Tuesday, November 10, 2009

ShadowBox Card

Just when I think I sit down and start working on a new .cut file I have in mind, I get a request for a few more cards. Want to guess by whom? Yep, my mother! This time it's for a Church Anniversary and a group of students who recently completed their Biblical Study. And guess what? These will be shipped to ARGENTINA!
Knowing this, I course wanted the cards to be EXTRA SPECIAL. I started looking for ideas and finally decided upon the ShadowBox Card. I found a great tutorial on SplitCoastStampers by Dawn Griffith from Dawn's Stamping Thoughts. Dawn's ShadowBox Card measures just like a Standard A2 Card (4¼" x 5½"), fits into an invitation envelope and uses the Coluzzle. I needed something a bit bigger to fit the "image" I had in mind and I don't have the Coluzzle cutting system. So I created a .cut file that would cut out a 5"x7" card with the window opening. This is what I turned out with: Photobucket Photobucket
I used Microsoft Word to add the name of the church to the background cardstock. The Church and Dove are from A Touch of Jolee's - Church Dimensional Stickers and the grass is from PDDU. The Spanish sentiment reads "Happy Anniversary" and was made by Melyssa from Whimsie Doodles. So a very SPECIAL THANKS to Melyssa for doing those cute sentiments! The sentiment is on top of a Mini Monogram Scallop Circle. I also attached an American Craft brad to each corner and tied a ribbon bow before adhering the two pieces of paper together. To add a bit more of sparkle, I added some Gems here and there. Photobucket
Remember I said these were going to Argentina? If I place it in a 5x7 envelope, how was I sure they would know how to "pop up" the card to see the ShadowBox effect? I decided to create a cute box for the card to fit into. Photobucket
That brings me to tell you a little bit more about the .cut files. This project comes in 2 different .cut files – one for the card and one for the box. The ShadowBox Card .cut file is designed to cut out the top layer of the card – the one with the window opening. For the bottom layer (background piece) you can simply remove the opening or cut out a piece of 5" x 7" cardstock. The .cut file also includes several window openings (oval, circle, square, scallop circle, scallop square, top note, etc) and frames to fit around the opening. The box for the card is pretty simple. I do want to point out that it DOESN'T include the band that I placed around it. I made the band using two pieces of 1½" x 8 ½" cardstock scored at 3½" and 5"and hid the seams behind the scallop oval from the Alphalicious Cart. The sentiment on the band reads "Congratulations" and was made by Melyssa from Whimsie Doodles.
Here is what it all looks like put together Photobucket
Supplies: ShadowBox Card .cut file, ShadowBoxCard Box .cut file, Design Studio, Cricut Expression, Mini Monogram Cart, Alphalicious Cart, Paper Doll Dress Up Cart, Stemma(On Our 50th), Wausau Paper(King's Gold on Golden Crown), Bazzill(French Vanilla), AC Moore Cardstock(White), A Touch of Jolee's – Church, Whimsie Doodles Spanish Sentiments, American Crafts Ribbon, American Craft Brads, Misc. – Gems, Acetate Sheet
ShadowBox Card
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*Plantin Schoolbook (all window openings and base)
*Mini Monogram (scallop circle and scallop square window opening only)
*Accent Essential (scallop square and top note window opening only)

ShadowBox Card Box
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*Plantin Schoolbook (version1)
*Accent Essentials (version2)

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Note Card Set

This idea was born thanks to an online Crop. The challenge was to create something for yourself. I immediately thought about making some cute and little note cards. I'm always in the need of those. Although these are not the original it all developed from there.

The note cards were made from an 8½ x11 sheet of cardstock cut into quarters, where each note card measures 4¼ x 5½. I then added a layer of 4 x 5¼ printer paper, 1½ strip of PP, a ¼ inch scallop border cut from the Plantin Schoolbook Cart and the Scalloped Circle is from Mini Monograms. That cute turtle is Whimsie from Whimsie Doodles. They have the cutest digital stamps, check them out! I colored it in digitally and then printed it out on cardstock.

No set is complete without a cute packaging. And this one is was no exception. So I started playing around and created a cute little box to go along with them. Photobucket The box is made from one sheet of 12x12 cardstock and a 7x12piece of cardstock for the lid. In the .cut file I have included 3 different types of covers for the box, the lid – which is the one I used, a Cardstock or PP cover, and a cut for an Acetate Cover. I hope to be able to cut these out soon.
For now, here are a few pictures of the box using the lid cover. The lid is adhered to the side and bottom of the box using double-sided tape. Photobucket
I was able to fit 12 note cards and envelopes, but I'm sure A LOT more fit. Photobucket
And since the box fits a note card measuring 4¼ x 5½, which the same as a Standard Sized Card, I have named this box the A2 Card Box. Photobucket
Supplies: A2 Card Box .cut file, Design Studio, Cricut Expression, AC Moore Cardstock(Red, Blue, Yellow, White), KI Memories School Days PP, Whimsie Doodles Digital Stamp, 3D Pop-Dots, Misc. – Ribbon, Ink

