Monday, January 31, 2011

Cricut Circle Monthly Challenge: Scraplift a Circle Blog Project!

It’s been three months since we first began the Cricut Circle Blog. We LOVE bringing you new projects and hope that you enjoy reading the blog each day. It is also our hope that we have inspired you to try something new in your crafting. For this month’s challenge we would like to see you scraplift one of the projects you have seen us present here on the blog. It can be anything! And feel free to add your own creative twist to the project. Project must be newly created for this challenge and should include the following elements to qualify.

•Use 2 or more Cricut Cuts on the project.
•Use a project you have seen on the Cricut Circle Blog as inspiration for your project.
•Use products from atleast two of our Sponsors (click on the “Sponsors” along the top of the page to see a list of manufacturers).

I scraplifted my layout from this "Brilliant" scrapbook page by Jana Eubank. I loved the colors and the hand embellishments - sewing and the outlining in white. This page inspired me as soon as I saw it. Thanks Jana!

(Sorry...I know it's crooked, but I wanted the link from the blog to still take you here and wasn't sure if it would if I deleted the unrotated version )

The sponsor products I selected were from creating Keepsakes and Imaginisce. The pink camo paper, pink ribbon and fabric flowers are creating Keepsakes. The rhinestones are Imaginisce. My cuts include the frame from French Manor and the phrases and rose from Hannah Montana. The pictures are of me, my Mom and my sister on our "girls only" cruise. What fun we had!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge #17: B.A.B.Y.

Weekly Challenge #17: B.A.B.Y. Challenge!
At first glance, you may think this challenge is all about babies . . . but look again! We are usually the memory keepers in our households, but how often do you take the opportunity to step out from behind the camera and record something about yourself? This week we challenge you to create a scrapbook layout all about YOU. Your page must include the following:

•(B) = Brads
•(A) = Aqua
•(B) = Butterfly
•(Y) = You as the Subject

I used carts Imagine More, Imagine More Cards, Imagine Shape Library, and Wall Decor & More. The paper, brads, and library clip are SU and the ribbon is MS.

Romance Card

I used my "Jinger Contest" card as my template for this one. I often try to make two cards at once, using the scraps and ideas from one card to create another. It really helps cut down on the "creation" time and helps build my card stash. The cart used was Wall Decor and More. I think this cart is really overlooked. It has a lot of great cuts, a monogram AND phrases.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge #16 ~ Cute As a Button Sketch

Weekly Challenge #16: Cute As a Button Sketch Challenge!
Babies are definitely “cute as a button” with their sweet little faces and tiny features. In honor of our Baby Theme, this week we challenge you to create a SCRAPBOOK PAGE or CARD using the sketch below. Your project doesn’t need to follow the sketch exactly, but it should be apparent that you used it as inspiration. Feel free to turn it on it’s side or move elements to fit what you are doing. In addition to using the sketch, we also want you to incorporate STAMPING and BUTTONS (of course!).

I created the layout solely using the Mini Monsters cart. I followed the sketch pretty closely. Most of the paper used is SU and the buttons are SU as well. I just "love" my little monster!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Jinger's Card Making Contest

On January 20th, 2011, Provo Craft will be announcing a brand NEW exciting product on HSN! Anna Griffin will also be announcing a new product on that same day. We can’t tell you what it is yet, but would you like the opportunity to win both?! We knew you would! Everyone is elligible to play, but the Cricut Circle Members are getting a heads up on this contest a couple of days before anyone else. Here is what you need to do . . .

Create a card using atleast one Anna Griffin product (it can be anything!) and one or more of the following cartridges. You may use other cartridges on the card, but the majority of the design needs to represent one or more of the following cartridges:

•Don Juan Cartridge
•Winter Lace Seasonal Cartridge
•Wall Decor & More

I used Anna Griffin fabric for my inspiration for this project. I thought it was interesting and unique. Once I started to browse through the carts we could use, I found the perfect cuts all on Wall Decor And More, with the exception of the preloaded scalloped shape from the Imagine that I cut at 5 for both the fabric background on the front and paper background on the inside. The phrase "create" is cut at 4 inches, the key at 5 inches and the dress form at 5 inches. I sewed the background paper on with a t-shirt stitch and the fabric onto that with a straight stitch. I also haphazardly gathered and stitched the gold ribbon to tie into a bow, added a hat pin with golden colored beads, and some metal brads both to the scissors and the dress form to top off the embellishments.
To create the easel card:
Regular card size (4 1/4" x 5 1/2")
Vertical card
Start out with a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of cardstock and score at 5 1/2" and 8 1/4". Your card front piece will measure 4 1/4" x 5 1/2.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge #15 - Feeling Frosty

Weekly Challenge #15: Feeling Frosty!
Brrrr! Winter is in full swing over many parts of the country . . . but even if it is warm where you are, you can use Winter-inspired elements to fuel your creative juices on your next Cricut project. We challenge you to incorporate white paint, metal, and a snowflake cut on your project this week.

For this week's challenge, I created hanging wall art. I bought the wood piece at Hobby Lobby for $.19! I then painted it with white pearlized Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber and added Martha Stewart Chunky glitter to it before it dried. I then cut the phrase "Frosty" from Winter Woodland and the snowflake from Winter Frolic. The cardstock and ribbon are SU and the Swarovski Crystals are from Jolees.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Cricut Circle Magazine Challenge #4 Thrift Store Find

We are taking the challenge from Lisa’s Design Star Feature for our contest this month!
Find something from the thrift store to repurpose with your imagination and your Cricut Machine. Please use at least four Cricut cuts in your design. Upload before and after shots of your project to the blog under the Magazine Challenge Tab. Only one entry per person. Entry deadline is Friday, January 14th, 2011. Winner will receive a new April Showers cartridge!! Prize will be shipped within 4 to 6 weeks after the announcement.

I bought this frame from a local thrift store for $2.99 and knew it would be perfect to help decorate my niece's new Tinker bell themed room. The cart used was Disney's Tinker Bell and Friends. The background paper, cardstock. ribbon and buttons are all SU. I added an extra black shadow cut on the background paper before adding the already pink shadowed cuts to give the Tinker bell and the phrase more depth once they were added with pop dots to the frame. The blue elements were also sprayed with smooch spray to give the wings and swirl a shine.
Now my niece has the perfect place to hang her robe and coat...with her new friend Tinker Bell!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge #14 - Getting In Shape!

Weekly Challenge #14: Getting In Shape!
According to polls, “getting in shape” is among the Top Ten Resolutions people make each New Year’s Eve. Let’s do it! Let’s start the New Year off right by getting in shape . . . a shape other than a rectangle. We challenge you to create a project in a shape other than a square or rectangle. Your project must also include a number somewhere and bling of some kind (to go along with this week’s theme of “Blinging in the New Year”!

I made this hanging reminder for my husband of all the things I am grateful to him for. It is made from the Imagine Cart "Imagine More". The first cut was made to fit to page (came out to 10.5 in) and the rest relative to the first cut. Embellishments used include moon drops for the "bling", inked the edges of the blue & vanilla layer, curled up the edges of the blue & vanilla layer, poked holes in the blue and vanilla layer, SU ribbon, SU library clip, crimped the leaves, mini staples, magnetic strip on the back so it can hang on a metallic surface, and of course...pop dots.