Monday, February 28, 2011

Rain, rain go away

This is a 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" card that I created with the April Showers Cricut Cartridge! I just adore these little rain boots! You can download the design studio file HERE or grab the manual cuts below.
Cricut Cartridge: April Showers
Sentiment at 2"
Umbrella, Full at 2"
Umbrella, Hood at 2"
Rainboot, Full at 3", Cut two
Rainboot, Layer at 3", Cut two
Puddle: Cloud, Full at 2 1/2" cut in half
Squares are 2" with 1/4" corner round - you can do this manually or with Design Studio.

To create the raindrops, I used Glossy Accents


Die Cuts: April Showers (Provo Craft)
Machine: Cricut Expression with 12x12 mat (Provo Craft)
Cardstock: White (Creative Memories)
Pattern Paper: Cheerful Power Palette (Creative Memories)
Marker: Black Dual-Tip Pen (Creative Memories)
Adhesive: Foam Squares (Creative Memories), Hummingbird Tape Runner (Creative Memories), Precision Point Adhesive (Creative Memories), and Glossy Accents (Inkssentials)
Punch: Corner Maker (Creative Memories)
Twine: Maraschino (The Twinery)

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Home Tweet Home Card with April Showers

I don't know about you, but I am ready for a season change.  We had a touch of spring here a couple of weeks ago, but as I look out my window right now, all traces of that are gone because we have about 16 inches of fresh snow on the ground.  Since I have the new April Showers, Limited Edition cartridge from ScrapbookPal, I thought I would do a card with a spring feel to it.

To re-create this card, you will need -
     *Cricut machine
     *April Showers, Limited Edition cartridge
     *Once Upon A Princess cartridge
     *Home Accents cartridge
     *Signo Uni-ball white gel pen
     *Cardstock, patterned paper, ribbon, scallop border and
          corner rounder punches (mine are all Stampin' Up!)

Let's get started:
  • Cut your card base to an A2 sized card (11 x 4 1/2 inches folded in half the long way).  Round the bottom corners with a corner rounder punch.
  • Cut your base patterned paper to 3 3/4 x 5 1/4 inches.  You may add an additional strip of patterned paper and scalloped punched cardstock along the bottom as I have at this point.  Round the bottom corners and adhere to the top folded edge of the card base.  Doodle stitches and dots with the Signo Uni-ball white gel pen.
  • Using your Cricut and the Once Upon A Princess cartridge, cut a tag and the layer (pg. 46) at 2 1/4 inches.  Cut the birdhouse and layer from April Showers, Limited Edition cartridge at 1 3/4 inches and the "Tweet" at 3/4 inches).  Cut the word "HOME" twice from the Home Accents cartridge at 1/2 inch.  Doodle stitches and lines on the die cuts with the Signo Uni-ball white gel pen.  Adhere the layers together.
  • Assemble the tag and cut a slit, if desired, in the tag and feed the ribbon through the slit....if you want, you could just tie the ribbon to the base.
  • Adhere the tag to the card base.  Use the cut out heart from the birdhouse as an accent in the bottom right corner of the card.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Welcome Spring

Good morning! I hope you all are doing well. I am here today to share another creation with the super cute APRIL SHOWERS cricut cartridge that sent me to work with this month. Have I mentioned that they ROCK with super great customer service and FREE shipping on orders over 25.00 in the continental United States? Yes you read that right! I love free shipping! Anywho, here is what I made. I needed something to go on our dining room table since Baby Fishee (our Beta) passed away. So my great friend Jamie sent me these super cute black frames and I instantly had lots of ideas for them. I have ideas for each season so I can swap them out and have instant personalized home decor. How cool is that? OK enough about that here is what you will need to make these:

3 4X6 frames
April showers Cricut Cartridge
ATG and adhesive
Chestnut roan ink
Zig glue pen
Mini glue dots
Pattern paper of your choice
Fringe scissors
Tim Holtz Scissors
Signo Uniball white pen
French blue Colorbox Ink
12X12 mats

Let's get cooking, well OK creating!

Cuts needed: Using your Cricut, mats and April Showers cut the following in the colors of your choosing: Clouds at .75 and 1 inch two times; Flowers 2.5 inch and 3.5 inch; Welcome Spring at 2 inches, worm at 2 inches. Assemble as needed.

