Sunday, August 15, 2010

Creative Charms "Deal of the Month" Projects for August

The Creative Charms Deal of the Month for August is available in your choice of two colors - blue or pink.  I made a couple of projects with the blue set to share today.  Be sure to visit the Creative Charms blog to see all of the wonderful projects my fellow Design Team members are posting to inspire you.  The Deal of the Month is only $6.99 (a $23.00 value at regular prices) and you won't want to miss this one - I think you'll want both colors!

When I looked at the felt flowers with the sequin centers, they reminded me of this image on the Lyrical Letters cartridge.  I decided to use the image for my card and add felt flowers in place of the cut design.

I used "hide selected contour" to eliminate the cuts inside the flowers.  I wasn't sure if the flowers would hide them completely and it also saved time in cutting the design.

Here is the image for my card.  I cut it in "Meadow" green Core'dinations core essentials cardstock at 4 inches.

I centered the cut on a horizontal A2 card.  I like the bold graphic look of this design.

I used a large foam square to adhere the felt and sequin flower to the largest flower in the design.  They are both five petal flowers so the fit was nearly perfect.

The two flowers from the Blooming Garden set are six petal flowers but I found that they looked fine adhered on top of the five petal bases.  The bits of the paper flowers that show look like leaves and greenery.

The two plain felt flowers needed a bit of sparkle so I added a gradient gem sticker to the center flower and a small pure blossom to the flower on the right.

Here is one more look at the finished card.  I might add a small sentiment stamp when I am ready to send this card, depending on the occasion.

The second project I made with the Deal of the Month was this intricate snowflake.  This snowflake is from the new Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons cartridge. 

The snowflake can be found at this key.  There are four layers to create the final snowflake, the base key and shift and the layers key and shift.

I used the color previews in Design Studio to help me decide on the color placement.  I think the detail in these snowflakes is fantastic!

Here are the four layers I cut.  I used Core'dinations cardstock for all of them.  The dark blue is "Lake" from the core essentials collection, the medium blue is "Nassau Blue" CoreColor Cardstock, the light blue is "Gem Moonstone" from the gemstones cardstock and the white layer is "White Gloves" from the core Couture high fashion cardstock.

I just got the core Couture glitter cardstock at Joann's while they had their 5 for $1 sale on cardstock.  This has a much different look than the DCWV glitter cardstock I often use.  The cardstock is fully glittered but the covering is not as thick as the DCWV.  It cuts very easily, just like the regular Core'dinations cardstock and does not leave "glitter dust" on the mat.  I bought all of the colors available while it was on sale (I hate having to choose between my favorite colors!).  I am sure I will be using this for many projects - particularly as the holidays approach.

Here are the shadow and first layer.

Next is the second layer in the darker blue.

Here the white layer is added without the center piece.

This is the fully assembled snowflake.  It is very pretty but needs just a bit more sparkle.

I used my hook tool from the Cricut tool set to create a starter hole in the center of the snowflake.

Then I added a large gem brad through the hole.  I pulled out the gradient gem stickers to finish decorating the snowflake.

Here is a close up view showing how perfectly the second row of gradient gems match the color of the gem brad.  I used the medium and small sizes on this snowflake.

The snowflake will work as a beautiful decoration on the front of an A2 card, either horizontal...

...or vertical.  You can adhere the snowflake with removable adhesive so it can be detached and used as a tree ornament.

To make the snowflake as an ornament you can add some silver cord or thread, secure it around the brad and then adhere a second shadow layer to the back.  You could even add another fully layered snowflake to the back to make an ornament that will always have the "good side" showing.

Here is one more close view of the snowflake, the glitter cardstock and gems.

There is so much more in the Creative Charms "Deal of the Month" set - I will be busy making projects for quite a while before I can use everything!

If you would like more information about Cheerful Seasons and Reminisce Accents (the exclusive Creative Memories Cricut cartridges) you can read my review HERE.  I am a Creative Memories consultant and, if you do not have a local consultant,  I would be happy to help you with your order.  You can order directly from my Creative Memories site - here is a LINK to the page on my site.

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  1. Beautiful cards ! These florals are gorgeous and nice job illustrating them!

  2. I love Creative Charms!
    That snowflake card is beautiful with all the layering! TFS.

  3. love them! I just ordered my deal of the month (both sets) last week. I can't wait to get them.

  4. These are great projects, but I must say that the snowflake is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Beautiful!! I love it!!! Congrats!!!Thanks for sharing!! Blessings!

  6. I just cut out the flowers and the little hearts inside. Oh my, those are so pretty. I never know by looking at the cart box what is behind each letter, so I know I'm missing a lot on them. I know I could find things by going through each page in the booklet, but that takes time. Thank goodness we have you!
    Mary Ann

  7. Your snowflakes are awesome! I always enjoy looking at your work and seeing what you've done with your cricut! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  8. That's a very pretty card especially with the felt flowers added. The snowflake is gorgeous and has cut beautifully even though very intricate.
    Kim xXx


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