Sunday, December 26, 2010

UTCYHC - Snow Angel

Welcome to the first post in the Use the Carts You Have Challenge. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. I thought I would kick off this challenge by sharing some Christmas decorations I made just before my family arrived for Christmas!

I used the Imagine Art Cartridge Snow Angel for the background paper as well as the images. I printed the combined image and then the layers and used pop dots to add a little something.

The frames were from a big pack of 8 frames from Walmart so this was a very inexpensive project to add a little more holiday cheer to my living room.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Use the Carts You Have Challenge

I'm challenging myself to use every Cricut cartridge that I own. I have around 100 carts so I'll try to post 2 projects a week and by the end of the year I'll have used each one at least once! Everyone is welcome to join me in the Use the Carts You Have Challenge.

The first project will be posted this weekend.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Congratulations Card

A little card I made for my mom.

Nestabilities for oval & scallop oval
Stamping Bella image
Smooch Ink in Clear
Dollar Stamp for sentiment
Irock bling
Cardstock and Ribbon Papertrey Ink

Here's a closeup of the image so you can see the shimmer.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Simple Christmas Cards Series - Day 8

This is my final post of the Simple Christmas Cards series. I hope it gave you some ideas on how to incorporate you Cricut Imagine into your holiday card making.

I made to Let It Snow cards with different background papers. The one on the left is from the Memory Box Tinsel collection and the one on the right is from the Imagine More Cards cartridge. The sentiment is from Winter Frolic. I ran the N and the W thru the Xyron upside down and then dusted the letters in white fun flock to add some wintery warmness. The buttons for the O are from Recollections.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Simple Christmas Cards Series - Day 7

My inspiration for this card came from the Winter Frolic handbook project. I changed it up a bit to be able to use the Cricut Imagine and more carts. I used the Christmas Cards cart for the card base with Imagine More Cards for the color. I used the Winter Frolic cart, so cute for the ornament. Some clear bling on the white areas and busted out the Cuttlebug to use the polka dots folder. Love, love, love this folder. It's a little larger than Swiss Dots, but not as big as Seeing Spots. The ribbon is from Papertrey Ink.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Simple Christmas Cards Series - Day 6

I made this card using the Imagine with Winter Frolic cart and paper patterns from Imagine More Cards. I love how easy it is to use a Cricut cartridge and fill the layer with a pattern from an Imagine cartridge. The joy stamp is from an old Creative Cafe set. I used clear Smooch ink to add a little shimmer.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Simple Christmas Cards Series - Day 5

I really like the background pattern paper that I was able to print using the Imagine. I love how easy it is to coordinate papers and I don't have to worry about running out of a particular design.

I used the snowflake design paper behind the floral image and brought out the pop dots again. I used a clear Spica pen to add some shimmer, but it didn't show up in the photo.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Simple Christmas Cards Series - Day 4

I think I might add some bling and a sentiment to the front of this card. It seems a little plain even for my simple style. I printed and cut the tree twice and pop dotted the second tree. I used the Martha Stewart baker's twine that I'm in love with again! I like that is comes on little spools with 2 spools of brown/white, 2 spools of red/white, and 2 spools of green/white.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Simple Christmas Cards Series - Day 3

Happy Thanksgiving!
Welcome to day 3 of the Simple Christmas Cards Series.
The colors scanned in brighter than they are in real life. I used one of my favorite punches along the bottom and some Martha Stewart baker's twine at the top. The image is pop dotted.
Enjoy your turkey day! I'm thankful for my family, friends, job, and this wonderful hobby. What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Simple Christmas Cards Series - Day 2

I think this is a sweet image! The little deer are some of my favorite images on Snow Angel. I pop dotted the image to add some interest and left the rest simple.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Simple Christmas Cards Series - Day 1

My mom asked me to make her some Christmas cards again this year. I decided this would be a great opportunity to play with the Imagine and the Snow Angel Imagine Art cartridge. Most of the cards need to be mailed to Canada so I couldn't go crazy with pop dots.

I'll post a card a day for this series.

I used Bazzill Bling Paper behind the floral image, the rest of the paper is from the Snow Angel cart. I printed and cut the floral image twice once as a flat image and a second time in layers that I've pop dotted for some depth.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Canvas Bags

I used ink jet iron-on with the Cricut Imagine to print and cut the images from the Imagine More Cards Art cartridge. I selected to flip the image so the text would not be backwards when I ironed on the image. I then ironed the bag to remove all the wrinkles then placed the iron-on and began to run the iron on the hottest setting without any steam over the image. Be sure to run the iron really well over the edges of the image. I waited for the backing to cool before removing to leave a matte finish.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thinking of You Card

I was super excited to play with the Cricut Lite Lacey Labels cart. I had wanted this cart for a long time and my super sweet Circle Pal, Maria sent it to me! The pattern paper is from a Papertrey Ink stack and I used a stamp from Hero Arts for the sentiment. The little flower was cut on brown shimmer paper.

