Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Cocoa goodness!

I have been so busy this month with all the Christmas preparations. And I have been working on this:

I totally lifted this from the Cricut Circle Magazine. But I loved the idea and had to try it out.

This started out as a small project. I only wanted to make 5 for family members but my husband decided he wanted me to make more for his co-workers so I had to add 9 more to the project. That's a total of 14 jars! In case you can't tell from the picture that is a quart size jar. That is A LOT of cocoa to make from scratch and I found a great recipe online. I had already bought enough of each ingredient for the original 5 jars so I had to go to the store to get some more. THEN I didn't have enough jars because as we all know a case of these jars only holds 12. GRRRR! And I had bought the last case the store had. Luckily we found some jars at Michaels. Yay! So finally I had everything I needed to get started. I got down to the last few jars and ran out of cocoa powder. UGH. Another trip to the store.

After all the cocoa was made and in the jars I finally got to decorate! I bought some clear plastic spoons and some of the chocolate that you dip fruit in. I coated the spoons with the chocolate and put some crushed candy canes (peppermint, of course) on top. I put some marshmallows in a snack size ziplock bag and tied it all on the jar with a cute Ho, Ho, Ho ribbon. After this one was made I decided it was just too hard trying to hold everything in place and tying the ribbon at the same time so I went back to the store and bought some small rubber bands to hold everything in place while I put the ribbon on. The one thing I forgot on this jar is a tag tellling how much cocoa to mix with how much water but the other 13 jars got tags.

Now for the cricut cuts: I used Christmas solutions for the reindeer. I cut all of them so there would be a variety of designs. I used Celebrations for the white square background but I can't remember which cartridge I used for the scalloped square. (Sorry) Thanks for taking a look. Have a great New Year!

(Here's a close up (sort of) of the decorations.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Snowman gift box

I know, I know, I really need to post more often. Maybe now that finals are over I will have more time to do some more crafting. Well on to today's project. I made this cute little gift box for a present for my daughter. I cut it using the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More cartridge.

I love this snowman. It is just so cute. It was on the Christmas solutions cartridge. I used glossy accents (for the first time!) to make the snowman a little more sparkly. Then added glitter glue to the arms, hat, and scarf.

I cut a gingerbread man to put on the back of the box. I think I got this one from Potpourri Basket but there are so many cartridges with a gingerbread man on it that you can find the one you like best.

I hung this box on the Christmas tree after placing the gift inside. Hopefully we won't forget that it's there. I think I'm going to make a few more for a few other gifts.

Thank you for looking and if I don't get the chance to post again this month, Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Cowgirl up!

Yeah, I'm back! I had so much fun making this layout of my daughter at horse riding lessons.

 I used my Gypsy to design the page first. I measured the pictures after I cropped them and placed a square on the screen that was the same size as each photo. This way I was able to make sure that each element was the right size. After I cut the horses I put flock on them. It was a little tricky because I wanted the horses' manes and tails to be a different color as the bodies. I really love the way they came out.

You can't really see it here but the paper is textured and with the flock it gives it great dimension.
I cut the title and the straps on the hay bales from the same red as the barn. I then stacked them the way I thought they may be at a real farm.

Thanks for looking! And happy crafting!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Fishing with dad

My girls are such tomboys. In this layout they are fishing and swimming with their dad.

I used my Gypsy with Stand and Salute to cut the boot shape. I had to play around with the size A LOT. I used some printer paper to cut out the boot several times until I got it just right. Then I used Potpourri Basket to cut the fishing pole. I placed an eyelet in the top of the boot and tied a piece of twine to it, then ran the twine along the fishing pole.

Then I used Gypsy Font to weld the title. I used Tim Holtz distressing ink to give it more dimension.

On the next page I didn't do quite as much. Since they are all swimming I used the dripping font from Happy Hauntings to make it look like water dripping from the letters. I used Tim Holtz distressing ink to give it more dimension.

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happy Veterans Day!

