Monday, December 30, 2013

Exploring Cricut - Happy New Year

 Time for another challenge at Exploring Cricut!! Diane has asked us to create a card, layout or project with a New Year theme. 

I created a card for the challenge and kept the background simple so the title would really pop. The numbers on the clock were created using the gel pens. I added silver Stickles at the base of the hands.


Recipe:
A2 card base
"Happy" - Straight From the Nest
Numbers - A Child's Year
Clock - Locker Talk
Gel pen, Silver Stickles

Thanks for stopping by and have a safe and Happy New Year!

Annette

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Exploring Cricut - Christmas Tags

Good Morning! This week has flown by, but I'm sure it has a lot to do with all the activities for the last week of school before the holidays. It is my turn today to share a project with you at Exploring Cricut. 

While wrapping presents I realized that I had used all of the ready made tags and had none left. So, I decided to create some quick tags using my Cricut. I created them using my Gypsy to get them to line up properly. You can also do this in CCR.  I create 2 layers one with the tag and then a layer that has the images. This way when I take the pen out and put the blade back in my tag will be the only thing that will cut. The speed and pressure I used with the pen was 4 for each. 

The measurement of these tags allows you to get 12 tags in a 6 x 6 area on your mat. Using the Gypsy I can pause to change pen colors if need be. Make sure that when you are ready to cut you do not remove your mat from the Cricut. Your alignment will definitely be off when you go to cut your tags out if you do.



The red tag is definitely more subtle with the silver pen. I used a snow pen to make the stocking look fuzzy.


Different color Stickles were added to the tree for some character. I inked up the edges of the tags with the coordinating color of the pen.


Joys of the Season has tags with images all ready to go. I used a stamp for the "to" but you could certainly choose a font from the cartridges like I did above.

I still like making the elaborate tags with layers of paper for those special gifts, but these were really fast and got the job done:)

Recipe:
Tag - Plantin Schoolbook 1.12"
Tree - Winter Frolic 1"
Stocking - Doodlecharm 1"
Snowflake Tag - Joys of the Season 2.52"
To From - Lyrical Letters .29", Walk In My Garden .20"
Stickles, Cri-Kits Glitter Pens, Black ink, Snow pen

Thanks for stopping by!


Annette

Monday, December 16, 2013

Exploring Cricut - "It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas" Challenge


Hello and Happy Monday! It's time for another fun challenge at Exploring Cricut. DIane has asked us to create a card, layout or project with a Christmas theme. What a great way to get some things done before the holiday!

I decided to create a 2 page 12 x 12 layout for the Christmas season last year. I try to get as many pictures on my layouts as possible without looking crowded. By keeping my images to the sides I was able to accomplish that and keep the pictures the main focus.


The packages got some Stickles on there bows for more sparkle.


I inked Santa and the chimney with black ink and added Stickles to his rosy cheeks.

Recipe:
Papers = Bazzill, Scraps
Santa - 4.49"
Chimney - Simply Charmed 4.49"
Packages - 3.43"
Tag - Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2.59"
Title - Wild Card 7.97", 1.30"
Ribbon, black ink, Stickles

Thanks for stopping by and go check out all the inspiration from my DT sisters. Hope you enter the challenge by Saturday:)

Annette

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Exploring Cricut - Thursday Project

Hello! Well, the week is almost over and it is my turn to share a project with you at Exploring Cricut. This is another CAS if you are looking for a fun gift for someone. Turtles are a favorite for the recipient of this gift, but the possibilities are endless.


I purchased the frame at Michael's with a coupon of course:) I used left over scraps, which is always a plus in my book. I chose to not add googly eyes to the turtle because the fit of the glass made it too tight.  Stickles looked to harsh for me. I might suggest if you decide to create this to leave the glass off if you really want something on the eye or get a frame that has more space between. 


I measured the inside of each frame and used my gypsy to create a rectangle of the same size. You can also do this in CCR. Remember to take your link off so that you can change height and width. I then was able to size my turtle exactly to fit inside of the frame.
I backed the turtles with white paper and think it really makes the colors pop. Sorry for the picture not being as bright. Cloudy weather here does not make for great pics.


