Friday, August 15, 2014

Hanging At The Zoo Blog Hop "Wild About You"

Thank you for joining us today on My Cricut Craft Room's

Hanging at the Zoo Blog Hop

If you came from Crafty Sisters Creations  you are in the right place...
If not please visit to start the hop. 

Today I made....a layout using zoo animals.  Can you imagine adding pictures to this layout of a trip to the zoo with your children or grandchildren, a school trip, or perhaps pictures of your baby, child, teen, or your loved one. 

I found several sheets of animal print papers I had in my stash, which were perfect for this layout.  I used these prints in the layout along with  Bazzill papers to cut out the animals.  I used the Cricut Cartridge Animal Kingdom and Luau to create this layout. The leaves were cut with Luau, while I cut the animals out using Animal Kingdom.
Left side of the layout

Right side of layout.

We have a special give away today, sponsored by Craft Lovers Come Here,

It is a Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge, perfect for the upcoming fall fun! 

Just make sure you comment on these blogs today with 

your name and email to be entered to win.

We need to now how to find you to tell you that you won,

so don't forget your email.

Winner will be announced Monday on

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My Cricut Craft Room,

make sure you are a follower for both of those blogs 

Next you should go to The Electric Poppy



Thursday, August 7, 2014

Design Team Post


Connie is a retired special education teacher living in Barnegat, NJ with her husband, David.  Between them they have 4 children (ages 28 to 46), 7 grandchildren (ages 14 to 23) and 4 great-grandchildren (ages 6 month to 4 years old).  As an avid crafter for more than 20 years, Connie enjoys working in many different craft media, including scrapbooking, card making, and other papercrafting. 

            Initially Connie started working with the Wishblade in 2002, but as the Cricut became more popular she switched over to the Cricut Personal Cutter.  Within a year, Connie upgraded to the Cricut Expression in 2006 and has never looked back.  She is totally in love with the Cricut and uses at least one die cut, if not more, in all her creations. 
            One of Connie’s favorite projects is a wedding card box that was made for a granddaughter’s wedding     More than 30 flowers of varying sizes were used for this box…and each flower uses 4 to 6 flower shapes.  The Cricut was really helpful.  

Closed Wedding Card Box

Open wedding card box
Some cards that Connie has made using the Cricut include these:

Paper Doll Dress Ups Cartridge
Ironworks Cartridge
Create A Critter
A Child's Year

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

My upline for Close to My Heart, is Lynn Como.  She is participating in a blog hop for our new products, showcasing some great things.  These are available after August 1.  Check it out....
Simply InspiredWelcome to the Simply Inspired Blog Hop: New Product Showcase! You will be enticed with a “sneak peek” of a variety of artwork from very talented consultants in CTMH.  All of the ideas shown will be available for ordering on August 1st and thereafter. So get your Wish List ready and a drink to quench your crafting thirst and let the BLOG HOP begin!
If you came here from Karen Pedersen’s Blog, you are on the right path. The blog hop is a big circle, but if you happen to get lost along the way, please click here for a complete list of participating consultants.  It’s super simple to hop along, so let’s get started!
You can take the “Girl out of New Jersey,” but you can’t take the “Jersey Shore out of the Girl!”  I just am in LOVE with this new SEASIDE Collection.  The papers are gorgeous! The stickers and antique gold coordinating accessory pack are the perfect complements to the beach or ‘water vacation’ theme.
Whether sunning, boarding or sailing, the above layout will be sure to please.  You can add more photos on the right side with 4 x 4 flip flaps.
I already have my photos picked out for the above layout. Nick is home from Poland and it was his first time surfing with his brother Scott.  So, I can’t wait to use this layout personally!
We all love the sounds and smells of the boardwalk, or an ice cream cone treat after a day on the beach!  I couldn’t resist this layout as I think back to the days I spent with my boys in Seaside NJ and enjoyed the food fair along the boardwalk.  What great memories!
I did use the Seaside Workshop on the Go (left) and it saves your over $11 when you purchase this kit. It contains the entire Seaside Line: D-Size Stamp set; Paper Pack & Antique Gold Assortment; aqua dots, extra cardstockand color brochure. (Click on the photo for a closer look.)
If you are not a stamper, you can always purchase the Seaside Product Line “A La Carte” fashion. Adding the Sticker Complements and the Seaside Assortment (you’ll want to get a few packs of these) will definitely complete your theme for layouts, cards and 3D items for the beach or tropical scene.  Coordinating inks that work with this kit are showcased below as well.
Seaside Products
Now you can jump on over to visit the next Blog Hop participant …Denise Turley’s BLOG, by clicking HERE.   

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Love is in the Air....

Thank you for joining us on My Cricut Craft Room's Wedding Crafts Blog Hop.  If you arrived here from Trish's blog, you are in the correct location.  Here is the line up for everyone who is participating.

Thank you for joining us on My Cricut Craft Room Blog Hop.  Today I made a wedding reception card holder box to share with you.  June is the time when many guys and gals are thinking about weddings.  All the preparation leading up to that special day, when you join hands and take your vows.  Friends and family come to share your special day with you.

 Many a bride gets help from her bridesmaids and family, choosing and sometimes creating those perfect gifts and trinkets that help to make your wedding.

