Thursday, February 25, 2010

{ April Showers Bring May Flowers }

I wanted make a Card using the Card Feature on the Paisley cart. I searched both the Cricut Cards and the Paisley threads on the Cricut MB for posts using the Paisley Card Feature...nada.

So, here is what I did:

I found what looked like an Envelope cut on the cart. Using leftovers of my Pink Paislee 'Cupid' pp, I cut the Envelope using 'Fit To Page' on my Expression and it calculated 4.5 inches. See the back of the completed Envelope below:

Then, I then cut the Card at 4.5 inches as well (in red Bazzill Smoothie). Next, I cut a rectangle in the darling pink gingham pp and carefully glued it to the back of the front of the Card. The pink gingham has flowers on the back, so it looks nice on the inside as pictured below...and it ties in with my Sentiment:

Then, I cut the Paisley umbrella both in the striped pp and brown Bazzill at 3.5 inches. The shadow of the umbrella was SO big that it took over the whole card, so, I opted to just offset the brown umbrella (in the same size) underneath the striped one and adhered it to the Card with 3-D dots. To accent the rain boot, I cut a tiny ladybug at 1 inch in pale green and added some doodling and a button to her. I stapled some blue rick rack to the top of the boot as well. More doodling.

The Card is kind of a tri-fold with a slot in the back. I punched a 1 1/8 inch circle in the pink gingham and adhered it to the back "closure". You can see the back of the completed Card below:

Yes, I had some sort of Cricut mishap on that back piece, but I am pretending its not there!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

{ You Rock } and { U Rock }

Yes, I have done TWO cards using the same patterned paper. I can't help it! What's not to like about Pink/Black, Leopard and Sexy Guitars???

See what I mean? This Moxxie 'Jammin' paper...well...Rocks:

I featured the Leopard side on this first card and used a Sentiment from the Jubilee cart. I have had my eye on that Sentiment since I got the was perfect here!

For the second card, I broke out my Hannah Montana cart, which I purchased solely for the Guitar cuts:

The "U" and the bracket are also from Hannah Montana. I think they are pretty cute! I carried my sentiment through to the inside of the card, using the "Rock" from HM as well. Now, this, I LOVE:

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

{ Moxie Fab! }

If you don't "know" Cath Edvalson of Paper Crafts Magazine, you are missing out! She has a truly delightful blog called Moxie Fab World, where she features new products, issues challenges, and inspires us, all with amazing wit and flair. I highly recommend checking her out!

Having gotten that out of the way, I was inspired by Cath's 'Taintor-tude Challenge'. She reminded us about Anne Taintor (I didn't know the name, but I have sticky notes that say "Medicated and Motivated", which, are in fact, created by her), the genius behind the witty and sassy quotes paired with 1950-ish pics of women.

You can see what I mean here:

I just knew that Graphic 45's 'Domestic Goddess' patterned paper would work perfectly for this challenge. I did some heavy distressing and came up with my sarcastic sentiment...and that was it! I didn't even use the Cricut...or Pink...or Bling!

Go check out the Challenge winners...and be ready to laugh!!!

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Friday, February 19, 2010

{ Hello Thursday! }

I am going to send you to Capadia Designs ==>Blog<==, where Diane has the posted the following information:
  • New Cartridges that Cricut announced yesterday (including pics!)
  • Retiring Solutions Cartridges
  • Links for Blogs where Joy, Melanie, Tammy and Robyn have created projects using the new cartridges
Happy Friday and Happy Cricuting!


Monday, February 15, 2010

{ Kiss Me } and { SMACK }

I have two Cards today and I decided to put them in one post because they both involve... (gasp!)... Kissing!

The first uses the luscious lips from the Indie Art cart. I loved these lips from the first moment I saw them.

I cut the top layers from red, mirrored paper and used 3-D dots to attach them to the bottom layer, which is a red Bazzill Smoothie. I also cut the 'Smack' from the red Smoothie. I wanted to keep the design of the Card simple, sexy and striking, so I just added some red Bling (which you can't actually see in the picture) to the 'Smack'. The coordinating envelope (pictured behind the card) is made from papers in the Basic Grey 'Sugar Rush' line.

The second card uses the frog on the Sweethearts cart. I adore this cut...its so cute.

Nikki Sivils' 'U R My Favorite' line, with its frogs , crowns and bright colors, was my inspiration for this card. I used the frog and crown cuts from Sweethearts and a scallop border from Plantin Schoolbook. The yellow mat is embossed with the Cuttlebug Argyle folder. The Sentiment, Kiss Me, which is also from Sweethearts, goes on the inside. The envelope says: 'Kiss the Frog and find your Prince'.

Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

{ Wanna Neck? }

I saw this Sentiment first, and I created the Card around it.

"Ok, think Giraffe, what do Giraffes look like?"
"What if I made a polka dot Giraffe?"
"What if it was PINK polka dots?"

Then, I got the Paisley Cricut cartridge, which, indeed includes a Giraffe! The Giraffe on this cart has a lot of cute cutting options, though. "Hmmm, what should I do?" I elected not to use any of them on this card due to my long, detailed thought process (see above). lol

Again, I utilized a Sketch for this card. This is Card Positioning Systems (CPS) Sketch #125:

Now, here's MY take on the Sketch, with fabulous coordinating envelope pictured behind:

The pp is from October Afternoon's 'Ducks in a Row' line, and, yes, its baby paper. Once the card was completed, I thought it did look like a baby card, so I gave the Girls in my class a couple of Sentiment options: 'Wanna Neck?' or 'Welcome Little One'.

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Friday, February 5, 2010

{ I Only Have EYE For You }

I saw a Valentine's Card with an Alien on it...he had several eyes and his Sentiment was: "I only have Eyes for You". I loved the pun and thought I could perhaps do something similar with a Monster from Paper Doll Dress Up (PDDU). I tried multiple eyes but decided to use just one. My Friends thought the Sentiment was silly, but I thought it was funny!

The fabulous pp is Pink Paislee, the Monster is from PDDU and the cute heart-shaped balloon is from Sweethearts. I could not decide whether to do a nose, a mouth, or both. I finally settled on white flat-backed pearls for a smile...they look a bit like teeth, which is humorous!

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

{ A New Year and New Month }

Well, this is embarrassing. I have Christmas cards to post. So, I am gonna just bite the bullet and post them!

Christmas cards a difficult for me and I am not sure why. I think its because I am usually inspired to make 'Girly' cards and something of that nature may or may not work for a Christmas greeting. So, this year, I looked for inspiration on the Cricut MB and in card sketches.

This first card I shamelessly scraplifted from wdwgrandma on the Cricut MB. You can see her card HERE. Sadly, I had given JOTS back to my Friend, so I did not have a Star of Bethlehem. So, I used two stars from Plantin School Book, I think. Not the same effect, but one does what one must!

The little lambs are from Paper Doll Dress Up. My card base is Bazzill Kraft, which I used for the envelope as well. I wanted the focus to be the message.

The second card is my take on a sketch from last Fall at Clean & Simple. I was really pleased with the way this one turned out:

The little 'polka dot tree' is from Wild Card and is a nice accent!

I'd like to thank Bryan and his Mom, Judy, for being so complimentary about these cards, having received them in JANUARY!