Saturday, March 31, 2012

Carson's Creations Embossing Blog Hop!

Hello!  You've come to the last stop on the Embossing Blog Hop.  I'm so glad you're here.
If you happened to just stop by, be sure to visit all the crafters for some great inspiration and blog candy!

I needed a card for a teenage boy's birthday.  And that can be really tough. You certainly don't want it to be cutesy.  Last year, I used a guitar on his card so I definitely wanted to go for something different this year.  Here's what I made...

A little crazy? ... maybe.  Different?...definitely!   I know he likes music so I thought this would be appropriate.  At first I was going to cut away the flourishes, but then I thought that maybe the flourishes were representing the music coming from the headphones! 

Well, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it!

Let me show you what I did.  I first cut the base and skull from the Rock Princess cartridge at 3-1/2".   This is a very wide image--it wound up being 7-3/8" wide!  So that's why I made this a long card.

Gee, it's a bit plain looking, isn't it??

Well, that's where the embossing comes in.  I used Cuttlebug Tiny Mosaic embossing folder. 

Look at the ol' boy now!

Don't you just love what an embossing folder does to a plain piece of cardstock?   I inked the edges and the raised "tiny mosaics" with Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Antique Linen for the final look.

The orange shimmer cardstock is embossed with the Cuttlebug Traffic Jam folder, which is an A2 size.  So because the background cardstock is so long, the embossing has to be done in 2 parts.  Luckily this pattern was easy to piece together. After running it through my Big Kick once, I put the cardstock back in the folder (actually turned sideways) and ran it through again.

 Because the pattern is random,  I was really pleased with how it turned out.

On the inside of the card, I embossed the green border strip with Cuttlebug's Distressed Stripes embossing folder.  I used Kraft cardstock here and for the shadow on the skull.

I have some blog candy to offer for stopping by.  And what could be more appropriate than an Embossing Folder!?

For a chance to win this embossing folder, just leave a comment on this post.  It would be nice if you followed my blog, but it's not a requirement.  I'll pick a winner on Wednesday, April 4.

In addition, if you feel so inspired, be sure to enter our challenge and make a project using some form of embossing, wet or dry.  The winner will be announced on April 7.  Check it out and enter your project at Carson's Creations !

Now, if you haven't made it all around the hop, here's the line-up.  Please be sure to start at the beginning with Georgiana, our hostess for this hop, and visit all our participants:

Georgiana ~ -- your next (first) stop!
Pat ~ -- you are here!

Thanks for joining the hop today.  I appreciate you stopping by!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Die Cuttin' Divas Recipe Challenge

The challenge this week is a recipe.  The recipe calls for something made with Rosettes, Ribbons, and/or Rhinestones.  You can use 1, 2, or all 3 elements--your choice.

I made this card, using all three elements.  I didn't use the Cricut Rosette cartridge, but made my rosette the "original" way by scoring a 12" x 1-1/4" strip of paper at each quarter inch mark.  The purple scalloped circle is 2" cut with my EK Success punch.  The green scalloped circle is 1-1/2" cut with a Marvy punch.  Those rhinestones have been in my stash for a while; I think from Michael's dollar bins.  The green gems were actually part of the whole purple gem flower, but I cut them away to put in the corners of the card.  Used some white ribbon over the green patterned paper from Deja Views Cat's Life.

Did you see all the great projects at Die Cuttin' Divas?  Please be sure to go there and check out the projects made by the Design Team, AND our special Guest Designer this week, Cindy at Pink Lady's Paradise.  Her flower rosette card is terrific!  Go visit her blog and show her some love.

This week's sponsor is:

So come on and join in the fun.  Make those projects with either Rosettes, Ribbons, and Rhinestones! And link it back to Die Cuttin' Divas.  You can use 1, 2, or all 3 of the elements, it's your choice.  You'll have one week to enter your project--be sure to include a die cut and tell us where it's from. 

Thanks for stopping by.  I really appreciate your visits!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge - Theme Week

It's a new challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas and the theme is "Music."

Since 1985, March has been filled with sound as music in our schools is celebrated around the nation. Sponsored by the National Association for Music Education, the event focuses the nation's attention on the need for and benefits of quality music education programs. Schools and community groups celebrate with creative activities and events, based on a designated theme.

