Friday, December 30, 2011

DECEMBER MONTHLY CHALLENGE: Holiday Gift Wrapping Challenge!

“Brown paper packages tied up with string . . . these are a few of my favorite things!”

The presentation of a gift can be just as special as the gift itself. Don’t you just love to receive a gift that is beautifully wrapped?! Why not give that feeling to someone on your gift list this year? It’s such a small thing, but makes a gift feel that much more special when someone takes the time to add a few unique or personalized details. It makes opening a gift an experience. That’s what our challenge is all about this month . . . How do you use your Cricut to add details or personalization to your gift-wrapping for those special people in your life? Show us! We can’t wait to see your ideas!

The WINNER of this challenge will receive a $150 Credit to Cricut.com!
The Challenge: Use your Cricut machines, Cuttlebug, Yudu, etc. to create beautiful gift-wrapping. We want to see the unique and personalized details you add to your gift packaging, wrapping, gift tags, cards and more!

Rules and Guidelines: Circle Blog Challenges are open to Cricut Circle Members only. Your project must be newly created for this challenge and include atleast 2 Cricut Image Cuts. You must submit a project to be entered into the Challenge Prize Drawing.

How to Enter: Submit your entry using the InLinkz tool found at the bottom of this post. Please post your full name along with your entry. Entries are due by 9:00 pm MST on Saturday, December 31st, 2011.

Prize: This month the winner will receive $150.00 in credit to Cricut.com.

Winner: The winner will be selected randomly from qualifying entries using www.random.org and will be announced on the Cricut Circle Blog on Monday, January 2nd, 2012.


 


I made a small gift box that is a sewing box. I made a pin cushion and hot glued it to the top of the box and added a small wooden spool to it. My 2 cricut cuts are From the Heart and Make do and mend all from the Country Life cart. Thanks for looking~

Recipe for pincushion:
1 small  or medium box shape of your choice
DCWV cardstock from The Christmas Stack
lace trim
PK Glitz glitter real red
meduim styrofoam ball cut in half
batting
piece of fabric and or lace to cover fabric
double sticky tape for gliiter on edge of lid
Country Life cartridge cuts at 1 inch


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Secret Santa Matchbox swap

I had alot of fun with this one. I love to alter items and I am starting to get hooked on altering matchboxes.
For this swap we were to alter a matchbox, make two flowers, a chunky charm with at least 8 items on it, 3 stick pins and a gift for around $10.00.  My partner is Hanaclimie from Canada and this is what I sent to her. I was a bit worried she would not get it in time. I received notice that she did and she loved it all!
Thank you luvskrappin for hosting and I will be watching for next years event!

close up of stick pin

Chunky charm bracelet.


I to loved how the flowers turned out.

Got this idea from a Jo-Ann how to freebie from 2009. I happend to come across cleaning out a box of scrapbook items.

I had already been in a stick pin swap and they have become addicting as well.



Sunday, October 30, 2011

Winter & Christmas pin cusion w/ stick pins


I recently did a pin cushion and stick pin swap. My partner for this swap is Purpleluvnscrapper. Here is what she sent me. It is just adorable!!! I would never have thought to make something like this.

We were to make a pin cushion with at least 4 stick pins and have one cricut cut somewhere on the cushion or pins.

Here is what I created for my partner, glad she took a pic of the cushion I forgot to:)
Recipe for pin cushion:
a round container, mine was an ornament
piece of fabric of your choice
ribbon, I chose gold ric rac
round styrofoam ball and batting
future floor wax to coat inside
Powder Keg Glitter Glitz Pine Forest glitter to coat it
Recipe for stick pins:
two 3 inch white pearl floral pins & two 3 inch faceted floral pin form Joann's
copic markers in dark red(r89) and pale yellow (y11) to color each pearl
3 poinsettas-red, pink and yellow
Cricut cut from Winter lace cartrider Accent 4 at 1 inch, 1 1/4 inch and 1 1/2 inch
pink shimmer sheet
assortment of beads
bead glue



Here is some close up of the pins, I did take pics of those, just forgot the cushion.


Saturday, October 15, 2011


Ghoulies & ghosties and Long-Leggity Beasties,

And things that go “YUM” in the night . . .
Hooray for Halloween!


