Thursday, March 31, 2011

My luggage

I am still having so much fun reading the emails from people about how much they loved the Disney Pixar Blog Hop we did over the weekend.  So, to continue on that theme, I wanted to show you how I embellished my luggage.

I have a Brother sewing and embroidery machine, and it came with some Disney images programmed right into it.  So to make my plain, boring luggage a little more fun and personal, I embroidered Mickey Mouse on to the luggage, along with my last name.  It helps to make them easier to pick out from a crowd in the airport also.




Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Get your own Cricut Plushie

Have you seen the new Cricut Plushies that ProvoCraft came out with?

I saw these on a few blogs just after the last CHA event, and now you can buy one of your own!

They are for sale on the Cricut website . . . click here for the direct link

You can get the 6" size for $9.99, or the 14" size for $19.99

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Keep it simple

Sometimes it is the simple scrapbook layouts that turn out the best. Here is one that I did from a family vacation that we took a few years ago. We had a wonderful afternoon walking by the lakeshore, going out on the dock, and enjoying the colors of the leaves changing on the trees.


Monday, March 28, 2011

And the winner is . . . .

I cannot believe how many people came to the Disney Blog Hop we had this past Saturday.  If you missed it, you can still go and look at the projects that were featured.

Just to show all of you HOW MANY people actually came to this hop, I have to share a screen shot I took of the Cricut Top 40 page part way through the day . . .


Yes, that would be little old me, the Disney Blog Hop Pixie in second place right behind My Pink Stamper.  Oh, and the number 3 spot is also me (well, my family) since we created Cricut Search.  So for a large part of the day on Saturday, I was holding both the number 2 AND 3 spots on the Cricut Top 40 . . . now those are some bragging rights if you ask me!  By the time the day was done, I had seen my biggest day ever for traffic to this blog, and gained several new followers (thanks for joining us!)

Okay, now that I am done bragging about how great the hop that Melissa and I organized was, let's get on to the prize.  I am honored to have Custom Crops as a sponsor for my blog and Cricut Search.  Since this was a Disney Blog Hop, they provided me with the brand new Disney Classics Cricut Cartridge to give away to one lucky winner.

I only wish I could keep it for myself!  So, out of over 360 entries, the winner is . . . 
You can check out Kimberly's blog at 

Congratulations Kimberly!  For everyone else . . . stay tuned to this blog for new on future Disney Pixar Blog Hops and maybe you could be as lucky as Kimberly!

Oh . . . and for all of you that said "I hope that you do this again" . . . you are getting your wish.  Melissa and I have picked a date for the next Disney Pixar Blog Hop.  


Details to come . . . 


Sunday, March 27, 2011

The day after . . .


I wanted to thank everyone that came to the Disney Pixar Blog Hop, all of the wonderful crafters that were a part of the hop, and all of the sponsors of those hops that donated such great prizes.  In case you missed the hop, you can still view all of the projects by going to the following links . . .



Don't be sad that the hop is over, because Melissa and I have already started tossing around the idea of doing another Disney Pixar Blog Hop.  Who knows, maybe this will become a regular feature for us, just rotating the bloggers that are stops on the hop.  So if you enjoyed this one, make sure to watch this blog or Melissa's for updates so that you can join the fun again.

This seems like the perfect way to sign off this post . . . 

M - I - C . . . see ya real soon
K - E - Y . . . why?  Because we like you

M - O - U - S - E
 

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Disney Pixar Blog Hop

It is finally here!  The Disney Pixar Blog Hop!



I am so thankful to my co-host Melissa for helping me to gather this great line up of bloggers that we have today!  We have come together to celebrate something that is dear to so many of us . . . our love of all things Disney, which of course include the Pixar family of characters.

My project today showcases my personal family of "characters" from our recent trip to Walt Disney World.

One thing you need to know about me . . . I hate to waste paper!  So when I started this project I picked out all of the papers that I wanted to use, and then in the areas that would be covered by pictures, embellishments or other papers in the layout I punched out some Mickey Mouse silhouettes that I could then use later on in this layout, or other layouts.

You can see where I punched out the row of Mickey Mouse silhouettes from the red paper, and in the image below you will see how I covered this area with the blue swirl paper.

