Saturday, October 18, 2014

Look What Showed up at My House!!!

My Wild Orchid Cricut Explore. I haven't had much time to play with it yet, but put a small project together this afternoon. I did learn quite a bit while doing the project. Like using the attach feature for your images if you want them to stay where you put them. The Explore separates all the layers for you and puts them on mats.  I was able to use the cut, score and write functions on this project.  I don't like the pen I used to write with but I was just trying to do something to learn more about my machine.  I have been busy on Grandma duty these last few days so haven't had much time to play but am glad I was able to squeeze some time in today.

Ok, are you ready to see my first project? Here it is. I made a little placecard.

I was able to to find a rectangle and resize it to 3 1/2" X 5". I then found the score line in the images and sized it to the proper width. The image in this case the rectangle has a small + in the center of the object so it was easy to properly lace the score line. On the brown  piece of paper I attached the score line and the word Grandma so they would be placed on the project where I needed them to be. 

Then came time to cut. So I hit the go button and let the software bring up the image on the screen. It provides small icons so you know the order the image will be dealt with. In this case it cut the rectangle first, then wrote then scored the line in the middle of my cut and then wrote the word Grandma..  The acorn and leaf border was cut separately on another mat. It was easy to follow once I got a chance to focus on what I was doing.

While this probably isn't something I would normally post, It wasn't about creating something great, but rather about trying to learn a new machine and software.                

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fun Fold Card - Cardz TV Challenge

It is time once again for a new 3D challenge over at CardzTV.  The new challenge is to make a fun fold card. This is what I did.

I made a Gate Fold card today. My card base is purple card stock at at 8 1/2 X 5 1/2. It is scored at 2 1/8th and 6 3/8th. My 3 eyed monster is from the Mini Monsters cartridge and  is cut at 3" and covered in Pickled Preserves Distress ink.  I added googly eyes and stamped my sentiment using some WOW! Embossing powder in perfectly purple.

I used a Fiskars spider web edge punch to punch the edge of the inside orange mat.

I hope you will join us in this new challenge over at CardzTV. Be sure to visit all the Designer blogs for lots of inspiration.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Birthday Card

Here is a birthday card I made for one of my co-worker.  This image reminded me of her.

My card is a tall card. my card base is cream card stock cut and folded to make a 4" X 9" card base.  I added a blue mat cut at 3 3/4" X 8 3/4". My patterned paper mat is cut at 3 5/8" X 8 5/8".

My image is cut at 6" from the Forever young cartridge. I only cut the base layer and the dress layer. I didn't want the necklace o the colored band that went across the bottom of the dress,

I had some cream colored rick  rack that I dyed using the Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry Distress Stain. Once it dried I adhered it to my dress using some Glossy Accents.  I added a clear rhinestone flourish. I attached my image to the card front using some foam tape.  My sentiment is stamped using the Good Times stamp set from CardzTV and Teal Zeal Memento ink.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

CardzTv 3D Treat Holder Challenge

Our hiatus is over and we are glad to be back bringing you fun challenges from CardzTV.  For our first challenge on the 3D team was to make a Halloween treat holder. So much fun!!! Here is what I have for you today.
 I found these cute little snack size candy bar boxes in the silhouette store. There are several different designs to choose from these are the two I picked.  The boxes are easy to put together. I used score tape as my adhesive to hold the boxes together. For the spider box I added some stickles to the web and the spider. The bat box comes with the piece for the top of the box and the bat. I used some stickles for his eyes.  Of course what is a treat box without a treat??? So of course I had to go out and buy some of the fun size bars just to be sure they fit the boxes. Guess what? They do fit,  just perfectly.  For the sentiments on the boxes I used Trick or Treat and Going in Circle.

Be sure to pop over to the CardzTV blog if you haven't already and see all the other inspiration provided by the 3D team. I know my Design Team sisters would love if  you would stop by their blogs and leave a comment.  I too would love to hear what you think and would love it if you decided to follow my blog.

