Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cricut notecards

Hi!  This past weekend I participated in an online swarm.  There was a different challenge every day, Thursday - Monday.  On Saturday, doxieluv1, one of the women running the swarm posted phenomenal directions on how to make these note cards and their holder.  Here is my take on her tutorial.

This is the cover, made out of one sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper:

These are the 8 note cards for inside:

This picture is closer up of one of the note cards. I used two new carts for this actually.  The scallop and the white circle are from Sweet Treats, cut at 2.5".  The Cricut head is from Car Decals, cut at 2".

Here is what it looks like on the inside when all of the cards are in  it:

The green print paper is from American Girls stack.  The eyes are green stickles. 

Thanks for looking!


I didn't forget about picking winners!!!  I have two winners to announce.  First up is the winner from my St. Patrick's Day week Secret Leprechaun exchange.  I decided to pick one random comment from all of the comments left that week.  The winner is...


Leanne will receive a bag of gold candy and a pack of primary color Cricut markers like these seen here!

My second winner to announce is the winner of the iRock from the "What it means to love you" blog hop.  That winner is....


Congratulations ladies! I don't have either of your email addresses so I will leave a comment on your blogs and hopefully you reply to me that way.  Thanks!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

What it means to love you - Blog hop!

Welcome!  If you have arrived from Laura's blog, you are in the right place!  If you happened along to my blog by accident, please join the hop by going to Dawn's blog and starting from the beginning. 

For today's blog hop, we are sharing scrapbook layouts that explain how or why we love someone.  A member of our hop is going through a rough time but continually pours her love out everyday to the people that need her the most.  We are hopping along to share in her expression of love for those people in our own lives.

This layout sketch was posted as a challenge on the Circle message board a few days ago.  As soon as I saw it, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.  Here is the layout I created:

First, the papers:
Solid pink background is Recollections.
Darkest pink paper and medium pink printed papers are from the American Girl stack, which you can find at Michael's.
The lightest pink paper on the bottom is printed paper from the Imagine cart Nursery Tails.
The touch of neon green in the flowers is Recollections.

Next the Cricut cuts:
The title is the font on the Cupcake (a Lite cart - if you haven't checked out this font, you are missing out big time!) "what it means to you" was welded and cut at 0.75".  "love" and it's welded shadow were cut at 1.05".
The flowers are two variations from Hello Kitty Greetings and were cut at 2" and 1.3". 
The circle tag is from Doodlecharms and was cut at 1.6".

Here is a close-up of the journaling, in case you are wondering what it says.  This is always the most nerve wracking part for me.  I always do my writing as the very last thing after my page is all glued down.  What if I screw up?!?!?

Lastly, how about some blog candy?  I will give away this I-Rock and gems to one lucky person who leaves a comment on this post and follows my blog if you haven't already.  Please leave a way for me to contact you so that I can get you your prize after the hop is over!  I will draw a winner on Monday, March 21.

Thanks for visiting! Be sure to go to Shawn's blog next to see her awesome layout!  In case you need the list of everyone's blog to get back to the right place, here it is:

Bobbi Jo
Michele <----- YOU ARE HERE! 

Friday, March 18, 2011

Secret Leprechaun - the final day!

Today is reveal day!!! My last present to my person is a light up hanging shamrock and a green glittery basket full of candy!  Here is the card that I made her to go along with it:

This card is based on a sketch from PageMaps that was chosen for a challenge on the Cricut Circle message board. The shamrock paper is from a Martha Stewart seasonal stack.  The rest of the cardstock is Recollections. All of the cuts on this card are from Gypsy Wanderings:
Large scallop (2.5")
Medium circle (2.2")
Small circle (2")
4 hearts (0.65") and a flower stem (1.03") welded together to make the shamrock and then cut again separately for layering

The ribbon was purchased from my LSS and I added some brads for detail.  The stamp at the bottom of the card is from the $1 section at Joanns. 

Leave a comment to be entered to win a mystery prize from a sneaky little leprechaun that I keep seeing pop up around here!  I will guarantee you it will include candy!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Secret Leprechaun - Day 4

Goodness!  I forgot to schedule the post to go live this morning!  Here it is!

Day four of this week brings us to St. Patrick's Day!  We don't reveal who we are until tomorrow so for today I wanted to give her something she could wear.  A simple shamrock beaded necklace does the trick.

This top hat is from the Circle cart Shall We Dance and is cut at 3". 

I added the shamrock from Paper Doll Dress Up as a flourish to the hat (1").  Stickles around the edge make it stick out a bit.  The tag is tied on to the necklace with some silver cord I had laying around.

Check back tomorrow for the final card I will be giving her, revealing who I am!  Thanks for checking my blog out!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Secret Leprechaun - Day 3!

Today, the little leprechaun will leave my coworker a crazy headband with shamrocks, glitter, and streamers!  (I forgot to take a picture before I wrapped it up - oops!)

This tag is the lucky horseshoe on the Smiley Cards cart.  It is cut at 3".

I wanted to show you this close up picture even though it isn't the best quality.  I don't always like the faces on the cuts so I try to spruce them up.  I added googly eyes and crystal-colored stickles for the cheeks.  Then I used a silver marker to add those cute little dots all over.  That just says "cutesy" all over it! :)

Don't forget to leave some comments this week!  You never know what might happen!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Secret Leprechaun - Day 2

Today's sneaky little leprechaun is leaving some cute jelly window clings! 

