Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Cooking with Cricut - Challenge #92 It's Hot Outside!!

Happy Summer, everyone!! Whew! Here in Texas, it's HOT!!! Like 106 degrees, HOT! Welcome to another challenge Wednesday at COOKING WITH CRICUT ! Today's theme is all about celebrating fun things to do in and around water!
I chose to do a two-page layout to feature pics from a trip to the Water Park.  I used the H20 seasonal cricut cartridge.  This cartridge is a fantastic summer cartridge! Here are my completed layouts:

Now for some close-ups and more details!

I cut the water slide at 11.59" which is what my Cricut sized it to when I did fit-to-page. The bottom layer is blue Coordinations canvas texture card stock and the top layer is Coordinations glitter paper. 

You will notice throughout these layouts that it appears that there is water splashed on the pages...... that is CTMH's Liquid Glass! I love that stuff!!! It is the perfect product for this project!! If you don't have a CTMH consultant, and would like to purchase this product or any other,  feel free to visit my site HERE!

More close-ups:
The sun and layer was cut at 4" and I used Diamond Stickles and Cotton Candy Stickles to embellish it.

This post card is from a K and Company stack. I inked the edges with Tim Holtz Faded Jeans Distress Ink.

Kinda hard to see the glitter paper here but you can see the "water" droplets! :-)

Here is the 2nd page:

"All Wet" was cut at 2" and "Splish Splash" was cut at 2.75". Both cuts were embellished with Liquid Glass! 

I also used Liquid Glass on the corners of the photo mats!

Trying to give you a good look at how wet everything looks! :-)

"Water Park" was cut at 4". I had some Creative Memories water paper that I used for this! Perfect!

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to head over to COOKING WITH CRICUT to link up your own project showing how you like to beat the heat! 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

June Birthday Blog Hop

Welcome to the and Designers June Blog Hop. Get ready for two days of great projects with each day showcasing different designers and projects. If you have come from Suzanne's Blog then you are moving along. If you would like to start from the beginning, please head over to COOKING WITH CRICUT .

This month our hop theme is all about Birthdays and one special one in mind. Our wonderful DT Coordinator Jen Hudson’s birthday just happened to fall on Saturday so we decided to make birthday inspired projects with a “Jen” theme in mind. Our go to gal is a die-hard Florida Gator Fan. So we decided to use elements on our projects that reflected Our GATOR FOR LIFE Gal’s FANCY;  Florida, The Florida Gators and anything that would make you think of the Sunshine State. Jen is the last on our blog line up so be sure to hop through and leave her some extra special love at the end!

When I think of The Sunshine State, I think of vacation so that is the theme of these 3-D tags! Happy Birthday, Jen! We are so blessed to have you as our Coordinator, and trust me, we need some coordinating! :-)
All of the cuts are from the Summer Vacation seasonal Cricut cartridge. I didn't get a pic from the side but I put two of the camera cuts together with pop-dots to make one tag.

Notice how the "charms" are attached with ribbon. All of the stamps are various stamps from my stash.

A little closer look at the charms highlighting the fun things about summer and vacation.

Thanks for stopping by today 

 Be sure to head over to COOKING WITH CRICUT and leave a comment for a chance to win some great blog candy! Now on to your next stop Natt .

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Cooking with Cricut Challenge #91 - BBQ or PICNIC theme projects

Welcome to another challenge Wednesday here and over at COOKING WITH CRICUT ! This week's challenge is all about Summer! We all made BBQ or PICNIC-themed items.
I made a picnic invitation using the Fabulous Finds cartridge.  That's how I made the giant paper clip on the front and the window part of the inside.

Now it's your turn to head on over to COOKING WITH CRICUT to link up your own BBQ or PICNIC-themed project for a chance to win a great prize!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

June Calendar Page

Hello everyone!! I'm here today to share a simple calendar page with you and all of my friends over at SHE'S A SASSY LADY .  (If you remember, I did a post over there just last week because I goofed and thought my Thursday was last week! It actually worked out best for Sheila that way so I offered to share another project this week!)  Thank you, Sheila for being so gracious and I'm so glad I could help! :-)  

If you have seen any of my previous posts, you probably know that I do a different calendar page each month to showcase on my fridge and then add it to my scrapbook in front of all the pics I took that month.  This month, I decided to show how you can make a calendar grid if you don't have the Designer's Calendar cartridge.  Here is my finished page:

Let's break it down a bit.

To make my grid, I used my Gypsy, (forgot to take a pic of my screen), and lined up 35 - 1.5"squares to form my calendar. The squares I used are from Art Philosophy because I wanted squares with a little scallop on the corners but any square will work.  After the cut, I trimmed the extra off the edges.
The 35 little squares can be saved for another project.

Then I used the Father's Day seasonal cartridge and my Cricut markers to make my icon to designate Father's Day on my calendar. I chose to just use the markers and not cut it.  I just cut around the outside with my scissors.

I then traced over the sentiment with my black gel pen.

Then, I actually used 4 of those little squares to stamp my title on - I used the Urban Alphabet stamp set from CTMH.  Then I used CTMH's Liquid Glass to give the letters a shiny appearance.
I punched holes in the squares and threaded twine through to hang then across the page. The squares themselves are mounted with pop dots so they won't slide around.
Here are a few more close-ups of the squares and the twine "clothesline".

