Friday, July 22, 2011

$19 Cartridges at Michaels!

Hi everyone!  Just an FYI that Michaels marked a handful of carts down to $19 today.  At my store I saw;

*Forever Young
*Freshly Picked
*Wall Decor and More
*Everyday Pop Up Cards

Go snag 'em while you can!!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Home Decor with my Yudu

In between making a ton of t shirts, I decided to try my hand at home decor with my Yudu.  I was loving these posters I had seen on Etsy, but couldn't justify paying $20 for it (picture from CafePress):

Luckily the actual image is public domain so I had my boyfried, who is a whiz at all things image editing  take the image and make it into an 8 x 11" transfer for my Yudu.

I bought canvas from Michaels with a coupon that applied to sale items when they were already 40% off.  The acrylic paint was less then 25 cents.  I used the entire bottle to cover the canvas, since I knew I wouldn't be using it again.

I screened the canvas using white Yudu ink.  I also made a matching t-shirt (pictured below).  Just a few passes and it was ready to go!

I knew I wanted to frame my canvas print, but open back frames are SO expensive, even with a coupon!  So, I found a super cute white frame on clearance at Michaels for $9.00, and simply took the glass and backing out.  I think it fits the canvas perfectly and looks great.  And all for waaaaay less then if I had bought a poster myself.

I am so happy with how this project turned out.  I can't wait to use my Yudu for more home decor projects!  Oh, by the way, Yudus are on sale until Sunday for $99.  This is the lowest I ever see them go (I bought mine for this price a few months ago) so if you haven't gotten one yet, this is a great deal!

Speaking of Michaels, have you seen their new iPhone App?  It is so awesome.  It stores all of the store coupons right on your phone, plus has an event schedule for stores in your area.  It's free in the app store!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

An (almost) totally non-Cricut card!

Hello everyone!  So, obviously, I've been absent.  Again.  This summer has been incredibly busy and fun, which has not left me much time to blog.  Also, I was hired by a co worker of my mothers to create a scrapbook for her sister, so that pretty much took up all of my crafting time for the past few months.  But it's done, and super cute, so expect a post on that later.  I'm going to try to ease my way back into blogging, maybe just a few posts per week, but I appreciate all of my subscribers sticking with me!

I made this card before I started the scrapbook project using a die-cut flower pad from K & Company.  I don't usually buy this type of thing, since I have my Cricut, but the flowers looked too cute to pass up.

I simply punched out each of the die cut flowers, and all of it's layers, and popped them up on pop dots to add dimension.

I added Glossy Accents to each of the flower centers.  I love the shine :)

The only Cricut cut I used was the vase from Pagoda.  I didn't have my Gypsy with me at the time, so I couldn't hide the flower in the center.  I wish I would have, but I think it still looks cute.

The butterfly is also from the K & Company pad.  I added Stickles to the outside of the wings.

I've really gotten into decorating the inside of my cards.  I would usually just leave them blank, but I've started using coordinating paper to give it a little extra touch.  The sentiment and flower stamps are both from a Pink By Design Stamp of The Month Set.  Seriously, if you haven't checked out PBD, please do.  She has the cutest stamps!

I hope you enjoyed this card, and it's good to be back :)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Do you YUDU?

Now I DO!

Yes, I jumped at the chance to buy a Yudu for $99 at Michaels a few weeks ago.  I had heard mixed reviews about it, but when I told my boyfriend I could make him customized t-shirts for his photography business, he went out and got it for the both of us!  Isn't he the best??  Sorry, I'm not sharing him ;)

There she is!  My beautiful baby :)  I did A LOT of research before I tried to burn my first screen.  I read some HORRIBLE reviews of the machine, and the emulsion sheets, but luckily I had very few problems when I used my Yudu for the first time.  My emulsion sheet burned pretty perfectly on the screen.  The only mess up I had is that when it came to rinsing out the burned emulsion sheets, I scrubbed a little too hard and one corner of the design washed off.  Luckily, I fixed it with tape and we were good to go.

Here's the front of my first Yudu shirt!  I used Speedball Opaque white Fabric ink, as I was worried about the Yudu ink on black.  My own regret is that I didn't pull white through the icon first, and then pull yellow over the white.  The color would have been much brighter had I done that.  But besides that, I think it turned out great!

