this one is cut from Mickey and Friends
and the font on both of these mailboxes if from A Child's Year. 
This scene cut in brown glitter paper  is also from A Child's Life with a few extra eggs from added.  These are going to be fun filled with edible grass (yes, they have such a thing) and some chocolate peeps I got while on vacation.  Gigi

Monday, March 28, 2011

I can do that with the Cricut

This card is a scraplift of a card featured on Whimsie Doodles  She used the Whimsie Doodles Sunny Day stamp set.  I love her work , the stamps and the way she colors the stamped images.  They also have digi down loads.  But this time I wanted to see if I could scraplift the card using my Circut as I needed it fast. 

  So I gave it a try and loved the way it came out.  It is a birthday card for one of my Grand Daughters who is turning 7.  I know she will put this in her room and save it for a long time so I wanted it to be over the top special.

I got to play with my Cricut markers also, which I need to do more of since you can add so much to your cuts with them.

To create the stair step base score it 1 1/4", 2 1/2", 4 1/4", 6" and 8 1/4".  Then fold it like a fan with the first
 section in front of the 1 1/4" going down.

The cupcake was cut with Doodlecharms and is a hot air balloon. I cut it twice and layered this so I could put the strings between the two layers and added Pop Dots , also I did the same thing with the basket.  Every thing else is a single cut. 

The basket and one of the trees is from My Community cart. I used the shadow with all the cuts except the cupcake so they each had a black edge like the black on the clouds

The other two trees are from Mickey and Friends and the Creative Memory cart Cheerful Seasons.

The clouds were outlined with black Cricut markers using Graphically Speaking and then hand cut.

The sun and the green front was hand cut and outlined using watercolor pencils with a blending pen.

I placed my clouds so they could stair step up by attaching the two outside clouds  onto  the trees in the first valley and then moving up towards the sun and the cupcake balloon.  The balloon is raised from the second valley by the clear craft plastic, from Grafix.  The same plastic that Megan used for her clear card.  Enjoy!!!!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Tie, The Boy, The Story

I had so much fun doing this layout.  I love using the 12 by 12 photos.  I order them from our Costco online and in one hour plus the time of the drive they are in my hands. 
Now saying that, when I enlarge them  they are not all ways the greatest photo since the smaller version was not a very good photo.  Which is one of the points of this post. Do not let those poor quality photos stop you!!  Use them!

 For me it is all about the story and the moment in time in which the picture was taken.  I scrap for my Grand kids so they can remember the moments in their lives. 
Everyone of the pictures on this layout is either of  poor color, poor focus or fast movement that came out blurry.  On the second page I over lapped a picture to cover up a blurry hand.  But there is a story here and I so wanted my Grandson to remember the fun we had.

Of course there is the journaling,  In this case there was a story leading up to these photos.  A lot of shopping and the fact that this is a tie from a second hand store.  A very old wool tie that still had the tags on it.  For some reason he fell in love with this tie and it was his first tie. 

The main green paper was black and white so I inked it with Tim Holtz inks and the sponge applicator to match the tie..  It makes it so easy to do large areas with this tool.

I used Graphically Speaking and Design Studio to lengthen the journaling block on the first page.  Still learning this fun program for my Cricut and I must give most of the credit for anything I know about DS to Megan.

Graphically Speaking and Going Places were  used  for the arrows.

Going Places cart, which is a fav of mine was used for the little guy and the camera.  The tie on the little guy was hand cut and added.

Lyrical Letters and my old stand by Plaintin Schoolbook was used for the lettering.

This was a fun story to tell and such a fun layout to do even with the less than perfect photos.  Having fun and recording memories is why I love this hobby so much!!!  Gigi

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Dance Recital Layout

This is my (Donna) last post for this week.  New projects are posted 3 times a week.  This is a LO using my beautiful granddaughter in her ballet costume for her 2009 recital.  Isn't she beautiful!!  I used Walk in my Garden for the flowers, Plantin SchoolBook for the ivory scallops, and Storybook for everything else.  I used the shadow feature on the letters and then applied cotton candy pink stickles.  The butterfly is from K&Co.  I used walnut distressing ink on the edges.  It has been fun this week with all of you and hope to see you again soon.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Kitchen Note Board

Happy Spring!!  This is Donna with my latest project for you.  I bought the unfinished wooden plaques at a local craft store for $4.00 for the set of 3.  I sanded and painted them with white acrylic paint.  Added the paper on the fronts and then the trim.  I used cork board for the notes section and stuck on the Cricut cuts.  I love bling and fluffy so you could make it your own style.  I will be back Friday with a new LO.  Hope you enjoy.  By the way, I used Nifty Fifty cartridge on all cuts.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Beauty and the Beast

