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Not too long ago, I decided that I was tired of having to always work with whatever cartridges I owned to design my vinyl decals. I will admit that I was in total confusion as to which machine to choose….but I finally decided to bid on a USCutter machine on eBay. I must tell you that I have always received the best customer service any time that I have called USCutter, so it seemed to be the logical choice after all.

Without further comment, I think I will just share my first cuts with you. I really had no idea what I was doing or how everything was to be set up….and as you can tell in the video, I did not even have my vinyl lined up properly.

That was in early December. With the full schedule of the Christmas Season, I couldn’t spend as much time learning the ins and outs of the software and machine….however, I am getting along much better now.

So, I thought I would share a few vinyl projects from December…some from my Cricut Machine and others from the USCutter machine. I bet you can tell which photos go with which machine.

Christmas has come and gone, and left me with no posts of any of my favorite Holiday projects created this past season. Hope you don’t mind me just adding a few photos up to share.

Fall and Famous People

Belle of the Ball and Vintage Ladies YouTube video.

Bad, BAD Blogger! Here we had so many nice people stop by and leave such wonderful comments…and then I just *POOF*! As with many of us, LIFE just gets in the way of my creative endeavors sometimes. My greatest apologies for not posting a winner yet. I could go on and on about what all got in the way and had me so preoccupied, but I will instead move forward and ask for forgiveness AND most importantly ….

POST THE WINNER!

GrammaP says…

Wow–now I know why my sister is so addicted to making these!!

GrammaP, please send me your address and I will get these shipped out immediately!

Thank you for stopping by and thank you to all of our participants who proudly displayed their amazing dress tags!

And here is the first of three videos posted of all the tags received in this Dress Form Tag Swap.

Don’t you just love blog hops? All the creativity oozing from pages grouped together for your enjoyment? All that blog candy waiting to be won?

Well, this Blog Hop is no exception. We have ten very talented ladies sharing their creations for the Cricut Message Board Dress Form Tag Swap from this month. You may have arrived here from Jenn’s Blog, Scrapping Under the Influence. Don’t you just love that name? I would love it even better if I had thought of it for myself..haha! S.U.I…LOVE it!

Here are the links to each of the Dressed to the Nines Blog Hoppers…

Simply My Crafts

Lil Red’s Craftin’hood <–YOUR NEXT STOP

Planlady19

The Kraft Lab

Just Jean’s

Cindy32

Paper Scraps N More

Addicted2Paper

Scrappin Diva

Scrapping Under the Influence

I had so much fun creating my tags for this swap, but not near as much as I did “hanging out” with all of the participants.

My first tag is from the Halloween Category. The Mummy is wrapped in cheesecloth and I cut a little bat from some trim that I purchased at my local scrap store.

This second tag is for the Designer’s Choice category and sports an adorable apron cut from the Paper Dolls for Everyday Cricut Cartridge. Purple is the color of the day with the ribbon matching the gingham paper used for the apron.

My favorite of the three tags and the one that I spent the most time researching, inking, distressing, embossing, and decopauging is another Designer’s Choice member. Vintage Fly-Fishing is alive and well on this tag.

The vest and hat both came from the Paper Dolls for Everyday Cartridge. I found the vintage magazine graphic online and decoupaged it to the tag prior to adding the Tim Holtz Sewing Room Dress Form.

The back of this tag includes frames cut from the Mothers Day 2010 Cartridge. Each of the vintage photos of women and their catch for the day were found online. Each was printed and then inked with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink to give them an aged look.

I am so lucky to have a Guest Designer join me on my blog for this blog hop. You will see Cindy32 further down in our blog hop line-up, which will bring you back to Simply My Crafts for another look at all that she has created. This is my first time to swap with Cindy. I am so very happy she joined us and I am looking forward to CMB swapping with her again.

So, what’s a Blog Hop without Blog Candy? Of course, we have candy…a set of die cuts from the Tim Holtz Sewing Room Set, the Sizzix Movers and Shakers Tag/Boolplate Die by Tim Holtz, and the Tim Holtz Birdcage Die with a bit of other goodies thrown in for good measure. First let me tell you what you have to do for a chance at winning. You will receive chances for each of the following steps. First and foremost, leave a comment here for your first chance. Gain other chances by completing the next steps and coming back to leave another comment telling me which of the other steps you completed.

So here they are …

1. Comment on this post.
2. Google Friend/Follow this Blog
3. Like my Simply My Crafts Page on Facebook.
4. Become a subscriber on my YouTube Channel.
5. Leave a comment on each of the blogs in this Blog Hop. (Worth 2 Extra Chances!)
6. Comment again to tell me which of the above steps you have completed.

So that is seven…count them…up to SEVEN chances you have for winning!

So after commenting here, you must RUN…not walk…to your next stop along the way to Lil Red’s CraftinHood, where you will find the most amazing dress form tag.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy your journey through the remainder of our Dress to the Nines Blog Hop.

