Thursday, October 28, 2010
Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge #4: BOO! Challenge...Cricut Halloween Card and Close to My Heart Clear Cards
There is a weekly challenge on the Cricut Circle blog to make a Halloween project with the Cricut and a transparent element. You have to use two different cuts to participate. I haven't used clear elements much in my crafting but remembered I had some great acrylic cards from Close to My Heart, and thought the Pumpkin Carving cart would work great for this.
Here are the supplies I used:
Pumpkin Carving Cart
Close to My Heart Clear Cards, scalloped circle
Close to My Heart Stamp set Beware (D1381)
StazOn Jet Black inkpad
Post-it Craft Paper
|Front of card|
I cut the bat and wolf circle icons at 3.5 inches. I cut them out on Post-It craft paper. And because this paper has repositionable adhesive on the back I was able to create a quick and easy stencil. Using this paper for stencils is great because it adheres down well and removes easily, giving crisp lines.
|Inside of card|
Once I had the cut stuck down to the clear card, I used a dauber to paint on the StazOn ink. The ink dries fairly quick, and smells good, lol. Next I removed the cut/stencil and was left with a cool and crisp image.
|Card standing up|
Next I stamped the sentiments with the StazOn ink as well. This was a little tricky. It slid around on the card the first couple of times I tried, and looked really smudged. I was able to use a baby wipe right after I stamped and it wiped the ink off. I think you have to be quick though, or the stamped smudged image will stay. The best advice I can give about stamping on the acrylic is to be quick, and not press down on the stamp hard. I just kissed the stamp to the card quickly and then removed. That seemed to get the best results.
|Pic with the flash, bright!|
This was another fun challenge to do. And I am so happy, I entered all the weekly blog challenges and the monthly challenge for October. Hopefully I can keep my perfect record for the following months, lol.
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Friday, October 22, 2010
|Upclose of the Dragon|
So excited about this project and really love the way it came out. This is a banner I made using the JT Art cartridge for the Cricut Imagine. This was a fun project to make and happy I got to make another banner, especially since this one will be hanging in my craft room.
|The full banner, hard to get a great pic.|
I got the inspiration to make the banner for a challenge on the Cricut Circle Blog monthly challenge. This challenge was all about Celebrating Creativity. The requirements were:
•Use the Shadow Feature
•Use Patterned Paper (purchased, printed, or created with stamps, etc.)
•Use Embellishments to Enhance One of the Cuts (pearls, buttons, gems, glitter, etc.)
Here's what I used to make the banner:
JT Art Cartridge for the Cricut Imagine
Blackletter Cricut Solutions Cartridge
Martha Stewart Cracks Boarder Punch
Martha Stewart Score Board
Recollections white cardstock
Bazzill black cardstock
Post-It white craft paper
Queen & Co. Self-adhesive Rhinestones
|More of a close up of hanging banner #1|
|More of a close up of hanging banner #2|
|More of a close up of hanging banner #3|
All the papers used in this card are from the JT Art cart (minus the black shadow of the letters, its just regular black cardstock). The checkered banner shape is from the cart, as well as the lions and dragons. I used one of the patterns on the cart to color the Blackletter images. And also printed 2 full 12x12 sheets from the cart to make the paper medallions/paper rosettes. The full printing of 12x12 sheets is a new feature of the Imagine, and I have another blog post about that if you want to check out.
Here are my cut sizes:
Banner shape cut at 5.4 inches (this way 4 banners shapes per 12x12 sheet)
Lions and dragons cut at 3.5 inches.
The letters cut at 2.2 inches (shadow and regular both at 2.2)
To make the paper medallions/paper rosettes I used the paper I printed from the Imagine. The papers I used were 12inch by 1.5 inch. I boarder punched these with the Cracks punch. The paper was scored every 1/4 inch, and fan folded to make the paper medallion. I have another blog post about making these and there are tons of how-tos on the net. Because I knew I was going to make about 10 of these I scored the entire sheet of 12x12 paper first, then cut into 1.5 inch strips, and then boarder punched. This will save you a lot of time scoring all at once, instead of each strip of paper individually.
For the letters I used black cardstock for the shadow. And then for the colored letter I printed on the Post-It craft paper. This paper prints awesome in the Imagine. It saved a lot of time because the paper already has adhesive on the back that repositionable. So putting on the letters to the shadow was super quick.
Here are a bunch of pics of the project (and sorry for my messy craft room, I need to do some reorganizing soon, lol).
|Individual lion banner piece|
|Individual dragon banner piece|
|Individual C banner piece|
|Individual R banner piece|
|Individual E banner piece|
|Individual A banner piece|
|Individual T banner piece|
|Individual E banner piece|
|Individual dragon banner piece (used the flip feature)|
Individual lion banner piece (used the flip feature)
|Upclose of lion|
Here's a couple of pics that show the dimesion of the banner pieces.
I am really loving this banner, and know it will help me stay creative. To get the banner to hang, I punched some small holes in the corner and used embroidery thread to string it. This was such a fun challenge to help me get some new creativity, and hopefully I will win, fingers crossed. They are giving away a Scrapbox, I would love it!
Also the Creative Critterz Imaginations blog is having a design team call. I am going to submit this and hopefully get chosen. It would be so cool to be on a design team! Here is their blog, its great, especially if you have an Imagine.
