Thursday, April 10, 2014

Happy Easter!

Thought I would share the Easter Bunny wreath I made yesterday. I just got the new Cricut Explore machine and thought I would do something fun for my first project.

To make the wreath you will need the following:

Create A Critter 2 cartridge
A 9" wooden embroidery hoop
Pattern Paper (I used the Doodlebug Springtime collection)
Adhesive to put the bunnies and eggs together
Glossy Accents to glue the elements to the embroidery hoop
Ribbon or string for hanging

Everything is cut from the Create A Critter 2 cartridge. Here are the links to the Cricut Design Space files I created.

The first file is for the bunnies:

The second file is for the eggs. - cut 3 sets of the card stock eggs and 3 sets of the pattern paper eggs.

For other Cricut machines:

The white bunny & eggs can be found on page 40 of the handbook.

Cut three bunnies at 4" - There are three layers: a brown layer, a white layer and a pink layer (I did not cut the shadow layer)

Cut three eggs at 4" (there are two eggs per cut) - There are four layers for the eggs: a yellow layer, a green layer, a purple layer and a pink layer.

Cut the egg shadow layer at 4". The paper I used is two sided, so I cut a set of eggs on three different pieces of paper.

The chocolate bunnies are on page 42 of the handbook.

Cut three bunnies at 2.5 inches - There are three layers: a black layer, a brown layer and a pink layer (I did not cut the shadow layer).

To assemble the wreath, glue the bunny layers and egg layers together. 

Lay the embroidery hoop on your table with the screw at the top. This is where you will attach your ribbon or string for hanging.

I like to lay my pieces around the hoop to make sure that I like the placement before I glue anything down. I started glueing with the white bunny at the bottom of the wreath and then worked my way around both sides until I got to the top of the wreath. Let the wreath dry and enjoy!

If you have any questions  please let me know. If you make a wreath, please post a link to a photo in the comments so I can see your wreath.

Monday, March 3, 2014

March Quilled Cards

Are you looking forward to warmer weather as much as I am? Hopefully these sunny yellow and blue flowers will make you think of Spring!

This month's Quilling Class at Craft Fancy is Friday, March 21 - 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.

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March Cricut Class

I know we are all tired of the snow and ice and eagerly awaiting spring, if it ever gets here. I though we could use some pretty flower cards this month.

These cards are perfect for birthday, thinking of you or sympathy cards. I like the little touches of ribbon on most of the cards. I'm still trying to figure out how to add ribbon to the single flower card.

There are only four cards here. I will add the last card after I get back from vacation.

The first card is a trio of flowers from the Art Philosophy cartridge.

Our next card is a simple flower from the Kate's ABC's cartridge.

Three little posies in a vase from the Beyond Birthdays cartridge.

Our final trio of flowers are from the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge.

Class date:
Friday, March 28 - 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tuesday Tutorial

Welcome to my first Card Tutorial. I hope to post tutorials at least once a month or more. Some will be made with the Cricut Machine and some will be stamped or quilled. If you have any suggestions for cards you would like to see, please leave me a comment and let me know what you would like.

The first card is a Valentine made with the Cricut machine. For this card I used the Artbooking cartridge. If you don't have this cartridge don't worry, I'll show you some options to make a similar card at the end of the post.

Here is what you will need to make this card:

1 - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" White Cardstock for card base
1 - 5 1/4" x 4" Pattern Paper of your choice (The paper I used is from the Doodlebug Sweetheart 6 x 6 paper pad.)
1 - 4" x 3 1/4" Water Color paper
Light Pink paper for doily heart and heart banner
Dark Pink paper for flower
Green paper for leaves
Spun Sugar Distress Ink
Picked Raspberry Distress Ink
Festive Berries Distress Ink
Ink Blending tool or ink dauber
Sentiment Stamp (Mine is from Simon Says Stamp Only Have Eyes for You stamp set)
Black ink
My Mind's Eye Collectable "I'm With" Enamel Dots
Adhesive and foam tape or pop dots.

