Thursday, September 30, 2010

Found Cricut Imagine Mats at Joanns Today

I am up visiting family in Syracuse, NY and stopped by the Big Joanns up here. The Joanns in NYC are really small. While looking at the Cricut stuff I saw Cricut mats for the Imagine. I wish they had some of the carts for the Imagine, but maybe soon. Will be checking throughout my visit. I really hope to get the Kate's Kitchen & JT cartridges.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

New Blog Adventure as well....Cricut Video

Hello all. I am trying to put together another blog devoted to the Cricut. This blog is called

Here is a description of the blog:

Here's a blog designed to share and link the latest and best videos related to the Cricut by Provo Craft. Look here for new ways to use the Cricut, the best how-to-videos, and the best content created by wonderful craters from around the globe.

This is in it's infancy. With a few posts so far dealing with some of the Cricut products.

I've looked for a blog that is video based showing different Cricut techniques and information but couldn't find exactley what I've looked for, so I decided to try and take a stab at my own Cricut video blog.

Please stop by and let me know what you think.

I have a poll of what you may want to see on the blog, and please email me at astoriacrafter@gmail if you have any videos you would like to be posted on the blog that will link back to your site.

Thanks for looking!

Cricut Lite Hoot 'n' Holler Cartridge Helped Me Make Our Team Mascot

Quick little project I completed last night for work. I work as a nurse on a Urology floor in one of the big hospitals in NYC. There has been a lot of training and development going on as of late, and one part of building our team is that we needed to come up with a mascot for our floor. So Sunday we decided that an owl would be a perfect mascot. We started to look at images on the web, and I thought I have the perfect Cricut cartridge for this. The Cricut Lite Hoot 'n' Holler cart.

We looked at the sample sheet and these are the two owls everyone seemed to like the most. There are so many cute images and phrases for this cart. So I cut out one in yellow, the 5th owl on the right on the second row, and one out in red, the 1st owl in the seventh row.

Here are the individual pics

These were super simple to cut. I modified them a little using the Gyspy. So that instead of the swirls and flower that were in their chest I added our unit location, M5. I think this made it look really cute. I added a nurse cap from Everyday Paper Dolls to help with the nursing theme. I posted both of them in our conference room and there is a vote/ballot box to see which one will be selected as our mascot. (I prefer the yellow owl).

And by the way her name is Florence Hootinggale. We all thought this was hilarious, and the name stuck.

I found a video on YouTube by Provo Craft that gives a great visual overview of the Hoot 'n' Holler cart:

Thanks so much for stopping by, please leave some comments and follow if you like.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Halloween Decor with the Cricut...Halloween Ornamnets with Pumpkin Carving And Martha Stewart Glow-in-the-Dark Glitter

Got some more Halloween decor made today. I made some Halloween glow-in-the-dark glittered balls. These were super easy to make. I made some Christmas ornaments last year using this same technique. I never thought of making them for Halloween but saw on the Cricut message board someone had made these. I thought they looked cool and I would try a set for me.

Here is a video link on YouTube that gives a great overview and tutorial on how to make these glittered balls:

The secret to making these decorations is Pledge Future Shine Floor Wax. I know sounds crazy, but the floor wax acts as an adhesive inside the ball and makes the glitter stick very well.

The materials I used for this project were:

Glass ornaments
Cricut with the Pumpkin Carving Cart
Orange Cling Vinyl
Pledge Future Shine Floor Wax
Martha Stewart Glow-in-the-Dark Glitter
Halloween ribbons from Michaels

If you haven't used the glow in the dark glitter by Martha you are missing out on a wonderful product. This glitter really glows bright in the dark, especially after expose to a direct bright light. This glitter is more chunkier than other Martha Stewart's glitter, probably to help make it glow better. The Future Shine works best with the ultra fine glitters. You can see in the above picture with the cat silhouette there are some lightly covered areas. This doesn't seem to affect the glowing in the dark, because it still glows very bright.

