Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Card #2

Where did the time go! It's the week of Christmas and I am just getting my second card posted. I guess better late then never, huh!

Here is my second card in the series, Merry and Bright. Here are the details.

  • Winter Frolic - everything (yet again!)

I saw the ornament image on the cart and felt it would be perfect for a one of the cards this year. I knew I wanted make the ornaments the focus so I kept the card white. But I didn't want it to be plain so I embossed it with my Snowflake folder from Sizzix.

I love the combination of red, green and pink. It is very festive and little bit kid-like at the same time. So I used it on this card. I added some sparkle with the silver paper as the background of the ornaments and the red glitter paper on the title.

I inked the edges of the green background of the title to give it a little more depth. I hope it stands out more.

I hope you like the second card in my series. Leave me a note to tell me what you think. Merry Christmas!


Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Cards 2010: Card #1

It happened again! Christmas snuck up on me and I was stressing about getting my Christmas cards done. I thought to myself "I have to do better. What can I do to make this easier on myself every year?" And this is what I came up with:

A Christmas Card Series!

I am going to make 4 different cards (possibly 5) and make 10 of each card. Next I am going to make a spreadsheet with the names of the cards and designate who is going to get what card. Next year, I can make the same cards (reserving the right to make changes if I want to), change the list of recipents and save myself the headache. I potentially have my Christmas cards designed for 5 years! I feel better already!!!

This is the first card in the series - Joy to the World. Here's the details.

Winter Frolic - all the cuts on the card (It's a one cart wonder!)

I just got this cart at the Black Friday sale and I was pleasantly surprised with it. I don't know why I waited so long to get it! I embossed the background with the Tim Hotlz Texture Fades in Symphony. I inked the edges of the white card with TH Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. They really make a deep impression.

I decided I wanted all the white parts to stand out a little so I added some MS microfine white glitter by covering them in glue from a glue pen, doucing them in glitter and letting them dry. This technique makes putting glitter on so easy!

Once all the glitter was dry, I started to assemble the card. I did snip a couple of the pieces of the cage off so the birds stood out more. The branch had a birdhouse hanging from it so I snipped that off as well. I put it all in place, I put some pop dots behind thewhite parts and adhered them all in place.

I hope you like this first card in the series! Leave me some blog love and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed New Year!


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Tree Shirt - My First!

As long as I have had a Cricut, I am just now starting to explore what it can cut besides paper. I took my first foray into vinyl this year (love that stuff!) and now I have tried fabric! Man was this easy!!!! I have been wanting to do this for a while but I have to admit - I was a little intimidated. But I saw this idea and knew this was my opportunity to try it out.

Most of you know that I have a Gypsy. I knew I wanted to put a tree on my shirt so I searched on my G for the perfect tree. I ended up finding what I wanted on the Create A Critter cartridge under Accessories. I made it about 8.5" wide and 7" tall to fit an XL t-shirt I picked up at Target.

Before I cut the fabric, I ironed it to get any wrinkles out. I had seen a video on YouTube about using Steam-A-Seam 2 as the fusable mesh (click here for video) so I ironed that to backside of the fabric. I cut my piece out and adhered it to my Cricut Mat with the right side of the fabric down (very important!). I then cut out my tree. I used Multicut x3 to ensure that my project came out as clean as possible.

**IMPORTANT** Because I used an image that was symmetrical, I didn't have have to flip my image around. But if you want to cut words or an image that is not symmetrical, you will have to flip your image with DS or the G. Otherwise, your words will be cut backwards since the fabric is facing the mat.

Once my image was cut, I ironed my image on my shirt following the iron setting recommendations of the Steam-a-Seam. It worked like a charm! I then ironed some Tulip iron-on bling (I have to have bling on most everything) on the tree to make it sparkle. I then decided to make a ribbon tree topper so I just ran a stich along the edge of a piece of double-faced satin ribbon and pulled the string tauwt. I then stiched it all together to make a kind of ball shape. I stiched that to the shirt and it was complete. I wore it to a charity event and got lots of compliments on it. Here are some closeup pics.

Thanks for looking and have a Merry Christmas!


I got my camera back!

I was finally able to meet up with my husband's Godsister and pick up my camera. I am so happy to have it back! I have tons of projects to show you starting tonight.

I also tried something differnet this year for my cards. I will premiering my Christmas Card Series tomorrow!!!!! So check back to see the first card and my idea on how to make the card designs work for you!



Friday, December 10, 2010

I need my camera back!!!!

