Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pirate Themed Door Sign using Life's a Party

I wanted to do something a little different for today's post and Erica's Cricut Craft Room's Would You Ever Guess Wednesday.  Before I get into my project, please make sure that after you check it out you head back to Erica's page to see the other fantastic projects my DT sisters have been up to... and in December its going to be CRAZY with as many as 25 Christmas Projects A DAY!

The project that I wanted to share involves an alteration of an intended design from Life's a Party, and how I took this....

To this....

First, it involves Cricut Craft Room (CCR) - if you haven't started playing with this new and FABULOUS and FREE tool from Provo Craft, you are seriously missing out (that is if you aren't already addicted to your DS or Gypsy *wink*).  It allows you to design, redesign, alter, and combine cartridge images to get JUST the look you are going after.  I wanted to make a door sign to match the other party decor I had created (more to share later)l, and when I saw the map I knew that it was my pefect "backdrop". 

Using CCR I altered the size of the map to make sure I gave myself the maximum amount of space to include my writing.  I didn't want to alter too much and mmake it unrelative or things would begin to distor a bit on the edges I thought, so I kept it simple and adjusted it to an overall 11" height which maximized my paper space. 

The top layer of the map is the one with all of the map-like cut outs.  They needed to go.  Simple!  I clicked the "Hide Contour" button and when you move your mouse over the images they turn red.  whatever is red, if you click on it, that is what will be removed.

I just removed all of the little dots and marks that made up the map to clear my space for writing.

Then I used George to write up the sign.  I wanted to make it easy on myself, so instead of cutting out the letters and gluing each to the sign, I cut them OUT of the top layer.

Once cut, I had to glue in the negative spaces of the o's r's b's, etc, but that was a lot less work then having to perfectly line up and glue down all of these letters.

So, in the end you have the finished project shown at the top.  I finished it off with some Walnut ink to age it and accented it with the matching image from the cupcake toppers and banners.

As always - thanks for stopping by - I'll be back soon!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Sophisticated Cartridge Feature with Erica's Craft Room!

Hello!  I am excited to share a new feature as part of Erica's Design Team projects we are now posting themed projects, daily cartridge explorations, and in December TWENTY FIVE projects a DAY!  Whew!  I am exited to say that I will have approximatly TWENTY posts between now and Christmas!  So I hope that I don't overwhelm you!

Once you are done checking out this post, make sure you stop back at Erica's My Cricut Craft Room to see what my DT sisters are up to today and if you haven't picked up yourself something special yet - check out the awesome deals she has going on at her store

So here is my project!  I was askked to create some custom work for a friend's daughter's bedroom, as her name is impossible to find - there is more to share with this project that I will be posting later in December - a full out Soccer Wall for a girl!  These pictures show the process of the placement of the vinyl after it was cut, and then once it was adhered.

I love the feminine look of the font in this cart!  Thank you so much for looking!  If you have any questions, please let me know, I'll be glad to answer them.  Have a great day!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Card Creating Sunday!

Hi!  Two posts in a row!  I'm out of control!

Today's post is part of Erica's My Cricut Craft Room's Card Creating Sunday.  Please make sure to check out her blog today to see the other fantastic creations my Design Team sisters have created to share with you!

So....  I'm not a big card maker.  I'll MAKE them, but I'm more of a scrapbooker.  But with all of the incredible toys I have at my disposal, buying cards at the store seems like a silly thing to do.  Not to mention, my family sees me make projects and things for others all of the time.  I want them to know that they are worthy of my time and effort on a hand made project too.

My Husband?  He's a MAJOR card guy.  He'll spend hours picking out just the right card, that says just the right thing - they matter a lot to him - what the cards say, whether its funny or serious each card has a point that comes from his heart.  Not just cards for me either - he's like that for anyone he buys a card for.... they LOVE him at the Halmark store : )

So for our 5th anniversary, I wanted to make him something that was meaningful, something he would appreciate.  I used Sophisticated to cut a 5 in black and a white shadow at around 4.5".  Then I used a punch to make the black arrow which points down and placed ot on a damask paper (Recollections) with a blue band (these were the colors used in our wedding).  So, the front of the card reads, "Five Down".  Inside I wrote, "and forever to go."  I listed at the top of the card my five favorite things about being married to him - some funny some serious, all true : ) 

This card idea could be incorporated for any anniversary year and could be done with or without the list.  I thank you for taking the time to read my story today and check out my card - you make my day when you stop by!!

Have a great day today!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Tween Mini Album

Here's a shocker for you - I'm about to share ANOTHER mini - yep.  I am!

