Monday, July 25, 2011

Woohoo!

Well, it was announced today....I made the Creative Critterz Imaginations design team! This is my first time on a design team and I am so excited. The blog is dedicated to projects made using the Cricut Imagine which I think is such a fun, versatile machine. I'm so excited and honored to have been chosen.

Keep watching my blog - I'll link to my projects for the design team here!

Jen

Matchbox Swap

As promised earlier today here are the pics of my project for the Matchbox Swap on the Cricut Message Board. My partner likes all things Asian so I tried to give my box an asian feel.

It started out as a simple matchbox.
I painted the box with black craft paint and the covered it first with a random sheet of Close To My Heart paper and then with panels cut from the DCWV Far East paper stack. I added Kanji symbols from the Pagoda cartridge and a lock from Tim Holtz. The Kanji symbols are for Health, Happiness, and Prosperity.



The top of the box is decorated with a cherry blossom branch from Pagoda and some Tim Holtz fragments backed with some paper from the Far East mat stack to give this a mosaic look.



Inside the box are some little treasures. For this I needed to make 3 stick pins, two flowers, and a charm. This was my first time making any of them but I think they turned out pretty cute.



First the flowers - These were made with Tim Holtz Tissue Tape from this tutorial. The centers are Tim Holtz buttons. They were then lightly inked with TH Red Brick Distress Ink.

For my charm I used a Tim Holtz clasp and some beads and Asian charms I found at Joann's. Oh, and a TH key - there is a "lock" on the front of the box after all! This was first time working with any kind of beads or jewelry stuff and it was an adventure! But it was fun and I will be doing more of this in the future.

And finally - the stick pins. I LOVED making these! They were so fun and there are so many designs you can do with these. I put them in a "matchbook" from the Alphalicious cartridge.


 Inside the box I put a piece of embossed Kwik Cuts metal that I colored with alcohol ink. It just added a fun hidden element (I love hidden elements!).

And of course you can't forget the cute little feet on the bottom of the box!












Productive weekend

So this weekend my husband was out of town. He went up to Virginia for some training which left me all by myself for the weekend (Actually until Wednesday). I actually got a lot finished up....but.....I'm writing this at work and have no way to post pics!

I finished off my projects for two swaps over on the Cricut Message board. The first was really simple - I signed up to do some cuts using the Imagine to trade so we can get an idea of what is on some of the cartridges for this machine. I cut one of the dragons off JT, the parrot from Buccaneer, and the snail from Imagine More Cards. I love the little snail - in fact I used him for one of my 10 Minute Imgaine projects. This was my first time using either Buccaneer or JT and I have to say I think I love Buccaneer! The colors on the parrot are so vibrant! He has 7 layers, which is a lot for most Imagine artwork. The dragon from JT was cool, but took forever to cut. And he was kind of hard to assemble (or get off the mat for that matter) because he's so intricate. I'll post pics when I get home so those of you who don't own an Imagine or want to check out these cartridges can see some of the artwork actually completed.

I also finished my altered matchbox for my other swap. It turned out so much better than I thought it was going to at first. And as part of that swap I made my first stick pins and first chunky charm - not that my charm was that chunky but hey! I'm new at this! I'll post pics of that on a separate post later tonight.

Hope everyone had a good weekend!

Jen

**Update - Monday @ 7:10pm EST**

Here are the pics of the Imagine images





Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Imagine Project - Summer Dreams Canvas

Hello!

This is my most recent Imagine project. This is the most involved project I've done so far using the Imagine and I'm still amazed at how easy it was! Overall I think this took about 2 1/2 hours - not too bad! Details and pics below.

I used a 12x12 canvas as the base for this project. I sprayed it with Glimmer Mist for the base color.

 Everything on this project  was printed and cut with the Cricut Imagine.

 The bunny and the hills are from Give a Hoot. The bunny actually had a little balloon on the cartridge but I trimmed that off after he was cut. I just thought he looked like he lost his balloon which is perfect for my theme. The bunny is colored with patterns from Nursery Tails.




 The hills are colored with patterns from Hopscotch and Elise.


 The clouds are all from Create a Critter and colored with patterns from Best Friends. The sentiment is something I ran across on Pinterest the other day and fell in love with. It just seemed to fit my overall idea for this wall hanging.

 And my elephant! He is the sole reason I bought Birthday Bash. He's just so happy looking! I thought he works perfectly as a balloon so he has a little string that is dangling as he flies away.





 Additional supplies:

Tim Holtz Distress Antique Linen
CTMH Blush and Twilight inks
Glimmer Mist: Lily Pad, Sapphire and Denim Blue

***Bonus***


And HERE is a look at the aftermath in my craft room! Yeah, it's that big of a mess....


Seriously...this is what I aspire to....

You HAVE to go check out Tamara's blog, Happy Life Crafty Wife. She has created some projects for Echo Park Paper Co for CHA that are now up on her blog. Let me just say I want her to be my Yoda and teach me the "craft force" to come up with stuff that's this cool!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

10 Minute Imagine Project - Card

Here is a quick card made using the Cricut Imagine.

The snail is from Imagine More Cards. He is colored and cut as pictured on the cartridge.
I cut the card base from Just Because Cards - basically because it was a nice, plain, square card base. I flood filled it with one of the patters on Imagine More Cards. It is cut slightly smaller than the snail stamp for the card front so that it gives the card the look of being a shaped card.

The snail and his background are popped with the sentiment popped with thicker pop-dots.

The envelope is from Wild Card. It was also flood filled with a pattern from Imagine More Cards. I love how it adjusts the pattern to fit in the shape of the envelope. That way when the envelope is folded it gives it a unique look.

The liner for the envelope is also from Wild Card and flood filled with a pattern from Imagine More Cards.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tim Holtz Dress Form Tags - Fall Set

This is the first of four sets of dress form tags I'm doing for a swap on the Cricut Message Board. This is my first time doing dress forms and it's been really fun.

This is my set for my Fall group.


The dress is made from fall leaves found in the floral department at Michaels. I trimmed around the leaves to just get the fabric pieces. These are layered on the dress form to form the bodice and skirt. I had some silk ribbon from a Christmas set that matched perfectly. The tree and leaves are all cut with Cricut.



On the back of the tag is a pocket to hold a gift card or something similar.


And finally - I posted earlier about the badge holder mini album swap I was part of. Below are a couple of pics of the album my parner sent me. Very cute! You can check out her blog here.




Saturday, July 9, 2011

10 minute Cricut Imagine Project

I'm going to try and do a weekly project featuring the Cricut Imagine. It is such an amazing machine and with the art cartridges that are available for it it's very easy to quickly finish a project.

My project today was to alter a metal silverware caddy I bought at Target today.

I used Kate's Kitchen and Cricut Printable Vinyl.

 For the border I printed a full page of vinyl with the border sheet found on the cartridge. I trimmed this down so I had my strips that would fit in between the ridges on the caddy. Since the strips were 12" long there were about 2" short on each side. I adhered them around the edge of the caddy, leaving the shorted space underneath where my large graphic would go.
 The graphic was cut at 4.3" in one layer. I cut two and adhered one to each side of the caddy. A little ribbon on the handles and there you have it!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Yet another E2 giveaway....

Man...people are handing these things out like candy. Candy I tells ya!

Go check it out....And they have a pretty cool blog.

Turbo Bubblegum