Saturday, July 31, 2010

All Boy Mini Book- Mini Monsters Cartridge

Project by Jamie
My son often hangs out on my art room floor and can never resist a camera! I have had these photos since February but I couldn't determine what to do with them! When I received the Mini Monsters Cricut cartridge from, I noticed this adorable skull and immediately thought of doing a mini book with the photos! I put together a Cricut Design Studio Cut file for all the cuts which you can get HERE.
Cricut Cartridges: Mini Monsters and Robotz (for lettering)
Paper: Metallic Collection (Momenta)
Font: Weltron Urban
Punch: EK Success and Crop-A-Dile
Ink Dauber: Tsukineko Sponge
Jewels: Black (Zva)
Misc: Fibers

Thursday, July 29, 2010

I Want My Mummy LO- Mini Monsters Cartridge

Project by Crystal

Mini Monster Cricut Cartridge
Fruit Punch Stickles
Black Diamond Stickles
Stardust Gelly Roll Pen
Zig Millenium Pen
Honeybee Scissors
Chesnut Roan Ink
Distress Ink Peeled Paint
Distress Ink Tattered Rose
Zig Glue Pen -Chisel
Scotch ATG
ATG 1/4 inch tape
Cricut Expression
Cricut 12X12 mat
Recollections Monster Stamps
Pink, Blue, white, Kraft Card stock
Reminisce Monsters Patterned Paper
Googly eyes

1. Using Mini Monsters Cricut Cartridge select Mummy cut on page 35 in the handbook.
2. Cut all layers at 4 inches.
3. Base Shadow in cream, mummy in pink, layer one in blue, layer one shift in white; phrase in cream, phrase shift in pink
4. Adhere using ATG Tape and Zig Chisel Tip pen, appropriately.
5. Select BOO cut on page 37 layer one for the two circles. Cut at 10 and 12/75 inches.
6. Mat all photos leaving 1/8 inch border of cream card stock. Ink edges in Chesnut roan ink
7. Adhere two circles to kraft 12X12 card stock
8. Arrange and adhere pictures on page.
9. Add fruit punch stickles to "I want my Mummy" cut and adhere to page.
10. Adhere googly eyes and dots of black diamond stickles to feet of mummy and adhere to page.
11. Cut three one inch by three inch white rectangles, and stamp title using Distress inks in peeled paint and tattered rose.
12. Dot all three white rectangles using gelly roll stardust pen
13. Journal around edge with Zig millenium pen

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

My Lil' Monsters LO- Mini Monsters Cartridge

These little monsters from the Mini Monsters cart are so fun to create. I caught some pictures of my kids pulling faces and thought that this cart would be perfect for a layout with these pics. I love making these cute little monsters in all different colors. I used five of the monsters for this layout.....Icky, Monster, Creepy, Mummy, and Argh.....great names for each of these fun little monsters. I cut a title from the "Monster" phrase (on a function key) that I welded with my Gypsy with "my lil" from the Ashlyns Alphabet cart. I distressed all edges on the layout with Fluid Chalk Cat's Eye ink pads.

To make this layout:
  • Cut and assemble 4 of the Mini Monsters at 2 3/4 inches and one at 2 1/2 inches.
  • Adhere a 11 x 11 inch piece of patterned paper on to the cardstock background.
  • Adhere a 7 x 9 1/2 inch piece of cardstock to the right of the layout (a little toward the top and against the right side)
  • Cut and adhere three 3 x 3 inch photos and adhere on the left side of the 7 x 9 1/2 inch cardstock.
  • Add a 3 x 3 inch block of cardstock or patterned paper in the 4th spot.
  • Add the 2 1/2 inch Mini Monster on the cardstock block with dimensional adhesive. Place the title to the right of the little monster.
  • Add the 4 other Mini Monsters to the bottom of the layout with dimensional adhesive.
  • I have don't like to try to (find and) glue those little tiny, dark eye pieces in place. I just grab a dark pen or marker and color in the center of the eye.
  • In order to get good detailed cuts, I have found that having a fresh blade AND mat work the best for me.
I am going to have a sketch for this layout on MY BLOG, so stop on by and check it out. I would love to see how you use it.

