My Life Scripture

Philippians 4:4-7 (ESV English Standard Version) Holy Bible
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let the reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds through Christ Jesus.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Collage meets Cricut Cartridge COUNTRY LIFE!

In an earlier post, I told you about a large collage I created on Saturday to use with cards.  I included just about anything I could find!  What a fun day I had arranging and gluing!



Here is my first card using my collage sheet and the "Mary Jane" image from the Cricut Cartridge COUNTRY LIFE!



**I turned the collage sheet over, turned it around a couple times, and cut out a rectangle.  At this point, I am not sure what I will have until I cut the piece out and turn it over.


**I traced the rectangle on the backside of the paper and cut it out with a craft knife.  I had to get out the big craft knife to cut through all the layers.


**When I turned the rectangle over, I began to select colors from the section.  I decided to use "Mary Jane" from COUNTRY LIFE.


**I cut the image, shadow, and layers at 3 inches.  I cut several of the layers and images so that if I made a mistake, I would have extra pieces.

**I then began the task of putting everything together, arranging the pieces, and putting the final touches on the card.

**The sentiment and layer on the outside "Old Fashioned" was cut at 3/4 inch.  The sentiment for the bottom portion "Warm Wishes" was cut at 1 inch.


**I am sure that I will never repeat this particular card!  However, I am already planning my next Collage Card using COUNTRY LIFE!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thank you, TxScrapper, for the Stylish Blogger Award!



This is the second time I have received this award!  Yea!  I will complete the requirements later...
Thank you so much...CountryChickCreations!

Christmas Card using Cricut Cartridge INSPIRED HEARTS and the Gypsy

I welded an image and layer to create a Christmas card using the Cricut Cartridge INSPIRED HEARTS.
The blue background is cut from a plastic index card that I bought at Big Lots!  There are 26 cards in the pack and several colors.  This plastic cuts great in the Expression!

To create the card, you will need the following supplies...
**I am using the nativity scene, the (Shift) layer of the nativity scene, the Gypsy, and 12x12 mat.  I placed 2 nativity scenes on the Gypsy 12x12 mat and 1 of the layer.  I reduced the size of the layer until it was the same size as the nativity scene.  I checked the size of the layer by moving it over the nativity scene until it was the same size.

**Using the Gypsy feature, I flipped the reduced layer and welded 1 of the nativity scenes to the right of the layer.  There should be an extra nativity scene on the mat.

**Loaded a 12x12 mat into the Expression and cut the welded card base and extra nativity image.


**I cut the head and shoulder off the layer section with scissors. This will create the card when it is folded.

**I cut the blue plastic index card to fit just inside the edges of the nativity scene.  Then glued the blue plastic to the image.  You will be gluing the blue plastic to the front of the card.  The extra nativity scene will be placed over the plastic to form the front of the card.

**I ran the second nativity scene through the Xyron 500.  Scrubbed away the loose glue, turned the image over, and ran it through the Xyron 500.  Both sides are now covered in glue and plastic backing.

**Remove the plastic backing from the front of the nativity image and coat the image with fine glitter.

**Peel the glittered image off the plastic backing and clean away the loose glitter and glue.

**Carefully lay the glittered image over the image on the card front.  This will "sandwich" the blue plastic between the images.

**Create the sentiment on the inside of the card. Fold the card base so that the front and back are even.





Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christmas Cards using Cricut Lite Cartridge INSPIRED HEARTS

I bought the Cricut Lite Cartridge INSPIRED HEARTS at Walmart on Black Friday.  This is a fabulous cartridge!  There are so many images suitable for all types of cards!

Here is a collection of Christmas cards that I made Saturday night.  They were quick and very easy.  There are step-by-step directions following the cards!



You will need:


1 piece of 5 1/4 inches X 8 1/2 inches cardstock, folded to form the card base

1 piece red paper 5 1/4 inches X 4 1/4 inches for card front

1 piece patterned paper cut slightly smaller than red paper

Cut Inspired Heart image at 3 inches in black cardstock

Cut same Inspired Heart image using "Shift" to get layer in white cardstock

Sentiment for outside of card...I used "Christmas Faith" stamp by 2006 Paper Inspirations.  Stamped on white cardstock, then layered on black and red cardstock.

7 inch piece of red ribbon.  Wrapped ribbon around the card front and secured on the back with tape.

3 black brads

Sentiment for inside of card...I used "Glory of Christ" stamp by Stampabilities.  Stamped on a piece of  3 inch x 1 1/2 inch white cardstock.  Then layered in black and red cardstock.
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I create my card front separate from the card base.  When I am happy with the card front, I will adhere it to the card base.


