Sunday, February 27, 2011

Crinkle Ribbon from Kimberly Tracy at My Craft Spot

A few of the members of the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog Design Team were most generously given some gorgeous crinkle ribbon from My Craft Spot's Kimberly Tracy - and challenged to use the ribbon in our creations.  I received the Neapolitan set which contains Chocolate Truffle, Vanilla Bean, and Raspberry Truffle.  This ribbon is absolutely gorgeous and I am in love with it!  In fact, after my first crinkle ribbon creation, I headed over to My Craft Spot and put in an order for more, this time selecting the Springtime package.  Kimberly shipped it immediately so I am hoping it will arrive soon.  I've got some ideas!
For this Easter card, I used Easter 2010 to cut the layers of the egg.  I used a Fiskars corner punch and also used a Cuttlebug border folder to create the embossed frame for my sentiment (which is from My Creative Time's Color Me Happy set).  I used my Raspberry Truffle crinkle ribbon around the egg and then used a bit more to tie a bow.  I inked the edges of my card and added a couple of brown pearls to finish things off.  I love the contrast of the ribbon against the kraft paper and the ribbon really draws out the pink in the egg too.
I made this next card for my husband.  Each year, I like to give him a St. Patrick's Day themed card on March 15, the anniversary of the day we first met (22 years ago!).  I used Paper Doll Dress Up for the shamrock and the hearts on it.  (I cut the shamrock in a darker shade of green and hand cut the image to create three hearts to fit inside the shamrock.)  The border was created by welding the shamrock border from PDDU with a holed border from Holiday Cakes.  The tag was cut from Plantin' Schoolbook.  I embossed the background with a Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes folder.  The tag was stamped with a sentiment from My Creative Time's I Believe in Leprechauns set, using both Versamark and then Chocolate Chip ink.  I wove some Chocolate Truffle crinkle ribbon through the holed border and tied a bow as well.  I also added some of the crinkle ribbon to the tag.
I created this shaped card with Accent Essentials.  The little frame was cut with Ashlyn's Alphabet and stamped with a clear stamp (maker unknown).  I embossed the DCWV pink patterned paper with a Cuttlebug Textile Texture folder.  I also added a punched border created with an EK Success punch.  I used Vanilla Bean crinkle ribbon around the mat and to create a double bow.  I finished things off with a button and pink pearls. 

There are more My Craft Spot crinkle ribbon creations to be seen at Fantabulous Cricut.  Please be sure to check them out - and then head over to My Craft Spot to check out the wonderful ribbon colours!  Each package comes with 3 yards (2.74m) of each of 3 colours for just $9.99US - which includes free shipping, even to Canada!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Embossed Card and Gift Card Holder

This week at FCCB, the theme is "Emboss It!".  When I first got my Cuttlebug, I left it in the box for about 6 months before I decided to use it.  Once I opened it, there was no turning back.  I LOVE to emboss various elements of my paper crafts.

For this project, I used Paisley at 4 inches to cut the little outfit.  I embossed the white mat with a Cuttlebug Happy Birthday folder.  The dress was embossed with my Seeing Spots folder and the belt and straps with a butterfly folder from a die/emboss combo.  I punched some corners with an EK Success punch, added a flower and some gems and the card was finished.

I also used Paisley to make the gift card holder.  I did some manipulating in order to create the front panel, which I also embossed with Seeing Spots.  As the folder was not quite large enough for the pink panel, I used an SU border punch to create a strip in the middle.  The panel is adhered along the sides and bottom only, creating a pocket for a gift card.  I used a variety of punches to create little embellishments for the bag and also added some gems.

Head on over to Fantabulous Cricut.  You can use any type of embossing you like to enter this week's challenge.  Just remember that you must have a Cricut cut somewhere on your creation.

I'm also entering this at Two Scraptastic Gals where the challenge is to use Paisley.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Trifle Bowl

Serenity Scrappers is challenging crafters to create an altered project, with vinyl if possible.  I've seen a few trifle bowls fancied up with a bit of vinyl and decided to give it a go myself. 
My trifle bowl is from Pampered Chef.  I cut Bon App├ętit and some leaves from Ashlyn's Alphabet.  I chose this cartridge as it has accents and I needed an accent aigu for the phrase.  (I bought Ashlyn's Alphabet especially for the accents.)  I had measured the bowl first and adjusted the letters to get a height with which I was happy.
This project would not have taken long at all, except I missed the accent when I was transferring the vinyl to the bowl.  I had wadded up the painter's tape I was using for the transfer and put it in the garbage.  When I realized that the accent was missing, I went back to the tape and quickly discovered that my daughter's cat thought I'd actually made a ball for her.  As a result, I had to get a bit of the leftover vinyl and cut another accent to use!  Both crafter and cat are happy now.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Rejoice Card

