Thursday, March 29, 2012

Hoppy Easter

I decided today that I needed to make another Easter card or two.  I pulled out the remainder of the pink polka dot that I used in the Bunny Flourish card I posted a couple of days ago. 
Then I decided to use the Bunny on page 26 of the Create A Critter cartridge.
Then I realized that since I was making a card with a bunny, I should put it on an Action Wobble so I could enter it in the Wobble Wednesday's Challenge.  So I did!

I cut the base scallop in white shimmer cardstock from PaperTrey Ink at 5.5".  The scallop is on page 33 of the Art Philosopy cartridge.  I cut the solid pink layer @ 5" using the Cricut Essentials cartridge that came pre-loaded on my Expression 2 and is located on page 26 of the handbook.  I used the same cut for the pink polka dot layer cutting it at 4.75".
I cut my bunny and all his layers at 3.5" and his top layer is cut from S.E.I. velvet, so he is a furry bunny (a velveteen rabbit, if you will)! I wanted to add a background element since I was putting him on a wobble and I cut the white shimmer layer he is stuck to from Cricut Essentials on page 27 Label 2.  I cut it at 2.75" and turned it 90 degrees on it side.  I adhered the pink ribbon and bow then added the "Label" element to the center and stuck my bunny on his Action wobble in the center.
The "Hoppy Easter" greeting I printed out on my computer and punched it out with my Stampin' Up Modern label punch and glued it to cardstock. It is popped up on foam tape.
Then I added some Recollections pearls to the corners.

My bunny dancing on his wobble!


For Valentine's Day, I made a ladybug on an Action Wobble card for my Granddaughter Katy (see it here  My daughter-in-law told me this weekend that she hung it on a bulletin board over Katy's changing table.  She said that Katy's new favorite game is to give it a kick and watch it wobble while she is getting a diaper change. Isn't that just precious!!!

Like I mentioned previously, I am going to post it on the Wobble Wednesday's Challenge Blog -

And now, onto the next challenge! Challenge #3 is....
All about BUNNIES
You can make a card, a party favor etc.. but it must include an Action Wobble and a bunny. Feel free to use stamps, die cuts, Cricut cuts, whatever.

And also this challenge
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday -
#104 - Out Like a Lamb -Make a project with a gentle animal, lamb, puppy, kitten etc.
If you haven't tried Action Wobbles, you should! They are a quick way to add fun to your projects!

Thanks for coming by and y'all come back again soon,

Cindy :)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Shake Your Tailfeather

I thought this card would be good for encouragement or congratulations. 
I used Create A Critter and cut the cute little birdie on page 45 the shift image.  I cut the birdie and all his parts at 3.25".  I inked him and put him on an Action Wobble.
I printed the phrase out on my computer and popped it up.
The card shape, layer (square 5)  and the frame (decorative layer) are from Art Philosophy page 63 and cut at 5.5".

This is my little birdie shaking his tailfeather!

I made this card for the following challenges:

Cricut Cardz Challenge-  Challenge #105: “You’ve Been Framed!" Make a card for any occasion using a frame from any cartridge and using any colors you’d like.
Cooking With Cricut Challenge -

I had also wanted to put in the  Wobble Wednesdays Challenge but when I went to post it, I realized I had looked at challenge #1 and this week they are on challenge #3 which included a bunny!  Oh well, maybe next week!

Thanks for coming by and y'all come back again soon,

Cindy :)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bunny Flourish

I made this card for a couple of challenges.  This is a 4.5 X 5.5 card.  The bunny is from Kate's ABCs on page 34 the Phrase Shift image cut at 2.5" Real Dial Size.  The ovals are from the Art Philosophy cart page 42 cut at 1.75 and 2 inches.  The squares were cut out with a Paper Studio punch and measure 1 9/16".  The flourish is from the Cindy Loo Cartridge from page 40.  I cut 2 of them at 2" and trimmed the bottom of one and put them together to make it as tall as I wanted.  (My laptop was downstairs and I was too lazy to go get it and do it on Cricut Craftroom, so I did it the old fashioned way!).  I added 3 pink flowers and 3 pink pearls to finish it.

