Sentimental Saturday~Spooky Halloween

Are you getting into the FALL season? I am and I’m so happy it’s official this Sunday. I made this halloween card to get into the spirit. I have a few college students I’ll be sending care packages to. I went into my “OLD Stash” to make this card. I’m hoping I’m not the only one that has “OLD” stuff.

I made it a 6×6 card using bazzil cream and the printed back ground paper is from Anna Griffin #AG1538. I made the rosette from vintage crepe paper streamer from my stash. I cut the tree from the Happy Haunting cartridge <tree-s> at measurement at 3.944(w)x4.736(h) with black card stock  and I added orange paper behind the face. I add glitter on the tree branches.

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The letters are from The Girls’ Paperie by Margie toil and trouble sticker market. The mini pennants are punched from the ek Success punch set. I attached the banner to some thin jute.

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I added some halloween brads from queen & co. called star-halloween (old,LOL). I used foam dots to pop the tree and the boo sign.

I invite to come on over to my blog ScrapiliciousLife I have family recipes and other crafting ideas that I hope inspire your creativity.

Creating and sharing with LOVE,

Liz

Designed by:  Liz Mullen

Cricut Machines and Tools:  Expression e2 and the craftroom

Cricut Cartridges Used:  Happy Haunting

Other Supplies Used:  Bazzil card stock, jute, ek success punch set: mini pennants, glitter, vintage streamer,foam dots, queen & co brads, anna griffin paper, Toil and Trouble sticker pad

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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 and tied my bow and placed my button.

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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?

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

Creating and Sharing, I invite you to visit my blog

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

Our Love Story

Our Love Story

Hello Everyone, I can’t believe that it’s the end of July. My Daughter starts her senior year in just a few weeks…Yikes! I made this wall art for my Godson’s bride to be shower gifts. I got the Idea from one of my pins from Pinterest.  I’m loving the vinyl! Here I used white vinyl on a 12″x14″ canvas. I painted it with Martha Stewart’s Lake fog acrylic paint. I inked the edges with Tim Holtz,  vintage photo distress ink.  Below is the screen shot of the set up in the craft room. Originally I thought of cutting it out in two colors, hence the two colors and two mats. I used the gypsy font and art philosophy font. I also used the 12×24 mat.

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I cut it out, weeded out all the little bits. It takes a bit of time and then added it to the canvas.

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I made another one for my niece and she loved it.

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I hope you are enjoying the end of your summer (really the middle but it fills the the end with school being only a few weeks away). I invite you to visit my blog over at ScrapiliciousLife

Designed by:  Liz Mullen

Cricut Machine and Tools:  Expression 2 Anniversary Edition and Craftroom

Cricut Cartridges:  Gypsy Font and Close to My Heart Art Philosophy

Other Supplies: 12×14″ canvas, vinyl, martha stewart acrylic paint, and distress ink

Sentimental Saturday~ Hello

Hello, it’s Liz here on this Sentimental Saturday. Today I have a simple Hello card made from the Art Philosophy cartridge.

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The base is 6″x12″ Bazzill card stock folded in half . The card image is on page 43. I cut the <square3> at 5.5″ out of kraft cardstock and the decorative layer (shift) I cut out of this pretty paper from the Simple Stories 6×6 pad called Vintage Bliss. The sheet I used is called Smile Big. I used the corner chomper to round the corners.

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I wrapped some seam binding around the whole piece and I stamped the Hello and cut it out by hand and I used a glitter pen to color in the hello and I used foam dots to give it a pop. I stitched around with my favorite white pen, the Uni-Ball Signo white pen.

I invite you to visit  my personal blog ScrapiliciousLife

Thanks for stopping by today, wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Creating and Sharing~ Liz

Designed by: Liz Mullen

Cricut Machine and Tools: expression2,

Cricut Cartridges: Art philosophy

Other Supplies: seam binding, foam dots, signo white pen, Simple Stories 6×6 paper pad, corner chomper

Surf’s Up 12×12 Layout

Happy First day of Summer Everyone! Do you all have your summer bucket list written out? Well, I know my daughter and her friends are going to be returning the the beach to hit the waves again. Last summer I took them to Carpentaria Beach were the city has classes that run all summer long. The Layout below is of first class they took last year. It’s a simple layout but I like that I got 7 pictures on one page.

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I used the Life is a Beach cartridge I used the surfboard, the surf’s up phrase and the seagulls. I like using the Craft Room to layout my images so that I only make one run though to cut all my images.This is how I position the images.

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The sizes of the cuts are

Surfboard 4.375(W)x 5.569(H)

Surfboard layer 4.083(W)x 5.333(H)

Seagulls 3.847(W)x 2.833(H) 2 times

Surf’sUp Phrase 3.847(W)x 3.653(H)

Surf’sUp Phrase layer .917(W)x3.314

and this is how they looked when the cut was finished

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I didn’t like the way the strips looked on the surfboard so I ended up flipping the image and I actually liked the patterned so much better. I used paper from the Simple Stories called I (Heart) Summer, DayDream and Feel the Breeze plus some Bazzill cardstock.

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I ended up using some of Tim Holtz idea-ology Remnant rubs-words plus I added a border to the smaller photos, journaling block and

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 to the phrase with a black pen. I also added some enamel dots from My Mind’s eye from Michael’s.

Thank you for stopping by today I hope you all have a super fun and safe summer.

I invite you to stop by my personal blog ScrapiliciousLife to say Hi.

