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


A Valentine Card for my Son

 Hi Everyone!!

  I made this simple card for my son for Valentine's Day. I chose Echo Park's Your Truly paper line for these cards.

                                                                                                                                                                              And this is the one I made for my daughter!
Hope you all had a great Valentine's Day!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Check out my Valentine Mailbox!!

  Hi Everyone,
   I made a mailbox candy holder for my family for Valentine's Day. I filled it with Kisses and Hugs!!
It is my entry for the Cricut Circle Monthly Challenge. The Challenge asked to make a homemade gift using at least 2 Cricut cuts ... I used 19 !

Materials and tools used:

Cricut Expression, Gypsy. Hearts cut from; Create a Critter,  Damask Decor,  Doodlecharms,  Disney Princesses:Dreams Come True,  Everyday Pop-Up Cards , and Formal Occasion.  Hearts cut at 1.5 and 2 ".
Cuttlebug and folders - Candyhearts, Swiss Dots, Paisley, Stripes, Small Hearts, Valetines, Music Notes, Butterfly, Candy, Songbird. ( I am sure that these are not the correct name for all the folders, only a description, wish PC would include names on folders...hint hint )

Paper is Yours Truly from Echo Park 12 x12 and 6 x6.
Pink and Red Cardstock by Bazzill

Other supplies used;
Shimmering Paints, Red/white twine,  pink/white twine, made in China paper mache mailbox, red heart button, Stampin-up Real Red ink, Copic R17 Lipstick Orange, Versa Color  White ink pad, mini gems, Tim Holtz Distress ink - Seedless Preserves, Momento- Tuxedo Black, Glimmer Mist Rum Punch, Glimmerz Spritz-Carribean Sunset and Cotton Candy, Inkadinkado Stamps- Hearts.

Thanks for sharing in my craftiness and have a great day!! Hugs, Colleen

Monday, February 13, 2012

Let's Get Sketchy Challenge

Hi folks!!
  Have you ever done a challenge and were not happy with the results? That happened with me on Saturday, I just felt my page was so unbalanced so I've re-done the challenge!! I flipped the sketch and this is what I've come up with.

                The Sketch

                          My Page.


                              I am happier with the result  this time, what do you think? Saturday`s or today`s ? .

 Supplies List
   Glitz Papers Audry
   C`oredinations  Black/Pink
   Bazzill Grey dark Grey
   Cricut, Gypsy, Forever Young, Wall Decor and More
   ATG Gun
   Stickles Firefly and  Pink

          Thanks for dropping in on me again, Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Colleen

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Another challenge completed!! But not happy with this one.

Hi everyone,
  I had a chance to create another page today. This one is for the mini sketch challenge at Let's get Sketchy.

                      I followed this sketch.

Here is my page

    I'm not really happy with the way this one came out, I think I will re-do this challenge I love the sketch...                                                                                                                     

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Don't You Just Love Sketch Challenges?

Good Morning People!!
  Just a quick note to tell you of a great new sketch site called Lets Get Sketchy founded by the very talented She She. This is a brand new site with much promise and a great new design team. It will be up and running March 5th. Please go check them out, put your name in for a give away and play along with the mini-challenge which is up right now.  Off to my scraproom to put together my LO for the challenge.  Have fun today!
                                                                 Hugs, Colleen

Friday, February 10, 2012

Colorful Creations Sketch Challenge

Hi folks!
   I am back with another layout to share.I have done this LO from a Sketch at Colorful Creations. It is a newly found site for me that hosts great sketch challenges.


  Here is the sketch.


                     Here is my take of it.

These pictures are from a trip my husband and I made to Vancouver Island in the summer of 2009. The sea lions were colonizing to breed. It was fun to watch the big males trying to keep his harem in line and safe from the amores of the other males. They were all so noisy we could hardly each other speaking.

Supplies used: Paper is Time Piece by Bo Bunny
Grey, grape and rust Bazzill cardstock
Prima bling
Cream and sable crotched ribbon from the dollar store
Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam Chipboard and glimmer mist
Tim holtz Distress inks
Cricut ,Gypsy, and Hannah Montana cartridge for the letters.

Thank you for dropping in to check my blog!! Have a great day!!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Bump in the Night

Hi again yes, I'm back!!  I wanted to share with you my latest layout I did from a sketch for  Let's Get Sketchy  It is a brand new site with a lot of promise!! They are looking for members for their design team so I thinking I may have a chance!! I only ran across this great site a couple nights ago but I knew I really wanted to go for it, so here it is the sketch,

and here is what I did with it,

Supplies used :   October Afternoon's Night Light paper and stickers
 Bazzil orange and navy cardstock
 Cricut Expression, Gypsy, and the Elegant Edges cartridge.
 Ranger's Sticky backed Canvas.
 October Afternoon's Spinklers - Strawberry Creme
 Shimmerz Paints Shimmeringz - Gold Cox
 Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Bahama Blue
 Shimmerz Paints Spritz - Chikadee
 Smooch Spritz - Gingersnap
 3 Girls Jam Binder Ribbon - Harvest Gold
 Cosmo Cricket's Gloobers Prima Say it in Crystals
 ATG Tape Gun
 misc letter stickers from my stash
 fine black marker

  I loved making this layout and it will forever remind me of how my girl dreaded sleeping without her night-light on. Thanks for checking in and enjoying my craft with me!! Colleen

My Canvas Paperbag Mini

Hi Everyone,
 It has been sometime since I posted so I thought I'd share some of what I've been crafting. This is a mini that I made for my husband. He was quite impressed which made me happy!  The canvas-covered paper bag album is not my design but something I learned from watching Laura Denison's You tube videos. She is the mini album Queen!! Here is a link to her video  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAcsKl87Ryg
The rest of the album is all from my imagination!!  I had fun using all the different applications, elements and symbolism . So here it is!!

Fun eh?  To list all I used making this mini would take a lot of thought but I will try.
 The paper I used is from DCWV  Tattered Time and misc cardstock. I used raw canvas for the cover which I covered with Gesso and then painted black and gold. The album consists of 8 paper bags.  I used my Cricut for most of the die cuts. Most cuts are from French Manor and Ornamental Iron. The 2 stick-pins on the cover I made myself with corsage pins and beads.Of course the Tim Holtz stamped images, inks, dies, coupons and charms added a lot to my album. Lace, chipboard shapes, brads, metal embellishments and some wood stamped images and adhesives from my stash. I even ran the packaging from one of my Cricut cartridges through my Cuttlebug and used it in this album. Now to get the pictures in!!
       I can't wait to make my next mini.....a girly one next time!!
   Thanks for taking the time to check out my project. Have a great day, Colleen