Here's his URL screened on the back of the shirt (shameless plug, LOL).  I didn't get it entirely straight, but he loves it so I'm OK with it.  I also made him another shirt that is white with black ink.  He's also asked me to make him a sweatshirt, and I can't wait to try it!

In a few days I'll have another Yudu post for you.  I wanted to try screening on canvas, and I can't WAIT to show you the results!  I also hope to have a Yudu video tutorial for you guys soon!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Have a Doggone Good Birthday!

Hello everyone!  I hope you had a FABULOUS Easter weekend.  I had a very busy few days filled with family, friends, and fun, and now I'm EXHAUSTED!  I wanted to share a birthday card with you I made a few weeks ago.

I bought the Four-Legged Friends Cricut Lite cartridge on Black Friday and I've only used it once since I bought it.  I really wanted to break it out and use it again, and the perfect opportunity came when I needed to make a birthday card for my boyfriends mother.  She has a little Yorkie named Molly, and I thought the Yorkie from Four-Legged Friends would be PERFECT on her card!

This is an A2 size card made from craft cardstock.  I matted the card with white glitter cardstock and a green plaid paper from the DCWV Dots, Stripes and Plaids stack.  I used an EK Success border punch and inked around the edges of the plaid mat with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.

I cut the yorkie at 3 3/4" out of Recollections cardstock.  I gave her a little shading with my white gel pen and also gave her dots for her eyes.  The metal flower is from Making Memories and gives her the perfect feminine touch.  The dogs from this cartridge are pretty easy to layer.  The only con is that the cartridge booklet gives them really strange color combinations so it's hard to see what colors go where.  But I think she turned out really cute!

"Have a Doggone good birthday!" is from the Pink By Design Furry Friends stamp set.  I punched it out with an EK Succes punch, matted it with the white glitter paper, and stitched around it and the base of the card.  I finished the card with a really cute ribbon that continues the stitching in pink.

But I didn't stop there!

I really got into decorating the inside of this card as well.  I added a little border strip along the top.  All of the paw prints are from Furry Friends as well.  I love the travelling paw prints!

I continued the paw print theme on the matching envelope and the back of the card.  I love my little personalized stamp from my Martha Stewart stamp kit!

That's it for today!  Have a fabulous week friends!  I have a few more things for you this week, including some things from my newest obsession: my YUDU!!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

A few cuts from Damask Decor

When I first heard about the Damask Decor cartridge, I LOST MY MIND.  I am a damask FREAK.  I have damask plates.  Damask bowls.  Damask cups.  Damask coffee cups.  I'm pretty sure I own every piece of damask patterned paper known to man.

So, when I wandered into my Michaels earlier this week and saw one, lonely Damask Decor cartridge behind the registers, I HAD to get it.  I rarely ever buy carts at Michaels, simply because I can usually get them for cheaper online, but right now the newer carts are going for almost $60 on eBay so I decided to go for it.

I teach a few scrapbook and paper crafting classes at Michaels, so while I was waiting for my students to arrive last night I broke out the classroom Cricut and did a few quick cuts from Damask Decor, and I fell in love.  They are all absolutely gorgeous.  Here are a few of the cuts:

This is the "Heart" image with the shadow.  They have special damask flourishes for every season (Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc) and this is one of them.  So elaborate and gorgeous!  The cart has layering options, but I think it looks so elegant in all one color.

I love love LOVE the card and envelope feature on this cartridge.  I cut the card and card front at 4".  I also cut the matching envelope but forgot to include it in this picture.  How gorgeous would these be for little thank you cards?  They have corresponding tags as well!

Expect a lot more from me and Damask Decor soon.  I have SO MANY ideas!  

Friday, April 15, 2011

Party 'Til the Cows Come Home!

Hi everyone, and can I get a TGIF???  I can't WAIT for the weekend!  I have a quick card to share with you today.  My younger sisters birthday is next weekend, and I was asked by my mom to make her a cake (pics to come when I make it), so I decided to make a card to go with it.

