What Can You Make Using The Plantin Schoolbook Cricut Cartridge, A Cricut Expression Cutting Machine And The New Cricut Gypsy?

The answer is a really cool birthday card.

The Plantin Schoolbook Cricut cartridge is what I used to make a birthday card for my nephew Ryan who is turning 13.  I had to make something “cool” and not cute since he is now a teenager.  His parents (my sister) got him a digital camera and I wanted to keep that theme for his card.  So I looked at all my cricut cartridges and wouldn’t you know it, I didn’t have any of the cartridges that have an image of a camera.  Guess I need to make another wish list.

So I looked though all of my rubber stamps and if you have followed my blog, you know that I have stamps.  And I was in luck.  I have a stamp of a camera from a company called scrapbookin’ stamps that is no longer in business.

So I stamped the camera on silver paper (his camera is silver) and used black pigment ink and clear embossing powder to set the ink.

Then I used a circle paper punch and I was in luck, it was the correct size to punch the lens out of the camera.  I also punched a circle in the blue paper that I mounted the camera onto, and also the white card cover.  I rounded the corners of the blue paper so they matched the rounded edges of the camera.

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I then took out my Cricut Gypsy and looked though the cartridges and chose the Plantin Schoolbook cricut cartridge to cut out the letters and numbers for this card.  I really like the Roly Poly feature for this.  I used my Cricut Expression cutting machine to cut these out.  After I cut out Ryan’s name and the numbers 13, I wanted to add just a little “bling” to them so I used a silver gelly pen and outlined them with dots.  I think it turned out pretty cool.

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Did I forget to tell you how much I love my new Cricut Gypsy!

I used my permanent adhesive glue glider to put Ryan’s name down then I used dimensional adhesive dots for the 13 because I wanted it to pop out of the camera.  Remember, I cut the hole so that when he opens the card the 13 will be in the inside of the card also.

Wishing Ryan a Fantastic 13th Birthday ~ Wish we could be there to celebrate!

Make it a Great Day and don’t forget to leave time to Craft!

Another Fun Cricut Card Idea Using The Cricut From My Kitchen Cartridge

Some more birthday cards to share.  This one is for my sister-in-law.  She is a very crafty person, so I want it to be just right.

Before I tell you about the card, I just have to tell you how great it is to have the new Cricut Gypsy.   I designed this entire card sitting on my sofa with my cat in my lap watching game 5 of the World Series.  How cool is that.  The only time I needed to go into my “craft world” is to put the paper on the cricut cutting mat, and cut the images out on my Cricut Expression cutting machine.  Sorry I just had to tell you that.

So, I decided to use the Cricut From My Kitchen cartridge, to make this card.

What I did first was decide what image I was going to use.  I picked the toaster.  I think it looked so cool and retro.

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I used two different shades of pink paper from Stampin Up, pink passion and pixie pink for the toaster and for the piece of toast I used chocolate chip and blush blossom.  Then I used Basic Black for the wording and the base of the toaster and Whisper White for the accents.

The pink plaid paper is from DCWV – Nana’s Kitchen Premium Stacks.  I just love this paper stack.  It goes perfect with this Cricut cartridge.

For the inside message I used the phrase Happy Birthday from the Cricut cartridge Beyond Birthdays.

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Then what I did was added some dots onto the wording using gerbera pink opaque marker from Martha Stewart for the finishing touch.

I put it all together using permanent adhesive tape runner and a dimensional square on the toast so it looked like it was really popping out of the toaster.

Wishing Fran a Great Birthday ~ Hope she likes her card, because I sure had a lot of fun making it.

Make it a Great Day and don’t forget to leave time to Craft!