Thursday, December 30, 2010

Wrapping Paper Tube Mini Album

I wanted to share this quick mini I made using a wrapping paper cardboard tube.  The pockets are roomy and could accommodate more tags.  I plan to embellish more when I get pictures placed in the album.  The tags are from the Sweet Treats cartridge, which in my humble opinion, has the best tags because they have toppers.  An additional pull was placed on the tags, a peppermint, was cut from Holiday Cakes.  Holiday Cakes was used to cut the sentiment on the cover.  The word "merry" on the cover was cut with my sizzix dies. 
Front Cover

The Left page has photo mats.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge #13: Inspiration Challenge!

This week we were challenged to create something based on a winter scene by Laura Amiss. I was inspired by the clouds and the rain that was falling from them. The art looks like it was made out of fabric and has a lot of texture with stitching.  I "stitched" my clouds with markers and chose paper that reminded me of fabric prints.  The clouds are from Going Places cartridge while the rain drops are from Pooh and Friends.  "Rain Rain Go Away" phrase is from Nursery Rhymes cartridge and is coated with glossy accents.  The raindrops on the phrase are stickled.  I made a journal card with an umbrella on in from A Child's Year.  I like to use the card feature to make spaces for journaling.  This little girl is actually a picture of me.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge #12, 9 Ladies Dancing

Time to break out the Shall We Dance Cartridge! For this challenge we must use the Shall We Dance for a project.  The twist, add nine of something in the project.  I made an 8 x 8 scrapbook page for my little ballerina's scrapbook.  There are 9 letters in the tittle "ballerina".  The phrase cut says mini ballerina but I cut the word mini off with scissors. 

MPS Day 8 - 12 Days of Christmas Challenge

Here is my entry for My Pink Stamper's Challenge.  She would like us to make a project using blue, green, and brown.  I covered this note pad for my father in law.  He loves to remember his days on the farm.  The water pump should remind him of the good old days on the farm growing up.  I plan on making one for my dad, perhaps a golf theme.

The Magic of Winter

This is not my original idea but I saw Laura ( create this mini cut by hand.  I just new I could make something similar with my cricut.  The houses and snowmen are not glued at the base so they can slide over the "snow pocket".  Each house is a folded card that you can place photos and journal on.  My album was not very sturdy so I ran a ribbon across the back that serves as a closure to the book.  All the cuts are from Winter Woodland, and one tree cut is from the Christmas Solutions cartridge. 

Front Cover

The Snow Village sitting on my mantel.

The snowmen and their cute bunny.

One of the cards out of the pocket on the back of a pocket.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Cricut Circle December Monthly Challenge: Holiday Gifts

The theme for this month’s challenge is geared towards helping you cross off one of the names on your holiday gift list by creating a Holiday Gift Item. Project must be newly created for this challenge and should include the following elements to qualify: use a tag made with a cartridge (there are so many great tags on so many cartridges), use the color red somewhere, use ribbon, and use the Phrase Feature from one of the cartridges.

My Entry is a chocolate chip cookie mix.  The glass jar was decorated with glitter stickers, fabric, and red ribbon.  My tag is from Winter Frolic (penguin key and penguin shift key) and I hid the candy with my Gypsy on the inner tag.  The inner tag was embossed with my Cuttlebug with the Flurries folder.  "Sweet Holiday Wishes" phrase is from Winter Frolic (penguin phrase).  The tag is decorated with chocolate chip cookies from Sesame Street  Friends.  If that cookie is OK with cookie monster, it is OK with me!  I crumbled up the top layer of the cookie to give the cookie some texture and glued it on the dark chocolate base with some hot glue.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

MPS Day 6 - 12 Days of Christmas Challenge

This challenge was to make a Christmas card or scrapbook layout.  I made this card and finally colored in a stamp with my copic markers.  I was having trouble finding an ink pad that would not bleed on the markers.  Shout out to my friend Julie for telling me the correct ink pad for the job.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

MPS, 12 Days of Christmas Day 2

Challenge: COLOR - Make a project using 2 shades of pink, 2 shades of blue, and black!

The "Super Tweet" bird is from Create A Critter and her party hat is from Celebrations. 

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge # 11

This week's challenge was to make a card or tag with at least two cricut cuts and this sketch:

Here is my Celebrate Panda Card entry:

Monday, December 13, 2010

My Night Before Christmas Mini Album

I have been working on this for a while and I am happy how it turned out AND that it is done and waiting pictures.  I used the folded pocket pages from Kathy's ( Domestic Goddess Album.  She has a lot of punches but I do not so I used my Gypsy to make some Holly leaves for a faux punch look.  I also used a corner punch from Martha Stewart with my Fiskars straight line punch. 

