Sunday, August 29, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
I'm going to make this post as brief as possible. I've got a lot to do, with the GrandBaby Shower coming up next weekend.
Here are MORE creative things I've done with my Cricut to use at the shower -- I've made these paper flowers with Tootsie Pop centers, to decorate and distribute from the Candy Buffet (part of the dessert table).
I cut the flower petals using Cricut's new "Cake Basics" cartridge. I've found that this cartridge has many excellent basic shapes. The cartridge of course was designed to use with the Cricut Cake, but is interchangeable with the Cricut for paper.
The "Cake Basics" cartridge came with my new Cricut Cake machine ... and so far, I've only had time to try out the cartridge, not the machine! Hopefully, I'll get to play soon, and of course, I'll post the mess I make with that!! Oh, so many opportunities to while away a day ... when DOES when get the time to do housework AND get outside to enjoy the sun (while it lasts!!)???
Monday, August 23, 2010
It's time again for another birthday card -- August is jam-packed with friends and family who are celebrating their birthdays. The card I made this evening is for without a doubt, my longest running friendship. And I have a LOT of long-time friends. (They haven't been able to shake me loose, LOL!)
I met my girlfriend, Kat in homeroom of fourth grade ... that's 46 years ago for those of you who have guessed me to be much younger. I'd just moved to NY with family and I hadn't yet met anyone. Kat (or Kathy as I knew her then) and I were kindred spirits from the start. We laughed that each of us had a Dad named Ed and a Mom named Dorothy. We each had dogs ... both were pure-bred collies. Only I had siblings, where Kat had none ... and we each longed for the other's family count. We danced to "Purple People Eater" and made up an ongoing story about kids at summer camp.
We kept in touch over the years, even though I left NY just 3 years after moving there, until time separated us just after college graduation. Skip ahead perhaps 15 years or so -- life took us in different directions -- and I read about Kat in the Philadelphia Inquirer. She'd written a book ... something I've aspired to do ... and now was living just 10 miles from me, with her companion (now husband) Paul. Kat recently has been bravely confronting breast cancer. She deserves a special card from her "blood sister"!
For this card, I used a special template to fold and cut a front "spinning" circle. It opens with a "step" that pulls the front circle medallion inside.
For another interesting effect, I used a floral paper with hydrangeas on the front surface, and fussy cut a piece of the floral pattern to highlight the inside of the card. Then, to make it "pop" more, I punched mini-flower cut-outs from the same paper and glued them atop the hydrangea paper for the back (inside) greeting panel.
I hope you like the card as much as I do. And if you do, please just add a "comment" up to the Big Guy in the Sky for my friend, Kat.
[At left here is a view from the top down onto the intricate fold/cuts to make the structure of the card.]
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
It's a diaper cake for my daughter Emily's upcoming baby shower.
And yes, I made it using my new Cake Basics cartridge that came with my Cricut Cake machine bundle. Thank you, Mr. Smiley (hubby) for giving me my birthday gift early so I could play on this rainy Sunday.
I used the Cake Basics cartridge to cut the large "chocolate" paper icing layer on top, as well as the lime green ring that adorns it. The leaves for the palm tree were also cut using that cartridge; instead of using them flat at the vein opening, I curled them and overlapped them to give them dimension.
See the white paper roses at the top? I'd normally cut each of those petals using my flower punches by Punch Bunch. BUT Cake Basics comes with a lot of single leaves itself, so I set the Cricut to "auto fill" for the 1/2" white petal, hit cut and went about the chore of trying to organize my craft loft. When I returned, some 300 petals were cut from a single 12x12" sheet! Boy, did that save time with the flower punch!
In case you're wondering, the middle layer of the "cake" was made using new printed "designer" Pampers. A single pack has the two complementing designs of pale pink and darker pink. There are also boy colors too, though I wonder if "Real Boys" would wear designer diapees?
I had so much fun making this cake, it should be illegal!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
At one of the booths I visited ... I'm pretty sure it was sponsored by Scrappily Ever After ... the exhibitor featured Punch Bunch paper punches. The punches cut out simple shapes such as a pear or an apple, a sun, a daisy, and a variety of leaves. You can use these shapes to build flowers that resemble something you might see in a garden, like the daisy top right (pic) ... or something seen only in your imagination (bottom left). Both are just as pretty, I think!
There was a demonstration of the use of a tool kit and steps used to create beautiful paper flowers using everyday cardstock. The tool kit consists of a stylus with interchangeable tips (some round, some pointed), a stylus and reverse tweezers. The tool kit is pictured here. The "trick" is to rub the cut-outs with a tool to soften the paper and to "give the leaf life." (Try saying "leaf life" 5 times quickly!)
To rub the cut-outs (or "punch" outs), one handy trick I learned was to use a hard foam piece as a support underneath the piece of paper you're softening. The demonstrator (Jeanne) recommended a mouse pad or a foam door hanger that you can get for $1 at any local crafts store.
A handy tip: Jeanne said she likes to use the door hanger because she tapes a piece of waxed paper in the opening of the door hanger. She uses the waxed paper as a place where she puts a glob of glue that she uses sparingly to assemble the paper flowers.
The punches are versatile! Who would think that a pear shape becomes a petal, and the sun can be "stirred" to form the puffy part of a stamen or a flower itself, like a clover flower. (See my picture of the flowers I made, upper left here. The green clover flower at the lower right was made scrunching up 5 punches of a sun!)
I will be posting soon to show you how I use these beauties on cards, in shadow box frames, and more. Oh my, how I love paper crafting!
Monday, August 2, 2010
In case you can't see the sayings on these cards in the pics, click on the photos to enlarge them. For this card, thankfully, I started the baby out with light pink paper, not white like I did for the girl version of the card. (See my comment to the previous post how I am going to have to remake her, for sure!!)
I also figured out that I could do more with embellishing the card -- like the double-stitching around the accent paper -- if I did so while the templated jacket was still flat and unassembled. Ahh, this should have been obvious ... I'm learning as I go!
I'm also figuring out that I am over-working the cards. Once and done should do it. And I'm messy. Or is that called "creative"??
And last but not least, here is a vertical version of the slider card that I made to celebrate the birthday of my friend, Bunny.
At left, you can see the card when it is in the "down" position. By pulling on the center candle, Bunny will be able to see the birthday message inside. I planned on putting many more candles on the card but play time was running short. There was still housework to do this weekend! Egads!
Incidentally, the flat dimension of the slider card folder (open at the top for a vertical card, or the right side for a horizontal one) is 4" x 7". Embellishments off the opening make this card suitable for a #10 envelope. Off the sides, well, on to a custom envelope. Or no envelope at all when I hand these new Moms their baby cards.
I hope you're making it a creative sort of day!
Sunday, August 1, 2010
But I went anyway.
At left is a horizontal version of the slider, for a new baby girl gift card. Yuck, the photo looks bad on the baby-face ... I couldn't find my Copic blending marker so this cutie suffers. She "crawls" across the sliced opening when the recipient pulls the tab.
I made another version of this card for a boy, and another vertical version for a friend's birthday celebration.
I'll show you those tomorrow!