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Thursday, September 6, 2012

It's been a circus around here...

Hello!  This is Michele from MicheleGreen.com.  (I'm GreenGirl on the Cricut message board.)  I'm so happy to be here today! In going with the theme for September of "End of Summer", I have a card to share with you today. AND... it features what is supposed to be announced as part of today's Hello Thursday cart of Create a Critter 2! 
 
The end of summer for me is met with the beginning of school.  I am a teacher and one of my best friends is too.  We work in separate buildings so there was no time to see her before students returned.  I did want to take the time to wish her a great start to the school year so I made her this card: 

 

 I love the sitting lion on this version of Create a Critter! Let's look at some of the steps in how this card was made. 

First, I cut out all of the lions and their stools.  (I ended up not using the stools because it was just too much.)  I cut:
2 lions and stools @ 1.25"
2 lions and stools @ 2"
1 lion and it's stool @ 3"

I also inked the lions for some added cuteness.  I use orange around the mane and yellow on the body.  I decided not to cut the pink parts for the nose and ears.  Instead you will see later that I used Stickles to fill in those areas. 

 

Next I needed to create a circus ring for the lions to sit in.  I did this by using the Martha Stewart circle cutter (and um... believe the package when it says the blade is sharp - ouch!).  I cut a 4.25" circle and inked it in black and brown ink to make it mottled.  I then took my ATG and put adhesive around the edge so that I could circle the twine around it and have it stick without using wet glue. That's what I am trying to show in this picture. 



I came up with a cute saying for the card and printed it on card stock.  I wanted to save my card stock so I used painter's tape to hold my piece to the plain white printer paper.  I love this trick! 



The saying looked too plain to me just plain white so I added a red piece to carry the theme to the inside of the card.  This picture also shows the variety of pop dots I used to allow the lions to be straight on the front of the card, rather than just glue them all to each other. 



Look at that cute little guy!  He is so adorable! 



I hope you have enjoyed my post today and I would love to hear what you think!  Don't forget to create a back to school item for yesterday's Cricut Crafty Challenge too! 

Cricut Info and Supplies Used:
Designed by:  Michele Green
Cricut Cartridges Used: Create a Critter 2
Cricut Machine Used: Expression, Cuttlebug
Other Supplies Used: Card stock, Martha Stewart circle cutter, twine, pop dots, googly eyes, Stickles, ink, brads, Stars embossing folder, 

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50 comments:

  1. Such a cute card -- love the lions sitting in the ring!!

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  2. Super cute Michele!! I am sure your friend adored her card. :)
    Lori

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  3. This is SO cute Michele! Hope everything has calmed down for you and your friend:)

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  4. This is so cute, I like all the lions & the embossing!!

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  5. Adorable card, I'm going to have to try this printing technique. Very cool!

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  6. your card is adorable!!
    cathyplus5.blogspot.com

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  7. Love the Lion's den! Great job!

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  8. MIchele, so cute. I love how you made this card. What a great saying and a perfect card. Too cute. Love the tips/techniques.

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  9. Love this card, Michele! The textures, colors and lions with the googly eyes are all perfect together!

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  10. Wow, this is way to cute!!! Love it.

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  11. Love the card! TFS. Deb

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  12. This is so adorable ! Love all the little touches you put on it. I wasn't sure I wanted CAC2 but I think you sold me on it :)

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  13. Michele
    that is such a cute card! And thanks for the printer trick! I would have never thought of that!
    Becka

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  14. Wonderful, bright and just plain charming. The lions are adorable, and all of your detail make it very special and unique.

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  15. The lions are so cute, especially when you put so many of them together! :)

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  16. Adorable! yes I've cut myself on that darn MS cutter.

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  17. Cute card and the sentiment is perfect!

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  18. Very cute I just got this cartridge yesterday at Joanns cant wait till I have time to play with it..

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  19. Love those little lions and the way you used the twine as a border for the circus ring. What a fun card!

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  20. Great card!! Now, you're one of the Hello Thursday Girls ; ) LOL!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Very cute card! THanks also for tip of taping the card stock onto the paper to run through your printer, that will come in handy!

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  22. Adorable!!!!! Love the inking and googly eyes. (I am a sucker for googly eyes!!)

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  23. Adorable card talented girl!!!TFS

    Donna

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  24. That is really cute and would work for any animal.
    Tracy

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  25. That is a cute idea and can be used for any animal.
    Tracy

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  26. So,so,so CUTE!! I am also a "googly eye" user. :) Love the idea of putting the twine along the outer edges! Great job,TFS!!

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  27. Wow, this is a great project. I really like the lion cuts.
    Gwen

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  28. How cute! I love it and I bet your friend did too.

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  29. Your card is adoreable! Thank you for sharing!

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  30. This is such a cute card and I love the sentiment. Thanks for the tip on how to get the twine to stick to your circle. I love using painter's tape to print out sentiments--it's so easy to place it where you want and the variety of fonts is endless.

    I like this card so much that I my scraplift!! :o)

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  31. Cute card. Love how you pop dotted the lions to give them dimension. Thanks for the printing tip also. I'll have to remember that.

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  32. Very cute!! I'll bet she loved it and wondered, "How does she find time to do these adorable projects?" Did you let her in on your secret.

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  33. Hi!
    Absolutely adorable, a great card. hope you win the contest

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  34. Super cute card Michele! I hope things have settled into a routine by now for you and your friend. I'm a sucker for googly eyes too!

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  35. That tip about the painters tape is genius. Thank you for sharing such a cute card. Love those goggly eyes!

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  36. Michelle, what an adorable card! Im a sucker for googly eyes too! Got every shape and color on my scrap table!

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  37. I love all the details...cute!

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  38. Super cute card. I like how your lion appears to "move".
    TFS

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  39. Adorable card. Googly eyes always get a thumbs-up from me.

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  40. This is soo cute. I love the googly eyes and the stickles in the ears.

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