Cricut Valentine – And All that Jazz

The exclusive Cricut Circle Animal Antics cartridge offers a whole lot of goodness.  Including a saxophone playing alligator with a beret.   Loved it – and love the fun and whimsical things one can do using one cut to inspire the remainder of a card.

And here it is:

Cricut Valentine

I cut the gator at 3″ tall and the Eiffel Tower is from Every Day Pop Up at 3.75″ tall.  I replaced the musical notes with hearts (with Glossy Accents) from the Cricut Craft Room Basics.  The hearts measure .35″ tall.  I trimmed the snowy base at .5″ wide and used scissors to add the wavy hills.   The stamp “happy valentines day” is from Avocado Arts.

The black and white patterned paper used Spellbinders Labels Nine Nestabilities die.  The Eiffel Tower and the gator are adhered to the label.  The label is attached to the card via an Action Wobble spring.  The background paper is from Basic Grey and it is cut at 5.25″ by 4″.  The A2 card is from Memory Box (in Licorice).

The inside of the card is also a Spellbinders Label Nine and the sentiment uses Lettering Delight’s Sundae font.  I used Silhouette’s Print and Cut feature to make the sentiment and added a heart from the Cricut Craft Room Basics.  The Animal Antics file included a similar phrase but I preferred the sentiment to be printed rather than cut.

Valentine Jazz

Teddy Bears in Oz Blog Hop

Welcome to the last stop on the Teddy Bears in Oz Blog Hop.  Along the way you have seen lions, witches, wizards, and now, munchkins – all created from the Cricut Lite Teddy Bear Parade.

No matter how you arrived here in Munchkin Land, we’re happy to see you and share some insights into making teddy bear munchkins.

On the right, from the Lollipop Guild, is a bear cut at 3″ tall and using the elf ensemble from Teddy Bears on Parade.  I cut the base in white cardstock and colored in the stripes and sleeve color.  I hand trimmed the shirt to resemble the munchkin in the movie and added a collar from the tourist bear.  I created the lollipop in the Cricut Craft Room using a capital “I” and a circle.  Welding the two together and sizing them to the munchkin bear was super easy.  I used a small acetate bag to wrap the lollipop.

On the left is another munchkin with a mop cap from the “nightgown” on Teddy Bears on Parade.  I used Cricut Craft Room to create a long stemmed flower (capital “I” and a flower on the cartridge) and welded that to the cap base layer.  I cut it in white cardstock and added colors with Copics.  I also cut a second flower on a stem and glued that directly over the welded layer for added dimension.  There is also a dot of Liquid Pearls for the flower center.  Her dress is from the “Belle” outfit and I added a hand-cut apron.

For both bears, I added “furry” texture using Copic markers.


Special thanks to Renee at I Came, I Saw, I Created for coming up with the terrific idea of a Teddy Bear in Oz Hop and the costume selections.   There are some amazing techniques and ideas along this yellow brick road.  If you arrived here on your own and wish to get on the path to see all of the fabulous creations, the full lineup follows.  Before you run off though, leave a comment to be entered in a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamps.  I will be drawing one winner on Sunday 13 January at 7:00 Eastern Time.

And here is the whole line-up beginning with Renee.  In addition to the Cricut Craft Room file for the Teddy Bears of Oz,  she has a terrific prize available.

I Came, I Saw, I Created

Melody Lane Designs

Stamp, Cut, Create!

A Day in the Life of a Horse Bunny

Random Thoughts of a Scrapbooker

Sara W. Andrews

Around the Block with Scrapalette

The Cricut Lover’s Guide to Design Studio

and me (you are here) at Paper, Craft & Scissors.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting and don’t forget to leave a comment.

Cricut and Silhouette – Another Recipe Page

This 6″ x 6″ recipe page uses a “toddler” from Cricut’s Sugar and Spice cartridge and paper lanterns and clouds from the Silhouette on-line store.

The young lady’s hanbok (dress) was hand cut using the “toddler” cut as a fitting guide.  I trimmed her pig tails off and added the long hair over her shoulder from an “unseen” pony tail in the back.

