Friday, October 28, 2011

My Creative Time ~ Design Team Call

Hello everyone!  Today's post is a super exciting one for me.  Emma from My Creative Time has announced her very first Design Team Call !!!  Can you imagine?  What an amazing opportunity that would be.  I'm sooo super excited, I've hardly been able to sleep all week. (You know that super cute commercial where the little brother and sister are going on a family trip to Disneyland, but they are up late the night before in their bedroom giggling and the little boy says "I'm too excited to sleep"... that's been me all week long - dancing around with little kid excitement. LOL)  I've never tried out for a Design Team before, but hey...there's a first time for everything right?  :)

For my entry I decided to do something fun and different.  I decided to make a banner.  I knew the minute I saw Glora's Halloween Banner seen here and Emma's Crafty Diva Banner seen here ~ I would have to try one.   So here is my entry for the My Creative Time ~ Design Team Call:


Sorry for the bad picture, I was trying to get the whole banner in the shot.  But not to worry, I have lots of close-up shots for you to see :)  Before we get to the close-ups, let me give you some details on all the materials used.  For this project, I used 5 different My Creative Time products, as well as the always super cute Peachy Keen Stamps.  These products pair so well together, you just can't go wrong.

The large banner tiles are cut with the My Creative Time ~ XL Label Die.  All the patterned paper for the large banner tiles are from the Recollections ~ Bright & Jolly paper pad.  And since the paper in this pack is really thin, I mounted it on some chipboard pieces that I also cut with the XL Label Die.  Each large banner tile is also stamped or heat embossed with a My Creative Time border stamp.

For the smaller banner with the "Christmas" title, I used the My Creative Time ~ Build A Banner Kit and the Anyday Bingo & Crossword stamp set.  The solid color cardstock for the smaller banner is from Recollections.  I stamped the background tiles using Memento ~ Ladybug Red ink.  And I added little dots to the tips of the green starbursts with a white ~ Sakura Gelly Roll pen.

I used the Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Faceless Christmas Heads stamp set for all of the super adorable character faces.  I stamped them with Memento ~ Tuxedo Black ink and colored them in with Prismacolor pencils.  I also used my favorite new blending technique using Odorless Mineral Spirits.  Behind each little face are some pop dots to add some dimension.   Wait until you see just how cute they are!!!


The border on this large banner tile is stamped with the My Creative Time ~ Whimsical Calendar Days stamp set using Memento ~ Tuxedo Black ink.  The Christmas Tree is cut from the Create A Critter ~ Cricut cartridge.  The gems are from my stash. 


The border on this large banner tile is stamped with the My Creative Time ~ XL Label Borders stamp set and is heat embossed with Versamark ~ Watermark Ink and white ~ Stampendous embossing powder.  The face for this cute little snowlady is from the Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Winter Wonderland Face Assortment.  I also added Xmas Red ~ Stickles to her hat. 


The border on this large banner tile is stamped with the My Creative Time ~ XL Label Borders stamp set and is heat embossed with Versamark ~ Watermark Ink and white ~ Stampendous embossing powder.  The face for this fun little guy is stamped with the Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Winter Face Assortment.  What do you think of my first attempt at 'shading' on this gingerbread man?  Still practicing, but I think it turned pretty ok. 


The border for this large banner tile is stamped with the My Creative Time ~ XL Label Borders stamp set and is heat embossed with Versamark ~ Watermark Ink and white ~ Stampendous embossing powder.  The face for this little guy is  from the Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Winter Wonderland Face Assortment.  And I added some Stardust ~ Stickles to his hat. 


This large banner tile is made entirely with the My Creative Time ~ Whimsical Calendar Days stamp set and stamped with Memento ~ Tuxedo Black ink and Ladybug Red ink.  Notice how the '25' stamped perfectly in the center of the starburst on the paper?!!!  Totally OCD I know...LOL. 


The border on this large banner tile is stamped with the My Creative Time ~ XL Label Borders stamp set and is heat embossed with Versamark ~ Watermark Ink and white ~ Stampendous embossing powder.  The face for this little lady is from the Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Winter Wonderland Face Assortment.  I added some Stardust ~ Stickles to her hat. 


The border for this large banner tile is stamped with the My Creative Time ~ XL Label Borders stamp set and is heat embossed with Versamark ~ Watermark Ink and white ~ Stampendous embossing powder.  The face for the gingerbread lady is from the Peachy Keens Stamps ~ Winter Face Assortment.  I added a couple of gems to her cute little pony tales. 


