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.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

UTEE (Ultra-Thick Embossing Enamel) with Cricut and stamping!!

Two pins made with UTEE (Ultra-Thick Embossing Enamel). 

**The pin on the left is created using a Cricut cut, Spellbinders Nesties, and Cuttlebug embossing folder.

**The pin on the right is creating by stamping with pigment ink.

Step-by-step directions with photos...I will be showing how to create the stamped image pin.  Follow the same directions for using a Cricut cut to create a pin.

Supplies and equipment used for this project.
**Selected stamp
**Foam to cushion the stamping
**Pigment ink
**Clear Ultra-Thick Embossing Powder
**Container to store used UTEE
**Heat gun for embossing
**Art tray
**Ceramic tile (use to protect surface and help heat emboss)
**Pin Back
NOT SHOWN, but needed...
**Watermark stamp pad (new or slightly used)
**Hot glue gun

Before going any further, please add this step....
Turn the project over and put at least one layer (2 is better) of UTEE ON THE BACK of the project!
This will prevent the project from crackling and breaking!
Edited...Turn the image over.  Spread VersaMark Watermark stamp ink over the back of the project.  Cover with UTEE and heat emboss.  I usually put 2 layers on the back.  Let it completely dry/cool.  Then continue with the following steps.  This prevents the project from crackling and breaking.

Stamp image using clear pigment ink on a good quality, heavy cardstock. I use VersaMark Watermark stamp ink.

 Immediately cover the stamped area with UTEE and heat.  This sets the image and protects it from the next steps.

When using a watermark stamp pad and clear UTEE, it is important to use a clean pad.  The pad on the right has been used many times and refilled with ink.  It is discolored and a closer look reveals tiny specks of trash.  This will transfer to your project.

A project that is white or light in color works best with a new or slightly used stamp pad, such as the one on the left.

Fresh UTEE should be used on white or light projects.  Used UTEE will have specks of trash, also. The stamped image on the left was created using an old stamp pad and used UTEE.  The stamped image on the right was created using a new stamp pad and clean UTEE.
Cover the project with the watermark stamp pad and UTEE.  Then heat emboss until the embossing crystals melt.  Let the project cool and repeat.  You can do this as many times as you wish, I usually cover the project three (3) times.

I cut a piece of gold cardstock (Stampin Up) slightly larger than the project and glued the two pieces together.  Then covered the project with watermark ink and UTEE and heat embossed the pin two more times.

The next step is to add the pin back and I am finished!

I used a hot glue gun to attach a pin back.

Completed projects!

The polar bear pin was made from extra Cricut and Spellbinders cuts that I glued together and covered with UTEE as described above!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Quick Card using Ribbon and Pop Dots

I made this card using scraps of paper and ribbon.  The sentiment is glued to cardstock and then pop-dotted.

I always create a completed cart front, then glue this to the folded card base.  This hides the back of the card front.

**Cut the card front from solid cardstock and round the corners
**Cut a piece of patterned paper smaller than the card front
**Cut the patterned paper into 2 unequal parts.  Glue to card front, leaving a space for the ribbon
**Glue piece of ribbon between the patterned paper pieces
**Glue sentiment to small piece of paper, leaving a border, and round the corners
**Glue the layered sentiment to another piece of paper, leaving a border, and round the corners
**Pop-dot the layered sentiment to the card front
**Glue completed card front to the folded card base.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Weekly Cricut Circle Blog Challenge---Using Vellum

Card Base from Martha Stewart
Bat and Cat stickers from Scrapbook Sticker Calendar
All images are cut from the Cricut Cartridge PAPER DOLL DRESS UP
Cricut Markers are used on images.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Flat Susie! Why should Flat Stanley have all the fun!!!

Used EVERYDAY PAPER DOLLS Cricut Cartridge.
**figure cut in "Portrait" mode, "Fit to Page" on 12x24 mat
**Measurement is 16 inches
1.  Cut 1 figure from tan paper
2.  Cut 1 figure from the chipboard on the back of the ProvoCraft 12x24 paper pad.  Glue figures together.
3.  Used figure #40/p67 in handbook on everything on Flat Susie, except, the shoulderbag.  Bag was cut from figure #20/p47 in handbook.
4.  Brushed ColorBox "Dune" pigment ink on edges of figure
5.  Used assorted "Pearls" and "Diamonds"
6.  Martha Stewart fine glitter on cell phone
7.  Bug Head copied from the back of the handbook
8.  All coloring/shading done with Copic Markers---E57, E95, R29, B00
9.  Gelly Roll silver Metallic pen used
10.  Suitcase paper from ScrapWorks "Formal Affair"
11.  Patterned paper from KI Memories "Funky Paper Pad II"
12.  Solid paper--sources unknown
13.  Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive and assorted pop-dots used

