Friday, September 28, 2012

Scrapbook Friday - Fall Recipe Layout

Hello Everyone, it's Scrapbook Friday at My Cricut Craft Room and out theme today is Fall Recipes.  We've each created a special layout with our favorite receipts in mind. 

I hope you all notice that our banner is all in pink.  We are doing this through the month of October to help raise awareness for Breast Cancer.  We want to encourage all women to do self breast exams on a regular basis and if you're over 40, have an annual mammogram.  These things are so important for early detection.  Together, we can help save lives.

So on to my favorite fall recipe layout.  I'm in a small group that exchanges cookie recipes a few times a year.  We each build ten 8 x 8 layouts that we can swap.  By the end of the years, we should each have a wonderful recipe book.  This month I decided to share my Pumpkin Cookie recipe with the girls.

I started with an old Close to My Heart paper collection.  I just love the fall colors and it just seem to fit right in with my pumpkin.

I started with the word pumpkins off the Freshly Picked cartridge.  I had to cut the "S" off so it looked right.

I also cut the pumpkin from Freshly Picked.  I really wish there would have been a shadow cut for this.  I didn't want to take the time to create one so I used Tea Dyed Distress Ink to add some color and texture to the pumpkin.
I used Create a Critter for the milk bottle. I used pink gingham paper for the straw. We were asked to have some pink on the project.

 So here's the finished project.  I used From My Kitchen for the word cookies.  Now I just have to make 9 more. 

For more wonderful Fall Recipe Layouts check out the My Cricut Craft Room Blog

Friday, September 21, 2012

Welcom Fall Blog Hop 2012

Hello Everyone, thanks for stopping by the Welcome Fall Blog Hop.  CallyAnn loves everything about fall, the smells, the colors, the color weather, baking and decorating.  So we have joined together and created some great fall projects for yout to enjoy. 
If you just happen to stop by, you should hop to the start at
We have 6 sponsors for today's blog hop.  Be sure to hop to all the stops and leave everyone a comment.  Stop by and say hello to all of our sponsors.   
I have donated a $30 and $25 gift Certificates for A Muse Studio products.  You can take a look at their great products HERE
Kreations by KimberlyRae has donated one of her wonderful handmade aprons ($30 value).
My Creative Time has dontated a surprise
KaBoodle Bug Designs has donated a Fall Fairies File
Jaded Blossom has donated a Happy Owloween Stamp (new release!)

Donna Salazar Designs has donated paper
I created a card to celebrate fall.  I used the new DCWV Autum Colors stack.  I was so excited when I purchased this stack, I just love the colors.  Here is the design I started with.
I used the Flower Shoppe Cricut cartridge to create the flower.  I sprayed the middle with some Tattered Angeles golden sparkle. I distressed the edges of the leaves with some pumpkin and cherry A Muse Studio ink. 
I thought it needed something inside besides the stamp.  I used the stamp set Autum Days for both the front and inside. 
Thanks for stopping by today.  Your next stop is
Be sure to check back with CallyAnn's Blog on Thursday September 27 to see if you're a winner. 
If you get side tracked along the way, here is a complete hop line-up. 
3- Jenny~
7-Pam L.-
8- Candace
9- KimberlyRae-
10- Sandra-

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Patience, Practice and plenty of Paper.

Hello Everyone,
Today is Would You Ever Guess for My Cricut Craft Room.  Notice the main graphic is ALL pink?  The entire design team is showing our support for breast caner awareness. I would like to remind everyone to preform regular shelf breast exams and if you're over 40 to have your annual mammogram.   It only take a little time and can save your life. 
Today’s post is more a lesson in the 3 P’s than posting some wonderful eye marveling piece of crafty artwork.  To start, I want everyone to close their eyes and envision a three tiered cake with a beautiful flower bouquet around the top.  Now turn it into a paper creation.  Can you just see it?
Yeah, me too.  So, I have 1 cupcake tower, with party favor boxes set all the way around the bottom two layers for guest to take as they walk by.  I have the top layer protected with a piece of card stock and a flower foam block glued down that I can stick the paper flowers into as if  I was using real flowers. 