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Thursday, October 21, 2010
Quick and simple Birthday Card using the Cricut Imagine and The Yummy Art cart. This cart is perfect for Birthday cards! So many cute designs and sayings.
I printed these on Recollections white cardstock and used a sheet of paper, as the background, from the Die Cuts With A View Kitchen Stack. The Kitchen Stack complements this cart very well.
For the cake I printed and cut out the image without any layers first, the base image grouped together. And then I added the frosting and candle layers to the base, adhering them with dimensional adhesive. I didn't add all the layers of the image, just the ones I thought stood out most.
Here's some more pics:
|From the side|
|Another angle to show the dimesion|
|Closeup of the cake|
|Another view (love all the sparkles)|
I inked around the edges of the cuts with some distress ink to give it a little more pop. This was a super quick and easy card to put together. So far I am enjoying having the Cricut Imagine at my disposal. It hasn't given me any problems yet, know on wood. And I look forward to the new updates and carts that will be coming out as they expand the machine.
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Here is my card I made for the Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge. For this challenge we had to incorporate a color palette of fall colors. They provided the colors to use.
|This was a pic of the colors|
I am not to good at matching colors and shade. But I found a way around this using the Cricut Imagine. Some of you may know you can enter the RGB code of any color into the Imagine to get the perfect color you are looking for. That is what I did for this challenge. I found a program called Color Cop, that allows you to capture colors of your choice on the web. It is a super easy program to use. It places a little magnifying glass on your screen and then you are able to choose that color, and then the program gives you the RGB code.
For this card I used the Cricut Lite cart Celebrate with Flourish. I cut the scarecrow and saying from this cart with the different layer features at 3 inches. The paper is from an old Die Cuts With A View stack.
Here are the RGB codes I used for this card:
Grey: R107 G112 B108
Orange: R252 G97 B17
Beige: R173 G130 B 75
Dark Brown: R106 G36 B0
Yellow: R246 G214 B56
The first four colors are from the challenge blog. I got the yellow by capturing the RGB code of the yellow color from a picture of the Celebrate with Flourish cart, using the Color Cop program. This yellow seemed to go well with the other colors.
Here's some more pics:
|Added some dimensional adhesive|
|Upclose of the scarecrow|
|Upclose of the saying|
This was a great challenge to help me use a cart I've yet to use. The Celebrate with Flourish cart has some great designs on it. Hopefully I will win the challenge, fingers crossed.
Here is a link to the Color Cop program (And it is Free)
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010
So I decided to update the Imagine today with the new firmware update. It was very easy, really no problems. The only think was my computer wanted to install a driver when I hooked up the USB, I cancelled that because I didn't think that was necessary. And it has worked out well.
The first think I wanted to try was edge-to-edge printing. I didn't think I would use this feature when it was talked about, but now I see the possibility of having nicely coordinated projects and pages. I love the JT Art cart and the patterns that come with this cart are awesome. So this is so great will be able to print full 12X12 sheets.
So far I have printed 2 full 12x12 sheets. They come out great, and looks like I bought them from a scrapbook store. I don't know how much the cost ends up being per sheet, but I'm sure its no more than I would spend at the store, and hopefully cheaper.
Here are some pics from what the mat looks like and the finished pages:
|Full sheet printed|
|The edge of that sheet, it covers so well|
|Here is the next sheet, before I took it off the mat|
|Sheet of the mat, prints all the way to the edge|
|Here's the mat after the print, you can see some ink around the edges of the mat|
|Close up of the ink on the mat|
|And here's the mat after I cleaned it.|
I didn't take long for the machine to print the paper, seemed like under a minute, but I wasn't timing. The ink left on the mat came off very easy. What I used was a paper towel and a multi-purpose cleaner, Method brand to be exact. I just sprayed a little on the paper towel and wiped the edges. Just to let you know the ink on the mat is still wet, so don't touch it or you will get some ink on your fingers, but that comes off easy as well also.
I am really liking this feature, and happy Provo Craft put this update in. Working on a banner using the JT cart. Will post the project with details when done.
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Saturday, October 16, 2010
Not much crafting for the last couple of days. I have been working a ton over the last week. I was cruising around the Internet tonight and found that Cricut Imagine products are now available online at Joanns.com. Here is the link:
Hopefully they will put some if this onsale soon so we can get a deal. Have a few days of next week and plan to get some creating done.
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Thursday, October 14, 2010
Make A Wish Card for Cricut Circle Blog Weekly Challenge #2: THINK PINK! (Cricut Imagine & Yummy Art Cart)
Here is my entry to the weekly challenge on the Cricut Circle Blog. For this challenge we had to pick at least three of these options Pink, Ruffles, Scallops, Flourishes, Glitter and Jewels. I ended up using four of the options, pink, scallops, flourishes, and jewels. To all the cuts, images, and papers used were from the Yummy Art cartridge for the Cricut Imagine. I also used some Queens & Co. adhesive backed rhinestones. Here are some more pics.
|More up close, this patterned paper is so cute|
|I used some pop dots for added dimension|
|Another pic of the full card (from above)|
This card was super quick to put together. I am running out of birthday cards that are already made. Gonna spend a day in the near future making multiple duplicate B-days cards. Because this was so easy, this might be one of the designs.
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