Friday, August 20, 2010 Blog Hop

It's time for the Design Team Blog Hop!  Participate in the hop and you are eligible to win a Cricut cartridge of your choice (including the newest releases) from!! 

Here's how to play:
Start at the blog, become a follower.  Visit each of the design team blogs below and leave a comment on their blog in their post regarding the blog hop.  When you've done this on all the blogs, go to the blog, leave a comment stating that you have completed the hop.  You can also become a follower of each of the designer's blogs but it is not a requirement to win. 

ScrapbookPal Blog (
Jamie Cripps (
Rowena Valentine (
Crystal Butler (
Amy Crockett (
Tammy White (
Leah Cornelius(
Tomi Ann Hill (
Cheryl Walker (
ScrapbookPal Blog (

If you haven't been keeping up with the blog, you have been missing out on some incredible creations by my fellow design team members.  These women are soooo creative and I get so many great ideas from them.  I am sure you will too.

While you are at it, don't forget to visit's website where you will find incredible deals on everything in the store.  And best of all, you get free shipping with just $25 in purchases!  I am placing my order this week for the Toy Story Cartridge!!  It is available on pre-order now and should be shipping around the end of August. 

Monday, August 16, 2010

Halloween Layout Using Freshly Picked for Design Team

I was so excited when I received the Freshly Picked cartridge for my Design Team and immediately thought of gardens and spring time and all the cute things I could make with the cartridge.  But when I started my LO, I wanted to do something different with the cartridge.  I mean who looks at the Freshly Picked cartridge and thinks "Halloween"?  I guess I do!

Freshly Picked Cricut Cartridge
Cindy Loo Cricut Cartridge (or any cartridge with scrolls/flourishes)
Songbird Cricut Cartridge (or any font cartridge)
Plantin Schoolbook Cricut Cartridge (or any cartridge with tags)
1 sheet each of 8.5 x 11 orange cardstock in 3 shades
1 sheet each of 8.5 x 11 green cardstock in 3 shades
1 sheet 8.5 x 11 yellow cardstock
1 sheet 8.5 x 11 white or brown cardstock
1 sheet 12 x 12 dark purple cardstock
1 sheet 12 x 12 green cardstock
1 sheet 12 x 12 black cardstock
Stickles in Purple, Lime Green, Orange Peel
Brown ink pad (if using white cardstock for fence)
Markers in Brown, terracotta, medium orange, and a medium green (I used Stampin' Up markers: Early Expresso, Cajun Craze, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive
PopUp Glue Dots
Tombow Liquid Mono Adhesive
Tombow Mono Adhesive Runner

Cut purple cardstock to 5.5 x 11.5.
Cut one end of green cardstock in a wavy pattern to form "rolling hills".  Then cut green cardstock to 7.5 tall by 11.5 long.
Cut 6.5" circle from yellow cardstock.

Using Freshly Picked Cartridge, cut pumpkins in variety of sizes on all 3 colors of orange cardstock.  Cut out 1 - 3.5" pumpkin on 2 shades of orange.  Layer these 2 cuts using pop up glue dots.  This will become your center pumpkin on the layout. 
In total, I cut approx 60 pumpkins in sizes of .75", 1" and 1.5".  Layer some of the pumpkins using pop up glue dots.  For the tags, I created 2 layered pumpkins by layering 2 of the 1.5" pumpkins in 2 shades each with pop up glue dots.  Set these 2 pumpkins aside.
Cut the leaf layers in .75", 1" and 1.5" and then adhere to pumpkins with Tombow Mono Adhesive.  Cut out extra leaves for layering on the vines.

Using the Cindy Loo cartridge, cut scrolls/flourishes on the 3 shades of green cardstock.  These will become vines.
Add dimension to your pumpkins and leaves with markers and stickles.

Using Tombow Mono Adhesive Liquid or Runner, adhere the large layered pumpkin in the approximate center of the green cardstock.  Then adhere some of the pumpkins and and vines and leaves to the green cardstock in a random pattern.  You don't have to glue down all of the vine edges because it just gives more dimension to the page when they stick up.  When you have a nice base layer of pumpkins and vines, adhere the layered pumpkins on top along with more vines and leaves.

