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Friday, February 25, 2011

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Entry

Happy Friday!  I thought I'd play along in YET another challenge ;)!  This one is for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge.  This is the first time I'm playing along in this site - check it out!  The challenge was to use some sort of embossing in our project, and of course, cricut cuts!  I chose to do an A2 card for this one.

A more close-up of the embossing using the Swiss Dots CB folder.

I kept the inside blank so I can write my own sentiment to whomever I want to give this to at a later date.  I did add a strip of leftover cardstock punched with an MS puncher.

Details of my project:
*A2 size
*rose cut with its layers - Lori's Garden Imagine Art cart
*"Smile" cut - Gypsy Wanderings cart, embossed with Swiss Dots CB folder and embellished with light blue button (from my stash)
*2 different MS punch around the page punchers
*red polka dotted sheer ribbon from Walmart

***A little sidenote:
Now, don't laugh.  I follow a LOT of craft blogs but don't always get emails from all bloggers when they make new posts - don't know why!  BUT I just really paid attention to my blogger DASHBOARD today and found out I can keep up with the ones I follow this way ROTFL!  I'm still learning about this whole blogging thing and loving it. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

RIP Riley LO

I am entering this 2-page 12x12 LO on the Cricut Circle Blog Weekly Challenge #21 and the Bitten By The Bug2 Challenge.

I have designed this 2-page LO as sort of a "goodby for now" for our dear dog who passed away end of last summer due to old age.  This has been the hardest LO for me to do so far since it has been really lonely in the house without our precious Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  My 5 year old DD still cries all of a sudden sometimes when she remembers him.  We miss him dearly but know he's in a better place.

Here are some close-ups:

 Now on to the details:
*girl with dog silhoutte - A Child's Year cart
*boy with dog silhoutte - A Child's Year cart
*paw prints (used both positive and negative cuts) - Paper Pups cart
*dog with shadow layer - Paper Pups cart
*cloud - Simply Charmed cart
*angel wings - Straight From the Nest cart
*"Thanks for the memories Riley" - Doodletype cart
*heart borders (2 borders welded together, then cut 3x) - Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake Art
*decorative heart - Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake Art
*doodling with white Sakura gel pen
*hearts embossed with Swiss Dots CB folder

*****Thanks for looking!*****

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Bitten By the Bug 2 Challenge - Fence

Hello there!  Special thanks to Donna Mundinger for steering me over to the BBTB2 site - love it!  This is my first entry to this site and it's another gate card.  The challenge was to use the fence/gate from the Bloom cart but if you don't have it you can use another fence/gate from another cart.  I don't have this Lite cart, so I am using this fence (x2) cut from Picturesque instead. 

Here's a pic of the inside of the card.

The bird bath with bird was cut from French Manor cart.  The flower border (turned on its side) was cut using Paper Lace.  "Happy Birthday" was also cut from Paper Lace and "for you" was cut using Sweethearts cart.  Other supplies used:  D'vine Swirls and Swiss Dots CB folders, Prima flowers, irock gems and Martha Stewart border puncher, ribbon from Michaels, base card from Martha Stewart, printed paper from various K & Company stacks and Stickles. 

Thanks for stopping by ;)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

I'm playing along - the Cuttlebug Spot!

Don't really mean to be so dramatic but I'm venturing out a bit LOL - to the Cuttlebug Spot! This site has weekly challenges and this week's challenge is to create a gatefold card.  I've never done one before as I normally make size A2 cards.  A few weeks ago I tried the tri-shutter card.  Last week the Cuttlebug Spot was doing step cards and I so wanted to play along but didn't have the time :(  This is the first time I'm entering a challenge outside of the Cricut Circle Blog.  And in the process I'm also discovering, and now following (yey!), other wonderful crafty bloggers!

Now about the card.....I made this card for my youngest niece who is turning 3 on Saturday, and who loves Snow White!  The card is 6 x 6.  The Snow White cut is from the Happily Ever After cart - she wasn't too bad to assemble ;). 

The inside sentiment is all computer generated and cut to size then I inked all around.  The corner pieces were from the Picturesque cart. 

The two small strips on the inside  of the card were embossed with one of the Organic Flourish border CB folders.  I punched one side of the strips with a Martha Stewart border punch and then added purple irock gems.  I also inked all around the strips.

I love this Martha Stewart border punch that I also went ahead and punched the top and the bottom of the inside of the card. 

Thanks for looking and happy crafting ;)!  

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Note for my Mom


Here is a my entry for the Cricut Circle Blog Weekly Challenge #20 - Love Notes!  Glad to add that I used my scraps for this one so it was superfast to make.  This one is a size A2 card and is going to my Mom ;).   The details for the challenge are as follows:

Weekly Challenge #20: Love Notes Challenge!

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away and we thought it would be fun to challenge you to put your scrappy skills to use by creating an extra special note for someone you adore. It can be a friend, your mom, a lover, your child, a neighbor . . . anyone! Your project must include a heart and embossing (we want to see you incorporate those Cuttlebug embossing folders). Project must also contain atleast 2 Cricut cuts to qualify.

Some close-ups of the card:

inside of card

 Details of my card:
*scalloped heart - Martha Stewart Elegant Cake Cart, embossed with D'vine Swirls CB folder
*doily heart - Sweethearts cart
*XOXO - Stamping cart, embossed with Swiss Dots CB Folder, then doodled with white Sakura gel pen
*inside of card embossed with one of the Organic Flourish border CB folders
*lace ribbon and button from my stash.

*****BTW if you'd like to know how to make the paper rosette, check out two of my favorite blogs below by Christina & Linda - very detailed instructions on how to make one yourself!  Thanks ladies for the tutorials!*****

 Once Again, thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!