My name is Cindy Lawton aka Cindy32 on the Cricut Message Board. JanaZ has asked me to be a guest designer on her blog. You are officially taking part in the “Dressed To The Nines Blog Hop”! Welcome, welcome, one and all. Welcome, welcome short & tall. Please enjoy learning about how these tags were made.

My VERY FIRST Dress Form Tag was in the FALL/THANKSGIVING category. The name of the tag is “COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS”. The front of the tag is Best Occasions paper & the back of the tag is Making Memories Designer Paper. I inked the edges of the dress form & the tag with Mocha Mama Powder Puff Chalking Ink by Quick Quotes Scrapbook Company. The words & the leaves came from the Wall Decor & More cart and the infamous turkey came from the Simply Charmed cart. The dress is made with the same exact paper that I used on the back of the tag but is covered with a piece of ivory satin ribbon. The wrap around is orange wire ribbon…and an orange rhinestone for a hint of bling. My very first tag enlightened me about all of the blessings in my life I have and of all the wonderful people I have been blessed to meet on the Cricut Message Board.

My 2nd Dress Form Tag was in the DESIGNERS CHOICE category. I soon realized why everyone loves this particular category…you can do whatever you want!! The name of this tag is “ALL DOLLED UP”. The front & back of this tag are made from the S.E.I. Chocolat 12×12 paper pad. I inked the edges of the tag with Bloody Mary Powder Puff Chalking Ink by Quick Quotes Scrapbook Company. The skirt on the dress form and the diamond are from The Happily Ever After cart. The diamond was inked with the Bloody Mary color as well as the tag. The “All Dolled Up” is an I.Clear stamp from the dollar bin at Michael’s. The top part of the dress is sheer burgundy wire ribbon wrapped around twice to give it the layered look. The Color Me Crazy flower in the top right had corner, was also inked with the Bloody Mary and then glued down, brad and all. The sheer gold ribbon adds the finishing touch to my “ALL DOLLED UP” tag.

The next stop on the Dressed to the Nines Blog Hop is at Paper Scraps and More…I know you will love what she has designed for our swap!

Happy Blog Hopping.

Simply My Crafts

Lil Red’s Craftin’hood

Planlady19

The Kraft Lab

Just Jean’s

Cindy32

Paper Scraps N More <--Your NEXT Stop

Addicted2Paper

Scrappin Diva

Scrapping Under the Influence

Upcycling materials that would normally be thrown out or even sent to the thrift shop always makes me feel good. Today’s project is no exception. After viewing Marion Smith’s video of her new scraproom, I KNEW I had to have a chicken wire inspiration board of my very own. I have been keeping watch over a couple of different thrift stores for several months now, but this past week I realized that I need not look any farther than my own home.

We had a large framed print that had been displayed in my dear, sweet mother-in-law’s house for several years, just leaning against a wall in a spare room at her house. We had taken all the wall decorations down when we painted the house and are now slowly trying to add pieces back to the walls, as we add our own “flair”.

I LOVED this print. Unfortunately it was very dated and damaged a bit, but yet I just could NOT throw it away. I guess I was waiting for it to “speak to me”. The warped print removed from the frame….


I have always loved egg and dart or egg and tongue crown moulding and this frame had a variation of the egg pattern in the outer portion of the frame.

So, on my birthday, My Hero took me to our local hardware store and we picked up the items needed to complete this project. He is so much better at managing the spray paint can than I am and I very gladly handed over that leg of the project to him.

Originally, my plan was to cover the entire frame with a light wash of black, but when we discovered the flocking was going to be problematic we had to paint over it completely. After painting the entire frame, we waited a bit before attaching the chicken wire to the reverse side of the frame. My handy-dandy electric staple gun was very efficient while stretching and pulling at the same time as attaching the wire. The ends were bent back to prevent getting jabbed by the sharp wires.

The next step was to crackle paint the front with a scrafty rendition of homemade crackle paint. After a few practice runs on the reverse side of the frame, I decided that I prefered the the black over the cream….so I sealed it with a light coat of glaze and called it good.

I hope you will check back soon to see a full sized photo with a few embellisments added. In the meantime, check out Marion’s scraproom tour and see what influenced my very own chicken wire inspiration board.

Cindy at Royal Things is having another great giveaway! Drop by and leave her some comment love for a chance to win a Provocraft H20 Cricut Catridge. It’s okay to tell her that I sent you! {wink-wink}

H20 GIVEAWAY

Sometimes we all have to make do with what we have. I had hoped by now that Provocraft would have introduced a new “College” cartridge that would include all things college related….Sports, Student Government, Diplomas, Sorority, Fraternity, Dorm stuff….not to mention a GREEK ALPHABET. I can keep hoping that one will appear soon, but until then I do the best I can with my Gypsy and Cricut.
Since starting this blog, I have posted at least one item that is sorority related and I received requests on how I made my letters.