It must be the kid in me, but I just absolutely love Halloween! Not the creepy, icky part of Halloween (I know there are people out there that enjoy that part of it) . . . but the endearing part of Halloween. The chance for kids AND adults to play dress-up ALL day if they want, the thrill of planning out your costume months in advance, the candy (especially the mini chocolate bars! YUM!), the class parties with Halloween games and fun where teachers let their hair down. Having a fun reason to visit your neighbors on a cool Fall night and see them act a little sillier than usual. The crunchy leaves beneath your feat as you walk, and the warm bowl of soup that awaits you at home. It all just makes my heart happy!

The WINNER of this challenge will receive a $150 Credit to Cricut.com!
The Challenge: Create a Halloween Home Decor project! Your project must include atleast 2 different Cricut Image Cuts.

Rules and Guidelines: Circle Blog Challenges are open to Cricut Circle Members only. You can create any type of project you would like (tag, altered project, mini album, etc.) but your project must be newly created for this challenge and include atleast 2 Cricut Image Cuts. You must submit a project to be entered into the Challenge Prize Drawing.


How to Enter: Submit your entry using the InLinkz tool found at the bottom of this post. Please post your full name along with your entry. Entries are due by 9:00 pm MST on Sunday,October 30th, 2011.


Prize: This month the winner will receive $150.00 in credit to Cricut.com.

Winner: The winner will be selected randomly from qualifying entries using www.random.org and will be announced on the Cricut Circle Blog on Tuesday, November 1st, 2011.





1st flower is sun from GBS, 2nd,3rd and fifth from flower on GBS, 4th from Forever young

Mask cut file from Okieladybug, she Rocks!



Mask form Destinations Do you see the gate smiling? His eyes glowing?
Recipe for this:
Mask fit to page 8x8 cardstock and feathers
Butterfly mask cut file from Okieladybug Indie art and GBS cart- shimmer cardstock purple and green w/ blue gliiter cardstock glued to chipboard for stabilty
Black cat fit to page 8x8 cardstock
flowers: GBS-sun and 3 flowers, Forever young-flower at 2 1/2 inch
ghost, gate and spooky eyes from Oct. 31st cart.
stickles in: Orange Peel, Diamond, Black Diamond, Starry Night, Gold, Christmas Red and Dark Blue
Black swirl embellishments
2 lrg green bling brads, small matching brads for center of flowers
reindeer moss and batting (fog) for graveyard
spider from morab99 that I was in a Halloween swap with
BOO from a yard sale find
bamboo skewers inked in brilliance lighting black
Tim Holtz vintage photo rubbed on pumpkin for a fresh picked pumplin look


Saturday, October 1, 2011

World Card-Making Day Contest on the Cricut Blog

Did you know that this Saturday is World Card-Making Day?



Our designers have prepared several cards for you to see from now until then, but we want YOU to play along, too! Submit your Cricut card creations using the Inlinkz tool found at the bottom of this post by Midnight, Saturday, October 1st, 2011, for your chance to win a Cuttlebug! We will select three winners and announce them right here on the Cricut Blog next week. Have fun! We can’t wait to see what you create! ETA: Please only one entry per person. Thank you!





Friday, September 9, 2011

Weekly Challenge #40: Glittery Card Sketch Challenge!

The Challenge: This week we want to see your interpretation of the following card sketch. Please include some kind of glitter or bling on your card.

Rules and Guidelines: Circle Blog Challenges are open to Cricut Circle Members only. Your project must be newly created for this challenge and include atleast 2 Cricut Image Cuts. You must submit a project to be entered into the Challenge Prize Drawing. One entry per person, please.

How to Enter: Submit your entry using the InLinkz tool found at the bottom of this post. Please post your full name along with your entry. Entries are due by 9:00 pm MST on Thursday, September 15th, 2011.

Prize: This week the winner will win $25 in credit added to their Cricut.com account. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery from winner announcement.

Winner: The winner will be selected randomly from qualifying entries using www.random.org and will be announced on the Cricut Circle Blog on Friday, September 16th, 2011.


Hello, Circlets! Are you ready for another Weekly Challenge? I apologize for getting the challenges up late this week. It is completely my fault and I hope you will forgive me.

Let’s do another Card Sketch Challenge this time around and let’s make those cards sparkle! Pull out the glitter, the gemstones, the pearls . . . whatever strikes your fancy . . . and give your project a touch of bling.



