Another 6″ by 6″ vignette for the recipe card swap. The theme for this round was 4th of July. I used Cricut’s “Yee Haw” cow girl as the focal point and substituted a hand cut tortilla chip for her hat. The bowl (formerly of popcorn) is from the Silhouette Online Store. I used the Silhouette Designer Edition software to cut the five-pointed star in blue gingham and then add more cut lines to the star cut and split the red patterned paper points in half for a little extra dimension and color. I simply added the red pieces directly over the top of the blue gingham points.
I used Copics to add the color for the Texas caviar (black beans, black-eyed peas, red and green peppers, and shoe peg corn) and added a second hand-cut tortilla chip. Silhouette’s Print and Cut capability was key to making the recipe title label, and the Cricut Craft Room was instrumental in hiding contours on the cow girl. When working with small pieces, I generally “hide” the eyes and mouth as it is simply easier to draw them in.
The ground was also hand cut. Using scissors, just cut a wavy line about a half-inch up from the end of a six-inch wide paper strip. Next, cut a straight line across about a half-inch above the wavy edge. You will have two “ground” pieces and it is simpler and easier than using a machine.
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.
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.
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.
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.