Thursday, March 26, 2015

Happy Easter / Cricut Explore Air / MOJO#390

MOJO #390
Today's card design is one that I will be using for Easter Cards for my younger grandchildren. Minus the bows for the 3 little guys. :0)

I have been laboring over this card for almost a week. I knew what images I was going to use, paper, and sketch, but just couldn't get my "mojo" in gear to put it together. I'm just as glad I didn't. 

As an early birthday gift, my husband bought me a Cricut Explore Air. I'm excited to say the least. This is the 3rd. Cricut I have owned, and I must say, WOW. The machine has come a long way since I received the Original Cricut for a Mother's Day gift years ago (maybe 8?).

There seems to be a lot of chatter on the net. Both Pro's and Con's regarding this machine. I've read through some, but have not worked with the machine enough at this point, to give my opinion. I worked with it some last night and for several hours today, just trying different weight papers and images. 

I'm still learning the in's and out's of the Cricut Design Space. I do have to say, at this point, I feel Cricut Craft Room was a little easier for me, but I'll give the new program some time.  Thankfully, there is a plethora of info and videos on the web to lessen the learning curve.

Mine was bought at Micheal's @ $30 off plus, a Lia Griffith Bundle, and a free month subscription to the Cricut Image Library. I have looked at the library, and I must say, it's huge! I can't imagine being able to use half of the content.

The picture below was another reason I didn't get this card done until today. One of my first cuts using the Explore was Create a Critter lamb. I had seen on the internet that the Explore cut cleaner then my Expression,but of course,I had to do my own test.

Even though the images look different sizes, they were not. I'm not sure why that occurred. Weird...

Can you notice the difference? I was somewhat amazed. Not a lot of difference, but the Explore image is definitely more precise. Larger, rounder eyes, more oval nose, crisper mouth, and more definition in in the leg region. So,I was back to re-cutting images for my 6 cards!

That's about it for this evening.I do hope you have a wonderful one and are able to do something CRAFTY!


*The paper,stamp,EF,button and twine are all SU products.

Friday, March 20, 2015

I Just Wanted to Say / FMS#178/ctd334

Just another quick post for today. One busy day with doctors and labs. Glad those are over!

I saw the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and the color combo from Color Throwdown and had a card immediately in mind. That doesn't happen to often, but I'm glad it did. 
This card will be sent to my 7 yr. old granddaughter, Esther. I have some little surprises to send along to her and thought a card was in order to send along with it.
The inside

Some things inquiring minds might want to know:

SU Whisper White, Night of Navy, Tangerine Tango,Melon Mambo
SU Ink: Night of Navy
SU Paper Pumpkin Stamp, Really Good Greetings (only partially colored with Stampin'Write Marker)
Su Owl Punch
Large Polka Dot EF
Banners Framelit Dies
Signo Pen - White for center of owls eyes

Have a wonderful weekend and why not stop by the challenge sites and, either participate or look around.  There are some amazing card makers out there.

Stay CRAFTY my friends!


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Happy Birthday / MOJO#389

Hi there!Just finished this card and thought I would post it today.I have another one swirling around in my head for another challenge, so I wanted to make sure I had this one linked to the MOJO#389 sketch challenge.

I'm continuing to use the Sale-a-Bration freebies.The DSP and the stamp. I really like this DSP. The colors are bright, but soft if that makes sense!

Things inquiring minds want to know:
SU Paper Best Year Ever DSP, Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral

SU Ink Soft Suede, Coastal Cabana

SU Stamp Set Butterfly Basics,Big Day Stamp, Gorgeous Grunge 

SU EF Stylish Stripes
Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons,Neutrals Candy Dots
AND LOTS of Foam Tape!

That's about it for now. I'm off to the Studio. Let's see if I actually can get another card created and posted for tomorrow.;0)

Have a wonderful evening and I hope you can do something CRAFTY!