Monday, June 28, 2010

Hippo Birthday Card

I found this giant hippo that goes in your flower bed area for my mom for her birthday. She likes lawn ornaments to put around their deck and stuff, so I thought I would make a hippo card to match it. I am planning on making her a hippo theme cake to match as well. I used the Create a Critter cart for the card and the words on the inside.

Cute and Some Showcase #12 Award

Thanks to Audrey and all of the team fairies for the Showcase #12 Award for my home decor box. I have so enjoyed all of the showcase challenges I have entered in and I will miss them.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Baby Washcloth Gift

My sister wanted me to make something to go with a giftcard that she was getting for a lady at her work that is having a little boy. I first saw these little washcloths made to look like candy in a bag on Lori from FCCB's blog. I wanted to do something similar to that. I have these jars from some truffles that my grandmother buys at Christmas time and I always have her keep me the containers so I can use them to put ribbon, etc. in. I thought it would work great since it is a candy jar. I rolled the little washcloths up to look like a piece of candy and pinned them at the end. I then used the stamping cart to make swirls for the top of them and wrapped them in cellophane. I added a little bit of shredded, white paper at the bottom of the jar. The tag was cut from the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More cart and then I printed the white square with "For a Little Sweetie" on the computer. I love how this turned out and I hope the new mom will too!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

30 Sucks

One of the things I was busy with today, was going to my best friend from high school's 30th Birthday Party. I made him this bouquet using George and Don Juan cart for the circles and words and the card was made using the above two cards and the Wild Card Cart. I went with the red and black colors, because I had a few of these containers in red, so I thought it would hold the 30 suckers well. These suckers were a great find, because I have only made 50 and 70 sucks in the past, so I new it wouldn't take up as much space if I only used the small suckers. (In case you are going to make one of these and need some, these larger suckers came from the Family Dollar and were only $1 for a pack of 36, so they were a great deal.) I guess you have figured out by now that I love bargains, lol. :)

A couple of birthday layouts

I made two more birthday layouts for Kaylee's book. Her main cake was Twilight (of course). She is crazy about it like her aunt, lol. On this page, I had found some nice background pages that really worked for the Twilight theme and I just added some red flower gems. This is the actual piece that was laying on the cake. We had it laminated before putting it on the cake, that way I could wash it off and use it in the scrapbook. The second layout is pretty basic. The only cricut I used on this one was the Graphically Speaking cart for the six border down the side of the page.

Valentine's Day Layout

I finally worked on a layout with some pictures from Valentine's day this weekend. These little Robots came from a K and Company set of shapes and I thought they were just so adorable I had to use them. I found the little sticker at the top at Michaels on the clearance rack for 49cents. On the side, I took some paper and made a little pocket to hold the cards that Kaylee got for Valentine's Day. This way, they would be all together and wouldn't get lost, but she would be able to pull them out and look at them when she wanted.

Cupcake Toppers in use

First off, let me say sorry for not posting or visiting any blogs the past two days. I have been very busy and I am just on here for a second now. Tomorrow I will be back on here and will hopefully have time to visit some blogs and things, but I just wanted to get on for a few minutes tonight and post a few pictures.

If you remember I posted some cupcake toppers a few days ago, I was going to take a picture of them to show you how they looked with the cupcakes. So this is how they turned out. I thought they looked really good.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Making Monsters

My hubby brought me a surprise in on Tuesday afternoon, the Mini Monsters cartridge. I made a couple of monsters to see how they looked and I think they are super cute.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

New Things for the scraproom

I organized one size of the scraproom today. I got some new additions, a spice rack to use for embellishments and a foot stool that I put all of my overflow 12x12 paper in (which is a lot). I also moved my cuttlebug and folders and got a box for them. I now have a pegboard my grandpa made me and I put my Gypsy on a stand. I still need to work on the other side, but it and the closet are pretty organized right now. (Only took pics of the new stuff.)

I got a little stand to put my Gypsy on beside my Cricut.
I put my new spice rack on my shelf above the stamps and reoraganized some of the other embellishments that I use alot in the basket beside it.

Here is a side view where you can see what is in the jars. I painted over the words for the spices, but I need to make some labels for the front.

This is my new area for my cuttlebug and folders. The folders and cuts are in the brown box and the plates and cutting board are in the owl basket. (I like owls, there is another one on the page that says Jean above it, but you can't see it in the pic.)

I have run out of space for cricut carts. They are in this all the way to the back of both shelves and the solution carts are in the purple container hanging on the inside.

This is the foot stool with storage space I found today. I got this at Ross for $19.99 and thought it would work perfect. I did have paper in old scrapbook boxes all around the room. I have a main stand up folders for solids, papers I use a lot and paper stacks and then 8x8 and 8 1/2 by 11 on a shelf under the desk, but the other extra paper was getting ridiculous. (My husband said he thinks I just like to collect scrapbook paper)

This is the inside. What you see on top is actually a box lid with the layout that I am working on right now. The paper stacked up a lot higher than I was thinking it would.

My grandpa made me a peg board, because I have stickers everywhere in the closet in containers and I was complaining that I will buy some and then can't find what I am looking for when I am ready for it. I went through all of my stickers and stuff today and pulled out the ones I will mainly used and put on here. I am going to get some more pegs for the back of it. (I didn't really have anywhere to put it in here, so I put it over by my husband's closet and his Halo stuff.)