I only needed an Alpha, Gamma and a Delta for my youngest daughter, so I have not tried to design any of the other letters of the Greek Alphabet. Thinking it might be easier to explain by the spoken word, rather write out some directions, I decided to make a video tutorial on these three little letters.

Please let me know what you think…..

Cricut Cartridges: Storybook, George and Basic Shapes

Someone said that to me the other day and I cannot seem to keep from saying every time I hear the word winner.
We have a winner folks….Cindy at My Lazy Crafternoon! IT is funny that her name was the one drawn, because I won the giveaway on her blog, too!
Thank you so much for each of your comments and for stopping by for a visit.

We are coming to the end of our Jumpin’ June Bug Swap over on the Cricut Message Board, so that means Blog Hop time! Since we were the Jumpin’ Bugs…we are calling this little jaunt to each of our blogs a “Jump”.


The above list of blogs are those of ladies who are participating in our Blog Jump and if you arrived here first, I encourage you to go back up to the start at Julie’s place at My Little Corner, where you will find a wealth of creativity, and make your way back down to the bottom…which is right here!

You should have arrived here from Cammi’s place at Cuttin’ Up. Isn’t she amazing?

Cammi is definitely a hard act to follow, but I present to you my Altered Paint Sticks that I created for yet another Cricut Message Board Swap. We took regular paint sticks and embellished them, sent them in to our hostess and we receive back everyone else’s to make an album or display however we wish.

My sticks were inked with a yellowish-orange ink from Studio G and then covered with papers from My Minds Eye Home Glitter Book. I chose to embellish my sticks with sunflowers from the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die Set. After spritzing and inking them, I put them together with a glass bauble in the center and then adhered to the stick.

The reverse side of the stick was embellished with a silk flower with a center cut from coordinating papers. I used a crocheted lace on the end of the stick to hold a very tiny tag.


I cut a double set of Tim Holtz tickets and attached them with a ribbon on the reverse side.

My set ready to head to their new homes….

NOW FOR THE BLOG CANDY!!!!
You can’t have a party without some yummy goodness, right?

You get one entry for each of the following:
1. Leave a comment.
2. Become a Follower of Simply My Crafts.
3. Like Simply My Crafts on Facebook.
4. Subscribe to the Simply My Crafts YouTube Channel.
5. Leave another comment telling me which of the extras you have accomplished. Easy~Peasy!
Gearing up for our June Bug Blog Jump!

This coming weekend we will be hosting a Blog Hop….errrr….Jump with some of the creative ladies from the Cricut Message Board Jumping June Bug Swap. The “Jump” will begin with the amazingly creative Julie at …
the blog jump then continues to the follow blogs….
Come back late tomorrow and join us on our jumpin’ journey to lots of creative designs and
some awesome
BLOG CANDY!

Finishing up my last assignment for the Bind-it-All class I was taking at the Creative Classroom, I decided to make a mini for my swap partner. Candyhazzard was my partner in the Handmade Swap over on the Cricut Message Board. Now that she has it in her possession, I thought I would post it here.

Here’s the youtube video that I posted, as well…..

I can hardly wait to get some photos taken of the items that she sent to me and get them posted. They are amazing!

Oh yea! I am so late in getting the photos posted of my swap partner’s mini paint can that she sent me. In May, I participated in Crystal’s Altered Mini Paint Can Swap and JackieBault was my partner. I posted the photos of the can I created before I sent it off to Jackie, but I was out of town for a long while when hers arrived to me. It sat, all alone, silently…waiting for me to pick it up from the post office.

What a lovely gift to be waiting for me when I arrived back home. Unfortunately, I had some deadlines that I had to meet, along with a large yard sale planned so I didn’t get the photos taken until this morning. In my opinion, not posting photos in a reasonable amount of time is RUDE! Photos of what you received in a swap is all part of the THANK YOU! and acknowledgment of all the hard work that goes into making something special for someone else. Jackie I owe you many HUGE apologies for my tardiness! I hope will accept my sincere regrets and that you will consider partnering with me again soon!

Take a look at my can and all it’s goodies!!!!

I just adore the Tim Holtz Bird Cage Die embellishment. How clever is that? Gives me all sorts of ideas!

Well, we have finally completed the first Tim Holtz Dress Form Tag Swap over on the Cricut Message Board. Who would have thought that a die cut and some fabric, paper, feathers and a few other embellishments would present such a stunning group of dress forms?

I love Tim Holtz products and knew I just HAD to own the new Alterations Sewing Room Die set when it was released. Lucky for me, a friend sent me a link (thanks Caitlysnmommy!) to a great sale and I was able to make it all mine!

We have started a new swap which will be due in August. Check it out HERE. In the meantime, please enjoy this quick video showcasing all the fine work of by each of the participants of the June 2011 Tag Swap.

