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! 

Monday, March 10, 2014

New Challenge at Exploring Cricut! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Well, it's time for another challenge over at EXPLORING CRICUT and this time we are sharing St. Patrick's day projects that have a shamrock on them.  I chose to make a simple card using the Designer's Calendar Cricut cartridge. This went together really quickly, which is one of the reasons that I LOVE my Cricut!! :-)

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to check out EXPLORING CRICUT's other designers to see what they created for this challenge and THEN don't forget to link up your St. Patrick's day creation too! 
TOMORROW, I'll be sharing one of my first projects with my new Cricut Explore machine!! I just LOVE this machine and can't wait to tell you about it!