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.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Look What Is On The Cricut Blog...A Video Directory!

There is a Video Directory for all the Cricut products on the Cricut Blog today!   What a valuable resource for those of us that have Cricut products and equipment!  I plan to make this a favorite place to visit!  Check it out!

http://cricutblog.org/?p=1431

Way to go, ProvoCraft!!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Thank You for Hopping to my Fall Blog!

I appreciate all the visits to my blog during the Fall Blog Hop!  How delightful to read all the comments and get new followers!  I appreciate all of you for making this a tremendous success!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Welcome to the Fall Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Fall Blog Hop.  I am so glad you came to visit.  We have been looking forward to showing off our special projects!  Please visit each blog!

Here is the Line-Up for the Blog Hop!
1) Kristen http://fantabulouslypink.blogspot.com/
2) Michele www.michelegreen.com
3) Roberta http://www.txscrappermom.blogspot.com/
4) Mary http://www.marebearscraps.blogspot.com/
5) Renee http://icameisawicreated.blogspot.com/
6) Carolyn http://cccscraproom.blogspot.com/
7) Gamma http://gammascreativecorner.blogspot.com/
8) Colleen http://www.scrappycol.blogspot.com
9) DoodleDiva www.doodledivadesigns.com
10) Kimbe http://kimberliscreations.blogspot.com/
11) Lisa http://addictedtothecricut.blogspot.com
12) Gonecampn http://www.scrapcavecreations.com/
13) Momto2cuties http://www.inlovewithpaper.blogspot.com/
14) Scrapalette http://scrapalette.blogspot.com/
15) Paper Memories http://papermemories4u.blogspot.com/ (New Blog)
16)Darcy http://dlmbscrapping-time2create.blogspot.com/
17)Lavendergal http://ibecircled.blogspot.com
19) HappyScrapper64 http://happyscrapper64.blogspot.com/
20) Madylyn http://inspiredbycolor.blogspot.com/
21)Nancy http://lanancyworkshop.blogspot.com/
22)Debbie http://bugginattheseams.blogspot.com/
23)Tracy http://www.scrappininthewoods.blogspot.com/
24)Sharon http://designsbysharon.blogspot.com/

My entry for the Fall Blog Hop is a 3-D Tree!  The tree is made of paper and the leaves are made from Shrinky Dink!


The tree is from Cricut Cartridge "Heritage".  It is cut from 12x12 brown cardstock at "Fit to Page".  I cut 3 trees for the project.
I used dimensional tape between the layers to make the tree 3-D.
To create the stand for the tree, I cut a duplicate of the trunk and cut slits on the stand and tree. 




The next step is to cover the tree (front and back) and stand with 2 layers of Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel.  This will give shine and stability to the tree.  When the stand and tree are covered and cool, slide the stand onto the tree.


Extra UTEE is applied to the stand to hold the tree in place. I used a sponge to spread the Versamark over the area and then heat embossed with clear UTEE.

Completed tree...
I searched for a maple leaf from a Cricut Cartridge on my Gypsy.  This shows where I found the leaves and made the sample cuts from Shrinky Dink.  When I cut multiple leaves, I filled a mat with just the maple leaves to save Shinky Dink plastic.
The next picture shows the original cut of Shrinky Dink and the colored and shrunk embellishment.
To form the tie for the leaves, I threaded the twine through the ring on the leaf and then used the Copic maker to hold the embellishment as I tied the bow.
This is a close up of the leaves on the tree...
And finally...look who came outside to enjoy the beautiful Fall day and the Blog Hop Fall Tree!
Our own Mr. Cuttlebug!
Thank you so much for visiting with me today.  Please go on to the next blog in the list.  The list is located at the top of this post!

Comments are greatly appreciated!

Friday, August 26, 2011

"Sophie" Slits and Tricks!

