Thursday, November 27, 2014

Time for some Christmas cards!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends! I wish you a wonderful holiday with your family and friends! Today I am sharing some Christmas cards.  I am sure I might be the only crafter who has not started making her Christmas cards yet.  Not sure why I hadn't but at least I have started now.  I did a few cards to share with you that I did with both Cricut Explore and Silhouette Cameo.  The first card and envelope is from the Christmas Kitsch cartridge.  I love this and these cards were super easy.  I love how easy the envelopes go together too.  I used some older pattern paper in my stash for the envelope and of course cardstock and some stickles for the card.  I also used the word Peace from the cartridge too. 
This next card is also from the Christmas Kitsch cartridge.  I did stamp this one and on the trees added stickles to make them glitz!  Sorry for the bad lighting, but I broke my light trying to move it into position and now I have to find a new one and hopefully one that is brighter too!!!
Now for a couple cards I make with the Silhouette Cameo and these designs were from the Silhouette store.  This first one was a breeze to make and I love the card.  It is file#51361  I used some scraps in my Christmas paper stash and some cardstock.  Threw a little stickles in too and you can see where I stuck my finger in it....oops!
This ornament card file#51746 is also a gift card holder.  I will need a few of these when I go get some gift cards this weekend.  Just a little more shopping and we are finished!!! 
You have a place to add your card, (as you see I had no gift card) lol.  Room to sign and go.  This card was also completed using some scraps and I love when I can use those scraps!!!  Have a wonderful day and I will see you back here on Saturday with a cartridge review. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Little Christmas today!

Hello and welcome to Exploring Cricut and More. Today I am sharing a layout I created using the Cricut Explore and the cartridges Art Philosophy for snowflake border cut at 11.5 inches, Doodlecharms for the trees cut at 1, 1.5, and 2 inches,Winter Wonderland for the title cut at 6.5 inches and Days and Dates for 2011 cut at 1.5 inches.  I used pattern paper from Hobby Lobby that was in a stack I got last year and some gems and washi tape from Michaels.  Picture is not the greatest, seems I forget till evening to take it lol.  Join me on Thursday for another project.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Update on Ornament

Hello and just wanted you to see how my Grinch ornament looks finished. I went to Walmart and way in the back found a boa that would work since I have not made it to the craft store for a couple weeks. I love how he turned out and I gave him to a friend. Now two more are being worked on for other people. Have a super Sunday and join me on Tuesday for a layout! I am working on some cute things to share with you soon too!!!! Thanks for the wonderful comments on my post Saturday. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

New Cartridge Review Saturday

Hello and welcome to my Saturday post. Today I am reviewing a new cartridge that was released last week called Pretty Packages and I created these items using the Cricut Explore. I love having the subscription so that you can play with the new releases and see if it is something you might like to purchase. My subscription expired this week (free one that came with machine) and I knew even though I have 300+ cartridges, it was something I would keep for $9.99 a month. Well with this new cartridge, some things I like and some I didn't and still think it is something I would purchase.  The first one I am show is a rectangle box on page 3 and even though it was not hard, I found that the way it was put together make it a little thick.  I would have like to seen it not have the folded inside tabs.  If you are using heavy cardstock which most of us use on boxes, make it heavier.  Other than that, I liked it.  For my box with all the items grouped I sized it at 14 inches which made the final size 6inches long and 2.5 inches tall.  I used the Anna Griffin Christmas pattern cardstock I got from HSN.
I then made the box for the top which was really simple and I liked it, but I picked a gold paper from American Crafts which was a little heavier.  The bow I grouped at 11.5 and the finished bow measures about 6.5 inches.  I think you kind of have to play around with sizes on these.  Hard to judge.
I did a couple of the flowers which I really liked.  This one was two sections and I added a pop dot between the layers.  I just added some stickles to the middle piece.  I could see this being used at a poinsettia for the holidays if you wanted.  I did both of the flowers at 4.5 inches and they were big, but wanted them so that you could see them better.

I really loved this one!  It is 3 pieces and the center.  After I put it together, I wish I had inked the edges, but I will make more.  I might make the center piece a little smaller or add a brad to it.  This would look beautiful on a package. 
Now I picked a card to show.  This is the money card and envelope.  I picked a pattern paper and it has a snowflake design in the card that did not show too good so I added a piece on the inside which made it show better, (not in picture though)
I cut this card and envelope at 9.5 inches and the money went in great, but I think I would go 10 inches next time.  This is super easy!
This is the envelope.  You draw the design of snowflakes, well that is what I call them with your pen.  I only have the silver pen that came with it so that is what I used.  I need ideas for Santa so I have not purchased them yet.  This went together super easy.
The card just slides in and all ready for you to give as a gift.  I hope that this may help you decide about purchasing a cartridge.  If you like to see me continue reviewing the new cartridges, please leave me a comment.  Thanks to all the new people who have joined the blog and my Facebook page, I think I have received about a 100 new people in the last couple weeks.  See you Tuesday when I will be sharing a new layout.  I have some new products to share with you soon so keep watching and have a wonderful weekend!!!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Few Christmas Ornaments

Hello and welcome to Exploring Cricut and More. Today I am sharing some ornaments with you. My plan was to have more than this, but I had a shot to which I had a reaction and it caused severe headaches so I didn't get anymore crafting done. Good thing is that it is finally getting better. I will have some more later to share.  Today I will be sharing 4 different ornaments.  Under each picture is the description and how I did them.
This first one was one I was thinking about the other night when I could not sleep.  I always seem to get ideas when I can't sleep.  This is a large 4 inch plastic clear ornament that I used Pledge Floor wax and fine white glitter.  I have been doing these kinds of ornaments for several years and they hold up really good.  I made the hat from an svg file from SVG Cuts Christmas Open House and used my Cricut Explore.  I also cut the snowman features using different snowmen from Snowfriends cartridge.  I used vinyl for the features.  Now I did not have any orange vinyl so I cut the nose in white and took my orange sharpie and colored it.  Just let it dry completely before you put it on.
This next ornament is really easy.  I did the same glitter in the ornament with Pledge and used Martha Stewart fine glitter in Cherry.  This is a glass ornament.  I just used some scor tape and attached the ribbon around it with a ribbon slide I got at Hobby Lobby.  I also added some jewels around the top and added a ribbon. 
This one is not quite finished, but wanted to show you how cute he is.  This is one of the flat plastic ornaments that I used the Pledge glitter method and added this cute Grinch face.  This was a file shared on the Facebook group Let's Learn Cricut Explore that I am in.  If you have not joined any of the Facebook groups, you should.  There are several for both Cricut and Silhouette.  I live in a small town and 65 miles away from the nearest big chains, so I want some green boa to go around the top and I know my little granddaughter will love this one!
This last ornament is an acrylic house that I got from Punch Place Plus along with the key.  This comes with a kit that included the ribbon too.  It is clear and I added vinyl to it.  This is great for the houses with no chimney that you can leave for Santa.  I plan on making a couple more in other variations that I will share with you later.  The belt and wording is all vinyl too and very easy to make.  Be sure to check out all the great stuff from Punch Place Plus.  I will be doing a big blog post soon showing you some wonderful products they sell and what you can make with them!!!!  Join me on Saturday when I will be exploring a new Cricut cartridge for you!!!!