Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Halloween Cards Using Chic & Scary Cricut Cart

Here's a number of Halloween cards I recently completed. I used the Teresa Collins Chic & Scary cart for the Cricut. I really like this cart. Has a ton of great classic Halloween images.

For these cards I used some Die Cuts With a View paper mat stacks. The ones that were available at Joanns this year and last. I also used DCWV glitter cardstock to cut the images. To give the images more dimension I cut the same image at the same size in a dark pearlaized cardstock. This cart does not have a shadow feature and the images can look a little flat. Cutting a faux shadow and off setting it a bit makes it look a lot better than just the image itself.

Also to finish the look of the cards I added some heat embossed labels with the Happy Halloween greeting. Here are a ton of pictures below. Got to do a variety of cards in a short time.

Hope you liked. These cards were very simple to put together. Till next time...

Friday, September 16, 2011

Halloween Crafting: Glittered Witches Hat

Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love decorating the house for this time of year. We usually decorate the house around this time and keep the Halloween decor up until we decorate for Christmas.

I saw this paper mache hat at Michales and knew it would look really great glittered, and maybe sitting on top of the television. I recently picked up some Scor-Tape at my LSS. I had read that it adhered glitter very well. It did not disappoint and worked really well.

I used Making Memories and Martha Stewart ultrafine glitters. The Score-Tape is really sticky so I am sure coarser glitter and microbeads would work well also.

Start of the bands

For the brim of the hat I used Martha Stewart glittering glue and her black glitter. It worked out well and looks really nice. I recently purchased some new acyclic paints from Michales by Martha Stewart. They are now selling a new line of acrylic paints by her which include different types: gloss, satin, pearl, metallic, and glitter. The bottle of the glitter paints states it can be used for metal, glass, wood, and fabric, also indoor/outdoor. I thought it would work for the paper mache hat but it did not. The glitter paint did not spread well on the paper mache. I wonder if the glitter paint does not work well on paper materials. Will have to try in the future on other paper materials and post my findings here.
Finished look

Like the sparkle

This was a fun and quick project to complete. I have some more Halloween glitter projects in mind and hope to get them complete and posted here. Till next time...

Monday, September 5, 2011

Tinkerbell Quinceanera Card using Cricut Imagine Printed Layers and Tinkerbell Cart

Here is one of my latest projects. I am so pleased the way this turned out. One of my guy's cowokers asked if I could make them a Tinkerbell Quinceanera card. I have the Tinkerbell and Friends Cricut Cart and was glad to have a project to use it again (only my second time). One issues I have with this cart is all the tiny intricate cuts. Sometimes these very layered carts seem impossible. This is where using the Imagine has such great possibilities. I was able to combine all the layers(different colored) and print it as one image. To see this step see the Lotso card I previously posted and it will give you my steps and the link to the blog that has all the details. The Cricut Craftroom was recently updated and from what I have read the ability to cut after printing combined layers no longer works correctly. So I printed this in the middle of the mat and used boarder punches to add some detail.

Closer detail
For this project I used:

DCWV White cardstock (that is what I printed the Tinkerbell image on)
DCWV Gliiter cardstock (scallop circle)
Bazzill Bling (card base)
Tinkerbell and Friends Cricut Cart
CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cart (scallop circle and circle shape)
CTMH mini alphabet stamp set (Atomic)
Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page Set (??? the name of the set)

Fairy dust

Upclose of Tink

Upclose of stamping

When I picked the colors for Tinkerbell I just eyeballed it from the colors available in a couple of the Imagine palettes. I wasn't sure if it would work in the beginning and by the time I did know it would work I didn't have time to exactly match the colors, and I thought it looked pretty close anyways.

See top of card, didn't do all that well lining it up

Hopefully the Craftroom will have the ability to cut the layered print soon. But I like having this print only options as well. Thanks for stopping by and till next time....

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

My First Attempt at Cake Pops

Funfetti Cake Pops

Red Velvet Pops
 A couple of weeks ago I made cake pops for the first time for my guy's bday BBQ. They were really fun to make and everyone loved them. They are simple to make, but just takes some time to go through all the steps. It took me about 2 hours to make all the pops over an 8 hour period, including prep, baking, cooling, and refrigerating.

Here's what I used
 All you need is cake mix and frosting from the grocery store, candy melts (bought at Michaels), and lollipop sticks. I bought the Wilton Cake Pop book from Michaels which has all the basic steps, multiple recipes, and decorating ideas. I found this to be a great resource, and would highly recommend purchasing if you want to make some cake pops.

Basically all you do is bake a cake, crumble it, add frosting to the crumbled cake, roll that mixture into the ball, refrigerate, dip in candy melts, and decorate. Here are some photos of the process.

