Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Crossing Guard Gingerbread and a Winner

I made this card for my youngest son's crossing guard.  I always make her a card with a STOP sign (like the one she holds as we cross the road).  The gingerbread man and house are from Stretch Your Imagination.  I used Going Places for the STOP sign, welding a rectangle from George and Basic Shapes on the shadow to make a hand-held sign. I ran the top mat through my Cuttlebug using a snowflake folder (which certainly has been getting a lot of use these days!).  I added some pen dots, glitter, some snowflakes (cut with a Martha Stewart border punch), a gem and a ribbon.  I finished things off with some EK Success photo corners.
This week's challenge at Bitten By the Bug 2 is to use a gingerbread man.  What perfect timing for me with this card! 

I would like to extend a huge welcome to all my new followers!  Last week's Fantabulous Cricut "Deck the Halls" Crawl was so much fun and I enjoyed reading all your comments.  Thanks so much!  The winner of my blog prize is #37 - Scrappin' Diva Angie.  Congratulations Angie!  Please send me your mailing address (smallbitsofpaper at hotmail dot com).  You have two weeks to claim your prize.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Joy to the World Card

Click HERE if you are looking for the Fantabulous Cricut "Deck the Halls" Crawl post.

I decided to give myself the day off and spent a large portion of the day crafting.  I had heard of a few challenges and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. 
Angi, from Cokie Pop Paper Boutique, is a member of the Papercraft Star Design Team and created a beautiful card using the photo below as inspiration.  (See Angi's card HERE.) I am always so impressed with the way Angi reuses items on her craft projects and decided to do the same myself.  (The gold foil I used is actually from a gift bag.)  As soon as I saw the photo, I was immediately taken by the window and knew that I had to have a window like that on my card as well.   I also followed the same colour scheme.

I designed the window using George and Basic Shapes and Destinations.  I cut the window three times.  I hand cut a piece of transparency to size and ran it through my Cuttlebug using a snowflake folder.  I had never embossed transparency before, but was thrilled with the result.  The transparency is between the bottom two layers of the window.  I also hand cut a piece of white and green patterned paper to go behind the window (although it looks just white in the photo).  The window is popped from the shadow.  Here is a photo taken to show you the patterned paper as best I could:
I then cut a piece of darker patterned paper as a shadow for the window.  I just used George and Basic Shapes to design the shadow.  The card mat was hand cut from green cardstock and run through my Cuttlebug using the same snowflake folder that I had used for the transparency.  I computer generated the sentiment and matted it with the darker patterned paper and some gold foil paper with snowflake patterns (originally a gift bag).

The challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week is to use the wreath from Joys of the Season.  I cut the wreath two times and ran the top layer through my Cuttlebug using Swiss Dots.  I also cut some extra leaves using the layer feature and ran those through my Cuttlebug using a small butterfly folder (but simply put the leaves in the centre for small dots to be embossed).  I inked all portions of the wreath and assembled it by staggering the layers.  Earlier, I had made a number of tags (using Very Merry Tags) and kept the red tag holes to be used for berries.  I also added Glossy Accents to the berries.  The wreath is popped and I used a piece of the gold foil to make it look like it is hanging from the window frame. I finished things off with some red pearls on the tag and window base.
Voting has begun at Papercraft Star.  You can vote for my card HERE until Monday night.
My card is #13.  Thanks so much!

Challenges:
Serenity Scrappers - Christmas project
Papercraft Star - Photo inspiration
Bitten by the Bug 2 - Wreath from Joys of the Season
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes Christmas
ABC Challenge Blog - J is for jewels

Monday, December 13, 2010

Fantabulous Cricut "Deck The Halls" Crawl

Welcome to Small Bits of Paper and the third Fantabulous Cricut Crawl...Fantabulous Cricut's version of a blog hop!

In honour of the approaching Christmas holiday, we're having a "Deck The Halls" Crawl. Each Design Team member will be featuring an original Christmas/Holiday-themed project that could be used to decorate and spruce up their homes for the holiday season!

If you've come from visiting Joyce at Passion for Paper, you're in the right place! If you've just happened across my blog and would like to play along with our Fantabulous Cricut Crawl, start HERE.

Make sure to check out each DT member's blog for some awesome inspiration! There will be PRIZES along the way at our DT members' blogs, AND there will be a Grand Prize up for grabs at FCCB for one participant that submits a "Deck The Halls" project at FCCB! How fun is that?
For my project, I created an advent tree. I purchased a small tree and pot at a craft store. I used gold spray paint to spray the pot and also added a bit over the tree for gold shimmer. I added a bow on the pot as well. I then created 24 “sour cream containers” using designer paper from K&Company’s Secret Santa pad, cutting each sheet into four 6x6 squares. Inside each pouch, I added a sentence from the First Christmas Story and some treats (mini candy canes, kisses, jubes, etc.). I cut the numbers using Cuttin’ Up. The scallop and circle frame are from Mini Monograms. I then punched a small hole in each pouch and hung them from the tree.
I also made the star tree topper from George and Basic Shapes. I actually used the sun, but hid the middle contours. I then cut some smaller “stars” the same way. I embossed the largest star using a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder and added some word art from Christmas Cheer, cutting the top layer in green and the shadow in red. The little stars are attached with some gold jewellery wire. Each of the stars (large and small) was cut twice and adhered to each other in order to hide the tape and glue and to look finished from all angles.
Each night after supper, we open a pouch and enjoy the treats. The sentence from the story gets read and then added to our "advent wall". Every few days, we read all the sentences so far. The number tag is then removed from the pouch and added to the tree with the ribbon so the tree doesn't look bare.
The prize I’m offering contains journaling tag stamps, messy dates stamps and a make-your-own card set. To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post. If you are a follower, you are welcome to leave a second post for an extra entry. The winner will be announced on December 22.

