Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Zig Zag Birthday Train



I was challenged to create a project inspired by a piece of artwork, which had snow covered ground, with a zig zaging river running from top to bottom, homes and trees lining the river. That inspired me to bring a birthday train to town on a zig zagging track. The cartridge used for this card was My Community.


Thanks for taking the time to look.



Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

http://www.handcrafterz.com/
info@handcrafterz.com

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Cricut Circle December Monthly Challenge





This holiday gift is a center piece & Christmas animals with name tags for the Christmas Dinner being hosted by my Sister-in-law this year. I'm submitting this as my monthly challenge entry on the Cricut Circle Blog.

This was our Mother & Daughter craft project for this year! I just love making things with my mother every year, I'm blessed to have my mother living with us so we are able to do many, many project together.

Use at least 2 Cricut Cuts = When it's cold outside - Snowflake

Use a tag = Tags, Bags, Boxes and more - Circle tags on Christmas Animals which will be used as place tags at dinner
Winter Frolic Tag on large snowflake

Use Red = Everywhere LOL, tis the season

Use Ribbon = Gold bows on letters & red ribbon on tags

Use a phrase = Winter Frolic Cartridge - Christmas Wishes

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you and yours!

Blessings from,

My mother Beverley and myself (Melitta)







Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

http://www.handcrafterz.com/
info@handcrafterz.com

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Snowmen Birthday Tags made today


I couldn't resist trying these techniques and since I was in need of some art for two birthday gifts, this was the perfect time to try them out!


Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

http://www.handcrafterz.com/
info@handcrafterz.com

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Animal Kingdom – Penguin Card & Bookmark



Gather your supplies: CS = Card Stock/ Measurements in width x length/ R=Row B=Button

o White CS – 1 – 8 ½”x 11” Black CS – 1 1/2– 8 ½”x 11” Icy blue CS – 5 ¼” x 4” Orange CS – 2” x 11”

o White Liquid appliqué

o Adhesive – Scor tape, tacky tape SHEET, small Xyron, zig glue & foam dimensional

o Stampin’ Up “Loads of cheer” stamp, red ink & black ink marker

o Close To My Heart Create a Shade Pearl Paint Z1039

o Cotton balls or felt applicator pad

o NOTE: R = Row B = Button Measurements are given are W x L(Height)

Making Card Base

· Fold piece B of black cardstock into a 5 ½” x 4 ¼” card base. Cut piece C from white cardstock, stamp with sentiment and mount inside card base.

Making Snow

· Using white cardstock piece D, cut a wave line to create snow as shown in picture 1, then turn top piece over then glue along the bottom of large piece. Be sure to only glue the bottom so that the penguins can be added behind. Next glue the white snow to the blue cardstock, and add the liquid appliqué in dots and snowflake designs and along the snow drifts, as shown in Picture 2. Set aside to dry while you do your Cricut work.

Picture 1 Picture 2

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Cricut Work

Load white piece F across top of mat using a brayer to ensure good contact with mat.


















Speed


1


Pressure


4


Blade depth


5


Size


5 ½”


Feature


Bookmark


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UNLOAD MAT.


Load white piece E 3 ¾” x 8 ½” with 3 ¾” at top right corner of mat.


















Speed


1


Pressure


4


Blade depth


5


Size


2”


Feature


None


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Speed


1


Pressure


4


Blade depth


5


Size


1 ½”


Feature


Border


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UNLOAD MAT


Load black piece A 6” x 11” at top of mat


















Speed


1


Pressure


4


Blade depth


5


Size


5 ½”


Feature


Bookmark


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Speed


1


Pressure


4


Blade depth


5


Size


2”


Feature


Shadow


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Speed


1


Pressure


4


Blade depth


5


Size


2”


Feature


None


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Speed


1


Pressure


4


Blade depth


5


Size


1 ½”


Feature


Border


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NOTE: Please note that the feet of the penguins are running up the 4” line according to bottom of mat. You will mount orange strip on this line later for cutting penguin feet.

Remove pieces and rotate the black cardstock 180 degrees so that the border penguins are on the upper left of the mat and the open space is at the upper right corner.


















Speed


1


Pressure


4


Blade depth


5


Size


4 ½”


Feature


Shadow


Pg 131 R5B10 <Shift><bkmark-s><Cut>

UNLOAD MAT.

