A Cricut Christmas Clock

Welcome to the second stop on the Christmas in July “anything goes” hop.  You should have arrived here from the wonderful Scrapalette’s blog.  Today’s hop promises to deliver a variety of projects and techniques, so make you stop and visit at each blog.

My project uses a Hobby Lobby clock that I “covered” in October Afternoon paper and embellished with Cricut elves from “A Quilted Christmas” and poinsettia made from leaves on the “Flower Shoppe” cartridge.  I simply trimmed away the stem and layered to create the poinsettia.  I added a few Pearl Pen dots and some Stickles to finish up the look.  I also added some Tim Holtz embellishments.

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The elves are at 4″ tall, and I used the Cricut Craft Room.  I love the ease of hiding contours so you can cut the pieces you want in the paper you want.  It was a big help in cutting the girl elf and all of the little pieces.  I cut several layers of Papertrey Ink cardstock for the base layers of each elf.  The added dimension and stability are worth the cardstock investment.

I hope you enjoyed your visit today – please leave a comment to be entered for a $25 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamps.

Next up on the blog hop is the fabulous Maria.

And if you are just starting off, here is the lineup.  Be sure to head back to Scrapalette’s blog so you don’t miss a thing.  Scrapalette is awarding a Cricut Christmas Village cartridge – each blog you comment on will give you an entry in the prize drawings!  And, the prize drawing at the end of the month is for a brand new Christmas {Noel} cart!

Here’s the rest of today’s lineup:

1~Paulette at http://scrapalette.blogspot.com – you should have started here
2~Sis at http://papercraftscissors.com – you are here
3~Maria at http://stampcutcreate.blogspot.com – up next
4~Laura at http://www.coolbeansbylb.blogspot.com
5~Brenda at http://happyscrapper64.blogspot.com
6~ Lisa at http://addictedtothecricut.blogspot.com
7~Donna at http://carolinascreativecropper.blogspot.com
8~ Cindy at http://www.inlovewithpaper.blogspot.com
9~Angela at http://angiespaperpassion.blogspot.com
10~Theresa at http://scrapsbygracie.blogspot.com
11~Beth at http://seaswancreations.blogspot.com
12~Betsy at http://betsymcreates.blogspot.com
13~Loraine at http://www.lorainespaperplayhouse.blogspot.com

Happy Bug Day ~ A Silhouette Cameo Birthday Card

A happy little birthday bug with her slice of cake and a daisy flourish fascinator.

The happy bug uses googly eye brads and I hand trimmed some arms for her to hold her piece of cake.  I added some floral flourishes and made one into a fashionable fascinator.

Add the usual mix of patterned papers, pop dots, and a Hero Arts stamped sentiment, and she is almost done.  Don’t forget to use Papertrey Ink cardstock for your base as she is loaded down with papery goodness.

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Peace, Prayers, and Blessings

A friend recently lost her adult daughter.  These are among the toughest cards to make – especially when you find the words difficult to express and the colors challenging.  I wanted something that was relatively clean but also had some color and pattern.  To start the design process, I found a color palette at Cr8FN Color Challenge.

I have always loved aqua and tan.  The cream was a lovely gentle addition to the palette.

I used my Papertrey Ink (PTI)  Friendship Jar Filler for the daisy bunch and stamped it in Classic Kraft ink.  The exterior and interior sentiments from the PTI Willow stamp set was stamped in Aqua Mist.  The base cardstock is PTI Vintage Cream.  The kraft cardstock has a gold tone and the patterned paper is from Kaisercraft Chapter One.

I cut the patterned paper daisy with the “Flower Shoppe” cartridge at 1.5 inches tall.  I trimmed back the top two petals and curled all the petals using the stamped image as a guide.  The petals were edged with Memento Rich Cocoa and there is the added dimension with 3 layers of pop dots.  The center was hand cut.  I added some shading with my Copic BG000 along the outer edge of the flowers and the leaves.  The rustic twine bow is also from PTI; I punched two small holes on each side of the bunch and threaded the twine through before assembling the layers.

Even when cards are challenging to make, I think it is worth the effort.  Peace be with you.

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 (http://www.withglitteringeyes.com/2011/07/cricut-kentucky-pennant.html and http://www.withglitteringeyes.com/2011/11/right-here-having-fun.html).

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.

A Celtic Gnome and Her Wee Mushroom Home

A special request from another friend for a wobbling gnome desk decor.  Using the many of the same elements from the pink gnome with her mushroom home, here is a Celtic gnome with a wee mushroom home.  Once again, the gnome (4″) and mushroom (5″) are from Curt Jensen’s digital cartridge (Gnomes and Mushrooms).  Her 1″ shamrocks are from A Child’s Year and her tiny tea kettle (.75″)  is from Wall Decor.  I trimmed off the kettle handle as it was too long and replaced it with a wired handle.

I attached the gnome arms from the cartridge and used them as a guide to attach the longer (hand cut) arms that hold her bouquet and kettle.  She wobbles delightfully and I’m sure she will keep it up during many a conference call.  The sentiment, an old Irish blessing, was printed on Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, and die cut with Spellbinders Label #4.  The wonderful stamp frame is from Waltzing Mouse Stamps (Memento Ink Pear).

I often use the little bits left on the mat to provide additional details or dimension.  In this case, I cut the gnome face, arms, and legs in white cardstock and used my Copics to color them.  I used a Copic pen and liner to create the pupil and iris on the small eye pieces left from the face cut.  After attaching her face and then inserting the eyes, I added Glossy Accents.  I used the same technique for her mouth and added a little “lip gloss.”

Papertrey Ink Anniversary – A Card without Cricut

The Papertrey Ink Anniversary Celebration starts today and it is a doosie of a day!  If you have not been by there yet, hurry on over.

One of the things that I love best about Papertrey Ink is the people who illustrate and design their releases and those who style them in ways I would never dreamed of doing.   With an amazing design team, superior product quality, and unsurpassed color lines, if I was challenged to live on a desert island, they would be my “consumables” lifeline.

In celebration of their 5th anniversary, each of design team members listed her top five products.    Here is a card I made for my Mom, who loves Jane Austen as much as her daughters, using some of those favorite products:  kraft cardstock, rosie posie stamp (as an addition to the Jane paper in the diecut frame), and the woodgrain impression plate.  The rest of the stamping and die cut are from the Simply Jane line.

I am a novice stamper – and a card without a Cricut cut is a new thing, indeed – but I kind of like being able to put one in the mail without extra postage from hand cancelling or the card size.

I’ll be back again soon with a Cricut project.