Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Hot Chocolate Teapot Display Set

Finally, the reveal of the finished items from the Mommy and Me play date I posted a few weeks ago....I am very pleased with how these items turned out, hope you like them too!!!  This project is also posted on the Cricut FANatics blog, be sure to stop by there and see all the talented designers and their projects...http://www.cricutfanatics.blogspot.com

Hot Chocolate Teapot Display Set 

Hello again, it’s Freda from CannCreate Designs.  I posted a little teaser for this project on my blog a couple of weeks ago showing the unembellished teapot and got a really good response from viewers.  This is going to be a really easy posting for me today because SVGcuts does all the work, they produce excellent step by step videos telling you how to assemble the files you purchase from them, the only thing I had to do was decide on the papers and types of embellishing I wanted to use. 

These items were cut on my Expression using MTC.
You can also use SCAL if you have that software.
They were not cut using Cricut Cartridges.

Making papers bend looks a little daunting, but if you take it step by step it is really easy.  Each piece is numbered and cut with tabs for gluing and folding so all you have to do is bend and it folds exactly as needed-no having to use a score board, assemble them together in numbered order and you’re done.  Here’s a picture of the base pieces showing the numbering of pieces, tabs and fold lines that are cut.
 The Half Naked Truth
Here’s what the pot looks like before the panel pieces are attached.


Now presenting my Hot Chocolate Centerpiece 

Making papers bend looks a little daunting, but if you take it step by step it is really easy.  Each piece is numbered and cut with tabs for gluing and folding so all you have to do is bend and it folds exactly as needed-no having to use a score board, assemble them together in numbered order and you’re done.  Here’s a picture of the base pieces showing the numbering of pieces, tabs and fold lines that are cut.
I used two files I purchased from SVGcuts.com and the MakeTheCut software to make this set.  This should be an easy posting because they do all the work.  (disclaimer-I am not affiliated with these companies, I’m just really satisfied with the results I get when I use their products).

Tea for you and Me:

Home for the Holidays:  (Pitcher)

There are 3 different types of pearls used on the teapot.  For the spout handle and around the top of the lid I used the small pearl “lines” made by Paper Studio (I should have checked my stash quantity first-ran out and didn’t have enough to do any of the other projects with them).  Around the the rim of the pot and the “dangly” pearls in the bow I used pearls by the yard I bought at JoAnn’s.  Around each tab on the lid and on the small dangly I used the large Queen and Company Pearls.  I’m going to make a cameo charm for this bow, the Round 25 set I used on the pitcher was too large for this spot.
The paper I used had a silver script writing on it, you can see a little of it in this picture.

Next we have the Pitcher from the Home for the Holidays set.  The cameo charm was made using a cut from the Cricut Heritage Cartridge at 1” and Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio Round 25 punch and the coordinating charm and bubble caps.   Pearls by the yard and Queen and Company large pearls were used on the pitcher.
I used the cameo and a white circle which made my cameo 2 layers of paper, when I put the bubble cap on it looked a little “milky” in spots.  I flipped the bubble cap over on a sponge (to avoid scratching the bubble) and used the cricut stylus to push the white back into the bubble cap adhesive.   After burnishing the paper to the cap, I used Glossy Accents to glue to the metal charm. 
  The Burnished Cameo: 
Doing this step makes the white back attach to the bubble cap and get’s rid of the milky appearance you get when using 2 layers of papers.

For my pearl embellishments on the teacup I used a large, medium and small pearl on each panel.  I chose a coordinating paper to do the panels on the saucer and the inside of the teacup (mostly because I didn’t have enough of the brown patterned paper-having 5 sheets would have been enough but I only had 4).  Then to top it off I threw out the scraps before assembling the spoon so I didn’t have any of the papers for the center piece of the spoon.  I also noticed that the pearl at the base of the handle had come loose and moved in this pic, it has been moved and glued back down.
Last but not least is the hot chocolate holder.  My family LOVES hot chocolate so much that I bought a Keurig for us to use last Christmas when everyone came home.  Little did I know that my son was buying me that Hot Chocolate dispensing machine too…lol

This piece was the only one that gave me problems, if you look close you’ll see that it’s “wavy” in spots.  This piece is a box inside of a box with trim around the top.  The space between the 2 boxes is “hollow.”  When I put the 3M quick dry adhesive on the decorative piece the base got a little distorted.  If I make another one of these I would cut some foam core to attach to the outside pieces to prevent the distorting with wet adhesive.    I used Snug Hug seam binding, a large pearl and pearls by the yard for embellishments on this piece also.

