Friday, December 30, 2011

Framed Name Sign

I made this framed name sign for my granddaughter. She is almost three. I used my Gypsy and Gypsy Wandering. I also used SCAL2 for the font. It is a free front called Clipper Script. For the rest of the images I used Kate's ABC's.The frame was a thrift store find. My background cardstock was someI had in my stash. Then I added some bling.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Damask Decor Project

A recent Cricut cartridge purchase had me concerned about the reason why I made this purchase. It was the cart, Damask Decor. As soon as I got the cart home, I began having regrets. So after talking to one of my crafting buddies, I found out that she too had purchased the same cart and also had some reservations about it. As we continued to talk about the cart, she suggested that I make a challenge on the Cricut messageboard for anyone who has made a project with the cart to post their project. I also made a request for any new projects that anyone could come up with. I did get a few hits. But I was still not satisfied so my buddy and I agreed to create a project ourselves. The first project I created was a layout. Then I got more inspires so I created a mini album using my Gypsy and my Imagine. So here is the project.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Cricut Classroom

Here is a sample
of two frames I
created in the
Cricut Classroom( a new online crafting program) I used Fancy Frames and Kate's ABC's cartridges.

Monday, December 5, 2011

What Season is It?

Take a look at what I found growing in my backyard:

Is it Springtime or Winter? Doesn't matter with me because anytime of year is crafting time for me.LOL

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Gypsy Envelope mini

While surfing the www, I stumbled upon a very cute project using a G file( that's Cricut talk for Gypsy(handheld crafting device that's worth every penny, nickel, dime, you spend on it). The file was designed by a lady named Cheryl. I also used another crafter's project inside the mini I created, it is a vintage pocket combo designed by klipngirlYouTube Channel). The mini came together easy and I think it's a great project to giveaway or keep for yourself. More details on my YouTube Channel(see right bar)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Art Philosophy Gift Box

Using the Art Philosophy cartridge and a few Sissix dies I created this gift box. I used my Gypsy to resize the doorhanger image and added some pattern paper from Me and My Big Ideas Speciality Stack. The flower is the Tattered floral die by Tim Holtz and the leaves are one of the original Sissix dies. The little tag I cut using a Cuttlebug die and stamped it.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Another "Two" Cute Layout

While piddling around in my scrap area last night, a decision was made to do a layout. Now my desk is usually covered with the remains of some project that I just finished or that I'm not quite finished with. So there are scraps of paper and other materials just ready to be grabbed and used somehow. Then, I usually reach for my fav tool---Cricut cartridge. This time I settled on the Lovely Floral which is one that has only a few images but it has become one of my favorites. I don't know how I made out without it.(LOL) Taking some pictures from my pile of leftovers that have not reached the layout page yet, I chose these two of my granddaughter. Isn't she CUTE! Then the wheels started turning and turning until the end product was this:

Here's the Layout Recipe:
Cricut Cartridge: Lovely Floral
Flourish(right side),
Journaling Tag
Sissix Decorative Strip: Hello Kitty
Flourish (left side)
Dear Lizzy+American Crafts

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Inspiration Projects

Inspiration is abundant all around us. I'm often found surfing the www for it and boy do I find some fabulous artistic works of art. Just recently I scraplifted two such projects. The first is a junk journal that Tmika(Scrapdaworld- Youtube) created. I used the Just Because Cricut cartridge to create what I think is a lovely journal. You can view my Youtube video(FayRaiDesigns) to see all the pages I designed. Here's the project.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Miniature Layout

If you feel intimidated by 12x12 layouts, why not try scrapbooking layouts miniature-style. These are a great alternative and can be easy tucked into a small album or your purse. I created two layouts using 5x5 size cardstock. I then added smaller versions of embellishments and tuitles. These would fit perfect for those school photos or wallet photos. Why not give it a try.

Layout Recipes:
CS - cut at 5x5
Banner - Cricut Essentials (E2)
Title - Cricut Essentials
Bling- Ja-Jinker
Layout#2Flourish - Sissix
Title - Cricut Graphically Speaking
Label - EK Success

Thursday, August 11, 2011

New Layout

Doing layouts can be so much fun and rewarding. As you look at the memory that the layout creates it just warms your heart. Then there all the colors and design that enhance that even more. In this layout, I used some simple punches(Martha Stewart) and made some rosettes using some of my scraps. The leaves and title were cut out using my Cricut and the eyes were stamped using a Hampton Arts stamp. To finish it off, I add to clear dewdrops and two buttons in the center of the rosettes. Hope you enjoy.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

ATC card holders

Everyone is creating and swapping ATC cards. So I thought I would make a few card holders to store some as well as display them. One of the holders I designed with my Gypsy. The other holder I created using the Tim Holtz tag die. These projects were created for the StampinDymonz Design Team.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Baroque Dies Project

My submission for the DT at StampinDymonzScrapShack was a mini album using the baroque(large) and the mini. What a power house this little die is. It is a Tim Holtz (Sissix) die. I create this little mini to pack a bunch of pictures. Since I had a few sheets of the Mariposa collection left, I used them. I kept the base of the pages very simple since it was already quite full. In fact, I used a number of the Tim Holtz dies to create this little treasure. So take a look at it. Here I have showcased the front and back pages. To see a full presentation go over the link above and look for the Cricut, Gypsy and Big Shot Group. There you will find a video and a more details.


