Monday, October 31, 2011

My Craft Spot Stamp Release Day One

Welcome to Day One of the My Craft Spot Stamp Release Party!!  Each day this week, EVERY design team member will be sharing a project made with one of Kimberly's five new stamp sets.  My Craft Spot will also be showing photos of the projects and offering prizes just for commenting!  And on Saturday, we have a fun blog hop planned - with prizes at EACH stop along the way!! 

The first set of stamps is called "Jingle All the Way".  Here is the card I made with one of the fun stamps on this set:
This card was made using the Christmas Solutions cartridge for all cuts.  I welded two doors together (flipping one) to create a shaped card.  I embossed the main image with my Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes folder and inked everything!  I added some transparency for the window at the top of the door and embossed it with a snowflake folder for a frosted look.  I also heat embossed the sentiment and added Glossy Accents to my little berries (which were made from a small paper punch).  I finished everything off with some gorgeous Cranberry Crinkle Ribbon from My Craft Spot.
Please head over to My Craft Spot to see the rest of the projects made with the NEW "Jingle All the Way" stamp set.  And don't forget to leave a comment at My Craft Spot to be eligible for today's prize of a Friends and Neighbors stamp set!

If you are interested in purchasing the new "Jingle All the Way" stamp set, ALL FIVE sets will be available for purchase at My Craft Spot on Saturday.
Don't forget to come back tomorrow to see my next My Craft Spot Stamp Release Party project!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Lunchbox Ghost Cards

It's time to get spooky at Fantabulous Cricut!  We are challenging you to create a project with a ghost on it.  My ghosts look more cute than scary - but that's okay as they are to be tucked inside my favourite people's lunch boxes next Monday.
These cards were super quick and easy to put together.  I cut the ghost twice from Paper Doll Dress Up - and made a bit of a shadow using my Gypsy.  The ghost is popped - and I added some fun googly eyes.  I stamped the sentiment and little star using stamps from My Craft Spot - and punched them out with Stampin' Up punches.  The fun orange licorice baker's twine is also from My Craft Spot.  The finished cards are 3x3 - perfect to tuck inside a lunch box.
My Craft Spot
If you haven't heard, you'll want to know that My Craft Spot is having a stamp release party next week!!  There will be prizes each day (from Monday to Friday) at My Craft Spot and a blog hop on Saturday - with prizes at EACH stop along the way!  The design team is hard at work creating some wonderful projects to share with you all.  You won't want to miss the fun!  And if you add the release party button to your blog, you will double your chances of winning a prize!

I'm sorry I'm behind in visiting your blogs!  On Thursday, I had a 2-hour seminar to present... worth 50% of my final grade - so was busy preparing for that.  I survived and feel pretty good about things.  Then we spent the weekend at an Autism Family Respite Outdoor Centre as my son won a family spot at the camp.  It was just the rest and relaxation we all needed - and heaps of fun too!  I'm on reading break this week - and despite all the reading I have to do, I am hoping to get caught up on my blog visits.

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I am entering my lunchbox ghost cards at Little Scrap Pieces, where Karen is having a "Copy Cat" challenge giveaway.   Hop on over to link up your own Halloween (or fall) project)!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Open If You Dare!

It's time for some 3-D Halloween fun at My Craft Spot, where this week's challenge is to create a 3-dimensional project with a Halloween theme.  I decided to make a "grown up" treat bag.  Initially, I was thinking of making something fun for the kids but I received Flower Shoppe a few weeks ago and have been itching to play with it since.  I decided to combine the My Craft Spot challenge with my insatiable urge, and this is what I came up with...
I used Tags, Bags, Boxes and More for the bag itself, and then cut a panel for the front from the same purple cardstock that I had used for the bag.  Both were inked with black ink, and I also used my Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirls folder to emboss the extra panel.  I cut a web frame from black cardstock using Happy Hauntings and then created my flower by cutting different sizes of Ruffle4 and Sunflwr2 from Flower Shoppe.  The majority of the cuts are black, with a few purple thrown in there too.  I assembled the flower with an oversized black brad to hold each layer together.  Once the panel, web and flower were on the bag, I spritzed it with some Stampin' Up Smooch Spritz.  I cut a thin "Drippy Goo" border and covered it with Glossy Accents.  This was attached to the top of the bag.  I stamped a My Craft Spot sentiment (from the Happy Haunting set) on purple cardstock and heat embossed it, adding two little black brads to the tag.
I made my own grass to to in the bag (by running some paper through a crimper, cutting it into thin strips and then squishing it in my hands). To finish things off, I cut a small bat from Happy Hauntings, attached it to a bit of black wire which I had coiled, and added it to the bag.

