Disney Autograph Books

Hi all!  I have been busy up in my craft room making gifts for all my family members for Christmas. I tried to make as many gifts this year as I could instead of buying gifts.  I really love getting homemade gifts from the heart and I hope my family members too:-).

Here is an example of something I made using my new Cricut Imagine. I am seriously in love with this machine.  I just love the possibilities with it and I love using Cricut Craft room (an online design tool).  I also just loaded the Imagine app onto my gypsy for designing when I'm away from my craft room.  It's just so much fun!  I have also been buying up carts like crazy on ebay for around 10.00 a piece.  One I just received was Baby Boutique.  At first I glanced right over this one thinking I wouldn't need to do any baby pages since my babies are a little older now but once I saw it was Teresa Collins and I saw all the awesome papers I was sold!  I used this one primarily for these books:

The frames and paper were cut using the Imagine Baby Boutique cartridge, along with the crowns.  I used Mickey Font for the words along with the Mickey Mouse ears (filling in the colors from the Baby Boutique patterns).  Sleeping Beauty was cut using the Disney Happily Ever After cartridge, I also filled in her colors on my Imagine based on the Disney "official" RGB codes.  How cool is that?  I used my cinch to bind them.

 Here is how it looked when I pulled the mat out of the Imagine I just stuck in a white piece of paper and all the colors were done for me:)
 Modge Podge is my friend when I make these books, don't want the paper to come off for anything and they need to be able to withstand a lot of hand holding by little ones. Notice my other two autograph books in the background? I was getting the photos around from our last trip to put in those for my son and daughter. :-)

Here is the front of my nieces book, she is only 2 so I chose a Mickey head for her.
 This is the back, I just love this paper from the Baby Boutique cartridge and the modge podge made it look even pinker!
 Here is the front of my niece Alyssa's.  Her favorite princess is Sleeping Beauty. 
 Here's the back, I added the gray strip and the I like the look.
 Thanks for stopping by today! I am so happy to be done making all my Christmas gifts!  Can't wait to start some scrapbooking with my Imagine...

My Christmas Card

Hi everyone!  Well I promised a post today on my Christmas card that I sent out this year so here it is:-).  I used the banner photo I showed yesterday of my family and kind of centered the design around the photo using mostly black, white, and silver.  Here is what I came up with.

Here is the first version.  I used an embossing folder from Crafts Too for the ornaments on the white cardstock.  The gray is embossed with the swiss dots cuttlebug folder.  The ornament is punched out with a Stampin UP punch on Stampin UP silver slitter paper.  I used my Cricut Imagine to cut out the scalloped square using my Storybook Cartridge.  Lastly, the pearls were put on using my Silver Pearl Pen.
 This is a second version.  I just stamped the back of the gray using a Stampin UP Baroque stamp.
 Here is the inside with the photo of my family and the Merry Christmas banner.
I sent out 60 of these so far and need to make about 30 more!  I guess I need to get busy! Thanks so much for stopping by today!!

Christmas Banner

Hi all! I wanted to post a project I actually made almost 2 months ago.  We were having family photos done at the end of October and I wanted something special for our Christmas photo.  I really wanted a banner that we could hold in the picture that said "Merry Christmas".  Well, as the week before our photos went on  I still hadn't gotten the banner done.  I hemed and hawed over making this banner Friday night and then into Saturday morning (our pictures were Saturday afternoon).  After finally deciding that I NEEDED this banner (LOL) I made it in literally 30 min.  I put it all together on my gypsy and cut it out.  I made it very simple so that it wasn't too distracting from our photos.  After we were done with our photos I decided that I would keep it and hang it up for Christmas:-)  Here it is.
I think it looks great hanging by the fireplace! I still can't believe it only took me 30 minutes to cut out!
After we got the photos back I was sooo happy I took the time to cut it out.  Here is our photo that went into our Christmas card:
Thanks so much for stopping by today, tomorrow I'll post pics of my Christmas card

My New Cricut Imagine

Hi all!  It's a cold, dreary day here in Illinois so I took some much needed down time to play with a new toy I got last week during the Black Friday sale, my Cricut Imagine.  I have been wanting one of these since the day they came out!  I was so intrigued by the fact that you could print out a pattern onto your cut and just use a white sheet of paper every time!  You can also use your old cartridges with the machine and fill in those cuts with color.  Oh the possibilities!!  Anyway after I got my machine set up, (so easy) I decided to play.  The imagine is loaded with a few items you can cut so I found a Christmas tree and filled it with a pattern from the Elise cartridge that I got with my imagine at Walmart.  The cut came out so clean!  I added some pearls with my pearl pen and I had a tree!
(All the images were taken on my ipad using instagram)
So after all that fun I decided to make a background for my tree.  I again used one of the images loaded and filled it with a pattern from Elise.  I added some ink around the edges to give it some dimension.
I love this.  It's going on our "weekly schedule" board for some decoration for the month.
Here is how my mat looked after I was done, you can see how clean the cuts are.  I flipped the mat around to do the second cut and got it to fit perfectly on the paper.  I couldn't figure out how to move the image on the screen, if anyone knows how to do this, let me know:-)
Thanks so much for stopping by, now I need to get to work on my Christmas cards!