Material used:

Sunday, July 25, 2010

BirdHouse Gift Set- Cindy Loo Cartridge

Project by Cheryl
Birdhouse Giftset(Bag, and Card) made with the Cindy Loo Cartridge and the Cricut Expressions Machine!

To make the Card you will need:
Pink,brown, and white cardstock
Embellishments:ribbon,lace,buttons,roses,trims,swirls,and butterfly gem
Step 1-birdhouse(page 67)
Pink Cardstock 12 x 12 cut at 5 3/4 (FIT TO PAGE ON) (BORDER ON)(REAL DIAL SIZE ON) this will be the card base!
Step 2
Brown cardstock 12 x 12 TURN OFF (FIT TO PAGE)(BORDER)(REAL DIAL SIZE)
Step 3
Follow step 1 using brown cardstock this will be the inside of card(this will make it sturdy)
Step 4
Pink cardstock (shift ) for inside layer cut at 7 1/2 inch
Step 5
white card stock cut at 7 1/2 inches (once cut then take scissors and cut across the bottom of the white birdhouse to fit to inside!
Step 6
Branches(pg 48)
(shadow on)(real dial size on)
1 1/4 inch cut 6 (set aside 3 for giftbag)

Make sure to score your card, and then attach layers, this card and giftbag are super simple to make and you will have alot of fun doing this project I know I did!! :)
I glued all lace,ric rac,trim, buttons,flowers,leaves and bow to card front. I then added some swirls.
for the inside I used more lace,ric rac,ribbon,roses,and trim. I then added a frame with happy birthday stamped and a gem butterfly. I left the left inside page white so there would be room to write.
Using Cindy Loo Cardtridge
12 x 12 pink cardstock cut 2 at 7 3/4 inch page 67 (you can get both pinks for front and back)
Step 2
12 x 12 brown hit( shift )then cut 2 at 7 3/4
You should have 3 extra branches from step 6 on the card cuttings!
Now you will want to Decorate to your liking :)

Step 4
cut piece of pink cardstock to measure 3 1/4 x 10 1/2 this will be the bottom of your birdhouse giftbag
Step 5
score at 1/2 inch along the length (10 1/2 ) then flip and score again at 1/2
Step 6
score at 3 1/2 inches, then at 6 inches
step 7
cut like I did in picture below and then add double sided sticky tape like in picture ! do this tto both sides!(I will be back to add the pic )

Enjoy your week ladies!!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Thanks Silhouettes- Cindy Loo Cartridge

Project by Leah
I love silhouettes and the Cindy Loo Cricut cartrige is full of floral cuts that are perfect for getting that simple, but striking silhouette look. I first started by stamping my card base with a woodgrain backgrounder and adding some Creamy Brown Chalk ink to the edges to give it more depth. I then began to cut my silhouettes. Here are the cuts and measurements I cut them at.
*Branch2 @ 1 3/4" and again at 2 1/2"
*Flower2 @ 3" with the FLIP feature ON
*Flower 5 @ 3 1/2" with the FLIP feature ON
*Thanks @ 3/4"
Once I had everything cut I layed them all out in the arrangement I liked and adhered them. I then used a Sakura white gelly roll pen to add the little dots around the outside edges of the leaves and adhered some pearls to my flowers. The butterflies were punched and run through my Cuttlebug using Swiss Dots embossing folder and then inked with the Creamy Brown chalk ink.
You don't always have to use the layer feautres on your cartridges to get a beautiful result!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Halloween LO- Mini Monsters

