Saturday, September 10, 2016

Summer Birthday Card

One more summer birthday card!

This one was simple. No Cricut, just paper and elements from the Echo Park Summer Days paper pack.

These are all cardstock sticker elements that I've adhered using pop dots. I use my powder bag to eliminate the static when embossing to de-sticky the backs of the stickers.

So there is also this new feature in the IOS version of Cricut Design Space called SnapMat. Basically, you can take a picture of your cutting mat in the app and then align what you want to cut or write over the paper you have on your cutting mat. In this case I used it to align where I wanted the sentiment written.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Sitch and Sew


So this is my final August project. My mom just added sewing room on to her house so for her birthday I made her a little sewing shadow box. This was seriously so much fun to make! And the best part was....she didn't realize I made it. She thought I found it in a store somewhere. Best. Compliment. EVER!

This is just a 6" x 6" shadow box from Michaels. The spools inside are little wooden ones from the kids craft area at Michaels and then I wrapped them with washi tape and adhered them to the back of the box with black foam tape.

Initally, I just had the lettering with black vinyl but it just didn't have the right feel. I debated about changing it out for another color but decided to try etching it instead. If it didn't work I'd just go get another shadow box. I've never etched anything before so this was a whole new experience for me. It was SO easy!

See what I mean about it lacking something with just vinyl?

The etched look was so much better!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Cricut Dimensional Projects

August is over!!!!

Continuing on my August birthday/anniversary projects, today I have two of the Cricut Dimensional projects to share with you.

When Cricut first came out with their Christmas Dimensional Scenes I thought they were such a great idea. Then they came out with some tea party ones, fairy forest scenes, and then finally the European scenes. I knew this was perfect for my parents' anniversary and my mom's birthday. 

Venice - Anniversary Card

One of their favorite places in the world to visit is Venice, Italy.  This scene has 15 layers of cardstock. The finished sized on this is approximately 7"x 9". 

Such great detail!

Paris - Birthday for my Mother

My mom loves all things French. So much of her house is decorated in French style. This kind of reminded me of a project a did few years ago of a Paris shadow box. This one had 13 layers, so a tiny bit thinner. But this one came in at 10" x 8". Wow!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

"Punny" Birthday Cards

August is almost over!

August is a busy month around here. Both my sisters, one brother-in-law, and my mother all have birthdays in August. My parents' anniversary is in August as well. This year I was late getting cards out to (most) of them, but it's the thought that counts, right? So lets take a look!

Sister #1 - Sending Birthday Fishes

I love shaker cards. They're so fun to make! For this I used the fish bowl and fishes from Create-a-Critter. Once again, I'm putting the writing function to work for the sentiment.

The sand in the bottom is embossed with beach sand embossing powder I bought years ago a Joann's. I don't know if the even make it anymore - it really does have a real sand look to it.

Sister #2 - A Tweet Birthday

So this is my Etch-A-Sketch card. I've been meaning to make this for quite a while. I used the little bird from Birthday Bash and set him to write instead of cut. The Cricut then sketches the image. You can do this with pretty much anything you can cut with the Cricut.

I layered several circles on top of each other and then used pop dots to give the knobs a real look.

And, of course, my silly pun inside.

Brother-in-law Birthday

Ok, this is one of the silliest cards I've done. Just a little background - my brother-in-law owns a burger joint. Seriously. So of course he needs a burger card. The burger is from Block Party. I removed the cut lines for the sesame seeds so I had more room to write the sentiment. I welded a square onto the shadow layers to make my card base.


Cardstock: Bazzill
Cricut Cardridges (Digital of course!): Create-a-Critter, Birthday Bash, Block Party

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Pirate Birthday Party

This will be quick....

For my nephew's 6th birthday I did a few party things...

A treasure chest treat box....

A birthday banner! This came from the Life's a Party cartridge. It's actually the skull card with the skull removed and the skull from A Frightful Affair sliced into the top layer. Lettering is from the Cutting Up cartridge.

And finally....a giant treasure map! The finished size on this was 24x24. I used the map from the Life's a Party cartridge. I sized it up to 24x24 and then used the slice function to cut it into pieces that could be cut on the Cricut. Check out this tutorial from Crafts by Two to see how to easily size up an image bigger than what the Cricut can cut. We hid the pieces of the map around the yard and they had to find each piece to get the next clue. The kids loved it!

Friday, August 26, 2016

A Different Disney Autograph Page


In January we went to Disney World again. It was not quite a year since our last trip but we just found out my husband got a job back home in Utah and it was our last chance for a while and our last trip where we could drive (DC to Orlando - 12 hours!). And it was also my husband's birthday!

Instead of doing a book this time I did individual panels for the characters to sign. I wish I'd taken more pictures of my process on this but I'll describe it.

I took the shadow for each character and welded it to the square for the signature block. I then sliced the shadow out of the solid layer for the top. I pieced each character together and added them last. This was the first time I'd done Woody, Jesse and Buzz from the Toy Story cartridge. Holy cow - they are detailed with tons of tiny pieces. It was fun but took about twice as long as any of the others. I sized these to be able to fit on a 12x12 layout with pics of my son with the characters. 

I found a small cutting board at Target and at the park I just slipped the signature block onto the cutting board and my son handed the character the board with a Sharpie. It worked perfectly and was easy for the character to hold and sign. 

And I totally dressed him in his Halloween costume when we went to see Woody and Jesse again. It was totally worth it! They get so excited and Nick LOVES them!

But the BEST experience we had was with Buzz Lightyear. Normally Buzz uses a stamp for the autograph books. We got an actual signature because he got so excited over his page. 


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

For A Great Boss


This is a project from last summer, a goodbye present for my boss. One of the best bosses I've ever had moved on and I made her a little going away gift. I STILL miss her!

Again - seriously look at that writing! It's TINY!

The coffe cup is from SVG Cuts Good Day at the Office Kit. I filled this with homemade snickerdoodles, Karyn's favorite.


October Afternoon 9 to 5 collection
SVG Cuts Good Day at the Office kit
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Tim Holtz Mini Paper Clips
Tim Holtz Mini Binder Clips