Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Dear Santa........

Wow!!!  Three more days and it's Christmas.  Yes, how exciting is that.  Well, I have something more exciting news to share with you all.  On December 18, 2012, our daughter blessed us with a baby girl.  Ava Denise arrived at 8:30 pm weighing 5' 15".  She was 36 weeks, six days and 3 1/2 hours from being 37 weeks.  So, what this meant was she was considered a preemie.  Momma and baby are doing really good.  As a matter of fact, they are already home and getting settled in.  Some more exciting news was that I was our daughters additional coach and was able to see our first Granddaughters birth.  What a miracle!!!!  I will be leaving the day after Christmas to stay with our daughter for a few weeks, so my posts might be sporadic.  This picture was taken within a few hours after delivery.......




Now onto today's card.  I wanted to make another shape card.  This one is of Santa.  Enjoy!!!




For this card you will need your gypsy and the cricut cartridge A Quilted Christmas.  On page 30 of the manual, I cut everything out at 5 1/2".  I started out welded two Santa's together <Santa1> to form the card base.  This was cut out in white cardstock.  I cut this same image out in red cardstock and adhered it to the base card.  From there, I just started layering.  <Layer1> was cut in red.  <Layer1-shift> was cut in white.  I hid the eyes on <Layer2> and only cut the hands out in black.  <Layer2 - shift> was cut in brown.




After putting Santa together.  I put stickles through all the swirls.  This helped give Santa a decorative red coat.




For his bag of toys, I used Tim Holtz "Tea Dye" and distressed his bag alittle.




For his furry cuffs and hat, I used some white puffy by tulip and heated it up to help make it look like fur.  When I was finished I added a little clear glitter on top to help make him sparkle some.





Since I choose not to cut out his eyes, I stamped his eyes with Momento Tuxedo Black and took some pink ink to give him rosy cheeks and pink lips.
 
 
Challenges I've entered into:
 
Little Scrap Pieces - Santa Baby
FCCB - Shaped Card
BBTB2 - Santa Clause
My Craft Spot - Shaped Card
Die Cuttin' Divas - Holiday Spirit
Pause Dream Enjoy - December Celebration


Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!!
 
Hugs,
Shawn

Monday, December 17, 2012

Noel

This morning I was reminded that a week from today is Christmas Eve.  Where oh where has the time gone?  Before you know it Christmas will be over and we will be celebrating Valentine's Day........  So I will save that card for then. 

But today, I would like to share with you another wonderful card.  This one is not your standard A2 card.  Nor is it a shape card.  This card is one that fits smoothly into a #10 envelope.  So let's take a look..........



   I started with a 8 1/2" x 11" piece of white cardstock paper.  Cut it down to measure 8" x 9".  Scored it in half.  This becomes your base card.  Then I cut a piece of red cardstock to measure 3 3/4" x 4 1/4".  Cut green cardstock to measure 3 1/2" x 4".  The pattern paper was cut at 3 1/4" x 3 3/4" and edges inked with Tim Holtz "Tea Dye".  These three mats were adhered together with my ATG gun.  I wrapped red ribbon around the layers and glued down.
 
 
 
 
For the Noel, I used the cricut cartridge Teresa Collins - December 25th.  I cut the image at 2 3/4" out of red cardstock.  I then adhered it to the layers with my two-way glue.
 
 
 
 
For the holly leaves, I used the same cricut cartridge.  This time I cut the image at 2 1/2" in green cardstock.  I glitter glued the leaves with green.   
 
 
 
 
 The berries were a separate image. They were cut at the same size (2 1/2") in red cardstock. I glued them down first on the holly leaves and then used my red glitter glue.  After everything was dried, I then glued the image down on top of the ribbon with Scotch Adhesive Dry Glue.
 
 
 
 
For the inside, I cut the same size mats as the front.  Except, this time I cut a piece of white cardstock and computer generated our saying.  I cut it down to the same size at the pattern paper.  Before adhering it to the mats, I used Tim Holtz "Tea Dye" and inked all over to give it the distressed look.  I also cut another set of the holly leaves with berries.  Did the same thing as I did to the front and glued it down with my two-way glue.  I almost forgot to tell you, I also inked around the edges of the main white cardstock base.(both front and inside).
 
 
Challenges I've entered into:
 
3 Girl Jam - Christmas Inspiration
DL Art - Anything with music
Go Fish - Anything Goes
Ribbon Carousel - Holiday Spirit
DYSU - Christmas
 Cricut Chirp - December Christmas
 
Have a fantastic Monday!!!
 
Hugs,
Shawn
 
 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Oh Christmas Tree!!!!

Wow!!!  I can't believe only ten more days before Christmas.  I hope to inspire a few of you with today's card.  But before we get started, crap your Gypsy and the following cricut cartridges:  December 25 and Elegant Edges.
 


 
White card base 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
blue mat 5 1/4" x 4"
White mat 5" x 3 3/4"
DCWV (The Glitter Christmas Stack) patterned mat 4 7/8" x 3 5/8" ** should be a little smaller than the white mat 
 
 
 
 
For this frame I used the cricut cartridge Elegant Edges.  On page 36, I cut the image <Bird1-s Oblong> at 3.85" in white cardstock.  Then I ran the frame through my cuttlebug using the snowflakes folder.
 
 


For this tree I used the cricut cartridge December 25th.  You will find this image on the third row ninth button over on the key pad.  I cut it at 3.25" out of silver cardstock from DCWV.
 
 


I strung rhinestones from Recollections to give the tree a little more glitter.
 
 


I covered the main star with a blue star button that I got from Hobby Lobby.  I needed to cover up the two little holes so I decided to add another rhinestone.
 