Recipe:
Turtle - Walk In My Garden 
Papers - Scraps
Frame - Michael's

Thanks for stopping by and remember you still have time to create a Christmas card to enter our challenge!!

Annette

















Monday, December 2, 2013

Exploring Cricut - Christmas Cards Challenge

Happy Monday Everyone! Today is another challenge at Exploring Cricut to get you all ready to start those Christmas cards. The challenge is to use any color with any Cricut cartridge and make a Christmas card.

When I have to mass produce cards I really like the CAS look. It seems that life has been super busy and this helps me get a project done and still share something from the heart that is handmade. This is also a great way to use up some of those scrap papers you have lying around:)


Recipe:

Ornament - Simply Charmed 3.71"
Papers - Scraps
Face - Peachy Keen Stamps
Sentiment - K.Andrews
Black ink, ribbon

For more inspiration, please check out the wonderful creations from my DT sisters!! Hope you decide to join in the fun!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Annette

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Exploring Cricut - Science Game

Hello! Today is my turn to share at Exploring Cricut and I have a fun school project you might enjoy. My youngest daughter asked to use the Cricut to create a board game for her science project.  This was a great project for the budget because we  had everything but extra dice, which we found at the $1 store. Gotta love that:)

My daughter chose to base her game loosely on the "Sorry" game. We started with a poster board and cut it down to a 20"x 20" square with the smaller squares measuring at 2 1/2". To make it more interesting, while learning, she added things like "draw again, lose a turn, etc.

One of the requirements for the project was to create 25 questions based on the subject matter, which was atoms and elements. She set to work choosing colors and shapes that would fit her theme. She used the gypsy to search for items. This can easily been done in CCR too. While I love my gypsy I do think searching for shapes is nice in CCR because it is a larger screen. You can hold the top button on the gypsy to enlarge the shape before selecting too.


The entire board was Mod Podged for a protectant. The "finish" piece was created by welding a circle and rectangle together in the Gypsy. 



The game pieces were created with a button as the base, a wooden ball and Stickles. The ball was attached to the button with E6000 glue.

Recipe:
Foam core board cut down to 20 x 20
Title - All Mixed Up 1.47"
Circle, Rectangle - George and Basic Shapes 3.47", 4.53"
"Start" and "Finish" - Plantin SchoolBook 1"
Beakers - LockerTalk 2.06"
Atom - Indie Art 2.06"
Radioactive - Indie Art 2.06"
Arrows - Gypsy Wanderings 1"
Dice - Indie Art 1"
Buttons, Wooden Balls, Stickles, Mod Podge, E6000 glue, dice

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget you have until Saturday, November 23rd to enter our challenge!

Annette

Monday, November 18, 2013

Exploring Cricut - Count Your Blessings Challenge

Happy Monday! Today is Count Your Blessings challenge at Exploring Cricut. You can create a card, layout or project with a Thanksgiving theme using your Cricut.

Hard to believe the holiday is almost here!! Are you ready? I think I would like the warmer weather to come back a little bit longer:) In preparing for the holiday I decided to create a 2 page layout for the season. We have a few things planned so these will come in handy for events.


I kept this pretty simple and dependent on what they will be used for may go back and add a few touches here and there. Sometimes it is nice to do a CAS before taking pictures to have on hand. It sure makes it easy to embellish and not have to create an entire layout.

Recipe:
2 12x12 pages
Papers - Bo Bunny and Bazzill
Title - 3 Birds on Parade 2.19"
Pilgrim Bird - 3 Birds on Parade 4.08"
Turkey - Simply Charmed 3.22"

Thanks for stopping by and remember you have until November 23rd to enter the challenge.

Annette


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Exploring Cricut-Monster Jam

Hello! It's my turn to share at Exploring Cricut and I created with quite a few Cricut cartridges this time. We went to the Monster Jam Truck show and took quite a few pics. I narrowed it down to these and the rest will go in a clear sleeve fitting 12 pics.


I really struggled with creating this layout because I don't have any boy cartridges. However, in trying to think outside of the box I think this layout came through without them. I improvised on the images and hope you like what you see. The journaling spot on the second page was actually going to be for tickets, which I can't find. I'm hoping they turn up, but if not I will continue the rest of the journaling on what is already attached.


