Monday, December 13, 2010

FCCB Deck the Hall Crawl!

Hi everyone! Angji here.

Welcome to Sweet Pineapple Scrapping and the third Fantabulous Cricut Crawl...Fantabulous Cricut's version of a blog hop!

In honor of the approaching holidays, we're having a "Deck The Halls" Crawl. Each Design Team member will be featuring an original holiday-themed project that could be used to decorate and spruce up their homes for the holiday season.

If you've come from visiting Angela's blog at Simple Creations Paper Crafts, you're in the right place. If you've just happened across my blog and would like to play along with our Fantabulous Cricut Crawl, start HERE .

Make sure to check out each DT member's blog for some awesome holiday inspiration. There will be a Grand Prize up for grabs at FCCB for one participant that submits a "Deck The Halls" project at FCCB!

For my project I made a wall hanging. With my trusty Gypsy and a 12x24 mat I was able to make the project fairly quickly. Lookie:

First I chose a banner and horn from Happily Ever After. Next, I welded together the phrase using Ashlyn's Alphabet for ease of cutting and placement. I wanted the banner to look almost like a crest so I added a layered snowflake from Joys of the Season.

I wanted this piece to be stable and long lasting so I cut the base piece out of chipboard and cardstock. I used two colors of cardstock for this project, white and green. Everything that was cut in white I heat embossed with sparkly gold embossing powder, except for the second snowflake layer I embossed with sparkly silver. Two coats for every piece. This really shines in real life let me tell you!

Some curling ribbon in holiday colors and silver Glimmer Mist finished off my project and it was ready for the door.

Now it's your turn! Let's see your holiday themed decor projects! Make sure to include a Cricut cut somewhere on your project.

Next stop is Brenda's blog at Brenda's Scrappy Blog. Go see what she has in store for you today. When you're done, make sure to link up your project to FCCB's Fantabulous Cricut Crawl post to be entered into the contest!

Good luck and thank you for visiting today!


Monday, December 6, 2010

Fantabulous Cricut-Gifts Galore!

Hi everyone! Our challenge this week at Fantabulous Cricut was to create a handmade gift or gift package. Again, my mojo has gone into hiding and I struggled for a bit to come up with an idea. But, I finally had a brainwave used the open circle card cut from Smiley Cards as a photo magnet! Brilliant if I do say so myself! Lookie:

Since I used my Gypsy I don't remember what size I cut these out at but I can look it up and post that information later. By sheer good luck, I sized these cards perfectly to fit slightly larger than my Giga (purple) circle punch. Add some glue and lots of glitter, plunk magnets on the back and you're finished! I'm toying with the idea of adding a dimensional glaze on top of the whole thing. What do you all think? Would it be too much?

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, November 8, 2010

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge-Green and a Circle

Hi friends! Thanks for stopping by to visit me! Today at Fantabulous Cricut the challenge was to use the color green and a circle on your project. I hope you like my interpretation of the challenge. The DT really rocked this out, don't you think? Lookie:

Cute! What's even better is that I created this whole card with just one cartridge, Sentimentals. How's that for efficient? With my trusty Gypsy and Expression, this card came to life pretty darn quick. This will make a nice addition to my stash of cards. Until next time, flex your creativity!


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Kiss Kiss, Hug Hug

Hi everyone! It seems I've misplaced my mojo, what with life being so crazy these past months. I just never seem to have enough time to do what I really want. As we all know, creativity is a muscle that needs to be used. If you let it go dormant, it's really hard to get into shape again. So I took a bit of a shortcut and made an easy card. So easy that all I had to do was pick out the paper and cardstock. I made the sample project in Base Camp. It doesn't get much easier than that! What do you think? Lookie:

Cute right? This quick card gave me a creative jump start on my next Design Team assignment. But you will have to come back tomorrow to see what it is! ;)


Monday, October 25, 2010

Fantabulous Halloween

Hi everyone! This week's challenge for Fantabulous Cricut is Halloween. Which is one of my favorite holidays! So, I have a quick and cute Halloween card for you today. I made this card in about 20 minutes. Including designing it on my Gypsy and searching for a "Happy Halloween" cut in my cartridges. So when I say it's quick, I mean it. :) Lookie:

