Friday, December 31, 2010

Seasonal Cartridges for other Creations!

I am always looking for designs on Special Occasion Cricut Cartridges that can be used throughout the year! On the Trim The Tree cartridge, I found this accent (Acct1Lyr) that I thought was perfect for the drawing notepads I made for the kids!
I used a pack of blank white 3" x 5" index cards for the pages in the binder. They come in a pack of 100 for under $0.50 at most stores. I split the pack so that there would be 50 drawing cards in each. The accent was cut at 2 1/2".

Die Cuts: Trim the Tree for Cricut (Provo Craft)
Cardstock: Georgia Rain and The District (Scrap Within Reach)
Sticker: Scrap Within Reach
Glitter: Stickles (Ranger)
Misc: 3" x 5" Blank White Index cards and Bind-It-All

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Gingerbread paper ornaments

Happy almost New Years Eve. Here's to hoping that your holiday was filled with lots of love, laughter, memories and good will. I hope you are recovering now! This year I decided to start a tradition (or two) with Caitlyn. I purchased this white "fashion" tree at Hobby Lobby (50% off WOOHOOO) and we are going to decorate it for each holiday/season. I love the Gingerbread cart that the awesome sent me (did you know they have FREE shipping on orders over 25.00!?) to play with this month. Caitlyn and I set down and cut several of the candy and candy cane pieces to make some super simple ornaments for her new white tree.

Here is what you will need:
12X12 mats
Zig glue pen
White card stock
green and red patterned paper
crop a dile or other hole punch
Gingerbread cart
chestnut roan ink
1. Using your cricut (either one) cut out two of each of the candy cane at 1.5 and one candy piece at 2 inches and two at 1.5 inches. Cut both layers using white card stock and patterned paper.
2. Adhere with Zig glue pen.
3. Ink all edges.
4. Punch holes in top/side with crop a dile.
5. String and tie ribbon to make loops.
6. Decorate and enjoy your tree!

You could go further and add more decorations, bling, layers etc but I wanted to keep them simple since they will be in a three year old's room! I can't wait to use my Cricut to make things for every holiday/season this coming year. Happy 2011!!!!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Celebrate the Season - Winter Frame

How was your weekend??  Did you celebrate with family and/or friends??  Now that we are though the holiday rush, hopefully we can have some more time to craft.  I know that my scrapping room needs some cleaning.  I have been creating projects for family and friends without much time to clean up the mess, so this week, I am going to spend a little time getting things cleaned up and better organized so that I can start the new year fresh.  Today, I am sharing a project with you that I created from the Winter Lace cartridge that ScrapbookPal sent me to work with.  I created this frame that I gave as a gift on Saturday.
Project by Amy Crockett
I bought an 8 x 8 shadowbox frame from Michael's.  It was black and I didn't want it to be black for this project, so I taped up the glass and spray painted it with some sliver spray paint.  Here is how I completed the rest of this project:
  • Cut the background piece to 8 x 8 from a light colored turquoise cardstock.
  • Cut 9 different snowflakes from the Winter Lace cartridge at 1 3/4 inches with some white cardstock (I used a pearl finished cardstock for my cuts).  Cut the background layer out of a darker turquoise cardstock and adhere the snowflakes to their background pieces.
  • Draw a line with a black pen about one inch inside each edge of the background cardstock for a border (leaving the bottom open for a sentiment).  I used a sticker sentiment from SRM for the bottom border.  Attach this to the inside of the back piece of the frame.
  • Add silver brads to each side of the sentiment and little ones to the center of each snowflake.
  • Arrange the snowflakes inside the black maker border as shown above.  Layer with dimensional adhesive.  I stacked two pieces of dimensional adhesive under each snowflake.
  • Assemble the frame.
        Cardstock: Bazzill (background), Wausau (snowflakes)
        Die cuts: Cricut Expression with Winter Lace Limited Edition cartridge
        Sticker: SRM Stickers
        Brads: Making Memories
        Pen: Zig

I hope that you have a happy and crafty New Year!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas to all!

