December 23, 2008

Christmas Stockings

"The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there"... well in my case they are hung on the wall with 3M removable hooks (no fireplace!)



I love traditional red fuzzy Christmas stockings, and after a few years of us all having different ones, I decided to buy us all new ones.

My only concern with buying these lovely fuzzy stocking was how was I going to put our names on them? Glitter glue doesn't work (yes I tried it...a few years ago actually and it was awful).

Luckily for me, this year I own a Cricut! I used the Mickey Font Cartridge and the Cricut Design Studio to weld the letters together.
Once our names were cut, I outlined the letters, starting with the last letter and working backwards (to make them look like they were overlapping). I then used Glue Dots to adhere the names to the stockings and walla! My creations:

a close up to show how the lettering looks like it is overlapping:


Merry Christmas Everyone, Happy Scrapping and Paper Crafting in 2009!

December 9, 2008

Where is the time going?

As we get closer and closer to Christmas, I find myself with less and less time to do the things I want to do.
Take for instance this weekend coming up: the company I work for is having our Christmas party, no big deal right??....WRONG, it is a 2 day event being held this year at the Delta Kananaskis Lodge.
We are going up on Friday afternoon with the kids, then attending the "PARTY" on Saturday evening. "What are the kids going to do while you are attending your party?" Well they will be attending their own party until midnight.
So anyway back to things I am neglecting....first off my Christmas shopping, nope not done, anyone who knows me should be taken aback by this information as I am usually on top of that little chore. Secondly...Christmas baking, this was going to be the year I was going to attempt to bake a variety of things my mom usually does...not going to happen folks, maybe next year? next, my beloved crafting, placed on the back burner, this one makes me sad, as I love doing my crafts, and yes I am staring at my Cricut, listening to it call me to come and cut papers, make cards and homemade gifts, sorry my friend, not now. And lastly my blog, yes I am going to be putting a temporary hold, but I will be back and hopefully full of some more wonderful ideas. After all New Year's Eve is approaching, there must be something I can make for such an event...right?!

November 25, 2008

Why not another picture?

I had so much fun making the last picture, I thought I would try it scaled down a bit. Here is the same idea, just a lot smaller! To make this different than the big one, I used greenish trees and Aleene's Glitter Snow as well as the most obvious a blueish sky (this how I bought the paper I think it adds it's own unique element to the picture). Also I didn't use any vinyl in this piece, it is all paper. I may give this one away as a Christmas present!



November 24, 2008

Another Christmas Craft


I had been dying to try some vinyl out on my Cricut, and me being too chicken to actually place something on my wall (especially a Christmas themed item) I created this:

I used the Christmas Solutions Cartridge for the moon and Santa and the Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge for the landscape. I think it turned out pretty good, and the best part is when Christmas is over I can put something else in the frame and save my "art" for next year!

Christmas Card

A friend of mine and I enjoy a special colour, purple to be exact. So I thought I should make her a Christmas card that would make both of us happy. Here is the end result:



I cut the snow flakes out on my Cricut, embellished with purple and white glitter and a few clear skittles (to look like small snowballs) Quick and simple!

November 20, 2008

Birthday Card

A co-worker is having a birthday and her favorite colour is red, so of course this is the card I came up with. I used the Cricut cartridges: Beyond Birthdays, Printing 101 and Celebrations. Here a couple of pictures:

This is the inside of the card: This is the front of the card and the matching envelope. The ribbon on the front of the card didn't exactly turn out like I had planned but it is what it is.
I used the Cricut Design Studio software to weld the letters of "Janet" together then slant it.

November 11, 2008

Mom-preneur Shop-a-thon Giveaway : Tip Junkie

Tip Junkie is having a 12 Days of Junkie where there will be 2 winners announced each day for the next 12 days!


It's to help promote the women who are selling their products in the Mom-preneur Shop-a-thon. So be sure to head on over to Tip Junkie and enter the contest and check out all the amazing gift-giving possibilities in the shop-a-thon!


Click on the image below to be taken to Tip Junkie's Site







And don't forget to have a look around the rest of her blog, there is some fabulous stuff there!

November 5, 2008

Christmas is fast approaching

With that in mind I am going to be doing some crafts, such as home made cards, and a few decorations. I am going to start with a wreath made from wrapping paper and styrofoam. ( I found the instruction in a Home Hardware magazine.)

Here is what you need:


  • 1" rigid foam insulation cut into 8-4" squares, 4 - 4" x 6" rectangles and 8 6" x 8" rectangles.

  • 1 base cut from masonite 14" diameter with a 10" circle cut from centre.

