Thursday, March 29, 2012

My Cricut Craft Room - Theme Day Thursday

Happy Thursday Crafty Friends,
We are almost to the weekend...Wahoo!
Today is Theme Day Thursday at My Cricut Craft Room...the Design Team members could either create something with an Egg/Grass Theme or use the cartridge of the day which is Create A Critter. 
I just love this cartridge, so of course this was such a fun day to sign up for.

I wanted to use the Hap-Bee birthday sentiment from Pink By Design's Take the Cake stamp set and knew this little Bee from Create A Critter would be perfect.

First I created my own double sided paper using my Cricut Imagine and the Hey Diddle Diddle cartridge.  I just love the patterns on this cartridge.  I didn't want to print a whole sheet of paper so to make the paper I cut a rectangle out that would be big enough to make my 4.5 x 4.5 card.
I selected the 5:7 rectangle in the stock images and sized it at 8.0 . I filled this rectangle with the yellow pattern and print and cut.  After this cut I flipped the cut piece on my mat keeping the 12 x12 piece on the mat so I know exactly where to put the flipped piece down.  I then changed the pattern on the same rectangle to the floral pattern.  I then reloaded my mat and changed the setting to Print Only and it printed in the same exact place as the last cut.  This is the best way I have found to create double sided paper and it saves ink when you don't want to print both sides of a full sheet.

Using my Gypsy I found a square cut on Gypsy Font and sized this at 9 x 4.5 to create my 4.5 x 4.5 base.  I then I placed the Bee Hive in the middle of the card so it would cut a Bee Hive window.
You can find the Hive using the Accessory Feature, Button 45, Cut at 2.5.  

The Bee was created with Button 45, Feature Buttons Layer 1 & Layer 2. Each layer was cut at 2.25.
It's hard to tell in the picture, but I used glitter paper for the wings and Glossy Accents on all of the black parts of the Bee.

To finish my card I added some ribbon and doodled around the front of my card and around the hive on the inside of my card.

Hope you enjoyed my Create A Critter Creation (say that 10 times fast...LOL)
To see more fabulous projects using Create A Critter please go to My Cricut Craft Room.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by,
Jenny R
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Jinger Adam's Design Team Call

Good Morning Crafty Friends,
I have decided to apply for Jinger Adam's Design Team.  I was so excited when I saw this Design Team Call.  I have always loved watching Jinger on HSN promoting Provocraft Products.  I actually bought my Cricut Imagine during the first Imagine launch.  Jinger is so charasmatic and I have always thought it would be great to work with such a fun and uplifting person.

For this Design Team Call I decided to step out of my comfort zone of Card Making and Scrapbooking (which I love) and decided to create a Home Decor project.
While at Target I came across this frame and vase that were perfect for my desk at work.
I wanted to jazz up the vase a bit to match the beautiful color on the frame which is my color inspiration.
My Blank "Canvas"
My Color Inspiration

To do this I decided to pull out the sheet of Printable Vinyl that came with my Cricut Imagine.
  There is also this great RGB feature that comes with the Imagine, so I thought how perfect is this...with the RGB feature I can match the color of the frame to print and cut images for my vase.

Now to try to come up with the right RGB code to match my frame was my first challenge.
The colors on the Imagine screen seem to look a little different then what actually prints so I wanted to make some samples.  To do this on the Imagine I picked a square in the stock images that come with the Imagine and measured it at 1".  While on the square I then selected the Pencil on the top right to Edit.  This takes you into a color palette that comes on the Imagine and to the far right is a rainbow with an arrow in the middle. This is what you select to get to the RGB feature.  I did this three different times to try out a few colors that I thought looked close to the color on the frame. Once I was done playing around with the RGB codes I cut these three squares out to see if I had a match.  Wouldn't you know it my third attempt was a success. I'm in business! :)

I picked the images for my vase based on the idea of including an inspirational quote on the printable vinyl. So I decided to find a cut that looked like a frame.  Since I knew I would be making flowers for my vase I pulled out Close To My Heart - Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  This cartridge is a must have and had everything I wanted to use for this project.

