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

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~

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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~

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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

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

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~

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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~
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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″

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~

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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~

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It almost makes you forgive him for his trickery.

And ready to fly Dorothy home~

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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″