The dots were created by using Liquid Pearls to add a "rivet" look. I just realized that Ribbons and Rosettes would have been good to use too because the font on there already has the holes if you don't want to use the Liquid Pearls.

Recipe:
12 x 12 2 page layout
Papers - DCWV  and scraps
Title - Birthday Bash 1.23, shadow 1.31"
Green, Purple Grave Digger Car - Paper Dolls for Everyday 3.25"
Skeleton Face - Indie Art 1"
Superman Truck - Paper Dolls for Everyday 3.45"
Red Cape on Truck - Paper Doll Dress Up 5.15"
Shield - Create A Critter 1.46"
"S" - Birthday Bash 1"
Wheels on Truck - From My Kitchen 8.69", 12.07"
Flag - Paper Dolls for Everyday 7.62"
Sand - Paper Dolls for Everyday 7"
Film Strip - Disney-Mickey and Friends 4.65"
Liquid Pearls Platinum, Yellow, Cinnamon, Firefly, Purple  and Silver Stickles, black ink

Thanks for stopping by and remember there is still time to enter our challenge!

Annette


Monday, November 4, 2013

Exploring Cricut - Your Choice Challenge

Hello! The week flew by and it's time for another challenge at Exploring Cricut. The challenge this time is a "Cricut Choice." You can create a card, layout or project using 1 pattern paper, 2 Cricut cuts and 3 colors.

I am still working on layouts and I decided to create a 2 page layout of my husband running in the KC Zoo Run for the Penguins this year. Every year the run is dedicated to raise funds for a particular animal. There are so many fun penguins on cartridges it was hard to decide. I ended up with these 3 little cuties.


The arrow I will use for journaling.


I hid the faces on my Gypsy and used PK Critter Faces. I added white to the eyes, blush to the cheeks and yellow to the beaks. The little one is popped up with a pop dot. The paper underneath them was torn by hand.

Recipe:
2 12 x 12 page layout
Papers - DCWV, American Craft
Penguins-Simply Charmed
Faces - PK Critter 
Title - All Mixed Up
Arrow - Gypsy Wanderings
Copic yellow marker, white gel pen, pink chalk, Waterfall Stickles


Be sure to check out my DT Sisters for more inspiration!

Annette

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Exploring Cricut - A Trick or A Treat for You!

Hi! Today is my turn to share at Exploring Cricut. I decided to stay with our theme for the challenge this week. I created some treat bags to give to my daughter and her roommate for Halloween. I was able to fit 3 large chocolate goodies inside.


I used Scor Tape to adhere sides together. I also hide the score marks on the bags with my Gypsy. The folds are very easy to see when the bag is laid out so the score marks are not necessary for me.  Also, depending on the paper the score marks can tear the paper and I don't think this looks very good. 

I jazzed up the spider with Stickles and a white gel pen.

Recipe:
Paper - DCWV, scraps
Treat bag - Plantin Schoolbook 5.72"
Spider - Mini Monsters 1.24"
Sentiments - Bugbytes
Silver and Fruit Punch Stickles, White gel pen

Don't forget to take time to enter our challenge this week! We'd love to see what you have been up to.

Thanks for stopping by!

Annette


Monday, October 21, 2013

Exploring Cricut-Happy Halloween Challenge

Happy Monday! It's time for another challenge at Exploring Cricut. Create a card, layout or project for Halloween with your favorite Cricut cuts and include at least 2 Cricut cuts.

I am still working on layouts and created this 12x12 Halloween layout from one of my daughter's many dance performances. She was Puss N' Boots girlfriend in this piece for a Halloween show. I think the images from Trick or Treat are so cute. Don't you? This little kitty was so easy to put together. 


Recipe:
12x12 page layout
Papers-DCWV, Bazzill, and scraps
Cat - Trick or Treat 4.38"
Triangles - George and Basic Shapes 3.42"
Boo - Wild Card 2.58"
Orange Mat - 5.25"
Twine, Glue dots

Hope you get some time to craft this week and share with us a Halloween creation using your Cricut.

Thanks for stopping by!

Annette


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Exploring Cricut Birthday Winner!