I am so frustrated right now but it is my own fault! My husband and I were working on a charity event this past weekend and I left my brand new camera at the restaurant. I took it to try to get some exprience using it. It is a larger camera that needs a large bag, the kind I am not used to carrying. I am used to throwing my other bag for Point and Shoot in my purse.
Luckily, my husband's God Mother picked it up for me. Whew! The only problem is that she lives an hour away and I haven't had time to go get it. This week has been CRAZY busy! I had some pics on there of projects I have completed that I needed to post. I guess I will just have to be patient until I can get it. That's not easy for me....

Wish me luck!



Friday, December 3, 2010 Holiday Video

I just had to share this video I saw on Jana Eubank's site. It's it dreamy?!?!?!



Saturday, November 27, 2010

Blog Makeover for Christmas

Hey everyone! You might have noticed a few changes around the place. I spiffied up for Christmas. I just love this time of year - and I hate it too! I always over-commit myself, take on huge projects and drive myself batty trying to get it all done. I need a wife!

Anyways, tell me what you think of the new look. I used templates from 2 different sites and I like they way it all came together. Talk to you soon!



Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving Journal 2010

Hi everyone! I sincerely hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, food and fun.

I saw a post on the Cricut MB of a journal that for Thanksgiving. In the journal, all of your family and guests would write what they are thankful for. I thought this was a great idea and that I would make one for us. Here is what I came up with.

This was my first time making a complete mini album - cover and all. I am so pleased with how this came out.
Here are the details!

  • Thanksgiving - cover and pages, title, some of the leaves, hat and turkey
  • George - holes in the cover and pages
  • Gypsy Wanderings - leaves
  • Create a Critter - leaf
  • B is for Boy - leaves
I used my G to layout all the cuts I wanted to make. I searched for "leaf" and found several cuts that would work for my design. I layed them out on my G and made the cuts.

I used the card on the Thanksgiving cart for my cover and pages. Once I realized that I could use the same layout for the cover and pages, I was off and running. I put small circles on the card for the holes and removed the score marks. I cut the cover out of chipboard (an old ceral box) and cut the pages out of 12x12 cardstock.

Once all the pieces were cut out, I wanted to give the leaves more texture. So I ran some of them through my crimper and others through my wood grain embossing folder from Tim Holtz (I really love that one!). I glued the title on the cover, knowing that I would need room for the jute and leaves. I took some jute that I had gotten in the jewelry department and cut 6 lengths. I tied them around the top cover and tied a knot. I put the leaves from the Thanksgiving cart that were connected in the middle and tied the knot again. I then hot glued the leaves to the end of the jute and kinda let them float free.

I took the other cuts from the Thanksgiving cart and glued them randomly on the pages inside the book. These are the pages that I asked everyone to write on.

The other pages that are empty will be the pages that I put pictures from the day on. I will bring this out next year to show everyone and have a new one for everone to write in. I think I just started a new tradition for us! Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Holiday Countdown Ornament - CC Magazine Challenge Entry

Hi everybody. Here is my entry for the Cricut Circle Magazine Ornament Challenge. I absolutely love the way it all came together!

When I saw this challenge, I knew two things: I wanted to use the colors we all see on the Children's Christmas trees and I wanted to challenge myself to use the cuts in a different way then what the booklet shows. I think I accomplished both points.

I am going to give this ornament to my God children (who are 4 and 2) so it is was extra important to me to make it a nice ornament.

Here are the details

  • Christmas Cheer - trees, sleigh, gift, circle
  • Printing Press - words and numbers
  • Sentimental - pocket, scalloped circle

First, I cut the 2 circles and 2 scalloped circles from coordinating bright colors. I made the scalloped circle largerthatn the regular circle so I could layer them.

I glued the circles to each other and sewed around the edge for a little more detail.

This is a picture of all the embossing folders I used on this project. As you can see, some of them are Cuttlebug and some are from Sizzix.

Here is the front of the ornament with all the cuts in place. I cut each item twice and layered it. I cut the base of the sleigh out of metallic silver so the rails would be true. I cut the body of the sleigh in red. I embossed all the top layers with different designs.

I made a pocket to put on the back of the ornament. This is where all the days will go once they have been pulled off. I decided to emboss the front with one folder and the back with another (see picture below). Remember to turn your pocket over so when you fold it and put it together, your embossing will be facing out.

I had to think of a way to hang the days on the ornament. I decided to use a metal cup hook. In the picture below, you can see that I had to cut off the screw part so that it wouldn't stick through the back of the ornament.

