Friday, December 30, 2011

Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge #48: Creative Resolutions for 2012 Challenge!

The Challenge: Whenever the New Year rolls around, we tend to do a little self-evaluation and decide what we want to do differently in the year to come. For the challenge this week, we want you to think about your CREATIVE resolutions and record them in some way. Do you want to stretch your creativity in new ways? Maybe you want to try a new hobby or learn something new. Maybe you want to simplify. Whatever it is, get those goals down on paper!

So to start my project, I thought about what creative things do I want to accomplish this year.  Here is my list
  • complete unit 1 of the Frances Forestner Weaving course
  • declutter the craft areas
  • enter every 2012 Cricut Circle weekly challenge
  • plan and save for a possible 2012 Cricut Cruise
  • update both weaving and papercraft blogs regularly
  • sew at least 1 garb item for myself
  • sew at least 1 garb item for Michael
  • sew at least 1 garb item for Brian
  • organize my paper scraps
  • organize my completed projects
  • do one project for charity
  • start a scrapbook
  • take more photos
Then I decided to make something I could track these as well.  And I wanted to be able to hang it up in my craft area.  So I designed something simple, used my Circut with the Art Philosophy cart to create the words (welded in CCR)  then I used some grommets to make holes I could put strings through for the little tags (cut with same cart) and I can move them to each section: To do, Started, and DONE!  I already have one as started even though its not 2012 as this challenge is due Jan 5th, so I think that counts!

 Overall sign, about half a sheet of 12x12 paper
 Close up of the little tags
Close up so you can read the words. There are some empty spaces in this sign, and no real major decorations.  My feeling is to randomly add embellishments to it as I learn new things in 2012.

The Paper Company Natural Cardstock (words and tags)
Teresa Collins World Traveler Geometric cardstock (the red paper)
DCWV Green Stack for the blue background
2012 is from the October Afternoon sidewalks schoolroom sheet
CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge
I used a dozen different Tim Holtz Ranger Distress inks that I have
grommets from my stash, chose different ones for each hold, favorites 
twine from Really Reasonable Ribbon
and I just got a Xyron Sticker maker, so I ran the words through that and it was fabulous!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Peachy Keen Stamps :: Sketch Challenge 67 - Designers' Choice

I noticed my stash of cards is getting very low on birthday cards, and this challenge gave me the idea on what to create.  I really like how it turned out.  I didnt have a texture folder that really looked like blue jeans, that is the only thing that would have really put a nice touch on the pockets.  It's hard to tell in the photo, but the grommets are the same color as on jeans.


Create a card or layout with your Peachy Keen Stamps!

Yes, once in awhile we ask that you use your Peachy Keen Stamps to play along, and today is one of those days! Create ANYTHING you'd like, but you MUST use your Peachy Keen Stamps!

The Paper Co Kraft cardstock
Bazzill Basics wild berry pie cardstock
the flower paper is a scrap, if you know what it is, let me know and I will update this
Ranger Archival ink, black
Archival ink, sepia
Ranger Distress ink, scattered straw
PK 238 Pocket Posies stamps
Letraset Alcohol markers
Twine from Archiver's
A button from stash
grommets from stash
pop dots
Gelly roll pen, clear star

I am also entering this card in this challenge

Friday, December 23, 2011

Iris Folding class

These are two cards that I did in a class offered at my local library.  It is called Iris Folding.  Its pretty neat, you fold thin paper, and for these we actually used wrapping paper!  Its all in the technique on creating an 'iris' in the center.  It was hard but also fun.  So I decided to try it myself at home too, using the mittens pattern from the class and here is what I came up with

Hot Cocoa Treat Bags

I made these little treat type bags for the 8 kids at the bus stop.  They have homemade hot cocoa mix in them, semisweet and white choco chips, marshmallows and candy canes in them.    The first one I made the cocoa went all over the bag, so I put the mix inside a zip lock in the bag, then the other items didnt get powder all over :)   Here is a better photo of the contents:
 Michael created the text for the inside for me.  See that photo of the hot chocolate?  Michael took that photo here!  Isn't he fantabulous?  He put this all together for me, and we printed it on the inside of the gold card stock and then I created the little tag on the outside with scraps and some stamps I have.  We tied up the contents into another bag, and voila wonderful treats, with enough stuff to serve about 4-6.

