Tuesday, August 31, 2010

My Perpetual Calendar

Hi, I love small desk calendars, but hate buying one every year.  I love my Cricut, and got some coasters from a local restaurant and thought, I can do this!  So with the help of stuff from my stash, and my Storybook cartridge I made this sweet little Calendar!

For the recipe ... I used 2 4x4 inch coasters that I covered with paper from DCWV  "Flower Power Spring Pack", what pretty paper! The letters and numbers were all cut using the Storybook cartridge.  Each month is done in a different color, to reflect the month.  The letters are cut in black to help me see them quickly!
The binding was done with my Bind It All and the wire is 3/4 inch white. Decorations... I hit the stash and found flowers, bling, jewels and used some Stickles... because everything is better with Stickles!

Here's a shot from the side. I have seen online may calendars with 2 more sets of Owires to act as a base... but I like this.  I used ribbon that was 2 1/2 inches and attached with some of the best glue around Its called Fabri-Tac.  It stands without problems and is very quick drying.

I am currently working on a mini vacation album... when I get a little further on with it I will post pictures!

Hope you are staying cool.. It is hotter than hot here!  Type soon!!!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Coffin Treat Box and more creative crafts projects, templates, tips, clip-art, patterns, and ideas on marthastewart.com

Coffin Treat Box and more creative crafts projects, templates, tips, clip-art, patterns, and ideas on marthastewart.co

I love Martha Stewart and think that she and her design team come up with some really amazing stuff. This time, it's something just in time for you to start crafting before Halloween gets here!

If you didn't get the Happy Hauntings Cricut Cartridge this is just for you! Its a Halloween Coffin Treat Box. On her site you can watch a video on how to put it together and a template for you to download with instructions. To quote Martha, "I'ts a Good Thing"

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Cards, Cards, Cards

I metioned before that I have been busy creating cards and here are a few more of the cards that I've been working on. This first card is a Triple Tier Card that I found on line. I don't remember the site address, but the idea is not my original one. I did enjoy making this one and it is a quick card to make ... when you push the top 2 tiers inside the card it fits well into an A2 envelope!

I love this card! It's a combination of a slider card and an easile card. 3 basic pieces and your done. Its a nice card that when made into larger format can house a picture when you slide the pull tab up.
I have seen this card demonstrated several times on Youtube and thougt I don't know... I don't think I could do that.. but one day I wanted something for my desk that would remind me of my dogs. I decided to give this a try and here we are! and you know what??? Its not hard to do at all and was quick. The problem with my card? I hand cut the images from card stock and that took a long time!

Ahhh... You know on some of the cricut cartridges that are trees and such that you can make "3D" by slicing up the center to the middle of the image and then doing the same on the second piece and connecting them to create the tree or whatever? Well this is what I did with the card. It can be decorated on 4 sides and stand on its own.

Ok, let me know what you think! I love comments and ideas. So post a comment, I read every one!
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Friday, August 20, 2010

AC Moore Midnight Madness in the evening!

Check out the link above for a great coupon for 25% off you regular priced items at AC Moore on Sunday from 6-9pm!

Not quite Midnight but savings is savings!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Amazon.com: Cuttlebug Machine for Die-Cutting and Embossing with Bonus Tool Kit: Kitchen & Dining

Amazon.com: Cuttlebug Machine for Die-Cutting and Embossing with Bonus Tool Kit: Kitchen & Dining

Wow... what a great price for this bundle. It comes with a paper trimmer and scissor set. It's only 39.99 and because of Amazon's shipping policy it ships FREE! Yes, that's right Free 2 day shipping. This is a great deal. Oh... Its the very pretty Blue! Not the original green Cuttlebug.

So check out the above link and save a bunch!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Great Deals at AC Moore

Hi! Just checked out AC Moore's flyer for this week and noticed that they are having a great special on Rubber Stamps. Wood and Clear BOGO FREE... Yup... Buy one get one free.. that is awesome. There are some sets that I would love to have and I just got my 2 yes thats right 2 10.00 coupons from AC Moore so I am 20.00 ahead of the game! YooHoo!!!!! See you there!!!

