Saturday, October 29, 2011

Altered Project for Saturday

I love going to garage sales and thrift stores because you never know what you will find. On the way home from visiting the grandchildren last weekend, my husband ask me if I wanted to stop..well duh yea! I found this wood box and an idea popped into my head after I found out the size was correct. When my olderest granddaughter was little, we bought her at a craft fair a box to keep her coloring books and crayons in and I thought this might make a nice one for my youngest granddaughter. In this picture you see it is still dirty, but it turned out great with a little cleaning and paint! I paid $1.50 for it. As I was looking around the store, here comes my husband with his arms loaded with stuff, you will see those in later projects, he is hooked!
This is how the box looked before the cleaning and painting , lots of dust and dirt!

I painted it with brown paint, which took a couple coats, I used some vinyl that I got from Expressions Vinyl in two colors of pink and green. I cut flowers from the Create a Critter cartridge and her name from the Hello Kitty Font cartridge. I got to digging in my craft stuff and found an unfinished pencil box from Kaiser Crafts and I gave it a coat of the same brown paint. On this I used cardstock for the letters and modge podge it because I figured it would get handled more with crayons in it.

Now this can go on her table so she can color and keep all her supplies handy! I hope she likes it.

You never know what you might find at the flea markets, yard sales, or thrift stores. I went again yesterday and came home with a bunch of cool stuff to alter for just $7.00....more projects in mind! Be sure to sign up to receive email when I do new projects!

Friday, October 28, 2011

PaperCutz Challenge #115

Todays challenge at PaperCutz is to use lots of leaves in a card, layout or papercraft without using the colors blue or green. I decided on a card for this project using the Art Philosophy cartridge and stamps. I also used some background paper from my stash in the Oliva line of Close to My Heart. I cut the leaves at 2 inches and stamped them with ink that made a tone on tone effect. I also had some little leaves cut from cricut I added. I used a punch from EK Success and cardstock from Bazzill. The stamp for the sentiment is from Hero Arts. Please join us this week for the challenge by following the link in the name and please come back tomorrow to see another project. I am really trying to show a new project daily!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A new card

Today I thought I would do a card in a style I saw in the new Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine. It is a British magazine that I love and not sure how I stumbled on getting a subscription, but so glad I did. It is really a cool magazine and you get freebies with each issue. I just cut my card 5.5 x 5.5 and then I cut a circle from my cricut fit to page to use as my guideline. For the top piece I cut it 5.25 x 5.25 and did the same thing. I made a template to keep out of chipboard to use for future cards. I used the paper from Close to My Heart in the Oliva collection, a leaf stamp from Hero Arts and ink from Close to My Heart. I stamped the leafs on some matching paper in the line and cut them out.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fall Scrapbook Pages

I need to challenge myself to create something each day if I have time. Today I did this two page layout for my granddaughter Mary-Kate's album from 2010 I am working on. With 3 grandchildren I am never caught up. I used some Close to my Heart paper called Oliva and the stamps that came with the kit. I also used the Cricut Alphabet for the title. I worked on some challenge projects for the blogs I contribute too, so I feel like I got something finished! Now we will see if I post tomorrow lol.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tuesday's Daily Project for Exploring Cricut

Today I have the daily project for Exploring Cricut and I created Fall blocks to decorate my mantle using the cartridge Cricut Alphabet that came with the new Expression 2 machine. I love this alphabet because it looks so elegant. The directions for this project are under the pictures. Be sure to stop by Exploring Cricut daily for new projects and join our challenge this week!

I had my husband cut wood blocks 3.5 x 4 x 1 inch and sand really good so that we had no rough edges. I based coated with brown paint and let dry. I cut paper to fit each block, front and back.

The paper I used was from a $1.00 package we picked up at Target last year and I used Modge Podge to adhere the paper to the wood block. A good tip I found was to lightly apply a coat of Modge Podge to your paper front first and let dry and it really helps keep the bubbles down. I then cut the Cricut Alphabet uppercase on the font 3 button at 3 inches. I cut it from brown cardstock and attached with Modge Podge. I also cut some small leaves to add to the corners around the letters. You can do these blocks for any occassion or holiday.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Exploring Cricut Challenge #2

This challenge we are focusing on the cartridge Celebrations over at Exploring Cricut. The image we are using is on page 111 the candy. I made a box with the designs. Below my pictures are the directions for my project. Please join us this week with your creation and be sure to check out all the DT members blogs for directions of their fabulous projects!!!

