Monday, August 29, 2011

Get Whale Soon

One of my friends has had a cold for a few days, so I decided to make her a cute little bag filled with peppermints. Now that I am in school from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. it is hard for me to come home and craft, so I really like making something that is fast and easy.

I just love the Imagine because it makes crafting a lot easier. I knew that I wanted to make a bag and when looking through my Imagine cartridges, I noticed that the Imagine More Cards cartridge has Bonus Content that includes a few 3D bags. I fell in love with the colors on this bag and was glad that the sentiment/whale matched perfectly together. It took me less than 10 minutes to make!
*The bag was cut at fit to page and the whale at 3 inches

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Cricut Circle Sisters Fall Blog Hop

I hope that you have enjoyed the hop so far. You should have come from Carolyn's blog, if not you can start from the beginning over at Kristen's blog, the host.

I can't wait for Fall to come because it's too HOT here in Houston! My favorite thing about the Fall season is when the leaves start to change colors.

I created this door hanger for my mentor teacher to put in her classroom. I always like making things for my mentors because they are helping me so much by allowing me to be in their classroom and teach their students. Yesterday ended my 1st week of student teaching and I am happy to say that I survived! I love my 3rd grade classroom, but the hardest thing so far is trying to learn 50 names!
 Close ups

I used 3 layers of chipboard for each leaf cut at 4 3/4 inches each.
I used 3 layers because I wanted it to be thick.
I painted the sides mixing Metallic Champagne paint by Folk Art and Nutmeg Brown paint by Apple Barrel together.

I used Mod Podge to seal the door hanger and I love the glossy look.

Materials used:
Cartridges: Designer's Calendar (leaves cut at 4 3/4 inches)
                   Storybook (letters cut at 2 1/4 inches)

Paper: All Seasons II  and Four Seasons by the Paper Studio

Ink: Walnut Stain Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger

Your next stop is Colleen. Thanks for stopping by!!!

This is the line up...
3) Roberta
4) Mary
5) Renee
6) Carolyn
7) Gamma (You are here)
8) Colleen (Next Stop)
9) DoodleDiva
10) Kimbe
11) Lisa
12) Gonecampn
13) Momto2cuties
14) Scrapalette
15) Paper Memories 
19) HappyScrapper64
20) Madylyn

Friday, August 26, 2011

Hello Kitty Shrinky Dinks Charms

Good Morning and thanks for stopping by today!

I had to create 26 charms for a swap I joined in the Cricut Circle. The easiest way to create charms is to use Shrinky Dinks. When you use Shrinky Dinks the image/cut shrinks and thickens when placed in the oven.

Here is the charm that I created by printing/cutting out the image on my Imagine.

In order to be able to print out an image using the Imagine, you have to use the Cricut Craft Room (CCR).

Narelle, a fellow Circle member posted on the messageboard that she figured out how to print out an entire image using the Imagine and CCR. Check out her website to find out how to print out an image. I was going to show you on here, but she just did an amazing tutorial and I didn't want to take credit for it. (I just checked their website and since the CCR keeps getting updated, it's not allowing to print out a complete image on the Imagine right now, but it doesn't hurt to learn. Hopefully this feature starts working again.)

This is how it looks on CCR. (These are 3 inches each)
Once the images were printed, I let them dry for 2 hours because the ink was still wet. I then used my Crop-A-Dile II Big Bite to punch a hole on the top.

You have to punch the hole on them first because once the Shrinky Dinks harden, it's going to be too hard to do so afterwards. Next step is to place them on a tray and put them in the oven for 5 minutes.
The color changed a bit, but I still like them because they're still Christmas colors. I don't know why they are ovals now, but I am still learning how to use Shrinky Dinks. The charms ended up being 1 inch each.

Stop by tomorrow for a wonderful Cricut Fall Blog Hop hosted by Kristen.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Thank You

I created a card using a cake cartridge, Holiday Cakes. I purchased the Cricut Cake a long time ago and I still haven’t used it. I purchased a few cake cartridges because I like the designs and they are very easy to layer.
It was really easy adding dimensions to this card since it only had two cuts.
Materials used
Cartridge: Holiday Cakes (flower bouquet cut at 4 inches and sentiment cut at 1 1/2 inches)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Squish Spinner Card