  • The frame cut can be found on Button 17 of the Overlay as the base, cut at 2.75. This image was flood filled with a pattern from Nursery Tails, Page 39. This is also the image that my quote would be on so I chose a soft & subtle pattern.
  • To grab the top layer of the frame cut I selected the Feature Button - Basic/Icon Layer. Select Button 17 and cut at 2.75 again. This image was filled with my beautiful Teal color created using the RGB feature.
  • The Flourish can be found selecting the Feature Button - Decorative Font. Button 38, cut at 1.0. This was also filled with the Teal color.
  • I cut a circle border from Elegant Edges that I thought I wanted to put down the side of the vase.  I didn't end up liking the border, but I used the negative cuts from the border for my cute little dots around the top of the vase.
  • To print my quote I took a piece of regular printer paper and ran it through the printer for a test run.  Once I liked the placing of my wording I used repositionable adhesive to attach the vinyl (with the backing still attached) to the paper and ran it through the printer again.  This works perfect every time.  Did you notice my font matches the Teal as well?  There is also an RGB feature in Word, so I just filled in the RGB numbers from my Imagine and my Font matches perfectly.  Love it! :)
  • To finish jazzing up my vase of course I needed to use some Bling. I had these light pink rhinestones that I think add that extra special touch.
My quote says: "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." - John Lennon
I am a planner and this quote reminds me to enjoy each day to the fullest.
Last step for this project was to make Flowers to go in my vase. 
There are 6 different flowers to choose from on CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. 
My favorite was the Daisy, which can be found using the Font Feature, Button 38. 
I cut two different sizes...5.0 (yellow) and 6.0 (multi color).  Since the paper I used only had a pattern on onc side I inked the bottoms of the flowers to give a little color.  I also inked the edges on the patterned side. (I decided to ink the edges on the patterned side once they were put together which made the inking task a little more difficult, but It gave them the added touch I was looking for.)

Aren't these gorgeous?
They were so fun to make! 
For the stems I bought Cake Pop sticks and wrapped them in Green Ribbon.
For the "pollen" on my flowers I used Divine Twine - Cotton Candy, Green Apple, and Lemon.  To attach the Twine I tied a knot three times and glued the knot on the tip of the stick. Then I wrapped the twine in a circle until I was happy with the size of the "pollen".

I had so much fun making these flowers for the first time and playing with the printable vinyl.
I hope you enjoyed and were inspired by my project today.
I would be so excited and feel so blessed to be a part of this Team that get's to promote
 Jinger Adams product.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by. :)

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Erica's Craft Room Challenge - March 20-27th Card Challenge

Erica's Craft Room Challenge
March 20 - 27th Card Challenge

My goal this month was to do a few challenges along with my regular My Cricut Craft Room Design Team Posts.  This is the third challenge I have entered this month so I am fulfilling my goal so far. Yay!  If you didn't know Erica at My Cricut Craft Room has started a Challenge blog. 

Every week there is a Card Challenge and every other week is a Scrapbook Challenge. 
These challenges include a Sketch and a Color Combo to use with the sketch.
Go Here to join in the fun.
Above is this weeks sketch to win a $25 store credit to Erica's Webstore.  
She has a ton of craft items (including Cricut Cartridges) at great prices!
Here is the link to Erica's Webstore if you want to start your wish list. :)

Here is my take on the Sketch:

The colors we were supposed to use for the challenge are Pastel Yellow, Pastel Green, and a Color of my choice.  Of course I chose Pink...I am not so into pastels so I chose a mix of pastels with some brighter colors.  Cricut Cartridges used to create this card: Art Philosophy and Just Because Cards.

Cricut Cuts using my Gypsy:
Art Philosophy: All cuts for the Egg were from Page 57
Cut at 5.5 using the following Feature buttons:
Card Feature
Layer Feature
Decorative Feature

Just Because Cards: All cuts for the Bunny were from Page 59
Cut at 6.29 using the following Feature Buttons:
Layer 1 (Bunny)
<Shift> Layer 1 (Bunny Foot)
Layer 2 (Inside Bunny Ears)
<Shift> Layer 2 (Bunny Nose)

To give my Bunny some added texture I used Recollections Flocking Powder (White).
To do this I just layered the Bunny with a Zig 2 way glue pen and then poured the powder on top.
This works well, but next time I am going to try using my Xyron (need refills first) :)

I also made a mistake by flipping the Bunny on my Gypsy and not flipping the foot and the inside of the ears.  In my head they were supposed to be the Pink Poka Dot, but luckily I cut those items on Double sided paper and instead of re cutting those little pieces I went with the striped paper. Some times you just gotta go with the flow. :)  I like how it turned out. 

