Wednesday, March 30, 2011

My Pink Stamper Buggy Punnies Give A Way!

Only 2 days left to enter the Buggie Challenge to win a My Pink Stamper Buggy Punnies stamp set. 


There are already some great creations posted, but I would love to see some more.

See give-a-way info below then simply click here or on the bug challenge button on the right to enter your project for a chance to win!!




Because I am so excited to finally be sharing the new blog design with you, I thought what better time than to jump on in and host my very first buggie challenge. 
  
The Challenge:
Create your best "Buggie" project
It can be a card, layout, 3D project, etc
Include a bug cut using your Cricut somewhere on your project.
Link up your project below by March 31 
and leave a comment.

One Lucky winner will receive a My Pink Stampers Buggy Punnies stamp set.
I don't have any sponsor for this challenge so this is a gift from me.





I can't wait to see all the "Creative Buzz" from all of you.


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Versatile Blogger Award!!!

Oh my goodness, I got back from being on vacation to find that two wonderful ladies have left me  the Versatile Blogger Award. 

Thank you's go out to Jamie over at JME Creations and Jenn at Craftyful Gardens or this great blog award. Thanks Ladies!!!

Here are the rules for this award:
1. Thank the person who sent it to you
2. Tell 7 things about yourself
3. Send this to 15 bloggers

7 things about me:
1- I love to travel
2-My favorite color is blue
3-I have just started to use stamps in the last 8 months on and have purchased way too many stamps sets since.
4- I am a full time corporate meeting planner
5-I enjoy the spring when my perennial gardens are just starting to wake up
6-I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes
7-I love peanut butter M&M's

15 Blogs that I love to visit ( there are many more I love to visit, but we will keep it to the 15)
http://www.thecricutcorner.com/

Please check out all these fabulous blogs they truly do inspire. 
Thank you to everyone who follows my blog and if you don't at this time, I would love to have you join the "Bug" family!

Tons of Fun!

I am just getting back from our very relaxing cruise. I will share a bit more later of all the fun later in the week once I get acclimated to normal living again. We had Tons of fun!

I came across this blog, Beanies Tag You're It.
She has great designs as well as some fun FREE SVG files.
I found this one on her blog a long time ago, so not sure it is still available. 

Isn't it just adorable?
Here's how I did it...
Elephant SVG file for elephant and all layers sized to 4.5" tall
Beige pattern paper  is Lasting impressions
All others are scraps from my stash including the ribbon
Lots of chalking on the edges and doodles with my gel pen

Monday, March 28, 2011

FCCB Challenge Me Monday and Guest Designer for SPPC!


First, my fellow DT members over at FCCB have come up with some awesome designs for this weeks Challenge Me Monday challenge. 
Please be sure to stop over and take a look and maybe be inspired to post a project. We would all love to have you play along with us. 
This little Easter card is a combo of stamping and Cricut cuts.
The tree, carrot and egg stamps are all from Stamps by Judith. The tree stamp is called the tree of seasons and is so universal. I have made graduation cards, Christmas cards, Birthday cards and more. Check out her website for great ideas and other great stamps.


Once I had everything stamped and colored I added a cute bunny, cut at 2" and grass cut at 2.5" from my new cart, Kate's ABCs. Love this cart!
The inside of the card is a simple Happy Easter sentiment from My Pink Stamper and sentiment on front from Pink by Design Spring has Sprung stamp set

Now the second card is for my Guest Designer spot this week over at 
Scrapmaster's Paradise Color Combos Challenge aka SPCC.
It's a color Challenge using these colors. 
This one was tough for me. I didn't have the exact colors so had to dig to find ones that were close.
So Idid a very simple Easter card.
 
I used one of my favorite carts, 3 Birds on Parade.  I cut the bunny and layers at 2". Used the bloom dots and my new tulip embossing folders. Added some stickles and a cut sentiment from Scrappy Moms Furry Friends stamp set.

Please stop over to both challenge blogs and check out allthe other great projects taht  have been posted.

