Monday, November 26, 2012

All About Me Blog Hop

  Hello fellow Crafters,
Today marks a very special day... I, We are inviting you to part take in this amazing blog hop set up and hosted by Shelley.


This is the blog candy that you can win along the way!!!! This whole bundle is worth over $50.00. Thank you Shelley! Just comment and follow all the blogs along the way to win.
You should have come over from the talented Cathy's blog 

As the title of this post says- the theme of this Hop is "All about Me". Quick confession... when I heard about the hop I did not know about the theme and I said sure I will participate. This is the first Hop I am participating aside from my DT. So I send a message to Shelley asking about the theme and I found out that it was all about me. I never made any project about me, so I got stumbled a bit. Well I am mostly a card maker due to time issues between work, a husband and two little boys.... No need to say more. I have done Layouts but I am a very slow scrapper. Here is the final project:

I am very happy with the outcome. It has been three years since the last time I made a layout...
I wanted to showcase the things that I love to create with but also show the growth within my crafting.  I have come along way from my first cards that I made and the first layouts...
Let me show you some pictures of some of the techniques that I used.

For the focal point of my project I used an oval, traced it on black paper, added lines all the way around from a center point and then curled the peeks with the back of a paint brush. After curling I added some Perfect Pearls.

I used Spellbinder Venetian Motifs to create the "eyelashes"  I inked the edges of the cut outs with Broken China added some blue bling to each of them.

To create the flowers I used the Spellbinder Rose Creations. Some of the flowers are open and some I made with a center bud. The blue flowers got an inking with Broken China Marker as well. The black got some Stickels added. The silver vines are made with a Whimsy Shapeology Die and the pine branch is done with a punch.

   This technique I seen first at the Winter CHA. It is embossing powder sprinkled on top of the paper and then I added some "findings" The magic begins when you use the heat gun from underneath. It is fun to watch the powder melt and the findings "glued" within.

Here are some close ups from some of the other elements of the layout. Last but not least here is a close up of my title tile.

The brads were hit with some Stream Alcohol Ink and the tile is from Tim Holtz. One more look at the final result:

Thank you all for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed yourselfs. Now it is time to go onto the next stop on the hop and it is the talented Teresa Hilton at 
In case anyone got lost or a link did not work here is the complete line up:  
 1. Shelley P -

2. Judy-

3. Sandy -

4. Shelley T-

5. Melissa -

6. Janet-

7. Roberta -

8. Claire -

9. Sarah-

10. Cathy-

11. Nadja - you are here

12. Tess - next stop

13. Robin -

14. Amy -

15. Miranda-

16. Kim-

 Just a quick thank you to our Hostess, Shelley P, for challenging us to look at us. Without this hop I would have never made a project that has just a picture of me!

Until soon,

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Monday, November 26th - CCR Exclusive Cartridges/Letter V

Hello fellow Crafters,

It is Monday and I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and an even better long weekend. For today's post My Cricut Craft Room challenged us to use the Letter of the Day- "V"  Here is my project:

I used a few "V" items:

  • Victorian Romance Cartridge
  • Vines
  • Violet papers   
  • Valentine's Day

Here is the beginning of the design. I started by cutting the violet card stock at 6 inches by 12 inches. Scored the center and folded it into a 6x6 card base. I cut the black paper at 5 3/4x 5 3/4.  I use double sided tape for most of my cards when I adhere my flat layers.

Next I created the background for the center piece. I used the heart embossing folder from Cuttlebug. The white card stock was cut 5x5 and it took two runs through the Big Shot machine. The picture shows a hole that I punched for the double heart brad that I added later.

The two layers for the center piece that is from the Victorian Romance cartridge were sized on my Gypsy. The cuts were glued together and then I added Liquid Pearls around the heart.

Next step was the Vines. This cut is from the Cindy Loo cartridge. I sized them on my Gypsy too and one was flipped. After cutting I added some bling to them. Now it was time to put everything together.

For the sentiment I used a Whimsy stamp with matching die. The white layer was pop doted as well as the Stamp die cut. To finish it all I added a ribbon behind the Stamp die cut. One last pic of the final card:

Now that you have checked out my post, head on over to My Cricut Craft Room to take a look at some more amazing posts of my so very talented Design Team Sisters. 

Until soon,

Monday, November 19, 2012

Tuesday, November 20th - Card Creating Tuesday- Thanksgiving Cards or place cards


Hello fellow Crafters,

It is time for another post for My Cricut Craft Room! I hope everyone's week is going well so far especially since some of you have a short work week. Today's task was to create a Thanksgiving Card or a Place Card. I choose to make a Place Card. Here is what I came up with:

For this Place Card I used three Cartridges... Elegant Edges, Animal Kingdom and Martha Stewarts Seasonal Cake Art.

