This is Nadia from my blog, With Glittering Eyes. (If you have visited me before, please note that I have a new blog address: www.withglitteringeyes.blogspot.com.) Today I have a project to share that I made for one of my daughter's little BFFs. Her birthday is on St. Patty's Day so I came up with a little gift bag for her with a birthday leprechaun.
I keep on-hand 7-1/2" x 10-1/2" kraft paper gift bags-- that was my base. (That is the measurement minus the handles.) I cut the jumping leprechaun from Simply Charmed (page 32) at 7".
The thing with a big cut is that you kind of have to add extra details and pop up some elements to keep the die cut from flattening out. For this little guy, I hand-cut an extra lock of hair. I glued it flush on the 'scalp end' and popped it up with 1/8" pop dots on the 'curl end'. I also popped up his little hat and added a shamrock to the hat band cut from A Child's Year (page 31), cut at 3/4". I added a vest layer to his outfit but cutting two jackets and cutting one away so that I could layer them and see the second layer, like a vest. I added adhesive pearls for vest buttons. I hand-cut lapels for the top layer, the jacket, and added a breast pocket and pocket square.
To make him a 'birthday' leprechaun, I cut a little cupcake from Something to Celebrate (page 22) at 1". I only cut the first two layers since it was so tiny. I cut a "9" candle from the same cart (page 30) at 3/4". I hand-colored (with pencils) the flame and wick.
To give him a "place" to exist, I trimmer-cut rainbow-colored solids and layered them to create a ground and horizon line. I placed a couple of tiny shamrocks, cut from A Child's Year at 1/2".
Lastly, for a tag, I cut a last shamrock, also from A Child's Year, at 3-1/4", and tied it on with 1/8" ribbon.
Lately, I have taken a little inventory of my Cricut cartridges and, as you have also probably figured out, there are many repeating icons among them! I used to 'need' all the cartridges and came pretty close to getting them all before last autumn. The good thing about this economy, hopefully there is a silver lining, is that many of us have gotten a chance to re-prioritize and to be more creative! So... if you don't have the cartridges listed above, you can find shamrocks on the following cartridges that you may have:
- Create-A-Critter 2
- Designer's Calendar
- Elmo and Friends Holiday
- Give A Hoot
- Imagine More Cards
- Celebrate with a Flourish
- Paper Doll Dress Up
- Spring Fever
- Holiday Cards
You can find leprechauns on the following cartridges that you may have:
- CCR Exclusive: St. Patrick's Day
- Teddy Bear Parade
- Paper Doll Dress Up
A cupcake image can be found on dozens of cartridges. This is just a sampling:
- A Child's Year
- American Alphabet
- Best Images of 2006 and 2009
- Birthday Bash
- Create-A-Critter 1 and 2
- Storks Delivery
- Divine Wedding
- Elmo's Party
- Every Day Paper Dolls
- Hello Kitty Greetings... and the list goes on and on!!!!
Numbers can be found on any cartridge with font of course.
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Cricut Info & Supplies Used:
Designed By: Nadia Herbst-McConnell
Cricut Machines Used: Expression
Project Type: Gifts
Project Theme: Birthday, St. Patrick's Day
Cricut Cartridges Used: Simply Charmed, A Child's Year, Something to Celebrate
Suppies Used: Paper, Quick Dry Glue, pop dots, adhesive pearls, microfine pen, ribbon