Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I really started using my Cricut alot last year when I started doing campaigns for my board (CMT - a fansite for Daniel & Chelsea on Days of our Lives). I wanted to make cutesy little things to make our voices heard - so to speak. So it all started with the penguin. I cut like 50 huge penguins from Christmas Cheer (or was it JOTS?) and made them hold a sign supporting our "cause". I heard they were a hit. The actress who plays Chelsea (Rachel Melvin) even remembered the penguins many months later when I had the opportunity to meet her.

Anyhoo....I guess I have a soap to thank for helping me really embrace my Cricut and use it to its capacity.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Love/Wedding Card

I am part of an ongoing monthly card swap on the Cricut board. The theme for April is wedding so we had to make wedding cards. I came up with one design and then modified it to work for my swap. I used the Cricut design studio software to weld the word LOVE together and the flourished rectangle is from Wild Card. I think I like the original better, but it didn't work well for mass production.

supplies: version 1: paper - DCWV and Wasau, bronze Perfect Pearls, flowers and leaves- Prima, pearl - Kaisercraft, stamps - Close to My Heart & Studio G, die cuts - Cricut, marker - bic mark-its. version 2: paper - MME, Bazzill, Wasau and DCWV, pink Perfect Pearls, stamps - Close to My Heart, die cuts - Cricut, markers - bic mark-its & copic spica.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Cricut Tag Box

I participated in a challenge on the Cricut board where I had to use a tag from any cartridge to make something. Simple enough, yet when forced to use a specific cut it always seems harder somehow.

I decided to combine my brainstorming of cute packaging for Student Employment Week at work with this challenge. I came up with a little box made from tags. I think for my students I will try to find a more unisex pattern paper and embellishment, but for the board challenge I went with the tried and true flower. I think it came out pretty cute. Would make a nice little shower favor or something.

Ok so I made this box with tags from TBBM, frame from Wildcard (I think) and floral swirl from Home Accents. Dimensions - 3"w x7"h

other supplies: Copic Spica pen, Pebbles Chalks, Wasau Metallic paper, MME pp, AC cardstock, Prima flowers, colorbox chalk ink, Rusty Pickle button, waxy flax from ctmh, Studio G stamps, and marvy uchida mini scalloped rectangle punch - oh and my trusty scor-pal...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

This past weekend I was at the Wyndham in Plainsboro for Simply Cropping's spring crop. Had a great time. I actually got a tad bit accomplished, including the tags for my swap on the cricut board and some cards. Better than normal.

I have gotten two new fixations of late. First is embossing powder. The thing that started it all. My first scrapbooking related project was embossing apples on my wedding invitation with red embossing powder. After that experience I was pretty much hooked on paper crafts. Now that I have been leaving my heat gun plugged in, I have been using it more - to emboss.

My second new thing is working with watercolors. When I learned that the company that makes Twinkling H20's was going out of business I was suddenly stricken with the notion that my opportunity to use watercolors in my crafts was fleeting. So I scoured the net for info about these paints and I stumbled upon something else. The Niji watercolors are so shimmery and so affordable - on like 4 bucks for a 21 color set, that I am completely sold. I am sad that another company is biting the dust, but I don't think I will be investing in any Twinkling H20's before they are gone. I am enjoying my Niji set too much.

I made these tags for my Cricut tag/inchie swap. I was trying to go for a vintagey feel. I used the Home Decor Cartridge to make the flower which I painted with my watercolors, then outlined with copics and bic mark its and then added Tim Holtz Distress Stickles. I also used some bronze Perfect Pearls to get that goldish color in the flower centers.