Hi Everyone! It's time to announce the winner for my blog candy. I used random.org and the winner was #9 Snappy Scraps!! Yay for you. Please email me and let me know how to get your goodies to you. Thanks for all the sweet comments that I received.

Have a good evening!

Annette

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Exploring Cricut - Homecoming

Hello! So glad you stopped by as it is my turn to at Exploring Cricut today. I am still trying to get caught up on scrapbooking and deciding to work on my daughter's high school book. Fall is upon us and with that comes lots of fun events like festivals, and of course, homecoming dances. 

I am sharing a 2 page layout for her homecoming dance junior year. One of the fun things, I think, about scrapbooking is taking pieces from the actual event and incorporating it onto your page. The jewels in the upper left corner are actually from her corsage.


The pattern Bo Bunny paper is doublesided and this helped really coordinate everything together. Sometimes there are so many pictures taken and it is difficult to leave any out. One idea that really works for me is looking at the pictures I really want to showcase. I then put the rest into 4x6 clear sleeves that fit right into the album. Some brands are Die Cuts With A View or We R Memory Keepers. They also come in different sizes and I usually pick mine up at Archiver's.


The slits in the roses were popped up and I added Fruit Punch Stickles to them with a gem for added glimmer. I wasn't too sure about using the shimmery grey for the roses but really like how it compliments the pictures of  my daughter's dress.

Recipe:
2 page 12 x 12 layout
Papers - Bo Bunny, Bazzill, Core'dinations 
Swirl - Sweethearts
Font, Numbers - Lyrical Letters
Gems, Fruit Punch Stickles

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget you have until Saturday to enter for some blog candy  here and enter our challenge of a birthday celebration for even more chances to win a Cricut Cartridge!

Annette


Monday, October 7, 2013

Happy Birthday Exploring Cricut Blog Hop

Hello! It is Exploring Cricut's 3rd birthday and we are celebrating. If you hopped from Emily then you are in the right spot. If not, hop back to Exploring Cricut so you don't miss a thing:) You can join in the fun by creating a card, layout or paper craft celebrating a birthday event. You can use any colors, but you must use your Cricut and include at least 1 button, brad or jewelOur Design Team has some awesome projects for inspiration  You have until Saturday to enter our challenge:)

I decided to create a 2 page spread for my daughter's upcoming 14th birthday. She is not a huge pink fan so I kept it to a minimum. I used Diamond Stickles on the "girl' part of the title.



The butterflies were glued with Glossy Accents just down the middle. Prior to adhering I folded the butterfly in half so the wings would pop up. I then added Fruit Punch Stickles to the antennas and middle.


I chose to use these red buttons for my cupcakes. The cupcakes were cut from the pattern paper. To have the button lay flat I took some nail clippers and snipped the plastic loop off the back and adhered with Gossy Accents. 

There is blog candy to win too! To win: Let me know you are a follower and how to get a hold of you in the comments below. I will draw a winner Saturday. Good luck!!


Here's the line up for the hop:
Lori  http://scrappinsaints.blogspot.com
Rae Ann   http://joyinart.blogspot.com
Emily  http://emilyqueenofallthingscrafty.blogspot.com
Annette  http://mymindsdustbunnies.blogspot.com You are here
Michelle N  http://justanutterpapercrafter.blogspot.com 
Michelle S  http://cricutcrazyscrapper.blogspot.com
Liz  http://unikbyyes.blogspot.com
Diane  http://happyscrapperdiane.blogspot.com

Recipe:
2 page 12 x 12 layout
Pattern and yellow papers - Doublesided Crate Paper
Blue Polka Dot Paper - Bo Bunny
Pink Vellum Paper
"Birthday Girl- Storybook 3.19"
Butterflies - Create A Critter 1.46"
"Make A Wish - Birthday Bash2.40"
Swirl - Gypsy Wanderings 4.38"
Glossy Accents, buttons, Diamond, Fruit Punch, Yellow Stickles

Now hop on over to Michelle for some more birthday fun!!

Thanks for stopping by:)

Annette

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Exploring Cricut - "Love You Layout"

Hi Everyone! Today it is my turn to share over at Exploring Cricut and I have a layout for you today. I thought it would be fun to use my pens again in my Cricut. I had the pens use the shadow feature to outline the words.


