Tuesday, June 28, 2011

It's a Giveaway !!!

Hello everybody!  It's time for my very first giveaway.....WAHOO!!!  It's only been a little over 4 months since I started my blog - and I totally can't believe it, but last week I hit 100 followers!!! WOW!  So in order to celebrate and to THANK all of you who come to peek at my creations ~ I have decided to have a giveaway.  Here's a look at the Giveaway Goodies:

 
First up.....everyone's favorite....a Cricut Toolkit----in PINK!!!


Next, an Old West ~ Cricut cartridge....giddy-up!


And last but not least, to help you celebrate the Fourth of July, how about a Stars ~ Cuttlebug folder.

Now, in order to participate...Make sure you are a follower of my blog.  Next, leave a comment on this post telling me which projects you have enjoyed seeing so far or what kind of projects you would like to see next.  And make sure you include a way for me to contact you.  I will post the winners on Monday ~ July 4th.

And THANK YOU again to everyone!  I never imagined that having a blog would be so much fun.  See you again soon...

~Cassandra

Monday, June 27, 2011

Cricut Circle Blog ~ Weekly Challenge #35

Back again with another challenge entry.  This time it's the Cricut Circle Blog ~ Weekly Challenge #35: Patriotic Pride Challenge.  The rules for this challenge:  Whether you are from the United States, Canada, Australia or somewhere else, we want you to show us your Patriotic Pride with this next challenge!  Create any type of project (scrapbook layout, card, home decor...it's up to you) showing off your patriotic spirit.  Your project must be newly created for this challenge and must include at least 2 Cricut cuts.

Here is my entry:


The solid color cardstock is from Recollections.  All of the pattern paper (the stars background, the red accordian flowers and the blue USA letters) are from the We R Memory Keepers ~ Yankee Doodles paper collection.  The stars are cut from the Stand & Salute ~ Cricut cartridge.  The hats are cut from the Independence Day ~ Cricut cartridge.  The USA letters are cut from the Cuttin' Up ~ Cricut cartridge.  And the red scallop circle behind the USA are cut with a Marvy Uchida punch.


In order to give the red accordian flowers some decorative edges, I used the EK Success ~ Scalloped Scallop border punch along one side of the 1 1/2 x 12 inch red strip.


I also added a little highlighting with a white ~ Sakura Gelly Roll pen and a black ~  Zig Writer pen.


One little tip....sometimes when I don't like the size of the shadow cut around the letters - instead of centering the letter in shadow, I will offset the letter from the shadow to the right.  I usually do this when I feel like the shadow is too thin around the edges.


Well that's my Patriotic Pride entry.  Hope you like it.  And I hope you all have a wonderful Fourth of July weekend!   Make sure and come back tomorrow for a special announcement...

~Cassandra

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Throwback Thursday Challenge!

Hello everyone!  It's time for another challenge with My Creative Time.  It's the Throwback Thursday ~ "Cricutless Challenge".  The rules for this challenge:  Follow the sketch below.  You are not allowed to use your Cricut, Imagine, E2 or Gypsy.  You can use your punches and/or Cuttlebug.  


The minute I saw this sketch I knew exactly what I could do...but I must say - not using your Cricut is sooooo hard!!!  Here is my card:


The border is created from the Martha Stewart - Punch Around the Page ~ Loops punch.  The background paper and the beautiful butterflies are from the Basic Grey ~ Ambrosia collection.  The scallop circle is a Marvy Uchida punch.  And the sentiment is from the Technique Tuesday ~ Little Sentiments stamp set


I cut out the two individual butterflies from a sheet full of butterflies.  I love to do this!  I popped them up to give them dimension.  I also added some bling with my Imaginisce ~ I-Rock for that extra sparkle.

Well, that's my latest Challenge entry...hope you like it.  See you next time.

~Cassandra

Friday, June 24, 2011

It's "Challenge Time" !

Today I am entering the Cricut Circle ~ June Monthly Challenge: On the Road Again.  The rules for this challenge:  Create a project of your choice that will help you or your kids on that long summer road trip.  It can be a travel game, travel activity, organizer, snack holder, whatever.  But your project must include at least 2 Cricut cuts.

