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March 31, 2012

Forever Young Tag

Since I have been playing around with the Forever Young cartridge I had a few cuts left over from other projects which I used to create this tag.  Both the tag and the silhouette were cut from Forever Young.
I started with a white tag and inked it to create an antique look.  I added a strip of patterned paper from my scraps at the bottom of the tag which was punched with a Martha Stewart border punch.  The same paper and punch were used to create the tiny doily under the button.
The tag was embellished with a button, a twine bow and a flower from my stash.  I also used some pearls on the tag and on the silhouette.
The tag was finished off by adding some tulle at the top of the tag and tying it with some twine.  This was a quick and simple projects using items I had laying around my scrap room.  
For the Pause Dream Enjoy challenge, I wrote my major purchase on the back of the tag which was an iPad, purchased just a couple of days ago.
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March 29, 2012

Poker Night Layout

Hello everyone, today I am honored to be a guest designer for Liz from Liz's Paper Loft during her time of recovery from her surgery.  Liz is a fabulous designer and has had amazing guest designers over the last few weeks.  I am hoping I can live up to the standard set by Liz and her guest designers. Please remember to leave her some bloggy love and happy thoughts as she recovers.  If you are a regular visitor of my blog, you know that I love creating layouts to memorialize anything and everything.  I decided to create this two page 12x12 layout for my project today.
For this layout I used three different cartridges.  The stack of money and the poker chips were cut from the Father's Day seasonal cartridge at 4.0 inches.  I used Indie Art for the suits cut at 2.5 inches and the tag cut at 4.0 inches.  Black Letter was used for the title which was cut at 2.0 inches.
The die cuts were all popped up on foam dots for added dimension against the patterned background.  I also used my white gel pen to add some doodling to the die cuts and the photo mats.
I created this fun tag using the Game Night stamp set from My Creative Time which just happens to be Emma's favorite stamp of the month.  I stamped the sentiment on the tag in black ink.  Next, I stamped the cards separately in red ink and cut them out and added them to the tag.  I finished off the tag by using some coordinating twine.
I would like to thank Liz for inviting me to be a guest designer and all of you for visiting and supporting my blog.  

Liz has some exciting news to share with you, but not quite yet. However, in the meantime, while she's recovering, she is reading every comment!  Not only is she reading them, she's counting them, because at the end of all this, she will have two announcements!  The first will be a winner of some exciting BLOG CANDY!  The second, it's a big one...and no, she's not coming out with stamps...you just have to wait and see!
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March 27, 2012

Cute As A Button Layout

I created this Springtime layout using non-traditional colors.  I love the patterned paper with the trees, birds and flowers, it just really reminds me of Spring.  I used Kate's ABC's to cut out the title "Cute As A Button".  I cut out a button from the Paisley cartridge and inserted it over the "o" in button.  The kitty, butterflies and snail were all cut from Create A Critter.
To break up the patterned background, I added a solid blue piece of cardstock at the top of the layout which was punched with the Fiskars Effervescence border punch.  I added another solid piece of cardstock at the bottom of the layout and a thin strip of grass punched with the Fiskars Grass border punch.  I used two layers on the photo mats along with a touch of ribbon.
Using my Gypsy, I hid the face of the little kitty and the snail and used my Peachy Keen Face Stamps.
I used my white gel pen to do some faux stitching and doodling.  All of the die cuts were popped up on foam dots for added dimension.  I also used some jute to tie a bow through the button holes. Some bling was added throughout the layout as an accent. 
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Cricut Circle

March 24, 2012

Lucky To Be Me Wall Art

Today I am sharing an altered frame that I created for my daughter's room.   I bought this frame from the dollar section at Michaels.  Originally, it was black so I painted the frame white and then cut strips of glitter paper which were decoupaged onto the front of the frame.  I stapled coordinating sheer ribbon to the back to hang the frame.
After finishing off the outside of the frame I removed the glass and added some patterned paper as the background.  I used Cotton Candy Stickles to outline the flowers on the patterned paper.  Then I added pearl stickers to the center of the flowers.
Next I layered a strip of brown card stock on top of the patterned paper which was punched with a Martha Stewart punch and finished off with some sheer ribbon and a bow.  I also added a heart doily to the background.
The shoe and layer were cut at 4.0 inches from the Gypsy Wanderings cartridge and the title was cut at 1.5 inches from the Gypsy Font cartridge.  All of the die cuts were popped up on foam for added dimension.  I added a coordinating paper flower and a couple of pearls to the shoe as embellishments.
I cut two layers for the title to create extra dimension.  I offset the bottom layer which is cut in white to create the extra shadow.
I am entering this project in the Jinger Adams design team call.  Jinger is coming out with her own product line and her own shoe line and she and The Scrapbooking Queen are looking for designers for the new product line.
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Cricut Circle

