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.

Did You Ever “Finish” When You Weren’t Done? A Revision

After looking at my earlier birthday card for London’s mom, I realized there wasn’t enough  “London”!

I hope I fixed it through a “London” addition with her birthday hat riding on top of the double decker bus next to the birthday cake.

“London” is from the Once Upon a Princess cartridge and is cut at 5.4″ tall and is wearing the “outfit” cut.  I resized her hat (chick layer) to make it a little jauntier.

The double decker bus is still a key element but is no longer the “star.”  I am glad to have the Cricut Craft Room in my box of tools though – it would not have been as “London-y” using a school bus.  Here is a picture that compares the “straight out the cartridge” Nate’s ABCs cut to welded bus.

London Calling – A Cricut Craft Room Birthday Card

This is a birthday card for London’s mom.

When I went to make this card, I could only locate Big Ben (featured on the left from the Destinations cartridge) in my collection.  But the iconic image of London, that red double decker bus, was not available.

As a result, I experimented with the school bus on Nate’s ABCs – and managed to turn the school bus into a double decker bus through welding some basic shapes in the Cricut Craft Room (and some from Nate’s ABCs).  The steps at the rear of the bus and the pole were hand cut and the hub caps are a Crop-A-Dile punch just to make life a little easier.  However, all the rest of the bus was cut courtesy of my E2, Nate’s ABCs, and the Cricut Craft Room.

Once I finished with the bus, I decided to add some background silhouette scenery and once again used Cricut Craft Room to build St Paul and Admiral Nelson’s Column from Trafalgar Square from the same cartridges as the bus.

The birthday cake is from Birthday Bash (minus a cat) and the pennants all came from a digital cartridge – Party Picks and Pennants.

The pennant, with a PTI sentiment, topping the cake is flying from a cocktail straw attached to the back of the cake.   I inserted a corsage pin inside the straw in order to provide a little glitz at the top of the pennant.

It’s a substantial card – good thing I don’t have to mail it.

Sophie and 60 – A Birthday Card

Here is a card I made for one of my friend’s mothers.  She is turning 60 soon, and such a great milestone deserves a special card.

This card uses two cuts from Sophie, the most recent Cricut Circle exclusive.

Using my Gypsy, I added and welded a “60” in Storybook to the Sophie image on pg 44 of the handbook.

I cut the silhouette at 3.25 inches and added highlights with a Spica pen.  The “60” was more heavily colored and then glittered.  It is pop-dotted over a 3.25 scalloped base which is then “stitched” without thread and attached via foam tape to the same shape cut at 3.75″ from Core’dinations Foundations in “Ice Cream” which is edged with a Copic (E000).

The organza bow is attached with Beacon’s 3 in 1 glue with a Paper Trey Ink button – thank goodness for the color and variety that come with one of their button packages.

Under that is a 3.75 square of patterned paper with organza ribbon and the next element is a Sophie doily from pg 36 cut at 5.25 inches. I edged with Copics and Spica pens added some additional sparkle.

The final element is a square of patterned paper cut at 5.5 inches.  All of the patterned paper is from Basic Grey’s Sweet Threads (6×6 inch paper pad) and you can see the “fabric” in it.

I am told that the recipient likes green, fabric, and books – I only got two of out three, but I think it turned out nicely.