A little late in posting this, but I just wanted to share some fun. Wish I had made it out for the morning flights or the real balloon glow, but I did enjoy Saturday night’s activities.
I am so looking forward to next year’s Sunflower BalloonFest!

As I am finishing up my Bind-it-All classes at My Creative Classroom, I enjoyed making this little Toilet Paper Roll Mini Album for an eleven year girl that I just met. The paper came from The Paper Studio Safari Untamed Stack. Both of my girls loved pink, purple and zebra print growing up, so I am hoping this young lady does as well. Her family makes it habit to recycle and upcycle, so this makes a perfect gift for her.



I just received the nicest thank you from my partner in the Cricut Message Board Mini Paint Can Swap, so that means that I can finally post a photo of it. I had the hardest time trying to figure out how to decorate the lid, but I do like how the rest of it turned out. I was able to use one of my small handmade satin flowers along with some of the Recollection flowers and bling.

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Thank you to everyone who subscribed and followed!

The winner is announced…..

After completing my video for the Vintage Bauble Flower Tutorial, I decided to have a drawing when I reach 75 subscribers on my YouTube Channel and Followers on my Blog.

This is the set of flowers that I completed from the video and will be giving them away to a subscriber/follower.

The rules are fairly simple and you have at least four opportunities for chances to win.

ON THE BLOG….

*Please become a follower over there >>> on the right…and then leave a comment on this post.

*You may have another chance by posting about the drawing on your on blog then come back to post the link in another comment on this blog post.

*If you refer someone and they comment, saying that you sent them….not only will you get another entry, but they will as well.

NOW…go over to the YouTube Video Vintage Bauble Flowers 75 Subscribers Giveaway ….the rules are similar to the Blog rules…

*Become a subscriber and leave one comment = one chance

*Post a video “advertising” my youtube subscriber giveaway and you get another chance

*If someone you refer, leaves a comment telling me that you referred them, you both get another chance in the drawing.

Thanks so much for stopping in to visit and I hope you like the flowers enough to want to win them!

After finishing my first real binding project for the Bind-it-All class that I am taking online at My Creative Classroom, I decided to embellish it with one of my handmade vintage-gungre-shabby-chic bauble flowers.

These are so much fun and easy to make, so I thought it was a perfect opportunity to try my hand at another YouTube tutorial video. After completing the video I came to the conclusion that I…
#1 need a script and
#2 talk entirely too much
The video ended up being around 20 minutes long….which resulted in editing it into two seperate videos. Instead of bringing subscribers and followers to my YouTube Channel and Blog it will probably send the masses to the streets in protest against my membership to blogdomhood and YT.

Nevertheless, I have spent an entire day video recording and editing the videos….so I am darn well going to share them…haha!

And the second half is here….if I haven’t lost you already!

Help! My Ribbons Over-Floweth! How in the world did it come to this? How did five or six rolls of ribbon and trim turn into this? In an attempt to have all ribbons in one place and color coordinated, I removed them from their round thingies (real technical word there for spool, right?). The rounds were taking up too much room, and I had nothing that was big enough to hold it all…much less have it organized.

If you saw my scraftin’ room youtube then in the very first photos of my mess of a room, you saw all the ribbon hanging from a window treatment rod. That wasn’t working for me, so I hung them inside a cabinet. Eventually, I came to the conclusion that was a total waste of very useable space…so back to the drawing board (youtube) I went. Seems a lot of ladies store their ribbon hanging just like mine, but why does theirs look so cute and mine looks like a flippin’ mess?

I started adding them to self-adhesive hooks on the side of one of my cabinets (NO wall space) but soon realized it was not going to be wide enough to hold all my color choices. My dressform has been standing in as a holder for a short while, but that is NOT what I had intended when I purchased her.

So, here I am, just a simple scrafter…coming to you… my few readers… to help me solve my dilema. What should I do? How do you store your ribbon and trim? Am I a total hoarder? With no hope of organization? I throw myself upon the mercy of blogdomhood and hope that I will be blessed with a (inexpensive) solution….very soon!

We have a winner….Kathy Jo…who said….

“Love the projects! I really love the idea of having a tree up all year and changing the decorations.”

Congratulations KathyJo…please send me your mailing address so that I can get your prize out to you. Thank you to everyone who participated and joined us on our blog hop and thank you for all your kind comments.

Welcome to the last jump of the Bashful Bunny Blog Hop. We are a group of ladies that are participating in the Bashful Bunny Hop Swap on the Cricut Message Board and many of us are beginning bloggers. All of us enjoy our crafting and revel in sharing with our fellow CMB members. You should have arrived here from Paper Crafter’s Anonymous.
The beginning location for the Bashful Bunny Blog Hop is …My Little Corner. Some of the Bashful Bunnies will be offering some awesome BLOG CANDY! Be sure to see the very creative projects they each have on display and follow the instructions on each individual blog to enter their drawings.

