Monday, December 27, 2010

I found a great new way to store all my Cricut cartridges. Thanks to the Gypsy I rarely need to pull out the cartridges, although I do still use the manuals (until I get all the PDFs downloaded).

I found these great jewelry holders at Michaels for only $18 (this week they are on sale for less than $11). They come in both pink and black, which are pretty colors for me. There are 7 rows and you can but between 6 and 9 carts per row. I have put 6 rows of 7, and 8 in the 7th row for a total of 50 carts per hanger. Right now I only need 3 of the hangers for the 140+ carts, but I bought extra hangers since I know I am no where near done collecting cartridges.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge #11: Card or Tag Sketch Challenge!

This week we had to create a quick tag or card using a sketch provided below.

Jake's preschool teacher is having a baby girl this month, so I needed a baby card to go with the present. Once again I decided to use another cartridge that I have not had a chance to use yet - Simply Charmed.
The little baby girl came together really simple and easy, and turned out so cute.
After putting the baby stroller together I found out I couldn't use the shadow in black since the wheels were black.
I tried cutting a white circle, but since I tore it I needed another one. I decided to cut one out of one of my nestabilities, and then emboss it with a cuttlebug folder.
With everything cut out, I am ready to put everything together.
And my finished project!
With a final 2 stamps (1 on the inside of the card and another on the envelope) the card is complete.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Weekly Challenge #10: Holiday Recipe Challenge!

Weekly Challenge #10: Holiday Recipe Challenge!

This week we had to create a project that is about, includes, or holds a holiday recipe. It could be a scrapbook page, a mini album, a recipe box or book, or a Gift. But we had to pay tribute to a holiday recipe in some way.

Since I don’t have a lot of time this week, and I just started my Scrap-Recipe Book the choice was easy. I choose to do a page for my book featuring one of my favorite cookies – Chocolate Crinkles. These are one of those cookies that don’t get made too often, due to the amount of time you have to invest in them. Since the dough needs to sit in the refrigerator overnight, you need to have 2 nights in a row with time to spare (which rarely happens in my house).

I also choose to use one of my favorite cartridges - Hello Kitty Greetings. The little Hello Kitty Elf turned out cute, especially after adding some Stickles.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

December Magazine Gift Bag/Box Contest!


We had to create a gift bag or box using a base from one of the many Cricut cartridges available. And embellish it to fit our style! We had to use at least 4 Cricut cuts in our design and incorporate something from one of this month’s magazine sponsors.

I choose a gift box from the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More Cartridge. This was the first time I have cut from this cartridge. I used the Gingerbread Seasonal Cartridge for both the Gingerbread house and the stocking, and the Christmas Cheer Cartridge for the Candy Canes and Wreath. I inked most of the edges, used glitter glue where ever I could, and used the iRock to adhere the gems to the Gingerbread house.
I'm very happy with the outcome. Now I understand why everyone loves the TBBM cart. I have to admit it was nice that I could put it on the Gypsy and then deside how big to make the box.
Well, that's 2 more carts used. I'm working on finally using each cart atleast once. Only about 80 carts or so to go. :-)

Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge #9: Black Friday Challenge!

Weekly Challenge #9: Black Friday Challenge!

Our challenge this week had a “Black Friday” twist! We had to include the color black in our project AND recycle or repurpose something.

So looking around my scraproom I found this little plastic container. It had flowers in it at one time, but I switched them to another jar months ago, and had not figured out what to do with it yet. So I decided to use it for the challenge and make a jar to hold some of my scrap tools.
First step was to clean up the jar and get it ready for decoration.
Since pink and black are two of my favorite colors, choosing colors was easy. I cut out a capital B from the Blackletter Cartridge along with the shadow. I cut the hearts from Cake Basics Cartridge, joining 3 sets of hearts together to go all the way around. Add a couple of flowers and some pearls and we are done.