Sunday, March 31, 2013

More Shopping Hauls

This is just the beginning. These are not huge, but I have more coming. Monday I will get all my products from HSN from the 24 hours of crafts.

Todays videos are from Michaels, the first one has a few products from other places. The second video show some footage from the Michaels store but the sound was a little late, I used my cell phone at store.

The second video shows some new craft organizing by recollections, I got the Washi tape dispenser. I know I have never bought washi tape, right? well I did order some from HSN and I missed out on the washi tape dispenser by we-r-memory keepers they sold out as I was checking out. I bought some washi tape at HSN and Amazon.

I also have a great project coming soon I just have to edit the videos.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Owls, Owls and more Owls on a tissue box

Ok here is the second part of my tissue box I posted from last week. Everyone loved it the way it was but it was always planned to have owls on it for a friend. 

I do not have lots of directions because I took video and split the owls up into four videos, If you start with the first one there is a link to the others near the end of the video. I am posting them separate just in case you only want to watch one, you can pick what you watch, originally it was to be 1 video but would have been over 25 min so I cut it up.

Here is the cut file that also includes a bonus owl. This is for Cricut Craft Room Only and you can not see it unless you open it in the craft room.
 I did ink the edges of a lot of the pieces, and added extra eyes to most of them, except the sleeping one.

 Here is the first video using an owl from Create a Critter 2 if you start here you can watch them all by clicking on link at the end.
Here is video #2 owl from Give a Hoot.
Here is video #3 owl from Straight from the Nest.
Here is video #4 owl from Sugar n Spice.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Michaels Coupons

You can print these coupons or open this on your smart phone and show the clerk.

This one is for Sunday only!!

This one is for Monday -Thursday
This is for Friday-Saturday only

Friday, March 22, 2013

Another Tissue Box

This is only the beginning of the finished box, I am going to add owls to the four sides but I really like it with out any images.
 Today I just wanted to share with you how to make the box and then you can add your own embossing or images. I did use a boarder embossing folder and show that on the video. It was my first time with a boarder embosser, I am on auto ship for more Anna Griffin embossing folders and hers come with boarders so I thought I better use them.

These boxes are limitless, there is so much you can do with them, so I thought I would get you started, I would love to see what you come up with too.

I have the cut file here, all you need to cut it is a Cricut machine and  Cricut Craft Room. I used the free cartridge Craft Room basics to make this and it will cut out all pieces including the 2 layers. the 2 base pieces you score at 1/2" and 5" and the lid you score at 1" on every side. You can see it all in the video.

Come back in the next few days to see this box with owls on all sides. I made 4 different owls from 4 different cartridges.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Southwest Tissue Box

    Hi Everyone!

This is my first post on the Cricut FANatics blog. I am also entering my project into the Cricut Southwest Contest at so you can also see this project in the Project Center at

Thank you so much for joining me! This project took me about 3 hours to create in Cricut Craft Room. I have the cut file here for you to download if you like. You do need to own the Southwest Cricut cartridge to make this, I think it goes on sale today.

To make the Tissue box cover you can download the cut file and just make the box using the free cartridge in CCR. With this box I did use the Southwest cartridge to create the opening at the top of the box. If you would like to just create the box with out the Southwest cartridge I have another cut file here that is free and no cart is needed.

You can also create a tissue box cover with out a cricut. Here are the measurements of pieces. 

You need two 5 1/8"x9 1/2" then score at 1/2" and 5" for the lid you need one 6 9/16"x6 9/16" square and score at 1" on every side. Cut 1" up on the score line on the right til you touch the other score line, turn and do to every side.

Now you have the base of the box and can use your imagination to create what you want.

The first layer of the boxes are 4'x4 1/4" four pieces of that and then four pieces of 4 1/4"x 3/4" for the layer on the sides of the lid. One piece cut at 4 1/4"x4 1/4" for the top if lid, but you will need to cut a hole in the middle of the lid and layer of lid. I did all this for you in the cut files above in Cricut Craft Room.
Here is how the layers are placed. As you can see I made one layer say Get Well to give this as a Get Well gift instead of a card with a box of tissue.