Hello everyone and Merry Christmas! Today im sharing some Gifttags (using the Gingerbread Cartridge) I made for treat bags to give to our neighbors :)
For my Sleigh I used the Gingerbread Cartridge, Super EASY to use! I cut out all the blackout sleighs in RED, and then the outlined Sleigh in white
All cut @ 3 inches!
For around the white I used stickles in green and red(christmas colors) and stamped sentiments on the front and on the back :)
I added the christmas tree bows, and a button to the center and then tied on the sleigh using green sheer ribbon :)

Supplies Used:
Ribbons,and buttons
Bags and treats :)

The treats on the inside are choc and white choc dipped pretzels and covered with different toppings :)

Thank you for looking and have a Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Snowflake Joy Card

I love making non-traditional Christmas cards and this is one of them for this year. I used the beautiful Winter Lace cartridge and the Joys of the Season cartridge to create my card. Here's how I did it:

Using the Winter Lace cartridge I cut Accent 1 at 3 1/2". * TIP* Since the snowflakes on this cartridge are so detailed and intricate, cutting them at a bit larger size makes for less tearing and having a clean cut. Also, be sure your mat is clean, sticky (but not too sticky!) and you have good sharp blades in. Also, remove cuts with the Cricut spatula, you'll thank me:)*******

I then cut 3 Jacks lyr snowflakes which are solid so a smaller cut is fine, at 1 1/2".

Using the Joys of the Season cartridge I selected the Joy sentiment and cut it at 1 1/2".

I then embossed my solid snowflakes with my Cuttlebug and Swiss Dots folder and used Stardust Stickles to give them some shine.

Thanks for visiting us and don't forget to visit Scrapbook Pal and order some goodies:)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Easy Nativity Scene

We all know how crazy schedules can be during the holidays, so I really love a timesaver -- especially something that is quick and easy but still looks fantastic. The ladies in our church congregation were getting together for a lovely Christmas dinner and asked for volunteers to decorate and set the tables, and I wanted to put together something that was classy and elegant, but not too hard to transport. Solution? The Christmas Village cartridge from!

I love nativity scenes -- just a sweet reminder to keep Christ as the reason for the season, right? I cut the Baby Jesus at 5 1/2", Mary at 6", and Joseph at 8". Then I gathered up some Christmas decorations from elsewhere in the house to put together the rest of the centerpiece -- an amaryliss, an apothecary jar full of ornaments, and a silver-colored charger with spanish moss to serve as a base for my nativity figures. The red fabric is actually a twin sheet artfully folded, and the striped fabric is just a long strip of material. The green runner I got on clearance at IKEA for 99 cents.

Making this little centerpiece set my wheels turning about all sorts of handy reasons you might need a really portable nativity scene. Do you have a loved one in the military or maybe away at college? Maybe you're not in a position to buy a fancy nativity scene or you just don't have any room to store decorations through the year? These pretty figures can be tucked into an envelope until next year, or you could just cut more out next year.

Many blessings to all this beautiful Christmas season!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Village

This new Christmas Village Cricut Cartridge is just so cute! I am going to be traveling for the holidays and did not want to pull out all of my decorations since I would not be home to enjoy them so this cart came in handy. I now have a village that will be much easier to pack away after the holidays. The picture quality isn't great because the village is too big to fit into my photo box so I apologize for that. I hope you enjoy it!

Using the new seasonal Christmas Village Cricut Cartridge I got from, I cut the 5 buildings (first 5 buttons on top row of the keypad) at 11.5" on designer cardstock. Using Design Studio, I used "hide contours" to hide the cut lines for the doors and windows and cut the houses again on black (no lights on) and yellow (lights on). The benefit to this is that it made the houses much more sturdy. I then hand cut out some solid cardstock to make the shutters and doors. I added some premade embellishments I had left over from other projects. I used Liquid Applique (heated with heat gun) on the roof tops to give the appearance of snow.

