Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Hello Pumpkin...Monogram Porch Pumpkin

Looking ahead to fall here is a simple Cricut project to grace your front Steps.  
While out last fall I saw some rather expensive faux pumpkins adorned with cute sayings and clever designs such as pineapples (the symbol of hospitality in case you are wondering).  Shortly after seeing these decorative beauties I was making my "weekly wander" through our local Joanns and I spotted this interesting product...

Post-it Craft paper with the strategically placed Cricut head in the bottom corner. Obviously my Cricut needed to try this. So armed with my Joann's coupon the already on sale pumpkin I headed home in the mood to craft a "designer porch pumpkin" of my own.

This pumpkin was created using my Cricut Personal, Cricut Storybook Cartridge, Design Studio, Post it Adhesive Craft Paper and Modge Podge.  I used 3 layers of Modge Podge allowing it to dry between coats.
I also used a craft knife at strategic places in the border design to make small cuts that help it lay flat around the pumpkin.

Why this works, the adhesive is strong enough to hold the design in place while you decoupage over and its paper qualities absorb the Modge Podge and flex to mold around the contours of the pumpkin.

Vinyl would not absorb the decoupage and become flexible enough for this project.

Difficulty: 2 out of 5
Time to complete 2 - 3 hours (1/2 hour assembly the remainder being 5 minutes at a time to decoupage and drying time between)

Cupcake Crazy

Cupcakes are King! In honor of my oldest daughter's birthday I created these sweet sensations to invite her girlfriends to a "Decorate your Own Cupcake" party.  The sweet treat inside was a huge hit and one mom even commented "Your invites were so cute and I am sure they were even cuter with the M&M's still in them" Apparently her girls made quick work of the sliding door on these invites and gobbled up the treat before their car made it out of the school parking lot.  The inspiration for this card came from Little Miss Crafter and you can visit her blog and check out her bumble bee card using Wilton Candy molds here

For this project I used:

Cricut Design Studio (for exact placement of my heart cut out)
My Cricut Expression
Doodlecharms Cartridge
Cuttlebug and Cuttlebug Swirls Folder
Wilton Heart Shaped Candy Molds
Coordinations Cardstock for the card base
DCWV Sweet Stack for the outer card
Misc ribbon from the $1 bin at Michaels
$1 bin Glitter glue from studio G
Terrifically Tacky Tape
Mini M&M's from the Post Easter Clearance (DD birthday was April 18th)