Valentine's Day Goodies


A day late in posting V Day treats!  These were the treats my kids took to school yesterday to celebrate V Day.  I made 11 for my DD's Kinder class and 16 for my DS's class - yep, been blessed that their class size have been kept small.   Above pic is the front of the treats and below is the back side.


I'd like to say that the pic below was the "inspiration" for the whole project LOL!  It was looking so plain with just the sandwich bag - I couldn't leave it alone knowing I could pretty it up a bit with the use of my trusted E ;).

The sandwich bag was about 7 inches wide so I started out by trimming a 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock down to 7 x 11.  Then I used my Gypsy to gauge just where I'd want the heart "window" to be.  Below pic is what you'd end up with, a stack of 7 x 11 cardstock with the heart "window".   The heart cut was from the Sweethearts cart, which I will use for the back of the goody treats.  

Then all I did was fold each cardstock in half.  At this point, I punched the sides with with a Martha Stewart heart border punch for the ones for my DD's class.  I left my DS's ones plain cuz honestly he's tired of the "frills". 

I used two shadow images from the MS Elegant Cake Art cart for the topper, flipped one and welded it to the other so you get this below:

I liked how these images below turned out - it's like getting two cuts in one!  So I used the "positive" cut for the front of the baggies and the "negative" cut for the back of the baggies.

I then placed the baggies inside the folds of the 7 x 11 cardstock, topped them off with the topper and stapled them all together.  Then I placed the cupid cut from the Sweethearts cart in the front next to the heart "window".  Remember those hearts I cut out to make those "windows"?  Well I placed those on top of the heart doilies cut  from the same cart (Sweethearts) and stuck them in the back with the "XOXO" cut from Stamping cart. 

Thanks for looking and hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Cherish Garland Banner

I'm having so much fun with my Expression this week!  Here is my entry for the Cricut Circle Blog Monthly Challenge.  We were asked to make a banner of any kind we like and this is what I came up with.  I have a wall in my family room that has been blank for 5 years (yikes!) except maybe for the paint job :).  Anyway, I am slowly putting up pictures on the walls so that the kids can see more current photos of themselves since I am almost 3 years behind in scrapbooking and a pretty little garland banner is just perfect for this.  BTW the picture frames here were purchased from Target last summer - they accommodate 3 pictures each with horizontal orientation.  I did a somewhat similar hanging frame to accommodate my vertical pictures which you can see here.

For this project I used a 6 ft. garland I purchased from Michaels to hold the banner pieces.  I chose a garland so that I can use it over and over and just change the banner pieces if I so chose later.  I foam mounted the butterfly border images, the circle doilies and the letters.  Each scalloped triangle base is 8.5 inches tall.

I also added doodling on the edges of the scalloped triangle pieces, then puched each two corners so that I can thread ribbons to attach each piece to the garland.  I wanted to use pretty eyelets but didn't have ones that are big enough, so I just used hole punch reinforcers (is that even what you call them LOL?) on the backs so that the paper does not tear when I put the ribbons through. 

View of the back with reinforcement.

Details of the garland banner:
* 6 ft garland from Michaels
* Scalloped triangle from Tie the Knot cart
* Triangle from Tie the Knot cart using hide contour feature, also inked all around for depth
* "Cherish" cut and the shadow for each letter from Storybook cart
* Circle doilies from Lacy Labels cart
* Butterfly border and shadow from Stamping cart
* Doodling on scalloped triangle with blue gel pen from $1 section at Target
* Ribbons from Michaels
* Irock gems on the letter cuts

Thanks again for looking!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Freeze Dance LO

Hello again Cricuteers - Circlets and non-circlets - we're all family of wonderful crafters!  I am playing catch up with my LOs so I was excited to finally do another 2-page LO to enter yet another Cricut Circle Blog Challenge - haven't won yet but I'm loving the weekly challenges as they force me to use my cricut products. I TRY to enter each week just to stay crafty. This week the theme is "Whatevah!" and the details for challenge are as follows:

Weekly Challenge #19: Whatevah! Challenge
“Whatevah!” is a phrase a lot of parents of teens hear around their house on daily basis. We thought we’d take that phrase to heart for this next challenge. What we’d like you to do is use WHATEVAH shape you would like, but be sure to repeat it three times on your project. Project must also include spray ink and must be newly created for this challenge.

I chose to repeat one of the musical notes but varied its size.  You can see one of them on the left side of the LO and the other 2 on the right side of the LO.  I was also able to finally use my homemade glitter mist. 

Details of my LO:
* 2  12x12 page LO
* irock gems on girl cut's dress and ponytail, and the boy cut's suspenders
* Cricut cuts used:  5 musical notes (1 repeated 3x) from Hannah Montana cart; "Freeze Dance" from Hannah Montana cart; girl dancing from Nifty Fifties cart; boy dancing from Nifty Fifty cart
* D'vine Swirls CB folder to add dimension in girl cut's skirt and top

Thanks for looking and keep crafting!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Hanging Picture Frame

Hello bloggers!  Hope everyone's having a wonderful day.  Just a quick post today and it's my entry for the Circle's Weekly Challenge.  As you can see it's a hanging frame for 2 4x6 pictures.  Rules for the CC Challenge are as follows:

Weekly Challenge #18: Back to the Basics Challenge!

For this challenge we want you to go “Back to the Basics” . . . by using ONLY the cartridge(s) that came with your machine or Gypsy! You must use THREE cuts on your project (the complete title or words counts as one cut). We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Details of my project:
*from Gypsy Font cart - frames
*from Gypsy Wanderings cart - swirly image and shadow, "Smile" and its shadow, flower cuts
*lots of foam mounts
*buttons, twines, and ribbon from my stash

Thanks for looking!