I don't like to sketch out a project before-hand. I started, like I often do, by making individual elements. This is the most fun for me! I knew the figure would be central and I was most unsure of how she would look so that's where I started. I used Country Life, cutting on the Imagine using Fit-to-Page and entering RGB 250, 229, 210 to create a skintone. (Remembering that the Imagine does not have an indicator to know the actual cut size when using FTP, I plugged the cartridge also into my Expression and cancelled before the cutting began, in order to know that the cut size for this figure is 11.5" at FTP.)
I traced a couple of extra heads to play with. I have been looking at those fabulous works by Brittney Lee and Jayme McGowan (you can find links to their sites by looking on the list of Inspirations on the side bar!) and knew it was time to start "getting a little 3D" with my faces! I also wanted to start using paper to add facial features instead of just my Zig fine pen.
|I made a nose and eyelids by hand-cutting. I used Everyday Paper Dolls for hairstyles and cut some ideas on my Expression, noting the sizes on the samples.|
|Once I decided on a style (in this case, 5" Everyday Paper Dolls page 31), I cut two (one for the base and one for some layers). The hair color is RGB 181-82-57.|
|I hand-cut ears, using a little ink to give detail. The glasses are from Nifty Fifties, page 53, cut at 2".|
Well, I love details! This is where I like to give a little extra 'love' to my characters. I thought, even with those big ole ears, she needed a necklace more than she needed earrings!
She needed great shoes... and slightly different feet.
|I cut away the figure's toes to make way for those fabulous shoes on the Paisley cart (page 51), cut at .6". I had to add a little flesh for the tops of her feet.|
What's a birthday without a great cake? I had learned to make the exact cake I wanted from something I had figured out months ago for one of Doxie's Sunday Challenges. You can find that project here.
|The candles were cut from Birthday Bash. I cut off one candle so there would be only 5 in honor of the 5th Anniversary. Because the cut was so small, I hand-colored the candles. I added Glossy Accents to the candles and flames!|
|I was so happy with the final character!|
|This bird is from Birthday Bash cut at 1.8". An extra wing and beak were cut and popped up for dimension. I used the Cuttlebug on both birds.|
|This was cut at 3.2" on the same cart.|
|This is that same Birthday Bash cut, but this time cut at 3.5". I transformed the front package into a gift bag, tucking in tissue paper, adding handles and a tag cut from Imagine More Cards at 1". The gift bag was embossed with the Cuttlebug.|
So, now I had all of these cute elements. The next question: how to make them work together. I found that fantastic bonus paper on Kate's Kitchen and knew that was it! I printed out two copies, cut off the floor and cut apart cabinets, removing the refrigerator (since it had a face) and adding extra cabinets. I love that window!!!!
|I added a Cuttlebug and Cricut Baby Bug from Cricut Everyday, cut at 1.2", for her counter.|
|I added more banner cuts, just by making the same one as before and cutting away the bird, attaching as needed for added length. The letters on the banner are from Cherry Limeade, cut at .8".|
|I added a mitered wood trim using Imaginisce paper I won at the Cricut Circle Ohio meetup. This is one of my favorite details: I bent a mini brad, leaving part of the shank on the top of the paper, to resemble a nail holding up the banners.|
|I placed my packages and the little bird, finally finished! I also added a bit of ink to her legs, to keep them from blending in with the flooring.|
|I used pop dots that were 1" thick to pull the figure up off the page. Other elements were popped up 1/8" to 1/2".|
So, you say, what if this were a keeper and you wanted to add pictures from the party? I love making vignettes and never really combine them with photos, but if this is supposed to be a scrapbook page, this is how I envisioned adding photos with these real party pics with The Bug!
|Thank you Okie and Kendra for giving me permission to use your celebrity photos with our favorite birthday bug! Looked like a rockin' party didn't it!|