Friday, August 22, 2014

Hello Jack!

I have been a Cricut user since 2007 (and no I do not need a support group lol)

I have used it to make cards (tons of cards), embellishments and elements for journal pages and ATCS. I have cut vinyl to attach to anything that doesn't move and made some cute cutouts to hang above my work desk to keep me calm and happy at my job.

But for some reason I have never ventured into the world of 3D....until now.

I see so many fabulous projects being shared on the Let's Learn Cricut Explore facebook group and I want to be able to try some of them too. But having never tried 3D paper (except for an off the wall art project in college that didn't quite go as planned) I was very intimidated.

I decided to start with images I own (I will venture into the incredible houses and such one I feel comfortable lol)

So, here is my first project. Be nice lol

I struggled with gluing it together when I first started out but got the hang of it by day 2.

To create the pumpkin I used the 'Ornament' from Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2. The ornament hanger top is actually under his hat. :-)
The hat and faces pieces were all shapes cut from George and Basic Shapes. (I had to hand cut out his teeth though)

I crumpled and scrunched his hat and then swiped distress ink all over it. It looks much darker and more aged in person.

As you can see, the ribbon I used was over an inch wide so I folded it in half and then twisted it to create the band. I made a small bow and glued it on. The flowers were cut from the Flower Shoppe cart. The red and rusty looking ones were left as is. The bright orangy one was bright yellow but I didn't like that so I swiped some Barn Door distress ink over it before rolling it into the flower shape.
The vines came from the Thanksgiving cart. They were attached to a central leaf which I had planned on using with the flowers but decided it was too large so I cut off the vines, wrapped them around a pencil to give them more shape and dimension, and tucked them under the flowers and bow.

I am pretty happy with how this first try turned out and have more ideas stirring around my head.

I have never shared any of my project files before but had a couple people on facebook ask me for this so, if you have an Explore, here is the Design Space file for my pumpkin project. :-)

But of course I cannot abandon my card making. :-)

I think I am almost done making Halloween cards.
This house if from Autumn Celebrations. The moon comes from October 31st. A pretty basic card but I added the swirled embossing to add some interest.

This little owl always makes me smile. She comes from the Create a Critter 2 cartridge. Her perch is from Monster Bash and the text is from CTMH Artbooking.  I embossed the tree with a wood grain embossing folder and then rubbed ink over it.

And my last card for the week is NOT a Halloween card! lol  I needed a birthday card for someone that loves monkeys. I have to say, the faces are not that yellow. They are actually tan. But no matter how much I played around in Photoshop I could not get them to not look yellow (unless I changed all the other colors too)
Both of these party animals hail from Create a Critter 2. The vines are from Create a Critter (1) and the Happy Birthday text is from CTMH Artbooking.

And one more thing...

I won the Fantabulous Cricut challenge for last week!  :-D
Here is my winning card. Thank you to the challenge blog. I really appreciate it!!!

I would add the special blinky button showing that I won but my blogger won't let me change anything any more including my header, my background, my guest counter...nothing. Thanks blogger...NOT!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!


BucksCountyFolkArt said...

Very creative!
I always admire people who can work with paper. I try, but it's one medium I get very frustrated with. All that precise cutting and of course, I always wind up ripping something. You look like a pro! I bet the card industry is crying the blues. The gorgeous cards people, like you, can make on your own, why buy?

centralNYscrapper said...

Pretty fantastic for your first 3D project! I love it! Thanks for sharing.

Nadia ( said...

Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing your file!