hmmm...I love anything retro and my passions are my DH, my 2 cats, Crafting and scooters. My fave craft tool is my trusty Cricut so I decided to share my passion for my li'l bug with anyone else who can be bothered to read!

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Beee happy

This cute exploding box was made using WIMG. The little beehive in the middle was 2 yellow circles each cut at the same size, going down in 1/4" increments and a black circle in between at the same size. 3D them up to create the height. We made this at our swarm last year. The bees are on wire springs which are attached to the base of the hive.

Fan book

I love these fan books! I made this one by cutting 3 circles at 11.5" on GBS then adding all the other elements which are random cuts from all over the place!

Baby mobile

This photo doesnt do this justice! I love this baby mobile but it's hard to show. Basically there are little elephants, rabbits, sheep, ducks and hearts, plus the name Lily all hanging on elastic from the spiral.

I made this by cutting a circle on GBS at 11.5", then cutting into it to make the spiral. The elephants are from Zooballoo and the rabbits, sheep and ducks are on New arrival with the "Little one" words and hearts I think.

Giant altered paperclip

Ok, a cute little project from our craft day in 2008. 2 flowers cut from AE, a circle added and the N is from GBS.

The infamous Vase of Flowers

Ok, so here it is, my infamous Vase of Flowers.

I posted this little creation back in September 2007 on and it was one of the first really creative things I made with my trusty steed. Don't ask me where the inspiration came from, I can't remember. The reason it's infamous is it seems to have inspired 100's of you to make your own little bouquets of 3D flowers in all shapes and sizes which is just fabulous, I'm really humbled to think it's inspired you so much. The original cricut post just keeps getting posted and reposted every couple of months, I think the old members are posting it again for the new members, which is so cool. If you have read me waxing lyrical about plaguerism at the bottom of my blog this is one of the reasons why, as many people have tried to pinch the glory for this project and I'm just not having it, ok!!! Most of the time I don't care if someone claims an idea but on this occasion I do! If you've seen this vase or these flowers anywhere else it's copied from this pic!!! (hahaha I will get off the ol' soapbox now!). For those of you who live in York, you can now see this original in my shop window.

So once again, and this is the final time I'm going to do this, here are the instructions...

Apologies if you've seen this before way back last year, but for those of you who've been PM'ing me here you are and I created this in approx 3 hours with the Expression. It stands approx 12" tall.
The vase is the round handbag from the Plantin Schoolbook and all the flowers/leaves are from Accent Essentials. OK, I hope you're going to have a go cos this is so easy, the only time consuming bit is the 3D foam! To make the flowers you need to start with the finished size you want then cut the same flower in all the different size increments available on your machine. ie 5", 4.75", 4.5" etc. Layer each one with 3D foam in the middle and then make a stalk by rolling paper into a straw (or use a straw if you have them) then snip the ends so you can bend them back and attach to the underside of the flower. To make a whole flower instead of a flat one you need to make the flower twice, then stick them together with 3D foam to give you a full round flower. Then insert the stalk through the centre using a strong wet glue to hold it or silicon glue works really well. I used my Expression, but you can do this in a smaller size on Baby Bug too. I used white linen cardstock throughout and used 12 x 24" cutting mat, or you can do it on 12 x 12 also:
Using Plantin Schoolbook, cut the BAG on TALL BALL feature and fit to page or do it as large as you can. This cuts a round train style bag. Glue the bag & cut off the handles to make the vase.
Take your Accent Essentials cart and select loads of different flowers & snowflakes, cutting them at 3.5". Then REPEAT LAST and cut at 3.25", and repeat each time, reducing each cut by 0.25". This gives you the graduation for the flowers. Take each size of the same flower and layer them with 3D foam, mking some smaller than others for variety. Once I'd layered some of the flowers I decided I could double them up to make a complete 3D flower (this works brilliantly with ACCENT10). So this time do exactly the same, but cut each size twice, and layer them back to back so you get a complete flowerhead.
Once you're happy with your flowers take some white paper and roll into a straw shape and glue. Snip the top appox 1" and splay out so you can glue to the undersides of the flowers for the stalks. You can also use straws for this if you have some.
Finally, cut scrolls in various sizes for the leaf fronds, and cut some leaves in different sizes. Weight the bottom of the vase with sand/pebbles etc, whatever you have, and arrange the flowers, leaves and fronds into the vase. If necessary secure where possible to avoid everything falling over making sure you hide the glue.

