Monday, October 8, 2012

Canadian Swarm Challenge 2

For this challenge I  used my Imagine, which has sat neglected for some time now. Faux stitching on the cushion in black gel pen  is hard to see but it is there. I  cached all of the patterns to alter the little cat on a cushion from Best Friends. I love this option on the Imagine !! 

•A card with a black cat
•Use 2 Cricut cuts
•Use the colors black, white and purple
•There must be stitching on the project (machine, hand or faux)

Canadian Circle Swap!!

Hi everyone!! I finally found the time to open my lovely package from Sherri!! Wow, I was spoiled!!

 Sherri sent me a bit of everything that I told her I liked!! Amazing!! The Halloween doilies are sweet!! G45 , Bo Bunny, Webster's Pages and October Afternoon!!! And a whole sheet of washi tape in yellow!! Thank You so much sherri!!!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Challenge 6 Canadian Circle Swarm

Happy Sunday!!!
  I was supposed to be cleaning my craftroom but got side-tracked and made this little acorn fridge magnet instead!! This was inspired by one of Michele Kovak's Circle Blog posts.
 Challenge 6 asked to use at least one Cricut cut as well as something old and something new. I used the old Autumn Celebrations Cart. I used cardstock from the new Webster's Pages Sunday Picnic paper line. Also the " new to me" Martha's Chunky Glitter that I was so excited to buy at the beginning of the month at Kelowna's M's with a 40 % off coupon!! I had been looking all over for this glitter!
  Thanks for checking up on me, Hugs!!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Challenge 1 for the Canadian Swarm

Hi Everyone!!
Today I would like to share the Halloween Lanterns I made with the help of my Cricut Expression 2 , Cricut Craft Room and my Gypsy. I did the design on Cricut Craft Room  but converted the file to Gypsy to cut as we are yet unable to link our " linked to Gypsy carts" to Cricut Craft Room. This worked fairly well for me!! I did this project for the first challenge for the Canadian Swarm on the Circle message boards.

The  challenge is to make a Halloween Decor Item. It can be a sign, banner, luminary, treat bag, etc. The sky is the limit.
Your project must include the following:
1) At least one Cricut Cut
2) The colour purple
Your project must include one of the following:
1) Glitter
2) Ribbon
3) Use of a cuttlebug folder. 

I made 9 cubic shaped lanterns and attached them to a mini lights set I had for Halloween. The lights are little skulls. I used glitter, ink and  flocking to dress up my Cricut cuts. Washi tape was used to frame the silhouette inserts. This was a enjoyable project to do!
Sorry for the picture quality, I will try to take more pictures in daylight tomorrow. Have a great night!!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

I finally used Craftroom With my Mini!!

I have been avoiding Cricut Craftroom like the plague!! I love my Gypsy...and CCR seemed to be so hard! But it was not!!! And it cut so well with my mini!!  I did this Birthday card for the 3rd challenge in the 2nd Canadian Swarm on the Circle message boards. The instructions were to make a Birthday card using this sketch.
Here is my card.
The supplies I used ; Paper from Echo Park's Mini Kit "Boys", "Happy" chipboard sticker also from the collection. AC Cardstock, Glam Girls ribbon, ATG tape, Zig glue pen
Tools I used ; Cricit Mini, Cricut Craftroom, Cuttlebug, CB Embossing folder ( don't know the name) , CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge, Art Deco Cricut cartridge.

The Trick part of Trick or Treat

Good Morning fine people!
   I am participating in The 2nd Great Canadian Cricut Circle Swarm on the Circle Forums.Today is my day to submit a challenge. Sooo here goes....The Trick part of Trick or Treat
 1.  Steal an object from a family member, friend or neighbour ( for the faint of heart an object found in a thrift store will do in a pinch)
 2. Alter object using at least 2 Cricut cuts.
 3. Quietly and unnoticed return altered object to original owner/spot (if this is a thrift store find, gift it  unnoticed to someone ie. hang on neighbours fence porch, door etc..)
  Here is my stolen object, a mirror from DD bedroom she was very happy with my Trick!!
                                                           Have a Happy day, Hugs Lilygirl

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Mess on my Desk Challenge

This challenge was to make a card or tag using scraps and pieces laying around on your desk, and at least one Cricut cut. I used 5!! I made this fun little tag to give my husband on Father's Day (shhh... don't tell him). I used a white gel pen, rub-ons, brads, a eyelet, distress inks, word stickers, twine, and  a silver marker to embelish these left-over cuts!! Fun!!

Today's 2 hr Timed Challenge

Phew!! That was a rush!! Not sure if I like working under pressure!! This is what I came up with for the challenge. Today is a sketch challenge.

Color Challenge

Good Morning People!! This is the second day on the Cricut Circle Blog National Scrapbook Day Crop. I am excited to tell you all I won a challenge, the prize is a Cricut Cake Mini!! How sweet is that!! Thank you PC and the CC DT!! This morning's challenge was to use at least 2 Cricut cuts and the colors in this picture.These are great colors and what a nice picture!!
This is where this picture lead me. I made a gift box for my daughter to give a friend, We plan on filling it with nail files, nail polish, hand cream and nail clippers!!

