Monday, September 17, 2012

My 1st Cricut FANatics Post!

Hi Friends and Fellow Crafters! Yesterday was my 1st post an alternate designer on the Cricut FANatics blog! I am really excited and a little bit nervous because I have never ventured away from posting on my blog! If you didn't have a chance to stop by to see it, I am posting it here today.

Hi Everyone! It's Colleen from Col's Creative Corner and I have a back to school project to share with you today. I cleaned out a bunch of papers and stickers from my craft corner to donate to my son's Art Teacher (well, since he graduated last June, I should say ex-Art teacher) and decided to make her a little something to go with the packages. Back To School Night is this week, so we made her a banner to hang in the classroom for Thursday night. We'll be delivering it tomorrow to her.

I used my Gypsy to design the banner. The school house, chalkboard and pencils were cut from the CCR Exclusive Classroom: August and September. The School is cut at  6.2 x 4.9, the pencil at 2 x 3 and the Chalkboard is cut at 7.6 x 3.6 inches. I used Hello Kitty Greetings to cut the Books and Apples. They are sized at 3.46 x 4.16 inches. The Apples with the silhouettes are from A Child's Year. They are 3 x 3.97 inches. I cut the silhouettes 3 times. Once in the red, once in brown and once in green. I trimmed around the stem and leaves on the green and brown silhouettes, then layered them on the apples.

I originally wanted to make a banner with just the cuts, but after arranging and re-arranging them about 20 times, I decided that the cuts needed to be anchored. I chose an edgy circle cut from CTMH - Art Philosophy and cut 7 pieces at 5.16 x 4.92 inches. I started out with patterned paper, but I quickly changed my mind and printed out the loose leaf paper from Imagine More Cards on my Imagine and re-cut the circles. I liked it much better.
I inked just about everything on the banner with Distress Ink and used a Sakura white gel pen for lots of accents. I also used a Gold and Silver paint pen on the school's bell, the silver on the pencils and also on the book's binding. I ran some Jute Twine through the ends of the banner and adhered it to the back to hang the banner.

I am so happy that I was invited to contribute to this fantastic new blog. I want to thank Debbie and everyone else involved for all their hard work. It is the first time I have ever posted a project outside of my own blog and have really enjoyed being a part of this. Thank you for stopping by the Cricut FANatics blog today! Happy Crafting!

Cricut Info & Supplies Used:
Designed By: Colleen
Cricut Machine Used: My Gypsy, Expression 2 and Imagine.
Cricut Cartridges Used: Imagine More Cards, CCR Classroom: August and September, Hello Kitty Greetings, A Child's Year, CTMH: Art Philosophy.
Papers Used: DCWV Chalkboard Papers, Core'dinations, American Crafts White Cardstock, Bazzill Dotted Swiss (for the yellow on the pencils) K&Co patterned papers from my stash and CTMH Kraft paper.
Other Supplies Used: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Gathered Twigs, Jute Twine, Sakura White Gel Pen, Gold and Silver Paint Pen, Scor Tape, Scotch Quick Dry and my ATG.


  1. Congrats on being on the new blog!! This banner is adorable!

  2. Love this banner!! Congrats to you as well!!!