Monday, April 8, 2013

Mother's Day Celebration

It's the time of year to celebrate your mother. I know some of you are going, "Wait a minute, those aren't Silhouette Images!" You are correct they aren't. Now the rest of the story. We are having another Sihouette Challenge Blog Hop, I have the links below.  Thanks for stopping by.

This card was designed using graphics and papers that were printed on the Cricut Imagine, and cut on the Silhouette Cameo. My Imagine has never calibrated correctly, and it just does not cut the items that it prints correctly. They look like crap.

I decided, that since I spent 599.00 for that sucker when they first came out, I have the right to use the patterns printed from it to cut on my Cameo.  I love the images and patterns from the Imagine, but they just would not line up and cut properly. I spent several 3 hour sessions with Cricut, and they couldn't even make it work properly.  We'd get it lined up to cut one image, and the next one would be all out of whack. They were sorry, but there just wasn't anything they could do. I know what I wanted to do, but that probably would have been trouble for me. So this is what I am doing.

I cut the layers for the bird, and used some thin dimensional tape to pop up each layer. I popped up the sentiment with slightly thinker foam dots. I printed the inside sentiment, and cut it with the Silhouette Cameo.  All of the images are from the Cricut Lori's Garden cartridge.  I use an Anna Griffin Embossing folder, for one background and printed a page of the music sheet paper from the Imagine, and cut the background from the Lori's Garden for the other card.

The mother sentiment on the outside of the card is from the Silhouette Store, but I changed the colors to match my card.  I used some Smooch white to highlight the bird and flower. I just love the way you can manipulate their images, to make them work with other things.  I designed the medallion image with the mother's day sentiment using the silhouette, and a swatch I created from the Imagine paper collection on Lori's Garden Cartridge. These were perfect images to fill a very bare space. I used some ribbon from my stash that is so old the names were rubbed off.

I used an Anna Griffin Embossing Folder, that I borrowed from a friend, on the back panel on the front of the card. I used Antique Linen Distress Ink Pad by Ranger Tim Holtz directly on the background. I lightly rubbed the pad directly to the paper, and highlighted the embossed image. I then used Tea Stain on the edges.  I used the Antique Line on all images in the card.

I normally give my papers, and cut files that I use for the cards away free here, but I don't have the rights to do so with these images.  Next set will be free giveaways. I'm working on some flowers, and so far I have made a Dogwood, Bachelor Button and Marigold. I am just finishing some things on a Bleeding Heart cut.  I'm fairly certain you will like them. I expect them to be up in a couple of days, but it may take me a week as I have lots going on next week.

Thanks for stopping by.

Blog Hop Connections

D.I.Y. Canvas Date Art - The House on Hillbrook
Paint Chip Spring Ornaments - Coley's Corner


Lauren Lanker said...

So sorry to hear you had so many troubles finagling your Cricut. In the end, your creation turned out beautifully, though. I love the little bird...and I'm sure mothers would delight to receive a hand-made card like this. Thanks for participating in The Silhouette Challenge blog hop this month. It's a joy to have you in our midsts! ;-)

Vanessa said...

Love the bird on your mother card!

Beth Hemphill said...

This is beautiful! I love all the different elements you included. I'm glad you've been able to find a solution to the Cricut issue, albeit a more expensive solution.

shatril said...

Beth, I love my silhouette, I didn't get it as a solution; I got it because I liked it. Then I realized it would allow me to use the cricut images and papers, which is a bonus.

mel m. m. mccarthy said...

These are so pretty! I think your use of the Cricut Imagine images is pure genius & couldn't agree more that you should be able to use them this way. Namaste!