Saturday, March 24, 2012

Shaped Easter Cards - Part II

Hello all, hope you are having a great weekend.  We are having a wet one here on the east coast.  So wet the Easter Egg hunt for today was cancelled.  That's okay though, because we are still going to head over to our friends house for dinner tonight, should be fun.  We today I am continuing with the Easter theme here.  I have made two really cool shaped cards to give for Easter.  These are incredibly easy to do with the Craft Room by Cricut.  Here is the first card.

This first card is made from the Create-a-Critter cartridge.  There is the image of the cracked egg.  I placed this on the mat in the Craft Room and then copied and flipped it horizontally.  I then welded the two eggs together to make the card.  I then used scrap pieces of pattered paper to make to stripes on the egg.  I think this is one of my favorite cards I have made to date.  Just came out so darn cute.  Oh and again, all the paper for this card came from my scrap paper bin, yeah!!  I am entering this card into a challenge over at the Twineology blog.  

Card Recipe:
  • Cracked Egg from Create-a-Critter cartridge cut at 4"
  • Chick from Create-a-Critter cartridge cut at 3"
  • Twine from Timeless Twine
  • Flower and button from stash
  • Google eyes from dollar store
The second card I have for you is along the same lines but a different shape.  I used the same welding method described above in the Cricut Craft Room to make the card base.

Card Recipe:

  • Hatched Chick and layers from Simple Charmed Cartridge cut at 5.5"
  • Spring ribbon from Michaels
  • Scrap pattered paper for the polka dots
If you would like the cut files for these cards for the Craft Room or the Gypsy let me know and I will email them to you.  Hope you have enjoyed the cards and have a fantastic weekend.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Easter Cards - Part 1

Hi all, I hope that the week has been going well.  I finally got to some crafting last night and made my first of several Easter cards that I will be making this year.  I love this time of year because it means that everything is in bloom and there are new beginnings.  This first card that I made really has all the bright colors that I love.

I base the color design around the ribbon.  I don't have any Easter stamps so I let the ribbon do the work for me.  Also all the paper used on this card was from my scrap bin.  I get excited anytime I don't have to use a brand-new piece of paper.

Card Recipe:

  • Card base is 5" x 5" white card stock
  • Scalloped matting is cut from the Elegant Edges cartridge at 4.75" 
  • I used the Cuttlebug polka-dot folder to emboss the mat
  • Bunny scene is from Kate's ABC's cut at 3"
I will be posting many more Easter/Spring cards as I get them finished.  I am entering this card in the weekly challenge over at My Craft Spot.  Thanks for stopping by, I am now off to get my hair done, yeah!!!!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Card

Good evening all.  I hope your week has been going well.  We have had the best weather here so we have been spending much of our time outside.  So the project I have for you today is to celebrate St. Patrick's day.  My husband is actually Irish so I thought I would make him a card.  When I told him I was making a card he said "do we normally exchange cards on St. Patrick's Day?".  My response to him was no I am not expecting a card in return and it is really just an excuse to craft.  So here it is:

Card Recipe:

  • A2 size card base in Kraft
  • Frame is from DCWV Bloom stack cut at 5.25" from Elegant Edges - Oblong Clover cut
  • Shamrock is from digital St Patrick's Day cartridge cut at 2.8"
  • Sentiment is from two My Pink Stamper sets: Everyday Life and Friend-tastic
  • Gold Stickles
  • Crop-a-dile for the eyelets
  • Corner Chomper to round the corners
So that's my card, I plan to write some gushy note inside just to let him know I love him.  I also made some Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes (for adults only) from a recipe that I found on Pinterest.  They came out really yummy.  No picture though because I can make a cupcake taste great but my frosting skills are a little lacking.   I am entering this card in the challenge over at My Pink Stamper.  She had the monthly blog hop all about St. Patrick's Day.  You should definitely check out the projects because they were great.  That's it for me, hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

St Patty's Day T-Shirts and Video

Good evening all.  Hope you have had a great weekend.  We had a pretty low key one here.  Just hanging out enjoying the nice weather.  So my project for today is some T-shirts I made for my girls.  I really think they can out super cute and can't wait for them to wear them for St Patrick's Day.  These shirts are different from ones I have done in the past because I used fabric instead of paint for the decorations.  I used my Cricut to cut the fabric and learned a lot in the process.  I also made a video for you to share some of my tips.  Here are the shirts.

Didn't they come out great.  I love the gold buttons on the pot of gold.  Here is the video and I will put a recipe at the end.

T-Shrirt Recipe:

  • T-shirts:  I use regular t-shirts from Target instead of the craft store because they are softer and have more shape
  • Heat n' Bond
  • Fabric and embellishments from fabric store
  • Ironing Board and Iron
  • Shamrocks from Cricut Digital cart St Patrick's Day cut at 3.5" and 1.3"
  • Rainbow and Pot of gold from Simply Charmed cut at 2.4"
  • Text from Plantin Schoolbook Shadow cut at 1.12"
 So I hope you have enjoyed my video and the project.  The number one tip I can give you for cutting fabric is to use a new cricut blade.  It will reduce any tearing of the fabric.