I cut the Christmas tree (3rd row, 3rd button) at 11.5" on dark green cardstock twice and then layer the 2 pieces together to give it more stability. I then handcut the trunk area in brown but you could easily recut on your Cricut and just trim to use only the trunk. I also hand cut the star on metallic gold paper. I used rhinestones and Liquid Applique (heated with glue gun) to decorate.

The carolers and ice skaters (2nd row, buttons 5-10) at 3" on black cardstock. I decided to leave these plain as a contrast to the buildings.

The fence (4th row, 8th button) was cut at 2" using the Real Dial Size button. The fence is one of the few pieces that is actually sized proportionately. So if you don't use the Real Dial Size button, you have to cut it at 7" to get a fence that was about 2" high otherwise you get a fence that is about 1/2" tall. Again, I applied Liquid Applique (heated with heat gun) to the top of the fence.

The snowman (3rd row, 2nd button) was cut at 5" on white cardstock. I used Black Diamond and Orange Peel Stickles and Vintage Photo Distress Stickles to embellish him.

This really is a pretty easy project to do with lots of impact because of it's size. It only took me 2-3 hours to complete this project.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Joy To The World

Have you seen the Trim a Tree Cricut Cartridge? It has fancy Christmas cuts that are perfect for creating ornaments, gift tags or gift embellishments, or cards! has it HERE and they have free shipping for orders over $25.00!
To recreate this card:
Trim light green cardstock to 7" x 10", fold in half to form a 7" x 5" card base.
Trim the red cardstock to 6-1/2" x 4-1/2" and adhere in center.
Trim a second light green cardstock to 6-1/4" X 4 1/4" adhere in center of red mat.
Trim pattern paper to 7" x 1" and adhere down 2-1/4" from the top.
Using the Trim the Tree Circut Cartridge, cut the Bell at 4-1/2" in red and the BellLyr at 4-1/2" in silver. Adhere the red cut on top of the silver cut and use foam squares to adhere the bell to the card as shown.
Place sticker or sentiment under the pattern paper strip to the left side of the card.
Decorate with Stickles.

Die Cuts: Trim the Tree for Cricut (Provo Craft)
Cardstock: Textured Christmas (Momenta)
Metallic Paper: Silver Metallic Pad (Momenta)
Sticker: Classic Nativity 12x12 Additions (Creative Memories)
Glitter: Stickles (Ranger)

Monday, December 13, 2010

So Sweet card

Happy Monday morning. I hope you all had a great weekend and are getting close or already done for Christmas or whatever Holiday you celebrate. Today I am here to share a card I made for using the awesome GINGERBREAD limited edition cricut cart! I love the images on here, one because they are not too detailed and two because they are so cute and easy to assemble! This is a pocket card that I will use to thank someone for a kindness they show us.

Here is what you will need:
Gingerbread cart
12X12 mats
ATG with adhesive
chestnut roan ink
Green and red stickles
Kraft card stock
cream card stock
white card stock
three patterned paper of your choice
Martha Stewart scoreboard (or scorer of your choice)
EK success label punch
red pen
foam tape
corner rounder

1. Cut Kraft card stock for card base at 4.25 by 11 inches long.
2. Using scorer of your choice score at 1.25 and 5.5 inches to make pocket and front facing flap
3. Decorate flap as you see fit (I used pattern paper and ribbon).
4. Cut second patterned paper to size for front of card, adhere with ATG tape.
5. Adhere flap to front of pocket card with ATG tape, making sure to ink edges if desired.
6. Cut candy piece (both layers) at 1.5 inches in red polka dot and white card stock
7. Adhere together with Zig glue pen, mount on 1.75 inch circle with foam tape.
8. Punch large label with punch out of white card stock, dab on stickles for some bling, hand write sentiment and adhere with foam tape.
9. Ink all edges.
10. Pocket insert is on cream card stock with a 1.5 inch piece of patterned paper on the top, leaving plenty of room to write. The insert measures 3.25 by 5.25.

