Quick and Easy “Artichoke” Ornament

Hi All! Happy Holidays! Welcome to another Stuck On U Sketches Die Cut Challenge. It’s almost Christmas, so the Design Team thought you might want to make some ornaments! There are so many awesome ornament dies, cut files and cartridges out there, I just couldn’t choose which one to make. So I decided to go a totally different direction and make an “artichoke”-style ornament that I’ve seen all over Pinterest this year. (My daughter thinks they look more like pine cones….)

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To make these ornaments, I started with a couple of clear plastic ball ornaments from my local craft store and patterned paper from Close To My Heart’s Sparkle & Shine paper pack. It required around 92 1-inch circles to cover each ornament. Did I break out the circle punch? Are you kidding?! This is where my Cricut came in. I found a circle cut on my Artiste Cartridge (I think just about all the cartridges have this most basic of shapes). Set my dial to 1 inch and hit “auto fill.” My little Cricut dutifully calculated how many circles it could cut from the 12×12 sheet of patterned paper that was on the mat, and began cutting. In about 2 minutes I had 100 perfectly cut circles ready to go. I then layered the circles on the ornament using mini glue dots. I added some velvet yarn from my stash, and voila, a stinkin’ cute ornament in about 15 minutes. LOVE THAT!!! Here are some close ups:

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And here are the two together:

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I think I’ll go back to the craft store and grab some more ornaments. Wouldn’t these look great in a silver bowl? For more ornament design inspiration, be sure to stop by the Stuck On U Sketches blog and see what my über-talented team mates are up to.

Have a wonderful and happy holiday! And don’t forget to create something beautiful today!

Cheers!

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Sweetie Pie

Hey All! Welcome to another Stuck On U Die Cut Challenge. In celebration of the upcoming Thanksgiving feast, our design team decided to challenge you to incorporate food die cuts into your projects. Here’s what I came up with using the From My Kitchen Cricut cartridge:

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This yummy pie is cut at 4 1/4 inches, which allows it to fit in a standard A2 envelope. I cut a base from Colonial White cardstock using the black out feature and then a top “base” from a retired Close To My Heart patterned paper using the regular pie key. The top layer is cut from Kraft cardstock. The cherry stem is from Crate Paper’s Random collection 6×6 inch pad. The cherry is from Studio Calico’s Snippets 6×6 inch pad. Before attaching the layers, I inked around each element with Saddle Exclusive ink. I adhered the layers to the front of the card and added some stamping from a retire CTMH Stamp of the Month.  Here are some close-ups:

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Once the front of the card was done, I cut the cherry off the top of the Colonial White base and scored the top at 1/2 inch. I then adhered the top 1/2-inch portion (above the score line) to the layered piece to make a card. So now it opens like this:

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Finally, I decided that I would line the envelope to match the card and make it extra special. So here is the card and envelope together:

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I hope you enjoyed my little cherry pie! For more foodie-crafty inspiration, don’t forget to hop on over to Stuck On U Sketches and see what my fellow talented teammates are up to.

Have a wonderful day, and make something beautiful!

Cheers!

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A Banner Welcome

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Hi Folks! Happy All Saints Day! The younger set in our house is still in a sugar coma from last night. I hope your family is faring better! Welcome to a new Die Cut Challenge from Stuck on U Sketches. This time, we’re creating banners. Now I like banners, but I’m never sure where to put them. So for this challenge I decided to incorporate a little banner into a new autumn-flavored welcome wreath for the front door. Let’s take a look:

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To make this wreath, I covered a styrofoam form in 2-inch wide burlap ribbon (from my local craft store) and then fashioned a large bow at the top from the same ribbon and copious amounts of hot glue. I accented the bow with Slate Polka Dot ribbon from Close To My Heart.  The patterned paper used in the flowers and banner are from Close To My Heart’s new Huntington Collection, which is perfect for celebrating autumn. The flowers, leaves and banners are all cut from the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. The banner is cut at 1 1/4 inches with a 1-inch layer of Kraft Cardstock. “Welcome” is stamped in Barn Red Exclusive ink using the “You Are My Happy” alphabet stamp set, which is retired. Here’s a close up:

