Monday, May 30, 2011

Gift Wrap with Cricut

One of the things that most people don't think of is making decorations for putting on a gift wrapped present.  This is my DD's birthday present - a cool pair of sandals.  I apologize for the poor picture quality but I had to take the photo at night.  The flowers are from Plantin Schoolbook and are cut in 4 different sizes.  I painted them with pearl iridescent paint very lightly.  Then I doodled around the edge of each flower and bent the petals back.  Arrange them to fit the gift box.  I finally added a big white shiny bow.  She really loved it and kept the flowers to use on something else later.  She said we was going to put them on a wreath.  Hope you enjoy this project.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Farmer's Market Tin

This is a fun project my GD and I made one day for some "together time."  I used a Pepperidge Farm cookie tin (the cookies are all gone!) and covered it with fabric.  I applied several coats of Modge Podge to seal the fabric.  All the die cuts are from my Cricut Expression.  I used Animal Kingdom for the cow, pig, chicken and the owl in the tree.  The tree and fence are from Heritage.  The title and grass on the bottom are from Plantin Schoolbook.  I used chalk and walnut Distress Ink for shading and contrast.  The top has fabric flowers and a metal butterfly.  Also added lace and burlap rick rack around the lid.  This is not going to win any scrapbook awards but my GD loves it and thinks it is great!  The time we share with kids and other loved ones while working on crafts is priceless.  Try it some time.    Be back on Tuesday with another project.

I live in NE Oklahoma and am blessed to have survived the tornadoes this week.  My prayers go out to all the people who were affected by the storms.  It was a devastating event that will not soon be forgotten.  Scrapbooking is such a good way to express your emotions whether good or bad.  Love to all......

Howling at the moon?

Marlene again.  For this layout I used a very old collection of papers, Halfway Cafe by Cosmo Cricut and my newest Cricut cartridge, Old West.    The title, coyote, rope and jug were all done with that cart.  The tickets were stamped and cut out.  Paper Lace was used for the scroll thingy on the top.  I also ran the moon and rope through my Cuttlebug to create texture.  The design is an Old Page Maps sketch.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Juvenile Cards

Hi from Marlene.  My first post is a card I made for a Grandnephew.  It shows that you can use just a little bit of Cricut to add an element or two.  I used a palm from Everyday Paper Dolls Dress Up.  I use that cartridge a lot for the accessories, it is loaded with ordinary items that I am always looking for.  The monster was done using a technique I learned from a Close to My Heart Rep.  I used an acrylic stamp that I bought in Las Vegas last summer.  First I stamped using Staz On Platinum ink then colored him in with Prisma Color Pencils  using three shades each of green and pink.  I lightly rubbed odor free mineral spirits to blend the colors and allowed it to dry.  Next I used Staz On Timber Brown, lined the stamp over the previous imprint and created a dark outline with smooth edges.  I really love the effect.  The inside sentiment used Birthday Bash.

The next card is for the Grandniece.  She and her brother have birthdays a couple weeks apart and I cannot remember which is which so I do them at the same time, leaving it to their mother to get them to the right kid on the right date.  The girl card is heavy on the Cricut cuts and I used Birthday Bash for all of them.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Baby Shower Gift

This is Marlene checking in for my contribution.  My niece who has done some scrapbooking is having her first child in July.  My first impulse was to buy the supplies for a mini book then I remembered - oh wait, you can't do anything with a newborn but attend to his needs.  So in the end I made a ready for pictures book for newborn pictures.  The embellishments were cut using several different cartridges.  The giraffe,  owl, monkey were cut using Create-A-Critter.  The dog and ducks are from Animal Kingdom.  Kitten, donkey, cutie and banners are Birthday Bash. Plantain Schoolbook has the font. It's a Boy is Celebrations.   While Precious is from Graphically Speaking and Sweetie Pie was Just Because.  I combined 2 acrylic and chipboard albums.  All the papers are from G CD Studios as well as the brads.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Huskers Wall Hanging

Today Im sharing with you the second project I did for the May Day Basket Swap I was in. This one was a little more in depth than most of my projects and a bit out of the box for me. My partner was a HUGE Nebraska Cornhuskers football fan. (I can relate- Im the same way with my UofA Wildcats). So I wanted to do *something* that tied in with her team love. The first idea was a banner. Which was actually what I was going to do- until the wall hanging idea popped into my head!

