Saturday, November 22, 2014

New Cartridge Review Saturday

Hello and welcome to my Saturday post. Today I am reviewing a new cartridge that was released last week called Pretty Packages and I created these items using the Cricut Explore. I love having the subscription so that you can play with the new releases and see if it is something you might like to purchase. My subscription expired this week (free one that came with machine) and I knew even though I have 300+ cartridges, it was something I would keep for $9.99 a month. Well with this new cartridge, some things I like and some I didn't and still think it is something I would purchase.  The first one I am show is a rectangle box on page 3 and even though it was not hard, I found that the way it was put together make it a little thick.  I would have like to seen it not have the folded inside tabs.  If you are using heavy cardstock which most of us use on boxes, make it heavier.  Other than that, I liked it.  For my box with all the items grouped I sized it at 14 inches which made the final size 6inches long and 2.5 inches tall.  I used the Anna Griffin Christmas pattern cardstock I got from HSN.
I then made the box for the top which was really simple and I liked it, but I picked a gold paper from American Crafts which was a little heavier.  The bow I grouped at 11.5 and the finished bow measures about 6.5 inches.  I think you kind of have to play around with sizes on these.  Hard to judge.
I did a couple of the flowers which I really liked.  This one was two sections and I added a pop dot between the layers.  I just added some stickles to the middle piece.  I could see this being used at a poinsettia for the holidays if you wanted.  I did both of the flowers at 4.5 inches and they were big, but wanted them so that you could see them better.

I really loved this one!  It is 3 pieces and the center.  After I put it together, I wish I had inked the edges, but I will make more.  I might make the center piece a little smaller or add a brad to it.  This would look beautiful on a package. 
Now I picked a card to show.  This is the money card and envelope.  I picked a pattern paper and it has a snowflake design in the card that did not show too good so I added a piece on the inside which made it show better, (not in picture though)
I cut this card and envelope at 9.5 inches and the money went in great, but I think I would go 10 inches next time.  This is super easy!
This is the envelope.  You draw the design of snowflakes, well that is what I call them with your pen.  I only have the silver pen that came with it so that is what I used.  I need ideas for Santa so I have not purchased them yet.  This went together super easy.
The card just slides in and all ready for you to give as a gift.  I hope that this may help you decide about purchasing a cartridge.  If you like to see me continue reviewing the new cartridges, please leave me a comment.  Thanks to all the new people who have joined the blog and my Facebook page, I think I have received about a 100 new people in the last couple weeks.  See you Tuesday when I will be sharing a new layout.  I have some new products to share with you soon so keep watching and have a wonderful weekend!!!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Few Christmas Ornaments

Hello and welcome to Exploring Cricut and More. Today I am sharing some ornaments with you. My plan was to have more than this, but I had a shot to which I had a reaction and it caused severe headaches so I didn't get anymore crafting done. Good thing is that it is finally getting better. I will have some more later to share.  Today I will be sharing 4 different ornaments.  Under each picture is the description and how I did them.
This first one was one I was thinking about the other night when I could not sleep.  I always seem to get ideas when I can't sleep.  This is a large 4 inch plastic clear ornament that I used Pledge Floor wax and fine white glitter.  I have been doing these kinds of ornaments for several years and they hold up really good.  I made the hat from an svg file from SVG Cuts Christmas Open House and used my Cricut Explore.  I also cut the snowman features using different snowmen from Snowfriends cartridge.  I used vinyl for the features.  Now I did not have any orange vinyl so I cut the nose in white and took my orange sharpie and colored it.  Just let it dry completely before you put it on.
This next ornament is really easy.  I did the same glitter in the ornament with Pledge and used Martha Stewart fine glitter in Cherry.  This is a glass ornament.  I just used some scor tape and attached the ribbon around it with a ribbon slide I got at Hobby Lobby.  I also added some jewels around the top and added a ribbon. 
This one is not quite finished, but wanted to show you how cute he is.  This is one of the flat plastic ornaments that I used the Pledge glitter method and added this cute Grinch face.  This was a file shared on the Facebook group Let's Learn Cricut Explore that I am in.  If you have not joined any of the Facebook groups, you should.  There are several for both Cricut and Silhouette.  I live in a small town and 65 miles away from the nearest big chains, so I want some green boa to go around the top and I know my little granddaughter will love this one!
This last ornament is an acrylic house that I got from Punch Place Plus along with the key.  This comes with a kit that included the ribbon too.  It is clear and I added vinyl to it.  This is great for the houses with no chimney that you can leave for Santa.  I plan on making a couple more in other variations that I will share with you later.  The belt and wording is all vinyl too and very easy to make.  Be sure to check out all the great stuff from Punch Place Plus.  I will be doing a big blog post soon showing you some wonderful products they sell and what you can make with them!!!!  Join me on Saturday when I will be exploring a new Cricut cartridge for you!!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Time for a Christmas Page