Yesterday, I received some wonderful news.  A friend with cancer just learned that she is in remission - prior to treatment!  As soon as she gave me the news, I dropped everything to make her a card.
I knew right away that I wanted to use "Rejoice" as my sentiment, but don't have any stamps that say that!  I did an online search and found just the right font used on another graphic so did some editing, stretching, and colour changing and came up with something I liked.  As my sentiment was computer generated, I then looked for a digi-frame in order to have the ink match perfectly.  I was delighted to discover Bird's Cards where there are all sorts of freebies - including the PERFECT frame for my sentiment and the look for which I was going.  I cut the oval frame and mat with my Creative Memories cutting system and also used Stampin' Up punches for the border, the corners, and the scalloped circles above and below the frame.  I embossed the white mat with my Cuttlebug Textile Texture folder.  To finish things off, I used some Chocolate Truffle crinkle ribbon from Kimberly at My Craft Spot and a button from my stash.  This is the first time I've used crinkle ribbon and I LOVE it!!  I am quite "ribbon challenged" (or just my own worst critic!!) and crinkle ribbon does not need to be even so is incredibly easy to work with.  It lends itself quite nicely to vintage creations but I have also seen Kimberly use crinkle ribbon with contemporary cards as well. 

And some more great news for one lucky follower:  Random.org chose #29 - Teri - to win my prize package for the Fantabulous Cricut "Share the Love" crawl.  Congratulations, Teri!  (Teri, please send your contact information to smallbitsofpaper at hotmail dot com and I will get your prize out to you.  You have one week to claim your prize.)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Little Lamb Note Cards

I made some little note cards to tuck inside the lunch bags of my favourite people.  I like to give them each a special message on Mondays. 

Last week, I purchased a big pack of kraft cardstock and am really liking it!  I had also ordered some baker's twine from an eBay seller and love the look of it against the kraft paper.
These little cards are 2.5x2.5 inches.  I stamped the lamb using a Studio G stamp and used some green pattern paper to mat behind.  The "HI" was cut with George and Basic Shapes and adhered to an EK Success 1" scallop circle.  Everything is inked with distressed ink.  I added the Baker's Twine and hand wrote XXX in the top right corner of each card to finish things off.

After making these, I realized that Monday is a holiday (Family Day in Canada) so there will be no school or work.  I'm a week ahead of the game!

NB  These cards were also used as part of my Quick Tip Tuesday post at Fantabulous Cricut.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Share the Love Cricut Crawl

Welcome to the fourth Fantabulous Cricut Crawl - Fantabulous Cricut's version of a blog hop! 

Valentine's Day is in a week and everyone at Fantabulous Cricut has decided to Share the Love!   Each Design Team member will be featuring an original valentine-themed project that includes the word LOVE somewhere on it.

If you've come from visiting Jordan at Cute Cute World, 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 some of our DT members' blogs AND there will be a Hello Kitty Greetings cartridge (donated by Cut-n-Crop) at FCCB for one participant who submits a Share the Love project!
The other day, we were snowed in.  I spent a wonderful afternoon making cupcakes with my boys.  To spruce things up a bit, we added some paper hearts on little skewers to share the love!  The hearts and shadows were cut from Doodlecharms with the pink cardstock run through the Cuttlebug using a Love Language Small Hearts Folder.  In order to have everything look finished from all angles, we cut a flipped shadow and heart as well.  We glued the front and backs together, leaving a space at the bottom to hide the skewers between the two sides.  We also added the word “love” (cut from Walk in my Garden) on one side and an “xox” cut from Holiday Cakes on the other.  Although we had a great time putting everything together, the highlight was definitely the consumption of the cupcakes!
For this blog hop, I am offering a Smirk For Her 6x6 Designer Pack and a Fiskars Kids’ Birthday clear stamp set.  One lucky crafter will be drawn at random and announced here next Wednesday, February 16.  To enter, just leave a comment.  If you are a follower, you are welcome to leave a second comment telling me as such for an extra entry.

Now it's your turn! Let's see your Share the Love projects!  Make sure to include a Cricut cut and the word LOVE somewhere on your project!

Next stop...  Leinad's blog, Scrap Stickle Pop. Go 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!