Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wonderful Wednesday with Exploring Cricut

First off-I love Mercury Glass-always have but couldn't afford the prices they want on certain pieces. I came across a do-it-yourself tutorial on mercury glass, got my supplies together, and made about 7 different pieces. This last one (my pumpkin) I did on a whim. I saw mercury glass pumpkins in a popular home decorating catalog-but $40!!!! No way! Here is the link to the tutorial I followed-April Moffat, but they are so many others if you do a search.

It really pays to prep well so excess spray doesn't go everywhere, especially on the outside of your glass-

Follow the tutorial, and your pumpkin (Wal Mart has them right now for $5.88), will look like this-

I then cut a orange metal flake vinyl for the pumpkin face using the Happy Hauntings cartridge, page 100, layer 2 for the feminine face version of Dracula (I think so anyway), and added to the pumpkin.

I hope you enjoyed this project!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Exploring Cricut Halloween blog hop

I've always wanted something I could personalize with all the holidays. At Craft Warehouse (other stores may also have it), I found this tray that is specifically made to change out items! It has glass to protect whatever you want to put in it to decorate it, and I thought Halloween would be a great start!


  1. All background papers are from Creative Memories Halloween 2012. I mounted them onto black paper to create dividing lines.
  2. Mummy, Dracula, and the Witch are on the Happy Hauntings cartridge, all cut at 4"
  3. The Word block is from Chic & Scary cut at 5".
  4. I did stain the frame, but you could also paint it.
I can't wait to decorate it for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines, etc. This is going to be a fun, ongoing project!

I'm also entering this at The Pink Elephant Halloween challenge.

FCCB Fall Or Halloween Decor Challenge

At FCCB this week, the challenge is to make Home Decor that is Halloween or Fall Inspired. I chose Fall, and the colors of my project are definitely autumnal!

This is a frame I picked up for a buck at a yard sale. I spray painted it dark brown after I did a little sanding and repair work on it. I then took 20 guage black wire and stapled it to the frame in a continuous zig-zag pattern.

The flowers are made from various blooms on the Mothers Day Bouquet cartridge. The big flowers I cut three different flowers with three different cardstock. The little flowers were cut twice out of the same colors. The beige I sprayed with Tattered Angels Coffee for a pretty shimmer. I added Pearl Brads to the large flowers and regular pearls to the small ones. The flourishes were cut with the Home Decor cartridge out of Sage cardstock.

After adhering the flowers and flourishes to the frame I added mini clothespins to the wires. It's now ready to put pictures or cards on display!

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Wonderful Wednesday at Exploring Cricut

This card is a snap to make! A couple of years ago, I was at a Stampin' Up party and saw in the catalog a set of 6 sentiments that I just had to have! I am semi-famous for my offbeat quirkiness. But when I saw the sentiment I used on this card, I knew just what I wanted to do!

Frankenstein is from the Happy Hauntings cartridge, cut at 5". The stamp was Versamark Ink and white embossing powder. The black cat is a paper punch from Creative Memories, as is the paper.

Super simple!

I'm also entering this at Cut It Up Halloween Challenge.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Exploring Cricut Birthday Blog Hop

Hello! Welcome to Exploring Cricut's 3rd birthday! And we are having a blog hop, so if you've just found my blog, here is the line up so you can enjoy some great Cricut projects-

Michelle N (You are here)

Michelle S (Go here next!)

In celebration, here is my Minnie Mouse Card!

Minnie was made with the Mickey and Friends cartridge, cut at 4 1/4". This is cut all with scraps of black, white, pink, green and flesh colored cardstock. A pink rhinestone completes Minnie's bow.

The green Frame was made using the Cindy Loo cartridge cut at 5". I took a paper trimmer to the inside edges for a little more room.

The banner is part of the Artiste cartridge by CMTH. It was cut at 1 1/4", stamped with the matching stamp  and mounted onto the chipboard in the Artiste collection goodies.

I am giving away blog candy for one lucky commenter-but if you become a new follower, you'll get 2 entries! The blog candy consists of: Cosmo Cricket Buck Naked Alphabet Chipboard letters, pink Zva Creative bling flourishes, and Pieces of 8 bottle caps!

I hope you liked this card, and the next stop is Michelle S! Have a fun hop!

FCCB Challenge #181 Eat your cake

Hi! This weeks challenge at FCCB is to make a cake or cupcake imaged project. I'm in desperate need of wedding cards, so I made this-

Here's how to recreate this wedding cake card-
  1. Cricut Cartridge-Wild Card page 63, cut @ 5 1/2".. Cut regular white cardstock (I used Neenah) in blackout for liner. The decorative paper is Bumblebee Vine by The Paper Co. (Jo-Anns) using the regular card cut. Adhere layers.
  2. Added bling and paper Roses from Zva Creative along cut lines.
Simple, yet elegant. I hope you like this.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Overlay & Moxie Fab Challenge

I loved the inspiration photo over at Moxie Fab World! I've had this idea all week and couldn't make it until I reorganized my craft room. This is what I came up with:

The overlay was made with the Artbooking cartridge for Cricut. The panel underneath was embossed with a light coat of Sea Lavender Ink by Martha Stewart (which is the shadow ink shade for the sentiment, Ocean is the overlying color). Close to my Heart sentiment, American Crafts resin & pearl brads, Zva Creative roses.

This is the inspiration picture from Moxie Fab World-

This Week's Tuesday Trigger So if you would like to join this challenge, go here 

Another challenge I'm entering this in is at BBTB2 Overlay challenge.
I am also entering this in the Hobby House challenge-Roses.

Thanks for looking!

ETA: This card was chosen at BBTB2 as the Project of the Week!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wonderful Wednesday at Exploring Cricut

Welcome! My project today is from the Freshly Picked cartridge. I need more thank you cards, so here's one I whipped up for today!

Once I found my background paper the colors for the cuts just fell into place. I cut this image and all layers at 5". After adhering all layers, I chose a Technique Tuesday Ali Edwards stamp and brown ink for the sentiment. A layer of pearls finished off the bottom of the card.

Very easy to do, so give it a try!