Cricut Recipe Page – A Campin’ Critter Cooks

This is the second page for the fabulous Diane Hodrick’s recipe page swap.  I am so pleased with the pages from the first round of the swap that I have already received, and I can not wait to see what treasures will arrive with the new round – soups and salads.

This is a page for an easy White Bean Chicken Chili recipe.  With ingredients such as jalapeno, cumin, oregano, and garlic, I thought this recipe page would need something with a southwestern feel.  And here he is – a cooking coyote with a dutch oven in the campfire from the Campin’ Critters cartridge.

The barrel and the bag of beans are from Paper Doll Dress Up.  The moon was made with a series of 3 circle punches – one of patterned paper and two smaller from chipboard.  I gave the moon a once around with a Copic C2 marker and then gave it that healthy dose of Diamond Glaze.  I really like the dimension of the moon – and I think it all lines up rather nicely into a fun 6X6 inch page.

Cricut Valentine’s Day Cake Topper – A Paper Decor Project for Your Cake

This is my “Love is in the Air” Valentine’s Cake Topper and it is a special project for today’s blog hop hosted by Paulette from Around the Block with Scrapalette.  All participants in the blog hop are sharing their Valentine’s Day and other love-ly projects and you may some find sweet blog candy while hopping along so make sure to see everyone.  Here is the whole lineup for today:

Paulette from
Dana from
Beth from   Hopping From
Sis from                  Your Current Location
Doreen from    Hopping To
Cindy from
Deb from
Michele from
Carolyn from
Colleen from
Elizabeth from
Sukie from
Sharon from
Renee from
Tammy from
Brenda from
Amy from
Jami from
Terri from
Meg from

You could personalize a cake topper to fit any occasion, and here are some helpful hints:

Use a tree (this one is from Paper Doll Dress Up) or other cut with a good solid base.  You need stability so your cake topper doesn’t waver in its duty.  And you need a cut with a fairly even cut across the bottom – if it doesn’t have it, you can always trim it.  This tree is cut at 8″ tall.  I used Cricut Craft Room to make the cut a little narrower in order to get two trees from one piece of 12″ paper.  The width of the tree is 7.2″.

After you cut your base image, wire your cut to attach pennants or letters later.  For the cake topper, I used floral wire for the top branches and trimmed a bamboo skewer to have a means of inserting the topper in the cake.  Note:  bamboo skewers are not inconsequential so make sure your cut is wide enough to account for the added circumference.  I used painters tape to hold my wires and skewer in place before adding the next layer on top.  I used three layers – two for heavier weight papers for the base and one decorative patterned paper.   After assembling the base layers, I simply pinched the tree inward around the skewer to get a little added dimension.

The owl is from Campin’ Critters and is 3″ tall.  Her spyglass has a Glossy Accents lens with a hand cut heart.   The word LOVE is from the Cricut Craft Room Basics.  You may have noticed there were three wires in the construction photo, I simply trimmed the unused wire but I have learned it is better to have it and trim it than not have it when you need it.

Here’s a close up of the owl with her spyglass.

I hope you enjoyed your visit and have visions of cake toppers dancing in your head now.  For those so inclined to leave a comment, you will be entered in a random drawing for a $25.00 gift certificate to Papertrey Ink.  One entry per person please, and the drawing will close at 8:00 PM EST on Sunday January 29.

Don’t forget to hop on over to Doreen’s blog from some more inspiration and I hope you’ll come see me again soon.

A Gnome and Her Mushroom Home

It’s not a card – it is not a home decor item – it’s desk decor.  A little bit of color to brighten up the office during the winter.

All of the machine cuts on this desk decor item are from Curt Jensen @ Provo Craft.  The gnome and her mushroom home are from a new digital Cricut cartridge release titled “Gnomes and Mushrooms” and the butterflies are from Campin’ Critters.

The blades are grass are hand cut and the sentiment, from Paper Trey Ink, is a 1.75 inch circle punch.

The base of this project measures 8×8 and it stands due to a Tim Holtz easel attached to the back of the base – and can I just say, it is a fabulous thing.  My sister gave me a few pre-cut stands for Christmas, and now I absolutely need to buy this die.

For those of you that love the details (and you know who you are) here you go:

The Gnome:  Cut at 4.5 inches, her mouth and eyes were colored with Copics and given a nice coat of Glossy Accents. The gnome is attached via an Action Wobble so it is an interactive desk decor item.  The butterfly extending from her hat and hand are attached via a thin black covered copper wire that I found in the jewelery section at the craft store.  When she wobbles, her butterflies accompany her.

Her Mushroom Home:  Cut at 5.5 inches, the windows and door window were highlighted with Copics and also got that fabulous Glossy Accent coat.

Butterfly:  From the frog2 cut (layer1 and layer2) and cut at 2.25 inches.

This was part of my continuing voyage of discovery using Cricut Craft Room, and I have to admit it is growing on me.

Campin’ Critters Christmas

The first of the Cricut Christmas home decor projects is completed.

This is “Have yourself a Yeti little Christmas” and the big guy is getting ready to hang  a shining star on the highest bough.

All of the cuts on this project are from Campin’ Critters except for Plantin Schoolbook in the title.

Using Big Foot (at 3″),  I hand trimmed his down his big boots and added some hand cut and rolled fur.  The most challenging aspect was his mouth and facial hair.  I hand cut a pink polka dot from a piece of card stock, folded and trimmed to make a mouth, and added his gorgeous teeth with a Uni-Ball Signo Pen.  The facial hair was hand cut and then fringed and rolled to attach.

Rudolph has an added red nose and is checking his map because as lead reindeer, he is the team navigator.

The illustrator of Campin’ Critters is holding a cartridge challenge on his blog.  If you are interested in learning more, check it out here: