Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Cooking with Cricut Challenge #83 - Bling it On!!

Hello everyone, hope you're having a creative week! Here is another challenge from all of us over at COOKING WITH CRICUT !  This week is all about things blingy! :-)  They say that diamonds are a girls best friend so we created projects with bling on them to inspire you!

I decided to pull out my Art Philosophy cartridge from CLOSE TO MY HEART and it never disappoints! If you would like to know more about the bundle that has the Art Philosophy cartridge in it, CLICK HERE!

I started with the bag on page 23 of the cartridge handbook and cut it at 6.41".  The filigree frame cut is on page 67 and was cut at 2.88". Lastly, the "J" was cut at 1.94". 

Here are a couple of close-ups. I tried to show off my glittery paper but it is really hard to show on camera! 

Now to the really fun part - add the bling! I added as much as I possibly could without going overboard! Haha! I don't know...... maybe I already did! :-) 

As a finishing touch, I tied some ribbon through the handles to complete the look!

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to head over to COOKING WITH CRICUT to play along in our bling challenge and link up your own creation for a chance to win a prize! 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Paper Crafting World & Cooking With Cricut's Home Decor Blog Hop

 Welcome to Paper Crafting World ( and Cooking With Cricut’s ( Home Décor Blog Hop!  Our Design Teams are so excited to bring you a two-day hop that focuses on projects for your home – that’s right no cards or scrapbook layouts in this hop! You should have arrived here from visiting Charlotte at . If you’ve joined us in mid-Hop and would like to check out all the other fantastic projects head on over Melinda’s Paper Crafting World   ( and start at the beginning.

It wasn't hard at all to decide what subject to use for my home decor project - my grand boys!! I'm proud to say that they are the cutest little guys ever! So sorry to everyone else in the world! Haha! 

Just a note: I'm giving away some BLOG CANDY today so be sure to read all the way to the bottom to see what it is and how to have a chance to win it! :-)

Here is what I did: 
I chose an 8x10 frame and took the back off and the glass out. I cut an 8x10 piece of chipboard and covered it with 4 6x6 squares of paper placed randomly and overlapping each other.

I chose a sweet Christmas pic of my boys and adhered it to a chipboard oval from a kit I had in my stash. I framed it with more pieces of this kit by covering each layer with coordinating paper before adhering it to the picture layer.

Here are the Cricut cuts I used:
Corner scrolls - from HERITAGE -  cut at 2.29"
CHILDREN - from HERITAGE - cut at 1"
LOVE tag - from A CHILD'S YEAR -  cut at 1.94"
GRAND - from BABY STEPS - cut at 2.53"
(this cut is actually GRAND ADVENTURE, but I cut off the word adventure)

I wanted the corner scrolls to blend in a little but they blended a little too much so I inked them and that seemed to help, although I don't know if you can see it very well in the pic. 
I simply put all of my elements together as you see,  and I love how it turned out! I have this hanging in my living room so I can see my sweet boys every day! It really is amazing what treasures can be created with a few simple elements!

Here are some close-ups of the different elements:

Thanks for stopping by today and keep reading to find out how you can participate right along with us to win come cool prizes!
Also, keep reading to find out what I'm giving away too! :-)

We hope you’ll link up your Home Décor project for a chance at winning one of our giveaways. One winner will be chosen by random draw and three others will be selected by the Design Team. 
Head on over to Cooking With Cricut  ( for the guidelines and the link up.


To have a chance to win these great idea books, simply leave me a comment on this post! I would love for you to follow me as well, but that is not a requirement! :-)  I will choose a winner with on Tuesday, April 24, 2012.

Thanks for stopping by! Head on over and check out what Tiffany at Creative Confessions of Tiffany Leola,  has cooked up!


Saturday, April 21st Line-Up 

Jen -

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Cooking With Cricut Cartridge Showcase - TBBM2

Hi fellow crafters!! If you came here today looking for my Cooking with Cricut Challenge #82 post, CLICK HERE  or scroll down to the post below this one.  Today's post is all about the new cartridge, Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2! It's my turn to do a cartridge showcase over at COOKING WITH CRICUT ! I chose this cartridge because it has so much to offer, (and there is  sooooo much to learn!)

I really do love this cartridge, but I have to tell you, there is a bit of a learning curve in using the scoring tool that is designed to work with this cartridge.  This is definitely something I will have to take more time working on! I'm hoping to do a video on this because I know there are more people like me who need some help with this cartridge! :-) 

TBBM2 is a full cartridge that has lots of shaped boxes, tags, cards and card phrases and is designed to work with the Cricut scoring tool and the Cricut gel pens.

My first 2 projects are cards. The cupcake card is on page 56 of the handbook and the circle flap card is on page 72.
Sorry for the messy pic - I dropped my card when the Stickles were still wet! :-(

I backed the cupcake cut-out with bright pink paper so it would show through easily. This card is cut @ 5". I tried the scoring tool to see how it works and this is how I made it work.  After cutting the card, DON'T unload your mat. If you are using a Gypsy, (as I did), touch RETURN TO DESIGN and click shift for the image you are wanting to score, making sure that your cursor is set the the same size as your cut image.  Line the score lines up on your original cut - being careful not to move your original image. Once you have the lines matched up, replace the cutting blade with the scoring tool and press cut again. It will simply go over the cuts again and score where needed.  Do you see why a video would be helpful here? :-)

This circle flap card is very simple but you could really have some fun embellishing this! I could also see it as a great invitation card! 

This next box is one of the big reasons that I got this cartridge! I made a mini pizza box - cut at 6.5". I ned more practice using the scoring tool for this cut, so I just referred to the instruction booklet that comes with this cartridge. It shows where the score lines are.

