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Friday, July 29, 2011

#97 Block Party - BBQ Layout

Hi everyone! Here is a layout I created for the monthly challenge at the Cricut Circle Blog. The challenge for July was to create a project with a BBQ or picnic theme using the Cricut. It also had to have some gingham somewhere on it.

For my layout I used the Block Party cartridge for the images and the Lacy Labels cartridge for the background shape. The man was cut at 5.5", the barbeque at 3" and the picnic table at 3.5".

The yellow background was cut at 11.5" and the white was cut at 11.25".

Hope you like it!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

You're a Hoot!

Hi everyone! Here is a card I created for the latest Throwback Thursday challenge at My Creative Time. For this challenge, Emma asked us to use either the Wild Card or Just Because cards cartridge and using embossing somewhere on our project.

For my project, I decided to use the Just Because Cards cartridge. My card and all of the pieces were sized at 5.5" The Cricut automatically cuts all of the pieces in proportion to the card size you choose. I added some embossing with my Cuttlebug on the card front (Victoria folder) as well as the owl (Swiss Dots folder).

Hope you like it!

#96 Blackletter - More Pirate Party Decor

Hi everyone! Yesterday, my son had his 4th birthday party. He had such a great time! I thought I would show you the banner and birthday cake I made for his party.

The cake was so fun to decorate!

The letters were cut from fondant and the ship was cut from gum paste using the Cricut Cake machine. The ship was cut at 5.5" from Wrap it Up and the letters were cut at 2" from Blackletter. The skulls were made using molds and Wilton candy melts.

For the banner, I used the Imagine with the Buccaneer cartridge to create the 4.25" pennants (from Birthday Bash). The letters were cut at 3.39" from the Blackletter cartridge ( the PERFECT pirate font! :-)). I sized the letters on my Gypsy for the uppercase letters to fit perfectly. The four images between the words are from the Buccaneer cartridge. Each pennant was attached using twine.

Hope you like my projects!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

It's A Wrap Blog Hop - #95 Life's a Party

Hi everyone! Welcome to the It's a Wrap Blog Hop hosted by Cool Beans by L.B. Do you like to receive gifts? How about give them? Well this hop is all about the outside...the wrapping. Gift bags, boxes, baskets and more. There are 22 wonderful stops on this hop and we hope you will take some time to stop in and see everything we have created for you.

You should have arrived here from Crafts and More by Suzelle If you are just finding our hop in the middle you can go to the beginning at Cool Beans By L.B.

Today is my son's 4th birthday party so I have been super busy creating decorations and such for that. He chose a pirate theme this year...Aaarrrrggghhh! I have a couple of things to show you!

For my first project, I created treat bags for all the little party guests (and maybe some bigger guest too:-)).

I used paper lunch bags purchased from the Dollar Store then decorated them. The background paper was printed with my Imagine using the Buccaneer cartridge. The treasure chest was cut at 4" and "Arrrrg!" was cut at 1.75" from the Life's a Party cartridge.

For my second project, I altered this kraft gift bag (also from the Dollar Store).

The background paper was again printed from the Buccaneer cartridge. All Cricut cuts on this one were also from Life's a Party. The skull was cut at 3.5", Arrrg! was cut at 2" and "A Pirate's Life for Me" was cut at 4.5". I added some twine to the background prior to gluing it to the bag.

Well, that is all for now! Hope you have enjoyed my projects! Unfortunately, I am unable to provide blog candy this time but would still welcome and enjoy any comments! :-) Thanks for stopping by on this fun hop. Your next stop is Once Upon a Paper. Have fun!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

#94 Sophisticated - Family is Everything! - and winner!

Hi everyone! Today I have a layout to show you that I created for the Cricut Circle Magazine Challenge! But first I have a winner to announce from the Summer Fun Blog Hop that I took part in over the weekend.

The winner of the stamp set is Theresa ! Congratulations Theresa, I have your email and will be messaging you shortly! Thank you everyone for you kind comments on my projects and welcome to my new followers too!

Alright, for the challenge this month at the Cricut Circle Magazine, we were asked to create a project featuring Teresa Collins products using our Cricut machines. I had tons of fun with this because I JUST received the Sophisticated cartridge and the Black & White Imagine cartridges last week and could not wait to play with them. The Black & White patterns have some AMAZING potential since you can print the patterns on any colour of cardstock - not just white.
I printed the background paper on blue cardstock. I used the draft quality printing because I was worried the printing would be too dark and take away from the design. Just love that beautiful pattern! The frame and fleur de lis paper were also printed from the Black and White cartridge.

The Cricut cartridge / cuts I used are:

Sophisticated - "Family is Everything" - cut at 4"

frame - cut at 4"

fleur de lis - cut at 3"

border - cut at 1.25" and welded with Gypsy

Teresa Collins products:

Sophisticated Cricut Cartridge

Black & White Imagine cartridge

patterned paper - plaid print

Flocked paper (black) - Fleur de lis and border

Stamps - ticket stub and small frame

Blingage - metal timepiece
Large Black Brad

Hope you like it!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Summer Fun Blog Hop Day 2 - #93 Home Decor

Hi everyone! Welcome to Day 2 of the Summer Fun Blog Hop! If you have arrived here from Short 'N Scrappy, you have come to the right place If not, please head over to Creations with Kathryn to start from the beginning.

Today I have two summer themed cards to show you!

The first is a 6"X6" card I made using a Magnolia image that I coloured with my copic markers.

Products used:

Cardstock - Bazzill

Patterned Paper - Basic Grey, Doodlebug Designs

Stamp - Magnolia

Markers - Copic

Flowers - Making Memories (yellow), Orange ones made by me.

Other embellies - unknown

My next card is a standard 4.25" X 5.5" card using a Pink Cat Studio stamp.

