Let’s Rock This Party~

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I’ve completed my first Circleville NSD Challenge!! Yippee!

It’s the It’s All About Perspective Challenge hosted by Nadia from http://www.withglitteringeyes.blogspot.com.

She has a wonderful tutorial and giveaway over at her blog, so make sure you head over there and check out all of her fabulous projects.

And it’s all about adding depth and perspective to your images, so I used her ideas to make my birthday tag pop off my package.

My gift~

Giff-Bear-Box

It is not a gift card! Shocking, I know.

And Ashlyn laughed at me when I used Freezer Paper to wrap my package, but I think with the washi tape it looks rather cool.

My rocking bear~
Griff-Bear

I inked the edges of all my layers and pop-dotted several of them.

For a bit more dimension I used the DCWV Corrugate Stack as my base.

A close up of the layers~

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Now my gift is ready to rock the party. He he!

I used~
DCWV The Corrugate Stack, October Afternoon Sasparilla 8 x 8 Paper Pad, Freezer Paper, Washi Tape
Teddy Bear Parade for the bear cut at 4″
County Fair for the guitar cut at 2.75″

A Chain of Hearts~

With Valentine’s Day approaching I thought I would make a cute little heart banner.

My original plan was to cut the hearts, emboss them and then run them through the sewing machine.

Quick, simple and easy.

Of course, nothing ever goes as planned.

My banner~

Heart-Garland

The hearts cut at 3″ and 2.4″ high are from Cricut Craft Room Basics.

They ended up being a little bigger than I expected and the reason I changed plans.

Close Ups~
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Heart-Garland-2

I used several of my favorite embossing folders to add texture.

I then decided I would layer several of the hearts by stapling them together using my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.

If you do not have a Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher RUN now to your local craft store and buy one.

It is that wonderful!

Instead of the sewing machine I used ribbon to string my hearts, and it was around this point that I decided to add pictures to them.

Luckily I had a bunch of pictures from a family photo session that I quickly printed in a contact sheet size in Photoshop.

And if you add photos, you have to add some embellishments. Right?

Hmmm…this sounds an awful lot like a certain mouse and a cookie.

I used~
DCWV Be Mine Stack
Crate Paper Fourteen Chipboard, Celebrate It Ribbon
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and Gem Clips
Scarlet Lime Kit Contents: Crate Paper Fourteen Accent Stickers
CCR and Cricut Craft Room Basics for the Hearts and Scalloped Hearts cut at 3″ and 2.4″ high
Cuttlebug Folders D’vine Swirl, Script and Wood Grain

Into Every Life A Little Rain Must Fall~

But, I’ll be right beside you keeping you dry.

I love, love, love the umbrella print found in DCWV’s brand, new The Juniper Berry 6×6 Stack found at Jo-ann’s.

I wanted to use it right away, so it became the focus of my rainy day card.

My card~

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I matted it with a gold sheet from The Foiled Cardstock Stack to draw out the undertones of the patterned paper.

Then I found a matching umbrella on the Cricut A Child’s Year cartridge.

I cut two images and pop dotted the top layer to give it some dimension, but I used glue to adhere the handle portion.

And with a little ribbon my card is ready and waiting for a rainy day.

Make sure you check out all of the new wonderful DCWV releases!

I used~
DCWV The Juniper Berry Stack and The Foiled Cardstock Stack from Jo-Ann’s
Seam Binding Ribbon
A Child’s Year and CCR to cut the umbrella at 3.375″ wide

Welcome to the Teddy Bears in Oz Blog Hop~

We are featuring teddy bears created from the Cricut Lite cartridge Teddy Bear Parade dressed as characters from The Wizard of Oz.

Your journey along the yellow brick road should have brought you here from Deb’s blog, but if it didn’t make sure you check out all of the characters by starting at RockinRenee’s blog.

When Renee suggested a mini blog hop involving the bears from Teddy Bear Parade I jumped at the chance to join in.

I love this cartridge!

And any excuse to use it works for me.

I was tasked with making the Wizard.

My Wizard~

Wizard

I wanted him to appear a bit older, so I chose a grey smooth cardstock from the DCWV The Silky Smooth Cardstock Stack.

This was my first time using this cardstock and I love how smooth, firm and clean cutting it is.

I also wanted him to be well dressed like he is in the movie, so I made him a pinstriped suit and top hat.

Isn’t he dapper?

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain~

Wizard-Curtain

It almost makes you forgive him for his trickery.

And ready to fly Dorothy home~

Wizard-Balloon

We all know how that worked for Dorothy.

But, I am sure he is home in Oklahoma safe and sound now just like Dorothy.