I think this little box would be perfect with a decorated cookie in it or even a gift card! Just imagine the possibilities when you make this box even larger! 

Lastly, I made the tea bag holder. I cut it at 5" which is a little big but it actually works for a Family Size iced tea bag! :-)  It has just enough dimension for a tea bag to fit snuggly inside. 

I hope you have enjoyed this exploration of TBBM2! I know that I have a lot to learn when it comes to using this cartridge to its fullest ~ and I will have fun doing it! :-) 

Now go create your own masterpiece and show the world!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Cooking With Cricut Challenge #82

Hello everyone! Welcome to another Challenge Wednesday at COOKING WITH CRICUT ! This weeks challenge is celebrating National Letter Writing Month! (You know, the old-fashioned way to keep in touch!) :-)  This week, we were asked to create a card to send to someone or a scrapbook layout featuring a letter.

For my project this week, I decided to make a note card folder, complete with 4 note cards and envelopes! I got this idea from Sheila at SHE'S A SASSY LADY .  She made me a little folder with monogrammed note cards and envelopes and I absolutely love it! Click on her blog title and visit her awesome blog!! There is always lots going on over there!

Anyway, here is how I made the folder:

Start with an 8.5" x 11" piece of card stock and score and fold at 5.5" (long side) and 2.5" (short side). I took a pic of these score lines on plain paper instead of the pattern that I'm using so that you could see the lines better.

Here it is folded up:

Punch a hole about 1/2" in from each side so you can put ribbon through for your closure.

Cut hand/pen image and layers from SENTIMENTALS @ 3.44"H. Mount on the front of the folder with pop dots.

Cut out cards from SENTIMENTALS @ 3.5"H.  I embellished them by inking the edges and using my white gel pen. (Big surprise on the pen, I know! ) :-) 

There ya' have it! A cute and functional set of note cards to get me started writing a note to someone special and sending it by snail mail! :-)

So, who are you going to send a special note to? Create something with this week's theme and head on over to COOKING WITH CRICUT to link your creation and be entered to win a prize! 

Thanks for stopping by today! Enjoy your day!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Pass the Caramel Popcorn!

Happy Thursday, everyone!! I hope that spring has sprung by now in your neck of the woods! It has actually been hot here! (85-90 degrees!) Gotta love Texas! :-)  Anyway, today is my day to share a special project with you all and everyone over at She's a Sassy Lady! Please take some time to visit over there and prepare to be inspired! Saturdays are especially fun with Sheila's Gypsy Made Simple challenges!!

I have this amazing recipe for Caramel Corn that you make in the microwave! Yes, you read that right - in the microwave! So much easier and less time consuming than making it in the oven! Yay!! I'm sharing the recipe and the adorable popcorn box that I made to package some in to give away!

Here is the recipe -NOTE:  It is very important to adhere to the time instructions listed.

6 qt. popped corn (unsalted)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter
1/4 c. light corn syrup
1 c. brown sugar

Pop popcorn and put in large microwavable bowl. Set aside. Melt butter in a large measuring pitcher. Add brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Stir. Cook in microwave for 30 seconds. Take out and stir. Cook in microwave for 3 more minutes.  Stir. Add baking soda and stir well.  Pour this mixture over the popped corn and stir well but gently. (You probably won't get the popcorn all coated in this step. You will be stirring it again after the next one. )  Put the bowl in the microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Take out and stir again, mixing well but again, gently. :-) Put back in microwave for 1 minute 20 seconds.  Take out and stir.  Spread out on a large surface, like a cookie sheet, to allow it to cool.  As it cools, gently break the pieces apart until completely cooled.  Enjoy!!
Here is my freshly popped corn.

This is how it looks just after pouring the syrupy goodness over the popcorn!

This is after the first stir. You can see how some of the popcorn isn't coated yet. 

Final product! Just look at all the caramely, buttery goodness! Trust me, it tastes absolutely wonderful!!

Now onto the paper project!

I cut the popcorn box from the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More cartridge at 7.82" H.  I forgot to take a pic of this cut on my Gypsy, but I rotated it so that I could make it that big on a 12x12 mat. 
Here it is cut out, scored and ready to assemble.

All put together ready to embellish!

Cut a 12" piece of lace ribbon and adhere all the way around the middle. I used my ATG gun with great success! 

Cut another piece of coordinating ribbon - (sorry, forgot to measure this one), to adhere and tie over the lace ribbon.

I cut this tag from the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge at 2" and stamped it with the coordinating stamp! (This cartridge is simply fantastic for adding so much dimension to your projects!) If you don't have a CTMH consultant that you purchase from, you can click on the link on my sidebar to visit my CTMH website to order this Cricut bundle or any number of other wonderful products! 

I added some crinkle ribbon in the pre-cut slots to make a handle and tied the tag through one end.

View of the inside.

Here is my completely finished project! This is the perfect container to present someone with such a yummy treat!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I encourage you to make this special treat and share it with a special someone to make their day! 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Cooking with Cricut Challenge #80 Easter

It's Wednesday, and that means time for another challenge over at COOKING WITH CRICUT ! This week we made Easter projects.  Lots of variety of inspiration and beautiful projects are showcased! I used the Easter 2010 seasonal cartridge for the title and the flower and Elegant Edges for the sign base.  I spruced up my sign with some Stickles and some liquid pearls.  I LOVE liquid pearls - they kind of make my border look like it has little lights on it! :-) This cute little 5" sign is perfect atop my Easter candy dish!

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to stop over at COOKING WITH CRICUT to play along and link up your own Easter project for a chance to win a great prize!