Cute, cute right? I acquired Pumpkin Carving a couple of weeks ago at the scrapbook convention and have been itching to get my Cricut and Gypsy fired up! I can see lots of cute Halloween decorations in my future with this cartridge. I think I'm in love. Lol. Anywhoo, here are a few details for those whom are interested. I first chose the witch cut and sized it to 4.65. I then added 3 circles, sized one to be the background layer and then welded the other two to make a circle card. After that it was a snap to turn this in to an easel card. See what I mean? Easy peasy lemon squeezey. Thanks for stopping by!


Cartridge: Pumpkin Carving, Designer's Calendar, George
Cardstock: SU Basic Black and Dusty Durango


Sunday, October 10, 2010

Joy Wall Hanging

Hi everyone! Just got back from my FAB weekend at the Creating Keepsakes Convention in Kansas City and boy am I inspired! I took lots of classes and met new and old friends. What more can a girl ask for?

For this weeks Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday, our assignment was to create something that goes on the wall. Since I was so inspired from the convention, I went through my stash and found this wall plaque that I've had for at least a year. Covered it with cardstock, stamped some snowflakes and then glittered it to within an inch of it's life! What do you think? Lookie:

Pretty no? I really enjoyed making the faux icicles out of glue and loose glitter. That was fun! The font from Storybook really worked well and the felt snowflakes pull it all together. Now for Halloween and Thanksgiving to pass so I can hang up my sweet project!


Cartridge: Storybook
Cardstock: SU Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Night of Navy
Misc: Stickles, Crystal Effects, SU felt snowflakes, snowflake stamps, Night of Navy ink, rhinstone brads, loose glitter

Thanks for visiting!


Monday, September 27, 2010

National Sewing Day with Fantabulous Cricut

Hi friends! Long time no blog, I know I know. I'm getting used to working multiple post offices and hopefully am going to find more time to craft. Pinkie swear! It's been killing me to be away from my Gypsy for so long! I did have time to make a Fantabulous Cricut project for you though! Our challenge was to use stitching in some form on a project. That is a fairly easy assignment since I love to faux stitch on my cards and projects. I don't have a sewing machine but I probably don't need one because I'm sure I would love to use on my projects. I like to use a piece of magic mesh to make stitches quite a bit. For this project I just freehanded it. Lookie:

This is a very easy card to make. I used the place setting feature on Christmas Cheer for the JOY panel and then used a layer from Just Because Cards for the base. I sized the Joy panel to fit the base and voila! Easy peasy holiday card! This is such a simply card that you can easily mass produce them yourself. Thanks for stopping by!


Cartridges: Christmas Cheer, Just Because Cards
Cardstock: SU Riding Hood Red, Not Quite Navy
Misc: Sakura Stardust pen, felt snowflakes from SU, ribbon, gem brad


ETA: It would help to schedule my post to have been posted at 6am not 6pm! Sheesh! Sorry to everyone who came from Fantabulous Cricut and couldn't find my project.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Fantabulous Cricut-Back to School!

Hello everyone! Nope, I haven't fallen off the of the planet. Just working insane hours and trying to stay on top of my mail van's mechanical problems. Which keep growing every day. Le Sigh. But, I have a card for you. I haven't crafted in almost a month and I was RUSTY! This card was my attempt to get my mojo back after I spent the morning/afternoon fixing my mail van. Please gentle with me. ;) This weeks theme at Fantabulous Cricut was Back to School-Numbers and Letters. Lookie what I made:

What an adorable elephant! This card could be adapted for boy or girl, just change the colors. Sweet, simple and to the point. Sometimes that's all you need. :) I'm off to dreamland as I should have been in bed an hour and 45 minutes ago! Ack!

Bye lovelies!

