Thursday, January 31, 2013

Fun With Duct Tape

Made another duct tape purse, wallet and some roses.

January Cricut Chirp Challenge - Sweet Valentine

**This post will show at the top of the site through the month of January**

Well I'm a little late posting this months challenge, but better late than never.  :-) 

The Challenge - Sweet Valentine

Make a Valentine using any SWEET Cricut Cut.  (aka, cupcake, cake, chocolate, ice cream)

Enter your Valentine in the linky list below by end of day January 31st.  One winner will be chosen by random to win an RCK pack (USA resident) or free personalized digital stamp from ScrapHappy Paper Crafter (outside USA). 

If you don't have your own blog to post from you can email your picture to and I will post it for you.

The Rules...

Enter as many times as you want.
Make sure to use at least one Cricut cut on your card.
RCK pack winner from USA only due to shipping costs, but you can still win a personalized digi from ScrapHappy Paper Crafter if you are outside the USA soplease still play along!!!  :-)
Deadline- End of Day January 31, 2013. 

Happy Crafting!!!


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Preschool Show and Share

Every Friday they have "show and share" at Meghan's preschool. This weeks theme is to bring in something from the Arctic. Meghan and I decided to make a penguin on my Cricut. She picked out the ribbon. We put her name on it so we could practice spelling it. She's ALMOST got it down.
I cut this penguin at 10" from the Simply Charmed cartridge.
The banner is from Birthday Bash. Not a big fan of the "g" font because Meghan got really confused by it since she hadn't seen that sort of g before.
Meghan LOVES to play with my stash of googly eyes so I decided the penguin definitely needed some.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Duct Tape Purses

Meghan and I had fun making Duck tape purses for the first time tonight. I made a matching wallet to go with Meghan's and even added Velcro so they can stay shut.

Fun With Beaded Stick Pins

I made this Mason jar pin cushion today to put all of my pretty new beaded stick pins on. I love it! This would make an excellent gift.
You can see how I used some of the pins on this floral arrangement that I did for my craft room. It cost less than $5. Spent $1 on the roses at the dollar store and already had everything else.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Beaded Stick Pins

Watch "Beaded stick pins for Valentine's Day Swap" on YouTube

More Valentines

Minnie was cut at 3.75" from the Mickey and Friends cartridge.
Ernie was cut at 5" from the Sesame Street Seasons cartridge.
Big Bird was cut at 5" from the Sesame Street Friends cartridge.
Both Ernie and Big Bird are a pain to cut at this size, so I would not reccomend it. I used gel pens where the parts did not cut pretty much Ernie's whole shirt...Big Bird's eye.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Redecorated Chirp's House

I had fun redecorating Chirp's house to welcome her to the craft room.
I used Create a Critter for the decorative grass and fish bowl. I drew a little man in the fish bowl since my husband thought it would be funny. I used a square punch to do the bed and table. The little frame is from Create a Critter as well as the shell. I punched the Cricut in the frame out of one of my Cricut cartridge manuals. Sooo fun. I used a square punch and hand cut the banner from the squares attaching them to green baker's twine with some glue dots. I cut the bottom carpet with some scallop scissors.

New Craft Room Companion

This is Chirp, my new Betta fish and craft room companion. Isn't she beautiful!!! I got inspired watching Melody's youtube post of her new Betta and decided it was such a great idea that I had to get one.

The tank was on sale for only $9.98. The fish that I picked was about $8.00 and I spent about $2.00 on extra food. Great deal for a new craft room buddy!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Valentine Wreath

Meghan had fun helping me ink flower petals for this Valentine wreath. It's all done and on our front door.

I used my new Flower Shop Cricut cartridge to make the flowers and the Birthday Bash cartridge for the banner. The hearts are just from a punch. I think it turned out SO pretty! I just love pink and green together....probably why my craft room is mostly pink and green.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Monday, January 21, 2013

Making Your Own Washi Tape Using Xyron Product

I don't know if you've ever tried to make your own Washi tape, but I love it!  Here are the digital files that I put together using free images online and welding them together on Paint. 

You can print these on regular printer paper or clear vellum to give a different effect.

Video Tutorial

Projects using the washi tape

K. Andrew Designs Stamp Set "Amazing You"

Saturday, January 19, 2013

More Valentine Mailboxes

Ok the second red mailbox was much easier to put together once I had figured it out with the first one. To be honest, these mail boxes are a bit of a pain in the butt to put together, but they are super they're worth it.
The pink mailbox is pretty cool. I am going to fill it with Hershey kisses for Meghan's preschool teacher. The sentiments on both boxes are from K Andrew Designs. The "Love Ya" sentiment is from Southern Sayings and the other is from a tag along set that you unfortunately can't get anymore.

Valentine for Meghan's Teacher

The heart on this Valentine is from the Twinkletoes cartridge. I cut out a bunch of them when doing Meghan's dinosaur Valentines. I wish I had the Hello Kitty cartridge, but I freehanded this kitty since Meghan picked the Hello Kitty ribbon to use.
Meghan is 3 and I let her start on this Valentine for her preschool teacher by stamping with Tim Holtz Barn Door Distress Ink. She used a Stampin Up Valentine set that I won last year. Then Meghan helped emboss the paper with the candy hearts folder on the Cuttlebug. She LOVES to use my Cuttlebug. I think the act of just turning the handle makes her feel like a "big girl."
I pretty much did the rest of the Valentine myself....short attention span Meghan. :-)
The sentiment is another from K Andrew Designs.
The Feb 14 sentiment is from a $1 stamp set that I found in the Joanns dollar bin the other day.

