Thursday, December 30, 2010

Door Plaques for the Grandkids

This is something else my daughter had on the Christmas lists for my grandchildren.  I had good intentions of getting them done before Christmas, but it didn't happen.  I had started on Isaiah's, but I did not get to finish it.  So, I finished both of these on Monday. 

I used 8"x10" canvas that I bought at Wal-Mart.  I don't remember how much I paid for the canvas, but it wasn't expensive, maybe $3 for a package of 3??  I covered the canvas in patterned paper, chalked the edges, punched holes with my Crop-a-Dile, and finished them as follows:

Isaiah's Plaque:

Isaiah's Room:  Pooh Font Cricut cartridge -- Marker Feature, cut at 2"
Dinosaurs:  Purple dinosaur -- Create A Critter Cricut cartridge at 3 1/2" (I think); green dinosaur -- Create A Critter at 2 1/2".
Border punch:  EKSuccess

Ashlyn's Plaque:

Ashlyn's Room:  Alphalicious Cricut cartridge -- shortstack feature, cut at 2"
Flowers:  Nifties Fifties Cricut cartridge -- cut at 2"
Gems in center of flowers:  Brads that I cut the backs off
Flower Border Punch -- Martha Stewart
Butterflies -- Martha Stewart Punch
I used Stickles with a foam brush to paint glitter over the entire canvas.

Hope you like them. My daughter seemed to be pleased.

Thanks for your sweet comments.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Fuzzy Sock Cupcakes

I saw these cute, fuzzy sock cupcakes several months ago but couldn't remember where I saw them.  Thanks to Google, I found the tutorial here. Thanks Greenbean!  They made a great little gift for my co-workers.  What fun, and so easy.

I cut the cupcake holder from the Elmo's Party Cricut cartridge at 3 1/4".  The tags were made using computer generated sentiments, which were punched.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Hair Bow Holder

When I asked my daughter what to get my granddaughter for Christmas, she gave me a list.  On that list was a hair bow holder.  My first thought was, "Hmmmm, maybe I could make one."  So I gave it a shot, and this is what I came up with.  I think it turned out pretty cute!

Here is how I made it:

Wooden background shape:  I purchased this at Wal-Mart.  I think it was $1.00.  I brought it home, sanded it a little, and spray painted it white.
Label behind initials:  Nestabilities Labels 8 (largest) (with the edges chalked)
Initials:  Storybook Cricut cartridge cut at 3 1/2" and 3 1/4" (I think -- I made this last week)
Flourish:  Sizzlit die
Flower:  Recollections
Butterfly:  Martha Stewart

After the paint dried, I wrapped ribbon around the wooden shape.  Then I put the Nestabilities label on top of that.  I added the initials, and then "painted" the whole thing with Stickles to give it a bit of shimmer.  I then added the flower and the butterfly, along with a couple of little pearls.  I used Fabri-Tac to glue the ribbons onto the back of the wood.  At the end of the ribbons, I glued some pink flowers.  And that's it.  Other than the painting, I think it took me less than an hour to make this.  I showed it to my daughter this weekend, and she loved it.  Hopefully, my granddaughter will like it too.

Thanks for looking, and I hope you are inspired!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Charger

I had so much fun decorating this charger!  (For those of you who don't know what a charger is -- and evidently lots of people don't -- maybe it's a Southern thing -- it is a decorative plate that is used under a place setting, that is really just to make the place setting look nice.)  I got the idea from the Cricut message board, but the charger I saw there used a photo and was more of a true layout.  But it inspired me to buy a charger and make this to put in a plate stand that sits in my kitchen.  I really like how it turned out.  And imagine the possibilities for every holiday or season!  You could do one for Valentine's Day, Spring, Easter, Summer, Fall, Halloween, or Thanksgiving.  Hopefully, I will find time to at least make one for Easter and Halloween!

This qualifies for the "Winter Wonderland" challenge at the Pink Elephant challenge blog.  I'm thrilled to be able to join in this challenge!

Here are the details:

Charger -- $1.99 at Anna's Linens
"Merry Christmas" -- Alphalicious Cricut cartridge cut at 1 1/2"
Snowflakes -- Martha Stewart punch with some gems from my stash added to the middle
Circle background -- George and Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge cut at 8 1/2" (real dial size) (I think the paper is My Mind's Eye, but I'm not positive)
House -- Jolly Holidays Cricut Lite cartridge cut at 5 1/2" (embossed paper is Core'dinations cardstock)
Trees -- Jolly Holidays Cricut Lite cartridge cut at 4 1/4"
Star -- Joys of the Season Cricut cartridge cut at 2 1/4"
Shrubs:  Scalloped Oval punch embossed and cut to fit under the windows
I added Stickles for a little definition.  Liquid Applique would have been great on those snow cuts as well though.

One thing I plan to add is a little dog in the side yard in front of the tree.  I was too lazy to wait until I get that done and take more pictures though.

I hope you like it and that you are inspired to try this!  If you do, please be sure to let me know.

Thanks for looking, and for your comments.

Click on the photos for a better look.

And a close-up of the details (pardon the shadows):

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Card for Melissa

My dear friend Melissa celebrated her birthday yesterday.  She loves bright colors and bling, so this card was made to honor her.  She is like a sister to me!  I am blessed to call her friend for sure.

This card was made for challenge no. 168 over at Mojo Monday.  What a cool sketch it was.  I love starting with a sketch!  And, I love challenges too. 

Here is the sketch:

And this is what I came up with:

Card size:  5 1/4" x 5 1/4"
Scalloped card front:  DCWV
Cardstock:  American Crafts and Bazzill
Patterned Paper:  Making Memories (I think)
Ribbon:  From my stash
Embossing:  Cuttlebug (I sure wish you could see this better.  It says Happy Birthday, but you have to strain your eyes to see it!)
Scalloped squares:  Nestabilities
Flourish:  Making Memories
Flower:  Paisley Cricut cartridge (cut at 2 1/2", 2 1/4", 2", 1 3/4" with a punched doily (Martha Stewart) and a huge gem brad on top.  I also added some Stickles to the petals
Small gems:  From my stash -- unknown

Click on the photo for a better look.  And thanks as always for your comments.  I so appreciate them!

Here is another picture that shows the embossing a little better.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Merry Christmas

This simple card began as an all white card, and ended up mostly white, but I did add a little color to it.  On someone's blog a day or two ago, I saw a challenge to make a white card, so this was done for that challenge, and now I can't remember which blog was hosting the challenge!  If someone knows where it was, please let me know!  Thanks!

Here are the details on the card:

Size:  A2
Cardstock:  American Crafts and Bazzill
Embossing:  Cuttlebug: (Divine Swirls and Swiss Dots)
Wavy cut:  Creative Memories wavy cutter
Snowflakes:  Martha Stewart punch
Gems:  Unknown
Sentiment:  Computer generated and punched with a 1" circle and a 1 1/2" scalloped circle
Star:  Punch
Thanks for your comments.