Friday, October 29, 2010

Glue Arts BOO!

Happy Friday! Glue Arts is going around and BOOING people. Don't know what that is? Check it out here.

And to see their nifty Glue Glider Pro in action on a SPOOKY Halloween project, check out my latest video: http://adreatravis2008.blogspot.com/2010/10/spooky-hanging.html

Also, a little reminder! When I hit 50 followers I will be having a giveaway. So if you aren't already a follower you should become one :)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

PumpkinCarving

Happy Wednesday everyone! I'm so excited because this weeks Cooking With Cricut challenge is being sponsored by The Cutting Cafe. The theme is non-Spooky Halloween! Be sure to stop by and participate in the challenge.

I decided to change things up a bit and do a scrapbook page. All of the images are from The Cutting Cafe and the paper is from Graphic 45. One the left hand side are two mats for two 4 x 6 photos and on the right hand side is a spot for journaling. After printing the images and then cutting them out I simply used markers to color them in. On the pumpkin I let the orange dry and then used a thin-point brown marker to draw on faces! I did use pop-dots for the pumpkins, leaves and the arrow.

I loved how easy it was to put together this page based on one file from The Cutting Cafe. If you haven't used their files before, they have plenty of instructions on their website. If you are using the files with your Cricut you will need Make The Cut or Sure Cuts A Lot and a free program called Inkscape. Next week I will have another project that features images from The Cutting Cafe and here are a few links of past projects: Halloween Candy Box, Spooky Hanging, School Cards.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Halloween Candy Box






















Hello! I have been having a lot of fun this year with Halloween crafts. I got the cool idea of this candy box from a YouTube Video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8evnkev6k8). It is a Christmas candy box that has 7 nuggets in it. I wanted to create a similar project, but scaled down to only 3 nuggets. It took measuring twice and cutting once, but I got it down! I think this is a fun project that could easily be done for friends at a party or coworkers or if your REALLY ambitious for the neighborhood kids! Here's my video on how I created the box. To prevent misstating the measurements I didn't include them in the video. But you can see them below the clip. Also, if you want to do a box for 7 nuggets the video linked above includes the measurements.



Supplies Used:


  • Paper - all of it is from The Paper Studio

  • Tags - cut from Accent Essentials cartridge

  • Ghost Image - from The Cutting Cafe

  • Sentiment - I created using the font "Creepy"

Measurements & Scoring for a box that fits 3 nuggets:



  • For the main box, cut the paper at 5 1/2 x 4 inches. Score at 5/8 and 1 1/4 inch on the short sides. Score at 3 3/8 and 1 1/4 inch on the long sides.

  • For the slider top, cut the paper at 5 1/4 x 3 inches. Score at 1 1/4 and 1 7/8 inch on the long side only. You may want to adjust the scoring a touch based on the thickness of the papers that you are using.

  • For the candy wrappers, cut the paper at 3 x 1 inches.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Spooky Hanging

This was such a fun project to do! I think I got the idea from one of the recent blog hops I've visited. (The Creative Stampers Spot)

Here are some pictures and a video!

One of the things I didn't mention in the video is how I made the ribbon finish. Instead of it just hanging down I put some glue on the end of the ribbon and then curled it up into a roll. You could do this on the top as well depending how you hang it.









MPS Live Challenge

First of all I have to thank Purple Scrapbooker and My Pink Stamper. I won a MPS stamp set from Purple Scrapbooker and received it very quickly and I'm very excited to have Punny-licious. Although after last nights u-cast I feel a little behind as she announced her third set in the Punny-licious series! During the MPS live u-cast her and Karlee gave us a challenge. Use the colors pink, purple and green to create something in 30 minutes or less. Now, i do have to admit I didn't complete my project in 30 minutes as my flocking needed to dry!






I decided to use Create a Critter and make an animal that I hadn't used before. I decided to use the whale to go along with the Punny-licious stamp "Get Whale Soon!". The background image is from Digital Delights. I flocked the seaweed to bring in the green; it wasn't easy to keep the glue in the lines but it turned out cute. I cute the whale at 2 1/4" with two layers of purple and the top in an awesome pink color. I then sprayed all of it with my Shimmer Spritz and used pop dots to place it. I don't remember how big the starfish was cut at...but I left the little circles in and just colored it instead. To finish off the card I used the MPS stamp in silver! Simple, easy and quick!

If you've just stopped by, I'll be posting a video shortly and will have a giveaway when I hit 50 followers! See previous posts for more details!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Quick Update

Hello Everyone and HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!