Products used:

Cardstock - Bazzil

Patterned Paper - Paper Pizazz, Provocraft ( I dug both of these patterns from WAAAAYYYY deep into my scraps stash :-)

Frame - Home Decor Cricut cartridge cut at 4".

Stamp - Pink Cat Studio

Markers - Copics

Ink - Staz-On

Ribbon - Doodlebug Designs

Hope you like my two cards! Now for my blog candy! All you have to do to win this stamp set is leave a comment on this post and on yesterday's post for a second chance. I would also love it if you were a follower of my blog, but that's up to you! Good luck!
Now, that we are finished here, it is time to head over to Vindeeloo's This 'N That to see some more summertime goodness! Have a fabulous day!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Summer Fun Blog Hop - #92 Everyday Paper Dolls

Hi everyone! Welcome to Day One of the Summer Fun Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Short 'N Scrappy you are at the right place! If you have just happened to stop by my blog, you should head over to Creations With Kathryn to start from the beginning! There are so many great projects to see this weekend so you don't want to miss a thing!

For my first project, I decided to create this two page layout of my children the first time they jumped on their new trampoline last summer! That is definitely some good summer fun!

The Cricut cartridges/cuts I used are:

Everyday Paper Dolls - Girl (cut at 4.25"), Boy (cut at 3.75"), Trampoline (cut at 4.25")

Plantin' Schoolbook - Title (cut at 1.5"), Brackets (cut at 2.75")

Four-Legged Friends - Bunny (cut at 3.25"), Frog (cut at 1.75")

Products used:

Patterned Paper - Echo Park

Cardstock - Stampin' Up, CTMH, American Crafts

Border punch - Martha Stewart

Face Stamps - Peachy Keen Stamps

Pens - Stampin' Up!

Hope you like it! Now for some blog candy! This weekend I am giving away this Unity Stamp Company set called "Beach Days and Sun Rays"! To win this set please leave a comment on this post and if you would like to become a follower of my blog that would be great too! Then come back tomorrow for my next Summer Fun Blog Hop post to enter for a second chance to win!

Next, please head over to Vindeloos' This and That to see what wonderful creation she has to show you! Have fun and enjoy the rest of the hop! Hope to see you tomorrow!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

What Would I Do Without You? Card

Hi everyone! Here is the card I made for the last Throwback Thursday challenge at My Creative Time. For this challenge, Emma wanted us to create a "cricut-less" project! I love these challenges because it gives me a chance to dig into my stamping stash!
We were also asked to follow this sketch:

Products used:
Stamps - My Creative Time (sentiment), Prima (bird and nest).
Cardstock - Stampin' Up! (Baja Breeze), American Crafts (white)
Ribbon - Stampin' Up!
Ink - Stampin' Up! (chocolate chip, baja breeze)
Border Punch - Martha Stewart Crafts
Patterned Paper - Stampin' Up!
Brads - Recollections
Markers - Stampin' Up!
Stampin' Dimensionals - Stampin' Up!
Hope you like it!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

500 follower giveaway - WINNER!!!!

Hi everyone! Sorry I didn't post the winner yesterday of my 500 follower giveaway, but here we go! The winner of the Cindy Loo cartridge, Cricut Birthdays book and Stampin' Up! set is...

craftaholic - Congratulations! Please contact me at with your mailing information and I will get your prize sent out to you!

Thank you everyone for all of the wonderful comments and for following my blog - it means so much to know that you enjoy seeing my creations!

Be sure to stop by this Saturday and Sunday to check out the Summer Fun Blog Hop! I will be having another giveaway!

Monday, July 4, 2011

500 Follower Giveaway!!!

Hi everyone! As promised, I have a giveaway to celebrate reaching 500 blog followers! Thank you so much everyone! I love sharing my creations with you!

Here is what I came up with for my prize!

I have a Cindy Loo Cricut cartridge, the Cricut Magazine Birthday issue, and the Word on Word stamp set by Stampin' Up!

In order to win, please leave a comment on this post and follow my blog! For another chance, post a picture and link of my blog candy to your sidebar and come back to leave another comment telling me that you did!

I will leave this contest open for two weeks. There is a postal strike going on in Canada right now, so hopefully that will give them enough time to sort it out so I can send the prize to the winner! So, that means I will be chosing a winner using on Monday, July 4th!

Thanks again everyone, I truly am grateful to all of you checking out my projects! Good luck!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Pirate Party Invitations!

Hi everyone! My son is having a pirate themed birthday party in a couple weeks and I thought I would show you the invitations I made using my Imagine machine and the Buccaneer cartridge.

I cut the invitation and envelope at the maximum allowed size, which was 10.5".

On the envelope I added the pirate and banner images. On the inside of the invitation, I added another pirate. I am LOVING this cartridge, not just the images - the patterns are fantastic too!

The word stamps on the inside are by CTMH.

I am entering this over at the new Cricut 360 challenge blog, where they are having their first-ever challenge - to make an invitation.

Hope you like it!
P.S. There are still two days left to enter my 500 follower giveaway! Click HERE to enter!

Friday, July 1, 2011

#91 Learning Curve - Happy Canada Day!

Hi everyone! Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians! Today my family and I are headed to the parade and Canada Day festivities that are held every year in our town. Good times!

O Canada!

Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!

From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Here is a layout that I created to enter in a couple of patriotic challenges:

The Cricut cartridges/cuts I used are:
Learning Curve - Title cut at 2".
Sesame Street Seasons - maple leaf cut at 9".

I added some Divine Twine and stickles to the maple leaf and some border rubons along the top and bottom.

Cricut Circle Weekly challenge - patriotic pride
Canada Day challenge on the Cricut Circle Messageboard.

Hope you like it!