Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Best Friends layout

Can you believe it is almost the New Year! Any fun resolutions out there?

Well I must say that after the holiday rush & the nice little bit of down time I am having right now, I got scrappers block! Good thing that I found this layout on the bonus section of the Best friends cart. I just printed it as is & then added buttons & stickles & a great page came alive! Then my creativeness came back & I have been scrappin all night. Sometimes you just need a little push, so check out the bonus features on your Imagine cartridges if you get a little stuck. Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas Wrap

Welcome! Can you feel the excitement in the air? My daughter is 8 & I get a daily report, sometimes 2-3 times per day about how many days until Christmas & how long until she can open presents. Love that feeling. Anyway I have been wrapping lots of presents so I used my Imagine for one. I just printed a full sheet from the Lori's Garden cartridge, which I got last week.

The print I chose was almost snowflake looking, I just love it.  I sprayed glitter on the box part, of course I had to ink something so I inked the strips for the bow with Broken China distress ink. I cut a 1" image that is on the Imagine itself & stamped the image from my Pink Stamper's winter Punnies. Then I popped it up with this cool little product that's called Action Wobble.
I love dimension & popping things out & this is really cool, it has 2 sticky sides & a 'spring' type thing that makes it pop out.

To make the bow, I printed the same print on the back of a metallic blue sheet of cardstock then I cut 6 strips 3/8th" x 12" to make the bowI just glued each strip into a circle then put glue in the middle & put it together then stacked them, you could put holes in the middle for a brad or just glue it all together & put a button or anything really in the middle. Thanks for looking.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Santa 2010

She is almost getting too old for Santa visits, have to cherish each of the ones we get, love the picture I got of her talking to him.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tissue & glass ball ornament

I played with tissue paper now. I used the Imagine More cart. & printed just a blue print on my tissue paper, then I used Mod Podge & put it onto a glass ball ornament, then I used My Pink Stamper Winter Punnies stamps & using Tim Holtz Vintage Photo ink I put little snowflakes all over the ball & made a little tag also from Image more cart. & stamped the word Sparkle on it, then I sprayed Tsukineko shimmer mist sparkle all over, added a bow & a hanger and can now put it on the tree.
To print on the tissue I left it folded & taped down my edges with clear tape & it printed just fine.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Steampunk layout

If you haven't noticed I am mostly a vintage-shabby chic type designer & I have ventured into Steampunk & I love it! It is so much fun!!! We went to a Dickens Christmas festival this weekend & this couple was there in a booth & had books they had written, Rowan of the Wood, I have not read any of it yet, but they also had a lot of steampunk stuff, I just had to get Parker's picture with her! Of course I had to play with the pictures at my favorite place online for altering pictures- picnik.com  I used all Graphic 45 steampunk line. Tim Holtz little metal sprocket gears & trimmings that I inked with vintage photo distress ink & a few Prima flowers.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Gift Bag on the Imagine

Hi! Happy Thanksgiving! I don't know about you but I am ready to eat! I know some you aren't football or Dallas fans but GO COWBOYS!!! :) I had a fun time this week making my gift bags for my post this week. I used a plain white lunch sack & a tree from Christmas Noel, picked a pretty green color for it & then stickled it. I taped the paper bag down with clear tape so no edges would stick up anywhere. To place my tree where I wanted, fellow design team member Linda Kaiser has an excellent video on her blog on how to move things where you want them, basically you put little squares from the shapes already on your Imagine & fill them in white, I did one 1½" squares across the bottom & 1 more then the tree. After it printed I used a fun border punch at the top & then folded it, I used Time Holtz distress ink Tea Dye for my edges, punched 2 holes after I folded it for the ribbon & tag. I also Stickled the tree for a little color. Once you get your design you can print off how ever many you need, I can not wait to use this idea for my daughter's b-day goody bags in March!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Best Friends

Hi everyone! Wow, Thanksgiving is already next week! We always decorate for Christmas at Thanksgiving so I am starting on my Christmas gifts so I will have pretty packages to put under the tree next week. My project this week will be going to my daughter's good friend. Of course I had to use the Best Friends Imagine Cartridge.

I started out with a flat panel canvas, I used Tim Holtz's Tattered Rose crackle paint. I then used a pretty pink flower pattern from pg. 42 on a basic shape. Then I used just the frame on the bottom of page 21 with the last pattern on pg. 44.Then I made the Best Friends tag on pg. 13.I sewed on the frame & tag & used pop dots so it would stand out.I inked everything with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress ink.I also inked my vintage seam binding with the same ink.

Very fast simple & easy but such a great gift!

Best Friends Imagine Cartridge
Tim Holtz- Tattered Rose crackle paint
                 Vintage Photo Distress ink

Monday, November 15, 2010

Friendship is not a Competition

This layout was hard for me because I like to match my papers to my photos, but I have conflicting colors & needed something neutral. I just love this new paper from Cosmo Cricket! Circa 1934.
I love this photo & am so happy that I got it. My daughter & her friend have been friends for 7 yrs. & even though they are on opposite teams they still cheer each other on.
I used Sesame Street Font Cricut Cartridge for the lettering.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Fall Brick Shelf Sitter

This is my project for the I-Team at Creative Critterz Imaginations this week. Be sure to check their blog everyday to see some cute things made with the Imagine! Click on my I-Team Blinkie at the top right.

