Friday, April 20, 2012

Welcome Ashish Arora!

As a way to welcome the new Provocraft CEO, Ashish Arora, Cricut Circle members have been invited to create a card for the "Welcome to Provo Craft Card Making Contest"!  We were asked to tell the new CEO what we most liked about the Cricut Circle.  I wanted to create a scene that represents the fantastic Cricut Circle Meetups and Crops --and the friendly Circlets who make it so much fun!

Card text (truncated):  
We decided to have a Circle Crop to make party decorations to welcome you...
But after the socializing, swaps, make-n-takes, socializing, snacking, checking the message boards, socializing, shopping, taking photos, and socializing, we just ran out of time!  (I blame the make-n-takes!)  . . .

  For the crafty details with cut sizes....

Just in time for this contest,  I received the new Paper Doll Teen Scene cartridge and decided to make characters from that cart the focal point of my card.  Let me just tell you that when I saw that way the eyes are created on this cart, I was thrilled!!!  I have been wanting the PC illustrators to do more characters with faces like those from Happy Hauntings that, instead of features like dots that we have to glue onto a base, are instead built up within the layers. This cartridge has just those kinds of eyes!!  (And the cool thing, if you are a person who prefers to use a stamp or your own hand-drawn faces, you can just use the white layer, cutting it in flesh instead!)

I started with 'Molly' (page 42).  (That is Provo Craft's name for her on the cart.) I cut the layers of Molly at 9", minus clothing and hair, first on my Expression.  Then, I cut off her head just under the chin!

I glued the heads together to create her face and discarded all the bodies except for the flesh-colored one since they are not needed.  Additionally, by cutting off the head and rejoining with a pop dot, these figures gain a chin and gets bonus body language options because the head can be tilted and raised!

I hand-cut a nose and pinched it in shape.  I hand-cut her lips and placed them over a bit of white paper for teeth.

I cut her hair (the first body layer) and cut off that head too, also discarding the body.  I placed the main section behind the face and trimmed off the front section.  I also hand-cut bangs.  The bangs are attached with a 1/16" pop dot.

I added Glossy Accents to give her a bit of lip gloss.  I added a 1/4" pop dot to the top of the back of her head so that the head lifts away from the surface but her chin tilts down.  The safely papers are still in place here because the head will be adhered on the card as a separate piece from the body.  I inked on a bit of blush to finish her makeup.

I cut off one of her arms.  I had the idea that my crafters would be arm-in-arm so I cut and attached a new arm that would be tucked behind the next crafter.  (The new arm is attached with a 1/16" pop dot so that it is behind her shoulder.  It is unfinished without a hand because it will be covered up by the middle crafter and is unnecessary).

I cut her dress twice.  The first cut was used as the dress itself; the second cut was "fabric" used to help patch the hole made for her hand that I no longer wanted.  I decided to ignore the seam made and simply emboss the pieced dress.

I hand-cut a belt, attaching on the back and allowing it to lift up a bit for dimension on the front.   I created a little Cricut button for the crafty Molly to accent her Cricuty-green dress by adhering a logo bug I found at Google Images and adhered it onto a bit of silver paper, allowing the silver edges to just barely show.  I popped it up at 1/16".

I knew I would be cropping the figures to fit but I did not crop them until I had all three created so I would know how they would fit together (and how they would work with the background).

The next crafter I created was 'Chloe' (also the name in the guidebook).  Flesh was printed using RGB 250, 229, 210.  I used the hair layer and pants on page 37 and the t-shirt from page 34.  I used many of the same techniques on her that I used on Molly.

I notched her arm so that it would be placed on Molly's back and not her behind-- which it where it was going to be without that alteration.  I ended up cutting off that arm and using it as a pattern.  It allowed me to emphasize that her arm is pushed behind her so that she can stand in a partial embrace with her friends with shoulders shifted and the arm didn't have the cut line at the elbow.

