Beach Frame (Creative Memories Traveler) Cartridge

Happy Wednesday, as Summer kicks in and everyone is heading on vacation to their favorite hot spot, don’t forget to take your cricut. The Creative Memories Traveler is great cartridge to use to help capture and record your trip. I created this cute frame for a picture of my 2 crazy kids hamming it up on the beach. I used beach sand and distress stickes to add a little dimension to the pieces. I will add instructions later. I need to get ready for tomorrow. So much to do and so many more projects to create. have a super creative day and vactation.



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Teresa Collins did it again (Sophisticated) rocks for Jewelry…

I love to work with Teresa’s intricately detailed cartridges. She has put so much time in the small little details. This cartridge(Sophisticated) has phrases, multiple chandeliers,amazing vintage keys, crowns,frames,and 3 amazing different alphabets. I know this Cartridge will be a must have for every scrapbooker’s Cricut Library. As everyone knows on this blog I like to mix it up. I am eclectic and always thinking way out of the box. this cartridge works perfect for creating fun jewelry with a T.C. edge. I created two pieces the first the bird charm necklace and a crown pin.

The bird charm necklace:



Supplies used:

Provo Craft Cricut Expression

Teresa Collins full Cartridge Sophisticated

grunge board

perma opaque black marker


glossy accents

gold pen


Bird Charm Instructions:

Cut the bird and bird>s from base layer at 3 inches from grunge board

color with black marker and go over the legs and beak in gold.

Cover the whole piece in glossy accents let dry.

using a paper piercer add a hole and a jump ring.

find a chain or a ribbon to hang your charm from.

Crown instructions:

Supplies Used:

Provo Craft Cricut Expression

Teresa Collins full Cartridge Sophisticated

grunge board

perma opaque black marker


glossy accents

fabric or printed paper


pin or alligator clip

fabri-tac glue

pink shimmering paint

For the crown cut the crown3 and crown3>s from base layer at 3 inches

Paint the crown with pink paint outline the edges with black marker.

Cover the fleur de lis layer with pink crystals, I used hot fix crystals.

Attach the fleur de lis layer using fabri-tac

 I also used the flower crystals and white rhinestones from my stash. The center of the crown is set off by a larger brighter flower rhinestone.

I than added feathers to the back and a small ribbon of fabric at the bottom.

This is going to be one of the projects that the girls at Malia’s birthday party will be creating. I am doing a princess party for her birthday. I am excited she had a blast make the crown with me. I will adapt the design by using glitter instead of crystals for the party. The cool thing is there is a king’s crown too. I can have each of them make their own name tag.

 Have a Super Creative day and I hope you are as inspired by the new releases as I am.

I am in my studio all day oh the fun I will have.


Glimmer and Glitz Covered Flower Necklace Draped in Crystals.

With Christmas right around the corner. I am creating projects for family and friends. I made this necklace for my mother. I have been trying to cut corners but still make amazing gifts. This necklace was made of paper. I used the graphic 45 Transatlantic paper that is black and gold little circles. I used the Cricut to cut out 2 inch squares and cut those in half to create triangles. Than with the point up fold the right side over to the middle and the left side under to the middle. Make 8 of these to make the base of the necklace. Than glue together in the middle, once dry using versamark cover the piece and cover in clear embossing powder. Keep adding embossing powder and then spray with iridescent gold glimmer mist heat until the spray melts into the embossing powder. Add stickles around the edges than add the diamond dust. I created a fabric twisted rose to add to the center. Than draped the piece in swarvoski crystals in 2 colors to add a glam to my mom’s necklace.

Have a Super Creative Day

Happy Holidays


Christmas Cards Cartridge and Graphic 45 Christmas Card


mixologycraftscard christmas card PDF

I am gearing up for the holidays. I love to get a head start on all the lists and projects. this year I am teaching a class all on G45 and gifts to give to family and friends. Here is an example of card I created for the holidays.

Supplies Used:

Provo Craft:



Christmas Cards

Winter wonderland

demask embossing folder


6×12 plates


clear embossing powder

Graphic 45 christmas paper and embellishment


versa mark

Heat Gun

     Michelle retains all rights to these instructions not to be distributed without consent 2010.


