Friday, August 31, 2012

September 100 Cartridge Blog Hop

Hello Everyone and welcome to My Cricut Craft Rooms 100 cartridge blog hop.  Each of us have created projects using different cartridges. 

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on July 7 & 8. Also on Sunday there will be an exciting announcement!!!

You should have come from Cathy's Blog. 

I used Dr. Checkup and Street Signs to create this quick little project.

I took this picture of my son and his girlfriend while we were in California at a rugby tournament.  The base is a sheet of 6x6 paper The sucker is cut at 3 1/4"  I used my gypsy for the alphabet and welded the letters together.  I'm going to find a nice frame and give it to the kids this weekend.
Most of you know that my husband and I took a long ride on our motorcycle.  We went with another couple and had a blast.  We took a lot of pictures and for Christmas this year I'm creating a mini album of the trip for the other couple.  So, over the next few months I will be post different pages as I get them finished. 
I used Summer Vacation, Old West, Playground Equipment and County Fair cricut cartridges.
I started with a Bo Bunny mini album.  Here's the front page.
I used a second piece of paper and and cut out some of the signs and popped them up.

One of our stops was the Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody, WY.  There are a lots of interactive things to play on. Everyone had to take a turn sitting on the wooden saddle.  
Here is the bouncy horse from the Playground Equipment cartridge.  I should have used an action wobbly, but didn't think of it soon enough.

I really liked this stripped paper when it was sitting on the table.  I'm not so sure it works so well cut out in words.  Will be something to think about and maybe change before I give it away.

There was a wall of felt hats for people to try on.  Here are the guys trying them on.  The Wanted Sign is off the County Fair cartridge.  I used a silver brad to hang the sign and shimmer silver paper for the barrel of the gun.

I'm having fun creating this little album of our trip.   I hope you enjoy seeing our fun pictures and they bring a smile to your face.
Your next stop is Samantha's Blog
If you get side tracked along the way, here is a complete list for the Saturday Hop.
Jenn Lorist
Erica's Projects
Lisa Carrier
Jessica S.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Chores/Little Helpers

Hello Everyone.  Today the theme at My Cricut Craft Room is chores or little helpers.  I was really having problems thinking of what I could do for this.  My child is grown and out of the house so there really aren't any chores to assign and when I think of little helpers, I kept thinking of kids helping Mom/Dad with something. 
While spending A LOT of time pondering (on the back of a motorcycle for seven days). I decided that I was the one that needed the little helper.  All of my reflective thinking brought me to the conclusion that I needed to lose weight and become more physically fit. 

This is just to give you an idea of my starting point. 

When I got home, I signed up for a free on-line service that will help with meal and activity planning.  It's called  I printed off the meal plans that where offered and realized that I needed a place to keep them organized.

So I created a binder.  Wall Decor and More had the word Health and I welded a y on to create healthy and then I used letters from the rest of the alphabets to create the Living.  "Be the change" was cut from Give a Hoot and "You're Worth It" was from Calligraphy Collection.  The saying in the middle was a rub on that I've had for a few years.

Here is one of my divider pages.  I didn't want to pop anything up because the divider pages are going into sheet protectors.  I used Pink Journey for the runner and shoes.  The dumbbells are from Everyday Paper Dolls and the words are cut from Hanna Montana. 

 I used some pearl gel to give the dumbbells some silver handles.

Here's a close up of the shoes.  They are three layers.

I have three more divider pages, meal plans, weights and measures, and receipts.  I will show them at other dates. If you are interested in having a copy of my activity log, leave a not int he comment section and I will e-mail you a pdf file.  I can't figure out how to post a pdf file here.

For more ideas on Chores and Little Helpers check out the My Cricut Craft Room.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Would You Ever Guess - Aug 24, 2011

Today's challenge at  My Cricut Craft Room  was to use a tag cut in a way that you wouldn't normally think of.  So I had two ideas.  The first on had to do with my key ring.  I had one of those key rings with half dozen plastic picture frames with every football, baseball and school picture Mike had ever had taken.  The weight of the thing was astronomical and eventually took out the key switch in my car.  (It was only a $1,000 fix from the car dealership).  So the idea came to me on how to keep the pictures, but make them lighter. 

I used Doodletype to cut the tag then cut the tag as a blackout.  The first cut had the square cut out so I used that as the picture frame.  I then used an overhead transparency sheet and cut two of the blackout tags.  I placed a transparency cut on the top and bottom and glued the picture in place between the two red cuts.  I used the clasp to hook it onto my key chain with. 

