Sunday, April 29, 2012

Cricut Expression Book

I just wanted to share this book I found on Amazon.

Here is the description Amazon has on the book. I have not seen this book but would love to know if anyone has the book and what they think of it.

In a clear and accessible way, Cathie Rigby teaches the basics of the Cricut Expression machines (both the original and the new Cricut Expression 2) and cutting for beginners. For advanced crafters, this book instructs on features such as modes and functions, and teaches how to create with color, texture, and dimension. A cutting guide teaches the perfect settings to cut every type of material. A separate chapter introduces the new features of Cricut Expression 2 and explains how it differs from the original Expression machine. More than 50 creative projects inspire ideas for home décor, gifts, parties, cards, and scrapbook layouts.
Cathie Rigby has taught Cricut, Design Studio and Gypsy classes for four years in the Salt Lake City area. She currently teaches at Roberts Arts & Crafts and Hobby Lobby stores and hosts scrapbook retreats and Cricut Cruises.
A comprehensive guide for beginners and advanced Cricut users.

Today, Monday the Cricut Blog is giving 10 of these books away.

My Amazon Store

Hi everyone, I have not posted in a few days, I have been working on things, but nothing is finished but have some thing coming up so come back see what it's all about. 

For now I wanted to share with you my Amazon store. I do not sell anything in the Amazon store but I have just put together some of my favorite things at good prices. I am an Amazon Prime customer. I love Amazon Prime, I get 2 day free shipping on most things, and sometimes it comes just the next morning. Or I can pay $3.99 shipping and be guaranteed the next day.  I have gotten so many deals, you can find Cricut, and many, many crafts and scrapbooking supplies.

You can find my Amazon store in the pages above or click here. I add things to the store all the time as I find great deals. If you have found good deals I don't have in my store please share them with me.

I hope to get a few projects done tomorrow and will post them.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Fathers Day Exclusives.

New Cricut Craft Room Exclusives for Fathers Day. To purchase go here. These can be used through CCR and your Gypsy.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Diamond Plated Embossing Toilet Paper

Okay, I have to start with, this is not my idea. Here is a link to the Cricut Message board post that started it all.   I would like to blame JudiLoves2Cricut and KnitWitRosie. I get blamed for enabling shopping for crafts so now I blame this toilet paper embossing craziness on them, only fare right? KnitWitRosie did suggest I make a video about it, and since I could not stop thinking about it I thought if I was ever going to get some sleep tonight I better make this video so I can relax and stop thinking about it.

See I did it!
The paper was much prettier before I started, embossed with butterflies. So  did this for the men in my life, they don't want Butterflies on their butts, they want MAN toilet paper so I used Diamond plate, but there are several you could choose to go with the decor of any bathroom.

Make sure you watch the video. I show you how to do a whole roll with out breaking it. I just got you started I did not show the whole roll the video would be way way to long and I do have to sleep tonight. 
Enjoy! Leave me a comment!

Paper Storage

I bought some new 12x12 paper storage at a great price and wanted to share it with you. I bought it from Amazon with free shipping and no tax. Only $15.49 I like it because I can put stuff on top of it or stack 2 together. I could also paint it or decorate it later. Here is a link to buy it. and a picture of mine with the paper. I also made a video so you can see how it comes and how to put it together.

Cuttlebug Sale

Did you see this? On Amazon, I have never seen this this low of price and free shipping! I just had to share! No Shipping! No Tax!
I will stop yelling now, I was just so excited when I noticed this.

New Cartridges are Here!

There are 2 new Event cartridges today!

Table Scapes Spring and Summer- $29.99
 Create beautiful table décor with the Tablescapes – Spring & Summer cartridge! This cartridge includes spring and summer themed cup or name card clips, boxes, napkin rings, table signs, 3D images, and more. With Cricut® Events cartridges, you will have everything you need to create the perfect event for someone special! Use the latest Cricut® cartridges to create unique and engaging designs for every occasion. The versatility of the cartridges will surprise even the most imaginative crafters.
  • Use with all Cricut® machines
  • Create cup or name card clips, boxes, napkin rings, table signs, 3D images, and more
  • Features spring and summer themed images
  • Handbook and keypad overlay included
Here is the link to the Digital handbook and this cart looks awesome!
Here is a link to the page to purchase it.

And Over The Hill!- 29.99
Help loved ones celebrate their thirtieth, fortieth, fiftieth, or sixtieth birthday parties with the Over the Hill cartridge! This cartridge includes images and phrases for banners, invitations, cupcake party favors, and more. You will love the boxes, lamp, and hat you can make with this cartridge. With Cricut® Events cartridges, you will have everything you need to create the perfect event for someone special! Use the latest Cricut® cartridges to create unique and engaging designs for every occasion. The versatility of the cartridges will surprise even the most imaginative crafters.

