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Friday, May 27, 2011

End of Year Thanks!

The end of the school year is fast approaching and I am in charge of the kindergarten graduation slideshow.   I altered a mini metal lunchbox (I had several of these left over from a birthday party a few years back).   I traced the lunch box onto some cute paper from the DCWV stack and then glued it on the front and back.   I also glued a strip of paper around it (to cover the logos) and then a strip of AC 'thank you very much' ribbon around that.   On the front, I added an orange strip of paper and stamped Thank You onto it along with a couple chipboard stars.   I put a gift card and some tissue paper on the inside!   I am really going to miss my son's teacher.   I loved her almost as much as he did....I hope my daughter gets her next year!  :)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Celebrate Sunshine

Spring is here, woohoo!  Today's card was made using the Just Because Cards cartridge.  

I started with the cloud paper that's from the new My Mind's Eye Fine & Dandy set.   It instantly made me look forward to nice weather so, I cut the sun from JBC at 8.75".   I forgot about the sizing of the card cartridges so, I had originally started cutting one at 4" and it was tiny so, I recut at 8.75" and it turned out perfect.  

I wanted to glitter the rays of the sun without having the smiling face that the cut has so, I cut two solid circles and stopped at that.   The first circle, I taped the back onto the center of the sun and then I ran the entire thing through the Xyron sticker maker.  Afterwards, I pulled off the circle in the middle.  I mixed together yellow and orange glitter and glittered the rays.   The two colors togheter really looked great on the sun.

The other center circle, I embossed using the cuttlebug 'Seeing Spots' folder and then pop dotted it onto the sun. 

The framing paper, with the polka dots, is from the DCWV Linen Closet Stack.   The ribbon from Hobby Lobby and the sentiment is from American Crafts Dear Lizzy.

And, on the inside, I added a couple strips of paper along with the little tiny sun that I had originally cut and a sentiment from the Paper Studio.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Simple Mother

A simple Mother's Day card today, using some scraps.   I border punched alternating aqua and cream colored pearl paper from the solid DCWV Linen Closet coordinating stack.   The punch is the scallop punch from EK Success.   I added a thin strip of black ribbon down the center and mounted a rectangle with the stamped word, Mother, on the front.   The stamp is from Joann's dollar bin.  Oh, and a little tip here....because I stamped it on pearl paper, I find that the ink wants to smudge so, I covered the entire rectangle in a piece of clear packing tape and then trimmed the edges.   You can't even tell it's there and I didn't lose any of the 'pearl' of the paper.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Glitz Glam and Glitter

Well, this card is sure full of glitz and glitter!!   That's the My Pink Stamper challenge I am working on here...glitz, glam, and glitter!   Well, my little sister (The Crazy Cricut Lady) just turned 24 this weekend but, she was out of town so, I was able to work on her card a little late.  I think it will be worth the wait though.  :).
So, I started with the body of the peacock on Give a Hoot, cut at 3 1/2" in blue DCWV glitter paper.   I inked the edges of his bady and added some different size aqua colored rhinestones and then a black one for his eye.   I cut the legs by hand and then added feathers to the back of him (which is not the easiest thing to do).  The frame around him was cut from Lacy Labels at 3" on gold pearl paper and then embossed using the Cuttlebug peacock folder. 
Now, the base of this easel card is a dark aqua Core'dinations paper and then a light green and a dark green mounted on top (to make this an easel card).   The printed sheet is from the new DCWV Royal Garden stock (the smaller stack is great for cards because the images are scaled down).  Ribbon is from Michael's.  

Now, the sentiment was printed by me and then mounted with pop dots onto some of the scraps.  The bottom one is a pearly gold paper that I used for the frame behind the peacock.   I used a Fiskar's corner punch to do the edges, which met perfectly.   Then, I added some green and yellow feathers across the back and two hat pins ($1.49 for a pack of 12 at Joann's).
The inside base to keep the easel up, uses the same papers but, a different sheet of the DCWV Royal Garden that has borders on it and I just cut this particular one out.   She loves peacocks so, I really hope this is a hit for her!!!

Be Natural, Celebrate You!

Now that I am done posting the pictures from the 'Adding to the Nest' baby shower, I am going to post the rest of my cards that were published in the Cricut magazine.   This one was the third one from January 2012.  Lots of dots going on here! 

