Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Card Creating Tuesday November 29, 2011

Here are today's cards!

Laura used "9 Months" to create this card....
You can see more details by visiting her blog

Lezlye used Ribbons and Rosettes & Holiday Cakes. Her blog is

Karey used the Forever Young Cricut Cartridge.
To see how she made this visit her blog at

Lucinda used Don Juan. Her blog can be found at

Melissa used No cartridges but she did use the cuttlebug..... it must be nice to be my sister-in-law..... Family gets to break the rules.... although she called me out a month ago when I posted a project that I posted over the summer..... that's what we are here for to keep each other on our toes. I gave the design team papers from the BOX of DOOM when they missed a date that they signed up for.... well one day I missed one of the emails from on of the ladies and her post didn't make it up here.... she asked if I get a paper from the BOX of DOOM.... Yes you will see my creation with it next week! .... Melissa might be my sister-in-law but my design team is all a part of my crafty family. Love ya Mel and the rest of the design team. Here is Melissa's blog to see how she made this ;) 
Hey Mel, is that the nail polish that was on my desk on your hand????

Kat made this card....  Her blog is 
I know it is upside down... it is on her blog too... ;)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My IMAGINE-ation Monday November 28, 2011

Happy Monday everyone!  I am not sure why this did not post yesterday.... I am very sorry....
This is such a busy week around here!
Thursday starts the 25 Days of Christmas, where you will see 25 different projects a day around here, all made with Cricut cartridges. There are 30 new Seasonal Design Team members just for this 25 Days of Christmas event! My full time design team is suppoed to take it easy.... but you know them.... they are still at it! Great news I have been feeling much better (as if you couldn't tell with all of my new creations) Thank you all for your support and encouragement through this time with me. I am in the process of moving and launching the webstore.... of yeah, and getting ready for Christmas!!!! Yippie only 27 days away! Bella's birthday is only a few days away too! Just want until next weekend when we do our
Princess Bella's Blog hop!

Now on to today's projects!

I made this card and see below to see how I made it....

Jen L used Buccaneer Imagine Cartridge for her Sons Birthday check out the projects she made 


Heather S made wall decals using the Sophisticated Cartridge! Check out her project on her blog at

Heather F Created these Gift Bags with Santa's Village on her Imagine, to see how she created these projects visit her blog

I am sharing this, hopefully it will encourage you to share your work no matter how good or bad it is.... I am sure there will be ONE person out there that might like what you made. Today, I didn't like anything that I made. But I will show you anyway!
Here is how my cards started out.... I started with Santa's Village Cricut Imagine cartridge....
I cut this gable box out and the cute little roof.... Mistake learned (read the book, you need to cut two of these out) I always like to tell you my mistakes so that you do not make them yourself ;)

I still didn't realize that I needed two of these. So I used my Martha Stewart scoring board to score the lines for where the box will fold.

When I realized that I needed two of the first box, I decided to move on to the second box I was going to make. Here is the back after I scored the edges. Do note (this was mistake number two) The window one the left ends up at the BOTTOM of the box, for whatever reason I thought it was at the top where a to: and from: sticker would go. From this view the top is actually the top.

I wanted to have a clear window with some sparkle showing but still have the view to
see the cookies that I was going to put inside.  I used red glitter at first in the top right. Then I pulled out some Martha Stewart Green tinsel. That worked perfect and didn't settle to the bottom like the glitter did. The static of the tinsel kept it right where i wanted it.

Here are the little clear envelopes that I used for my clear 'window' You can also put money, tickets hotel keys and many other keepsakes in these and they seal and already have adhesive on them to seal the envelope and to adhere to what you want it to. The problem for me was I wanted a clear 'window' if I had a window and one side had adhesive it needed something to stick to it. So I took a larger one as your can see in the next photo. I put the two sticky sides onto each other. Therefore the sticky side on the small one faced the inside of the treat bag and the larger one's sticky side faced the front of the card. It had enough extra stickiness to adhere to the paper around the window.... But before I sealed it down to the paper, I slid the ribbon through it so you could feel the ribbon from the outside of the treat bag. I put metal sliders in it to form the word SANTA. I am sorry that you cannot see it well in any of these photos. I showed my second failed project on Ustream.

Here is the ribbon under the plastic.

I then decided to whip something quick up and got out my Flower Shoppe Cricut Cartridge. I used the patterns from the Santa's Village cartridge to fill my shapes from Flower Shop. I usually don't know what my end project will look like.... this is just another example of that. I set out to make a treat box and ended up with a card.... It happens every time. Here are the two ink colors that i used to dull down the bright colors from the Santa's Village cartridge. I wanted to match the My Mind's Eye Lost and Found paper, the embellishments are show on the top right. I used Momento Ink and Versa Magic.

I used ZING! Red glitter embossing powders to jazz up my flowers to match the
bright red glitter from the embellishments.

I do not completely over the flower with color or embossing powder. A real flower is not the same color all over, so why should my paper ones be all one color.

Here is what it looked like after I added some gold glitter embossing powder to a few spots on the flower. I always ink and glitter my pieces before i assemble it. Sometimes this is good and sometimes this is bad.
If you glitter something it is hard for adhesive to stick to it.... but if you ink it after you assemble it, you end up sometimes with color or glitter where you do not want it. I just see where I am going to put the adhesive and make sure that I do not glitter or embossing those spots.

Here are the pieces before I inked them. They were all filled with the Santa's Village paper patterns.

Here you can see where I used the VersaMark PEN to draw on the shapes and then I sprinkled the bronze embossing powder on them.... Remember you can always wipe of embossing powder if it is in the wrong place, but you must do this before you heat it.

