Christmas Cheer "Bouquet"

I made this as a sort of Hostess Gift for a dinner I'm attending tonight. It is super cute & easy. For this Christmas bouquet I used Cricut Cartridge "Christmas Cheer". All of the shapes are at 4" & shadowed in black. For the string of lights at the back I used glittered paper for the base. The cap is in silver shiney cardstock. I used a thin gauge wire to weave between them & curled the ends around a pencil. I cut out a tree, candycane, stocking, snowman & santa and decorated them with glitter glue to accent various parts. Next I took a tin bucket from the floral dept at Wal-mart and hot glued a piece of styrofoam (also from floral dept) in the bottom. I used bamboo skewers (kitchen gadget section - Walmart) to attach the shapes to & stuck it into the styrofoam. I Added shredded paper (again, Walmart floral dept.) to cover the inside. Tied christmas ribbons on the handles & around the bottom. The snowflake on the front is from Christmas Cheer as well, cut from glittered paper.

Card Set Gifts

For Christmas this year I'm giving sets of handcrafted cards as gifts. Here are a few of the cards I've made:

Masculine Birthday Cards:

They are the same design just different patterned paper. The paper is Basic Grey. First I used Cricut Cartridge "Jasmine" for the photo corners. I cut them from chipboard and then again from brown textured cardstock. Glued that on top of the chipboard & distressed by lightly sanding the edges & top with fine grit sandpaper. I used some vellum as (you can see) and tore it down the right side and the bottom. Attached with 3/16" copper eyelets and threaded twine through the holes & taped to the back. Next I cut the letter B from Cricut Cartridge "Printing Press" with feature 'Tall' in a coordinating color and shadowed in black. I printed "IRTHDAY" on transparency & cut that down to size. Glued the B down & stuck the transparency in between the lower middle hole of the letter (so it kinda pops out a little). Lastly, and one of the harder steps was making the faux metal rimmed tag. I needed a specific size to accomodate the Happy Birthday stamp. On "Printing Press" I found the bonus key (next to load last) is meant to do exactly what I needed. With that key using feature 'Character' (top left) it cuts a circle. With the same key but no feature selected cuts the "rim" that fits perfect. I cut the "rim" in black and then, because I didn't have silver embossing powder, I used Colorbox MetalXtra ink in Platinum to cover the black & embossed with clear powder. It looks just like metal in person. Attached with a small paper clip to hang on the twine. All done.

Thanks Cards:

These were pretty quick to do. The patterned paper is by We R Memory Keepers from their Designer Collection Paper Pack. I used a coordinating color cardstock for the mat, outlined (with black Cricut markers) the word "Thanks" from Cricut Cartridge "Beyond Birthdays" in yellow and then cut. Lastly, I did a zig-zag stitch with my sewing machine around the outside edges.

Thank You Very Much Cards:

The design from these came from a post on the Cricut Messageboard (This is the original post).
The red & pink dots paper is also from the We R Memory Keepers Designer Collection Paper Pack. I can't remember where the other comes from. I used Cricut Cartridge "George" for the circles in the upper right. The big one is cut at 3 1/2 inches with the Silhouette feature on and the little one is cut at 2 1/2 inches. I embossed the smaller circle with the Cuttlebug embossing folder "Spots & Dots" and sewed around it with my sewing machine. Cricut Cartridge "Mini Monograms" was used for the scallop circle. It's cut at 2 inches.

Happy Holidays

My newest design for my 2007 Christmas Cards. It was such a simple layout that I was able to crank out 10 of these in a short time. It's my goal to have all of my Christmas Cards completed by mid-November! I've been trying for several weeks to get the motivation to get going. I think part of my reluctance was that the ideas I have been coming up with were very complex with lots of embellishments & details. I purposefully sat down to make something "plain & simple" and in the end it came out perfect. As they say, sometimes less is more. It sure is easier too...

I used coordinating paper from the Holiday Slab V (available at Michael's) and pieced it together to cover the card front. To hide the seams I put silver ribbon over them and used 1/8" double stick tape to adhere it to look like ribbon on a present. "Happy Holidays" is a stamp from the Stampin' Up set "Frosty".

Swirling Anniversary

This card was made for one of my very best friends anniversary. I just had to use the Divine Swirls embossing folder for the background because it just looks so elegant. I cut out the heart from the George cartridge at around 3" with a shadow. The stamped image is from a stamp I got at Michael's in the $1 bin. I accented the heart with a faux pearl brad from Oriental Trading & some tan/brown grosgain ribbon.

It's fun to Emboss

I just got a Cuttlebug & am having tons of fun with it. I mainly got it for the embossing since I have a Cricut to do all my die-cutting. This is the first card I've made using it. I used the Happy Birthday embossing folder for the background and used walnut distressing ink over the raised words to highlight it. The layered square tag was made by embossing vellum with one of the exclusive embossing folders that came with the machine. The patterned paper came from a stack that I got for $5 at Big Lots & I finished it off with some black ribbon & snaps. It was fast & easy to do with the help of my newest bug!

Quick & Easy Cuttlebug Storage

I recently purchased a Cuttlebug & several embossing folders. I needed a quick, easy & cheap method for keeping it organized so I came up with this idea. The basket came from Ikea and fits the 'A' spacer and the 'B' & 'C' cutting mats perfectly. I can keep my large embossing folders in there as well, but didn't want to leave all the little 2"x3" folders in there randomly. I also wanted to keep them together in the sets of 4 they came in.

