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, January 31, 2012

"Scratch It" Pendant!

If you are coming here from "She's a Sassy Lady",  you are in the right place!  I am honored to be a guest designer on Shelia's blog today.  I am creating greeting cards
using "Engraving Art".

Today's post on Carolyn's Creative Corner is a pendant made from a "Scratch It" engraving sheet and Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE)!  Please visit for directions to stamping the engraving sheet.  Then come back for a fun project using the stamped sheet and UTEE!
"Scratch It" papers are black coated paper over random colored paper.  The black is scraped away to reveal the colors.  This is also known as "Engraving Art".

The pendant begins as a design stamped on the surface of the black coated paper, sprinkled with gold embossing powder, and heat embossed.  Then the spaces inside the stamped image are scraped away to reveal the color.
An example of how the black is removed.  For more details, please visit today's post at
The image on the left is stamped with VersaMark "Watermark" pigment ink, sprinkled with gold embossing powder, and heat embossed.
The black coating has been scraped away to reveal the color.  The image will be cut out, a hangar attached on the back of the image, coated with VersaMark "Watermark" pigment ink, sprinkled with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel, and heat embossed.
I am using this small frame for the hangar on the back of the pendant.  I am using "Tacky Tape" to secure the hangar.
This first step is important because the hangar will not stick securely to the smooth finish after the UTEE is applied.  The hangar should be attached to the directly to the back of the image.
Several layers of UTEE will be used on the pendant.  Always begin with at least 2 coats to the back of the pendant.  This will prevent the dried finish of the UTEE from crackling when cooled.  Use a sponge and VersaMark "Watermark" pigment ink to coat the back surface.  Be sure to put the ink up and around the hangar.  Don't forget to put UTEE inside the square, too.
Coat the surface liberally with the ink.
Sprinkle the surface with UTEE.  Use Tweezers to lift the pendant and shake off the excess UTEE.
Heat emboss the surface until all the granules are melted.  Be sure to use a heat proof surface when heating the UTEE.  This is a piece of metal.  A ceramic floor tile works great!  I have a 12-inch floor tile near my workspace for use with the heat embosser.

When the UTEE has cooled, repeat the process.  Coat the surface with clear pigment ink, sprinkle with UTEE, heat.  This should be done at least twice on the back of the pendant.
Now it is time to coat the front of the pendant.  Use the same steps as the back.  Cover with clear pigment ink, sprinkle with UTEE, and heat emboss.
The fun begins as the UTEE melts.  Here are pictures of the melting process.
The granules are melting!
All the granules are melted.  Repeat the clear pigment ink, UTEE, and heat embossing at least 3 times on the front.  The more layers, the thicker the coating.  Let the pendant cool completely.  The pendant is now ready for wearing!

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  Be sure to visit "She's a Sassy Lady" to see the cards that I made using the "Engraving Art" coated paper!

Comments are loved and appreciated!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Sneak Peak at Tomorrow's Post!

I will be featured on "She's a Sassy Lady" Blog tomorrow!  Here is a sneak peak! 
Instruction will be given to turn the image on the left to the project on the right!

See "She's a Sassy Lady" for directions to use the "Scratch It" papers to make cards...

Click here to see how to make the "Scratch It" pendant...

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Mat Cleaning Tip of the Day!

I found these cleaning wipes on the clearance shelf at Joann's last week.  The box originally was priced between $6.00-7.00 (must be good stuff, I thought).  The clearance price was $2.31.  I read that the wipes were good for removing ink and gunk...must be good stuff!!  So I bought a box.  This was one of the best purchases I made all day!  This truly is good stuff!!!
This is not the worse Cricut mat that I have, but it is bad enough for me to sacrifice to the new cleaning cloths.  I wanted to see if they were as good as the box said.
Close-Up view of the gunk!
I took out one of those cloths and started scrubbing!  I mean I scrubbed!  Using the spatula and my fingernails, I scrubbed down to the plastic!  I had decided I would use my nice clean plastic for the bottom of a cloth bag if I removed all the sticky!
And it worked!  I cleaned that mat so good! 
It was slightly damp, but dried in just a matter of minutes.

Guess what....
It worked!!!!  The sticky is back!  I haven't had to use the painter's tape!
I used this mat on my projects for the Imagine project
and the "Love is in the Air" project
and the mat is still sticky!

This is good stuff!!!
PS...I don't have a 'letterpress'.  I don't even know what it is!  However, I am sure going to keep an eye-out for more of these fabulous cleaning cloths!!

You all have a great day!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Fabric Paper by DCWV "Love is in the Air" Blog Hop!

"Love is in the Air" Blog Hop posted by Paulette
on January 28, 2012
I used the "Fabric Paper" Stack by DCWV
for my project.

