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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Cricut Fanatics wants to wish you and your families a safe
and Spooktacularly Fun Halloween night !
Greeting Everyone ! Pat Roller here to share a special altered project I made recently.

I purchased the mannequin online. Then, I painted it with Tim Holtz paints and other paints I had on hand. I also used glitter paints in parts to give it a little bling. I am not as good as Barbara but love the colors.

Then, I embellished the mannequin with the following cuts:

wings--2 inches --from A Child's Year

roses--2 inches--from A Child's Year

"Joy"--2 inches from A Child's Year

cross--4 inches--from New Testament

heart--3 inches--from Botanicals

tuilps--3 inches--from Botanicals

I used brads attached with clear glue into a hole I punched in the mannequin with my "pointy thing" I attached ribbons to the brads and attached the charms to the bottom of the ribbons.

I also used 2 stick pins I received from the stick pin swap that had similar colors of beads. The lace is hand tatted--I did it myself :)  Then, I added gems and buttons to round out the decorations.
The mannequin graces a decorative shelf that is in my entryway.  Hope you enjoy her !  
Cricut Info & Supplies Used:
Designed By:  Pat Roller
Cricut Machine Used: Expression
Cricut Cartridges Used: A Child's Year, New Testament, Botanicals
Other Supplies Used: small mannequin, points, lace, gems, buttons, brads, assorted types of paints

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween Charger Plate

Hi There,

Yvonne here from Ink-spirations. Great to be back again and this time I want to share my Halloween Charger Plate. I love making these. They are quick, easy and you can make them for every occasion. After the season has passed storage is easy.

I used several cartridges on this project.

Bats - Happy Hauntings cut at 1"
Happy Halloween - Celebrate With Flourish cut at 2"
Flourishes - Gypsy Font (monogram feature) 1", 1.4" & 1.6"
Border Skulls - Wall Decor & More (border feature) 1.5"
Fence - Wall Decor & More (border feature) 2"
Tree - Happy Hauntings 4.5"
Small Skull beside tree - Indie Art  1"
Bird on Fence -  Animal Kingdom - 1"

All images were sized and cut using CCR. Welded two flourishes together on right side of plate.
The fence had a rooster sitting on it and I cut that off and used a more suitable bird from Animal Kingdom.

There are different ways to work with vinyl. I set my machine to cut the image out through both the vinyl and the backing. I do not use a transfer tape. When I'm lining up to layer my vinyl I peel just a small portion of the backing away and make sure I have the image exactly where I want it and then adhere the vinyl layers together. I then proceed to peel back a little more of the backing and adhere that down. By doing it this way I'm not trying to work with a piece of vinyl that is trying to stick to everything it comes in contact with.

Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy Halloween

Cricut Info & Supplies Used:
Designed By: Yvonne Balmer
Cricut Machine Used: Imagine
Project Type: Home Decore
Project Theme: Halloween
Cricut Cartridges Used: Happy Hauntings, Celecrate with Flourish, Wall Decor & More, Indie Art, Animal Kingdom, Gypsy Font
Other Supplies Used: Vinyl, Black Charger Plate

Monday, October 29, 2012

Cricut Crafty Challenge #2 Winner

Good Monday morning everyone!

We are so excited to announce the Cricut Crafty Challenge # 2 winner!
Congradulations to Kathy Salido! Here is her project that she entered.
Please email Becka at Creationswithbecka at yahoo dot com with your address so we can get your prize mailed out to you. You have until November 9th to email me or I will have to draw another winner.
Thank you to everyone who played along and please come back and join the new challenge on November 5th.
Have a great day

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Cards, boxes, nitelites, oh my....

Hello everyone! I can't believe it's almost Halloween! This is Chris from scrappin-nanapuddin.blogspot.com. I made several different things for the 3 of my grandchildren and didn't know which to post so I grouped them and pictured them all together! Hope you don't mind. One of the cards is same as the one I  made last year for my DGD Faith, this year made it for my DGD Kallie. I designed it originally for a Cricut Circle Blog Challenge! boy do I miss that! So here are my projects!