Hello and happy Tuesday! Yesterday was cold and our first little bit of snow here in Kentucky. I do not like cold or snow and the little one was out of school so she came to spend the day with me.  No crafting just cleaning and laundry!!!  Today I am sharing a layout I created using the Cricut Explore and several cartridges.  For the scallop of the circle I used Stamping and cut it at 10.5 inches.  The inner circle cut twice was cut at 8.75 and I used two different colored cardstock.  For this I used Celebrations.  I used the Christmas Kitsch cartridge for the title cut at 6.5 inches, packages cut at 5 inches, tag at 2 inches and holly at 2.5 inches.  I used the Days and Dates for the 2011 and cut at .5 inch.  The pattern paper was one in my stash from Creative Imaginations.  Will work on the second page, but I used this in a sketch challenge on the Facebook page, Cricut Scrapbook Layouts and I might enter it in another challenge.  I will be back on Thursday with a cute holiday ornament!


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Let's Explore Cricut!

Hello! Today I am going to explore the new cartridge Family Album. As a scrapbooker, I love when I get do quick layouts and as you know, I am very behind.  Today I am sharing three of the pages with you.  I love that these are ready for you and it is so easy to create a second page on your own.  I wanted to do some, but the time got away from me and didn't get a chance.  I have pictures in my files that I will use with each of these layouts!  I used my Cricut Explore and my subscription that came with my machine is almost ready to end, but I think it is well worth keeping because all the new cartridges are included.  That gives me a chance to play with them and see if it is something I want to add to my collection.  This first layout is Family Camp Out.  I used some pattern paper from Bo Bunny and cardstock from Michaels.  I also added some stickles to the title.  I cut this and all the layouts at 11.5 inches.
I love the background of this next layout called Swim.  It cut like butter and was so cool and I will probably make a border on the next page with it too.  The cardstock was from Michaels and I added a little stickles to the title.
This is one of my favorites and maybe because I like the color combo I picked.  This one of course is called Say Cheese.  I have some perfect little pictures of my two silly granddaughters that were taken at a photo booth at the movies that will work perfect in the film strip.  I used pattern paper and cardstock from Michaels.  Next Saturday I will explore another cartridge with some ideas for you.  Join me Tuesday with another new project.  Holidays are coming so we need to get busy working!!!!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Countdown to Christmas

Hello and welcome to another project here at Exploring Cricut and More. Today I am sharing this easy project that is perfect to start counting the days till Santa arrives.  I used my Cricut Explore and for the Days till Christmas, I used the Fontastic Font-DJ Fiddlesticks in Design Space.  I created the snowflakes using the December 25th cartridge.  The center of my charger has a chalkboard vinyl and the circle was cut at 8.25 inches.  I used George for the circle. The charger came from Walmart and ribbon was in my stash.   I just hot glued the bow and it is ready to start down that count!  Join me on Saturday when I will be Exploring Cricut with a new cartridge.