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Buying Haul

I recently bought from Simon Says Stamp online and then from a new Joann’s store. In my day job, I got a bunch of new stores and by one of them was a brand new Joann’s. It was the largest one I’ve ever seen and it was awesome. My local store only has maybe two aisles of scrapbooking items. This store, however, had as much as my local Michael’s or AC Moore. (If you want to see the video from the hauls, go to my YouTube – chelebelle). 

SInce I bought ALL of these new supplies, I decided that I needed to use some of them to create some new projects. So I did! I made four cards (three from supplies I bought in those hauls). The first card is a kraft card base that I used Tumbled Glass distress ink and a stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop to create a swirled background. Then I used the same color ink and stamped a GIna K Design sentiment stamp on a piece of white card stock and attached it to the front of the cardbase. I added three small teal colored gems to the bottom of the sentiment piece. 

The second card was made from black card stock. I then cut a piece of white cardstock a 1/4″ smaller and inked the whole piece up in three colors of distress ink – Tattered Rose, Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick. I did the same to a smaller piece of card stock so I would have another layer for the top of the card. I took the larger inked up piece and ran it through a Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder that has roses on it. After that I sprayed some glitter mist on it for a little shine. On the smaller piece I stamped the two birds with a heart above them from a stamp set from Joann’s (Fiskars I believe) and then matted it with some black card stock.

The third card I made was using the “XOXOXOXO” die from Simon Says Stamp. I inked up a piece of white cardstock with chipped sapphire, dusty concord and milled lavender distress ink and then ran the die through my Cuttlebug to create a bunch of ombre strips. I also used a black cardbase for this card and covered the top with some white and purple washi tape. Then I placed a “XO” strip under it and alternated them to the bottom of the card. 

The final card comes from another exclusive Simon Says Stamp set. This one is a stamp and die set, which I am really loving. The centers of the “O’s” from the above pieces were used to create the polka dot background of this card. I glued them down onto the white card stock and then cut another piece of white cardstock from the Nestabilities die. I used the same three colors of distress ink to color in the background for the bra and hanger to sit on. I stamped the bra in two shades of Hero Arts Shadow ink (Pool and Tide Pool I believe). Then I used the dies to cut out the bra, hanger and the bow. The last step before putting the card together was to cut a small piece of white card stock for the sentiment. I stamped it with the two colors of the bra. 

Here is a picture of all four cards, which will hopefully be going up on Etsy soon!



Bridal Party Cards

One of the things that I was asked to do for my sister’s wedding was to make cards for the Bridal Party’s gifts. She came over for a consultation one night after I had pulled several of the Cricut booklets that I thought she might want to choose images from. After scouring the books, we came up with a concept for the cards.

Since she is getting married on an island, she wanted the cards to have a beachy feel to them. We looked at all kinds of beach themed icons, but in the end my sister decided to go with one of the paper dolls. Since the card based was made from 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper, I was able to get two 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch cards out of each page. That meant I had to cut the paper doll base at 4 inches, in blackout so that I could draw the faces on.

The next step was to find the bathing suit. There are three in the Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge, but she went with the Summer Girl on page 33. Since our dresses for the wedding are yellow, she wanted yellow bathing suits and flip-flops. Both of these images were cut at 4 inches.

At the time I made the cards, all of her bridesmaids were brunette. So for the hair, I cut six mom2be headwear icons in brown at four inches. My sister also wanted a bow in the hair. On page 43, I chose the party shift buttons on the Cricut and cut out six yellow bows, also at 4 inches.

The last thing that needed to be done was to cut out the drink. Since that was coming from another cartridge, I had to adjust my measurements. She picked a drink from Pack Your Bags on page 70. This comes with pieces to create layers for different colors, but since I knew it would have to be cut so small, I decided against that. Instead, I cut the image in shadow at 1 1/2 inches (after several trial and error cuts!) and then used my markers to cold in the liquid in the drink and the straw.

Now the assembly can begin! First I drew the faces on all the dolls. Since some of the girls have brown eyes and some have blue, I made a mix of eye colors on the dolls. I then attached the bow to the hair and then the hair to the body. Next was the bathing suit and the sandals. Finally, I placed the drink in her hand and then looked at it. For me, it looked to plain. So, I cut out some more bathing suits in yellow and ran them through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder. This gave the bathing suit some dimension and made it look a little more realistic. I thought the card could also use a little bit of sparkle, so I used Golden Rod Stickles in the middle of the bow. (My sister is having us wear gold jewelry so this brought that aspect of the wedding to the card!)

She didn’t want me to add anything to the inside of the card because she had something that was going in there for us. So I was done!

I made these awhile ago and have since learned some tricks when using the Paper Doll Dress Up and Everyday Paper Doll Cartridges. First, you can use images from these cartridges interchangeably. Once you know what size to cut the doll, you take any piece from either of the cartridges and cut it at that same size and it will work! Probably one of the hardest things to master is knowing what size to cut accessories and with either of these two cartridges, the work is done for you. That’s why I like using these so much – it’s a time and paper saver!

A second thing I learned is that when you are trying to use an image from another cartridge to go along with a doll you cut out, take measurements. If I would have just taken a ruler to my card and used it to see how tall my drink needed to be, I may not have needed to make so many cuts. A trick I learned from watching a YouTube video is take your booklet and turn it sideways so that the spine is to the left. Since that is how the image will cut out on your mat, you will have a better idea of how “tall” you want the image to be.

Those are just a couple of quick tips I have learned over the course of using my Cricut. Here are some images of the cards. Thanks for stopping by!

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