I'll start with the easy one! the Pumpkin topped box is from CTMH Cricut Artiste and the bats witch and boo are all from Happy Hauntings.

For the Witch card with the window:
Martha Stewart paper from her all seasons pack sold on HSN.
Window is from French Manor cut at 3 1/2" x2, one for each side
cat cut at 1 1/2" is from October 31
Best Friends for the little faces in the windows at .7"
Wrap It Up for the witch
Happy Hauntings the ghosts on the inside at 1"
CMTH Art Philosophy Stamps
Encore Ultimate Metallic Gold Ink Pad, Cellophane wrap for the window

For the trifold Halloween card:
Haunted House in the background is from Enjoy the Seasons! 
CCR for welding the trifold
Trick or Treaters on the front from A Frightful Affair
Buccaneer for the treater inside the card 
Gate from Happy Hauntings, as well as everything else on the card!

My Imagine went down in the middle of cutting that, or I should say trying to cut! HSN is supposed to call me back about the repair or return or refund. I'm thinking refund since I don't know of any place that might repair do you?! I did a "format and restore" 7 times last night and about 4 times today. It is now working to an extent but will NOT be working with it in CCR! I had it working after about the 4th time yesterday and about the 5th phone call to PC and then connected to CCR and it wouldn't cut again. The blade just bounced around?! But I got it working today so NO CCR!!I'm sorry, I digress. but for those with the Imagine, I'm sure you understand! hehe (not funny really...just understandable!)  Its very busy for a card, I know and left little space to sign on the bottom left, but I don't really have to, he's expecting something spooky!
He's also kinda expecting the nite lite. He loved the one I made Faith, got lots of ooohs and ahhhhs from family and friends, so of course he had to have one! This one opens from the bottom, easier than Faiths'! all of the images are from Happy Hauntings and October 31. The triangle base of the light is from where else?! Artiste! If that cart, doesn't have it, you don't need it! Whatever it is! love that cart!
If anyone would like the CCR files for any of these visit my blog and comment. Thanks for looking. Hope you'll visit my blog! I'd love your comments!
Hope everyone has a great Halloween! I have never gotten trick-or-treaters at this house! I miss them!

Halloween Treat Bags

Hello, Diane here of http://happyscrapperdiane.blogspot.com  sharing these cute little treat bags I made for my granddaughters Montessori class.  Since she needed 30 bags, I went and purchased the bags and just decorated them with various faces.  I used the cartridges Pumpkin Carvings and the digital image Frankensteins Face
I cut the face for Frankenstein at 1.5 inches and adhered to the bag.  I used my crop a dial to punch holes in the top after I folded the bag down about an inche and tied a ribbon to keep it closed.  For the other two bags, I used Pumpkin Carvings cartridge and in my Gypsy, I removed the outside frame leaving me with just the faces which I cut at 4 inches.  This was a cute and fun project that was completed easily and yet she loved them!

Created by-Diane Kielman
Cartridges Used-Digital Frankensteins face
                           Pumpkin Carvings
Cricut Info-Cricut Expressions 2
Supplies-Bags from Michaels, ribbon in stash
Crop a dial

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Breast Cancer Awareness Layout

Hi everyone, this is Rita from Rita's Paper Obsession.  As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  It is also the one year anniversary of my breast cancer diagnosis.  I can't let the month go by without doing my part to promote awareness.

When talking about awareness, the emphasis is on reminding ladies to get their mammograms and the importance of self exams.  Yes, these things are important, but I want you to be aware that a lump in the breast may not be the first sign.  Five lesser known signs of breast cancer are:  1. Itchy, sore, reddened breasts; 2. Upper back pain; 3. Nipple changes; 4. Change in shape or size; 5. Pain, swelling or lump in armpit.  It was a couple of the lesser signs I chose to ignore.

So, my public service announcement - Get those mammograms, do self exams and watch for the lesser known signs.  You know your body, DO NOT ignore it.

I am slowly scrapping my journey.  One of the things I wanted to remember was a poem I saw daily while I was going through radiation.  It was on a plaque hung on the waiting room wall and was a great reminder what cancer could not take from me.