The lanterns were cut on my Silhouette Cameo after welding the “KALBI” letters to each lantern.  I used Silhouette Designer Edition software to add the solid lantern behind the white framework.  I used Copics to add the color to the lanterns.  I separately cut the “KALBI” letters and adhered them to the lanterns over the letter welded to each lantern.  This helps keep small pieces aligned properly when gluing.

The grassy area was hand cut.  I love this color of green as it reminds me of late September in Korea when the rice fields are drained and the rice is almost ready for harvest.


For those who may not have had kalbi before, it is grilled thin cross-cut beef ribs (called flanken) with a wonderful marinade.  Here is the recipe link from Bon Appetit magazine.  Make sure you also click the marinade link in the recipe.  Yum!

A Tiny Tag for a Cookie Mix Jar

This is one of the gifts for a stocking swap that is wrapping up with the grand reveal in a few hours.  My partner enjoys baking so I thought she might enjoy something easy and fun like a cookie mix in a jar.  I found the recipe for Cow Girl Cookies from the wonderful Bakerella.  And while I originally intended to use pink M&Ms, at the end of the day, I needed to go with the Christmas red and green color scheme.


This project uses Cricut’s Yee Haw cartridge for the cow girl with her lasso.  She is cut at 3″ tall.   I used a mix of 6″ papers to create her Christmas outfit and Copics to color her boots,  hair, and skin tone.  I used a Micron pen to add her facial features.  Because the cut is so small and the rope so fragile, I used Cricut Craft Room to add some stability to the title.

The basic cow girl cut includes the lasso with a center hole.  If you use Copics or another medium to color the skin tone of your cow girl, using CCR, you can simply hide the inner contour in the lasso so that the lasso has a solid center and cut it white card stock.  This will give you a white word bubble.  If you are not coloring your cow girl, you can still use CCR to fill in the bubble on the lasso cut and cut it in white (or whatever color you wish) for the word bubble.  Next, cut the lasso (with the hole in the center) in brown and adhere on top of the previous lasso cut.

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I used my Silhouette Cameo to make the Lori Whitlock pocket card tag and printed the assembly and baking directions on a separate sheet of paper that I adhered to the back of the tag.  The letters and the blue offset are from the Silhouette Cameo as well courtesy of the Studio Designer Edition software.  The brown letters measure .25″ tall.  I used Cricut Artiste to create the paper roses on the top of the jar and the McGill pine branch punch to add the texture.


If you are looking for a quick and easy gift this Christmas, you may wish to check out a cookie mix recipe and get your die cutter(s) working.

Baby Shower Bouquet – Cricut Roses and More!

Here is a baby shower bouquet that I made for a work colleague.

I made the roses using the Close to My Heart Cricut Artiste cartridge and some small dowels (available at Joann’s or your local craft store in the wood craft area.)  I stained them with a water-based wood stain and cut each dowel into 3 pieces.  In addition to Tim Holtz cardstock, I also used some pale pink felt for the flower center, dimensional glue dots, and Helmar’s 450 glue (which dries quickly) for the flowers.  I previously provided the steps on the Cricut Fanatics blog, but I am including them here as well for a one-stop reference on the bouquet.

For the Cricut cut, I cut the scalloped rose (Accent1-f) from the Artiste cartridge.  I cut some at 4″ tall and some at 3″ tall.  You may wish to ink the edges on your rose cuts; however, for this project I liked the lighter edge.  Once the flowers are ready for assembly, follow the steps below:

Step 1 –  Use a 1″ circle punch to punch the flower center. Use scissors to snip towards the center of the felt circle.

Step 2 – Adhere the dimensional glue dot to the felt circle.

Step 3 – Place stained dowel into dimensional glue dot and press firmly.

Step 4 – Press the felt around the dimensional glue dot to make a small ball at the end of the dowel.

Step 5 – Set dowel aside and using Crop-A-Dile, punch a hole in the base of the scalloped rose.

Step 6 – Beginning with the outside edge of the flower cut, wrap the flower snugly around the felt ball at the end of the dowel.  Do not try to tuck in the tail at this point as this step is to form the rose shape before gluing.  Once you have wrapped it, release the flower.  It will maintain its overall shape.

Step 7 – Slide the formed flower up the dowel.  The punched hole should fit over the dowel.  Glue the base and adjust as necessary.  You may want to use an awl or separate dowel to push in the felt in case some of the little edges are trying to escape.

