Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Would You Ever Guess Wednesday September 26, 2012 – National Shamu the Whale Day


Hello fellow Crafters, 
Today is Would You Ever Guess Wednesday at My Cricut Craft Room. The theme for today was to create a project in black in white with some pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month. The black and white is for National Shamu Day. Here is what I came up with:

I used the Create a Critter cartridge for this card. I first started with the penguin. When I looked at this image I thought that I could make this into a girl and a boy. For the girl I used the bow of the cat image from the same cartridge. I used my Gypsy to lay out the different pieces.

Once cut out I started to layer the pieces together to get a good look at what they would look like . To give the scarf and the bow some dimension I added some colored pencil to it.

For the eyes I used some eyes that I had in my stash of goodies.
The background was embossed with a snowflake embossing folder.

I added a piece of black binding and added more snowflakes. These were punched out with the Snowflake edge punch from Martha Stewart.

For some added effect I added some stickels to the middle of each snowflake.

For the sentiment I wanted to keep it simple. I used a Whimsy Stamp with the correlating die. I placed  the sentiment in the middle of the card and added some pink hearts.


And one more look at the finished project...

And now it is time for you to go over to My Cricut Craft Room to check out more amazing projects from my Design Team Sisters. I hope you enjoyed your stay and come by again...

Until soon,

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Letter of the Day with My Cricut Craft Room


 Hello fellow Crafters, I hope you had a great weekend and are ready for this week. We at My Cricut Craft Room are starting of the week with the Letter of the Day. This is what I made for this challenge.

I had a lot of fun with this card. Here is a list of all the "L's" that I used:
Letter Envy (Cartridge)
Lace (paper)
Liquid Pearls

I started out with the "lace". I wanted to use paper but make it look like lace. So I used the Paper Trimmings Cartridge and Vellum. 

This is what I got... I liked it very much. I then focused on the star of the card the "C". I made this card with someone in mind. Her birthday is not coming up until November.

This picture shows all the little detail cuts for the C. These are all cuts from the amazing Letter Envy Cartridge. There are times when it is good to have the detail marking cuts... And this time it was one of them! It gave me a guideline to where I needed to place all these little pieces. All pink cuts were inked with my Distress Marker Worn Lipstick. 

This is how it looks all dressed up.

For the background I used brown paper. I added some pink card stock and pop dotted it. I layered the paper "lace" cut and added liquid pearls.  

Once I added the "C" in the middle I did place some crystals on the pink circles. Looking at the card at that time it was a little bare on the sides and I went searching through my "goodies" to find just the right addition to finish it up.... The solution presented itself when I came across some pink roses and metal leaves.

I put them together, placed one on each side- offset and run my Stickles over the edge of the rose.
And there you have it....

As always I hope you enjoyed the stay at my blog and now it is time to check out all the other amazing creations of my DT Sisters at My Cricut Craft Room. We all enjoy comments, so if you could be so kind leave some "love" at my fellow Sisters blog.

Until Soon,

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Until Soon,

Mix it up

 I am so excited to share a mixed media project with you I created for the Mix It Up - Mixed Media/Altered Art Group over on the Color Me Creative site!  This week Marti Wills challenged us to use acrylic paint somewhere on our project.Well for me it was a challenge. Just a little time pressed but eager to make it happen I had an idea and got on it. This is what I came up with.

Looking at the picture you might wonder where I used the acrylic paint... Well I used it instead of ink!

I just recently got this Spellbinder plate Butterfly Magic and fell in love with it! With all these beautiful details I thought it would be a perfect design for the background. I taped the plate with the smooth side up down on my paper. Then used a dry brush to stencil the areas. (Clean up was easy, running water cleaned the plate up very quickly) I used two different colors Extreme Glitter Purple and Aqua. The glitter purple did not show up as much as I wanted.

And here is what I ended up with. I liked the outcome. I then thought I just trim it but then I came across another Spellbinder Die

Decorative Labels Eight and wanted to use it as well. 

 You can see a little bit of a shimmer and that is from a coat of Perfect Pearls.

For the sentiment I used a Whimsy Stamp with matching Die, Everyday Sayings Notables 4 and Dainty Notables 4 Die.