Project by Tomi Ann
I'll tell you a secret -- I have never made a Halloween layout I liked. I don't know what it is about scrapping for this holiday, but I'm just never pleased with the results. But I used my new Mini Monsters cartridge and black stickles from, and I have to say that I think I am going to call this one a keeper! I tried to keep it simple, with just two of my favorite pictures from the night and just a little journaling. I cut strips of various Halloween papers and layered them, and then tucked the pictures into the layers. I used a strip of paper tape for the journaling at the bottom, which worked very nicely. I wanted the paper strip that said "halloween" to stand out a little more so it could be part of the title, so I used my black stickles to dot along the edges, and I love the effect -- just the right amount of bling, without overpowering anything else. To top it all off, I added this adorable pumpkin from Mini Monsters, which I cut at 2". Such fun!

Additional materials: Patterned paper -- Scenic Route, Imaginisce; "Boo" Snap -- We R Memory Keepers; Vinyl number stickers -- American Crafts; Paper Tape -- Martha Stewart Crafts

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Decorated Accordian Box- Cindy Loo Cartridge

Project by Rowena

Hi all!

This project is an acordian box. I made the box a month ago but it was bare. I could not figure out what to with it. So I decided to decorate for this challenge.

Items Used:

Handmade Accordion Box

Decorative Elements: Cricut Cartridge (Cindy Loo); Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue (Black Diamond); Prima Marketing Inc (Homespun Elegance Vintage flowers), (Glitter Spray Flutter Branch); Tim Holtz (Mini paper clips, Jump rings, Locket keys, Box feet); BasicGrey (Opaline); y Gypsies: Ball knob (Amber Crystal)

Ink Pad: Ranger's Distress Ink (Walnut Stain)

Other: Scotch Adhesive Transfer tape (ATG 714 dispenser); Tim Holtz (Kushgrip Non-Stick Micro Serrated Scissors 7"); Gelly Roll Pen (Clear); Glue O Dots Int. (Pop Up Glue Dots); Provo Craft (Cricut Expression electronic die cutting machine); Tim Holtz (Ditressing Tool); Tonic Studios Tim Holtz (Retractable Craft Pick / Paper Piercer); Tsukineko (Sponge Dabbers, 3 pk); Quickutz (QuickStik).

Miscelaneous: Ribbon, Lace, Tag, Love ticket, washer, pin, sticker

To go directly to a specific product used for this project simply click on any of the links above.

My creative Process:

First, I gathered all my elements so I could get my creative juices flowing. I wanted a more grunge and shabby chic appearance so I began sponging items with the walnut distress ink pad including the accordion box which was a bright color, ribbon, lace and other paper items.

To start of I used glossy accents to adhere the box feet to the bottom of the accordion box making sure to press them together for no less that 10 seconds to make sure it was completely adhered.

To start decorating the front of the accordion box I added a piece of ribbon on the front lid and overlapped it with a second piece and for added interest I added a piece of lace below the ribbon. (I used my Tim Holtz Scissors to cut through the tough ribbon and lace.)

Next, I adhered the tag on the top left corner with glue dots and added a Tim Holtz mini paper clip on the top of the tag, I added the Prima Homespun Elegance Vintage flower then the love movie ticket. I stuck a pin through the ticket for added interest. I used the Sakura gel pens to write over the number on the tag to add a little sparkle.

I used my Tim Holtz Scissors to cut through the Prima branch and adhere it to the right top corner of the box with more golly accents. I applied diamond black stickles to the butterly to make it stand out from the branch background.

Using three Tim Holtz jump rings I made a chain link to incorporate the Tim Holtz Locket key by hanging it from the Prima branch. I used glossy accents to adhere the matching Locket key hole on the front of the accordion box. To add a washer to the box I used two Tim Holtz jump rings and hung it from the Prima flower.

On the top of the accordion box I added a ball knob by 7 Gypsies. I placed a sticker around it then using my Quickstik I placed pearls in a circular pattern around the ball knob.

For the back of the accordion box I added two types of Ribbon across the center of the box. I then cut out an owl using the Cindy Loo Cartridge and my Cricut Expression. I used a sponge and inked the shapes with the walnut ink.

