Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Birthday Card With Letter Envy


I am soooo loving the new Cricut Circle cartridge, Letter Envy.  I have used it twice this week - my only two trips into my craft room!  This cartridge is so cute.  Just look at the numbers 5 and 2 - they have such adorable details! 


Do I even need to mention that this is a birthday card?  I made this for a fun friend who I think will enjoy the funky detailed numbers.  I used Cricut Craft Room to create this card.  I welded the 5 and 2 together, then used the "group" function.  I then copied and pasted the welded 52 and flipped the image.  By welding the two 52s together at the top of the numbers I created a folded base card. 


Before cutting I added the word "Happy" to the left edge of the number 5.  I then cut the base card in orange cardstock.  I cut the additional number layers in assorted cardstock.  I assembled the elements, using pop-dots to lift the flowers.  I finished the card with Stickles, Smooches, and Close to My Heart Gem Buttons for the Bling Assortment set.  The Bling Assortment is available for purchase at my Close to My Heart on line store.  Just click on the item name.


And speaking of Close to My Heart - today is your last chance to purchase the February Stamp of the Month set, Thoughtful Tidings. This limited edition stamp set, which may be used on it's own or with the Close to My Heart Art Philosophy cartridge, can be yours for $17.95. Or.... With a $50.00 CTMH purchase, the stamp of the month can be added to your cart during check out and purchased for only $5.00!



Monday, February 27, 2012

Bitten by the Bug Monogram Challenge


Hello everyone.  Today is Monday and that means it is time for another Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge.  The challenge cut this week was selected by the design team co-leader, Donna.  Donna made this a super easy challenge as you can use any font cartridge and create a monogram project.  I created a monogrammed note card.

I received the new Cricut Circle cartridge, Letter Envy, last Thursday so it was a "no contest" on which cartridge I planned to use for this challenge.  I really like this fun cartridge!  In addition to the font I used  there is another fun font with a lot of details on each letter and number, and there are crest shapes.  The two layered crest with the floral embellishment on this card are also from Letter Envy.


I chose a simple yet bold color scheme of black, white, and red.  I designed the card in Cricut Craft Room, which I have learned to LOVE.  I created my monogram using three layers for the letters.  I welded the shadow letters together and cut them in deep red.  Next I cut individual letters in white and finally I cut the top layer, the decorative letters, in black.


I cut the crest in the same black, white, and red color scheme. I used ordinary black and red textured cardstock to cut the bottom layer of the crest and the floral embellishment.  I used thick glitter cardstock for the white layer.  One of the many features in Cricut Craft Room that I like is the ability to change the number of times an image is cut on each page.  You do not have to cut all of the pages three times in order to cut one page three times!


The red and black base matting was printed on the Cricut Imagine using the Teresa Collins Black and White cartridge.  I used red cardstock and printed the black design onto the cardstock. Using my paper trimmer, I cut the red and black matting to fit a white 5.5 x 4.25 inch card. 

I finished the card with black pearls and black Prima gems. 


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Close To My Heart

For those who are Close to My Heart fans I want to remind you that we are at the end of February and this is your last chance to purchase the February Stamp of the Month, Thoughtful Tidings.  This limited edition stamp set, which may be used on it's own or with the Close to My Heart Art Philosophy cartridge, can be yours for $17.95.  Or.... With a $50.00 CTMH purchase, the stamp of the month can be added to your cart during check out and purchased for only $5.00! 

To see this stamp set or any other Close to my Heart products, visit my on-line store HERE!






Tuesday, February 21, 2012

What A Week...



Greetings from the missing Susan Edwards!  I did not completely disappear from the blogosphere, but I did have a rough week which overshadowed blogging.  I took a few days away to deal with life beyond Busy with the Cricky. 

Not only was my week busy, it was also stress-filled with several heart breaking events.  My husband lost his uncle last week, and a former co-worker and his wife lost their new baby to a genetic disorder.  Both were heart breaking loses; the one beyond understanding, but with the other we were comforted in knowing that Uncle Fred had lived a long, full and happy life and we were blessed to have had him.