Inside of the card
There were no wated cuts on this card.  I used the negative cuts from the Decorative Layer on the front of the card and the inside of the green egg on the inside. I don't have any Easter Stamps so I made my own Sentiment using Microsoft Word.  I like to do this a lot when I journal on my Scrapbook Layouts.

Cricut Cartridges: Art Philosophy & Just Because Cards
Paper: DCWV Lemon Flower Stack
Echo Park Paper Co - Jody's Stripe
Recollections: Flocking Powder - White & Adhesive Rhinestones - Pink
Pens: Zig Memory System - Pure Pink, Sakura Gelly Roll - White
Adhesive: Zig 2 Way Glue Pen & therm o web 3d Foam Squares

So there you have it...I hope you decide to Join in the Fun with this Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by,
Jenny R
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Sunday, March 18, 2012

My Cricut Craft Room - My Imagine-ation Monday

Happy Monday!
I hope everyone had a great weekend. 
I spent most of mine in my craft room so it was a very fun weekend for me. :)

Today is My Cricut Craft Rooms My Imagine-ation Monday.  I just love my I used Hello Kitty Greetings and Better Together Imagine Cartridge. 
 One of my favorite features on the Imagine is flood filling images from other cartridges with an Imagine pattern.  This is what I've done for today's card.

Cricut Cuts:
I used the Card Feature Button on Hello Kitty Greetings, Button 9, cut at 5.0 Rel.
This image was flood filled with the pattern from Better Together, page 36.
Feture Button Clothes Layer's, Button 9, cut at 5.0 Rel.
Flood filled with the light yellow that comes with the Better Together Color Palette.
Feature Button Sillohette, Button 9, cut at 5.0 Rel.
Flood filled with the darker yellow that comes with the Better Together Color Palette.

To finish up my card I used pop dots to pop the sun's face and added googley eyes.
I also attached Lemon Divine Twine
 and of course some Stickles (don't remember which ones exactly)

Here is the inside of my card. 
The seintiment is from Pink By Design's Take the Cake.
It says "Hope your day is filled with sunshine & smiles."
The stamped border is from My Creative Time.
Now isn't that just perfect? :)

Please go to My Cricut Craft Room to see all of the other great projects today.

Thank you for stopping by today.

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Monday, March 12, 2012

My Cricut Craft Room - Card Creating Tuesday

First off I want to wish Erica at My Cricut Craft Room a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
This card was made for our fabulous leader's Birthday.

I used three different Cricut Cartridges to create this card:
Create A Critter, Elegant Edges, and Something to Celebrate

Cricut Cuts:
Create A Critter: <Shift> Button 13 (Layers 1 - 3) cut at 2.0
Elegant Edges: Oblong Frame Feature - Button 22, cut at 4 x 5.25
Something to Celebrate: <Shift> Button 20, cut at 1.59 (this was cut 3 times for the banner)

To "hang" the banner I used Twine and Mini White Brads.
Cuttlebug folder Swiss Dots was used for the frosting on the cupcake.
To finish the cute cupcake I used Stickles (Pink Glam & Lime).
My Sentiment is from Pink By Design - Take the Cake.

I hope Erica loves her Birthday card and has a fabulous day celebrating her special day!

Thanks for stopping by,
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Erica's Craft Room's - March's #2 Card Sketch Challange March 6-13

Here is my entry for Erica's Craft Room Sketch/Color Challenge.
This sketch was really fun to create.
I used Art Philosphy to make my card
The card base is an A2 (4.25 x 5.5) size. 
Art Philosophy Cricut Cuts:
Card Base: Card Feature - Button 3 on the overlay cut at 5.5 x 8.5
Card layer: Button 3 on the overlay cut at 4.25 x 4
Combo Feature - Button 33 cut at 3.43
Label/Tag Feature - Button 6 cut at 1.0
Font Feature - <Shift> Button 49 cut at 2.5 and 3.5
Sentiment: My Creative Time - Many Greetings
Paper:  DCWV Lemon Flower Stack
Queen & Co:  Pearls
I hope you can join us in the challenge HERE.
Thanks for stopping by,
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