Designed by: Liz Mullen

Cricut Machines & Tools Used: Cricut Expression 2 Anniversary Edition and Craft Room

Cricut Cartridges Used: Life is a Beach

Other Supplies Used: Black pen, Remnant rubs-words, Bazzill cardstock, My Mind’s Eye enamel dots,Simple Stories I (Heart) Summer paper collection

Sentimental Saturday- Happy Birthday

I’m so excited and nervous that this is my first post. I decide to make a birthday card. I don’t know about you but it always seems like I’m in need of one. I used the 6×6 paper pad from Lilybee design called Sweet Shoppe

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I used a kraft base card  5 x 6.5 that comes with it’s own envelope from Michaels. I used the CCR which I really enjoy. I used three different cuts, two from the CCR exclusives. The diamonds(1.917 w x 1.292 h) and the green mat(6.25w x 4.73h) are from the Daughters Layout and the Happy Birthday(4.181w x 1.681h) is from Cricut font and Basic shapes.

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This is how I positioned my cuts on my mat. I like to put my cuts at different places on my mat so that it doesn’t cut on the same place and wear my mat out.  It’s so easy to do this in the CCR.

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Once everything is cut I sewed the diamonds together by first running  a bit of score tape on the back of them to help me keep them together. Then I glued  them to the green mat and ran the sewing machine through all the pieces. I did use a black marker around the edges of the green mat. It was an after thought so I just did the edges that were showing through the diamond pieces.

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I also stitched  the edges of the card base and I added a piece of muslin that I also stitched down but before that I  added some Heidi Swapp color shine by splattering a bit of two colors and some doodles with the black marker. I ran the black marker around the letters and used foam dots to adhere it the card. I also used a vintage button and some seam binding.

Thank you for stopping by today. If you would like to see more of my work I invite you to visit my blog

Designed by: Liz Mullen

Cricut Machine and Tools: expression2, Cricut Craft Room, sewing machine

Cricut Cartridges: CCR exclusive: Daughters Layout, Cricut Font & Basic Shapes

Other Supplies:Lilybee design 6×6 paper pad; Sweet Shoppe, recollections kaft card & envelopes, score tape, black felt marker, foam dots, muslin, Heidi Swapp color shine

New DT Members

Please welcome our latest designers to the team!!!

Liz Mullen

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My name is Liz Mullen and I’m so excited to be joining the CricutDIVA Design Team!! I currently live in Valencia, California which is just north of Los Angeles. I live with my husband, Rick, and our youngest daughter, Kennedy (17).  Our oldest daughter, Mckenzie (20), currently lives in Oakland, California.

I have always been an artsy person and love to try new things. My favorites have included scrapbooking, card making, invitations, party favors, party decorations, and stamping. I have been paper crafting for as long as I can remember, but 19 years ago, I came across Creative Memories and fell in love with the idea of preserving my family’s history. The discovery of CM is what got me into traditional scrapbooking, a passion which I got many of my friends into as well. Stamping and card making came naturally to me after that.

I have my own studio in my home that houses all my crafting necessities! I house all my Cricuts in this room as well.  My first Cricut was the original one and I thought it was the greatest thing ever invented! When I got the Expression, I didn’t think it could get any better! I was given an opportunity to teach about Cricuts at my local scrapbook store at about the same time as I got the Expression. I really enjoyed helping everyone pull out their Cricuts and realize that they aren’t scary machines!  My favorite machine would have to be the Anniversary Expression 2. I also have the Gypsy, but I don’t use it as often as I use Cricut Craft Room.

In the past two years, I have gotten heavily involved in mixed media and enjoy making home decor, especially around the holidays. Handmade gifts for family and friends, sewing, and cooking are some of my favorite hobbies.  I enjoy incorporating all my creativity into projects!

I’m so grateful for this opportunity. I hope to create and share with you in a way that inspires you to create with love. I invite you to visit and leave me a comment on my blog.

 

Darla Haverstock

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I guess I really should introduce myself. 🙂

I am now the new owner/admin for the CricutDIVA blog. Don’t panic, I don’t plan to change anything as I just love how this blog flows currently. The plan is to keep providing great cricut related content via our fabulous design team.

I am a stay at home mother of 2 fabulous children, Michael (age 4) and Samantha (almost 2)  in Nova Scotia, Canada. We share a house with my husbands grandfather and grandfathers wife for 6 months of the year (they spend the other 6 in Florida). My husband is in the Canadian Navy and we are very proud of him.

I own many different electronic die cutters my Cricut ones include the Cricut Expression and Cricut Expression 2 along with a gypsy and Design Studio as well (although my own personal preference is the Cricut Craft Room). I also own a KNK Groove, Graphtec CraftRobo and Silhouette Cameo. I teach classes locally on the Cricut and all the accessories and programs (Design Studio and Cricut Craft Room) as well as some on a few non-cricut software programs for the other cutter owners. You will often find me on the yahoo message boards and facebook groups in just about every die-cutter related group there is as I love to learn and share.

I am also a Close To My Heart independent consultant. I signed up when they first came out with their Cricut cartridges and I ordered one as I just fell in love with the products myself. In addition, I sell my various handcrafts and I do freelance graphic design and business promotional materials including sign vinyl, pamphlets, brochures, screen printed shirts, etc… basically if I can craft it I will do it.

I have been crafting my whole life and since my babysitter growing up was a professional artist who gave me crafting lessons as part of my babysitting every day in various different crafting mediums including origami, paper making, stamp making, screen printing, card making, flower pressing and much much more I was able to really learn all sorts of skills and techniques and apply them to pretty much anything.

You can also find me on my personal blog “Caution: Crafting is Contagious“, Weekly Sketch Challenge blog “Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge“, YouTube channel (where I post tutorials occasionally), Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.

I look forward to working with this fabulous group of ladies designing here to help provide you with lots of great Cricut inspiration.

I also want to take this opportunity to ask you the readers if there is anything specific you’d like to see here on this blog? Always looking for ideas! 🙂