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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Getting Cricky Tuesday Tutorial -- Wiggle It, Just a Little Bit -- It's a Love To Crop Challenge!! :)

Hey there, friends and followers!!  I hope this Tuesday finds you enjoying the promise of today!!  Here in Western Pennsylvania we are enjoying some CRAZY January weather!!  Blue skies and warm weather are in the forecast, so I am taking advantage of absorbing those good-feeling-sunshine rays!!  Wherever you are, I hope there's some sunshine in your life too!!  :) 
GUESS WHAT?!?!?  I have TWO GREAT THINGS to share with you today!!  :)  Number ONE:  It's time for another LOVE TO CROP CHALLENGE!!  YAY!!  I hope you'll join me with YOUR project featuring my Number TWO thing to share with you.....

I have a super FUN and EASY tutorial for you today that I'm sharing over at Getting Cricky!!  A few weeks ago, I posted a groovy giraffe-on-roller-skates card with one of my homemade Wiggle Wires...  I got sooooo many requests for details on how to make them, that I just couldn't resist sharing!!  As a young crafter, I remember receiving a birthday card from one of my mom's friends that had a dancing bear on it (I was about 10)...  My curious mind (and crafty soul) couldn't wait to pull that card apart and figure out how it worked!!  The result was a stack of Thank You, Birthday, and Christmas cards that all wiggled that year...  as well as my dad left scratching his head as to why none of his "clicker" pens would ever work!!  I had discovered that the springs from those pens made perfect "Wiggle Wires" for all of my cards!!  LOL...  Once my dad discovered my stash of "borrowed" pen springs, I had to find another way to create these fun little buggers!!  It wasn't long until I discovered the wonder of floral wire -- green, silver, thick, thin -- I definitely have an addiction to the stuff!!  So, if you're ready to learn a new way to add a little whimsy to your cards, let's get started...
















Isn't that FUN???  I added my Wiggle Wire to this adorable Mermaid cut from the Creative Memories This and That Cricut Cartridge (available here)...  I distressed her hair with some SU! Creamy Caramel ink and then added some iridescent Stickles for some extra SPARKLE!!  Her pink fin is embossed with Cuttlebug's "Tiny Bubbles" embossing folder...  Some SU! Pink Passion and Stickles add a little glamour too!! :)
The sentiment "you are Fintastic" is from the K Andrew Designs Splashtastic Summer Stamp Set...  That fantastic frame can also be found on the Creative Memories This and That Cricut Cartridge -- I love how perfectly it works with the stamp set!!  The little fishies are a retired CM punch (Meadow Maker) that is still one of my favorites...
The background cardstock and waves are all embossed with the Sizzix "Splash" embossing folder...  I used foam to add a lot of dimension to the waves and added plenty of iridescent Stickles as well...  What mermaid doesn't like a little extra sparkle???  Her adorable little face is from a mix-n-match stamp by Peachy Keen...
And since I wanted her "wiggle" to be enjoyed while on display, I placed my mermaid on an easel card...

Are you ready to try making some Wiggle Wires of your own now???  You can link up ANY project using a Wiggle Wire to this post right here for your chance to WIN a K Andrew Designs Stamp Set!!  Simply create a NEW card, layout, or other project featuring your own Wiggle Wire and add your link below before Thursday, February 16th at 11:59pm EST!!

Now, be sure to leave a comment on this post (would love for you to be a follower too!) AND leave a comment over on the post at Getting Cricky too for your chance to WIN a little goodie from me!!  And remember -- The Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge Theme is "Fantasy Land" -- Why not create something for the challenge HERE and THERE???  :)




Until next time,

37 comments:

Patti B said...

Visited you over at Getting Cricky.
Thanks again for sharing.

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Sarah said...

I am in love with this :) I just had to email my CM dealer to order this :) LOVE IT!

Rhonda Emery said...

this is the cutest little mermaid ever thanks for sharing your tips with all of us love it.

Sugarlips said...

This is so cool amy. I will be finding some wire and trying this out.

Lisa said...

Okay, this is definitely the cutest mermaid ever!! I ♥ her!! What an amazing card, Amy!! Her hair is gorgeous, I love the waves and the little fishies and she has the sweetest face!! This adorable card is going to cost me money...I have got to get that cart for this cut alone and I've never seen the Sizzix splash folder but I need it too!! As always, thank you for the fabulous inspiration my oh-so-talented friend!! And I will be back later to link up a project :D

Lisa
indymermaid.blogspot.com

Janice W. said...

Everything about this card is fabulous! I love it and I love your tutorial for the wiggle wire! I want that sizzix splash folder. Love those waves! Great job Amy!

Rae Ann said...

I've seen another tutorial about making something like this but you did a beautiful job of presenting it clearly. I LOVE-LOVE_LOVE your card. The way you used the embossing is WONDERFUL. Thanks for sharing.
Rae Ann O
http://joyinart.blogspot.com

Karen L said...

Ha ha...this cute little mermaid just makes me giggle...so cute!

girlia said...

Great idea Amy.

Jenscrapstoo said...

These are so cool, thanks Amy for the fabulous tutorial and what a happy wonderful card!!
Cheers Jennie
Getting Cricky Jnr DTM

ScrapMyWay said...

Amy, the mermaid is way too cute and the embossing is just perfect to add detail!! Love all you do, but you already know that!! I thank you for your continued inspiration and already entered my link...it's YOUR fault we won't have ANY more pens in this house that work!! LOL
Creative Wishes,
Claire
www.scrapmyway.blogspotcom

Suzanne cricutcraftingrammyblogspot.com said...