I used Hopscotch for her t-shirt print and Cricut Everyday to cut the circle logo at 3/4".  Quick note:  I discovered that my recent Imagine update did not make Paper Dolls Teen Scene work in my Imagine.  To circumvent this for items using Imagine papers, I printed off necessary prints and solids using the built-in square edited to sizes that were similar to the finished sizes I needed so that the Imagine would scale down my prints like it does when I flood-fill small shapes.   I used those patterned squares to cut the images on my Expression (actually, all cuts for this project were done on the Expression unless otherwise noted).

I inked the t-shirt to give it a little bit of volume to combat the flattening effect of the print. I  folded the sleeve over the edge of the shoulder to mimic the effect of the cut arm.

I popped up her chin with a 1/4" pop dot to alter the position of her face a bit.

I created distressed jeans:  First, I drew in the pockets and fly.  Next, I embossed the die cut with the Cuttlebug Swiss dot folder.  Then I embossed it again, moving the folder a bit to double up the amount of polka dots on the shape.  The process made the first set flatten so I ran it through again with a smooth folder to flatten the second pass.  It left me with a surface that was flat but still showed the pattern.  I used Glimmer Mist in Graphite and blue ink to build up the surface color on the paper.  Then i used the Cricut dental pick tool to scratch off the top layers of paper to mimic worn/frayed areas on the jeans.

Her glasses were cut at 1-1/2" from Nifty Fifties.  I popped them up 1/16".  At this point,  I decided to cut off her other arm and also replace it with the bent arm since she will be in the center of the three crafters. I saved her hands to recycle them for the next character.

For the third and final character, I went back to a 'Molly' cut --this time in a ponytail, flipped so that she turned the other way, and cut on the Expression (again using flesh paper printed on the Imagine using RGB 250, 229, 210).

I embossed her hair and added a couple of extra hand-cut curls.

I cut her arms away from the body by scooping out where her hands would have been on the flesh layer and covering up the holes with her dress, which I hand-cut from the die cut I used as a pattern.  Her dress is from page 48 and was cut from a 4-1/2" square of printed paper from All Wrapped Up.  Her necklace is made from a heart outline than I trimmed down from Art Philosophy (page 37), cut at 1-1/4".  I slipped it over her neck and folded it down in back, adhering to the wrong side of the figure on the back and placing a pop dot under the pendant on the front.

I recycled Chloe's hands on this figure so that she could hold her Cricut machine!  The Baby Bug was cut from Cricut Everyday at 1".  I cut off the recycled hands just above the wrists and attached them to the bottom of the machine so that it would appear that she is holding it.

Her hair embellishment is three layers of flower petals cut from Mother's Day Bouquet at 1/2".  I added a little beauty mark on her cheek.

The background mat is from Imagine More Cards, scaled to a 9-1/2" square.  (I must confess that the actual paper is more of a pale green but I was never able to capture that with my camera!)  I created pennants from Birthday Bash (page 39), flood-filled with patterns from Blossom, cut at 1.9" on the Imagine.  I manually cut them off the base and rearranged them on the mat.

I ran the mat through my computer printer to place the text for the front and inside of the card using Microsoft Aqueduct font.  I placed and adhered the figures, trimming off the legs even with the bottom edge.

Card text:  We decided to have a Circle Crop to make party decorations to welcome you... 
Inside:  But after the socializing, swaps, make-n-takes, socializing, snacking, checking the message boards, socializing, shopping, taking photos, and socializing, we just ran out of time!  (I blame the make-n-takes!)  I love Provo Craft and our Cricut Circle too!  Circle events are my favorite part of my membership in the Cricut Circle!  Live events and our private message board have allowed me to meet some of my very favorite crafty friends!  

The base of the card was black cardstock folded down to 6" x 9-1/2" to be certain that it would fit (even with dimensional elements) in an 8-1/2" x 11" envelope, one of the contest rules. 

