Thursday, February 4, 2016

Some of my HSN Anna Griffin Projects

Hello and welcome to Exploring Cricut and More. I really didn't plan on sharing cards today, but got carried away when my order arrived from HSN.  I ordered probably way too much, but love it all and I really haven't spent much on craft supplies for awhile.  I ordered two of the cards kits, mainly because I really don't want to spend lots of time making cards when I have so much scrapbooking to get finished!  I love to send home made cards, and Anna Griffin helps by supplying all the stuff you need to create beautiful cards.  I am sharing 9 cards from the Floral Impressions card kit.  I also bought the pop up cards and will share those later on.  I didn't use any machines except for the Cuttlebug with these.  I bought my Cuttlebug when it first came out many years ago and I think it might be time to replace it.  Not doing a great job even though I bought new pads.  Might be a gold one in my future!!!  My hubby has been out of town for the last couple days so I have been scrapbooking and will share some pages with you next week.  Hope you enjoy these cards.  Not sure which is my favorite!









Thursday, January 28, 2016

Sharing some cards with you today!

Hello. Hope you are all having a marvelous week. I was kind of in a slump crafting wise this week.  I knew I needed to make some cards to get in the mail and yet could not find my mojo.  I binged on watching HSN and Anna Griffin and all her marvelous new creations.  I did pick up 6 new things!!!  After watching her presentations, I decided to get my rear in gear because they had to be mailed the next day.  I had one birthday and two sympathy cards to make so I knew since I waited so long, they had to be easy.  Thanks to my Cricut Explore and my Cuttlebug, I finally got them completed. 
This first one is just a quick card using one embellishment from Lacy Labels.  I cut this and wove ribbon through it and made a bow with a larger ribbon.  I just added some paper flowers and pearls I had in my stash.  My stamps were from CTMH.
For this card, I used my Cuttlebug and my Anna Griffin Cuttlebug embossing die called Versailles Frame.  I bought these last year and just used them  I also added some paper flowers and gems.  So simple with a little ribbon.
For this card I used my Cricut Explore and a card from Anna's Garden Cards and Embellishments and the same tag from Lacy Labels.  No ribbon woven through this one, but used some on the side.  These were quick and easy and you might say I was inspired to use my Anna Griffin stuff.  Loved the new cartridge and the metal dies coming out and I also picked up a couple of her card kits.  I used one at Christmas and was so impressed.  Till next time, happy crafting.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Time for a Little Home Decor

Hello and welcome. I hope you are trying to stay warm. It is really cold here in Kentucky today and has been most of the week. We are expecting snow tomorrow so I am planning a weekend of crafting and catching up with some scrapbooking.  Today I am sharing some home decor projects with you.  I have used both my Cricut Explore and my Silhouette Cameo for these projects.  I had a couple things pinned on Pinterest that I was interested in making and when my husband said he was going to Lowe's I sent him with a list.  This first project is for a friend of mine who wanted this for her aunt.  It is a large cutting board that has a design that was shared with me and etched.  I have never got to play with the air eraser we use because my husband really enjoys doing it and this way he gets all messy lol.  I have done the smaller ones, but this was the first time I did one on a larger scale.  I thought it would be easier, but was harder to line and calculate the size.  I am very pleased with how it turned out.
Going up my stairway was a dead space that I just couldn't find the right pictures or decorations for and believe me I tried so many.  Before Christmas we were at Michaels and found this large frame that had the right amount of slots for family pictures on sale for 70% off.  We got it so cheap, we had to grab it because it was exactly what we wanted.  We decided that we wanted a quote to go with it.  I used the Silhouette Cameo and a couple files from the Silhouette Store.  I adjusted the bottom on by removing some parts of it.  We are really pleased with how it turned out. 