In the two pictures above I mixed in some ultra fine glitters for the hand silhouette (purple) and for the witch silhouette (silver). These look great as well, but do not glow as bright in the dark. It seemed the ultra fine glitter adhered to the inside of the ball a lot more. I tried this two different ways. Mixing the two glitters together and then putting them into the ball (done with the purple) and then putting the glow in the dark glitter first and then adding the ultra fine glitter next (separately) (done with the silver). Both outcomes seemed the same. The ultra fine glitter seemed to stick to the glass more.

So I think it's just what your preference is. I like both, but like just using the Glow-in-the-Dark glitter by itself better. I wanted to use this glitter to see it glow so that is why I'm liking it by itself better.

And I tried to get some pics of the glow but it is kinda hard to come out in a pic. Here are the best I could do. But trust me, these balls glow really bright.

This was a fun and quick project! I cut the images from the Cricut cart at 2 1/2 inches, seems to be a good size. Thanks for stopping by and please become a follower or leave a comment if you like.

Blog winner!!! Congrats to Yvonne!!!

Winner of the blog candy chosen. A total number of 25 entries. And the winner is:

Yvonne Russell said...

Congratulations on your blog milestone... over 100 followers... way to go! I am already a follower.

Thanks for inviting us to join in the celebrations with this generous giveaway. These gorgeous stamp sets are amazing. Love them.

Thanks so much.

Thanks again to all who follow and leave comments! 

Monday, September 27, 2010

Blog Giveaway/Blog Candy Last Chance to Enter..Picking Winner Tonight

Don't forget to enter to win the blog candy! Here are the details:

The stamps set that I am giving away are:

Close to My Heart - Cherish the Moment (D1421)

Close to My Heart - Something Splendid ( D1424)

Scraptivity - Let Yourself Bloom

Along with the stamps sets I will also be including four mini stamp pads from Close to My Heart, these colors are Hollyhock, Sunset, Desert Sand, Indian Corn Blue

To be eligible be a follower of the blog and leave a comment under the post:

Sunday, September 26, 2010

3 Birds on Parade is on the way..ordered from Cricut Rewards

Have had a busy weekend at work so far, so I haven't gotten to work on any projects. But I was able to order the 3 Birds on Parade cart off the Cricut Rewards site. I'm excited to get this cart, it is beyond cute. Can't wait to make some holiday cards with this cart, the images are just perfect.

Here's a link to the PDF of the handbook as well:

Many people have created great projects with this cart. You can see a lot of inspiration on the Cricut message board, under the 3 Birds on Parade thread. Hope this cart gets here soon.

Don't forget to enter the blog giveaway. Will be drawing a random winner early next week. All you have to do is be a follower of the blog and comment under the post:

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Cricut Imagine Best Friends Thankyou card (Close to My Heart Stamps & Martha Stewart Around the Page Punch)


Here's a quick card I got completed using the Best Friends cart for the Imagine, and some extra embellishments added.

List of supplies used:
Best Friends Cricut Imagine Art Cartridge
Close to My Heart stamp sets Thank You (D1361) & Cherish the Moment (D1421)
Martha Stewart Around the Page Punch set Ribbon Loop
Buttons from foof-a-La
Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad
Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Ink
Dimensional Adhesive & Glue Dots
Recollections cardstock, pink and white

I love this image from the Best Friends cart, really cute! Would work well for a birthday or celebration card as well. This was printed on recollections white cardstock, this is what I have been using for my Imagine cuts and prints, and it seems to work really well, and its cheap.

Up close of the girl:

I have really been liking the Martha Stewart Around the Page punches. They work so well and add such a great element to projects. When I first punched I was gonna leave it be, but it looked really plain, even with the punched edge. I think because I used a flat color cardstock without anything behind it. So I decided to distress the edges.

While inking the edges I noticed it was creating a mask for the inside of the card. Not intentional, but I really liked how it looked. Will be doing this again. Sometimes mistakes or unintentional happening make the most creative things.

I added the buttons across the top because there was a gap where there were no embelishments. Ribbons or a sentiment would have worked there as well.

Been using a lot of stamps with my Imagine so far, which is great. The stamped images look good on the Imagine prints. My Thank you box is a little crocked, can't do everything perfect, lol.