I love to recycle & alter things & I have been staring at this stack of bricks in our garage since we moved here 7½ years ago. So I finally am doing something with them! I also love Fall, so I decided to make a fall shelf sitter.

Just a plain ole brick from our house.

I used the Imagine More Art Cartridge.

The fun new thing that I tried on my Imagine was printing on ribbon. I used the border on pg. 25 & put it in layers & just used the last piece. I used satin ribbon & just layed it on the mat to match the placement on the screen, it did get a tiny bit on my mat but nothing a baby wipe didn't take care of.

Then I used just the flowers from the top of page 18 & the bottom of page 19 (I cut the leaves off). I changed the color to something fallish, I then cut 2 of each, one at 3½" & one at 2½". I then crumpled & inked them, I used Tim Holtz Distress inks-Rusty Hinge & Spiced Marmalade. I added buttons & put them on twigs & added my ribbon. I covered the front of the brick with my matching border on page 25. I put some of my daughters clay in the holes to hold my twigs. (shhh don't tell her, lol) & here it is. Thanks for looking!

Monday, November 1, 2010

New Design Team Member

I am so excited to announce that I made the Design Team for Creative Critters Imaginations!
 Here are my fellow I-Team designers check out all the great talent & be inspired to use your new Cricut Imagine machine:

Karin Adamczyk - http://www.scrappercreations.blogspot.com/

Katie Jones - http://www.craftingwithkatie.blogspot.com/

Linda Kaiser - http://www.paperboutique.blogspot.com/
Jessie Lee - http://www.scrappyjess.blogspot.com/

Edna McGreevy - http://www.expressionbypinke.blogspot.com/

Erin Morgan - http://www.imagineandcompany.blogspot.com/  

SammyeJo Singer - http://www.62cards.blogspot.com/

Click on my I-Team blinkie (top right);
to check out the Creative Critters Imaginations blog everyday to see what's new!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Cricut Imagine Nursery Ensemble

This is my first real big project with my new Imagine & it is so cute! I just love my new machine!! So much fun!

I have the nursery cart that came with my machine that I got on HSN, I have no one to give baby stuff to right now but I just had to make something with these cute little critters!

I made a grow chart, a baby banner, a catch all can, a wipees box, & a picture in a frame.

I wanted a kind of vintage look to this so each piece was inked with Tim Holtz Distress ink-Tea Dye, & I of course had to sew on each of them! Lots of scalloped, waved & rounded edges to keep it soft looking. I also used my Signo white pen to make white stitches on the green.
All of the letters and numbers are from the Hannah montanna cartridge using Daddy's Girl font. The banner cuts are from Calligraphy font.
On the growth chart I used pop dots on the animals so they would stand out.
The ribbon I used is actual vintage seam binding, it is just so pretty. The wipee box is going to be handle a lot, so after I made all my pieces I used Mod Podge on them. I glued these pieces on using E-6000 so they would stick to the plastic better. The scallop cut on the top of the box is from the French Manor cart. Of course you need a stinky skunk on a wipee box. The can is just a catch all for whatever you might need to throw into it, it is very simple but effective.
This frame has been hanging around my house forever & I could never get rid of it or figure out anything to do with it, it is perfect for this! It has 4 pieces of glass in it, in layers. I put a couple of pieces of each of the picture on all the glass so there is a lot of dimension, it really is super cute & of course looks better when you can actually see it in real life.
Thanks for looking! As always, if you have any questions just let me know! scrapalooza@yahoo.com

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Work Spend Create

This is a layout that I made for the Cricut challenge & I used it for my Liftateer challenge this week also.
The journaling says-
I labor all week so that I can spend & create on the weekends. This Labor Day weekend Parker & I shopped & got some good bargains. We went to Hobby Lobby-Big Lots-$store-Walgreen's Personal Scrapbook& got some really great deals! I got the cute little fan for $4! Tim Holtz paper at HobLob for ½ price & I finally found the red flock@ PS. My new Cricut cart came in the mail. I got a new softball album for $6! I found a cute pair of green reading glasses @ the $ store. Cricut green lol. Then we went to Gattitown & ate & played. So now I am home & creating. Great weekend. We also got to see some hot air balloons landing.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Halloween House tutorial (kinda)

I am not good at tutorials, but I am great at answering questions! I am better in person so I can actually show you how to do it, that is why I would rather teach a class. Anyway I know most of you are far away so I will try to show you how to make this, PLEASE let me know if you have any questions! Here goes nothing! :)

I used chipboard. I cut the pieces as follows
the 2 large sides are 8½ x 6½
the 2 smaller sides are the same only they are turned opposite & you need to cut off the top 2 corners to make a peak for the roof to sit on.
the 2 roof pieces are 6½ x 9.
The base is 7½ x 10" & I used regular cardboard for this so it would be sturdier.

