Monday, January 31, 2011

Banner Birthday

The Country Life Cartridge has these adorable little banners that you can do many things with, including using with the alphabet or shadowing plain or with different shapes! I have the scallop shadow layer below my alphas for this card!
I have a Design Studio file together for this cut. The alphas are separated to cut with different color cardstock. You can click HERE to download the Cricut Design Studio File


Scrapbook Paper: Textured Cardstock (Momenta)
Die Cuts: Country Life (Provo Craft)
Machine: Cricut Expression with 12x12 mat (Provo Craft)
Software: Cricut Design Studio (Provo Craft)
Ink: Pink Pastel (Cat's Eye Chalk Ink)
Pen/Markers: White Gel Pen (Sakura)
Butterfly & Pearls: Creative Charms
Misc: Ribbon

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Broken Heart?

I will admit that Rock Princess is totally not my style. I was a little worried when Scrapbook.pal sent it to me because of this. However, I am willing to try anything once (almost!) So here is my second shot, a card for a friend that is going through a tough time right now. I hope you like it and it helps her!

Rock Princess
Cricut Expression
12X12 mat
Scotch ATG and 1/4 inch tape
Chestnut Roan ink
mini rhinestones
Kraft, pink, silver card stock
Heart patterned paper

1. Using Expression, Rock Princess, 12X12 mat cut the broken heart SHADOW at 3 inches on silver paper.
2. Cut broken heart in pink glitter paper, ink edges in chestnut roan ink.
3. Adhere two pieces together.
4. Cut phrase of broken heart (Heart Broken) at 1.75 inches out of pink glitter paper.
5. Using A2 size card, cut two small strips and one block from the pink heart paper and pink glitter paper, adhere to the front of the card.
6. Using foam tape adhere broken heart.
7. Accent with three mini rhinestones in top right corner.
8. Mat broken heart on silver paper, add photo corners from pink paper and sign.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Valentine's Blog Hop With The Design Team

Welcome everyone to the Valentine's Themed blog hop with the ScrapbookPal Design Team.  We hope that you will join us and be inspired by the wonderful projects that the design team has put together for you this weekend. 

We will randomly draw a name from all participants in the blog hop this weekend to win a cartridge of your choice from the in-stock cartridges at Scrapbook Pal.  To be eligible, hop along to each of the design team members blogs and leave comments on their blog hop posts along the way.  Come back to the ScrapbookPal blog and leave a comment under this post letting us know that you have completed the blog hop and also that you follow the ScrapbookPal blog.  Be sure to leave a way for us to contact you if you win.  One entry per person, please. 

Now on to the hop......
Here is the list:

You have until midnight on January 30th to participate and to be eligible for the drawing.  Good Luck and enjoy!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Glam Baby Layout with Rock Princess

Today I am excited to share with you a layout that I created with the Rock Princess Cricut cartridge that ScrapbookPal sent me to work with this month.  It had perfect images and a title to go with this layout of my little Glam Baby.

How to create this layout:
  • Cut at piece of kraft colored cardstock at 10 x 10 inches.  Center and layer this on top of a 12 x 12 piece of patterend paper.
  • Cut a striped piece of patterned paper to 8 x 5 1/2 inches.  Cut a border strip to 8 inches (I used an edge punch on mine) and adhere under the long side of the striped patterend paper.
  • Using three photos (cut at 2 1/2 x 3, 3 x 5, and 2 1/2 x 3 1/2) adhere as shown in the picture above.
  • Cut various stars out of the colored cardstock and the Rock Princess cartridge with your Cricut to match the patterend paper, layer and adhere as shown above.
  • Cut the title and layer from the phrase "Glam Baby" on the Rock Princess cartridge at 2 1/4 inches and layer together.  Use some Distress Stickles to apply a little glitter over the words.
  • Cut a label from Once Upon A Princess at 2 3/4 inches to layer under the title.
  • Add journaling, doodling and rhinestones to the layout.