And here is a finished flower.

To complete the bouquet, I added an owl from Cricut’s Create A Critter Cartridge cut at 2.5″ tall, and an egg from the Give a Hoot Cartridge.  The egg measures 2.5″ tall.  I added some shading with Copics and used pop dots to add dimension for both the owl and the egg.  I hand “cracked” the egg using scissors.  The small part is added to the owl’s head and the other is placed in the nest.

The nest, the mushroom, and the pink flowers and circular centers (stamped with a hedgehog) are from the Silhouette Online Store.   I cut a few twigs for the nest in various colors and sizes.

I cut the letters for “Hatching Soon” at about 1″ tall using the Silhouette Designer Edition software and a font on my computer.  I added an offset and welded it together to create the dark brown frame around the letters and provide a continuous support for the patterned paper layers.  I cut two offset letter layers and adhered one behind the dowel in order to keep the lettering straight and adhered. I also cut an extra base nest layer and adhered it to the dowel in the pack.  The hedgehog is stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink and colored with Copic markers.

And there you have it – a fun paper centerpiece for a baby shower.

Cricut and Silhouette Meet Again in a Cookie Cookbook

Welcome to the next stop on the Jolly Holly Blog Hop.  If you are just joining in, you may wish to hop back to the beginning with Kristen’s blog so you can see the whole lineup.

And here is the entire line-up:

Kristen at
Angie at
Betsy at
Sherry at
Maria at
Ken’s at
Darcy at
Paulette at
Cindy at
Michelle at
Christine at
Yolanda at
CricutAddicted at
*Me* at
Terri at
Lisa at
Tracie at
Brenda at
Sandy at
Carolyn at
Nadia at

On to the project – a cookie cookbook using Cricut and Silhouette.  I love combining these two die cutters together in projects as both are unique and offer different capabilities.

Silhouette contributed the album backbone and engineering.  This is a Lori Whitlock file.  I used Papertrey Ink cardstock for the album cover and lined it with Bazzill embossed paper to give it extra strength.  The cover patterned papers are from My Mind’s Eye “Be Merry Collection.”

Mrs. Claus is from Cricut’s “A Quilted Christmas”.  Does anyone else find she bears a startling resemblance to Paula Deen?  Mrs. Claus was cut at 4.5″ tall.  Her stove is from “Country Life” and is cut at 3.5″ tall.  Using the Cricut Craft Room, I extended the stove-pipe by welding a rectangle to the end of the stove-pipe.  I hand trimmed off the coffee pot as I thought it didn’t suit the occasion as much.   I added some Copic shadows to her apron and a little red crystal for a holly berry to her head band.  Her kitchen sign is from a Just Rite Stamp set.  I simply trimmed the paper and added a dark frame.  I made the faux bois floor by drawing in the dark plank first and angling the lines out from the center point.  I then added tans and brown with Copics and some wood grain with a Micron pen.

I will be adding a total of five pockets with cookie recipe pull out pages.  Here is a picture of the first page for Cowgirl Cookies:

I used “Summer Celebration” for the Cowgirl and cut her at 4″ tall.  I hand cut the Christmas tree accents for her boots from the “Be Merry” collection.  Her patterned paper dress is also from “Be Merry”.  I added some hand-cut holly leaves and a Crop-A-Dile berry to her scarf to make her a little more Christmas-like.

Hope this project gave you some ideas for your Christmas projects, and before you hop off to Terri’s blog, make sure you leave a comment to be entered in a drawing for this:

Tim Holtz Christmas Card and Tag Kit!  I will be drawing on winner on Monday 12 November at 9:00 AM EST- so don’t forget to leave a comment.  I will ship to North America, Australia, or Europe.

“Hope” is the Thing with Feathers – A Cricut Card

A fast and easy card for a friend impacted by the recent storm.  Her mail box is filled with utility bills, and ironically, she waits for her home to be on the grid again. So, her friends set out to make some cards to make the mailbox a brighter place.

