Friday, July 29, 2011

Contest Entry

Here is my entry for the July Cricut Circle Monthly Contest.  I used my Cricut Imagine with the Image More Cartridge for the rooster, cow and plaid paper. I used From My Kitchen for Chowtime. Cardstock is Stampin'Up.  The scallop border is using the new Creative Memories Border Punch system.  Enjoy! 

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Distressed Flowers

I had a great time trying to make my own paper flowers using cuts from my Cricut.  I used a six petal flower from the Preserves cartridge.  I inked the edges using Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  Then to make the flowers really pop off the page, I used my piercing tool and curled the petals.  Then I layered several flowers together and used a button for a center.  The Happy Birthday is cut from the Cricut Lite Celebrate with Flourish cartridge.  I really love this cartridge!  It has so much to offer!  I am on a quest to use up papers from my large and abundant stash!  So these papers are a selection from Stampin Up Pattern Papers.  They are retired, and I do not remember the name of the package.  The very back cardstock is Creative Memories Brick.  I find I go to this color over and over when I need a true deep burgandy shade.  The other cardstocks are from my Stamping Up cardstock stash.  I am not sure about the colors as much of my paper stash is discontinued.  The green ribbon is just a generic ribbon from my sewing room and the burgandy ribbon is Stampin up.  When I cut out the Happy Birthday, I lost the dot to the letter i.... so I just used a brad!  I hope you enjoy this page as much as I enjoyed making it! 

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Where Oh Where has my Crafting Time Gone???

Where Oh Where can it be?!

It is hard to believe it has been almost a month since I've done any crafting...As you can tell from my non-existing blog postings! Where does the time go? One weekend was spent away visiting family, and I spent one entire weekend creating my entry in the September Cricut Circle French Manor contest. (And yes, I'm about to share that with you! And no, I didn't win) I spent another weekend catching up on some organizing around the house and spending time with my family. ( I had to make it up to them for locking myself in the craft room for an entire weekend the week before.)

This project is the most difficult project I have tried to date using my Cricut! But it was so much fun to create. Now one of the reasons, it took me an entire weekend, is because I'm still learning how to use my Gypsy and Expression together.... and I'm very detailed oriented. I can get lost trying to perfect the smallest little thing... like those little circles instead of numbers on the clock. I used papers from Creative Memories Black and White Power Palette, Die Cuts With a View Glitter Stack. I used the French Manor Cricut Cartridge, which is the first exclusive cartridge for Cricut Circle members. But this could easily be made using items from Summer in Paris. I used a blank clock from BE Creative Imaginations (purchased at Hobby Lobby a while back). Of course, all the usual supplies of adhesives, pop dots, gel pens. For the intricate cuts, I used vinyl on the circles . I found that vinyl really cut small detailed designs very clean and precise.

Now you may be wondering about the concept in creating this... well that goes to the Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffet song... Its 5 O'clock Somewhere! Hope you enjoy!


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Louisiana Title Page

I haven't quite finished this one yet, but I ran out of craft time this weekend. I want to add an alligator but can't decide which Cricut Cartridge to use. It was challenging doing the magnolia, but I'm really pleased how it turned out. Cartridges used: 50 States, Life is a Beach. I will post again when I get this page complete... but wanted to share the results so far.

Fall Layout - Circle Cricut Contest

This is my entry into a weekend contest for a Fall Layout. I used the Cheerful Seasons Cricut Cartridge (exclusive from Creative Memories). For some reason, I keep finding I like the papers from the Reminisce Accent Palette with the cuts from Cheerful Seasons cartridge. They just seem to work for me! I used the Autumn Addition this time along with Creative Memories Cardstocks. I also used the Reminisce Paper Ribbons. Enjoy!


Saturday, September 4, 2010

Why do Weekends go by so quickly?

I have been looking so forward to the long holiday weekend! It was a very hectic week last week... trying to get back into the school routine, earlier bedtimes, homework, being rushed every evening to get supper on the table... and handling all the distruptions to schedule. No matter how hard I tried to spend some time crafting after "bedtime", it never quite worked out this week. "Bedtime" seems to be mean 11pm to my ten year old, no matter how many times I told him it was 9pm!

Now, here I am half way thru the long weekend, wondering where the time went! Friday evening, was spent running some errands with the DH, while DS was at a football game with a friend. And Saturday... my crafting day... some how I ended up back in town doing some shopping for nothing in particular until 4pm! I had fun being away from the house for a few hours and I really enjoyed not having to multi-task for a few hours. I went to Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Tuesday Mornings, and Big Lots.... some of my favorite "me-time" shopping stores.

So... why am I telling you all this on my "crafting" blog... well, because I picked up some things to craft with, of course! At Hobby Lobby, I found some bags that I thought would make great trick or treat bags for my son and my nephew. When I got home, I couldn't figure out what I wanted to do with them. I have never done anything vinyl and I had heard I could use vinyl directly on fabric... so I pulled out my new October 31st cartridge and DS (Dear Son, not Design Studio) picked a design for his bag. He helped me cut out the vinyl and get it on the bag.
All I can say is, I need to find that video for using contact paper to transfer vinyl from mat to product. It was very tricky working with this image... it kept folding over itself. But finally, between the two of us, we were able to get the image on the green back. Then I noticed the remaining cuts could also be used... so I added them to the other little bag for my nephew. I'm going to dress these up more but I was just so proud of finally doing a vinyl cut, that I just had to share!


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Cricut Imagine

MMM, belated birthday gift?? Launch on HSN is September 14th.