Monday, December 19, 2011

A Project Using the Cricut Imagine- The Serenity Prayer

Merry Christmas! Unfortunately crafting has been hit or miss lately - mostly miss. Just doesn't seem like I have had the time or energy for it in awhile and boy, do I miss it. It's good to be back!

A friend was telling me how she has prayed the Serenity Prayer for awhile now but she had only heard the very first part. She had never heard the second part of the prayer. It's such a beautiful prayer and I wanted to share the whole thing with her. So, that was my inspiration for this project. I thought it would make a nice Christmas gift for her! Sorry for the glare on the glass in the photo.

This project was made using the Cricut Imagine and Cricut Expression. All the paper was printed using the Imagine from the Imagine Mystical Garden Colors and Patterns cartridge. I also used the Gypsy to modify the frame around the prayer - I had to stretch it out. The frame is from the Happily Ever After cartridge. Unfortunately, with the Gypsy in the Imagine application, you can't modify an image in the same way you can in the Cricut application. You can make it bigger or smaller but you cannot adjust the height and width independently as you can in the Cricut application. So, I had to print the paper in the Imagine and then I just took the mat with the printed paper and put it into the Expression to cut (using the Gypsy). For the prayer itself, I typed it in Word and printed it out on vanilla cardstock.

I think the project came out pretty nice. It seemed to take forever, lol, but that is typical for me. The good thing is the project is stored in my Gypsy and if I want to make another one it shouldn't take as long!

Thanks so much for visiting. I'm glad you came by!! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Crafty New Year!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Cow's it Going?

It's good to be back to the blog! No one probably noticed I've been gone ;-) !

This summer we took a tour of a dairy in Michigan. It was amazing. Who knew milking cows was so involved. It was quite the operation. When we got home we put the Expression and the Imagine to work to make cow thank you cards.

The cow shape card was made using the Gypsy. Just transpose your image and weld them together to make a shape card- love that! We used the Create a Critter cartridge for this cute cow!

Using the Cricut Imagine and the Imagine More Cards cartridge we made the other card. I love how my daughter decorated it with spots just like a cow!

When we returned from our trip to Michigan the kids went right back to school. I felt like I was shot out of a cannon and have been flying ever since. Just now I'm feeling more settled into the routine and hopefully can get back to some crafting! I miss it but have been enjoying the kids and all their activities.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a happy crafting day!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Princess Birthday

This card was made using the Cricut Imagine. I used the Cricut Happily Ever After cartridge for Cinderella and the trumpet/banner. Everything including Cinderella was printed and cut using the Imagine. The shape behind her is one of the stock images on the Imagine which was cut a little bigger the second time in order to make a shadow. I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder to give the background some dimension (and inked it)-and added some rhinestones since every princess needs some bling! The stamped letters are from Hero Arts and from Technique Tuesday. The cupcake was part of a birthday set from Technique Tuesday. I stamped the cupcake, colored it with Copic markers, cut it out and used "pop dots" to make it stand out in front of the princess. I hope our little princess will enjoy her birthday and her card!

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a happy crafting day!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Happy Birthday Mom!

This card was inspired and basicly scraplifted from a Cricut magazine. The issue is "Cricut Birthdays" and the card is on page 64. I got this issue from JoAnns with a 40% off coupon. Love that! I usually don't copy other people's work so closely but I really liked this card and it was just perfect for this special occasion. I did of course use different paper and a different Cuttlebug embossing folder than the card in the magazine, so it is a little different ;-).

I love the Bo Nash No Mess Glitter. So easy to use and like it's name says it really is no mess.

To make this card I used:
Cricut Sweet Treats cartridge - numbers
Cricut Imagine Hopscotch cartridge - patterned paper
Bo Nash No Mess Glitter
Stamps of Life Birthday4Cookie set - sentiment
ek Success border punch - Diamond Lace
Cuttlebug embossing folder

Have a happy crafting day!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Cre8tivegirls Blogoversary Blog Hop Day 3!

Welcome to day 3 of the Cre8tivegirls Blogoversary Blog Hop! Sadly, this is the last day! It has been so much fun celebrating Yvette's first blog anniversary with our own "firsts". Doing something new these last few days has been really great and has stretched me some ;-) .

If you've arrived from Doris' blog, you are in the right place! If not, you will want to start at the beginning at Yvette's blog. Be sure to wish her a Happy Blog Anniversary!

This is my first center step card. Check out this link for easy to follow instructions on how to make this card. It's very simple and quick to make the base card. Picking out your patterned paper, embellishments and main focus of the card will take more time. At least it takes me more time - a lot of time, lol!