The scalloped cut is from the Elegant Edges cartridge.  I used the base image and cut the Ivy (button 2) at 9 inches.

The phrases and ribbon cuts are from the Pink Journey cartridge.  "Always Remember" was cut at 2 1/2 inches.  "Hope", "Believe" and the ribbon flourish were cut at 1 1/2 inches.

I hand cut the curved edge of the solid on the poem side.

I highlighted the first letter of each phrase and the ribbon with Stickles.  I used Liquid Pearls to accent the scalloped cut, along the curved paper edge, on the corners of the poem mat and on some of the flourishes.  Ribbon was added to soften the contrast between the two sides of the layout.

Thank you for allowing me to share with you today.

Cricut Info & Other Supplies:

Designed By- Rita Poteat

Cricut Machines Used- Expression

Cricut Cartridges Used- Elegant Edges, Pink Journey

Other Supplies Used- BoBunny's Back to Backs "Passion Fruit Flourish", solid pink cardstock from my stash, ribbon, pink gem, Liquid Pearls - Petal Pink, Stickles - Fruit Punch

Friday, October 26, 2012

Some Simple Cards

   Hi everyone, this is Amy from http://multicrafter-amy.blogspot.com/.  Last night I whipped up some cards for you all. Well I designed them on my Gypsy and then I cut and assembled them this morning. I am getting a jump start on my Christmas cards. These are actually Christmas Thank You cards. They could also be used as Christmas cards if you change the sentiments.

  All the cuts are from Teresa Collins - Deck The Halls and Teresa Collins - Holiday Sillouettes. Both cartridges are Cricut Craft Room Exclusives. The only other cart I used was the Imagine More cartridge for the green plaid paper. 

Details of the cards....

Both cards are A2 sized cards (4" height x 5 1/2"). I just a cut a burgundy paper to fit the front of the A2 size card and layered a 3 1/2" x 5" of the green plaid paper.

Carts and Cut Sizes 

Imagine More 

green plaid paper

Teresa Collins - Deck The Halls

Holly = 1.75" just one layer - leafs. You do not need the bell or shadow.

Teresa Collins - Holiday Sillouettes

Deer = 3" both layers
Moose = 3" both layers

I used some burgundy pearls for the berries of the holly then I glittered the holly leaves with a fine white glitter. Add some brown and white twine to the top of your card for a finishing touch. Inking all the edges of the paper and cuts with a small brown ink pad helps tie all the cuts and paper together. The Studio G ones work great for this and are only $1.00 at the stores around me.
I hope you all enjoy these cards and maybe they will help you get a jump start on your Christmas cards.


Halloween Recipe Card--Witches Brew

Hi,  its Liz from http://lizziesworldofcrafting.blogspot.com/.   I can't believe the month of October has flown by and its almost Halloween!!!!  I have a recipe card to share with you today.  A group of friends and I swap recipes cards with a theme each month.  I am sharing this month's recipe card with you.
The card base is heidi swapp paper for halloween cut 6 x 6.  I covered it with vellum cut 5 1/2 by 5 1/2.  I used the mini monsters cartridge for the cauldron (cut at 3").  Witches brew was cut at 1 1/4 and is from the Happy Hauntings Cartridge.  Here is a close-up:

The lantern is from October 31st..I love the cuts on that cartridge.  It was cut at 4" and then I used yellow stickles to add depth and dimension (and a bit of sparkle).
I hope you have enjoyed my project.  Have a sparkling day!


Designed by:  Liz Vellali
Cartridges Used:  October 31, Mini Monsters and Happy Hauntings
Machines Used:  Expression 2
Theme:  Halloween
Project Type:  Recipe Card

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Halloween Wall Hanging

Hi everyone!  This is Kelly from kbiendesigns.  Today I have a Halloween wall or door hanging, which is a quick and easy way to decorate for the holiday!

