Thursday, March 22, 2012

Punnylicious Stamps by My Pink Stamper

I had been admiring the stamps by My Pink Stamper for awhile. I finally went ahead and ordered a few stamps sets...the Punnylicious stamps! They are such cute sayings and work perfectly with the Create A Critter Cricut cartridge. I had a lot of fun making some cards this week. Can't wait to make more with these stamps!

For this first card, I did flocking on the dark brown parts of the monkey. I added Glossy Accents to the nose and eyes, the vine, and a couple accent marks on the banana. I embossed the background with my Cuttlebug. I affixed a couple of hot fix gems to the sentiment tag and I finished it off with some ribbon and a bow tied with a button and twine.

For this next card, I embossed the background with my Cuttlebug. I added Glossy Accents to the heart and some accent marks on the bee's wings. I did some inking on the behive. This one is my favorite!

For this card, I embossed the background with my Cuttlebug. I used a white opaque marker to highlight the embossing. I added Glossy Accents to the cow's horns, eyes, and feet, as well as on the roof of the barn and the heart.

For this last card, I embossed the background with my Cuttlebug. I added Glossy Accents to the frog's eyes and cheeks, and accent marks on the lily pad.

As you can see, these cute sentiments are tons of fun to use with the Create A Critter Cricut Cartridge! Hope you enjoyed your visit, and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Once Upon a Princess Cartridge Challenge

I decided to participate in another weekly challenge over on the Cricut Circle message board. This one was a cartridge challenge using any image from the Once Upon a Princess Cricut cartridge. Since I don't have anyone to make princess themed stuff, I found this butterfly image. I decided I wanted a 3-D effect on this card, so I cut two out of every layer on the butterfly image. I then added Glossy Accents to the light blue parts (it's hard to tell in the photo though, sorry!) and Stickles (color Aqua) to the dark teal parts. I used some double sided foam tape to make the top butterfly stand out from the bottom butterfly to help with the 3-D effect.

Once I had my butterfly completed, I made the card base with the dark teal paper and the light blue paper for the liner. (I have recently started making my own card bases since I got the Martha Stewart Scoreboard. I'm really loving that thing!) I decided I wanted to use some ribbon on this project as well, so I found a ribbon that coordinated. I cut a length long enough to go across the bottom of the card and to wrap around and adhere between the card base and the liner on the inside of the card. Then I made a double bow. I cut two different lengths of ribbon and on each piece I adhered the ends together to make little loops. I found a nice looking teal button and used baker's twine to secure the button to the ribbon and cinched the ribbon to create the bow and secured the entire piece by tying the twine into a knot and trimming the excess twine. I then adhered the butterfly to the card base and stamped the "Thinking of You" sentiment at the bottom.

Thank you for taking the time to come and check out my latest project!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Creative Color Challenge

I know it's been awhile since I last posted. School has been keeping me super busy! Luckily, I'm now on Spring break and have had the chance to sit down and do a little bit of crafting. I have been wanting to participate in some of the challenges on the Cricut Circle Message Board but haven't had the time to sit and create...until now!

I entered the Creative Color Challenge for this week. The colors for the challenge were Real Red, Bashful Blue, and Crumb Cake. Challenges like these are so great because they make you step outside the box from your normal styles of crafting.

For my card, I used the three required colors and added the green to the mix. The "thinking of you" sentiment was stamped on a cut from the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. The flower was cut from the Kate's ABCs Cricut cartridge. The blue part of the card was embossed with my Cuttlebug and D'vine Swirls embossing folder. I added some ribbon to cover up the seam between the blue and green. I added some hot fix crystals to the sentiment tag. For the flower, I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in pearl to give it a shiny look and I added a pearl to the center to finish it off.

Now it's time to go work on another challenge and get some other crafty things done! I'm going to make the most of my time off from school and really get my craft on :)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Playing With Copic Markers

For such a long time, I had wanted to learn to color with markers after seeing some of the neatest things done with them. I had a complete set of Prismacolor Markers, but was never able to get the techniques down. I decided that I just wasn't going to be able to get the hang of it, and I gave up trying.

