Sunday, August 28, 2011

My Cricut Craft Room's Card Creating Sundays

Making cards is fun!  And, much simpler (to me) than entire scrapbook page layouts.  Apparently, I am not the only one, as Erica has now had to add this, a SECOND Card Creating Day because it has become the most popular day among the Design Team. :)

If you came from My Cricut Craft Room, you're in the right spot. If you just happened across my blog, be sure to go and visit My Cricut Craft Room because Erica has a sneak peak at ALL of the wonderfully fabulous cards that were made for today.

Here's my card for today:

First, I love this card because I LOVE monkeys!!!  And frogs, but that's another story. Secondly, I love it because I just LOVE these tri-shutter cards Kat turned me on to.  You can make the cutest little card without having to figure out some lengthy sentiment to put in it. :)

Directions on the tri-shutter card can be found here.  I used a base of brown cardstock and layered in using the polka dot sheet from a cardstock pack I found at Big Lots (Precious Petals Assorted Openstock Paper Pack - Little Safari), some plain turquoise cardstock from my stash (which was embossed with Circles and Spots on the Cuttlebug), and the green is from an adhesive 4.5x6.5 paper stack I bought at Hobby Lobby.  The vines on the green strips are from a stamp set I won from Erica (thanks!) and used chocolate brown Martha Stewart ink.

The little monkeys I did using Create A Critter, using black, cream/tan and brown cardstock from my stash. They are cut at 3".  The monkey on front is FUZZY!!!  Acutally FUZZY!!! Eek! I just love it!!!  I used my Zig 2-way glue pen, applied it liberally on the brown layer and covered it with flocking just like you do with glitter.  After drying (I left mine for a full day before I checked it just to make sure the glue had dried well) you can shake off any excess flocking to reveal your fuzzy monkey. (I should note here that you should do the flocking BEFORE adding that layer to the monkey - keeps you from having to be SOOO careful with where you apply the glue.) The "SMILE" sentiment also came from Create A Critter and is cut at 1.35" (I use my Gypsy for everything) using the same plain turquoise cardstock from my stash as the other squares (though I did NOT emboss the "SMILE").  I attached the SMILE and the fuzzy monkey on front using foam strips I also won from Erica. (I highly recomment these as opposed to the dots you can get simply because you can cut them to whatever size you need and they are skinny enough for things like these little monkeys' arms and legs.)

That's it!! I hope you have enjoyed my fun little monkey card that I plan to send to Erica for her St. Jude Project Sunshine and Smiles and come back to see me next week for some more fun!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Would You Ever Guess Wednesday

Yay!! It's time for "Would You Ever Guess Wednesdays" over at My Cricut Craft Room!!!  What the heck is a "Would You Ever Guess Wednesday," you ask??? Well, I'm GLAD you asked!!  This is when we, the Design Team, get to take a closer look at our Cricut Cartridges and find features on them to use in our designs; features that DO NOT include the base keys or shadow/blackouts.  We can also use Cricut Cake cartridges for paper or other crafts (would you have guessed that?!?!)  It's Erica's way of getting us (and you) to delve deeper into what our (your) cartridges can do for us (you) and our (your) crafting! (:  After you've checked out my projects, be sure to go back over to My Cricut Craft Room to see what all the DT has in store for you!

My first project is a cute little invitation I created using Elegant Edges (p. 28, Book feature of <Flower1> and <Flower1-s>).

For this cute little card/invite I used the above keys on my Elegant Edges cartridge, cut at 4.18" H.  I used my Gypsy to flip the <Flower1> Book Feature and then slid it to the <Flower1-s> Book Feature and welded the two together for the pink layer (just pink cardstock from my stash).  For the purple layer, I used the <Flower1-s> for both sides (again, just cardstock from my stash), flipped one and welded it to the other to form the card shape.  Then, just glue the two layers together with your favorite adhesive, score and fold, and stamp with your desired message.  Easy peasy, nice and breezy! I made mine into a baby shower invite using some stamps from my stash (Recollections stamps found in the Michael's clearance bins). The inside is printed via my computer and just cut out of white paper so that it shows up on the dark purple. These would also be good for a little girl's birthday party or just some girly-girl stationery.  The colors could also be changed to work for other themes as well.

For my next project I used..........YUP!!!! You guessed it: DAMASK DECOR!!! My new favorite cartridge!!

Prior to stamping

After stamping

For these lovely cards, I used the Card Feature of the <Btrfly> and <Btrfly-s> keys on p. 66 of the Damask Decor handbook.  I just cut the <Btrfly-s> Card Feature out of light purple cardstock, from my stash, at 3.03" (I used my Gypsy, for going with just the Cricut and the Cart, just use 3").  Then, I cut the <Btrfly> Card Feature at 3.03" out of both white and light pink cardstock since I wanted to make a couple of different cards.  The "lacy" butterfly layers easily over the card silhouette and you have a cute and simple card in a matter of two minutes, literally!  I just stamped sentiments from my stamp stash and VOILA! Done.  (If I were a bit more talented, I sure would like to "bling" these up a little more with some embossing powders, but......maybe soon I will have time to try it more in-depth and make something totally "wow" worthy!) those are my projects using only Feature Keys on my Cricut Cartridges.....Would you have ever guessed you could use the Book Feature to make a card? Or that there would be butterflies on Damask Decor??  Well, now you know, so......Happy Crafting!!!!!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

My Cricut Craft Room's Card and Invitation Blog Hop

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 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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Friday, August 12, 2011

My Cricut Craft Room's Festive Fridays

Hi, everybody, and welcome to Festive Fridays!!! What is Festive Fridays, you ask?? Well, every Friday, some designers from My Cricut Craft Room make some wonderful projects with HOLIDAYS in mind!!! Our favorite is Christmas, and I think that's what Erica had in mind, but we sometimes branch out and do other holidays as well. :)

If you came from My Cricut Craft Room, you are in the right spot.  If not, go back there and see all of the wonderful projects the Design Team has for you!

