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.

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!

Have a Fintastic Day!

Hi Friends!  Long time, no blog!  As many of you know, I was fortunate enough to go on a beautiful vacation recently and island hopped the Hawaiian Islands.  In a nutshell, Pearl Harbor really touched my heart and the Punchbowl came in a close second.  Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island was the most awesome of the “organized” natural wonders we visited and I found it quite intriguing, not to mention the random beauty we saw around every corner including pristine beaches with turquoise waters, large turtles close to the shore, and gorgeous sunsets worthy of a Sierra Club publication.  You know those calendars – they show photos so breathtaking that you think they must be Photoshopped and color enhanced.  Turns out these things wonders of nature really do exist and are even more stunning in person.  Also, the smells of the flowering trees and shrubs caught me by surprise each day.  Okay, I will admit it was really, really hot in some places and unfortunately some cities, mostly Honolulu, suffer the same blights of any other big city, but overall I considered it a trip of a lifetime.

The six-hour difference really kicked my butt after we got home on Sunday.  Finally on Thursday I started feeling like my body clock was back to normal and it has taken until now to have a breather from work, chores, and everyday life to update my blog.  In honor of all the colorful fish and sea life of Hawaii, I am featuring a cute fish card to wish you a Fin-tastic Day, and while you are at it, Have a Fin-tastic Weekend!

Have a Fintastic Day

Have a Fintastic Day

This card was made with Cricut Life’s a Beach fish cut at 2”, 3”, and 3-1/2”.  The seaweed was cut at 2”, and the sand is simply a ¾-inch torn paper strip.  The shell is from Create a Critter and is 1-1/2”.  The background was dry embossed with the Sizzix Swirls and Waves folder, and air bubbles were enhanced with Glossy Accents.  Aloha!

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