Thursday, May 14, 2015

Birthday Balloons


I just have a simple birthday card for you today. I used my Cricut Explore and some basic balloons off of the Celebrations cartridge. I think that was one of the original cartridges. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

My 1st Trip - A Disney Character Autograph Book

Hi there!

I've been hard at work the last couple of weeks on a special project. We are getting ready to take my son on his first trip to Walt Disney World. We're actually going for a couple of reasons. My husband just retired from 20 years of active duty service in the Air Force. And it's also my 40th birthday. Lots of stuff to celebrate!

I've made a number of these books over the years for several friends. They've all been slightly different, other than the front cover. I like this design and I've stuck with it through numerous versions of this book.

This is the first book that I've cut and pieced the embellishments. Normally I cut one or two pieces, generally the Mickey icons, and then supplement the rest with stickers whatnot. I also made this book significantly bigger than my previous books. Normally the Mickey shape is about 5.5" so that I can get more than one on a sheet of chipboard. This time I cut it at 8", partially to make it easier for a character to hold and so that I can more easily add pictures after the trip.

This is also the most pages I've done. I normally cap them at about 6-7 pages. This one ballooned to 12.

Of course we start with Mickey's page.

I love the little Mickey icons on the Mickey and Friends cartridge.

And Minnie. I didn't do any princess pages for this album, which of course I'm now second guessing. My son LOVES Sofia the First on Disney Jr and there is a chance to "meet" her at Hollywood Studios.

This is probably one of my favorite pages. It's the first time I've cut anything from the Disney/Pixar Toy Story cartridge.

The detail for these elements is great.

And I love how this cartridge has these simplified versions of the characters.

Can't forget Pooh and Tigger. Or as my son is calling him right now, Pooh-Pooh Bear.

I used some elements from the Disney Classics cartridge for the Jake and the Neverland Pirates pages,

And I finished it off with a couple of generic pages.

Finally, just a glimpse into what I went through putting this together. 42 cutting mats. Seriously. It took about 4 1/2 hours to cut and assemble all the elements. It takes longer to cut the bases out of chipboard, then again out of the patterned paper and then cover. But it's totally worth it!

Monday, March 16, 2015



A couple of years ago on Pinterest I found a card that had the phrase "You're like bacon, you make everything better". The card was cute but I LOVED the phrase. I was organizing my SVG Cuts files and found this great, FREE breakfast file with a piece of bacon in it. I finally had my inspiration to use that phrase!

To make the card base I took the bottom layer of the bacon and enlarged it to create a pseudo-shadow layer. I then welded it to a rectangle to get a straight top. My letters are cut from Mickey Fonts, my go-to font when cutting letters. I cut a second layer, not a shadow, in white to add behind the letters to give them some dimension. The letters I attached with pop dots. And being as, ahem - particular - as I am, I almost made myself crazy in Micheal's trying to find bacon colored paper. Seriously.

And the AWESOME writing function again. I'm so addicted to it, I may never write in a card again!

And the back of the card. Because I got my bacon assembled and then realized I did it backwards. Yay me!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Why Do I Love You?

Good morning!

I actually have another Valentine's card today, BUT this one really could be used for a birthday or Father's Day so that's why I held it back to share now.

I used a ton of Print-then-Cut with my Cricut for this one. It was just the only way for my idea to work, particularly using a waterfall card, which, by the way, it was my first time making.

Of course I used my Cricut to write the panels for the front of the card. That seriously is my favorite feature with the Explore.

For the waterfall panels I used images from different cartridges, flattened them, then added the text before printing and cutting.

Back to writing on this panel, but the owls are printed.

And Then The Unthinkable Happened!

Hi There!

So here we are on March16th....and I'm just now getting back to posting the rest of my Valentine's stuff! Can we say LAZY?!?!

But in all seriousness, I do have a day job and sometimes it can get a little overwhelming and I just don't have the energy to write blog posts or, sadly, craft. And my husband is getting ready to retire from the military. And I discovered Archer on Amazon Prime Video....Ok so that's a pretty bad excuse.

Here is another of my Valentine's cards. All was going well until I went to write the little sentiment for the front of the card. See how the color is a little off? Yeah, I managed to break the writing function on my Cricut. Seriously. But Cricut customer service is AMAZING and I had a replacement machine in my hands within 4 days of calling them about this problem. But because I was closing in on V-Day I had to improvise and use Print-then-Cut to finish the front of my cards.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Because You Can't Have Too Many Treats!


You can't have too many treats! This is another box file from SVG Cuts. This one is the gable box from SVG Cuts Classic Gift Boxes. I sized this to about half of the size it defaults to. The finished box was about 4" high and 4" wide.

Below, that is about HALF the candy that fit in the box. It's surprisingly roomy. :)

A Sweet Treat Box


I have another Valentine's project for you tonight. For this one I used the small box from SVG Cuts Call Me Later kit. I then used a font from Cricut and my Explore to write my tags and my sentiments.

I sized my box down to about 2 1/2" x 3".

The little heart tag is from the Doodlecharms cartridge.

Super easy!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Coloring Card Tutorial for Cricut Design Space

Hi there!

Today I have another fun kids Valentine's craft project. Did you know you can DRAW any of your Cricut images using the Cricut Explore and Cricut Design Space? Well, I've done a quick photo tutorial for you on how to do just that! Below are my "cards" for my two nephews for Valentine's.

 The first thing I did was find a plain square from the images in Design Space. I used a square from Cricut Craft Room Basics.

Then I sized my square to a size that I can get multiple squares on one sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock, in this case 5.5 x 5.5.

Next I changed the color of my square. Since we are drawing you really can use whatever color cardstock you want. Because these are meant to be colored by my nephews I planned on using white cardstock so I changed it on my screen to match.

Next, we're going to pick the image we want to draw. For this tutorial I'm going to use Disney Pooh and Friends.

Once my image is added to my mat I'm going to position and size it.

Next, we will select each layer of the image and click on the layer under the Layers menu. Change the line type from Cut to Write. Do this for each layer.

And there he is! We have a perfect drawing of Winnie the Pooh that you can draw with your Explore. You can see from that Layers menu that I hid the first black layer. This is because it draws as an additional line around the outside of the image. This is not an issue on most other cartridges, just the Disney ones. If you have ever cut and paper pieced one of these images you'll know that there is a black layer that cuts the has little cut marks to help you line up all the little pieces and parts. That is layer I have hidden.

For my finished cards I scored each page 1/4" from the edge to make it easier to for the boys to open and color the different pages. I then stapled them together using my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher. I covered the edge first with plain masking tape then with washi tape. The two layers of tape were for two reasons: First, to help hide and soften the staples, and second, to make the washi tape stand out more.

One of the pages inside. See how there is a second line around parts of Pluto? That's because I didn't hide the black layer like I did in my example above.

For the last page of the card I did a simple Print then Cut message.