Tuesday, December 31, 2013

JOY Door Hanger

Good morning!  We're taking a little break over at Fantabulous Cricut for the holidays.  Instead of challenges, the Design Team members are each posting a holiday project on different days.  Today is my day - thanks for coming by!

As I was putting out my Christmas decorations this year, I realized we do not have anything hanging on our front door.  I knew right away that had to change!!

I saw a cute "Joy" image on the Create a Critter 2 cartridge where the "O" was a wreath.  I thought that would be cute as a door hanger, but I wanted my creation to be bigger than I could fit on one piece of paper through my Cricut.  So, I found a wreath image and a fun font and created this:

The wreath is from the Jolly Holidays cartridge and the letters are from Opposites Attract.  I cut the letters out 3 times, twice in heavy green cardstock, then once in the striped cardstock.  I glued them all together to make the images a little more sturdy.  I only cut the wreath out once (it felt pretty sturdy with all its layers, especially since the cardstock I was using was all pretty heavy).  Then I simply adhered the J and Y on the edges of the wreath where they overlapped a little bit.

The wreath image already had a small circle at the top which worked perfectly for me to hang my sign.  I simply made a loop of fishing line through the circle and was able to "invisibly" hang this on my front door.

Thanks for coming by to check out my project!  I hope you enjoy checking out each Design Team member's blog for a couple weeks.  Be sure to join us the first full week in January for the next fun challenge at FCCB!!

Pattern cardstock from DCWV's The Merry Christmas stack
Letters from Opposites Attract cut at 10 inches
Wreath from Jolly Holidays cut at 10 inches

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Snowflake Gift Bag

Good evening!  I thought I would share a gift bag I made to hold one of my mother-in-law's gifts this year.  I broke out my Tags Bags Boxes and More 2 cartridge for the first time.  I will admit, I was a little worried when I was looking at the books.  I wasn't real sure how easily I'd be able to put the box together!  Much to my surprise, the box came together really easily.  The extra book with the instructions was a big help!  ;-)

I cut an extra snowflake for each side of the box, that I covered in coarse glitter.

I also cut out the tag image and shadow, which I tied on to the box with twine.

A fun change from standard gift bags and my mother-in-law loved it.  Definitely worth the time figuring it out and assembling it!!  Thanks for stopping by!

Snowflake box from Tags Bags Boxes and More 2 cut at 10 inches
Tag and shadow from TBBM2 cut at 3 inches
Snowflake from TBBM2 cut at 3 inches
Cardstock from DCWV Shimmer Stack
Martha Stewart coarse glitter

Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas Tags

Happy Friday!  I'm enjoying a few days off work, spending some quality time with my sweetie.  But I'm also spending time "playing" and crafting!!

I thought I would share the Christmas tags I made.  These were pretty quick and easy to make, and the recipients of our Christmas gifts really seemed to like them.

The tags and their shadow images were cut from Plantin Schoolbook.

All of the images came from the Create a Critter 2 cartridge - there are so many adorable images on that cartridge!  I modified some of them in Cricut Craft Room, removing face cuts, for example, so I could use Peachy Keen stamps instead.

I added glitter and Stickles to most of the tags for a little bling.  Pretty simple, but a cute touch to Christmas gifts!

Thanks for coming by today!

Solid cardstock from Core'dinations
Pattern papers from The Paper Studio
Tags from Plantin Schoolbook cut at 3.5, 4 and 4.5 inches
Images from Create a Critter 2, all cut at 3 inches
Peachy Keen Stamps Winter Face Assortment

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope everyone is able to enjoy the holiday today!  My sweetie and I started celebrating last night with dinner and a gift exchange with his dad and step-mom.  Then we all went out to one of his aunt's house for game night.  So much fun and lots of laughs!

I thought I would share the Christmas cards we sent out this year.  I kept them pretty simple (I got a late start getting them made so I didn't want anything too intricate :-) ).  

I used a simple stocking image from the Simply Charmed cartridge - I used Cricut Craft Room to hide the face part of the image.

I embossed the red and green pieces of the stocking and added glitter to the white piece, then used pop dots to adhere my stocking to the card.

A Martha Stewart border punch, some red and green twine and a Pink by Design sentiment finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by!  I wish you all a wonderful holiday season!!

Solid Cardstock - Core'dinations
Pattern Paper - The Paper Studio
Stocking from Simply Charmed cut at 3.5 inches
Sentiment from Pink by Design's Christmas Wishes set
Candy Cane Stripe and Swiss Dots embossing folders
Twine from The Twinery
Martha Stewart Aspen Snowflake border punch

Monday, December 16, 2013

FCCB 191 - Anything but a Card, Holiday edition

Happy Monday!  It's time for another fun challenge over at Fantabulous Cricut!!

Challenge #191 Anything but a card, Holiday ed.

Show us your holiday (non-card) projects. This could be holiday decor, tags, packaging and gift ideas...

I saw these blocks on Pinterest a while back, and I really liked this idea.  I decided to give it a try and create my own!

REVERSIBLE Give thanks Jingle bells block set. how cute!!