I have heard a lot of people on message boards complain about how hard it is to work with the tiny little pieces when they are putting some of the Disney characters together if you are not cutting the overall image very big.  Here is how I work around that . . . I ONLY cut the shadow cut on the image.  Since Minnie and Mickey are in the photos with my family, I did not really feel like I needed to totally recreate them in paper, so by only doing the shadow cut I still get the fun of Disney without the work of those tiny pieces! 
And did you notice the little Mickey Mouse heads in the blue paper?  Yes . . . those are the ones that I punched out from the yellow and green matting papers.  I added them into the blue swirl paper to create my own personal Disney paper!  Now you don't even have to go out shopping for special Disney papers . . . just add a little Mickey to the papers you already own!



Last but not least, I added the phrase "Hugs and Kisses" from the Lyrical Letters Cricut Cartridge.  I thought that it fit perfect since I am hugging Mickey and Minnie is kissing my son.  I used a red glitter paper for the heart and the & in the cut.



Before you go, I would like to thank you for coming to the blog hop by offering you a chance to win a prize . . . the new Disney Classics Cricut Cartridge, donated by Custom Crops!  If you have not shopped at Custom Crops you have to check them out . . . everything you need for your paper crafts in one place.

To enter for a chance to win this cartridge filled with images of Classic Disney characters, just go to CricutSearch.com and type 
hugs and kisses
into the search bar, and find how many different handbook pages come up in your search.  You might be surprised to find that the cut I used is not the only hugs and kisses cut that is out there.  Then send me an email telling me the number of handbook pages you found . . . you can email me by clicking here, or by going to the Contact Us page of CricutSearch.com.

The winner will be announced by Monday March 28th here at my blog, and on Facebook pages for Cricut Search and Crafty Chics so make sure to check back if you want to know who won!

Update 3/28/11: The winner has been announced . . . click here.

Thank you so much for coming to this blog hop!  

And now I send you off to my co-host in this hop, Melissa, from DisneyDreamerDesigns



Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Butterflies

I love the images of butterflies. Here are two shirts that I did with the exact same image, using the exact same thread, but because of the color of the shirt that they were on they look very different. I like the purple one the best. Since the image was of a butterfly with one continuous thread, so the image did not require you to change threads I thought it would be fun to use a varigated thread, which is one that gradually changes from one color to the next.




I think it really helped to bring the butterflies to life.

    

Monday, March 21, 2011

My Most Challenging Scrapbook Project

Last year I did a very challenging scrapbooking project. I was creating Memorial Scrapbooks for two young girls who lost their father to cancer earlier this year. Their mother wanted to a book that both of the girls could keep to look back on their time with their father, but since she is not a scrapbooker and it would be too emotional for her to do this project, she brought the idea up to some friends . . . and they suggested that I do the books for her.

At first, it was very strange to be scrapbooking someone else's pictures and memories, since I did not have the emotional connection to the images that I was working with. But a strange thing happened while Iwas working on these books . . . I feel like I connected with this family. I got to know them through their pictures and seeing their daughters grow and their family change. By the end, I felt like I had know this family for years . . . and I sort of did since I just spent months looking at the last five years of their life.

I truly thank this family for the opportunity to create these books for them, and to develop my scrapbooking skills by working on layouts that Iwould have NEVER done before. I hope that the girls look at these books when they are older with loving memories, and I thank their mother for allowing me to share in this part of their lives and to share the layouts I created with you through this blog.










Sunday, March 20, 2011

SPRING

Spring is in the air!  Even here in Minnesota we are starting to see patches of grass where the snow is melting away . . . okay, patches of ground where the green grass will be, but at least it is something different than the snow that we have been looking at for the past 5 months!

When you think of spring, what do you think of?


Flowers


Butterflies

Bugs


Spring Showers


Birds


So if you need inspiration for your crafts, just look out the window and see what signs of spring are popping up around you, and the start with that.

(note: None of these pictures are my projects . . . just inspiration I have found in the creations made by other crafters)





Saturday, March 19, 2011

Teresa Collins and Cricut

Okay . . . I have to admit . . . I am not one of those who "knows" all of the hip and trendy crafting world designer names.  I am more along the type that just goes into the store and buys what she likes and does not pay attention to "who" it is made by.

If you ARE one of those that keeps tabs on all of the trendy designers, then you might know who Teresa Collins is . . . if not, here is a link to one of her websites.  Well, I found out that she is working with ProvoCraft on some new cartridges . . . one for the Imagine and one regular Cricut cartridge . . . and even better, I found some preview images for you!





