Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Beer Mug Birthday Card Using Cricut

I wanted to create a beer mug card for my brother’s birthday.  I saw quite a few on the internet, but most of them were made using punches. that I didn't have.   Design Space made it easy since I have 3 months free subscription to see what I could come up with.  Most of the cuts were from my own cartridges, but if I ever have to make another one I will only have to purchase one image.

The beer mug is a modified Coffee mug image (#M3BDCD) that I found on the “Love you a Latte” cartridge.  First I ungrouped the image and got rid of all the layers but the basic mug. I stretched the mug image to about 4.5 inches tall and adjusted the width to about 4.1 inches.  I think it looked more like a beer mug at this size.  I welded an oval to the top of the cup so I would have something to attach the bubbles to.  I copied this image  to make the card.  I made it just a tad larger, like a shadow image and removed the opening in the handle using the Hide Contour feature.  I copied this image to give me two images to make the card.  These two images I butted up side by side and welded them together.  In DS you have to hide features before you weld, once you have welded an image you can’t hide any features.  

The bubbles (#M2F96B) are from the Disney “Dreams Do Come True” cartridge.  I own this cartridge so I was able to use these images.  You can use different size circles and make your own bubbles if you don't own this cartridge.  I cut out about 9 sets of bubbles in various sizes ranging from 1.5 - 2 inches.  The shadow layer was cut white and I used an amber colored ink pad to give it the look of beer.  The top layer was also white and I added Stickles to the bubbles for shine.  

The grooves were cut from CTMH Artiste cartridge, I used a label image at approx.  3.3 inches high and removed holes with the Hide Contour feature.  I played with the size to get them to fit right.  

I printed the Happy Birthday using the Cricut Alphabet font, I selected the writing tool and used the fine point black Cricut Pen.  I would love to see a thicker black pen for certain applications, like outlining or printing simple messages.  I noticed my black pen made a little spot on another area of my image, not sure how that happened, because it doesn’t happen with the other pens.  I need to call Customer service about this. You can stamp happy birthday, which I was going to do, but none of my stamps fit the label. 

I had to cut out a few circles with my circle punch, so I wouldn’t have a black background between some bubbles.  Glued everything together with my Tombo Mono Aqua adhesive, this seems to be my go to glue.  I always seem to go back to this glue after trying something else, you have a little time to move things around before it becomes a problem.  I was so glad I could create this beer mug with my Cricut, because I was going to have to do it by hand otherwise.

The finished card is about 6.25 x 4.5 inches, you should be able to find an envelope to fit it.  I had some envelopes left over from Christmas cards I purchased a few years back.  So glad I didn't throw them away.


Till next time.

Happy Craftin!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Close to My Heart - Ariana Mother’s Day Card

This card was inspired by Gina K’s Vertical Blind Card.  If you are interested here is a link to her instructions and video.

I used the floral paper included in the Ariana paper pack to make my strips, istead of stamping my own.

Gina K. used a Spellbinder’s Fancy Tag die that I don't own, so I created one myself in Design Space and cut it out with my Cricut Explore.  Since I have a subscription I was able to use images I don’t own.

I used the Iron Flourish Block (#M3F7DE) from the Ornamental Iron 2 cartridge.  I used two of these images, which I welded to a circle, as shown below.  The iron flourish was approximately 2” and the basic circle shape was 2”.  This makes the welded image about 4” wide.  I cut this image and the card base out using the Crystal Blue Card stock.  You can also purchase the Whimsy Pack, which has 2 sheets of each color, and Crystal Blue is in this pack.

The flourish image must be ungrouped before you can weld it to the circle.  Place both images on circle, so you can center and make them match.  Now you can weld them, they must be welded one at a time.  You can’t select 3 images to weld, only 2 at a time. 

In CCR you don’t need to go through the ungrouping step, because you will only have the top layer.  The welding process is the same.

The scallop circle was cut from the Elegant Edges cartridge at 2.8”.  This is the Circle Flower Scallop Label (M42D67).  Only cut the top layer of this image.  This was cut using Ariana Green card stock (only available in Ariana Paper Pack).  The green circle is just a basic circle, you can use any circle image available to you.  It was also cut in the Ariana green with with my Cricut at 1.85”.

I did have the Spellbinder’s Small circle dies, so I used the 3rd one from the smallest.  If you don’t have the dies, you can just do a plain white circle, the shading won’t be the same without the die though. I used Crystal Blue ink from CTMH.