My granddaughter, Jennifer, married her favorite guy Joe.  A lot of the decorating was done by family to help save some money.  I had been making flowers for cards, and Jen asked if would make a box for her to hold the wedding cards that they might receive at the wedding reception.   I got to work, cutting flower shapes on the Cricut. (It was a lot easier than cutting each one out individually.)  This is what I came up with.

I took a mache box, and painted it with a cream and peach paint. After that I covered it with a crackle paint and it really added to the overall box.  

 For most of the flowers I used a white pearlessence paper, with a few other pastel colors with a small dab of glitter in the center.   After making many flowers, large, small and medium sized, I started with the top of the box.  I used three roses and added some green swirls and leaves.  I only wanted a few for the top of the box.  

I had been making tons of flower roses, large and small and medium in size. This is what the inside lid looked like when I added all those flowers.   

and a closer look....

I used a white rose ribbon around the bottom of the box, and I took a white ribbon, made tails and added a ribbon rose.  

On the tails I used silver alphabet stickers to spell "Jen n Joe Wedding Cards."

During the Wedding Reception, we placed this box, open on the table with the seating arrangements.  As people picked up their table arrangement, they were able to place their cards in the box.

 Thank you for joining us today.  Next I hope you will visit April Nourse's  Blog, Curls and Grins, and see what she made to share with you.  

Blog Hop List of Participants 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

A Day to Celebrate Dads

 If you have arrived from Vicki's Blog, then you are in the right place.

Thank you for joining us on the My Cricut Craft Room's Father's Day Blog Hop.   Today I made a card to share with you.

Dads come in many different sizes and shapes and temperaments.  He may be an new dad, an old dad, the dad of many, or the dad of one.  One thing almost all dads have in common is the love of their child(ren).  It doesn't matter if the child is a babe in the arms of its mother or if the child is a mother herself.

My dad was always there for my brothers and me.  He helped in whatever way he could, doing the best he could for his kids.  He has been gone several years now, but I have fond memories of him.

My husband has been a dad to our kids.  He laughs with them and cries with them.  He steps  up to the plate to help when they need it.  While our kids are grown and own their own, he is still there to help them.

Father's Day celebrates dads of all kinds.  I have made a card for my husband, wishing him a "Happy Father's Day."  Here is the card....

I used a black cardstock for the background of the card, then I cut out a design from "Fancy Frames".  Using the "hide" button, I hid the center cut-out, making this a solid background, using Goldrush paper from CTMH.  The greeting and other embellishments came from Close to My Heart.  I love using the Fancy Frames, because they are so decorative, and by using the hide button, they become very versatile.

Next you will go to  Erica's Blog to see what she has made to share with everyone.

Whole Dads and Grads blog hop.
5. Erica-
9. Crafting Blog Events 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Cricut Birthday card

Thank you for joining us on My Cricut Craft Room's Birthday Blog Hop.  I made a card to share with you today.

I used the Damask Decor cartridge for this card. I haven't used it very much. I would look at the shapes, look at the cards feature, and wonder, "What can I do with this????  Now I know!!  It makes a great lacy looking background. I like how the various shapes can be turned into great backgrounds. This cartridge has been a hard one for me to figure out ways I can use it...until today! 

The little girl is a digital stamp I got a while back.  (I wish I could remember where I got her, my computer crashed, and now I have start collecting my digital stamps all over again!)  I thought she was so cute.  I colored her with Copic markers and added some foil corners that I had.  I used the basic shapes to cut the scalloped square out, then my background is cut from Damask Decor.  The orange-ish color peeking out has glitter on it, to make it stand out.  I added some ribbon I had in my stash.  I hope you like it...and I know I will be using the Damask Decor cartridge a lot more.  

The next person in the blog hop is Craft Lovers Come Here.  Check out the blog to see what has been created.  

Those who have participated in this Blog Hop are listed below:

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Brought to you by the Color Green...a Cricut Leprechaun

Hi.  Several events are happening this best friend turns 75, spring is coming, we are in the season of Lent, we changed the clock, and St. Patrick's Day comes around.  At the Craft Squad, we are having a blog hop
For some reason, I have had some problems publishing this blog, with my card, but I have found a way around it (hopefully). 
As the saying goes, on St. Patrick's Day, you are suppose to wear your green.  It also makes you think about Ireland and leprechauns.  When I  taught school, this was a day when the kids would come in, wearing their green clothes, and if you didn't wear green, you heard about it!  (This was with 7th and 8th grade students.)  As soon as I heard our title for this blog hop, I knew what I was going to make. 
My Cricut Expression and I have become good friends lately, and I used an older cartridge Paper Doll Dress Up.  I cut out all the parts of the leprechaun using various shades of green.  What do you think?
I had some embellishments from Close to My Heart, which I added to the card.  They just happened to be green.  :)  The grass that my leprechaun is standing on was cut from some green paper and I punched the edges with a Martha Stewart punch.  The title on the top of the car is BELIEVE. 
Inside, I took another piece of green paper, and punched the corners with another Martha Stewart punch, added a shamrock and the magical pot of gold!
You can now continue on the blog hop and visit ==============