Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Best Dad Ever

Best Dad Ever by Jamie Cripps
I love the guy cuts on the Father's Day cartridge!  These are perfect for so many guy themed projects!  Such a great addition to a page or as the main focus on a card!  ScrapbookPal.com has the Limited Edition cartridge right now for $23.99!   To create this card, cut the "Best Dad Ever" cut at 3-1/2" in the green pattern paper, saving the background and the "dad".  Repeat the last cut in Kraft cardstock, using either a Cricut marker or mini Sharper/holder, then switch back to your blade housing and repeat the cut again!  Cut the corresponding background at 3-1/2" in the Orange pattern paper.  Adhere the green background to the center of the card as shown.  Adhere the Orange background to the Kraft cut, then use foam squares to adhere it to the card.  I adhered the Green "dad" on top of the Kraft cut of the "dad" then used small foam squares to pop them up from the card.  Add in the screw brads and create dots along both edges of the card as shown.
Machine: Cricut Expression with 12x12 mat (Provo Craft) Software: Cricut Design Studio (Provo Craft)
Cricut Accessorie:  Mini Sharpie/Mini Sharpie Holder (Chomas Creations)
Cardstock and Pattern Paper: Creative Memories
Pen: Black Dual-Tip Pen (Creative Memories)
Misc: Brads and Foam Squares

Sunday, May 29, 2011

You are the KING of my heart

Project by Crystal Butler

Happy Sunday. I hope this post finds you well and enjoying this great holiday weekend. Don't forget to pay tribute to all those we have lost along the way. Today I am here to share with you a layout using Father's Day cricut cartridge (on sale for 23.99 at Scrapbookpal.com and there is FREE shipping over 25.00! YAY).

You should know by now that I love to try to use the carts in different ways. I had several ideas for this cart to include a page about Caitlyn playing basketball but I have not printed those pictures out just yet so this is what I came up with for you today. Somehow it came out a bit patriotic but that is OK since it was Fourth of July time (well OK end of June!) last year.
1. Using Father's Day Cricut cartridge and Expression cut the poker chips/cards at 2.5 inches. I cut mine from white card stock and colored it in with my Bic markers. Cut the chips with black coordentions paper at 2.5 inches. Embellish and layer cuts; adhere with Zig Glue pen.
2. Crumple up red paper, distress edges using Tim Holtz paper distresser. Ink with Chestnut Roan Ink.
3. Adhere background and distressed strip using ATG and Tiny Attacher.
4. Mount die cut with foam tape/dots.
5. Distress and ink edges of photo; adhere.
6. Journal; ink edges and adhere.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Aloha Shadowbox Frame

Aloha everyone!!  I have gone back to the time my grandmother and I took a trip to Hawaii several years ago with this project.  This frame was so fun to put together and the Luau limited edition cartridge from ScrapbookPal.com was a perfect fit for the pictures I put in here.

Supplies needed:
 - Shadow Box Frame (I got mine when I did a trade of crafting supplies
        with friends earlier this spring)
 - Spray paint
 - Cricut
 - Luau limited edition cartridge
 - Patterned paper (I used Making Memories....it came in a kit with flowers and stickers)
 - Cardstock in various colors to match your patterned paper (mine is Stampin' Up!)
 - Colorbox Fluid Chalk
 - Stickles Glitter Glue

Let's get started:
  • Spray paint your shadow box to the color you desire.
  • Layout your papers and pictures and figure out where you want to place your images/pictures.
  • Measure the boxes on your shadow box and cut patterned paper so that it will fit inside.  Using Colorbox Fluid Chalk, ink the edges of your patterned paper.  Adhere the paper to the shadow box
  • Cut your photos to fit in the slots that you plan to put them in and adhere them.
  • Pick your images on the Luau limited edition cartridge that you want to cut and cut them out with your Cricut.  Ink the edges of all pieces with some Colorbox Fluid Chalk and adhere the layers together.  Adhere the to your shadow box with dimensional foam adhesive....you can stack two or more of the dimensional foam pieces together to give it more lift in the shadowbox.  Add some Stickles to the images for a little sparkle.
  • Add additional embellishments as desired (I used some of the stickers and one of the flowers from the paper kit)

