Monday, January 24, 2011

TUTORIAL - Draw & Cut With Cricut

HELLO friends!!!


I recently made this Cinderella CD Cover using the Happily Ever After Cricut cartridge, Design Studio and a Quickutz Silhouette pen.  I know there are a lot of places out there selling the special housing for gel pens and such, but this is a MUCH cheaper alternative!!!  ;o)

So, anyway…….I’ve done a quick tutorial showing how to use the Cricut, Cricut Design Studio and QuicKutz Silhouette pens to draw and then cut an image.

I hope this video was helpful.  If something isn’t clear in the video or you have questions, please leave a comment on this post and I’ll email you back.  Please, please, please make sure you leave an email address as well!  I like respond to each comment that is left for me here, however a lot of times there is no email address associated with the comment. 

Have a great week!!!



PS – If you’re going to be at CHA in California, please stop by the Stamping Scrapping, Notions or Spellbinders booth to say hi!  I will be bouncing between the three places.  :o)

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Cinderella CD Cover


Hello Friends!!


I’m here today with another CD Cover for Kellukas Photography.  This one is for a little girl’s one-year birthday!  Her party was in Disney Princesses.  Woohoo!  A girly cover!!!  And you should see the precious photos Kelli took of this little girl (visit Kellukas Photography).  There is one photo that is to-die-for precious where she has icing all over her face.  CUTE!


Anyway, here is the front of CD cover.  I also decorate the inside cover, however I can’t really show that to you because it has the child’s information.  But it’s done with a cute font (Care Bears) and the two polka dot patterned papers you see here on the front.  :o)

Items Used on This Project:

The patterned papers are all sparkly and so is Cinderella’s crown….even if you can’t see that in the photo!  ha!!!

I drew and cut this image using the Cricut and Happily Ever After Cricut Cartridge.  Want to learn how?  Check back next week for a tutorial!!  ;o)



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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Bildmalarna – PINKS!!



So…..I was laying on my couch this afternoon, enjoying a nice leisurely afternoon with an ice cold Coca Cola and my laptop while it rained outside, when all of a sudden, I realized that I had a Bildmalarna Design Team project due…….TODAY!!!!  Yeah!  So, I threw this wall decor thingy together, took photos, lost all of them somewhere in the transfer between camera and computer and had to go take more.  *sigh*  I think I’m going to go back to the couch now!  LOL

Like many of you probably did, I bought a Gypsy at Michaels last weekend for a whopping $49!  I never had a desire – AT ALL – to have one!  I don’t know what possessed me!  Maybe because I’ve been going to crops and the thought of hauling these cartridges with me makes me want to just stay home?  IDK…..but I bought one…..and I love it!  :o)

Anyway……………here is my project!!


Products used on this project:

  • Bildmalarna Mimosa’s Birdhouse (less the birdhouse)
  • Flower – Recollections (Michaels)
  • Button & Ribbon – from my stash
  • “B” – Gypsy Font (LOVE the monograms on this one!!!)
  • Copics – E0000, E000, E21, E13, E17, E53, C2, C1, R81, R83, R85, R20
  • Patterned Paper – SEI “Such A Girl”
  • Cardstock – Stampin Up!
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur
  • Spellbinders Grand Labels Four


Thanks for stopping by today to check out my project!  Do you have any Bildmalarna stamps?  If so, we’d love to see YOUR pink project linked up to the Inlinkz post at Bildmalarna Design Team



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Friday, January 14, 2011

Disney Layout

My “goal”………not a resolution (which I usually break quickly – LOL)…..but my GOAL is to do more scrapbooking in 2011.  I’ve got three kids, our wedding, vacation, pets and all points in between that I haven’t been scrapbooking.  The photos are STACKING UP, so I definitely need to spend a LOT more time scrapbooking and less time making cards.  So, here is the layout I made today. 