The border for this large banner tile is stamped with the My Creative Time ~ XL Label Borders stamp set and is heat embossed with Versamark ~ Watermark Ink and white ~ Stampendous embossing powder.  The face for this last little guy is from the Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Winter Wonderland Face Assortment.  And I added some Firefly ~ Stickles to his hat. 


The border for this large banner tile is stamped with the My Creative Time ~ Whimsical Calendar Days stamp set using Memento ~ Tuxedo Black ink.  The Christmas Tree is cut with the Create A Critter ~ Cricut cartridge.  The gems are from my stash.


All of the ribbon for this banner is Celebrate It ~ Sheer Creations.  The starburst is a die from the My Creative Time ~ Build A Banner Kit.  And the center is a Making Memories brad.


Well, that's it.  What do you think???  I absolutely love how it turned out!  Now I'm just gonna cross my fingers and wait to see what happens.  Wish me luck!  Her big announcement will be Friday ~ November 4th.  And if you haven't seen all the other entries yet ~ click here.  There are some amazingly talented people over there.  Good luck to everyone who entered!  :)

See you soon.  Hope you all have a great weekend!

~Cassandra

Quick Update...

Good morning everyone!  Just wanted to let you know to tune in a little later today.  I have a special and exciting post coming up...  ;)

~Cassandra

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Sketch Challenge

Hello everyone!  Ok, I know I had two fun projects already this week, but I'm back to making cards again :)  It's time for the latest Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Sketch Challenge #63.  The guidelines for this challenge:  Create a card or layout based on the sketch provided.  Peachy Keen Stamps are not required for this challenge, but if you've got them...we looooove seeing how you create with them.  Project must be new and must include basic elements and layout from the sketch (feel free to flip anything).

Here is the sketch:


Here is my entry (it's the card I made to go along with my Breast Cancer support flower bouquet from Monday):


Ok, now I know you are probably used to seeing her as a Christmas themed Gingerbread doll, but I just got her and couldn't wait to use her....so I thought I would make her 'pretty in pink'.  What do you think?

The pink polka dot patterned paper at the top is my favorite Doodlebug Design ~ Petite Prints.  And the multi-colored polka dot patterned paper on the bottom is from the Echo Park Paper Co. ~ Be Mine collection.  The solid color cardstock is from Recollections.


The pretty in pink cutie is from the Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Faceless Gingerbread Dolls large stamp set.  I colored her in using Prismacolor Pencils.  And then I used another brand new technique that I learned!  A  new Cricut Circlet buddy that I met in Las Vegas ~ Sandie ~ taught me how to blend your colored pencils.  I used odorless mineral spirits that I bought from Walmart.  This was only my first try, but I think it turned out pretty great.  It gives it a much brighter and smoother look than just traditional colored pencils.  I have to learn more about shading, but I think she turned out great!  Thanks again Sandie for teaching me something new!  :)  For the black piece of cardstock behind her, I used the Seeing Spots ~ Cuttlebug Folder to add some dimension.


The bow is made from Celebrate It ~ Sheer Creations ribbon.  The embellishment in the center was created with two different dies in the My Creative Time ~ Build a Banner Kit.  And the stamped ribbon and sentiment at the top are from the My Creative Time ~ Race for a Cure stamp set.  The sentiment is stamped on a piece cut with the My Creative Time ~ Stitched Oval Die.  For the ink, I used Memento ~ Rose Bud.  And I also added a little penwork with a white ~ Sakura Gelly Roll Pen and a black ~ Zig Writer Pen.

Well, that's it for today.  See you again soon :)

~Cassandra

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Cricut Circle Blog ~ Monthly Challenge

Hello everyone!  It's time for the Cricut Circle Blog ~ Monthly Challenge : Halloween Home Decor.  The guidelines for this challenge:  Create a Halloween home decor project.  Your project must include at least 2 Cricut image cuts. 

Here is my entry:


I made this entire super cute October calendar using the Designer's Calendar ~ Cricut cartridge.  The background patterned paper is from My Mind's Eye ~ Cool Spectrums paper pack.  All of the other patterned paper is from the following 3 paper collections: Echo Park Paper Co. ~ Happy Halloween, K & Co. ~ Halloween Mat Pad and Doodlgebug Design ~ Petite Prints.  The black cardstock is from Recollections

Normally, I don't usually give measurements for the cuts I make, but it took me awhile to figure this one out...so I thought it might be helpful if anyone else wanted to make it. I cut all the little date boxes at 1 inch. And I cut all the spiders at 3 inches. In the sample photo on the back of the cartridge box, there are actually 6 spiders, but I eliminated one up by the title to make more room.

