Saturday, July 30, 2011

Blue birthday

Post #2 for today, who knew that could happen?? Anyway...this is a super quick card I put together for the weekly challenge at Birthday Sundaes. This week there was an inspiration photo to follow.
It is very summery and just begged to have sharks on it, although dolphins would have probably worked. Most of the paper was from the DCWV Linen Closet mat stack, the blue glitter is theirs as well. The tan is Recollections and the blue "water" is from my stash. The sharks are from the Life is a Beach Cricut cartridge and are cut at 2". I used the "flip" feature on my Expression to cut them facing each other. The sand dollar is a brad from the Eyelet Outlet. I punched the bubbles with a MS edge punch and the sharks are on MS foam circles. The stamp is an old one and I have no idea who made it. Remember I said it was quick? I didn't ink around any edges or do anything fancy and I think it took a grand total of 20 minutes to make and most of that was picking out papers and making the beach ball. That's actually the second ball, I tried to put some designs on the other one with a Sharpie and the ink ran on the paper. In the future I will try to remember to check on a scrap first when I do things I'm not sure about.

Rocket boy

I had a hard time with this card and I'm not sure why. I took forever getting started on it, and after I did things just kept going wrong. We all have those days, I know, but they are a pain in the tush. The most disturbing thing was discovering that my I-Rock is broken :( I will be replacing that thing asap if I can't figure out a way to fix it (it's not the batteries). I use it too much not to have one. Enough lamenting, on to the card.....!

This card is for the Simply Sunday challenge at Getting Cricky. The theme was "Freedom isn't Free". (Part of the reason I was having a problem is that I don't have any Cricut Cartridges that have a military theme.) I hopped around to some of the other entrants for inspiration and got some ideas. I picked up some A2 cards on clearance at Michael's last week that came with the edges already pinked on the white layer so I used one of those. (I like the way it looked but the ribbon didn't like it so much, it didn't want to lay flat.) The colored paper is all Making Memories. The boy was cut at 2" from the A Child's Year cartridge. I used my Spellbinders scalloped circle for the circle shapes. The little gold stars are from Walmart (also clearance - I'm a sucker, can you tell?). I don't remember who the ribbon is by and I think it's on a plain white spool, not helpful. The stamp is from the K Andrew Designs Splashtastic Summer set. I find more things to use that set on, it's pretty amazing! The white paper has a texture to it and the stamp worked great. I used Memento ink in tuxedo black. I did use a sketch from Pagemaps for inspiration, I think I forgot to mention that earlier.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Whimsical melon

The challenge this week at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday, the challenge is to make a project with a melon. I used the Simply Charmed cartridge to make the melon. I originally cut it at 3" but it was way too big for the card. This melon is 2 1/2". The melon paper is Colorbok, the polka dots is Making Memories and the plaid is from a DCWV self-adhesive pack I picked up at Ross for $$3.99 (they had some cute things a few weeks ago). The punches I used were both Martha Stewart. The sentiment is from K Andrew Designs Positive Thoughts stamp set. She just came out with 2 new sets, so check those out while you're there;) I used some Stickles to add a little bling. I also put the melon on an Action Wobble which definitely adds the whimsy! I tried to upload a video but it didn't work (uploaded but wouldn't play, alas). Oh well, moving's a simple summery card. Have a great day!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Simply Sunday "Fashion-ista" challenge

This is for the "Fashion-ista" challenge at Getting Cricky. I'm in a rut and haven't been overly pleased with my cards of late. I know we all go through this, it's just annoying. Here it is anyway...
It is a basic easel A2 card. The cartridge is Forever Young and it's model 13. I cut her out at 4 1/4". I didn't use the top layer of the dress as I didn't want the flowers, just the basic dress. I cut the solid blue as the shadow so she didn't disappear on the card. The patterned paper and the glitter paper are all DCWV. The solid blue and black are Recollections. I cut the word "Chic" from model 9 (pretty sure) and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I used the Lacy Labels cartridge for the glitter paper. The piece on the bottom that is holding the card up is the piece I cut off the front. It matches and continues the pattern to the base of the card. I do like how that worked. The model and the word are popped up with M.S. foam tape. Really simple card, I liked the paper so I let it do most of the work.
Have a good weekend.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Water themed challenge

This week at Fantabulous Cricut the challenge was to do a water themed project. Here is my entry. (I have to admit I'm getting really frustrated with blogger. I have to use IE to upload my pictures because they won't load on Google Chrome and then I have to go back to GC to post because IE won't let me post. EXTREMELY annoying. Almost makes a person want to give up this whole thing.)
Anyway, back to the card. Most of the cardstock is from Colorbok. I used the Disney Pixar cartridge for Nemo. The cuts on this Disney cart are a little more user friendly than some of the other cartridges. It's been fun to use so far (think it's time for a blade change, however). Nemo is cut at 3". The stamp is from K Andrew Designs. It's from the Splashtastic Summer set and is very cool because you can mix and match your sentiments (and they still look great!). I used blue Martha Stewart ink which doesn't show up well in the photo, but looks pretty cool in person. The little pearls in the corner are from Creative Charms. I used a white gel pen to do some outlining and a tiny amount of Viva Decor pearl pen on the bubbles. Thanks for looking:-)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Simply Sunday at Getting Cricky

The Simply Sunday challenge this week was a summer themed project. I'm not overly thrilled with my card, but really wanted to use my new Disney Pixar cartridge. Dory is perfect with the K Andrew sentiment I used. The card has a little added twist, it is a left-handed card. I made one by accident for another challenge but showed it to a friend anyway. She asked me to make her sister one, as she had complained recently that all cards open the same way and it wasn't fair to all the lefties out there. I am trying to keep that in mind now because my son is also a leftie and I never really thought about it before (bad mom:( ). The majority of the paper is from Colorbok. The vellum is Making memories and the yellow is the back of a random patterned paper. I cut Dory at 3 1/4". The vellum is embossed with a cuttlebug folder and the ends were punched with a Martha Stewart punch. The blue bubbles are from Creative Charms and the sentiment is from the K Andrew Designs Splashtastic Summer set. The little pearls on the bottom are Offray. I used Stickles on some of the embossed "bubbles" for a little extra sparkle.