Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Let's Monkey Around

Hi Everyone! Welcome to Card Creating Tuesday (CCT) with My Cricut Craft Room! I love CCT since I make a ton of cards!

Today's card is for my Chemo Angels patient younger brother. When assigned to a child they ask that as an angel we occasionally send something to the patients siblings if they have any since they can tend to feel left out or forgotten about when their sibling is undergoing treatment.  So last week I sent a nice big box to him and his siblings with some presents as well as some cards!

Items used:

  • A2 size card base in craft paper color
  • Orange, green and red polka-dot patterned paper 
  • PBD sentiment stamps for front and inside of card 
  • twine 
  • Create a Critter Cricut Cartridge 
  • 3D Foam adhesive
  • ATG adhesive 
  • Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black 
How To:
  • I started by cutting the monkey from Create a Critter cartridge at 2.5 inches. When the 2 layers were cut out, I attached them together with adhesive. I took the "face" piece that was cut out of the darker brown and traced it on black paper and then hand cut this to attach on the back so that the eyes, nose and mouth area would appear black. 
  • I then pulled out my polka-dot paper (that is new!!) and cut down the paper to be layered on the card. They are cut at: 
    • Green 5 2/8 x 3 6/8 
    • Orange 2 x 3 6/8 
    • Red 1 1/2 x  5 2/8
  • I attached the patterned paper with ATG adhesive and then took some twine and twisted 2 different colors together and wrapped it around the card to "hang" the monkey from. I made sure to allow the twine to be loose so that it looks like the monkey is swinging from it. 
  • I attached the monkey with 2 3D foam adhesive pieces and used a pop-dot to attach the monkey's hand to the twine. 
  • I then stamped the front of the card with a sentiment from PBD Jungle Fever as well as the inside of the card.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Get Well Soon

Since I am a little under the weather with my broken ankle and not able to get around very easy, my crafting time has been limited. I have made it into my craft room 2 times since Friday night but was not able to last very long due to my leg hurting me. I did however get a cute card made to have available when a friend isn't feeling very well.

Items used:
  • A2 card base
  • brown card stock from stash
  • patterned adhesive cardstock from stash
  • Martha Stewart border punch
  • ribbon
  • Scalloped circle and regular circle from stash (originally cut from B is for Boy)
  • Adhesive
  • 3D foam square
  • Sentiment stamp from PBD Spring has Sprung      
  • Brown color box chalk ink for distressing 
  • flower embossing folder
How To:
  • Cut brown cardstock down and embossed it with a flower pattern embossing folder
  • punched border on patterned paper and cut to fit on card base with brown cardstock. I also inked the edges to give the paper some dimension. 
  • To hide the seam of where the two papers came together I ran a piece of ribbon along them and secured to the back of the cardstock.
  • I then attached the carstock/patterned paper/ribbon to the card base using ATG adhesive.
  • I then pulled out the scalloped circle and regular circle punches left over from a previous project and inked the edges of the scalloped one. I then stamped it with the sentiment stamp and attached it to the card with a 3D foam square. 
  • I left the inside blank so that I can write a personal note to the recipient.

I have entered this card into Challenge # 8 on Pink By Design's community which is a challenge to make a "get well card."

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Fan Flash Friday Card!

On Friday's Pink By Design posts a picture on their facebook page starting the challenge and then they encourage others to post to be entered to win a prize! I sat down and was going through my stamps to find some inspiration for what to make. As soon as I saw this stamp the ideas just started coming to me! (Sorry the pictures are not as good as normal, I only had my iPhone near me when taking them!)

Items used:
  • A2 card base 
  • patterned paper cut to slightly smaller than the front of the card base
  • pink cardstock
  • Accent Essentials Cricut Cartridge 
  • Adhesive 
  • twine 
  • Button
  • 3D foam adhesive squares
  • ATG Adhesive 
  • Memento ink in Lady bug Red
How To:
  • Cut the patterned paper down to size, ink edges, and attached to card with ATG adhesive
  • Cut out heart from Accent Essentials cartridge at 3.5 inches. I cut the frame heart and the full heart. I stamped the heart with the saying and then attached the two together using the 3D foam squares. 
  • I then looped the twine through the two layers forming a string to hang the heart from. 
  • I then ran the twine around the card, and tied it off. To hide the knot, I attached a button over it. 
  • I then hung my heart by twine from the button!
(Sorry this post didn't go up yesterday, I started it and then got sidetracked by making dinner and heading out for a family evening....while out as a family I ended up falling and breaking my ankle :(. I just now got back on my computer and was able to finish this up. :) ) 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Back to School

