A Little Spooky Mail~

Every once in a while it’s good to challenge yourself.

Or so I’m told.

I decided to do this by joining in the Cricut Message Board Fabulous Partnered Postcard Swap.

Sounds easy, right?

That’s what I thought until someone mentioned they needed to be flat and mail-able. Yikes!

Most of you know that I don’t do flat well. He he.

My postcards~

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I used bits and pieces from several of my favorite Halloween collections layered on chipboard.

A few close-ups~

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Remember when I mentioned my shaker card addiction?

I know there’s NO way this is passing any postal regulations.

But, it’s cute.

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I used Glow In the Dark glitter to add extra steam to my little witch’s cauldron.

And I sent a note to my partner suggesting she not to mail this one either.

I’m hoping the rest will be okay as I tried to keep them simple.

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Next up….Thanksgiving and Fall postcards. Oh my.

I used~
October Afternoon Witch Hazel Collection, My Mind’s Eye Wicker Collection, Chipboard, Vellum, DCWV Fall & Halloween Sequins, Twine, Martha Stewart Glitter and Glow In The Dark Glitter
SVGCuts Midnight Jamboree Jack O’Lantern Image

Howling Fun!!~

This Saturday I took joined in True Scrap 6, an online, live virtual paper crafting event hosted by Lain Ehmann.

While I was busy watching and learning from teachers like Jennifer Gallacher, Nichol Margouirk, Noel Hyman and many others I decided to do a bit of coloring.

Multi-tasking at it’s best, right?

I colored several images, but I needed a little card to slip into a package I was sending.

And this little guy was perfect for it.

My card~

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I colored Tiddly Inks Spooking Pup, cut him and a shadow layer with the Brother Scan & Cut and layered various elements from the My Mind’s Eye Mischievous collection.

A close-up~

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Hopefully my howling hound will bring lots of Halloween happiness. He he.

I used~
My Mind’s Eye Mischievous 6×6 Paper Pad and Chipboard Stickers, American Crafts Halloween Stickers, Neenah White Cardstock, Ranger Kraft Tag and Tiddly Inks Spooky Pup Digital Stamp
Brother Scan & Cut

Welcome To The DCWV Too Cute To Spook Halloween Blog Hop~

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Today the current DCWV Design Team is bringing you a group of projects that were made using the newest, cutest DCWV Halloween stack, Eek-a-Boo!

Halloween is quickly approaching and it’s time to turn your spooky crafting up to high gear!

If you didn’t come from Karen’s blog, hop back on your broom and fly to the DCWV blog to make sure you don’t miss a creepy, crawly thing.

Want to know what’s scary?

How much I love shaker cards.

I think it’s why I have so many sequins.

Seriously, I even found a way to put a shaker element on my one of my last layouts.

So when I saw SVGCuts Moon Card in their Haunted Forest Collection, I knew I needed to find a way to turn it into a shaker card.

My card~

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I grabbed my favorite patterns and colors from the Eek-a-Boo stack and used my Cricut Explore to cut the card.

To create the shaker element I place a transparency sheet under my moon cuts and then used foam tape to create lift and act as a bumper for the sequins.

The making of a shaker card~

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I also added an additional layer to the back of the card front to close in the star openings.

We don’t want any sequins falling out.

And just how cute do those DCWV Fall & Halloween star sequins look in there?

Too cute if you ask me.

A few close-ups~

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I layered the star cuts with a Halloween flair badge, more sequins and a bit of the Fall & Halloween Chipboard Glitter Frames.

Now run like zombies are chasing you to Rachel’s blog to see what she has in store for you.

Leave comments along the way to be entered to win a treat from DCWV.

You have until Monday Oct 20th at 8 am EST to enter so don’t delay!!

Three winners will be announced on the DCWV Blog Tuesday Oct 21st.

Hopefully, it will be you!

I used~

DCWV Eek-a-Boo Stack, DCWV Fall & Halloween Sequins, DCWV Fall & Halloween Chipboard Glitter Frames, Transparency Sheet
SVGCuts Haunted Forest SVG Kit Moon Card
American Button Machine for the Halloween Flair

Exploring Print Then Cut~

If you’re like me and many other Cricut Explore owners you’ve probably been doing a bit of exploring with your machine’s new print then cut feature.

Seriously, I have been printing then cutting everything in sight.

I started simple with the three bears~

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Cute, right?

And yes, I need dimension.

I have to layer and use pop dots!!

With my bears looking so good I decided I was ready to make flair buttons with all those adorable Cricut images from my favorite cartridges like Create A Critter and Teddy Bear Parade.

My first two attempts~

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These weren’t so good.

I originally calibrated my Explore with the kids’ new Canon Pixma printer.

