Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sneak Peek of tomorrow's blog hop...

Don't forget to join us tomorrow for a fun "ANYTHING GOES" blog hop.  There will be lots of new crafty ideas to share and hopefully inspire you with!  Here is a sneak peek of my project:

I will also have some fun blog candy!  See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fall Blog Hop Winner!

I have a winner from Saturday's Cricut Circle Sisters Fall Blog Hop!  And the winner is:

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

What an amazing little box. The pumpkin is just adorable. Love the leaves and the detail in this project. TFS

Congratulations Sheila!  If you send me your mailing info, I will get this straight to you!

Thank you to everyone for visiting during this hop.  I hope you had a fun time hopping and hopefully have a few new ideas to start creating with.  I hope to see you back,

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Cricut Circle Sisters Fall Blog Hop

Welcome to the Fall Blog Hop with Circle Sisters!

You should be coming from the talented Mary's blog.   Wasn't that a neat box?  If you've just happened to come across my blog or are visiting, please come and join in on the fun!  The fall blog hop starts at Kristen's blog  and has so many great projects for you to enjoy.

What's the first thing you think of when you think of fall?  OK, I didn't make anything with a turkey...  What's the second thing you think of?  Pumpkins of course!

This 3D pumpkin in a crate is created utilizing the Cricut project cart, Sweet Tooth Boxes.  Yes, it is actually the ice cream cut! 

Materials used:
  • Sweet Tooth Boxes ~ pg. 15: ConeLy1, ConeLy2, ConeLy3 all cut @ 9.5"
  • Cricut Thanksgiving seasonal cart ~ leaf with vine and layer @ 1.5" and again at 1.75", pumpkin stem @ 4.53" x2
  • Elegant Edges ~ pg. 70: Desgn2 shadow-s @ 2.06 and 2.29
  • Core'dinations & Stampin' Up card stock
  • Stampin' Up twine
  • Stampin' Up Old Olive Ink
  • Ranger Forest Moss distress ink
  • Misc. raffia in fall colors
Once I cut and assembled the pumpkin top and bottom, I bent the scallop edges of the bottom down so it would look more like a crate.  I then cut my leaf and vine pieces in two different green colors and sizes, inked them in Forest Moss and gave them some dimension utilizing a dowel for the vines and a technique I learned from Juliana Michaels for the leaves:

I then adhered the vines and leaves to the pumpkin using a glue gun (but other adhesives would work).  I attached the stem by bending the bottom portion and slipping it under the top slit of the pumpkin.  I then added the stem, raffia around the crate base, stamped my sentiment in Old Olive onto my double layer tag and then added the tag to the pumpkin using the twine.  I plan on filling the treat box with the harvest blend of candy corn (the one with pumpkins, gourds and multi-colored corn) that my daughter and hubby love so much for a fun fall treat.

I am including my Gypsy file for easier re-creation:

As a thank you for visiting my blog, I am offering some blog candy to get you "warmed up" for fall:

  • Fall raffia sampling
  • Package of fall scrapbook titles
  • One sheet of adhesive tags
  • "Falling in Love" lacing mini kit by Cosmo Cricket
All you need to do is leave a comment and a way for me to reach you.  I will select a winner using on Tuesday, August 30. 

Thank you again for visiting!   I hope to see you again!  Your next stop on the blog hop is Carolyn.  Enjoy.

1) Kristen
2) Michele
3) Roberta 
4) Mary
5) Renee  <--- You are visiting me!
6) Carolyn  Go here NEXT
7) Gamma
8) Colleen
9) DoodleDiva
10) Kimbe
11) Lisa
12) Gonecampn
13) Momto2cuties
14) Scrapalette
15) Paper Memories 
19) HappyScrapper64
20) Madylyn

***  This will also be my Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge #39: A-B-C, 1-2-3 entry:
The Challenge: This week our challenge is inspired by all the kiddos heading back to school. It is a recipe challenge of sorts based on ABC, 123. Please include (A) Pop of (B)right (C)olor on your page, as well as 1 of something, 2 of something, and 3 of something. For example, Suzanne’s page below has a POP of bright red on her page. Then she has chosen to use ONE cartridge, TWO ruler stickers, and THREE elements of the red patterned paper . . . but yours could be whatever you would like. One button, two photos, and three patterned papers . . . you decide. It’s really easier than you think! Have fun with it! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

My A-B-C is orange, my 1 is one stamp used, my 2 is two different colors of ink used, and my 3 is three different cartridges used.