Long before my stressful week began I was scheduled to attend a scrapbooking weekend getaway in Spartanburg, SC.  My friend Kathy won a weekend crop for herself and some of her friends and this was the weekend we were going away.  Due to my week I almost did not go, but we worked it so that I was able to attend the crop and join my husband and daughter and travel on to attend Uncle Fred's funeral. 

The crop was a lot of fun and we LOVED the hosting store and facility.  Our host was Scrapbook Creations, as I said, in Spartanburg.  If you visit their website you can find out all about their facilities, classes, and crops.  Trust me, it is well worth the trip!


Above is the front door of the store, from inside.  The store is large and well stocked.  The are tools to use, classes to take, products to try, and lots and lots of work area.  Below is what you see as you walk through the front door.



Looking to the right from the front door is a display of the latest arriving products along with sample projects.  This front "new arrivals" section was the inventory in the store that was not on sale.  Scrapbook Creations was in the middle of receiving their CHA orders so EVERYTHING was on sale for 36% off!!!  Sweet! 



As you wander through the store you will be amazed at the quantity of products available.  Most products are sorted by labeled themes. 


Below is a photo of the ribbon, trim, brad, etc wall.  Hundreds of wonderful products to enhance whatever project you happen to be scrapping.


I have to admit that my favorite part of the store was the cardstock section.  Spanning the length of the store, this display is double sided and holds nothing but cardstock.  Needless to add, I came home stocked up on cardstock!  And remember that I said everything was on sale 36% off??  Cardstock too!!!



 The middle of the right side of the store is the cropping area.  Each cropper receives an "L" shaped 4 x 4 ft personal scrap area.  You can bring your Cricut with you and any other of your normal scrap supplies.



On the far left end of the store is a small cafe, Ice Cream and Coffee Creations.  But let me tell you, there is more that just ice cream and coffee.  Our breakfast was supplied by Scrapbook Creations' cottage every morning.  Our lunches, dinners and snacks were purchased at the cafe.  They have a nice selection of sandwiches, soups, and salads, as well as pizza, ice cream and cookies.  We did not have to leave the property all weekend!


I had intended to photograph the cottage, but I forgot to do that before leaving.  The cottage is an older home next door that Scrapbook Creations purchased and completed gutted and redesigned the inside.  There are common kitchen and living areas as well as four bedrooms, each with it's own full bathroom.  There is also a laundry area and half bath.  Each bedroom has two full size beds.  We stayed two women per room and did not feel the least bit crowded.  There are also two sleeper sofas in the living area, but we did not utilize those as beds.  But the cottage could sleep ten without sharing a bed.

I did manage to finish my cruise scrapbook and a few other projects over the weekend and I will share those with you later in the week.  In the meantime, I am in recovery mode and have spend the day relaxing.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Lighting Up the Evening with Cricut Lanterns


Inspired by Cricut's recent lantern posts I decided to try my hand (and my Cricut) at creating my own lanterns.  My Friend Kathy's (MFK) son is getting married next month and the bride-to-be requested a few lanterns for the outdoor area.  She requested the lanterns in red with white vellum.


This was my prototype lantern.  I used Cricut Craft Room and two cartridges to create these unique lanterns, Art Philosophy (of course) and Ornamental Iron.  The design involved a great deal of welding and careful placement of cuts, but I think the end result was well worth the effort.  I have decided that when I produce the lanterns to be used at the wedding I may add a bit of thin wire around the top inside edge to help the lanterns retain their square edges. 

I added an additional square of vellum to the bottom of the lantern to allow for the insertion of a battery powered tea candle.  In the dark the tea light created a nice glow effect through the vellum. 



Thanks for stopping by Busy with the Cricky today.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Couples Heart with Love Struck


Hello everyone, happy St. Valentine's Day!  Yes, I know I am a day early, but this is my week to select the challenge cut for Bitten by the Bug 2's design team so I ended up with a bit of a jump on Valentine's day.  I selected the couple heart from the Love Struck 2010 cartridge.  I think this couple is so sweet looking and I wanted to share them with you for Valentine's day.


