Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sweet Cakes Album Tutorial

Isn't it fun when you can create the most versatile and personalized album for someone? The most fun celebrations always have cake!!! So why not make a completely decorated cake album to capture the memories of the event? 

This album features a double opening cover, ready to decorate with your favorite papers depicting the special event, then pile on the embellishments.  You can make it match the decor of your party!

The theme of the cake is always showcased with the cake topper, and this masterpiece is no exception! Here we have birthday candles, but you could have a name, graduation cap, numbers, Christmas tree, spooky haunted house, baby shower theme, bride and groom, new home, just ANYTHING!! This is the center photo tag, which fits into one of the pockets built in to the album. 
Every special event deserves a cake and a matching album :)

Capture your photos of the Easter egg hunt, and visits with the Easter Bunny, as well as everyone all dressed up in their Easter Bonnets, in this adorable version of the SWEET CAKES album.

The photo filled SWEET CAKES ALBUM tutorial is available for only $5.95!!

Download it today, and make one for every celebration

Friday, February 3, 2012

Valentine Banner

For Valentine's Day, what is more fun than an "I Love You banner".... and what better place to hang it than on your headboard?!
This project was featured as a hands on project in my "Cricut 202, What Does This Button Do?" class on UStream. Just click on the icon in the upper right corner of the blog, and you can see the recorded class there. If you are in my area, and would like to take a class in person, send me an email!
Use the SET PAPER SIZE Button to let Cricut know you have an 8 .5 x 11 inch paper on the mat. Set the AUTO FILL button to get (9) 2.5 inch hearts.
Our next exercise was to set the QUANTITY Button for 45 1.5 inch hearts. This 12 x 12 inch paper gave us 42 hearts, and told us that when we insert the next mat it would cut the remaining 3.
Next we cut tags using the simple method of hitting the tag key seven times (we needed eight, but had one from another cut).
We also cut eight tags using the SHADOW feature. Then the letters I LOVE YOU, also cut in red. (Sorry I forgot to take the individual photos, but you can see them in the finished project photo).
Ink the edges of the hearts.
Score and fold all of the 1.5 inch hearts, and take five for each fan fold layered heart.
Place glue on one side of the heart and layer another heart on top.
They will fan out to make an accordian or honeycomb type of center.
Keep layering until you have all five stacked into a fanned out heart. (It will be attached to the project below with hot glue.)
Using a glue dot, adhere the large heart behind your long banner ribbon. Then layer your 1.5 inch fanned out heart on top.
Use a pretty good amount of hot glue to secure the fanned out heart to the ribbon and big heart.
Add a gem below the fanned hearts, then tie the tags between the hearts to complete your project.
Have fun, and enjoy using all of the creative features of your Cricut!!

If you have questions, please leave a comment on my blog, or send me an email.