Sunday, April 24, 2011

Last Minute Easter Bunny

"I'm late! I'm LATE! For a very important DATE!" so said the rabbit in Alice In Wonderland, and that accurately sums up me at Easter this year. Have so much going on right now that I didn't think I'd have time to create anything at all for Easter. But being that Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays, I scrambled to put these little fence boxes together at the very last minute. Managed to get a few of these done for dh to take to work on Good Friday, and got ten more done this morning just in time to take to our family Easter lunch. Whew, what a frantic rush!
Luckily these came together pretty quickly once I got the hang of assembling the fence boxes. These boxes are a cutfile from  the Wrap It Up cartridge. Didn't think I'd ever have a use for a fence box, until I saw the adorable ones created and posted by Tina on her blog, Tina Time.
I altered the fence "box" cutfile just a tad because on the original cutfile, the fence box sides are connected only on the bottom where you see the grass. I didn't like the way the fence bulged at the seams when filled with goodies, so I used Design Studio to weld tabs (rectangle shape from the George cartridge) to the corners of the fence so I could glue the sides together, resulting in a sturdier box.

I loved the cute ducklings Tina used for her box, but since I don't own the Just Because Cards cartridge, I needed a quick substitute. Decided to use the rabbit from the Cottage Cutz "Made Easy" Bunny & Butterflies die, which was just the right size.
Didn't care for the butterfly cut on the die too much, so I used my Martha Stewart butterfly punch instead. To add a little fun dimmension, I cut the wings off of two butterflies, glued them together at the body at slightly different angles, then folded the one in front down at the wing.
Attached bunnies and butterflies to the boxes with foam tape, taped in a bag filled with treats and it was done.
Lucky for me, my crafting friends aren't procastinators like me...look at all the wonderful Easter surprises they created and shared at our last Cricuteer meeting...
Embellished paint pails were created by Ev, amazing pop-up egg card by Kris, and Cheryl made cute Hello Kitty baskets for each of us to take home!
From left to right, sweet Hello Kitty basket by Cheryl, super cute picnic basket designed by Iris, and adorable Create A Critter bunny basket created by Pat.

This very cool carrot treat box was designed and shared by Aileen and Lynette as Make and much fun to put together!
And check out these "almost too pretty to eat" decorated carrot and bunny cookies from dear friend Heather.
Then last, but not least are these paper bunnies put together by my dad. Aren't they the cutest? I'm glad that he started making these little paper animals again. Hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable Easter weekend spent with family and friends!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Baby Shoes

I was so late with this baby card (baby was already 6 months old!) that it had to be quick and easy. I knew I wanted to do a card with a pair of Maryjanes, but was disappointed that there wasn't a cutfile to be found in any of the 150 plus currently available Cricut cartridges. BTW, if ever you're looking for a particular image and wondering if there might be a cutfile for it on any of the Cricut Cartridges, be sure to check out the website. It's probably the best that's available to do that sort of search, although I've found that the searches aren't always thoroughly complete.  I finally found a suitable image to render into a cutfile by doing a image search on the Google, but I think I spent more time searching than the time it took to put the whole card together.
Once I found the image I wanted to use, Make the Cut (MTC) easily rendered it into a cutfile. MTC was also used to create all the die cut words and shadows using Lettering Delights truetype font, Charming Bold.
Used my Martha Stewart doily edge punch for a border and added flatback flower buttons to the shoes and as the stop for the easel and it was done.