Monday, August 26, 2013

Oh, hello...!

At Exploring Cricut this week, we have a very fun challenge! It's called Cricut Choice. All you have to do is use at least two cuts from any cartridges of your choice, and here is what I created-

I just got the new Close To My Heart Artbooking cartridge and started playing with it. I cut all the elements with real dial size. Whenever you use an element that is part of a larger image, use real dial size to make it the size you want, not scaled to the larger image (I hope that's clear!).  So, this is a list of the elements-

  1. Chevron background, Orange Sherbert Bazzill, page 44, cut @ 4". Adhere to blue paper, then adhere to card.
  2. Cut a 2 1/4" circle of white felt out, insert stick pins (I colored white pearl pins with an orange sharpie),  adhere to card.
  3. Cut Hello, page59, @ 1 1/2" with Bright Orange Bazzill, adhere with pop dots to card.
  4. Cut 3 flowers at 3", 2", and 1" out of Medium Orange Bazzill, page 60. I used a quilling pen to roll the flowers, then glue to flower base, let dry. Adhere flowers to card.
ETA: I'm submitting this to Moxie Fab Challenge. The colors are similar, and the zig zag lines are a different interpretation of the inspiration photo-

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I had to out of necessity....!

Wonderful Wednesday at Exploring Cricut!

Have you ever seen a sign in a store, catalog, or elsewhere that you loved, but didn't want to spend the small fortune they asked? Me too! Follow me on a somewhat humorous journey on why this is going to end up in my husbands Man Cave Bathroom...

One day I invaded the Man Cave. I needed a tool, found it, and decided not to risk prolonging the urges of Mother Nature and used the Man Cave Bathroom. First Mistake. Ignorance IS bliss. Soooooo....I scrubbed and cleaned and made it all presentable for any and all Ladies to use. In the meantime, in a catalog that my husband receives I saw the cutest signs-but I wasn't going to pay $29.99 + shipping for them! So I filed the info away in my somewhat dubious memory...

Fast Forward a couple of months. Again, I needed a tool, again I made the mistake of using the Man Cave Bathroom (MCB)-uuugggghhhhh. Can any man actually get everything in a toilet? A Light Bulb moment came upon me (or was it fumes in the MCB?), and I was off and running to my Cricut. Here is what I created-

I used the basic font in Cricut Craft Room for the first three bulleted items, then used CCR to weld the Artbooking font together for the last two lines. Orange paper is Bazzill, unknown diamond plate paper.

After I get this LAMINATED (I have a hunch it might be used for target practice), I will put it in the MCB. Maybe, just maybe, it will help.

Monday, August 19, 2013

FCCB Camping

Before we get to this weeks project-do you work with vinyl with your Cricut? Coming up on Sept. 9, 2013 we are having a Vinyl Education week! For more details- watch this video, especially if you haven't cut vinyl yet!

The theme for this weeks challenge at FCCB is camping-which I don't do anymore! A motor home is the only way I can "rough it"! My physical limitations are the only reason-I love being outside at a lake or in a forest, but I'm just not agile enough since the "wreck". Here is my card-

  1. Using the Cricut cartridge Camp Out, I cut the motor home at 4".
  2. Creative Memories (OLD!) map paper matted with red, attached to card.
  3. Used black with white stitching Offray ribbon as road.
  4. Found sentiment at Creating Keepsakes-free! Printed it, trimmed and attached.
I'm mailing this to a friend of mine to use in her scrapbooks, along with more paper-she's got two little boys, and they camp constantly. Just pop off the card base and elements and they'll be ready to reuse-I've used repositionable tape runner to make it easier to remove.

I'm entering this at The Catered Crop.
Make sure to check out the Design Teams projects and join in on all the fun!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Exploring Cricut Disney Challenge

The challenge this week at Exploring Cricut is "Disney Dreaming" - create a card, layout, or papercraft using a Disney character. Here is my card-

  1. Mickey & Friends cartridge-Cut Mickey @ 4", assemble all layers.
  2. Lacey Labels cartridge-Cut <all boy>(button 45) @ 4 1/2" all layers, assemble.
  3. Cover front of card with coordinating paper, adhere label & Mickey
  4. Artiste cartridge-pg 66, banner cut at 3/4". Use Artiste hip-hip-hooray stamp to stamp banner. Attach to pre-cut chipboard. Attach to card.
  5. Attach Offray ribbon along side.
This could be used for many things-birthdays, congrats, etc. It never hurts to have a multi-purpose card in your stash!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

