Wednesday, December 30, 2009

How to make Elmo pop!!

I had a question on the Cricut MB asking how to make Elmo pop. I am visual learner so here are the steps with photos. The card is made with two bases, an outer  and an inner. These are directions for the inner card base. Click on the photo for enlarged directions.

from the back
from the front.

To make the card, decorate the inner base and then secure to the outer base which will cover the flap you made for the pop up.
Good luck have fun!
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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Hip, hip, hooray Elmo birthday card

Yesterday my niece Chloe turned 2. This little ball of energy is totally in love with Elmo. So what other choice did I have but to make her an Elmo birthday card. I liked the image of Elmo, from the Sesame Street Friends Cricut cartridge jumping and clicking his heels. It gave me the feeling of Elmo celebrating. My dilemma though was how to make it feel like he was jumping up in the air in celebration. The solution was to use his image as a pop up card. I'm happy with how he turned out for a first time effort.  I used a double thickness of popdots on the "2" for more dimension. I also used different thicknesses of popdots on the front of card to make the hip and hooray stand out too. After taking these photos and looking closely at them I realized that even though the front had dimension because of the popdots, it still looked flat to me. I then took a white gel pen and drew doodle dots on the letters. It was a big improvement but unfortunately I was running late and didn't take another photo. Maybe I'll ask my SIL to send one to me.

Look at the BD cake my brother decorated for his little girl. Now THAT is sweet!!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Christmas Ornament Boxes

Every year for the past two years I  give an ornament to to each of my nieces for Christmas. It was something one of my aunts did when I was young. I was very appreciative of that when I got my own house and put up my own tree. I have two nieces who are 2 years old and one niece who is 10 months. I also decided this year  to make a box to put the ornaments in to make them extra special. I didn't have a plan on how to decorate them when I first started so just kept staring and staring at the ornaments when it hit me, decorate the box according to the theme of the ornament. So here they are. Sorry the photo quality is not the best. I am still learning how to photograph my creations.To make the boxes I followed the directions for a Gable Box from the Splitcoaststamper website and added a little creative license. Since making these I have made others and changed the dimensions to get a larger box.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Giving it the old college try!

Well I'm finally going to give this blogging thing a try. I am not really sure of what to do, so don't laugh as your viewing this. Remember I am a neophyte.
I have been interested in papercrafting for the past 5 years. It started out as scrapbooking ( I have only completed 1 book, but books are ongoing right?) my real love is cardmaking and gift boxes and bags. I am always looking for unusual boxes and bags. I like to change it up to and not always for their intended use. I have recently become the card lady and poster lady at work for people retiring or moving on to other jobs. Because we have a huge amount of staff, I have used squash albums and explosion boxes for cards since they provide lots of space for sentiments and signatures. The posters could not be done without my trusty Cricut Expressions. Man I love that machine!! and my DH for giving it to me for Christmas. I was the envy of all my scrapping friends. Unfortunately my hubby took a lot of heat from the other guys for being such a super husband.