Jul 28, 2010

Companion Challenge #2: Create a recycled project (ep 38)

Hey friends are you ready for another companion challenge?!! I sure am!! The deadline for this SUNDAY AUGUST 1st at MIDNIGHT PST. So that gives everyone a few extra hours

Once again this awesome challenge is brought to by my AWESOME Sponsor Stuff4Scrapbooking

This week's Challenge is: Create a Project using something you would normally throw away or recycle. Get Creative! Thee is tons of things around the house if you just take a look, toliet paper tubes, newspaper, bubble wrap.

Today's Crafting Companion is Jess from Kinderstampo

She used a Sugar Free Mix container to create a distressed Pencil Holder. HOW COOL IS THAT??
 For my project I decided to make a Altoid Tin Accordian Album.

Of course we have an awesome prize as well for this challenge.

a xyron 250 sticker machine!! I have one of these it's awesome. Drop your die-cuts, photos, ribbon and labels up to 2.5" wide and they will come out with adhesive evenly spread on one side. Also great for putting adhesive and glitter. it comes out perfect every time.

Once again I will use Random.org to draw the winner, and the prize will be shipped directly from my sponsor Stuff 4 Scrapbooking

To qualify for the giveway, you must:
****Link your project up below
****Your project must consist of at least one recycled item
****Must be an ORIGINAL project made especially for THIS challenge
****Deadline for project will be Sunday @ midnight PST-- 8/1
****Last but Not Least~ HAVE FUN my friends!!

Jul 27, 2010

Episode 37: Beach Beauty Layout


Yes I know, Another layout. But don't worry!! Tomorrow is a companion challenge my project isn't a layout or a card!!!! and that's about all the hint you are getting.

Some of you may already know about my little announcement of what I discovered!!!
I found Some beautiful Nancy Kubo Images at Little Dreamer Designs.

Some of you may know Nancy Kubo as the designer of CREATE- A- CRITTER.. Everyone's favorite.. Just seriously check out some of the adorable images below. At just 3.50 a set I couldn't pass up buying a few and cutting them out on my cricut.

Supply Credits

American Crafts Primary Cardstock Stack (Pink base)
Recollections Purple Stripe Pattern Paper
Recollections Hot Pink Stripe Pattern Paper
We R Memory Keepers Teen Angst Stack (Green)
Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap Distres ink
Fiskars Scallop Dot Border Punch
Michaels White Satin Ribbon
The Paper Company Kraft Cardstock
D'vine Swirl Cuttlebug Folder


Jul 25, 2010

Local Scrapbook Store Challenge Sketch

Hey everyone I thought that I would share with you this card that I made for my local scrapbook store's sketch challenge. Not many people particiapte in these challenges, so I thought that since the wonderful ladies at Buffalo Stamps & Stuff take the time to post these challenges that I would make something for it.

I used Lettering Delights Hello Cupcake Doodlebats (3 bucks) for the image, and I sized that at 4 inches in MTC. I added scrappy moms stamp sentiment, punched it out with my ek sucess tag punch. Added a scrap of the sanrio hello kitty dot paper, and a strip that I punched with my Fiskars Scallop Dot punch. Added 2 buttons and some quick doodles and I was done. Total time: 10 mins. ( I timed myself and it took me only 5 mins to make the image cuttable in make the cut. Might do a Make the Cut tutorial soon. Enjoy my friends

By the way: doesn't this look just like a Sweet treats cricut Cutout??  Let me know what you think?

Jul 24, 2010

Throwback Thursday


I decided to go on a whim and had some time today to make Emma's Throwback thursday project. The theme for this week was use celebrations cartridge to make a birthday theme project. I don't have celebrations, so I decided to use the Once Upon a Princess Cartridge, and cut out this cute icecream cone at 2 inches. And yes that came out HUGE!