Finally it is my turn!  This is Donna coming to you from a cold and windy Oklahoma.  The first project this week is a card that doubles as a ticket holder.  You could put money, gift cards, seed packets, pictures, just about anything you want in it.   I used K&Company Life's Journey paper, Disney Dreams Come True cartridge, Sentimentals for the mirror, Indie Art for the rose, Storybook for the title letters, Tim Holtz brick embossing folder, tea dye distress ink, and stickles - gotta have bling!  You will see my style is girly (I have 4 granddaughters and 2 daughters) sparkle everywhere, lots of stuff and for the life of me, I cannot do the negative space thing.  I love vintage, heritage, and pink!  To make this card you need to score a 12x12 paper into quarters.  Then on the bottom two quarters, fold them in a triangle and fold the triangles up toward the remaining 2 square quarters.  Fold in half and you are done.  Hope you enjoy this project as much as I did - let me know how you liked it.  I have a really cool project to show you on Wednesday.  Be there or be square!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Marlene again.  I have completed a lay out that is very heavy on the Cricut cuts.  The title which translates to "corn" was done with Paper Dolls Dress Up, accessories 2, upper case on the Indian Girl character.  The figure was cut twice, one green and one yellow.  I cut the title with Cuttin Up on the cartoon mode using Design Studio so the shadow (not available on cartoon) was stretched slightly to get a similar effect.  Mickey and Friends has the sun character which I cut 4 times and glued together to get a chipboard look.

The yellow cardstock cuts were run through a Cuttlebug using the Mesh folder then chalked to look like corn.   I used Design Studio for the corn stalks and letters, first cutting the characters then  WITHOUT removing the characters, a Cricut pen was inserted in the blade housing  and the image was "cut" again to get the outline effect.  Design Studio always takes the blade housing back to the starting point, without DS you can press  Load Paper and that will also take the blade housing back to it's original position.  As long as nothing was moved on the mat, an outline can be made.

The sun and the corn were all liberally chalked for depth.  For details describing the pictures  and products used you can check my blog.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Get Well Card

Hello, Marlene again.  For cards for family I like to take a photograph that speaks to me in some kind of humorous way.    I added words with  photo editing software.  There is minimal embellishment on the card front, just enough for a tropical feel.  I always adhere the "decorated" element of the card to a blank so that brad legs, ribbon ends etc. don't show on the inside.   The middle of the bottom of the inside of the blank was marked to use as a guide for the sentiment.  I replaced the blade with a Cricut marker.   With the Cricut set on MID POINT I navigated the blade housing to where I wanted the middle of Get Better and pushed cut.  The outlines of the words were drawn on the blank.  Prisma colored pencils filled in the sentiment.  For the story of the picture, please see my blog.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Practical use for a Cricut

Hi, Marlene here.  I was inspired to create an altered object with my Cricut Expression by a project done by Donna.  I bought an ordinary mailbox at the hardware store.  Using Cricut vinyl, I made a stencil to paint my house numbers on a mailbox.  The numbers were cut with From My Kitchen and the outside oval is from George on silhouette.  Design Studio welded the numbers as one file, then the oval was placed around the numbers again welding the characters.  Welding the characters made it possible to edit the whole project as one cut.  The flag side numbers were smaller than the other side while the front numbers were scaled down to fit on the lid.

All of the mailbox except the outline of the numbers and oval was covered before painting.  I only wanted the paint in the negative space of the cut-out.  White was layered on until dark enough that the original green did not show through.  Krylon "Glow in the Dark" paint was sprayed in the final layers.  The Krylon makes the numbers reflective which is perfect for a rural mailbox.

For cutting the vinyl, a 12 x 24 mat was needed and I recommend a very sticky mat.

This was a pretty quick project  and shows another practical side of the Cricut.  Now I'm all ready to receive some new scrappy supplies.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Card #3

Here I am again! With the 3rd card in my card installment this week. I actually have 2 cards for you today. Or rather, 2 versions of basically the same card. Again I was making Thank You cards. I did a giveaway on my own blog recently and am sending a TY card to the winners with their prize, just because I want them to know how much I appreciate their bloggy support.