I hope you will come back and join us tomorrow as we get started on a Valentine's themed blog hop with the design team.
Cardstock: Bazzill, Stampin' Up!
Patterned paper: Fancy Pants
Die cuts: Cricut Expression with Rock Princess and Once Upon a Princess cartridges
Rhinestones: i-rock by Imaginisce
Punches: Stampin' Up!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Berry Sweet

Hello everyone and Happy Tuesday to all! Todays card was designed using Scrapbookpals Country Life Cartridge(LOVE this cartridge)
Of course I LOVE strawberries so I thought a Strawberrry card was in order for todays post :) hehehehe. Im not use to using the sentiments from the cartridge (Country Life), but LOve this one"Berrry Sweet" its perfect for this card with the strawberry and dp(design paper)

Supplies Used:
Cricut Expressions(use can use any of the cricuts)
Stickles(3 different ones)Burgundy, cotton candy, lime green
ribbon, and flowers
branch punch
Card is 6 x 6
cardstock needed(pink,red,green, and white and dp of choice

I used PINK cardstock and cut the ( strawberry ) at 1 3/4 inch
Next I pushed the Layer 2 button , then < strwberrry > cut with red cardstock at 1 3/4 inch
Now for Layer1 button and also put on the SHIFT button then push < strbry-s > cut at 1 3/4 inch in green ( this is the top of strawberrry)

for your Phrase-
make sure all buttons are off, and push phrase button
then < strwberry button > using red cardstock cut at 1 1/2 inch (this is for base of sentiment
Now push SHIFT button and < strawberry > cut with pink cardstock at 1 1/2 inch this will give you the word sweet!

I glued the red strawberry to the pink, then added burgandy stickles, and cotton candy stickles to the strawberrry seeds. for the top i glued the green leaf, and added some lime green stickles for added shading

for the sentiment I added the pink SWEET with glue, and then added white gel dots to the BERRY! I also added cotton candy dots to the SWEET!! :)
This card was super fun and EASY to make! If you dont have this cartridge or have yet to see it, you will want to check it out HERE! This cartridge has soooo many DARLING images and sayings :)
Scrapbookpal offers FREE shipping on all orders over 25.00 that is an AWESOME DEAL!!! Have fun!!!
Thank you for looking and I hope you have a wonderful week! I know mine will be great since im feeling much better now :)
Hugs to all,

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Fresh And Lovely wall hanging

The Country Life cartridge available from Scrapbook Pal for a great price, is just full of fun and sweet images. I just recently moved into my new home and wanted to make a wall hanging for my laundry room. This cartridge was perfect! I found a wall hanging at a local thrift store that I could alter and a few Cricut cuts later I had myself a perfect addition to my laundry room:) Here's how I made it:

*Using the Country Life cartrige cut the laundry cut on page 59 at 5".

*Cut layer 2 with the shift on at 5"

*For the sentiment cut the phrase option at 2 3/4"

*To layer colors for the clothing cut layer 1 and layer 2 at 5" in desired colors.

*For the rest of the clothing cut laundry with shift on at 5".

*For the flowers cut the layer 1 wldflwrs with the REAL DIAL SIZE ON. at 2".

*Using the Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge cut leaf 4 at 1" and 1 1/4" four times.

*Emboss clothes with Swiss Dots and Victoria Cuttlebug embossing folders.

*With a white signo pen add faux stitching around the border.

*Lightly ink the sentiment, "Fresh and Lovely" with Creamy Brown fluid chalk ink.

Assemble the hanging and enjoy your addition to your laundry room!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Let Your Light Shine

My second project for this month is this cute little mini-notebook. The Country Life cartridge has so much fun artwork that you might totally overlook! (And guess what -- it's on sale for $29.99 at ScrapbookPal right now!) I fell in love with this vintage-y lantern and the phrase to go with it, and I thought it would also be the perfect way to showcase these neat Distress Stickles in Picket Fence. I used them to give the "glass" part of the lantern that perfect vintage glass look, and it's gorgeous in real life.

Little notebooks like this make great gifts and are quick and easy to make! Here are some instructions for how I put it together.

1. Cut chipboard for covers. I like to make my mini-notebooks 4.25"x5.5", so that I can cut regular letter-size papers into quarters for the filler pages.
2. Cut filler pages to match covers.
3. Decorate cover as desired.
4. Bind notebook. I used a Bind-it-all, but you could also use a Cinch, jump rings, or even take it to a copy shop and have them bind it for you. (Seriously, though -- if you like the idea of making your own books, a Bind-it-all is a GREAT investment.)
5. Add a few ribbons to the top. I wouldn't go too crazy with these, though, because too many will make your book less functional.
6. Brighten someone's day with a cute little gift! Or tuck it in your purse for yourself -- I'm not judging... (I still haven't decided the destiny of this little cutie. I originally intended it for a gift, but I just love it so darn much!)

