Hatching a plan

 

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Easter is sneaking up on me quickly and I am working hard to get some projects together before Sunday.  I have some gifts for my nieces and nephews and want some cute tags to put on the bags or baskets that I get for them.  I just purchased the Create A Critter 2 Cricut cartridge earlier this week.  If you haven’t seen this cartridge yet – you should check it out!  Especially if you have kids.  I will be using this one a ton!  The images are so versatile and can be used for so many different occasions!  The chick was the perfect image to use for Easter and I will be able to switch up the colors for each one to match the kids personalities.  I cut out the image and then just found some scrap paper to make a tag background.  I layered a solid color on that to ground the image and allow me to write their names on the tag using the Recollections Opaque markers.  A very fun, quick craft!

 

Here are the baskets that I made for all the kiddos:

 

easter baskets

Happy Crafting!

Amy

 

Spring Inspiration

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Spring is finally in the air!  With the temps in the 60′s this week and Easter right around the corner, I am finally getting rid of the winter blah’s.  Spring also bring lots of birthdays, showers and other crafting opportunities for me.  This card was my first craft project in my new craft room.  It was so nice to have everything neat and organized and easy to find!

I am challenging myself to really make use of the Cricut cartridges I have as well as the plethora of paper that I have accumulated over time.  I had a birthday card in mind for my god daughter wanted colorful and girly.  Create A Critter has some super cute images and the butterfly was perfect – especially when it is made with glitter paper – how perfect!  I threw a few pop dots between the wing layers to give it some depth and put it over a tag from Tags, Bags, Boxes and More.  Then as I was scrounging through my paper I came across some DCWV butterfly paper – and that just brought it all together.  I can’t wait to send this card out!

Happy Crafting,

Amy

Gettin’ Crafty with a New Room

As we all know life gets busy and can often get in the way of creativity.  Sometimes it takes moving things around to get back at it and finding a fresh perspective.  My craftroom/office has been in a basement bedroom for 10 years – it was a great space, but cut off from family and the main part of our house.  My oldest son is 14 and we decided it was time to let him have the basement bedroom to have some more privacy and I would take over his room. 

Even though this was my bright idea, I wasn’t too sure how this was going to work out.  The basement room was larger with 2 big windows and I had 10 feet of continuous countertop/cabinets.  How could that be topped?  But, I picked out some paint and got to work transforming it from a teenagers sports themed room to a place that would inspire me and make me want to come in and be creative.  We found some upper cabinets on clearance as well as prefab countertops on sale.  I took my sons old desk and added in some cute bulletin boards to the back of.  Next up I hit the stores looking for some artwork and a rug – I found both on a super clearance.  I love it!! Breaking up the cabinets into 2 workspaces has allowed me to organize things better and the smaller space is much more efficient.  I am steps away from the kitchen and my family and most of all, I have once again found inspiration and creativity. 

Here are some photos of the new space while it is still clean:

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Happy Crafting!

-Amy

 

 

Simple Happy Birthday Banner

Simple Happy Birthday Banner

I have been wanting to make some projects at home with my Cricut for quite some time. But I just haven’t seemed to find the time lately. My son was having a sleepover and I needed a new Happy Birthday banner. So, it was finally time to warm up my Cricut!

I thought I was going to have to buy an new cartridge to get a banner image – and then I noticed that Country Life had banners! Score!!! A few cuts later and voila – we have a new banner! The nice thing about this is that I used brads to connect all of the pieces – so I can make new banner pieces and swap out names in the future.

This was so easy to make – I was able to cut it out and put it all together in under an hour. I also used my Design Studio software and made sure to save the file, so I will be all set when I need to cut out new pieces for another birthday.

Happy Crafting!

- Amy

Birthday Boy!

My nephew will be turning 3 very soon and is crazy about trucks!  Luckily, I got the Boys Will Be Boys Cricut cartridge for Christmas this year!  It had the perfect truck for the occasion!

Perfect card for a 3 year old boy!

A Crafty Day Off

What a nice surprise it was to have my boss call me last night and tell me that our office will be closed for MLK Day. I finally have some time to try out the Cricut Design Studio software and new cartridges I got for Christmas!

This card is for a great friend that I don’t get to see very often.  I used Accent Essentials and welded the flowers and leaves together. 

Since I am fairly new to Design Studio – share with me any tips or fun features that you have used…

Birthday Card

First Card that I made using the Cricut Design Studio software