Have a great day!!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Redesigned BugBites Blog and a Buggie Challenge!

Only a few days left to enter the Buggie Challenge to win a prize!!!

See post below for details or simply click on the bug challenge button on the right to enter your project for a chance to win!!







That's right, the BugBites Blog has a new look!

Isn't it fantastic!!! This has been one of those big projects I have been working on for quite a while.
Madeline over at Shabby Vanity is awesome so if you are looking for a blog designer, please check her site out.


Now, let me show you around. 
 
The buttons at the top have changed a bit so I can prepare for more buttons and fun down the road for you all.


The Buzz is now the place where you will find the BugBites Gallery, my Cricut Cartridge list, some of my favorite blogs and more.


Food Fare is still the market place to find 8x8 layouts for delicious recipes. In the near future, you too,  will have an opportunity to get a taste of the Food Fare. 

Contact of course is where you can drop me a special note, ask a question or anything you like.


Over on the left you will find my brand new Blinkie. I just love how it turned out. I would be grateful if you placed it on your blog to show you're Buggie for BugBites.
On the right and left panels, you will also find the great Design Teams I am currently serving on as well as Guest Designer spots, my buggie followers and the archive of all the BugBites Buzz  in case you want to take a walk down memory lane.


Because I am so excited to finally be sharing this with you, I thought what better time than to jump on in and host my very first buggie challenge. 
  
The Challenge:
Create your best "Buggie" project
It can be a card, layout, 3D project, etc
Include a bug cut using your Cricut somewhere on your project.
Link up your project below by March 31 
and leave a comment.

One Lucky winner will receive a My Pink Stampers Buggy Punnies stamp set.
I don't have any sponsor for this challenge so this is a gift from me.


I can't wait to see all the "Creative Buzz" from all of you.

Kick Up Your Heels!

Tha's right kick, up your heels- spring is nearly here. 
Yes, I am back with another card using the Birthday Bash cart. I really need to move on to soemthing else, but there are so many cute things on it. I did this as a birthday card for a friend. 
 
Here's how I did it....
Paper is Stampin' Up and scraps from my stash
Base cut at  9.55" x 5.5" from Birthday Bash, p. 33
Dog /layers cut at 4" from Birthday Bash, p. 30
Oval layer for front and inside cut at 5" and 4.41" from Birthday Bash, p.66
Sentiments from Scrappy Moms Designer Choice and My Pink Stamper Family and Friends stamp sets
Jillibean Soup Bakers Twine
Buttons are from my local craft store
Chalk and doodles with my gel pen
Squiggle eyes

Friday, March 25, 2011

Recyle/Repurpose Challenge

This week over at Frosted Designs, the challenge is to Recycle/Repurpose.
So for my project I did some wall art. 
You can see that I used a normal tag found at the hardware store and repurposed them into mini art pieces. Then, I arranged them on a mat board to make an appealing picture for my front porch. 

All the items I used are things that I might otherwise have thrown away because they didn't match anything else or they are just too small.

You can see I just randomly put things on the tags. In some cases it was just a scrap of paper and a tiny piece of ribbon. 

Those old picture frames in the back of your closet are great for framing your artwork.  
 

The tags I found were 1 5/8" x 3 1/4". I just removed the strings that were on them and added my own twine. I chose to use all scrap papers that were somewhat color coordinated to match my porch. The frame I had was for an 11x14 picture. You can make any size and any number of tags as well as arrange them in in order or shape. The possibilities are endless!

Wouldn't this be a great wedding gift using ribbons and gift wrap papers from the bridal shower gifts? Or a gift for a baby's room using the same items from the baby shower and add a diaper pin to one of the tags.

I cant' wait to see what projects you come up with. Be sure to post them over at Frosted Designs Recycle/Repurpose Challenge so we can all see them.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Anniversary Celebration!