Monday, August 16, 2010

FCCB Challenge-The Great Outdoors

Hi friends! This week at Fantabulous Cricut the challenge is "the great outdoors". Well, to be honest, I wasn't very inspired by this theme at first. I kept racking my brain for something that I could do and a cut I could use. I was going through some old cards the other day and ran across my Beginner and Advanced Brayering cards from my Michelle Zindorf class that I took last August. Ah hah! Inspiration struck and I had an idea! Lookie:

I'm just so tickled with my project. Even more so since it was my first and only brayered background I made. I usually have to try 3 or 4 times before I get the effect I want. I did have one hiccup in this project. I mis-measured the card base and wasn't able to have a mat around the whole panel. Instead of cutting a new card base I just went with the flow and used what I had. My mom said it kind of looks like you are looking through a window. Yeah, I meant to do that! ;)


Cartridge: A Child's Year
Cardstock: Stampin Up-Whisper White, Basic Black, Sahara Sand
Ink: Stampin Up-Basic Black, Apricot Appeal, Crushed Curry, More Mustard, Dusty Durango, Bordering Blue, Brocade Blue
Stamps: Innovative Stamp Creations-Birch Tree Paintings
Misc: Brayer, sponge, Post-it notes, ATG 714

Thanks for visiting!


Sunday, August 15, 2010


Hi everyone! Sorry to be MIA for a bit there. For those of you that do not know what I do for a living, I'm a mail carrier for the post office. I'm actually a substitute mail carrier. As a sub, I'm only guaranteed one a day week to work. Well, a few weeks ago I started loaning myself out to another office in another city and have been working like a mad dog ever since! I mean working 5 or 6 days a week! Which is a lot when you are used to having a lot of time on your hands to craft and play.

Not only have I been working in a new office but I have been learning a lot of routes. I know 4 of 8 routes in the new office and 5 of 6 in my old office. So I know 9 of 14 routes! Which is a lot when you consider that each route has 400 to 700 boxes/residences each and are at least 30 miles long or more. It's a lot to assimilate and with this heat I've been wiped out at the end of the day. That and my personally owned mail van has been acting up a lot I've had other things to worry about and not been feeling very crafty. I did learn something new last week, I learned how to do a tune up on my mail van (thanks bro!). See, here's the proof:

So there's my excuse. I hope that as I learn my new routes and become comfortable on them that I will have more time and energy to craft. Here's to waiting for fall and some relief from the heat!


Monday, August 2, 2010

Ahh, pink lemonade

Hi all! This week at Fantabulous Cricut we were asked to make a summer/bbq/food or cooking project. What's better to have with bbq then a tall glass of pink lemonade? Lookie:

Cartridges: Graphically Speaking: background cut with holes. Just Because Cards: lemonade cup
Cuttlebug: Divine Swirls folder
Cardstock: American Crafts, Colorblok Glittered, Wassau
Pattern Paper: K & Co. Berry Sweet
Ribbon: pink-Stampin' Up, yellow-unknown
Misc: Wild Honey Distress Ink, Pearl Glimmer Mist, Diamond Stickles, Judikins Diamond Glaze, light yellow pearls. corner rounder

Thanks for visiting! Have a great day!


Sunday, August 1, 2010

Kricut Krazy-Graphically Speaking

Hi everyone! I have been lucky enough to be a guest designer for Kricut Krazy. Tangee features the projects in the cricut handbooks. I have volunteered to do a few for her and this is my first one. I chose Graphically Speaking as I love this cart but don't pull it out that often. This was a quick project and I only altered the card just a bit from the directions. Lookie:

For some reason this card was hard to photograph. It's really not that light/washed out in person. I didn't even know this frame was on GS until I read the directions! Thank you Tangee for letting me be a little Krazy! :)


Monday, July 26, 2010

Fantabulous Butterfly Gatefold

Hi all! This week at Fantabulous Cricut we were asked to make projects that were zoo/animal themed. At first I was deciding between a unicorn and dinosaur shaped card and how to make a "different" shaped card, then inspiration hit and I came up with this shaped butterfly gatefold card! Don't worry, I filmed my very first tutorial if you have any questions as to how I did it. ;) Lookie:

Tutorial: If I leave out a detail or you have a question please feel free to contact me. This is my first tutorial so please be a gentle with me. :)

First you will need to cut your pieces. I used two shadow cuts as my base layers for the card and then all of the regular cuts and layers. This butterfly was cut at 5.14 but could just as easily be cut at 5.25.

