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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Pumpkin One Cut Wall Decor

We had a lovely visit from my sister this week and we shopped, walked Cocoa and Katie, shopped, dined out, and shopped some more.  : )   In snatches of down time, I worked on designing Halloween projects for my DGDs and Master J.  I made the Sizzix/Tim Holtz spooky houses for the girls last year so this year decided to go with some kind of wall decor.

 Cricut has just released some amazing One Cut Holiday projects including a pumpkin shaped piece and a bat shaped piece that are just perfect for the girls.  After I cut them,  I decided that I needed to emphasize the pumpkin and bat shapes by adding an outer layer to the cut.

Here's the finished pumpkin piece:-





The bats come from Happy Hauntings,  Chic and Scary,  Artbooking,  and Classroom October and November.  The "boo" cut comes from Holiday Cakes.  I cut the piece in orange card stock and backed it with black glitter card stock.  It's one of those cuts where you see something new every time you look at it!



Now to finish the bat project!   Thanks for visiting with me today.  : )  Christine

I am linking my project with the Great Pumpkin Challenge at BBTB2
and with Challenge #311 at FCCB, and also with the Pumpkin challenge, at Pause, Dream, Enjoy Challenge blog.  Lots of pumpkin inspiration here!


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Fall Twist and Pop Card

Yes, I know this is SO last year, but with all the packing and moving I couldn't ever find time to try one of these ingenious interactive cards.  And I'm hooked!



I'm kinda past Fall cards and into Halloween but I did want to participate in the BBTB2 Autumn challenge this week so I checked my Pinterest Techniques board and rediscovered the Twist and Pop card. 



I followed the tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers and was just so intrigued with the mechanism.  Cool!  The leaves are from CTMH Artiste and the font I used for the word 'Fall' is Liberty Regular.  The sweet little sentiment stamp comes from Sunny Studio




Because I can't just follow directions and be done, I tried and tried and tried to figure out how to make the card open horizontally, rather than vertically.  It was a fail, but DH is convinced he can make a mechanism that will do this so stay tuned!  (However, if you know of a link to someone who has already figured this out, let me know and I'll present him with a fait accompli! LOL)   Thanks for visiting with me today.  : )  Christine

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Apple Wall Decor

While searching for 'apple' in DS, I was intrigued by just how many ways one could die cut a simple apple! Each one seemed to have been designed either for a specific purpose or within the parameters of a certain style.  This apple variety made me smile and I wanted to capture their whimsy to add to my September home decor.



It WAS fun choosing each apple, selecting the right shad of red, and arranging them in a pattern that pleased my eye.  It WAS fun making a project just for the pleasure of making it!




I am am also linking this apple project to the current challenge at BBTB2.   I was totally fascinated with how the DT's apple choices flavor their projects.   Go take a look!    Thanks for visiting on this lovely Fall day.  : )  Christine








Thursday, September 21, 2017

An Apple for the Student

I knew it was coming, but did it have to come SO fast?   Master J started Kindergarten last week which means no more Friday adventures with Grandma, Grandpa, Katie and Cocoa.  Sigh!  He loves Recess and Lunch but is not enamored with the schedule and routines.

I chose to go with a school theme for the OHM treats this month and, of course, I had to create special ones for Master J and the DGDs.



I adapted the fireworks box from Sweet Treats using the hide contour and resizing tools and glued on the apple from the Serenade cart.  I duplicated and flipped the apple to attach to the other side of the box.  The sentiment "School is Cool"  was written with the Beadwork font.  (This is my new favorite font!)







The boxes were filled with lots of treats and I popped a Dr. Seuss eraser in each.  A little twine, ribbon, and a brad and I was done.  Such a fun project!  Pop over to the BBTB 2 blog and prepare to be inspired by the DT's apple projects.  : )   Thanks for visiting today.  I'm off to call Master J and see how his day went.  : )  Christine




Saturday, September 9, 2017

Sea Monster!

Being a fan of pop up cards, I've been waiting for an opportunity to make the sea monster card from the Simple Pop Up Cards cart and here it is! 



