Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Quick Spring Projects and Strawberry Bread too!

This time of year is ripe for quick, fun projects!  I wanted to share a few recent projects. 

Thank You Card
I just picked up All Wrapped Up and LOVE the colors on the cuts!
This is a thank you card using All Wrapped up and Paisley.  I did add a flap to the envelope that I decorated with a Martha Stewart Punch.  For correct size:  I selected the card and envelope on the Imagine.  Once the mat view was on the screen, I selected Fit To Page to get the largest compatible size possible on one sheet.  The lady bug (Paisley cartridge) was cut with her features popped up for fun.  I outlined the circles and flower shapes with a bright yellow Sharpie.  Beneath the lady bug is the same green from the envelope that was cut with another MS punch.  The rest of those great colors and patterns were straight off of the cartridge design!  So fast! 

Inspiration Challenge
I participated in a challenge that AllisonF hosted on the Circle MB.  She provided an inspiration picture from A Mid Summer Night's Dream.  This is one of the most challenging challenges that I have done in some time.  I loved that! I uploaded her inspiration picture into the wonderful tool on the Colourlovers site to get the RGB codes for hair, skin, and her dress.  (As you can imagine, there were dozens of codes for each; picking just one for each was a task!)  I finally settled on these:
skin - 255-119-175
hair - 132,80,11
dress (light) - 196, 143, 139
dress (dark) - 146, 103, 110

I had been looking at the wonderful hand-cut art of Jackie Huang.  Her little bear has been on my mind and I wanted to find a way to use the Cricut to get the effect of the popped up frame that she used in that piece.    I cut my frame from French Manor page 56  at 6".   This is the negative space from the shape.  The paper under the figure is made from a color copy of the first page of A Mid Summer Night's Dream, sprayed with Glimmer Mist to give it a little sparkle and to obscure the text a bit.

The figure is cut from Shall We Dance at 4.5".  I cut two of the skirt so that I could hand-cut a bit for a little more interest in the folds of the fabric.  Her wings are cut from a butterfly on Lori's Garden.  I cut two at 2.4" and used only the right wings of each.  I popped up the body, lifting her arms more so than the rest of the body.

Spongebob Gift Wrap
Next, in a whole different direction, I wanted to share a quick little gift wrap for another of my daughter's friends.  Another children's birthday party... another personalized gift wrap opportunity! 
Gift wrap for birthdays is the reason I bought cartridges like Spongebob Squarepants!  This one was cut at 6".  I used the following RGB numbers with my Imagine to floodfill each shape to get the correct colors.  These are the ones I used:
Body 252,248,19
Holes 162,164, 0
Tie 252,0,28
Pants 188,107,22
Blue Eyes 9,161,201
Bottom of shoes 149,145,140

The eyeballs, teeth, and shirt were cut without printing.  The shadow was a dark gray I selected from the queue and the black base was the basic one built into the Imagine.

I cut the conversation bubble from Cuttin Up at 3.1" (short stack).  I used my laptop and printer to add text to the bubble.

I decided on font called AdLib BT, bold, at 24 point size.  I printed it first on a regular sheet of paper to see if it was the right size. 

I placed the die cut over the text and held it up to the light to center the text.  I lightly applied just a bit of tape to the top to hold it in place and then placed it in the paper tray of my printer.

Birthday Card
Next, my daughter needed a birthday card for her penpal and I needed a project for Doxie's metal challenge a couple of weeks ago.  This card and matching clip was what I came up with.  My daughter and her penpal make drawings for each other when they write and this time was no exception; the clip was used to keep the drawings for this mailing together neatly.
I used Better Together for the image of the girls.  I cut the image at 3" for the card and 1.8" for the clip.  The speech bubble was a built-in Imagine shape.  I used my computer to add the text, as I did above, using Microsoft's CandyBuzz font.  The striped paper was printed on the Imagine from the Better Together cartridge as well.  The girls were popped up with foam dots.  I added brads and bows for fun.  For the clip, I cut two smaller images, flipping one.  I used E600 to adhere the paper shapes to metal paperclip.

Bake Sale Goodies
I was asked to help with a bake sale at church.  Since strawberries are so sweet, inexpensive, and available everywhere right now, I decided on Strawberry Bread. 

I thought mini loaves would bring in the most income for the fundraiser and decided to decorate them with baker's twine and the strawberry from Hello Kitty Greetings, cut at 2.5".  I was able to cut the black base on two sheets with Autofill on the Imagine.  The red layer was cut using Autofill on the first page and, using the art number button for the remaining 7 needed.  For the green layer, I adjusted the paper size on the screen so the machine thought I only had an 8" long paper.  This allowed me to use Autofill and not have to cut the full page since I did not need that many.  (I was feelin' smart when I figured that out!) 

I wanted to share my bread recipe with you. 
Strawberry Bread Mini Loaves (click here for printable version)

3 cups all- purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup cooking oil
2-1/2 cups strawberries, sliced (just under 1 pound container)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray mini loaf pan with cooking spray.  (I used a dark pan that made 8 loaves per pan).  Set aside.

Combine all ingredients except fruit.  Mix by hand.  Stir in strawberries.  (This dough is stiff and sticky and unlike most quick bread batter that I have made.)
Place batter in prepared pan and bake 30 minutes. 

Remove from pan and place on wax paper covered rack.  Makes 16 loaves per recipe.  I made two batches for this project.

I love quick projects! 
Thank you for visiting my blog today!  Happy Spring to you!


Cindy@ Scrap-obsessed.blogspot.com said...

Great posts today. The cards, wrapping and especially the Strawberry Bread. Feeling a little hungry for something sweet right now.

Anonymous said...

Another great learning adventure for me - thanks so much for the paper artist info. Totally inspiring! And the Wrap it Up - ADORABLE! As with the Sponge Bob, and the pen pal gift, and it goes and goes .... Thank you.

paperANDi - Stephanie Dang said...

These are wonderful and your strawberry bread is making me drool! lol! :)

Anyways, I just checked cricut.com and they're shipping the e2 starting tomorrow... and I wonder if they'll ship the winners of the e2 out too, but please let me know when you receive yours!! And I'll do the same too- I just can't wait to play with one of those beauty!

Rita said...

Always enjoy seeing what you are up to. Definitely going to have to try that Strawberry Bread.

I have a little something for you on my blog. Thanks for the inspiration!


Ladybug said...

Oh my, you've been a busy li'l beaver!! :-)

Your ladybug card is just toooo stinkin' cute!!! The rest, too!

TFS all of your creativity w/ us!! :-)

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