Here are a couple of closer pictures:



While this was a little time consuming, it was actually pretty simple to make.  The only extra things I added were a little penwork with a white ~ Sakura Gelly Roll pen and of course my favorite googlie eyes for all the spiders.  The orange polka dot ribbon was from my stash.  Oh, and I cut off the spider web/strings that were in the original spider cuts and replaced them with black DMC Floss.

I actually had so much fun making this, that I think I might make it into a little series and make the rest of the calendars from the cartridge.  What do you all think?  Would you like to see that?  Let me know and I will get working on it :)

That's it for today.  Next up is my latest PKS Sketch Challenge entry.  See you soon...

~Cassandra

Monday, October 24, 2011

Cricut Circle Blog ~ Weekly Challenge

Happy Monday everyone!  Today, I have my entry for the Cricut Circle Blog ~ Weekly Challenge #43 : Feeling Gifty ChallengeThe guidelines for this challenge:  We all love to receive a little surprise...just because.  This challenge is all about paying it forward and brightening someone's day!  Create something to give away using your Cricut machine.  It can be for a holiday, a season, an occasion, or just because.  Be sure to include at least 2 Cricut image cuts in your project.  

A couple of weeks ago, I learned that a fellow Cricut Circlet whom I recently met was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery.  I was originally just going to make a cheerful card to send her way, but then I saw the description for this challenge and thought of the most perfect thing to make for her to really put a smile on her face.  I hope she enjoys it.


Isn't it great?!?  I have to say that I just love it!!  It looks soooo much better in person!!  The solid color cardstock is from Recollections.   The patterned paper is from the Echo Park Paper Co. ~ Be Mine collection.  To cut the flowers, I used the Flower Shoppe ~ Cricut cartridge (flowers #3 & #5) and the Mother's Day Bouquet ~ Cricut cartridge (flowers #3, #5, #6, & #7).  If you like to make flowers...these carts are a must have! 

The two large flowers in the back are paper rosettes.  I forget where I found the video to learn how to make those.  But, in the recent Provo Craft ~ Hello Thursday, they announced a new cartridge called Ribbons & Rosettes.  That is going to be soooo AWESOME!!!  For the centers of the two rosettes, I used the My Creative Time ~ Scallop & Stitched Circle Dies.  All of the stamped ribbons, as well as the sentiment, are from the My Creative Time ~ Race for a Cure stamp set.  For the ink, I used Memento ~ Rose Bud.  You can't see it in this picture, but I also have a large ribbon, like the one on the front, for each of the other sides - with the sentiments: Hope, Faith and Believe - they too are from the My Creative Time ~ Race for a Cure stamp set.

Here is a close up shot of the flowers:


For some of the flower centers, I used glittery brads from Making Memories.  The smaller circles in the center are cut with a die from the My Creative Time ~ Build a Banner Kit.   For the stems on the flowers, I used Wilton ~ Lollipop Sticks.

Here is a view from the top:


For the base, I used a square little plastic container I picked up at Michaels.  I lined the sides with some of the pretty Echo Park patterned paper that I used for the flowers.  Inside the little container is one of those green floral foam squares.  In order to hide it, I poured in some 3D Crystal Laquer by Sakura and threw in a mixture of 100 little pink buttons.  (and 100 little buttons isn't as many as you think it would be LOL).  The pretty soft pink polka dot bow was made from ribbon in my stash.


This is one of those projects that turned out so great...you know you're gonna have to make another one so you can keep it yourself...LOL.  I sooo love how this turned out and I hope it makes my friend smile each and every time she looks at it :)

Well, that's my project for today.  I have another super fun project for tomorrow.  So I will see you back here soon.  Have a great day everyone!

~Cassandra

Friday, October 21, 2011

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

Hello everyone!  It's time for the PKS ~ Let's Face It Friday Challenge: Windy.  The details for this challenge:  Swirls of wind remind us of flourishes and whimsy.  Make a project that whips up our imagination!  Don't forget to take your favorite Peachy Keen Faces along for the ride.  Project must be new and must include Peachy Keen Faces.

Here is my entry:


The solid color cardstock is from Recollections.  The patterned paper is my favorite Doodlebug Design ~ Petite Prints.  Obviously, for the "Windy" theme ~ I chose these super fun kites which are cut from the Create A Critter ~ Cricut cartridge.  Also, for a "Windy" feel, I embossed the white background cardstock with the Divine Swirls ~ Cuttlebug folder.  The wonderful sentiment is from the My Creative Time ~ This & That stamp set.  And I added colored gems to each of the kite tails with the Imaginisce ~ I-Rock tool.


