Thursday, September 29, 2011

Halloween Project Ideas

I love fall and all the smells, colors, decorations, and remembering everything we are thankful for. So throughout the business of life, enjoy the time you can spend with friends and family.

Today, I want to share with you some Halloween Projects that Provo Craft sent me to share. They are great ideas for gifts, decor, and cards you can make.

Crow Tins

Halloween Banner

October 31st Card

Crow Tins
1. Using the Cricut Expression, and Cricut Cartridge Simply Scarecrows and white vinyl cut 4“ and 3” Crows.”

2. Using black cardstock cut 2” Pumpkin.

3. Using orange cardstock cut 2” Pumpkin layer

4. Adhere crows to tins.

5. Assemble pumpkin layers.

6. Punch hole, Set eyelets.

7. Fill bags with candy

8. Tie with ribbon and tag.

What you will need.

Provo Craft Supplies
  • Cricut Expression
  • Vinyl: white
  • Cricut cartridges: Simply Scarecrows

Other Supplies
  • Black tins
  • Ribbon 24”
  • Cellophane bags
  • Eyelet setter Eyelet: 3
  • Scissors

Halloween Banner

1. Pumpkins Using the Cricut Expression, and Cricut Cartridge Autumn Celebrations and black cardstock cut five 7 ½” pumpkin2 , layer2, shift. Using polka dot cardstock cut five 7 ½” pumpkin2 , layer2. Using rust cardstock cut five 7 ½” pumpkin2 , layer1, shift. Using green cardstock cut five 7 ½” pumpkin2 , layer1. Using greenish cardstock cut five 7 ½” pumpkin2, shift Using Brown cardstock cut five 7 ½” pumpkin2, Assemble all layers

2. Phrase Using purple cardstock cut 3” Cat phrase, layer, shift. Using green cardstock cut 3” Cat, phrase. Using yellow cardstock cut 3” Cat, phrase, shift. Using black cardstock cut 3” Cat, phrase, layer. Assemble all layers

3. Monster Using grey cardstock cut 5” monster, layer,2 shift. Using black cardstock cut 5” monster. Using green cardstock cut 5” monster, shift Using purple cardstock cut 5” monster, layer1. Using yellow cardstock cut 5” monster, layer1, shift. Using white cardstock cut 5” monster, layer,2. Assemble all layers

4. Witch hat Using grey cardstock cut 5” witch hat, layer,2 shift. Using dark grey cardstock cut 5” witch hat, shift. Using black cardstock cut 5” witch hat. Using purple cardstock cut 5” witch hat, layer1. Using yellow cardstock cut 5” witch hat, layer1, shift Assemble all layers

5. Witch Using grey cardstock cut 5” witch, layer,2 shift. Using grey cardstock cut 5” witch, layer,2 . Using red cardstock cut 5” witch, layer1. Using purple cardstock cut 5” witch, layer1, shift. Assemble all layers

6.  Cat Using grey cardstock cut 5” cat, layer,2 shift. Using green cardstock cut 5” cat, layer1. Using yellow cardstock cut 5” cat, layer1, shift. Using dark grey cardstock cut 5” cat. Using black grey cardstock cut 5” cat, shift. Assemble all layers

7. Assemble Punch holes in each side of pumpkins. Use eyelet setter to set eyelets, Cut 6” ties attach all pumpkins. Create a tie on each end. Using dimensional tape attach all cuts. Using adhesive attach buttons onto the vine.

What you will need.

Provo Craft Supplies
  • Cricut Expression
  • Cricut cartridges: Autumn Celebrations

Other Supplies
  • Cardstock: grey, green, rust, purple, black, white, yellow
  • Printed cardstock
  • Adhesive
  • Eyelets Eyelet setter Hole punch
  • Ribbon 24” x 1” Ribbon 1/2x 12” Ribbon purple 1/8” x 12”
  • Buttons 5 purple
  • Scissors

