Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sentimental Sundays Challenge #57 - Memorial Day Pin

Supplies Used:
Cricut Expression, Cricut Plantin SchoolBook Cartridge, etc.....

Hello All,

A quick post today to meet some challenge deadlines...I'll be back with LOTS more info...

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Birthday Sundaes Challenge #10 - Birthday Wishes

Supplies Used:

Cricut Expression, Cricut Storybook Cartridge, Bazzill 'Brandywine', 'French Vanilla' , 'Piglet' Cardstock, Queen & CO 'Pearl' Pearls, Crinkle Ribbon 'Petal Pink'_My Craft Spot, Tattered Angles 'Pearl' Glimmer Mist, Nestabilities Rectangle Dies, Misc - Patterned Paper, Lace, Flower, Sentiment. Card Size: 5.5" x 4.25"


Hello Everyone!

Welcome to Birthday Sundaes Challenge #10! This week's challenge is to use PEARLS & LACE plus a Birthday Sentiment.

This week's card uses the Viva la Verve May Week1 Sketch.

I replaced the oval background for a Lace cut from the Cricut Storybook Cartridge. I used DS to resize the Lace cut to 4.346" x 3.557".

For color inspiration, I used this week's Splitcoast Color Combination Challenge #323 - Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla, Regal Rose.


Instead of using SU! cardstock, I used Bazzill "Brandywine", "French Vanilla" and "Piglet" cardstock colors.

I misted the Lace cut with some Glimmer Mist, but its very hard to tell from the picture. The crinkle ribbon is from My Craft Spot and is absolutely great to work with. The Lace Ribbon underneath is from my local fabric store.

The sentiment is digtal and I can't remember where I got it from - sorry.

Now, its YOUR turn! Head on over to Birthday Sundaes to see more PEARL & LACE inspiration. And don't forget to link up your PEARL & LACE Birthday Card by Thursday, May 26th at 6 PM MST to be eligible for the Super Sundae Badge and by Saturday, May 28th at 11:59 PM MST for the challenge.


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Like A Flower

Supplies Used:
Cricut Expression, 3DFlower CUT File_JenC, Cricut Accent Essentials Cartridge, Cricut Storybook Cartridge, Bazzill 'Stonehedge', 'Tangelo' Cardstock, The Paper Company 'White' Cardstock, Jillibean Soup 'Elbow Macaroni'(brown) , 'Shell Macaroni' Papers(orange), Nestabilities Rectangle Dies, Queen & CO 'Pearl' Pearls, HeroArts 'Old Letter Writting' Digital Stamp, Raindrop Echo Designs Sentiment, Misc - Ribbon


Today's card is a special one. Its made for a fellow FCCB DT Member who is currently going thru some hard times. I hope this bring some light into her life.

I was inspired by this week's Mojo Monday Sketch 191.

I loved what Julee did with her card and it inspired me to do some distressing on mine, too.

There are a few techniques in this card. I started off my running my cardstock base thru my printer and "stamping" the HeroArts 'Old Letter Writing' Digital Stamp in a grey. I think this script is perfect for any occasion.

Then I distressed the edges of both Jillibean Papers with my Heidi Swapp Distresser and inked them with a metallic grey ink I got at A.C. Moore.

The flower was HANDMADE by me. Now, be gentle, its my first one - ok, second. I've always used store bought flowers and would have opted to do so if it weren't for Sentimental Sunday's Challenge #55 - Handmade Flowers.

To create the rose, I used a 3D Flower .cut File designed by Jen C. from BrainThings. If you're interested in the file, simply make a small donation and leave her a comment. She's always happy to help.

After rolling the rose together, I added some glimmer with my 'Pearl' Glimmer Mist and centered it with a Pearl. I also used my Cricut Accent Essentails Cartridge to make the leaves.

The color scheme was based on this week's colourQ Challenge #85.

Instead of using Stampin Up! cardstock I used Bazzill Tangelo for SU! Peach Parfait and Bazzill Stonehedge for SU! Sahara Sand.

The sentiment is a freebie from this week's Sentimental Sundays Challenge #55. I used PSE8 to color the sentiment in SU! Basic Grey and Peach Parfait using an RGB code I found online.

