Wednesday, January 25, 2012

My Pink Stamper - January Blog Post - Love is in the air

Love is in the air...
Designed with my new favorite tool, the Cricut Craftroom.
Printed and cut using the Cricut Imagine.
Stamped with My Pink Stamper's - From the Heart Stamp Set.

Most the supplies used.
Even though I printed and cut the elements for this card on the Cricut Imagine, it could still be cut with pattern paper on the any other Cricut Machine.

Cricut Craftroom Instructions
As I mentioned before, I designed it in Cricut Craftroom. It is a free software that you can use to craft with any of the Cricut Machines. I will admit I was a bit hesitant to use it because I didn't know where to begin. I didn't know how to get my computer plugged into my Cricut and I also wasn't sure how to let it know what Cricut Cartridges I owned so I could cut with them. Well let me share with you want I learned. You can use a printer cord to connect your Cricut Machine to your computer. One end with be a USB end and the other is a square looking end. If you already have Cricut Craftroom installed on your computer, when you plug it into your machine then it will prepare you to update your machine. It will take a little while depending on your internet speed, but be patient. Then you create your project. Finally when you go to cut it will tell you to insert your Cricut Cartridge into your machine. That way it knows that you own it. If you want to permanently link your Cartridge then you can click on the little link button. If you are borrowing somebody else Cartridge, then DONT link it. If you don't link the Cartridge then it will prompt you to insert it each time you want to cut with it. I hope that helps answer some questions you may have about the Cricut Craftroom. Let me say....I have a Gypsy and I love it, but I really love the Cricut Craftroom.

Card Instructions
Cricut Cartridge: Simply Sweet to cut images
Elise to print patterns on the Cricut Imagine

The rectangle is cut at: W-5.25", H-3.5"
I adjusted those measurements from the square.
Hearts: cut 1.25" and flipped
Love: cut at 1.5" 
I rounded the corners with the Corner Chomper.
Star Dust Stickles on the word Love.
I inked the edges using Tim Holtz - Old Paper Distress Ink

I hope you enjoyed this card. To see more projects from the My Pink Stamper Design team go to

I also had several other posts this week, so scroll down to see more Simple Creations.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

It's Robyn - My Pink Stamper's Birthday

Today is Robyn - My Pink Stamper's Birthday

Here is a card I made for her. It was the first card I made using my Cricut Imagine. It was so much fun to see it come together. This card can be made using any Cricut Machine and pattern paper.

Supplies & Instructions
Images cut from 3 birds - Straight from the Nest Cricut Cartridge.
All images were filled with patterns or colors from the Elise Cricut Imagine Cartridge
Tree cut 5"
Bird cut 2.5"
Label cut 1.5"
(Sorry I can't figure out what cartridge the label was cut from. I looked all over but I can't find it. If someone knows what it is please let me know.)

Twine - We R Memory Keepers
Pink Glitter Paper - Flower Shower Spring Glitter Matstack - DCWV

Please go and wish Robyn - My Pink Stamper, Happy Birthday at her website,

I am also using this card for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday #95. The challenge this week is to make something using a label (other than a circle) and the cricut. To see this challenge click HERE.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Special Note - Valentine Tag

I had some scrap Valentine paper and these Mini Bags I purchased a while ago. So I wanted to make a cute little Valentine with it. Here's what I came up with.

These Mini Bags are 2.5" x 4". If you don't have any, I'm sure you could cut some from Tags, Bags, & More Cricut Cartridge.

Supplies & Instructions
Heart - cut from Simply Sweet Cricut Cartridge at 1" and flipped
Valentine Paper
Mini Bags
White Pen
Clip from Tim Holtz
Twine from PaperTrey Ink
little Heart punch
Star Dust - Stickles inside the little heart

I love how this cute little Valentine note came out. Im going to write something special in it and give it to my husband.

I just got the My Pink Stamper - Lunchbox Thoughts Stamp Set. I couldn't wait to create something with it. It is so versatile and perfect for putting little notes in a child's or someone special's lunch. Click on the name of the stamp set to view more amazing stamps sets by My Pink Stamper.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Pinkalicious Blog Hop

Welcome to the My Pink Stamper Pink-alicious Blog Hop. This is where we hop from each of the designers blogs to see everyone's great projects using the Cricut and My Pink Stamper Stamps.

If you are coming here from Renee (RockinRenee) then you are right on track. If not, then go to the beginning, Robyn (My Pink Stamper) 

For Christmas I got a Cricut Imagine. I've had a little time to play around with it. So I want to share a project with you that I made using the Cricut Imagine. 
This month we were challenged to create something for myself or someone else that would give them a fresh clean start. So I created a journal that I can jot down important things from my personal time with God. Our church is doing a 21 day fast in January, so I thought this would be the perfect project I could make to help with a fresh start to 2012.

The label shape was cut from the shapes on the Cricut Imagine. I filled it with a pattern on pg 42 of the Imagine More Cartridge. Then cut it at 1.5". My Imagine wasn't calibrated so it cut the paper alittle off. So to fix it I inked the edges of the label with Charcoal Color Box Inkpad. Then I stamped the hearts and You're my love story on the label. Those stamps are from My Pink Stamper's - From the Heart stamp set.

