Monday, August 23, 2010

A HOT Challenge at FCCB

I'm afraid this is another pre-scheduled post, but should be my last for a while!  If all went well, I arrived home safely over the weekend and will now spend the next two weeks running around as we get ready for school to begin in September.  I'm looking forward to doing some catch-up on the blogs - and creating more myself!!
This week's challenge at Fantabulous Cricut is a HOT one - create something with a tropical theme.  I found this to be quite a challenge and designed a few projects before I came up with something I was happy with. 

I made this pocket with some 2-sided designer paper I'd picked up at Costco.  I used a new squared-corner punch that I found on clearance at Michael's.  The palm trees were cut using Summer Vacation.  I glued the larger one flat and used little Pop Dots for the smaller of the two trees.  I used a Martha Stewart border punch for the "Thanks" and then cut to size.  I added some oversized eyelets and tied some raffia to finish things off.  I then went to add a pouch of the flavoured iced tea I had purchased, but it appeared that somebody had enjoyed it!!  I did find some mulling spices for the photo though!

Please come and join the fun at FCCB!  I'd love to see your creation!!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Smile! It's a FCCB Challenge!

First of all, I apologize for my absence.  Within hours of submitting my last paper, we headed out the door and began our summer holidays.  We've been to Ottawa, camping at Emily Provincial Park, and are now in Florida (at least I hope we are - this is a pre-scheduled post!).  After Disney, we'll be doing some more camping back in Canada and I should be home by late August.  I'll have lots of catching up to do!
This week at Fantabulous Cricut, the challenge is to create a project using the word smile.  As soon as I heard the challenge, I pictured this crazy dog from Paper Pups!  I used Design Studio to hide some contours and cut the image three times - once in white (for those teeth) and then in two different browns.  I used some DCWV Pet Stack paper, some Stampin'Up paper, and some regular cardstock too, which I punched with an EK Success border punch.  I also added a brad that seemed to fit the theme quite nicely.
The inside of the card was done using George and Basic Shapes with Cuttin' Up.  It's one of the first cuts I ever created with Design Studio - and I have saved it all this time.  I'm so glad I did, as all I had to do was add paper to the mat!

I hope to see you all playing along at FCCB this week!  By the way, have any of you noticed the date today?  It's 8-9-10!