I placed pop up dots between the shadow and layer of the owl and adhered it to the back of the accordion box.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Hoppy Birthday to You

Project by Jamie
This is another cut from the Mini Monster Cricut Cartridge! This is the "card" option of the frog...cute, right!?
I cut the Frog Card Base, Regular Cut (for eyelids), Layer 1, Layer 2, and Layer 2-Shift at 5 1/2". I used Design Studio to cut Layer 1 again in White at 4.75" x 4.75", hiding the contours to create the white inside area.

Cardstock: Momenta Textured
Ink Daubers: Tsukineko Sponge
Markers: Copic Sketch, C1

Click on the sentiment below to download the Word Art:

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Cookie Sheet Countdown-Cindy Loo Cartrige

Project made by Tammy

I made this Countdown to Kindergarten Cookie Sheet for a friend who's daughter will be starting Kindergarten this fall. The Cindy Loo cartridge is so perfect for this project. I hope my friend and her daughter will love it as much as I enjoyed making it for her.

Cindy Loo Cricut Cartridge
1 15 x 10 Cookie Sheet
1 piece each of 5 colors of cardstock
1 piece 12 x 12 Designer cardstock
1 piece 6 x 12 Designer cardstock
Various coordinating scrap pieces of Designer cardstock/paper
1 piece chipboard approx 8 x 10 (back of paper stacks works well too)
30 small magnets
Scallop edge punch
Gesso (optional)
Yes Paste or Mod Podge
Pop Up Glue Dots
Tombo Mono Aqua Adhesive
Coordinating ribbon (wide enough to cover edge of cookie sheet and serve as hanger)
Stickles to coordinate with cardstock
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - Stardust
Embellishments like Buttons, Flowers, Skittles, Stickles, Ribbon

From Cindy Loo Cart:
Cut 30 of Doily1 Shadow on chipboard at 1.25" tall
Cut 6 of Doily1 Shadow from each color of cardstock (total of 30) at 1.25" tall
Cut numbers 1-30 using Font Layer button from coordinating scrap pieces of DSP. (Using DesignStudio, I cut at a height of .650". If you do not use DesignStudio, cut at .75" tall)
Cut your choice of images/flourishes with appropriate layers from cartridge in varying heights (My tallest was the tree at 1.5" tall).
Cut letters "Countdown to" using Font Layer button on 1 sheet of cardstock. (Using DesignStudio, I cut at at height of approx. .863. Without DesignStudio cut at approx 1").
Cut letters "Kindergarten" using Font Layer button on 1 sheet of cardstock. (Using Design Studio, I cut at height of approx. 1.391". Without DesignStudio cut at 1.5").

Using Tombo Mono Adhesive, adhere the cardstock cuts of Doily1 to the chipboard cuts making sure to match edges as much as possible. Using coordinating stickles, outline the edges of each square.
Using Tombo Mono Adhesive, assemble and adhere the layers of images/florishes. Use stickles, gelly roll pens, markers etc to decorate and add dimension to cuts. Adhere to Doily1 squares.
Using Pop Up Glue Dots, adhere the numbers 1-30 to the Doily1 squares. Use gelly roll pens, Sakura White Souffle Pen, buttons, flowers, etc to decorate squares.
Adhere magnets to the back of the squares using hot glue or Glossy Accents. Do not use glue dots as the magnets are more likely to separate from the paper when removed from the cookie sheet.

Use coordinating stickles and outline letters "Countdown to Kindergarten".

Optional Step:
Apply Gesso to backside of cookie sheet. I do this to help the paper adhere as Gesso gives it some texture. Let dry.

Lay 12 x 12 Designer cardstock on cookie sheet and determine how much overhang is needed to be able to fold over on sides and touch or nearly touch the flange, cut off leftover. Fold paper over edge of tray. I used my ScorPal to create straight fold lines. You do not have to be perfect as you will use ribbon to cover edges.