Thanks for stopping by!

Soon I'll be posting some Christmas cards that I made using the Cricut Imagine.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Veteran's Day Blog Hop Winner

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The winner of my blog candy is Rebecca Minor! Congrats, I'll be contacting you soon.

Josie's comment on Deb's Blog, If It's Groovy won her the Scrap'n Tote and Gina Thornton won the Spellbinders Nesties set with her comment on One Scrappin' Sista Blog.

Thanks to everyone who hopped along.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Land of the Free Because of the Brave Blog Hop

Welcome and Happy Veteran's Day!

It's finally time for the Veteran's Day Land of the Free Because of the Brave Blog Hop! Veteran's Day is a wonderful time to reflect and appreciate all veterans and current service members for their dedication and service.

I decided to make a layout using cut from the Cricut cartridge Stand and Salute. I also used bling with my I-Rock.

KarelJ's neice Charity, was kind enough to answer some questions to share with everyone.

How are you connected to the Military? I have two cousins that are members of the Marines and the Army. My husband Jon is currently a member of the Air Force.

How has this connection impacted your life? Watching my cousin's families go through their husbands/dads being gone I learned a lot about what sacrifices our service members and their families go through to protect our freedom. Now that my husband is also in the military it has impacted my life more personally. Moving away from family (across the country) was especially difficult (I have never been away from my mom for more than a week haha).

What’s the hardest part of being a military relative (wife? Child? Friend?) The hardest part of being a military wife is probably knowing that Jon could leave at any time for any amount of time. And the feeling of not knowing if he will come back. (No matter how small the possibility) The hardest part of being a military friend is knowing that you will move away from each other. It makes it very difficult to open up to people or to even put yourself out there to make friends.

What do you do to make it easier? We just try to keep busy. Take Seth (my son) to the park, have play dates, bake, and hang out with the friends that I do allow myself to make. But I don’t know if it will ever be easy.

Do you think Veterans and Service personnel get the respect they deserve? Sadly, no. There are MANY people out there that do support our military and I am very thankful to those people. However, these men and women deserve much more respect than they get!

What do you think artists and crafters could do to support the Military? I remember when my husband was in basic training many people sent him cards and letters and it was such a blessing to him. All military personnel deserve to have that kind of encouragement.

What else would you like to share with the people reading this? Many people believe that supporting our troops means agreeing with the war. They are there protecting our freedoms that we have, and they should be supported no matter what your views on the war are. They are away from their families 6 months or more out of the year so that you can safely be with yours.

I'd like to thank Charity for answering these questions and her husband for his service.

As Charity mentioned, handmade cards are a great way to let service members know that they are appreciated. Operation Write Home is a wonderful way to make a difference by sending encouragement to the troops or providing blank cards that can be sent home. Please consider volunteering your talents to a worthwile cause.

To celebrate Veteran's Day, I'd like to give away some red, white, and blue blog candy.

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on this post with a way to contact you. I'll pick a winner on Sunday using

KarelJ who organized this amazing blog hop is thrilled to announce that some blog candy has been donated. Our amazing Blog Candy (2—count ‘em! TWO Chances to win!!) are brought to you through the generosity of Marlo, who created the marvelous Scrap’NTote and Anne, from Paper Patch Crafts.

The rules for entering are the same for both prizes: Hop along our path and leave a comment AND a way to contact you on each and every stop. Please leave contact information in a safe manner ( ie, written out, rather than a direct link). On Friday, November 12, KarelJ will use to first select a blog number (1-20) and then a comment number from that blog for each prize. She will post the winner’s name on her blog and notify the bloggers, so they can also post the winner. KarelJ will contact the winner, using the information left in the comment. If there is no information available, she will choose another winner from the same blog. It is up to the winner to contact KarelJ at ksjennings(at)gmail(dot)com. If she has not been contacted by Monday, November 15, another winner will be chosen.

Now, on to the good stuff! Our first prize is a wonderful Pink Scrap’Ntote to store your Cricut Cartridges in! It comes to us from Marlo, at ContainYaCrafts. You can see the wonderful way this binder system keeps all your carts together, and ready to go in a flash on this link: Need more than one? Put it on the Christmas Wish List and have the hubs order NOW, as they are simply flying out of stock! We got one of the final donations for the year, and are so grateful to Marlo!Our second terrific prize is a set of Spellbinders Nesties in the Crown Circle Shape. It comes to us via the generosity of Anne, whose family has an incredibly strong military heritage. You can read more about Anne and her husband on Linda and Gina’s Blogs. You can also check out paper Patch Crafts here, to see what other incredible things Anne has to sell!