I should preface this by saying my sister and I are POLAR opposites.  I'm the girly, crafty, book smart, musically inclined one, and she's the sporty, tomboyish, nothing-fancy type.  One of her life goals is to life on a farm and raise cattle, and I am a CITY GIRL through and through.  So I knew I would need to make her a simple card without a lot of embellishments and "girly" stuff.  My sister raises and sells cattle on my family's 40 acres (which I have never visited, like I said, farmwork is NOT for me), so I made a cow shaped card using my Gypsy for her.

I used the shadow feature on Create a Critter and welded two cow shadows together to form the base of the card.  Then I just assembled the cow like normal on the front.  I love using my Gypsy to make shape cards , she makes things so easy!:)

I used pink Core'dinations Gemstone cardstock for her nose and udders, and ran them through my Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder to give her a little something extra (I know my sister likes simple, but I HAD to do something!)

For the inside, I cut the main part of the cows body again in white to give me somewhere to write.  "Party Til the Cows Come Home" is from Pink By Designs "Take the Cake" stamp set.  I punched it out with an EK Success punch and added a little stitching with my white gel pen.  No inking or anything.  Trust me, I was DYING to break out my distress inks but I had to keep reminding myself that this was for my sister, NOT me ;)

I added a little stitching on the front, and that was it!  I hope she likes this card, and the cake I'm making next week.  I've been told I need to make a simple white cake with very simple decorations and no fondant.  Soooo not what I usually do.  The things you do for family ;)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

I'm BACK! (with a card too!)

Hi everyone!

I just want to apologize for being gone for so long without an explanation.  To make an INCREDIBLY long story short, my life got pretty crazy back in February and is just now getting back to some sense of "normal".  I'm fine, but there was a time where I just did NOT have the time (or energy) to craft or blog.  My poor Cricut was terribly neglected.  I also felt like I was losing a lot of my "crafty mojo", and didn't really have any good ideas.  I was doing a lot of crafting for design teams, challenges, etc but none really for ME.  Last week I finally booted up my Cricut again and everything came rushing back, so of course I had to bring my blog back to life!  I PROMISE to keep blogging as much as I can, hopefully 2-3 projects a week for awhile.  Once I'm able to move and put my craft room back together (another long story) it will be much more then that! :)

Also, I FINALLY HAVE A NEW DIGITAL CAMERA!  No more shots with my iPhone!  That, and I discovered my boyfriend has a super AWESOME professional light box so now I can take MUCH better pictures.

The card I wanted to show you today was one I made MONTHS ago for a Design Team that I never got around to posting, but I absolutely love it so I wanted to make sure I posted it.

We had to create a card based on a movie.  One of my favorite movies is Moulin Rouge, and I love the quote "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love, and be loved in return".  I wanted to create a very vintage looking card with red as the main color that focused on this quote.  This is what I came up with:

The patterned paper is from the DCWV Black Currant stack.  Iinked everything with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to give it that aged look.

The quote is computer generated, and I punched it out of cream colored cardstock using an EK Success punch.  I inked the edges, popped it up on Pop Dots, and added two gems using my i-Rock.

In the movie, they call Satine the "Sparkling Diamond", so I knew I wanted a diamond somewhere on my card.  I found this heart shaped "diamond" on the Hannah Montana cartridge and thought it would work perfectly.  I both layers from red Core'Dinations cardstock, then ran the first layer through my Xyron and added red Martha Stewart glitter.  The red flowers are also from my stash with gemstone brads in the center.
The word "Love" is from the Martha Stewart Elegant Cake Art cartridge.  I used my i-Rock to add the "..." in bling after the word love.

Here is the rest of the quote on the inside of the card.  I punched this out using the same EK Success punch, then glued it to a piece of red cardstock and cut around to create a shadow.

I LOVE how this card turned out.  It looks vintage and lush, which reminds me of the Moulin Rouge.

I'm so happy to be back!  I want to thank all of my subscribers that emailed me over the last few months making sure I was OK.  I'm sorry if I didn't get back to all of you, but I really appreciated you thinking about me!  I promise I will have more cards and projects to come very soon!  :)

Friday, January 28, 2011

The "Thank You" Blog Hop!

Good morning everyone!  Today is the first day of the "Thank You" blog hop.  You should have just come from Erikas blog!  This blog hop was put together by the lovely Raven to give a big THANK YOU to Madeline of The Shabby Vanity for our blog makeovers!

