Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Keep calm and cuddle on bath crystals box


Happy Tuesday!

Today at My Cricut Craft Room we are using Action Wobbles! I love these to add some dynamic to projects. To see how I made my action wobbles see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgrJg8aeolc

Onto the project!

I thought to make this super cute Panda Bear in a bath robe as I will be inserting bath crystals. With life's crazy fast rhythm this would make a perfect gift for almost any occasion. I got my crystals from T.J. Maxx but you can look for some in bigger quantities online and package them yourself. Maybe even give as a party favor for a birthday, bachelorette reunion, wedding day to the wedding party or makeup parties.

Onto the cut:
Used Create a Critter for panda head (cut at 2.75")
Teddy Bear Parade bathrobe cut at 3"
Box was cut at 8.75" using Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2, Recipe Box cut (used cut 1 and 2 and sized cut 2 at 8.75", resized cut 1 to fit cut 2 in CCR)

Action wobble for bear
Embossed the box using Cuttlebug's Argyle
Added a button
Embossed bathrobe using SU Sizzix folder (lattice I believe)
Added ribbon to box

Here are more pictures of the project:

To see other projects using action wobbles today visit mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com Hope this inspired you!


Monday, July 29, 2013

Baby wall art - Zebra and pink themed

Happy Monday,

I am starting this week by showing a cute baby wall art project. My dear friend just became a grandma and when they ordered the bedding set it did not include wall art...so paper art to the rescue! The theme of the baby's room is zebra and pink and other zoo animals.

Scroll down to see larger pictures

I used Create a Critter and Baby Steps for these cuts.

  • The background paper was cut at 8 x 10 as it is a standard frame size.
  • Tiger is really the Lion cut at 3.5" (did not use Layers 2 or 3) and inked with Memento's Terracotta Ink
  • Zebra cut at 3.8" and embossed using a SU Sizzix embossing folder (I think its called Lattice?)
  • Flowers cut at 3" and 2" and embossed with The Paper Studio hearts embossing folder
  • Name was cut at 1.5 font (Baby Steps) and zebra was cut at 2.5" and the mat was embossed with Cuttlebug's original flower folder (the one that comes with the machine)
  • The baby rattle was cut at 1"

All paper used came from Joanns open cardstock.

  • Martha Stewarts Doily Edge Punch
  • Pearls for the zebras flowers
  • White dash lines inside the name cut
  • Martha Stewart ribbon for the "Lion"
  • Most cuts and ribbon edges were inked with Memento's Terracotta Ink

Hope this inspired you!


Friday, July 26, 2013

Festive Back to School Layout - My Cricut Craft Room



I am super excited about this layout. Its just the husband and I for now, however, I think I am saving this layout for use in later years.

This layout used Create a Critter, Stretch your Imagination and Cricut Basic Shapes and Fonts, Stretch Font.

  • Main mats: 12" x 12", 11.75" x 11.75", 11.5" x 11.5" ( red CS, mustard CS and pattern paper - Recollections - respectively)
  • Photo mat: 8" x 6", 7.75" x 5.75" (butter yellow CS, black pattern paper- DCWV Back to School)
  • Internal photo mat: 7" x 5", 6.75" x 4.75" (red CS and pattern paper - Mosaic Paper Pad, Recollection)
  • Green strip at bottom cut using Martha Stewart Doily Punch


  • Tree from Stretch your Imagination (shift) - 5"h
  • Apple from Create a Critter (shift) - 2"h
  • School bus from Stretch your Imagination - 2.5"h
  • Sun is just a crimped rosette (edge was cut with the same Martha Stewart punch from above)
  • "Too cool for school" was made using the shadow feature and welding it with an internal rectangle. Font used was Stretch Font from Cricut's Basic Font and Shapes and cut at size (not altered from CCR)


  • Cuts where popped up and inked around the edges using Chalk Ink: Cocoa Powder
  • Embellishments come are from one of the papers of the DCWV Back to School stack, hand cut
  • Ruler strip comes from a Recollections Paper Pad (Vintage or Groovy Times, I believe is the name)
  • Colored white dash lines around main outer mat

This layout will be entered for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge and the Scrappy Moms Challenge.