The Cricut Circle Exclusive Cartridge "Sophie" features cards and bookmarks, plus a great deal more.  I have noticed the slits/tic marks that show where to score for folding are very large.  This is good news or bad news.  If you do not have a Gypsy and can't hide the cuts, this may be bad news!  However, it can be good news!  The slits are wide enough for narrow ribbon to slide through!

This card was made with the slits and I was able to slide a ribbon through the opening and use it on the front of the card!  The top slit is visible, but with a little trimming, it should become less visible.

This is Flower2 on Page 65 in the handbook.  The larger card is cut at 5 inches.  The smaller card is cut at 3  1/2 inches.

The ribbon fits into the slit and can be tied on the front.
Inside view.

Another trick that I learned about "Sophie" is to use what is left on the mat...on the card!  I colored the pieces on the mat and adhered them to the flower on the card front.
Finished cards...




Pre Fall Blog Hop Project! "A YEAR OF NOTES!"

I had planned to use this project for the Fall Blog Hop tomorrow (Saturday, August 27), but I changed my mind.  I have another project for tomorrow!  I will use this project as a sneak preview of all the fabulous projects that will be available tomorrow!  I am excited about participating in my very first blog hop!

Now you can coordinate your note paper with the season!  Coupons fit nicely into these holders, too! 

The idea for this project came from "Mature Living" magazine (LifeWay), page 26-27, August 2011. The original project is by Emily Gordon, Lewisburg, Tenn.  She used her holder as a Prayer Wallet.  This is a variation of her holder.


Supplies needed:

**2 sheets 12x12 scrapbook paper of your choice.  Be sure your patterned paper is an overall design, not a directional design.  When folded the inside print on the note holder will be upside down!!  Don't use cardstock, it will make the folders too bulky
**Threaded sewing machine
**Bone Folder and Ruler or Score Board
**Lettering of your choice...I used a font from Cricut Cartridge "Nursery Rhymes"
**Images of your choice...I used images from Cricut Cartridge "Nursery Rhymes"
**Ribbon
**Adhesive (very strong)
**Paper trimmer
**Scissors

Step-by-Step instructions and photos:

There are several steps shown in this photo.  The photo was taken AFTER step 6!
1.  Put the 12x12 sheets backsides together and stitch around all edges
2.  Score the paper on the side you will be using as the outside at 6 inches
3.  Turn the paper over and score 3 inches from each edge (at the 3 inch mark and 9 inch mark)
4.  Stitch along all the scored creases
5.  Measure and score on the inside at 4 inches from the bottom
6.  Fold the bottom four inches on the score toward the center on the inside of the holder and secure with a strong adhesive on the outer edges only.  I would not stitch again.  This could weaken the hold (too many holes)


Fold the project right sides together on the 6 inch score mark.


Fold the outer edges toward the inside of the project on the 3 inch and 9 inch score marks

Use a stong adhesive on the outside of the project in the inner fold.  I used Tacky Tape because of the strength.  Press the sides together.



I folded the note holder together  and adhered the ribbon across the back of the noteholder using Tacky Tape.  Then added the title and image.  You can do this in any order.

I cut 8  3/4 X 2  1/4 inch strips of scrapbooking paper to create the note paper.  I folded about an inch of the top down and adhered with tape.  I used some the scrapbooking paper that I would not use in cards and layouts.
Here is the inside of the completed project:
I used a one-way design on my printed scrapbook paper.  When I folded the bottom up, it caused the inside print to be upside down!  Use a patterned paper with an over all design!  I cut out some coordinated paper to cover up the upside down images!


Finished Note Holders





The idea for this project came from "Mature Living" magazine (LifeWay), page 26-27, August 2011.  The original project is by Emily Gordon, Lewisburg, Tenn. 











Thursday, August 25, 2011

"Sophie" arrived yesterday!

"Sophie" is the newest Cricut Circle Exclusive Cartridge! She weighed in at 1 pound and arrived at 2:36 PM (Eastern) via FedEx!