  • Hot Glue and gun

  • scotch tape

  • wrapping paper

  • ribbon

  • wire

  • utility knife

  • metal ruler
  1. cut shapes from insulation with the utility knife and metal ruler.

  2. wrap in desired paper and decorate with ribbon.

  3. secure wire to base for hanging the wreath

  4. Using hot glue, attache presents to the base, starting with the larges shapes. position as desired.

October 24, 2008

Scrapbooking Gadget from Google

I love this gadget so much I had to share it. Everytime you refresh your page a new scrapbook page opens. Great for new ideas!

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About.com: great tool

As I was searching the internet for ideas I cam across this little article and I thought I would share. Go to About.com for more gret ideas.


You have photos, now what do you do with them? Scrapbooking for beginners: Getting started scrapbooking can be the hardest part.


You have the photos and you have seen gorgeous scrapbooks that friends or relatives have made. You even have a budding desire to be a scrapbooker, but when you enter the scrapbook aisle at the craft store or walk into a scrapbook store, you feel lost and don't know where to begin. These articles will help you get started with the right supplies.

Basic Supplies Needed to Begin Scrapbooking

1) An Album - Select the size album you want to work in and find a color or pattern that works for the theme of your album.

2) Refill pages for your album. Refills are not standard sizes, so it is best to pick up a few packs when you purchase your album so that you get the same manufacturer and size. This way you will not have to hunt for the refills later.

3) A nice sharp pair of scissors. My favorites have very fine tips and are comfortable to hold in my hand. You want a pair of scissors that are dedicated exclusively to your scrapbooking. This way they are always with your supplies and always nice and sharp.

4) Adhesive. There are many, many different styles of adhesive. To get started you want an acid-free adhesive that will work well on both cardstock and photos. A couple of my personal favorites are: 3L Click 'n' Stick Mounting Squares, Herma Dotto Removable, and Herma Vario Wheel Dispenser. To see a complete collection of the different types of adhesive available and tips for their use visit the Scrapbook Adhesive gallery.

5) Cardstock and Patterned Papers. Select paper to go with the colors you wish to accent in your photos. You may want to purchase paper at your local scrapbook store so that you can select individual sheets for each page.

6) Journal Pens. Look for acid-free, permanant, pens with fine tips for hand writing your journaling. If you wish to hand write titles for your pages you may wish to purchase pens that have a fine tip on one end and a wider tip on the opposite end. Read Handwriting on Your Scrapbook Pages to help you get started using journaling pens.

Those are the essentials, but as with any craft, there is always more that you may want to add to your supplies. Here are the ones that I would add next.

Very High on the "Want" List:

1) A 12" Paper Trimmer.

2) Embellishments that coordinate with your pages, such as stickers, 3-D Stickers, buttons, and more. You will also want to learn simple new scrapbooking techniques that allow you create your own page embellishments.3) Ideas to Inspire You. Layout galleries and free scrapbook page sketches will help you get started creating beautiful scrapbook pages.

Additional Items to Consider When Budget Allows:

1) A Die Cut Machine with an Alphabet Set of Dies.

2) Full Set of Journaling Pens.

3) Circle/Oval Cutter.

4) More, more, more. Once you get started it's hard to stop. You will find yourself wanting more paper, more embellishments, and eventually more albums!

October 23, 2008

New Cricut Cartridge: Sesame Street Friends

I loved Sesame Street as a kid, I can't wait to get this cartridge to share the fun with my kids!

Sesame Street is one of the most beloved children's shows on television. The shape cartridge contains all of your favorite Sesame Street friends, like Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Elmo and Abby Cadabby. The font cartridge features a fun, playful alphabet perfect for learning and playing. Cookie Monster, Big Bird, and Elmo look adorable holding or peeking out from behind the letters. These classic characters are perfect for decorating scrapbooks, nurseries, daycare centers, classrooms, and more. The possibilities are endless!




FEATURES ON THIS CARTRIDGE INCLUDE: Layers x3, Icons, Blackout, and Shadow
Product Line: Cricut
Product Category: Cartridge
Item Number: 29-0700
Packaging Size: 5.2" x 9.4" x 1.5"
UPC Code: 093573207006
Sesame Street® and associated characters, trademarks, and design elements are owned and licensed by Sesame Workshop. ©2008 Sesame Workshop. All rights reserved.

October 22, 2008

First Entry

So this is my first blog entry, I just wanted to say if you are here, thanks for stopping by and I promise to try and put something a little more interesting on here one of these days. I am hoping to make this a blog about crafting, I do love my Cricut after all!

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