Monday, December 24, 2012

Disney in a Frame

My sister loves Disney. . .probably more than I do! She and her husband just recently returned from a trip to Disney World. While there, they took full advantage of the Disney photographers and photo pass. She has some great photos, so I decided to create a frame for her to showcase her favorite photo. I took a collage frame I purchased a Michael's and added some vinyl I cut with my Cricut and the Mickey and Friends cartridge and viola! A gift I almost didn't give!

The frame as purchased:

I used CCR to hide all the interior cuts of the images and applied the vinyl to the outside of the frames. I inserted colored card stock to each frame. I then made a simple phrase in white vinyl and applied it to a piece of black card stock to fill the center frame. I cut the words Disney World 2012 in the black vinyl and applied those to the outside of the frame. When she removes the black card stock and replaces it with her photo, the words Disney World 2012 will still show to commemorate their trip.

If she doesn't like it, I'll gladly take it back!  :)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

A Few Handmade Christmas Cards from Crafty Friends

I am very fortunate to have a group of crafty friends who are also very talented. Here are some Christmas cards I have received from them.

From Nadia ~

From Barbara ~ she doesn't have a blog but needs one!

From Carolyn ~

From Francine ~

From Jennifer to my daughter

Monday, December 17, 2012

Remembering Sandy Hook Elementary School

Prayers for the families, friends and the community. May you find comfort and peace. And to the newest Angels in Heaven. . .we will not forget you.  {{{HUGS}}

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Snowman Treat Holder

Here's a couple of Snowman Treat Holders I made using Tie the Knot, Doodlecharms and CCR. The little one holds 2 Hershey nuggets and the bigger one holds 2  {possibly 3 but I only had 2 on hand} Ghirardelli squares. If you don't cut the flaps off that cross over inside the box, you could put quite a few M&Ms in there instead.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Elf Shoe Cookie Wrapper

Here's a quick and easy gift for co-workers or neighbors. It's an elf shoe that wraps around a stack of red filled Oreo cookies! I used the elf shoe from Teddy Bear Parade and a scallop circle from Craft Room Basics and CCR to make the wrapper. Just stack your Oreos in a clear treat bag {somehow the ribbon covering the twist tie when missing before the photo}, wrap the shoe around the stack and glue the sides of the shoe at the toe end. Fold down the flaps and glue the scallop circles onto the tip of the shoe. Viola! An Elf Shoe gift!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Santa's Stash

Take a plain ole container from the Dollar Tree. . .

Add a little white vinyl and you get a cute treat container!

I used Paper Lace for the font and Billionaire for the moustache. Easy peasy! I might tie a ribbon around the top, but I can't decide. What do you think? Ribbon or no ribbon?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

CCR file for the Holiday Tags

I've had numerous requests for info on how I changed the Holiday Card file into the tags, so here you go: I placed the image on the mat in CCR and used the Hide feature to hide the card outline. I used a tag from George and Basic Shapes and made it the size I wanted {2.5 inches wide and 3.5 inches tall in this case}. I then moved the image from the Holiday Card over onto the tag and sized it to fit. Do not Weld these two images. I cut the tag with the images in red vinyl with settings of 3 for blade depth, 3 {med} for pressure and CCR controlled the speed. I cut a plain tag in white.

I used a piece of transfer tape that was bigger than the entire image and burnished it across the entire image. I flipped the vinyl/tape over {face down} and started peeling back the paper backing. I only took of the cut out image and left the little pieces on the paper backing {this did take a little fiddling to keep them stuck in place on the backing}. Once I had the tag image completely off, I aligned it with the white tag and burnished them together. Then, I took the piece of transfer tape and laid it over the remaining pieces on the paper backing, burnished it and picked up all those pieces onto the transfer tape and placed it onto the glass candy jars {which were only $1 at Dollar Tree}. It really was rather easy!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Christmas Tags from free images in CCR

Provo Craft has been giving free images to use for a week in CCR. . .sort of a try it before you buy it promo. Well, this week the images are some of the Holiday Cards. I really like the images, but I'm not a card maker! So what's a crafter to do? Use CCR to change them up and make them into tags!

I used CCR to "hide" the card edge and added the tag from George and Basic Shapes. I cut a solid white tag to use as the base. And, because I knew they might be "fiddly" to glue down, I cut them in red vinyl.  Easy Peasy. . .beautiful tags! And the great surprise was, the part that I weeded away was usable too! I put them on some glass candy jars.

These images are free for anyone with a CCR account to use. And yes, CCR is a free design program for your Cricut! Off to cut a few more and the "freebies" are usually changed on Wednesdays!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Book of Thanks

This is a Book of Thanks I made for Thanksgiving. It's a box that's looks like a book from the sides and opens like a book. The folded paper that makes up the sides, creates a "box" that can hold treats, a diorama scene, a mini album, mementos and cards or whatever you want. Just adjust the measurements of the "pages" to fit your need. This is the third one I've made and they've all been different sizes. This one is approximately 5.5 inches X 7 inches.

