French Flair!

I love that the French inspired art is all the rage these days, in fact I couldn’t resist picking up the summer in Paris Cricut cart last month! I must say I am not a fussy intricate die cut design type of girl (I like my die cutting fast and easy) but seeing the Eiffel tower on the cart I knew it would be great to cut from acetate and use as a mask as I did on the tag on this card.

Stamps: Hero Arts, Inkadinkado, Stampin up, Paper: DCWV, Tag: Lindsay's stamp Stuff (freebie)

I’ll warn you cutting transparency film will toast a sharp blade so I keep my oldies around for this purpose, best of all I can keep it and use again and again! This card is for my sister who saves my cards and scrapbooks with them and since she visited Europe 2 years ago and is still working on  her album this is perfect.

This card qualifies for the following challenges: Rosie D’s (burgundy, pink, cream), Clearly I stamp (thankyou), Stamp & Create (stitching) and Stamping w/dragon (3 buttons and transparency: I used transparency as an ink mask)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A day late, and a dollar short…

I was so excited to make this set, there was a Paris challenge and a color challenge that I was doing this for, however I didn’t notice until after I made them that both challenges were over the day before, oh well, I still like the set! Challenges are a great way to spark creativity but let’s not forget the real reason we make cards: To express our creativity and to bring a smile to the people we love, these are for my Mom and Sister:

Stamp: StampFrancisco, Cardstock: SU, Paper Co, GP, Ink: SU, Envelop Templates: Lindsay's sTamp Stuff, Swirl: DB Dainty Swirl, Eiffel Tower: Cricut

I used my Envelope Bonanza templates for the envelopes. After I cut them with SCAL and my Cricut I stamped the text on the inside to add a bit of flair.

I repeated the stamp design on the cardstock and the envelope for a matching set!

I also used SCAL/Cricut and the font DB Dainty Swirl from Lettering Delights to make the white flourishes. I was a bit disappointed with the Eiffel Tower die cut, I used the new Summer in Paris Cricut cart and put in a fresh blade and the paper snagged and tore, I think I will try cutting it in design studio as maybe my speed was off, the designs are so pretty, I hope I can get it to cut well! For this I had to use my cutterbee scissors to go in and snip parts off where it did not cut all the way through, arrgh!

To make the "Merci" simply type the text in scal (CENA font) and drag a cylinder over it from the shapes menu, then you can use the cut out letters on another card (as I did) ans make use of small scraps!

Since my cutting did not go as planned I wasted a bit of paper  but instead of trashing it I made a cute bookmark!

adorable use of scraps, no?

Although I missed the challenges I was aiming for this set qualifies for the following challenges:  Aly’s Sunday Challenges (bows), Clearly I Stamp (flowers), Crafty Ann (lots of color), Whoopsie Daisy (as you like it), Incy Wincy (button up), Just Us Girls (use a template), Lots to Do (flourishes and swirls) and Sew Many Challenges (anything goes).

BTW the color challenge that I missed was to use Baha Breeze, Melon Mambo and Pink pirouette (Stampin Up colors) I made due with the closest colors I had, love this combo! It was from k Warners blog. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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