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Monday, January 3, 2011

2008 Revisited.. and BLOG CANDY TOO!!!

Here is a recap of my Favorites of 2008!
(Caution! PICTURE HEAVY!!)
This is when Design Studio first came out, and many of us had the George cartridge, so many of these designers were made with JUST that cartridge by manipulating the shapes and sizes, and now many of the shapes and designs can be found on the current cartridges, so these files are handy if either you just have the trial version of Design Studio, or if you don't have the cartridge that it is on!

January 3rd, 2008 My First Blog <---- this was the very first post that I did!
January 3rd, 2008 My First Creation <----- and this was the FIRST cut file I posted!

January 13, 2008
Snowman 3 and Snowman 5 - Anyone remember these cute (ha, and plain!) snowmen?
January 14th, 2008 This is one of my favorite files! Kitchen 1 and Kitchen 2
And don't for get the Laundry too! There was a Basic Washer and Dryer and a Front Load set too
Card made by Kimberly

I also had a collection of Video games, including Playstation , Guitar Hero , Rock Band,Gameboyand XBox

March 2, 2008 Here is a fireplace, that is made with only George! Check out the "flames"!

April 10, 2008 . . . The day I got stuck in my driveway as I was heading to McDonalds for some Iced Coffee. Many people drove by, and one guy tried to help, but I think he was in a hurry cause he didn't stay very long. But then.. My Mail Man, I was told his name is Gordy, stopped. Not only did he have a ton of packages for me, but he helped me get my car unstuck!
So, as a Thank you, I made him a card, and I also stuck in $20 to the local gas station in there for him! (and yes, after I was unstuck... I went and got my iced coffee!)
Here's an image that has yet to be put on a cartridge! PC needs a Mini "Weather" one, I think a Solutions one would be able to cover most things! TORNADO!
And here is the ONLY layout I did that year... and it was a 6x6! This was an "All about me" page
August 2008 Did you get any NEW kitchen appliances and want to scrapbook about it?! Well, there's a cut file for that!

August 2008 was also about the time that I got into card making...
September 2008.. Wordbooks! There's a good handful of them in the archives.. this is one that I actually had time to cut and put base papers on!
PEACE! As simple as this design is.. I still have people asking about it, or looking for it.. since PC just recently came out with "Feeling Groovy", there wasn't really a peace sign out there...
Visit the DYING FLOWERS post to see my "review" on different ways to color your own flowers
October 2008 - The month of Anniversaries.. My parent and my Brother both got married in October. Of Course, my parents were Married in 1982, and my brother 25 years later in 2007
Both couples are the PERFECT PEAR!
December 2008 - Check out the fun I had with Diamond Dust!
If you have made it this far.. then you surely deserve a chance to win! Blog Candy #1 is going to be... CARD MAKING WITH THE CRICUT book! All you have to do is leave a comment on THIS POST! I showed you a lot of my favorite projects from when I first got my Cricut.
What is one of your first projects that you did when you got your cricut??

**please make sure you leave a way for me to get a hold of you yourname @ yourdomain works well (as long as you put the spaces in there!)**

Winner will be drawn on Sunday January 9th!

In this new release from Annie's Attic you will discover just how easy and fun it is to create unique, stylish greeting cards with the Cricut from Provo Craft!

Just choose your favorite cartridge, load your paper and you're ready to begin. With an endless assortment of letters, shapes and phrases to choose from, your design options are limitless. You can create the perfect greeting card for any occasion, in no time at all. Card making projects include: Miss You, Happy Shopping, Catch of the Day, Baby Blessings, Party Hat Birthday, Wedding Congratulations, Flower Thanks, Enjoy Gift Card Holder, Owl Hello and more. 48 pages, all color.


Vicki said...

Great projects. The very first thing we cut with the cricut was my grandson's name.

Manhattan Mandie said...