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…My Little Corner

Skrappindiva’s Musings

Dreaming of Paradise 82

Planlady19

Cuttin-Up

Cuttle Fairies Express

My Little Craftin Corner

Divine Scrapper

Somewhere over the Rainbow

Cove of Creativity

Scrap Occurs

My Lazy Crafternoon

Two Hands Creating

Paper Crafter’s Anonymous

~ Simply My Crafts ~—You are HERE!

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Since we are empty nesters now, we do not decorate for Easter as we did when Hais and JMorgan were li’l darlins. So in following our new tradition of decorating the tree that is still up in our family room, I added little bunnies for a festive touch. At Valentine’s the tree was covered in kraft and dark red hearts and for St. Patrick’s it was shamrocks with faux stitching around the outer edges. Everything was cut with my Cricut Expressions.

Hais was home for a short weekend visit, so I decided to make some sorority door decorations for her dorm room at the house. The following Cricut Cartridges were used to complete this project:
A Child’s Year
Cherry Limeade
Designer’s Calendar
Easter 2010

Of course, it only seemed fitting to make matching door decs for Hais’ sorority sisters, as well.

Now for the BLOG CANDY! WooHoo! Follow Simply My Crafts and leave a comment on this post for an opportunity to win some ??????


Making Memories Just Chillin’ Set of (17) Clear Stamps

Thanks so much for stopping in for a visit!
Several of the ladies in the Blog Hop are offering drawings, so be sure to stop by all of the blogs for chances to win! And if you want to start all over again? Hop back over to My Little Corner.

Just in time for some Easter fun….Cadbury Creme Eggs teams up with Google Maps to catupult an egg at the address of your choice. Give it a try….everyone needs a little diversion now and again….AND this one has no calories!

I realized that I had not posted photos of the toilet paper roll mini album that I received from my partner on the CMB. Thought I would share a few photos with you…..



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Finally able to post photos and a YouTube of my scraftin’ room….

You will notice one area that still needs a bit more organizing. Maybe I will eventually get crackin’ on those cabinets….




Yes, you guessed it…another swap……

The Spring Handmade Swap on the Cricut Message Board

My first attempt at Artist Trading Cards ( ATC ) …..

I purchased some precut ATC cards from Hobby Lobby to make this first go around easier. I really liked how these cards felt…..they were similar to grungeboard. I stamped the words with white ink then stamped the background and embossed with clear Zing. The Eiffel towers were cut from the Cricut French Manor cartridge and also stamped with the same background as the card, but embossed with hematite colored embossing powder. Twinchies are similar to ATC cards, but measure 2 x 2 inches.

Not too bad for a first try.

Another category that I chose in this swap was the Twinchies group. Never even heard of twinchies, inchies, or thrinchies before the CMB.

I used my Cricut Gypsy and the George and Basic Shapes cartridge to place a square inside a square to build the frame and to cut the base. The base was inked around all edges and then stamped with a Tim Holtz stamp and a brown ink. Ranger Distessing inks were used for distressing the edges. The tree was cut from the Wall Decor and More catridge.

The tree trunk was adhered with Zig 2Way glue, leaving the branches free from the paper. My hope was for it to have some dimension on its own, by not laying completely flat against the base card. The frame was also inked slightly then adhered using very tiny pop-dots. To me, it looks like a miniature wall hanging as for a doll house.

Still trying new things here. Have seen several other scrafters creating adorable altered paper clips, so I thought I would try my hand at it. To help me stay on task and complete a project, I joined another swap on the Cricut Message Board. (CMB) On this particular swap, I could choose from several different themes. The first example here was for the Come and Get It Group. This adorable hand mixer was cut using the Cricut From My Kitchen Cartridge and the circle was cut from the George and Basic Shapes Cartridge.

My next choice was also cut from the Cricut From My Kitchen cartridge, George and Basic Shapes and the Celebrate with Flourish. It was difficult to get his little parts on glued together, but I think he is adorable and was perfect for the Anything Goes category.

The last category that I chose was In the Wild. Originally, I wanted to create a little zebra with some new zebra paper that I purchased, but the cuts were too small for the cartridge designs I had. We love owls here, so this little guy was my second choice. He was cut using the Gyspsy Wanderings and the George and Basic Shapes cartridges.

Recycling should be a part of everyday life, but I have to tell you that my friends thought I was nuts when I asked them to save their empty toilet paper rolls for me. Then they KNEW I was crazy when I said I wanted them to make a TP Mini Album for a swap on the Cricut Message Board. Their visions of my craziness came on multiple levels for they could not conceive why I would be part of anything to do with CRICKETS (though most know that My Hero’s degree is in wildlife biology) and then there was the other of consideration of making something from TP rolls.