Needless to say I think I loaded my paper incorrectly leading to the buttons looking “off” color.

So I switched back to my Epson R2000 printer, and still I wasn’t very happy with the print quality.

The images look blurry.

The Epson buttons are on the left and the Cannon on the right.

To show you exactly what I mean I have buttons printed with my Epson using Lettering Delight images and the Silhouette Studio software.

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Do you see a difference? I do.

A close-up~

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However, I understand that the Cricut images weren’t originally made for this purpose where many of the Lettering Delight images were.

Especially the Lettering Delights graphic sets.

Hmmm…maybe I’ll add those to my To Try In Design Space List.

I also think the larger your image, the better the quality.

Panda-palooza~

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So what’s a girl do when she wants to decide which machine to leave sitting in the place of honor on her desk?

She tries them with the same image~

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The fairies above were created with the Silhouette, with the Cricut with bleed on and with the Cricut without the bleed.

After much studying and debate with my son and Facebook friends I like the printing from the Silhouette a teeny, tiny bit better as it appeared to use more or thicker ink.

And her eyes look sharper. More crisp.

However, the cut quality was far better with the Cricut Explore.

My Silhouette left a tiny white border where the Explore did not.

Now what to do with all those fairies floating around?

Make a card~

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A close-up~

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And what’s better than a fairy on a stick?

One that wobbles!!

And one last tidbit of information.

I love, love, love the fact that if I print then cut a PNG file, the Cricut Explore automatically sets the cut lines.

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There’s no having to trace or set cut lines. Yippee!!

So…what do you think of the Cricut Explore Print Then Cut?

Do you have as many images as I do just laying around waiting for a project?

Any tips you’d like to share?

I used~
American Crafts White Textured Cardstock, Epson Presentation Paper, Recollections Craft It Glassine Bags, Paper Straws, Gems
American Button Machine, Silhouette Cameo, Cricut Explore, Epson R2000, Canon Pixma MG7120
Images from Lettering Delights and Cricut Library

Not The Big Cheese~

He might not be the Big Guy, but he is an Andrews’s family favorite…

Donald Duck.

However if you’re going by these pictures, he might not be the entire family’s favorite.

My layout~

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Hartly was a little less than thrilled to meet Donald.

But, the rest of us have a spot in our hearts for the temperamental yet totally loveable duck.

A few close-ups~

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To coordinate with the Mickey images I’ve used on the other pages, I created a couple Donald silhouette images using my Cricut Explore and Mickey & Friends cartridge.

To see more of my Disney 2011 album, click here.

I used~
DCWV My Sunshine Stack
Simple Stories Say Cheese Collection, Kraft Paper, Enamel Dots, and OA Mini Market Alphas
Cricut Mickey & Friends for the Donald Duck cut outs

Must Be This Tall To Ride~

Being little at Disney means that every once in a while you’ve got to sit and wait.

Since You Must Be This Tall To Ride~

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Fortunately that usually means a delicious Disney snack or maybe even a little shopping.

A close-up~

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I used DCWV’s My Sunshine Stack along with various Simple Stories Say Cheese embellishments to create my little cluster surround the girls enjoying a little down time.

And the other thing you do a bit of at Disney is waiting in line.

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I love this picture of Hartly waiting for her turn.

Whatever it is we’re waiting on must be good, since it’s holding her attention.

A close-up~

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Not only did I use the cut portion from my first page as the base for this layout, I simply flipped my embellishment cluster to mirror it as well.

To see more of my Disney 2011 album, click here.

I used~

DCWV My Sunshine Stack, Simple Stories Say Cheese Collection, Kraft Paper, Enamel Dots, TH Tiny Attacher
Cricut Mickey & Friends for the assorted Mickey shapes

Really Wanna Kiss You~

Seems I have an anniversary coming up.

Quickly.

And with World Cardmaking Day this weekend I decided it would be the perfect time to make my hubby a card.

My card~

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I played around with the Cricut Explpore’s new Print and Cut feature to create my layered cupid.

To do this I made cupid the correct size for my card and flattened him.

Then I duplicated him, un-flattened him to have individual pieces, so I’d have a set of parts to pop dot off the base.

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Make sure you hide and do not print the black base layer, since you will not need it.

A few close-ups~

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I found this Love You stamp set with the Really Wanna Kiss You stamp while in Georgia and couldn’t wait to use.

Perfect timing I think.

I used~

American Crafts Everyday 6×6 Paper Pad and White Cardstock, Impression Obsession Love You Stamps, Teresa Collins Signature Essentials Enamel Dots, Fabric Tape and EK Layered Heart Punch
Cricut Seasonal Characters Cupid Print & Cut at 4″