This is my youngest daughter, Allison, the day after she was born.  We got her home from the hospital and she was SO not a happy camper every time we put her down!  And she was even less happy about being put down to cuddle up with these strange characters!  LOL  We said she was spoiled when she was delivered to us………….and she still is!  ;o)


Products used on this cartridge:

  • Disney Pooh & Friends Cricut Cartridge
  • “Allison” written with QuicKutz Silhouette Pen and colored with G82 Copic marker
  • Patterned & Solid Green Paper – American Crafts Sixth Avenue Paper Pack from Tuesday Morning
  • Black Canvas Texture Cardstock – Cardstock Online 
  • Ribbon – from my stash
  • pink brads and glitter handprint brads – Oriental Trading
  • Pop-Dots behind Pooh & Piglet

Thanks for stopping by to check out my scrapbook page!  Please check back in a few days when I’ll have a new project for you!  :o)



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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Double Emboss with Spellbinders


Hello there!

Thanks for stopping by!  I have a short tutorial on double-embossing with Spellbinders dies.  This has probably been done 100 million times, but I liked the way this die combo turned out when it was double embossed.  :o)


As you can see, I just used a scrap piece of paper for this die cut.  No reason to let all those scraps go to waste, is there???

The first step is to line your dies up however you want them.  In this case, I wanted the Standard Circles Large centered within the Classic Scalloped Circles Large

Once I got them lined up, I created my cutting sandwich and ran it through my Grand Caliber

***IMPORTANT – Do not attempt to cut anything when your dies are touching!  This could ruin your dies…and I don’t think any of us want that!!!


Once I have made my cut, I removed the excess paper, did my “sandwich” for embossing and ran it through the Grand Caliber again. 


This is the way the die cut looks once it’s removed from your dies. 


And, even though it’s hard to tell in this photo, this is the card I made with this “double embossed” die cut!


I used my airbrush to give it some color, then sprayed Glimmer Mist over my entire card, so I think it lost some of it’s embossing.  I’ll remember that for next time! 

I hope you found this useful and it gives you some ideas on other ways to use your Spellbinders dies.



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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Baby Boy CD cover


Hi Friends!!

I’ve made another CD cover for Kellukas Photography and this time it’s for a 1-month old baby boy.  Baby Finn’s photos are SO cute!  If you have a chance, jump over to Kellukas Photography and check them out.  And I’m sure Kelli would love to hear from you.  Be sure to tell her Billie sent you.  :o)


I sure used a lot of products on this one for it not to be anything fancy!  LOL

All of the yellow is air-brushed with a Copic marker and my Airbrush System.  I hadn’t been using my airbrush for a while, however I moved it to my work space and it’s getting some much-needed love now!  Same goes for my Cricut.  I moved it to a JetMax rolling side-table thing that my parents bought me for Christmas, so I’m hopeful that I’ll get much more use out of it!!

I got a new light box/tent today and this is my first project using it.  I think I like it.  :o)

Oh!  And the moon has a little detail to his “face”, but it doesn’t show in the photo. 


I’m not sure if you can tell from the photo, but the moon, hat, Spellbinders layer behind the moon and the Spellbinders “cloud” all have dimension to them. 

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you’ll check back again next week when I’ll have a tutorial on how to double emboss with Spellbinders and quite possibly another CD cover or two…another baby boy and a PINK PRINCESS b-day party!  WOOHOO!!!  I’m SO excited about that one!!!  :o)



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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

SSCC – Flowers


Hello friends!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  I hope you find something helpful and/or inspiring.  :o)

The current challenge at Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central is “flowers”.  I’ve chosen to make some super-simple projects using Cindy’s SSD Matching Spellbinders Stamps!  These stamps are SO functional and will coordinate with so many things!



Items used on the card above:


Items used on this card:


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Items used on the card above:

All I did was ink my stamp, use the flower/flourish to stamp some corners and then randomly stamped flowers on the card.  I cut various Spellbinders Labels Dies to layer my sentiment and inked.  Super easy!!!  Yes, I’ll be going back and adding another flower to the card right above this.  It seems I missed a spot.  LOL

Thanks for stopping by today!  I really hope you’ll stop by our Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central Blog and link up YOUR flower project. 



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Sunday, January 02, 2011

HM&F – Celebrate!!



I’m the hostess for our current challenge at House Mouse And Friends.  The challenge is………CELEBRATE!

For my project, I made a birthday card.  What better way to celebrate than with a yummy cupcake.  And this little mouse looks thoroughly satisfied with his birthday cupcake!  LOL



For this project, I used:

We at House Mouse And Friends are anxious to see what kind of “celebrate” project you make!  As always, it can be any type of project, as long as you use a House Mouse, Happy Hoppers or Gruffies stamp!



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