I don't know if any of my early followers remember my original blog design, but it was BAD.  I have no graphic design or HTML experience and it basically looked like it was thrown together by a fifth grader :)  I decided I wanted a more professional look so I used Madeline and her "5-Minute Makeover" plus some other a la cart items that she offers.  I could not be happier with the final result.  Everything looks professional and organized, and I LOVE my banner!  When I received word about this blog hop I couldn't wait to participate!

One of my favorite things about my new blog look is the cute cherry theme she has running throughout my blog.  From my background to the screen on my Gypsy I'm juggling, it's everywhere, and I love it!  I wanted to make a thank you card that incorporated those cute cherries, and this is what I came up with!

  • Wild Card Cricut Cartridge
  • George Cricut Cartridge
  • Paisley Cricut Cartridge
  • Peachy Keen "Everyday Character Faces" Assortment stamp set
  • Scrappy Moms "A Pinch and a Dash" stamp set
  • Ribbon from Michaels
  • Stickles

I cut the card base from the Wild Card cartridge, and then made two layering circles using George and my Gypsy to line them up.  The cherries are from Paisley cartridge and I used my favorite Peachy Keen face stamp set and pink chalk to give them an adorable touch.  I used Action Wobbles underneath each of the cherries so they pop up and wobble back and forth (hence the sentiment).  I used my white gel pen for some doodling and the whites of the eyes, Stickles on the leaf, and voila!  An adorable thank you card. didn't think that's all I had for you today, did you?  How about a little blog candy??  I have TWO Martha Stewart Christmas punches to give away!

Wanna win a Poinsettia Vine Edge punch and a Present Punch and Stamp Punch?  Here's what you need to do:

  1. Become a follower of my blog
  2. Leave me a comment on this post (make sure you leave a way for me to contact you)
I will draw a winner on Monday, January 1st and email the winner.  You'll have one week to get back to me or I'll have to draw someone else.

Your next stop is Angela at Creative Craftin.  Make sure to check out everyone's projects!

Here's the list of everyone hopping today, and don't forget to stop by Madeline's blog and show her some love!






Kristin- (You are here!)






Thursday, January 27, 2011

SSD Design Team: "Love" Toilet Paper Roll Mini Album

Hey everyone!  This week our project was to make something for Valentines Day BESIDES a card or layout using our Cricut.  I made an adorable Valentines Day toilet paper roll mini album using both my Gypsy and my beautiful new blue Expression, plus my favorite new Martha Stewart punches.


*Toilet Paper Rolls (I used 4)
*Patterned Paper
*Cuttlebug or Big Shot (for flattening rolls)
*Martha Stewart Elegant Cake Art Cartridge
*Cricut Classic Font Cartridge
*Tags, Bags Boxes and More Cartridge
*Scalloped Flower Gypsy File 
*Cinch or Bind It All
*Martha Stewart String Lace and Cherish Hearts Border Punches
*Martha Stewart Heart Lock and Key Punch
*Martha Stewart Flourish Heart Punch
*Pink By Design "All Girl" and "Scripted Year" stamp sets

This would be a cute little album to tuck those Valentines Day mementos in.  I love making these little albums!  I want one for every season of the year :)

Here's a video walking you through each page:

I wish I could claim ownership of the gorgeous flower file, but I got it from Jen from her awesome blog.  It's just like the Sizzix 3D flower die, but you can cut it with your Cricut at whatever size you want!

Friday, January 21, 2011

"Favorite Things" Blog Hop Winner!

First of all, I want to thank EACH and EVERY one of you that participated in the hop and left me such lovely comments.  I read each and every one of the 105 comments I received.  I love you all!

I used to pick a winner!

And the winner is..... Vanessa!

