Friday, August 28, 2009

Priceless Halloween

I do not send Halloween cards, but I really like all the cute Halloween stamps. When my kids were younger, I started getting ready for Halloween in July - making costumes, planning for new decorations, etc. Then they got older and wanted store bought costumes. Imagine! Anyway, now that they are older and beyond trick-or-treating, I guess I've found a new creative Halloween project.

I got this stamp a few weeks ago and was hoping to find a cute or pretty witch stamp to go with it, but then I remembered my Cricut Paper Dolls cartridge had a cute witch.

The "priceless" stamp is from DRS designs and the round stamp is JustRite's Witch Way to Go set.

I used Martha Stewart's Drippy Goo border punch for the bottom and went over it with Stickles to make it sparkle. I think she would be cuter with a real face. Next purchase will be the stamps for the paper doll faces.

Other materials: Krylon Webbing spray, Doodlebug glitter & brad, SU punches.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Cricut Cheerleader "recipe"

I noticed that a few people have landed on my blog while searching for Cricut Cheerleader. There are soooo many cute options on the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge that I'm surprised they didn't include a cheerleader. This is not my original "recipe". My friend Angela found it for me when I was searching. I did make a few changes, though. I'd be happy to give the original author credit & a link if anyone recognizes the work.

For the Body, I went with 4" and left it on for the clothes and accessories.

Shirt - blackout prom boy. I tried this but didn't like the long sleeve look, so I cut the sleeves off. Probably a waste of paper just to have the neckline showing. I'm sure there is a better way.

Socks - Rag Doll trimmed down

Shoes - Rag Doll

Skirt - original recipe called for blackout Dancer, cut two. Use different colors and cut small triangles in the top layer to allow bottom layer to show. HOWEVER, I used the jumper on Dancer accessories 1. I used the full cutout (white) on the underneath layer and then cut the second black one into a V on the top, trimmed the bottom to look like pleats and then layered it over the white.

Pompoms - The original recipe mentioned that you could use Superboy Accessories 2 or blackout on Outfit 2 (lion's mane) from the Paper Doll Cartridge. I used Accent 32s from the Accent Essentials Cartridge. Not sure what sizes I used, I just played with it until I got it right.

Hair - I used the Headwear from the Indian Girl but you can use whatever headwear you like. The ponytail is Dancer Headwear.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Frogs & Underpants

As I was shopping the other day in the local stamp shop, I saw these stamps. They caught my eye and made me laugh at the time, but I didn't buy them. As I've mentioned before, I am not a card maker. BUT I couldn't get them out of my mind, so I went back the next day and snagged them up. You know how you see something unique and when you realize you need it, there is now way you'll ever find it again? Not happening to me this time!

As I was browsing through my list of blogs this morning, I found Jozza's blog with a "feeling green" dare. That's as good a reason as any to play with a frog stamp, right?

Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny Wasabi Dot

Tools: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Cricut Cheerleader

I got a Cricut Expression for Christmas. Yeah! Except.....when I took it out of the box I was more than a little intimidated by it. So I played with it once with no specific purpose or project and there it sat for three weeks collecting dust.

BUT - then I had an idea. My daughter is a cheerleader and we are coming up on cheering competition season. Could I make a cheerleader with the Paper Doll cartridge? I didn't have the cartridge at that point, but I had seen some projects made with it. Angela, who does a lot of amazing projects with Kellie over at Polished to Perfection , is the Cricut queen. So I asked her if the cartridge had a cheerleader. It didn't, so she did some research for me and found a picture on this blog, Cas Rogers, and sent me some specifics on parts and pieces.

I ordered the cartridge and my daughter and I came up with this little sweetie a few nights ago. We didn't have a lot of time so I didn't glitter her up like I would normally do, but I cut quite a few pieces to experiment with.
The girls make locker posters for each other and Alex used it on the one she made.

The cheerleaders are off to the state competition next weekend so I have to come up with some kind of favor to use the dolls on. (The moms decorate the bus and make goodie bags for the girls to take with them.) That ought to keep me busy for awhile. I also have to say I am no longer afraid of my Cricut!

3/16/09 - Update. I see that alot of people have been searching "Cricut Cheerleader" and landing here. If anybody is interested in the "recipe" of the parts and pieces, leave me a comment and I'll post instructions.
UPDATE: I have posted the directions. Please see March 18 blog.