Monday, November 30, 2009

Cricut Markers

When I purchased my Cricut Expression it included a few sets of markers and at first I thought you could use them to color in the cuts - guess I shuld have read sooner.

After learning how to actually use them I decided to try it out. I snapped a couple photos when I was making Holiday Tags with one of the new Cricut Mini Carts.

Here is the sheet of tags with the outline completed:


Here is one of the tags after being cut out (see the outline):

It is quite neat and I have seen other sites that provide even more ways to use this technique - I'll try those out one of these days.

Until next time!

"DAD" Word Book

I finally finished a full book - well minus the pictures and filled in journal spots. Anyway, I created this for Father's Day 2010, I plan to give it to my Dad.

I'm still learning techniques and such on my own so I enjoy starting out with project kits in order to get a feel for everything scrapbook related. For this book I used a Bo Bunny DAD Class Kit that I purchased on eBay. It included a variety of Bo Bunny items that coordinated perfectly. The Class Kit only provided ideas for the DAD portion of the book but left out the last part of the book that didn't include any letter but just a blank chipboard page. I decided to try being crafty on my own and create the final page so there would be more room for photos or other memorbilia.

I'll update this post once I add in the photos of other items so you can see the complete finished product.

Here is the book thus far:


Until next time!

Holiday Cards

Look! Since I'm a newbie to crafting I am quite pleased that I finally finished my first few cards. I am pretty happy with these 4 cards. I actually made about 20 cards and only ended up satisfied with 4 of them. Ugh! At least now I have something to get me going.

The inside and back of the cards are pretty much all the same minus some color variation.

Card #1 Front


Card #2 Front


Card #3 Front


Card #4 Front


Card Inside


Card Back


Supplies Used:
  • Creative Memories paper trimmer
  • Creative Memories rotary set (small and medium circles)
  • Flower Soft adhesive
  • Bead adhesive
  • Your general adhesive and scissors
  • Recollections paper from Michaels (holiday blues)
  • Flower Soft (Polar Ice)
  • Stampin Up Ink Pads
  • Close to My Heart Stamp Sets (Snow Friends, All Decked Out, & Feathery Flakes)
  • Various craft glitter and beads
  • Stickles
  • Various craft pens
  • Close to My Heart coloring pencils

Until next time!

My Gypsy

The Background:
I ordered my Gypsy on the evening of 11/17 and it arrived 11/19. $8 for 4 day shipping that ended up being 2 days - I highly recommend the $8 investment if you are impatient like I am.

The Review:
Anyway, so far I love the Gypsy. It is extremely easy to use and it updated quickly when I registered it.

I was a bit sceptical about ordering because of some of the complaints I've read on various blogs, yahoo groups, and cricut message boards. However, I am very pleased with my purchase. I didn't have any issues connecting my G to my E and cutting. I took my G with me to our Thanksgiving gathering and played around with it while waiting for family to arrive, it is a great time passer.

My only complaint is that I haven't received my Cricut Rewards for it yet and now the item I wanted from is no longer in the 800 point section (George since 90% of the free files found online involve George). Oh well!

The Low Down on the Deal:
Here are additional details on the bundle I purchased:

Bundle Includes:

  • Gypsy personal design studio with 2 pre-loaded full content cartridges (Gypsy Wanderings and Gypsy Font)
  • Destinations full content shapes cartridge with keypad overlay and handbook
  • Decorative black and pink Gypsy protective cover - measures approx. 8-1/2"L x 3-3/4"W x 1-1/3"H
  • Stylus
  • Black and pink carrying bag
  • AC adapter
  • Car charger
  • USB cord
  • Cartridge connect cord
  • Instruction start card

Purchase it here:
HSN Gypsy Bundle

Until next time!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I'm baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack

Ok, so I was actually back 2 weeks ago but I've been slacking on getting back into the groove of none Vacation Life! Vacation's never seem long enough, why is that??

Anywho, Hawaii was a blast. We went to Kona (the Big Island) and it didn't exactly look like Hawaii, or at least what I had thought it would look - all that Black Lava stuff! Strangely I was bumbed that I coudldn't find any Red Lava to take pictures of...go figure.

I just developed my photos from the trip so I'm trying to plan what type of product to use them in. I have a Bo Bunny Travel Word Book that I may use - only time will tell.

Moving on. I went to my very first Crop on Friday (remember I'm a newbie). I had a blast and learned some neat things from some of the other crafters. I think I'm going to venture into Card Making - I can't wait for my CTMH and Stampin UP! orders to arrive with my new stamp sets! I've determined shopping is 1/2 the fun of Scrapbooking! LOL. (If you know of a Shoppers Annonymous Club, please forward on the information).

Well back to the office!

Until next time!

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