Saturday, July 21, 2012

Two Challenges - One Card

Hi Friends and Fellow Crafters! I have returned! Today I am sharing a card that is for a crafting friend of mine. I am entering this card in two challenges! This is a first for me! The challenges she is being entered in are at the Cricut Circle Magazine Challenge and this week's Tiddly Inks Challenge
Here are the details on the challenges:

Out of Character Challenge!

We love the new Exclusive Cricut Circle Out of Character Cartridge and we want you to take it and show us what you can do with it! You can create a layout, card, YuDu something with it…. basically just go crazy with it! Then, you can inspire us with your handiwork by posting it to the blog under the Magazine Challenge tab. As excited as we are about this challenge… we have decided to extend the deadline to July 29th and make the prize even bigger!

Cricut Circle Magazine Challenge Rules:

Please use at least 1 full Out of Character Image Cut including layers in your project. Create any kind of project you would like and upload a working link or picture of your project to the blog under the Magazine Challenge tab. Entry deadline is July 29th. If you use Cricut Craft Room design tool, save your file so if you win, we can share it with the Circle members! The winner of this challenge will receive $200.00 credit to and you can enter as many times as you want! Rev up your machines and get crafty!!

Tiddly Inks Challenge Rules:

It's a sketch challenge. The sketch is below:
Make sure we can tell you used the sketch but feel free to flip, distort, and add those embellishments! Make sure to use a Tiddly Ink image or your entry won't qualify!

I used one of my favorite Tiddly Inks Digi Stamps - Wryn Grow A Little Love. I colored her with copics. She is also now available in clear stamps at the Tiddly Inks Store! I used Glossy Accents and Coarse Glitter on the hearts Wryn is holding and her hair clip.

I followed the sketch but changed up the order of the 3 embellies and used a bow where the oval was. All the cuts on the card are from my Cricut.

I designed half of this in the CCR and the other half on my Gypsy.  The cut from Out Of Character is the sentiment, Enjoy. I really like this cart. The cuts are fun and can be used in so many different ways. I matted it with a cut from Ribbons and Rosettes and used Jolee's Crystals on the corners.

I cut six hearts from Cricut Alphabet and layered them using pop dots. Then I used Glossy Accents on them to add some extra shine. The frame is from Sophie, another Cricut Circle Cartridge. I cut it in white and used copics to color the flowers and frame. I added Glossy Accents and Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter to the flowers. I used Jolee's Crystals for the centers of the two yellow flowers and an Imaginisce Crystal for the larger pink flower's center. I glued Wryn to the center of the oval frame.  The paper inside the oval is from K & Company.

For the border, I used my Gypsy and a border from Ribbons and Rosettes. I used 2 borders, flipping one and welding them together. I used a piece of ribbon on the center of the border to give it some texture.

I kept the inside of the card simple. I used a Digi sentiment from Tiddly Inks and colored it with Copics, inked the edges with some Tim Holtz Distress Ink and added an extra heart for the finishing touch.

This card is long over due to be mailed. I wanted to make her a card a couple of weeks ago, but unfortunately, life got in the way. I think it turned out nice. It was fun to make and I hope she likes it!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

I Finally Created An Explosion Box!

Hi Friends and Fellow Crafters! Are you beating the heat? It's another scorcher here in the Northeast, the temp today is a balmy 102 degrees! I won't even venture from the cool ac into the swimming pool! I ran out early to freshen the water in my birdbath and was done with the great outdoors for the day! It's the perfect day for some catching up on my blog and getting some crafting done.

Today I am sharing my very 1st Explosion Box. I saw a fabulous Explosion Box on my Circle friend Nadia's blog. If you want to see some amazing works of paper art, check out the link to her blog, With Glittering Eyes, and have a look around. She is a very talented Paper Artist. On her blog, she gave a link for instructions from another Circle Member and fabulous crafter Enfys' blog, Going Buggy. This is one more blog worth browsing. She does truly wonderful coloring with Promarkers and has great tutorials. 
We were having a 50th Birthday party for my BFF, Elaine and I already had the banner ready from Colleen's Birthday. The birthday banner has been traveling around to our parties and has now become a bit of a tradition for us to use it. LOL! For Each birthday, I have been making a new name section. I really wanted to create a special card for Elaine's 50th Birthday, so armed with a great tutorial and inspiration, I went to work.

Here are the details:
Cricut Anniversary E 2, Cuttlebug & CCR
Creative Memories Be Young, Over the Hill & CCR Basics

Die Cut With A View Glitzy Glitter Stacks - Neutrals & Brights
CTMH Hooray Bouquet & Unity Stamps
Stickles & Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter
Pop Dots
Ribbons & Flowers From My Stash
Black & White Cardstock
American Crafts Metallic Cardstock
Cuttlebug Happy Birthday Embossing Folder

I made the mistake of adhering the AC Metallic Cardstock to my outside layer before making sure I was really going to like it. Turned out, I didn't like it at all, but unfortunately, I was out of heavy black cardstock, so I was stuck with it. Other than that, I think it turned out swell.

The Top
The stamp on the top is from CTMH Hooray Bouquet.
 That is the the inside layer. I tried like mad to make a Birthday cake, but couldn't get a nice round cake happening, so I went with a square cake. Since I had never made one and didn't have any tutorials for one, I just layered the sizes, ran them through my cuttlebug and added some ribbon and flowers.  It kind of looks a little like a wedding cake, though, doesn't it? I cut the acetate strips from a Cricut Cart Package and sandwiched them between balloon cuts to hold up the balloons. I got this idea from a link on Nadia's blog to Magic Boxes. The Explosion Boxes there are unbelievable!

Here is a close up of the cake.

I used the CCR to create all the embellishments for this whole project. I still can't see me ever giving up my Gypsy for the CCR, but due to a problem with the new Gypsy update and my E-2 not communicating well, I was almost forced to go with the CCR. The scalloped mats and circles are from the CCR Basics. The Happy Birthday is from Over The Hill and I cut her name using the Creative Memories Be Young Cart. The font is called Be Happy. The balloons and the number 50 are also from Over The Hill.
Here is the middle layer

The Birthday Cake is from Over The Hill and I added some Stickles to the flames. The flower is a left over from my Art Philosophy Roses I had made for an earlier project, The leaves are a Martha Stewart punch. The stamp is from Unity Stamps. The base of the layer is white so the picture looked funny to me! LOL!

I'm not sure why I didn't take a full picture of the bottom layer, but at least I managed to take some of the mats on it. I can't remember where I found the Friends Always saying, lol, and it's not showing in the CCR. That will teach me to wait a couple of weeks to post a project!

The 50 mats alternated

This mat had a personal message on it for my BFF.

So there you have it! My first try at an Explosion Box. I was so terrified to try making one, but now I am so happy I did. If you haven't tried one yet, jump in and do it! The results are beautiful and your friends or family will love to receive one. I know Elaine was just thrilled with hers. I placed a gift card inside it so I had a card and present box all wrapped up into one!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!
Keep cool and happy crafting!