Welcome to this week's Scrapbook Saturday hosted by Erica's Cricut Craft Room - make sure you check out her blog to see the other fantastic posts my Design Team sisters have ready to share with you today!

I made the mini album puctured below with 5.5" cuts of black chipboard from Elegant Edges, the paper mats are also cut from Elegant Edges, and embelished with Sticko Stickers.  The top right corner is bound with a binder ring and covered with fibers from my stash and a tag cut from Tags Bags Boxes and More.    If you are interested, I still have three of these for sale for just $12 plus shipping, just email me at and we'll work out the details!

As always, thank you for looking!  Have a great day!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

100 Cartridge Blog Hop!

Woops!  I managed to double book hops this weekend!  If you are here for the Show Me Your Craft Room Hop, CLICK HERE!

If you are here for the 100 Cartridge Blog Hop, hosted my My Cricut Craft Room!  Welcome!!!  You should have been sent to my page by the fabulous and talented Tracy's Blog.  If you didn't, please see the blog line up at the bottom of this page and start from the beginning.  There are TWO days and over 100 cartridges featured!  You won't want to miss a thing!

Now!  On to my project.  I am really proud of this, for two reasons - it was hard. AND it was the first time I had "designed" a book.  I used Cricut Craft Room to weld words and blocks together to make different length pages, then sized the layered words to fit.  I used the Cars cartridge for this project, and I have a few pointers for working with this:
  • The designers who made this cartridge were brilliant.  The characters really come to life as you piece them together.  Save yourself the step of cutting out pieces in black and simply use a black background.  Use a pen to mark in extra spaces if needed.
  • The larger the cuts the better, mine were cut at 2.5 inches (Mater was cut at 4.5) and I did not find the pieces too small to work with, but I could see how some could.
  • Use chalk and glitter glue for small pieces instead of cutting them out.
  • avoid using thick "premium" paper.  I actually found that my cheapest, thinnest card stock cut the best for these itty bitty pieces!
  • Have PATIENCE!
Here you go - enjoy the pictures, and thank you for blessing me with your time today!  I can't wait to see what everyone else has to share today!! 

Well that's all for me today : )  Your next stop on the hop today is with the amazing Shelly 

Have fun! Happy Hopping!

The Line Up:

If you get lost along the way here is the entire line up
1.     My Cricut CraftRoom-
2.     Sharon- Sharon
3.     Melissa - - 
4.     Holly -  
7.     Heather F -  
8.     Suzy's Crafts 
10.   Heather S   <---- YOU ARE HERE
11.   Shelly -  
14.   Madison -  
15.   Jen BowkerRanney - 

Show Me Your Craft Room Blog Hop!


Wow!  A blog hop to make you clean your room!  Now THIS was something I needed to get involved in!!!  What a fun idea!  I first want to thank Susan P for presenting this idea as I'm sure we'll all get a lot of great ideas today as we hop from room to room!

I feel that I should say though, that my room is fairly misrepresented here...  it NEVER looks this clean.  I am a MESSY scrapper.  I throw stuff on the floor, I toss things around as I go, and when its that way, I can find EVERYTHING!  When it's this way?  I'll LOSE everything ; )

Here are some pictures of my room, beneith some of the pictures, you will find either small bits of information about what you see, or organizational tips I thought might be helpful to share.  Thank you, as always, for taking the time to see me today - I am excited about the new friends I might make from today's hops and the new ideas I might get from all of this sharing!!

I keep a box on my desk for extra pieces I've made.  I always make Create a Critters in sets of 4 - it takes little effort more to make 3 more than it does to make 1, and the next time I need one, its already ready!

My Sewing corner.

I sketch out layouts I like, then post them on this wall.  When I'm making large albums, I use these to help me get the process going faster.

Wire paper organizer to the left, lots of pics on the wall : ) plastic peg board kit I got from Wal Mart - I love to hang my scissors, new stickers, adhesives, etc on this wall. 

This is under my main work desk - I keep a box to throw scrap paper, and see that nasty thing in the back?  Its a box that JoAnns used to ship some 12 x 24 paper to me, I use it to protect my work surface when I'm using spray inks, heat embossing, or just being extra messy : )

This is a remainted and re-purposed spice rack.

I keep my supplies in boxes by type, and label them with things like paint stuff, glitter stuff, sticky stuff, pens, rub ons, mats, tags, stamp stuff, Cricut Stuff, etc.

Thanks for coming by today!  Next on this hop is Raven's Room!  Enjoy!

Blog Hop Line Up:
Susan -
Carol -
Jamie -
Jeanine -
Lisa -
Courtney -
Heather -
Raven -
Kassidy -
Holly -
Linda -
Liz -
Ellen -
Deb -