I did the inside of this card differently from how I normally do them. I left a bigger frame for the personal message, I will write before mailing it out to my FCCB DT peer.

Before, I leave, I want to show the FIRST handmade flower I've ever done. I intended to use this one on the card, but didn't like the way it turned out. I wanted to give it a "peachy" glimmer, but don't own one, so I tried to make my own. It didn't turn out too good.

Ok, if you're still with me -



This card was crowned Colour Queen!

I'm so excited! And to think I *almost* didn't complete the challenge. At the end I LOVED how the colors worked together and how it turned out!
Wow! This card also made it to TOP 3 at Sentimental Sundays!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Official Cricut Blog

Hello Everyone,
I have some pretty exciting information today. I just recieved the news that Provo Craft has launched an offical Cricut Blog! I've already given it a quick look and it looking pretty awesome! The best part, its FREE! I know that there are many of you - just like me - who can't seem to justify the quarterly price of the Cricut Circle, so this new blog is a great opportunity to in on the scoop. From what I've heard they're going to have TONS of challenges and inspiration. Be sure to go check it out and become a follower for chances to win some cool prizes.
Cricut: The Official Blog
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Hoot Hoot Hooray! Money Holder

Supplies Used:
Cricut Expression, MoneyHolder CUT File_ScrappinCookie, Cricut Create A Critter Cartridge,  Cricut Storybook Cartridge, Cricut Locker Talk Cartridge, Bazzill 'Stonehedge' Cardstock, The Paper Company 'Whipped Cream' Cardstock, K & CO 'Graduation' Specialty Paper, Fiskars 'Threading Water' Punch, Queen & CO 'Lime Green' Pearls, Nestabilites Oval Dies, Pink Cat Studio Sentiment, Misc - Ribbon


Hi Everyone,

Remember how I said I had no need for graduation cards this year? Well, turns out that my Niece(really, DH's) graduates 8th grade this coming June. When I found out, I knew exactly what kind of card I wanted to make - a Money Holder.

I remembered seeing the perfect sketch to go with my idea - Sweet Sunday Sketch #117. The TALL design, just called Money Holder to me.


For my color inspiration, I went with the Color Throwdown #142.
I don't use Stampin' Up cardstock, so I matched my Bazzill cardstock as close as possible. I used BlackBird, Limade, & Stonehedge.

The Owl is from the Create A Critter Cartridge cut at 1-1/2". I made the branch a bit smaller by cutting it at 1-3/8". The Graduation Cap is from the Locker Talk Cartridge and was resized with DS to 1.195" x .78" to fit the owl. I used my Peachy Keen Critter Faces Med. Set for the owl's eyes. I also did some white doodling around the owl, branch and cap. I'm not to happy with the way that turned out, guess I better practice some more.

The sentiment is from Pink Cat Studio and is available for FREE. I used PSE8 to rearrange the words into one line instead of a cluster.

Now, on to the Money Holder part of the card. I designed it using Design Studio and Plantin SchoolBook.

There also is an option to use the Birthday Bash Cartridge for a more decorative opening, as shown on my card.

There is enough room to fit a few dollar bills, check, savings bond, etc and a personal message.

This would make a great gift for any graduate - Pre-K, Kindergarten, Middle School, High School, and even College. Who doesn't need a few extra $$?

Money Holder

items required:

*Cricut Expression

*Cricut Design Studio

*Plantin SchoolBook Cartridge

*Birthday Bash Cartridge (optional)

Cut File is available via comment request. The .cut file comes in the form of a 
.zip file and includes pictures, TOU, and .cut file. Due to the time spent on this .cut file, I would greatly appreciate if you were able to DONATE a little somethin' somethin' when requesting the file.



This project will also be entered into the following challenges:

* Cricut Cartridge Chaos Challenge #17 - Give A Hoot

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Birthday Sundaes Challenge #9 - Birthday Wish

Supplies Used:
Bazzill 'Safari' Cardstock, The Paper Company 'Whipped Cream' Cardstock, Basic Grey 'Cappella' Paper Pad, Sizzix 'Starry Night' Embossing Folder, Nestabilites 'Lg Circle', 'Scalloped Circles'  Dies, Cuttlebug Embossing Machine, Queen & CO 'Pearl' Pearls, Jillibean Soup Twine, WordArt by Bethany, Misc - Ribbon, Buttons


Happy Sunday Everyone!

