Thursday, June 10, 2010

What happened to

We are extremely sad to share with you that Blogger has closed down our Main Blog - "Olive Juice Studio" found at We apologize for this VERY unexpected inconvenience and any frustration it may have caused you trying to access our site. Believe me, we are just as frustrated, if not more!!! Blogger's spambot software accidentally flagged our blog as a SPAM SITE due to a sudden increase in traffic on June 1st and June 2nd and thus shutdown our entire blog. OJS is NOT a spam site -it's a craft site and we are actively trying to resolve this issue.

It has been nine full days now with no assistance from Blogger. We refuse to play the waiting game any longer and have decided that Blogger is NOT the blogging platform we want to work with any longer. We are currently in the process of setting up an official Olive Juice Studio website.
Until we can get someone from Blogger to review our blog manually to remove this error, we are unable to retrieve any of our content. We also have no way of contacting our followers/readers to let them know what is going on. If you know of anyone trying to access OJS PLEASE help us by spreading the word.

Our NEW website URL is:

Please help us out by telling your online friends that we have moved to a new location. If you would be so kind to post our new URL on your blog/website we would be forever grateful for your kindness!

We are still moving content to our new website and are just in the beginning phases of setting it up BUT you are more than welcome to stop by! Please overlook our mess during this "construction" period - We have very little "decor" at the moment but are digligently working on our new site -We have a lot of work to do! We are confident that OJS will be a much better site with more to offer in the near future.

Thank you so much for trying to find OJS! I sure miss seeing all of you!

Olive OJS followers, don't you?

x Kim

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Instructions for Our Holy Cow Card

 Holy Cow...

(Inside reads) You're Udderly Amazing!!!
An Olive Juice Studio original designed especially for Memory Miser customers!!!  Subscribe to their electronic newletter by visiting their website to receive your own project instructions! This is a unique card made from two card bases with the backs glued together.  The card is small but by providing the second attached card you now have all kinds of room to write a note -telling the special person you are thanking just how moooooooooo'ved you are! :-)

Cricut Machine
Create a Critter Cricut Cartridge
Wild Card (or George and DS, or any other cartridge that  has a circle that you can weld!)
Golden Yellow cardstock
Black cardstock
Red  and white polka dot paper by Jenni Bowlin
Light pink, white and black Bazzill Bling paper scraps
Green patterened paper scraps for grass
Medium Brown cardstock
two buttons (we used a clear purple and clear yellow!)
green wire (found in the jewlery isle at Joanns)
pop dots (or dimensionals!)
yellow fabric scrap (we used flannel!)
computer and Microsoft Publisher (or any stamped image or Cricut cut word/phrase!)
White inkpen
Pink Dew Drops Ink
Tim Holtz Distress Tea Dye Ink Pad 
Favorite Adhesive
Paper Cutter

