Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cooking with Cricut Challenge #101 - Where Did Summer Go?

Welcome to another challenge Wednesday here and over at COOKING WITH CRICUT! This week's challenge is asking the question, "Where did Summer Go?" Doesn't it always go by way too fast??

This is a mini book made with A2 envelopes and cards that we made in a kids papercrafting class that I taught before the kids went back to school.  It's a great way for them to document all of their many summer memories and pics!

You need 8 cards and 8 envelopes and various cardstock colors and stickers depending on your theme.

I used the Tags, Bags, Boxes and more cartridge for the tags throughout my book and George and Basic Shapes for the mats on the envelope and card fronts.

I will be posting a full tutorial soon with all the details of sizes and such. (I am currently out of state at my daughter's house as she just had a new baby so I am pretty busy being Mom and Grandma!) :-)

Here are more pics of the inside pages and inserts:









Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to head on over to COOKING WITH CRICUT to link up your own "Where Did Summer Go?" creation for a chance at a great prize!

Java Jen




















Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Thank You to Melin Blog Hop! SURPRISE! It's our 100th CWC challenge!


Welcome to Cooking With Cricut’s very special SURPRISE “Thank You” Blog Hop! Why is it so special, you ask?? Well, there are a couple of reasons -  the first being -----> it is our 100th Cooking With Cricut challenge , (WOOHOO!!),  and the second (and most important) is to thank our wonderful leader and “Executive Chef” Melinda Beltran!!! Do I hear a "whoop, whoop"? :-)
Melin started the Cooking With Cricut challenges in October 2010 to encourage crafters to find new and different ways to use their Cricut cartridges. And she has accomplished that and so much more! She has given scores of crafters a place on her Design Teams which quickly turned into a sisterhood of women, who care for each other; who encourage each other; who lift each other and their families up in prayer; and who have shared their hearts and their art through many outreach projects. I am extremely honored to be a part of this awesome group and I want to personally thank Melin for tirelessly keeping us all challenged and excited about our passion of crafting and creating!!

So this is our SURPRISE “Thank You” tribute to our beloved Melin! If you came from Jamie A’s blog ----> LINK HERE , you’re in the right place! If you’ve joined us in mid-hop and would like to start at the beginning, please head back to Cooking With Cricut -----> LINK HERE  you won’t want to miss any of these awesome cards!!

Here is my card:

Now for the details on how to make one of these cards for your own:
CRICUT CARTRIDGES USED:
Designer's Calendar
CTMH Art Philosophy

First I cut 3 different colors of the squared pumpkin from Designer's Calendar at 4". 

Next, I welded two square scalloped squares from the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge to make a card. The shapes were 5.86" before welding.


Now, take the brown pumpkin and adhere it to the front of the card.

Next, cut the green pumpkin out of the frame and adhere it on top of the brown pumpkin.


Cut the orange pumpkin out of its frame, also, but this time also cut off the stem.

Now to add some texture, emboss the orange pumpkin with a swirls embossing folder and adhere it on top of the green pumpkin. I also inked the embossing for a little extra color.

 I tied a small piece of twine around the green stem.

I cut 2 different leaves from Designer's Calendar at 2" and embossed them also before adhering them to the card.

                                             I stamped my sentiment on a scrap of kraft paper.
And there you have it...... a thank-you card with lots of fun detail! It's all for you,  Melin! :-)


Thanks so much for hopping with us. We hope you’ll join us and leave your own “thank you” in the comment section for Melin at CWC! Now it’s time to head on over to Melissa at Crafty Gator ------> LINK HERE she’s the next stop on this party train!  Choo, choo...............

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Winter Mini Album for Cricut Mini Albums

I EDITED MY LABELS ON THIS POST TODAY BUT THE ORIGINAL DATE OF THIS POST WAS NOVEMBER OF 2010.

Winter here in Texas is not at all like winters in Ohio where we moved from! No snow here but I have plenty of wintry pics to choose from to put in this mini!  I started with a 5x7 book that I made with my bind-it-all. I really like using the clear covers and black pages!  All of the printed papers and die-cuts were printed and cut using my Cricut Imagine and the Mr. Frosty Imagine cartridge and my Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons cartridge. (Love this cartridge!!)  To order this cartridge, click HERE! Obviously, you could recreate these cuts and papers using your regular cricut and your own papers.  Now, what would a wintry album be without some glittery accents??  I used Waterfall, Star Dust and Eucalyptus Stickles to add some bling! I also used some winter rub-ons and my white gelly roll pen. Happy New Year and Happy Winter!













Remember, if you would like to order the Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons cartridge or any other CM products, you can visit my website HERE! to place an order! Thanks for stopping by today!


Stacked Boxes with Art Philosophy


Happy Thursday, my crafty friends! So excited that it's my turn to be a guest on SHE'S A SASSY LADY and CRICUT IS CLOSE TO MY HEART!!  Be sure to stop over at both of these blogs to see lots of fabulous projects you can make with CTMH products and so much more!

Today, I decided to make one of the boxes on the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge that I have been eyeing ever since I saw the project idea in the previous catalog!  Here is my completed set:

Now for the details! :-)

First I cut the box out on page 21 of the cartridge booklet at  11.12", 8.18" and 6.41".(Font Layer - shift) Then I folded on the score lines, burnished the folds and inked the edges.


I'm thinking I can use these boxes to hold some mini cards or gift cards. Here are the boxes stacked and unembellished:

I then added some lace ribbon and some tags cut from Art Philosophy and stamped with CTMH stamps. The tickets are also from Art Philosophy and I printed them on my Cricut Imagine. Of course, I had to add some stitching and then I was done! After making these, I can see them as a centerpiece on a table for a party!



Link to my CTMH website HERE!

Thanks for stopping by today! Now, go pop in your Art Philosophy cartridge and make some boxes of your own! :-)


JAVA JEN