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!


It’s A Bird…

Today simple and easy card features a die cut from the new licensed ProvoCraft Cricut cartridge ‘Superman’.

For this card project, I chose a base cardstock from Die Cuts With A View (DCWV) ‘Modern Loft’ paper stack. As this was obviously going to be a masculine-inspired card, I thought the brick pattern was reminiscent of a background panel one might see in an actual comic strip. I used a Chai Tea stain to ink the edge of my cardstock, which was cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″ to form an A2 sized card. The corners were clipped using my Stampin’ Up! tag corner punch.

The diecut was cut on my Cricut Expression at 4 1/2″. I did shadow cut with Bazzill corduroy textured cardstock in Raven. For the layering pieces, I cut them out of Bazzill corduroy textured cardstock in Snow. The reason I cut the layering pieces out of white cardstock is that I wanted to use my Copic Sketch markers to “color” in the face and hair details. I think the handcoloring gives the diecut a bit more “pop” and comic book realism (than if I had just used corresponding colored cardstock). I used a blend of E00 (Skin White), E11 (Barely Beige), E13 (Light Suntan) and E15 (Dark Suntan) for the facial features and shading. I used B29 (Ultramarine) for the hair highlight. I also went back in with a Copic Atyou Spica Glitter pen in Sky Blue to add a little oomph to Superman’s locks. (He is a SUPER hero after all, lol.) Finally, to achieve those come-hither baby blues, I used Clearsnap Smooch metallic ink in Azure for intensity and sparkle. (Am I the only one fanning myself!? Wait, don’t answer that.) The sentiment stamp is from Unity Stamp Co. and seemed appropriate. It was stamped using Tsukineko Memento ink in Tuxedo Black.

‘Superman’ is a terrific addition to your Cricut cartridge library if you have men in your life–big or little. It’s also a terrific resource for themed parties and decorations–as it includes three-dimensional character boxes, banners, party favors, Clark Kent spectacles, treat bags and much more. Of course, it features several variations on that fabulous Superman logo and a complete font set.

Now, I must be off. (I have to go figure out what size I need to cut my Clark Kent glasses at. Don’t judge. Or at least, don’t tell me.)

Trust me. I know.

Candy Corn Explosion

I came upon this lovely sheet of candy corn paper from a Die Cuts With A View Fall Stack from last year. It inspired me to play with a couple of Martha Stewart punches and create a couple of Halloween themed cards.

I have to say that I am completely in LOVE with the new Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page punch sets. Additionally, the new wing-edged punches are a dream when it comes to folding them up and conserving on storage space. I recently purchased the Spider Web punch set and finally found a source to order my Loopy Border set. I even re-purchased the Drippy Goo punch just to get the wing-edged version.

Both cards are A2 size and the card base is Bazzill textured cardstock in Raven. The first card features a Drippy Goo border on the decorative mat. The stamped skull image is from the new Stampin’ Up! Halloween set entitled “From The Crypt” (#115460, $22.95). It was stamped on Stampin’ Up! Whisper White cardstock (#100730, $7.50 for 40 sheets) with a Classic Stampin’ Pad in Only Orange (#102696, $5.95). The sentiment is from the Stampin’ Up! set “Teeny Tiny Wishes” (#115370, $36.95). The card is accented with a Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pen in Orange.

The second card showcases the same decorative DCWV paper. I cut a piece at 3 1/4″ x 5″ and used both the Martha Stewart Wing Edger Spider Web punch and the Corner Spider Web punch to create the all-around border. To highlight the web cuts, I adhered the decorative paper to a piece of Stampin’ Up! Whisper White cardstock cut at the same size. I used the Stampin’ Up! Ticket Corner Punch (#107214, $6.95) on the four corners as an accent.

It’s Easy Being Green…

A quick card project to share with you and a cardstock recommendation! I recently placed an order with Papertrey Ink to try some of their products. Needless to say, I’m now awaiting my third large order to arrive. On top of having some wonderfully creative and exquisitely packaged acrylic stamp sets, Papertrey Ink has a full line of solid color and artistic print cardstocks. Today’s card project utilizes two of their Perfect Match Papertrey Color Collection cardstocks: Ripe Avocado and Spring Moss. You can purchase a 50 sheet 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock sampler collection (#CS2008) for $10.00 on their website and I highly recommend you try them out. It’s a very nicely saturated and heavy cardstock with a fine tooth to it.