Apply mod podge or Yes Paste (my preference) to back of DSP and adhere to cookie sheet being sure to smooth out any bubbles.

Cut 6" x 12 Designer cardstock in half to create 2 - 3" x 12" strips. Use scallop edge punch along 1 long edge of both pieces. Place on cookie sheet with scallop edge facing in and determine how much overhang is needed to fold over the edge. I used my Scor-Pal and scored along long side (opposite of scallop edge) of each piece of cardstock to make a nice fold. I also used the ScorPal for the side edges too.

Apply mod podge or Yes Paste to back of each piece of cardstock. Adhere the strips to top and bottom of the cookie sheet. Fold the edges of one side under the other to make nice corner creases.

Use stickles to decorate the scalloped edges of the designer cardstock. Apply adhesive to the back of the ribbon and apply ribbon along the edge of the cookie sheet to give nice finish to edges.

Use Crop-A-Dile Big Bite to punch 2 holes along top edge flange for ribbon to serve as the hanger. Add ribbon and secure with brads, eyelets, adhesive or simply tie a knot on each side.

Adhere buttons to side of tray on top of ribbon using glue dots or liquid adhesive. Decorate front of cookie sheet with flowers, brads, ribbon, skittle, etc. The sky's the limit.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Fun Monster Card- Mini Monsters Cartrige

Project by Jamie.
Have you seen the Mini Monsters Cricut Cartridge? I have to tell you, it is quickly becoming a favorite of mine! Check out this adorable monster...
Isn't he just the cutest? I love the different layers that allow you to change his look! has this cartridge on sale for $39.99 along with many others, so be sure to head over to check them out! I put the cuts of this card in a design studio cut file which you can grab HERE. It even includes the hills which I created!

The card base (yellow) is 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
The mat (white) is 5" x 8"
I cut the Beware monster and his pieces at 4 1/2"
The inside card (white monster head) was cut at 4 3/8", and I hide all the contours on the cut. If you use the cut file, you will have to hide these each time you open the cut file.

Cardstock: White - The Paper Studio, Colored - Momenta Textured
Markers: Copic Sketch, C1 and 100
Font: Tia Moxie
Punch: Corner Rounder, Zutter
Ink Dauber: Tsukineko Sponge
Pen: Uni-ball Signo Broad

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Get Well card- Mini Monsters

Project by Crystal Butler
When I received my first package from I was so excited. I opened it up and WOW there was MINI MONSTERS Cricut Cartridge! I was giddy! I wanted to use it in an unexpected way and this is what I designed.

1. Cut, score and fold Kraft card stock into a 5.5 by 5.5 square card.

2. Using green patterned paper (grid and pearlescent) cut five strips at 1 inch by 5.5 inches. Ink all edges using Chesnut Roan Chalk Ink.

3. Adhere three one inch grid patterned paper strips to the base of the card with ATG 1/4 inch adhesive.

4. Punch each one inch strip of green pearlescent paper with Martha Stewart Drippy Goo punch, ink edges and accent with Gelly Roll Stardust pens.

5. Adhere punched strips to card base, butting each to the grid paper using ATG 1/4 inch adhesive
6. Using the Argh cut on page 43 in the booklet I cut all the layers including the base shadow at 3.5 inches using my Cricut Expressions and 12X12 mat.

7. Assemble as directed.

8. After the main "monster" is assembled it is time to embellish. I used Fruit Punch and Black Diamond Stickles on this tongue and feet. I hand drew some tears and accented them with Glossy Accents, added a googly eye, medical tape and a band aid from our medicine cabinet.

9. Stamp sentiment "Get Well" and Red Cross with Black Stazon Ink, and Blazing Red Stazon Ink. Ink edges with Chesnut Roan ink. Adhere using pop dots. Adhere three pearls to bottom left side.

