Saturday, February 2, 2013

February 100 Cart Blog Hop And A Christmas Card Album

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Welcome to Erica's Craft Room
100 Cart Blog Hop   
      Welcome to another fabulous blog hop that Erica is kind enough to host.If you just came from Crafting Blog Events then you are in the right place. If not then you want to start in the beginning HERE  so you don't miss a thing.
     Each month the Design Team makes projects that showcase 100 Cricut cartridges. We hope to inspire you to pull out a cart you may not have fully explored or entice you to perhaps add to your library, hee hee! I can't believe it but it has been 1 year since I started on Erica's team. In case you don't already know what this is about let me fill you in. Each month we showcase 100 carts. We hope to inspire you to pull out those rarely used carts or to show you one you may not already own but give you a glimpse of what you can create. The carts I chose to use this month are:Mini Books,Frames Of Mind, Joys Of The Season, Seasonal Cake Art and the CCR exclusive cart Jewish Icons. Let's start with the Jewish Icons:
     The dove is cut @ 2.5" for the basic+shift+shadow. I used a glittered card stock for the dove layer. The "Shalom" was cut @ 1" for basic + shift. I love the softness of the background paper from DCWV. The flowers were some leftover ones I cut from Flower Shoppe and I believe they are @ 1.25". This would be a great card for Passover or Thinking Of You.
     Did you receive a lot of photo cards for Christmas?I always put them in a box with special Christmas cards I received and can't seem to part with.Well, after almost 40 years of marriage, 5 child, 8 grandchildren and many friends, I decided to do something I have always planned to do. I made a mini scrapbook to put them in. Let's take a look.
     First let's start with the cover. I used Mini Books for the cover and inner pages. I started with the image on page 14 . I cut 2 from chipboard and 4 from card stock. The Binding was cut @2.722 x 6.056".
     The frame is cut from Frames Of Mind and the image is on page 11 + @ 3.5".I cut a piece of red card stock to fit inside and embossed the sentiment with detail Gold embossing powder. I believe the sentiment is from Inkadinkado. The flower is a die cut I had leftover from another Christmas project.
     This label is on the inside of the cover. Its the star tag from Joys Of The Season on page 78 @ 2.5" including the layer.The numbers were cut from Seasonal Cake Art @ .75"and the "1" was cut at .65".
     Notice the snowflake back ground paper. Actually it is red card stock however, when I was gluing it on, I had a few glue spots that I didn't like. Rather than start over I had a brain storm, stamp it! Wow , what a way to save a project. I was so pleased with the result that I also did the same thing to the back inside cover. I'll have to remember this one, lol.
     Oh Shea is so cute peeking out at you! I cut the inside pages also from Mini Books and also on page 14. I used insert @ 8" x 5.25". I cut 6 of these since I had 12 photos to preserve. The snowflake embellishments are from Seasonal Cake Art page 44 and cut 1 of each @ .75", 1" and 1.25"
     Aren't these snowflakes just beautiful? These were cut from Joys Of The Season and can be found on page61 and layers @ 1.75".I also used some stickers throughout the album since it has been so long since I used any. You can find other versions on how to alter your page style, format and size with this cart. Be sure to check it out. The possibilities are endless!
 Cricut Mini Books. There you have it. I hope you will try this as it really is a great way to store those pics Now it is time to hop over to the adorable  Bella's and see what she has to show you.
     Here is the line up in case you get lost along the way:.

Tami's project
Crafting Blog Events-
Mary's Projects
Erica's Projects
Blog Candy-
Owl About Kids-



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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Let Freedom Ring

      Welcome friends and happy Friday! Today Erica asked us to make something relating to freedom. We were fortunate enough to spend the 4th of July surrounded by our whole family in Williamsburg Virginia. What a memorable trip this was. This was truly a highlight of our trip to be on the common surrounded by fellow Patriots watching the fife and drum corps march by.
     I took this opportunity to do a layout of my husband and I waiting for the fireworks to begin. First thing I did was to pull out my Stand And Salute cartridge.
     I don't usually like having my picture taken however this one really wasn't too bad, lol. I knew there was a bell on this cart but I was so surprised to find a border of bells as well as a border with the words "Let Freedom Ring".
     How cool is this? I started with some gold paper and cut my border @ 1.25" 3x's. I used 2 sets for the top of my layout and one for under the pic of us waving flags.I'll explain more about the distressed bells a little later. Since I am on a mission to use up my scrap paper, I used a strip of red card stock to off set my border. The star banner is from K&Company.
     This bell border is on the same page as the previous border: page 30. I again placed 3 sets of this border (also @ 1.25") however this time I used my gypsy and welded them together. Now the fun begins. I wanted the bells to look aged so I used some alcohol inks in Ginger, Rust and Gold. I kept adding the colors until I had them aged just right. The flag circles are also from K&Company.
     The hardest part of this project was picking out the papers. I kept moving the colors around to try and achieve a more aged look.
     This is such a fabulous cartridge.It is so good whether you are scrapping your pictures, using it for classroom projects or, how about sending some cards to our military? You can find some great images HERE
 There you have my project for today. Be sure to join us tomorrow for our February 100 Cart Blog Hop. You won't want to miss some really creative projects.
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Do You Want To Help The Special Olympic Athletes?