Scavenger Hunt

This was fun!! I have completed the scavenger hunt!! We were asked to cut a list of items on our Cricuts!! Here are my cuts!!
We were also asked to cut and assemble a box. I decided to make it a box to hold my extra Cricut cuts in. The phrase is from the Circle exclusive cart Everyday Cricut and has been altered with my Gypsy!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Time Challenge

Here is my entry for the Letter Envy Challenge. These are Monogram wall art for our bedroom.

Another card for the Recipe Challenge

Helloooo!! I think this will be a record day for me for blog posts!! This card is also for the CC Recipe Challenge.

Recipe Challenge

Hi Everyone, I'm back!! Here is a card I made for the Recipe Challenge. I had way more than 3 cuts!! I hand stitched the button holes, used a butterfly,the color yellow and had 4 patterned papers. This card is for my mom!!

Art Inspiration Challenge

Hi Everyone!! Today there is a crop going on the Circle Blog!! This is a card I made for the Art Inspiration challenge. I used Paperlace and Martha Stewart's Elegant Cake. The flower flourish cut from MS is only one layer on the cart. I love to take pretty cuts like that and cut them out of 3 or more patterned papers and fussy cut them and layer them together!! Fun!! The paper is from Teresa Collins.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

I Love my Cricut!! Look what he has helped me to make!!

I made this piece of "functional art" to enter it into the challenge on the Circle Blog. This is what the challenge said   " Create a piece of wall art (canvas, art board, sign, vinyl directly on wall, framed art, shadow box, etc.). Use at least three colors."

This is what I started with!! It is magnetic board with hooks that was meant for a child's room.

And here is what I re-purposed it to!! I used my Cricut for adding all the fun shapes to cover the hearts and flowers on the top of the frame as well as on the little box. I love how this turned out!! It is hanging by our back door. It serves as a key hanger as well as a magnet board to put things I don't want to forget to take when I go to town eg: receipts for returns,  perscriptions to be filled etc. I also keep a pen there to write quick notes or reminders on the hidden post-its in the little book. Here it is!!!

 Here are some close-ups of the details.

I love this fish from  and the hibiscus flowers from.

Do you see the paper curl exposing a different pattern underneath?  Fun sea turtle and seahorse!!

These are the magnets.

The hidden post-it notes.

I used these materials and tools to alter this board: Cricut Expession, Gypsy, Tie the Knot, Splish Splash, Dreams Come True, Paper Dolls Dress-Up, Luau, Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue, Tim Holtz distressing tool, Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks (on metal hooks), Tim Holtz metal tag, TH Distress Ink, Pebbles Chalks, Sookwang Tape, Mod Podge, Alene's Quick Dry, Zig glue pen, TH metal corners, hat pin and Swarovski Cystal beads, Your Story paper trimmer, hair elastic, TH Tiny fastener, chipboard, bone folder, ATG adhesive, cricut sissors, Tattered Angels chipboard pieces, hot glue gun and sticks, clear embossing powder, Utee, heat gun, Exacto knife, TH tag and crystal charm., TH jump rings, eyelets, Imaginesce Crop-a-Dial, Glimmer Mist, Hot-fix metal bling, and the I-Rock.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Let's Get Sketchy Challenge #1

Hi everyone, It was a beautiful sunny but cool day here. I saw a few robins in the yard on my way to check the mail, spring must be getting closer!! I was able to complete a layout today for the first official challenge at Let's Get Sketchy I found a picture of the kids in our back yard from 2008. I have always loved this picture, the colors are so vivid.

 Here is the sketch we are to follow.

This was a fun sketch to work with as I was able to use many papers from the collection.

Supplies used -
Pink Paislee Hometown Summer 
Bazzil pale yellow cardstock
Yellow Stickles Cricut,
 Gypsy, Create a Critter, Gypsy Wanderings,Mother's Day Bouquet
  Distress Ink Scattered Straw
Zig Glue Pen
Tombow pen brown
Cuttle Bug and Embossing folder
Bakers twine

Monday, March 5, 2012

Let's Get Sketchy Spring Challenge

Good Morning Everyone!! It sure feels like this Winter is dragging on and on. I am really looking forward to Spring and to playing in my gardens. It looks like that will be a few weeks away yet as it is pretty soggy out there.... rain, rain, rain! I was happy to participate in this Spring inspired LO challenge over at Let's Get Sketchy. This is a non-sketch challenge where we are asked to use all of these pastel colors.
Fun Colors eh? I loved doing this challenge. I found a perfect set of pictures of my daughter and her cousin when they were both about two years old playing house on a really warm afternoon in June. So cute they were!! And, yes, they are "in the buff"!!

   Materials List Cardstock - Autumn Leaves Printed Paper - DCWV Flowers and Butterfly - Prima ATG adhesive mini brads and buttons from my stash. Computer and printer Cricut Expression, Gypsy, Martha Stewart All Occasion Cakes, Fabulous Finds. Cuttlebug and embossing folders. Cutter and blades.  