I popped two of the flowers up with pop dots and added buttons with twine. The mat also has a button with twine adhered with glue dots. I doubled up the ribbon with a solid polka dot and then a fuzzy in the same color over the top.Gems were added to the journaling card at the top.

Recipe:
12 x 12 1 page layout
Black Pattern Papers - Basic Grey
Ruled Paper - DCWV
Solid Papers - Bazzill
"Love You" - Paisley
Flowers - Forever Young
Buttons, Twine, gel pens, gems, ribbon 

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed this quick layout and don't forget you can enter our challenge until Saturday. We'd love to see what you've been cooking up:)

Annette


Monday, September 23, 2013

Exploring Cricut - What's Cookin' Challenge

Hello! Time again for another fun challenge at Exploring Cricut! The challenge is to create a project with anything from the kitchen using your Cricut. It can be a card, layout or a project of your choice with the Cricut. This was great timing for me to pull out my cartridge From My Kitchen. We are leaving this weekend to visit my daughter at college and bringing her some yummy, favorite treats that just wouldn't travel well by mail.

I created a shape card using the oven. Using my Gypsy I welded 2 of the shadow images together to create my cardbase from white cardstock. I then cut the rest of the layers adhering to the base of the card.


I wanted the card to be interactive so I scored an 1/8" across the bottom of the black oven door.  I used Silver Stickles on the front of the star. Glossy Accent was added to the white knobs.



I stamped a sweet message on the inside of the oven. 


The inside of the card is left blank so that we can write a personal note inside. 

Recipe:
Card base 4.70" will fit into a 5 x 5 card envelope
Oven - From My Kitchen 4.70"
Sentiment - SF & Company
Glossy Accent, Silver Stickles

My DT Sisters have some great inspiration too! Be sure to check them out and enter your project by Saturday so we can see:)

Thanks for stopping by!

Annette

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Exploring Cricut Smile It's School Time

Hello! Happy to see you here. It is my turn at Exploring Cricut and I am sharing another school layout. At our middle school the kids go a week before school to take a yearbook picture, get locker assignment and school supplies if you ordered them. 


This paper is from Simple Stories and is double sided. I really like being able to use that kind of paper. It takes all the guesswork out:) I had never cut the school from Locker Talk and think it is so fun. It was a little tricky as I wanted the windows to be white. To get this look I used the blackout feature for the white. I cut the base in green (cutting away the building, tree trunk and flagpole) and then used the layer feature to get the buildings, flagpole and tree in the colors I wanted. I added white gel pen to the flag.

I also added green ink to the tree and edges of green grass. A black micro pen was used on the front stair and front doors. The camera was popped up and micro pen was added to it. The camera flash was popped up and inked with Wild Honey Distress Ink from Ranger.

2 page 12 x 12 layout
Papers - Simple Stories and Bazzill
Camera - Locker Talk 1.77"
"Smile" - Locker Talk 3.46"
School Building - Locker Talk 2.79"
Camera Flash - Locker Talk 3.15"
"6th Grade - Locker Talk 4.10"
Pop dots, Wild Honey Ink, Versamagic Tea Leaves Ink

Thanks for stopping by and there is still time to enter our challenge. You have until Saturday! Hope you decide to join in the fun:)

Annette

Monday, September 9, 2013

Exploring Cricut - Back To School Challenge

Hello! Did you all have a nice weekend? It was super hot here and boy there must be a lot of pollen in the air!! Exploring Cricut has a new challenge today to start your week out. Using your Cricut create a card, layout or project with the theme "back to school" using some of the primary and a ribbon.

I chose to create a page for my youngest when she was entering 6th grade. It was so exciting for her as she was entering middle school and, of course, her own locker. She had a great time with her sister and cousin decorating her locker and goofing around. Of course, now, as an 8th grader it is all old hat:)


I enjoyed creating this layout looking for different cartridges to show the theme of my pages. I hadn't used my glitter pens in awhile and they were perfect for the notebook paper and the pennant with her school initial on it. I changed the blade out and put the pen in using speed of 3 and pressure of 3. Remember not to unload the mat so that you can cut the image out after using the pen.