Super simple and easy. I hope you like it! Did you know that has FREE SHIPPING on ALL orders (in U.S. ) over 25.00! ? And they are super fast! Make sure to check them out.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Blog Hop Winner!!

Thank you all so much for participating with us last weekend in the design team blog hop and for your patience as we go through all the entries and the announcement of our winner.  We hope that you gathered some creative ways to use your Cricut this holiday season as you visited the design team blogs.  We have gone to to pick a winner from all those that participated.  And the winner is........

candyspiegel said...

I completed the hop. Great ideas! Thank you.

December 3, 2010 6:27 PM

Congratulations Candy!!  Please EMAIL ME your shipping information and your cartridge choice from in stock cartridges at ScrapbookPal and I will forward it on to them. 

If you didn't win this time, there is still time to get the Cricut cartridges on your wish list in time for Christmas with free shipping on all orders over $25 from ScrapbookPal.  Did you know that they are having a great sale on select Cricut CartridgesCLICK HERE to check them out.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Winter Gift Tags has been so cold outside lately. Just before Thanksgiving, we dropped to below freezing in the area that I live in Northern Utah and we received over 2 feet of snow at my house. I hope that you are all staying warm in the northern hemisphere....I am going to go and snuggle by the fire with my kids and drink some hot cocoa. Today I am sharing some tags that I made with my Cricut and the Winter Lace cartridge from ScrapbookPal. Did you know that ScrapbookPal has a fabulous selection of Cricut cartridges for the crafter on your list? They also offer free shipping on all orders over $25 and they ship quickly.

I made up these fun winter tags to go along with the yummy homemade goodies that my kids and I are making for our neighbors. I used the Winter Lace Limited Edition Cricut cartridge for the snowflakes and the Wrap It Up cartridge for the tags. You can use the tags on many of the cartridges that are out. To make some tags like mine, here is what you will need to do:
  • Cut out several tag shapes at 4 1/2 inches. I was able to get about eight tags on one page. Ink the edges and add some hand drawn stitches around the edges.
  • Cut out both layers of the snowflakes with the Winter Lace cartridge at about 2 1/2 inches. Assemble the snowflakes and add some Stickles Glitter Glue in Frosted Lace to the white part of the snowflakes and allow them to dry. Add a punched circle to the center and fasten it together with a large silver brad.
  • Cut some patterned paper at 3 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches (I used the brown striped paper and used a scallop border punch along the edges) in the edges with some Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink in Dark Brown. Cut another patterned paper out at 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches , ink the edges, and then center and layer over the first patterned paper. Add some drawn stitches along the top and bottom edges of the top layer.
  • Tear a strip of a third patterned paper at about 1 inch and adhere to the center of the layered patterned paper.
  • Stamp a sentiment in the bottom left corner of the patterned papers.
  • Tie some hemp twine around the center of the patterned papers into a bow. Adhere the patterned papers with the twine tied around it to the middle of the tag....making sure the edges are lined up straight.
  • Add the snowflake to the right side of the tag as shown in the picture. Add some ribbon to the top of the tag.

I made a total of 16 (I cut two pages of tags) to give with the homemade goodies for my neighbors. I also added a cute little winter saying that I found online to print out and add to the back of the tags. I hope that you can are inspired to dress up your gifts this Christmas season with some wonderful tags of your own. Thanks for stopping by!!

      Cardstock: Bazzill (blue), Stampin' Up! (white)
      Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye
      Die Cuts: Cricut Expression with Winter Lace and Wrap It Up cartridges
      Hemp Twine: Joann's
      Glitter: Stickles Glitter Glue - Frosted Lace
      Ink: Color Box Fluid Chalk - Dark Brown
      Stamp: Unity
      Brad: Making Memories
      Scalloped edge punch: Stampin' Up!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Merry Christmas

Hello everyone, today Im sharing with you a card made with the Gingerbread (DARLING CARTRIDGE) and Winter Woodland Cartridge. both from
Ok I have to say I LOVE this DARLING Gingerbread Cartridge, its simple, and super easy to use! Also its a limited Edition so if you are wanting it, you will want to get it before they are all gone :)
This candy cane was super easy to cut out, and put together.