When my husband and I go on vacation, I always take a little notebook or journal to document the details, the memories and the funny stories along the way.  Here is a quick journal I made for this challenge....makes me want to go on vacation!!!


The actual journal is a simple little 6x9 notepad I got at Walmart for .97 cents (what a bargain!!!)  The pattern paper is from Fancy Pants Designs ~ Beach Bum collection (isn't it just perfect?!?!?)  The sun is cut from the Life is a Beach ~ Cricut cartridge.  **Note that I used my Gypsy and the "Hide Contour" feature to remove the face of the sun.  The word "travel" is cut from the Graphically Speaking ~ Cricut cartridge.  The words "my" & "journal" are stamped with letters from the Technique Tuesday ~ Avalon letters stamp set.  The orange ribbon is from my stash.  And the pen....shhhhh...it's one we "borrowed" from a Radisson hotel (hee hee).

That's it - a super quick and easy project.  Hopefully it gives you a good journaling idea for your next vacation.  Happy summer!

~Cassandra

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

It's a Diaper Cake !!!

So here is my latest big project....it's a Diaper Cake!  Until recently, I had never even heard of such a thing.  Then, several weeks ago I found the Erin Lee Creative blog.  Erin is on the Design Team for Peachy Keen Stamps...that's how I found her.  And as I was going thru her videos, I found a video she made on how to construct a Diaper Cake.  If you are a visual person like I am - "how to" videos help out a lot.  So if you want to see a demonstration on creating a Diaper Cake...go check out her video.

My BFF's brother is having a baby girl in a few weeks, so here's my very first Diaper Cake that I made for his wife's baby shower:


For the "platter" - I used a cardboard cake circle that I bought at Joanns.  And then I covered it with the cutest baby girl fabric also from Joanns.  I used a total of 64 newborn diapers in the cake.  The bottom layer has 37 diapers.  The second layer up has 19 diapers.  The third layer up has 7 diapers.  And the top layer has just the one diaper.  To hide the rubber bands that are holding all the diapers together in each layer, I used a brown satin ribbon from Offray.  And in order to give the cake some stability (during it's travel time in the car) I used a wooden dowel from Michaels which I put thru the center of each layer.  Also around the bottom layer are several travel size baby products: baby wash, baby shampoo and baby lotion.

Here are some close up pictures and directions for each Cricut cut on the cake.  All the colored cardstock are from Recollections.  Let's start with the bottom layer - it has six images:


The bear is cut from the Create A Critter ~ Cricut cartridge.  The sparkly flower with a pearl center and the necklace of pearls are from Recollections.  I added some cute pink cheeks with chalk and stitching around the edges with a white ~ Sakura Gelly Roll pen and a brown ~ Zig Writer pen.


The lion is cut from the Create A Critter ~ Cricut cartridge.  I added the cute pink cheeks with chalk and the pen stitching around the edges to define the layers.  I also added some yellow ~ Stickles to the ears and the tail.


The elephant is cut from the Create A Critter ~ Cricut cartridge.  I did the same pink cheeks, pen stitching around the edges and the sparkly flower with a pearl center from Recollections.  I also added some cinnamon ~ Stickles to the tail. 


Next is the good old rubber ducky.  This cutie is cut from the Baby Steps ~ Cricut cartridge.  I added pen stitching around the edges and some yellow ~ Stickles on the beak and the wing.


The hippo is cut from the Create A Critter ~ Cricut cartridge.  I added the same pen stitching around the edges.  For the flower - I added a mix of yellow & frosted lace ~ Stickles; and for the center I added a brad from Making Memories.


Our final critter on the bottom layer is this giraffe.  It's cut from the Sugar & Spice ~ Cricut cartridge.  I added the cute pink cheeks and the pen stitching around the edges.  I also added cinnamon ~ Stickles to the tail and the horns on the top (wasn't sure what those were called LOL but I looked it up and yes they are called horns).

Now for the layer second from the bottom, which also has six images:


These cute baby blocks are cut from the Stork's Delivery ~ Cricut cartridge.  I added pen stitching to give each block some definition.  And I added cinnamon ~ Stickles and fruit punch ~ Stickles to give the letters some sparkle.


