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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge: Penned!! :)

Happy Sunday, everyone!!  I'd like to take a quick moment to welcome my new followers!!  Thank you all for your time and attention (and wonderful comments on my blog)!!  You sure do know how to make my day!! :)

Well, it's time for another Simply Sunday Challenge over at Getting Cricky!!  This week, the challenge is to use PENS!!  You can use pens for drawing, coloring, journaling...  You can use them on images, for backgrounds, to write a sentiment...  Anything that uses PENS will work!!  I recently received some of Amy Chomas's incredible glitter gel pens and her gel pen holder for my Cricut, so I decided to give those a whirl. :)  If you're not familiar with Chomas Creations, please take a moment to pop over there, take a look around, and please let her know that I sent ya!! :)  I have a looooong wish list of items I'd like to get from Amy, so I hope to be able to show you even more of her wonderful products in the future!! :)

I have TWO cards to share with you today (that means it's gonna be a long post with LOTS of pictures):
This is a standard A2 card...  I used the Chomas Creations glitter gel pens and holder as well as my gypsy to create the background paper for this card.  To make it easier for me, I used a double star found on the Stand and Salute Cricut Cartridge.
After placing the stars on the page where I wanted them, I copied the entire page to a new 'mat' in my Gypsy.  I then lined it up so it matched exactly with mat #1.  Once I was happy with the placement, I highlighted each star, selected the 'hide contour' button and hid the inside star on every star on mat#1 (red stars) and the outside star on every star on mat#2 (blue stars).  This is what took me the longest, BUT I saved the file so I can remake this background paper anytime I want (in any colors I want).
Once I set up my mat, I switched the blade in my Cricut with the gel pen holder (loaded with the red pen).  I selected 'CUT' just as I would have with the blade inserted (pressure set on "medium/3').  Instead of cutting, my Cricut drew a page full of red stars!!  When it finished, I did NOT unload my mat, but selected 'return to design' instead.  I then switched the view to mat#2, switched to the blue pen, and selected 'CUT' again.  This kept everything lined up properly and drew the blue stars inside the red ones!!
Even though I was a little apprehensive about trying out this new tool, I ended up having a LOT of fun with it...  This is definitely something I can see using for all kinds of nifty things!! :)
I finished off the card by adding a wavy banner with a sentiment from K Andrew Designs "Freedom Isn't Free" Stamp Art Set... "Home of the Free  Because of the Brave"  A portion of the proceeds from this set benefits the Fallen and Intrepid Heroes Charity.  I really love all the sentiments in this set, and I love how this coordinated so well with my card. :)  I hope you've enjoyed this one!!

Challenges linked for my "Star-Spangled" Card:
** Cupcake Inspirations: Challenge #117 (photo inspiration)
** Craft Us Crazy: Challenge #11 - Red, White, and Blue or Summer Theme
** Stamp Something: 4th July/Celebration Somethings
** Card Makin' Mamas: Challenge #23 - Red, White, and Blue
For my second card, I went simple!! :)   This is a 5.5"x5.5" Gate-Fold Card.  I used the Creative Memories Reminisce Accents Cricut Cartrige for the the frame image (frame feature, shift frame feature, and shadow frame feature).  First I used my Chomas Creations glitter gel pen and holder to draw the frame at 5" (you can do this without a Gypsy by using the 'centerpoint' feature on your expression -- set your blade over the center of your paper before drawing or cutting and do NOT remove your mat after each step).
 Once the frame was drawn, I very carefully removed the pen holder and replaced the blade housing.  I then cut the frame out using the 'shift frame feature' (this is just selecting 'shift' PLUS the feature key PLUS the image key, then cut).  By using 'centerpoint', the blade automatically adjusted to cut around the drawn image.  I then used the shadow feature to cut the frame shadow from the teal paper.
I used the "Amazing You" Stamp Art Set from K Andrew Designs for my sentiment.  This stamp set benefits the Doorways for Women & Families Charity (an organization helping those escape and survive domestic violence).  The set includes mix-and-match sentiments perfect for letting someone special know how amazing they really are!!  You can even use the sentiments individually or in conjunction with other sets to create the perfect phrase.
Since the glitter gel pens made such a sparkling image on my paper, I really wanted the sentiment to sparkle too -- So after stamping my image with blue ink, I re-stamped with my VersaMark pad (easy to do with these crystal-clear stamps!!) and sprinkled it with holographic embossing powder before heat embossing the sentiment.  It's hard to see in the pictures, but the sparkle coordinates perfectly with the glitter gel pen!! :)

Challenges linked for my "You are Inspiring, My Friend" Card:
** Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge: Penned
** Mark's Finest Papers: Challenge #61 -- Make it SPARKLE!
** Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge #140 -- Embossing

I hope you have enjoyed my cards today!!  I'd love to see what YOU create using PENS for the Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge too!!  Be sure to CLICK HERE to enter -- You could WIN a fabulous set of Chomas Creations glitter gel pens and pen holder (plus a Guest Designer spot at Getting Cricky) just by entering!!