The mat paper on this card is from the DCWV Lemon Flower stack (that I LOVE).  The base of the card is 4x6 and I left the mat 3 1/2" x6 so there isn't a border at the top or bottom.   The elephant is cut from Twinkle Toes at 3", ran it through the cuttlebug using the Seeing Spots folder and then added some yellow stickles to her skirt and crown.  The tag is also from the same cartridge.   I cut the black bottom layet at 2" and the top at 1 3/4" so that there would be a border around the yellow paper.  

The ribbon is from Michael's and the stamp from Studio G.   I added a Hampton Arts stamp inside as well as the negative cuts from the yellow layer of the tag.

Robot Birthday

I'm on a roll now with my posts.   I haven't done much lately because of our house building project but, I was sooo looking forward to the National Scrapbook Day challenges that My Pink Stamper does every year.   This entry is for the final challenge of making a kid themed project.
 I cut this Robot from the Robotz cartridge at 4 1/2", using the retro bot function.   I glittered his joints with silver Stickles and then stamped a sentiment on his stomach.   Both stamped sentiments are from a dollar bin set (I think from Michael's).   The mat paper is scrap from The Paper Studio 'A Boy's Universe' stack and the ribbon is from a U'nique set (I think from Pat Catan's).

Inside, I punched the rockets using a Martha Stewart punch and a piece of robot ribbon from Hobby Lobby.

Kraft Paper is Tweet!

I started with a business sized Kraft paper base card.   This is a challenge for me because I struggle with Kraft paper.   I always love projects that use it but, it doesn't seem to inspire me at all.   So, I used a solid brown mat and then the top is a sheet from the DCWV Songbird stack.   I love the little music notes! 

                So, I cut two different perched singing birds from the new April Showers Solutions cartridge.   The perch for the one on the top is cut from the brown paper and the perch for the one on the bottom is cut from the kraft paper.  I used a gel pen to faux stitch their wings and then pop dotted them on and hung them with baker's twine from Martha Stewart crafts.   The sentiment is from a dollar stamp.

Fishing you a Great Day Mermaid

I think the reason I love the My Pink Stamper National Scrapbook Day challenge is because they are fun and last year I was able to make some cards ahead of time, to use later in the summer.   That's how this one turned out.  Once I got started, I thought, this will be prefect for my little mermaid for her July BD.   So, I cut the girl and mermaid outfit from the Once Upon a Princess cartridge at 3", it includes the little seahorse as well.  I glittered her tail with aqua stickles.   The mat paper is from Cosmo Cricket's Salt Air stack.

I used the Fiskars wave border punch to cut the waves out from all the layers, inluding the top of the card base.   The seaweed/pearls are a stamp from Inkadinkadoo and the sentiment is from Scrappy Moms. 

Inside, I used the same seaweed stamp and a couple others from Studio G.   I think it's ADORABLE!!!

Poodles of Fun

The next My Pink Stamper challenge is a 'project' that includes a pet.  The sentiment on this card is from a Scrappy Moms set that my husband got me for Christmas and it inspired me to make a birthday card for my coworker, who loves dogs.  
I cut the poodle from the Once Upon a Princess cartridge at 4".  After I cut it, I decided not to use any of the layers.   Once I cut it, I could pictured one of the poodles you see that have been shaved to down with poofs of fur at the bottoms of the feet and the chest.   Sooooo, I 'taped' off all of the parts that I didn't want flocked and then ran the poodle through the xyron.   Before I added the flock, I removed the taped parts (because now they are sticky on the front and I don't want to waste any flock sticking to them). 

I didn't like the way that the head of the poodle kind of looks like two noses.   So, I cut the one side off and trimmed it up and then glued it back on to look like the poodles ear.   I used a black sharpie to color the nose and then used Glossy Accents to make the nose shiney.   I added a black gem for the eye and three pearl gems for a collar and then a little white gel pen at the tips of the feet to look like a french manicure.  :)
The tag was also cut from the Once Upon a Pricness, poodle cut, using the tag function.   I punched two slits on each side of the tag and then ran black solid ribbon through it.   The mat paper is from the DCWV Luxury stack and the corner punch from Fiskar's.

On the inside, I used a gray vellum and a strip of the mat paper, with a piece of the ribbon covering the seam.   The sentiment is a dollar sentiment that I didn't ink the flowers on and it was stamped onto a second tag that I cut.

