Love Me & The Mouse~

We are currently in the middle of Snowpocalypse 2016 here in Virginia.

So, several of my crafty friends and I decided to have challenges to keep us busy.

And to take our minds off the fact that we missed out on getting that last gallon of milk or loaf of bread. He he.

Seriously….did you see the news?

There was none to be found for miles!!

Snowpocalypse 2016 Challenge #1: Scraplift Someone.

I decided to take on this fabulous layout from Paige Taylor Evans~

Love

Swoon. Right?

With me still being in Disney mode I made a few alterations.

My layout~

Disney-Love

As you can see I didn’t use the buttons, but I really didn’t have that many in Disney colors.

So, I chose to use patterned paper instead.

A close-up~

Disney-Love-Close-Up

I did add several embellishment clusters similar to the original.

And believe me, I will be revisiting the original layout to use up my button stash.

Make sure you check out more of Paige’s layouts as they are all so inspiring.

To see more of my Disney 2014 album, click here.

I used~

Simple Stories Say Cheese and Say Cheese II Collections, Bella Blvd Enamel Dots, EK Success Mickey Head Punches, Kraft Paper, White Cardstock, Cricut Explore, Mickey & Friends Cartridge

A Not So Happy Girl~

Remember when I said this layout was for the 2015 NSD WWW Snackdown Challenge?

Well, it seems I got my layouts and challenges all mixed up.

That one was for the All Decked Out Challenge: Create a project with a beach or nautical element to it.

This is my WWW Snackdown Challenge layout~

Not A Happy Girl

And what can I say about the face Ashlyn is making as Holden steals a bite of her Mickey Bar?

It still makes me laugh.

And she is still fussing about it.

A close-up~

Not A Happy Girl Close

The best part is there was a cooler full of free Mickey Bars just a few feet away at the Mickey’s Backyard BBQ.

But, I guess they just wouldn’t have tasted the same.

To see more of my Disney 2014 album, click here.

I used~

Simple Stories Say Cheese and Say Cheese II Collections, Enamel Dots, October Afternoon Mini Market Kraft & Black Alphas, Thickers
Cricut Mickey & Friends for the Mickey Heads

1, 2, 3 & Here We Go~

A new DCWV Stack-a-Holic sketch challenge means it’s the perfect time to get back to work on my Disney 2014 album.

The sketch from pagemaps~

april page sketch 2015

And it just so happens that I need a layout to accompany my Happiness layout.

Please tell me that I’m not the only one who sometimes has to go back and add pages to keep the album and story flowing.

Okay, maybe I am.

My layout~

123 & Here We Go

I used the same prints from the DCWV Chick Chat Stack for this layout as well.

Of course, instead of circles I used Mickey Mouse heads.

A few close-ups~

123 & Here We Go Close 1

123 & Here We Go Close 2

I guess it’s also a good thing that I take so many pictures, since it makes it that much easier to add pages.

To see more of my Disney Albums, click here.

I hope you’ll join in this month’s DCWV Stack-a-holic challenge.

I used~

DCWV Chick Chat Stack
Simple Stories Say Cheese II Collection Paper, Bits & Pieces, Stickers, Decorative Clips and Washi Strips, October Afternoon Kraft & Black Mini Market Alphas, Éclair Thickers, Bella Blvd Punch Enamel Dots, EK Success Mickey Punch
Cricut Mickey & Friends for the various Mickey Head Images

Hello Mouse & Co. 2014~

And goodbye procrastination. He he.

I’ve decided that starting your former Disney vacation album right after you book your next Disney vacation might not be the best way to record all those memories.

So, I am a bit excited to say that I have officially started my Disney 2014 album.

My layout~

Hello Mouse 2014

I wanted everything to compliment rather than compete with my picture of Cinderella’s Castle taken when we first entered the Magic Kingdom, so I chose a textured paper and vellum prints from the DCWV Premium Paper Collection 5 Packs.

The Premium Paper Collection 5 Packs are filled with various types of specialty papers including textured, foil, vellum, burlap and laser cut papers.

A few close-ups~

Hello Mouse 2014 Close 1

Hello Mouse 2014 Close 2

Using a Mickey punch and several papers with different textures and finishes I was easily able to make my coordinating Disney embellishments.

If you’ve been to Disney lately, you know that you come home with lots of little collectibles like trading pins and even now your Magic Band, so I decorated a DCWV Kraft Nesting box to house some of Hartly’s little trinkets.

Hartly’s Mouse House~

Mouse House

Mouse House Side

With just a few bits, pieces and some washi tape her box was ready.

And since she also knows the Nesting Box set includes 11 more boxes that’s a good thing, because it looks like I’ve got more to make.

Oh boy.

I used~

DCWV Premium Paper Collection 5 Pack, DCWV Kraft Nesting Box Set, DCWV Insta Photo Fun Foiled Cardstock Stack
EK Success Mickey Punch, Enamel Dots, Simple Stories Say Cheese Die Cut Elements, October Afternoon Gray & Crème Mini Market, Root Beer Float Thickers, Washi Tape
Cricut Mickey & Friends for the large kraft Mickey head

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~

Print-Bears

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~

Print-Flair-Cricut

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.

Print-Flair

Do you see a difference? I do.

A close-up~

Print-Flair-w-Sil

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~

Fairy

A close-up~

Fairy-Close-up

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.

Print-Noah

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

Not The Big Cheese~

He might not be the Big Guy, but he is an Andrews’s family favorite…

Donald Duck.

However if you’re going by these pictures, he might not be the entire family’s favorite.

My layout~

Not-The-Big-Cheses

Hartly was a little less than thrilled to meet Donald.

But, the rest of us have a spot in our hearts for the temperamental yet totally loveable duck.

A few close-ups~

Not-The-Big-Cheese-Close-1

Not-The-Big-Cheese-Close-2

To coordinate with the Mickey images I’ve used on the other pages, I created a couple Donald silhouette images using my Cricut Explore and Mickey & Friends cartridge.

To see more of my Disney 2011 album, click here.

I used~
DCWV My Sunshine Stack
Simple Stories Say Cheese Collection, Kraft Paper, Enamel Dots, and OA Mini Market Alphas
Cricut Mickey & Friends for the Donald Duck cut outs

Must Be This Tall To Ride~

Being little at Disney means that every once in a while you’ve got to sit and wait.

Since You Must Be This Tall To Ride~

Must-Be-This-Tall

Fortunately that usually means a delicious Disney snack or maybe even a little shopping.

A close-up~

Must-Be-This-Tall-Close

I used DCWV’s My Sunshine Stack along with various Simple Stories Say Cheese embellishments to create my little cluster surround the girls enjoying a little down time.

And the other thing you do a bit of at Disney is waiting in line.

Love-This-Waiting-Line

I love this picture of Hartly waiting for her turn.

Whatever it is we’re waiting on must be good, since it’s holding her attention.

A close-up~

Love-This-Waiting-Line-Clos

Not only did I use the cut portion from my first page as the base for this layout, I simply flipped my embellishment cluster to mirror it as well.

To see more of my Disney 2011 album, click here.

I used~

DCWV My Sunshine Stack, Simple Stories Say Cheese Collection, Kraft Paper, Enamel Dots, TH Tiny Attacher
Cricut Mickey & Friends for the assorted Mickey shapes