You Are My Sunshine Shadowbox

If you have ever spent time with me in my craft-room, you will learn quickly how much I enjoy using my Cricut® machine. I not only use it for scrapbook pages and cards, but I often use it to create some home decor items for family and friends.  You may recognize this week’s project from a Cricut® class that I taught last fall.  This You Are My Sunshine shadowbox was designed specifically for my daughter, at her request, after she saw the class sample I made.

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This home decor piece began with a simple 10-inch shadowbox I purchased from a craft store.  My daughter had already chosen the sentiment. I uploaded the quote into Design Space™, resized it, mirrored it, cut it from vinyl, and applied it directly to the inside of the glass.  She had requested that the flowers be made from Saffron, White, and Black cardstock so I chose to create the background using a beautiful leaf paper from our Fresh Air pack.  I love the contrast of the Juniper and Glacier against the Saffron flowers.  The Wreath image was cut from our Flower Market collection at 8.5″, inked, and added to the background paper using Foam Dots, then the completed flowers were applied to the wreath. (You can find a tutorial of the flowers here.)

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I was delighted with the way it turned out and elated to find out that my daughter immediately hung this onto her wall.  You can easily replicate this design using any sentiment or vinyl color of your choice.  You could even choose to use another type of flower from our Flower Market collection. There are so many to choose from. If you haven’t had the chance to take a look at this Cricut® collection, you can view the entire shape index HERE on my website.  There are some beautiful floral images and wreaths that you could use on this project. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Thanks a Bushel Step-Card

Life is about trying new things, having experiments blow up in your face, and finding the blessing in everything. This week, I wanted to try my hand at a Front Panel Step-Card, and, since card making is one of my weaknesses, it just didn’t seem to go as planned.  Even though the end-result turned out beautifully, the path to discovery was not so glamorous.

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As you do in each experiment, I researched the subject. After browsing Pinterest for hours, saving snippets of summer meals, scrapbook sketches, farmhouse decor, …oh, and a thousand ways to make a step-card, I finally settled on a pattern by Colleen Vaux. I thought “I can do this!” (I am sure Tesla and Einstein said the same thing when they formed their hypothesis.) Now the experimenting begins.

Observations:
1. If you choose to change a horizontal step-card to a vertical step-card, take the time to research a new pattern. You aren’t Einstein and math hurts the ever-aging brain cells.
2. When altering one’s pattern, make sure it will fit into the envelope you intend to send it in. Measure twice, cut forty times. (Procedure not working – time to go back to original horizontal pattern.)
3. Do not cut off the side panels. You need those. (Gathering more materials.)
4. When all else fails, turn to your Cricut®. (Make sure you have a decent cutting mat to avoid another piece of cardstock being ruined.)
5. If you are going to go to all this trouble to create a card, you should take some time to enter the Three Amigos and  heARTful stamping challenge.

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My experimenting led to a mess of excess, cut-up, cardstock that will go into my scrap pile. I did finally turn to my Cricut® to create this cut file that I can use in the future and avoid additional failed experiments. I proceeded to use products from our New Seasonal Expressions 2 , including the Fresh Air Paper Packet and A Bushel & a Peck stamp set, to decorated the card. All of the supplies I used can be found on my website.

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I hope you take the time to try to create a step-card this week using the Free Cricut Design Space™ File I created for you. Now, time to continue on riding the bicycle of life, because in order to keep my balance I must keep moving. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Father’s Day Card & Gift Box

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and, since I enjoy giving you crafty ideas for holidays, I decided to create this Pinterest inspired “Apple of My Eye” card and gift box using the A Bushel & a Peck stamp set.  This fun four-inch card not only has a sweet saying on the outside, but it includes the “I love you a bushel & a peck” sentiment inside.  How great would this be to give to a dad in your life?  You can fill the box with their favorite treat or add some baseball tickets or a few gift cards.

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This “Apple of My Eye” card and gift box was not only designed with you in mind, but I also created it to enter this week’s Color My Heart Dare and heARTful Stamping challenges.  It’s been awhile since I have joined one of these challenges.  My craft-room has been in such a disarray that I haven’t been able to make much of anything, so being able to join these challenges makes my crafty heart happy.  If you would like to recreate this project you can find the list of supplies I used at the bottom of this post, along with the instructions for completing the project.

Paper Needed for Card: 8″ x 4″ White Daisy Cardstock, (2) 4″ x 4″ Nutmeg Cardstock, 2¾” x 2¾” White Daisy Cardstock, 1″ x 2¾” White Daisy Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock Scraps

Card Assembly Instrucions:
1. To create the card base, fold the 8″ x 4″ White Daisy cardstock in half lengthwise and burnish the fold with a Bone Folder.
2. Adhere one of the 4″ x 4″ pieces of Nutmeg cardstock onto the front of the card base.
3. Using your paper trimmer, cut out a 3″ square from the center of the other 4″ x 4″ piece of Nutmeg cardstock. If desired, shade the edges of the “Frame” using a Sponge Dauber and Nutmeg Ink. Using Foam Tape, adhere the “Frame” onto the card.
4. Using Glacier Ink, stamp the “Buffalo Check” from the Documented Scrapbooking stamp set onto the 1″ x 2¾” White Daisy cardstock. Adhere this across the base of the 2¾” x 2¾” White Daisy cardstock. (You can choose to use B&T paper instead.)
5. Using Nutmeg Ink, stamp the “You’re the Apple of My Eye” sentiment onto the upper left corner of the 2¾” x 2¾” White Daisy cardstock. Using New England Ivy Ink, stamp the “Small Hearts” below the sentiment. (If you don’t own the Documented stamp set, the Leaf would look cute as an alternative to the hearts.)
6. Adhere the 2¾” x 2¾” White Daisy cardstock onto the center of the card.
7. Using Black Memento Ink, stamp the “Apple Basket” and “Apple” onto scraps of White Daisy cardstock.
8. Shade the “Apple Basket” and “Apples” using ShinHan™ Markers.  Cut out the images and add them to the card using Foam Tape.
9. Stamp a sentiment inside the card, if you desire.

The Apple of My Eye Treat Box was create using a box image that I uploaded into Cricut Design Space™ and it decorated in much the same way that I did the card. You can find instructions for uploading the box image in this Tuesday Tutorial. Don’t forget that the A Bushel & a Peck stamp set is only available through June 30th for $5.00 with a qualifying purchase.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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A Bushel & a Peck Stamp Set

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Fresh Air Paper Packet

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Nutmeg Cardstock

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Documented Scrapbooking Stamp Set

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Black Memento Ink

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Nutmeg Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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New England Ivy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Glacier Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers

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New England Ivy Twine

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Foam Tape

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Fresh Air Shapes

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My Acrylix® Block Starter Kit

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Glacier & Gold Ribbon

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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SureCut™ Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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MicroTip Scissors