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!

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!

A Tale of Two Tags

I made two tags for two friends with different tastes:

The one above used Country Life.  I used the Cricut Craft Room to extend her pant legs and make boots from her previously bare feet.  I hand cut her jacket, trimmed her previously long hair, and added a leash.  Her dog, Sneaker, loves to wear bandanas and go for walks.  The flower is from the Flower Shoppe and is inked with Copics and Sneaker’s “boots” were inked with a white Uni-ball Signo pen.  The tag is from Winter Frolic and the red cardstock is embossed with a rose pattern from Lifestyle Crafts.  It was inked with Barn Door Distress Ink to bring out more of the dimension.  I have to say, I really love how this turned out.  I hope my friend does too.

The one below used Something to Celebrate for the birds with their heart and I used the same embossing folder as the previous tag.  I inked it and added glossy accents and glitter.  This is the same Winter Frolic tag.  The branch is the “tree” from Paper Doll dress up turned sideways.  There is a lot of pattern and glitter on this tag – aqua and red is one of the recipient’s favorite color combos (and mine too).  The roses were made from the Mother’s Day Bouquet cartridge.  I wrote the Happy Valentine Day (couldn’t fit the ‘s)  on the heart as my friend loves those conversation hearts (that I couldn’t find anywhere)….And although it is very different than the tag above, I really love this one too!

Both tags include an Tim Holtz easel stand so the recipients can stand them up if they choose.

And here is one attached to a red gift bag:

Wherever you are today, I hope your day is sweet!