This past weeks Chemo Angel card is very fitting for this time of year...... Back to School time! Since my patient is undergoing treatment, he will be home schooled. I figured a little school cheer would do him some good. :)

Items used:
  • Card base 
  • "lined" cardstock
  • Green, yellow, red and blue cardstock
  • Celebrate with Flourish Cricut cartridge
  • adhesive
How To:
  • I started by cutting down the lined cardstock to fit the front of my card base and attaching it
  • Next I cut the "back to school" sentiment from Celebrate with Flourish cartridge at 3 inches 
  • After all layers were cut, I assembled using adhesive.
  • Once my sentiment was completely put together, I attached it to the front of the card. 
  • I left the inside of the card blank so that I would have lots of room to write a note.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Festive Friday!

Hi everyone!! Today is Festive Friday over at My Cricut Craft Room, and I signed up to make a project for today! At first I was kind of not sure what to make being that Christmas feels like it is so far away (when in reality it isn't...only 4 months and 6 days!) So after pulling out some Christmas paper, and a cricut cartridge, the ideas just started to flow!

Items used:

  • Jolly Holidays Cricut Cartridge
  • Patterned paper for card base 
  • White, Black, Green and Red cardstock
  • Silver Stickles
  • ATG Adhesive
  • Zig Adhesive 
  • Action Wobble 
  • Ribbon
  • PBD sentiment stamp 
  • Memento Ink
How To:
  • I started by cutting my card base from the patterned paper. Before scoring the paper, it measures 6 x 12. After scored, the card measures 6 x 6.
  • Next I cut the snowman and layers at 4 inches
  • The "Happy Holidays" is cut at 2 inches as well as the layers
  • After attaching all layers together using Zig adhesive, I attached the "Happy Holidays" to the bottom right corner of the card. I used an action wobble to attach the snowman. I then added the stickles to the saying to give it a little more color and sparkle.
  • For the inside, I cut the tag from the same cartridge as the other cuts, and attached to the card with ATG adhesive. I stamped it with a sentiment from Pink by Design. 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Project Sunshine and Smiles at St. Jude

Erica over at My Cricut Craft room has been collecting cards for the Project Sunshine and Smiles for St. Jude hospital. I love what this project stands for and sat down and made up 20 card to send her to add to her collection of cards to take with her to the Children's Hospital. Her goal is to collect 5,000 cards! With everyone's help I am sure that she can reach this goal! 

This is what Erica has to say on her blog about this project: 

"Cards for Project Sunshine and Smiles at St. Jude's. The ONLY rule is please don't remind the child how sick they are, get well soon is ok to write. Please write a message to a child.... I can't hand write 5,000 cards, so if you could help me....write a small note to the child who is receiving it. Envelopes are not needed, they kids will get to pick their own so it would be nice for them to see them (if you want to put it in an envelope that is ok too) The card can be any size, for any age, boy or girl. They can be for infants, toddlers, school age children, teenagers! They all deserve a BIG smile, at least we can bring it to them for one day! If you would like to make a card for a birthday (obviously I will not know who's birthday it is, but I can leave them with the nurses or Volunteers to extend our little project and smiles into the rest of the year. As far as how to make these cards.... There are really no rules.... anything you want! It does NOT have to be made with the Cricut." 

If you would like to help out and send some cards please send them to:
Erica's Craft Room
4364 Laburnum Drive
Akron, Ohio 44319
Here are a couple of pictures of the cards that I made and sent to her. 


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Mommy to be

Hi everyone, and welcome to Card Creating Tuesday! If you would like to see other cards today, head on over to My Cricut Craft Room and check out what some of the other design team members have made today!

My card today is for a good friend who is expecting her first baby! I just happened to receive my Everyday pop-up card cartridge and wanted to put it to good use!

