Call Me Anytime~

Once again the fabulous ladies over on the Cricut Circle Message Board have inspired and challenged me.

This time with a Book Box and Stick Pin swap.

The idea was to decorate a small book box from Hobby Lobby for your partner and create 10 stick pins as well.

My partner, the wonderful Jenny Dennis, gave me free rein in the theme of her box. Oh boy!

After finding the most adorable Bead Landing telephone pendant my theme was set…Call Me Anytime.

My book box~

Book-Box

I used Teresa Collins’ Summer Stories collection which just so happened to feature telephones as well.

But, my absolute favorite piece of the collection was the Make Every Day The Best Day journal card.

It pretty much reminds me of Jenny and her happy, positive energy.

She’s just that kind of girl!

The inside~

Book-Box-Inside

My pins~

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Pins-Clear

Pins-Pink

To see how I made my stick pins, please click here.

I wanted to keep my pins safe in the box during travel, so I made envelopes~

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Just when I thought I was done, I decided I needed a card to complete my project.

The image of the lady holding the phone from the Cricut Suburbia cartridge was simply perfect.

My card~

Call-Me-Card

In case, you were wondering her name is Judy although I think Ethel would suit her better. He he.

Want to see what Jenny sent me?

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Isn’t absolutely fabulous?

I used~

Teresa Collins Summer Stories Collection including Damask, Ephemera and Stripes Paper, Chipboard Elements and Decorative Buttons
Hobby Lobby Paper Mache Book Box, DCWV Gems, Studio Calico Sequins, Ribbon, Twine, Bead Landing Pendants, Bead Landing & Blue Moon Beads, Glossy Accents and Jenni Bowlin Paint Dabber
Suburbia for the Judy Image cut at 5.75″
Cricut Make It Now Cookie Wrapper cut at 4″

Boxes Full Of Love~

For my upcoming birthday my Mom got me a new Cricut Explore. Yippee!!

Okay, I’ll be honest.

She and my Dad overheard me giggling at work and asked what on Earth I was up to.

When I admitted that I was checking on my Explore order, she decided that would be my birthday present from them.

Pretty much the same way I got my original Cricut and Silhouette machine. He he.

So, the past few days I’ve simply been playing around with it seeing what it can and can’t do.

Heart-Explore

Last night I loaded the scoring stylus and made several heart pillow boxes.

My boxes~

Heart-Boxes

I started with a Make It Now Project by TomKat Studios; however, I couldn’t see paying .99 cents for a simple heart.

Especially since I planned to use my layered heart punch and the cork stack.

My cork hearts~

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Heart-Box-2

So, I customized the project by changing the size of the box and by getting rid of the heart.

Easy peasy.

And even better free.

I used~

Gilded Stack Cork Pastel

DCWV The Gilded Paper Stack, The Cork Stack Pastels
EK Layered Heart Punch, Papertrey Ink Twine and American Crafts Twine
Heart Pillow Boxes by The TomKat Studio cut @ 5.5″ wide

Instant Fun~

I got a new instant camera today and wanted to play around with it.

My new camera~

Instant-Fun-All

He he.

Okay, I made me a new camera today.

Isn’t it cute?

It’s from Lettering Delights and cut with my Silhouette.

I used DCWV’s Sunday Afternoon Stack which is not only filled with cute prints, but it’s also a perfect weight for 3D projects.

A close up~

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Instant-Fun-Close-Back

And guess what?

This camera is SO much cheaper than the others I was looking at.

I used~

Sunday Afternoon

DCWV Sunday Afternoon Stack, Vintage Collector Epoxy Labels
Lettering Delights Retro Camera File

For You My Deer~

While working on my December Daily I came across this little guy .

While I used the negative space for my mini album I thought wouldn’t he look cute on a gift bag?

My gift bag~

Deer-Bag

I used the wood grain paper from DCWV’s Christmas Memories Stack to cut the base image twice allowing me to pop dot the layers.

I then decided to be brave and grabbed the Burlap Paper Stack and my brand new Spellbinders dies to cut a burlap base.

I have to tell you that my Cuttlebug and I are not the best of friends.

Maybe it’s because it has sat on the shelf for so long unused and unloved.

But, it cut perfectly! Yippee!

A close up~

Deer-Bag-Close

I added another layer of cream and gold snowflake paper and a few gold sequins just for fun.

And now I know Travis will get at least one buck this year. He he.

I used~

Christmas Memories

DCWV Christmas Memories Stack, The Burlap Paper Stack
Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Diamonds, Kelly Purkey Gold Sequins, October Afternoon Daily Flash Stamps, Muslin Bag
Finnley Patterned Deer Image cut at 4.5″ wide

Here Comes Santa Claus~

And the Silhouette Blog wants us to be ready.

This week’s challenge is to create gift wrap elements with your Silhouette.

So, I went all out.

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I started with the Hero Arts Santa With Presents image and used it to create my patterned wrapping paper.

This was done by first filling him in with a color.

As you can see I chose black.

I then removed the cut lines and used the Fill Page feature.

My wrapped gift~

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I cut a larger image for the topper and used the offset feature to create my red background.

My final element is a matching flair badge.

A close up~

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For instructions on how to make it, please visit Under A Cherry Tree.

As Jin explains it so much better than I could ever dream of.

Now that I have my gift wrapping down, I guess I need to start on the shopping part.

How many days until Santa shows up?

Yikes!

I used~
DCWV The Christmas Basics Stack
Kraft Paper, American Crafts Twine, Button Maker
Hero Arts Image from the Silhouette Store

Just A Little Something~

Remember the card I made the other day?

Like most cards I seem to make it won’t fit in a standard envelope.

So, I made a Lori Whitlock mailing box and topped it with a tag.

Which is perfect timing since this week’s challenge on the Silhouette Blog is to create a tag.

My box and tag~

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My tag is simple, but I love the extra little hole protector that is with it.

I think this is a shape I either got from a Kerri Bradford class or I learned to make in it.

A close up~

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I added Bitty Blossoms and a stamped sentiment to the tag and my card was ready to give.

Which is also perfect timing since they had to be in today.

I used~

Pumpkin Patch

DCWV The Pumpkin Patch Stack
Kraft Paper, Ribbon, Papertrey Ink Twine, Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms, Nina Brackett Fanciful Tags Stamp
Lori Whitlock 5.5 Mailer Box enlarged a bit
Kerri Bradford Tag sized at 4.495x 1.68″

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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Mad-Hat-2

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 D├ęcor 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″