Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Bundle of Joy

A few days ago, I received the Tiny Bubbles embossing folder and couldn't wait to try it out. I had a hard time deciding exactly what to do with it, but I finally decided on a Pooh card.

Using the Pooh and Friends Cricut cartridge, I cut Pooh at 2" and the moon at 1.5". I inked the edges of the moon with the Bisque ColorBox chalk ink, then ran it along with the Pooh cuts through the Xyron. Before I put Pooh together, I used my Pebbles chalk to add some shading. 

The bundle of joy stamp is part of the Nursery Icons clear stamp set from Stampabilities. I used sky blue ink from Inkadinkado's Cool Pastels pigment ink stackable multi-pads. The neat thing about this ink is that you can use it as a regular stamp pad or you can use it for embossing, as it is a slow-drying ink. I dusted it with clear embossing powder, then used the heat gun to emboss it. 

I finished the card with a couple of blue eyelets (using the Crop-A-Dile), and We R Memory Keepers Lemonade twine. 

I can't wait to give this card to a new or expectant momma!

Thanks for stopping by, and happy cropping!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Train Party Invitation

Good evening! I hope you're having a great Saturday! This week I've been working on invitations for a friend for her son's third birthday party. She has been planning on a train birthday party, but couldn't find invitations with a train. I told her that I could make what she wanted and got to work!

I used three Cricut cartridges to make this card. To start, I made my own embossing plate using cut up cereal boxes. I wanted to emboss clouds on the background paper, but didn't have an embossing folder with clouds. I used Create a Critter to cut a couple of clouds (it's the accessory to the sun and rainbow), and used my tape runner to glue the chipboard clouds to a 5x7" piece of chipboard. (Just a note: if you've never cut chipboard on your Cricut before, you must have the deep cut blade and housing, and tape all sides down. It also helps to use a new mat.)

To emboss the blue background, I had to use a Spellbinders embossing mat along with my A plate and both B plates for my Cuttlebug. After I embossed my blue background (which was cut 4x6"), I used my Pebbles Basic Brights Chalk to color the edges of the clouds white.

For the train, I used B is for Boy. I love that my Expression has a quantity function so I can cut multiples of the same item without hitting "cut" over and over. I then ran all the train pieces through my Xyron and ended up with a train of.... trains. (The trains are three inches, in case you were wondering!)

For my last cuts, I needed puffs of steam, so I cut three different sizes of clouds from Everyday Paper Dolls (Accessory 3 for the rain coat). I cut them at .75, 1, and 1.25 inches. I then stamped them with my Ranger Big & Bossy embossing ink pad, dusted them with Zing black embossing powder, and got busy with the heat gun. I used foam adhesive squares to adhere them to the card to give it some more dimension.

I used pre-made 5x7" cards from The Paper Studio, but cut them down to 4 1/4 x 6 1/4" so they didn't dwarf the blue cardstock. 

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see you again!