Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Monochromatic Cupcake Birthday Card

The third challenge for the Cricut Circle’s Canadian Online Swarm is to create a birthday card using a least one Cricut cut, a Cuttlebug folder and the following sketch:

For this challenge, I wanted to challenge myself with a monochromatic palette that focuses on pattern/texture rather than colour.  Here’s my 5”X5” card entry:
On the card is my attempt at making a more realistic looking cupcake than I have in the past.  The cupcake itself was cut at 3” while the corresponding wrapper was stretched wider using Cricut CraftRoom (the original dimensions of the wrapper before stretching were 2.694 by 1.611 and after stretching the dimensions were 3 by 1.611), so that the wrapper would be the right width after running it through a paper crimper. The icing cut on the cupcake was painted with puffy paint that was heated to activate the puffing.  Once dry, I covered it with Glossy Accents and then sprinkled glittered on it.
Supplies Used:
Cricut Expression & Cricut CraftRoom Application
Cricut Artiste Cartridge (cupcake)
Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge (square with rounded corners)
Cricut Tags, Bags, Boxes & More Cartridge (tag)
Fiskars Paper Crimper
Martha Stewart Scoring Pad
Cuttlebug Moroccan Screen Embossing Folder
Sizzix Three Dots.Embossing Folder
Zig Opaque Writer (doodling on balloon and letters)
Inkssentials Glossy Accents
Tulip White Puffy 3D Fashion Paint
Chunky Glitter
Cardstock from my stash
Memento Ink – London Fog (inking cuts)
Studio G “Happy Birthday” Stamp
Craftsmart Embossing Pad
Stampendous Embossing Powder (Silver)

While there is a lot of sparkle on this card both with the glitter, lace and silver paper, I think the monochromatic tone make this card suitable for a man as well as a woman.  I’d love to hear if you agree.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Witching Hour Clock

The sixth challenge for the Cricut Circle’s Canadian Online Swarm is to make any type of project that has at least one Cricut cut and uses something old and something new.

I decided to alter a clock using the an "old" Halloween cartridge (i.e., Mini Monsters) and a new Halloween cartridge (i.e., A Frightful Affair ). 

I love the sassy witch cut from A Frightful Affair. I cut a couple of extra layers of the witch(one in a silver grey and the other in black), so that I could make the hair silver rather than black. I had to hand trim the hair and the hat from the extra two cuts. The green skin layer was actually cut from a cream piece of paper and then colored with a green Copic marker since I didn't have a suitable shade of green paper.  Lips were drawn in with a sharpie marker.

I  accented the bubbles above the cauldron from the witch cut with Stickles.

After applying the vinyl and gluing the witch cut down , I applied a couple of coats of Mod Podge to the entire clock and voila, my project was done.

Supplies Used:
Cricut Expression & Cricut CraftRoom Application
Cricut A Frightful Affair Cartridge (numbers & witch)
Cricut Mini MonstersCartridge (witching hour phrase)
10" Clock
Vinyl from my stash
Card Stock Recollections, Wausau  and AC
Copic Marker (YG67)

Sharpie Marker (fine point red)
Mod Podge

I'm giving this clock away, so I hope the recepient likes it.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Trick or Treat Cat Card

The second challenge for the Cricut Circle’s Canadian Online Swarm has the following requirements:
  • A card with a black cat
  • Use two Cricut cuts
  • Use the colors black, white and purple
  • There must be stitching on the project (machine, hand or faux)
Here’s the card I came up with:

Supplies Used:
Cricut Expression & Cricut CraftRoom Application
Cricut Chic & Scary Cartridge (Cat)
Cricut Ribbons & Rosette Cartridge (spider rosette)
Martha Stewart Scoring Pad
Inkadinkado  Stamp - Creepy Crawly set
Craftsmart Embossing Pad
Stampendous Embossing Powder
Patterned Paper: DCWV – The Black Current Stack
Solid Card Stock Recollections and AC
Celebrate It Ribbon
Markers (to outline card stock)
Self-adhesive foam mounts
Heat set rhinestones set with an I-Rock tool
Sakura Gelly Roll pen (faux stiching)

Friday, September 7, 2012

Witch Parking Sign

It that time of year again - time for the second annual Cricut Circle’s Canadian Online Swarm.  The first challenge is to create Halloween Decor Item with the following criteria:

the project must include the following:

1) at least one Cricut Cut, and
2) the colour purple

and at least one of the following:

a) Glitter
b) Ribbon
c) Use of a Cuttlebug folder.

I decided to make a sign:

Supplies Used:
Cricut Expression & Cricut CraftRoom Application
Cricut San Serif Cartridge (font)
Cricut Pooh & Friends Cartridge (witch’s hat)
Cricut Animal Kingdom Cartridge (frog cut masquerading as a toad)
Cricut Destinations Cartridge (arrow)
Vinyl from my stash
Celebrate It Halloween Metal Sign with glitter around the edge
Sakura Gelly Roll pen (highlighting on hat and toad)
Silver grey marker (warts on toad)

My daughter just loved the sign and hopefully you will too.