To make purple flower frame: Punch additional holes in the HUGE flower's center; adhere to middle and color in punched holes with signo white pen for added interest. Hand cut stem, crinkle up, ink and distress as desired. Using scraps of green cardstock and fringe scissors cut grass, ink with chestnut roan ink. Now assemble onto patterned paper background and insert into frame.

To make double pink flower frame: Stamp both flowers with polkadot background stamp in white, attach two white brads, and make grass as you did in step three. Assemble onto 4X6 pattern piece of paper, ink edges of clouds and insert into frame.

To make Welcome Spring frame: Accent "Welcome Spring" with white signo pen as you desire. Stamp polka dots on accent piece, adhere saying to middle of the accent piece.
Add googly eyes to the worm and draw on mouth. Assemble onto a 4X6 piece of pattern paper and adhere embellished worm.

Enjoy your bright and personal new home decor! You could change these up for various holidays or seasons. Here are some of the ideas I had I "heart" you for Valentine's; Luck o' Irish for St. Patricks Day; MOM, DAD for the respective days; USA for 4th of July; apples etc for back to school; Leaves and pumpkins for Fall; BOO or EEK for Halloween; Gobble till you wobble for Thanksgiving; JOY for Christmas time; and so many more. I hope you found this idea helpful!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Springtime Favors

SpHello everyone todays post is a small Heartshaped metal favor tin decorated with the flowers from "April Showers" the Spring Collection Cartridge from

I wanted to try to make some flowers from this cartridge and I LOVE the flowers, they work perfect for making little flowers and big flowers.
Supplies Used:
Cardstock (2 colors-blue/green)
beads(for centers of flowers)

This cartridge is super easy to use and super FUN tooo! And has AWESOME prices on all of their cartridges and other scrapbooking goodies, dont forget FREE shipping on all orders over 25.00!!! Wooohooo cant beat that!! :)
First I cut my blue flowers =
6 at 3/4 of an inch
3 @1"
1 @ 1 1/4 "
Now for the Green=
1 @ 1"
2 @ 3/4 "

Now scrunch your flowers each one, and then glue them together. You will use 3 of the 3/4 inch flowers to make 1 small flower, and then do the same with the other 3, then use the 1 large( 1 1/4") for the large flower and use the 3 1" for the middle of it. let set, and then glue to the green flower, and add your beads to the centers.
These are super fun to make and easy too. I think they would work perfect for shower gifts,wedding favors or even baby shower favors with a little tag hanging :)

Thank you for looking and have a lovely day!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I Love Ewe

Hi! Leah here:) The Spring Holiday Cards cartridge is very versitile with all the frames it has and all the cute little sayings that can easily be used for lots of LO's. I chose to do this LO of my daughter using the sweet little lamb, I love ewe, cut. Here's my cutting instructions.
Using Spring Holiday Cards cartridge cut Backgrnd9 at 6 1/4" *you'll have to trim the 4x6 picture down just a bit to make it fit in the frame.*
*Cut the Easter3 cut at 3 3/4".
Using the Cindy Loo Cartridge cut the Paisley3 @ 2 1/4" and 2 1/2"- once with the FLIP feature on and once with it off.
*Emboss the green layer using Swiss Dots and your Cuttlebug.
*Add doddling with the white ink Signo pen.
*Cut the border on pg68 at 1" 2x. for the scallops.
*Cut the butterfly at 1 1/2", 1 1/4" and 1"
*Emboss with Swiss dots
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 21, 2011

A Different Take...2 mini albums!

I have two fun projects to share with today using the Cricut Spring Cards cartridge, courtesy of! I had a lot of fun making Valentine's cards and goodies with the cartridge, but I couldn't wait to use it for the great frame and envelope shapes! I had two ideas for projects, so I decided I'd better just do them both. :)

My first project was a mini-album made with envelopes. I have a growing stack of little notes from my wonderful hubby and I've never been sure what to do with them. An envelope album is the perfect solution! I cut 6 envelopes, using my Gypsy to make them as large as possible on a 12x12 page. Each envelope is about 5 1/2" wide and 7" long, which makes it perfect for small notes, cards, and 4x6 pictures.