Here is what I created for the challenge. Since I had not used the Cricut Everyday cartridge, I felt this was a good one to use.

Recipe for card:

4.5x6.5 card
cardstock of same size from DCWV RockStar
Tim Holtz vintage photo ink around the edges of the cardstock
3 gliiter adhesive dots from Recollections
Ribbon from my stash
plastic case from a cricut got cart cut at 1 3/4 inch wide and 5 inch long & run through cuttlebug folder cricut circle heads
Tim holtz sunshine yellow and sunset orange dabbed onto plastic
Cricut cake, gypsy logo and Cricut Circle head cut at 2 inches and pop dotted on card
gliitery cardstock
sentiment: I heard you caught the bug!!! computer generated.

TFL~


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge #39: A-B-C, 1-2-3 Challenge!

The Challenge: This week our challenge is inspired by all the kiddos heading back to school. It is a recipe challenge of sorts based on ABC, 123. Please include (A) Pop of (B)right (C)olor on your page, as well as 1 of something, 2 of something, and 3 of something. For example, Suzanne’s page below has a POP of bright red on her page. Then she has chosen to use ONE cartridge, TWO ruler stickers, and THREE elements of the red patterned paper . . . but yours could be whatever you would like. One button, two photos, and three patterned papers . . . you decide. It’s really easier than you think! Have fun with it! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!




Rules and Guidelines: Circle Blog Challenges are open to Cricut Circle Members only. Your project must be newly created for this challenge and include atleast 2 Cricut Image Cuts. You must submit a project to be entered into the Challenge Prize Drawing. One entry per person, please.



How to Enter: Submit your entry using the InLinkz tool found at the bottom of this post. Please post your full name along with your entry. Entries are due by 9:00 pm MST on Saturday, September 3rd, 2011.



Prize: This week the winner will win $25 in credit added to their Cricut.com account. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery from winner announcement.


For the challenge I decided to create my 3x3 calling card.
Recipe for calling card:
gold cardstock cut to 3x3
*1) cricut circle cuttlebug folder for background of card
*2) cricut carts used-Destinations for the state Ohio and Rock Princess for the girl on motorcycle
*3) 3 small rhinestones
large heart rhinestone
(A) pop of (B)right  (C)olor: Fuschia for girls hair

I cut the girl at 2 " and Ohio with RDS off at 5". Since here in Ohio we say "Come to the Heart of Ohio", I added a heart in the corner. I used the cricut circle folder since these are the cards I will be handing out when I can get to one of the events for my #1 element. So I felt that would be appropriate. I love motorcycles and have my own so I thought the girl on the bike would be perfect. There was recently a race for the cure with motorcycles lined up for the runners and walkers, I thought it would be nice for my rider to have pink hair. I chose fuschia for (A) pop of (B)right (C)olor.  For my #2 that I needed I chose Rock Princess and Destinations and this also would include the 2 cricut cuts that are needed for this challenge. #3 is the 3 rhinestones I embellished on the motorcyle for my last element needed. I used my I-Rock to adhere the stones.

Thanks for looking~




Friday, August 26, 2011

Cricut Circle Magazine challenge Cosmo Cricket

AUGUST COSMO CRICKET CONTEST!


Cosmo Cricket has been with us from the beginning, so we are super excited about this contest. They always produce such fabulous product that fits perfectly with the Cricut and Cuttlebug machines. This month’s contest will be a fun way to put all of your favorite things together.



Contest Rules: Use any Cosmo Cricket product, at least three Cricut cuts, and any Cuttlebug folder. Contest will open on August 20th. Please upload a working link or picture of your project to the blog under the Magazine Challenge tab. One entry per person. Entry deadline is Friday, September 9th. The winner of this contest will receive $150.00 credit on Cricut.com! Don’t forget to take a high resolution picture so if you win, you can send it in for the Magazine!


I chose to do a tag for this challenge. Since I like the wild west, I thought this paper from Cosmo Cricket: Halfway Cafe-Amarillo would be perfect.

Recipe for tag:
hand cut tag to size desired( mine is about the Tim Holtz die size)
2 paper clips painted of your choice of color
matching fibers to tie to one paper clip
little bag of mini punched items- I chose horses to put on other paper clip ( this one came from a swap I was in)
*3 cricut cuts- I chose 2 stars cut at 1" and country girl 1 1/4 " from Old West cart.
*cuttlebug folder-diamonds in the rough
2 copper mini brads
*Cosmo Cricket- Amarillo and Wanted paper
tim holtz vintage photo distress ink
2 staples
dcwv-Immortal love for counry girl cut
1 small piece of printed ribbon
1 prima flower w/rhinestone

I distressed the edges and the diamonds with vintage photo. I then took siccors to the edges of the tag to give it more of a worn look. Stapled the ribbon on and the attached the paper clips. Adhered the stars and country girl with xyron sticker 150. Added brads and the flower. I like this tag the best of all the tags I have done. TFL~




Wednesday, July 13, 2011

July: Stack-a-holic Template Challenge

DCWV is having a challenge, below is what you need to do for it.
 
 
 
Another month, another challenge!! DCWV Diary


These challenges have quickly become my favorite thing on the blog :) Probably because I love seeing all of your talent!! It's so much fun to see the entries! I wanted to shake it up a little this month :)

I will give you the template...you make the page. Share it on our Facebook page, share it on your blog and send a link or email it to me at erinmadsen@diecutsinc.com. You have until July 27 to submit your page. I will pick my "Top 10" submissions to share on the blog and I will pick a random winner from those 10 for an awesome prize of three of our newest stacks! Wanna play??!

Here is your template from Susan at Sketch Savvy!



Yes, I picked a 2 page layout this month!! I am usually a one page layout kinda girl. But it's fun to mix it up sometimes, especially when you have lots of great memories in photos that you want to capture in your page.


 
 
I have been wanting to put my pictures of my motorcycle and the class I took on some pages, but just could not find anything that I thought they would right on. Until this challenge. I think it turned out really nice. It has that rough and rugged look but with some feminine charm. TFL~
 

Recipe:
Immortal Love cardstock stack grey cardstock
Immortal love stack printed prints
Tim Holtz vintage photo on edges of cardstock
Karen Foster Motocycles collage paper (motorcycle and born to be wild cut from it)
Harley stickers from EK Success 8x8 scrapbook kit (black scrapbook)
and sheet of copper metal paper


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

WWII Navy Veteran, my Grandpa

I made this for my grandpa. He was a Torpedoman in the Navy. I am very proud of him and wanted to show my appreciation. He is 17 years old in this picture.
Recipe for shadowbox:
10x13 shadow box from Hobby Lobby
multiple Navy sheets from K&Co.-torn
Star buttons from Dress it up Boot Camp
Embossed stickers Navy foil from K&co.
Rub ons from Memories in Uniform.com (unfortunatly no longer in bussiness)
Jolee's 3-D Navy stickers
Cricut cuts: Navy hat, Anchors Aweigh and American Pride-Stand and Salute cart.
Vinyl words-Base Camp w/ DS
Modgepodge-Matte and pop dots
light and darkblue rhinestones in 3 sizes
Tim Holtz vintage photo
If you look along the edges of the shadowbox I have words along the edges.
TFL~






Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A gift from Capadia Designs

Today I got a gift from Diane blogger of Capadia Designs. The post below shows that she had a callenge on her blog. We were to design something with a representation of the take-out-box. Since only 9 of us were in the challenge, she sent us all a gift~Thank you Diane, I love them!


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Take out box challenge at Capadia Designs


Her challenge is to use this take out box for inspiration and link your project to her blog.
I created a western theme card for this challenge.
Recipe for card:

1 button and a shiny bauble sticker
3 gold stars and 1 platinum star
2 swirl copper paper clips
3 paper mini flowers
1 cowgirl stamp sticker
1 paisley and 2 denim strips from Mrs. Grossman
Cosmo Cricket Halfway Cafe: Amarillo double sided paper. I used the washed wood side
and 1 Thinking of you sticker outlined in silver


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Twilight shoe/photo box swap from my partner

15-anything not twilight related

14-Twilight goodies

13-Cricut cuts

12-surprise

11 mini mini album









10- twinchies and trinchies

9-altered box filled with goodies


8-diamond

7-flowers

6- 3 altered tags

5-altered matchbox with-

2 flowers, 2 sticks pins and a chunky charm

4-bling it!

3- 3 ATC's

2- 1 yd of ribbon or lace of each color, red, white and black

1- altered notebook

side of box. love the faux leather look.

top of box
MsChewie was partner for this swap and this is what I received from her. I love it all!

Thanks for looking~