The super cute faces are of course Peachy Keen Stamps (for the first time ever...I used the super small ones in the assortment packages...they are soooo cute!!!)  The circles for the face are cut with a die in the My Creative Time ~ Build A Banner Kit.  The red and orange faces are from the Everyday Character Face Assortment.  And the yellow face is from the Simple Sallies Face Assortment.


The green and blue faces are from the Snow Cuties Face Assortment.  And the purple face is from the Everyday Character Face Assortment.


I used Memento ~ Tuxedo Black ink for all the stamping.  I used a white ~ Sakura Gelly Roll pen for the eyes and some simple chalk for the ladies' cheeks.  I also added pop dots behind the kites for dimension and staggered the kites in an upward diagonal to give it that "up, up & away" feel.  Hopefully it all feels "windy" for you.  This challenge actually had me stumped for a bit, but I like how it all turned out.

Well, that's it for today.  Don't forget to check out Emma's new stamp release over at My Creative Time.  Should be a good one!!!  And, I'm still working on a fun little project, hopefully I will be able to show you soon.  See you then...

~Cassandra

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Happy Birthday

Hello everyone!  Today I have one of my most favorite birthday cards ~ for one of my most favorite people.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY MELINDA!!!  Miss you bunches and bunches...


The solid color cardstock is from Recollections.  The patterned cardstock is from Doodlebug Design ~ Petite Prints.  The white scalloped background is cut from the Elegant Edges ~ Cricut cartridge.  The super fun birthday candles are cut from the Birthday Bash ~ Cricut cartridge.  I added yellow ~ Stickles for the sparkly flames...don't ya just love the way that looks???  I just LOVE using these candles for birthday cards!!  The sentiments are from the My Creative Time ~ Wow! So Many Candles stamp set.  And the bow is made with Celebrate It ~ Sheer Creations ribbon.

That's it for today.  Don't forget to head over to My Creative Time with Emma to see her sneak peeks this week for her new stamp release this friday. You don't want to miss it!

And Happy Birthday once again to my sweet friend Melinda!  See you all back here soon.  :)

~Cassandra

Monday, October 17, 2011

Throwback Thursday Challenge!

Hello everyone!  It's time for my favorite challenge ~  the Throwback Thursday Challenge with Emma over at My Creative Time.  This week is her Sneak Peek Week for her latest product release which will be revealed on Friday, so head on over there to check it out!

The guidelines for this challenge:  Use an older cartridge with a 'Card Feature' on it.  There are lots of cartridges out there today that have 'card features' on them.  Also, your card must be a Halloween theme!!!

Here is my entry:


For the card base, I used the Wrap It Up ~ Cricut cartridge.  I used the card on page 51 with the scalloped bottom.  ** Note, that I used the Gypsy ~ Hide Contour feature to remove the birthday candles that were on this card (as that did not fit the theme).

The orange, black and gray cardstock are from Recollections.  The patterned paper is from the Doodlebug Design ~ Petite Prints collection (the grid pattern is the reverse side of the polka dots I usually use).  The calendar was created with the My Creative Time ~ XL Label Die and the Whimsical Calendar Days stamp set.  I used Memento ~ Tuxedo Black ink and Technique Tuesday ~ Orange ink.  I also added a couple of little gems with the Imaginisce ~ I-Rock tool.


The flower is cut from the Mother's Day Bouquet ~ Cricut cartridge.  And for the center, I added a Making Memories ~ brad.  The super cute little ghosts are from the My Creative Time ~ All Around Halloween stamp set.  And they are stamped on little sunbursts shapes that are cut with a die in the My Creative Time ~ Build A Banner Kit.  I used a white ~ Prismacolor pencil to color in the ghosts and an orange ~ Prismacolor pencil to color in their cute little bows.  I also added some simple little dots to tips of the sunburst shape with a black ~ Zig Writer pen

Now, one more thing.  Today,  I am so super excited, because I learned something new over the weekend.  My new online blogging friend Glora from over at Glora's Crafts was the absolute biggest sweetie ever and she taught me how to heat emboss.  Yippee!!!!  If you want to see how totally cool it can be...check out her awesome banner here.  But for now you can check out my first attempt:


The cute "Ghosts night out..." sentiment is from the My Creative Time ~ All Around Halloween stamp set.  I used Versamark ~ Watermark Ink and Stampendous ~ white Embossing Powder along with my new Martha Stewart ~ heat gun.  Not bad for my first attempt don't ya think???  A big huge 'thanks' to Glora for teaching me such a fun new technique.  I can't wait to try it again.  :)

Well, that's it for today.  I will see you back here soon.  I have my next PKS Challenge to show you and a super fun project I have been working on too....can't wait...have a great day!