I hope you enjoyed my project, it was a wee bit time consuming, but well worth it.  I’ll have a beautiful display for my counter when the kids come home for the holidays.  I just wish the sun would shine on the day I’m photographing my blog submission.  Maybe Santa will bring me a photo box for Christmas…lol

Merry Christmas to one and all, see you next year.                                                                              


Machine Used:  Cricut Expression
Files Used:  Cricut Heritage Cartridge for Cameo shape.  SVGcuts Home for the Holidays (Pitcher) and Tea for You and Me
Paper:  GCD Studios Ella Blue Collection Pack designed by Tina Higgins.  American Crafts White Cardstock
Supplies:  3M Quick dry adhesive, Pearls-Queen & Company, By the Yard from JoAnns, Paper Studio Pearl Lines, Epiphany Crafts-Shape Studio Round 25, Bubble Caps and Charms.  Snug Hug White Seam Binding

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Mommy & Me Playdate

Yesterday my mom and I spent the day playing with the Cricut.  Using the MTC software and a purchased pattern, we cut these out and spent the day assembling them.  They are in rough draft form right now because I wanted to give you a sneak peek, the finished product fully embellished with a teacup, teabag dispenser, spoon and vase with flowers will be revealed on December 18th on the Cricut FANatics blog.

Although a daunting looking project, the store where I purchased the svg file from had a video that was quite easy to follow, after 3-4 more of these I'll be able to whip them right out assembly line style because everyone who sees it will want one in my family....lol

My mom made this set for a friend who is retiring, loves tea and collects teapots.  I think it's perfect.  She went home with some matching green stickles to embellish the panels after she gets home so they'll have time to dry without having to transport while still wet.  Hope she takes a picture of the finished teapot for me to be able to post. UPDATE-scroll down to see her picture after she applied green stickles to the white areas of her teapot.

This teapot is mine, I tend to go for the heritage/antique look, I just wonder if it will turn out as I am envisioning it in my head.  It has been assembled and the panels have all been inked which really makes it pop.  I have already added some pearls to it in spots and will be embellishing it more before it's debut on the blog December 18th. 
Thanks for stopping by to peek...Keep watching for the final set...


My mom just sent this pic of her teapot with stickles applied to the cracks, I'm loving it....the pic is from a cellphone so it isn't the greatest, but it helps to show the panels on the teapot better.

Christmas Swing Card

Here's my project for the November 18th Cricut FANatics blog.  I am fascinated by the swing cards on the Artiste cartridge, guess I need to get moving and make some more of these so I can get them in the mail before Christmas....
Hey there, it’s Freda from CannCreate Designs, stopping by with a quick Christmas Card Project.  It seems that once people discovered the swing cards on the Artiste cartridge they are popping up everywhere.  The designs with the coordinating cuts make the swing card extremely easy to make.  I used my Imagine to print double sided paper from the Christmas Wish Cartridge for the card base.  Be sure to let your ink dry completely before flipping and printing the second side or you’ll have a beautifully printed mat and faded papers.

