Monday, January 31, 2011

Happy Birthday Ice Cream Card

Here is a quick Happy Birthday card I made for the Cooking with Cricut Challenge.  It is a cute ice cream cone from the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge.  Looks good enough to eat, yum!


Hugs & Kisses - Valentine

Here is a cute card that I made for Tyler.  It has this adorable puppy and cat together under a heart filled tree.  He is special little man and I think he will like.  Let's hope he doesn't get any ideas about a dog quite yet. 

I made this card with the with the Paper Pups cartridge for the dog and cat cut at 3.5" and the Sweethearts cartridge for the tree, 3.75" and sentiment at 1.75".  I added some green ribbon to wrap in all together.



Saturday, January 29, 2011

Valentine's Card

Shhh everyone, I am posting my valentine's card to give my husband.  We have been married for 9 years now and have our two beautiful boys, Tyler (almost 4) and Bryan (one).  We aren't really big celebrators of this holiday, but we do enjoy giving each other a nice card with a personal message inside.  I thought this pull out card and card holder would be perfect for me to write a special note to him.

I didn't have any valentine paper so I decided that I would try to make some with my Cricut Color Inks.  I used my gypsy to fill a sheet of paper with hearts from the Sweethearts cartridge.  In the Gypsy I also modified the original card holder image.  I moved it over to the right to allow room for my "Love" sentiment on the side.  Next, I switched the blade back in and cut the card holder out.  The Gyspy was a great purchase for me and really allows me to be more creative with the Cricut.  There is no way I could have done this without it.  The "Love" sentiment was also from the Sweethearts cartridge and then I layered it on top of pink and read paper that I uses a corner punch on.

My husband doesn't really know what to make of this new hobby, but I hope he can enjoy the card. 


Area to write a "Love" note

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Happy Birthday Cupcake Card

I have been on a roll with creating some cards, especially birthday cards.  I have a nice little stash now.  Here is a little cupcake birthday card.  Yummy!  I used the cupcake from the Create a Critter cartridge and the Birthday sentiment is from Simply Sweet .  I hope everyone is enjoying their day!


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

My Pink Stamper - Birthday Card Challenge

Here is my most recent challenge entry for My Pink Stamper and Robyn's birthday.  I have a special friend that will be turning the big 40, so I though what a perfect to make a special card for her.

I used the Gypsy Wanderings Dress cut out at 3" and the Happy 40th was welding from the Simply Sweet font.  I am looking forward to our celebration dinner and hope she enjoys her card.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Bryan's First Birthday Bash

Bryan's Birthday Invitation
This past weekend we celebrated Bryan's First Birthday with the family.  We are celebrating a little late, but we have found that having Christmas, our wedding anniversary, Bryan's birthday and New Years with in span of a week is challenging to say the least.

For Christmas, I received this great cartridge for my Cricut called "Create a Critter" and it has such adorable animals on it.  I knew I wanted to use if for Bryan's birthday and I decided to to a Jungle Safari theme staring this little monkey on the invitation.

For the party, I wanted to see what other things that I could make.  I decided it would be great to have a festive birthday banner for when my family came.  I added some additional safari animals as spacers in the banner.

Birthday Banner
I also made a little welcome arrangement with more of our safari friends.

What party wouldn't be complete without cake.  Here is the little smasher cake I made for Bryan.  I also thought it would be nice to decorate his high chair with some jungle grass and flowers.

Bryan's Highchair Decorations

Bryan's Smasher Cake

For the rest of the family, I decided to make cupcake and add cupcake toppers to them.  Each cupcake topper had "1st" written on one side and "birthday" written on the other.  I used the Cricut along with the Gypsy to make my own design.  

Cupcake toppers

Yellow and Green Cupcake Toppers

I had such a wonderful time making these.  I am thinking about adding them to an Etsy Store when I get that up and running.  What do you think?  I would love to hear from you.
Thanks for stopping by- Melanie

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bryan's First Birthday Shirt

I couldn't decide what I wanted Bryan to wear on his first birthday.  My crafty neighbor, Natalie, inspired me with some of the work she has been doing with Super Hero Capes and monogramming the child's initial on the back with felt. 

With my inspiration, I went the store and bought some felt as well as a plain navy t-shirt.  I decided to use a basic hexagon shape as the back drop for the number one.  I used the Cricut to cut out the two different size hexagons as well as the number one from card stock.  I them used these as a template for cutting my shapes and numbers from the felt.  Next I used "Heat and Bond" to adhere the felt to the shirt and then to each other.  Once everything was ironed in place, I then took coordinating cross stitch floss and sewed around the two hexagons.  I think it turned out pretty adorable and will probably be making one for Tyler's Fourth Birthday.

Next, I will share with you the invitation and birthday decorations that I created for his party.  Enjoy! 

Friday, January 7, 2011

Winter Snowflake Card

I have been exploring more with my Cricut and I love it!  Here is a quick card that I made for another Challenge by Momo.  This is 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card that I made with the Paper Pups and Stretch Your Imagination cartridges.  The Pup is cut out at 3" and the snow flakes are cut out 1 1/2", 1" and 3/4".  Winter was cut out at 1 1/2".  More to come......

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

My Pink Stamper Design Team 2011 Challenge

So, I have only been using my Cricut Expression for a few days now and I am going to be entering my first submission in becoming a design team member for Robyn's, "My Pink Stamper".  I have been following her for several months and if you are interested you can find here at .  Robyn has proposed the following challenge:

To make a card, scrapbook page, or other Cricut project with your favorite cartridge using Robyn's favorite colors; pink, green, brown and an optional color of our choice.

I decided to use the "Paper Pups" cartridge along with the grass from the "Plantin SchoolBook" cartridge for my niece's Happy Birthday card.  Both of these came with my Cricut machine.  For the base of my card I used a 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of  Dark Brown cardstock which I folded in half making a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card.  Next, I adhered a 5 1/8" x  3 7/8" piece of Bubble Gum cardstock and a 4 3/4" x 3 5/8" piece of Blue cardstock together.  I sewed a decorative pink zig-zag stitch around the top and two sides.  Then I attached the three layers of green grass that were cut from the "Plantin SchoolBook" cartridge along with the green ribbon at the bottom of the grass.  The card was then ready for the playful birthday pup, presents and happy birthday from the "Paper Pups" cartridge.  Finally, adhere this portion to the Dark Brown card stock and Voila you have the cutest birthday card.  Next project is to create my son, Bryan's, first birthday invitation. 

Cutting Machine:
Cricut Expression
Paper Pups
Plantin SchoolBook
The Paper Company - Dark Brown from the Cypress Fashion Colors pack
The Paper Studio - Medium Brown from the Earthtone pack
AC Moore - Spring Green, Grass Green, Blush, Bubble Gum, Blue
Hobby Lobby - Scrap Pack Ribbon
Clark's Pink Thread

Monday, January 3, 2011

My newest crafting obsession...

I have been wanting one of these for awhile and I finally got my wish for Christmas this year, I received the Cricut Expression from Santa.  I am sure many of you are, "What the heck is a Cricut and What does it do?".  My  husband was one of them and couldn't figure out what I was going to do with it.  I have been antsy to get started, but the family has been under the weather with colds so I am just getting the chance to test it out.  My first creation was making a small gift bag for my niece's birthday present.  I think it turned out really cute and was a really quick project.