Friday, August 3, 2012

It's Time for the August Blog Hop at My Cricut Craftroom!

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100 Cricut Cartridge Blog Hop Day ONE

Collectively the design team uses over 100 different Cricut Cartridges in their projects during the two days of this hop. 

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I created two different projects today using three Cricut Cartridges.  Today I will be featuring 
the following Cricut Cartridges :
Art Nouveau
Holiday Cakes
Let's get started!
My first project I decided to step away from my card making or scrapbook layout  rut and create 
a  Home Decor item!
I started with a plain blank Canvas that is 8" x 8'.

I did not want the background of my project to be just off white, so I altered it by giving it a paint job!
Since I have company coming and I am doing some "sprucing up" of my home in preparation for her visit - I decided to go with a green color that will go with my updated kitchen paint job or can also
work well in my hall way or laundry room, all which are close together!  

This is the paint job in process....I did paint all the edges as took two coats to give it a smooth, complete  finish. 
I then selected the Bee from the Art Nouveau cartridge.  You can find the bee on page 56 of the handbook.

This bee has plenty of layers and I decided to cut an extra "body" set to create a bit more depth on the wall hanging.
The bee and all the layers were cut at 5 inches.
I embossed the various layers on the bee's body using the Cuttlebug and the Scallops embossing folder.
I was careful where I placed those tiny layers of the bee so that I could get the pattern I wanted right where I wanted it - so I had the design just how I envisioned it!
Here is a great view of the layers, the wings I folded gently upward to seperate and the body of the bee.
(Thank you, new camera...for taking such great close up shots!!)
{In my mind, I hear Jimmy Fallon's piano as in his "thank you notes" segment on T.V. as I typed that!!}
I created the background for the bee to rest on from the Art Philosophy cartridge, page 53.  I used the Gypsy to eliminate the slots on the design ( it was originally designed to be a tag).
I cut two layers - one in tan ( cut at 6 1/4") , and one in gold -(cut at 6 inches).
I inked all edges of the base pieces as well as most of the bee.
I wanted to add a simple saying and after looking at all the rubber stamps and not finding what I was
satisfied with - I decided I would create and cut my own saying!
From the cartridge "Holiday Cakes" - I selected the appropriate letters and welded them together
to create the phrase "JUST BE".
I think that is a good reminder to myself as I have had quite a busy month and the upcoming week or so has  a lot going on in my "world"  - that sometimes we all need to S - L - O - W  Down and "JUST BE"! 
And HERE is the final project - my wall hanging!!  

 What do you think??  I am pretty happy with it and I can't wait for the kitchen and hallway to
be repainted so I can decide where to hang it!

Now, on to my next project for the hop....
This time it is a card featuring the ZooBalloo cartridge and again using the
Holiday Cakes cartridge!
I created this cute little kitty cat card that simply says
I selected the ZooBalloo cartridge and cut my cats and their layers from page 84 of the handbook.
I used the Flip feature on the Cricut so that my kitties could face each other.
Each cat and their layers were cut at 4 inches.  I inked the edges of the cats
and then added Stickles for their eyes.  The black and white cat has green sparkly eyes and the brown and buff kitty has gold eyes!

I created my card base by cutting the card from page 119 on ZooBalloo as well.
This was cut at 5 1/4 inches.
The paper I selected for the front of my card was gifted to me from
our sweet store owner, Erica, from My Cricut Craftoom! 
I then free handed a little "hill" for the kitties to stand on and embossed that using my
trusty Cuttlebug.
Using my Gypsy and  the Holiday Cakes Cricut Cartridge, 
I made the word "Hello!" by welding the appropriate letters together.
I was then very excited to use the Brand Spanking New 
Close to My Heart /Cricut Cartridge called
Artiste to create a little base for the word "Hello" to sit on.
This was found in the Artiste handbook on page 33, Accent 2 shift key.
I inked the edges of the base cut as well as around the kitties!