I started with the new Happy Haunting paper Graphic 45.  I started with an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of black cardstock.  I then cut down the striped paper from Happy Haunting to 8 x 10 1/2.  I used foam tape (a lot of it) to adhere it to the black paper.  I did this for two reasons - one for dimension and the other for stability. I then added a layer of plain orange cardstock cut down to 7 1/2 x 10, then a layer of bat paper cut down to 7 x 9 1/2.  Each layer was adhered with foam tape in different directions, again for stability.

At this point, I knew I wanted to use doilies, but I haven't had success inking the white doilies.  I never seemed to get the right color.  Then it dawned on me - cut out your own!  So I went searching and found the perfect cut from Paper Lace. I cut the doilies out at 4.5", one in black and one in orange.
I then trimmed two other patterned papers from the stack to layer horizontally, to anchor the doilies.

I grabbed my Teresa Collins Chic and Scary and cut out "BEWARE" at 4.5" from black cardstock, and layered that with foam dots.

I then cut out the adorable little witch on a pumpkin from Happy Haunting and, you guessed it, layered that on with more foam tape!  Glued down a few buttons with baker's twine and I was done!

I will be hanging this on my door on Halloween night with the adorable Melissa Frances hanger!

Thanks for looking and have a great Halloween!

Vinyl Halloween Pumpkins

Hi again, this is Terri from http://www.scrappinwiththebug.blogspot.com/. I have another fun and simple project for you today. I bought these Styrofoam pumpkins last year at Michael's on clearance. (I paid $1.00 each for these pumpkins). The pumpkins are 9", 12", and 18" sizes.
I love fall, pumpkins, and Halloween so I used some Brown Cricut vinyl and cut some designs out to decorate the pumpkins.

If you have never worked w/ vinyl it is super easy.

Here is a few little tips for you: Do what is called a "Kiss Cut" - it is where you only cut the vinyl not the backing. To achieve this I used my expression and cut the vinyl at 3 on the pressure, 3 on the speed, and 3 on the blade depth. Vinyl cuts so nicely even small fin details cut out very nice. The second tip is for you to "weed" out the vinyl - that is just simply taking all the negative pieces out -I just use a pair of tweezers and works nicely. (Weeding out the pieces you don't want/need - ex. the windows on the house).

I used only 1 cartridge and that was Chic and Scary (Teresa Collins designed it).
Cut sizes Used: 
Witch w/ moon 5 1/2"
Spooky tree 5"
Spooky house 3"
Bats cut in different sizes: 1/4", 1/2", 3/4" 1" and 1 1/2". (That is also another great thing about vinyl is cutting smaller pieces).
Bird 1 1/2"
Cats 2" each - one cut normal and other flipped

I then pealed the vinyl off the backing and adhered them to the pumpkins. (I used a baby wipe to clean the pumpkins of any dust first).
Vinyl is forgiving and you can lift and reposition it if you get a bubble in it. Just smooth it out.
Hope you enjoy!!!

Cricut Info & Supplies Used:
Designed by:
Terri Szymanski
Cricut Cartridges Used: Chic and Scary
Cricut Machines Used: Cricut Expression
Project type: Home decor
Project theme: Halloween
Other Supplies Used: Styrofoam Pumpkins

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Happy Halloween!!  This is Julie of http://mommys-playroom.blogspot.ca/.  I have a simple Halloween themed candy jar I made for my daughter to share with you today.

 I started with an empty canning jar and a pile of Smarties.  It was so tempting to eat them but I resisted!



 The lower portion of the jar is made from a piece of bright yellow cardstock cut at 3" x 15".  The old fence was cut at 2 1/2"  from Mini Monsters.  I cut the fence four times and adhered it to the yellow cardstock using one of my favorite adhesives, a Stampin' Up 2-way glue pen.

I used a pumpkin from Chic & Scary and cut it at 2 1/4".  The ribbon is American Crafts Premium Ribbon.

 Have a spooky Halloween!!

Cricut Info & Supplies Used:

Designed By: Julie

Cricut Machines Used: Expression

Project Type:  Home Décor

Project Theme: Halloween

Cricut Cartridges Used:  Mini Monsters, Chic & Scary

Other Supplies Used:  assorted cardstock, Stampin' Up 2-way glue pen, American Crafts Premium ribbon

Monday, October 22, 2012

Second Star to the Right!

