Monday, May 30, 2011

Loving my new Imagine!

Today is the first time I've been able to craft in over a week.  I've not been able to do stairs since my heart cath on Friday and my crafting area is in the loft.  Played a little this afternoon with my new Imagine and I can tell I'm totally going to use this a lot!  Needed to make some sympathy/thinking of you cards today, so used the Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge to make a card I've done in the past.  Will post pictures when I get the energy to go back up stairs.  Finally my Imagine and Gypsy syncing.  I love creating files and saving them on my Gypsy and then printing when I have time.  The only thing (and maybe I'm doing something wrong) is that the Imagine makes me load the cartridge where when I cut on my Expression, I don't have to hunt down the cartridge to load.  Might have to call Provocraft on that one to make sure I have things set up correctly.

Hope you are all having a great Monday!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Throwback Thursday with My Creative Time!

Emma's challenge this week was to have "blue" somewhere on your project and to use the Doodlecharms cartridge.  While looking through blogs last week, I saw the brayer technique which I have not used in YEARS and while looking through the Doodlecharms notebook, I decided to make this dragonfly.  I used glossy cardstock and my brayer to make a 4x6 sheet of colored paper and then I cut out my dragonfly.  I used my two way glue pen on the wings and then dusted three different Martha Steward Glitters.  The colored background paper really make the glitter colors pop!  In my scrap drawer I found a rather large piece of patterned plaid paper and then another textured green cardstock piece.  I used a punch and put it all together with a ribbon.  The card base is baby blue which looks great with this soft green.  Thought this ended up real cute.  Hope you enjoy!

Happy Saturday!

Even though it's been raining most of the day, I am greatful for the weekend.  It gives me a chance to do some chores that have been neglected by a long work week AND a chance to rest.  I've had some health challenges this week, so resting is a good thing.  One of things that relaxes me the most is playing in my loft with paper, glue and my Cricut.

I have a friend graduating next weekend from Notre Dame business school so I had to make a card for him.  This young man is going places and I'm delighted to help him celebrate.

I made this card over as I felt my first one was too feminine.  I am always challenged when I need to make a masculine card.  I used my Gypsy to cut out my designs and I must say, the Gypsy is becoming a staple in almost all of my projects lately.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Challenge #7 - Make a scrapbook page

Seriously, I was going to skip this one!  Ha Ha!  Card making is my comfort zone, this really stretches me, but i did it!  The only cutting I did on the Cricut was the lettering Arizona and the year.  I used my Gypsy and welded (I love to weld).  I do think this turned out pretty cute for not knowing what I was doing!

Mother's Day Challenge #4

I really like these layered flowers so I decided to make up another one for my Mother's Day card.  I have already made a card for my daughter in law so I think I have to save this one for next year.  My mother passed when I was 27, so it's been a long time for me to make something for her.  If she were still living she would have loved this card I'm sure!  Again I used a Martha Stewart punch and several layers of paper.  I really love my black and white dot ribbon.

Challenge #3 - Something with Pink!

Had to get my stamps out for this one!  I love to stamp and since getting my Cricut, I do less and less, but when the challenge was to do something pink for breast cancer awareness, I found the perfect sentiment in my stash and just made a pretty card!  I did use some rhinestones for the "i's" in the wording.  Gosh this is only 3 projects and my brain is already tired.

Challenge #2 - Using Kraft paper

When I used to stamp all the time, it seemed I was always reaching for my Kraft paper.  It has been years since I've made anything with it!.  The Kraft paper is the base for my card and then another layer of blue.  I really love these flowers cut out with my Gypsy and my Expression.  I love to layer them.  I've blinged them up with some glitter.  Cute card and this is the perfect sentiment from My Creative Time.

Happy National Scrapbook Day - Challenge #1

I was glad for this challenge!  I am taking cupcakes to one of our departments on Tuesday and I think this will make a great thank you card for them to post.  I used one of Martha Stewart punches and of course my cuttlebug.  I used my new Expression 2 to cut out the cupcake and I think it was cut from one of the cartridges that came on the machine (sorry I didn't write that down)  Pretty quick and easy card.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Learning Curve! Cricut Expression 2

I spent the day home from work due to a stomach bug.  I am soooo hoping it is gone by tomorrow.  After I layed around as long as I could, I decided to get up and try and do something.  My new Cricut Expression 2 was in the box, so I began upacking it and reading about what changes would like ahead for me with this new machine. I think for some of you that own the Imagine, you probably had the same learning curve I am experiencing now.  I remembered when I got my first Baby Bug, it went months before I cut something successfully.  I didn't have the patience and it seemed like it took me forever to figure out what I was doing.  I did a search on the Internet and came across My Pink Stamer's website.  It was because of Robyn that I fell in love with my Cricut.  By watching her videos, I became very comfortable with what I was doing and the obsession began.  My baby bug starting to not cut correctly and I found the deal of the century for a new Expression on Ebay.  I think I got the new machine and 5 cartridges for $135.00!  I have been in love with my Cricut ever since and can't wait until the weekends so I can do little paper crafting in my loft.  I purchased the new Expression 2 last week from the launch on HSN.  I really didn't intend to purchase, but the hype got me and I decided to take the plunge.  I must confess, I still want the Imagine, but I can wait.  The main reason I want the Imagine is because I use a lot of Stampin Up papers and some of the colors have been discontinued.  With the Imagine, I can put in the color codes and print the patterned paper to match my vast paper collection of solid colors.  The new E2 (that's what I've nicknamed my new machine) will allow me to use Imagine cartridges as well as the regular cartridges, so I think it was a good investment.  I updated my Gypsy so I could use it with the E2.  I really love the feature on the Gypsy where I can move my images on the mat.  I then layer my colors on the mat to match the image layout and it prints, beautifully everytime.  My first experience with the E2 made me aware I would have to think a little more about paper placement.  I am hoping with a future upgrade we will be able to move the image on the screen just like we do with the Gypsy.  Before turning on my machine, I went back to My Pink Stamper's website to watch the training videos she had done on the E2.  Again, Robyn is a life and time saver as she walked me through almost all of my first steps.  The two cards you see are what I did from the E2 this afternoon.  My youngest grandson has a birthday this weekend, so I used the Birds on Parade cartridge to cut out the bird.  Then back to MPS stamps for the cutest sentiment Happy Bird day!  How cute!  The next card is for my daughter in law for Mother's Day.  I used Florals Embellished & Elegant Edges and My Pink Stamper stamps.  This was my second attempt with Florals Embellished and I have to remember to cut the images out BIGGER.  I think they will look better.  However, I am having some issues with the layering aspect of this cartridge so hopefully I will get some answers on Cricut's web page tonight.  The Elegant Edges is a really fun cartridge and I can see myself reaching for this one time and time again.

Hope you enjoyed my projects.  Leave me a comment and invite me to your blog as well.  I love everyone's ideas!  Have a great night.