Or possibly stuck on a mysterious island if you’re a Lost fan.

Now follow the yellow brick road to Scrapalette’s blog to see more.

And please, watch out for flying monkeys!

I used~
DCWV The Silky Smooth Cardstock Stack for the bear cut at 4″
DCWV The Christmas & Winter Glitter Cardstock Stack and MME Lost & Found Portobello Road 6×6 Pad for his hat and clothes
DCWV The Celebration Stack for the balloon cut at 8.458″
DCWV The Playtime Stack for the backgrounds
Irock Metal Gems, Brads, Martha Stewart Gems

In case you get lost along the way click on any of the following link.

I came, I saw, I created
Melody Lane Designs
Stamp, Cut, Create!
A Day in the Life of a Horse Bunny
Random Thoughts of a Scrapbooker
Sara W. Andrews -You are here.
Around the Block with Scrapalette
The Cricut lover’s guide to Design Studio
paper, craft & scissors

Who invited the clown?

Oh, I did!

And isn’t he adorable?

My card~

I finally got to play with the new Cricut Teddy Bear Parade cartridge.

I love this cart with all of it’s teddy bears dressed for every occasion you can think of.

Mine is dressed and ready for my niece’s birthday party.

He’s even bringing the balloon animals.

I just hope he behaves.

I used~
DCWV White and Brown Cardstock, Jillibean Soup Pasta Fogioli Italian Seasoning and Blossom Soup Paper, Kraft Cardstock, Recollections Gems, Fiskars Jester Punch, Studio G stamps
Teddy Bear Parade for the bear cut at 3.5″

A Little Halloween Decorating~

Today is my day to post at the Cricut FANatic blog!

So, I thought I would do a little special Halloween decorating of Me And Ashlyn!

I have wanted to make my own paper beads for a while now, and when I flipped through the DCWV The Bewitched Stack I knew it was time.

I chose two patterned papers, a glitter polka dot paper and the gorgeous orange glitter cardstock. Love it!

I used CCR to stretch a simple triangle from the George cartridge for my beads.

I made two different sizes one being 1.5″ wide and the other .75″ wide.

The length of your triangle will determine the thickness of your bead.

Wrapping the beads~

I used a kitchen skewer to wrap the paper around and glued the ends with Glossy Accents.

Finished bead~

I set them aside to dry for a few hours.

Now comes the fun part.

I dug into the wonderful collection of Blue Moon Beads that DCWV sent me to make my jewelry. Thanks DCWV!!

My orange bead necklace and bracelet~

My black bead necklaces~

A full view~

I must share that these were super easy and fun to make.

I even made all those paper beads without gluing my fingers together. Yippee!

And even better was the fact that my teenage daughter was actually a little excited to try the jewelry on.

She even smiled while wearing them. Double Yippee!!

I used~
DCWV The Bewitched Stack and The Bewitched Cardstock Stack
Blue Moon Beads: Glass Pearls, Shell Beads and Clear Transite Cord
Glossy Accents and Jewelry Essentials Findings
CCR and George and Basic Shapes for triangles cut at 1.5 x 11.04″ and .75 x 8.5″

A Little Pumpkin Fun~

I have the new DCWV Wild Splendor Stack and the new Close to my Heart Artiste cartridge.

And I’ve been wanting to play with both.

So, today I decided to make some of these adorable 3D pumpkins.

My pumpkins~

Aren’t they cute?

And isn’t that paper fabulous?

It can be found at Michaels this month.

They can be filled with little treats or used simply for decoration.

I can see using these to decorate the Thanksgiving Day table.

I used a Lori Whitlock 3D crate to hold mine.

Next time I think I’ll cut a second layer to give my crate a bit more sturdiness.

A close up~

I just love those leaves.

So, don’t be surprised if I come back with larger pumpkins soon.

I used~
DCWV The Wild Splendor Stack, Papertrey Ink Twine, Jenni Bowlin Brown Sugar Paint Dabber, Brown Ink
CTMH Artiste for the 3D Pumpkins cut at 5.5″ and leaves at 5.25″
Lori Whitlock 3D Crate Image Cut

A Ghost! Eeek!!

Cricut is letting everyone use several of the Create A Critter 2 images for free this week. Yippee!

Since Hartly is SO excited about the ghosts on the Spooky Tree, I thought I would use the adorable ghost image to make her her very own Eeek shirt.

And I decided I would share the ups and downs of working with vinyl with you.

Cutting the vinyl~

For the Flocked Vinyl that comes backed with a special protective covering I treated it just like heavy cardstock; however, I double cut it and taped it to the mat.

The regular heat transfer vinyl I cut as regular cardstock without any problems or issues.

