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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Santa Babies

From my Santa babies and me, wishing you a

BLESSED Christmas!!!! 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Daughter’s 25th Birthday Card

My daughter isn’t into traditional BD cards, so I made her this one and she just loved it. J



Cricut Imagine
Cricut Imagine Cartridge – JT (designs)
Cricut Imagine Cartridge – Yummy (background design)
Cardstock -- white (for the Imagine)
Glue – ATG; Zig Two-Way

This is one of the largest cards I’ve ever made.  It’s
7 ½” x 8 ½” (folded) because I wanted the design to be readily seen, not eensey weensey.  I put the card base together w/ ribbon.  Clever, eh?  

The background paper is from the Yummy cartridge.  I call it “pink elegant”.  I used one of the stock images, found on the Imagine, cut at 7.4” and flood-filled w/ the pattern.

Created the various design(s) and layers, using the JT cartridge:-

* Frame:- Image 39, at 5”
* Wings:- Image 09, at 2.5”
* Skull:-   Image 08, at 2.2”

* Chillaxin’:- Image 49, at 2.6” --- added the layer of the skull (on the front page) to Chillaxin’.

Finished it off w/ rhinestones at the bottom of the frame and for dotting the “i’s”.

The sentiment was computer-generated.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas is just around the corner .    .   .   .
Funny Dancing Santa Animation provided by MySpaceAnimations.com

Hope you're having fun preparing/decorating for it.   J

Monday, December 3, 2012

Thank You cards

Made 2 thank you cards.  One for a gal and one for a fella.  See if you can tell which one is for who.   J


Cricut Imagine
Cricut Imagine Cartridge – Floral Emporium
Cricut Cartridge – Cindy Loo (owls & frame); Animal Kingdom (whooo)
Cardstock -- white (for the Imagine)
Sizzix Embossing Folder – Thank You (thanks)
Glue – ATG
Stickles – Waterfall
Pop Dots

The background layer for the front of the card was created using the one of the stock photos located on the Cricut Imagine.  I chose what looks like a topnote image.  Layered the owl from the Cindy Loo cartridge and jazzed it up using rhinestones and stickles.

The inside of the card contains an owl frame (p. 60 in the handbook).  I also embossed “thanks” using a Sizzix embossing folder.


Cricut Imagine
Cricut Imagine Cartridge – Berries & Cream
Cricut Cartridge – Cindy Loo (owls & frame); Animal Kingdom (whooo)
Cardstock -- white (for the Imagine)
Sizzix Embossing Folder – Thank You (thanks so much)
Glue – ATG
Stickles – Copper
Pop Dots

The background layer for the front of the card was created using a different stock photo, located on the Cricut Imagine.  This one is a scalloped rectangle.  Layered the owl from the Cindy Loo cartridge and jazzed it up using rhinestones and stickles.

The inside of the card contains an owl frame (p. 60 in the handbook).  I also embossed “thanks so much” using a Sizzix embossing folder.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Shaped Christmas Card

I got started on my Christmas cards early this year. Can't believe it myself.  :-)

Anyway, wanted to share w/ you my shaped card, created on the Imagine. 

Firstly, I got my inspiration from cards shared that had been created using either the Gypsy or CCR but I wanted to strictly use the Imagine.

As you know, the Imagine designs don't have the "silhouette" cut that allows you to make a shaped card. I really wanted to utilize the "
Nutcracker" from the Santa's Village cartridge, so I put on my thinking cap (not easy to find usually) as to how I was going to accomplish this, and came up w/ the idea of "flipping" the image; hence, ending up w/ basically a "silhouette" of the front (orig. design) of the card, only flipped backwards. 

Using this technique, the possibilities are ENDLESS, using any and all images from Imagine cartridges!!!  

Because it's a "Nutcracker", I thought it looked cute having a back/front showing its design. If you didn't want this, all you need to do is print another front image and glue it backwards to the back. KWIM? Or is that clear as mud??  This way, you'd have a white inside, along w/ a white back and just the front would have the image.  
Here’s the front of the card, along w/ a computer-generated sentiment. Used Word Art and Clip Art. 

