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Fun with My New Toy: a Cricut Explore One

My lovely hubby got me a Cricut Explore One for Christmas. I had been putting off getting one because I felt it was “cheating”. I was wrong. It takes a lot to make something original, even with design space. It is soooooooo much fun too!

I played around with it for a while before “printing” anything. I finally did for both my nephew’s and friend’s birthdays.

For my friend, I was more original though not fully. I used images, but didn’t do a full layout from the system. I used a flower image from the subscription and bought a Lia Griffith because, well, it was a gorgeous image! I then watercolored the background. Real watercolors, took me so long to get what I wanted, but I had completely forgotten that I could do it with a water pen and ink … eh, it worked out well in the end.

Anyway, here is the card I made for my friend with the Lia Griffith image (and the bottom bit the negative of the flower):

Owl Card

I’ve also used my lesson learned to make multiples when I figure out a good layout with good images, so here are the next three:

Flower and Owl Cards

Totally cheated for my nephew, as I just couldn’t think of something original. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture of the card. I both forgot and didn’t much care to since it was direct from the Cricut subscription file. I was a T-Rex skeleton that said Happy B-Day. That is totally not my type of phrasing, but that whole mental block was my excuse. So, here’s another crafter (Angela Dodson at PollyPurpleHorse) who did the same card, but a little nicer and with a goggly eye (and in orange rather than green)!

As my most original I made stencils from freezer paper for onsie creation. I uploaded my “own” images and turned them into stencils. Have the Cricut cut the freezer paper from Design Space, gently separate, iron onto the onsies, wait to cool, sponge paint, wait to dry, remove freezer paper, and voila! (Reinforcement of geekhood: yes, that is a TARDIS from Doctor Who. We’re both fans 🙂 )

Owl and Android Onsies

TARDIS Onsies

Supply list: Cricut Explore One with tools and mat; Stampin’ Up paper in Basic Black, Kraft, Lost Lagoon, and (I think) Wisteria Wonder; Stampin’ Up Morning Meadow Clear-Mount Stamp Set (an old hostess set); watercolor paper and watercolors from Michaels (Artist Loft, nothing fancy); fabric paint, fabric paint medium, and acrylic paint (Martha Stewart) from Michaels; freezer paper (only seems to be available at the supermarket); onsies from Amazon.

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The Post-Holiday Slow Down – Two-Tone Embossed Ladies Cards

I think I have finally recovered from the holiday season. So much crafting, so many people, and just busy-ness. I was able to do a little bit of non-Christmas related crafting before my family and I travelled to SoCal for the holiday madness. Not much, but I had two birthdays coming up.

Two-Tone Blue Lady Birthday Card Two-Tone Purple Lady Birthday Card

Yup, same card with only color and orientation adjusted. These were for two good friends and it was a card I’ve been wanting to make for a long time.

The original idea came from Stamps n’ Smiles and I really had no idea how to achieve the look when I first found the card, even with the tutorial. Luckily, I have developed a better ability to follow YouTube video tutorials and general paper crafting ability. Her video tutorial is quite good and if you want to make a card like this or hers, check it out!

I used a stamp I found in a closeout sale at an art store, so I don’t know the brand. The paper and ink is Stampin’ Up Blackberry Bliss and Night of Navy, with the background as Whisper White. I used VersaMark Watermark, Recollections white embossing powder, and the Martha Stewart Heat Gun for the embossing. There are also little adhesive pearls from Michaels used to give a little more dimension to the card.

I hope you enjoy and I will be posting more soon!

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