My guess is that this last one is for the Imagine, with all of that detail in the crown.  Since none of these were in the Hello Thursday update from this week, maybe these will be released later on this summer.  Stay tuned, because you know that as soon as I know I will pass the information on to all of you!



Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!  I hope you have a wonderful day!

Here is a card that I created for my Grandfather.


I used the Core'dinations paper for the shamrocks so that I could sand them and all of them could have different amounts of the inner green color showing through.  I cut the letters to spell out "I'm Lucky" for the front of the card, and the inside says "to have a Grandpa like you."

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Win a Cinch!




I have to share this with all of you . . . Consumer Crafts is doing a contest right now.






If you are a Facebook Fan of theirs, you just have to leave a comment at this link
http://www.facebook.com/ConsumerCrafts/posts/106009092815183
and you can be entered to win a Cinch Prize Pack!  It’s filled with the Cinch book binding tool, Cinch pliers, Cinch wires, and Core’dinations paper- everything you need to get started!  This is exclusive to their Facebook friends, just ‘like’ them and comment on the giveaway.  A winner will be chosen and announced tomorrow morning.  Tell them Shawn sent you!
 

St. Patrick's Day birthday

I have a friend that I have know since I was probably about 4 years old who has a birthday on St. Patrick's Day.  Here is the card that I created for her this year.


In case you cannot read it, it says Fabulous at 40!  The image of the woman is from the Forever Young Cricut Cartridge.  I used a glittery paper for the dress so that this classy lady could have some bling.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Guest Blogger and a Challenge

Today we have a Guest Blogger, Kristal Andrew from GettingCricky.com.  She is going to show us how she used Cricut Search to help her create a card for her "sweet and spicy" challenge theme.  If you would like to join in the challenge, there is still time to enter a project that you created.  Just click here.

I love using Cricut Search, and when I was looking for a little elephant, I typed in elephant to find this adorable one on Sugar and Spice lite cartridge!
I created this easy card for my Simply Sunday Challenge. Every Sunday I have a challenge in which my readers can play along and win a cricut cartridge! I decided to give away the matching cartridge: Sugar & Spice to the winner! My challenges run for TWO weeks, even though a new challenge is posted each week.
I hope you will hop over to my blog GETTING CRICKY and join us!
Now join me for a quick tutorial on how to make this sweet and simple card!
Ingredients for this Card:
Polka Dot Mat: 5.75x5.75 (Penny Lane)
Paisely Flower Mat: 5.25x5.25 (Paper Studio)
Sugar & Spice Cricut Lite Cartridge (Provocraft-Walmart)
Cut Elephant at 4", Cut Scallop tag at 2.25"
Textured Cardstock: Brown, Pink
Smooth Cardstock: White
Ink: Vintage Photo (Tim Holtz Distress: Ranger Industries)
Pen: White Gel (Marvy), Brown Stampin' Up Marker
CHALLENGE....so the challenge is to create any project that is a little sweet and spicy--how you interpret this is up to you! It can be any project (treat box, card, layout, tag, etc) using any materials. I would LOVE to see a cricut cut used, but I'm not mandating it. I want everyone to be able to participate.
THANK you to each of you for visiting me today and allowing me to share a bit of my day with you. I feel BLESSED to have you here with me. I hope your day is full of wonder, blessings, and love today.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Cricut For Beginners

Today's blog is a guest blog spot from Cricut for Beginners.
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I had to dedicate today's post to our very own product - Cricut for Beginners! I have received some amazing emails from those of you who have purchased and watched the DVD that I wanted to share with you. I also occasionally receive questions on how to do certain things with the Cricut, and I wanted to let you know Cricut for Beginners teaches you every function of your Cricut while making projects. So I'll touch on the first few lesson plans to help you decide if our DVD could help you!

"I am again excited to be a Cricut owner thanks to you! This DVD should be included in any purchase of a Cricut machine, as it is invaluable! Thank you!" -Colleen

Cricut for Beginners shows you every function of your machine, whether you own the original Cricut, Cricut Create or Cricut Expression. This is not anything like the CD that comes with the machine purchase. We developed lesson plans that teach you one function at a time -and- we make projects as we teach you the functions. So whether you are a visual learner, or learn by doing, Cricut for Beginners appeals to both types of learners.

