Saturday, July 12, 2014

Jane Austen Nesting Paper Mache Books

I decided to pair up some of my favorite things, Jane Austen novels and paper crafting:












I started off with paper mache book boxes purchased from Hobby Lobby.  I then covered each book with coordinating designer paper and embellishments.  All the graphics were cut from various Cricut cartridges and then I modge podged the outside for durability.  I then added the misc. embellishments  and nested the books within each other.  For my final step, I wrapped the books in an antique ribbon with baubles.

#imadeit #cricut

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Texas Longhorn's Paper Crafted Hat

I am having so much fun creating for all the challenges started this past weekend for National Scrapbook Day.  One in particular caught my eye and I just knew I had to make one.  The challenge was to make something for a male in your life ~ "When The #1 Fan is a Man".  A crafting friend shared a 3D baseball cap as her project.  That was all it took...the challenge was on!  Here is my version of the cap:


My hubby's favorite team.
 
Hook em' Horns!

I used two different colors of cardstock for added interest and eyelets for the cap's vent holes.

Yup, it's a treat box!
This SVG is just too awesome!  It can be purchased in a kit called Fun and Games from svgcuts for $6.99.  The rest of the graphic elements are from Cricut. 

If you are new to the SVG world like me, svgcuts has affordable kits that carry a variety of 1D and 3D projects.  This is the first kit I bought from the site and was pleased with the ease it took to cut the file from my new Cricut Explore.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

DID-I-MENSION II ~ Circleville National Scrapbooking Day II

Can you believe another year has passed?  Time sure does fly when you are crafting!  This year, I decided to lead DID-I-MENSION II for my activity.  Last year, did-I-mension how many Cricut cartridges have awesome 3-dimensional boxes and cuts?  Yes, I did and yes, they do!  I have bought many Cricut cartridges because it had a cute treat box that I just HAD to make and then...never did.  Well, today my challenge for you this National Scrapbook Day holiday is to crack open one of those cartridges (that you just might still have in it's clam shell) and get to creating a 3-D box, bag, or more. 

The cartridge I challenged myself to create with was Anna Griffin's Summer Soirees.  When Anna partnered with Cricut, she designed a number of cartridges to completely decorate a celebration with.  Her latest release included "fiesta" cuts, so I made tabletop decorations for the upcoming Cinco de Mayo holiday. 

I used Anna Griffin's Gabby design collection for my paper's along with Provo Craft's Candy Shop cardstock.  It coordinated perfectly with Anna's collection.

Hanging rosette I created.  You could also make several smaller ones for a tabletop centerpiece.  I will probably do this project and add it to my Cinco de Mayo d├ęcor within the next day or two.

Treat bag made.  I think I will be making this into the centerpiece with some rosette's on sticks coming out of it.

Here are the place settings I created.  So simple, yet so ornate.


 
 So what cartridge are you going to create from?  I will be giving away a Cricut basic tool kit for one lucky winner.  Please add your creation to be qualified to win. 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Altered Book Swap

I recently participated in a altered book swap on the Cricut Circle message board.  You were to alter a book box from Hobby Lobby and create 10 stick pins to include.  My swap partner was Angela from Angie's Paper Passion.  Here is her beautiful creation she made for me:




A secret compartment...

Filled with sock monkey's!
 



The stick pin to the right has all my children's birth stones in birth order!  A special stick pin made for me for Mother's Day.
 
Some goodies she added for me... =)
 
Thank you Angela!  I am amazed at the beautiful and thoughtful creations you made for me!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Snoopy - My First SVG Cut!

OK.  I have been trying to figure out how to load and import SVG's into Cricut Design Space and I think I have it!  Here is my very first creation using a SVG file.

 
The sentiment was created from Anna Griffin's new Chalkboard Stamp Set.
 
Hubby loves Snoopy, so I thought he would be a great start.  I downloaded the free SVG at:
 
 
Thanks Cori!  Once I imported it into design space, I copied and pasted to create the color layers and then I welded the dog house together to create the card base.  The file looks like this:
 
 
Thanks for joining me today.  Happy creating!
 


Anna Griffin Butterfly Card

Here is my version of the Cricut Explore Anna Griffin Butterfly Card:

I used all white layers and embellishments.  I also used Anna's Acanthus embossing folder for the card base.


I have a few more shabby chic ideas for additional versions.   Have you made your own version?  I would love to see it.  Please feel free to link up your card for myself and others to share in your creativity:


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Spring 2014 Flower Swap

I recently hosted a Spring 2014 Flower Swap on the Cricut Circle message board and wanted to share all the lovely creations made with you.  Each participant was simply given the guidelines to choose any flower she would like using any Cricut cartridge and include an embellishment.  That's it!  Here is what my crafty friends came up with:

RockinRenee (that's me) - AG Soiree Lettering 
Gina Piazza - Mother's Day Bouquet
Caffinee - Flower Shoppe

Jodie R -

TinaW528 - Forever Young

Granny Anne - Mother's Day Bouquet

Eyelet - Flower Shoppe

Pinkbug - A Walk in My Garden

albrennick - Flower Shoppe

RockinRenee -

Sage - CTMH Art Philosophy

Violette - Pagoda

Jodie R -

cricutaddicted -

JoJoy - Rock Princess


misawasan - Flower Shoppe
oswaltb -

LoriSjogen - Flower Shoppe
 
KimberlyMaehrer - Essentials


KauaiMelody -
 
I also received a number of goodies and handmade treats for hosting the swap:
 
This beautiful wreath crafted by Eyelet - It's PERFECT Marty!  Thank you!


A sock monkey (she knows I have affinity for these guys) and a hand embellished and colored doll/girl by crafted by none other then Gina Piazza.  Her craftiness never ceases to amaze me!

 
A crafting bag full of goodies from albrennick.  The "thanks" was  SO cool!  Did you cut out multiple layers and glue to create the thickness?
And even more crafty goodies.  Thank you ladies!  I appreciate your thoughtfulness.
And that's a wrap for this swap.  I hope you enjoyed viewing all of the lovely flowers and are inspired to make some of your own.  Happy Spring!