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Saturday, June 29, 2019

How to Fix Sticky Cricut Cartridges the Easy Way

Good morning crafters Penny here today to show you how I fixed my sticky Cricut cartridges in just seconds.

If you are like me and have had your Cricut die cut machine for a while, you will have noticed that the outer part of the Cricut cartridges get sticky with age.  I mean Super nasty sticky, almost to the point that I don't like touching them.

Cricut didn't have much of a solution for this issue so I had to come up with one of my own..I had tried several things to fix this issue but this is the one that worked the best.

It's the Crafting Pouch by ScraPerfect.

While using this product you want to make sure you keep any powder out of this area of the cartridge.

So I simply placed my finger over the opening of the cartridge (the part that you insert into your Cricut) so that NO POWDER would get into that area while using the crafting pouch.

Then I just dusted the whole outer area of the cartridge with the crafting pouch till the cartridge was no longer sticky, and was completely covered in a light powder, except for the opening that I had my finger over

Next I wiped away any residue off with the Perfect Cleaning Cloth. Still making sure no powder get's into the inner part of the cartridge, but not wiping so hard that the cartridge becomes sticky again.

Sometimes if my cartridge was super sticky it takes two applications using the crafting pouch, but after this process my cartridges were like brand new. No more of that sticky mess.

I found that after a long time I have to sometimes repeat this process, but it's worth it not to have to touch the sticky mess of the outer cartridge otherwise.  I hope this fixes your issues as well.

Now my cartdridge is good as new again. Till next time Happy Scrapping. Love Penny

Since this technique and products is not endorsed by Cricut, I have to provide you with a disclaimer that this blog owner and "ScraPerfect company, and it's owner will not be held liable for, or be held responsible for any damage that may occur to your machine or your cartridges by using this technique or products. Some products are provided free to this blog for their use, and honest reviews.
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Friday, June 28, 2019

How to Make a Lovely Mermaid Layout

Good morning crafters Penny here today to show you how I decorated my steam punk mermaid made from a laser cut chipboard from Creating With Infinity Engraving.

I started with just the mermaid, and it's parts in basic brown chipboard. Their Etsy Store has a huge supply of assorted chipboard, special order stamps, and lots of other lovey items. This photo shows all the pieces separately.

This photo shows what the mermaid could look like with the all the pieces stacked in place, but the great thing about these kits is you can add as many or as few of the pieces of the kit to your final project as you'd like to.

I decided to pain my mermaid first, so I used yellow on the hair, a light peach for the body, and four colors on the tail, and bra. A light blue, a green,a copper and a darker blue. These colors were a metallic paint. 

Next I added in some highlights with some scrapbook wax, and I glued on my top tail piece with the gears and chain already attached.

All of this was super easy. If you want even more detail to show on your chipboard piece I would suggest you use markers or ink. I left my piece as is because I wanted it to look a bit rugged. I did decide however to add some bling around her bikini top, the center of the gears, and at her belt..

Then I chose my background paper. I used a white piece of full 12 x 12 cardstock, then glue 3 other pieces in place on top of it. The first piece was actually part of a thank you card that I like the pattern on.

Then next piece was a pattern paper that had mermaids printed on it.

The last piece was a larger pattern with swirls, and the colors of the ocean that I wanted to use. I inked the edges on some of these sheets.

After mounting my photo on some brown cardstock, Then I glued it in place.

Then glued down my mermaid, and my title block that was also part of the thank you card that I used in the top right. I loved the little fish on it so I gave it googly eyes.

The journaling block was also part of the thank you card,. I loved the little fish on it so I gave it some googly eyes later in this process.

After adding a few more stickers, a couple of flowers, and other bling embellishments, and some dew drops to look like air bubbles, my layout was complete.

I hope you had fun today, and that  you make your very own "mermaid" embellishment. Till next time Happy Scrapping, Love Penny
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Thursday, June 27, 2019

How to Make A Wedding Layout

Good morning fellow crafter's Penny here today to show you how I made this cute scrapbook wedding layout.