 1.  Using the Cricut cartridge "Wild Card" handbook flip to page 48.  Find the circle card in "blackout"  This is what is used to make your card base and layers. If you have Design Studio (or Gypsy) and George or any other cartridge that has a circle you can weld two circles together for your base card.  The instructions listed are based on the blackout circle found in "Wild Card."
Here are your cuts using the "blackout" feature:
       a.  Golden Yellow cardstock- cut at 4 1/4"
       b.  Black Cardstock - Cut at 4"
       c.  Red and White Polka Dot paper - Cut at 3 3/4"
2.  Cut the Red and White Polka Dot paper in half along the fold line.  Set aside one circle for another project or for a second card.
3.  Using your preferred paper scoring tool, score and fold the cards in half.
4.  Glue the back of the black card to the center of the front of the yellow card.  (See photo above)
5.  Using ink the edges of the polka dot paper using the Tea Dye Distress Ink by Tim Holtz.
6.  Adhere the polka dot circle to the top of the black circle while lining up the straight edge of the polka dot paper with the black cardstock.
7.  Insert the "Create a Critter" Cricut cartridge. Referring to your handbook, flip to page 60 and find the cow.   Set your machine to 1 3/4".  You will be cutting all three layers of the cow.  (I'm not sure about your cartridge but my cartridge is labeled incorrectly for the cow - the Layer 1 is actually the blackout of the cow on my cartridge but the handbook shows the top layer of the cow with the circle cutouts. Layer 2 in my handbook shows the blackout of the cow but is really the cow with the circle cutouts.  All-in-all if you're handbook is also incorrect just draw a line with arrows at either end to remind you that it's backwards!)  I hope that made sense! :-)
Here's what you need to cut:
      a.  Brown Cardstock - Select "Layer 2" (or possibly Layer 1 if your handbook is correct!)
      b.  White Cardstock - Select "Layer 1" (or possibly Layer 2 if your handbook is correct!)
      c.  Black Cardstock - Select just the BASE cut - that's the cut in the orange box in your
           handbook or the cow on the keypad overlay without using a feature key.     
      d.  Pink Cardstock - Select "Layer 3" and cut the cow's mouth/nose and udders.
8.  Assemble the cow pieces using pop dots (dimensionals) between  all layers- brown on the bottom, black in the center and white on the top.  Ink and glue together.  Attach the udders and the nose/mouth piece.
9. Cut two strips of paper from a scrap of green patterned paper.  Approximately 2 1/4" long.  Using your scissors, cut strips to make grass.  Do this to both pieces and then stack a little off-centered and attach using pop dots (dimensionals) between the two layers.
10.  Cut a 1" or so sized circle from yellow fabric.  Ink if desired.
11. Wrap a piece of green wire around a pin or something thin to achieve a tight springy effect leaving enough uncurled wire at the end of each piece to thread through the button.  Do this twice for two flower stems.  Slip  each piece of wire through a button - the two holed buttons work best for this!
12.  Print out the sentiment "Holy Cow" and "You're Udderly Amazing" on the white cardstock.  Cut with scissors and ink edges.
12.  Attach all pieces to the card front.  Attach the sun to the upper right side of card, then the cow  using more pop dots (dimensionals).  Attach the grass to the bottom of the cow so it looks like he is standing in it.  Use pop dots (dimensionals) for the grass too.  Glue the flower stems in the grass in front of the cow and arrange to achieve desired look.  Add the sentiment to the front ( we didn't use pop dots for this but you can!) Add the inside sentiment to the inside of the black card.  Decorate the inside with any remaining pieces.
13.  Add dots/dashes with a white gel pen for extra pizazz!

Instructions for 3-D Shadow Box Card w/ Tag - "Wear a Smile...One Size Fits All!"

Wear a Smile...

(Tag reads) One Size Fits All!
(Instructions will be posted soon!)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Mother's Day Card Using Cricut Cartridge Paisley

“Seriously…” (Inside) “Hoo’s da Mama? YOU ARE! Happy Mother’s Day!” A super cute way to wish YOUR mama a Happy Hootin’ Mother’s Day! This card was made using the “Paisley” Cricut cartridge.

It’s an Olive Juice Studio Original created exclusively for Memory Miser Customers!

Cricut, Create or Expression
“Paisley” cartridge
A2 Embossing folder from the “Welcome Baby” folder and die set
Light pink card measuring (4 ¾” x 5 ½”)
Black cardstock mat measuring (4 ½” x 5 ¼”)
Book page
Scraps of black, pink, light green, yellow and white paper for Cricut cuts
Scrap of torn music paper
Light green lace
Yellow Stickles
A color coordinated brad for flower center
Pop dots (or dimensional!)
Inks in red, light green and light orange or dark yellow

