Monday, December 29, 2014

Cricut Explore Monkey Birthday Card

Good morning

Just wanted to share a card that I made.  I have been playing with my Explore quite a bit since Christmas morning and having a blast.  I LOVE THIS MACHINE!!!!

This card, I found a monkey card in the image library in Design Space.  I didn't have to do any welding.  I wanted to make a shaped card.  This made it easy.  But I got to use the pen to write with my Explore and use the score stylus.  It isn't the best card that I have made in my crafting experience but it was fun and I thought it was a cute card.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Santa Was Good To Me

Good morning everyone.

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas this year and Santa was good to you.  He definitely  was good to me.  I got my new Cricut Explore and in my stocking was the Bluetooth adapter and the scoring stylus.  I got to play with my toy for a little while yesterday morning before going to my parents for dinner.  I made a couple projects just to try out the pen and the scoring stylus.  I made the starting project...  the Thank You card that I think everyone makes when they first set up their machine and I made a gift card holder from one of the Make It Now projects in Design Space.  I have a feeling I am going to be doing a lot of playing this weekend.  Unfortunately, I had to go to work today and can't play until later tonight or tomorrow.

I am so loving this machine.  I thought long an hard about my good ole Expression machine.  I really don't need 2 machines.  I was going to hold on to it as a back up but I decided to sell it.  I am including the the juke box that lets you load 6 cartridges at a time instead of 1 and 14 cartridges. Also, I have the deep housing blade for the Expression which I am including.  The only thing about the cartridges is that they are already linked to my Cricut account.  Did that long before I got my Explore and even before the Explore was even created.  But the carts do work when loaded in the machine to cut.  Just can't link them to another account.  If you are interested, you can email me

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

My Cricut Explorer Still In Shipping Box

Good evening.

I am too excited right now.  My theory was correct.  My DH did order my Cricut Explore from Amazon.  The bad news is that he ordered the normal machine not in any bundles.  When I sent him the link to the starter bundle with the extra tools, he already had the machine on order.  He didn't let on at the time that he had ordered already.  I think I am going to see if Amazon will do something for us though.  The starter bundle was the same price as with out the extra stuff.  If Amazon won't help then I will call Cricut.  I at least want the stylus.  I can work around the deep cut blade at the moment by doing custom settings and doing a multi cut for my chip board. 

The machine was not shipped by Amazon but by Provocraft.  I got home today before my DH and there it was on the porch with Cricut Explorer on the shipping box in big bold letters.  I don't think my husband wanted me to know for sure until Christmas morning that I ordered it for me.  But, I still have to wait until Christmas morning to open it.  I can't wait!!!!

The lighting was not great when I took the pic.  It was really under exposed.  I photoshopped it a little.  But it is fuzzy.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cricut Explore

Good morning everyone!  I am soooooo excited.  My DH is getting me a Cricut Explore for Christmas.  He found a good deal on Amazon.  For $199 I am getting the starter bundle that has the scraper, spatula, set of metallic pens, the deep blade housing, 2 months free subscription to the image library and the scoring stylus.   I can't wait to get it.  The hardest part is that he told me I have to wait until Christmas morning to open it and play with it.  I feel like a little kid.

I have been looking all over Pinterest and YouTube.  This machine is the bomb!!!!  If you have one of these toys, leave me a comment and let me know how you like it.  Even give links to some of your projects you made with it.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Nursing Graduation Card

Good morning blogers!

A realtor friend in my real estate office needed a card for her niece who is graduating from nursing school tomorrow.  I made this card for her.

I am loving the Cricut Craftroom.  I am so glad I paid for the subscription.  It saved me tons of time by not having to create svg files for this card.  I own the Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge, so I was able to use it in the CCR. She was cut at 3" All of the nursing stuff was from this cart.  I popped her up on double foam tape.  I hand drew her face with sharpies.

 The sentiment and graduation cap were cut from Happy Graduation I believe.  I cut a scallop circle and regular circle.  I also popped up the cap on double foam tape.  The sentiment is a single layer of foam tape.  I inked the scallop and sentiment scroll with Walnut Stain Distress Ink by Ranger.

The top part of the background was from just plain old card stock and I ran it through my Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots folder.  The bottom was from an old paper pack that was actually a fabric paper pack where you peel off the paper backing and stick the fabric on your object.  The pack was by DCWV.  I have had this paper pack for a couple years now.

I added some lace from my stash and some flat back pearls.

I dropped the card office at the office this morning and the realtor who I made the card for happen to be there.  She was so tickled over the card and loved it. 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Couple More Christmas Cards For 2014

Good evening.

It is late and I am going to have to get my little butt to bed ( actually not so little) here soon.  But, I just wanted to share a couple cards that I had made. The red based card I did tonight.  I bit the bullet  and subscribed to the Cricut Craftroom monthly subscription.  It is saving me some time right now not having to create svg files from the cart images.  I say it is worth it consider the over 25,000 images and fonts I have access to now.  The licensed carts are not available for subscriptions.  Those I will still have to create my own svg files from them.  But I don't use those very often.

Anyhow, the first card that I am showing you I made over a week ago.  I saw on Pinterest pins that used dryer sheets.  I decided to try it and here is how it turned out.  It is hard to see the glitter on camera, but I tried to display it the best that I could.

The next card I made in CCR since I subscribed.  It was a project file that I downloaded that featured the Quilted Christmas cartridge.  I added some white flat back pearls and a gem on the packages.  I used my Martha Stewart Pine Branch punch and added a few of those and I have these pearl pens.  I used my red one to create faux flat back pearls as berries.

That is it for tonight.  I have to get some sleep.  I was hoping to get another one done, but I ran out of time.  I have a busy weekend.  I have to show a house tomorrow and do some office time in the afternoon and on Sunday I am sitting an open house on a pretty new listing.

Later all and good night.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Free SVG - Snowy House Scene

Good morning.

I saw this cute card online and created an svg in order to re-create it.  I am sharing my svg with you today.

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The card I saw has this and then some smoke coming out of the chimney and at the end of the smoke trail it spelled out Merry Christmas.