House Mouse Bunny Balloon Journey Card

House Mouse is one of my all time favorite stamps series.  I’ve had this House Mouse Bunny With Balloons stamp for almost 10 years, but it’s still a favorite.  Stampabilities makes House Mouse stamps, and this one is called Balloon Journey.

House Mouse Bunny with Balloons Card - This stamp is so sweet and great for many occasions.

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Wild Rose Studio Card – Bluebell with Hedgehog

I can’t wait to share this Wild Rose Studio Card with you!  I’ve had Wild Rose Studio stamps on my wish list for over a year.  I’m not exactly sure where I first saw the images, but it didn’t take me long to fall in love with them.

Wild Rose Studio Bluebell and Hedgehog Handmade Card - This sweet baby card is adorable. It uses the deer and hedgehog stamp from Wild Rose Studios. I need to get that stamp!!

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Cricut Stair Step Card Template and Instructions

I’ve been making cards for years, but I recently learned how to make a Stair Step Card.  These cards are absolutely stunning, with their 3D designs.  See how I made this great Step Card decorated with Cricut die cuts, and you’ll be making these soon too!

Learn to make a Stair Step Card - A template and instructions are included. Decorate it using a cow, tree, ducks, flowers, and sun from the Cricut.

 

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DIY K Cup Holder – Pattern and Instructions

This DIY K Cup Holder makes a great little Thank You gift or Friendship present.  Do you know someone who can’t live without their Keirig?  They would love to have one of these!

This DIY K Cup Holder is made from scrapbooking paper and decorated with a cute snowman stamp. This is an awesome little Christmas gift, stocking stuffer, or Thank You present! I need to make some of these for my co workers.

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Shaving Cream Art Project for Kids

Kids love arts and crafts that are unique and messy, and this Shaving Cream Art Project will surely become a favorite.   It’s so much fun when you can do a project using common supplies found around the house.  The results of this art project are different each time, keeping it from getting boring.

Shaving Art Project Title

Did you see the word “messy” in the first paragraph?  With adults, you could probably create your work of art inside, but with my niece, anything artsy craftsy can turn into a mess.  I’m one of those people who doesn’t mind though.

I have friends who despise glitter.  I love glitter.  You could dump a gallon of it in my living room floor, and I wouldn’t care…..ok maybe not a gallon, but you get the picture!

I love crafting outside, and my niece loves the outdoors so it works out great to do this Shaving Cream Art Project outside.  Working on the patio table makes for easy clean up.  Any major spills can get sprayed off with the garden hose.

I always give my niece an old t-shirt to wear.  It was even long enough to cover her shorts, so we didn’t have to worry about ruining her clothes.   We spent most of the day crafting, and the old t-shirt caught it’s share of dye, shaving cream, paint, glitter glue, and ink. If you’re not able to do this outside, cover your work area before you get started.

Shaving Cream Art Project

Playing in shaving cream is so much fun, and it smells good!

Supplies needed for this Shaving Cream Art Project

  • Cheap Shaving Cream – You want the kind that makes white lather, not the gel or lotion kind.  I used Barbesol brand which is inexpensive and easy to find in my area.
  • Food Coloring – We used inexpensive liquid food coloring that comes four in a pack from the grocery store.  Paste food coloring would probably work, but you will want to thin it with water so that you can drop it a little at a time.  You can also use Tim Holtz Distress Ink Reinkers.  This will give you a bigger variety of colors.  Paint does not work well for this technique.
  • A knife, spoon, or spatula used for cake icing.  I have a long spatula that’s for icing cakes.  It works great, but anything that will spread the shaving cream in a smooth layer is fine.
  • A plate, wax paper, or something to spread the shaving cream on.  We used wax paper.  Since we did this many times, the wax paper was good for quick clean up, so we could start again with new colors.  Shaving cream will make newspaper rip, so I don’t recommend it.
  • Glossy paper – I had glossy paper for card making.  You can also use photo printer paper.  This works on non glossy cardstock, but the results are better with glossy paper.  Also, make sure the paper is thick.  The shaving cream saturates the paper quickly, and will make thin paper wrinkle.
Shaving Cream Art Project

Drops of food coloring were scattered over the shaving cream. You will see bottles of paint in the photos. We didn’t use them on this project. It was breezy outside, and they were holding the wax paper in place.