Congrats Vanessa!  You have one week to email me with your shipping info (click the cupcake on the left hand side of my blog), or I'll have to pick someone else.  Don't forget to email me!  :)

Speaking of blog hops, there's ANOTHER one coming up next weekend!
Join me for a blog hop thanking the lovely Madeline from the Shabby Vanity.  She gave my blog the beautiful makeover you see here, as well as a bunch of other crafty ladies, and we've gotten together to give her a big THANK YOU!  There will be a lot of awesome projects, yummy blog candy, PLUS you can win a 5-minute makeover from Madeline!  Be sure to stop by my blog on the 28th to find the full list of participating blogs!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

SSD Design Team: Valentines Day Box

Hey everyone!  This week at SSD our challenge was to create something for a Valentines Day Party.  I love to make a little something for my friends every year around Valentines, and this year I've decided to do chocolate covered Oreos (expect a blog post on that later!).  I wanted to make a cute box and tag to package the cookies in, and the boxes on Wrap It Up are just too cute not to use.  I used the blank box on the cartridge and cut it out of cardstock from DCWVs "Nana's Nursery: Baby Girl" stack.  Can you believe I don't have a stack just for Valentines Day?  I'll have to rectify that soon ;)

To spruce up the box, I used my new Martha Stewart Ruffled Heart Punch All Over the Page punch.  It punches a PERFECT window for these boxes and it was so easy to use!  I'm in love with these punches, I'm sure eventually I'll have them all :)

The tag is also from Wrap It Up, and I used clear Stickles on the flower.  The "To" and "From" stamps are from Pink By Designs Christmas Wishes Stamp Set.

Hope you enjoy!  I know my friends will love these.  Stay tuned tomorrow, I'm going to announce the winner from this past weekends blog hop!  Sorry it took so long, this week has gotten away from me for sure!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

"My Favorite Things" Blog Hop!

Welcome to The Crafty Kitchen and the ...A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS Blog Hop! 
If you've come from visiting Lisa at My Lil' Bits, you're in the right place! If you've just happened across my blog and would like to play along with our fun hop, you can go to and start at the beginning. We would love to share a few of our favorite things with you today! 
Each Design Team member will be featuring an project made especially for this hop using their favorite crafting tools and techniques. Make sure to check out each member's blog. There will be some fun prizes along the way, AND there will be some AWESOME ideas! 

It was so hard for me to choose my "Favorite Thing" because I have SO MANY, and they change all the time.  Currently, my two absolute favorite things are my Pink By Design Stamps and my Martha Stewart punches.  Sarah over at Pink By Design makes the most wonderful stamp sets.  They are of amazing quality and are so versatile.  Although I adore my Cricut I'm also a punch junkie and I'm OBSESSED with Marthas punches and craft products.  Her new Valentines Day punches are GORGEOUS, so for this hop I decided to make a card using a few of her new punches.

  • Recollections Craft Cardstock
  • Pink patterned paper from Michaels
  • DCWV Midnight Spell Stack (glitter paper)
  • Martha Stewart Cherish Hearts Border Punch
  • Martha Stewart Flourish Heart Punch
  • Pink By Design "Scriped Year" Stamp Set

To create this card I used two of Martha's new Valentines Day punches:  the Cherished Hearts border punch and the Flourish Heart punch.  I think the Flourish Heart is my absolute FAVORITE punch right now, so I wanted the card to feature the gorgeous punched image.
I actually punched out two hearts, one in craft cardstock and one from the pink glitter paper, and layered them slightly off-center from each other.  

 The sentiment is from one of my absolute favorite Pink By Design Stamp sets, Scripted Year. Scripted Year can truly be used all year round and the font is just gorgeous.

Are you ready for some blog candy?  I figured a Martha punch would be a fitting giveaway today, since they are some of my favorite things :)

Even though the holidays are over, I know a lot of us are still scrapping Christmas, and this Punch and Stamp Set by Martha Stewart will look great on a layout, or for next years Christmas cards!  The punch comes with three different clear stamps to make three different gift boxes, and they store neatly inside.  So adorable!

In order to win, here's what you have to do:

  • Be a follower of my blog
  • Leave me a comment on this post telling me one of your favorite crafty things!
You have until Monday, January 17th to leave me a comment on this post.  I will then use to find a winner, and post the winner here on my blog.  The winner will have one week to contact me, if I don't hear from them in a week I will have to pick someone else.

That's it for my Favorite Things today!  Your next stop is Jessie over at Scrappy Jess.  Hop on over to see what she has in store for you today!

Here's the full list of today's blog hop, make sure you visit everyone!  They have some GREAT projects for you!