This week Birthday Sundaes is proud to annouce we are being sponsored by no other than My Pink Stamper! That's right, ONE lucky winner will win a stamp set generously donated by Robyn from My Pink Stamper. All you have to do is create a Birthday Card with at least THREE CIRCLES on it, for this week's Birthday Sundaes Challenge #9. Oh, and don't forget to include a Birthday Sentiment on the card front. For full details on the rules and prize, visit the Birthday Sundaes Challenge Blog.

Can you find my THREE CIRCLES? I went with more than THREE CIRCLES, since I felt some of them weren't big enough. I used

1 - Nestabilites Large Cirlce Die

2 - Buttons - Green & Peach

3 - Pearls

I used this month's sketch from Sketches For You To Try by Jen Del Muro. I found it to be perfect for this week's challenge with two cirlces already on it. *HINT HINT*

The sentiment is from WordArt by Bethany. This is the other half of the sentiment I altered for my Happy Happy Birthday card.

I forgot to take a picture of the inside - if I get a chance I'll go back and take one. But as always, I also used the sketch for the inside, leaving a larger space for a personal meassage.


Ok, I'm back with a picture of the inside of the card.

Ok, head on over the Birthday Sundaes Blog and check out how the rest of the DT has incorporated THREE CIRCLES into their cards. And don't forget to link up your card by Saturday, May 21st at 11:59 PM EST for your chance to win a My Pink Stamper stamp set.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Graduation Success Card

Supplies Used:
Cricut Expression, Cricut Stretch Your Imagination Cartridge, Cricut Locker Talk Cartridge, Bazzill Cardstock,  K&CO 'Graduation' Specialty Paper, Jillibean Soup Twine, Raindrop Echo Designs Sentiment, Nestabilities Lg Rectangles, Misc - Bling. Card Size: 5.5" x 5.5"


Hi Everyone,

Today's card is for the Graduate 2011. I was in the mood to make a graduation card, although I don't really have anyone to give it to. My youngest sister graduated High School last year and it'll be while before she graduates again.

I used this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch #116 by Karen Giron from The Sweetest Thing.

The graduation cap is from the Locker Talk cartridge cut at 1". I cut it out twice - once in black and once in yellow for the tassle. I added a some clear rhinestone to the "knot" of the tassle.  

The scalloped frame is from the Sketch Your Imagination Cartridge. I used Design Studio to enlarge it to the size I needed as well as hide the inside frame of the shape.

The sentiment is from this week's Sentimental Sundays Challenge #54 - Anything Goes freebie by Raindrop Echo Designs.

For the inside of the card, I simply rotated the sketch 180°.



5/16/11 - Thanks for blogger issues, this card didn't go up in time for the challenge deadlines.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Birthday Sundaes Challenge #8 - Happy Happy Birthday

Supplies Used:
Cricut Expression, Cricut Mini Monograms Cartridge, Bazzil 'Berry Blush' Cardstock, The Paper Company(white), K & CO 'Lovely' Specialty Paper, Nestabilities Lg Circles, Queen & CO 'Pearl' Pearls, WordArt by Bethany, DMC Floss, Misc - Lace, Flower

Just as promised, I'm back with this week's Birthday Sundaes - It's A Recipe Challenge card. This week create a Birthday Card using the following:

3 Different Embellishments


2 Patterned Papers

I thought I was going to have a really tough time with the 3 EMBELLISHMENTS, but then I found the perfect sketch - Mojo Monday 190 - that inspired and pull together this card.


My 2 PATTERNED PAPERS are from the "Lovely" K & CO stack.

My 3 EMBELLISMENTS are the Pink Rose, Lace/Trim, and Pearls.

The sentiment is from WordArt by Bethany. I altered the WordArt a bit to better fit my idea.

The inside of the card also reflects the sketch, only that I made the frame bigger for the personal message.

OK, if you haven't already done so, head on over to the Birthday Sundaes Blog to check out what the rest of the DT has put together for you. And don't forget to link up your card by Saturday, May 14th at 11:59 PM EST for a chance to be part of the Super Sundaes.