  • Use with all Cricut® machines
  • Create invitations, decorations, and party favors
  • Includes boxes, a lamp, and a hat
  • Handbook and keypad overlay included
Model : 2001235
Here is the link to the page to purchase it.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Shopping Haul, Yes, really!

Yes! I know, but, I did it anyway. You will never guess what I got. This is from Joanns, Hobby Lobby, Target, Five Below and Amazon. There are a few things below the video I got from amazon and there are links if you are interested.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Cricut Machines Get Dressed Up

My Cricuts were feeling a little wild today and asked me to dress them up.  I used zebra print duck tape I get at Walmart or Menards only $3.38. I cut hot pink vinyl with my E2 to say Melody Lane Designs and put it over the duck tape. The font came from Nursery Rhymes Cricut cartridge and I did it in Cricut Craft Room at 2". The video is below, the first video is the E2 and the second is the mini and ATG.

Little sister wanted a little bling so Mini got some sequence, I knew I bought that for a good reason. So I added the tape to her and then cut around it with my Martha Stewart Craft Knife, see I am using all the stuff from my shopping hauls. Then I placed the strip of sequence over it. You will see in the second video below.

ATG will get a little more dressed another day, she is not sure what she wants. But she wanted to match her Cricut Friends so she also got some hand me down zebra tape. and look little Green Cricut jumped in the picture just before I took it.

Cricut Expression 2 Makeover.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Exploring Cricut Challenge - Box

It's that time again for another challenge at Exploring Cricut, go see what the design team has inspired for you. we want you to join in on the challenge and make a box of any kind, or do a project with a box on it. There are a ton of Cricut cartridges with boxes. If you don't have one you can down load my cutfile and use it n CCR with the free cartridge, I would love to see how you decorate it.
The winner of the challenge s drawn at random and will win this.

Here is my cutfile.

 I created this box in Cricut Craft Room with the free cartridge and it measures 4"x7 1/4"x4 1/4" I used an untire 12x12 piece of paper. You could shrink the size of the box down to fit your mat if needed.

I inked all the edges and corners on the box and lid. I added flowers I made with Flower Shoppe cricut cartridge, and a border I made with a Martha Stewart Punch around the page. It's about time I use that one. I also inked the edge of the flowers. and used the same paper I did for the box from K& Company, it is double sided paper.

 Here is the video to show you how to put this cutfile together and show you how to fix a mistake with glue gun.

 Thank You so much for visiting I would love if you leave me a comment and I would love for you to join the challenge. You have a few days to get it done.

Cricut expression 2 on HSN

This looks like an awesome Deal if I did not already have an expression 2 I would totally get this!

5 payments of $53.99

What You Get

  • Cricut Expression 2 die-cutting machine with stylus
  • LCD screen cover cling with graphics
  • 12" x 12" cutting mat
  • Alphabet cartridge (preloaded) with handbook
  • Essentials cartridge (preloaded) with handbook
  • Freshly Picked full content cartridge with handbook
  • $50 Craft Room gift card 
  • Craft Room information card
  • 2 blue shoulder caps with instructions
  • Power cord
  • Blade
  • Blade housing
  • USB cable
  • Port cover
  • Registration card
  • Quick start guide
  • User manual
  • Manufacturer's 90-day (non-electronic components) and 1-year (electronic components) limited warranties 

  • Craft Room gift card may only be used one time for a purchase of up to $50. Card is not valid after initial purchase, regardless of the price of the initial purchase.
So that means if you purchase something for $20 you lose the $30 so you better buy something for $50.

You can Pre-order now! Click Here!

Cuttle Bug Sale

 I had to share.
Did you see the price on this? $49.55 no tax or shipping.

I wish mine was this price. If you have an Amazon Prime account you get this with Free 2 day shipping. And NO tax!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Shopping Haul with commentary

Yes I had to go back to Michaels and Joanns and a little from Walmart.  I added commentary, I just wrote what I was thinking as I watched the video back.

You know I don't need paper, right?
Maybe we should start a support group for paperaholics. We could hold it at Michaels. In the room where they have crops. That sounds like a good place for us that are addicted to crafts, and shopping for them. I think Michaels would love to have us.

I got a new Cricut cart too.


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mothers Day Card

I'm on the Design Team at Exploring Cricut and it's my turn.
I made this card using Cricut Craft Room and guess what! I got a cut file for you. but first here is the card.

 I used Flower Shoppe and Forever young for the flowers, you can use any flowers from any cart. I created the card with Cricut Craft Room Basics cartridge. Here is the cut file.

I also used Stickles and rhinestones and a variety of paper.
I added a few of the flowers I had left over on the inside, you can not see those flowers from the front.

I need HELP! Here is the inside of the card. Says "Wow" but what should it say? I was thinking like "Wow" "Your the Greatest" but I want something better and I know my followers can help me with this.

