Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Wheels on the Bus...

Well, it's been 3 weeks or more since my last post.  We went on a wonderful 2 week vacation to Colorado, and I want to go back.  Then it was a very busy week back with school starting and our annual fall gala at the museum that I work at.  So, to say I haven't had time to craft would be an understatement but it has been a wonderful time.  I did find time at the cabin in the mountains to do some digital scrapbooking at nights on my laptop, so that was fun.  Not something I usually take the time to do, so it was a fun change.

This project for today was a special one because it was created to help raise funds for the museum and our educational programs.  As the Director of Education, I took it upon myself to make this instead of having something created professionally, hoping the members would see the care put into it and be willing to help out.
The idea was to sell a "bus load of kids" for $75, which means that for the $75 donation a bus full of kids would get to come on a field trip to the museum.  With budget cuts in the arts and in education we thought this a very worthy cause.
So the project started with creating something to get the word out at the event.  So I decided to make little bus pins for patrons to wear once they "bought a bus" so that people would ask about it when they saw them wearing it.  I started the night wearing one to get things going.
 I began with my Imagine! It made things way easier!  I used the bus from Doodlecharms, page 117 and the patterns came from Imagine Hopscotch (yellow, tone on tone flower pattern) and one from Imagine Bubblegum Stripes (yellow polka dots).  I cut the buses at 1.5 and used the fill page function.  This first print and cut is the shift.  While it was still on the mat, I used a ruler to draw lines across the bus and then wrote in, with a black marker, "I bought a bus".  I also put a few white highlights on the buses, which you can't really see in this photo.
 Next I printed, in black, the blackout of the bus, and as you can see, I finally ran out of black ink.  I got my Imagine at Christmas, use it all the time and this was the first time I had to replace the black ink cartridge.  I just used a black copic and colored over the last row and you couldn't even tell.
 Next was 75 (I cut a few extras) little wheels to "go round and round".  I didn't like the wheels not being popped out so I decided to make my own to put on the buses.  These are just the built in circles in the Imagine filled with black and cut at .5"  After I cut them out I used a white Gelly roll pen to add the highlights.  It was easier to do a lot of the accent work while the pieces were still on the mat since they were so small.  I also put little white jewels on each wheel as you will see below in the last picture of the pins.
 Now, back to the buses.  I took each one off the mat and used brown ink to ink around the edges of each bus to add dimension.  It really made a difference in the finished project.  Also before removing them,  something else I TRIED, but it didn't work, was to use my Glossy Accents and a paint brush to paint over the buses to give them a shiny finish.  I tried it on the first row and it dried really fast and it made punching them out of the paper REALLY hard so I removed the rest and just painted them individually after that.  The idea was that it would be neater to paint them while still on the mat, but NOPE, it didn't work.  Oh well, I had to try!
 Here are the 35 finished buses in the bin ready to go to the gala event.  You can see the little jewels on the wheels and the red stickles for the lights.
 Here you can see that I popped up the bus layer with thin pop dots and then the wheels are popped up with thicker ones so that the buses are 3 dimensional.  To finish it off I hot glued an alligator clip to the back of each one.  This way I clipped it to the peoples dresses or lapels when they sponsored a field trip.  They loved them!  Even the men donned then on their suits.
 The next thing I had to do was create a poster to put in the auction room so people could see what it was all about.  I had the foam backed sign made at a local print shop with the lines printed and a sky background color on it.  I used a 3rd party software that I purchased about a year ago and never used until now.  It is called "Sure Cuts a Lot" and I used it with my old Expression machine.  Just so you know, this software can no longer be purchased to use with your Cricut machines due to a law suit that I won't go into.  The nice thing is I used a font I had on my computer to cut all the letters and with one click I created shadows for them.  The red font is called "I am 5 years old" and the other is a journaling font I had.  The program made the lettering so easy to weld and cut, it was nice.  This same thing could have been done with a Cricut cartridge font and the Gypsy but creating a welded shadow seemed daunting to me so I decided to use the SCAL software instead.
 I cut the same bus from Doodlcharms, this time at 8.5 inches.  First I cut the layer and filled it with the yellow polka dot pattern, then the blackout and the regular bus cut.  I used black cardstock that I had so that I didn't use up a ton of ink printing the two black pieces.  I glued the yellow layer on the blackout piece and then cut the wheels and the bumpers from the regular black bus and popped them up for dimension.  I inked the edges and used white Enamel Accents for the shine marks and big jewels for the hubcaps.
 I printed and cut out 3 blacked out dolls from Everyday Paperdolls at about 6.5" I think.  I used the bus window for reference and looked on the Imagine virtual mat on the screen to see what size the heads were.
I wanted the heads to almost completely fill up the windows.  I filled the paperdolls with color using the RGB numbers Red 241, Green 194 and Blue 140.  This is my favorite combination for skin color.  I used various hair cuts and filled them with colors from my Imagine cartridges and then used my copics for highlights and details.  THEN I used my favorite stamps, Peachy Keen Everyday Character Faces!  I just love them.  I used copics for the eyes, Gelly rolls for the white part and chalks for their cheeks.
I just used a red polka dot paper and black cardstock from my stash to cut out the letters.

