A Cricut Christmas Clock

Welcome to the second stop on the Christmas in July “anything goes” hop.  You should have arrived here from the wonderful Scrapalette’s blog.  Today’s hop promises to deliver a variety of projects and techniques, so make you stop and visit at each blog.

My project uses a Hobby Lobby clock that I “covered” in October Afternoon paper and embellished with Cricut elves from “A Quilted Christmas” and poinsettia made from leaves on the “Flower Shoppe” cartridge.  I simply trimmed away the stem and layered to create the poinsettia.  I added a few Pearl Pen dots and some Stickles to finish up the look.  I also added some Tim Holtz embellishments.


The elves are at 4″ tall, and I used the Cricut Craft Room.  I love the ease of hiding contours so you can cut the pieces you want in the paper you want.  It was a big help in cutting the girl elf and all of the little pieces.  I cut several layers of Papertrey Ink cardstock for the base layers of each elf.  The added dimension and stability are worth the cardstock investment.

I hope you enjoyed your visit today – please leave a comment to be entered for a $25 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamps.

Next up on the blog hop is the fabulous Maria.

And if you are just starting off, here is the lineup.  Be sure to head back to Scrapalette’s blog so you don’t miss a thing.  Scrapalette is awarding a Cricut Christmas Village cartridge – each blog you comment on will give you an entry in the prize drawings!  And, the prize drawing at the end of the month is for a brand new Christmas {Noel} cart!

Here’s the rest of today’s lineup:

1~Paulette at http://scrapalette.blogspot.com – you should have started here
2~Sis at http://papercraftscissors.com – you are here
3~Maria at http://stampcutcreate.blogspot.com – up next
4~Laura at http://www.coolbeansbylb.blogspot.com
5~Brenda at http://happyscrapper64.blogspot.com
6~ Lisa at http://addictedtothecricut.blogspot.com
7~Donna at http://carolinascreativecropper.blogspot.com
8~ Cindy at http://www.inlovewithpaper.blogspot.com
9~Angela at http://angiespaperpassion.blogspot.com
10~Theresa at http://scrapsbygracie.blogspot.com
11~Beth at http://seaswancreations.blogspot.com
12~Betsy at http://betsymcreates.blogspot.com
13~Loraine at http://www.lorainespaperplayhouse.blogspot.com

Hurry Up & Feel Better – A Silhouette Cameo Card

A friend’s sister was recently in an accident.  I thought she might appreciate something a little vintage and a little modern to brighten up her recovery.

I found a vintage card on eBay and interpreted it into this:

Up Card - folded

I liked the open “U” so I needed to make sure I maintained plenty of open space while adding all of the details.  The little bird is from the Silhouette Online Store and I used a variety of papers and patterns to create her.  The “hurry” banner used Arial font; I copied and flipped the word vertically and horizontally and then welded each of the letters together.  After cutting, I folded the letters over the bakers twine.  I cut the bird’s beak in Papertrey Ink cardstock, colored it with Copics, and hand trimmed her beak so she could carry her banner.

To make the “U”, I used the Silhouette Designer Edition software and Copperplate font.  I then used the offset feature for the teal outline.  The  completed “U” measures about 5.5″ wide and 4.75″ tall.

Next I created the inside of the card by copying the “U” from the front of the card and welding it to a “P”.  Underneath all of the patterned papers, is a Papertrey Ink cardstock foundation to provide for stability.

Up Card Inside

I cut the bird a second time (after flipping it horizontally) as well as the individual letters and the teal offset.  I hand trimmed some of the bird away to make it look as if it were flying between the layers.


The flowers are from the Silhouette Online Store.  I hand trimmed the “P” so it wasn’t visible from the front of the folded card.


I added a piece of acetate to the back of the “P” so the card could stand open.  The banner sentiment uses the Silhouette Designer Edition software “text to path” and print and cut feature.

And there you have it, a fresh twist on vintage.

Cricut Christmas Card Blog Hop – A Winner Has Been Drawn

Thank you all for the kind comments on the pink reindeer card.  I will be back next weekend with another Christmas project, and I hope I will see you then.

Congratulations to Colleen who won the $25 gift certificate from Simon Says Stamps!Screen Shot 2013-07-20 at 7.32.03 PMColleen wrote:

Omgosh Sis, this is fabulous! I love the non-traditional colors and the paper is divine! I think the way you built up the layers and background is truly creative and it looks like a winter wonderland. The deer is so elegant. This is a stunning card!

Thank you again to all who visited!


A Cricut Christmas Card – Change Up the Traditional Colors

Welcome to the second stop on the Christmas in July card hop.  You should have arrived here from the wonderful Scrapalette’s blog.  Today’s Christmas in July hop is all about cards and of course, Cricut cuts.

And here is my card:


Yep – it’s a pink reindeer with rhinestone antlers – and yes, you can use alternative paper and colors schemes and have it still add up to Christmas.   I started with the background paper as my color inspiration (it’s Grow from Kaisercraft’s Summer Breeze collection.)  I picked dark, medium, and light solid cardstock in a variety of textures for the background trees.  The darkest trees are in the back, the medium are in the middle, and the lightest tree is directly behind the reindeer.  All of the trees are from Paper Doll Dress-Up.  I used Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet and Spun Sugar distress inks to add shading to both the background paper and the trees.

