Thursday, October 25, 2012

There are Two Months 'Til Christmas!

Hello and Welcome Friends!
Can you believe it is only 2 months until Christmas?   The year is just flying by!  Today at My Cricut Craftroom, one of our choices was to make a Christmas Gift - so that is what I have to share with you today!

Today I decided to use the Close To My Heart Artiste Cartridge.  Wow, does it have amazing images on it!
I wanted to try out the cute little matchbox that I found on page 49 of the Artiste cartridge. I decided to make it 4 1/2 inches so it would be the perfect size to hold a gift card.
Let's take a look at the finished project and then I'll show you how it all came together!
Here is the lid of the box cut out and just off the mat - - 
and here is the base of the box. 

After cutting the images of the lid and base, I used my Martha Stewart Scor Board to score all the lines like so:

After scoring, I folded the score lines with my bone folder and then used adhesive to form my box.

Here we see the lid (from the top looking down on it),
This is how the lid forms to slide on to the bottom of the box, just like a matchbox.

 Here is the bottom of the box...don't you love the double sided paper so both the inside and the outside
of the box look finished and cute?  
And the completed box, all together and closed!  
Now I think this little gift box is pretty cute, but let's take it another step and decorate the lid.
You can obviously go all out or keep it simple. I went with the Keep It Simple idea!
From the Cricut Cartridge Joys Of The Season, I found this Santa face on page 46 of the handbook.
I cut the image and all of it's layers at 2 1/2 inches.

Before adhering the layers together, I ran the beard and the hat trim layer through the Cuttlebug using the Devine Swirl embossing folder.
I then used a colored pencil to color in his cheek and a fine tip marker for his eye...and added a white fuzzy pom pom for his hat!

With the Happy Holidays stamp from the Fiskars 'Tis The Season stamp set, I used white ink and then pop dotted both the sentiment and the Santa to the front of the gift box.
Here are a few different views...I am just tickled with my little Christmas Gift Box!
All ready to tuck a gift card inside!
Don't you just love it??   

Thank you so much for stopping by. Please head over to My Cricut Craft Room to see 
what other fun projects my fellow Design Team sisters have created!
But before you go...won't you take a moment to leave a little love!
I LOVE to read your comments!
Have a Great Day...and remember - - only
2 MONTHS til Christmas!! 

Also linking up to Link Up Tuesday at the Pink Cricut!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Happy Wednesday!

Hello Crafty Friends!
Today is my day to post as a Design Team member for My Cricut Craftroom and our
assignment for this Would You Ever Guess Wednesday was to use the Create A Critter or
Create A Critter Two and use a key OTHER than the animal key.
I had just had the pleasure of helping a bride do some projects for her wedding which will be held this Saturday!  It is a church wedding with the reception at her parent's barn!  She has adorable mason jar
candles for the tables, we decorated bubbles and drink cuzies too! 
She had two large pails that she wanted to use for something and asked what I could come up with for decorating.  Her theme is "Lucky In Love" and she is using horseshoes as part of the decorating scheme.
So with Cricut and Ribbon in is what I did!
These were very difficult to get to photograph very well!

For the first container, I put their names on the front of the container along with the saying
"Lucky In Love".   I used blue stickles to give it a little glam and to help the words stand out a bit.

I added a heart and a horseshoe to the front of the bucket as well.

 For the second container, I added their names along with their wedding date and a horseshoe once again:

Then the part of the decorating that I found the most fun was the handles!
It's obvious I must have liked one design better than the other, because I took quite a few photos of one and hardly any of the other!  Whoops!
Here is my favorite!
I used the Create A Critter Cartridge to cut the horseshoe from page 59 
(this is the same horseshoe I used throughout the project).
I cut the word art Mr. and Mrs. from the Tie The Knot cartridge on page 62. I used the tag feature key for that.
I punched tiny holes and used wire to attach the horseshoe and the "Love"
word art from page 54 of the Tie the Knot Cartridge.  That way they dangled down from the
Mr. and Mrs. sign.  I cut and tied a bunch of ribbon around the handles.
(I did the same on the opposite handle as well).

For the other container, I tied a large bow from the blue sheer ribbon and attached
a horseshoe and some hearts to that to have them dangle down as well!

Sorry I don't have good shots of the handles on this one!
Here they are together and I am so eager to see exactly how the bride uses them for the wedding and 
reception. I believe she planned to put her wedding programs in the one that said "Mr. and Mrs." and then use the other either for silverware or for Chex Mix that they are having at the wedding.
I wish them a beautiful day!
Thank you for visiting and I hope you will head over to My Cricut Craftroom and see the other 
projects my fellow design team sisters created for today!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Welcome Friends from Kathy's Double K Krafts!

Hello there! 
I am so honored to have Kathy from Kathy's Double K Krafts share one of my favorite fall recipes on her blog today!  Every Sunday, she features a yummy recipe and the rest of the week she is a craft blogger!  I always enjoy seeing what delicious recipe she has for us on Sunday. I was so excited when she asked for my recipe for Pumpkin Bars.  