The tag shape is cut from Stretch Your Imagination at 3.5", using the shadow, normal, and layer cut.  The pot of gold is cut from Paper Doll Dress Up at 3".  Yellow stickles create the gold in the pot.

This tag took me less than 10 minutes to put together.  So easy!

Don't forget, there might just be a little leprechaun around here at the end of the week too! ;)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Secret Leprechaun Time!

Every year my co-workers and I participate in Secret Leprechaun week.  Every day we leave little surprises for one person in their room, mailbox, wherever.  On Friday, we give a bigger, little bit nicer gift and reveal ourselves.  The woman I have probably has no idea I have a blog so I figure I'm safe sharing with you all week long. :)

Monday's gift will be this tumbler, with a tag wrapped around it.  This tag was printed and cut with the Imagine, using it's stock colors and Celebrate with Flourish.

The shamrocks from CWF are cut at 2".  The tag is a shape from French Manor, cut at 2.5".  The stamp is from Joann's $1 section and is my touch of gold for the weekly Cricut Circle Blog challenge! 

Here you can see the back of the tumbler, with the cute shamrock plaid pattern.

Hopefully I'll share a tag every day so check back!  You never know what might happen at the end of the week - maybe little leprechauns will want to be good to my visitors! ;)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Children at Play!

Ahhh!!!  I am so excited about this project I am about to share with you!!!  Last week on the Cricut Circle Blog, Cindy made an AWESOME board game for her granddaughters.  It was a princess game that she made using her Imagine.  I was super inspired and wanted to make one just like it! Here it is:

The girl I made this for just became a big sister.  In my opinion, you can't give a baby gift without something for the brand new sibling too!   This project was made with my Imagine, Imagine carts, one regular cart, and a few other supplies.  I mostly followed Cindy's directions just altering it for my recipient, who is a little less girly and I think will prefer regular girls instead of princesses.

Here is the game board itself:

The bottom ivory color paper and the middle blue butterfly paper was printed using the Nursery Tails cart.  The tree and sun paper is also a pattern from Nursery Tails, filling a stock shape that is built in to the Imagine.  The total size of the game board is 11.5" x 10".    The circles are shapes from Nursery tails that I custom colored and cut at 1.2" each.  The house is Nursery Tails, cut at about 3".

Next up is the die:

This is the box from Tags, Bags, Boxes & More.  I printed a sheet of paper with a pattern from Nursery Tails Imagine cart.  Then I cut the box out and assembled it.  Thanks to Cindy's tip, I cut some styrofoam to put in the inside to keep it from collapsing on itself when you roll it.  The numbers are cut at 1.2" from Birthday Bash, my first cuts from that cart!

Here is a more detailed pic of the game board and die:

On to the girls!  These three girls are all from the Best Friends Imagine cart.  They are all cut at 3.7" and I cut them twice, once regular and once flipped.  Then I took a doll clothespin and stand (purchased from Michael's in the doll clothes aisle) and glued the girls to them.  I used Tacky Glue, which you can see in the background.  If you look at the girl in the yellow shirt, you will see a weird looking circle in her forehead.  That's because I used too much glue in that spot so WARNING!  :)

Here is a picture of them sideways or laying down so you can see how they are assembled:

The rules of the game are pretty basic, as this is for a three year old girl.  The girls start at the bottom of the board and work their way around on their own path until they reach the house.  The numbers on the die are 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, and 3.  This will make it take enough rolls to get to the house but not so many that a three year old is too frustrated with the game to finish.   (Note: I made three girls but it only takes two to play the game.)

And here is another final pic!

I am so excited about this project!  I am also entering it into the monthly challenge on the blog, the winner of which will receive a gently-used Expression and four carts sent to a school of their choice!  Awesome!!!

I would love to hear any comments you have about the game.  If you are a Circle member, Cindy has directions that you can download for the game she made on the Circle blog.  They were a great reference to use as I made my own game. Thanks again for stopping by!!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Prince Charming card

A very close friend of mine recently had her baby - a boy!  This is the card I made for her since we are going to visit this weekend.  I can't wait to see the little guy!

Everything on this card is printed with the Imagine.  I also opened up and used my B is for Boy Cricut Lite cart!  The baby is from B is for Boy, cut at 3.5".  The wavy borders are from the Nursery Tails Imagine cart.  I embellished with two silver brads as buttons and used a Peachy Keen stamp for the adorable little face. 

Prince Charming is from B is for Boys.  There is also a crown with this saying - it's on the baby's head on the front!  I cut it once in blue and once in green, flood filling with Imagine colors.

The border printed out really long set at 2" so I wrapped it around the back of the card as well.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Today, Wednesday, March 2nd is Dr. Seuss's birthday!!  It is also a part of Read Across America week, sponsored by NEA.  Here is a bulletin board idea for you!

There are three large sections of red paper going from floor to ceiling.  Those will become Cat in the Hat hats, like you can see on the one in the middle.  All of the papers making up the white strips are acrostic poems about Dr. Seuss that the school children have written and turned in to the library.  As we get them in, we put them up, creating the hats as we go!

In between the hats are brown papers where I added the title (Jubilee cart) and a bunch of title pages from old, beat up Seuss books that we replaced in the library.

I have a feeling we may need to continue down the hallway wall as more poems get turned in.  The kids love Seuss week!