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The flowers and leaves are cut in a variety of sizes. I inked around the edges of the flowers with Barn Red Exclusive ink and the edges of the leaves with Olive Exclusive ink to give them both extra definition. I then added Slate-colored pearls to the center of the flowers for a little extra bling. Here are a couple of close-ups:

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Finally, I added some sparkle flourishes for a little extra…well…sparkle. I really like the juxtaposition of the burlap and gems.

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I hope you enjoyed my little welcome banner! For more inspiration be sure to visit my amazingly talented co-designers at Stuck On U Sketches.

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to create something beautiful today!

Cheers!

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Happy Autumn!

Hello All! Happy Autumn!

It’s time for another die cut challenge with Stuck On U Sketches. This go ’round it’s all about autumn goodness. I have to say, I’m so ready for fall. The weather here in DC is still a little balmy though. Oh well by February we’ll be wishing for balmy, so I’ll enjoy it while I can.

Here’s my autumn project:

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I decided my door needed a new wreath so I dug through my stash of alterables (it’s a rather large stash, I have to say) and found this wreath form made from heavy chipboard. I wrapped it in jute ribbon by Close To My Heart, and went to work on making it autumn-esque.  The flower and all the leaves were cut using the Flower Shoppe Cricut cartridge. The flower is sized at 2 inches and the leaves range from 1 3/4  to 3 inches. Once they were cut, I drew veins on the leaves with my embossing tool and then inked around the edges and lightly inked in the centers.  I used Ruby, Barn Red, Olive and Honey cardstock from Close To My Heart. All of the leaves are inked with Chocolate Exclusive ink, and the Honey and  Olive leaves are additionally inked in Goldrush and Olive respectively. The flower is also inked in Goldrush.  The sentiments are from the CTMH Happy Autumn stamp set. I stamped them onto kraft cardstock using Barn Red Exclusive ink and mounted them on patterned paper from the Huntington Collection. I decided, in the end, that it needed a little extra pizzaz, so I spritzed the whole thing with Antique Gold shimmer mist.

Here are a few close-ups:

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I wanted to hang it on my front door, but sadly, it covers up my “peep-hole.” So I had to come up with an alternate spot OR lengthen the jute hanger.

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Here’s the alternate spot, for now–my kitchen window:

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I hope this brings you a little autumn crafty inspiration! For more inspiration, hop on over to the Stuck On U Sketches site and see with my  talented co-designers have in store for you.

Meanwhile, have a wonderful weekend and don’t forget to take time to create something beautiful!

Cheers!

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You’re A Star!

Hi All! Welcome to another Stuck On U Sketches die cut challenge! This challenge is all about stars.

Let’s take a look:

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The card base for is a standard A2 using Colonial White cardstock. I layered the base with Hollyhock and Outdoor Denim cardstocks, and then added pattern papers from Close To My Heart’s Claire paper pack (which has sadly been retired). The stars are cut at 3 1/2 inches from Outdoor Denim cardstock using the Artbooking Cricut cartridge. I added silver Stickles to the stars for extra bling (really, whoever heard of a dull star?). The sentiment is from the Artbooking collection and is stamped in Outdoor Denim Exclusive ink on a fun cork shape from my stash. I added a little Color Ready Seam Binding to the card and the cork for extra flair, and then popped up the sentiment using dimensional adhesive.

Here are a couple of close-ups:

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I added some stars from the die cut to the inside of the card for a little extra interest. (And why wast these perfectly beautiful cuts?) 🙂

Here is the outside of the card, once again:

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Hope you enjoyed my little starry card. For more starstruck inspiration, don’t forget to hop on over to Stuck On U Sketches.

Have a wonderful, creative day!

Cheers!