I first saw this book/box on Wenche's blog a few years ago. She has a tutorial and although it is in Norwegian, Google Translate makes it easy to understand. I used the Cricut Mini Gel Pens to draw the title {which is from the Thanksgiving cart and the Quarter Note cart} and then colored the letters in by hand. I cut the title and the shadow using the Lacy Labels cart.

I chose to use the pilgrim couple from the Speaking of Fall cart to fill the "box". I made a pocket using the cornucopia from the Celebrate With Flourish carts and tags from the George and Basic Shapes cart. The plan is to take the book to Grandmother's house for Thanksgiving and have each person write on a tag what they are thankful for this year.

Wishing everyone a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving! 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Crayon Style Box

A member of the Cricut MB was needing a small crayon style box and she couldn't get Design Studio or CCR to work for her file, so I created this box for her. It's 2.5 inches wide, a smidge over 3.5 inches tall and 0.5 inches deep. Of course, you can easily proportionally resize CCR files.

Here's a screenshot showing where to score and snip the flaps.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Christmas Candy Purses

Since the Christmas candy was still out from the Candy Dispenser Boxes, I decided to cut a couple of candy purses {previously seen HEREHERE  with tutorial and HERE on my blog} and decorate them for Christmas.

These are really cute and really easy to make and a good way to use up scraps of paper! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Candy Dispenser Boxes

Welcome to the Holly Jolly Blog Hop hosted by Kristen at My Fantabulous Life! You should have come to my blog from Darcy's Blog. If you didn't and want to start at the beginning of the hop, go to Kristen's blog. We've got a lot of great Christmas projects for you to enjoy, so let's get to it!

The project I created for the hop is a cute, little paper Candy Dispenser! I designed the box in CCR using Craft Room Basics and George and Basic Shapes. A friend had seen THIS paper candy dispenser and asked me to make one for Halloween. I used the basic cube box and tweaked it a bit and made a Frankenstein box for her. I knew right away I would be making more of these boxes. I used my same CCR file to cut these boxes and decorated them for the holidays!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my project and will visit my blog again! Now, it's time to hop on over to Cindy's Blog and see what she has ready for you!

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Box of Sunshine for Gina!

My dear friend, Gina, lives in NY and was in the path of destruction created by Hurricane Sandy last week. Fortunately, she is safe and her home is still standing. To cheer her up a bit, I sent her this "box of sunshine".

I made the card using Doodlecharms and the new decorative tiles embossing folder. Inside the box are all the  "yellow" items I could fit in!

I hope it brightens her day and makes her smile. She certainly deserves it!
Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers Gina.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Draculaura joins Clawdeen!

Here's another one of the Monster High girls! Meet  Draculaura!

She was also made using Teen Scene Paper Dolls and CCR. I definitely think I need to add the mouths!

In case you aren't familiar with the Monster High dolls, here's the 411:   The Monster High dolls are made by Mattel {notice some Barbie similarities} and are suppose to be the fashionable offspring of "famous" monsters. . .Clawdeen and Werewolf, Lagoona and Creature from the Black Lagoon, Cleo Del Nilo and the Mummy, Frankie and Frankenstein's monster and Draculaura and Dracula. apparently, there was/is a cartoon TV series, books and DVDs!

Here's a photo of the dolls from a google images search {this is not my photograph}:

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Stateline Bag Co and ExpressionsVinyl Giveaway!

I recently hosted a crafting weekend {Circle Mania} and Stateline Bag Company generously donated some of their muslin bags! Of course, we needed to decorate them and ExpressionsVinyl generously donated some iron on t-shirt vinyl {also called  heat transfer vinyl}. The combination was fantastic!

We used my Cricut to cut through the vinyl, but not the backing {which is a transfer sheet} and a regular household iron to create these adorable bags!

We were able to give all 49 attendees a chance to try the iron on vinyl and create their own bag. Some took it a step further and added their names! Others were planning to add a little bling and other decorations, however the Make and Take was close to the end of the weekend events and I didn't get any other photos.

Clawdeen from Monster High!

My daughter was past the "doll age" when the Monster High dolls came on the scene, but I was recently amazed at their popularity while looking through Halloween costumes at the stores. I have to admit, there was something about the dolls that intrigued me. . .and kinda made me wish my daughter had still been at the "doll age"! So, I decided to recreate them in paper! I used the Teen Scene Paper Doll cart in CCR and scissors as needed. Here's the first one I made. . .meet Clawdeen. . .

I still can't decide if I should add a mouth. Those Monster High girls have the cutest, pouty lips! So what do you think. . .add the lips or not?

