Monday, March 28, 2011

Just a quick update....

I wanted to sign on really quick and let you know that I have been totally sick since I got back from Dallas.  Went to the doctor today...so hopefully with the new medication I will be on the road to recovery.  I have to go out of town this week for work, so as soon as I feel up to it and my creative juices are flowing again - I will be back.  Until then, hope you all are doing well.

~Cassandra

Monday, March 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Sister !!

Today is my sister's birthday....Happy Birthday to you!  Here's a picture of the super cute and simple card I made for her.


The cute little girl is cut from the Car Decals Cricut cartridge.  It's hard to see, but I used red Stickles on the her hair bows, the polka dots in her dress and on the flower.  There is also a simple red brad in the center of the flower from Making Memories.  The border punch is from EK Success.  The ribbon is from Michaels.  The sentiment is from My Pink Stamper - Family & Friends (one of my favorite stamp sets!)  And the background patterned paper is from Doodlebug Designs - Petite Prints.  Oh...and of course...I can't forget the googlie eyes :)

Hope you like it....Happy Birthday My Sister...I love you!!!
~Cassandra

Friday, March 18, 2011

Let the Stampede begin !!!

Well, I hope you enjoyed my little western Cricut town from my last post.  Now I'm going to show you the cute little treat bags that I plan to give away at the Stampede.  I made 150 of these little suckers!!!!


The bag itself is from the Plantin Schoolbook Cricut cartridge.  I distressed it a little with Tim Holtz - Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I tried to make it look like a WANTED poster by printing it out on vellum and doing a little penwork around the outside.  The Cricut bug head is from the Potpourri Basket Cricut cartridge - I did a little faux stitching around him to make him pop.   And the cute cowboy hat that I put on him is from the Old West Cricut cartridge, with a little bit of brown Stickles for the band.  Of course I don't think he would ever be as cute if he didn't have the googlie eyes...so I had to do those.  I tied a little bow with some jute.  And inside the bag I stuffed a cowboy handkerchief napkin from the Party City store.


On the back of the bag, I added the Texas state cut from the 50 States Cricut cartridge (I hope I put the little star in the right place for Frisco/Dallas - hee hee).  And then I printed out the date so that it could be a nice little keepsake.

Inside of course are some yummy little candy treats - but because it's starting to get hot already in Phoenix - it's not the traditional chocolate, I had to go with some alternates so that they wouldn't melt.  Hopefully they will be just as yummy.

Well, that's it for now...I'll see you back here next week...hopefully with some funny photos to share.  Have a great weekend y'all.
~Cassandra

It's a Stampede !!!!

Well the time is finally here...this weekend is the Cricut Stampede in Texas.  So, often times when you go to a weekend retreat like this and you stay at the hotel, many of the ladies (myself included - hee hee) get a little crazy and decorate their hotel room doors.  Here are some pics of what I plan to put on my door for the door decorating contest:


In Phoenix, AZ...we have our own little western town/tourist attraction called "Rawhide"...well, this is my little Cricut version.  Here are some close up pics:




All of the cuts in these 3 pictures are from the Old West Cricut cartridge.  To make the character really stand out, I used chalks to give it that old distressed look.





The super cute boy and girl Cuttlebugs are from the Cricut Everyday cartridge.  I added some stickles to the boy's handkerchief and and sweet little flower for the girl.  I also added a cute little ribbon to the tail of the girl's horse.  And once again...I love my googlie eyes.



Some other little notables:  The sun is from the Life Is A Beach cartridge...I used the Hide Contour feature on my Gypsy to remove the face on the sun and added both yellow and bronze stickles to make it shine.  I put a brad in the middle of the wagon wheel, as well as one for the door handle of the bunkhouse.  There is a little bit of jute that looks like real rope on the hitching post.  And in case you didn't see it.....I put a picture of me looking thru the window of the bunkhouse.

I'm not taking my computer with me to Texas, so I will post pics of my hotel room door when I get back.

Stay tuned.  In my next post, I will show you the cute little treat bags I made to give away at the Stampede.

~Cassandra

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Yippee!!! I won!!!

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!!!  I am so excited today...I'm leaving the house in just a few minutes to go to Dallas AND I found out that I won the Throwback Thursday Challenge for my card below!  Yay!!!  How cool is that?!?!  What a great way to start the weekend.  Thanks Emma!


Stay tuned for some fun projects I made for the Stampede this weekend.  See y'all soon!
~Cassandra

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

It's almost here....

