Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I've been a crafting fool!

Hi friends and fellow crafters!
With the horrible heat wave we had recently, I spent my time in the house crafting. Over at the Circut Circle boards, there was a fun online swarm for Christmas in July. There were 6 challenges, and I was able to complete 4 of them! Not too shabby considering I can barely get a card done in a day! LOL!
I may do a post with my projects later, but for today, I want to share a card I made for my oldest nephew. He has made the big transition into his full independence by moving in his 1st apartment, and he bought a new car! I am so proud of the young man he has become. My brother's four son's have always been the other part of my heart. I can hardly believe that they are all young men now. Life truly goes by in a New York minute. I couldn't let the occasion pass without sending him a card. We are a silly bunch, so nothing serious, just a fun card with some cash for him to get what he wants.
It's a simple card, and easy to make. I have been feeling my way around my Cricut Imagine, so I used that to create the papers and letters on the inside of the card.
Here's what I used:
Cricut Imagine Carts: Country Carnival, Kate's Kitchen, Nursery Tails and Hopscotch
Cricut Cartridges: Groovy Times, MS Seasonal Cakes, and April Showers
Floral Wire (26 gage)
Glue Gun
Viva Decor Pearl Pen (Anthracite)
Diamond Glaze
DYMO Letra Tag Maker
Core'dinations Cardstock
American Crafts Silver Metallic Cardstock

I used April Showers for the house and cut it at 2.35x3.95 with my Gypsy, I used MS Seasonal Cake for the Grass, and broke an image into layers from Kate's Kitchen for the sun. I did the same thing with the tree from Nursery Tails. I like being able to choose certain elements from an image and cutting only what I have chosen with the Imagine. I used Hopscotch to create the cloud paper. I used Country Carnival to print the paper I used inside the card, and the sentiment. The New Car and New Place on the front of the card are made with the DYMO. I'm not sure if I like it, I am more of a stamper or computer generated sentiment person. Maybe the next time I'll cut the lettersThen and see how that looks. Once that was done, I had some fun with the car.
I cut The car from Groovy Times at 4 inches. I used a scrap from We R Memory Keeper's Teen Angst Stack. I cut the window, bumpers and windshield with the American Crafts cardstock. I used diamond glaze to make it look more like glass on the window and windshield, and outlined it with my Viva Decor Pearl Pen.  Once it was assembled, I decided I want it to wobble. I have seem so many wonderful creations using wobblers these days. You can get more information at Action Wobble Inc on these fun products. Or.....you can do what I did and just make your own. The spending ban is still in effect, so I decided to make my own wobblers. There are a wealth of videos on you tube showing how to make your own. The first one I came across was here by  Ellen at Card Monkey who makes a really nice card. Her wobblers are fantastic, but sadly I didn't have a punch or foam mounting squares, so I was on my own. Here's my poor Richard's version. I found some floral wire that I had from my floral wreath creating days, got out the glue gun and went to work. The little peppermint candy looking embellie was to pop it up, but I decided against that when it was finished. I found a scrap of metallic cardstock and cut it into 4 pieces. I poked a hole through two of them for the wire.

                     I took some wire and wrapped it around a paintbrush to make the spring.
Then I pushed the wire through and glued it to the cardstock. On the first side I just haphazardly glued it. On the second side, I curled it so it looked a little better.

                                       This is what it looked like after finishing the first side.

After that I hot glued the other square on the top and it was finished. This is how it looked. It's not as pretty as the one in the video or the real ones, but it was economical and it works! LOL!
                                                                  Here it is in action!
I finished the inside of the card with the letters I cut from Country Carnival. When I went to add the Viva Decor, I had a harsh reality check, the sentiment was off center! Luckily, I think my nephew will notice the cash and not the letters!

I now have a bunch of ideas for these bouncing (get it?) around in my head! I think they will make another appearance here!
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
Happy Crafting!


  1. What a fun card! That car totally reminds me of the old muscle style cars!

  2. What a fun card! Great job on your action wobble!

  3. Thanks for sharing. Your card is lovely and as a new imagine owner I am so grateful for any input on how to use this remarkable machine. Your Wobble is way cool. I will have to hunt around for some wire. I think I will steal some from my husband's garage. He He!

  4. Thynak you so much for your kind comments!

  5. Nice card. I could not help myself so I had to visit your site and get off the cricut board. We are gonna get put out

  6. Gail,
    You are too funny! Thanks for visiting my blog!