Champion Warmer
Good morning fellow crafters! Today I am super excited about two great events: the Scentsy charitable cause they are supporting and the event itself: The Special Olympics! Scentsy offers a wonderful alternative to candles. These are wickless fragrances that are melted in a warmer powered by a light bulb. That's it! They offer 86 different fragrances and multiple warmers from, plug in, mid size and large warmers. If you would like to read more about them you can read my past blog HERE.
     Imagine my surprise when I got their newsletter last night and saw the promotion they are offering. Below is what they have set up for honoring our athletes:
*****Greetings From Scentsy Family News! The Special Olympics World Winter Games kicked off today in Pyeongchang, South Korea. To honor these amazing athletes, for every Champion Warmer sold during the week of the Winter Games -- Jan. 29 through Feb. 5 -- Scentsy Fragrance will gift a Champion Warmer to an athlete on Special Olympics Team USA or Special Olympics Team Canada, until every athlete receives one. In addition to the gifted warmer, $8 (USD)/$9 (CAD) will still be donated to Special Olympics International for each warmer sold -- a special opportunity to give to this deserving charity not once, but TWICE! Honor a champion today! The News Team *****
     How generous this company is! Just for you buying a Champion warmer they will also give one to a Special Olympian Athlete. So each time someone buys one of these select warmers you are also helping to reward a special individual. In addition to this, Scentsy is also donating $$$'s to the Special Olympics International. These individuals work so hard to achieve their goals despite the roadblocks before them.
     How can you help? It's very simple....purchase the special warmer (you might want to get some new fragrances while you are at it). Please see your Scentsy consultant. Don't have one? Then I would be so pleased to have you as a customer. Since this is a Direct Sales company, no matter where you live you can still purchase from me. Let's make sure EVERY athlete competing receives one so hurry on over and join my January Open Party. Thank you so much for supporting this extremely important cause!!!!
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Sunday, January 27, 2013

We Just Click

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     Good morning fellow crafters! I hope you all have warmed up a bit. I don't know about you but, here in the Northeast we have been gripped by a cold snap, brrrr!
     Today Erica asked the Design Team to create a project using a CCR exclusive cart. Provo Craft is sending the circle members (Yup I am one, lol) a new cart called Animal Antics. So we could get a chance to play before they send the cart out, they have been kind enough to add it to the CCR so today I decided to make a card using one of the images. I chose to use the penguin. Here it is....
     Isn't this just the cutest penguin you ever saw? I really love how jolly he looks and how about that camera? Let's start with the phrase. I chose the phrase feature for "We Just Click". I used the phrase feature + shift as well as the phrase shadow.
     The shadow was cut with red card stock, the phrase shift from silver and the phrase itself from black. This was all done @ 2.5" and went together really easy.Now for the cuteset penguin. Can you tell I love this little guy, lol?
     I think the part I love the best is the camera around his neck.This is just so cute with the phrase. All layers were cut @ 3.5". This was particularly helpful for the lens and flash on the camera. I added some liquid pearls for the "beak" and a metallic marker for the trim on the hat. This would be so cute as a birthday, friend or even Valentines' Day card.
     I thought I'd show you a screen shot from my CCR project:
This was from one layer. The left is the silver layer, right shadow layer in  red and the  lower right layer in black

This is what I started with before I decided to add another layer and cut things out separately. I like to see what the layers are for the cut before I move them around on my mat to place my colors. I hope this makes sense!

   Well that's it for today guys. Hope you enjoyed my little guy. I can see future projects with this cart!Be sure to head back over to My Cricut Craft Room and see what the rest of the team has to share with you today.

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