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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Valentine Treat Bag

Hello my blogging friends!  Today I'm sharing with you all a Valentine treat bag I cut and decorated for my 6 year old DD to give out to her classmates.  (I'll have to see what I can make for my 9 year old DS that is not "too girlish" if I have the time).  I am also linking this project to the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog (label it theme) and the Die Cuttin' Divas blog (buttons, bling, and/or bows challenge).  This treat bag is so easy to make.  I know I probably should have used a patterned paper for the bag itself to pretty it up a bit, but honestly I don't think the kids really appreciate the presentation as much as the goodies inside (I cringe at the vision of first grade kids tearing the treat bags to get the candies out and tossing the bags aside - ahhh the paper massacre is not a pretty sight!  Luckily there are only 11 kids in my DD's class so not a lot of paper will be wasted overall.  Sorry for digressing!)

The bag was cut from an old MS solid cardstock pack and is a free image from the Silhouette Studio, cut with the Cameo. Once assembled, it stands at a little under 6.5 inches tall,  3.5 inches wide, and 1.5 inches deep (and of course you can make this bag any size you want).  Can I just say here that I LOVE the score cuts on this bag?  I didn't have to use a bone folder for the creases or felt the need to hide ugly score cuts! 

The bee image was cut with the Cricut using the Sentimentals cart.  The tag image was also cut with the Cricut using the Picturesque cart, inked and stamped with a Recollections stamp in red.  I used Maraschino twine from the Twinery to help hold the tag in place.  I also added 3 buttons to embellish a bit.  There are plenty of room in this treat bag for everything you see above.  All supplies used to create the bag (except the candies, of course) were from my stash.   

Here's a closer look at the treat bag.  So sorry, it was a gloomy day when I took the pictures. 

I love this little heart window on the bottom of this bag.

Here's the backside of the bag with another heart window. There's plenty of room for my DD to write her name on the back. 

Hope you liked my project today.  Thanks for stopping by once again. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Happy Birthday, Ryan!

My 100th post and my son's 9th birthday!  Wow, time flies!  I made a card for my DS' birthday today which I'm also linking to the Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge blog with the pocket theme.  This is an A2 sized card.  The dino cut is from the Cricut Create a Critter cart and is stamped with one of the Peachy Keen Everyday Character Face Assortment set.  The grass cuts were from one of the free images I got from the Silhouette Studio store and of course cut with the Cameo.  The sentiment font is from Lettering Delights called LD Red Hatter's Hand.

Here is a picture of the inside of the card.

All the cuts inside are cut with the Cricut.  The "pocket" tag to hold his special gift is from the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More (TBBM) cart, flood filled with art from the JT Imagine cart.  The "Happy Birthday" is from the Elegant Cakes cart.  The "Dino Mite" is from the Create a Critter cart.

Thanks for visiting me today!  

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Just a Note

Hi again!  I really liked the card sketch from the Card Patterns blog this week, and since I have left-over cuts from my previous card (see post below this one), I decided to make a card for one of my sisters following the sketch below (she just got a new job so I wanted to make her a congratulatory card).   I will not be linking this project to Card Patterns blog since I have already linked the other card.  

The base of the card is again from the Cricut CTMH Art Philosophy cart, as well as the coordinating scalloped image and the circle, which I also sewed onto the scalloped image.  The 3D flowers were also from the same Cricut cart.  The lace ribbon is from my stash.  I added white pearls to bling it up a bit.  I also added a homemade stick pin I've been dying to use.  The sentiment is computer printed using the Curlz MT font and then cut with the Cameo.  The scalloped frame that the sentiment is sitting on is from the Silhouette Studio store.  

Here are some closeups:

Thanks for stopping by!  

Sunday, January 22, 2012

U R 2 sweet! - Card Patterns #149

Happy Monday!  Today's card is a shaped card, following a sketch  by Tracy Schultz of Card Patterns Blog (sketch #149), as pictured below:

The card is roughly 5 x 5.  The base of the card is a card feature cut with the Cricut using CTMH Art Philosophy cart.  The doily and the circle were also the coordinating layers of this card feature.  Another Art Philosophy cart cut were the 3D flowers.  I sewed the circular layer onto the doily using my Janome sewing machine for some texture.  The ribbon is by American Arts.  The sentiment "U R 2 sweet!" was cut using the print and cut feauture on the Cameo, using the creampuff font.  The cupcake was also cut using the print and cut feature on the Cameo from the Silhouette store. I added some light pink half pearls to embellish. 

Below are some close ups.

Thanks for looking and I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Birthday Card

Wow this has been a week of firsts for me.  First it was the Card Patterns blog, then Mojo Monday and for today, I whipped up a super quick birthday card and linking it to fellow Circlet Sheila's blog over at She's a Sassy Lady ;) with a birthday theme. 

