Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tuesday's Daily Project at Exploring Cricut

I have the project today over at Exploring Cricut and I made a couple of gift boxes and the bows for them. I used the new digital cartridge 3D Bows and Art Philosophy Close to my Heart cartridge. I created the bow in the Cricut Craft Room. I will be glad when my digital images I purchase go to the Gypsy because I like using it better, but am giving the Craft Room a chance!
These boxes are perfect for small gifts. Below is the directions and measurements I used. I will say the bow on the smaller package needs to be cut bigger because it was a little harder to do, but you are seeing my first two bows using the digital images. Be sure to join our challenge this week too!

This is the smaller of the two boxes and I cut it at 9 inches from page 22 using the font layer shift key of Art Philosophy . The bow was done in CCR measurements 4 x 4.11 inches. in

3D Bows digital images. I used some paper from Fancy Pants and cardstock for package and bow.

This box is larger and will hold a scarf or some candy. Nice size really. It is cut at fit to page which was 10.5 inches. I used the Art Philosophy cartridge page 28 font layer shift key. The bow was done in CCR and was cut width 10 inches height 5 inches. with the 3D Bows digital cartridge. This one was much easier to do.

Monday, November 21, 2011

It's a new challenge at Exploring Cricut!

We have a new challenge at Exploring Cricut and we would love for you to join us! The challenge is to create a card, layout, or papercraft using a Turkey image from any Cricut cartridge in any color or theme! I created a 2 page layout using the Thanksgiving cartridge. I cut the title at 4 inches, turkey at 4.5 inches and the leaves at 1.5 and 2.25 inches. I used bazzill cardstock and a piece of paper from my stash. Let us see your creations and a chance to win a prize!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday Daily Project Exploring Cricut

This is my project for the Friday Daily Project at Exploring Cricut. I made a layout to use during the holidays using the cartridges Winter Woodland and Jubilee. Below the picture are the directions and supplies I used for this layout.
paper-Recollections Music paper inked with Antique Linen by Tim Holtz
Tree Lot by Paper Loft
Quilted by Bo Bunny

Title -Joy cut @ 2.5 inches Winter Woodland
Poinsettias cut @ 2.5 and 4.5 inches Winter Woodland
Holly cut @ 1.75 inches Jubilee

Papercutz Challenge

It's time for another challenge at PaperCutz. This challenge is called, "Let's Talk Turkey". You are to make a card, layout, or papercraft using a stamped, digital, or Cricut cut image of a turkey. Use any colors you like. I decided on making a wreath with my turkey. I used the cartridges Paper Dolls Dressup and Simply Charmed for my project. Below are directions. Hope you enjoy and stop over and check out the other DT members projects.
I used assorted patterns of Fall papers from a DCWV stack that I had along with cardstock scraps. This was made of entirely scraps from my stash.

Pinwheels-cut strips from 1 to 3 inches, scored and put together in circle. I used hot glue to secure them.

Turkey cut @ 8 inches-Simply Charmed
Leaves -cut @ 2 inches-Paper Dolls Dressup
Happy Thanksgiving-cut @ 3.25 inches-Simply Charmed

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Nothing to share but....

I am working on several projects I will be sharing in the next few days. I have been trying to create in the new Cricut Craftroom. I have been playing and I have to say, I am still not a fan! I loved DS and I love the Gypsy, but not this yet. I do like the fact that you can get a few digital images even though I think they are a little pricy and they are suppose to link to your Gypsy. I did watch the HSN premiere of the Cricut Mini, but not something I am jumping on. How many machines does one person need??? I will just spend my money on cartridges. I did get the cake machine cheap and it arrived yesterday. I used some of those Wilton sheets to cut with and they worked, but not a fan of those. I am still undecided whether I made a mistake or not, but either way the Cake Boss and Duff have no worries about me taking over their cake business any time soon. I can always add the deep cut blade and use as a cricut if one bites the dust! Hope you are having a good week, too much rain here for me!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

My Scrap Space

I have had a few people ask me about my scraproom so I thought I would make it at least presentable and take a few pictures of where I do my thing! I live in a old house so not many electrical outlets but lots of power strips going on in here. My husband says he is worried everyday he comes home that one of the walls have caved in. There is no free space in this room and it is not small, it is a 13 x 19 room, but full. One of these days we will finally sell and I am getting a house where my dream room will be or we will build it ourselves! Here is a little tour of where I work!
This is a 8 foot counter and cabinets I got at Lowes. As you see there is no space not used. I have two cabinets on the wall for stamp pads, flowers etc. and a small one for embossing and glitter powders along with a stickles rack. I had that in my store I closed.

Another look at that space. I also do my major cutting there too.

Since I do not waste space, I had my husband fix the space between the cabinets for storage of my clear stamps and a few accessories. We still have to buy the roller bars so it will pull out and I need to paint them, but I already have it stuffed!

This is a 6 foot counter area where I have my cuttlebug and spellbinder dies along with my laptop and picture boxes I am currently working on. You can see my wood stamps in the background.

