Saturday, May 28, 2011

Happy Memorial Day...

On this Memorial Day weekend I would first like to take a moment to remember all the men and women who have sacrificed their life while serving in the various branches of the military to ensure our country's freedoms.  I also want to thank all our troops for serving our great country right now.

I hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend and spending time with their loved ones.  I had a little time yesterday and I reorganized my Cricut cartridges.  I am mainly a Gypsy user.  I don't have a large craft space and it is much easier if I can keep my cartridges tucked away.  However, I still miss the hand books and I often find myself digging them out just to see what exactly that little cut is and how is it layered.  So I have pulled the handbooks out of each of the boxes.  I left the cartridge and the overlay in the original box.  I found these Sterilite boxes at Dollar General for $3 each.  I bought one for my shapes and one for my fonts.  I only have about 35 cartridges and this worked out great.  The dimensions of the boxes are 11" x 6 5/8" x 5 3/8".  I tore out all the non-english pages to make the booklets smaller and I can fit about 18-20 in each box.  This takes up a whole lot of less space than the big rubbermaid tub with my boxes that I have now slipped into my closet.
I realize this only works for Gypsy users.  Maybe there are others like me in that department.  This is working great for me but I am always on the look out for good storage ideas so if I come up with something different I will let you know. 

Have a safe holiday weekend.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Happy Sunday

Hi Everyone - 

I hope you had a great weekend.  We had a little rain but a fair amount of sunshine too.  Today I am sharing another card from Kate's ABCs.  This ice cream sundae just looks so delicious! Once again I made the edge with my gypsy and a border from the Home Decor solutions cartridge.
Supplies:  Cardstock (CTMH), Pattern Paper (Stampin Up!), Ribbon (AC), Stickles (Ranger), Cricut, Gypsy, Kate's ABCs & Home Decor (Provo Craft).

Have a crafty day!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cat and Fish Card

Hi -

Today's card features another image from Kate's ABCs.  I cut the cat in white but I am thinking it would have looked better in a darker color.  The manual featured a brown cat.  I'm not sure about this card but I thought it was worth sharing because I do like the fish tank and bubbles.  I made the shaped card by welding together a rectangle from George and Basic Shapes with a border from the Home Decor solutions cartridge.
Supplies: Cardstock (CTMH), Pattern Paper (Stampin Up!), Stickles (Ranger), Cricut, Gypsy, Kate's ABCs, George and Basic Shapes & Home Decor cartridges (Provo Craft).

Thanks for looking.  I hope you have a crafty day!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Night Time Owl Card

Today's card is featuring an image from Kate's ABCs.  I am calling it the night time owl since it cuts with little stars.  I made the card by welding a border from the Home Accents solution cartridge with a rectangle from George and Basic Shapes in my Gypsy.

Supplies: Cardstock (CTMH & DCWV), Stickles (Ranger), Cricut, Gypsy, Kate's ABCs, George and Basic Shapes & Home Accents cartridges (Provo Craft).

Thanks for looking.  Comments are always appreciated.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Cricut Cardz Challenge #74

First let me say I am so happy Blogger is back and fully functioning.  Some lost some posts and/or comments during the outage but most of it came back.

Today I am participating in a Cricut Cardz Challenge.  This is the first time I am participating since I just found this blog.  There is a lot of great designers over there and I am liking what I have seen so far.

Challenge #74 was to create a new baby card.  I ended up making two since I wanted to cut more on my cardstock I loaded on my mat.  I used the Life's a Party cartridge for both (including the shaped cards).  I used my Gypsy on the shaped cards with the real dial size icon to get my cards exactly A2 size.

Supplies: Cardstock & Ribbon (CTMH), Stickles (Ranger), Cricut, Gypsy & Life's a Party cartridge (Provo Craft).

Thanks for looking.  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

New Look to the Blog

Hi  -

Today is a really bright and sunny day...too bad my AC is on the fritz. At least it is tolerable with the windows open and the fans going thankfully.  I am going to have it looked at this afternoon.

I went by Big Lots & Jo Ann's  yesterday and got a few Goodies.  Big Lots had some DCWV mat stacks for $4 so I have some projects in my head for those.  Jo Ann's had the Martha Stewart border punches on sale and I got another DCWV mat stack.  They also had their Cricut cartridges on sale for $29.95.  I ended up picking up Kate's ABCs.  It is so adorable and I think it would be great for pics of my daughter when she was little.
Hopefully I get some time in my craft room tomorrow and I can share some projects with these soon. 

Oh and I spent yesterday updating the design and background of my blog.  Do you like?

Saturday, May 7, 2011

MPS Challenges #10-12

Wow - What a productive and fun day!  12 completed projects/cards.  I can't remember the last time I did that.

Challenge #10 - Make a project using a pet.  I decided to do another kitty cat card.