Front Cover

Sleepy Mouse, this is a flap page

For these pockets, I mixed two brands of punches to punch around the corner

Tags tuck behind the tree
Fireplace is a pocket and flaps open for more space

Here is my "holly punch" made with my Gyspy

My  Sweet doggie with this yummy dreams

These pages have a plastic disc attached with a brad  behind their beds (so the goodies can dance in their heads)

Santa is getting close!
Merry Christmas to All!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Birthday Card for My Brother

Here is my brother's birthday card this year.  He likes to restore cars and has a new project that looks like this beauty to me.  The car is Hudson from the Cars cartridge and I used my gypsy to remove the eye-balls on the car.  That sounds like it hurt!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge # 10

Here is the challenge:  So this week we want you to create a project that is about, includes, or holds a holiday recipe. This could be a scrapbook page, a mini album, a recipe box or book, a Gift for a Neighbor . . . the sky’s the limit. But we want to see you pay tribute to a holiday recipe in some way.

Well, I am not much of a cook but my neighbor's do enjoy my brownies so I was inspired to share them this Christmas with this cute treat box.  I cut the present party favor from Sweet Treats including the present tag.  I cut the favor at 5 inches and there is room for a good size brownie and a little candy too.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge #41

A card of Encouragement was the theme for this Peachy Keen Stamps' Challenge.  I have a few sets of Peachy Keen Stamps and they are wonderful and work with your cricut cuts nicely.  The cat face is from PK-754 Critter Faces Sect A Medium.  This happy cat from Create A Critter is thrilled with his pin wheel.  Those pinwheels were a major score when I was a kid. So, I thought it was perfect for this kitty to hold and tell someone they are perr*fect. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Cricut Cirlcle Weekly Challenge #9, Black Friday

This weeks challenge was to re-use something, at least 2 cuts, and use the color black.  I picked up this pine cone from my front yard.  (at times I think it is raining pine cones in my yard)  I put a little house and trees cut from Winter Woodland on a base of fabric.  I covered the house and trees with glitter.  Holly leaves are from Jubilee.  The little snowman has a BLACK hat and I made the snowman with beads and a circle cut for the hat brim.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Poodle Gift Bag

I made this gift bag with my Tags, Bags, and More Cricut Cartridge.  I love this cut because it works with directional paper, you wouldn't want your poodles to be upside down.  This is an entry for the Cricut Circle magazine challenge for December.  The paper and stamp are from Imaginisce Perfectly Posh line.  I found a poodle on Once Upon a Princess and tried to match the cut with the cute poodles on the paper.  I added pom poms and stickles to the poodle. 

Friday, November 26, 2010

Christmas Recipe Book

This is my version of Kathy's ( recipe album.  I an not much of a cook so I made mine for Christmas cookies.  I am so happy how this turned out... it just makes me smile when I look at it.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge # 8

This weeks challenge was to follow their sketch provided with a vintage theme using 3 vintage elements and at least 2 cuts.  I love vintage and shabby chic and made this design to hang in my sewing room.  Now I need to find a frame AND a sewing room!  (Aww, someday.)  My Mom taught me to sew and I used buttons from her button stash for this project.  It was a great treat as a kid to sort through mom's button box. 

Cut Summary:  dress form- French Manor, sewing machine- Country Life, thread- Happily Every After, phrase- Nursery Rhyme,  tags- Sweet Treats, layers for flowers- Forever Young, lace circle- Holiday Cakes.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Cricut Circle November 2010 Challenge

Remember Sunny Days is my entry.  The challenge was to make a Home Dec project, at least one cut, use your cuttlebug, felt, and the color green.  Ok, I need a little cheering up lately, as I feel that the world is picking on me.  I made the cheerful elephant to remind me of the happy days and the hope that they will return!  The font is Don Juan, the "sunny" is from Create A Critter,  "days" is from Just Because Cards, all welded to the cute elephant from Everyday Cakes.  The grass is a boarder from Everyday cakes too.