Load black 2 ½” x 11” onto mat at the upper right corner.


















Speed


1


Pressure


4


Blade depth


5


Size


1”


Feature


Sound


Pg 114/115 R4B3 & 4<pnguin><snake><Cut> UNLOAD MAT.

Load orange 2” x 11” covering the 2nd & 3rd line of blocks from the right.


















Speed


1


Pressure


4


Blade depth


5


Size


2”


Feature


None


Pg 114 R4B3 <Shift-Lock> <pnguin> <pnguin><Cut>


















Speed


1


Pressure


4


Blade depth


5


Size


1 ½”


Feature


Border


Pg 114 R4B3 <Shift><pnguin><Cut>

Load sheet of double-sided tacky tape onto the mat 4 ½” wide, white strip to the left.


















Speed


1


Pressure


4


Blade depth


5


Size


2”


Feature


None


Pg 114 R4B3 <pnguin><pnguin><Cut>


















Speed


1


Pressure


4


Blade depth


5


Size


1 ½”


Feature


Border


Pg 114 R4B3 <pnguin><Cut> UNLOAD MAT Cricut work is now complete.


Building the Bookmark


· With black marker in the edges of the penguin only on the white bookmark, both of the 2” white penguins and the white border penguins. This will help to hide the white edges and make the project look finished.

· Glue the white bookmark on top of the black bookmark, being careful to match them up perfectly so that the bookmark’s flap will move freely. NOTE: one wing is different than the other so be sure you are putting your glue on the correct side to match the black.

· Glue the bookmark to the ‘shadow’ bookmark, making sure that no glue gets on the flap.

· Glue a 2” penguin shadow to the back of the bookmark with the feet ¾” from the top.

· With a cotton ball or felt, dob and swipe Create-a-shade pearl paint Z1039 from Close To My Heart, this will give the bookmark an icy/frosty appearance.

· Glue one of the 2” white penguins onto the black shadow penguin, sandwiching the bookmark penguin in between. Use the Xyron ‘X’ to make gluing easier.

· Take one penguin from the glue sheet and using the feature marks as a guide, align onto the white penguin. *Make sure you peel the white backing off, leaving the glue on the red plastic as this will help you align it perfectly. Use a bone folder to make sure you have good contact before peeling away the red plastic.

· Now that the penguin is sticky attach the black ‘outline’ penguin. Tweezers will help during these steps. Don’t forget the ‘nose’ needs to be attached for the big penguin, we will draw in the baby penguins as the nose is just too small to attach. Throw away the black feet and attach the orange feet instead.

· Using an embossing tray or a piece of paper to catch the excess flocking, sprinkle flocking over the penguin and press down hard with your finger. Shake off the excess then draw the eyes onto both penguins and a nose for the baby. Attach to the bookmark.

Building the Card


· Build the large penguin and the border penguins just as you did for the bookmark penguins, and the final step is to glue the 2” penguin onto his shadow.

· Use a heat gun to ‘puff’ the liquid appliqué, being careful to keep the gun moving to avoid scorching the puff, and then glue the piece to the black card base.

· Cut the middle ‘S’ from the word ‘Hiss’ to add to the word ‘Peeps’. Add peeps, on dimensional foam, to the lower, middle of the card.

· Apply glue to the back of the penguins then slide them between the snow drifts and then glue the front snow drift to the rear snow drift.

· Print ‘My’ on the left of the ‘Peeps’, then ‘and I are...’ to the right of the ‘Peeps’.

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Thank you for taking this Cricut Class, I hope you enjoyed your day crafting with me.

If you have any questions please email at canadianpapershaper@gmail.com or drop in on my blog at http://www.canadianpapershaper.blogspot.com/

~Melitta~

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Cute Winter Card


Animal Kingdom is such a great cartridge and has way more uses then most people give it credit for :)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Cricut Circle Ornament Challenge


Hi Friends!


I made this Christmas ornament for the Cricut Circle Blog Challenge and I thought I would share it and the instructions to make it with you.


