Sunday, April 29, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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Monday, April 16, 2012
I decided to use Pack Your Bags as my Cricut Cartridge (the requirement is that it start with the Letter P today.)
To challenge myself a little bit - I decided to try a style of card that I had never made before.
This card is called a Center Step Card. I was surprised how easy it was to make. I am very happy with the results of it.
I decided to make this card for a far away friend who has been a little down recently. I hope she enjoys it! (It's on it's way to you now, Lori Keir!! LOL )
Please click on any photo to enlarge for a better look!
From the Pack Your Bags cartridge, I cut the umbrella drink found on page 70 with all the layers needed to make the glass, the "beverage" inside the glass, the umbrella, the pole for the umbrella and the shadow of the entire image. I was surprised to see the umbrella canopy had several parts to it...which worked out great to make it multi - colored and fun!!
Pack Your Bags has some adorable images on it! It is available in Erica's Store for a great price!
I added texture to the "beverage" by running that layer through my Cuttlebug.
I needed something for the drink to rest on...so I cut a small oval from the Art Philosophy cartridge. While I had that cartridge in my Cricut Expression, I decided to cut a base for the card and then running that base through the Cuttlebug to emboss. I love the texture it gives to the card!
My next step was to give some support and color to the "side rails" of the card (for a lack of a better term!!).I simply measured and cut strips of yellow paper to center on those posts. Before attaching with adhesive, I ran it through the Cuttlebug.
I attached a slightly darker strip of blue cardstock across the bottom (again, measuring and just hand cutting a strip, then rounding the corners). After a bit of Doodle Twine (by Doodlebug Designs) I added this cute brad that looks just like a button!
For the interior of the card, again I cut a red base and ran it through the Cuttlebug, then layered it with another cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge. I typed my sentiment, "Let's Have Drinks With Umbrellas" on the computer and printed it off onto pale green cardstock.
These are shots to show you the various angles of the card how it folds.
Isn't this a fun card with the way it opens and has layers?
As always, I used a lot of foam squares where it seemed appropriate to give dimension to this layered card. I also inked all the edges of the pieces.
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Monday, April 9, 2012
Using the Ole' cartridge, I cut out the margarita glass, with all the layers, from page 42 of the cartridge handbook. I used my Cuttlebug with the Devine Swirl cartridge to emboss the "drink" portion of the cuts....hopefully making it appear to have a frozen drink swirling around in the glass! I then cut the "HOLA" from page 70 of the Ole' Cartridge handbook and mounted in on a scalloped oval which is the "shift" layer of the main image from that same page.
I then decided I wanted something to place the glass on instead of directly onto the card base, so I made a cut from Elegant Edges and embossed that with the Cuttlebug and the Swiss Dots folder.What is a margarita without some salt around the rim?? I added a layer of Frosted Lace and a layer of Crystal Stickles (purchased from Erica's store) on the rim of the glass.
I inked all the edges, although that doesn't really show up too well in the photos.
I then embossed the front of the card with another design and used foam dots on many of the pieces to give dimension to the card. I wrapped green ribbon around the Elegant Edges cut to give the card just that little extra "something!
Looks like it is ready to drink, don't you think?
I hope you enjoyed my project for today and Please go see what some of my other talented design team "sisters" have made for you today at My Cricut Craftroom.
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Sunday, April 8, 2012
Sue Ann is a member of the Design Team on My Cricut Craftroom and I had the privilege of actually meeting her in person and spending a day talking, crafting, shopping and laughing! She is so much fun!
To pay it forward, I would like to nominate the following fellow crafters:
1. Tricia Colon at mycrazybubble.blogspot.com. She is such a talented and very busy crafty lady, yet always has time to chat and cheer others on!
2. Janet Royer at Janet's Creative World Janet is a member of the My Cricut Craftroom as well and I am always so pleased to see her latest projects.
3. Doris at My Bug and Me Create Another design team "sister" she is always so cheerful and supportive and quick to respond to questions and to offer a prayer!
4. Tiffany at Angel4ever-thecraftyteacher She is a so sweet and is an Early Childhood teacher as well as a talented crafter! How could we not "bond" since I too was a Pre K teacher and been known to craft a bit! LOL! She too is a Design Team member on My Cricut Craftroom!
1. I have a son who is married to his wonderful wife Alyssa and they have given me 3 precious Grandchildren with another one on the way!
4. I have three cats....one in particular who loves to "help" me craft - which means
5. Margaritas are often my "drink of choice" (as you may tell from my blog) but I also love Caffine Free DIet Coke, Long Island Ice Tea and Amaretto Sours, along with regular unsweetened ice tea!
6. I enjoy baking and sharing my baked goods with others! (mainly so I don't eat the entire dessert myself!)
7. I love Spring and Summer weather! Anytime it is above 75 degrees I am smiling!
Friday, April 6, 2012
For my projects this month, I chose to use the following Three Cartridges...
For my first project, I decided to combine Cindy Lou along with Paper Lace.
I think it made a lovely card for my daughter, who loves these Russian Nesting Dolls!
I cut the Doll from the Cindy Lou Cartridge (page 59) using all the layers from that image.
I used foam dots for the various layers which really gave the card a lot of fun dimension.
I inked all edges of the card also, but not sure it shows up very well in the photos.
(Please Click On Any Photo to enlarge and get a better view.)
I then decided to layer the doll on the flower image from the Paper Lace Cartridge, on page 22, using both the Lace 2 Shadow and the Lace 2 feature keys.
For the floral design at the bottom of the card, I cut that also from the Paper Lace Cartridge... found on page 46. I cut the base Shadow at a width of 3.83" using my Gyspy to size it just right, then layered the main cut on top, cut at 3.7" wide. I accent the flower centers with Liquid pearls.
I added foam square between most of the layers to give a lot of added dimension to the card.
For my second project, I chose to use the Cricut Lite Cartridge called Live Simply.
I "simply" love the butterfly on this cartridge! I used all the layers and then ran the body through the Cuttlebug. I cut one extra set of wings so I could layer them on top of the first set, giving it more dimension after I pop dotted it!
I added a sunflower, also from the Live Simply Cartridge - using all the layers for it and then added a piece of Brown scrapbook paper and also used the Swiss Dot folder to give it a bit more presence.
Everything got a touch of ink on the edges and I used my White Uni-ball Signo gel pen to add a cute little face, dots on the antennae and on the body.
Here is the line up of all my fellow Design Team Members just in case you get lost along the way!
A very special thank you for today's Sponsor of our Blog Hop
In honor of her Birthday she launched her stamp line.....
Each day we have one set of stamps to give away. You can also purchase them in her store and enter to win the Silhoueete Cameo that she is giving away. She hasAction Wobbles, Royal Twine, and foam squares in her store.
Also Erica put a ton of items on sale in Erica's Craft Room. ALL Cricut $33 or less. Copic Markers 25% off and MORE
Thank you SO MUCH for visiting! I love to read your comments!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
I used my Cuttlebug and the Devine Swirl embossing folder for the background on the card base and also used a Sizzix folder to emboss the leaves.
I inked the edges and used foam dots to give dimension to the card.
It is a bit difficult to see the purple wire antennae in the photo but it shows up much better in person.
Please visit My Cricut Craftroom for other Would You Ever Guess Wednesday projects from my fellow design team members!