Cathedral Caverns Layout (OTWC Challenge #12)

The challenge at Off the Wall Craftiness this week is to use the colors mint green, white, black, and a little bit of red. I made this layout of my niece at Cathedral Caverns. She went last weekend and really enjoyed it. I used Don Juan for the letters on this one and welded them together in the Gypsy.

For the Colors:
Mint Green - background pages
White - letters and did stitch lines around the photos
Black - photo matts and outlined the words
Red - stitch lines around the photos

Be sure to check out the OTWC blog for great projects and weekly challenges.

Beach Layout (FCCB Summer Theme)

The theme at Fantabulous Cricut this week is to make a summer project with something you would find at the beach. I made a layout with my niece sitting on the beach. I thought this picture was so pretty and I couldn't figure out a title to use with it. Then, I was at Walmart and I walked by the toddler clothes and saw a shirt that said "Cute as can be by the sea". Well, I thought if I add sitting to that it would work for my layout. Isn't it funny how you can find inspiration for your layout pages just about anywhere. I used the Create a Critter Cartridge for the starfish and the clouds that I put behind the picture (these were stretched to look like foam). The letters are stickers.

Be sure to check out FCCB for great projects and tips.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Good Morning Sunshine!

This is a very simple layout I made. I found this paper from the Mom's Diner Collection at Michaels and I loved it. I had this cute picture of Kaylee swinging from when we went to the park a few weeks ago and I thought this would be perfect for it. I just matted the photo on yellow cardstock and added some blue stitching lines around the outside of the matt. I didn't need to do anything else, because the paper is so adorable!!

Ladybug Cake (SOUS Sketch Layout)

I have not had a chance to play along at the Stuck on You Sketches blog in a few weeks, but I loved their sketch for this week. I made this page of my niece at her birthday party. She had a separate cake with a ladybug on it and it turns out that it was more icing than cake. We had quite a time trying to get to the cake for her, because unlike most kids, she is not the biggest fan of icing. The little ladybugs are all from a sticker page that I found in Walmart in their new scrap section. I used the Gypsy to make the border that I put around the page. The title is stickers and I hand cut the backgrounds for the title and the journaling. I was going to use the Gypsy and then decided to just do it the old fashion way by hand, lol. Sometimes, I forget that I did actually make scrapbooks and crafts before I had my cricut.

Be sure check out the Stuck on You Sketches blog for great sketches for your layouts. They always have really great ideas and some nice desing team sample pages with their sketches as well.

Home Decor project for Cute and Some Showcase #12 Challenge

This week, Cute and Some Showcase #12 theme is Home Decor. I am so excited about how this turned out. I went to Hobby Lobby this morning to get some paper (on sale this week for 50% off) and they had this cute wooden box in the clearance section for $2.40. I was thinking it would be great to use for embellishments and I could dress it up a little bit. I glass etched the J on the top of it with Armor Etching Cream. (It says to leave this on 5 -10 minutes, but it did not show up as much as I wanted on my last etching project, so I left it on this for 30 minutes and it turned out better). I then cut vinyl swirls for the sides and front. The letter was cut from Gypsy Font and the swirls were cut from Home Decor.

For the glass etching, this is how I used the vinyl negative and then applied the etching cream over that.

A good tip for using vinyl without transfer tape is to get some Scotch Joint Tape at Walmart in the paint section. You can get a large roll for a couple of dollars. It is slightly sticky, so it will help pull your vinyl and regular cuts off of the cricut matt, then you just lay them out where they need to be applied and use the cricut spatula to remove the tape. This can make it a lot easier when you have designs with a lot of swirls and things like this one had.

Be sure to check out Audrey's Blog to see all of the great projects and to enter your own Home Decor project in the Showcase Challenge this week.

Cupcake Toppers

My sister is having a 31 party on Friday night and she asked me to make her some cupcake toppers. 31 is a company that sells purses and bags, etc. I made these in pink and white to match the colors she is decorating in. I used the gypsy to design them and set up the sizes. I cut the scalloped circles twice so there would be a front and back to the toppers. Then, I cut the little purse from Paper Doll Dress Up and embossed it with the divine swirls folder before adding the little flower gem. I made one of them a little bit bigger than the others and put thirty one on it. She is going to have them on a cupcake display stand, so the one with words will go at the top. I hot glued these to the sticks to make sure they were not coming off. I will try to remember and take a pic of them in the display at her party.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Contributor's Showcase #11 Award

Thank you so much again to Audrey and the team fairies over at Cute and Some Blog for this award for my apple candles. Be sure to visit her page for wonderful projects and great weekly showcase challenges!!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Altered Vinyl Aluminum Bottles

Out for Publication. These will be back up after publication in March 2010.

Peanut Card for My Grandpa

I made this card for my grandpa. I cut the little peanut from the create a critter. I used the gypsy to weld two of them together and make a card. On the inside, I wrote "You would have to be nuts not to see, that you are the best grandfather for me."

Another Secret Pal Gift

I had one more thing I needed to make for my secret pal on the cricut message board to be caught up with the items to make so far. This week we were supposed to make a containor and fill it with goodies. I got this wooden box unfinished at Hobby Lobby and painted it pink. Then I added the white vinyl cuts to it. The circle on top is from the Home Decor Cart, the P is from Gypsy Font and the butterflies are from Stamping.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Secret Pal Gifts

I made a few items for my secret pal today. I made a cup, a planner, and a paperclip bookmark. The cuts for the circles are from Sentimentals and the letters are from Gypsy Font. I think they turned out cute. When I finished them, I was thinking that I am going to have to make myself one of the cups.