Cricut and Silhouette Cameo Team Up for a Recipe Card – Texas Caviar

Another 6″ by 6″ vignette for the recipe card swap.  The theme for this round was 4th of July.  I used Cricut’s “Yee Haw” cow girl as the focal point and substituted a hand cut tortilla chip for her hat.  The bowl (formerly of popcorn) is from the Silhouette Online Store.  I used the Silhouette Designer Edition software to cut the five-pointed star in blue gingham and then add more cut lines to the star cut and split the red patterned paper points in half for a little extra dimension and color.  I simply added the red pieces directly over the top of the blue gingham points.

Texas Caviar Recipe Page

I used Copics to add the color for the Texas caviar (black beans, black-eyed peas, red and green peppers, and shoe peg corn) and added a second hand-cut tortilla chip.  Silhouette’s Print and Cut capability was key to making the recipe title label, and the Cricut Craft Room was instrumental in hiding contours on the cow girl.  When working with small pieces, I generally “hide” the eyes and mouth as it is simply easier to draw them in.

The ground was also hand cut.  Using scissors, just cut a wavy line about a half-inch up from the end of a six-inch wide paper strip.  Next, cut a straight line across about a half-inch above the wavy edge.  You will have two “ground” pieces and it is simpler and easier than using a machine.

A Cup of Cricut Valentine Cheer

Another paper flower bouquet in a mug – this one is for Valentine’s Day.  The rolled flowers (about 22) are all from the Close to My Heart Artiste cartridge.  I cut a variety of sizes from 4.5″ to 3.25″ in three colors:  a bright red, a dark red, and a chocolate red.  I love the mix of colors as it adds depth and some sparkle.  The Snow Man is from Cricut Snow Friends and measures 5″ tall.   The patterned papers are from Cosmo Cricket’s Tea for Tea mini-deck and the solid colors are from American Crafts Valentine pack.  I used a combination of corsage pins and floral wires for the rose stems. The Snow Man is holding a jewelry wire “banner” of beads and snowflake charms.  The wire measured 11″ before twisting and shaping.  The ends are attached behind his mittens.

Cricut Valentine Bouquet

I used Cricut Craft Room to hide the contours in the Snow Man and flipped him horizontally to create his backside.  I also flipped all of his accessories.  His scarf was hand-trimmed as the ends are only visible on the front.  When assembling, do the front first, and then turn it over to act as a guide for placing the back accessory pieces to ensure alignment.  I purchased the mug at JoAnn’s and inserted a styrofoam disc to build the flower base.

Cricut Valentine Bouquet - Back

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

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.

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.

“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!

Cricut and Silhouette Cameo – Together Again in a Shadowbox Project

And now for something completely different – a project without patterned papers.  This is a small gift for a friend in California whose crafty space is plum, gray, and cream.   I found the stamp sentiment at a local store and set out to use it in a project under than a card.

I used Lori Whitlock’s 5″ x 7″ shadowbox frame from the Silhouette store.  All of the remaining cuts are from Cricut.  The background trees are from April Showers with the branches extended in Cricut Craft Room to form a house shape.  All of the remaining cuts are from Accent Essentials.  I used my Copic multi-liner to add the inked detail.   The “hills” were cut by hand and adhered to a 6mm foam base to provide for depth and stability.

I really liked how this project turned out.  I was inspired by the art of Helen Musselwhite.  If you are interested in seeing more of her fabulous paper creations, click here.

Cricut Recipe Page – Pilgrim Squirrels in the Cookie Jar

Another 6″x6″ page for the recipe swap.  This recipe page is for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (with Cream Cheese frosting).  If you are interested in the cookie recipe, you can find it here.  And if you are interested in the Cricut recipe, you can find it here.

This page uses the new “Create a Critter 2” pilgrim squirrel (cut at 2.25 inches tall).  The squirrel popping out for the cookie jar is also from “Create a Critter 2” although her cap is from Everyday Paper Doll Dress Up.  I used Cricut Craft Room (CCR) to size the cap to fit the squirrel.  The cookie jar is actually the vase from “Walk in My Garden”.  I used CCR to re-size the vase a little wider than the original cut.  I made the cookie jar lid by welding a rectangle and a circle together and then sizing to fit the jar.  The pumpkin label on the cookie jar is from “Create a Critter” and Cricut Essentials.  And the little leaves floating about are also from “Create a Critter”.  I made the “cookie title” by printing and then punching with a 1.75″ circle and then taking bites out with a 1/2 inch circle.  A little Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Wild Honey adds more dimension as does the Glossy Accents on the nose and eyes.

Sending Sunshine – The Cricut Way

A fast and happy card for a young lady in Texas with a broken wrist.  As she is an active girl, I thought sending her some sunshine would make her day.  When you are 8, getting a card in the mail is a special occasion  Actually, that is probably true no matter how many years it has been since you were 8.

So, here is to happy mail.

The cowgirl is from Once Upon a Princess.  She is cut at 4 inches tall.  I hand-cut her bandana.  The sun is from a digital cartridge, Classroom – April and May, and was cut a 2.5 inches tall.  I used my Expression 2 and Cricut Craft Room for this project.  Her rodeo buckle was done in Cricut Craft Room with an oval and the letter “K” from the Cricut Craft Room Basics.  I used Glossy Accents to add dimension and shine.  The completed card measures 5.5 inches square.

I cut the “cowgirl” in white cardstock and used my Copics to add her skin tone, hair color, and facial features.  All of the paper with the exception of the ground are from Echo Park Hello Summer.  The greeting tag was printed and hand-trimmed.  And the lasso is Papertrey Ink rustic twine.

That’s about  it – hope it makes for a happy mail day in Texas.