Leave a comment tell me what to do.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Paper Doll Teen Scene

This is my first time using Paper Doll Teen Scene. I think I want to make every doll on the cart. I like how they have so many layers that are full size just for their eyes, at first I thought why don't they just make you cut the pieces for their eyes like in some of the other carts, I felt like I was wasting paper, I was wrong, this is so much easier and the dolls are thick I feel like I need to make them stand up or something. I can actually see little girls playing with these sorta like barbies.

 I cut them out at 6.9 inches in Cricut Craft room. Here is the cutfile. I wish I would have used the Cuttlebug on the dresses but did not think of it till I was done. Maybe next time. I used Glitter paper from Joanns on the dresses along with some stickles. The one with the green dress has a 3D flower from Flower Shoppe with a ribbon and the one in pink has rhinestones on her dress.

Ok, warning the video is 20 minutes, but a lot of it is in Fast forward and I also talk about the Cricut Mini and how I don't like the way the mat goes in the mini.
Look what happened when I walked back into my craftroom. I found them like this, I think they were dancing froze when the light came back on.

Somebody Won!

Was it you? 
watch the video to see who won, it is only 2 1/2 min and you do not need to watch it all to see the winner. Some people were asking where you get the Cricuts so I will put a link here. In the video I also show you how to get there.

Congrats to the winner!!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cricut shelf

I have had a lot of people comment about the way I have my Cricuts on top of each other on a shelf. I bought 2 of these shelves about 12 years ago for an office and had a printer on them, I still do on the other but they were stacked. I think I got it from Staples but no luck when I went to check and see if they still had anything like them, for you.

 So I did some searching. This one from Amazon looks perfect.

  • Durable polyethylene finish will not chip or rust
  • Heavy gauge welded steel construction
  • Easy assembly
  • Doubles storage space
  • Dimensions 10-inch depth by 23-1/2-inch width by 10-inch height
The height on mine is only 7 inch so I think this one might be better than what I have, and you can buy more and stack up more Cricuts. Oh no! I might have to buy them, I could stack my Cuttlebug and Creatopia. Do you think a pile of machines to the ceiling is too high? I think I'm in trouble.

Coming up!

I just wanted to remind any of you that have not entered to win the Blue Cricut you have less than 24 hours left. I you already have one you can still win and sell it, trade it, or give it away. Just look at the last post before this one.

I have a few projects coming up. I wanted to give you a sneak peek of what I am working on. This is from one of the projects.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Cricut Give Away/ Shopping Haul

I am giving away my extra little blue Cricut. He is so cute but already have a blue one. So to win please follow my blog and you have until Wednesday at 2pm Central time zone to leave a comment under this post, I will ship free to 48 Us states and Canada, if you are outside that area you will have to pay for shipping. I know that is so not very long, so tell your friends. If you put a post on your blog about the giveaway I will count your comment for 5 entries. Otherwise you are only allowed to enter once.

 For those of you who will read this too late, I am sorry but there will be more give aways, please come back and visit everyday.
Don't for get to watch my video and see the little guy along with an awesome shopping haul, you would think I was drinking or on drugs or something I was so goofy in this video. I think it's cause I do them when no one is around me, sorta like who cares if I act goofy no one can see or hear me, except that camera.

The Haul is from 2 trips to Michaels and 2 different trips to Hobby Lobby. Michaels sales today were crazy. 

Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page

I finally used one of my Martha Stewart punches, I have not used them yet although I have ordered the auto ship from them last September form HSN and still have not used them. I have 3 of the punch all over the page I will have to try soon.                I added the instructions for the punch around the page, with the sizes of paper recommendations.        I used the Cricut Storybook cartridge for the label and word mom. I cut 2 lables, bottom one I ran through an xyron machine and then added glitter to it. The top is the same as bottom except, it is smaller and I welded the word mom inside it in Crcut Craft Room.

 I made a 2 1/2 inch square and punched around the page and then used a stamp that says Happy Mothers Day.
Here is the cut file for the word and tag of Mom in Cricut craft room.
I made a video of me using the punches, as you see below there are certain size papers to use with these. 
I will show you how I did a smaller square, 2 1/2 inch square, it is in the video.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

New Crticut Craft Room Exclusives Today

There are new digitals today, I think I might have to get some of them but these new ones are not on sale, so I will wait. All other digitals seam to be on sale.

Digital Cartridges are on sale NOW!

Have you seen the Newest Craft Room Exclusives?  5 new Craft Room Exclusives  for Mother's Day. All Craft Room Exclusives and Digital Cartridges are on sale. Better act fast they have some new ones coming out very soon so I think the sale might go away later today.

 I was just so excited to see the sale I had to share with you.

Here are the Mother's Day carts.
Here is the list of Craft Room exclusives I have. The ones I bought today have a *
Easter Magic*
Funny Faces*
Las Vegas*
Movie Night 
Mustaches and Glasses*
St. Patrick's Day*
Valentines 3D Mailboxes
3D Bows
3D Hats
3D Party Cones*
3D pinwheels

I just bought Snow Friends Digital while they are on sale.