Wednesday, September 14, 2011

My Cricut Craft Room's Would You Ever Guess Wednesday

It's Wednesday, and you know what that means!!!! It's Would You Ever Guess Wednesday over at My Cricut Craft Room!!!! If you came here from there, you are in the right place! If you just happened upon my blog, then please be sure to visit My Cricut Craft Room to see all of the wonderful creations Erica's Design Team made for today!

What exactly IS Would You Ever Guess Wednesday? Well, it is a day in which we, the Design Team, make a project using only the feature keys of our cartridges, or make a paper creation with a Cricut Cake cartridge.  We would just like for you to take a second look at all those wonderful Cricut cartridges and see what ELSE they can do for you and your paper crafting!

Now, on to my project for today.  It is very simple, as is most of what I do, just because I am a time-crunched single mom to an 8-year-old little boy and haven't had a whole lot of time lately to learn some of the "better" techniques.  I am determined to learn some, though! :) 

If you have been to my blog before, you know my cousin is getting married soon.  Well, she and her fiancee and her daughter have found a new house and I wanted to make them a "congrats on the new house card", this is what I came up with:

I created this little card using.......Would you EVER guess: Create A Critter!!! Yes, Create A Critter! This is a cute little house that can be found using the Accessories button!  I believe it's supposed to be a birdhouse or doghouse, but it makes a cute "Congrats" card as well!  To find this cute little house, it is the second key from the left on the bottom row of your keyboard.  The "critter" is a bird, and the "Accessory" is the house. The Shift Key (while still in Accessory mode) will get you the heart and roof.

When I first started this project, I wanted to turn this little house into a shape card, so I put two houses, at 4.06", on my Gypsy, flipped one and welded them together at the point of the roof.  In reality, it was a VERY flimsy card when it came out.  So, I just glued the "card" shut to make a more stiff front, and then cut out a second "card" to glue together to make a stiff back. :)  I scored the back house about 1-1.5" from the point of the roof so as to provide a way for the card to open and just glued the back to the front using the top 1-1.5" of the roof (the little triangle there).  The house itself was just beige plain cardstock from my stash. For the roof, I used brown cardstock and ran it through my Cuttlebug with the Argyle folder to look like some roofing tiles.  The heart was just plain hot pink cardstock.  All of these were cut at the same size as the house, 4.06". I just used a "Congrats!" stamp from my stash and Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Vintage Photo) for the sentiment on the front.  The inside is just hand-written with a brown Sharpie. When cutting the roof and the heart, though, they come together on the button, so you may wonder how I got them to be two different colors without wasting a whole lot of paper....

Here's how:

I use my Gypsy for just about EVERYTHING and this is why.  You can see on the left how I welded the two houses together.  Then, for the roof and the heart, I put that button on my mat twice, and used the Hide Feature to hide the heart on the top and the roof on the bottom (you can see how the "hidden" parts are a lighter gray on the screen).  That way, I can use smaller pieces of cardstock (scraps even!) and get all of my cuts at one time, rather than feeding through a sheet at a time for several cuts, and getting things like brown hearts and pink roofs. :)  I DO have access to Cricut CraftRoom (CCR) now, but my computer and my Cricut are never in the same vicinity, so even if I use CCR, I still transfer it to my Gypsy for the final cutting.

OK, so that's it for the cute little Congrats card I made for my cousin; it is very simple, but I hope you like it nonetheless!  I sure enjoyed my "time out" while making it!  Be sure to stop by again soon to see what else I have created!  Also, don't forget to go over to My Cricut Craft Room to see what all else the DT is up to these days!  Erica has also gotten her webstore up and running, so you can go see what wonderful deals she has on Cricut cartridges and accessories as well as some wonderful products and papers from Imaginesce, BoBunny and more!!

Catch you later!!!!


Tanya said...

Sweet card! Very clever the way you put this together! The embossing looks great and I know your cousin will love this.

Suzys Crafts said...

I still don't have this cart and everytime I see it, I want to kick myself! lol. Great project Autumn!