We are well on our way cruising in the Caribbean. 
We are cruising with a group of folks celebrating my friend's parent's 50th Wedding Anniversary. 
I wanted to be sure to have a card for them that wasn't too big, but could be displayed in their cruise cabin while on their trip. I decided on a 4 1/4" easel card. 
This my first time making an easel card- wow is it easy. There are many tutorials on the web for this if you haven't tried. I encourage you to check it out. Click here for the one I followed.

Here's how I did it.....
Paper is from The Paper Cut in metallic Champagne & Gold Leaf colors
Bazzill Walnut cream card stock
Sentiments are wood block stamps from Great Impressions and River City
Squares for card front and inside are cut at 4.25", 4", and 3.75"
'50'/layers cut at  2.06"  from Nursery Rhymes cart
'th'/layers cut at .84" from Nursery Rhymes cart
'Anniversary' cut at 2.64 " from Sweethearts cart, p.70
Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder for front embossing
Martha Stewart Deco Shells border punch
Sticker pearls
Ribbon from my stash
Gold embossing powder for the sentiments

Monday, March 21, 2011

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #52 * Happy Birthday Card

Good morning everyone. It is a special week over at the Fantabulous Cricut Cartridge Blog.
It's Robin's Birthday - Happy Birthday Robin! Please swing by her blog and send her birthday wishes.

In honor of Robin's birthday, the challenge this week is to make a Happy Birthday card or project.

Who doesn't like balloons on their birthday.
I just love the Birthday Bash cart for any birthday card.
This little elephant, who I have named Elsa, is bursting with excitment for any birthday. You can't help but love her.

Hop on over to FCCB to see all the other great projects by our Fantabulous Design Team. Then get your cricut chirping and post a Happy Birthday project. I would love to see what you come up with.

Here's how I did it....
Basic A2 size card
Pattern paper is from Doodebug Designs, base paper is Bazzill  and all others are scraps from my stash
Elsa/elephant and layers cut at 3" from Birthday Bash, p. 38
Balloons and layers cut at 3" from Birthday Bash, p. 54
Jillibean Soup twine for balloon strings
CM cutting system circle template to round the bottom edge of the pattern papar
Sentiment from My Pink Stamper Fabulous Phrases Stamp set
Ribbon from my stash
Googly eyes, chalk and doodles with my gel pen and pop dots for the balloons

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Big Birthday Card

We have a few folks in our cruise group that have birthdays this week or close to it. So that meant I needed to work ahead to have cards in my suitcase for them.

Boy- do you find it hard to do a creative card for an adult guy. Little boys are not problem with all the cute little boy things out there. But when you are talking a senior guy, what do you do? All guys like trucks, am I right?

So I searched out a pick up truck using the Cricut Search site. The one I found I liked best was on the Just Because Cards cartridge. It's kinda old fashioned and would works perfectly with the paper I had found. I also got inspiration for the layout of the card from Monique who posted a set of cards over at Everyday Cricut when she was filling in for a week. You can see the post here.
This is my first try at a "Big" card, meaning finished size of 5x7. I've seen many other designers use this size, but for some reason, 5x7 sounded really big. Well, when I cut the paper and folded it, I realized it's the normal size of a greeting card in the store. I kinda like this "Big" card size. 

I found a little phrase on line and typed it on my computer in a font that would match closely to the inside sentiment which is from My Pink Stamper.

I love how the colors worked together, I just hope he likes it and laughs at the cover phrase. 

Here's how I did it....
Gold and Blue paper is Bazzill
Beige Paisley paper is Lasting Impressions
Pattern paper and stripe paper is K&Company
Base of card cut at 10"x7" folded to finished size of 5"x7"
Blue panel cut 4.75" x 6.75"
Striped paper cut 4.25x3.5"
Blue pattern paper cut 3" x 4.25"
Sentiment printed from my computer and trimmed to 3.75" x 1.75"
Truck/layers cut at 4.34" from Just Because Cards, p.42
Sentiment inside card from My Pink Stamper Everyday Sentiments stamp set
Brads for sentiment on front
Ribbon from my stash
Doodles with my gel pen

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Pat's Day!

