Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Exploring Cricut Daily Project: Card Box

Today for my Exploring Cricut project I decided to do a card box. For this project I used Storybook cartridge for the font, and Christmas cartridge for the snowflakes.

The box is 6x6

Measurements for the paper:

cardstock base: 5.75 x 4

pattern paper: 5.25 x 3.5

cardstock layer: 4.75 x 3.5, then rip off about a .25 to .5 in

border layer: 5.75 x 2.5

I cut the word cards at 2.5 inches with the base shadow.

The snowflakes were cut using the Christmas cartridge and I cut them at 2". I used 2 large snowflakes and one snowflake on each side and in the center of each snowflake I put a sparkle.

Materials used:

cardstock: topiary, holiday red, sweet leaf, white daisy, and colonial white (CTMH)

pattern paper: Believe (CTMH)

Embellishment: sparkles (CTMH)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Exploring Cricut Challenge: Turkey

For this weeks challenge we were asked to create a page, card, or paper project using a turkey. My turkey comes from Doodlecharms cartridge. The base image was cut using desert sand cardstock then layered the white and black (all CTMH). All images were cut using the Gypsy with a height of 2.65

I then cut the phrase "Give Thanks" from the Thanksgiving cartridge at a height of 1.5 with black cardstock.

The base is Honey cardstock and the pattern paper is from the Olivia line (all CTMH).

As a finishing touch I sponged cocoa ink around the drumstick so that it would pop.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

November Card Workshop

I recently had the November card workshop where we made 6 Christmas cards. I have to admit, Christmas is my all time favorite time of year. I love the smells, the sights, and the music. In the hustle and bustle of this season it's so easy to lose the true meaning of Christmas. So before everything starts going haywire, let me be the first to say Merry Christmas. I hope I don't offend anyone with the word Christmas, but that's what the season is truely about so I refuse to be politically correct with this holiday.

For the cards we used the Believe line of pattern paper and the Christmas Love (D1492) set.

This first card is my absolute favorite. I started with a white card base then layered on Topiary cardstock that I had dry embossed earlier, then holiday red cardstock that was prepunched with a Martha Stewart snowflake punch. a Piece of ribbon(not sure of the manufacturer) and a bow of the same ribbon. Chocolate and white cardstock were layered with one of the stamped sayings from the set and a topiary button to complete the card!

This card starts with a holiday red base, then add a scalloped square using the striped paper and a fancy square (both images were cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge). The Christmas tree image was stamped on using topiary ink and holiday red ink, some sparkles were added along with a white stamped Joy!

This card starts with a white base, then layers 4 strips of pattern paper. I aheared the ribbon to the chocolate piece before attatching it to the card. The oval was cut using George and Basic Shapes cartridge and a stocking was stamped on the oval and a gift on a canvas badge button.

For this card I started with a holiday red card base. layered the pattern paper, added a piece of jute, a couple pieces of ribbon and the banner pieces cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge.

This is probably my next favorite card for this month. It starts with a sky base, layer the pattern paper in 3 different sizes to resemble gifts, add a piece of ribbon and a rhinestone brad for a bow on top. This card is supper easy, but I love it!!
This card also starts with a white card base although you can't see the base. I cut about an inch off the outside edge before adding the cardstock. I put the chocolate cardstock flush to the folded edge then added the holiday red and topiary. I stamped the saying with vanilla creme ink and added a pretty gingham ribbon.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Exploring Cricut Daily Project: Happy Boo Day

This project was very simple to create. I started with a basic layout using Mischief pattern paper from Close to My Heart. One of my best friends little boy had a birthday in October so this was a page I intend to give her the next time we get together. It will either be for his birthday or for Halloween, she could use it for either.

Besides the Mischief pattern paper, I also used cardstock in black, red barn, sunset, and desert sand also from CTMH.

The title Happy Boo Day was cut using the Alphalicious cartridge and it was cut at 2 inches in Sunset.

After adding the title I then cut out the pumpkins from Stretch Your Imagination, also at 2 inches. I cut each image three times, 1 in sunset, 1 in sunny yellow blackout, and 1 in topiary also in blackout. I cut off what I didn't need and layered the rest. The yellow blackout was adhered to the back.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Advent Box

I decided to try something a little different this year. I added a special project to my workshop dates. My card group got together this past Friday to create Advent Boxes and I have to confess I thought they turned out super cute!!!

The box itself was super easy to create. We started with a white box and covered all sides with pattern paper from the Believe line (CTMH). For added dazzle we put pom pom ribbon and red sparkles on the front of the box. These were also from CTMH.

For the inside of the box (we had 24 cards to decorate). We covered each card with a 3x3 piece of pattern paper, added a 2x2 piece of cardstock (sky, holiday red, sweet leaf, or topiary). We cut 24 big circles and 24 smaller circles and stamped them with numbers 1-24. then before adding the circles to our cards we added a paper "ribbon" which came from the zip edge of the pattern paper. Then for the finishing touch each person added their own traditional advent projects for each day to the cards. Super cute!!!!
Monday, November 7, 2011

Exploring Cricut Challenge #3

The challenge over at Exploring Cricut this week is to use leaves and an acorn from any cartridge. They do need to be in Fall colors. For my project I used the leaves and acorn from the Art Philosophy cartridge.

The card base is 5.5 x 4.25
The blue leaves paper(CTMH) is 5.25 x 4
Chocolate cardstock (CTMH) 3.25 x 2.25
Colonial White cardstock (CTMH) 3 x 2
The 3 orange strips are .75 x 3
Embellishments: opaques, chocolate/colonial white grosgrain (CTMH)

The acorn was stamped with chocolate ink using the 2nd generation technique. The leaves have the awesome texture because of the way they were stamped. I inked the entire stamp with Sunflower ink (which is a yellow), then used a tissue to dab on some goldrush ink, to finish it off I used autumn terracota with another tissue to dab the ink just on the edges. This technique gives you a lot of bang for just a little bit of extra effort. Hope you enjoy my card! Don't forget to post your project to the Exploring Cricut blog. I always look forward to seeing everyone's ideas!!!
Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Exploring Cricut Project #2

This project was created for a special little girl who is truly a princess. She is my best friend's littlest angel and she will be turning one soon so this is a goodie bag for her.

All cuts are from the Once Upon a Princess cartridge which I thought was very appropriate.

The bag was cut at width 11.45 inches, height 6.41 inches (I used my gypsy to get it to that size. I'm sure you could do the same with "fit to page")

The handles are part of the same image as the bag so automatically cut to the correct size.

The crown was cut at width 3.64 and height 3.0 again using my gypsy to get this size.

materials used are

pattern paper: Sophia (CTMH)

cardstock: Blush and Pear (CTMH)