     Trading supplies with friends is a perfect way to refresh your own supplies.  Sometimes when my friends and I get together, we bring supplies that we don't want anymore and take home *new to us* supplies that our friends didn't want anymore.....that is how I ended up with this shadowbox frame.  I wanted to have some larger slots in my shadow box, and so I was able to alter a couple of spaces by very carefully removing slats with a sharp blade so that I could fit the pictures I wanted to into it.

I hope you have a fun and crafty weekend!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Aloha Tin

Hello everyone todays post is for Scrapbookpal.com using Luau Cartridge and a Tin. I also used a frame from Gypsy Wanderings(comes with gypsy)
For my Tin I used Luau Cartridge
Airbrushing machine with copics
Silk Ribbon
For all my cuttings I used the gypsy and placed them all on the mat (LOVE THIS) you can place all colored cardstock on the mat, and you see exactly where its going to cut :)
Using the Luau Cartridge
the small dark pink flower is 1" high on the Luau Cartridge cut 4
The light pink is 1.5" high cut 6
Leaves are 1.5" high cut 4
Aloha is cut at 1.5 High and is 3.56 wide(airbrushed too)
for the frames I used the Gypsy Wanderings 
Frame is 4.50 high for the pink cut 1
4.0 for the white(I airbrushed the white) cut 1
Tins are a perfect gift to give and you can put a gift card inside :) LOVE these!!

Thank you for looking and have a lovely day!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Swimming Faith

The moment I saw this pretty fish cut on the Seasonal Limited edition Luau cartridge from Scrapbook Pal I knew I wanted to make this card. For those of you that know, today my husband and are in the air somewhere on our way to Ethiopia to meet our baby boy and are one step closer to having him home. It has sure taken a lot faith and perserverance to get this far! Here's how I made my card.

Using the Luau cartridge cut the fish at 1 1/2" 8 times, once with the FLIP feature on. Since I wanted my one fish to stand out I also cut him out of colored patterned paper and used the layer feature as well. For the blue fish I dry embossed them with Swiss Dots and swiped them with white ink. For my sentiment I used the Pink by Design set, Faith and used a black Tombow marker to color only the words I wanted to get the sentiment to line up the way I wanted without having to do any masking. Whatever you are going through, keep swimming and keep the faith!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Father's Day LO

(Click to enlarge)

Can you believe I didn't take a single picture of my hubby and kids on Father's Day last year?  So this year, thanks to the Cricut Father's Day cartridge from ScrapbookPal.com, I am getting a jump on things early!  This layout has a space for a nice big 5x7 picture.  

I love how the "Best Dad Ever" shape from the Father's Day cartridge looks when mounted onto an accordion medallion (I made mine with the awesome new accordion die from Tim Holtz) -- it turns it into something really special!  I used Scor-Tape to adhere the paper for the accordion -- man, that stuff is awesome!  I'll be using it for more projects next month.  The other product I'm featuring this month is the Cat's Eye chalk ink from Colorbox, which is one of my all-time favorite tools.  I use it for adding a nice soft distressing touch to the edges of so many projects.  On this layout I used Dark Brown for all the distressing (definitely one of my go-to colors), and Warm Red to stamp the "Completely LOVED" seal on the tag.  I love the nice soft finish these inks create, and the shape makes them perfect for getting into nooks and crannies.

I painted the tag with Liquitex acrylic ink in raw umber to give it a really old finish, but you could achieve a similar effect with the Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  I used the Country Life cartridge for the title -- love this font!

