Forest Friends Pop up Birthday Surprise

I made this card for my mom whose birthday is today. 

For the outside of the card I used Campin Critters.  I cut the forest at 4 1/2". Cut the forest "floor" a second time out of sandpaper and embossed the tree tops.  The critters behind the trees were cut at 1" using the layers from those cuts and the fox was cut at 1 1/2".  I pop dotted the call out, little tree and the fox to add dimension.

The inside pop up was made using a now retired Sizzix die but it would be very easy to create this cut using your cricut if you have Design Studio or the Gypsy.  My critters on the inside were cut at 1 and 1 1/2".  The call out was created using two different ones from campin' critters welded together.  The song notes are from a punch (forgot to add those until everyone had signed the card - oops) and the embossed greeting is from a Sizzix folder.

Girlie Mini Onsie Album

My sister asked me to created a onsie album for her to give to a girlfriend that's due within the next couple of weeks and this is what I came up with.  Now before I get started on filling you in on all the deets I have to give credit to IslandV over at Scrap Innovations because she enabled me to create my first one and a couple of the pages I used in this one I scraplifted from her.  So if you haven't checked her blog out before you really should......

Once again I used my Sizzix onsie die for the pages.  Don't have Sizzix?  No problem....if you have the New Arrival cartridge that is.  Just use the onsie cut from New Arrival cut at 5.5 inches and you'll have the onsie base for all your pages.  Be sure to cut your pages from chipboard to give the album a sturdy base.

I also used A Child's Year, New Arrival, Baby Steps, and Accent Essentials for my other cuts.

For the first pages pictured I used Accent Essentials for the scalloped oval  -originally a circle that I skewed in Design Studio and cut at 3.5 x 2.5 inches. 

From Baby Steps I cut the bear at 2" and the baby's head (from the baby in the bathtub) at 1.5".  I cut two of the baby's head, flipping the second one and hiding all the facial features for the backside of the baby's head.  I then cut a piece of paper 3 x 2.5", used my corner rounding punch and ran it through my printer for the verbiage.  The blanket was made using a piece of double sided paper cut at 6.5 x 3" folded in half from the long side.  I then cut a slit from the top down on the front side, folded the edges back and glued along the side edges only. 

For the baby crib page I used Baby Steps and cut the crib at 2.5".  The mat I used was cut at 3 x 2.75".  I then glued the mat down and then adhered the crib on top of the mat gluing along the bottom and side edges only so that a picture could be slipped in.  (Next time I create this page I will pop dot it some for easier access though)

For the next set of pages I made the following cuts:

New Arrival - Stork, Baby, Bottles and Moon cuts all at 1.5"

Baby Steps - Little Girl cut at 1.5", words baby steps, highchair, food jars all cut at 2"

A Child's year for the mom holding a baby cut at 3"

Accent Essentials for the other mats cut at 3 x 2.5"

The Giraffe and baby bib are stickers that I found in my stash.

To put it all together I added 3/16" or 4.7mm eyelets and used 1" loose leaf binder rings.

Graduation Invitations

It really shouldn't be a surprise, but this week's Cricut Cardz Challenge was to make a graduation card using any cartridges and colors we choose.  Great timing right?  You betcha.  So if you're stumped for ideas hop on over to see the great creations our design has in store for you this week. 

Before you go though let me tell you about my easy to create invitation........My nephew decided at the last minute - last week to be exact - that he wanted to invite people to his graduation.  So what was my sister to do?  Well call me of course.  (lol)  She old me exactly what she wanted, my nephew wrote the "copy" and I put it all together for them.

For this card I used: 

Graphically Speaking for the clock face cut at 2 3/4" - positioning the hands to read the time of the ceremony

Locker Talk for the graduation cap cut at 1 1/4" - for the tassel I used embroidery thread in the school colors

Gift Bag & Card for Baby

I've been working on this project off and on since 6am this morning and finally finished it up.  About a week ago I won this wonderful Sizzix scoreboard die blog candy from Melissa and I have been dying to play with it.  Thankfully today was the day! 

Armed with my new Sizzix die, Zooballoo, Baby Steps and a couple of embellishments I created this baby bag and gift card holder.  I cut the bag out of chipboard and then came back and cut it from paper, making a second cut of just the flap for an accent piece. 

