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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Believe card

As soon as I saw this bell cut on the Christmas Solutions cartridge, I knew I wanted to make a card inspired by the book "The Polar Express".

Packs of penguins and gangs of gingerbreadmen

've now lost track of how many cards I have made this holiday season. These ones were mailed last week and should be almost at their destinations.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Holiday card for the school bus driver

Does anyone else have a drawer of die cuts? This bus was in my drawer. I knew I was saving it for something.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

It's almost time for Brownies...

and I have no gift or card... So I quickly used the Create A Critter cartridge to make cocoa sliders for the troop leaders "Brown Owl" and "Snowy Owl".

These were super quick to make using all scraps. My daughter loves how they turned out!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Blog hop winner!!!

Thank you so much for stopping in over the weekend!!! I loved reading all the sweet comments. They warmed my heart and soul on this freezing cold weekend!

I used Randon.org to choose a number and the number chosen was 14. Comment #14 was written by

Perfectly Unperfect Cards who said,

"Very cute, the tag idea is great also.

Thanks for sharing"

Please email your addy at the cropping canuck at yahoo dot com so I can mail you your stamp set and ribbon.

This was so much fun!!!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Cream City Ribbon blog hop

Welcome hoppers! Thank you so much for stopping in! These are my recycled projects featuring Cream City Ribbon. This ribbon is organic and biodegradable. You can check out their website here. All my projects today feature their ribbon.

I have a secret from friends and family. I cut up old Christmas cards - and I have always done this. I save them all every year. I usually cut up the pretty ones to make tags and gift boxes. The base of this card is a cut up card and the glaze on the lightbulbs is actually scraps from my laminator (more recycling).

When you moisten this ribbon, it loosens the glue. You can then play with it and almost place it like it's floss. When the glue dries again it will stay put.

Another card made for my daughter to give away... She loves the Peachy Keen faces.

The Cricut machine makes cutting up cards even easier. I used my Gypsy to help with the placement of the tag cut (So I could get the image I wanted). I added brads, eyelets, stickles, ink and gems to the tags.

I am the last stop on the hop but here is the full list if you missed any of the others.

1. Nikki

2. Mandie

3. Grace

4. Kim

5. Meighen

6. Chris

7. and me.

My blog candy is a Stampin Up stamp set to use with clear blocks. I bought this stamp set thinking it would be perfect for cards. I will also add some Cream City Ribbon to play with.

Please write a comment for an entry and if you are a follower please comment again for a second entry. I will use random.org to chose a winner on Monday morning. Good luck. (CONTEST CLOSED)

Thanks again!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Action Wobbles - in action

Think of action wobbles as a pop dot that gives the die cut motion.

Sticking it on...

Moving from side...

To side.

I thought it would make a fun children's holiday card!

Blog business - trying to get caught up

I am so happy to announce that I will be part of a blog hop on Friday featuring Cream City Ribbon. My project(s) will be a recycled Christmas item... So please check back Friday!

Thank you so much for thinking of me Nicole, Heather and Ducky! I'm sorry I'm soo late with this.

Hmm... Eight things about me???

1. Well, my first name is Tracey, I'm not sure people know this.
2. I have 2 kids. One of each.
3. I am a SAHM who keeps intending on going back to work.
4. I worked briefly as a Cricut Demonstrator and loved every second of it!
5. I used to be a teacher.
6. I get together with girlfriends once a month and spend an entire day scrapping.
7. I am not ready for Christmas...
8. I am addicted to my blogger dashboard. I love reading many blogs and seeing everyone's fabulous projects and ideas. Thank you! I pass this award to all my gals and scrap guy too!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Action Wobbles

I guess I never really thought they would mail samples to Canada but they did! I guess I'm a cynic.

I can't wait to try them out!

Thank you Momo.

Friday, November 26, 2010


Here are some layouts I gave my MIL yesterday for her birthday. She can take these and pop them into the 12 X 12 album I gave her previously.

For this layout, I tried to follow a challenge at Mission to Create but I only managed 3 of the 5 possible elements on the layout. I included a fruit or vegetable, paper-ribbon and zig-zag stitching. The other elements are an overlay and red, brown and white kraft paper.

I loved using the Gypsy for this layout. First I welded the shadow of all the elements I wanted to include with the title. All the cuts are either Gypsy Font or Gypsy Wanderings. I then cut out the pumpkin, leaf, year and title in the corresponding size (to the shadow) and in a colour I wanted. It was then super easy just to glue the two layers.

I just couldn't cover up this beautiful DCWV paper! I cut out embellishments and ended up not using them...

All of these cuts are from the H2O cartridge. I bought this specifically to scrap our kids in the pool.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Cricut train - How it works

Our Cricut cut train works like this:

We all sent a few die cuts to the organizer Carina. We agreed to not embellish too much with heavy bling such as eyelets and brads because that could quickly bump up the postage. She assembled all the cuts into 2 envelopes. One envelope travelling west to east across Canada and one travelling east to west. We decided to keep this one in Canada to avoid all customs issues.

When you get the package you can choose as many cuts as you want but you have to replace them with something you have made. I like this idea because you get the choice based on your taste and needs.

