Saturday, October 25, 2014

Target Clearance Find!

The other day I had a training at work and they gave us an extra long lunch. Being the shopper than I am, I took advantage of being near a Target and headed that way. I was scoping out the clearance isle and found this great lantern. It is considered summer decor so it was marked down quite a few times. I checked out the price and it was only eight dollars!! I figured I should buy it....because you know I could figure some use for it.
Once I got home I was unloading my bounty and pulled out the lantern. It just so happened that my Christmas Kitsch cartridge had come a few days prior and was still sitting on my dining room table. I immediately thought I could make this Christmas-fied and turn it into a cool candle holder. I went to work using vinyl and and my Explore and cut out a bunch of fun Christmas images. I plan on placing a candle inside with some pine cones and bells. I am so pleased with how it turned out.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Make Your Own Ornament!!

So there is a new trend floating around Facebook and all the craft boards....making your own ornaments!!

After some extensive research through Pinterest, Youtube, and Facebook I decided to partake on my own mission of making my own ornaments.  It is so fun and addicting!!

What You Need:
Glass Ornaments (I ordered mine from
Pledge Floor Wax (I used this kind link)
Adhesive Vinyl

How to do it:
After all my research I found that the key in making a good ornament is relaxing and just having a little fun with it! 

1. I took my glass ornament and removed the metal cap/hook. Then I squeezed in a good amount of Pledge and began swirling it all around. Make sure you get a good coat on all the walls inside. You want your glitter to stick! 
2. After you think you have a good coating, dump out all the excess back into the bottle. This part is want ALL the liquid out. I just turn mine upside into the bottle and let it all drip out. 
3. Add your glitter. I just make a funnel out of a paper and pour a bunch in. I have found the finer the glitter the better it coats but really any glitter will do. Feel free to have fun and add two colors. The possibilities are really endless! 
4. Shake it up! I just stick my thumb over the hole of the ornament and shake shake shake! Sometimes with a song....but that's up to you.
5. Dump out your excess glitter. I am a hoarder so I save it for later.
6. Carefully put your cap back on the ornament.
7. Apply your adhesive vinyl/stickers/ribbons/bows/whatever!

I used my Cricut to cut out the snowflake and the Grinch SVG that I got from (she has great stuff!). I then applied them with clear contact paper onto the ornament smoothing it out as I go. 

It's that easy!! I have big plans for ornaments for this year and can't wait to get started on them!

Baby Book Completed!

It's done! It's done! It's finally done!! After numerous weekends of purple and owls and I have finally finished one of my oldest friend's baby book. I am so happy with how it came out despite the little imperfections here and there. It was a fun journey and I think as the book goes on my growth in scrapbook making shows. Now for the best part... PICTURES!!

The cover was made with vinyl for the lettering and flourish. I then used printable vinyl and the new print then cut feature for the owls!

I added monthly photos to the end of the book so mom can add her own photos through out the year!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Spooky Box Card

So the box card fad has been around for awhile now and for some reason I just haven't given a shot. I got a great template for the box card from the Facebook group Cricut Lovers Guide to Design Space. I added my own panels to the template and then decided to make my first box card a Halloween theme. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, only slightly behind Thanksgiving and Christmas. I used the cute little Halloween bears from Teddy Bear Parade and and some Halloween phrases I found by searching Halloween in Design Space. That feature has to be one of the most underrated perks of Design Space. I find cuts that I had no idea I had! I embossed my card using the swiss dots folder and added all my decorations. For my first attempt I am happy with how it turned out! I have a few more ideas for these cards and can't wait to start on them!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Where in the World is Gina?

With my new position at work I have lots people always wondering where I am at! I decided to make a sign for the kiddos (and my coworkers) to let them know exactly where I am at!

This was super fun and easy to make with my explore. I started out with some basic shapes, a circle and a flower. I then added my text using the writing feature. This has to be my favorite feature of the Explore! Simply enter in your text then click attach! I then found an arrow shape to attach to a clothespin. After cutting all my pieces I realized the card stock I picked out was kind of flimsy. I had just used up a Cricut mat and it was sitting on my floor next to my trash bin. I thought that would make a perfect backing to my sign! So I decided to bust out my deep cut blade and give it a shot. It took a few adjustments but after using a multicut of 7 and the pressure on the highest setting, I was able to pop out the circle shape from the mat. I added a few metallic embellishments and I was good to go!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Cutting a Photo

