Monday, May 14, 2018

FCCB #326 - 3D/Dimensional Project

I do hope that all the mothers out there had a wonderful Mother's Day. We had hot hot weather here, and the day was perfectly gorgeous. I had a delightful day.

Our new challenge at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog is to create a 3D/Dimensional project.  I made pillow boxes for my husband's birthday. I put yummy chocolates inside. They made a nice presentation.

Here's my creation:



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Sunday, May 6, 2018

613 Avenue Create #209 - Anything Goes - Twist Mainly Blue

Wow, it's May already!  Our Anything Goes Challenge at 613 Avenue Create this month has a color twist - Mostly Blue.  This challenge made me realize that blue is a color that I don't use a lot, so it was good for me.  I decided to see what blue inks I had and use them to ink up some NBUS flower stamps.  I am very pleased with this card:


I didn't actually add leaves for the flowers.  I used the small vines to fill in some of the white space between the flowers since I chose not to overlap them at all. I also decided not to stamp the centers. Instead I colored them with a light gray marker. I die cut the white panel, mounted it on blue card stock and added a label sentiment.

Card stock:  Recollections 60 lb and 110 lb
Stamps:  Altenew Whimsical Flowers and Label Love
Inks:  Memento Blue Danube,VersaMagic Turquoise Gem, Memento Bahama Blue, VersaMagic SeaBreeze, CTMH Topiary, Memento Black Tuxedo
Die:  Unknown (purchased at a garage sale)

Challenges:
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Flowers
Crafting with Friends #66 - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz #415 - Anything Goes - Option Add Flowers
                   
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog #324-Ribbons & Bows

I'm a bit late with this post, but this week's challenge at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog is Ribbons and Bows.  I completed my project two weeks ago, but somehow neglected to post it. What can I say???  Please forgive me and just enjoy the challenge.

Challenge #324-Ribbons and Bows
Make a project using ribbons, bows, or twine. But there has to be a least one cut from the Cricut Library!






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A $10 coupon code for anything in the store!

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

If it isn't a card, you will get two entries into the drawing!

My project is a treat box.  I used double-sided paper and used the Fit to Page feature on my Cricut Expression. The cartridge is Art Philosophy.  I added ribbon to the bottom and tied a bow at the top to hold it together.  It's rather cute, don't you think?



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Sunday, April 1, 2018

613 Avenue Create #208-Anything Goes-Option ATG/Vellum

Happy Easter!  It's the first day of April and we have a new challenge at 613 Avenue Create.  Our Anything Goes has the option of using vellum on your project.  Be sure to click over to the blog to see what the DT has made and who won the last challenge.  Maybe it was you!

I decided to use vellum on a sympathy card.  We all know sympathy cards can be very hard to make for a multitude of reasons.  I usually make them on an as needed basis.  However, I finally decided to make a few in advance. This one was made using a die that I borrowed from a friend when we were crafting together.


The background is sponged with a stencil.  Then I cut it using a rectangle die.  I die cut that beautiful dove against the window. The hearts are dies also.   I really like the soft look.  Stamping on the vellum was not easy, but I like the look of it also.

Do you make sympathy cards for your stash or on an as needed basis?

Card stock:  Recollections 110 lb. and 60 lb.
Vellum:  The Paper Studio
Dies:  Unknown (borrowed)
Stamp:  Close to My Heart
Ink:  Memento Grape Jelly

Challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Die Cut Divas - Anything Goes
Dies R Us Challenge - Anything Goes

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Blue Bird Easter

Today I'm posting the Easter card that I made for my husband.  I struggled for a long time to come up with a card for him. But finally an idea came to me and here it is:


I used a punch to create the bird and the branches on which it sits.  I punched from white card stock and colored the images with my Spectrum Noir markers. I added DP to the card front and stamped the sentiment.  I used a corner rounder to finish it off.  My husband doesn't look at my blog so it's ok for me to post it now.

Card stock:  Recollections 110 lb.
DP:  My stash
Punch:  Stampin' Up
Spectrum Noir Markers:  TB2, 3; LG4, 5; TN7, 8
Stamp:  Sunny Studio A Good Egg

Challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart #200 - Anything Goes
Make My Monday #67 - Easter

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Have you finished all your Easter cards?  I sure hope so! 

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Easter Egg Bunny

Hello!  I have all my Easter cards made with the exception of one for my husband.  Today I'm posting the card we'll send to our grandson.  He's a teen, so it's getting harder and harder to come up with cards for him, if you know what I mean.  He doesn't look at my blog, so it's ok to post the card before it's mailed. And even if he did find out about the card, we all know he's more interested in what's inside than he's interested in the card itself - LOL!  Here's what I made:


I think this bunny egg looks cool with his sun glasses - don't you?  I created the background paper and cut it with a stitched die.  The bunny egg was colored with Spectrum Noir markers after I stamped it and cut it out.  I stamped, colored and fussy cut the glasses, but I had to resize the lens on the right side and cut off the ear pieces in order to fit the glasses to the bunny. The lens have a coating of Clear Wink of Stella.  I added a sentiment on a hand cut banner and some washi tape. 

I have to add that this is the first time I ever used my Concord and 9th Turnabout stamp to make a background and I LOVE IT!!

I'm really pleased with how this turned out.  BTW, the egg stamp was a gift from my blog buddy Darnell when she gifted me with a box of stamps and dies she purged from her collection.  Thanks again so much, Darnell!

