Circles make a layout fun

I saw this sketch from Scrap It Up 365 which is a fantastic site and wonderful community and I was so inspired that I just had to create a layout using the sketch. The next thing for me to do was search for the right photo and with Fathers Day right around the corner I found a picture of the baby with his Papi and thought that the photo was perfect for the sketch.

I created all the circles that were needed for the sketch with my Cricut and I grabbed this great paper pack that I have from DCWV that is for baby boys.

The first thing I did was create my circles in Design Space and you can grab the file here for free. Then I went through the paper pack to find some coordinating colors and some matching cardtsock which is from Close To My Heart since I know that it’s going to cut like a dream with my Cricut.

The end result was this layout that I am so happy to frame for my honey as one of his Father’s Day presents.

My mini me saw my scrapping and she just had to join in on the fun and create a layout like mine. I have an old groove book photo book that I use for whenever she wants to scrap with me. I only ordered one book as I was not happy with the quality at all.

circle sketch layout

My mini me’s scrapbook layout

Have you ever had a sketch inspire you so much that you had to go and scrap it as soon as you could?


Cricut and Mother’s Day

Ahhhhh my Cricut how I love thee! Ahhhhh how I see all these 3D things from SVGcuts that I just have to make but then when I go to make them the trouble I have. Not this time though! I made these beautiful roses in a gorgeous flower pail using the Hopscotch paper and some cardstock from DCWV!

I can’t even begin to tell you happy with the results I am and my mom saw them and fell in love so I know exactly what I will be making her for Mother’s Day. I grabbed the Mom’s Garden Gifts SVG file from SVGcuts and thought that the flowers and the pail would be a perfect Spring decoration.

Mom's Garden Gifts SVG Kit

I think that I will also make the flower-pot and the box for Mother’s Day this year. The box I plan on filling with a few crochet cloths as my mom loves my crocheted cloths that she can use either for cleaning or showering.

Let’s get back to the flower pail and roses. The flower pail really only took me a few minutes to put together and was super easy. I tried putting it together with Scor-Tape this time and it went together a lot faster than when I use the Scotch Dry Adhesive glue. I had some old brads in my stash that I used for the handles and I used the Hopscotch paper which is still available at Close To My Heart but only for a limited time.

flower pail ctmh hopscotch paper

CTMH Hopscotch Paper

Next I worked on the roses. I made the first rose with white daisy cardstock and sprayed it with some color shine. I loved the effect of this but I hated that I had color shine all over my hands.

color shine rose

The Rose in the middle is the color shine one

I found this great cardstock pad at Joanns and it was on sale for $9 by DCWV so I grabbed it and thought it would be perfect for the remainder of my roses. I cut some roses with a very light pink colored paper and some with a very light peach colored paper. The leafs I cut with a dark green cardstock from Bazzil that I had picked up when I was working on some St. Paddy’s day crafts.

flower pail hopscotch paper

Bouquet of Roses

I truly love how they turned out and can’t wait to make one for my for Mother’s Day. You can grab this great cut file from SVGcuts by clicking HERE.

Now you can check out the other ladies from the Make It Monday Circle.

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Not sure what to do with your leftover scraps? Before you throw them out, let Alison from Alison Day Designs show you how to turn them into cute cards with the help of a couple of punches.

Want a quick & easy way to create a photobook? Get Jen’s free templates 

Join Lisa for Monday Mojo this week and try an artsy technique that’s cheap, easy, and FUN! 

Melissa  is documenting her little boy one month at a time

Karen is sharing her experience at CreativeLive for four Mixed Media classes.


Easy Teacher Appreciation Week

This coming week is teacher appreciation week at my daughters school. Lucky for me my new Close To My Heart Cricut cartridge (Artfully Sent) came in and it has just things I need to make quick and easy cards for all of my daughters teachers. Did you also know that you can grab this cartridge for half off by hosting your own CTMH party. For more information on how to grab this cartridge all you have to do is click here.  When you are a teacher yourself that has been working 6 days a week, quick and easy is exactly what I needed.

All I had to do was search through the cartridge and pick a design for each teacher. I picked some cute cards that were really simple to put together for each of my daughters teachers. Monday she is supposed to bring a homemade card and the Artfully Sent cartridge was perfect for this. I made the cards larger then I normally do so that my daughter had plenty of space to write in them. You can grab the cut file for these cards here.

thank you cards ctmh artfully sentThese are the cards that I chose to make and I cut them all out with Close To My Heart’s White Daisy cardstock. I know I have mentioned it before but I am going to mention it again, CTMH cardstock cuts like a dream in my Cricut Explore. I also have to say if you have the Cricut Explore, the bluetooth device is a must because it makes life so much easier. I love being able to create on my iPad and then open the same project on my computer at home or cut directly from the iPad. I have manged to create more then I have in the past by dragging my iPad back and forth to work with me.

After I cut out all the cards I got to work on this adorable make it now project because Tuesday is the day that my daughter is supposed to bring a snack for her teacher. I thought that it was only fitting that I make something St. Patricks Day related.

Have you tried any of the make it now projects in Design Space? I think they are great and some of them are really easy to make. Any who I fell in love with this little cauldron with the pinwheels and I thought that it would be perfect for snack day. I did have some issues with putting the pinwheels together and gluing this thing together.

I am starting to think that a low temperature hot glue gun is the way to go when putting 3D projects together. I started out with Scotch quick dry adhesive but it was taking me forever to get the pieces to stick together. Towards the end of putting the cauldron together I knew that I was going to have to switch to the hot glue gun so that I could put it all together quickly and properly without cussing my paper out in the process!

cricut explore make it now

I used 8.5×11 black cardstock for the cauldron and then I used some 12×12 green paper for the pinwheels and for the little belt that is wrapped around the cauldron. I had a very old piece of yellow scrap cardstock that I used for the buckle of the belt. As usual these projects take a lot longer to put together then they do to cut out.

I had some wood pieces that I wrapped some green washi tape around and then I hot glued the pinwheels to them. I used some old brads that I have had forever as well for the pinwheels. After I glued the pinwheels to the wood I then put hot glue on the bottom of the wood sticks and stuck them inside the cauldron so that they would stand up straight and they wouldn’t move.

My only regret is that I should have cut the middle one down a little more before I stuck it in the cauldron. I meant to spray some color shine on to the pinwheels but completely forgot before I glued them intocricut explore make it now

the cauldron. I still might attempt to spray them with some color shine before Tuesday morning, which is when I have to give this adorable little cauldron up.

All in all I am quite happy with this little cauldron and I know that the more I practice with putting these 3D projects together the better I will be. Which is why I grabbed some new files from SVG cuts as well over the weekend that I can’t wait to get my crafty little hands on. I will be sharing these projects with you soon as I get the chance. I have a whole week off next week for Spring Break and I am looking forward to some much needed crafty time.

Do you have a Cricut Explore machine? Let us know in the comments.

Now it’s time to check out the other ladies projects for the Make it Monday blog circle.

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Something’s “sketchy” in this week’s Monday Mojo with Lisa @kwitekreative.

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