Life’s Little Blessings

I had this picture that I absolutely loved and wanted a way to show case it. So I made a frame for my mantel.

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I used Recollections for the grey polka dot, My Minds Eye Stella and Rose collection for the floral paper. The rest of the paper was plain cardstock.

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I love this layout and titled it Life’s Little Blessings. The colors when fabulous in our  living room.

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I used the Flower Shoppe Cartridge to create the flowers. I also used CCR make the grey flowers to mimic the flowers in the paper. I also inked the larger cream rose with black ink. I used brads in the middle of the grey flowers.

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I love how it turned out and how I was able to showcase a family photo in a creative way. Also to make the lettering stand out i used a grey pen to go around the letters.

TIP: If you want to do a 3-D page but it doesn’t need to be as deep as shadow box, try using a t-shirt frame. It is about 1/2 the depth of a shadow box and it this idea perfectly. The frame says 13×13 but 12×12 fits fine with out showing any gaps.

Designed by: Sierra Heath
Cricut Machines & Tools Used: E2, Cricut Craft Room, and Cricut Tool Kit
Cricut Cartridges UsedFlower Shoppe
Other Supplies Used: Silhouette Cameo, brads, grey pen

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Graduation Card

Hello all here is some fun inspiration for the GRAD in your life. It is the season for Graduations and what better way to show someone you care then a card.

Graduation Card
Graduation Card

For this card I used a pr-made card base from Michael’s , it was the glitter set. The girl was cut from Paper Dolls Teen Scene it was one of our freebie cartridges last week. I used just your basic cardstock and embossed the back ground with D’vine swirls. I also add ribbon, embroidery floss and stickers.

Tassel Detail

The tassel I created using embroidery floss in the Graduates school colors. I folded it several times and then tied it in a knot and cut the loops to make tassel part. Then I trimmed the extra pieces that went to the hat so there were only two. I attached it with tape.

Ribbon Detail

And to add a  little extra detail I added a ribbon. On the inside it  says Congratulations. I also used foam squares to make the graduate pop off the card a little.

Designed by: Sierra Heath
Cricut Machines & Tools Used: E2, Cricut Craft Room, and Cricut Tool Kit
Cricut Cartridges UsedPaper Dolls Teen Scene
Other Supplies UsedCuttlebug embossing folder “D’vine”, Recollections Papers, Foam squares, ribbon and stickers

I hope I inspired you and Happy Creating.

3D Princess Castles

I braved 3D Castles for my daughter 1st Birthday. This is my very first 3D object made using my Cricut. The 3D castles turned out awesome, but very time consuming. I will say it was worth it all when I saw them on all the tables at my daughters first Birthday.

Castles
Castles

As you can see I made 7 of these 3D Castles. The one I will be using for the details is Lily’s personal castle. This one I added embellishments and made it out of glitter and shimmer paper with a princess.

Close Up On Castle
Close Up On Castle

I wanted these castles to be as big as I could get them on a 12×12 mat. The largest I could go was 10.75 in. I had to use Design Studio so I could hang off the pieces I could not get on the mat at that time. This lady’s blog post was super helpful in figuring out what each piece was for http://craftygator.blogspot.com/2012/02/once-upon-princess-3d-castle-tutorial.html. I labeled my booklet just like she did and it was so helpful.

Detail
Detail

Here is close up of the Princess was made from Once Upon A Princess  and the hair is from the Baby Steps. I used glitter paper from Target and the shimmer paper were from Bazzill. Give yourself plenty of time and some patience when assembling these castles. Instead of gluing the edges I used double sided tape on the inside edge of each cut, to cut down on dry time. Take a bone  folder or butter knife and put it inside the tower to apply pressure to the seems, this helps the tapes stick better.When creating the towers score the seems. If you don’t have a scoring board, just use a sturdy ruler and bone folder. There is one in the Cricut tool kit. I also used Peachy Keen stamps for the Princesses face.

Detail 2
Detail 2

This is a butterfly from my sticker collection to add a little bit of embellishing.