She has 50 different images--Curlie Q's, Swirls, Flourishes, Flowers, Leaves, Birds and Birdhouses, Keys, Locks, etc.
200 assorted cards--
two sets of cards have beautiful edges! Yea!!50 assorted doilies
50 assorted bookmarks
50 assorted images (from the top of the bookmarks)
A plastic shell
90 Reward Points

Plus, a Special dark pink Charm to celebrate her delivery and anticipated year of fun and excitement!

*Very Quick Card* Used the Create Electronic Cutter to make card
Butterfly Card/Page 27 in handbook
Cut at 4 inches (fit to page for the 6x12 mat)
Portrait Mode
Card fits an A2 envelope



*Very Quick Card* Used the Create Electronic Cutter to make card
Flower5 Card/Page 36 in handbook
Cut at 4 1/4 inches (fit to page for the 6x12 mat)
Portrait Mode
Card will not fit an A2 envelope. I would suggest cutting this card at 4 inches (if you want it to fit an A2)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fall Blog Hop!


Here is the Line-Up for the Blog Hop!
2) Michele www.michelegreen.com
3) Roberta http://www.txscrappermom.blogspot.com/
4) Mary http://www.marebearscraps.blogspot.com/
5) Renee http://icameisawicreated.blogspot.com/
6) Carolyn http://cccscraproom.blogspot.com/
7) Gamma http://gammascreativecorner.blogspot.com/
8) Colleen http://www.scrappycol.blogspot.com
9) DoodleDiva www.doodledivadesigns.com
10) Kimbe http://kimberliscreations.blogspot.com/
11) Lisa http://addictedtothecricut.blogspot.com
12) Gonecampn http://www.scrapcavecreations.com/
13) Momto2cuties http://www.inlovewithpaper.blogspot.com/
14) Scrapalette http://scrapalette.blogspot.com/
15) Paper Memories http://papermemories4u.blogspot.com/ (New Blog)
16)Darcy http://dlmbscrapping-time2create.blogspot.com/
17)Lavendergal http://ibecircled.blogspot.com
19) HappyScrapper64 http://happyscrapper64.blogspot.com/
20) Madylyn http://inspiredbycolor.blogspot.com/
21)Nancy http://lanancyworkshop.blogspot.com/
22)Debbie http://bugginattheseams.blogspot.com/
23)Tracy http://www.scrappininthewoods.blogspot.com/
24)Sharon http://designsbysharon.blogspot.com/

If you are not a member of the Cricut Circle, you are missing a fun, creative way to use your Cricut Cutters and other ProvoCraft equipment!  This is a wonderful community of creative and innovative papercrafters that share ideas, projects, and life events!  Click on the link below to discover more about the Cricut Circle!  We would love to have you join our community of crafters!!

http://www.cricut.com/circle/sign.up.aspx

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Set of Friendship Cards using A Child's Year

This is a set of Friendship Cards that I made using the Cricut Cartridge "A Child's Year" and supplies from my crafting stash.  The images were left over from various projects.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Accent Essentials and Painted Canvas

This is a Sympathy card that I created using the Cricut Cartridge "Accent Essentials" for the flowers and leaves.  The background is canvas covered with acrylic paint. 
The flower layers are attached with dimensional tape.
Inside of card...

Monday, August 15, 2011

What A Wonderful Way To Start My Day!

My scene project for the Monthly Cricut Circle Challenge was chosen as Project of the Day for Monday, August 15 on the Cricut Circle Blog!  What an honor!

Here is the blog post if you would like more details...
http://cccscraproom.blogspot.com/2011/08/cricut-circle-scene-challenge.html

Friday, August 12, 2011

Busy Card Making Week using My Stash!

This has been a busy week of card making!  I wanted to create as many cards as possible using my stash.  Sit back, relax, and look!  I hope you find something that you like and that it will inspire you to create from your stash!












Thank you for scrolling through all these cards!  I appreciate you!!