Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Cuttlebug Challenge Be Inspired #49.

Okay I will come back and give details... it's been a busy week with house inspections, Mr. ADHD, sick 6 year old etc anyway you don't want to know so.... here's my Mini Album covers Front, Back and Inside... the only way I could get them to photograph was to dismantle and lay them on the trampoline otherwise all I got was *flash* (Technically Challenged by the camera LoL) Folders were swiss dots, happy birthday and swirls. I will redo the photos as soon as I can.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Cuttlebug Challenge blog #48.

Well this week we had to create a gift bag / box and birthday card for our theme... so... Pirate Treasure hunt had no other option it had to be a Treasure Chest! Now Brandon who will be 7 in November likes to keep all his treasures from previous Christmas' and Birthdays in a beaten up old transformers box so I figured I would make his Treasure Chest quite sturdy so he can upgrade (fingers crossed!) and I can get rid of the torn, beaten up box.

I used the Cuttlebug Skeleton Scroll embossing folder and the vintage cutting dies among lots of other things for the treasure chest.

It started with just flimsy cardboard but has a layer of card and woodgrain contact on each side so its now quite robust. The gold is gold foil paper, for the vintage die cuts you need to put double sided on the back before you cut it and roll it through the Cuttlebug once and then in reverse to get all the way through. If you are going to make a treasure chest do yourself a favour and do NOT have a round lid LoL it was a nightmare ;-)

Okay, the card, I have to admit I am going to re-do this when I have the use of my index finger back... I sliced the pad, not on the craft knife, not on the scissors, nope, not even on the guillotine... but on the plastic packaging as I tried to get the Cuttlebug Vintage cutting dies out of the pack!

Anyway back to the card. The photos are dark otherwise you only get the flash from the silver and gold foil cardstock.

The ship is from the 4 pack of pirate dies from Cuttlekids. The waves are done using a fiskars texture plate (works well in my Cuttlebug!), Circles were Spellbinders Nestibilities to make the port hole with black brads, background is of course Happy Birthday Cuttlebug A2 Embossing Folder, inside I embossed gold circles (coins) with two of the Happy Birthday 2x2.75 Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Set. The Christmas Chocolate coins should be out by Brandon's Birthday in November so I am thinking I will make up a heap of the coins as I did for the inside and fill his treasure chest up (since he inherited my sweet tooth).

Thanks for reading and have a great day,

Monday, September 7, 2009

Cuttlebug Be Inspired #47

G'day, well I hope I make the deadline as I am on the other side of the world and have no idea what the time is EDT. Okay without further ado, here is my entry for the Cuttlebug Challenge Birthday Palooza, challenge #47. We were asked to create a birthday party invitation and since my youngest son turns 7 in November I thought I would get ahead of the game. Well that's the theory!We decided on Pirates and in particular a Pirate treasure hunt as the theme for the party:
The outside was made using:
Invitation Cuttlebug A2 Embossing Folder
Cuttlebug Cutting Die: Ahoy Matey! (Pirate ship)
Fiskars texture plate: Ocean.

All cardstock came from my stash.

The waves were highlighted in white and blue chalk. The paper piecing took ages for the pirate ship since my bird decided it was FUNNY to swoop and send them all flying LoL. (I had to share!)

I tried to make the inside treasure map like so I used the Invitation Cuttlebug A2 Embossing Folder again and then aged and distressed it using Ranger Distress Ink - Antique Linen. On the inside cover I used the Typewriter Dies for the X, the Cuttlekids 4-Pack Pirate set for the Treasure Chest and the Crop-A-Dile to punch out the pieces of 7 ;-) The treasure chest is covered in wood grain contact stuck to cardstock with detail in gold foil cardstock (not sure it shows well). To get the Treasure Chest to cut right through the foil cardstock and double sided (pre-stuck on back) I had to add two shims of cardstock to the A, B, C sandwich.

Lesson learned during this make... put double-sided on the back of the paper BEFORE punching out fiddly, thin or difficult bits. Well this was a whole lot of fun, my 6 year old wants his birthday NOW! LoL. Can't wait for the next challenge.

My eldest has unmedicated ADHD (our choice no meds) so anytime he engages in a task and follows through is great and he saw me distressing and decided to have a go with one of the pieces I experimented on... and boy did he, even taking to his piece with a hammer and scissors... so that's his attempt below! Would have worked great but for the holes from the hammer ;-)
Don't forget to go join in the birthday celebrations at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blogspot!