Saturday, August 29, 2009

Baby Girl Diaper Cake

Here's a diaper cake I made using the Cricut New Arrival cartridge. The images were cut at 3 3/4" and the name was cut at 4" using the Cricut Plantin Schoolbok cart. I embossed the letters using the Cuttlebug dots folder and inked with brown ink to match the ribbon, which I found at Michael's. I inked the Prima flowers since I didn't have any in pink and added some bling. Now, if you've read some of my other posts, you will know that I've recycled ribbon and paper from the Gap gift bags. I really wanted pink and brown for this cake so I resorted to using a Gap gift box for the brown shadows. It's a lot thicker than card stock so I set the blade at 6 and the pressure to max and used the multi cut option. It was my first time using the option and was hesitant to use such thick paper but the Expression seemed to handle it well. Now all I need is a pink stuffed animal to top the cake!

Monday, August 24, 2009

CPS Challenge #130 - Ariel Birthday Card

For this week's sketch at CPS, I chose Ariel from the Dreams Come True cart. I cut her out at 3" and used the sentiment from the latest in my Cricut collection - Beyond Birthdays. After a few trials, I found that 4 and 1/2" was the right size. I also used the Cuttlebug Dots embossing folder which just arrived in the mail today. Again, I found a great deal on Ebay. I even added a little some'n some'n on the inside, too. Hope you like it.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Papertake Weekly #21 - Cupcake Card

I was so excited to use my new Home Decor cart and I absolutely loved this week's sketch at Papertake Weekly, so I knew I would enjoy putting this birthday card together. I cut the cupcake at 3" (I think?) and used the shadow feature. The floral pattern paper is from the Glitter Sweet stack and the purple pattern paper is Cricut Celebrations. I also got to use my new EK Success corner rounder punch. I used the Celebrations cart to cut the square envelope using the Fit to Page feature, which I did first in order to determine the size of the card, which is about 4 7/8". I really need to keep track of the sizes better...

ICSketch #29 - Pluto Birthday Card

Here is a card I made for the son of a friend of ours using this week's sketch at ICS. I cut Pluto from the Mickey and Friends cart at 3", and the scalloped circle is from the Home Decor cart using the blackout and shadow feature also cut at 3". I used my Fiskars Threading Water border punch, design paper from the Cricut Celebrations pack and used a stamp for the background of the yellow paper. I also added some dimension to pop the image.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Wow! Over a month has gone by already?

I can't believe that half of the summer is over and that all the stores are stocking up on Back to School merchandise. To be honest, I'm actually looking forward to returning to work in September, even though I know I will miss my kids dearly. I will also miss having the free time to make cards and other Cricut crafts because that will soon be replaced with marking, planning and stressing over my job! I'm hoping it won't be so stressful but it will be interesting to see how I handle things now that I have two kids to look after during off-work hours. I'm afraid my Cricut will be much neglected as it has been this past month but I am excited to try out my new Home Decor cart that arrived a couple of days ago. I am also eagerly awaiting three new carts to be delivered: My Community and Locker Talk will come in handy for back to school, and Beyond Birthdays.

In the meantime, I've been anxious to try my hand at making an ampersand card but wasn't sure how without the Cricut Design Studio. But I tried it out using Tracy's amazing design as my inspiration. Here it is:
I will add more details when I have the time. Right now, my eldest is beckoning me to have some bubble fun!

The paper for the front of the card was recycled from a Birks gift bag and the paper for the back of the card was from a DCWV glitter design pack. The ampersands were layered using the shadow feature and cut at 5 1/2" and the Mr and Mrs were layered with the shadow as well at 1", all from the Plantin Schoolbook cart. The swirls were both from the Home Decor cut at 1", I believe. And the top hat and tiara were cut using the Paper Doll Dressup cart at 2 1/4", I think. (Can you tell I'm not very good at making a point of what sizes I used?) I probably could have used the Real Dial Size but I like to make things more difficult than they have to be.

I added some adhesive jewels and used a white paint pen to accent, and stuck on a Prima flower using a dimensional pop dot. I hope I got everything right...

Oh, and to make the card without the DS, I just made a front and a back, and stuck the back on by folding a small part and sticking that on to the front. I'll add a picture to better illustrate it. It's my brother's first anniversary this weekend so I made this for him and his wife. I hope they like it!


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