did everyone have a good weekend? ours was not bad. saturday night we went to old town alexandria for hubby’s company christmas party. it was fun – we always sit with his coworker brian and his wife dawn who we really really like. unfortunately dinner was SUPER late which meant we were out super late – dinner was finished after 10 pm. and then we had over an hour drive home. now if you have been reading my blog for some time you know i am NOT a night person. i am an early bird. well i was completely wiped out yesterday and good for NOTHING! so my to do list became a did not do list :P luckily pezza has a long day at school today so i can shift into high gear and get to work!!!
i also pulled out all of my christmas cookie books while waiting for my coffee this morning so i can get my baking under way – oh how i love making christmas cookies! YUM! and pezza LOVES to help bake too. she also wants to see my old bread machine in action so we will be making bread too!
today is a Scrap n Tote guest designer post. What’s that you ask?? a perfect storage answer for all of your Cricut cartridges, overlays and handbooks that takes up far less space than those bulky boxes they come in! you might also want to check out it’s sister company Contain Ya Crafts - really good products for storage and organization of ALL sorts of art and crafting goodies.
now where does tim holtz’s 12 tags of christmas fit in to all of this? if you have not been watching these you are truly missing out – the man’s creative genius continues to leave my jaw hanging open and i have been following him for years – how DOES he do it????
let’s take another look at tag 1:
aawesome! now i do not need any tags so i decided i would use the ideas here on a scrapbook page. i also do not have alot of his latest released stuff (i know shame huh – a budget will do that to ya WAH). but i wanted to see if i could make do with what i have so here is my two page spread using my cricut instead for the die cuts:
This layout is based on the layout done by a friend of mine Monique – she does the most amazing layouts EVER!!!! it uses quite a few different cartridges and that is when the Scrap n Tote can really be the best way to store your cartridges – easy to thumb through and get out what you need!
This is the portion that was inspired by tim’s first tag. i used my cricut Imagine and regular paper. the house is from the Heritage cartridge and then i embossed it with an oldie but goodie – my distressed stripes cuttlebug embossing folder. next i swiped it gently with an ink blending foam tool and vintage photo distress ink. next i used mother of pearl modeling cream by viva decor to mimic the snow on the roof and then sprinkled it with Art Institute vintage glass glitter - ultrafine of course. i did the same thing on the tree which is cut from the Camp Out Cricut Cartridge and the picket fence cut from the Heritage cartridge.
my snowy background is done with several distress inks and perfect pearls mist – a technique i first saw in the always fabulous Technique Junkies newsletter. my snowflakes are from an Inkadinkado stamp set.
i also gave my snowflakes a mist of perfect pearls mist. i prefer making my own shimmering mists because it’s cheaper and gives me more control over the colors/color combinations. plus the ranger mini misters are the best bottles i have used yet.
i added a cool snowflake border to my pic on this page – an easy trick in photoshop elements. i purchased the page mask border in a set from Scrapbook Graphics. i prefer to print my own photos so i can crop them and size them exactly the way i want them.
i also typed on my pics to continue the title.
i have managed to rack up quite a collection of cartridges for my cricut over the years – about a third of the ones released so far (thanks to the fabby prices at stampsalive!) while that really expands my options it becomes much harder to keep track of what images i have where. a brand new website makes it a breeze – Cricut Search allows you to search for an item – like pine cones – on every cricut cart made. then i picked out several i liked.
i inked allof my edges on the mats and pinecones and then added accents using viva decor pens - chrome silver pearl pen and holographic glitter liner.
i did this project completely on my Cricut Imagine machine – i thought it was about time i make friends with it! i have to say i really like it! i love the digital screen instead of the manual buttons – it makes it easier to pick and customize my images. i can also tell you it cuts much better than previous machines. i spoke with Jim Colby, the VP of product development at Provo Craft over the weekend and he confirmed that they had made improvements to the cutting mechanisms and it really shows. i used all white papers and *colored* my images using the Blossom Imagine cartridge. this way i knew all of the items would be perfectly coordinated. i had purchased a pack of stampin up 12×12 white paper but i was not happy with it – half of it was a thin sort of glossy paper – not what i wanted. so i will have to see what paper i like so i am ready for more print and cut fun.
as i played around i made a few key discoveries – it is way easier to be able to pick out all the shapes i want, size them, color them, etc from a cartridge and then get them all done at once as opposed to having to switch colored papers for each layer. also there is a nice little check box on the screen right before you print called load last. this enables me to leave my piece of white paper on the mat, cut what i need, LEAVE the paper on and then begin my next cuts at the end of the last ones so i can use up the whole sheet of paper before pulling it off the mat again.
welli need to get my day started so i better sign off here! i hope you all have a fabulous week ahead of you!!! thanks so much to all of you who take time out fo your busy day to check in and see what i have been up to! you all mean so much to me!