Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays to All

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas (if you celebrate), and a peaceful holiday season.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Welcome to Day 15 of the 25 days of Christmas at My Paper Crafting. I've had a great time working with a wonderful team of crafters! I chose the "tree" part of the theme for the day.

The tree was cut at 4 1/2" from the Joys of the Season Cricut cartridge. The paper is a mix of DCWV and stash paper. The white piece was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder and the green border is cut from a Martha Stewart punch. I added a mix of pearls and bling from my stash, some of which were from Creative Charms. 

I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season! Enjoy your family and friends, and try not to stress out too much!

Friday, December 14, 2012

25 Days of Christmas - Day 14

Welcome to day 14. We are the downhill side of 25 days of fun! Today we are focusing on "Back to school". It's hard for me to think of the next school year when we are still firmly in the throws of this one. New years are always exciting, though, because of all of the unknown factors. 

 I made this little album with more of an elementary school level in mind. It would work for a student, but I had in mind more of a class record/album. The apple and sentiment were both cut from the Makin' the Grade Cricut cartridge. The sentiment was cut at 4", the apple at 4 1/4". I have a Yourstory personal bookbinder and used it for the first time on this project. There are several pages in here that could hold pictures for different holidays or themes/units the class does in a year. I thought the teacher could put in a picture from the beginning of the year and one from the end so the students could see how they'd grown as a class over the year. It could also hold data of their heights and they could use it as an ongoing math lesson throughout the year (can you guess what I teach?). The project went together really quickly and I'm please with the way the book turned out.

I hope everyone has a great day! See you on day 17....

Thursday, December 13, 2012

25 Days of Christmas - day 13

Hi all! We are smack dab in the middle of the 25 days of Christmas at My Paper Crafting! That's kind of a scary thought 'cause I'm NOT ready!! We don't get out of school until the 20th which doesn't give me much time for those last minute preparations.

It was a nice break to make something other than Christmas. Today's theme is Chillaxin', so I made this cheery, colorful card that makes me think "beach".  I used the Life is a Beach cartridge so that makes sense...

The drink was cut at 4" from a variety of stash paper. The lines in the pineapple are cut but you can't see them very well so I went over them with a q-tip and some Antique Photo distress ink. The polka dot paper is from a Martha Stewart pack I've had for a while. I used some DCWV chalkboard paper for the sign under the drink and wrote on it with a white gel pen. The drink is on an Action Wobble to add a little more fun to the card.

I hope everyone gets a few minutes of "chill" time today. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

25 Days of Christmas Day 12

Welcome to day 12 of the 25 days of Christmas at My Paper Crafting. I can't believe it's almost half over. I hope you've all had a great time on this journey with us! I've thoroughly enjoyed being a temporary part of the Design Team, they are truly a great group of crafters! 

The theme today is Kris and Kompany. I made a pretty whimsical card for today's post. There are non-traditional colors mixed with traditional, and some patterns in places where patterns usually aren't - his nose for instance. The cartridge used was Simply Charmed. Santa (Kris) was cut at 3 1/4". He has fuzzy whiskers thanks to some white flocking. The hexagons were cut using a Spellbinders set and the little tree is a Martha Stewart punch. There is glitter on the star of the tree. Who says you can't mix your Cricut and other cutting systems, sometimes they just work better together. I hope everyone has a great day. See you tomorrow for day 13!

Sunday, December 9, 2012


The challenge this week at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge is to do a project with snow. I have started making tags for some family members that I can put a pocket on for a gift card. Shipping can get ridiculous, especially since it's going 2000 miles.

The both tags were cut from Plantin Schoolbook, the white at 6 1/2" and the blue at 6". The bear is from Joys of the Season as is the large snowflake. The tree is a leftover cut from a different project. There is "snow" glitter on a few of the embossed snowflakes and the ground beneath the bear. The silver flakes are made from DCWV Glitzy glitter paper. It's super sparkly, but I can never get my camera to get a good shot. The embossing on the blue was done with a Cuttlebug folder.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Quick card

This is a super quick card, uploaded without editing, so I could get it in to Exploring Cricut. I really need to work on these earlier in the week.

Got it posted so now I can write more. I've been busy all day doing Design Team stuff and really wanted to do this challenge, I just got tired.... I used the Best Images of 2010 cartridge again. The snowflakes are from a MS punch and the paper is DCWV Dazzles. There are Stickles on the trees that are still wet:/ I embossed the white background but you really can't see it. I could have skipped that step. Live and learn.

Give away - maybe...

 I think I'm going to do a little give-away once I hit 100 followers. I've been sitting at just under for several months now and would like to hit that 100 mark before the new year. I've never really cared how many people follow me, but it's so close it would be nice to get there. Leave a comment on this post and follow me if you don't already. Once I hit 100 I'll do a drawing from the comments. It may take more than one post to get there so I'll count comments made on any post from today 12/8/12 until I hit 100. I'm not sure what I'm giving away, maybe some stamps, trims or other goodies (it will be a surprise).