And for those of you that like to shop with coupons, this weeks AC Moore coupons for you to print out!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Show Products - CreateAndCraft

Show Products - CreateAndCraft

Have any of you been to this site? Its a site for a shopping channel in England. Why would you watch it you ask... Because, they do really good DEMOS! Yes, step by step demos of the products and techniques that are needed to create the cards, layouts and other goodies at home.

Now you can buy from them here in the States.. but the shipping will make it almost impossible... but hey...Its worth taking a peak just to see a few good demos..

OH and did I mention that this shopping channel is all about Crafting? No, ooops.. sorry ... it is and that is the hook for me that keeps me going back to see what they are doing next!

Card and scrapbook crafting over there is a bit different than here and its nice to see what people from "away" (that's a Maine term) are doing!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Cricut Saturday

What?  How long has it been?  I don't know and I don't want to think about it. I am just moving on!!!

Its Saturday and I have been busy over the past few months, (I know, I wasn't going to mention time.. but hey it happens).  I have been ill... had surgery... have gotten better and have been scrapping and card making.  

I have so many projects to share with you but I will start with the 2 latests and work my way backwards with a sprinkle of new projects as I go along until I'm caught up. 

A while back (there goes that time thing again!) I posted about sketches for layouts. Well my focus has changed a bit since then and I am totally into cards at the moment.  I needed something to help me focus my efforts and keep my sketches in one place. So, I created my Sketch Book.

One sheet of Bo Bunny card stock (Petal Pushers- Posies) cut to 11 1/2 x 9 1/2 with the corners rounded with the 1/2" side of the Corner Chomper. Letters were cut with my Cricut using the Cuttin' Up cartridge. Letters were cut at 2 1/2".

The Insides.....

I drew three boxes that are 2.5" x 3" with maybe .5" space between them and enough room on the bottom and top for quick notes about embellies and other goodies that I would like to add to the card. Now, this paper is regular computer paper taken right from my printer. Folded in half, there are 6 sheets, I tried more but found that it didn't lay nicely when closed so I came up with the 6 sheets. 

If you're interested, I can send you a PDF of the inside sheet that you can just print out for your book. Leave a comment with your email address and I will send it out to you!

Project #2

I LOVE Splitcoaststampers.com and stop in often to see what new projects they have posted often. What a great site for inspiration!  So, one day while feeling that I needed a little inspiration I stopped in and saw this Click here  a lovely card box, and had to try it. Now, when you look at it don't be scared off by the number of steps or the amount of tools they say you need. It's not as bad as it looks and it's a full day project if you don't sit and do this alone for the day... but if you take your time the end results are more than worth it... 

There is my version made with K& Company's Designer paper. I think it only took 4 sheets of 12x12 to complete this, the cards were extra ... 

The cards were cut with A Child's Year Cartridge for the Cricut and the ladies were cut from the Forever Young Cartridge. Misc images were cut from the Storybook Cartridge as well as the word addresses on the address book. I love making things that leave you feeling like you have done good work and this was one of them!

Ok... I am going to do it.. Talk about the new Cricut machine... The Imagine. This video from Obsessedwithscrapin on Youtube is one of the best I've seen. Lots of good information and detail.

I am not sure what I think of this new rendition of the Cricut.  It is not an increase in cutting size, I was hoping to see a machine that would truly allow for actual 12x12 cutting not the 11.5x11.5 we have currently with the Cricut. 
The printing has it major advantages. You can customize your color choices for background papers and print. this is great... but I have a large format printer and can print anything I want with it for background paper and use that in my scrapbooks or cut out the papers with my Cricut. 

The one thing that I will be getting are some of the new mats when they are out. they are supposed to have better adhesive, and last longer. That would be a nice change.. Although I take good care of my mats, cleaning them often with baby wipes (the kind without oils or lotions)  and have only used 2 in the 9 months that I have had my Expression.

I am a huge tool girl.. and am usually first in line saying I WANT that or I NEED this.. but I am not feeling this with the new Imagine. Maybe as time goes on and I see what people are doing with it I might have to give in and start a Imagine account so that I can get one (I save for everything .. I don't do credit cards).. but the jury is still out on this.  There are 2 other Cricut machines that are due out this year ... so I am not going to put all my eggs into the Imagine basket just yet!

Let me know what you think of this machine... I'm interested in hearing what you think.