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Friday, April 30, 2010

Cuttlebug Blog Challenge #3

The Cuttlebug Blog has challenges designed for beginning Cuttlebuggers which I am. I don't even own a Cuttlebug, nonetheless with a borrowed machine and folder, I made this card. The link for the challenge is here.

I wanted to make a different type of flower. I used lace to make the petals and brads to make the tiny flowers. The Cuttlebug folder is Spots and Dots and the Stamp is made by Fiskars. The ribbon is made by Bazzill. I bought it at Archivers in the $1.50 section (so wish I lived closer to an Archivers...)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Cricutters Anonymous picnic challenge

I wanted to get this layout in before the deadline - in a few hours. The challenge has been issued by Cricutters Anonymous I don't even have the picture yet as it is waiting for me at the photo lab. The picture is of a of my children and their friends sitting on a picnic blanket at a nearby park and they are all almost looking at the camera. This was a potluck picnic to celebrate the end of summer 2008 and the beginning of school the next day!

I learnt something while making this layout. I wanted to make the letters funky by using lower case letters with the real dial size on not really thinking that this would affect the shadow feature. The end result is wonky letters but I left them that way (now they are really funky).

The slide and monkey bars are from the Locker Talk cartridge. I cut them with DCWV Metallic paper. The sun and clouds are from Hello Kitty. The letters are Cuttin Up and the grass is from the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Fantabulous Cricut challenge

I have a lot of birthdays coming up in my circle of friends that will all require cards. I thought I would make a card with something with wings and do the challenge at Fantabulous Cricut.

All the cuts from this card are from Create a Critter. I'm still having so much fun cutting out the critters! I tied jute on the branch so it would look like rope and pop-dotted everything.

At the Movies with the Cuttlebug Spot

The Cuttlebug Spot issued a fun challenge this week. It is to make a project featuring your favorite movie or tv show. Can you figure out our family's favorite movie?

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Cricutters Anonymous Spring Challenge

This is my spring-themed project. You can read more info about the challenge here at their website.

This layout is basically based on a joke between my husband and I when our daughter got Easter Peeps (marshmallow chicks) for the first time. It was her suggestion that I scrapbook it.

Aren't the Create a Critter chicks cute?

Blog Candy delivery to me.

Thank you Jamie.

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge

This week I decided to try a challenge set by Fantabulous Cricut. The challenge was to make a project having to do with rain or water. This is my entry. The pictures are from a wonderful trip that included a visit to an aquarium.

I tried to make the effect of underwater by adding bubbles. The make the bubbles, I cut circles out on my Cricut and then placed them under a sheet of blue Core'dinations paper. I then lightly sanded the paper until a "bubble" appeared. I made the ocean floor by tearing beige cardstock and then inking it.

All the cuts are from the Life is a Beach cartridge except for the circles which are from George.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Create a Critter card

The layering on this cartridge is so easy. I love it!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

My home has Critters

Can you believe I haven't opened the boxes yet?

Monday, April 12, 2010

Quilt show thank you cards

My MIL was very involved in a local quilting show last weekend. She worked hard putting together the silent auction and wanted some thank you cards to give out for companies that had donated prizes. For some reason, I just couldn't make plain cards. I wanted to make quilt-like cards. I came across this blog. They had a quilted card challenge last week. Too bad I didn't see it sooner. This is my version of a "faux-quilted" card. I used all black and white because those are my MIL's favorite quilting colors this season.

The cartouche and thank you are both from Sweethearts. I pop-dotted the cartouche for some dimension. I now have some new appreciation for quilting because it took me a while to figure out all the measurements involved because I rarely measure anything. All the paper is from a Me and My Big Ideas Black and White paper pack. I hope she likes them.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Pink Stamper Challenge

I tried this weekend to find the new Cricut cartridge Create a Critter in local stores but I didn't have any luck. Maybe I can win it with the Pink Stamper's Black, Pink and Green Challenge. You can find more info about the challenge here.

This is the card I made for a friend's birthday. To make this card, I used From My Kitchen to cut the glass but I trimmed off the straw and olive. I cut one layer in pink vellum to try and make the glass look like it was a pale pink. I also stickled the shiny spot for fun. The sentiment is printed from the computer and the pink frame is cut from Accent Essentials.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Cricutters Anonymous challenge #32 - hockey coach cards

This my first challenge with Cricutters Anonymous
Our son has just finished a fabulous hockey season, well winter hockey season. Spring hockey begins shortly. These are the cards I made to go along with their team coaches' gifts. Yes, you are counting correcting, we had a lot of great coaching talent. There were 7 coaches and 1 team manager. One of those kind and talented coaches was my husband, therefore one of these hockey puck cards will be for him! The colors I chose are the team colors.

The challenge for Cricutters Anonymous was to make a project for a family member.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Pink Stamper Gallery

I'm a big fan of the my pink stamper website. She is sweet and funny and loves the Cricut almost as much as I do. lol She had asked for submissions last month to have some designers join her each month in featuring Cricut projects. I submitted a beach layout. Unfortunately, I wasn't chosen for her design team but my layout is featured in her Gallery.

I used the Life is a Beach cartridge for all the cuts. My blue waves are layered upon layer upon layer because I didn't have my Expression at the time and couldn't just press fit to length. The beach items are all pop dotted and inked. To make the effect of sand I sanded beige Core'dinations paper. I l-o-v-e Core'dinations! I had trouble sanding the DoubleMates paper last month and ended up ripping my paper. Let's just say my die cuts were placed very strategically over the holes.

I can't wait to add my photos taken at a local beach last summer!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Cricut Cake

The Cricut Cake will be available next week. I found this cute video that shows how easy it is to decorate with this machine. Check it out here.

You can also get more info from here.

I really think it's neat that you can use all your cartridges to decorate cakes. I would just need someone to bake the cakes for me...

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Autism Challenge

I just had to participant in this challenge. As a teacher (at home with kids) autism is something near and dear to me. You can read more about this challenge on Joy's blog

Here is my contribution. It is a bookmark. I wanted to make a bookmark because first of all I am a total bookworm and second because I just acquired a laminator and was dying to play with it.

The cartridge I used is Locker Talk. The back of the bookmark says "April is autism awareness month".

Sunday, April 4, 2010

My grandmother's birthday

My wonderful grandmother turns 84 this week and she told me exactly what she wanted for her birthday. The only thing she wanted were Cricut cut-outs for her card-making.

These are the diecuts I cut for her. I tried to leave them plain so she can heat emboss them or stickle them or anything else. I ran out of time cutting her diecuts and ended up making her a super quick card.

Cross-border shopping

We are just back from a family vacation in the States. While there, I got to explore some scrapbook stores I have never been to before.

Archiver's was amazing. It is so clean and organized and pretty. I could have spent a week there (and a month's salary) I showed GREAT restraint while shopping there... The staff in Archiver's were busy stamping cards behind the counter. It was nice to see they love paper as well.

My trips to Hobby Lobby and Joann's were quick ones with the family in tow. I ran in with coupons to pick up my list of items. DS was a trooper going through the checkout lines by himself to buy my cardstock.

I'm so happy I got to stock up on paper. It is a tiny bit depressing though how much cheaper scrapbooking "toys" are in the States. I guess I will have to just plan another trip across the border.