Step 1:  Cut the shapes listed at the end of this posting.
Step 2:  Score card and fold in half.  Score the front where indicated and fold back to reveal the cut swing shape.
Step 3:  Adhere the stamped 2 ½” white Shape 10 cut to the 2 ¾“ dark coordinating color.  (On the next card I will pop up the sentiment piece).  Attach this piece to the revealed window are of the front of the card.
Step 4:  Assemble the remaining 2 ¾“ shape 10,  2 ½” Shape 10, and 2” white stamped Shape 10.   Adhere to the center of the white doily.  (sorry for the blurry, the camera  just wouldn’t focus on this for some reason)
Step 5:  Open the card and align the sentiment/doily piece with the front sentiment  so that the inside sentiment won’t be seen when the card is closed.  I held them in place with tweezers while closing the card so the doily adheres in place to the back.
I thought the card needed a little bling so I added pearls to the front sentiment.
Thanks for looking and have a Happy Thanksgiving.  Freda
Imagine& Christmas Wish: Print your own double sided paper
Double sided paper: Page 52, <shift> Accent 1, Cut at 5 ½”
Art Philosophy:
Dark Coordinating color: Page 67, Shape 10, cut 2 at 2 ¾”
Double sided paper: Page 67, Shape 10, cut 1 at 2 ½“
White: Page 67, Shape 10, cut 2 at 2 ½”
White: Page 65, Font Layer feature <shift> Petal 1, cut at 4”
Cricut Info & Other Supplies Used:
Designed By: Freda Cannon
Cricut Machines used: Imagine, E2Cricut Cartridges Used: Artiste, Art Philosophy, Christmas Wish
Other Supplies Used: Queen & Co Pearls, American Crafts White cardstock, Stampin Up Taken With Teal Ink, Stamps-CTMH  Holiday Wishes and Christmas Joy Holiday.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Been a little busy with helping my son fix up his new house...Had to take a bit of a break from painting, cleaning and remodeling to complete my project for the Cricut FANatics blog....here it is hot off the press, won't be available on the blog until the 18th.

Hey there, it's Freda of CannCreate Designs.  It's an honor to be here sharing my favorite hobby with you again.  I've got a Halloween Layout I made for my grandson's Halloween costume this year.  He has decided to be a Zombie again this year.  Not one of those cutesy little ones, he and his dad go all out - complete with fake bloody wounds with glow in the dark maggots...Gross!!!  Obviously, I had to make a layout fit for their gory get-ups...no cutesy layout again this year...lol  I have included a link to the CCR cut file for this project since I manipulated the height/width ratios on 3 of the cuts which can't be done outside of the software.
Supplies Used:  Dk Blue, Gray, Black, Orange Metallic, and Cream Cardstock.  Sakura Gel Pen-turqoise colored.  Queen & Company Black Pearls and Turquoise teardrop.  Martha Stewart's Fine Black Glitter.  Adhesive spray, Pop Dots and Scotch Fast Dry Adhesive.
Cricut Products Used: E2, Cricut Craft Room, Craft Room Exclusives Zombie, Cricut Craft Room Basics, Happy Hauntings.
Zombies Title and Shadow @ 1.75"  (I wanted an additional layer so I glued the top layer to black cardstock and hand trimmed a thin border before adhering to the cream shadow 
Cricut Craft Room Basics:
2012 @ .625" out of black cardstock (if using craft room place these letters over the gate sign, do not
          weld so they cut out of the sign.
Happy Hauntings:
Frames - Page 43-Cut 2 <Frame6> @ 5"
Hands - Page 47-Cut 3<Fram10-s> Layer 1 @ 2.5"
Hands - Page 47-Cut 3<Fram10-s> Layer 1-Flipped @ 2.5"
Hands - Page 47-Cut 1<Fram10-s> Layer 1-Adjust height to 5" and width to 2.75
Hands - Page 47-Cut1 <Fram10-s> Layer 1-Flipped-Adjust height to 5" and width to 2.75
Moon - Page 60-Cut 1 <Grave1>  Layer 1 - Hide grass make moon 10.5" Or any 10.5" Circle
Gate - Page 60-Cut 1 <Graveyrd> @ 5.75"
Headstones - Page 60-Cut 1 <Grvyrd-s>  @ 5.75" leave height the same, change width to 11.25
Grass Mound - Page 60-Cut 1 <Graveyrd-s> @ 5.75" leave height the same, change width to 11.25
Gate Sign - Page 60-Cut 1 <Grvyrd-s> Layer 1 at 5.75"  I hid the brad holes in Craft Room and added
                   the 2012 to make a single layer sign
Assembly Directions:
Step 1 - Start with a dark blue 12 x 12 piece of carstock for a base, sponge with white ink/chalk to make it look like a night sky with faint clouds. 
Step 2 - Sponge areas of black and white on the Moon cut to give it a little texture.
Step 3 - Have your orange gate sign, a post it note (use the adhesive part of the post it to cover the 2012 letters-including the center of the "0" in the correct position), some black glitter and a glitter tray.  Spray the front of the gate with spray adhesive, move gate to glitter tray, quickly place the gate sign in place-remove post it  then cover gate in black glitter.  Shake off excess glitter and remove the post-it.  Set aside to dry.
Step 4 - Using black ink or chalk, sponge around the hands, grass, tombstones, frames. 
Step 5 - Overlap the cuffs on the hands and glue as seen in the pictures.  Take a black marker and create "fingernails" on the fingers of each of the hands.  Using a Sakura glitter gel pen of your color choice color over the black fingernails.  Let dry and apply a second layer of gel pen.
Step 6 - Adhere the tombstone layer even with the bottom of the page leaving a spot at the top of the mound to slide the moon behind.
Step 7 -  Adhere the moon with the bottom slightly behind the tombstone layer.
Step 8 - Next adhere the bottom only of the grass lined up with the tombstone layer. arrange the 3 small pairs of hands between the grass and tombstone layers in front of each tombstone.  Place adhesive on the back and front of the cuff on the hands so the grass layer is secured.
Step 9 - Place adhesive on the bottom flat portion of the gate only.  Line up with the bottom of the page and adhere.  Choose one of the hands that is by the gate and pull it through to the front...( the rest of the gate will be glued down in a later step)
Step 10 - Arrange the 2 frames around the gate, leaving room for the title.  Place a small dot of glue on the bottom flourish of each frame (leave enough space to add your pictures). 
Step 11 - Arrange the large Zombie hands behind the gate sign area and arrange fingers over the photo frame area.  Glue cuffs behind the gate sign.  Place 1 pop dot in the palm area of each hand, place 2 pop dots stacked on top of each other closer to the finger area of each hand.
Step 12 - Glue a few loose edges of the gate down, add a Queen and Company Goosebump Teardrop to the finial of the gate.  Place Black pearls on the Gate Sign, the picture frame and skull eyes in the title.
Step 13 -Pop dot the Zombies title in place.
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Cricut FANatics crafting is our passion: Operation Christmas Cards