Now you need to cover all pieces with whatever paper you have decided on.

Next you need to put your holes in. I used my Bind-It-All & punched holes down the sides of the four pieces that will be assembled to make the 4 walls of the house.

Then I put it together using ribbon.
Then you also need to punch holes along the long sides of the roof, I used my owires to attach these together so the lid would open & close easily.

Then I glued the 4 walls down. I put a line of tacky glue & set the house on it, then as it started to dry I used hot glue & put a line in the front of the each wall & also on the back inside of the house so it makes it more sturdy. So there are 3 lines of glue holding it up.

Then I glued just one side of the roof to the house , but leave the other side opened so you can open & close it.

Then you are ready to decorate it however you want. You could also make a gingerbread house or Easter or whatever you wanted. Get creative! Have fun! Hope you enjoy this.

Halloween Candy Dish House

This is my Halloween House Candy Dish.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Summer blog hop

Check out the summer blog carnival at CraftCritique! Some super cute stuff!!


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Giggle Giggle Quack

I made this page for a challenge that was to be anonymous so they had to guess who made what page. Well I have had more questions & comments about the background paper so I am posting here. I MADE IT. LOL I used a piece of white paper & the Creat a Critter Cricut cartridge (say that fast 5 times hehehe) my Gypsy & the Cricut black markers. It was that easy & it did turn out cute. Thanks for all the comments!

Wonderland ATC

I found an awesome site! You can get to it from the Simply ATC blinkie at the top right of the home page on this blog. They are a new ATC challenge blog & every 2 weeks they have a challenge with a prize & you swap your ATC. Too cool! Anyway, their first set of challenges for a full set of ATC's after all the swaps will be Alice in Wonderland which I love! This is the ATC I made for the first one, I will put up a pic of the one I get back in the swap when I get it. I am swapping with JessT.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Sunflower seed holder

I am addicted to the Chocolate covered cashews from Walgreens. They are so good & they come in this cute little container where the lid pops up. So after I am done eating them I have acool container. My daughter bought some sunflower seeds & cut the top off & they spilled everywhere, a container to the rescue! I made this cute sunflower on my Cricut in about 5 minutes & taped it on so I can take it off when the sunflower phase is over. :)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Princess play clipboard

This is a clipboard that I painted with magnetic paint & then chalkboard paint. I used the Once Upon A Princess Cricut cartridge to make dolls & the castle & I put magnet on the back so you can play with it. Then hang it up when you are finished.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

One year old

I made this for the Liftateer challenge & a Cricut Circle challenge. I used the Home Decor cartridge for the flowers & branches. The paper is an older style by Melissa Frances.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


This is a layout I did for a contest at my lss & another person & myself won! yay. I am so bad at writing down where product comes from unless I 'have' to. I think this paper came from Shabby Green Door? Songbird maybe? Anyway, the contest is called Page in a Bag & you pick up a bag of supplies & have to make soemthing with it, I love to see how different everyones project is & that it comes out of the same bag of stuff. The shape of the photo was actually on the paper that way, I just cut my photo to fit, then sewed around it. The crown is from the Hannah Montanna Cricut Cartridge. The music sheet at the bottom was a plain piece of cardboard rolodex style that was in the bag. The little foam flower at the bottom was in the bag. The pink velvet dot ribbon & the green dots were all in the bag. Then I added a bunch of tulle & sprayed sparkle on it with my newest find that I LOVE, it is a shimmer spritz by Tsukineko. I found it hiding in the stamp section at JoAnn's. They have been out for a while after I bought it, it's probably discontinued because I love it now. lol Thanks for looking!! Have a great day! :)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Love my Bic Mark It markers. :)

These are the Bic Mark Its & I just love them, I use them for everything. I got this pack at Walmart for $12.44
I use them a lot to color my acrylic rhinestones, which works beautifully! The pack this comes in has a space at the bottom that I put a sample of each color. I just used glue dots to attach them after I colored them.

An easy way to color them is to put a strip of adhesive down, then put the stones on there & color them, they dry almost immediately & if you pick them up right there is already adhesive on them!

I learned these awesome tips from Tammy at http://www.cricutcritters.com/ she has the best retreats & ideas! I always learn a ton of stuff from her! Thanks Tammy. :)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Embossing kit for the Cricut!!!

I bought an embossing kit for my Cricut & I absolutely am loving it! Anything you can cut, you can emboss! My first project that I am ready to post is this awesome frame.

I bought one of those $1 wooden frames at a craft store & painted it black. Then I took plumbers tape & embossed it. I used Stretch your Imagination & made 1" squares side by side, the image I used is at the bottom 4th from the end. Then I painted it black & after it had dried I sanded it. For the corners I used Storybook, fancy corners shift 7 at 1 3/4", I inked it then blotted it with black. Then I just added a few embellishments. I was so excited to do this project that I didn't do step by step pictures, but I will make another one & do more pics! Any questions just ask. :)

The place where you can buy the embossing kit is at Chomas Creations http://www.amychomas.com/

I will definitely have more projects soon using this new kit!