Hi everyone and Happy Thursday! After a few months off from crafting, I am back and boy does it feel good to be back in the craft room again! :) So much has happened since I last posted here. My husband has started his own law firm which is so exciting (I'm so proud of him!). We took a week long vacation to Charleston, SC (some of you may remember, we visited there last year as well). Going to Charleston feels like going home to me. I love it SO much! We stayed on the Isle of Palms, went for walks on the beach every morning and every night, and spent our days in Charleston sightseeing, walking, sitting at the park at the Battery, admiring the beautiful houses, eating the best food ever . . . you name it, we did it! :) I even managed to get autographed copies of books from my two favorite authors (Karen White and Dorothea Benton Frank). I promised myself when we left that we will move down to Charleston some day, hopefully sooner rather than later. I'll share some pictures of our trip soon. Work is still crazy. I'm still an assistant prosecutor and I love it but it sure does keep me busy :) I wouldn't have it any other way though. So, things have been crazy busy around here, thus the need for a crafting break. Things are still crazy busy, but I'm finding time again to make it to the craft room and I'm realizing just how much I missed it.
Okay, onto the real reason you are here! :) I have two cards to share with you today. Both were made using my Cricut (and yes, I still plan on sharing stamping/copic creations with you on my blog as well, but right now, I'm on a Cricut craze so bear with me :) I think there's room in the crafting world (and in my heart and on my blog) for all sorts of projects and I hope I provide a little something for everyone :)).
For my first card, I created this fun, summery birthday card. The sweet bird and flags were cut from the Birthday Bash Cricut Cartridge (I LOVE this cartridge, it is definitely one of my favorites . . . the little critters are SO cute). The card measures 4 1/4" by 5 1/2". All cardstock is by SU and my DP is from MME (doesn't that cut paper match the image perfectly?) I used my white gel pen (mine is just a Sakura gelly roll pen from Michael's, I'm looking for a better one so leave me a comment if you have any suggestions) to add some dimension to the cuts. I also added a little pink rhinestone (from Michael's) to the top of the bird's party hat. I added a ribbon (tied with my awesome Bow Easy (how did I tie bows before I bought this little tool?!?!)), a rose from Wild Orchid Crafts, and pearls. I'm not sure who made the sentiment, it's from an old set I had laying around. I adhered the main image and the sentiment to the card base with dimensionals. What do you think?
For my second card, I decided to use one of my most favorite carts, the Playtime Lite Cartridge (I've had this one for a while, I was lucky enough to find a wonderful seller off of Ebay who sold it to me). I cut the cute little girl image out and used the "hide contour" feature on my Gypsy to hide her face. I then used my Princess Face stamps from Peachy Keen stamps for the face. Again I used my white gel pen for some doodling around the image for added dimension. The card base was created using my Gypsy as well. I used a square "stamp" image from the Pack Your Bags cartridge, duplicated it in my Gypsy, and then welded the two images together to create the card base. I then created a smaller "stamp" for my DP (which is from DCWV Playtime stack). Next, I cut the clouds out from the Once Upon a Princess cartridge. I adhered the clouds and the little girl to the card base using dimensionals. I added a bow (again tied with my Bow Easy) and a rose from Wild Orchid Crafts. Finally, I added the sentiment (again, not sure who makes this one either, I've had it for years). What do you think?
Well, I hope you enjoyed my cards today! It is SO good to be back. I have so missed creating, posting, and visiting all your wonderful blogs. Thanks so much for visiting and I'll see you back here soon!
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