On to the cards- For the first one, I wasnt sure how many flowers I would need, so I just cut a bunch of them- which led to the second card! The flowers are from George and Basic Shapes, in 1" for the center and 1 1/4" for the outer part. The yellow damask background paper is from Martha Stewart's Playful Blue paper pad. (I found it at Wal-Mart a long time ago). So I cut a bunch of flowers and just started arranging them on the card till I thought it looked right. After they were arranged, I stuck them down with a glue dot, in sections. I did it that way so I could draw the stems as I went, and have them actually connect to each of the separate flowers. When I was done sticking the flowers down, I added the bow "around" the stems and put a big glob of yellow stickles in the center of each flower to finish them off.

I love that by using only a glue dot to adhere the flowers, it allowed the petals to curl up a bit and give more dimension to the card.

When I was done with the first card, I had several flowers left over- but not enough for one exactly the same. I messed around with it a bit, and ended up with this-

So there you have it. The end of my week on the blog. I hope you enjoyed my cards! See you again soon!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Card #2

Happy Monday, friends!

As promised, I have another card for you today. This one is a thank you card, for a gift I received from a bloggy friend. :)

Last month, we were all waist deep in Valentine's projects floating about here in blog land. I was particularly taken with the kraft/white/red combo that was so popular this year. I used that inspiration on this Thank You card, but in a non-VD kind of way.

I used an A2 white card base, then cut a piece of Kraft cardstock to be 1/4" smaller all the way around. I cut a second piece of Kraft to fit about the top 2/3rds of the card and used my Swiss Dots cuttlebug folder to dry emboss it. It adds some dimension and interest to an otherwise blank section of the card. The "thank" was cut using the Cherry Limeade cartridge. Its one of the Lites that can be found only at Wal-Mart.

I was able to use not ONE, but TWO!!! new (to me) techniques on this card!!! The first is on the U. this U was a plain piece chipboard to start. I used a Perfect Medium pad to coat the entire top of the letter. Then I sprinkled red glitter Zing embossing powder all over it and heat set the powder. I really like how it turned out, but next time I will ink the edges of the letter first OR be sure to cover them with whatever medium I am using to adhere the embossing powder and put powder all around the edges also.
The second technique is that ruffle sticking out of the leopard paper. Its just a piece of tissue paper, like you would put in a gift box! I cut a thin-ish strip right off the big piece of tissue, about an inch and a half wide. Then I used my ATG to run a strip of adhesive along the card, before I adhered the leopard paper. I stuck down the far right edge of the tissue strip- and just pleated it as I went. Sticking each fold down to my adhesive until I got to the other side of the card. It turned out super cute! I will be doing it again for sure!

So there you have it- Card #2! On Wednesday I will have 2 versions of the same card to share with you. :) Hope to see you then!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Its CARDS week!

Hi there, friends! Its Megan here, and i'm posting all week long! Its been card city at my house lately. Thank you cards, congrats cards, thinking of you cards, you name it- I have (or need to) make it. I will have 3 very different cards to post for you this week, so keep coming by!

My first card is a thank you for a very dear friend of mine. I met her online, on the Cricut message board, over 2 years ago. Recently, I had email a few friends, her included, a silly picture of my hubby and our 2 boys. My amazing friend surprised me by having the picture printed, and scrapping it! I was so shocked and excited when I received her package in the mail. I thought it was only appropriate to make her a fantastic card, in return. After much thought, heres what I cooked up-

The base of this card is clear craft plastic, from Grafix. I have done one other card on this clear plastic, after receiving one from another friend. Its really a lot of fun! I used the medium weight plastic, found at my local Michael's, in a package of 4 12x12 sheets. The plastic cuts easily with my Making Memories cutter, and I used my Martha Stewart Score board to score it for folding.

The most difficult part of doing a card like this, is adhering things. I try to layer a lot of stuff, so there isnt a bunch of visible adhesive on the back of the element. If you look at my card- the clouds on are actually on the inside of the front of the card, and 2 of the butterflies are on the outside. I put a glue dot on the back of the butterfly, then a corresponding dot on the front of the cloud, to hide them. The grass and flowers have no layer underneath and are just adhered with my ATG.You can also use Glossy Accents, or something similar, to adhere the elements.

Once my embellishments were all adhered, I used Glossy Accents on all 3 of the butterflies to add a bit of dimension. There is also a tiny dot of Stickles in the flower centers.

I hope you enjoyed this card! Come back on Monday for another one :)

Thursday, March 3, 2011


Well I'm going to leave you with a couple of simple and very basic tips.  Most will probably know, some won't so thought they may be helpful.

1.  Measurements..When making size adjustments, remember that the letter, phrase or shape you're cutting is always measured from the lowest possible point to the highest possible point  i.e....with a 'b' measurement is from top of upward stroke of b to bottom of rounded edge.

