Monday, September 20, 2010

Nuts About U

My friend Kristy made a card similar to this for her hubby.  I loved it so much I was forced to crop-lift and make one for mine too.  Just because.  This is all cut from the Create A Critter ccartridge, which is my favorite right now.  I like it so much that I carry the booklet around and keep looking through it.  For this card I used all SU Card Stock and DSP: Night of Navy plaid, Crumb Cake, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke and More Mustard.  The ribbon I borrowed from a friend who found it for a ...$1.00.
I popped the acorns and tied some fibers around the top.  But first I ran them through the Big Shot for some texture.  I used Tim Holtz burlap embossing it!
I popped the squirrel too and gave him some wiggly eyes.  I love wiggly eyes on the Create A Critter characters.  I think it makes them super cute.  With they Gypsy, you can tell it not to cut the eyes then you can put the wiggly eyes anywhere to make different facial expressions on your critters.
Last I used some Crystal Effects on the "U" to add a little shimmer....mostly because I put glue on the wrong side and it is an easy fix.  I put glue on the wrong side often so the Crystal effects or Stickles are my go too fix all.  
Until next time....squirrel.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Movie Night

We often have a movie night at our house, usually a few times per month.  I took these pictures because I thought that the kids looked so cute in the 3D glasses.  I love the way it turned out!  I used Lacy Labels scallop circle for the base then added a circle inside each scallop to create the holes.
 I used Varsity Letter without the inner piece for the MOVIE and welded Wild Card for night.
The TV is from Mickey & Friends and the letters are again from Varsity.
The popcorn was cut from Slumber Party then popped off the page with some pop-dots. 
Once Upon A Paper there was a story about a family movie night.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Flower Cards

I was a Junior Achievement volunteer at my sons school last spring.  This is a program that uses volunteers to teach kids about financial independence starting with kindergarten up through 12th grade.  I would go to the school one day per week for 5 weeks and teach the kindergarteners about coin recognition and values, earning money and saving money.  I wanted to do something special the last week so I went to oriental trading and bought each child a mini piggy bank that they were able to paint themselves.  I could either spend $15 to have them shipped or buy something else for about $3 more.  I chose these flowers, they were on clearance for $2.95.  They sat around for a long time until I realized they were a perfect match to Stampin' Ups Razzleberry Tart DSP.  Needless to say they turned out great and are beautiful!  

Monday, September 6, 2010

Abby Cadabby

For my daughters birthday a few years back...before cricut entered my life I created this paper-pieced Abby as the center piece for her Birthday card.  She love it and I had a fun time making it.  I used vellum for the wings.  The wand is a toothpick and embroidery thread.  I used two different colored markers for the hair. 

Friday, September 3, 2010

It's a Boy..again. :)

My cousin-in-law, Kim (hubby's cousin) had her 4th baby, a boy a few weeks ago.  I went to Gymboree and got him three little outfits all with a cute alligator or alligator print.  There was even a matching blanket.  It had the alligator print on one side and a bigger alligator embroidered in the corner of the opposite side.  I used SU Bashful Blue, Gable Green, Certainly Celery and Close to Cocoa for the color pallet, which matched the gift perfectly!
  The alligator looked just like this one from the Create A Critter Cricut Cartridge.  "Al" was cut at 2" using all the shadow and layer features.   I popped him up and added wiggly eyes for more fun!  
The Ribbon is Bashful Blue 1" Double Stitched from SU tied in a knot.  The tag is made with the large and small SU tag punches then layered.  It is tied to the knot with a fiber from my stash.  I finished the tag with "It's a Boy" from the cuddles and tickles SU stamp set, which is great for baby cards.
The kids loved the alligator so much that they wanted to make "projects" too.  For Syd we did the back in pink and cut it at 2.5" and for Dylan we did blue but bumped the size by an inch.  They had fun pushing all the buttons on the Cricut and putting it all together...and I did too!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Brand New Blogger

I've wanted to start a blog for a long time so I could share my paper creations with friends and family.  I didn't start sooner because I just could not think of a cute name for my blog that wasn't already taken.  Then a few weeks ago it came to me, "Once Upon a Paper" because that is how every story about a paper project should begin! Right!?  I have many projects, cards and scrapbook layouts to share.  So in the beginning I will post (wishful thinking) two times per week.  After that my goal is to do at least one per week but we might get lucky. 

At work I'm always the one who is volunteered to make the card for a special occasion or to go with the gift to a co-worker.  I had fun with this one!  The gift we got for the new baby boy was all rock star themed so to keep with that I created this card.  The background is Stampin' Up Real Red patterned paper.  I double matted it with Black and Real Red card stock. 
I used the New Arrival Cricut Cartridge to cut the Onesie out of SU Bashful Blue CS at size 2.75 then shadowed in black and pop up.  The guitar is cut from Paper Dolls for Everyday in SU Real Red at size 3.5 with Black Diamond Stickles for the center hole and the little knobs, also popped up. 
The star is cut from glitter paper using Makin' the Grade at size 2.5 and popped up.  "Future" is cut from Cursive 101 font then welded together on the gypsy in black.  "Rock" is cut from Don Juan also in black.  
The ribbon is SU Bashful Blue 1" double stitched.  I fringed the ends of the ribbon to keep with the rock star theme. 
I hope this gets your story started. 
Once Upon a Paper a card for a new baby was made.  :)