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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Some cool blog candy alerts...

As I have been out browsing around the www I found some FUN blog candy possiblities. Some end tonight so Run, don't walk...

Lim's 1st Anniversary blog candy

Little Bird Design's 1st anniversary blog candy

Yummy Scrummy 1st anniversary blog candy

Kath's anniversary blog candy

I Love Spring!

It's finally warm enough overnight that I was able to plant some flowers out in front of my home to give it some much needed color. And yesterday we started our first garden. A friend of ours let us start our seeds and keep them in his greenhouse until it was warm enough. Next week we hope that the tomato plants will be ready to move into our little garden. In a few months we hope to have some nice fixin's to make salad! :o)

Diane asked for a flowerpot pocket card. It needed to be large enough to hold a packet of seeds. She even provided a link to a darling example created by Stephanie Luman. {Thanks for sharing Stephanie!}

Here's what I came up with:

From the side...

With the tag partially removed ...

Showing that a seed packet can easiy fit inside the pocket:

And can easily fit on the tag card.

I hope you like it. :o)
  • Cricut DS and cartridge. All George. Finished size 7"tall,x6"wide closed. (Height will vary depending on how you attache flowers and leaves.)
  • CUT FILE: ** Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which fileyou want when you purchase.
  • Cardstock and paterned papers: DCWV, scraps
  • Flowers (Prima)
  • Stickles (Ranger)
  • Stamp (Clear Stamps)
  • Ribbon (Michael's)
  • Versamark marker
  • Pastels (Stampin Up!)
** Refer to Cut File link to see how to get my files. 

Look how cute Carol's cards turned out! Thanks so much for sharing Carol. I love them :)

Friday, February 27, 2009

Just because

Diane asked if I could come up with a pinwheel for her. So I did :o)

And then I put it on a card :o) Cuz, come on... We all hope that the person we send a card to smiles, right? And who doesn't smile when you see a pinwheel? They're just so 'happy.'

LOTS of dimension on this card due to the pinwheel, but I think it's great! And although the card was originally created as a basic 4 1/4"x5 1/2" because of the way the pinwheel hangs out off the edge of the card it will require a MUCH bigger envelope.
  • Pinwheel: DesignStudio. All George. Finished size is 6" diagonally from point to point.
  • CUT FILE: ** Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file you want when you purchase.
  • Cardstock: Apricot (Bazzil from Cardstock Headquarters)
  • Decorative paper: blue and yellow (DCWV Mat Stack), Stripe (CreatingKeepsakes)
  • Brad and plastic washers: Target $1 isle
  • Ribbon: Funkey Stripes (Michaels's)
  • Stamp: "Just Because" (Starving Artists), Swirl (Clear Stamps)
  • Ink: Prussian Blue (ColorBox)
  • Other tools: 1/4" sticky tape (Taylored Expressions), ScorePal, Fiskars hole punch, scissors
** Refer to Cut File link to see how to get my files. 

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Watering Can Treat Box

Another cute favor box recreated Cricut DS style....

Here's the inspiration piece:

And here's what I created:

My spout and handle are smaller than the inspiration piece but I wanted to make sure it could be baby bug compatible.

I hope you like it :o) Have a great night!

  • Cricut DS and cartridge. All George
  • CUT FILE: ** Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file you want when you purchase.
  • Finished size: box base is 2 1/2" wide (5 1/2" wide including handle and spout), 2 1/2" tall and 1" deep.
  • Cardstock: White (Georgia Pacific)
  • Flowers: Prima
  • Ribbon: green felt rickrack (Offray)
  • Pearl stickers: $1 isle Target
 ** Refer to Cut File link to see how to get my files.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Wedding Favor box

I was asked to recreate this wedding favor box in DS.

Fayrai made a beautiful box very similar to the inspiration piece in the picture above. She decided to mount the internal box differently so that the wrap opens in the front instead of on top. Didn't she make a nice box??

It's difficult to tell, mine was made with green glittery paper... ala St. Patty's Day gift instead of wedding favor.

And here's a picture of the wrapper opened so you can see the "pot of gold" wrapped Special Dark chocolate treats inside. Mmmm....

Hope you all have had a great day.


  • Cricut, DS and cartridge: All George
  • Donation amount $1 (Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file/format you want when you purchase.
  • Also available in PDF or SVG format. Let me know if this is what you need.
  • Finished size 3 1/4" wide, 2 1/8" tall, 2 1/8" deep
  • Green glittery paper: DCWV
  • Ribbon: A Touch of Ribbon
Audrey made a cute little "treasure chest" of treats using this box. She posted it on the message board. You can see it here. Thanks for sharing Audrey!

