Tuesday, January 31, 2012

January Card Challenge!

Erica's My Cricut Craft Room January Card Challenge!

Erica's My Cricut Craft Room January Card Challenge!

Hello friends! I decided to participate in the January Card Challenge on My Cricut Classroom. We were "challenged" to use the colors pink, brown and red and also use the sketch Erica provided to design our card.

I LOVE Pink and Brown together and adding a touch of red sure sounded like a Valentine to me...so here is my take on the challenge!

To make the card shape, I started with my wonderful and brand new
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge. This was my first opportunity to use this cartridge and
The card base was the Card feature button on page 58.
I also used the Art Philosophy cartridge for the swirl at the bottom of the heart. It was on page 60 and it was the "font" layer, even though it is not a letter! Using my Gypsy, I welded two of the swirls (using the mirror image feature) to make the longer swirl.
I used the Wedding/Marriage Cricut cartridge for the heart with the swirl . For the design along the left side, I used the Birthday Cake cartridge and used the and layered with on page 69. I again used my Gyspy to elongate the shape.
Using the Cuttlebug and the Swiss Dots embossing folder, embossed the brown base and then added some small pink brads along the top right side.

This was my first time to enter one of Erica's Card Challenges! Let me know your thoughts!
Thanks for stopping by. I will be back on Thursday with my very first Design Team Project!
See you then!

You can read more about the challenge here:
http://ericascraftroomchallenges.blogspot.com/ and see who else decided to give this a try!
I must give an extra special THANK YOU to Jaimie of
http://jamiek711designs.blogspot.com for all her help in sorting out the problems
I was having with posting on my blog! What a sweetheart for taking the time to help me!
Thank you Jaimie!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Such Exciting News!

Hello Friends and Family!
I have already shared this exciting news on Facebook, so those of you who follow me on there know this news but I wanted to share here just in case! I found out the first week in January that I was accepted to be a member of My Cricut Craftroom/ Erica's Craftroom design team!
Being on a design team was a goal I had set for myself for this year and imagine my surprise when I met that goal so early in 2012!!
Exciting things are happening in Erica's Craft Room - her new on line store will be up and running (newly revamped, many, many more products added!) and her actual Retail Store will open as well! It is in Akron, Ohio (about 3 1/2 hours from me) and I can not wait to have a chance to go visit in person!
I was lucky enough to meet with Erica and another design team member in Cincinnati last Sunday. We had such fun talking, laughing and learning about Erica's vision for her business and the design team. Having never been a design team member, I had many questions and feel a bit nervous and very excited to start this new adventure!
I hope you will follow along as I begin the journey as an official Design Team Member!
Thanks and watch for my first posts for her site the first week of February!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Another Easel Card

Front of cardOpened card

Side view...can you see the Action Wobbler spring in there? It gives the card movement!

Close up of the base of the card....the sentiment. I cut out mittens from the patterned paper to "hold" the thank you sign! I used pop up dots to give the mittens dimension and so it can hold the top of the easel open for display.

Showing the side view, see the trees in the background? They have a bit of white ink on them so they seem "brushed with snow"! You can see the Stickles on the hat and the blades of the skakes as well in this photo.

Open as it will be displayed!

Hello there! I am back with another Easel Card! I really enjoyed making the first one that I did as a challenge from the Fab 5 group on "Made This With My Cricut" from Facebook.

This card is a Thank You card for two dear friends that sent us a lovely Christmas gift! (Lori K. if you do not want to see your card on line before it arrives to you ....stop reading NOW! :)

{Patiently waiting for Lori to close this site...... OK, she's gone!! :) }

I used the Cricut Cartridge "Winter Frolic" for the skater as well as for the trees you (can barely see in the photo) that is in the background. For the ice on the pond, I just freehanded cut some while card stock. I used a bit of fuzzy rick rack trim (compliments of Tricia Colon from the Fab 5 group) and a "diamond" gem on the hat. A little bit of sparkle added on the skate blades and the hat from Stickles.

I used an Action Wobble (LOVE THESE!!!) to pop the skater up and give her movement. Such fun! I hope you can see from the side shot I how the Wobble is attached.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask! I would love to hear your comments!
Thanks for visiting my blog and please look around while you are here!
Have a great week!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Easel Card

Adding this to the Pink Cricut Link Up Party! I love Sarah's blog!

Side view of card

Sentiment and close up of the base of card. Card front when closed

This is my first attempt at an Easel Card. I was lucky enough to be one of the "Fab Five" from Tricia Colon's Facebook group called "Made This With My Cricut". She sent us some lovely papers and embellishments and we were instructed to make an Easel Card. I had heard of that type of card, but never attempted one. It was WAY easier that I thought it would be and I love the style, so I will for sure be making more of these!

I decided to use the Cricut Flower Shoppe Cartridge for the flower on the front and also used
Fancy Frames for the "loopy frame". Not sure if you will be able to see with the photos, but there is a "diamond" inside the center of the flower and there are "diamonds" repeated on the base of the card as well. I used the Cuttlebug to emboss the background with Swiss Dots.

Please let me know if you have ever attempted an easel card and I would love to hear your comments on mine!