Thursday, April 29, 2010

Monday, April 26, 2010

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #7

This week's challenge at Fantabulous Cricut was to create a project for Mother's Day. My gift idea is a notebook cover, with a little pocket on the inside to hold receipts, notes, etc. I used A Child's Year for the scallop frame, cut at 4.5", and Create a Critter for the tulips, cut at 4". I embossed the green portion of the tulip cut with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder.

The notepad I used is 5"x8" (in a package of 10 @ Office Depot), so you may need to adjust the dimensions slightly if your notepad is a different size.

I started with 12x12 cardstock, trimmed to 8.5"x12", and scored 5.875" from each edge. (You could also use double sided heavyweight pp, if you prefer) Fold your cardstock on the score lines. This will give you about 1/4" "spine" for your cover to allow for the thickness of the notepad. Unfold the cardstock with the inside facing up.

Next cut two pieces of cardstock 5.75" wide x 6" high. Place one piece of cardstock on the right side of your cover with bottom edges matching. Stitch close to the edge on three sides, leaving the top open. If you prefer, you can use narrowstrips of Tacky Tape instead of stitching.

Slip the chipboard backing of your notepad into the opening of this pocket.

On the second 5.75"x6" piece of cardstock, mark a spot 1/2" from the top on the left edge and 2" from the top on the right edge. Cut between these two marks to get an angled top edge.
Stitch close to the edge on three sides of this pocket, leaving the top open.

You can add pp to the inside of your notebook holder if you like, and don't forget to add a strip of pp or cardstock to cover the top of your notepad.

This is a quick project that makes a nice gift for teachers, too. Hope you enjoy making some of these! Be sure to check out all the other DT projects at Fantabulous Cricut, too!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sassy Lil Sketches - 4/21 page sketch

Time for a new sketch over at Sassy Lil Sketches! This is a great sketch for both a horizontal and a vertical photo, with room for journaling, too. Hope you join in the challenge this week - be sure to take a look at the DT sample pages at Sassy Lil Sketches!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #6

Today's challenge at Fantabulous Cricut was to make a project featuring something that flys. I've been wanting to try cutting fabric with my Cricut, so I decided to try an applique quilt for this project.

I googled tips for cutting fabric with the Cricut and found lots of information. I used some of these tips and had no problems at all cutting fabric, so I'm passing them on to you:
1) use 100% cotton fabric
2) use Heat 'n Bond Ultra Hold fusible adhesive
3) use a new mat and blade - I just put this blade in a little baggie and labeled it for fabric, so I can use it next time.

Iron the Heat 'n Bond onto the back side of the fabric. Once it cools, remove the paper backing and place the fabric onto the mat, adhesive side down. I used blade depth of 6, pressure set at max and speed at medium. The butterfly was cut from the Simply Sweet cartridge, at 6.5". I cut two from pink fabric and two from green fabric and then mix & matched the bodies to get four butterflies. The butterflies were ironed on to 7.5" squares of blue fabric, and then I added some penstitching to the butterflies with a Zig Pigma pen. I added some yellow border strips to finish off the quilt front and quilted around the wings once the quilt was assembled.

I think this will look cute hanging on the wall in my DGD's room! I'm looking forward to working with fabric and Cricut again.

Please join the challenge this week at Fantabulous Cricut. We'd love to see your work!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

BBTB contest

BBTB2 is running a contest sponsored by Matilda stamps. To enter, you need to make a project with any Cricut cut, plus some stamping. Perfect chance to use this cute flamingo digital stamp from PC Hug Club!

The green scallop frame is from Wild Card, cut at 3.75", and the flowers were cut at .75" from Mickey & Friends.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

So sorry to be a day late posting this! I thought I had this setup to automatically post but nope---a case of operator error!

This month's card sketch at SassyLilSketches was such fun to work with! Lots of layers, which I don't always do on a card, but I loved the finished look!

Hope you're inspired to make a card with the sketch. Be sure to post it on the SLS blog - we'd love to see your work!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Fantabulous Cricut - April Showers Challenge

This week's challenge at was to make a project that had something to do with rain or water. I chose to make a little wallhanging using A Child's Year.

The girl with the umbrella was cut from blue cardstock, at 6", then I added yellow cardstock underneath so I really used the negative part of the image. I cut the scallop square from yellow cardstock at 8", and then trimmed the outside to get a 9.5" square frame for the image. Everything was backed with chipboard and then I just added some penwork, the stamped sentiment, and some b&w ribbon.

Here's a closeup view, so you can see the stamped sentiment and the "raindrops" added to the image. The stamp is from Back Porch Memories, and the I used Glass Effects Gel to make the little raindrops.

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We'd love to see your projects this week, so please join us at Fantabulous Cricut!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Time for the first Sassy Lil Sketch of April!

This week's sketch is a great one for using a couple of 4x6 photos! If you use this sketch, please share with us on Sassy Lil Sketches!

I used the sketch for a challenge over at

Monday, April 5, 2010

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #4

This week's challenge at Fantabulous Cricut is to create a project with flowers and the word "happy". I went way back into the archives for a photo of me around age four and created this scrapbook page.

The flowers were cut at 1" and 1.5" from the Walk In My Garden cartridge, and then mounted onto circles punched from patterned paper. I used the All Mixed Up cartridge for the word "happy", using the fit-to-length feature on the Expression to size it to fit on the right side of my page. The photo was matted on a paint chip swatch, which is a fun object to add to a page every now and then.

You can check out the challenge and all the DT examples here!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Story Time - 3/28 Sassy Lil Sketches page sketch

This sketch was perfect for these photos of Grandpa reading to Gracie. She loved looking at this book and feeling all the different textures on the pages!

Project 12 - March layout

Here's my March layout for Project 12. I really like the idea of capturing a few random memories for each month, and scrapping some of the pictures I might not otherwise have worked with. All the papers from this came from the March Medley kit from Back Porch Memories.