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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Scrappy Birthday Blog Hop! - #73 Paper Lace

Hi everyone! I’m so happy you are joining us for the very first Scrappy Birthday Blog Hop celebrating April’s favorite color - GREEN! If you are coming from Mandie's Scrappin' you’re on the right track. If you just joined us, you can go back to the beginning HERE and hop along with us. We’ve had so much fun doing this hop, and we have a wonderful line up with some oh-so-talented creators. You will see some lovely projects and have a chance to win some blog candy along the way, including a fun grand prize for this hop.

My project for this hop is a birthday card I created with a Magnolia stamped image which I coloured with copic markers.

The oval was cut with my Cricut using the George and Basic Shapes cartridge. It was cut at 4".

The background was cut from the Paper Lace cartridge at 5.5".

The "birthday wishes" stamp is by Stampin' Up!

I added some flowers, crystal brads, ribbon and some faux stitching as final touches.

Hope you like it!

What would a birthday be without gifts? This gift could be yours because there is also an overall grand prize just for hopping with us! The grand prize is sponsored by April from Curls & Grins Creations (the first blog on the hop). In order to be eligible for the grand prize you must leave a comment on every blog in the hop and become a follower of April’s blog. Your next blog is Create Serendipity. Happy hopping!

#72 Mother's Day 2010 - A Card for Mom

Hi everyone! Here is a card I created for the challenge this week at Fantabulous Cricut. The challenge was to create a project using the word Mom, mommy, etc..

I used the Mother's Day 2010 Cricut cartridge to create my design.

The card size is 6" square.

The background was cut at 5.5".

"Happy Mother's Day" was cut at 4.75" was cut from glossy embossed cardstock and sprayed with Tattered Rose Glimmer Mist, even though it is not really noticeable in the photo. The shadow was also cut at 4.75"

The pinwheels were cut at 1" from double sided cardstock and adhesive pearls were attached in the center. They were adhered to the card with foam squares.

Hope you like it!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

#71 Hello Kitty Font - Go Fly A Kite

Hi everyone! Here is a layout I created for the Cricut Circle Monthly Challenge. In honour of Earth Day, which was last week, the challenge was to create a project while repurposing at least 3 items found in the household.

In my mind, I went through a bunch of different ideas. Should I create a mini album with cereal boxes? A pencil jar from a tin can? A receipt holder from junk mail envelopes? I finally decided that I needed to use my time to work on more scrapbook pages so here is what I came up with.

This is a layout of my daughter flying a kite for the first time on her grandparents' farm.
For my repurposed items I chose:
A cereal box to use as chipboard to cut the base for Hello Kitty and her kite.

String from my kitchen junk drawer for the kite.

Easter basket grass for the bows on the kite string.

Cricut cartridge packaging for the flower accents. I used glossy accents to adhere the plastic to patterned paper cut with the identical shape.

The cricut cartridges/cuts I used are:

Hello Kitty Font - "Go Fly a Kite" (cut at 1.5"), Hello Kitty (cut at 3"), flowers (cut at 1.75")

Boys Will Be Boys - Kite (cut at 3.5")

Storybook - Journalling frame (cut at 4")

George and Basic Shapes - Journalling spot (sized on my Gypsy at 2.75" high and 2.5" wide)

Hope you like it!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

#70 Jubilee - Love This Kid

Hi everyone! I don't know about you but I am lovin' this spring weather - finally! My kids and I have been spending more time outdoors and my posts have been slowing down a bit. I have some catching up to do!

Here is a layout that I created for the latest weekly challenge at the Cricut Circle Blog. The task was to create a layout about "mom & me". I couldn't find any unscrapped photos of me and my mom so I chose this photo of my son Drew and I on his first day of Preschool. Love this photo - he looks sooooo excited!

On my layout I used three cartridges:

Jubilee - "Love This Kid" (cut at 2.5"), journaling spot (cut at 3.25")

Give a Hoot - Photo Frame (cut at 4.75" wide), border (cut at 0.75"), flowers (cut at 3.5").