To cut the pages that looks like lined paper, I used just one of the layers from an image on pg17 of the Imagine More Cartridge. 2 pages would fit on each 12x12 sheet of paper I printed. I cut them at 5"

I stamped sentiments from My Pink Stamper's - More Faithful Saying stamp set on each page of the journal using Old Paper - Tim Holtz Distress Ink, so it would be faint.

The border was cut from pg 26 of the Imagine More Cartridge at 1.7" Then I stitched the diagonal stitches using the We R Memory Keepers - Sew Easy - Zigzag roller. Then sewed the Bakers Twine Tertiary fancy floss from We R Memory Keepers. Finally I stamped Thinking of you today! on the border. That stamp is from My Pink Stamper's Fabulous Phrases stamp set.

For the covers I cut paper close to the size of the inside pages and rounded the corners. I stapled the covers and pages together with a stapler and then adhered the border to the cover to hid the staples.

I'm having so much fun with my Cricut Imagine. It takes plain Cricut cuts to the next level by printing the patterns in it. Its also nice to combine all the layers and print them together. Many of the images from the Imagine More Cartridge will be great to use in my Smash book, in the future. The possibilities are endless.

Summary of Supplies & Instructions:
Cricut Imagine Machine

Cricut Cartridge: Imagine More
label: shape from the imagine, filled with pattern on pg 42, cut 1.5"
border: pg 26, cut 1.7"
paper pages: just 1 of the layers on pg 17, cut 5"

My Pink Stamper Stamp Sets: From the Heart, Fabulous Phrases, More Faithful Sayings

Ink: Old Paper - Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Timber Brown - Stazon Ink, Charcoal - Color Box Chalk Ink
We R Memory Keepers: Sew Easy Tool, Zigzag roller, Bakers Twine Tertiary fancy floss

To Purchase or see all of My Pink Stamper Stamps click HERE.

For more My Pink Stamper fun hop to the amazing:

 If you get lost along the way here is our hopping order.
Don't forget to finish up at Robyn (My Pink Stamper)  to join in the fun.

Blog Hop Order

Monday, January 2, 2012

Welcome to Simple Creations where I love to inspire others to craft and cherish memories through scrapbooking, cards, and home decor.

I have had the honor of serving on the My Pink Stamper design team. This month I will begin my third term designing for Robyn. It as been so much fun. Her stamps are made of amazing quality photopolymer and stamp really well. Not to mention she has made so many great stamp sets to go with every occasion. These stamps work great on cards, scrapbook layouts, or any home decor project you have. I first came across My Pink Stamper on Her youtube channel is Robyn Stamps. She has made hundreds of great instructional video of how to make projects using the Cricut machines and stamps. She even has made instructional DVD's with videos never seen anywhere else. 

Here is a project I made using My Pink Stamper's - Sweet Goodness Stamp Set.

I designed this card on my Gypsy using:
Straight From the Nest Cricut Cartridge
Button #33 - Cut at 3.5"

Line up the papers to cut out all the cupcake layers on one cutting mat.
Cut out the cupcake on the Cricut Expression.

I cut out the cupcake using several pattern papers to create a colorful cupcake.

Ink around the icing & cherry on the cupcake using:
Color Box Chalk Ink - Dark Brown
I used a sponge to control how much ink I applied to the paper.

Here are most the supplies I used to create the card.
Use Seeing Spots Cuttlebug Embossing folder on the red paper to create the raised circles.
Tie twine around the card and tape on the back to hold in place.
Stamp the sentiment from My Pink Stamper's - Sweet Goodness Stamp Set

Welcome to Simple Creations where I love to inspire others to craft and cherish memories through scrapbooking, cards, and home decor.

I found a great company to order vinyl from. It is Expressions Vinyl. They have so many types of vinyl to choose from. Indoor, Outdoor, Chalk Board, T-shirt, & Printable Vinyl. Not to mention they have the best prices and quick shipping. But don't take my word for it. Check out all the great deals for yourself at If you decide to order from them, click on their button on the left of my blog and I will receive a percentage of it just for sending you their and being an affiliate with Expressions Vinyl.

Now I want to show you how I made a project using their Dark Red Vinyl. I cut out the vinyl on my Cricut Expression, using a "Kiss Cut." That means it will only cut through the vinyl and not the white backing. For the Circut the settings are Blade Depth 3, Pressure 3, and Speed 3. It is also important to have a sharp blade in the machine to get the best cut.

I used the 12" x 24" Mat to cut on
and the Gypsy to design with.

 To design it I used:
Opposites Attract Cricut Cartridge for the Words
Use the Opposite Function Key - Cut at 2.75"
Simply Sweet Cricut Cartridge for the Heart
Use Button #40 - Shift Blocked Feature - Cut 1.5"
I tilted the heart to get it to look like that.

 After cutting it, I cut off the extra vinyl to save for late using an exacto knife while it is still on the mat.