My sweetie helped me cut some spare 2x4 wood we had.  I cut two 6-inch blocks, two 7-inch blocks and three 8-inch blocks.  I used Mod Podge to adhere my pattern papers to the wood.  I also coated the paper with Mod Podge, to give it a little extra protection.

I cut my letters out of vinyl, then simply used transfer tape to place the letters on the blocks.  I sized my letters using Cricut Craft Room, playing around with the height and width a bit, so they would fit on my blocks.

Since I just got these blocks made, I didn't get to use the Give Thanks side this year.  They'll be stashed away and brought out next fall though!!

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Winner will receive the Trim the Tree Cricut Cartridge!

Be sure to visit FCCB and join in the challenge. Remember, you must use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project to qualify for this week's prize!!

Pattern papers from The Paper Studio
Letters from Lyrical Letters and Opposites Attract
Black and Brown vinyl
Mod Podge

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Birthday Bear

Happy Thursday!  Can you believe Christmas is less than 2 weeks away??  Are you ready?  I'm not!!

I thought I'd share a quick birthday card I made for my sweetie's cousin's little girl who just celebrated her first birthday.

I kept this card pretty simple, adding just a bit of embossing, a little Stickles, and a little twine bow around the balloon strings.

The Teddy Bears on Parade cartridge has so many cute images.  I really need to use this cartridge more often!!

Thanks for coming by to check out my creation!

Solid cardstock from Bazzill and Recollections
Pattern paper from American Crafts Hip Hip Hooray Pad and my stash
Bear from Teddy Bear Parade cut at 3.5 inches
Swiss Dots and Polka Dots embossing Folders
Twine from The Twinery

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Baby Album

Happy Tuesday!  I hope your week is off to a good start.  It's still cold here - we might hit 40 by the end of the week....  I don't like how hot and humid it can get in the summer, but I'm not sure I'm really a fan of this cold weather either.  I'm sure glad we're not getting a lot of snow, though, that's for sure!

One of my good friends from college had her first baby, a little girl, this past Saturday.  I realized I didn't share the album I put together for her, so here's a few of the highlights.

I made a simple 8x8 album for her.  I wanted it to be as easy as possible for her, so all she would have to do is add the pictures.  I made a mat for a 4x6 picture for every page, but I didn't adhere it to the page.  I didn't want to limit her to having to use a landscape or a portrait picture.  And if she preferred to put multiple pictures on the page, I wanted her to be able to do that too.  So instead, I put the mats and a bunch of adhesive photo squares in an envelope for her, so she could use them as she pleases.

Some of the other pages I made were titled Family, Love and Furry Friends (they have a dog and a cat).  I also made a handful of embellishments for her, which she could use to decorate the pages if she wanted.

She has a Winnie the Pooh theme in the baby's room, so I made a few Winnie the Pooh images for the album as well.  I just hope I left the album simple enough that she is able to easily complete it, now that her days are filled with her new sweet bundle of joy!

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Sympathy Card

Hello!  I hope you have all had a nice weekend!  It was a cold one here for us, but it gave me a chance to do some things around the house - like finally get my Christmas decorations up!  I also had a few craft projects I wanted to work on.

One of the projects on my to-do list was a sympathy card for my project manager at work.  She recently lost her mother, who she was very close with.  I made this card so everyone on our team could write a note to her.  Our team is very close, and we are all hurting for her during this difficult time.

I got the idea for this card by doing a Google search and looking at images for sympathy cards.  I found a card that used this same bird image and I really liked it.  I embossed the background paper, framed the sentiment and popped it up, and added crinkle ribbon that I tied into a double bow.

I thought birthday cards for men were hard, but I have to say, sympathy cards are harder!!

Thanks for stopping by to take a look!

Cardstock from Bazzill, DCWV and Recollections
Bird from Beyond Birthdays cut at 3.4 inches
Flower embossing folder
Sentiment from Scrappy Moms Stamps Everyday Greetings set
Crinkle ribbon

Monday, December 2, 2013

FCCB #189 - Beyond Red and Green

Happy Monday!  It's time for another fun challenge over at Fantabulous Cricut!!

Challenge #189 Beyond Red and Green
Create a holiday project that does NOT use red or green

This is great challenge - perfect for the holiday season that is now upon us.  Create any holiday project, without the colors red or green, and as always - use at least one Cricut cut!!

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Winner will receive the Polka Dot Sentiments stamp set

For my project, I made a holiday card using one of the cute snowmen on the Winter Frolic cartridge.  I used a Peachy Keen stamp for his face and added a little embossing to his hat.

I printed the background paper using my Imagine and the Christmas Wish cartridge.

Be sure to visit the FCCB blog and enter our challenge.  Remember, you need to use 1 Cricut cut to be eligible for the prize. Also, please visit our wonderful sponsor!  Thanks for stopping by!!

Solid cardstock from Bazzill, DCWV and Recollections
Pattern paper printed from Christmas Wish Imagine cartridge
Snowman from Winter Frolic cut at 4 inches
Sentiment from Hero Arts Holiday Sayings set
Face from Peachy Keen Stamps Winter Face Assortment
Swiss dots embossing folder