JAS-New addition w/pastel colors

At Just A Scrappin', the challenge is to celebrate a new family addition create a card or layout using pastel colors, and here is my project-

This was made with the Wild Card Cartridge, page 76. This was cut at 5 1/2". My mission is to use up my papers before I buy any new ones-which means I'll be about ready in 2021. I also don't know who manufactures this particular paper! Notable accents-

  1. After adhering the floral carriage body, I cut off the "ruffle" so the light green would show
  2. I used a Tim Holtz embossing pen & white embossing powder to add accents to the carriage handle, legs, & ruffle
  3. Pearls on the ruffle
  4. Outlined carriage in white Sequins
  5. Used CM heart punches to triple layer the heart accent
I like how this turned out!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Wonderful Wednesday at Exploring Cricut

Thanks for joining me today! Today's project for Wonderful Wednesday at Exploring Cricut uses the cartridge Wild Card 2, the hot air balloon on page 57.

Supplies: Blue cardstock, dark brown cardstock,  white w/blue dots paper, silver shimmer paper (Wausau), CoOrdinations Chocolate Box blue, Studio G brown ink, Cardz TV "Happy Days" sentiment, Cuttlebug Embossing folder "Charles" chevron

This card was cut at 5 1/2", and you can find all the cuts on page 57. I didn't add one of the layers (the balloon & swag combo) because I really like the brown and silver together. I did use the CoOrdinations for the balloon swag and basket, embossed with the chevron embossing folder, then sanded to bring up the light blue. Stamped the sentiment in brown ink, then attached the paper a little offset so the clouds have a shadow effect.

I hope you enjoyed this!

Monday, August 5, 2013

FCCB Vinyl University coming up!

Get ready for the FCCB Vinyl University week, Sept. 9th through Sept. 14th! I'll give you a hint-it's all about Fall, so you'll know what colors to order if you don't have vinyl on hand! Check back with FCCB on Monday, 9/9 for the actual challenge. Cricket Vinyl Supplies is offering Discounts on Vinyl Now! Use code: fantabulous for a 15 % discount

You'll also have the chance to win a brand new Cricut Expressions Machine if we have 100 participants in the FCCB Vinyl Challenge that week-get those thinking caps on and head over to Cricket Vinyl Supplies to get ready. There will be-
 *one entry per person
*No backlinking

Your project must be posted on your blog on Sept 9th or after. 

Included is a Cricut Expression Machine, deep cut blade, Jasmine Cricut cartridge, ten 12"x 12" assorted sheets of matte vinyl, and one 12"x 12" gridded transfer tape.

Fantabulous Cricut

FCCB Make a Splash Challenge

At FCCB this week,  Challenge #172 is "Make A Splash!". Create a water themed project (Such as a Pool, Water park, beach, etc), and as always, have a least one Cricut cut on your project.

I want to thank The Paper Nest for donating the digital images for the FCCB Design Team-you rock! Please check out all the wonderful digital images available.

Here is Owen Fishing-I made two cards because both of my grand nephews are August babies and this will be so cute for a 7 and 4 year old. I also wanted to show that colored pencils can be used also, not just alcohol markers (mine are Spectrum Noir). Here is my project:

Card #1 (left) was colored with colored pencils. By using the Center Point feature on the Cricut Expression, I was able to cut image out with the Artiste cartridge, (the shape on page 65), using Creative Feature  Accent 3 at 3 3/4". The base was cut out at 4" out of a dusty blue paper twice for the card itself. By scoring the face of the card and attaching brads, the card opens easily.

Card #2 (right) was colored with Spectrum Noir markers, then cut out in the same manner as Card #1, except using a shape on page 66. The base was also cut as described above in a golden yellow cardstock. After scoring my fold line, I sewed the two layers together along the score line with clear monofilament thread. Using the Wild Card Cartridge, (pg 66, Accent 3) I used white paper to cut the fish at 1", colored the fish with the SN markers, and attached them to the card with a brad.

Since these are going to little boys, I covered the brad prongs with paper like this-

I would hate for them to get scratched by those prongs!