Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!  I'm excited to go out with my little ones tonight and trick or treat.  They get so excited over the smallest things.  Here are 2 Halloween cards that I made for my daughter's preschool teachers.  Being a teacher during holidays are always rough.  And they are just the best teachers.  Thanks!

This card was made with the CTMH Artfully Sent cartridge.  The outside (top pic) has many layers holiday colored paper.  The Trick or Treat was from a card cut but I just used the portion with the words.  Inside (bottom pic) is a 3D display.  The tree is glued to the back but the haunted house is popped out.

This card was also made with the CTMH Artfully Sent cartridge. The outside (top pic) has the cut out letters from the above card.  It's kind of hard to read because of the patterned paper but it looks better in person.  Inside (bottom pic), the Happy Halloween is 3D and there is a spider and web.  I really needed to use the second handbook that came with the cartridge to figure out how to score the letters and where to fold to make this pop out.  But it turned out awesome.   You can't really tell in the picture but I cut the web out in black and used a glitter pen over it.  yes, you can use some bling even in a Halloween card.

Happy Halloween.  Have a safe one. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

House Tent

Thanks for joining me today.  I was to create a project with a chevron pattern in it for the My Cricut Craftroom Design Team.  Instead of creating a paper project like I usually do, I decided to incorporate chevrons into my current sewing project.  But I was still able to use my cricut to cut out the flowers for the garden.  This is a house tent that I made for my daughter.

I found the inspiration for this project from another post on pinterest.  The post mentioned they made their creation from a pattern from McCall's M6369.  Unfortunately, this pattern is out of print.  So I used the pictures and small amount of information on the McCall's website to help create my project.

The house fits over my dining room table(the original pattern was for a folding card table).  I cut out pieces of tulle to create the windows and door.  I sewed bias tape all around it and through the center.  Not sure how it will hold up to kids playing but we'll give it a try.

I also created the door like the windows.  Then I sewed the door and windows onto the sides of the house and then carefully cut out the purple fabric to leave just the window/door showing.

Time to decorate! Who knew that you could cut fabric on the cricut?  Apparently a lot of people.  After watching a few quick videos, I was ready to decorate.  First I ironed Heat N Bond to the back of my fabric.

The fabric cut like butter in the cricut.  I would recommend a new blade and the mat does not need to be a super sticky one.  I used a newly conditioned mat and the Heat N Bond backing stuck too strong and really took a lot of work to clean.

It was so easy to iron on the cut pieces to create the flower boxes and my own little flower garden.

Time to let the kids in!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Halloween Decor Hop

Thank you for joining us on My Cricut Craft Room's Blog Hop.  Today I made a 
3D pumpkin to share with you.

I got this great idea from another consultant from Close To My Heart many years ago.  The original one that I made wasn't standing up right anymore so I decided to make another one this year.  The kids are loving it.

The whole pumpkin is made from 6 of these pieces.  It is cut at 3.75" from the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge.

Fold each circle in half and glue just the edges together.  Start from close to the top to about 3/4 down.  

Next, I rolled up a strip of brown paper to make the stem.  Set the whole pumpkin on top of a battery operated tea tight for the full pumpkin effect.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Birthday Card from Artfully Sent

Today's challenge was to use ribbon in a project.  I took liberties and changed it to twine because I thought that it looked better on the card than ribbon.  I also had pink and white twine.  So cute!

This was the first card that I made using CTMH Artfully sent.  I love all of the card choice in this cartridge.  This is one of the swing cards and it cuts out at a 5x7 card.

For the inside, I added gold printed vellum and small sections of cardstock to stamp my sentiment. This one is going to a good friend Melissa.  Happy Birthday Melissa!