Monday, August 16, 2010

Car Birthday Card

One of my grandsons will become 8 years old on Thursday. Ever since he was a wee little boy you could always find him with a hand full of matchbox cars wherever he went. So I decided to make him a car card for his birthday. The card was designed using the Gypsy and cut using the Cricut Expression.
Car--"Just Because" Cards
Birthday Blessings--George & Basic Shapes
Marcus--Cursive 101
Cardstock--AC Cardstock(red and blue) and Wausau Classics(sparkly silver)
Acetate--wrapper from cricut cartridges
Black Diamond Stickles--Rangers
Adhesives--2-Way and Xyron
Hemp #20
Washers--I bought them years ago when LSS had them on clearance.

Card Front

Card Back


Inside Card

Closeup of Card Inside

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Teaching a Daughter to Use the Cricut Expression and the Gypsy

A couple of weeks ago my daughter Deborah came for a long weekend visit. When she saw all the scrapbooking equipment and supplies I own, she wanted to learn how to use them. First she wanted to decorate her new netbook with vinyl cutouts. I had never used vinyl myself, even though I had recently bought two colors and transfer tape. With the help of the Gypsy using Birthday Cakes, Animal  Kingdom and Printing 101 cartridges she was able to nicely decorate her netbook. I must say the use of vinyl is very easy.

After decorating the netbook she was all excited, giggly and still feeling very crafty, so I suggested she make a card for one of her nephews whose birthday was coming up. Once again she used the Cricut Expression and Gypsy, but she also added learning how to use the Cuttlebug with Swiss dots and Spots & Dots folders. With the  Gypsy using the Birthday Cakes and George & Basic Shapes Cartridge she learned how to flip one of the dinosaur pieces and how to weld a rectangle from George between the feet of the two pieces. She learned how to score the rectangle using the Martha Stewart Scoreboard. The grass with cattails used was from Paper Dolls for Everyday. The Happy Birthday with balloons and number 8 were from Birthday Cakes. Marcus was from Cuttin' Up. The cardstock used is AC Cardstock. The card is  5.7 wide and 4.32 high. A 6X6 envelope was made using the Martha Stewart scoreboard. Adhesives used were Zig 2-way and Glue Dots. White gel pen and Zig red pen were used for the mouth.