1. Using the “Paisley” cartridge cut the base of of the owl from light pink paper (or your preferred color) at
2 ½”.
2. Next, cut the top layer of the owl using the book page making sure to leave the size set to 2 ½”. (You may need to adjust your blade and pressure some book pages. We set our blade to 4 and our pressure at med).
3. Using your handbook for reference, cut the eyes, feet, flowers and stomach feather stripes. (Remember to adjust your blade and pressure setting if you changed the settings for step 2.)
4. Lightly ink the edges of the pink owl and the pink card with the red ink.
5. Attach the book print top layer of the owl by using pop dots in between the layers.
6. Assemble the eyes by gluing together. Add the eyes to the owl with pop dots.
7. Fill in the beak of the owl with yellow Stickles or your preferred glitter glue.
8. Attach a brad to the center of the flower and then place a pop dot underneath when attaching to the owl’s wing.
9. Attach the owl’s feather stripes to it’s tummy.
10. Lightly ink the feet with the orange/yellow ink and glue to the owl.
11. Attach the finished owl to the card with pop dots.
12. Emboss the black cardstock mat using your Cuttlebug and embossing folder.
13. Attach the black card mat to the center of the pink card front.
14. Cut a piece of music patterned paper to fit the left side of the card and tear the edge on the right side. Lightly ink and curl up the torn edge sides.
15. Wrap the light green lace trim around the black cardstock mat and tie in a knot near the top of the card.
16. Cut the word “seriously…) using the “Paisley” cartridge making sure to use two different colors of paper – one for the shadow and one for the top layer.
17. Decorate the inside any way you like. We used this saying: “ Hoo’s the mama? YOU ARE! Happy Mother’s Day!”

A "Just Because" Card for a Friend Using Cricut cartridges Once Upon a Princess and Beyond Birthdays

Recipe for "Hello Friend..."
“Hello Friend”

It’s an Olive Juice Studio Original created exclusively for Memory Miser Customers!

A cute and quick card to make for a special friend using “Once Upon a Princess” and “Beyond Birthdays” Cricut Cartridges!

Cricut, Create or Expression
“Once Upon a Princess” cartridge
“Beyond Birthdays” cartridge
Off-white premade card (or make your own) measuring 5 ½” x 6”
Black cardstock mat (5 ¼” x 5 ½”)
Flesh toned paper for fairy body
Light peach paper scraps for fairy body
Red and off-white polka dot paper for fairy dress and hat
Teal and light green scraps for tights
Torn paper scraps for layers underneath fairy
Stardust Stickles Glitter
Black and white reversible ribbon – polka dots and stripes
1 straight pin with a colored bead on the top
Red ink for coloring in hair
Soft pink ink for cheeks
Red Marker or red glitter glue for the mouth
Black marker for eyes
Preferred adhesive
Pop dots (or dimensionals!)

1. Attach the black card mat to the front of the off-white card.
2. Using the “Once Upon a Princess” cartridge cut the princess fairy at 4 ½” using the light peach/orange paper for your bottom layer and then cut the top layer of the princess from your preferred flesh toned paper.
3. Ink the light peach/orange hair with the red ink pad to add extra dimension.
4. Attach the flesh toned layer to the top of the peach/orange layer so that the hair shows as in the example above.
5. Cut the dress and hat TWO TIMES EACH using the red and off-white polka dot paper (or your color and pattern preference!) making sure to keep the settings at the same size (4 ½”) for all of your cuts for the princess fairy. Make sure to have the handbook open to find the proper location for the extra layers needed to complete the outfit.
6. Cut the layers for the tights, flag and flowers.
7. Cut the wings once at 4 ½” (top layer) and again at 5” for the shadow/bottom layer. (use the same color/pattern or two different ones for extra Oomph!)
8. Glue the stripes to the tights and attach to the fairy princess.
9. Assemble the dress by stacking the two identical dresses with pop dots (dimensional) in between the dresses. Attach to the fairy princess with adhesive. Curl up the ends to make the dress appear more lifelike.
10. Assemble the hat the same way as the dress by stacking the two identical hats with pop dots in between the hats. Attach to the top of the fairy head by slipping the bottom layer behind the fairy's head to make it look like she is really wearing it.
11. Assemble the flag and add a flower to it.
12. Cut a strip of paper to make the belt for the dress. (The green scallop design was made with a punch!)
13. Tear scraps of paper in random sizes and glue in a random fashion to the front of the card. Once desired look is achieved, attach the fairy princess to the top.
14. Wrap a piece of ribbon around the torn paper mat and knot on the right side a 1/3 of the way down.
15. Using the “Beyond Birthdays” cartridge and your preferred paper choice, cut the phrase “Hello Friend” and attach to the upper right corner of the card.
16. Use a clear glitter glue to highlight the off-white polka dots and any other areas on your card.