I just realized that I never created a link to my posting on the Cricut FANatics blog...this is a great site created by Cricut Circle members who lost their Circle Blog and really missed it.  So we got together and are making our own design blog.  There are some really talented folks here, you should check it out via the blinking Cricut FANatic icon in the right column or the link at the bottom of this post....

Pinecone Merry Christmas Card
Correction to instructions....you need to cut 28 leaves to make this card (14 leaves per pinecone).  The CCR cut file download has the correct amount of leaves (plus a few extra just in case) if you use that.  You can access the cut file via the link below which takes you to my Box download storage.
Thanks for looking,

Cricut FANatics Blog Link

Monday, September 24, 2012

Floral Spray Swap.....

I joined a floral spray swap online. I'm soooo glad these are behind me...I've got to  touch up the "snow" on the pinecone because the inking on the edges turned the liquid pearls green in spots so I've sprayed workable fixative on them to seal them then I'll re-pearl them in a couple hours.  Lesson learned "Always Use Stazon For Inking" so it doesn't bleed.  I used the CTMH ink, I thought it looked great on the flower tips but then again I wasn't using white pearl on them...lol

sorry about the glare, the perfect pearls on the flowers is reflecting the light

I decided to go for a more compact look because I don't care for the wires showing and filled in the back with TH greenery cuts. The leaves have wires glued almost all the way through them so they can be bent and arranged to look less "flat." Thought this would look great on a Christmas present instead of a bow....If I ever join one of these again they will be purely paper sprays, all that wire twisting made my hands sore!!!

Thanks for looking,


Sunday, September 23, 2012


Yesterday I went to an all day crop at a church in Broolyn with my friend Allison....We had a great time.  I worked on my flowers for the Flower Spray Swap I joined.  (I'll never do another swap like that where everything has to be wired...the next one I do like that will be strictly paper/flat ones that go on scrapbook pages-all that wire twisting made my hands a little tender).  Allison completed 6  2-page layoauts I believe....they all turned out very nice.

I couldn't believe my luck yesterday...pulled in quite a prize haul!!!  I won the 3rd place Grand Prize, 4 bingo prizes, scored freebie stickers, a square punch and hand lotion....

Prize Haul from the crop.

I told my hubby that we should go to the casino before my winning streak eneded...guess I could've bought some lottery tickets.  Oh well, I'm very happy with my prizes.  I had a very productive day, had some good food, good friends and got my work done!

Can't wait 'til the next one in March.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012


If you've come here from the Cricut FANatics website, Welcome!!!  I created a new blog that will be dedicated more to the Cricut side of crafting, and a smattering of our newest hobby Becoming Pilots!!!

