Monday, January 30, 2012

Strut Your Cuts Week 5

Hi all,

Well, I did not complete my week 4 projects, so the following three cartridges are still on my "to do" list: Sports Mania, Everyday Pop-Up Cards and Best of Pixar. I have decided that rather than get bogged down trying to finish them I shall continue on with this week and then get back to them at some time.

So, now to Week 5. The selected cartridges are:

  1. Wildlife (lite)
  2. H2O (seasonal)
  3. Summer in Paris (seasonal)
  4. Paisley
  5. Stork's Delivery (creative memories)
I only have H2O, so that made things easier again. Miss Jessica decided she wanted to make a card for her Dad who travels for work. Jessica chose all the figures and "helped" me put it together.

I cut each of the figures at 4.25" and used stickles to give them a bit of a lift. I drew in the male's eyes and I have to agree with Jessica that I made them "a bit scary"! I then put the figures on the card with dimensionals. "Miss you so much" is a Stamin' Up! stamp and I used an SU! punch as well.

Do not forget to join in and post your challenge entries at either the Scrappy-Go-Lucky Blog or Facebook page.

Hope you all have a good week,


Friday, January 27, 2012

I'm melting!

Hi all,

Just checking in ... I've been slogging away at some place cards for two weddings being held on 11 Feb and it is hot as hades here right now - a couple of 40+C days does my sense of humour no good ... so I have not gotten any further on the week 4 strut your cuts challenge. Unfortunately when I have not been doing the place cards I have been standing under the aircon duct or cooling off in the pool (I know, harsh life huh?!). I am still going to finish the challenge though, even if it is a little late.

Hope you are all doing well and not too hot/cold/wet


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Strut Your Cuts Week 4 - part one

Hi all,

I am a little bit late in posting my week 4 project ... and I hope to have more to post during the week.

This week the cartridges to use are:

  1. Love you a Latte
  2. Sports Mania
  3. Everyday Pop-Up Cards
  4. Damask Decor
  5. Best of Pixar
I actually have four of the five cartridges this week. The only one I do not have is Love you a Latte. Of course this made things difficult -- too many choices!

I have started with a card from Damask Decor, blinged up a little and plan to get to the rest of the carts later in the week. I am still determined to use all my carts this year, so I will get to it before the week is out.

Do not forget to upload your challenge entries on the Scrappy-Go-Lucky blog or Facebook page 

Card cut at 7". Stampin' Up! paper (old olive and
cherry cobbler), bling from the stash.

Lots of layers again.

Envelope from Damask decor to match the card.
I had to scor the sides to give extra width to
fit the card in as it was extra thick.
Have a good one,

Monday, January 16, 2012

Another Wedding Explosion Box

Hi all,

I whipped this one up last week for some relatives going to a wedding. They wanted the ability to put a gift card in the box, thus the envelope. 

I am getting more confident making these explosion boxes --- although I still agonise over colours (cannot help myself) and ribbons.


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Strut Your Cuts Week 3

Hi all,

Already on to week 3! 

The cartridges for the week are:

  1. Inspired Heart (Lite)
  2. Pumpkin Carving
  3. Shall We Dance
  4. Wall Decor and More
  5. B is for Boy (Lite)
I only had one cartridge again this week - Wall Decor and More. This is what I came up with:
I used two of the new Stampin' Up! colours - Pool Party and Island Indigo. Went a little crazy with the Crystal Stickles and used cricut Craft Room to hide contours and cut just the inner flower five times. 
I put dimensionals under the word, small flowers and the large flower but I don't think the picture really shows that.

I might try some other projects with this cartridge this week if I get time... I've seen another couple of images I'd love to use.

Do not forget to check out the entries at Scrappy-Go-Lucky and maybe enter the challenge yourself :)

Enjoy your week,


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Frustrating Male Birthday Card

Hi all,

This is a card I made a little while ago. I had a vision in my head but just could not make it work. I ended up making two cards as I just wasn't all that happy with the first one.

First card - not sure what is wrong with it .... I had a
dozen different images I cut out and tried to use. Changed
the mix of pattern paper and plain paper about a
gazillion times ..... Nothing worked.

Colour and paper work better, but still not uber happy.
Stampin' Up! paper and stamp used, Every Day Paper Dolls the cartridge. 

Is it just me or is there a conspiracy that male cards just have to be that much harder to make?? 