You have sooo many options of how to decorate it :) You can used Flower soft, stickles,fun flock, ric rac, ribbons, and embellishments to decorate with :) Have fun!!!

First I cut out my candy Cane using the Gingerbread winter collection cartridge.
Candy Cane
Cut a 3 inch Red
Cut a 3 inch White
then glue together and add red dots
Nest I added a small bow and a holly button(I removed the shank)
For my Tag(winter woodland Cartridge) Pg33
Green cardstock cut at 3 1/2 inches
white cardstock cut at 3 inches
add red gel dots and white dots to both tags and then glue together.
Supplies I used:
ribbon,poinsettias ,buttons and sewing

Thank you for looking and have a lovely day!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

3D Snowflake Ornaments

Project by Leah
I love the Winter Lace cartridge and there are lots of 3D snowflakes that you can make very easily. In fact, I was quite surprised at how easy they were! These would make lovely ornaments for your Christmas tree, as packaging embellishments and for gifts! Here's how I made mine.
Using the Winter Lace cartridge cut 3D2 image at 4". I cut mine twice so that none of the white back of the paper would show and adhered them together. You could also use heavy double sided cardstock.
Cut3D5 at 3" following the above and cut 3D8 at 3 1/2".
Once they adhered together (I used Scotch quick dry liquid adhesive as it doesn't run and does dry quickly) I punched a small hole in the tops of 3D2 and 3D5 and set an eyelet to reienforce the hanging hole, but on the 3D8 snowflake there isn't room, so I used a 1/16" hole punch and it is still pretty sturdy since I layered each snowflake.
It's best to cut these snowflakes at larger sizes so your cuts don't rip and are able to cut cleanly. I had absolutely no trouble at the above sizes.
When your snowflakes are assembled thread a piece of twine, ribbon or wire through your hole to hang them by and then you can embellish them or leave them just the way they are. I used Stardust Stickles on one of my snowflakes to give it more shine, but left the other two showing off the shimmery cardstock I used. Hope you get a chance to make some of your very own snowflakes...keep warm.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sing Joyful Tidings

Looking for the Blog Hop?  Scroll down!

by Tomi Ann Hill

For the month of December, sent me the Christmas Village cartridge, and what drew my eye first were the fabulous vintage caroler silhouettes!  I have a secret ambition to dress up like that some day and go caroling, but don't tell my husband -- he already thinks I'm waaaay to crazy about Christmas...

I have a few vintage Christmas songbooks that I stole inherited from my grandmother, so I scanned in "The First Noel" and printed it out to use as my background.  Then I cut the caroler at 4" and adhered her to this vintage kraft tag my mom got for me at an antique fair in England -- ah, she knows me so well.  It needed a little somethin', but luckily I had also received some Christmas-colored Stickles in my package, so I added a nice big wreath with just a little bit of sparkle.  I distressed everything with chalk ink.  So fun and festive, but still with that elegant vintage feel.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 3, 2010

ScrapbookPal Holiday Blog Hop - December 3-5

It's time for the Design Team Blog Hop!  Participate in the hop and you are eligible to win a Cricut cartridge of your choice (including the newest releases) from the in stock cartridges at!!

Here's how to play:
Start at the blog and become a follower (if you aren't already).  Visit each of the design team blogs below and leave a comment on their blog in their post regarding the blog hop.  When you've done this on all the blogs, go to the blog, leave a comment UNDER THIS POST stating that you have completed the hop.  You can also become a follower of each of the designer's blogs but it is not a requirement to win. 

ScrapbookPal Blog
Jamie Cripps 
Crystal Butler
Amy Crockett
Tammy White
Leah Cornelius
Tomi Ann Hill
Cheryl Walker
ScrapbookPal Blog

You have until 11:59 PM MST on Sunday December 5th to participate and get your name in the drawing to win a Cricut cartridge of your choice from  Have fun!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Please Join Us This Weekend

This weekend the design team will be having a Holiday blog hop starting here at the ScrapbookPal blog on Friday December 3rd.  We will be sharing some holiday themed projects and we would love to have you join us.

