Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Weekly Challenge #47: Ornament Challenge!

The Challenge: Ornaments are such a fun thing to make for the holidays . . . they can adorn your tree, garland, or even be used to adorn a gift! For this challenge we want to see you create an ornament using yoru Cricut. But that’s not all, let’s make those ornaments sparkle and shine among the holiday lights by adding . . . GLITTER! Must include 2 Cricut cuts.

For this challenge I used the snowman from Winter Frolic and snowflake from Christmas Noel. Stickles was added to make the snowflake and tree shine and sparkle!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

DECEMBER MONTHLY CHALLENGE: Holiday Gift Wrapping Challenge!

The Challenge: Use your Cricut machines, Cuttlebug, Yudu, etc. to create beautiful gift-wrapping. We want to see the unique and personalized details you add to your gift packaging, wrapping, gift tags, cards and more! Include 2 Cricut cuts.

I made a gift box and used the following Cricut cuts to decorate it: snowflake border and snowman from Martha Steward Crafts Seasonal Cake Art, sentiment from Winter Wonderland, and the tag from Wrap It Up. The handle is glittering yarn and also added Snow-Tex and glitter to the border. A snowman stamp was used to decorate the white tissue paper. The box directions: 1-6"x10"card stock scored at 1 1/2" on all sides, then fold and adhere to form the bottom of the box. 2-6"x12" card stock scored at 2" and 5". Wrap around the bottom of the box and adhere.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Weekly Challenge #46: Flower Fusion Challenge!

The Challenge: We all have them in one form or another . . . flowers! Most of the time we buy them in a package, use a few, tuck them away and then forget that we have them. This week’s challenge we want you to shop your stash and incorporate purchased flowers into your project, whether it’s a card, layout, home decor item, etc. Be sure to include atleast 2 Cricut Image Cuts on your project.

I used Elegant Edges p. 51 for the frame, Walk in My Garden for the pot and Cindy Loo flower7 for stems around the Poinsettias. The poinsettias are from my stash.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


We love our darling Sophie cartridge so much that we want to feature it in this month’s contest! Use your exclusive cartridge to create something fabulous for the upcoming holidays!
Contest Rules: Use your Sophie cartridge for at least 3 cuts to create your project. Contest will open on November 18th

I used an unfinished sled purchased from Craft Warehouse and decorated it with Christmas paper, ribbon, and painted the runners gray. The 3 cuts from the Sophie Cartridge are the tree, snowflakes and Accent3-s on p. 54 for the tag. The stamp is from my stash. This will be a gift for a friend when we have our annual Christmas lunch.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Weekly Challenge #45: Run for the Border Challenge!

The Challenge: Borders can be simple & sweet, elegantly detailed, masculine, or playful . . . and they can be that perfect final touch to add to your project. We want you to make a run for the border . . . your Cricut Borders, that is. Create a projects of your choice and include a Cricut Border cut somewhere on your project. Be sure to include atleast 2 Total Cricut Image Cuts on your project.

For this challenge, I used the snowflake border from Winter Frolic on p.28. The sledder, sign post, mountain, trees, and White Christmas are from the same cart. Snow-Tex was added to give the card texture and some "snow". This card will be for my grandson who loves sledding and the higher the hill, the better.

Monday, November 7, 2011

NOVEMBER MONTHLY CHALLENGE: Signs of Fall with Texture Challenge!

The Challenge: Create a project of any kind using your “sign/sybmol” of fall (remember, this can be any fall item that brings that fall feeling to you). You also must include some way of adding texture to your project. Whether you use a cuttlebug, distress the edges, ink, stickles, etc. Your project must include at least 2 different Cricut cuts.

I made a Thanksgiving Center piece for the table. The lantern is from Tie the Knot and hid the hearts with the Gypsy. I really like this cart for lanterns because of the wavy lines. It was a little too high, so I did some tweaking and used a punch at the top. Art Philolosy was used for the leaves, acorns, left over cuts from the decorative layer circle spread on the plate, and the pumpkin vine from Happy Hauntings. For texture, I used a stamp for a random pattern on the pumpkins and a Cuttlebug folder on the acorn and inked the textured paper.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Weekly Challenge #44: Mini Album Challenge!

