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….)


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:



And here are the two together:


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!




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:


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:




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:


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:


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!



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:


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:




Here it is with the gates “opened”:


And here it is once again:


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!



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