I have decided to enter this project in two challenges this week.
I will leave you will a picture of my cuties in their t-shirts.  Have a great week!!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

My Craft Planner

Good Evening all, as promised I am back today to post a project that I have been working on for about a week now.  It is a craft planner.  Now, I know that it is already March but I still wanted to put together a planner for my crafts.  I feel like it will help me better manage my crafting time so that I can get the projects done that I really want without having to rush through them at the last minute.  This project took me about a week of 2 hour crafting sessions to complete but I think it came out really great.  This will be a picture heavy post, so if you just want the planner recipe just skip to the end!!!

The chipboard is cut to 11.5" x 9".  The cover paper is from this really cool stack that I found in the clearance section of Jo-ann's for $0.99.   It is a stack from Colorbok called English Moss.  It is unique because it is an overlay with coordinating card stock.  The picture below shows it much better.

Oh an the paper is not dirty, it is made to look distressed which is really neat.  Now the rosette on the front is also made from unique paper.  It is the new fabric paper from DCWV.  I really love it and can't wait to use more of it.  The paper is fabric with an adhesive backing.  So to make the rosette I just cut a strip of the paper and removed the backing and then started bunching it around.  The adhesive on the back of the paper made it stick together.  I then used a button and some twine from The Twinery.

The inner pages of the planner are from a website I came across on Pinterest.  They are a free printable that is unique to blogs/crafts planning.  Here is the link to the website. 

I loved the colors on these printables, which was really the basis for the planner design.  The artwork on the inside cover on the picture above is from the Cricut Imagine More cartridge.  I wanted to have a place to jot down notes.  The dividers between the months also have the notebook paper design on them as well.

The month titles were made using the Cricut Craft Room and Kate's ABC's cartridge.  I made the first letter bigger than the rest of the letters and then welded them together to create one cut.  I also used the Imagine, so that I could match the colors.  The scalloped circles for the divider tabs were done using the free Craft Room Basics digital cart.  I used the Bind-it-all to bind the book.  An interesting tidbit is that I used We R Memory Keepers Cinch O-wire.  So you can use both in the Bind-it-all.

Planner Recipe:

  • Planner Pages -
  • Chipboard for covers cut to 11.5" x 9"
  • Cover paper from Colorbok English Moss overlay stack
  • Inner-cover art from Cricut Imagine More cartridge cut at 10"
  • Divider art from Cricut Imagine More cartridge cut at 10"
  • Scalloped tab circles from Craft Room Basics cut at 1"
  • Title text from Kate's ABC's cut at 1.8" and 1.25"
  • Month text from Kate's ABC's cut at 1.5" and 1"
  • Rosette from DCWV Fabric paper line
  • Twine from The Twinery

So that is that.  I hope I have inspired you to create your own planners for whatever purpose because I love looking at my personalized planner that didn't come off a store shelf.  Have a wonderful evening.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Weekly Winner Yeah!!!

Good afternoon, hope everyone's weekend was great!!!  Ours was pretty good.  We finally took the girls ice skating and it was a blast.  The weather was perfect because it wasn't to cold.   So I found out this morning that I won another challenge!!!!  I entered the photo book I did for a friend's son in the color challenge over at I came, I saw, I created and it won.  There weren't to many entries as it is a new challenge blog but I am super stoked.  Here is another photo of the book that I did.

 Thanks for stopping by, I will have a new project posted tomorrow I think.  I have been working on it for about a week and I think I can finally get it finished tonight.  Have a great day!!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Photo Book for a Toddler

Good evening all, hope your week as been great and productive.  I am excited that tomorrow is Friday!!!!  Yeah my hubby comes home and we can have a weekend of fun.  I am thinking Ice Skating.  My 2yo has never done it, but when we took her to see Disney on ICE a couple weeks ago she was so excited she lifted her little leg in the air and screamed "I skate I skate".  So I am thinking that should be on our agenda.  Anyhow, the craft I have for you today is a photo book I created for a friends toddler.  They get quite a bit of Christmas photo cards over the holidays and she was just letting her toddler pull then out of a bag to look at them.  When I said that I could bind them into a book my friend said sure.  So without further adieu:

The process for the book went as follows:  First I matted all the Christmas photo cards onto 9" x 6" card stock.  This was the smallest I could use based on the size of the photo cards and to ensure that when bound none of the pictures would have holes in them.  The covers are done using 12x12 chipboard that is then cut down to 6" x 9".  I then used pretty paper to cover the chipboard.  The really interesting thing I did was to create a magnetic closure for the book.  You can see from the first and last photo that there is a flap that opens.  This flap magnetically closes to the front of the book.  I got the idea from one of Heidi Swapp's episodes on My Craft Channel.  It is a video tutorial of an 8x8 book that she did with a magnetic enclosure.  I will leave all the details to her.  Next time I do something like this I will try to photograph it in the stages of the project.  I used my new Bind-it-all to bind the project.  The name Kiran was done with embossing powder.

I hopped by one of the blogs I read regularly and found out they were having a challenge.   I came, I saw, I created holds a color challenge every week.  This weeks challenge was to use Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise, and Old Olive.  She gives you the RGB codes for each color.  My papers already had these colors in there, but because I needed to embellish the book a little, I pulled out my Imagine.  The camera  is cut from the Create-a-Critter cartridge at 3.5".   I used the Cricut Imagine to print and cut the camera with the exact RGB codes.  It came out great!!!  I then used some glossy accents on the lens, flash, and shutter button. 

I realize this is different from my normal posts were I usually give a craft recipe at the end of the post.  I decided to be a little more verbose in this post.  Please comment and let me know if you like either style better or would like to see a combination of both.  Thanks so much for coming by and have a great weekend!!!