Saturday, November 29, 2014

A Saturday Share!

Well first off, I am apologizing because is not what I had planned, but we know how plans go sometimes lol.  I had planned to share the new Frozen digital cartridge released this week, but with Thanksgiving and still feeling like crap from this cold, it didn't even make it to the mat!  So I am sharing a couple more layouts from the Family Album cartridge.  These were made with the Cricut Explore.  I love that these are easy and fantastic layouts and when you are feeling like something left you out in the snow, it works!  I will do better next week.  I am so sick of coughing and today not much voice which is great for the family!  This first layout is I love vacation.  I used some Bo Bunny pattern paper and cardstock.  Super fast.  I just sized both these layouts at 11.5 inches so that they fit on the mat.  On this one, I did adjust the mats for the pictures a little. 
This second layout, Little Chef I did in reds and greens just in time for some Christmas baking with my granddaughters.  I love when we bake up some goodies when they come for a sleepover.  I used some pattern paper from Michaels and cardstock.  I will see you Tuesday with a product review and projects I hope to complete this weekend.  Have a super crafty weekend.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Time for some Christmas cards!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends! I wish you a wonderful holiday with your family and friends! Today I am sharing some Christmas cards.  I am sure I might be the only crafter who has not started making her Christmas cards yet.  Not sure why I hadn't but at least I have started now.  I did a few cards to share with you that I did with both Cricut Explore and Silhouette Cameo.  The first card and envelope is from the Christmas Kitsch cartridge.  I love this and these cards were super easy.  I love how easy the envelopes go together too.  I used some older pattern paper in my stash for the envelope and of course cardstock and some stickles for the card.  I also used the word Peace from the cartridge too. 
This next card is also from the Christmas Kitsch cartridge.  I did stamp this one and on the trees added stickles to make them glitz!  Sorry for the bad lighting, but I broke my light trying to move it into position and now I have to find a new one and hopefully one that is brighter too!!!
Now for a couple cards I make with the Silhouette Cameo and these designs were from the Silhouette store.  This first one was a breeze to make and I love the card.  It is file#51361  I used some scraps in my Christmas paper stash and some cardstock.  Threw a little stickles in too and you can see where I stuck my finger in it....oops!
This ornament card file#51746 is also a gift card holder.  I will need a few of these when I go get some gift cards this weekend.  Just a little more shopping and we are finished!!! 
You have a place to add your card, (as you see I had no gift card) lol.  Room to sign and go.  This card was also completed using some scraps and I love when I can use those scraps!!!  Have a wonderful day and I will see you back here on Saturday with a cartridge review. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Little Christmas today!

Hello and welcome to Exploring Cricut and More. Today I am sharing a layout I created using the Cricut Explore and the cartridges Art Philosophy for snowflake border cut at 11.5 inches, Doodlecharms for the trees cut at 1, 1.5, and 2 inches,Winter Wonderland for the title cut at 6.5 inches and Days and Dates for 2011 cut at 1.5 inches.  I used pattern paper from Hobby Lobby that was in a stack I got last year and some gems and washi tape from Michaels.  Picture is not the greatest, seems I forget till evening to take it lol.  Join me on Thursday for another project.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Update on Ornament

Hello and just wanted you to see how my Grinch ornament looks finished. I went to Walmart and way in the back found a boa that would work since I have not made it to the craft store for a couple weeks. I love how he turned out and I gave him to a friend. Now two more are being worked on for other people. Have a super Sunday and join me on Tuesday for a layout! I am working on some cute things to share with you soon too!!!! Thanks for the wonderful comments on my post Saturday. 

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.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Some Garden Flags Just in Time for Holidays!

Welcome and thanks for joining me today. Happy Veterans Day to all the brave men and women who continue or have served to make our country safe!   I am so happy to share these adorable garden flags with you that I created using some burlap flags that I purchased from Punch Place Plus.  This is a fabulous company and I am so pleased to be sharing many projects in the next few weeks with items you can purchase from them.  Be sure to head over to their site at www.punchplaceplus.com and see what they have to offer.
The first flag I am sharing is done with the Cricut Explore and the monogram files from Lori Whitlock and this can be purchased on her site at www.loriwhitlock.com  I know it is also available in the Silhouette Store for Cameo users.  I love this monogram and I also used the Brannboll font for my last name that I downloaded from www.dafont.com   The wind was blowing so hard that day so I had to do it inside and once I put the flag on the pole decided to put it on my porch.  I am lucky that my flag poll has a base and I used to have it in my store.  I do not have to put this one out in the ground. 

