Thursday, July 10, 2014

Quick Graduation card

Hello everyone! It's my turn to share over at SHE'S A SASSY LADY and this is what I shared: a graduation card that I made in a jiffy for our nephew who recently graduated! :-)

This card and the coordinating envelope is on the Wild Card cartridge and I cut it at 4.5". 


 Since I was in a little hurry when I made this card, it took me about 10 minutes from start to finish! 

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to stop by Sheila's blog, SHE'S A SASSY LADY to see lots of fantastic projects to inspire your summer crafting!! 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Country Picnic Bridal Shower

Hello everyone! I am here today to share with you a fun bridal shower that I helped plan for a sweet young lady at our church! We went with a Country Picnic theme and we had so much fun! Today's post can also be seen over at SHE'S A SASSY LADY since I am the guest designer over there! Here are a few pics and then I'll give you more details under each one:

These are the centerpieces we made featuring the, ever popular, mason jars! The mats are 12x12 Kraft paper that has been corner punched with a Lucky 8 punch and an 11x11 bandanna paper that was also corner punched with my Lucky 8 punch. The "Mr. and Mrs." tag was from the Sweethearts Cricut cartridge and was cut at 3".

This was a cute journaling prompt tag that my friend found on Pinterest so I printed them and then created a tag to fit it! This is a tag that I found on the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and, using my Gypsy, I unlinked the H and W to stretch it to the size I needed it to be! Even with all the advances with the Cricut, which, for the record, I LOVE----- I still LOVE my Gyspy!! :-)

This little purse that I made from the Bridal Shower cartridge, was made to hold little cards that everyone wrote a little sentiment on. 

This shower was a gift card shower so we found an oval bucket to stick skewers in that we hot-glued mini clothespins to, to hold the gift cards. (Sorry the picture isn't that great but I forgot to take a pic at home so it's a little busy in the background! :-/ ) The "Mr. and Mrs." is from Tie the Knot and the Monogram B is from Tie the Knot as well. We put some paper straws over some of the skewers for more pops of color! 

The bride is the one in the center and she was thrilled with the theme!


We had catered box lunches and this was our place setting.

This shows a little more closely, the corner punches.

I cut hearts from Sweethearts and punched holes to "tie the knots"! :-)

Another view of our yummy place setting. :-)

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you're having a super fun, family and friend-filled summer! 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

You are my Sunshine!

Hello everyone! I am here to share a fun birthday banner that I made for our youngest grand baby who just turned 1 in April!  First of all, here are a few pics of our adorable little Collin! He just melts my heart!!




This cheesy little grin makes me want to grab him and start smooching him! :-)

Ok! Now to my project! I made this banner using the Creative Memories Total Sports cartridge, Hello Kitty Greetings, Mickey and Friends and Mickey Font.

These pennant banner shapes with the letter cutout are from Total Sports. I simply attached them with colored twine to a piece of natural twine.


These suns that I used as banner anchors and the large sun at the bottom of the banner are from Mickey and Friends.

The letters for COLLIN are from Mickey Font and the sun shape here is actually a card that I folded over the twine and is found on Hello Kitty Greetings! 

Some close ups:






Thanks for stopping by today! Now, go make something beautiful! :-)


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

I LOVE Close To My Heart!

Hello everyone! Just wanted to let everyone know that Close To My Heart has some amazing new products for Spring/Summer in our new Spring/Summer catalog! If you would like to browse the catalog or see what amazing products we have, simply click HERE to go to my website where you can view our catalog, see all kinds of crafting inspiration and check out our amazing products! As always, I am available to help you host your own gathering where you can earn all kinds of FREE products for yourself! Ask me how!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Crafter's Choice Challenge over at Exploring Cricut and More!

Welcome to another challenge over at EXPLORING CRICUT AND MORE! This challenge is all about you, the crafter! You can choose to do any sort of project - just include a patterned paper and a plain paper! The possibilities are endless! I chose an elegant "LOVE" card! I used the Storybook Cricut cartridge for the purple decorative corner on the front.
"Love" is a rub-on and I used some gem brads and Stickles to bling it up a bit!




Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to check out EXPLORING CRICUT AND MORE for lots more inspiration for this challenge!




