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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gingerbread Gift Bag

Hi everyone! This is a gift bag that I made for the monthly Cricut Circle Magazine challenge. We were asked to create and decorate a gift bag using at least 4 Cricut cuts and incorporate something from one of the magazine cartridges.

The bag was cut from the Once Upon a Princess cartridge at 11.5" using a 12X24" mat. I used the gypsy and moved the bag down on the screen to cut out the red patterned border at the top of the bag.

The aprons are from Everyday Paper Dolls. I used my Gypsy to hide the pocket so I could make my own.

The heart on the apron is from Create a Critter. I applied adhesive only along the bottom edges to form a pocket for the gingerbread couple. I used the I-Rock by Imaginisce to attached the I-Rock metal bling accents around the hearts.

The gingerbread girl and boy are from Paper Doll Dress Up. I cut one set in brown, then hid all of the features on the Gypsy and cut one set from red for the hearts to show through, then one set in magnetic material so they can be used for fridge magnets! After cutting out the brown pieces, I traced over all of the detail lines with Liquid Applique. That stuff is really neat. You put it on, then let it dry for a while then use your heat gun on it. It puffs up! So it really looks a lot like icing! The magnetic material was cut with my deep-cut blade with the settings at - Blade:6 Depth:5 Multi-Cut:3

I printed a sheet of candy cane patterned paper with my Imagine using the Mr. Frosty cartridge. I cut out 8 of the candy cane hearts and glued them to the sides of the bags, then added some I-Rock jewels with my I-Rock.

I used the I-Top Brad Maker to make four patterned paper brads for the front and back of the bag.
I scanned the same patterned paper and printed it onto white tissue paper for the inside of the bag.
I braided red, white and green ribbons for the bag handles.
I put my gingerbread magnets in their apron pockets.
Both patterned papers are from the DCWV "'Tis the Season" Stack.
And that's all! Hope you like my creation!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Imagine Note Pad

Hi everyone! Tonight I have been playing with my Imagine and having so much fun! It was the first time I have tried using an original Cricut cartridge with the Imagine cartridges! I am in total awe of this machine - really.

At My Creative time, in addition to her Throwback Thursday challenges, Emma also has started doing "Imagine-Nation Monday" where her and Sarah "Pink Cricut" host a challenge every other week using the Imagine machine. The challenge this time was to create a gift for someone using your Imagine. This is the first time I will be entering!

For this note pad I used the Winter Frolic Cricut cartridge and the Mr. Frosty Imagine cartridge.

I was able to use the Mr. Frosty cartridge to create a full 12X12" patterned paper which I cut for the chipboard cover.

The mouse and border were both cut from the Winter Frolic Cartridge using the Mr. Frosty Imagine cartridge to fill in the layers.

I cut a bunch of lined paper for the inside pages and bound everything together with my Bind-It-All.

Normally, I stay away from mouse cuts since I can't stand the things, but I actually thought this one turned out cute!

Hope you like it!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

We Are Blessed

Hi everyone! I made this layout this evening for the challenge at Fantabulous Cricut this week - and it is really last minute so I am glad I got it finished on time!

The challenge was to create a project with a Thankful theme. I am the most thankful for my wonderful husband and three beautiful children! My husband and I are truly blessed!

I used the Cindy Loo cartridge to cut out the tree. I have used this tree cut a few times, it is probably one of my favorites! The piece with the leaves was cut out in white , then the leaves were coloured with my Stampin' Up markers.

The title was cut from the Robotz cartridge! Even though I have two boys, I mainly bought this cartridge for the font. I have yet to cut an actual robot from it!

Hope you like my layout! And by the way, I am also thankful for our Yorkie, Parker, who is also in the photo with my kids, although he is probably the naughtiest of them all :-)

Poinsettia Wreath

Hi everyone! I am super excited about this wreath that I made for the Monthly Challenge at the Cricut Circle blog! The challenge was to create a home decor project using at least one Cricut cut, the cuttlebug, felt and the colour green.

I purchased a foam wreath from Michaels and wrapped 3" strips of green Christmas fabric around it, using pins to attach it.

The poinsettias were cut from the Joys of the Season cartridge. Then I traced around the outside of the flowers with a gold metallic marker by American Crafts and put them through my cuttlebug using the Mosaic Texture folder. The flowers were then attached to the wreath with pins.

I hand cut the leaves from stiffened green felt and added detail with green stickles.

I added some pinecones, also from Micheals, attaching them with hot glue.

I cut the felt ornament with my Cricut using the Joys of the Season cartridge. The word "joy" is also from that cartridge. I used stickles aroung the outside of the ornament and hung it from the middle of the wreath with gold cord.
I then attached some hanging hardware to the back of the wreath and VOILA!!
Hope you like it!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thankful for You

Hi everyone! Here is a card I made for the challenge at My Creative Time this week. For this challenge, Emma asked us to create a project with no Cricut or Gypsy and with a thank you in some form somewhere on it.