Supplies: Cardstock, Liquid Glass, Ribbon & Ink (CTMH), Pattern Paper & Embossing Folder (Stampin Up!), Stamp (My Pink Stamper), Stickles (Ranger), Cricut, Cuttlebug, Create a Critter cartridge (Provo Craft), Boarder Punch (Martha Stewart Crafts).
Challenge #11 - Make a project using black, green & pink.  I decided to do a shaped card but kept it at 4.25" so it could still fit into an A2 size envelope.
Supplies: Cardstock (CTMH), Stickles (Ranger), Pattern Paper (Stampin Up!), Cricut, Gypsy, Wild Card & Graphically Speaking cartridges (Provo Craft).

Challenge #12  - Kids Craft Project.  I made the cute little cheerleader from the Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge.
Supplies: Cardstock, Liquid Glass & Marker (CTMH), Stickles (Ranger), Cricut, Everyday Paper Dolls (Provo Craft).

Well from what I have seen the other participants all did a fabulous job!  I hope everyone had a blast.  Thanks for looking at my projects and please leave comments and become a follower.

MPS Challenges #7-9

Whew - I can't believe I have 9 challenges done!  How is everyone else doing?

Challenge #7 - Make a scrapbook page.  I just got my daughter's spring photos back from school so that will get put on this layout I made for the challenge.
Supplies: Cardstock (Stampin Up! & DCWV), Marker (CTMH), Cricut, Gypsy, Gypsy Font & Mini Monograms cartridges (Provo Craft), Stickles (Ranger), Corner Rounder (EK Success).

Challenge #8 - Summer Themed Project.  I made a Father's Day card.
Supplies: Cardstock (CTMH & MME), Cricut & Celebrate with Flourish cartridge (Provo Craft), Corner Rounder (EK Success).
Challenge #9  - Use Glitz, Glam and Glitter.  This cat from the Paisley cartridge just screams bling queen.  The frame is actually from Winter Woodland.
Supplies: Cardstock & Ink (CTMH), Stamp (My Pink Stamper), Stickles (Ranger), Cricut, Gypsy, Paisley & Winter Woodland cartridges (Provo Craft), Corner Rounder (EK Success).

Thanks for looking.  I would love to see your comments!

MPS Challenge #4-6

Hi Crafters....

I hope you are having fun.  I sure am.  I am linking all of Robyn's challenges and here are my results for #4-6.

Challenge #4 - Make something with a Mother's Day theme.  (This one is a hard one for me.  I lost my mom last year.  I love and miss her dearly.)  I chose to do a girly thinking of you card.
 Supplies: Cardstock & Ink (CTMH), Stamp (My Pink Stamper), Cricut, Paisley & Storybook cartridges (Provo Craft), Stickles (Ranger).

Challenge #5 - Any 3-D item.  I made a Card Box from a Nesquik chocolate milk mix box.  These are plastic so I just washed it out and it is the perfect size for A2 size cards and envelopes.

Supplies: Nesquik Box, Pattern Paper (Stampin Up!), Adhesive (ATG), Stickles (Ranger), Cricut & Storybook cartridge (Provo Craft).

Challenge #6 - Use a Tag.
Supplies: Cardstock & Ink (CTMH), Pattern Paper & Dimensionals (Stampin Up!), Stamp (My Pink Stamper), Border Punch (Martha Stewart Crafts), Stickles (Ranger), Cricut, Paisley, Tags, Bags Boxes & More cartridges (Provo Craft).

Thanks for looking.  Comments are appreciated.

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

Hello -

I hope everyone is having a great Saturday.  We had some thunder storms this morning but now the sun is shinning.  Today I am participating in Robyn's National Scrapbooking Day challenges.  She and her design team have put together a lot of great projects so far.  It is hard to keep up but I am doing my best to stay up.  I was about an hour late to the start but it is not a requirement to keep up to the minute.  I just thought it would be fun and more of a challenge to see if I could.  This post will have her first 3 challenges.

Challenge #1 - Anything Cupcake
 Supplies: Stamp (My Pink Stamper), Ink & Cardstock (CTMH), Border Punch (Martha Stewart Crafts), Stickles (Ranger), Pattern Paper & Dimensionals (Stampin Up!), Cricut & Sweet Treats cartridge (Provo Craft).

Challenge #2 - Use Kraft Cardstock
Supplies: Cardstock (Stampin Up!, Bazzil & CTMH), Pattern Paper & Dimensionals (Stampin Up!), Ink (CTMH), Stamp (My Pink Stamper), Cricut & April Showers cartridge (Provo Craft), Gel Pen (Unibal Signo).

Challenge #3 - Breast Cancer Theme
Supplies: Cardstock & Ink (CTMH), Stickles (Ranger), Stamps (My Pink Stamper), Cricut, Paisley & Storybook cartridges (Provo Craft), Dimensionals (Stampin Up!).

I hope everyone else decides to join in the fun also.  Comments and followers are welcome!  Thanks for looking.