Monday, September 18, 2017

Fanatabulous Cricut Challenge Blog #310 - Fall

Hello, friends!  Fall is the theme for our new challenge at FCCB.  I love seeing the leaves change colors. It's hard to believe, but Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner.
Challenge #310-Fall Season
Make a project about the fall (sports, leaves, etc)!

Our sponsor is The Dreaming Tree
The winner will receive a $20 Gift Certificate!


To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.  If it isn't a card, you will get two entries into the drawing!


 I made a birthday card for my brother-in-law for my project.  I think it's appropriately masculine with a definite sense of the season.  I sure hope he likes it.



I created the background paper using a rubber stamp.  I cut the tag from white card stock using a Cricut cartridge. The acorn was cut out as a part of the tag.  I sponged inks on the tag. I colored the acorn using Spectrum Noir markers and set the pieces back into the negative spaces.  I cut the twig from the same cartridge and colored it with markers. I used green paper, punched out the leaves, and distressed the edges with ink to add dimension. I glued everything down and stamped the sentiment.  So now my card is ready to be mailed!

Card Stock:  Recollections 60 lb and 100 lb
Inks:  Distress Wild Honey and Spiced Marmelade; Close to My Heart Chocolate
Spectrum Noirs:  TN3, 4, 8, 9;
Punch:  E K Success
Stamps:  Stampin' Up Hardwood (background); unknown sentiment stamp
Cricut Cartridge:  Close to My Heart Art Philosophy

Challenges:
 Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Clean and Simple
Always Fun Challenges #24 - Fall Colors
Crafting from the Heart #175 - Anything Goes

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog #309 - Back to School

Our challenge this time at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog is Back to School.

Challenge #309-Back to School
Create a project that features anything about school

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The prize is 4 digital stamps!

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

In terms of Back to School,  I remember those days well - being so happy that my sons were back in school after a long summer vacation - LOL!  I decided to use the Book Stack image from our sponsor Bugaboo.  It made a cute card, I think:


I used some DP from my stash as a background for the book stack.  I colored the books with Spectrum Noir markers and then fussy cut it.  I cut the apple and the sentiment from my Close to My Heart Artbooking cartridge.  I colored the apple with my SNs, added some clear Wink of Stella, and placed it atop the stack.  I think the apple added a cute pop to the books.  The sentiment is from Artbooking also.

Cricut Cartridge:  Artbooking
Image:  Bugaboo Book Stack
Spectrum Noir markers:  DR1, 3; JG1, 3, 5, 6; TN1, 3, 4, 7; ER2, 3, 4; IG1, 2; TB1, 4, 5; LG2; BRR2, 3
Card stock:  Recollections 110 lb

Challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart #173 - Anything Goes
Catch the Bug Challenge - Anything Goes

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

613 Avenue Create September Challenge - Twist: Distress

Well, Summer is approaching its end.  Fall is definitely approaching.  I love this time of the year when the leaves turn so many beautiful colors.  So for our September challenge at 613 Avenue Create, I made a card with a wheat leaf and fall colors.  I used distress inks per the optional twist. It was quick and easy.  So quick and easy that I actually made two cards, something I don't do a lot.  I will show the other at another time. 


The background is actually darker in real life than in this picture.  After cutting out the leaf with that beautiful die, I sponged on three colors of distress inks and coated it with clear Wink of Stella.  I also sponged the background of the top folding card with distress ink.  Then I glued down the leaf and stamped the sentiment.  Finally, I used a Spectrum Noir marker and added the dots to give my card a bit of texture.

Die:  Elizabeth Crafts Leafy Branch 6 Wheat
Card stock:  Recollections 110 lb
Distress inks:  Ripe Persimmon; Evergreen Bough, Tea Dye
Spectrum Noir marker:  GB6
Sentiment Stamp:  Anna Griffin
Sentiment Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa

Challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Hiding in My Craft Room #3l6- Fall Colors 
Crafting with Friends #49 - Anything Goes


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Monday, August 21, 2017

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog #308-Vacations

Welcome to our newest challenge at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog - Vacations.   The FCCB Design Team is sponsoring a $25 gift card at
Amazon!

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project, and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

If it isn't a card, you will get two entries into the drawing!

I love going on golf vacations even though I don't golf - my husband does.  I love golf vacations because we go where it's warm and beautiful.  I have time to myself to read, sun, shop, rest and sometimes craft (if I take supplies with me).  I usually get a few pictures of my hubby on the course and sometimes even ride the cart with him as he plays.  It's very peaceful and relaxing.  And we spend time together after he finishes his round, doing whatever we feel like doing after enjoying a nice lunch or dinner. So I decided to make a card in honor of these wonderful times.  Here it is:


The golf bag and sun are Cricut cuts.  I cut the golf bag from white paper and from brown paper, and paper pieced the brown bag over the white one after cutting off the brown clubs.  I colored the white clubs with a Spectrum Noir marker.  The golf balls were made using a hole punch.  I used inks to distress the sun and the top edge of the grass.  I stamped the sentiment on a scrap, cut around it and inked the sides.  I created the sky with Distress Ink and hand cut the grassy hill from card stock.  I smile when I think of fun in the sun on a golf course with my husband.