I have been cutting a lot of titles out lately and am finding that welding them together is so much easier to glue down, especially when they are skinnier letters. "Middle School" was taken from Locker talk and I left them separate for a different look. The lettering on the pennant was done using the glitter pens again. I inked the edges of the notebook paper, pennant and journalling paper. I cut the journalling paper to look like a ribbon.

Recipe:

2 page 12 x 12 layout
Papers - Simple Stories, Scraps, Kaisercraft
Title - All Mixed Up 1.77"
Middle School - Locker Talk 4.23"
Pennant - Locker Talk 1.31"
Lettering on Pennant - Cricut Craft Room Basics .43"
Notebook Paper - Simply Charmed 2.39"
Locker - Locker Talk 8.20"
Globe - Locker Talk 3.92"
Cri-Kit Gel Pen (black glitter)

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out my DT Sisters for some great inspiration! I know I will be as I have more school pics for this year:)

Annette

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Exploring Cricut - 18th Bday

Happy Thursday! It is my turn to share at Exploring Cricut!  I decided to share a 2 page layout that I created for an 18th birthday using my Cricut.


There are so many images that are in the Cricut books that I see and think, "oh, I need to remember to use that" and completely forget to do so.  The image from Wild Card "oh happy day" is one of those images. I'm glad I remembered this time. There are fun sayings on this cartridge that are perfect for layouts as well as cards, or any project for that matter.

Recipe:
2 page 12 x 12 layout
Papers - Echo Park, AC and DCWV
"Oh Happy Day" - Wild Card 5.40"
"18" - Birthday Bash 1.87"
"Happy Birthday" - Wild Card 5.92"
Tag - Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2.95"
Scallop Mat - Gypsy Wanderings 10.98", 9.75"
Ribbon, black ink

Thanks for stopping by and remember the challenge ends on Saturday! 

Annette


Monday, August 26, 2013

Exploring Cricut - Cricut Choice Challenge

It's time again for a new challenge at Exploring Cricut and this week it is your choice using your Cricut. You are to create a card, layout or project using at least 2 Cricut images. So the sky is the limit on what you want your art to be. 

I have just gotten my oldest off to college and my youngest is in school. So, I am hoping to get back to my craftroom and my blog. They have both been sorely neglected. I created this 2 page birthday layout with my youngest daughter's birthday in mind. She turned 13 last year and wanted to get this created before the next birthday!! 


She loves the blues and citrus colors and I think this design really suits her image. I don't know about you but sometimes it is nice not to use the pictures to dictate the colors chosen for the layout. It is a little freeing if there are colors in there that really won't go with the theme. My pictures had lots of colors to choose from and it was a little overwhelming, so I reverted to some of her favorite colors and it helped me think more clearly about color choices. 


Birthday Bash has some nice chunky letters to work with and I wanted the title to be stacked. So, with the help of my Gypsy, I welded the letters on top of one another to create the word "celebrate". For the "E" and the "T" I did take my lock off of sizing so that I could stretch them to the size I wanted. If you keep the lock on (which is normally the route to go) your image will increase or decrease proportionally. For this project, I wanted them to be wider but not taller than the letters they were next to.

Recipe:
12 x 12 2 page layout
Papers - Bazzill, AC and scraps
"celebrate" - Birthday Bash
Banner - Birthday Bash
Stars - George and Basic Shapes
Brown TopNote - Elegant Edges
Balloons - A Child's Year

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the fabulous inspiration from my DT Sisters. Hope you decide to get creative this week and join us too!!

Annette
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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Exploring Cricut - Beach Time!

Hello! Glad you all stopped by as today is my day to share at Exploring Cricut. We just got back from lounging on the beach and reality has definitely set in. My youngest starts school today and my oldest will be leaving for college this week. 

I decided to try to keep the vacation in the forefront today and work on a layout for my beach pics. I used Pack Your Bags and dressed the images up with glitter paper, Stickles and of course a Peachy Keen face.

I added the Stickles to the water and the flip flops. I used my Gypsy to hide the cuts for the sun and just cut a circle out. 


The flip flop image had sunglasses attached to the base. I hid this image so that my glasses and flip flops would be separate.

