I Won the Groovy Times Cricut Cartridge!

I’m a few days late posting this, but boy did I break out into a Happy Dance last week. I can’t say that I NEVER win anything. I mean, I’ve never won the lottery or a car or anything, but I have won a few raffles and some perfume at a quarter auction. Last week, I had two wins!

Two weeks ago, I followed an Autumn Blog Hop sponsored by My Cricut Craft Room.  A blog hop is when a group of bloggers post projects on their blogs on the same day along with a list of other bloggers who are doing the same thing.  Some blog hops may offer drawings to those who visit and comment, and others are just for fun.  I didn’t even realize that there was a prize for the Autumn Blog Hop until I saw it posted on Craft Lovers Come Here.  They were giving away the Groovy Times Cricut Cartridge which I don’t have yet.  I’ve already looked up projects using this cartridge on Pinterest, and can’t wait to get it!  You can still visit Craft Lovers Come Here to see the list of blogs and follow along. My Cricut Craft Room sponsors a blog hop featuring Cricut projects every weekend as well as daily Cricut Projects created by the design team.  Last week’s theme was School Days.  On October 11th, the them is Halloween Home Décor, and the following week the theme is Minnie, Mickey, and Me.  I know there will be awesome projects for that! Halloween Cricut Treat Bags So that was my first win.  My second win was at Bitten By The Bug.  They are a fun Cricut Challenge Blog, with a different theme each week.  I entered Halloween Treat Bags.  Most challenge winners are chosen at random, but Myra at Bitten By The Bug chose the winner.  Out of 40 entries, she chose ME!!!  Here is what she said.

I fell in love with PamL.’s from P.S. I Love You Scrapbooking Halloween Cricut treat bags !!!  I loved the little Halloween owl and cute pumpkin !!!

To see which Cricut Cartridges I used and how I made them, visit Cricut Halloween Treat Bags.

I hope you had a “win” this week.  Whether is was a personal accomplishment or finding a penny on the ground, we should celebrate them all!

Cricut Dog Card

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Hot diggity dog!  It’s gorgeous here today, so I’m on my way outside to plant mums and pansies and do a little sprucing up for fall.  I want to share this cute doggie with your first.

Today I have a Design Team Post for My Cricut Craft Room.  I hope you will pop over there and see all of the Design Team projects.  Those girls are making some cool stuff!

I made this Cricut Dog Card, and I just love him!! The dog is on the Create a Critter Cricut Cartridge.  I cut him at 3″.  I started with a black base, and then used the layer keys to cut the brown layers.

The dog food bowl is also on the Create A Critter Cartridge, and I cut it at 1″.  To make the dog kibble, I have a Martha Stewart border punch that makes tiny circles when you make the border. I used it to cut the circles out of three colors of brown scrap paper.  That sounds like a lot of work, but it really wasn’t.  It was only a matter of punching 3 times and attaching them with a glue pen. The tiny dog bone is the perfect accent and is also on the same Cricut Cartridge.

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Here are the paper sizes.  I hope you will be making something crafty real soon!

  • The base of the card is white 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
  • Bazzill cardstock.  The green argyle paper is 5 1/4″ x 4″.
  • The plaid paper is 1 1/2″ x 5 1/4″, and the brown cardstock is 2 1/2″ x 5 1/4″.
  • I used a Stampin’ Up border punch to make the scalloped edge on the brown cardstock.

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Cuttlebug Sale and Free Shipping Code

There is a HUGE sale over at the Cricut website! Do you own a Cuttlebug?  If you don’t, this is a great time to buy one.  They are on sale, and so are a lot of the embossing folders and cutting dies.  Cricut Mats and supplies are on sale too.  AND….I know….it just keeps getting better!  There is a code for FREE SHIPPING at the bottom of this post.

cuttlebug star card

The white embossed background on this card was made using the Cuttlebug. The stars are from the Cricut, and I added buttons to the stars to embellish it.

A Cuttlebug is a hand crank machine that embosses paper to give it a texture.  You can emboss card backgrounds, die cuts, and even dinner napkins to make them fancy.  If you use cardstock that has a different color core, you can lightly sand the paper after embossing to get a really nice effect.  You can also ink over the raised areas to highlight them and make them stand out. This machine features a carry handle and fold down platform, making it easy to take to crops and to store.  It comes with the plates needed to cut and emboss.  You can use folders and dies from other manufacturers.  I personally use Stampin’ Up, Big Shot, and Nestabilities with my machine, and they work great.  Many stamp companies are offering thin dies that coordinate with their stamp sets, and they will work with the Cuttlebug.

