Sunday, July 31, 2011

Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge #37: Technique Challenge!

The Challenge: All week long the Cricut Circle Design Team has been showing new and different techniques to use with Cricut Cuts . . . Create a project of your choice including one of the techniques showcased this week. Choose one of these techniques and then apply it to your own project!

Rules and Guidelines: Circle Blog Challenges are open to Cricut Circle Members only. Your project must be newly created for this challenge and include at least 2 Cricut Image Cuts.

For this challenge, I choose to do the beads and glitter technique to dress up my Cricut cuts on this adorable ballet dancer card.

Indie Art:
  Roses 2 @ 1"
Twinkle Toes
  Stage Curtains 3"
  Ballet Girl 2.5"
Stickles - Yellow and Turquoise
Microbeads (on the center of the roses)
Pop Dots


Friday, July 29, 2011

Christmas in July - Challenge 3 & 4

Here's my entry for the Christmas in July Online Swarm Challenge 4 - Fiber Challenge.

The card was inspired by Cindy Royal's Hope You Dance Card in the July Cricut Circle Mag.
Pattern Paper is Hot off the Press
Glitter paper is DCWV
Card base is made from Popup Neighborhood - two 4.4" tags welded together on the gypsy and one lay at 4.2"
Figure skater is from Winter Woodland at 3.5"

Used pop dots on the skater, diamond stickles on the skater's white trim and silver liquid pearls on the skate blades.  Fiber is from Adornaments

Some day, I will add a sentiment to the card front and maybe some faux stitching with black marker.

Below is my entry for Challenge #3 - Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

We'll I definitely did that and ATTEMPTED to make a 3-D house from Winter Woodland. Needless to say, I won't be trying that again any time soon. I think I cut it too small as I had many issues with the parts and just got frustrated in the end. In my mind I had all of these great plans to add embellishments, but I was exhausted from the effort.

DCWV Cardstock
Winter Woodland Cartridge - house cut at 5"High and 11.5" width
Martha Stewart Tinsel Glitter and cotton balls.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Christmas in July - Challenge #2

Here's my design for the Cricut Circle MB Challenge #2 - Theme Challenge

Paper - DCWV Winter Combo and holograpic paper from my scraps
Doodlecharms - 2.5" snowman
Everyday Paper Dolls - scarf (used my Gypsy to get the correct sizing)Disney Pooh & Friends - top hat(used my Gypsy to get the correct sizing)Graphically Speaking - 1" & 1.5" snowflakes

Martha Stewart Tinsel Glitter, distressed ink and pop dots

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Christmas in July - Take 2

Here's my second project for the Cricut Circle MB Challenge!  This was also based on a sketch, which I will try to post once I figure all of that out.  LOL.

Here's my recipe:

DCWV Holiday Collection and The Christmas/Winter Combo

Accent Essentials - Top Note shape 5.5"
Celebrate w/ Flourish - Trees at 3" & 3.5"
Celebrate w/ Flourish - Ornament at 2.5"
Simply Sweet - 2010 at 1"

Also used pop dots and red i-Rock gems

Friday, July 22, 2011

Christmas In July

Hi All!

A few members on the Cricut Circle Message Board started a Christmas in July Challenge thread.  I thought this would be a good time to re-start my creativity.  This is my card to go with the sketch provided.  I'm struggling a little to get into the Christmas/Winter mindset with temps in the 80s/90s, but I think it turned out really cute.

Cardstock:  The Paper Company
Pattern Paper:  Paper Pizzaz and ColorBok
Cricut Cartridge:  Jolly Holidays Lite
Cuts:  2.5" Elf, 1.4" Noel Banner

Monday, July 11, 2011

Summerfest 2011

Well, Summerfest has come to an end, but it was another great 11 days with fantastic weather, food, drinks and music.

Here's some pics from this year's festivities.

Harley Davidson Roadhouse Stage

Face painting - the lady that painted this did it freehand.  She did such an amazing job.  You can't really see the glitter in the picture, but there is glitter on top of the unicorn.

View from the sky glider.

The Main gate

Playing in the kid's splash pad.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Cricut Circle July Monthly Challenge - Let's Eat Challenge

On the first day of each month a new Monthly Challenge is announced on the Cricut Circle blog. The challenges are designed to inspire us to stretch your creative wings.

 One of the best things about the summertime is the opportunity to have meals and family gatherings outside! This month, we want you to create something with a BBQ, Picnic, or Patio theme, AND a gingham or check pattern.

Below is my entry for the challenge.  I used a sketch from Susan Stringfellow at Sketch Savvy.  BBQ and the grill were cut from Block Party, the star in the circle is from Gypsy Wanderings and the outline star is from Sesame Street Font.  The year is from Plantin Schoolbook and the small stars are from 2 different punches.

Here's the sketch:

Here's my layout:

Here's a close-up of the star detail since it's difficult to see in the full layout picture.