Thursday, September 3, 2015

Halloween ~ Anna Griffin Style

Good morning.  Today I would like to share some Halloween cards I created using Anna's Lovely Layered Cards paired with traditional Halloween colors.

The ribbon used is also AG used from a past kit.

The pumpkins and spider are created using Anna's Seasonal Soirees Cricut cartridge.

I thought the sentiment could be the "moon".

The embellishments used on this card include elements from Anna's Endora collection.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Just Add Bacon - Foam Coin Purse

I recently bought some foam to cut in my Cricut Explore.  I have all sort of ideas on how I can use foam to craft and play with if I can nail down the process.  I first cut foam with the Explore for the Fourth of July.  I made a Statue of Liberty hat for my daughter.  The process was pretty easy, so I decided to try a more detailed project.  Cricut has released a new cartridge called Intricate Cut Quotes that has all sorts of possibilities.  I decided to try my hand at making a coin purse.

The first time I cut foam using my Cricut Explore, I cut it a few times because it didn't look like it cut all the way through.  I also tried using a deep cut housing and blade because I thought the blade housing was dragging.  From my experience, using the standard foam 1.9mm setting, it doesn't cut all the way through to pull off the mat like cardstock does.  You simply pull the cut foam shape and it will weed with a clean line.

I used a standard mat and a regular housing blade to cut my foam using the suggestions listed in the Custom Material Setting for my Cricut Explore.

I used sticky Velcro to create the coin purse opening/closure.

I sewed the edges using the cuts created from the image as by guide. 

I also embossed the foam to give it a faux leather texture.

I hot glued the edges about two inches at a time so that the glue remained hot and would adhere completely.

Close view of the opening/closure.

I wasn't the neatest with my hot glue.  I either need to not glue so close the edge or I need one of the hot glue guns with the intricate opening (What??? An excuse to buy another crafting tool??? ;)  )

All ready to fill.
I didn't want to leave out the card makers out there.  Here is the card I created using the same cut:
And the Design Space file to recreate:

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Michaels - 40% Off Today Only!

Michael's has a 40% off coupon for your entire regular purchase valid for today only.  Time to go shopping!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Sesame Street Cards ~ "See" you next year!

I have been wanting to splice some character faces into cards ever since the option on Design Space became available and I finally got around to it...

I have a lot of fond memories of watching and learning from Sesame Street, so I thought I would start with them.  The process is a little tedious, but once they are spliced and sized, you can make 5 cards in 30-45 minutes!  I thought they would make a cute end of year teacher gift.

I also think they would make great "LOOK" cards.  For instance:
  • Look who's turning "3"
  • Look who made student of the week
  • Look who got a promotion
I am including my Design Space file for easy recreation.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Memorial Day Cards 2015

With Memorial Day just around the corner, I thought I would share the cards I made this year to celebrate the holiday.

Cricut carts used:  Summer Celebrations, Stand & Salute

Cricut carts used:  Stand & Salute, Heritage, Summer Celebrations, Graphically Speaking
Cricut carts used:  Disney/Pixar Toy Story, Photo Booth Props, Designer's Calendar

All the cards were created using Design Space and Cricut cuts.  Short on time?  Here is my file for easy recreation:

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Peony Nightlight ~ Cricut Giant Flowers

When my daughter said she loved peonies...I replied "No problem."  I knew there just HAD to be a 3-D peony in at least one of the Cricut cartridges.  Cricut did not disappoint me.  There are two options for a 3-D peony flower.  I selected the Giant Flowers version since it looked like I could close the buds a little more.  My daughter likes when they are just budding and look closer to a ball.  The suggested size was 10.3". I selected 8" figuring it would come out more like a life size peony.  Uhhhh...WRONG!  These flowers are HUGE!  It assembled fairly quickly and easily and looked like we wanted it to, just GIANT.  Then we had a light bulb moment, literally.  The middle of the flower creates the perfect home for a mini battery operated tea light.  Voila, the perfect pretty night light to add to a table top.

Inspiration photo:

My example was the prototype.  I can't wait to make another one in a soft pink color or with Anna Griffin cardstock.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Cricut Free Cut of the Week ~ Arrows

Cricut helped "give me a little direction" when creating this week!  The Arrows cut is free this week when using Design Space and your Cricut Explore.
I didn't have similar cardstock as featured in Cricut's example.  I then remembered that the Imagine Pattern cartridge Notebook Doodles had a paper airplane print out as a Bonus feature.  Viola.  I had my cardstock!  There are a few other options to use as well like grid paper or blank notebook paper. 
It's a fun card and it's easy to make. Just press Make It Now and your Explore will do most of the work for you!
I also used my Stampin' Up! notebook punch to add interest to the corner and used Liquid Pearls in Mint Green instead of adhesive pearls.  The great thing about using Liquid Pearls is that you can control the size of your embellishment.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Beers to You ~ St.Patrick's Day Card

Who doesn't love beer on St. Patrick's Day?  I made this one for hubby:

  • Cricut digital image Father's Day Card ~ Beer
  • Anna Griffin Metallic Card Layers and Papers in shiny silver
  • Inkssentials Enamel accents in black
  • Stampin' Up! Glorious Green cardstock
This card is another simple card to make.  You simply size it, choose your colors, cut and adhere.  I added some interest and texture by placing three black enamel dots to the right side of the "can". =)

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Luck of the Irish ~ St. Patrick's Day Card

This shape card was easy to make.  I just added lined up two of the mug images together, flipped the image sideways and welded.  If you haven't made a shape card before, that is all you basically have to do.  The Cricut Design Space software make it easy to do this to just about any image.  I like to cut the original image as well and layer it to the top of the base so that the image is cut short on the side where it is welded.

Here is my Design Space file for the last three posts on St.Patrick's Day cards I made:

  • Cricut Cartridge Spring Holiday Cards
  • Misc. cardstock scraps in green, white and yellow
  • Stampin' Up! grosgrain ribbon
  • St. Patrick's Day themed button pin
  • Marvy Snow Marker
To make the beer foam I used a Marvy Snow Marker.  Once you apply the liquid from the pen, you use a heat tool to "puff" the liquid.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Green is Good ~ St. Patrick's Day Card

I LOVE this frog!  He looks so suave and cool and happy to be GREEN! The shape card is from the Cricut cartridge Mini Monsters.  I just added a St. Patrick's hat (from Create a Critter 2) to make him ready to party. =)  Here is the design space file for easy recreation: