Hello

This week at Cricut the design team is creating scrapbook pages about ourselves . . . About Me pages! I chose to create a page about how thrilled I was to finally find something with my name on it! You see . . . growing up, all of my friends with names like Melissa, Melanie, Jennifer or Emily all came to school with super-cute, personalized items. I was a bit jealous because I could never find anything with “Jana” printed on it. I liked my unique name, but I also longed for a mug, erasers, pencils . . . something! with my name on it. :) Ahhhh, the little things that are important when you are young. Hehehe!

One night my daughter and husband were doing a bit of grocery shopping and came across bottled water called . . . Jana! Can you believe it?!! They bought me a case and brought it home to me. I was as tickled as an elementary school student!

I created this page using my Cricut Expression and Cricut Imagine machines. The papers were all printed from my Imagine cartridges: Notebook Doodles (background), and Better Together. The cute icons and journal spot also come from the Better Together cartridge.

I love that I can print cardstock in ANY color with my Imagine machine (especially during those late night scrapping sessions). I cut a few swatches of color all on one sheet and used it to cut out the “Hello” tag from the 9 Months Lite cartridge. The zig zag is a negative portion of an image found on the Mother’s Day Kid Cards digital image set.

I added a few pieces of blue washi tape (Target) around the page for more fun pattern . . . you KNOW I love me some pattern! :D That gorgeous twine and the rhinestones are from My Mind’s Eye.

Thanks for stoppping in! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

You Make Me Smile

I feel so grateful to be the mother to four amazing kids. I love spending time with them, and try to capture our everyday moments together through my scrapbooking. It doesn’t matter if the only pictures I capture of us being together are just a few casual snapshots caught with my cell phone, I want them to know that they make me smile and that they have enriched my life beyond what I ever expected. This page is one of those moments! Just me and my kids out having ice cream after a trip to the dentist. (Yep! Ice cream after the dentist . . . a little counter-productive, but hey! You gotta live a little sometimes.)

I used my Cricut Imagine Machine and the Imagine Hopscotch cartridge to print off almost all of the patterned papers. I didn’t have any bright blue cardstock in my stash to go with the papers, so I printed that off, too! (LOVE that!) The banner shapes, clouds and “Smile” letters are all handcut from the Imagine papers. I used my Cuttlebug machine and the Swiss Dots embossing folder to add texture to a few of the clouds.

The journal blocks and title are from the Creative Memories This & That cartridge. I was initially going to use the entire phrase from the This & That cartridge, but decided at the last minute to handcut out the letters from the Imagine Hopscotch paper for the word “smile” to add a bit more color and tie into the colors of the handcut banner piece at the top of the page. The background of the title block is embossed with the floral folder included with the Cuttlebug Machine.

The hearts are from the Create a Critter cartridge, and I couldn’t help but incorporate the darling mother & daughter nesting dolls from the Simply Charmed cartridge. I’ve been wanting to use those cuts for a long time and this was the perfect opportunity! I embellished the doll cuts with Pewter pearls for eyes, and tiny button brads for cheeks. I also embossed the bottom of each doll with the Cuttlebug A2 Border Frills set.

Cricut Machines Used: Cricut Expression Electronic Cutting Machine, Cricut Craft Room, Cricut Imagine Machine, Cuttlebug, Gypsy Handheld Design Device
Cricut Cartridges Used: Imagine Hopscotch (patterned papers), Creative Memories This & That (journal block, title), Create a Critter (hearts), Simply Charmed (nesting dolls)
Cuttlebug Embossing Folders Used: Swiss Dots, Flower Folder (included with Cuttlebug Machine), Frills Borders
Other Supplies: Cardstock (green, white, yellow, tan), Patterned Paper (Imagine Hopscotch Cartridge, American Crafts – pink swirl, October Afternoon – green/cream floral), Twine (Stampin’ Up), Brads (Making Memories), Pearls (KaiserCraft), Buttons (Americna Crafts), Foam Squares, Adhesives

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CRICUT CUTS:

Use the Cricut Imagine Machine and the Imagine Hopscotch cartridge to print patterned papers

  • Yellow/white floral background

  • Banner paper

  • Cloud paper

  • Large multi-colored alphabet paper

  • Striped paper

  • Blue cardstock

Use the Creative Memories This & That Cartridge to cut the following

  • 2.25″ Icon Feature <SpcShp-s> with gray cardstock

  • 3.35″ Monogram Feature <Purse> (use Gypsy or Cricut Craft Room to hide inner line) with green cardstock

  • 3.35″ Monogram Feature <Purse> (use Gypsy or Cricut Craft Room to hide outer line) with white cardstock

Use the Simply Charmed Cartridge to cut the following

  • 4″ <NstDoll1> and all layers with blue, yellow, tan, gray, and pink cardstock

  • 4″ <NstDoll2> and all layers with pink/yellow/green/tan/gray cardstock and red swirl patterned paper

Use the Create a Critter Cartridge to cut the following

  • Two 2.25″ Real Dial Size, Phrase Feature <Balloon3> in red swirl patterned paper and gray cardstock

  • 2.25″ Real Dial Size, Phrase Feature <Balloon3> (use Gypsy or Cricut Craft Room to hide inner line) with white cardstock

Thanks for letting me share!

