Sentimental Saturday~So Happy for You

Happy saturday everyone! Today I have two cards for you that I made for my daughter and my niece. Both of them had some exciting things happen to them recently and I wanted to send them a little card to recognize their achievements. I used a technique using  Art Bar crayons. I tried to do an ombre watercolor background with a screen layer on top.

So happy for you card

For the card bases  I cut a 6″x12″ card stock and folded it in half. On the front of the card I colored it with the Art Bar Caryons (you could use Gelatos)  Use water to dilute the color to blend.

ArtBar ombre technique

adding water to the Art Bar

ombre technique with ArtBars


Next I cut the Layering screens with my expression2 and the CCR (Cricut Craft Room). I used smooth bazzill card stock . The 1st image I used is from the PaperDoll Dress-up cartridge it’s on page 78, The Border Blackout. I used three of those image with the middle one flipped and then I nestled them together so that I could weld them to make one piece. The measurement was about 5.7x 2.6 and then I copied and pasted another image because I used two of them.

For the 2nd card I use the CCR exclusive Teresa Collins Basic images. The measurement  I used was 5.6×5.6 and I cut it into pieces I liked for the card.

cutting screen

After my e2 cut my images I ran them through the Xyron to add the allover adhesive. I like to go over the edges so that there isn’t any adhesive left on the edges. I have an old Xyron and I feel like I have to do this step. I don’t know if the new machines leave excess adhesive on the edges.

Xyron technique

After I set the screen layer where I want it I stamped them. The red card I stamped with one of my favorite stamp set called Grand Greeting from Lawn Fawn and the Yellow card I use a stamp set that I got at Michael’s in the clearance bin. That set is from a company called Ditto. On the red card I made a slit on the upper left side of the card right on the fold so that I could thread the ribbon through it.


 and tied my bow and placed my button.


With the Yellow card I used jute and a wood button.

WOW! card

The last thing I do when I make cards is sign them and I use this stamp that I got at an expo. It’s from Endless Creations I like it because I can also cut it with the 1 1/4″ scallop punch. How do you sign your cards?

handmade by stamp\

Thank you for stopping by today. Have a wonderful & safe holiday weekend!

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Designed by: Liz Mullen

Cricut Machine and Tools: Expression 2 Anniversary Edition, CCR

Cricut Cartridges:  PaperDoll Dress-up cartridgeTeresa Collins Basic images Grand Greet

Other Supplies Used:  Art Bar crayons, XyronGrand Greeting from Lawn Fawn,  Endless Creations

Sentimental Saturday – Bridal Shower Card

Welcome to Sentimental Saturday! Brenda here from Random Thoughts of a Scrapbooker.

My daughter is going to a bridal shower today, and here is the card I made.



This is an A2 size card (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″). The base and inside pink layer (3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″) is Core’dinations cardstock. The hearts patterned paper on the front and inside (both 4″ x 5 1/4″) is from the sei Vanilla Sunshine card maker pack.

I used the Sweethearts Cricut cartridge (page 51) to cut “Bridal Shower” using the shadow feature at 2 1/2″ and the umbrella cut at 3″. Bazzill cardstock was used for both cuts.

I thought the umbrella looked too plain, so I added Queen and Co. Irridescent Rhinestones.

I left the inside blank so my daughter can write a personal note to the bride-to-be.

I did use my Gypsy to arrange the images on the mat to cut. Here is a picture of my Gypsy’s screen.


Thank you for stopping by today!

Designed by: Brenda Halstead

Cricut Machine and Tools: Expression 2 Anniversary Edition and Gypsy

Cricut Cartridges: Sweethearts

Other Supplies Used: Bazzill cardstock, Core’dinations cardstock, Queen and Co. rhinestones

Advice Column

This was an idea that I  came up with for a friends baby shower.


TheMommy Advice Column

Baby Clothesline

I used Recollections solids and the pattern paper was a scrap that I found.



On this page a I cropped the mom image from the New Arrival cartridge to fit in the corner. The open section is for people to write down the advice for the mom-to-be. I also have added rhinestones to the belt.


The page that mirrors our Advice Column is the little  girls clothes on a clothesline, with another block for people to continue giving the mom advice. I braided white embroidery floss to make the clothesline. I also add rhinestones and glitter to make is super girly.

I think this is such a cute idea, since new mom’s need as much advice as possible.


Designed by: Sierra Heath
Cricut Machines & Tools Used: E2, Cricut Craft Room, and Cricut Tool Kit
Cricut Cartridges UsedMaking The Grade, New Arrival
Other Supplies Usedglitter glue, ribbon and rhinestones

Decorated Metal

I am a DIVA today – a Cricut DIVA!!  I have a fun project to share with you using my Cricut Imagine and Square 1 Masterpiece Repositionable Fabric.
For information about this awesome product, or to order some for yourself just go HERE.
I used my Cricut Imagine and Imagine More Cards cartridge to print and cut out this heart image.  It is sized to 7.5 inches.
I put the 8 1/2 x 11 sheet landscape on my mat to fit the images.
I found these 8×8 metal wall decor pieces at Michaels in the Dollar Bins.  They are normally $2.00, but were 40% off – score!!!  I thought the image was permanent and I was prepared to sand and paint the metal, but these are stickers that peeled off pretty easily!
I peeled the heart off the paper backing and stuck it down.
The image is cute, but pretty flat so I grabbed some flowers and ribbon!!
I layered three flowers.  These are Recollections flowers from Michaels and come in two sizes.  I layered two large flowers on the bottom (one upside down) and a smaller one on top.  I fastened them together with a brad and put a rhinestone gem on top.
I tied some 3 Girl Jam crinkle ribbon around the metal piece.
Here is a great wall decor piece.  I tied the ribbon on and used a glue dot to adhere the flower to the ribbon.  This piece is totally temporary as you can remove the Square 1 fabric and change the look!!
You can find more of my work on my personal blog HERE.  Thanks for stopping by!