I used my glue gun to put the envelopes together so they'd be nice and sturdy. I used Basic Grey magnetic snaps to create closures for each envelope. I added my favorite picture of the two of us to the front envelope along with some rolled roses and a label from the Home Decor cartridge. For "love notes," I used my white GellyRoll pen -- I'm really impressed with how this is holding up over time! I punched holes in the corners of the envelopes and used binder rings to bind them together.

The pleated border along the left-hand edge is my favorite touch. I simply cut a 1" wide strip of paper, then punched a scalloped border. I pleated it all higgledy-piggedly, then inked all the edges to make them stand out. A strip of velvet ribbon was a perfect finishing touch.

This kind of thing is a great project for that collection of paper that you've been hanging on to for years because you're not willing to part with it. I've had these papers in my stash forever but I loved it too much to turn it into cards to give away. Random readers may think I'm crazy, but I know you papercrafters know exactly what I mean and could immediately point to the same thing in your own stash!

Materials: Die Cuts -- Cricut Spring Cards and Home Decor cartridges; Patterned Paper -- Crate Paper "Prudence" collection; Large rhinestone brad -- Karen Foster Designs; Small rhinestones -- Imaginisce iRock; Velvet Ribbon -- We R Memory Keepers

My second project is a gift for my Dad's birthday! I thought the card background shapes on the Spring Cards cartridge would also work great as photo frames, so I made a cute little flip album of my dad and all his grandkids to take to the office. I started with this simple standing frame from IKEA, then sized the shapes on my Gypsy to the maximum width for the frame. In retrospect, I wish I had stretched them a little taller as well.

I cut a few pages worth of frames (enough for the pictures I had and some blank ones to add more pictures in the future) and inked all the edges. I trimmed the pictures to fit and then just slipped them into the slots already cut into the shape. I also cut out and decorated a frame for the cover of the album, using my white UniBall Signo pen for the detail on the heart and the letters in "little." I punched holes in all the pages and used binder rings to attach them to the frame. I used hemp twine and a few other bits and bobs to decorate the frame to match the album.

Materials: Die Cuts -- Cricut Spring Cards, Lyrical Letters ("bapa's buddies"), and George (heart) cartridges; Frame -- IKEA; Binder rings -- 7 Gypsies; Patterned paper -- Chatterbox; Acrylic letter and chipboard heart -- Heidi Swapp; Ric-rac -- Fancy Pants

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Bee Mine

I received the Spring Holiday Cards Cricut Cartridge from this month. At first I did not think there was much to this cartridge, but the more I played with it the more I realized how much I could do with it. I started this card for my daughter and then realized that it would not post until after Valentines Day, but it turned out so cute and looked like Spring that I just had to share anyway.

Using the Spring Holiday Cards Cricut Cartridge, I cut the Bee Mine (1st row, 6th button) on black and red cardstock at 5.5" tall (note because the pieces are sized to work proportionally with the shapes, the actual cut was only 3.25" tall). The red cardstock came embossed with little hearts so it was perfect for this project. I used scissors to trim the bug off the red piece of cardstock and then using Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Adhesive, I layered the red on top of the black cardstock. Then I used a scrap piece of yellow cardstock for his body and eyes and a scrap piece of white glitter paper for his wings. I used my Zig 2-way Glue Pen for these small pieces. I used a scrap piece of blue glitter stock to go behind the Bee Mine. Once I layered these on to the back of the black piece of cardstock, I put used a scrap piece of white cardstock for the background.

I cut the top note shape (3rd row, 6th button) at 4.5" tall using the real dial size on Tantalizing Turquoise (Stampin' Up). I cut the shape in half, then trimmed off the center points so they would not show from the back side. I put one-half of the shape on one end of the bee layers and then the other half on the opposite end. If you could see the back side you would see that there is about 1" between the 2 pieces. I used the Signo Uniball White Gel Pen to doodle in some sew lines around the edge. This is the ABSOLUTE best white pen I have used. If you don't have one, order it today from You might as well stock up on a few other items too while you are at it because you get free shipping with only $25 in merchandise!!