I cut out the Southwest designs I wanted and adhered to the side of box before I put box together. I put the designs together in the 1st video below.

Next step is to put adhesive on the 1/2" tab you see on the left of both pieces and adhere pieces together to create a box. I show more details of this in the Southwest Tissue Box Part 2 video below.

I then cut out the images of lizards and Kokopelli  and wolf howling at moon and placed them on the box when the box is done. I have many pictures below and 2 videos.

 This video shows me putting together the Southwest designs.
 This video is part 2 and shows putting the box together and everything on the box.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Cut it FREE!

Phone Vinyl - 4
This week in Cut it FREE for a week, March 20th-March 27th in Cricut Craft Room is Phone Vinyl, all of them for free. You can cut this out in vinyl and attach to the back of your phone, you could also add things to it such as an Initial or anything.

Log into Cricut Craft Room® design software this week and you can design and cut the digital images. Look for it in the “My Cartridges” section in your Cricut Craft Room® design software.
Create your very own phone stickers using Cricut® Vinyl and our latest designs. Featuring chevrons, polka dots, typography, and other modern trends, the new phone designs are available only through the Cricut Craft Room® design software. Each file includes two sizes: one compatible with iPhone® 4 and one compatible with iPhone® 5

Phone Vinyl - 11
Phone Vinyl - 2

Phone Vinyl - 07
Phone Vinyl - 06
Phone Vinyl - 5

Phone Vinyl - 08
Phone Vinyl -3
Phone Vinyl - 1
Phone Vinyl - 10
Phone Vinyl - 09

Monday, March 18, 2013


Hi Everyone!

I just want to let all of you know I have a new badge in the left column, I have been asked to be a Guest Designer on Cricut FANatics Blog

I will be posting on that blog on the 20th of every month starting March 20th in just a few days. If you have not been there please visit, there are so many very creative designers there and I am proud to be a part of it. There are lots of great projects and so much more there. 

I hope you join me on the 20th of every month at Cricut FANatics Blog

This month on the 20th I will be showing a project I have been working on for a few days. It took me 3 hours to design in Cricut Craft Room and I will be sharing the cut file with you so you can recreate it. This will also be my entry in the Cricut Southwest Contest.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Michaels pulled me in again

Hi Everyone!

I did it again, I had a coupon it was only for 2 days. What was I suppose to do I think it had been weeks since I was at Joanns, Hobby Lobby or Michaels I have been going through with drawl. I really wanted to go to Hobby Lobby but did not because I have bills to pay and enough craft supplies at home to open a small store. I think I actually love buying crafts and getting a deal more than anything. Why is that? Is there a therapist out there that can help me?

Have you ever seen real wood paper? Have you ever tried it in the Cricut or ecraft machine? I have never seen it. It is not printed with a wood grain it is really thin wood. was on clearance for only 14 cents. I also got Martha Stewart paper pad with beautiful glitter paper and foil paper for only $5.99 and lots of things for 50 cents. Cuttlebug things were 40% off So I bought an Anna Griffin Folder to add to my give away pile. I'm not sure yet when I am having a give away but soon I think.

Watch the video below to see my entire shopping haul!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

New Cricut Mats

  Have you seen these NEW MATS?

Just what we need more to buy, I have so many mats, but look how pretty these are! Says you can use construction paper with the light grip mat?
Best performance with lightweight materials
$9.99 for ONLY 1 Mat? I hope this is a misprint.
The long-lasting Light Grip mat allows you to easily cut and remove common office printer paper, vellum, light cardstock, and more.

Best performance with medium-weight materials
12x12 is $12.99 for 2 and 12x24 is $17.99 for 2
The Standard Grip mat offers improved performance for a wide range of medium weight materials, including patterned paper, vinyl, iron-on, and cardstock.

Best performance with heavyweight materials
$14.99 for ONLY 1 Mat! Yikes! Must wait for sale.
The StrongGrip mat offers a strong hold surface perfect for heavyweight materials. It’s our longest lasting mat featuring double life adhesive technology.


