Sunday, April 20, 2014

Searching for Flowers

Spring is in the air, and spring always makes me think of flowers.  Here is one thing that you should know when using MyCutSearch.com to find the images on your Cricut cartridges . . . drop the "s".

When we set up the website we had to assign search terms, or what is called "tagging" each image.  If the handbook image JUST had one flower on it, then the search term we assigned to it was flower.  Like this page . . . .


This shows the cut for one flower, not a bunch of flowers.  If you wanted to cut several of them to make a bunch of flowers you could, but you will not find this image if you search for the word flowers.

We had to think in the most simple of terms when creating the site, so you have to make sure that you think like us . . . simple . . . when you do your searching.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Steal of the Day . . . We R Memory Keepers

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

More PEEPS

The other day I shared a card I created with some cute little PEEP bunnies I cut with my Pazzles machine out of the rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique.  Well, I thought of another cute way to use some more of these PEEPS.


I started with a frame that my daughter picked up when we were at CHA in January from the Deflect-o booth.  If you would like to see her post which includes a video, you can click HERE.

The thing I like about this frame is that it has this teal blue boarder already built into the frame.  If you place a photo right in the center it will look like you have it matted . . . or if you placed a larger photo in it, the outer edges of the image would have a soft teal blue shadow to them . . . pretty cool!


But you know me . . . I cannot just leave a frame like this alone!  I need to add something more to it.  I used some light purple ribbon from 3Girl Jam and wrapped that around the frame on the left side.  Then I added some PEEP shaped bunnies I cut out of the rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique.  I love that I can cut these, peel off the backing and stick them for instant sparkle anywhere!


The other nice thing is that since the bunnies are stuck onto the ribbon, and not the frame itself, I could slide the whole thing off after Easter is done and change it out with new embellishments for the next season.



Friday, April 4, 2014

Put a little HOP in your step!

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Welcome to the Crazy about Cricut Bday Blogaversary Bash Hop!  You should have arrived here from Shawnee's blog.  Make sure to go to http://crazyaboutcricut.blogspot.com/ to start at the beginning of this hop so that you don't miss any of the projects.

I had SO MUCH FUN making this card!

I am a fan of PEEPS . . . yes, those little sugar covered marshmallow bunnies that are everywhere this time of year.  As a child when my sister's and I would get our Easter baskets, we would always trade candy . . . I will give you this many of something I don't like for this many of something you don't like.  I always ended up with LOTS of PEEPS.

When I first received the new Hoppy Spring stamp set from Blue Moon Creations, I had visions of PEEP related projects.


For this card I started with some white paper and tapped of a portion of it.  Then I used a teal, pink and yellow ink to just randomly apply some color to the white paper.  Since it was taped off, I could smear and smudge my inks, and blend them into each other, but I knew that I would have a nice clean line when I removed the tape.

I used a stamp from the Hoppy Spring set to create the scalloped border edge, and another stamp from the same set for the It's Your Birthday sentiment.



Inside the card I stamped the sentiment Put a little HOP in your step.


I love how these PEEP bunnies sparkle!  I cut all of them on my Pazzles machine out of the rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique.

If you liked any of the products I used, I have provided links to the companies below for you.

Blue Moon Creations Website // Etsy

The Buckle Boutique's Website // Blog // Facebook Page // Twitter // Pinterest

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Chalkboard Paper and Sparkle

Have you ever tried working with Chalkboard paper?  I have a chalkboard paper stack from DCWV

There are some great patterns in this stack but there are also some pages that have just a boarder or a few accents on them, and then MOST of the page is blank so that you can write on the chalkboard portion of the paper.

When I think of chalkboards, the first thing I think of is school.  I have a sister who is a teacher, and when I saw the page from this stack with the tree and flowers that are drawn in a very simplistic, almost child like style, it made me think of projects you might see in a classroom this spring.


I went to the local craft store and they had frames on sale . . . buy one get one free!  I found 2 frames that were 12" x 12" so I could use one for this project and save one for another project.  I removed the glass since I wanted my sister to be able to write on the chalkboard portion of this project.


And of course, since I love my sparkle, I had to add a little bit to the sunshine.  This was really easy to do.  I just cut a scrap piece of my rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique with my scissors to the size of the inside of the sun.  If you wanted to you could cut the shape on scrap paper first to get the size and shape right.


There is already adhesive on the back, I just peeled off the backing and placed int inside the sunshine.

Then I "prepped" the chalkboard.  I had read online that when you do projects with chalkboard paint you need to prep the surface, so I was guessing that chalkboard paper would work the same way.  To prep it, you just take a piece of chalk and rub it all over the surface, then wipe it off.  I guess this helps the chalk stick to the surface better . . . it seems kind of strange to do, but I am sure there is a reason that it helps.  Hey, it is on the internet, so it must be true, right.



Then I wrote a simple message on the chalkboard for the photo.  My sister can hang this in her classroom and easily change it out with messages or reminders for the children.

For more information about the rhinestone sticker sheets used in this project, you can check out the following links . . .

The Buckle Boutique's Website // Blog // Facebook Page // Twitter // Pinterest

Paper from DCWV - DCWV Website // Blog // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Party Time!

Okay . . . talking to all of my Blogging Buddies out there . . . Have you ever made a project, taken the photos, loaded them onto your blog, maybe even STARTED a blog post and then totally forgot about the project for MONTHS only to find it still sitting in your "Drafts" folder?

Well that kind of sums up this post.  I THINK that this card was for my nephew's birthday . . . not this past birthday but the one BEFORE that.  OH MY!

I created this card by using a piece of bright yellow cardstock for the base.  Then I cut the rest of the card from one sheet of Paper Layers paper. If you have not used Paper Layers before let me explain it like this . . . have you ever put SEVERAL small pieces of paper onto your Cricut cutting mat, loaded it into the machine and then just arrowed around to the different color blocks to cut each layer of an image?  I do this all the time when I am making Disney projects . . . who wants to load and unload that mat JUST to cut one little pink tongue . . . no way!  Well, that is the idea behind Paper Layerz.  Each sheet has 9 color blocks with coordinating colors on it.  Load one sheet and have all of the colors you need.


That is exactly what I did with this card.  I loaded one sheet and just moved around to the different squares to cut each layer of this lion, and the phrase from my Create A Critter 2 cartridge.  Then when I unloaded the mat I had ALL of the pieces I needed ready to go . . . removed from mat and glue together . . . it really made putting this card together FAST.

Oh, and once I was done I added a few little dots of Viva Decor in two places.