Friday, October 21, 2011

My Cricut Craft Room's Festive Friday

Welcome to Festive Friday!!!!!  Cricut Craft Room has all sorts of fabulous holiday fun going on today!! Don't forget to go over there and see it all!!!

I chose to do Halloween today, as it is coming up and I needed to make something for my son's class, so this is what I came up with:

For this cute little treat bag, I just used some small treat bags I found at Hobby Lobby and some basic black, orange and white cardstock from my stash.  The ribbon is also from Hobby Lobby.  For the topper itself, I cut a 4"x 4.5" rectangle using my Plantin Schoolbook cartridge and black cardstock.  Then, I scored it halfway along the 4.5" side and folded it; after that, I cut a small rectangle out of the middle (two slits) to fold backward to form a pencil holder.  Then, I wrapped the ribbon around the bottom of it and attached it using glue dots.  For the decoration, I cut a 2.25" scallop circle from  Accent Essentials out of white cardstock (the Shift key of accent31) and a 2.75" out of orange.  On the white, I stamped a candy corn from some stamps in my stash and colored it with some Copic markers I won from Erica (thank you, Erica!!)  Then I stamped the "Trick or Treat" from another stamp stash over the coloring.  After that, I mounted the white scallop on the orange with some foam strips and then mounted the whole thing on the black with more foam strips.  Then, I stapled the whole thing to the treat bag.  Note:  staple the black rectangle part BEFORE attaching the decoration in the middle.....would just be easier. :)

This is a very simple Halloween project, but I tried something new - coloring with my Copics - so I'm happy with myself.  And, I think the kids will love this as well: they get candy AND a pencil and erasers. :)

I hope you've enjoyed my project and, again, don't forget to go by My Cricut Craft Room to see all the Festive Friday projects the Design Team has going on!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

My Cricut Craft Room's 100 Cartridge Blog Hop, Day 2

Welcome to My Cricut Craft Room's monthly 100+ Cartridge Blog Hop!  You should have arrived from Rosa's blog.  If you just happened across my blog, please go to My Cricut Craft Room to begin at the beginning. 

My first project for today is an Angry Birds card!!  I was soooo excited to find some instructions on how to make an Angry Bird! :)  But, the instructions I had are for using Stampin' Up's punches (which are $16.95 each and out of my price range right now), so I figured out a way to make it with my Cricut and Plantin Schoolbook cartridge. Here's what my Gypsy screen looked like:

And my mat (I wanted to show you that I really DO use scraps to make these little pieces - see the red??):

All of this was to make the Red Bird:

Using Plantin Schoolbook, I made circles:  two at 1.5" and one at 1.25".  I overlapped the 1.25" one on one of the larger circles to get the tummy cut-out of the bird.  I cut the solid 1.5" circle out of gray cardstock and the overlapped ones out of red.  Then, I picked the rectangle and set my sizes to 0.25" wide and 1" or 2" long.  These were cut out of black and red cardstock, as they were to serve as eyebrows and feathers.  Truth be told, I just trimmed them to the length I needed after the fact and I also had to trim them width-wise, too, as the 0.25" width as too wide, but I was afraid to try to cut it any thinner on the Cricut.  The beak was a square cut at 0.41" out of gold cardstock and I just drew the diagonal in with a black gel pen.  Then, the eyes.  I cut two circles out of white cardstock at 0.38" and two black circles at 0.25".  Piecing him together is a matter of you just looking at a picture and making him look as mad as you want... :)

Now, on to the rest of the card:  the pig and the grass.  Here's my Gypsy screen from that:

I just used the grass that comes on Plantin Schoolbook and cut it to fit the length of a 5"x6.5" card and out of kelly green cardstock.  For the pig, I used another 1.5" circle and attached two little 0.25" ovals for ears and welded them together; this I cut out of lime green cardstock.  Then I made another oval that was 0.74" high out of lighter green cardstock for the snout.  The eyes are 0.25" white circles with black dots drawn in.  (I also drew in the nostrils on the snout and the mouth with a gel pen.) I pieced together the pig and then made the cardfront: I popped the grass up on 3-D foam strips and "hid" the pig behind it.  Then, I attached the Red Bird to one of my homemade wobbles and placed him up in the sky.  For the sky,  I just dabbed Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass around a scrap scallop circle I had to make a cloud effect (got this from the Stampin' Up lady's video, so don't go thinking I went all genius or anything :D ).

For the sentiment on the inside, I used Everyday Pop-Up Cards.  I cut the Pop-up of the "Good Luck" out of the lighter green cardstock and folded it along the scores to attach to the inside.  Truthfully, I think I did something wrong, because it doesn't look like what I pictured it doing, works, so I can't ask for more than that. :)  Here is the finished project:

Is this not the cutest thing for the Angry Birds fans in your life?!?!

Now for my second project:  a card made for a friend that needs a "lift".....I used Inspired Heart cartridge to make this card:

I first found the cross shape that I wanted, then I took its "background" image and placed two of them on the mat (on my Gypsy). I flipped one of the background images, then lined them up and welded them together to make the card.  They are cut at 6.89" high.  Then, I cut the card out of plain white cardstock.  Next, I cut out the cross image at the same height, using some purple metallic cardstock I had from Target (I believe it's Wausau Paper).  I traced the cross pattern on the white card and then colored in the "windows" like stained glass using Sharpies.  Then I layered on the cross and made my stained glass window front.  For the inside, I copied a Bible verse:
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."
Psalm 119:105
I printed the verse on plain white paper and then used the template left behind of the card to "stage" where to place the paper for cutting.  When I cut it out (as the card again), I glued it inside the card.  I will put a hand-written sentiment on the other side.
I hope you have enjoyed my projects today; my sincere apologies for the crazy timing of my posts.....Now, on with the Blog Hop!!!
Your next stop is Lisa Newton-Orensky

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