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-

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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!