 

Here is another card using the Cuttlebug.  It's a very simple card using plain cardstock, a small piece of ribbon, and a button.  I used two different embossing folders for the texture on this card.

Here is another card using the Cuttlebug. It’s a very simple card using plain cardstock, a small piece of ribbon, and a button. I used two different embossing folders for the texture on this card.

So many companies are making embossing folders now, and there are tons of patterns from which to choose.  There are all kinds of themes and holidays.  Some embossing folders may be small with a sentiment and others are long and thing and can be used for borders. The Cuttlebug would make a great gift for a crafter.  It’s not too early to start thinking about Christmas.  We’re less than 100 days away from the big day!  The embossing folders and Cricut accessories make great stocking stuffers.  I’d love to find Cricut Blades and dies under my Christmas Tree.

 

 

 

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This photo shows the two different embossed patterns. The mat is a small dotted pattern which is versatile for any occasion and theme. The floral pattern is great for larger areas.

Stampin Up Card Using By The Tide Set

 

stampin up fish card

Oh my goodness, me oh my!  I made a masculine card!  I know….I know!  I don’t post many of those.

A few weeks ago, my Mom gave me a package of Stampin’ Up water color paper to play with.  I went to You Tube to get some ideas on how to use it.  This is one of the Stampin Up cards that I made.

The sizes and colors of the cardstock are listed at the end of this post.

To make the water background I used Marina Mist and Pool Party Classic Ink Pads and an Aqua Painter.  An aqua painter is a brush that you fill with water so that you can paint with ink giving it a water color look.  If you have reinkers, you can use those, but since I didn’t I had to use the stamp pads.

I squeezed the stamp pads so that some of the ink would transfer to the lid.  Then I used the Aqua Painter to pick up the ink and paint with it onto the water color paper.  To get darker shades, use more ink.  By dragging the aqua painter across the ink pad, I could get more ink if there wasn’t enough on the lid.

I used the same technique with Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, and Old Olive Ink Pads to color the fish from the Stampin’ Up By The Tide Set. It’s best to start with lighter shades of ink and keeping adding more ink and darker shades until you get the effect that you like.  I made sure the water color paper was dry before stamping a coral background in Crumb Cake.

stampin up fish

Here is a list of the cardstock sizes that I used for this card.  All colors are from Stampin’ Up.

  • 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Crumb Cake
  • 5 1/4″ x 4″ Marina Mist  (I ran this layer through the Cuttlebug)
  • 4 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ Old Olive
  • 4 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ Crumb Cake
  • 4″ x 2″ Water Color Paper

 

Cricut Halloween Treat Bags

Cricut Halloween Treat Bags and Party Favors These Halloween Treat Bags and Party Favors made with the Cricut turned out really cute!  To see what other critters are on this Cricut Cartridge, visit Pam Cuts.  I made these for the My Cricut Craft Room Halloween Blog Hop.  I hope you will follow the hop and see the wonderful projects that the other design team members have made. create a critter 2 cricut cartridge jack o lanternFor the first Halloween Treat Bag I used the Nut Cup on the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More Cricut Cartridge (page 130).  I used the Fit to Page feature on the Cricut Expressions, so that it would cut it as big as it would fit on a 12×12 piece of paper.  The purple, orange, and black chevron patterned paper works great for Halloween.  It is from the Die Cuts With A View Stack called Spooky Time. create a critter 2 cricut cartridge pumpkinI cut the Jack-o-lantern at 3 1/2″ from the Create A Critter 2 Cricut Cartridge.   He’s not very spooky with his rosy cheeks though! The sides of the nut cup are slanted outwards, so I attached the Jack-o-lanter on the inside so it’s facing up. The nut cup on the Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More Cricut Cartridge are perfect for party favors.  When cut on the largest size, the nut cup is big enough for a handful of small candies like M&M’s or a bit of crushed paper and miniature candy bars. The witch owl Halloween Treat Bag is also cut from the Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More Cricut Cartridge.  It is the gift bag on page 115 of the manual.  I used the Fit to Page Feature to make it as large as it would fit on the 12×12 paper.  The pretty orange patterned paper is from the Spooky Time Stack from Die Cuts With A View.  I cut the owl at 3 1/2″ and attached him with glue dots. create a critter 2 cricut cartridge tags bags boxes and more

Please join us for the My Cricut Craft Room Halloween Blog Hop.  The other design team members have created great Spooooooky projects to share with you. 