Extra Piece
Extra Piece
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Tip: This is very important in my opinion to add sturdiness to the center towers, otherwise they wobble a lot when you move them. I recut the image in light pink labeled inner tower. Take the tabs and tape them to the inside. This will help stabilize these towers otherwise you will be fixing them all the time.

Designed by: Sierra Heath
Cricut Machines & Tools Used: Expression, Design Studio, and Cricut Tool Kit
Cricut Cartridges UsedOnce Upon A Time, Baby Steps
Other Supplies UsedPeachy Keen Stamps, Butterfly 3D stickers, Darcie embossing folder “Butterflies”, Bazzill, Recollections, and ColorBloc Papers, Scotch Double Sided Tape, Foam squares, Rhinestones

Happy Creating!

 

Sassy Card

I know Mother’s Day just passed, but I have a fun card I created for my mom that I want to share with you all.

Mother's Day Card
Mother’s Day Card

This is a super fun card, it would also work for a birthday card. I love how I feel like I could make this into a Barbie card. My mom is a fashionista and I wanted a card that reflected her personality. The card base was from the Mothers Day Silhouette freebie last week. This is tri-fold card, I love that it gave me plenty of room to write in. The woman is from Forever Young, I really like this cartridge it is so fun. The mom circles are from Lemonade by Sizzix it is a cut and embossing folder.

Detail 1
Detail 1

I embossed the card itself with D’Vine Swirl embossing cuttlebug folder and I used the Cheetah print embossing strip from Darice for the skirt. I embellished the dress with rhinestones.

Detail 2
Detail 2

Once I cut and embossed the word MOM I used the my gel pens to color over letters so they were more visible.

Envelope
Envelope

This is the envelope I created for the card, it also came from Mother’s Day Silhouette on CCR. I embossed the flap and added a zebra liner for pizzaz.

Designed by: Sierra Heath
Cricut Machines & Tools Used: Expression 2, Cricut Craft Room, Cricut Tool Kit, Cuttlebug, Embossing Folders
Cricut Cartridges UsedMother’s Day Silhouette Card, Forever Young
Other Supplies UsedZebra paper, Raspberry (Pink) and Cactus (Green), Aqua Bazzill, D’vine Swirl Cuttlebug Embossing folder, Cheetah Print embossing strip from Darice, and Sizzix Lemonade cut and embossing folder.

Have fun creating!

Note Card Set

Here is my first attempt at making a note card set. I made these as a gift to Mother In-Law. I took all the pictures myself and they are of actual flowers in her yard. She loves Iris’s so they were my focul point.

Note Card Set
Note Card Set

I made 2 of each card. I found the pre-made envelopes in my stash. I printed the images 2 on a 4×6 to make them small enough to fit the cards and it saved some money.

Iris 1
Iris 1
Iris 2
Iris 2

The first card I cut out lavender paper and embossed it with D’vine Swirl Cuttlebug folder and placed the pictures on the card.

Gerber Daisy
Gerber Daisy
Azalea and Butterfly
Azalea and Butterfly

These two I picked out a light pink so it would not compete with the images. I embossed this with Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Embossing folder, this is one of my favorite folders.

Envelopes
Envelopes

I also embossed the envelopes to match the cards and used the same paper I covered the box with to hold the envelopes together. I love added special details to my projects. Oh and my Mother-In-Law loved them.

Tip: Start simple you, can alway add detail.

Designed by: Sierra Heath

Cricut Machines & Tools Used: Expression 2, Cricut Craft Room, Cricut Tool Kit, Cuttlebug, Embossing Folders

Cricut Cartridges Used:  Just Because Cards

Other Supplies Used: Light Pink and Lavender paper buy recollections, D’vine Swirl Cuttlebug Embossing folder, Swiss Dot Cuttlebug Embossing folder.

Have fun creating!

A Party Fit for a Princess Part 1

Sorry I have been missing for a couple of weeks. I was working on my wonderful daughters 1st Birthday party. I can’t believe she is one, where does the time go. So her whole theme was Princess. Here is some inspiration for your next party.

