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

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Trying Something New And What I have Learned

Hi friends and fellow crafters! I am still working on my mini book for the Noel Mignon FB challenge, Book Of Love. This challenge is They're Playing Our Song. We have to use a song ( title or lyrics) as the title and/or main design element of our project. Now the challenge officially ended last Sunday, but I am going to finish this book and the challenges at my own pace. LOL! We should see the finished project before next Valentine's Day.

For my song, I chose All You Need Is Love by the Beatles to use as the cover for my book. I went back to the lesson from our Halloween Mini Book class and created the front and back covers from a piece of cardboard that my kit came in. I treated the cardboard with a couple of coats of varnish and let them dry over night. The next day I covered the cardboard with Claudine Hellmuth Sticky Back Canvas. I have never used this before and I really like it. This is my cover.


I have been obsessed with all things mixed media lately. After watching some videos on YouTube by Rach0113 I ordered some Silks Acrylic Paints. I thought this would be the perfect time to try out some new colors. I used Pixie Pink, Moonbeams and Jasmine on the cover. Here is where I discovered a couple of things. First, I should have used a layer of cardstock between the cardboard and the canvas. Second, I should have used Gesso on the canvas. I corrected both discoveries on my back cover and it turned out much nicer. Gesso is my friend.
Here is the back cover. I still need to punch the holes.


Anyway, I used my Cricut to cut the title. I used Iron On Flock from Expressions Vinyl. I looked around the fonts in my Cricut Craft Room and discovered this cute heart font on Rock Princess. I have had this cartridge for such a long time and I don't know if I even realized this font was on it. Once the letters were ironed on, I decided I didn't really like the color of the flock. I thought it was more of a lighter teal color, but it looks more green up close. The hearts that I liked so much on the font were kind of lost, so I used my copics to color them. The one heart on the letter "L" in "All" was the first heart I colored and I didn't like how dark it was. I changed colors and preferred the other hearts. I added some Ranger Glossy Accents and Martha Stewart Glitter to hearts for fun. The heart came from Groovy Times. I love this cartridge. Again. I was disappointed at how dark the flock looked after being ironed on, so I tried to "fix" it with copics. I wasn't happy with it, so I added some Martha Stewart Glitter and Glossy Accents to the  word Love. Meh, it's ok. I used modeling paste and my Heidi Swapp Spray Stencil that came with the February Noel Mignon kit to add some dimensional hearts on the cover. I used Silks to paint them and some glitter on them as well.. I added some doodling and gold Silks to the cover and decided to leave well enough alone. I hope I get better at mixed media as time goes on.



I added a cool piece of Die Cut With A View Neon Chic Stack cardstock to the inside of the covers. I ruined the second piece of cardstock that matched the front cover, so I choose another piece with the same colorings for the back cover. Don't ask...



I like the insides of the covers.  I may redo the front cover somewhere down the road with lighter colors, but for now it will do. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Ha, ha!



Thanks for stopping by my blog today and don't forget, when it comes to mixed media, Gesso is your friend!

Happy Crafting!
Colleen

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Noel Mignon's Book Of Love Callenge: Puppy Love

Hi friends and fellow crafters! This is another layout for my Mini Book I am creating for the Noel Mignon's Book Of Love Challenge on Facebook. The challenge is Puppy Love. It was so hard to pick one  or two pictures for a layout. I have had some wonderful, devoted pets throughout my life. I finally decided to use 2 pictures I love of my son and my dogs, Snoopy and Ricci. I bet you can't guess which dog is Snoopy. LOL!


I used my Cricut and the CCR to create this layout. I used Paper Pups for the title and 3 dogs. I used Create A Critter 2 for the tree, and Sweethearts for the puppy with the heart. The clouds are fussy cut from a paper in the DCWV Sunday Afternoon Stack, the green grass is from the DCWV Burlap stack, and the blue is cardstock Cricut. The pink and green cardstock is from Recollections. I think it's so cheerful. The pages are 6.5 by 7.5 inches.

There are still a few challenges I have to finish to complete my book, and I have to make 2 more Engagement Cards! Wow, three of my 4 nephews all have gotten engaged since December! I can't believe all my guys are men now, starting their own families.  I will be beck soon to share these here.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Happy Crafting!
Colleen