A2Card Box
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*Plantin Schoolbook
*Accent Essential (for embellishemnt only)

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Mr. & Mrs. Ampersand Card

I am NOT a Cardmaker! I know you've heard me say this before and I'll say it over and over again. But apparently my mother keeps thinking I am – she asked me to make her a wedding card. I don't know what it is about cards, but I'm at a loss when it comes to sitting down and creating one. So what did I do? I turned to one of the most creative, talented Cardmakers I know –well, not personally – Ms. Tracy Gough from Scrap Happens. She has some great cards and I automatically thought about her Mr. & Mrs. Ampersand Card. She was so kind and let me have her Mr. & Mrs. Ampersand Card .cut file. Here is my interpretation of her card. Photobucket Yep, I pretty much CASED her design, with the exception of a few things. Her card is originally made with the Wedding Solution Cart, which I don't have. So I substituted the Groom's Hat for the one in PDDU and the Bride's Tiara for the Dancer's Tiara on PDDU. The swirls are from Sizzix Sizzlits Scribbles Swirls Die and the bouquet is from Jolee's Boutique – Cream Floral. What I loved most about Tracy's card – of course, besides the design – was the little black and white dots. I have no clue how she did them, I'm thinking white gel pen and ??. So for mine, I simply used Acrylic Paint! I dipped the tip of an old dried up fine point pen into the cap of the paint bottle and gently added the dots. Photobucket A special thanks to Tracy for creating such a beautiful card!

Supplies: Mr. & Mrs. Ampersand .cut file, Design Studio, Cricut Expression, Wausau Paper(White Gold on Noble White, King's Gold on Golden Crown), Bazzill Cardstock(French Vanilla), Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint(White, Metallic Kim Gold), Sizzix Sizzlits Scribbles Swirl Die, Provo Craft Cuttlebug, Jolee's Boutique Cream Floral, Misc. – Pins, Ribbon, Gems

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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween! I hope everyone has a safe one! DS#1 had a party at school yesterday and apparently ate too much chips & candy or something else must have upset his stomach. He is now lying down in my bed with what I think is a Stomach Virus. So no Trick or Treating for us tonight.
Look what showed up in my mailbox a few days go. Photobucket Isn't that Mummy the cutest?! It was sent to me by Amanda Bodine, she used my Candy Apple Box .cut file. She did a great job! Just look at how much candy these little boxes can hold! Photobucket
Please leave comment for Amanda letting her know what a great job she did.

Have YOU used my .cut files? Send me a picture of your project and I'll feature you on my blog!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Candy Monster

Another treat box.


I made this one for my niece. It uses my 2.5x2.5 Plain Edge Candy Apple Box. There are soo many possiblities for these boxes. They don't neccesarly need to hold a slice of candy apple. I filled this one with a small piece of Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, York's Peppermint Patty, candy corn and a Dum-Dum lollipop. I also deleted the ribbon loop from the file; used double sided tape to keep it close and added a ribbon.
Image is a digital stamp from Whimsie Doodles. I just LOVE their digital stamps. So cute and easy to use. Check out their blog for more great stamps and TONS of inspiration.
I also want to show you the difference between boxes. Remember Mr. & Mrs. Frankie? They were made using the 2x3 Scalloped box. Here is Mr. Frankie(purple box) side by side to the Candy Monster(black box). See the difference?
Supplies: Candy Apple Box .cut file, Design Studio, Cricut Expression, DCWV Cardstock, Heidi Swapp Edge Distresser, Stickles, Offray Ribbon, WhimsieDoodles Candy Monster Digital Stamp, Crayola Color Pencils.
Thursday, October 22, 2009

Candy Apple Boxes

After making some Candy Apples - well more like Chocolate Apples - I needed some cute to package them in. I searched online and came across several Frankie Boxes made with the SU! TopNote Die, but the real inspirations came from Jody Morrow and Cambria Turnbow. I merged both their ideas and came up with what I call my Candy Apple Box.
Of course, I had to design everything in Design Studio to make it work. I made a total of 4 boxes in 2 different sizes - 2x3 and 2.5x2.5. Each size includes a Scalloped Edge Box and a Plain Edge Box. For my Frankie Boxes, I used the 2x3 Scalloped Edge Box.
Mr. & Mrs. FrankiePlease note that the pieces to assemble Mr. & Mrs Frankie are in another .cut file.
2.5x2.5 BoxesThese boxes are designed outside of the mat's cutting area. Please see Tips & Tricks#1

Candy Apple Box*Please request file by leaving a comment with email addy.
*Plantin Schoolbook
*Cricut Expression

Tips & Tricks

Having the Cricut Expression I normally design using the 12x12 Mat. However, sometimes I need my design to be exactly 12x12 or bigger than what the cutting mat allows. So, while playing with both the Expression and Design Studio, I have found that if you trick them into believing that it has a larger mat loaded it will cut outside of the 12x12 cutting area.
Lets use my Candy Apple Box for example. I designed two of the boxes - 2.5x2.5 Scalloped Edge and 2.5x2.5 Plain Edge - to be outside of the cutting area. Photobucket
When cutting out either of those two boxes or anything that is outside of the cutting area, simply change the mat size to 24x12. This makes the mat larger therefore, the design is no longer outside the area.Photobucket
Then turn to your Cricut, load your 12x12 mat and select Mat Size. That should change your mat size to 24. Go back to Design Studio and click CUT. (I don't have any pictures available right now, but I'll be back with those.) And that little Trick should allow you to cut a 12x12 strip or something outside the cutting area.
Please let me know if you have questions.