Getting Started

Food coloring will stain, so protect and move anything that you don’t want ruined! Gather your supplies, including twice as many paper towels as you think you need.  Baby wipes are also handy for cleaning hands. My glossy paper was in an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet.  I cut it into 4 pieces.  You can use any size you want, but the smaller pieces are easier to handle.

Instructions for Shaving Cream Art Project

  1. Using the spatula, spread the shaving cream evenly on the wax paper.  Cover an area that’s a little big bigger than the size of your paper.
  2. Drop food coloring onto the shaving cream.  You will get different patterns and color combinations depending on how much you use and how close you put the drops.
  3. Use the spatula to go over the colors, blending them into the shaving cream.  You can also use toothpicks to make swirls or other patterns.  Make sure you don’t blend them too much or your shaving cream will turn an ugly grayish-brown.
  4. Put the paper glossy side down onto the shaving cream, making sure that the whole surface touches the shaving cream.
  5. Lift the paper up.  If it’s stuck in the shaving cream, left it from the corner with your fingernail or the spatula.  When you lift it, there will be a lot of shaving cream stuck to it.  Use a paper towel or an old towel to wipe it, getting off as much of it as you can.
  6. Let the paper dry.  The paper will probably curl, but you can bend it or put something on it to flatten it.
  7. Use your marbled paper to make cards, bookmarks, or cut it into shapes.
Shaving Cream Art Project

Mixing the colors was so much fun. They would mix together to form new colors and designs.

My niece LOVES crafts.  This short list of supplies, kept her entertained for almost an hour.  She did different color combinations and different amounts of food coloring.  She tried different designs using the tip of the spatula and a toothpick, making lines, swirls, and star bursts.

Shaving Cream Art Project 4

My niece used the spatula handle to press the paper into the shaving cream. Any parts of the paper that don’t touch, will remain white.

We ran out of time, and the papers were still wet when she had to go home.  When she comes over next time, I hope to make bookmarks and cards with the art work that she created.

Shaving Cream Art Project

Here is the paper when you lift it out of he shaving cream. You can see that there is a lot left on it. Wipe it off with paper towels or an old rag. Don’t use a good towel, because the food coloring will stain it.

This Shaving Cream Art Project was so much fun.  We will definitely be doing it again.  I’m going to order some stamp pad reinkers from Stampin’ Up so we have a wider variety of colors.  I can’t wait to play with them!  My niece and I will be planning another crafty day soon!

Shaving Cream Art Project

Here are some samples of the finished project.

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My Pink Stamper Stamp Sets

Use My Pink Stamper Stamps with your Cricut to Make Awesome Cards

Let me show you some of the most adorable cards made with My Pink Stamper stamps! Designer, Robyn, developed a wonderful line of clear stamps that match perfectly with Cricut Cartridges.

There are lots of clever sayings that go with the Animal Images on the Create A Critter Cricut Cartridge and the Animal Kingdom Cricut Cartridge. Some of the sets include Punnylicious and More Punnylicious. When you take a look at the sayings, you’ll see how the stamp sets got their names.

I originally bought my Cricut Expressions for doing scrapbook pages, but now I use it for cards too. The My Pink Stamper stamps make it super easy to make cards that people will ooooh and aaaah over!

My Pink Stamper Stamps Sets - This card uses the Life is a Beach Cricut cartridge toucan birthday card

It’s your Bird-day! comes from the Punny-licious set.  There are tons of birds that you can cut with the Cricut, making this a super versatile stamp.

Hogs and Kisses Card – What a sweet stamp from My Pink Stamper!

Pig Card Using My Pink Stamper and Animal Kingdom Cricut Cartridge

Pig Cards using Cricut Cartridges are so cute! Who wouldn’t love Hogs and Kisses???

This pig is from the Animal Kingdom Cricut Cartridge and it goes perfectly with these stamps. The Hogs and Kisses stamp is in a set called Even More Punny-licious.

These polymer stamps mount to acrylic blocks making it easy to position the words right where you want them! Some brands of acrylic stamps don’t stick very well, but My Pink Stamper stamps are high quality acrylic that adhere to the acrylic blocks perfectly.

Happy Bee-lated Birthday Card

Belated Cricut Birthday Card using a bumble bee from the Create A Critter Cricut Cartridge

This bee makes a Bee-autiful card! It’s so cheery and bright and goes perfectly with the Happy Bee-lated Birthday sentiment from the Even More Punny-licious Stamp set. I keep finding more and more animals to use with  these stamps!  There is also a great bee on the Walk In My Garden Cricut Cartridge.