Been making a lot of cards with the Imagine, next is to use in some scrapbook layouts. Currently working on a trip to Disneyland last year (I am behind) & also a baby gift album for a awesome coworker. Going to try to incorporate the Imagine somehow in the baby album. Nursery Tails would have been perfect but already started putting it together using Create-a-Critter. I'm sure I will have tons of opportunity to use that cart for other coworkers though. One girl pregnant now and I'm sure someone else will be expecting, that's what happens when you work with a bunch of married nurses, lol.

Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to enter the blog giveaway. All you have to do is be a follower and post a comment under:

Friday, September 24, 2010

Cricut Imagine Card with Create-A-Critter & Nursery Tails

Here's a quick card using the Crciut Imagine with the Art cartridge Nursery Tails and Create-a-Critter. I wanted to make a card with the Nursery Tails cart that wasn't baby related. I think the Create a Critter cart works really well with this art cart.

For this card I used:
Nursery Tails Imagine Art cart
Create-a-Critter cart
Close to My Heart Stamp Set Hot Diggity C 1407 (found here)
CTMH Stamp Pad Sweet Leaf
Recollection white cardstock

This card took my less than 10 minutes to make. It was super easy. The card base was printed from the Imagine, and it makes the perfect background for a card. The only thing I added was the sentiment Hello Friend on the cloud.

I think this little snail looks so cute with the different elements from the Nursery Tails cart. Thanks for stopping by.

Also don't forget to enter my latest blog giveaway. All you have to do is be a follower and comment under the post Blog Candy, Blog Giveaway! Three stamp set (Close to My Heart & Scraptivity). Just click the link. Will be drawing a winner early next week!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Cricut Imagine Card with Mini Monsters & Close To My Heart Hooligans Line (Also use of RBG codes, CTMH RBG Codes)

I got a couple more Cricut Imagine projects done this evening. So far I am really liking the Imagine. I am excited for them to bring out new updates and options in the future.

Many people have been asking and posting about which type of cardstock they have been using to print on. So far I have been using cardstock from Michaels. The Recollections brand. Its a good weight, and when you catch on sale it can be really cheap. I've been using both the 8 X 11 1/s and the 12 X 12. I'm interested in seeing how prints will look on textured cardstock, like Bazzill or Die Cuts With a View. But don't want to waste any ink just yet, hopefully the ink carts won't be too hard to find when mine run out.

So while cruising the web and recalling great features of the Imagine I started to look for the RBG codes of the Close To My Heart colors. I've been a consultant with them for a little over 6 months and seeing this machine as a new way to use my CTMH products more. I think being able to enter you own custom colors is awesome. And it is super easy.  

Here is the website I found:

I printed this list as a reference to keep near my Imagine. This is such a great options and allows you to really match and coordinated all your projects when you don't have a certain color cardstock. I really like using colored card bases but hate to use the colored cardstock (feels like I'm wasting it). I feel like I have to save the matching cardstock, especially from the paper kits from CTMH because I feel I might need it for something. But using the Imagine with the RBG codes let you always have the right colors with just using white cardstock. Its so great. Here is the first project I made using the RBG technique:

Monster Card:

Items used for this are:
Mini Monsters Cart
Hooligans Level 2 paper pack (found here)
Buttons from Mini-Medley Accents Sunset Collection (found here)
Black Waxy Flax (found here)
3-D Foam Tape (found here)

The card was super easy to make. All I did was add the layers to the Imagine screen and then adjusted the colors of each layer according to the RBG codes I had for the colors I wanted to use. The Hooligans line features the colors Gypsy, Lagoon, Pear, and Sunset. So according to the website I listed the RBG codes were as followed:

Gypsy (R-128 G-113 B-180)
Lagoon (R-0 G-184 B-186)
Pear (R-163 G-205 B-105)
Sunset (R-241 G-137 B-86)

Overall the RBG codes worked really well. The Lagoon color that was printed according to the web address did not match up correctly. Its a pretty color but way more blue than what Lagoon is. Its a little hard in my opinion to tell exactly from the Imagine screen if the color looks correct. Even though after I put the code I thought that it didn't match the Lagoon color. Here is what Lagoon should look like.

