Friday, November 2, 2012

     November 100 Cart Blog Hop Day One

     Welcome to Erica's November 100 Cart Blog Hop. Can you believe it is November already? Where on earth has this year gone???  
     Each month Ericas' Design Team uses over 100 different Cricut Cartridges in their projects during the two days of this hop. Be sure to check out each members blog for some major crafting ideas. We hope to inspire you to get a head start on your Holiday projects.
      You should have come from Kathy Salido if not, then you want to start from the beginning @ My Cricut Craft Room  Be sure to hop along and leave some love on each of the blogs for a chance to win some goodies. We love to hear from you.
     This month our theme is Winter/ Holiday related. When I first signed up I missed the part about winter theme so I chose these 4 carts for my project: Girls Makeup Party,French Manor, Handyman and the Imagine cart Greeting Cards Inside and Out. What on earth was I going to do now? With a few suggestions from my DT sisters I came up with this:
     I just love how this wall plaque came out! The stockings hung by the chimney, the ladder still out to finish decorating, the presents all wrapped and of course, hot cocoa and cookies waiting for Santa. Now let me show you how this finished project is really recycled from a previous project I had started and had discarded.
     For September's Blog Hop I had made a wine plaque. The finished project came out great but I had originally started with this canvas and really made a mess of things. I had put this aside and made my final project on a canvas board. However I did not want to waste a canvas. To start this project I lightly sanded this canvas and covered it over with 2 coats of Gesso and painted around the edges with a red paint. I am so determined to use up scraps that I separated all of them into color families and placed them in clear sheet protectors. I promised myself that all the embellishments had to be made from these scraps.To save time here (you would need a carafe of coffee to get through this post,lol), I'll give you the names of the carts and cut sizes to speed things up a bit.
     Let's start with the background. I am so sad that Provo craft is no longer going to produce the Imagine. I for one use it all the time. I love how I can coordinate all my papers for a truly original look. For this project alone I used 5 Imagine carts and was able to make a project that is an original of mine. I used the patterned paper on page 43 of Greeting cards Inside and Out for the upper wall paper and a solid for the bottom. I separated these with some white braid for a molding effect. For the floor I used George basic shapes for a 2 x 9.75" rectangle and flood filled it with the wood pattern from Snapshot:Everyday on page 4. I had a ribbon that went perfect for the base board. 

     Table1.7" page 33 French Manor glossy accents for table top
     Chair 2.5" page 28 French Manor cut 2, 1 is to cut apart and emboss to get chair cushion.
     Cookies and Cocoa Kate's Kitchen pg. 10 use separate layers to get cookies and plate, size @
       1.7 "then   combine these layers. Cocoa cup is on page 17 and also @ 1.7".
     Fireplace Joy Of The Seasons page 55 @ 2.5"I did all layers. The fire was also embellished with 3  shades of stickles for a roaring fire effect. (This is so cool!). The stockings are from Santas Village. I believe these are cut @ 1" sorry I do not have the exact measurement since these were leftovers from a project last year.
     The wreathe is from JOTS on page 66 and all layers were cut @ 1.5". I used a small mirror tile that I adhered to the canvas and then used pop dots to raise it up above the level of the mirror. Then I just added a few red stickles and a nice red bow.
     The ladder was cut 3 times from the image on Handy Man Lite cart @ 4". This made it real sturdy. The tree itself is from 'Tis The Season on page 39 of the hand book. I cut 2 from chipboard @ 6" and 1 from green card stock. After I glued these together I used a snow marker by Marvy to create a snow effect on the branches.This stuff gives a great 3D effect. You just add it to a project then heat it with a heat gun and puff, instant dimension!!! Erica was kind enough to send me some and I am now hooked.
The presents are from Snow Angel Imagine cart on page 17 and the ornaments are on page 2 and were print and cut @ .75". I love to add bows to my trees so why should a faux tree be any different, lol.
  The image is on page28 of Snow Angel and I separated the layers so I could have the individual letters to work with. I can't believe I forgot to write down the size of the banner but I think they were at .75". I used a circle punch to add a red banner for the letters to rest on and used some red twine I had received from Erica to string them with. Then I added some snow marker. (I love this stuff!!!!).
     My final project is a gift idea for the holidays using Girls Makeup Party:
          I had made this for my grand daughters 6th birthday. She is such a girlie girlie,lol!!! I bought a clear gallon pail @ Michaels and decided to make a bathroom tote for her. I cut the "Girls Night" @ 2" from Girls Makeup Party on page 19 in hot pink vinyl. The brown label is from French Manor on page 68. I used the border shift function.I first applied the brown label and then the letters over it. All I had left to do was to add some ribbons and a flower and Voila, you have a girlie presentation. I filled this with a towel wrap and plenty of bath fizz balls. Needless to say it was a huge hit!
      Now it is time to head over to Nadja's and see what  creative projects she has to show you. Should you get lost along the way here is the line up:


  1. MCCR
  2. Kathy S
  3. Mary
  4. Nadja
  5. Miranda
  6. Shelley
  7. Lisa Chamberlain
  8. Janet
  9. Lisa Carrier
  10. Sharon
  11. Tammy S
  12. Jessica S
  13. Erica’s Blog Candy




Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Thank You

     How ya all doin'? If you are able to read this then I guess you survived the effects of Sandy. If you are late in visiting, that's okay I'm just glad to have you stop by. Today Erica asked the Design Team to make a project using either Paper Lace or Ornamental Iron. I chose to make a card using Paper Lace. Let's get to it,lol.
     A while back I bought a card pack from DCWV and am slowly going through them. I love the fall look of this pack so I decided to make some Thank You cards to have on hand. There are several designs for Thank You on this cart. I used the one on page 61 using the main cut and shadow. I cut these @1.25".I inked the edges with the Distress inks Shabby Shutters and Spiced Marmalade. I layered this on some left over scrap pieces that just happened to match my background. I even found this great ribbon in my stash. It was from American crafts Elements: Uptown Orange.
     I found a bunch of flowers that I had previously cut from mothers' day bouquet so I decided to spruce these up and add them to my card. I painted them with Tattered Angels Glam Glitter Paint in copper. This helped to pick up the Stickles I used on my font. I used an orange brad for the center and some leaves. The "leaves" are made by using Martha Stewarts branch punch and I used a green velum for a soft look.
     Remember these that were popular a while back? They are "skittles". These small plastic rounds can be found in Michael's floral department. They are clear but, by placing them in a baggy with a few drops of alcohol inks, you can have a variety of colors to match your distress inks!
     That's it for today ladies. If you are looking for the supplies I used for this project, you can purchase them @ Ericas' Store. Now please be sure to check back over @ My Cricut Craft Room to see the inspiration my Design Team Sisters have to share with you today.