Cow Cricut Card – Thank You Card Using Create A Critter

Cow Cricut Card Using a My Pink Stamper Stamp Set

Punny-licious Stamp Set from My Pink Stamper

Here is a list of the sayings on the Punny-licious Stamp Set.

  • Bee-u-tiful
  • Miss Ewe
  • It’s your bird-day
  • So cool
  • Thank Ewe
  • Stinkin’ Cute
  • Hog Wild
  • Udderly Amazing
  • Sweet Chick
  • Hello Foxy
  • Super Tweet
  • Toad-ally fabulous
  • Bananas 4 you!
  • You’re a Hoot!
  • Nuts about you!
  • Whooooooo loves you?
  • Get Whale Soon
  • What’s Up?
  • Friends Fur-ever
  • Dino-mite!
  • Ruff day?
  • Hoppy Birthday!
  • You’re an animal
  • Have a moo-velous day!
  • Crab-u-lous

“Some-bunny Loves You!”

Some-bunny loves you! Hello Kitty Handmade Card with a turtle using the Cricut and My Pink Stamper Stamps

Using the Hello Kitty Cricut Cartridge

There are lots of Cricut Cartridges that have animals. All of them are great for using with the My Pink Stamper Punny-licious set. The Some-bunny Loves You! comes from the Even More Punny-licious set from My Pink Stamper and goes perfectly with the bunny sitting on Hello Kitty’s head.

The turtle is from the Walk In My Garden Cricut Cartridge.  I could have also used the “Turtley Awesome” stamp.

“You Make Me Hoppy!”

you make me hoppy

Another Create A Critter Cricut Card

If this little guy doesn’t make you Hoppy, nothing will. The frog and lily pad are on the Create A Critter Cricut Cartridge. You Make Me Hoppy is from My Pink Stamper.

More Punny-licious Stamp Set from My Pink Stamper

Here is a list of the sayings on the More Punny-licious Stamp Set.

  • To my beary best friend!
  • POODLES of laughter
  • bear hugs
  • You’re the Cat’s Meow
  • Snappy Birthday
  • Hang in there!
  • Unfrog-getable
  • I love moo!
  • Snail Mail
  • Best Fishes
  • Have a mice day!
  • Tons of fun!
  • Have a tree-mendous day!
  • Cool Cat
  • You’re a deer
  • Sorry, I froggot.
  • Thank stinks!
  • Take it easy
  • Cow’s it going?
  • Hippo Birthday
  • Wool you be mine?
  • We’ve Mooved!
  • Hot Dog
  • Get ’em tiger!
  • Puppy Love
  • Hay, neigh-bor!
  • Purr-fect

My Pink Stamper Stamp “Just Chicken In!”

create a critter cricut cartridge chicken

This little chicken coming out of his egg is just too cute! What a great way to cheer up a friend by sending them a “Just Chicken In” card. These stamp sets always know just what to say!

Deer Card Using Create A Critter Cricut Cartridgecreate a critter cricut cartridge deer card

This cute deer came off of the Cricut Create A Critter Cartridge. The “you’re a deer” sentiment is from the More Punny-licious stamp set. What a sweet Thank You Card!

“Aww Nuts!”

aww nuts!

Use the Create A Critter Cricut Cartridge

The Combination stamps and the Create A Critter Cricut Cartridge is an awesome duo for making cards. This fluffy tailed squirrel says “Aww Nuts!” It would make a cute belated birthday or get well card.

“Crab-u-lous!”

crabulous

Since I live on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, this is a popular card! The crabs and basket were made using the Pazzles Creative Cutter Pro, but there are also crabs on the Life is a Beach and Create a Critter Cartridges. The sentiments, In a Pinch and Crab-u-lous go perfectly with the crabs.

“Friends Fur-ever”

friends furrever

Friends Fur-ever can be used with all kinds of animals, but I think it’s really cute with this hedgehog.

Even More Punny-licious Stamp Set from My Pink Stamper

Here is a list of the sayings on the Even More Punny-licious Stamp Set.

