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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thanks, Enfys!

Hi there!  Just a quick post to express my gratitude towards a very sweet lady, whose blog I have been following for over a year now,  at Going Buggy blog.  Enfys was so sweet to send me some double-sided foams and everything else you see above when I told her I was blaming her for me snatching some card candis from Blitsy almost a couple of weeks ago ;).   NO, I didn't win anything from her blog; she just decided to grab me some foams and send them to me JUST BECAUSE - from the UK!  If you are a blog follower of hers, you know that she showcases some very awesome cards, some using the card candis from Craftworks Cards.  She is also very talented at coloring the images on her cards.  And did I almost forget to mention that some of her works have been published in numerous craft magazines?! 

Below are some of the card candis I snatched up from Blitsy.

I am going to be having fun using these and the stuff Enfys sent me in my upcoming projects.  Thanks again, Enfys!  Hugs!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Bees a-fluttering 2-page LO

Hello my blogging friends!  Thanks for stopping by again.  I was working on some pictures from 2008 and did a 2-page 12x12 LO.  I have a small box of pictures I had printed through Snapfish last year when they were having a 1 cent per photo deal. 

I was able to use 9 photos - whoo-hoo!  On my way to making a big dent on the 2008 photo stack LOL!  The title was cut with the Cameo using the Fancy Pants font.  I used the offset feature to make the shadow.  The swirly borders were also cut with the Cameo and is a border image purchased from the Silhouette store.  I again used the offset feature to create the shadow for the swirly borders.  The 5 bees were cut using the Cricut cart Sentimentals - 5 to represent the 5 busy bees posing as unassuming kids ;). 

It was a happy mail day for me yesterday - got my new American Eagle jeans (my new favorite brand of jeans!) and a small box of Card Candis from Craftwork Cards I purchased through Blitsy last week (fast shipping!).  I have always been in awe of  the Card Candis used by Enfys over at Going Buggy blog and couldn't wait to finally try them.   They were a tad bigger than what I expected them to be but no biggie.  They come in a packet (I'll post pics some other time) with over 400 pieces I believe - I wasn't about to count them as I did purchase more than one packet - I'm just going to take their word for it ;). 

Here are some closeups:

I used one of the Card Candis in the middle of this K& Co flower. 

Thanks again for stopping by! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hope everyone's having a nice Valentine's Day so far.   Two weeks ago I shared a goody bag I was making for my 6 y.o DD's classmates (if you missed that post, click here) that my 9 y.o. DS thought was too girlish, so I made one very simple for him to give out to his classmates on Valentine's Day. 

This box cut was purchased from the Silhouette store and is cut with the Cameo.  In keeping with my DS's request for a non-girlish Valentine treat, I cut the box in kraft paper.  This box was so easy to assemble as the perforations made it easy to do so.  I actually did not use any adhesives to assemble this box - everything folded and tucked in very neatly together.  I added twine to hold the tag and stamped "XOXO" to the hearts. 

Here are some closeups:

The tag was from the Picturesque cart.  The swirls and the hearts were actually leftover cuts from the goody bags I made for my DD's classmates, as seen on the cutting mat below (I hate throwing away  good cuts). 

Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day! 

Monday, February 13, 2012

Piece of Cake

So today is my 42nd birthday so I thought it fitting to show you a no fat and no calorie cake I made - well if you don't count the chocolates I'm stuffing the insides with.  This is hardly an original design since a lot of crafters have made these in different variations, but I wanted to show you all because it's my first time making one.  I made this for the teachers at my kids' school for Valentine's Day. 

I needed to make the cake slices as fast as I could so I used a file purchased for 99 cents at the Silhouette store, and cut with my Cameo. You can use similar cake slice images from other Cricut cartridges you may have. In fact I started cutting a slice of cake image from the Tie the Knot cart but decided against using it because I hate scoring!  The Silhouette cake slice was easier for me to work with because the perforation on the cuts made it easy for me to just fold where I needed to fold, no need for a bone folder!     

The flowers were from the Art Philosophy cart, each cut at 2 1/2  x 2.60  inches.  Another Cricut cut is the swirl on the outside of the slices, from the Wall Decor and More cart, cut at 0.47 x  2.50 inches.  I attached a pink plastic heart on the the back of the top layer , another Target dollar bin find ;).   I also added a string of thin cream ribbon for a faux two-layer look. 

Here are some closeups:

The slices shifted in this picture so the center looks off, but really it
makes for a perfect 12 slices cake. 