This is card uses Every Day Pop-Up Cards for the bird (at 1.5″ tall) and Cricut Craft Room Basic for the 2″ tall “HOPE” letters (the shadow feature).  I used the Cricut Craft Room to weld the letters together after I had narrowed the “O” slightly as it is a super round “O” in the Craft Room.  The “HOPE” is pop-dotted as is the bird and its layers.  The bird has a small glittered flower in its beak.  Most of the paper came from Echo Park’s Hello Summer paper.

The completed card measures 5.25″ square.  The first layer of background paper is 4 inches square, the second layer is 4.5″ square, and the kraft card base is 5.25″ tall by 10.5″ long (folded in a side opening card).

I printed Emily Dickinson’s poem, “Hope” is the thing with feathers”, framed it with cardstock, and adhered it to the inside.

Welsh Rarebit Recipe Page – Final Round of Cricut Cookbook Swap

This is the final edition for the cookbook swap – Welsh Rarebit (sometimes referred to as Rabbit even though the sole protein is cheddar cheese).

I used Paper Doll Teen Scene as the rabbit base and added ears through the Cricut Craft Room aka CCR (take a circle and lengthen it and narrow into bunny ear shapes and weld before cutting).  All of the stylish rabbit clothes are also from Paper Doll Teen Scene.  I used CCR ovals for the rabbit faces and drew in the facial features.

I used my Copic multi-liner for both the facial features and to add definition to the female rabbit’s hair.  You can see the difference that such a simple step makes here.  The rabbit on the left definitely has helmet hair.

The kitchen cabinet,  cheese wheel, and recipe title are Silhouette Cameo cuts.  And his utensil is a charm attached via a brad under his paw.

It was a lot of fun to make a pair of stylish Welsh rabbits – actually it was a dozen pairs of stylish Welsh rabbits, and it was a pleasure to participate in this swap over the past year.  I have made some marvelous friends, gained some fabulous recipes, and had a lot of fun with each page I created.

Thank you, Cookies!

An October Birthday Card with Cricut

I made this card for one of the loveliest people you’ll ever meet and today is her 40th birthday.

I used a mix of patterned papers and Cricut cartridges to make this card.  The little squirrel, cut at 1″ tall, is from Noah’s ABC’s.  If you don’t have this cartridge, you should buy it for the truly beautifully styled animals.  The chicken, squirrel, and cow are wonderful.

The wheelbarrow is from Walk in My Garden (1.5″ tall).  The rolled flowers are from Artiste (2.25″ tall and 1.5″ tall).  The 40th birthday candle is from Something to Celebrate (1.5″ tall).  The circle cuts, scalloped circle, and pumpkins are from Cricut Essentials.  I cut several layers and adhered them together to add dimension and strength.  The wheelbarrow was cut twice in the woodgrain paper and once in solid gray.  I trimmed the wheel from the solid gray cut and adhered it on top of the layered wheelbarrows.  I used my Copic E59 walnut to add a “stem” to the pumpkins.  The patterned paper circle is adhered to the Bazzill layer with foam tape.

The ribbon is from Paper Trey Ink in Smokey Shadow and the sentiment is stamped in the same color.  The papers are from Basic Grey, My Mind’s Eye, Kaisercraft, and Bazzill.  I used Paper Trey Ink as the base for this card and applied the patterned papers on the front, back, and inside of the card base. Before adhering the patterned paper, I scored the Paper Trey Ink cardstock with a quarter inch wide center fold to allow for some inner depth.  I used Sparkle and Sprinkle glitter in Snow Angel for the candle.  The completed card measures 5.25″ square.

And here is the inside of the card:

The cupcake is from Inky Antics and uses brown and apricot honeycomb paper.  I made a cupcake stand with a circle punch.  There is an identical squirrel to the one on the front perched on top of the cupcake holding a little birthday candle from a Martha Stewart punch.  The inner sentiment area measures 2″ by 3.25″.  I framed it in the Bazzill card stock and attached it with foam tape.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.

A 5.25 inch square card has become one of my favorite chunky card sizes due to Lori Whitlock’s fabulous 5.5 inch mailer available for purchase at the Silhouette store and in her on-line store.  I used Paper Trey Ink for the outer box and patterned paper for the interior.  What a great way to package and personalize your mailer for your cards.

Check your mailbox today for delivery and Happy Birthday, Sherry!