Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Charmed Cartridge, The Battle Is On!

Hi friends and fellow crafters! It's time for most of the Cricut Circle Original Members to renew our memberships. There have been many changes over the past 3 years, but one thing remains, the passion the Circlette's have for a new Circle Cartridge, and that is in full swing on the Circle message boards. It started with a few members discussing which image is better, the Pig or the Bear and escalated into a full on challenge to show our stuff.

I love the Bear. Not that the Piggy isn't "squeally" cute, it is. I just haven't created anything with it yet, lol! I went right for the Bear and made myself a layout of my sweet Great Niece, Kaylee. I just love my little girl so much, and my layout says it all.

This is an 8x8 layout. The papers are from DCWV Nana's Nursery and brown cardstock from my stash. I used the CCR to create the layout, so I cut a couple of extra hearts from Charmed to use as embellies on the corner of the page. The {heart} You is also from Charmed and was a perfect title. So simple and fun.

How can you not love this bear? It's simply the "Beary" best! I used glossy accents on the bear's heart and added some DoodleBug Sugar Glitter. I added chalk on the cheeks, little beads for eyes and gingham bow complete my teddy. Sooooo cute!

While the Bear and Pig are cute, there are other great cuts on the Cartridge, like the Mouse! Another simple cut that is so fun to use. I was going to make a Pig, but the Mouse was just begging to come out and play. I have been getting to know my new camera and taking lots of pictures of my cats. I caught this shot of Zakk when he was laying on my Mom's bed by her.

I came across a stack of paper in Michael's that may or may not have been hidden under some Simple Stories. What is craft store etiquette on that? Do you leave the stack or take it if you really love the papers? I did go and look to see if there were anymore of that stack, but I couldn't find any. Was I bad?
The papers are fabulous, the stack is called Sunday Afternoon and the stack is full of wonderful chevrons, polka dots, subway art, crossword papers and plenty of foil and glitter papers. I used a piece of grey DCWV solid cardstock for the base of my layout and all the rest of the papers are from the Sunday Afternoon Stack. Enough about the paper, this is supposed to be about the Mouse. :D

The Mouse Rocks! I cut 4 of them and flocked the top layer with Ranger Grey Flock. I cut the ears in white cardstock and colored them with Copics and used the same black breads on the eyes that I used on the Bear. They are the cutest! I cut the kitty from Create A Critter and used chalks to add some orange and brown markings to it. I colored the bow with Copics, then covered it with Glossy Accents and Stickles Glitter.

The birds are from CTMH Artbooking. I love all the little gems on this cartridge. My very crafty friend Belinda sells CTMH, contact her for a great deal on this cartridge. If you don't own it yet, you need it! I cut the birds in black cardstock and the base in kraft cardstock. I used the Glossy Accents and Stickles Glitter on them too.

Did I say how much I LOVE the font on the Charmed Cartridge? It is nice and smooth to cut. I used a dark grey cardstock for the shadow and some bright yellow chevron paper from The Sunday Afternoon Stack for the layers. I think it's a perfect fit for the layout.

Finally, I added some computer generated journaling and my layout was finished. I really like how it turned out.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Hello Sunshine

Hi friends and fellow crafters! I finally had the chance to play with my new Close To My Heart Artbooking cartridge. I got a great deal from my friend Belinda. If you still haven't gotten this cartridge, stop over by Belinda's CTMH page and place an order with her!

I used the CCR to resize the overlay from the letter T to full page size. I cut the Sunshine Pennant from the letter T in blue Cricut Cardstock. I added a sun brad to dot my "I". I also hid the contours on the sunshine pennant and cut 2 pennants in bright green DCWV cardstock. Hello is from the title button on the overlay for the letter S. The birds are from a package of stickers by K&Company. I also added a ticket sticker that says, you are my sunshine. I added some fun little silver stickers to the sun and pennants.

I created this layout for a weekend challenge over on the Cricut Circle Message Boards. The challenge was create something "sunny". I used a favorite picture from our honeymoon of my hubby for the layout.

I can't wait to create some more projects using this cartridge.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Cricut Circle Cartridge Monthly Challenge

Hi friends and fellow crafters! Today I am sharing a layout that I created with the Cricut Circle Exclusive Cartridge, Letter Envy. We have been challenging ourselves on the message board to use the Circle Cartridges for a full year. We are now half way through the challenge and this is my third month using Letter Envy. When we first started, we were originally going to try to use one cartridge for the full year, but many of us found we were losing creative juices and needed a switch, so we decided to change the challenge to one cartridge for 3 months. I have to admit that this was a very challenging cartridge to use. I generally like my fonts to have one layer and a shadow. The fonts on this cartridge were very frilly with little thin layers. My Cricut Mini did a great job cutting the thinnest layers.

Since my Great Niece, Kaylee Ann was born, I have been all about little girl papers, embellies, layout ideas, etc. This is one of those layouts. It is a picture of my Great Niece, Kaylee Ann and her Mom, my niece, Holly, right after Kaylee's birth. When I saw this picture, I knew it was perfect for the Letter Envy font.

I used paper from my DCWV Collage Art Stack that I found in Michael's. This paper is so interesting. It does so much of the work for you. I love the look and feel of this paper. The hummingbirds are from Maya Road and I sprayed them with Heidi Swapp's Color Shine. I used Peach, Mustard and Red Cherry. Then I took Ranger Glossy Accents and added Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter on top of the hummingbirds. The ribbon is from Recollections. The blue embellishments are from Webster's Pages. At the top corner, I used flowers from Recollections and a tulle flowers from Webster's Pages. The embellishment on the corner of the picture is from K&Company.

I cut the letters and frame using the CCR and my Cricut Mini. I love this little cutting machine because of the ability to move it so easily from one room to another. I created this layout while sitting with my Mom in her room. She enjoyed watching me put the layout together.

The letters are cut with paper from the Collage Art Stack. I cut This Is at a little under 2 inches and the word Love is cut at 2.25 inches. I wanted a frame around the picture, so I used a layer from one of the crests on Letter Envy to create it.

I offset a piece of yellow paper from the stack behind my photo and added the layer from a crest on Letter Envy. I like how it came out. Sorry about the reflection on the picture.


I had a wonderful visit with my Nephew, Holly and Kaylee on Saturday. It's been so long since I just sat and rocked a baby, it was heaven. I am still amazed the my nephew is a Daddy. He is a wonderful one too. 

I'll be back later this week with some layouts from my visit. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! 

Happy Crafting!