Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter To All My Friends!
Today I am sharing my Great Nephew's Easter Card. Our little guy is a big Angry Birds fan. I made him a sign for his room that I will be posting later this week and a card featuring Matilda, the white bird.


This was a fun card to put together. I found Angry Bird SVGs at The Lady Wolf. She has an awesome blog! You can't have an Easter card for a little fellow without a bunny, but Matilda refused to share the spotlight, so I donned her in a cute pair of bunny ears I found by searching my images in Design Space. The ears come from an image on Trick Or Treat.

 
Once again, I used clouds from Paper pups and grass from Ribbons and Rosettes. The eggs are from the CCR Easter set and the flowers are from Martha Stewart's All Occasion Cartridge. 
 
 
I used the Happy Easter sentiment from the Cricut Craft Room Classroom Set, April/May. The font for CJ's initials are from Birthday Bash. I was very happy to hear that he liked the card when he received it!
 
I am loving the fact that I can blend SVGs and my Cricut images together to create fun cards and projects. The Explore has made me one happy crafter! I am entering my card in the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge this week.
 
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
 
Happy Easter!
Colleen


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Narelle's Pinterest Party!

Hi friends and fellow crafters! Today I am sharing a project I made based on my pin from Creative Me, Inspired By You that I pinned on to my board at Pinterest called Ideas For Kaylee. Cricut Circle members and Cricut Blog followers might remember Kristen Swain from the Cricut Design team. I always loved her beautiful frilly designs and finally have a chance to re-create some of them! Here is Kristen Swain's Easter Basket



We have waited a lifetime for a baby girl in our family, so my great niece Kaylee is going to be quite spoiled. I am super excited because I finally get to make lots of girly girl things! After 4 nephews and 1 son, this is truly a treat for me!

Last week, I pinned a her beautiful Easter Basket decorated with tulle. I spent a couple of hours today creating my own version of the basket for Kaylee's 1st Easter. Here is my finished basket.

 

I decided to use different colors of tulle and while Kristen's created her own handle, I took the easy way out and used a basket with a handle. LOL! Kristen gives great directions on how to use create the skirt. It was fun and easy. I may even try to make an actual tutu for my niece now. LOL!

 
I wrapped some pretty tulle around the handle and added a tulle bow that I made.


Above is a close up of the skirt.
 


In the basket is a cute little photo album that I filled with recent photos of Kaylee for her Mom. I also added the bottoms to an extra outfit I ordered for Kaylee's 1st birthday from Mud Pie. The onsie that comes with the bottoms is wrapped on a hanger and was too big to put in the basket. I almost took it out, but decided that since the baby's birthday isn't until July, it was better off wrapped. Finally I placed the cutest pair of Converse Chuck Taylor's in the basket. Even the box they came in was cute!
 
 
Look how little it is!
 
It was fun to actually take a project that I have pinned and recreate it. Why not check out Narelle's blog and join the party!
 
Thanks for visiting my blog today!
 
Happy Crafting!
Colleen

Thursday, April 17, 2014

It's Kaylee's 1st Easter!

Hi friends and fellow crafters! My sweet, sweet great niece is celebrating her first Easter! She has brought so much joy to our lives! I wanted to make a very special card for her. I have had the Disney Classics Cartridge for a very long time and this was the perfect chance to finally use it! Naturally, I chose Thumper for Kaylee's card. Cutting all the tiny pieces with my Explore was so fun. I love that I can cut very small pieces with no tears, or tears. See what I did there? LOL! The butterflies are so tiny on this card. They are all a round .62 inches. So you can imagine how tiny and thin the layers were for them. Mostly everything on the card is from the Disney Classics Cartridge.  The clouds are from Paper Pups, the eggs are from the CCR Easter set, the grass is Ribbons and Rosettes, and the label is from a search in the Design Space. I think it may be CTMH Art Philosophy, but I am not sure.

 
Here is a close up of Thumper.
 
 
That is one cute little bunny!
 
 
I seriously love the ability to write on my projects with the Explore. It made it so simple to personalize my card.
 
