Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Hello Again!

It has been so long since I have been on this blog!  It seems like life has a way of interfering with what we would like to do by adding those things that we have to do.  I love to craft and have been doing so, but the ability to keep up this blog, simple though it may be, proved to be too much over the past while.  I'm finally at a place where I can begin again.

 I decided to start on with a simple project.  I was wanting to buy a new Explore Air - gold, of course,  since I can not find a pink one (swoon) but realized color is really not a reason to buy a new machine.  My current Explore One works like a charm.  There was really no reason to go and buy a new one.  (Drats!)  So, I decided to create "a new one".  I love the fun of it!  It's really a lot more fun to create something than to buy something.  Well, at least that is what I tell myself when I want to spend money but really can't!  But honestly, I love how it turned out and no-one would be able to claim my original, one-of-a-kind machine!

I love How to Train Your Dragon.  I like that the little guy can still be a leader, and life is not always perfect.  There are hardships in life, but you can overcome them.  What a glorious message to share with kids!  Who can resist this little guy?!  Dr Seuss's fish in a bowl is iconic and he always looks like he's reprimanding someone!  Today, he's talking to Toothless.  He better beware or he may get swat!

The images were from Krafty Nook.  The font was a free download.  I created the speech bubble and circle in Cricut Design Space. All images were cut out with this wonderful "new" machine.
I hope to begin posting regularly again.  This time with all different types of creations.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Fun Birthday!

I made these for my grand daughter for her birthday.  She wanted something a little funky, with tye-dye.  The telephone is made from an file.  The flower is a "freebie of the week" cut from Cricut.  The images on the card are also Cricut.

It's so nice being able to easily combine svgs and carts!

They were fun to make! 

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Jump Right In!

I used another Kadoodlebug Designs for this birthday card.  It's from the spooky cuties set.    I am having so much fun with this new Explore!  I can't believe how tiny the pieces can be that it can cut!   I used the writing feature to do the sentiment on the inside of the card.  Lots of fun!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Back to School

I made this card for my grand daughter for her back to school card.  The image is from Kadoodlebug Designs - A Raggedy School Year.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Thank you horse card - Exploring PCs new machine & svgs

Hello everyone.  A very long time without any word!  I had been so overwhelmed by life that even posting seemed to be too much.  (I still wish we never burned the bras that "allowed" us to go into the work force! haha!  I may love my job, but really, I'd love to stay at home and craft!) 

There is a lot of chatter over Cricut's new Explore... and with good reason!  This new machine has just propelled Cricut back to the top of the market!  It is a very user friendly program, but that is nothing new for Cricut.  They have always tried to keep their programs simple so that everyone can enjoy using them.  It cuts wonderfully.   It also does what I thought the very first Cricut did, but didn't.  It combines the ability to use the Cricut carts and svgs that we can either buy or make ourselves!  THIS is what I have been waiting for!  I love my Cricut carts and I also love svgs.  Now, in one machine I can use them both.  Ahhh, life is good!

Here is the first card that I made combining the two of them. 
I love the fact that I can put the images svg & Cricut on the same mat and cut them out!  No more guessing how big to make them and guess the size they need to be, and  no more turning on two machines to accomplish the same thing that this one machine can do!  The horse is from Kadoodlebug Designs and the fence and grasses are from  Cricut carts.  I love the fact that we can type in a word in the program and search for what we are looking for. 

Now that we can do this all in one swoop, we need to know that there are millions of svgs out there for our taking.  Some of them are free and some need to be purchased.

My absolute favorite place to go and get 3D items is  It is a husband-wife combo - Mary and Leo.  They are a mighty force together.  The designs are well thought out, very detailed and come with good instructions, and videos if you prefer that method!  They are super friendly and helpful.  They have sales whenever they put out a new kit.  Right now it is $6.99 value that you get free if you purchase two other kits. 

This is one of their projects.  I made it for my mil for her birthday and put a flickering electric candle in it.  Super cute!

Some of the places I get svgs from:

You can also just type in "free svg" on the search line and it will give you a whole stack of places to go and svgs in the images section!!!

One of the best things about this machine and how it operates is being able to get downloads instantly and begin to cut, whether that is a Cricut cart or a svg!  Instant gratification is so satisfying!

 I also love the fact that with the Explore, you can cut, score or write!  The pens make it simple to download and svg, stamp image, etc. and have it drawn for you!  Super exciting for card makers! You can now have all of your images on your computer and the machine can draw them out for you exactly where you want to put them on your card!  How awesome is that? 

This machine now lets you use TTF (true type fonts) that are already on your computer!  You can pop in a pen to draw them and cut, score or a combination!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Meow - Happy Birthday

I made this cute little cat using my Silhouette and an image from their store.   There were three cats in the image for 50cents.  They remind me of my grandmother, so I certainly could not leave them there without purchasing them!  lol!  I bought a lot of images when they had their 50% off sale at Christmas.  Sweet deals!

Some K & Co paper and trim.  The tag was made from a Stampin' Up punch and a Sizzix tag sizzlit.  They make about 4 different tags each.  Quick and simple.  

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Penny Black Birthday Card

I have begun my mission to ensure everyone has a Birthday card this year!  I make cards for everyone in the office and try to get them out to others as well. 

I used my Silhouette to cut out the scalloped circles.   You can also use your Cricut or Spell binders.  I just happened to be playing with the silhouette.  I then layered the circles and cut off the edge.  I then added the punched pieces from the corner piece (E K Success) onto the edge of the circles.  The edges of the paper were distressed.  I tend to use the CTMH one that I bought some time ago.  It still works great, so I keep using it!  The little girl was colored with copics and her dress was cut out of the background paper and layered for more dimension.  The flowers are from K&Co and the leaves are cut with my Cricut.  I always mass produce these beauties.  I love them!  Some prima flowers, and bling.  The twine was colored using a marker as I didn't have anything in the color I wanted.  Thank God for markers and ink pads!  I used Tim Holtz tiny attacher to add a more rustic look.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a blessed day!