To see other projects like these today, visit: mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com, everyday the design team has several special projects to share with you!
Hope this inspired you,


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tuesday Print and Cut - Slumber Party Invitation

Happy Tuesday,
Today, I bring you a great invitation template for a Slumber Party! It is in the shape of a slipper, and the actual slipper holds the printed invitation...fun!


Cricut Cut file: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BytMKjxmwXy0NEUyWWU3Uk9DWDA/edit?usp=sharing
Word file for edit and printing: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BytMKjxmwXy0dmdscE42Vl82Y2M/edit?usp=sharing

What you will need:
  • If you have a Cricut Mini, you can make this for FREE! I used all basic shapes, so most CCR accounts will be able to use these cut files and cut them without problems.
  • Cricut Basic Font and Shapes
  • Printer
  • Cricut machine and computer cable
  • CCR
  • Cardstock
  • Pattern paper
  • Embellishment, or other Cricut cartridges (i.e. I used the Teddy Bear Parade cartridge)

  • I decorated the slipper with the Night Gown Teddy Bear from the Teddy Bear Parade Cartridge, but you could easily use the lamb from Create a Critter, the free Mini Cricut - Craft Room Exclusive - Baby cut with the moon and the cow or even the moon from the Baby Steps cartridge. Again, very much up to you and which cartridges you own.
  • The slipper will fit an A2 size envelope
  • When attaching the top of the slipper (the pocket), only use a VERY THIN strip of glue around the top edges and do not adhere the scallop circle down either as this is where the invitation will fit into.
  • I added a free lamb clip art from the MS Word collection, in the edit file but you could replace with anything you'd like, including stickers :)
  • Fonts used in the picture: "Gigi" for the child's name portion (included with MS Office), and "A Song for Jennifer" for the rest. Free @ http://www.1001freefonts.com/ASongForJennifer.php
  • Have fun with it!
I'll be happy to answer any questions or comments. Hope this inspired you,


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Announcement: I am getting published!

I am so excited and had to share with you all. One of my cards is getting published for the Cricut Magazine - December 2013 issue. It is some months away and I can't wait!

This month's issue. I will be published in the December 2013 issue.

Also, remember that every other Tuesday I do a Tuesday Print and Cut with the Cricut, where I give you free Cricut Craft Room cut files and Word editable files for you to download, edit the Word document to reflect your Words, liking, etc. (really useful for customizing invitations) print using a standard 8 1/2" by 11" cardstock page and feed through your Cricut to cut. The files are created to work together and the Cricut file will cut around the printed text.

If you have more questions about how this works visit the original tutorial at: http://lepaperstudio.blogspot.com/2013/06/cricut-print-projects-baby.html

The next tutorial will be released on Tuesday July 23 and I will tell you a hint about it: if you have children or teenagers it works perfect for their pijama parties :).

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Thanks for reading,


Monday, July 15, 2013

Cow Chef


Happy Monday!

Today is "What can my mind design Monday - Using a Cow" over at My Cricut Craft Room and I bring you a SUPER cute Chef Cow card. For this project, I used a hybrid of the Create a Critter Cow on the Teddy Bear Parade body.

  • Cricut cartridges: Create a Critter, Folk Art Festival, Teddy Bear Parade, Cricut Font and Basic Shape
  • Card base: 4" x 8" (layers nestled at .25" each from base)
  • Blue layer was embossed using The Paper Studio Starry folder
  • Yellow pattern paper: 3.5" x 5.5"
  • Teddy Bear Base cut at 3" in white cardstock
  • Cow was cut at about 2.5" (hand cut the head portion away from the body)
  • Milk was cut at 1"
  • Purple layer was taken from Folk Art Festival and cut at 4.75" x 3.5"
  • Scallop was cut at 3.75"
  • Oval cut at 3.5"
  • Paper used: recollections (both yellow and red pattern paper on sentiment)
  • Sentiment from Scrappy Mom's Furry Friends
  • Sentiment doily: 1.5" scallop circle, 1.25" circle

  • Chef white, red, and gray layers edges inked with Memento's London Fog
  • White layers embossed with Sizzix SU! embossing folder (it helps give it a real fabric texture)
  • Googly eyes for the cow
  • Green polka dot ribbon from American Crafts
  • Yellow lace strip: Martha Stewart's Doily Border Punch using a butter colored cardstock

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


Saturday, July 13, 2013

Wedding Card

Happy Saturday!