Tutorial: Making a Bag/Box

I was asked about how to make bags and boxes in DS similar to the fun Treat Bags that were created during the SWAP that Gail hosted several months ago.

Here is a quick tutorial on the basic engineering for a box or bag using squares from George. Basically, once you understand the engineering behind making a bag/box you can then swap out the front and back panels, adjust the bottom and side panels and scorelines as needed and you can make any shaped box you wish.

DS: Making Bags & Boxes from Jen C on Vimeo.

I hope this helps!! Holler if you have any questions!

I was reminded that not everyone knows about my trick on how your bug can do the scoring for you. It's found here at the end of the birdhouse post.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Ferrari for Rue

Ruth (aka Rue / Ruelysi) asked for a Ferarri. I didn't hear back from her after sending the file, but I received a request from someone asking for the file so I knew she must have posted a pic of the cut. Since she is the only person that even knew about the design, I started at her blog....
This was the picture I used for inspiration...

And this is the screenshot of the the DS preview.

Certainly doesn't do justice for what Rue created with it. You gotta check out her great card! You can see it here. She made the card for a co-worker's son.
Thanks for sharing Rue! Great job!

  • All George
  • Donation amount $1 (Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file/format you want when you purchase.
  • Finished size 2 1/2" tall, 7" wide

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Dumbo in SCAL

I've been a bit MIA lately. Learning some new skills. I found this cute picture of Dumbo online:
And I was able to create an SVG file so I can cut it with SCAL. Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net

I know it's not much but it took about 10 hours to make this. I hope I get faster other wise I don't know if I'll ever try anything else. LOL Who knows, maybe this is just the first of many new adventures into the world of SCAL.
Special thanks to Dan's and Susan's tutorials and Heather for answering my questions!
  • Donation amount $1 (Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file/format you want when you purchase.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Tutorial: Hide Selected Contour

Last weekend Diane (Capadia Designs) spent some time emailing back and forth playing with the quirks dealing with Hide Selected Contour. She posted her tutorial the next day. Me? well... I had too many things going on to get my video tutorial filmed, uploaded to youtube and then added to my blog. I hope the information contained in the tutorial is still relevant. LOL

Special thanks to Diane for troubleshooting this with me!!
And thanks to all of you for your patience with me in getting tutorials filmed and posted to answer your questions.

DS: Hide Select Contour from Jen C on Vimeo.

Friday, February 13, 2009

May hope sustain you

On Tuesday morning a friend of mine passed away. :o( It was a complete shock! She was the office manager at the small school where my son attends. She treated everyone as family and the children at the school really loved her. (And not because she had candy on her desk.)

I sat down on Wednesday to create this card but kept getting distracted. I went back to it on Thursday inbetween distractions again. Finally finished it last night right before bed. Although a card can never heal the pain that a family or friends feel when they experience a loss, it seemed the least I could do.

No Cricut here. The card base was cut from the gold cardstock, scored and folded in half. Then I cut a cream cardstock top layer 1/2" narrower and 1/2" shorter than the card base. I used my ScorePal to score two grooves in the cream cardstock one inch from the top and one inch from the bottom. Then using my cuttlebug and the embossing folder I embossed the dot pattern at the ends of the cream cardstock.
Then I cut a piece of gold cardstock to fit in the center section of the cream layer. I stamped the pattern on and embossed it with gold embossing powder.
The sentiment ws created in Photoshop and printed on vellum
Using the gold ink pad, I inked around the edges of all the card pieces before attaching them together.
Ribbon was tied around and attached. Flowers were layered at opposite corners and pearls were put in the centers
And as a finishing touch, I stamped the same pattern on the envelope and chalked it in similar colors to the cardstock.

  • Cardstock: Gold shimmer (PaperTreyInk), Cream (The Paper Company), Vellum (PaperTreyInk)
  • Cuttlebug and embossing folder: Swiss Dot
  • ScorePal
  • Stamp: $1 isle Target
  • Ink: Gold metallic (Encore), clear embossing ink (Versamark)
  • Flowers: Urban (Prima)
  • Ribbon: (Offray)
  • Pearl Stickers ($1 isle Target)
  • Embossing powder: Gold (Stampin Stuff)
  • Pastels: (Stampin Up!)

