Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Something Old Something New Challenge

 This is my entry for the Cricut Circle Blog NSD Crop:  Something Old Something New!  I cracked myself up with this concept.  (My husband was less than amused, which goes to show you can't please everyone).  This challenge required using one older cartridge and one newer one.  I chose Everyday Paper Dolls and Go Canada!

For the crafty details (everything was cut with the Cricut Expression unless otherwise noted):

I started with the beaver from Go Canada! (page 32), cut at 4".  I bought this cartridge just for this cut.  I had so much fun developing this little guy's personality!  He reminded me of every little boy I knew in elementary school growing up.

I hand-cut his t-shirt by first tracing the top layer, cutting out and then adding a couple of pieces so the sleeves would look rolled up.

I inked him in black, used pearlescent chalks for his cheeks, and detailed his tail with a white gel pen.  (I later added a little shine to his nose with the same gel pen).  I bent his feet up a bit.

I ran the t-shirt (before gluing on him) through my printer and added text from Microsoft Coaster at 14 and 20 point.  I inked the shirt in black to give it a little grubbiness.

I cut his hat from Everyday Paper Dolls (page 69) at 3-1/4".  I inked it heavily, bent it at the score lines to give it volume, and turned up the bill a bit.  I popped it up with 1/16" pop dot in the center only, allowing the sides to bend down.

I bent his fingers to make him point and glued his thumb in place.

I cut the moose from Go Canada! at 3-1/4".  I used my Cuttlebug on the base and ran a white ink pad over it to emphasize the embossing.  I snipped off the antlers and chin from the base so that I could pop up the head 1/4" off the base.  I bent his bangs up a bit for dimension.

I used a 4-1/2" x 6-1/2" piece of cardstock and handcut a strip from a striped paper to create a wallpaper border.  I added the mounted moose head.

I adhered the beaver flat except for his pointing arm, which I popped up 1/16".

I folded down a 7"x10" piece of cardstock for the base to create a 5" x 7" card and adhered the mat to it.  I also added a 4-1/2" x 6-1/2" white mat to the inside to make it easier to write a message.

Yay!  One more challenge completed!  Thank you for checking my blog today!  To see many of my previous projects, click here to go to My Project Gallery.


Scrappin with the bug said...

OH my goodness. This has to be my favorite card yet.... I actually spit water out my nose when I saw this on the MB. Great job love the personality of this beaver and the moose. That is funny. Why didn't hubby like this???

Nadia (WithGlitteringEyes.com) said...

I don't know-- my daughter hated it. She told me it was cute until I put that shirt on him. I tried to tell her that kids used to really wear shirts like that way back when I was a kid and that it was joke but she would hear nothing of it. Oh, well!

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

I think your card is just adorable. Love the little beaver and the shirt is perfect for him. TFS

JennyKozar said...

I love it!

Audrey Frelx said...

Oh, Nadia, this card is simply just too adorable!!! And, so much fun!!!

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Nadia.. this is just too adorable.. i don't think i have seen a card as cute as this one.. you did a fabulous job on it.. so creative.

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

Oh my goodness that is a cute card. I love that beaver and the moose head. You are so talented. Thanks for sharing.

Sis Patterson said...

I think it is so funny and so boy-like. I love the t-shirt - the inking, the way it rides up to expose his belly, the funny expression on the moose - it all adds up to funny (and even somewhat sentimental)! Another great card!

cdm317 said...

This is hysterical! I remember those tees. Adorable card!

Brandy said...

I think this card is HILARIOUS!!! Made my day! Great card! :)

Carolyn/MamaC said...

What a fun card! So much detail! Oh, yes, I remember...it's a Nadia Creation! Great work, girl!

Kathy213 said...

This is the cutes card!!!!! I just love it!!!! MEN! SOmetimew they just don't get it. hahahaha
Thanks for sharing this!

Anonymous said...

You're amazing at altering die cuts! Thanks for taking the time to show us how to do it too:)

cema1cema said...

When I opened my email and saw this card I laughed out loud! So funny! Love it! Christina

Lisa B said...

I so love this card! It put a big smile on my face - very cute and funny. Great job - your projects always amaze me!

Anonymous said...

I laughed when I saw this card. I remember these tshirts. Good creative use for the Go Canada cart, which as a Canadian I am not thrilled with this cart. We don't live in igloos, and we don't all drink beer and behave like trailer park boys.
Thank you for sharing your creative techniques. You inspire me.
Jacquelene L.

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