Placing the image on the shirt~

After picking the perfect spot for my little ghost I started to iron.

Do you see any thing wrong with this picture?

Ironing the image~

Yes, I’m ironing my image on the WRONG side of the shirt! Yikes!

After carefully peeling my ghost off the back I re-applied him to the front.

This just goes to show you how forgiving vinyl can be.

And it also shows how I like to use Parchment Paper as my protective covering, since I can cut the paper to size.

First layer~

The second layer of the pirate hat and eye patch will easily cover up my little oppsies.

Don’t be timid with the iron as it takes considerable heat and pressure to get all the layers to stick.

Peeling the protective cover off the second layer~

A final heating to set~

After all the layers are in place and attached I like to go over them all again to set everything one last time.

Just be very careful with the regular vinyl as it can easily scorch if not covered with transfer mesh, a cloth or parchment paper.

All done~

I added a few buttons as decorations, and my shirt is done.

Eeek!

It’s a ghost!

I used~
Flocked Vinyl, Regular Heat Transfer Vinyl, Favorite Findings Buttons and Bazzill Buttons
T-shirt,iron and parchment paper
Create a Critter 2 and CCR

This is Absolutely Fantastic!~

I don’t think I’ve had this much fun crafting in a long time.

I think I giggled through the whole process.

And it all started with the purchase of the DCWV the Snapshot Stack.

I love this stack.

I love the colors, the prints and of course the camera images.

So when I had to come up with a project to share here and over at the Cricut FANatic blog, I decided to make this a family affair.

I wanted to have snapshots of the kids and me just having some good old fun.

And what’s more fun than making your 13 year olds wear funny looking hats, glasses and mustaches while posing with a giant Polaroid cut out?

I know NOTHING! Right?

My props~

I used various images from my Cricut Imagine collection to make my props with the Hello Speech Bubble being my absolute favorite.

With all the options found on the Best Friends cartridge I could have had an entire wardrobe, but I think I’ll save that for next time.

The Mustaches & Glasses Digital Cartridge was perfect for this as well.

Those glasses were super simple to assemble.

I simply adhered all of the images on to wood skewers with Glossy Accents.

My album~

My album pages are 5 x 6″ giving me plenty of room for multiple pictures and embellishments.

I printed all of my pictures as 3 x 3″, so they could easily be trimmed to fit into the glittered Polaroid paper found in the stack.

I have to tell you that I am still giggling at these pictures.

So, I think that means this project was a success!

And I have embarrassing pictures stored away for the future!

I used~
DCWV the Snapshot Stack
Best Friends for the Tie, Spinner Hat and Crown cut at Fit to Page
Imagine More Cards for the Pointing Finger and Hello Speech Bubble cut at Fit to Page
Mustaches & Glasses Digital Cartridge for the Mustaches cut at 5.5″ and 8.8″ and Glasses cut at 7.5″
Studio Calico Mistable Fabric Camera Sticker Shapes, Mister Huey’s Inky Black, Tim Holtz Paper Clips, Tim Holtz Type Charms, Amy Tangerine Bits Happy Memory tag, Pebbles Clothes Pins, Doodlebug Boutique Buttons in Bettle Black, Crate Paper Storyteller Brads, Papertrey Ink Twine, Misc Flair Buttons and Brads, Making Memories Tiny Alphas, Recollection Gems, and White Chipboard
Studio Calico PL Adventure, Heyday Sentiments and Wonderful World Stamps, Basic Grey Guest Check Stamps, Unity Simple Pointers Stamps, Dear Lizzy Date Stamp, Smash Date Stamp and Glitz Destressing Stamps

On a Summer Afternoon~

So My Studio Calico Trendspotting class assignment was on Sunbursts.

I love sunbursts!

I love them on cards, layouts and just about anything you can put them on.

However, this one has been a labor of love.

Each and every step presented itself with some type of issue. Sigh!

But, today Laura at Bella Blvd has a quick and easy tutorial to show you how to make your own fabulous sunburst.

I just wish I had seen this three days ago.

My layout~

I used CCR to elongate a basic triangle shape from George to make several of my ray shapes.

I then hand cut the rest to fill in my shape.

A close up~

I added a little rough stitching and several sticker embellishments.

In the end I love the total effect of the sunburst shape and bright colors reminding me of this Summer afternoon spent on my mother’s porch swing.

Although next time I do believe I will follow Laura’s instructions.

I used~
Bella Blvd Sunshine & Happiness Popcicle Kisses paper, Journaling Stickers and Miniatures, Baby Boy On the Go paper and various other Bella Blvd paper scraps, White Cardstock
CCR and George and Basic Shapes