I don't have anything crafty today but I wanted to say THANK YOU to all the veterans out there. And an especially big THANK YOU to their families. As the wife a veteran I know the hardship that is placed on the people staying home. I know the sadness and lonliness of the missed holidays and birthdays. I know the sleepless nights full of worry for your loved one. I know the frustration of trying to explain to your child for the millionth time why daddy is not home and hearing them cry because they just don't understand.

Whatever your stance on the current events in the Middle East, please remember that our soldiers must follow orders whether they agree with them or not and they deserve our respect for doing what no one else is willing to do. Without the awesomeness of our soldiers this country would not be what it is. While honoring our veterans please don't forget to honor the ones who made the ultimate sacrifice for you and me.

Have a great Veteran's Day! And enjoy the song.....

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Daisy and me

So this is the project that I was working on when I discovered my Gypsy was not working. I had all the paper placed on the mat and ready to go but when I connected the Gypsy to the Cricut, nothing! I was crushed. I had been planning this one for a while and was so excited to finish it. Now it's done and I am so proud of the way it turned out. I used hearts from all different cartridges; Create a Critter, Gypsy Font, Hannah Montana, Plantin Schoolbook, and Sweethearts.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Great Giveaway, Batman!

While trolling the many blogs I follow I found this great giveaway for 148 promarkers.

Now, I don't color in stamps but this is too good to pass up and I'm sure I could use another hobby. Yeah right! You can read more about this giveaway and sign up for it here: 

Good luck to you!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Wow! Two posts in two days.

As a member of the Cricut Circle I get to participate in challenges weekly and monthly. Today's post is about the monthly challenge. The idea was to "celebrate creativity". The criteria were to use patterned paper, have at least 2 cuts, use the shadow feature, and have some sort of embellishment. I have been thinking about this all month trying to figure out just what I wanted to make and haven't been able to come up with anything. I ordered some new (to me) paper packs from Joann's last week and got it in today. I found this great patterned paper in the Summer Dream diecut paper pack from DCWV and just knew I wanted to use it for this challenge. I cut the word "inspire" from the Wall Decor and More cartridge and cut this awesome butterfly from the Hannah Montana cartridge using glitter cardstock from the DCWV glitter matstack and cut the shadow for it using a dark purple color. I think the colors go together really well. For the embellishment I used a purple glitter glue to trace some of the lighter purple lines.

I doubled up on the popdots for the butterfly to give it some extra dimension and used only one layer of popdots for the word "inspire".

I am going to frame this and hang it on the wall in my scrap area, if I can keep it from my daughter. She has decided she loves it and must have it. I am trying to convince her to make something of her own. :)
Thanks for looking and have a great weekend.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

I'm back!

I finally got my gypsy back and with it came my crafting mojo. I have a new card to show you. I have started a tradition of giving my kids cards for halloween with some kind of corny joke on it. When I saw this joke I just knew I had to make it into a card. In addition I am using this for the Cricut Circle blog contest. The rules were to use a transparent element and have two different elements. I layered vellum over the moon to give it a more muted tone. And sandwiched a bat between the yellow and vellum. I tried to cut the words from Happy Hauntings but they had to be so small that the cricut just chewed up the paper. Either way, I really love the way this turned out. Let me know what you think.

And the inside,

Thanks for looking. And have a great Halloween

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Gypsy's going digital!

I'm sure most of the cricut community knows by now but Provocraft has a new promotion going on right now. See below for the details.

Buy and register a Gypsy by Cricut by October 31 and receive 6 free cartridges downloaded to your Gypsy – including the exclusive, all-new “Smiley Cards” cartridge (and don’t forget about Gypsy Wanderings and Gypsy font cartridges that come pre-loaded on the machine). It’s a $419 value!

Free cartridges include:

- Smiley ...Cards (new and exclusive to this promotion)

- Tags, Bags, Boxes and More (not available in retail)

- Christmas ...(not available in retail)

- Blackletter (not available in retail)

- Printing Press (not available in retail)

- Indie Art (not available in retail)

All current Gypsy owners included! Simply register your Gypsy by October 31, 2010 and get access to all downloads. Register at

Downloads will be available through a special update to your Gypsy starting November 1st.