I also used Liquid Glass to adhere the twine to the page.

I added Distress Stickles throughout the grid to give a little pop of color.

Here is the Father's Day icon in place.

The background paper is from DVWV's Heirloom stack - (I love this stack!)
One more look:

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed today's post! 
Now, go create something beautiful!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Cooking With Cricut Challenge #90 - Father's Day Gift Ideas

Hello everyone and welcome to another COOKING WITH CRICUT Challenge Wednesday! This week we all created Father's Day gifts - no cards! I chose to make a little centerpiece using the Father's Day seasonal Cricut cartridge and the DCWV Guy Stack. To give you some perspective of the size of this centerpiece, the glass vase is about 4" tall.  I attached my die-cuts to wood skewers. This is a simple project, but one that can really add some pizazz to your Father's Day table! :-)

Be sure to head over to COOKING WITH CRICUT to link up your own Father's Day project for a chance to win a great prize!!

Thanks for stopping by today - now, go create something beautiful!!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

It All Started With a File Folder

Hello everyone! Today I'm sharing a project that I am so excited about!! I'm sharing this over at SHE'S A SASSY LADY too! Please, check out her awesome blog that has new projects featured everyday! 

 If you have tuned in lately to My Craft Channel , you have probably seen Heidi Swapp's Create to Remember shows! They are so full of great ideas and projects! She has a new product called Memory Files and they are simply decked-out file folders! :-)  I had so much fun embellishing my project and I am quite certain that I will probably be adding even more before I call it done! :-)

Here is what I started with:
A plain, standard-size file folder

THIS  is what I ended up with:
This has to be one of my favorite projects yet! :-) I will be giving it to my husband for Father's Day - that is, if I can wait that long! :-)

So, in a nutshell, here is how you put something like this together:

I used the DCWV Heirloom stack to cover my folder - front and back, as shown below:

Next I covered the middle seam with washi tape. (Just recently discovered this stuff and I LOVE it!)

Next, I decided to cut a hole in the cover of my folder like I saw on one of Heidi Swapp's videos so I could have a "peek-a-boo" window to the cover of the mini album inside. (There are so many fun details to this project!)
I used the Creative Memories Custom Cutting System to cut this hole.

Next, I placed my mini album, (that we'll get to shortly), in position so that the desired part of the cover would show through the hole I cut and used a craft knife to cut slits in the folder along side the album. I cut them a little longer than the album so that the mini album could fit through and be securely held inside the folder.

Not sure if you can see the slits here but that's what I'm trying to show you! :-)

Here is just the cover of the album tucked through the slits, ready for the pages to be added.
(NOTE: this pic shows the mini opening to the right but when I actually put everything together, it worked better for it to open to the left.)

Here is how it looks from the back.

The mini in this project is from the Cricut cartridge, Fabulous Finds. (This cartridge is packed with all kinds of tags, clips, hinges, mini albums and tons of other stuff!)
This picture above shows how I stamped the pages and inked the edges. The globe stamp is from a Tattered Angels set called Grand Scale. I used Tim Holtz's Vintage Photo distress ink for inking all the edges throughout this project. 

Here are a few pics of some completed pages:
I used a lot of CTMH stamps and products throughout this project and I will put them in list form at the end to, hopefully, make it easier for those who might want to purchase them from  ME 

I used twine to secure the pages in the book and tied it around to the outside. There will be a better pic on down a bit.

Here I used packing tape on each side of this tag to create a hinge so I could include some journaling and another small pic on the back. 

These corrugated letters are from Jillibean Soup and they were perfect for this project! I inked the edges and that really set them off!

This is a fantastic product from CTMH that I will tell you about right now, (instead of waiting til the end) :-)  These are called Flip Flap Memory Protectors and they are perfect to fit in my folder. One end has adhesive on it, allowing you to stack them and then be able to flip through them! They come in other sizes too! Super great idea!!

The completed inside! I just love looking at it!  The clipboard cut is from Fabulous Finds, as well. The "For The Record" tag is from My Mind's Eye's Life Stories.

A close-up of the window and mini clothesline. I attached the twine with CTMH's Liquid Glass - another fantastic product!

Close-up of the Liquid Glass. Oh, and the tags that are hanging are cut from the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and stamped with the Thoughtful Tidings stamp set. I wrinkled them up a bit to give them a distressed look.

Some close-ups:

Stamp inside back of mini album is from the CTMH "Made with Love" set.

The Flip Flap Memory Protectors up close.

I love how this album closure turned out - another great cut from Fabulous Finds!

Here is my finished project once again:

Now for the promised list of CTMH products:
Z4114 Flip Flap Memory Protectors
S1202 Thoughtful Tidings
D1507 Urban Alphabet
D1387 Made With Love
D1378 Notice the Details
D1363 Picture Perfect
Z679 Liquid Glass

CRICUT cuts:
mini album - Fabulous Finds
clipboard cut-out - Fabulous Finds
closure for mini - Fabulous Finds
hinges on mini - Fabulous Finds
"Handle With Care" - Printing Press

  Click HERE to visit my CTMH website to browse or place an order for the fantastic products featured in this project! 
Thanks so much for stopping by today and remember to enjoy the everyday moments!