Please head over to My Craft Spot to see the rest of the design team inspiration.  We've got some new members on our team - and each one of them has incredible talent and creativity to share!  Also, in two weeks' time, Kimberly will be releasing more stamp sets.  I've had a sneak peek and LOVE each set.  I know you will too!!  She's also just released seam binding (her wonderful crinkle ribbon - only smooth!) so you will want to check that out as well.  Head to My Craft Spot to be part of all the excitement!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Subway Art

Happy Thanksgiving!!
(In Canada, Thanksgiving is always celebrated on the second Monday of October.)

It's all about wall décor this week at Fantabulous Cricut. I've been wanting to try some subway art for some time now, so decided that this would be the perfect opportunity to give it a go!

I first purchased a white canvas and painted it with a light brown acrylic paint.  (It's got a lovely distressed look in person, but it doesn't show up in the photo.)  I then used my Gypsy to design the art. To do this, I added a rectangle to my Gypsy design which was an inch smaller than my canvas. (My canvas is 12x16, so I created a rectangle to be 11x15.) Then I designed the phrases using a variety of fonts, extending each expression to 11 inches in order to have both sides justified. I cut the art from a piece of brown Cricut vinyl. I learned the hard way that one should never cut vinyl on a new mat. It was quite a pain to get the white backing off the mat once I'd removed the vinyl!  I had to remind myself to give thanks in all things and to choose to be happy!!

(The "Choose to be happy" portion is a scaled down version of wall art in my office which I posted about HERE.)

There are some wonderful creations for view at Fantabulous Cricut.  Head over to see what the rest of the design team has been working on - and to link up your own wall décor project.

Cartridges used:
Cuttin' Up
Jubilee
Gypsy Font
Nursery Rhymes
Kate's ABCs
Opposites Attract
Printing 101
Plantin SchoolBook

Monday, October 3, 2011

Too Cute to Spook!

It's challenge time again at My Craft Spot, and this one is such a fun one:  Too cute to spook!  Last month, I found a great deal on "Happy Hauntings".  I was so excited to see the adorable little mouse and decided that he would be perfect for the challenge!  He's just SO cute!
I did make a few small changes to the image by making the mouse's arm a bit longer and by changing the face on the little pumpkin basket.  (I did this with my Gypsy.)  I used a bat/web frame from Happy Hauntings as well.  The patterned papers are from K&Company's Spooktacular stack and the solid papers are from my stash.  I used a metallic silver cardstock for the mouse.  The sentiment and tiny little star stamps are from My Craft Spot's Candy Corn Kisses set, stamped on a banner from Happy Hauntings.  I LOVE the tiny little star!  It's so versatile and could easily be used as a snowflake or flower too.  It worked perfectly to fill in the empty spaces on my banner.  I also stamped the little star on each of the corners, punched with an EK Success corner punch.  I finished things off with some brads and fun Orange Licorice Baker's Twine from My Craft Spot.

Head over to My Craft Spot to see the rest of the Design Team inspiration - and to link up your own "Too Cute to Spook" project!  And don't forget that My Craft Spot is looking for FOUR new design team members.  You can read all the details HERE

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Apple Addict

To mark the beginning of Rosh Hashana, there's an "apple and honey" challenge going on at Cooking with Cricut.  My youngest is the BIGGEST fan of apples that ever there was so I couldn't let this challenge pass me by.  My son eats several apples a day (sometimes up to 6) and recently did an entire English assignment using only apples as his examples!  It was quite creative! 
My son helped me design the shirts on my Gypsy and took part in the production as well - although I did all the ironing.  The first shirt uses the apple from Wrap It Up and the letters are from Mickey Font.  The red and green vinyl are flocked and have a lovely texture to them.
The second shirt was created using a little character from Car Decals and the same apple, although my son said that the leaf should be off if the little character was eating it - so no leaf on the apple for this one!

I figured that "my honey" in his apple shirts suited the Cooking With Cricut challenge perfectly!!  L'shanah tovah to all who celebrate Rosh Hashanah!