Thursday, February 11, 2016

Cricut Access

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Introducing Cricut Access™!

Cricut's new Access™ subscription helps your readers get the most out of their Cricut® machine. Starting at only $7.99/month, Cricut Access™ members get exclusive benefits, including 10% off all orders on and in Cricut Design Space™! This new subscription service will also allow them to be the first to access new images, projects, and exclusive designs.* Just tell your readers to look for the Access™ icon to find projects and images included in Cricut Access™.

*The 10% off discount is only applicable on (USA and CAN only) and in Cricut Design Space™. The 10% off cannot be used to purchase or renew Cricut Access™, to purchase Cricut Circle™, or on iOS in-app purchases. This change does not require any action from current subscribers. Terms and Conditions apply. 

Cricut Access

  Sign up for Cricut Access™ and get unlimited access to images, fonts and projects

Get started now and you still have time to create projects like this for Valentine's Day!

Valentines Day Project Ideas

Or even better . . . give the gift of Cricut Access to a crafter you love this year for Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Disney PIxar Blog Hop - February 2016!

Welcome to the Disney Pixar Blog Hop!

Disney and crafting are a magical combination, and we are so happy you joined us to day for this blog hop.  Some of the crafters participating in this event have been doing this together since 2011!  Over the years the hop has grown but one thing has always stayed the same . . . amazing crafting projects that feature your favorite characters from Disney and Pixar movies.

For 2016 we are going to attempt to have a hop every other month for the entire year . . . February, April, June, August, October and December.  If you are on Facebook you can like the group page so that you can be the first to learn about each upcoming event.  Just click HERE to go the the Facebook page.

Since Valentine's Day is just around the corner, I decided to make some cards with my Frozen Cricut Cartridge, Wild Card Cricut cartridge and Lawn Fawn stamps.

To get started, I cut two heart shaped cards from the Wild Card Cricut cartridge.  I cut one from a burgundy paper that has a shimmer finish, and the other from a teal cardstock with a flat finish.

Next I prepared to cut Olaf from the Frozen Cricut cartridge.  To save some time, I placed white, blue and orange carstock onto my mat and loaded it into my Cricut.  This way I could just move the blade to the upper right corner of the color I needed to cut and I did not have to unload the mat for cutting each color.

Also, I used a white dry erase board paper from DCWV for the white of Olaf.  This gave the entire cut a little bit of a glossy look.

Since I knew I was making two cards, I cut all layers twice to speed up the assembly process.  I did have a slight problem with the white on the Olaf on right.  Can you see the small tear where Olaf's leg attaches to his body on the image on the right? 

It tore as I was taking the paper off the mat.  No worries . . . . let's just call this an opportunity for embellishment and I will show you how I fix it later on in this post.

This next picture was supposed to show how I start to piece the layers of the cuts together, but I also wanted to include it because I thought it was funny and Olaf kind of has a "Nightmare Before Christmas" look to him at this point.  

Once I had some of the large white areas glued onto the black background piece, I added the blue for the inside of Olaf's mouth.  I wanted to add that first since I figured it would be easier to place the white cut for his tooth and space it nicely inside of the blue background.

Here is how Olaf looks after I have placed all of the different layers of cardstock on to the black background.

I wanted to add some cute phrases, but I don't like my own handwriting so I wanted to use stamps for the sentiments.  Lawn Fawn has a stamp set called Here's The Scoop that had some perfect phrases.

For both cards, I cut two hearts, one from patterned cardstock and one from solid colored cardstock, to layer behind the Olaf cut.  I also added some dots of Viva Decor and stamped some small hearts for accents around the outside edge.

Remember the tear by Olaf's leg in one of my cuts?  Let me show you how I covered that up.  

I used Viva Decor and just "smudged" it over the tear and up the side of the cut.  Then I added it to the other leg and around the arm also.  This makes the smudges of Viva look intentional and not like I am trying to hide something.   

