Friday, October 13, 2017

Happy Spooky Halloween - Lori Whitlock Halloween Scene Pop Dot SVG


I can always depend on Lori Whitlock and Cricut Design Space when I need some mojo to help me create a card.  I purchased this fun Halloween Scene Pop Dot Card from Lori's SVG shop, downloaded it into Design Space, cut it out on my Cricut and went to work making it my own.  I haven't had the best of luck using foam tape or pop dots on these scenes because they turn out a little too wavy and lumpy for me.  I fixed that by going into Design Space and creating plain frames to cut out on card stock.  With a couple of  card stock layers, my card comes out with just the right amount of dimension to show off the frames in the scene.  I lit up my glittery haunted house with orange paper behind the windows and created a spooky sky with some artsy background paper.  I used my Misti stamp positioner to center the Happy Halloween perfectly on the outer frame.  I'll admit it did take some time to layer six of these cards to send to some friends, but it was so fun because I had so much help from Design Space.  I sure do love my Cricut!!!

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and be fabulous.
Nancy

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        Double D Challenges
        CAS on Friday
        Eclectic Ellapu
        Always Fun Challenges
        Crafty Gals Corner
        That's Crafty
        

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Sizzix Tim Holtz Bell Jar Halloween Cards - 2016 Stamp Art Shoppe Class Flashback


While searching through my "Big Box O' Halloween Stuff" for some inspiration and supplies, I was excited to find these fun cards that I made in a class at the Stamp Art Shoppe last year.  Our amazingly talented teacher, Sandy Brien, showed us how to use the Sizzix Bell Jar die with acetate to give a realistic-ish glass jar look.  She instructed us to temporarily center the bell jar transparency on our paper and carefully sponge around the edge with distress ink to make the jar look lighter. We then cleaned and dried the transparency and adhered it to the pedestal after creating our scene.  I had forgotten how cute these cards turned out.  


The ghosts, pumpkins, bats, grass and scene dies are all from Impression Obsession. The leaves were made with punches.  The fabulous bell jar die is Sizzix Bell Jar 658244, which I've seen on Amazon recently.  I have a similar Sizzix Snow Globe die with a Christmas scene that I can't wait to use with this same process. 

Sadly, the Stamp Art Shoppe closed earlier this year, but Sandy still comes to town to teach classes about once a month.  I always look forward to being enlightened by her mad skills and talent.

Thanks for visiting. 
Go forth and be fabulous.
Nancy

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Welcome Fall Log Cabin Wall Hanging - Accuquilt Go


While I'm still a relative newbie at piecing quilts, this lovely traditional art is fast becoming one of my favorite creative pass times.  Actually, it's a lot like my other obsession, paper crafting, because it involves a lot of the same techniques and skills.  Design, layout, color coordination...they're all there. And don't even get my started on the joys of die cutting.


The log cabin block for this wall hanging was a cinch to create using the Accuquilt  Go log cabin die and my Go Big electronic die cut machine. I can make several different size blocks with this one die just by adding additional strips,  but I chose to use a six-inch block for this quilt.

  
Accuquilt also makes an assortment of  fun applique dies like the pumpkins and leaves I used  for the 6-inch white blocks in this quilt. I purchased some really cute Etsy embroidery files  made specifically to spiff up the Go die cuts from VStitch Designs.


I promise I'm not an Accuquilt Go sales  rep, but I really love using die  cuts to make precise cuts for my quilts.  I'm not lazy...just rotary cutter impaired!

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and be fabulous.
Nancy



Thursday, September 28, 2017

Cricut Halloween Banner - Spooky


It's that scary time of year again when I  need something eerie to hang on my fireplace to get my spine a'chillin.   Okay, so this is as creepy as my crafty spirit gets.  I might be "spooky challenged" but I think making seasonal holiday banners is paper delight multiplied.  This Halloween banner was super quick and easy to design in Cricut Design Space. 




I chose my images from the Cricut Image Library and lucky for me they were all free with my monthly subscription. The banner shape comes from the Birthday Bash cartridge,  the fiendish spider and skull icons are from the Pumpkin Carvings cartridge and the  alphabet is from the Frightful Affair cartridge.