So to start my layout I used this super cute bride and groom chipboard from Creating With Infinity Engraving, their store is fantastic, and has a variety of laser cut designs in wood, chipboard, and more. 

So the first thing I did was paint my chipboard piece with some acrylic paint, I used an Ivory color to match the outer part of an invitation I wanted to use on my layout.. 

After it dried I mounted to some dark brown cardstock, and then matted it all in an ivory or cream colored cardstock.

The wedding invitation I used had invitation directions pre-printed on it so I covered it first with white, but I didn't like it so i covered the words in a matching ivory cardstock cut to fit. The card on the right fits inside the envelope on the left. I added some bling gem dots in several places on this layout, Who doesn't love bling? Right! 

This is now the same card covered in the ivory, it has a much nicer, cleaner appearance.

Here is the envelope with the card inside which can now be used for a photo mat or personal journaling. This photo also shows the newly mounted chipboard pieces attached to the outer part of the envelope, with the additional bling dots.

In this photo you can see where I added the alphabet stickers to the left  hand side. I tried to closely match the font style on the title with the "Mr & Mrs" stickers.

This photo shows the butterfly accent I added to the top of the title.

Again my finished layout, i hope you loved learning how to use chipboard today. Also don't be afraid to use wedding invasions on your next layouts, I have used them on several different themes.. Almost all wedding invitations are acid free, and are a pretty frugal idea if you pick them up at your local thrift shops. 

Till next time Happy Scrapping, Love Penny 
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How To Make an Anniversary Layout

This is page 2 of one of my pre-made wedding layouts I made

 I started with some beautiful embossed gold pattern paper, then added the square doily as a photo mat, attaching it with brads. Then I took a vellum wedding invitation added stickers, and a DIY flower to the outside of it. It can be used as another photo holder, or as a journaling block, and it closes with a bow. The bottom right is also a "thank you" card from an invitation kit. I added brads, sequins, sticker, washi tape, and a punched heart.

The title section is actually a gift card holder, that already had "Congratulations" printed on it.  I added the bling, and the flower sticker. It opens up to hold either a small photo, or another small wedding trinket. Hope you enjoyed this layout, and until next time Happy Scrapping! Love Penny
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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Hello out there fellow crafter's Penny here with just a quick "Thank you" card.

This card was made with just some paper scraps I had hanging around.  I also used some bling dots, a chipboard "thanks" sticker, a "Dollar Tree" butterfly, a corner rounder punch, and of course ScraPerfect's Best Glue Ever.  Super Easy, but cute card, that can be made in minutes. 

The glue worked well for the paper, and the rest of the embellishments, including the butterfly which can often be hard to stick to paper. Hope you enjoyed this quick, and easy card today! Till next time "Happy Scrapping. Love Penny 
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Monday, June 24, 2019

How to use Birth Announcements on Baby Layouts

Penny here again to show you how I made 2 12 x 12 Baby Girl layouts.

This layout is part of a baby album gift.  I made it for a friend of mine. The album
includes 20 pages.  On page 1 of the "Baby Girl" layout I used my Cricut cutting
machine to cut out the crown, and the letter's that spell out "Baby Girl". For the 
crown, and the letter's I applied glitter glue to all the edges. On the crown I also 
added clothing gem stud's to give it some bling. I left the center of the crown empty
on purpose so they could add the baby's name after she was born. The photo mat
is actually a photo birth announcement mat that I bought on clearance just for this
purpose. The tiny pink bow's were purchased pre-made. 

For page two of this layout I added a wedding invitation as a photo mat, along with 
a birth announcement.  That way they can fill in all the birth detail's, and add a photo
on the baby in that area. I find these announcement's and wedding invitation's on 
clearance all during the year, and buy them when the prices become really cheap.
They are acid free for the most part, and are beautifully made. That's my frugal
tip for you today! The baby carriage was as for an announcement kit. The lace is
from my sewing supplies.  Well till next time Happy Scrapping! Love Penny    

Supplies for this layout:
Cricut Cutting Machine
Cricut Cartridge - Sugar N Spice which was used for title alphabets.
Pattern Paper - Frances Meyer 5306 - 002
Note Cards, and Invitations, 

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Today is my son's birthday.  It is a hard day for me, but one I still treasure. This is one of my favorite photos of him.  He smiled constantly, and I miss him as much today as I ever did. I love you Adam Ant.