For this next project, I used my Cricut Explore and a font I got off the site www.dafont.com  You could use any font that would fit your decor.  This is actually a left over piece of wood from the next piece you will see.  This is a 1 x 6 inch piece of pine and it is 30 inches long.  I like working with pine because it is such a good wood, but does cost more.  I first gave the board a coat of Valspar Antique White that I got for .50 at Lowes.  When it dried, I cut my letters from vinyl and attached to the wood.  I then gave it a coat of Waverly chalk paint in the color ink.  Since I do not have any place close to buy things, I found this at Walmart.  I let the paint dry and then carefully peeled my vinyl letters off and gave it a little sanding to make it look distressed and then gave it a coat of the Waverly wax.  I am pretty pleased with how it looks and put it on the mantle for now.
The next piece I made did not have any machines to cut anything.  I saw this wonderful wood box on Pinterest and decided I wanted one for my dining room table and that it would be great to change out for the holidays.  This is made of 1 x 4 pine cut 31.5 inches, you need 2 pieces for the sides, 2 pieces cut 5.5 inches and one piece of 1 x 6 pine cut 30 inches.  I glued them together with gorilla glue and took a nail gun to secure them.  I painted them with the Waverly Chalk paint and distress it and then added the wax.  I found some beads I wanted, but have not got the candles yet and will do that on my next trip out.  Hope I can inspire you to try some home projects of your own and be sure to let me know where I can take a look.  Till next week, happy crafting and stay warm!!!!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Time to get organized in the New Year!

New Year and time to get that craft room organized!!  At least that is one of my things to get accomplished along with lots of projects!  Today I am sharing a couple of organizing 3D projects you can make.  I did create these with the Silhouette Cameo because I purchased the files in the Silhouette Store, but Cricut Explore users, I will give you the information on how to purchase these too.  This first one is a organizer for your Glitter Glue bottles.  If you are like me, those things multiply lol.  I have made 10 of these boxes so far and still need more, but love them. 
This is the 3D Glitter Glue Holder #61993 by Jamielanedesigns.  Now Jamie sells her designs at www.digiplayground.com but I didn't find this one, but if you go to her blog at www.jamielanedesigns.blogspot.com and contact her, she might give you the information to purchase this.  As you see in this first picture, it is only 2 pieces. Just fold on the dotted lines.
I use scor tape on my 3D projects because it holds so much better.  You can see where I put some tape on each ends of the boxes.
When you put them together, they look like this.  You just put the top box inside the bottom and you are done!!!
As you see, I have 3 different kinds of glitter glue to show you they will fit.  I used some cardstock from Close to my Heart that my friend Emily gave me.  Works super. 
This next project just takes 2 sheets of cardstock and is a A2 3D Stationary Box that you can store cards and envelopes in.  This was also in the Silhouette Store #46790 and you can purchase this file at www.digiplayground.com and it is called A2 Stationary Box on that site.  This is a Samantha Walker design and the directions on how to put this together can be found at www.samanthaleewalker.blogspot.com/2013/08/silhouette-cutting-file-tutorial.html   It was not hard at all.  The pieces above is the base of the box.
These pieces are the box trim and I used some more of the CTMH cardstock.  Love it is solid on one side and pattern on another. 
When you put the pieces together this is what the main box looks like.  I also used scor tape on this.
I put the accent pieces on and closed the lid.  You can attach a cute fastner if you want.
This is perfect to store A2 cards and envelopes.  I hope you liked these projects and next week I will show you some Home Decor projects I am working on.  Have a crafty week!!!!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

A couple projects for the New Year

Welcome to 2016! I wish everyone a fabulous and creative year of crafting. Well while my year ended and started off badly due to illness, I am not letting it stop me from getting off to a crafting start.  I took a couple days this week and worked a little on my vacation album.  I still haven't finished sorting my Disney pictures, but plan on doing it next week so I can start getting those printed.  Took a couple days to get all the Christmas put away and get the house back in order.  Today, I have a couple projects to share.  My friend has a birthday this week so I wanted to make a card and one of my New Year's crafting resolutions is to try and use some of the supplies I have without going to buy more.  I will achieve that when I get a little better organized instead of putting things in drawers and not where they belong!!! lol  This first card has no machines other than the Cuttlebug and paper trimmer involved.  I had a little envelope that had these pretty little flowers in it and thought they would look good on a card.  Well we all love when HSN floods us with the craft days and on one of those days I purchased these Anna Griffin cuttlebug folders so I decided to give them a try.  I embossed the front and the inside sentiment.  I rubbed a little chalk over the embossed message to show up.  Just added the flowers in the corner and a ribbon and put it on a 5 x 7 card.  I love the way it turned out and took no time at all.  I think this would make a great any event card. 
I am finishing up our trip to St. Louis scrapbook and we visited Grant's Farm.  I loved seeing how big those Clydesdale horses really were and all the animals on the farm.  I did this page with the Silhouette and all the cuts were from the Silhouette store.  I will be back next week with a couple more goodies.  Try getting into those supplies and seeing what you forgot you had and create something exciting!!!