Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Happy New Year!

Here is hoping your new year is filled with love, joy, peace and lots of laughter!

Lots of new projects coming soon.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Sad days for our family

Yesterday, 12/16, my father-in-law passed away and although we know that he was very close to God and he is now in heaven with his very beloved wife who left us entirely to early 10 years ago, it is still very hard.  The worst part so far was telling my teenage daughters.  And it is amazing how they surprise you.  My super senstive one, took it the best and was only concerned about comforting others.  And Tay, who is less open emotionally has taken it far harder than I ever expected.  I hope that you will pray for our little family.  Dad leaves behind three children, two children by marriage and four grandchildren.  He was very respected and much loved and will be greatly missed.  Rest in Peace, Dad, and hug Mom for us.

And since I don't know that I will make it back to blog prior to the holidays.  I just wanted to wish you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

PS. I didn't win this weeks challenge, but Congratulations to the winner.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Cricut Challenge Entry

So this month's Cricut Challenge was to use this card sketch.

And this is my take on it.

I used a basic white 5x7 card and K&Company Printed Paper and Bazzill Teal Cardstock.  I also used Martha Stewart Glitter,  an Impression Obsession Shake It.  The Cricut Cartridges used were All Mixed Up, Christmas, Doodlecharms and Winter Woodland. I did move the title, as it wouldn't fit above the snowglobe. Hope you like it.
Happy Crafting

Monday, December 6, 2010

It's Always Sunny In Here - Scrapbook.com

This ad is just to cute not to share. Hope it makes your Monday a little brighter.

Happy Crafting

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas Glitter Ornaments

Well I've gotten them all glittered and a couple of the big ones done.  I'll be finishing the little ones for all the nieces and nephews on Friday.  I'm going to glass etch their first initial on them with the the year on the back. I asked them their favorites colors, thus all the repeats of colors.  Still need to buy another box of large ones, to make a married first Christmas together ornament for my 18yr old niece, who surprised us all in July by getting married at the courthouse while in Colorado without telling anyone, including her mother until it was over. Wagging finger -- "Bad, Lishy!" -- They are having a ceremony on their 1st anniversary for the family, but since this will be their first Christmas, an ornament is in order.

The large pink one is Tay's for this year and is done in pink glitter with black embossing powder to match her room.  It was my first time trying embossing and it turned out OK, but it was harder to work with than etching so I probably won't do many more that way. Rachie's is the teal one and hers will have brown embossing for her room, but I have to go get some as I have every color under the rainbow but brown.

The Cricut is for my Scrap Happy display (the store where I teach Cricut classes), then home to my scrap area, when I finally get one.

The red with snowflakes is also for Scrap Happy and it is made with Silhouette flocked heat transfer material and has three different snowflakes around it.  I just love how it turned out.

Well more Christmas projects to come.  I'm working on a family frame as a gift for my sister-in-law.  Last year I gave her glass etched canisters for her kitchen.

I've also got a tote bag for the youngest niece in the works, just waiting on more flocked vinyl colors to come in.

And since my last post which was an eternity ago, I won a Yudu at a Cricut event in Cincinnati, so I've got shirts and tote bags planned too.  Not to mention I've got to finish the sample projects for my January and February cartridge exploration classes.  Good thing my photography season is winding down.

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

I wanted to share this with all my members who happen to be from Ohio or nearby states who would like to join us for crops and swarms.

Ohio Cricut Lovers Meetup Group

Whether you own a Cricut or not, if you're a papercrafter (scrapbooker, stamper, cardmaker, etc) this group is for you.

We hold swarms and crops throughout Ohio and would love to have you join us!
Ohio Cricut Lovers on Grouply

This group is a mirror of the Meetup Group for those who are on Grouply.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The NEW Cricut Imagine

The Next Big Thing From Provo Craft!

Let’s hear a warm round of applause for Cricut Imagine, the world’s first tool that precisely prints and cuts with the touch of a button, requiring no computer or software.

With print and cut together, now and you can add color and dimension to your creative projects, bringing them to life like never before. Cricut Imagine saves you time since you no longer have to use three different tools to get designs, print, and then cut projects. The new machine helps you add more personalization and creativity to projects with a new library of content including shapes, patterns, and color. In addition, Cricut Imagine is easy to use and is built upon award-winning cutting and printing technology from Provo Craft and HP. Cricut Imagine is currently on display at the Craft & Hobby Association Summer Convention and Tradeshow in Chicago.

Cricut Imagine gives new life to all your original Cricut cartridges! Now you can add colors and patterns when pairing the original cartridges with NEW Cricut Imagine Colors and Patterns cartridges.

“Cricut Imagine is not only unique to the crafting industry, but to the world of technology. There is not another device that incorporates printing and cutting the way this machine does,” said Jim Thornton, CEO of Provo Craft. “The pairing of print and cut technology could only be done by the leaders in each category—HP and Provo Craft. We’re eager to see what our customers can now do with a simple sheet of white paper and Cricut Imagine print and cut technology.”