Amy you rock again. I can't wait to try this tutorial. Definitely will be entering the challenge. Love it and love the mermaid. Thanks

Brenda said...

OMGosh, I've gotta get me some wire!! What an awesome tutorial my friend! I will be giving this a try for I've been wanting some wiggle in my cards! lol

Tami B. said...

This card is so cute, all the embossing is great. I've made my own little springs like this but I never thought to use the pen springs. Since they're so much "stiffer" than floral wire do you need to cut them off a little bit shorter? I've got to go try this out as soon as I can find an old click pen. (Grrrr, all I'm finding right now is Bic stick type pens.)

Kimberly said...

Amy... love .. love ... love this!!! I dont' know where to get the action wibbles... or wabbles... love this... I am so going to try to make something this weekend or maybe tomorrow !!! Kimberly :) sending you hearts!

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Wonderful creative idea. Movement/wiggle is so cool.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Sherrie K. said...

WOWZERS Amy!! She is the CUTEST Mermaid around!! I love how you did the embossing and thanks so much for the tutorial on making your wiggle wires:) Will be making them!
Sherrie K
http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

PinkBlingCrafter said...

OMG!! this is such a super cute mermaid and loved you tutorial on the wobbler!! Too cute
Hugs,
Norma

Cheri said...

Love it. Thanks for showing us how to do this. I'm going to have to try it on Valentine's Day cards.

Cheri - Getting Cricky JrDT Sister
www.djssundries.blogspot.com

Miranda said...

Awesome card and awesome tutorial!
Miranda :)
Getting Cricky JRDT Sister
www.nanasscrapspot.com

Patti Ross said...

Amy, this is just amazing - Once again you've inspired me to try something new! WOW!

Patti Ross
Getting Cricky jrDT Sister..
rossfam@wildblue.net
www.pattilynncreations.blogspot.com

Jill said...

What a great tutorial! Super cute card! Smiles, Jill

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Making my wiggly wire card. I have 20 gauge (guess the lower the gauge the less pliable it is) floral wire that is not easily twistable. I found a stash of old pens that no longer write and that's not because I took the wire out it's because the ink was dried up on them. My hubby goes to business trade shows & they give away these pens and there were some of them in the junk drawer (we all have a junk drawer don't we?).
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Larelyn said...

And, I'm here telling you again what a great tutorial this is. So easy to follow (I sometimes get lost in videos) and such a clever idea.
Hugs,
Larelyn

Pam said...

Oh Amy, this is such a cute card! This is an adorable mermaid.

I just bought 4 dozen action wobbles! Really dumb! I am a retired florist, I have boxes of wires, a million wiggle wires!!!! Next time!!

Hugs, Pam

Tammy said...

AMY!!! this is an over the top FABULOUS card!!!
what a blessing to glean from you:) HOnestly I had just completed a project with a homemade wiggle wire---but after seeing your tutorial---I will definitely tweak the way that I did mine---Again---thanks so very much and be blessed
Beyond Measure
Tammy
www.bbbm.weebly.com

Michelle said...

Amy this was sooo sooo sooo fun! I have always wanted to try an action wobble, but I never knew where to get them! I love that you call it a wiggle wire, that is so much better! :) I used your tutorial but I used the pen spring instead like you said you used to do (don't worry it was my own pen, no "borrowed" springs here!) Thank you so much for this tutorial, challenge, and heads up! :)
Michelle
Your LMDT sister
scrappinforkenzie.blogspot.com

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Had fun with the wiggle wire and entering my Valentine Teddy Bear.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Georgiana said...

Fabulous tutorial. I am looking forward to trying to make my own. Super cute mermaid.

Georgiana
Carson's Creations

Linsey said...

Thank you for the wonderful tutorial Amy! Iam now IN LOVE with making wiggle wire cards and it's all thanks to you and Getting Cricky where I visited to find it!!! Thanks so much for all the inspiration :)

Dee Burns said...

My goodness this is such a cute Mermaid card and love the wiggle wire. Slick how you made your own. My dh found and bought a pack of 50on Amazon, it was the only way I could find them at the time. Wish I would have thought of this.
Hope to make something to link up. Looks like a fun challenge. I have to get by my fave Blogs more often.
Thanks.
Dee B

cricutalltime said...

thank you for the fun challenge.i had to use a mermaid too.Thank you for the ispiration.thanks for the great tutorial.

KTSimms said...

Thanks for the tutorial!! I will definitly be using this soon!!
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Claudia said...

I love your tutorial for making wiggle wire. How special of you to share. Thank you.
claudiamatzke at hotmail dot com

Elizabeth said...

Amy, This is ADORABLE!! I have a ton of wire sitting around. I think it is time for one of my tear bears to wiggle! LOL


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Tisha said...

I just found this tutorial and LOVE this idea! I have tried other wires before and it dind't come out at all but never floral wire! Whoo hoo!! Even though I am late to this party, I am posting what I made on my blog with a huge shout out to you. I have made one and will be making another! So cool! Thanks for sharing!

Bridgett said...

Amy, thank you for your generosity in sharing the method for making our own wiggle-wires. I really appreciate being able to make creative, whimsical cards for my family and friends - and cannot afford all the trendy, spend items I'd like to use. Thanks again.

 
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