Tea Time Scones with an Irish Twist

Another page completed in the recipe page swap with the fabulous Diane at A Day in the Life of A Horsebunny.

The theme for this year’s swap is holidays and celebrations and I selected Saint Patrick’s Day for this round.  Using Lettering Delights “Sheep Shape Year” for the central character, I made a 6″ by 6″ recipe page with the Irish sheep and added a bunch of clover and a tea cup from the Silhouette Online Store.  I used the Silhouette Designer Edition software to make the little title tag.  The plaid paper in the background is from Jillibean Soup and is appropriately titled Irish Farmhouse.  And that and some embossing, dimensional foam tape, Copics, and Chestnut Roan ink about wraps it up.

Tea-Scone-Recipe-Page

Take A Number Birthday Card – Silhouette Cameo Project

I used Lettering Delights “Millions of Mums” to make a birthday card for a friend’s milestone birthday.   I love this cut-it set as all of the bits and pieces can be swapped for a personalized “mum.”

Take-A-Number

I used a lot of bright colors to celebrate both my friend’s South Florida residence and Spring.  It was a lot to fun to create her tropical outfit from Basic Grey’s Sweet Threads 6″ paper pad.  I used a Copic marker to add her “highlights” to her blonde hair.

The cake display case is from the Silhouette Online Store.  I added a layer of acetate to the case after assembling the case (with the cakes) by placing the case on top of the acetate and hand cutting a rectangle to size.  The banner is  from the Silhouette Online Store and I used the print and cut feature to create the “Take a Number” sentiment on patterned pink paper.  The banner and buntings are also from the Silhouette Online Store.  Now is a great time to shop there as all die cuts are on sale for 50 cents through 2 May!

This card is also a T-slide.  When you pull on the “ticket” at the side of the card,  a surprise message pops up on the side.  The interior of the card is fairly simple with another print and cut label and a small birthday cake.  I added the patterned paper to both sides of the card, and I have to say, I really like the look of it.

Take-A-Number-Inside

Bee and Sunflower Birthday Card

It’s nearly Spring so it is time to add a few yellows and blues to the birthday card palette.

Sunflower-Card

I used Snapdragon’s Snippets Sunflower card from the Silhouette Online Store as the base design element.  As designed, it is a super fun card, but I wanted to add a little more texture and pattern to the card.  The first step was to scale the entire (grouped) file to 8.0″ inches tall.  While setting up the file for cutting, I also added a circle for my sentiment and sized it to fit the center of the flaps cut.  I moved it off of the cutting mat, and saved it until I was ready to make the sentiment using the Print and Cut feature.

This card is designed with a right and left flap and right and left petals (they are not symmetrical).  I cut the center base flaps twice.  To make sure the same patterned paper was on the inside of the flaps, I horizontally flipped one of the base flaps before cutting.

Sunflower---Inner

  I also wanted a little extra dimension to the petals and I cut two petal sets as well.

Sunflower---Outer-Petals

Assemble the sunflower by gluing together the flap base pieces with the yellow and white pattern facing outside.  Then adhere the left and right petals together by gluing the circular areas only.  After that, attach the petals to the circular areas of the flap base.  Do not adhere the petals so they can curl.  Add the half circles to the circular area  (in brown).

Cut the stem and leaves and adhere to the background patterned paper.

Before adding the sunflower to the card, use a Crop-A-Dile to set a grommet in the brown centers for the ribbon tie.  Cut a 18″ piece of ribbon and run it through the grommets.  Align the ends.

Sunflower-Front-Ribbon

The base of the sunflower cannot be directly adhered to the background paper as the petals need room to open and reveal the inner message.  To enable this, I cut two squares of 6mm foam, layered them, and adhered them to the back of the sunflower and then to the card.

Sunflower-Block

To complete the card front, I print and cut two small bees from Lettering Delights Kawaii Kalendar.  I also cut and print a little birthday party hat and used foam dots to attach the hat and the bee to the flower.  I like to combine all of the print and cut elements on one sheet of paper to print and cut at the same time.  So I also included added a sentiment to the circle I sized to fit the sunflower and made two larger bees for the inside of the card.

I adhered the sentiment directly on top of the ribbon running through the grommets.  The ribbon is not glued into the interior of the card.

Buzzing-By-Sentiment

After adding a few more layers of paper to the front of the card, I adhered it to my 5.25″ square card base from Papertrey Ink’s  fabulous cardstock.  The interior of the card includes more patterned paper, a label in the “sunflower” patterned paper, a Penny Black Stamps sentiment, and the double layered (with foam dots) bee and her party hat.

bee-inside

Of course, she will be headed out in the Lori Whitlock mailer (best 99 cent investment ever).