~Cassandra

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Simply Crafts Challenge

Hello everyone!  Today I have another challenge entry, but it's for a brand new challenge blog I found.  It's the Simply Crafts ~ October 2011 Challenge.  The guidelines for this challenge:  Using the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge, make a project using the following cut found on page 49 of the Cricut cartridge handbook:


Here is my entry:


The black, white and orange cardstock are from Recollections.  The patterned cardstock is from the Doodlebug Design ~ Petite Prints paper line (note that for my little monster couple - instead of the polka dot or flower side of the paper that I usually use, I turned it over to use the other side that is either stripes or grid paper)...I'm telling ya...you gotta get some of this paper....it's my absolute favorite!!! 

The white background is cut with the Elegant Edges ~ Cricut cartridge.  The monsters are from the Paper Doll Dress Up ~ Cricut cartridge as directed in the challenge guidelines.  *Note that I used the Gypsy ~ Hide Contour feature to remove their faces.  Instead, I stamped their cute little face with the Peachy Keens Stamps ~ Monster Mash Face Assortment (for her) and the Make A Monster Face Assortment (for him).  For the Mrs. Monster, I added some cute little cheeks with chalk and some groovy eye shadow with a blue ~ Zig Writer pen.  I used a white ~ Sakura Gelly Roll pen for the whites of their eyes and a black ~ Zig Writer pen for a little outlining. 

The spiders and the sentiment at the top are from the My Creative Time ~ All Around Halloween stamp set.  I used a gray ~ Prismacolor pencil to lightly shade the spiders.  The bow on the bottom is from Celebrate It ~ Sheer Creations.  The center shape is cut with a die in the My Creative Time ~ Build A Banner Kit.  And the "Oct. 31st" sentiment is from the My Creative Time ~ Mixed Holiday Sentiments stamp set.  All the ink is Memento ~ Tuxedo Black.

I just love how this card turned out.  If you haven't seen the new Simply Crafts Challenge Blog, go check them out...I think there is still time to enter.  Glora is a sweetheart and I think Pam is her scrapping bestie.  Should be lots of fun :)

Well, I think that's it for the week.  Phew...I'm tired!  Hope you liked all my challenge entries.  They were so much fun to make.  And if you haven't tried one yet, pick a challenge..they are so much fun and really get your creative juices flowing.  Happy crafting my friends!  See you soon...

~Cassandra

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Sketch Challenge

Hello everyone!  Today it's time for the Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Sketch Challenge #62.  The guidelines for this challenge:  Create a card OR layout based on the sketch provided.  Peachy Keen Stamps are not required, but if you've got them we loooooove seeing how you create with them.  Project must include basic elements and layout from the sketch (feel free to flip anything).

Here is the sketch:


Here is my entry:


The solid color cardstock is from Recollections.  The patterned paper is from the Echo Park Paper Co. ~ Wintertime paper collection.  The left side of the blue strip in the background is cut with an EK Success ~ Scalloped Scallop border punch.  At the top of that strip is a scallop piece cut with the My Creative Time ~ Scallop Die.  The sentiment inside is from the My Creative Time ~ Mixed Holiday Sentiments and is stamped using Memento ~ Tuxedo Black ink.  The dark blue square piece is dry embossed with the Divine Swirls ~ Cuttlebug folder.  And if you look closely, her cute little hat is dry embossed with the Swiss Dots ~ Cuttlebug folder.


My cute little snow lady is made from some basic circles cut with the George & Basic Shapes ~ Cricut cartridge.  Her little hat is cut from the Snow Friends ~ Cricut cartridge.  Her super cute face is from my newest purchase - the Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Winter Wonderland Face Assortment stamp set.  I used red and orange Prismacolor pencils for her nose and tongue; also added some rosy pink cheeks with chalk.  For the extra special lady snowman bling, I added some Recollections ~ Pearls for her buttons, necklace and the tip of her hat.  I used real twigs for her arms from my backyard.  And I also added some cotton at the bottom for snow with a little Stardust ~ Stickles for that snowy sparkle. 

She is just so super cute in person...I hope the picture shows it just as much :)  Well, that's it for today.  See you again tomorrow for a brand new challenge site I found this week...you don't want to miss it! 

