Friday, January 4, 2013

Ericas January Blog Hop 2013

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100 Cricut Cartridge Blog Hop

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 Happy New Year and welcome to the first Hop of the New Year over @ My Cricut Craft Room. I hope you all made through the holidays and are ready to do some crafting. If you just came from Lisa's then you are in the right place. If not then you want to start at the beginning so you don't miss any of these fabulous projects.
     Each month the Design Team shows you 100 carts and many of the projects you can create with them. This month Erica asked us to use 5 different carts. I made mostly cards and a cute little box from the following carts: Victorian Romance, Paper Dolls teen Scene, Sweet Tooth Boxes, Hello kitty Greetings and Superman.
     Since I have 8 grandchildren I decided to use this month's hop and get a head start on some Valentines' Day projects.I hope this will give you some incentive to get going as well. So, let's get started:
     I plan to make some shaped cards this year to challenge myself  and I found the perfect one to start with on Hello Kitty Greetings. This image was found on page 51 using the card feature @ 3.25". I love the glittered card stock for the wings, however the heart had a few spaces I wasn't happy with so I decided to add some liquid pearls to the outline. The stamps are Pink By Design "Laughy Taffy". One of my grand daughters is going to love this!
     I was so excited to finally use this cart. This image is from Paper Dolls Teen Scene . The image is on page 27 and all the layers were cut @ 5". The image s-rain, s-rain s for the body was cut in black + shift body in cream. I used wardrobe layer 2 and wardrobe 2 for the clothing. I just love the skates and, since one of my grand daughters takes ice skating, I'm sure she will love this card.

I added some waterfall stickles to the edge of the skirt and some chalk from Pebbles, Inc for the cheeks. (It's pretty cold in those arenas, lol). She looks like she is holding a heart from the background paper. (Yes I planned it that way!).

I used some scrap pieces to make the background, added some faux stitching around the edge and I tag I had left over from last year.
     I love to make boxes for place settings as well as gifts so I had to make one for V-Day. Although I  have both the TBBM carts, I also love the ones on Sweet Tooth Boxes. You can find this one on page 21 + . I used the left over scraps from the above card to cut small squares to add to my box. The double heart cut out on the front of the box is from a punch.
     The insert of clear acrylic is from the blister pack my carts come from. I always cut them up to use for projects just like this! I decided to dress it up a little by adding ribbon to the inside and out of my lid.
     I thought it looked a little plain so I used a Martha Stewart Branch punch for the leaves and some Prima flowers with silver heart brads to add to the top of the box.
     Enough of the girlie stuff. Since I have 5 grandsons, I used Superman for an out of this world card.
     I LOVE how this came out. I haven't decided whether this will be for V-Day or a birthday but, either way it will work. This cut can be found on page 28 and I cut it @ 3.50". 
     The "POW" is under fonts and I cut it with the shadow @ 1" high. It was a silhouette cut yet I liked the bold inside cut so I went with that. The background paper I have had in my stash and acts like a mulberry paper. It adds so much with the embossed silver stars. Ready for some action?
     You guessed it. It is on an action wobble. These things are just so fabulous to work with. Now for my last project. I made both a boy and a girl version using Victorian Romance.

     I was going to make another V-Day card but this image really caught my eye. It's the clown image and only has 2 cuts. What a sweet die cut this is with the silhouette as well. I think this would make a great baby card. I left the bottom right corner with enough space to add a round tag, maybe a congrats message. Here's the girl version:
     This could be for a birthday, congrats baby card and yes, even a Valentines' Day card, lol.
     Both clown cards were raised with pop dots for some dimension.
     I hope I have given you a little inspiration today. I would love if you would tell me what crafting goals you have for the New Year. Mine is to challenge myself to use the carts I have purchased but never used (Shocker!!!) and to make some different style and shaped cards this year.
     Now be sure to hop on over to Robin's and see what crafting goodness she has created to share with you today.
     Here's the line up in case you get lost along the way:

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Tami - -
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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Vinyl Friends And Family Glass Block

  Welcome to WYEGW @ My Cricut Craft Room. In case you didn't know what the letters stand for let me enlighten you. It is Would You Ever Guess Wednesday. This day we get to follow a theme and show you what you can do with certain features on your cartridges. Today Erica asked us to use various fonts on our projects. For my project I created a glass block with fonts from three different carts and a fourth cart for my "border".
     I only have the one picture today since I wanted to really focus on the fonts and to give the measurements I used. Here are the sizes I used and the carts for the fonts:
 Label: Paper Lace 5.19 x 4.76 for the background
 "Enter as" Winter Wonderland @ 1.25"
 "friends" Calligraphy Collection" @ .98" high
 "leave as" Winter Wonderland @ 1.25" and finally
 "family" from Home Accents @ 3.23" x 1"
     You want to make sure your glass is clean before you adhere the vinyl to the glass block. I used rubbing alcohol to clean the outside of it with just a piece of paper towel and the alcohol. The vinyl I used was from Provo Craft which is wonderful to work with and comes in so many colors.You need to set your blade @ 6 and your pressure @ 2. This gives you a kiss cut which means it cuts the vinyl yet leaves the backing intact. I made several of these for Christmas gifts some were out of vinyl yet I also made some with etching cream using the vinyl as my stencil.
     I hope you will try using these fonts on other projects since they are so much fun to create whether they are on a glass block, piece of canvas, wood and even fabric.
     Thank you so much for stopping by today and be sure to head back over to MCCR and see what the rest of the Design Team has to share with you.
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