Your next stop on the Blog Hop will be http://vickiscraftroom.blogspot.com

Here is the Blog Hop Line Up

http://mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com http://scrappergrl.blogspot.com http://aldinarosedesigns.blogspot.com http://craftgirl5586.blogspot.com http://psiloveyouscrapbooking.com YOU ARE HERE! http://vickiscraftroom.blogspot.com   I’m entering this project into the following challenges: Bitten By The Bug Exploring Cricut Sugar Bee Crafts

Cricut Stretch Your Imagination Card

Today I have a Cricut Stretch Your Imagination Sunflower Card for my end of summer Design Team Post for My Cricut Craft Room.  I’m sad to see summer come to an end, but I will be buying chrysanthemums, pansies, gourds, and pumpkins soon. Cricut Stretch Your Imagination Sunflower Card I used a piece of sunshine yellow for the card base.  It measures 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.  This is a standard size for a card.  It will fit into an A2 Invitation size envelope which is easy to find at Staples, Walmart, or the Craft Store. Then I added a layer of pumpkin orange cardstock that measures 5 1/4″ x 4″.  The top layer has an off white background and a faint golden yellow print.  It measures 5″ x 3 3/4″.  I used a Martha Stewart Punch down the right side. stretch your imagination cricut cartridge sunflowerI cut the 4″ sunflower using the Cricut Stretch Your Imagination Cartridge.  I used the layers feature to make the flower different colors.  I started with a brown base.  Then I added the green leaves and finally the gold flower.  The center of the flower is cut out so that the brown centers shows through from the base. Before attaching the mats to the card base, I tied a yellow dotted ribbon bow around them.   I didn’t add a sentiment, since I’m not sure how the card will be used.  I have a few ladies who love buying my cards without sentiments so they can send well wishes to let friends know that they are thinking of them.  What a kind gesture! I hope you will visit My Cricut Craft Room to see other great Cricut Projects.  

Make This Easy Pig Cricut Card

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I have a fun Pig Cricut Card to share today for my design team spot at My Cricut Craft Room.

I am at a weekend crop at a local hotel.  I’ve been working on some other Cricut Projects, so I will have more fun things to share soon, I hope.  I started the weekend by cutting a few things from the Country Living Cricut Cartridge.  I thought I had used it, but the tape was still on the cartridge, so I guess I hadn’t.  I need to get with it!!!

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Ok onto my Pig Card.  I used the Create A Critter Cricut Cartridge to cut this cute 3 1/2″ piggy.  The base of this card is a piece of white 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ cardstock folded in half.  The patterned papers are from the Baby Girl Die Cuts With a View paper stack.  I used the lime green dotted paper for the background.  It measures 5 1/4″ x 4″.  The striped paper is 5″ x 1 1/2″, and the floral paper is 5″ x 3″.  I tied a pink ribbon where the papers meet to cover the seam.

The Hogs & Kisses stamp is from My Pink Stamper.  I stamped it on a long rectangle, then trimmed the edge.  I added three pink pearls as accents to finish the front of the card.

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I don’t always decorate the inside of my card, but I had leftover scraps that were the perfect size.  I added a small Prima flower to the lower right corner.  I just bought the Martha Stewart Branch Punch, and knew it would make great leaves to go behind the flower.  I added a tiny drop of Eucalyptus Stickles Glitter Glue to the center of flower.

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The Create a Critter Cricut Cartridge is one of my favorites, and has lots of adorable animals.

I hope you will visit My Cricut Craft Room to see all of the spectacular creations from the talented design team.

Awesome Koala Party Favor Bags

create a critter 2 cricut cartridge koala bear birthday party favor treat bagParty Favor Bags are so much fun to make, and they are super easy to decorate when you use the Cricut.  By using the Cricut, you can create Party Favor Bags in any color or theme that you can dream of.