To support both the hook and the ornament itself, I decided to sandwich a thin wooden disk between the layers. I'll be honest. My first attempt at securing the hook to the disk was unsuccessful. I used E6000 glue to put it on the disk but I didn't have a hole in it (that's why you see glue on the disk already). I removed the hook and the glue, punched a hole in the disk with my Anywhere Hole Punch, put the hook in the hole with some glue and tried again. This time it worked!

I put one of the presents on the top of the ornament to guage where I wanted the hook and used my Anywhere Hole Punch to punch a hole. I then put Terrificly Tacky Tape on both sides of the ornament and the wooden disk. This sucker is coming apart!

After letting everything sit a while, I peeled the backing of the TTT and put everything together. I put some ribbons on the top for the hanger and another on the bottom for a jingle bell. I am so proud of this ornament! Even my husband was gushing with pride! Here's a close up of some of the details.

Another closeup.

Here's a side view and a view of the back. I plan to put Merry Christmas on the pocket so when the countdown is over on Christmas day, you can turn the ornament over and leave that side showing until you take your tree down.
Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy my creation!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Holiday Planner Altered Composition Book

Hey guys! Here is another post from me this week (that's 3 this week!). This time it is an altered composition book that I made into a Holiday Planner. I have one of these that I have used for serveral years now but I was asked to teach a class on how to make one so This is what I came up with.

Here are the details:


  • Christmas Cheer - ornaments

I used some Bazzill cardstock to cover the front and back of the book. I created the title and tabs on my computer (contact me if you want the file). I inked the edges of the title for more definition. I also added a few pieces of bling above the H (you can never have enough bling!)

To cover up the seam where the cardstock came together, I added some crepe paper that I gathered together. I did mine on my Janome Sew Mini ahead of time but you can gather it as you glue it to save time. I then covered up my glue line with red ball fringe.

I went under the crepe paper and fringe and glued down ribbons to "hang" my ornaments. Tip: You might want to do this before you glue your fringe down. I had cut out several ornaments wtih my Cricut and placed them down to see which ones worked. Once I found the ones I wanted, I started to decorate them. I used MS microfine glitters, glue pens and Stickles. I really love the affect of using the different sized glue pens to get the different sized lines. It was so easy!

On this one, I used the chisel tip glue pen for the wide red stripe of glitter. Then I edged it with Stickles.

On this one, I used the wide tip glue pen and ran it sideways.

I love to cook, shop, etc. And I always have list, clippings and other things I am keeping up with. So each section of the planner has a pocket. The pocket is made from the leftovers from cutting the cover. No waste!

You can have as many sections/tabs as you want. Mine will have 5 when it is finished. This thing is a life saver and helps me keep some sort of sanity through the holidays. I hope you make one so you can keep all your stuff in one place too!



Deb 2010 Altered Notebook

I'm back! I'm back! I have been crafting a lot but just haven't had the time to get the pictures on my blog. But here is the first of a couple of posts this week

As most of you know, I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta, an sorority that is almost 100 years old. My chapter has a Debutant Cotillion every year where we prepare and present young ladies to society. I made these journals for the Sleepover, which is the first event the girls have as a bonding time. It's made from a 3x5 little mini-notebook that you can get from any office supply store. The journal was meant for the young ladies to have to write down their feelings and thoughts about the night and to get the other girls information.

My original design had 2 layered butterfiles with crystals on the body and the wings of the 2nd butterfly raised up for demension. It was beautiful - when you only had to make one! When I started making the 25 I had to make for the girls, I quickly revamped the project to what you see.

  • Words - Rock Princess
  • Crown - Sentimentals
  • Butterfly - MS Elegant Cake Art

I embossed the black background with the Swiss Dots folder. I also added the piece of ribbon to the edge to cover the different colors of the cover base (they were red, yellow, blue, green and black).

Hope you love them. If so, let me know!


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween Cupcake Toppers

Hi guys! It's been way too long since I have posted on my blog but I am back. I have missed you all.
I was inspired by some of the post for Halloween Week on the Circut Circle Blog. The designers on this blog are amazing! One of the designers made some cupcake toppers that were adorable so I decided to make some for my co-workers. Here is what I made.
  • Happy Hauntings
  • Storybook
  • Sugar and Spice

I chose 4 different shaped backgrounds. I then chose 4 images and 4 phrases to go on the backgrounds and sized them to fit on my Gypsy. I cut all the pieces including the layers for the images. I ran everything through the Xyron Sticker Maker to make the assembly easy on me

Once everything was assembled, I hot glued 2 toothpicks to the back. I made triple chocolate fudge cupcakes with cream cheese frosting to go with the toppers. I took them to work, stuck the toppers in the cupcake and they were a hit! Here are some closeups of the toppers.

As always, thanks for looking!