Happy Monday! I have been crafting this weekend and wanted to share some projects! AllisonF and Caroline over on the Circle have been hostessing a wonderful weekend of challenges! Saturday was a tutorial challenge. We were provided with directions for a great notecard and holder set. This is my entry. The little girl in the corner is from Car Decals (page 33), cut at 1-1/4".
Caroline's tutorial put me in the mood to learn new techniques! I learned to make this peony over the weekend by watching a fantastic video tutorial by Julie Walters. Check it out here!
In the tutorial, she uses a Sizzix die for her 8-petal flower form. I could not find a similar 8-petal flower on my Cricut cartridges, and since she mentioned that it would work with a 6-petal one as well, I found one on Accent Essentials (page 57, shift key). I made a few changes from hers, using more layers and omitting the use of a stylus, for the practical reason that could not find mine anywhere! That turned out to be a happy accent and using my fingers to curve the petals worked just fine!
|Julie uses a heat gun to help dry the over-sprayed layers. I loved that idea! I use paper towels in my spray box to help soak up excess paint.|
|Using the 6-petal flower instead of an 8-petal one meant that the bud was a little different from her tutorial. I glued and positioned the petals to close the top, instead of folding at the end as she does.|
|I added a few more layers and no stylus. I simply used my fingers to curl more tightly the layers that would be around the bud.|
|Before adding glitter...|
|This is from Wrap It Up (page 45), cut at 11" with only one layer. I stamped the grass on (to go along with the challenge theme) and used a white pen for faux bois details on the fence.|
This card was created for the sketch challenge on Thursday. I wanted to do a card for my late grandmother's sister, who just turned 100! She was always an advid quilter, so I was excited to find the print with scissors and thread! I used Birthday Bash for the cake (cut at 2") and sentiment (cut at 3-3/4"). I hand-cut the pennants for the banner. The scallop-edge circle is from Mini Monograms, cut at 2-1/2". I inked the edged a bit.
The hardest challenge for me is always a color challenge. I guess I have a problem being limited when I love color so much! This card was an easy out because I used a picture of my daughter and tried to just have a little fun! The text is from Groovy Times, cut at 1-1/4". I used my trimmer, circle punch, and corner chomper for all other elements.
Thank you for checking out my blog and looking at my projects! I hope you found a little creative time too!