                                                                      Have a great Day!    Hugs, Colleen

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

An old Picture Frame gets a Make-Over!!

Hi Everyone, I am sharing a project I did using an old picture frame . I am entering this in the weekly challenge on the Cricut Circle Blog. The Challenge asked to use negative space from the Cricut cuts as well as a tag. This challenge is titled Thing We Love. I made this frame for my daughter and her favorite things in life right now are her friends. All cuts made on the Cricut expression. Frame is covered in paper to match.
  Materials Used: Paper is the Cottage Collection by Crate Paper Cardstock by American Crafts Glimmer Glam paint Lace (colored with Glimmer glam to match paper) I-Rock bling 10 x 13 square ATG adhesive Sookwang adhesive - Be Creative Cricut Expression and Gypsy Carts Used: Gypsy wanderings - dragonfly tag. MS Seasonal Cake - heart. Elegant Edges - butterfly, grid and squares. Hello Kitty Font - flower.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Let's Get Sketchy Impromptu Challenge

Hi Everyone,

 I have just finished a LO for Let's Get Sketchy Impromptu challenge. Here is  the sketch.

This is my take on it. This is a photo of my dad and daughter in 1999. Grampa loves his girl!!

The paper I used is Daily Junque from Pink Paislee. Cardstock is Colorbok and Core'dinations. I used my Gypsy and Cricut Expression for the following cuts;
Flourish - Straight From The Nest
Square frames -  Elegant Edges
Circles - Elegant Edges
Crest - Elegant Edges
also used in this LO , Momento Black Tuxedo ink, Tim Holtz Artistry Stamp - arrow
Fiskars Family stamp set - love. Stickles, Martha Stewart glass beads , spray adhesive, ATG gun Glue dots.
                Thank You for dropping in on me and have a wonderful day!
                                                                     Hugs, Colleen


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Week 2 Circle Challenge using Create A Critter

     For week 2 of the Challenge from the Circle message board we were asked to use Create A Critter. I needed to make a gift card holder.
    I chose the snake, with the birthday hat, and the ballon cut at  4".   I  used American Crafts City Park paper and off-white cardstock by Autumn Leaves.  Family Traditions flower punch .  Twinery twine and Basic Grey buttons.  Sentiment from Pink by Design`s Take the Cake.  Black pen and ink by Momento.
   It is hard to see by the picture but this card is shaped as a giftbag.  The flower punch at the side hides a slide-out for holding the gift card.

                    Thanks for looking and have a great day!
                                                                               Hugs,  Colleen

Cricut Circle Community Challenge - Use your carts

I, like many of the die-hard Cricut fans have neglected lonely carts sitting in boxes or on shelves that have never been used.  One of our Circle sisters came up with this challenge... Use a cart a week.  Brilliant idea!!  I'll play!!  This is a card made for week 1 using Sophie.  I love this Circle exclusive cart, one of the best ones IMHO.  

                                       Super fast and easy cards using Sophie.

Card open showing cut-out.
Card closed.

   I used American Crafts's City Park paper and off white Autumn Leaves cardstock for this card. The image from Sophie cut 2 x,  once on cardstock,  second on printed paper @ 4.75".  I stamped,  using Momento black ink,  a Hampton Arts Happy Birthday stamp on the cut-out from the cardstock.  I glued this stamped piece on top of the cut-out from the printed paper.  I lined this up on the card base making sure it was centered in the window, this made up the inside of my card.
 For the front of the card I carefully attatched the printed paper cut out to the cut out window.  I added buttons from Basic Grey and some twine from the Twinery. Voila!!  Easy!!  I think that you could use these instuctions for hundreds of quick and easy cards using most of Cricut`s cut-out type card cuts .  Thank you for droping in on me today.

                                             Have fun crafting!  Big Hugs, Colleen

Sketch Challenge for the Circle Blog

Good Morning Everyone,

  I have been busy crafting everyday for the past while but I've been amiss about posting my creations...working on this!!
 Today I will share a layout I did for the Cricut Circle blog's  February Magazine Challenge. The challenge was to use a sketch that was featured on a previous Circle Blog post. I chose a sketch used by Jillian Deiling Cassity. Here is the sketch Jill used and her layout .

by Jillian Deiling Cassity

                                                Here is how I used the sketch.
                                     This is our son Dustin standing in a crack of a really large rock.
                                        I flipped the sketch counter clockwise to fit the picture.

My layout using the sketch

 I used DCWV's Doodlin' Around for this LO.  There are many Cricut cuts on this page.
Clouds are from Create A Critter and Paperdolls For Everyday.
Trees are from Cindy Loo
Florishes and crest from Ashlyn's Alphabet
Flowers by Prima
Shimmerz Spritz - Pewter
Glimmer Mist -  Graphite
Thickers Letters
Basic Grey buttons
Distress Ink - Pumice Stone
Glossy Accents
My Mind's eye ticket
Phrases are cut from DCWV Doodlin' Around sheet.

Thank you for sharing time with me and checking out my latest project!
 Have a great day.

Biggest Hugs, Colleen