Cricut Meets Spamalot

And now for some completely different –

a castle of (hiding) taunting Frenchmen, a cow, and a knight of the Round Table – must be Spamalot and another 18th birthday card.

Wait, a cow?

Yes, it is a cow slider card – when not sliding, the cow lives in the castle.

Here are the details –

From Cricut Craft Room, the Fantasy cartridge supplied the castle (at 6″ tall) and the knight (at 5″ tall).

The castle uses lots of layers (some chipboard) with foam tape in order to stand out far enough from the card base for the cow to slide in and out.  Here is how the castle stacks up:

The knight has a few hand cut items (his sword is slightly narrower and his tunic was hand cut).  His armor mail was the first element on the cartridge.  All of the other pieces were layered on top.  I added a piece of dark blue behind his face before attaching and his mouth was the cutout left behind, colored, and glued in place.  He has a few “under layers” of thin chipboard as well.

The number “18” is from the Sophisticated cartridge.  As this is a card for a twin, the two similar elements are the “mail” and “lace” (on the Downton Abbey card) and the number  “18”.  I attached the numbers to the shield and gave them a nice dose of Diamond Glaze to resemble enameling.

The birthday cake is from Something to Celebrate is cut at 1.75″ tall.  The candles are from a Martha Stewart punch.

The cow is from Noah’s ABCs and is 2″ tall and she is able to spin and slide in and out of the castle.  Two pennies and a pop dot were used to make the sliding mechanism.

The castle section is a 7.5 inch square of chipboard and covered with the “Hopscotch” cloud print.  It is raised higher on the card in order to allow for the sliding mechanism.  The slide slot is a 1/2 inch in height.  I was able to place it at the right location and cut it using Cricut Craft Room from a piece of 7.5 inch square cardstock.   I also used Cricut Craft Room to cut the underlying chipboard structure.

The sentiment is from JustRite stamps and it is cut and embossed using a Spellbinders die.

At the end of the day – this is a very substantial card.  I am happy that I don’t need to mail it.  This recipient loves Spamalot and chocolate cake – think I managed to cover two favorites again.

Cricut Meets Downton Abbey

One of my favorite people will soon turn 18.  So to celebrate this grand event, here is a grand card with the happiest of flowers, daisies, which are her favorite.

The “footman” is from the Sweetheart cartridge – he started out as a “groom”.  I fashioned his livery using scissors and hand cut his arms as well.  At the end of the day, it was not difficult – particularly, because I was able to refer back to the fabulously talented Nadia Herbst-McConnell’s great instructions ( and

The young lady is from Forever Young.  Her hair was styled by Paper Doll Dress Up.  I love the fact that I can size the hair to fit using the Cricut Craft Room.  I used Nadia’s techniques for her arms and dress as I did with the footman.

“18”, draped in diamond Stickles, is from Sophisticated as is the silver tray.

The daisies are from Mother’s Day Bouquet and were cut at 1.75″.  I cut two petal layers for each flower, the petals are curled slightly in the middle (using my quilling tool), punched a 1/2 circle from gold vellum, covered with Diamond Glaze, and sprinkled with fine glitter while wet.

The sentiment is a collection of die cuts and stamps.    The stamps are from JustRite Stamps (Just Keep Calm series) and Papertrey Ink (Mover and Shaker series).  I also used the coordinating Spellbinder dies (nested oval and medallions).

Next up on the project list is another birthday card for another fabulous soon-to-be 18 year old (did I say these two are my absolute favorite set of twins?).  And then, I must return to cookbook pages.