Thursday, March 24, 2011

Imagine Bunny Card

     Happy Easter bunny! I really am becoming more comfortable with my Imagine. I cut this bunny from Celebrate With A Flourish at 3". All the papers on the bunny embellishment was cut from white card Bazzill card stock and the Elise cart for the Imagine. It's so cool to add your images and then select the color pattern to make your image your own creation! The striped paper background and the circle behind the bunny are from a g.c.d. Spring Stack that I had on hand.
     Can I just tell you how great this paper is? It has a wonderful satin texture to it. I think it makes for a very quality oriented card. I really have to get some more of this line because it truly is so wonderful to work with. By the way, I ran the circle through the swiss dots cuttlebug folder to add some interest but i really could have done without this step.
     The tag is also a cuttlebug die and fits so many of my stamps perfectly. I finished off this card with some primas that i sprayed with a glimmer mist and added a small button brads to the center. With the help of my imagine I completed 3 cards in under 2 hours ( that's a record for me, lol).

Sweet Strawberry Card

     I really love my cricut Imagine! I just made this quick birthday card using the Everyday cartridge for the Imagine. The 4.25 x 5.50 card base is cut from the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge and the strawberry embellishment from Celebrate With A Flourish cut at 2.5". I dug out a white Martha Stewart label to brighten up the embellishment. After adding some ribbon and some Martha Stewart glitter (love this stuff, lol) a quick stamp and voila, it's done!

Monday, March 21, 2011

New Safety Guidelines

     What are they thinking? The news report from the Academy of Pediatrics just issued their new guidelines for car seat safety. Okay, I'm all for car safety. I am even in favor of booster seats and the fact that you cannot ride in the front seat until age 11 years, but what are they thinking or rather not thinking with these new guidelines.
     In case you haven't heard, the Academy is recommending that infants and toddlers are placed in rear facing car seats until age 2 years. Really? Are they serious? If you look at the average 1-2 year olds, they are tall. Most parents can't wait to put their little ones facing front mainly because their poor little legs are scrunched against the back seat.
     How is this going to work? Are we going to have to have car manufacturers cut cubbies in the seat backs so the kids can stretch out their legs? If their legs are scrunched up against the seat, and you do get in an accident, don't they risk feet, leg and hip injuries?
     Another recommendation is that up to age 13 the kids should ride in the back seat and not the front. There was no explanation as to why. I know some 11 year olds that are taller than me! (and I'm the driver!).
     While it is important to safe guard our children when we travel, we should be realistic as to if it is feasible to carry out these guidelines and if we would be putting them at even more risk. Just saying.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Dress Form Card

     My best friend and I always exchange birthday gifts and her special day was yesterday. Ok so she is not the foo foo or glitzy girl (I am, lol!) but she loves anything I make. I just love my Imagine and the circle exclusive cart French Manor. I made a card using the dress form for my daughters birthday in October, but I haven't really used the card feature on any of my carts yet. After doing this card I think that is going to change!

     First let me start by saying I had been a little disappointed in the cuts I got with the I. Don't get me wrong it cuts more intricate details better than the expression. That being said, the cuts were a little off even with the calibrations.So I finally did the advanced calibrations and now they are right on.
     I cut the card base with a height of 5.50" which gave me a perfect A2 card. (4.25" x 5.50"). I used the relative size button and then cut the separate dress form. I also cut a 3" dress form to use on a tag. The Elise cart has a really pretty palette so I chose a printed pattern for the card itself and kept the card insert from white card stock. I chose the gray for the dress forms and sprayed these pieces with Tattered Angels granite mist. The background has a gorgeous Donna Salazar stamp of lace that I stamped with Ranger milled lavender. The embellishments are: a strand of pearls, prima flowers and a scrap of ruffled elastic.
     I have a lot of velum sentiments so I grabbed a scrap of white card stock and a nestabilities label and voila a classy inside. I forgot to hide the score marks on the card and figured what the heck, the slits are already there so a grabbed some "Foo Foo" fine yarn and tied it with a bow.
     It's about time I put some of my on line classes knowledge to work. I grabbed some alcohol inks and a shipping tag to make my background. Remember that 3" dress form I cut along with the card? Well I added that to the tag along with a fabric flower I made.
     My friend absolutely loved it!!