Baked Funfetti cake

Red Velvet

Add cake to the mixer (dry)

Mix and doesn't take too long to crumble

Add frosting and use mixer to mix it

This is how it looks, kind of like cookie dough

Rolled out balls

Melted candy melts in the microwave
 After all the balls are rolled it is time to add the lollipop sticks. I dipped one end of the lollipop stick into melted candy melts and then inserted into the cake ball, maybe like halfway through. I did this to all the balls and then refrigerate for about an hour to ensure the melted candy harden and attached to the lollipop stick well. This was a tip in the Wilton book.

With the sticks

Another view with the sticks
 After about an hour I removed and swirled the cake pops in melted candy melts. This gave the pops a hard candy shell. In the beginning I found that candy melts were really thick and it wasn't easy to move them through the bowel of candy melts. I read online you can add a little vegetable oil to thin it out and this seemed to to the trick.

For some of the pops I added sprinkles or candies right after I dipped them in the candy melts. This way the candy melts were still soft and the sprinkles adhered and didn't fall off. And another trick in the book and that I read online was to place the finished pops in a Styrofoam block. Keeps them upright and easy to serve them on this as well.

These were really fun to make and looking forward to making them again. There are some great decorating ideas online and in the Wilton book.

Thanks for stopping by and please email me with any questions. As always please leave a comment if you would like, and till next time....

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Pirate Scrapbook Layout Using Cricut Imagine Buccaneer

It has felt like its been forever since I made a scrapbook layout. When I first starting crafting my main focus was scrapbooking, but lately I have been making cards or decor items. And also using my Yudu here and there, as well as making cake pops (blog post in the future). I am so behind on my scrapbook albums. These pics are from out first trip to Disneyland in March of 2009 (can't believe more than two years ago).

It was so great to get a new layout done. I really enjoy scrapbooking so much. I have many layouts from this album but I find it so hard to get a good photo of scrapbook layouts, any suggestions? I used to scan and stitch a layout, but my newer printer/scanner does not do a good job, so these photos are from the camera.

For this layout I used the Cricut Imagine Buccaneer Art cart. I was so excited when ProvoCraft released this cart for the Imagine. There are so many great pirate images and backgrounds. After making the print and cuts the simple layout went together quickly.

Here are the individual pics of each page:

This layout was about a dinner we had at the Blue Bayou in Disneyland. Such a great place, the food and scenery was awesome.

All the elements including the background paper was from the Buccaneer cart. I really like that you can print patterned/background paper with the Imagine. I love the first page's scene of the treasure map, so cool. The pirate ships came out really great, so detailed. Its really great to have sizable printed embellishments. Sometimes I find when using embellishments or stickers that are bought it maybe perfect but either to big or to small. So having the option to resize these elements is really helpful.

Sunken ship


Journal spot

The only problem I have had with my Imagine is that if the print is at the bottom of the mat, the cut is not totally aligned all that great. You may notice it on the journal spot. I used some markers to blend in the color so the white of the cardstock didn't show. I think I need to take some time to do the advance calibration, something I haven't ventured into yet.

Hope you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by...till next time...

Thursday, August 18, 2011

First Card Using Copics and CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cart

Here is one of my latest projects. I made a set of 16 thank you cards for my guy. Recently threw him a b-day BBQ. We had such a great time and many of our friends got him such fun gifts. So I wanted to make a fun card to give thanks. I have had this Muchas Gracias stamp set from a while. I got it at Joanns, I think it may have been a dollar stamp set. I never used it because I had a hard time finding a good way to color my stamped images. I've tried a number of things but really never loved the look. But recently I dove into the world of Copic markers, and I am really pleased. I was lucky to get a great deal off the message boards to start my collection. And now that Michaels carries them (although my local ones don't yet) it will make them cheaper to by, got to love coupons. Also Michaels has a list of 60 colors they will carry, and a color chart online to keep track of what you have. So I will base my collection on these colors and go from there if needed.

To make the card base I used the new Close To My Heart Cricut Cart Art Philosophy. The cart has some great basic and detailed shapes. And there is a card feature for each image. So I used one of the square shape with rounded-in corners. I cut the card base at 5 1/4 inches in the light green cardstock. I then cut the shape with the 1st layer at 5 inches. This way you can still see the card base and you don't have to worry about lining it up perfectly.

Here's a bunch of images of the cards

This was a great set of cards to make and went very quickly. I am really liking the CTMH cart and the various possibilities with it.

And here is my new collection of Copics. Started at 35 and got 8 more when I visited home in Upstate over last weekend, the Michaels up there have them on display, and hopefully down in the city soon.

Newest colors

Thanks for stopping by and till next time...