"I am really enjoying Cricut For Beginners. The title is really deceptive, the lessons are just not for beginners! I've had my E (Expression) for over 2 years and I've learned things I didn't know about the machine." -Christine

Did you know that Cricut for Beginners includes all the cardstock you need for your very first lesson? We did this so you could jump right in and start putting your Cricut to use! I can't tell you how many people I have talked to who own the Cricut but just never took it out of the box or has it collecting dust in the corner of the house. Lesson 1, entitled "Basic Cut", gives you all the tools to begin making a project - starting with the "Hi" Card. I promise your cuts won't run off of your page and you'll end up with a really cute card! :)

"Love love love, did I tell you that I love the DVD? I do...you did a great job on the .cut files, Gypsy files, and the PDF files on the projects...okay you outdid yourself...spread the word...because this is a must have DVD." -Joan

Lesson 2 teaches all about Creative Feature Keys. I personally had been using my Cricut for a while and never bothered to work with these keys. I was missing out on use of over 600 shapes by ignoring them! So don't ignore them like I did. They are amazing and give you tons more shapes and ideas to work with. Lesson 2 shows you how to work with those keys and read your handbook. The handbook is essential to use with your cartridges.

"Oh what a wonderful Birthday gift this is from my Daughter. Loving the DVD, I hope there are more to come!" -Debi

Lesson 3 teaches Real Dial Size. Real Dial Size is so important to know, and yet, we found in our research that most Cricut owners did not know what it did - until now! Cricut for Beginners will walk you through this key and you can create the adorable First Day of School Layout while learning it. This is exactly why our DVD is so unique - we don't just tell you to push the button. We show you why you want to use it and how you can use it in a project.
After watching the DVD, we hope you are bursting with new found inspiration and project ideas! I hope this post helps you see the wonderful information and ideas you can get from Cricut for Beginners, and how those who have watched it are really enjoying it. Cricut for Beginners is like no other DVD on the market today, which is exactly why we created it for you. I'll have some more upcoming blogs on the other lessons in the DVD - so stay tuned!
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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Cricut Search Tip

Grab a cup of coffee . . . I am going to share some tips on features and searches you might not even know that you can do with MyCutSearch.


If you have ever been working on a project where you KNEW you wanted to use two colors on your lettering to give it that layered effect, like this.

To do this, you would need to use a font that includes a shadow cut feature.  Well, if you are like me, before MyCutSearch came along you would flip through all of your font handbooks to find the PERFECT font for your project, only to be disappointed when you saw that there was no shadow cut feature for that font.  Well not anymore!  What if you could JUST preview the fonts that HAVE a shadow cut?  Let me show you how you can do this.

Let's use the image in the layout above for an example of how to search for images with shadow cuts.

First, go to MyCutSearch, and on the left hand side you will see Advanced MyCutSearch.  It is the third item down on the list.  Click on that.



That will take you to a screen that looks like this.


Next, 
Make sure the keywords box is un-checked
Check the font box and check the character-number-symbol box
In the search bar, type in 

s shadow

The image below shows the boxes you should have checked, and along with the search parameter information.



Click on search
Now you will see only the pages with a letter S that also has a shadow cut

Remember, you can always click on any of these images to get a larger preview.

And if that is still not big enough for you, you can click on the single preview image to enlarge that one more time.

I hope that this helped you to learn something new about MyCutSearch, and how you can use it for your papercrafting needs. 

Join us tomorrow for the start of the Disney Pixar Blog Hop!


I hope that this helped you to learn something new about Cricut Search, and how you can use it for your papercrafting needs.  Please feel free to re-post this information on your blog to share this tip with others who might use Cricut Search.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Hidden Fun

Yesterday I showed you how I used the Core'dinations Black Magic Cardstock on a project.  I found a great video that shows you some great ways that you can use the Core'dinations Cardstock for your projects.



  

Friday, March 11, 2011

St. Patty's Day is almost here

Last month, for a Valentine's Day treat, I made little purses for my co-workers and filled them with Valentine's Day candies.  They all liked them so much, I decided to do another little treat for St. Patrick's Day.  Here is what I came up with.