T-Rex Invitation Using the Cricut Cartridges - Dinosaur Tracks, Sweet Treats and Zooballoo!

Recipe for "It's a Party”
 - A dinosaur themed party invitation!

It’s an Olive Juice Studio Original created exclusively for Memory Miser Customers!

What a fabulous cartridge with such COOL prehistoric images to create so many uber cool projects with! Just imagine your little paleontologist when he/she discovers all of the things you can make with this fun cartridge! Cards, scrapbook layouts, wall d├ęcor, school projects, dioramas, bookmarks, tags, and so many more things ….the sky’s the limit!

Cricut Machine (should be able to cut this with the Cricut, Create or Expression
“Dinosaur Tracks” cartridge
“Zooballoo” cartridge
“Sweet Treats” cartridge
Cuttlebug Machine
A2 Tiny Mosaic Texture embossing folder
black cardstock (6x12 is fine)
Jenny Bowlin Studio Black Bookprint Paper ( 4x4 square)
Paper scraps in your desired colors and patterns to cut the party hat and party favor
1 mini pompom for the top of the party hat
Yellow Stickles or your preferred glitter glue brand
Your preferred adhesive
Your preferred scoring tool
Pop Dots (dimensionals)

1. Using the “Dinosaur Tracks” cartridge and the black cardstock cut the T-Rex card. ( Refer to the handbook for location on the keypad overlay.) We cut our card at 4”.
2. Remove the card from the mat and fold the card in half using your preferred scoring tool.
3. Insert the front half of the card into the “Tiny Mosaic Texture” Cuttlebug folder and emboss.
4. Cut a piece of the Jenni Bowlin Studio Black Bookprint Paper to cover the window around the dinosaur. We cut ours at 3 ¾” by 4”. Open the card and lightly add adhesive to the corners of the paper (pattern side up). Carefully attach it under the dinosaur so the card no longer has a see-thru window. Add a few dots of adhesive to the dinosaur too so it stays flat.
5. Using the “Sweet Treats” cartridge and your desired colors and patterns of scrap paper, cut the party hat at 1 ½” and the party favor at ¾”. Assemble the layers and add a mini pompom to the party hat and glitter glue to add a bit of bling! Add the hat to the top of the T-Rex’s head and the party favor to the dino’s mouth by attaching with pop dots.
6. Using the “Zooballoo” cartridge, cut the phrase “It’s a Party” from scraps of paper in your desired color in shadow/blackout mode and as a regular base cut. We cut ours at ¾”. Adhere the layers and attach to the card.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

RECIPE for "Soar" A Tussie Mussie With Attitude! (A Cricut Project!)

Oh goodness!!!  We're trying to make a video tutorial for this project but halfway through the recording we keep getting an error message.  It's frustrating!  For now, since so many people have asked how I did this I will post instructions here and then add a video if we get this camera working.