I am also entering it at:

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Too sweet to handle ~ My Pink Stamper Monthly DT Post, August 2011

Have an upcoming baby shower to attend?  Maybe a new baby in the family?  Well, here is a card you can easily recreate:

Materials Used:
  • Sugar and Spice Cricut Lite cartridge
  • DCWV Animal crackers stack
  • Stampin' Up cardstock in Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White and Chocolate Chip
  • My Pink Stamper Sweet Goodness stamp set
  • Stampin' Up Pink Pirouette 5/8" grosgrain ribbon striped
  • Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip ink pad
  • Stampin' Up Glimmer Basics brads
  • Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
I used my Gypsy to weld the scallop shape to create a card base.  I then cut the circle layer twice, one for the card front and one for the inside. I inked all the edges of the layers, except the white, in Chocolate Chip ink and began to assemble.  I embossed the rattle's scallop with the Cuttlebug folder Swiss dots and then pop dotted it and it's layer to the rattle base.  I then attached the paper ribbon with one brad and a glue dot.  I wanted the paper ribbon to look loose and not be entirely glued down to the card.  I stamped the sentiment "Too sweet to handle" from My Pink Stamper's Sweet Goodness set.  Lastly, I wove the SU ribbon through the scallop of the card front.  I thought my use of the sentiment showed the versatility of the stamp set and that it does not have to be solely used for candy or food. 

You can order the Sweet Goodness My Pink Stamper stamp set from hereAnd enjoy the rest of the designer's projects here.

I am including my Gypsy file for even easier scraplifting!  ;)  Enjoy:

*** I am also entering this card into the following challenges:

Celebrate the Occasion

J is for Jar

I made this layout to scrapbook my many pictures of my newest daughter, Kadence.  I followed this design sketch from Artful Delight:

  • Kate's ABC's Cricut cartridge
  • Stampin' Up "Cottage Wall" designer series paper
  • Stampin' Up cardstock in Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Almost Amethyst, and Whisper White
  • Stampin' Up Jersey ribbon
  • Stampin' Up library clips
  • White Signo gel pen
  • Plastic from cricut cartridge packaging
I love all the purple and berry colors in this dsp set.  It's so feminine.  I used the deep but blade to cut the plastic to mimic a glass jar.  It cut quite easily at multi-cut 2, blade 6, and pressure at 5.  You also need to hide/contour all the insides to just leave the outline of the jar.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Please help support Robyn ~ aka MY PINK STAMPER

How many of you have watched one of Robyn's videos and learned, laughed, or crafted because of it? Maybe you own one of her stamp sets? Perhaps you are a follower? She is need of her crafting family!

Robyn was one of August's On The Rise Nominees! Yea for Robyn! She has been in the lead for most of the contest, but has recently lost footage and is now in second place. Today is the last day to vote!

If you haven't ever been to her site, check it ROCKS!

You can get all sorts of crafty ideas using Cricut product, chekc out her cool stamps that match our cricut cartridges, post your projects once a month on her blog, crack up!, and win some blog candy along the way. So let's pull together and support a crafting sister.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge #38: Vacation Memories

Weekly Challenge #38: Vacation Memories Challenge!
The Challenge: It’s the end of the Summer and hopefully, you have had a chance to sneak in a getaway or two. This challenge is all about tackling those vacation photos before they get lost in a drawer or shoved in a box somewhere. We want you to create a scrapbook page or mini album recording one of your vacation memories from this past Summer. Weren’t able to sneak away . . . that’s okay! Find some photos from a past vacation that you haven’t scrapbooked yet and get busy! We can’t wait to see what you create!

I made this layout to capture my favorite summer activity, partying by the pool.  I have the perfect to just develop them!  ;)

The cuts are all from Cricut cartridge H2O with the exception of the phrase "Pool Party" which is cut from Luau.  I am not sure if you can tell from the pics, but I added a plastic backing (from the packaging our carts come in) to the goggles.  It made them super cute!

If you are interested in recreating, I am including my Gypsy file for you:

Linked up at:
Patches of Pink


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Dino-mite! I have a Pinkalicious Blog Hop Winner!

Dino-mite!  I have selected a winner from Friday night's Pinkalicious Blog Hop!  

This card is created using the Cricut Cartridge "Dinosaur Tracks", My Pink Stamper "Punnylicious" stamp set, misc cardstock from my stash, SU Jersey ribbon, SU tag punches, and Ranger "Forest Moss" distress ink

Using, the winner of the Cricut Nursery Rhymes cartridge is:

scrappingbee63 said...

What a wonderful idea for treats..Thanks so

Congratulations on winning!  I will be contacting you for your mailing information.  Thank you to everyone for playing along.  I hope to see you back!

