JBC:Flurries & a big NOEL plus daring faves

hi all! happy monday!  i know – oxymoron right 😛  i had to run to the grocery store this morning around 8 and i had ICE on my windshield!!!  yikes!  but yesterday was wonderful and the trees are INCREDIBLE right now!  i LOVE fall color!  we never had that down south (NO i do not consider virginia the south – i am talking about south louisiana – south of new orleans.)  anyway we didn’t have any fall color change on our trees – heck we BARELY had winter.  as a kid i always thought it was some kind of myth.  then i moved north – first missouri and then here – WOW!!!  makes my jaw drop every year!  like some of the trees are on FIRE!

so apparently i should have bought some lottery tickets last week or something.  i think i got three challenge awards in one week!!!!!!!!!!  i one a gift certificate from the cuttlebug spot, made the top three scoops at pile it on, and got a mention over on just buggin!!!  i think i have been doing challenges for 2 years now and have had this happen like twice before 😛  talk about floating on air hee heee!!!!  i enjoyed all of these challenges immensely and felt i needed a change so i hope to fit them into my weekly crafting every week!!!  starting now HAHAHHA!

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tried something new for today’s card – new for me anyway!!  the challenge over at Just Buggin’ is to make a die cut shape card with your cricut.  well i NEVER use the card feature – mostly because i have the baby bug so the card is small and envelopes even smaller and it just frustrates me.  BUT i really started looking at them for this challenge and wow!  some really good stuff:

just buggin

after i cut the main card i cut some layers for the snowflake and then a frame with nesties.  here is the second reason i get frustrated with the card (tag, whatever) feature – the layers don’t quite match up – BUT i made it work!   i took an acetate sheet from the back of a set of studio G stamps and colored it with alcohol ink.  then i adhered it to the back behind the snowflake cut out.  i cuttlebugged a border and then added some snowflake skittles and a cute little snowman face skittle.

just buggin layers

all of the layered pieces are popped up on foam tape. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

i also did the inside:

just buggin inside

i cut matching pieces to cover the inside so the acetate sheet edges were hidden.  i used a nestie to cut the windo out for the snowflake. 
just buggin SG close up

The snowflake border and inside image/sentiment are studio G stamps – don’t let anyone tell you these little $1 babies don’t stamp well!!!  look how crisp those itty bitty letters are!  i always use brilliance dew drops.

 

 

 

 

 

i had SO much fun with that one i decided to do another one but i got a little fancier – broke out my cricut design studio.  i have had DS for 1 1/2 years and have barely dabbled in it at all.  but i really like what i did – totally nothing fancy by DS terms but still cool:

just buggin die cut card

the card shape is just a shape on the cartridge.  in DS i put the shape on the right and then the shape on black out feature on the left and welded them together so the cut out to form a card.  then i also cut out the frame the same size from DS.  i outlined the letters with holly stickles – a cool mix of green glitter with a bit of red.  added some red sparkling pezabling and the front was done!

die cut card back

the letters were cut out and well that just bothers me so once again i HAD to put on a backing.  i cut the blackout shape again from clear acetate.  wanna know where i got it this time?  it is the cover that comes off a new cricut mat 🙂  i covered it with alcohol inks and attached it with glossy accents.  i put another frame on the inside edges to give it a finished look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

here’s the best part – all the extras that were cut out of the noel piece and the frame were perfect for a second card with no additional cutting:

die cut card leftovers

i edged everything with brilliance galaxy gold and also brushed gold over the raised embossing.  this time i did my stickles outline with candy cane – red glitter with a bit of gold mixed in.  this gold ribbon went perfectly and i finished off with a christmas yoyo, a green printed holly skittle and some more red pezabling!  this covers the daring cardmakers challenge use at least 5 of your favorite things on one item – 10 if you can!  i used:

1. cricut
2. cuttlebug embossing
3. yoyos
4. skittles
5. pezabling
6. stickles
7. metallic ink

my hubby really liked these with the cutout feature so i might have to experiment some more with them.  i can do tags too!!!  hahahha!  i may devote one weekend to tags since i need a bunch of them.

and now i am off to see what the mysterious pouring sounds are i hear coming from the kitchen……..my child NEVER stops getting into stuff….

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Stamps: Studio G

Ink: Brilliance; alcohol inks

Paper: SU & scraps

The Rest: cricut – noel & joys of the season, stickles – holly, candy cane; ribbon, yoyo, skittles, pezabling, acetate; cuttlebug

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7 Responses

  1. WHat wonderful cards! that noel on the cricut is inspired! thanks for playing along with DCM:)

  2. Fabulous cards – thanks for joining in with the Daring Cardmakers. 🙂

    Vanessa.

  3. WOW! You totally rocked the challenge this week, girl!!! Great job with all your cards. I like them, especially since you said you overlook the card feature on your cartridges (I know, me too, shame on us!!).
    Hugs,
    Samantha
    Just Buggin’

  4. great cards and I really like how you did the snowman/flake one

  5. Thanks for playing with The Daring Cardmakers this week – I hope you enjoyed using all those favourites on your card. All the cards look fab – I’ve got a bit of a snowflake thing going on too atm – but I’ve been using the spellbinders dies. Love that cute snowman in the centre!

  6. Beautiful as always!

    I really like the snowman in the center of the snowflake. It reminds me of a window display I saw last year at Saks in NYC. Check it out:
    http://www.hgtv.com/holidays-and-entertaining/saks-holiday-window-display-for-2008/pictures/page-2.html

  7. Very cute project! TFS

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