Rouse House

This was inspired by the January issue of Scrapbooks, etc. magazine which spotlighted a project for making a 'house' out of foam core board. So I spent part of my day today scraplifting this project and turning it into one of my own. The original directions can be found on the Scrapbooks, etc. website.

For my house I did not have access to a copy machine in order to enlarge the templates. However, I enlarged the pdf file to 125% and set my print options to print on borderless paper. Once printed I then measured the diagrams and drew them out on the foam core board for cutting.
I also used the following carts:
Accent Essentials for the picture frames (Accent 47 at 1.5"), rug (Accent 5 stretched to measure approx. 3"x4"), and the trim on the roof (4" and 4.5")
Happily Ever After for the chair (2.5" cut twice - one in blackout and one layer - for the back of chair and pieces. The pieces were then glued to other paper and cut to include 'tabs' for creating the dimension)
Paper Pups for the puppy cut at 1"
Making the Grade for the Rouse verbiage - R cut at 1" and the "ouse" were welded together to create the size needed.
The book on the chair was a piece of foam core board cut and covered with scrap paper.

First Christmas Layout

So Christmas is behind us and now it's time to start scrapping all the pics that were taken. Question is where do I start? Especially since I haven't done a layout in months - it's all been card making. And truth be told I still have a card or two that needs to be made for some upcoming birthdays.

Anyhow, I sat down today and just started creating a layout with Santa and a tree. As time went on it evolved into what is now the final product. For this layout I used Paper Dolls Dress Up and Christmas Solutions.

PPDU: Santa cut at 4" for the white portions of his outfit I painted with a white metallic paint and sprinkled with white glitter while it was still wet

Tree cut at 6" and decorated with lights and metallic dots
Solutions: Window was modified to create a 3.5" wide and 3" tall window. The snowflakes and snowman are buttons that I picked up at Walmart

Christmas Carousel

Last year one of the ladies on the Cricut message boards posted this wonderful carousel that she had created with whimsical reindeer and santa. It was such a great idea that I had to save the directions for the day when I owned the cartridge she used. Well this Christmas I have that cartridge but went for a different look all together.

For this project I used the Christmas solutions cartridge and cut the sleigh and reindeer at 2". The scallops are from Accent Essentials cut at 3/4" and 1".

The posts are wooden dowels that were cut to size and then 'painted' with my silver ink pad. The center post has metal dots adhered to it to give the effect/feel of the lights that are normally on the carousel.

Mrs. Potts Birthday Wishes

This is the second of the three cards that my sister needed for today. This particular card she needed to coincide with the "tea" theme she had going on for the recipient's gift basket she put together. So I thought what better than Mrs. Potts and Chip from Beauty and the Beast.

This was a very simple, clean card but I think that lends to the overall look. The colors of which are more vibrant in real life, but it turned out well and my sister was delighted with the results.

Cars Christmas

My baby sister hit me up this afternoon with a need for three cards: birthday, Christmas and a farewell. Okay I thought - why not - I've been in a little bit of a slump since I haven't been feeling well maybe this will help get me out of it.

So four or five hours and a couple computer problems later I completed the task and she loved them all.

This was my second time using the Cars cartridge and I do believe that it is the most difficult one I own. Lightining was cut at 3" and even then there's a lot of small detail pieces that have a difficult time cutting properly.

The elf sticker is from Jolee's by You.

Snowman Soup & Gift Bags

This morning I started bright and early with making Christmas candy and peanut butter fudge. Once that was completed and laid out across the kitchen island for setting I got to work on cutting and putting together the tags for the dozen gift bags needed by tomorrow.

For this project I used Tags, Bags, Boxes & More and Doodlecharms. The tags were cut at 5" and the snowman was cut at 2".

The poem was created in MS Word and then printed directly onto 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock and then cut to size for placing on the tag.


I was inspired to make this card back in October when I saw a similar one published in one of the card magazines I had purchased. I never made it though because I didn't have a tree that I liked well enough to use.

But last month dh bought me the Graphically Speaking cartridge for my birthday and voila! I had the perfect tree. I only wish that the camera would take a picture that did the card justice - it really looks better in real life.

The tree is cut at 4"

The "BRR.." tag is cut at 1" from a glittered paper

The bird is from Word Builders: A Garden of Words and is cut at 3/4"

I heard him exclaim

This is a card that was buzzing around in my head while I was awake and sick in the wee hours of last night/this morning. It is also my first creation using the Christmas Noel cartridge.

For this card I stretched the window to make it fit a 5" tall card but at the same time making it wide enough to actually look like a window. The santa and moon were cut at just under 2" high. The hair is from PPDU, and the hand as well (I manuevered the 'body' so that most of it was off the cutting grid - that way I didn't waste paper).

The inside sentiment reads " I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night".
UPDATE: Oh my gosh! I made the Cricut Chirp newsletter....I have never had such an honor before - this is so exciting. Check it out

1st to the Finish Line Birthday Card

My youngest son is turning 11 on Sunday and so I have created this one for him. DH bought me the Cars cartridge (along with others) for my birthday last month and this was my first creation using that cart.

The finished size of the card is 5" x 6 1/2" and McQueen was cut at 3 1/2". The saying was cut at 2".

The sentiment inside the card reads, "Picks the best piece" and there's a picture in the bottom right corner of the card of a slice of birthday cake.

Decorating the Tree

I made this card several days ago, but could never get the picture to come out with being fuzzy or having a glare. Well today I finally got a picture that I liked. So with that I give you my Penguins decorating the Christmas tree.

For this card I used my Cricut only to cut the tree which was used as my "canvas" to apply the Martha Stewart branch punches. Once completed I dressed the tree up with some 'lights' and bulbs to give it a little pizzaz.

The penguins are stickers from Jolee's and the ground was embellished with my snow writer's pen and some diamond dust.

Bringing Home the Tree

After being on vacation for a week and trying to get the new craft room organized enough to create a card (still not complete and probably won't be until this weekend - will post more on that when it's done) I was finally able to do so tonight. I thought I'd go crazy since it's been so long. Not to mention the fact that my wonderful husband bought me four new cartridges for my birthday. So what do I do the first night I scrap in almost two weeks??? Why use all the old cartridges of course.

For this card I cut:

Truck from New Arrival at 3 1/2"

Snowmen from Speaking of Winter at 3 1/2"

Tree created using the new Martha Stewart branch punch