Next you will adhere a shadow and base cut together.

Then cut the two layers in half.

I freehand trimmed the inner part. If you look at the finished piece you will see that I trimmed the inner part quite a bit.

Score the second shadow piece approximately 1/2 inch in. I just lined up the cut to where the outer two scallops on the wings were going to be scored. I then folded the crease *backwards* so that my gatefold will open properly.

Adhere the two pieces together. Put glue only on the small part of the wings that are folded back.

Layer the body in the middle and trim the wings more if needed. Add the rest of the layers and decorate as desired. Easy peasy! :)

I hope I was clear in my instructions. I really enjoyed thinking outside of the box and am looking at cuts a little differently now. :)


Cartridge: Once Upon a Princess-Butterfly
Cardstock: Stampin' Up-Pretty in Pink, Green Galore, Gable Green, Whisper White
Pattern Paper: Unknown-purchased at J's by the single sheet.
Misc: Stickles-Stardust, Judikins Diamond Glaze, flower stamen? from Hobby Lobby, Scrappy Glue

Have a great day!


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Scraps Only Challenge #44

This weeks challenge was to use polka dots. Which is great for me because I love love love polka dots! I ended up making 32 of these cute cards. Go me!

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the Journey ;)


Monday, July 19, 2010

Christmas In July

Hola friends! This week's Challenge Me Monday at Fantabulous Cricut is Christmas In July. This is officially the earliest I've ever made a Christmas card! I decided to combine two different fancy folds, the folded paper frame and easel card. I really love how it turned out! Lookie:

Beautiful is it not? ;-) This card was easy and time consuming at the same time. The easy part was cutting all of the pieces. The hard part was inking everything and waiting for the stickles and pearl pen to dry. Yes, I'm crazy and apply my pearl pen directly to my projects! It's not hard to do and I really don't like doing them ahead of time and trying to put them on later. They are just too small to mess with. You can remove them before they are completely dry if you change your mind. The little scoop tool that comes in the cricut tool kit works wonderfully for this.

Gypsy for planning and cutting
Mini Monograms: scallop square
Christmas: ice skate
Joys of the Season: joy and bookplate layer with loops trimmed off
Ink: Antique Linen & Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
Paper: Basic Grey-Wassail?
Cardstock: Stampin' Up!-Always Artichoke, White Mica paper from Michaels on clearance a couple of years ago
Stickles: Antique Linen & Rock Candy Distress Stickles
Other: Viva Decor Pearl Pen-Ice White, foam tape, red tacky tape, ink blending tool, atg 714

Thank you for visiting! I hope you are inspired to make your own Christmas in July project and will share it with us on Fantabulous Cricut!


Sunday, July 18, 2010

French Manor Exploration

Hello! On the Cricut Circle messageboard we had a weekend challenge to use our first Circle exclusive cartridge, French Manor. This is the first time I've gotten to play with this cart as I had to wait until it was added to our gypsy libraries. I'm just too spoiled to use my Expression with out it. I used two cuts that caught my eye as I flipped through the handbook, the peacock and lattice/top note label. I'm not sure if I'm loving the combination of the two cuts but I think it's growing on me. What do you think?

I can't decide what card I like better. Green or white? What I do know is that I love my Black Viva Decor Pearl Pen! Thanks for visiting!


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Cards For Soldiers

Hi everyone! I finally got some envelopes (only 3000 of them!) and am ready to mail off a box of cards for our troops. So after putting cards in envelopes, the finally tally is 377 cards. Well, that isn't anything to be ashamed of, but I must satisfy my OCD leaning and make it an even 400. Because that's how I roll yo! Now we know what I will be working on tomorrow or tonight. On top of my next mini album for Cricut Mini Albums and my next project for Fantabulous Cricut. It's good to be busy. ;) Here is a picture of my 377 cards on my craft table. They are in stacks of 20 and the bottom left corner stack is my short one. Have a great day everyone!