Love Mom. 
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Saturday, June 22, 2019

How to Make a Bath Time Scrapbook Layout

Penny here today to show you how I used my cricut to make this cute bath time layout. 

Here is another layout from my gift baby album's, I sure hope these album's
are appreciated! Really though I know the recipient's of these album's are
going to enjoy them, but I do have glue all over me, and my finger's
are sore from shoving brad's through paper! That's right I am making
two album's almost exactly alike for some dear friend's of mine. I find
it much easier to make two album's at the same time as long as I have
enough embellishment's to match.  This is what make's using my Cricut
cutting machine such a blast to work with.  I know I can always go
back, and cut out another embellishment just like the one I previously
used without having to spend a ton of cash on scrapbook item's such
as sticker's, and die cut's.
For the top page I used my Cricut machine to cut out the title, duck,
and wave. After cutting I added goggle eye's to the duck, and glitter
glue to most of the other embellishments. I also used washi tape on
the photo mat's, and to help hold down the 8 1/2 x 11 paper accent.
I have been trying to use up my 8 1/2 paper since I stopped making
album's that size, and I find this is one of the easiest way's to do so.

On page 2 of this layout I cut out the bath tub, and the wave using my cricut 
machine. To accent the tub I used various color's of glitter glue to make the
water, and to accent the faucet, and tub feet. The duck is a foam sticker I
purchased in the kid's foam supplies department, it's eye is a brad. I made
the bow's with some simple ribbon. Well till next time, Happy Scrapping!
Love Penny

Supplies for this layout include:
Cricut cutting machine
Cricut cartridge - Sugar N Spice
Washi tape from Dollar Tree
Foam Duck from the kid's foam sticker set's from Wal-Mart
Ribbon - Unknown
Pattern Paper - I think this is some really old paper from Hot off the Press
Spare Parts - Brads
Studio G - Glitter glue
DCWV Cardstock - yellow, white, and orange
Google eye
Mrs. Grossman's sticker's - tiny duck in tub. 
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Thursday, June 20, 2019

How to Make an Owl Bedtime Layout

Good morning crafters Penny here to show you how I made a cute Owl bedtime layout using my cricut. '

This is a layout I did for a friend of mine's baby album.  It's not very fancy, but it was fun to do. The title, moon, star's and owl were all made using my Cricut cutting machine. IT was a blast to make, and cut. Below you will see a close up version of the owl. The photo mat was distressed with ink, and is really a baby shower invitation that had a fancy edge on it, so I turned it over, and used it as a photo mat.  That is my frugal tip for you today on this layout. 

For the owl I added google eye's to the eye's just to make him more fun to look at.
I also added glitter to the owl, title, moon, and star's. My only tip about using glitter
glue is that you need to use extra glue to hold the pieces down afterward's as they
tend to curl up after the glitter dries. In this photo you can see that the middle part
of the owl's yellow feather's are starting to peel up.  When this happen's to me I
use my Exacto type knife, and scrape some glue from my glue stick, and apply it
to those small area's with my knife. It's much easier that way than to try, and pry
it up in order to glue it. Then I hold it in place for a few second's till it dries.  It
make take several attempts to finally get it to lay flat. Easy as pie!

Supplies for this layout include:
Cricut Cutting machine
Cricut cartridge
Google eye's
DCWV - cardstock in orange, brown, yellow.
Pattern Paper - Unknown
Fabric Trim - Unknown
Stickers - Mrs. Elizabeth (Dollar Tree Brand)
Studio G - Glitter glue
Elmer's Glue
Spare Part's Brads
Sequin's - Unknown
Clothing studs - Unknown
Tim Holtz - Distress Ink
Baby Shower invitation - Unknown
Well till next time happy Scrapping! Love Penny

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

How to Reuse Scrabble Tiles.

how to make frugal but nice Thank You cards.