This is also the first time I have used this incredibly cute and funny digital image and sentiment! From the moment I saw it I knew I HAD to use it soon! Isn't it hilarious?? This digital image/sentiment was a freebie from the marvelous Marlooney (Marlene). Thanks so much Marlene!! Check out her blog here!

Although I'm sure I will have plenty of opportunities to use this card (I should have about 20 of these on hand, at least!), I am choosing to keep it in my craft space! It makes me smile every time I look at it!

To make this card I used:
digital stamp image/sentiment from Marlooney
Basic Grey Offbeat collection - paper and cardstock stickers
Copic markers

Another first for me is that I used patterned paper in my digital image. I printed the image on white cardstock and on patterned paper. Then I cut out the dress from the patterned paper and glued it to the image on the white cardstock. Then of course I colored the rest of the image with Copic markers.

I hope you enjoyed my card and had a laugh! Boy, do we need a laugh now a days!

Be sure to hop on over to Paula's blog and see what she has created for the last day of this fabulous blog hop!

In case you're lost or would like to hop from my blog, here's the list of the very creative ladies who are participating in this blog hop:
Chris -you are HERE

Thanks so much for visiting! Your comments bring me joy - thank you! If you've left a comment during this hop, I'm hoping to come and visit your blog sometime very soon! I love seeing your projects!

And to Yvette, I want to thank you so much for inviting me to participate in your blog hop. I had a ball!

Have a happy crafting day!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Cre8tivegirls Blogoversary Blog Hop Day 2!

Welcome to Day 2 of the Cre8tivegirls Blogoversary Blog Hop. If you've arrived from Doris' blog you are in the right place! If not, be sure to start at the beginning at Yvette's blog- this Blog Hop is a celebration of Yvette's one year blog anniversary. The theme for the hop is "firsts".

This is the first time I've made a corner bookmark. I have many serious readers in my life and I thought a bookmark would make a nice handmade gift for them. It could be decorated in so many different ways!

This is a really simple and quick project! Check out this link for the instructions on paper size, scoring and how to put it together.

For this project I used:
Kraft cardstock
Cricut Imagine More cartridge - patterned paper and die cuts
blue ribbon - from Michael's
rubber stamp - sentiment
Martha Stewart border punch

Hope you'll come by tomorrow for the final day of this hop. I can't wait to show you what I've made. If you need a chuckle be sure to stop by - seriously :-) !!!

Now hop on over to Paula's blog and check out her project!

Here's the blog hop list in case you are lost or want to hop from here:
Chris -you are HERE

Thank you so much for stopping by! A special thank you to those of you who have left (or are leaving) comments. They are much appreciated!!

Have a happy crafting day!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Cre8tivegirls Blogoversary Blog Hop! First Easel Card and First Entry into Cooking With Cricut Challenge

If you've hopped over from Doris' blog, you're in the right place! If you've just arrived here and want to start at the beginning, head over to Yvette's blog and begin the fun there. Yvette is celebrating her first blog anniversary and this hop is all about "firsts". What a great idea. I thought about making a 1st birthday or anniversary card but I don't have any use for one of those any time soon. Instead I decided to try out some new projects that I've never done before - they're firsts for me!

This is my first easel card. And since I needed a birthday card for a man, I decided to do an easel card with a masculine spin. And because this hop is all about "firsts" I'm entering this card into my first Cooking With Cricut Challenge. The challenge (#45) required using a sailboat in your project made with the Cricut.

Making an easel card is actually very simple but at the beginning I had a hard time figuring it out. Fold this, fold it this way, put this here, etc. - WHAT? I think I'm "craft challenged" in many ways! Then I looked at this video and it made it very easy. Clear sailing from then on! Get it-clear sailing? Ha ha. Here's the link for the written directions with pictures.

In order for the top of the card to stand up, you need to "build up" the base of the card with additional cardstock and a decorated piece of cardstock at least 1/3 the size of the base. This will hold the card upright in the easel position. In this picture the very top of the card was not attached yet.

This card does lay flat for mailing. It's pretty bulky though and will require extra postage.

This card was made using:
Kraft cardstock
Cricut Imagine More cartridge- circle borders and sailboat
Cricut Imagine Hopscotch cartridge - for the cloud patterned paper (this is tucked behind the circle borders)
Scor-Tape - be sure to use strong adhesive
Technique Tuesday stamps - for sentiments
Martha Stewart border punch

Now head on over to Paula's blog and see the darling card she's created for this special occasion! Be sure to leave her a comment!

