Thursday, May 29, 2008

Breathe Life Into Your Cricut

I have had my Cricut for almost a year now. As much as I love it to scrap with, I was getting bored with just cutting out letters & diecuts. Cricut has several cartridges that takes your machine to a whole new level. I decided to give the cartridge Tags, Bags, Boxes and More a try.

This was my first attempt at making a bag & I set this to 4 for the size of the bag. I have the original Cricut, but I bet with the Expressions this cartridge could also do wonders.

After I ran my paper through the machine, I ran my 5" Paper Creaser by Ranger over the pre-scored lines made from my Cricut. I found this to be helpful in getting the paper to bend easier into the shape of the bag.

Next, I used Terrifically Tacky Tape to keep the sides of the bag together. I highly recommend this tape for these kinds of projects. I initially attempted to secure the card with my regular taperunner adhesive to see if it were really necessary to spend extra money on the tape. I am sure it is possible, but my bag kept coming undone when I did not use the Terrifically Tacky Tape. I found that this tape works wonders & I really enjoyed the ease of working with it.

The bag & matching card are made with Bazzill paper & Basic Grey designer paper. I added some bling to my card that I had leftover to just give it a little extra touch. I inked the edges of my paper with ColorBox Queue Pigment Ink Tulip Field

This was a very simple & quick project. I think the bag would look great filled with small candy or a gift card. I hope you enjoyed my little project =)

Thanks for Visiting,

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Starbuck Gift Card Holder

A week or so ago, Kim of
Crafts By Kim posted an adorable gift card holder that she made for her mom for Mother's Day. I was inspired so I went & bought a giftcard for my friend's bday & used my inspiration from Kim to create this unique holder. This was easy to make & took under ten minutes to do. I am going to pair this up with my Monkey Card that I posted last night. For the center of the holder, I used my vintage flower that I bought last month in NYC & paired it up with another flower that I had hanging around here. I attached the flowers using a one of my sparkly brads that I picked up on sale at Michael's a few months ago. Of course I inked the edges with my Tim Holtz Distress Ink. This is a definitely a gift I would love to receive =)

Thanks for looking,

P.S. I didnt use any stickles on this one =)