Santa Pants

Happy Sunday fellow bloggers.  Today I wanted to share one of my plastic canvas projects with you.  I've been working on these off and on for a while now and finally finished them this weekend.  I love the way they turned out and think they'll make great little "gift bags".

Don't worry now that July is almost over I'm getting out of my Christmas in July phase and am working on some other projects so stay tuned.....

Blistery Wind

.....well in a hot sorta way, but today's card is designed to help keep ya cool.  I created this one to play along in the BBTB2 challenge from last week where the challenge was to use the penguin with the umbrella cut from Jolly Holidays. 

For my card I cut the umbrella away from the penguin's hand so I could place it a little more like I wanted.  My idea was to make it look like it got caught up in the cold, blistery wind only my card wasn't large enough to quite grab the effect I wanted.  It still turned out pretty good though I think.

My "wind" was made using a flourish from the Home Decor cart.

Have Your Cake & Eat It Too

I created this birthday card using the Sweet Treats cartridge. But I wanted to give a textured, more realistic look and feel so I applied Tulip fabric paint in white metallic to the main body of the cake. I then used my heat embossing gun and gently dried the paint paying mind to allow it to settle back down as it bubbled up. Once I had the white layer complete I moved on to the pink.

For the pink layers I applied Tombo glue and sprinkled on some Distress embossing powder and heat set that as well. The blue swirls were created using Memory Thread.  If you haven't seen this yet look in the aisle where the embroidery thread is kept.  I will say that I have not found it at Michael's - just AC Moore and Hobby Lobby.

Coffee Smells Like......

....freshly ground heaven.....and so today, while I sit at my crafting table enjoying a cup of Donut House coffee, I bring you my entry for this week's Cricut Cardz Challenge.  This week our direction was to make a card using a monogram from any cartridge and in any color we desired.  So I sat down this weekend and thought about what I would do but nothing really came to mind.  After all I didn't want a card that just had a monogram on the front. 

Then I decided to reach for some of my old magazines for inspiration.  And so there in the pages of Paper Crafts special edition, Go to Sketches I found what I needed on page 124...........

Armed with my new found inspiration I began creating my card.  For this one I used:

George for my square tiles cut at 1 1/2"
Winter Woodland for my monogram cut at 1" (C is for coffee after all - lol)
Love You a Latte for my couple having coffee cut at 3"

So now that you've seen my creation, why don't come play along with us and create your own monogrammed card.  We'd love to see what you come up with.

Rocking Holidays

Yep, I just couldn't resist one more Christmas card.  This time though I decided to make it a little more interactive and added an action wobble to the mix.  I really love the way that this one turned out and this little elf just makes it all so easy with his stinkin' cute face.

So for this one I used Jolly Holidays for the elf and Joys of the Season for my snowflake background.  That's it quick and simple but cute as ever.

Now why don't you create a Christmas card and come play along in my Christmas in July challenge.  There's still a couple days left to join in...

God Thinks You're Wonderful

I was inspired to create this card after I received an email from DaySpring that was advertising Max Lucado's book God Thinks You're Wonderful

For this card I finally broke down and used my E2 just so I could use this cut from the Just a Note cartridge.  Being spoiled with Design Studio like I am I will be thrilled when Cricut is either able to get CCR up and going or updates Gypsy to be able to use the pre-loaded carts.  But I digress.....

The hand on the inside of the card was cut from A Child's Year.

Espresso Yourself

Happy Thursday everyone!  Today I want to share a card with you that I made using the new Cricut Lite cartridge Love You a Latte and Rock Princess. 

I was going through some of my old Paper Crafts magazines looking at the quotes/sentiments they have in the back pages.  In so doing, I came across a couple of great quotes that are just perfect for this cartridge and today's card showcases one of those quotes.  Even the font I used is perfect for this theme as it's called Catharsis Espresso.

It looks like this new cartridge has some great cuts and I can't wait to have an opportunity to sit down and play with it some more.

Across the Miles

My poor dh is working a long day today so I've been hiding in my craft room putting together this card.  For this one I used:

3 Birds on Parade cut at 1 7/8"
Sweethearts for the stamps one cut at 5" with all contours hidden except the lines along the edges and the other cut at 4" in blackout

I also used my new Sizzix postcard embossing folder and inked on the embossing with distressed ink in tea dye to help bring it out.

The inside sentiment says, though mioles may lie between us, we're never far apart, for friendship doesn't count the miles, it's measured by the heart.  And just underneath that I printed a clip art heart.

You're a Cut Above

I've had this quote running around my head for days and finally got it put into a card today.  I had fun making this card - like I do all of them of course....

For this card I used:

April Showers for the squirrel, butterflies and tree
PPDU for the frog
Plantin Schoolbook for the grass
Chore Chart for the lawnmower

I don't remember which one I used for the clouds as they were leftovers from a previous project.

Christmas on the Beach

I saw a picture of the Jolly Holidays lite cartridge that came out last year and just had to have it.  And since it's July I decided to create a Christmas in July card.  For this card featuring Santa and his elf decorating a palm tree.  I used the following carts:

Stretch Your Imagination for the tree
Jolly Holidays for Santa and the elf
Handy Man for the ladder

Fun in the Sun

This week's Cricut Cardz Challenge was to use a summer apparel or accessory cut from any cartridge.  I thought, and I thought about this one but I kept drawing a blank as to what I could really do with summer apparel.  Problem was nothing came to mind.  Sooooo, I chose to use "accessories".

For this card I used Life's a Beach for the umbrella and the adirondack chair.  Everyday Paper Dolls was used for the towel and the beach ball is just a sticker I found in my stash.

My 'beach front' was made using sand paper to give it a more textured look and feel.  Being from the Panhandle of Florida where we have some of the World's Most Beautiful Beaches I would have loved it even more if I could find white sandpaper.  Oh well..........

Prayer of Encouragement

Just picked up the Chore Chart lite cartridge the other day and I admit I wanted it specifically for this cut.  However, I waited for Walmart to mark it down because I just couldn't justify paying that much for one cut.

The dove is from Joys of the Season.

Inside Sentiment says:   In those times when I can't seem to find God, I rest in the assurance that He knows where to find me.  - Neva Coyle

Over What Hill?

I finally broke down and ordered a few new cartridges this week and was elated when I won Life's a Party for only $18 on ebay.  I've been toying with buying this one for some time but for that price I just couldn't pass it up..............and I'm glad I didn't! 

Since my husband's on call this weekend we haven't really left the house and thus I've gotten a few cards made.  For this one I used Life's a Party for everything except the grass which I cut using Zooballoo.  I created the splatter effect using Distressed Ink in vintage photo and a brayer.  At first I wasn't sure if I liked how it looked but it's grown on me.

So what do you think?  Isn't this just a cute card?  Especially with that little buzzard sitting there looking things over.