Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Christmas Cards in June

 

Happy Tuesday!
Today at My Cricut Craft Room we were challenged to create Christmas Cards. I initially sketched a cute card using Create a Critter, but considering my last Christmas card followed the cute theme I thought to do one more on the elegant side.




Recipe:
Cricut
Teresa Collins Christmas Ornaments (Craft Room Exclusive) @ 3.5"
Doily and circle are about 1 1/2"
Doily edge punch from Martha Stewart
Stamp (I used Hero Arts Christmas Phrases)
Embossing folder

For this card I used a GORGEOUS cardstock from cutcardstock.com. I believe its their metallic gold, it is a nice smooth shimery metallic gold....love it! The card was cut at 4.75" (slightly shorter).

 
 



Used a rhubarb red for the red pieces, rather than your traditional bright red. Gives a deeper tone which seems to work best for this gold.

Lastly, I embossed using Recollections gold embossing powder.

Accents: Pearls of different sizes around the main embossed image.



To see other projects like this today, please visit: mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com
Hope this inspired you!

L.E.

Tuesday Print and Cut - Cupcake Card with Holder

Hello fellow crafters!

 
Today I bring you an adorable cupcake/envelope ensemble. As always if you have questions on how to print and cut using a printer and a Cricut machine, please refer to the original tutorial post: http://lepaperstudio.blogspot.com/2013/06/cricut-print-projects-baby.html





Download files:
For the word file you can download from here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BytMKjxmwXy0MnVPQkFRX2JFeHc/edit?usp=sharing
As I use Google Docs to upload it should be an easy (safe) place to download.

You can find the cut files here: http://www.cricut.com/project/ViewProject/4245/Cupcake-card-with-holder
You will notice this card only has a print-directly-to-cut layer. No matting on this one. If you really wanted a matted layer, you can re-create, but since half the card is immediately visible (there is only one front to the card) you may want to use scratch paper and try onto it before using a more valuable cardstock.


Recipe:
  • Create a Critter Cartridge (this is what I used for the cupcake, if you don't have it but have a different cart with a cupcake cut, you may try to recreate using the dimensions from CCR. You can still download and play with the file, you just won't be able to cut
  • Cricut Mini Basic Shapes (free to all Cricut accounts)
  • Aqua cardstock
  • Red cardstock
  • White cardstock (remember, when printing it is best to use a light color cardstock such as white or ivory)
  • White pigment ink
  • Patterned paper
  • Lacy punch
  • Tiny recollections flower punch
  • Pearls
  • D'vine Swirls - Cuttlebug
  • Swiss Dots - Cuttlebug
  • Cuttlebug
  1. This is a fairly simple card, you will first edit the Word file and print.
  2. Take the full page and following the "Getting Started" directions at the link highlighted in green above, feed through your cricut.
  3. Cut layer 1. This will be your base for the cupcake
  4. The second layer is the cupcake liner which is also the envelope of the card. Once you cut this layer, score and fold in the tabs protruding from the bottom cupcake liner. When working with my CCR files, try not to move any images, specifically images on layers that you'll print on as I have lined them up with the Word document so the print, no matter what printer used, is centered onto the cut (as shown in the pictures). Also, for this particular CCR file try not to move the cupcake liner ensemble as I did not group, and it is strategically welded together to create the envelope.
  5. Cut your remaining layers using the red paper for the cherry and patterned paper for the topper. Note: I reproduced those layers twice, because my pattern paper is very thin, I adhered it onto some additional cardstock for added support.
  6. You are ready to assemble...I had to cut some of the topper bottom left side, because the first line of the message would partly conflict and not look professional. If doing it for invitations, you will appreciate every bit of space to type words into, but just keep in mind to superimpose the layers before adhering so you can freehand cut whatever needs to be tweaked.
  7. Add your accents, I used pearls on the little punch flowers and the Martha Stewart doily punch.
 
 


Hope this inspired you! Feel free to comment with questions!

L.E.



Friday, June 21, 2013

Festive Summer Layouts

 
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Happy Friday crafters!

Today we were challenged to come up with Festive Summer Layouts over at the My Cricut Craft Room blog, which is a true challenge for me as I am slowly making my way back to scrapbooking. Also, is important to say that my new found inspiration comes from my fellow DT member Faith Abigail (www.faithabigaildesigns.com), she is truly gifted at creating incredible scrapbook layouts.



