Monday, October 31, 2011


I made this for a friend who is having a new baby boy.  He is absolutely excited and I am excited for him.  I did not take a picture of the inside sentiment, but it reads “Of all the blessings God sends from above, the one most precious is a boy to love.”

Materials Used:
SU! Cardstock (Bashful Blue, Blush Blossom, Marina Mist)
Bazzill Textured Cardstock
Paper Loft Patterned Paper
SU! Ink Early Espresso
Studio G Stamp – Congratulations Sentiment
Cloud 9 Stamp – Simple Thoughts – Boy (inside sentiment)
Peachy Keen Stamps – Funshine Face Parts & Basic Paper Doll Faces
Martha Stewart Flocking Powder – Swan
Cuttlebug Folder – Spots and Dots
Stickles - Stardust

Cricut Cartridges:
Elegant Edges
George and Basic Shapes
Simply Charmed

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Anniversary Card

YIKES!  I discovered that I am still in possession of my parents anniversary card.  Their anniversary was August 31st – ooooops!!  We live 3 hours apart, and we have seen each other several times since then, but I keep forgetting to give it to them!!  I am a terrible daughter – UGH!!

Materials used for making this card:
SU Cardstock (crumb cake, so saffron, old olive, espresso, pumpkin pie)
Off White Cardstock
SU Ink (espresso, crumb cake)
SU Markers (pumpkin pie, so saffron, old olive
Cuttlebug folders (script, paisley)
SU Pearls

SU Sweet Summer (backgrounds, flower stem)
$1 Stamp (Happy Anniversary)

Cricut cartridges:
Independence Day
Elegant Edges
CTMH Art Philosophy

I actually made this card with a different flower and then I went to the CKC (Creating Keepsakes Convention) in Charlotte and was able to purchase the Art Philosophy Cartridge bundle.  I was so excited about getting the cartridge that I whipped it out the next day and cut these flowers just for fun and then decided to rip off the flowers I had on the card and replace them with these.  I <3 <3 <3 this cartridge!!  I am not even a flower person, but I just ADORE these flowers.  It is now making me want the Flower Shoppe cart (of course is out of stock right now L).  I also love the Elegant Edges cart;  this was my first opportunity to use it as well.  I hope you like it, but more importantly I hope my parents like it!!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Halloween Mini Album

I have never posted this because I was never impressed with it. I have this clear storage tote that I keep either test projects or projects I have made but don’t really know what to do with. This was my first attempt at a mini album and it is actually from a couple of years ago. Some of you may remember Bugjunkie; well, she inspired the idea and had a tutorial on her blog on how to create these mini albums in Design Studio. At the time I didn’t have a binding machine (I now have two that I have STILL never used – probably need to work on that huh?) so I had it bound at a local printing shop so I didn’t really have much of a say in the binding. Anyway, a month or so ago a good friend of mine was over trying to convince me to participate in a holiday sale. I pulled the box down to see what I had that I could sell and when I pulled the book out she went nuts for it and wanted to buy it. I hadn’t even taken pictures, so I told her that I needed to take pictures and she could have it. She asked me to teach her how to make one, so I told her to save some cereal boxes and then we could spend a day making mini albums. Every time I have seen her since she tells me she won’t let her husby throw away any cereal boxes LOL! I can’t wait to do this with her…I love spending time with her!!

If you are interested in the details of how I made it or would like the cut file let me know and I will email it to you. 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Cricut Circle - Feeling Gifty Challenge

As I have said in a couple of my past posts, I participated in a holiday sale not too long ago.  While there I had some spa sock cupcakes left over from last Christmas to sell.  They were the socks that didn’t really go with the Christmas colors so I figured they would be useful to give as birthday gifts.  Then, of course I forgot about them until I pulled them out of my project tote.  Although we didn’t have a great turnout, I was able to sell all but one of the spa sock cupcakes.  BUT, I had a request for a special order!!  She paid me in advance and asked if I could find a set of purple socks and a set of green socks and make them for her granddaughters.  One of the granddaughters loves purple, and the other loves frogs.  Well I couldn’t find green socks, but I thought, hey, I can buy any color and then make the cupcake wrapper green and add a frog!  So I did.  Here is what I came up with.

It just so happens that my projects fit with the Cricut Circle’s current challenge “Feeling Gifty” – create a new item that includes at least two Cricut cuts (both of the cupcake wrappers have at least two cuts).

Enjoying the Fall Colors

I spent my morning enjoying the clean, crisp air (not to be confused with cold air) of the fall morning from my front porch. Here was my view…
I listened to the birds chirp and watched the sun glisten off of the dew on the pumpkins, gourds and petals of the mums in my fall outdoor decorations…

What a way to start the morning!! Here is are a few additional shots of my fall decorations…

Ooooooh, I just love these colors.  I think I may have been inspired to go use them now :)!! 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Cricut Circle Blogiversary Entry

The Cricut Circle Blog is celebrating their one year anniversary.  The challenge is to create a card using this sketch:

Here is my entry:

Materials need for this project were:

Halloween themed paper (DCWV stack from two years ago)
SU! Paper
PK Glitz Glitter
Studio G Stamp
Peachy Keen Monster Mash Face Assortment
Staz-on Ink
MS Drippy Goo Punch (inside of card)

Cricut Cartridges:
Happy Hauntings (bats)
Holiday Cakes (moon)
Paper Doll Dress Up (monsters, pumpkin and tombstone)

Glass Etched Lantern

I think this is one of my favorite projects so far.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how this turned out.  I just wish pictures did it justice.  I tried so many different ways to take them and it is just so hard to capture the beauty of it.  I hope you can get the idea.  I bought this lantern on clearance well over a year ago and with the intention of etching the glass sides, but I just never seemed to find the time.  I was finally “forced” into getting it done when a fellow crafter asked me to come to a holiday sale she was holding for the local Senior Community Center.  I told her I didn’t really make things to sell, I just do it as  a hobby, but she told me I better get busy whipping some stuff up.  So I said to myself, “Self, get off your butt and get these projects done that you have been wanting to get done!”  and so I did.  I will post some pics of the other stuff I made too, but this was my favorite.  All of the images (not the sentiment) on the lantern were cut from the Pagoda cartridge, and they just worked so well.   The sentiment “walk where your heart leads you” came from a picture I found on the web and I used MTC to cut the stencil.  Materials needed for this project were:

Pagoda Cricut Cartridge
Transfer Tape (clear contact paper)
Armor Etch
Stiff, Flat Head Brush
Sentiment of Your Choice
Cricut Expression
Make the Cut Software

Oh, and a side note…as I was cleaning the etching cream off of the last panel (in the sink) I dropped it and busted the panel I was cleaning!!!  I was sooooooo sick about it.  I actually went and had a piece of glass cut so I could re-do it.  It didn’t sell at the holiday sale (sadly we didn’t have a good turnout) but I was kind of relieved LOL.  I don’t have anywhere to put it, but I think it would make a really good gift for someone at Christmas; what do you think?  Would it be something you would like to get?