Graduation Congrats Pop-up

My oldest child is graduating from college soon and called the other day asking if I would please make her graduation announcements for her.  Well that of course prompted my newly found need/desire to purchase the Happy Graduation cartridge that was released a while back.  I mean up until now I didn't really feel the need to purchase this cartridge but I'm glad I did.

For my first project using this cartridge though I decided to do a Congrats card.  Now combine Happy Graduation with one of the wonderful Sizzix pop up dies and you get a great gift giving surprise.  I'd been drooling over this die as well but finally quit talking myself out of buying it.

So what do you think?

Pregnancy Congratulations Pop Up

By now you might have noticed that I LOVE pop-up cards.  Well here's another one that I put together this weekend to add to my arsenal.  I used the recently released Everyday Pop-ups cartridge for my cuts:

Bundle of Joy was cut at 3"
Pregnant woman cut at 4 1/2"

When I initially put this card together I had forgotten all about the PDF diagram file that Joy had posted on her blog over at Obsessed with Scrapbooking and kinda messed up.  But then I remembered that I had downloaded the file, opened it up, figured what I did wrong and viola.

If you haven't made a pop-up card before I'd love to see you give it a try.  They're a lot of fun......Hmmmm I think I'll have to come up with a challenge for us to all play along in......stay tuned for dets.  lol

Elephant Crayon Holder

Dusti over at Scrappin with Cricut was so very kind and invited me to come play along in her No Cards or Layouts Monday Challenge #3 and I thought it would be fun so instead of waiting for a couple days to post this other plastic canvas project that I've completed I'll just post it now.

This was another one that I had a lot of fun doing, but sometimes it's a pain in the tail trying to match things up like the legs for these silly elephants.  Yeah, that was a lot of fun.  But all in all I think they turned out cute and am pleased with the end result.

And now that you've seen what I'm entering into the challenge why don't you hop on over to Dusti's blog and enter a no card/no layout project of your own so that we can see how crafty you are.  ;o)

Flip Flop Tissue Box in Plastic Canvas

It's been a while since I've shared one of my plastic canvas creations so today I wanted to share with you another tissue box cover I finished.  I figured since it's that time of year and I live in Florida where it's always flip flop weather this was a natural project to create.

I love the way that it turned out with all the colors. 

Dad's Tool Belt - Take Two

I decided to make another one of these wonderful tool belts only this time I wanted to make the tools using my Handyman cart so I figured out the sizes I needed and went to work. 

The tool belt was made using the cut file from Ruelysi that I mentioned in the original post.  The tools were cut again from Handyman at the following sizes:

Hammer at 5"
Wrench at 4 1/2"
Screwdriver at 3 3/4"
Tape measure at 2 1/2"

I used a gray metallic paper for the main layer and this enbled my tools to look more realistic.

The Best Dad Ever badge is from the Father's Day cartridge and was cut at 2".

Knifty Knitters Here I Come

Okay, I did it.  I finally broke down.  This past Saturday I picked up a set of the round Knifty Knitter looms from Michael's and used my 40% off coupon so I got them dirt cheap.  And this is the hat that I just finished making. It's plain but exactly what a newbie like me needs to begin - it was also super easy and a lot of fun to do.

Problem now is that much to my husband's dismay I have found yet another craft to which I am addicted.   I can't wait to get my hands on the long looms so I can try a scarf and then there's the one for making pom poms and all kinds of other gadgets too. 

Kudos to my wonderful son who so graciously, involuntarily volunteered to model even though my hat was done in pink.........He was after all the only one in the house with a head small enough to do so.

Best Step-Dad Father's Day Card

This is a quick put together card I did for my children to give my husband for Father's Day.  All the cuts are from the new Father's Day cartridge cut at 1 and 1 1/2".

I wanted to create a card in a Venn diagram style but my brain wasn't doing so hot at formulating the layout using cuts from this cart.  So I opted for more of a Spider diagram style without all the little feet or whatever you want to call them.  lol

Milk Carton Treat Container

I wanted to try something new and different as a treat holder and this is my take off from the sour cream containers.  For whatever reason I have never been able to really put those silly things together well enough.  Maybe because I always wanted to fill them too much?  I don't know.....but this is easier for me because I know when it's so full I can't add any more.  ;o)

I created the milk carton cut using Design Studio and George so if you have both of those and would like the cut file you'll find it under my files and tutorials tab.  I also have the instructions ready for dowload as well in case you need them.

Since this was my first go round as a trial I didn't really embellish my container too much but I still think it turned out really cute.  My bear is from Campin' Critters and my little fish is just a brad from my stash.

Hope you enjoy and if you happen to create one of these containers I'd love to see what you did with it so please let me know so I can hop over to your blog and take a look.

Fishing You A Happy Birthday

I found a set of four sea life charms by Blue Moon at Walmart yesterday and instantly fell in love with them.  As soon as I saw them I knew that they would be perfect to use in tunnel cards and so I bought a set. 

I started designing the card last night and just finished it this afternoon.  For this one I used:

George to cut the inside mat and ovals for creating my tunnel and frame.

Tags, Bags, Boxes and More for the tag on the front of the card.

Sweet Treats for the cake.

Life's a Beach for all other cuts.


This week's Cricut Cardz Challenge was to create a wedding card using any colors and cartridges of our choosing.  I chose to use Home Decor and Stretch Your Imagination.

My hearts are cut at 1" and the scallop type oval was cut at 4" - both from Home Decor

The couple was cut at 3 3/4" with the top layer cut twice to provide the black and white.

Added a little bling in the form of silver metallic ribbon and a silver charm and viola.  Only 'problem' was that the photo didn't capture the colors and vibrancy of the card very well.

Official Visit from the Tooth Fairy

I was inspired to create these tins thanks to a stamped version I saw.  I found my tins in the dollar bin at Michael's but now that I've made these two I'll have to go back and pick up a pack of the wedding favor tins.  They'll be smaller versions but will cost less to make in the long run.  Not to mention the fact that I couldn't find a tin in boy colors in the dollar section.

For my version I used George for the circle cut at 2 1/2".  Added the verbiage using MS Word - Arial font and using word art to create a 2" circle.

The tooth is from Baby Steps cut at 1 1/2".

I made the pillow myself as well, but the pic doesn't show the dimple I put in the center of the pillow very well.  Could be because of the button I added in order to give the tooth a perfect resting spot while waiting to be 'cashed in'.