Every year I challenge myself to make a card with a turtle in the design for my DSIL's birthday and this little guy from Stretch Your Imagination is one of my favorite images. I layered him to the corner of the 'Just Keep Swimming' sentiment from Animal Antics and added some light green gems hoping they would look like bubbles.  Since the sea monster's tentacles extend beyond the card, I placed the turtle slightly beyond the edge too.  I love the monochromatic look of this card with its pops of color.  : )



Here's the pop up sea monster in the middle of the card.  I cut the inner sentiment in the inside layer instead of writing it.  Still can't decide if that was a good choice or not!




I remember being scared silly as a child after reading John Wyndham's "The Kraken Wakes."  My dad was an avid sci-fi reader and I used to read his library books when he'd finished them - and sometimes, to his annoyance, while he was in the middle of reading one!   (I kept moving or losing his bookmarks, and couldn't resist telling him what was going to happen.)  

Thanks for visiting with me today. : )  Christine

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

April Showers, Baby Groot and Paper Spinners -

Time surely flies by when you are having fun!  Let me tell you that I am MUCH happier with my new home now I have flowers, shrubs and vegetables busily growing in the garden.  The birds scold us if we let the feeder sit empty for too long, there's a beautiful white kitty in the neighborhood that loves to have it's ears scratched, and we have discovered a source for fresh eggs that are almost, almost as good as my girls used to lay!

Today I want to share the OHM treats that I have created in the past few months.  Here's the little baskets of Rolo flowers I made for the children in May.



The basket comes from the Art Philosophy cart and is sized at 5 inches high so that I could get two on a page.   I embossed the basket with the Gingham cuttlebug embossing folder.  The flowers come from a variety of carts, (Forever Young, Paper Lace 2, Artistry, and Sweet Treats) and all have a center large enough to fit the Rolos.  You can't see from the pics, but I bought the pastel foiled Rolos that are available at Easter time for this project. The label comes from Tie the Knot.



Having made something pretty and traditional for the May treats, I opted to go for cute and up-to-the-minute for the June treats -  Baby Groot!




He comes from the Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy image set and I made him detachable so that the children could play with him.  Oh so cute!  The label comes from Spring Fling and the font I used is Cricut Sans.  I love how solidly this font prints.

Baby Groot is attached to the MCT Stitched Favor Box die (here) cut from Tim Holtz Kraft Core paper and embossed, by turning it crossways, with the Retro Kitchen Wallpaper 5 x 7 folder so that the craft side shows through.  I tied plenty of knots in the twine when I attached the label to the box and I accepted the fact that I might be the only one amused by this.  LOL!



Of course, I had to make an extra one for Master J who carried it around all day.  : )   : )  : )

Lastly, here's July's treats including a simple fidget spinner made from paper. I used the bit left over when a pop dot is removed to add height behind the brad and attached the brad VERY loosely so that it would spin freely.


After I had figured THAT out, these were very easy and quick to make.





Did you make it through this loooong catch up post?  It may not make complete sense since I am watching Anna Griffin on HSN at the same time and blogging is my method of resisting temptation.   : )    Thanks for visiting today.  : )  Christine

Edited to add - Hmm.  The movie doesn't work.  Still figuring things out!  Sorry!  : ( 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Son-tastic!

I hate to admit this, but I cannot re - find the card that inspired this birthday card for my son.  I think it was on Etsy, and it was super cute!  Ughh!  I wanted to make a masculine version of my shaped Happy Birthday card (here) and was looking for a sentiment when I came across the 'word' son-tastic on the front of a card.  Perfect!  


Of course, it didn't turn out to be a shaped card because I loved the arrow font from Boys Will Be Boys and didn't want to lose any of the definition by welding in the filler bits that enable the card to stand up.  (Clear as mud, right?)  Here's the innies:-


 



And another view of the outside.  Please ask if you'd like the file.  I'm not posting the DS access number because I used the candle from the To You From Me cart which is not included in the subscription and it will have to be removed before you can cut the file.  : )




Hope you had a fan-tastic birthday, Rob!   And thank you for visiting with me today.  : )

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Tea Cup and Succulents Mother's Day Card

I hope that everyone had a lovely Mother's Day.  I very much enjoyed visits from my children and grandchildren, lots of flowers and cards, and a delicious brunch at DH's golf club.  Perfect!

Here's the card I made for my DDIL and you might notice that I added an extra insert.  This cute, cute tea cup file comes from Mary at SVG Cuts and is part of the Garden Party Box Card set.  However, since I was giving a succulent planter to my DDIL, I wanted to add succulents to the front of my card instead of flowers.