October 31st Card

1. Cut white cardstock into a 4 1/4" x 11" piece. Cut in half and use as card base. Cut orange paper into a 4" x 5 1/4" piece and adhere to base. Cut polka dotted paper into a 2" x 3 3/4" and add to base as shown. Cut back patterned paper at 3 1/4" x 3 3/4" and add to card as shown.
2. Add ribbon.
3. Using the Cricut E2 machine and the Cricut Teresa Collins cartridge cut circular medallion out at 2 1/2" using the back cardstock. Cut out the second layer out using the orange patterned paper. Assemble and adhere to card as shown.
What you will need.
Provo Craft Supplies
  • Cricut E2 Machine
  • Cricut Teresa Collins Chic and Scary cartridge
Other Supplies
  • White cardstock Black cardstock
  • Black polka dotted paper
  • Black patterned paper
  • Orange patterned paper
  • Orange ribbon
 For more inspiration and projects you can make with the Cricut check you the Cricut Blog. They have great Challenges and Projects to create.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pregnancy Card

This is a card I made a while ago and never posted it. This stamp set is perfect to congratulate a women expecting a baby. I learned a fun technique on this card. I stamped the girl on pattern paper and then cut out her shirt so it had a pattern to it. Then I stamped the girl on white paper and colored her. Then adhered the shirt on top.

Stamps: Taylored Expressions - Jenn
Pattern Paper: gcd - Chic Bebe
Copic Markers
Buttons - PaperTrey Ink
Embroidery Floss

Monday, September 26, 2011

Photo CD Case

Wedding Photo CD Case
I have a friend who is an amazing photographer. She is just getting started and she is teaching her self. Her Vintage style is simply amazing. You can check her Facebook or Website. She just started shooting for Weddings and her style is so unique. She wanted to give her customers their photo CD in a nice case. She found something similar to this CD Case on Etsy and wanted to know if I could make it for her. So this is what I came up with.

Solid Paper: Black Cardstock, White Cardstock
Pattern Paper: GCD Studios - Cosette Collection - Simplicite
Ribbon - Satin - Mauve 5/8" from Michaels - cut 2 1/2' & 8" pieces
Cricut Cartridge: Sweethearts - Mr. & Mrs. - Shift Button #32 - Cut 3"
Adhesives: Score Tape, ATG, Scotch Quick Dry
Ink: Color Box Fluid Chalk Inkpad - Charcoal
Circle Cutting Tool - Creative Memories Custom Cutting System - Red Blade
Cardboard: from the back of my paper packs

Base- cut black cardstock - 6" x 12"
Score base at 6"
CD folder- cut black cardstock - 5 3/4" x 5"
Cut circle out of CD folder with a Circle Cutter. Line up the bottom of the circle about 3 1/2" from the bottom of the CD folder and center it, then cut. Adhere the CD folder on the inside of the base with Score Tape around the 3 straight sides, as close to the edge as possible.
Cover - Cut from pattern paper - 5 3/4" x 11 3/4"
Fold in half.
Cut cardboard slightly smaller than the cover so it wont show.
Fold in half and crease with a bone folder.
Adhere Cardboard to Cover with ATG or strong adhesive.
Put Score Tape on the back of the 8" Ribbon and adhere to outside fold of the cover. Fold ends of ribbon on the inside. 
Put ATG or strong adhesive on the base of the card across the length of the middle section but don't go all the way to the edge. Center long piece of ribbon in the middle of the base, length wise. Then I put a small strip of Score Tape over the ribbon about an 1" in from each side of the base to reinforce it.
Adhere the cover and base using ATG or strong adhesive.
Cut white cardstock - 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Ink the edges with the Charcol Ink
Cut the Mr. & Mrs. on the Cricut 
Adhere the cut out with Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Adhere White Cardstock to front with ATG or strong adhesive.
I know that was alot of detailed instructions so if you have any questions feel free to ask. 
I love how elegant this project turned out. By changing the type of pattern paper and ribbon it could be changed to fit anything theme.

Sorry I haven't been posting alot lately. I had to return my computer to get fixed so I won't have it for 2-4 weeks. So I will post from my husband's computer as I get a chance. I have so many projects I want to share with you. So more to come.

I'm Linking this project up at Alex's blog - You Had Me At Craft
Click on the picture below to see more projects other people have created.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My Pink Stamper Design Team Post - Halloween Bag

Here is a cute little goodie bag for all those yummy goodies.