CraftCritique Valentine Blog Carnival

Even if you've already finished your Valentine creations, you should go check out some of the fun ideas posted on Blog Carnival going on at CraftCritique. They have posted half of the blog ideas submitted already this morning and the rest will be posted later today.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Valentines? It's in the bag, baby!

Taylored Expressions has some adorable boxes and bags. One of which is an adorable bag with Heart shaped handles! How perfect for Valentines, right?!

I whipped up a Cricut version of the bag and sent it off to the Fabulous Fayrai and look what she created!!!! Is this not the cutest?!?!?!

Picture posted with permission from Fayrai.

I've been so crazy busy lately I didn't expect Fayrai to jump right on this but she did. Goodness! She must have been checking email when I sent it because it wasn't that long ago.

Thanks a million Faye! You did an awesome job!!


  • All George
  • Requires Expression due to size

  • Finished size: 4 3/4" tall, 3" wide, 1 1/2" deep

  • *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
    Bobbi made a bunch of these little bags to fill with treats for her family. Check them out here. Didn't they turn out cute?! Thanks Bobbi for sharing your creations!
    Deborah made an adorable Minnie birthday set with this bag as part of the gift. It's so cute. Thanks for sharing Deborah!!

    Mini Grow Kit gift box

    Have you seen those really cute little mini grow kits in the $1 isle at Target? A few weeks ago I found some and thought they'd be a cute gift. Diane thought the same thing and asked if I had a box to put it in.

    Here's what I created:

    I put a cute little heart in the file but then remembered I had these fun little charms left over from another project so I used it instead. The charm reads, "Made with Love" (the red stone is in place of the o).

    Happy Valentines everyone!! Thank you all for your support and your wonderful comments. It keeps me going. :0)

    • Cricut, DS and cartridge: George
    • Donation amount $1 (Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file/format you want when you purchase.
    • Also available in PDF or SVG format. Let me know if this is what you need.
    • Cardstock:  Bazzil
    • Patterned paper: red polka dot ($1 isle Target), heart stripe (DCWV)
    • Ribbon ($1 isle Target)
    • Valentines Mini Grow Kit - Lavender ($1 isle Target)
    • Charm: PaperMoon

    Wednesday, February 11, 2009

    You're Da'Bomb Valentine!

    A little something to post today. Lastnight I put together a super fast (relatively speaking) Valentine for my son to hand out at school on Friday. Hubby was overly explicit about making sure that his son did not give out heart shaped Valentines to boys. I kept telling him, "Hun, they're 4. Believe me when they see the candy they won't care what the card says or looks like. They'll just know that your son is cool for giving candy." (Am I right or am I right?)

    As I got thinking about simple little Valentine-like sayings I remembered that there was a cannonball like 'bomb' on Mickey & Friends. Perfect! Just what I needed.

    I created the WordArt in MS Publisher. Then used the bomb and the flag from Mickey & Friends and also a couple George shapes to create the tag.
    Once again Hubby stepped in and asked, "The girls get the pink boxes and the boys get the brown, right?"
    "Yes, dear."
    Wording says, "You're da'bomb Valentine!"
    Then just used markers to draw around it in pink and create the flame with yellow and orange.
    • Cricut, DS and Cartridges: Mickey and Friends, George
    • Black cardstock (The Paper Company)
    • White cardstock (Georgia Pacific)
    • Markers (Crayola)
    • white gel pen
    • Fonts: Walt Disney Script, Tigger

    Monday, February 9, 2009

    Pencil card

    Carmen asked for a pencil shaped card. She wanted something like the pencil on My Community but didn't have the cartridge. You can click here to see the card she created from my file.

    THANKS for sharing Carmen!! I'm sure the recipient will love it!
    • Cricut, DS, George cartridge
    • Donation amount $1 (Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file/format you want when you purchase.
    • Also available in PDF or SVG format. Let me know if this is what you need.

    Saturday, February 7, 2009

    Another PaperTrey Challenge

    I needed to create a gift today and decided to use the PaperTrey Ink Bitty Dot Challenge as inspiration. I wanted to build upon the little altered notebook from yesterday and create a Card Kit to go with it. That way the recipient could use the notebook either for notes or as an address book.

    The Bitty Dot Challenge was to make a card based on the sketch that would be found when you completed a cute little dot-to-dot puzzle that Nicole posted on her blog. I created the cards following the sketch but I left the sentiment off so that the recipient could use them as she saw fit. (For example, she could use a stamp or a diecut machine to put the words Hello or Thanks in the speech bubble as pictured in the example below.)

