Monday, June 11, 2012

Sweet 16 Explosion Box - Gift Card Holder

I made this gift card holder explosion box for my daughter’s friend:

Top view:

I cut the “16” four times - twice with a rectangle welded to the bottom of it using Cricut CraftRoom and twice without the rectangle.  I was able to fold out the rectangle to create a stand to hold up the number.

Supplies Used:
Cricut Expression & Cricut CraftRoom Application
Cricut Out of Character Cartridge (Happy Birthday)
Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge (tag)
Cricut Paper Trimmings Cartridge (scallop box)
Cricut Cupcake Wrappers Cartridge (scallop circle)
Cricut Celebrations Cartridge (retangle welded to 16)
Cricut Sanrio – Hello Kitty Font Cartridge (Sweet 16)
Martha Stewart Scoring Pad
Craftsmart Embossing Pad
Zing Embossing Powder (Blush)
Hero Arts “Special Birthday” Stamp
Ribbon from my stash 
Studio G Chalk Ink, Inkadinkado Blending Chalks and Copic Markers (to outline card stock)
Self-adhesive foam mounts
Self-adhesive rhinestones
Flower from the Dollar Store
Making Memories Packaging Tape (Cheeky)
Solid and sparkle card stock are Recollections brand
Patterned card stock is GDC studios – material girls paper stack
Leftover plastic packaging
Chunky Glitter
Embroidery Floss

Thanks so much for looking.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

We Love Grandma Frame

Here's a simple altered mirrored frame:
Supplies Used:
Cricut Expression & Cricut CraftRoom Application
Cricut Base Camp Cartridge
Black Outdoor Grade Vinyl (scraps from a sign company)
Mirrored frame (dollar store)

"Volimu Baku" is Croatian for  "We love Grandma".  My daughters gave this frame to their Croatian grandmother for Mother's Day.
Thanks for looking.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Birthday/Un-Birthday Card & Gift Bag

Several years ago, we took a family trip to Disney World.  As part of the trip, we had booked our two daughters for a “princess” experience at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in preparation for a Pirate & Princess party that was taking place in the evening.  My eldest had previously seen an Alice in Wonderland costume at Downtown Disney, but unfortunately the Boutique did not offer that costume as one of the "princess" choices, so she opted to get the “Crown Package” which included hairstyle, nails, make-up, but no dress, shoes or photo shoot.

After the makeover, we went on a hunt throughout Magic Kingdom for the Alice costume to no avail.  My dear husband then took our eldest daughter on a roundabout trip back to Downtown Disney, so that she could buy the Alice dress, change and get back to Magic Kingdom in time for the Pirate & Princess party.  Here she is in her costume.

Well, my eldest little princess is no longer so little, but she still has a fondness for Alice in Wonderland -- though she’s favours the Red Queen over Alice these days.  So, I thought for her birthday it would be appropriate to give her a Red Queen card, but an Alice gift bag for while she is getting older, that little girl is still a part of her.

Here’s the card:

 The card is 5.5” x 5.5” and the Red Queen is on a homemade wobble spring.

Here’s the altered gift bag:

Supplies Used:
Cricut Expression & Cricut CraftRoom Application
Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge (Banner)
Cricut Disney Classics Cartridge (Alice and the Queen)
Glossy Accents (Queen’s Crown and Earring)
Zig Opaque Writer (drawing in the whites of the eyes)
Sharpie Markers (drawing in the iris and lips)
Copic Markers (inking some of the carstock)
Sentiment Computer Generated on MS Word
Celebrate It Ribbon
Florist wire (for wobble spring)
Heart Confetti
Gift Bag from Michaels
All Card stock (except card base) was scraps from my stash
Wausau Bright White Premium Card Stock (card base)
Sizzix Embossing Folder (from the "Love Set")
Sewing Machine and white thread

If anyone is curious about the reference to the un-birthday in the sentiment, an un-birthday is any day that is not a person’s birthday.  In the Disney animated film Alice in Wonderland, Alice comes upon the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Dormouse having an un-birthday party.  The Mad Hatter explains un-birthdays to Alice, she realizes it is her un-birthday as well and the Mad Hatter presents Alice with an un-birthday cake.  The un-birthday reference seemed more appropriate sentiment for the card than the Queen’s typical “off with her head”, don’t you think?