  • Turtley Awesome
  • Happy Bee-lated Birthday
  • Moo-chas Gracias!
  • You’re a great catch
  • I moose you!
  • Yappy Birthday
  • In a pinch?
  • Oh Snap!
  • Chick Power
  • Fur-ever Family
  • What’s Moo?
  • Ewe are the best!
  • You’re scent-sational!
  • Some-bunny loves you!
  • Awwww Nuts!
  • Thanks FIN-TASTIC!
  • paws-atively precious
  • Hogs & Kisses
  • Just Chicken in!
  • thanksssss!

“Bananas 4 You” Monkey Card

Cricut monkey card

This monkey swinging on the vine from the Create A Critter Cricut Cartridge is great for cards or scrapbook pages. I added a banana to the monkey’s hand and the saying Bananas 4 You! It turned out so cute! It can be a great Valentine’s Day Cricut Card or for a little boy’s birthday.

Cricut Card Using My Pink Stamper Stamp Set and Paper Doll Dress Up, Animal Kingdom, and Old West Cricut Cartridges

animal kingdom cricut cartridge and paper doll dress up cricut cartridge horse card

The Hay neigh-bor! is from the More Punny-licious stamp set. I love combining different cartridges to create Cricut Projects and cards. This one combines the cowboy and grass from the Paper Doll Dress Up Cartridge, the fence from the Old West Cricut Cartridge, and the horses from the Animal Kingdom Cricut Cartridges.

Here are eleven more cards using My Pink Stamper stamps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Make a Scrapbook Album

Learn How to Make a Scrapbook Album

Many people ask me about how to make a scrapbook album.  For nine years I lived and breathed scrapbooks. My life revolved around scrapbooking, paper, and stickers. I owned a small scrapbook store which I closed in August 2011. For those nine years, I taught many people how to make a scrapbook album, how to use the Cricut, and how to make cards.

Learn how to make a scrapbook album. From what tools you need, what kind of adhesive to use, and how to sort your photos, you will be on your way to making a keepsake in no time! I wish I had known all of this when I first started!

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Cute Cricut Squirrel Scrapbook Page

A scrapbook page with a Cricut squirrel isn’t just for fall.  With all of the projects that I have on this site that feature the Create A Critter Cricut Cartridge, I’m sure you’ve already guessed that it is one of my favorites!

Cute Cricut Scrapbook Page with a squirrel, owl, tree branch, and a tree. Create A Critter Cricut Cartridge

You may usually think about squirrels being a fall animal, but here in Maryland, they are spunky all year long.  This Cricut Scrapbook page looks more like spring or summer with the bright green and leafy tree and tree branch.

Supplies Needed to Make this Cricut Squirrel Scrapbook Page

  • One 12×12 piece of patterned paper or solid cardstock for the background. I used a green dotted paper from Stampin’ Up.  I really like using something with a small pattern or a texture for the background of scrapbook pages.
  • 11″ x 4″ piece of patterned paper (trees).
  • 1 1/2″ x 8″ piece of patterned paper (pink floral).  Even though there is a little bit of pink in this scrapbook page, I think it could still be used for a boy.
  • 1 1/2″ tree branch from the Create A Critter Cricut Cartridge
  • 3″ Owl from the Create A Critter Cricut Cartridge
  • 3″ Cricut Squirrel from the Create A Critter Cricut Cartridge
  • 4 1/2″ tree from the Create A Critter Cricut Cartridge.  Save some of the cut out leaves for the tree branch.
  • Firefly Stickles
  • Scrapbook Adhesive – I like to use EZ Runners tape adhesive
  • Zig Glue Pen
  • Foam tape or pop dots

If you have trouble choosing adhesives, visit Cardmaking and Scrapbooking Adhesives to learn about the different kinds and how they are used.

Owl and Squirrel Cricut Scrapbook Page - Cute for a toddler, baby, or kids.

How to Make this Cricut Squirrel Scrapbook Page

  1. After you have cut the layers for the Cricut Squirrel, Owl, Tree Branch, and Tree, attach all of the pieces using a glue pen and set aside.
  2. Using Scrapbook Adhesive, attach your patterned papers to the 12×12 background papers, following the photo above for placement.
  3. Attach the tree branch and the tree to the page using tape runner adhesive.
  4. Use Pop Dots or foam tape to “pop up” the Cricut squirrel and owl.  Ta daaa!  You’re done!