I decided to do Thanksgiving this week and create some cute little placecards for the Thanksgiving table (I didn't put any names on these yet)....These could also be modified to just have Bible verses or "thankful thoughts" on them so you can set them out anywhere for the holiday. :)

Both Placecards

"Indian Turkey" Placecard

"Pilgrim Turkey" Placecard

To begin with, I used my Gypsy and picked the shape for my card and its inset.  I used the Elegant Edges cart (button #5) and set it at 4" x 2". I then duplicated it and flipped it to combine with the first one and welded it to make the foldable card (for which I used plain brown cardstock).  To the side, I duplicated the shape and decreased the size to 3.45" x 1.73" to make the  inset (plain cream cardstock).  I wanted the inset card to look a little more aged, so I used Tim Holtz distress ink (Vintage Photo color) around the edges.  Then I mounted the cream insets on the brown cards.  For the turkeys, I used Create a Critter (key #47 - ALL its layers) and cut the layers at 1" two times (2 turkeys). I used dark brown cardstock for the background image, light brown cardstock for Layer 1, orange cardstock for Layer 2, red cardstock for Layer 3. I hid the hat to cut the turkeys but then cut again, hiding the turkey and using the hat - black cardstock.  Then, I used  Paper Doll Dress Up to make the Indian Headband and feathers - using the light brown cardstock for the headband and red and orange for the feathers (these cuts were made at 0.87").  After assembling the turkeys, I attached them to their cards with my Zig 2-way glue pen. (I almost always use my Zig for anything that requires layers - it works the best!)

I hope you have enjoyed my cute little placecards; feel free to scraplift if you like them as well as I do!  Don't forget to check out My Cricut Craft Room for all of our Festive Friday fun!!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

My Cricut Craft Room's 100 Cartridge Blog Hop

Hello! And welcome to My Cricut Craft Room's monthly 100 Cartridge Blog Hop!  You should have come from the wonderful and talented Connie; if not, please go to My Cricut Craft Room to begin at the beginning so you don't miss a single wonderful project!  If so, you're in the right place; please have a look at the cards I made for today using Damask Decor and Gypsy Font, leave a comment (I LOVE feedback!), become a follower if you like and enjoy the rest of the hop!

First, I made this cute little notecard using Damask Decor and my favorite color combination: blue and turquoise. These can be made with any colors to match anyone's personality and tastes!

For this card, I started by cutting a piece of turquoise (or light blue) cardstock from my stash into a standard A2 size card (4.25" x 5.5").  Then, I cut out the image of the very first key on the Damask Decor cartridge (<Damask1> on p. 21 of the handbook) at 3" on brown cardstock from my stash.  This is actually upside down from the image in the book and on the key, but I liked it better this looks more like a flower now. :) I was using my Gypsy, so I also cut the little corner pieces at the same time, but they are also from Damask Decor.  They are <Damask6> on p. 26 of the handbook and I cut them at 1" using the same brown cardstock. I kept this pretty basic because I am a simple kind of a person, but these little fleur pieces of this cart can be cut and layered in so many ways, you can get REALLY elaborate if you so choose.

My next project is also from Damask Decor, but I had to throw a little Gypsy Font into the mix as well...

I have to admit, I have never really looked at the handbooks to the carts until I met Erica. Now, I'm constantly looking at them, mainly for recipe cards, and am finding all sorts of inspiration!  This project is actually from the handbook (p. 9-10) with a little modification.  As you can see, colors can be modified to fit any theme/decor.  Since my cousin is getting married in October, I thought I would play around with making a notecard for her to use with her new "B" initial, and so I used the colors from her wedding - turquoise and orange.  ALL of the cuts here use <Damask13> from p. 33 of the handbook, with the exception of the "B" which came from the Gypsy Font cartridge.  First, I cut the envelope at 4" out of textured white cardstock from my stash, folded and assembled it according to the score marks.  Then, I cut the card base using the Shift Key of the Card Feature Key, also at 4", out of bright turquoise cardstock from my stash.  Next, using white textured cardstock, I cut the outer layer of the card at 4" using the Card Feature Key.  I layered the white on top of the turquoise and added an orange ribbon.  Finally, I cut the "B" using my Gypsy Font cartridge off of my Gypsy at somewhere close to 1.25" (my apologies for this not being exact....I had to play around a little with it and cut a few out at various sizes, measures almost 1.25" high with the ruler right now) out of orange cardstock from my stash.  I used the Monogram Feature Key for the flourished B.  Then, I added the monogram to the flap of the envelope and VOILA! She is finished!

Thank you for looking, and I hope you like what you see!  Leave me a comment about these, or any of my projects; I LOVE feedback almost as much as I LOVE my followers!

Next, you should go to the witty and crafty Amanda Hernandez' Blog.

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Happy Crafting!!!