Now it's your turn! Let's see your Christmas/Holiday-Themed Decor projects! Make sure to include a Cricut cut somewhere on your project!

Next stop is Leigh's blog, My Scrappy Journey. Go and see what she has in store for you today. When you're done, make sure to link up your project to FCCB's Fantabulous Cricut Crawl post to be entered into the contest!

Happy Crawling!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Camel Birthday Card

What a week!  I had my final presentation to do in my course.  It had to be pre-recorded - which actually made the process much longer than usual, but much less stressful during the actual presentation.  I am now officially off school until the new year.  Woo hoo!  I loved my course though, and will miss it - as well as the instructor.  I had the privilege of being taught by a visiting professor from the University of Leeds.  I really enjoyed studying under her.

I made this card for my sister's birthday.  My nickname for her is "Kami" - short for camel.  (When we took a holiday to Egypt, I kept asking her to hold my things as I ran off to take photos.  She made a joke that I thought she was my camel - and the nickname began!)  I always find her things with a camel and make her cards with camels.
I cut the camel from Animal Kingdom and cut off its head - to replace it with one looking straight out.  I attached the head with a handmade wobble spring. I used my Chomas gel pen holder to draw the face and added green pearls for eyes.  The hat is from Doodlecharms and I added stickles to it.  Patterned papers are g.c.d.  The border and mini scallops were created with Stampin' Up punches and punched from the same paper as the mat.  I added more pearls to the mini scallops and also attached a little bow. 

If you haven't heard, Fantabulous Cricut is giving away prizes every day this week and next!  Be sure to leave comments there for your chance to win!

Also, Monday is the big Fantabulous Cricut "Deck the Halls" Crawl.  You won't want to miss all the fun - and more prizes to be won!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Birthday Card - and an award times three

I made this card for my husband, who recently celebrated his birthday.  When he opened it, he and the boys thought the image was a potato!!  Fortunately, my daughter recognized it as a dog.
I got the idea to use this dog with a cowboy hat from a card on the Cricut message board, created by Shelly at Shelly's Card Blog.  (I'm sorry I don't have a direct link to the card, but I couldn't find it there.)  I used Doodlecharms for the dog and Paper Doll Dress Up for the hat.  I simply cut the frame and rounded the corners with a Creative Memories corner rounder.  I positioned the frame on an angle which was a bit difficult for me as I'm all about balance and symmetry, but I really do like the look. The background paper and top layer of the mat were embossed with a Spots and Dots Cuttlebug folder.  The little frame for the sentiment was cut from Winter Frolic and the little border was punched with an EK Success border punch.  The circle was cut with George and Basic Shapes and the sentiment is one I picked up in a Michaels' $1.50 bin.  I added some twine and beads, as well as a little dog brad from my stash.  I did a lot of inking on this card - and tried to make the pup look like he was scruffy and in need of a shave.  I also added some metallic gold pen dots.  (They almost look white in the photo.) 
I'm also thrilled to have been awarded the Stylish Blogger Award from three wonderful blogging friends!  I feel so honoured and blessed to have been chosen by so many!  It's been a crazy couple of weeks as I finish up the school term with papers and presentations - so I'm especially delighted to have had a bright spot in the midst of my stress!!  (The good news is that I've just one presentation left to go this semester.  Woo hoo!!)  The Stylish Blogger Award was passed to me from:  Tara at Homemade Happiness, Sharon at Ladybug Designs, and Carol at Carol's Sweet Creations.  Part of the requirements of this blog award are to pass along 8 bits of information about myself:
1. I do not like snow (and my part of the world is currently covered in the white stuff!!)
2. I used to be very, very shy and still am a bit
3. I am quite patient and self-controlled - except when it comes to chocolate!!
4. When I was growing up, I always said that I would marry a man named Raoul.  My husband's name is an English derivative of Raoul. 
5. I always said I wanted two boys and a girl - and that's just what I've got.  I feel blessed with the "perfect" family
6. When I was a child, I made up a special name for my mother and still call her that name to this day.  I never call her "mum"!
7. My favourite flower is the daffodil
8.  I am a creature of habit and thrive on routine

I am now to pass this along to new blogging friends.  I am going to pass this along to all the members of the Fantabulous Design Team where there are a number of new members who are quickly becoming blog friends.

Also - don't miss the Fantabulous Cricut Blog Crawl coming up on December 13.  There will be lots of great projects to see and prizes to be won!