Friday, April 27, 2012

My challenge project for Heart2Heart Challenges

I am excited to do my first challenge at Heart2Heart scrapbooking challenges. It is a Close To My Heart site and since my friend Emily sells CTMH, I have several collections of papers in my stash. The trouble with CTMH papers is they are so darn pretty, I hate to use them!! I made myself a vow to start using up instead of collecting or I will be on that TV show Hoarders for my craft room only! They have a sketch and you are to use the sketch and CTMH products. You can get to the site by clicking on the name above or there is a button on my side bar. For my project I used the Aspen collection, two pattern papers and I used the cardstock colonial white, outdoor denim, bamboo, and desert sand. Below the pictures are the cuts I used and what cartridge.

I used Art Philosophy-Close to My Heart to cut circle at 6.5 inches, the lettering at 1.25 inches and 2 inches, and the stars at 1.5 inches and 2 inches.
Sports Mania cartridge-footballs cut at 2.5 inches

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

My entry to the Cricut Circle Blog

I did this layout to enter into the Teachers Rock Challenge #58 at the Cricut Circle Blog. You were to make a project school or teacher inspired using primary colors, at least two cricut cuts and enhance with chalk. I created this layout using the Recess cartridge. I did all my chalking with Colorbox chalks of creamy brown and lime pastel. I used some Bo Bunny papers and Die cuts with a view that were in my stash along with Bazzill cardstock. The measurements of the cuts are below the pictures.

Bus cut at 3 inches-chalked with creamy brown

Back to school sign cut at 2.25 inches

Apple cut at 2.5 inches-chalked in creamy brown

pencil cut at 1 inch -chalked in creamy brown

edge of lined notebook paper chalked with lime pastel

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tuesday Daily Project at Exploring Cricut

Today, I have the daily project at Exploring Cricut. I created me a book to keep all my information down in when I am making my projects and challenges. I made the book 6 x 9 and bound it with my Bind It All machine. I used chipboard for the front and back covers and covered them in matching papers that went with my little bug! I used the cartridges Fancy Frames, Cricut Fonts and Basic Shapes, and Cricut Storefront. Below the picture are my measurements. This was a easy project and will really be helpful for me too!
Frame- cut custom on gypsy at 5.5 x7.25 inches Fancy Frames
Title cut at 1 inch and welded together-Cricut Font and Basic Shapes
Bughead cut at 3.5 inches-Cricut Storefront (many other cartridges offer the head)
Paper and cardstock was from Michaels Recollections line and ribbons in stash
Bind it all and owires

Monday, April 23, 2012

New and fun challenge at Exploring Cricut this week!

We are having a great challenge starting today at Exploring Cricut. The challenge is called "It's a Box" You are to make a box, bag, purse, any shaped container you want from your cricut cartridges. With all the great cartridges we have with the party favors and treat boxes, I am sure you will find something you will want to do! I decided on making the Dog House treat box from the new Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2 cartridge. The box just took on its own charm once I got started on it. I used Old West for wood planks for the roof to jazz it up, Animal Kingdom for the Dog, Everyday Paper Dolls for the grass, Paper Doll Dress Up for the bone and to decorate around the dog house, tulips from Spring Cottage. Below the picture I will put the measurements for each cut. I can't wait to see your creation!
Dog House cut at 7.5 inches-Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More 2
Wood planks cut at 2 inches and 2 1/4 inches-Old West
Dog cut at 2 inches-Animal Kingdom
Grass cut at 1 inch-Everyday Paper Dolls
Bone cut at 2 inches-Paper Doll Dress Up
Tulips cut at 1 inch-Spring Cottage

Friday, April 20, 2012

Where's my Mojo?

Been a week since I posted a project, but does not mean I haven't been working on some.  Seems like my mojo has got up and gone!  After visiting a few craft stores and making some purchases, I feel like it is coming back and have some ideas flowing again!  Be sure to stop by Monday and I will have my project for the new challenge over at Exploring Cricut.  It has turned out pretty cute, but I was not sure in the beginning.  Have a great and crafting weekend.