To solve this dilemma, I cut out (from Tags, Bags, Boxes & More) on my Cricut the Crayon Box at 5.5" on Blackout. It fits them perfectly! So that I know what is inside I embossed the outsides with the images of the folders that are inside.

Variation on a Theme...Another Male Birthday Card

Another birthday, Another Card.

I needed another card for a guy so I just used the scraps from the paper I used on the 50th Birthday Card. To keep it original I used a different orientation and tried stitching for the first time. It's a popular technique these days & is very easy to do. It's a nice detail...very subtle.

I used my Cricut to cut out the slide tag from Mini Monograms at 2" (Real Dial ON). The "Happy Birthday" Stamp is from Stampin' Up in the set "A Greeting for all Reasons". A few white 3/16" eyelets (set with the fantastic Crop-a-Dile), some black ribbon, and a Making Memories Charmed Phrase saying "make a wish".

50th Birthday Card

This card was made for my husband's cousin's 50th birthday. I find it to be somewhat difficult to make cards for men. I guess it's because they can't be too frilly or sparkly so I feel limited in my choices of materials & patterns.

Thankfully, I picked up a pack of Basic Grey patterned paper during the recent QVC craft day. It all looks really great. Sometimes in the packs, you get a few sheets that are usable and the rest is crap. I picked out a sheet that seemed particularly "manly" and it was from the Vagabond line; It's called Vintage Paisley.

I found some coordinating cardstock in light blue, brown & black. Inked the edges with Walnut Distress Ink and attached it with some metallic snaps in the corner.

For the metal accent I used something I've had for many years. It was part of a cardmaking kit (from QVC!) and I could never figure out what it was for. I used my Crop-a-Dile to punch holes in the corners (yes, it goes through metal) and used some miscellaneous fibers to attach it to the card. The 50 in the center was printed on my laser printer.

Altered Frame

I had so much fun on the Altered Journal and one morning got this great idea to do an altered frame for my new baby cousin.

I found this frame in the Target Dollar Section. I painted it pink with some acrylic paint & then hot glued to the back the lace. I got a bag of remnant lace from Joann's for $2.00. Next I added some cute little heart & butterfly stickers. I've been trying to use some of the stuff I've been stockpiling over the years so I don't know where they came from exactly. The flower in the corner is, again, one of my clearance artificial flower stems from Joann's. I hot glued it down and stuck a button with raffia tied in the middle on it. I cut out using my Cricut & the George Cartridge the baby's name at 1". I needed it to be sturdy so I shadowed the letters with cereal box chipboard. Before gluing the letters down I colored the chipboard with black Sharpie Marker.

Altered Journal

This is my first attempt at altering something. I've admired all of the really cool projects posted on the Cricut Message Board so I decided to give it a shot. This was a journal I found several months ago at Michael's for $1. I only got 2 at the time since I didn't know what I'd do with them but now wish I'd gotten more. The flowers are from a couple stems of artificial flowers I got on clearance at Joann's. Just take them apart & they work just as good as Primas & cost less. The stamps are Autumn Leaves Flourishes v.2 and the brads are from Oriental Trading. Ribbon is just some stuff I have lying around - basic organdy 1/2". The only Cricut item is the letter 'A' from Alphalicious at 3.5" on shadow. I cut it out of ceral box chipboard 3 times and glued them all together. Then I covered it in some glitter I've had forever (I'm not usually a glitter person but I'm trying new things!) so I don't have any idea where it came from. After that I coated it several times in UTEE and then ran a black ink pad around the edges.

My Cricut Storage Idea

Many people talk & share their ideas for how to store the Cricut Cartridges & Keypad Overlays on the Cricut Message Board. I thought I would "show off" my idea.

The box I'm using to hold the cartridges is available at most major craft stores for a few dollars. The way I'm storing the keypad overlays is with a coupon organizer I got at Office Max. It's the larger sized one available in the binder & folders section. it's basically a small accordian file. It was around $8.00. The binder I made is from the Dollar Store. Inside I've printed out the sample pages which are available for download at the Cricut Cartridge Library

1st 2007 Christmas Card

Here is my first 2007 Christmas Card attempt. I used my Cricut for the die-cuts. It's very "Country Christmas", which is NOT my style at all so i was really surprised to realize that when it was finished. The patterned paper is something I've had for several years, probably came out of the first or second "The Stack". The cute little Reindeer is from the Christmas Cheer cartridge. I also used red glitter glue on the nose. I ran some white ink around the edges to give it some definition and raised it up with foam tape. The scalloped circles are from the Mini Monograms cartridge & are shadowed. I think I used 4" on those and 3.5" on the reindeer. The red bow is organza ribbon that I've had lying around. Lastly, the stamp along the bottom is from the Stampin' Up set "Crazy for Christmas".

Simple Thank You Card

This is a quick & simple Thank You Card that I made using my Cricut. The patterned paper is from The Stack #5. The "Thank You" was cut from the Alphalicous cartridge at around 2" with the shadow feature. The star was cut from Tags, Bags, Boxes & More cartridge at 1.25", also with the shadow feature. I used a small silver brad in the middle and surrounded it with a square nailhead that I've had forever so I've forgotten brand/maker info.