Supply Credits
Recollections Cardstock
Bazzil Pine Cone Cardstock
Carolyn Gavin Greenhouse designer paper
D'vine Swirls & Argyle Cuttlebug Folders
Once Upon A Princess Iceceram Cone cut at 2inches, yes this comes out huge. I was orginally going to cut it out at 2 inches, but geez!!
Micheals Basic Florarl Ribbon
Scrappy Moms Sweet Somethings Stamps- "sweet birthday wishes"
EK sucess Tag punch
Signio Broad White Gelly Roll Pen
Adhesives, ATG, Zig 2 way glue, pop dots

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Jul 23, 2010

Episode 36: Baby Cakes Layout

Hi friends,

Today I'm going to be working on the results from my Blog poll where I asked you, your favorite idea for episode36. I want to create content that YOU want to see, and I value your input. So here were the top 3 categories that won.  Since I just made a 3d object the last post, I thought that I would do the the layout. I will make episode 37 another 3d something :)

Scrapbook Layout (7)

3d object (bag, treat holder, gift box..etc) (7)
Home Decor/ Wall hanging (5)
Today I was inspired by Momo's Challenge. I had completely forgot about it until this morning, and this week's theme is " Super Girly" I went rummaging in my scraps and found some pink paper that I didn't touch since DECEMBER when i first got my cricut, and did a hello kitty layout. Also after a quick thumb through Once Upon a Princess, I didn't realize they had cute cupcakes on there, and I was EBAY bidding last night like a CRAZY WOMAN on Sweet Treats Cricut Cartridge 
{side note: Didnt win, but did get some amazingly similar images at Lettering Delights for 4 bucks here and  here finally here, So you might see some projects with these very soon }
But I was very happy to see cupcakes on my OUAP cartridge because I wasn't in the mood to play around with inkscape or SCAL2 today. Sometime soon though

I hope you enjoy

Supply Credits
Black  Base, Solid Pink White & Diecuts- Michaels Brand Recollections Cardstock
Sanrio Hello Kitty Dot Designer Paper ( Available at Joanns in openstock)
Paper Pizzaz Hot Pink Swirl Designer Paper
Color Box Cat's Eye ink- Dark Peony
Studio G Glitter, White & Pink ( dollar bin at micheals comes with 3)
Micheals Basic Pink Floral Ribbon
Icicle Stickles
Signio Broad White Gel Pen
Adhesives, Tombow Momo, Zig 2 way glue pen, ATG

Once Upon a Princess, cut at 3 3/4 in and 2 inches, all layers minus face layer
Nursery Rhymes , Font cut at 2 Inches

Jul 21, 2010

Episode 35: Made for a Princess


It's so hectic in my house lately, Packing and making last minute plans. But I still have some time to myself for papercrafting :)

My daughter is growing up soo big, it seems like just yesterday we brought her home from the hospital. Now she's mobile! crawling around the house, and standing up, it's only a matter of days before she figures out how to put one foot in front of the other and RUN!!

Today's project is inspired by her

Supply Credits

Teen Angst Cardstock Stack We R Memory Keepers (Green)
DCWV Brights Cardstock Stack ( Pink)
DCWV Nana's Kids Carstock Stack
Michaels Basic Pink Grograin Ribbon
Darice Self Stick Gems
Tombow Mono Aqua Glue, ATG 714

Jul 19, 2010

Companion Challenge #1 Winner and Poll


I want to thank everyone so much who entered my first companion challenge. I loved all your projects so much

I know the challenge was a bit difficult for some, but I love all of your creativity.

I used Random.org to Pick the Winner and Congrats

..........................(drum roll)......................

The winner is: #5 ivette

You have one week to reply to my email and send me your addres information. IF not Unfortunately I will have to draw a new winner

Thanks so much to everyone who entered. I will be back later today to post Episode 35 (i'm headed out to super walmart to look for cricut lite sugar and spice)

But until then, please feel free to share your imput for episode 36

Jul 17, 2010

Episode 34: Simple Owl Card

Looking to join my latest Companion Challenge??? You can do so here


I took a poll on my facebook page of what you wanted to see me make, and alot of you wanted me to make 3d object as well as a card.