Monday, October 18, 2010

Christmas Card using chipboard and Cricut Cartridge JOYS OF THE SEASON

Supplies/Equipment needed:
Tri-fold card base                     Cricut die cutting machine
Chipboard/cardboard               Cricut mat
Sticker paper                            JOYS OF THE SEASON Cartridge
Patterned paper                       Cricut Marker
White paper                             Deep Cutting Blade
Fine Glitter                              Regular Cutting Blade
Glue pen
Copic Marker/permanet marker
Desired sentiments
Adhesive of choice

Cut 1 image at 3 inches using chipboard and the Deep Cutting Blade.  Set machine on 2 for multiple cuts (or as needed for chipboard you are using)

Cut 1 image at 3 inches using Cricut Markers and sticker paper using the Regular Cutting Blade

Peel back off sticker paper and place on top of the chipboard image

Using Zig-Zag glue pen, apply glue to the area that you want use glitter.  Be careful to stay within the lines.  Apply each color of glitter separately, allowing to dry between applications.

Use a tri-fold card base.  Cut printed paper to fit each side.  Cut solid white paper to fit each side.  Using a Copic marker and ruler, edge each piece of paper with color (Lipstick Red used for this card).

Use Zots to attach the poinsettia to the left front side of the card.

Add sentiment to the front of the card (or embellishments as desired).  Finish the inside of card as desired.  The back of the poinsettia will need a cover-up.  I used a red flower and cut it to fit.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Weekly Circle Blog Challenge #3

Letters/shadow cut from Cricut Cartridge JASMINE
Tags cut from Cricut Cartridge WINTER WOODLAND
Butterflies cut from Cricut Cartridge STORYBOOK

**Butterflies colored with Copic Markers
**Cloth ribbon---unknown
**Patterned paper from Karen Foster Design biggie bundle
"Throughout the year #3"
**Solid cardstock from Coordinations and "Recollections" Cardstock
**"Pearls" by KaiserCraft

Tree was "fussy-cut" twice, pop-dotted together, and placed over the picture to give a 3-D effect.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Monthly Challenge for Cricut Cricle Blog...CREATE!

This is my entry for the Monthly Challenge on the Cricut Circle Blog.

*Patterned paper by Heidi Grace
*Scissors/shadow from SENTIMENTALS Cricut Cartridge cut 3 times at 3 inches and then pop-dotted together
*Letters/shadow from JASMINE Cricut Cartridge cut at 2 inches
*Scissors and Letters were run through a Xyron machine and covered with Martha Stewart fine glitter

Monday, October 11, 2010

Weekly Challenge Friday---THINK PINK! for Cricut Circle Blog

Scallops from ACCENT ESSENTIALS Cricut Cartridge--cut "Fit to Page" on 12x12 mat
Perch/shadow from 3 BIRDS ON PARADE cut 3 times at 7 inches and pop-dotted together
Decorative Trim from Hobby Lobby Stores
Chipboard flourish covered with GESSO and Martha Stewart glitter
Basic Grey rub-on letters
Scalloped ovals cut from SpellBinders Nesties

Two Cards I Made Today!

I made two cards today for challenges on the message board.

#1...The challenge was to use embellishments!
Sing Bird is from 3 BIRDS ON PARADE Cricut Cartridge.  The bird/shadow was cut at 3 inches. Used Cuttlebug embossing folder "Happy Birthday"

#2...The challenge was to use a color combination of Basic Black, Pumpkin, and Light Blue

Images are cut from Cricut cartridge PAPER DOLL DRESS UP.  The moon and stars are cut @  1 1/2 inches.  The pumpkin is cut @ 2 inches.  The trees are from a Cuttlebug die.  The card measures 4X5 inches.  The images are cut 3 times and pop-dotted together.  

Sunday, October 10, 2010

How to...Get a 3-D effect using a Cricut cut!

I made this scrapbook page using 3 different Cricut Cartridges.  The Swirl/shadow was cut from Storybook, the circle was cut from Accent Essentials, and the Tower was cut using French Manor.

I wanted the Tower to stand out from the page. get the effect, I cut 4 Tower images in 1/4 inch increments.  Then pop-dotted them on top of each other by carefully centering each image on top of the other.  I got the effect that I wanted!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

How to...Use Glaze Pens!

Glaze Pens (Sakura Japan) are fabulous little pens filled with liquid paint!   The pens are designed for nonporous surfaces such as glass, metal, plastic, etc. I use the pens with outline stickers and clear plastic.  Don't use the pens on paper...this is a real waste of the paint and you will not get the desired effect.