When I had cut the images (from CTMH Flower Market) and arranged them on the front of the cup, it looked flat, flat, flat.  Mary had shaped her flowers to add dimension but I could not do that with the succulent images I had chosen.  Hmmm.  I needed an insert inside the teacup and woo hoo! the patterned trim piece was the right shape and size to do the job although I did cut the side pieces down a quarter of an inch so that it could be glued in the center of the inside of the cup.



I also found that the center of the saucer patterned trim piece would cover the oval hole in the center of the saucer base piece which gave it a finished look. 


So what do you think?   I liked the tea cup card very much.  Mary always designs interesting cards and this one was quick and easy to make - unless you start messing with the flowers!  



 Thanks for visiting with me today.  : )  Christine

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mother's Day Zig Zag Card

Mother's Day is just around the corner and when we visited the Home and Garden Fair last Friday, I found exactly the right plant gifts for my DD and DDIL.  Woo Hoo!  Master J accompanied us and I begged him not to tell his Mama about her present but... he is only 4 nearly 5!



I wanted to try and make a zig zag card with a shaped top edge and by welding all kinds of triangles and squares together, I managed to make a straight edged template in DS.  Then I added the bases of the flowers I chose from the Bits and Pieces, Serenade and Hello Kitty carts and welded them in a pleasing arrangement along the top edge.  Easy peasy!



I inked the flowers, and added them to the card remembering to glue them on the opposite side of the middle fold.  (Note to self - add them to the back of this section too!  It looks so unfinished.) 


Then I had a great time adding bees and butterflies, ladybugs and caterpillars to each of the 5 sections of the card.  Pearls, glitter, vellum and Wink of Stella - embellishment heaven!



Such a fun card to make and I already have another zig zag card with a shaped top ready to cut in DS3.  : )

I am linking my card with the Mother's Day Challenges at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog # 300
and the Bitten by the Bug 2 Happy Mother's Day challenge.  Pop over and have a look at the lovely projects.   I have tons of ideas for next year!    Thanks for visiting with me today.  : )  Christine

Monday, May 1, 2017

Graduation Card 2017

Here comes the graduation season and I needed a new quick and easy card to add to my files.  I was inspired by a card in the Cardmaker magazine (preview here) and was pleased to find a similar image on the Simple Everyday Cards cart.  With some creative slicing, I was able to use the negative image to make my card.  Love it when it works out like that!  The sentiment comes from Photo Fun - Celebrations and cuts beautifully in one piece.  (Note to self - remember this image # M6B9607)   Here's the front:-



and a side view:- 



Easy peasy!   Here's the link to the DS3 file

 https://design.cricut.com/#/design/57848425

Thanks for visiting with me today!  : )  Christine

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Super Kitty Floating Pop Up Card

Birthdays, Anniversaries, Tax Day, Earth Day and often, Easter - April is a busy month in my family!  Here is the card I made for my DGD's birthday using the CDD Caped Crusader stamp set and the pop up card instructions from this website.  So fun and easy!



The cityscape cut comes from the 'Plantin' SchoolBook' Cricut cart and the Happy Birthday cut comes from the "Paper Pups' cart.




The font is a favorite from my teaching days, ABCBulletin.



Happy birthday, Sophia!  And thank you for visiting today.  : ) Christine

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Carrots for the Easter Bunny

Hopping in to say "Happy Easter" and to share a basket full of carrot treat boxes made for the OHM bunnies!  The carrot comes from the 'Hopping Down the Bunny Trail' image set.  This set has several three dimensional projects including some very pretty eggs.   Check it out! 







 

Master J. visited to see what the Easter Bunny left at our house and I couldn't help remembering the fun we'd had in previous years with five acres to search for eggs!   However, we had a lovely dinner with our family and enjoyed a game of "Oregon Trail."  We still haven't made it all the way to the Willamette Valley before dying of dysentery but we got very close this time!  Thanks for visiting with me today.  : )  Christine

Monday, March 13, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Purses

Well, it's done - signed, sealed and delivered - and our home of twenty years now officially belongs to a new family.  SO many memories, sigh!   On the up side, we now longer have to pop up every day to feed the chickens, light the wood stove and clean the wood floors.   More time for crafting, right?