I am posting this card for the following challenges:

Critter Sketch Challenge
Sketch Challenge #108

(Thank you Colleen for another fabulous sketch)

#104 - Out Like a Lamb
Make a project with a gentle animal, lamb, puppy, kitten etc.
Cindy Loo - Flourish
 I have chosen any of the flourishes from the Cindy Loo cartridge. I love flourishes they are so versatile and always give such an elegant touch to a project . Don't worry if you don't own Cindy Loo you can use a flourish from any cart and so many have the most beautiful flourishes to choose from, so join us in our challenge this week as we would love to see your fabulous creations!
I enjoyed combining these 3 challenges and am happy with the way this card turned out.
Thanks for coming by and y'all come back again soon,
Cindy :)

Rosettes, Ribbons, and Rhinestones

I was so excited when I asked to be a guest designer on Die Cuttin' Divas Weekly Challenge Blog.
I am always so inspired by their creativity and talent.
For this Challenge the recipe is Rosettes, Ribbons and/or Rhinestones.  All fun things to include in any project! 

For my project I used my new Ribbons and Rosettes cartridge. I used the cut on page 31.  I cut it 4 times at 1.75 inches.  Then I assembled the 4 sections to make my Rosette.,   I didn't want to use the center that was shown with the cut so I chose the   cut on page 55.  I cut the Shadow image at 1.75 inches and the center image at 1.50 inches.  I ran the center thru my Xyron and added some Stampin' Up Dazzlin' Diamonds.  Then I added some Recollections Pearls to the center.

I added my Rosette Flower to a 5 X 7 card with a peach base and a white second layer that was cut at 5 X 6.75 inches and punched with Martha Stewart's Vintage Lace Punch Around the Page punches.

I made my flower stem and leaves out of Ribbon and added tear drop shaped Rhinestones to the four corners to complete my card.

To participate you do not have to use all three elements, but it was fun for me to add all of them.

This post is also special because it is my 200th blog post!!!  Go Me!!

I hope you enjoy my project and I hope you join in the challenge.

Thanks for coming by,

Cindy :)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Baby Girl Clothes Line

A friend of mine just became a Grandmother for the first time.  She had a beautiful granddaughter. I made this card for her.

The cute clothes line is on page 62 of the Baby Steps cartridge. I cut it at 4" for a 5"X7" card.  I used a little embroidery floss for the line.  Even at 4", some of these cuts were pretty small. I cut the flower stem on the bib several times to try to get a good one. 
I felt like it needed something additional so I cut some grass from the Kate's ABC cartridge to add around the flower stems. 

For the inside I used a Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page punch set for the doily look.  The stamp is by Hampton Arts that I picked up at Michael's and I stamped it with Stampin' Up Concord Crush Classic Stamp Pad.

Thanks for coming by and y'all come back soon,

Cindy :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Welcome Wreath

I made a Welcome sign to go on my very green wreath.  I used this wreath for Christmas, St. Patrick's Day and now as a Welcome for my door.  It has been much more versatile that I expected it to be when I purchased it.

The Welcome that I used came from the American Alphabet cartridge that was pre-loaded on my Cricut Expression 2.  I used the Fit to Page feature to get it as long as I could on a 12 x 12 piece of paper.  It is approximately 2 inches tall.  It is cut out of Purple glitter paper and the shadow is cut from a lighter purple.  Then I popped it up on paper from DCWV's The Chateau Lavender stack which was cut at 3" x 11.75".  Then I added a piece of green for the base cut at 3.5" x 12".  I added some purple and lime green flowers with gem centers.  Lastly, I put a purple ribbon tied in a bow at the top.

I am entering this project into the following challenges:

#103 - Celebrate Spring
Make a project with at least three flowers

Thanks for coming by and y'all come back again soon,

Cindy :)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Bunny Just Living...

