"Scrapbooking is your own personal holiday"~~Sara

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Hope Card

 Hope Card


Tim Holtz - Sizzix Snowman die Tim Holtz 
- Pine tree die Tim Holtz 
- Hope movers and shapers die Tim Holtz - snowflake border die Liquid applique 
- Pine Trees
I put Liquid applique on the pine trees then took my heat tool and puffed it up like snow.
The flowers I took a 1-3/4" and a 1-1/4" circle punch and hand cut it into a spiral.
Then rolled up the flowers. 

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!!

I want to wish all of my viewers, followers of my blogs, YouTube channel and Friends and Family a very Merry Christmas!!

I enjoy each and everyone of you and your interest in my craft projects, videos and tutorials.

I love presenting to you my ideas and projects and sharing what I know with all of you.

I  appreciate your kind comments and friendships I have made through blogging and Cricut Community.

I am truly blessed to have all of you in my life. I hope your holidays are safe, warm and filled with love and peace.

Merry Christmas!!!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Wood Spool Christmas Tree Ornament

This project was made by me and my 3 yr. old granddaughter.
This is my granddaughter's gift for her mother.
My granddaughter glued the decorative paper onto the spools.
She then glued the spools together with glossy accents.
The decorations on the tree are mini pom poms
I did the cutting of paper and hot gluing the ribbon, holly,felt skirt and presents under the tree.
I like it so much I think I'm going to make some for myself. 

It fit perfectly in an empty cartridge box for wrapping.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sleigh Treat Holders

Felt Hat Cards

Felt Hat Cards

I am just loving my Cricut Mini and playing with Cricut Craft Room.
These are both made out of felt and glued onto cardstock card.
I stitched it with twine to accent the hats.


The hat is from the Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons cartridge.
The hat is sized in Cricut Craft Room Width - 3.514  Height 5.167
I welded the 2 hats together to form the card. 
Then cut the layers in felt.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Cutting Felt With The Cricut Mini

I got a cricut mini. I wanted it for cutting felt. This is how I prepared and cut regular craft felt to cut using my Cricut mini. Different felts require different preparations. These instructions are for Craft Felts (high-quality polyester fiber) I found this felt at Walmart.
Cut Settings I used
Speed - 2
Multi-Cut 4
Pressure - High

*Note to myself: I am going to try multi-cutting 2 times. Then not remove my mat.
Clean off the blade. Then do another multi-cut 2 times to see if it cuts cleaner.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

My Son's Birthday Card

My son's birthday is this month and I made this card for him.

Card Size - 5-1/2x8-1/2
I used the camping out cartridge for the pine trees and deer.
I used vintage papers Imagine cartridge for the worded background paper.
I used Stampin up paper for the border around the card.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Pine Cone Topiary

First I gathered up some pine cones around our yard.

Next I bought 6- 4" clay pots

I painted the with Turquoise Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
that I picked up from Walmart.

With The Imagine Snow Angel Cartridge I printed out 2 sizes of snowflakes.
1-1/2" and 2" snowflakes. You can find these snowflakes on page 18 of the handbook.
They did not cut out. I guess it is another gliche with the update.
So I had to hand cut them out.

Before I hand cut the snowflakes out I sealed the paper with Triple-Thick Crystal Clear by Krylon.
I didn't want the ink to run when I used Mod Podge to adhere them to the pot.

Next I applied Mod Podge to adhere the snowflakes to the pot.

After I applied Mod Podge the snowflakes to the pot and they dried I sealed the entire pots with
Triple-Thick Crystal Clear by Krylon. This gave it a nice shine and protects the paper image.
I glittered the rim of the pot with Martha Stewart very fine glitter. Some of the pots I glittered with Martha Stewart Tinsel glitter for a different look.

Next I purchased a 6 pack of 3"styrofoam balls.
I chose my pine cone by selecting the ones that were the same size.
Then I glued them onto the styrofoam balls with hot glue.

Next I weaved some holly ribbon through out the pine cone ball
I found a Walmart.
 I found the berries at Walmart also and cut apart the bouquet for the berries on the topiary.
I inked a dowel rod with brown in for the stem of the Topiary.
I pushed it into the styrofoam ball and secured it with hot glue.
I put styrofoam in the Pots and stuck the dowel into the pots and secured it also with hot glue.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Treat Bags And Candy Wrappers

Happy Halloween!!

I've been making some last minute quick and easy treat bags and candy wrappers for Halloween.
These are super easy and fun to make.

This bag was decorated with a pumpkin cute from Smiley Faces Cartridge.
I used felt fusion to decorate the bottom of the bag and ribbon to accent the top.
I put Halloween tissue paper on the inside to finish the look.
I used Micro Bags 4" x 5-1/8" . These are a perfect size for treat bags.

This bag I made a window with the Martha Stewart punch all over the page punch.
I decorated the bag with felt fusion and twine.
I framed out the window on the bag with patterned paper.
I accented the inside of the bag with Halloween tissue paper.

This bag I used the Smiley Face Cartridge for the candy corn die cut.
I accented the bag with ribbon.
This bag I also accented the inside of the bag with Halloween tissue paper.

To wrap your candy cut your paper to size for wrapping.
In this instance I cut a 6" x 7" piece of cardstock.

