Saturday, November 08, 2014

So glad to be back!

I told you all about my computer issues the last time I was here.
Well, right after that my employer had me go through training for a new skill set. UGH!

Don't get me wrong, I love learning new things and the more I know the more secure my job is BUT....3 weeks of sitting and listening to lectures, taking tests and being audited on my performance makes for very LONG and STRESSFUL days!!!

I have had almost zero art time!

But yesterday training ended so now I am FREE!!!!!

Hubby's birthday fell right in the middle of my training time so I had to squeeze in a few minutes every day for a week to complete part of his gift.

My husband collects, restores and uses vintage and antique 35mm cameras so I thought this box from SVG Cuts would be the perfect gift.  It comes from the Instant Memories kit. I thought it was going to be difficult but it went together really quick (it would have been much quicker if I had more than 30 minutes to work on it each day but such is life).  BTW hubby LOVED it!  :-)

I didn't have time to make anything else during my training time....until this past Thursday night. I was so stressed out from class that I told hubby I was going to lock myself in my craft room or punch something. He agreed that I needed some major ME time and didn't argue. :-)

Over on the Let's Learn Cricut Explore facebook group they are having a challenge for the month of November. You have to use the new Slice feature in your project.  I like the slice feature and have used it off and on since it was released over a month ago so I decided to make something and enter the challenge.

I used the slice 3 times on this card.
I used a circle from the Celebration cart to slice a hole in the top of the snowflake to turn it into an ornament.
I then used an oval from the Cricut Craft Room Basics to slice the opening in gold ornament.
And then I sliced an oval in an oval to make the blue frame on the gold ornament.

Slice Slice Slice....I feel like a ninja!  heehee

The cuts from this card are:
Gold Ornament: Anna Griffin's Seasonal Soirees
Snowflake: Christmas
Blue on Blue ornament: Anna Griffin's Winter Wonderland
Oval: Craft Room Basics
Circle: Celebrations (but Craft Room Basics has one too)
Rectangle: George and Basic Shapes (and again, Craft Room basics probably has one)
Holy Family: SVG I made myself :-)

I embossed the background with Darice's Snowflake background and the bakers twine comes from Close To My Heart.

Turns out that making one card was not enough to completely relieve my I made another!

And since I was slicing, I sliced all those snowflakes out of the blue background. No gluing down all those little points :-)

I couldn't tell you where all those snowflakes came from. I just searched through My Images in Design Space for 'snowflake' and came up with dozens. (I own something like 10 Christmas carts lol)

The snowman is from A Quilted Christmas. I will say that I had to do a little tweaking on him. The image groups his nose, scarf and buttons onto one cut (thus 1 color) which I thought was ugly and boring. Beside, who's nose is the same color as their scarf and buttons??? (it isn't really obvious in the photo but his nose is orange and his scarf is bright red....not the same color! lol)

So, I used the Hide Contour feature and split them apart so that I could make each part a different color.

I embossed his scarf with a Cuttlebug border folder from the Organic Flourish set.

Yesterday I was FINALLY released from training (I had 100% accuracy on all my audits and tests in case you were wondering lol)

I celebrated by making a fun card....probably just for me since the subject matter is one of my all time favorites.

Rudolph and Clarice!

I have been watching Rudolph every year since it first began. I can even remember my dad plopping me in front of the TV all excited about a Christmas show that was coming on (it was a totally new thing back then). I think I was 4.

No Christmas season is complete without Rudolph! I own it on VHS and 2 different DVDs (I don't like to take any chances of missing it lol)

The reindeer and tree all come from Miss Kate's cuttables.
They were each the freebie of the day one day this week but you can still get them from Miss Kate. They are now 50 each....still a bargain!

The tree is actually part of the Glittery Trees set which has 3 trees not just this one. :-)

I used Tattered Angels white Chalkboard Glimmer Mist on the snow mound and snow drape on the tree. I also misted the bright green under layer on the tree to tone it down a bit and give it a little shimmer. Tone it down it didn't, give it shimmer it did lol

I then used chalks to add a little faint blue shadowing under the tree and reindeer to ground flying around yet Rudolph!  (BTW why do only the male reindeer fly?)

Don't forget to mail your Thanksgiving cards! You worked so hard on them you want to make sure you get them sent.  :-)

Remember, as we move into the hectic holiday season, to take at least a few minutes a day to just relax and enjoy the moment.

Until next time. :-)

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