Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Project #4!

Hi Everyone!

Happy Tuesday! I apologize that I haven't gotten around to posting this until now. Yesterday I was feeling a bit under the weather. Anyway, here we go!

Last week, I received my order from HSN for the "Straight From the Nest" cartridge. If you haven't seen this yet, the images on this are too adorable for words! I love the fact that they have such different features, such as corner images.

If you don't own "Straight From the Nest", you can use any cartridge that has a muffin/cupcake on it for this particular layout. Because our sweet doggie is named Muffin, I decided to title it as such. But you could change that and turn this into a super cute birthday layout!

Here is a picture of the entire layout:

Page 1:

Page 2:

Some close-ups of the YUMMY muffins!

A few things to note: First, I inked the blue muffn top with Tim Holtz Distress ink (Broken China). To edge around the top of the pink muffin, I used light brown chalk. With a brown Zig marker, I added the detailing around the muffin tin (with the broader tip). With the smaller tip, I added the little dots. Then, "Crystal" stickles were added to the cherries on top, to give them a bit of sparkle. Pop dots were also used behind all the muffins to give the pages more dimension.

Both the title and the photo mats were edged with a brown marker to allow them to really "pop" off the page. Give this technique a try the next time you don't feel like using the shadow feature on your Cricut! :o)

The brown edging around each mat gives the illusion that more layers exist than actually do.

Cupcakes: Straight from the Nest cartridge
4 @ 2"
5 @ 3"
"our": Alphalicious 1 1/4"
"sweet" : Paisley 1 1/2"
"muffin": From My Kitchen 1 3/4 "
Photo Mats:
Red--all 4x6"
Brown--all 3 3/4 x 5 3/4"
Small red hearts: EK Success thumb punch
Feel free to leave a comment or if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email.
Have a great week!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

A couple of things...

Two things I thought you all might like to know about:

1) The Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch that I used on my "So Super Sweet" page below is now on sale at Joann's online for $9.59 (that's 40% off!).

Here is the link in case you'd like to purchase one for yourself! I highly recommend it!


2) In case some of you do not receive the Michael's flyer, all Cricut Solution cartridges are on sale this week (in stores) for $14.99!! What a fantastic price!!!

Happy shopping everyone!! :o)

Friday, March 5, 2010

Project #3 ~ So Super Sweet!

I'm sorry it's taken me awhile to get another project posted. I've been in a bit of a funk lately. You know how it goes...sometimes life just gets a little overwhelming. But, yesterday I found myself wanting to create, and I hope you like the end result.

This layout was inspired by someone very special...and although I have yet to meet her, I admire her so much. Her name is Robyn and she owns My Pink Stamper. Some of you may be familiar with her work (as I have a link posted on both of my blogs). But, in case you're not, let me tell you a little about her.

Robyn is a former Stampin' Up demonstrator; wife; and a mother to five beautiful children. She has the sweetest, kindest spirit and makes fantastic videos teaching others how to use their Cricut machine. She has made almost 200 projects on video. I have learned so much from her and enjoy my Cricut so much more because of her efforts. She also has two additional DVD sets for sale as well as two stamp sets she designed which compliment the Cricut cartridges perfectly. All of these can be found at Custom Crops online (link below).

Anyway, on with my story...

One day Robyn posted the CUTEST card using the Paisley cartridge. It was so happy and cheerful...perfect for Spring time!! Her card inspired me so much, that I thought: how fun would it be to use her card as inspiration and design a layout around it?! So, that is what I did.

So with her permission, I am sharing this "My Pink Stamper inspired" layout with you. It is in honor of Robyn and her enormous talent and hard work.

If any of you have not checked out the My Pink Stamper website, I highly recommend it!! It's wonderful for Cricut users of all levels. If you are more of a visual type of person, you will love it. She not only designs the projects on video. In many cases, she walks you through step-by-step, including cutting the pieces out with the Cricut machine.

My Pink Stamper Website: http://www.mypinkstamper.com/
Custom Crops website is : http://www.customcrops.com/

And if you would like to see the original card that inspired this layout, Robyn has "labels set up on the bottom of her home page. Click on the one called "Paisley". A new window should pop up. Scroll down and you will see her adorable bumble bee card!

And here is my layout based on her card:

Not sure if this picture is any closer up, but just in case:

All of the bees, as well as the flowers, have pop dots behind them.

And a close up of the cute bumble bee all glitzed up using stickles!

Now for the dimensions:

Black cardstock (background) ~ 12x12

Fushia cardstock ~ 11 1/2 x 11 1/2

Light Pink cardstock ~5 1/2 x 11

Green strip ~ 3 1/2 x 11 1/2

Black lace border on green strip was made using a Martha Stewart punch. I believe it is called "doiley".

Stickles: Crystal

Font: A Child's Year cartridge ~ letters are 1 1/2" (paper saver button on)

Bumble Bees: Paisley cartridge ~ 3 " (Please note: When making the flowers, be sure to use the layers 1 button and not the "button" function key. If you select the "button" function key, you will get a flower much larger and as such, will not fit on your bee diecut. Trust me, I learned this the hard way! LOL

Photo Corners were made with the square paper shapers punch. However, you can use any square image on your Cricut for this purpose. I believe the George cartridge has a square on it. The square dimensions are as follows:

2 black ~ 1 1/2 " (cut in half from corner to corner)

2 green 1 1/4" (also cut in half from corner to corner)

Photo Mat:

Black ~ 4 1/2 x 6 1/2

White ~4 1/4 x 6 1/4

I hope I haven't missed anything, but should you have any questions, please be sure to ask! And as always, I love hearing your comments!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Another fantastic blog to share!

Nanne is an incredibly talented artist who uses her Cricut machine to make the most beautiful creations!! With her permission, her blog is now featured under the "for more inspiration " section. Here is the link if you'd like to see some of her fantastic work.


Thank you Nanne for allowing me to share your blog with others. I admire your work so much.

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