Valentine Mailbox

I purchased the Valentine Mailboxes cut file from This is a Cricut Craft Room exclusive, so you either have to cut it from a Gypsy or by using Cricut Craft Room on your computer.
I used Scotch Quick Dry glue on this, but a hot glue gun would probably be easier when you get to gluing the top on. I plan on making another one for Meghan's preschool teacher, so I think the next one will go together easier. I cut this at 5".
The sentiment is from the K Andrew Designs "Of Mice and Little Men" stamp set.

Birthday card

Cupcake cut from Simply Charmed. I seem to fall back on this cupcake whenever I need a quick birthday card. I have a ton of cupcake cuts to choose from, but this is one of my favorites.
The stamp is from K Andrew Designs More Food For Thought set.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Valentine Decor

Made a couple Valentine houses for decoration using the Sweet Tooth Boxes cartridge. There are some Create a Critter dinosaurs hiding inside.

Entered these into the Scrappy Mom's Out of The Box Challenge.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Dino-Mite Valentines

I used Create a Critter to make this Dino-Mite Valentines for Meghan's preschool class. On the Gypsy I removed the circles on the dinosaur and added on hearts instead from George and Basic Shapes. The scallop heart background is from the Twinkle Toes cartridge.

RCK December Random Winner

And the random winner of December's challenge is...

Melissa Sunshine Honeybee

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December Head Soloist

Head Soloist for December's Challenge

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Glenda's Cards

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Get Well Cards

I know so many people that have gotten seriously sick this year. I think this hot to cold weather is not helping. When it jumps back and forth everyone seems to get sick. Anyways, I needed to make up some get well cards. Here are a couple I finished. I got into my Teddy Bear Parade stash of bears I made a long time ago and found the doctor bear, which is perfect for my friend with pneumonia.

The girl dressed as a bee is from the Cricut Lite Trick or Treat cartridge. I found the sparkly fun foam in my scrap stash and decided that it would be perfect for the grass. I love the effect!

Some more scrap paper cards

Here are some more cards that I made using scrap paper and more K Andrew Designs stamps.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Uses For Scrap Paper - Getting Cricky Design Team Post

Hi everyone this is Julie McElhinney.  I am new to the Getting Cricky Design team, so I'll tell you a little about myself before getting into today's post.  I currently manage and  On The Cricut Chirp I post everything Cricut related and some other crafts.  On ScrapHappy Paper Crafter I post free digital stamps pretty much every day in order to encourage others to craft and make the world a better place through what we love to do, CRAFT. 

I am a married mom of one three year old girl named Meghan, aka Meggie.  We have a very musical family.  I play fiddle, piano, guitar and some Irish Bodhran drum.  My husband plays bagpipes, tin whistle and flute.  We stay pretty active in the Irish and Scottish community and I stay pretty active with my crafting.  I work full time for a bank as a compliance auditor and have been there for almost 12 years now. Hard to believe I started out there when I was 19!!! 

I've been crafting since I could pick up a pen in church and doodle, so I was probably about 3 years old.  I used to teach scrap booking classes through Creative Memories for a number of years, which I loved while I was in college.  Now I am pretty addicted to my Cricut and drawing digital stamp images for others.  I got pretty sick after having my daughter three years ago and through that struggle I found strength in making the world a little better place for others, so maybe other people might not have to go through the same struggle that I did.  I am still dealing with my medical problems, but have grown so much through the struggle.

THE TUTORIAL - In case you want to skip the BIO.  :-)

I'm sure like me, many of you have made some New Years Resolutions for 2013.  This year I PROMISED myself that I would really focus on using up more of my scrap paper stash.  I recently did a massive craft room clean up, throw out, and organization. 

I had to throw away a lot of scrap paper, which made me sick because I hate to waste paper.  Ultimately all the pretty bits of paper were really starting to take over my craft space and stress me out, so I feel much better now that I narrowed it down to two boxes of scraps. 
You can order stamps at

Today I used the K Andrew Designs "Guy Talk" stamp set for my xylophone card.  This is an excellent card to do for paper scraps. 

Tools used;
Paper trimmer
Corner rounder
ATG tape
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Stamp Block
"Guy Talk" K Andrew Design stamp set "Badda Bing"

I hope you get inspired to use more of your paper scraps this year too!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Craft room organized

Ok I am slightly exhausted, but it feels great to have my craft room organized. I still have more that I'd like to do on the walls...maybe some shelving.

I am pretty satisfied with the level of organization, even though this may still look like organized mayhem. I now have the ability to utilize my entire work space without tripping over mounds of paper on the floor. Since I finally figured out a better way to organize my 12 x 12 paper stacks, I have much more space to work with. I still need to figure out something better for my ribbon. I would love to put a ribbon spool holder on the wall. Right now my ribbon stash is in a large plastic basket under the table.