Next episode will be the 3d object.

I decided to make this really cute and simple card.

Owl Cut from Paisley at 2 inches

Jul 16, 2010

Giveaway Winners!!!!!

Looking to join my latest Companion Challenge??? You can do so here

Hey there friends. I just wanted to let you know that I drew the winners for my June Giveaway today.

I used Random.org to draw the numbers

The winner of Creating Keepsakes Month By Month Scrapbooking is #6

6th Street Sundries
Thanks for the giveaway! I am a new cricuteer too (I got mine in Nov 09) and so am really enjoying looking at other people's creations for inspiration! You have some lovely stuff here!
The second Giveaway winner of the Creating Keepsakes all in one 8x8 Scrapbook kit is #20
Thanks for the giveaway chance :) I love your stuff :)

Congrats to the Winners. I will be emailing you all later tonight and you have 1 week to get back to me, or I unfortunately will have to draw new winners
Thanks to all who entered, I will be posting a new Giveaway in the upcoming days so keep a look out. Video coming later tonight!!!

Jul 14, 2010

Companion Challenge #1 Flip Flop, Spin & Pop

Hey There friends,

Welcome to my very first Companion Challenge. I am soo excited to start this new venture.
I am SOOO EXITED about this! Every other Wednesday I will highlight one of my awesome friends, as my companion and I will also make a challenge for a projects so this gives you an opportunity to show off your creativity.

This week the challenge is Called Flip- Flop, Spin & pop, Create an interactive card that does something a normal card doesn't.

The project has to be an an original card made specifically for this challenge! I will use Random.org to draw the winner on Monday 7/19/10

The prize is a Martha Stewart Score Board. Generously donated by my Awesome Sponsor Stuff4scrapbooking.

My First Crafting Companion is my awesome friend Momo. She created a card that spins. I love the sentiment she used, it's too perfect.
"I am honored to be a part of Cristina's first Crafting Companions Challenge. The challenge was "Flip Flop Spin Pop" and well of  course my mind went crazy and I remembered this spinning card I learned about a year ago. I saw a tutorial on Youtube but for the life of me I can't remember who's it was. I hope you enjoy it and if you would like to see a video tutorial hop on over to my blog"
- Momo

My project: I was totally inspired by the newest release of Lettering Delights Images Called Seven Seas Graphic Set. Though this diecuts comes from Life is a Beach. 

I created this Whirly Card  for my challenge project, and this is the first one I've ever made. The submarine spins and comes out of the water when you tip it. Such a fun card.

I used some liquid embossing clear glass finish to give the water and the submarine a wet shiny look!

Supply Credits:
Designer Paper: American Crafts Everyday paper pack
Green: Bazzil Lime Crush
Paper Trey Ink- Kraft Cardstock
Signo Broad White Gel Pen
Liquid Embossing- Clear Glass Finish
Yellow: Bazzil Mexican Poppy
Papertrey ink- True Black Hybrid Ink
Sentiment- Hero Arts
Adhesives, (a ton) Popdots, Atg tape, Tombow Mono glue

To qualify for the giveway, you must:
****Link your project up below

****Your card  must be INTERACTIVE
****Must be an ORIGINAL project made especially for THIS challenge
****Deadline for project will be Sunday @ midnight EST-- 7/18
****Last but Not Least~ HAVE FUN my friends!!

Jul 12, 2010

Episode 32: You & Me 8.5x 11 Scrapbook Layout

Hey there friends,

Before I go ahead and share with you my latest episode and project. I wanted to take some quick time to make a few announcments, I know that some of you aren't up to date with my facebook fan page, so I thought I will give all the latest announcements in one spot!

Some of you may know that I'm going on vacation in 3 weeks. Me my family and my best friend are headed to Puerto Rico August 3-11th. But don't worry I have plenty of things scheduled to do here, so please keep checking back then! And I ofcouse plan on posting bits and pieces of my vacation

I am soo excited to start my companion Challenges, on Wednesday. I recieved so many emails my wonderful talented friends, and I can't wait to work with you all. I still have 2 more spots left in decemeber, if anyone is interested please use the contact me form and I will try to work on a challenge for you. It's for december challenges.