If you don't want to follow, that's cool too. Like I said, I'm not in this for the followers I'm just glad you stopped in!

Christmas Tag

The challenge the week at BBTB2 was to make a gift bag or tag. I obviously chose the tag;-) I think it's going to my brother-in-law for Christmas. The plan is to make a pocket on the back to hold a gift card. I know I have a cartridge that has a pocket cut, but I couldn't find it and my computer was not near my craft room. I'll check My Cut Search when I'm done posting so I can finish the little guy.

 I used Plantin Schoolbook for the tag (love that tag), and cut it at 6 1/2". The snowman was from Best Images of 2010 and he was cut at 3 1/2" The snowman was cut from stash paper scraps, which I am always glad to be able to put to use. The background paper is from an older DCWV holiday stack. The tag was embossed with a snowflake embossing folder. It really added some dimension to the tag, it was boring flat. The green border is from a Martha Stewart punch and the top trim is from Scrapbuck and the bottom from Michaels. Scrapbuck has some great stuff and I can shop without killing my budget, love that! I thought about putting the snowman on an Action Wobble but decided it might not hold up in the mail so went with foam tape instead.

I hope everyone is enjoying getting ready for the holidays.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Getting Cricky DT Post

Hi everyone. Today is my day to do a design team post for Kristal at Getting Cricky. She still has some stamps left, and they're still on sale! The stamp I used today is from a set that is still available. The "Food for Thought" sentiment set can be found here.

Yes, I know it's December, but one of the teachers I work with is having a birthday this week and I made a simple, silly card for him to remember the day. He is the basketball coach at our school, but I wanted to do something less expected. The hot dog was cut from the Simply Charmed cartridge at 3". The paper is a mix of stuff that I've had around for a while. It turned out pretty cute and the fact that it's on an Action Wobble adds to the cute factor. The inside has some of the patterned paper and a strip of yellow to make it a little less plain. There is no sentiment inside so several of us can sign it and leave our own sentiments. To be honest, I know this is going to be a card that is going in the trash so I didn't add a lot of extra stuff(is that bad?). I also know that he will appreciate it in the moment, which is what counts! I hope everyone has a great week and enjoys this quick break from all things Christmas.

Monday, December 3, 2012

25 Days of Christmas Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of the 25 Days of Christmas at My Paper Crafting. The theme today was "pretty poinsettias, pine cones or presents." I incorporated both the pine cone and the poinsettia into my quick little card.

I used the Joys of the Season Cricut cartridge for all of the cuts on this card. The paper is a mix of things that I've had around for a while. The base paper is from a Recollections pack from last year and is pre-embossed. I sanded it to make the trees stand out more. The ornament has the "poinsettia" part of the card. It is hanging from the branch so I had to make it double sided. I used the "flip" feature on the Cricut and cut 2 at 1". I put double stick tape between the two pieces and sandwiched them together then I sprinkled red glitter over the tape on both sides to make the flower stand out. It is made from a piece of gold metallic paper from an old Martha Stewart stack. The twine is MS as well. 

I hope you are all enjoying the projects at My Paper Crafting. Make sure you check back in there every day till Christmas to see all of the great things the designers and guests have created!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

25 Days of Christmas - Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of the 25 Days of Christmas at My Paper Crafting! I am excited to be part of the design team for this event, it's great fun! I am one of the Cricut designers so my projects will incorporate at least one Cricut cut. The theme today is January - winter sparkle. I live in Florida, so naturally I thought "snow" (ha)!

This card was made using the Joys of the Seasons cartridge. The large snowflakes were cut at 2 1/2"; one layer from blue stash paper and the other layer from a DCWV Glitzy Glitter stack. It's super shiny and it was hard to get a picture that showed the true sparkle. The small snowflake was cut out of the background paper using the center cut function on the Cricut so the glitter paper showed through from behind. It added another level of dimension to the card. I put some of the little pieces that were cut out of the upper snowflake down in the corner. The top edges were rounded with my Corner Chomper. The layered snowflakes are on foam tape. It's still pretty flat so it will be easy to mail.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day and is enjoying all of the great projects!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Holiday Card

 I'm attempting to get into the holiday spirit by doing some challenges that involve holiday cards. Technically this one wouldn't have to be, but that is the intent. The tree was cut at 4 1/2" from the Joys of the Season Cricut cartridge. I used the blackout feature and cut a backing for the tree from velum that has some sparkle pieces in it. The background was embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. I cut the embossed piece 1/4" smaller than the card base so you can see the flat background behind the embossed piece. The tree is on foam tape for added dimension. The ribbon package says "Details"... that's all I can tell you other than it's white satin. The pearls are from my stash and have been picked up here and there over the last couple of years.

I took pictures with a blue background and a red background. I put them both here because I couldn't pick which one I liked best. The only reason I put the blue one on top was because the ribbon looked better. I am entering this into the Fantabulous Cricut challenge for the week as well as the challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon. I hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of the holiday season, whatever that looks like for you!