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Sunday, February 2, 2020

When Your Cricut Cut Is Beautiful but not Right for The Project

Every once and a while I cut something with my Cricut and decide the color or scale is wrong after I cut it.  Often, these cuts, are just too pretty to recycle and so, I save them for another project.  They then become part of the stash, neglected and forgotten. Today, I am sharing how I challenged myself to use a doily I cut instead of consigning it to the stash.  I tried a new strategy of doodling, so I am entering it in the Bitten by the Bug Challenge "Something New."  Here is how I took a drab cut to fab cut!  

I cut this red card stock with an Anna Griffin cartridge and found the color wasn't right for the page I was working on.  I thought the red a bit dull and wanted to make it more glamorous.  So, I doodled some trellis like lines (inspired by the layer that should have gone on top) with a glitter pen and added some Stickles to make this mis-cut a one of a kind piece. 


Here is a close up of the title cut with Anna's Christmas Kitsch.  


Below is a look at the red die cut before I embellished it.  So drab, that I decided to try and add glamour like Anna would.  I LOVE Anna Griffin Double Sided Foil Paper, when it's used in a tone on tone look!  I can't stop using this paper!  Kudos to Anna Griffin for providing professional materials along with her professional tools!




Friday, January 17, 2020

Beyond the Easel Card Kit with Anna Griffin


I am so obsessed with the easel card kit by Anna Griffin!  But, I have run out my kits card bases.  So, when I needed a card for a 61 wedding anniversary, I got on Pinterest and found the most beautiful Anna Griffin cards on Splitcoast stampers.  So, I decided to make my own AG easel card with some AG frame dies.  Here is my card and I just used my card kit as a guide for making the base.  



To make this card, cut a piece of 12 x 12 card stock so that you have a piece 5" wide and 12 inches long.  Score the piece across the the short width at 7" and again at 3 1/2" up from the 7 score mark. 


Make your folds, then place the AG die on top of the paper and trace the outside of the die!  Cut the card while still folded, along the hand traced line.  This will give you a offset base for your die.  Glue the card top layer to the smallest folded portion, glue the inside of the car to the largest base portion.  Put a small raised die cut on the card base, towards the bottom to hold the easel for display.  Mine Happy Anniversary if from an Anna Griffin kit of some kind.  Paper is Anna Griffin too!

Saturday, January 4, 2020

All State Locker Mums





I have been making locker mums for our All State Music students for the last few years and never seem to get a good photo.  Here are this years and the photo is a bit better.  Below are the steps to create them and I hope that some other parents will celebrate their music students too!
I will try and figure our how to share this in the latest Cricut DS and post it.

Supplies
Card stock in the colors of your school (Black and Gold)
White card stock
Grey card stock, or color that works with your school colors
Anna Griffin Musical Dresden Die Cuts
Cricut Maker Machine
Cricut Scoring Wheel
Glue Gun
Cricut Medium Tip Gold Marker
Cricut Ribbons and Rossetts 
Cricut Holiday Frames and Tags
Cricut 3 Birds-Life's a Party
Cricut When I was a Kid
Cricut Basic Shapes
Cricut Sans Original Font
2" Circle Punch
Creative Memories Circle Cutting tool

Cut the rosettes from the Cricut Ribbons and Rosettes cartridge so that you can fit 4 strips in a 8 1/2" x 11" piece of card stock.  Be sure to use the Cricut Maker with the Scoring wheel!  Fan fold the strip and glue it together making a loop.  Punch 2 circle for every rosette in matching card stock.  Glue the rosette using a glue gun and inside a Creative Memories circle cutting guide.  The photo below shows an oval cutting guide but I use the circle ones that same way and it makes this so much easier.  Glue the circle on one side, allow it to cool and flip to glue the circle on the other side.


Print and cut the Cricut file after adding your students names and award categories as needed.  Glue the pieces as shown, using the glue glue to add the center.  Cut notches in the faux "ribbons" that hang from the bottom.  Glue ribbons to the back of the rosette with glue gun.


Sunday, December 1, 2019

Anna Griffin December Daily 5 More Pages


Here are five more pages for my Anna Griffin December Daily.  I have been waiting to have just the right project for the AG flocked Black and White card stock, and this is it!  And I am obsessed with any sheet music paper!


Above I cut the left page above, with my Cricut and Anna's Christmas Card Cartridge.  


For the page on the left above, I ran out of ink and this printed in blue tones, instead of grey, but I loved it!  And so, it was matched with an Anna blue item.


For the pages below, I embossed white paper and will add things as the page is made.  Sometimes, it pays to wait and see what the day holds that I use it for journaling.


Supplies
Anna Griffin Holiday Trimmings Card Kit
Anna Griffin Christmas Pop Up Card Kit
Anna Griffin Holiday Pocket Dies
Anna Griffin For the Guys Die Cuts
Anna Griffin Black & Ivory Card Stock
Anna Griffin Christmas Cards Cricut Cartridge
Anna Griffin Cherry Blossom Embossing Folder
Anna Griffin Laurel Emblem Frame
Anna's Holiday Luster Images Cricut Cartridge
Happy Woodland Animals Cricut Image
Red card stock
Silver Glitter Card stock
Grey Card stock
White Card stock
Anna Griffin Glitter Stickers


Saturday, November 30, 2019

Anna Griffin December Daily Pages 10-15


I can't believe how quickly this December Daily is coming together using an Anna Griffin Card kit, dies and scrap paper!  Today I am sharing five more pages.  