The Challenge: There is something about mini albums that is so charming. When I look through one, I feel like I am opening a special gift with something new to discover on each page. They are a tactile treat! For this challenge we want to see you create a Mini Album using your Cricut machine. It can be for any holiday, season, occasion, or just because! Be sure to include atleast 2 Cricut Image Cuts on your project.

I made a mini album for a friend who loves birds for her birthday. I used paper and embellishments from My Little Shoe Box. The Cricuts are from Straight from the Nest (Life is Tweet, bird cage, flower, nest), Give a Hoot (tree, nest, bird, flower), Picturesque (Daisy), Stretch Your Imagination (bird house).

Sunday, October 30, 2011


We are so excited about our new sketch section in the Circle Magazine that we want to get you in on the action! Use this month’s sketch on page 9 and 10 of the October Issue to create your own masterpiece. It can be a card, layout, decor item, or whatever you are inspired to create.

Since I needed to make a Halloween card for my hubby, I used the Sketch from this month's contest. Gotta love these challenges as it really gets me to thinking and out of my rut. I used George for the Circle and heart, Happy Hauntings for the frame, Frankenstein and his bride. It's a little silly, but that is what Halloween is all about for me! Stamped sentiment and bats from my stash.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Weekly Challenge #43: Feeling Gifty Challenge!

The Challenge: We all love to receive a little surprise . . . just because! This challenge is all about paying it forward and brightening someone’s day! Create something to give away using your Cricut machine. It can be for a holiday, a season, an occasion, or just because. Be sure to include atleast 2 Cricut Image Cuts on your project.

For this challenge I used the box and Oct 31 from Chic & Scary and the shoe from Happy Hauntings. I had seen the shoe decorated with ribbon by TreeFrog and just had to make one. I'll put this on my neighbor's porch the 31st. Thank you TreeFrog for sharing your wonderful creations.

Sunday, October 9, 2011


Create a project of your choice using the sketch. Your project must include atleast 2 different Cricut Image Cuts.

I made a Halloween card for my friend's granddaughter who loves Hello Kitty. Cricut cuts are from Hello Kitty, Doodlecharms, Simply charmed and Mini Monograms.

Saturday, October 8, 2011


The Challenge: Use your Cricut machines to create a project using the following “recipe.” It must contain 1) A Title; 2) At least 2 Cricut Cuts, and 3) At least 3 buttons.

I made a shaped card for my friend's granddaughter who has a birthday this weekend. Since, I have 2 grandsons, making cards for a girl is so fun. I used Hello Kitty and Art Philosophy for the flower.

Thursday, October 6, 2011


The Challenge: Create a project of your choice using your Cuttlebug machine as the main focus. Your project must include atleast 2 different Cricut Image Cuts.

I used the Web Cuttlebug folder for this Halloween card. The spiders are from Doodlecharms and EEK! from Happy Hauntings.

OCTOBER MONTHLY CHALLENGE: Halloween Home Decor Challenge!

The Challenge: Create a Halloween Home Decor project! Your project must include at least 2 different Cricut Image Cuts.
Rules and Guidelines: Circle Blog Challenges are open to Cricut Circle Members only. You can create any type of project you would like (tag, altered project, mini album, etc.) but your project must be newly created for this challenge and include atleast 2 Cricut Image Cuts.

For this challenge, I created a Halloween Wreath. I painted a Styrofoam ring black and then wrapped ribbon around it. The Cricut cuts are from Paper Dolls Dressed Up and Happy Hauntings.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

BLOGIVERSARY CHALLENGE: Monochromatic Color Challenge!

The Challenge: Create a project of your choice using a monochromatic color scheme. Your project must include atleast 2 different Cricut Image Cuts.

I made a birthday card for this challenge. The card is 4", flower 3.22 X 3.47 and smaller flowers (on outside and inside of card) from Sophie, happy birthday from Sweet Treats at 3.02 X 3.71.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Weekly Challenge #42: World Card-Making Day Challenge!

The Challenge: For this next challenge, we want to see you show off your card-making skills in honor of World Card-Making Day (October 1st). The requirements are simple . . . create a card with any theme you would like using your Cricut machine! Include at least 2 Cricut Image cuts.

