Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sharing project at Cricut Fanatics today

Hello, today I am sharing a project over to the Cricut Fanantics blog .Click on their name and it will take you to the blog. This fast and easy Easter charger plate was fun to make. This was super simple and I used the Easter Magic Digital cartridge.  I like that we can buy small digitals for special holidays and even though I am not a CCR user, I love they load on my Gypsy too! Below the pictures are the materials and sizes of the cuts.  Happy Easter!

Machines used: Cricut Expressions 2 and Gypsy

Cartridges:  Easter Magic Digital

Materials: Cardstock Michaels

                Stickles  Rangers

                Charger  Michaels

                Ink  Colorbox

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Exploring Cricut Tuesday Daily Project

Welcome ! Today I have the Tuesday daily project at Exploring Cricut.  I create this Easter Banner using the cartridges Artiste, Simply Charmed, Create a Critter 2, and Easter 2010.  I had the chipboard pieces that came with the CTMH Artiste cartridge and decided to use them since I hardly ever use the chipboard and not sure why because I really like it.  This turned out really cute, small but just perfect size.  Below are my measurements for each cartridge and materials used.

Cartridges: Artiste-shapes for chipboard cut at 3.75 inches
Page 60 Accents 1 shift and non shift
             Accents 2 shift and non shift
             Accents 3 shift and non shift
Simply Charmed-page 35 egg and chick cut at 2.75 inches
Create a Critter-Page 40 Bunny cut at 3 inches
                                       Egg cut at 3.25 inches
                                       Basket cut at 4.75 inches
                                       little eggs cut at .75 inches in shadow icon
 Easter 2010- Happy Easter cut at 3.25 x 1.75 in Gypsy
 Pattern Paper-CTMH Miracle

Monday, March 25, 2013

New challenge at Exploring Cricut.

Time for another challenge at Exploring Cricut. You are to create a card, layout or papercraft using a Cricut machine and cartridges. You can create any project celebrating Easter. I made a two page layout using many cartridges. I am happy how it turned out and will use it on my granddaughter Mary-Kate's album. Enter your challenge by Saturday, March 30 at 10 pm eastern time. Below are my cartridges and cuts .
Paper Doll Dressup
 Grass cut at 1.5 inches page 78 tabs shift wagon cut ayt 6.75 inches page 36 accessories 3 removed handle and ran through wood grain folder from Hobby Lobby
 George and Basic Shapes
 circle cut at 1 inch for wheel
Everyday Paper Dolls
 Doll cut blackout at 5 inches, face stamped with Peachy Keen stamps Outfit page 67 cut at 5 inches
 Hair page 47 cut at 5 inches
Simply Charmed
Chick and Egg page 35 cut at 2.25 inches
Bunny with Carrot page 35 cut at 2.5 inches
 Easter basket and eggs cut at 2 inches page 89 and ran through Charles cuttlebug folder
Easter 2010
grass cut at 1.5 inches
 bunny cut at 2.25 inches
 Happy Easter cut at 3 inches

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wednesday Daily Project at Exploring Cricut

Hi! Today I am filling in at Exploring Cricut. I create this quick and easy card using George and Basic Shapes. I like pulling out old cartridges and George is one I go to for almost all shapes I need. I went to my scrap drawer and pulled out stuff to make this fast card. You can pull together a card like this in just a few minutes. Always good to keep some cards on hand.  The stars are cut at 1, 1.25, 1.5, 1.75, 2, and 2.25 inches.  The circles are cut at 2, 2.25, and 2.5 inches.  Just add some some buttons, ribbons, and a stamp of some kind.  I had these stamps for a long time and not sure what brand they are.  The paper and card stock were just straps.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Be sure to join the Party at Mom4Real


Kitchen Refresh on a budget

Well this is not my normal post, but it is still craft related. We recently gave our kitchen and dining area a facelift on a budget and I am pleased how it turned out. We live in a older home and had some issues along the way, but still glad how it turned out.  The last time we remodeled it was about 13 or 14 years ago and the colors were very outdated.  Our cabinets were in good shape and so we just decided to paint them.  Now I should have took before pictures before we started making messes, but it is what it is.  The after pictures were taken this morning.  I am not sure why my pictures were looking crooked, but probably me this morning, bad shoulder from sleeping on it the wrong way. We bought all our supplies at Lowes because we have not much else in a small town!   
Tired and worn out looking honey stained cabinets with old green counter tops. Way outdated!