Take a look around and let me know what you think.  Soon I'll be going through my photos to get some more postings up. 

Thanks for stoping by,


Monday, September 10, 2012

A Few Things I "Threw" Together

Life has been pretty hectic this past year so I haven't had much time to "design" the things I want for my scrapbooks.  I'm so far behind I don't think I'll ever catch up.  Thank goodness for a couple of crops which have forced me to put a little something together or I wouldn't have anything at all to show for all my collecting of all things Cricut....
Luckily for me I happened upon a website where an extremely talented designer was selling kits and/or instructions for making the most fabulous layouts!!!  I chose to purchase the pdf's with all the directions for making the layouts. Below are 4 of her layouts that I completed.  I thought the directions were a great bargain at $10 each, but due to changes in her life she has discontinued the kits and is only selling the instructions, they are now priced at $5 each....Her instructions are clear and easy to follow.  These do take a little time because they are so detailed, but, as you can see, they are well worth it. (Disclaimer - I am only a VERY satisfied customer, I am not associated with her in any way)
If you are interested in looking around her site check out the Monique Griffith Designs link in the right column under My Favorite Things.
This is my Layout for this year's Christmas Photo's.  I used Christmas Wish for the Imagine to print out all the background papers for this layout.
My family is into antique cars, I needed a layout for when my son's Merc was entered in the car show at MIS.  Although my hubby was bored with the "sitting and waiting" that happens at these events, it was worth it so they could take the car out onto the track and cruise.  I couldn't find the papers I wanted for this so I created the diamond background and the teal border in the Cricut Craft Room.  I'm not really sure which cartridges I used to print out the bottom background. 


My daughter loved to play the flute and make our dog Naboo howl.  I wanted to capture this memory and this layout was a perfect fit.  The ticket is blank right now, when my daughter comes home I'll have her journal what she remembers about this and add it.  I just couldn't picture this with any other color schemes so I hunted down the papers that Monique used on ebay so I could get the exact layout as pictured.  I figured the cost of the design saved made up for the extra I paid for these papers....

I'll put my grandson's school picture and class picture for this year on this layout....I used Kristen Swains tutorial from the Cricut Circle Blog for creating the texture on the leaves, they were a pain, but really made this layout complete.  Now this paper was alot harder to come by, but my persistence payed off and I was able to snag a package somewhere online....I hope I can find another layout to use the rest of the papers on or this one will have costs me almost $50 to make...lol

Well, that's it for today, thanks for looking.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

My first Challenge Submission

Sorry for the crooked look....that is just an optical illusion from the photography....lol
Everything is really straight in the layout itself
The Cricut FANatics have posted their first blog challenge today.  The theme is School related.  This is my submission for the contest.  I tried uploading from Snapfish but it says I deleted the picture, I guess the only other thing I can do is make my own blog to link to it.

I'm a little behind on my grandson's school scrapbook so this is a perfect time to get last years school pic on a layout before he's graduating...lol   I have been thinking about this design since the free month of exclusives at cricut.com and the release of the Team Spirit cartridge.  I ordered  the cartridge and it finally arrived so I have been able to finish my layout with the school mascot included.

My favorite part of this layout is that he's old enough to write so I printed questions on a 4x6 index card and had him write the answers.  This will really be fun to look at as he gets older to see how his writing, career choices and friends may change throughout the years.  He and I occasionally talk about how things were when I was in school, the little writing on the bottom of the card gives some trivia about how much breakfast, lunch and milk cost, when popcorn day was and the cost....and a little info about a field trip to Safetyville (he broke his finger on the bus trip home from Safetyville).  

I'm hoping to keep more up-to-date on his School Scrapbook in the future.  I liked the index card so much I'm thinking of creating a couple with the months listed and having him write something he learned each month...that would make a cute flip-book.

Thanks for looking,



Hello, my name is Freda Cannon.  I have been scrapbooking since 2005 since I purchased my first cricut (which still works great).  I needed somewhere to upload my files and photo's to so that I can share them with the challenges and sketch contests that I am entering.

Hopefully, this blog will be maintained a little more frequently than my last blog.  I hope you can gain some inspiration from my little corner of the the blogisphere.

Thanks for looking,