My layout surprisingly does not have a sandy beach or lake images, instead I used the pictures I had in mind for it, to dictate the kind of layout I wanted to create. About two years ago we visited Steamboat Springs, Colorado. It was middle of July and it still felt pretty Springy!

Recipe:
I used a soft yellow for the 12" x 12" mat, followed by a gorgeous pale moss green and then pattern paper (ea. reduced by .25" around).
Using an edge punch I embellished the 4.25" x 10.75" photo mat
Inside mats were cut at 4" x 3.5" each
Pictures cut at 3.75" x 3.25" fit best
I cut the tree using Baby Steps Pg 60. Font at 6.5"h. The mountain it sits on was had cut and embossed.
Cut the Fawn Accessory at 2.5" (pg 66 from Create a Critter)





Finishing details:
Fill bird eye with gel pen
Glossy Accents for bird's eye
Ink around key images

Visit mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com to see more projects like this today.
Hope this inspired you!

L.E.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

My Cricut Craft Room - Clear Items

 


Happy Wednesday!

Today at My Cricut Craft Room we bring to you projects using clear items. My project this week is rather personal as it is a card for my husband. He has been traveling quite a bit lately and this is a card I plan to slip into his luggage next time he flies out...hopefully it will be a nice little surprise.

Now onto the project, the card is actually very simple to cut, the concept is supposed to be smoke sign messages seen from his airplane window (a bit cheesy, but sometimes you just have to give in)....I used CCR to make the window cut and the frame around the window (welding and not welding images).




Recipe:
Card size is 4.9" x 4.9" (envelope is 5" square, and just wanted to make sure it would fit well)
Window was cut in the center at 3.5" x 4" and frame around it  was cut at 4" x 4.5" (.25" on each side of give).
Base was embossed with CB polka dot embossing folder
Clear acetate was cut to fit card flush ( be careful, once it sticks it will wrinkle if you try to re-apply, depending on the brand you use)
For the inside I used the Potpurri Basket Cricut Cartridge and cut the bonus image at 4" wide in black cardstock and trim the edges coming off of the mat
For the mat inside I cut a rectangle at 3.75" x 4.5"
I sponged using Memento's: Dandelion, Tangelo and Paris Dusk in that same order. I blended most of the Dandelion with the Tangelo as such:


Then I used a small polka dot stamp and clear embossing powder on the upper part of the sky (the upper 2/3 of the mat)
Went around with a black gel pen and did some faux-stitching
I used the Cricut Mini Basic Shapes for the clouds and reduced the second cloud cutting by hand
Lastly, I stamped the "miss you" sentiment (Fiskars stamp) with the same Paris Dusk Ink and punched a red heart and added it to the other cloud. Using red stickles I filled the heart to add a bit more detail.




As you can see I used my white gel pen to write a quick-to-the-point little something :)

To see more projects like this today, visit mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com
Hope this inspired you!

L.E.

Friday, June 14, 2013

My Cricut Craft Room- Festive Flags

 

Happy Friday!

Today at the My Cricut Craft Room Blog we were tasked with creating a project showcasing festive flags. For the following project I created a Tag shaped card.


Recipe:

  • Standard A2 card (snip the corners to create the tag look and round the bottom corners)
  • Ivory mat cut at 4 x 5"1/4 (same procedure as card base)
  • Patterned paper mat cut at 3.75 x 5"
  • Ivory border strip cut at 4" x 1" and embossed with CB's Argyle Folder
  • Blue cardstock cut using Fiskars border punch (I believe its called Treading Water)
  • Blue embossing thread to hold the hand cut flags
  • Create a Critter Dalmatian cut at 2.5"




Accents:

  • Googly eyes
  • Silver Stickles on dog tag
  • Glossy Accents over nose (love how it creates a teddy bear nose effect)
  • Buttons throughout
  • Ribbon for the top of the tag



Hope this project inspired you. To see more projects like this today please visit: mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com

L.E.




Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tuesday Print and Cut 2 - Wedding Cake

Happy Tuesday fellow-crafters,

As promised today I bring you a new print and cut project. This project has been featured several times throughout my pinteret/tumblr and blog, and has sparked interest as to how to print and cut. It is especially useful for bridal showers, but can be used in so many other ways (if cut with other colors, can be used for regular birthdays, anniversaries, as a card, table seat card, etc...) This project uses the free cartridge resources that come with CCR so no cartridges needed :)!



