Friday, December 16, 2011

Toadally So Cool

I made these two cards for my teenage nephews.  I always give them money for Christmas and wanted to make them cards to put it in. I wanted something not so specifically "Christmas-y".  So I decided on my go-to cartridge Create A Critter.  It also works with My Pink Stamper's <------- (see link) challenge to make a Christmas card that was non-traditional. 

These are both 4.25 X 5.5 inch cards.  The penguin and frog were both cut from Create A Critter at 3.75 inches.  The "U R" is from Close to My Heart's Alphabets set and the "So Cool" and "Toad-ally Fabulous" are from My Pink Stamper's Punny-licious stamps.  I added big googly eyes to the toad after I took the picture.

I also stamped the inside with My Pink Stamper's Christmas Wishes set with a stamp that says "Merry Christmas".

Thanks for coming by,

Cindy :)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

My Pink Stamper

Notice the link to your left?  I was so fortunate to stumble across this web site when I first started out with my Cricut.  I have learned so much from her and highly recommend checking out her video archive, especially if you are new to Cricut.
Robyn is an inspirational person not only in crafting but in her personal views.  She is planning some great things for her 12 Days of Christmas, including some give-aways!!!  Don't miss it - I sure won't!

Thanks for coming by,

Cindy :)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

More Christmas cards

Variations on a theme

I did several color combinations of this card and made several of each combination!

The Merry Christmas is from Martha Stewart's Seasonal Art cartridge on page 73.  These are all 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 cards.  The holly leaf on the striped card is from Joys of the Season on page 69.

This is the other color variation I did on the Globe card that I previously posted.  For details check the earlier post!

Thanks for coming by,

Cindy :)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Imagine update

I received my replacement cartridge today and it worked!!! My Imagine is up and running!  Now I have this new wonderful crafting resource at my disposal and I am having crafter's block!?!   Guess I better visit all the great blogs and try to be inspired!

Thanks for coming by,

Cindy :)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Merry Christmas Glass Block

My first glass block.  I am really happy with the way this turned out.  Every member of my family came in and said, " That's nice. Where did you buy it?".  I got to say, "Buy?  I made it!".

I bought the clear glass block at Hobby Lobby and sprayed it with Rust-o-leum Frosted Glass spray.
I cut the designs out in dark green vinyl.  The Merry Christmas is from Martha Stewart's Seasonal Cake Art on page 73.  I love the scripted look of this and have used it on some of my Christmas cards this year also.  The holly leaf is from Joys of the Season and is the shift image on page 69.  I added some xmas red stickles for the berries.  Then a small strand (30) white lights.

Thinking about making some more for Christmas gifts.

Thanks for coming by,

Cindy :)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Katy's Onesie

I made my granddaughter a Christmas Tree Onesie. 

I saw this idea on another blog and I tried and tried to find it again to give credit, but haven't been able to get back to it yet.  She had gotten the idea from someone else also, so it's out there somewhere.

Some ribbon and some Fabri-Tac and you have an adorable christmas tree.  My tree is not perfect but I think it will be adorable on Katy.  Hopefully it will wash up well, but won't have to go through too many washings.

This was quick, easy, fun and turned out simply adorable.  I appreciate all of the other bloggers sharing their great ideas.

Thanks for coming by,

Cindy ;)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Snow Globe

Christmas card #3.  This is a 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 sized card.  The snow globe is from page 50 of the Joys of the Season cartridge and is cut at 4 3/4 inches.  The silhouette is from A Child's Year on page 57 and cut at 2 1/2 inches.

The back ground paper is from 25 Days of Christmas by Little Yellow Bicycle.  The silver metallic paper of the base cut is from Paper Trey Ink as is the metallic dark blue of the silhouette.  The white glitter (globe layer, can't really tell it is glitter from the photo) paper is from DCWV Christmas & Winter Glitter Card Stock Matstack.  I used the plastic from a case that a Cricut cartridge came in to simulate the glass of the globe.
The Merry Christmas is from My Pink Stamper's Christmas Wishes set.
I am happy with the way this card turned out and plan to make a few more of these, perhaps with different colors for the base and background.