Well today I am up with a "Thank You" card made with a leather flower from 
a belt, and some great looking "Scrabble" game tiles. This is a simple little card, but I think the "Scrabble" game tile's give it a really cute look, and unlike other card's I've made I might actually send this one! 

Supplies for this card include:

Scrabble game tiles that I took from an old Scrabble game that only cost me $1.00 at a yard sale last year.  (Frugal Tip of the day!)
Pattern paper - Unknown, I maybe able to find the maker of this paper, but I
have had it for year's, and it came with the divided stitched pattern already printed on it. 
The small "Gratitude" quote on the card I think was made by K & Co. 
Deco Postage Stamp Scissors - Fiskers
Green bow I think came in a pack of baby shower cards - unknown
Brad's - Spare Parts
Glue Dot's - Therma Web Zot's
The Leather flower is one I cut off of a ladies belt I think.
Butterfly sticker's - Miss Elizabeth's
Well till next time Happy Scrapping! Love Penny 
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

How to Make Scrapbook Layouts with Wallpaper

Penny here to show you how I made a "Fairy" layout using wallpaper border.

This is page 1 of the Fairy layout I did for a friend's baby album.  The Fairy portion
of this layout was done with a wallpaper border that I loved, (There's a frugal tip for
you.) and had been wanting to use for quite some time now. I added sequin's, and
brad's to the flower center's, and glitter glue to the photo mat. My only regret about
this layout is I am really not liking the alphabet sticker's on these pages.  I think they
are too hard to read, cute, but hard to read.

I basically did the same thing's on page two, just added some punched out 
butterflies.  This was a fun, easy, and fast layout! Till next time Happy
Scrapping! Love Penny

Wallpaper border - Unknown
Pattern paper - My Mind's Eye, Frances Meyer -5306-009, and unknown.
Brads - Spare Parts
Sequin's - Purchased at Wal-Mart
Martha Stewart - Butterfly punch
Alphabet stickers - Mrs. Elizabeth's (I think)
Glitter Glue- Studio G
Bows - These were made with fabric binding that came off of a large roll.
"Lovely" sticker - K & Co. 
DCWV - Purple cardstock
Bling dot's - Studio G
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Monday, June 17, 2019

How to Make Baby Layouts with Your Cricut

Penny here to show you how to use your die cut machine to make baby layouts.

 Good morning today I am posting another two page layout from my dear
friend's baby album.  All of these page's are pre-made so all she has to do
is glue her photo's in place.  On this page I left a large enough spot so that
she could use a photo as large as a 5 x 7 on top of the pink heart doily. The
title, and bunnies were all cut out using my Cricut machine. I also applied glitter
glue to the edges of the bunnies, flowers, and totally filled in the title. It looks
so much better in person, the glitter glue seems to affect my camera so that
the images are slightly blurry. Sorry about that. The flowers on this page
were made by my granddaughter, and I (Thanks Madison) She is only 10
so to those of you who say "you can't do this" I say you are wrong! We
made these flowers with a variety of punches.

There is a close up of the bunnies, and flowers. Super easy, super fun.
The hardest part is seriously waiting for the glitter glue to dry!

Page 2 of this layout uses slightly smaller doilies, a card, and a photo mount
placed on the outside of the card. More of the sparkly flowers, and some
pink lace. I hope my granddaughter, and I have helped to inspire you to
give your own punched out flowers a try, and to make a gift album for
someone in your life. Till next time Happy Scrapping! Love Penny
P.S. Making your own flowers is my frugal tip for you today!

Supplies for this layout:
Cricut cutting machine
Cricut cartridge - Sugar N Spice
Pattern paper:
Daisy D's - Sage Gingham 3083
Bunny paper unknown, checked paper used in flower's unknown
Doilies - These were purchased from Dollar Tree
Glitter Glue - Studio G
Lace - C & G Co.
Washi Tape - Dollar Tree
Brads - Spare Parts
Bows - Clothing binding
Card - Unknown
Small photo mat - Daisy D's
Glue - Elmer's , and Therma Web glue dots
Punches - McGill, Martha Stewart, and Paper Shapers
DCWV - Cardstock in pink, white, and green
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