If you need help on how to get started: http://lepaperstudio.blogspot.com/2013/06/cricut-print-projects-baby.html

What you will need:

  • CCR
  • Cricut
  • Printer
  • Cricut Basic Shapes (free when using CCR)
  • Cardstock
  • Embellishments
  1. Download and edit this file: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BytMKjxmwXy0Y0NneEUtTWVFU0U/edit?usp=sharing
  2. Print
  3. Download CCR file from here:http://www.cricut.com/project/ViewProject/3509/Bridal-Shower-Favor-Bags-and-Invitation
  4. Import into the CCR software (again, if you have trouble with this, refer to the getting started blog post)
PRINT DIRECTLY ONTO CARD BASE (no layers):
  1. Position the printed cardstock   and place the upper left corner (with text facing you) onto the upper left corner).
  2. Feed it through your Cricut machine (Mini, Expression, Expression 2, etc...)
  3. Cut LAYER 1 
PRINT ON LAYER:
  1. For printing onto a nested mat, position your cardstock same as above: place the upper left corner (with text facing you) onto the upper left corner).
  2. Feed it through your Cricut machine (Mini, Expression, Expression 2, etc...)
  3. Cut LAYER 2

There you have it! Hope this inspired you!

L.E.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Father's Day Card

Happy Monday!

With Father's Day coming up I thought to share the card I made for my father. I hand cut the vest by using the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2 tuxedo cut image as a guide.



I saw for the bag folded in to create the next and how the layer was cut into a V to create the suit...next I did some embossing and created some small buttons using Glossy Accents and a small punch. Lastly I folded a ribbon into a V also to create the handkerchief.

Hope you enjoy this project!



L.E.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

My Cricut Craft Room - 100 Cart Blog Hop




Happy Saturday and welcome to the June 100 Cricut Cartridge Blog Hop!

You should have started at mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com. The design team for the My Cricut Craft Room blog and guest designers have prepared projects using 100 different Cricut Cartridges collectively.

My three projects consist of a scrapbook layout a card and a gift/favor box and the five main cartridges I used were (in that order of appearance):
  • Teddy Bear Parade
  • Teresa Collins Christmas Ornaments
  • Fancy Frames
  • Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2
  • Folk Art Festival
In addition to supplement my projects I used:
  • Create a Critter
  • Cricut Basic Shapes

First Project:


Second project:







Recipe:
  • I used TBBM2 for the box (cut at 6.54"h for the Box1 section and 3.75"h for the second one). I used a K&Company flower pattern paper and ribbon for the edge. Also I ran it through my CB before putting together to give texture.
  • To complement the project I created a matching card using Create a Critter and TBBM2 for the card. I cut it at 8" once welded together.
  • The owl was cut at 2" and I threaded the same ribbon through the card.
  • The pattern paper on the card was also embossed using Swirly Vines from CB.
  • Enhancements: peals, inking and heat embossing.

Coincidentally the box holds the card perfectly!

Third Project:

This was a true challenge for me...I started as a scrapbooker but rapidly change to cards and media projects once I became in love with stamping and the various techniques. However, I have seen some true sources of inspiration (most through the MCCR design team) and had to come back and give it a try.



This was a two day, 4 hr each day project as I was not quite sure where to start...I used Folk Art Festival and Create a Critter for the grass. 

Recipe:

  • Houses at 3"h
  • Tree at 3.25"h
  • Mats are 5.125" x 4.5"; (plus a .25" trim); 4.5" x 6.5" (plus a .25" trim)
  • Horizontal mat is 6.5"h and 12"w
  • I trimmed the main background paper down to .25" of all sides.
  • Most of the cuts are inked with Memento's Potters Clay ink
  • The clouds were randomly chosen and crimped (CCR is great to judge sizes)
  • Sun is 2.5" 
  • Most pattern papers are from a Recollections pack (Mosaic Tiles) I believe and a few others from Studio G.
  • I popped the cuts onto 3d tape and added some 3-layered flowers with rhinestone in the middle to add to the details.
  • Lastly, the oblong on the second page was cut at 2.5" (plus .25 trim)

And here are the results of the hard work!