I cut a piece of Tangerine Tango (Stampin' Up) 6" wide by 8.5" long and then scored it down the middle at 4.25" and folded it to make a card. Using the Signo Uniball White Gel Pen again, I doodled little dots around the edge of the card front and then used a punch along the edge of a scrap piece of designer paper and adhered that to the bottom of the card. I had some green tulle left over from another project so I scrunched it up and then applied pop-dots to the back of the blue top note die and adhered to the front of the card with the tulle in between it. I added some flowers and some pearl embellishments to the front to finish it off.

I hope everyone had a very nice Valentines Day!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sunshine sent me the cutest Limited Addition April Showers Cricut Cartridge to play with for this month! Being knee deep in snow, these spring cuts are just what I needed! This is one of the cutest small cartridges I have has images from rain boots to squirrels, even a spring banner! A definite must have if you ask me! Just look at these cute butterflies:
I cut four pink butterflies at 1-1/2" and the two blue layers at 1-1/2". The small butterflies are from the inside of the blue layer, the opposite side of the paper. The "Sunshine" was cut at 1" and my card base is 6" x 4".


Scrapbook Paper: Textured Cardstock (Bazzil)
Pattern Paper: Stella and Rose, Hazel Collection (My Mind's Eye)
Die Cuts: April Showers (Provo Craft)
Machine: Cricut Expression with 12x12 mat (Provo Craft)
Jewels: Gradient Blue (Creative Charms)

Sunday, February 13, 2011


Good morning. I hope you all are having a fantastic weekend. Can you believe tomorrow is VALENTINE'S DAY? Are you ready? Do you do anything special? We usually do not but that is just fine with me since hubby treats me well all year long!

Anyways Friday was one of my DD's little friends birthday. I was told she had WAY too many toys so I made her two things. One you have already seen (on my blog) and now I get to share with you the last one that helped make happen! Gotta love those guys and the free shipping for all orders over 25.00 in the continental U.S. WOOHOO!

Thanks to them I was able to use April Showers and the awesome Signo Uniball white pen (LOVE THESE!) and make this adorable 6X6 doodle pad for the little girl. She likes to draw and I figured she could keep this in the car with a pen or pencil attached to the ring. What do you think?

Lets get started! You will need the following to do this project:
MS Fringe scissors
cutter bees
chestnut roan
french blue
Swiss dots
signo uniball pen
zig chisel
peeled paint
blender and foam
crop a dile
basic grey file system
april showers
atg gun
atg adhesive

tiny letters
sticko shimmering dots
heart punch
1.75 circle punch
white, yellow, Kraft, blue and green card stock
lots of printer paper
metal ring
2 6X6 chipboard


1. Using your 12X12 Expression mat, Expression and April showers cut the second tree (both layers) at 3.5 and 2 inches using appropriate paper.
2. Clouds will be cut at 1.5, 1 and .75 inches out of white and run through the cuttlebug using the Swiss dots folder and inked with french blue chalk ink.
3. Using Kraft paper cut the blank banner at 1 inch, dispose of last piece so you only have five banners.
4. Using Kraft paper cut the shadow butterfly at .75 inches twice.
5. Cut a 1.5 by 6 inch piece of green card stock then using Martha Stewart fringe scissors create grass, ink as needed.
6. Using 6X6 pieces of paper (pattern you choose) cover all sides of the two chipboard bases making sure to file in a downward motion to get a flush edge and to punch the hole each time with your crop a dile.
7. Now let's assemble. Adhere grass to bottom with ATG tape, adhere trees together (one uses a heart punch for the tree part and white doodling for extra detail), then place on the far right of the page.
8. Using a 1.75 inch circle punch create your sun, adhere with ATG tape, ink and file as necessary.
9. Adhere clouds wherever you see fit.
10. Adhere sticko shimmering dots to butterflies bodies, ink if desired.
11. Adhere tiny letter stickers to spell "Dream" on banner, then adhere with Zig chisel pen to board and place/adhere butterflies as if they are carrying it.
12. Spell the recipients name with little letter stickers on bottom left.
13. Decorate metal ring with various sheer ribbons.
14. Ink all outer edges of books with chestnut roan ink.
15. Cut, stack and punch a hole in a good amount of printer paper (5.5 by 5.5) as your filler.