I just wanted to post a quick update about a few things I have coming up.
  • Tomorrow I will be posting another video! It's a cool non-card project and for all of you cat fans there is some bonus footage of my cat Abbey in it :)
  • The project involves files from The Cutting Cafe and I will be posting another card that features The Cutting Cafe files on Wednesday as a part of a sponsored Cooking With Cricut challenge. I plan to feature how to easily cut these files with SCAL 2. If you haven't already you really should check them out...Regina does a GREAT job of sending out the files shortly after you place the order. (p.s. check out my most recent card using The Cutting Cafe files Back to Fall)
  • I have two blog hops scheduled for November. So keep an eye out for those.
  • I currently have 40 followers...I'm considering doing a giveaway when I hit 50. I'm keeping my eye open for a cool prize - let me know if you have a suggestion!

Thanks for being a follower I really appreciate the comments and support.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pick Me!

If have come here from Cooking with Cricut to see my second Designer Team contribution...WELCOME! If you are one of my regular followers, you should head over to Cooking with Cricut to see this weeks challenge!

For this challenge I used Pumpkin Man, you can get the files from scrapbookeden.com. I used SCAL to add the words to the sign and cut out the file using my Cricut. I put the Cricut Man on two ovals and started the decorating. The googly eyes look really cool! I then added some eyelashes to turn Pumpkin man into a Pumpkin woman!

The base of the card is the other side of a scalloped cut. I strung some embroidery string around it and added some foam leafs that I just picked up from Hobby Lobby!

p.s. Did you notice her purple shoes? They remind me of some of the Reebok's that were around when I was younger!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Back to Fall

Well after my Think Spring post earlier this week I thought maybe I should come back to reality and make a fall card. This was a perfect opportunity for me to use a Cutting Cafe file I had purchased a little while ago.

To make this card I used a scalloped circle SVG to create the base card. I printed the Cutting Cafe leaf pattern on an 8 1/2 x 11 inch cardstock and then used SCAL to cut a circle out of it. I wasn't particular about where the circle cut out on this one since it was going to be a background. After cutting the circle I colored a few of the leafs with Stampin Up markers to add some color. Add some ribbon, orange dots and a simple sentiment and you have an easy fall card.


I have a few other projects in the works for Halloween that use Cutting Cafe files. I'm editing a video as well. Become a follower and you won't miss out! Also, stop back tomorrow to see my second design team creation for Cooking with Cricut!


Challenge #1: Create a project using at least one leaf.
Challenger #1: Fantabulous Cricut


Challenge #2: Create a project using a Fall/Halloween theme.
Challenger #2: Frosted Designs


Challenge #3: Use their photo for inspiration.
Challenger #3: Pals Paper Arts

Challenge #4: Create a Fall/Autumn project.
Challenger #4: Crazy 4 Challenges

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Think Spring?

Okay, so I know we're well into the fall season and that winter will be here before we know it. But I couldn't help but making this cute little rabbit! (seriously - it's a cute bunny!) All of the items are cut from the Create a Critter Cartridge except the little purple thing on the left hand side. Some of my favorite elements of this card are: the fuzzy bunny, the textured carrots and the patterned paper of the stump. I will be writing a note on the inside of this card and send it to a Cricut Card Fairy recipient!

Challenge #1: Follow the sketch.
Challenger #1: Mojo Monday

Challenge #2: Create an animal themed project using an old cartridge. (I can't believe that Create A Critter is considered old!)
Challenger #2: Creative Time for Me
Challenge #3: Yummy, Yummy, Yummy. (Mr. Bunny loves those carrots!)

Challenge #4: Use 3 types of embellishments, 2 patterned paper and 1 image. (I used ribbon brads and stickles, the background and the stump are patterned, the bunny rabbit is my image!)
Challenger #4: Simon Says

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Cute Spook

Looking for my Cooking with Cricut DT entry for this week? Click HERE.

Ted over at Happily Ever Crafter is having a very different challenge this month. You are assigned to either make a "trick" or a "treat" project. Treat projects get to use the standard Halloween images and colors. Treat projects have to use more pastels and have to use cute things. Well, I got assigned the trick.

The ladybug image is from Digital Delights by Lou by Loo. I printed it on some light blue cardstock from Stampin' Up and added a trick-or-treat bag! The brown is Cuddlebugged and the patterned paper is just some scraps. The ribbon in the corner is really cool. It is stretchy and was really easy to tie a knot in.

