Monday, April 14, 2014

Birthday Card with a little Mixed Media

Here's my first attempt at incorporating some mixed media into a card:



For the mixed media component, I cut a stencil from some plastic packaging I had saved and used it to stencil some drywall compound mixed with Silks Acrylic Glaze directly onto the card base.  I wasn't happy with the color, so I rubbed Inka Gold Metallic Rub over the stenciled area after it had dried.

I am entering  this card in the Die-Namites Blog April "Egg-Cellent" sketch challenge as my tak on the the sketch:

I turned the  Die-Namites Elegant Flake Die into a lace boarder by cutting each "arm" of the snowflake off, colored it with Inka Gold Metallic rub and arranged them into a straight line across the card.  I also used the leaves from the Winter Branch Die-Namites Die for the  leaves behind the paper roses.

Supplies Used: 
Cricut Explore & Design Space Online Software
Cricut CTMH Artiste Cartridge (roses)
Cricut  Winter Wonderland Cartridge (gift)
Cricut Paper Lace Cartridge (damask boarder - for stencil)
Plastic Packing (for stencil)
Synko Drywall Coumpound
Silkes Acrylic Glaze (
Inka Gold Metallic Rub (Gold)
VersaMagic Chalk Ink (Spanish Olive)
Recollections card base 
Martha Stewart Edge Punch  (Double Loops)
Cuttlebug Machine
Die-Namites Die - Winter Branch
Die-Namites Die - Elegant Flake
Spellbinders Page Maps  Die - Tags & Flags
Recollections Glimmer Cardstock
Dollar Store Metallic Cardstock 
Anna Giffin Georgette Christmas Collection (patterned cardstock)
Craft Smart Embossing Pad
Gold Embossing Powder
Stampin' Up Teen Tiny Wishes Stamp (sentiment)

Stampin'Up Word Window Punch
Dollar Store Tulle Ribbon
Pleather Gold Strip (scrap from my stash)
Self-adhesive foam mounts
Glue

Thanks for checking out my card.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sretan Uskrs [Happy Easter] Card

So, I recently purchased a Cricut Explore and have been playing a little with cutting SVG files created from photos and graphics.  Crafting images with Croatian symbols are not easy to find. Also not easy to find are sentiment stamps in the Croatian language.  This card combines both:




A red and white checkerboard pattern is a common symbol associated with Croatia.    Another lesser known symbol is the pleter (sometime referred to as a Croatian wattle) which is a geometrical braid design used in the 9th-12th century by Croats to decorate churches and monasteries.  The churches often include crosses with this geometric pattern such as the one found on the Baptismal Fount of Duke ViĊĦeslav .   Using Google, I found a black and white graphic image of a pleter cross posted by a graphic artist on a message board.  I contacted the graphic artist through the message board and asked his permission to use the image on a card that I would be posting on my blog.  The artist kindly granted his permission and I am very grateful.

I used Inkscape to turn the JPEG of his image into a SVG file.  I then cut the file with the Explore and I was quite impressed with how well the Explore cut the thin lines of the pleter cross.  I also welded and cut two rectangles using Design Space to create a background for the cross.

The sentiment stamp on the front is a custom rubber stamp I designed and then ordered from http://readystamps.com/ .  They were wonderful to deal with and I highly recommend them if you are interested in designing some of your own custom rubber stamps.

Supplies Used: 
Cricut Explore & Design Space Online Softwaer
Cricut CTMH Artiste Cartridge (roses)
Cricut Craft Room Exclusive: Chess Image Set (checkerboard)
Cricut Cake Basics Cartridge (retangles)
Pleter Kris SVG file
Recollections card base 
Stampin'Up Word Window Punch
Cuttlebug Machine
Die-Namites Die - Winter Branch
Spellbinders Page Maps  Die - Tags & Flags
Recollections Cardstock
Fiskars Red Ink Pad
Croatian "Happy Easter" Custom Rubber Stamp
Dollar Store Ribbon
Self-adhesive foam mounts
Glue

Thank you so much for checking out my card.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Thank You Card



Over at the Die-Namites Blog, they are hosting a challenge for March with the following sketch (which I love - thank you Tonya Gibbs for this absolutely amazing sketch) and a dare to use the color purple:


Here's my card for the Challenge:


I used the Die-Namites Fall Breeze Die.

Supplies Used: 
Cricut Expression 2 & Cricut CraftRoom Application
Cricut  Mother’s Day 2010 Cartridge (Doily3)
Recollections card base 
Cuttlebug Machine
Die-Namites Die - Fall Breeze
Cuttlebug Embossed Tags Folder
Cuttlebug With Gratitude Die
Shiny Purple Paper from my stash
Fiskar Corrogate Paper Crimper
Recollections Cardstock (solid and glitter)
VersaMagic Chalk Ink – Purple Hydrangea
VersaMagic Chalk Ink – Eggplant
Smooch Spritz – Grape Burst
Viva Decor Magic Transparent Pearl Pen
Purple/White Baker’s Twine
Lace
Button
Self-adhesive foam mounts
Glue

I loved the sketch so much, I decided to do a second take on the card using a pink with green accent pallette.