In just a few short hours, I will be on a plane to Dallas, Texas for the Cricut Stampede.  Yee Haw!!  Stay tuned because I have some great posts coming up with pics of the projects I made for the whole event.  Hope you like them.  See you soon!

~Cassandra

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Another Sympathy Card...

I realized how hard it is to make Sympathy cards in a pinch, so I decided to post a pic of another card I recently made.


It's not the best picture, but hopefully you can see the detail good enough.  The hearts are from the George Cricut cartridge.  The cross is from the Easter 2010 Cricut cartridge.  The background squares are embossed with the Divine Swirls Cuttlebug folder.  The border is a Martha Stewart border punch.  The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday.  And of course I added Star Dust Stickles to the cross to give it that extra something.

Until next time...
~Cassandra

Friday, March 11, 2011

Gettin' silly with my Cricut!

Good morning everyone!  Today I have a silly-goofy project to share.  This month the Cricut Circle Magazine Challenge was to use the new Cricut Everyday cartridge "to make something that you would use to define yourself at a Meet-Up, Crop, Stampede or any other Circle event.  It can be a calling card, a tag, table decor or something to swap."  The only requirement is that it has to have at least 3 cuts from the Cricut Everyday cartridge.  Here's what I came up with in all my silliness:



I started with a goofy St. Patrick's Day headband I bought at Michaels.  Then I cut out a boy Cricut in our classic green color and a beautiful girl Cricut in pink.  Since I am planning to wear this at the Texas Stampede, I decided to give our handsome boy Cricut a cowboy hat cut out of glitter paper.  To make our beautiful girl Cricut even more dazzling....I added a cute pink bow and fake eyelashes...LOL...what a hoot! I gave them both some bling by using my I-Rock to add gems to their antennas.  Next, I cut out the "Love My Bug" phrase from the Cricut Everyday cartridge.  To suit my project - I snipped off the "My" and I also added an "s" from the Cherry Limeade cartridge - to spell "Love Bugs".  For extra silliness, I cut out four cartridge shapes and to them I added pink and blue Cricut Circle heads to symbolize their little loved ones.  And voila....I have my own little Cricut family :)  It's a little heavy - so we shall see how it holds up when I wear it at the Stampede, but for now - it's just too cute.  Hope you all have a great day...get out there and do something silly!

Until next time...
~Cassandra

Sunday, March 6, 2011

It's "Challenge Time" !

Hello again everyone!  This weekend I am entering the "Throwback Thrusday Challenge" and the "Let's Face It Friday Challenge".  The card I made actually works for both challenges.  For the "Throwback Thursday" challenge - you had to use any older cartridge and make sure your project had a St. Patrick's Day theme.  For the PKS - "Let's Face It Friday - Sew Super Cute" challenge - your project had to have real or faux stiching on it and of course include PKS faces.


The patterned/embossed background paper is from a My Mind's Eye paper stack called Spectrums.  The shamrocks are from the Designer's Calendar - Cricut cartridge.  The face for the shamrock on the left is from PKS - Everyday Character Face Asst.  And the face for the shamrock on the right is from PKS - Snow Cutie Face Asst.  The sentiment is from My Creative Time's - I Believe in Leprechauns.  The yellow cardstock is punched on two sides with the Martha Stewart's - Punch Around the Page - Loops Punch.  And the ribbon is from Michaels.  You can see the "faux stiching" around the shamrocks.   And I used a corner rounder on two corners of the sentiment.

Hope you had a great weekend - until next time...
~Cassandra

Thursday, March 3, 2011

R.I.P.

Rest In Peace ~ Mr. James Walton ~ March 3, 2011

Here's the card I made for my best friend's mother:



The vase is from the Potpourri Basket cartridge.  The cross is from the Easter 2010 cartridge ~ which I covered in Star Dust Stickles to make its beauty sparkle.  To make the lilies ~ for the flower itself I used the Sweet Treats cartridge and cut out the flame to the birthday candle.  I then folded the sides in toward the center and glued those down.  At the base of the flower is a heart from the George cartridge just folded around the bottom.  I then added a simple green strip for a stem and also cut out a simple yellow piece for that thingy inside the flower.  The ribbon is from Michaels.  The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday.  And the edges of the white cardstock I punched with a Martha Stewart border punch.  The words on the inside I came up with myself (hope they sound ok).

I know we usually always post the cheery good stuff...but today I lost someone special to me and my family and I wanted to share this with you as a reminder of what a wonderful hobby this is to help us cope in good times and in bad.

Until next time...
~Cassandra
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