Monday, October 18, 2010

Fantabulous Cricut - Leaves Challenge

Happy Monday!
This week at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog, the theme is leaves. 
I made this card using paper from a Marcella pad.  It was the first paper pad I ever bought!  I embossed the mat with my Cuttlebug, and punched the corners with a Fiskars corner punch.
I welded the leaves and shadows in Design Studio, using Ashlyn's Alphabet.  The letters are from Nursery Rhymes.  This font has only a blackout shadow feature, which I didn't care for much here, so I made an extra hole in the shadow of the "e" in Design Studio.  The leaves and letters, as well as the edges of the mat, are all inked with a gold ink which is now all over my craft table - and me!!  The border behind the letters was cut using an EK Success punch (which is the most difficult border punch I've ever used.  This was take three, and I'm still not overly happy with it).  I popped the leaves and added a bow.  (Just in case you are not sure, the word spells "merci", which is French for "thank you".)
Please hop on over to Fantabulous Cricut to see the rest of the projects by the Design Team - and add one of your own!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Best Fishes - Throwback Thursday Challenge

I made this card for my niece who is celebrating her birthday. I decided to incorporate the rules for this week’s Throwback Thursday Challenge at My Creative Time as well: make a shape card using Creative Critter (or any other cartridge) AND include the colour orange.

I made this entire card using Create a Critter. The fish bowl, water, seaweed, and sand were all cut at 5 inches. I cut two fish – one at 1 ¾ and the other at one inch. I used Colorbök’s Pearlescent paper for many of the cuts, and regular cardstock for the rest. I added some faux stitching and some ribbon to the front. I also did a bit of coloured ink work on the faces of the fish, embossed their bodies and popped them on the card front. The inside sentiment was computer-generated with a sticker placed underneath.
Now I’m off to prepare part of tomorrow’s feast.  (This is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada.) With such a large family, many hands make light work - and LOTS of food!
Happy Thanksgiving!!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Fantabulous Cricut - National Bake and Decorate Month

Happy Bake and Decorate Month!  This week at Fantabulous Cricut, we're celebrating the month by creating a bake-themed project with our Cricut.  I love to bake, and have a family that loves to eat my baking!  I tend to stick to cookies and squares though.  I wanted to create something to do with baking, but I challenged myself to connect it to some actual baking as well.
For those of you who have been following me for a while, you know that I do something I call "Lunchbox Loveletter Lundi" (lundi is French for Monday).  I like to tuck little handmade cards and notes into the lunches of my family members.  This week, each of my favourite people will get a pouch holding a cookie.  I'd wanted to put two cookies in the pouches, but they just didn't fit!

I used Sesame Street Friends for this project.  I cut the jar at 5.5 - first with the blackout feature, and then the top layer.  I cut two of these for each pouch - with one flipped.  I also cut out the letters to spell "COOKIES" and the little cookies for the top of the jar.  I inked everything and also added some white pen dots.  Once the front was all assembled and ready to go, I attached it to the flipped blackout, but left the top open in order to create a pouch.
I then cut tags using the cookie image at 2.5.  This was also done using the blackout feature and then the next layer feature.  I punched a little hole in each tag and attached some raffia, which I then tied around a baggie holding a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie. 

Come on over to Fantabulous Cricut and use your Cricut to create a new project with a baking theme!  I'd love to see your creation!

**  Redraw Winner!!  **
The Stampin' Up "It's the Thought" stamp set that I offered during our Fantabulous Cricut Blog Crawl was not claimed, so I chose another winner through Random.org.  This time, the lucky winner is Sucor!!  Congratulations Sucor!!  Please contact me at smallbitsofpaper (at) hotmail (dot) com with your mailing details. 
(You have until October 13, 2010 to claim your prize.)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Hydrangea Card

This week's challenge at Serenity Scrappers is a colour challenge: purple, blue, and green.  This really was a challenge for me, but I finally figured out what to do.
I used Walk In My Garden to cut the wheelbarrow at 2.5.  The hydrangeas were cut at 4.5.  I used different coloured purple cardstock for the hydrangeas and inked everything with SU's Purely Pomegranate.  (The wheelbarrow was inked with Chocolate Chip.)  I popped the wheelbarrow and the flowers.  I cut green and blue cardstock to size, and embossed the blue with Cuttlebug Swiss Dots.  I then used a MS border punch for the hydrandgea border and a MS 3-in-1 punch for the extra flowers.  I tied a ribbon around the punched border.  I also used a Gelly Roll Pen to add the centers to the hydrangeas.  The sentiment was stamped with a SU stamp and punched out with SU punches.  I also cut some photo corners with an EK Success punch and added gems to the middle of those.