To use Glaze pens, you will slightly tap the pen against the surface to get the paint flowing.  Then continue to tap the tip and smooth the paint as it comes from the pen.  You will not get good results if you try to write or draw.  As with any new technique, you will have to practice to get the desired effect.  The paint will be wet.  I usually allow overnight for complete drying of my project.

Those of you that save everything, because you might use it later...Glaze pens are perfect for all those pieces of clear plastic from packaging!  Outline stickers applied to the plastic makes an ideal surface for the Glaze pens.

A work in progress!

Finished Project!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Iris Folding...using paper strips!

Iris folding Design and Pattern by Judy Headrick

I found this pattern about 3 years ago.  I have had so much fun making this Iris-Folding card.  I made several invitations with red hats  for a "Red Hat" friend of mine.  Check out Judy Headrick's website...she is awesome!


Circle of Crafters website (use search engine, I couldn't get the link to work)
Wonderful site for Iris Folding enthusiasts!

Isn't he cute!!  Wonderful website (if you can find it) will give you lots of patterns and very clear instructions!

Using the Negative space with SWEETHEARTS Cricut Cartridge

The SWEETHEARTS Cricut Cartridge has such great images!  Especially if you are in love!  Or…there are very special people in your life. I was surprised when I cut out my first image.  The negative pieces were just as pretty as the cut itself!  I had to find a way to use the negative cuts.  It is a little time consuming…but well worth the effort!

Supplies and equipment needed:  It is important to get everything together and cut out images before assembling the cards.
16 pieces white cardstock @ 5 ½ x 11 inches (score at 5 ½)
16 pieces white cardstock @ 5 ½ x 9 inches (score at 4 ½)
16 cuts @ 5 ¼ inches of “Scooter” using red paper and the card feature on page 37 in handbook (#6 image)Do not remove from mat until you read Step 1
16 card fronts from white card stock cut @ 5 x 4 inches
16 card fronts from red paper cut @ 5 ½ x 4 ½ inches
Adhesives of choice
Score tool
16 envelopes @ 4 ¾ x 6 ½ (I use Walmart’s Invitation Envelopes)  (for small cards)
16 “Foundation” envelopes @ 8 ½ inches using the image on page 81 in handbook (#50 image)  You will need to use the 12x24 mat

Step 1
Gently remove the card-cut from the mat and set it aside.  The negative that is left behind is for the second card.  You will be working on one card at a time.

Step 2
This is the most time consuming part of the project…but worth all the work!  Remove the negative pieces left on the mat with tweezers (or spatula).  Apply adhesive on back and arrange the pieces on one of the white card fronts.  The more intricate the cut, the longer this process will take.

Step 3
Complete this process for all cards.

Step 4
Place the red card-cut on the 5 ½ x 11 white cardstock.  Center the card-cut on the cardstock.  You should see a white border around the card.  Adhere the card-cut to the cardstock.  Repeat for the remaining 15 cards.  This card is now ready for your decoration and Bling!

Step 5
Position the white card fronts with the negative image on a red card front.  Center the white card front so there is a red border.  Attach these together.  Repeat for the remaining card fronts.

Step 6
Attach the completed card front to the RIGHT side of the 5 ½ x 9 cardstock.  Repeat for the other 15 card fronts.  This card is now ready for your decoration and Bling!

How to...Create an Easel Card

An Easel Card has the best of both can see the card front, the sentiment, and the person sending the card...all at once!

This is a visual of how I create my Easel Cards!
Cut a strip of paper...4 1/2 inches x 11 inches
Score at...2 3/4 inches and 5 1/2 inches
Fold on the score lines and set aside
This is the base of the card

Cut a card front...4 1/2 inches x 5 1/2 inches
Cut another piece 4 1/2 inches x 2 3/4 inches
This forms the base for the sentiment
Cut another piece...4 inches x 2 1/4 inches for the sentiment

After I get all the sections cut and scored, I will create my card front and the greeting section.  Then put the card together.

Side view of completed easel card
Just in case the person that receives the card doesn't know how to unfold the card, I have printed instructions just above the greeting label.  I cut out the strip and attach...

**Easel Card**
Prop the bottom of the card front HERE

The other side view of the easel card

Completed easel card!

Kassie's Brocade CUTTLEBUG Embossing Folder

A card I made using Kassie's Brocade CUTTLEBUG Embossing Folder and Cricut Cartridge SWEETHEARTS.

"Scooter" cut 3 times @ 2 1/2 inches. Then pop-dotted
"Daises" cut @ 1 inch
"Kassie's Brocade" Embossing Folder
Copic Markers
tiny leaf punch
Sentiment Stamp--"Anyone Can Stamp" from Hero Arts