After being on the Cricut Circle message boards, I saw many people talking about Copic Sketch Markers. I saw so many neat pieces posted with Copics. I started thinking I wanted to try markers again. But of course, they are a bit pricey, so I had to wait til I could save up the money to get a set. Well, I was finally able to purchase a set recently! I got the Paper Crafting Set A 72 piece set. I've been playing around with them the last couple days and I am really satisfied with the results!! So far I've only been working on shading and some highlighting but I hope to start learning more techniques so I can make the most out of my Copics coloring experience.

Here is one of my first attempts at using the Copics.

Another Valentine's Card

I decided to make another Valentine's card. Again, it was a quick and simple one. I used Cricut Craft Room and my Imagine to create the card. The heart shapes are from the Cricut Craft Room Basics images and the pattern and colors are from the Imagine More Cards Imagine cartridge. I used the new Type Candy cartridge for the font (This is such a neat font cartridge!!) I added a little pink button with some twine and hot glued it to the smaller heart.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 22, 2012


I have another quick post for you today. I had some more time to get some cards made. I was in need of a few Valentine's cards.

The heart shapes were cut from the Sweethearts cartridge. The papers were all printed from the Better Together Imagine cartridge. I added a few hot fix stones to the heart and tied a button on with some twine.

Saturday, January 21, 2012


Just wanted to do a quick posting today. School is back in which leaves less time for being creative. But, I had some time this weekend and decided to work on some cards. I needed to make a thank you card, so I decided to use my new Art Philosophy cartridge and Cricut Craft Room with my Imagine.

I used a basic 4 x 5.5" card base. All shapes and lettering are from Art Philosophy. The pattern and colors are from the Ancestry Imagine cartridge. I added the button tied with twine for a little something extra.

The card is pretty simple, but I like how it turned out! :)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New Year and New Project

Well, I hope everyone's 2012 is off to a good start! So far my year has been decent. I decided to try a completely new type of project (to me anyway!) for my first project of the new year. I decided to try making a mini album. It ended up turning out better than I thought it was going to. This project really gave me some grief at the beginning stages of it, and I started thinking maybe I should give up on it, but, I stuck with it and it turned out pretty good!

I'm going to go through the step by step process of how it all came together, and pictures of the finished project will be at the end. Hope you enjoy!

First I made my designs with the Gypsy. I chose a rounded square (from the Cricut Essentials cartridge). I set the size at 5.5" x 5.5".

I decided I wanted to add some flare to the cover pages, so I added lettering and welded the letters to the design. I used the Cuttin' Up font cartridge and set the lettering at 1.25"

I then prepared the chipboard for cutting. The chipboard I used was 0.022 thickness. I used my Expression for cutting the chipboard. I ran into a few issues with cutting the chipboard. Here are some tips I found helpful: 1. Tape the chipboard to the mat, but make sure the tape does not overlap on the area that will be cut, I found this causes the blade to lag and the cuts end up coming out wrong. 2. Use the deep cut blade housing and deep cut blade set to blade level 6. 3. For the first cut, set pressure to medium (level 3), speed medium (level 3), and multicut 2. 4. For the second cut, set pressure to high (level 4), speed medium (lever 3), and multicut 2.

Here are my chipboard shapes cut out.

Next, I chose my papers to use. They all came from the same paper stack. I picked this stack up at Hobby Lobby last summer.

Next, I cut out all the cardstock shapes to match the chipboard shapes (same Gypsy file).

Once I had everything cut out, I adhered my paper to the chipboard pieces and I chose my pictures that I wanted to use.

Once I had all my pictures in place, I added various bling to the pages. Blind used : Stickles, hot fix stones, flat back pearls, ribbon. I also cut out various words to add to some of the pages. Of course, all these things are based on your own personal style :)

And here it is, the finished project!

I hope you enjoyed my adventure in mini album making! School will be starting up again in a week, so I don't know how much time I will have to create and post, but I do have some other ideas for "new to me" projects that I would love to share when I get them done! I hope 2012 brings lots of good things to you all. Thanks for stopping by!