Hop along with us to get a chance to win a Cricut cartridge of your choice (including the newest releases) from!! 

So, mark your calendars and we will see you here on Friday.

Caroling Stair Step Card with Christmas Village Cartridge

I love the new Christmas Village Cartridge I received from in our Design Team package this month.  I also love Stair Step cards and thought it would be fun to use with the silhouettes on this cartridge.

by Tammy White

Navy Blue Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Forest Green Cardstock
Scrap of Brown Cardstock
Scrap of Yellow Cardstock
Zing Embossing Powder - Silver Metallic Finish
Diamond Dust

Cut white cardstock at 6.5"wide.  You need 1 piece at approximately 1.25" tall, another at 1.5" tall and another at 2" tall.  Tear the top edges to give uneven appearance similar to what you might get from real snow.  Apply thick layer of Snow-Tex over the entire front of each piece.  Sprinkle Diamond Dust on the Snow-Tex to give it some sparkle and shine.

Cut navy blue cardstock at 10.5" x 6.5" and another piece at 5.5" x 6.5".  Score the 10.5" x 6.5" navy cardstock at the following measurements: 1.25", 2.5", 4.5", 6", and 8.25". Fold in a double "Z" shape (see picture below).

On the 5.5" x 6.5" navy cardstock, stamp with background stamp (I used a star background stamp) using the clear embossing ink pad. Pour Zing Silver Metallic Finish embossing powder of the card stock and then shake off the excess powder.  Pour excess back into jar.  Use embossing gun to heat embossing powder til it turns shiny silver.

Using the Christmas Village Cricut Cartridge, cut 3-4 buildings (row 1 on keypad) at 3" on black cardstock.  Adhere 3 of the buildings together to form a row of houses.  Then adhere scrap yellow cardstock behind the windows to make it appear as if there are lights on in the houses.  Apply Snowtex along the roof lines of the houses.  Cut 3 caroler silhouettes (row 2) at 3.5" on black cardstock.  Highlight edges of the carolers withColorBox MetaleXtra Pigment Cat's Eye Inkpad - Pearl Gray.  Cut 1 tree (row 3) at 3.5" and another at 3.75" on forest green cardstock.  Hand cut a small piece of brown cardstock to serve as the tree trunk for each tree and adhere.  Apply Snowtex along the edges of the trees.

Adhere the stamped navy cardstock to the last "front" of the Z fold.  Only apply adhesive to the lower 2".  Determine how much of the buildings you want to show and adhere them  to the back of the card then adhere the 2" Snow-tex covered strip. Make sure that you cannot see the edge of the buildings behind the snow  Determine how much of the Carolers you want visible behind the snow and adhere them to the middle Z.  Then adhere the 1.5" Snow-Tex covered strip.  Adhere the trees to the front of the strip using a liquid adhesive. Adhere the 1.25" Snow-Tex covered strip to the front Z-fold.

Wrap the navy blue ribbon around the front of the first Z fold (over the Snow-Tex strip) and adhere with glue dots to the back.  Cut out a shape (I used the Decorative Label Punch from Stampin Up) in Navy Blue.  Stamp Christmas greeting (I used "Oh Christmas Tree" from TPC Studios Christmas Greeting Clear Stamp set) on embossing ink pad and then cover with Zing Silver Metallic Finish Embossing Powder.  Use embossing heat gun to heat powder until it turns shiny silver.  Rub edge of punched/cut shape with ColorBox MetaleXtra Pigment Cat's Eye Inkpad - Pearl Gray and adhere to ribbon with glue dots.

Because this gets to be a rather heavy card with all the Snow-Tex, I cut some short strips of cardstock (about 2" by .5") and folded and adhered on the backside of the Z folds to keep the card from sliding down (see picture below).