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Fun with My New Toy: a Cricut Explore One

My lovely hubby got me a Cricut Explore One for Christmas. I had been putting off getting one because I felt it was “cheating”. I was wrong. It takes a lot to make something original, even with design space. It is soooooooo much fun too!

I played around with it for a while before “printing” anything. I finally did for both my nephew’s and friend’s birthdays.

For my friend, I was more original though not fully. I used images, but didn’t do a full layout from the system. I used a flower image from the subscription and bought a Lia Griffith because, well, it was a gorgeous image! I then watercolored the background. Real watercolors, took me so long to get what I wanted, but I had completely forgotten that I could do it with a water pen and ink … eh, it worked out well in the end.

Anyway, here is the card I made for my friend with the Lia Griffith image (and the bottom bit the negative of the flower):

Owl Card

I’ve also used my lesson learned to make multiples when I figure out a good layout with good images, so here are the next three:

Flower and Owl Cards

Totally cheated for my nephew, as I just couldn’t think of something original. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture of the card. I both forgot and didn’t much care to since it was direct from the Cricut subscription file. I was a T-Rex skeleton that said Happy B-Day. That is totally not my type of phrasing, but that whole mental block was my excuse. So, here’s another crafter (Angela Dodson at PollyPurpleHorse) who did the same card, but a little nicer and with a goggly eye (and in orange rather than green)!

As my most original I made stencils from freezer paper for onsie creation. I uploaded my “own” images and turned them into stencils. Have the Cricut cut the freezer paper from Design Space, gently separate, iron onto the onsies, wait to cool, sponge paint, wait to dry, remove freezer paper, and voila! (Reinforcement of geekhood: yes, that is a TARDIS from Doctor Who. We’re both fans 🙂 )

Owl and Android Onsies

TARDIS Onsies

Supply list: Cricut Explore One with tools and mat; Stampin’ Up paper in Basic Black, Kraft, Lost Lagoon, and (I think) Wisteria Wonder; Stampin’ Up Morning Meadow Clear-Mount Stamp Set (an old hostess set); watercolor paper and watercolors from Michaels (Artist Loft, nothing fancy); fabric paint, fabric paint medium, and acrylic paint (Martha Stewart) from Michaels; freezer paper (only seems to be available at the supermarket); onsies from Amazon.

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Oldies, But Goldies: A Blast from My Crafting Past

Here are some of the highlights of my creations in the far past … *cough – no older than 4 years – cough*

Cut Out Collage

From the top left, I made a card using Japanese themed paper for my friend’s bridal shower, the next was a good job card for my friend’s daughter (who loves dinosaurs), the house from Up for a new home card, a onsie baby card, a simple sympathy card (these are always hard, but I found a quote stamp that works very well for a cover without being cheesy), a bowtie card for a friend’s dapper son, a robot card for a nephew obsessed with his uncle’s work, Yoda for the same nephew the next year, and a penguin holding Sesame Street character balloons to my brother’s son (my favorite).

I made these cards using punches. From a simple corner rounder to messing about with the SU Owl Punch to major fussy cutting. I love working with punches and have far too many of them. I also used my embossing machine (Big Shot) with die cuts and embossing folders, sooooooooooo I have way too many options. It makes deciding what to make/use incredibly difficult (a good difficulty to have and I cannot, in good conscience, complain).

ATC Birds Collage

These are from my foray into Artist Trading Cards (ATCs). I very much want to get back to them, but having a baby limits my freeform crafting. I loved trying out different techniques on these 3 1/2 by 2 1/2 cards. You will notice very soon, if you follow my blog, that I love birds. I’m a little obsessed. These are two of my favorite cards and my favorite bird stamp.

Michaels Classes Collage

These cards are from my self-designed (instructor’s choice) classes at Michaels. Only one person ever came, so I didn’t really get to show off the different techniques, but I did have a lot of fun creating the examples for the classes.

Sleeping Cat Birthday

I love putting hats on animals. I have no idea why, but I just do. This party hat from SU fit perfectly on the adorable sleeping kitty from Picture Show on Etsy. An incredibly simple card, but one of my favorites. It took me forever to get the scoring right! (You will also notice that I also have a slight obsession with not just birds, but cats as well.)

Yarn Christmas Wreath

This is one of my non-paper crafts that I both enjoyed and felt turned out well. A Christmas wreath of yarn, felt, and torn apart pics the Michaels. I hang it up every year now. (See obsession with birds.)

That is a look into my crafting past. I have enjoyed crafting since I was a little kid and can’t wait to pass on the passion (hopefully) to my daughter. Along with my husband’s passion for robots.

A Baseball Playing Dinosaur Baby Shower

My friend (S.) is pregnant and fairly new to the country. They don’t really throw showers in Germany, so another German friend of hers (A.) and I worked out one for her with both traditional and non-traditional elements. As a side note, I have never thrown a baby shower and have been to very few.

Traditional: food (and lots of it), decorations, a game, wishes for the baby and parents

Non-Traditional: Baseball and Dinosaurs theme, only one game, no baby or blue/pink decorations, both men and women in attendance

A. took on the food. I love decorating for holidays and parties, so I took this part and all crafting bits on myself. Below is the scrapbook set-up with a request for wishes and ideas on how to present them. Project Life cards (I once had the idea to scrapbook and then I rediscovered Shutterfly for photo books) for writing those wishes, stickers, pens, etc. The strings you see are holding balloons to the the dinosaur jars full of jelly beans. A. did an amazing job on the food and you can see one of my hanging, non-crafted decorations.

People writing things for the baby and parents.

Dinosaur with Jelly Beans Give Away

Food!

I didn’t take pictures of the game, but it was a card deck with all the letters of the alphabet and some cards that said boy or girl. S. would pick a letter and a gender from the deck and the guests would have 1 minutes to write as many names as they could think of with those limitations.

I had a lot of fun decorating, but even more fun creating the gifts (some of which were also decorations). A. gave me Onsies that were leftovers from the last baby shower she threw. She said that the people at that party weren’t much interested in decorating them, so asked if I would like to. But of course! I had a few pre-made stencils, though only used one, and made the other two from online images and sticker paper. Do NOT use sticker paper on cloth for stencils. It took me longer to get the sticker off than to create and paint. At least they turned out nice. S. loves owls and Doctor Who, so those two were easy to figure out, and why not a squirrel, eh?

A. gave me onsies and I had fun. (Side note: don't use sticker paper for a stencil. So hard to get those last bits off!)

I made these for selfish purposes. I’ve been wanting to try this technique since I first saw it on Pinterest and now I had an excuse! Front side has the words used commonly in German and the back side has the English (American, Mommy and Daddy).

Mama and Papa Mugs

The actual present and card are below. The is the absolute best wrapping job I’ve ever done, so I had to take a picture. I didn’t mean for the colors to match; that just happened.

Seriously the best wrapping I have ever done on a present. Ever.

I made similar blocks before my daughter was born, but with a shimmery white background, rounded corner numbers, no baseball paper, and in English rather than German.

Age Blocks

I learned this one at my Bridal Shower: the hosts give the shower-e (?) a set of Thank You Cards, so they don’t have to buy them or much think about anything but writing. These were fun and easy to make.

Thank You Cards

So, I got my supplies from all over the place, including Amazon, Michaels, Etsy shops, Stampin’ Up, and probably somewhere else. Leave a comment if you would like to know where a specific product came from or how something was made.

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