I made a card for a friend who has a fall birthday. She likes brown and pink and I found this paper, I've had forever. I used the present and tag from Art Philosophy and the daisy from Picturesque.

BLOGIVERSARY CHALLENGE: Exclusive Circle Cartridge Challenge!

The Challenge: Create a project of your choice with one or more of the Cricut Circle Exclusive cartridges! (French Manor, Shall We Dance, Cricut Everyday, Pop-Up Neighborhood, or Sophie) Your project must include atleast 2 different Cricut Image Cuts. And YES! You can mix in other cartridges with your Circle Exclusive cartridges.

I finally opened Sophie and used it for this challenge. I am going to love this cartridge for cards. I made a card for a wedding Oct. 15. I used card 2 at 4" and label 7 at 3.25" from Sophie, and Mr.&Mrs. from Sweethearts at 1.5". Pearlescent Paper was used, but my wonderful photography doesn't show the shimmer.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


We love Echo Park and the fun collections they are constantly creating. We would like to invite you to use any of their collections in this challenge. Create something with your favorite Echo Park Paper or stickers and your favorite cartridge. Contest Rules: Use any Echo Park Collection and at least 4 Cricut Cuts from your favorite cartridge in your design.

For this challenge, I made Halloween treat boxes using the matchbox cut from Tag, Bags, Boxes and More. All images cuts are from Happy Hauntings. Echo Park: Paper from Victoria Gardens and For the Record, Element Stickers from For the Record, and Apothecary Labels. The popcorn bags were too large for the box, so I tied it to the box with a ribbon. I used wobbles to secure the cut to the box.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Weekly Challenge #41: Interactive Elements Challenge!

The Challenge: For this next challenge, we want to see you add an interactive element to your project and include at least 2 Cricut Image Cuts.

For this challenge I made a Windshield Wiper Card for my grandson's Thanksgiving card. The Cricut cuts: turkey, gobble, sign, apple basket and drumsticks.

Monday, September 19, 2011


The Challenge: Create a project of your choice and include a WINDOW element of some kind! Your project must include atleast 2 different Cricut Image Cuts.

For this challenge, I used Art Philosophy for the present, card base and top with pattern paper and the banner. The present was cut with blue shimmer paper and velum. I stamped the velum and adhered it to the blue base. Pop dots were used to give the present dimension behind the window.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Weekly Challenge #40: Glittery Card Sketch Challenge!

This weekly challenge required a sketch, bling and 2 Cricut image cuts.

I used Art Philosophy for the 3 roses at 4" and 3.5" and the branch from Cindy Loo at 3.5" I did the spray the roses with glimmer mist and hopefully it will show in the close up picture of them. The roses are cut from white paper and then inked. Also added pearls.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Contest Rules: Use any Cosmo Cricket product, at least three Cricut cuts, and any Cuttlebug folder.

For this challenge I used the following Cosmo Cricket products: Glubers (adhesive dots to make the ribbon flower), Cardstock: Up Cycle-Re:Versa and CC's Color Picks-Sea Ivory. Cricut cuts: Cindy Loo (Thank You), Walk in My Garden (blossom in the middle of ribbon flower) and Picturesque (Corners). A Cuttlebug border folder was used and inked.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Weekly Challenge #39: A-B-C, 1-2-3 Challenge!

The Challenge: This week our challenge is inspired by all the kiddos heading back to school. It is a recipe challenge of sorts based on ABC, 123. Please include (A) Pop of (B)right (C)olor on your page, as well as 1 of something, 2 of something, and 3 of something.

I altered a composition book for this challenge. A) Pop of black cut 4 times for the 2, B) Bright Yellow pencil, C) Red school and Grade. 1) brad to dot the i in penmanship, 2) buttons, 3) cartridges: Locker Talk, Makin' the Grade and Don Juan.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Weekly Challenge #38: Vacation Memories Challenge!

These are pictures from our 2005 Hawaiian Cruise. They were stuffed in a box and through these
challenges, I am slowly getting them scrapped. Cartridges used: Going Places, Paper Dolls All Dressed Up and Live Is a Beach.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

AUGUST MONTHLY CHALLENGE: Create a Scene Challenge!

