Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Being crafty today!

Working on a banner for New Years and a small recipe gift. Don't know if I'll get either completed by the end of the day, but happy I had some time to work on some crafty projects. Taking a break to shovel all the snow now. Long over due and been putting it off, but it's actually pretty warm out. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Thanks A Latte Card (Imagine More Cards & Cricut Imagine)


Here's a quick card I whipped up today. I used the Cricut Imagine with the Imagine More Cards art cart. This was beyond easy to put together, and came out super quick. I cut the image layers out at 4 1/2 inches (relative size) and the patterned paper at 5 inches (filling the square shape on the Imagine with one of the patterns on the cart). Then I used a 5x5 sized card at the base. All I did was adhere and added some dimensional adhesive. Here are some more pics.


The dimensional adhesive make it look so much better

Upclose of the cup

Another pic of the card

So another example of how quick and easy a project can get put together using the Imagine. It took me about 10-15 min to have the card complete, almost a record I think, lol.

Thanks for stopping by. Next projects I'm working on are a New Years Banner for a party we are having on Friday and a recipe book using Kate's Kitchen. Hope to complete one for tomorrow so I can get another post in this week.

Till next time.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Kate's Kitchen Cabinet Makeover (Cricut Imagine, Printable Vinyl, & Kate's Kitchen)


So I was finally able to complete a project today!

When I first got the Cricut Imagine I was so intrigued by using printable vinyl. Before the Imagine came out I never heard of it before, though I am sure it was out there. And once I saw the artwork for the Kate's Kitchen cart I knew I wanted to print and apply some of these images to my kitchen cabinets. This was such an easy way to decorate and add a personal touch to our apartment.

The images on this cart are beyond cute. Reminds me of the 50's, and I love the retro look. I cut these various images anywhere between 6 - 6 1/2 inches on the Imagine. I worried that they may bleed if they got wet, always a concern in the kitchen. So I used SuperSeal Spray from Creative Imaginations. It worked well and did not smudge the printed design. The bottle states it is inkjet safe. I got a little sloppy with the spraying because I was working in a small indoor space, so there are some little bubbles on some of the prints. I have used this spray before and works well when you can spray outside, but with the blizzard we got in the city over the last day I can barely open my door and step outside, lol.

Here are a bunch of pics of the project.

First Cabinet

Upclose of utensils

Upclose of spices

Second cabinet

Upclose of toaster

Upclose of salt and pepper

Third cabinet with upclose of coffee and mug

View to the right

View to the left

I really love how this came out and so glad I got a project done that I have been meaning to do for awhile. It took me awhile to find the Kate's Kitchen cart and find time to do the project all at once. But one good thing about a blizzard you can stay home and get some stuff done, lol.

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Wow, it's been awhile! And found some New Cricut Carts

Hello All! Wow, I haven't posted in a long while. Seems like life got in the way of my blogging, lol. I ended up having a crazy last 6 weeks, with work, school, and family. And sad to say life also got in the way of crafting. I haven't worked on a project in awhile. But things seems to be clearing up nicely now, and I am off for the next three days and hope to get my crafting mojo back in full swing, along with blog posting!

I have a bunch of new Cricut Carts to play with. 3 Imagine carts, and about 5 regular carts! I also got my guy a Cricut Cake Mini for Xmas (he loves baking), so we have another Cricut machine in our arsenal to play with, lol.

SO I am doing a quick post today to get back in the habit, but also to share some info. I was looking around Joanns site (which I probably do about once a day) and I found three Cricut carts I never heard of or seen anything about. Here are the pics from Joanns.






Anyone have any info on these? I wonder if they are exclusive to Joanns? The Formal Occasion looks like a great carts, and would love to see the handbooks for all three. Here are the links to the Joanns site.






Hopefully we can get some more info soon because the carts are onsale right now for $44.99.

Thanks for stopping by and plan to keep my little blog a little more updated as the New Year begins!