(I have already shared this project on my personal blog, so I the details about it are just copy and pasted from there)
I got this 11x14 frame at Michael's using a 40% off coupon. It was an inexpensive frame to begin with, so with the coupon it was down right affordable! :) The background is a piece of astroturf that I picked up a home depot. Such a small amount is really inexpensive also. (Dang! I'm off to a good start with this project!) I used painters tape to tape off the yard lines, and a sponge brush with white acrylic paint to fill them in. Once that dried and I peeled off the tape, I just dabbed the tip of the sponge brush on the turf for the hash marks between the lines.

The Husker logo was a little bit time consuming, but not too bad. I used my cricut and a computer program called Sure Cuts A Lot (which, I believe, is no longer available for use with the cricut). I downloaded a jpeg of the logo and the computer program broke it down to be able to cut the layers (the large N, the word Huskers, and the white background) in the right colors on my cricut. Then I pieced it back together. I used another cricut cartridge (Birthday Bash) for the banner behind the logo, and the "Go Big Red" across the bottom.

The writing that is around the frame itself, is actually 4 separate quotes that can be found on the Nebraska football stadium. They are carved in to the stadium, one on each corner. (I did my homework!). I printed the quotes on the computer, and just using a plain ol' #2 pencil, colored across the backside of the paper. Once the back was covered in pencil, I lightly taped the quote to the frame so the words were lined up where I wanted them. I traced over the letters with the pencil- and the pressure left a pencil line (from where I colored on the back of the paper) on the frame. I was able to then trace the lines with a fine tip white paint pen. It worked really well. I love that I was able to keep it straight, and know how big to write so each quote would fit on the frame.

The last part was the ribbon. I tied it in a knot, then hot glued it to the frame on the sides. I also hot glued the Banner flag to the turf, so it would stay stuck down. None of my other adhesives seemed to work very well.

***Due to disagreements between CraftEdge (SCAL) and Provo Craft, the SCAL program is no longer available in a format compatible with the cricut. This information comes from the Sure Cuts A Lot website***

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Hotwheels Tote

My god-son's birthday party was this last weekend. He turned 2. Despite having 2 boys that are still young, for me 2 is a very hard age to buy for. They are too big for "baby" toys, but often too small for "big kid" toys. So I called his mom for help.

She told me he is very into cars and trucks, and especially motorcycles. She also mentioned that his plastic box she had been keeping his cars in is now over flowing. That was enough to get my creative juices going! I picked up a couple motorcycles for him, but I also got him a new box to keep them all in!

My boys love to carry things around, so I wanted to make sure the box had a handle, so he could pick up and carry the tote. I wandered around storage-land at Target and found the PERFECT thing- A large Snapware tote! Of course, I couldn't just buy it and give it to him plain, so I doctored it up a bit with vinyl cuts from the cricut.

(I'm going to apologize now for my lousy photos. I took them with my phone. A friend had my camera this weekend, and I did this project last minute, so I got what I could!)

On the lid, I used the Robotz cartridge to personalize the tote. I used the regular and shadow feature. To layer them, I put the shadow layer down first, then went back and laid the regular letters on top.

On the bottom part of the box, I used Going Places, Paper Doll Dress Up, and Everyday Paper Dolls to make various vehicle cuts. Because of the style of these cartridges, there arent any of layers for the cars and trucks, which makes using them for vinyl really easy!

The "vroom" was cut using the Robotz cart, to match the font on the lid.

