Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Up in the Air with a Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge

Good day all.  I hope your week got off to a good start yesterday and that today you are ready to make it great with a new Die Cuttin' Divas challenge.
This week we are asking you to play along with our Tic-Tac-Toe board.  Create a project using 3 elements from a row, column or diagonal on our little crafty board. I went with the last column and worked my way down.
First off was making the shape. For this I headed into the Silhouette Studio and welded two hot air balloons together for my base.
Next I went looking for my 3 patterned papers (New Lucy Charm paper Pad by Dear Lizzy) and cut out the rest of my pieces.  While I was looking for the right patterns I found another piece of paper just right for the inside of my card.  I measured and cut the saying on the paper out to go inside.
I finished off my card or got it started as the sentiment goes with the inside saying and added a small piece of twine to tie it all together. I am in love with it and it will take a special event and person to make me part with it. Hopefully you will created something you enjoy as much with this week's Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge!!

- Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons - 4th of July Balloon file
- Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm Paper Pad by American Crafts (all papers)
- My Creative Time - Turn that Frown Upside Down stamp set
- Brown twine from supply

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Pastel Colors Challenge With Die Cuttin' Divas

Welcome to a new challenge with Die Cuttin' Divas. This week as we get closer and closer to Easter we decided to let our soft side show. Our soft color side that is. We are having a pastel color challenge. I started by finding some fun patterned papers to use for this one.
Once I have the right papers I placed them together to create a the back layer for the outside and inside of the card. I now some of my colors are a little on the bright side, but working with pastel is a big challenge for me...the white really softens it up right???
On the front I cut a simple image and added a small touch of Platinum Stickles to finish it off. On the inside I added a simple Thank you stamp.  I hope you will join us as we enjoy these lighter colors this week.

- French Manor Cricut Cartridge - fleur de lie 
- Stickles - Platinum
- Pink By Design - Artisan Tags 2 stamp
- Making Memories Just Chillin' 8x8 paper stack - all patterns

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hello, Life

 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge with Fantabulous Cricut!

Challenge #205 Spring Cleaning
Create a project using a cartridge or cut you have never used before.
I just got the Suburbia Cartridge on a great sale a few weeks back so it was the perfect choice for this week's challenge. It really has some fun fun images on it that could be used in a variety of ways.
I started by created a base for my card using a large polka dot stamp to create a backing that would match this patterned paper (I have been using a lot of green that I pulled out during my St. Patty's projects!!)
I selected and cut my lady with her patterned apron and stamped the simple sentiment onto the tray she was holding. I also could not resist adding a string of pearls to her neck with a white gel pen.
I finished up the card by creating a open inside to add a note to later. I find that as my card collection grows I am sending more notes to people via snail mail as we sometimes call it.  It makes me feel so good to hear they enjoyed it...even if I hear that via Facebook.

Hope you will join us and create with an unused cart or image this week.
This Weeks Sponsor

Silly Shells Stamp Set
To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used.

- Suburbia Cricut Cartridge - women with tray cut
- Pink By Design - Love Today set
- Inkadinkado - polka dot stamp
- Dew Drop Memento Ink - Cottage Ivy

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Get Caught In A Good Book

I am a teacher by day (lucky for me I am on Spring Break right now!) and often I get to create fun things to hang up at school using my craft room tools. My favorite thing to make for school is displays for the wall in our main entryway (Affectionately knows as "My Wall"). This year we have a huge reading push including a new Reading program our entire district is using K-8.  It has been going well and my principal wanted a wall to keep encouraging reading.
I went to my coworkers and got them to take pictures of themselves and their families reading. I wanted us to all show that we read at home as well. I placed all the photos inside the pages of some giant open books.
Once everyone had be placed onto the pages I created the title for my wall - It was too simple, but took me forever to figure out...
I used a basic paper cutter and cut various sizes of "books" Simple right?  I used some scrap paper to make a backing to stick them onto and than created a long black "book shelf" to cover the bottom. All that was needed was a title. Thanks to my Silhouette I had that done in a few minutes and was adding the words on. It got hung up about a week before the break and students are often asking/guessing whose kids are whose.I even had one kid ask if I wold take their picture reading and hang it on the wall - DONE!!!

- My Community Cricut Cartridge- books
- Bernard Condensed Font - cut on Silhouette Cameo 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Sketch Challenge with Die Cuttin' Divas - April Edition!!

Welcome to April everyone.  No fooling around today it is the first Tuesday of the month and that means a sketch challenge with Die Cuttin' Divas.
I thought this sketch was simple and sweet but I had a hard time picking my idea???
Once I flipped the sketch I was a little more clear on my idea and it all involved the Honey Chic Paper stack from DCWV. All the papers used (except the base) are form this stack)
I have a 3 week trial to Cricut Design Space (the operating system for the Cricut Explore) and have been trying to make projects with Cartridges I do not own so I got this flower off the Picturesque cartridge.
I used a piece of the trim form one of my papers to make my sentiment flag and added a simple stamp to it. On the inside I added a little more of the fun patterns and some solid for a later message.
I hope you are having a great First day of April and will play along with us this week at Die Cuttin' Divas. 

- Picturesque Cricut Cartridge - flower
- Carson's Creations Sketch
- Close to My Heart stamp
- Dew Drop Memento Ink - Lilac Posies
- DCWV Honey Chic paper stack 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Golden Birthday

When you figure out that the birthday girl is having her Golden Birthday a card from your stash is not going to cut it. You need to get home from work and make a new one to honor the fun occasion.
Today my co-worker celebrates her 28th birthday on the 28th - a Golden Birthday!!  I went looking for the perfect cake cut to start my card off right and topped it with a 28!!
I wanted the inside to have the word "Golden" so I cut the "Happy Birthday" and selected a different font (Suburbia Cricut Cart) to make the large letters I wanted.  Once everything was together I added some Gold Stickles to top it off.
Hope the birthday Girl likes it and has an amazing day!!

- Sweet Treat Cricut Cartridge - cake
- Suburbia Cricut Cartridge - 28, GOLDEN
- Paper Lace Cricut Cartridge - Happy Birthday
- Stickles - Gold

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cricut Explore....I did it!!

I did it.  I bought the Cricut Explore!!  I was not going to get this one.  I was going to stay loyal to my Expression and just enjoy the fact I could still use my Gypsy...but I watched the videos...a lot of them... and it just really started to WOW me. I took the plunge and I am so glad I did.

Here is what I love so far about my Explore.

Set-up was so easy - I got it out of the box, blade installed and plugged it in. On the inside cover were the instructions for set up. A few minutes after this I made my first cut.

All my Carts are on Design Space and that means I do not need my Gypsy anymore or my cartridges. They all went to my Mom's house so she can use them whenever she wants.It also means I have room to put things (more paper maybe)

It is Quiet and Smooth. I love my old Cricuts and my Cameo, but this thing is smooth and pretty quiet. SEE..
Design Space - I love it. It is easy to follow along and works just like I am used to my Gypsy working.  My only complaint is I can not just press cut from the computer-you have to go to the machine and press the button. You can also cut your own svgs and fonts with the Explore as well.

Instead of having to press all the buttons for the layers, when you click an image in Design Space all the layers are there. You can remove the ones you do not want to cut and go.

Also, you can place a gift bag or shirt layout on the screen and move your image around to get a feel for size and placement.

Happy I took the plunge and am creating away with the machine often.

I recommend looking at Joy's videos from Obsessed with Scrapbooking.