I want to thank my sponsor Stuff 4 Scrapbooking, for their generous donation of prizes. Right now they are having a huge 2 day sale on all sizzix, slice Making Memories, Eyelets and Brads. They also do price matching. I wanted to mention this before! So you have a huge oppurtinuity to save!

I will be drawing the winner of my June giveaway on Thursday, so you have until Wednesday Night to join in in case you haven't already. The link is on my Right hand side >>>>>>>>>

Ok now to the good stuff,

I'm really really loving working with the 8.5x11 scrapbook layouts, they are soo easy to do in comparsion to the 12x12. I will still be doing 12x12 layouts, as my daughter's scrapbook is that size, but I will be from time to time working on my everyday scrapbook which is in this 8.5x11 size. I also need to work on an 8x8 scrapbook and a 6x6 mini.

So I'll be posting a ton of layouts in the next couple of days. I have over 200 Photos that need to be scrapped before I go on vacation, because once I come back I will have too many ever catch up!

I really love this sweethearts Cartridge, it's so cutesy romantic. It has a ton of things that go from dating to marriage, all in a fun kind of way. Its one of my faves. And isn't that the best part of love? the FUN!!!

Supply Credits
Designer Paper Basic Grey Offbeat Collection Pack
(orange) DCWV Neutrals Stack White Core
(brown) Bazzil Basics Pine Cone
(Blue) Bazzil Basics Evening Star
(Cream) Reflections Neutrals Cardstock Stack
Tim Holtz Pumice Stone Distress ink
Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen
American Crafts Black Gelly Roll Pen
Black Copic Marker
Adhesives, ATG, Tombow Mono Aqua Glue, Pop dots

Tools: Ek Sucess Tag Punch, Hot off the Press Journaling Template

Jul 10, 2010

Episode 31: Sweetheart Scrapbook Layout (8.5x11)

Hey there friends,

You ever just have a day where you hate technology?! Well today that was my day for me. I could not for the life of me get my camcorder raw video footage edited. I had recorded the episode really early this morning, and I spent all day basically fighting with every computer in the house trying to get the video onto the computer and edited and uploaded to youtube. Finally after being in a grump mood all day, had to change file formats with my computer geek's help! and then it worked!!

ALso I dont even want to begin on how much I struggled with my cricut machine. I forgot how to use the cartridges. I'm so gypsy spoiled!!! I didn't remember how to put the paper on, and setting paper size, and all sorts of other things.

I didn't even want to bother with the layers for the gumball machine, so I cut out the black out feature, and everything else in white, and just used my copic markers. ( I really wanted to match the paper colors as well)

So this video was probably the most stubborn that I worked at in a long time!

I decided to make this layout for Momo's Challenge that she has over at her blog, and the challenge was to create a "romance/love" layout. I have so many old pictures that I haven't scrapped, so I decided this was a good chance to get caught up on my scrapbooking.

This was my first attempt at an 8.5x11 scrapbook page and I love it. I got a free Horizontal Scrapbook from Creating Keepsakes and I just had to make something for it.

Supply Credits
Designer Paper- Basic Grey Off Beat
Cartridge, Sweethearts Cart page 38 GumBall Machine cut at 7 Inches, sweetheart phrase cut at 1 3/4
Bazzil Cardstock, Pomegrante Splash, Hillary, Pine Cone
Orange is from DCWV Neutrals Stack
Heartfelt Creations Clear Cardstock ( had to cut out with multicut, it's soo heavy duty)
Ribbon is from Michaels
Signo Broad White Pigment Pen
Copic Markers, I colored the whole gum ball machine with them
Tim Holtz Pumice Stone Distress ink
JOanns Essentials Neutral Eyelets
EK Success Binding Edge Border Punch
EK Success Water Brush
Paper Pizzaz Easy Stitches Template
Crop A dile
ATG, Pop dots, zig

Jul 9, 2010

More Monster-licious


I've been having a blast using the cuts from Monster-licious. They are so fun! AND easy to layer together, very similar to a-la create a critter.Well that's the way I did the layers when I traced them, and that's the import part , no little pieces!