The tote was a hit at the party! His mom TOTALLY loved it, and he loved the motorcycles that were in it.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Monogrammed Note Cards

Good Morning friends! I recently was involved in an Easter Basket swap (turned May Day box because of time issues) with some good friends on a crafting chat board. We were paired up with another participant, exchanged questionnaires and swap specifications, and got busy! My partner and I decided on a set dollar amount to spend on gifts, then we also chose to include 2 hand-made projects in each others boxes.

One of the projects I made for her was a set of 12 monogrammed note cards. I know that I am very bad about having any cards ready made, should I need one, and always have to spend a bunch of time creating one at the last minute. My partner is a busy mom of 2 boys, like I am, so I figured she is probably in the same boat. It will hopefully be helpful to her to have these monogrammed cards all ready to go should she need it!

I chose the colors of the note cards to match the colors of twine that were in the sampler pack I just purchased from The Twinery. I used 6 different colors, and made 2 of each card. 

The cards are basic A2 size, so I was able to use pre-made envelopes. I cut each piece of cardstock into a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" strip, then scored it across the middle and folded, to make the base of the card. I used my Creative Memories corner rounder on all the corners. The white piece of cardstock on the front is 4"x 5", then I sprayed it with pearl Glimmer Mist. I know it doesnt come across in the pictures, but the shimmer it has is really pretty. Once the Glimmer Mist was dry, I embossed the paper using my Cuttlebug and the Polka Dots embossing folder.

Before adhering the embossed piece to the card base, I cut 3 lengths of twine to go across the front. I used scotch tape to adhere them to the back of the white cardstock. Once that was complete, I used my ATG gun to stick the white piece to the base. Also, because the card bases are colored, I cut an additional 4x5 piece of white cardstock, rounded the corners, and adhered it to the inside of the card. This gives a nice clean place to write, that your standard black or blue ink pens will stand out on without getting lost on the colored paper.

For the monogram, I used Cricut Design Studio to size a scalloped circle to 2-ish inches (the scalloped circle came from the Mini Monograms cartridge). Then I sized a plain circle to fit just in side the scallop (the plain circles were from the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge). I didnt use an exact size, I just used the "handles" on the selected shape to pull it into the size that fit. Once I had that inner circle, a second plain circle was added, but I put the monogram inside of it (the "D" for the monogram is from the Lyrical Letters cartridge). Because I was using Design Studio, I was able to lay out several of these at once and cut almost everything on one mat. Once everything was cut, I adhered the circles together, using the negative cut of the monogram for the top layer, to let the white underneath come through. Then adhered the piece to the card using my ATG gun.

Once all the cards were assembled, I stacked them with a dozen envelopes and tied them all up in a cute little package with more Twinery twine. I added a small tag, also cut with the cricut (Plantin Schoolbook cartridge), that I wrote her a little note on.

 There you go! An easy to make gift that would be great for teachers, friends, and family!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Quilting with the Cricut

Gosh am I ever having trouble with blogger, delayed again due to blogger having problems with their dashboard so been down for maintenance, finally up and running.

Well like I promised, something different and thinking outside the square when using the Cricut.
My daughter wanted a quilt for her new born and gave me instructions to make a jungle quilt with the colours that made it look 'jungle like' not pretty with silly coloured animals, so therefore the colours were dictated by that.

I immediately thought of my 'Animal World' cartridge but had never cut fabric on the Cricut before, it did present with a problem because I wasn't confident cutting out the animals with the visoflex (sticky stuff), on the back of it.  So I changed my applique method, cut them bigger and allowed a 'tuck under' seam allowance so I rolled the edges under as I did the blanket stitching.

I used a different cartridge for the crocodile but apologise for not naming it because it was a few weeks ago now since I cut them out and have too many carts to search through at this point.

Well I'll put the animal pics up and the full quilt and hopefully it will help some of you to have the courage to do something different.

Well I hope you liked looking at this different way to use your Cricut.  My daughter loved it and I had fun doing it.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Well I am finally online and able to post to the blog, been having computer problems which have slowed me down a bit and prior to that had family visiting, a new baby for my daughter and a sick pooch, hopefully things will settle down now.