~Cassandra

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cricut Circle Blogiversary

Hello again!  Back for the second post of the day.  What do you think so far???  I hope you have enjoyed everything as much as I did making it all.  Next up is  the Cricut Circle Blogiversary ~ Sketch Challenge.  The guidelines for this challenge:  Create a project of your choice using the sketch below.  Your project must include at least 2 different Cricut Image cuts.

Here is the sketch:


Here is my entry:


The white and black cardstock are from Recollections.  The cardstock for the flower is from Papertrey Ink.  The patterned paper is from the Basic Grey ~ Ambrosia paper collection.  I hand cut the beautiful butterflies out of one of the pieces in that collection.  It's time consuming, but oh so worth it...aren't they just gorgeous?! 

Ok, with this card I did two new things.  First, the incredible flower is cut from the Flower Shoppe ~ Cricut cartridge.  It's my first time using this cartridge and OMG...is that just the BEST cartridge EVER!!!  The dimension to the flower is unbelievable!  Here is a closer look:


The second thing I did for the very first time...now don't laugh...I used my new I-Bond Glue Gun.  I have never used a glue gun before.  I know - I know - doesn't every crafter own a glue gun???  Well, I never had.  I got my new little gadget at a local scrapbook store when I was in Las Vegas for the the Cricut Circle Meet-Up.  And now I know just how AWESOME they are!!!  How did I ever craft so long without one??  And let me tell you, using it to put the flower together was a piece of cake.

Well, back to the card...the sentiment is from the My Creative Time ~ Gift Card Sentiments stamp set.  And it is stamped on an oval cut with the My Creative Time ~ Stitched Oval Die with Memento ~ Tuxedo Black ink.  The really big brad in the center of the flower is from my stash.  I have a giant baggie full of really big brads that are a collection of all different ones...sorry I can't remember where they came from. 


Also, if you look again closely, I added little gems to the butterfly bodies with my I-Rock tool, as well as in the upper left hand corner of the card.  Also, for the flower, I distressed the edges of all the layers/petals with Colorbox Chalk Ink ~ Dark Brown and Chestnut Roan.  I also crinkled the flower a little and curled up the petals to give it more dimension.

Well, that's it for today.  I hope you are liking everything so far this week.  Wasn't my weekend so productive?  Wait until you see my next 2 contest entries.  See you tomorrow...

~Cassandra

Cricut Circle Blogiversary

Hello everyone!  I have 2 posts again for today...YIPPEE!!!  First up is the Cricut Circle Blogiversary ~ Recipe Challenge.  The guidelines for this challenge:  Use your Cricut machines to create a project using the following "recipe" - It must contain 1) a title, 2) at least 2 Cricut image cuts and 3) at least 3 buttons. 

Here is my entry:


The solid color cardstock is from Recollections.  The patterned paper is my all time favorite Doodlebug Design ~ Petite Prints.  The "thanks" is cut from the Winter Woodland ~ Cricut cartridge.  I added just a few little dots for some highlights with a white ~ Sakura Gelly Roll pen.  All of the flowers are cut from the Mother's Day Bouquet ~ Cricut cartridge.  I curled up the edges to give it a little dimension.  In the center of each flower is a button topped with a little white bow made from DMC floss.  And at the top of the card are little gems from my stash for that extra colorful sparkle.

Can you tell I just love the rainbow?  I'm one of those people that never really had a "favorite" color.  How can you choose just one, when a rainbow full of colors is just soooo beautiful?!?

Well, that's it for now.  Come back later today for round 2...see you soon...

~Cassandra

Monday, October 10, 2011

Cricut Circle Blogiversary

Hello again!  Can you believe it, two posts in one day?  Next up is the Cricut Circle Blogiversary ~ Imagine  Print  & Layer  Challenge.  The guidelines for this challenge:  Use your Imagine machine to print a background (it can be a solid color or a patterned paper from your Imagine cartridge) and use it on your project; as well as, cut an image of your choice in layers - that's right, choose the layers option on your image and print out one or all of the layers offered and piece them together on your project.

Here is my entry:


I chose the Cricut Imagine ~ Country Carnival cartridge.  Everything on my card is printed and cut from that cartridge.  Here is a close up of the layers on the letters:


This is actually a super simple card, but it kinda took me forever because I haven't used my Imagine in awhile.  I was originally gonna skip this challenge because I was running out of time, but I'm so glad I didn't.  It totally reminded me of how much I just LOVE being able to print and cut with the Imagine.  If you don't have one yet....what are you waiting for?!?!  Printing your own paper is the coolest thing ever!!!  :)

Well that's it for today.  I will see you back here bright and early tomorrow for more Challenge entries.  Have a great day!