Today's card was inspired by a card I did in the past.

Old card:
New card:


  • The card is 6" x 4.25" and it is a monochromatic style card. So cut your cardstock to 8.5"wide and 6" tall and score at 4.25"
  • Vellum was cut at 2.75" wide and 6" tall
  • Dress was made using Stretch Your Imagination and the heart image welded together. (Hide the groom suit to not waste paper) and cut at 4" tall
  • Emboss vellum using CB's Fabric Texture folder. I positioned the vellum to start where the texture was so the embossed area is about 5". Use the bottom not embossed part for your sentiment. I used a SU! sentiment
  • Sentiment was heat embossed in white powder.
  • Take the cutout of the dress and heat emboss it with a damask background stamp or any other detail large stamp.
  • Use clear embossing powder to give the dress a real fabric look and pop up in dimensionals on vellum
  • Add white lace on right side of the vellum paper.
  • Use a border punch or die (I used SU border die) to give the card the contoured edge
  • I also embossed the border of the inside of the card as some of it would now be visible
  • Inside stamped using SU! sentiment stamp in Memento's London Fog ink.
  • Accents: Pearls on sentiment and dress. Flap of envelope embossed in same folder as vellum
Heat embossed dress


White embossed sentiment

Card and embossed envelope flap

Thoughts or questions always welcomed in the comment area. Hope this inspired you!


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Teddy Bear Picnic Card


Happy Wednesday!

Today at My Cricut Craft Room its "Would you ever guess Wednesday-Teddy Bear Picnic Theme". You can imagine my excitement as this is likely my favorite cartridge right now.

This card will also be entered for the FCCB challenge

  • A2 size card (Dark Brown), front embossed using (my new favorite embossing folder)"So Trendy" reversible embossing folder from Spellbinders. Side B
  • 4.25" x 4" pattern paper layer
  • Peach edge layer, punched using a lacy border punch.
  • Bee Teddy Bear cut at original size 2.5"
  • Wings cut out of Vinyl and embossed using "So Trendy" reversible embossing folders. Used the A side.
  • Flowers cut at original 2.5" size using Create a Critter (shift on the Zebra image)
  • Also, used a SU! Boho flowers punch and several Fiskars and Recollection punches for the flowers
  • Inked around all images using Mudslide from Colorbox
  • Both inside and outside sentiments comes from Scrappy Moms-Bear Necessities stamps. Inside sentiment double stamped to create a shadow effect, using mudslide brown from color box and Memento Tuxedo black ink. Outside sentiment stamped only once. Bottom flower was stamped twice several times in Memento's Rose Bud ink to create the watercolor effect.
  • Pearls
  • Googly eyes instead of the pre-cut eyes

See the gorgeous bee hive-like embossed texture to the left? Must-have folder!

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


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tuesday print and cut - Baby diaper invitation/card

Hello everyone,

Last week I created the card below for the My Cricut Craft Room blog. After making it I thought this card would make a great invitation for a baby shower, or baby themed celebration!

Original project was made in blue, removed for publication

Visit: http://lepaperstudio.blogspot.com/2013/06/cricut-print-projects-baby.html for the original tutorial on how to print and cut using a regular printer and a Cricut machine.

So, onto the project:

Cartridges needed: Baby Steps

  • Layer 1 is the big diaper
  • Layer 2 is the pattern paper layer (use pink paper for girl :)
  • Layer 3 is the duckies and the printable diaper layer (note, that I added a sticker and stamped instead of printing, when you print it will be centered onto where the stamp portion will be, leaving some inches of space at the bottom of the diaper)

  • Not to move any cuts around as it will likely mess with the printed configuration.
  • Not to move the text box in Word, as it will too mess with the configuration of the cut. (If you shift it it will not be centered onto the cut and vice versa)
  • To print onto computer paper first and cut the draft to make sure it is well positioned and to waste the least amount of good cardstock.
  • Have fun with it, download some cute free fonts and make it your own, but please remember to give credit where credit is due.