I got the inspiration from this by watching this video on My Pink Stamper.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Gift Card Holder

A wonderful way to use up scraps!

Next I need to make one for a very large gift certificate, will be working on that this evening.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Cooking with Cricut #64 Holiday cards,gifts, and tags simple

Another wonderful challenge from Cooking with Cricut!  Here is what I created as a Design Team member:

I wanted to make a tag that was super quick and simple with my Cricut Imagine.  There are some really nice tags on the Snow Angel cartridges that you can make without doing anything but selecting the image!  I made some and embellished them before, posted on my blog here.

For this nice little tag, I used Art Philosophy.  I created this in Cricut Craft Room.  I decided what size to make the tag just eye balling it, then copied it and removed the inner design so they would be exactly the same size.  Then I filled them with coordinating color and pattern.  I made an entire sheet of these at once, so simple.  When I was decorating this tag with a few sparkle pens, I noticed another tag I had made from this same cart had a snowflake cut out, this tag.

So I used that center cut out to embellish my tag for this project!  Waste not want not! (excuse the bad photo, my camera battery was blinking so I was hurrying lol)

It took me longer to write this blog than it did to create an entire sheet of tags in CCR.  They glued together in just a minute or two---easy peasy!  

I hope you find it enjoyable to make all your gift tags for the holidays as well!  Happy Holidays to you all!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Spotlight Designer for 365 Cards

What fun!  I made a spotlight designer last week for the website 365 cards!  I challenged myself that week as well and did all 7 days of challenges.  The cards for the week are in my blog here and the challenge is here

Here is a link to the image and post that shows I was selected.

From their website:
Spotlight Designers

For each Sunday-Saturday period, the Design Team will select 7 cards (one from each day) that we would like to acknowledge for the respective designers' talent and creativity. 

Friday, December 9, 2011

Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge #47: Ornament Challenge!

I put together this little ornament very quickly with the Cricut Ribbons and Rosettes cartridge.  I used Bazzill papers for the card stock, and the patterned paper is from my scrap bin.  I added some crazy amounts of glitter, some liquid applique and some shaved ice glitter to really make it pop.   A little twine for a tie and there you go!  Sorry the photo is not the best, I took a dozen but the glitter just reflects terribly and if I turn off the flash, then it is too dark to see the green against the tree.
The Challenge: Ornaments are such a fun thing to make for the holidays . . . they can adorn your tree, garland, or even be used to adorn a gift! For this challenge we want to see you create an ornament using yoru Cricut. But that’s not all, let’s make those ornaments sparkle and shine among the holiday lights by adding . . . GLITTER! We can’t wait to see your creations!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Day 8 of 25 days of Christmas Crafting Fun at Cooking with Cricut

Day 8 April Showers and or Easter Themed

Made with Imagine Enjoy the Seasons Cartridge
DCWV card base
Hello Sunshine patterned paper
Ranger distress ink in Scattered Straw, Barn Door, and Broken China
Really Reasonable Ribbon ribbon and twine
buttons from stash
Pop Dots
Gelly Roll Clear Star Pen

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

No Bake Cookie Recipe Card

 I made this delicious no bake cookie recipe card.   Its a bowl shape, with a happy face, made with Peachy Keen Stamps, wooden spoon all connected with a brad.  I got real creative and decided that the recipe needed a plate of no bake cookies on it too!  The plate is just a white paper circle, that I embossed a smaller circle on to make it look real.  I then took a bunch of my viva decor pens and kept  mixing until I came up with a brown.  It took copper and green and black and red and a little white to get this color but its very much like the cookies.  Then to simulate the oatmeal in the cookies I emptied my mini hole punch which I had a bunch of kraft paper pieces in.  I mixed them up and put them on the plate.  I think that it looks so cute!

