Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday Birthday Projects!!

Hello and welcome to our Wednesday edition of our birthday projects. Hope you are enjoying seeing what my crafty friends and I are creating for Exploring Cricut and More's 4th birthday celebration. Be sure to link your project by Saturday to be registered to win our prizes!  Now for today's projects!
Hello, this is Sharon from with a couple adorable projects I created using my new Cricut Explore and the Sesame Street Elmo's Party cartridge and the Fancy Boxes cartridge.  These were so much fun.  Stop by my blog for all the details and be sure to enter our fun challenge this week!!!!
Diane sharing today this fun adult gift!  This was really easy and fast to make.  I used Modge Podge to put on the stem of the glass and sprinkled fine glitter.  After it dried, I added a couple layers of Triple Thick and that will make it not come off when wet.  I used my Cricut Explore and the Artiste cartridge for the birthday girl which is made of 651 Oracle vinyl.  I used to the George cartridge to make circles from red and white to finish it off.  I plan on putting some chocolates in it to go with her wine!!!  Just think of the possibilities that you can do with a wine goblet.  Be sure to show us your creative birthday project by entering our challenge this week.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday's Birthday Celebration!!!

Hello! Welcome to our Tuesday Birthday Celebration. Today two of my friends are joining in with wonderful projects for this celebration week. Be sure to enter our challenge for a chance to win some wonderful projects. Now here are today's creations!

This is Michelle from   Since we are celebrating birthdays this week at Exploring Cricut,  I used the Birthday Bash and Create A Critter 2 cartridges to make this birthday card for my niece.  It's a fun little card when you want something "punny"!

I used the Birthday Bash cartridge to cut the shaped card base at 4 1/4 inches.  I cut two of the scallop mats (also from Birthday Bash) in two different prints and cut each in half, with some ribbon across the center visually connect them.  The cute little party bird is from Create A Critter 2, cut at 3 inches.  I added a little bling to his party hat…because what is a birthday party without some bling?  I stamped my Happy bird-day sentiment and hand cut the little banners.  I did a little more quick stamping inside to finish it all off.  Quick, easy, and cute!

 Happy Birthday to Exploring Cricut and More!     Katrina here from   There's such a great celebration over here and I'm so happy to have been invited to the party! 

Since it's a birthday, I decided to share a present and wrapping I made for my sister.  Now, for those of you who follow my blog you may be thinking you saw her birthday card weeks ago!  (You'll notice a color theme here!  These are her favorite colors.)  Yes, you did; her birthday was in September.  We always celebrate all the fall birthdays together at one time in the middle of October.  Ok, I realize that was probably more info than you needed about my family's celebration habits, so on with the project!  ; )

The actual necklace was made from the Base and Bling Collection at CTMH.  The Base and Bling pieces include:  Faux Silver Chain, Faux Silver Square Pendant, Square Glass Cover, Storyteller Sheet, Rhinestone Charm, and Storyteller Charm.  I added a couple of jewelry rings from my stash.  For directions on making this necklace see this video.

I made the display card from CTMH Olive and Sweet leave cardstock.  I cut a piece of cereal box the same size as the Sweet Leaf piece of CS and glued it all together.  I punched a couple of small holes and cut slits on the diagonal to the holes.  To keep the chain in place I found a little bag with self sealer and stuck the remaining chain in and just stuck down the self sealing part.  I never throw anything away.....does this make me a hoarder?  Yikes, oh this case it worked out well!
Now for moment you've been waiting for.......The Wrapping!!!!
 This sweet little pillow box is from the Wrap it Up cartridge.  I used CTMH Ivy Lane (retired) papers.  I cut the little flower from the same CS's as above.  The little flower is cut with a hole in the middle.  I simply cut two.  I tipped them in Smokey Plum ink and curled the petals a bit.  I used a bit of scrap tulle and tied it around the box.  I knotted it 3 times to give it a large knot and pulled the knot through the hole in the flower.  I then trimmed off the excess tulle.  EASY!!

Have a great time at the party!  Be sure to enter our challenge and join in our FUN!!!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy Birthday Exploring Cricut!

