Hats Off To You~

I was scrolling through Pinterest this week and found the most adorable Mad Hatter Hats.

Did you go look? Aren’t they fabulous?

And perfect for this time of year.

My hats~

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The website, Seeing Things, is even kind enough to give detailed instructions and a template.

However, some of us are a bit challenged when it comes to wielding a pair of scissors.

So, I decided to figure out how to use my Cricut to make my hats.

CCR screen shot~

Mad Hatter 1

I made the top and bottom of the hat by using Cricut Craft Room Basics Digital Cartridge for the circles cut at 3.5″ and 2.75″.

Easy peasy!

For the body portion of the hat I used Cricut Font & Basics Shapes Parentheses cut at 8.5″ high and 3.9″ wide.

I then trimmed the ends to make them straight rather than curved.

For my first hat I used Tombow Multi Purpose Liquid Glue, but I quickly switched to my hot glue gun for the second since I was getting glue everywhere.

I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m liquid glue challenged as well.

Next time I will run by paper through my Xyron to adhere it to the chipboard or seal the entire hat with Modge Podge to help keep those edges down.

I added a Spellbinders Bitty Blossom, seam binding ribbon and stick pin to decorate.

A close up~

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I also spritzed them with Glimmer Mist to give them a little sparkle.

I even added stick pins from our swap from last fall.

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Thank you Lori Sjogren!!

This is my Cricut Circle Canadian Challenge: Home Décor project in which we had to use chipboard and flowers.

I can’t wait to put these hats out with the other Halloween decorations.

They’ll just have to be up high, since someone thinks they’re just the right size for her Amber doll.

Oh boy!

I used~

Spooky Time
DCWV The Spooky Time Stack
Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms, Seam Binding Ribbon, Glimmer Mist Purple Pansy, Chipboard
Cricut Font & Basic Shapes for the Parentheses cut at 8.5″ x 3.9″
CCR Basics for the Circles cut at 3.5″ and 2.75″

Shhhh! I Know You’d Rather Be Crafting~

But I won’t tell.

My card~

Recipe-Gift-Card

I joined in the Cricut Circle Winter Sweets Recipe Swap hosted by the always wonderful and extremely talented Sis O’Snap.

My partner requested a Graphic 45 inspired recipe box.

She also made the comment that she preferred crafting to cooking, so that inspired my card and Domestic Goddess recipe box.

The Recipe Box~

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Recipe-Box-Side

I began by painting the edges of my CTMH Recipe Box.

I then adhered the paper to the box using Scor-tape and applied a coat of Modge Podge to seal it.

I topped it off with a few decorative cards, ribbon, button and twine; however, they easily move with the lid.

The recipe I chose to share is one of my favorite holiday desserts, Chocolate Éclair Dessert.

My recipes~

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It’s not Christmas Day lunch without it.

I hope if you get the opportunity to join in a swap, you will as I have had the best time participating in this.

I used~
CTMH Recipe Box, Graphic 45 Domestic Goddess Collection Yours Truly and Lady of The House Paper, Seam Binding, Twine, Tim Holtz Button, Tim Holtz Letters To Santa Stamps, DCWV The Traditional Holiday Stack Paper, DCWV Adhesive Gems and Suburbia for the lady image

Birthday Wishes~

For you little monkey.

I think I might have mentioned the numerous birthdays we have in September.

But, that just means we are guaranteed cake and ice cream each week. Yippee!

This just happens to be Silhouette’s birthday as well, and they’re celebrating by having all birthday related images on sale.

And of course, I picked up one or two.

I’m using them to enter their weekly challenge.

This week it’s to use any of the Celebration images.

I decided to try one of the sketch images and sketchpens to make my own patterned paper.

My printed paper~

Birthday-Wishes-Paper

I then attempted to cut the Lori Whitlock 3D String Tie box; however, it would have been smarter and actually worked if I remembered to switch the blade and pen. Oops!

My whoopsies~

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The next time I try this I plan to first center both my printed images and my cut image on the paper just to make sure the print is spaced a bit better when cut.

I hope that makes sense.

My assembled box~

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Since the birthday boy is such a little monkey I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to add one to his box.

I think these balloon floating animals are just adorable and I might have actually bought them all.

My monkey~

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I have to admit there were a few other little Whoopsies I had with this project, but I love the end result and plan to try this again.

Soon.

I used~

Foiled Elegance

DCWV The Foiled Elegance Stack, Silhouette Sketch Pens, American Crafts Twine, Eyelets
3D String Tie Box by Lori Whitlock cut at 10.5″, Birthday Wishes by Kristen Magee and Monkey Balloon Sketch by Cali Arroya

Happy Day To You~

The Cricut Circle Weekend Challenges are back! Yippee!!

And thanks Maria.

This weekend’s challenge involved a photo of a field of flowers as inspiration, so my first thoughts went straight to DCWV’s The Haute Pink Stack.

It’s filled with pinks, browns, golds and flowers galore.

And since I have a birthday present just waiting to be wrapped…

My project~

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I covered a chipboard box with two of the patterned papers using scor-tape.

I decided to leave the chipboard scalloped edges exposed and simply inked them with a dark brown.

For the top I stacked several of the journal cards including that fabulous postcard and added a bit of sparkle.

Now my box is ready to brighten the birthday girl’s day.

If you’re a Cricut Circle Member I encourage you to join us!

I used~

Haute Pink

DCWV The Haute Pink Stack from Joanns
Chipboard Medium Scallop Square Box, Daiquiri Thickers and American crafts Glitter Strips

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year~

At least that’s what I think!