 


Before adhering the two smaller mats to the first two mats.  I needed to wrap some white ribbon around.  Then I foam taped the frame down and foam taped the tree onto of that.  Giving some dimension.  My finish touch was adding three silver pearls to each side of the ribbon.
 
 
Challenges I've entered into:
 
 
Creative Cutter Room - No red or green
Cardz TV - Dreaming of a White Christmas
Papercraft Star - A Christmas Tree
Ribbon Carousel - Holiday Spirit
DYSU - Christmas
Cricut Chirp - December Christmas
 
 
Thanks so much for stopping by......  Have a wonderful Saturday!
 
Hugs,
Shawn
 
 
 




 


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Bell

Today I wanted to share with you a card I made using Teresa Collins Cricut Cartridge December 25.  As you can see from some of my past posts I am in love with this cartridge.  But enough said.  Lets get onto today's card.


 
Card base is kraft cardstock 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
White glimmer mat (DCWV) 5 1/4" x 4"


Now that you have seen the card.  Here a few close-ups. 
 
 
 
 
There are two parts to this bell.  Both parts were cut at 3".  The holly was cut in green.  While the bell was cut in red and then in silver.  On the silver cut I trimmed away the bell part and the bow.
 
 
 
 
I wanted the bell to look more realistic, so I glued a red shiny button on the red bell before foam taping the silver bell on top.
 
 

 
With the bow section, I simply used two way glue and sprinkled some glitter on top.  This was done before adhering the silver bell on top.


 
 
Then I wrapped red twine around the top of the bell to hid the two cuts and strung another red button through the twine. 




Then I took both red ribbon and some red and silver rope ribbon and attached it to the card to help make it look like it was hanging.
 



 
For the holly I embossed everything in green to help give it some shimmer.





 
 
Then for the berries, I used some more red buttons.  Strung some black floss through the holes and ran some red stickles on top of the buttons.  These were glued onto the section where the berries would be normally.
 
 
Challenges I've entered into:
 
Ribbon Reel - Red,white,kraft, buttons, ribbon, & twine
FCCB - Bells are ringing
DL Art - Linky Party Anything Goes
Little Scrap Pieces - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
The Kraft Journal - Anything Goes
Ribbon Carousal - The Holidays
DYSU - Christmas
Cricut Chirp - December Christmas
 
Thanks for stopping by...... Have a great day!
 
Hugs,
Shawn


Friday, December 7, 2012

Santa Coming Down the Chimney

Hi Everyone!!!

Today's shape card is "Santa Coming Down the Chimney".  So let's get busy.........



 
You will need the following cricut cartridges to make this card:
 
A Quilted Christmas
Christmas Cheer
Joys of the Season
 
Note:  I used my Gypsy to make this card, so all measurements are based on that.
 
 
You will need to first start with the cricut cartridge "A Quilted Christmas". On page 29, I used the image <Chimney> sized it at 5", copied, flipped, and welded together in white cardstock to make the main base of the card. I then cut the same image again in red cardstock. 
 
 
 
 
I embossed the candles with the cuttlebug swirl folder.  This had to be done before attaching to the main base card.
 
 
 
 
After attaching, I used some gold glitter glue to accent the candles.
 
 Now you will cut image <Chimny-s> at 5" in a lighter red if you have it.  If not don't worry.  Attach "ONLY" the chimney to the card base. 
 
 
I used red stickles glitter to fill in the design.
 
Now for layers 1, I cut the first image in white.  Yes above photo as to the one piece and where it will be added for the card.  The bigger piece will be added just under your candles.  The second image was cut in green cardstock and the boots were cut in gray.
 
 
 
 
This is when you will attach your image from <Chimny-s> and then attached the boots.  Layer 2 of the boots was cut in black.  After gluing all pieces I lightly inked around the boots.  The other Layer 2, you will only need to cut the belly for Santa in white cardstock.  Again everything was cut at 5".
 
 
 
 
This is where the green garland will be glued.  I also decided to punch out about 20 leaves using the Recollections leaf punch.
 
 
 
 
This is a close up of the leaves. Then I used (4) very small red rhinestones to help give some character to the garland.
 
 
 
 
After everything was put together.  I thought it still looked plain.  So I chose to find a wreath.  You will find this one in the "Joys of the Season" cricut cartridge manual on page 66.  I cut the image <Wreath1> at 1.31" x 1.26 and hid all the lines.  I used the same green cardstock and the garland and inked the wreath with Dew Drop Pearl Ivy ink.  I also used the red stickles glitter glue to add red balls.  I finised it up with making a bow with red ribbon.  I attached the bow to the wreath with foam tape.  The wreath was also foam taped to the chimney. 
 
I still didn't feel it was completed.  I needed some stockings.....
 


So I chose to use Cricut Cartridge Christmas Cheer.  On page 94 of the manual I used the image <Stckg1>.  However, I hid all the lines and cut it out at 1" in gold cardstock from Recollections.
 
Now, I think it is completed........
 
Challenges I've entered into:
 
DL Art - December Holidays
DL Art -  Linky Party Anything Goes
DL Art - Anything Red or Green
Paper Playtime - Christmas Colors
My Craft Spot - Merry Christmas
Paper Pretties - Christmas Inspired
Cardz TV - Tis the Season
Papercraft Star - Gold on your card
Die Cuttin' Divas - Holiday Spirit
3 Girl Jam - Christmas Inspiration
Scrappy Moms Stamps - Christmas Time
Ribbon Carousel - The Holidays
 Cricut Chirp - December Christmas Challenge
 
 
I sure hope this shaped card helps inspire those that need a little extra inspiration.
 
Hugs,
Shawn