Cute Cricut Scrapbook Page with a squirrel, owl, tree branch, and a tree. Create A Critter Cricut Cartridge

This sweet Cricut Scrapbook Page is a pretty simple Cricut Project.  All of the shapes are pretty big with only a little detail, making them easy to assemble.  Create A Critter has lots of sweet animals that would go along with these.  I hope you will try it out!

If you’re interested in more Scrapbook Pages for little ones, visit Baby Scrapbook Ideas.

Here are some more projects using the Create A Critter Cricut Cartridge.

Owl Baby Card

Bird Birthday Card

Monkey Card

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Happy New Year! – 2016

2015 is coming to a close.  It was a fun year for me and my family.  I tried to spend more time with the ones I love, and I will continue to do the same in 2016.

Crafting is a big part of my life and is very therapeutic, so I spent more time crafting!  When I work on a crafty project, it’s like taking a mini vacation.  All of the stress and worry seems to melt away.  More crafting, less housework for 2016!  Who’s with me on this one????

New Year's Resolutions and Crafting Goals for 2016

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Snowman Card Using the Explore

This Cricut Snowman Card turned out soooo cute!!  It was one of those cards that came together perfectly.  I love snowmen, and I wanted to create something that was a little different from the traditional Christmas Colors.  The mint green, hot pink, lime green, and orange worked perfectly.

I used the Cricut Explore, but you can also make this card with the Snow Folks Cricut Cartridge if you have the Personal Cricut or Cricut Expressions.

Cricut Snowman Card Using Snow Folks Cartridge - I used the Cricut Explore to make this sweet card. The cutting file is included in the post!

I ENTERED THIS SNOWMAN CARD INTO A CONTEST. YOU CAN VOTE FOR IT HERE!

When I saw these sweet snowmen, I knew they were perfect for the card that I had in mind.  I often get these great ideas stuck in my head, but can’t get it into a project the way that I envision it.  I love the tree branch with ornaments, and they match the paper and snowmen.

If you’re new to making cards visit Handmade Christmas Cards to get more ideas and learn about supplies you need.

Materials Needed For Snowman Card

  • 6″ x 12″ White Cardstock for card base.  I used canvas textured white cardstock by Bazzill, because it has a nice weight and makes a sturdy card.
  • 5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ of green cardstock for the background mat
  • 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ of printed snowflake paper.  Patterned papers are from Echo Park.
  • 5 1/2 border with trees and houses, cut from patterned paper
  • Cutting file for snowmen and branch for the Cricut Explore.  You can find it at the end of the this post.
  • Assorted colors of cardstock to cut out die cuts
  • Assorted colors of Stickles
  • Sparkly fake snow
  • Scrapbook adhesive
  • Glue pen for putting together die cut layers
  • Dimensional tape or Pop Dots
  • Thick craft glue for attaching fake snow

This adorable Cricut Snowman Card was made using the Cricut Explore. Found out how you can make this card too! If you don't have the Cricut Explore, you can use the Snow Folks Cricut Cartridge.

Instructions for Snowman Card

  • Start with a white cardstock base measuring 6″ x 12″.  Score it at 6″ on the long side, and fold it in half.
  • Attach a green cardstock mat measuring 5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″.
  • Attach mint green snowflake paper.
  • Attach border to the bottom of the card.  This was a strip that I cut from a large 12×12 piece of scrapbook paper. I used scissors to trim it, so it wasn’t just a plain rectangle.
  • Using the Cricut, cut out and assemble all of the die cut pieces.  (Cut file is at the bottom of post.)  If you don’t have the Cricut Explore, you can use the Snow Folks Cricut Cartridge.
  • Attach tallest snowman to the center of the card.
  • Attach other snowmen with Pop Dots, overlapping the taller snowman
  • Place the tree branch and ornaments where you would like them.  The stem will be too long, but you can trim it with scissors.
  • Add Stickles at accent the ornaments and snowmen.
  • Put craft glue on the areas where you want artificial snow, and sprinkle the snow on generously.

You can watch the video below to see how I did it!

If you like this Christmas Card, and want to see more, visit these:

Elf Christmas Card

Mouse Christmas Card by Stampabilities

Stampin’ Up Bird Punch Card
These Cricut Snow Folks are so cute!! I used the Cricut Explore to make this adorable Christmas Card.

HERE IS THE FILE SO YOU CAN MAKE THIS SNOWMAN CARD TOO!!  Snowman Card With Branch

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