Friday, October 22, 2010

CREATE: Monthly Cricut Circle Challenge

This month's Circle Challenge is Celebrating Creativity, and any Circle Member who plays along is eligible to win - get this - a Workbox from The Original Scrapbox!  I hope the prize for every monthly challenge is this awesome, LOL.  So, here are the rules we had to follow this month:

"The theme for this month’s challenge is all about celebrating the reasons why you love to create! Please create a scrapbook page or home decor project CELEBRATING CREATIVITY. Project must be newly created for this challenge and should include at least 2 cuts to qualify. You must also:
  • Use the Shadow Feature
  • Use Patterned Paper (purchased, printed, or created with stamps, etc.)
  • Use Embellishments to Enhance One of the Cuts (pearls, buttons, gems, glitter, etc.)
This challenge is open to Cricut Circle Members only. Your entry must meet the requirements above in order for your name to be entered into a random drawing for the Original Scrapbox WorkBox. You must submit a project to be entered into the drawing."

I chose to make a home decor piece for my studio, if I can find a blank piece of wall to put it on.  My walls are still builder-neutral, but most items in my room are black, pink, and aqua, ao those are the colors I stick with.  I had a 16x20 canvas leftover from my Canvas Cricut Clock project a while back, so I started with that.  Here is my final result:

Using some blue craft paint (and a drop of green) and some Create-A-Shade Pearl  Paint from Close To My Heart, I painted the entire canvas with a foam brush.  Then I painted around the sides with black craft paint.  Now, I just love the contrast between distress and bling, so I chose papers with a distressed/messy feel, then I added to it by swiping the edges of my cuts with a Desert Sand ink pad.  It doesn't show in the picture, but I also sprayed my "whitish" cuts with some Pearl Glimmer Mist.  I adhered all of my cuts (except the blossoms) to my canvas using my Xyron and a little Tacky Glue in a couple of spots.  The blossoms were manipulated to mimic real tree blossoms and added  using Glue Dots.  After the paper was all adhered, I added my embellishements: rhinestone swirls, single self-adhesive rhinestones and pearls, and a couple of metal flowers. 

I LOVE how this turned out, and I can't wait to find the perfect place for it where it will sparkle and shine in the light, and hopefully help spark my creativity!

Supplies used for this project:
  • 16"x20" canvas 
  • Create-A-Shade Pearl Paint
  • Blue and Green acrylic craft paint
  • Paper from my stash (discontinued Close To My Heart)
  • Cricut Expression
  • Cricut Gypsy
  • French Manor cartridge - bird, p.39 (flipped); half-shield, p. 54 (Layer feature, outer cut line only, slid halfway off the virtual mat on the gypsy)
  • Gypsy Wanderings (on Gypsy) - branch & blossoms, p. 59
  • George and Basic Shapes cartridge - M and Y
  • Home Decor cartridge -  "create" (phrase and Shadow)
  • Stand and Salute cartridge- "pursuit of happiness", p.71 (regular cut and Shadow feature)
  • Rhinestone Flourishes (these are from Michael's Recollections brand, and are currently on clearance with the Halloween items!)
  • Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels in Pearl
  • Xyron 1200 adhesive machine
  • Clear Sparkles from Close to My Heart
  • Opaques Pearl Adhesive Gems from Close To My Heart
  • Foundry Flourishes Assortment from Close To My Heart
  • Glue Dots
  • Alene's Tacky Glue

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