The Challenge #1: Create a Halloween project using pastels and cute animals.
The Challenger #1: Happily Ever Crafter

The Challenge #2: Use stitching on a project.
The Challenger #2: My Sheri Crafts

The Challenge #3: Make something CUTE!
The Challenger #3: My Pink Stamper

My First Designer Post

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WOOT!!!! I am so excited to announce that I am part of the Cooking with Cricut design team. I will be participating in at least two design team posts a month along with 17 other talented DT members. The design team will use digi-stamps or cutting files created by Melin that go along with the weekly challenge. This is my first design team experience and I'm very proud to have been selected.


This weeks challenge is Love-Sweetest Day. I am using the cut file titled "Elephant Love".

The first step in creating this card was cutting out the parts for the cute little elephants. To do this I divided up the different pieces based on the colored paper I'm cutting it. With SCAL 2 I can easily use it the next time.

After cutting the pieces I did a little edging with stamping ink, I think I might be addicted to that technique!

I then put them through my Xyron, which made it easy to put together the elephants. The bow tie and headband are flocked and to add a little more character to the ladie elephant I inked on a little lipstick and then used my white pen for a pearl necklace and bracelet. You'll notice that I didn't use all of the hearts from this image on the front of the card. It was a little too much for my taste so I put them on the inside!


Supplies Used:

  • Plain Paper - scraps
  • Patterned Paper - PaperTreyInk, Friends 'Til The End Collection
  • Photo Corners - ATD, Story of Us Sticker Pad
  • Decorative Tape - Martha Stewart, Candy Stripes


Thanks for checking out my project. Be sure to head over to Cooking with Cricut to see what the other design team members created and participate in the challenge!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Fabulous Fall Card

Who says fall cards have to be traditional fall colors? I came across two challenges and instantly I new I wanted to create a fab fall card!
I used the Create a Critter cartridge to create this pumpkin shaped card. For the stem I embossed it in black and for the eyes and mouth I used a clear embossing powder. The leaf and text came from SCAL 2. This was a really simple card...great for a quick Friday night project!

The Challenge #1: Create a shaped card, include the color orange and use the Create a Critter cartridge.
The Challenger #1: My Creative Time

The Challenge #2: Use the colors pear pizzazz, peach parfait and melon mango.
The Challenger #2: Pals Paper Arts

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Margaritas

I LOVE this card. I made it for a co-worker of mine who had some surgery recently. She likes margaritas so it is perfect for her. I didn't think of the statement myself...I found it online and I'm sorry that I can't remember where.

The Margarita glass is an svg image that I found and cut with my Cricut. I first cut the full image on white paper, the partial image on green cardstock and then the full image on vellum. I think the vellum gives it a frozen glass look. I then added some clear stickles for salt around the rim!





The limes are also really cool. The one in the glass is simply a circle. I used a white gel pen to draw on the shape and then cut out one of the wedges to add the garnish to my drink! The other limes were from another svg file that I cut and then printed on. I also cut out two mini lemons for the banner and added some sparkle spritz!



As a little treat for the inside of the card I cut out a lime wedge, pretty much just a half of the lime from the front.

Thanks for looking...I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!





Sunday, October 3, 2010

Birthday Challenges

Wow! What a busy Card Day it was yesterday. Here is one of the projects I made. (The rest will be posted later) It is a birthday card that will go out to a Cricut Card Fairy request. I also will be submitting it to three different challenges.

The Challenge #1: Use buttons on your clean and simple card.
The Challenger #1: Pals Paper Arts

The Challenge #2: Create a project using some type of stitching in honor of National Sewing Month.
The Challenger #2: Fantabulous Cricut

The Challenge #3: Use black, white and one color of your choice on your card.
The Challenger #3: Fab 'N Funky Challenges

I used a digi stamp from Meljen's Designs. It is really just and I actually cut out some of the image. I then used some of my stamp markers to color the image blue...yes I did use a few tones of blue on my card...but it's still one color right? There is stitching in the image and I also used a cool ribbon from American Designs that resembles stitching. A simple button and the Cuddlebug adds a little bit of fun to this simple card.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Happy World Card Day

I hope you all are enjoying World Card Day! I have quite the lineup for the day. I'll be making a video, a few cards, going to some blog hops, catching up on the 900+ items in my Google Reader and more!

Have you seen the BOGO sale at The Cutting Cafe? I just got two sets that I've liked for a while and this is the perfect opportunity to get some great files. I bought You're in My Thoughts and got the Halloween All Around for free!

I'll let you know how the day goes and fill you in on all of my projects!