Monday, May 23, 2011

finally I crafted

Hello, this is a quick post, as I finally crafted something.   Let's get to it...

It's the little things...

I made this card for my friend, Selena, who is moving back to North Carolina this week.   I will miss her and her husband, Lionel.   Anyway, the card is supposed to be  4x4, but I did a little boo-boo, and scored it wrong, so the back is off by an inch. (more room to write my note to her-SCORE!)  The papers are DCWV, the solid paper pack, and paper that are from The Paper Company (I think it is now discontinued), which is torn, not cut.  The flower is from Prima, popped on a pop dot. I started to color it with my copics, but decided at the last minute to leave it natural.  The sentiment is from Stamping UP! stamp set called You are a gem.  I stamp the saying in SU! Chocolate Chip ink.  The only thing that I cut out that was cricut, was a circle to put behind the flower.

Happy Birthday, Deonte!

I made my middle nephew a birthday card, because this week is his birthday.  he will be 4 years old.   One more year, and this kid is Kindergarten bound.   I did a two sheet card.   I cut a truck in red using the Mickey and Friends cartridge at 4.25", the bed of the truck  in blue.   The paper I used was Bazzill.  I folded the blank card at 6 x 5 3/4, which the truck barely makes it.   I wrote in a sharpey Happy birthday, Deonte!!!   for the inside, I cut a number 4 at 4" with the preinstalled cartridge in the E2 called Cricut American Alphabet.  I wrote a little message inside the number for my sister to read to him.  Sorry I did not take a picture of the inside of the card.

I have more work to be done this week for this shop.   I am also trying to get sales for my Longaberger business as well. $141.00 left to go for this month.

Friday, May 13, 2011

New Backup blog

In the wake of what happened to Blogger and my blogs this week, I decided to make a back-up blog for me to post on.  I hope that this will never happen again, but I do not know technology.   so with that being said the new address for the backup of this blog is   Yes it is on Wordpress, and no, I do not have any plans at the moment to move  At least in the immediate future.   I want to make sure I can still blog, and I will actually copy posts from here onto that blog, and visa versa.   I have done the same thing to my Tricia's Baskets blog.   so now I offically have 6 blogs to write on, plus some article writing sites:  Hubpages, Helium, Associate Content.  On top of posting on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and three Ning networks, it is a wonder if I ever get any work done around here.

Finally made something:
These cards (which is currently on my Etsy site) were made using both of my Cricut machines.   I cut the card at 3" using my E1 machine and the Pagoda cartridge, and I cut a square, using E2 and the Cricut Essentials Cartridge, pre-installed on the machine.  The paper is from DCWV paper stack (mustard yellow and orange-red).  The sentiment is stamped with the word friend, and that stamp is from Stampin!Up called You're A Gem in Real Red ink.  I did not do my normal distressing, because I wanted sort of a tone on tone look about it, and I did not have a color that closely matched the paper, but it naturally distress along the folding edge of some of the cards.  I made envelopes for the the cards, cutting them at 31/4" using E1 and the wild cards cartridge.   As you see here I did a different shades of the colors Yellow and Orange.  I intended to do it that way.  The paper for the envelopes are from the same company.

I am having fun working two cricuts.  Now if I can only get rid of the baby bug.

Monday, May 9, 2011

It's Here!!!!!

As promised, E2 (Cricut Expression 2) has arrived. The stalking of the tracking number on is over. OK, for those of you who are expecting one from, I want to give you a few pointers:

1)      Do not tackle the UPS person.  They have a job to do, and they have done their job well (that is delivering your new toy (or baby if you have no children) in one piece.  

2)      It is a heavy box.  Muscles is key.

3)      The company really taped the box, the secondary box and the machine.   Do not panic, this is a safety measure.

4)      You get with your machine the following:

a.       One mat

b.      Power cord

c.       Manual

d.      Certificate of authenticity.  Great for scrapbooking.

e.       UBS cord

f.       Four books for the 4 carts already installed

g.      Blade housing.  Note: Be very careful when you open the plastic for the blade housing.  Me and E2 had out first fight.  When I got my expression and baby bug, the blade was separate from the housing.  With the E2, the blade is already in the housing.  Not thinking, I stabbed my finger, and drew blood.   My finger is fine, but do be careful.

h.      Stylus.   Note:  the stylus is located in the cover.   Got the tip from Robyn the Pink Stamper.

5)      Once you plug up E2, turn it on, and it will guide you to the calibration screen.   Take your stylus, and tap your screen on the “x’s” that appear.

6)      Register your machine, by going to   I have not seen the cartridges to register as of yet, so I assume that once you register the machine, they are registered as well.

7)      Have fun

Well, I am going to play now, so I will show you what I made when I get finished.   God Bless.



I hope everyone had a happy mother's day.  I fixed my mother dinner, and celebrated my sister and future sister in law just the same.  I am now sitting on pins and needles right now.    Any moment now, a big box will be delivered to me by the UPS person (started to say man, but I have seen what some of us can lift, especially when we are getting a new toy, LOL.)  In the box will be the newest member to my little cricut family, E2.   E2 is short for the Cricut Expressions 2, 5th anniversary edition.    The funny thing about the whole thing is 1)  I am stalking my UPS tracking number.  2)   I keep opening the door.   3)  I am jumpy ( do not know why, the person is going to ring my doorbell, I guess, they like to knock a lot around here.)  5) I was not going to get it, after all, I want the Cricut Imagine so bad, and still will get it.   6)  OK, so my original one is 6 years old, and my E1 is 3, no big whoop there, LOL.   7)   4 installed cartridges is not a bad deal.    8)  Did I say that I was stalking the UPS tracking number?

In the meantime, I am about to say goodbye to oldest member of my cricut family.   Yep, I am selling my baby bug (original).   It is bittersweet, because I need to make room (living in a small townhome is not fun), and I still love it, but at the same time, it is for the best.   If no one buys it, I will still keep it, because it is in a cover with a handle.   I will jut have to finagle space.   I have the listing currently on ebay, then if that does not work, then it is on to Craig's list.

I am pushing to do some projects with the E2 (that is why I am stalking the tracking number, LOL)  Robyn the Pink Stamper has a give-away that ends at 10pm CST (11pm my time) They are challenges, and I want to put E2 through its paces.   The prize is an Imagine.  Oh that would look good, LOL.    I hope to enter, but if it is too late, and it has not gotten here (they promised by the end of the day), I may need to rethink my projects, and do all cutting with E1.   Oh, did I tell you that this E2 is upgradable by Wifi?   This means that I need a router (I have one, but it came with the Dell Dimension, which is now deceased), so I want a new one to go with this almost 3 year old computer. (got it 3 weeks before my neice Nine'na was born.)  does that mean that every once in a while I can get a new cartridge in an update?   Probably or probably not.  Wo knows.    I will post when I have it all figured out.   God Bless.