Items used:

  • Everyday pop-up cards cartridge 
  • Purple, peach, cream, brown, light green, yellow cardstock
  • stickles
  • ribbon
  • adhesive
  • 3d Foam adhesive 
  • PBD stamps
  • Memento Ink 
How to:

  • I started by cutting the card base at 6 inches, and then creased on the fold line with the help of my bond folder
  • I then cut the pregnant lady and her layers at 4.5 inches and attached them together using Zig glue.
  • I then cut the pop-up sentiment for the inside of the card. This was cut at 6 inches (with the pop-up features, the cricut includes the tabs as part of the measurement) Because the cricut measures including the tabs, it makes cutting the layers a little harder. I had to cut them multiple times in order to get some that would match up. I can't remember if it was the ones cut at 3 or 3.5 inches that ended up working. I do know that if you have a gipsy, you can put the layers over the cutout and size then that way. I however don't have a gipsy, so I couldn't do this. 
  • After all my pieces were cut out and layered, I added some stickles to the letters that were green to make them sparkle!
  • Once the stickles had dried, I folded the pop-up tabs and added some adhesive. I then stuck the bottom tabs first. When attaching the top tabs.I folded the card to see how far up the top middle tab needed to be in order to not fold the pop-up in a weird area.
  • I then added the sentiment stamps to the front and inside of the card, as well as adding the ribbon, I made a slit in the fold of the card to run the ribbon through. To cover up where the ribbon came together, I added the knot.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Robot card

Hi everyone! Hope this Monday is treating you well! This past weeks Chemo Angel card was really fun for me to make. I just got in a Robot's party cartridge and am going to have fun making stuff with it! I decided to make a quick card to send to my patient. :)

Items used:

  • DCWV card base 
  • Robots party cricut cartridge 
  • 3D Foam adhesive 
  • Zig glue 
  • cuttlebug and embossing folder
  • dark blue and light blue cardstock
  • PBD stamps
  • Memento Ink 
How to:
  • I cut out the robot and layers at 3.5 inches. 
  • Before attaching the layers to the base of the robot, I put the body layer through my cuttlebug in a dot folder.
  • I then attached each layer with zig glue. 
  • I attached the robot to the card base using the 3D foam squares. 
  • Once everything was attached, I added the sentiment stamps to the front and inside of the card using Memento ink.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Manly birthday card

Hi everyone! Today is card creating Sunday for My Cricut Craft Room, so if you would like to see more design team members cards head on over and check them out!

Today's card is for my dad's upcoming birthday. I wanted to make something manly for him. I had just recently purchased the Country Carnival Imagine cartridge, and really liked some of the cuts that it offered.

Items used:
  • Country Carnival Imagine Cartridge
  • Twine
  • Memento black ink
  • Pink by design birthday stamp
  • Tim Holtz distressing ink
  • ATG adhesive
  • 3D foam adhesive squares
  • card base 
How To:
  • I started by cutting the square frame from the Country Carnival cartridge at 4 inches.
  • Once this was cut, I inked the edges with my Tim Holtz distressing ink to help roughen up the edges.
  • I then stamped the birthday sentiment to the frame. 
  • Before attaching the frame, I attached the twine. To do this, I ran a strip of ATG adhesive along my card and put the twine directly on it. I then wrapped the twine around the card  a few times and cut it and adhered the other end to the ATG adhesive as well.
  • I then attached the frame to the front of the card using the 3D foam squares. 
Here is a little video I made to give you a visual of how this card was made. :) Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Sweet Birthday Wishes

Today is one of my best friends birthday! (Happy Birthday Chris!!) Chris and I used to work together, and could always be found together having lunch! I sure miss being able to go to lunch with her now that we live just over 3,000 miles away from each other :(. We have however kept in touch and talk and email all the time! For her birthday, I made her the following card!

Items used:
  • Card base cut to 6 x 5 
  • Paper Studio Celebrations paper 
  • Paper Studio ribbon
  • Twine
  • Memento Ink in Lilac Posies and Grape Jelly
  • Pink by Design Stamps from "Say it Sweet" set
  • 3D foam adhesive squares
  • ATG adhesive
  • scalloped circle punch
The inspiration for this card came from my new stamp set from PBD. This is one of the sets that was just released on Friday night and I am in love with it! I knew at the time I was buying it that I would end up making Chris birthday card with a sentiment (or 2!) from this set! Once I have narrowed down the sentiments I started to find some paper that I felt matched. That is when I pulled out the Cupcake paper by Paper Studio!

Once the paper and stamps were picked out, I cut the card base down so that my cupcake paper would fit on the front. I attached it to the front of the card base with ATG adhesive. I also wanted to try something new with my ribbon, so I cut it to fit exactly across the front, but then rolled the edges towards the back, and attached 3D foam squares to make the ribbon "pop" out! This allowed me to attach the scalloped punch with sentiment stamp with some twine.

