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, July 27, 2011

Christmas in July 2011 On-Line Cricut Circle Swarm...Challenge #6

Challenge #6 is the final project for the Christmas in July Cricut Circle Swarm.  We were to make a tag for a gift.  The tag is from the Cricut Cartridge "Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More".  The poinsettia is from a Christmas cartridge.

Christmas in July 2011 On-Line Cricut Circle Swarm...Challenge 5

Challenge #5 is a gift card holder created using the Tree Box from Cricut Cartridge "Tags, Bags, Boxes and More".  The challenge was to use at least 3 score lines in a project, the colors red, green, gold, and be a gift card holder.

I used the Gypsy to position the image on a 12x12 mat and increased the size to fit the paper.  The box was decorated with embellishments from previous Christmas projects. 
Velcro is used to close the side opening of the box.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Christmas in July 2011 On-Line Cricut Circle Swarm Challenge #4

For Challenge #4 we are to use ribbon, fibers, twine, etc.  This one is so EASY!  I used the ornament image from Cricut Cartridge "Joys of the Season".  Layers of ribbon, an embellishment, and some Stickles...

Christmas in July 2011 On-Line Cricut Circle Swarm Challenge #3

For Challenge #3 I created "Eggshell Ornaments".  Remember the eggshell projects of the 1970's?  I do!  I was required to make an eggshell box for a college art project.  I wish I had kept that little box.  I enjoyed the process of making the eggshell project, and thought I could use something similar for these ornaments.

Here are the step-by-step instructions for making "Eggshell Ornaments" using UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel).

I used Cricut Cartridge "Joys of  the Season" and cut 6 ornaments from a heavy, textured gold cardstock.  Three of these ornaments will be used for this project.  The other three will be used for Challenge #4.
**Collect eggshells, clean, and let completely dry.  I have had these eggshells for a long time.  They were prepared several years ago for a project.
**Assemble the equipment that you will need.   Prepared eggshells, UTEE, clear-dry glue paste, paint brush, clear pigment ink, heat embosser.
**Put one layer of UTEE on the back of the ornament.  This will provide stability and prevent the top layer from crackling.
**Using a paint brush, apply a layer of glue paste to the front of the ornament.  Coat the surface well, but don't make it too thick.
**Coat the back of the eggshell piece with the glue paste.
**Wet your fingers with water and press the eggshell piece onto the surface of the ornament.  Wetting your fingers allow the eggshell to release easily onto the ornament.
**Continue to add eggshells until you get the desired effect.  I use Tweezers and a awl to move tiny pieces of eggshell around on the surface of the glue paste.  There should not be any over-lapping pieces of eggshell.
**Let the ornament completely dry.  I left mine overnight. 
**Then begin adding layers of UTEE.  Rub clean, clear pigment ink over the ornament and sprinkle with UTEE.  Heat with the heating tool until all the embossing crystals completely melt.   I usually cover with at least 3 layers, but the more you add the thicker and richer the surface.  Be sure to let each layer completely dry before adding another.
**Before the last layer of UTEE dried, I positioned a vellum butterfly into the liquid UTEE.
**Add some gold Stickles and a have an "Eggshell Ornament"!
**But...there is more!  Even Circlets can become ornaments!
These little Circlets were made by Sandie O for table decorations at the Kentucky Meet Up!  I thought they would make a great embellishment for an eggshell ornament!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Christmas in July 2011 On-Line Cricut Circle Swarm...Challenge #2

My entry for the Challenge #2 from the Swarm was to create a 3D image.  I used the Gypsy and cut image and layers as large as a 12x12 mat would allow.

*House...Cricut Cartridge "Winter Woodlands"  3dbldg3 (p. 77, p. 91-94 hndbk)
*Wreaths...Cuttlebug Die "Christmas Noel".  Used green and red cardstock, cut out the bow from the wreath on the red, glued to the green, added Red Stickles for the ornaments
*Trees...Cuttlebug Die "Christmas Noel".  Used green cardstock, added Red Stickles for the ornaments
 *Blue crochet trim for curtains
*Plastic "stain glass" for the round window
*"Frosted Lace" Stickles and Glitter Glue by Studio G was used to outline the roof

 I wanted to show the size of the little house...

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Christmas in July 2011 Cricut Circle On-Line Swarm Challenge #1

Challenge #1 for the On-Line Swarm is to create something from a PageMap sketch.  I created a scrapbook page.

Background image...Cricut Cartridge "Paper Lace" (p. 30 hndbk)
Ornaments...Cricut Cartridge "Joys of the Season" (p. 79 hndbk)
Holly branches..."Joys of the Season" (p. 73 hndbk)
Christmas tree..."Joys of the Season" (p. 59 hndbk)
Nestibilities circle scallop die
Letters from Cuttlebug die set "Olivia"
Martha Stewart border punch
bead trim, Stickles, Liquid Pearls, gold cord

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Farmer from Cricut Pop-Up Neighborhood

This is my first try using the Cricut Circle Exclusive Cartridge "Pop-Up Neighborhood".

