Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Creative "U" Crop March 8 & 9th in DeKalb IL

Just a note to let my followers know that the S.C.R.A.P. Guild of Northern IL has opened their registration for Creative "U" Crop in DeKalb, IL on March 8 & 9, 2014.  This event is a one or two day crop with lunch and dinner served on Saturday and lunch on Sunday.  There will be vendors for shopping too.  If you can't make either day, you are still welcome to stop in and shop (10-4 Saturday, and 10-3 Sunday).  
For more information, or a copy of the flyer please email

Saturday, January 25, 2014

FCCB Challenge 195

 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge with FCCB!

Challenge #95 Mix and Match
Use 3 different patterns of paper
This Weeks Sponsor
Jaded Blossom

Winner will receive the Funny Valentine stamp set

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used.  To join this weeks challenge visit Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog here. 

Here are my tips for using three or more patterned papers in a project:
1)  Use papers from the same collection.  For this page I used Bo-Bunny's Teen Chic paper line.
2)  If you use paper from more than one manufacturer, use a single patterned paper for the color scheme and chose papers with a matching color scheme.
3)  Use simple patterns such as stripes, dots and checks, or an all over pattern such as the green pattern in frame on this page. 
4)  Use smaller scale patterns and add larger scales coordinating patterns as accents.  See how I fussy cut the flowers from the Bo-Bunny patterned paper and made my own embellishments? 
5)  Add a neutral.  Bo-Bunny already had black (a neutral) in the stripe, and I added some more to help pull the patterned papers together.

Cricut Fontopia Cartridge (Black Frame)
Cricut Ashlyn's Alphabet Cartridge (watermelon)
Cricut Close To My Heart Artiste Cartridge (rolled roses)
Cricut Mother's Day Bouquet (Pink flower with red embellished center)
Cricut George Cartridge (Pink circle)
Art Glitter Black Glitter
Art Glitter Dries Clear Adhesive
Art Glitter Ultra fine Glue tip
Bo-Bunny Teen Chic papers
Zva Creative (small green rhinestones)
Simply Elegant Round Embellishment (center of pink flower)
Creative Memories leaf punch
Want2Scrap pearls
MonAmiGabby green pearl button
Prima leaves
Bazzill Basics Paper flower (black flower)
American Crafts black velvet ribbon
Pink felt
Green felt

Monday, January 20, 2014

Valentine's Day Card & Envelope

Art Glitter Dries Clear Glue
Art Glitter Ultrafine Tip
Art Glitter 332 Red Rocket Chunky Opaque Hologram Glitter
Art Glitter Small Transparency
Snap 'n Peal
Heartfelt Creations Timeless Amour Custom Die
Lattice Lace Envelope Wrap Silhouette

This Valentine's Day, Clare wanted to make an envelope as pretty as the card.  So, she found an envelope wrap at the Silhouette store that coordinated with a Heartfelt Creations die and cut it in red card stock.  She highlighted heart shapes in the pattern by adding Art Glitter Dries Clear Glue using the Ultra fine tip and Art Glitter (see photo above).
For the card, Clare cut the Heartfelt Creations Timeless Amour Custom die in the Snap 'n Peal.  She pulled off the protective layer and adhered it to the Art Glitter Small Transparency (photo above).  She removed the second protective layer and added Art Glitter Red Rocket Chunky Opaque Hologram Glitter.  She used Momenta stickers for the word LOVE.
She tied the envelope wrapper closed, much like she would tie a ribbon around a present.  She tied one side first, threading from top to bottom.  Threaded the ribbon up to the top for the opposite sides and then tied a bow.  Such a simple elegant card and envelope!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Winter Fun with FCCB: Challenge 193

Challenge #193 Winter Fun
 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge!  It's time for me to share my first project as part of the FCCB DT!  

Challenge #193
Winter Fun
 Create a winter inspired project
This Weeks Sponsor
Winner will receive a stamp set of their choice.

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used.
 Please visit the FCCB blog to see the other DT member projects and join in the challenge.

Here is my project:

Every winter, I scrap book my families holiday photo cards.  To create this page I cut the wreath using Joys of the Season in a dark green and in a light green.  I made a cut in the lighter green wreath and tucked the edges under the darker green wreath to get an interwoven look.  The berries are the layer for the cut.  For the title, I used Creative Memories 'Tis the Season Cart.
And here's a tip:  don't have the right color distressing ink?  Use your alcohol markers!  I didn't have a pink or red ink, so I used my Copic markers for the berries.  The notebook paper is made with Imagine More Cards.

This page was inspired by a free printable gift tag I found here.  I did a search for a wreath in CCR and found the best match in Joy's of the Season.  It's an older cart, but one of my all time favs!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Wonderful Winter White

Art Glitter Small Sticky Paper
Art Glitter Waterfall Fantasy Film
Art Glitter Fantasy Fiber Snowflake
Art Glitter 373 Fairy Dust
Parchment Paper
Cricut Winter Lace Cartridge (large snowflake)
Creative Memories 'Tis The Season Cricut Cartridge (title)
McGill Snowflake Punch
Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch (medium snowflake with circle frame)
3 Birds Designs Lace paper
White Card Stock
Queen and Co Pearls
Jolee Bling (pearl in setting)
Close To My Heart Flower bling
White Flowers
Zva Creative Blue Swirl Bling

Clare love's to capture the wonder of Mother Nature's  winter's whites with Art Glitter!  She scrap books all her families Christmas Cards and keeps them in a Christmas album that she brings out when the decorations go up. What a great way to see how all the children, nieces and nephews change and grow over the years!
Clare started with a piece of white card stock.  She pressed a thin layer of the Art Glitter Fantasy Fiber in Snowflake between parchment paper on a silk setting for five seconds.  She layered this on top of the white card stock and placed a piece of paper lace on top.

Clare folded a piece of Art Glitter Waterfall Fantasy Fiber in half and pressed it in the same manor as above.  She then cut in a Cricut machine using 'Tis the Season Creative Memories Cricut Cartridge.  Clare says to treat the fused Fantasy Film like a lighter weight card stock (Clare used a pressure of 4).  For the snowflakes, Clare cut the white portion using Art Glitter Sticky paper  and pealed off the protective layer.

She sprinkled on Art Glitter Fairy Dust on top and shook off excess.  She sandwhiched the glittered snowflake between two layers of Art Glitter Waterfall Fantasy Fiber and pressed again.
 Clare found that some of the smaller corners needed a bit more than the standard 3 to 5 seconds to bond.  She then hand trimmed around the snowflake.  She used the same layered technique with two more punched snowflakes in the sticky paper as well.

Clare wishes you could see this page live and in person as the photos don't do it justice!  The snowflake and title are much more light aqua blue in real life and work well with the winter whites to make a faux ice look!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

FCCB Blog Crawl & New Design Team

I am excited to share today that I made the design team at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog for 2014!  They are holding a blog crawl Monday, January 6th, 2014 to celebrate and announce the new DT. Pictured above is one of my favorite layouts from 2013 made with Cricut George, Joys of the Season, Close to My Heart Art Philosophy. You can find the page details here.  
I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday and that Santa left you all some crafty love in your stockings! To celebrate the new DT FCCB is having a blog crawl, which is FCCB's version of a blog hop. If you get  lost along the way, the lineup is listed below. Once you've done the crawl, make a project using a sentiment and add it to the linky over at FCCB.

Emily Mollie's Blog 
Faith Scrapbooker PhD 
Jackie Luv 2 Scrapp
Elizabeth Unik by Yes
Jilliene Jilliene Designs


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