 Here’s the reverse of the design:-

Here’s the inside of the card, where I'll be putting my sentiment:-

Here’s the finished card:-


Cricut Imagine
Cricut Imagine Cartridge – Santa's Village
Cardstock -- white (for the Imagine)
Glue – ATG; Zig Two-Way
Stickles -- Crystal

Sentiment was computer-generated.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Mother’s 95th Birthday Card

My mother turns 95 today!  Unreal, eh?  She still bowls and hubby & I took a homemade cake to the bowling alley for her bowling buddies to help her celebrate.  She was totally surprised.

We're going to celebrate, as a family, tonite.   Another surprise for her. 

I made her this fun card.   J



Cricut Imagine
Cricut Imagine Cartridge – Yummy (cake)
Cricut Cartridges – see below
Cardstock -- white (for the Imagine)
Glue – ATG; Zig Two-Way
Stickles -- Yellow (no name)

Cricut Cartridges:
Sweet Treats – 9 and 5 w/ candles
Paper Lace – Happy Birthday

Created the base card using the shape card technique I figured out a while back.  (I’ll post that tomorrow.)  Cut the cake (Image 6) at 7”, from the Imagine Yummy cartridge.   Cut the image again but this time flipping it, so the flipped image became the back of the card.  Love this new technique!

The 9 and 5 w/ the candles (cut at 1.8”) are from the Sweet Treats cartridge.  The “Happy Birthday” sentiment is from the Paper Lace cartridge and is cut at 1.5”.

Stickled the candles and rhinestoned the cake.  J

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hubby’s Birthday Card

Made hubby a fun card for his birthday, this year.


 Sorry for the blurriness inside.  It says: "Happy Birthday, you old buzzard!"  J

Cricut Imagine
Cricut Imagine Cartridges –
  Best Friends (background; branch)
  Yummy (party hat)
Cricut Cartridge – Life’s a Party (vulture/buzzard; card; Over the Hill; candles)
Cardstock -- white (for the Imagine)
Glue – ATG; Zig Two-Way
Stickles – Waterfall; Yellow (no name)
Google eye
Sentiment – computer-generated

Created the base card (at 7”), using the card feature from the Life’s a Party cartridge.  Used the background (5.5”) and branch (2.4”), from the Imagine Best Friends cartridge.  Placed the buzzard on the branch.

You may notice that the branch looks a li’l bit different from the picture in the handbook.  I actually cut away one of the small branches from the top and re-attached it to the bottom of the main branch.  Otherwise, the buzzard, where it was positioned, would’ve been hiding that li’l branch.

Put a party hat, from the Yummy cartridge, on the buzzard, adding a pink boa around its neck. 

The inside of the card was created using the “Over the Hill” insert, cut at 4.4”.  I found you couldn’t use the same ratio for the layered candles, so cut that at 4.1”.

Utilizing CCR (just for designing --- I don’t ever cut from it), I was able to figure out what size the party hat needed to be.  Cut it at 1.8”.  The buzzard is cut at 2.3”.

It was a fun card to create.  Just hope hubby finds the “fun” in it.  LOL  J

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Show off your craft space

I thought I would try something a li'l different on this post.  I think you'll all love it.  J

When I visit other crafters' blogs, I especially love looking at what their craftroom looks like.  One can get so many great ideas.  So, I thought why not have this info in ONE SPOT --- here on my blog.  How fun would that be, eh?   All one would need to do, when visiting my blog, is click on someone else's blog and you're off visiting someone else.  J

Sooooo, please link up your blog, via "Linky" below and post a picture/link of your craft space. 

I'll start off, by showing some pix of my craftroom.  

I just linked mine, to start off.  J

Now, it's your turn:-

Thursday, November 1, 2012

New Cricut Cartridge

Provocraft announced a new cartridge, which is exclusive to Creative Memories:-

Holiday Frames & Tags 

Here are the other ones that you can find on their website:-

Click on the pix to enlarge.  

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

Witchy, Cricut and li'l Bailey all hope you have a happy and safe one!!!

Happy Birthday Halloween card

I created this card for my Mother-in-Law, whose birthday is on Halloween.


Cricut Imagine
Cricut Cartridge – A Frightful Affair
Cardstock -- white (for the Imagine & card base); orange (card layer)
Glue – ATG; Zig Two-Way
Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page -- Spider Web
Martha Stewart Deep Edge Punch -- Pumpkins
Stickles -- Holly
Glitter Tape
Pop Dots

Card base is 5” x 7”.

Cut and print, w/ the Cricut Imagine, using “A Frightful Affair” cartridge:-

p. 38 of the handbook
-- for the skin tone, I used RGB code:- 255-220-177
Layer – used black

Cut the witch at 4”, and the layers accordingly.  Adhered together.