It’s Back to School time. Yippee!

The rest of the family wouldn’t exactly agree.

In fact, they act embarrassed when I sing and dance down the school supply aisle at Target.

Weird.

I needed something to hold a couple Back To School gift cards, so I used DCWV’s The Homeroom Stack to decorate plain kraft bags.

My bags~

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In keeping with the school supply theme I used a Fiskars tab punch and notebook paper edge.

And I couldn’t resist adding a bit of hardware to hold it all together.

A close up~

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I sure hope this means we get to do some more school shopping.

I used~

Homeroom

DCWV The Homeroom Stack from Joann’s
Fiskars Tab Punch, Notebook Paper Edge Punch, Star Punch, Tim Holtz Clips and Binder Clips

A Little Vintage Love

I think I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating.

I love DCWV’s Vintage Collector Stack!

The prints are fabulous and made quick work of coming up with the gift boxes I needed for upcoming birthdays.

My button box~

Button-Box

And if that chevron print wasn’t cute enough how about this wood grain and heart print?

My heart pocket~

Heart-Box

Love it!

And hopefully the recipient will too.

I used~

Vintage Collector
DCWV Vintage Collector from Michaels

Peppermint Divine Twine
Button Box Cut from Lori Whitlock
Heart Pouch from Amy Robinson

Dreams Come True So Dream Big~

It’s that time of year…

Graduation.

So many hopes and dreams just waiting to be realized.

That same feeling of excitement is what I get when I look at the DCWV Sunday Afternoon Stack with it’s floating clouds and soaring hot air balloons.

And that made it perfect to use for my graduation card.

My gift set~

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Close up of the card~

Congrats

I love that hot air balloon and wanted it as the focus of my card which I paired with the semi transparent Amy Tangerine Life letter stickers.

With the ribbon and banner I knew a standard envelope was not going to work with my card, so I chose to use a Lori Whitlock bag to hold it instead.

Close up of the bag~

Congrats-Bag

This allowed me to decorate the front of it as well.

And how could I not use the “dreams come true” bicycle image?

So cute!

I used~
DCWV Sunday Afternoon Stack and Foiled Elegance Stack
Amy Tangerine Remarks Life Letter Stickers, American Crafts Twine, Ribbon, Martha Stewart Glitter
Lori Whitlock Rounded Bag cut at 11.75″

Hoot Hoot Hooray!

NSD1 Blog Button

There’s a prize on the way!

Or at least to the winner of my Go Big or Go Home! Challenge.

I’m using this decorated kraft bag to send the winner his or her prize.

I’m also using it for Threadbear’s What’s It Owl About? Challenge to simply use an owl image from any of the Cricut Cartridges.

My bag~

Hoot-Hoot-Hooray-Web

I loved this little guy from the Give A Hoot cartridge.

I even did a little Nadia-style altering of him by switching up his wings, so that he’s pointing to my phrase.

For my banner I punched multiple circles and ran them through the sewing machine.

I love that it’s so quick and easy yet cute, so you’ll probably be seeing me do that a lot.

Now you have until this Sunday to complete the Go Home or Go Big! Challenge and maybe this little guy will be coming to YOU!

I used~
October Afternoon Farmhouse 8 x 8 Paper Pad, My Pink Stamper Biggie Punnies, Whisker Graphics Kraft Bag
EK Success Border Punch and Creative Memories Circle Punch
Cricut Give A Hoot for the owl cut at 3″

Did-I-Mension?

NSD1 Blog Button

How cute is this box?

I made it for Renee’s Did-I-Mension? Circleville NSD Online Event to make a 3D box, bag or more.

Since my Cricut Mini is sitting on my desk ready to use I simply sized the box to easily fit on the smaller mat.

My box~

Dimension-Box

I used DCWV’s The Juniper Berry Stack for my papers.

I love that they are sturdy enough to support my box, especially since the bottom is tucked into the top without any adhesive.

To match the bird theme I chose Studio Calico’s a little birdie told me stamp.

The top~

Dimension-Box-Top

Another challenge completed. Yippee!!

If you get a chance head over to Renee’s blog and join in.

I used~
DCWV The Juniper Berry Stack, Studio Calico Stamps and seam binding ribbon
Cricut Artiste Cartridge for the box cut at 4.88″ high

Bags, bags, bags~

It’s birthday-palooza in our family again.

Which means it’s time to find a way to spruce up those gift cards I love to give.

And it’s like Lori Whitlock to the rescue.

She recently released several bag images in the Silhouette store and of course, I got them all.

My bags~

Bags

I stretched the Bracket Tab Bag a bit to fit my extra-large gift cards, but I left the Rounded Top Bag at it’s standard image size.

A close up of the Mini~

Bag Mini

And it is adorable!

I think I might need to make more.

A close up of the Bracket Top Bags~

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Bag-2

For all three I used DCWV’s The Foiled Elegance Stack.

I love that I can used the foiled paper for a more elegant looking bag or the kraft paper for a more casual bag.

I added a few embellishments and am now ready to party.

Bring on the cake!

I used~
DCWV The Foiled Elegance Stack, The Cardstock Quotes Stack in Warm Brights
October Afternoon Cakewalk Label Stickers, Flower Stack and Chipboard
Tim Holtz Fanciful Buttons and Adornments, Papertrey Ink Twine
Lori Whitlock Bag With Rounded Top and Flat Bag With Bracket Top