2.  Maintenance...If you find that your Cricut Mat is 'too sticky' and ripping paper when you remove it, here are 2 tips you can try;

 .  Place a sheet of computer printer paper on your mat and lift it several times to remove a little bit of the stick.
.  Use a craft knife or the Cricut Spatula to carefully lift and removed cut images rather than just pulling them off.

Ok, I'm heading off for a 5 day holiday to one of our warmer States with the main purpose to go see a Neil Diamond Concert and a winery or two, and generally relax.  Look forward to seeing what pops up next on our blog to help you use your Cricut a little more...cheers

Party Treats

Lesley again..well my third and last project for the week using my Cricut is a, well lets call it a 'Party Theme'.

I've actually made these for Easter, they will be hidden in various places around the garden for my gorgeous little grandson to find, then 'hopefully' he will give them out to people.

They are based on the Christmas Bon Bons we have in Australia where everyone pulls the end and it has a small popper inside and whoever gets the largest end gets what is inside it, but then of course everyone has to have one so you share the contents around anyway.  At Christmas there is usually a tissue party hat, small treat and a printed joke.

Being Easter, I have filled these with those little chocolate eggs that are wrapped in coloured foil but they could be replaced with toffees or any sort of candy.

I used the current favourite cartridge of mine Paper Lace, guess you could have guess that one lol..

Directions are, you start off with a toilet roll, yes empty, and not used.  In other words I neatly folded all the paper off them and stored it obviously for later purposes.  Just didn't feel like putting any type of food in one that had been used even though they still appear clean.   An empty Kitchen paper towelling roll could also be used and cut to whatever length you want.

SO:...started by painting the cardboard empty toilet roll inside and out, the same colour as the tissue paper I was using.  Filled with the treats the wrapped in tissue paper and glued the long edge with just double sided tape.  Tied a piece of ribbon around each end, and then comes the Cricut part.  I guess you could find lots of cuts on different cartridges, and could even use animal ones or Disney characters glued on to a ring which wraps around the roll, Easter Bunnies...anything.  But I have used this gorgeous scroll cut at 4" using the Layer 1 option, there are also many similar ones to choose from on this cartridge.  That is then glued down.  Then from the same character on your cartridge I have chosen the flower and cut that at 2" that is the black fancy edged one, then cut it using the Shadow option for the b/ground in either blue or yellow.  Place that on 2 square cuts of cardstock which can be any size but you are guided by the size of the roll you use, popped a button in the centre of the flower and then when I tied the ribbon on the end I wanted the tag I just punched a hole and threaded it through before doing the bow....easy peasy and they look so pretty I think...and now I have my Easter treats under way as well.  Hope you give them a try and have fun.  I also add that this basic design was not my idea, I got the inspiration for them from Provocraft.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

For my 2nd lot of designs this week I've decided to post a couple of cards which I've also used the Cricut on extensively.

The first one I did for my 14 yr old niece and she loved it, it is a pedestal card and if you want dimensions for  the design I will be putting them on my blog later in the week.  I used the mini cartridge 'Summer in Paris'.

This is the side view so you can see how it stands up, sorry the photo wasn't all that good, too much light in it but you can see what I mean by the pedestal.

The next card was actually a mini book I've just made as my Sister's Birthday Card.  It is just a little book with some nice saying's in it, with 2 pockets that you can identify by the ribbons which are attached to tags and have photos inside them.  This is a really easy little mini book to make and you can make it with or without pockets.  There is only 1 cut involved and a few 'valley and mountain' type folds.  Once again I will put instructions on my blog in a few days as I have to go away and have run out of time to get it done prior to leaving.

I used mainly the 'Paper Lace' Cartridge for the fancy cuts on pages 1 and 2,  the flourishes on page 3, on page 4 the saying is from 'Straight from the Nest',  and the tag behind it is also cut with the Cricut but I must apologise here for not having the cartridge that I got it from, it's soooo late at night right now and I would have to go down to my studio to forage through all my carts to work out which one it was as I forgot to write that down.

On page 3, red background with white embellishments,, these are done by using a Martha Stewart punch and using the right angled corner punch technique.

The last picture is of the envelope I made for the little book.  The lacy design in the middle was again cut using the Paper Lace cartridge, whilst the edge was done with a Martha Stewart Border punch.  The greeting is from Just Because Cards cartridge.

Hope you enjoy looking at these, something different and lots of different cuts from the Cricut.