Today's card is a 5.5 x 5.5 card, one of my favorite sizes.  The light blue layer is 5.25 x 5.25. My little "chocolate" bunny is from Kate's ABCs cartridge.  I love this cartridge, in fact, I made my little Granddaughter an ABC using this cartridge which you can see here if you want Katy's ABC Book.  Back to today's card, I used the bunny from page 34 cut at 4.25 inches along with all the coordinating layers. These layers go together very easily especially at this size.  I added some Stickles to the flower centers and the butterfly's wings. I added a black pearl for the bunny's eye.  I took some white pigment ink from Stampin' Up and blotted on very lightly to look like some wispy clouds.
The sentiment stamp is from Close to My Heart Sentiments and is stamped with PaperTrey Ink's Dark Chocolate ink.  I punched it out with Stampin' Up's Modern Label punch. (How is that for mixing brands!).

For the inside I used Kate's ABCs again to do the scalloped border.  It is the Baby Girl Font 1 shift image on page 58.  I cut it also at 4.25 inches.  The blue border is cut at 5 x 5.  I stamped the second part of the sentiment and added two more of the flowers that coordinated with the bunny. 

I made this card for the challenge at Bitten By The Bug2 to use a Bunny or Chick.

Thanks for coming by and y'all come back soon,

Cindy :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day 3

Another St. Patty's Day card.  This is a 4.25 X 5.5 inch card.  I started with a black card base.  I just received a big order from Paper Trey Ink.  Their paper is really thick and makes the best bases for cards. I take a piece of the 8 1/2 X 11 inch card stock and cut it in half  at 4.25 X 11 and then fold it in half. This gives me two sturdy card bases.
Next is the white layer at 4 x 5.25 and then the patterned paper from DCWV's Lemon Flower Stack at 3.75 x 5.  The "Happy St. Patrick's Day" phrase is from Martha Stewart's Seasonal Cake Art.
I often say that the cake cartridges are some of my favorites for paper crafting!  They have really good phrases also.  I cut the phrase and the shadow at 2.5 inches.
I adhered the patterned paper and the white layer together and then added the ribbon.  Then put both layers on the base card.  I added the little green flower and gem.  Then I popped up the phrase on the card.

I finished the inside with some yellow paper and a row of the Shamrock Border from Paper Doll Dress up.

I made this card for the Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge #56. 

The Challenge...

Use the Colors Green, Yellow, Black and White


Cardz TV Challenge 104
Make a card for St. Patrick’s Day using any cartridges you’d like, with GREEN as the main color.

Thanks for coming by and y'all come back soon,

Cindy :)

No Lion

Fantabulous Cricut's challenge for today was to use a Lion, Tiger, or cat of some kind.  I have actually made a card using a similar sentiment a while back.  You can see it here if you would like - I'm not a lion.

For this 4.25 X 5.5 inch card, I used Paper Doll Dress Up.  The lion costume is on page 69.  I cut all the parts at 3.75 inches.  I used the Cricut markers to draw on the design and without removing the paper, I cut it out. I always use the Cricut markers with the Paper Doll cartridges to bring out all the great detail cuts. I then cut the "doll" on the blackout feature on page 29 at that same size.
The hair was cut from page 58 and I had to trim it down a bit to get it to look right.  The kitty face is on page 70 as the shift to Accesories 3.  I again used the markers first and then the blade to cut it out.
I used a little pink marker on the nose and a couple of sharpie dots for the eyes.
For the words "NO LION", I used the American Alphabet that came pre-loaded on my Cricut Expression 2.  I used the markers to write it out at .5 inches and then just trimmed the paper around it.  The lion and the phrase are both pot dotted.

I did not complete the inside.  I will wait to see what sentiment I want to put inside, but the possibilities are endless - Wishing you a happy birthday, I miss you, I love you, etc. 

Thanks for coming by and y'all come back soon,

Cindy :)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Pot o' Gold

I needed another St. Patrick's Day card so this is a 4.24 x 5.5 card. My pot of gold and my shamrock border are both from Paper Doll Dress Up.  The shamrock border is from page 78 and is cut at .75 inch.  The pot of gold is also from PDDU and is from page 40 and is an Accessories 3 feature.  It is cut at 2.25 inches Real Dial Size.  
The scallop circle is from my Art Philosophy on page 41 and cut at 2.75 inches.
The scallop border is from Art Philosophy is from page 65 the Font Shift feature.  I cut two and put one facing up and one facing down with the lattice strip over them.