The reindeer is from Noah’s ABC animals – this Cricut cartridge has the prettiest animals.  I cut the reindeer from taupe and  pink patterned papers.  After assembling, I added rhinestones (colored slightly with Copics) to the antlers and as eyes.  Then I began building the layers of the card.  The dark trees are in the back and adhered directly to the cardstock.  The medium value trees are pop dotted and the lightest value tree is double pop dotted.  I hand cut the snow banks from Papertrey Ink white cardstock and added Spun Sugar and a little Victorian Velvet to accentuate the hilltops.  The reindeer is also pop dotted.

The tag is from Art Philosophy and the sentiment is from Inky Antics.

I hope you enjoyed your visit today – please leave a comment to be entered for a $25 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamps.

Next up on the blog hop is the fabulous Diane.

And if you are just starting off, here is the lineup.  Be sure to head back to Scrapalette’s blog so you don’t miss a thing.  Scrapalette is awarding a brand new Cricut Christmas cartridge – each blog you comment on will give you an entry in the prize drawings!  And, the prize drawing at the end of the month is for a brand new Christmas {Noel} cart!  I will be back on 27 July with another Cricut Christmas project.  See you then – and until then – happy hopping.

Paulette at http://scrapalette.blogspot.com/  Start Here!
Sis at https://papercraftscissors.com/    You Are Here!
Diane at http://dianesdribble.blogspot.com/  Next Up!
Lisa at http://addictedtothecricut.blogspot.com/
Linda at http://ladybuglair.blogspot.com/
Donna at http://carolinascreativecropper.blogspot.com/
Cindy at http://www.inlovewithpaper.blogspot.com/
Fran at http://lovebugtimme.blogspot.com/
Colleen at http://scrappycol.blogspot.com/
Theresa at http://scrapsbygracie.blogspot.com/
Beth at http://seaswancreations.blogspot.com/

Happy Bug Day ~ A Silhouette Cameo Birthday Card

A happy little birthday bug with her slice of cake and a daisy flourish fascinator.

The happy bug uses googly eye brads and I hand trimmed some arms for her to hold her piece of cake.  I added some floral flourishes and made one into a fashionable fascinator.

Add the usual mix of patterned papers, pop dots, and a Hero Arts stamped sentiment, and she is almost done.  Don’t forget to use Papertrey Ink cardstock for your base as she is loaded down with papery goodness.


Embellished Tag A La Heather Telford

I recently took two classes with the over-the-top fabulous Heather Telford.  It was so motivating, that I came home and applied many of her techniques to this:  an embellished tag.


To begin, I used a Ranger Essentials #8 Manila Tag and built a little scene with rolling hills and the Autumn Tree stamp from Penny Black.  Heather has shared many of the fabulous details how to do this on her blog and here.

I stamped and embossed the tree with clear detail embossing powder first.  Then I used Memento Ink’s Teal Zeal and Summer Sky to create the sky (with the center highlight) and Pear Tart and Bamboo Leaves for the hills.  I used Copics to add some color to the tree and a few small rhinestone flowers.

The smaller sentiment tag was stamped with a Penny Black sentiment  in Ranger’s Archival Ink and then embossed with clear detail embossing powder.  I used the same Memento inks to color the background of the sentiment tag.  I added some Prima flowers and a few charms to finish it up.

The Garden Assistant is also from Penny Black and was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics.  The assistant and her dog are pop dotted (a shadow layer and a color layer on top).

To finish the tag, I added a black chipboard backing that measured 1/4 inch larger than the tag and trimmed the corners.  With the tag then framed in black, I added a Tim Holtz small easel stand to create a little desk decor for a friend.

Make sure you stop by Heather’s blog for some inspiration and put those fabulous Memento colors to work.

A “Micey” Nice Day – Penny Black Stamps and Cricut Collaboration

It’s a little birthday card with some of my favorite things:  Cricut die cuts, patterned papers, an Action Wobble, and Penny Black stamps.


The mouse is from the Cricut Lite “Twinkle Toes” cartridge.  I cut her at 3.25″ tall.  I modified her party tutu by cutting the basic shift layer once in gray cardstock and a second time in the same patterned paper as her tutu.  I trimmed down the patterned paper to make a bodice.  With the small size of the die cut, I did not cut the collar.  A few added rhinestone flowers, and she is ready to celebrate.

The cupcake is from Close to My Heart “Artiste” cartridge and is also cut at 3.25″ tall.  I cut an extra layer of frosting and pop dotted both layers.  The frosting layer is accented with Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter.  The mouse is pop dotted on the cupcake.  The cupcake is attached to first layer of patterned paper with an Action Wobble.

