Hi! And welcome to the Card and Invitation Blog Hop presented by My Cricut Craft Room!!! You should have come from the graciously talented Kat. If not, please head on over to My Cricut Craft Room so you can see all of the wonderful projects and blogs (there IS Blog Candy if you post on ALL the participating blogs, too, so you definitely don't want to miss out on that!). If so, you're in the right place! So....let's HOP right on to the projects I have for you!
First, I made this cute little invitation using Create A Critter. I'm not totally happy with the way this turned out, but I'm still somewhat of a novice, so this was a new technique/idea I tried out and I'm glad I tried it, anyway. :)
I started with a standard white A2 sized card from my stash and added some orange polka dot paper, also from my stash (just a paper pad from Hobby Lobby). Then, I wanted to add monkeys....but not MONKEYS monkeys....like SHADOWS of monkeys. So, I took the "remnants" of my St. Jude Card making and used it as a stencil:
These are the monkeys from Create A Critter, cut at 3" and arranged for space utilization via my Gypsy (I made 5 monkeys for some St. Jude's cards and other projects). I laid this "remant" on my card and rubbed Tim Holtz Distressing Ink (color: Vintage Photo) into the voids using my Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool. Then, I cut leaves (also from Create A Critter) of varying sizes out of green cardstock from my stash (differing colors for some interest) to add to the top for a jungle "feel". The big leaf, I had to cut to fit the stamp, so I believe it was cut at around 2.75-3". The stamp is one I've had for years from Stampabilities. And that's it for this cute and simple invitation that can be used for anything from birthday parties to baby showers!
Next, I made this gorgeous Thank You card using Damask Decor. This is really turning out to be a favorite cartridge of mine (be sure to check back on Wednesday for some more Damask Decor projects! Hint, hint!) even though I probably would never have looked at it twice on a store shelf. I am SOOOO glad I won it from Erica!!
If you've been reading my blog, or my Facebook page, you know my cousin is getting married in October. And, you know how excited I am for this. You also know her color scheme is turquoise and orange - a color combo that is a little off the beaten path, yet one I have fallen COMPLETELY in love with!!! So, I stuck with that theme, and will probably make her some of these if she wants me to. :) All of the paper is just basic cardstock from my stash - turquoise, white and orange. The "Thanks" sentiment is one I had stored from another project (I NEVER throw anything away unless it is TOTALLY trashed and useless!), and was from Gypsy Font, cut somewhere around 1-1.5" and welded using my Gypsy. The card itself is the Shift Key of the Card Feature of Damask Decor (<Damask24-s> on p. 44 of the handbook) cut at 4.29" out of turquoise cardstock. Then, I cut the Card Feature out of white cardstock at the same size for the overlay. I used my Gypsy, so I could lay the card and the overlay on one mat, but you could do this separately if are just using the cartridge and not the Gypsy. Just cut it at 4.25". After that, it's all over with but the gluing! :) I used my Xyron X adhesive for the "Thanks" and then used a Tombo Adhesive Runner for attaching the white overlay to the card. These are so simple to make, yet make a really elegant statement that says you spent either way too much time or money! ;) Only you will be the wiser!
Thank you for looking at my projects! I appreciate any and all feedback you guys and gals can give me. Also, My Cricut Craft Room is giving away some pretty SWEET Blog Candy to a random person, but only those who comment on ALL of the participating blogs will be entered to win!!! So comment away and GOOD LUCK!
Next up in the hop is Sam Pirkle of Scrapping with Pirkie
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