In the swap, we were paired up with another cricut board member to make these tp mini albums for each other. My poor swap sister is going “blind” on mine because I threw too many likes at her and then told her I would like anything. Then it’s “double-poor” swap sister in that she has ME for her ss.

She said she loved pink and green….oh…yeah! I LOVE pink and green! That was going to be easy right? And she loves butterflies…yeppers…this is going to be a piece of cake. YEP…it would all be easy-peasy if it were not ME that was putting it together..hardy har.

I loved shopping…butterfly this and pink that…ohhhh and some lovely bling….she ADORES bling! All the while I was shopping I was telling myself that this was going to be the loveliest tp mini album EVER. haha!

Reality hits!

Have you ever had a panic attack…you know….when you realize that everything you were doing or planning was monumentally wrong? (pathetic laugh inserted here) What? How could this be?
Nothing matches…not the pretty pink butterflies, not the lovely pale pink papers…lovely delicate lace…even the hue of the ivory laces did not blend with the papers or embellies chosen.
Oh my goodness!

Well, I pulled myself up off of the floor and did what I love best and that is head off to Joann’s, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby and a new found love…Frozen in Time…A Scrabooking Boutique.

With embellies and papers in hand, I searched for the perfect mates for one or the other. That should be simple right…and if I can’t figure it out myslef I will solicit the assistance of one of the employees. They work in an artsy environment….they should have a sense of design…right? (The answer to that will ultimately be located in another post at a later date.)

What I discovered on this trip was that not all pink are created equally…this one was too peachy…that one too orange…too bright…too ugly…and the list goes on. So what does any seasoned (or less salty) scraftin’ trooper do? She starts over with another plan for success.

My plan came in the way of a DCWV Mariposa stack…definitely not the color choices I was hoping for, but lots and lots of elegant butterflies! So, with a new stack under my arm and some new metal embellies in tow,
I headed home to explore my new choices…and this is the result.

Making a TP mini album is not a new concept to me, but I did try some new techniques on this creation. First off I added a folded top note to the end of the roll to give more room inside and then after viewing a similar album on YouTube, I added Mod-Podge to make the album a bit sturdier. I inked all the edges of my papers, top note and the roll for some depth. I also cut my cover papers longer so that I could tuck them
back inside the rolls for a more finished edge.

Once the rolls were covered, I decided to add a couple of accordian type mats (something new for me). One is just a folded rectangle hidden beside a cage cut out from the paper. The other is a butterfly that
I cut out with my Cricut. Using my Gypsy, I welded the butterflies together and then folded them. My most favorite in the “new things tried” category is the accordian file added to the back of the album, which is made from cut down coin envelopes.

Even though is it very far removed from my original vision, I hope that my SS likes the album that I created for her. This is my very first time to work in such depth on something and send it off as a gift. I am a nervous Nellie!

My YouTube Video….

Nothing like having a deadline to get you moving to finish a project, right? I have been running so far behind on so many things lately. I promised myself to not sign up for any more swaps that required me to make something until I can get what is already topside completed.

Every now and again, I am a night owl…working more efficiently in the quiet of the wee hours of the morning. As I write it is now 6:16 A.M. and I am still going strong. I am very proud to say that I finally completed the tags for the March 2011, Cricut Message Board Altered Stick Pin Swap that is due in a very short bit…AND I even edited a short video for YouTube. Now if I could get my internet provider to be so dedicated to keeping my internet running smoothly, I could maybe get it loaded sometime before my hair turns completely gray.

What adds the twist to this swap is that the host had challenges or requirements that had to be met. All beads, except for the metal charms were to be glass. Then each pin had to have one of the following:
1. Bead caps
2. Bead Spacers
3. Charm Bead
4. Crystal Beads
5. Glass Pearls

There was also a packaging requirment for this set of five. The hostess offered this example from passionwriter70 on YouTube…

Her pins and tags are beautiful!

Mine should be mailed on Monday along with the TP mini that I owe the hostess. :)

Cricut Cartridges: Tags, Bags, Boxes and More
Paper: sei White Elegance
Various Trim and Ribbon

Always feeling as though my projects were not good enough to share, I rarely allowed anyone else to see them. Posting photos on this blog is a huge step for me. Recently, I began participating swaps on the Cricut Message Boards and this is my first finished project that I shipped to a hostess.
I signed up for two spots on the February Stick Pin Swap (what was I thinking?) I am looking forward to seeing everyone else’s creations.

Making the tags for displaying the pins proved a bit of a challenge to me. After adding paper to the front and back of a manilla hang tag, I ran them through my Cuttlebug in an embossing folder. The thickness of the tag took the texture well. The poly-satin flower was my very first attempt at making “melted” fabric flowers, however I used my embossing heat tool rather than a candle. Glimmer mist was added to the stamped image and the bird card was “tweeked” to appear more dimensional.

These stick pins could easily become a new addiction.

The French Manor Cartridge was used for the first set of stick pens.

