Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas Thank You

I don't know about you, but I feel that when someone has gone to the time and trouble to give you a special gift, they should receive a special thank you. So the theme this week at SweetSassyDive is 'Thanks For The Gift'.

The card base is from Birthday Bash, cut at 5". The presents are from Christmas Cheer and are cut at 1.5". The paper and ribbon are from my collection. The sentiment and image are Stampin Up and the punch is Stampin Up xlg oval . 

This card was very quick to put together, after I got the  presents cut.... when will I learn to NOT try to cut things smaller than my Cricut likes to cut them????? Oh well... it all worked in the end :)

I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year !!! Being a part of this AMAZING design team is such a great treat for me. I can't wait to see what new and exciting projects are in store for 2012!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

The Last of My Christmas Cards

Well, I had planned on sharing my Christmas cards one or two at a time over several days... you know, get that old blog count up... :) but I just flat out ran of time. I felt good about getting the cards finished on time and the pictures taken. The snag came when I tried to find minutes here and there to write the posts. Just didn't happen. So instead of them sitting on my computer for a whole year, I am sharing them ALL with you ... today :)

All of the above images are from Laurie Furnell. I bought them a few years ago from PCrafters. I printed several of each image so I could layer them.

This one is for my granddaughter. The card base and the image is from A Childs Year.

This is almost totally from Stampin Up. I pretty much copied the design exactly from Catherine Pooler

This last one is a print and go card I purchased from Aimee Asher

Now I want to share what my daughter was doing while I was locked in my craft room.

 I am so glad she likes to make the cookies !!

I want to wish all of you a VERY Merry Christmas!

And as always, Thanks for stopping by :)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Let It Snow !

 This weeks theme at SweetSassyDiva is Let It Snow... make something with a snowflake, snowball, snowman... you get the idea, and of course, use your Cricut !
I am afraid we aren't going to have a white Christmas here in New Jersey, so I had to make my snowman from paper. I scraplifted this idea from a fellow blogger, but I am sorry to say I didn't save the site. So I am sending out a big thank you to whoever it was :)

I kind of got carried away with the snow theme... snow globe, snowman, snow flakes.

I started with the snow globe from Doodlecharms - sized at 4.23, copied, flipped and welded together.

  The outer circle was done using a tag from Doodlecharms, sized at 3.72

and a second one cut at 3.24, centered inside the first one

  The trees are from Winter Woodland sized 2.41.

  The snowman is from Christmas Cheer, cut a t 2.41

           After some stickles, puffy paint, gel pen and ribbon I was happy with my snowman, snow globe.

Supply list:
Cricut Doodlecharms, Christmas Cheer, Winter Woodland
Papers - Stampin Up, DCWV, Hobby Lobby
Ribbon - Hobby Lobby,
Puffy Paint
Gel Pen

Merry Christmas everyone !

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Friendship Challenge

Challenge #8 at Crafting When We Can is Friendship being sponsored by Kenny K .

Make any thing you like that has the theme of friendship.... perfect for this holiday season, don't ya think :)

I am using the Kenny K image Holla Back Girl. When I first saw it I thought of my granddaughter and new it  was for me.

I have made an altered composition book for her. Because she is almost 7 and loves things that have lots of colors and patterns, I have done something WAY out of my zone and mixed lots of colors and patterned papers.

All supplies are from my stash, and added bonus, using up 'stuff '
I colored the image with Stampin Up chalks.

It has lots of glitter and bling, just the way Tori likes it !

I hope you go and check out all the great projects the design team has made to inspire your creativity!

As always, thanks for stopping by :)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Need a Hostess Gift Idea?

Hello everyone, today I am sharing a favorite project of mine.... a Tissue Box Cover......that can be decorated for any theme or holiday that you need. They make a perfect Hostess /Housewarming gift, which is the challenge for the design team at SweetSassyDiva this week. The wonderful directions can be found  at Splitcoaststampers. I have shared this tutorial many times because Diane has done such a great job describing the easy steps to make this versatile home decor accent.

I used my E2 and Imagine to cut from Sophie and Trim the Tree cartridges.

