Thursday, May 21, 2015

Faux Stained Glass project

Many of you may not know that I have started helping out at a children's church on Sundays.  This was one of the first projects we did.  The lesson was the story of Abraham, so we did some star projects.  Also, the church has been holding sermons featuring the stained glass windows in the church, so this project was appropriate.
     I used my Cricut Explore to cut the black design from cardstock.  The star measures about 9" wide.  We attached the die cut star to the sticky side of clear contac paper, then used bits of tissue paper to add color "stained glass" to the sticky side.  The finished result really looks like stained glass from the front side.  The project was easy and simple for the kids to do.  I hope everybody had fun!  I had seen this project on multiple websites, each with a little variation.  My variation was using my Cricut Explore and a Cricut image to cut the design.  I love having my subscription!  I get tons of "free" images to use!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Dauber Fun

Last week I tried a technique that was showcased on the Hero Arts blog.  Here is a link to the original post:

But it is difficult for me to use the distress inks with the ink applicator these days due to neck and arm problems, so I decided to use daubers instead.

I first stamped a panel with a sentiment from Our Daily Bread (Thank you, Donna, for the loan of these stamps!) using Clearsnap fluid chalk ink.

I then masked the sentiment with a rectangle of Eclipse masking tape.  (You could also use a post it note.)

I then stamped a Hero Arts large cling stamp pattern (I used large Lotus blossom) using white pigment ink and white embossing powder over the mask.

Keeping the mask in place, I then rubbed a liquid ink dauber over the embossing to color the background paper.  Let dry, and then remove the mask and attach the panel to a notecard.

You can see in the picture above (the blue one) that my first attempt at this technique was not really successful.  The background stamp I chose for this one was not bold enough.  The technique works better with a bold print background stamp.

Here are the color combinations I liked best:

Lipstick Red chalk ink paired with Fired Brick Tim Holtz dauber.
Yellow Citrus chalk ink paired with Mustard Seed Tim Holtz dauber
Warm Green chalk ink paired with Peeled Paint Tim Holtz dauber

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Trifold card

This card pictured below is a new design for me, although the design is very popular.  The unique thing about this card is that the structure can be cut with a Cricut.  I downloaded a file shared by one of the owners of the Cricut Design Space Lover's Facebook page.  The file cuts the card and the mats perfectly to fit an A2 size, and it is all done electronically.  One 12" x 12" page will give you two card bases.  The card folds flat for mailing, but opens up for display.
     The little flamingos decorating the card probably look a little familiar to you!  I cut them from the card design used in a previous post and turned them into single images to use on other cards.  The card is designed so a lot of writing can be put on the last panel, but I narrowed it to a single strip so that I could add an extra flamingo.  
     Here is the link to the website from which I got this file:


Monday, April 20, 2015

100th Birthday Party

Tomorrow I am going to a 100th birthday party for a woman here in town.  I have never even known a person to live to 100 before, so I am very excited and happy for her.  I decided to make her a special card:

I used an Anna Griffin Make It Now card from the Cricut Design Space website and added my own flowers and greeting.  The greeting is printed on the tag with gold ink and then cut, using the Write and Cut features of the Explore.  I made the flowers from a Spellbinder's die and spritzed them with Heidi Swapp gold pigment spray.
   I hope Eve likes her card!  I have to come up with an inside message now.  That will be the really hard part!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tickled Pink

Today I am sharing a card I found at the Cricut Explore Design Center Make It Now website.  I changed it up a little bit, adding the text at the bottom of the card.  This card was very fun to put together, kind of like a little puzzle.  I do love that the Explore can write on your project.  Those of us with not so perfect handwriting and not wanting to continue to buy stamps really appreciate this feature!  Of course, I probably could have just used a computer, but I got to use a cool font in pink!  I think this card would make an awesome hello or even birthday card.  There are tons of cards on the Make It Now website--this one is only the tip of the iceberg!  All the work done, I just get to play!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Special Delivery Birthday Balloon

Here is a fun birthday card I put together recently.  I got ideas from a number of sources.  I saw a video by Jennifer Maguire where she glittered a word diecut letter by letter and then raised it up on a foam diecut.  I die cut my words from Cricut and built up layers of cardstock--I think about 4--glittering the top layer letter by letter.   I tried making the balloon with cardstock, but it was so thick it wouldn't fold nicely so I used paper from Hobby Lobby.  Again, the die cut is from Cricut, and you have to make 3 layered balloon images to make it 3D.  I got the idea for the saying on the front of the card from Pinterest, and I let my Cricut do the writing!  So much nicer than my handwriting!  I love this writing feature of the new Explore!  The whole card was very easy to design in the Cricut Design Space.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Belated Easter post

Easter went fast this year!  We did finally finish eating all of the Easter feast by about Wednesday, though.  This little project was done for a craft activity at a local children's Easter Egg Hunt.  While all ages could participate, the real devotees were little girls about 9 or 10 years old.  Oh, I found out Washi tape is a real hit with kids!  
   The first thing everybody did was make a small Easter basket which I had pre-cut from a Cricut file.  The children then decorated their basket with washi tape.  Then we decorated some eggs with washi tape to put into the basket.  We used plastic colored eggs (of course!) although the washi tape looks really brilliant on real white eggs.  The children loved tearing off that washi tape and covering everything with it!  
   This little banner was the highlight of the day (after the egg hunt, of course).  I cut out some Easter egg shapes from a Cricut file, and some lettering to spell out EASTER.  We covered the eggs with strips of colorful washi tape, backed the eggs with some scrapbook paper also cut into the shape of the eggs, punched some holes, added our lettering, and ended up with a really cute little EASTER banner after adding some colorful ribbons.  Some of the younger children, or those with limited time, just made one egg shape and then put a pretty butterfly sticker on top for a colorful Easter ornament.