Recipe:
12 x 12 2 page layout
Papers - Echo Park, Bazzill, scraps
"80 and Sunny" - Pack Your Bags
Glasses - Pack Your Bags
Flip Flops - Back Your Bags
Water and Palm Tree with Sand - Pack Your Bags
Orange and Blue Stickles, Ribbon, Black Ink, Peachy Keen Face

Our challenge ends on Saturday, August 17th and we hope you decide to join in the party!

Thanks for stopping by!

Annette




Monday, August 12, 2013

Exploring Cricut- Disney Challenge

Hello! We have another challenge at Exploring Cricut this week. The challenge is to create a card, layout or craft using any of the Disney Cricut cartridges. I chose to make a card using Goofy.
 
 
 
There are 3 different images of Goofy and I think they are all equally cute. I will say that using my Gypsy is great, however, I still look at my books so that I can get the placement correct. On certain cartridges it is more difficult for me to see how the layers are supposed to go. For him I did cut the shadow and then layered up.
 
I also think with the small pieces it is nice to use the small Xyron so that you don't have glue all over you:) When creating his teeth I decided not to use the cut outs as they were really small. I instead used Liquid Pearls. I also used this on his gloves. For the white of the eyes I added Glossy Accents.
 
The swirl is also on this same page as a border. To finish it off, I added a green ribbon.
 
Recipe:
A2 card base
Papers - Scraps
Goofy - Mickey and Friends 3.83"
Swirl - Mickey and Friends 4"
Glossy Accents, Liquid Pearls White Opal, ribbon
 
Check out what my DT Sisters created for more inspiration. You have until Saturday to enter your creation. Hope you decide to play along too!!
 
Thanks for stopping by:)
  
Annette

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Exploring Cricut - Family Time

Hello! Glad you stopped by as it is my turn to share at Exploring Cricut. I am trying to get caught up with layouts from last year and came across these pics from "pancake day" at our house. During the school year my husband makes pancakes bright and early on Wednesday mornings. It has been a great tradition and am sad that my oldest will be off to college and won't be with us for the tradition. I'm really glad I captured it on film while she was still home.


The blue paper with the measuring numbers was perfect for this layout and I loved that it was double sided. It makes it so easy to match!! A Child's Year doesn't have a shadow feature for the lettering so I made the blue slightly larger and offset the orange on top. I free handed the blue wave on the bottom and used a ruler at the top to make a scallop.


I was thrilled to find this cutie in 3 Birds On Parade. He is actually a grilling chef, but that is what is sound nice about the cartridges; being able to use images for different settings. I originally just wanted to use the apron in From My Kitchen but didn't think it looked to manly;) I did add some silver Stickles to the trim of the chef hat though.

Recipe:
2 12 x 12 pages
Papers - My Mind's Eye, Bazzill, scraps
Oval - George and Basic Shapes
"Pancake Day" - A Child's Year
Exclamation Point - Disney - Mickey and Friends
Whisk - From My Kitchen
Mixing Bowl - From My Kitchen
Bird Chef - 3 Birds On Parade

Thanks for stopping by!!

Annette



Monday, July 29, 2013

Exploring Cricut - Down on the Farm

Happy Monday! Time again for Exploring Cricut's Challenge week. The challenge this week is "Down On the Farm" You are to create a card, layout or project using at least one farm animal with your Cricut.

I decided to try and get caught up on some scrapbooking. It has been super crazy around our house what with summer vacations, getting someone off to college and everyday life. I haven't had much time to create as you can see from my lack of sharing lately on my blog. Hopefully, that will change soon once fall arrives:)

I created a 2 page 12 x 12 layout featuring the cute Create A Critter duck.


Sorry the lighting is so off. The title shows up a lot better in person. The tag is from Tags, Bags, Boxes and More and I added a shadow in kraft paper to it with some ruffled white ribbon.


The cute duck got some Yellow Stickles added to her wings and her water has some blue Stickles added.

Recipe:
2 12 x 12 pages.
Papers -My Mind's Eye Indie Chic Nutmeg Collection and scraps 
Peter & The Wolf - Ashlyn's Alphabet
Duck - Create A Critter
Water - Create A Critter
Tag - Tags, Bags, Boxes and More
Twine, Yellow, Blue Stickles, Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by and check out my DT sisters for great inspiration!

