Thursday, August 30, 2012

Do You Love Cricut?

Everyone needs to go to this Facebook post and give your opinion, they do count!!

Click here to check it out!!

I'm also working on a surprise, very excited about it and will share it with everyone next week hopefully.

You all need to come back on Saturday for the 100 cartridge blog hop!  I will be featured on Sunday, but still going to be hopping on Saturday.  I'll post the line-up early so everyone can get hopping on both Saturday and then new blogs and inspiration on Sunday.  This will be my first blog hop and I'm both scared and excited!!

Have a great day and will talk to you real soon!


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Giveaway You All Need To Check Out!

Okay Everyone - My Cricut Craft Room is have an awesome giveaway that you really need to check out!   If you're a Cricut lover you need to run right over and join in all the fun and see how to enter.  You can check it out on Facebook, just click here and read all about it.

Post back here when you enter and I'll keep everything crossed that someone from here wins!!

Have a Happy Wednesday!!

Talk to you soon.


Monday, August 27, 2012

My Imagine-ation Monday

Today is My Imagine-ation Monday and the Letter of the Day is I.  I tried to think out the box for this one and decided to Smash it!  I've had my Smash book for probably a year and it's been sitting on my desk collecting dust and odds and ends from different things I've been doing.  So I decided to use the letter "I" literally, so this is a "I" Love project.

I'm still a horrible picture taker, but think I'm getting better!  lol  I did use the Artiste and the Forever Young cartridges.  The "I's", the hearts and bow are with the Artiste.  The image of the woman is from the Forever Young cartridge.  The hardest part for me to do a Smash book is that I'm a major chunky scrapper!  I love big bulky flowers and embellishments and it was hard to for me to scale down the bulk.  I did get a couple bows and buttons on there, but that's about all the bulk I did.

When I first started scrapbooking I used a computer to print out all my journaling and wording on my layouts.  When my son graduated from high school I made him a scrapbook from birth to his graduation.  He did love it, but gave it back to me and told me he would like to have my writing rather than from the computer.  So since then I've tried to make a point to use my own writing, but it's a lot of pressure!!!  lol  I've just come to the conclusion that life isn't perfect and so my journaling doesn't need to be perfect either.  I am only human.

I did have fun doing this and have some of my loves.  I'm going to keep going with the these of all things I love throughout this Smash book.  I have a couple others now that I can use for other things and I'm sure they'll be full of all kinds of different things.  I did have fun with rub-ons too, I haven't used them in years and they were great for fill ins.

So I hope you enjoyed My Imagine-ation Monday project and I'm sure I'll be talking to you soon!  I'm still getting my projects ready for the 100 Cartridge Hop this weekend, it will be awesome!!


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

You Know What Wednesday Means??

That's right, Would You Ever Guess Wednesday!!

This week I was working on a layout for my best furry friend Cozad that I lost in January.  He was such a great dog and I still miss him.  Cozad was a black lab and 17 years old.  He did live a good life, but still hated it when he went over the rainbow bridge.

So I didn't finish the layout, still a little bit too soon I think.  I'm a sucker for my dogs and just going through the pictures made me cry.  Miss Max passed in December, she was her daddy's girl, but I do miss her too.  Miss Max just didn't touch my heart the way my Cozad did.

Here is the tag that I made that will be going onto a layout and into a doggie book when I catch up a little bit.  I used the new Art Philosophy cartridge from Close to My Heart and it's still one of my favorites.

Cozad's nickname was The Zad Man or ball boy.  He always wanted to play ball and always had a ball in his mouth.   The dog ribbon I picked up at Walmart a long time ago, thought it was cute.

I'm not sure who makes the paper that I used, but I think it was a DCWV pet stack.  I have a box just for animal stuff and thought this was cute with the paw prints.

He's the peek-a-boo part.  lol  Not really sure if it's an actual peek-a-boo, but it does sound cuter than it opens.

Still working on lots of projects for the upcoming 100 Cartridge Hop, so stay turned for that, it should be a fun hop with lots of great inspiration!!

Thank you so much for stopping by and sorry if I got sentimental.  I am one of those people that believe that pets are part of the family and my dogs are my furry children.

Take care and talk to you soon!!


Friday, August 17, 2012

Mini-Album Friday!

It's Mini-Album Friday for the MCCR Design Team!

