The ladies over at Heart 2 Heart Challenges are challenging us to use our Cricuts. Like I really need to be encouraged to use mine! As I have been on an Easter card kick, I cut some egg shaped cards using the Art Philosophy cartridge from Close to My Heart. I then used the same cartridge to cut the flowers and bunny parts. Here is a link to Tracie Cassidy's blog, Cre8ting From the Heart, where she shows how she created a bunny that I adapted to make chocolate bunnies. To make their tails, I dyed some retired Rosette Ribbon by putting it in a zip-loc bag along with a teaspoon of alcohol and a few drops of Cocoa re-inker and squishing it around. Once the ribbon was dry, I cut off individual rosettes, stitched around the back of each with a needle and thread and pulled it tight to make puff balls which I glued on with Liquid Glass.
After I cut the flowers (Art Philosophy p. 50) in graduated sizes from Cotton Candy, I scored each one from the center outwards with a scoring stylus to give them texture. For the flower above, I sponged a little Gypsy along the very edge of the petals and then sponged over it more heavily with Hollyhock. The flower on the card below was sponged with Holly Hock alone. For each bunny card, I cut two strips of grass (Artiste p.73) from Sweet Leaf, flipped one over, sponged the tips of both with Topiary and layered them with one slightly lower than the other. I then embellished each bunny card with Shimmer Trim, Aqua and/or Famingo Dots, and Base and Bling Floral Accents (retired). I replaced the Clear Sparkle in the center of each Floral Accent with a Purple Sparkle or Aqua Dot to complement the respective Shimmer Trim.
I do not know what color paper I used for this last card. It was in my stash and may be a retired CTMH color or something from Michael's.
I sponged around the edge with Juniper followed by Silver Metallic pigment ink from ColorBox which gives it a vintage feel. The Flower was made the same way as the flowers on the bunny cards with White Daisy cardstock and Gypsy ink. One of the things I like about CTMH's acrylic stamps is that you can bend them onto a curve as you adhere them to the acrylic block. That is what I did with the leaf stamp from the "Love This" set which I then stamped with the Silver Metallic ink. I embellished the card with Clear Bitty Sparkles, Purple Sparkles (retired), Small Clear Sparkle Flourishes, and a Base and Bling Floral Accent.
Although I could never forget how much I love my Cricut, I do sometimes need reminding of how much fun making a shaped card can be. Thank you for stopping by! Now why don't you head on over to Heart 2 Heart for some inspiration and then maybe enter the challenge? The folks over at Heart 2 Heart and I would love to see what you come up with. Until next time, Hansi
Materials used, all Close to My Heart unless otherwise noted:
Paper: Buttercup, Cotton Candy, Sweet Leaf, White Daisy, Cocoa and mystery color cardstock
Ink: Cocoa, Topiary, Gypsy, Holly Hock, Honey, and Juniper along with Silver ink from ColorBox
Stamps: Love This, Some Bunny (sentiment inside)
Embellishments: Teal and Purple Shimmer Trim, Aqua Dots, Flamingo Dots, Base and Bling Floral Accents (retired), Purple Sparkles (retired), Clear Bitty Sparkles, Small Clear Sparkle Flourishes