Cricut Expression
"Tie the Knot" Cricut cartridge
"Indie Art" Solutions Cartridge
1 12X12 Jenni Bowlin Vintage Black Bookprint paper
1 12x12 off-white cardstock
1 12x12 black cardstock
Light pink ruffled ribbon trim (We bought ours at Joanns!)
Black elastic ruffled ribbon/trim (We bought ours at Hobby Lobby!)
1 metal flower embellie (or make one with your Cricut!)
2 silver eyelets large enough to slide wire for handle through
1/2 yard black tulle
6 pieces of silver wire with silver beaded ends (We found these in the Christmas isles around the holidays.  If you don't have the same thing it's okay because you can make your own by slipping a silver bead, or any bead/button of your choice on the end of a piece of wire.  Just twist the wire around to secure the bead!)
White Pen
12" Beaded garland (This was also found in the Christmas Isles but I have since seen it available at Hobby Lobby in the Home Decor department in a variety of colors.  Pinks and Blues are also available in the Spring Decor area too!)  If you can't find this in a store near you don't fret!  This can easily be made too! Use up some of those beads you keep buying and have been meaning to use in one of your projects!  Simply use fishline, jewlery wire, etc to string th beads.  Do three strands and randomly twist together.  OR, just use ribbon or any other item that would make an awesome hanger!)
Your Preferred Adhesive (I used a hot glue gun on the entire project!)
Your Preferred eyelet setter ( I used a Crop-A-Dile!)


1.Using your Cricut Expression and "Tie the Knot" cartridge cut the cone (see photo below!) using the "Fit to Size" button.
2. Using the off-white paper and the "Indie Art"  Solutions cartridge cut the wings (see photo below).  Select the "blackout" feature since this will be the bottom layer of the wings.  I cut mine at 6 1/2".

When cutting the wings you will need to either use the "flip" button and cut the base cut 2x or select the shift key for the opposite side.)

3.Next, make sure the "blackout" feature is no longer hightlighted.  Now load the black paper onto the mat to cut the base cut of the wings.  Again, cut the wings at 6 1/2".

Now comes the fun part!

4.  Adhere the two layers of wings together.  Using your white pen, add accents in random dots around the edges of the top layer.
5.  Next, grab the cone you just cut from the bookprint paper and form a cone shape. The scalloped edge is the top of the cone.  Adhere to hold shape.  (I used dots of hot glue along the seam!) PLEASE NOTE:  If you find this cone is too large, simply roll the cone a bit tighter.  The tulle in the inside will hide the extra paper - OR (of course) just cut it at a smaller size! :)
6.  Cut a piece of the light pink ruffled ribbon to go around the cone approximately a 1/4 of the way down from the top.  Next, cut the black stretchy ruffled trim/ribbon the same size as the pink ribbon.  Using a hot glue gun (or your preferred adhesive!) glue the black ribbon to the top edge of the pink ribbon to give the ribbon a layered look.  Attach to the cone by gluing in dots with the seam centered in the back.  
7.  Now it's time to attach the wings.  Before gluing, carefully crease the wings  by bending them upward to give them a more 3D effect once attached to the cone.  (If this doesn't make sense let me know and I will post a photo of this step!)
8.  Attach the wings to the back of the cone so that the placement covers the ribbon seams.  Carefully attach the second wing so that it lines up with the first.
9.  Using your preferred eyelet setter( I used a Crop-A-Dile), set an eyelet on both sides of the cone - approximately a 1/2" from the top.
10. Attach the beaded handle by threading the wire/string through the eyelets and twisting or tying.
11. While holding all six pieces of beaded wire, twist the ends together. Squirt a small dab of hot glue  inside of the bottom of the cone opening while carefully pushing the twisted wire ends into the the cone. Hold until glue sets.
12. Attach your desired embellie to the front of the tussie mussie (I used a metal flower embellie that I had in my stash and added the pink bead to the center!) 
13.  Bunch up the black tulle and place inside the cone fluffing and rearranging  so that it's fancy schmancy!
14. Last but not least....using the white pen, wrap each scallop at the top of the cone around the pen to form "petals."

OPTIONAL:  Ink the edges of the wings, cone, etc... or use Glimmer Mist to give your whole tussie mussie some extra pizazz!