Monday, February 19, 2018

Character Challenge

Here is my challenge for the Bitten by the Bug2 blog. So break out the Disney and other carts like Hello Kitty! It's so fun to make cards and layouts with these characters, even though they are usually intricate cuts. My card uses a Hello Kitty SVG from ETSY. I matched her to my cricut patterned paper and stickled her dress and flower. I then added a "celebrate" stamp from Stampin' Up! and punch the banner out with a matching punch. I love using that bundle -- makes card sentiments so easy to make.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Sending Birthday Wishes

Sending birthday wishes with Lots of Lavender from the Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration catalog. I love the color lavender - and the flowers - so I had to qualify (free with $50 spent) for this limited edition stamp set. Matted onto Wild Wasabi green and Wisteria Wonder lavender, I added some splashes of blue for the background, rhinestones here and there,  and some stickles onto the Bushing Bride soft pink ribbon.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Hearts for Valentines

Here is vintage-style layout that I made for Bitten by the Bug2 Hearts for Valentines. I used "Hearts and Love" from Love Struck 2010. I still love this mini cartridge. I also used the "Stamp" from Phrases on red card stock and stickled the edges to make it pop a bit. The Coordinations chocolate pink cardstock die cuts go nicely on the page, and I sanded the edges to show the pink color. I added them to discontinued Graphic 45 patterned paper (Place in Time Collection), which also gives these die cuts an antique look. 

Below is page 2 of the double layout. All that I need now are photos!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

ATC-Style Seed Cards

I came across these seedlings ATC-styled "journal cards" on a 12x12 sheet of patterned paper and fell in love. I used quite a bit of embellishing to make these mine: stickles (of course), Wink of Stella in clear, Glossy Accents, washi tape, and the most fun: microbeads. While going through my craft stash, I discovered that I have a lot of unused microbeads, and most of them I acquired through swaps with my crafty friends. I adhered the mircobeads with Glossy Accents, and I love how they gave the cards a multi-dimensional look. I will be using them in a lot more future projects!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Bohemian-styled Card with ATC

After making my bohemian-styled ATC, I decided to make more because they were a lot fun to make. I matted the ATCs onto beautiful patterned papers from Cosmo Cricket's Fleuriste that made the brown ATCs pop and matted the card fronts onto Stampin' Up!'s expresso card stock. If I can say so myself, I am just in love with these cards!

Bohemian-styled Monochromatic ATC Card

Here's an ATC that I made for a monochromatic ATC partner swap. I started off with a beautiful patterned paper from Cosmo Cricket's Fleuriste. I stamped two corners with an old stamp set from Pink Paislee's Indigo Blue. I also stamped the wood button and threaded some twine through it. Also, I stamped "Just Be" from Stampin' Up!, which was a nice touch for this bohemian-style ATC. I then added an old Prima flower (which I stamped in the center), brad, and sequins. And I distressed the edges. Hope that my partner likes her ATC!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Valentines Anything Goes

This week's Bitten by the Bug2 challenge is to create something on the Anything Goes for Valentines Day. I made an ATC card for a swap. My base is cardboard, as you need a thick, sturdy base, and covered with cherubs from Basic Grey paper that I hoard. As you may know, it is hard to find discontinued Basic Grey papers. Cutting into my paper hurts, but I have a lot left on that sheet!

I used vinyl because, especially with the delicate arrows, I was concerned that card stock paper wouldn't cut as well. And it was easy to use the transfer tape. After adhering the image onto the tape, I cut the tape into pieces, so I could place the image parts where I wanted them to go.

The couple is “couple4" from 563 - Sweet Love Couples from Svg Cuttable Designs. The set of images on this design are adorable silhouettes - and as of writing this blogpost - are free! I didn't use the I love you part because I wanted to use the “Love You More" with the arrows from cricut's Holidays through the Year Iron-on cartridge. This is a really cute, modern image.

Also, I used "Lovey Dovey Hearts" from Sweethearts. I just deleted the outline layers and some of the hearts - keeping only the pink ones. I would have added art more hearts, but I did not cut enough vinyl to fit, so I used what I had lol. Love combining cuts for my own design.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Hello Kitty birthday cards

Here's a couple of Hello Kitty birthday cards using Provocraft's Hello Kitty patterned paper. I think that these papers are adorable - and I have more cards planned. 

I added a die cut, Flower Cupcake, from the Baby Steps cartridge and glued stickles to parts of the cupcake. For my second one, I used the Your Birthday die cut from Summer Celebrations. I matted the sentiment and the card front onto glittered card stock (had to see in the picture) and the heaviness gave it a curled look, which I fixed with red tape adhesive.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Breezy Balloon Birthday Card

Here's an easy, breezy birthday card to create with Balloon Celebration Photopolymer Stamp Set and die cuts. With just some ink and a layered ballon, you can add some crystal stickles and have a pretty card ready for the mail.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Tuesday's Child Card

What I love most about Cricut Design Space is that we can use our own fonts - computer system ones and commercial use ones. And then adding vinyl, my new favorite medium to cut, makes those intricate and thin fonts actually cuttable. The sentiment comes from the poem:

Monday's child is fair of face
Tuesday's child is full of grace
Wednesday's child is full of woe
Thursday's child has far to go,
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child works hard for a living,
But the child who is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonnie and blithe and good and gay.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Birthstone Birthday Card

This is a special card for a friend who loves the color purple. I used card stock, purple vellum, and a font in vinyl -- and added rhinestones for more gemlike sparkle. The cricut cut stones are Emeralds from Cricut's Disney® - Princess Happily Ever After, but they work equally as well for an amethyst. I love how semi transparent they are and their shimmer shine -- and how the vinyl makes the gems really pop. Plus, layering the smaller stone on 3d adhesive really gives this card texture.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Penguin Challenge

This week's Bitten by the Bug2 challenge is to use a penguin in a cricut project. Here I used Noah's ABC Animals for the tile and penguin and System Font for the title, which is Barista. I love this handwriting font - although un welded fonts sometimes are challenging to glue down. I used my Xyron X adhesive and finally figured out that burnishing the letters alleviates the overall stickiness, especially in the letters that have circles and curves. Took me years to discover this simple tip, lol.

As far as my layout, what a great memory to preserve. And touching a penguin and hearing his heartbeat is something that you can never forget. And how interesting to learn that these feathered birds live on warm beaches instead of the icy snowy arctic!