Create a Critter - Sqirrels (cut at 3" and 2" - smaller one flipped)

I used the "Mommy and Me" paper line by Prima. The squirrels on the paper are almost identical to the one on Create a Critter. Cute, cute, cute!

Hope you like it!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Tilda - Thinking of You

Hi everyone! Here is a card I created for the challenge at the Pollycraft challenge blog. The challenge this week was to use a vintage theme and this sketch:
I used my copic markers to colour the Magnolia image.
Hope you like it!

#69 Mother's Day Bouquet - Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone! Hope you are all enjoying lots of yummy treats! I am going to need the sugar high today - my kids were up waaaaaayyyy to early looking for their baskets!
I thought I would share with you the Easter wreath I created using my Imagine Lori's Garden cartridge along with the Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge. The adorable Build - A- Bear is from some Sizzix dies available through Stampin' Up!.
In the March 2011 Cricut Circle Magazine, one of the designers created a beautiful wreath similar to this one and I was so inspired that I had to create my own.

I was expecting the grapevine wreath to cost a ton in Michael's so I took along a 50% off coupon to help with the cost. It turned out they are very inexpensive. The price was $3.99 for an 18" wreath! I actually used the coupon on one of the more expensive rolls of tulle :-)

Supplies used:

Bear Sizzix Bigz Die, Beary Dressy Originals Die, Beary Hoppy Sizzlits Die- Stampin' Up!

Cricut Imagine Lori's Garden cartridge (butterflies)

Cricut Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge - flowers

White cardstock - American Crafts

Cardstock and pattern paper (Springtime Vintage) used on bear - Stampin' Up!

Blue, Green, Pink Tulle - found in the wedding section at M's.

Grapevine Wreath

Egg Ornaments

Hot glue gun

I will be entering this in the Wacky Wednesday challenge at More than Favors this week - where the theme was Easter!

Hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day everyone!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Everyday Cricut - Cricut Expression 2 giveaway!!!

Hi everyone! Hope you're having a fabulous weekend! Just posting to let you know that over at Everyday Cricut they are giving away the new Cricut Expression 2 machine!
WOW, right?!? Make sure you head over to enter - click HERE to get there! Good luck!!!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Cricut Fifth Anniversay Challenge Entries

Hi everyone! Since today was the last day for submissions for the Cricut Fifth Anniversary Challenge, I thought I would share my entries with you. Of all the entries received, Jinger will be choosing 5 to receive the new Cricut Expression 2 machine being launched on HSN in the U.S. Wish me luck!

For the princess theme layout I used the Once Upon a Princess cartridge.

For the shark layout, I used the Birthday Bash cartridge.

Hope you like my layouts!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

#68 George and Basic Shapes - Egg Hunt Imagine Layout

Hi everyone! I've been busy scrapbooking today! My little guy was finally cooperating more and letting Mommy do some layouts! Here is a layout I made using my Imagine More Cards cartridge along with the George and Basic Shapes and Easter 2010 Cricut cartridges.

The font is from George and Basic Shapes, cut at 1.5".
The bunny, eggs, grass and basket are all from Easter 2010.

I created this layout with two challenges in mind:

Fantabulous Cricut - create a project with a bunny or chick

Creative Critterz Imaginations - Easter themed Imagine project

Hope you like it!

#67 Bloom - Sweetheart

Hi everyone! Here is a layout I created of my Sweet heart daughter Jenae. The challenge this week at the Cricut Circle blog was to create something using handmade flowers.

The flowers on my layout were made using the scalloped circle cut from the Bloom Lite cartridge. I cut them from patterned paper, spritz them with water, then accordian folded around the edge, forming a point in the middle. I then flattened the flower and glued it to a paper circle. The top layer and leaves are by Prima.

I also used the Once Upon a Princess cartridge for the "Sweetheart" title and used the font from that cartridge for "Spring 2010"/

Hope you like it!

