Sunday, March 31, 2013

My Sunshine - stamp of the month blog hop

Hello and welcome to the April stamp of the month blog hop! If you've arrived here from Jill Lucas' ScrapWench blog, or if you're just starting out, you are in the right place!  When you're done here, we'll head over to Allisa Chilton's Rocky Mountain Paper Crafts and see what she has for us this month.
This month we have a fun set of 8 stamps, My Sunshine, guaranteed to put you in a happy mood! I have a lot of ideas for this set, but I thought it was just calling out to be used on a scrapbook layout so that's what I did first.  Be sure to check back later in the month for a card idea (and hopefully more if I find time to play!).

I used Claire papers with a Kraft cardstock base and a sheet of Colonial White CS for all of my accents. (Click the photo to see it larger.)

Many of the stamps coordinate with the Artiste Cricut cartridge, and this fun sunshine was made with two of them. Cutting one Cricut shape gets both parts, cut separately, so I popped up the center on 3-D foam tape.  I used Sunset and Blush ink on both parts.  On the same page of the Cricut manual is this cute cloud shape, so I cut it in several sizes (from 1" - 2") in Colonial White. I flipped some so they weren't all going the same direction, and I lightly sponged Outdoor Denim ink on the bottom only for a little extra dimension.  I stamped the title in Sunset ink, cut out the letters, and sponged around the edges with Blush ink

This fun saying from Bob Marley was a perfect fit for my photos! Notice how I popped up some of the cloud shapes as well as the sun center.

I also made sure to pull the clouds down into the photo area, and up and out off the edges of my pages, trimming the excess. I think this makes the whole thing feel much more like a realistic scene rather than having everything in one little area.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today! I hope you liked my project, and I would love to hear what you think of it. Now let's head over to Rocky Mountain Paper Crafts and see what other great ideas we can get!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Tisket, A Tasket - Creations by AR New Release Blog Hop

Welcome to the Creations by AR new release blog hop! Today we are featuring the sweet My Picnic Basket cutting file, available as SVG, DXF, and PDF for those who cut by hand.  You have a chance to win your very own copy of this cute template. How? Simple:

• Leave comments on each blog
• AR FB:
• AR PCP Group:

Comments accepted until Mar. 24 (12:00 noon EST)
One random winner will be announced Mar. 25:
AR PCP Group:
AR Blog:

So, what to do with this template?  Well, as my post title implies, I had this little song* in my head from the first time I saw it.  But green and yellow just didn't do it for me for some reason, and I wound up with this girly version:

I used Claire papers from Close To My Heart and kept it simple; I didn't feel like it really needed any embellishment. (Although, true to form, I did sponge Sunset ink on ALL of my edges and corners.)

I added bling brads to attach that cute braided handle to the basket - LOVE it!

I really dig the floral pattern on the lid here - I'm loving the idea of putting some sweet little treats in here for my oldest daughter for Easter.

Since the paper I used is double-sided, I skipped the liner (piece B) option. I love how everything is matchy-matchy!  You will love how easy this is to put together - it took me longer because I insist on sponging everything in sight with coordinating ink, but this is seriously a 10 minute project once you have the pieces cut out.

I hope you enjoyed my take on this template! Be sure to leave a comment then hop off to visit the rest of the Design Team. I can't wait to see their projects!
 *In case you're interested, A Tisket, A Tasket is a nursery rhyme I sang a lot as a child in the '70s. In the 19th century, it was a rhyming game played similarly to Duck, Duck, Goose. If you don't know the lyrics, here they are as I learned them:
A-tisket a-tasket
A green and yellow basket
I wrote a letter to my love
And on the way I dropped it,
I dropped it,
I dropped it,
And on the way I dropped it.
A little boy he picked it up and put it in his pocket.
I even had a green and yellow plastic picnic basket set, which my mom still has and the little kids still play with it!  Thanks for stopping by today! Have a nice time on the hop!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Favor Boxes with Graphic 45 and Cricut

With three school-age kids, and involvement in several volunteer organizations, some of my favorite things to make are treat bags and favor boxes.  Luckily, there are a ton of them available on Cricut cartridges and as SVGs and PDFs for cutting. And you can make the same box in multiple styles just by changing the papers and embellishments.

For today's projects, I used Graphic 45 papers with a Cricut cartridge to make an elegant more "grown up" gift as well as a more fun Easter box suitable for a girl of any age. Change the papers & embellishments again, and you can make the same box into a masculine gift. I chose this particular box, because one of my favorite treats, especially for the grownups, are Ghiradelli chocolate squares.  The ones out now for Easter have a cute bunny on them, so I had to show him off!

The first box uses papers from The Olde Curiosity Shoppe.

For a simple but elegant touch, I tied some black mesh ribbon around the box lid and add a Kaiser Craft flower to the center.

The frame is cut from American Crafts glitter cardstock. By the way, did you know that you can cut a frame using ANY shape on a Cricut cartridge?!  This box had a window in the top, and I found a matching shape on the same cartridge.  Just measure the approximate size of the window so you know what size to make the inner cut of the frame.  I needed my inner frame to be about 1.75", and I wanted the outer frame to be about 2".  So I moved my cutting blade in to about 1.5" in both directions on the mat to give myself a little extra room and hit the "Center Point" button.  Setting the size to 1.75", I cut the shape once.  Then I reset the size to 2" and cut the shape again.  Frame done! (Be sure to remember to turn off the Center Point  button when you are done.)

The second box uses paper from Once Upon a Springtime, which you may not find as readily available.  You will find similar colors and beautiful patterns in the Secret Garden papers.

For this box, I used the leftover negative cuts from my box lid and frame to make a plaque for the front of the box. I used a Studio G stamp from my stash and some Vintage Photo distress ink to stamp the "chocolate" bunny.  I also sponged on distress ink in Peeled Paint on all the edges of the box and lid.

For a more girly feel, I used Pow Glitter Paper instead of the Glitter Cardstock, because the glitter is finer.  I also added flowers and pearls.  The pink flower in the center is a Prima, the others were "built" from flowers and brads in my stash.  I added Stickles to the flowers as well.

Items used:

Thanks for stopping by today! I'd love to hear what you think of my project.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Luck o' the Irish!

It's time for another challenge over at Scrappy Frog's Challenge Blog - this month's challenge is to use green in your project.  For my project this month, I used vinyl and made a custom umbrella stand / flower bucket. (We live in a heavily Irish-Catholic area, so many of our neighbors would not limit the use of this to March!)

I cut all of my images using Make The Cut software.  I found a simple shamrock image to trace into the software, then did a search for an image using the terms "celtic knot border".  I found several borders, but many were too intricate for cutting from vinyl.  I chose this simple knot design, and after tracing it into the software, I resized it so the border along the top edge is wider than the border along the bottom edge.

A note for those of you new to working on 3-D items: when attaching a border on an object like this that widens, it will naturally want to curve rather than lay straight.  You can account for this in the software by using a Conical Warp, however I find it pretty simple on larger items like this to just adjust it manually.  For this design, I did have to make a couple of snips in the design to lay portions flat, but I find that easier than the measuring required to use the software feature.  For smaller items like mugs and cups, the Conical Warp is a MUST, and pretty easy to use.

That's it for today! I hope you enjoyed my project, and I hope you find some time to come play with us at Scrappy Frog's this month!
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