Other materials:  Patterned papers and stickers -- Cosmo Cricket; Stamp -- Autumn Leaves

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Ready For Summer

Somehow the end of the school year is upon us which means grilling is about to become a near daily thing around our house.  I am always jealous of people who have cute items out at their BBQs so I decided to make some cute things for my own BBQs using the new Luau Solutions Cricut Cartridge I received from ScrapbookPal.com.

Project by Tammy White

I have several of the off-brand Crystal Lite type of containers that I have been saving for a project, knowing they would one day come in handy!!  I simply covered the containers in solid color cardstock using Scor-Tape to attach the paper to the container.

I then cut the 3 shapes (and their single layer) at 5" and attached to the cardstock with Pop Up Glue Dots.  I used Green, Tea Dye and Yellow Stickles Glitter Glue on a couple of the shapes to give them some dimension.  FYI - the tiki wrap around shape, last button on bottom row of keypad, it does not have a layer.  Also to make sure it would fit my container, I used Cricut Design Studio and stretched it to approximately 8.75" long by 5.7" and then cut the hanger off the top.

Because the containers are rather tall, I put a paper towel at the bottom of the ones I used for the spoons and forks.  If you are going on a picnic, the plastic utensils fit great inside these containers and you can put the lids on to keep them clean.  You could also put napkins inside one of the containers. 

I hope you have a wonderful summer!!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Game Night

Game Night by Jamie Cripps

We are heading into football season - starting with flag then going right into tackle!  The football and helmet cut on the Father's Day cartridge are just perfect for sports pages and good luck cards!  Best of all ScrapbookPal.com has the Limited Edition cartridge right now for $23.99!
Machine: Cricut Expression with 12x12 mat (Provo Craft) Software: Cricut Design Studio (Provo Craft) Embossing: Seeing Spots Cuttlebug Folder (Provo Craft)
Ink: Charcoal Cat's Eye Chalk Ink
Cardstock: Creative Memories
Pen: Black Dual-Tip Pen (Creative Memories)
Misc: Ribbon and Foam Squares

Trim Black cardstock to 8-1/2" x 5-1/2", fold in half to create a 4-1/4" x5-1/2" card base.
Trim White cardstock to 3-3/4" x 5", outline with the black pen and write "Good Luck" around the edge as shown and adhere to the center of the card base.
Using the Father's Day Cricut Cartridge:
Cut the "Game Night" in the Blue cardstock
Cut the "Game Night Background" in the Green cardstock
Trim a small piece of Black cardstock to fit behind the word cut.
Ink and adhere the three pieces together as shown.  Doodle dots on the Green cardstock.

Cut the Football and helmet in the Blue cardstock
Cut the helmet layer in the Green Cardstock
Ink around all the edges and adhere the two pieces together.  Doodle dots on the cardstock as shown and add the football player number to the helmet.

Trim a 2-3/4" x 2-3/4" Black square and emboss with the "Seeing Spots" embossing folder.
Using foam squares, attach the football/helmet as shown.
Attach the cuts to the card base as shown in the photo.

Attach ribbon to the left side.

Friday, May 13, 2011

You Make My Heart Race!

Happy Friday the 13th! I hope you have lots of GOOD luck and wonderful times today! Today I am here to share a card I made for my hubby using Father's Day Seasonal Cricut cart that Scrapbookpal.com sent me. The inside reads, "You still make my (insert heart shape here) RACE!!!) hence the title of the post LOL! Did you know that Scrapbookpal.com is now carrying the SEW EASY!?! WOOHOO! Oh and the free shipping over 25.00 yes that still ROCKS! So let's get started!

You will need the following items to make this card, substitute as you see fit of course.

Father's Day Seasonal
Going Places
Signo white pen
Colorbox Dark brown cat's eye
French blue ink
black pen
chipboard sun with orange and yellow ink applied
Kraft, white, green, black, blue card stock scraps
tiny heart punch

1. Using Father's Day and the Cricut of your choice cut the speedboat at 2.5 inches in black. Cut the layer at the same size in green. Back with white card stock inked in green.

