Thursday, July 22, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree!

Have I told you how excited I am about our devoting the month of July to Christmas-y type projects? This month is going by far too quickly though!! I have several ideas in mind, but I'm going to do them in what I feel is order of priority. I know most of us want our Christmas cards taken care of. So, in the next week or so, that will be my focus. Sharing a few cards that I hope will inspire you.

Then, in the months to come, we'll start gathering ideas for our holiday pages and projects. How does that sound? :)

For today, I'd like to share with you a card that I made. Although it does not include any Cricut cuts, I hope it inspires you in some way. You'll also notice that I used one of my favorite new tools...border punches! I loooove these, so you can expect to be seeing a lot of them used on my upcoming projects. And be on the lookout, there *might* even be something special planned for YOU! (just my way of saying thank you for being such wonderful friends and so encouraging of the FB page and my blog).

So, without further ado, here is my card and the recipe for making it.



Recipe:

In order to make a card which will fit an invitation sized envelope:

Cut a piece of cardstock 8 1/2 x 5 1/2".
Then fold the 8 1/2" side in half to make card base.

Cut blue cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4". Use chalk to add dimension...the outside of the mat should be darker. As you go inward toward the center, apply less pressure in order to make the chalk gradually lighter. Adhere to your card base.

Cut one strip of red that is 4" by 2". Along the 4" side, use the Martha Stewart Loopy Punch. Then trim the 2" side down to 1". Then add some brown chalk and adhere to card as shown.

The tree is a diecut from a My Mind's Eye accessory sheet called "Be Merry". (Item # BM1010). It has paper to match. A very cute collection!! If you do not have this in your stash, you can use any diecut or sticker. You could also add a Cricut cutout to create a similar look.

Stamps are by Studio G. I believe I bought them from either Joann's or Michael's awhile back.

The little red star is an EK Success Paper Shaper punch. I LOVE these for just a little extra touch to my projects. A great investment if you don't already have some!! I use the circles and heart all the time!!

And finally, a little bling to finish it off. (just because every good project deserves a little sparkle!). I bought these small Swarovski crystals on Ebay a loong time ago. The color is Light Siam and the size is 9ss. Very tiny, but oh so cute!!

Other extras: For doodling -A black Zig Millennium pen and also a white Uni-ball Signo (UM-153). I highly recommend the Uni-ball...it's the best white pen I've used in all the years I've been scrapbooking. Versafine ink pad in Onyx for stamping.

Have a scrap happy day! :-)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Christmas in July!

Hello everyone and welcome to our Christmas in July celebration! I have a couple of fun things planned for this month, but please be patient with me. My husband and I have a dear friend visiting this month for three weeks, so I won't be around as much (on the Facebook page) as usual. But, I will post a project whenever I can. I hope you like what I make for you. Other than my sentiment smudging a bit, I'm quite happy with the way it turned out.

Some people had expressed interest in learning some paper piecing so my card today incorporates some of that. I'm SO excited to share this with you, because paper piecing is one of my absolute favorite things!!! I love my Cricut, but it's also a great feeling when you can create something yourself.

The chimney on this card is made entirely using just a paper trimmer, cardstock, pop dots, some ink for shading and a black pen for detailing.
Here are the step-by-step instructions:
1) From one sheet of red cardstock, cut (2) 2 3/4 x 3" pieces. Set one piece aside for now.
2) From one gray piece of cardstock, cut (6) 1 1/4 x 0.5" pieces and (4) 0.5 x 0.5" pieces.
3) Adhere gray strips to card as shown in picture.
4) Cut one black strip of cardstock measuring 0.5 x 3.0 . Add to the top of your chimney (overlaping the red portion slightly).
5). Now take your second piece of red cardstock that you cut at the beginning. Place pop dots on top of piece. Then add your chimney on top (the red pieces should align together). You should now have a 3 dimensional chimney. Do not add it to your card yet though!
6) Cut a white piece of cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. This will be your card itself. Fold the 8 1/2" side of your card in half.
7) Cut another piece of red cardstock 4 x 5 1/4". Adhere to the front of your card.
8) Cut a yellow piece that is 3 3/4 x 5. I used the Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirl to emboss this piece. Then add the yellow to the center of the red on your card.
9) Add chimney to your card (do not add glue to the rim of your chimney as you will need to tuck your presents under it slightly).
10) For the presents, I chose to use the Wedding cartridge as I thought they were much cuter. I cut them out using some scrap paper. The presents were cut at 2" and then I added the pen detailing.
11) Place presents slightly under the rim of your chimney and add sentiment. (I used a $1 stamp set from Studio G and white ink by Papertrey Ink).
And voila! You're done! Hope you enjoyed this little project! If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below (or send me an email at cricutcuteness@yahoo.com ). I would love to hear from you anytime!
Have a great weekend!! :)

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