Next up is Cindy over at http://inlovewithpaper.blogspot.com


If you get lost along the way here is the entire line up:

17. Crafting Blog Events http://craftingblogevents.blogspot.com 

Hope this inspired you and your comments are always welcome and a great source of encouragement!

L.E.




Thursday, June 6, 2013

MCCR - Gardening Theme

 

Happy Thursday!

Today at the My Cricut Craft Room blog we are showcasing gardening themes.



I used Stretch your Imagination for the main cut, an edge punch for fence/like trim, and organza ribbon. In addition I used a teal mat under the pattern paper background. If you look carefully the pattern paper has some teal details that really come out with the background mat.

Lastly I used some different sized flower punches to make the flowers...enjoy!



Hope this inspired you! For more projects like this, visit mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com.




L.E.



Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Cricut Print Projects - Baby Invitation/Card - Getting Started

Happy Friday!

I recently had a dear friend over, and after showing her some of my print/cricut cut projects many questions emerged...let me illustrate.


This being said, I thought to help fellow crafters by doing a different Cricut Print project every Tuesday (or so) whereby I will allow you access to an editable Word document (available via GoogleDocs) and the CCR cut file (available via cricut.com Project Center, links below).

What you will need:

  • Cardstock (preferably white or ivory or lighter colors)
  • Printer
  • Cricut
  • Cricut Craft Room (CCR) (free download by visiting cricut.com, this will also give you access to the project center!)
  • Cartridges used (in this case I used Baby Steps)
Instructions:
  1. Download : https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BytMKjxmwXy0aUptQ04zd1JOWms/edit?usp=sharing
  2. Open the file. WARNING: Although I am protected by a full fledge anti-virus, anti-spam, anti-spyware and anti-adaware, download at your own discretion...similar to most User-End Agreements.
  3. Edit the file in Word to suit your needs (DO NOT move the box as it is perfectly aligned to cut using the CCR file).
  4. Insert cardstock (full 8 1/2 x 11 works best) into your printer (if you have a hard time printing on cardstock try normal paper first, if the problem persists, try a search on google for "[your printer name] printing cardstock")
  5. Once your cardstock is in your printer and the document has been edited to your info hit print.
  6. You should now have an 8 1/2 x 11 with a print on a side of it. Put this aside.
  7. Login to cricut.com
  8. Go to http://www.cricut.com/project/ViewProject/3261/Baby-Shower-party-favors-and-invitation
  9. Under Project Files, download "baby bottle.ccr"
  10. "Save As" somewhere you will remember (such as My Documents, Cricut LE Paper Studio Cuts)
  11. Once downloaded open and log into your CCR account.
  12. Once in your CCR go to File, Open, and at the bottom of the dialog box you will find an Import button. Click on it.
  13. Navigate to where it you saved the .ccr file (step 7). 
  14. You should now be able to open it.
  15. In the file you will find 3 layers.
  16. Layer one is the actual card (two baby bottles welded)
  17. Layer two is the baby bottle's middle section
  18. Layer three is provided in case you want to print on a different cardstock color and not onto the actual card base. Similar to the picture below:





PRINTING ONTO CARD BASE

  1. Position the printed cardstock (step 6 above)  and place the upper left corner (with text facing you) onto the upper left corner).
  2. Feed it through your Cricut machine (Mini, Expression, Expression 2, etc...)
  3. Cut LAYER 1 

  4. It should cut exactly around it, as such: 



Decorate, emboss and embellish to your hearts content!

PRINTING ONTO A NESTED MAT:


  1. For printing onto a nested mat, position your cardstock same as above: place the upper left corner (with text facing you) onto the upper left corner).
  2. Feed it through your Cricut machine (Mini, Expression, Expression 2, etc...)
  3. Cut LAYER 3


 It should cut as such:





 Decorate the front of your card base to your heart's content:


The possibilities are truly endless...from invitations, to table toppers, cards, etc...Hope this helps and inspires you, join me next week as I share a different print/cut file and join me throughout the week as I share some of my other creations. Your comments and questions are a true source of inspiration and encourage me to continue to share projects. Don't forget to follow me through Google/Blogger or RSS feeds (top right on this page).



L.E.



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