Thursday, March 31, 2011

Cricut Circle Weekly Blog Challenge

Weekly Challenge #26: Just Because Challenge!

The Challenge: Create a layout featuring an everyday topic or create a “Just Because” card.

Rules and Guidelines: Circle Blog Challenges are open to Cricut Circle Members only. You can create any type of project you would like (layout, card, tag, altered project, mini album, etc.) but your project must be newly created for this challenge and include at least 2 Cricut Image Cuts. You must submit a project to be entered into the Challenge Prize Drawing.

Here is my entry into this week's blog challenge. It is a thinking of you card that I created for one of my dearest friend's Mother In Law. She wasn't feeling well recently, so I just thought I would send her a little something to let her know how special she is. This challenge provided me with the perfect opportunity to make the card and get it in the mail fast!

Cricut Expression and Gypsy
Cricut Carts:
Ornamental Iron
Paper Lace
Belles 'n Whistles Stamp
Diamond Glaze
Martha Stewart Glitter
Jolee's Crystals

I have been trying to learn new techniques in my card making, so I went with a different type of card than I usually create. I decided to attempt a tri-fold card. I have wanted to use my Paper Lace and Ornamental Iron carts on a card for a while and I thought they would be perfect for this project.
I used Ornamental Iron to create the doors on the card. It is the window cut  from the gate #10. I copied and flipped it so that the sides would balance. I used it on the front and inside of the card. For the base, I cut 4 pieces of heavy white cardstock into rectangles just slightly larger than the window cuts, ran them through the xyron machine and glittered them with Martha Stewart Fire Opal glitter. To add some interest inside the card, I used a base from Paper Lace as a mat for the my image. The image is called Sunshine and Apples by Belles 'n Whistles Stamps, Elisabeth Bell is the artist. I made corners from Picturesque and used my I-Rock to add Jolee's crystals on the tops of the corners. I cut Thinking of You from Paper Lace and adhered it to the front of the card. I used stickles to add some sparkle and a couple more Jolee's Crystals to the spot where the letter "I" needs a dot. I used K & Company Que Sera Sera paper for the pattern paper, a beautiful metallic golden cardstock from Paper Temptress, and a piece of golden brown cardstock from Bazzill for the shadow of my sentiment and for the corners.
I colored Sunshine and Apples with Copics. I used so many colors on it that I gave up trying to write them down for this post! I used Diamond Glaze on the apples in her basket and stickles on some of the flowers to sparkle them up a little. It's kind f hard to see them in the pictures.

My thoughts for this card was to do something sort of monochromatic. I didn't come as close as I had hoped, but I think the card came out pretty good.

So it's already in an envelope and ready to be mailed, that is a record for me! Thanks for stopping by the blog today!
Happy Crafting!