The Challenge: Create a project of your choice utilizing your Cricut Cut Images to create a scene! (You are not required to use it, but your latest Circle Exclusive cartridge, Pop-Up Neighborhood, has tons of great images for building a scene!) Your project must include atleast 2 different Cricut Image Cuts.

I will be traveling to the Mall of America soon and created a page for pictures when I return. I just love Pop-Up Neighborhood with all the buildings. My Community and Life Is a Beach were also used.

Friday, July 29, 2011


Use your exclusive Pop Up Neighborhood cartridge for this new contest! We love the fun versatility of this fabulous cartridge and want you to create any kind of project for this challenge. Use at least 4 Cricut cuts.

For this challenge, I made 16 Fall treat bags (4 of each style). The accessory cuts are wonderful on this cart and I used the ones on the following pages: 53, 36, 60, 57, 76. Each bag will be filled with candy as shown when Halloween candy is available.

Weekly Challenge #37: Technique Challenge!

All week long the Cricut Circle Design Team has been showing you new and different techniques to use with your Cricut Cuts, now it’s your turn! Create a project of your choice (Scrapbook page, mini album, card, home decor . . . it’s up to you!) including one of the techniques we have showcased this week and 2 Cricut cuts.

For this challenge I used Jennifer's example of using beads and glitter to dress up the Cricut cuts. Beads, pearls and glitter were used on this card. Cricut cuts are from Birthday Bash and Walk In My Garden.

Friday, July 15, 2011


The Challenge: Create a project of your choice with a BBQ, Picnic, or Patio theme AND use a gingham or check pattern somewhere on your projects. Your project must include atleast 2 different Cricut Image Cuts.

For this challenge, the lanterns are from Tie the Knot and with the Gypsy, I hid the hearts. The images and sentiments are from 3 Birds on Parade and Celebrations. I made these for a BBQ/Birthday party August 4th, to put on tables around the patio.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Weekly Challenge #36: Fabric Challenge!

The challenge is to incorporate fabric into our project with 2 Cricut image cuts.

For this challenge I made a wrapper for a Hershey Candy Bar. I wanted to do this last Christmas,(after seeing a computer generated snowman) but ran out of time so this challenge jogged my memory to get started earlier. I bought several 6 pack of candy bars from Wal-Mart and flannel for the hat and scarf. Paper is wrapped around the candy bar and then I added the Doodlecharms Snowman and the snowflake from A Child's Year.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Weekly Challenge #35: Patriotic Pride Challenge!

For this challenge, I made treat boxes from Cindy Loo and the cuts are from Independence Day. Michelle Petersen shared her strawberry cut file that I used to fill the boxes. They are stuffed with a Hershey Kiss. Thank you Michelle!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Weekly Challenge #34: Father’s Day Card Sketch Challenge!

For this challenge I used images from A child's Year and the sentiment from Holiday Cakes.

Monday, June 13, 2011

JUNE MONTHLY CHALLENGE: On the Road Again Challenge!

For a lot of us summertime means ROAD TRIP! For this challenge, we want you to create something . . . ANYTHING for your car! It can be a travel game, travel activity, organizer, whatever! Also, use at least 2 Cricut Cuts.

For this challenge I altered a file folder to record a road trip. There are 4 pockets: 2 with jornaling tags (I can add more tags depending on the length of the trip)and an envelope to store little momentos. I didn't glue the last pocket so I could store brochures that I find along the way. This will be easy to use because it is sturdy, easy to write on, compact and will fit in my purse. Since a pen is attached, I won't be hunting for something to write with. Cricut Cuts from Going Places, Graphically Speaking, Everyday Paper Dolls, Heritage and TBBM.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Use this month’s magazine as a stepping off point for you to create something your way. Use one of our Designers projects to help you create something similar and yet has your own style. You might see a flower, paper, design element or maybe just the concept to help you design something of your own. CONTEST RULES: Use at least 3 Cricut Cuts and an idea from the magazine

I liked how Michele Kovak on p.23 used flowers on her picture. I used tulips and iris on pictures of my gransons during their Easter Egg Hunt. Cartridges used: Picturesque for the tulips, Walk in My Garden for the Iris, 3 Birds for the Rabbit, and Easter 2010 for the title-Happy Easter and Cross.