Friday, May 4, 2012

It's May!

Erica's Craft Room 100 Cricut Cartridge Blog Hop Day ONE

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100 Cricut Cartridge Blog Hop

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     Wow, it's May already. Can you believe it? May means flowers, Mothers' day and, of course, since it is the first week of May that means it's time for Erica's Craft Room Blog Hop! Just wait 'til I show you what I made for this Hop! If you came from  Sarah's  then you are in the right place. If not you will want to start @ the beginning with the lovely Erica

     This Hop was so much fun to create for. I used the following cartridges for my projects: Luau, Art Nouveau and Damask Decor. First I'll show you what I used the Luau cart for.
     A few weeks ago I showed you my "Hang Ten" layout using this same cart. I made several of these Hibiscus flowers to play around with. These leftovers were the right size for a card. I cut these at 2.0" and 1.75". I sprayed these with Candy Apple Red Glimmer Mist. I wanted the centers to really sparkle so I pulled out my Xyron sticker maker and ran the shadow layer through it with the right side facing down on my machine. This made a perfect base for my glitter.

     I put the 2 layers together (flower and Blackout) and I then sprinkled some Martha Stewart glitter on the sticky side and pressed it down with my finger to make sure all the glitter was adhered. This is a super easy way to apply your glitter. I added some Liquid Pearls in Gold Pearl to the stamen of the flower and a few dots around the center. I cut the leaves @ .75" and inked with Rangers Peeled Paint. All that was left was to add some pop dots to the flowers for some dimension. BTW the card base was from a pack of ready made cards by DCWV. If you are looking for any of the products I used here you can find them in Erica's Store. This is a great time to stock up since she is having a great sale for the whole month of May. You can get 33% off everything except for Provocraft items. Happy Mothers' Day to all of us!!

     I wanted to make this card interactive so I added a hidden tag. I cut the tag at 2.5". I can't remember which cart I used but you could use any cart with a tag feature. The Greeting is a rub on and, with a little ribbon and a brad, you are done. I even added a rhinestone to one of the flowers on the background paper.
     This next card is one of my favorites. Erica has Swaps over on her blog and this die cut was one of the Swaps I participated in. We had to make a die that was 4" and use the colors: blue, purple and green. I cut the tulips from the Art Nouveau cartridge on page 30. + shift @ 4". I also used Layer 1 for the Tulip heads.
     The center petal was cut out of glitter paper however I used some Stickles on the outer petals. The leaves were misted with white Glimmer Mist and, once dry, I embossed them with my Cuttlebug and a folder from the Oriental Bundle. I was so fortunate to find this wonderful background paper in DCWV Tres Chic. It was perfect for the braid I used on the outer edge of this card. If you would like to take part in one of Erica's challenges,  you can find them here Swaps.  She also has challenges with sketches that are provided on a regular basis. I can't wait to see what die cuts I get in return from this swap but I thought you might like to see what I created with mine.
     My last project is this beautiful tag from Damask Decor. I used the image on page 51 and cut it @ 4". The top layer is from the Luxury Stack by DCWV. This has a wonderful pearlized print and went so beautiful with  this particular cut. I used a pearl ivory cardstock for the blackout piece and added a little silver ink to the edge. I had this silver leaf and baubles hanging around on my craft table so, with a little tulle, this became a great way to finish off this tag. I have already stamped the "to" and "from" on the back so I just have to find the perfect gift to attach this too, lol.
     Well I hope you have enjoyed my projects and that you feel inspired to try some of them. Now it's time to head over to the amazing  Heather E and she what surprises she has in store for you.
     In order to have a chance to win some prizes, you must comment on on the blogs. Should you get lost along the way, here is the line up:

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Mary - < You are here
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Janet's Planet said...

awesome cards!! Janet Royer MCCR DT

Doris P. said...

BEAUTIFUL! elegant and so very pretty!!
My Cricut craft room dt Doris

cema1cema said...

Fantastic cards!! Christina

Liz said...

great cards that hibiscus really pops off the page

Jenn's Paper Crafts said...

I love your cards Mary!!

MCCR DT sis Jenn

Newbie2crafting said...

Awesome cards! So elegant.


Ava Fernandez said...

Such beautiful cards Mary, TFS
Ava DT Sister

Tracy said...

Tracy -

Creative M said...

Amazing Cards!Beautiful tag!!!!TFS

HeatherLynn said...

OHHH love all of your creations! That tag is gorgeous!! Thanks for the inspiration!
Have a great weekend!

lisacustomscrapbooking said...

Very beautiful projects!


Lady Fair said...

Beautiful cards and the tag is gorgeous. TFS

melodydamom said...

love your creations ;)

you have so great ideas ;)

love your mothers day card ;)

my name is melody rainbow, same on facebook

my blog is:

Tonya said...

Super cute cards Mary! You did a great job.

rlovew said...

Wonderful cards- I love the flowers you made on each of them.

Lisa said...

Love your cards!

Sweet Heart said...

Great projects! Thanks for sharing!

missstamper said...

So pretty!

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nanapuddin said...

Wow! great cards! great job! TFS!
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mamawcindy said...

Beautiful Cards and Tag! :0)

Josie0602 said...

Pretty projects!!


Miranda said...

Mary, these are AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL! Love all of them!
Miranda :)
MCCR DT Sister

KathyJo said...

absolutely beautiful!
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Jenny R said...

Beautiful cards...I love the hidden tag with the sentiment and that Tulip cut is stunning with all of the bling and emossing. :)

Kris Dietz said...

Your projects are so beautiful! Love the ideas you shared.

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Sarah said...

Beautiful as always! Love those red flowers.

Pattie Mcginnis said...

Very nice projects...

Sheila said...

Beautiful job!


Kathy Salido said...

Beautiful projects Mary!!
My Cricut Craft Room Design Team

ClaireR said...

Love the flower cards Mary. I really love the color combo of the AN flower card.
DT sista,
My Cricut Craftroom DTM