The baby bottle is cut from the Baby Steps ~ Cricut cartridge.  I added pen stitching to define the layers.  And I added fruit punch ~ Stickles to the dark pink areas, and a mix of yellow &  frosted lace ~ Stickles to the stem of the flower and the rubber top.


This cute little baby toy is cut from the Baby Steps ~ Cricut cartridge.  More pink cheeks, pen stitching and yellow & fruit punch ~ Stickles.


The baby carriage is cut from the Stork's Delivery ~ Cricut cartridge.  I added pen stitching to define the layers and fruit punch ~ Stickles on the bow for the extra sparkle.
  

The sippy cup is cut from the Baby Steps ~ Cricut cartridge.  More pen stitching and fruit punch, yellow & frosted lace ~ Stickles.


The cute lollipop is cut from the Stork's Delivery ~ Cricut cartridge.  The center brad is from Making Memories and of course more pen stitching and fruit punch ~ Stickles.

Ok...almost done....LOL...now moving up to the third layer from the bottom - there are four images on this layer:


First up, this super cute teddy bear rattle.  It is cut from the Baby Steps ~ Cricut cartridge.  It has the cute pink cheeks, pen stitching around the edges and fruit punch ~ Stickles.


The safety pin is cut from the Sugar & Spice ~ Cricut cartridge.  It has pen stitching and fruit punch ~ Stickles.


The pacifier is cut from the Baby Steps ~ Cricut cartridge.  More pen stitching and a mix of yellow & frosted lace ~ Stickles.


Another safety pin - just a different color.


And last but not least is the top layer of the cake and the stork.....he is cut from the Sugar & Spice ~ Cricut cartridge.  It has pen stitching and both yellow & cinnamon ~ Stickles.  And since they will be naming their little bundle of joy "Rylee" - I stamped the letter "R" on the baby bundle.  The stamp is from the Technique Tuesday ~ Start Me Up: Addison stamp set.


Well that's it......my very first Diaper Cake!  My pictures don't even come close to how cute it is in person.  I almost hated to give it away LOL.  Hope you enjoyed it.

I have no idea what my next big project is, but I will be back soon with more cards and Challenge entries.  Have a great week everyone!

~Cassandra

Monday, June 20, 2011

I WON - I WON - I WON - I WON !!!!!!

I can't believe it !!!!!  Remember the giant Father's Day Card I made for the Cricut Circle Blog & Imaginsice contest???  It won!!!  And guess what I won.......THE NEW E2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Plus a bag of goodies from Imaginisce!!!!  WAHOOOOOOOOOO!!!!  Thank you so much to all the folks at Provo Craft, the Cricut Circle and Imaginisce.  This is soooo exciting---I have been dancing around all day.  YIPPEEEE!!!!

Stayed tuned....I have pics of my most recent big project coming up shortly...you don't want to miss it!

Have a great week!

~Cassandra

MPS ~ Birthday Crazy - Card Challenge

Hello everyone!  My Pink Stamper posted a fun Birthday Card Challenge, so I decided to make a birthday card for a friend of mine who loves gnomes.  Here is my entry:


The green, orange, and yellow cardstock are from Bazzill.  The brown, tan, black, white and offwhite cardstock are from Recollections.  The background shape is cut from the Elegant Edges ~ Cricut cartridge.  All the other cuts are from the Freshly Picked ~ Cricut cartridge.  The sheer orange ribbon is from my stash.


I used a brown ~ Color Box chalk ink to ink up the sign and make the dirt look a little more real.  The sentiment is from My Pink Stamper's ~ Sweetest Cupcakes stamp set.  And the cute flowers are actually individually cut from a ribbon of felt-like flowers I had in my stash.  I think they look so cute like that!  The only other thing is a little pen stitching with a brown ~ Zig Writer pen.

I'm all done with the big project I've been working on....so hopefully I will have a post with pictures to share really soon.. See you all then :)

~Cassandra

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Peachy Keen Stamps ~ "Let's Face It Friday" Challenge

Back again with another Challenge entry.  This time it's PKS ~ "Let's Face It Friday" Challenge: Patriot Project.  The rules for this challenge: Create a patriotic card representing your country. That's right - time to celebrate wherever you live!  That means the U.S., Mexico, Canada, South America, Africa, Austrailia, Europe, Asia - we want to see your country's colors too!  Design must be new and must include Peachy Keen Faces.

