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

Project Life 2012 ~ March 25th through April 14th

I got a little bit more done today. Yippee!!

Week of March 25th~

I LOVE the Today 4 x 6 card by Loni Stevens. It made a perfect base for my Birthday Chick from Imagine More Cards.

Those are actually leftovers from Hartly’s birthday party favors. I’m recycling!

Week of April 1st~

Yes, my daughter is playing with toilet paper. Don’t all children?

And yes, that is a dinosaur on the block I turn to go to work each day.

Doesn’t everyone give directions to their office by saying, “Turn at the Dinosaur?”

A close up of the bunny~

Week of April 8th~

A close up of the bunny again~

He’s SO cute I didn’t think you would mind.

Okay, I think that’s enough Andrews Family craziness for one day.

Hopefully, I’ll be back with more soon.

July is almost here! Eeek!

How Was Your Day?~

I think I should just be totally honest and tell you that I made this gift card holder for my brother in law’s birthday. His birthday that was in May!! Eeek!

In my defense I have not seen him or my sister since before his birthday, so…

Anyway I think it’s totally adorable.

And I put it together rather quickly even with the assistance of a two year old.

You know how you like a paper line SO much you buy the complete set of it, take it home and then realize you had already purchased the digital version of it.

Yes, that is exactly what I did. I even have several print and cut pieces purchased for my Silhouette.

I really, really like this line.

So, I thought I would put some of those digital papers to use.

I simply opened them up straight from my Windows Photo Gallery and printed them just like I would a picture. This way I didn’t have to open Photoshop at all.

I used my ATG to adhere my tag to a 8.5 x 11″ sheet of cardstock and printed. I found that the adhesive held the tag in place and just rubbed right off when done.

It worked so well I printed on both sides of my tag.

I used a sheet of 6 x6 coordinating paper to create a pocket to hold the gift card.

I topped it with a journal card that I just love and thought went well for a birthday gift and border sticker that I also stitched into place.

And you knew it was coming… I had to add an Imagine More Cards pointy finger to match the pointing finger on the card.

And if you have a pointy finger you have to have a string tied on it!

Or at least I do!

I used~
Echo Park Note to Self Digital papers, 6 x 6 paper stack, Journaling cards, border stickers
Imagine More Cards, twine, kraft tag, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

As a side note~ Jessica Sprague is having a FREE class next week called Photoshop Top 5. She’s covering the Top Five Essential things everyone needs to know about Photoshop. I’ll be there! Check out her website if you’re interested.

Did I mention it’s FREE?

Here is a little note~

to let you know that I’m thinking of you.

Simple, but hopefully effective.

One of my Cricut Circle message board friends has asked for us to send her daughter a little pick me up while she is in boot camp.

And while I can’t even imagine what boot camp is like, I hope this will let her know that there are people all over that are proud and encouraging her.

My card~

The image is from Imagine More Cards and cut at 4″ to fit in an average card envelope.

For the second layer I simply chose the layers option and printed the first two colorful circles.

I used Microsoft Word to print my sentiment directly on to my paper.

And a simple heart brad to join my card pieces. Thanks Roree from the Circle Blog for that tip!

I thought it needed a little something, so I added a string bow.

And every big, pointy finger needs some string tied to it to help remember, right?

So, I hope Tori will remember that there are a lot of people wishing her well. I know I am!

I used~
Imagine More Cards, white cardstock, twine, Joann’s heart brads

Project Life ~January 29th through February 5th

Still playing catch up! But, it is fun looking back and seeing just where the time has gone.

If you haven’t noticed there is one thing that is very important in our family…. FOOD!
We love to eat. We plan entire trips and weekends around where and what we are going to eat. I think it really shows in this post.

The week of January 29th~

The week of February 5th~

A close up of another of our favorite things~

Snoopy’s Street Fair!!
I can’t tell you excited I was to earn enough coins to buy Patty and her balloon stall. Yippee!!

A close up of my Imagine More Cards Cow~

And now I am hungry! Wonder if I’ll find any shrimp or Krispy Kremes in the kitchen? Doubt it!

Project Life ~ February 12th through March 4th

I’ve decided I REALLY want to catch up on my Project Life. So, I’ve spent the last couple of nights and today working on it. I won’t mention that I’m neglecting a class or two.

My ultimate goal is to be able to recap the week each Sunday, but life gets in the way more often than not. I find I spend way too much time trying to find the perfect pictures and playing with Photoshop. But that’s the fun part, and I’m learning a little something too!

The good news is I’ve completed three more weeks! Yippee!!

