Will You Be My Valentine?

I decided to branch out and signed up for a Valentine’s Day Pocket Letter Swap in the Pocket Letter Swaps & Memory Planners Facebook Group.

Okay…I clicked the possibly interested button and the next thing I know I was signed and partnered up. He he.

I have plenty of Valentine’s Day supplies, so this should be fun. Right?

My pocket letter~

Valentine's-Pocket-Letter

I used Crate Paper’s Fourteen collection for my base, paper layers and chipboard pieces.

Last year I purchased Valentine’s Day treat bags and I thought they would be perfect to use here.

In fact, I used them to make flair buttons.

A few close-ups~

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I used several to add dimension to my Valentine graphics and extras are tucked in as a treat for the receiver.

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I might have even filled the back pockets with chocolate.

Unfortunately my partner didn’t want to be my Valentine, since she never responded to any of my messages…so, I guess I’ll be asking someone else.

Sigh.

I used~

Crate Paper Fourteen Collection, American Button Machine, Twine, Enamel Dots, Martha Stewart Heart Glitter, Martha Stewart Clear Coarse Glitter, EK Success Layer Heart Punch, Tim Holtz Decorative Heart Charms, Ribbon, Valentine Kraft Sacks, We R Memory Keepers Fuse

Happy Teddy Bear Day!!

What you don’t celebrate Teddy Bear Day?

Well, we do.

Or at least one of the elementary school classes does.

Every year my Mom goes and reads to the children several teddy bear stories and usually give them a little bear treat.

This year’s treat~

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Teddy Bear buttons and colorable tags that can be used as a bookmark.

And guess who made them all?

Me.

And my little helper.

A close-up of the tags~

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I used the writing feature on my Cricut Explore to draw the bear from Teddy Bear Parade and to add the sentiment.

A little time saving tip is to make sure all your writing elements are the same color.

If not, you will be having to hit that little Cricut Go button continuously.

That is exactly what my little helper did.

She kept hitting that silly little button every time it blinked.

And it blinked a lot.

The buttons~

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I used an adorable bear image from Miss Kate’s Cuttables to make my buttons.

These are 2.5″ making them the perfect size for the little ones.

According to my Mom not only did the kids loved them, but they had a fabulous Teddy Bear Day!

I used~

Bazzill Smooth White Cardstock, Cricut Black Pen, Teddy Bear Parade, Miss Kate Cuttables Bear Image, American Button Machine

Hello Love And Hello February~

With the February well under way it’s time to add photos to Hartly’s Hello 2015 Mini Album.

Hello 2015 Insta Fun

And what’s a better start to February than her Happy Warthog’s Day picture?

Feb Mini

Seriously, I don’t make this stuff up.

Even two weeks later it’s still Warthog’s Day rather than Groundhog.

A few close-ups~

Feb Mini Left

I used several stamp sets to make my title.

Unfortunately I smudged it a bit, but Hartly doesn’t seem to care.

I also cut a 4×4 sheet of paper in half, scored it in the middle and used it to put my journaling inside.

Feb Mini Right

I’m hoping her Warthog didn’t see his shadow, so hopefully Spring and warmer weather is on it’s way.

To see more of Hartly’s mini album, click here.

I used~

DCWV Insta Photo Fun Album, Printed Cardstock, Die Cut Cardstock Cards, Page Protectores
WPlus9 Bubble Talk Stamps, Heidi Swapp Stamps, Ali Edwards Gathering Stamps, My Mind’s Eye Cupid’s Arrow Enamel Shapes
American Button Machine For Handmade Flair Using Lori Whitlock Image

You’re Pretty Much My Favorite Of All Time In The History Of Ever.~

Yep, that’s pretty much how I feel about this little girl.

All my children actually.

But, this is the littlest’s Hello 2015 album.

And this is the picture she chose for its start~

Smile Page One

Oh my.

However the next picture which I chose is just cuteness overload.

My little panda~

Page Two

I continued the panda theme by using Mama Elephant Pandamonium stamps to create a panda and sequin filled pocket to compliment my other card filled pockets and flair badge.

Page Three

The pages together~

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The DCWV Insta Photo Fun Pocket Pages, Die Cut Cardstock Cards and Mini Stacks make completing these pages so quick, easy and fun.

It’s a perfect way to let my four-year old help with creating her own album.

Now if she’d just return with my tape runner. Sigh.

I used~

DCWV Insta Photo Fun Album, Insta Photo Fun Pocket Pages, Insta Photo Printed Cardstock, Insta Photo Fun Diecut Cardstock Cards
Mama Elephant Pandamonium Stamps cut with the Brother Scan & Cut, My Mind’s Eye Cupid’s Arrow Enamel Shapes, Pretty Pink Posh Marshmallow Sequins, Papertrey Ink Chunky Glitter, EK Layered Heart Punch
Handmade Flair Badges:
You’re Pretty Much Phrase by Lori Whitlock
Today by Simple Stories

Hello 2015~

Happy New Year!

Have you seen the new DCWV Insta Photo Fun Collection at Joann’s? Swoon.

As soon as I did I ran right out and purchased it.

Insta Fun~

Hello 2015 Insta Fun

A lot of it.

Needless to say December was filled with keeping up with my December Daily album, so it all just sat.

Unless you count the times I had to chase down a certain 4 year old who was determined that at least one of the albums was hers.

So, I decided she was right.

Hartly’s Hello 2015 album~

Hello 2015 Cover

Each month she and I will pick out several pictures to add to her little album.

The Insta Fun pocket pages are perfect for Instagram sized pictures like 4×4, 3×3 and 2×3 pictures.

You know how that little girl loves a selfie.

And let me tell you she is super excited about this project.

The side~

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She even chose the adorable little bear for the cover.

A close-up~

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Thinking the “Oh the places you’ll go” phrase was perfect for the start of a new year I made a bit of Dr Seuss flair.

Now if you’ll excuse me, someone is already asking when we’re going to add the pictures.

That girl.

I used~

DCWV Insta Photo Fun Album, Insta Photo Fun Foiled Cardstock
DCWV The Basics Stack, The Basics Stack Brights & Pastels, The Jewel Colored Cardstock Stack
DCWV Gem Stickers
Kelly Purkey Alphabet Stickers, Clear Wink of Stella
Beary Special Valentine Bear from PPbN Designs cut at 3.3″
Kolette Hall Dr. Seuss phrase for handmade flair

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~

Print-Panda

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~

Print-Fairies

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