My project is creating Valentine cards using the newest

DCWV "Adhesive Fabric Paper".
This card is created using DCWV "Adhesive Fabric Paper".
The card front and top layer are cut from the fabric paper and then stitched (after all it is fabric!). 
The hearts are cut from the Fabric Paper (do not remove the paper backing) using the Cricut Create, stitched, and then layered with Velum hearts (used a paper punch).  I embossed the Velum hearts with Cuttlebug embossing folders.  To cut the Fabric Paper in the Cricut Create, I lay the fabric side down on the mat and cut from the backside.  I put the speed and pressure on high, the blade depth (on the blade housing) on 6, and cut the image twice.
The embossed area of the hearts  is highlighted with Colorbox ink "Pink"
The pink flowers, pink cloth ribbon, and small beads are from my stash. 
I made the stick pin using a corsarge pin from Walmart and an assortment of beads from my stash!
This is the "Adhesive Fabric Paper" stack that was used.
Close-up view of the fabric.
The backing peels back to leave a fine layer of beautiful fabric that can be used on a variety of projects!
This cards shows two other fabrics that are in the stack.  The Rosette is cut from the Fabric Paper using the Tim Holtz rosette die and the Cuttlebug.  The Fabric Paper did not cut as clean as the Cricut, I had to clip some fibers. A sheet or two of cardstock added to the 'sandwich' in the Cuttlebug would have been helpful.  I left the backing on the Fabric Paper to give it 'body'.  The ribbon, trim, and sticker are from my stash.  The paper edge trim is a Martha Stewart edge punch.  The stick pin is a Walmart corsage pin with assorted beads added.
Inside card
A different sheet of the Fabric Paper.
The crinkle ribbon is a gift from Shelia "She's a Sassy Lady"
Metal heart embellishment is from my stash
Inside card
Not a Valentine card, but I wanted to show that you can use the Fabric Paper with the
Cricut Cartridge "Flower Shoppe"!
The flower is 'Design 1'.  I left the backing on the Fabric Paper to give it dimension.  The stick pin is a corsage pin from Walmart with an assortment of beads from my stash.
Inside card

Here's the Blog List of those that participated in the Blog Hop!
Paulette from
Dana from
Beth from
Sis from
Doreen from
Cindy from
Deb from
Michele from
Carolyn from
Colleen from
Elizabeth from
Sukie from
Sharon from

Thank you for visiting my blog today!  I hope you have learned something from your visit!  Comments are always appreciated!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Separating Layers on the Imagine Cartridge using the E2!

This is the day that I decided to learn how to separate layers on the Imagine Cartridges!  I have an E2 (5th Anniversary Edition  Cricut Expression).  This Cricut Expression uses the regular Cricut cartridges and the Imagine cartridges.  There is a learning curve for separating the images on the Imagine Cartridges.

The first place I went for information was to Robyn (The Pink Stamper).  I watched her helpful video for instructions and was not disappointed!  I was able to separate the layers after watching the video one time!

Here is the link for watching Robyn's video "Cricut Expression 2 with Imagine Cartidge (Episode 274)

I do not have the ability to produce videos, but I can take pictures!  So, here is my version of separating layers on the Cricut Imagine Cartridges...step by step!

I will be using the Imagine Cartridge "Imagine More Cards", page 2, "Happy Birthday" image.
Place the cartridge into the slot on the right side of the screen.
Turn on the E2 and this screen will appear.
Click on the "Image" icon.
The images from "Imagine More Cards" will appear on the screen.  I will be using the first image "Happy Birthday".  In the top right corner is a drop-down bar.  Be sure "All" is selected.  You are going to be using all the layers of the image.
Touch the pencil icon in the top left corner of the "Happy Birthday" image.
This screen will appear.  In the bottom left corner, touch the icon that shows the little figure and the layers (layered).
Also, while at this screen, touch the "Size" button
The "Size" button will take you this screen.  Here you will turn-off the Real Dial Size (this is important).  Be sure the button on the left is green!
You will choose the size you want the image to be.  I am using 2.50 inches.
Click on the "Save" icon.
This will take you to a screen showing parts of the image layers.
Click on the "Save" icon.
You are now back to the screen where the images are located.  Notice the layers for the "Happy Birthday" cake are now located in the window at the top!

Now, we are going to get those layers onto the mat! 
But, first, we have to space the layers so that it will be easy to put the paper on the mat
To make paper placement on the mat easier, there must be breaks between the layers.  Use the buttons at the bottom of the screen to do this.
Put the cursor between the layer.
Then touch the "Space" icon.  Do this between each icon.
This shows the "Space" icon in the window.
You will need to make space between the lines of icons.  Use the "Return" button to make the space larger.  I had to put use "Return" twice on this project.
This screen shows one "Return", but I used two!
This screen shows where the layers are located on the mat for easy use of paper placement.
Top left...white...3" x 4", pink...4"x 4", red...4"x 4", white...4"x 2"
Choose the "Cut" icon.
Press "Load/Unload" button.
Press the "Cut" button.
You will be given the opportunity to select the correct setting for cutting.
Press the "Cut" icon and let it go!  The light will come on and the Cricut does all the work!
Unload the mat.
Remove the border paper....and there you have the layers!  Ready to be put together!
The two base pieces are glued together.  The cake and icing are glued together.  I used a white Gel pen to color a doily under the cake.  Copics were used to color the candle.  A Zig pen was used to glue the candle to the cake.
A Cuttlebug embossing folder was used to create the background for the "Happy Birthday" Cake!
Dimensional Tape is used to give depth to the card and make the images "pop".  Ribbon and a sentiment were added....
Success!!  Two cards created using the Imagine Cartridge and the E2!
This is a "Red Velvet" Day!!!

Thank you for visiting my blog!  Please let me know if this post was helpful!