Yorkshire Pudding Recipe Card – Cricut and Silhouette Together Again

I am back on the recipe card swap trail again – this year, instead of starting with recipe categories, we are doing holidays and celebrations and selecting the recipe to fit the holiday.  First up for me, is New Year’s.  Although it is not a traditional New Year’s meal, I always look forward to roast beef with a pop-over sized individual Yorkshire pudding during the winter celebrations.

Yorkshire Pudding Recipe Card

So, using Graphic 45’s “Before Your Time” Kraft Reflections cardstock as the background patterned paper, I set out to create a Yorkshire Pudding recipe page.  I found a darling Yorkie puppy at the Silhouette On-Line Store and replaced her reindeer antlers with a Happy New Year headband.  The Yorkshire Pudding tag was made using the Print and Cut feature on the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition – this feature alone should be enough to propel you to buy this software (and die cutter) if you haven’t already.

My Cricut education lead me to making the Yorkshire Terrier a little more dimensional.  The snapshot below shows what I did.  I cut the golden fur pieces as designed.  I copied the golden “facial ruff” and removed the “mouth” and “blaze” cuts to have a solid black ruff.  I also copied the “nose” and “eyes” and removed the small highlight cuts to create a base.  The terrier body, black eyes, and black nose are cut from American Crafts card stock in black.  The black ruff piece is cut from lightweight black chipboard.  I cut the base nose and eyes from white card stock.  The gold ruff pieces are cut from a pale golden-peach color and I used Copics 11 and 13 to add furry texture and color.  As the ears are specific to the right or left side, I found it easiest to leave the pieces on the mat, remove one, color, and adhere.  Then do the second ear.

Silhouette Yorkie Puppy

To start the assembly, I added the Yorkshire Pudding tag to the mouth of the golden ruff piece.  I then added the golden ruff (with the tag) to the black chipboard.  The other golden pieces were adhered directly to the black dog piece.  The completed ruff piece is attached to the dog with a foam dot and another foam dot is under the tag.  Unlike Cricut, there are no “guideline cuts” as to how the pieces align.  So pick a few “alignment points” like the little swoop on the right hand cheek of the ruff and line that up before adhering.  Then layer on the white “highlight” nose and eyes and layer the black pieces directly over them.  Finally add some Glossy Accents to the eyes and nose.

Yorkie Close Up

The Happy New Year headband is cut from American Crafts white card stock.  I colored it with Copics Y28 (Lionet Gold) and used spray glue to adhere some micro-fine glitter in the “warm” color way.

The fourth cut is the champagne glass from Cricut’s Something to Celebrate cartridge.  I used Cricut Craft Room to hide the champagne bottle in all of the layers.  I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch the bubbles.  I filled the bubbles with a combination of gold Stickles and Glossy Accents.  Finally, the polka dot label came from Spellbinder’s Nestabilities.  The Yorkie is adhered with some foam tape.

And for those who are interested in the recipe, here is the link.  Yum!

Make A Little Bird House Favor Box

Lori Whitlock is a crafting genius!  And her latest 3d bird house favor box (available at the Silhouette Online Store) is no exception.

I used some Christmas paper  I found on sale for the red faux bois bird house base (Jillibean Winter Tortellini and Spinach Soup Paper) and My Mind’s Eye Sweetest Thing for the roof.

3d Bird House Favor Box Assembled

The crafty bird is from Lettering Delights Crafty Bird cut it set.  The bird measures about 1.25 inches tall.  I printed and cut two birds with a small offset.  I attached one bird with a thin foam square to the box and placed the second bird directly on top of the first with a thin foam square.

3d Bird House Favor Box

Assembling the box was relatively easy.  After I folded all of the score lines, I cut a 24″ piece of ribbon.  The ribbon keeps the roof attached to the house.

3d Bird House Favor Box Ribbon

Run the ribbon length through the two slits on the box.  Making sure the ends meet, add ScorPal tape on each side of the ribbon (inside the box) and on all of the flaps.  First, adhere the flaps to the right and left of the center.  These flaps should align perfectly on the bottom and completely cover the ribbon loop on the inside of the box.  Next, fold in the flaps and adhere when once you are satisfied that your sides are square to one another.

To assemble, simply put the ribbon through the slits in the roof and tie in a bow.  Trim ribbon as desired.  I also added a small tag (from the Silhouette Online Store).  I used the Print and Cut feature to add the sentiment.