This little purse has been around on Pinterest for some time and I did track one version to my friend, Scrapalette's blog here.  I used a label from Winter Woodland, and sliced the smaller inset label to form the embellishment on the flap and the body of the purse.  I did not add a handle as I wanted to make it look like a coin purse suitable for both boys and girls.



I welded four shamrocks together to form the border and cut it in glitter paper.  I added a button tied with twine as the closure.   The 3 inch treat bag holds 3 chocolate coins and one lucky 'gold' coin.  (I was so worried that the children might try to eat the plastic coin, that I used my alcohol marker to color the clover green so it looked a little different.  Crazy, I know!)






Here's the stamped sentiment on the back:-


Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Time to think about Easter.   : )  Christine

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Yappy St. Patrick's Day!

Last July, the paper crafting world lost a mentor, a friend and a lovely, talented, creative and generous lady, Sheila McShea AKA She's a Sassy Lady.  I had the honor to contribute to her blog and every now and then I still have an idea and think, "Yes!  Sheila will like that so I'll use it as my Sassy post this month!" I call them my 'Sassy' moments.  

So my latest 'Sassy' moment started when I found a really, really cute chihuahua cut from the Four Legged Friends cart and used it on my DGD's Valentine card.   It's soooo cute and when I'd finished the project, I had the idea to adapt the card for St. Patrick's Day, Easter, birthdays, Christmas etc, etc by changing out the heart in his mouth and adding a hat and appropriate images.   DS makes this easy with the "Save As" option.  It's kinda like the Cricut version of the Tim Holtz crazy dogs.  I think Miss G will enjoy receiving each installment of the collection.  : )

Here are the cards I've made so far.  Don't you just love the little St. Paddy's Day hat? 




"Yappy Birthday" with cuts from Doodlecharms,  To You From Me, and Charmed.





Here's the Valentine's card that started the process.  Cute, cute, cute!







 I am linking my St. Patrick's Day chihuahua with the Cute Animal challenge at BBTB2 here.   (How serendipitous is that?)  Thanks for visiting with me today.   Miss you, Sheila!     Christine




Sunday, February 19, 2017

Red and White Easel Gift Box

I came across some very cute monogram necklaces (at a great price!) while shopping at Macy's for something entirely different.  I could not resist picking one up for one of my DGDs.  I needed a fun gift box for it, and since the challenge this week at BBTB2 was to use the colors red and white, all I had to do was find the right box.


This very versatile easel box, from Lori Whitlock's To You From Me cart, was easy to personalize with an 'S'  from Monogram Motifs.  I had major problems, however, with scoring the heavy, white cardstock that I chose for the box base.  It took me three tries to get the score lines in the correct place using my score board and I eventually resorted to drawing them in with a pencil clamped in the Explore instead of the score tool.  (I did write the measurements down in my recipe book so that I can replicate this size box should I need to in the future.)  I am SO hoping the new DS solves the scoring problem and fixes the alignment problems that sometimes occur.



This was such an interesting challenge and I love the simplicity of the two color box, even though I had to add a tad of pink to the top! 



Have a look at the variety of entries at BBTB2.  Wow!   Thank you for visiting with me on a rainy Sunday afternoon.  : )   Christine

Sunday, February 12, 2017

You Octopi My Heart!

I could not resist this stamp set by Lawn Fawn, but the accompanying octopus is sooo teeny and does not have a lot of character IMHO.   Cricut to the rescue with this oh so cute octopus from the Birthday Bash cart. 



Since this card is for my science - minded DGD, I quickly realized that I would have to create some extra legs for my octopus and so I sliced and welded in Design Space only to find that because I wanted the extra legs a darker color, it was just much easier to duplicate the octopus and trim away two legs.   Lesson learned!   I eliminated the birthday packages that the octopus was carrying by closing the eye in DS and then I substituted a layered heart from Doodlecharms.



I distress inked the background using my Groove, added some dew drop bubbles and heat embossed the sentiment.   Such a fun card to make!

I am linking my card with the Valentine challenge at BBTB2 here.

and the Valentine Challenge # 294 at the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog here.

If you are 'last minute - ing it' like me, there's tons of inspiration on both sites.  Thanks for visiting with me today.  : )   Christine
 
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