Thursday, March 13, 2014

Christmas Tag Swap 2013

Happy Thursday, everyone! Today I am sharing the tags I made for our Sassy Designers tag swap this past Christmas! I'm also sharing them over at SHE'S A SASSY LADY because it's my turn over there!  I had planned on posting this months ago but it has been a crazy couple of months, with moving into a new house and starting a new job! At any rate, here is a pic of the finished tags and then I'll share some step-by-step pics.


Cricut cartridges used:
Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2 - Tag, 6.25"H
CTMH Artbooking ----> ornament overlay- 5.12"H,
 ornament medallion - 2"H,  and snowflake - 1.75"H

Here are the tag and overlay cuts before adhering them together.

I stamped my blog stamp and signed the back of each one before finishing them so I wouldn't mess anything up on the other side. :-)

Here is a trick I used to get an even coating of adhesive for the glitter to adhere to. I ran my tags through the Xyron sticker maker, making sure the side that got the "sticky" on it was the side I wanted the glitter on. 

Here is the tag before pulling it off the Xyron backing sheet.

After pulling the tag off of the backing sheet, you can see the full layer of adhesive exposed.

First I adhere the overlay......

Then I randomly sprinkle my first glitter color over the adhesive.

Then I sprinkle the other color in the bare spots to fill the tag completely in.

I had to switch shades of my glitter colors before I was completely done with all my tags so I actually got two different hues on my finished tags. I think I really like them both! :-)

Here are the ornament medallions with the snowflake. I attached them with pop dots.

I finished them off with some Liquid Pearls to accent the ornaments and some ribbon. 

There were 16 of us in this swap so I made 16 of these lovelies! :-)  I love looking at them all completed! 

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to stop by SHE'S A SASSY LADY everyday for lots of creative inspiration! 




Tuesday, March 11, 2014

I LOVE my Cricut Explore machine!!

Hello everyone! Welcome to Terrific Tuesday here and over at EXPLORING CRICUT and MORE! Today I am sharing one of my first projects made with my new Cricut Explore machine! I am so loving it and can see so many fun possibilities ahead!! For those of you who may not know, the Cricut Explore is a new machine from Provo Craft designed to work with the online design software called Cricut Design Space.  The calendar project that I am featuring here, is one of many free projects available there! The simplicity of just hooking your machine to your computer and clicking go is truly a reality! I will do my best to explain what I mean and I apologize, in advance, if my pictures just don't do it justice! :-)  Here are a few pics of what I made and then I have a few pics I took during the process and even a video of this amazing machine writing out the calendar numbers! (Actually, I couldn't get the video to post so I'll have to add that to this post when I get that figured out!)  :-(

The solid-colored pieces cut out separately and are adhered behind the top layer that has the design and the month cut out and the calendar written out with the Cricut Antiquity pen. 



Just had to show you where my new machine is sitting in my craft room close by my Imagine and my E2. They have been very welcoming to this machine since I assured them that I will not forget about them! :-)


Ok, here are the pics that I'm not sure turned out very well - but, as you can see, this project required 17 different mats. But what made it so easy is that I just put my paper on, select my paper type and click GO! The first few mats were cutting the solid-colored backing pieces. When I got to the top pieces, it would write and then cut - as long as I had the pen snapped in the appropriate holder. I didn't have to remember to tell it to write! It automatically knew to do that since this was a "Make It Now" project!  I took a video of the pen writing out the calendar numbers because I thought it was soooo cool!! I will figure out how to post it here as soon as I can!


If you look carefully, you can see where I have chosen the 2014 calendar on the left middle. Once I click on it, I get the screen below.


Another view of the Mat Preview screen.

I wanted to show this pic of my mat after cutting because EVERY piece that was cut stayed adhered to my mat and these are some tiny pieces!! That's how cleanly this machine cuts! It's just awesome! 

Another couple of close-ups showing the great precision of these minute cuts!


Here they all are hanging on my wall! I just love how they look! I thought that I missed January when I was cutting all of these but, apparently, they didn't include January because it had already passed when this machine came out! :-) 






I hope you have enjoyed this little peek into the world of the Cricut Explore! I know that I have lots of fun ahead as I learn even more about this fantastic machine! Be sure to always check out EXPLORING CRICUT and MORE for lots of Cricut inspiration everyday!