I used three cartridges to create this card, Love Struck 2010, Art Philosophy, and Just Because Cards.  I used Cricut Craft Room to design the card, arrange and size the cuts.  I cut my Love Struck couple in four layers.  The base layer is a pink and white strip floral print, followed by a white layer, next was the medium pink couple layer, and finally the heart edging was cut in light pink cardstock and hand trimmed to fit the edge of the heart.   

The base card was cut in textured pink cardstock using Just Because Cards.  The striped layer was also cut with Just Because Cards. 

I used Art Philosophy to cut the lattice trim and the rosettes.  The rosettes were cut at 2 inches and assembled with tiny glue dots.  I added accents of Stickles and a gem stone to the rosettes as finishing touches.


I embellished the card with a few swirls of Prima bling and assorted gem stones.  I added gems to the middle of each rose, and to the upper and lower hearts on the couple cut.  I took a small strip of gems and added a necklace and earring to the woman in the cut.

I finished the card with an oval tag with the sentiment "I Love YOU".   The inside of the card is stamped with a Happy Valentine's Day sentiment.

Please remember to drop by the Bitten by the Bug 2 site to see the design team's lovely projects.  Please do consider playing along with us this week and creating your own couple heart project. 

I wish each of you a very lovely St. Valentine's Day!!



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If you have not already purchased the Close to my Heart Art Philosophy cartridge but follow my blog regularly, you already know how frequently I use this cartridge.  With it's 700 cut images it is by far the most useful cartridge in my collection.  If you have not already added this cartridge to your collection please consider giving yourself a fabulous Valentine's gift.  You can purchase the Art Philosophy cartridge at my Close to My Heart on-line store.



The February Stamp of the Month is a limited edition 11 piece stamp set titled, Thoughtful Tidings.  You can purchase this set this month only for $17.95 - OR - with a $50 order you may add the Stamp of the Month for $5.00 to your order during check out.


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Cruise Layout - Two Ports of Call


It's time for more cruising layouts!!  I have six more pages, or three double page layouts, to share with you today.  These pages are representative of what I did with the shore excursion pages.  The two pages above are of our Freeport visit.  We acted like goof-balls getting off of the ship, playing with the Captain's Wheel.  We then took a tour of the Island and visited some shopping areas.  After we completed our shopping adventure Doug and I enjoyed a local cafe/pub where we cooled off and mingled with locals. 



Above are the first two Key West pages.  I included out City Tour pamphlet as well as various photos from around town.  I wanted this page to be an overview of what we found special about Key West, and that is what I included in my journal block on the left hand page.

Below are our last two Key West pages, but ironically there are at least four more pages that will go between the pages above and those below.  I have yet to complete the pages of the Butterfly Conservatory and our other stops.



 As I said above, these two pages are the final Key West layouts.  These photos were taking at the port, except for the lower two pages on the right page, which were taken from the top of the ship.  The port was so pretty with cute shops, pubs, and a wonderful ice cream shop!  We both enjoyed cooling off in the ice cream shop and sharing out table with one of our fellow passengers.

I may not have a new post tomorrow.  We *just* received a call from Doug's uncle and aunt announcing that they are coming to town tomorrow for a visit!!!  Good thing I did so much house cleaning today!  Yikes.  I will be back by the end of the week.

Monday, February 6, 2012

A Valentine's Gift with Sweethearts and BBTB2


Hello everyone!  With Valentine's Day just around the corner I thought I would share an easy gift idea which I created for this week's Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge.  Our challenge cut this week was selected by my design team sister, Shelly.  Shelly asked the design team to use one of the tag options on the Sweethearts cartridge. I selected this sweetheart couple to use for my tag.


Using Cricut Craft Room, I designed a double layer tag on which to display my romancing couple.  The bottom layer tag was cut with a bright red Swiss dot cardstock.  The top layer was cut in a subtle pink and white stripe. 