2. Embellish boat with white pen, black pen and ink.

3. Using Going Places cut the waves (water) (page 48 button 24) at FIT TO LENGTH of 5.25 inches out of blue card stock. I think it ended up being around 2 inches or less?

4. Embellish with Signo white pen and tuck punched hearts in waves randomly.

5. Hand draw or stamp clouds, outline in white pen, color or stamp in blue.

6. Adhere everything at desired position using ATG, Zig and mini glue dots.

7. Attach the chipboard sun using mini glue dots.

8. For the inside I simple cut two rectangles from scraps to nestle into one another and rounded the corners. Ink edges and use a pop up dot to give dimension to the heart. The inside reads, " You still make my (heart) RACE!"

9. Ink outer edges of all card sides.

Closeup of the waves and tucking of the hearts.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Shine Your Light Card

Today I am going to share a CAS (Clean And Simple) card with you that I created with the Luau Limited Edition Cartridge from ScrapbookPal.com  This card was pretty easy to make and put together, let's get started.

Supplies needed:
 - Cricut machine
 - Luau Limited Edition cartridge
 - Cardstock in desired colors (I just used scraps)
 - black pen
 - sentiment (mine is from SRM Stickers)
 - hemp twine

Here is how to re-create this card:
  • Cut a white card base to the size of 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches, then score and fold in half to make an A2 sized card (4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches).
  • Draw a single line along the outside edges of the front of the card with a black pen.
  • Using your Cricut machine and the Luau Limited Edition cartridge, cut out the lanterns at 2 inches.  Cut the different colors for the top layer of the lanterns, if desired.  I also cut out an extra layer in yellow and cut the lantern parts off to layer between the base and top lantern layers to give it more color.  Adhere the layers together
  • Outline the lanterns with the black pen and then adhere the lanterns to the top middle area of the card with dimensional adhesive.
  • Tie little bows with the hemp twine and adhere with a little dab of glue to the ends of the lantern string.
  • Add a sentiment to the bottom of the card.
I thought that these lanterns would also be a fun card to use for a summer time party or luau invitation, too.  There are so many fun ways to use this cut.  I hope that you have been inspired to try out the lantern cut for yourself.   I will have a sketch for this card on MY BLOG.

Don't forget to check out the great prices on Cricut cartridges at ScrapbookPal.com and as always, there is FREE Shipping on orders over $25 in the contiguous United States.  You can also CLICK HERE for current specials.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Card Designed with Luau cartridge

Hello everyone and Happy Monday!! And for those of you that are Moms hope you had a Wonderful Mothers Day! Ok for my card today I used the newest Cartridge Luau(Limited edition ) and the Gypsy(LOVE'N This)

Cartridge Used Luau

So this is my 1st post with using the Gypsy And it was super easy to get everything cut all in 1 push of a button.

I laid everything out on the Gypsy and then pushed CUT!

2 palm trees 4" each in brown

2 flowers 1.5" PINK

3 of the spinning wheel flowers 1.5" all in pink

4" greenery for the Palm trees( 2 light green) 2 Dark green(use 1 dark green for behind the flowers)

so they are all cut now, and then I distress them all with COLOR BOX Chalk ink

Olive Pastel for the palms greenery

Warm Red for the flowers

Dark Brown for the Palms trunk

All Supplies Used:

Luau Cartridge (LIMITED EDITION)

Pink by Design stamp set 'Life's a Garden'

Color Box ink pads(for distressing) dark Brown,Warm Red, Olive Pastel




Im really LOVING my Gypsy and all it can do. It saves alot of time, and love that you can see your layout of everything, and perfect for the sizing too. Also you can do layers all in 1. I will be sharing lots more using my gypsy :)

Thank you for looking and have a lovely day!

Also Scrapbookpal.com has FREE shipping on all orders over 25.00 AWESOME DEAL!!


