A Cricut Christmas Card – Change Up the Traditional Colors

Welcome to the second stop on the Christmas in July card hop.  You should have arrived here from the wonderful Scrapalette’s blog.  Today’s Christmas in July hop is all about cards and of course, Cricut cuts.

And here is my card:

Cricut-Reindeer

Yep – it’s a pink reindeer with rhinestone antlers – and yes, you can use alternative paper and colors schemes and have it still add up to Christmas.   I started with the background paper as my color inspiration (it’s Grow from Kaisercraft’s Summer Breeze collection.)  I picked dark, medium, and light solid cardstock in a variety of textures for the background trees.  The darkest trees are in the back, the medium are in the middle, and the lightest tree is directly behind the reindeer.  All of the trees are from Paper Doll Dress-Up.  I used Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet and Spun Sugar distress inks to add shading to both the background paper and the trees.

The reindeer is from Noah’s ABC animals – this Cricut cartridge has the prettiest animals.  I cut the reindeer from taupe and  pink patterned papers.  After assembling, I added rhinestones (colored slightly with Copics) to the antlers and as eyes.  Then I began building the layers of the card.  The dark trees are in the back and adhered directly to the cardstock.  The medium value trees are pop dotted and the lightest value tree is double pop dotted.  I hand cut the snow banks from Papertrey Ink white cardstock and added Spun Sugar and a little Victorian Velvet to accentuate the hilltops.  The reindeer is also pop dotted.

The tag is from Art Philosophy and the sentiment is from Inky Antics.

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 Diane.

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 brand new Cricut Christmas 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!  I will be back on 27 July with another Cricut Christmas project.  See you then – and until then – happy hopping.

Paulette at http://scrapalette.blogspot.com/  Start Here!
Sis at https://papercraftscissors.com/    You Are Here!
Diane at http://dianesdribble.blogspot.com/  Next Up!
Lisa at http://addictedtothecricut.blogspot.com/
Linda at http://ladybuglair.blogspot.com/
Donna at http://carolinascreativecropper.blogspot.com/
Cindy at http://www.inlovewithpaper.blogspot.com/
Fran at http://lovebugtimme.blogspot.com/
Colleen at http://scrappycol.blogspot.com/
Theresa at http://scrapsbygracie.blogspot.com/
Beth at http://seaswancreations.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.

bug-birthday

Embellished Tag A La Heather Telford

I recently took two classes with the over-the-top fabulous Heather Telford.  It was so motivating, that I came home and applied many of her techniques to this:  an embellished tag.

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To begin, I used a Ranger Essentials #8 Manila Tag and built a little scene with rolling hills and the Autumn Tree stamp from Penny Black.  Heather has shared many of the fabulous details how to do this on her blog and here.

I stamped and embossed the tree with clear detail embossing powder first.  Then I used Memento Ink’s Teal Zeal and Summer Sky to create the sky (with the center highlight) and Pear Tart and Bamboo Leaves for the hills.  I used Copics to add some color to the tree and a few small rhinestone flowers.

The smaller sentiment tag was stamped with a Penny Black sentiment  in Ranger’s Archival Ink and then embossed with clear detail embossing powder.  I used the same Memento inks to color the background of the sentiment tag.  I added some Prima flowers and a few charms to finish it up.

The Garden Assistant is also from Penny Black and was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics.  The assistant and her dog are pop dotted (a shadow layer and a color layer on top).

To finish the tag, I added a black chipboard backing that measured 1/4 inch larger than the tag and trimmed the corners.  With the tag then framed in black, I added a Tim Holtz small easel stand to create a little desk decor for a friend.

Make sure you stop by Heather’s blog for some inspiration and put those fabulous Memento colors to work.

A “Micey” Nice Day – Penny Black Stamps and Cricut Collaboration

It’s a little birthday card with some of my favorite things:  Cricut die cuts, patterned papers, an Action Wobble, and Penny Black stamps.

Mouse-Birthday

The mouse is from the Cricut Lite “Twinkle Toes” cartridge.  I cut her at 3.25″ tall.  I modified her party tutu by cutting the basic shift layer once in gray cardstock and a second time in the same patterned paper as her tutu.  I trimmed down the patterned paper to make a bodice.  With the small size of the die cut, I did not cut the collar.  A few added rhinestone flowers, and she is ready to celebrate.

The cupcake is from Close to My Heart “Artiste” cartridge and is also cut at 3.25″ tall.  I cut an extra layer of frosting and pop dotted both layers.  The frosting layer is accented with Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter.  The mouse is pop dotted on the cupcake.  The cupcake is attached to first layer of patterned paper with an Action Wobble.

The first patterned paper measures 3.5″ square (mounted on a chipboard square that measures a little less than 3.5″).  The chipboard layer gives the mouse and her cupcake a little more wobble room.  The next layers measure  4″, 4.5″, 5″square.  I used a variety of papers  to add medium, dark, and light values.  The overall card measures 5.25″ square and used Papertrey Ink cardstock as the base.  When you layer on the papery goodness, you need to make sure you use a high quality cardstock.

The flag sentiment is from Penny Black stamps.  After stamping in Ranger’s Archival Ink, I hand trimmed and attached the banner to the cupcake.  To make the cupcake come to life and wobble, all you need to do is push the banner down.  The Penny Black stamps continue in the inside of the card.

Mouse-Birthday-Inside

I thought the little mice feet were too cute not to include in the sentiment.  The interior is combines more Penny Black stamps with a little Copic coloring.  So there you have it, a birthday card collaboration of Cricut and Penny Black.

Tractor Birthday Card

Another whimsical birthday card for a friend’s upcoming birthday.  With his love of vintage tractors and appreciation for puns, this was an easy card to make.

Tractor Birthday Card

I used Stampendous Cowlik birthday for all of the stamped images and sentiments in this card.  After stamping in Memento Tuxedo Black, I colored the images with Copics.  The cupcake frosting and the cow head were stamped twice and trimmed.  I used thin foam squares to add a little dimension.  I used my Spellbinders Nestabilities for the labels – each label is mounted on chipboard base.

This is a T-slide card.  When you pull on the green tab to the right, the image lifts to the right, and reveals a “hidden sentiment.”

Tractor Birthday Card Sentiment

You can find the directions to make a T-slide card at Splitcoast Stampers.  I made the card according to the first set of dimensions in the tutorial.  My completed card measured just slightly more than 5.25″ square.  The T-slide front is adhered to a 5.25″ cardstock base.  I used Spellbinder Nestabilities for the inner sentiment.  The milk bottles are Glossy Accent-ed.

Tractor Birthday Card - Inside

And that it is – I hope you’ll check out the T-Slide card tutorial and make one soon.