Step one...
I created the background with colored cardstock and construction paper.
Step two...I added shades of blue paper to simulate mountains

Step three...Crumbled white tissue paper was used for the clouds

Step four...Brushing chalk ink over the paper and around the edges added depth to the project.  A rough outline of garden produce helped to add interest.
 Finished Project...The farmer heading back home!  I added a small pond created by using torn paper and chalk ink for interest.  The trees in the background are from a Cuttlebug die.

10 Most Beautiful Places in America

GMA (Good Morning America) is sponsoring a contest to show the 10 Most Beautiful Places in America.  Here is my contribution...
This is just a small section of a range of mountains outside of Mexican Hat, Utah  It is very obvious where the inspiration for much of the beautiful Navaho Native American art orginates.  The entire range of mountains  can be seen from a road leading into the valley.  It is breath-taking.  Nature at its best!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Pink Challenge on Cricut Circle Message Board

There are two Pink Challenges on the Cricut Circle Message Board this weekend.

Challenge #1...To use Pink...
These cards were made using scraps of paper and ribbon from my stash.  The "flower" is two punched flowers pop-dotted together with a button center tied with twine.  I used a layer of stringed beads to add interest to the brown ribbon. 

Challenge #2...To use Pink Ribbon...
I used my Gypsy, Create Electronic Die Cutter, Walmart Colorbok white textured paper, 1/8 inch Tacky Tape, pink vinyl, assorted pink ribbon, trim, and beads from my stash to create the next two cards.
The window card and sentiments are from the Cricut Cartridge "Beyond Birthdays"

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Creating Sentiment Stickers for the Inside of Cards!

Several years ago I found a big pack of labels on the old-fashioned computer paper that has holes on the side.  These labels had been packed away until recently.  I have discovered a use for these labels!!

When I make sets of cards, I will leave the inside blank to allow the person sending the card to personalize as they wish.  Recently I decided to include a set of stickers using frequently used sentiments.

These sheets of labels are perfect for making sentiment stickers!!!

I use clear acrylic sentiment stamps and lay them on the labels where I want to stamp...
Here is a close-up...
Next I lay clear acrylic stamp blocks over the sentiments stamps to pick them up.  This will allow for correct spacing when I begin to stamp the sentiments...
Please note that I am using two stamp blocks instead of one long block.  I found that it is easier to stamp with 2 blocks instead of one.  It was difficult for me to get a clear impression of all the sentiments at one time when I put all the stamps on one long block.

I used dye ink to stamp the sentiments because it dries quickly and doesn't smudge.  Hint..a Martha Stewart White Opaque Marker will cover tiny smudges!
I have found that it is best to test the stamp on scrap paper before stamping the labels.  It is possible to check for position and how well the stamps are transferring the ink.
Next I stamp all the same sentiments at one time.  This helps to reduce smudges and doesn't take as long.

Then I separated the sentiments lists.
I made a small label to put on the outside of the card package.
Now I am ready to package the card sets with the sentiments stickers included.  I include more sentiments than cards.  This gives lots of choices!

"Inspired Heart" Notecards created Using My Stash!

This set of cards was created for the "Using My Stash" challenge on the Cricut Circle Message Board.  I used the Cricut Lite Cartridge "Inspired Hearts" for the images.  The box is from Hobby Lobby.
The cards measure 4 1/4 inches by 3 3/4 inches (folded).
Here is a close-up of some of the cards...

Monday, July 11, 2011

Bicycle Tags..."Ring those Bells!

I was asked to create "Just " " Married" Bicycle Tags for a couple that is getting married soon.  The husband-to-be is creating a black and white photo of the tags on the back of the couple's bikes.  The photo will be displayed at their reception!

The white metal tags are 3 inch by 5 inch with holes at the top.  I designed the front of the tags on my Gypsy using the Cricut Cartridges  SWEETHEARTS and CLASSIC CRICUT FONT.  Everything is cut from black vinyl and then the tags were covered with a clear acrylic spray.

Here are the tags... (maybe I can get a picture of the bicycles after the wedding!!)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Eight Rocking Princesses!!

This is a set of 8 cards that I made using the Cricut Cartridge "Rock Princess".  The plastic box will hold the cards.  The cards measure 4 1/4 inches X 3 3/4 inches when folded.  The cards fit into A2 envelopes.  The envelopes will be included in a plastic sleeve attached to the box with double-sided tape.

All the cards were made for the "Using My Stash" challenge on the Cricut Message Board. 

This was my first time cutting vinyl in my Cricut.  I cut most of the phrases from black vinyl.  All other vinyl pieces were samples that was given to me.  Premade stickers were used on the cards.

The "Princess" images, layers, and shadows were cut from a neutral  cardstock, glued together, and colored with Copic Markers.

Here is a close-up view of all the cards....