I used a variety of paper textures just because I could, since each panel is like a separate little piece of artwork.  The polka dot paper looks a little peachy in the pictures, but it's actually sheer vellum and I love how it looks on the card stock.  Since I chose metallic, glitter and vellum  papers,  I thought this banner "screamed" for a little bling, so I garnished each panel with a clear rhinestone.  Doesn't get much spookier than that!

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and be fabulous.
Nancy

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Stampendous Tutu Toad - Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside /Cricut CTMH Artfully Sent Pop Ups


This delightful little Tutu Toad from Stampendous has been staring at me everyday for five years from the shelf above my working desk and says, "please let me make someone smile today."  This week I finally had the opportunity to make her wish come true. My friend is recuperating from knee replacement surgery and I think this googly-eyed tiny dancer might be just the encouragement she needs to get her tip toeing through the tulips again soon.  Or at least doing some arabesques in rehab.  In my first attempt at this Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside scene, I created the pop up inside my card but I found my tulips were too floppy and I didn't like the way the pop up looked.  So I aborted my original plan, as I do so often, and created my scene on the front of my card sans the pop up.  I think my little lady and flowers are much sturdier raised with pop dots on this flatter surface.


I still had a vision of a cute pop up inside my card.  I discovered this perfect get well pop up on the Close to My Heart Artfully Sent Cartridge in Cricut Design Space. There's just enough space for me to write my "tip toe through the tulips" note.  Sometimes the best laid plans are replaced by even better ones.

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and be fabulous.
Nancy

Playing along with:
        Sheepski Designs
        Scrapy Land Challenge
        Always Fun Challenges
        Retro Rubber - 2012 Stamp

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Let's Par-Tee with a Cricut Box Card - Lori Whitlock SVG


When it comes to making masculine cards, I might be a tad challenged.  Or maybe I just really think ALL cards look better with flowers, gems and ribbons.  At my house, everyone gets elaborate cards for all occasions except for the person I love best in the world, my darling husband. For years I took a class at The Stamp Art Shoppe called "Masculine Cards,"  taught by one of my favorite artists, Susan Porter, and made enough cards to last me for the year.  But sadly, that shop has closed and I'm left to fend for myself.

 Lori Whitlock SVG cut files to the rescue!  I adore her incredible cut files so I downloaded a few with themes that apply to my husband's favorite hobbies.  Now I'm prepared to wow my husband with my mad "guy card making" skills.  I do have to sit on my hands when the card is finished to keep myself from adding "girlie" details.  The foreground in this z-fold box card came very close to exhibiting a colorful bed of  tulips because we all know the best golf courses do have lovely flower beds along the fairway. I'm so proud of myself for adorning this card  with Tim Holtz  metal embellies.  I think washers and gears do kind of look like coconuts and hubcaps if you squint your eyes enough.

I used some of my regular die cuts for the sun, clouds, grass and palm tree. I like how this idyllic little golf scene turned out and I think my husband will be very impressed with his birthday card this year.  He'll laugh at the metal embellies for sure! At lease I tried...

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and be fabulous.
Nancy


Playing along with:
        Die Cut Divas
        Happy Little Stampers - Dies
        Cards 4 Guyz
        Crafty Sentiments
        Fairytale Challenge
        Water Cooler Challenge

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Pretty Little Pagoda Girl - Mo Manning and Cricut


                             

I couldn't wait to use my Copics to color this sweet little Mo Manning digi girl in her kimono. I knew the Pagoda cartridge in the Cricut Design Space would create the perfect home for her. I absolutely love designing little scenes for my stamped images to live in.  Paper dolls and doll houses...what's not to love!!!


My friend's birthday is next week and she adores all things Asian.  What a perfect opportunity for me to spend some time creating this Lori Whitlock shutter card.  This is the first time I've used this svg file and I just love it.  So many surfaces to decorate!  It's an A7 size card, so there's oodles of room for me  to go crazy adding die cuts. And I can size and stretch them in Design Space to fit my card panels perfectly.


I can imagine so many fun scenarios for using this shutter card.  I'm glad I've taken the time to become familiar with the Cricut Design Space, even if my head does explode occasionally. It's well worth the effort! There are lots of excellent YouTube videos that teach you all the ins and outs of this use friendly program. If you're a Cricut lover like I am and aren't familiar with all the fun tricks it has to offer, you should definitely take a peak.

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and be fabulous.
Nancy

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