Friday, March 30, 2012

Let's Explore

Today I am going to explore one of those cartridges that has been sitting around. Next week is my oldest granddaughter Mary-Kate's 9th birthday and my youngest will be 3 in June. They both are very much little Princesses, so I decided to make the dress from Disney Happily Ever After into a birthday card and later use it as an invitation for the little ones party. I welded two of the dresses on page 44 together in the gypsy so it will have the fold at the top and will open up for a verse or the invite. This is just one of the many colors and styles I tried. I cut it at 5.5 inches. I just used some scrap paper from Recollections and added ribbon. There is so much you can do with this. The top is cut from some shimmer pearl American Crafts paper. I hope my Katie will love this! The Happy Birthday was cut from the cartridge Stamping at 1.5 inches.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

My Easter Mantel

I did not realize until this week that Easter is upon us and we usually decorate for every holiday so when the grandchildren come and visit that they enjoy it. Truth be known, we love it too! I am going to try to get into my cartridges more and at least two to three times a week create something with a cartridge that I have not used in awhile. With over a collection of almost 200 and many digitals, I should take advantage of all Cricut offers us. I am glad to finally get my replacement E2 and have been playing with it alot. This week I ordered the mini cricut to use at crops and giving my oldest granddaughter my bug which is one of the first machines out! I hope she will enjoy it as much as I have. Today I am exploring a digital cartridge Easter Magic. I have decorated my mantel and used it to decorate my plate and make a banner. I really liked this one and will be using it more for layouts for Easter pictures.

The blocks are from Close To My Heart and I have decorated three sides of them now for the holidays. I cut the square from George and the lettering from Art Philosophy. I had some stickers for the blocks on the end.

The plate is done with the Easter Magic digital cartridge and the Happy Easter is cut at 2.5 inches and the bunny with basket is cut at 5 inches. I used a removable adhesive on the items.

The banner is also done with the Easter Magic digital and I cut the eggs and the bunnies at 5 inches each. The bunnies are dimensionalized too. I hope you have enjoyed seeing my little bit of Easter on my mantel and would love to see what you create too!!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tuesday Daily Project at Exploring Cricut

Today I have the daily project at Exploring Cricut and did a card using the cartridge Spring Cottage. I love this cartridge because of the gazebo I used on yesterdays project and the window that I am using on this card. Below the picture are the directions and products I used on the card. Be sure to join in our challenge this week at Exploring Cricut!!
Spring Cottage-window and box of flowers cut at 5 inches
I added a square of white on the back and took a punch and made a valance to go in the window too. I ran the pink paper through my cuttlebug dotted swiss folder and stamped Happy Spring from a set of EK Success clear Spring stamps. I also added ribbon, flowers, and pearl from my stash. Paper and cardstock is from CTMH.

Monday, March 26, 2012

New challenge at Exploring Cricut

Welcome to a new challenge at Exploring Cricut this week. It is called "It's a Spring Thing". You are to create a card, layout or papercraft with anything Spring related using the some or all of the colors pink, purple, yellow, green, blue and white and of course, a Cricut cut. For my project I did a layout and will do a second page, but this one is using my new cartridge Spring Cottage along with a few others. I am so happy to have my E2 back! Below the picture is the cuts and supplies. I can't wait to see what you create for this challenge.

Spring Cottage-gazebo cut at 5 inches

flowers cut at 1.12 and 1.24 inches in Gypsy

Art Philosophy-scallop square cut 8.5 inches

Ribbon and Rosettes-border cut at 11.75 inches

Paper Dolls for Everyday-grass cut at 1.50 inches (2)

Quarter Note-Title cut at 1.75 inches

Pattern paper and cardstock from Recollections

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

Today I received and award from Hannah at and it is called the Leibster Blog Award. It is for bloggers with less than 200 followers which I am trying to increase! Thanks so much for the award Hannah and I will be passing it along to 5 blogs rewarding of the award.

Here are the rules of the award

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.

2. Link back to the blogger who presented you the award .

3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.

4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers.

5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment on their blog.

Here are my choices:

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

It will be here tomorrow!

I found out my E2 is to be here tomorrow and just in time for the new cartridge I got today Spring Cottage. I am looking forward to working with it and sharing all the new ideas on our blog at Exploring Cricut! Be sure to stop by daily for cricut projects and every other week for challenges!!!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Waiting for my new machine!

I had to send my Anniversary Edition Cricut 2 back to Provo Craft because the blade starting dragging so bad it was cutting the letters. I still have my original baby bug from Dec. 2005, but I really, really miss my big machine. I can't seem to get creative at all because all the things I want to do, I need the larger machine. My old machine arrived at PC last Wednesday so I am hoping a new one is on the way to me soon. I ordered the new cartridge Spring Cottage and it should be here on Wednesday and I have some challenges for Exploring Cricut to get started on. You never know how much you miss something till it is gone!!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wednesday Exploring Cricut Daily Project

Hi! I am filling in today for one of the other DT members at Exploring Cricut and my project is scrapbook pages of the Disney parade that my granddaughter Mary-Kate went to on her vacation in 2010. Does that tell you I am very behind in my scrapbooking, but am working hard on it. I used the cartridges Old West and Toy Story for these pages. Below the pictures are the directions for the cuts and materials.
Cardstock -Bazzill
Distress Ink-Vintage Photo Tim Holtz

Old West-Wanted Poster cut at 11.5 x 11.5 done in gypsy. I crinkled it up and then rubbed the vintage photo ink on it and then put it on brown cardstock.
Rope font with word Wanted cut at 2 inches
Rope font with words Jessie and Woody cut at 1.5 inches
Toy Story-Jessie and Woody heads cut at 5 inches
Jessie standing cut at 6.5 inches

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tuesday Daily Project at Exploring Cricut

Today I have the daily project over to Exploring Cricut. I created a card using the cartridge Art Philosophy. This has become one of my favorite cartridges because you can do so much with it! I made a 5 x 7 gatefold card. Below the picture are the directions. Be sure to enter our challenge this week over at Exploring Cricut!!!
Cut card base 7 x 10 score and folded at 2.5 and 7.5 inches.
Panels cut at 2.25 x 6.75 inches
pattern cut at 2.00 x 6.5 inches
Flowers cut at 5.25 and 5.5 inches p. 68 shift flower inked edges with white
cut from panel 3 x 4 inches
pattern panel 2.75 x 3.75 inches
Tag cut at 1.5 inches

Paper-Patterns Pemberley Close to My Heart

Monday, March 12, 2012

New challenge at Exploring Cricut

Today we are starting a new challenge at Exploring Cricut. It is called "Food Frenzy" Create a card, layout, or papercraft using an item of food cut with the cricut. You can do any theme or colors, just let your imagination go wild. This week my granddaughter Peyton who is 2 1/2 years old came to stay with me one day and we had some bananas that need to be made into muffins. She loves banana muffins and she loves to help. She peeled the bananas, smashed them, (her terms) put them in the batter, taste the batter when nana went to get the pans, put in pan and bake. This is how she described to her Dad on how she baked muffins complete with hand gestures, but he was on the phone lol. Her favorite part was eating them when they were finished. For this project I used the cartridges Everyday Paper Dolls, Create a Critter, Preserves, and From My Kitchen. Below the picture are the measurements.

Banana cut at 3.5 inches-Create a Critter

Muffin cut at 4.5 inches-Paper Dolls for Everyday

Word Muffins and Banana cut at 2 inches-Preserves

Pot Holders cut at 5.50 inches-From My Kitchen

Paper and cardstock from Recollections