Sunday, August 24, 2014

Finally Space to Create

Hello fellow crafters. I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I just wanted to share what my hubby did for me over the weekend. He added a counter top to my work area and boy has it expanded my work space. He received the counter top for free and made some open cabinets for underneath. Now I have space to make the videos I want to share with everyone. The wall color looks a little strange in the pictures. They are blue and green (specifically blue and green from Monsters Inc.) from when our grandson lived with us for a year. I did not want paint at this time and the colors do make the room cheerful. Please, subscribe to my blog so that you can receive updates on projects I share. Next weekend I will have the instructional video up which shows you how to create the easiest mini album from a single piece of 12 x 12 cardstock. Happy Creating!!!


Saturday, August 16, 2014

MCCR Blog Hop: Hanging at the Zoo

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Hello Everyone, my name is Kim. Thank you for stopping by The Electric Poppy as you go through the My Cricut Craft Room Blog Hop. Brief description of what I have created for you. I made a zoo themed mini album using the cuddly characters from 'Create a Critter' cartridge from Cricut. The mini album is made from a single piece of 12 x 12 cardstock. So lets take a look.

 This is the cover. Each page of this mini album measures: 4" x 5 3/8". I used glossy accents on the word Wild and applied some Doodlebug Sequins for some bling.
 The album first opens vertically (I have a video below to show this mini in action) to 2 pages that have a small pocket that will hold photos or a tag. The word 'Happy' is from the Cricut cartridge 'Robotz' or on Cricut Design Space it is one of the Cricut Fonts. The word 'Explorer' is part of the 'Create a Critter' cartridge. These pictures are measure 3 1/4" x 2 1/2".
The album will then open horizontally showing 2 pages; one of which is a flap (on the right). Again, each page measures 4" x 5 3/8" - I created 2 mats: 3 7/8" x 5 1/4" and 3 3/4" x 5 1/8". These mats frame and create the background. As you can see there are 2 tags peeking from behind the hippo, we will get to those momentarily.
 While staying on the same page the hippo page will flip up vertically revealing 2 more pages. Again these adorable characters are from Cricut 'Create a Critter'. I created these characters in Cricut Design Space and will be sharing this file with my followers.
On the next page is areas for mounting pictures and has places for tags. The elephant page has a large enclosed pocket that will hold 2 tags or one large tag that can be used to journal a special day. The turtle page with the small pocket can be used for a journaling tag or photo.
 Here is a closer look at the takes which are craft tags by Ranger. The smaller tags measure 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" and the large tag measures 3 1/4" x 4 1/8". These tags are perfect for mounting photos or journaling about a special trip or memory.
 This is where it all started - a single piece of 12 x 12 cardstock. I used CutMate paper for the base. I will be creating a blog in the few days to show all the details of scoring and cutting to create this album. So, please, be sure to follow my blog and subscribe to receive e-mails.
 This was the hardest task...picking out the papers. They all measure 4" x 4" to make cutting happen quickly. I used CutMates paper and Paper Layerz by Megan Elizabeth.
 Here are all the characters waiting to be assembled. I must admit this process was the fastest as I used Cricut Design Space.
 I know this is a lot of photos but I wanted to show all the details. This is how I assembled my little characters by using a Xyron Create-a-Sticker machine. This really made assembly happen quickly.
 Here they are waiting to find their place on your scrapbook page, card, or mini album. As I said, I will be sharing this file with my subscribers and followers.

I used My Mind's Eye 'Follow Your Heart - Be Amazing' 6" x6" paper pack for the smaller mats to create the backgrounds and the tags by Ranger.
I used stamps by Heidi Swapp to stamp on the tags. Love them!!!
Here is my YouTube video which shows this mini in action. I would love it if you would subscribe and give it a thumbs up.
I am so excited you stopped by and I was able to share this project with you. This is my first blog hop and hope I did not leave out any details. If you have any questions, please, leave a comment below. I would appreciate it if you would share this with your crafty friends, follow my blog, and subscribe by email. My plan is for this blog to be blooming and be able to give away some awesome crafty products. Happy Creating Everyone! You can follow me on Facebook as well:

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We have a special give away today, sponsored by Craft Lovers Come Here. It is a Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge, perfect for the upcoming fall fun! Just make sure you comment on these blogs today with your name and email to be entered to win. We need to now how to find you to tell you that you won, so don't forget your email. Winner will be announced Monday on Craft Lovers Come Here and My Cricut Craft Room, make sure you are a follower for both of those blogs.
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Cricut Fever and Exciting News!

It is late for me and I am still in my craft lair. Even though I am tired I am excited with news....I am a Design Team member for My Cricut Craft Room. This is something I have dreamed of and now it is here. I will be participating in my first blog hop on Saturday...put your left foot out...I told you I am tired. I have created something I think everyone will enjoy making. Again, I will be making a video which shows how to produce this little mini...this is the only hint that I will let slip out. So, please, stay tuned in for the blog hop. There are 22 members so there is sure to be many projects and inspiration. I would love for you to follow me here and on Facebook:

Happy Creating my Friends!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Where does the time go?

Where does the time go? I seems like this year has passed with lightening speed. I thought last week I would post some pictures to my blog. And after going to said blog I was floored that my last and only post was from December 2013. WOW!!! With that being said I have made a new resolution to keep The Electric Poppy updated. Here are some pictures of projects that I have completed over the last 7 months. Please, leave any questions for me. I will be uploading a video to demonstrate how to make a mini album card - it is made from a single 12 x 12 piece of paper. Happy Creating!
This is a mini album I made for my brother. It is constructed from a single piece of 12 x 12 cardstock, and yields 9 pages to decorate, mount photos, or journal. I also has 3 small pockets and 1 large enclosed pocket. Very easy and quick to make. I will be making a video on how to make this.
This is my latest project. This box card is an SVG that I purchased from SVG their designs!
This is my first mini album. It measures 6" x 6". I used my Bind-it-All to bind. I found inspiration from the YouTube channel My Sister's Scrapper. She does incredible work. The tabs peeking out are from Cricut cartridge 'Artbooking'.

Here is a side view. It has a ton of pockets!

This is a birthday card I made for my step-son. The bamboo was created with a Cricut embossing folder. I did a lot of inking with Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Walnut Stain. Inking cards is my favorite.

This little guy was created from an SVG for my grandson's 7th birthday invitations.

A grungy male birthday card using Tim Holtz Distress Inks and TH stamps. I made 2 of these cards in 45 minutes...a record for me. They are very easy to create and that will be another video in the future.

Inside of the above card.

This is the second grungy male card I made using the same techniques and products as above.

Inside of the above card. I love the colors...remind me of Autumn.

This card was created using the Cricut cartridge 'Nifty Fifties' and the background was created using a Cricut embossing folder. A lot of fun...and my brother loved it. Inside there was a Route 66 sign.

This was my first project using vinyl. I loved how it turned out and learned so many lessons.