Ashlyn’s Alphabet and the Cricut Lite Splish Splash cartridge were used to create the second tags.

Found these wonderful blank cards at Michael’s and added a few embellisments for nice thank you’s for after Christmas. Unfortunately, the size ended up increasing the postage for each sent.

The “Thank You” is from the Thanksgiving Cartridge.

After finally biting the bullet and purchasing my Martha Stewart Score Tool and Board, I wanted to try my hand at making some 3 x 3 cards with a storage box to give as gifts.

Cricut Cartridges Used:
Ashlyn’s Alphabet, Cake Basics, Calligraphy Collection, Christmas Cheer, Create a Critter, Lacy Labels, Lyrical Letters, Mother’s Day 2010, Opposites Attract, and Wild Card

Just a few examples of the gift tags I made this last season…..

From Cricut Cartridge Very Merry Tags….so simple!

It seemed that everywhere you looked, there were banners….large, small, vintage, jazzy….you name it. Well, I certainly did not want to be left out of the fun so I promptly purchased Cricut Cartridge B is for Boy to make my first banner.

The cartridges used were Joys of the Season, B is for Boy, Storybook, Trim the Tree, and When It’s Cold Outside. Thank goodness for my Gypsy and the layering abilities…otherwise I think I would still be trying to put it all together.

Okay, no apologies….I am behind in posting some of my crafts. Tonight I will try to catch up a bit with at least uploading some photos.

This Santa, sleigh and tiny reindeer Christmas Banner was intended as a gift for my sister-in-law, but she ended up displaying it at the hospital where she works. I wish that I could tell you that I came up with the design…but I didn’t, so I can’t and I won’t. Unforatunately, so much time has lapsed that I do not remember the blog where I originally found this. If you know the blog, please leave me a comment so that I can respectfully give credit for the original thought.

If I remember correctly, the cartridges used were Create a Critter for the reindeer and Joys of the Season for Santa and his sleigh. This was my first time to utilize the new layers application on my Gypsy.

This was so much fun…and I hope to make more as gifts for next year.

Last week, I had an opportunity to hit a few thrift shops and the antique store in the next town over. The antique store has had everything on at 50% off for sometime now, but this is the first time I have ever purchased anything. It never occured to me to search for vintage scraftin’ (my new word) stuff at an antique shop before. After this haul, I am wondering what all I have missed at every other shop I have visited.
I was so inspired that I decided to video my treasures and upload it (after 24 hours of trying) to youtube. Being self-conscious, I can readily point out all my mistakes and play games with this video….like…how many times can you say “ummm” in five minutes? or what the heck is that accent? can this woman even talk?
So I share with you now…will all its flaws…my very first Simply My Crafts video……

An altered tablet notepad for Hais’ Sorority Mom…..


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While perusing my favorite blogs in search of inspiration for my own Christmas Card creations, I came across this video over on the Courtney Lane Designs Blog. I just couldn’t wait to share it over here. I don’t think I have ever seen a scrapbook company commercial before…but this will definitely be a tough act to follow. What FUN!


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Nothing like going AWOL right after starting a new blog, eh? Well, these past several months have taken several turns and have kept us all busy.

This past week, I was excited to finally be able to unpack my Cricut and get to work. I was like a kid in a candy store and had difficulty focusing on just one project to begin and then complete. Looking for inspiration on several blogs, I noticed that many crafters had created holiday banners and so my journey began.
Cricut Cartridges Used: B is for Boy, Storybook, Lacy Labels, Christmas and Joys of Season.
I did not have any chipboard on-hand so I upcycled some cereal boxes that I had been saving (for the perfect project).

Though it is not perfect, and is fairly simple, I am a bit proud of my creation and proud that I finally learned how to use the layers feature on my Gypsy.

Merry …’nuf said….

A little late in posting……welcome to your new home Dorm Bulletin Boards…..


With two daughters that will be Resident Assistants, me and both of  my Cricuts have been very, very busy. My Hero and I were camping at Meade State Lake and Hais joined us for a few days so that we could work on her dorm room door decs (slang for door decorations..haha). We had a great time and much was accomplished. The space was tight and we had to improvise, but all went well.

Luggage Tag Door Decorations

The theme to welcome the students on her floor is….

“Several Journeys….One Destination”

…so luggage tags seemed the perfect compliment. Using bright colors with neon animal and other prints, she layered the tag with a shadow and added the names individually. A black ribbon and a clear bling embellishment were the crowning touch.

And this is the mess that was created from our fun. I save the scraps, so that I can cut the useable parts for my saved scraps pile.

REduce, REuse, REcycle

Couldn’t finish the post without a photo of Hais and Blondie together. Hais had not seen Blondie since she suffered her stroke and both were ecstatic to see one another. They were inseperable the entire visit.