A new addition to the CardzTV Design Teams is the CardzTV Gallery. New projects are posted daily so be sure you pop over there and sign up to follow that blog as well.

Now it is your turn. Join in the fun with this challenge and link your project up over at CardzTV for a chance to win a set of CardzTV stamps.  There are 3 new stamps sets that have just been released, so be sure to check those out also.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Autumn Leaves

I recently received the new Tim Holtz Fall Leaf cutting die with the Texture fades embossing folder. I love the leaf. Of course I had to try it out.

I die cut my leaf with my eBosser out of some dark coral patterned paper. I then ran it through the embossing folder. I wanted the embossing to stand out more, so I inked the leaf with several distress inks. I used Rusty Hinge around the outside of the leaf to help it stand out. Then  I thought, it needs more yellow highlights and some shine to it. So I spritzed it with Sugar Maple and Sun Sister Glimmer Mist. Once that dried I still thought it could use more yellow gold highlights so I broke out my Twinkling H2O's and added some Mambo Mango starting at the center of the leaf and moving out from the center to each leaf.

While I waited for that to dry, I started putting  my card base together. I started with Kraft card stock and cut it at 4 1/4" then scored it at 5 1/2" to make a portrait style card. I added golden color mat and then some patterned paper. These were cut at 1/8" smaller from the previous layer.  I then added another gold mat cut at 1/4" smaller and the light tan patterned paper cut at 1/8" smaller than the gold mat. I adhered this to the card with some foam tape.

Finally I stamped my sentiment with some Rusty Hinge distress ink and adhered my leaf directly to the card. To finish I added some golden brown mosaic tiles to the upper right and lower right corner of the card.  I am in love with that die.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

You Put a Spell on Me!

So the we have had some very fall like weather the last couple of days. Cloudy, rain, wind, AND I saw some of the trees with their leaves changing color to those coral, red and orange colors so familiar with Fall. However, what type of card did I make? A Halloween card.

I found this cute circle card in the Silhouette store and of course I had to make it. The file cut as is makes a 5 1/2" round card. My base layer is the light gray, then I cut the scallop out of black, the circle out of the light gray and the top layer out of black. Once I had the card put together, it just screamed that it needed a little pizazz. So, I added some Firefly Stickles glitter to the bats eyes. Once that dried and then added some Glossy Accents to add some dimension to the eyes.

Next came the sentiment. I chose the "You put a spell on me" sentiment from the CardzTV stamp set "Trick or Treat". I stamped the sentiment in some tangerine ink on the gray paper. I used some Black Soot distress ink to ink around the edges of the sentiment after I rounded the corners. Next, to jazz it up a bit more, I used some Times Square Glimmer Glam and brushed it over the whole sentiment. The Glimmer Glam added some sparkle and shine but also helped the sentiment square look a little spookier and distressed. Finally to finish the card, I added some Cantaloupe Liquid Pearls to each of the big scallops.

I hope you are having a great Labor Day weekend! Come back and visit again.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Cutie Patootie- Gifts for a Newborn Baby Girl

Wow it has been a while since I have had time to make some projects to post on my blog! Work and life the to big roadblocks for crafting time.

I finally had a chance to spend some time crafting this past weekend. A good friend of mine from work recently became a grandma for the first time to a sweet and adorable baby girl. So this is what I made for her.

I used some dark pink Heat Transfer Vinyl and cut the words Cutie Patootie out and ironed them on to the front of this adorable floral onesie.

Of course I had to a card as well. I found this adorable blackboard a-frame blackboard card in the Silhouette store. The card fits in an A-2 perfectly. I made a couple of modifications to the card. I added some button brads to each corner. I stamped my sentiment with some Colorbox white pigment ink.

Finally I made a little gift box to put the onesie in. I cut the base of the box out of white card stock. I then cut the decorative patterned paper layers out of some patterned paper from a K & Company paper pack that I have had for several years. I thought it turned out adorable and loved the look of the card.