I used the aqua paint one more time on the rose cut. The cut is also from a Spellbinder Die, Bitty Blossoms. After it was cut I used my stencil brush to add some paint on the edges, rolled it up and added the rose to the sentiment.
On the bottom picture you also see some purple swirls that were cut with another Spellbinder Die, Foliage Two. As I mentioned earlier in the post I got some new dies.... Can you tell?! lol.

One last picture of the complete card. I enjoyed this challenge to
use acrylic paint! I hope you will give it a try and play along with our challenge at Color Me Creative.

Until Soon,

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Sept. 6th, Theme Day Thursday - Fall Foliage


Boy do we have a treat for you today! All the My Cricut Craft Room Design Team is gearing up for fall. We are getting in the spirit of the fall season and here in Vegas, well I wish it would be getting colder... lol. We do not have much of Fall Foliage around here but Palm Trees and more Palm Trees with an occasional Texas Ranger. So I decided to go all out...

I used Celebrate with Flourishes, Happy Haunting and Mini Monster Cartridges for this project. Here is the breakdown on how I created this card:
I first started to create my colors for the leaves with lots and lots of Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Inks.

All his beautiful reds, oranges, greens and a splash of yellow and brown.

I tried to create four different hues of the colors. More red, more brown, more yellow and one more green. Then I cut out the leaves. A lot of them and very tiny...

These leaves are from the Celebrate with Flourishes and sized very small.

After the cut it was time to ink the edges. In this process I had an "A-ha" moment. As you probably have noticed I do have a few of the Distress Inks, and I also have the Distress Markers. Up until this project I used a "Fantastix" coloring tool to adhere ink around the edges. Well guess what the Distress Markers are working even better. You do not have to "dip" the tool into ink and then run it around the edges... You just take the marker straight to the edge... What a time and ink saver!!!

Then it was time for the Scarecrow.  This is also a cut from the Celebrate with Flourishes. When I looked at the cut I saw that there was not much layering with details... what's a crafter to do? Add detail! If I would not have worked with Copics before I would not even had attempted this at all. In truth I am a lousy colorer especially if I do not have a guideline. I first colored the scarecrow with colored pencil and then I did add some copics to the image to give it some more depth and a real feel. In this picture you see that the flourishes are still on the scarecrow; however, I did cut them of at the end. They became too much for the overall look.

Now that I had the cuts with the most details out of the way I started with the background. I used my self created "cloud" paper   ( a piece of paper cut with a scalloped scissor). I layered Tumbled Glass and Faded Jean and for the sun I used Mustard Seed. The grass was done with Bundled Sage, Forest Moss and Crushed Olive. Using my Copic markers to add some grass blades to give it more dimension. At this point I was very happy with the outcome.

A fence from Happy Hauntings was added. The fence was added 4 times to my Gypsy screen and welded together. When you look at the cut it actually has a crow sitting on the fence that I just cut off on all pieces. It was too much since I already had a crow in the tree and on the Scarecrow. The tree is a cut from Celebrate with Flourishes. The cut that you see in this picture was my first and I thought that it would be large enough. But once I place it on the card I realized that it was a little small so I cut the same in a larger size. Little that I knew, at this time,that I would need both cuts... it was exactly what I needed at the end!

Starting to put the scene together. Both trees... the little one was placed behind the tree and half way of the card. I then just trimmed the edges of. The bigger tree was placed in front of the fence. Then it was time for the little leaves. I think I put 50 of them on this card. It is hard to believe that there are that many. At this point I showed my husband the card ( my first critic ). He said to me it looks great but something is missing in the middle... What about a pumpkin? Well what do you know... I thought this was worth a try. So back up to the craft room I went and started my Gypsy search for puumpkins. I found "it" on Mini Monster Cartridge.

I loved the shape but not the face. So this is what I did...


 Once I had the image selected I went into the advanced tab.
There you can select the hide function. At this time you can touch any lines with your stylus and it will turn red. When the line appears read you can touch the hide button and will turn light gray. That means that the line is there but will not be cut. So here is the image without the face lines.

I then doubled the image and switched it to have them two different ways. I cut them out of some orange card stock that I had left over. Added some more details and placed them by the fence and placed some leaves over the edge. The last detail was a Stamp from K Designs " Fall". 

Well I hope you enjoyed your visit and be sure to go check out My Cricut Craft Room for more amazing projects from my Design Team Sisters. By the way Erica's Craft Room has great prices for your crafting needs especially for Cricut Lovers.

Until soon