The terms of the contest state that we had to use at least five Cricut cuts and three Cuttlebug embossing folders.  These are the cartridges used for the cuts:
  • Paper Dolls Teen Scene (three friends)
  • Cricut Everyday (Circle logo and Baby Bug machine)
  • Nifty Fifties (glasses)
  • Art Philosophy (necklace base)
  • Birthday Bash (pennants)
  • Mother's Day Bouquet (hair embellishment)
These are the Imagine carts used for printed papers (all other papers used were solids from my stash as well as the flesh I printed on the Imagine from an RGB code listed above):
  • Hopscotch (t-shirt 'fabric')
  • Imagine More Cards (background mats)
  • All Wrapped Up (dress 'fabric' on left)
  • Blossom (paper for pennants)
These are the embossing folders used for the green dress on figure 1, the jeans on figure 2, and the hair on figure 3:

Thank you for checking out my post today!  This was a fun challenge and I have loved the inventive and beautiful cards posted by other crafters!  I hope the new CEO is enjoying our well wishes as he finds new ways to make Provo Craft even better!

As always, you can see many of my previous projects by clicking here to visit My Project Gallery.


paperANDi - Stephanie said...

Nadia- I love this!!! The color is wonderful and I love these new teen scene girls that you have twitched!! It's awesome! And what a warm welcome and honor for the CEO to get this! :)

Karen said...

Oh, WOW WOW WOW! This is just so cool! Will you please tell me what you used to make the mouths? I looked through your post a couple of times, and I don't think I saw whether you used a cart or hand cut. Amazing work!

Hrvatica said...

Your talent never ceases to amaze me. This card is fabulous! I knew this Teen Scene would be magic in your capable hands and clearly it was.

Carrie said...

WOW Nadia!!! WOW!!! This is awesome! (and now I think I have to "HAVE" teen scene!)

Fabulous job :)

Maria said...

Beautiful work of art, cant wait to see what you will create next with PDTS cartridge.

Nadia ( said...

Karen- the mouths were hand-cut. I just drew a simple cartoony mouth. I used an Xacto knife to cut out the inside for the open lips. Hope that helps!

Melody Lane Designs said...

OMG! This is the most Awesome card I have ever seen. You are such an inspiration. I think you are going to win! Congrats on the best card ever. I never thought of cutting them up like that, I will have to try now. TFS!

KOLA Designs said...

Oh my goodness, Nadia!! I was so looking forward to seeing what you would create with Teen Scene and you have not disappointed!!!
Awesome detail, yet again!!!

LindaV said...

Another amazing project. Makes me glad I forgot to take pics of mine before I mailed it! LOL

Seriously you have this paper piecing down and I always look forward to the end result.

RockinRenee said...

Your projects never cease to amaze me! I love it!!!

Lori said...

STUPENDOUS! What a great idea! I knew you would rock out that teen scene cart :)

mary said...

Remarkable! Such detail. I can't imagine how long it took to make that card! It is guaranteed to be treasured by the recipient. Great job!

kimberlyann207 said...

Wow! Nadia, I knew you would do amazing things with this cartridge! Your card is a piece of art! You're like a Cricut Rock Star! I feel like I "know" someone famous! Best wishes in the contest! Your card should most certainly win!
Hugs :)

Kraftin' Kathie said...

I can not wait to get this cart and play around with have really inspired me! Kathie

cdm317 said...

I just knew Teen Scene would be the perfect cart for you! Your talent is inspiring! Good luck, but I believe you have this contest won. LOL!

Scrapperdee said...

I really don't know how you do it, Nadia! From the ideas to the execution...WOW!

You are one talented lady, to say the very least.


Josie0602 said...

You are sooo talented!! I know he is going to love your card! It is just perfect!!


Scrappin Dhilly said...

This is just stunning! I love how you bring the characters to life with your creations! You are so talented and I absolutely love every detail of your card! I am so loving this cartridge and can't wait to buy it!

