With Love Deer Always & Forever~

There was NO way I was making Ashlyn a girl zombie Valentine.

She thinks we’re crazy for watching The Walking Dead.

Plus, she pretty much told me not too.

She’s more a Treehouse Masters type of girl. Sigh.

So what’s better for her than a Valentine made with DCWV’s new The Goodwood Stack?

My card~

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I used various prints from the stack to create my sweet, adorable deer.

A close up~

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As you can see I used lots and lots of pop dots on her.

To give my card a bit more texture I used a corrugate paper base and a layer of burlap.

I added an extra dose of sweetness with layered hearts and pearls making this very un-zombie like and simply perfect for her.

I used~

Goodwood Stack Burlap Neurtal Corr

DCWV The Goodwood Stack, The Burlap Stack and The Corrugate Neutral Stack
Cricut Cindy Loo for the deer cut at 5.5″
Ek Success Layered Heart Punch, DCWV Pearl Gems

I’d Follow You Anywhere Valentine~

I’m hungry. He he.

I couldn’t help myself.

The Weekly Challenge on the Cricut Circle Blog: All You Need Is Love is to make a love or Valentine’s Day inspired project.

So while watching The Walking Dead Zombie Bowl yesterday with Holden, I thought it would only be appropriate to work on his Valentine’s Day card.

Dead style.

My card~

Zombie

My zombie Holden is from the Cricut Zombie Digital Cartridge and cut at 5.5″.

A close up~

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I placed him on a map print paper from the Basic Grey Capture paper pad and used a sheet of DCWV Corrugate as my base.

I gave Zombie Holden eyes by using enamel dots.

However, he’s been looking at me like I might just be tasty and delicious.

Either that or I’ve been watching way too much The Walking Dead.

I used~

Corrugate Mat Stack

DCWV Corrugate Mat Stack, Double Sided Cardstock Stack, Basic Grey Capture Paper Pad, American Crafts Cardstock, Kraft Paper and Lily Bee Designs Sweet Spot Stickers
Cricut Zombies Digital Cartridge for the zombie cut at 5.5″

Hello Deer~

Last night I rushed to complete one last challenge for the Cricut Circle Canadian Swarm that ended at midnight.

The challenge was to create a Christmas themed layout using two Cricut cartridges; however, one of the cartridges could not be a holiday cartridge.

So, I grabbed one of my newest cartridges, Home Decor Vinyl Wall Art and fell in love with the sweet, little deer on it.

My layout~

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It also helped that my October Afternoon Santa Sack had just arrived, so out came all the Christmas items from it.

A close up~

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Doesn’t Hartly look so sweet, calm and innocent?

At least while sleeping that is.

I used~
October Afternoon Holiday Style Holly Jolly and Oh, What Fun! Papers, Make It Merry Paper, Decorative Brads, Labels and Tid Bits
Cricut Opposites Attract for the word hello, Home Decor Vinyl Wall Art for the deer cut at 5″

Hey Girl~

All my niece wanted for her birthday was a kitten.

Just a small, adorable, furry kitten that would take up hardly any room at all.

So, after asking her parent’s permission I got her one.

My card~

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As you can see they said NO to a real kitten.

Sigh.

A close up~

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I gave the kitten lots and lots of layers and even added a DCWV Itsy Bitsy tag with the birthday girl’s initial on it.

The kitten all boxed up and ready to go~

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With Christmas just around the corner there’s hope they’ll change their minds.

After all she has a few months to wear them down.

He he.

I used~
My Mind’s Eye Ooh La La and Fun Day Kraft 6×6 Paper Pads, Basic Grey Hey Girl Flair, DCWV Itsy Bitsy Bright Mini Tags, CTMH Vintage Type Stamps, Papertrey Ink Twine, American Crafts Ribbon
Create A Critter for the Cat cut at 5.25″

CTMH Dotty Paper, Boardwalk Thickers, Creative Memories Circle Punch and Twine
Lori Whitlock 5.5 Mailing Box

Blackbird Singing~

In the dead of night.

Sounds spooky doesn’t it?

Which makes it perfect for my Canadian Online Swarm Challenge #4: Non-Traditional Holiday Colour Challenge.

The rules are to make a Halloween project without using green, yellow, purple or orange.

You know all the current and trendy Halloween colors.

My card~

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I do feel like I cheated a bit, since I stuck with a black and white color scheme.

But, they weren’t listed as being off-limits. He he.

A close up~

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My blackbird is from the Teresa Collins Chic & Scary cartridge.

To give my card a bit more sparkle I covered him with black glitter.

You know this song was recently played at a friend’s funeral as a celebration of his finally being free from his sickness.

So, maybe it’s not so spooky after all.

At least not to me.

I used~
American Crafts Halloween 6×6 Paper Pad, Stickers, Twine and Ribbon
Teresa Collins Chic & Scary for the bird cut at 3.1″

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~

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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″

A Little Jane Austen~

“It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.”

Jane Austen ~Sense & Sensibility

I think that’s the perfect sentiment to send to the man who baptized me, married me, prayed over my twins every week for three months while they were in the hospital after their birth and then baptized them as well as teens.

He’s just always been there.

And that has meant the world to me and my family.