Card stock:  Recollections 110 lb and 60 lb
Stamp:  Stampin' Up Pursuit of Happiness sent to me by my blog buddy, Darnell (I'll have to tell you more about that at another time.)
Spectrum Noir Marker:  IG1
Inks:  Distress Broken China; Color Box Banana; Close to My Heart Olive
Cricut Cartridges:   Celebrate with Flourish (golf bag); Art Philosophy (sun)

Challenges:
Dies R Us #79 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Add a Sentiment
Crafting with an Attitude #30 - Anything Goes

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

613 Avenue Careate #200 Anything Goes - Option Shabby Chic

I am totally a Clean and Simple card maker.  So when our challenge this month at 613 Avenue Create turned out to have the twist of creating a shabby chic project, I thought, how in the world am I going to create something like that??  Well, I challenged myself to bite the bullet and create a project in a style totally foreign to me.  Here it is:

I made an oversized tag using my Cricut.  Then I sponged the white card stock with Distress ink.  I tore some designer paper, careful to show some of the white core, and glued it to the tag.  I cut up a paper doily, inked it, and attached it to the tag.  I then inked white paper flowers, layered them, and glued them down. I tore a small strip of the designer paper and attached it atop one piece of the doily.  I added pearls to the flower centers, inked the edges of the tag, and finally attached a ribbon.

I am rather proud of my tag.  Believe me, this was not easy for me. I urge you all to once in a while create a project in a style that you're not accustomed to using. Expand your creative horizons and just go for it!  You may just have some fun along the way.  I know I did.

Card stock:  Recollections 110 lb
Inks:  Dusty Concord Distress; Close to My Heart Blush; Color Box Banana
Cricut Cartridge:  Art Philosophy
My stash:  Designer paper, doily, pearls, ribbon

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Hot Weather Treat

Happy August 1!  Before we know it, summer will be over.  Our hot days in Georgia make juice bars are nice way to cool off.  I say juice bars because they are healthier than popsicles - LOL! This is one of the few times I've actually created duplicate cards. I think I may do this more often in the future.


Using my Spectrum Noir markers, I colored one orange and one grape - my two favorite flavors.  I stamped the swiped background - I love how it looks.  Then I fussy cut the juice bars, coated them with some clear Wink of Stella and popped them up using foam tape. I stamped the sentiment, glued the panel to a white card base and done! This was a fun card to make.

Card stock:  Recollections 110 lb
Spectrum Noir Markers:  LV2, 3; OR2,3; TN1, 2
Stamps:  The Stamps of Life & Stamplorations Celebrate Artsy
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black; Versafine Onyx Black; Close to My Heart Blush; Color Box Banana

Challenges:  
Virginia's Summer Blog Party
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Food and/or Drink
Stamplorations Summer CAS Challenge
Crafting from the Heart #170-Anything Goes

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog #306 - Anything Goes

Welcome to another Monday challenge at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog!  This time our theme is Anything Goes.



Create a project that features anything in the Cricut Library!

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To qualify for the prize of 4 digital stamps, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project. If it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

Our DT has some fabulous inspiration as always.  I used Bubaboo's Unicorn image and here's my card:

 
Unicorns seem to be quite trendy right now so I was delighted to have a chance to use this darling image.  It's colored with my Spectrum Noir markers and cut out with an oval Nestabilities die.  I dusted chalk around the image while it was still in the die.  I cut the overlay using the Art Philosophy cartridge - isn't it beautiful?  I stamped the sentiment and distressed the edge after die cutting it.  Then I glued the sentiment to the oval, attached the overlay to the card base, and popped up the oval in the center.  The sequins finished it off. 

We want to see your projects at FCCB so hop over and check us out!  Maybe you even won our last challenge.

Card stock:  Recollections 110 lb and 60 lb
Spectrum Noir Markers:  CT1, 2; IB2, 3; BR2, 5; IB1; LG3; PP2
Cricut Cartridge:  Close to My Heart Art Philosophy
Sentiment/Die:  Anna Griffin
Ink:  Close to My Heart Lagoon
Chalk & Sequins:  My stash

Challenges:

Crafting from the Heart #169 - Anything Goes
The Fairy & Unicorn Challenge Blog #5
Crafting with Friends #48 - Anything Goes

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