Sunday, October 28, 2012

Layered Cricut Christmas Card

For this Christmas card featuring kraft paper (my new fave!) I cut two card options of a Christmas tree image from Joys of the Season Cricut cartridge, both at 5 1/2".  One of the papers was a red dot printed kraft paper and the other a green solid.  I cut the tree only out of the green solid.  By the way, when you cut cleanly and smoothly you are then left with a window card you can use for another project.  I then layered the green tree on top of the centered tree in the window of the kraft card and glued it down.  I added 1/4" punched kraft dots to the tree for "ornaments" which I then colored with Smooch paint.  I cut two primitive stars from another Cricut cartridge at 1 1/4" each and added one to the top of the tree on the front of the card and painted it with Smooch.  I then opened the card and attached the other star to the backside of the star on the front.  This gives a finished look to the inside of the card.  The sentiment is from a Hobby Lobby specialty clear stamp set, stamped and then colored with Smooch.  The layered labels are also from the Joys of the Season cartridge, cut consecutively in 1/4" increments.
     I like the primitive look the kraft paper gives this design.  The shine of the Smooch lends an unexpected touch of elegance to a rather simple presentation.  That's me--ordinary with a bit of sparkle!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Quilled flowers

Many of you know I have fallen in love with quilling.  Here is a project I did from the Quilled Flowers book: the cherry blossom.  These were very fun to make, and I found the perfect stick to put them on.  However, I can't really see my stick on a card, as the book depicts.  Instead, I will probably put this project in a small display shadow box I will hang on my wall.  I have quilled leaves, flowers, cupcakes, snowflakes, and even bats!  My thank you to all the quilling patterns and help out there on the internet and in printed books.  I will definitely be making some of these projects.  Quilling is relaxing and fun, even if two don't come out the exact same size!  I have found that if the project directions specify to make three of a particular shape, I am better off making five and choosing the best three!  Oh, well!  To err is human!  Or so they say!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Spooky Frankenstein

Such a simple, colorful Halloween card!  Best of all--very inexpensive.  Hobby Lobby stamp set is only about $6.00 and is 40% off this week.  And don't you love that splat!  Inks used:  Colorbox Archival in Grasshopper and Deep Grape, Tsukineko Memento in Tangelo.  Frankenstein is colored with Copics.