The Oklahoma City Comfort Suites on I40 proved to be the perfect location for JMorgan and I to meet for our “crafting” adventures this past weekend. JMorgan is going to be a Resident Assistant at her college this next semester  and she was wanted to create some very special door name tags to welcome each of her (105) students.

I arrived from Kansas midday and JMorgan arrived from Texas early evening. She had a slight bit of directional difficulty that resulted in a momentary bit of anxiety. With an armload of heavy items, seems she arrived at someone else’s room (in a different hotel). In her defense…the two hotels appear to share the same parking lot and do not look too architecturally different.

We have stayed at this Comfort Suites before, but never in a room with this configuration of  three queen sized beds (with the most comfortable mattresses ever) and ample room to set up a couple of tables to craft.

ROOM WHEN WE ARRIVED

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IN the THROWS of CREATING

and you know I HAD to spend some time (and $$) at Michaels and Hobby Lobby while in OKC…right?

Both of my cricuts were working non-stop through a good portion of this adventure and the two small hotel trash cans just could not keep us with us. This pile of paper ultimately came home  with me so I could salvage some of the larger unused portions.

These 12 x 12 sheets of cardstock are  actually pink, teal and black, but you could never tell it by the distorted colors from my camera. In all fairness to my beloved Sony….the room was fairly dark and I didn’t use a flash. (*****Mental note to self…bring an extra Ott Light!)

This is what 120 college resident door tags like at 4:30 A.M.

 Packing up to go home….the first of four loads for MY car….

And the Mother ~ Daughter Scrap Retreat comes to an end…

If you figure in all of the expenses associated with these door tags, the per tag cost is probably around  $5 each….

Three Nights Hotel ~  $335

Travel from Kansas and Texas to Oklahoma City ~  $130

Meals ~ $165

Supplies ~ $who knows really?

Adventures with oldest daughter PRICELESS!

 

JMorgan on her way back to college…..

 

 

 It’s here…it’s finally here!

The Cricut Circle Welcome Box!

I just love the box…not sure what I am going to do with it yet…but you KNOW I am keeping it!  I could hardly wait to get home to rip it open, but just in case I wanted to “scrap” about it, I had to take some photos first. So now, you can see the “unveiling”.

The first thing I saw when I opened the box was my official member certificate…with my official member number and everything! Then the Welcome Letter….yeah, yeah, but what is next? The new Cricut Circle exclusive French Manor cartridge and official Cricut Circle Bracelet.

Woot! Woot!

The box…..

The Exclusive French Manor Cartridge…..

The….

What? You want to see it outside of the bag?

I love the bright green crinkle paper. Wouldn’t it look pretty displayed inside a glass jar?

My darling new Gypsy has arrived and now has all 37 of my cartridges uploaded again. The plugs on this one seems to be a bit “tighter” , not having some of the wiggle room my original did. I had to use a tiny bit of force to get the upload cord into the slot. When I tried to sync it with my computer, the Gypsy kept shutting down and I thought… “Oh GREAT! THIS ONE has a problem too!”  Once I figured out that the cord was not attached all the way and that the tech difficulties were with a slow internet connection….all was good. There was a huge sigh of relief!

The few projects that I had stored are forever lost, but I have immediately begun an attempt to recreate some of them. At the end of the month, I will be attending eBayon Location in Dallas, Texas and I want to have a special gift for one of my online friends. The plan is to design her eBay user ID  to look similar to the eBay logo and then use my Cricut Expressions to cut the vinyl for etching onto a wine glass. I am so excited and can hardly wait to get started on this project.

Details Soon!

How in the world did my Cricut Expressions and I ever get along without our Gypsy? I actually just recently found out. A few days before my glass etching class at Hobby Lobby, my darling little Gypsy crashed…yes CRASHED! It would not boot up…the blue light flashed but no one was home. It shut itself off again and again….which earned it a trip to Spanish Fork, Utah.

When Provocraft shared the devastating news that it would take about three weeks for us to be rejoined with our Gypsy, panic set in. The projects for my class were all stored on my precious little Gypsy and the thought of teaching my very first class with my trusty friend at my side frightened me to no end.

I have to mention that I rarely give up when I receive news that is not what I want to hear. Later in the day, I decided to call back to plead for a faster turn around….offering several of my own suggestions for how I could be reunited with Gypsy much sooner than the 3 weeks. After finding a sympathetic ear and paying $28 in shipping, I might be seeing Gypsy within a week.  I can hope!

Though I am not new to blogging, I am a fledgling Cricut Commander. There is no better way to chronicle my {mis}adventures with my new Cricut Expressions,  than with a blog.
Not sure if this is the theme that I will stick with, but it is a far cry better than the plain jane WordPress basic themes offered when you first download your WordPress Blog.
I hope you will come along…not laugh at me too much…while I dream of perfectly scrapped pages, magnificent upcycled mini albums and lovely designed cards.
Thanks for stopping in….