I have the Flower Shoppe Cricut Cartridge and seen pictures on the web, so this should just be a piece of cake, RIGHT? 
NO, this is not just that easy.  P-1, be patient with your self.  When you start remember that creation takes time.  One flower has three cut pieces alone.  It took a lot of time to just cut out all the pieces.  Then it takes time to assemble all of them.
P-2, Practice, Practice, Practice.  Nothing like this perfect project I envisioned can be done perfectly without practicing first to learn how.  After figuring out that a quilling tool works the best when building the flower centers, I also learned that when I take the tool out of the center, place a few dots of liquid glue down the center so it’s on the edges of the paper.  Then when I smash the center down and let the center unravel just a bit, it’s already tacky and will stick nicely into place.
I was also trying to rush things by building all of the candy favors while letting my machines do all the cutting.  (Yes, I had more than one machine going.)  If you put the cartridge into the machine and let it register, you can then pull out the cartridge and continue cutting. 
P-3, ALWAYS have extra sheets of that special paper on hand just in case the blade drags, the mats to sticky or heaven forbid you should knock over a drink.  Also, have “trial and error” paper.  Most of you call this the “scraps”.  I really should have cut all the outsides in scrap paper, put them together and placed them around the foam block.  Then went back and adjusted my sizes and then cut them out with the real paper.
Here is what I ended out with.  I cut the flowers WAY to big and they wouldn’t even fit around the base of the cake without smashing.  After figuring out that the flowers where to big, I went back to the table to start over to realize A. I’m out of the specialty paper I was using.  B. It’s Sunday, the local shop is closed and the chain stores don’t carry what I’m using and C.  I’m way in over my head and completely out of time. 
 I knew it wasn't going to work so I started just goofing off with it. I glued the flower to the tops of some extra favor boxes.

And then stacked the boxes around the top thinking just maybe I could come up with something that was worth sharing with family and friends. No dice, I must come up with something else by Saturday or the Bride-to-Be will be disowning me.   
So, lesson for today is: if you want to create a master piece like you see out there in blog and pintrest land, be patient with yourself, start with smaller projects and practice the techniques that are needed to tackle the big projects and make sure you have plenty of paper to work through your not so perfect attempts.  (yes, this is coming from a paper junkie.  Buy more paper).
For much better ideas on what to do with the flowers on the Flower Shoppe Cartridge, visit Erica's Blog, My Cricut Craft Room and see what the rest of the design team has created. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

September Spotlight 2012

Hello Everyone,  Here is the September Spotlight.

It's amazing how much we can do with some paper, glue, stamps and glitter. The glitter pencils are great to send off to school or to give as gifts. 

If you are interested in any of these products, please drop me a line.

If you host a party this month with $150 in sales, you will receive an exclusive stamp set.

Click Here to access the Holiday Hoopla Catalog.  or you can click HERE to shop all A Muse Studio products.

Happy Shopping.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Letter K, Kiss Box

Hello Everyone and welcome to my blog.  Today I'm posting my creation for the Letter "K" for My Cricut Craft Room. 
I have to tell you how this project came about.  I was discussing the letter K with my husband and told him the only thing I was coming up with was kites.  His response to me was "Give me Kisses.  More and more Kisses."  I told him that could get a little X-rated for a blog and started working on other things. 

Later that night, I started thinking about all the things I create and how none of them are for my husband.  I spend all this time working on things for everyone else, but never created anything for him.  So, Kisses it is.

I started with Tags, Bags and Boxes 2.  I used the lips cut and welded it to the top of the box for the closures.

I also cut two sets of lips out of shimmery red to place over the box ends after the box was put together.
My husband isn't a big fan of Hershey Kisses, so I used Reece's Mini's instead.  Then I punched out some 1" circles and stamped them with "To My Sweetie" from the Pink by Design, It's a Wrap stamp set.

I have to say that the little gift box won't hold a lot, but figuring it out and having a little something to put in my husbands lunch box was fun.  Other than he'll expect it more often. 
For more Imagination Monday and Letter K projects stop by Erica's blog, My Cricut Craft Room.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Window Cards

Hello Everyone,

Today's card was to be a window card for My Cricut Craft Room.  After I created this card, I kind of think that I missed the mark. 

I was trying to create a pool.  I kept thinking "Come On In, the Water's Fine." 

I had extra paper from when I created my Galaxy Card.  I used some different color blue inks and very textured sponges to create the background paper and then sprayed some glimmer mist over the top to give it some sparkle. 

My card is a 4.25 x 5.5.  I used A Muse Studio card stock in Papaya.  I love using this card stock because it has the color on the outside and white on the inside. 

  I cut the frame from the Art Philosophy cartridge (Combo button) just smaller than the card base and used some yellow ink to color the outside of the frame and then the inside was inked with the light blue ink.  I wanted it to look like the water was splashing up on the side of the Pool.
I used the Cricut Craft Room Exclusive Classroom - June& July to cut the sun.  I used the Creative Memories Traveler cartridge for the flip-flops and Life's a Beach for the umbrella.  I wanted it to look like the sun was sparkling off of things so I added a yellow tinted glitter to the umbrella.
I happen to be at a crop while crating this card and purchased the traveler cartridge while I was there. 
For more ideas on window cards, stop by Eric's Blog, My Cricut Craft Room