10. Ink all edges of card with chesnut roan ink.

Other supplies used:
Mini Glue Dots
Honeybee Scissors
EK success TweezerBees
Zig Chisel point glue pen
Queen and Company pearls
DCWV patterned paper
We R Memory Keepers patterned paper
ProvoCraft bone folder

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Birthday Count Card- Mini Monsters Cartridge

Project by Amy Crockett
I am so excited to be a part of the ScrapbookPal design team. I was very happy to see the cart they they had sent me was Mini Monsters. There are so many cute cuts on here, it was hard trying to pick just one. I can see lots of ways to use it on Halloween themed projects, but just for fun, I wanted to try something different. I created this card for a little boy's birthday that is coming up. I hope he enjoys it!!

"Birthday Count"

Cardstock: Stampin' Up!, Bazzill
Ribbon: Stampin' Up!
Corner rounder: Stampin' Up!
Pen: Uni-bal Signo
Die-cuts: Cricut Expression with Gypsy and Mini Monsters cart
and Ashlyn's Alphabet cart
Embossing: Cuttlebug with Number Collage embossing folder


  • White card base is cut at 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches and folded to make an A2 sized card (4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches).
  • Black cardstock cut at 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 with rounded corners.
  • Turquoise cardstock cut at 4 x 4 1/4 inches and round the two top corners with a corner punch. Use the Number Collage cuttlebug embossing folder and the Cuttlebug machine to emboss the turquoise cardstock.
  • White cardstock cut at 1 x 4 inches with rounded corners on the bottom.
  • Tie a 1/4 inch piece of black ribbon around the layered pieces of cardstock where the turquoise and white meet.
  • Cut and assembled the vampire cut from the Mini Monsters cart at 2 3/4 inches. Add a little detail with a white gel pen. Adhere him to the middle of the turquiose piece of cardstock with dimensional adhesive.
  • Using a Gypsy or Design Studio and the Ashlyn's Alphabet cartridge, weld birthday and count at .6 inches (rounding the birthday a little if you want to). Cut them out and adhere to the card around the vampire cut.
  • Using the Ashlyn's Alphabet cart cut H and B out at .6 inches in white and adhere to the belly of the vampire. Cut out 1 2 3 4 at 1/2 inch and 5 at 3/4 inch and adhere to the bottom of the cart on the white cardstock. Place dots between the numbers.
Bonus card with a sketch:
"I Only Have Eyes For You"
Here is a bonus card I created with this wonderful Mini Monsters cartridge.  It is so fun to play around with these little characters.  I used the Fruit Punch Stickles to cover the monster and the sentiment.  I welded the title with my Gypsy and Robotz cartridge....I just love the font on this cart.  The scallops at the bottom are made with the Fiskars Threading Water border punch.  I have the sketch for this card up on MY BLOG if you would like to try it out.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Post Card and Envelope- Cindy Loo Cartrige

Project by Cheryl Walker. Hello everyone!
Im sooo excited to be part of the Scrapbookpal DT! Today I get to share with you my Postcard & Envelope made with the DARLING cartridge "Cindy Loo", when I received this cartridge I was soooo excited and Happy to get to work with this sweet cartridge.

Supplies Used:

Cricut Expressions & Cindy Loo Cartridge
Cardstock: white 12x 12, black 12 x 12, dp(pick any to your liking), Dark Grey, and light Grey cardstock,green cardstock
Ribbon,flowers,stickles,Heart gems,gem butterfly,and swirl gem
Stamps(choose any)I used SU!,Our Daily Bread Designs
Adhesive-ATG700/Scotch /ATG gold transfer tape 1/2 inch
Memento Black Ink,Tim Holtz distress inks(Shabby Shutters(for branches),Vintage Photo(Cat)
Cuddlebug embossing folder-"Swiss Dots"
White Gel Pen(for Dots)