Materials: PP -- Cosmo Cricket "Happy Together" collection; Ribbon -- Stampin' Up, Offray; Die Cuts -- Cricut Country Life cartridge; Distressing -- Colorbox Chalk Ink in "Chestnut Roan"; Binding -- Bind-it-all; Distress Stickles -- Ranger Inks

Monday, January 17, 2011

Apples of My Eye LO

Have you set any crafting/scrapping resolutions/goals for the new year? I set 2 crafting/scrapping goals. Goal #1 is to start working on my Ancestry album. Goal 2 is to start working on my family albums. I've gotten started on both goals and this week's post helps me with Goal #2. Something about the Country Life Cricut Cartridge just makes me think of apples so my 2nd layout using this cart has an apple theme and this one focuses around my kids who are The Apples of My Eye. They would probably argue that the dog should have been on this page and they would have been right!

I hope you enjoy this layout!

This is how I made this 2-page layout, feel free to change it up to suit your needs and style.

Country Life Cricut Cartridge
2-3 Sheets 12x12 Brown Cardstock (3rd sheet can be 8.5 x 11)
2 Sheets 12x12 Red Plaid Cardstock
1 Sheet Red Cardstock
1 Sheet ivory/tan Cardstock
1 Sheet green cardstock
1 Sheet navy blue Cardstock
Sakura Glaze Pen - White
ATG or Other Roll Adhesive
Tim Holtz Ionic Craft Pick/Paper Piercer
Thin twine or string
Pop Up Glue Dots

On your Cricut, using the Country Life Cartridge, cut 3 apples (p. 53) at 5" including the layers. The base layer is brown which is the stem of the apple and the seeds on the right side apple. This is kind of hard to see in the handbook if your eyes are bad like mine.

Press Shift Font, then spell out the letters to make the words "the apples of my eye" at 2" and cut on navy blue card stock. Press Shift Banner and the next to last button on the bottom row and cut 8 on red and 8 on green cardstock. This banner shape (scalloped triangle) actually appears several times on the cartridge so feel free to use a different button. Alternate the letters "The Apples of My Eye" on to the red and green scalloped triangles and adhere. Using the Ionic Paper Piercer, punch very small holes in the upper corners of the banner pieces. Cut 2 pieces of string approximately 15" long. Run strings through holes to form assembled banner (you will actually have 2 banners, one with The Apples and the other with Of My Eye). Apply pop up glue dots to the back of each triangle.

Cut 3 - 3.5 x 1.25" rectangles out of brown cardstock. Cut 3 - 3.25 x 1 rectangles out of navy blue cardstock. Adhere navy blue rectangle on top of brown rectangle, centered for even margins. Write names of children and birthdates on each using a white Sakura Glaze Pen.

Trim the red plaid cardstock to 11x11. Adhere to brown cardstock, centering on paper for even margins.
Add the banner to the top of each page. Place apples as desired, be sure to leave room for the brown/blue rectangles, and adhere both. For a little pop, I added a rhinestone swirl on the left page. I also used the white Sakura Glaze Pen to add some doodle dots to the apples and leaves.

To make the pictures fit on the apples, I cut the red apple layer just slightly smaller and then used it to trace out the shape onto my pictures and then I handcut them and adhered to the apple on the left.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Sweet Baby Shaped Card sent me the Country Life Cricut Cartridge this month to create with! I absolutely love the designs on this cartridge, they are just adorable!

I created a shaped card using the pea cut. You can download the Design Studio Cut file HERE. The cardbase is the shadow option on the pea cut at 5-1/2". The layer is the pea and the pea with the Layer1 option cut at 5-1/2".

Cardstock: Creative Memories
Stickers: Baby Girl (SRM)
Glitter: Sea Mist (PK Glitz)
Adhesive: Wonderfilm (PK Glitz)
Misc: Ribbon

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Home DecorRoc

Good morning! I hope you are doing well this week. Today I am here to share with you a cute room decor item I made for Caitlyn's friend. Her birthday was in December so this was perfect. Her room is in pink/green/butterflies so the ROCK PRINCESS cart that sent me to play with this month was PERFECT! Speaking of have you checked them out FREE shipping (that is what I am talking about) on all orders (U.S.) over 25.00 and I promise they are SUPER fast and customer service is top notch!

