Friday, October 5, 2012

October 100 Carts Blog Hop


Welcome to Day One of Erica's October 100 cart Blog Hop! If you came from Claire's then you are in the right place. If not then you want to start @ so you don't miss a thing. As you can see we are all dressed in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. It is so important to have your mammogram done yearly as well as performing monthly self breast examination. Here's hint: schedule your appointment around your birthday that way you don't forget to have it done.
     Now let's get down to business. I have some great projects using the following cartridges: Art Nouveau, Best Friends, Better Together and Baby Boutique. I also used Picturesque and Accent Essentials to complete my projects. First up is a card I made with Art Nouveau and Picturesque.
     I wanted to make a birthday card for my husband so this is what I came up with. I used the image on page 65 for the pheasant and cut it at 5" including all the layers. The gate is from Picturesque on page 69 and I cut it @ 3 3/4". The layers are so beautiful with these scrap papers that I didn't even have to do any inking. I think that is a first for me, lol.
     See what I mean about the layers? I even used a rose/pinkish color for around the eye. I did want to mention that the gate is cut from a piece of 6" x 6" wood like paper that Erica had sent me. I love those goodies she sends, it's like Christmas morning, lol. I do love to use my cuttlebug embossing folders to add a dimensional background. All you have to do then is add a little ink.
     I also have a cuttlebug die label set by Provo Craft so I made a sign to hang off the fence by using some twine from the Twinery. You can get these supplies in Erica's Store where she always has the greatest prices and a wide variety of products.
     It is hard to tell from this picture and I am a little backwards here but my base card is 4.25" wide by 5.50" tall in order for the pheasant to fit. I guess I am just too excited to show you my next 3 projects which I am sooo happy to share with you. Here ya go......
     Hair accessories! I bought an i-Top a long time ago and had yet to use it. I also had got these hair bands on sale @ Michael's in the clearance section and decided this was a perfect time to think outside the box and come up with something for them and, of course, use my Cricut! I started by making some crocheted flowers 
and then set about to make the brads as my flower "centers".
     If you have been following me then you know how much I love the CCR and my Imagine. I do have a gypsy and the CDS but some how I just feel quite comfortable with the CCR. The first thing I did was to pick a shape to work with. I used a flower shape from Accent Essentials at 2.25" in the blackout feature. Basically any flower shape will do as long as it has multiple petals so the extra fabric will tuck into the brad cover. Next you want to add another mat (layer) but keep your flower in the preview ( this will help to guide you as to the size and placement of your image). For this kitty image I used Best Friends Imagine cartridge on page 17. I used a printable fabric transfer paper as my base. I used the one by Avery.
     In the Imagine, I used each layer separately so I could use print only for the image layer then did the "flower" layer on cut only mode. The Imagine will print first and then unload the mat since you are doing them singularly. Reload the mat and cut the "flower". 
     I used the screw in brads since that is what the hair bands required but there are ones to make brads or buttons. Are you ready to see some more? How about alligator clips with cupcake brads???
     I like the sise of these crocheted flowers better and they go awesome with the cupcake brads. I did these the same way with the CCR and Imagine but this time I used the Better Together Imagine Cartridge.The cupcake is on page 5. Again I used the flower (for the base) this time @ 2" and the cupcake @ .75".
     When I print these I use the best quality. The image still looks some what lighter on the transfer fabric and I wasn't sure if it would hold up. That is why I applied 2 coats of Mod Podge gloss. By doing this the fabric seems to be softer and easier to work with plus I hope it makes it more water resistant. These are my grand daughter Mia's favorite! And lastly........
     I did the same technique but this time I used the crown from Teresa Collins Baby Boutique cart. These were sized the same as the cupcake. You can also add these to clips or any hair accessory.
     Sorry for such a long post but I would love for you to try these. They would make a great gift to have on hand or you could whip up a bunch as early Christmas/Chanukah or birthday presents.
     Be sure to check out Erica's Shop. She always has great prices and you can find all the carts I used for these projects there.
     Now it's time to head over to the lovely Lisa's and see what she is showcasing today. If you get lost along the way here is the line for today:

October hop line up


  1. MCCR
  2. Kathy  
  3. Shelley 
  4. Claire
  5. Mary 
  6. Lisa Chamberlain 
  7. Nadja  
  8. Janet 
  9. Jenn Lorist
  10. Erica's Projects
  11. Angie
  12. Heather  
  13. Robin 
  14. Teresa  
  15. Tammy    
  16. Cathy
  17. Lisa carrier 
  18. Jessica S 
  19. Blog Candy


Norma G. said...

All of your projects are great but WOW that card you made for your husband is absolutely GORGEOUS!

Kathy Salido said...

Your card is absolutely gorgeous and those hair accessories are so cute!! Great Job.

Unknown said...

Glad the links work!!!~Me

Janet's Planet said...

super cute card, love the layers.. and the hair accessories are adorable! TFS Janet Royer

scrapbookingforfun said...

Love the card but I really love the hair bows!!! I see a scraplift in the future
MCCR DT Shelley

TeresaK said...

