Monday, April 30, 2012

Fantabulous Cricut: Save the Earth Cricut Crawl

Welcome to Fantabulous Cricut's Save the Earth Cricut Crawl!

In honor of Earth Day, each FCCB Design Team member is featuring an "up"-cycled project that includes at least one reused/recycled item and a Cricut cut.

If you've come from Jamie's Scrap Queen blog, you're in the right place!  If you've just happened across my blog and would like to play along, you can start from the beginning at Fantabulous Cricut.

Make sure to check out each DT member's blog for some awesome inspiration! There will be prizes along the way and a grand prize for one participant that submits a "Save the Earth" project at FCCB!

Now for my project...!

I have tons of gift bags stashed in my spare closet -- always with the intention of reusing them to wrap a gift, but it rarely happens.  I was inspired by our Cricut crawl to actually use one and make it extra-special.  I added some Cricut cuts and used another recycled item -- a page of text from an old book I no longer wanted.  I even made a matching notecard!  I think the result is super chic:

Here's some close-ups...

Project Details:
  • Recycled Items - pink gift bag; book page
  • Card Base - DCWV Brights Collection (A2)
  • Papers - black cardstock by Recollections
  • Cricut Cuts - butterfly and background from Kate's ABCs, page 62; flower from Kate's ABCs, page 68
  • Embossing - butterfly and background with Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots
  • Other - gemstone and pink paper flower by Recollections

I'm really pleased with the result, and I'll probaby try incorporating book pages into more of my projects.  Another variation would be newspaper -- curious to see how it would cut on a Cricut mat. :)

Who's up for some blog candy?  Me!  Just leave a comment below, and I'll draw a winner on Monday, May 7th with to receive the following cute gemstone flowers (sorry, I can only ship to US addresses):

Now it's your turn...let's see your Upcycled-Themed projects at FCCB! Make sure to include a Cricut Cut somewhere on your project, too.

Your next stop is Judy at Crafty Jar -- go see what she has in store for you today.  And when you're done, make sure to link up your project at Fantabulous Cricut to be entered into the contest.

Happy Crawling!

I'm also entering this project into the following challenge(s):

My Craft Spot: Challenge #54 - Mother's Day
Paper Playtime: Challenge #73 - Anything Goes

Monday, April 2, 2012

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday #105 - EGG-ceptional Easter

Easter is right around the corner, so it's time to bring out those eggs and celebrate with Fantabulous Cricut!  This week's challenge is to make a project featuring Easter eggs.  I have a super special project for you today -- an Easter layout I recently made for my son's scrapbook:

I had so much fun adding lots of Easter details.  Here's some close-ups:

Project Details:
  • Papers - patterned paper by The Paper Studio; cardstock by Recollections
  • Cricut Cuts - "Hoppy Easter" from Celebrate with Flourish; eggs and basket from Doodlecharms, page 30; bunny from Create a Critter, page 26
  • Embossing - eggs with Cuttlebug's Perfectly Paisley and Swiss Dots and The Paper Studio's Doodleborders; basket with The Paper Studio's Mesh Texture
  • Other - all cuts on pop dots

I love this layout because it's the last time Jonathan agreed to sit with the Easter bunny -- even though it only lasted about three seconds until he burst into tears.  It was stressful at the time, but hilarious now!  He still has an intense fear of "EB" and avoided him like the plague at this year's egg hunt.

Are you ready to show off your egg projects?  Head over to Fantabulous Cricut for Challenge #105 - EGG-ceptional Easter!

I'm entering this project into the following challenges:

Amanda's Crafts and More: Getting Scrappy Challenge - Easter Egg-citement
Carson's Creations: Embossing Blog Hop
Getting Cricky with K Andrew: Simply Sunday Challenge - Easter Blessings
Krafty Girls: Challenge #4 - For Peeps Sake
My Craft Spot: Challenge #50 - Easter