Here are the flowers when I put them together. I cut random images from flower shoppe at 2" and 3"
I always cut my flowers at 2" and 3" so I never have to think about it. A side note I always cut my characters at 4" again so there is no thought to what size I made an old project from.

Here is a flower with the embossing powder ALL over it. In the next picture you can see where I wiped the powders off BEFORE I heated it. This way it gives it a nice different look.

Here is the finished set after I heated the embossing powders.

Here is the card before I put the flowers on it. For whatever reason I did not like any of these flowers...

In the end I put these flowers on the card and called it a day!

Here is that treat box I was telling you about that the words Santa are upside down.

Here it is from the side view.... hopefully it plays a trick on your mind and
you don't realize that it is upside down (let's keep that our little secret)

Don't forget to "like" my new facebook page.
I will be moving away from the Cricut Craft Room facebook on January 1, 2012

Monday, November 28, 2011

Card Creating Sunday November 27, 2011

Card Creating Sunday

All of today's cards are simply adorable! I think today is one my favorite day of projects since I have started my blog. There have been MANY great projects along the way, but these cards are all my cup of tea. I know we all how our own style, but today they seem to be made with my tastes in mind.
What a wonderful job ladies! (As always)
I love the color combinations used and what images they used from thier Cricuts!

Lisa Newton-Orensky used Plantin Schoolbook and Twinkle Toes for this weeks Card Creating Sunday!
Lisa made one of these for me.... How adorable is this!?!? I am sure she put it on her blog, but make sure to not use a real tealight (this is made from paper afterall) Lisa Bella loved this as much as I did.
She sets it up in a different place everyday. It is her own little tree (as if we do not have 5 others in the house)


Karey used the Create a Critter Cricut Cartridge. To see how she made this visit her blog at
Connie used Create A Critter Cartridge and Cricut Craft Room Exclusive cartridge, 3D Pinwheels. To see exactly how you can make this please visit her blog
Jenny R created this card using Create A Critter.  Her blog is
Pat made this with the Cricut Essential cartridge. Her blog is 

Tammy S created this fun kid friendly card using the Boys Will Be Boys cart. To see how she created it please visit her blog at 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Scrapbook Saturday November 26, 2011

Scrapbook Saturday
What a whirlwind of a few days. I was up over 48 hours trying to get my webstore all up and going. After the server crashing over night and a person issue it has been crazy around here..... I do have great news though. I am finally adjusting to this new medication. It wipes me out flat for about a day and a half then 3-4 days later I feel alot better. I am sure you can tell with the projects you have seen me make this week. I am the most proud of myself for asking for help from my design team. They have been so wonderful keeping up with the projects around here, but there were two of them who stayed up all night with me the night before Thanksgiving. How amazing are they. We have never met yet they stayed up right with me and then the others who were helping got up and back to work first thing Thursday---- Yes they offered to work on Thanksgiving.... I have 30 women on my design team and I am so lucky for EACH and EVERY one of them. They have no idea how much they mean to me. They are also going through great life changes like I am with health, divorce, pregnancy (I can't say who ;)..... loss of jobs, new jobs, new grandchildren, weddings of their children..... There is so much life behind the scenes around here! We are finally over all of the 'business' of a team and boy do we have fun! I enjoy our team Ustreams SO MUCH. The last one was over 6 hours..... seriously 6 hours. Most of them were around until 2:00 am with me.... but then my fatigue set it and the little cricut toys were dancing on my computer..... right in front of the video camera so they could all laugh with me..... I am so lucky to have these ladies as friends more than anything.
     I am excited about next month.... well it is only a few days away! 25 projects a day all December! There are about 30 more SEASONAL design team members. At least one of them will stay on the Design Team full time. I am not sure how I will be able to keep only ONE of them.... Maybe I will keep a few more. Who am I kidding of course I will keep more than one!

On to today's projects from my full time design team.

Gayle used Autumn Celebrations and Create a Critter for her scrapbook layout. To see how she made it please check out her blog at

Tracy used Elegant Edges, Cricut Decal, and October 31. Visit her blog 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Christmas Gifts Blog Hop

If you are looking for Scrapbook Saturday... it will be up a little later today.

Thank you for visiting my blog, today is the Christmas Gift blog hop with Becka from Creations with Becka If you came from Faith then you are in the right place, if you just stopped by please start at the beginning of the hop at Creations With Becka 
Ok so today is going to be a fun day of great ideas for homemade Christmas gifts for the special people in your lives, like family, friends, co-workers and teachers. We thought it would be a great idea since times are rough to showcase all the different presents you can made at home and for little money. Plus, I think homemade presents are the best, because they really show how much you care and how much thought and effort you put into them.

I used Tags, Bags and Boxes Cricut Cartridge. I cut the little girls bags at 7" and the large one at 11 3/4"
I then used Cricut Essentials and cut the flowers at 2" and 3" and mixed and matched the pieces. All of the other items were punch outs from the Jillbean Soup Christmas Chowder paper. I used the cut outs and the tags paper.... I am also giving away 3 sets of the paper I used. I also used the I-top to make the centers of the flowers and the Crop-a-dile to put the snowflake eyelets around the purse. The other bling is just some little gems I had here in my bling box.

This is the back of the large bag.

Here they are getting their cute little purses ;)

My Blog Candy
My giveaway is Scandinavian Christmas Cards Cricut Cartridge.

Make sure you visit my store today and even CHRISTMAS for 20% off of your entire purchase

Here is a complete list of all stops in case you get lost along the way. Please make sure you comment and each blog so you can win Becka's grand prize (cricut cartridge- not sure which one yet)for the hop.