More Critters

Because I love Cricut’s Create-A-Critter cartridge so much, I am sharing a few more of my favorite cards made with it.  Most were created for OWH except for the giraffe baby card, which was made for my sweet friend Pat when her granddaughter was born.  I took the liberty of using glittered paper on that one (a no-no for OWH) so of course I had to take a good picture of it!

Missing you is ruff

Missing you is ruff

G'day Koala

G’day Koala

Monkey card topper

Monkey card topper

Owl's it goin?

Owl’s it goin?

Tons of Thanks

Tons of Thanks

Giraffe baby card by special request

Giraffe baby card, by special request

Giraffe baby card close up, glittered paper

Giraffe baby card close up, glittered paper

I wish I had taken a better picture of the completed monkey card but forgot before they were all boxed up and sent, so I will just have to make more so I can get a better photo.  I was happy that some of my punny sentiments went right along with the critters.  TGIF!

National Craft Month

Did you know that March is National Craft Month? One of my favorite crafts is creating with my Cricut machine. Here are four of my favorite Cricut cards created for OWH with the thought that they would be perfect for children to receive.

There is nothing better than bee-ing with you!

There is nothing better than bee-ing with you!

Toadally in Love

Toadally in Love

Miss you Deer-ly

Miss you Deer-ly

Wishing you . . . A turtley awesome day!

Wishing you . . . A turtley awesome day!

They were cut with the Create-a-Critter cartridge, which has such adorable, endearing characters sure to evoke a smile. I just happened to have some punny stamps to go along with them too.

Girls Night Inn

As alluded to in the last post, recently we were on another girls’ crafty weekend at a new-to-us B&B called the Girls Night Inn.  The Inn is a spacious Victorian home that was recently saved from demolition and revamped into a B&B geared toward ladies’ scrapbook/getaway weekends.  I can’t believe that a home as grand as this was so close to demolition but am thankful that it was saved.  Many of the Victorian touches are still in place and can be seen in the rich woodwork throughout the house.  http://www.girlsnightinn.net/

Girls Night Inn, Exterior

Girls Night Inn, Exterior

Group on Stairs

There is nothing like a weekend of crafting, laughter, and music with close friends to renew the soul, not to mention having someone else do all the cooking and dishes.  Oh, and there might have been a wine tasting too.  Here are some pictures from the weekend.

Barb hard at work

Barb hard at work

Traci with Intricate Recipe Box

Traci with Intricate Recipe Box

Terri with Christmas Card

Terri with Christmas Card

Ronda & Teresa - Definitely NOT Newbies

Ronda & Teresa – Definitely NOT Newbies

Creeping on Crafters

Creeping on Crafters

Kim Working on Quilting Scrapbook

Kim Working on Quilting Scrapbook

Judy working on Hawaii Scrapbook

I don’t know how I missed getting a picture of Lisa and her 12-Days-of-Christmas cross-stitched project, but I think she was out and about taking pictures when I was making my rounds.  Pashaw.

Group in dining room

Group in dining room

Thank you to Ronda and Teresa who helped me assemble some children’s valentines for OWH!  Can’t wait to find time to spend another crafty weekend with all of you!

Me Holding Kiddie Valentines

Me Holding Kiddie Valentines

OWH – Happy World Card Making Day!

 

OWH, World Card Making Day - Click Here to go Back to Beginning of Blog Hop

OWH, World Card Making Day – Click Here to go Back to Beginning of Blog Hop

Welcome to my blog!  I am thrilled to celebrate World Card Making Day by participating in OWH’s bloghop!  My card is based on Sketch 96.  I like how the tree branch of my card mimics the third strip to the right.

Sketch 96

Sketch 96

Thank You Card based on Sketch 96

Thank You Card based on Sketch 96

The owl on this thank you card was made with the Cricut Create a Critter cartridge, and the sentiment is from Scrappy Mom’s “Owl Occasions.”   Papers are from my scrap box and ended up going together nicely, I think.  Thanks for stopping by!