Thanks for coming by,

Cindy :)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Merry Christmas Wreath

Card # 2.  For this card I used the Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake Art cartridge.  It is a 5.5 X 5.5 card.
I cut the wreath from page 43 at 4.75" from paper from the DCWV Holiday Collection.  I cut the layers from red glitter from DCWV Christmas & Winter Collection Glitter Cardstock Matstack.  I also cut the Merry Christmas from page 73 from the same red glitter at 1.25".

For the inside I used a Stampin' Up stamp that I have had for a couple years from a set called Heard from the Heart.

Thanks for coming by,

Cindy :)

Thursday, December 1, 2011


I finally decided that I should probably start on Christmas cards.  I just haven't been in the right frame of mind.  I keep looking at my cartridges and stamps for inspiration.  Finally I decided on the angel on the Joys of the Season (page 53).  Then it started to come together and I am pleased with the way it turned out.

The paper is from DCWV Holiday Collection that I have had a couple of years.  The star is also from the same page as the angel on Joys of the Season.  The Peace is from the Cindy Loo cartridge (page 72).  I used to look at all the word art for Peace.  This is a great resource for searching for images on your cricut cartridges.   I added some gold cording.  After I took the picture, I actually unfrayed the ends of the cords for a half inch or so to make it look like a tassel

I looked through my stamps for one that would go with the Peace on the front and found this one.  It's from a set I bought from Paper Trey Ink last year..  Somehow I lost the name to the set so I am not sure.  It is a large set with over a dozen stamps.  The mat is also from the Cindy Loo cartridge (I was too lazy to look through other cartridges and change it in the machine ; ] ). It is the shadow image on page 70.

Thanks for coming by,

Cindy :)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Shelby's Butterfly Birthday card

My one and only daughter turned 19 today.  I find it harder to make cards for the people I am closest to.  I don't know why.  I guess because I want them to be extra special. 
I have admired this butterfly on the Close to my Heart's Art Philosophy cartridge since I first saw it
(page 55).   I did 3 layers.  A solid bottom layer in purple, a solid layer in purple glitter and the filigree layer in the solid purple.  I only glued the layers together in the center so that the wing layers are seperate. Then I put it on an Action Wobble.

I took these pictures in a hurry and the paper colors are off.  The bottom layer has a nice warm brown background that doesn't come out in the picture.  I added gems to the butterfly's body and smaller gems for the antennae. A brown flower and pink flower with a purple center to finish the outside.

On the inside I used a deep edge Martha Stewart punch that I recently got called Daisy Lace.  I absolutely love this punch.   The Happy Birthday is one I have used repeatedly this fall from a Close to My Heart set called Celebrations.  I love it too.  The butterflies are also from a Close to My Heart set called Sentiments.  These sets were on special when I ordered the Art Philosophy cartridge and I picked them up also.

As I often say, this card is prettier in person because my photo didn't turn out well.  It didn't turn out quite like I wanted but my daughter, Shelby liked it and that is what matters the most!

Thanks for coming by,

Cindy :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hot Rod Birthday

My nephew turned 16 on his birthday a few days ago.  As most 16 year olds he is excited about getting his driver's license.  So this is the card I made for his birthday.


I used the image from the Cars cartridge on page 36 .  I hand cut the windshield because I didn't want to add the eyes. 

I'm sorry that I don't remember which cartridge the font is from.  I actually made the card several weeks ago.

Thanks for coming by,

Cindy :)

Imagine Update

I called Provocraft today to discuss my Imagine.  I was on hold for no less than an hour and a half (I thought that calling on Tuesday wouldn't be as bad as Monday, but it makes me wonder how long they had to hold on Monday?).  I spoke to a nice gentleman who determined that the problem was with a defective cartridge.  So they are shipping me a new cartridge and I should receive it within 7 - 10 business days. 

I must say that I am skeptical that the cartridge will fix it, but crossing my fingers and hoping.
I do have 3 cards to post, but just haven't gotten around to loading the pix onto my computer.  Will try to do that later today.

