Monday, March 25, 2013

{ FCCB #154 - Easter }

I said hip hop
the hippie, the hippie
to the hip hip 


Due to my Pinterest addiction, I have been seeing more and more "Punch Art" lately.  So, when I wanted to make an Easter Card, rather than looking to a specific Cricut cart with a bunny on it, I looked at ways to create a bunny from different shapes. There are more ways to fashion a bunny than you can imagine; but, to me, there is nothing cuter than a bunny butt!

I used Cricut Accent Essentials for all my shapes.  The stump is Tim Holtz' Wood grain embossing folder on kraft Cardstock, which I inked in Tea Dye (using a Blending Tool) and then inked in Vintage Photo, by applying the ink to the raised parts directly from the ink pad.  I trimmed the top portion of the embossed piece at an angle and then rounded the corners in order to make it look more stump-ish.

I lightly inked around all of the shapes as well as the Card itself using Tim Holtz' Brushed Corduroy ink.  The grass background is Tim Holtz' Mowed Lawn ink, applied directly to the Card; and the grass clumps are green Cardstock that I trimmed with my scissors.

The base of his tail, which you cannot see, is a scalloped circle; and it's topped with about 1/3 of a cotton ball.

The patterned paper that served as the canvas for my bunny creation is from Pebbles.

Be sure to take a look at all of the other DT Easter Projects for FCCB #154 and try one of your own!

Happy Easter Every Bunny!

Monday, March 11, 2013

{ FCCB #152 - Luck O' the Irish! }

Kiss Me, I'm Pretending to be Irish!

I thought this fairly simple Card was so appropriate for this week's FCCB Challenge to make a St. Patrick's Day Card.

Those fabulous lips, which are cut on green glitter paper, are from the Indie Art Cricut cart.  The Card is really prettier in real life...but you get the idea!

Go check out what the rest of the DT has prepared this week and you'll be inspired to make a fantabulous St. Patty's Day Card too!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 4, 2013

{ FCCB Challenge #147 - Queen of Hearts }

Train Cases are all the rage. People are painting them and altering them; using them for displays, storage, furniture, and, even pet beds.

Several months ago, on Pinterest, I started collecting ideas for altering Train Cases to store crafting supplies.  Then, I started collecting Train Cases.  Sigh.

I was so excited to begin the process on the first one, that I didn't take a "before" picture.  This is a Samsonite Train Case or Cosmetic Case.  The trim is leather...I am not sure what the remaining material is.  I decided to use a Sewing Theme, but because I loved the look of the Case so much, I didn't want to completely cover it.

Basic Grey's "Lucille" line provides the inspiration as well as the many of the goodies that I Mod Podge'd to the Case, which I have been working on for weeks.  It's been so fun to choose things to go on it!

The yellow measuring tape is Vintage and a donated from my *Bestie*!

I wanted to add some baubles and I chose some keys, a pin, and a token from Tim Holtz as well as a trinket bead from Maya Road (it's on the far right on the picture below, but it's hard to see in the pic).

I stained some seam binding using Tim Holtz' stains in Tea Dye, Antique Linen, Spun Sugar, and Broken China and I also inked some Creative Impressions Antique Ruler Twill Tape with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

So, after all my altering, I needed a finishing touch.  Something travel-related, perhaps? Yes.  Definitely.

A Luggage Tag! Yes, very own Luggage Tag for my Train Case,  I used the Fabulous Finds cart for the heart-shaped luggage tag.  I stained it in Brushed Corduroy, then embossed it to look like's a bit hard to see in the pic, but it looks pretty good!

I could have put my name on the Luggage Tag, but I had these darling stamps from Bekka Feeken's Amazing Paper Graces October 2012 Monthly Kit.  Isn't it perfect with the theme of the Case?

I am really pleased with the finished product.  I have decided that the Case will be the new house for my Cuttlebug.  I ripped out the inside as it was moldy....but, I have not completed the transformation.  So, that will be for another post. And, I can promise this will not be my last Train Case project!

Why don't you check out this week's FCCB for DT inspiration and projects featuring a heart...maybe you'll even join the challenge!!


Saturday, January 19, 2013

{ FCCB Challenge #144 - It's a Man's World }

It's a fact. We all struggle with Masculine Cards or, as I call them, "Man Cards".  I don't know why we it because we can't use pink, or glitter, or bling, or 2"-wide, polka dot ribbon?


My Aunt saw this Card on Pinterest.  Very pretty...a different idea for an Anniversary Card.  I told her I that I could make it for her Anniversary...easily.  Ha.

After hours of pondering, trying ideas, cutting, inking and gathering every Tim Holtz doodad I could find, it was complete:

I used Cricut Winter Woodland and Plantin Schoolbook carts for the most of the letters, the numbers and the hearts.  The "I" and the "You" are Grungeboard.  I inked and stained everything, using Tim Holtz' Distress Products.

The Tim Holtz Trinket Pin has the number 17 on it; that's the day of my Aunt & Uncle's Anniversary.

I inked, misted (with water) and "crinkled" the ribbon until it was extremely tattered.  I loved the effect!!!

I know the FCCB "It's a Man's World Challenge" is almost over, but go check out everyone's project.  We all need inspiration for Man Cards!!

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!!