Hi Everyone!  This is Alex from www.cardsinthetree.blogspot.com with a Peter Pan inspired Birthday Card.  I am also going to show how easy it was to make a custom embossing folder.

I started by finding a compass image that I wanted to use.  It was a little too detailed for what I wanted the final image to be so I hid many of the smaller contours.  I cut the image out of the sticky foam type paper that comes in the embossing folder kit.  I then peeled the image onto the blank folder and put the opposite/negative image on the opposite side creating the impression/depression sides.  I actually doubled the layers because I would be embossing grunge board and I needed more depth.

This is a standard sheet of paper with the new embossing design.

Once I ran a piece of grunge board through the cuttle bug I painted the entire front in the gold paint.  I did this to seal the surface of the grunge board for the next step and give it a shine.  I then used alcohol inks and covered the entire front of the gold painted piece, layering all the colors.  Using the scratcher I went over the embossed compass and scraped into the grunge board pulling up the majority of the ink and paint.  I also used the sanding tool to rough up the edges and flat areas.  With the distress ink I inked the newly exposed grunge board several times to soak in the color.

I cut the shadow piece of the flying peter pan several times from brown paper and glued the images together to make a thicker embellishment.  I covered him in the brown and copper alcohol ink and once that was dry I added the stickles.

In the top right corner I added 2 stars.  [Second star to the right!]  I used a metallic sharpie and added two hot set gems to the center of each.

At the bottom under the compass I wrapped a piece of ribbon around the base of the grunge board only and used the ends to tie on the word band.

Finally, I mounted the decorated grunge board onto a brown card base and cut & glued a gold shimmer piece of paper on the inside for friends to sign on.

I hope you enjoyed this project.  For my peter pan obsessed friend this card is perfect.  Happy Halloween!

Cricut Info & Supplies Used:
Designed By:  Alex B.
Cricut Machine Used:  Cricut Mini, Gypsy, Cuttle Bug
Cricut Cartridges Used:  Disney Classics
Other Supplies Used: Close to My Heart Paper in Cocoa; Tulip Hot Set Brown gems and setter; Tim Holtz distress ink in Gathered Twigs; Tim Holtz Grunge Board (plain); TIme Holtz Sanding Block and Scratcher Tool; Adirondack Metallic Acrylic Paint Dabber in Gold; Adirondack Alcohol Inks in Lettuce, Ginger, Gold, and Copper; Distress Stickles in Vintage Photo; Idea-ology Word Bands "dream as if you'll live forever."; Glimmer Ribbon in Aged Copper; Sharpie Marker in Bronze.

Sunday, October 21, 2012


BOO!!  It is L.B. from Cool Beans By L.B. Halloween is so so close and it is one of my favorite holidays.  I think I love the dressing up and trick or treating part the most, but also this year I am loving the papers I have found and bought...way to many of them. I made some treats for coworkers and had a bunch of scraps leftover and did not want the paper to go to waste so I snipped and "welded" them together with some decorative tape to create a base for these cards.
The first step was picking my papers and getting them where on wanted on my cards. After I cut and layered I wanted to secure the edges, but did not feel ribbon was the answer so I used this black and white polka dot tape to do it instead.
The next step was selecting the right Cricut Cut to put on top of my card. I went with the cauldron cut on Mini Monsters because I loved the bubbles. When layered with the "Boo!" also from Mini Monsters it looked just right.
A touch of Stickles for my bubbling pot and I had 2 fun cards to send out. I hope you are all having a wonderful Spooky season and a great day as well. Thanks for visiting us at Cricut FANatics.  I am so glad to be part of this great team.

Cricut Info & Supplies Used:
Designed By: L.B.
Cricut Machine Used: Expression
Cricut Cartridges Used: Mini Monsters
Other Supplies Used: Paper from Jeepers Creepers stack by The Paper Studio, Patina colored Stickles, Smash tape from K & Company