I cut the tag image from the George and Basic Shapes Cricut Cartridge from a cream colored paper with a soft green patter all over it.  Over that I layered some shamrocks that I cut from the Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut Cartridge . . . the very last page has some really cute border type images.  Then I cut some shamrocks out of the Core'dinations Black Magic cardstock from the Cauldron stack.  I had never tried using this paper before, but it was really fun!  If you would like to give it a try, here is a link to where you can purchase some.
When you look at the paper, it is all black, but at the very top of each page there is a small tab that shows you what the color is underneath the black.  I picked a paper that had a soft green color hidden underneath the black, and once I cut the shamrocks out I used some sandpaper to reveal some of the green around the shamrock.



I added a simple Happy St. Patty's Day message to the tag, and each one of my co-workers will get one of these, along with a few Peppermint Patties . . . it is the only candy I could think of that had the word "patty" in it.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

New at Custom Crops!

I had to share some new items I found at Custom Crops.



Custom Crops

They have new stamps, paper and something I have NEVER seen before . . . Frosted Glass Vinyl! Now you can create the look of frosted glass by just cutting this vinyl with your Cricut and sticking it where ever you want! This would be great to use on a window or mirror where you might not want to do any effects that cannot be removed.   Great for a little accent that is not permanent.






Embroidery designs for spring

Are you ready for Spring?  Here in Minnesota, everything is still white and I am SO READY for signs of spring. I found these embroidery designs filled with images of springtime that have the feel of stained glass windows and would be great for a new home decor project to brighten up your space.







This is just a sampling of the images they are featuring right now at Embroidery Library.  I have a very small craft room, and it is in the basement of our house, so I don't have a lot of nice windows, but if I created one of these on a wall hanging, like the one below, I could give the illusion of a stained glass window in my small space.






Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Contest!

I wanted to share a contest that is sponsored by Craft e Corner 

You can enter to win a copy of the Cricut A to Z DVD and a Cricut Plush Bug!

















Winner will be announced Thursday (tomorrow!) so hurry over and enter for your chance to win!
Here is a direct link to the contest . . . click here!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Looking back . . .

Have you ever looked back at your older scrapbooks to see how your scrapbooking "style" has changed or evolved.  I did this just recently, mostly because I don't have that many "new" projects to post right now and I was looking back at some pictures of older scrapbook layouts that I have taken, but have not yet posted on the blog.  I can really see that BEFORE I owned a Circut, I used a LOT more stickers, and now I rarely use stickers.  Of course, before the Cricut my layouts had less titles and words on them . . . mostly because I don't like my handwriting . . . but with the Cricut I can make perfect letters every time.

Anyway, enough of my rambling . . . on to the layout!  Since I live in Minnesota, snow is a way of life for us.  Every year we get at least one big storm where we are stuck in the house until the plows come by.  While it is troublesome to get around on a day like this, the trees and landscape look BEAUTIFUL with the fresh snow all around.


In this layout I show a picture of the fresh snow and how it hangs onto the trees, and the icicles hanging off the back of the house.  In the corner I added a journaling box with the information on the storm . . . date, total snow fall . . . so that we have a record of what things were like that year.  The background paper has a scattering of dots with snowflakes through out.  I believe this was a Creative Memories paper from a few years ago.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Riser for your Cricut

I discovered this new gadget the other day . . . well, it was new to me . . . so I wanted to share it with all of you. These are risers for your Cricut Expression.  These go under your Cricut machine so that if you are sitting at the table you don't have to stand up to see the information in the preview window of your Expression.

Here is a video that explains it all!



They sell for $25.99 . . . just click here.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

A few more weeks . . .

I know that I mentioned this already, but I just wanted to remind you that the Disney Pixar Blog Hop is just around the corner.  I am hosting this event along with Melissa Allore from DisneyDreamerDesigns on March 26th, 2011.

Melissa and I are both big Disney fans, and we were talking about themes for Blog Hops one day and that is when the idea came to us . . . what about a Blog Hop that features nothing but Disney or Pixar themed projects! Cards, scrapbook layouts and crafts of every sort!  We both agreed THAT would be a Blog Hop that we would want to go to . . . so that is when we decided to make it happen.

This is going to be one hop that you don't want to miss!  If you are on Facebook, make sure to RSVP to the event!  There has been such a big buzz about this hop, because of the theme and the great list of bloggers we have lined up . . . so much that I am thinking that this might have to become a regular feature!  I already have some bloggers that have contacted me to let me know that they would like to be a stop on the next hop.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Birthday Blessings

This is a birthday card that I made for my brother-in-law.  I hope my husband gets it in the mail soon, or my brother-in-law will be able to see his card on this blog before it gets to his house!