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Friday, July 30, 2010

Just wanted to share the picture I can't wait to scrap. I think it's going to be the front page of my house building scrapbook. We built our house about a year ago and I still haven't made my scrapbook.
Faith, Love & Mickey Mouse

Cricut Circle

It's open again... So I joined! YAY! I'm not a member. I'm so excited!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Birthday Party Decorations

Today has been a TON of fun! This is what I did all day. My friend told me she was having a birthday party for her 5 year old. I offered to make cupcake wrappers for her because they were too cute not to. She then asked me today if I could make letters for a sign. As I was digging through my cartridges for a font I found my Life's A Beach cartridge and I was so excited because she is having a beach themed party!

I couldn't pass up the cute little flower. I thought I would make a flower and leave it at that! HA!!! Then I saw the lizard, it was too cute to pass up. And of course since it's a beach themed party we need flip flops. Which I added cute little Prima Flowers and Stickles too. By this time, I was in for the long haul. I couldn't stop!!! I made a beach ball! Some small word signs that said Play, Happy Birthday and Fun in the Sun!

I made all of these items using Stampin Up card stock. I love how well it cuts on the Cricut, it's like butter!!! Since this was for a little girl, I added Stickls and Flowers! It was SO MUCH FUN!!!

Of course, I couldn't stop playing with this cartridge, I also made two cards!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


For the last few years I have had this love for cupcakes! I love that they are just petite little cakes! I love that I don't have to cut cake when I serve it (less mess)! I love how cute they can be decorated. I love that you can easily have many different flavors for one event. The list of reasons to love cupcakes goes on and on. Well, a few short months ago, Cricut gave me one more reason to love cupcakes (and my Cricut) with the Cricut Lite cartridge, Cupcake Wrappers!

I offered to make some for my friend for her daughter's and brother-in-law's birthday party that she's hosting. I am making her brother-in-law's in Tempting Turquoise by Stampin' Up. Her daughter's I'm making Pink Passion by Stampin' Up. I am going to put a circle on the front of the turquoise ones with a monogrammed S in an orange color, I haven't decided which yet. And a scalloped circle with a C stamped in yellow on the pink.

I have included a picture of the start of the cupcake wrappers. When I get them done I will post another. The wrappers are super easy to make. The sizing is a little hard to figure out but that's what scraps are for. I have read on the Cricut forums that if you have the Expression it is WAY easier because you just have it fit to page. I just have the original Cricut at this point, therefore no fit to page button. :( Luckily I have enough scrap paper.

Monday, July 26, 2010

A quick card

This is what I spent a few minutes doing tonight. I know I feel a ton better when I get to do one thing creative a day. This wasn't much but just adhering pattern paper to plain paper and stamping a little greeting makes my day.

These little notes are just 3X4 or something but I like to give these with gifts over the 2X2 or whatever they are that you get in the gift wrap section of your local store. I also like to give them when I don't have much to say other than a quick thank you.

I'm not sure how these cards were cut or their dimensions because I got all the supplies from a Stampin' Up Stamp-a-Stack.

It was a few years ago now but I think I bought a few extra packs that were available. I think of it as a challenge to take these papers and come up with a project. And now that is has been so long I have no idea what the original idea was! I recommend trying it some time. :)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Using what I have

I am trying desperately to get this room just so. I have cleaned rooms before and it has taken me a lot less time but this time I want to make sure everything is in the right place. I will post a video once I have the whole thing done. It's not the fantastic and awesome place like some others have but it's mine and I love it.

As I put things away I was noticing I don't have things to put my pictures or momentos in so I figured I would try to find something. I looked at Target, Michael's, WalMart and Ikea. I couldn't find anything that was the right size. Then I had an even BETTER idea. I would cut down a card board box. There were many reason I like this idea: I got the perfect size bin for my belonging, I got to use up the paper that I probably wouldn't use for anything else, the price was PERFECT and I got to be creative (my favorite part!).

Normally I'm uber into matching everything but I wanted to use paper I already had that I haven't used in years. I like the paper but I didn't really have anything to use it on anymore.

I started with a bigger box. It turned out pretty cute. I am quite pleased with how it turned out. You can't see here but I covered all 4 sides. I had to cut this one down in the middle to make it fit just right. It was kind of fun to dissect a box and make it fit my space perfectly.

Then I moved on to a smaller one. I didn't have another box big enough for my space. I figured I would just make the smaller one work rather than trying to cut one up and add to it to make it bigger. This one turned out better for some reason. I did actually score the sides so it has crisper edges and things I learned on the other box I could use on this box. Again, it doesn't match of the first box but I love it! ;) Here are some pictures:

And here is what it looks like all finished. Like I said, it's not exactly what I would have put there if I would have spent money but there is a feel good feeling about using what I have and making free storage solutions.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Last night as I was waiting for dh to come home I decided to fiddle with some stuff that I had lying around. I have this knack for buying supplies for crafts that I leave laying around and not using. As I'm trying to clean up and organize my craft room I figured I'd make something.

I made the H to the right to hang on my wall. I love how plain and simple it is. There are things, as I look at it, that I could have done to it to add to it but I think the simplicity has it's benefit.

I was also pleased that I didn't have to buy anything special. I said earlier that I bought stuff for it, but really all I bought was the H, for $3.99 at JoAnn's. It is just a paper mache' letter that is about 12" high. I had the ribbon, paper and rub-ons just hanging out in my supplies.

I was thinking this could be a cute thing to give as a gift to pre-teen and teen aged girls. Who wouldn't love to have their initial hanging on their wall. Even if you give this with a little gift card. I do like the inexpensive gift ideas. :)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

One of those days

Do you ever have one of those days where you just want to sit down and craft. Not you have anything particular in mind, you just want to be creative. Then you start and you are so uninspired and everything you do turns out kind of... well, not cute! That is the day I am having. I know I do better in a clean space and my craft room is still messy and unorganized. So I'm blaming it on the craft room. Guess I should organize rather than craft today.

Luckily, I did have one of those Simply Sent kits from Stampin' Up to finish. But even those looked so uninspired. When I get a Simply Sent kit I try to tweak them and make them my own using only the supplies they include. It is sort of my own little challenge. The kit I was working with today had three different cards. The first two I played with, ended up with nothing good. So with the last one I didn't stray too far and came up with something kind of cute.

---The inspiration from Stampin' Up---

--- The end result--

I kind of like my cute little monogramed card. The colors on here are Stampin' Up's Kraft, Ruby Red, Bashful Blue and Chocolate Chip. I used everything that came in the kit, pretty much as is except I added the monogram with my George Cricut Cartridge.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A beginning, sort of...

I have been crafting all my life. I would knit, crochet, needle point, paint, color, cut, and glue until my little heart was content. The truth it was never really content because I always longed for more!! Just after my first son was born I was introduced to "real" scrapbooking with Creative Memories. I loved it! Through the years I have had more and less time to scrapbook. My friend then turned me on to stamping and making cards. It was neat how hand and hand scrapbooking and stamping went together. It was easy to buy the supplies for one and they worked for the other. As a homeschooler it was also neat how the same supplies work for many of the projects we do. I was content scrapping and stamping! I would spend hours. Then I went back to school for elementary education... My crafting came to a SCREECHING halt! I graduated this past spring. And I have started a reorganization/redecoration of my craft room... hence the beginning! I hope you will join me!