Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Stinky Old Birthday!!

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Once I saw the image of the little skunk coming out of the outhouse on the new Cricut Campin Critters cartridge I just knew a "rotten" birthday card was on the way.  First let me say...I love my oldest sister to death....and she has a great sense of with that said I think she'll get a good chuckle out of my birthday card!  This was the first time I've used my new Cricut Imagine and I am ever so thankful that straight out of the box, it has worked perfectly (knocking on wood!).  I had read both good and bad reviews, but after an Ebay deal, I just couldn't pass it up ( you really didn't have to twist my arm either!!).  I use the Cricut Imagine Snapshot Nature cartridge for the coloring and the Campin Critters cartridge to cut the background for the mountains and grass (although my "big" grass looks more like a hayfield!!). I also used Give A Hoot for the tree and cloud.   I cut those images at three inches each.  I also used the Snapshot Nature cartridge for the wood on my outhouse.  The outhouse and skunk elements were also cut at three inches.  I just love how the Imagine lets me select colors and cut all elements on the same piece of white cardstock.  I printed the message out using my printer and plain white paper which I glued to cloud cardstock from the Premium Photo Stack from DCWV.  I then used some Pebbles chalk to add some shades of light blue to my printed message.  I used the same technique for the inner message. 
I think my sister will enjoy her "stinky" little card!! Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by!!


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Happy Sweet 16!!

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I whipped up this little card for my neice's sweet 16 birthday.  Again, I'm stuck on the beautiful doily images on the Cindy Loo Cricut cartridge.  I used those on the front of this card cut at 4.5, 3.5, and 3 inches for the doily and backgrounds.  I used the Wildcard cartridge to create the lettering. I was able to weld my e's together using Cricut Design Studio.  I had been wanting to try to weld letters/images and this was my first easy attempt and YEAH!! it worked!  The beautful paper is from Cloud 9 design and the ribbon is from Offray.  I used some pearl stick-on accents from the dollar bin at Michaels.  The stamped images are clear stamps from Inkadinkadoo and I used Adirondack ink in Cabin Fever to stamp the images.  I finished the card by spraying it with sparkle Shimmer Spritz.  The inside message is cut using a border punch from Fiskars.  It includes the same stamped images as the outside of the card as well as the pearl accents.  All card components are put together using regular and pop-up Glue Dots.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful 4th of July!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Walk With Nature......

I love the images on the Cricut Lite Wildlife cartridge.  The animals on this cartridge are so realistic.  Even though this cartridge doesn't have all the "bells and whistles" as a full cartridge, I can immediately see that it is going to be one of my favorites and most used!  Today I created a nature-themed birthday card.  I used paper from atd.  It is from their Retrospection Specialty Collection.  I think it matches nicely with the deer featured on this card.  I used brown and black cardstock to cut my doe and fawns.  I cut the image and shadow at 4.5 inches.  I then used Pebbles chalks, my Copic markers, and my Gelly Roll pen to add some highlights to them and the grass.  I used pop-up Glue Dots to make them stand out from their nature-themed background.  My stamped phrase is from a Close to My Heart clear acrylic stamp.  It comes from the Animals, Outdoors, Travel collection.  I used Adirondack Cabin Fever Ink to stamp the phrase. I then sprayed the card with Shimmer frost spray.  I can't wait to try out some more animal images from this cartridge.  Have a great weekend!


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Another Cindy Loo "Hello" Card! (with help from Serenade and Preserves)

I was rather pleased with my first card using the Cindy Loo Cricut cartridge, so I decided to try another.  I used the same "Hello" phrase and this time included paper from one of my favorite cardstock stacks:  The Mariposa Pack from DCWV.  The doily is cut at 4.5 inches from the Cindy Loo cartridge using black cardstock.  I adhered the doily to a background piece of Mariposa paper.  I then used my Preserves cartridge to cut labels ranging in size from 4 to 2.5 inches.  I glued my layers together and then attached them to my doily background using pop-up Glue Dots.  I then cut a little 2 inch butterfly and shadow using my Serenade cartridge.  I cut my "Hello" at 1.5 inches using black cardstock.  I added a little black blow and used clear Stickles to glitz the black cardstock just a tad.  I think the Mariposa paper combined with the Cricut diecuts are a perfect match!  Thanks for looking!

A Little Birdy Says Hello!

I was cleaning my craft room yesterday and stumbled across an unopen package of scrapbook cardstock.  I was anxious to try out my Cindy Loo Cricut cartridge, so I went to work on this card.  The doily and background are cut at 4 1/2 inches.  The little bird and all his "parts" are cut at 1 3/4 inches and I flipped this image on my cartridge.  The "Hello" message is also from this cartridge and it was cut at 1 inch.  All of the cardstock is from Pressed Petals and it is from their English Garden collection.  The brown bow came from my scrap drawer! I just love it when I can put bits and pieces from that drawer to good use! I used some brown glitter glue to accent my birdy and my "Hello". I used pop-up and regular Glue Dots to put everthing together.  Hope you have a great week....seems that this will be a rainy day for crafting!
Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I've Got Your Back!!