For these Kit Kat mini candy bars I used a 6" x 6" cardstock to wrap them.
I applied double sided tape to three sides of the paper then wrapped them.

I took my Marvy paper crimper and crimped both ends of the candy wrapper.
I accented them with patterned cardstock and ribbon.

Pumpkin Box Treat Holder

Pumpkin Box Treat Holder


Cricut Cartridge - Sweet Tooth - Pumpkin Treat Box - cut at 7".
Cricut Cartridge - Mother's Day Bouquet - Leaves - cut at 2".
For the stem I just rolled a small piece of paper into a tube and adhered it on with a glue gun.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Monthly Circle Challenge - Halloween Home Decor

This is my Monthly Challenge for the Circle Blog. We are to make a home decor Halloween Project.

Yellow Circle cut at 3" cat cut at 2.5"
I used Chic & Scary Cartridge

Pumpkin Cut at 3" from Chic & Scary Cartridge.

Spider Web cut at 4", Spider cut at 2"
I used the Chic & Scary Cartridge.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Circle Cartridge Challenge

This card was made for a Circle Challenge.

Cartridge used: Sophie and Cricut Everyday
Flowers Cut at 2.5"
Circle Logo cut at 1.5"

Monday, October 3, 2011

Trendy Alternatives - Clear Embellishments

Trendy Alternatives - Clear Embellishments
I saw an embellishment online called clear pops. I thought it had a neat effect. What it looks like is a sticker with a clear acetate overlay. I saw it on Pink Paislee website. It is from the Butterfly Garden Collection.  

Pink Paislee

Well I thought this would be a neat project for my Trendy Alternatives post. They are hard to find and I found a trendy alternative for making these yourself.

First I printed and cut the butterfly from the Lori's Garden cartridge on my Imagine.

You can make these clear pops with any clear packaging. I used a cartridge box.
I cut on side off the box.

Next I used the cut only feature on the Imagine and muti cut 4 times.
I did not use the print feature. Pressure and Speed were 5.

Next I adhered the clear acetate overlay on top of the butterfly cut with terrifically tacky tape.

I just put the adhesive on the body of the butterfly.

I then inked the edges so the clear acetate would stand out more.
I bent the wings up to give the butterfly a 3D dimension.

I also used this method with my Vagabond Machine.
I cut my pieces out with the vagabond machine.
First the patterned paper and then the acetate.

I inked the edges of my flower .
I poked holes through the acetate and the paper flower to adhere a button in the center of the flower.

I sewed the button in the middle of the flower to hold the two pieces together.
I inked the edges of the acetate so the clear piece was defined.
I bent the petals up slightly to give the flower dimension.

Here's the card I made with this flower.

You could also make these embellishments with a regular sticker.
Print an image from your computer and cut it out by hand.
Cut the acetate by hand to overlay on top of the image and you have a pretty 3D embellishment.
You could also print the image with the imagine on ink jet transparency.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Trendy Alternatives - Accordion Fold Flowers And Rosettes

Accordian Fold Flowers and Rosettes
By: Mary

A big trend right now is to make flowers. Accordion fold flowers are hot. I'm going to show you some projects I made with these accordian fold flowers. They are a perfect way to give your projects dimension.

Here are some projects you can make with the accordion fold flower and rosettes.
You can embellish cards, layouts, treat bags, banners and boxes.
The possibilities are endless and they are a beautiful addition to any project.

These are some tools that you can use to make these flowers.
I'm going to give a tutorial on how to make accordion fold flowers without a die cut.
I use paper punches to get a variety of looks for the petals.

Take a 12x12 sheet of paper and punch a border with a border punch the full length of the paper.

Trim the paper at 1-1/4" wide

Score the fold lines at each valley of the punch paper.
Some paper punch borders you will want to score the peaks and valleys.
This border punch has a small design so I scored them only on the valleys of the punched design.

Accordian fold the paper strip.

Apply adhesive at one end of the paper strip.
I prefer using Glossy Accents because it dries fast and is a strong adhesive.

Hold the two ends together and adhere.

While the accordion fold flower is drying, punch 2 circles for the center.
One center is chipboard and the other is decorative paper.

Apply adhesive on the chipboard and adhere the decorative paper on top.
This makes for a strong center to hold your flower together.

Gather your folded strip and form a flower with it.

Adhere the circle to the center of your flower.

This makes a 2-1/2" flower finished.

Look at these flowers and see how different border punches create beautiful flowers.

My favorite way to make accordion fold flowers is to use the border punches I already have.
It is a great way to use my paper punches and you're not limited to the size of flower.
You can change borders punches to create a variety of different petals.
Also with dies you limited to one petal shape.
Making these by hand is a trendy alternative to die cuts. 

I do like my sizzix dies by Tim Holtz. I think the perforated fold line makes it easy to fold and saves time on scoring the lines. I just wanted to bring you another idea for those that don't have those dies to make these fan fold flowers. On the layout in the first picture that was made with the Tim Holtz Sizzix dies. They are just as pretty. You don't get as many flowers out of a 12x12 sheet of paper but the results are fantastic also.
1- 12x12 sheet of paper makes 5 flowers and centers for those flowers when you do it by hand.