Here is my creation:


The solid color cardstock is from Recollections.  The pattern paper is from Best Creation, Inc.  The stars are cut from the George & Basic Shapes ~ Cricut cartridge.  All of the faces are from Peachy Keen Stamps.  The face on the red star and the face on the blue star are from the PKS ~ Everyday Character Face Assortment.  The face on the white star is from the PKS ~ Simple Sallies Face Assortment.  The "Happy Fourth" sentiment is from My Pink Stamper's ~ Happiest Moments stamp set.


I did some pen stitching around the stars with a white ~ Sakura Gelly Roll pen and a black ~ Zig Writer pen.  And I used pop dots under the stars to give them a little dimension.

That's it....another creation with Peachy Keen cuteness :)  See you next time...

~Cassandra

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Cricut Circle Blog ~ Weekly Challenge #34

Hi everyone!  I'm working on another big project right now ~ so until that's all done and I have pictures to share, I will show you a card I made for the Cricut Circle Blog ~ Weekly Challenge #34: Father's Day Card Sketch Challenge

The rules for this challenge:  make a Father's Day card using the sketch provided and include at least 2 Cricut image cuts.

Here's a picture of the sketch:


 And here's the Father's Day card I created based on the sketch:


The cardstock is from Recollections.  The background shape is cut from the Elegant Edges ~ Cricut cartridge.  The super cute father & daughter are cut from the Car Decals ~ Cricut cartridge.  The sentiment is from My Pink Stamper's ~ Happiest Moments stamp set.  I did some pen stitching with a white ~ Sakura Gelly Roll pen and a brown ~ Zig Writer pen.  I added some cute little gems to the little girl's pony tails and under the sentiment.  And of course...I had to add the cute googlie eyes. 

Be back soon with another Challenge entry and......my other big project as soon as it's done :)  Until next time...

~Cassandra

Friday, June 17, 2011

Father's Day card

Here is a super quick Father's Day card for my Father In Law.  It's kinda girly, but I had to make it in a pinch.  We got our family calendar all messed up, so we had to celebrate Father's Day early...and I soooo wasn't ready.  But I still like the card - even though it's not masculine enough.


All of the cardstock is from Recollections.  The scalloped oval in the background is cut from the Elegant Edges ~ Cricut cartridge.  The "Happy Father's Day" is cut from the Father's Day ~ Cricut cartridge.  The twine is from The Twinery ~ sample pack - cappucino color.  There is a little stitching with a white ~ Sakura Gelly Roll pen.  And the background cardstock in the photo is from Imaginisce ~ Happy Camper Collection - Tree Hugger.

That's all for now...see you back here soon!  Until next time...

~Cassandra

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A quick "pick me up"...

Good morning everyone!  Today I have a card that I made for someone in my life going thru a tough time - who needs a little boost.  It's a little different than what I would normally make, but it was kinda fun.


The cardstock is from Recollections.  The red shape is cut from my all time favorite Elegant Edges ~ Cricut cartridge.  The stamped sayings/words are from: My Pink Stamper's ~ Sportastic stamp set, Technique Tuesday's ~ Words We Love stamp set and Technique Tuesday's ~ All About Me stamp set.  The gems are from Doodlebug Design.  And there is a little penwork with a white Sakura Gelly Roll pen.

That's it....pretty simple to do to give anyone a quick boost.   :)

Until next time...

~Cassandra

Monday, June 13, 2011

Throwback Thursday Challenge!

Hello everyone!  It's time again for another Throwback Thursday Challenge with Emma over at My Creative Time.  The rules for this challenge:  Use any Cricut Lite cartridge of your choice and incorporate some Bling somewhere on your project (eg-stickles, rhinestones, glossy accents, glitter, etc).

Usually I try to make fun & cheerful cards for this challenge, but today I need a Sympathy card - which is always tough to make, so it was good to use the challenge for inspiration.  Here is my entry:


All of the cardstock are from Recollections.  The background frame is cut from the Lacy Labels ~ Cricut Lite cartridge.  The flowers are cut from the Mother's Day Bouquet ~ Cricut cartridge.  The cross is cut from the Easter 2010 ~ Cricut cartridge.  The scalloped circle is cut with a Marvy Uchida punch.  And the sentiment is from the Technique Tuesday ~ Simply Stated stamp set.