Happy Blog-iversary, Amanda! I am cracking up because you were one of the 1st blogs I started to read because of your AWESOME cut files! You were one of the few people to only use George for DS files which was one of the few cartridges I had! I think the Kitchen Cabinets were the most memorable project for me... I don't know why but I thought that was SO cool! Anyway, I'm rambling... my first favorite Cricut project was a basic layout that I did with my daughter's 1st birthday photo. I needed a one pager to start the album so I cut a bunch of flowers with George and then "Happy 1st Birthday" too. I put the 1st on top of the real balloon she is holding in the photo. I was really proud of myself over that one!

Sharon said...

I've been eyeballing that book in my Annie's Attic catalog and would love a chance to win it! Thanks for showing all your old files. Love the tornado and being from Kansas I can see how it could be used! Thanks!

lilypadsis @ cox dot net

Jana said...

We've come a long way since then, haven't we Amanda. Your kitchen designs are amazing as is your family book. You've been such an inspiration to me.
My first Cricut creations were cards, cards and more cards. I'm still making them.

Shanta said...

Its so fun to look back and see how things have progressed! How Fun Congratulations!!

Tammy said...

Wow~you sure have come a long way....what wonderful ideas you started out with. Love the kitchen one and of course my kids would love the gaming remote control. One of my first projects was making my own cricut face out of the george and basic shapes cartridge. It turned out so cute!
Happy New Year! Looking forward to your new creations for 2011.

Annette said...

Hi Amanda,

I was going to pick this book up today while I was at Michaels but I put it down after some thought. What are your thoughts on it, would it be good for a beginner card maker on the Cricut?


mahuntington said...

I got my beloved Cricut when my grandson had just graduated from high school. I had never done paper crafting before but tackled a scrapbook of his life in high school sports. It turned out to be a 105, 12x12 page book. So much fun to make. I'd love to have your blog candy since I'm into card making now.
Happy New Year,
Mary Ann
mahuntington at wavecable dot com

Vicki said...

Wow Amanda! It is nice to have a blast from the past! I love your idea about a weather cartridge! Thanks for sharing with us and giving us a chance to win some candy!


Elizabeth said...

First thing I ever did with the Design Studio software was create a gift bag for a baby shower. Love the dream cut file.

rhonda said...

We sure have come a long way, but you really have some great cuts made from George! The first thing I made was a card for my son who helped purchase the Big E for me! I am still learning!

tessyluv45 said...

Wow I can't believe I am the first to comment! My first project was a cad for my sweet heart for getting me the cricut. I would love to win that book! tessyluv45@aol.com

Lesley from WI said...

Love all the projects and designs. My first project was so simple. It was a LO and I believe I used my Cricut for the title page. Happy New Year
lfuchs1 at wi. rr. com

Marjorie said...

Hi Amanda,

I love the pear card that you made.

All the designs are great.

Thanks for sharing.

marjorie_brundage at sbcglobal dot net

Kim said...

my first project was a birthday card.........followed the instuctions from the cartridge manual, The recipant loved it

What a wonderful book your giving away..............thanks for the chance to win it


Donna said...

Loved all your favorites....I was amazed at all you can do with the George cartridge!!

Thanks for sharing,
DonnaCMC at optonline dot net

Sue in CT said...

Love your projects! The first thing I did with my cricut was the layout of my first date with my husband.
susanslomski at yahoo dot com

Cathie in UT said...

I remember almost all those files and when you posted them!
Gosh my first project with the Cricut was probably when I cut a Happy Birthday title for my son in law's page. I was so excited to see what it could do and was so thrilled when I placed the title on the page! LOL Ahh how things have advanced and glad I had all of my blog friends to use their talent and cut files without having to do it myself!
Congrats on the blogaversary!

Kris in Alaska said...

Wow, I don't know if I can remember my first project but I know it had to be a card because that's all I do with my Cricut. I think it would have been a birthday card for either a co-worker or family member. You ask such hard questions of my memory ;0) Lol
It's awesome to look back and see how far you've come!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Maria said...

The very first thing I made with my Cricut was a layout!

Thanks for the chance to win.

sucor said...