We had this island made for our kitchen a few years ago and it is really great, gives me lots of storage on the other side of it doors with drawers that slide out for lots of storage. Of course, green laminate again.
This is the dining room which is just opened up from the kitchen.  Wall paper and chair rail which is about the same age as the kitchen last remodeling.  Kind of dark like the kitchen.
Daughter in law gave me this plate rack which hung and I finally found a plate I like, was trying it out.  The furniture is oak and in great condition so could not change it .
The kitchen now how a nice bright feeling with the white cabinets and black counter tops.  I had recently painted the kitchen in a Churchill Hotel Maple color and just went into the dining room with that color too.  Actually, I love the color and have it in most of the downstairs.

Kitchen all finished and we added some rail along the top of the cabinets and the back splash is bead board and I love the look!
Dining room had bead board wall paper added at the bottom under chair rail.  We wanted to do real beadboard, but the wood work would have had to be changed out and was going to be a mess so we did the wall paper and painted it white and love how it turned out. 
This is the island make over.  Instead of covering it with laminate, we just gave it a couple coats of the Rustoleum counter top paint.  Quite smelly, but worked great and we love it.

Dining room is so much brighter even though it still has the dark furniture, but we love how it all came out and the good thing, even with buying new placemats and valances and a new light for the dining room, we spent under $1000.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tuesday Daily Project at Exploring Cricut

Welcome to the Tuesday daily project for Exploring Cricut.  I know Easter will be here before we know it so I created a couple quick and easy treat holders for the little ones.  These will be great for church or school or to just some little friends!  I used the cartridges Art Philosophy, Create a Critter 2 and Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2.  Below are the details.

Materials: Cardstock Recollections Stickles Ribbon Cartridges:
Art Philosophy page 37 card cut at 4 inches
Create a Critter 2- page 41 accessory button cut at 4.5 inches
                             page 42 phrase button Happy Easter cut at 2.5 inches
Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2 -page 49 basket cut at 4.5 inches
                             page 49 tag cut at 2.75 inches

Monday, March 11, 2013

New challenge at Exploring Cricut

Welcome to another challenge today over at Exploring Cricut.  The challenge is called "The Luck of the Irish".  Make a card, layout, or papercraft celebrating St. Patrick's Day and be sure to add a shamrock somewhere if possible.  I decided to do a one page layout and used the cartridges St. Patrick's Day digital and Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake Art.  Fun and simple project.  Be sure to join us this week for all the fun.  Link your project by Saturday, March 16 at 10 pm eastern time.  Check out the link above for all the details.  Below are my directions.

Materials used:  Pattern paper and cardstock Michaels Recollections
Cartridges:        St. Patrick's Day Digital-pot of gold cut at 4.5 inches
                                                              rainbow cut at 3.25 inces
                         Martha Stewart Season Cake Art- title cut at 3.5 inches

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Exploring Cricut Saturday Daily Project

Welcome to my post for Exploring Cricut. I am filling in with the Saturday daily project with a quick and easy project.  My daughter in law gave me this plate hanger, but I just couldn't find any plates I liked for it and we just finished remodeling our kitchen and dining room so I found some plates at Big Lots and made my own.  I used the cartridge Quarter Note and cut the words and welded in Gypsy at 2.5 inches.  I used a beige vinyl and the plates are black.  Isn't it great how projects can come together fast!  Try and see what home decor you can make!