Sizzix Haul

I had the chance to drive to the Sizzix Warehouse sale.  I know, why sizzix dies when you have a cricut?  Well, the large dies can cut fabric and chipboard very easily.  My main goal was to get a sidekick ($12) because I have sizzlet dies that I prefer to crank through the sidekick.  My old sidekick bit the dust.  I picked up all the sizzlet dies for 25 cents each.  The alpha strips were $3, I like the small letters and it comes with upper and lower case. The stamps were $1.  I got Tim Holtz embossing folders for $3 a set (bricks and wood grain).  The bag was $2, and the Tim Holtz die was 8.  It is a mover and shaker style that you can add magnet dies into the center.  They had tons of goodies.  It was a good time.  I should have taken pictures of the women there stocking up!  Wow! 

Monday, November 15, 2010

Smiley Cards

Here is a quick thank you card I put together using the new cart Smiley Cards.  The flower cut is supposed to have sad face but I put a smile on the flower.  A Child's Year cut was used for the sentiment scalloped oval and I just wrote "thank you" with a marker. 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge #4, Birthday Sketch

The Cricut Circle, or as I call it Cricut Club to people that are not into Cricut, asked us to follow a sketch.  I have never used a sketch and found it to be rather nice.  I helps you to get right down to creating because you have a map to follow.  You  must use 2 cuts and incorporate buttons.  My buttons are the "sprinkles" on the cupcake.  I was thrilled to find the mini buttons is my cropper hopper embellishment box.  I have no idea when I got them...  which is kinda scary.  Anyway, here is the layout I created.  It is of my sweet gals and puppy at the puppy's birthday party. 

Winter Frolic Christmas Ornament

This is my entry for October's Cricut Circle Magazine Challenge.  Entries must have 4 cricut cuts and use some other Provo Craft product, which I chose my Cuttlebug.  I used the birthday candle Cuttlebug embossing folder to put "slats" on my sled.  (I am not sure if that is the name of the folder.)  I also wanted to use my snowflake folder on the scallop circle but go so excited about putting the ornament together I forgot about my snowflake folder. 
Large snowflake- Winter Woodland
Scallop circle- Mini Monograms
Circle- Mini Monograms
That cute kid on the sled- Winter Frolic
Let it Snow phrase- Winter Frolic
Snowflakes on Acetate- Me and My Big Ideas
Glitter- Martha Stewart
mini pom pom and ribbon

Monday, November 1, 2010

Throwback Thursday Challenge, Celebrations Cartridge

I have always enjoyed the Celebrations Cartridge, so when Emma (at suggested this was the cartridge for ThrowbackThursday I had a smile on my face.  Then she said the challenge was to make a Christmas project, the smile left my face.  Like most things, it was not as awful as I thought.  I was toying with the idea of stretching a party hat into stylish Christmas tree. With this idea, I went digging for paper and changed my mind. I thought I could make a tag that would "match" my paper.  The Martha Stewart Button punch was used to hold the tag string.  You can always use a tag, so here is my entry-

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Easy Candy Box Sleeve

These are a last minute Halloween treat for my girls to give their friends at school.  (because I am sure they won't get any candy this weekend- sorry moms)  I used rock princess for the skull cut. 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

MPS, Pink, Purple, Green, and 30 min Callenge

I was able to make this card with scrap paper.  The butterfly cut is from Create a Critter, I love the way that cartridge layers.  I made this birthday card in 20 minutes, and that included gluing the card face to the envelope front.  I was able to pry it off and put in on the card front. :)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge #4, Boo!

This was a fun challenge requesting a Halloween project that used at least 2 cuts and a transparent element.  I used Sweet Treats to cut my favor box and Mini Monsters for the sweet little pumpkin.  I cut vellum for the pumpkin leaf.  The handle is made from the plastic net that you buy oranges in at the grocery store. 

Sport Theme Throw Back Thursday Challenge

This card was made for Emma's Throw Back Thursday Challenge using the Sports Mania cartridge.   I have Emma's cute blinkie on my sidebar if you would like to check her blog out.  I must admit this card is not my favorite... sometimes you make something and it doesn't turn out so great.  So, on to the next creation!  It is only paper.

Halloween Exploding Box

This cute Halloween decoration was inspired by Kathy's Exploding House at and Lisa's Barn Project at  My twist was to add a different roof to my exploding box.  I was admiring my daughter's 3-D haunted house from the Happy Hauntings cartridge and thought the tower piece would make a great roof for my house.  I cut the tower at 14 inches and that seemed to fit a 4 inch square box lid nicely.  If you peek inside the roof window, a skull and kitty are making their spooky presence. I used a Martha Stewart Punch for the jack-o-lantern by the front door and her spider web edge punch for the roof.