Hello and welcome to Exploring Cricut and More’s 4th Birthday celebration. Today starts a week of fabulous projects with several of my crafty friends joining me. We have a super challenge and lots of prizes to give away to our friends. I posted a couple yesterday and will add more for every 10 new projects submitted. Here are the 2 prizes that I showed in yesterdays post and after 10 entries, I will add another. You can’t win if you do not enter. Challenge starts today and runs through Saturday, October 26 10 pm eastern time. You may enter two projects and they must be current. You are to enter a card, layout, vinyl, or paper craft of something for a Birthday using any die cut machine. You must include what machine you used and if you used svgs, cartridges, or dies, please include that on your blog. Only residents in the US can win because of the shipping, but if someone enters from outside the US and wins, I will give a gift certificate to a company of my choice. Now everyone wins this way!!!! Start your crafting and please let your friends know. Now for the first two projects for Monday!!!!
Win these prizes by entering our challenge! More than 10 entries, I add another prize!!!!!!
Exploring Cricut & More is turning 4 this week!  Hello,  Michelle here from   Here is a Twisted Easel card I made for the occasion. I also needed a card for my sisters birthday in December, so I made this to celebrate her love of motorcycles. She has a Harley Road King, so this bike isn't a Harley, but she'll like it anyway! The image came from Rock Princess, cut at 4 3/4". All of the bike is cut using scraps. The hair is almost identical to my sisters real hair color-it's gorgeous! The road is a Paper Trey ink stamp embossed with white embossing powder, and the bottom sentiment (Live life at full throttle) is from Unity Stamp Co. Thanks for visiting me today, and make sure you enter a project-what great prizes!
Diane here today too sharing a couple different options for your gifts.  The first is a box I created using my Cricut Explore and svg files from SVG Cuts Mother's Garden.  I also used the cartridge Stamping for the Happy Birthday.  This is a easy box and the paper I used is from DCWV Celebrations stack.

 For this bag, I just used one from the Dollar Tree and the top border is from Mother's Day 2010, the pennents on the side of the bag in different sizes is from Creative Cards, Happy Birthday is from WildCard 2 and the balloons and confetti was in my subscription under My Image Set.  Now we have two different ways to present a gift to someone.  Join our challenge so we can see what you come up with for our celebration and tomorrow we will  have 2 more great projects to share!!!!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Time to Party!!!!

Exploring Cricut and More is celebrating our 4th birthday with a week long celebration!! Join me and my crafty friends for a week of fun and lots of projects. We will be sharing TWO projects a day and having a challenge. Join us Monday for the start of the celebration. All the details will be on tomorrows post, but here is a couple goodies we will be giving away and you never know, I might throw in another!  One person picked by will win this Cricut Lite cartridge Sweet Shop and we will also give away a card package which will include 10 cards and envelopes and the other goodies pictured.  If you know some new people that just got the Cricut Explore at the HSN launch, tell them to join in the celebration.  See you all tomorrow!!!!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Halloween Trick or Treat Containers

Happy Saturday. Today I want to share two different Trick or Treat holders. Both will hold lots of goodies when the little ones go out on that special night.  The first one I created using the Silhouette Cameo and used the Jamie Cripps file #66100 Frankenstein Card that I purchased in the Silhouette store.  She does have plans to sell her svg files on her blog and that will be coming soon.  Even though this was a card, I still used the elements for this canvas bag.  I got the bag at Michaels in a set of 4 or 5 and used HTV from Expressions Vinyl.   I also used my heat press.  If you are thinking about one, I got mine at Amazon and it is from Fancierstudios and was around $239 and worth every penny!!!  I think my little nephew will get this bag. 

My next container I made I used my Cricut Explore.  I used files from Miss Kate Cuttables called Ghost and one called Trick or Treat.  I just used parts of each files to create this look.  I always save the little pieces of vinyl and punch them out with circle punches and put them in a container and I used these too.  I also used the Quarter Note cartridge and created my granddaughters name.  Just added a few different colored ribbons and she is ready to get some goodies.  I got the bucket at Hobby Lobby.  I used Expressions Vinyl Oracle 651 vinyl.