The blue that came out is a brighter blue. I still used it beacuse I thought it went well enough. But just make sure if its a big project you might want to test print the colors to make sure they match well. I think the Lagoon looks off on the website as well. So will have to see if anyone else shares thier version og the Lagoon color.

Here's another view of the card.

So overall this card was really simple to use. I never used the waxy flax before and let me just say its great. Way easier than using thread, and make the button look way nicer. While using the RBG codes the Imagine will store what looks like about 16 custom colors. I hope in future updates we can have an unlimited number of custom colors, and be able to name them!

Thanks for stopping by, and please eneter my latest blog giveaway. All you have to do is be a follower and comment under the post titled:

Blog Candy, Blog Giveaway! Three stamp set (Close to My Heart & Scraptivity)

I am so happy that I have over a hundred followers! I wanted to give away some more stamps to my followers and people that leave comments on my blog. It has really been a great experience so far to keep up with the Astoria Crafter! Makes me wanna create and share more projects!

The stamps set that I am giving away are:

Close to My Heart - Cherish the Moment (D1421)

Close to My Heart - Something Splendid ( D1424)

Scraptivity - Let Yourself Bloom

Along with the stamps sets I will also be including four mini stamp pads from Close to My Heart, these colors are Hollyhock, Sunset, Desert Sand, Indian Corn Blue

Here are pics of the stamp sets up close (a lil blurry, used my iPhone cam)

To be eligible to win the stamps is simply. Just be a follower of this blog and comment under this post. I will select a winner Monday evening, which will give time for people to be able to win. Please let your friends who like stamping and scraping know as well so they can enter.

Schoolwork planned for most of the day, hopefully I can get it done quick so I can catch up on T.V. (Fall season already started, my DVR will be in overload soon.) And if I am really organized I can hopefully get another Cricut Imagine project posted.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to enter the giveaway!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

First Cricut Imagine Projects: Cards, decor, and printable vinyl

So today was the day I got to open, set-up, and use the Imagine machine. So far so good. When I was first setting it up it took a few times to get the mat to load and calibrate properly but they were just small hiccups. Its been smooth sailing ever since.

So my initial reactions:
Wow this thing is huge
Wow this is heavy
Wow this is easy
Wow, this is gonna be another crafting addiction, lol

The projects I made playing around were super simple to do. I think the Imagine is going to save a lot of time, especially for projects that you need to get done quick, like cards. Here's a couple I did today:

Nursery Tales Cart Used:

I love this image, and it makes a quick cute baby card. This was my first print and cut. Broke up into layers and used default cut boarder setting (which I didn't know you could change at first). The patterned paper is also printed and cut from the Imagine. I think this is so awesome, having coordinated papers you're able to print and use. Everything matches so well. Used foam tape to add to the dimension of the card for the turtle and mushroom.

Imagine More Cart Used:

This cart is great and has so many cool and vintage images. The base of this card was printed with the Imagine. Again used foam adhesive to make it pop. Stamped the sentiment with some Close to My Heart stamps. This card from start to finish took about 5 minutes, including the printing and cutting.

Here's a quick gift I made using the Best Friends Cart:

Have a friend that just got a cat. Gonna add some magnet to the back so she can put it on her fridge with a new pic of her kitty. The frame was cut with boarder option set to zero, and the cat and cushion with border option set to one. It looks so great! Its really precise. Also love that you can change the patterns and colors of the images. The frame in the handbook is a distressed yellow (which is great) but I just thought these clouds looked better.

Here's some other pics of cuts made:

Nursery Tales (default Border)

Imagine More (boarder option set to none/zero)

And here is my favorite again!

Used the Mini Monster cart and printed with the Imagine on printable vinyl! OMG!, Im in love, lol. It was so easy to do this. Just pick the colors and layers, and then print. Did this for my guy, who loves the Mini Monster Cart. Now his laptop looks so hip. This is going to open a world of possibilities. I used the printable vinyl that came with the Imagine, but have some on the way from HSN. I really want to embellish my kitchen cabinets with vinyl, but gonna wait till I get Kate's Kitchen. Those images look amazing!

