Sunday, June 27, 2010

New Cricut Lite Carts

My guy went home to upstate and got me three of the lite carts I wanted. Can't wait to make some projects with them. Didn't know Carousel had a font included with it, an extra surprise bonus. The font looks like an old time carnival/Midwest font. Will go perfect with the Toy Story Mania ride in Disney.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Winner of Blog Candy

And the winner is Deboarh!!!!

Who posted:
Deborah said...
Congrats on making it in the chirp! ♥Love your mini monster projects♥ Congrats on having over 50 followers...I have 6 hee hee :)
Here's my blog...come visit:
Thanks for the great giveaway...hope I win!
Deborah :)

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Exciting Surprise & Some Blog Candy

So last night was very exciting. My good friend Rosina emailed me to
let me know I was in the Cricut newsletter called The Chirp. I had
know idea I would get a mention. The newsletter featured my Mini
Monster Shape Book I made recently. It was so exciting to be featured.
You can check it out here:

And because not only was I featured in The Chirp, the blog just got
more than 50 followers, so I wanted to give away some blog candy. I
will be giving away a Close to My Heart stamp set called Cherish The
Moments. It was the stamp of the month for May 2010 and is no longer

Please leave a comment under this post and make sure your a follower.
I will announce the winner this Sat.

Thanks for stopping by and here is a pic of the stamp set.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Thank You Cards (Cindy Loo & CTMH)

Got a bunch of Thank You cards made to today. In total I got eight cards done, and it went super quick. I used one of the newer carts for the Cricut called Cindy Loo. I was on the fence about buying this cart when I first saw the previews. But I must say it has a ton of great features. The cart includes a full font with a bunch of whimsical shapes. A lot of different flourishes, swirls, and accents, plus some really cute animals. My favorite feature if the frames option. It takes the main image on each page of the booklet and turns it into a frame. This was the main reason why I went ahead and purchased the cart. And the frames option is what I used to make the set of cards.

I cut eight various frames from the cart. Four different animals and four of the flourishes. All the cuts were cut at 4 inches. I was making standard A2 sized cards (4 1/4 inches by 5 1/2 inches). Cutting the frames at 4 inches was the biggest it could be cut to fit on the card. Each frame cut has a shift option to add a layer on the cut, and these were also cut at 4 inches without the real dial size option on. Remember, if you use the real dial size option, the image you choose will cut at the specific height, regardless of how it is to fit on the base. I rarely use the real dial size option because I like the way the layered cuts look. But I am sure there have been times when I have used it.

For the cards I used an American Crafts patterned paper set called Craft Fair. I got it at Michaels awhile back on clearance for a good price. I like the colors and thought they would work well for cards. Also used a Close To My Heart sentiment stamp set called A Little Everything (D1408). Inked the cards with CTMH chocolate ink.

Here is a close up of the cards:

They came out really great, and the best thing is they were super quick. I made all eight cards in about 30 minutes. The longest part was picking the papers and colors, which always seems to take the most time for me.

Thanks for stopping by, please leave comments and follow if you like. Also thank you for visiting my blog. I can't believe I have gotten over 2500 hits and the blog has almost 50 followers! So exciting and all the great comments and feedback really mean a lot to me! Will have to give out my first blog candy soon, so be on the look out!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Mini Monster Shape Book

Here is a shape book I completed today. When I first got the Mini Monster cart I knew I wanted to do a project like this. Once I got the design made out it was easy to put together. I used the Gypsy to do the designing of the project. The newest Gypsy update makes it so easy to do these kind of books. Before the update I thought it was complicated. But now with the new layer feature it makes the designing of the shape and word books much simpler.

Here are each of the pages:

Next thing to do is to add some photo mats, journaling spots, titles, and embellishments. I think I am going to use the Mini Monster cart to do most of the added elements. Will post an update once that is completed.

For the book I used a variety of Halloween papers I had from a number of different companies and Die Cuts With a View cardstock. Put the book together with the Bind-it-All.

Thanks for looking, and please comment and follow!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Tree Hugger Layout!

Did a little bit of crafting today and finally got a scrapbook layout done, minus the photos. I saw this layout on The Everyday Cricut Blog. I love this blog and visit often! It used to be called Christmas with the Cricut and Holidays With the Cricut. You can visit it here!

I saw this project about a month ago, and knew I would have to copy it! It was created by one of their guest designers at Everyday Cricut named Monique Griffith. She has an amazing blog as well with really great projects and ideas, here blog is: Monkey Doodle Cricut

Here the direct link to the post on Everyday Cricut that had the idea and instructions for the

I didn't have the exact papers that she used but found some stuff I had that worked out great. All the cuts are made with the Give a Hoot cart for the Cricut. I used the Green Stack from Die Cuts With a View. This stack really works well with all of the images on the Give a Hoot cart. Used DCWV cardstock as well.

Here is the left page by itself.

Close up of the fox

Here is the right side of the project

And a close up on the owl and title
All the cutting dimensions can be found on the link for the Tree Hugger post on Everyday Cricut. This was a really fun project to complete. It was pretty quick to put together once I pick out the colors I wanted the die cuts to be.

The Give a Hoot cuts are very easy to put together. The layers are simple to construct the final piece. Most of the cuts had 4 - 5 layers. So when adhered together they have a nice dimension to them and remind me of a 3D sticker or chipboard embellishment.

Even though this was not my original design I am really loving it. I hope to continue to make layouts like this using my Cricut. I would have never thought to put all these different elements from the cart into a double scrapbook page. Hopefully you will get some inspiration like I did as well.

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Great Products For June Jackpot!

There are some great chipboard and dimensional accents available for
the June Jackpot today. Shipping is only 0.99 cents per item, and if
you pick the jackpot item you get a free stamp set! Good luck!