Friday, April 22, 2011

Provo Craft E2 Contest Entry

Well in honor of the 5th Birthday of the Cricut  Expression, Provo Craft is coming out with a new Cricut machine called the E2.  ooooh, aaaaaaah....this one is new and improved and uses both regular Cricut cartridges and Imagine cartridges too so you get the best of both worlds. It will debut on HSN on Tuesday, April 26th. 

Provo Craft is sponsoring a contest to win a new E2 machine.  Well of course, I just had to enter. 
We had to make a Birthday themed 12X12 page using any Cricut cartridges. We could submit up  to 3 layouts. I did two I was happy with and stopped at that. 

Here are my two layouts I sent in: {the colors are very vibrant in the original...took these in a hurry}

TIME TO CELEBRATE                       

I used Birthday Bash and Create A Critter Cartridges
This was a fun, playful layout with vibrant colors and images.
Lots of embossing and stickles on this layout too.

I used Best of Pixar, Elegant Edges, Sans Serif, Celebrations and Create A Critter Cartridges
Hard to see in the pics but there is embossing and stickles on several items too.

Well, keeping my fingers and toes crossed that at least they show one of my layouts on HSN.  Doubt I will win a machine but it sure was fun creating something for the contest.


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hippo 5th Birthday Cricut

I love creating projects with my Cricut is fun to add such wonderful images to my projects with such ease.

Well, the Cricut turns 5 years old this year and Provo Craft is celebrating ! There is a new machine called the E2 that will debut on HSN on Tuesday, April 26th.  They are even giving away a few machines if you enter their contest with 12X12 layouts. I sent mine in already.  Check back on Friday, April 22nd to see what I created for the contest.

While I was packaging up my layouts to send to Provo Craft, I decided I should take the opportunity to send a " Happy Birthday" card to to all the Provo Craft employees involved with the Cricut all these years.

Here is my little Hippo 5th Birthday Card :

I used this adorable hippo card that is on the Birthday Bash cartridge.
It was too cute not to use!

Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures of the inside of the card but I embossed the inside back page with the Cuttlebug Happy Birthday Embossing folder and added a note wishing the Cricut and Provo Craft employees a wonderful 5th Birthday. 

I hope they like the was fun making it. Here is a little sneak peek of one of the 2 layouts
I sent in all wrapped up and ready to be boxed up to ship to Provo Craft.

Hope we get to see many of the layouts on HSN E2 Launch Day, April 26th

Monday, April 11, 2011

It's Coming...Thanks Mom Blog Hop !

Coming Soon...May 6th through May 9th, 2011

Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday, May 8th.  In honor of all they your own Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Friends, Neighbors, Co-Workers or any other woman with get the idea,
I will be hosting a "Thanks Mom" Blog Hop starting on Friday, May 6 running through Monday, May 9th. 

19 Cricut Circle friends will be joining me to showcase projects made for the special Mom's in their lives. We will have a huge variety of hand made projects using atleast 1 Provo Craft item. 

There will even be blog candy {ie. a fun prize} to win for leaving comments on the blog posts of everyone participating.  

So mark your calendars to come back to my blog and hop along from blog to blog to see all the crafty goodness for Moms.

Oh Goodness...I Won !!

It was a great Friday for me !  Thanks to a few text messages from Circle friends, I woke up to find out that I had actually won the Cricut Circle Blog Weekly Challenge for my Birthday Joy Layout and Sketch .  To say I was excited is an under statement :) 

If truth be told, I was doing a "happy dance" all over my living room !

Thanks for all the well wishes I have received from everyone...and thanks to Provo Craft and Jana Eubanks of the Circle Blog too !  I chose to receive the $25 credit so I can get one of the new seasonal I just have to decide between Luau OR Father's Day.  Which would you pick?

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!  Make sure and create something that makes you happy this week.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Check Out These Blogs... many generous bloggers out there in the crafty world. 
Please check out these blogs and follow along
to win a chance for some fabulous blog candy too.

Elegant Cake Cartridge giveaway
at Nadia's Beautful Mess
Nadia is so generously giving away
an Elegant Cake Cartridge over on her blog!
Once she reaches 500 followers she is going to draw and you could win!
All you need to do is go visit her blog, leave a comment and become a follower too.

Luau Cartridge Giveaway
on A Mermaid's Crafts Blog
Lisa at A Mermaid's Crafts is doing a 100 follower celebration!
She is giving away at newly released Luau Cartridge!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Circle Weekly Challenge #27

The Cricut Circle Blog post a challenge each week for Circle members only to enter.  This week there was a challenge I was interested in doing. This challenge encouraged us to make a sketch for a 12X12 layout and then make the layout. 

I have made sketches by drawing by hand on paper before but I have been toying with the idea of making my own sketches for layouts using the computer. Today I figured it out. Here is what I came up with to enter for the challenge:

It only took a few minutes to create this sketch using powerpoint and exporting as a jpg file.

Here is the layout I made using the sketch.

The picture of the layout doesn't really show off  the vibrant colors. I may take another photo tomorrow when the lighting is better but you get the gist of it here. I used Gypsy Font for the Birthday word and the cupcake is made with Doodlecharms. I used some stickles to add that gooey icing effect and to make the candle glow. And for the sprinkles I added glass dew drops.  The Joy word is by Prima.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope this inspires you to create your own sketches too!


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