I placed several copies of the clothes and hair cut on the virtual mat, then used the Hide Select Contour feature to remove repeat cuts. By using the special feature I was able to remove specific parts of the cut so that I could create a portion of the image in a single color without having to cut the entire cut over and over again in each color. As you can see in the photo below, the full cut includes eleven cuts.  



By using the Hide Select Contour feature I cut the man's hair and shoes with the woman's skirt, the woman's top and shoes were cut together,  and each of the following were cut individually - the skin colored layer of the couple, the woman's hair, and the man's shirt and slacks.  I cut the icon image in brown, as only the table and chairs would show under the other layers.  Below the couple I added the xoxo cut from the Tie the Knot cartridge. The photo below shows my cutting mat after using the HSC feature. 



I created a border for the candy canister by welding together a line of the xoxo cuts.  Originally I planned to have a double layer cut but in the end I was happy with how the red shadow cut looked on the jar. 


I filled the jar with Godiva Valentine truffle and used organdy ribbon to tie around the lid and secure the tag to the jar.  A perfect gift for my Valentine - Mr. Doug is a chocoholic and will love the truffles.


Thanks for stopping by today.  I will be back this week with more cruise layouts to share.  I will also be working on wedding favor tags and may share that project this week also. 

Saturday, February 4, 2012

At Long Last - A Few Cruise Layouts



At long last I am finally ready to begin sharing some of the layouts from my cruise scrapbook. I still have eight or ten pages more to scrap but I have 18 pages that are ready to share. I will share a few layouts today and then more next week.

I am not sharing the opening page as I did not use the Cricut on page one. I ordered a custom die-cut ship with custom wording from Scrap Your Trip for the first page. After page one, I tried to present an over view of each aspect of the cruise: The ship, our stateroom, activities on board, food, night life, and ports of call.

The photograph at the top of the post is pages two and three in the scrapbook.  I used gray-blue cardstock as a base.  I cut a postage stamp trimmed sheet of decorative cardstock in half and used it as base mats for my four photographs.  Each photo is double matted with a white matting in addition to the decorative layer. 

On the left pages is a ship die-cut ship and swirl stamping coming from the steam pipe.  I used Close to My Heart stamp set Love Life (D1482);  on this layout.  The Live, Laugh, Love stamp used on the right page is from the same stamp set (for more information on this stamp set follow the link above to my Close To My Heart on-line store).  The Itinerary is printed on clear vellum and affixed to white cardstock. 


Pages three and four offer an overview of the ship and includes our sail and sign cards which we reserved to use as memorabilia.  These two pages began with printed cardstock.  I added lime green mats and navy blue border stamps to add to the page.  The Welcome Aboard die cut was ordered from Scrap Your Trip.  These two pages also feature border stamping.


Pages four and five are an overview of our cabin and includes photos of our towel animals.  I used blue and yellow mats, as well as fun trim at the top of the page.  I added the multi colored stripes and the yellow ribbon to finish the page.  As on previous pages, I printed my journaling on vellum and added it to the page.


Pages six and seven are the first of two double page spreads featuring on-board dining.  In the photo on the left page we are celebrating our anniversary.  The other photos were foods or beverages that we actually consumed.  Each of the other nights on the cruise we sat with other couples.  Each time I photographed one of our plates I had to explain that I am a major scrapbooker and that food photos were a must!  They seemed indulgently amused though I could tell that they did not get it.  However, I am equally sure that each of you understands my need to photograph everything.

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The month of February kicks off with a new Close to My Heart catalog.  The catalog is available for on-line viewing at this LINK. 



The new catalog introduces a number of new stamp sets and exciting products, including 15 new stamp sets that coordinate with the Art Philosophy cartridge.  I am adding a just couple of photos of some of the stamps that I ordered.  To purchase any product from the new catalog please visit my Close to my Heat on-line store. 




And don't forget the February stamp of the month, Thoughtful Tidings! As always, the stamp of the month is $17.95. If you spend $50 the stamp of the month is only $5!





I will be back on Monday with another BBTB2 project to share and next week I will share more of the cruise layouts.  I hope you each have a wonderful weekend.