All of this talk about the new Explore machine has made me go back and look at some of my Cricut cartridges that I haven't used for quite some time. I remember when there weren't many cartridges and it was a challenge to find ways to use each cartridge to it's fullest potential. It's funny, I spent a lot of time with the earlier cartridges making full pages of paper lace. Now there are several paper lace cartridges and I am less likely to design with the Cricut shapes.
Baby cards are one type of card that you need from time to time. I went totally cutesy with this card. It is a simple design that could also be made in a much more sophisticated style but if you can't be cutesy with baby things, when can you?
I cut the scalloped circle with a Nestabilities die (don't get me going on the Cricut scalloped circles again!) and chose the girl circle sentiment on page 90.
Here are most of the pieces of the card sitting on my little Scor-Buddy. I have the big Scor-Pal but this little version is perfect for cards and tucks neatly into my worktable. I cut two sections of border to put at the top and bottom of the card (the white shine that you see at the bottom of the card is the reflection off the clear backing for the border before I peeled it off).
I decided that the sentiment looked too stark against the white scallop so I looked around and found some pink shimmer cardstock.
It is a subtle difference, but adding the pink circle between the sentiment and the scallop makes the card look more finished.
The two border strips are cut from the longer pieces so that the top and bottom are a match in bunnies and flowers. The pink card layers is the standard 5 1/4 x 4 inches and it was embossed with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder. When you are trying to line up a layer on a white card on a white table it helps a lot to put a darker piece of cardstock on the table so you can see the contrast with the edge and center the layer.
I wanted the scalloped circle to stand up just a bit from the card front so I used three of the thin foams squares on the left instead of the more standard square on the right.
It makes a big difference when you use the thinner foam squares. The shadow line is still created by raising the circle but there is less of a chance that the popped up medallion will snag on another card or project.
I added a pink pearl to the center of the flower that dots the "i" in "Girl" - it looks very pretty with the two types of shimmer cardstock I used for the medallion.
While we are on the subject of babies - remember that there is a baby themed sale on Cricut.com that ends Wednesday, February 26th. You can save 30% on baby themed images - both digital and physical cartridges (this includes some that you might not think of off the top of your head like Pretty Pennants - click HERE to see the sale items).
Cuttlebug folders with a baby theme - once again including some more "generic" folders like Swiss Dots and Seeing Spots are also on sale for 30% off. Click HERE to see the folders on sale. This sale also ends on February 26th.
You can get FREE SHIPPING on orders over $35 by using the code FEBSHIP.
Don't forget, the FREE Scrapinar for February presented by Layout a Day is set for February 25th - that's Tuesday! This month the topic is "Euphoric Ephemera: Adding Bits, Bobbles and Treasures to Your Papercrafting Projects."
These monthly Scrapinars are free and always interesting. If you can't attend live at the scheduled time, there will be a link to see a recording available for a few days after the event. You must be registered to receive the link for the recording - just click HERE to register so you don't miss it!
When I was looking at the New Arrival cartridge, I remembered that there are some great card shapes on the cartridge. I used the card base along time ago to make monogrammed card sets for some of my friends.
You can see that post (from 2009!) HERE. I think it is going to be fun to "rediscover" so many of my cartridges when the Explore gets here. Would you like it if I featured an older cartridge from time to time?
Did you guess what I was adding to the boxes today? I think almost everyone needs a baby card from time to time and I found these adorable borders on sale quite a while ago.
I am happy to be able to share a pink and a blue set for each box.
These boxes are getting pretty full - just a few more days to go.
Here is a closer view inside one of the boxes - I tidied up the ribbons that were unwinding all over inside.
How do you play along in the blog celebration giveaway?
To enter for a chance to win one of the three boxes - see all of the details on the first blog celebration post HERE. Then come back and get your comments in on this post. Remember, if you sign up for the new newsletter (see the box at the top right of the page) I will be choosing one person from the subscribers as a box winner (you don't need to leave a comment here since I can see that list).
Today's question to answer in your comment is:
What type of card do you make most often? I imagine that birthday cards might be the winner since they repeat every year but there are so many other types - wedding, baby, get well, holiday, graduation, well, you get the idea! Please tell me the kind you actually make the most often and the kind that you most enjoy making (maybe they are the same!). Do you have any cardmaking questions that you'd like me to help you with? Put them in the comments, please.
If you are a scrapbooker - just tell me what sort of pages you make a lot of - these baby borders would be perfect on a page, they are quite long.
I just saw that my Explore order has changed from "processing" to "packaging" - I thought it was going to be stuck on "processing" forever! Fingers are still crossed for arrival on Thursday - and the Design Space will also be available Thursday to start playing even if the machine is late! If you are curious about the Design Space, the new log in page is HERE (there is a countdown display on the page until Thursday, (10 a.m. Mountain Time).
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