I have rolled my flowers ahead of time, so if you don't count that (which really didn't take much time either), it took me about an hour and a half to cut, fold and glue all the pieces.  My DD loves this look and wants one in PURPLE as her goody boxes for her 7th birthday next month - so stay tuned ;).  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Monday!   

Friday, February 10, 2012

Those Target Valentine Containers

I admit with NO shame.....I am one of those who stalk the Target dollar bins. There I've said it! There are some really interesting items in those bins and very inexpensive - I'm not talking cheap quality either.  Most items are $1 but others are about $2.50.  I always go down the dollar bin aisles thinking "oh, I could pretty this up with my Cricut or my Cameo!"  YOU guys know I'm not the only one ;p

Today I'm sharing a very quick project made with the Valentine containers I got from Target last week during my grocery run.   This is how they look like.

The school where my kids go is having an annual crab feed fundraiser this weekend and I had to decorate one of the auction baskets.  I altered these Target Valentine containers to hold some chocolates for the Valentine theme baskets I was in charge of.  For this project, all the cuts were from the Cameo using purchased images from the Silhouette store.  I could have used vinyl but I haven't really tried cutting vinyls in my Cameo yet.  Maybe for another time.

I added some Valentine ribbons and some sticker gems.

Here are some closeups:

Told ya it's quick!  Thanks for looking!  

Monday, February 6, 2012

Happy Birthday Little Emma!

My project today is a birthday card I am going to give to my little niece Emma who will be turning 4 years old in a couple of weeks.  I am also linking this card to Card Patterns blog for their sketch challenge #151.  The pattern we are asked to follow is the one below by Tracy Schultz.  All supplies used were from my stash

Here's a side view of the card.  This card is 5.5 x 5.5.  The blue patterned paper was cut on the Cricut using Elegant Edges cart, then sewn on the edges using my Janome sewing machine.  The butterfly image was also cut on the Cricut using  the Martha Stewart Elegant Cakes Art cart, then embellished with sticker gems.  I also added some white irock gems.  The ribbon was from the dollar bins at Target I have had for a long time.  The flower button was from Michaels.  The sentiment "Happy Birthday!" is by TPC. 

And here's the inside of the card.  This would be my first attempt at a pop-up card.  I used the carousel image from the Silhouette Studio store.  And of course, this was cut with the Cameo.

The layering on the Cameo is a little trickier for me since I was so used to picking out different layers I want/need on the Cricut.  With the Cameo, if an image has layers, it will ALL show up on your mat and you will need to ungroup first so you can position your layers however you want on the mat to coincide with the cardstock you are going to cut with.  

 This is what I started out first.  This particular image however, only came with only two layers - the card mat that would go behind the image, and the image itself. 

You could leave the cut as a silhouette, like the one above, or if you want color (like I did), I just ungrouped the images and "tossed" aside the ones I didn't need.  Here I cut only the carousel in green cardstock instead of the whole card.

Then I further ungrouped the same image above to cut the horses twice in pink and purple cardstocks.  From here I just used a pair of scissors to snip off the horses. 

The flower swirl stamp is by Inkadinkado.  I embellished the carousel with sticker gems and the horses with twine.  

Thanks for visiting me again!  Have a fabulous week!    

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Valentine's Card For My Hubby

I'm so ashamed to admit that I have always bought my husband Raj a Valentine's card instead of making one. But not this year, and hopefully not anymore.  I oftentimes get in a slump when it comes to making cards for my hubby and my children cause I'm so picky.  But I apparently I don't have any problems making one for anyone else LOL!  I'm really going to try to change my ways. 

This card is 5.5 x 5.5.  All supplies used were from my stash.  The bench image was cut with the Cameo.  When I first saw this bench with the heart cutout from the Silhouette Studio store, I knew I had to have it for Raj's card. It reminds me of the days when we were dating and we would always frequent a park and have lunch on a bench watching and feeding ducks.  I knew then I wanted to marry him and spend the rest of our days holding hands.  Ok, enough sappiness from me!  The flowers were from the Cricut Art Philosophy cart.  The sentiment is a stamp from Recollections.  I did some stitching on the mat for texture.  The little red hearts with our initials on them were leftover cuts from my DD's Vday treat bags I posted below this one. 

BTW I spent a good amount of my day yesterday learning to watermark my photos.  Yes, it took me several hours of watching different YouTube videos cause each one I watched is just a tad different from another, and this poor old brain of mine was having a hard time processing everything in one sitting.  The software I'm using is a free one from Gimp, as recommended by someone (sorry forgot who it was) from the Cricut Circle MB.   Anyways, I'm still learning. 

I am also linking this project to She's a Sassy Lady blog.

Thank you so much for stopping by!