Saturday, May 7, 2011


This month I go to play with the seasonal cartridge Luau from Scrapbook Pal which is on sale for a great price and they have free shipping on any order over $25! Kind of fun to have this cart in my collection now as I grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii! For my card I decided to go with some fun, fresh tropical colors and use the hibiscus and Aloha cuts. Here's how I did it.

I cut the hibiscus, or flower2 at 3 1/2" two times so I could layer them using foam adhesive in between to give some dimension.

I then cut the leave at 2 1/2", once with the FILP feature on. I cut the stems off so they'd fit behind the flower nicely and not show in the middle.

I cut Aloha at 1 1/2".

I embossed the green card base with Polka Dots embossing folder and used Color box chalk ink in Dark Brown and Warm Red to ink my card edges, my hibiscus and Aloha. To finsh it off I lightly curled the flower petals up after they'd been layered together and added some faux dew drops to the center. Thanks for dropping by! ALOHA~

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Man Card

Sorry I'm late with today's post!

So my hubby and I have a running "discussion" about handmade cards for guys. He asserts that it just isn't worth it to make fancy cards for guys because it just isn't their style and they're never going to fully appreciate all the hard work you put into it. When I received the new Father's Day seasonal cartridge from ScrapbookPal.com and saw this "Man Card" image, I knew that was just what I needed to make a card for my man for this year's Father's Day.

To make this card:

1. Cut base of card by cutting 8 1/2x11 cardstock in half the long way, so your card will open on the bottom. Round the two bottom corners.

2. Cut non-froofy patterned paper block to 3 3/4x5 1/4. Round the bottom two corners, then adhere to card base.

3. Write your "no_____" strips onto cardstock (you can substitute in your own go-to girly things) and draw a black outline. Don't make it perfect. Then cut out each strip and mount to card.

4. Write "THIS IS A" on a strip of black cardstock with a white GellyRoll pen, then mount to card. I thought the screw-top brads were a nice manly touch. :)

5. Cut the "Man Card" image and the oval bottom layer, adhere together, then adhere to card with 3D foam.

6. For the inside, cut the "foam finger" image with its layer, then adhere together. I used a base circle of the same patterned paper from the front of the card to help it stand out better. Write the rest of your sentiment with the white GellyRoll pen.

Anyone else here on the endless quest for cool handmade masculine cards? What are your go-to solutions?

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Wish You Were Here....

This month I received the cute Luau Limited Edition Cricut Cartridge from ScrapbookPal.com. The cart is on sale for $23.99 right now so don't miss your chance to own this adorable cart!

I am at a 5 day crop this week and was feeling a little sassy when planning my project. I hope you get a giggle out of it.

Project by Tammy White

Using the Luau cartridge, I cut the bar (3rd row, 4th button) at 4" and the layer (4th row, 4th button). I ran the thatch roof through my Cuttlebug with the Distress Stripes Embossing Folder and then used a Colorbox Fluid Chalk Cat's Eye Inkpad in Toffee to highlight the texture. I used Dried Marigold and Antique Bronze Distress Stickles and Cinnamon Stickles to highlight the items on the bar. For the sand, I handcut some tan paper and then stamped the "sand" with a Stampin' Up stamp using the Antique Linen Distress Inkpad. I used the brush end of a Tombow Dual Brush Pen in Chocolate to write "He He He" on the bottom corner of the "sand" strip. I used Pop Up Glue Dots on the bar and the palm fronds to give some dimension to the card.

Using the Life's A Beach cart, I cut the Palm Tree at 3" and then used Cinnamon Stickles on the tree trunk and brush end of a Tombow Dual Brush Pen in Light Green on the edges of the palm fronds.

I used the Fiskars Border Punch Threading Water on the edge of my card stock and the same patterned paper I used for the base of the bar. I adhered these to a green cardstock.

For the sentiment, I wrote it using the brush end of a Tombow Dual Brush Pen in Chocolate and then used Cinnamon Stickles over it.

That's all there is to it. A nice and easy card for you try.