This next flag was for my daughter in law who just celebrated her birthday.  When I showed her mine she said she wanted one that had a turkey for Thanksgiving.   For this flag, I used the Silhouette Cameo and used files #13722 Turkey and file#51335 Happy Thanksgiving  that I purchased in the Silhouette store. Using different colors of vinyl was not hard at all.  The bows on both these flags are ribbon I got at Walmart.
This last flag was done with the Cricut Explore and a svg file from www.Katelynsdesigns.com  It is called the Chevron Christmas Tree.  I used red glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl for the tree base, some silver glitter and plain green for the Merry Christmas.  I got the burlap ribbon for this one at Michaels.  All 3 of these flags were done with my heat press.   Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all the great products that Punch Place Plus has and be sure to tell them I sent you!!!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Time for a little turkey!

Happy Saturday! What does scraps of cardstock, a wood block and a painters stick make??  Well it can make a cute project that even your little ones can help with.  Time for Thanksgiving and why not let them get involved.  I used the Silhouette Cameo with this project, but no reason you can't use any die cut machine.  The reason I used Cameo is because I had these files in my software and was using them for another project which you will see on Tuesday!  I used the files#13722 and file#69369.  Now you are asking, what can I make with this stuff?????
You can make the cutest or the ugliest little turkey for a great display piece.  For this I base coated the block which was 3.5 x 4 inches with a brown acrylic paint and cut the top of the paint stick to fit the block and painted it too.  I then cut out some of the pieces of the turkey for file#13722 and glued on.  I used the Happy Thanksgiving title of the file#69369 and added to the front.  Just added a little stickles and boom, you have a display turkey!!!  Lots of Cricut cartridges have turkey images, so try one of those.  Make one of these today with your little ones or get creative yourself making one.  Thanks for stopping by and see you on Tuesday with a great idea to share and to give a shout out to a new company that I am loving!!!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Just one of the family!

Well I am still working on this scrapbook, but the end is almost here. I thought I was done, but noticed that I was missing a month so I got to looking and found them in a folder on my desk. Guess that tells you it was piled up!!! Just a few more and then we can call this grandchilds finished!  Today I am doing a layout using the Cricut Explore and svg files One of the Family from Miss Kate Cuttables.  This was so easy to create and I tried to get lots of pictures because there were too many cute ones.  This was when my little granddaughter Peyton got her dog Tres.  He was so cute, but now is a big dog.  Too bad you can't keep them little.  He is crazy, but we all love him anyway.  His name Tres, because he was the 3rd dog in the family.  The other two are in heaven only one might have had her foot in the other direction since she did have a evil streak in her old age lol.  The pattern paper was from a DCWV Travel stack and cardstock from Michaels.  I also used some stickles.  Lots of fun creating this page.  Now to finish this album!!!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Time for a Fall Sweatshirt

Welcome to the Tuesday project. Today I am sharing a sweatshirt I made the little one to wear. I did remember to take a picture of it, but not one with her wearing it. I used my Cricut Explore and the Chevron Pumpkin from www.katelyndesigns.com  I also used the Pooh font for the happy fall.  I used some neon glitter, black and green HTV from Expressions vinyl.  I used a heat press too.  I want to make sure that you know when importing this svg make sure that you use the file isvg instead of the plain svg file.  I got a big black glob when I imported and contacted the owner and she said for Cricut to use the isvg because Design Studio did not like her file lol.  I will be doing another project soon with another one of her files that I think you will like.  Be sure to join me on Thursday with another project share.  Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest!!!!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Happy November 1st

Hello and can you believe it is November already!!! The weather here is Kentucky was not so great for the Trick or Treat children with cold, rain and snow . Now time to turn our thoughts to this holiday season and all the things we want to make before our time slips away. I will be doing several projects in the next few weeks that I hope you will enjoy.  Today I am sharing a wreath I made entirely with paper with the exception of the ribbon to hang it with.  This was fun and easy to make and I made it with scraps that I had in my stash.  Lots of pictures and descriptions under them.
This is the finished project which was really quick to put together.  Took around an hour.
I used the Cricut Explore and cut this circle from the new Days and Dates cartridge. I cut it at 9.5 inches.  It was circle#96 and I cut it from a heavy chipboard since I wanted it to be the base of the wreath.
I removed the inside and used the outside part.  The weight of my chipboard was heavy enough that I only needed one. 
I then cut pennants from the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge at 7, 6, and 4 x 1inch.  You can find a pennant on several different cartridges.  I like this one because it was scored and folded great.
This is how they looked when folded.  I cut way too many so I will be using them on future projects lol.  I also trimmed some down a quarter inch and doubled some.  Gave a extra look to them.
I started layering them around the circle and overlapping some so that the base would not show.
I cut the Happy Thanksgiving out of cardstock and chipboard to make it stiff.  I used Sesame St. Elmo and Friends cartridge and cut at 9 inches.  I added stickles to the Thanksgiving which you can see in the final picture. 
The bow was a free on in the Make It Now (pencil case) and it was 8 inches.
I put it all together and added a ribbon to hang with and will make a nice decor for my craft room.  This is a project the kids could help with and would be fun to see the different combinations.  The pattern papers were from an old WeR Memory fall stack.  Be sure to join me Tuesday for another project.