Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Pretty Card

Everywhere you look you see stuff made with the Lori's Garden cricut cartridge. I was never that interested in (or so I thought). I didn't think I would be able to get it so I tried not to obsess over it like I usually do. Well what do you know, they put it up for sale on of all places and at an affordable price, so I looked at the handbook and I fell in love. This cartridge is really pretty. Not only is the artwork beautiful, but so are the paper patterns that go with it. I am determined to use my cartridges as I get them and not just collect them. This is the card I made with my new Lori's Garden cartridge.

I love the colors and the patterns of this cartridge. I chose this grey background with the scipt and cut it using the 5x7 rectangle image that is on the Imagine itself. Then I cut this birdcage image. I love how it looks like a birdcage and a chandelier combined. I popped it up off the yellow patterned top not shape and added some pearls. Then I cut a border from the Martha Stewart Elegant Cakes cartridge and filled it with the salmony pink color on the cartridge. I added some sheer brown ribbon and fed it through the sentiment. I added some pearls to the sentiment as well. This a different look for me becuase my style is usally very cutesy, but I just love the look of this cartridge. I know my pal Sheri would love this one. It's got her name written all over it.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Cutters Creek Spring Blog Hop

Welcome to the Cutters Creek Spring Blog Hop! All of our designers have created some wonderful Spring projects featuring products you can purchase at the Cutters Creek Store! If you would like to start from the beginning head on over the the Cutters Creek Design Team Blog. Each blog along the way will have a link to the next blog in the chain. Don't forget to make sure you are following each of our personal blogs and leaving comments along the way to enter to win a box full of CHA Swag!!!!

If you have arrived here from Kim’s blog, then you are on the right track. If not, don’t worry the full blog hop order will be at the bottom of this post.

For my Spring project, I decided to use a few products I hadn’t used before. I got some of the crafty secrets cotton scraps in Spring designs from Kim and thought these would be great.

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I cut out the one I wanted and sewed around the edges. Then I got some threads loose and pulled them to fray the edges a little bit. Then I mounted the little chick on a pale yellow rectangle that was printed on my Cricut Imagine with the Imagine More cartridge. Then I matted that on a larger blue rectangle also from Imagine More and stitched around the edges of that. All the paper used in this project with the exception of the kraft paper was printed with the Imagine from Imagine More. I used the polka dot pattern as the main background for this card. I matted the rectangle on the kraft cardstock and stitched around the edges. I went around twice and kind of went a little freeform with the second border to give it a more playful feel. I printed the olive green checked pattern and then cut it out with the largest die from the Spellbinders floral motifs doily set. I placed the doily down on the polka dot paper and then placed the chick over one side. I put some Kaiser Craft pearls in the little openings of the doily.

One of my new favorite embellishments are these gorgeous gardenia flowers from Cutters Creek. I love the look of them. I used a blue and a yellow one from the pastels set. I love the vintage look of them. I ran my scissors along all the edges of the papers to kind of give them a frayed look like the fabric and inked all the edges with brown ink to make it a little more shabby chic.

I hope you have enjoyed my Spring card and now it’s time for you to hop on over to Laura’s Blog and check out the wonderful project she has for you! Don’t forget to leave a comment on the Design Team blog to be entered in the drawing to win some SWAG!!!

Here's the line up of all the blogs in the hop if you need it:
Cutters Creek Design Team Blog
Mandie's Blog -
Kim's Blog -
Mindy's Blog -
Laura's Blog -
Melissa's Blog -
Lori's Blog -
Vicki's Blog -

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Time for Spring

It's almost time for Spring!!! I'm so excited to see the sun shine and see the kids playing outside. My daughter went through a phase a couple of years ago where she loved to jump rope. She was almost obsessed with it. I made this layout for the Scrappy Frogs flowers and lace challenge. I will finish it off with some pictures of Ainsleigh jumping rope.

Almost all of the elements on this layout come from the new April Showers mini seasonal cartridge. This has to be one of my all time favorites of the seasonal cartridges. It's adorable.

The only elements on the layout are the little girl jumping rope which is from Palytime and the sun which is from Doodlecharms. I added the face to the little girl and the sun with a stamp from Peachy Keen. Since this challenge involves flowers and lace, I decieded to add some pink flowers to the tree. We have a tree that is blooming pink in our front yard now and it's so pretty and Springy. I used the lace as a skirt for the little girl's dress and an awning for the house. I used my Martha Stewart fringe scissors to make the grass.
It feels so good to get a layout made even if it doesn't have pictures right now. I have put my scrapbooking on hold and focused on making cards for too long.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Flowersoft Globe Tutorial

I thought I would show you how you can use the Flowersoft Globes for stuff other than flowersoft. I have made an Easter egg shaker box card using the flowersoft globe and filling it with tiny plastic Easter Eggs.

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The first step I took was to lay my card base down on my patterned paper (printed from the Imagine More cartridge) and trace the oval opening.

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Then I cut the oval out of the polka dot paper and attached it to the card front.

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Next, I traced the outline of the globe onto another piece of paper that would be the back of my globe and cut it out.

tutorial3 [1280x768] The actual opening of the globe is a little smaller than the back and I wanted to make sure my entire bunny was visible in the globe. To do this, I laid the oval I cut out of the pattern paper onto the paper I was using for the back and made little marks as a guide so I would know where to put the bunny. tutorial5 [1280x768] Once I was sure my bunny was inside the marks, I added an egg I cut with my cricut and then ran through my Cuttlebug for her to sit on.

Now it’s time to attach the globe. I laid the globe down and added the little plastic Easter eggs. I put scor tape all around the edge of the globe. tutorial6 [1280x768] It’s best to make your pieces smaller, the scor tape doesn’t like to bend. I laid the piece of paper with my bunny and egg attached to it face down onto the sticky side of the scor tape. Then I put scor tape all over the inside of the piece of the card where the globe was placed and pushed it firmly to make sure the globe was tucked neatly inside. Then it was time to embellish my card.

I have made a short video showing the embellishments and what the finished card looks like in action.

Don’t be afraid to use your flowersoft globes with stuff other than flowersoft- butttons, pearls, confetti, or whatever your heart desires.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Spring Treat Boxes

Spring is in the air and it's time to start working on your Spring craft projects. I thought it would be a good idea to make some treat boxes using the new Spring Holiday cards seasonal cricut cartridge. This cartridge has really cute (and simple) card designs for Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day,and Easter. The cards can then be layered on card bases or treat boxes like I have done.

I made my boxes at 5.5 inches which is the biggest you can get with a 12x12 sheet of paper for this style of box. I cut a pattern from my Cricut Imagine on white cardstock, then I cut the card design aslo at 5.5 inches.

For the St. Patrick's Day box, I used a green pattern from Audrey cartridge.

I cut the design again out of yellow cardstock so I could layer the horseshoe. I backed the design with some kraft paper and added some wiggly eyes.

The Easter treat box uses 2 different patterns from the Hopscotch Cartridge.

I layered the yellow pattern with the striped pattern and stitched them together. I gave the chick some wiggly eyes with fancy lashes and chalked the beak with some orange chalk. These went together so quickly they would definitely be easy to do for your child's class or sports team.

Supply List

Cricut Imagine

Cricut Spring Holiday Cards mini cartridge

Cricut Imagine Hopscotch pattern cartridge

Cricut Imagine Audrey pattern cartridge

White cardstock