The pearls in the centers of the flowers are from Recollections.  I used a brown ~ Zig Writer pen to add some dots around the sentiment on the scalloped circle.  I used some small pop dots underneath the frame to add some dimension.  I covered the cross with Star Dust ~ Stickles and used large pop dots under the cross to help make it stand out and be the focal point of the card.

Sympathy Cards can be hard to make sometimes....I try to make them simple, peaceful and beautiful in order to let the message of love & support shine through.  I hope you never have to make one, but in case you do ~ I hope this gives you some design inspiration.  Until next time...

~Cassandra

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Birthday Week ~ card #3

Hello everyone!  Today is day #3 for Birthday Week.  I would like to start this post by giving a shout out to Cathryn over at In The Pink - Designs by Cathryn.  I saw the design for this card over on her blog and her creation was just so cute that I had to email her and ask if it was ok to "scraplift" it and post the finished result on my blog.  I was so happy when she said yes, because it was too cute to pass up.   If you would like to see her original design for this card click  HERE.

I have a friend who is a firefighter and he is having a birthday later this month, so here is the card I created for him (based on Cathryn's original design).


All of the solid color cardstock is from Recollections.  And the grey & white polka dot paper for the dog house is from the Echo Park ~ Be Mine Collection paper pack.  The yellow background piece is cut from the Elegant Edges ~ Cricut cartridge.  The dog house, the super cute doggie and the doggie dish are cut from the Create A Critter ~ Cricut cartridge
** Note that I used my Gypsy to remove the doggie's face with the "Hide Contour" feature.  And I stamped the face with Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Critter Faces stamp set.  The red ribbon is from Paper Trey Ink and the black ric rac is from my stash.  I did some stitching with a white ~ Sakura Gelly Roll pen.  And added a little bling to the doggies collar with the I-Rock

I think it turned out so cute!  And once again I want to thank Cathryn for the design inspiration   :)

That's it for birthday week.  Not sure what I will work on next, but I will see you back here real soon.  Until then...

~Cassandra

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Birthday Week ~ card #2

Hello again...back with another birthday card for you.  Now this one might be a "you had to be there" to be funny.  My family (mostly my husband and stepson) tease me because I have pretty big feet for a girl...so they often call me "Yetti" or "Sasquatch".  So for my husband's birthday today, I made this funny Big Foot birthday card:


The card base and all of the cardstock are from Recollections.  The dark blue background is cut from the Elegant Edges ~ Cricut cartridge.   The off-white piece is embossed with the Distressed Stripes ~ Cuttlebug folder.  The Big Foot and the trail sign are cut from the Campin' Critters ~ Cricut cartridge.  I printed the Happy Birthday sentiment from my computer.  The fibers are from my stash.  And I did a little stitching with a white ~ Sakura Gelly Roll pen and a brown ~ Zig Writer pen.  Oh..and of course - my favorite...googlie eyes.

That's it for card number two.  Stayed tuned for the next one...it's so super cute...you won't want to miss it!  Until then...

~Cassandra

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Birthday Week ~ card #1

Hey everyone!  I have a few birthdays coming up for family & friends, so I thought I would share a few birthday cards with you this week.  Here is card #1 (it is very similar to a card I made for a Cricut Circle Challlenge a few weeks ago):


All of the solid color cardstock is from Recollections.  The polka dot pattern paper is from Doodlebug Designs ~ Petite Prints.  The birthday candles are cut from the Birthday Bash ~ Cricut cartridge.  I added some yellow ~ Stickles to the flames to make them sparkle.  The ribbon is from my stash.  The sentiment is from My Pink Stamper's ~ Fabulous Phrases stamp set.  And I used the Martha Stewart ~ Drippy Goo punch on the bottom.  Also, there is a little bit of stitching with a white ~ Sakura Gelly Roll pen and a black ~ Zig Writer pen.

That's it for today...quick, easy and super cheerful.  I just love all the colors of the rainbow...don't you?!  Stay tuned this week for a couple more fun and silly birthday cards.  Until then...