Sentimental Saturday

Good Morning!

It’s “Sentimental Saturday” here at CricutDIVA!  For my project I altered a black composition notebook for you – LOVE doing these!

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So this is what the Composition looks BEFORE I alter it.  Now some people don’t do the inside of the composition books but I just don’t like the way it looks so I always alter the insides as well.

First, let me show you MY notebook – the front and back:

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Close up of Front Cover sentiment

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Back Cover

I used a paper pack called Laughing Lola for my notebook – I just love the colors in this paper pack ESP the purple one which is called Gypsy.  For the sentiment on the front cover I cut the mat using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  You can find the image on page 65, E5, < Rctngle8 > and was cut at 2″ x 3 1/4″, 2 1/4″ x 3 3/4″, and 2 1/2″ x 4″.  I always use a solid dark colored cardstock for the back of my notebooks instead of a patterned piece of paper because it is less likely to rip AND it will help cover any spots or dirt picked up.

The sentiment comes from the stamp set “Scrapbook Statements – Poets. Here is the sentiment in case you can’ read it from the picture:

“People will forget what you said,

people will forget what you did,

but people will never

forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou

Now for the inside of my notebook:

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So for the inside of my notebook, I always create a pocket so that I can put in any additional notes or papers.  Though it’s probably difficult to tell from these pics, there IS a pocket that opens up.  I stamped the words “love it!” and “noteworthy” using stamps from the All the Details stamp set in Black and Gypsy inks. The mini banners were also cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge.  It can be found on page 68, E8, < Banner1 > cut at 2″.  These words came from the “All the Details” stamp set.  Finally, I stamped the word “TEAM” on the bottom right using the Framework Alphabet.

I will be using this notebook for notes I take during meetings with my networking group.

Designed by:  Lucy Kelleher

Cricut Machines and Tools:  Expression

Cricut Cartridges UsedArt Philosophy

Other Supplies UsedLaughing Lola paper pack, All the Details stamp set, Scrapbook Sentiments – Poets stamp set, Framework Alphabet stamp set, Black cardstock, Gypsy ink, Black Ink


Good Morning Everyone!

No, it’s not Halloween … yet!  I was just feeling Hallo-weenie when I started to create this project.  It’s really never to soon to get started on those holiday projects right??

Soooooo, I made a 12″ x 12″ layout to share:

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2013 - August 14 - Halloween Layout 2

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To make this 12″ x 12″ layout, I used a paper pack called Sarita.  I thought the colors would work really well for Halloween.  I then used the Artbooking Cricut cartridge to make all my cuts.  All the cuts came from pages 70 and 71 of the booklet.  They were each cut at 11″.

The haunted house cut as an overlay but I didn’t like that you could see through the house with the background that I had cut, so I took some black cardstock and matted the back of the house.

I edged the window photo frame with Lagoon ink to give it a little extra dimension – I’m not sure you can tell from the picture though.

Have you started any of your Halloween projects yet?  Stop by my blog at Love 2 Create to not only see this project but another 12″ x 12″ Halloween layout that I have created.

Cricut Machines & Tools Used:  Cricut Expression

Cricut Cartridges Used:  Artbooking

Other Supplies Used:  Sarita paper pack, Lagoon Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Sponge Daubers

Baby Shower Card

Hi Brenda from here. It’s been a busy weekend, so I’m posting an older project I completed. My daughter is going to a baby shower this month and asked me to make a card. This is what I came up with.



This is a 7″ x 5″ card. The striped cardstock mat on the front and inside is 6 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ and the white mat on the inside is 6 1/4″ x 4 1/4″. The striped cardstock is from the My Mind’s Eye Party Time stack and all solid cardstock is Recollections.

The cut on the front is from the Baby Steps Cricut cartridge (page 63) cut at 3 1/2″. The blocks on the inside are from the New Arrival Cricut cartridge (page 124) cut at 1 1/2″. The sentiment is from the Close To My Heart New Arrival stamp set, and is stamped with Close To My Heart’s Archival Blank ink pad.

Here are pictures of my Gypsy screens I used to make the cuts.



I used the hide and contour feature on my Gypsy for the Layer 2 cut because there were three colors needed for the different items on that layer.  I forgot to take a picture of all my papers on my mat.

I hope my daughter’s friend likes the card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Designed by: Brenda Halstead

Cricut Machine and Tools: Expression 2 Anniversary Edition and Gypsy

Cricut Cartridges: Baby Steps and New Arrival

Other Supplies: Close To My Heart stamps and ink, My Mind’s Eye cardstock, Recollections cardstock