Here's the list for the Land of the Free Because of the Brave blog hop:

1. KarelJ at One By One The Flamingos Are Stealing My Sanity
2. Celeste at Touched By a Butterfly
3. Deb at Tidbit’s Place
4. Michelle at Peanut Butter and Jelly Designs
5. Jennifer at Young’s Scrapping
6. Diane at Crafting This Moment
7. Judy at Be Present Be Real
8. Marianne at Life From Marianne’s Table
9. Deb at If It’s Groovy
10. Christel at One Scrappin’ Sista
11. Belinda at Queen Bee’s Musings
12. Colleen at Col’s Creative Corner
13. Summer and Jennifer at Cricut Diaries
14. Rachel at Suburban Crafter
15. Gina at Gina Thornton Stamping
16. Becky at Sew in Stitches
17. Rebecca at Creations With Becca
18. Bobbi Jo at Sweet Sassy Diva

19. Angie at Gypsy Paperie – YOU ARE HERE!
20. Linda at The Tulip Collector

Thanks for stopping by! Please go visit Linda at The Tulip Collector to finish the hop!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Land of The Free Because of The Brave Veteran's Day Blog Hop

I'm excited to announce that I'll be a part of the Land of The Free Because of The Brave Veteran's Day Blog Hop that KarelJ from One By One the Flamingos Are Stealing My Sanity has put together!

Veteran's Day is a wonderful time to acknowledge all the sacrifices our men and women in uniform and their families have made to keep us free.

Please come back to Gypsy Paperie on Veteran's Day and participate in the blog hop. There's some great blog candy up for grabs and wonderful projects to share.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sky Diving!

For my 30th birthday last year, dang I'm getting old. I wanted to do something to celebrate surviving my twenties so I went Sky Diving! Strangely, I was very calm and excited for the jump. It's very quiet up in the plane with the door open. I could see for miles around. Free fall was incredible, once the chute deployed I was jerked up and then had some fun spinning around in circles. The landing was smooth and I was back on the ground before I knew it.

I hope to be able to jump again!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Stampin' Cat Studio Makes & Takes

I went to the amazing Designing Desserts event that Stampin' Cat Studios held last week. There was a wide variety of make and takes, delicious desserts, and goodie bags. What else does a girl need?

Here's my favorite make and takes from the evening.

The owls are adorable and I like the wintery feel and the sparkle.

I used Twinkling H2O's for the first time. It was a lot easier than I thought. I can see buying some in the future!

I'm a huge fan of shopping locally whenever I can, so please go support your local stores!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

DCWV Giveaway!

Over on the DCVW blog they are doing a giveaway for their new 12x24 mat stacks. These are amazing and adhesive backed. Check it out here!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Upcoming Veteran's Day Blog Hop

Karel from One By One the Flamingo's Are Stealing My Sanity is hosting a Veteran's Day Blog Hop that I'll be a part of and hopefully you will come take and a look.

There will be some fab blog candy up for grabs! Marlo Letterle, the developer of the marvelous Scrap'NTote, is donating the Grand Prize...a tote!
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Anne-Therese Cermola Luper, who owns Paper Patch Crafts, a terrific on-line store, is also donating a *super-secret* Grand Blog Candy. You can check out her store here: I'm sure several of the blogs will also have candy to give away, I know I will!

Saturday, October 16, 2010


First off, I want to apologize for the glare on the glass. I should have taken a photo before I put it in the frame. This project was inspired by Jana Eubank's Create and Dream project on the Circle Blog. This will make a nice little gift for an artist in the family.

All the paper is from a Basic Grey Recess paper pack. I used my Gypsy to search for "Create". I'm trying to make an effort to use my Gypsy more so baby steps are good.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Fabulous Fall

I love fall! The chill in the air, the leaves changing colors, an excuse to wear sweaters...

This layout was made using an old paper pack from Stampin' Up, 3 Birds, a label shape from the Imagine image library, and some fabulous stamps by Inkadinkado called Autumn Foliage from my not so secret sister, the very talented Marcjo♫♪ on the Circut Circle messageboard.