March 22, 2012

Live, Love, Grow Layout

I have a Spring time layout to share which I created with the Bloom Lite cartridge.  At first glance, you may not like this cartridge but it has some adorable cuts on it.  I think I will be using this one quite a bit.
Instead of cutting the flowers out with my Cricut, I used some paper flowers I had in my stash.  I just added a little bling to the centers of the flowers.  I also added a couple of flowers to the scalloped tag for the title.
I used my Fiskars grass punch to break up the background pattern and created a border in two different colors at the bottom of my layout.  I also added a smaller strip of grass to the photo mats.
A small bow from twine was added to two of the fence posts for an accent.  I also used my white gel pen to add some stitching.
I ended up splitting the flower box in half so it would be symmetrical on the two pages and be the focal point of my layout.
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March 18, 2012

Guest Designer on Exploring Cricut

Today I am a guest designer at Exploring Cricut and I would like to thank Diane for inviting me to be a guest designer.
Ride 'Em Cowboy Layout
Ever since the Old West cartridge was released I have admired many of the western themed layouts, several of which have had these fence and horse cuts on them.  I finally broke my cartridge out of the clamshell to create this layout.  All of the cuts are from Old West.
I welded two pieces of the fence together with my Gypsy, for some reason the hash marks did not cut when I welded the two pieces so I used my white gel pen to add the details to the fence.   The other die cuts also have a little bit of doodling on them.
I used some jute and tied it on the fence and the photo mats to give the layout more of a rustic appearance.
I inked all of my die cuts and the photo mats.  I finished off my layout with some brads which were added to the title and the photo mats to give the look of hardware.
This was a fun layout to put together, I can't wait to use this cartridge again.  If you are one of my followers please stop by Exploring Cricut and leave a comment and become a follower too!  Thanks for stopping by!
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March 15, 2012

Lucky To Have You Layout

In honor of Saint Patrick's Day, I created this layout with several different challenges in mind.  The title for this layout was cut from the Billionaire Lite cartridge, the shamrocks were cut from Paper Doll Dress Up and the scalloped mat was cut from Elegant Edges.  I welded the title using my Gypsy and cut it out twice to create the layer for the title.
I thought about using a four leaf clover for my layout since four leaf clovers are considered to be lucky, however, a couple of the challenges specifically called for a shamrock so I went with shamrocks instead.
I used coordinating patterned paper to divide the solid green background.  An EK Success border punch was used to create an accent border along the patterned paper.  The flags were hand cut in various lengths.
The shamrocks were cut from glitter paper which is a little difficult to see in the pictures.  I added twine bows made from Twisted Lime Trendy Twine to each of the shamrocks and pop dotted the shamrocks on the scalloped mat.  A little bit of bling was used to accent the mat.
I used my white gel pen to add extra details to the layout.  I used 3 layers of paper to create the photo mats which also helps separate the different patterns in the layout.
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March 12, 2012

Cupcake Topper

My daughter's birthday is next week so I thought I would create a fun cupcake topper for her special cupcake.  I was able to just use some scraps from my stash for this simple cupcake topper.
The shell for the background, the fish and the seaweed were all cut from the Splish Splash Lite cartridge. The shell was cut twice so that a candy stick could be glued between the two sides.  I partially embossed the shell with the Shell Collage Cuttlebug embossing folder.
I used a Peachy Keen face stamp from the Princess Face assortment set.  Some blue bling was added for the bubbles.
The cupcake topper was finished off with some twine.
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March 8, 2012

Make a Wish Card

I have been having fun playing with the Forever Young cartridge which has such a variety of "girly" cuts on it.  For this birthday card, I cut out the silhouette and popped her up on foam dots for added dimension.
I added some pearl bling to the silhouette to dress her up.  An EK Success punch was used to create the rick rack patterned border at the bottom of the card.
I used a sentiment from some dollar stamps and embellished my sentiment tag with some twine.  I also used my white gel pen to add some doodling to my card.
The flower at the top of the card was a cut out on the blank card.  I simply added a contrasting pink scrap to the inside of the card and added a pearl center with some doodling as an embellishment.
Challenge

March 5, 2012

Sketch Challenge

The Circle blog has a sketch challenge going on which requires choosing any sketch from the Circle blog or magazine and creating a project with it.  I found this sketch on the Circle blog and used it for my layout.
I created a double page 12x12 layout for some pictures of my family at an event last year. The Flower Shoppe cartridge was used to cut all of the flowers for the layout, Just Because Cards was used for the title and Storybook for the "2011".
I used a pearlescent paper for the photo mats and embossed them with the Darice Large Petals embossing folder.

I made a few modifications to my large flowers so that I could somewhat flatten them for my layout.  I also incorporated cuts from two different flowers to create these flowers.  The edges of all of the flowers were inked to give them some definition and the flowers were finished off with some bling for the centers.
The title was popped up on foam dots for added dimension and dressed up with a tiny bow made from coordinating twine.
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Circle Challenge