Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween at Midnight

For the contests at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge and Heart 2 Heart  I am using the pop out card from Cricut Cartridge Artfully Close To My Heart.  The banner is from Cricut Cartridge Formal Occasions.  For the Happy Halloween, I used the Cricut print from Cricut Design regular.  This is the first time that I have made a pop out card and it really wasn't that hard.  Of course my paper comes from KatiesCorner CTMH.  Halloween is such a fun holiday and I wish all of you a very happy and safe one.

Barn scene

A friend of ours is a retired farmer and still lives on his home place.  His birthday is this week.    I was so excited that Pile It On had a scene for their contest.  I'm also submitting to Inspiration Destination.

The barn is made from Cricut Cartridge Country Life  and the tractor is from Cricut Cartridge Boys Will Be Boys.  Most of the paper came from Close To My Heart at Katie's Corner.  I ran the fences through the Cuttlebug using the strip embossing folder to make the boards stand out from the posts.  The Happy Birthday stamp is from CTMH set Joyful Birthday Occasios in CTMH ruby.   Although the weather vein does now show up in the picture, I rubbed silver ink on it to make it stand out a little.  Most of the paper is from Close to My Heart,  I tried to cut the trim on the barn from some scrap paper and it would not cut clean and tore.  I used CTMH paper and it was a very clean cut.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

witches hat

Halloween is a such a fun holiday, especially since my birthday is the day before.  A friend of mine was going to be gone on a trip on my birthday so she had a  luncheon party for me yesterday.  It was so nice and the soup and salad were delicious as was my birthday cake.  I wanted to send a unique thank you card and decided to use Bitten By The Bug contest for the idea.  I used the witch's hat from Cricut cartridge  Happy Haunting.  I used a font from Cricut Design.  I thought that it looked a little like a skull and cross bones.   It says "I tip my hat to you."  I will write a thank you note on the inside.  Most of the paper is from Close to My Heart, which of course came from KatiesCorner.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Balloon ride

This week is my daughter's birthday so for Fantabulous Cricut Challenge I made the balloon card from Cricut cartridge Wild Card 2.  I used the basic primary colors on a grey base.  I used my Cricut Explore and cut and  put in the lines for the creases at the same time.   There were several changes of mats, but by using the card design, it was a simple but fun project.  I felt that the clouds looked a little bland so I used Liquid Pearl baby blue paint and drew scribbles on them.    The cardstock that I used is from Close to my Heart.  I printed "Fly High on your Birthday" on the inside.   

I was pleased with the outcome and wish her a birthday as wonderful as she is.                            

leaf wreath

I am a volunteer for the activities division of the nursing home that my husband resides in and I help come up with ideas for projects that the residents can make each week.  It is difficult to pick a project for all as some are able to do advanced work and others are physically or mentally challenged.  They love to have a project that can be hung in their rooms or on their doors. When I first saw Bitten by the Bug's challenge, I immediately thought of making leaves to put on wreath forms, but money is tight and we couldn't afford the forms; so I cut a six inch wreath from the Cricut Christmas in a brown color. Then the Maple leaf from  Cricut and Close to my Heart Art Philosophy.  I have Cricut Design so I have many designs to choose from.  I cut the basic leaf pattern in yellow and orange CTMH Paper.  I then drew on the veins of the leave with CTMH art pencil in Oak Brown.  I have a very old set of pencils and not sure that they still have Oak Brown.  A piece of raffia paper in green was cut, spread out and glued on the top of the wreath.  Of course all Close to my Heart items are purchased from Katie's Corner.

The patients loved  the project and some made very intricate vein designs on the leaves and others simply glued the blank leaves on the wreath.  For the nursing home, I made several colors of  leaves and they could choose what they wanted to use and they all loved their finished project.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Round Card

I love odd shaped cards so I was so enthused when Fantabulous Cricut Challenge had the challenge : card shape besides square/rectangle.  

This card was made from the Cricut cartridge Art Philosophy in lavender paper.  The front is also from Art Philosophy using the doily cut.  The center is stamped with Close to My Heart  stamp from the set Classy Doily Flair.  I used CTMH colored pencils for the yellow, blue and red.  Topped the stamped area with Liquid Glass.  I put the Liquid Glass on before gluing the doily to the card and it caused the center to bow up a little bit.  I took advantage of that and glued a small amount of cotton under the center of the bow.  The card looks like it is puffy.  Since this card has no sentiment on the outside, it can be used for any purpose.  I used CTMH paper for this card.  I made another similar to this,  but the paper was from Walmart and the cut was not nearly as clean.  I have found it's always worth it to use good paper for cards.  It doesn't cost that much more and makes a much nicer card.  As always, my CTMH is purchased from Katies Corner.

Friday, October 3, 2014


I am having so much fun exploring my new Cricut Explore that I had to enter the contest on Exploring Cricut.  I used Cricut Design to get the images.  The tombstone and the witch came from Wrap It Up and the hand coming from the grave, the coffin and the pumpkin were from Happy Hauntings.

All were made from the patterns, but I did change the tombstone just a little.  The grass I rubbed on the Close to My Heart inkpad Ponderosa Pine and the background to the tombstones were touched to the CTMH ink pad Black,  Most of the paper is from Close to My Heart purchased, of course, Katies Corner.

I also put a strip of paper which measure the length and width of the sides of the tombstones behind the tombstones as I am going to put a little gift in each one and wanted more of a box.  This has no top to it so I will wrap the gift in orange tissue paper and set it in the box.

I made a couple of each image and am going to use them as favors for a party that will be just before Halloween.  I know that my friends will just love them as they all have a weird sense of humor and Halloween is their favorite secular holiday.