March 29, 2009

I've Been Busy!

OK so the kid free night didn't happen. :( But I actually got a lot done anyway.
The Cute As A Bug layout I made with Plantin Schoolbook, Hello Kitty Font, Indie Art, and the flowers are from Wedding Solutions. The sparkly floral paper is from DCWV The Sweet Stack
The Beautiful Sweet Girl layout was made with Plantin Schoolbook, Graphically Speaking, Storybook, and again the same flower.
The 1st Grade layout was made using Sesame Street Font and Doodlecharms. The papers are from the DCWV Grade School Stack

March 27, 2009

Paper Flowers Tutorial

A few days ago I posted these flowers that I made on the Cricut message board. I had so many people asking for instructions and if they could be made with other cartridges that I put together the following tutorial on how to make them. These particular ones I posted were made with the Wedding Solutions cartridge, but for the tutorial I used Plantin Schoolbook, Accent Essentials, and Graphically Speaking. Hope you enjoy them!

The first step is to cut out your flower in 1/4 inch intervals. I starter these at 21/2 inches and went down to 11/2 inches. The dark pink are from Plantin, the lavender are from Accent, and the light pink are from Graphically Speaking.

Next I inked the edges of each flower. I also inked the entire flower on the light pink ones.
After you have inked the edges I used a bone folder to curl each petal.

The lavender and light pink have the petals curved up and the dark pink petals are curled under
Next I used Glue Dots to stick the flowers together. Making sure to turn each layer so that the petals alternate.
This is what the flower should look like when all the layers have been put together
The light pink flower is a little more complex. To make the petals look right I squeezed them all together. Then fanned them out until it looked how I wanted it.
To make the centers for the light pink and lavender flowers I cut out three 1/2 inch circles and placed a glue dot in the center. then I fringe cut the edges and squeezed all the pieces together like the flower.
Next I used the end of my spatula to hold the center and ink the top
I placed it in the center of the flower and finished it with a little glitter in the middle
For the dark pink flower I punched a small circle and used a glue dot to adhere it to the center then cover it in glitter
And here are your finished flowers.

March 23, 2009

My Newest Layout

This LO is of my husband and oldest son at a local aviation festival. The paper is DCWV (Nana's Kids I think). I cut the stars with my Cricut (Plantin Schoolbook) and then glittered them with Scribbles. The plane strips were cut out individually and also glittered. The title is Cricut from the Blackletter solutions cartridge.

Fall Mini Album

This is a mini accordion album that I made of my oldest sons field trip to the pumpkin patch. I cut a 12x12 sheet of cardstock into 4 inch strips and folded each strip into thirds. Then I overlapped the ends and glued them together to form the main part of the album. All the accent papers are from a DCWV Fall Stack that I tore and inked the edges of. I used my Cricut and Plantin Schoolbook cartridge to cut the date and names. I've been wanting to make a box to put it in but haven't made it that far yet.

March 22, 2009

My First Blog!

I'm soooooo excited to have my first blog and to share my scrapbooking/crafting addiction! After being on the Cricut message board and viewing all the great blogs and their amazing projects I had been thinking about creating my own blog but had never actually done it. Thanks to a MB post from The Memory Keeper about a new design team she was forming here I am. I am very excited to share my projects and designs and be apart of a great team. I think it will do wonders for my creativity and my motivation. There will be lots more posts to come so visit again soon!