I hope you have a WONDERFUL Sunday!!  Be sure to check back tomorrow for more projects and a GIVEAWAY announcement!! :)
Until next time,


Georgiana said...

Both Your cards are great, but I would have to say the second one is my favorite. I like the fold and colors.

Carson's Creations

Lisa said...

Both cards are so gorgeous, Amy!! I love the stars and wavy banner on the first, and the gate fold and beautiful colors on the second! You did such a fantastic job - love them both!! :)


Sherrie K. said...

What an awesome job on both your cards! I really like the gate fold card, the colors are so soft lookin~love it!
Sherrie K

Rene said...

This is AWESOME!!!! Thank you so much for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations this week! Good luck!
Rene :D

Rachel Hope said...

Wonderful cards!!! Thanks for playing along with Cupcake Inspirations this week!

Judy said...

I love both cards and the gel pens are wonderful! Have a great week.

Unknown said...

what an absolute great job you did on both your cards. I love them and the colors worked so perfectly. Great take on the challenge.
Brenda Getting Cricky DTM

The Archiving Angel said...

Wow, both of your cards turned out so well.
Great job with the patriotic card.Love that paper & how you popped out the star on the front. The banner with the sentiment & bling looks great. Love how you finished off the inside to coordinate so well. Nice job!
Thanks for joining Whimsical Wednesday.
Crafty best wishes,

Tami B. said...

Haven't talked in a while so I'm having Amy withdrawals. Just kidding, (somebody will read this and really think I'm a stalker.)
I know you're super busy with all your crafting obligations, so I'll just say what you already know I'm gonna say....cute cards. You know which one is my fav.
Talk at 'cha soon.

Kim H said...

What a GREAT idea to use the gel pens and make your own paper! i love how clean your card turned out! The popping of the star was clever too! You even finished the inside! Great Job! Thanks for playing along with us at Whimsical Wednesday's!

Chloe and Her Clip On Koalas said...

That looks so clever changing colours for the inset star. Looks so good and it has given me a great idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

Unknown said...

I love your Red, White & Blue card Emma! Thanks for joining us @ Designed2Delight, for our Saturday DT Challenge! Be sure to check back on Friday for Faith's new Free image!

girlia said...

Beautiful Cards Amy your work is just amazing.

Kim Mc said...

Absolutely stunning, Amy! Thanks for playing in the D2D Saturday challenge! Hope to see you next week too!
Aloha, Kim Mc

Jane (Carroll's Creations) said...

Thanks for joining our "Embossing" challenge this week on SECRET CRAFTER SATURDAY CHALLENGE :)

Hugs Jane x

Amy said...

Wow! Both of these cards look great! Those pens work awesome, and you did a terrific job in designing the cards! TFS! :)Amy

Karen Wilson said...

These are both awesome cards! Very pretty and love the pattern of the second one!! Something fun and different!

Just A Pac Rat said...

Beautiful cards! TFS

Scrappymama Elaine said...

I think I say this every time, "you are amazing!" awesome! love the star background and thanks for the instructions.
esigmon at cox dot net

NancyJB said...

Love your cards but I have a question. I just received the 'Freedom isn't free' set and my 'Home of the Free Because of the Brave' is a straight line. How did you do the Wavy?
Thank you

Unknown said...

woow love all the pen work.. don't kristals stamps go with everything .. love it


Amy said...

To NancyJB: I hope you see this :)

To make the stamps 'wavy', simply place them on your acrylic block in the wavy (or curved) pattern that you would like for them to stamp. Since the stamps are of such high quality, they will stick to the block however you place them on there -- It's one of my favorite things about Kristal's clear stamps!! :) I will do my best to post a tutorial about this within the week. Thanks for your question!! :)

Amy :) at

downrightcrafty said...

gorgeous creation and great embossing, thank you so much for joining us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge. I have candy if you are interested
Hugs Kate xx

Carol Hurlock said...