 So overall, I am so happy I got the Imagine. Its really cool and excited to learn more about it and the features. Will post when I find or learn more things. Thanks for stopping by!

p.s. So happy to have over 100 followers, amazing! Will be putting together a blog giveaway soon, so keep on the look out!

Setting Up the Cricut Imagine Finally!

Finally got some time to start playing with the new machine! I'm so excited! Wow this thing is big, might have to move things around soon. Lol. Hopefully will get a project done soon so I can share. Just was too excited to not post some setup pics.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Cricut Imagine Arrived Today!!! So Exciting!!! & Favorite Images From the Carts I Got (Imagine More, Nursery Tails, & Best Friends)

I am so excited. My Cricut Imagine arrived today while I was at work. It arrived four days earlier than it was suppose too. The original shipping date was Friday September 24th. This works out so well now, because I have Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday off. Now I will have some days to get to know the Imagine!

I really wanted to set it up tonight. But I work 12 1/2 hour shifts in the hospital. It was pretty busy today and I know it will be busy tomorrow. If I started to play with the new machine I knew I would stay up all night, and I'm already sleepy. Don't think my patients would appreciated a zombie tomorrow, lol.

But I did open the box from HSN and looked at the 3 carts that came with the machine. Imagine More, Best Friends, and Nursery Tails. All the images are really great. I am loving Best Friends & Nursey Tails. Can't wait to get the projects rolling!

Here are my favorite images from each cart. (Sorry the photos are the clearest, I took with my iphone because too lazy to look for my regular camera, :-)

Imagine More:

Nursey Tails:

Best Friends:

I can tell the projects made with Imagine are gonna be great. Can't wait to get more carts. I wonder when they will be available at retail. All the others sold out on HSN so quick. I really wanted Kate's Kitchen & Yummy, but gonna have to wait. I will be getting Lori's Garden. A special perk to Cricut Circle members who bought the machine at launch.

Will be posting projects from the Imagine throughout this upcoming week, so make sure and stop by again. Thanks for looking!

p.s. Almost to 100 followers, blog candy and giveaway soon!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Close To My Heart Clear Cards with Cuttlebug Embossing Folders (Also Cricut & Stamps)

So I ordered these clear card from Close to My Heart awhile ago, and I had no idea what to do with them. I read that someone suggested to use the Cuttlebug embossing folders. I would never had though they would have worked with the clear cards, but they did! And I think they look really great.

Here are the supplies I used:
Close to My Heart Clear cards (4 1/2")
Cuttlebug Embossing folders: Happy Birthday, Thanks, D'vine Swirl, & Stars
Close to My Heart Stamp Sets; Cherished Flourishes (D1413), Star Power (D1403), Thank You (D1361)
Close to My Heart Ink Pads: Desert Sand & Amethyst
Hampton Art Fall cards
Papers: You Rock (CTMH) & Jung-a-low Bung-a-low Baby (Paper Studios)
Staz-On Brown Ink
Cricut with Wild Card Cart

Here are close ups of the cards and how they open:

Birthday Card

To get the inside of the card, I cut a 4 inch scalloped circle card from Wild Cart and attached it to the inside of the clear card. Changed the orientation of the paper card so it would open the opposite way from the way the clear card opens.

Star Card:

Did the same with the card as above, only thing different is I swiped some Staz-On ink in the stars to make them stand out a little more.

Flourish Thank You Cards

For this card I used a smaller card inside to be able to write and stamp on. The way I attached it was to punch holes through the inner card and the clear card, and then tied a ribbon through it to keep them together. (Thanks Ro for the idea!)

Thank You Card:

Did the same as the card above to put it together. I like how these ones turned out because it looks like the inner card is floating in air.

I hope that if you have some of these clear cards and didn't know what to do with them you got a little inspiration. And if you don't have them, I hope you want them now, lol.

Thanks for stopping by!