Saturday, July 2, 2011

Pulling Pastels

Recently I created a card using the pulling pastels technique which Dymonz (StampinDymonz) showed during a recent online gathering of some of the gals from the Stampin Dymonz Scrap Shack. The technique involved using pastels and Versamark ink.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sissix Onesie Frames

At the ScrapShack, I created a project for the Cricut, Bigshot Group. This project is a go-green project because I used discarded clear packaging to create two adorable baby picture frames using the Sissix onesie die. How did I do it? Well I cut the onesie using my Big Shot and then I used another Sissix die (Frame#2) to adhere to the front of the frame. I punched holes in the sides to attach some jewelry chain. I also used the negative from the Frame#2 die and adhered it to the inside of the back of the frame. I love how this came out. I hope you like it too.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Ribbon Layouts

As a designer with StampinDymonzScrap Shack, I create layouts in which I try to inspire others to put their memories on the pages. Currently, we are doing a challenge that is called, RIBBON and MORE SCRAPBOK CHALLENGE. For this challenge, each participant has to include not only ribbon but buttons, flowers and stitching on their layout pages. FUN! FUN! FUN!. Here are two layouts I did to spark the fire.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

An Altered Book

Books have been apart of my life a long time. I LOVE books. There are so many books out there and so little time to read them all. So why not recycle some into a project that you can use. I recently stumbled upon a project that uses the pages of a book to house notes and other tidbits of information. I got the inspiration from this blog: The tutorial for the project can be found here. My altered book measures about 83/4 x 51/4 inches. I used 3
different colors of glimmer mist to color the pages. The colors are: peach delight, lemon zest, and sweet pea. My altered book will sit next to my computer to serve as a catch-all for my stickies and other thing I want to get my hands on quickly. Try one. I bet you'll fall in love with it.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Scrapbook Inspiration

Over at Stampin Dymonz Scrap Shack, we have been challenging ourselves to find inspiration all around to motivate us to do layouts with our photos. Several ladies joined in the challenge. Here is a sample layout that I did to keep my layout juices flowing.


I recently saw a project that showcased a unique type of flower. I searched for what I thought to be the tool that created that flower. This is the product I found: It is the "Hana-Ami" Flower Loom. It is a Japanese word for 'stitched flower'. This tool comes with various looms to create a unique flower that you can use on your projects. It can also be used with various types of materials, i.e. ribbon, yarn, fabric, raffia, etc. I made a few samples to show.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Travel Mini

Creating a mini has become so simple I think using my Cricut. As a junior designer for Stampin Dymonz Scrap, I am a co-moderator for the Cricut group. So I created this mini has one of my bi-weekly assignments. The Expression made it so easy to whip up a mini and do a video to show other members how easy it is. I'm posting some inside pics. as well for you to look at. You can view the video at my YouTube Channel, FayRaiDesigns.

Friday, May 20, 2011

A "Little Pretty BooK"

Hi Crafters! Mystele(Little Glimpses Studio) has done it again. She created a few of her "little pretty books" and of course I had to scraplift it. These little books are chalked full of little bits and pieces of whatever you have in your stash. This one uses the #8 Tim Holtz shipping taag die. I think it came out just adorable. Check my Youtube Channel (FayRaiDesigns) for more details

Saturday, May 14, 2011


I am so excited to announce that I am a design team member for StampinDymonzScrapShack. You can also visit these sites as well for some awesome inspiration: StampinDymonz; What a wonderful community of talented ladies. Thanks to all of YOU that have encouraged and inspired me to create. HUGS AND LOVE,


Sunday, May 8, 2011


I attended a Scrap-together at my Scrapbuddy Vera K
house on NSD. As always she had gorgeous displays
and plenty of good eats. We did some scrappy games
and had prizes as well. She is such a good hostess.
Here is a two page layout I did on NSD

This display was made by the host
Vera Kelley. She used the Cindy Loo
Cricut cartridge to do the cupacake
wrappers. Her table was gorgeous!
She had a garden theme. Her napkins
had a bird with nest and atop the
cupcakes were little blue jellybeans
with peanut butter for the nest and to
hold them in place. Fabulous!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

User-Friendly Projects

Here is a photo box project I was inspired to create. It holds mini layouts using some of my photos that I haven't used in any layout project. What a neat idea.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Another Elegant Edges Project

Yet another project using this awesome and versatile cart. called Elegant Edges from Provocraft. While viewing a UT video of a similiar mini album, I decided to see what my EE had to offer and it rose to the occasion. Using the cartridge and my Expression ( a personal diecutting machine) I found a similiar shape as the one I saw on the UT video. It was perfect. I cut the shape out at 51/2 inches using the frame and shadow features found on this cart. I chose CS from various designs that I have in my paper stash and Viola! A mini that's elegant and handy to show off. So get your hand on this Cricut cart. You won't be disappointed.