The first patterned paper measures 3.5″ square (mounted on a chipboard square that measures a little less than 3.5″).  The chipboard layer gives the mouse and her cupcake a little more wobble room.  The next layers measure  4″, 4.5″, 5″square.  I used a variety of papers  to add medium, dark, and light values.  The overall card measures 5.25″ square and used Papertrey Ink cardstock as the base.  When you layer on the papery goodness, you need to make sure you use a high quality cardstock.

The flag sentiment is from Penny Black stamps.  After stamping in Ranger’s Archival Ink, I hand trimmed and attached the banner to the cupcake.  To make the cupcake come to life and wobble, all you need to do is push the banner down.  The Penny Black stamps continue in the inside of the card.


I thought the little mice feet were too cute not to include in the sentiment.  The interior is combines more Penny Black stamps with a little Copic coloring.  So there you have it, a birthday card collaboration of Cricut and Penny Black.

Tea Time Scones with an Irish Twist

Another page completed in the recipe page swap with the fabulous Diane at A Day in the Life of A Horsebunny.

The theme for this year’s swap is holidays and celebrations and I selected Saint Patrick’s Day for this round.  Using Lettering Delights “Sheep Shape Year” for the central character, I made a 6″ by 6″ recipe page with the Irish sheep and added a bunch of clover and a tea cup from the Silhouette Online Store.  I used the Silhouette Designer Edition software to make the little title tag.  The plaid paper in the background is from Jillibean Soup and is appropriately titled Irish Farmhouse.  And that and some embossing, dimensional foam tape, Copics, and Chestnut Roan ink about wraps it up.


And the Winner of the Pin Project Drawing Is….

Commenter #28….


Screen Shot 2013-05-12 at 10.41.05 PMIt’s the lovely Sofia D who said:

Another beautiful project from you! I really do love how it came together and love that you were inspired by Pinterest.

Sofia, I will be emailing your $25 gift card to Simon Says Stamps!

Thank you all of stopping by and leaving a comment, and I look forward to seeing you back again.


One Sheet Wonder Mini Album

Here is a little folded album that uses one piece of paper as its foundation.  I made this “one sheet wonder” in response to a National Scrapbook Day challenge from a friend.


This is the pin that inspired me to try it out and a big assist from Nadia at withglitteringeyes.blogspot.com who translated the metric measurements from the original site into standard measurements that are applicable to U.S. scoreboards.

Want to try one?

Here is how to do it.

Start with a 12” piece of cardstock and put it on your score board.  If you click on the steps below, you can see a graphic that explains the directions.

One Sheet – Step 1

Score at 2 3/8” and 7 1/4”.

Now, rotate your cardstock clockwise so that the score lines are horizontal.  The 2 3/8” score line should be towards the top of scoreboard.

Step 2

Score again at 3 7/8”, 4 1/8”, 8”, and 8 1/4”.

When you look at your scored piece of 12” cardstock, you will have 3 top flaps and six similarly sized rectangles.

Using your paper trimmer or Xacto knife, trim the the 1/4” scored area from the bottom row and top flap.  Always stop trimming at the first horizontal score line.

Step 3

For the inner right hand pocket,

  • Trim the top flap so that it measures 1 3/4” from the score line. Using a corner rounder, trim the outside edge of the flap.
  • Trim the lower flap so that it measures 3 3/4” from the score line.
  • Cut a piece of patterned paper that measures 3 1/4” by 3 3/8”.  Cut a mat that measures  3 3/8” by 3 5/8”.  Adhere the mat and patterned paper to the outside of the lower flap.
  • Using a 1 1/2” circle punch, punch a semi circle in the lower flap edge.
  • Attach closure mechanism to the lower flap.
  • Using 1/4” ScorTape, tape the two side side edges and bottom edge of the lower flap and fold up to make a pocket.
  • Flip the lower flap up and using 1/4” ScorPal tape, adhere to center section to make a pocket.

Step 4

For the middle flap, trim a triangle from edge to make a pointed flap.

  • Flip the triangle, place on the left edge of the middle flap, and snip the same triangle again.
  • No need for measuring or aligning – your flap will be symmetrical.

Step 5

To decorate, cut various patterned papers at 3 1/4” by 4”.  You will need a total of ten pieces of this size.  I added a 3 1/2 ” x 4 1/4”  solid mat under each patterned paper, you will need ten of those as well.

I also added an extra chipboard mat on the front and back cover so that the weight would help keep the book closed.  Once it gets filled, the owner may wish to make a belly band of it – but I know her mom will help with that if necessary.

The butterfly on the front cover is from October Afternoon’s Farmhouse collection.  I used champagne sparkle Versamark and Ultra Thick Embossing Power to add a little shine and sparkle.

The “m” is embossed in similar fashion.  The “m” is from the Close to My Heart Artiste cartridge.


The inner tags are from the Close to My Heart Art Philosophy cartridge.  I used the “m” again from Artiste and embossed again.  The tag is attached with a jump ring to the ribbon.

The little books were cut from the Farmhouse paper.  I also added a back of the same size and made a little folder.


This is for a special young friend who is packing up soon and heading out to new adventures and new friends.  I thought she might like a little book to tuck away some of her memories of living in Rhode Island.

Here is the album opened fully: