December 8, 2010

Does it change anything?

Oh, I think it does.
What in the world am I talking about? The Cricut Imagine of course. It changes EVERYTHING. I no longer have to search for the perfect embellishment, I just print and cut it. Need a particular color card stock? Yep, I just print it right out. With patterns and colors that coordinate completely, and the fact that I can add those colors and patterns to any one of the 1000's of images and fonts on other Cricut cartridges, the possibilities are nearly endless.

Will I scrap like this all the time? As much of a time saver it is, the answer would still be no. I still like the "hunt" for the perfect page finisher. I still LOVE to shop. There are still plenty of lines out there to love, and until I can download them to my Imagine, I will forever be buying.
(this layout was design from a sketch from
Both of the above layouts have great dimension to them, but achieved in different ways. One of the reasons I love the Imagine is the fact that the layers can be broken down and printed and cut seperately. In the first layout above I layered the individual pieces with pop dots for dimension. In the bottom layout I used items that already had dimension, such as the Thickers, Chipboard, and the felt border.

So yes, the Imagine does change everything. For me though, everything is never enough!

Happy Scrapping!

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December 2, 2010

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Welcome to December, my favorite month of the year. It always goes by way to fast. I love to spend time decorating and making gifts for friends and family.

This year I have discovered vinyl, glass, and etching.....ADDICTION!!!
I made this cute little glass block for a dear friend of mine. I am happy to say she loved it!

I used Design Studio and the font from Wild Card to make the saying out of vinyl. I first cut a large snowflake from contact paper and used it as a stencil to make the blue snowflake in the background. This was created using Alcohol Inks. Then I added the phrase, "Snowmen fall from Heaven unassembled." A little ribbon bow and a cute little Snowman riding a sled finished off this cute little lamp. It is lit with a single 50 ct strand of mini lights.

I have made some other cute items, but can't post them until after the holidays.

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November 7, 2010

Before the Imagine

Before this machine I was a simple scrapbooker. It was pretty much all I did. Maybe a few cards here and there. The Imagine has opened up so many new ideas! I love this machine! I have used up all the printable vinyl that came with.....did you know you can get water proof printable vinyl? How cute would some of these images be on your car?? You can also get Temporary Tattoos, window cling material, and Iron on transfer paper. Oh yeah, and even rub-on transfer paper....

This is what I did tonight, it literally took me less then 20 minutes start to finish.
Print and cut from the Best Friends Cart. Set mat size to 8.5x11 and Fit to page.

What do you love about your Imagine??

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October 15, 2010

Imagine Attitude

My Imagine Attitude: I can't say enough about this machine. I absolutely love making layouts and cards. Having everything that coordinates right at your finger tips is a definite time saver and it all looks so well put together. I no longer have an excuse for scrappers block! I love it!

Last night I created this adorable layout of my kitties in under 30 minutes!

Everything on the layout except the background card stock was print and cut from the Imagine More cartridge and Plantin Schoolbook.

I love that I can use different layers from different images to create what I want. Only two pieces from the above layout are from the same image, the 'cat-ti-tude' title and the cats. The other back grounds and accents are from other layered images on the cartridge. I also use the Roly Poly font from Plantin Schoolbook and colored them with the Imagine for the 'm&m'

What's your Imagine Attitude?

Thanks for stopping by. Please take a look at my other Imagine creations in posts below!

October 10, 2010

My New Addiction

Ok after looking around the Cricut Message Boards today, I was totally inspired to give the printable vinyl a try. There were so many fantastic applications with this material. I wanted to start simple as I only had 1 12x12 sheet. I had no idea what I wanted to do. I hate decision making! LOL

I have been in the process of totally taking over our office in our house in an attempt to make the whole thing my scrappy safe haven. I have started taking my husband's things down and adding my own little touches. Bye bye NASCAR, hello little cute critters!

For my project today, I used the Nursery Tails Imagine Cartridge. In order to use as much of the page as I could and still get a few images I changed the paper size to 12x6 and only had the bird and branch on my screen. Then I clicked the 'fit to page' and it resized it to fit with in the 12x6 area. Then I did the same with the pond and the frog together so the relative size would stay the same for them. Next I cut the scraps down from the
usable vinyl that was left and had a sheet that was 5x3.5 and added the butterflies and dragonfly and again used the 'fit to page.' This worked really well and I would say that I used about 90% of the vinyl sheet.
I can't wait to have some more fun with this great material. Off to find somewhere cheap to get me some more! If you have a link to a cheap place, please share it here!

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October 7, 2010

Just Imagine...

Just Imagine a layout coming together in minutes instead of hours. Just Imagine having everything you need to complete a layout in one place. Just Imagine everything coordinating perfectly. If you can Imagine all that then you have used the Cricut Imagine!

I love this new machine. I attempted my first layout last night using ONLY the Cricut Imagine. It can be done, and with awesome results! I used the Nursery Tails cartridge to complete this layout:
I cut the scalloped background from one of the images that come with the machine, and filled it with a patter from Nursery Tails. Then I cut the scalloped mat and also filled it with a color from the machine. I cut the "Sweet Dreams" out in layers at 3 inches, and multiplied the sheep x5. Next I cut the tag at 2.5 inches. I popped out a few of the pieces for added dimension. A little ribbon and a couple buttons and I was done. Literally in under an hour!

Can't wait to play with this amazing machine some more!
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October 5, 2010

Imagine's here!

Finally, it came. I have been Imagining this day for a couple weeks now! My Cricut Imagine is here. All set up and ready to go. I guess I was one of the lucky ones as I had no issues with set up. The only bump in the road is the mat, which kinda curls and can get stuck behind the rollers before it cuts. I just gave it a little roll in the opposite direction and that seemed to fix the problem.

So here are my first two cards using this amazing machine!

Both cards were cut with the Cricut Imagine using the Imagine More cart and images from the machine its self.
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September 29, 2010

3 More Days

Only 3 more days to get your submissions in for a prize!! Does no one want to play? :( Help me out here people? For more info click the link up on the top right!
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September 26, 2010

Design Studio Challenge Prize

I have decided to extend the deadline for for the Design Studio Collage Challenge to 11:59p.m. PST on October 2nd. You can see the details in this post.

Here is what you will be playing for:
12 Double Sided papers from K&Company DayDreams line
A set of 7 Garden Borders clear stamps from Tricia Santry Studios
A 6x6 Chipboard book containing 5 pages from Studio 18
Let's see those entries ladies!!

September 22, 2010


One of life's most important treasures. Friends. Someone that is always there for you. A shoulder to cry on. Someone to laugh with, someone to vent to. Some of the strongest bonds in my life have been made through my craft of scrapbooking. There is a bond so strong. We know each other through our pages, and in turn that makes us friends.

So with friends on my mind, I went to my Design Studio. What I came up with is something entirely new for me. There are no pictures involved. LOL I made a template for this cute little gift bag.
Would you like to try your hand at making this? If you would like the template please leave a comment telling me how you and your BFF met and your email and I will email you the link.

Carts used: George, Storybook, Graphically Speaking
12x12 mat needed

September 21, 2010

Doodle Dragon Studios Challenge

The newest challenge over at Doodle Dragon Studios Challenge Blog is a color challenge. Usually color challenges are pretty easy for me, but this one had me stumped. The colors are BROWN, RED & ORANGE.

I was not sure where to go on this one. All the DT's had posted really cute fall ones, and I decided to head in the same direction and looked through my folder of Dustin Pike Digi Stamps, and came across 2. The pumpkin bear, and the spider balloon.

Here is my take on the challenge:

September 20, 2010

Design Studio Collage Template **FREEBIE**

Hello friends! Been awhile since I have posted anything with any real substance. Life just gets in the way at times.

Anyway last night I was playing around with Design Studio and worked up this cute little collage template. The whole template is made with the George Cartridge on a 12x12 mat.
I cut the template out on this wonderful metallic black card stock, then I added a background and photos that would really make the template shine. The template is perfect for 2 4x6 photos and 3 2x3 photos in the circles. There are so many ways that this could be used....just use your imagination!
So do you like prizes? Sure you do. I am headed to the Portland Scrap Expo this weekend and will be looking for a fabulous prize. What would I like you to do?

1. Download the above template. here
2. Create a layout using this template and post it below using Mr. Linky
3. Follow this blog.
4. Share this with your friends on your blog or on Facebook for an extra entry, even if you can't participate in the challenge.

I will choose a winner from from all the entries using Contest will end on September 30th at 11:59pm PST. Good Luck and I can't wait to see all your wonderful creations!

Sneak Peek

Here is just a little peek at what I will have later today for you:
I will have the link for this freebie and a layout to go with it later today!

September 2, 2010

Have Your Way With Paper Scrappy Summer Send off!!!

Come join us this Labor Day weekend for some scrappy fun! Plenty of challenges to keep you busy this long weekend!

Have Your Way With Paper

5 Cards, 2 Sheets of Card Stock

Using just 2 sheets of double-sided card stock, I challenged myself to create 4 cards. I managed to make five. I chose to use these 2 sheets of card stock from My Mind's Eye, Penny Lane-Tiny Dancer-Jazz Collection:

Front and Back

Front and Back

By adding a little embossing, some ink, and a little creativity I made 5 completely different cards.

Birthday Card with Butterflies:
I cut out the Happy Birthday Sentiment from the Stamping Solutions Cartridge. The butterflies were then stamped and applied with pop dots.

Thanks Flower Card:
Flower made from card stock and applied button. Tutorial for flower can be found here. Then "thanks" sentiment was stamped.
All My Love:
I punched the border on the green using a Martha Stewart border punch, then added a ribbon bow, and some bling.
Make a Wish Card:
I embossed the green card stock with the Cuttlebug buttons embossing border folder. Then punched circles and added the stamped images using pop dots.
Baby Carriage Card:
I used the Cuttlebug stitched embossing border folder as well as the Stamp Die and Baby Carriage embossing folder. I also used the Swirls background folder which I went over with blue ink for definition.


August 28, 2010

I carry my Cricut on my back!

So we all know that we can make awesome things with our Cricuts, but did you know that you can design stencils? Sure. You knew that. Did you know that you can use that stencil on any surface? Yep, even the human body.

I designed my tattoo using Design Studio and the Home Accent Cartridge. The tattoo artist did the lettering on her own. I love it may use Design Studio again to make another.

You are only limited to your imagination!!


August 24, 2010

How about another one??

I am feeling generous today....

Isn't this guy just adorable?? The little googlie eyes just make this card fun!

Simple A2 card cut. Hello Owl: Cut from Stamping Solutions Cart, Storybook, and George. Any size mat will do.
I added a little detail with some ink and Bic Mark-its.

Enjoy! May still have more to come yet!!

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