It’s been ONE YEAR since we opened the Circle Blog! Can you believe it?! One year of friends, one year of inspirational projects, one year of challenges, one year of prizes, and MORE! And we have LOVED every minute of it! We have loved creating alongside of you and getting to know you. And we are ready to CELEBRATE!!!
So this week will be a week full of challenges . . . an online crop of sorts . . . with chances to win some FABULOUS prizes! Each day we will present you with a creative challenge. At the bottom of each post will be an Inlinkz tool for you to submit your entry for that particular challenge. (Be sure to enter your projects on the correct day to qualify!) All entries need to be NEWLY CREATED for our Blogiversary Celebration. Play as much or as little as you would like! But remember that All challenge entries will be due by Friday, October 14th, 2011. WINNERS will be chosen and announced the weekend of the 15th-16th. Have fun and GOOD LUCK!
Now for our first challenge!
BLOGIVERSARY CHALLENGE: Exclusive Circle Cartridge Challenge!
The Challenge: Create a project of your choice with one or more of the Cricut Circle Exclusive cartridges! (French Manor, Shall We Dance, Cricut Everyday, Pop-Up Neighborhood, or Sophie) Your project must include at least 2 different Cricut Image Cuts. And YES! You can mix in other cartridges with your Circle Exclusive cartridges.
Rules and Guidelines: Circle Blog Challenges are open to Cricut Circle Members only. You can create any type of project you would like (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.
How to Enter: Submit your entry using the InLinkz tool found at the bottom of this post. Please post your full name along with your entry. Entries are due by 11:59 pm MST on Friday, October 14th, 2011.
Prize: The winner of this challenge will receive $75.00 in credit to Cricut.com.
Winner: The winner will be selected randomly from qualifying entries using www.random.org and will be announced on the Cricut Circle Blog the weekend of October 15th-16th, 2011.
Hi friends and fellow crafters!
The Cricut Circle Blog is one year old and they are having all types of fun challenges this week. I can't believe how fast this year has gone by. Last year when the blog first launched, I was home recovering from surgery, so I had nothing but time on my hands. I was super lucky and won a case of mats and blades! The best prize ever! A year has gone by, and I have barely scratched the surface of my big win. My sweetie hubby says I am hoarding them like a happy miser! This week, I plan on using my mats and blades and enter as many of the challenges as I can. This is fair warning to my sweetie hubby, it looks like our house will be pretty messy by Saturday! Oh, and get out the menus, we'll be ordering in alot this week!
I had wanted to send a birthday card to one of my Mother in law's good friends, but got behind and missed it. I decided to take this opportunity to use the new Cricut Circle Cartridge Sophie and make a fun card for her.This is what happens when Sophie meets Alice in Wonderland
Cricut Gypsy and Imagine
Cartridges: Sophie, Sophisticated and Home Decor
Vagabond and Cuttlebug Embossing folder
Crafty Secrets Greetings From Wonderland Stamps
Ribbon, Buttons, Chain, Embellies
Martha Stewart Glitter
3-D Crystal Lacquer
Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Memento Gold Dew Drops
I am a huge fan of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, or any version of Alice In Wonderland, for that matter. Last year Graphic 45 released it's Hallowe'en in Wonderland Paper and I knew that I just had to have it. I ordered a 12x12 paper stack and then hoarded it for a year. Right after I found the paper, I discovered that Crafty Secrets had a set of Alice stamps called Greetings From Wonderland. It was a must have, which sat for, that's right...a year, unused. I decided that these stamps would be perfect for a belated Birthday card. I am really enjoying the new Circle Exclusive Cartridge, Sophie. It has amazing card carts, doilies, bookmarks, it is just full of wonderful images. It's my favorite of all the Circle carts, so far. I chose to use card 2 from page 53. It sort of reminded me of a Fleur De Lis. I used Grahic 45 Hallowe'en in Wonderland paper as the mat. Under the Sophie card cut, I added a piece of K&Company paper that was in my scrap basket. I used some purple jewels that were in a container on my craft table to add a pop of color to the brown cardstock that I used to cut the card. I added the red velvet ribbon to the front of the card.
I can't believe that I haven't used these stamps before now! I LOVE this Queen Of Hearts! Look at that face! LOL! I colored her using Copics and Atyou Spica Glitter pens. The heart scepter and crown have much more sparkle than the pictures show. I used pop dots to raise her up on the card.
I used the March Hare as my main focus of the card, since he is the one who is late in Alice, much like my card was late. I cut a doily from Sophie and ran it through the Vagabond with a cuttlebug folder.
I took some Gold Memento Dew Drop and highlighted the embossed design with it. I also adhered the March Hare with Pop Dots. You can see a better view of the doily on the picture below. I know the doilies on Sophie will be getting much use on my cards.
I cut two Pocket Watches from Teresa Collins Sophisticated Cartridge and decided to stamp the sentiments on them. I doodled the numbers. That is not something I would typically do, but I was forced into it, LOL, because the number layer didn't look right with the stamp. I took two buttons and added some chain that I have had on my table for an eternity and used them as embellishments for the watches.
The stamp set included the Red King! The poor King gets no love, so I colored him up and added him to the card. He's quite noble, isn't he? Too bad the Queen is really the one who wears the pants in that royal family!
I cut two hearts from Home Decor, then used 3-D Crystal Lacquer to add some Martha Stewart Glitter to them. I like how they came out, I used three colors on the hearts instead of just one. I like the effect.
I used my computer to create the sentiment. When I showed it to my dear sweetie, I learned something new about him after 30 years, he has no clue what Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is about! He was truly baffled by the sentiment.
He said he wasn't sure if my Mother In Law's friend would get it, but I assured him that he was probably the only person on the face of this earth that didn't get it. LOL!
Here's one last look at the complete card.
I think my Sophie cartridge will be meeting with my Alice stamps again in the future! Thanks for stopping by my blog today!