I first sized my pieces on my Gypsy. I used the on page 28 from Elegant Edges. I used the circles to later cut them for the tail of the Turkey. I sized three different circles. The body of the Turkey is made from the Animal Kingdom page 92. I used the main image with the shift key on. I did hide some of the face cuts. I placed two images on the mat because I wanted one of the cuts to show the wings in a different color.

Here is a picture of the different cuts.

This picture shows what I did with the two images... I cut the dark brown cut along the cut lines made by the Cricut machine to cut off the wings. That allowed the other cut to show.

Then I layered the circles and cut the bottom off to create the Turkey tail.

In order to give it some dimensionplaced pop dots in between each color of the tail.

To create the background for the place card I used Elegant Edges again. I used on page 51. I used the Oblong shift feature to give me the solid cut. I resized the shape to 2.5 inches by 5 inches. I also sized two different cuts to have the double edges. The two layers were also separated with pop dots. On the picture you do see that the Turkey did get some google eye.

Instead of making a double cut and then folded in the middle to create a tent card, I just added a little scrap paper folded in have to the back of the card to make it stand.

This is a close up that shows all the different layers.

The final touches for this project were Liquid Pearls White Opal, Yellow Stickles, the "Jon" cut was done with the Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake Art Cartridge and I used a white gel pen to add some stich lines and dots. Nothing to fancy but just festive enough. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and as always I appreciate everyone taking a look at my work. My Design Team Sisters were all creative too, so take a look at their creations at My Cricut Craft Room.

Until soon,

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Theme Day Thursday November 15th- 3D Pretty Princess Purses


Hello fellow Crafters,

It is time for another post for My Cricut Craft Room! Today is Theme Day Thursday and our challenge was to create a 3D Princess Purse. I have to confess that a lot of times I sign up for my challenges, to challenge myself because at the time that I sign up I have no plan on what to do. I kind of like to look beyond what I feel comfortable with and come up with new ideas. This was one of those I "dusted" off my Tags, Bags, Boxes and More Cartridge and started my project. Here is what I came up with:

It is very simple and I started to add more stuff but then it began to look very overwhelming since it is not a very big purse. But perfect for little favors! Now let me show you how I created this purse.

I started the purse on my Expression with the "fit to page" feature button on. Once that was done I had to take a close look at what I would have to do next since I had never cut this purse from this Cartridge before. After a close examination I needed to score some folding lines.

For this step I used my cricut cutter and the black scoring blade. I lined the little notches, that the cricut cuts as guide lines, up and used the scoring blade to run from one point to the next. I only run the blade over the paper lightly because I had had it happen that I actually cut the paper. 

Before I folded the scored pieces and clued the purse together I did add some bling on the front overlap of the purse. To make sure that I would space them just right I started with all the edges and points of the design and then worked my self into half's of the space in between until the edge was covered.

I folded the purse up once before I added the clue so I had somewhat of an idea how the purse would fit together since I had never done this cut before. I figured that it could not hurt to know the layout before hand. (Every now and then I do work smarter and not harder, hehehe) The top picture shows one of my prize possessions- a fine tip glue tip. It is great for small areas to glue but also for fine details to add on flowers and such with glitter!

The purse cut on the cartridge does not come with a handle, so I had to come up with something different and special. What I came up with is a ribbon braid. I cut three pieces of ribbon, taped them to the top of my work table and started braiding! When I reached the length that I needed, I did not tie the ends. I needed them loose in order to add them into the slots on top of the purse.

 After I inserted the three ribbons on one side I tied the knot to secure the handle and repeated the steps for the other side. I had to manipulate the handle a bit to make sure the braid would fall the right way to ensure a good look.

Here is a view from the top.

Now it was time for the embellishments. I loved the paper and the flower details, so I wanted the paper to show and not cover it up with too much detail. I added some bling on the side of the purse.

And on the front a pretty flower with beads dangling down. This flower is so pretty and I have been waiting for the right place to put it. This piece has been in my treasure box for over a year now and when I put it on the purse I knew I had found the right spot! As always one more look at the final project-

Now that you have seen my project for today head on over to My Cricut Craft Room and take a look at all the other creations that my talented Design Team Sisters have created for you.
  But before I sign off today I want to take the time and tell all of you a big thank you! I have only been part of this blog world a short time and I have had so many nice comments from all of you. You have made this journey of my creative path so truly amazing and enjoyable! Thank you for all your support.

Until soon,