This card is an A2 sized card and all supplies are from my stash.  I'm trying to get rid of some little bits and pieces of cardstock and replenishing my stock of birthday cards.  The light pink mat was embossed with the D'Vine Swirls CB folder and inked.  The flowers were from the Art Philosophy cart.  The rosette was super easy to do with a MS heart puncher and a MS score board.  The sentiment was cut using the Cameo print and cut feature (font was Harrington). 

That's it for me!  It's supposed to rain all weekend long where I live which is a bummer cause I'd still have to be out and about to take the kids to their activities :( .  Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving comments.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Mojo Monday #224

Another first for me!  Lately I have been so stumped when it comes to making cards and Mojo Monday blog is one of the ones I've recently come across for sketch inspiration.  This is my literal take on the sketch challenge LOL!  Maybe I'll do beter next time ;).   Below is the sketch inspiration, copied from Mojo Monday blog. 

This is the side view of my card.

This card is an A2 sized card.  All supplies used were still from my stash.  The pennant was cut on my Cricut using the MS Elegant Cake Art cart, embossed with the D'Vine Swirls CB folder and embellished with pink half pearls.  The coordinating strip of paper inside of the card is punched with an MS puncher.  The rosette was done by punching a 1 inch x 12 inch strip of patterned cardstock with a MS heart punch and scored using MS score board.  The sentiment was computer generated using the Curlz MT font, then cut with the Cameo. 

On a side note, I know I have been making cards using rosettes and I hope you're not all tired of it ;).  I'm trying to justify NOT buying the Cricut Ribbons and Rosettes cart.  I have instead been using MS punchers and svgs.  Plus being on a cart-buying ban for 4 months (because I bought my Cameo) helps restrain me.

Hope your day's a good one!  It's almost the end of the week, hang in there!   

Monday, January 16, 2012

Card Patterns Sketch #148

Today I'm sharing a card I created using a Card Patterns blog sketch. I have been frequenting this blog for months now and wanted to play along but have always missed their deadline for some reason.  I love their card sketches!  For this challenge, we were asked to follow sketch #148 (by Tracy Schultz) as seen below.

(Above sketch image copied from Card Patterns Blog)

My card is an A2 sized card and all supplies used were from my stash.  I'm sorry to say though that I did not use any Cricut cuts for this project.  The rosette was a cut image from Lettering Delights I cut using SCAL3 on my Cameo.  The "button" is a print and cut from Silhouette Studio.  The rosette and the button are similar cuts from my previous post a few days ago if you scroll down, except this one says " sweet..." instead of "....cute as a cupcake..." I used a doily MS puncher for the purple mat and added yellow irock gems.  I also used a couple of flower buttons and some twine. 

I kept the inside of the card simple - you could kind of take a peek at it from this angle (see below)

This was such a fun sketch.  I have a lot of scraps of patterned paper that are just screaming to be used up so I can see myself using this sketch again in varying forms.  

Thanks for looking! 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Happy Birthday A2 Card

Hi there!  Today's project is a simple A2 sized birthday card for one of my nieces who recently turned 8 years old.   All supplies used were from  my stash   ;).  I embossed the red mat with the D'Vine Swirls CB folder.  The rosette was from an svg image I purchased from Lettering Delights a little while ago, cut with the Cameo using SCAL 3.  The "button" on the rosette is a print and cut image from the Silhouette Studio store.  The sentiment "Happy Birthday" was cut using the Elegant Cakes cart on the Cricut.  I embellished with 3 pink half pearls.

Here's a peek on the inside of the card which I left blank so my kids can write their own sentiment. 

I hope everyone's having a great weekend so far!  Thanks for stopping by. 

Friday, January 13, 2012

For Jelo

Just a quick post today.  I had to make a quick birthday card for my DD's classmate so she can hand him the gift with the card today since she wouldn't be able to come to his birthday party on Saturday.  Yes, there are  Imagine cuts on here but NOPE, I haven't used my Imagine in a long time LOL!  I just dread updating and calibrating this machine because it takes a loooooong time!  I have a small box of test cuts (thank God!) I keep since I hate throwing anything away ;).  And it came in handy too since I didn't have to whip out my Gypsy to design, nor turn on my Cricuts to cut. 

Ohhhh this box is screaming to be decorated -
but that can wait for another project ;). 

Anyway, the card above is an A2 sized card.  The Imagine cut in the front is from the Blast Off cart, and the scalloped oval cut is actually a negative cut from one of the card features from the CC Exclusive Sophie cart.  I used the Swiss Dots CB folder to emboss the background. 