Monday, November 8, 2010

Smiley Cards Bowl of Cherries Card!


This cart has some cute images on it. When I saw the cherry with the smiley face I knew I had the perfect paper for it and stamp set. I used the Smiley Cards card to made the card, envelope, and the cherry. I used the Storybook cart to make the scalloped circle.

Papers used are the Cherry-O paper pack from Close to My Heart. And the stamp set was included with the Cherry-O Workshop On the Go Kit from last catalog.

Here's a bunch of pics

Each of the different cards

Set of 4 made, really quick

Upclose

Upclose

Front of envelope

Back of envelope
Think I might give these cards away as a gift. These were quick to make, and really like how the cart has cards, embellishments, and the envelope.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge #4: Birthday Sketch Challenge (Cricut Imagine and Yummy Art Cart)


Got this Birthday card completed today. This was for a challenge, we had to use a sketch and incorporate buttons. I chose to do a card instead of a layout.

All the patterned paper for this card are from the Yummy Art cart for the Cricut Imagine, as well as the embellishments, minus the buttons.
Used Pink Bazzil Bling as the card base (card is 6X6)
Buttons
Waxy Flax from Close to My Heart
Dimensional adhesive

another view
I usually make pretty simple cards without a lot of different layers, but the sketch had many different elements involved. And because all the patterns from the art cart coordinate I knew this would be an easy sketch to follow. I think the best thing about the Imagine is having matching die-cuts/embellishments and patterned papers. Its like having a little scrapbook store in the house, lol.

Close up of cupcakes

I love this title

Different angle to show dimension
 Easy card to put together, but looks very elaborate in my opinion.

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Off Crafting Topic, Pepsi Refresh Project

Please vote for this idea and cause on the Pepsi Refresh Project. It only takes a few seconds. I got an email from a good friend and wanted to share it here.

Hi Guys!


I'm sure a lot of you have heard of this Pepsi Refresh Project, where they are giving away money to a lot of great causes. One of my very close family friends, Casey, has a degenerative neurologic disorder called Giant Axonal Neuropathy (GAD). Unfortunately, although completely mentally intact, at 19 years old, she is bound to a wheelchair and has trouble moving and speaking. However, researchers have found a very promising treatment which, if successful, Casey could walk and possibly fully recover one day.


If you have a free minute, please help and vote for Hannah's Hope Project, a fund started by another mother of a child named Hannah with this very same disorder. The money will fund a trial that Casey will be a part of, and that will hopefully one day bring to light a cure for this terrible disease.

http://www.refresheverything.com/hannahshope


Casey is in the video on the link.


Hannah's Hope Fund was blessed to win this funding in August, however an additional 1.2 million dollars is needed to completely fund the trial. Every vote can help, so please take a minute and vote for Hannah's Hope Fund for my friend Casey!


Thanks so much, hope everyone has a great week!

Colleen


So please vote for this project. I also put a button to the right of the blog. Also please share this with all your friends, family, and colleagues. Every vote counts!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Smiley Cards Rock On Card, made with the Gypsy


Here's the first card I made with the Smiley Cards Cartridge. This cart is really cute, and when I saw the guitar image I knew I wanted to make that one first. I made the envelope, card, phrase, and guitar smiley face from the cart.

For this project the pattern papers are from the Close to My Heart You Rock line, and the cardstock is Bazzill Bling and Die Cuts With a View Metallic Stack

Cut the all elements, except the phrase, at the 3inch size, although I ended up cutting the card down to measure 2.5 inches wide to fit in the envelope well. In the future I will make the envelope 0.25 to 0.5 inches larger than the card base. I think this will work out better.

Here are some more pics, sorry not very clear, took with my iPhone camera.



I am so happy Provo Craft offered this cart as a free download. Who doesn't like free? I would have definitely picked this up if it was available at retail. I can see myself using this often to make quick and cute cards. Will be posting a new Smiley Cards project tomorrow, so look for it.

