An October Birthday Card with Cricut

I made this card for one of the loveliest people you’ll ever meet and today is her 40th birthday.

I used a mix of patterned papers and Cricut cartridges to make this card.  The little squirrel, cut at 1″ tall, is from Noah’s ABC’s.  If you don’t have this cartridge, you should buy it for the truly beautifully styled animals.  The chicken, squirrel, and cow are wonderful.

The wheelbarrow is from Walk in My Garden (1.5″ tall).  The rolled flowers are from Artiste (2.25″ tall and 1.5″ tall).  The 40th birthday candle is from Something to Celebrate (1.5″ tall).  The circle cuts, scalloped circle, and pumpkins are from Cricut Essentials.  I cut several layers and adhered them together to add dimension and strength.  The wheelbarrow was cut twice in the woodgrain paper and once in solid gray.  I trimmed the wheel from the solid gray cut and adhered it on top of the layered wheelbarrows.  I used my Copic E59 walnut to add a “stem” to the pumpkins.  The patterned paper circle is adhered to the Bazzill layer with foam tape.

The ribbon is from Paper Trey Ink in Smokey Shadow and the sentiment is stamped in the same color.  The papers are from Basic Grey, My Mind’s Eye, Kaisercraft, and Bazzill.  I used Paper Trey Ink as the base for this card and applied the patterned papers on the front, back, and inside of the card base. Before adhering the patterned paper, I scored the Paper Trey Ink cardstock with a quarter inch wide center fold to allow for some inner depth.  I used Sparkle and Sprinkle glitter in Snow Angel for the candle.  The completed card measures 5.25″ square.

And here is the inside of the card:

The cupcake is from Inky Antics and uses brown and apricot honeycomb paper.  I made a cupcake stand with a circle punch.  There is an identical squirrel to the one on the front perched on top of the cupcake holding a little birthday candle from a Martha Stewart punch.  The inner sentiment area measures 2″ by 3.25″.  I framed it in the Bazzill card stock and attached it with foam tape.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.

A 5.25 inch square card has become one of my favorite chunky card sizes due to Lori Whitlock’s fabulous 5.5 inch mailer available for purchase at the Silhouette store and in her on-line store.  I used Paper Trey Ink for the outer box and patterned paper for the interior.  What a great way to package and personalize your mailer for your cards.

Check your mailbox today for delivery and Happy Birthday, Sherry!

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.