The page below is made with one of the first Anna Griffin items I ever bought, the patterned paper.  Embossing folders, and dies are Sizzix.  The lace is from a card kit I got a garage sale.


For the pages below, I got out my Cricut and Cricut pens and Anna's Christmas Cards Cartridge.  I love to use the pens and sometimes add a bit of doodling.  I was trying to get the look of red work, for those of you who embroider.


I also tried a gold glitter pen and the picture doesn't do this page justice.  I will try and photograph this in the day light tomorrow.









Supplies
Anna Griffin Holiday Trimmings Card Kit
Anna Griffin Christmas Pop Up Card Kit
Anna Griffin Planner pages
Anna Griffin Rosette
Anna Griffin Snowflake Rosette Dies
Anna Griffin Gold Metallic Card stock
Anna Griffin Holiday Pocket Dies
Anna Griffin For the Guys Die Cuts
Anna Griffin Black & Ivory Card Stock
Anna Griffin Christmas Cards Cricut Cartridge
Anna Griffin Paper Doll Card Toppers
Cricut Gold Glitter pen
Cricut Red fine point pen
Sizzix Die and Embossing Set

Friday, November 29, 2019

Anna Griffin December Daily Pages 5-10


Here are the next five pages for the Anna Griffin December Daily I am making.  I want to enter this in the Cut it Up Challenge Blog's Tic Tac Toe challenge #188 as a scrapbook page, with my favorite color (blue) and a border or banner.

What a dramatic color choice!  If you can't go over the top for Christmas, when can you?!  The die is Anna Griffin Gatefold Jacket Dies.  The silver paper, silver flourishes and sentiment are also Anna Griffin.  I used some Kodak blue paper for the back ground.  

Here it is with it's sister page, a beautiful tone on tone look with all Anna Griffin.  In the page on the left I only used one side of the die.  I love to challenge myself when I have a mis-cut to use it anyway and make it shine.
It is wonderful to keep a little Anna Griffin for myself as I am always giving away the prettiest items to others.  So, I am so enjoying playing with all my AG favorites in this album.  Like the window card kit!

For the green polka dot and candy cane pages below, I used American Craft's Pow!  Glitter Paper (green polka dot) and the October Afternoon Falling Snow paper is the candy cane stripe.  The holly leaf and the heart die are both Anna Griffin.

The page below is made with The Robin's Nest paper, an Anna Griffin Pocket Holiday Die and K & Company journaling die cut.


For the last page shown today, I used an Stampin' Up die for the French Horn.  My youngest plays the French horn and will have a concert in the December, so I am planning ahead with my pages!




Supplies
Anna Griffin Holiday Trimmings Card Kit
Anna Griffin Christmas Pop Up Card Kit
Anna Griffin Planner pages
Anna Griffin Rosette
Anna Griffin Snowflake Rosette Dies
Anna Griffin Gold Metallic Card stock
Anna Griffin Holiday Pocket Dies
Anna Griffin For the Guys Die Cuts
Anna Griffin Black & Ivory Card Stock
K & Company Journaling Die Cut
American Crafts Pow!  Glitter Paper
October Afternoon Falling Snow patterned paper
Kodak Blue Paper
Glue Dots
Glue Gun and Glue Sticks



Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Anna Griffin December Daily

I have been getting emails about a certain December daily that has been tempting me to make one this year.  My boys are currently both Sophomores, one in college and one in high school.  Our college age son commutes to school and lives at home, but I know they will both soon on their own.  So, why not document this holiday season while they are still at home!?

But I really would like an Anna Griffin December Daily, and she doesn't have one!  So, it occurred to me that I could use my AG Christmas card kits for a scrapbook!  Here is my December Daily cover and the first 5 pages.  See below for supplies and instructions.  And I have to show you a close of of the AG Snowflake die!  



December 1, 2019


December 2, 2019

December 3, 2019

December 4, 2019

December 5, 2019

I have been an Anna fan for a long time and some of these items are no longer available, so I am including general links for the two sites I shop for AG items.  Shop for Anna Griffin items at her site here, or at HSN here.  

I will try and blog more of my pages, and if time allows include the finished page details with my photos and journaling.  Wondering about the Eiffel Tower on December 3, 2019?  I hope to book some travel on that day and it is Travel Tuesday and I hear there will be some great deals!

Supplies
Anna Griffin Holiday Trimmings Card Kit
Anna Griffin Christmas Pop Up Card Kit
Button
Bi-colored twine
Anna Griffin Planner pages
Anna Griffin Rosette
Anna Griffin Snowflake Rosette Dies
Anna Griffin Matt Metallic Card stock
Anna Griffin Holiday Pocket Dies
Anna Griffin For the Guys Die Cuts
Anna Griffin Black & Ivory Card Stock
Karen Foster Designs Sparkle Burst Brads
Glue Dots
Glue Gun and Glue Sticks



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