Friday, April 6, 2012

Welcome to My Cricut Craft Room's
100 Cricut Cartridge Blog Hop

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My Cricut Craft Room 100 Cartridge Hop

Be sure to visit Erica's Blog tomorrow for over 50 NEW projects that you did not see today....
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Currently she is running a Scrapbook & Card challenge over on her challenge blog and you can win a gift certificate to her webstore!

Don't forget to comment along the way on all of the blogs today and tomorrow to be entered to win the Cricut cartridge that Erica is giving away today.
Winners will be announced on her blog on Tuesday!

Welcome and happy Spring to all of you! I have a lot to share so let's get started. For my projects I used the Cricut carts: Inspired Heart, Wedding Solutions, Plantin School Book, Beyond Birthdays and the Imagine cart Hey Diddle Diddle.

     Spring also means the performance of religious rites of passage and we happen to have both a Grand son and Grand Daughter receiving their First Communion into our Catholic faith so I thought I'd make their cards ahead of time. I started with a card base from Plantin School Book which I sized @ 5.50" in CCR so I could add an oval window to the card front. The oval is from the insert to the image. I did have to rotate it  90 degrees since I wanted the card to open the vertically rather than from the side.
 Next I laid out the girl and boy images from Inspired Heart @ 3.25" as well as the oval that goes behind the image. (I'll explain in a minute!).  
Now I have my mat staged to cut the "stained glass" oval. Remove the images and ovals but leave the card stock/paper in place. I used Graffix stain glass acrylic and slipped it in the oval opening. Now I know I have the perfect fit to go behind my images (or you could just hide the images, leave the ovals, move the ovals over and cut, lol).I ran the front part of the card through my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dot folder and misted with some Perfect Pearls in white to add a little sheen.
 The cross was cut @ 1.25" from the Wedding Solutions cart. The image is located on the 2nd row, 2nd image from the Left.
I did some distressing with Tattered Rose and Broken China on all my images.
Lastly, I wanted to add a nice sentiment so I used the Beyond Birthdays cart for the "Blessings to you " which is on page 134 cut @ 2".

Here's a close up of the girl card. the stain glass gives such a great look. It only took 4 cartridges to create this design, lol. I finished both cards with some Candi "brads" that you can purchase @ Erica's Shop.

Lastly I wanted to show you a project I am working on with the Imagine cart Hey Diddle Diddle. I have 5 grand sons all under the age of 8 years so I wanted to do baby books for them.

     I love my Imagine!!!! I can just go to the images, print and cut what I want, combine layers or separate them, make them into embellishments or just use them as they are. Talk about creative freedom!!!! This page is an example of separating the layers so they all print and cut individually. This way I could lay them all out on my page and add a real button to the phrase "Button".

I kept the "its a boy" as one image since I want the other page where a picture will go as a focal point.
 I have a feeling these are going to be works in progress for a while.

Time for you to continue hopping along to see what the rest of these ladies have to share.
Feel free to leave a comment along the way. Hugs~Mary
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Janet's Planet said...

love your project, but the mannequin story is amazing!
Janet Royer- MCCR-DT

Josie0602 said...

Your cards are so beautiful and I love the mini album pages.

My Cricut Craft Room Design Team

Gloria said...

beautiful projects!!!!!
gloria c

Laurie said...

Love your cards and can't wait until I can get an imagine! Love your baby book pages!

cema1cema said...

Love your cards! Great ideas! Christina

Liz said...

Beautiful cards, your layout is soo sweet

Ava Fernandez said...

Loove your projects. The cards are so beautiful.
Ava DT Sister

angel4ever said...

Absolutely beautiful! ♥

DT sis ~ Tiffany

Marji said...

Beautiful cards!

Dana's Crafty Corner said...

Beautiful projects!


Crafting And Beyond said...

Just Georgous you are such a creative lady. I admire your talents.... I was very impressed with your projects and look forward to seeing mor amazing inspiration from you soon! Crafty Hugs Susan, MCCR Design Team

TeresaK said...

Your first communion cards are just so pretty! I sooo need an Imagine, don't I???
Happy Easter!

Teresa said...

Your cards are beautiful!

scrapbookingforfun said...

Beautiful work!!!

Claire Spielman said...

Beautiful projects...lots of great detail!Checked out your mannequin story...WOW!

Creative Wishes,
Claire S.
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Desi Lee Designing Divas said...

very nice love the card

azivy said...

Great project today

azivy said...

Great project today

Unknown said...

Absolutly Beautiful and thank you so much for the tutorial!!! *Erica

Formerly known as: Queen of Bling said...

I love your projects the cards are sooo beautiful! Happy Easter 2 u & urs!

kim said...

Love your projects. I don't have an Imagine but I have the E2. Love anything cricut. Thanks for sharing.


Connie Can Crop said...

Gorgeous cards. Such a wonderful blessing to go through First Holy Communion. God Bless them on their speacial day!

Pattie Mcginnis said...

Really awesome cards...

Sarah said...

I love those cards. They are so pretty. The layout is super cute.

missstamper said...

Thank you for sharing such beautiful projects!

Bhawana said...

wow firstly both the cards are great. Love the way they have come out. and your baby album is sooooooooooooo cute.

rlovew said...

I love the communion cards- fabulous!

Anonymous said...

beautiful cards

gypsyrps said...

Great projects. So sweet!

MJW said...

Your grands are blessed to have you!

Jen R said...

Beautiful...I love how you created a stained glass window. Your LO's are adorable! I love my Imagine too!

marg0006 said...

What pretty cards and I like that you did a hi & hers.

silvia said...

Fabulous projects!!

Unknown said...

Beautiful cards!
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Kris Dietz said...

Great projects! Your cards are beautiful. Thank you for sharing how you made them.

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Kathy Salido said...

Great projects Mary, the 1st communion cards are beautiful!!
My Cricut Craft Room Design Team