Now I just need a pic to put in the layout! Hopefully my dog will play along and sit nicely in a pile of leaves, well I can dream.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Baby Cards

A family friend is about to add a little boy to his family and my mom asked for a baby card at the last minute so I whipped up two for her to choose from. I wish I had taken the time to ink them up a bit, but I'm sure they won't care. Nursery Tails is great for baby cards and things, but it can be used for a variety of projects.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Spread Your Wings

I'm participating in a card swap at Stampin' Cat Studios and needed to make 10 cards in a hurry. Cricut Image and the Imagine More cart to the rescue! I used the cute notecard and then selected the Spread Your Wings in layers. It's hard to tell in the pic, but I inked everything and when a little crazy with the pop dots.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Think Pink Blog Hop Winner

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The blog candy winner is Tanya Isis Ayala! Congrats! I'll be contacting you soon.

Thanks to everyone that played along on the Think Pink Blog Hop.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Halloween Blog Hop Card

So I had a lot of great questions about my card so now I know to include the details!

Here's the run down on my card.
Black magic paper is made by Core'dinations. This line has black on the top side and a different color core so when I ran it thru the Cuttlebug with the Tim Holtz embossing folder the green core came thru. I helped it along a bit by lightly sanding the embossed area. Then I used Smooch inks to "Paint" the embossed areas on certain images. The stars on the front of the card and the spider web and spider on the inside of the cards were done by using Design Adhesives Fright Night by Clear Snap. It's basically a rubon that has adhesive on the top. After applying the adhesive I used black fun flock to add some texture. The cardbase and interior paper are both from the Blackbird collection by My Mind's Eye.

Thanks for visiting!

Halloween Blog Hop Winner!

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The lucky winner is JennyPlace2! Congrats, I'll be contacting you soon so I can mail off your blog candy.

Thanks to everyone for checking out my blog and to all the wonderful followers!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Halloween Blog Hop

Welcome to my blog! If you're here for the Haunted Halloween Blog Hop you're in the right place! But if you just found us hop on over to the Cricut Confessions to get started. I have some blog candy to giveaway, please leave a comment with your contact info and I’ll use the random number generator to pick a winner on Sunday. You don’t need to be a follower, but followers are always appreciated.

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I had so much fun making this card! I played with a new Tim Holtz embossing folder, Black Magic paper, smooch inks, and fun flock!

Inside of card.

Happy hopping!

Think Pink Blog Hop

Welcome to Gypsy Paperie! If you're here for the Think Pink Blog Hop you're in the right place! Karel at One By One The Flamingos Are Stealing My Sanity organized this wonderful hop. Karel has some wonderful blog candy – a $25 gift certificate donated by Sarah at Pink Cricut for her wonderful clear stamp sets as well as some other fun things. I also have some blog candy to giveaway – a Stampendous Ribbon Hope clear stamp set and some pink things, please leave a comment below with your contact info and I’ll use the random number generator to pick a winner at noon on Tuesday. You don’t need to be a follower, but followers are always appreciated.

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I made a card for my project. I don't usually make really girly cards so this was a bit of a struggle, but fun! I used a lot of pink bling cardstock, Color Me Swirls paper from Hot Off the Press that I inked, a chipboard scalloped circle that took a little spin thru the Cuttlebug, and lots of pop dots. I used Stand and Salute for the ribbon and Gypsy Font for "Hope".

Thanks for stopping by!

I’m sure you’ll want to see all the Think Pink Projects so below is the line up for the entire hop:

1. One By One The Flamingos Are Stealing My Sanity –
2. Gina’s Stamping Creations --
3. Crafting This Moment --
4. The Cricut Diaries –
5. Sweet Sassy Diva --
6. Scrappin’ Sista --
7. If It’s Groovy --
8. Oh, Snap! --
9. Crazy About Cricut –
10. Gen’s Den --
11. Peanut Butter and Jelly Designs --
12. Heartfelt Creations --
13. Creations With Becka –
14. Calie’s Creative Corner –
15. Tidbit’s Place –
16. Gypsy Paperie --
17. Life From Marianne’s Table –
18. The Suburban Crafter--

*To win the 25 dollar gift certificate, all you have to do is complete the hop and leave a comment on every blog EXCEPT number 12, Heartfelt Creations. On Tuesday, utilizing, a blog number, and then a comment number for that blog will be chosen. The winner will be notified by a posting on One By One The Flamingos Are Stealing My Sanity, by a posting on Karel's Facebook and Twitter Accounts, and every effort will be made to personally contact the winner.*

Friday, October 8, 2010

Upcoming Blog Hop

I'm super excited to announce that I'll be part of two blog hops this weekend. The first is a Think Pink blog hop for breast cancer awareness. This is very important to me as it affects so many fabulous women and together we can help to find a cure. I'll be giving away a little blog candy - Stampendous Ribbon Hope clear stamp set so be sure to come back and leave a comment under my Think Pink post.