What a cute card. I just love this fabulous fold. You did a great job with the "sparkle" for the challenge. Thanks so much for joining us at Speedy's Friends Challenge this week. I love coming to visit and see your work!

scrapperbecka said...

Amy love them both! The stars one is my favorite! That is so cool how you did that. Great job!
Your DT Sister

Dee Burns said...

Amy, love both cards. Patriotic and beautiful...good mix. I love the Sparkle and fold of the second card...have to try that one.
Thanks for the inspiration.

GiGi said...

WOW! Your cards are amazing! I love all the stars! Thanks for playing at Whimsical Wednesdays!

Kelly S said...

I love both cards, and especially the star background. Great job!


Karen said...

Oh gosh Amy, what's not to love here? Both of your cards are gorgeous (and so diverse)! I love how you made your own paper (and LOVE that extra special star)... and of course the sentiment on the first one is fabulous.

I do have a confession. I stared at your second card for WAY too long yesterday when I first saw it. I couldn't help it! It's so elegant, yet whimsical... which is just a favorite combo of mine. The colors and patterns are so beautiful and I adore the frames. And you sparklified the sentiment, which means I have to go stare at it one more time. ;) Forgive the novel, but I had lots to say about your lovely creations! :o)

Hugs and blessings!

Crafting Misfit said...

Both cards are wonderful. I especially love the stars on the background!

Winnie and Patty said...

Beautiful sparkley gatefold card. Love the colors! Thanks for playing along with us at Speedy the Cat's Friends challenge this week!

Unknown said...

Hi Amy, with all you have done these past few day and still you create such pretty cards. And learn a new tool too! You are my Hero! Hugs, Pam:)

Dianna said...

Two very cute cards!

Thank you for joining us at Sentimental Sundays!  Hope to see you again soon!

~ Di

Chris said...

what a great 4th of July card, and I love the sentiment. the card's perfect for our challenge. thanks for playing with us at Cupcake Inspirations.

Harriet Skelly said...

Both of your cards are great! I love the sparkly gate fold card in particular! Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

Whimsey said...

Oh I LOVE that star card; what great 3D action; your other card is very elegant!

Thanks for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations this week!!!


Unknown said...

Look at all those lovely stars, what a job to draw all of those! Thanks for joining us this week at Stampin' Sisters in Christ!

Lovely Linda said...

Wow Amy - I love your Red White and Blue card - the stars are divine! Well done! Thanks you for joining us for this weeks Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge - we appreciate your support and love to see your wonderful projects! {{{hugs}}}
Linda SSIC Design Team

Amy Chomas said...

These both turned out fantastic!!! Looks like you are having fun with your Chomas Creations mini gel pen holder!!! Amy

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Both of your cards are fab!!! Love the stars!! Thank you for joining us at the Sentimental Sundays ;)

HandmadebyTLC said...

Great Cricut work! Great entry into our patriotic colors challenge at Sentimental Sundays! So glad you could join us, good luck and hope to see you again next time!
Tammy Louise

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Great cards!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Wonderful creations! I especially love the sentiment on the patriotic card. Very true. :) Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

Elise said...

Love your use of patriotic colors and this darling card you've submitted to JUST US GIRLS, this week! We ALWAYS appreciate you sharing your use of our challenge inspiration! Thanks!

dstandard said...

Awesome cards! Thanks for playing at Designed 2 Delight!

Unknown said...

What an amazing job with the gel pens. I love the idea of creating your own background paper. You did a wonderful job with the challenge. Thank you for joining us over at Whimsical Wednesdays.

Andie's Space said...

Hi Amy,
These look wonderful. Love your designs. Thanks for joining us at Secret Crafters this week.
Andie xx

Unknown said...

Awww these are really Cool!! Thanks so much for sharing them with us at Sentimental Sunday's this week:-)

Tameko said...

Both cards are beautiful. Nice design & colors. Thanks for joining us at Sentimental Sundays thus week.

Cindy Beland said...

WOW Beautiful job with your card!I love the paper you used and the stamping,AWESOME! Thanks so much for playing along at Whimsical Wednesday!:)

Erika Valdez said...

You did an amazing job on both your cards!! I had a little bit of a hard time with mine at first but you girls gave me tons of inspiration!!

Your DT sister,

Unknown said...

Hi there - lovely cards & the r, w, & b theme is great for out challenge! Thanks for playing at Card-Makin Mamas & good luck,

Sheri said...

GREAT cards! Thanks for joining this week at My Sheri CRAFTS ;-)

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