Directions...
*Center and adhere the printed paper to red cardstock.
*Glue the black image to the white layer.  Then glue this to a piece of red paper.  Trim the image allowing a narrow border around the image.
*Center and adhere the prepared image to the top part of the cardfront
*Center and attach the ribbon to the bottom portion of the cardfront  Wrap the ends of the ribbon around the card front and secure on the back with tape
**Stamp the sentiment for the card front to white cardstock.  Then glue to black paper and cut leaving a narrow border.  Glue this to red paper and cut leaving a narrow border.
*Adhere the sentiment under the image...to the right
*Center and attach the brads under the image...to the left
**Glue completed cardfront to the card base**
**Stamp the sentiment for the inside of the card to white cardstock.  Then glue to black paper and cut leaving a narrow border.  Glue this to red paper and cut leaving a narrow border.
*Open card and adhere inside sentiment.

**Completed Card!**


Saturday Fun!

What a messy, but fun, way to spend a Saturday!  I want to begin a card project using collage.  So I gathered several interesting items and began building a collage!  There is no real rhyme or reason to my collage...it is going to be cut-up and used on cards!

Here is the result...

I will post the cards as I make them!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What a wonderful way to begin my day!

Thank you, Theresa, for making my blog a part of the...
To accept this award, there are 4 rules to follow:

1.  Thank and link back to the person who awarded you  http://miislucky.blogspot.com/

2.  Share 8 things about yourself

3.  Pay it forward to 8 bloggers you have discovered

4.  Contact those bloggers and tell them about the award

Here are 8 things about myself...
1.  My first passion is my daily walk with Christ Jesus and using the talents he has given me
2.  I love my husband of 36 years and our 3 children and 2 grandchildren.
3.  I love music and especially love to sing!
4.  I really appreciate the career of teaching that allowed me to retire so that I can enjoy the second part of my life to the fullest!
5.  I really enjoy yards sales and my philosophy is this..."If I am meant to have something...it will be there when I get there!"  So I am not in a hurry to be first in line!  LOL!!!
6.  I joined Weight Watchers in 2008 and lost 43 pounds.  I have managed to keep 32 pounds off.  I work hard to control my eating habits and attend Weight Watcher meetings every week.  I still have 10 pounds to loose to reach my goal weight.  This will happen in time...
7.  I have 3 sisters and we have wonderful times together.  I am so blessed to have these relationships in my life!
8.  I am so glad to have a circle of crafters that I can share my paper crafting passion.  I am addicted to the message board at Cricut.com!  Just ask my family!  LOL!!!

The 8 bloggers that I would like to recognize for the STYLISH BLOGGER AWARD are...














Friday, November 19, 2010

Holiday Candy Cards!

I made these cards using left-over candy from the Cricut Cartridge DOODLECHARMS!




Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Handmade cards using cuts from the Cricut Cartridge BEYOND BIRTHDAYS!

I had several extra cuts, especially sentiments, from BEYOND BIRTHDAYS.  Here are cards that I made today using these extra cuts.




Tuesday, November 16, 2010

How to...Make a Quick Card using Patterned Paper!

Here are some simple steps for making a quick card using patterned paper...

**First select a patterned paper you like
**Second select a solid color that matches the something in the pattern

**Third cut a card front from the solid color
**Forth cut the patterned paper to fit either the top half or bottom half of your card front
**Fifth find a piece of ribbon that matches another color in your pattern (doesn't have to be the same color as your solid color).  Tie the ribbon so that the line between your solid and patterned papers is covered.  For interest, tie the bow to the left or right of the center
**Sixth stamp a sentiment or cut one from one of your cartridges.  Glue this to a piece of the solid colored paper, leaving a little border around the sentiment.
**Seventh  glue the sentiment to the patterned paper

You have now used patterned paper.  Do this several times with different patterns and colors and before you know it...you will be hooked on using patterned paper.  You might even use two patterns!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Two Projects that I have completed!

First Project...
I was asked to make Christmas Cards for a friend.  I used the Cricut Cartridge CHRISTMAS SOLUTIONS for the church.  Then sprinkled with Martha Stewart glitter.  The "mountains" are torn paper with Smoky Blue ink from Colorbox on the edges.  The holder for the cards is made from Cricut Cartridge TAGS, BAGS, BOXES, AND MORE.  I used a 12x24 mat and my Gypsy to cut the bag.



Second Project...
I created this page for a scrapbook that I am working on right now.  I used Cricut Cartridge PAPER DOLL DRESS UP for the Monument Valley border.  GYPSY FONT Cricut Cartridge was used for "The Mittens".  The printed paper and travel embellishments are from American Traditional Designs "Road Trip".  I am using this page as an entry for a challenge on the Cricut.com Message Board.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wonderful Wednesday to Everyone! Cuttlebug Storage and Cricut Expression Tips!

***CUTTLEBUG**

My first ProvoCraft tool was the Cuttlebug!  It is such a wonderful machine, and still is one of my favorite!  What is not to love about a tool that embosses and cuts!

