Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Cricut Circle Altered Box Swap

A group of Cricut Circle members got together on the Circle message board and decided to do an altered box swap. had 7-inch chipboard boxes on sale for $0.99 a few weeks back, and we jumped on it.  We were to alter it according to our Swap Sister's liking and fill it with scrappy goodness.

Here is what I received from my Swap Sister, Cindy.

And here are all the goodies she stuffed inside:

In the front tied with the ribbon are blank cards she made with some beautiful papers.  Her gorgeous Cricut Circle Calling Card is in the lower left corner.  At the top of the picture is a lovely mini album she made for me.  It is beautiful!  Lots of embellies: buttons, ribbons, rub-ons, glitter, some Sizzlits dies...

And our Swap Hostess, Renee, surprised us all with these little boxes:

We each got one that was filled with all kinds of Cricut green things: twine, vinyl emblem, ink, embellies, and two very cool wooden clothespins that we're waiting to hear more about.  Seems like another swap may be in the making!

Coming up: the box I sent to my Swap Sister.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Milestone Birthday Banner

Today is my husband's fortieth birthday, so late last night, I was up creating this:

You know, banners are hard to take pictures of!  So here are some close up shots of the pieces.

I used the Birthday Bash Cricut cartridge for the pennants, and the Varsity Letter cartridge for the, well, letters.  The pennants were cut at 6".  I had to play with the sizes a little, in order to find a size that would be big enough without being huge, and more importantly, would allow me to cut all 15 pennants out of my 5 sheets of green cardstock.  That's one of the advantages of using the Gypsy to do your designing, being able to place the cuts in a particular spot on the mat, so you don't waste paper .  (Actually, I used my Design Studio software, and then transferred it to the Gypsy, so I could use my E2 machine, but that's just a minor detail...)  I didn't realize the pennants on Birthday Bash had a layer to them, and I really like the way it looks. 

The letters in "Happy Birthday" were cut at 3 1/2", the numbers at 2 5/8" and the "th" at 2 3/8".  The letters from Varsity Letters were so easy to layer.  I can see this cartridge becoming a favorite for signs and posters.

As always, finding the paper to use was the hardest part of the project.  I knew I wanted to use the glimmery copper paper, because of the color and its resemblance to burnt orange, the color of my husband's alma mater.  I originally tried to find a solid paper to go with it, but then thought to use a patterned paper.  That really helped to tie the copper and green together.  The yellow of the patterned paper of the letters tied in to the yellow of the patterned paper of the pennants, which then led to the green background.  All in all, the colors look great together and it is a nice, masculine range of colors.

Maybe this close up of one of the letters will help that last paragraph make a little more sense.

I hung the banner on our entertainment center, and my husband discovered it this morning as he headed to the kitchen for his morning cup of coffee.  I guess he was impressed, because he posted a picture of it on Facebook! :o)  I am also submitting this to the Cricut Circle magazine's monthly challenge.  The challenge was to create a banner.

I have been working on another project that I am anxious to share with you guys.  I finally used a new technique I've been wanting to try and I love the way it looks!  I just have to put the final touches on it and then I will share!

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