One in a Melon

Today's card I made with my bff in mind and the My Pink Stamper National Scrapbook Day Challenge for a 'project' that includes the colors Pink, Green, and Black .  I started with the watermelon paper that I got over the summer from American Crafts.  I decided to cut the watermelon2 cut from the Preserves cartridge at 4".   I used paper from the new Lemon Flower DCWV stack, for the green; solid yellow for the next layer; and then core'dinations pink for the top.   Instead of cutting the black layer for the seeds, I just traced the seed holes from the pink layer, onto the yellow layer and then used a black sharpie to add the seeds through the pink layer.   Then, I took the pink seeds that cut out, colored them, front and back, with the black sharpie and added Glossy Accents.   I also added glossy accents to the entire pink layer.   I cut a black shadow my hand and inked the edges.  

Once the Glossy Accents had dried, I pop dotted the seeds onto the area of the melon where they should be and then pop dotted the entire watermelon onto the card.   The ribbon is from Martha Stewart Crafts and the sentiment is from My Pink Stamper.  On the inside, I added a piece of watermelon ribbon from Michael's and a hand cut seed.  Looks pretty juicy I think!! 

For My Mom

I knew I had to have the Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge when it came out.   I'm not a flowery kind of gal but, the layering is really cool.  I finally busted it out for what?  Well, Mother's Day of course, and the My Pink Stamper 3D challenge over on her blog.  I won't see my mom until next weekend so this works out perfectly.   My mom loves yellow flowers and I LOVE the new Lemon Flower stack from DCWV so, off I went.

All of the flower layers were cut with paper from this stack and here is how it went:
Bottom Layer was flower 30 cut at 3 1/4" and the tips were glittered with yellow stickles
Second Layer was flower 30 cut at 2 3/4" and the tips were glittered with yellow Studio G stickles
Third Layer was flower 29 cut at 2 1/4" and I added some glitter 'petals' with silver stickles
Top Layer was flower cut at 1 3/4" and the tips were just shaded with a yellow stamp

Assembly was a little different.   I pop dotted between every later but, only in the center of the flowers, not out toward the petals and I added a large brad from My Mind's Eye, in the center.   Once I did that, I decided to add some dots of platinum stickles to the third layer, right through the cuts of the top layer.  The stem is the Branch 2 top layer from Cindy Loo, cut at 4 1/2" and then a small piece of scrap, from the flower cut, used in the one 'bud'.

My mom is also a huge fan of hummingbirds so, I decided to cut the hummingbird 2 from the Pagoda cartridge at 3".  I cut it in a solid green and then a second time using a shimmer green velum type paper.  I cut the feather layer using green glitter scrap.  While trying to apply ATG tape to the back, I ripped the bird's bottom feather's, almost completely off.  UGH.   I quickly recovered with using the last tiny piece of the green glitter and cutting a hand made layer for the bottom, which I think turned out very nicely.   Then, I added a green feather to the back, to appear like the bird is fluttering as it approaches the flower and last, a black gem for an eye and it's pop dotted on with the wing sticking up a little higher than the body.

The base of the card is gray with a yellow layer and then another fantastic piece of that Lemon Flower stack.   I added a yellow ribbon from Michaels and then mounted the cartouche, with the layer, from the Sweethearts cartridge at 4 1/2" in the center. 
On the inside, I used some larger, left over pieces from the front and cut another cartouche, at 1 1/2", with the top layer and then stamped a sentiment from Studio G and three more black gems.   I really do love how this card turned out!

One of a Kind

I have been crafting for days and now I've got to upload everything for the My Pink Stamper challenges for National Scrapbook day.  This one is for the Mother challenge.  I've been itching to use the new Bo Bunny Gabrielle stack that I got at our local Flower Factory (LOVE that they are carrying Bo Bunny).   This particular sheet us just sooo pretty by itself.  I am going to give this one to my MIL when we see her for Mother's Day.   I also used irredescant pearl paper with a Studio G stamp sentiment and MS craft border punch for the lattice edges.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Bunnies Multiplying

HAPPY EASTER (A little late on this but, I just noticed I didn't post it)!!  This isn't a Cricut project but it is a project.  I bought these plastic bunnies for my son's teacher, teacher's aid, student teacher, principal and bus driver.  I filled them with pastel wrapped Easter candy and then tied a blue and pink polka dot ribbon around their necks.   I made tags for each one with stamped Easter sentiments.