Rock Princess
12X12 mat
White card stock
Kraft Card Stock
Pink scraps
Two patterned papers
rhinestone swirls
Bic Mark its or something similar
Chestnut roan ink
Gelly Roll pens
Stardust pens
Mini glue dots
Zig chisel tip
Cutterbee scissors
Tweezerbee tweezers
ATG tape/dispenser
1. Using your cricut, mat, and Rock Princess cut butterfly 2 out of white card stock at 2.5 inches TWICE.
2. Using heart font cut EMILY'S ROOM at 1.5 inch in white card stock.
3. Using Kraft card stock cut the SHADOW of the butterfly2 twice and 2.5 inches and the letters SHADOW at 1.5 inches.
4. Adhere pieces together with Zig pen or ATG tape.
5. Using patterned paper cut the wings of the butterfly, adhere to white card stock.
6. Using pink scrap card stock cut the body of the butterfly and adhere to white card stock.
7. Color droplets on the butterfly wings with markers.
8. Outline in glitter pen.
9. Assemble sign on the distressed corner folder card stock.
10. Adhere with ATG tape; add rhinestone flourishes to butterflies, color hearts in font; adhere sticko shimmering dots.
11. ENJOY!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Diva Card with Rock Princess

Hello everyone!!  Today is 1/11/11 (so cool!!)  and I get to share with you a card that I made with the Rock Princess Cricut cartridge that ScrapbookPal sent me to work with this month.

To create this card:
  • Cut the princess on page 37 of the handbook at 3 inches.  Cut the layers in the colors shown above and assemble the image.  I used my Cuttlebug and the Swiss Dots embossing folder on her skirt before I assembled it.  Add some pink Stickles to the crown and allow it to dry.
  • Cut the Diva phrase on page 69 of the handbook at 1 3/4 inches from chipboard (I suggest the deep cut blade and housing with multi cut on to cut the chipboard).  Use some good adhesive and adhere silver glitter to the chipboard phrase.  Cut out the crown layer in pink and adhere over the crown on the "D".  Use some pink Stickles to add sparkle to the crown.  Apply rhinestones to the top of the crown when the Stickles is dry.
  • Use the Cuttlebug and the Swiss Dots embossing folder to add texture to a 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 inch piece of kraft cardstock.  Adhere this piece to a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of white cardstock.  Add these background layers to a kraft colored A2 card base (4 1/4 x 11 inches folded in half to make a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card with the fold at the top).
  • Assemble the card as shown in the picture above (I used some dimensional adhesive under the princess image to help her look like she is sitting on top of the Diva phrase).  Attach some matching pink ribbon to the top of the card and tie it off in a bow.  Attach a rhinestone to the middle of the bow.

I added some fruit punch Stickles when I meant to grab the pink to fill in a spot that I accidentally touched before it had dried.  When I noticed my mistake, rather than wipe it off or try to correct it, I added some more of the wrong color to help add some dimension. 

I hope that I have inspired you to pull out that Rock Princess cartridge and give it a try.

        Cardstock: The Paper Studio (kraft), Stampin' Up (pink, white, black)
        Die cuts: Cricut Expression with Rock Princess cartridge
        Embossing: Cuttlebug with Swiss Dots embossing folder
        Glitter: Stickles (pink), Martha Stewart (silver)
        Rhinestones: Imaginisce i-rock
        Other: ribbon

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Wishes Tag

Hello everyone, hope you are enjoying your weekend! Today my project is a tag! It can be used for a gift, or to hang on your refrigerator. I used 2 cartridge for this.
The 2 cartridges I used are Country Life and Cindy Loo
I LOVE these cartridges, and LOVE this darling mouse! :)
To make the mouse you will use
Turn to page 47
I used gray cardstocks for my mouse
cut at 3 1/2 inches using gray this is for the mouse with tail
cut at 3" with gray
cut at 3"
cut pink for ear
distress your top piece for the mouse, and then put all layers together. I added white gel pen for his eye, and then a pearl. I also used a smaller pearl for his nose.
Page 52 for tag
cut 2 in gray at 4" keep all pieces from the 2nd one for the back of your tag
Now a 3 1/4 x 3 3/4 inch white for the white of the tag, I airbrushed it with pink and glued the top frame to it, after that I added glue tape to the back and added my 1.5 inch ribbon, and then add more glue and add the pieces from the 2nd frame to the back of the ribbon and frame.

I stamped my sentiment and put together my mouse.
Supplies Used:
Ribbon 1.5 inch
I hope you enjoyed todays post as much as I enjoyed making this little sweetie :)
Enjoy your day!!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Pretty Pitcher

This month I was so excited to get the Country Life cartridge. It is chock full of super adorable images and it even has a banner cut that is wonderful! For my card I just had to play with this pretty pitcher and I love how it came out. Here's how I made my card.

*Using the Country Life cartridge cut the pitcher at 3" in green cardstock first.