**This is where I store my Cuttlebug, dies, folders, and tools.  I bought chinese take-out several months ago and the food came in this box.  One day I plan to cover the box with pretty paper, but that is a 'ROUND TO-IT'!
**I have extra Cuttlebug cuts and embossed papers.  I store these in a basket with a handle.  I am not sure where I bought this basket, but I think it was at Walmart.  These slide onto shelves and are so easy to pull out.


***CRICUT EXPRESSION***

**I use my Cricut Expression several times a week.  I have found this center to be the easiest to use.  The table is an old microwave table that I had finished.  I found the bookcase at a local office store.  The hanging wire baskets are from Walmart.  The baskets hold the Gypsy/equipment, Cricut Markers, and other related equipment.


**The beauty of this bookcase is that I can open my Expression and use it and the 12x12 mat goes under the bookcase in that small opening!  I rarely use the 12x24 mat, but when I do, I move the E to a larger surface to work.


**I use a plastic box to hold extra Cricut cuts.  I have a handmade folder for each cart and the images are stored in their own folder!


**I have 40-45 Cricut Cartridges.  I will only purchase a cart if there is enough images on the cart to make the purchase worthwhile!  Some of my carts I would have never purchased, but I receved carts as promotions and/or gifts.

I really appreciate all the work that has been done by Cricut.com message board members in making charts, indexes, and searches for images on the Cricut Cartridges.  These are valuable tools when you need that one perfect cut for a project!

I love to organize and sort.  So, I started making an index of each handbook as I receved a new cartridge.  I put all the indexes into a 3-ring binder and when I want a certain image or want to know what is on a cart, I open the binder and search.

Here is a visual of my indexes, using A CHILD'S YEAR as an example.

**For each cart, I enlarge the overlay by 165% and print a copy.

**For each cart, I enlarge the back of the box by 200% and print a copy in color

**Using the handbook, I list the image number on the overlay (#1 in the top left corner/#50 in the bottom right corner) and the corresponding page number in the handbook.  Then I list all the images/phrases/words/etc that is available for the cartridge.  Sometimes I can get all the information on one sheet, but sometimes it takes 2 or 3 sheets.  All of this information is done in a Word document format using the Table feature.


**Thank you for taking time to look through all this information!  Thank you for your visit to Carolyn's Creative Corner!  Come back soon!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Good Tuesday Morning! Today is all about Paper Storage and Stamping!

**I am always excited about getting new cardstock paper stacks!  I love the colors, patterns, and texture of beautiful paper!  I always tear my stacks apart and sort according to color and pattern.  Here is how I store my separated patterns and solid colors.

**This is a rack that I bought at a craft store.  I decided to turn it on the side and I have been pleased with the ease of use.  This rack is used for patterned paper.  I have the different patterns labeled.
**I purchased the rack below from a scrapbook store.  It is also used for patterned paper.  The 12x12 drawers underneath are used to store chipboard/cardboard.


**I store large solid colored cardstock/paper in 12x12 drawers from Walmart.  I have each drawer labeled for easy use.



**I store 8 1/2 X 11 paper in the rack below.  I found this rack at a yard sale for just a few dollars.

**STAMPING**
I have collected several stamps and stamp sets from various places.  Sometimes I am overwhelmed with what I have and wonder if I will ever use them all!!  However, it would be difficult right now to part with any of them!! :0)

I have never really liked the clear acrylic stamps, but some of them are so wonderful that I couldn't resist them!  I am a wood block stamper!  I love the feel of the wood and I am willing to work extra hard to get the image just where I want it!

**This is a peg board that holds my sentiments, words, and phrases.  The acrylic stamps are in CD cases in holders at the base of the board.
**All other wood base stamps are located at my stamping station.  I used drawer inserts to hold the stamps.
**Acrylic stamps are stored in folders.  The stamps are stuck on photo paper and sorted according to use.
**I use small alphabet stamps on many projects.  I found this plastic container in the sports section of Walmart.  It holds all my little stamps perfectly!

**I have one place that I stamp.  I have the equipment stored near this space for easy use.  I love to heat emboss, so I have that equipment nearby.  Notice the 12x12 floor tile.  This is wonderful for heat embossing.  It protects the counter surface plus adds extra heat to the back of whatever you are embossing!

**These drawers hold whatever I need for stamping and embossing.  Pigment and dye inks are labeled for easy use.  The heating tool for embossing is in the bottom drawer.  Various embossing powders and whatever else is needed is in the drawers.

**I have a stainless steel sink nearby for clean-up.  I keep my stamps clean by using a toothbrush, small amount of dish washing detergent, and a stream of running water.  Rinse the stamp and prop to dry.  I have had some of my stamps for years and never had a problem with the adhesive drying.

Tomorrow will be about the Cuttlebug and the Cricut Expression!