New Gypsy cartridge downloads are easy! Just connect your Gypsy to your computer and you’ll automatically be prompted how to start. In just a few steps, you’ll be able to download all six cartridges containing thousands of images! And with Gypsy, you’ll have all the cartridge artwork and keypad overlays on your Gypsy screen, so there’s no actual cartridge, handbook, or packaging.

You only have a few weeks. Don’t miss out!!

Friday, October 1, 2010

This little birdie...

Wow! Another post! So soon after the last one. Can you believe it? My friend hasn't been feeling very well so I wanted to make her a card to help cheer her up. This is what I came up with....

One of her favorite colors (and mine) is purple so of course I had to use that as the base color. I used Create a Critter to cut the bird but I wanted to give it a little something extra so I used flocking on the wing and flower.  I found these great self adhesive jewels at Big Lots and this one fit perfectly on the flower so of course I had to add some bling. I also added some glitter glue on the beak. I just love sparkly!

I used my cuttlebug swirls folder for the  background. Then since I wanted to add a sentiment on the front I had to add a lighter color strip.

Thanks for taking a look and any comments are greatly appreciated. Have a great week!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Wow, I actually have something new!

Yeah, I know I've been MIA lately. I wish I could tell you it's because I've been extremely busy but that's only half of it. I've also been a little lazy. I know what you're thinking; how can I be too lazy to scrap. Well I guess sometimes a person needs a break. So now that I have the excuses out of the way let me show you my newest creation:

I made scarves for most of the girls in my family last year for Christmas. My aunt saw my sister wearing hers and wanted me to make her one. I told her it would be a while and now 9 months later I have finally made one for her. I still haven't made up my mind if I am going to put tassels on it yet though. What do you think?

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Before and After

Have you ever looked back through your scrapbooks and decided you just did not like the way the page turned out? Well today's post is my example of this. When I first scrapped this page I didn't have the stickers I needed to finish it so I went to the computer and printed out some clipart that went with the theme. I didn't really like the end result then but I went with it because it's what I had at the time. Here is the before picture. Don't laugh (okay, laugh if you want but don't tell me about it).  

These were horrible! I didn't even trim around the clip art. I just cut them into squares and stuck it on the page. What was I thinking?

Well, now I have this awesome new machine that cuts designs for me! I have never had the desire to go back and redo all my scrapbooks before and for the most part I still don't but this page just needed to be fixed. Here is the new and improved layout.

I had a hard time hiding the adhesive from the old clipart (that's why that cat is so crooked) but I think this looks much better. What do you think?

Sunday, August 22, 2010

At the river

So I made some time to get some scrapping done today and this is what I came up with.

When I sat down at my craft table I was completely uninspired and wasn't sure what I wanted to do. Finally, I just picked some pictures and started cropping them down and picked a background paper. Then it started coming to me what I wanted to do.

I cut the title from the cropped pieces of the pictures using Plantin Schoolbook. At first I tried using my Zig pen to glue them down but it just created a big mess so I ran the letters through my Xyron sticker maker and that worked much better.

I decided the page needed something "water-ish". I do not have the H2O cartridge and I'm not sure it would have worked here anyway. So I chose the fish from Create A Critter and the fish border from Animal Kingdom. I must admit I forgot to actually pay attention to the direction I was cutting the fish and had to redo one of them.

Last, but not least, I cut the cute little turtle from Create a Critter. I don't know why but I just love this little guy.

Thanks for looking and have a great week!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Happy anniversary to me!

Today my husband and I have been married 13 years! Where has the time gone? We are high school sweethearts and are still going strong. I think it may have something to do with being apart almost as much as we have been together. My husband is former military and now he is a wildland fire fighter so it's safe to say he is away from home alot. With this anniversary we can now say that we have been together on this special day more years than we have not. He has missed all of the milestone anniversaries (1st, 5th, 10th).
On to the bouquet.... My husband LOVES Reese's peanut butter cups! So, I thought I would make him this cool candy bouquet.