I finished off the inside with some of the same papers and another row of the shamrocks.

This card was made based on a sketch for the Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge # 55 which is a sketch challenge.
The Challenge... It's a Sketch...

I didn't have a stamp that I wanted to put on the front, so I just left it off.

Thanks for coming by and y'all come back soon,
Cindy :)

Monday, March 5, 2012

St. Patty's Day Post Card

For this card I used my new Phrases cartridge. I wanted to cut the phrase larger so that I didn't have to deal with tiny pieces.  I cut the phrase (Phrase 3 feature on page 45) at 3.25 inches which made it 8 1/8th inches long.  I made the card to fit into a #10 envelope and it measures 4 x 9 1/8th inches. The phrase is popped up on the base.  I added stickles to the shamrocks to define them better. Then a bow and a button in the corner to finish it off.

 This is a post card, so it doesn't open. 

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog -
#101 -Luck of the Irish

Make a project using a shamrock or the color green.

 Bitten by the Bug 2 - Shamrock and the color green

Little Scrap Pieces - Use a button and a bow


Thanks for coming by and y'all come back again soon,

Cindy :)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Flowered Cupcake

Problem:  I love glitter and bling on my projects and yet I am not a good enough photographer to get it to turn out well in the picture.  This is one of those cards that just looks better in person.

For the 4.25 X 5.5 inch card, I chose this cupcake from The Sweet Treats cartridge page 26 cut at 3.5 inches.  There are 6 different cupcakes to choose from on this cartridge.  Not to mention several design options of ice cream, cake, presents, and flowers just to mention a few.

Instead of cutting out the dots for the sprinkles, I used a polka dot paper, Stampin' Up Dazzling Diamonds glitter and Stickles.  I used a couple of Doodlebug Design flowers instead of the cut on the cartridge. and a clear gem for the center.    The cupcake on the cartridge doesn't have a cherry on top, but it just seemed to need something, so I used the cherry for the cupcake on the next page and added some Dazzling Diamonds on it also.

The stamp is one I have used quite a few times from Close To My Heart.  And some purple satin ribbon for the finishing touch.

I made this card for two challenges...
Cardz TV Challenge 103 -  “You Take the Cake!” Make a birthday card with a cake or cupcake
Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge 54 -Recipe Challenge: Fabric, Feathers, and/or Flowers

Thanks for coming by and y'all come back again soon,

Cindy :)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Hello Kitty 2 Happy Birthday

My daughter asked me to make a birthday card for a friend.  Three years ago when I was just getting started with my Cricut, I had just got the Hello Kitty Greetings cartridge and since she loves Hello Kitty, I made her friend a card with the Kitty holding the bunch of balloons (page 39), but unfortunately I had not begun taking pictures of my projects at that time.
Last year I made her a Hello Kitty card (see here Hello Kitty Cake).
This year my daughter wanted to continue the tradition, so I made her card with the HK2 image on page 30. It is fun to use the card feature on this cartridge and make the kitty shaped card. I set my size at 5.5 inches and with the whiskers the card ends up about 4.5 inches wide.
I always think my card is not turning out because there is so much black space between the cuts and then it ends up looking great. 
I added the mandatory (ha ha) Stickles to the centers of the flowers.  Then I added some Glossy Accents to the eyes, nose and also to the whiskers. It helps stiffen the whiskers so that they don't bend so easily.

For the inside I used a stamp set that I got years ago.  Sorry I don't know the brand.  I used Memento's Rose Bud dye ink pad.  For the little stem I used a Copic marker. 

If you or your kids like Hello Kitty, this is such an adorable cartridge.  Even if you are not a big fan of Hello Kitty, it has an adorable butterfly, flower, pumpkin, Christmas tree and more great images.

Thanks for coming by and y'all come back again soon,

Cindy :)