I got a paper mache box from Michaels or Hobby Lobby and gave it a base coat of white paint. I used Christmas paper for the top and the bottom of the box from Moxxie. I cut my candy for the sides of the box at 5 inches and I used some red fun flock to make the candy stand out a little. The top of the box is decorated with 10 inch cuts of the candy. I tied ribbons and added some trim. This was a fast project to make and will hold some candy for a gift at the holidays!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Paper Cutz Challenge In the Pink!

This weeks challenge at PaperCutz is to make a card, layout or papercraft for Breast Cancer Awareness. Can be pink and any other colors you choose. For my card, I used the cartridge Art Philosophy and Stand and Salute. I cut the card using the card feature on page 43 along with the top pieces. I also cut the ribbon from the Stand and Salute cartridge. I used paper from Michaels recollection line in brown, pink and white along with pearls from Basic Grey. Join us this week for your project.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Challenge #113 At PaperCutz this week

This weeks challenge at Papercutz is to use the shapes circles, diamonds, and stars in a Halloween theme card, layout or papercraft using any colors. I decided on a layout that will be perfect for one of the granddaughters Halloween this year. Please join us this week for our challenge and details of how I made this layout is under the picture. Be sure to stop by my other blog Exploring Cricut too!
Paper -Pink Paislee-Twilight collection
Bazzill cardstock
Recollections cardstock
green, orange, yellow, and purple stickles
ribbon from Walmart
Cartridges and Cuts:
Happy Hauntings-Haunted house cut at 7 inches
Witch cut at 3.5 inches
Title cut at 3 inches
Ghost (2) cut at 1.5 inches
Frame9 cut at 11.25 inches and cut in pieces

October 31- Moon cut at 1.5 inches

George Circles cut at 1.5 inches
Diamonds cut at 1.5 inches
Stars cut at 1.25 inches

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Daily Challenge over at Exploring Cricut

This is the daily project over at Exploring Cricut for Tuesday. My project is focusing on the cartridge Stand and Salute. I used the ribbon image on page 31 and created a picture for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Below is the instructions on how I created my project today.
Cut ribbon on page 31 Stand and Salute at 3 inches for shadow and cut and one small one at 1.5inches.
I used the cartridge Home Decor for the title Hope and you can find that on the last row button 3 and it was cut at 3 inches
Unfinished frame from Walmart painted white
Paper - Kaiser Crafts Blushed line called Devotion
Pearls-Basic Grey
Jewels- Kaiser Craft
Glitter paper-Darice
Foil paper-American Crafts
Flower -from stash
Mod Podge

Monday, October 10, 2011

Exploring Cricut Challenge

I loved the first challenge we had at the new Exploring Cricut blog. It is using the cricut cartridge Art Philosophy from Close to My Heart. The image is on page 43 and is the square 3 and we used at least 2 of the many flowers on the cartridge too. I hope you will join us this week for the challenge and we will be giving a great prize too! Below is my directions for this layout.
Materials Used:
KaiserCrafts English Rose Collection
Bazzill and Recollections cardstock
Martha Stewart Punch
Buttons and ribbon in stash
Square 3 page 43 cut at 10 inches
Flowers on page 68- one at 4 inch and one at 5 inch
Flower on page 69- one cut at 5 inch
Easter title -Font cut at 1.25

Saturday, October 8, 2011

New Blog to Announce!

Stop over to my new blog Exploring Cricut and meet the Design Team! Monday we will start a great challenge and daily projects will be showcased using those cartridges that we all have been collecting!

Friday, October 7, 2011

This is the fun challenge at Papercutz this week. It's called "Keeper of the Crows" and you are to make a card, layout, or papercraft using a scarecrow in the colors orange, black, brown, yellow, blue and white only. My little scarecrow would not scare anyone because he is just too darn cute! I made my own background paper using tone on tone with a leaf stamp from GinaK designs and CTMH ink. I used the cartridge Smiley Faces and my PeachyKeen stamps. Please join us this week for our challenge and stop by my blog Saturday for some news!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

World Card Making Day!

Today is World Card Making Day and I did manage to get a few cards done. I had good intentions on starting early, but had a unexpected, but pleasant visitor. My friend Emily came in the afternoon and we whipped up a few cards. I need to get my card supply replenished instead of making them as I need them!

This card is like one I made for my own grandson Cameron a few years ago and a friend wanted me to make her nephew Cameron one too! I am going to enter this one in the Cricut blog . Hope you got some great cards done too!!!