Cricket

Cricket's card

Cricket’s card

Today’s card is in honor of a sweet, 4-pound teacup poodle named Cricket who recently went to Doggy Heaven.  We had the pleasure of being her stand-in family from time to time when her own family went on vacations, etc.  Even though she was small, she had the personality of a St. Bernard and ruled the roost over most other dogs, no matter their size.  Our own dog, Winji, definitely allowed Cricket to be the alpha dog, and I will miss their humorous interactions.  It is so difficult to lose a pet, especially one as special as Cricket; if you are a pet owner you realize that pets are very important family members.  I made this card for Judy and Dennis and hopefully it will bring them a little comfort.  I know they miss her very much.

Cricket

Cricket

The poodle image on the card was cut on the Create a Critter cartridge, and the hearts and lettering are from the George cartridge.

Rainy Days and Mondays – Make Me Crabby

Not really, but it would be nice to see a little sunshine.  Recently my dear friend, Pat, had a birthday.  She collects crab-related items and loves the little critters, so I decided to make her a set of crabby cards as a gift.  It was very easy with my Cricut.

Celebrating Crab, Create a Critter

Celebrating Crab, Create a Critter

The first cute crabby card above uses a 3-inch crab from Create a Critter, various shells and starfish from Life’s a Beach, and the word “celebrate” from the Best of 2006 cartridge in 1 inch.  On the right is an example of what some of the cards read on the inside.

Oh Snap!  Crab card, Life's a Beach

Oh Snap! Crab card, Life’s a Beach

The 3-inch crab on the second card isn’t as friendly looking but I like him anyhow.  He is from Life’s a Beach as is the sandcastle cut at 3 inches.  The cupcake is from Best of 2006.

Crab, Create a Critter, Snappy Birthday

Crab, Create a Critter, Snappy Birthday

Happy Crab, Create a Critter

Happy Crab, Create a Critter

The last card uses the cute crab again from Create a Critter.  I cut him at 2-1/2 inches so there was plenty of room for the background images.  The 2-inch sun, tree, and clouds are also from Create a Critter, and to the left of the card front is another example of the inside of the cards.

All of the sky backgrounds are embossed with the Stampin Up Cloudy Day embossing folder, and the “sand” on all the cards is cardstock that was torn and jagged to give it some depth and character.  I also think it would be cute to use actual sandpaper on these cards rather than cardstock.  Happy Birthday, Crabby Pat!

First Communion

This time of year many young Catholic children are preparing for their First Holy Communion.  I remember mine pretty well and loved the beautiful white dress and veil, as well as the white anklets and shiny white patent leather shoes that I wore in honor of receiving the Body of Christ for the first time.  Oh, and my mom made pin curls in my hair so I would feel extra special for the occasion.  Sleeping with a headful of bobby pins was not very comfortable but oh so worth it to have those bouncy curls the next day.  I remember the blue rosary and its little blue leather pouch that I received as a gift, as well as The Children’s Bible that my grandparents traditionally gave to their grandchildren for this milestone.  Okay, enough reminiscing! 

first communion card wm

First Communion Card

Here is a First Communion card I made for my parents to present to their great-nephew in a few weeks.  It was made mostly with the Cricut George cartridge with the cup of the chalice being a large circle, the foot being an oval, and the stem being a long rectangle with rounded corners.  These were cut from a silver/gray-colored paper.  I embossed the cup with the Cuttlebug Divine Swirls embossing folder (I thought the name was appropriate!), and I affixed a cross made on the Easter cartridge.  The Eucharist Host is a circle about 1/2-inch smaller than the cup.  The grapes are 1-inch and 1-1/4-inch circles cut on the George cartridge, and the leaves are from the Create A Critter cartridge (p. 70 Turkey/Pumpkin accessory).  A simple brown strip of paper cut on an angle is the stem.   Finally, the background was made with the Darice Plaid Pattern embossing folder.  This card could easily be made with punches/circle cutter too.

Congratulations to all the little second graders making their First Holy Communion this spring.  May they be as happy as the ones shown in these pictures!

First Communion Day

First Communion Day

jer first communion wm

First Communion Day