Carolyn/MamaC said...

Another fabulous Nadia Creation! Your talent with paper is top notch!

L.B. said...

as always words escape me...just WOW!!!

Sis Patterson said...

A terrific card - so cohesive, stylish, fun, and detailed! Thank you so much for sharing your creative process! Your characters have such charm and dimension - they are not flat at all (they must be classified as AMAZING)!

Wonderful theme - perfectly executed - and totally captures the Circle! I will be referring back to this one for a long time!

Nia said...

Nadia - AWESOME as usual - your talents amaze me! wonderful job!

HappyHappyJoyJoy said...

HOLY COW! Nadia, this is your best ever! AMAZING work! I love all the detail you put into this card - it is jaw dropping beautiful!! Now I want to make some cuts from this cartridge, with your guidance, of course. :-)

You are an amazing artist, Nadia - I admire you so much!

GOOD LUCK - You are sure to win!!


Amy Bryant said...

the more projects I see made with this cartridge the more I want it.. This is awesome! thanks for sharing

Kigz said...

Nadia, this is nothing short of amazing! The details go beyond anything I could ever imagine. I soooo enjoy seeing your creations, thank you ever so much for sharing them with us!

Connie Layman said...

Just found you thanks to Joy and I could stay here all day obsorbing all of your extraordinary work! You are truly an artist!

MulticrafterAmy said...

I have not seen the competition but I suspect you will win this contest. The card is great!

Anonymous said...

OMG!!!!!! What a GREAT idea!!!!!! I recently purchased this cart and am in love with it. Just this past week, I started working on sorority cards and was looking for a way to make the girls work together. Boy have you given me some new ideas, thanks so much!!!!

JanD said...

Now I am dying to get the teen cart. Every day you have something new to inspire me.

Jennifer Stutzman said...

Nadia you have to win! This is awesome! I couldn't do that if I spent a month on it. Well, maybe a month. lol

I can't believe you handcut those lips! I don't think I could do that. I will have to look and see if I can cut some from the princess carts. I like how you did the noses too! WOW!!!

I think you will win! I don't know if i would be up for a challenge that I had to do 3 cuttlebug embossings on one card. that in itself is quite the challenge!

Ok, I wrote a book!!! But just saying i liked it wasn't good enough!! I LOVE IT!!!

JJewel said...

First, I have to be silly because that is the way I think---

I'm afraid your blog is going to be put on the FBI watch list because of how many times you put "disposed of the bodies"-- ROFL

Seriously now--WOW does not even begin to describe this Amazing, amazing card. You have such a gift.

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Just like playing paperdolls! What fun! Patsy from

Ohhh Snap said...

Oh my bug!! That is such a fantastic card!! I love all the details :D. If that doesn't say it all about the Circle, I don't know what does!

Linda Kaiser said...

Nadia, I love your card!! What amazing details.


Jojorenee said...

totally cool, I know mine won't look that good but you give much inspiration!

Karen said...

You are a one woman marketing team! Now I have to get this cart! Even though,it's not going to be anywhere near this amazing when I try it,lol.

krafty kitty said...

Wow! That is the most amazing thing I have seen. Your details are unbelievable. What a great job. Excellent work!!

Ladybug said...

Nadia, Nadia, Nadia --- you totally blow me away w/ your creativity. Now, THAT should've won hands down. You're in a creativity league all of your own, my dear!!! :-)

Lisa said...

You're too stinkin cute and your work amazes me!!! The details are always so awesome, I can just see the love you pour into your work. Thanks for sharing your art.

Taylor said...

This project is absolutely Awesome! !! I'm always grateful to find and follow a crafter who is a Great Inspiration. I cannot wait to create a new paper doll (teen) and apply some of the coolideas you were kind enough to share with us. Just FABULOUS! !! Hugz:) Taylor

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