Sunday, July 31, 2011


First, I want to say Thanks for all the wonderful comments.   I really appreciate them!

Now for the important part!    The winner of the 6 snowman gift tags/embellishments! 

Angie said...

Hi Laurie, I really liked the tags. The poinsettia is very pretty.
July 29, 2011 9:32 PM

Email me at with your address so I can send them to you!   

Thanks, Laurie

Friday, July 29, 2011

Christmas in July

Welcome to My Cricut Craft Room's Christmas in July Blog Hop!

You should have come from Tina's Blog.   If not please go to http:/ to start from the beginning so you don't miss any of the awesome designs.

What better time to make snowmen than when it is 100 degrees outside!   I love winter, especially when it snows a lot so I always make snowmen gift tags for Christmas.

This tag is made using the Smiley Cards Cartridge.   The snowman is cut at 4.12 x 5.05.  I used Colorbok white textured cardstock and patterned paper along with unknown black card stock.  I added some floss on the buttons.

The next snowman is exactly the same except I colored the hat black, then added some stickles and finally used a silver sharpie to go over the hat.   I also used a pale blue card stock and added yarn scraps for the scarf.
This size snowman also works well for an A2 sized easel card.

My 3rd snowman is from Gypsy Wanderings.
The tag size is 3 x 5 and is from Gypsy Wanderings.   The snowman is cut at 3.75 x 3.82 I think.   I cut these out last winter and just put them together for this project now.    I used Cricut Blues paper for the tag and then used a Stampin Up Stamp to add embossed tiny snowflakes.   I then added a piece of Colorbok shimmer paper for the snowdrift and added some stickles.    The Snowman is layered with a pale blue and white cardstock.  I added a Stampin Up sentiment, matted on a silver scrap and then attached with some Martha Stewart twine.  The back of the tag has To and From cut from A Child's Year.

It wouldn't be Christmas without some red and green gift tags.  The tags are from Plantin Schoolbook and cut at 3.59 x 4.19

The Poinsettia is cut from the Christmas Card at 4.07 x 3.0.  It has a few pieces that I inked and sprayed with some homemade red shimmer mist.   I just wrinkled up the pieces and put them together with a brad that I covered with gold stickles.  I placed it on top of greens, also from the Christmas cart and cut at 2.49 x 1.49.  I flipped one upside down and then cut 2 of each to give them a bit more dimension.  The cream tag is from Popup Neighborhood and cut at 3.05 x 2.91.  I added some Memories Soft Gold ink to the tag and stamped the to and from with Stampin Up Always Artichoke.
I went a bit nuts with inking and stickles on this one.  The cream tag and tree are both from Popup Neighborhood and cut at 3.22 x 2.98 and 1.95 x 3.75.   I inked the red tag and tree trunk with Walnut Distress ink, the cream tag with Memories Soft Gold and then covered the tree with stickles with Distress Gold Stickles and smeared it around to cover it.  It wrinkled up the tree a bit too much but hey trees are not flat right?

My last project involves one of my many favorite Christmas day activities, food.   I started making place cards for our family dinner.

 I am making Santa and his reindeer for each of my family members.
The place card is from Plantin Schoolbook and cut at 5 x 4.
The tag is again from Popup Neighborhood and cut at 2.5 x 1.30.
The names are from Plantin Schoolbook and cut at approximately 1.79 x 1 and welded.
Santa and Reindeer are from the Christmas cart and cut at 2.19 x 3.13 and 1.72 x 2.41.
I used assorted Paper Co and Recollections value pack card stock and inked the cream tags with Memories Soft Gold ink.  Santa has a bunch of tiny pieces that I tried to use but ended up using stickles and gel pens for some parts.  

 I am giving away 6 snowman tags/embellishments.   All you have to do is leave a comment or if that doesn't work leave me a message on facebook.  I will be posting the winner on Sunday on my blog and facebook.

The next stop on the hop is Gayle's Blog.   
In case you get lost I have posted the lineup below!   Thanks for visiting my blog and happy hopping!


Thursday, July 28, 2011


Today I am working on cards for project Sunshine and Smiles!   So, I thought why not play with and learn Smiley Cards.   There are so many cute cuts on this cartridge.   I've made a few of the snowmen and you will have to come back for the Christmas in July blog hop to see how cute he is and have a chance to win a set of gift tags.

This is the first card.   A really cute angel smiley face.

I cut these pretty big because I wanted it to cover a large portion of the card and I need the cards to be quick and easy because Erica's goal for Sunshine and Smiles is 5000 cards.   It doesn't show up very well but I used Folk Art Metallic Pearl White on the wings and halo.   I just poured some on my sheet of parchment paper and painted it on with a makeup sponge.  The glittery wings are done the same way but with silver Folk Art Extreme Glitter paint.   I used metallic Jelly Roll Gel pens and markers to add some faux stitching.   I still need to find a sentiment for these cards.

I'm not happy with how the following 2 cards turned out.  But here they are.   They aren't awful, I just don't like them at all and I really don't know what I could do to make them better.   Would really appreciate some pointers, tips or ideas for next time.

And finally, a Cowboy card.   I'm not really a fan of the western/country/cowboy thing, well unless Kid Rock is singing Cowboy, then I like it but I do like how this card turned out!

If you would like to make cards for Project Sunshine and Smiles please see My Cricut Craft Room for more details.

I love comments and really do want suggestion or tips because this is something I really struggle with in card making!