Card stock:  Recollections 110 lb.
Stamps:  Concord and 9th Polka Dot Turnabout, Papertrey Ink Scrambled Eggs, Sunny Studio A Good Egg (sentiment)
Dies:  Fawn Lawn Stitched Rectangles and Fawn Lawn Clear to See
Inks:  VersaMagic Mango Madness, Memento Grape Jelly and Bahama Blue
Spectrum Noir Markers:  TN3, IG2, BT7

Challenges:
Craftaholics R Us #12 - Anything Goes
My Time to Craft #366 - Easter/Spring
heARTful stamping challenge - Anything Goes + a Stamp

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog #322-Easter

It's Monday and time for another challenge at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog.  Easter is our theme.  The DT has created some delightful projects.  And we'd like to see yours, too. So please do join us for some Easter fun.


Challenge #322-Easter
Make a project using anything Easter related. But there has to be a least one cut from the Cricut Library!
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I made a small Easter basket, cutting the image at 2 inches as suggested in the handbook.  Then I folded it along the score lines and used red line tape to put it together.  The handle automatically cut twice, so I stamped a small flower atop the scallops, glued the two pieces together so the flowers showed on both sides, and attached it to the sides of the basket.  I hand cut the small eggs and sentiment and glued them to the front.  Since I don't have any Easter grass, I stuffed the basket with green tissue paper.  I placed a bunny inside,  but, of course, it's perfect for small candies of any type.  It's so cute and was fun to make.


Card Stock:  My stash (12 x 12 paper)
Cricut Cartridge:  Close to My Heart Artiste
Stamps:  Unknown - from my stash (I've had them for years)

Challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Easter Inspired
Brown Sugar Challenge #276 - Spring or Easter
Bitten by the Bug 2 - Anything Goes - Easter

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Easter Cards for Church

Here are Easter cards which I made for my church ministry to give to our adopted seniors.  I always enjoy making cards for our seniors.  It always reminds me of how much my mom loved receiving cards.


I love the beautiful cross and the lovely cover die cut front.  A simple sentiment and some sequins finished them.  I hope our seniors like them.

Card stock:  Recollections 60 lb. and 110 lb.
Die:  Die-Versions Fence Background, Darice Crosses, Anna Griffin Oval
Stamps:  Pretty Pink Posh
Ink:  Close to My Heart Cotton Candy

Challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Easter Inspired
Cuttlebug Mania - Spring
Let's Craft and Create #135 - Anything Goes/Option Easter

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Do you make Easter cards?  If so, have you finished them?  If not, I hope you do so soon. And, by the way, Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Blossoms and Twofer Challenge

Hi, there!  I've here with my entry into the fabulous Twofer Card Challenge.  The theme is Blossoms this month.  I tried to stretch my stamps by using a simple tulip image on one card and turning the tulip into an umbrella (think back to those bubble umbrellas years ago) for the second card.  Now for some, this wouldn't have been much of a stretch, but I assure you that it was for me - LOL!



Here are my card details:


For this card, I used a stencil to create the rain drops.  The clouds are snippets left over from another Cricut project.  I stamped the tulip in orange and colored the middle yellow.  I stamped the stem and leaves (the two parts of the flower are separate) in brown and then cut the handle from that image.  

Card stock:  Recollections 60 lb. and 110 lb.
Inks:  VersaMagic Persimmon & Sea Breeze; Close to My Heart Chocolate
Spectrum Noir Marker:  CT1
Stamps:  Close to My Heart, retired

Here's my second card.  I categorize it as an Encouragement card (edited) :


Card Stock:  Recollections 60 lb. and 110 lb.
Ink:  Close to My Heart Sweet Leaf & Topiary; VersaMagic  Purple Hydrangea
Die:  Tim Holtz
Stamps:  Close to My Heart (retired)



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Monday, March 5, 2018

613 Avenue Create #207-Anything Goes-Optional Twist: Reuse/Upcycle

We have a fun twist at 613 Avenue Create this month - to Reuse/Upcycle something. It's always fun to re-purpose an item or two.  I used a paper napkin from an event I attended to create a card front. (I tend to save pretty napkins. I have them in a drawer.) I've made cards with napkins in the past using a glue stick to glue down the napkin to card stock. My friends showed me how to use plastic wrap and an iron to adhere the napkin, but I never got around to actually doing that.  Finally, a few months ago, a friend showed me how to use spray adhesive. So when this challenge came along, that's what I did.

 Here's the card I made:


It's hard to tell in the picture, but the biggest flower is popped up along with a small purple flower below it.  I glued down two panels of the napkin, and fussy cut two flowers from the second panel to pop up for a bit of dimension. I cut down the first panel, distressed the edges with ink, and adhered it to a card base onto which I had stamped a design, making my own DP.  I die cut a sentiment, distressed that with ink, and added it.  Done!

Here's the napkin I used (folded in half):


I must say that using the spray adhesive was a lot easier than the glue stick method. My friend said it's even easier than the heated plastic wrap method. Of course, you just need to spray in a box and have lots of ventilation.  If I can do it, believe me, it's easy. And fun. It's a nice way to remember a special event or party. You can even send your host/hostess a thank you using a napkin from the event. People really get a kick out of that, believe me.

Card stock:  Michael's 60 lb. and 110 lb.
Inks:  Close to My Heart Chocolate, Sweet Leaf and Topiary
Stamps:  Close to My Heart, retired
Die:  Anna Griffin

Challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
The Crafter's Cafe Challenge #191 - Recycling
Love to Craft Challenge #20 March - Anything Goes

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