Friday, February 11, 2011

Fun Notebook With April Showers Cartridge

Project by Amy Crockett

I am so ready for the spring to come and warm us up.....we have been having below average temperatures and I am ready to thaw out.  I received the April Showers cartridge from ScrapbookPal this month and thought that it would be fun to do a bright and happy notebook as a gift for a loved one (or maybe even for me).  How to re-create this notebook:

You will need:
-5 x 7 notebook
-Cricut and April Showers cartridge
-Patterned paper to use on the notebook cover (mine is from Echo Park)
-cardstock in various colors to match your patterned paper (I used Bazzill and Stampin' Up!)
-ribbon (I used Stampin' Up! and Creating Keepsakes ribbon)
-Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen

Let's get started:
  • Cover your notebook with the patterned paper.  I carefully took out the spiral wire and then adhered my paper to the cover.  I then used my Crop-A-Dile to punch the holes out.  You can easily see where the holes need to be punched from the back side of the cover.  Put the book back together with the spiral binding.
  • Using your Cricut and April Showers cartridge, cut the house (2 3/4 inches), tree (2 1/4 inches), and cloud (1 1/4 inches) and their corresponding layers and adhere the layers together.  Cut the solid banner at 1 1/2 inches in two different colors and cut some of the flags off of one to layer onto the other.
  • Using a Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen, draw lines or stitches to accent the cuts.
  • Add the cuts onto a 2 3/4 x 4 1/4 inch piece of white cardstock.  You can add strips of green cardstock that you have snipped into one side with some scissors to resemble grass at the bottom of your cuts.  Layer the white cardstock onto a 3 1/4 x 4 3/4 inch piece of colored cardstock and tie the a ribbon around the pieces near the bottom.
  • Center and adhere the cardstock to the notebook cover
  • Adhere the banner in the top right corner as shown in the picture.  Use a little twine if you would like to go across the top of the flags.
  • Tie various colors of ribbons along the spiral binding.  Staple some tabs to the inside pages (I used a punch for mine, but you can just cut a rectangle and fold it in half if you want).

Have you check out ScrapbookPal on facebook yet?  Hop on over to check out the fun crafting contest going on right now. "Like" the ScrapbookPal page and upload a craft project and you can have a chance to win a Cricut cartridge or a Tombow dispenser and 6 refills.

I hope that you enjoyed todays post.  If you would like to see the sketch I created for cover of this notebook, hop on over to my blog:  Scrapping Mommy

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

April Showers

Hello everyone hope you are enjoying your week so far. Todays card was designed for Scrapbookpal using Spring Collection"April Showers" cartridge. This is another MUST have cartridge, I just LOVE all the darling springtime images!
There are soooo many things you could design with this super SWEET cartridge, today ive decided to do a card to share with everyone for!
Supplies used are:
design paper
pearls,ribbon,flowers and sewing
shimmer cardstock
The little house I made was super easy and fast to do.
I cut all pieces for the house at 3 inches
Cut the House in pink first
then in brown(only use rooftop)
cut the layer for house in dp to match card(same as others 3")

For the sentiment I cut it at 1"
Now I put all layers together,starting with the roof first, then add your layer. next I added the gems and the heart that was leftover from the layer on the house.

the bigger heart was a leftover piece i found while cleaning my table off...heheheehe I added the sentiment to it.
My card measures 6 x 6

Thank you for looking and I cant wait to share some other creations designed using this DARLING cartridge!
Hugs to all,

Monday, February 7, 2011

Some Bunny Loves You Valentine's Box

I LOVE the box cuts especially on the new Spring Holiday Cards cartridge. I decided to make my daughter one of these sweet boxes for Valentine's, so I kept it simple as she is only two and let's face it, the box doesn't stand much of a chance! I chose what is "suppose" to be an Easter cut, but with love in it I thought is was perfect for Valentine's too. Here's how I made it:

*Using a 12x12 mat and the Spring Holiday Cards cartridge, cut the box with the fit to page feature on.

*Cut the some bunny loves you at 5"

**TIP: Adhere the decortive panel, in this case the some bunny loves you cut out, BEFORE you adhere the box together. Also do any stamping or doodling before putting the box together.