~Cassandra

Cricut Circle Blogiversary

Hello everyone!  Boy, did I have a fun crafty weekend.  Wait until you see everything I created.  I went a little Challenge crazy.  LOL  So in order to get everything posted and entered, I am going to have 2 posts today and 2 posts tomorrow, then 1 on the other days of the week.  Here we go...

First up, is the Cricut Circle Blogiversary ~ Monochromatic Color Challenge.  The guidelines for this challenge: Create a project of your choice using a Monochromatic color scheme.  Your project must include at least 2 different Cricut image cuts.

Here is my entry:


The solid color cardstock is from Recollections.  The patterned cardstock is from Doodlebug Design ~ Petite Prints.  All of the hearts are cut with the following Cricut cartridges ~ George & Basic Shapes, Feeling Groovy, Designer's Calendar, Gypsy Wanderings, Gypsy Font, Lacy Labels, and Disney Princess - Happily Ever After.  Phew...and I absolutely do not remember which heart was from which cart...LOL.  I used 2 different sizes of pop dots behind various hearts in order to give the design some dimension.  The bottom of the white cardstock is cut with an EK Success ~ Scalloped Scallop border punch.  The bow is from Celebrate It ~ Sheer Creations.  And for the sentiment, I used the My Pink Stamper ~ Fabulous Phrases stamp set and Memento ~ Tuxedo Black ink.

Well, that's it for now.  Come back later today for my second post  :)

~Cassandra

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Cricut Circle Blogiversary

Hello everyone!  This past week was the Cricut Circle Blog's ~ 1 Year Anniversary and on each day they posted a challenge with some fabulous prizes up for grabs.  I posted one entry yesterday and I have a bunch more to show you this week, so stay tuned for some fun stuff.

Today is the Cricut Circle Blogiversary ~ Circle Cartridge Challenge.  The guidelines for this challenge:  Create a project of your choice with one or more of the Cricut Circle Exclusive cartridges (French Manor, Shall We Dance, Cricut Everyday, Pop-Up Neighborhood, or Sophie).  Your project must include at least 2 Cricut cuts.  And YES, you can mix in other cartridges with your Circle Exclusive cartridges.

Here is my entry:


The cardstock is from Recollections.  The background scallop piece is cut from the Elegant Edges ~ Cricut cartridge.  The beautiful oval piece is cut from the Cricut Circle Exclusive ~ Sophie cartridge.  In case you don't recognize it, I cut off the center flower so that I could make room for the cross.  And the cross is cut from the Easter 2010 ~ Cricut cartridge.  I added Stardust ~ Stickles to the cross to give it that special sparkle and make it the focal point of the card.  I also added Recollections ~ Pearls around the border and on the oval cut for some extra dimension.  For the sentiment, I used the My Creative Time ~ Many Greetings stamp set and Memento ~ Rich Cocoa ink.

That's it for today.  See you tomorrow with another challenge entry.  I'm off to finish watching my AZ Cardinals get their butts kicked :( again

~Cassandra

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Congratulations to my BFF !!!

Hello everyone!  Well, this morning I have good news to share . . . Last night my BFF got engaged!!!  I am soooo happy for her and her new fiance'.  No one deserves it more than she does ~ I love you my friend :)

Here is a quick card I made for her.  It's also my entry for the Cricut Circle Blogiversary - Cuttlebug Challenge.  The rules for this challenge:  Create a project of your choice using your Cuttlebug machine as the main focus.  Your project must include at least 2 different Cricut cuts.


The cardstock is from Recollections.  The two hearts are cut from the George & Basic Shapes ~ Cricut cartridge.  Their super cute "lovey dovey" faces are from the Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Everyday Character Face Assortment stamp set.  The top hat is cut from the A Child's Year ~ Cricut cartridge.  Her cute flower bow is from Recollections.  The sentiment is from the My Creative Time ~ Gift Card Sentiments stamp set.  And it is stamped on the oval cut with the My Creative Time ~ Stitched Oval Die with Memento ~ Tuxedo Black ink.  The bow is from Celebrate It ~ Sheer Creations.  And I used a white ~ Sakura Gelly Roll pen for the penwork.


For the challenge emphasis, I embossed the grey background cardstock using the Candy Hearts ~  Cuttlebug folder from the Love's in the Air set.  It's hard to see in this picture, but they look just like the real candy hearts....it's sooo cute!!!