What a cute model you have for your head bands! Love that idea!
Your pheasant card is SO BEAUTIFUL! I do love the layers and inking Mary??? Those papers were perfect for that!

Unknown said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!! You have totally outdone yourself today!!! I NEED those little black crochet clips with the crowns for Bella!! Your card is probably one of the most "outside of the box" cards I have seen. I love that bird!!!
I am so lucky to have you as a part of the My Cricut Craft Room Design Team. Thank you for all of the time and wonderful projects that you contribute to the design team. *Erica Lyn

Sarah said...

Wow Mary! what wonderful projects. I just love all the hair accessories. You are so talented.

SusieScrapper said...

Really pretty card and the hair accessories are so cute!!

Awesome job!


Unknown said...

Awesome projects...just signed up as your newest follower!


Stacey Scraps said...

The card is beautiful! And I love the hair accessories!

Craftin Desert Divas said...

That card is pretty. I love those hair clips!! I have 3 girls who would love them. I'm going to try to make these some time soon!! Hope you'll come and visit me.


Tina H said...

Cute projects! I love the card and the muted colors you used...very nice :)

Rose said...

Birthday card was great. The hair accessories are cute!

Andrea said...

Wow I love the black ones so much. I need to learn to crochet, but I was thinking I could use some silk flowers maybe. I never even thought to try the itopper like that. What a great idea!! Definitely worth a scraplift lol!


Koala T Crafts said...

Cute cupcake on the hair ties! I love the embellishments you have on your site. Did you have someone create that for you? Would love to chat more about your adorable site! Here's me:
Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

OMGoodness......... your card is beautiful!!! The hair pieces are adorable :))

Anonymous said...

Love the birthday card!

KristiDaroci said...

Love the pheasant!!!

Heather Lynn said...

love your card! that bird is beautiful! what a fun and cool idea for the hair bows! great job!

Debbie said...

I love this pheasant, and my husband would also love this, might have to see this cart or if others have a pheasant thanks for sharing
upnurse at aol dot com

nallian said...

Your card is delightful-so stunning!

ScrappyHappyMommy said...

I love your bird card. stunning!

Melanie Rozwood said...

I love how you used the Cricut on a project other than cards and layouts. Thanks for sharing.

Cathy said...

awesome job on your projects, I love that pheasant, all the layers.

Tiggerscraps said...

Great projects!! I love your husband's card, that's a great idea!

Anonymous said...

Mary, your bird card is just stunning!!! Love everything about it the colors, texture and design. The clips are adorable... Wish I had a little grand daughter to spoil. Just boys though :(

Nadja MCCR DT Sister

Kris Dietz said...

All of your projects are fantastic. Your card is absolutely gorgeous! TFS.

dietzrobles at yahoo dot com

Desi Lee Designing Divas said...

WOW Mary great job on ur projects. Love the card & ur hair bows are amazing.

MCCR DT, Lisa Ch

Jessica Buffa said...

Mary, darling, I love your marvelous masculine card for your hubby. Those tend to be a rough go for me in crafting. And, your hair accessories are AMAZING!

Jessica S
MCCR DT Sister

Unknown said...


I SO need to try out the hair accessories!! They are AWESOME!!! And your little models are too cute! Great job on all of your projects!!

Crafty Hugs,
Jessica-MCCR DT Sister

Scrappin Robin said...

Beautiful card and your hair accessories are too cute.
Robin L.

Jenny V. said...


tremblayfam said...

too cute! :)

Unknown said...

Your card is darling!!! I really love how you combined your cricut with your itop to create those fab hair flower embellies!!! Super creative!!!

Miranda said...

Mary, your projects are incredible! TFS
Miranda :)
MCCR DT Sister

Unknown said...

OMG so cute!!! Great job!!!

Unknown said...

Wow thay card is beautiful!!!!
Love the hair accessories...your very talented

Marcia said...

Love the Art Nouveau project!

Jenn (Triple J Designs) said...

What amazing projects!! I love your card!!


cema1cema said...

Beautiful Card! Great Hair accessories!

Jodie R said...

Oh don't ask me to pick a fav! Everything is sooooo cute!! Gorgeous card! Those headbands are too cute for words!! Love it all!

ClaireR said...

Your card is one of the reasons I love the Art Nouveau cart, such beautiful imagery. You really brought it to life with your happy bday card.
The hair accessories are quite cute, as well.
My Cricut Craft Room DTM

Simply Sweet by Sharon said...

You did a great job on coming up with a card for your husband. I can never figure out a card for a man that didn't look to girly. I know my 3 year old niece would love your head band and clips.
MCCR DT Sister~Sharon

Life - Up, Down & Sideways said...

WOW Mary,
What great hair accessories. But I have to say that I REALLY love the card.
Tammy S.
My Cricut Craft Room Design Team.

[Melissa] said...

GORGEOUS card, and I love the hair accessories. Just so stinkin cute!

Melissa, MCCR DT

scrappin2babygirls said...

great projects tfs!