I had so much fun making a Spinner Card and I am going to show you how fast and easy it was to make one.
This is how I made the card...
*I used the Create a Critter cartridge and cut the water that is used for the fish bowl at 6 1/2 inches
*Then I used my Gypsy to add the cut where my "spinner" is going to go using a tag from Tags, Bags, Boxes & More (You don't have to use the Gypsy, but I did because I was having trouble centering the tag where I wanted it with the Cricut)
*Since the water is in a shape of a bowl, I flipped the water over and traced using a pencil on the card, so that I can cut the water the size that I needed
*Here you can see the pencil marks. Then I used my paper cutter to cut out the extra.
*I then used the same sand from the fish bowl and cut the image at 7 inches. I also had to cut out the extra sand that wasn't needed. I used the Polka Dots embossing folder to add texture.
*Flip the cut to the back and add dimensionals. You have to add the dimensionals because if you tape it/ glue it down, the spinner won't spin. (If you don't have any dimensionals, I usually find them in the dollar store in the home goods section. They are called Foam Mounting Squares or Circles. I really like them because they are really thick and sticky and plus you get 200 squares for $1!)
*Now for the fun part~making the spinner. All you need is 2 pennies and 2 circle dimensionals. Stick 1 dimensional to 1 penny.
*Now place the other penny on top of the one with the dimensional. (Doesn't it look like an Oreo cookie? :P )
*Place the spinner between your cuts.
*Add your second dimensional to the top of the penny.
*Add your image/cut on top of the dimensional and you are done!
Here are the 4 cards that I made for Project Sunshine and Smiles. If you have any questions or need some more help, feel free to email me or leave a comment asking me your question.  
Have a wonderful Tuesday! Today is my 3rd day of Student Teaching :)

Materials used:
Cartridges: Create a Critter (water cut at 6 ½ inches, sand cut at 7 inches, octopus cut at 2¾ inches, and the plants cut at 2 and 3 inches)

Tags, Bags, Boxes & More (tag)
Stamp: Buggy Punnies by My Pink Stamper
Other: Polka Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder
Cards made so far for Project Sunshine and Smiles: 108

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Peachy Keen Stamps Sketch Challenge #58

I made a card for my best friend who is starting nursing school using a sketch from the Peachy Keen Stamps blog.  
The sketch
~Create a card based on the layout provided
~Project must include basic elements from the sketch
Materials Used:
Cartridges: Everyday Paper Dolls (doll)
                  Lacy Labels (accent on the top of the card)
Stamps: Sport-tastic by My Pink Stamper
             Critter Faces (medium) by Peachy Keen Stamps

I am linking this up to...

Patches of Pink

Friday, August 19, 2011

More Cartridges and Stamps

I couldn’t stop myself from buying more of the lite cartridges that are now on sale for $20. I wasn’t planning on buying these, but I started looking at a lot of people’s creations with these cartridges, so I had to go and get them. I feel like I have been doing too much shopping and less crafting.
I finally got in the mail these stamps that I ordered from Pink by Design. I bought them when she was having her blog anniversary for a really good price. $11.89 each! I have been wanting to buy her stamps, but I didn’t want to pay full price. I can’t wait to start using them.
Well I am off to get ready for my 1st day of student teaching! I hope that everyone has a wonderful Friday!!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Cricut Circle Christmas in July Tag Swap

I have never created tags to go along with my presents because that is the last thing on my mind during the Christmas holiday. Over at the Cricut Circle message board, Caroline had us sign up to be in a tag swap. 24 people signed up, so I had to make 24 tags. I can't wait to get all of the different tags in the mail :)

Since another Winnie the Pooh movie was released this year and Winnie the Pooh is so easy to layer, I decided to add him on the tags.
Paper used:
~Four Seasons and everything in between by the Paper Studio
~Wintertide by K & Company

When I have to make a lot of the same image, I cut everything first and then I start putting all of the different cuts together. It’s easier than having to cut each image at a time.
Cartridges used:
~ Pooh and Friends (Winnie the Pooh was cut at 3 inches and the Santa hat was cut at 1 1/2 inches)
~ Tags, Bags, Boxes & More (the tag was cut at 4 1/2 inches)

I used the Xyron X on the white parts of the Santa hat because I added white flocking.
* Remember to flip backwards the cut that you are putting in the Xyron because you want the top to be sticky and not the back when adding flocking or glitter.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Project Sunshine and Smiles: Disguise

This is the last card I made for Project Sunshine and Smiles yesterday. I wish that I had more time to make a lot more, but I just started school last week and I was busy with homework/family this weekend. Next Monday I start my 1st day of Student Teaching! I can’t wait to meet all of the 3rd graders who I am going to be teaching for 2 months!
This bird just made me smile :)
Materials used:
Cartridge: 3 Birds on Parade (bird cut at 4 1/2 inches)
Other: Broken China Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger
           Glossy Accents by Ranger (used it on the sunglasses)
Cards made so far for Project Sunshine and Smiles: 104

My Pinkalicious Blog Hop Friday (August 2011)/ Project Sunshine and Smiles

I have missed sharing my creations on Robyn’s, My Pink Stamper website, so I was excited that it was finally My Pinkalicious Blog Hop Friday. The challenge was to…
Show us YOUR style making your favorite thing!  This could be your favorite color combo, your favorite Cricut cartridge, your favorite technique, etc.  You get it, right??  Just have FUN with this and NO stress!!
I decided to use the butterfly from Once Upon a Princess because it's one of my favorite butterflies and of course I used my favorite color, PINK! I made 4 more cards and I reached my goal of making 100 cards for Project Sunshine and Smiles!!!
Materials used:
Cartridge: Once Upon a Princess (butterfly cut at 3 1/2 inches)
Paper: Simplicity by the Paper Studio

Other: Worn Lipstick Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger

Cards made so far for Project Sunshine and Smiles: 100