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

Monday, August 22, 2016

Valentine's Projects 2016

I knew I missed some projects in last night's post! The last projects I did before we left Virginia were for Valentine's Day

Sp this was my card for my husband. Weird, unless you recognize it as a Simpson's reference!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Still Catching Up....

Hi there!

So I promised the other day that I would share some of my projects from the last year that didn't get their own blog post. Let's get right to it!

Let's start with a birthday card for my husband from my son...

And some Valentine's fun....

I know I've said it about a hundred times - I LOVE the writing function with the Cricut Explore. 

How about a birthday card for my nephew?

And a Father's Day card. My husband and my son have these foam swords I bought in the Dollar Spot at Target. They play "On Guard", as we call it, all the time so I made a card for it. 

A simple print then cut card for my parent's anniversary...which just happened again last week. (Hanging my head in shame). 

Thanksgiving table decor using a great file from SVG Cuts. 

For my son's Christmas Eve "Package" from Santa with his Christmas jammies and a book I made some stamps and address labels using print then cut. 

I have a couple more projects to post but I'll put them in a separate post because there were kind of cool. Check back soon for NEW stuff. Really, I took pics today but I can't post until they are received....