1st-cut your 12 x12 white at 5 1/2 (REAL SIZE DIAL ON) (FIT TO PAGE ON) key (FOUND ON PAGE 76 IN YOUR BOOK)this will cut the postcard and envelope for you
2nd- Cut your Dp(design paper) at 5 1/2 inch key and same features as above,this is for the inside of the envelope. Do the same for the black this will be for the back of the postcard! (WHEN YOU CUT THESE BE SURE TO LET IT CUT THE POSTCARD,THEN PUSH THE STOP BUTTON) otherwise you will have another envelope for each.
Black Cardstock cut 8 1/2 inch key (SAME AS ABOVE LET IT CUT THE POSTCARD,THEN PUSH STOP)
4th-White Cardstock cut at 7 3/4 inch for the next layer(follow steps above)
5th-White Cardstock cut at 7 inches for the next layer on the postcard! Same thing follow steps above.
Sentiment frames:
Black(for sentiment frame) cut at 4 1/2 inches
White(for the sentiment) cut at 4 inches

CAT(PAGE 58)Black cardstock cut at 3 inches (SHADOW FEATURE ON) this is for the base of the CAT (refer to page 58 in book)
Dark Grey cardstock cut at 2 3/4(SHADOW OFF) cat key
Light Grey cardstock cut at 2 3/4(LAYER BUTTON ON) cat key
White Cardstock cut at 2 3/4(LAYER BUTTON ON) cat key, this is for the inside piece to finish your cat!

Branches(PAGE 65)
Green Cardstock-(BORDER FUNCTION ON)
1st-press the tree button (for branch) cut at 1 inch(3 branches)
Now that you are done cutting your pieces you will want to emboss your 3 white frames for the postcard
I used the Swiss Dots cuttlebug embossing folder to do this. If you are wanting to add white dots to the black frames do that now,then put together you postcard as I did in picture above. If you are adding ribbon, you will want to add it, and then put the black frame on the back of your postcard! Next you can stamp your sentiment on the little white frame, and add the black frame to it.

Branches-you will want to add your stickles to them before you put your entire postcard together!

The Cat I used Vintage Photo ink to distress the cat pieces, then put the cat together. Add eyes(I used heart shaped gems for eyes, nose, and ears.

Once you are done with the Cat, Sentiment Frame, and your branches are dry, you can put your postcard together!

The envelope. I added the Design Paper Frame to the inside of the flap of the envelope. Then embellish your envelope as you would like. I really enjoyed making these! Hope you will try the cat and Postcard with Envelope too!!! Enjoy!
Hope you enjoyed todays post, and thank you for looking!!!
Have a Lovely Day!


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Flower Pot Arrangement- Cindy Loo Cartrige

Project made by Leah Cornelius

Instructions for Flower Pot arrangement:

Using the Cindy Loo cartridge select a 12x12 piece of heavy pattern paper or cardstock for your flower pot. On page 75 of the handbook select the FlwrPtBx and with the Cricut Expression turn on the Fit To Page option.

Select pattern papers you'd like to use for your flowers. Starting with Flower1 on page 49 cut at 4" 3 times.
Then cut Flower1-s at 4", 3 times.
Next, Flower1-s with the Layer opiton on at 4", cut 3 times.
Finally, Flower1 with Layer option on at 4", cut 3 times.
Adhere flowers together.

For second type of flower, select Flower2 on page 50. Cut at 4", 4 times. (2 of the cuts are glued on the backside of the flower for extra support)
Then, Flower2-s cut at 4", 2 times.
Next, Flower2 Layer on at 4", 2 times.
Finally, adhere flowers together.

For the leaves, on page 48 select Branch1. Cut at 4", 4 times. (2 of the cuts are glued ont he backside of the branch for extra support)

Dry emboss the branch leaves using the Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder.

