I am totally hooked on my Cricut! I joined a card swap where we had to use our Cricut to make 3 cards. I only have the “Stretch Your Imagination” image cartridge, but I’ve found the cartridge most versatile.
I don’t have any photos to show for the Scrapbook Convention yet, so I thought I’d show you an ATC I made a while back but never posted.
I’ve never made anything that’s so… yellow, LOL! It’s very happy and sunny and bright, isn’t it? This is 100% outside my crafting comfort zone, so I don’t know how this happened, but luckily it looks great and that’s all that matters in the end, right? It was made for the “Stamping with Bleach” swap on Swap-bot, but if you’re wondering where those stamped images are… well, they’re not 🙂 I went through many (ruined) papers and card stock, half my stamp collection and half a bottle of bleach before just giving up on trying to stamp anything. In the end I used an ear-bud to ‘paint’ some daisies with the bleach.
This is what I’ve learned:
There’s a good reason why they invented ink – if we were suppose to stamp with bleach, Ranger would have been out of business by now.
I had to make some “Thank you” cards for a Swap-bot swap, and based this one on the CPS112 sketch.
I used these beautiful papers from K&Company, tackled it with sandpaper and distress inks, then popped the diagonal strip up on foam squares. That’s it for now, will be back soon with the rest of the cards!
This ATC was made for the “Paperless ATC” swap on Swap-bot, and based on the Sunday Stamper theme “birds” (due to connectivity issues I could not post it last week…) The “Paperless ATC” theme determined that we had to make an ATC without using the standard “go to” supplies (card stock and paper) – the idea was to stretch us a little; to think outside the box. Boy, did my head hurt trying to come up with something nice!
I have always been a late night person, and my parents have always affectionately referred to me as their little Night Owl. So naturally once I knew I was making an owl, the rest came together quickly!
I made the base out of some very nice, clear plastic that I cut from packaging, which is why I took 2 photos, one against my favourate dark background, and one against a light background. I sponged the back with black StazOn (although I’ll probably try black spray paint next time) after masking small stars at the top to represent the night sky, and used a piercing tool to create a border. I cut the owl out of hessian cloth and used embroidery thread for an outline. I decided the owl should sit on something, so I affixed a genuine African twig :p to the background with copper wire that doubles as leaves.
I had to make an ATC of my choice for a Swapbot swap, so I thought I’d join in the fun over on the Sunday Stampers blog, where the theme for the week is “Our House“. Since I bought this really cute stamp set at a sale the other day, I immediately knew what I was going to make 🙂 I was initially going to use the house image to tie in better with the theme, but in the end I just had to use the couch stamp. You see, we have this amazing leather couch in our living room that is just perfect for sitting, sleeping, entertaining, relaxing, chatting, watching TV, typing long blog posts like this one, and many other random activities pertaining to life.
This ATC celebrates the well known fact that “no house is a home without your favourate couch” …okay, I made that up, but I can’t think why it should not be true! I used mostly “Love, Elsie” products except for the background and journalling frame. This little piece of papier kuns is also laden with foam tape and Glossy Accents like there’s no tomorrow 😉
Yes, it is time for another ATC swap! This one was inspired by the Wilde one. I thought the quote was quite funny – and it kinda makes you wonder…
I wanted the image to look like it was floating off the edges, so I made the base out of acetate. That piece of pink card is a page from a new range by Making Memories that includes beautiful spiral notebooks with diecut pages.
The pretty girl I used above had a beautiful pair of legs that I just couldn’t throw away, so I made another ATC, which is currently available to trade:
I wanted to use an appropriate quote for “legs”, and narrowed the search down to one of the following two:
“…Apart from having 2 good legs I also have 2 good degrees and it is just possible that I know what I’m talking about.” – Edwina Currie (former British Member of Parliament, novelist)
“It’s not really a shorter skirt, I just have longer legs.” – Anna Kournikova (Russian professional tennis player)
I have wanted a good excuse to start a Christmas ornament collection for some time, so I didn’t think twice before joining the swap. But when I started thinking of what I was going to make, it slowly dawned on me that mailing 10 medium weight packages overseas is going to cost me a small fortune. So I decided that a few design limitations will be in order, especially since I’ve learned a long time ago that it’s when we have to stretch beyond what’s easy/comfortable that we do our most creative work.
So I set my restrictions: the cheapest type of mail is a standard letter. That means it has to be flat (there goes my “angels made out of large beads” idea), it can’t be metal (there goes my metal tree idea) and it has to be very light (there goes most of my other ideas). And because I don’t do fabric, it didn’t leave a lot of “light, flat, non-metal” options. Which eventually didn’t matter, since these ornaments turned out perfect!
I used a glue ink pad to stamp winter swirls on the large star, and the word “joy” on the small star, traced the edge with white glue, then covered everything with glitter (and I mean everything, including myself and half the room LOL). Then I added some beads as a final touch 🙂 Now I just have to come up with a new “flat, light, non-metal” ornament before the next round…
PS: Thanks for all the amazing ornaments I received, they are a joy to behold!!