The week of February 12th~

Since this week included Valentine’s Day I had to get out my new Simply Jane stamps from Papertrey Ink. I absolutely adore the new version of Pride and Prejudice when Mr. Darcy tells Jane he loves her most ardently. Swoon!

In fact, my hubby and kids will say that to me when they’re in trouble or really want something.

I also used the cute little man from Imagine More Cards. Printed and cut at real size of 2″.

The week of February 19th~

Notice my Photoshop skills? It’s SO much easier when you buy premade templates!!
Thank You CZDesigns and your Tiny Templates!

I added some more of my favorite graphics from Imagine More Cards. Printed and cut at real size of 2″.

The week of February 26th~

I tried a little something different here by using the print and cut feature on my Silhouette.

It worked this time thanks to the ladies over at the Studio Calico Message Board.
They mentioned these little things called Registration Marks.

See those marks on the screen and in the corners of the paper? They are extremely important and tell the machine where to cut the printed images.

And trust me, you do NOT get a perfect cut without them.
Not that I would know from first hand experience.
You believe me, right?

And here they are cut perfectly!

I love it when something works!! YAY!

Now if only I could catch up…

Happy Birthday Chick!!

The littlest is turning TWO on Easter Sunday! I can hardly believe it!

Maybe that could explain why her party invites were done by text messaging.

In fact accompanying this picture~

was a message stating her party would be at Grandma’s house right after the Easter Egg Hunt. And a 12 pack of TP makes the perfect gift!

It makes NO noise, requires NO batteries, there’s not 1000 pieces and it’s reusable. Really, look how much fun she is having!

I fully understand that I will NOT be winning any Mother of the Year awards nor will Martha Stewart be asking me any party planning advice.

But, I did make a centerpiece for her party table and party favor gifts~

I used Imagine More Cards to cut the chick tags at real size 3.5″. The label was cut at 7″ as the complete image.

I thought the chicks would be cute to go along with the Easter Bunny cakes I’m making. See I am doing something I normally don’t do. I’m making the cake myself!

Maybe that will get off the naughty Mommy list?

You’re Just My Type

I joined a Charm Swap on the Cricut Circle Board and just got my package in the mail this week. YIPPEE!!

This was SO much fun! Especially now that I’ve learned how to cut Shrinky Dinks with success.

Here is my charm~

I used Imagine More Cards to cut the typewriter at 1.6″. I then cut the card at 2.6″ as one complete layer. I used Peppermint Divine Twine to attach my charm to the card and put my message board name and info on the back.

Here are the wonderful charms I received~

They are each as special and wonderful as the ladies who made them. Thanks ladies and a special thanks to Renee for hosting this swap!

For details on how to cut Shrinky Dinks please see my earlier post You Can’t Pinch Me

You Can’t Pinch Me ~Shrinky Dink Shamrocks

My newly 13 year old daughter has developed a love of jewelery, purses and all things Bath & Body Works. Sigh! They are all signs of her growing up!

Much of her jewelery are cute little charm necklaces. So I thought with Saint Patrick’s Day coming I would make her a charm for her necklace or the zipper pull for the hoodie she always wears.

After a rough start with Shrinky Dinks last Summer I now LOVE them! I jump at the chance to make them, but it does take just the right settings and maybe a little luck.

I chose the Shamrock from the Imagine More Cards cartridge found on page 7. I selected the layers button and deleted all the other images. I then clicked on the Real Size button and chose 3.5″. Remember it will shrink down considerably.

Here are the settings that I have had great success with using Shrinky Dinks for Computer Inkjet Printers~

Blade at 6, Multicut 2, Speed 4, Pressure 5 Print Qualitity on Draft

Make sure you place the plastic super shiney side down. There is a very scientific method of licking your finger to determine the print side on the package itself, so please read the directions! Really, I am NOT making this up!

As the plastic shrinks the color darkens, so you want it several shades lighter than your final desired color.

Don’t forget to punch your hole if you are using them as a charm! I used my Crop-a-dile to make a 3/16″ hole in the top corner. Remember to think about how you want your charm to hang.

I have started placing my charms in folded parchment paper. While this takes the magic of watching them shrink away, it also removes the worry of them curling over and sticking to themselves. This is especially important if your image has delicate cuts. But, if this does happen try to unstick them as quickly as possible and reheat them.

To protect the ink I sprayed them with several coats of Krylon Workable Fixatif.

The shamrock is now 1.5″. Perfect for either purposes.

I then went back to the original image and cut it as one complete layer at 3.5″. Don’t forget to reset your settings. This makes a nice card to give your charm to someone. I just added a jump ring and tied it with some cute Divine Twine.

A close up~

I made an additional charm for her to give away. Now she and a friend will be safe from any of those pesky pinchers!