Here's a list for this Blog Hop if you want to jump from here or if you're lost.
Emma (Sat. and Sun only)
Chris -you are HERE

We'll be hopping for 3 days (through Sunday) so stop by again tomorrow and check out another first for me.

And last, but not least, thank you to Yvette for inviting me to participate in her Blogoversary celebration!!

Have a happy crafting day.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Blog Hop Friday!!

Hope you'll come back on Friday and join in the blog hop fun. Yvette from is celebrating her blog anniversary and was so kind to invite me to participate in her blog hop! I'm really looking forward to it! The theme is "firsts" and I have been working on a few projects that I've never done before. Please come on by Friday through Sunday!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Birthday Card for a Boy

A friend of our family is turning 12 years old. It seems like only yesterday that we went to the hospital to see him and his proud parents when he was born. Now he is a big kid - almost a teenager! Kevin is a big Laker fan and loves basketball so it was easy to design his birthday card.

This card was made using:
Cricut Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Technique Tuesday stamp- birthday sentiment

I used the Cricut Imagine with the Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge to make this card. It's so convenient to use white cardstock and select the colors you want to print and cut with the Imagine machine. The color scheme is very simple but even so it was nice to choose the colors instead of digging through my cardstock to find the right shades of purple and yellow.

This Cricut cartridge has so many fun, useful images on it. Lots of things from everyday - just like the title implies!

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Peachy Keen Sketch Challenge #55 and Mad For Markers Challenge:Pink and Yellow

Here's my card for Peachy Keen Sketch Challenge #55. I'm also entering this into my very first Mad For Markers Challenge: Pink and Yellow. I love coloring with my Copic markers -I'm learning and practicing! I thought I'd jump in to this challenge - thank you Mad For Markers!

This cute little hamster holding a cupcake is a digital image from Sliekje Digi Stamps. Sliekje is so talented! And the digital images she draws and shares on her blog are free! That is so generous. I just love all her images.

For this 5x7 card I used:
Sliekje digital image/stamp Cupcake Hamster
Cricut Imagine Better Together cartridge -all patterned papers
Technique Tuesday Happy Birthday stamp
Copic markers
tiny pearl accents

This was a great sketch! Thanks Peachy Keen! I entered this card with minutes to spare as the challenge was about to close. Wow, it was close. And of course my camera wasn't cooperating. Some strange setting appeared and I couldn't figure out how to turn it off so many of the pictures I took were blurry. So these pictures are not the best but at least I figured out later how to fix the camera.

My two little girls wanted to color this cute little hamster too and I told them I'd put a picture of their work on the blog. They didn't get to use my Copics!! They did such a good job! I'm enjoying that we can all work together in our craft space even though it makes me a bit crazy when they get into some of my stuff - but it's just stuff so I take a deep breath and try to keep a smile on my face. But the Copics are still off limits :-).

Thank you for stopping by. Please leave a comment with your blog address so I can visit you!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Panda Card

This 5x7 card was made using:
Basic Grey cardstock
lantern stamp
clear embossing powder with black pigment ink
Copic markers
Cricut Pagoda cartridge

I used a craft knife to cut around the lanterns so they look like they're actually hanging above the Panda.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

An Award!

This award is being presented to two very deserving crafters:

Victoria -

This award is being presented to you both because I enjoy your inspiring crafting talent and your sunny, always encouraging personalities!

This award has no rules and no work involved! Just enjoy it and put it on your blog if you wish. I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate you! If you want to, pass it on to someone you admire.

Have a super day my friends!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Thank You For Your Comments!

Yesterday was my very first Blog Hop and I want to say thank you for the nice comments that were left! I was also excited to see several new Followers. So encouraging! Thanks so much!

It only seemed fitting to share this card with you today.

This is a card made with the Cricut Imagine and the Imagine Better Together cartridge. I used an Action Wooble behind the heart so that it moves.

Have a great crafting day!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

One Creative Momma's Blogoversary Blog Hop!

It's the one year anniversary of One Creative Momma's blog! I had the pleasure of meeting Yvonne this last January and we've been blogging friends ever since. She truly is "one creative momma" and is a very sweet and talented crafter! I'm happy to be hopping in my first Blog Hop to celebrate this special day!

If you've just arrived on this hop and didn't start from the beginning, please head over to One Creative Momma and start the fun there. Be sure to leave a nice comment for Yvonne!

For this hop we were to create a birthday project. I was so excited to be part of my first blog hop that I created two, lol.

The A2 card above was made using:

Cricut Straight From the Nest cartridge (bird cage and bird)
Basic Grey cardstock (bird motif)
Hero Arts stamp
Kraft cardstock
EK Success scroll edge punch
hemp twine
Bo Nash no mess glitter- yellow gold

This next card was made using the Cricut Imagine and the Imagine More Cards cartridge.