I used foam layering tape to attach the "Hello" base as well as both of the cats to the front of my card.
I love giving dimension to the card with the layering squares.
And that is my LONG post for today!
I hope you enjoyed my projects and got some inspiration to get that Cricut machine out and create something fun yourself!
Please continue to Hop along by visiting my friend and design team sister,

In case you get lost along the way, here is the complete line up for today's hop:


  1. MCCR
  2. jenn lorist
  3. Teresa
  4. Kathy
  5. shelley
  6. heather
  7. Jessica S
  8. Tammy
  9. Jen L
  10. Erica's Projects
  11. Samantha
  12. robin
  13. amy
  14. Miranda
  15. Angie
  16. LB
  17. Cathy
  18. Claire
  19. Lisa Carrier
  20. Blog Candy
Thank you so much for visiting and have a lot of fun

Hopping and collecting ideas along the way!



Jessica S said...

Teresa, these are both quite beautiful. I love how you layered and embossed that wonderful bee and the canvas is amazing! Love those purr-dy little kitties, too. Fabulous job!
Jessica S

Clayful Imagination said...

OMG! The bee project is awesome! I would be excited to hang it up too! (thats a hint that maybe you should make me one! LOL)

scrapbookingforfun said...

Love it!!! That is super cute Teresa!!!
mccr dt Shelley

Kathy Salido said...

Beautiful projects Teresa. Really love your wall hanging and the kitty's r too cute!

Miranda said...

Great projects my friend! I love the home decor project!
Miranda :)
MCCR DT Sister

Nadja said...

I love the bee! As I am reading your post I am thinking to my self that I have to use my embossing folders more often. For some reason I just don't use them. You did a fabulous job for your projects. Love the colors for the bee and the two kitties that are next to each other.

Nadja MCCR DT Sister

HeatherLynn said...

Hi Teresa!
I love your projects! Both of them are totally adorable! I LOVE the way your canvas turned out with that cool bee! I also love the adorable little kittens with the cute eyes! Wonderful job, lady! :)

Heather Lynn

Janet's Planet said...

super cute projects! I'm sure I'll enjoy them in person one day when I get to Dayton.. LOL
Janet R.

L.B. said...

You home decor project turned out just great. Love the "just bee" cute card as well
MCCR DT sis L.B.

Mary said...

Teresa these are such fabulous home decor projects! I love the bee and all the layers. Great, great job!!!! Hugs~ Mary

Jenn's Paper Crafts said...

Super cute projects Teresa :)

lisacustomscrapbooking said...

Amazing projects love the bee! Great job.

MCCR DT, Lisa Ch

Cuttin' and Stampin' Cards said...

Very nice wall hanging. I will have to try that for my kitchen. The kittens are so cute.

Tammy S.

Sassy Cricut Crafting said...

Hi mama bird! How in the world am I supposed to pick my favortite project?!?! I love them both. You did a fabulous job!

MCCR DT sister

ClaireR said...

Love your projects Teresa! Just Bee is a great "reminder" project, I need one of those ;)
the kitties are great too! love how you used the embossing on the card
My Cricut Craft Room DTM

[Melissa] said...

BEE-utiful projects, mama bird! Love em. :)

Melissa, MCCR DT baby chickadee.

SusieScrapper said...

So cute Teresa, you're awesome in so many ways!

MCCR DT Friend

Anonymous said...

What a great home decor project. Who knew crafting could be used to do something as cool as that bee! Obviously you did! I really like the idea and the execution of the wall hanging.
Outstanding project!

Ava Fernandez said...

Totally love the projects,
I especially love the Bee. TFS
Ava, DT Sister MCCR

Scrappin' Robin said...

Wonderful projects, Teresa, your kitty card is very cute, I'm sure my sister would love it.

MCCR DT Sister

Scrappin' Robin said...

Great projects, your kitty card is cute, I'm sure my sister would love it.

MCCR DT Sister

Cathy said...

Great job Teresa, I really love the bee canvas!

Jodie R said...

Very cute projects, Teresa! I have a soft spot for bees! We raised them growing up! Love the kitties too!


Jodie R
MCCR DT Sister

jordanbev5 said...

Your projects are just so adorable!

Jen L said...

Your card is so cute !!! I'm not a kitty person but I love your kitty's.

BrendaB said...

Great projects! Your bee canvas is fabulous!

kim james said...

Love both projects. Especially the kitty.

Marji said...

This is incredible! Love them, you always do great work!

Tricia said...

I love your creations Teresa! I especially LOVE the bee one! And I LOVE the new look of your's fabulous!!!

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