Cricut Imagine features include:

Cricut Imagine cartridges are enhanced by Cricut Pattern and Cricut Color cartridges to add dimension and layering

Cricut Imagine is fully compatible with all original Cricut cartridges.

Compatible with Gypsy by Cricut handheld design studio

Easy-to-use LCD touch-screen navigation so that all information is right at your fingertips

New detachable accents to be able to personalize your machine with colors and textures

Access to a vast new library of content and artwork: Over 150 original Cricut cartridges (with several new cartridges introduced each month), 12 new Cricut Imagine Art cartridges specifically for this new machine, plus 12 new Cricut Imagine Colors & Patterns cartridges

On-board color and pattern selector - choose your own colors, sizes, and much more

Works with paper sizes up to 12” x 12” and make cuts from .25” to 11.5”, making large-format print and cutting possible

Retractable paper tray

No computer necessary

Uses same blades and blade housing as current Cricut products

Uses a separate mat than original Cricut machines

Suggested retail for Cricut Imagine is $599.99. To learn more about this unique machine visit here.  For more information on Provo Craft visit the Provo Craft Home Page.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

More Vacation Pics

The Gaylord Palms Hotel, Kissimmee, FL.
Pics from Gatlinburg, TN, Great Smokey Mountain National Park, Mini-Golf, the bears we had to pay to see since we didn't see any in the park.

Pics from Disney's Magic Kingdom.

Absent so long...

I apologize for being absent for so long.
It's crazy how fast time flies.
We've been on vacation since my last post and here are a few pics from our trip to Daytona Beach, Orlando, and Gatlinburg.
We stayed our first night in Florida at a little motel in Dayton Beach Shores.  This is the view from our dor.

These are pics of the Atlantic from the beach outside the motel.
This is 3/4 of the family, Rachel is behind the camera.  My husband is completely afraid of water, so getting him to this point was truly a miracle.  The one below is my oldest, Taylor.
This is a pic of the waterfall inside the Gaylord Palms Hotel in Kissimmee, FL, where my husband had a conference for work (the reason we got to go to Florida)
This one is a bird that we were 2 feet from on the beach at Daytona.

More pics to come.  Happy Scrapping

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tags, Bags, Boxes & More....50 Boxes, 100 Cookies, 1 Chocolate Project

Rachel, my 8th grader, had to do a Chocolate Project (think science fair).  So that meant that Daddy and I got to "help."  Daddy designed the box after Rachel gave him the idea of what she wanted.  Then we printed and cut them on the Expression using Tags, Bags, Boxes & More.  It was a loooonnnggg Sunday.
Happy Scrapping

Monday, May 10, 2010

My first attempts at using the Cricut Cake to decorate a real cake

My baby turned 14 on Mother's Day.  She is a SpongeBob fan and so we made a simple two layer (yes, from a box, yes with store bought frosting, who are we kidding here) chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting tinted blue.  We  cut SpongeBob for the top and Patrick and the  pineapple for the sides.  We also cut Sandy, but broke her trying to move her and I was too tired by then to roll and cut another one.  We also cut a few pieces of seaweed for the sides.
All in all, for a first attempt I think it turned out ok.

Taylor, my 15 yr old, decided she needed a cake too, so she used the Hanna Montana cartridge to cut a guitar, then she decided instead of doing the second layer, she'd just paint the strings on with black food coloring.  We cut her nickname out of one of the cake cartridges, sorry I don't remember which one. 
I had a demo on Mother's Day at Michael's so here is a shot of the demo cake that I did.

Happy Scrapping!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

The Invisible Woman

I wish you all a day filled with joy, love, and children who don't fight! (hehehe, you know that's what you are hoping for)
I hope you will take the time to watch the video in the link above.  It will inspire you and make your day so much brighter.
Happy Mother's Day to each and every mother.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

My First Demo at Michaels

I received my demo kit (above) so, of course, I had to open it all up and lay it all out on the kitchen table. 

These are from my first demo at Michaels on Sunday. 
 It went well and I can't wait for next Sunday to do it all again.

Happy Scrapping and Decorating those cakes!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Still Waiting...

I am (not so) patiently waiting for my demo kit to arrive from Provo Craft.  I am  scheduled to do my first Cricut Cake demo on Sunday, May 2nd at Michael's in Toledo, Ohio.  I'm still recovering from the great weekend of training and fun in Chicago.  I met so many great ladies.  I made some really great friends and had a blast! Now all I want is for the Cricut Cake to arrive so I can play, play, play.  I'll post pics when it gets here and my first attempts at using it. 

Here are a few pics from my weekend in Chicago.
Some of the great ladies I met on our last time together.
Sarah K and I

My tablemates for training sessions
Water Tower Square

Christy from Provo Craft, Me, Nancy and Sarah

Friday, April 23, 2010

Off to Chicago for training on the Cricut Cake! Will post lots of new stuff on Tuesday. Have a great weekend and happy scrapping! Theresa

Monday, April 19, 2010

I got the job!!!! I got the job as a Cricut Demonstrator.

