Thursday, June 10, 2010

Creative Charms "Deal of the Month" Projects

Today was my first day to post projects as part of the Design Team for Creative Charms.  Here are some projects that I made using just a few of the many items in the Creative Charms "Deal of the Month" for June.

The embellishments from Creative Charms make great accents for Cricut projects.  To see the inspirational creations all of the members of the Design Team have been making you should visit the Creative Charms blog - here is a LINK.

I wanted to post the specific sizes and some hints about how I made these projects.  I'll start with the polka dot card.

I cut this flower from the Sweet Treats cartridge.  I wanted to use the large polka dot brad for the flower center.

I measured the brad and then used Design Studio to determine the proper size to cut the flower.  There is a layer for the flower center and I was able to find the center that was close to one inch in diameter which is the layer for the 2 1/2 inch flower.

The lower layer of the flower has webbing cuts to help you place the next layers.  I wanted to keep the layers separate and I decided to fold up the petals along these lines for more dimension.

I also bent the petals of the top layer along the lines of the center.  I punched holes with a standard hole punch in the center of each layer.  You could also place a small circle in the center of the design and have it cut with the Cricut if you use Design Studio or the Gypsy.

The red gingham paper is some old Creative Memories paper and the white layer is cut from some embossed cardstock by Making Memories.  You could emboss the layers using Cuttlebug folders for lots of different effects.

I used foam squares to raise the flower for even more dimension.  The blue polka dot paper is from Martha Stewart.

The sentiment is from the Stamping cartridge and is cut at 1 3/4 inches.  Using Design Studio to look through the possibilities and determine the right size to cut saves a lot of paper.  I used red Core'dinations paper for the shadow and the embossed white paper again for the top layer.

Two of the second darkest shade of red gradient gem stickers accent the dots on the "i"s

I used the Sweet Treats cartridge again for the cake card.  The cake is one from the selection of cakes in the sweet tooth felt sticker and epoxy brad set.

The sentiment is cut at 2 3/4 inches cutting the base, the blackout layer and the accent words for the top.  The striped paper is by Luxe Designs and the pink and brown for the words are by American Crafts (the reverse sides of some patterned papers).

The accent layers for "that" and "cake" are cut from pink DCWV glitter cardstock.  This particular mat stack had an extra thick coating on the glitter.  I can usually cut the glitter cardstock with a 2 times multi cut on blade depth 6 but I had to cut it a second time (for four total cuts).  I always press "load paper" after a cut so I can check to see if the cut is clean before removing the mat from the machine.  If you unload the mat and find that the cut is not complete it is nearly impossible to get the mat reloaded at exactly the same place.

I used a punch for the scalloped circle but you could cut it from one of the many cartridges that have a scalloped circle.

I cut the word "sweet" for the visor from the Paisley cartridge at 1 1/4 inches.  This cartridge has an entire keypad full of "girly" words and phrases.

I used vinyl for the cut and it adhered to the foam visor easily but the bond may not be strong enough if a child is actually using the visor(!)  You might want to add additional adhesive (or just cut lots of different words and change them when one no longer stays on the visor.  The embellishments have glue dots that hold them on the display card - if you are careful when you remove them you can use these and perhaps add a few more for extra hold.

I have many more projects in mind for the "deal of the month" items.  You can visit Creative Charms HERE to see the list of all of the items included for only $6.99 (regular price $23.00!).

I hope you are busy collecting letters in the Scrappy Go Lucky blog hop - remember, if you collect all of the letters and solve the anagram you can email your answer for a chance to win a fabulous prize package of four new Cricut cartridges.  All of the details can be found at THIS POST.

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  1. Great cards! Thanks for posting the tips as well. I love to learn!!

  2. Great card and instructions. I don't have these carts but I have some things I might sub on them. I think I do have this paper. Great job especially the tea pot. My favorite color is purple.
    Maybe I can win a set of these pens.

  3. Thanks for providing the instructions for these great projects. I absolutely love Creative Charms, and can't wait for their new CHA releases.

  4. I love your projects. Polka dots are my favorites so the MS paper and the flower are probably the one I like the best.

  5. great projects! I'm just getting into using embellishments - this gives me some great ideas!

  6. Love the embellishmetnts. Great project ideas! What about using velcro to adhere the word to the visor? You might have to mount the vinyl on something stiffer but then you could change out the words to suit the mood of the wearer!

  7. Love these darling projects, Diane. So cute!

  8. love the cards...the "charms" are very cute too.

  9. I orginally saw these products on you blog before you announced that you were designing for them. I checked out their website and they are located less than 10 miles from me. They don't have a storefront but sent me a discount coupon to cover shipping. I love their vintage stuff. The poppies are my favorite! And think their prices are very reasonable. Thanks for bringing a great little company to us. Dawn

  10. Great projects. Thanks for all the tips and ideas.

  11. Great cards! Thanks for posting the instructions as well.


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