Balloons Make Everything Better…







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Materials & Tools Used:

    Papertrey Ink cardstock in Raspberry Fizz
    Bazzill textured cardstock in Snow
    DCWV ‘Black Currant’ foiled cardstock
    Cricut Imagine
    Cricut Imagine Art Cartridge, ‘Imagine More Cards’
    Cricut Imagine Art Cartridge, ‘Best Friends’
    Papertrey Ink Parisian Lace Doily Die
    Cuttlebug

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Luck O’ The Irish…







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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink Perfect Match in Pinefeather, Bazzill Corduroy Texture in Snow;
Decorative Paper: Basic Grey Max & Whiskers Collection;
Ribbon: Papertrey Ink Perfect Match Swiss Dot Satin Ribbon 5/8″ in Pinefeather;
Cricut Imagine Art Cartridge: Imagine More Cards;
Punch: Martha Stewart Deep Edge Garden Lattice Punch;
Adhesives: 3M ATG 714, Zig Two-Way Glue Pen, Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Dimensionals;

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Here’s another card created with my Cricut Imagine and the “Imagine More Cards” art cartridge. The base cardstock is Stampin’ Up! in Blushing Bride. The decorative paper for the card mat is from American Crafts gorgeous Botanique Collection. The image is layered using Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Dimensionals and a piece of SU! ribbon in Chocolate Chip completes the look.








My Pink Stamper Design Team 2011–Challenge & Submission

This is something totally new and foreign to me. But, I figure the New Year should be about taking on new experiences and challenges.

By now, if you are a crafter, enthusiast, and/or Cricuteer for any length of time, you’ve surely heard of My Pink Stamper–Ms. Robyn Cardon. I’ve long been a fan of her instructional videos, Cricut expertise, and bubbly personality. Her site is so popular that she’s developed her own product lines and has design team showcasing them. I’ve always read many sites that have calls for design team members, but I’ve never really been motivated or brave enough to attempt a submission. For some reason, I’ve always held back on putting myself or my work “out there”. But, this year, I want to try and promote my blog and myself a bit more–and in doing so, hopefully provide encouragement and inspiration to other crafters the way My Pink Stamper inspires me.

So, for her design team call, Robyn asked submitters to “make a card, scrapbook page, or other Cricut project with your favorite cartridge using my favorite colors……pink, green, brown, and (other optional color of your choice)”. For my project, I chose to work with my Cricut Imagine and the suggested color palette inspired a tropical theme to my card submission.

My base cardstock is from Stampin’ Up! in a color called “Early Espresso” (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″). The card mat is a piece of American Crafts glitter cardstock in “Lip Gloss” (4″ x 5″). I used my Zutter Round-It-All 1/2″ to cut all four corners of the base and mat cardstock. I used Bazzill corduroy textured cardstock in “Snow” to print and cut my images with my Cricut Imagine. I used artwork from two of my favorite Imagine art cartridges to design this card: “Imagine More Cards” and “Better Together”.

The parrot, branch, and greeting are cut at 4″ from the “Better Together” cartridge. The rose layers are cut at 3 1/2″ from the “Imagine More Cards” cartridge. I used Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Dimensionals to layer all of images to create depth and visual interest. The final touch was a piece of Stampin’ Up! ribbon in “Chocolate Chip” (using the My Pink Stamper “cheater” method). Overall, I think the artwork and color palette evoke the feel of a bright sparkling evening sunset on a tropical isle. All my little parrot friend needs is a little drink with a tiny umbrella served in a cocunut cup. Or maybe I’m projecting?






I want to take a moment and thank My Pink Stamper for the challenge and opportunity. It was a lot of fun–and more importantly a chance to step outside my comfort zone.

Imagine

My new Cricut Imagine showed up on Friday. I knew that it would be bigger and heavier than an Expression–but, I don’t think I was quite prepared for what a large piece of machinery it is. This is definitely not a portable machine (not that this is a negative point at all). I set up the machine and ran the update process which is done with the included Imagine cartridge. I calibrated the screen, the ink cartridges, and the cutting blade on the first try. I had absolutely no problems with any of the procedures and the on-screen instructions were very easy to follow. After that, I used my computer to update with the Cricut Sync software on my laptop. Again, it went off without a hitch. I have to say I was a bit apprehensive hearing some of the anecdotal stories (which is one of the reasons I was putting off this purchase). But, after undergoing the process and playing with the machine for a bit, I am absolutely thrilled with my purchase. It’s really hard to relay in words what a different experience the Imagine is compared to the Cricut Expression. I can only say it is completely different. It really is an amazing piece of technology (that by all sources is only going to get better). It was actually thrilling to use it the first time. Watching the Imagine work is a true “Wow!” moment. I’ve barely skimmed the surface of its capabilities, but I would highly recommend the Cricut Imagine if you can fit it into your budget. It’s definitely an investment, but it truly takes the results to another level.

So, here is my first card project done with the Imagine. It was made with the Cricut Imagine and the “Imagine More Cards” cartridge.








This probably goes without saying… The Cricut Imagine does nothing to help combat that insidious disease that compels you to purchase Cricut cartridges. I received my Imagine on Friday and have three Imagine art cartridges already and uhm…..six more on order. Oops.