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.

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!


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:)

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!


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.

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:)


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.

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!!


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:)


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!!