Friday, April 13, 2012

County Fair Cartridge

Today I am exploring another of my cartridges. I got out County Fair. I had many reasons to buy this, besides I got it cheap, but had not used it yet. I am really behind in my scrapbooking and had these pictures from 2010 that as I scanned through the booklet, I knew what I would be doing. I cut the phrase at 3 inches, the cowboy hat at 2 inches and the boot at 3 inches. I used CTMH cardstock and Sarsaparilla Pattern paper I had in my stash of paper.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I am Exploring ....

When I decided to start my other blog, Exploring Cricut, it was to do just that! I was forcing myself to explore those cartridges and get out those I have not used. Well today, my Mini Cricut machine arrived and I decided to play a little with it and explored a cartridge I had not used yet. I did this layout with the cartridge 3 Birds on Parade. I admit it is a cartridge I probably would not have purchased, but I got it with my bonus points after I joined the circle. I really think it is cute and the first time I tried it, but will not be the last. I cut my title and little bird bunny both at 3.5 inches. My cardstock was Bazzill and the pattern paper is from my stash of many Bo Bunny patterns. Challenge yourself to get into a cartridge you have not used before or only a few times. While you are at it, join our challenge at Exploring Cricut this week too!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tuesday's Daily Project at Exploring Cricut

Welcome! Today I have the daily project over at Exploring Cricut. I did a simple and quick project using the cartridges Floral Embellished and Wild Card. I purchased these large clothes pins a few years back from Oriental Trading and gave it a base coat white. I took some pretty paper that I got at Michaels and Modge Podged it to the from and back. You can decorate both sides if you like.
I cut the flower out from Floral Embellished at 3 inches. I doubled the base cardstock so that it would be a little heavier. The flower is flower 17 on page 37. I popped it with pop dots.
I cut the "Just a Note" phrase from the Wild Card cartridge at 4 inches and just mounted it on some white cardstocks so it would pop a little.
Now I have the perfect little holder to hold all those little notes or photos. Be sure you enter our challenge over at Exploring Cricut this week too! Just a note for you!

Monday, April 9, 2012

New challenge at Exploring Cricut

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you will join in our challenge this week at Exploring Cricut It is called "April Showers bring us Flowers" so we want you to create any project, card, layout or papercraft and use at least one flower from a Cricut cartridge in your creation. Not hard at all!! I have made a basket and used flowers from Art Philosophy. I got the basket pattern from GinaK a couple years ago and you will find directions and pictures below. I can't wait to see what you have for us!
Flowers were cut at 3.5 inches,4 inches, and 4.5 inches. I used Wilton pearls in the centers. The page was 68 font shift for the flower. The tag was cut at 1.5 inches and was on page 3 Rectangle 5. I had the Happy Easter stamp in my collection

Cut your paper 8.5 x 8.5. The handle is cut 1.5 x 11 inches.

Score your paper at 2.5 inches on all sides and cut as indicated in picture.

I then folded it in to run it through my cuttlebug 5 x 7 folder Polka Dots.

I inked the entire basket with Ranger distressed ink and cut out a border from my Martha Stewart punch and added to the handle

You fold the basket like this and I adhered with score tape since I had run it through Cuttlebug
Attached the handle with brads so that the opening part is on the outside because you can decorate both sides. This basket is really nice to add tissue paper and a small plant for Mother's Day. I did this a couple years ago for my daughter in laws. Add whatever decorations you would like now.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Thursday Daily Project at Exploring Cricut

Today I am filling in at Exploring Cricut and did not know till late so this was a quick project. I normally have something ahead, but got caught without because we are working on our house. I love some of the digital image cartridges so I decided to make this quick project with a couple of them. I used Teresa Collins Bunnies and Chicks and Easter Magic. Below the picture are the images cuts sizes.
Bunnies and Chicks-carrot box cut at 8.5 inches and the bunny cut at 3 inches and bow at 1.25 inches
Easter Magic-Happy Easter cut at 1.50 inches