Blog Awards

Hi everyone! A quick post today to add a couple of blog awards from Melissa at MelissaMade2.
She kindly gave me two sweet awards with directions to pass them on to 10 blogs. So here goes in no particular order:

1. Pam at The Bug Bytes-for always being a wonderful resource on her blog and on the Cricut MB. She also was the first person to accept me on to a design team. Thanks for the wonderful opportunity Pam!

2. Elizabeth at 217 Creations-I love her distressed and inked style. Even if I don't emulate it much, I do like to see what she's up to.

3. Mylene at Simply Mylene-I just discovered her through my design team work at Fantabulous Cricut. I love her clean and simple lines and use of color. It calls to my clean and simple style. Besides, she has BAZINGA on the bottom of her blog. How could I not include a fellow TBBT fan?

4. Rhonda at Scrap Happens-We are DT members on Cricut Mini Albums and her minis are just great!

5. Leinad at Scrap Stickle Pop- I really enjoy her layouts and the way she incorporates Cricut cuts on them.

6. Linda K at My Quilling Nest- Her talent and patience are just amazing! Seriously, Wow!

7. Emma at Cricut In Kansas - She is just getting started out in crafting but I love her creative style and use of everyday items.

8. Saundra and Julia at Luv Scrapping Together -Both of these ladies do fantastic work. All the inking and lovely papers make me smile.

9. Steph at Loves To Create Cards- I am always blown away by the detail in her cards. The fact that she cuts everything in white and inks it impresses me every time.

10. Last but not least is Kate at Small Bits of Paper- She is another lady that I work with on the Fantabulous Cricut DT and her work is just FAB. Seriously, check out her lemonade stand card this week!

I could list many many more blogs that I love and deserve awards. Please check out these blogs and if you like, show them some love. Thank you Melissa!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Sweet Swing Top Ice Cream Card

Hi everyone! This week at Fantabulous Cricut we were asked to make a "cool treat" shaped card. Naturally I turned to Sweet Treats and had several options to choose from but eventually chose this cute ice cream cone. To shake things up a bit, I decided to make a different kind of shaped card and used the swing top idea as my card base. I also challenged myself to use more pattern paper since I tend to cut out straight card stock and embellish it from there. So I riffled through my stash of pattern paper and came upon my little 6x6 stack of SU! paper called Welcome Neighbor that just had to be used. All of the cuts except the hot fudge and base card stock are from the Welcome Neighbor stack. Even though I laid out my cuts on my Gypsy, everything was cut out at 5 1/2. My Gypsy just makes things easier to plan and cut all at once. Have I mentioned that I love my Gypsy lately? ;) So, without more blathering, here is my card:

Totally cute isn't it? I think this could be a very cute card for birthdays or even get well if some one is in the hospital and can only eat ice cream?


Sweet Treats: Cone cut at 5 1/2-still loving my Gypsy!
Paper and Card stock: Stampin' Up
Ink: Antique Linen Distress Ink
Stickles: Green and Stardust
Other: Crystal Effects, brad, Scor-pal, black pen, Tim Holtz inking tool

Thank you for stopping in today. I appreciate every comment I receive! Please visit all of the other Fantabulous Cricut ladies and leave some comment love.


ETA: I have gotten a lot of questions on how I made the chocolate look so real both here on my blog and on the cricut messageboard. I used Judykins Diamond Glaze (which I don't really like. It keeps bubbling on me.) and then a second coat of Stampin' Up's Crystal Effects to try and cover up the bubbles that the Diamond Glaze left. I think one of the reason's why it looks so real is that I got lucky taking the picture. I put my camera on a tripod and hold a second Ott light over the camera and project. I just move my light around until I'm happy with the photo. I hope this helps and thanks everyone for taking the time to visit me!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Just Beachy Tri-fold Birthday

Hi everyone! For my Gyptian project at The Bug Bytes, I made my very first tri-fold card. It was very easy to do and I think it's stinking cute! I am giving this to my "mom" at my job. She takes care of everyone and don't make her mad! Lol Her birthday is tomorrow and I think she will love this card. On to the photos!

Here is my G and my paper placed on my mat. This is a fairly easy card. Nothing too fancy to cut out. I used Life is a Beach and Wild Card.
And here is the finished card!

