While we are no longer making active post of Cricut projects on this blog as of 8/1/2013, we invite you to use it for continued die cut inspiration as we will leave the blog up for viewing. Happy Cricuting !

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

This is what CUTE looks like!

Good Morning,

This is Yvonne from Ink-spirations sharing a scrapbook page today. This is my Grandson at about 2 months old. I just loved the little tongue sticking out and almost mischief in the eyes.

I started with pattern paper from DCWV - All About Boys. Matted the photo in two shades of blue.
The giraffe cut at 5" from Imagine cartridge - Blast Off. Arrows - Art Philosophy-straight arrow 1.9" and curved arrow 2.5"
The scalloped shape cut twice from the Artiste cartridge. Once at 6.2" and again at 6.4"
The diamond pattern also from Artiste cut at 2".There was two layers to the image. I used CCR and welded four of them together to create the grid. I liked the rhinestones for added dimension.
The font is from Animal Antic. .5" for blue letters and 1" for CUTE. I used a red micro pen to stitch around the green letters as well as around the scalloped mat.
The diamond border is from Artiste cut at 1.75". The small diamond in the centre was the negative from the panel above.
All orange pieces distressed with Tim Holtz Ink-Spiced Marmalade and green pieces - Crushed Olive. .01 Micron red pigment pen used for stitching.

Designed by: Yvonne Balmer
Machines Used: Imagine, Expression 2, CCR
Cartridges Used: Artiste, Art Philosophy, Blast Off, Animal Antics
Supplies Used: Red Micron Pigment Pen, Distress Ink Tim Holtz - Crushed Olive & Spiced Marmalade, Recollections - Rhinestones, DCWV pattern paper, cardstock
Have a Great Day!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Winter Tissue Box

Welcome to another Cricut Fanatics project. Diane here from http://happyscrapperdiane.blogspot.com. I am sharing a easy Winter tissue box cover.  I got this pattern a few years ago from Splitcoast Stampers.  It is easy and fun to change out for seasons and holidays.  I will give you step by step directions with pictures.

I use the Walmart brand tissues which is the same size as Kleenex.  You will need to cut 2  5 1/8 x 9 1/2 pieces of cardstock for you base.
Cut one 9 9/16 square piece of cardstock for the lid.  You will also need 4  4 1/4 x 4 inch pieces of cardstock or pattern papers for the sides.  You will also need one 4 1/4 square piece for the top.
Score your long pieces at 1/2 and 5 inches
I used scor tape, but something that will hold securely to put the pieces together to form base.
You score the lid piece at one inch on all four sides and cut as shown in the picture to fold for the lid.
To form the opening in the top I used Spellbinder dies and used the 3rd one in the set of large ovals.
Put your lid together with scor tape and it will fit on the base.  I go ahead and tape the insides of the lid to secure it to the base so that it does not move or come apart.
I added the side panels and started to decorate.  With the second piece for the top, I added another Spellbinder die labels one middle size for my top.  I embossed the top piece with the snowflake Cuttlebug folder.  Here are the rest of the materials I used.

Winter Tissue Box created by Diane Kielman with pattern from Splitcoast Stampers
Machines used-Expressions 2 machine, Cuttlebug, and Gypsy
Pattern paper-Bo Bunny
Other-jewels, ribbons and stickles
Cuttlebug folder-Snowflake embossing
Cricut Cartridges-Art Philosophy- snowflake1 page 22 shift cut at 3.25 and 5 inches  Layer shift cut at 3.25        inches.         
                                                      Snowflake2 page 27 shift cut at 2 inches, layer cut at 1 1/2 and 2 inches
                                                      Letter K cut at 1.5 inches in two colors and just off set from each other
                           Snow Friends-snowman cut at 4.5 inches face stamped with Peachy Keen stamp
                           Sesame St. Seasons-hot cocoa cut at 3.5 inches and removed word hot                                

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Family Layout

Hello everyone, this is Rita with Rita's Paper Obsession.  It is hard to believe January is almost over.  Like everyone else, I set some goals for 2013, one of which was doing at least one layout a week.  So today, I have a layout to share with you as well as a couple online resources I go to when I'm looking for sketch ideas or Cricut images.

I had some family snapshots I wanted to scrap but wasn't coming up with any great ideas as to how I wanted my layout to look.  For inspiration I went to pagemaps.com.  This site as all kinds of sketches.  I selected a sketch from August 2006.

And here is my completed layout:

I used Echo Park "Love Letters" and Paper Pizazz "Soft Tints Pink Swirls".  The solid pink is from Close to My Heart.