 
I am so happy my boys ( my nephews) are beginning their own families. I love the fact that our family is growing and we have little ones to spoil again!
 
I am entering this card into the Easter Card Challenge at Cardz TV
 
 
 
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
 
Happy Crafting!
Colleen

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Loving My Cricut Explore

Hi friends and fellow crafters! I have been having a blast playing with my new Cricut Explore. Today I am sharing some new cards that I created using it. This machine cuts like a dream! I love the Make It Now Projects. I needed a birthday card for my cousin, so I used the Anna Griffin Make it Now Butterfly card.
 
I used the pens to write the sentiment and outline my label. I added some pearls and a flower and had a beautiful card all set to go.
 
 
I added a computer generated sentiment and voila! It was all ready to be mailed!

The next card was a Make It Now Birthday Card for my nephew.



I added some glitter to the base and really like the finished product. These are two fun Make It Now projects from Design Space. I will be back later with a couple of cards that I created using the Explore and my own ideas.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Happy Crafting!
Colleen

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Exploring All The Possiblities!


 
 
Hi friends and fellow crafters. I have been having lots of fun playing with my new Cricut Explore Machine. This new machine does it all! I love it! Along with the machine, Provo Craft has also created a program that uses SVGs, JPEGs, PNGs, and your own computer fonts. The new Design Space is so easy to use. Not only can you create your own projects, but there are a bunch of  "Make It Now" projects to play with. These rosettes are from a Fourth Of July project. I just changed up the colors and added some fun St. Patrick's Day cuts. I loved how easy it was to make these using the scoring tool in my Explore! All the rosettes are scored for you! Woo-hoo!


This is a big centerpiece! The design makes 7 rosettes. One 10x10 ( I made 2 just for fun) two 8x8 rosettes and 4 6x6 rosettes. I am pretty sure the rosettes are from Ribbons and Rosettes. Using the Make It Now, lays all the pieces out on the mats for you. You have the opportunity to change colors in the program or at the beginning you can customize the design. I found some of the circles for the back of the rosettes to be al little too large for my taste, so I made them slightly smaller for the 6x6 rosettes.

 
 I love looking around at all the images available to cut on my Cricut Explore. It truly gives me a greater appreciation of all the cartridges I own. I used the word Lucky from Simply Charmed and sized it at almost 2 inches high. The Pot Of Gold is from the St. Patrick's Digital Set and sized around 2.75 inches high.

 
The Leprechaun's Hat is from A Child's Year and sized at 2.5 inches high. The shamrocks are from Celebrate With A Flourish. I totally forgot about that cartridge! I cut them at 2.8 inches high.


 My favorites are the 10 inch rosettes with the Leprechauns. They are also from Simply Charmed. I cut them at 3.15 inches high. I was so amazed at great the tiny pieces cut with my Explore. Look at those teeny tiny clouds on the Rainbow from the St. Patrick's Day set! That rainbow is less than 2 inches high! I was floored at how perfect the leprechauns' eyebrows are! Wow!


 I ended up cutting the bamboo skewer a little too short on the last rosette, so I removed it and glued the rosette on the front of the pot with Ranger Glossy Accents.

I found the container for the rosettes in Michael's for 2.99 and I used some moss and raffia I had laying around the craft room.


The papers are mostly 3 Birds Studio, Bazzill Basics "Olivia" cardstock. This is nice sturdy cardstock. The green patterned paper is from Graphic 45. I used lots of Distress Inks on the rosettes and even had Danny helping to ink them. He made the Lucky Rosette all by himself! The only help I gave him was with the embellishment on "lucky" and I hot glued the rosette on the base for him. He also inked and folded the shamrock rosette on the container. He had loads of fun helping out. We added lots of glitter to the rosettes using Ranger Glossy Accents and Recollections glitter. We also painted the bamboo skewers green and used floral foam to anchor the rosettes. 

I can many more of these in my crafting future! The possibilities are endless with this new machine!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Happy Crafting!
Colleen