Mr. & Mrs. Frankie

After seeing several of them done with SU! products, I decided to give them a try using Design Studio and the Cricut Expression. And in my attempt I used up a total of 4 carts! I designed them to go along with my Candy Apple Box. All pieces for assembling them are in the .cut file. The file is set up to cut out 4 Frankies - cutting out the "Faces" Tab twice.

Oh! my orginal nose was/is an oval -thats what you will see in the .cut file. But I wasn't liking the way it looked so I designed something similar to the SU! Round Tab Punch that I've seen used with these. I'm still working on that file, so I'll share that later with you.

Mr. FrankieI think he is rather handsome. Hair is from the Paper Dolls Dress Up Frankenstein enlarged to fit. I His eyelids are the 1" circles cut in half and raised using pop-dots dots. I hand drew the scars and mouth.

Mrs. Frankie
I made her to look girlie - at least I hope. Hair is from PPDU, but a bit longer than Frankie's. Eyelids are 1" circle cut in half and raised with pop-dots. Eyelashes and mouth are hand drawn. Tied a glimmer misted flower bow to her hair. And gave her rosey cheeks.
I also added hair and a few stitches to their backs. I just couldn't leave them naked.Photobucket
Supplies: Candy Apple .cut file, Mr. & Mrs. .cut file, Design Studio, Cricut Expression, DCWV Cardstock(green), Bazzill Cardstock(white, black, grey), Pearl Glimmer Mist, Prima Flower, Heidi Swap Pink Jewels, ZIG Black Pen, Marvy White Gel Pen, Misc. - Inks, Ribbon, Chalks
.cut File Preview
Use this as a paper placement guide. The "hair" on his tab is for Mr. Frankie and you get two cuts. Repeat cut if you need more.
Next, is Mrs. Frankie's Hair. In order to save paper, just use a piece of 4.5x3.25 paper. I have outlined the area where the paper should go.

Mr. & Mrs. Frankie
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*Accent Essential
*Plantin Schoolbook
*Paper Doll Dress Up
*Cricut Expression
Friday, October 16, 2009

New Blogspot Address...

I'm thinking about chaning the blog address for this blog. If I do, it will occur between the next few days. And since I'm relatively new at this blogging world, I'm not sure if those following my blog will be lost. Please add the new address to your Favorites, until everything is changed over. I hope to see you at the new Blog!

Thank You!

New Blog Address:
*Please note that you will get a "Blog Not Found" message until the actual crossover happens.
Scrappin Cookie

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Trick Or Treat

See...I told you I was in a Halloween Mood. I really liked the way the Candy Corn Box came out, so I had to try it using Halloween paper and filling it up some other candy. I plan on making a few of these of my son's Kindergarten class.


Supplies: Triangle Box .cut file, Mini Monograms Cartridge, Design Studio, Cricut Expression, K&CO Halloween Paper, Acetate, Ink, Ribbon, 1/8 Eyelet, Jump Ring, Whimsie Doodle Digital Stamp - Halloween Sentiments, M&M's Peanut, Frameworks by Christine Haskell

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Out of Acetate?

Well, thats not a problem!! I just found out you can use a page protector as a substitute. And it works great!

Simply cut the Page Protector in half...

Place on your Mat

Load onto your Cricut and CUT!

Unload and you have your piece of acetate window covering...

Monday, October 5, 2009

Triangle Box Tutorial

Here is a quick tutorial on how to put together my Triange Box so that it looks like a Candy Corn.

Start off gathering your supplies. I suggest using an adhesive runner or glue pen for the layers and some kind of double-sided tape for the tab.

Fold your scorelines

I inked my edges to give it more depth and I just like the look.

Align the white layer with the edge of the box.

Now place the orange layer.

Since I cut the triangle box in yellow, I don't need the yellow layer in the .cut file. Continue by re-folding the scorelines, so you score the layers.

Turn your box over and add your piece of acetate on the window.

Turn it around again and add the adhesive of your choice to the bottom left tab. I would have used Sticky Strip, but I was all out. Instead I just used my regular adhesive. It worked out nicely. Now fold the glued tab away from you and form a triangle.

Fill your box with Candy Corn or candy of your choice.

Close the lid by sliding the bottom tab into the slot and the top tab inside.

And Voila! your done!!

This was my first photo tutorial, so I hope I explained everything. If not, please ask any questions you might have.