And that's it! If you use the Repeat Last function it's really quick, the time was mainly in doing the 3D foam! I hope some of you will have a go at this, believe me it is not difficult, you just need to be patient and the result will be worth it. If you also go for white cardstock, think about chalking or inking the edges, although I felt that there was greater impact because it was all in white. I think this would make a fantastic gift for someone special. Enjoy! x

(p.s - those of you that don't have Accent Essentials can do this with any other flowers you have on any cart, so don't think you can't do it if you don't have AE! And you can do it on either the big or baby bug too!)

me, me, me

This is anold layout of some boring old speccie four eyed tart! Numbers are from GBS, letters are from Tear Drop!

Pressure Drop

This is one of my fave layouts I've ever done, I think probably just because it evokes a lot of memories for me more than anything.

Letters are all from PS and the arrow is from Accent Essentials. Yes, that's me in my (not so) younger days on my beloved scoot, which can now be seen at the Craven motorcyle Museum and may be appearing on a TV screen near you as they supply all the vintage vehicles for Heartbeat, The Royal, etc.

sob, sob, I miss you scootie....:(

Santa's party nameplate

This was a project I made for BBTB - we had to use the santa suit cut. I then used this for one of my Crimbo swarms. Basically, the whole thing is around 10" tall and uses the santa suit from Christmas Cheer which is then decoupaged up. The nameplate is made using a cut I can't remember (sorry!)

Random cards...

Ok, so here are some random cards I've found which were done way back when I first got my lovely baby.

Happy Halloween Pencil Toppers

This is a little project which I still love now - I actually made this for our second ever swarm way back in October 2007 and it's so easy to make. This was all made using only the George cart and is a great project to get the kids involved with too.

I can't remember all the sizes of the cuts, but the whole thing stands around 10/12" tall and the sizes are really irrelevant you can make it whatever size you like.

Pumpkin - use a circle for the body, a star for the leafy bit and the bottom of the letter i for the stalk.

Witch - Cut the daisy flower & add the long skinny oval for the face. The hat is another skinny oval in black (cut about an inch smaller than the face) and I think I just cut a triangle with scissors although you can use the GBS triangle (if I remember the angle was a bit weird so I might have cut it back).

The Bat - hehehe this is where it gets cool. I kept looking and looking for a bat shape and finally came up with this, which is the waste leftover from a W! It was a total accident but it works so well! Use an oval for the body.
You need to cut 2 of everything, assemble all the bits together and then insert the pencils inside, glueing them in place. Then decorate all the other bits. The box shape - soz, can't remember which cart this is off, but you can use any box, or just stick the pencils into a little pot.

Day One of my new blog...

Although I have my other blog I love my trusty bug so much I've decided to have this blog dedicated just to my lovely mosheen and will share my projects with y'all. It might take me some time to catch up with all the popular ones as they go back over 2 years nearly now, but as I'm constantly getting asked on the site for instructions I thought this was the best place to do them - also some of the older posts might be a bit sketchy as far as cuts and sizes go becuase obviously it's been a while and my alzheimers is setting in now I've reached another birthday.
If you have any questions of a technical nature feel free to ask and I will answer wherever I can although I don't pretend to know all there is to know and if you need help I always suggest as you'll find virtually everything you could ever wanna know here.

Feel free to scraplift anything on this site but PLEASE do not submit my ideas into your own competitions or other sites etc as I do have a raging temper for anyone that pinches anyone else's designs and doesn't give credit to the originator. I've had numerous projects blatantly plaguerised over the past year and it does make me wanna stab people with a blunt and painful rusty nail. Yes, it is flattering when people copy and that's fine but I draw the line when they start to get published on sites and in magazines. All the work you see here is totally original by me and me alone unless otherwise stated.

Ok, here we go then...