Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy Birthday Exploring Cricut!

Hello and welcome to Exploring Cricut and More’s 4th Birthday celebration. Today starts a week of fabulous projects with several of my crafty friends joining me. We have a super challenge and lots of prizes to give away to our friends. I posted a couple yesterday and will add more for every 10 new projects submitted. Here are the 2 prizes that I showed in yesterdays post and after 10 entries, I will add another. You can’t win if you do not enter. Challenge starts today and runs through Saturday, October 26 10 pm eastern time. You may enter two projects and they must be current. You are to enter a card, layout, vinyl, or paper craft of something for a Birthday using any die cut machine. You must include what machine you used and if you used svgs, cartridges, or dies, please include that on your blog. Only residents in the US can win because of the shipping, but if someone enters from outside the US and wins, I will give a gift certificate to a company of my choice. Now everyone wins this way!!!! Start your crafting and please let your friends know. Now for the first two projects for Monday!!!!
Win these prizes by entering our challenge! More than 10 entries, I add another prize!!!!!!
Exploring Cricut & More is turning 4 this week!  Hello,  Michelle here from   Here is a Twisted Easel card I made for the occasion. I also needed a card for my sisters birthday in December, so I made this to celebrate her love of motorcycles. She has a Harley Road King, so this bike isn't a Harley, but she'll like it anyway! The image came from Rock Princess, cut at 4 3/4". All of the bike is cut using scraps. The hair is almost identical to my sisters real hair color-it's gorgeous! The road is a Paper Trey ink stamp embossed with white embossing powder, and the bottom sentiment (Live life at full throttle) is from Unity Stamp Co. Thanks for visiting me today, and make sure you enter a project-what great prizes!
Diane here today too sharing a couple different options for your gifts.  The first is a box I created using my Cricut Explore and svg files from SVG Cuts Mother's Garden.  I also used the cartridge Stamping for the Happy Birthday.  This is a easy box and the paper I used is from DCWV Celebrations stack.

 For this bag, I just used one from the Dollar Tree and the top border is from Mother's Day 2010, the pennents on the side of the bag in different sizes is from Creative Cards, Happy Birthday is from WildCard 2 and the balloons and confetti was in my subscription under My Image Set.  Now we have two different ways to present a gift to someone.  Join our challenge so we can see what you come up with for our celebration and tomorrow we will  have 2 more great projects to share!!!!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Time to Party!!!!

Exploring Cricut and More is celebrating our 4th birthday with a week long celebration!! Join me and my crafty friends for a week of fun and lots of projects. We will be sharing TWO projects a day and having a challenge. Join us Monday for the start of the celebration. All the details will be on tomorrows post, but here is a couple goodies we will be giving away and you never know, I might throw in another!  One person picked by will win this Cricut Lite cartridge Sweet Shop and we will also give away a card package which will include 10 cards and envelopes and the other goodies pictured.  If you know some new people that just got the Cricut Explore at the HSN launch, tell them to join in the celebration.  See you all tomorrow!!!!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Halloween Trick or Treat Containers

Happy Saturday. Today I want to share two different Trick or Treat holders. Both will hold lots of goodies when the little ones go out on that special night.  The first one I created using the Silhouette Cameo and used the Jamie Cripps file #66100 Frankenstein Card that I purchased in the Silhouette store.  She does have plans to sell her svg files on her blog and that will be coming soon.  Even though this was a card, I still used the elements for this canvas bag.  I got the bag at Michaels in a set of 4 or 5 and used HTV from Expressions Vinyl.   I also used my heat press.  If you are thinking about one, I got mine at Amazon and it is from Fancierstudios and was around $239 and worth every penny!!!  I think my little nephew will get this bag. 

My next container I made I used my Cricut Explore.  I used files from Miss Kate Cuttables called Ghost and one called Trick or Treat.  I just used parts of each files to create this look.  I always save the little pieces of vinyl and punch them out with circle punches and put them in a container and I used these too.  I also used the Quarter Note cartridge and created my granddaughters name.  Just added a few different colored ribbons and she is ready to get some goodies.  I got the bucket at Hobby Lobby.  I used Expressions Vinyl Oracle 651 vinyl. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Little Christmas Kitsch

Happy Thursday! Today I am pleased to share a layout using the Anna Griffin Christmas Kitsch cartridge and my Cricut Explore.  I know this is geared to cardmaking, but I am a scrapbooker at heart and I knew I could make a cute page out of those elements.  I love the adorable Santa and I cut him at 5.5 inches.  The reindeer was cut at 5.75 inches and Merry Christmas was cut at 6 inches.  They went really well with the Anna Griffin Christmas paper that I bought off of HSN last week.  It is nice heavy cardstock. I know I jumped ahead a little, but wanted to show you this cartridge!!! Now why should you buy this cartridge???  Well it makes beautiful cards and think of the possibilities of other projects.  I do plan on other scrapbook layouts with it too!  I have enclosed closeup of these images for you to look at.  Check it out today over at  Be sure to join me Saturday with a cute Halloween project!!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A little Seasonal Soiree

Hello and hope you all enjoyed a nice weekend. I got to spend Saturday in my craft room since my hubby was refereeing volleyball tournaments and got to play with a couple new cartridges.  Today I am sharing a couple cards from the Anna Griffin Seasonal Soiree .  When I got the email from Cricut this week I decided to buy it digital and I had a $5 off so made it better.  The only thing I can say I dislike about this cartridge is that the manual online does not give you the sizes to cut like most of the cartridges do.  This first card and envelope I am sharing is on the Make It Now so it was already sized for you. I did use the Cricut Explore for these cards.  This is the Pumpkin card which would make a great invitation too.  I used CTMH cardstock and some stickles.  I also cut out the bat and spider to add to it.  I really like the Make It Now projects and you can complete them quickly and still add your own touches. 

This next card is the Bat Invitation.  I plan on using it for my niece in her treat bag.  I love how the fine details cut perfectly.  I played around till I sized this the way I wanted it, but forgot to write down the size.  I will have to get better with that lol.  I just used a stamp in my collection.  I used some silver and gray papers from Michaels.  I really like this cartridge and got my eye on a couple more.  I finally got all my cartridges on my Gypsy linked, so now I am happy!!!!  Join me on Thursday and I am going to show you a project with the Anna Griffin Christmas Kitsch cartridge.  I love it!!!!