The Princess Invitation
The Princess Invitation

I chose 3 different bases for the invitations. I got so lucky the paper was only 20 cents a sheet on clearance. The paper is pearlescent on one side and a flat color on the opposite side. I used the Once Upon A Princess cartridge and Baby Steps for these invitations. I embossed the dress base with the Darcie embossing folder. The crown is glitter paper from Target, I also used Peachy Keen Stamps for the face and then added a little bit of rhinestones for some bling.

Happy Birthday Lilyana
Happy Birthday Lilyana

I cut the letters out in green using SCAL and put on the board with pins. I cut out the crown at the top as big as I could make it in CCR. I backed the 1 in the crown with hot pink glitter paper. My mom made the tutu for my little princesses highchair and fixed the tulle on the wall.

The 12 Months of Lily
The 12 Months of Lily

I cut out Lily’s First 12 months into butterflies and hung them on tulle using clothes pins that I glued to the back of the butterfly. I used the Baby Steps Cartridge for the these. I used CCR to line up the pictures with the butterfly, you can also use center point. Here is the link for a great video on how to use center point http://cricutdivablog.wordpress.com/videos/ . This lady I work with on the CricutDIVA Design Team has some awesome videos that have been very helpful to me.

Butterfly close up
Butterfly close up

Here is a close up of the butterfly. You will have to trim the antenna off the picture. There is no shadow feature for the butterfly so you have to manipulate it to fit the photograph and have a border.

Castles
Castles

Here are the 7 3D Castles that I made for the center pieces. I am going to do a more detailed post about these soon. I will say they are super time-consuming, so definitely give yourself a couple of hours to make one.

Most of these decorations were made using the Once Upon A Time cartridge. I hope this has inspired you to tackle the decorations for your child’s next birthday!

Designed by: Sierra Heath
Cricut Machines & Tools Used: Expression, Expression 2, SCAL, Design Studio and CCR
Cricut Cartridges UsedOnce Upon A Time, Baby Steps
Other Supplies UsedPeachy Keen Stamps, Butterfly 3D stickers, Darcie embossing folder “Butterflies”, Bazzill, Recollections, and ColorBloc Papers, Scotch Double Sided Tape, Foam squares, Rhinestones

A Night to Remember

So this past weekend I went to the most beautiful and moving wedding. So of course I had to make the special couple a card to fit the occasion.

Ganze Wedding Card
Ganze Wedding Card

Process: 

I searched for an image that was elegant. I created an SVG from the silhouette an image from Shutterstocks.com. I had to cut out 2 copies of the Bride and Groom, one in black and one in pearlescent white. I then embossed the black version with my  Swiss Dots embossing folder. I had to hand cut the dress into sections to show the grooms arm around the brides waist. The background was cut out of blue cardstock and embossed with Textile Textures. I chose the light grey wedding paper to fill the background.

Veil and Bouquet
Veil and Bouquet

I took a spool of ribbon and cut it a good length, to leave enough room to shorten if I chose too. I cut a slit in the head where I wanted the veil to be connect, then folded the end of the end of the ribbon and use tape to make a smooth edge to feed through the slit. Once I got it through I taped it to the back of her head. Then I picked out my rhinestones to add the finishing touches to headpiece. In the paper piecing she is carrying a bouquet of flowers that is behind the grooms head, so I added the beautiful fabric flower with pearl in the center.

Dress Detail
Dress Detail

Ok this is one of my favorite parts of the card. I took the same ribbon that was used for the veil and folded it to give this gathered look. I used a stapler to keep the folds neat and hooked to the back of the silhouette. I then used the foam squares to pop up the bottom of the dress to make it look full. This detail made my day, I was so excited to figure out a way to make vision come to life.

Tip: 

If you need to attach fabric or ribbon to your project and do not sew, instead you can use a stapler. Then you can use embellishments to cover up the staples or you can use colored staples. I was so excited when I figured this out.

Designed By: Sierra Heath

Cricut Machines & Tools Used: Expression, Cuttlebug, Embossing Folders, Cricut Craft Room

Cricut Cartridges Used: Cricut Craft Room Basics

Other Supplies Used: Stapler, Cardstock, Wedding paper, Foam squares, rhinestones, ribbon, SCAL