For this post I have created a LO from products obtained from one of my favorite online scrapping sites which happens to be Australian 'Outback Scrapping'.

I used Cricut cartridges Cindy Loo for the scalloped circle with the vines and bird and Heritage cartridge for the gate.  For further details check out my blog.  It's been a long time since I've been able to do 'pretty' pages which are my favorite thing to do but just heard my daughter is having a girl so thought I would get some practice in and although this has my grandson in it I thought seeing as its a family picture I could get away with my first steps back into 'pretty'.

I'll be back in a day or so for my next upload which is an example of just how you can think outside the square when using your Cricut.

Saturday, May 7, 2011


Hey all!  It's Monica again, I know it is a little early for me to post again, but just helping out a friend in need this week!  It is actually Lesley's week to post but she had a family obligation and could not get this first post for the week done.  So I gladly stepped in!  Luckily this week I had a few free moments to get a page or 2 done so I have something to share!
Been trying to scrap some of our family photos from a couple of years ago, needed a change of pace since I have been working on my daughters high school album for the last year.  It actually felt really good to do a masculine page!
I used several scrap papers from my stash and a little new product from Teresa Collins. I just love her papers!  Cut the title from my cricut cartridge graphically speaking, think it was the words button.  Took me about an hour to figure out what title to use, actually cut something different at first but it just didn't fit well.  When I look at this photo of my son it just screams "freedom".  The journaling reads:  Feeling the breeze in your hair is the best part of the boat ride, even if it is cold!  My son has now told me that I can't write my journaling in cursive because he can't read it!

Lesley will be back another day this week with a new project to share!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Some LO's to share.....

Hello All!  Michelle again for my final post of the week.  So sorry this one is late....I went to a crop on Saturday at It's Scrapbook Time in Antioch and got a few layouts done to share. 

For Rock Princess, I used a Scrapbook Generation sketch and a few of my cartridges!  With the help of Noaillese Hunt, one of their designers, we came up with the Cricut cuts.  The music notes came off of Rock Princess while the cowgirl came from Country Life & the title work, at least the princess part, came from Opposites Attract. 

Silly Boys is based on a sketch from PageMaps.  I have had this picture floating around since 2007 and never really knew what to do with it.  For some reason it came easy to me at the crop.  For the title work I used both Alphalicious & one of my newest carts, Birthday Bash.

And my last one to share is 'Grumpys Shadow'.  My dad was doing some yard work here at the house when my nephew was here.  He had to do some 'manly' work with his Grumpy and followed him where ever he went. This is a LO that is also based on a Scrapbook Generation sketch.  I used Lyrical Letters and Birthday Bash for the title work. 

Hope you enjoyed what I had to share this week :)  I cant wait to start some projects for my next turn!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

For the Love of.....

For my second post this week I am sharing a project that has been a long time in the making.  Not in the sense that it has taken me years to make it, it just has taken me years to muster up the courage to actually make it.  My father in law passed away in 2005.  I haven't been able to scrap any of the pictures I have of him.  I figured this is a good place to start.  Now that I have an album to solely dedicate to his layouts, maybe I will get on the ball and start them.  For this album I only used one Cricut Cartridge.  That being Simply Sweet.  I didn't want something that was overly girlie since it is really going to be for a guy.  All of the title work was cut using that single cart.

And here is a list of the other products that I used for this project:

American Crafts Modern Album 12x12 D Ring Binder - Black
Making Memories Strawberries and Cream Paint
Martha Stewart Around the Page Punch - Cherish
Recollections Boutique fleur Mulberry Paper Flowers
My Minds Eye Pretty Please "Blossoms" Paper
Zva Self Adhesive Crystals
Dashes, Dots & Checks Ribbon
Mod Podge Matte-Mat Finish
Craft 1/2" Glue Dots
ATG 714 
Fancy Pants Button - Its Your Day Collection
DMC Mouline Special Thread - #712