Sunday, February 28, 2010

Double Challenge Card

This card will be entered into two different challenges.

The First Challenge: This week we are incorporating handwriting in our challenge. Use it on a layout, card or project and show us your work!

The First Challenger: Frosted Designs

The Second Challenge: We’ve all got hoards of them, but they’re covered in dust. I’m talking about those super fun embellishment: EYELETS!

The Second Challenger: Card Blog

In hopes that spring would come to Michigan soon, I wanted to create a bright cheery card.  For the Frosted Designs challenge, I hand wrote the sentiment on vellum (see the close-up below).  For the Card Blog challenge, I attached the sentiment with eyelets and the flowers with a brad.

The flowers and leafs were cut with the Cricut using the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge.  The solid color paper, brad and eyelets are from Paper Studio.  The purple patterned paper, say that three times fast, is from Martha Stewart.

Friday, February 26, 2010

I WON!

I won a giveaway! I feel like it's some sort of rite of passage in the blogging world.

I submitted my Good Luck Card for a challenge at Happily Ever Crafter and was selected to win a Gift Certificate to Papertrey Ink

If you like looking at cards, I highly recommend following Ted at Happily Ever Crafter.  He makes really nice and simple cards.

I do need to give you the full story of my winning.  I didn't win because my card was the awesomest submitted (although I think it was).  My number was chosen by a random number generator and I was one of four entrants. So I had pretty good odds.  Regardless of how it happened...I'm darn excited!

Monday, February 22, 2010

St Patricks Day Challenge Card

The Challenge:  You're challenged to come up with a Saint Patrick's Day card/box/layout/project, whatever. You may only use SHADES OF GREEN. You may use dark green, sea green, blue-green, hunter green, olive green, mist green, lime green, etc. etc... but ONLY green. No white. No black. No other color but GREEN. Any text must also be green. Ribbons? Green. Buttons? Green.  (For bonus points make the envelope green, if you're making a card!)  It's the ultimate monochromatic project! ;)

The Challenger: Ted at Happily Ever Crafter

This one took a little thinking for me.  I knew I wanted to do a four-leaf clover...but it needed to be a little more special than that.  Here is what I came up with and how I put it together!

First, I created the four-leaf clover svg using Inkscape. I then put the svg into SCAL.  I used SCAL to shadow the clover at .25 increments so that my clover would have 4 layers.  After cutting the clovers on my Cricut I sewed a cute button onto the middle.

I created the base of the card in SCAL.  Within the basic rectangle I put in my text.  I wanted to give the card more dimension. 

After cutting the card on the Cricut I put a dark green piece of paper behind the text.  To get the middle pieces of the "b", "e" and "o" I placed the discarded letter in its hole, put some glue on the center piece of the letter and put the puzzle together.  Once the center piece was in place I removed the rest of the letter.  (It worked better than I explained it).

I'm really happy with the finished product.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Cheers!

My friend's birthday is coming up soon, so I need to make a birthday card that was party themed.  I came upon this new technique (well, new to me) and had to try it out!  The new technique gives a stained glass window look.  Here's how I did it:

Using SCAL and my Cricut I cut out the card.  I made the martini image and placed it on top of a card svg from Wanda.
On the inside of the card I covered the martini glass with a piece of vellum.  I only had adhesive velum and that worked well - just put the sticky side towards the inside.  Then I colored the stem of the glass. I was never good at staying in the lines of my coloring book so this method is perfect for me!  You can be sloppy because it won't show. 

My favorite part of this card is the olive!  I had cut out an olive and stuck that to the velum and then drew a stick with a brown marker.

The next step of this technique is to put a piece of paper on top of the vellum.  Different colors give off different looks....so play around!  I ended up using a bright white.  It really made the purple and the olive show much better.
I scored and folded the card.  Then I added a piece of orange paper to the front half of the card.  The paper was the full size of the front half of the card so that the inside was consistent looking and the outside...well you can see how that came out!

Next I just added the word cheers and a few sparkles.  Here is the finished prouct!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Working Together

My sister came over last weekend to visit and craft.  She wanted to make some Valentine cards for a few of her friends.  She wanted to have Owls on it....but that is about all that she had figured out. 

After trying a few different papers and various sized owls here is what the cards looked like in the end.

On the inside she wrote "Owl Always Be Here For You"

I really like the background paper she used (sorry I don't have the details on it)...to me it looks like the owls are sitting out on a starry night.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Challenge Entry

The Challenge: "This week at Frosted Designs we are making Valentine projects! There is one small catch though. You can't use pink or red!! See what you can come up with and see if your project will make the TOP 3 at Frosted Designs!!"

The Challenger: Frosted Designs

My sister gave me the idea to create an owl for a Valentine's Day card. While shopping for supplies we came across the quote "hoo hoo hoo will always be there for you? I will, thats hoo!" My vision was complete!!!
I used SCAL along with my Cricut to cut the owl and the branch. For the words I used the Plantin School Book cartridge and my Xyron to adhere them! The bronze *sparkles* are Martha Stewart Microbeads.
A little bit about those beads. I love the look they give - a little bling without being the standard glitter look. However, they are little suckers to work with! They roll all over the place and are harder to control than glitter. I really need to figure out a better way of adding them so that they don't all end up in my carpet!