Recently On My Desk…(#4)


Hello From The Heart

Today’s card project started out in a completely different direction. The decorative paper I chose was from K & Co.’s Ka-Zoo collection–which tends to lend itself well to cards for children and more whimsical designs. However as I started playing around with other scraps and materials, the card took a decidedly “adult” turn. Which goes to prove that sometimes you have to be willing to let go of your pre-conceived notions and plans and go where the creative flow takes you. I really like the color interplay and texture (implied and actual) in this design.

A couple of quick notes on other topics:

  • I just ordered one of the new Imaginisce I-Rock rhinestone setter tools and a bunch of gems, pearls, and metal embellishments. I’m really looking forward to playing with this new cordless bling setter.
  • Cricut Lite Cartridges: Have you fallen prey yet? Even though they have not shown up in my local WalMart (which is on the smaller side), I’ve managed to add around fifteen of them to my collection thus far. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before I succumb to the other nine. The really sad part is that I haven’t used any of them because they haven’t been added to a Gypsy Update as of this time–and frankly, I’m to lazy to go “old school” again.
  • I did join the Cricut Circle and I’m really looking forward to seeing what is in store for members. I’m already is massive love with “French Manor”.
  • Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win in Giveaway #10 (see link in the sidebar at the right). This round closes on Wednesday and the prize package is pretty “delish” if I may say so myself.
  • Finally, have a super weekend ahead….

  • Friends Are Flowers

    I’m really delighted with the way this card turned out. It features a sneak peek at the new Stampin’ Up! Cherry Cobbler color palette (cardstock and ink)–as well as a new stamp set called “Friends Never Fade” (all available July 1, 2010). Additonal materials used: K & Co. decorative paper from the Simply Scarlet collection, SEI Red Grape Chalk Ink, Robin’s Nest Diamond Dew Drops in Jade Green, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Zig Two-Way Glue Pen, and Stampin’ Up Cardstock in Whisper White.


    Today’s card project was so much fun to put together. It’s the first time I’ve used my ProvoCraft Cricut “Mini Monsters” cartridge–and I have to say these little monsters will make the hardest heart smile. So I pulled out my Gypsy and my Cricut Expression and got to work with no real game plan in mind. Additionally, I experimented with more of the new cardstock color palette that will be available from Stampin’ Up! on July 1, 2010.

    After a quick flip through the corresponding handbook, I immediately gravitated toward this little fellow. I laid out all of the layers on a 12″ x 12″ mat on my Gypsy. (I’ve noted the different layers on the photograph.) If you haven’t considered adding a Cricut Gypsy to your arsenal of tools and you are an avid Cricuteer, you really should consider it now that the price point has fallen significantly. The ability to layout all of your pieces and layers on a virtual mat not only helps you see how the construction will logically follow, but it allows you to lay all of your cuts on one mat and gives you the exact sizes of papers you will need to make your cuts. The amount of cardstock I have “wasted” has significantly decreased since buying my Gypsy.

    All of my pieces are set to cut at a height of 2.75″. Though it is somewhat difficult to see in the screen shot due to the limits of photographing the screen display, you can gauge your paper size by either counting the grid squares (which are 1″ x 1″) or using the side rulers recently added to the Gypsy in a functional update. For instance, the base layer is five squares across and four squares down–which would indicate my cardstock should be cut to 5″ x 4″ for that particular cut.

    Below is the layout of my cardstock to cut this image. All of the cardstock is from Stampin’ Up! (including new colors Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi, Pear Pizzazz and Daffodil Delight).

    A bit of Zig Two-Way glue pen and mono adhesive, and my little guy is suddenly taking shape and is ready to stake his territory.

    For my card, I chose the following papers: the card base is Stardream So…Silk! mica cardstock in Beauty Pink (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″), the mat is Basic Grey from the Basics Manila collection: “Sphere” (4″ x 5″), and the accent paper is also Basic Grey from Nook & Pantry: “Cornbread” (2″ x 4″). I used my Stampin’ Up! tag corner punch to snip all the corners of each paper.

    Adhering my layers, it was now time for my monster to find a home. I used some Copic Atyou Spica glitter pens to add some accents and sparkle. A quick sentiment and a bit more adhesive and this little monster moved right in.

    If you haven’t checked out “Mini Monsters” yet–or perhaps passed it over–I have to say that I think the possibilities for this cartridge far exceed the obvious use (Halloween). It’s quirky. It’s cute. It’s monsterously fun!

    Sing It

    {Materials Used: Stampin’ Up! Cardstock in Glorious Green, American Crafts Decorative Cardstock from “Teen” Collection (Driver’s Ed), Edged Grosgrain Ribbon from Stampin’ Up! Theatre Collection, Creative Charms Velvet Dimensional Flower, 7 Gypsies Velvet Green Leaves, Bo Bunny Glazed Brad, Sentiment Stamp from Unity Stamp Co., Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black, AdTech Mono Adhesive, 3/8″ Glue Dots, Zutter 1/2″ Round-It-All Corner Rounder, Scor-Pal, Carl RT-200 Paper Trimmer;}