Today's inspiration is


It's the beginning of the holiday season, which means baking and cooking our favorite dishes!
We want YOU to create a card or a layout holding your favorite holiday recipe!
Don't forget to PEACHIFY your creation!
Any projects not using a Peachy Keen Face will be disqualified, sorry! :(

  • Project must be new
  • Must incorporate Peachy Keen Faces
  • Please link directly to your blog post (not blog address, please)
  • Link by 11/27 - 11:59 pm CDT 

A Simple Holiday Poinsettia Card

I am really happy how this card turned out.

This card is made exclusively with the Sophie Cricut cartridge.  I used page 33 and Cricut Craft Room to lay out this card.  My goal was for the flowers to look like poinsettias.  Do you like how I made a white one as well?  If you would like to make this card and have this cartridge, email me and I will send you the CCR file.  I converted it to gypsy and ended up having to redo some of it in the gypsy because the CCR to gypsy conversion is still a little hokey.

The supplies I used are:

Bazzill Basics Paper Classic YellowGreen and Blush Dark Red
AC Cardstock in Crimson Weave
Cutmates Banana Cream Pie
Echo Park Seasons Greetings

Ranger Distress ink in Festive Berries and Peeled Paint
Gold Viva Decor Pen
Ribbon from Archiver's
Stamp from the November Club Ruby kit

I submitted this card as an entry in the Cricut Circle Magazine Challenge for December

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Peachy Keen Stamps :: Sketch Challenge 66

This challenge has a sketch.
Supplies used:
PK 266 Duck Dolls stamps
Cosmo Cricket Material Girl paper
DCWV card base
ribbon from Archiver's
StampinUp watercolor pencils
Gold Decocolor marker
White embossing powder

This one also works for Day 278 from

Authentique Paper blog! December Challenge

It starts with this sketch
which I found at
the Authentique Blog.  I had just found this blog and really like their stuff.  I searched through my entire stash to see if I had any and I did get some from a class I took, these really cute little embellishments, so I decided to use them in a card and see how they turn out!

Authentique Noteables-Double-Sided-Cardstock-Die-Cuts-Phrases
Viva Decor Pen
DCWV card Base
Bazzill Basics card stock
Sizzix Triad Leaves embossing folder
some lace I had dyed with some Ranger Distress Inks, Forest Moss and Barn Door

This card also qualifies for Day 277 of
This challenge was to have someone pick 3 things from my craft area.  They picked the authentique paper I had laying out, the lace you see here and the viva decor pens.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Day 3 of 25 days of Christmas Crafting Fun at Cooking with Cricut

Day 3 Christmas Elf, Santa's Helpers, Workshop, etc

Echo Park Season's Greetings Collection of papers, including their sheet of stickers
Bazzill Basics paper
Gold card stock I was gifted
Really Resonable Ribbon Twine
Liquid Applique
sparkly markers
Ranger Distress ink Tattered Rose
Pop Dots
Peachy Keen faces
i-roc gems
brads, button and paper flowers from my stash

Friday, December 2, 2011

Cricut Circle DECEMBER MONTHLY CHALLENGE: Holiday Gift Wrapping Challenge!

I started with a Kraft bag from JoAnns.  I stamped with some old foam stamps all over the front of the bag with the three Ranger distress ink pads in special seasonal colors of winter 2011 - evergreen bough; festive berries; and iced spruce.  I then used Cricut Craft Room to create these little ornaments to put all over the bag.  The cartridges I used was CTMH Art Philosophy and then I used the patterns from Snow Angel to fill it in.  Such fun!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

An entire week of challenges!

So I have been following this blog for a few weeks, found it from someone else by accident.  What a terrific idea, yet wow what a challenge so I decided I wanted to try to do every day this week!  Due Monday 12/5/11.  I think I will theme these as Thank You cards, since I can always use those!  Lets see what I can come up with !~

Day 272

Day 273

Day 274

Day 275

Day 276

Day 277

Day 278