Monday, May 25, 2015

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #252 - Follow the Sketch

 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge!

Challenge #252-Follow the Sketch

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The prize is 7 digital stamps!

Create a project inspired by the sketch below-

For inspiration see:

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.
This is my 1st post as a Design Team Member for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog.
I am super excited to share with you my creation using the provided sketch.
I used the provided sketch to create a birthday card for my best friend. She recently adopted a couple of Chihuahuas. I personally have 2 Chihuahuas myself and even talked my mom into adopting a Chihuahua last year. So my best friends Chihuahuas all have the same black and tan coloring so I designed this little Chihuahua to look like the ones she has. I know she will love this card when I send it out to her for her birthday.
I made a modification to the Chihuahua cut from the Cricut Lite cartridge Four Legged Friends...I cut off the heart and replaced it with a party blow-out from the Celebrations Cricut cartridge and added a party hat from the same cartridge. I also used black brads for the eyes instead of the ones from the cut. I then cut out the tag from the Cricut Lite cartridge Four Legged Friends and stamped it with "Party Animal" from the CardzTV clear stamps set "Good Times." Lastly, I applied red glitter glue from Studio G to the tag, hat and collar.
So before assembling the card I decided to emboss the Kraft cardstock with Fiskars texture plate PAWS and I just love the way it looks. I finished it off with a paw clear stamp (I believe from Studio G) going up the edge. Then I just assembled the card like the sketch but I did put some foam mounts from Stampin' Up behind the tag and the Chihuahua.

The inside of the card I kept very simple. I added a strip of the same dog bone paper from the front to the inside and stamped it with "Happy Birthday to You!" also from the CardzTV clear stamps set "Good Times."
I used these items to create my card:
  • Cricut Lite cartridge Four Legged Friends - Chihuahua and tag
  • Celebrations Cricut cartridge - party hat and party blow-out
  • Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge - Kraft cardstock
  • Fiskars texture plate PAWS - Kraft cardstock
  • paw clear stamp - Kraft cardstock
  • black eyelet - tag
  • black brads - eyes
  • CardzTV clear stamps set "Good Times." - outside and inside sentiments
  • Studio G red glitter glue - on tag, party hat and party blow-out
  • Stampin' Up foam mounts from - behind tag and Chihuahua
 I am entering my Party Animal card in the following challenges:
Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my 1st creation as a Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog Design Team Member. Make sure to check out their challenge and enter your own creation. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Mother's Day 3-D Tea Cup and Tea Cup Card

I am super excited to share with you my Mother's Day 3-D Tea Cup and Tea Cup Card. I made these for my mom for Mother's Day. My mom loves strawberries and her kitchen is packed with strawberry d├ęcor. Recently my mom had decided to stop drinking coffee and start drinking tea, so I decided that would be my theme for Mother's Day for her. I already this fantastic paper from the Martha Stewart essentials paper pad that I knew would be perfect. Since I had a great experience when using the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2 Cricut cartridge I decided to try to make the 3-D tea was super easy.

I cut the 3-D tea cup from the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2 Cricut cartridge using the fit to page feature on my Cricut Expression. I cut the entire cup from one 12 x 12 sheet of thick double sided paper. I lined the edge of the cup and saucer with a silver paint marker. Then adhered them all together. I think it turned out so cute!

I was able to fit 8 individual tea bags in the cup

Then I decided to make a coordinating card and envelop to go along with the tea cup. I cut and adhered the envelop for the doily card out from the Wild Card Cricut cartridge, again using the fit to page feature. The size ended up being 5 inches so I now knew that I needed to cut the card at 5 inches, too. I cut the liner out at 4 1/4 and also used the inside of that liner, flipped it, embossed it and adhered everything to the front of the card. I then went back to the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2 Cricut cartridge and cut the tag feature out for the tea cup (can't remember size). I then stamped the front of the of the tea cup with "mom." I lined the edge of the tea cup with the silver paint marker. Then I adhered the tea cup to the front of the card with foam squares. I then cut a circle out for the inside, adhered it and just stamped it with "Happy Mother's Day." Lastly, I tied a green ribbon (from my stash) around the top of the card and done!



I used these items to create my Mother's Day 3-D Tea Cup and Tea Cup Card:
  • Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2 Cricut cartridge - 3-D tea cup and tea cup on card
  • Wild Card Cricut cartridge - card and envelop
  • Martha Stewart essentials paper pad - 1st time I used it and I've had it for years 
  • Silver paint marker
  • Swiss Dots embossing folder - card
  • My Craft Spot clear stamp set "Jar Full of Flowers" - sentiment
  • green ribbon (from my stash)
I am entering my Mother's Day 3-D Tea Cup and Tea Cup Card in the following challenges:
I had so much fun creating these Mother's Day 3-D Tea Cup and Tea Cup Card. I can't wait to give them to my mom...I know she is going to love them. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my projects. Happy "early" Mother's Day to all of you Moms, Grandmas, and Great-Grandmas!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Haunted Design House - Going Green Challenge


Today I bring to you a project that was extremely time consuming but I think very worth it. Here is my Mandrake. Don't know what a Mandrake is? Well according to Harry Potter WIKIA a Mandrake, also known as Mandragora, is a plant which has a root that looks like a human (like a baby when the plant is young, but maturing as the plant grows). When mature, its cry can be fatal to any person who hears it. I think having a Mandrake around will be quite useful to any witch or wizard. Apparently, their leaves can be used in Potions and the Mandrake, forms an essential part of most antidotes.

I  was inspired to make my Mandrake because of  the challenge over at Haunted Design House. The challenge is titled Going Green. You can interpret that in many ways. You can use the color green, up-cycle, or re-cycle something. I choose to give new life to a thrift store, it includes something green.

I first began to glue Styrofoam peanuts to the body to build up some bulk. I then wrapped the limbs and body with some stretched out 4x4 gauze. Then I inserted 2 faux flower bushels (minus the flowers) to create the leaf tops.

I then drizzled hot glue all over the face. Once the glue was dried I decided to wrap the faux flower bushels ends with yarn. Later I also wrapped the hands and feet with that same gives a root look. I then painted the entire doll with black spray paint and let that dry over night. I hot glued raffia to the hands and feet. I then brushed over the entire doll with a tan acrylic paint. I thought it was too light and needed a more orange/brown added to it. I mixed together orange, gold, and brown acrylic paints and watered them down and washed it all over the doll. I let him dry and put him in a flower pot...Done!

It was a lengthy process but I am so thrilled with the way my Mandrake turned out. I hope you like him too!

I am entering my Mandrake in the following challenge:
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my Mandrake!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Tonight I'm getting this done last minute. I spent a lot of time researching for this card. I knew that I wanted to include a flower and a butterfly. I knew the colors I wanted to use. Then I found this perfect little hello with a butterfly on Lyrical Letters Cricut cartridge. Now I just needed to find the perfect flower and I found it on Kate's ABCs Cricut cartridge. I then did some sketching because I was unsure as to how I wanted to place everything. This is what I came up with.


I used these items to create my Hello card:
  • Lyrical Letters Cricut cartridge - Hello
  • Kate's ABCs Cricut cartridge - flower
  • Martha Stewart corner punch
  • Jute packaging twine
  • white gel pen - added to the butterfly
  • Foam mounts - behind flower
I am entering my Hello card in the following challenges:
Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my Hello card.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Let the Good Times Roll Pop-Up Box card


Today my oldest daughter was invited to a friend's 13th birthday party which was a bowling party, so I of course had to make a bowling theme card. I decided to make a Pop-Up Box card because I thought that particular design would allow me to create a sort-of bowling alley. I think I pulled it off.

In this picture, look at the bowling ball, I used a piece of cardstock from the DCWV Metallic Glitter Cardstock Stack. The ball is shiny and glittery, just like a real bowling ball.
I put 13 on both sides because my daughter's friend is turning 13.

The back I kept simple and to be perfectly honest I was running out of time. I would have liked to put another bowling pin and ball back there but I just didn't have enough time.

I used these items to create my Let the Good Times Roll Pop-Up Box card:
  • Nifty Fifties Cricut cartridge (1st time I used it) - bowling pins and ball
  • Alphalicious Cricut cartridge - "Lucky"
  • Designer Calendar Cricut cartridge - 13
  • CardzTV "Good Times" clear stamp set - sentiments
  • DCWV Metallic Glitter Cardstock Stack - bowling ball
I am entering my Pop-Up Box card in the following challenges:

It was a little rushed and last minute but I got it done and I love it. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my Let the Good Times Roll Pop-Up Box card.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Mini Chocolate Bunny Baskets

Today I bring to you these cute Mini Chocolate Bunny Baskets that I made for my daughters and my mom for Easter. I finally broke into my Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2 Cricut cartridge. I found a very helpful video on pinterest that showed me how to use this cartridge. If you have this cartridge and are hesitant to use it because of not understanding how to use it, don't be. First, you definitely NEED the score blade to use this cartridge. Second, find a how-to video on the internet and learn the useful tips they have to offer. Last, now that you everything you need to use this cartridge jump in and have fun!

Here is a closer look of just one of the baskets:

I used these items to create my 3 Mini Chocolate Bunny Baskets:
  • Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2 Cricut cartridge - basket cut @ 5 1/4 inches
  • Easter 2010 - egg cut @ 2 1/2 inches and bunny cut @ 2 1/4 inches 
  • Glossy accents - bunny
I am entering my Mini Chocolate Bunny Baskets in the following challenges:
I am so pleased with the way these baskets turned out. I will definitely be using the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2 Cricut cartridge more often, now that I understand how to use it. Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my Mini Chocolate Bunny Baskets.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Here's to You! 21st Birthday card

It is so hard to believe that my niece is going to be 21 years old. I remember the day I got the call from my brother telling me she was born. A lot has happened in those 21 years. All I can do is hope and pray that her life is filled with many blessings and she continues to become more of the wonderful woman she already is.

So I created this fun 21st birthday card. I knew immediately that I wanted to use the Wild Card Cricut cartridge simply for the champagne bottle card. I was though very intimidated by this cartridge, manly because I just didn't understand how to figure out the size. I did a little research on pinterest and found great tutorials and then I just jumped right in and this is what I came up with.

I created the look of the champagne exploding by using rhinestones

I gave this piece some dimension with some foam squares

Here I cut and layered 6 pieces of kraft cardstock and 1 piece of cork pattern paper to make this look like a realistic cork.

This is what I did with the inside. I put some repositionable glue on the back of the bottle so when it is closed it will actually stay closed. 

I used these items to create my Here's to You! 21st Birthday card:
  • Wild Card Cricut cartridge - champagne bottle card cut and all coordinating cuts @ 6 inches
  • Designer's Calendar Cricut cartridge - 21
  • Glossy Accents - on the bottle
  • Stampin' Up rhinestones - to appear as the champagne exploding from the bottle
  •  Cardztv Stamps - "Good Times" stamp set - on the bottle and the inside
  • Foam squares - behind the 21
I am entering my card in the following challenges:
I am so please with the way this card turned out and I am finally not intimidated by the Wild Card Cricut cartridge. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my Here's to You! 21st Birthday card