II hope you will head over to her blog to see the recipe and photo.  
Here is the link to her blog - it will take you directly to the recipe post.  But look around there - she is a very talented crafter and you are sure to see some wonderful creations!

Here is a little peek at the Pumpkin Bars!

Very moist and with the Cream Chesse Frosting....YUM YUM YUM!!

If you are visiting from Kathy's blog, please go to some of the older posts and see some of my paper crafting projects as well! I would love to have you follow me!  
Leave a  comment and let me know you visited!
Thank you!!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Sharing a Sympathy Card

Hello Crafty Friends!
Just a quick little post today to share one of the most difficult cards to make - a Sympathy Card.
This one is for my niece for the passing of her sweet dog.  Pets are so much a part of our lives and our families and it is just as hard losing a pet as it is any other family member or cherished friend.

This was a simple card to put together. I selected the Cricut Lite Cartridge Four Legged Friends 
and found the cute heart with paw print and thought that was an appropriate image.
I cut the heart at 3 1/2 inches along with all the layers.  My niece's dog was a female, so I chose to use pinks and purples as the color choices. 

From Elegant Edges, I cut the scalloped mat, which I felt tied in with the scalloped heart.
I embossed that using the Cuttlebug and the Sizzix Embossing folder called "Swirls with Waves".
I used foam mounting squares to pop the heart up a little bit off the flat base of the card.
I added a computer typed "With Sympathy" tag to the front of the card:

Then added a simple message that I typed on the computer for the inside as well:

There you have it! I just wanted to show a project that was not a design team project and to show you can put together a quick card that may bring some comfort to someone in no time.
Thanks for visiting!!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Letter Of The Day for My Cricut Craftroom

Hello again!
I hope you had the opportunity to visit me on Saturday and see my projects for the October Blog Hop I participated in for My Cricut Craftroom.  If not, when you finish viewing today's project, please go back to the previous post and check them out!
It is Monday and when I post for My Cricut Craftroom on a Monday, we have the choice of doing a project for "Imagination Monday" using the Imagine Machine or we can select to do a project for the "Letter Of The Day".  Since I am not lucky enough to own an Imagine, I of course selected Letter of the Day and today it is the LETTER O.
Since the Presidential Debate was such a hot topic of discussion last week, as I sat down to decide what to make for the Letter O - of course President Obama came to mind!  Cricut Craft Room , the free on line design program offered by Provo Craft/Cricut has a free digital image of both President Obama and candidate Mitt Romney. I needed to send a "care package" off to my daughter in college, who happens to be an Obama supporter, so I thought it was perfect to create a card for her to tuck in her package as well as complete a project for My Cricut Craftroom!
I will start with giving you a quick peek at the card and then I will give you some details on how I created my card.
In the Cricut Craft Room program, I selected the Obama digital image. As I said, Provo Craft is offering this digital image free - I am guessing for a limited time.  Cricut has been offering a free set of images every week for the past several weeks! 
 I selected the Barack Obama image as well as all the layers for this cut and placed them on my virtual mat in Cricut Craft Room.  It is very similar to designing with my Gypsy, only with a bigger view of the mat.  I then selected to size all the images at 3 inches so they would all cut in proportion to one another.
After cutting the images I layered them together with adhesive.  I used my fine tip Zig Pen to do this.
This is how he looks layered together!  
To create my card, I wanted to have a base for him to rest on (after all, he's been
working hard with all the campaign stops!  tee hee hee!)  and I chose to use the Cricut cartridge
Elegant Edges to create that base.  I cut it at 5 inches wide from the image found on page 39 of the Elegant Edges handbook and the used my Cuttlebug to emboss it with my
new Wicker Weave embossing folder that I purchased from Erica's shop.
I adhered the base image to my blue card using foam mounting squares to give some dimension to the card.  I did not get a photo of that step, but here is a close up view of the embossing on the finished card!
I thought it would be fun to have some movement with this card, so I attached Mr. President's image to my card base using an Action Wobble.  

 I selected a stamp sentiment for the inside of my card and then layered it onto a blue base.
It was then I remembered that we are "going pink" at My Cricut Craftroom for Breast Cancer Awareness that gave me reason to sneak in a little heart to show my daughter how much I love her and miss her now that she is back at college! 
 I cut the pink heart from the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge at 1/2 inch.
I always stamp my cards with my "signature stamp" and I decided that I would make that stand out a bit more and also add a bit more "pink" to my card in honor of this month.
I used a frame shape from page 62 of the Elegant Edges handbook and sized it to fit with my Gypsy.
Here you can see what great dimension both the foam mounting squares as well as the Action Wobble
give to the card!  Plus, a slight touch of the President's head, and he "wobbles"!  
Here are just a couple more views of the finished project!

Thank you so much for visiting today and please head over to My Cricut Craftroom to check out what other Imagine Projects or Letter "O" projects my fellow Design Team Sisters have made for today!
I'd love you to take a moment to leave a comment before you go!

Linking up again to Sarah's Link Up Tuesday again!