~Cassandra

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Ok...One More Challenge...

I couldn't help it! LOL  I just love the challenges over at Peachy Keen Stamps!  This time it's the Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Sketch Challenge #53 - with a twist!  The rules: Create a card based on the layout and twist provided (PKS are not required, but if you got 'em - we always love to see what you create with them).  A picture of the sketch is below and the twist this time is that you must use a sponging technique.


I have a friend who is having a baby shower in a couple of weekends, so this is the card I created based on the sketch & twist:


The solid color cardstock is from Recollections.  And the beautiful embossed and sparkly background cardstock is from the My Mind's Eye ~ Warm Spectrums paper pack.  The flowers are cut from the All Occasions Cake Art ~ Cricut cartridge.  The flourish is cut from the Cake Basics ~ Cricut cartridge.


The super cute teddy bear rattle is cut from the Baby Steps ~ Cricut cartridge.  ** Note that I used my Gypsy to remove the bear's face.  Then I stamped the cute teddy bear face using the Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Critter Faces stamp set.  I used some Fruit Punch ~ Stickles on the bow and handle for some extra sparkle.  Added some cute cheeks with pink & red chalk.  Then added some stitching around the edges with a brown ~ Zig Writer pen and a white ~ Sakura Gelly Roll pen


For the sponging technique - I used a brown ~ Color Box cat's eye sponge ink and added the color around both flowers and the cloud.  The cloud was cut from the Create A Critter ~ Cricut cartridge.  The sentiment is from My Pink Stamper's ~ Sweet Baby stamp set.  I did some more stitching on the flourish and around the edges of the card with a white ~ Sakura Gelly Roll pen.


To give the card a little extra dimension I used pop dots behind the rattle and curled up the edges of both flowers.

Well that's it....another Challenge entry completed.  Have you entered one yet ?!?!?!?  Well, get going...you can do it!!!

Until next time...

~Cassandra

Friday, June 3, 2011

Another Challenge entry...

Back again with another Challenge entry.  This is the last project I made from this past weekend.  I am going to enter this project in the Cricut Circle Blog ~ May Magazine Challenge #2 : Make It Your Way Contest.

The contest rules are:  Use this month's magazine as a stepping off point to create something your way.  Use one of our Designer's projects to help you create something similar and yet has your own style.  You might see a flower, paper, design element or maybe just the concept to help you design something of your own.  Use at least 3 Cricut cuts and an idea from the magazine in your project.

The magazine this month seemed to feature the Freshly Picked ~ Cricut cartridge and I saw a simple but beautiful cut of this gazebo on page 26.  It instantly reminded me of my wedding day, so I decided to turn this gazebo cut into a "Congratulations on your wedding" card.  Here is my card: 


All of the solid color cardstock are from Recollections.  The ivy is printed from the Lori's Garden ~ Imagine cartridge.  The background is cut once again from my new all time favorite Elegant Edges ~ Cricut cartridge.  The gazebo, ivy and flowers are cut from the Freshly Picked ~ Cricut cartridge.  And the lovely wedding couple is cut from the Wedding ~ Cricut cartridge


The stamped sentiment is from the Technique Tuesday ~ Happily Ever After stamp set.  And the pearls in the center of the flowers, on the top of the veil and down the back of the wedding dress are from Recollections.


When I was done with this card, it just didn't look right to me...not special enough.  So I whipped out some Star Dust Stickles and covered the gazebo with them.  Had I thought about it ahead of time, I may have just cut the gazebo out of glitter paper LOL...but I think it turned out great despite the extra work and drying time for the Stickles.


A couple of details to note for this project....instead of fully adhering the flowers down to the base image, I only added adhesive to the center of the flowers and then I curled up the edges to give them more dimension.  I also added pop dots to the gazebo and the wedding couple to make them pop off the page a little more.

Well, that wraps up all of my Challenge entry projects that I made during last weekend.  Hope you enjoyed them this week.  And don't forget to get up and enter a Challenge yourself.  You will see how fun they can be...I promise.

Not sure what I am going to work on next....but stayed tuned...I will see you back here soon.  Have a great weekend.

~Cassandra
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