    As you can see, I was able to fit eight cards and envelopes, two tubes of dimensional gems and the little altered notebook from yesterday's project.

    See, here's the notebook next to the box... nice compliment, huh?

    And to tie the two together I created another monogram from shrink plastic to be the closure on the box.

    Does this box look familiar? It's because I altered my Organizer box to have a flap lid instead. I really like it.
    • Cricut, Design Studio and Cartridges: Box: George, monogram: Plantin Schoolbook
    • Donation amount $1 (Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file/format you want when you purchase.
    • Also available in PDF or SVG format. Let me know if this is what you need.
    • Cards were decorated using shapes from Plantin Schoolbook also but no cutfile is available.
    • Paper and Cardstock: (DCWV )
    • Shrink plastic: Clear (Graphix)
    • Ribbon: (Offray)
    • Ink: Olive (Colorbox)
    • Flowers: Essentials 4 Urban (Prima)
    • Crystal Effects (Stampin Up!)
    • Stickles Diamond (Ranger)
    • Magnetic closure (Basic Grey)
    • Snaps (Memory Makers)
    • Flower eyelets (Crop-o-dile)
    • Other: comp book, wire for jump rings, orange brad, premade cards and envelopes from Target $1 spot
    Hope you like it :o)

    Check out what Deborah has done with this cut file. WOW! She is amazing! Thanks for sharing Deborah! (For some reason the link takes you to the bottom of her blog page. You'll need to scroll to the top to see her pictures and her post.)

    Tricia made a wonderful creation too! It's found at the bottom of the post... "Last the best of all the game." {*wink*} Thanks for sharing Tricia!!

    Friday, February 6, 2009

    PaperTrey Color Challenge

    I think I might just get this in under the wire {Phew!!} My whole house is asleep. I should be asleep too. I've been up since 5:30am. I'm T-I-R-E-D - Tired! So this will be a quick post.

    PaperTreyInk is celebrating their 2nd Anniversary and Nicole has been posting some fun daily events and challenges on her blog. Today it was a color challenge.
    Honestly, I have not been able to invest in all of their great products due to being low on Fun Funds (still paying off Christmas and such) but I'm VERY excited about their new sample pack of papers which will be available on Feb 15th. Sometimes I don't need a lot of one color of cardstock but their sample pack will give me a couple of each so I can try them out and see if I like them. Undoubtably I will, their cardstock is da'bomb!!
    Hmmm...my short post is turning into a long post.
    My point in bringing that up is, Nicole was kind enough to let those that might not have their exact papers in their scrapstash to be able to use similar colored papers to create something. Yay! I'm not disqualified!! I get to play along.
    Here's what I came up with: An altered mini comp book
    Love it!! Created the monogram using shrink plastic and inked it with Olive ink which became permanent once I heat set it.
    • Cricut, Design Studio and Cartridges: Plantin Schoolbook
    • Paper and Cardstock: DCWV
    • Shrink plastic: Clear (Graphix)
    • Ribbon: Offray
    • Ink: Olive (Colorbox)
    • Flowers: Essentials 4 Urban (Prima)
    • Other: comp book, wire for jump rings, yellow brad
    Hope you all had a great day!
    Good night....

    Thanks Di!!

    Ok.... so a few weeks ago I sent a check over to Diana Gibbs because she happens to be local SU demo in my area. I've never been to any of her classes or ordered from her but she always treats me like a friend when ever I contact her to get a catalog for me and my sis (long-story-short...just easier for me to get one for her so she doesn't have to track down a demo where she is). Anyway, I sent the check in one of my cards. No biggie. Just seemed nicer than putting it in an ugly ol' #10 envelope. Plus, she'd been chatting on her blog about how she was getting ready to go to Hawaii with her hubby.... (Aaaah!)

    Heheheh! Look what showed up on her blog!! Stampin with Di Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net

    Wow! A brush with greatness! LOL
    Thank you Di! Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net

    Thursday, February 5, 2009

    Flashback.... Paperbag album

    Some of you will recognize this album from when I posted it on the cricut forum. It's made from white paper lunchbags. I look back on this and wonder how I ever created something so detailed with out using DS. LOL

    Aaaah... Just a quick walk down memory lane.... Lots of pics on this post. Not lots of commentary.
    Just Cricut (baby bug), George and Base Camp

    And.... If I can pass a single lesson on to you that I learned from this project should you decide to make one... DON'T do as many pages as I did. I will never make a bag album with this many pages again.

    Q: What paper did you use?
    A: The paper came in a kit by Creative Imaginations called "Dena"