Hope everyone is feeling a little lucky today. By the time you are ready this I am probably on an airplane heading south for our cruise vacation. But don't worry- I have plenty of things scheduled so remember to stop back often. 

Don't forget about my "Buggie" Challenge going on here. 

I have this cute St. Patrick's card that I will be linking to the  
Cooking with Cricut Challenge
Scrapbookaholic By Abby Challenge #1 
Wacky Wednesday Challenge 
For Fun Challenges 
Papercrafts Star Challenge
My Sheri Crafts Challenge
Be sure to check them out and enter.
This is another card with the digital stamp from Digital Delights I used earlier in the month. It was well worth the $2 I paid for it. 
Because it's already colored for me, all I have to do is print, cut and glue and instant card! So, it's not too late to get those St. Pat's cards ready for your friends today. 

Here's how I did it...
Base card is 5x5 folded
Digital art from Digital Delights sized and printed at 3.25"
Spellbinders Scalloped Squares
Green patter paper is from American Crafts, Dear Lizzy 
All other paper is from my scrap stash
Inside sentiment from Pink by Design Spring has Sprung stamp set
Sugared brads
Ribbon from my stash

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Quick Spring Card With My New CTMY Stamps

I got a few new stamps set from Close to My Heart on Tuesday so I had to try them right away. 
The Challenge at Stamping 411 worked perfectly to try out the Dream Big Stamp set.
This card can't get any easier.
I cut 1.5" squares, stamped the image on them, then matted them with pink. I then stamped the sentiment from Pink by Designs Life's a Garden stamp set on a strip of paper and also matted it. 

Attached them all to a scrap of pattern paper I had left form another project and instant card.
Super easy!

Have a great day!

Vroom Vroom

Here is a quick card for the E.A.D color challenge: Spring Fling.
The Baby Steps cartridge is adorable and has tons of fun stuff on it. The Font button and Font Shadow buttons hold a jackpot of special little cuts that could easily be missed. Here is just one that I had to try right away. 

 Here's how I did it....
All paper is from my scrap stash
Bunnie/layers cut at 2.75" from Baby Steps, p. 58
Bunny face stamped with Peachy Keen Critter Faces stamp set
Base of card cut from Birthday Bash to measure 4.25" square when folded
Brads for the wheels
Bakers twine, purple ribbon and a button from my stash
Sentiment from My Pink Stamper Boy Crazy stamp set
Stickles and pop dots

Monday, March 14, 2011

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday #51 - Hip to Be Square

The challenge this week is Hip to be Square, green & gold; create a square card shape and include the two colors green & gold (bright yellow will do).
It's a perfect challenge for the week of St. Patrick's Day. 
So here is my little square card.....it is a 4" square card. 

We would love to see what you can create for this challenge. please be sure to stop over and link up  your project. 

Here's how I did it....
All paper is from my stash
Pot of gold/layers cut at 2.5" from Simply charmed, p.33
EK border punch
Sentiments from Pink by Design Spring has sprung stamp set
Gold Stickles, Bling, pop dots,and doodles with my gel pen

The Stylish Blog award strikes once again!

Kristen over at My Fantabulous Life was so kind to give me the Stylish Blog award. 
Thank you Kristen.
I am honored that you all are finding my blog and enjoying it enough to recognize it with these great awards and become follows. 

Thank you to all the my followers and to all of you that just stop by every now and again. I love reading all your comments. 

Be sure to stop back tomorrow to see what will be new with BugBites and for some fun that you all can participate in. 
Spread the word!!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Yes, Another St. Patrick's Day Card

Well, it's been a busy Saturday- loads of laundry and trying to get things ready for vacation this week. I have stacks of clothes I want to take along. 
I have sorted through them and put some things back in the closet, knowing I am over packing. I have done this process twice now and I am sure I still have too much but I just am not sure what to leave home at this point... what if I feel cold, what if it's hot, and the saga goes on. How can a girl do without all her shoes! 
In between all of this fun stuff, I put together a couple cards. The one from early Saturday morning and then this one later in the day. Just getting around to getting the photos off the camera so I can post it.