My Cricut Craft Room - Theme Day Thursday

Today's Theme at My Cricut Craft Room is Pink...isn't that fun!  I've always been a pink girl...I love the color pink and was so excited to create for this theme. :)

For my card today I created an A2 size card using Just Because Cards and Hello Kitty Greetings.
The base of my card is from Just Because Cards button 23 on the overlay cut at 8.5 x 5.5.
 and <Shift> and the same button, cut at 5.5.  This cut is for the scalloped border.
Hello Kitty with all of her layers is from button 12 on the overlay cut at 4.25.

To finish off my card I added my Sentiment which is from Pink By Design's Take the Cake stamp set.
Stickles - Glam Pink
Liquid Pearls
Twine - Pink

Here is the inside of the card...this cut is also from Hello Kitty Greetings.
Button 11 with the <Shift> layer, cut at 1.5.

I just love how this card turned out. :)
Hope you enjoyed.

To see what other projects were made with Pink please go to My Cricut Craft Room to see what the other Design Team members created today.

Thanks for stopping by,

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Friday, March 2, 2012

My Cricut Craft Room's 100 Cricut Cartridge Blog Hop - Day One

Welcome to My Cricut Craft Room's

100 Cricut Cartridge Blog Hop

You should have started at if not please start at the beginning

Be sure to visit Erica's Blog tomorrow for over 50 NEW projects that you did not see today....
Also make sure to follow Erica's blog so you will know when she has contests, prizes, challenges, swaps & special online coupons.

Currently she is running a Scrapbook & Card challenge over on her challenge blog and you can win a gift certificate to her webstore!

This Friday she will announce February's Scrapbook swap.... She has a swap each week and you have two weeks to make your project each month. There will be a card, scrapbook, tag, die cut and embellishment swap each month!

Don't forget to comment along the way on all of the blogs today and tomorrow to be entered to win the Cricut cartridge that Erica is giving away today.

Winners will be announced on her blog on Tuesday!
Thank you so much for joining us today,
for this month I made two A2 (5.5 x 4.25) sized cards using three cartridges:
Simply Charmed, Phrases, and Imagine More Cards

My first card is using Simply Charmed and Phrases.
The background that has the sentiment on it can be found on Phrases using the Tag Feature.
It is button 2 on the overlay, cut at 3"
The Sentiment is also on Phrases, button 26, cut at 2.9 using my Gypsy (this has four cuts)
the main image, <Shift> the same image, Layer/Shadow Feature, <Shift> Layer Shadow Feature.
The cute little mushrooms can be found on Simply Charmed.
<Shift> Button 10 + layers 1 - 4 and the shadow feature.
I love how bright and cheerful this card turned out. :)

For my next card I used two pieces of 8.5 x 11 pieces of White paper and my Cricut Imagine.
I love that I can take two pieces of whit paper and end up with this sweet card!

The cartridge used was Imagine More Cards.
First I went to the stock images that come with the Imagine and selected the 3:5 rectangle cut at 6.0 and flood filled that image with a pattern on page 41. 
This actually cuts at 6.5 x 10.5, but I cut it down to the 8.5 x 5.5
and fold it in half to create my 4.25 x 5.5 card base.  
I added the border to the base of the card. This can be found on page 30 and cut at 1.3
The You Take the Cake Images can be found on page 9 and is cut at 2.8 rel.
  I layerd this so I could use some pop dots to add some dimension.

I also cut the Happy Birhday border that can also be found on page 30, cut at 1.6.
This border went on the inside of the card as shown below.
I love how everything coordinates so easily.

To finish off the card I added some Liquid Pearls for sprinkles on the cupcake and also as extra accents on the border.
Easy Peasy!

Below is the entire line up in case you get lost along the way.
If you get a chance please visit Erica's Webstore and enjoy 15% your total purchase this weekend.

Enter the code MARCH during the third step of check out to see the discount.

She has everything crafty.... Cricut cartridges, adhesive, papers, stamps and so much more.....

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