Saturday, February 22, 2014

Owl Baby Book

Happy Saturday! One of my good friends found out she is expecting and has asked me to make her a baby book. I am so excited for her and have been working on bits and pieces of it for awhile and cannot wait to share it with you!

This is the first page I made for the book. I used the Hoot N Holler cartridge and Kate's ABC's for the nest. I used Thickers for the title and inked all the pieces so they stood out. I am waiting to print out all the pictures and mount them because the couple hasn't officially announced yet. Thanks for taking the time to look at my page!


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Get Better Batman!

Here's a fun little get well card I made for my sister. She was in a terrible car accident a few weeks ago so I made her this Batman card to lift here spirits. Anyone who knows my sister knows that she loves Batman so I knew I had to dust off my Batman cartridge and get to work. I simply cut the shadow of the Batman profile twice to make the card base and then put all the layers together. It was simple but also perfect for my little sister.

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Trunk full of love!

Here's a fun little Valentine I made with the Animal Antics Cartridge. I simply cut out the elephant minus the watering can and layered it accordingly. I cut the scalloped rectangle from CCR basics out of a velvety heart paper I got in a grab bag from Hobby Lobby. On top of the scalloped rectangle I placed some flowers to add some dimension. Then I hand cut a tiny Valentine for my elephant to give out along with a tiny flower to put behind my elephant's ear.

As a side note, I placed my order for the new Cricut Explore and I cannot wait until it gets here!! I have started my new job but will not let it affect my projects! I have lots to show you all!

Happy Crafting and Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

It's a Valentine's Day Blog Hop!!

Hi there! Welcome to your next stop to the 2014 Valentine's Day Blog Hop. You should be getting here from Carolyn's Creative Corner. If you just started here head over to Rockin Renee's Blog so you go through the whole hop from the beginning! Everyone has created something special and you wouldn't want to miss a single one!

Your next stop will be Maria at Stamp, Cut, Create!

The theme of this hop is Valentine's Day and With less than a week to go I had to get moving on the gift I made for my dear husband Nick. I was once again on Pinterest when I came across a bunch of projects where you turn a deck of cards into a mini album with 52 reasons why you love someone. I immediately decided that was what I wanted to make and set myself to work! I am tickled with how well it came out!

This was a breeze to make just a little time consuming. 52 little scalloped rectangles take awhile to glue onto 52 cards!
I went straight to my trusty tool CCR and went to work. I picked out the scalloped rectangle and drug it out to the size I felt would best fit the card. Then I checked that awesome box, auto fill. BAM! My virtual mat was full of squares to write in. I then went to work using CCR and all my cartridges fonts writing a reason I loved Nick on each one. This really taught me the utility of the the layers in CCR. I was able to plan out my entire project at once. Once I was finished it was time to get cutting/drawing.

I add drawing because I used my Cricut to write out everything for me. My marker outlined all of the scalloped rectangles and the wrote everything I did. I then just swapped out the marker for my blade and cut out the rectangles. It was a snap. I used a hole punch to punch the holes in the cards and just used some plain rings that I wrapped in Washi tape to bind it all.  It's a super fun way to show Nick that I do love him, even if he never manages to get his laundry into the hamper!

No gift is complete without a card so after lots of trial and error I realized I was going about it all wrong. I needed to just KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid). I was overworking his card to the point it became to much. This card is simple yet not boring. It's masculine but not stereotypical. I am VERY happy with it! This was simply cut with CCR Basics and the font is from Songbird.
Hope you all are enjoying the blog hop! Again your next stop is Stamp, Cut, Create!  I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!


If you aren't sure where to go here is a list of everyone participating to help you find your way!

1. RockinRenee - I came, I saw, I created.
2. HappyScrapper64 - Random Thoughts of a Scrapbooker
3. gonescrappin - Col's Creative Corner
4. Hrvatica  - Croatian Crafter
5. Scootingranny - Scootingranny's World
6. MamaC - Carolyn's Creative Corner <------- WHERE YOU CAME FROM
7. Greenie8705 - Gina Beana's Crafts <-------YOU ARE HERE!
8. MariaJ - Stamp, Cut, Create! <------ WHERE YOU GO NEXT
9. Di&Co - Creating Is Like Breathing
10. Dragonfly50 - Designs by Dragonfly
11. TiffysMom - Angie's Paper Passion
12. *Violette* - Whimsical Treasures
13. cricutaddicted - ScrappingForMoreFun
14. LoriSjogren - The Singing Shell
15. Scrapalette - Around the Block with Scrapalette

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Fancy Valentine

It's another snowy day here in Indiana. Seriously winter go home. Anyway I spend yesterday down in my craft cave and cranked out a couple more Valentines. This one I made started out as a card for Nick but then it crossed over into feminine world so I am back to drawing board for him! Either way I love how it came out.

This card was built upon layers. Lots and lots of layers. I planned it all out in CCR, starting with the base, the border, the print layer, the vellum layer, the cut out layer, and then the border of the cutout. I got my cutout heart from the Victorian Romance Cartridge and the rest is from CCR Basics.

Once all my layers were cut out I started building. I did use pop dots on my heart in the center to give it some umph and then folded up the corners on the center cutout to make it stand out. I really enjoy making my cards 3D and having that layered look.

Once it was all attached I went to my bling. I mean diamonds and Valentines go together like peanut butter and jelly. I also added some borders that I got for Christmas to finish off the look. I really love how it all turned out. Be sure to check back on Saturday February 8th, for our Cricut Circle Blog hop!!


Challenges Entered:
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge - Seeing Red
Bitten By the Bug 2 - Valentine Challenge
Craftin Desert Divas - Color Challenge

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Dry Erase Calendar

Good morning all. I heard the ground hog saw his shadow although I am a little surprised since its dark and dreary here. Looks like old man winter is sticking around and the forecast seems to agree with ANOTHER winter storm coming Tuesday/Wednesday.  Over the weekend I updated my dry erase calendar. At the beginning of every month I update an old picture frame and turn it into a calendar. It is really easy and very helpful for our busy household with appointments and times that change frequently!
I have a basic file saved on CCR that has all the squares spaced out. There are five rows (weeks) and 7 columns (days). I simply cut out the squares and use the negative. The negative is then stuck onto a blank 12x12 piece of cardstock and voila! The start of a calendar!
At the top I added some Cricut Cuts, one from Teddy Bear Parade and the other from Create a Critter 2! I cut out the month using CCR and A Child's Year Font. I placed everything inside the frame and closed it up. The best part of using an old picture frame is that the glass works like a dry erase board. Simply take a dry erase marker and write the dates on. Every month you can create something different and fun. I plan on positing mine every month to share with you all. Then once you get a full year completed, you can simply insert the calendar in every month if you don't have time to make a new one!

Hope everyone has a wonderful February!

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