I did this one for my mom’s hair salon 15th year anniversary. Can you believe it… 15 years! Yeah… Go Mom.

It took a lot of creativity and a lot of my husband and dad’s help to hang it on the building 🙂

I used a smooth outdoor plywood quality along with exterior paints to create the stripes. I used the Provo Craft black vinyl to cut the letters. I used the Calligraphy Collection cartridge to cut all the letters except the “P.” I used Sure Cuts a Lot 1 to cut a “P” I found on the internet (of those free font websites).  I used outdoor latex clear coatings (several of them) to paint over the entire sign after the letters were adhered.

The sign is about 7 feet across by 4 feet tall. My husband cut the oval using the jig saw.

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Today I did a smaller project. I used my Stand and Salute cartridge cutting the triangle banner at 6 1/2″ Fit to length button (using 9 x 11 1/2 paper).  I used the Storybook cartridge to cut out my letters and shadows at 4 1/2″. I used Sparkles cotton candy pink paint to draw a border around the triangles. I used a flower stamp using green ink. I connected all the triangles but punching holes on each top side of the triangle and weaving in the string.

I am switching my older post to be newer as the other one was too confusing to find in my blog.

I decided to be brave and enter my first contest! I designed the matching set of a gift bag and card for Mother’s day using the following:

For the bag:
Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge – page 80 the tall bag cut at 5 1/2 inches (Fit to Page on a 12×12 sheet)

For the card:
Wild Card Cartridge – page 34, the square card cut at 4 1/2″. The matching envelope also cut at 4 1/2″

For the embellishments:
Flowers: Mother’s Day 2010 Cartridge – Twin flowers using both the shadow and detailed images – cut at 2 1/2″ (two sets)
“Mom”: Mother’s Day 2010 Cartridge – cut Mom at 1″
“Tag”: Mother’s Day 2010 Cartridge – cut at 2 1/2″
Vase – Potpourri Basket Cartridge – page 47 – Two steps:
For bag – cut one at 2 1/2″ for the bottom shadow and then
cut another one at 2 1/4″ for the top vase.
For the car – just cut the 2 1/4″.

Now for the Cuttlebug Challenge:
Used Swiss Dots on the card liner and the tag for the “mom” bag.
I used the Spots and Dots for the vase embossing.

Well, I tried to do as many as I could but between cooking, laundry, grocery shopping and working I did not make all 12 cards. Next year I will make somebody do it with me 🙂

Here is my last challenge. I used the Create a Critter Zebra and made her really feminine. I used my cuttlebug to give my 4 1/2″ by 5″ card texture. I used the grass on my Plantin cartridge and cut it at 2″.

I hope you all like it!

I used my cricut Plantain cartridge for this one. I wanted to add a little something different so I decided to add “movement” to the card. I cut the flowers in page 76 at 1 1/4″ using both the flower and the shadow.

I used my downtown finds for the middle of the flowers. I used tiny “sparkle flowers” I found at the garment district in Downtown Los Angeles. I used the fuzzies you find at Michaels during X-mas for the “stems.” The stems allow the flowers to move.  I taped the stems to both the flowers and the vase. The base is from the Potpourri cartridge found in page 47. It was cut at 2 1/2″.  I used pink card stock for the base of the “vase.” I then cut another vase using this beautiful Japanese paper I found on e-bay. It is for Oragamy (sp?) so I cut it using the lowest speed and the lightest pressure on the Cricut so it would not tear.

The card was made of basic chocolate card stock. The blue background was cut at 7″ tall x 5″ wide. Again I used the Swiss Dots for texture on the Cuttlebug. Finally I added a simple ribbon I bought in Germany last year.