Here are a few cards I made.

I'll back to using cricut cartridges tomorrow the old fashioned way! Tomorrow's Video will be an Layout  :)

Jul 8, 2010

Episode 30: Plenty Requested SCAL Tutorial 2 Parts! SCAL & Cardmaking

Hey there friends,

The day flew by for me today. But i've missed you all so much. I haven't been able to get to my computer to talk to you all, my little one has been non stop mommy mode, and literally at my ankles and tugging at me all day. So Not much crafting.

I did have some time to put together this 2 part request video. I got a few emails wondering if I could do a quick video on how to make images cut-able in SCAL. I haven't done this in a long while but I thought I would give it ago now that my gypsy is out of commission!

I also recieved a few messages asking me if it was possible to covert images purchased from http://www.letteringdelights.com because they have a LOT of cricut inspired graphics. I knew today was the day when I stumbled upon MONSTER-LICIOUS and I've been dying for the Mini- monsters cartridge, but it's out of my budget for now.

I am a frugalista, and I wait until I get a cartridge really cheap before I buy one, so this is satisfying my monster urge for only 4 dollars. I noticed they have alot of cartridge look alike, Heartland USA is prety much identical to some of the cuts from Just Because Cards. Seriously I couldn't believe it.

So Here is my quick video on how to convert some images. It's pretty much the same formula no matter what image you want to tweak from Lettering Designs. Hope this helps some of you out there, I was getting slammed with questions about this on the cricut message boards and emails.

Sorry about this card, It was very late when I got around to assembling it and I was rushed because of a sleepy baby on my hand.. It's not my best work but to be honest it's a card for my 5 year old brother's Birthday that was the other day. So i'm not too worried about it.  I will make another card probably tomorrow ish using another cut from monsterlicious to better show off the cutting capabilites.

Oh note*** if you are going to convert images to cut-ables, you're better off doing them all in one sitting, so that you can have them ready whenever you get the urge to craft. Nothing worst than virtually cutting and pasting when you want to be cutting and pasting paper!!  :)

Supply Credits
Papertrey Ink- Kraft Paper
Carolyn Gavin Green House 12x12 paper
Copic Markers
Computer generated sentiment
Fiskars Squeeze me Oval Punch
Hemp Cord
Scotch Tape, ATG Tombow Mono Aqua glue

Jul 6, 2010

The Saddest Post

I know there are sadder things in the world  but right now I am overwhelmed.

My Gypsy is broken!!!!!

So here I was at home, Just finished putting my daughter to bed, when I decided to work on some projects. I  had stayed up till almost 4am last night just inspired with mountains of creativity spewing out of me. Literally could not sleep until I had it all planned in my gypsy.

I start making what was going to be a fantastic card, I go to plug my gypsy into my machine and then I hear a snap ( I was even actually using the USB cord that my gypsy came with  because my daughter was playing with the extra long one). The USB port breaks off INSIDE my gypsy. IF you shake it, it rattles..

*****Graphic images*****

Now I have a naked card in need of awesome cricut cut outs.

The sad thing is. I'm going to lose all my files, and my templates and projects I have planned. Since I have no way of even downloading them to my computer. I have to old fashioned way, sit and write down what I used and what size and what cartridge. I sometimes use 4-5 cartridges in one sitting. Not to mention that there is no gypsy wanderings Cartridge. And I use a ton of those shapes.

I'm so sad.  So please be extra nice when I post my next few videos because I'm already dissapointed for the lack of welding.

I talked to PC, they will replace it, and I can relink my cartridges to it, but still... what am i going to do for 2 weeks!

 I will keep making projects, but the old fashioned way using my cartridges! Boo :(

In need of hugs now  :(