This is my first from scratch mini-album and finally get to use the cereal boxes that I've been saving for years.  I bought a deep-cut blade for my Cricut and have been cutting away!  Went better than I thought it would, but will keep 'playing' with the new Artiste cartridge from Close to my Heart.  It's an awesome cartridge and love the instruction booklet that comes with it.

So this is my Cricut cutting a cereal box to make the cover for the mini-album.

It did an excellent job cutting the cereal box, it was a really thick one.   I did tape it down to the mat in a couple places because I was worried it would pop off.

The other cool thing about this cartridge is that it has scoring lines, so this is the 'chipboard' after I scored it!   I love making mini-albums and had a great time making it all by myself.  I do have a scoring blade for my Cricut, but didn't want to play with it and ruin my project!!

If you know me you know that I ink everything!!  My hands are always inked up and my nails always look dirty.  I'm into brown inks and so I tried to use brighter colors of papers for this album.   The paper I had out on my table was Pink Paisley and so I decided it would make a pretty mini-album.  These are the individual pages after I inked them.

The mini-album was really easy to put together.  I wasn't happy with the ribbon I picked, but was having a hard time getting to my ribbon rack and this brown was handy.  I'm sure I'll be changing it for a red and blue, but didn't have either one of those that was thin enough to go through the holes.

Of course after I got it all put together and tied, I decided that the pages would rip, so I added eyelets to the pages and retied it.  So here are the pages with the flower eyelets.  It's been so long since I used eyelets I had to do a couple to practice with my Cropodile (another one of my favorite tools).   So now I tied it up again, but it was easier with the eyelets.

I did make some flowers to decorate the front cover, but decided to make one of the cute bows o the cartridge.  I can use the flowers later and the bows are cute and super easy.  Here is the bow on the front cover of the mini-album.  The album actually ties on the bottom, but I tie the worst bows, so I'm not going to show you the bottom.  It looks like a purse to me, so it'll probably have a handle on it and little feet.   hehehe

Since I decided it looked like a purse I put Velcro under the flap to keep it closed and it works really well.  Could take a picture of both sides, so this is the Velcro dot one the fold over flap.

Thank you so much for stopping by and hope you enjoyed checking out my mini-album!   From my last post I didn't finish my canvas, but I finally found some lace that I liked and that would work.  I did end up buying as couple different ones, but this is the one that I liked the best, so here are a couple pictures of my finished canvas.

This is the top of the canvas.  The lace that I chose had ribbon running through it, so I gathered it an made a bow from the ribbon that I ended up cutting off.  It's not really what I would call lace, but that's what it said it was.  lol

This is the finished canvas.  It's done, but still not exactly what I wanted, but I am happy with it and will leave it alone!!  lol   Yes, I am one of those people that redo things and are never happy with how things turn out.  I am my own worst critic.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I will talk to you again soon.  I can't believe how long it's been since I posted last.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Been Having Fun With My Cricut!

Been Playing and Having Fun with my Cricut!

Have stuff everywhere as usual and as always still looking for that 'just right' embellishment.  This week though it's that 'just right' lace.  With all of the lace and ribbon I have, I can't believe I can't find what I want for this project.   I know I will and when I find it I will re-post my 'finished' project.

So first I used the Summer In Paris cartridge, which is one of my favorites apparently since I use it a lot.  I used the negative of the dress forms that I cut and did send it through the Xyron to make it stick down.   I used  Tattered Angles Sand and sprayed the image onto the 8x8 canvas  I did put paper around the edges of the negative dress forms so I wouldn't get a square from over spray.  I love the Canvas Corp canvas', they're awesome and so much fun.  

Here is a picture of the negative dress forms that I used in case you don't have any idea what I'm talking about!  I am horrible at trying to explain what I'm talking about and usually just confuse people.  lol

I did rotate the one on the far right so it wasn't facing the same way as the other one on the left.  I used my Cricut Expressions 2 and just love it!! 

Here is the almost finished project I made.  For the flowers and the frames I used the Art Philosophy cartridge from CTMH, another one of my favorite cartridges.  I have fun making the flowers, I have the all over in different colors and shapes.

After I was done placing everything where I was happy with it, I re-sprayed the whole canvas with Sand again.  Once I find the perfect lace, I may also ink the edges of the canvas.

If you couldn't tell, I'm a total bling and bows kind of crafter and usually throw in a couple buttons for good measure.  

Well have a great rest of the week and talk to you again soon!!