So I have seen multiple people using their Explore to cut JPGs and other photo types. I was referred to, a website that will turn any photo into a stencil AND let you save it as a SVG! Brilliant! I had to try it out so I picked a random photo and uploaded it onto the website. Easy as pie. It allows you to adjust the "stencil" so you can get it just as you would like it. Then after saving it as an SVG  I uploaded it into Design Space. I simply cut it out of vinyl and after some weeding adhered it to a canvas. Fun little tip, I I put a border around mine so it made the weeding WAY easy. All those white areas  along the edge peeled off when I pulled off the border. The only weeding I had to do was in the middle. For my next one I plan on painting the canvas to do a more layered effect. I just love this machine. It seems like the possibilities are endless with it!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Retirement Card and Easel Card File

Happy Sunday! Today I made a cute little easel card for my friends retirement party. I made mine a little different than the typical easel card but I think it still came out fun. Easel cards are probably one of the easiest cards to make. You simply make a regular card then make a "face plate" for the front. I designed my card to be slightly under 6x6. I then made my face plate the same size but cut it in half so my image stood out on it's own. If you prefer the entire front to be sticking up then just make it the same. You can also do this by using shapes welded onto your square/rectangle.

For this one I wanted to do a chair with a cat. My friend loves her cat and after working for over 30+ years she deserves to take a moment and relax with her cat Max. The image comes from the country life cart. The writing on the front is from Creative Memories Tiny Treasure and the inside font is Teresa Collins Soiree. Once again my explore made the writing come out beautifully. I embossed the front of my card (not the face plate) using swiss dots. I then scored the front of my card in the center. I attached my face plate with the writing on it to the bottom half of the card and then my image. Inside I cut a simple scalloped oval and wrote my greeting. That piece is what holds the easel up. I embellished it a bit and really enjoy how it came out. The file for this card is located below! Happy Crafting!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Anniversary Card

Yesterday I celebrated 5 years of marriage with my hubby! A special guy deserves a special card so I pulled up design space and got to work! This project reminded me why I love the Cricut Explore. The write feature not only let me create my own greeting inside but also let me add fun flourish to the front. It was awesome to make and such a breeze. The file for the template is located below! Thanks for taking a look!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Few more baby book pages!

Between school and work I just haven't had the time to work on any projects like I would really want to. Thankfully today I was able to sit down and finish up some pages for my friends baby book and work on my anniversary card. I'll only be posting pictures of the baby book pages until I actually give my card to my hubby.

Thanks for taking a look!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

OU Graduation Gift

I haven't had a whole lot of time to work on craft stuff between school and work but I did make my little sister a fun graduation present. She graduated from Ohio University a few weeks ago so I made her a vinyl Ohio University canvas and a Bob Cat Card to go with it. I got to take advantage of my Explore writing ability and put a fun Dr. Seuss quote inside. Hope you all enjoy!

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

It's a Girl!

It's another Saturday so that means it's time for another page to be completed for Mikayla's baby book. She recently found out she is having a little girl and I am so excited for her. We are all anxiously awaiting the arrival of this little bundle of joy! For the gender reveal, she had cupcakes made. This of course needed a page in the book so off to work I went. I designed everything in Design Space. The owl is from Miss Kate's Cuttables, the shoes from Kate's ABC's and the frame from Small Talk Frames and Tags. Mom requested that I use purple now that we know the gender and I had zero problem with that since purple is my favorite color! I am really enjoying putting this book together for her!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Facebook Announcement Page

I have been working on a baby book for my close friend Mikayla for awhile now. She recently announced she was expecting on Facebook and I wanted to make sure that was in the album. I am just so happy with how fun it came out. I printed off her announcement and then cut out all the comments and pasted them down around the photo. The background was made using my Cricut Explore and the Edge to Edge cartridge. Once I get this bad boy all finished up I will be sure to post the whole book!

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Wobbling Down the Bunny Trail

Happy Sunday! Today I am sharing with you a fun little Easter card I made. I was browsing Pinterest (no surprise there) for some inspiration and came across multiple variations of a cute little bunny butt hanging out of a hole. I decided to try and put my spin on that type of card and this is what I came up with.

My bunny was made simply out of circles and ovals manipulated into a fun bunny shape. His little tail is made from a star and the base is a simple square. Using Cricut Design Space made designing this card a breeze. I did an image search for Easter and found a "Happy Easter" that I thought fit well
and threw that on as well. I synced up my colors to save materials (love this setting) and cut away.

Once my pieces were all cut, I embossed my square base to look like a tree. I got the folder for only a couple of bucks on consumer crafts and LOVE it! The bunny was assembled with pop dots to give him dimension and then placed into his hole using an action wobble. This is my first time using these and I have no idea why I waited to long. I love how they make the card have that extra bit of fun.

If you would like to use this file for a card of your own, I shared my project in Design Space. I hope this link works, if not just let me know and I will try to figure out how to share it. Learning new technology is always fun! Click here for the design space file!

Have a wonderful week!