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Easy Peasy Bat Candy Bar Wrapper

It really is easy peasy since the Cricut cart Artiste has a bat card on it. I wanted the bat wings to be long enough to cover the candy bar, so I used CCR and welded 3 of the card images together to get the length I needed. After that, score and fold around the candy bar!

I've hand cut these before and used google eyes but since these were for an "older" audience, I went with red, beady eyes. I punched small circles and then topped them with a blob of Dimensional Magic by Mod Podge.

The tag was printed on my home printer and used to hold the wings together. Here's a screenshot from CCR showing how I placed the images to weld them to be long enough to wrap around the Hershey bar.

 Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween Cat Treat Box

A scrappy friend {hi Cathy} made some adorable Halloween cat lollipop covers using the cat from A Frightful Affair and Craft Room Basics. She shared the file with me, but I don't have the A Frightful Affair cart. So I used the cat image I did have and made it into a Halloween Cat Treat Box. I used the cat from Movable Monsters, gem shape from Once Upon A Princess and shapes from Craft Room Basics for the base and sides. I hid the eyes in the cat image for the back of the box so it was solid.

I lined the eyes on the front with a scrap of orange cardstock and tied on an orange bow. It will hold two fun size candy bars.

Although I didn't use the lollipop cover file, I want to thank my scrappy friend for sharing it and for the inspiration! Her file {in black} and my file {in orange}:

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Hanging Bat Treat Cone

Welcome to the last stop on the Halloween Blog Hop hosted by Yolanda at You should have arrived at my blog from Amy at If you didn't and want to start at the beginning of the hop, head to Yolanda's blog. Not only will you find lots of great Halloween projects created for you by 15 talented bloggers, but you'll find some blog candy along the way! So let's finish this hop off!

My project for the hop is a cute little bat cone! 

I made this using 3D Party Cones and Paper Doll Dress Up. In CCR, I placed ovals from Craft Room Basics at the top of each section of the cone image from 3D Party Cones. When cut, this created the large curves across the top of the cone. I cut a bat image from PDDU and trimmed away the body, leaving just the wings. I attached the wings to the sides of the cone, punched a couple of holes and added the ribbon. A couple of googlie eyes and fangs from white cardstock scraps, and the bat was ready to fill with candy and hang on a door knob!

Thanks for hopping along with us and thanks for visiting my blog. Hope you enjoyed it and will visit again!

Happy Halloween! 

Sunday, October 7, 2012


Welcome to day 2 of the Falling for Halloween Blog Hop hosted by Maria! We have the same great line up of bloggers with more projects for you to enjoy! And don't forget the blog candy that Maria has on her blog! 

You should have arrived here from Michele's Blog. If you didn't and want to start at the beginning of the hop, go to Maria's Blog.

My project for today is Cube-O-Lanterns! 

I used the cube box from the Wrap It Up cartridge and some jack o'lantern faces from Pumpkin Carvings and Paper Doll Dress to make the Cube-O-Lanterns. Using CCR, I cut the cube at 2 inches and then sized layers for the sides of the cube. I positioned the faces on the cube, one of the base layers {black card stock} and one of the top layers {patterned paper}. When I assembled the cubes, I added a piece of vellum over the face on the cube and then added the other layers. You could fill these with candy or other small treats, but I put a battery operated tea light in each one. . .and my Cube-O-Lanterns came to life!

Your next stop on the hop is the talented Cindy at In Love With Paper. Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Witch Shoe with Cookies!

Welcome to the two day Falling for Halloween Blog Hop! Thanks for joining us to enjoy all the wonderful crafty inspiration for the Fall and Halloween season. You should have arrived here from Michele's blog. If you didn't and want to start at the beginning of the hop, go to Maria's blog and you won't miss any of the projects.

My project for today is an oldie but a goodie. And one that I get lots of requests for. So without further ado, here is a witch's shoe that I created in Design Studio using the princess shoe from the Princess Party cart and shapes from the George and Basic shapes cart. I simply welded some triangles to the toe portion of the shoe to make it pointy! I will be re-creating the file in Cricut Craft Room and sharing it soon.

I stacked green mint Oreos in a clear treat bag and tied it off with pretty purple ribbon and place them in the shoe. The flower is from the Flower Shope cart and the buckle is from George and Basic Shapes. I originally saw DoxieMel's creation and knew I had to make my own version. Thanks DoxieMel for the inspiration!

Thanks so much for joining in on the hop today. Please be sure to check out all the participant's wonderful projects. The next blog you will be visiting belongs to the very talented Cindy. If you should get lost along the way, go back to Maria's blog for the complete blog list.

Be sure to hop again tomorrow for a new project! Well, it's a Halloween version of one of my Mania projects! See you tomorrow!