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Monday, November 1, 2010

A Better Way to Make Envelopes using the Cricut And the Gypsy, No More Score Cuts

Completed envelope (better/cleaner looking)

I had today off of work and after finishing up some homework I was eager to try and update my Gypsy to receive the free carts. The update went very easy and I had no problems. I knew I wanted to play around with the Smiley Cards cart. From the few examples I have seen it looks like a really fun cart. I made a couple of different cards with it, which I will post later in the week. But as I was playing around with the Gypsy and the envelope option for the Smiley cart I had an aha moment which I would like to share. I don't know if anyone else has posted about making envelopes this way, I'm sure I'm not the first. But maybe this will show others a way to make better and more finished looking envelopes.
 

These slits are ugly!

So I have always liked making cards with the Cricut. And love the idea of making custom envelopes to go with the cards. But to tell you the truth I hate the hash marks and small cuts the Cricut makes in replace of scorelines. When the project is folded, it doesn't look good in my opinion. And I would be afraid to mail it off in an envelope like because the small cuts end up making holes in the folded line.

So when I cut my first envelope those ugly hash marks were there and did the same thing when folded. I thought to myself, I can use the hide feature in the Gypsy, to get rid of the hash marks, and then I'll try and figure out the scorelines myself best I can. And then this is when I had my Aha! thought. Maybe I could use the hide feature option in a different way. One layer to show the hash marks that I can draw with the Cricut Pens and then another layer to hide the hash marks to cut out the envelope. And it worked so well.

I can't believe I never thought of this before, it was so easy. All you have to do is cut or draw the layer from the Gypsy, and then hit Load Last on the machine, and do the opposite from the other layer. Hope that makes sense.

Here are the directions and step by step pics.

First choose an envelope. I used this off of Smiley Cart and sized it to be 5.25. I used the hide conture option on the Gypsy to hide all the hash/score marks.

See the hash/score marks greyed out so they will not cut.
 Next I added a new layer. I used the same envelope at the same size. I moved the envelope in the new layer until it lined up with the envelope on the previous layer exactly. Now I used the hide contour feature to hide the envelope cuts and only leave the hash/score marks as cuttable/drawable.

Envelope parts greyed out so they will not cut.
I placed a Cricut Pen in the blade holder. And told the Gypsy to cut (draw this layer)

Cricut Pen in place.
Now this is the most important part. Instead of unloading the mat and then reloading it, you need to hit the Load Last key on the keypad of the Cricut Machine, not the Gypsy. There is not a load last option on the Gypsy. Hitting the load last key will load the paper just as it did before, allowing for a precise cut. This is the way to use the Cricut Pens when you want to draw and cut. If you unload and then try and reload the cut may not line up well enough for this to work.

Have to hit Load Last, not Unload Paper

This is how it looks with the hash/score marks drawn, and the Load Last button hit

Then I took out the Cricut pen and loaded the blade housing back into the cradle.

Blade in place ready to cut

Now on the Gypsy I select the layer that has the envelope cuts (where the hash/score marks are hidden). Now I tell the Gypsy to cut this. And it cuts the envelope out, with drawn score lines.

Before take it off mat

How it looks after removed from mat
 Now I use a score board to line up the score lines and score. I am using the Martha Stewart Scoreboard, but any would do. Also a rule and bone folder would probably work well also (maybe better, will have to try that next).

With score lines

Folded score lines

Different look of the score lines
 After I score all the lines, the envelope is so easy to put together. The lines are very crisp and everything lines up perfectly. It seemed to fold a lot easier with out the hash/cut marks as well.

Envelope put together with adhesive

Another angle, very clean and professional looking
 Here are pics of the first envelope I made for these cards. I just don't like the look of the hash/cut lines to score.

They look like holes

Envelope doesn't look as finished with these cuts.

I was happy to find this. Will most likely be maing more of my own envelopes now. The envelopes and cards loaded on the Smiley Cards cart are great! I hope this shows someone a new way to use thier Gypsy and Cricut.

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