My card~

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As well as being a sappy I miss you and why did you have to retire card, it’s also my Cricut Circle Canadian Swarm Challenge #1: Find Your Inspiration.

I love this card found here.

And I mean love, love, love it, so I used it as the inspiration for my card.

A close up~

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I used a sheet from DCWV’s The Corrugate Neutral Stack in between papers from The Pumpkin Patch Stack.

I love the contrast between the structured corrugate paper and the soft delicate patterns of the other prints.

On my tag I added some Tim Holtz stamping and pearls as well.

Like my inspiration piece I cut a portion of my tag out, but I chose to cut out my sentiment to draw attention to it.

Even if you’re not a Circle Member I hope you’ll find something to inspire you and get busy creating.

I used~

Pumpkin Patch Neurtal Corr Foiled Elegance

DCWV The Pumpkin Patch Stack, The Corrugate Neurtal Stack and The Foiled Elegance Stack
DCWV Gems, Papertrey Ink Twine, Tim Holtz Charms, Tim Holtz Nature’s Elements Stamps and Papertrey Ink Simply Jane Stamps
Tags, Bags, Boxes and More Two for the tag cut at 5.5″ high

Something Wicked This Way Comes~

Okay, maybe not necessarily this guy.

But, the countdown to Halloween is on in our house.

It’s also on the Cricut Circle Message Board in the Halloween Challenge.

The challenge allows you to choose any Halloween image.

My card~

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I had so much fun with the Charmed Challenge of Pigs versus Teddy Bears that I just couldn’t help myself when it came time to choose. He he.

I used Cricut’s Teddy Bear Parade cartridge for my body and pumpkin costume and added the always adorable pig head from Charmed.

And while he may not frighten too many people, I do know one teddy bear loving person who he just might give a fright.

So, I’m off to find her address. He he.

I used~
My Mind’s Eye Ooh La La Paper, Haunted Paper, Wicked Brads and Stickers, American Crafts Ribbon and Tim Holtz Happy Halloween Stamps
Teddy Bear Parade for the bear cut at 3.5″
Charmed for pig cut to size

My Bucket List Filled

It’s that time of year…

Moms all over the country are coming up with Summer Bucket Lists.

Some may even call them Summer Manifestos.

In case you have no clue what I’m talking about it’s simply a list of fun things to be done over the Summer Break.

In my house where Summer means I work more this is as close as we come to a bucket list~

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As you can see it’s filled. He he.

I used the DCWV June Stack-a-holic sketch for my layout.

The colors in the Celebration Stack were perfect for my picture of Hartly and all of her buckets the beach.

I hope you will grab your favorite stack and join in this month by making a card or layout.

In fact I think participating in the challenge is definitely on your bucket list. He he.

I used~
DCWV The Celebration Stack
Iguana Thickers, Studio Calico Date Stamp, Paislee Press Stamp, Amy Tangerine Aspire Stamp, October Afternoon Buttons and Denim & Cream Sticky Keys
Opposites Attract for the word filled

Go Big or Go Home!~

NSD1 Blog Button

Welcome to Day 2 of our Circleville NSD Online Event and to my first challenge, Go Big or Go Home!

The challenge is to use an oversized photo or title or both on your project.

How easy is that?!

And with your Cricut or any other die cutting machine making a BIG title is super easy.

For my layout I chose to use both.

And to be totally honest my 8.5 x 11 picture turned out to be a bit larger than I thought. Yikes!

You’d think the measurements would mean something to me, but they didn’t.

Especially since I like to double mat my layouts.

Anyway, that’s why CCR really helped with making my title the perfect size.

CCR~

Troublemaker in CCR

Once I had my title ready to go I cut it using my new Cricut Mini.

I am seriously loving this machine.

Mini in action~

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A close up of my title~

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As you can see I used the negative space and added buttons and goosebumps to embellish it.

My layout~

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Now some of you might have an idea of how I got this title, but I assure you that it comes from Hartly’s new favorite song by Olly Mars.

It’s not my fault that it’s also an accurate description.

Now for you card only makers I used the same process to make a BIG titled card.

My card~

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See how easy that is!

Now I want you to get busy and make your own Go BIG project.

And maybe even win a prize!! Yippee!!

Post your project on the Cricut Circle Message Board under the Go Big or Go Home Challenge thread for a chance to win there. And then come back here and leave me a link to your project in the comments for a chance to win here.

If you are not a Circle Member you can still participate by leaving me a comment with a link to your blog post or to any gallery of your choosing such as Two Peas, Studio Calico, Cricut General Message Board, etc. Leave me a link and I’ll find you. For every project made you get TWO entries.

Don’t have time to make something? Awww…leave a comment letting me know what you would make and I’ll enter you in the drawing as well.

You have until Sunday May 12th at 8:00 pm to enter to win a $20.00 gift card to Hobby Lobby. One gift card will be given away on the Cricut Circle Message Board Go Big or Go Home Challenge Thread and One will be given away here on my blog.

I used~
My layout: DCWV The Whimsical World Stack, Fancy Pants Down By The Shore Button Set, Queen & Co Twinkle Goosebumps, Trim, CCR and CCR Basics
My card: DCWV The Whimsical World Stack, October Afternoon Woodland Park Brads, American Crafts Twine, Seam Binding Ribbon, CCR and Cricut Font & Basic Shapes