3d Bird House Favor Box Roof

Cricut Valentine – And All that Jazz

The exclusive Cricut Circle Animal Antics cartridge offers a whole lot of goodness.  Including a saxophone playing alligator with a beret.   Loved it – and love the fun and whimsical things one can do using one cut to inspire the remainder of a card.

And here it is:

Cricut Valentine

I cut the gator at 3″ tall and the Eiffel Tower is from Every Day Pop Up at 3.75″ tall.  I replaced the musical notes with hearts (with Glossy Accents) from the Cricut Craft Room Basics.  The hearts measure .35″ tall.  I trimmed the snowy base at .5″ wide and used scissors to add the wavy hills.   The stamp “happy valentines day” is from Avocado Arts.

The black and white patterned paper used Spellbinders Labels Nine Nestabilities die.  The Eiffel Tower and the gator are adhered to the label.  The label is attached to the card via an Action Wobble spring.  The background paper is from Basic Grey and it is cut at 5.25″ by 4″.  The A2 card is from Memory Box (in Licorice).

The inside of the card is also a Spellbinders Label Nine and the sentiment uses Lettering Delight’s Sundae font.  I used Silhouette’s Print and Cut feature to make the sentiment and added a heart from the Cricut Craft Room Basics.  The Animal Antics file included a similar phrase but I preferred the sentiment to be printed rather than cut.

Valentine Jazz

Silhouette Christmas Eye Chart with Eye Glasses

When you have a friend that appreciates a practical gift, it can be a little challenging to come up with a fun and whimsical way to give it.  Fortunately, my Silhouette Cameo answered the call and helped me make this:  a Christmas Eye Chart and Specs card.

Christmas Eye Chart and Glasses

I used Silhouette’s print and cut feature to create the eye chart.  If I was to do it again, I would use a distinct motif for each position on a row (like an eye chart), but I think it conveys the message as is.

The glasses are from Lori Whitlock.  I used the pattern fill feature to flood the glasses with the blue polka dot pattern.  I cut a total of four pairs of glasses and layered them for dimension.  To make the acetate lenses (hand trimmed and glued to the lowest layer of the glasses) more realistic,  I increased the size of the “Mer” which would appear through the lens and made the “y” smaller as it peeked out under the nose bridge of the glasses.  Below is a screen shot which shows how I checked the alignment before printing and cutting.  Note:  I did not cut the glasses on top of the eye chart.  This just shows how you can check alignment before cutting.

Silhouette-Eye-Chart-and-Glasses

For additional magnification for the right-hand lens, I used a 12×12 paper to hand cut the lens shape.  First I determined where the glasses would be attached to show the “Mer”, then I  adhered the larger print to the same smaller pattern from a 6 x 6 paper pad that I used as the first layer of patterned paper in the card.  The glasses are pop-dotted above the chart and the patterned paper.

To finish the card, I added some retro rhinestones, a bow, another layer of patterned paper, and the 5.5″ card base.  The sentiment inside informs the recipient that an optometrist appointment and new glasses are coming.

Cricut and Silhouette – Another Recipe Page

This 6″ x 6″ recipe page uses a “toddler” from Cricut’s Sugar and Spice cartridge and paper lanterns and clouds from the Silhouette on-line store.

The young lady’s hanbok (dress) was hand cut using the “toddler” cut as a fitting guide.  I trimmed her pig tails off and added the long hair over her shoulder from an “unseen” pony tail in the back.

The lanterns were cut on my Silhouette Cameo after welding the “KALBI” letters to each lantern.  I used Silhouette Designer Edition software to add the solid lantern behind the white framework.  I used Copics to add the color to the lanterns.  I separately cut the “KALBI” letters and adhered them to the lanterns over the letter welded to each lantern.  This helps keep small pieces aligned properly when gluing.

The grassy area was hand cut.  I love this color of green as it reminds me of late September in Korea when the rice fields are drained and the rice is almost ready for harvest.

Kalbi

For those who may not have had kalbi before, it is grilled thin cross-cut beef ribs (called flanken) with a wonderful marinade.  Here is the recipe link from Bon Appetit magazine.  Make sure you also click the marinade link in the recipe.  Yum!

A Tiny Tag for a Cookie Mix Jar

This is one of the gifts for a stocking swap that is wrapping up with the grand reveal in a few hours.  My partner enjoys baking so I thought she might enjoy something easy and fun like a cookie mix in a jar.  I found the recipe for Cow Girl Cookies from the wonderful Bakerella.  And while I originally intended to use pink M&Ms, at the end of the day, I needed to go with the Christmas red and green color scheme.