The sentiment was stamped using Close to My Heart Holiday Tags Occasions.

I didn’t have any ribbon that worked with these colors, so I used a piece of coordinating card stock from the Ariana pack.  The strip is 1/2” wide.  Add a few clear sparkles and your done.

So if you see a card you like and you don't have what you need to make it.  Take a little time to design a similar image and make it your own. Combining images in Cricut Craft Room or Design Space is a great way to duplicate dies you see for tags and labels..  Since you can get a subscription with CCR now, your ideas can be limitless.  

If you would like to purchase this paper visit my website

Happy Craftin’

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Don't Forget Mother's Day

Mother's Day is nearing us.  It's May 11th, but it's not to late to give a great gift.

Picture My Life his a great way to preserve all those special moments and memories.  Picture My Life kits have everything already created for you.  It's as easy as placing photos in an album.  All you have to add are those favorite pictures and journaling.   So, now you can put those scrapbooks together easily.  This gift could give Mom the boost she needs to start preserving those family memories.  It could even become a family night project,  just think of how she will cherish the memories and time spent with the family.

So give the gift that will keep on giving.  Mom will thank you for it.  You can purchase your kit here!

Each kit includes:

44 – 4" × 6" Cards (2 each of 22 designs)
78 – 3" × 4" Cards (3 each of 26 designs)
1 – 12" × 12" Designed Cover Sheet
10 – 12" × 12" Memory Protectors™ (various designs)

These products are acid-free, lignin-free, and buffered.

You can also purchase additional matching paper and embellishments.  Memory Protectors are also available separately.

So get it in time for Mother's Day, and if you spend $50 you get a great Stamp of the Month for $5.  April's stamp is the perfect addition for your scrapbook album.

Happy Craftin'

Cricut Explore - Using the blank canvas to establish cutting mat position in Design Space

Hi Everyone!

Cricut put out a video on attaching text and images together, which included a hidden gem.  It's a great tip on how to keep the integrity of image placement on your cutting mat.  For those of you who like to cut one mat versus several this is a great tip. This process gives us back our control of the cutting mat. If you would like to see the video click on this link.

If you are limited on data here are views of the screens and written instructions.  It is so simple, I wish I had seen this sooner.

As you can see all my images are placed on the mat where I would like them to be when I am ready to cut them out.  Just use "select all" and then "attach" images.  

 Now your images are ready to be cut on one mat, just like they were in CCR.  hen you press GO your images won't default to the page saving mode.

As you can see my cutting mat looks just like my image layout on my canvas.  Now you can cut all your images just once. Place your paper like you want and that's all there is to it.

This is a great hidden tip.  I am so glad we have the option to do this.  It is so much simpler and when you save the file for later use, you don't have to repeat the steps.

Stay tuned, I will provide more tips in text form with pictures for those of you who can't watch all the videos that are put out.  It seems in today's world videos are the way to go, but unfortunately I am limited on my data usage.

Till next time.

Happy Craftin'

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Anniversary Card with Cricut Philosophy Cartridge

Here is a quick and easy Anniversary Card using Close to My Heart (CTMH) Cricut Philosophy Cartridge.   I made this card in CCR with my Expression 2 machine.  It doesn't matter what machine you have as long as you have access to the cartridges, then you have everything you need to make this card.

The finished card measures 6.5x5 inches.  

The paper is from the CTMH For Always paper pack, unfortunately it is no longer available.  The middle strip is 1 x 6 ½ inches, the color I used was Lagoon. This paper can be purchased in a bulk pack or the Adventure combo-pack. As you can see it definitely works well with black.  I embossed the strip with a border embossing folder,  then rolled the top with CTMH Exclusive inks  in Lagoon.  It added a little dimension to the embossed pattern and made it pop.   

The scalloped edges were made using two 1 x 6 ½ inch strips and punched with a double scallop punch.  I used a Fiskars edge punch, but you can use your favorite.  You can even cut the edge with the Cricut if you like.  This was attached to the bottom of the patterned layer, which measures 3 x 6 ½ inches. 

The bottom layer is also from CTMH paper pack For Always. The butterflies were cut from a scrap piece of glitter paper, I don't remember where I got it from, but it matched beautifully.

Both the label and the butterflies are from Cricut CTMH Art Philosophy  cartridge. The label consists of three layers, as shown below in CCR.   