Carefully remove all the negative vinyl, including the centers of the letters.

Then place transfer tape over it & burnish. Burnishing means to rub with a firm surface, such as a flat scraper, a large popsicle stick, or a plastic card. I like to put my transfer tape on it while it is still on the mat to help keep everything flat.

 Remove the backing.

 Use a level and mark on the wall with a pencil to help place the vinyl on the wall level. After placing on the wall, burnish again to transfer it to the wall.

 Carefully remove the transfer tape. I like to pull it off slowly at an angle. If part of the vinyl comes off, then burnish again and then try to remove transfer tape again.

Here is what my finished project looked like. It is in our bathroom above the towel holder.

I love Expressions Vinyls for their great prices, quick shipping, and great customer service. If you have any question about their products, email them and they can assist you with it. They also have Vinyl Instructional Videos on their web site.

I am so excited to share this company with you and giveaway a $25 Gift Certificate donated by Expressions Vinyls. Leave just one comment for a chance to win. Please include an email address to contact you with, if you win. I will randomly pick a winner using on Monday, January 9th.

Welcome to Simple Creations where I love to inspire others to craft and cherish memories through scrapbooking, cards, and home decor.
My Memories Suite is a digital scrapbooking software, but it is not limited to scrapbooking. There is unlimited potential to designing with this program. From Scrapbook Pages, to Calendars, Invitations, DVD's, Photo Cards & so much more.
They always offer free downloads of digital kits & papers and many more to purchase. Once you purchase them, you can use them over & over.

But I don't just want to talk about the program. Instead I want to show you 4 pages I designed using the My Memories Suite Software. I started by creating an album with "A Gift For You" Christmas Album Template. Then I added my pictures, embellishments, sentiments, and journaling. This program is really simple and user friendly. Yet, it has so many papers, embellishments, and fonts to choose from. I created these 4 pages in less than an hour. If I would create that with paper and embellishments it would probably take me 4 hours to complete all of them. And I would have to clean up a huge mess on my crafting table. I love designing with My Memories Suite because I can craft anywhere on my computer, I have no mess to clean up, and I have a finished product much quicker. So now you can finally get caught up on all those scrapbooks and it will save you so much time. Then you can print the finish product, create a DVD, or share it online. Such a great way to share your memories with family and friends.

So here is an album I already designed with this years Christmas Pictures. 
From my family to you: Hope you had a blessed Christmas and Wishing you a Happy New Year!

Are you ready to get My Memories Suite to start designed your projects? It is very affordable and I have a special offer for you. I have a coupon for $10 off the Software, and when you purchase it, once you download it you will also receive $10 to purchase more digital papers and kits.
$10 off Coupon Code: STMMMS99475
click on Software
click on My Memories Suite v3
Add to the Cart
Enter your Coupon/Promo code: STMMMS99475

 I am also excited to inform you that My Memories has given me one My Memories Suite Software to giveaway. For a chance to win, leave me only one comment, on this post telling me what the 1st project you would work on if you won and what paper pack you would choose to design with. Also, include your email address so I can reach you if you win. I will use to randomly pick a winner next Monday, January 9th.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

DL.Art's Blog-a-versary Blog Hop

Welcome to DIANA L.'s  DL.ART  1 year blog-a-versary blog hop.  Including me there are 12 stops you will be making.  On these stops, you will find four people with a word; that will give you the clues, for the ingredients you will need, to complete your project.  Each designer will have a project that will inspire you and also have some clues as to what the ingredients are. You will have until Jan 6, 2012 @ 11:59 to link you project at
DL.ART's blog. Once you have linked your project, you will have a chance to win the Provo Craft Cricut  "Sweet Tooth Box cartridge" at DL.ART's Blog.

I want to say Congratulations to Diana for all she has accomplished in just one year on her blog. She has so many followers, participates in many challenges, leaves wonderful comments, & she is so generous with so many giveaways. She has truly become a blogging friend. This summer she made some beautiful gratitude journals to giveaway. She was so generous that she made more journals so that everyone who left a comment could get one. We all can learn alot from Diana.

Now to my project...

Supplies & Instructions
Cricut Expression Machine
Cricut Cartridge: Cupcake
Cupcake cut at 3"
Stamp Set:
Cuttlebug Embossing Folders:
Seeing Spots and Swiss Dots
Edges Distressed with Dark Brown-Color Box Chalk Ink
Foam Squares - to pop up cupcake

And to make DL.Art's Blog-a-versary fun, I have a GIVEAWAY for you. Robyn at My Pink Stamper has donated a Love-alicious stamp set to giveaway. That will be perfect for any Valentine Cards you might make. Just leave me one comment on this post: include something you look forward to this year and also an email address. I will pick a winner on Monday, January 9th. There will be another special event tomorrow on my website with several more giveaways. So visit back soon.

Giveaway donated by My Pink Stamper

 From here you will hop to Agnas' Flower Disco's Scrap Hut.
 Don't forget to go back to DL.ART's Blog at the end to post your own project.

Here is the blog hop LINE-Up in-case you lose your way: