Monday, February 14, 2011

Cheesy Valentine

Okay, inspiration can come from anywhere.  Looking through a cooking magazine one day, I saw an ad that sparked my creativity and knew right away what my daughter's Valentine was going to be.  Here's the ad that caught my eye:
Reiman Publications, Taste of Home, Feb/March 2011, page 11

Like many kids, my daughter would have cheese on her cheese for every meal of the day.  The card sentiment was great, but I knew I could use it much more creatively.  Here's my take:

I attached that cute little mouse with foam tape.  I used my Gypsy to hide one of the holes in the swiss cheese.  I then welded a heart in the spot where the hole had been.

In addition to cheese, she loves sparkles.  Stickles were a definite must-have for the hearts on the inside.
  • Cheese (Create a Critter accessory and shift/accessory) cut at 4"
  • Heart (Create a Critter shift/accessory) cut at 3.71"
  • Mouse (Create a Critter mouse, shadow, layer 1, layer 2, layer 3) cut at 2"
  • Phrase (Create a Critter phrase and shift/phrase) cut at 2"
  • More Than (Cursive 101 welded together) cut at 1"
  • Cheese (Create a Critter phrase placed off the mat and trimmed to delete "say") cut at 6.5" wide
  • Stone Gray Staz On ink
  • Magenta Stickles
  • Cardstock & ribbon from scraps
Have a wonderful evening!  Be back soon with another project.

Hoppy Valentine's Day

My son LOVES frogs.  He has frogs sitting all around the house - bobbleheads, stone statues, big, small.  What better than a frog Valentine for my "frog boy"?

Pinks and purples are not colors my teenage son loves, so I chanced looking "Christmasy" and used red and green on his Valentine.

I attached the frog with foam tape to give him some dimension.

The inside was printed on the computer and then cut to fit.

Okay, here's the details on this card:
  • Frog and layers (Paisley cartridge) cut at 3"
  • Lilypad (Create a Critter) cut at 3"
  • Cuttlebug Heart Blocks embossing folder
  • Stampin' Up ribbon
  • Xmas Red Stickles
  • Inkssentials opaque white pen
  • Lime green chalk Cat's Eye inkpad
I have one more Valentine to share with you.  I have to find the magazine that my inspiration for it came from to share with you before I can post.  Hopefully I'll have it up yet today.

Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine Mail Box

Hey everyone!  Here's a mailbox I made today for my niece for Valentine's Day.  She's not allowed to have a lot of candy, so I stuffed it with a few pieces of candy along with some Valentine barrettes, Valentine rubber ducks, and a jingly heart necklace.

I was able to use paper from my scrap stash to complete the entire project.  Everything was cut on the Cricut from the Create a Critter cartridge.  The ribbon tied to the mailbox flag is from Stampin' Up.

I just love this little monkey.  I wish I had some flocking at home to make him fuzzy, but it's probably just as well, since my niece is only two.

The cuts on the mailbox are:
  • Monkey, layer 1 & layer 2 - cut at 3"
  • Banana (shift monkey), layer 1 & layer 2 - cut at 3"
  • Vine (shift accessory) - cut at 3.75" wide
  • Balloon (shift koala), layer 1 & layer 3 - cut at 2.5"
I used my Gypsy to layout the pieces I needed to cut as well as to hide the faces that were on the balloon and bananas.  Using the mat guide on the Gypsy, I was able to cut everything at once by putting different papers on the mat.  Super easy project!

Hope you enjoyed.  I'm off to do laundry and then back to the crafting table for a few more projects today.  I'll be back to share them this week.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

100 Wins Candy Jar

My son had his 100th high school career win this weekend.  I decided it was too big an event to go by unnoticed, so I made him this:
...filled with exactly 100 pieces of candy.
Everything was cut on the Cricut, and I tied ribbon on the hinges on the back.  Here are the cuts I used:
  • 100 Wins cut using Varsity Letter and the shift feature at 1-1/2 inches.
  • The wrestlers were two borders cuts on Sports Mania at 10 inches wide using black vinyl.
  • The Superman logo was cut at 2-1/2 inches from the Superman cartridge.
  • Congrats was cut at 2-1/2 inches from Gypsy Wanderings.
  • The circle on the top was cut at 2 inches wide from Mini Monograms, so that I could add the date of his 100th win (didn't want to jinx anything in case it didn't happen when expected, so I dated it after I took the photos).
  • I attached everything using Liquid Glass from Close to My Heart because it holds so well and dries quickly.
Of course, with the biggest part of wrestling season upon us - conference, sectionals, districts, and states - I had to take the candy jar back until after the season.  My name would be mud if he ended up not making weight at this point in the season.

Encouragement Card

This has to be one of the hardest cards I've needed to make in awhile.  My Girl Scout troop is part of a very large service unit (school district).  We have over 1300 girls involved in scouting in our district.  We were recently asked to have our girls make cards for a first grade Brownie who has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer and is undergoing treatment.  We're hoping to send enough well wishes her way to help keep her spirits up as she begins this journey.

Finding the right sentiment was difficult.  I didn't want a sympathy card, but the traditional "get well" didn't seem appropriate either.  After a lot of thought, this is what I came up with.
I attached the wagon with foam tape for dimension.  I also added "shine" to the words 'pulling' and 'you' with Liquid Glass from Close To My Heart.
Finally, the envelope.
The recipe for this card:
  • Just Because Cards Cricut cartridge - all card images cut at 7".
  • Close To My Heart Whoops-A-Daisy Level 2 Paper Pack (retired)
  • Close To My Heart Hydrangea inkpad (retired color)
  • Close To My Heart Liquid Glass (which also makes a GREAT adhesive for those hard to attach items)
  • Close To My Heart Just Blooms Summer Posies (retired)
  • MyMoments Fashion Pearls by Offray
Finally, the card my daughter made:
Have a great day!  Be back again with another project soon.


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