*Cut the pitcher again with the shift on in pink at 3".

*Cut the layers for the flowers and pitcher bands. Adhere all together.

*Emboss the mat with the coordinating Cuttlebug folders, Preserves.

*Ink all edges of paper with Cat's Eye Fluid Chalk ink in Creamy Brown.

*With Xmas Red Stickles add a center to each of the flowers.

*Finish with ribbon and tag.

If you haven't checked out Scrapbook Pal lately you should! They have fabulous prices and free shipping with an order of only $25! Hugs....

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A Little Bit Country...

A new year and a new project for! I was really excited when they sent me the Country Life cartridge to work with this month, because the whole cartridge totally makes me think of my mom. She is a country girl at heart, but she's also very cool and not old-lady-ish, which I think is a good description of the artwork on this cartridge. Hmmm... that may not make sense to anyone but me, but just go with me here...

At any rate, my first priority project with this cartridge was a birthday card for my mom. She recently took up knitting and has a real talent for it! So this knitting needles and yarn image was just perfect for her card (I even came up with some very silly knitting humor for the inside of the card). I used the banner feature to add a festive "MOM" banner. The font and banner features are the high points of this cartridge for me -- they'll be versatile for a lot of different projects.

ScrapbookPal also sent me Distress Stickles to use this month. Now, when I first heard of Distress Stickles, I thought, 'What on earth is the point of distress glitter? Aren't glitter and distressing pretty much complete opposites?' Then I got some in my package for the month, so I googled "What is the point of distress stickles?" And, surprisingly, came up with some pretty good answers! I like how Tim Holtz describes them as meant to look like vintage glass -- very cool. I also really liked this review. I decided to use my Distress Stickles to make my knitting needles and the MOM in the banner look like some kind of vintage fancy glass. It really added just the right amount of glitz and sparkle to this country card. I think I'm officially converted -- good thing ScrapbookPal has all the colors at good prices!

Materials: PP -- Chatterbox (I know, so old. This has been in my stash forever!); Die cuts -- Cricut Country Life and Mini-Monograms (scalloped and regular circles) cartridges; Distress Stickles -- Ranger Inks; Distress Inks -- Dark Brown chalk ink by Colorbox.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Down on the Farm Layout

This week's post is really about making do with what you have.  I am enjoying the holidays in Missouri this year, with my parents and my in-laws.  I've been having a wonderful time visiting with family and friends but there hasn't been much time for crafting.  This week's project was particularly challenging because while my mom does have a cricut she has basically no supplies so I had to work with what she had.  I finally found some coordinating papers and came up with this cute Down on the Farm layout using the new Country Life Cricut Cartridge.  I have to tell you, this could be one of my favorite new cartridges!  I seem to say that about all the cartridges I get, but this one is just even more adorable!!  It is also on sale right now at for $29.99!!

by Tammy White

I found 2 -12x12 matching light blue sheets of cardstock for the base.  I then found 1 - 12x12 sheet of red cardstock and some bits and pieces of other colors.  When I found the apple cardstock, I knew exactly what I was going to do for this project.  I had to be very careful not to make any mistakes as I did not have much paper to work with.

Using the Country Life Cricut Cartridge, I cut the barn (p 58) at 6.5" tall including all the layers and then cut extra fence layers at the same height on brown.  If I had access to all my supplies, I would have used a brown Color Box Cat's Eye on the edges of the barn and then used a White Sakura Gelly Roll Pen to make doodle dots on the barn, hills and photo mats.  For the hills, I used a green textured cardstock and handcut the hills.  If I would have had access to a Warm Green Color Box Fluid Chalk Cat's Eye, I would have rubbed it on the edges of the hills to make them stand out and then used Pop Up Glue Dots on the the middle hill.

I cut the words Down on the Farm (p.58 using Phrase Button and Shift Phrase) at 2" on white, then cut the words Down Farm on green at 3".  Normally you would not change the size, but I liked the look it gave me so I cut out "on the" from the welded phrase and used them separately.  The windmill (p 63) was cut at 6" on a light gray cardstock and then I used a silver metallic marker to color it in to make it look more like metal. 

I cut 2 photo mats on the red cardstock at 4" and 2 at 3".  Then I cut 2 mats on the apple cardstock at 3.75" and 2 at 2.75"  I adhered the apple mats to the red mats using a Scrapbook Adhesives EZ Tape Runner.  I then used the tape runner and a liquid glue to adhere all of the parts to the blue base cardstock.