Annette

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Winner of a Exploring Cricut Christmas Blog Hop

Hello to new and old friends! Thank you all for joining in the Christmas Hop. I hope you all got a good start on your holiday projects.

The winner, chosen by random.org for my blog goodies  is Pam at Scrap-N-Sew Granny. Congratulations Pam!!! Please send me your info so I can get these right out to you.

Thanks again for joining in the fun:)


Annette

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Exploring Cricut - So Blue

The blog hop is still going on for a chance to win a prize go here:)

The week has flown by and it is my day at Exploring Cricut. Around my house we are busy getting ready for college. I found this idea on Pinterest and thought it would be so fun to try with my Cricut.



I first painted the embroidery hoop that I got at Michael's with some acrylic paint. I sent this aside to dry, which was super quick, promise.



Here are the supplies I started with. If you decide to do this 3 was not enough for the floss and I had to run and get another one. I didn't split the floss thread as we wanted it to be as thick as possible. So, they were threaded as is.  I had some left over muslin that I cut down to size and placed in between the hoops. I adhered the flower with a little bit of tape runner as this was just to keep it in place.



Pay close attention to your flower pattern. I should have started on the inside instead of where my needle shows in this picture.  By sewing the middle section first this will allow your flower to have a cleaner finish for the end result. I then added some french knots to the middle and Stickles with buttons for some more sparkle. This is lightweight enough to go on her wall and the sparkle will hopefully catch the light:) 

Recipe: 
Flower - Martha Stewart Elegant Cake Art
Embroidery Hoop 10", Floss, Stickles, buttons

The Christmas challenge ends on Saturday and we sure hope you decide to join in the fun!! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Annette



Monday, July 15, 2013

Exploring Cricut - Christmas In July Hop!!

Happy Monday! Who is ready for a Christmas Hop? If you hopped from Emily then you are in the right spot. If not, hop back to the beginning, Exploring Cricut, so you don't miss a thing. The list is below if you get lost along the way!  Our Design Team has some awesome projects for inspiration and at the end you will be able to enter the challenge to show us a Christmas project. Don't forget to use your Cricut for the challenge.  This hopefully will give you a jump start on your holiday preparations.  You have until Saturday to enter our challenge:)

I decided to get busy with a Christmas layout. We always have fun trimming the tree and last year was no different. After doing so many years of holiday layouts sometimes it is hard to think of new titles for wonderful memories. When I was looking at the pictures of this event I saw a lot of bling on the ornaments as well as the tree. I thought it would be fun to give the title some extra sparkle. Hope you enjoy!!



I added stickles to the tree stamp.


I cut the "bling" out and then adhered to the creme paper. I then stickled the word with red adding glittery floss for some more texture. All that is left to do is add a journaling block on the red circle. 

What would a hop be if it weren't for candy inspiration!! To win: Let me know you are a follower and how to get a hold of you in the comments below. I will draw a winner Sunday evening. Good luck!!



Here is the line up for the hop. Be sure to start at the beginning so you don't miss a thing:)

Sharon http://meemeescreations.blogspot.com
Donna  http://wwwkindredkreations.blogspot.com
Georgiana  http://carsonscricutcreations.blogspot.com
Rae Ann   http://joyinart.blogspot.com
Emily  http://emilyqueenofallthingscrafty.blogspot.com
Annette  http://mymindsdustbunnies.blogspot.com You are here
Michelle N  http://justanutterpapercrafter.blogspot.com Next
Kathy  http://kathy213-kathyscorner.blogspot.com
Michelle S  http://cricutcrazyscrapper.blogspot.com
Liz  http://unikbyyes.blogspot.com
Diane  http://happyscrapperdiane.blogspot.com


Recipe:
2 x 12 2 page layout
Bo Bunny, K& Company, AC papers
Stamp frame - Create a Critter7.72
Elelgant Edges Scallop Edge 1.86"
"Bling" - Forever Young 2.95"
Circles - George and Basic Shapes 8.31", 3.72",1.84"
Red and gold Stickles, red and gold floss, Gold wire ribbon

Head on over to Michelle at  http://justanutterpapercrafter.blogspot.com/ for your next wonderful creation!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Annette