I found this cute little leprechaun digi freebie so I had to use him. He comes black and white or pre-colored! I love the pre-colored because I don't do so well with the whole blending thing yet.
Along with the freebie there was a link for some shamrock digital paper which I used for the background of the card.

I used my Martha Stewart border punch the added some ribbon and stickles.

The sentiments are from a stamp set I just got in the mail this week from Pink by Design; Luck O' the Irish.

I am going to be linking this card up to the following challenges.Check them all out for some amazing projects.


Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Music in the Air- My Pink Stamper Challenge

It's the weekend - yeah!!! 
I have another quick post for you today. Last night was another My Pink Stamper Blog Hop and Challenge.  The challenge is all about spring. My version is not the typical pastel spring colors you might think of, but rather woodsie, bright colors. The reason.. I got a new cartridge and had to play with it. The cartridge is Campin' Critters. OMG- it is so cute. The birds are starting to sing which means spring is near so I thought this bird was perfect for the challenge and goes well with Robyn's new stamp set, Music Notes. The music notes got a bit tiny to cut well so I drew them in.

Have a wonderful Saturday... only 5 days until I go on vacation!

Here's how I did it...
inside of card
Base card stock is Bazzill
Stripe paper is October Afternoon
All other paper is from my stash
Cuts below from Campin' Critters
  • Hexagon card base cut at 4.25, p.69
  • Hexagon layer for front and inside of card cut at 3.75", p.69
  • Bird and layers cut at 2.5", p. 33
Leaves/branch cut at 1.5" and 1.5"x4.75" from Hoot n' Holler
Sentiment bubble from Once Upon a Princess using the tag feature- tons of them to chose from
Sentiment from My Pink Stamper Music Speaks stamp set
Doodles with my gel pen and marker

It's a Boy!!!

Last week welcomed a new little man to our family, Carson Gary. 
He is the new son of my husbands cousin. Little Carson was born on March 3 at 9:36 pm. 
I knew I wanted to use my new cart, CM Stork's Delivery, to make a card to congratulate them. 
I was really stuck and could not come up with a design. I have been working on this for almost a week.
Then last night, I came across a few challenges that became my springboard of inspiration. I guess that is why there are challenges, to help inspire us to create something something special.
Once I finally had an idea, the card just flew together and I popped it in the mail. 
By the time this post is up, they should already have it. 
The yellow in this photo looks brighter than it is, it's really more pastel yellow.
The clock is set to display the time that Carson was born.

So my inspiration came from the following challenges where I will be linking this card to...

Here's how I did it...
Standard A2 size card
inside card
Dark blue card stock is Bazzill
All other paper from my scrap stash
Giraffe/layers cut at 5" from CM Stork's Delivery, p. 52
Clock/layers cut at 1.5" from My Community, p. 9 
Name and date printed on my computer and then cut using CM Custom Cutting system circles 
Sentiments from My Pink Stamper Sweet Baby stamp set
Stars punched from CM star border punch
EK border punch for strip behind Giraffe
Ribbon from my stash as well as brad for clock, and safety pin in bow.
Stickles, blue chalk, and doodles with my gel pen

Friday, March 11, 2011

Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge - Color Challenge

Happy Friday everyone!

What a busy and exciting week. Work is crazy busy trying to get things done before I go on vacation. Not to mention trying to get some things ready for the blog so you all don't get bored while I am gone-LOL!

Only 6 days until my vacation -  yes I am counting!

Today is my first post as a new Design Team member for Frosted Designs. 
This is so exciting. Each Friday, Frosted Designs hosts a challenge.
This week it is a Color Challenge - Photo Inspiration; use the colors in this picture to create a project.
I have been playing around with the new Creative Memories Stork's Delivery Cartridge that came out March 1. 
By the way, if you want it you can order it from me since I am a Creative Memories consultant. Just drop me a note or enter my name on the website when you order it.