I'm SOOOOOO EXCITED!  I'm going to Chicago this weekend for training.  Will update you all as soon as I get more info.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to one and all.  I hope you are enjoying beautiful weather as we are here today and remembering the reason for the holiday.

May your week be filled with the peace and knowledge that Jesus died and was resurrected for you.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Memories Scrapbooking Expo - Columbus Ohio

Got home from Columbus late last night, spent Friday night with my best friend in the world (other than my DH) and then yesterday we went to MSE. We had a good time and believe it or not I got out with only spending $40 and $30 of that was at a $1 booth.
I got a lot of great ideas and have several ideas to scraplift. I attended a Copic Marker class and it really wasn't worth the $25. I learned more by watching YouTube videos. Oh well, lesson learned. I am still considering going to the Great Lakes Mega Meet in Michigan (if I can convince the husband that is "necessary," hehehe).

I'm going to work on a few Cricut cut designs this afternoon and will post them after I've got them perfected.

Happy Scrapping

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Bee-autiful Cards

Good Afternoon, it is sunny and warm in Ohio today...YEAH!

I stopped at Hobby Lobby on my way home from work today and scored the cutest stamp on clearance. So I thought, I'd make a few cards. I like really simple cards that I can drop in the kids backpacks or hubby's lunch or send to a friend who needs a little boost. I colored this one with my Copic markers and it turned out ok. I just hand wrote the sentiment on this one, because my daughter used my letter stamps and I can't find them. Will make another tomorrow to post, after I locate the stamps.

I want to get my full $6 out of this stamp, so here is the best part, I'm giving away a RAK (a set of 4 cards made with this completely adorable stamp). Here's what you have to do to win: Comment on this post with a great card idea using this bee stamp. You can enter as many times as you'd like, but only one idea per post. And to make it even more fun, if I get to 50 followers by the end of the month, I'll give away a second set. I'll draw on the 31st and post the winners.

Good Luck & Happy Scrapping

Sunday, March 14, 2010

This Week's Ads & Coupons

Thought I'd share the coupons I've collected for the week so far, I will update as I collect more.

Happy Scrapping


Hobby Lobby Ad and Coupon

Joann's Ad and Online Codes

Michael's Coupons

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Wanted to share a great giveaway at Everyday Cricut blog.

They are giving away a host of great prizes with a grand prize of a new The Office Box from The Original Scrapbox and a signed copy the book Wrong Number by Rachelle Christensen see the trailer on You Tube.

Please visit Everyday Cricut to see the other wonderful prizes, for more details and to enter the giveaway!
Good luck (but not too much, I want to win)!

Happy Scrapping

Friday, February 19, 2010

Invitation to join

So glad to have internet back up and running. I'll try to get some more projects posted this weekend, in the meantime, I wanted to invite everyone to join our scrapbooking group.
We are a group of scrapbookers from NW Ohio who get together the last Saturday of the month for cropping, friendship and a little adult time.
We are having a Christmas in July Cropping/Crafting Weekend July 30th to Aug 1. We would love to have you join us. If you would like more information or to register please see the group website at http://nwohioscrappers.yolasite.com/ . You do not have to be a group member to join the July event.

Happy Scrapping

Monday, February 15, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Snow Day

I got several items cut today but didn't get any layouts done. I will try to finish a few up by Friday and post then.
Happy Scrapping

Monday, February 8, 2010

Christmas Gifts 2009 My Cricut Wordle

Welcome to my blog.

This is my first blog post, so please bear with me. I wanted to share with you the gifts that I made with my Cricut for Christmas 2009.

I made my version of a Wordle , but made it with my Cricut and CDS (Cricut Design Studio) . The first one is a 12x24 that I created for my Grandmother who will be 85 this May and it has the word Family in the center with her name and Grandpa's surrounded by all the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren's names. This was a challenge and I made the mistake of using heavy watercolor paper which I had used a metallic gold stamp pad to highlight the texture of the paper. The problem with using this paper was that it was so thick that the fine details did not cut well and of course I had welded the whole thing so it was a bear to get off the mat without tearing. I used the Stone Script font and it was just to delicate for this application but I'd already jumped in with both feet so I changed it up for the remaining ones. My beautiful daughter Rachel helped to glue it down and it is by no means perfect or straight but Grandma Bernie loved it and it is proudly hanging in her living room.

When I did the second one I used just a good heavy cardstock and of course it was smaller but I did not weld the names together in CDS and just glued them down next to each other and it turned out much better. Mom loved it, although she wasn't surprised since we had already been to Christmas at Gram's house before she got hers.

Hope you enjoy them. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Happy Scrapping,
Theresa (whose husband calls her Gracie)

PS Answering a comment: For the second one I used a heavy textured cardstock and again used the gold ink to highlight the texture (which doesn't show up very well in the photo) and then the black background cardstock is also textured and has a bit of the gold ink on. In person it is has a great depth. I am working on creating something similiar for my family that includes a little glass etching on the frame for some depth. I will post when it is finished.