After adhering the paper to the chipboard I added a couple of white heart eyelets to the top so I could add a ribbon handle. 

For my gift card holder (2 3/4" x 3 1/2" folded) I cut some grass and a cloud from Zooballoo and the little girl clothesline from Baby Steps.    On the inside I cut a section from a vellum baby saying sheet I have, ran it through my Xyron and adhered to the top portion of the card.  For the gift card holder I created a "place card here" the same size as a standard gift card and added a couple of glue dots to hold the card in place.  Until it's time to add the card though I've left the protective cover on the glue dots - thus the little squares you see. 

Baby's Toy and Action Wobbles

This past week I received my first shipment of action wobbles and I have been dying to try them out.  Ok not literally dying but I have been as anxious as a dog chasing a cat.  So with this weekend's show over and two new orders about a quarter complete I decided to set them aside and play for a few minutes.  But then my play ended up working into work for one of the orders.   Don't you just love how that happens sometimes? 

Anyhoo, I decided to go with a baby's toy as my action item because those are generally wobbly things.  I mean what better for my first use?  Baby Steps was my cartridge of choice for this card. I cut the baby girl at 5" and the toy at 2".

And in case you haven't seen or heard of action wobbles here's a little video to show you what they do.

Father's Day Tool Belt

A year or two ago these tool belts were running around the Cricut MB thanks to the creative genius of Ruelysi.  Well I just rediscovered this great project and decided to create one for my own dad this year.  With that said this tool belt and tools were created using the cut file created by Ruelysi using George and Basic Shapes.  (If you download this file from her please make a donation as a lot of work went into creating this great file.)

I also added the Super Dad badge using the new Father's Day cartridge.  The screw brads I found at Michael's yesterday and are the perfect touch for this manly belt.

Baby Dreams

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Today is Cricut Cardz Challenge day and our challenge for today was to create a baby card using any cartridges and colors we desire.  What a perfect opportunity to break out and use my brand new Baby Steps cartridge.  This is another great new cartridge that is chock full of adorable cuts and I love that they have cuts specific for a boy or a girl! 

For my card this week I used Baby Steps for the following cuts:

Baby Girl on the Moon cut at 5"
Bottles cut at 3/4"

George for the ovals, the large one skewed to measure 1 1/2" tall and 2 1/2" wide and the smaller ones skewed to a proportionate size.

Rush Delivery Birthday Pop-Up

I had some free time to sit in my craft room and play around this afternoon so I decided to break out my new Everyday Pop-Ups cartridge.  I've had it for a couple weeks now but didn't want to play with it until I had time in case I had issues figuring out whatever mechanism I chose.

So for my first card I decided to use one of the easier pop-ups and went with the airplane.  For the inside piece I cut the pop-up itself and also cut layers to add color and definition to it.  Before putting it all together I made sure to score and fold all the pieces ensuring that they would lay and work together properly.

The gifts on the front of the card were cut from Sweet Treats.

Now that I've made one of the pop-ups from this cartridge I'm anxious to do some others as I'd really love to see how they turn out.  Hopefully this will be a cartridge that won't let me down!

Under the Weather Get Well Card

Today's card is brought to you from the wonderful new April Showers seasonal cartridge.  I just love the boots on this cartridge and truth be told were the motivating factor in my purchase.

For this card I used:

Accent Essentials for the background piece cut at 5 1/4".  I placed a 2nd second cut on the DS mat in such a manner that I could cut the bottom portion only for the grass.

Graphically Speaking for the rain puddles scaled down to sizes that were proportionate with what I was doing.

April Showers for the boots cut at 1 1/2" and the umbrella cut at 2 1/2".

To add texture to the card I used swiss dots to emboss the umbrella.  I also applied glossy accents to the rain drops and lighty sprinkled some turquoise glitter on them.  Glossy accents was also applied to the rain puddles and toes of the boots.

You're Such A Stinker

As soon as I received the new Campin' Critters cartridge I knew that I wanted to use this adorable skunk cut.  I cut him out at 3" and the little frog I cut at 1".

On the inside of my card it says "...thank you for your kindness".

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