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Entering the Gates with Thanksgiving

Hi all! HAPPY FRIDAY! It’s time to take up another die cut challenge by Stuck On U Sketches. The current challenge is: Gates.

I have to say, this was not one of my easiest challenges. I have no actual gate images in my Cricut collection and couldn’t really think of a theme for a project. Then yesterday, (as a design team member, we do get these challenges ahead of time) I thought, why not try a gate fold card and see where it takes me. Here’s the result:

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The base of the card is cut from Olive cardstock at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches and scored at 2 1/8 and 6 3/8 to make the gate-fold. The gate itself is actually a fence I cut from White Daisy cardstock at 4 3/4 inches using the Closet To My Heart Artbooking Cricut cartridge. I use the light marker from Close To My Heart’s Whisper marker set to give some shadow and dimension to the fence and cut it in half to fit the gate fold card. [Instant gate!] The pattern paper is from a retired collection called Flirty. The paper flowers and their 3 dimensional floral centers by Close To My Heart are from my stash and have also been retired. I punched out the butterflies with a retired Creative Memories punch and adhered the top layer in the center only in order to give it dimension. The the small rhinestones are from my stash. The sentiment is from the Happy Autumn stamp set and is stamped in Olive Exclusive ink. I inked around the edges of the card base and base layer with Saddle Exclusive ink for extra pop.

Here are a couple of close-ups of the card:

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Here it is with the gates “opened”:

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And here it is once again:

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I hope you enjoyed my answer to the Stuck On U Die Cut challenge. Be sure to hop on over to the blog for more inspiration. And don’t forget to give yourself time to create something beautiful this weekend!

Cheers!

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A Little Disney Challenge

Hi All! Welcome to another Stuck On U Sketches Die Cut challenge. The current theme: Disney.

Now I’m a Disney fan. I’ve been to Walt Disney World more times than I can count. I own a rather large collection of Disney movies, and have a number of prints, posters, and pieces of jewelry all bearing the likenesses of a variety of Disney characters. So you would think that I would have a Disney Cricut cartridge or some sort of die, right? WRONG! Yep, no idea how it happened, but I don’t own a single Disney die-cutting option. So this was, indeed, a challenge. However, I do own a number of cartridges that have a circle image on them. So 3 welded-circles later, voilà: it’s the Mickey Icon! (Thanks, Walt, for your beautiful simplicity!)

So here’s my take on the challenge:

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Yep, this time it’s a scrapbook layout. I started with a 12 x 12-inch sheet of Kraft cardstock and layered it with an 11 x 11-inch piece of limited edition pattern paper by Close To My Heart. I cut the Micky Icon with my Gypsy from White Daisy and Juniper cardstocks. (I have no idea what the size actually is, I just toggled it until it filled the page.) The stamps on this page are from a limited edition stamp set that Close To My Heart released at the 2013 Convention only for convention goers.  They match the paper pack that was released under the same conditions. I stamped “Viva!” across the icon using Smokey Plum ink. I then used the new Close To My Heart Artbooking Cricut cartridge (available 1 August 2013) to cut a lattice from Cranberry cardstock. I did some random stamping on the lattice using a floral image from the stamp set and Cranberry ink. The photo mat is cut at 4 1/2 x 8 inches from Sunset cardstock. I used a Martha Stewart edge punch on the bottom. and decorated it with a zip-strip from the paper pack, a little yellow bakers twine and a metal flower (coming soon in the new Close To My Heart  Idea Book). The flowers, leaves, and decorative stamp on the tag are all from the limited edition stamps set. I added a little glitz gel for some sparkle. The flowers are stamped in Cranberry, Honey, Sunset, and Smokey Plum inks, and the leaves are stamped in Juniper.

Here are some close-ups:

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I hope you’ve been inspired to create a little Disney Magic of your own. By the way, did you find the “hidden Mickeys?”

Don’t forget to go out and make something beautiful today. And if you need a little more inspiration, hop on over to Stuck On U Sketches and see what my amazing co-designers are up to!

Cheers!

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