Cricut and Silhouette Meet Again in a Cookie Cookbook

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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.

A Tale of Two Tags

I made two tags for two friends with different tastes:

The one above used Country Life.  I used the Cricut Craft Room to extend her pant legs and make boots from her previously bare feet.  I hand cut her jacket, trimmed her previously long hair, and added a leash.  Her dog, Sneaker, loves to wear bandanas and go for walks.  The flower is from the Flower Shoppe and is inked with Copics and Sneaker’s “boots” were inked with a white Uni-ball Signo pen.  The tag is from Winter Frolic and the red cardstock is embossed with a rose pattern from Lifestyle Crafts.  It was inked with Barn Door Distress Ink to bring out more of the dimension.  I have to say, I really love how this turned out.  I hope my friend does too.

The one below used Something to Celebrate for the birds with their heart and I used the same embossing folder as the previous tag.  I inked it and added glossy accents and glitter.  This is the same Winter Frolic tag.  The branch is the “tree” from Paper Doll dress up turned sideways.  There is a lot of pattern and glitter on this tag – aqua and red is one of the recipient’s favorite color combos (and mine too).  The roses were made from the Mother’s Day Bouquet cartridge.  I wrote the Happy Valentine Day (couldn’t fit the ‘s)  on the heart as my friend loves those conversation hearts (that I couldn’t find anywhere)….And although it is very different than the tag above, I really love this one too!

Both tags include an Tim Holtz easel stand so the recipients can stand them up if they choose.

And here is one attached to a red gift bag:

Wherever you are today, I hope your day is sweet!

A (Tuscan) Country Life Recipe Page

Here is my very first 6×6 recipe page for an exchange.  Each of us makes 10 pages of our selected recipe in each of six categories.  At the end of the exchange, each of us will have a 60 page recipe book – and the list of recipes is pretty darn amazing – here’s hoping that mine will be well received for both Cricut skill and the provided recipe.  First up is appetizers.  You can see Diane’s delightful Stuffed Mushroom page here:

I used Country Life, Serenade, Luau, and Mother’s Day Bouquet to make my page.

The cook and the sunset in the back of the scene are from Country Life.  In order to turn the “sunrise” into a sunset, I simply omitted the first layer in the cut and punched a large circle.  To make the setting sun more dimensional, I shaded the circle with Copics and of course added the Glossy Accents.

The tomato plant is from Serenade and it is a fern branch.  The tomatoes are from my Crop A Dile (the smallest punch).  I think the flowerpot is from Serenade  and it is colored with Copics too.

The party lanterns are from Luau and have a vellum layer to simulate a “glow.”

The cypress tree is from Mother’s Day bouquet – it’s a leaf made long and skinny courtesy of the Cricut Craft Room.  The trunk is simply colored with a Copic pen.

The sunflower is from Mother’s Day too – I think.  I colored in the center of the flower as the size was relatively small.

The platter is a modified circle from Cricut Craft Room and the three tartlets are from my Crop a Dile  as well.

I will be supplying the recipe separately so my fellow exchangers can either attach it to the back of the page or leave it unattached for easy access from the page protector.

It may be time to invest in the pop-dot market as there are nine more to assemble; however, the cutting is complete!