Thursday, December 30, 2010

Fun Announcement - I Am a Designer for Flaunt it Fridays

Hi everyone, I hope you are all enjoying the week and getting ready to ring in 2011.  I'm so excited to announce that I was just selected to be on the Design Team for Flaunt it Fridays!  If you have not had a chance to check out the blog, FIF is a weekly challenge blog where you are asked to create a project using a selected cut from a particular Cricut cartridge.  You can still play along even if you don't have that week's cartridge, all we ask is that you find a similar cut using what you have.  Our first blog hop will be on January 7 and I'll be participating with a little blog candy for all of you.

This week's FIF challenge is to use the turtle from Create-a-Critter and make a project that isn't a card.  I have been working on a Christmas-themed paper bag mini album this week, and I incorporated the turtle into one of the pages.  When I have more time, I'll show you all the finished project.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Dance Card

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, I was able to spend a great weekend with my family. Since I'm on vacation this week, I've been using the time as an opportunity to play around with my Gypsy and Cricut. I've had the idea for this card in my head for a while, but haven't had a change to pull out my paper and create it. I love this postage shaped image from B is for Boy and have wanted to use it as a card base for some time. The little girl on the card is from Twinkle Toes Cricut Lite cartridge.  This is my first time using Twinkle Toes for a project; the are some great images and they layer very easily.  It could become a new favorite.
Card Base: American Crafts textured lavender paper 12.81" (single image 7.5").
First Layer: Pattern paper from K&Company (Berry Sweet)  rectangle from Plantin Schoolbook cut at 4".
Girl from Twinkle Toes cartridge cut at 4".
Tag from Tags, Bags, Boxes and More cut at 1.25" with Kraft Cardstock from Recollections (Michaels).  Stamp: Sentiment from My Pink Stamper Stamps Family & Friends set.
Sakura Jelly Roll Pen - White.
Creative Memories Basic Fine Tip Pen - Black.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

It's Christmas! My most favorite holiday of the year. My Dad is cooking breakfast and my mom is preparing to make all of my favorite foods for dinner. I hope you and your family have a fanstastic holiday!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Good Hair - Congratulations Card

I met my friend Eric about seven years ago when I moved to Atlanta from Law School; he was my hairdresser's assistant. Since our initial meeting we have become good friends, so I was so excited for him when he finally enrolled in Beauty School last fall to formally begin the process of becoming a licensed stylist. He graduated from school last month and today he was kind enough to squeeze me in for a last minute hair appointment before Christmas. I whipped up this card last night and took it with me when I headed over to the new salon he's working at. The blow dryer image from the Paisley cartridge couldn't have been more perfect. Eric loved the card and set it on his booth. More importantly, my hair is looking great as I head into the weekend!

Card Base: Kraft Cardstock (Michaels' Recollections) cut at 5" x 5".
First Layer: Pattern paper from K&Company (Berry Sweet) cut at 4.75" x 4.75".
Second Layer: Pattern paper from K&Company (Berry Sweet) cut at 4.5" x. 4.5".
Blow Dryer from Paisley cartridge cut at 4.5".
Sentiment Base: American Crafts textured pink paper.
Sentiment from My Pink Stamper Stamps Family & Friends set.
Border Punch: Martha Stewart Drippy Goo.
Ribbon - White from Michaels.
Sakura Jelly Roll Pen - White.
Creative Memories Pen - Black.
Via Decor Glitter Liner - Black.
Diamond Glaze - used on the red heart and button.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

My Pink Stamper Challenge

This week, Robyn, at My Pink Stamper, has been doing a 12 days of Christmas countdown. Today's challenge is to make a Christmas card or layout. I used my new Jolly Holidays cartridge and threw a quick 4x4 card together using one of the Santa cuts. I think it turned out well. And of course, when in doubt, just add glitter.

Flaunt It Fridays Challenge

Flaunt it Fridays is a new challenge blog which is all about using your Cricut cartridges to their fullest extent and "flaunting" what you can create. This week's challenge is to use the cup with lemon cut from Simply Charmed. I don't have that cartridge so I used the lime cuts from Cherry Limeade cartridge. This card came together really quickly and I just love how it turned out. I cut the cup at 4 inches and the lemon at 1 1/2 inches. I used a Peachy Keen stamp for the cute face.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Santa Christmas Card

Like many on Black Friday, I trudged out of bed in early hours to pick up the some of the new Cricut Lite cartridges from Walmart and hit the sales and Joann's and Michaels. I was able to snag Jolly Holidays and Twinkle Toes from Walmart and Winter Frolic at Joann's. I made this Christmas card using one of the Santa cut on the Winter Frolic cartridge. It's super cute, but there are a ton of little pieces that go into making this image. To add a little extra pizazz, I used stickles on the hat and suit.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thank You Card

I made this card for a friend of mine who is planning on introducing the concept of thank you cards to her 3 1/2 year old son this Christmas. The idea for the card came from a layout I made toward the end of summer. I modified it ever so slightly by changing the background paper and adding a paper doll that looks kind of like my friend's son. I love it!

Card base: American Crafts Black A2 card - 4 x 5 1/2
Background paper: K&Company - 3 3/8 x 5 1/4
Grass: Bazzill Swiss Dots Paper & Martha Stewart Punch - 1 1/2 x 5 1/4. The grass is colored with green chalk.
Sun: Cut at 1 1/2 inches (Doodlecharms)
Car: Cut at 3 inches (B is for Boy)
Paper Doll: Cut at 2 inches (Everday Paper Dolls)
Sentiment - My Pink Stamper Stamps - Family & Friends
Face Stamps - Peachy Keen Stamps - Everyday Character Face Stamps

Snowman Card with Doodlecharms

Although I would deny it if asked outright, but I have a lot of cartridges that I don't use frequently. I needed a quick card to put together for my cousin who loves gift cards for Christmas. While digging through my cartridges, I ran across Doodlecharms, started flipping through the images manual and came across this snowman. I cut him out with the blackout feature (4 inches) and used my new Peachy Keen Stamps for his face. I pulled some buttons out I had and used them for his belly. The card is really simple, but fun.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Reindeer Card

As I've probably mentioned before, I love the Create-A-Critter cartridge; the images are so versatile and super simple to layer. I have been waiting to use the Reindeer image for some time, so this cut came in very handy for making a set of three cards to go along with three gifts for my friend's kids. I cut the reindeer at 4 in. Red stickles were used on the scarf and Viva Decor glitter liner was used on the hoofs. The patterned paper is from a My Mind's Eye Christmas paper pack and the red cardstock is Bazill. The ribbon is from Michaels. The sentiment is from Inkadinkadoo.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Scalloped Snowman Christmas Card

The Christmas season is officially in high gear! I spent the majority of the weekend making several Christmas cards to go with gifts for family and friends; as well as, cards for the women in my Bible study group. I made the scalloped cards for the women in my church group and for my first shaped card, I think it turned out well. I used Mini Monogram for the circles and Winter Frolic for the snowman. The scalloped circles were cut at 6 inches and 5 1/2 inches. The blue circle was cut at 5 3/4 inches. The snowman was cut at 3.39 inches. The kraft paper is from Recollections, the colored paper is American Crafts and the scarf and mittens were cut uisng Bazill Dotted Swiss paper. The stamp is Inkadinkadoo.