Congratulations again my friend!  Love you :)

See you all again soon.  I've got a bunch of Challenge projects to show you.  I've been busy...

~Cassandra

Friday, October 7, 2011

Thinking of You

Hello everyone!  Ok, just like yesterday's "Thank You" card, I think you can never have enough "Thinking of You" cards on hand too - especially when you just want to send someone  a little love.

I made this card for a new Cricut Circle friend I just met in Las Vegas.  I learned that earlier this year she lost her husband.  And I could tell the pain of that loss was still very difficult to manage.  So even though I don't know her very well, I wanted to send her some support and Cricut Circle hugs to let her know that someone cares and is thinking of her.  I hope she likes this:


The card base and the flourish are made with kraft cardstock from Joanns.  The white scalloped background is cut from the Elegant Edges ~ Cricut cartridge.  The flourish is cut from the Cake Basics ~ Cricut cartridge.  All of the cute little colorful butterflies are hand cut from a patterned piece of paper in the Die Cuts With A View ~ Blossoms and Butterflies paper stack. I bent up their wings to give them dimension.  I added tiny little gems to their center bodies with my Imaginisce ~ I-Rock tool for a little extra sparkle.  I did a little penwork with a pink ~ Zig Writer pen to show their flight path.  The sentiment is from the My Creative Time ~ Many Greetings stamp set.  And for the ink, I used Memento ~ Rose Bud.

It sure makes me smile to look at it...I hope she enjoys it just as much.  Well, that's it for today.  This weekend I plan to work on a bunch of different cards for more challenge entries.  See you back here soon :)

~Cassandra

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A quick Thank You card

Hello everyone!  Today I have a quick Thank You card to share.  You can never have too many Thank You cards on hand, because you always seem to need one when you don't have the time to make one LOL. 

This one is for a wonderful Cricut Circle friend of mine all the way in Illinois.  She was such a sweetie and drove to a couple of her local Walmart stores to get me a "Love You a Latte" Cricut cartridge.  I have been looking for one for weeks and Cricut.com has been sold out.  I can't believe she took the time to do that for me.  Thanks Linda!  :)


The pretty green patterned paper in the background is from the Die Cuts With a View ~ Lemon Flower paper stack.  The yellow patterend paper is from the Jillibean Soup ~ Dutch Mustard Soup paper stack.  I used the My Creative Time ~ XL Label Die to cut out that pretty shape and the Whimsical Calendar Days stamp set to stamp the outline around it.  For the sentiment, the "Thanks" is from the Technique Tuesday ~ Thanks For Everything stamp set.  And the "a bunch" is from the My Creative Time ~ Many Greetings stamp set.  The bow is made with Sheer Creations ribbon.

Does this ever happen to you...you are cleaning/organizing your scrapbook room and you come across stuff you totally forgot you bought?  It's like finding 20 bucks in an old purse. LOL  Anyway, I found a whole little drawer full of these fun little felt embellishments.  These felt flowers are from Queen & Co.  They usually have a booth at the Creating Keepsakes Conventions.  If you ever go, don't pass them up.  They have great deals on all kinds of little felt creations.

Well, that's it for today.  See you soon.  Hope you are having a great week!

~Cassandra

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

My Pink Stamper Challenge

Hello everyone!  Robyn over at My Pink Stamper is having a Christmas Card Challenge.  Even though there are a million entries already, I thought I would whip up a quick card.  The prize is a mystery box full of goodies...who can pass that up?!?

Here is my entry: 


The solid color cardstock is from Recollections.  The patterned paper is my favorite Doodlebug Design ~ Petite Prints.  I embossed the white background with the Snowflakes ~ Cuttlebug folder to give it that wintery feel.  The Christmas present is cut from the Cheerful Seasons ~ Cricut cartridge (which is an exclusive cartridge to Creative Memories).  I added a cute little Making Memories brad to the center of the bow.  The super cute penguin is cut from one of my favorite Cricut cartridges ~ Create A Critter.  I used my Gypsy to hide his eyes and nose  and then I stamped his fun little face with the Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Winter Face Assortment stamp set.  I added some little pink cheeks with chalk and colored in his beak with a yellow ~ Zig Writer pen.   And for the sentiment, I used the My Creative Time ~ Stitched Oval Die (I just snipped off the right end) and the actual sentiment is from the My Pink Stamper ~ Christmas Wishes stamp set.

That's it for today.  This fun little wintery card is perfect timing for us in Arizona...yesterday was "supposed" to be our last 100 degree day of the summer.  YAY...lol

See you again soon...

~Cassandra
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