Tuesday, November 27, 2012

{ FCCB Holiday Card Challenge...}

A day late!!

I have had Rae Barthel's red and white Peace Christmas Card on my mind, since December of 2009, when it graced the cover of Paper Crafts Mag.  This darling Deer is the entire reason I bought the Cindy Loo Cartridge!

So, here's my version:

Although I love that many Cricut images have several layers, I wanted the Deer for this Card to be one layer.  There wasn't just one layer that made the entire Deer; so, I welded the three layers I needed in Design Studio.  This resulted in just one Cricut cut.

I also cut the letters from Cindy Loo, which as a full font.  This is a cute Cart that I have heard called 'a companion to Storybook' or 'Storybook 2'.

I added some flat back, red pearls for the eyes and a little bling on their backs!

Don't forget to join this week's fun at the FCCB!  The Challenge ends at midnight, December 2nd...don't be late like I was!


Monday, November 12, 2012

{ FCCB Challenge #137 - Pilgrim's Promise }

I have a new favorite, little Gift/Treat Bag made from an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock or patterned paper.  It's a marriage of a Scor-Pal project and a Cosmo Cricket video.

These types of Bags are so versatile.  In this case, I thought it would work well for the Bag to be dressed like a Pilgrim!  I wish the pic was a little better, but, none the less, I present my Pilgrim Treat Bag:

The Pilgrim hat is from A Child's Year and the collar is scalloped circle (cut in quarters) from CTMH Art Philosophy.  The hat is adhered to the front of the Bag using a Glue Dot.

To make the Bag, you align your cardstock at the top of the scoring tool; score at 2 1/2" and at 6".  Then, rotate the cardstock 1/4 of a turn (either way), score at 4 1/2" and 6 1/2".  Now, use your boning tool to crease all folds.

This is where the video comes in...even thought it's not the same Bag, it shows you the folding and gluing process.

I thought this would make the perfect contribution to the FCCB Pilgrim's Promise Challenge!  Head over to the FCCB and see what the other DT Members created for this week!

Have a great day!


Thursday, November 1, 2012

{ Got Fantabulous? }

I am so excited to announce that I have been chosen to be on the Design Team for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog!  The amazing Robin has stepped down as Coordinator of the FCCB and the equally amazing Janea has signed on!  Super congrats to both Robin and Janea!

FCCB has been challenging us to use our Cricuts for almost 5 years.  In addition to weekly challenges, the Blog offers tips/tricks, tutorials, and inspiration.

I am tickled to be a part of this group of designers and Cricut users!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

{ Hope Your Halloween's a Scream! }

It's time for my very favorite Holiday...Halloween!

I wanted to do something that definitely was not "cutesie"...but not terrifying either...behold:

I started with Authentique patterned paper from last year for the Envelope (and my inspiration), added a damask-embossed, black mat; then I embossed a cream-colored piece of paper using the CB Music embossing folder.  I inked that piece in Tim Holtz's Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink, which is extremely pretty but very bright.  So, I toned that down a bit with some of Tim Holtz's Tea Dye Distress Ink...and I loved the result!  The candelabra is a Tim Holtz die, which I cut using Grunge Paper.  I love how Grunge Paper cuts on the those dies...it's amazing!

At that point, the inking process began.  I inked the bottom portion of the candelabra in Black Soot Distress Ink and the top portion (including the flames) in Ripe Persimmon.  Then, I used Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint on only the candle portion.  Once that dried, I pressed Vintage Photo Distress Ink into the cracks created by the Crackle Paint. This process accentuates the cracks, making them more pronounced. On the base portion of the candelabra, I used Black Soot Distress Stickles on top of the Black Soot Ink. Then, I covered the flames in Mustard Seed Distress Stickles.  It's a bit hard to see, even in the closeup, but the different portions each have a different texture.

I scalloped a "scrap" from the Envelope, added a spooky spider and a cream-colored bow...and that's it!