Congratulations on your 3rd blogaversary! I enjoy the variety of your posts! The first thing I did with my Cricut was to cut all the basic shapes I knew I would use again and again (circles, ovals, scallops, tags etc.) from ugly paper. I cut them in 1/4 increments to 5 inches and labeled them according to cart, page and size. What a great time and paper saver this has been! I keep them in zip top baggies on a binder ring for easy reference.
My first actual project was a birthday card. I've learned a lot since then from yours and other blogs. Thank you for sharing!

rache said...

My first project was a snowman to put in our waiting area at work.
Love your site. I have learned so much from you. I remember most of those projects also.
thanks again for sharing

Melinda said...

First project I did with my cricut was to make stencils with freezer paper. The stencils were to hand paint a couple of canvas purses for my sister and niece. Now that I think of it, I really should have taken a picture, LOL!
melindapate at gmail dot com

Karen said...

Happy Blog-iversary! Wow! How cool to look back over the past three years and see how both you and your crafting have grown and changed. I just recently got my Cricut and just used it for my daughter's school project - an advertisement board for her for Market Day at school. She sold popcorn and I used it for all the writing - her company name, prices, types of popcorn, and logo. It was so easy and so fun. Have yet to get cartridges or any programs to work with it, but loving it in it's original form anyway. Thanks for the chance to win the cards book as I LOVE making cards!

Karen K

Barb A. said...

Oh, wow! My first use of the baby cricut was used in a layout for a heritage page. I made 3 (all similiar) heritage books for my kids. I worked from my great grandmother to present. I have just recently started making cards. Would love to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

Nancy Neeley said...

I soooooooo need to work with my Cricut more. You have some very nice cut files Amanda

Ms. Lucie said...

Happy anniversary to you! I got my Cricut 3 years ago also, right after I started scrapping for the first time. I was so new at everytihing scrapping-related that I honestly don't have a favorite from back then. My style has evolved to shabby chick/vintage. One of my favorite cartridges is the Storybook one.
Thanks for the chance to win the book. It looks great.

Ms. Lucie said...

I just left you a comment but forgot to give you my email:
lucie dot hale at gmail dot com

Bonnie said...

My first Cricut project was to make Christmas gift tags. I really gave my new Cricut a workout for a few days.

Love your projects.


Tanya said...

Love all your projects! Gee I cant even remember what my first project with the cricut was...Gonna have to think about that!

Thanks :)
phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

littlen said...

Very creative projects. The first projects I made with DS were mostly welding words together.

freetimegone said...

The trip down memory lane was wonderful. I don't remember my first cut but I do remember getting files from talented people like yourself. Thank you then and now for everything you do to make my cricut life easier. I remember doing the word book for my daughter's college graduation in 2008. What an adventure learning how to do it. Now it seems so much easir.
Happy anniversary and I know there will be many more.

freetimegone said...

How soon can we expect to see your name as the designer of the Weather Cartridge? With all your talent I am sure you could do it.

April said...

What an amazing trip down memory lane. I hadn't even started scrapping in 08. I knew about it, but thought it wasn't for me and that I would never start. Fast forward 2 years ahead and now I am scrappin...never say never. The very first cricut creation that I made was layering words. I thought it was so cool that I could now use this machine and it would cut a letter and I could put a shaddow behind it. Then I did some baby feet and hands. The first couple of months I was using maybe 3 carts....now I have about 60 of them. There are even some carts I have that have never been used yet which amazes me. No more buying for me though...became disabled and now live on disability checks. Just glad I got my machine and the carts I have now. Keep up with the inspiration for us.

KimberleyG said...

That's quite the kitchen set you've designed. I'm afraid I don't really use my Cricut much. Maybe having the book would help give me ideas and incentive. Thanks for the chance to win.

JANLYNN said...

One of the first things I cut with my Cricyt was the saying Happy Birthday that I used as a gift tag for ny great nephew. It started out to be on just a card but I sized it toooo big and didn't have time to do another. Oh well, It still made a great gift tag and was part of the learning curve.

Carrie K said...

My first project with my cricut was Cinderella! Oh, those tiny little eyes and mouth!! Glad I kept trying because I am in love!!
BTW, I used your tornado for a 50 states paper doll swap. I had Kansas as one of my states, so it was perfect to go with Dorothy!!
carriedan1 at live dot com

Shawnee said...