The colors in the photo are gorgeous spring colors but would also work well for a baby card. So that is what I did. 
I used a rectangle shape from Plantin' Schoolbook and welded the block to it to make the shaped card and then rounded my corners 
If you don't have DS or a Gypsy to do the welding, you can cut a straight edge card, cutting the front panel off on the side and overlapping your blocks for a similar effect.

Now I will let you in on a little secret. I had a few challenges making this card. 
While trying to stamp the sentiment, I got ink on my stamp block and therefore, got ink in places I did not want it. 

I always say, an accident is an opportunity!

So instead of taking it all apart, I got another piece of the background paper and stamped again, inked the edges and then glued it over my mistake. Now it looks like it was meant to be that way. 
The tricky part of this sentiment, from My Pink Stamper's new Sweet Baby stamp set,  is that it comes in two long lines, not the four you see on my card. I haven't gotten to the point where I want to cut my stamps apart so I use post-it notes to mask off the area I don't want stamped and keep moving the stamp around to get the desired look.


Guess what- I made the same mistake on the inside- Good Grief! So, I took some scraps left over from the front of the card and restamped. 

But wait-- yes, a third error!
Becasue of the uneven edge on the right side of the card, the paper would not fit into my corner rounder punch well. So I thought, no problem, I will just trim it. Well, that was a mistake! It was all uneven. Yes, you guessed it, that's how that cute rattle ended up at that top corner of the card. Just covered it right up.

Please stop over at Frosted Designs and look at what the other awesome Design Team Members did. They are extremely talented just as I know you are. I would love to see what you create with these colors. 

Here's how I did it.... 
Card measures to fit Standard A2 envelope
Pattern paper is from an old baby paper stack
Paper is all Bazzill and scraps from my stash
Baby blocks/layers cut at 4.14" from Stork's Delivery cart, p.54
Welded a shadow from the blocks to a rectangle from Plantin' School book; copied and pasted it to the other side so it matched up when folded. 
EK Border punch
Bear/layers cut at 2.57" from Christmas Noel cart
Rattle/layers cut at 2" from Stork's Delivery, p. 29
Stitched panel cut at 3.6" x 5.15" from Stork's Delivery, p.69
Sentiments from My Pink Stamper Sweet Baby stamp set
Brown copic marker for highlights on bear
Brown and purple chalk
Ribbon from my stash
Black pearl sticker and doodles with my gel pen

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Caught a Bug for Challenges!

Hope everyone is having a great week. I can't believe how fast the days are flying by lately. The weather is a bit warmer her so the snow is starting to melt a bit. 

I meant to get this posted yesterday, but it just was not coming together well, so after starting over three times, I finely got a finished card. The pictures don't show the light green very well, but the bug is a pastel green a very bright green and light blue. In the picture he looks like he did catch a bug as green as his little face is.
inside card
close up of jar
This card has a window and I used acetate on the opening to give more of the glass jar effect.
The bug is the Bee from Create a Critter, perhaps it is another clue about my announcement on Monday...(hehehe).

This fits the bill for a few different challenges...
Cricut Cardz Challenge: make a 9"x4" card
Paper Variety Challenge: Get Well  
More than Favors Wacky Wednesday Challenge: Purple, Green and Yellow

Here's how I did it...
Yellow card stock from Bazzill
All other paper is from my scraps stash
Jar/layers cut 5" from Kate's ABCs, p. 47
( I hid most of the jar except the inside part for the card opening and then re-cut it to layer on top over the acetate)
Bee/layers cut at 2.25" from Create a Critter, p. 68
Sentiment on front printed from my computer
Sentiment inside from Scrappy Moms Simple Sentiments stamp set
Face on Bee from Peachy Keen Wide Eyed Kids stamp set
Acetate, Bakers twine, a simple button and doodles with my gel pen

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

B is for Boy Challenge

Here is a card I came up with for the Scrappy Moms Tuesday Challenge this week. 
I welded an upside down acorn to a rectangle shape to create the card and then layered the additional acorn layers on top of that. Cut an additional small acorn shape for the sentiment inside. 
Here's how I did it...
All paper is from my scrap stash

Welded a 4.5" tall x 4.45" wide rectangle to an acorn measuring 4.25" wide. I used my gypsy to flip the acorn upside down so when it is folded it will be the correct way.