Using orange cardstock, used the Martha Stewart “cobweb” Punch Around the Page

Adhered a background paper and added some Glitter Tape on the sides.

Attached the witch, using popdots.  Glittered the hat brim, the li’l rat, tops of shoes, and top of cauldron.

Computer-generated “Stirring up some. . .” using “Halloween Spider” font.

Inside of the card:

Using the Martha Stewart Pumpkin Deep Edge Border punch, created a border of 5 pumpkins.

Computer-generated the word clouds, as well as the “WISHES” sentiment.  Punched the edges with the cobweb corner punch.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Latest Cricut Cartridge CheckList – October 28, 2012


Firstly, I am so sorry that it took so long for me to update my Cricut Cartridge Checklist.  With the disappearance of the Cricut Blog, I’ve been lost as to which new cartridges have been announced.  Some apparently showed up in shops even before they were announced.  Then, while some were announced, others weren’t.
Then, there was the elusive "Folk Art Festival."  I couldn’t find it anywhere.  I now have it in my hot li’l hands, so I took a pic of it myself.  J
As far as I know, Provocraft released  17 new cartridges:- 
·        Cricut® Frame of Mind - projects
·        Cricut® Mini Books - projects
·        Cricut® Tablescapes – Fall & Winter -- events
·        Cricut® Lite Children Around the World
·        Cricut® Lite Dino Play
·        Cricut® Lite Pirates & Mermaids
·        Cricut® Lite Playtime
·        Cricut® Lite Recess
·        Cricut® Lite Teddy Bear Parade
·        Cricut® Lite Trick or Treat
·        Cricut Imagine™ Industrial Glow
·        Cricut® Create a Critter 2
·        Cricut® December 25th - Seasonal
·        Cricut® Folk Art Festival
·        Cricut® Snow Folks - Seasonal
·        Cricut® Suburbia
·        Cricut® Team Spirit

Here's my latest checklist:-
 Just to remind you that, when you click on the Cartridge name in the CheckList you downloaded, it will link directly to the Cricut website, whereby you can see more info about the cartridge(s).
For newbies to my Cartridge Checklist, here's what it looks like:-

My Checklist consists of 5 different tabs in the Excel Spreadsheet (Workbook):-

·        Cricut carts
·        Cricut Events
·        Cricut Imagine
·        Cricut Lite
·        Cricut Projects

Please note:  this Checklist does not include the digital cartridges.  


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Happy Birthday, Bailey!!

Li'l Bailey is 5 years old today.  Here he is in his "birthday suit".  Errrrr, I mean his birthday outfit.  (tee-hee)

Looks like he's saying:-  "Can you hurry up and take the picture, already, so we can go for our walk and I can show off my new jacket??" J

Isn't he just the cutest ever??!!!  Well, "I" think so.  J

The patch reads:-  "Commanding Officer --- Gooby K9 Patrol".  On the other side is a patch of 3 stripes for "Sargeant".  Bailey certainly is our Commanding Officer.  LOL

Saturday, October 13, 2012

New Wheels

Check out who got some new wheels.  .  .

It's li'l Bailey!!!  J

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear

When I purchased my new toy, the Inkadinkado Stamping Gear, I had a bittersweet moment.

Sweet because it’s an awesome fun tool.  Bitter because you can’t store the items in the packaging it came in.

So I thought I would share, w/ you, how I store my new toy(s).  J

Firstly, I bought the Deluxe set, w/ a 50% off coupon.  (Hooray for those!)  I have the wheels, cogs, and stamping paddle stored in a plastic shoe box.

The stamps, themselves, are stored in plastic pockets from a Cropper Hopper Photo Case --- two to a package, to save on space.

I printed off pix of the various stamp sets and inserted them into the pockets, along w/ the stamp sets.

Deluxe Set:-

Elegant Flourishes & Branches:-

I’ve taken different shots of the storage box, showing how many stamp pockets can fit inside.  I just have two extra sets, along w/ the four sets that came w/ the Deluxe set.  I plan on getting more, as they are just toooooo cute.  The designs they create are simply beautiful.  Soooo many variations.

I also printed off pix of the various designs that the various stamp sets can create.  I like having a “visual” when coming up w/ ideas.

 Would love to see what you create, if you have this fun tool.  J

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