Great projects I love the snowmen and the kitchen appliances. My first project was Elmo. My husband got me an Sesame Street Cartridge and I couldn't wait to cut him out for my 3 year old son.


Michelle said...

Love to see the progression of your projects....great ideas there!
I'm still a tinkering newbie with my cricut but have gotten a laptop and will probably buy MTC in the near future. My first cricut projects were titles for my scrapbook pages. Thanks for the great giveaway!
Michelle in NJ
meeshella2 at aol dot com

Craftyhomemade said...

Wow, it's been a long and wonderful road. I really enjoy to use my cricut, I remmember that my first cut was a jraffe from New Arrival Cartridge.


sanadon said...

Thanks for revisiting all of these and for the chance to win this great prize!
Sylvia A (sanadon@sbcglobal.net)

Crafty Grannie Annie said...

The first thing I did on my cricut make stick families to put on my car. My you do such good work,and so much, how do you find the time?

happyhome43 said...

WOW!! What a crafter you are! I think my first project, other than cards, was a scrapbook for my niece and her husband of their trip here for Thanksgiving.

Luba said...

Great things you do with your cricut!!! The first things I cut with it - my cousins baby boy banner and sister-in-law's baby girl banner, they was born 10 days apart, but i did it in 30 mins, my first time use, with CLASSIC FONT CARTRIDGE.

Lisha said...

Oh man the pear couple how cute is that

LEEANN said...

Wow, don't you love looking back and seeing all of your creations again? One of my favorite things that I made with the cricut was a scrapbook for my in-laws. It was a heritage album and I took photos from boxes and drawers in their house and surprised them with an album. It brought tears to my father in laws eyes. This has to be the most rewarding thing that I have made.

BJ Nelson said...

My first cut was on the baby bug and was my Granddaughter Violet's name using the George cartridge. It wasn't long before I realized that the Expression could do more things so I sold my baby bug and purchased the expression machine which came with 2 free cartridges. I have built my cartridge collection to over 30 (most I have not even used yet) ;-( I have been searching blogs to find ones that help me learn how to use the machine as I am a 'show me with detailed instructions' type of person! Your site is helping immensely. I would really like to win the Card Making with Cricut give away book for this week.

Wende said...

Congrats. 2010 has been quite the year for you!!! Wish you all the best in 2011!!!

Anonymous said...

I have only used my cricut a few times since owning it. I make cards only.

Would love to have a book with great ideas to do more on my cricut.

Your project are great!!

Marcy H


Vicki and Don said...

I can't even remember my first project with the Cricut! Love your idea for a "weather" cartridge! I could use the tornado one...we lost our house on May 2, 2008 from a tornado...and we had just moved in the day before! (We've re-built since then...all your appliance/kithen files, etc. would be great to do a page on building/rebuilding!)

Love to scrap Lyndra said...

My first cricut project was making birthday cards.

dbjb1519 at yahoo dot com

RAP said...

It's fun to go back and see the old projects. I think I started following your blog about the time it started. I think I got my cricut just about that same time.

Anonymous said...

I love your site & Miss Lily always makes me smile, she is so adorable. I also love that you are always thinking of new ways to scrapbook or cardmaking. kymf@yahoo.com

acs004 said...

I remember these well - love the kitchen appliances!! Thanks for all the years of sharing with us!

Anonymous said...

I loved the mail truck. Thanks for posting.


SusanHanna said...

My first project with my original baby cricut was probably a Disney layout using either George or Jasmine (first cartridge I purchased!) for my title.

Kim said...

I just love all your projects
my first thing I ever made before I go my cricut was a word book for my grandson
He still looks at it today 2years later


colleen said...

I love looking back and remembering. My first Cricut project was a title for a scrapbook page. thanks for sharing.
hammon at bellsouth dot com

Gayle said...

thanks for revisiting and a chance to win this prize!

Anonymous said...


d said...

D at djevans376@yahoo.com loves all the cricut ideas!

Anonymous said...

