Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #334 - Autumn

Fall is in the air and so we have the theme of Autumn at the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog.  I do love this time of year.  I've seen several deer over the last few weeks which is why I made this card. These majestic animals always make me smile.





Challenge #334-Autumn
Make a project using anything Autumn related. But there has to be a least one cut from the Cricut Library!

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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!

Getting back to my card, I created a Distress Ink background and then dusted the background with brown chalk before using a stitched rectangle die to cut out a panel.  I hand cut the grass mound and inked the edges.  I used my Close to My Heart Artbooking Cartridge to cut the deer and the leaves, distressing them with various inks to add depth and shadows.  I haven't added a sentiment yet, but I think it will be a birthday card for my brother-in-law.  It has a nice masculine feel, don't you think?

We hope to see your projects at FCCB.  And in the meantime, Happy Fall, Ya'll!! 


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Monday, September 3, 2018

613 Avenue Create - September - Anything Goes/Option Clean & Simple

Hello!  Our September challenge at 613 Avenue Create has the option of making a CAS (Clean & Simple) project.  You'll want to enter your projects and also check to see who won last month's challenge.  Here's my card - very clean and simple, with no stamping.


I used a sail boat die owned by a friend so I don't know the name of the die.  I actually layered two die cuts together to give it a bit of depth.  I created my sky and water using Distress Inks.  I smooshed the inks on my craft sheet, sprayed them with water and painted them onto some card stock. I used a stitched rectangle die to cut out the background panel, adhered it to a white card base, and added the die cut.  I love how this turned out. (I made extra cuts of this sail boat scene so you will probably see more cards with this image in the near future.)


Card stock:  Recollections 110 lb
Die:  Unknown (borrowed from a friend)
Distress Inks:  Cracked Pistachio and Tumbled Glass

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog #332 - Anything Goes

Our fun challenge at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog is Anything Goes. So you can make absolutely any project that tickles your fancy.  I have a grandniece who headed off to college this month.  She's a fabulous young lady and this card will go to her - happy mail for her at the dorm.


I think this is a super fun card.  The nail polish bottles are colored with my Spectrum Noirs and then coated with a Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen.  I applied a texture paste to the card base and then splashed on some water color.  Finally I stamped the sentiment.

Cricut Cartridge:  Forever Young
Card stock:  Recollections 110 lb
Spectrum Noir Markers:  DR4, 5, 6; IG1, 2, 4; GB3, 4
Water Colors:  Crayola
Ink:  Versafine Black Onyx
Nuvo Embellishment Mouse:  Mother of Pearl

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Challenge #332-Anything Goes
Make any card, scrapbook layout, 3D sculpture, etc. that uses a Cricut cut!

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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!

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

613 Avenue Create - August ATG/Twist Magic/Fantasy

It's August and time for a new challenge at 613 Avenue Create. The theme is an ATG with the Twist of Magic or Fantasy.  I usually follow the twist, but not this time.  I created a card for a sweet lady with whom I craft regularly.  She's actually moving to another state. I wanted to make her a card that would remind her of our friendship and the times we've spent together. I used a very old stamp that I will never purge because I love it too much.


My friend really liked the card, and I'm so glad that she did. It was a lot of fun to make. First I embossed the sentiment in white. Then I blended Distress Inks over the embossing, cut it into the shape of a banner and added a button to the top. I used a stencil with Distress Ink to make the background paper (which is actually a brighter green than it appears to be in the photo). After adhering all to the card base, I added a few sequins and was done.

Card Stock:  Recollections 110 lb
Inks:  Distress Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio and Mustard Seed; Versamark Embossing 
Embossing Powder:  Stampendous white
Stencil:   Balzer Designs Mini Swirly Garden
Stamp:  Fresh Squeezed Stamps Crafty Friend (company defunct)

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog #330 - Baby

Hi, Crafty Friends!  We're back with another fun challenge at Fantabulous Cricult Challenge Blog. This time our theme is Baby.  I decided to pay homage to my childhood. Back then, a lot of babies had Sock Monkeys.  I was delighted to find this darling Cricut image. Sock Monkeys are still around, although they are not as popular as in the "olden days" if you know what I mean - LOL!  Still, it's a delightful toy for any baby, boy or girl.  Here's my card:



After cutting out the monkey, I inked up a stencil and created the dotted background.  I assembled the cute little money and balanced him atop some baker's twine. Then I just rounded two corners and added a sentiment.  I just love this card.

Cricut Cartridge:  B is for Baby (Cricut Lite)
Card stock:  Recollections 110 lb and 60 lb
Ink:  Colorbox Banana
Baker's Twine:  My stash

Challenges:
Send a Smile for Kids Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Crafty Animals #16 - Anything Goes with an animal
Crafting with Friends #71 - Anything Goes

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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.

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Monday, July 2, 2018

July 613 Avenue Create - ATG/Create Your Own Designer Paper

It's July and time for another challenge at 613 Avenue Create.  This time our optional theme is to create an ATG and/or your own designer paper.  I decided to create my own paper for a graduation card given to a friend's daughter. I have had the tiny grad hat stamp for years. I believe it was in the dollar bin at Michael's way back when.  But it has really come in handy over the years, believe me. Here's my fun card:


I used school colors - blue and silver.  I added some silver die cut stars to fill in some of the open spaces between the caps. The cap on the sentiment strip is from Lil Inkers and the congrats is from Altenew.  The numbers are from Close to My Heart. The sentiment strip is mounted on silver paper and popped up. A quick and easy card!

Card stock:  Recollections 110 lb and 65 lb
Inks:  Memento Blue Danube
Stamps:  Lil Inkers, Close to My Heart, Altenew, Unknown from Michael's
Die:  Memory Box Hearts and Stars

Challenges:
Crafting with Friends - #70 Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
heARTful Stamping - July Anything Goes


  

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog #328-Father's Day

Father's Day is just around the corner, so this time our challenge at FCCB is to create a project centered around that day.  As long as I have been making cards, I've never made a shirt shaped card.  I was always put off by the thought of hand cutting a template. So I was delighted to use my Cricut to cut one.  Here it is:



I used my Close to My Heart Artiste cartridge.  I was delighted that it also had the tie image.  I think it turned out quite nice. I know it's an old concept, but it's new to me, if you know what I mean - LOL!

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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!

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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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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!

Hop over and see the DT's inspiration.  We really want to see what you make. Have a great week!

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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!






And the prize is-

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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