I'm also in a fun Halloween Blog Hop. My project was something out of my comfort zone and really fun to make. I'll be giving away Blackbird clear stamp set by My Mind's Eye. Please come back and leave a comment under the Halloween Blog Hop for a chance to win!

Happy Friday everyone!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Autumn Wishes

A ridiculously easy card using paper from Pink Paislee. I inked the edges of the die cut, tied some ribbon and pop dotted it on the background paper. It was super simple, even by my standards. ;)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Printed Vinyl

I went a little overboard playing with the printed vinyl and the Imagine. My laptop is now all decorated!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

My Pink Stamper Imagine Challenge

I made my first layout "Something to crow about" with the Imagine using my favorite cart, Imagine More. I had some goofy pics of my dad and brother that I wanted to use and it all came together.

Create a Critter Cards

Create a Critter is now one of my favorite Cricut cartridges. Before I had the cart I thought it would have limited use for me since there isn't any kids in my family, but it turns out that the adults like the cute critters! My Pink Stampers Punnylicious stamp set coordinates wonderfully with the cuts. Love her stuff! I've been challenging myself to use things that normally sit untouched like ribbon so please bear with me!

Monday, September 27, 2010

30th Birthday Card

Tomorrow is my brother's 30th birthday. We celebrated yesterday, so I'm going to go ahead and post the card I made him.

I used Core'dinations paper and embossed it with the Star Cuttlebug folder and sanded it to show the gray core. Then I used Indie Art for the bomb. I'm not sure which cart I used for the numbers. I should really write the details down. Anyway, my brother liked the card so that's all that matters.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Magnet Board

I covered a metal sheet with fun paper and layered the word create. It's a colorful addition to my scraproom where I can put little notes.

Happy Fall

I wanted to try the Imagine with a Cricut Cart so I pulled out 3 Birds that I haven't used before and quickly was able to make a card with patterns from the Imagine More cart. I inked some of the edges to give it a more hands on look.

So far, I'm really liking the Imagine, but I don't think I'll be using their patterened paper designs for everything. I like picking out paper, but it will be really nice to use the RGB when I'm out of a coordinating paper.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Simple Gift Tag with the Imagine

When I came back from running errands at lunch my Imagine was waiting for me at the front door. I carefully carried her inside and tried not to think about her until I was done with work. Then I tore into the box like my life depended on it!

I love the style of the Imagine More cart so that was my first print and cut. I used the little notecard and then cut out the branch and the bird as well. I love how you can print and cut specific layers and I can't wait to really dig in tonight and play.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Imagine Where Are You?

It feels like I'm a kid waiting for Christmas morning. I can't wait for the Cricut Imagine to be delivered. I keep seeing amazing projects on the Cricut Circle and Cricut Messageboard. Every time I hear a truck I run to the front window to see if Big Brown is headed my way.

Gift Tags

Here's some simple gift tags that I made for my mom. In real life the ribbon is more of a olive green than the bright green that shows up in the photo. I used a stamp set from Paper Trey Ink, SU ink, and some paper and ribbon from my stash.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Another French Manor Card

I'm loving this cart. There are so many possibilities and styles with the variety of images on French Manor.

The ribbon is straight on the card, but looks a little of kilter in the pic. I love the bling paper and the tones of pink.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

So long no posts...

I've been a little lazy and have neglected my blog, but I'm going to correct that.

Here's some cards that I made recently.

This card was made with French Manor, a cart that is exclusive to Circut Circle members. The background was embossed with an amazing new embossing folder from Tim Holtz.

Another card made with French Manor.

I finally used Create A Critter and a wood veneer for the background. I had been wanting this cart since it came out and then for some reason I had a creative block.

A simple card made with Just Because Cards. Love the background paper.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Any occasion card

This is another simple card. I recently saw the idea to use braces in other ways from an email from Paper Trey Ink. The example they used had stamped braces eight times, I think to create a pattern. It looked really cool so I wanted to try it using the braces from some of the Cricut carts. I used My Mind's Eye Home paper, inked the edges of the background with a Cat's eye chalk ink and added a touch of bling.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Simple cards

I love simple cards. It's really easy to go overboard with all the cute goodies and techniques out there, but I try to edit my design and keep it simple.

This card was made with My Mind's Eye Home Paper, the kiwi cut on the Preserves Cricut Cart, and a stamp by Amuse. Almost forgot that I used my SU corner rounder on the "thanks" tag.