For this card, I used a standard A2 base of Papertrey Ripe Avocado. The card was cut at 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored on my Scor-Pal at 4 1/4″. The mat is Papertrey Spring Moss cut at 5 1/4″ x 4″. The stamped image and sentiment are from the Stampin’ Up! set “Upsy Daisy” (#111710). They were stamped using a Stampin’ Pad in Handsome Hunter (#105215). The ribbon is Stampin’ Up! 5/8″ striped grosgrain in Kiwi Kiss (#111372, which compliments perfectly with the Papertrey cardstocks). The mat was attached using my ATG714 adhesive gun. Finally, I used a Copic Atyou Spica marker in Melon for accent. (The envelope is an A2 size in Kraft from Stampin’ Up!)

Going green and good friends are a good thing! Have a great day and Keep Crafting!

Fabulous Friend

Hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend with family and friends. Mine was quiet, but I did have dinner with my Mom, my sister and her family on Sunday evening.

I worked on several card projects this weekend as well. I also started a new list of items I want to order on my next Stampin’ Up! order. Apparently, the madness never ends.

Today’s card project uses the following materials list:

–Stampin’ Up! Oval All Stamp Set (#113790)
–Stampin’ Up! Large Oval Punch (#107305)
–Stampin’ Up! Scallop Oval Punch (#114889)
–Stampin’ Up! Classic Stampin’ Pad in Garden Green (#102272
–Stampin’ Up! 8 1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock in Kiwi Kiss (#111353)
–Stampin’ Up! 8 1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock in Whisper White (#100730)
–7 Gypsies Decorative Paper; Nottinghill Collection
–Stampin’ Up! Simple Flower Embosslit Die (#114514)
–Stampin’ Dimensionals (2)
–Stardream Mica Fuse Cardstock in Serpentine
–Prima Center Kiss Jewel in Deep Emerald
–Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pen in Clear
–Scotch ATG714 Gold adhesive

For this card project, I tried out some new toys from the new Occasions mini-catalog from Stampin’ Up! Specifically I used the stamp set called “Oval All” which was designed to work with the large oval punch and the new scallop oval punch. For the card base I chose a piece of Stampin’ Up! cardstock in Kiwi Kiss and cut it down to a standard A2 size, 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. I chose the stamp that said “Fabulous Friend” on it and stamped it on Whisper White cardstock with Garden Green Ink. I then used the large oval punch to punch out the sentiment. For the backing scalloped oval, I used a small piece of mica cardstock in a light green color with an exquisite shimmer to it called Serpentine. As I have lamented in the past, this beautiful cardstock from Italy does NOT photograph well, but it is a must-see in person. I purchase my mica cardstock from California Paper Goods.

As a Cuttlebug fan, I’ve never really played with any Sizzix products. However, there is a set of exclusive to Stampin’ Up! embosslits dies that are made for use in the Big Shot in the current catalog. I ordered a couple of them in hopes that they would work with my trusty Cuttlebug–and they do work beautifully. These dies are small hinged rounded squares that cut and emboss the design at the same time. I simply put the paper (in this case more Stardream mica cardstock in several colors) and placed the die between the two B plates and ran it through the Cuttlebug. I used both dies I have currently and numerous color shades and played way too much as evidenced by my virtual flower garden.

Needless to say, I’ll save all my flowers for various projects. I chose to use one cut from the Simple Flower die in the Serpentine mica cardstock for this project. I also chose a piece of decorative paper from the 7 Gypsies Nottinghill Collection cut to 3″ x 5 1/2″. I adhered to decorative paper off center to my base cardstock with my ATG714 adhesive gun. I also adhered the oval sentiment to the scallop base. I adhered the scalloped sentiment to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals to give it lift away from the cardbase and create more visual interest. For my flower embellishment, I adhered a small Prima Center Kiss blossom to the flower’s center for just a pop of darker color. I then adhered the flower to the card. For a final touch, I used a clear Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pen to outline the flower and the edges of the decorative paper (which again does not photograph well).

Well, I hope you get a bit of inspiration to surprise one of your fabulous friends with a card when they least expect it. Every now and again, we can all use a bit of pick-me-up when it’s least expected.

Have a great Monday–and Keep Crafting!