Use bamboo scures and a hot glue gun to adhere the flowers and branches to and stick them into tissue paper that is in the flower pot. Decorate the flower pot as desired, adding Fruit Punch Stickles to the pot and flowers.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Fun With Mini Monsters Cartridge

Projects by Tomi Ann

Well, I was like a little kid waiting for Christmas morning while I waited for my first DT supplies to come in the mail! They have so many great supplies; I couldn't wait to see what I'd have to play with first. I was not disappointed! They sent me the new Cricut Mini-Monsters cartridge, Stickles in black diamond and fruit punch, and awesome Stardust glitter pens.
The obvious choice for this cartridge, of course, is Halloween. There are a plethora of adorable little Halloween characters and fun, unique monsters. But my first thought was all the other ways you could use these cute little characters. I made this first card for my little sister who had had a really tough week, and was feeling just about like this little guy looks. ARGH! I cut everything out and assembled it, then use a brown marker and my glitter pen to accent it to match the funny background paper.

An extra shot to show how cool the glitter accenting works:

Materials: Die-cuts -- Cricut Mini-Monsters cartridge; Stardust glitter pen; Patterned Paper -- Diecuts with a View; Scallop border punch -- Stampin' Up

But I couldn't stop there! I had to try out the Halloween possibilities as well. This time I wanted to use both colors of Stickles, and I thought a cute little girl card was in order. I cut and assembled the cute little spider and web and used my stickles to accent the details. A little doodling for a border and the card was finished! I love how a good mix of die cuts and personal touches (like the stickles and doodling) can help create a fab card in record time!

Materials: Die cuts -- Cricut Mini-Monsters cartridge, Stickles in black diamond and fruit punch; Scallop border punch -- Stampin' Up

I want to teach you a little trick I learned recently. You can use Stickles to make your own super-inexpensive, ready-anytime gem spots! All you need to do is get a scrap of clear packaging and make a line of Stickles dots in whatever sizes you like. Let them dry and they slide right off the plastic, and then you can adhere them to your project with a glue dot or just a spot of liquid glue. Just make sure you don't make your dots and then forget where you set them down, because you might just end up with an arm smeared in glitter glue. Not that I would know anything about that...

And just for good measure, I had to use my black stickles on one more card. I made this one for my daddy for Father's Day. The Stickles were the perfect touch to really make it pop.

Materials: Stickles in black diamond; Embossing folder -- Tim Holtz for Sizzix; Ink -- Clearsnap chalk ink; Die cuts -- Cricut George cartridge (stars)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Purple Filigree Card- Cindy Loo Cartridge


Project by Rowena Valentine

Items Used

Cardstock: Close To My Heart (Amethyst, Hydrangea)
Decorative Elements: Cricut Cartridge (Cindy Loo); Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue (Fruit Punch, Black Diamond)
Ink Pad: Colorbox Cat Eye Fluid Chalk (Blackbird)
Other: Scotch Adhesive Transfer tape (ATG 714 dispenser); Scissors; Gelly Roll Pen (Clear);We are keepers (Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper tool); Pop up dimensionals (Stampin' Up); Scor- Pal (Scor-Pal: Scoring Board 12"X12"); Provo Craft Cricut Expression electronic die cutting machine.

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  • Create card base by cutting the amethyst cardstock to measure 5" x 10". Using the Scor-Pal, score the cardstock in half, then fold it to make a 5" x 5" squarecard base. Round all the corners with the Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper tool.
  • Use a Provo Craft Cricut Expression to cut three 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 Doily shapes from the Cricut Cartridge Cindy Loo.
  • To assemble the card, first adhere one of the doilies in the center on the front card base with the ATG dispenser. With the next two doilies cut out the flowers with scissors (see second photo above to see how to layer the flowers). Use use pop up dimensionals or your favorite pop up product to adhere the flowers and to add dimension.
  • Sponge the sides of the cards using the Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink.
  • Use the Gelly Roll pen to color some ares of the card (as can be seen in photo one above).
  • The last step is to add Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue at the center of the five flowers. First, Add a dot with the Fruit Punch (a little bit goes a long way; if a lot is added the drying with increase) then place a smaller dot of Black Diamond in the center of the all five followers.
  • Let the Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue dry before handling.
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