Sunday, January 31, 2010

Hello Kitty Valentine's Day Boxes

Here are some cute little boxes that I made using my die cut machines.

Here are the directions for the take out box:

Using a take out box die cut 2 take out boxes from scrapbook paper. I used the Sizzix take out box die. Assemble boxes.
Cut Hello Kitty holding a heart from the Cricut Hello Kitty cartridge.
Cut several hearts using the Martha Stewart filigree heart punch. Glue hearts around the sides of the box.
Cover one of the filigree hearts with glue and sprinkle Martha Stewart pink flocking powder over it. Let it set for a couple of minutes then shake off excess powder. Glue this heart over the heart that Kitty is holding.
Cover Kitty's bow with glue and cover with pink micro beads.
Using a die cut machine cut several flowers from felt. I used the Sizzix build a lilac die. Attach flower layers using a small brad. Highlight the flower petals using opal glitter glue.
Cut leaves for the flowers from craft foam. Glue leaves to top of box and layer flowers on top of the leaves.
Make a handle for the box using a red chenille stem and attach to the box. I twisted mine in loops in several places for a textured effect.
Attach a bow to the handle and glue Kitty above the bow.

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and it seems like I've been spending most of my free time in my studio. Valentine's Day is such a fun holiday. How can one not embrace a holiday where flowers and chocolate are the main gifts?

I always sent my daughter a card and chocolate while she was away at college to let her know that we were thinking of her. This year even though she is studying in Germany I will still be sending the card and chocolates.

Here's the Valentine's Day card that I made using the Cricut Paisley cartridge.

Bee Mine Directions:

Using plain cardstock computer generate a greeting at the top of the card.

Cut a 3 inch scalloped heart using the Cricut Doodlecharms cartridge and emboss it using the Cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder. Glue small pearls around the edges of the heart. Use foam dots to adhere the heart to the background.

Cut a 2 1/2 inch bee using the Cricut Paisley cartridge. Add dimension to the bee's wings using Martha Stewart micro beads. Use foam dots to adhere the bee to the heart.

Punch 5 hearts using the Martha Stewart filigree heart punch and glue to the top and bottom of the card.

Punch 4 hearts using a heart punch and glue randomly to the background paper.

Use the Martha Stewart doily border punch for the pink lace border and glue to the edges of the background paper. Glue the background paper to the card.

Tie a small bow and glue it to the corner of the background.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Cookie Cannister

Every Christmas I make cookies for friends and family and I'm always trying to find a unique way to package them. I recently purchased the Cricut Snow Friends cartridge. the snow men were so cute that I wanted to use them on the containers. I found a clear plastic paint can at Michaels.
I cut a 3 inch snow man using the Snow Friends cartridge and embellished his scarf with glitter glue.

Next I made several snowflakes using a Martha Stewart snowflake punch and glued them to the can, embellishing the center of the snowflake with glitter glue.

I cut 4 lengths of ribbon (2 purple and 2 turquoise) and tied them to the handle at one side of the can.

I placed snowflake shaped sugar cookies in a plastic bag and tied it with turquoise and purple ribbon and tucked the bag inside the can.

Creating With Cricut

I recently purchased a Cricut personal electronic cutter. I love the Cricut. I used it to create my Christmas cards. Here are some cards that I made using the Snow Friends cartridge.

Here's the directions for the Snow Friends cards.

Cut the snow men using the Snow Friends cartridge. I used pink chalk to give them rosy cheeks.

Cut a piece of pink and lavender card stock and emboss it using the Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder. Next sand the snowflakes to highlight them.

Cut a piece of black card stock slightly larger than the embossed layer and a piece of pink or lavender card stock slightly larger than the black layer. Glue the embossed layer on top of the black card stock and glue these two layers on top of the coordinating pink or lavender card stock.

Cut a piece of ribbon the length of the card plus 1/2 inch and glue it to the card. Center the embossed background over the ribbon and adhere to the card using foam dots.

Position the snow men on the embossed layer.

Using a Martha Stewart snowflake punch make six snowflakes and adhere to the card. Embellish the snowflakes with rhinestones.

Add a bow to the top of the card.

I cut trees using the Winter Wonderland cartridge and added them to the lavender card. I used Mudd Puddles snow to accent the trees.