Supplies and Instructions

Cricut Cartridges
Tags, Bags, Boxes & More: 
Bag - Button #35 - cut 9.25"
Tag - Button #8 - Regular & Shadow cut 2"
Simply Charmed:
Bat -Button #32 - cut 1.75"
Button & Twine - PaperTrey Ink
White Pen
Glossy Accents - on the spider
Crinkle Paper

Go to to see the rest of the design teams amazing projects.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ariels 1st day of Preschool

My oldest daughter went to her first day of Preschool. She loved it and did great. She looked so cute in her uniform. She has only a 1/2 day of Preschool and I even got 2 batches of Apple Butter in the crock pots before I had to pick her up. Since we only live a couple blocks from the school, we will walk as much as we can, while the weather in nice.

Reading time when they get there

She's so small next to all the big boys

Having fun with her sister on the school playground
For Preschool they have a packet of homework they send home for the whole month. Really it isn't very much but they work on it and turn it in at the end of the month. It is sent home in a folder that has to stay in her backpack. So I wanted to make a homework folder to keep it in at home. I wasn't able to find any good homework cuts on my Circut Cartridges that I have so I decided to stamp on the folder.
I used My Pink Stamper's Font-abulous Stamp Set and it worked perfect. I'm finding so many useful projects for this stamp set.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Pinkalicious Blog Hop - School Album

First Day of School - Album

Welcome to the Pinkalicious Blog Hop. This is where all the My Pink Stamper Designers get to show off our projects using My Pink Stamper High Quality Photo Polymer Stamps. If you are just starting to Hop, then go back to the beginning at Robyn (My Pink Stamper). If you have Hopped here from Alex (You Had Me At Craft) then you are in the right place.

We were challenged to make a 3D project using the Cricut and My Pink Stamper's School Day's Stamp Set.

My oldest daughter starts Preschool next week. So I wanted to make a Mini Album with pictures from her 1st day of school. Mini Albums are fun because they are Quick & Simple. To make the base of the 6"x6" Album, I used 2 sheets of 12"x12" black cardstock. Cut each sheet in half. That gives you 4 - 6"x12" pages. Then score each page at 6". Fold all the pages in half on the score line. Then overlap the pages and adhere them together. Then you will have an accordion style album that can sit up on a table to show off the beautiful pictures.

 The whole album

Backpack - Doodlecharms Cricut Cartridge - Button #38 - cut 2.5"

Apple - Doodlecharms Cricut Cartridge - Button #37 - cut 2"
Ariel - handwritten by my 4 year old

Scissors - Simply Charmed Cricut Cartridge - Shift Button #27 - cut 2.75"

Pictures of it standing up

Finding a nice paper line with great patterns and colors, definitely makes making an album easy. I used We R Memory Keepers - White Out Collection - Nonsense - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper. I love how this album turned out and I can't wait to take the pictures and put them in.

Thank you for checking out my project and I hope I inspired you with this Simple Creation. The next stop on the Hop is 
Renee (RockinRenee). If you lose your place along the way, see the Blog Hop Order is below.

Blog Hop Order

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Christmas Card -Embossing & Copics

I was playing around with these Nature's Reflection-Evergreen Tree stamps that I rented from Raisin Boat. I learned a fun technique by just trying something different.

First, I stamped the trees with Versa Mark Watermark Ink, then poured White Embossing Powder on it. Then, I heated it with a heat tool. Then, I took about 5 green Copic Markers and made dots all over the trees. Then, I used the heat tool on the trees again and that absorbed the Copic ink into the White Embossing Powder. While it was still hot, I sprinkled Stampendous-Crystal Snow-White on the trees. Then I heated it up again to set everything. You can't really tell in the picture but the Crystal Snow made the trees Sparkle. I did the same technique with the snowy rocks.
Then, I embossed the Sentiment from My Pink Stamper's-Christmas Wishes Stamp Set. I also tied PaperTrey Ink twine around the card. I loved how it turned out.

Paper - PaperTrey Ink
Ink - Versa Mark - Watermark
Embossing Powder - Stampendous - White
Glitter - Stampendous - Crystal Snow - White Ultra Fine
Stamps- Raisin Boat - Natures's Reflection
My Pink Stamper - Christmas Wishes

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