My first cricut project was a card then on to a autograph book made for Disney. Wow...that was a lot of work and my grandson loved it.
Thanks for doing the give a ways.


Jenny Gibson said...

One of the first things that I did with my cricut was make my mom's scrapbook album.

Love Is In The Details said...

Great recap! One of my very first Cricut projects was a Go, Rangers, Go sign for my sons soccer team! I used Paper Doll Dress Up and Plaintain Schoolbook, two of the 5 carts I owned :) It came out super cute & all the parents loved it! Thanks for making me take a little trip down memory lane! Andrea

shari said...

Thanks for sharing all your projects with us. My first project with the cricut was a layout of my daughter. Thanks for the great giveaway. Shari (cricutrookie)

Charlotte Cornett said...

AWESOME projects!!!

One of the first things I made with my cricut was Paperdolls! : )

Susie :) said...

This looks like a great resource! Thanks for the chance to win!

Susie :)

Vana63 said...

1 of the first things I made was tags for an Apple Picking Party :-) I too have been admiring that book and would luv to win it, Thanks for the chance and Happy Blogiversery!

vanbeh at gmail dot com

Roxanne said...

How creative! The very first thing I made was a birthday card.
kcmarlowe at hotmail dot com

stephanie said...

Great projects. One of the first things I made was a sign for my scrap room

rstuck2003 said...

AWESOME projects! One of the first things I made with my Cricut was a card for a Wounded Soldier in Afghanistan!! Thanks for the chance to win...I would LOVE to have this book.

rhonda3006 said...

Love all of your cut files so creative

Karen said...

Hi Amanda, had a great time looking at your past projects.

Barbara said...

One of my first cricut projects was to make a card for my granddaughter.

Karen said...

The very first thing I did with my Cricut was a card to my Hubby to thank him for buying me my Expression!!

cowbelleru said...

It's amazing how much you have grown with your Cricut. Loved seeing your projects. My first project was a LO with Life's a Beach. TFS!

Tricia said...

love the cards. What a wonderful way to look back. you inspired me to do that too.

Anniebee said...

Awesome projects! Love the kitchen appliances too... they are wonderful! And congrats on your blog anniversary.

lucyblueeyz at yahoo dot com

melanie said...

can't wait to begin crafting!

Anonymous said...

The first card I made was for my daughter and it was pretty funny because I wasn't used to sizing. The butterfly came out hugh but I had to get it in the mail. She was very happy with it tho. I have improved and it's been fun learning and thanks to you for your help along the way. Smiles Carolyn ladychamp@verizon.net

d said...

djevans376@yahoo.com...Love all the great ideas. thanks.

Anonymous said...

I only have one thing to say.......You are an amazing talent, and you inspire me....keep up the good work because I love scraplifting from you....You're better than any magazine or book!....thanks from Janis
Have a wonderful New Year and don't forget about us....

Caroljo65 said...

Love your projects! Just learning ,So much to learn. I learn one thing and then they have something new to learn
I love learning new things
have a great day all

Claudia said...

I can't tell you how much I enjoy seeing your work. I pretty much love everything and look forward to new posts.
claudiamatzke at hotmail dot com

kim edwards said...

Can't wait to learn how to do all of this.... I just got my Cricut so I am a newbie but I am loving these designs..

kim edwards said...

i made my grand daughter a certificate as my first project. I just followed the instructions in the manual for the cartridge that came with the machine. I totally love this machine and i am so excited about the chance to win your drawing.

Janice Waymire said...

I have both the Cricut and the Expression. I haven't had time to try the Expression, but have used my Cricut for a lot of scrapbooking projects. I love it!!

Debbie said...

I remember taking my Expression and computer to a 3-day educational workshop. I got to use Design Studio and make a welded phrase to show other educators what they might be able to do. This was about 4 years ago. My, how things have developed since then!

Hi! said...

Congratulations on your blog anniversary! You are such a great inspiration! I love all of your crafty work!

Nedine at comcast dot net

Anonymous said...

I really really like the "new look". Change can be good.

Thanks for all the many ideas you have shared. Please keep going.