Monday, April 27, 2009

"Hi Cupcake" card

On a Cricut board I'm on, we were discussing this technique where you use baby wipes, glossy cardstock and stamp pad re-inkers to create a plaid background effect. I didn't have re-inkers or glossy cardstock, so I decided to give it a go with regular cardstock and Ranger alcohol inks. The baby wipe didn't slide over the cardstock as easily as in Gina K's video, however the end result turned out okay. I made a card out of 1/2 of the square I did. Still have the other 1/2 to use on another project.

The cupcake & sentiment stamps are by Inkadinkado. It's a set of 17 stamps that I bought at Michaels recently with a 50% off coupon. They are regular $9.99. I used my Crop-a-Dile to punch holes to 'feed' my ribbon through and tie it into a little bow, then used pop-dots to lift the cupcake off the card. I think it needs a cherry or something on top. Still trying to decide...

I colored the cupcake with Copic markers. I am still *very* new at this whole Copic thing, so I didn't even bother trying to shade. I've tried a few other times and let's just say it doesn't turn out quite right. ;o)
The Copic colors used are: RV04, Y08, B32 and V17.
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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Strawberry Card

This is a card idea I 'borrowed' from Robyn aka The Pink Stamper. She has lots of videos and Cricut tutorials. If you haven't checked out her site, you definitely should! When I got my Expression, I sat for a few hours and watched tutorials. I learned how to use the endcaps feature on the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge through her tutorials. LOVE that feature!!!
For her card, Robyn used Stampin' Up! colors and did her strawberry in pink. I just used regular ol' Michaels or Hobby Lobby cardstock and used red. I used pop-dots to raise the strawberry, though the picture doesn't show that because of the angle. But you get the idea. ;o) The black buttons were in a package I bought in the craft department at Wal Mart for cheap ($1.77). They had other packages as well and there are 2-4 colors in each package. I'm just starting to use buttons...I like 'em!
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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Mother's Day Card

It's been SO long since I updated my blog that I decided to show you one of the cards I made today. This is a Mother's Day card or I guess it could be a 'just because' card for Mom since it doesn't say anything about Mother's Day...but at this point it's a Mother's Day card.

Pink card blank with the back layer being a grey "Pastel Parchment" paper from Westrim Crafts and the top layer being a light pink from who-knows-what package of cardstock! The bouquet of flowers I cut on the Cricut with SCAL, colored the flowers with Cotton Candy Stickles and used a Butterscotch-dyed Skittle for the center of each flower. The back layer is punched with a Martha Stewart doily punch and the front layer is cut out of a scallop circle on the Cricut with SCAL and cut down to fit the size I wanted. Mom is also cut on the Cricut with SCAL.
I bought a photo storage box at Hobby Lobby the other day, so I'm going to *TRY* to start making some cards to store for future use. I have this Mother's Day card and one 'just because' card in the box with all the little tabs labeled for different occasions. I hope to start to work on my Christmas cards by mid-May. Wish me luck! ;o)
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Friday, April 03, 2009

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Cricut Swarm Win - WOOHOO!!!

As most of you know, my group won the Cricut Swarm/Crop for February. Well, FedEx dropped our package off the other day, but I'm just now getting a chance to take photos and upload them.

The package included:

1) Cricut Rolling Backpack - not sure of the value of this???
2) 6 2-packs of 6x12 mats (12 mats total) - $59.94
3) Tear Drop font cartridge - $89.99
4) Tool Kit - $24.99
5) 8 pads of 6x12 paper - $47.92
So without calculating the price of the backpack, that's a $220+ value. Nice win!!!
If you don't know how to register your Cricut Swarm, click here.
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