As I mentioned above, all of these cuts are from the Artbooking cartridge. Cut size, page number and keys used are listed in the photos. You can click on the photos to make them bigger.

We will only use the heart from this cut, save the little banner for another card.

Now that all your cuts have been made, let's put the card together. Tape the piece of water color paper to your table/cutting mat. (I have an Inkessentials Non Stick craft sheet on my table.) Securely tape the heart stencil on top of the water color paper. You want to make sure that your stencil doesn't move.

Using and ink blending tool or a dauber, ink a portion of the stencil with the Spun Sugar Distress Ink. Add some Picked Raspberry and Festive Berries Distress Ink over the Spun Sugar making sure to leave some of the Spun Sugar ink showing. 

This is what your water color paper should look like after you are finished inking. I also used some of the Spun Sugar ink to ink the edges of the paper, it doesn't show up very well in the photo. 

Referring back to the finished card:

Glue the pattern paper to the card base. 

Add the inked heart water color paper to the card. 

Stamp your sentiment in the lower left corner of the water color paper. 

Attach the heart doily with pop dots or foam tape.

Glue the leaves to the back of the flower and glue them on top of the heart.

Add the enamel dots to the card and you are done!

If you don't have the Artbooking cartridge, this card would be pretty easy to duplicate with other cartridges.

Any cartridge that has a heart can be used to make the stencil. Cut rows of 1/2" hearts wide enough to fit your paper (I use the paper saver key). The little heart on the flower is also 1/2".

Doodlecharms has a scalloped heart. A plain heart would work well too. Cut the heart at 2".

Any flower and leaves can be used for the card. One of my favorite flowers is on the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge. Cut the flowers and leaves at 1 1/2". There is a heart on this cartridge too.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you make a card, please leave a link in the comments so I can see your card.

See you next time!


Saturday, February 1, 2014

February Cricut Class

Wow it is time for February Cricut classes! Where did January go?

This month we have a couple of cards for the guys, a couple for the ladies and a St. Patrick's Day card.

Our first card is a flowery Thinking of You card from the Walk in My Garden cartridge. After I took the card to the store, I found some red twine that I tied around one side of the bread tag. I'll post an updated photo on Monday.

The first card for the guys is from the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge.  

The St. Patrick's Day card is from the Accent Essentials and Paper Doll Dress up cartridges.
I like the gold circles (coins) and shamrocks, straight from the pot of gold!

I think the next two cards are some of my favorites. I wanted to see if I could make the same card in a male version and a female version. The tag border is from the Mickey and Friends cartridge. The flowers, leaves and stars are from the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge. 

Class dates are:
Monday, February 3: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm and 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Friday, February 14: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Monday, January 20, 2014

January Quilling Class

Today I wanted to share the Valentine cards for the January Quilling class. The class is Friday, January 24 - 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.

Hope you can join me to make these sweet quilled cards.

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

January Cricut Class

Happy New Year! 

This month in class, we are making Valentines. 

Our first card is a trio of Valentine cards sealed with a heart from the Doodlecharms cartridge. The glittery outline on the hearts is a silver Wink of Stella pen. I love the little bit of glitter that the pens add.

Our next card is a Frog Prince just waiting to be kissed! He is from the Create a Critter 2 cartridge. His crown is outlined in the gold Wink of Stella pen.

This card is from the Creative Cards cartridge, and the little banner is from the Create a Critter 2 cartridge.

The Love Stamp is from the Elegant Edges and the Artiste cartridges. A little bit of black pen around the edge of the letters makes them stand out.

Our last card is a sweet heart from the Artbooking Cartridge. The heart is outlined with the silver Wink of Stella pen. The flowers are from the Flower Shoppe cartridge.

Class Dates are:
Friday, January 17: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Monday, January 20: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm and 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Hope to see you in class!