For the scalloped punch, I used a scrap piece of paper from the same stack as the background paper. Before attaching, I inked the edges with my Grape Jelly memento ink, and punched a hole to be able to run the twine through. I then stamped the sentiment with Lilac Posies memento ink.

For the inside of the card, I used the Lilac Posies ink to stamp another PBD sentiment also from the Say it Sweet" stamp set.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Happy Birthday Cupcake!

My youngest sisters birthday is coming up here in a few weeks, so it was time to sit down and make her a card. :) I wanted it to be something fun as she is turning 12, and figured she would love this one! Today is also Card Creating Tuesday over on My Cricut Craft Room, so to see more cards, head on over there!

Items used:
  • Blue, green, white and yellow cardstock
  • Wild Card Cricut Cartridge
  • Peachy Keen face stamp from Everyday Character Face Assortment (PK-490)
  • Adhesive
  • Black gel pen
  • PBD Sentiment stamps 
  • Memento ink
  • blush 
  • Blue marker 
How to:
  • Cut card at 8inches from Wild Card Cartridge 
  • Cut layers all at 8 inches
  • Cut the "flame" off of yellow candle and attached it to the green candle
  • Attached layers to base starting with the bottom of the cupcake, then the candle and last the white top later.
  • I then stamped the face and colored in the eyes as well as applied the blush to the cheeks.
  • Next came the sentiment stamps, both on the front of the card, as well as inside the card. 
  • I then dressed up the front by making some stitch marks with my black gel pen.  
Hope you enjoy! 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Kitchen Tags

Hi everyone!! I am very excited to be posting my first design team post!!! Originally, it was going to be tomorrow, but there was some openings for today and I happened to make an Imagine project, so I decided to take the plunge! To see other Imagine Monday projects, visit My Cricut Craft Room!

Todays project isn't like anything I have made in the past. I recently bought some new canisters for my kitchen! The only problem is they are identical patterns, and size. My fix for this was to make some cute tags to place on them labeling them with what is in them!

 This is the tags still on the cricut mat

Here are the tags on my canisters!

Items used:
  • Yummy Imagine Cartridge
  • Adhesive Vinal
I modified a cut from the Yummy cartridge to only cut the background and border (I took off music notes, and a saying). I had the Imagine cut these at 2 inches. After they were printed and cut, I hand wrote "Sugar" and "Flour"

I then attached them to the canisters!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Cricut Cartridge winner!!!!

Sorry this is so late...but I finally got a moment to sit down and have Random.org pick a winner!

AK Chris said...
Your zest for life shows in your art. Thanks so much for sharing! Chris...from AK...love ya!

Congratulations! Email me at samanthascricutcreations@live with your mailing address so I can mail you the cartridge!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Heaven Sent, Bundle of Joy

Today my friend Andrea had a new baby girl! So after getting the text message that she had delivered, I sat down and started making her a card, and I am really happy with how it turned out.

 Sentiment inside card says "A moment in the tummy a lifetime in my Heart.

Items used:
  • Pink cardstock for card base cut 6 x 12 and then scored at 3 inches and 9 inches to make tri-fold card and for scalloped punches
  • ribbon 
  • cream cardstock for scalloped punches
  • scalloped punch
  • Twine
  • 3D square adhesive
  • ATG adhesive 
  • Pink flowers 
  • Yellow brad for center of flower
  • Tim Holtz distressing ink
  • Memento Cherry red ink 
  • Memento Black ink
  • Edge punch
I have been wanting to try making a tri-fold card lately, and just was waiting for the best opportunity to come along. When I sat down to make this card, I knew it was just the one to make as a tri-fold!

I stared by pulling out some light pink cardstock sheets that were 12 x 12. I cut one in half so that I would have a 6 x 12 piece of paper. I then used my Martha Stewart scoring board to score the paper at 3 inches and 9 inches, giving me a 3 inch flap on each side, and a 6 inch back.

I then pulled out my corner punches and picked one to give the edges of the flaps something extra. I then pulled out the ribbon and trimmed the ribbon to fit around the card. The ribbon starts / ends at the flap opening. I attached the ribbon with ATG adhesive on the back.

I then cut the scalloped circles using the same pink cardstock as the base card was made from as well as some scrap cream colored cardstock. I attached the two colors together using a 3D adhesive square and then inked the edges. Before attaching the two layers together, I stamped the sentiment onto the pink cardstock using the Memento cherry red ink. I attached the scalloped circles to the card also using a 3D adhesive square.