Here is a peek of the inside of the card and the envelope.  The flames image is another Imagine cut, from the JT cart.  For the envelope, I used my Cameo to cut the starburst images and the "For Jelo" is a Word font called Lucida Handwriting, also cut with the Cameo.  All supplies used were from my stash

And that's it for today.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

My 2012 Craft Diary

Hi there!  I'm back again with another project which I'm linking to the CC Weekly Blog Challenge (Creative Resolutions) and the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog (Warming Up with Hot Cocoa).  For this project I altered a notebook I  purchased last month from the Target dollar bins.  I'm happy to report that I used my stash to complete this project.  I had wanted to make the resolution to keep all my crafty notes in one place instead of in little bits of pieces of post-it notes which drive my DH bananas when he sees them scattered all over the computer desk we share - you're welcome, honey ;)

This is how it looked like before the transformation:

For this project I again used both my Cricut E2 and my Silhouette Cameo.  I started by  cutting down two pieces of glittered cardstock to size, to cover the front and the back of the cover.  Then I cut enough strand of ribbon to go around the notebook and some, to make a bow later to close the notebook.  I adhered the ribbon to the notebook first, then the glittered cardstock.

I used the print and cut feature on my Cameo to print and cut the title of my notebook!  This was the first time I've tried this and it is so cool!  I see myself saving a lot of mula on not having to buy sentiment stamps anymore!  Below are screen shots of the Silhouette Studio.  I again used the Quiggley Wiggly font.  Notice the registration marks for the Cameo to pick up on before it can cut.  I wanted the title to print inside an oval to match the scalloped oval it's going on top of later.

After the title printed in my printer, I went back to the Studio screen and deleted the title because I didn't want the individual letters cut out, just the oval around it.  Then I was ready to put the paper on the mat before I hit cut.

(I added little holes on the top and bottom of the oval because I had planned on threading twine,
but later decided against it so I just stuck two half pearls in the final project)

(The oval shape does not show here because it's a cut line, but it will cut around the title. 
Notice the registration marks)

After the title was cut, I proceeded to cut the matching scalloped oval from the Silhouette Studio in pink swirly glittered cardstock.  

Then it was time for me to cut my Cricut images on the E2.  I used the following Cricut images:  (1) butterfly [Cake Basics], (2) quill [Sentimentals], (3) ink bottle [Sentimentals], and (4) cup [Wall Decor and More].  Below are the cuts (Cameo and Cricut) before assembly.

And here are closeups of the final project.  I added blings, inked a few edges, and used foam mounts for depth.  I also added a couple of strips of solid cardstocks embossed with D'vine Swirls CB folder and then sewed around it for added texture. 

Here's a peek of the inside of the notebook.  I'm going to keep a tally of crafty things I've made this year, which may or may not all be on this blog (sometimes I'm just too lazy to post). 

I hope this notebook will keep me organized this year.  I may have to make another one in a few months if and when I run out of room - ohhhh wouldn't that be fun to make another one?!  For now, thanks for stopping by!  

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Dadaji's Birthday Lunch - Use Your Stash Challenge 2012

Happy Tuesday!  I trust everyone had a wonderful New Year's Celebration.  Ours was quiet, just stayed home.  My kids went back to school today after their 2 weeks winter break so I hope to get back to my crafting more often now.  If you have been following me along, you already know that I have recently bought a Silhouette Cameo to supplement my Cricuts.  Since this is such a major purchase, I needed to curb down the craft spending for a while.  I am participating again in the Cricut Circle MB challenge Use Your Stash.  Last time I did alright, even saved up to buy a mini sewing machine.  This time MamaC, aka Carolyn, has passed on the torch to Gonescrappin aka Colleen.  The first round of this challenge will run from January 2nd to March 31st.

For my first project of the year I thought I'd make an early dent on our 2008 (yes, that's NOT a typo LOL!) album that I have been working on and off.  This one is a 12x12 LO, celebrating my FIL's 78th birthday.  In case you're wondering, "Dadaji" (what my kids call him) means grandfather from your dad's side, in Hindi. 

Some closeups and details:

The title, "Dadaji's birthday lunch" was cut using the Cameo, using a Word font called "Quiggley Wiggly" which I sized and welded to my liking and then used the offset feature to make the shadow.  Other Cameo cuts were the "78th" in the same font, and the notebook which I used for journaling.

I used my Cricut to cut the frames for the photos from the Elegant Edges cart.  The pennant was from CTMH Art Philosophy cart and is embossed with the Argyle CB folder and embellished with twine.  Another Cricut cut was the present, also from the CTMH Art Philosophy cart and is embossed with D'vine Swirls CB folder and also embellished with twine. 

I was just cleaning up my craft space and couldn't believe the scraps of papers I have accumulated in God knows how long!  So one of my goals for this challenge will be to use them up!  I should really organize them too. 

Well thanks for stopping by and until next time, have a wonderful week!