Friday, October 18, 2013

Does making Scraps Count?

Do you ever just have one of those weeks? Well, I am having one of those months, it feels like! I started this card the week of the Woman's Birthday challenge more than two weeks ago with sine major difficulty! So you have probably realized that I mostly use Stampin Up cardstock for solids anyway and I really like it. But I decided to use some Papertrey Ink that I have and everything was going great until I started to cut out my image on the Cricut Art Nouveau Cartrdige. You know the one that recommends cuts not be smaller than 3" or so. As always, I had my card base and front with some papers chosen to match out, cut, and the makings of, I think, a week put together card. Buuuuut when I went to cut out my image it was NOT going so well and I was cutting bigger than the recommended size! I decided to change my blade. That didn't help! It would cut but the edges weren't clean. Long story short, I had to switch to a matching Stampin Up color. The PTI cardstock would just not work for this more intricate image. Hopefully my blundering will save someone else the headache, the time, and the paper! While I did use a little bit of scraps digging through my Stampin Up paper, I certainly created a lot more of scraps to use on future Super Scraps challenge weeks! :)
Here's all my cuts!
They might look okay in the picture but up close they are jagged or torn.
Also, notice the big yellow piece.
After changing paper and cutting out the bird I cut out a circle using real dial size then went back to cut out a layer of the bird I had forgotten to cut and forgot to turn real dial size off! Grrrrrrrrr!

Today is the last day this week to get out your scraps and get entered into this weeks giveaway from Freckled Fawn! I am loving their stuff! I'm actually hoping to post again later today something using more Freckled Fawn embellishments that I started last week for the Halloween Colors challenge and yes, another frustrating story! But I have survived and for that I am stronger, I think?? :)

Here's what I finally came up with:

Rhinstones are from this week's sponsor Freckled Fawn!
And they are fabulous! They come on a nice dimensional, just peel and stick!

Humming Bird was cut, painstakingly, at 4" from the Art Nouveau Cricut cartridge.

Card Base: PTI Hawaiian Shores 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" (folded)
Card front: Aqua Mist 4" X 5 1/4"
Other Cardstock / Paper: DCWV the Floral Fair Stack, SU Taken with Teal, Cameo Coral, Barely Banana, close to cocoa,
Ink: Taken with Teal
Stamps: CTMH Holiday Tags Occasions - I was going to cut our a coordinating sentiment tag but was too tired and just went with punches! I love that this set fits my favorite label punches!
Accessories: Cricut & Art Nouveau cartridge, Cuttlebug & Decorative Tile embossing folder, EK Success punhes, Dollartree $1 ribbon, CTMH Opaques Licorice, Freckled Fawn rhinestones

Thanks so much for visiting me while I am

Hiding in My Craft Room!



  1. Sorry to hear about your misadventures in paper cutting. Been there myself many times. The cricut is a wonderful machine but only when it wants to be, lol, - very picky as to what papers it will and will not cut. In the end though, your card turned out beautiful! I love all the colours you used - they match perfectly and go beautifully with your image and the Freckled Fawn rhinestones.

  2. Beautiful card and well worth the effort it took to make! thanks for sharing it!
    :) Marie

  3. Beautiful card! The Hummingbird is gorgeous, I love that cut. Just a tip for you - I use Papertrey paper all the time, because it's so heavy I use a deep-cut blade and a multi-cut of 2 and my cuts work every time perfectly. I hope this helps, and good luck next time

  4. Love your hummer, I've made a few myself.
    I have found that if I am using a very well used mat that my Cricut won't cut well either, not even with multi cuts and/or the deep cut blade.


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