I coloured this Magnolia stamp with my copics, added some patterned paper from my stash as well as some ribbon and flowers. The stamped sentiment is by Close to My Heart from "A Little Thanks". The border / corner punches I used are by Martha Stewart. Can you tell I LOVE purple?

Thanks for stopping by and hope you like my creation!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Vintage Christmas Card

Hi everyone! The challenge this week at the Cricut Circle Blog was to create a project with a vintage feel using the following sketch:

The Cricut Cartridges I used to make this card are:

Christmas - "Season's Greetings" and poinsettia

Joys of the Season - angel

I used the Clockworks 5X7 Cuttlebug folder.

Our project also had to feature at least three vintage elements. I used lace, some vintage looking patterned paper (by Creative Imaginations) some vintage buttons and a vintage Christmas card photo.

Hope you like my card!

My 1st Blogger Award!!!

I want to give a HUGE thank you to Jennifer and Summer at Cricut Diaries for giving me my first blogging award - the Stylish Award. I am so honoured and excited! Thank you for thinking of me ladies and I am glad you like my blog!

Here are the rules to this award

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award

2. Share 8 things about yourself

3. Pay it forward to 8 blogs you have just recently discovered

4. Contact those bloggers and tell them about the award

Here are 8 things about me:

- I've been married to the love of my life for almost 5 years.

- I have three children - one girl and two boys.

- I got my first Cricut (a baby bug) four years ago for Christmas, which I sold to purchase my Expression.

- I enjoy shopping for supplies as much as using them!

- I have a 2 year old Yorkie named Parker. He has been a little challenging, but I still wouldn't trade him in!

- I am a Cricut Circle member.

- I am Canadian.

- My favorite snack is popcorn.

This is the list of blogs that I have visited and liked:

Alma's Pink Life

Cricut Chick

Live Love and Scrap

Pause Dream Enjoy

Jenny K. Scrappin' Addict

My Pretty Paper Trail

Stamp Cut Create

Julie's Crafty Spot

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Nursery Tails Card - My 1st Imagine Project!

Wow! I can't believe I have had my much anticipated Imagine for over three weeks and this is my first actual project! I just never really got the time to play with it and figure things out! It really is an amazing machine and I can't wait to see what else I can do! For this cute little card I used the Nursery Tails cartridge. This cartridge is so adorable and I had so much fun making this card! I am entering it in a challenge at My Pink Stamper where the task was to use your Imagine to create anything! Hope you like it!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Feel Better Card

Hi everyone! Here is a Get Well card I created for the challenge at Fantabulous Cricut. The task was to create a Get Well card using the Cricut. I chose to use the Paisley cartridge for the monkey and the Lyrical Letters cartridge for the "Feel Better Soon" sentiment. The scalloped circle is from Mini Monograms.

Hope you like it!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cricut Circle Challenge - Thank You Card

Hi everyone! The weekly challenge at the Cricut Circle blog this week was to create a Thank You card using the following colors:

We also need to use at least three Cricut cuts on our project. For my card I used the Forever Young cartridge for the girl and the flower, Alphalicious for the "Thank You" and Cake Basics for the border cut.

I am disappointed with how this scan came out because the large flower and the accent on her dress are actually orange but look white here. I have misplaced my camera so when I find it, I will retake the photo and edit the post.

Hope you like it!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Peace Angel Card

Hi everyone! Here is a Christmas card I created for the last challenge at Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge Blog. We were asked to follow this sketch:

I cut this cute little angel from the Once Upon a Princess Cricut cartridge. I used the Princess Face Assortment stamp set by Peachy Keen Stamps for her face.
Hope you like it!

3-D Church Ornament

Hi everyone! This afternoon I have been working on this 3-D church ornament - well pretty much ALL afternoon. I created it for a contest posted in the November issue of the Cricut Circle Magazine. We were to create a tree ornament featuring at least 4 Cricut cuts and the use of a Cuttlebug or Yudu.

The church was cut from Winter Woodland at 3.5" . I embossed the white layer with a Fomal Square embossing folder, then inked over the raised image. I cut the background from transparency and used alcohol ink to achieve a stained glass effect. The roof pieces were put through my Cuttlebug using the Tiny Mosaic folder. I punched the holes in the roof prior to assembly to thread the ribbon through for hanging.

The flourish along the sides of the church was cut from Winter Frolic.

The snowflake attached to the ribbon is from Christmas.

The "H" which is my last initial, is from Elegant Cakes.

The cute little bird atop the church is from Serenade.
I LOVE how this turned out! I can't wait to hang it on my tree in December! Hope you like it too!

Hey Cupcake!

Hi everyone! I was crazy busy last week and could not get an entry finished for Emma's Throwback Thursday challenge at My Creative Time. Since she was busy too, she extended the challenge another week! The challenge was to create a project that was food related using the From My Kitchen cartridge. I have this cartridge and have not really fallen in love with it - even though I thought I must have it when I bought it. Well, I just LOVE this cupcake from it so it has hope! I used a variety of scrap papers from my stash. The cherry was glittered with cinnabar MS glitter. I used cotton candy and stardust Stickles on the frosting. The green glitter marker around the edges is by Martha Stewart. The font for "Hey Cupcake" is from Elmo's Party (more to come from this cartridge - my Jacob's 1st birthday is next week!)

