Saturday, July 31, 2010
I have a workshop next Saturday at my house and I have 10 or so coming over YIPEE!! I cannot wait to scrap and stamp and punch with my fellow crafters!
I was getting all the projects ready and the paper prepped and I was finishing up a few other projects I have to have ready for my mom to take home with her next Saturday after the workshop. She has a baby shower coming up. The baby shower bouquet is for a coworker of my mom's who ordered it for the same shower so I made my mom a special shower card today to go with her gift.
I have made the baby carriage cards before but something was missing. It always looked like PacMan to me when it was open so I was searching and one of the most creative punch art ladies out there is Ellen Kemper. She can create just about anything with punches and I knew she had to have a baby that would look cute in the carriage. You can see her creations at:
You name it, she has made it! I have to say I love punch art too so the baby was the perfect addition to the carriage. I hope you like it mom!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
I had so many nice comments about my Winnie the Pooh bouquet that I thought this might be a good time to share some of the other ones I have done. I love making the centerpieces/bouquets out of the pieces cut from the Cricut cartridges. Actually the Winnie the Pooh was my very first one!
I think I have gotten better since then and it has definitely gotten easier. The recent baby shower bouquet was posted a few days ago and you saw the lady bugs.
One of the benefits of being a Disney family is that since there are so many licensed cartridges, I can pick up lollipops right at Disney to add as accents to enhance the bouquet!
Here was one of my favorites. I did this one before I had the Expression so the biggest I could cut was 6 x 12 on my baby bug but now I can actually do a better job of making all the Minnie's the same size next time I make one of these. I have coordinated invitations, birthday banner, and cupcake picks to create a whole party experience and these items are listed as a package in my Etsy Store along with a few other themes. I combine vinyl cuts with paper, and did you see Minnie's autograph on the pail??
Did I mention I cannot wait for Toy Story? I am waiting to share my invites for that theme until I can make the bouquet to go with it!!
Monday, July 26, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
As mentioned in yesterday's post, I have been trying to figure out a creative and decorative way to cover the 10 glass pane windows that surround my front door on my new home. I wanted to give us a little more privacy but avoid the "frosting in the spray can technique" my husband used on our last house (ugh!). Finally after 3 weeks of thinking on it, I cut these old fashioned keys from my Cricut cartridge Sentimentals using black vinyl. There are 3 different keys and I was able to adjust the width and height since I used the Gypsy to create them before I cut them (love that tool). The window panes are about 12 x 6 so we cut the keys 11 x 5. Very classy compared to frosting in a can! The other 4 windows will have a keyhole in oval shape from Gypsy Wanderings. I will do them in silver but didn't have enough silver vinyl to finish. i will update the post when it is complete! Thanks for looking...
Saturday, July 24, 2010
I finally finished this project! I struggled with it a bit, had it in a bigger pastel colored pail but it was too much pail and not enough focus on the pieces. I ventured into glitter (I used Martha Stewart glitter after seeing it on HSN this week), and then the finishing touch was the baby's name. I LOVE how it turned out. The bouquets are definitely my favorite projects to do. I love creating them, I love that they can be kept forever when if you give flowers they die and end up in the trash in a week (thanks mom for reminding me of that).
I also decorated the pane windows beside the front door on my new home since I was in the vinyl mode today but it got too late after we got it up to take a picture that you could see. Have to wait until tomorrow for the sunshine!!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I was asked to make a scrapbook page that can be framed for a customer who wants to give as a gift to a friend of her mother whose daughter just got engaged. She contacted me because she loves what she called my "little people" or the paper dolls from some of my other projects. This took some thought because there is nothing specifically for Mother of the Bride. I honestly do not think I could have created this project without my Gypsy. The greatest thing is as things come to you for a project you can add to the design at any time and save it until you are ready to cut! I used the Mother from one of the cake cartridges my husband has and then I welded of the bride letters together. Making a "motherly" looking doll was my challenge but I used the hair and shawl from Mrs Santa Claus (who looks more motherly than her?) I am happy with the result and the color combination. I will add some glitter to make it pop. She said she will frame it as a gift.