The flowers were attached together using a yellow brad, and then attached to the card using a small 3D adhesive square.

I also made the card, but forgot to right down what score marks ended up working for this card. (Sorry!) I am going to have to play around some more with some white paper to make it a better fit, as this envelope was a little big width and almost to small for the height.

I added the ribbon to the card to give it a little extra color.

I also happened to make some banana bread today, so decided to take her some to have in the hospital. After rapping it up in tinfoil, I used twine to bundle it all up and then stuck a bow on it to match the ribbon on the card!  

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Cricut Cartridge Giveaway!!

Hello everyone! Thank you all again for becoming followers of my blog! I am so excited to have each and everyone of you! As promised, I am giving away a cartridge now that I have surpassed 100 followers!

To be entered reply to THIS POST telling me what you love most about my blog and/or if there is anything you would like to see made! That is all it will take! Only one post per person! I will use random.org to select a winner on Sunday 8/6/11, so you have until NOON on Sunday (Central Standard Time)!

With God all things are possible

My card this week for my Chemo Angel patient was very simple. In the information provided to me by the angel program, his parents expressed how much their faith was important to them. This past weekend, I picked up the "Faith" stamp set from Pink by Design and knew right away that I could make some wonderful cards for him with it!

Items used:
  • DCWV card base
  • Twine
  • Yellow card stock
  • Square punch
  • Memento ink in Bahama blue and tuxedo black
  • Buttons from Doodlebug Design (Sea breeze and Christmas)
  • Tim Holtz Distressing Ink 
  • Pink by Design Faith and Believe in Yourself sets 
  • 3D foam squares
I started by selecting a DCWV card base from my pre-printed stash. I then used my square punch and some yellow cardstock to punch the yellow square. I then inked the square with my Tim Holtz distressing ink and stamped it with the PBD sentiment stamp from the Faith set. I attached the sentiment to the card base with a 3D Foam square.

I used the twine to give the buttons a "sewn on" look, but really just tied the twine in the back, and attached the buttons with 3D foam squares.  Once the front of the card was finished, I inked the edges of the card, and stamped the sentiment on the inside of the card from the Believe in yourself set.

**Check back later today for more information on how to be entered to win the cricut cartridge!**

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Thank You Card

First off, THANK YOU and WELCOME to all my new followers! I have reached my goal with your help to reach 100+ followers. Tomorrow's post will have the details on how to make sure you are entered into the drawing for the Hoot n' Holler cartridge! This is one of my favorites and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do!

Now for the card. Since my birthday is tomorrow, I needed to get started on some Thank You cards to send out to some friends and family that have sent me gifts! I also found a challenge on Creative Cutter Room's blog for "Thank You" cards!

Items used:
  • Embossed DCWV card base
  • Memento Ink 
  • buttons
  • pop dots
  • Pink by design sentiment stamp
  • Tim Holtz distressing ink (Walnut Stain)
This card was so easy! I pulled out my DCWV card bases that are already embossed, and picked a cute one! I then took a memento dew drop in Grape Jelly and rubbed it all over the front of the card base to draw your attention to the embossing! I then added the sentiment stamp using Memento Lilas Posies. I also distressed the edges of my card base with my Tim Holtz distressing ink! I then used pop dots to attach the 4 buttons to the front of the card!


100 Follower giveaway!

After this weekend's blog hop, I have almost made it to 100 followers! That means that I am very close to being able to give away a Cricut Cartridge!! So please go and tell all your friends about my blog and then keep checking back for more instructions on how to be entered to win the cartridge!!

Monday, August 1, 2011

My exciting news!!!

I have been selected to be a design team member for My Cricut Craft Room! I am so excited to be making projects that will be featured on her blog, as well as participate in monthly blog hops!

Weekend trip video!

Here is my video from this weekend! Hope you enjoy!

Blog Hop Winner!!

First off THANK YOU to EVERYONE who participated in my Birthday Blog Hop! I enjoyed reading each and every comment that you left. For those of you that left blog addresses, I will be making my way to your blog over the next couple of days to become a follower if I am not already!

Now for the blog candy!!!

I put everyone's name into an excel spreadsheet since some only left 1 comment for all 3 entries they completed. This gave me 97 total entries. I then used random.org to give me the winner!

pruttybird said...
I am already a fan of PBD :) pruttybird at comcast dot net
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