Hope you like it!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

"Out of Shape" card

Hi everyone! This is a card I created for the challenge this week at Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog. The challenge is called "Out of Shape" and the task is to create a card in any shape other than a square or rectangle! I used my Cricut and Sweet Treats cartridge to create this 8th birthday card. All other products used are by Close to My Heart. Hope you like it!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Penguin Christmas Card

Hi everyone! Here is a card I created for the challenge at Fantabulous Cricut this week. The challenge was to create a project using the colour green and a circle shape somewhere on your project! The cartridges I used for my penguin card were Christmas Cheer, Mini Monograms and George and Basic Shapes. Hope you like it!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Birdie Christmas Card

Hi everyone! Today I have for you a cute Christmas card I made for the challenge this week on the Cricut Circle blog. The task was to create a project featuring a bird and stitching. It also had to use at least two cricut cuts. The cartridges I used were 3 Birds on Parade for the bird and Songbird for the background. Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Thanksgiving Blog Candy Winner!

Hi everyone! Hope you enjoyed the blog hop over the weekend! Random dot Org has chosen a winner for my blog candy and the winner was the very last commenter - #62 Cherylann "Outta My Mind" Congratulations Cherylann - I will be contacting you shortly for your mailing address or you can contact me at qtme2003 at yahoo dot ca
Thank you everyone for your super kind comments!!!!! I'll be back shortly with another project!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Thanksgiving Blog Hop Part 2!

Hi everyone! Welcome to day 2 of the Thanksgiving blog hop! So happy you stopped by! If you have arrived here from My Fantabulous Life, then you are at the right place! If you just happened to stop by, please visit Amy to start off the blog hop!

Today the project I created is a vase intended for a Thanksgiving table centerpiece. I finally got around to trying glass-etching with my cricut! It was super quick and easy! The design was created by cutting out a vinyl template with the cricut, sticking it on to the glass then putting the Armour-Etch cream over.

The cartridges I used were Straight From the Nest for the leaves border and Country Life for the font.

Hope you have liked my projects! Please head over to Time 2 Create to continue along on the hop! but first, please leave a comment here to be entered into the draw for the blog candy! Good luck!

If I have reached 200 followers by Monday, I will be posting another giveaway!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Thanksgiving Blog Hop!

Hi everyone! Welcome to this Thanksgiving blog hop! Hope you are excited as I am to see what everyone has created for this 2- day blog hop! If you are arriving at my blog from My Fantabulous Life, then you are in the right place! If not, please start the blog hop at Amy's Digi-Scraps and come back here later!
For my first project, I chose to create this paper bag mini-album,which I am going to give to my sister-in-law for Christmas - I just LOVE how it turned out. The chipboard cover was covered in canvas which I had painted with acrylic paint and modpodged Cricut letters on.
The instructions I used for creating a paper bag album were from a video I found on Youtube by Laura from Following the Paper Trail - if you are not sure who she is, go find her! She absolutely a creative genius.
I used a ton of Cricut cartridges for this album, I wish I could go step by step in the detail or that I could have done a video to show all of the elements. There are just so many things that the picture doesn't show!
For your next stop on this blog hop, please go visit Time to Create and see what she has in store for you! And don't forget to come back tomorrow to see my next Thanksgiving themed project - it was something I had never tried before and it turned out great!
Before you leave, how about entering to win some blog candy?

To enter to win this prize all you have to do is become a follower (if you aren't already) and leave a comment on this post. Come back tomorrow and leave a comment on that post and you will earn another chance to win!

Also, if I reach 200 followers this weekend, I will post another giveaway on Monday! Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Happy Birthday Little Guy!

Hi everyone! Tonight I finished up my project for this week's Circle Clog challenge. The theme this week was Birthdays and we were asked to create a project following this sketch:

We also had to use buttons.

I decided to make a layout for my son's 1st birthday. This is the first time I have ever made a layout for an event that hasn't happened yet, but I'm just so excited he is almost one! All cuts on this layout are from the Birthday Bash cartridge. I used a button for the cherry on the cupcake and a teeny star button on the elephant's tail. The patterned paper used for this layout is by Cosmo Cricket.

Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by my blog!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Merry Christmas Tag

Hi everyone! I created this tag for a challenge at My Creative Time. The task was to create a Christmas themed project using the Celebrations cartridge! Since this cartridge features mainly birthday related images, it definitely was a challenge! I chose to create a tag with the stack of presents image. I cut it out three times in different colours and cut the ribbon in gold glittery cardstock. The patterned paper is from DCWV Christmas stack. The "merry" stamp up in the corner is by Stampin' Up.
Hope you like it!