I found this cute little vellum quote in my scrapbook stash and came up with the idea for an even cuter card.  The elephant and mouse were cut using my Cricut Animal Kingdom cartridge.  The palm trees came from the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge. The preprinted background paper, of the rain shower and umbrella, came from the DCWV Flower Shower Spring Stack. The rest of the card uses designs from this same stack.  I used some little plastic beads from Fashion Glass to create the coconuts for my palm trees.  I also gave my elephant a pair of googly eyes.  The vellum quote was from Best Occasions.  I finished this card up by adding a little glitz with clear Stickles on my raindrops and around the quote and on my elephant.   I dressed up my umbrella with some pink Stickles.  Have a great week!!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Happy Birthday to My Favorite Cowboy!!

My husband's birthday is this week and he is the ultimate cowboy.  He has the Stetsons, the Wranglers, the boots, you name it!! So I think he'll like this card!

I started with background paper from the Paper Studio and adhered it to a plain, white, standard-size card.  Using my Cricut Old West cartridge, I cut the letters at one inch.  I then cut the centerpiece with black cardstock at 3 inches and white cardstock at 2 inches.  I embossed them with my Cuttlebug embossing folder.  I cut the horse at 3 inches and embossed him using a different folder.  I cut background rectangle strips in black and white and topped them with a piece of ribbon from the Paper Studio.  I used a couple of black and silver brads, from Recollections, on each side of the centerpiece.  I then tied a cute little jute bow and adhered it with Glue Dots.  To finish up the card I added a small silver brad, from Colorbok, to each corner of the card.  This was a fairly simple and quick card to put together, but I'm sure it'll make my favorite cowpoke proud!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Happy Birthday to My Mr. Fix-It!!

This has been a busy past few weeks for me and my husband.  We have been doing major home repairs and my husband even chose to take a week of vacation to work on our house.  His birthday is next week, so I thought this card would be very appropriate.  I used paper from the Premium Photo stack from DCWV and layered it on black cardstock.  I then used my Everyday Paper Dolls Cricut cartridge to cut my little Mr. Fix-It.  He, his little overalls, and hat are cut at five inches.  I antiqued the overalls a bit by coloring them with my Copic markers and then spraying them with frost Shimmer spray.  I crafted his little tool belt and shoes from some real leather scraps (my husband's hobby is leather-working and stamping).  I used a little bit of ribbon to create his handkerchief.  The sign was created from the Camp Out Cricut cartridge and the lettering for "Mr. Fix-It" is from the Printing 101 cartridge. I accented the card using my white Gelly Roll pen. I used some "screw" brads in each corner from the Paper Studio and my little heart was formed with my Fiskars punch.  I think my Mr Fix-It will be very happy with his birthday card

Monday, June 6, 2011

Making Up For Lost Blog Time!!

I must apologize!! I didn't realize that it had been almost a month since my last post!  I've only been out of school for one week and boy have I been busy!  My husband and I continue to make repairs to our home (termite damage last fall).  It was a huge mess, but at least I am getting a beautiful, new stone fireplace out of the deal.  As my husband continues to lay the stone, I have stripped, and I am now in the process of restaining our log home.  I did take some time out last night to whip up a few easy cards though! 

I found a clearance bargain on a couple of Brenda Walton DCWV mat stacks that I couldn't pass up.  These papers make beautiful nature-themed card backgrounds.  I used them on the "friendship" card and the "count your blessings" card.  The embellishments are also from DCWV.  I used my cricut border punch on the "count your blessings" card.  The phrase for the front of this card is actually a clear sticker from Stampabilities.  The butterfly embellishment is from Studio 112.  I used ribbon found in the dollar bin at Michael's to create matching bows for each of the cards.

The other card was created using a wonderful rubber stamp I purchased from eBay.  My brother-in-law is an avid wild turkey hunter and he has an upcoming July birthday.  I stamped a piece of ivory paper with the wild gobbler and then colored it with my watercolor pencils.  I adhered the stamped image to a piece of orange patterned paper from the Great Outdoors stack from atd.  Both were then attached to a piece of heavy brown cardstock using square metal brads from Recollections. I used Glue Dots to adhere everything to a plain ivory card.  I found the stamp birthday sentiment in the dollar bin at Michael's too!  I finished the card off with a matching brown bow.  I think my brother-in-law will be very proud of his card!

Thanks for to work on some more household projects!!