A Few Halloween & Christmas Projects

Hello! I know the holidays are long past, but I have a few festive projects to share with you that I created for the Cricut Circle Blog. :) Who knows, maybe a few of you are working on those holidays now?! :)

First off, some Halloween cards! These cards feature the Pet Shop Lite cartridge . . . I just couldn’t resist dressing up these little critters in their own Halloween costumes! Hehehe! I think it would be fun to dress them up for other holidays, too. Like maybe for St. Patrick’s Day in a few weeks?! :)

The patterned papers were created with my Cricut Imagine machine. The text paper is from the Imagine Vintage Papers cartridge, the other papers were created with the Imagine Black & White cartridge . . . I just sent through colored sheets of cardstock! FUN! I spritzed them a bit with black shimmer spray. I also embossed the kraft background with my Cuttlebug machineand the Mesh Texture embossing folder. Creepy, eh? The web is from the Chic & Scary cartridge.

To give some texture to my creepy tarantula, I used Black Soot Distressed Embossing Powder by Ranger, and then added flocking to the tan parts of his body. His beady little eyes were created with black dimensional paint.

The tarantula card seemed to be a little too heeby-jeeby for the Circle members . . . LOL! But I also created a whimsical card with the Pet Shop Lite frog. I added a witch hat to his head with the Autumn Celebrations cartridge.

Again, the orange patterned cardstock was created by sending an orange sheet of cardstock through my Cricut Imagine and printing a black pattern on it with the Imagine Black & White cartridge by Teresa Collins. The background is embossed with my Cuttlebug and a folder from the Art Deco Embossing Folder set. All of the embellishments are from a 2010 Noel Mignon Halloween kit. :)

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How about a Halloween page?

I used a Noel Mignon 2010 Halloween kit to create this page. The title and trick-or-treaters silhouette were cut with my Cricut Expression machine and the Autumn Celebrations cartridge. The bats are from the Teresa Collins Chic & Scary cartridge.

I like to cut the titles out more than once on different patterned papers. I then cut the words apart and layered them together. I cut the whole thing again with a cream cardstock and used it behind as an offset shadow.

When I initially posted this page on the Cricut Circle Blog, I received a lot of sweet comments on the machine stitching in the background. I *wish* I could take credit for that, but the cardstock came that way. Cool, right?! It is a pre-stitched cardstock sheet by We R Memory Keepers.

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Finally, I have a Christmas project to share with you! For the October Hello Thursday projects with the Cricut Stencil cartridge, some of the designers were lucky enough to be sent an airbrush system by ColorArtz to try out. I was one of those lucky gals! I had been wanting to create a burlap stocking and knew that the ColorArtz airbrush system would be the PERFECT thing to add color to the nubby texture! I had such a blast with this!

First, I used the Creative Memories ‘Tis the Season cartridgeto cut out a stocking shape that I could use as a pattern for my stocking. I pinned the pattern to the burlap and then cut it out. I used the ColorArtz tool to spray each piece with the lime green and red paint. Worked like a charm!

Next, I wanted to add some design to the top of my stocking. I used the Cricut Stencil cartridge and Cricut Adhesive Backed Stencil Material to cut out to stencils in an argyle pattern. I first painted the red diamonds with the ColorArtz airbrush tool, let it dry (which didn’t take long at all!), and then layered the green “stitches” on top with the second stencil. I LOVED the way it turned out!

How fun with this be to create rustic pillows for a front porch bench for the different holidays?! I definitely will be playing with this tool again!

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I used the Creative Memories ‘Tis the Season cartridge to create the pattern for the stocking above, but I also used it to create the following Christmas scrapbook page with the adorable Creative Memories Holidazzle papers.

LOVE the titles, holiday icons, and label shapes on this cartridge!

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Whew! Well, thanks for stopping by and taking this little trip down “holiday” memory lane with me! I hope you are having a great week!

Happy Scrapping!

Jana

Cute as a Button

Have you been paying attention to all of the NEW Cricut Imagine cartridges coming out lately. SWOON! I am in love with every. single. one. LOVE my Imagine machine. This next page features the Imagine Hey Diddle Diddle cartridge (designed by Cosmo Cricket) and even though this cartridge is geared towards babies, I LOOOOVE the paper patterns on this cartridge and think that a lot of the images are perfect for scrapping pages for all ages. Most of the images would be great for springtime pages or Easter even! It’s wonderful

For this page, I used the “Cute as a Button” phrase included on the cart and scrapped this page of my daughter on the last day of preschool.

The stars, asterisks, label shape and numbers are also images included on this cartridge.

And that large gingham pattern had me at Hello! Delish! :)

Lots of stitching, pop dots, and American Crafts glitter buttons adds some fun dimension to this page!

Thanks for letting me share! See you soon!

Jana