I have always enjoyed being crafty. I remember getting really excited about stickers and fun stationary when I was little. Well its good to know that some things in life never change!

I was introduced to scrapbooking in 2005 and have been hooked ever since. My love of crafting has branched out to include DIY, projects, gardening, baking, and canning. I hope to share my projects here.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Cricut Cake Machine and My First Cakes

I won a Cricut Cake Machine at a Cricut Circle event. A Cricut Cake machine will cut frosting, gum paste and fondant that you roll out thin and adhere to the cutting mat with shortening. There are claims that you can cut any food item that can be affixed to the mat, and fit under the rollers. I have seen samples of cookie dough and pie crust cut with the cricut. The instructions with the machine even say cheese! (I am not too eager to try that yet)

I did not think I would want a Cake machine, but now that I have it, and have played around with it, I must say I LOVE it! It takes practice, thats for sure! Many of my cuts didn't turn out the way I wanted them to, or were just too fragile to be handled. That being said, I did enjoy playing around and when I messed up, I just re-rolled my material and tried again.

I have NEVER made a Fondant covered cake before. My 15yo dd rolled the fondant out for my first cake and I did it for my second cake. It looked and felt like it was really thin, but when we cut into the cakes, it was actually pretty thick. That is definately something I am going to have to practice on.

Here is my first cake: I used the Happy Hauntings cartridge for all the cuts. Everything was cut using pre-colored Wilton Fondant.

Here is my second cake. I used Lacy Labels for the flowers and leaves, and Cake Basics for the swirls. The flowers were made from gum paste and the swirls and leaves were cut using fondant.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Cricut Cartridge Challenge

So I have been challenged by a fellow blogger to list all my Cricut Cartridges and then make and post a project using each cartridge I have. It is going to be quite a bit of work, but fun work at that. As I add cartridges to my library, I will add them to the list as well.

My Cricut Cartridge List

1. 50 States
2. Accent Essentials
3. Beyond Birthdays
4. Block Party –Lite
5. Cake Basics
6. Calligraphy
7. Camp Out -Solutions
8. Celebrate with a Flourish -Lite
9. Celebrations
10. Christmas –Solutions
11. Christmas Cheer
12. Cuttin’ Up
13. Designer’s Calendar
14. Destinations
15. Doodlecharms
16. Easter –Seasonal
17. Fabulous Finds
18. Forever Young
19. French Manor
20. George
21. Give a Hoot
22. Going Places
23. Graphically Speaking
24. Gypsy Font
25. Gypsy Wanderings
26. H20 –seasonal
27. Handy Man –Lite
28. Hannah Montana
29. Happy Hauntings
30. Home Accents –Solutions
31. Home Decor –Solutions
32. Independence Day –Seasonal
33. Lacy Labels –Lite
34. Life’s a Beach
35. Locker Talk
36. Love Struck –Seasonal
37. Mini Monograms
38. Mother’s Day –Seasonal
39. My Community
40. New Arrival
41. Nursery Rhymes
42. Once Upon a Princess
43. Opposites Attract
44. Paisley
45. Paper Doll Dress Up
46. Plantin’ Schoolbook
47. Printing 101
48. Pumpkin Carving –seasonal
49. Rock Princess
50. Songbird
51. Stand and Salute
52. Stamping –solutions
53. Storybook
54. Stretch Your Imagination
55. Sugar and Spice –Lite
56. Summer Vacation –seasonal
57. Sweet Treats
58. Tear Drop
59. Tie The Knot
60. Very Merry Tags- seasonal
61. Wedding –solutions
62. Wild Card
63. Wildlife –Lite
64. Winter Woodland
65. Zooballoo

Monday, August 2, 2010

Cricut Circle Calling Card Book

I made a small book of all the Circle cards I collected at CHA last week.

I took 3.75 x 6" treat bags and cut them down to 4.25 inches. Then I cut a piece of Recollections Cardstock to 3.75" x 2" and scored it at 1". I inserted the calling card in the pouch, taped it shut and then taped the folded cardstock over the opening to give it strength. I cut a stiff piece of chipboard for the back for support. I then used my Crop-o-dile and punched two holes in the top for binding. I used two o-rings and some older ribbon to complete the book. I can open the o-rings and add more cards as I collect them. I look forward to adding more cards to my book.