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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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. 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. I 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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
Party 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!
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!
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
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.