Saturday, March 01, 2008

To Cricut or Not to Cricut

It's so hard sometimes to know what to choose when I start a card. Today, the first card that I worked on was already cut out and ready to be 'created.' The second card just ... came to be. LOL! It started as an experiment with distressing ink and ended up as a sympathy card.

Fortunately, the flower card today turned out MUCH better than the one from yesterday. It still needs ... something ... , but I'm just not sure what yet. The card was cut using the Cricut and CDS and the Walk In My Garden cartridge. Two flowers were welded together to make the card and leaves were welded to the front image. Another flower was cut to layer on top of the card base. This allows the leaves to show from underneath and gives dimension. The butterfly was cut and embossed using the Cuttlebug embossing/cutting die combo called "Butterflies." The center of the flower was also embossed. Scoring the butterfly in the middle allowed his wings to stand up and to give dimension to the card. The flower was stamped in Linen in Only Orange, and then, Friendship from Wonderful Words was stamped in Going Gray. The butterfly was attached to the card with a little MonoAqua and a small black brad.

This card started with sponging the distress ink all over a plain white card base. Linen was then stamped on top of that in Basic Brown. Great effect. I really like it. I used Almost Amethyst and Summer Sun watercolor crayons to color one of the flowers from Petal Prints directly on the stamp. It turned out much lighter than I expected, but I still like it a lot. It made a good background. The leafy stem was also stamped on the background with Certainly Celery crayon, but it is very, very light. Summer Sun paper was used for the mat. Basic Brown was used to color the edges, which were distressed with the SU distressing tool. For the focal image, the same flower was used, as well as the Linen stamp and distress ink, but instead of the Almost Amethyst crayon, Perfect Plum was used for a darker image. I like that a lot. The leafy stem was stamped using the Old Olive crayon. The focal image was attached to the Summer Sun mat with 4 small brown brads. Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon was used to embellish the front, and With Heartfelt Sympathy from the With Sympathy set was stamped in Basic Black .

The second card (sympathy) is my favorite of the 2, but I hate that I didn't use the Cricut on any part of it. I did cut a bunch of flowers and such for my Sunday school room. I can't wait to put those up on the walls tomorrow!

Ok ... let me hear what you think!

Have a terrific day today, and remember, there's a great, big, beautiful tomorrow shining at the end of every day!!!!!! :)


  1. Shell, both of these cards look great! It is too hard to choose. I love the dimension on the one you did w/the Cricut. The butterfly just makes it! The Walk in the Garden cart is one I want. Now I see how you used it makes me want it more.

    The card you stamped is very special! I just love the colors and design.

    You did a superb job on both!

  2. Anonymous10:56 PM

    both are great creations... tfs

  3. love them both Shell very nice...I also lov ethe new header fro your blog it looks great....
    I may just ahve to case the sympathy one, I need to get a few of them made

  4. I *really* like the sympathy card...wish I had that set1!!

  5. Cute cards!! I love how you are welding these to make shaped cards...I did not know the CDS would do this..hmmm...may have to go get it!

  6. danssister12:39 AM

    Love both cards!!! Love the stamping and shading on the Sympathy one, and the butterfly on the flower on the other!


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