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Monday, December 19, 2011

#141 Sweater Weather - Flying Reindeer card

Hi everyone! Christmas is almost here! Yikes! I have been super busy with cards, shopping and other holiday preparations that my blog is continuing to be neglected! I'm getting really excited though and so are my little ones!

Here is a Christmas card I created using the Sweater Weather Cricut cartridge along with the Santa's Village Imagine cartridge! Love them both!

A new thing for me this year was decorating the inside of my cards to coordinate with the the front of the card. I have seen a few bloggers doing this and really like the look of it!

The reindeer and the hearts on the border are both from Sweater Weather. The patterns and the Flying Reindeer label are from Santa's Village. Sorry, I don't recall which cartridge the scalloped oval comes from, but you can find them on many of the cartridges :-)

Cardstock - American Crafts

Ribbon - Stampin' Up!

"Merry Christmas" stamp - Tim Holtz

Hope you like it!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas - Day 7 and 8 (#140 Paper Lace)

Hi everyone! Today I have a couple more tags finished from Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas, an even that is taking place now on his blog.

Here is my version of tag 7:

I used the Jubilee Cricut cartridge to make the holly leaves because I don't have Tim's die for that.

And tag 8:

For this one, I didn't own any of the stamps that he used, so I sorted through my stash to find some that would suit the tag. I am happy with the results!
For the gears, I used the Paper Lace II and the Robot Party cartridges. I think this may have been my favorite tag to make so far!

Hope you like the two tags, I can't believe there are only 4 left! Then I will have to get back to my regular Christmas crafting. Nope, I haven't even made my Christmas cards yet! So many projects, too little time - same thing every year!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas - Day 6

Hi everyone! I have another tag to show you following the instructions for tag number 6 on Tim Holtz's blog. If you would like to follow along as well, click HERE to head over to his blog.

Here is my tag:

This tag was totally out of my usual comfort zone, I have never really worked with metal in my crafting, other than charms, but it was still a lot of fun. AND it turned out much better than I thought it would LOL

I used the Season's Greetings cuttlebug embossing folder. The metal was painted with acrylic paints, sanded, inked, then embossed with clear embossing powder. Really cool technique!

Hope you like it!

#139 Mickey Font - Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Birthday

Hi everyone! My son's 2nd birthday was at the end of November and I just realized I forgot to show you the Mickey Mouse cake and banner I made for him!
Jacob LOVES Mickey Mouse Clubhouse so I just had to make him a cake featuring his favorite characters. With a little guidance from Google, I look at different cakes online and came up with this Clubhouse cake:

I used my Cricut cake to cut out the Mickey head, the clouds, stars, JACOB, and 2. I don't recall which cartridge the clouds were from, but I do know everything else was from Mickey Font, of course! My sister Leila was here to help me, so I need to give her some credit! She rolled the balls and made those adorable bees.
I also created this "Happy Birthday" banner using the Mickey and Friends cartridge along with the Mickey Font cartridge:
The banner flags were cut from Birthday Bash, which is my go-to cartridge for banners! There are quite a few different ones on there!

Well, thanks for stopping by and hope you like my projects!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Lots of Cookies Christmas Card

Hi everyone! Last night I finished up a Christmas card for the latest Peachy Keen Challenge. The challenge this time was to follow this sketch:

Here is my project:
I used one of the gingerbread images from "Too sweet to eat" and coloured him with my copic markers.

The sentiment says "May Your Holidays be Filled with" on the front and "Lots and Lots of Cookies" on the inside.

Patterned Paper - American Crafts
Cardstock - Bazzill
Twine - Martha Stewart Crafts

Hope you like it!

Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas - Day 5

Hi everyone! Here is my second post of the day. I finished up the fifth tag for the 12 Tags of Christmas late last night. And here it is:

To see Tim's tag and the instructions, please visit his blog HERE
This tag was fun to make and pretty quick and easy! This resist technique was something I have never tried before. I didn't have any of his reflections stamps because I had no clue what to do with them. I remember seeing them at my local scrapbooking store and wanting them, then seeing that they were backwards and putting them back :-) Now, after watching Tim's video, I understand their purpose and he showed some fun things you can do with them. They have definitely made it to my new wishlist!
Anyway, since I don't have any of the reflections stamps yet, I chose a patterned background stamp by Stampin' Up.
I also didn't have the Regal Crest die that he used for his wreath, so I cut one from the Holiday Cakes Cricut cartridge.
Hope you like it!

Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas - Day 4

Hi everyone! I have a few posts for you this evening! I finished up the fourth tag in the Tim Holtz series yesterday morning, but didn't get a chance to make a blog post until now!

Here it is:

Again, there were certain supplies that I didn't own, but could exchange for what I did have. The acrylic snowflake border along the side of the tag was created on my Gypsy by welding four snowflakes (from Art Philosophy and Don Juan) to a rectangle.

