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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Well Hello Doilies…

The fine folks at Papertrey Ink keep finding ingenious ways of liberating my money from my pockets. I’ve long been a fan of their stamp and cardstock lines. However, their recent introduction of custom steel dies has made me love them even more. This month’s release had a stamp and die set that really spoke to me–and it’s all about doilies. (Actually, in many ways, these sets remind me of childhood obsession with the drawing toy Spirograph. I could sit for hours and design colorful bursts of loops. Which I suppose should have been my first indication that papercrafting would become such a big part of my future.)

The real showcase for this post is a set of three steel dies called the Doily Details Collections. This set of three 2 3/4″ dies is highly versatile and a joy to use with any die-cutting machine you happen to own. I also highly recommend the complimentary set of punch-out tools (which help remove all those little bits of paper in one fell swoop).

This first card is very simple. I used the aptly named “Delightful Doilies” stamp set to create a background that mimics the die-cut greeting badge I created. The cardstock and ink (Rich Razzleberry) is from Stampin’ Up!. The stamps and dies are Papertrey Ink.




The second project was a vexing one for me. I created this card several days ago, but I was stuck on how to incorporate a greeting on it. So, I put it to the side. No matter how many times I came back to it, I just couldn’t find the right solution. Then, the die set arrived and solved my problem. In this case, I trimmed the die cut to fit my space requirements and it worked like a charm.



Je Vous Adore

I must apologize for the delay in getting this entry posted. Unfortunately, Mother Nature was apparently upset with the Southwest desert U.S. After having a few days of temperature readings below zero (and incredibly, -21 with the wind chill factored in), the aftermath was nearly as cold as the event. I had three separate broken water lines (…and only two thumbs to plug the holes with, lol). It’s been an icy floody mess around here. But, like all things, this too shall pass.

The good news is that today’s card project is so pretty, it made me forget the bone-chilling cold–for a bit at least. This card is also one of those happy accidents where a combination of not-so-likely Cricut cartridges provided an interesting collision. In the end–and pardon my frankness–this card is beautiful.

I used one of the Spring 2011 seasonal mini-cartridge releases, “Mother’s Day Boquet”, to create a layered flower piece that serves as the focal point of this card. The image I used was the flower on Row 1, Key 5. I cut four layers: 4″, 3.5″, 3″, and 2.5″. I used my Cricut Imagine to do the cutting and one big advantage to doing so is the ability to create custom colors and/or patterns on designs from the regular Cricut cartridge line. Earlier, I had been working on an Imagine project using the Cricut Imagine “Country Carnival” art cartridge. While I was debating what solid color I wanted to print my flower layers with, I had the idea to experiment with pattern using the “Country Carnival” cartridge. One of the patterned paper images I love on this cartridge is a vintage newspaper layout that is dotted with spots of bright color in the form of trailing rose bushes. It provides for vivid pops of color, while keeping with a chic vintage look. Using some white Bazzill cardstock (corduroy textured), I cut my flower layers using the “Mother’s Day Bouquet cartridge and the pattern from “Country Carnival”.

I further enhanced the vintage look of the layers by using some Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist in Heirloom Gold. I really love the formulation of these Perfect Pearl mists. I’ve tried other color spritzes, washes and sprays–and usually the results are messy and not aesthetically pleasing. But, I have had tremendous success with the Perfect Pearls. I anchored my floral layers with a giant faceted jeweled brad from Creative Charms. I used a Martha Stewart bone folder to curl my petals to provide dimensionality and visual interest.

The decorative paper for the card mat and the inside of the card is from Graphic 45’s “Le Romantique” collection. The card base and ribbon are from Papertrey Ink in Pine Feather. A little dimension and a strategically placed stick pin provide just the right finishing touches on the front. On the inside, I used a kraft journaling tag from Maya Road to provide an area for personalization.


Overall, I was really jazzed by the modern meets vintage look of the overall card. The bloom looks like it is growing right off the card front–and in these frigid temperatures it is certainly a most welcome sight.




Vintage Christmas

Well, I hope you are all keeping warm and busy as the holiday season ramps up! I’ve feel like I’ve been on a shopping crusade. I’ve made a big dent in my holiday gift-giving list. Unfortunately, I seem to end up picking up something for myself every place I shop (one for him, two for me, one for her, three for me….). Shopping is my calling in life, lol.

For the past week, I’ve twisted or pulled something in my right shoulder and its really put a pinch in my routine(s). It was so bad for a couple of days, I was in bed with a heating pad, some decent pain killers and the thankless task of trying to find a position to lay in that didn’t hurt. It’s finally on the mend (*fingers crossed*), but I’ve been lax in the crafting department. I finally worked on this card yesterday…and I really love the very vintage Christmas feel it invokes.











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.

More Paper Lace

Today’s card project once again finds its genesis in the new Cricut “Paper Lace” cartridge. Can I just say that this cartridge is a true must have. There are some terrific stock designs in the artwork. However, if you are a fan of Cricut manipulation using your Gypsy or Cricut Design Studio, this cartridge is a bounty of creativity and possibilities.

I also have a confession to make about this card. I absolutely LOVE the way it came out. Putting it together was a complete joy–and there’s just something about its simplicity that belies all the work that went into it. It could also have something to do with the fact that it’s a special card for my Mom, whose birthday is today. Whatever may be the reason, this is probably one of my personal favorite cards that I’ve made.

The cardstock used in the card include: Stampin’ Up! in Wild Wasabi and Papertrey Ink in Pinefeather. The decorative cardstock is from Imaginisce’s “Splash Dance” collection. The ribbon is Papertrey Ink (in Pinefeather). The moss half-back pearls are from Queen & Co. The floral heart button is from Webster’s Pages. The peridot crystals are Swarovski. In addition to my Gypsy and Cricut Expression, I used two paper punches: Martha Stewart’s Deco Shells corner punch and the Stampin’ Up! beaded scallop edge punch.











Butterfly Thanks

Here’s a card project that uses Cricut cuts from the “Martha Stewart Crafts Elegant Cake Art” cartridge from ProvoCraft. The foiled cardstock (double-sided) base of the card is from SEI’s “Windsor Collection”. It was cut at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″. I used my 1/2″ Zutter Round-It-All to cut the corners off the card.


The lattice work butterfly was cut at 4 1/4″ on my Cricut Expression. The base layer was a piece of decorative paper from Stampin’ Up!’s retired designer series paper “Raspberry Lemonade”. The top layer is cut from a 6″ x 6″ inch piece of Stampin’ Up! cardstock in Early Espresso and adhered to the base cut with Zig Two-Way glue pen. A piece of green washi (rice paper) tape was used as an accent across the top of the card, as well as some Kaiser Craft pearls on the body of the butterfly.


I thought it would be interesting to put my sentiment cut on the inside of the card (not too mention there was no room on the card face). The sentiment is from same Martha Stewart Cake cartridge and was cut at 1″. The shadow layer is cut from Stampin’ Up! Cherry Cobbler cardstock, while the top layer is Very Vanilla. Again, I used my Zig pen to put the layers together. Before laying down the sentiment, I used a Maya Road acetate doily in White for visual interest. I used a glue dot in the center to adhere the doily (which in turn was covered by my sentiment cut.



Overall, I like the bright cheery results. Oh, and don’t forget: Any of the cartridges designed for the Cricut Cake machine will indeed work in your regular Cricuts. So don’t pass-up the great Martha Stewart approved artwork on her cartridges or any of the other Cake cartridges. You’ll be sorry you did!