Thanks for checking out my cards - I'd love to hear which version (purple or pink) you prefer.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Sympathy Card

There is a wonderful person who I know through the Cricut Circle who recently and tragically lost her mother and I am hoping this card I made for her will bring her some small measure of comfort:
 

Supplies Used:
Cuttlebug Machine
Die-Namites Die - Fall Breeze
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Page Maps Tags & Flags Die

Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Poppy Embossing Folder
Recollections Glimmer Cardstock (solid)
Anna Griffin Cardstock ( patterned)
Silver Cardstock Scrap from my stash
Recollections Card Base

Craft Smart Embossing Pad
Silver Embossing Powder
Unity Stamp Company Donna Poppies Stamp
Stampin' Up Teen Tiny Wishes Stamp (sentiment)
Stampin' Up Word window Punch
Ribbon from my stash
Washi Tape from my stash
Memento Ink London Fog (inking edges)
Self-adhesive foam mounts
Glue

Sunday, March 2, 2014

My Favourite Colour Birthday Card

This winter has been so cold and long that I decided I need some flowers in my life even if they were only made out of paper.  Here's a card that incorporates one of my favourite colours (purple) and some paper flowers:
 

Supplies Used:
Cricut Expression 2& Cricut CraftRoom Application
Cricut  Edge to Edge Cartridge (scalloped square, lattice and doily)
Cricut  Close to My Heart - Art Philosophy Cartridge (leaves and background lace cut)
Cricut  Paper Lace Cartridge (lacey square)
Notecard card base (5¼" x 5¼")
Recollections White Gold Shimmer Cardstock
Recollections Cardstock (yellow & while)
Brads (for flowers)
Happy Birthday Table Confetti (sentiment)
Flat Back Pearls from the Dollar Store
Cuttlebug Machine
Spellbinders Nestabilties  - Big Scalloped Oval
Memory Box Grapevine Wreath Die
VersaMagic Chalk Ink - purple
Self-adhesive foam mounts
Glue


I'm also submitting this tag for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog's Challenge #199 All About You Use Your Favorite Colors.

Thanks for checking out my card.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

All You Need Is Love Card

Welcome to our 2014 Valentine's Day Blog Hop!  You should have reached here from Gonescrappin's blog.  If you are just joining us, please start at RockinRenee's blog.  You are going to want to check out all the great projects featured on this hop!  Today, we are highlighting Valentine's Day inspired projects and I made a card with a fair bit of texture to it:

Embossing under the background lace.
The flowers.
Supplies Used:

Cricut Expression 2 & Cricut CraftRoom Application
Cricut  Close to My Heart- Artiste  Cartridge (flowers)
Cricut  Close to My Heart - Art Philosophy Cartridge (leaves and background lace cut)
Cricut  Paper Lace Cartridge (lacey square)
Notecard card base (5" x 5")
Recollections White Gold Shimmer Cardstock
Smooch Spritz - Splash
Rhinestones from the Dollar Store
Cuttlebug Machine
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder from the Love's in the Air Set
Spellbinders Nestabilties  - Big Scalloped Oval
Craftsmart Embossing Pad
Stampendous Embossing Powder (Blue)
Inkadinkadoo Clear Stamp
Self-adhesive foam mounts


Thank you for checking out my card.  I would love for you to leave me a comment (and become a follower if you aren't one already) before you head to your next stop on the hop which is Scootingranny's Blog .  

And here is the entire blog list:

1. RockinRenee - I came, I saw, I created.
2. HappyScrapper64 - Random Thoughts of a Scrapbooker  
3. gonescrappin - Col'sCreative Corner 
4. Hrvatica  - Croatian Crafter YOU ARE HERE
5. Scootingranny -
Scootingranny's World GO HERE NEXT
6. MamaC -
Carolyn'sCreative Corner
7. Greenie8705 - Gina Beana's Crafts
8. MariaJ - Stamp,Cut, Create!
9. Di&Co - Creating Is Like Breathing
10. Dragonfly50 - Designs by Dragonfly
11. TiffysMom - Angie's Paper Passion
12. *Violette* - Whimsical Treasures
13. cricutaddicted - ScrappingForMoreFun
14. LoriSjogren - TheSinging Shell
15. Scrapalette - Aroundthe Block with Scrapalette
 
 

Friday, February 7, 2014

Valentine Tag


Over at the Die-Namites Blog, they are hosting a challenge for February with the following sketch with a "dare" to use a heart on the project:

I created a tag for the challenge using the Floral Corner Die-Namites die cut twice:


Supplies Used:
Cricut Expression 2 & Cricut CraftRoom Application
Cricut  CraftRoom Basic Cartridge (Scallopped Square)
Cricut  Close to My Heart - Artiste (tag)

Cuttlebug Machine
Cuttlebug Love Language Cut  & Emboss (heart die)
Die-Namites Die - Floral Corner
Bakers Twine
Celebrate It Ribbon
Recollections White Gold Shimmer Cardstock
Recollections Red Cardstock
Pink Cardstock from my stash
Patterned Paper - Martha Stewart
Rhinestones (Me & My Big Ideas)
Memento Ink - Angel Pink, inking edges)
Self-adhesive foam mounts
Glue

I'm also submitting this tag for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog's Challenge #196 Seeing Red .

Thanks for checking out my tag.