The coolest thing was cutting all the pieces of the paper dolls in one shot on the mat. It took a few minutes to figure out the paper but I looked at the mat as 4 sections of 6 x 6 and then one section for the little pieces I had 4 3 x 3 squares in it. The other 3 sections had full 6 x 6 pieces and voila. Its fun to watch the Cricut jump all over the page and cut out the pieces but in one shot, no loading each color and figuring out which piece to cut next....I am spoiled!!
Monday, July 19, 2010
Today I worked on a baby shower gift for a customer. I used New Arrival Cricut Cartridge for this project. The pieces will be assembled on dowel rods and put in a pink plastic pail into styrofoam as a centerpiece. I might add a couple of butterflies and a couple of lady bugs in the color scheme to girlie it up some more!
It was quite interesting as this was the first project I predesigned on my Gypsy and actually cut on the Cricut. Trial and error to say the least, had to cut the It's A Girl 4 times! I finally figured out where my errors and corrections needed to be and then flew through the rest. What an amazing addition to my crafting equipment that Gypsy is going to be! I had several other projects ready to cut. It amazes me that you don't even need a cartridge, the Gypsy talks to the cricut, you load your mat from it, unload the mat, cut....too cool...
Sunday, July 18, 2010
So yesterday I traveled to my old "hometown" and sat with some very dear friends and we worked on cards for Operation Write Home which collects handmade cards for soldiers and heroes who are deployed overseas so that they have cards to send back home to the States to their loved ones! It has become a mission I am very proud to be a part of and I am doing in honor of my two children who serve in the US Army. We did six different layouts and had about seven ladies working for over six hours. We ended up making about 160 cards yesterday!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Since we now have the Cricut cake in this household (not really mine, my chef husbands but he lets me share), We are having so much fun making treats and seeing the possibilities of using the cake cartridges and the regular cricut paper cartridges for both machines and different mediums. The cricut cake cartridges have made my font library endless which was always one of the things I came up short with.
The cookie pops are a combined effort of my husbands pastry skills and the cricut Princess cartridges: Happily Ever After and Dreams Come True. We made them for my cousin's daughter baptism and included them in a paper bouquet of the princesses.
Last evening I created a bouquet/centerpiece for a lady in California. She loved the lady bugs but wanted them in pink! Since we established there is such a thing as pink lady bugs after extensive research...(just kidding the fun part of making these projects is they can be whatever color we dream)~!
Here is the final result. I like the pink. It immediately said "Its a girl" to me as a gift for the new mom! I added purple butterflies and purple lady bugs in vinyl to the pail.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
So this week's challenge at Fantabulous Cricut Cartridge Blog was to create a bug or creepy crawly thing and include the color orange. I am NOT a fan of bugs or creepy crawlies so I really thought I would pass on this challenge but I got an order to do lady bug cupcake pics through my Etsy Store and as I was filling that order tonight in my craft room it dawned on me that I have seen many times orange lady bugs too! SOO while I was at it, cutting out the little heads and antanae with my George shapes cartridge, I did a couple of orange lady bugs too! Now I have an entry for the contest this week at FCCB!.
The lady bug's bodies are 3D..I use one of my punches from SU called scallop circle to make them, 3 for each body and then folded in half and glued together. My brillant daughter came up with using the quotation marks from George and since they are 2 separate pieces turn one out and they create an all in one piece antena. I already had these pieces ready to assemble but that is why I named my Etsy Store Kelleycards...whenever I am creative challenged, she has the answer and we work quite well and have created a lot of the projects in the store together. She enjoys crafting as much as I do which gives us wonderful mother daugther time which is precious and rare now she is in college, working full time and 19 years old! (my baby).
Anyway, hope you enjoy my lady but collection....here is just a little lady bug info in case your interested:
Lady bugs: There are hundreds of different kinds all over the world. There are about 500 different kinds in the United States and nearly 5000 world wide. They come in all different colors, too. Reds, yellows, orange, gray, black, brown and even pink!