Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fall let's create!

Hello Crafters! I wanted to share a wreath I made to celebrate my favorite season....FALL. I love everything about Fall. Fall has always been memorable for me because this is a time a year when my family gets together for chili dinners or just spending time together with a hot cocoa. I was inspired to create a wreath using my Cricut Explore and Cricut Design Space. I was amazed at how simple and fast this process was. I was a little ambitious and cut out 225 leaves. I had no idea how many I would need because I wanted to make a large rectangular wreath. I did not quite use all the leaves but I used most of them. So let me show you the steps to this process.

Here is the completed wreath. The bow was the most challenging for me...I have a love/hate relationship with bow but I succeeded. The ribbon is from Michaels by Celebrate It "Harvest".

 I used Cricut Design Space to cut my leaves. I used the search function for leaves, leaf, Fall, and Autumn. Here are the measurements and cartridge from left to right: (green) 2.54" x 3.5", (pink) 1.81" x 2.5" I am sorry I don't know the name of the cartridge for these; (red) 'Home for the Holidays Fall/Winter' 1.118" x 2.5"; (dark red) 'Straight
From the Nest' 3.64" x 4" and (yellow) 'Straight From the Nest' 3.18" x 3.5".

This is what the leaves look like after cutting them out...BORING! So, I decided to do some inking and misting. Yes, that is 225 leaves. I used Recollections is a pack of Autumn colors. I was impressed how durable the cardstock is.

Before Misting.

After Misting.
I used Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist....LOVE this stuff!

A close up of how these leaves transform after a little misting is done.

After misting I decided to ink the edges and this just added more dimension to the leaves. On most I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink 'Walnut Stain'.

On the yellow maple leaves I decided to try some red ink and love how these looked.

After all the misting and inking I felt they still needed something else. So, I waded them up in my hand to create this crinkle effect. I did this with all of them except for the smallest leaf.

 For my base I used a foam board by Elmer's. The board measures 16" x 20". I cut out the center leaving a 4.25" frame. I then covered the front of the foam board with kraft cardstock so that the white would not show through. Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of the foam board after it was cut.

I used a hot glue gun to apply the leaves and I layered the leaves in a counter clock wise around the foam board. I did not apply the smallest leaf (the red one in the image above) until the end. This small leaf worked great as a filler.
My welcome sign is from Lacy Labels and Measures 5.25" x 10". I used my Crop-A-Dial to punch holes in the sign and the edge of the wreath. I used raffia to hang the welcome sign.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

It Has Arrived...CTMH Cricut Cartridge - Artfully Sent

I am so excited to share with my fellow crafters the release of yet another incredible Cricut cartridge. This cartridge is the Close To My Heart - Artfully Sent.  There are over 700 images available in this cartridge. Plus, the bundle includes 3 coordinating stamp sets and 24 sheets of Daisy White cardstock. This cartridge is going to help us make very unique cards to give to loved ones and you can add those personal touches that show how much you care. I am passionate about card making and paper, I can't wait to get mine and share projects with you using this cartridge. If you are interested just click on the CTMH badge to the top left or click here.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

My Cricut Craft Room's 'Mini Album Blog Hop'

Thank you for joining us on My Cricut Craft Room's Mini Album Blog Hop.

You need to start here: and then follow the links.

Also Craft Lovers Come Here is hosting a 

giveaway of the Cricut Cartridge, 

Chic and Scary.

You have to post a comment on EACH of the blogs on today's hop to be entered. The comment will be chosen from one of the blogs, so please make sure that you comment on ALL of the blogs, you never know which one will be the winner!
The winner will be announced on Wednesday September 10 on the My Cricut Craft Room Blog and Craft Lovers Come Here Blog. GOOD LUCK! 
Today I am featuring a Mini Album that was created using the Close to my Heart Cricut Cartridge "Artbooking". This particular cartridge is my personal favorite...the possibilities are endless. So let's get started.

This is the finished album. I used the Bind-it-All for the binding using a 3/4" this machine. This mini album was created for my BFF who is an incredible teacher and just a great lady!

Here is a side view of the album. This album measures 8" x 6" and as I mentioned was created using the Close to my Heart Artbooking cartridge for Cricut. If interested in this cartridge follow the link to the left.
Here is a closer look at the pages before binding. The paper pack is from Heidi Swapp 'Hello Today' (my favorite paper) and I used lots of Heidi Swapp stamps. If you have any questions, please, let me know. Or if you would like to see a video on how to create such a project leave me a comment.

The little page cards were a cut from the Artbooking cartridge and stamped with a note page stamp that was included in the Artbooking kit.

The outside of this pocket was white. I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink 'Peacok Feathers' to give it some color.

I used the Cricut Design Space to do the writing for me on this page.

Here is a link to view the video which shows this mini in action:
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Are we ready to HOP?

Just a quick note to everyone that my blog will be featured in a blog hop tomorrow. The hop theme will be mini albums. So, please, come back tomorrow to for directions to participate in the hop. I can't wait to see you there. Good night friends.