It takes me a while to choose the cuts for my layouts.  Part of the problem is I have a lot of cartridges and don't know which carts have the image I'm looking for.  To solve my problem I go to mycutsearch.com.  This site is awesome and simple to use.  You simply enter what you are looking for and the site shows you all the handbook pages with the searched image.

The Echo Park paper was double sided so I used the reverse side for my cuts.  The butterfly is from Pink Journey and "Family" is from Sophisticated.  Both were cut at 3".  "Family" was part of a longer phrase so I used Design Studio to hide the other words and make the cut.

I started my layout at a crop and I didn't bring my inks but I had my Inkadinkado blending chalks.  I used brown chalk along the edges of my cuts. 

The quote was computer generated but I only had white paper.  I didn't like the starkness of the white so I yellowed the paper with a mustard colored chalk.

Looking for sketch inspiration go to pagemaps.com
Looking for a Cricut image go to mycutsearch.com

Thank you for stopping by and allowing me to share with you today.

Designed by:  Rita Poteat
Cartridges:  Pink Journey, Sophisticated
Cricut Machines:  Expression, Design Studio
Other Materials Used:  Echo Park "Love Letters", Paper Pizazz "Soft Tints Pink Swirls", Close to My Heart pink cardstock, Inkadinkado blending chalks

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Happy Saturday--A Small Home Decor Project

Good morning everyone,

Its Liz from www.lizziesworldofcrafting.blogspot.com !!!  I have a home decor project for you.  I host a small group of crafters every few months of so and what is a crop without CHOCOLATE.  Since we are all cricut FANatics, I came up with this project for candy dishes on each table, but they could be used for almost anything. 

I started out with a few cricut green containers from Target's dollar spot (2/100) and they were the perfect size. 

Next I used the Cricut Circle Cartridge Cricut Everyday for the "bug".  Isn't he the cutest????  I cut all the layers at 4"s.

Fill it with candy and you are done.....

Here is the finished project:

I hope you have enjoyed my project!!!

Have a sparkling day and stay warm!!!  Its frigid here in the Northeast (and I know other parts of the country).


Friday, January 25, 2013

Happy 1st Birthday - Teddy Bear style

Hi this is Terri from http://www.scrappinwiththebug.blogspot.com/. Wow where has this year already gone.
A few weeks ago a friend asked me to help her create a cute little "bear" theme for her son's 1st birthday. She also owns a cricut and wasn't too failure with it. So I told her to come over and we would play I mean create something. We brain stormed for a while and came up with what she wanted.

This took us a few weeks to put together as it was lots of little things - and then also design changes, waiting for a special product.
The fun thing about the bear is we did laminate him - and I made several extra noses - they used the noses with names on them to play pin the nose on the bear.
The first thing was we found the perfect bear from the BEST cartridge - I mean my new favorite cartridge Teddy Bear on Parade. I cut the bear welcome sign at 15" - and I will admit I cheated. I didn't use a 12x24 paper (as I didn't have brown in that color). I used my gypsy and created the upper section - since I knew the bear would be covered then I just cut the top 1/2 of the bear then the bottom 1/2 of the bear by moving the bear up/down on the mat.

The paper is all printed from the imagine - and what I did was just made little .4" small circles on the screen then colored them differently . She wanted to keep with a royal, teal, green, light blue theme. The shirt comes on the Birthday Bear but not the pants. She wanted little pants (actually her husband said it looked like a skirt w/ the banner). So I found another bear w/ pants and made them and tweaked them slightly on the gypsy.  I knew she was going to use this a few different places/times so I actually cut it out 3 times 2 out of cardstock and 1 out of thin cereal box so it would with stand the different uses.

All the letters are from Birthday Bash cartridge - these on the Welcome banner were cut at 3/4", and the name Brayden cut at 3/4" welded w/ the gypsy.
Next we worked on the Happy 1st Birthday, and I am 1 signs.
We used stock card stock from Michael's - and cut a 5" scallops, 4" circles and 3" letters.

The smaller bears holding the banner are cut at 5".

Now here was the fun fun fun part. We made his cute little T-shirt. It is from a special iron- on printable fabric from Square1 masterpiece. I will say this was so fun making the shirt. We made the #1, Brayden on the little birthday hat too from the same stuff.

I again selected small circles on the imagine at .8" and flood field the circles w/ the different colors. I then cut out the 1 from Birthday Bash that measures at 5.12 x 3.22. (I used the gypsy and then cut it off on my expression). The bear measures at 2" printed again on the iron on fabric. The name Brayden is 1" x 5 long welded. We did use the layer function and I will say this was very easy to put together. Just iron and it was done. The cool thing is it is washable.


We also made the cute little birthday hat. That is also printed iron-on fabric. I will admit I didn't make the bib - my friend did though - using just regular iron on transfer paper. The saying is very cute, "It's about time I got some cake to wash down all that milk". She also printed it on the back of his shirt.

Well I hope you enjoyed this cute little birthday decorations.

Designed By: Terri Szymanski
Machine Used: Cricut Expression, Imagine, and Gypsy

Cartridges Used: Teddy Bear on Parade

Other Materials: Card stock, Square1 master piece printable iron on fabric.
Thanks for stopping buy and Happy Scrappin'

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Hi Everyone! It's Colleen from Col's Creative Corner and today is my first post for the new year here on our FANatic's blog! I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday and that the New Year brings much happiness, prosperity, and good health to all! Today I am sharing a Valentine that I made for my sweet hubby! I have been using my stash, and found some cool pink glitter cardstock that was sitting unused for ages, so I decided to put it to good use. 

The cuts are all from Love Struck.  The word Kiss has no layers, so I created some using my Gypsy.

In the picture above, it shows how I used the Hide Contour feature to create the layers. The first image shows how the word looks when I placed it on the mat, The three images after it shows how I hid the contours to create the layers. I cut the word, Kiss and the lips using some black and red foil paper that I had been saving.

The stamp is one of my favorites from The Greeting Farm. It is from the Cheeky Cherry Collection and she is the Cheeky Rockabilly Girl. I colored her using copic markers.

I'm not one for making New Year's resolutions, but I would like to try to not leave cards I want to make until the last minute. I am hoping that this is a good start! 

Happy Crafting!

Designed By: Colleen McCauley
Machine Used: Cricut E2
Cartridges Used: Love Struck
Other Materials: American Crafts Glitter Cardstock, American Crafts Foil Cardstock, Greetings Farm Stamp, Copic Markers, and Adhesives

Monday, January 21, 2013

Smile Jar

Happy 2013 everyone. It is L.B. from Cool Beans By L.B. I hope everyone has had a good start to the new year and lots of smiles are coming your way. A friend of mine went through breast cancer in 2012 and told me that this year she was going to collect her smiles to have in bad times. I decided this was a great idea so I up-cycled a food canister to create a smile jar. (You can see lots of ideas for this on Pinterest)
I cut 2 large circles (so forgot to record the size) from George and Basic Shapes, cut one of them in half and added some fun decorative tape to create the base of my jar lid.
Next, I added the word "smile", cut with the adorable Create-a-Critter cartridge (I love the way it has a heart to dot the i). I placed the circle on a larger white base and added a bow before adding it to the top of my jar.
I added a tag cut, with the Splish Splash (these are my go to tag bases) Lite cartridge. I once again cut one layer in half and added the cute tape before using Hello Kitty Font to add 2013 to it. On the other side of the tag it gives me my basic instructions, "Write down the things that make you smile so if you need one you can pull it out and read it. Save them for New Year's Eve and read they all."
Once I had this done I wanted a place to hold the slips of paper and a pen so it would be ready whenever I wanted to add something to the jar (or anyone else does). I cut a small box of Tags, Bags, Boxes and More and put it together, adding a small circle with the word "joy" also from Create-a-Critter on front.
I have been adding thoughts ever since and even my daughter and husband have added a few. Thanks for stopping by Cricut FANatics today. Hope you find a reason to smile today.

Created by: L.B.
Machine: Cricut Expression, Gypsy
Cartridges: Create-a-Critter, Tags, Bags, Boxes and More, George and Basic Shapes, Splish Splash
Additional Materials: Martha Stewart Crafting tapes and ribbons, DCWV Citrus Stack papers, ATG gun and adhesives.

Friday, January 18, 2013

We Are Together

Hello fellow Cricut Fans!  This is Michele, from Scrap-n-Dance.blogspot.com! (Dancingarden on the MB)  I am so honored to be  your designer today, and I have a layout for you that could be used for family gatherings. 
We just came from a couple months of doing things with our families. Not all of it may have been holiday related! I design these kits for a few friends of mine and they like these more general pages sometimes.  :)  As a bonus, everything in this layout was from my stash!

I really like the "bird on a wire" imagery I found in the printed papers. I wanted a border along the bottom that mimics the print. I did a search on my Gypsy and didn't find anything like that on any cartridge I had. So, I created my own!  I am providing a link to the gypsy file below, please feel free to use it on your own pages! If you post it on your blog, let me know, I'd love to see it. :)

The images I chose are a little whimsical but kind of formal. I wanted a bird image but I also chose the chair because when we visit some of my family, we spend a lot of time sitting and watching the birds through their patio doors. The images evoke those wonderful memories of past gathers for me.

Adhesive-backed pearls add accents to the cuts.
I design on my Gypsy and sometimes I don't pay much attention to sizes. I will list the sizes here but if you don't have a Gypsy, you can always round the size to the nearest quarter inch.

The bird and birdcage are from Sophie, and were cut at 5.38"
The label behind is cut from Elegant Edges at 4.7"
"Together" is from Sophisticated and cut at 2.75"
"we are" is also cut from the Sophisticated font, cut at 1"
The chair is from Sophisticated and cut at 5.69"
The birds on a wire were welded from several cartidges: a stretched dash from Plantin and birds from Heritage, Everyday Pop-up Cards and Picturesque.

Cricut Info and supplies used:
Designed by Michele Donner-Ramsey

Cricut machines used:  Expression, Gypsy
Cartridges used: Sophie, Elegant Edges, Sophisticated, Plantin, Heritage, Everyday Pop-Up Cards, Picturesque
Other Supplies: Bazzill Cardstock, We R Memory Keepers Antique Chic printed cardstock, adhesive flat-back pearls, Distress Ink Black Soot, adhesives

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Post a Note!

Hi, Doreen here from polkadotpaperprincess.blogspot.com with a quick tutorial.

I made a couple of post-it-note holders for gifts. 

You will need:

1 sheet card stock 5 1/2 x 11 inches
1 piece  5 1/2 x 5 1/2 sheet card stock
1 piece 4 x 4
2 pieces 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 pattern paper (optional)
Post it notes
Things to embellish with.

Score paper at 5 1/4, 5 3/4, 8 1/4
Fold along the score lines.   It will look like this.
 Add adhesive to the smaller folded section.
Add the smaller piece of card stock to this section and embellish.

 Take the 4x4 piece of cards stock and score it at 1/2 " on all sides.  The snip one piece of each corner as show.  I like to keep two side long and two sides short.   Tape on the tabs and fold in to make a box.

This one only used goodies from my stash, sorry no Cricut.  You will notice I forgot to add the post-it-note holder (box) to this one.  I went back and added it on.  I did it really early in the morning!  lol!
 This one I used a Greeting Farms image, colored with Copics and made wings for her from Martha Stewart Elegant Cakes.
These are fast, simple and cute gift ideas that can made to match any size post-it-notes you have.  Now go root through your treasures and make a couple to have on standby for quick gifts!

Monday, January 14, 2013

It's Not Too Late for This Resolution!

Hello!  This is Nadia from my blog, With Glittering Eyes.  By now, many people have already dumped their New Year's Resolutions, but I have one that you might just want to adopt-- and even though we are halfway through January, it is easy to catch up!  This year, my family is doing a super-easy, extra savings plan that I found on Pinterest.  For each week, one through fifty-two, we put that amount of money aside.  So, for week one, we put in $1.  Week two was $2.  This is week three, so we will put in $3... this will continue until the last week of the year (week 52) when we will put in $52. You get the idea.  At the end of 2013, without doing any extra work and without even noticing the weekly shortage, we will have saved $1378.  Click here to see the pin- and the mini spreadsheet.  (There's no reason that you have to deposit in order so you might prefer to make the biggest deposits earlier in the year and smaller ones during the month of December since the goal is to make this extra saving unnoticed).

My daughter was concerned that we needed a little bank to hold weekly deposits.  For our little bank, I used a recycled bit of packaging from one of my Christmas gifts and covered it with decorative paper.  She thought this shape looked like a deposit tube from the drive-thru at the bank.

I used Paper Trimmings for borders (page 69, border cut at 1") and Wall Decor and More for the phrase (page 45, cut at 2-1/4").  I picked this text because my OLW for the year is 'faith' so I am trying to work it into some of my projects this year.

I printed off the spreadsheet from the pin-- my daughter particularly likes crossing off the weeks.  We keep it inside with the money.

That's all there is to it-- easy peasy-- and to catch up, it will only cost you three bucks.  This is a great way to make an extra, end-of-year offering at church or to have a little stash to buy a gift for the family to share after the holidays.  ...And it's a LOT easier than keeping that weight loss resolution!

Thank you for checking my post today!

Cricut Info & Supplies Used:
Designed By: Nadia Herbst-McConnell
Cricut Machines Used: Expression
Project Type: Uncategorized
Project Theme: New Years
Cricut Cartridges Used:  Paper Trimmings, Wall Decor and More
Suppies Used: Recycled tube with ends, paper