Monday, July 17, 2017

Create a Critter Squirrel Birthday Card

Create a Critter Squirrel Birthday Card

I'm baaaack!

I know it's been a long time since I last posted, way too long. The truth is I haven't been crafting as much as I used to. I've been lacking the inspiration, the time and the patience as of late. But I recently took advantage of an Amazon Prime Day deal and I bought a Cricut Expore Air 2. Since then, I have made a handful of crafts and I am eager to get back in to crafting regularly. Today I share the first card I made using my new machine. It's a birthday card in a standard A4 size. The squirrel is from the Cricut Create a Critter cartridge and it's about 3". I removed a couple of contours using the Design Space contours feature to hide the eyes, nose and mouth since I wanted to hand draw the face. The grosgrain ribbon is from a box of chocolates I was given by one of my students. I used foam dimensional dots from the dollar store to adhere the critter to the card front. Isn't this squirrel a cutie?

Monday, June 15, 2015

Cricut Create a Critter Dalmatian Invitations

Cricut Create a Critter Dalmatian Invitations

My nephew's first birthday is coming up this summer and my sister-in-law asked if I could make some invitations for her. I had made Cricut Create a Critter Owl invitations for her first-born so of course I was going to make some for her second. She ended up choosing the dalmatian from the same cartridge and it was perfect since the fireman's hat has the number 1 on it. I wanted to try my hand at a shape card since I hadn't made one in a while.

Cricut Create a Critter Dalmatian Invitations

The problem with the dalmatian is that it would fit a square envelope better than a standard A2 but I wanted to avoid going with the square since it could incur additional postage. I managed to find a value pack of 50 white envelopes in an A7 (5.25" x 7.25") at Michael's and, while they were still a bit too long, they just barely fit a 4.75" dalmatian.

Cricut Create a Critter Dalmatian Invitations

In addition to a Cricut cutting machine, cutting mat and the Create a Critter cartridge, you will need plain card stock in red, yellow, white and black. To assemble the card pieces, you will need double-sided tape and a glue pen. If you plan on making a lot of cards, I suggest purchasing a Scotch Advanced Tape Glider. I also recommend the Zig two-way glue pens. The glue is blue when wet but dries clear and doesn't wrinkle the paper.  

Cricut Create a Critter Dalmatian Invitations

To create these dalmatian invitations, you will need to cut out the following pieces:
  • 2 x dalmatian character in black for the front and back of the card
  • layer 1 in white for the body
  • layer 2 in red for the hat, collar and tongue
  • layer 3 in yellow for the dog tag and helmet detail

I recommend cutting out as many as you need one colour at a time and create an assembly line. For the card front, I used the Zig glue pen to glue on the dog tag to the collar and the yellow shield to the hat. I used it as well to glue the collar to the body as well as the tongue. To adhere the body to the black base, I used the ATG gun. Then, I used a ruler and the tip of my bone folder to score the top of the remaining black base about 1/4" from the top and used the ATG gun to stick it to the card front.

Cricut Create a Critter Dalmatian Invitations

For the inside, I typed up the details into a text box in Word and duplicated them before printing them onto card stock. I used my round corner punch to round off the corners.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cricut Paper Pups Christmas Card with Holly

Cricut Paper Pups Christmas Card with Holly

Skimming through some old photos, I came a couple of adorable Christmas cards I had made a couple of years ago. For this card, I used the sleeping pup from the Cricut Paper Pups cartridge and topped him off with a Santa hat. The sentiment is from the Cricut Wild Card cartridge and it looks like it was cut at about 1 3/4" using the Real Dial Size feature. I also used the holly cut from the Cricut Joys of the Season cartridge along with a couple of red brads as berries to embellish the corners. The paper used for the background is Bazzill cardstock for added texture and the pup was adhered using a foam dot to give the card some dimension. This is just one of those cards that get the Cricut bug in my itching to make more cards this year! 

Cricut Paper Pups Christmas Card with Holly

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Cricut Paper Pups Birthday Card - Pink

A few weeks ago, my goddaughter turned ten years old. Yes, she's a whole decade old. And that's a pretty big deal in my books. For her birthday card, I chose to go with a pink polka dot theme. Her family has two cats at home and I know how much they love animals so I chose to use a puppy dog cut from the Cricut Paper Pups cartridge. I kind of wish they had a Paper Kittens cart, too, but the paper pup would have to do. I really like this cut since it has an optional bow. If I ever use this cut to make a card for a boy, I can easily use it as a bow tie. Cute, no?

The pup was cut at 2.5" and adhered using pop dots. I also added a self-adhesive rhinestone to the bow and corners for a 'bling' effect. The pink polka dotted designer paper is from the K & Company Valentine pack and the ribbon is from an old stash I bought at Michael's. I also used my Martha Stewart butterfly punch to embellish the inside of the card as well as the envelope.

The sentiment is from Stampin' Up! and I used dimensional foam dots to make it pop out. It's a simple card but my goddaughter seemed to really like it.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Butterflies and Flowers Birthday Card

For this birthday card, I used my cherished Martha Stewart butterfly punch that I found at Walmart to cut out two butterflies and glued them together at the body. I also curved the top set of wings slightly. The flower is from a Recollections Signatures set and the sentiment is a stamp from Stampin' Up! I used a purple brad to attach the flower and pop dots from the dollar store to adhere the central matte.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Handmade Paper Pups Birthday Card

Making a masculin-looking card has never been easy. I always struggle with the colour combinations and motif. It could be that my current stock of art supplies is filled with bright colours and floral patterns. In any case, I often resort to muted or neutral colours when it comes to making cards for males. For this card, I chose two design paper patterns from the SEI Charlemagne paper pad and added re-purposed ribbon. I used a bunch of cuts from the Cricut Paper Pups cartridge and kept them black and white. The sentiment is also a cut from the same cartridge.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Handmade Star Birthday Card

Earlier this month, my dad celebrated his sixty-somethingth birthday. You know, the one that creeps ever so close to seventy. Even though he's retired and spends his well-earned retirement days at home, he is still an all-star in my eyes. He came to Canada with a couple hundred bucks in his pocket, a single piece of luggage and yet not a word of English in his lexicon. But still he managed to find good, honest work, save money for a house, start his own business, and raise three very smart children. It only seemed fitting to make him an all-star birthday card. I used the star cut from the Cricut Plantin Schoolbook cartridge cut in 4 different sizes. I glued two sets of two stars together using a Zig two-way glue pen and then used adhesive foam to the layers to make the star stand out. The pattern paper is from the Recollections Bold Basics paper pad and the cardstock used for the base is from Stampin' Up! as is the sentiment. 


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