Using Freshly Picked cartridge, cut out the fence at approx. 1.25" and the gate at approx 1.5" on white or brown cardstock.  I cut mine on white and then used dark brown ink and markers to give the fence a woodgrain look. 
Add pop dots to the fence and gate and place them on the bottom portion of the green cardstock.

Using Design Studio and the Songbird cartridge, I cut "The Great" at 1" on leftover purple cardstock, "Caper" at 1" on green cardstock, and "Pumpkin" at 2" on the bright orange cardstock and welded the words together before cutting.
Use purple stickles on "The Great", lime green stickles on "Caper", and orange peel stickles on Pumpkin.  Let dry!!

Adhere the 5.5" tall purple cardstock to the black 12" x 12" cardstock with Tombow Mono adhesive tape runner allowing for 1/4" margin on top and sides.
Adhere the yellow circle on top of the purple cardstock.  I wanted only 3/4 of the moon showing so the rest will be hidden behind the green cardstock.
Adhere the green 7.5" tall cardstock to the black 12" x 12" cardstock, allowing 1/4" margin on sides and bottom, with your adhesive tape runner, only using the runner on the sides and bottom of the green cardstock.  Do not apply adhesive at the top or center of the green cardstock or else your tags won't be able to slip behind it.
Using Plantin Schoolbook, cut 2 tags at approximately 2.5" wide by 4.5" long on purple cardstock.  Glue the 2 layered pumpkins you set aside to the top of the tags.  Slip the tags behind the green cardstock. By using layered pumpkins, you don't have to worry about the tags sliding down behind the green cardstock. 

Adhere the words "The Great Pumpkin Caper" on to the moon.

After I took photos, I decided to add a mat to the tags so I placed a yellow rectangle of cardstock on each tag.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Wedding Card from Freshly Picked Cartridge

My cart for the month of August for the Design Team was Freshly Picked!  I was sooooo excited to get this cart!!  I hope you like the card!

Purple Textured Cardstock
White Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Green Cardstock
Red Cardstock
Coordinating Ribbon
Glittered Fern Pick
Color Box Fluid Chalk Cat's Eye Inkpad - Warm Violet
Nestabilities Die Set -  Classic Scallop Oval, Large
Stickles - Stardust
Stickles - Christmas Red
Pop Up Glue Dots
Tombo Mono Adhesive - Liquid Glue
Tombo Tape Runner
Craft Glue Dots
ScorPal Score Board
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Cuttlebug Embossing Machine or Sizzix Embossing Machine

Using Freshly Picked Cartridge, cut Gazebo (p.47) at 2.25" on white cardstock.
Do not change size and Cut Gazebo, Shift Layer 2/Shadow on black.
Cut Gazebo, Layers on green.
Cut Gazebo, Shift Layers on lighter green.
Cut Gazebo, Shift Layers on red.

Apply Stardust Stickes to white layer of gazebo.  Apply Christmas Red Stickles to the red flowers.  Let dry.  Adhere layers together using Tombo Mono Liquid Ahesive.

Cut purple cardstock to 8" x 5.5".  Score in the middle at 4" using ScorPal.
Cut white cardstock to 3.75" x 5.25".  I used an embossed paper from a wedding stack but you could also use a Cuttlebug embossing folder and run through your Cuttlebug or Sizzix.  Adhere the white card stock to the purple cardstock using Tombo Tape Runner.

Use the largest oval in the Nestabilities Classic Scallop Ovals set and run through Cuttlebug/Sizzix using scrap of the purple cardstock.  Use the next to largest oval and run through Cuttlebug/Sizzix using scrap of  the white cardstock.  Using the purple cat's eye ink pad, ink the edges of both scallop ovals and the card layers.  Then apply Stardust stickles to the edges of the scallop ovals.  Let dry.  Adhere white scallop oval to purple oval using pop up glue dots.  

Tie ribbon around the card and create a bow. Adhere the glittered fern pick using glue dots.  Adhere purple/white ovals over the ferns using glue dots.  Adhere gazebo on top of white oval using Pop Up Glue Dots.