This is Debbie O'Neal of Scrap Me Quick Designs. Happy MAY DAY to you all ! Hard to believe it is Spring already and Mother's Day is just around the corner. I do have a couple of ANNOUNCEMENTS to make before I get to my project post today so please bear with me.
1) SAY FAREWELL: I would like you to all join me in thanking ScrapperBecka for contributing her time to host our Monthly Cricut Challenges since we started the blog. She has done an amazing job coming up with some really fun challenges. Unfortunately, Becky's life has gotten so busy she can longer continue hosting the challenge effective this month. If anyone else is interested in taking over the Monthly Cricut Challenge hosting, please contact me. As much as I love the Monthly Cricut Challenges, I just don't have time to do this myself.
2) OTHER NEWS: The reason why I am unable to take on more responsiblity with Cricut FANatics is actually kind of exciting news. I am now a monthly Contributing Editor for Die Cut Crazy, a digital only magazine about all types of die cutting available through the iTunes App Store for the iPAD (only).
I am writing a monthly article titled “LETS TALK DIE CUTS”. My first article appeared in the April issue and the May issue is coming out soon. To find out more about the magazine, check out my blog post HERE.
As you can imagine, writing the article is taking up a lot of my time. Not to mention, managing Cricut FANatics Blog, starting up my business at Scrap Me Quick Designs and hosting Crafty Cut Ups Facebook Group, PLUS most importantly helping with my dad's hospital visits for his progessing lung cancer treatments, I just don't have time for much else. I do miss hanging out on the Circle MB chatting with you all. I try and stop by when I can. I just wanted to take this time to let you know why I haven't been around much lately. Rest assured I am still using my Cricut.
Speaking of using my Cricut, lets move on to today's featured post:
TECHNIQUE TUTORIAL: Adding Multiple Dimension
With Mother's Day coming up, I needed to get started on my gift packaging for my Mother-In-Law's gift. She really appreciates it when I create something special for her and she loves dimension so I was inspired to create something fun for her.
Flowers are so appropriate for Mothers Day so I started out by selecting a 5 petal flower because they are great for layering on projects. There are several Cricut cartridges to choose from with this type of flower such as All Mixed Up, Autumn Celebrations, Mothers Day Bouquet, Serenada, etc. But I used the flower from the Sophie Cricut cartridge.
1. I cut multiple flowers at 2" from a variety of small patterned papers. Selecting two flowers from two different patterns, I used a foam pop dot to add the two layers together
Tip: 6X6 paper pads are great for this since they have smaller scaled patterns to choose from.
That created our 1st flower dimension step.
2. Using my fingers to manipulate the flower petals of the flower shapes, I bent each one slightly in towards itself.
That created the 2nd flower dimension step.
3. I added some twine to colorful button and you guessed it, added it to the center of the flower with a pop dot.
This created the 3rd flower dimension step.
4. Here is the final dimensional flower. I repeated the above steps and created multiple flowers.
5. I cut some butterfly shapes from the Artiste cartridge at 1" out of another small patterned paper. I folded the wings on each side of the center of the body so the wings stood up.
Once I created these dimensional elements, I put together a gift bag, a tag and a card.
As you can see, I used a plain white gift bag, and added the dimensional elements I created to the front of the bag. The grass for the flowers I used my scissors to create fringe to make it dimensional as well. The gift bag is going to hold a cookbook signed by her favorite author. But shhhh, dont tell.
I made a coordinating Mothers Day Card using more dimensional elements I created.
And since we are giving her a gift card to her favorite store, I even made her
a matching gift card holder using another dimensional flower on an A2 envelop.
To help all of you get ready for Mother's Day too, drop by the MADE FOR MOM WITH LOVE BLOG HOP for more inspiration AND you can pick up the FREE WORD PRINTABLE I made with all kinds of appropriate Mothers Day words I used on my projects. You could even print it out and give your kids to help make your Mothers Day gifts this year more special !
Happy Mothers Day to all !
Cricut Info and Other Supplies:
Designed By: Debbie O'Neal
Cricut Machine: Expression
Cricut Cartridges: Sophie, Artiste
Other Supplies: Patterned paper, buttons, twine, foam dots, word printable