Cons : You are at the mercy of others participation and we have already experienced one "derailment".

Pros : It's wonderful to get an envelope chock full of cuts!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Cricut Train Engine #2

The Cricut cut train has come to my house. I have chosen some beautiful cuts and am off to the post office with some added in exchange. Here are my add ins. The penguins scarves are something called Sticky Stitches. The penguin background is sanded Core'dinations.

I hid the tongue on the gingerbread man. It looked like he was eating himself to me. I wanted to cut him just because he is from the new Gypsy download of Smiley Cards.

Here is the original train. This one is thinner than the last but I still found some lovely cuts! Thank you Carina and Sharla.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

You rock - You rule

This layout is inspired by my son's favourite shirt.

I am entering this layout at Paper Playtime. This is my first crack at this challenge site.

I used my Gypsy to make a rock by welding ovals, circles and a triangle. I added arms by welding the letter "I" from George to the shapes and the feet are from PDDU. The thumbs up is actually Mickey's glove from Mickey and friends. The faces are from Create A Critter.

The font is Printing Press. This was my first cut with this cartridge and I had trouble getting the letters straight so I guess I will need to practice with that one.

Weekend hops - November 13th

Good Morning Everyone! Here are the hops I found for this weekend. I posted the link for the starting spot for each one.

Imagination Blog Hop

Holiday Blog Hop

So Many Mini-Albums Blog Hop

A Thanking we will Go Blog Hop

Christmas with a Twist Blog Hop

Operation Write Home Valentine Card Hop - note this hop isn't up as of 7:30 am but I'm sure it will be shortly.

Have a great day!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Hot chocolate slider

I have wanted to make one of these slider cards ever since I saw a tutorial on the Pink Stamper website. I bought a box of hot chocolate last year but when I opened it up the packets were way too narrow so ended up making something different.

I love how the hot chocolate slides out with a pull of the ribbon!

I am entering this at Fantabulous Cricut this week. Their challenge is to use the colour green and a circle. Done and done. My sentiment is computer generated and pop dotted. All the cuts are from Gypsy Wanderings but I hid the steam and heart from the mug.

Now I have 9 packets to do this to!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Have your Elf a Merry Little Christmas

Yay! Some holiday cards completed. This idea was scraplifted from the Peachy Keen website.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Blog hops November 6th

Be thankful blog hop has some of my favourite places to pop in including pink cricut, scrap guy and craft junkie too. Prizes include a Unibind, stamps and cartridges.

Banner blog hop has 20 stops along the way and also features some blogs I follow including cardztv, Momo and Erin Lee Creative. Well, and you know how much I love banners...

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Boo-tiful Banner

I wasn't planning on making a Halloween banner but I have seen so many beautiful/creative/detailed ones posted. I felt that with a black fireplace, I really should make one...

All the paper is Core'dinations. I crumpled up the letters and sanded them. The pumpkin ridges were created using the line in my round coffee table! I used my bone folder and then sanded the ridge.

I am entering this at Fantabulous Cricut for their Halloween challenge this week.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Birthday card - OUAP cartridge

I love how this card turned out. I used some embossed paper from my stash for the background. The sentiment is layered 3 times and the gift is merely a rectangle with a ribbon!

Cross-country layout

This is my son's second year of fall cross-country meets. His school walks to a nearby beautiful, tree-filled park. The students run races against other community schools. I enjoy watching the meets and feel so proud of my son.

Last year, my layout for these races was all done with the Sports Mania cartridge. So this year, I wanted something different. A layout that shows the lovely fall we are having as well as the awesome meets.

I am entering this layout for the following challenges:

1. Falling Leaves at Fantabulous Cricut

2. Anything but a card at Made by Momo

3. Sports theme at My Creative Time

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Cricut Circle blog is still available to non-members

I clicked on the link for the members only Cricut circle blog today and it's still open to the public. Yay! Check it out while you can...

Cricut Circle Blog

There is a ton of Halloween inspiration and lots of photos from the Cricut swarm in Utah.

Weekend hops Oct 15th

Here is the list I've compiled...

Spooky Blog Haunt goes from Oct 15th - 18th and includes 31 blogs!!

Christmas Punky Teens Release blog hop runs from 8am until 5:30pm on Oct the 15th. The prizes are all 6 new digis.

Monster Mash hop begins Friday the 15th in the morning and runs until the 18th. I count 10 blogs along the way and the grand prize is a Scrap 'N Tote.

"Fun-mare" Before Halloween Blog Hop begins Saturday the 16th and you can hop until Sunday the 17th. Sorry I don't have any other deets:(

Breast Cancer Awareness/Girl Power Blog Hop includes 10 blogs and the hop begins Saturday the 16th and is open until Sunday at 11:30pm. Oh My Crafts is sponsoring this hop with gift certificates and pink ribbon die cutters.

So many hops... and I don't have a lot of time this weekend with DS's hockey tournament, DD's activities and hopefully an all day crop for me!

Pink Stamper and Gypsy challenge

The Pink Stamper has a challenge this week to make something cute and there is a Gypsy challenge this week to make something layered. I hope this card will fit the bill for both!