I also used different colours of Distress Stain, different stamps on the background and the buttons came from my stash.

Hope you like it!

Monday, December 5, 2011

#138 Christmas - Santa Card

Hi everyone! Here is a create I made using the Christmas Cricut cartridge and a K & Company paper pack.

The Santa was cut at 3.25"

Holly border stamp and topiary ink - Close to My Heart

"A Merry Christmas" stamp - Stampin' Up!

Cardstock - American Crafts

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas - Day 3

Hi everyone! Tonight I recreated Tim Holtz's third tag from his 12 Tags of Christmas. Wow, this man has some serious crafting genius. This ideas he comes up with are truly amazing! Here is my version of his tag:

I didn't have the cut 'n'dry stamp pad felt, mainly because I had seen it in the scrapbooking store and had no idea what it was. After seeing him create a custom stamp pad for his stamp set, which I did already have, I HAD to go out this morning to buy some of the felt. I absolutely LOVED making this tag.

I don't own any of the Perfect Pearls mist (yet, LOL) so instead I misted it with Cactus Gold Glitz Spritz by Lindy's Stamp Gang. There is soooo much pretty shimmer on this tag.

For the festive greenery, I used my Joys of the Season Cricut cartridge, as I did on the first tag.

Hope you like it!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Sophie Blog Hop - #137 Sophie

Hi everyone! Welcome to the Sophie Blog Hop! Sophie is the Cricut cartridge that was given to the Cricut Circle members during the last quarter and we wanted to share some projects that were made using this fabulous cartridge! The Sophie cartridge comes with many features including cards, bookmarks, and doilies. Hop along with us to explore the Sophie cart and gain some inspiration!
If you have arrived here from Scrap Cave Creations, you are in the right place. If you have just happened to stop by my blog, then head over to Michele to start from the beginning!

For my project, I decided to make a Christmas ornament!

All of the colours and patterns were printed using my Imagine machine.

The tree doily was cut at 3.5".

The circle was cut at 2.5".

The tree was cut at 2".

The snowflake on top was cut at 3" from shrink plastic. I used ink jet Shrinky Dinks and printed the pattern on the Imagine before cutting it out.

For the paper part of the ornament, I cut out two of each design so it would look the same on the back. In between the layers, I put some accordian folded waffle paper by Stampin' Up!.

I then spritzed the entire ornament with Royal Crimson Fire Glitz Spritz by Lindy's Stamp Gang. Unfortunately, the shimmer does not really show up well in my photos :-(

I used Crystal Effects around the circle, then sprinkled Champagne Glass Glitter over, both from Stampin' Up!.

I placed three eyelets on the bottom and one on the top, then added the snowflake and some crystal accents from my bead stash.

Hope you like it!

Your next stop on our hop is Liz's Lavendar and Roses, so head over there to find out what fabulous project she has created!

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the Sophie Blog Hop!

If you are interested in more information on the Cricut Circle, you can visit and click on Circle on the menu!

Have a great day!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas - Day 2

Hi everyone! Today I created the second tag from Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas!

This time I had nearly all of the supplies, so didn't venture much from his design. I didn't have the supplies he used for the wreath around the reindeers neck, so I had to leave that out and used a snowflake charm from my stash rather than the star charm he used on his tag.

Also, when I cut the reindeer using the Reindeer Flight die, I must have put the sticky back canvas on upside down because our reindeer are facing the opposite way. Mine must had found something else to look at :-)

You can check his tag and tutorial here.

Hope you like my version, and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas - Day 1

Hi everyone! Today was the first day of Tim Holtz's 12 Days of Christmas. Each day on this blog, he will be creating a different tag complete with instructions and videos! This is the fifth year that he has done this, but it will be my first year also completing the tags. I'm so excited!

I started this first tag at around 10:00 this morning and with a few breaks in between, finished around 4:00 this afternoon. It was pretty time-consuming but so much fun! Loved trying out the new techniques! To check out Tim's tag and instructions click here

Here is my version:

They are quite similar, but I had to improvise a little to compensate for product that I do not own. For instance, I used a snowflake Cuttlebug folder for the background. I didn't have the Noel die or the festive greenery die, so I used my Cricut and Gypsy to create my own. I used Blackletter for the letters and Joys of the Season for all of the greenery other than the juniper from the Tattered Pinecone die.
This was my first time using the Tattered Pinecone die, and it was so fun to use!
Can't wait to see what Tim comes up with tomorrow (or tonight for the night owls)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

#136 Speaking of Fall - Nature Lovers

Hi everyone! Here is a layout I created for the monthly challenge at the Cricut Circle Blog. The challenge was to create a project featuring our favorite thing about fall. I decided to go with leaves! I love the colours of fall leaves and crunching sound they make under your feet.