Tiny-Tag-1

This project uses Cricut’s Yee Haw cartridge for the cow girl with her lasso.  She is cut at 3″ tall.   I used a mix of 6″ papers to create her Christmas outfit and Copics to color her boots,  hair, and skin tone.  I used a Micron pen to add her facial features.  Because the cut is so small and the rope so fragile, I used Cricut Craft Room to add some stability to the title.

The basic cow girl cut includes the lasso with a center hole.  If you use Copics or another medium to color the skin tone of your cow girl, using CCR, you can simply hide the inner contour in the lasso so that the lasso has a solid center and cut it white card stock.  This will give you a white word bubble.  If you are not coloring your cow girl, you can still use CCR to fill in the bubble on the lasso cut and cut it in white (or whatever color you wish) for the word bubble.  Next, cut the lasso (with the hole in the center) in brown and adhere on top of the previous lasso cut.

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I used my Silhouette Cameo to make the Lori Whitlock pocket card tag and printed the assembly and baking directions on a separate sheet of paper that I adhered to the back of the tag.  The letters and the blue offset are from the Silhouette Cameo as well courtesy of the Studio Designer Edition software.  The brown letters measure .25″ tall.  I used Cricut Artiste to create the paper roses on the top of the jar and the McGill pine branch punch to add the texture.

Tiny-Tag-2

If you are looking for a quick and easy gift this Christmas, you may wish to check out a cookie mix recipe and get your die cutter(s) working.

Baby Shower Bouquet – Cricut Roses and More!

Here is a baby shower bouquet that I made for a work colleague.

I made the roses using the Close to My Heart Cricut Artiste cartridge and some small dowels (available at Joann’s or your local craft store in the wood craft area.)  I stained them with a water-based wood stain and cut each dowel into 3 pieces.  In addition to Tim Holtz cardstock, I also used some pale pink felt for the flower center, dimensional glue dots, and Helmar’s 450 glue (which dries quickly) for the flowers.  I previously provided the steps on the Cricut Fanatics blog, but I am including them here as well for a one-stop reference on the bouquet.

For the Cricut cut, I cut the scalloped rose (Accent1-f) from the Artiste cartridge.  I cut some at 4″ tall and some at 3″ tall.  You may wish to ink the edges on your rose cuts; however, for this project I liked the lighter edge.  Once the flowers are ready for assembly, follow the steps below:

Step 1 –  Use a 1″ circle punch to punch the flower center. Use scissors to snip towards the center of the felt circle.

Step 2 – Adhere the dimensional glue dot to the felt circle.

Step 3 – Place stained dowel into dimensional glue dot and press firmly.

Step 4 – Press the felt around the dimensional glue dot to make a small ball at the end of the dowel.

Step 5 – Set dowel aside and using Crop-A-Dile, punch a hole in the base of the scalloped rose.

Step 6 – Beginning with the outside edge of the flower cut, wrap the flower snugly around the felt ball at the end of the dowel.  Do not try to tuck in the tail at this point as this step is to form the rose shape before gluing.  Once you have wrapped it, release the flower.  It will maintain its overall shape.

Step 7 – Slide the formed flower up the dowel.  The punched hole should fit over the dowel.  Glue the base and adjust as necessary.  You may want to use an awl or separate dowel to push in the felt in case some of the little edges are trying to escape.

And here is a finished flower.

To complete the bouquet, I added an owl from Cricut’s Create A Critter Cartridge cut at 2.5″ tall, and an egg from the Give a Hoot Cartridge.  The egg measures 2.5″ tall.  I added some shading with Copics and used pop dots to add dimension for both the owl and the egg.  I hand “cracked” the egg using scissors.  The small part is added to the owl’s head and the other is placed in the nest.

The nest, the mushroom, and the pink flowers and circular centers (stamped with a hedgehog) are from the Silhouette Online Store.   I cut a few twigs for the nest in various colors and sizes.

I cut the letters for “Hatching Soon” at about 1″ tall using the Silhouette Designer Edition software and a font on my computer.  I added an offset and welded it together to create the dark brown frame around the letters and provide a continuous support for the patterned paper layers.  I cut two offset letter layers and adhered one behind the dowel in order to keep the lettering straight and adhered. I also cut an extra base nest layer and adhered it to the dowel in the pack.  The hedgehog is stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink and colored with Copic markers.

And there you have it – a fun paper centerpiece for a baby shower.