#66 Live Simply - PLAY layout

Hi everyone! Here is a layout I created of my son playing outside last summer! I created it for the Throwback Thursday challenge at My Creative Time. This week, Emma asked us to create a layout using one of the Cricut Lite cartridges. I chose to use Live Simply.

The frame and layers were cut at 11.6".

The hedgehog was cut at 2".

The turtle was cut at 2".

The scalloped circle was cut at 4".

"PLAY" was cut at 2.5".

I had such a great time planning this layout on my Gypsy and am so happy with how it turned out!
Hope you like it! Have a great week!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Happy Easter Bunny

Hi everyone! Here is a card I created using a cute little Pollycraft digital image and some older papers from my enormous paper stash. What a cute little Easter "Bunny"!

I am entering this card in two card in two challenges:

Pollycraft - Easter theme

Sketch and Stash - Follow this sketch:

Hope you like it!

#65 Kate's ABCs - Think Spring

Hi everyone! Here is a card I created for the latest challenge at Fantabulous Cricut.

The challenge was to create a project with a spring theme featuring the colours pink, yellow and green. For my card I used my new Kate's ABCs cartridge - I finally was able to get it online - since we don't have Joann's here in Canada, where it was exclusive, it was a long wait!

The card was created by welding two flower shapes together then cutting another for the card base. The card is 5.5" high. The rabbit image was cut at 2.5".

Hope you like it!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Because I'm the Princess - Jenae

Hi everyone! Here is a birthday card that my daughter Jenae (7) created for one of her friends and decided to enter it in some children's challenges. Don't you love the scenery she created with her stamps and markers? And lovin' the torn edges (although I'm not sure if that was planned or if she could just not find her scissors? :-))

The challenges are:

Simon Says Stamp - anything goes children's challenge

Hope you like it and if you do, please leave a comment - she'll love reading them!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Cuttlebug Folder Organization

Hi everyone! It's the weekend! Yippee! Not much planned here - we had a blizzard yesterday so I'm waiting for the snow to melt. Not impressed with Mother Nature here. I'm hoping if the kids can stay occupied I can try out my new Yudu that I bought last week during the one day special at Michael's!

This month, the Cricut Circle Magazine had a challenge to organize our ProvoCraft products and post a picture.

I decided to organize my Cuttlebug folders. I used my patterned paper scraps to create dividers for the A2 size ones, then cut tabs from the From My Kitchen cartridge out of Core-Dinations cardstock, embossed them with the coordinating folder and sanded over the image to make it easier to see.

For my mini-folder sets, I created envelopes from the Damask Decor cartridge, embossed pieces of Core-dinations cardstock and adhered them to the outside of the envelope and put the little folders inside.

I did the same with my cut and emboss set and my border folders. The large folders are all in a stack at the back of the drawer.

For my Cuttlebug folders, I use a drawer in one of my Jetmax cubes, which I labelled with the Cricut Everyday cartridge. Hope this helps to inspire you in some way when you are organizing your own Cuttlebug folders! If you would like to see how I store my Cricut Cartridges please click HERE.

And if you would like to see the post I did showing photos of my entire scrap space, click HERE.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

#64 Feeling Groovy - I'd Rather Be Creating

Hi everyone! Hope you've been having a great week! Not so good on the weather side of things here - it's blizzarding outside! YUCK!!! I thought I woke up in December this morning instead of April. Hopefully, it doesn't stay long! Looking out the windows was pretty depressing so I locked myself downstairs in my craft room and created this layout for the Cricut Circle Blog weekly challenge. The challenge this week was to create a layout about something that "bugs" us and to include some bug cuts on our project. The thing that bugs me most is how fast my house gets messy and pretty much any cleaning but I didn't want to show you pictures of my messy house LOL. I thought I would limit it to one task and since there was a huge pile of laundry to do, I snapped a photo of that. The cartridges I used are: Feeling Groovy - "Laundry really bugs me" Chore Chart - Laundry basket Doodlecharms - Bugs Wall Decor and More - Clothesline Cricut Everyday - "I'd Rather Be Creating" and bug head The cardstock and patterned paper are by American Crafts. Hope you like it!