I cut a banner shape from another Lawn Fawn set and stamped the phrases "you are so cool" and "you melt my heart" on them.  I thought these were perfect for an Olaf card.

I hope you enjoyed my Olaf heart shaped cards!  Now you can hop over to the other blogs to see what they have created.  

Before you go, make sure to enter to win our prize for this hop . . . a Disney paper pack from Queen & Co. 

The paper stack will not even be shipping out to stores until late February 2016, so you can have it before the stores are even selling it!  Note: Due to the fact that we received this paper stack so early, it is considered a promotional proof and there could be some slight variations from what will be shipped to stores.

- - - 
a Rafflecopter giveaway
- - -

Good luck, and enjoy the rest of the hop!

The full blog hop line up is below.  

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Just one more week!

January has flown by!  I cannot believe it is just one more week until our first Disney Pixar Blog Hop of 2016!

This year we have decided to have a hop every other month for the entire year.  I know it is a big challenge to ask these crafters to come up with new amazing projects each time, but I know that this group is up to the challenge.  Some of us have been doing these hops together since 2011!  Over the years the following has grown so much that we even have a Facebook Fan Page just for these hops!  Click HERE if you want to like our fan page.  I think it is the best way to know about all of the Disney fun we are up to.

Also, these year we will have some great Disney products for prizes.  I recently attended the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show (CHA) and while I was there I found several different companies with Disney themed products.  Some of these companies have agreed to sponsor prizes for our hops this year!  If you want to check out my blog post about all of the Disney items I saw at CHA, just click HERE.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Scratch Off Cards

I thought that these cards were the CUTEST IDEA!  Each one comes with a scratch off sticker that you apply over the top of part of the sentiment, and then you add a coin and the person you give the card to gets to scratch off the card to see the sentiment . . . which is usually a punch line to a riddle or joke.

I even got to make one in a Make and Take

These are from Inky Antics // Blog // Facebook 

We R Memory Keepers Alphabet Punch Board - CHA 2016

Here is a fun new tool from We R Memory Keepers that I found at CHA 2016 . . . just one tool to make every letter in the alphabet or any number.

Richard Garay at CHA

Today's post is about a designer's who's booth I have never had the opportunity to see before this year at CHA.  I am normally behind a booth working, and I don't normally get time to go out and explore . . . but this year I am so glad I was able to spend some time at the Richard Garay booth!

I love the big thick fonts on the sentiment stamps from his line!  If you are going to say something, make a statement!  Let your message be seen!

I think that the Lumberjack Days collection was my favorite.  Maybe because I am a Northern girl, some of the patterned papers reminded me of quilts.

Isn't the little pocket cute!  My first thought was to use this for giving a gift card.  The stitching on the pocket is stamped on, and there are two different stitching variations you can choose from with this set.

I am in LOVE with the sweater embossing folder that was used for the background on this next card.  Look at the beautiful pattern it gives the white paper.

Here is that same sweater embossing folder again on another card.

I am also a fan of the bright colors in this collection.

Check out Richard Garay at his website // Blog // Facebook // Pinterest
Tell him Shawn Mosch from Crafty Chics Blog sent you!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Woven Heart Garland

Last week I shared a post about creating a woven heart with a braided bracelet die by designer Marisa Pawelko sold by Sizzix.  If you missed that post, you can click HERE for all of the details.  I decided to take that project to the next level by creating a garland of these woven hearts.

You will start with the braided bracelet die from the Marisa Pawelko line from Sizzix.  Cut several of these bracelet shapes in colors and patterned cardstock.  In my examples below I am using two different shades of pink so that you can see the weaving pattern.  Once you have the bracelet pieces cut from the cardstock, cut all of them in half as shown below.

Next, you weave the pieces together to form hearts.  

Glue down the ends and allow to dry.  
Cut off the excess to finish up the hearts.

Now you can string the hearts on a thin piece of ribbon, thread or string.

This is the perfect Valentine's Day item for the shelf in my craft room.