The recipe:
  • Double sided patterned paper
  • Wooden skewers
  • Glass vase
  • Glue gun
  • Regular and mini Reese's peanut butter cups
 I used the scalloped circle from the tie the knot cartridge and cut it at 4 inches. I had this really ugly patterned paper that came in a pack from Sam's Club. I didn't think I would ever use it. But it actually goes really good with the Reese's packages. Using my Gypsy, I was able to fit 7 circles on each page. After I cut the circles out I balled them up then opened them back up. This kept them from laying flat on top of each other and gave them more of a flower shape. I used 4 circles per flower and layered them solid, pattern, solid, pattern.

I punched a hole in the center then used a brad to hold the layers together. Afterwards I used the hot glue to attach the skewer and the Reese's peanut butter cup. I made 13 "flowers", one for each year we've been married. I placed all the skewers in the vase then filled the bottom with the mini Reese's to keep the flowers from falling all over the place. I just love the way this turned out and I think I will have to make more soon.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

At the playground

I made this two page layout of my daughters at the playground. They always have so much fun and never want to leave. I have a few more pictures that didn't get scrapped because, as you can see, there was no more room on the page. I love all the pictures of my kids (even the blurry ones) and always have such a hard time choosing which ones to leave out. Do you have that problem too? Anyway, on to the cricut cuts. I used a few different cartridges for this one. I cut the swing set from Locker Talk at 5 inches, then snipped off the swings. For the long grass strips at the bottom I used Plantin Schoolbook. I welded 2 grass pieces together in my gypsy and cut it at 1 1/2 inches. Then for the little grass pieces I used the accessory feature key on Create a Critter (my all time favorite cartridge), also cut at 1 1/2 inches. I attached them with foam tape to give them a little dimension.

The clouds were cut from Create a Critter at 2 inches, then I used my black pen to add faux stitching around the edges. The sun was cut from Gypsy Wanderings at 3 inches. I added some gold glitter glue to the sun to give this page a little sparkle.

The stickers have been hiding in my stash for quite a while now so I don't remember what company made them but I thought they added just a little extra fun to this page. I hope you like this layout as much as I do and have a great weekend. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Random Daisy Sightings

I had some extra pictures left over from other layouts and some pictures that just didn't really go with anything but I wanted to include them in my scrapbook. I created the page title using my Gypsy. The font is from nursery rhymes and the daisies are from walk in my garden. I resized and welded the daisies in random spots around the font. Then I used the hide contour to hide the dot on the "i"s and replaced them with a daisy. I had some tiny adhesive jewels that I picked up from Big Lots that I placed in the center of the daisies. And to finish off the page I used some Suzy Zoo stickers that I have been holding onto way too long.

Thanks for looking. Have a great week!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Monkeying around!

I actually had some time to scrap today, YEAH! I had some cute pictures of my daughter at the playground acting like a monkey so I cut this cute little monkey from the Create A Critter cartridge. All layers including the vine are cut at 4 inches. I think it fits this page perfectly. I also found this journaling block in a pack that I got from wal-mart that goes great. I decided to mat just the one picture to kind of make it the main focus of the page. I just love the face she is making.

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Tell me a story, Granny.

I am really pleased with how this page turned out. I have such a hard time using my pretty paper. I don't want to cover it up with pictures. I really had two more pictures to put on this page but it would have completely covered the great design on the paper. I used DCWV cardstock stack for the background page and the patterned paper is DCWV glitter stack.

Thanks for looking. Have a great week!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Shape Cards

I made this card for my mother in law on mother's day. Fortunately, I have one of those mom in law's that I love. She has been really great to me so I wanted to make something special for her.

I used the deer from Create a Critter. I cut the bottom layer twice and adhered the two bottom layers together at the very top and made a crease to be able to easily open the card. I used Reflections cardstock from Michaels. Thanks for taking a look and have a great weekend.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Dance with French Manor and Wall Decor and More

Happy Thursday! Thankfully I had this layout completed before all my problems last week. I made this using Wall Decor and More and French Manor. I really like the way this turned out.

I cut this from French Manor. It's the screen cut. I took the pieces apart and used them on different pictures.

I used the tag feature on the tile cut for the oval.

I used Wall Decor and More for the word "dance" and for all of the dancers.

I cut the border of the dancers and then carefully cut them apart to create my border vertically.

Thanks for taking a look. Have a great weekend! I hope to have more posted soon.