Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Operation Write Home

Erica over at Erica's Craft Room wants to send cards to our troops overseas so that they can write home to their families. Her original goal was 1000 cards, but she received so many commitments that she has now raised her goal to 2000!! Wow!!! Please go visit her blog for instructions and help her reach her goal for this wonderful cause!!

Teacher Cards

My son's last day of school was May 20. Here are a couple of pictures of the cute little cards I made for his teacher and parapro. They are apple blackout features from the Doodlecharms Cricut cartridge; I put 2 on my Gypsy, flipped one, and then welded them together to form the card base. Then, I used the layers feature to get the red and brown parts and the original apple for the green and then layered them on top of each other. The words are from the Cuttin' Up Cricut cartridge ("Thanks A Million!" is a button on the cart and for the #1 Teacher, I used letters from Cuttin' Up and then welded "Teacher" with my Gypsy).  For the sentiments on the inside, I copied and pasted poems found on the web onto a MS Word document and played with locations on the page until it fit inside my apple card cutouts.  Then, I placed my printed-on paper into my Cricut and cut out the apple shapes again to form the card liners.  Thanks for looking!!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Blog Hop!!

I'm so excited (and scared)!!!! I will be participating for the first time as a designer in a Blog Hop!!! Woohoo!!  Look for us around June 3.  It is part of Erica's Craft Room's 100 Cartridge Blog Hop that will be happening monthly!! Stay tuned!!


I know I'm behind on posting this, as it was announced a while ago on our Facebook forum, but here goes:  I am so EXCITED to say that I will be a part of a Design Team for Erica on Cricut Craft Room (Erica's Craft Room).  Her blog blinkie will be the one on the top to the left when she gets it up and running again.  Keep checking here, as we will be having monthly 100 Cartridge Blog Hops, weekly design entries AND we are now involved via Erica to make cards for Operation Write Home.  It's all so exciting and I am a little frightened, since I am so new to all of this, but we are doing great things and I hope you can come follow along!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Tonight's Challenge

So, tonight's Challenge was to use either a Cake cart or the features buttons of regular carts again.  This time, we could create up to 3 entries - anything we wanted - and using as many carts as we wanted.  Here are my two entries; neither of them won, but I liked them nonetheless and still thought I would share:

Gift tag using the window/mirror feature of TBBM cart. I put some hole punches inside a corner of a small jewelry ziploc baggy for the front window.  Something new I thought I'd try... :)

The phrase on this card was done from Happy Hauntings and the ghost and mummy came from - I believe - Paper Dolls Dress Up. I will double-check that tomorrow and post a comment. :)

Goodnight to all who are following; stay crafty!!

Oops! :)

Whoopsie!!! I just realized that the little invite I did for Erica's challenge last week contained not one, but TWO cartridges....Designers Calendar AND Paper Dolls Dress Up.  The challenge was to use just one cart, but I guess I messed that up! :/  Hope you liked the invite nonetheless....

Sunday, May 15, 2011

New(er) Stuff

So, Erica has been challenging us to use Cricut Cake cartridges or only the features keys of regular cartridges for our creations.  I'm loving this, as it is challenging me to think a little outside the box, though it IS sometimes difficult to do.  This little invitation was for the features challenge last week when we could only use ONE cart on the project. Hope you like it!
Also, I made a card yesterday for my little cousin who turned 9.  He plays baseball for the local recreation department, so I made a little ballplayer with his uniform on.  He LOVED it! I was so excited; I just love it when folks like what I make! :)  Hope you guys enjoy it, too:
We have a new challenge to create up to 3 items using only the features buttons or cake carts.  They were to be due tonight, but an illness has prevented the judging and we get an extra day.  Check back in a day or two to see what I made (and if any of them won!)!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Erica's Challenge 5/8/11

So, our Features-Keys-Only Challenge over at Erica's Room was due by 9 pm EST tonight (it was originally last night, but got moved).  We were to create a layout or card using ONLY the features keys on at least 2 cartridges.  Of course, I stuck to my Disney theme, using Mickey and Friends, Mickey Font and Pooh & Friends.  Hope you like it! TFL
(The "Mickey" banner is tied to grommets that I put in using my Crop-a-dile for the first time.)

More Mother's Day Fun!

All righty then, now that the gifts have been given, I can post pictures of the Mother's Day cards I made for my mom (one from my brother, SIL and me and another from my son and niece). 
The top one is from us kids; the bottom one from the grandkids (yes, my son started calling her Ta Ta and it has stuck!)  As you can tell, she loves hot pink, lime green, Mickey Mouse and pink flamingoes....My son loved my first-ever quilled flower enough to want to add it to the card, too. :)  Also, I have to brag just a little bit....I even made the ENVELOPES myself! :D  Loving that Erica has helped me to be a little more crafty!!

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all of you moms out there! Truly the best job in the world, isn't it?? (even if I stink at it a lot of days...)  :D  I hope you all have a great day filled with blessings and love; and, now, I'm off to do the crafting I should have done yesterday! ;)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Win Copic Markers!!!

Go and check out http://www.scrapbookpal.com/ on their Facebook page...they have a contest going to win 7 Copic sketch markers OF YOUR CHOICE....this is a great giveaway!!!  Click here to go directly to their FB page.  Scroll till you see the giveaway!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Erica's Room Challenges

All righty...if you haven't been to check out Erica's Room yet, you really need to!  She's at Mega Meet this weekend, so her blog isn't as up-to-date, but her FB page has us all working constantly. Our challenge now is to use ONLY the Special Features buttons on a cartridge (or cartridges) to create something...a card, layout, whatever.  NO regular buttons whatsoever.....yeesh!! I'm having a bit of a hard time with this one, but will be sure to post it here if and when I come up with it! :D

Who is Erica, you may ask?  She is my go-to person for anything Cricut!  If it can be done, she either knows how, or can get you to the right person/people.  She also has more energy and spirit (and giving nature) than anyone I've ever seen!  Come on over and meet her!  I'm sure glad I did! :)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


OK; so I don't have a Cuttlebug....yet.  But, I wanted to try the embossing thing AND the quilling thing, so my son is getting me a Cuttlebug for Mother's Day.  Still too impatient for that, even, I went ahead and attempted to hand-fringe and quill a flower myself. Here is the result:


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Old Stuff

Here are some old things I've made using my Cricut (TM) machine....

A bulletin board on Community Helpers using My Community cartridge

Schema Project for Educational Psychology class (frogs from Animal Kingdom and words from Cuttin' Up)

"Goin' Fishin'" File Folder Game I made for a class project at UWG. Fish are from An Ocean of Words and fishermen are from Going Places

A+ Teacher Card

This was a card I made for my son's student teacher, Mr. P, on his last day with the class.  The "A+" was cut from Locker Talk, the word "Teacher" was from Cuttin' Up [and welded using my Gypsy (TM)], and the apple and its shadow from Doodlecharms.  I just glued the "I <3 School" paper strip down, along with some teacher-y ribbon and the words onto a standard 8.5"x11" half-fold greeting card.  Then, I "popped" the apple  over its shadow with some 3-D adhesive dots.  Hope you like it! TFL


OK....this is my first-ever blog post. I'm a little nervous, but I have met some extremely nice, creative ladies via Erica's Room so I am going to attempt to create and post what I've made using my Cricut (TM).  Hope you like what you see!