Cricut Circle Monthly Challenge August 2011: Create a Scene

AUGUST MONTHLY CHALLENGE: Create a Scene Challenge!There are so many fun Cricut cuts available on our cartridges including trees, buildings, backgrounds, flowers and more! For this next challenge, we want to see you utilize these cuts by creating a scene on your project.

Lately, my son is just captivated by the show Dino Dan.  When the Cricut Circle Blog announced this month's contest, I just knew what I was going to create!

The layout is all cut from Dinosaur Tracks.  This cartridge has all sorts of dinosaurs, fossils and a cool font on it. The cardstock used is a mix of Stampin Up , Recollections and DCWV.  I inked most of the edges of all the cuts and added red stickles to the volcano lava.  I also stamped "Tons of Fun" from My Pink Stamper's More Punny-licious set. 

Gypsy File:

Monday, August 15, 2011

Bridal Shower Journal and Thank You Cards

Do you ever find yourself running out of time?  I know I do and I don't always have time to create oodles of handmade cards.  Here's a quick way to step up store bought thank you cards by adding a cricut cut and an embellishment:

I added the cricut cut of the bride from the cartridge Wrap It Up both to the inside of the card and the front of the envelope.  I then added a strand of ribbon with a simple knot tie.  Super simple, super fast, and super looking compared to the plain thank you card.

I also made a gift journal for my stepdaughter to keep track of presents and cards she receives.  The front and back cover are cut from the cartridge Wrap It Up utilizing the card selection.  I dolled it up by adding a pearl embellishment and ribbon ties to the the rings once I  bound it together using my Bind It All.

I added her initials "to be" on the inside front cover using the cartridge Martha Stewart Elegant Cake Art and stamped the inside pages with a journaling stamp so that she may write in the gifts as she receives them. I also added three tabs - bridal shower, bachelorette, and wedding.  Then, all she has to do is check off the boxes once she sends a thank you card. Hopefully this will help keep her organized and simplify the process for her.

Friday, August 12, 2011

My Pinkalicious Blog Hop!!!

Welcome to tonight's Pinkalicious Blog Hop.  You should have just visited Courtney (Court's Crafts.  If you missed the beginning, please start here: Robyn (My Pink Stamper).

My name is Renee aka RockinRenee. I was just added to the My Pink Stamper design team, and I'm super excited to be a part of it. Many moons ago I started crafting by making cards with stamps. I only just discovered the Cricut two years ago and fell in love. I create all sorts of paper projects, but my favorites are scrapbook layouts and cards. I love mixing all sorts of media with my Cricut cuts. Robyn's stamps are one of my favorite combinations.

This project is one of many I have been working on for the last few days for my stepdaughter's bridal shower.  This is a treat box that holds the infamous yummy mints that you find at baby and bridal showers.  I used the "sweet" sentiment from Robyn's new stamp set "Sweet Goodness".  I just LOVE this set!

Although this treat box isn't a true representation of my style, which is more whimsical then anything else, I wanted to show you what I was currently working on and how Robyn's stamps paired with it (one of those mixed media combinations I was telling you about).  Please page down on my blog to see more projects and an example of one of my scrapbook layouts.  I hope to inspire you to create!  =)

Now for some "sweet" blog candy.  How about a cartridge???  Nursery Rhymes is one of my favorites!  It has an awesome font and many cuts that can be used for other projects that aren't "baby involved."  All you have to do is leave a comment and a way for me to reach you.  I will select a winner using on Tuesday morning 8-16-11.  Thank you for visiting!  I hope to see you back!

Your next stop on the hop is Cristi.  Enjoy looking at all the great projects and I hope you come back to visit.

Blog Hop Order

Courtney (Court's Crafts)  Should have come from here
Renee (RockinRenee)  <----  This is me 
Cristi  Please go here next

Exploring My Pink Stamper's New Stamp Set: Sweet Goodness

Need some chocolate therapy? 

I made the bandaid from Cricut Solution cart Indie Art into a trifold card.  I added velcro to close it around the chocolate bar so that it can be opened up and written inside.

This shape card was created using my Imagine and the Imagine cartridge Yummy.  I print and cut it twice so I could hand cut the windows and door for added dimension.  I also used one of the elements from one of the banners to layer the roof.  I then sticked the window sills, icing and cherries and topped the card off with some pink and white bakers twine.

This treat box was created from the Cricut Project cartridge Sweet Tooth Boxes.  I also used the Imagine cartridge Yummy to printed the ice cream background paper.  I added pink, blue and green stickles for the sprinkles and red for the cherry.  I also used the Cuttlebug Blossoms embossing folder for the cone.
All of these sentiments are from the My Pink Stamper set Sweet Goodness.  Isn't it yummy?