This sweet bag full of candy bars would be a wonderful favor for a Koala Birthday Party or for Valentine’s Day.  Imagine the look on the kids’ faces when they saw all that candy…..and imagine the looks on the Mom’s faces when they saw all that SUGAR!

Here is how I created this “SWEET” party favor.

Supplies for Making Party Favor Bags

1.  Sealable bag – I used a resealable bag from Clear Bags.  They have them in tons of different sizes.  They have a header and hang tab hole, which I covered.  You can also purchase similar bags on Ebay, and Stampin’ Up has treat bags as well.  The size I used was pretty big, but most Party Favor Bags are much smaller.  You can also use a Zip Loc bag from the grocery store.

Here is a quick tip.  If you put the bag opening on the bottom, you can get the candy without destroying the decorations.  That makes it reusable, so that you can pass along a treat to someone else.

2.  Paper for Making a Header – I used two coordinating patterned papers from Stampin’ Up, but you can use any brand or solid cardstock.

3.  Decorations – You need to decorate your Party Favor Bags!  This is the fun part.  The decorations can include ribbons, buttons, rhinestones, stickers, die cuts, rubberstamping, drawing, flowers, leaves, punches, or other thing you find at the craft store.  This is a fun project that kids can help with!

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I have a packed craft room full of goodies for decorating.  I also have a Cricut which I used for the Koala Bear.  The Koala Bear is on the Create A Critter 2 Cricut Cartridge.  She is made from layers of black, gray, white, and pink cardstock.  I added Fruit Punch Stickles Glitter Glue to add a little bling.  When using Stickles or other brands of adhesive glitter, make that the last thing you do, so that you can set it aside and let it dry.

I punched a border using a Martha Stewart scalloped punch, and I added a piece of seam binding ribbon from Stampin’ Up.

Headers for Party Favor Bags can be any size.  It all depends on the size of your bags and the size of your treats.  Give it a try for your next party.  Kids will love them!

Cricut Explore Bundles
The Create A Critter 2 Cricut Cartridge has a variety of cute and fun animals for lots of occasions and seasons.  Visit Create A Critter 2 Cricut Cartridge for a complete list of the die cuts it offers.

Handmade Farm Girl Card

digi garden girl and chicken handmade card This sweet Handmade Farm Girl Card is the perfect way to end the week.

The adorable farm girl with her lovable chicken is from The Digi Garden.  I colored it with Copic Markers.  When I colored her, I accidently dropped a dark gray marker about 1/4″ from her head….Ughhh!!!  So the card that I had planned in my head suddenly changed.  Instead of having her in a rectangle, I fussy cut her which worked great for this card.

The base of the card is white.  The designer papers are from a Making Memories stack. I added navy cardstock to the background and a layer of blue gingham designer paper to that.  Then I cut strips of designer papers and navy cardstock to make the scalloped borders which I punched with Martha Stewart punches.  The top navy border was made using the Stampin’ Up ribbon punch.

I finished the card with a little bit of natural twine which is the perfect accent for this country girl. I live in a rural area, and I have lots of farm friends. I know lots of people who would love this Handmade Farm Girl Card.  I’m going to have to print her off and make some more! I’m entering this card into the following challenge: Loves Rubberstamps

My Cricut Craft Room Design Team

MCCR DT 2014Happy Monday everyone!

I have some really cool news to share today.  I was selected for the My Cricut Craft Room Design Team! Our team leader, Erica, had more than 300 applicants, so I’m really honored.  I’ve been looking for a Cricut Design Team for awhile, since that’s my favorite way to make cards and projects.

When I heard that she had so many applicants, I didn’t get my hopes up.  That’s a lot of talent to choose from! It’s a large team of women…..and MEN! Yes….we have a gentleman joining us too, and he’s incredibly talented.  Men crafters see things from a completely different perspective. I can’t wait to see his projects.

The Design Team members are from all around the world.  It’s so much fun seeing projects from other countries, since they have access to different manufacturers and supplies. Visit My Cricut Craft Room to see my introduction.  I hope you’ll visit there often, and check out everyone’s Cricut Projects.

This baby card is one of the projects that I submitted for the application.  Visit Cricut Owl Baby Card to see how I made it. create a critter cricut cartridge