We also had to add some texture to our projects. First, I stamped on ivory cardstock with versamark using the Tim Holtz leaves stamps in a random pattern all over the cardstock. I then heat embossed the stamped images with clear embossing powder. Next, I used Tim Holtz Distress inks and foam applicator tools to apply several different colours to the background. I had a lot of fun with this process!

The Cricut cartridges / cuts I used on my layout are:

Give a Hoot - Tree (cut at 4.25"), "Nature Lovers" cut at 3.75", Squirrel (cut at 2.25")

Cindy Loo - Blessings (Cut at 1.75")

Speaking of Fall - Leaves (cut at 1.81")

Don Juan - 2010 (cut at 1.13")

I stamped over the squirrel with Perfect Medium using a background stamp by Stampin' Up. I then added gold Perfect Pearls and set it by misting with water.

Other supplies:

Patterned Paper - Close to My Heart

Cardstock - Close to My Heart, Bazzill

Monday, November 28, 2011

#135 'Tis the Season - Love, hope, peace, joy

Hi everyone! Here is a Christmas card I created using some new CTMH stamp sets that my sister just delivered to me the other day! I ordered a bunch of winter/Christmas sets and they are just lovely!

The background scene was stamped with versamark ink and embossed with silver powder. I coloured the house with Stampin' Up! markers and added some Liquid Applique to look like real snow.

"Love, hope, peace, joy" was stamped with white pigment ink.

The snowflakes were cut from the Creative Memories 'Tis the Season Cricut cartridge at 1.5" and I added some blue jewels from the dollar store.

I will be entering this card in the Fantabulous Cricut challenge this week, which is "Holiday Cards".

Hope you like it!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Baby Sleeping Layout

Hi everyone! I thought I would share a layout I created a few weeks ago using my Imagine machine and the Hey Diddle Diddle cartridge.

All of the patterns and colours are from Hey Diddle Diddle, as well as the cow jumping over the moon, Baby Sleeping and the stars. I cut the cow image in layers and used foam squares under the moon to give the image more dimension.

Both the striped ribbon and blue taffeta ribbon are by Stampin' Up!.

I made this layout at a crop and didn't write down which cartridges I used other than the Imagine one, but I do remember the scalloped border is from Sugar and Spice and the tag is from Plantin' Schoolbook. I'm not sure which font I used though!

Hope you like it!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

#134 Seasonal Cake Art - Christmas Card

Hi everyone! Here is a Christmas card I made the other day using the Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake Art cartridge.

I cut the wreath at 2.75".

One of our local scrapbooking store just got in a bunch of Lindy's Stamp Gang products so I went a little crazy shopping there! I couldn't wait to use some on a project so I chose to spray my card with Cactus Gold Glitz Spritz and just love all the shimmer my project has now!

Other Products used:

Patterned paper - K & Company

Cardstock, stamp - Stampin' Up!

Twine - Martha Stewart Crafts


Hope you like it!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Mickey Mouse Tag

Hi everyone! My son's second birthday is coming up next week, so this week I am going to be busy creating party decorations for him. He LOVES Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, so we are going to go with a Mickey Mouse theme this year!

For the challenge this week, at My Creative Time, Emma asked us to create a project using a kid-friendly cartridge. I chose the Mickey and Friend cartridge to create this cute gift tag

Mickey was cut at 2.75" and the tag was cut at 5".

"You make me smile" is a sentiment stamp by My Creative Time!

The pen stitching was done with Stampin' Up! markers and the fibers are from my fiber stash!

Hope you like it!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

#133 Nate's ABCs - Circle Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone! Wow - it has been a while since I have posted! I have created a few projects while I have been absent from blogging, so stay tuned for some of those projects, mostly scrapbook layouts!

Today I finished up this card for the Cricut Circle magazine challenge from this month. The challenge was to use the sketch featured in the magazine to create a project of our own. Here is my take on their sketch:

For my card, I used my Imagine along with the Imagine More cartridge for all of the colours and patterns. The cricut cartridges and cuts I used are:

Nate's ABC's - Boy and puppies scene (cut at 4")

Cake Basics - scalloped circle (cut at 4") and heart (cut at 3.5")

I used my markers for faux stitching and accents and popped up the boy scene with foam squares. Both are by Stampin' Up!.

The chocolate grosgrain ribbon is by Close to My Heart.

Thank you for stopping by to look at my creation. Hope you like it!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

#132 Chic and Scary - Halloween Door Sign

Hi everyone! This is the proect I made for the October monthly challenge on the Cricut Circle blog. The challenge was to create a Halloween home decor project with our Cricut machines.

I found this metal sign on sale at Michael's and decided to add some Cricut images to it with vinyl.

I used the Chic and Scary cartridge for my design. The witch was cut at 5", Beware was cut at 2", the spider web at 3" and the spider border at 1".

I tied some ribbon to the wire hanger. The Halloween polka dot is from Michaels and sheer ribbon is from Dollarama. The sheer ribbon was a great find - it has silver metallic spiders all over it!

Hope you like it!