Cut acorn and layers at 4.99" using the flip feature and add to top of folded card.

Add 4.25" square rectangle for inside of the card.
Cuttle bug Moroccan Cuttlebug folder

Leaf and layer cut at 2.41" from B is for Boy
Cut acorn base at 2.5" for inside of card

Ribbon from my stash
Sentiment from Scrappy Moms Furry Friends stamp set 
Swirl from My Pink Stamper Everyday Occasions stamp set
Chalk and Doodles with my gel pen

Bug Hugs!

He guys - I am gearing up for my next exciting "buggy" announcement. All will be revealed early next week. I can't wait to show you. 

Watch for some little hints this week.

Like every Monday, there are lots and lots of new challenges to try. So last night I put together a little buggy card for spring. It was a nice diversion from looking at the new 3"-4" of snow that fell Sunday and Sunday night.

Good Grief, will spring ever get here.


inside of card
I will be posting my little critter card over at the following challenges...


Here's how I did it...
standard A2 card.
All paper is from my stash of scraps
Caterpiller/layers cut 2" fromStretch Your Imagination, p.66
Martha Stewart border punch
Ribbon from my stash
Sentiment from My Pink Stamper Buggie Punnies
Doodles with my gel pen

Monday, March 7, 2011

FCCB Challenge Me Monday #50 - Ahoy Matey!

It's Monday and it is my first post as a Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog Design Team Member.
The FCCB Challenge this week is to make a project with a tree on it. 
I am super anxious to share this first project with you.
Because I am going on vacation soon, a palm tree was the first tree that popped into my mind.
I had actually been working on this on and off for about a month. My plan was to send a quick card to my fellow vacationers but it just wasn't coming together like I wanted to and getting a little "overboard" for a quick card, if you know what I mean.
This challenge was the extra push I needed to get it done.
So not only did I make this for the challenge, but I made 8, yes 8 additional ones to mail to the 8 couples we are cruising with. I hope it gets them super excited about our tropical vacation.

I used one of my all time favorite carts, Life's a Beach for majority of the cuts. I also used SpongeBob Square Pants for the frame, Campout for the little sign, and Summer Vacation for the palm tree. The sentimental inside is my own printed from my computer.

I will do my best to explain how I did the whole project below. There are many layers and cutting/welding with the Gypsy/Cricut to get that dimensional, almost shadow box effect. You can see in the picture to the right, the many different layers.






The CCCC #9 Challenge is Life's a Beach so I am linking this over there as well since I am proud of how this turned out.

Here's how I did it...
Base card is a standard A2 size
Solid paper is all Bazzill
Red dot paper for the the ship is Bo Bunny
All other paper from my scrap stash
Bamboo frame cut 4.17"x5.09" 2 times from SpongeBob Squarepants cart, p.57(each of these will be glue to the top of a welded frame/wave section)
Dark blue waves from Life's a Beach, p. 45; 2 sections 2.16" x .82 each, welded together and then welded to the inside of a bamboo frame
Light blue waves from Life's a Beach, p. 45; 3 sections 1.81" x 1" each, welded together and then welded to the inside of a bamboo frame
Palm tree cut at 1.77"x4.31" from Summer Vacation in both green and brown
Cuttlebug distressed Stripes embossing folder on palm trees for texture


Sign/layers cut at 1.46"x1.94" from Campout Cartridge
Flower/layers cut at 1.25" from Life's a Beach, p.34
Dolphin cut at  1" from Life's a Beach, p.71
Ship/layers cut at 3.28"x1.82" from Life's a Beach, p.77

Now you have it all cut, time to layer it up..
 
I used some brown chalk for most layers and white chalk on the waves.
A bit of jute twine for around the frame corner
Doodles with my gel pen and lots of dimensional adhesive to get the 3-D effect.