Saturday, July 31, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Mini Monster Cricut Cartridge
Fruit Punch Stickles
Black Diamond Stickles
Stardust Gelly Roll Pen
Zig Millenium Pen
Chesnut Roan Ink
Distress Ink Peeled Paint
Distress Ink Tattered Rose
Zig Glue Pen -Chisel
ATG 1/4 inch tape
Cricut 12X12 mat
Recollections Monster Stamps
Pink, Blue, white, Kraft Card stock
Reminisce Monsters Patterned Paper
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
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.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
You don't always have to use the layer feautres on your cartridges to get a beautiful result!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
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
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.
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
Saturday, July 17, 2010
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
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".
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
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
When I received my first package from Scrapbookpal.com 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
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
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.
Friday, July 9, 2010
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)
POSTCARD & ENVELOPE(PAGE 76 IN BOOK)
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.
3rd-(TURN OFF FIT TO PAGE NOW)
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.
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!
Green Cardstock-(BORDER FUNCTION ON)
1st-press the tree button (for branch) cut at 1 inch(3 branches)
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
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
Projects by Tomi Ann
Well, I was like a little kid waiting for Christmas morning while I waited for my first ScrapbookPal.com 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
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.
To go directly to a specific product used for this project simply click on any of the links above.
- 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.