Thanks for listening,

Cindy :\

So Sad :(

When the Imagine came out, I felt it was too expensive and I could live without it.  I was so excited that I was able to pick up one of the Imagine's at Walmart on black friday for a great price.  I brought it home and was excited to get started.  I turned it on and it said to put the Imagine More cartridge in for it to update.  I put the cartridge in and waited 20 minutes, then 30 minutes and nothing happened.  I turned it off and tried it again.  Nothing again.  I unplugged it and tried it again.  Nothing.  So I looked on line to see if there were any postings about it and saw a video about getting started.  I noticed that when she turned the machine on that the blade housing moved and the roller bars spun, just like my other Cricut machines.  So I decided that the one I had purchased was defective.  According to the web site, Cricut is out of stock on Imagines.  So I boxed it up and took it back to the store, thinking I would just return it because they probably wouldn't still have one. Low and behold they had one for me to exchange it with.  The lady at the return counter said that she had people return several of them that day.  Not terribly encouraging.

So I brought the new one home and very carefully followed the instructions to set it up.  It did the same exact thing!  My heart sunk when I turned it on and the roller bar and blade assembly didn't move.
But I went ahead and put the cartridge in when it was requested.  Guess what, nothing happened.

I was going to call ProvoCraft today, but my hubby was home sick from work and I never got around to doing it.  I will call tomorrow and hope that maybe an update or something can fix it.  I had already ordered additional mats and ink cartridges while they were on sale for black friday.  I sure hope I don't have to return it all. 

So I am sad.
Thanks for coming by,

Cindy :(

Monday, November 21, 2011

Pat's Scraps Anniversary

Pat's Scraps issued a challenge for her 1 year blog-anniversary.  She has been very sweet to me by visiting my blog and leaving encouraging comments, so I definetly wanted to participate.  I am a little "craft-blocked" right now.  Not thinking my best partly due to allergy medication.  But here goes:

This is a card I made for her.

It is a 2-sided card instead of one that opens. The Celebrate is from Straight from the Nest,  The Happy Blogiversary was from MS All Occasion Art cake cartridge. 

Congrats, Pat.

Thanks for coming by,

Cindy :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Season's Greetings

I had to make a card to take to my Stamping Club meeting.  I had a very hard time. I just can not get in the mood to make Christmas cards or anything.  So I struggled with ideas and ended up using this cut from Winter Frolic.

This is a standard 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 card.  I cut the image at 4 1/2.  Added some stickles and the stamp is a Clear Stamp that I picked up at JoAnn's. Tied a ribbon and done. 

I hope the ladies liked it.

Thanks for coming by,

Cindy :)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Katy's ABC Book

So for my BIG project -----  I made an ABC book for my Granddaughter from the Kate's ABCs cartridge.  It is an 8x8 book. It was a lot of work but I really enjoyed it tremendously!  I only changed one from the cartridge and it was the letter K.  I was going to just post a few of the pictures, but what the heck, here they all are.

Glitter Kitty

A glittery kitty card for my cousin's birthday.

The Kitty is from the Create-a-Critter cartridge.  A little Stickles and some Glossy Accents to finish.

I finally compled my BIG project and will be posting it later today.  Stay tuned!

Thanks for coming by,


Friday, November 4, 2011

Ken's Birthday card

I put this card together for my son's 25th birthday.

I used Create A Critter for the penguin and the "chillin".  I used a stamp and a punch for the shape to finish the sentiment.

Thanks for coming by,

Cindy :)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thank You -brown and pink

This a quick Thank You card I made last week.  The Thank You is from the MS Elegant Cake cartridge.  The patterned paper is from the Paper Studio Oops-A-Daisy stack.  The solid paper and ribbon is from Paper Trey Ink.  The border is a MS Deep Edge Punch.  Added a couple of gems for bling.

I haven't been posting since I have been back because I am working on a large project.  I am close to finishing and should have a post about it early next week.

Thanks for coming by. Feel free to ask if you have any questions.

Cindy :)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Katy Anne

My sweet Grandbaby is now 17 days old.  Here are some pictures from today.