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Strut Your Cuts Week 2 - finished project

Hi all,

Well I finally stopped socialising long enough to finish my Week 2 project and hang it on the cubbyhouse. 

The word "open" is from Graphically Speaking and
all the food images are from Create a Critter 

The Graphically Speaking cartridge only had the
word "close", so I did a little adjusting.
I am really enjoying these challenges ... I feel like I am finally using all my cricut stuff properly. Miss Jessica now has a list of things she wants me to make - bless her cotton socks.

Enjoy your week,


Sunday, January 08, 2012

Strut Your Cuts Week 2

Hi all,

Wow! Week 2 and I am still sticking to the challenge of using ALL those cartridges I own. All the people who entered the week 1 challenge did such a fine job. The projects entered are here on Mandy's blog and Facebook page.

So, to week 2 ....

Cartridges are:

  1. Cuttin' Up
  2. Graphically Speaking
  3. Create a Critter
  4. hmmm ... drat, cannot find the list, but did not have the last two cartridges anyway.

The sign is on plastic board (will find out the real name of it tomorrow) and I used vinyl for all the images. Graphically speaking gave me the coffee cup and frame and Cuttin' Up was for the words.

I have to admit, though,  that I have only completed the first part of my project. Hubby built Miss J a cubbyhouse a while ago (his own design and handywork)


This week Miss J decided she would like to make her cubbyhouse a cafe.... excellent! An opportunity to make something with this weeks carts.... Unfortunately I was distracted this week by a quick trip to Margaret River with the family .... oh woe is me, I had to go to a bunch of wineries and yummy foodie places .... boo hoo :) :) :) and thus my full project did not get finished.

So, I am also planning on using my Create a Critter cart and the Graphically speaking cart for an open/closed sign with flair. Stay tuned. .... for a little while longer ... as we are having Christmas number 2 today. My husband and my brother-in-law both got promotions in December, unfortunately it meant they both had to work Christmas, so this is our second go around at the turkey and ham, champagne etc... ohhhhh yummmmmmy!

I will get back to you shortly. Hope you are all having a great January so far.


Sunday, January 01, 2012

2012 Weekly Cricut Cartridge Challenge - Week 1

Hi all,

OK, to start off I think I will need to find a snazzier title for my weekly challenge!

Oh, yes --- and a HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all.

The idea for this challenge began when I mentioned to Mandy that I have an excessive number of cartridges and that I really need to use them all to justify the expense to myself. I own about 130 carts (including imagine ones). I thought I'd use three carts a week but Mandy encouraged me to challenge others as well and use the entire cart list.

The challenge is going to go like this:
Over the course of 2012 Mandy will randomly select five cartridges each week from the 268 cricut cartridges available right now (excluding the imagine carts). From that list of five you use the ones you own (or can borrow) in a project. Challenge starts on Sundays, and concludes on Saturdays.

If you would like to join please link your project to mandy's blog or facebook page. Details will be refined as we go along.

The week 1 cartridges are:

  1. New Arrival
  2. Songbird
  3. Jasmine
  4. Sweet Treats
  5. Sweet Shop (lite)

My project for week 1 .....
I only own two of the five carts for this week. New Arrival and Jasmine. It actually helped me as I had less images to ponder/fuss/faff over and it made for quite a quick decision.
I cut out the words "many thanks", the card shape and two layers of oval surround from the Jasmine cartridge. Clouds, plane and sign are from New Arrival. I went to town on the 3D foam/dimensionals and there are a number of levels. 
I used Stampin' Up! cardstock - basic black, real red and pacific blue, and SU! Celebrations designer series paper. The silver paper is from my stash.
The card is 7" long even without the plane sticking out, so I will have to hand-make an envelope when I end up giving this to someone.

Then ... as I had a whole bunch of cut outs left over I thought I'd make another card while I was at it.
More SU! paper, same designer series paper, and a Happy Birthday stamp (from the Happiest Birthday Wishes Hostess stamp set). Glitter paper from my stash.... and more, more, more dimensionals!
I also inked the edges of the paper on both cards and inked the edges of the 3D foam on the first card, just so it would blend in. I am learning that all these little fiddly extras you can do really make the cards work so much better.
So, now I challenge you. Get those cartridges out and dust them off. Let's use all of them this year!
Both cards together ... yay, I have completed the first challenge!
Have fun,