This is my wood stamps that are not sets. My husband built these for me and I have several hundred wood stamps and the shelves are full!
Being an old house, this was a door that went between bedrooms. When we remodeled the main bedroom, we build a wall where the door was and on this side we built shelves that house my cricut cartridges. Not sure what I am going to do when this is full, not much room left!

Another view and the door you enter where I store my punches. I am cheap so I bought curtain rods to hold them and I also have a basket of ones that will not fit. Beside the cricut cartridges is a small shelf that holds my cartridges like seasonals and solutions that I have in boxes from scraponizer, but need to paint shelf.

Another look at my punch storage. I tried shoe bag, but was not enough space.
My cardstock rack. It came from Bazzill and I had it in my store. It was a job getting my husband to agree to move it, but he quickly gave in! I do have my ways to do that lol. I also have several of the cubes from Michaels on the side of it too.
Another thing in an old house, no closets. This room had a press. They were not very deep and you had to push stuff in and press the door shut! We took the door off, and put a book case in it and secured it to the back wall. Then we added moulding around and looks like a built in which I have completely full!
Another view of the paper storage.
This is where I work. I made a desk from 8 cubes from Michaels and we went to lowes and found two tops and put them together. I also made another small desk from 4 cubes and another top to put my cricut on.
Another view of the desk area and cricut station.
My decorated Cricut. I did not want to do anything over the top, but wanted to personalize it a little bit! Now you have seen where I work. I need more space!!!!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tuesday Daily Project at Exploring Cricut

Today is my day to do the daily project and I made thank you cards to send to the winners of our challenges along with their prize. I love the bug head and thought this was a perfect way to thank our winners. Little cricut got into the picture too! Be sure to stop by Exploring Cricut daily to see our projects. You have this week to enter our challenge too! Below is the directions for this card and I used the cartridge Storefront.
I cut the layer and the top bug head at 3.5 inches
Paper is plaid from Recollections
Cardstock is from Recollections.
I used stamps from Close to My Heart and Hero Arts
Card bases are 4 1/4 x 5 1/2

Monday, November 7, 2011

New challenge at Exploring Cricut

Our challenge this time is to use acorns and leaves from any cartridge you want! I used a few cartridges for my scrapbook page. The ones I used were B is for Boy, Art Philosophy, Mickey and Friends and Designer Calendar. Below the picture is the directions. Please join us this week in the challenge!

Paper- Close to my Heart Felicity

cardstock-Close to my Heart

acorn-B is for Boy cut @ 1.25 and 2 inches

leaves-Art Philosophy cut @ 1.25 and 2 inches

leaves- Designer Calendar-cut @1.35

leaf-Mickey and Friends cut @1.50 inch

Friday, November 4, 2011

Great challenge at Papercutz this week!

This week at Papercutz the challenge is called "Gobble Gobble" and you are to make a card, layout, or papercraft incorporating a recipe for one of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes. I decided to make a recipe board. I love thrift stores so I found this frame and told my husband to get me a piece of tin cut to fit. I painted the frame black and the tin white. I made the magnets from cricut and copied my favorite recipe on a card. Below are pictures and the directions along with this yummy recipe for Pumpkin Roll Cupcakes. Please be sure to sign up for my email updates on the side of this blog.

This is the finished project of my recipe and these are so good too and easier than pumpkin roll.

I found this cupcake pan from Debbie Meyer that has this thing that makes the holes in the cupcake while it bakes. Makes it so easy to fill!

I used the cartridges From My Kitchen

recipes cut @2.50 x 5.25 out of vinyl

pie cut @3.5

rolling pin cut @ 4.75

cupcake cut @ 3.25

cake cut @ 2.75

From the cartridge Preserves

cherry cut @ 2.75

I used bazzill cardstock and put a magnet on the back

Recipe for Pumpkin Roll Cupcakes

4 eggs 1 2/3 cup sugar

1 c. oil 15 oz can pumpkin

2 c. flour 2 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven 350. Mix eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin, beat till fluffy. In another bowl, mix flour,

baking powder, salt,cinnamon and soda. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture. Bake 20 minutes till done. Makes 24 cupcakes.


4 oz cream cheese softened

1 stick butter softened

2 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

Mix together till smooth, fill holes in center of cupcakes when cool and add frosting to top.

Note** sometimes I make batch and half of frosting because I like it stuffed!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The fastest project I ever made!

My granddaughter Katie age 8 years old went to see Taylor Swift in concert Saturday night and they took some pictures. I got them late on Sunday so spent Monday putting her a little book together to take to her on Tuesday. I used the cartridges Quarter Note and Hannah Montana. I did the book from Bind It All and I modge podge the cover since it would be handled quite a bit with her enjoying the pictures from her concert evening. She really liked this book even though her Nana put it together quickly!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Card for a boys birthday

I did not get to post anything yesterday because I was so busy doing a project I needed to take with me today to visit my oldest granddaughter. I will be posting it tomorrow, but I did do a quick,(well thought it would be) card using Cars cartridge. I cut my image and layers at 4.75 which was still small for some parts, but thought it turned out ok. I have used the cartridges for some items in racing pages, but never used the characters before.