My second idea for the tag cuts was to create backpack labels.  Our school district has asked that all the elementary school children's backpacks have a label on the outside with the child and parents contact information.  I have a friend with a 9 yr old son that was unsure of how to go about this.  Here's what I come up with.

I cut this label from the CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge.  I used the base label and the shadow cuts.  Then I used the my gypsy to weld and cut the child's initials. 

I used a lined piece of cardstock to cut out the place for the mom to write down the contact information.  (I can't write straight without lines).

Here is the transparency pages I like to use.  I seem to find more and more things to do with it.  It's pretty think and protects pages well.  I have to do multiple cuts (2) to cut all the way through.  For this project, I cut two shadows and one regular tag.  I wanted the inside of the tag to have an extra layer of protection. 

To hold it all together I used a eyelet.  This way it can be attached to a zipper pull.  I wanted it to be strong and hold for most of the year.

For more tag ideas check out Erica's Blog at My Cricut Craft Room.  Our Design Team has come up with some great ideas. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

August Letter of the Day G

Today I'm posting my design team creation for My Cricut Craft Room.  I needed to create something that started with the letter G and the only thing that come to mind was girl.  So I decided to google the world and the word Galaxy came back. 

The first thing I thought of was trying to texture the background and have some sparkle.  I used a sponge dauber to create some texture and then sprayed some glimmer mist over the top. 

I tried to use colors that would stand out on this textured finish to create my planets.  Here's what my cutting mat looked like. 

I used this A Muse Studio stamp set for my sentiment. 

Here's my finished card.

To see more great ideas for projects with the Letter G, check out Erica's Blog, My Cricut Craft Room.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

August Theme Day - Bedtime

Hello Everyone, today I'm posting my design team project for the My Cricut Craft Room Blog. Our theme today is Bedtime. 

My absolute favorite picture of Mike was taken on Christmas Eve 1993.  It was his first Christmas and I wanted to showcase this special night.

My idea was 'twas the night before Christmas, When new traditions are born.

I wanted the title to stand out, but not be popped up with 3D foam tape.  I first welded together the letters off the songbird cartridge with my gypsy. Then on page two, I picked the shadow letters and welded them together.  I then cut out two of the shadow words. Christmas was cut from the Christmas cricut cartridge.

This is the three cuts pasted together.  My paper has a white core, so I used the coordinating ink color to ink the edges and cover up the white that was showing.

So here's what I ended up with. I have a large journal box and detailed the new tradition that was started, Mike's age and the date.

Everyone was unsure of the green background.  So I changed the background paper and here was my final layout. 

I would love to hear your opinion on which layout you like the best, green or blue background.

To see more great projects with the Bedtime Theme check out Erica's Blog, My Cricut Craft Room.

Friday, August 3, 2012

August 100 Cartridge Blog Hop

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100 Cricut Cartridge Blog Hop Day ONE

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Welcome to My Cricut Craft Room's August 100 Cartridge Blog Hop

Collectively the design team uses over 100 different Cricut Cartridges in their projects during the two days of this hop. Sunday the new members of the design team will be announced and some have even made a project to share with you!! What an exciting weekend!!

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You Should have arrived from Jessica S blog

For this hop I chose to highlight boy/guy cartridges.  Beep Beep, Handyman and B is for Boys.  I went this route because my son just finished his Auto Mechanics education.  He is no longer just a guy running around in Rescue 1 (my mustang), fixing cars when ever people call.  He is officially a business owner and OPEN for business.

I started with a tow truck.  I cut the base of the truck twice, once in black and then in yellow.  The black layer was to give it depth. 

I just love these 3D foam squares from Scrapbook Adhesives.  I use them for everything.  

I used a house on the Handyman cartridge for the garage.  I hid the door and window cuts on my gypsy.  All garage’s need a shinny door so I used shimmery gray paper  and added texture with this sizzix folder.  Here’s what the plate’s texture looks like on paper with a white core. 

It’s a little harder to see on the gray and I will be using it to back a photo, but I liked how it turned out.  I don't recommend cutting the tools from the Handyman cartridge any smaller then 1.5 inches.  They can be a little difficult to work with. 

I just had to use the keys off the B is for Boy cartridge.  We had a few of these sets around the house when Mike was real young and he started his for real key ring when he started sixth grade.  He's never with out them or a pocket knife. 

I used a brad that looks like a screw to hang the OPEN sign on. 
Here’s the whole layout.  Very simple and can accommodates three larger pictures.  I wanted to fine some place for more of the green diamond plate paper, so I may make changes in the future.  For now, I wish my son the best of luck in his new adventures of owning his own business.

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