This was a fun project and it was another reason I am so happy to have my Cricut Imagine.  It made this project a snap, looked good and didn't hardly cost a thing to make.  Every one at the gala event loved it.  Our goal was to sell 10 buses and we actually sold 18!  I was all worth the time I spent making it.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed this fun project.  I 'll try not to wait so long between posts.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Chef Thank You Card

Hi everyone!  We are about to leave on vacation...I am so to the beautiful Rocky Mountains on a much needed get away with my family.  But I just could not leave town without making another project inspired yet again by the Peachy Keen Challenge Blog.  It is another Let's Face it Friday challenge and this time it is a shaped card.  Here are the challenge details:

Create a shaped card using PKS faces. No die cutting machine? No problem! Use a corner rounder to create a subtle shape or half of a large die to create your shape.

  • Project must be new
  • Must incorporate Peachy Keen Faces
  • Please link directly to your blog post (not blog address)
  • Link by 8/18 - 11:59 pm CDT
Here is my entry:
 This is a thank you card for the great chefs from Texas State Technical College Culinary Institute for teaching the summer kids cooking camp for the museum where I work.  They did an outstanding job and the kids just loved them!
 I used several "thank you" stamps that I had and embossed the front using the jade embossing powder from Stampendous.
 And of course, the cutest faces around...Peachy Keen Everyday Character Faces.  They take the card to another level that no other stamps can get close too!

In order to make it a shape card for the challenge, I cut the paper dolls out two times each and the bowl out 3 times.  After I assembled the front pieces of the card and got them all glued together, I then turned the card over and I laid the second body cuts on the backs of the front ones and made sure they were lined up on the back.  I used a ruler to mark a horizontal line for folding and then  scored the line that I drew and folded the tops of the paper doll heads. 
Here is what the heads looked like once I scored and folded them.  Then I put just a touch of glue on the part that is folded up and then lined them up again on the back of the card and glued the tops down.
Once the bodies were glued to the top of the card, I refolded the card to make sure it would move correctly and then I glued the next bowl onto the legs of the bodies, glued their hands together and any other part that needed to be glued so that it became one piece.
The third bowl I mentioned was glued to the back of the card front so when you open the card, it looks a little neater.  As I look at the back, I think I am going to cut the bowl one more time and cover their legs in the back so that it looks like they are inside the bowl from every angle.  Here is the recipe:
  • 4 bowls - Create a critter - pg. 58 cut at 5.0" - 1 bowl was filled with a pattern from Imagine Hopscotch - the rest are left white
  • 4 chefs and accessories - Everyday Paperdolls - pg. 72/73 cut at 4.0 - 2 were colored with Imagine Hopscotch color palette and the other two left white
  • PK 490 Everyday Character Faces from Peachy Keen Stamps
  • White enamel accent for buttons

I hope you like this card, I had fun making it and it went together really fast.  now I realize some of you that are real whizzes with your Gypsy could create a great file for this so that the back of the card is cut in one piece.  I kind of winged it and made it as I went along.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a blessed Sonday!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Smile Card

Hello everyone!
I wanted to share a card I made for my very bestest friend, Cindy for her birthday.  She is a fellow scrap booker and I just had to make her this card.   I got this card idea from one of my favorite blogs,  Everyday Cricut, a while back and have been eagerly waiting to find time to create it.  I almost copied exactly with a few tweaks.  I used the Peachy Keen everyday character face stamps instead of the Cute and Cuddly, then of course, I went right to the PK website and ordered the others.
 The card was cut at 5" from the Wild Card cartridge.  Wow!  I had no idea that this cartridge made these fun cards.  This is the pinwheel card and liner from page 51.  I cut the card shadow so it didn't have all the little decorative holes in it.  But what it cool is, it cuts the card, the round window and the hole for the brad and the the liner is the circle that I stamped the faces onto.  It already cuts the brad hole in the circle also.  So I put the circle behind the front of the card.  Lined up the holes and put in the brad.  Then I used a pencil to trace the opening circle where the faces are stamped so I could take it apart to stamp all 4 different faces onto the circle on a flat surface (the brad was in the way) then erased the pencil marks and put it back together.
 So there is a notch at the bottom of the card where you can turn it to see the 4 different faces.  I LOVE this card.  I will be making it over and over again.  I sure will be looking for more ideas using the Wild Card cartridge soon.
 The entire card was made with white cardstock then cut and filled with the patterns from the Imagine Hopscotch cartridge.  One of my favorite cartridges in the world!   I used my EK paper edge punches for the white trim on the patterned strips and I also used a corner rounder on the whole card.  It actually cuts out with square corners.
 I cut the flower from the Hello Kitty Font cartridge and cut it too bit but I like the way it hung off a little and it fit into the envelope so I just left it that size.  I think I cut it at about 3".
 I stamped and embossed the word smile using some old alpha stamps I got at Hobby Lobby many moons ago and then used a white Gelly Roll pen to write "don't forget". Oh, and I forgot to mention that when I gave Cindy her card, I wrapped it up with a new set of Peachy Keen Stamps just for her!

Thanks for stopping by, I would love to know what you are up to, so leave me a comment and I will pop in to your blog!