Here's my music themed card that I made using Cricut Lite Chore Chart.  I cut the piano at 3-1/4". This cute little card is 3.5" x 5". The paper is from Grade School matstack.   I printed the sentiment on white cardstock using my computer and punched it with an oval punch. Voila!

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Circle B Enterprises who is providing a $10 gift certificate for merchandise. 

Hope you will join us this week and submit your music themed card, layout or altered project.  You will have one week to plan, create, and submit your project. The winner will be announced next Tuesday.  Please remember to include which die-cut you used and a link back to Die Cuttin' Divas.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Sto lat!

A co-worker celebrated her birthday today. She is from Poland, so I made her card with Polish sentiments.  Here's her card.  She really liked it!

The birthday cake is from Simply Charmed. Embossed the icing with Divine Swirls. Sto lat translates to "100 years" and it is a birthday greeting in Poland.  On the inside, I added "All the best on your birthday" that I printed on my computer (also in Polish).  I love the colors.  What do you think?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Die Cuttin' Divas Color Challenge

Hi Everyone,

Welcome back to another Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge - this week we have a color challenge.  Use the colors green, yellow, black and white.  Bonus: use an Iris fold.  I didn't do that, but I did use all the colors!  Here's my card.

This style card is quite different for me. I would call it a clean and simple card.  It's an A2 size; I embossed black cardstock with the Victoria Cuttlebug embossing folder, cut the butterfly from Art Philosophy cartridge at 2-1/4", and used a MPS stamp for the sentiment.  Attached a black button with a Zot Dot and added green gems to the butterfly. 

This week's sponsor is Amber Ink.

You will have one week to plan, create, and submit your card, layout or altered project. The winner will be announced next Tuesday. Please remember to include which die-cut you used and a link back to Die Cuttin' Divas.

We are looking foward to all those projects that you create this week.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 12, 2012

A St. Patty's Day Card

Hi Everyone,

I made my first St. Patrick's Day card.  It is 5x6.5".  I cut the shamrocks from Celebrate with Flourish at 4" and the zig-zag mat from Elegant Edges at 5".  The patterned paper is from DCWV Seasons stack.  The sentiment stamp is Studio G clear stamp and the inside sentiment is a wooden stamp from Michael's.

I'm joining the following challenges:

Scrappy Moms - St. Patrick's Day
Creative Cutter Room - St. Patrick's Day
Fantabulous Cricut - Shamrock or Color Green
Bitten by the Bug 2 - Green and Shamrock
Whimsical Wednesdays - Color Green

Love to hear from you -- thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge Tuesday

Time for another challenge with Die Cuttin' Divas!

This week we have a sketch challenge.  The sketch follows my card below.  You can make any theme you want, following the sketch.  Of course, you should always include a die-cut in your project.  Tell us where it's from, with a link back to the
 Die Cuttin' Divas blog.
Here's my card for this challenge:

Kraft paper folded to A2 size
Green cardstock
Patterned paper
Apple from Just Because Cards
Circle from Just Because Cards (sticker feature)
EK Success Label punch
Martha Stewart Loop border punch
Added some ribbon
Cuttlebug Musical Flourish Embossing Folder

I didn't put a sentiment on the inside yet, but did put in the patterned paper trimmed with the ribbon.

And here's the sketch:

This week, our very own DT sister, Yvette, has provided this giveaway to get you ready for St. Patty's Day!
It includes Divine Twine, Ribbon, Buttons, Rhinestones, Stickers, and Foam Shamrocks!!
So join in the fun!  You have one week to plan, create and submit your project.  Please remember to include which die-cut you used with a link back to Die Cuttin' Divas

Thanks so much for coming by.  Appreciate all your comments!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Cartridge Spotlight--Forever Young

One of my Favorite Cricut cartridges that I have used a lot is Forever Young.  If you've just hopped over from Die Cuttin' Divas, then you've seen  my Cartridge Spotlight post.  If you just happened by my blog, then please go check out some of the cute images that are available on the Forever Young cart at Die Cuttin' Divas.

Thanks for stopping by! There's still time to enter this week's DCD challenge which is to use:
 Fabric, Feathers, and/or Flowers
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