Copyright Michelle Van Etten 2010


I am teaching a Graphic 45 class starting November 16th at

YUDU Screenprinted cuff bracelet

Here we are again with the advantages of random screen printing~that’s to say~I made this cuff bracelet out of pieces of fabric I hit with leftover YUDU ink. That’s not to say, though, that you can’t set out with the intention of screen printing for this very purpopse~I do it all the time!

The story goes, I was pining for a rock-n-roll-looking bracelet to wear and decided who better to make one for me than me! So I set to it by looking through my backup box of screen printed fabric scraps and came upon this totally cool combo~a bike, a pattern-on-pattern, and a chunk of vinyl. I sewed a tube, turned it right-side-out, and added a snap. Now I’m off to a Music Festival!

Happy Crafting,


Happy Birthday Cake Card


 I am so happy to be home. I was out-of-town for a week. I spent half my time in Chicago than rushed to Valley Forge. I did a video of the new product launches for fashion week at the show, but ended up with dial-up connections and could not post the video. So I will add it to this post. 

This week is paper and I have been in the mood to create cards. I created this cute cake card. I am going to be teaching Cricut Cake classes soon so I am gearing up for all things cake. I like this kind of cake it looks good with none of guilt. The wild card cartridge is one of my favorites and first I ever purchased. I have been a huge fan of all things Crafty Secrets for years and was on the DT last year. The vintage cuts make cards look so timeless. 


 Here are the instructions for this fun Birthday Card. Happy Birthday Cake Card 

I hope you have a Super Creative Day 


Yudu new CHA releases Include glitter,flocking, and foil. I was so impressed by the ease of application.

Cuttlebug Quilling Daisy Grungeboard Flower Vintage Bracelet…


Happy Wednesday:

 Every time I post I try to come up with something new and somewhat out of the box. I am clearly a poster child for nonconventional. This time I decided I would create a quilled grunge board flower stretch bracelet. I thought this would be the easiest project ever boy was I wrong.  It took a very long time so now I will save you some of my trial and errors to complete this not so simple project. The band is a shimmer elastic stretch band. I sell them in my shop.  I am participating in a Christmas in July blog hop tomorrow. Stop by my blog for chances to win some great prizes

Supplies Used:

Provo  Craft:

Quilled daisy Cuttlebug die

Christmas border embossing folder snowflake


Krylon gold leafing pen

Other supplies

Brick red, aged mahogany, and shabby shutters distress ink and paint

Grunge paper 6×12

Elastic shimmer band Trendyscrapper Studio Etsy will post tonight when shop goes live…

Imaginisce I-Rock  tool large and small crystal rhinestones.



1) Choose your cuttlebug flower I chose the daisy for this project but will try the other flowers today. Tape the die down to the b plate and cut the grunge board the size of the die tape it down too. To get a clean cut you must send it through back and forth at least three times.  If it is not taped down the materials can shift creating an off set. Pull the pieces apart. I only used the leaves and outer layer of the flower. Do this for the leaves too

2) Paint the daisy mahogany on one side and brick red on the other with crackle paint. I painted one side flipped it over and painted the other this caused paint to transfer to both side adding color variation.

3)  Paint the leaves with shabby shutter lets both dry. Apply matching ink to the cracks after they dry.

4) Run the daisy petals using the snowflake embossing folder. I ran through once flipped it around and ran the bottom part through.

5) Add some drown ink to edges and the some gold leafing to the raised embossing and on the leaves to add a little more depth and class to the project.

6) Grunge board is moldable so start molding. Roll all the petals down to form a half curl and allow for proper placement of the petals after quilling. Now follow instructions and quill your flower. Once finished mold your flower. I used my I-Rock to add the rhinestone in the center of my flower.

7) Attach 4 leaves the 2 larger leaves from the grouping.

8) To create the band measure the elastic and cut it to fit your wrist. Using a glue gun, I glue the edges together. Cut another small piece and wrap it around the glued edge and glue it to the bracelet.

9) Measure the size of your flower and mark that off on the bracelet. With the extra space equally space and add the rhinestones using the I-Roc.

10) Attach the flower and leaves to the front of the band in the space you left open and you are done.

Have a Super Creative Day


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