This cartridge is great for cards, gift tags and decorating gift bags, plus so much more.  All of the CTMH cartridges have great versatility.  They seem to always be my go to cartridges when making cards for every day or the holidays.  

I used CTMH “Happy Couple” stamp for the sentiment, also stamped in Lagoon.  This is a great stamp set for anniversary or wedding cards.   I added a few gems and pearls for a little bling.   These can be purchased anywhere.

If you aren't interested in making scrapbook pages, all of the CTMH paper comes in packets.  The packets include 6 sheets of double sided patterned paper and 6 sheets of coordinated solid colors. You can also purchase coordinated colored markers and ink pads, as well as embellishments.  This makes it so easy to create beautiful cards that are color coordinated. 

Place an order at for $50 or more and receive the Stamp of the Month (STOM) for only $5. 

This is a great stamp for cards and scrapbook layouts.

Don't forget the great offer in May, join Close to My Heart as an Independent Consultant and get over $400 of product for only $99.  You get all this, PLUS choose a Cricut Cartridge collection for FREE!

Offer good till May 30, 2014.  For more information go to

Happy Craftin

Monday, April 7, 2014

Quick Elegant Wedding Card using Cricut Explore

This card is a great example of the write and cut feature with the Cricut Explore.

It only took me about 30 minutes to put together.  It turned out really well, my new Cricut Explore cuts amazingly.  I also love the writing feature, I know the Expression 2 does this as well, but I have never tried it.

The card itself is 4.75 inches square,  that I purchased at Hobby Lobby.  It is a pack of 12 note cards and envelopes by Paper Studio.

Here is a list of the cartridges and images I used. The number following the image is the image number in Design Space.  I added this, hoping in the future we are allowed to search on this number.  Right now you have to search on the type of image or particular cartridge.

Cricut Artbooking - Scalloped square #M40F7A cut at 4.25 inches.  Any scalloped square will do, even one from a Spellbinders die.  That’s  all I ever used for my scallops until I got my Explore, as you can see, perfect scallops.

Quilted Ornaments - Heart #M44DC7 cut at 3.75 inches.  I only cut the top decorative layer.  

Sweethearts Cartridge - Mr & Mrs #M4154D cut at 2 inches. I cut two Mr&Mrs to give it more thickness so I could attach it with foam tape.  I cut the shadow layer and selected to write the top layer.  I used the silver pen that came with my machine.   

The silver layer is a square cut at 4.5”, no cartridge needed for this cut.

I embossed the white scallop square with the Anna Griffith Poppy embossing folder, just to add a little more elegance to the card.  After cutting out the heart I had all these little flourish pieces that I hated to waste.  They cut so beautifully, I decided to add a little extra to the card. 

I dressed it up with a few pearls and it was finished.  Simple and elegant. I hope you like it.

Don’t forget to pick up your STOM this month.   

Only 5$ with a $50 purchase.  The outlined images coordinate with images found on the Artiste cartridge. 

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Stay tuned for some great happenings in May.

Till next time.

Happy Craftin’

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Quick and Simple Easter Gift Bag

Super Simple Easter Gift Bag with your Cricut 

Easter baskets and buckets can start adding up for the kids if everyone gives them one.  So I decided instead of buying something I would start giving my gifts in a gift bag that I created myself.

I designed this gift bag in Design Space and cut it out with my new Cricut Explore.  I used the small bag canvas to design my project, this bag measures 5.5x8.5 inches. The scallops are perfect.  You can make this with any Cricut machine, all the images were from the Easter 2010 cartridge.  I currently have a subscription in Design space so I have access to a lot of images.  I loved this chocolate rabbit because it had a bite out of the ear.

I used an Easter Spring paper pad I had purchased some time ago.  The chocolate rabbit (M401F4 in DS) is cut at approximately 5.5" high and then embossed with the feather embossing folder in my Cuttlebug.  Embossing the rabbit gave it a more realistic look.  Instead of using the bow that was part of the image, I added a ribbon bow instead.

There was a lot of white showing through, so I used brown chalk to color over the white spots.  I also glued a tiny piece of white behind the rabbits open eye, it gave it the look of the candy eye you see on chocolate rabbits.

The egg (M403F9 in DS) was cut at approximately 6.5" high and I used a coordinating color chalk to shade around both pieces.  

Now just center it and attach it to your bag, and it is done, very simple and quick.  It took less than 30 minutes.  

I haven't had time yet, but I will add a bow and egg shaped card to finish it off. 

Till next time.

Happy Craftin!