Monday, April 19, 2010

Quick & Easy Gift Card Holder Purses

Been so pre-occupied with the planning of our upcoming trip that I haven't had the time to do much crafting. Decided it would be a good time to finally post these gift card holders that I made a while back, but never had the chance to post. These are really simple to do and I often fall back on this purse when I'm falling late with a gift.

The cut file for this gift card holder uses all George. For the front closure, I used a Stampin Up scallop punch and circular greeting stamp and a flower shaped rhinestone from Photocraft. To keep the purse nicely closed, magnetic strips are glued to the purse and the inside of the closure.

Here's what the card looks like on the inside with the gift card in place...

Hello Kitty is a sizzlits die...she's all decked out and ready to go shopping!

Here's another one done in shades of blue... I used glittered cardstock from the DCWV Sweet stack for these and had fun embellishing with rhinestones, flowers, ribbon and a paper lace edging cut with a Martha Stewart edge punch.

These are really kinda fun to embellish! Recently I picked some sizzlits dies of girly things like lipstick and nailpolish which I think might look cute to decorate inside these purses too.

If you'd like to give one these a try, shoot me an email and I'll send the cut file your way. BTW, next Cricut Club meeting is scheduled for the 25th!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Cards for Soldiers

For our very first group project, members of Photocraft Hawaii's Cricut Club were asked to create "Cards for Soldiers" which they shared at our last meeting in March. It was so much fun and so inspiring to see all the wonderful cards everyone created!

Here's Ev C.'s absolutely gorgeous card and matching tags which she created using the Pagoda cartridge...

Robin K. used her new Mothers Day cartridge to create SIX (!) sweet cards...

Iris T. stamped, colored and embossed these two beautiful and perfectly color coordinated cards...

Look at this pair of cuties created by Sharon F.! She used Wild Card and Sesame Street cartridges.

These two lavishly embellished and detailed beauties are Aileen H.'s creations...

These two elegant cards were created by Laura K. (left) and Roz J. (right). Laura used a paper doily to embellish the front of her card and Roz used A Childs Year cartridge for her scallop edge and embossed card.

Inside view of Laura's gatefold card...

These two super adorable cards were created by Cindy (left) and Brian (right). Cindy's cute puppy cut comes from the Paper Pups cartridge.

And Brian's multi-paged tag card features cuts from the Hello Kitty Greetings cartridge.

These two sweet cards were created by creative & talented ladies Michele C. (left) and Michele F. (right). Michele C. used the bamboo embossing folder from the Asian bundle to create the perfect backdrop for her cute panda from the Pagoda cartridge. Michele F's mouthwatering icecream cone is cut from the Indie Arts cartridge.
And finally, these are the three cards I made, very quick and easy. I used the Lyrical Letters cartridge to create all three, used Cuttlebug embossing folders to add a little texture.

Heartfelt thanks go to everyone who participated in this group project! Your talents and hardwork are truly appreciated! All your wonderful cards are being sent to our dedicated soldiers overseas so they may in turn use them to send to their loved ones.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

"Hoppy" Easter!

Just barely had time to finish my Easter projects this poor computer crashed and burned a couple weeks ago in the midst of my preparing for a Design Studio class and I've been frantically trying to catch up on things since then.

My first project for Easter were these little milk cartons and holders. Kind of like the Sizzix ones, but larger. The Sizzix milk cartons just seemed too small to me, so I was really happy to find these larger ones created and shared by Cricut Message board member thunderbirdlindy (Beth).

Beth's milk cartons are 5-1/2 inches tall and 2-3/8ths inches wide. Plenty large enough to hold a lot of goodies! She created two cutfiles, one for Design Studio and one for the Gypsy. Both use the George cartridge. You can find the link to Beth's files here. Please be sure to leave a message thanking her if you decide to download her files.

I decided I wanted a holder for the milk cartons so I created one in Design Studio, also using the George cartridge. The milk cartons and holders were pretty easy to cut with the Cricut and assemble. The tough part for me was the embellishing! Making and decorating my first set of four milk cartons didn't seem too bad...but I ended up making twenty-four, and that took way too much time!

Two of each set were embellished with My Melody cuts which I created with Make The Cut and images found on the internet.

And for the second two cartons in each set I used Hello Kitty Sizzlits dies. I spent way too much time on all the details on these!
For the sides of the boxes I used a round Easter Greeting $1 stamp from G Studio, Stampin' Up's scallop circle punch and a Sizzlit die for the cute chickies in the middle.
Flower, circle and leaf punches were used on the tops of the boxes and the swirly cut on the holder is from a large Sizzix die.

After spending too much time making the tiny cartons, I still had more gifts I needed to make, but with time running out, I decided to "Super-Size It". Using Beth's cut file as a guide, I created a cut file for an even larger milk carton.

Though it's difficult to tell from the photos, these cartons turned out to be 9 inches tall and 3-1/2 inches wide. Large enough to hold nearly a dozen cookies! These use two sheets of 12x12 cardstock and the 12x24 inch mat to cut.

Decorating these was a lot simpler too, since everything was a lot larger! Happy Easter is a sizzlits die, and decorated egg on the top of the boxes was created using shapes from George and Plantin Schoolbook cartridges.

Peeking Bunny was created in Make The Cut (LOVE this program!) using a digital image from Darcy Hunter's "Holiday Treasures" clip art collection.

Tulips are from the Walk in My Garden cartridge, welded in Design Studio and cut at 4-1/2 inches. Got six of these done just in time for our family Easter dinner tonight!

I was the lucky recipient of some really awesome Easter goodies from my sweet and creative friends! I received this sweet basket filled to the brim with goodies from my friend Dawne, when we got together last weekend for a Stampin Up demo at her home. The basket is from the new Easter cartridge...ooh, I love that butterfly!

This Tupperware filled with Easter surprises and this super neat swivel box is from my best shopping buddy, Kris. LOVE that box! Definitely a CASE study!

And this darling little box filled with her signature decorated cookies is from none other than my dear friend Heather. Box is a x-tra large Sizzix die....don't you just love the embossing on it!
I am blessed to have such wonderfully creative and generous friends!

Oh, oh! It's little Latte in her Easter bonnet with her new friend...wishing "ewe" a Happy Easter!