*Use embrodiery floss to give the bunny a bow.

*Stamp around the some bunny loves you frame.

*Shade bunny with Copic markers to give some depth.

*Using the Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge cut Flower 28 at 2", 1 1/2" and 1". Curl petals and adhere together.

*Cut leaf 2 at 1 1/4", emboss flowers and leaves with Swiss dots embossing folder using your Cuttlebug. Swipe with ink.

*Adhere box together and add dots of Fruit Punch Stickles to the stamped flowers.

Give to two year old to destroy, I mean, have fun with:)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Quick and Easy (but fabulous!) Valentine's box

It's a new month and a new set of projects for! This month they sent me the Cricut Spring Holiday Cards cartridge and the awesome white Signo Uni-Ball Impact Gel Pen. Now, I would never have given this little seasonal cartridge a second look -- I normally gravitate to the cartridges that have a little more "meat" to them -- but it has some adorable artwork! Even more exciting to me, it has great frames, boxes, and envelopes. Just look at these:

Pictures from

Aren't those great? I can't wait to make more fun things with them. For this little Valentine's candy box, I just used my Gypsy and selected both the box and the front that I wanted. I enlarged the box to as big as would fit on a 12x12 page. Because I had them both selected, it automatically sized the little card for the front just right. I also cut a plain white cardstock piece to go behind the "You are Foxy" card so that it would stand out a little better.

The whole thing took me about 5 minutes, tops. The box came together in a snap (I used hot glue to keep it together) and then I just slipped the front card right into those pre-cut slits. I'm envisioning super cute class valentines, just cut in a smaller size and then filled with some little treat.

But of course I couldn't just leave it so plain-Jane. I mean, it was really cute, but the fabulous white pen from was feeling left out. So I used it to doodle all over that front card, giving it more fun and personality. I also outlined just a few of the hearts on the box, just to tie them in with the doodling on the card. That added just a couple of minutes to the project, but I love the difference it makes!

Chances are you're already well acquainted with the Signo Uni-Ball Impact Gel Pen, but if you aren't, let me tell you -- it is quite possibly the best white pen on planet Earth. (I'm willing to allow that aliens with more advance technology may have come up with something better, but I also may or may not have a theory that that is where mine keep disappearing too...) It writes so smoothly and has such a nice bright white color. One word of warning with these, though -- you definitely want to store them laying sideways (rather than vertically) because the tips will get clogged if you don't. And then you'll want to cry. has a great price on these right now, too, so it's a good time to stock up!

So give this one a second look -- there is a lot more to it than just its seasonal use. You'll be seeing a lot of projects using these labels, boxes and frames from me in the future!

Other materials -- patterned paper by Imaginisce

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Valentine's Blog Hop Winner!!

A big thanks to everyone who participated in our blog hop this weekend and WELCOME to our new followers.  We had fun and enjoyed sharing our projects with you. Did you gather some great ways to use your Cricut this Valentine's Day??

I have gone to and pulled a winning entry from those who participated and the lucky gal who is going to get her choice of in-stock Cricut cartridges from ScrapbookPal is:

Congratulations katieo!!

Please EMAIL ME with your shipping information along with which cartridge you would like from the in-stock Cricut cartridges at ScrapbookPal and I will forward your information on to them.

Don't be disappointed if you didn't win......ScrapbookPal is having a great sale of many of your favorite Cricut go and check them out today.  Have a great day!!

Cute As A Bug

I received the Spring Holiday Cards cartridge this month from I have been wanting to do a 12 x 12 single page layout using one of my favorite pictures of my daughter when she was about 16 months old. I saw the Cute As A Bug card and finally I knew what I was going to do.

I cut the Cute as a Bug card (p. ) twice, once on black and once on an off-white cardstock at 3.5". I hand cut off the bug from the off-white cardstock and then layered them together. I handcut a small piece of red cardstock and put behind the bug body. I used a pink ink pad to apply some color to the off white cardstock. The paper is from Doodlebug Design. I applied some pearls and mulberry paper flowers. You could also use Color Me Crazy flowers that you could color to match your theme colors.