 I am showing the screen shots you will see when you design and cut using the Cricut Craft Room.

The doily is sized at 4" and cut out perfectly on the E2.

Now we move on to the candy cane and the skate, both from Trim the Tree. These are cut at 2.5", and I am here to tell you that I will never cut anything on this cartridge this small again. I started out cutting them on the E2 with terrible results. I then moved over to the Imagine. They cut out better, but I still had LOTS of clean out work to do....moral of this tale.... make them BIGGER :)

I ran the red parts through my Zyron machine and the applied red glitter. If you haven't tried this method of applying glitter, I totally recommend it. The white doily was just to plain for my liking, so I wove thin ribbon through the tree edge and tied a bow. Then I glued that down too sides and added the skates and candy canes using dimensionals. Around the top edge I stamped snowflakes from My Pink Stamper with Versamark and heat embossed with white powder. I added stickles to the snowflakes and called it done.

Supply list:
Cricut E2
Cricut Imagine
Cricut Sophie Cartridge
Cricut Trim the Tree Cartridge
Card Stock - Stampin Up
Patterned Paper - Hobby Lobby
Stamps - My Pink Stamper
Versamark Ink
White Embossing Powder

Thanks for stopping by :)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Last Minute Treat Box

On Thanksgiving morning, my daughter asked me to make something to put cookies in to take as a hostess gift. Mind you she is asking this about 2 hours before needs it..... does this sound familiar to anyone??? Thank goodness I had received the Sweet Tooth Boxes cartridge in the mail a few days earlier.

Since this was so last minute, the houses are basically 'bare bones', but still turned out cute. I know I can make them ever so much cuter with some inking, buttons, ribbons and bows :)

 I started out by using the fit to page feature on my E2. After it was placed on the mat, I checked the size so I could cut the layers the same.

The only embellishing I did was on the sweets sign.... just some pen work.

Even though they are very plain, the recipients loved them.I can't wait to have the time to really do one of these up right !

As always, thanks for stopping by :)

Monday, November 28, 2011

It's Time To Trim That Tree

Hello all.... now the fun begins.... getting every nook and cranny of our house ready for Santa! I will tell you that my WHOLE family is crazy about decorating for Christmas. My sister has a plaque that says " If it doesn't move, Decorate it !" and that's pretty much what happens around here :) It all starts with my husband and daughter (last one at home) bringing ALL the boxes and tubs down from the attic and stacking them all over the place. Then it's at least a whole day to pack away everyday things and place the Xmas decorations in just the right spots.... we even bring out pictures from years past to make sure everything gets put in the PERFECT place ... sad, I know !

The  SweetSassyDiva Challenge this week is Trim the Tree. I guess I could have made an ornament, but no... I had to come up with the idea of starting a special garland for my grandkids to put on their tree, with the idea that I will add to it each year.... only time will tell on that part :)
I couldn't get a good picture of the whole thing in one shot, so there will be lots of them...

It all started on the Gypsy...

The clothing is from Paper Doll Dress Up and not really made to fit the cute animals from Create A Critter, so I had to do some playing around... First I unlocked the chain so I could set the height and width separately. I put the Create A Critter image on layer one and the clothes on layer two so I could adjust the clothing size over the critter. Sorry that I couldn't get a good picture of this part.
 After the sizes were set for each of the critters it was time to cut....

I did some embossing before I started to put them together.

Then I added Puffy Paint, Stickles, Googlie Eyes and some Gel Pen lines.

The Candy Cane and Hard Candy are from Simply Charmed.

I attached ribbon to the back side and hung with these cute clips from Stampin Up.

My supply list :
Cricut Create A Critter
Cricut Paper Doll Dress Up
Cricut Simply Charmed
Cardstock - Stampin Up
Patterned paper -Hobby Lobby
Puffy Paint
Gel Pens
Googlie Eyes
Ribbon - My stash
Tiny Clips - Stampin Up

I hope you will check out all the wonderful Trim the Tree creations the rest of the design team have come up with to inspire your creative side !

As always, thanks for stopping by :)