I welded this coffee pot with my Gypsy to turn it into a shape card. ( I know, I'm addicted to shape cards.) The stamps I bought without a package from a yard sale but they are all super cute "coffee and tea" sentiments.

Pink Stamper's Halloween challenge

These are the "lootbags" for my son's 10th birthday party. I figured with the party being in October that I could use creepy as a theme.

I love this skeleton from the October 31st cartridge. Everything on the tags is inked (I regret not distressing more) and then covered in "spiderwebs".

The stainless steel water bottles are from Old Navy and they are filled with eyeball gumballs.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Hop round-up for the weekend

Please comment if you know of any I have missed.

Think Pink Blog Hop This hop begins Saturday at 12am. There are 18 bloggers involved. This hop supports breast cancer awareness.

Birthday Bash Blog Hop hosted by Momo. This hop has 16 blogs. The party begins Saturday morning at 8am.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

World card-making day

I had to make at least one card! This card is to enter at Fantabulous Cricut. Their challenge this week is to sew or "faux-sew" on a project. Here is mine.

All of the cuts are from Gypsy Wanderings and my sewing is of the "faux-sew" variety. ( My favourite kind of sewing)

Wow! This is my 100th post. I'm slowly learning my way...

Now I'm off to deliver the card.

Friday, October 1, 2010

One sneak peek, many hops and two Halloween parties!

I'm not a Cricut Circle member but I'm still interested in their ideas, projects and swarms. They have started a members only blog but us non-members can peek this week until it becomes log in only. Here is the link if you are curious. There are some beautiful projects posted already.

Cricut Circle

Now for the hops.

Breast Cancer awareness hop Already on

Purple scrapbooker Halloween Hop Starts today

Canadian Nickel Halloween Hop Starts tomorrow starts here

Imagine-Nation Hop with Pink Cricut Starts tomorrow

Fall hop at Always Crafting Starts Sunday

Last but not least, two blogs I follow are having month long Halloween parties! I believe they are both posting projects every day. Here are the links.

Jean's Crafty Corner

Joy's Life

Well, you know where I will be this weekend! Please comment with any corrections or any other hops I have missed. I have just compiled these from my Blogger dashboard and invitations on facebook.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #28 - Harvest Time

I have wanted to make a "You're Rad" card from the moment I opened up this paper pack from DCWV. It's the Farmer's Market stack with perfect harvest papers.

All the cuts on this card are from the Just Because Cards cartridge but none are from the radish card button other than the radish and sentiment. I used my Gypsy to weld the radish onto the card so the card would open from the right and then the left. Is this a called a gate card?

Everything is inked and I used jute as a ribbon and pop dotted the words.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Monster Mash

These are just the plain cuts from Mini Monsters all I did was add googly eyes.

I love the card feature on the Mini Monsters cartridge! My friend and I spent an afternoon making Halloween cards. I love the unconventional card openings (and I just love shape cards in general).

Cricut train

Look what I got in the mail! It's an envelope full of Cricut cuts. I chose three and replaced those and then mailed the envelope to the next name on the list. This is my first swap. I should be getting the next envelope of cuts in a few weeks.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Labour Day challenge

Well, I wasn't intending on participating this week at Fantabulous Cricut but that changed when my neighbor went into labour yesterday. I played around to make the new baby a potential card. Soo... it's a labour day right?

These adorable diaper shirts are actually from the Wall Decor cartridge. I welded together two to make shape cards.

I just got word that she had a boy.

Quote challenge

This layout is based on quote by my son when he was a toddler. He described his relationship with a close family friend's child as, "We are family because we love each other." Need I say more? I had to scrap this somehow.

The challenge this week at Frosted Designs was to use a quote in your project.

For this layout, I opened my recently won package of Cutter Bee Bugs. (Thank you Becky!) I used these to simulate sewing stitches. I love the effect this gave. I ran the bugs over the paper and just free hand traced a line from hole to hole. I might try with a ruler next time...

Monday, September 6, 2010

Think Pink Friday challenge

Abbie at Cricut Me That issued a challenge to create a card with a breast cancer message of encouragement. Well, this is very close to home for me. My grandmother has just completed her radiation treatments and is recovering at home, in fact these cards were given to some wonderful ladies who helped my grandmother. My grandmother loved the cow-shaped cards so I knew I had to make her a shape card also with a pun of some sort.

So sweet!

Thank you so much to Audrey at Cute and Some! She has some wonderful projects posted and always writes the kindest comments to me.

Three things about me...

!. I'm addicted to my Blogger dashboard. I just love seeing everyone's creations.

2. I carry my Gypsy in my purse.

3. I'm really new to stamping and still not sure how to go about it.

I would like to pass this award on to :

Everyone! If you are reading these words please feel free to post this award on your blog! I truly am amazed at the creativity in the papercraft/Cricut blog land.

With this award I am supposed to do 3 things -

1. Thank the one who sent it. check

2. List 3 things about me. check

3. Share a favorite photo. I chose this photo because school starts tomorrow for my kids and I kinda wish we could go back to this moment 2 months ago.