So, do you think my office "mom" will like her card? I'm hoping she will!

Thank you for visiting today! Until next time, keep on rocking your Gypsies!


Monday, July 5, 2010

Fantabulous Cricut Debut!

Hi everyone! This is my first week in my post as a DT for Fantabulous Cricut. Our challenge was to use orange and a creepy crawlie critter. First I needed a little mojo kickstart and found a cute sketch from SCS to use. Then as I was looking for a cute creepy crawlie, I came upon this adorable little alien on Everyday Paper Dolls, whom I just had to use. I used my Gypsy to make a second layer by using the new Hide Contour feature. Once I cut it out and had it all together I was inspired to use some googlie eyes. Then of course I went overboard and added them to his belly. You know how it is when you are in the grip of the creative flow right? But I think it's just so stinking adorable! Lookie:

I know, right, Stinking Adorable!?! This is by far my favorite boy card I've ever made. Now to find a lucky little boy to give it to. Thanks for stopping by today!


Saturday, July 3, 2010

Favorite Photos Mini Album

Hi everyone! Here is my second project for Cricut Mini Albums. I'm still struggling with designs but it was easier this time. Which is exactly why I wanted to be part of this blog, to stretch my creative horizons! It's doing that, let me tell you! Anyway, here is what I made. Lookie:

I know this looks simple. And it is, to a point. I used 4 cartridges on it!

Jasmine-photo corners
Cindy Loo-Scallop border, welded and sized
Stretch Your Imagination-Scallop Frame, sized with aspect ratio off
Ashlyn's Alphabet-Font, welded
My Gypsy!

I also used my cuttlebug and Asian themed folder. I probably went a little crazy with the Viva Decor Pearl Pen, but I love pearls and it's my album! Lol And the next time I want to wind ribbon in a frame, I'm going to cut one that already has holes in it! YKWIM??? ;-)

Have a great day!


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Scraps Only Challenge #40

Hi everyone! After a not so great start to the week, I'm finally back crafting! I worked Monday at the Post Office and when I was just about half way done with my route, I got stung by wasps 4 times. Twice in my joint on my index finger and then twice farther down on the same finger. It was so not fun let me tell you! Please, please, please if you see wasps hanging around your mailbox; please get rid of them! Your mail person will thank you.

Anyway, on to this weeks Scraps Only challenge. The challenge this week was to use two different pattern papers. I didn't think it would be too difficult. Until I went through my scrap folder and realized that I'm getting dangerously low on scraps! What a cool feeling! That just made my day! Here are the 12 cards I whipped up using *3* different pattern papers and the SCS Clean and Simple sketch this week. Yay me!

Now that I've fulfilled my weekly Cards For Soldiers duty, it's time to play with my other challenges this week. Later!


Sunday, June 20, 2010

My Father's Day Card

Hi everyone! I made this card this morning for my father. Nothing like waiting until the last minute huh? However, I seem to thrive under a bit of pressure so maybe I procrastinate on purpose? Who knows....anyway, lookie what I made:

I couldn't resist making another easel card. They are just so easy and so fun. :) I used my Pagoda cart for the first time; I've only had it for two months! But I'm not huge into the Asian theme that others are. I just dabble from time to time. I also used Storybook for the artisan labels and Wild Card for the sentiment. Can you believe I used stickles, spica glitter pens, diamond glaze and ribbon on a masculine card? I think it works. What do you think? I'm entering this card in this weeks Fantabulous Cricut challenge. Can I get Top 3 two weeks in a row? ;-)

Have a great day!


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A couple of birthday cards

Hi everyone! Yesterday was my sister in law's birthday and as one of her presents, we let her children spend the night last night. Aren't we nice? :) Here are the cards she received. I made the Hello Kitty card and I "helped"/"made" her card from her children. I also whipped up the gift card holder from Cindy Loo in a flash.

I am really loving the Hello Kitty cartridge for all of the shaped cards. They are just so stinking cute! I even bought paper specifically to use with that cartridge. Now to get cracking at making more HK cards. Later!

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