Hope you like this project, to see other cut and print projects and to download their files for free go to the "Tuesday Print and Cut" link under Categories on the top right of this page. Also, please remember to subscribe via email to get new projects straight to your email or using your prefered blog reader account on the top left of this page.



Saturday, July 6, 2013

100 Cart Blog Hop - July

Happy Saturday!

Today the designt team over at My Cricut Craft Room Blog are hosting the 100 Cart Blog Hop...collectively we use over 100 cricut cartridges. There are over 500 individual cartridges for your Cricut machines, and with all the variety and virtually limitless options, we want to to show some of the great projects you can make.

If you didn't start at mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com, you should head over there and make your way through some of these amazing blogs and projects. If you get lost along the way, a complete line up will be at the end of this post.

Three projects again this month: A bag, a card, and a  a scrapbook layout.

First Project
This project was created with a very special person in mind. She is one of my very best friends, and with her birthday coming up I kept thinking of ideas for wrapping her present.

I used TBBM2 and Teddy Bear Parade

  • First half of box cut at 11.31" (the one with the flap) (TBBM2)
  • Second half of box cut at 8.556" (TBBM2)
  • Emboss 1/3 bottom part of bag and top flap
  • Add pattern paper on the upper 2/3 of bag
  • Border punch lacy accent and attach
  • Follow instructions provided with cartridge for assembly (very useful!)
  • Add the remaining embellishmentws:
  • Teddy bear was cut 3" (Teddy Bear Parade)
  • Scallop and circle layer at 3" with a .25" margin (Font and Basic Shapes)

Second project
This simple-easy-30 minute project was inspired by the fun summery peachy-coral color that is so popular right now. It has a bright yet posh look for the card and was made using Cricut Mini free cuts!

  • Cricut mini elegant cartridge cut at 5.5" x 8.5"
  • I deleted the "THANK YOU" cut message to leave room for stamping
  • Cut flower @ 2.5" using the Cricut mini ThankYou card (the original cut file to use for setting up the cricut mini for the first time.
  • Using punches cut flowers to complement the inside of the flower
  • Heat embossed the "Heartfelt" message onto the card and added some stamped flowers using the same Recollections Gold Embossing Matte Powder
  • Added pearls to the message
  • Ivory embossed cardstock (embossed using the damask fabric (I believe its the name of the folder) from Cuttlebug
  • attached to the back of the card
  • For inside use one of the "negative" cuts (the part that's left over from this cut) and stamped a similar flower

Third project
This last and final project is a scrapbook layout, once again I am going back to my roots!

All mats cut with a .25" margin (so subtract .25" off of the size given here for each subsequent mat)
All borders inked with either: Memento's Potter's Clay, Memento's Bahama Blue or Memento's Grape Jelly.
Bottom mat cut at 6.5"
Vertical top mat cut at 6.75"
Big candy cut at 6.5" from TBBM2
Letters cut  (Type Candy)
Cupcake cut at 2" (Create a Critter)
Smaller ice cream cone cut at 2.5" (Stretch your imagination)
Long ice cream cone cut at 5" (Stretch your imagination)
Watermelon cut at 2.5" (Stretch your imagination)
Smaller candy cut at 3" (TBBM2)
Candy house cut at 5" (Create a Critter)
Fence and grass, cut using a punch and shape scissors (oldie but a goodie!)

Next, visit craftingblogevents.blogspot.com 

Blog Hop Line Up:
1. Start http://MyCricutCraftRoom.blogspot.com
2. Sandy- http://scrapbookblessings.blogspot.com
3. Shelly: http://cardsbyshelly.blogspot.com
4. Marilyn: http://marilyncricutcards.blogspot.com
5. Vivi J- Http://vivijdesigns.blogspot.com
6. Felicia: http://sweetcreativemess.blogspot.com
7. Erica http://ericasprojects.blogspot.com
8. Cindy http://inlovewithpaper.blogspot.com
9. Luisa http://lepaperstudio.blogspot.com
10. Crafting Blog Events http://craftingblogevents.blogspot.com

Hope this inspired you! Your comments are always welcomed and appreciated!


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