The entire card was printed and cut with the Imagine. It's really convenient to just use white cardstock when doing a project. I used a premade card image on the cartridge along with the cute birthday sentiment. I really like being able to choose which layers to print/cut and then I attach some with pop dots (like the chick here).

Next stop on the Hop is Pink Cricut - be sure to visit Sarah and give her some crafting love! She's created a very festive decorated box that you just have to check out.

Here's the rundown on the Hop just in case you're lost or want to check out all the blogs from right here: - * you're here now

Enjoy the Hop! Congrats Yvonne on your first year!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Blog Hop Tomorrow!!!!

Tomorrow is the big day! Be sure to stop back Wednesday for the One Creative Momma Blogoversary Blog Hop! The theme is birthday projects so it will be fun to see what all the talented ladies share. I am very excited to be part of the celebration! See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Happy Card for Peachy Keen Sketch Challenge #54

This A2 card was made for the Peachy Keen Sketch Challenge #54. I was trying to play with colors that go together well using the color wheel. This combination seems very happy to me! The image in the circle is a stamped image that I colored in. I punched it out along with a few larger scallop circles.

Enjoy the day and thank you very much for stopping by!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Cricut Imagine Thank you Card

Hope you like my card made using the Imagine More cartridge. I also used the scroll edge punch by EK Success.

Enjoy the day! Thanks for stopping by. Leave me a link to your blog so I can visit you and see your creations.

By the way, if you haven't had a mammogram this year please make an appointment today. Just do it!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Inspirational Gift Cards

Inspiration and encouragement is needed by all! These cards are meant to do just that. Check out these awesome free scripture digital stamps/images by Dee's Bugaboo Boutique. These are part of the Ruby Tuesday Scripture Freebies.

This card satchel was made using the Scor-pal. Their website has many projects and this card satchel is one of them. Easy, peasy. And this double-sided K and Co. cardstock along with the beautiful scriptures makes for a really pretty card (or home decor item).

I made several sets of these as gifts. I wish I had made a set for myself!

Have a great day. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A Card for Peachy Keen Challenge #52 Featuring Action Wooble

This simple but LIVELY card created for Peachy Keen Sketch Challenge #52 was made using:

Hero arts stamp
Action Wooble to make the card lively as you can see from the photo
BoNash No Mess glitter and foil
Copic markers
blue and white cardstock
patterned paper - unknown

I just love how the Action Wooble makes any image move. It's especially fun to use for animal die cuts but as you can see, can be used for anything. It really adds so much fun and dimension to any card or project.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Peachy Keen Sketch Challenge #50

This Peachy Keen Challenge is a sketch challenge with a twist. It required following the sketch and using metallic accents in the project. I decided to make a Father's Day card for this challenge. Seems so many of my cards are last minute - this time I'm ahead of schedule!

This card was made using:
Kraft cardstock
Cricut Imagine All Wrapped Up cartridge
Cricut French Manor cartridge
I-Rock with gold bling
twine - the red one colored with a Copic marker
sentiment stamp

Enjoy your day!!! Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Peachy Keen Stamps Let's Face it Friday Challenge #13

This card was made for the Peachy Keen Stamps Friday Challenge #13 which you can find here. The challenge was to make a Mother's Day card/project using at least one Peachy Keen face stamp.

This 4.5 in. x 6 in. card was made using:
Kraft cardstock
Peachy Keen Everyday Character Face Assortment stamps
Cricut Imagine Lori's Garden cartridge
Cricut Just Because Cards cartridge
white ribbon, stapled

Have a great day!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

A Retirement Album Using the Cricut Imagine

To make this 5x7 inch album I used:
Cricut Imagine Country Carnival cartridge
Gypsy Font
Cricut French Manor cartridge - clock
K & Co. cardstock
Martha Stewart photo corner punch
Fiskars edge punch
Your Story Personal Photobinding machine and binder
I-Rock with gold bling on cover

In this retirement celebration photo album, I spelled out the word 'retirement' with a capital letter on each page (upper case letters from the Imagine cartridge). To each of those capital letters I added other letters to spell out another word that describes retirement. Then on the opposite pages I added photo corners so pictures could be added. I used several icons from the Imagine cartridge - I thought they came out so beautiful. One of those is on the cover with alittle bling added. In addition, I made die cuts from a few other cartridges to decorate the pages. The colors from the Imagine cartridge went together so well with the K & Co. cardstock.

This was a fun book to make especially thinking about the wonderful changes that have come about for our very hard working friend!