Friday, January 29, 2010

Layouts Virgin No More!

So, my sister kept telling me I should try to do layouts and I finally gave in and gave it a try.  The result?  I'm in love!!  It's like creating a huge card and it leaves the imagination super-free to roam.  With that said, these are my first attempts.  I decided to take from my sister (and many others) and do a scrapbook that's all about me.  I'm sure I'll get better as time goes on, but I'm proud of myself for completing them!

I made this from a layout sketch on .  The site really launches at the beginning of February, but I have a little inside scoop on it!

After going circle crazy, I wanted to do a page about my birth.   I haven't added pics and my birth stats to this yet, but I'll share it anyway!

Some detailed views:

I'm sure you'll be seeing many more layouts in posts to come!

Card for Jake

I made this card to send to a 12 yeard-old boy with cancer whose aunt (I think) asked for cards to be sent to him o the Cricut messageboards.

My heart just went out to him!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Iris Folding Video (now with improved volume!)

So guys, here's the video for the infamous iris folding card using the template of the woman in the long, flowing dress. Originally, this video was 20 minutes long- way too long. So, I've edited it down to just under 10 minutes and I hope it works out for everyone.  There's also a little bit of my personality in the end :)


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Kris's Wine-Cork Cork Board Video

I've finally added the video for this project! See the cork board post for more. Next will be the iris folding card featuring the woman!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Iris Folding Template

Here's the template for the iris folding card that has been all the rage in the Cricut forum.  My sister, P-Kay Sunshine, gave it to me and I'll ask her to enlighten us as to where she got it.  The template says Sheila Kay, but I couldn't find her in a google search, so wherever you are Sheila, THANKS!

I hope to make a video for this card in the next few days, just to explain the tricky beginning. If you can't wait until then, here's a few pointers:

  • When cutting out the shape, keep your exacto knife on the mat and turn the paper for a smoother and easier cut.
  • Start with the belt first.  It needs to be the layer closest to the front of the cutout.
  • Before moving to layer 4, complete the woman's back and hair.  It will save you a LOT of strife once you begin on the skirt.
Get file here:

Iris Folding Woman Template


MJ SVG Files

Here are a couple Michael Jackson SVG files, including the file I used to make this card:

Get files here:Download


Flower Pot Cards SVG Files & Video

You requested, I'm delivering!  Here are the SVG files for the flowers I used in making the flower pot cards.  I like to use SVG files rather than .cut files whenever possible because it gives you more freedom in arranging your images on the mat (also, if you have a Yudu, you can print the SVG's on transparency and get 2 for 1!).

Get files here:

Here is the video explaining how to make the flower pot portion of the card (it's my first video, so please be kind!):

Hope you all enjoy it!!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Kris's Wine-Cork Board (Now Updated with Video!)

I was inspired to create this project by my best-friend's husband, who's a level 2 sommelier.  With all of the wine corks he had around, he made a simple (but huge) wall hanging to put over their couch.  I decided to try it out both as something decorative and something functional and this is what I came up with.


I used clear stamps for it all.  The letters (du vin=some wine) were stamped with acrylic paint with some Smooch for accents and the corner designs were stamped and then embossed in red.


This one was done a little simpler since it was going to receive some wear and tear.  The keynote product I used was Deco Art Triple Thick Glaze (Plaid & Krylon also make similar products).  Every one coat of this is equivalent to three coats of a traditional finish.  I LOVE IT!  It's also great on paper flowers to give them a great luster.

This is a simple project, but there are a few tricks to making it work, so the video for this project is now here!!

Iris Folding #2

When I decided to edit the first iris folding post with some better pics, I decided to take a couple more pics of my rose cards. These were both experiments, but I love the way the folding gives the illusion of petals. I used Sweethaerts for the rose/leaves and both an octagon and pentagon folding template.

My octagon template is here:

You can find the trainge, square and pentagon templates with instructions here:

HAPPY FOLDING and show me what you craft!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Iris Folding

My sister Pamela told me about iris folding and I had to try it on some Valentine's Day cards! I used Wild Card for the wording and Sweethearts for the heart.

I made this template from scratch using Inkscape and used the George cartridge to cut of the heart shape. From there it was just a lot of folding and a lot of taping!

This template is one that my sister brought to me. It was a little confusing at first...

but once I started, it all became clear. I absolutely love the detail in the skirt!

I've done over 10 of them so far and I'm going to keep going!! I'm addicted to iris folding!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Valentine's Day Challenge for The Brave at Heart!

I decided to make a few projects for my non-traditional color challenge on the cricut messageboard. Here's my first one; a card, made in two ways (I like one better than the other though!).

It took some clever thinking and cartridge use, but I'm pretty satisfied with the results; I'm too much of a perfectionist to ever be completely satisfied!

Crafting Curt Style

I decided to share with you a couple of cards I did around the holidays that are true representations of my particular aesthetic!

The first one is actually a Christmas card, believe it or not.

I love to use hotfix Swarovski rhinestones whenever I can. I also love to do the non-traditional, as you can see.

This was a birthday card for my mom's longtime friend, Ms. Toni. I used rhinestones for the owl's eyes, which I got directly from the Paisley cartridge. His perch is a mixture of elements from the Wild Card cartridge and some small hand-work. I found a cute birthday quote involving a "wise old owl" for the inside too!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Flower Pot Thank You Cards

When I originally made these for my niece, it was the heat of summer and flowers were in bloom everywhere you looked. With winter truly upon us all over the country (snow flurries here in Florida!), I thought we could all use a little lift. What's better than flowers?!

And, here's my favorite!

There's a lot of detail in these Gerber daisies. That's what makes them look so great!

Both the tulips and gerber daisies are .cut files that I got from another blog (where? I have no idea!). I will post the files to here if I receive any interest from my fellow crafters!


Hello to all of my fellow crafters out there and welcome to my blog! Last year was a great year for crafters with many innovative products emerging and I know that 2010 is just going to be even better!

To start off my blog, I'd like to share my favorite project from 2009 with you all and hope you'll try it out for yourselves! Enjoy!