  • Replace the clear mat cover to keep the mat surface free of paper scraps and dust.
  • Never store a mat that still has material attached to it, as this allows time for the mat adhesive to absorb unwanted fibers.
Applying and cutting:
  • When applying paper to the mat, be sure to securely press down all edges and corners.
  • For best performance, use the recommended material types for each of the three mats.
  • To prevent the blade from cutting deep into the mat, use the recommended cut settings for each type of material.
  • Evenly use the entire surface of the mat by switching off which end you load into the machine first.
Removing and cleaning:
  • Use Cricut® tools to make removing cuts and cleaning mats easier—the scraper will scrape away excess pieces and the spatula will easily remove cut images.
  • Remove all negative pieces first, and then remove your cut image using the spatula.
  • Remove the material from the mat using an upward motion, rather than pulling it back over the top of itself. This will help prevent the cut image and excess paper from curling.
  • When removing scraps with the scraper, place the mat on a hard surface for easier removal.
  So Everyone what do you think? I think Kinda pricey but may save money in the long run if you never tear your paper and use construction paper. hmm? I don't know, If I get some new mats I will be sure to let you know how I like them.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

CTMH Online Party

Hi Everyone! I just want to let you know I am hosting my first Online Party of Close To My Heart Products. I hope you all decide to take a look at some of the great stuff.

Here is a link to join the party. Don't forget to check out the "While Supplies Last" section to find clearanced items.

I have a new video here. But I am posting other videos I have and links to projects I made with CTMH products.

Here is the video showing you the new idea book and a small haul from CTMH.

Here are projects made with Art Philosophy.
Here is the video of me getting the Art Philosophy Bundle.

Here are projects I made with Artiste Cartridge.
Here is a CTMH Haul with Artiste Bundle.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Happy Birthday Banner

Hi Everyone! Sorry I have not posted a lot lately I had a cold and have been working so in my spare time I tried to sleep. Crafting takes a lot of my brain power and that makes me tired. When I craft I never copy something else so thinking and creating can wear me out.

I finnallly made a Birthday Banner for work, I say Finally because I have planned on making one since last September, Yeah, I'm just a little late. We have a bunch of Birthdays coming up mine included, April 4th, I love birthdays! And Birthday cake! and birthday presents! Ok, back to my project. I work at a salon called Eclips and our logo is, well let me try to give you a picture.

So I wanted our Banner that we put up for everyone's birthday to match the salon in some way. So, I made orange rosettes and used black glitter paper cut in circles over them with white glitter paper letters ans black glitter paper shadows.
Here is the cut file for Cricut Craft Room, you are welcome to download it.
ok so here is how I did it.

 I used CCR, and CCR image Cricut Mini- Celebrate, I cut this pennant out at 7.5" I sized it so I could fit 2 on a 8.5x11 paper. These are made to fit together so the holes line up perfectly. I choose that color of purple because the salon has a few walls painted that color. I used my ATG gun to adhere together.
 I welded two pieces together from page 30 of Ribbons & Rosettes Cricut cartridge. In the cut file I made it so you can cut 4 of these pieces on one sheet of 8.5x11" paper and it takes two pieces to make one rosette. I scored these right over the little holes and then adhered them together with my ATG. You just push it together and then open it and hot glue it. It can take a little practice. I show you how to do them in the video below.
 I then cut out circles on black, glitter cardstock and hot glued the rosettes right on pennant and then the circle on top of rosette.
 I cut the letters out with Feeling Groovy Cricut cartridge and also used the shadow feature. They were cut out at 6" but most of them are smaller than 6" because that is the way the font is. I picked this font because I thought it was fun looking. Everyone loved it. I hot glued the letters on, The glitter paper is hard to get things to stick to them.  Here are just a few closeups of the letters. I strung them together using orange ribbon, that thin ribbon that is only 50 cents.

 Here is the finished banner hanging over Bev's station for her 45th Birthday, haha she will be mad if she knows I just told her age. I don't think she reads my blog so I think I am good, she is not a crafter.

Here is the video with directions!