Cricut Cartridge - Celebrate with Flourish
All paper measurements are given in width (across mat from right to left) x length (length of mat top to bottom)


Gold paper 5" x 3" - Speed 1 - Pressure 4 - Blade Depth 4 (Newer blade) - Size 4" - No Feature - Row 4 Button 10


Red Velvet paper 3" x 2 1/2" - DEEP CUT HOUSING BLADE - Speed 1 - Pressure 4 - Blade Depth 4 - Size 4" - Layer Feature - R4 B 10 *Check cut, may require a second cut


Silver Crinkle paper 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"- Speed 1 - Pressure 2 - Blade Depth 5 - Size 4" - Layer Feature - - R4 B10


Green paper 5" x 3"- Speed 3 - Pressure 4 - Blade Depth 4 - Size 4" - No Feature - - R4 B10


Silver stretch cord for hanging from tree.


Hope you enjoy.

Melitta

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Cricut Circle Think Pink Challenge Entry

This is a challenge for the members of the Cricut Circle. This was the Weekly Challenge #2: THINK PINK! Use Pink, Ruffles, Scallops, Flourishes, Glitter and Jewels ( incorporate any 3 on your project) in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. This is my challenge entry. I used the Seranade Cartridge for the 3 different trees, leaves & dove, Stand & Salute for the pink ribbons and Cindy Loo for the flower flourishes across the top-inside of the card. I wrote the following poem inside the card:

This year on your birthday,
I'm giving you a gift for me,
a calendar sticker for the day,
at a breast-exam you'll be.
I give this for selfish reasons,
as you mean the world to me,
I just couldn't stant to watch the seasons,
changing without you here next to me.

Happy Birthday

Poem by Melitta Ball

At the bottom of the poem there is a removeable sticker for my friend to put on their calendar to remind them of the date they are to be at their breast exam. Make sure you have your exam today, as the best protection is early detection!

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

http://www.handcrafterz.com/
info@handcrafterz.com

Friday, October 8, 2010

Cricut Club is underway!

Our very first Cricut Club what held at my home on Monday night, October 4, 2010 and I think everyone had a wonderful time! My Mom & daughter did some wonderful baking and I think everyone enjoyed the projects I had ready for them to make and what a great group of ladies! I think Cricut Club is going to be a fun get together for years to come. The quarters were cramped as our house is still not finished being put back together from the flood, but that is going to be in the past, two weeks from now yea! So Cricut Clubbers...there is going to be way more room to spread out once the scrap room is finished!

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

http://www.handcrafterz.com/
info@handcrafterz.com

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Frugal Tips – 1

Adhesive along with paper, is one of the most expensive things we use in scrapbooking…it is on every page, every card and every project! I would much rather spend my $’s on paper, embellishments and of course my beloved Cricut, so I want to show you how I cut some corners in the Frugal Segments.

Dimensional foam is costly compared to a Zig pen, but it adds so much more interest to our projects, so I like to save a few $’s by getting the most out of my dimensional package. After you pop out the ‘dots’ you are left with the negative image, which just like the ‘dot’ is adhesive backed, so I cut these up as well and use them for popping up elements and the straight edge I often use as a long strip to make shadow boxes to house sequins, beads or die cuts.

Here is an example and you can see the real thing by going to my website at www.handcrafterz.com:

Hope you find this a helpful tip! I would love to hear about your frugal tips, so please email me at canadianpapershaper@gmail.com

Happy Crafting!

Melitta

Saturday, July 10, 2010

A few new cards

Hey Crafters!

Melitta the Paper Shaper here, just wanted to post a few cards that I put together. No instructions for these right now, but wanted to share them for inspiration.









Hope you enjoy looking at them, as much as I enjoyed making them.

Monday, July 5, 2010

My Dreams Are Coming True!

My husband Greg and I, celebrating our 25th Anniversary in 2009



Grandma Archibald & my mom Beverley Archibald








I'm so excited to see the dream of being able to make known the heART’s work of my mom’s crocheting and knitting and my work with paper crafting finally coming to fruition!

My mom, Beverley, is a remarkable woman who at the age of 40 suffered several small and a massive stroke, which left her unable to talk and in a wheelchair which doctors thought she would never leave. However, the doctors did not know the will my mom had to come back from that dark place, and a great deal of her recovery is credited to her desire to craft. Our family brought her knitting needles, crochet hooks, a ton of wool, thread and patterns to her hospital bed and she battled back to an almost complete recovery, one stitch at a time. Today my mom is 70 years old and the only indication of her past heath issues are a brace on her right leg and a cane. However, our guest bedroom and storage room are bursting at the seams with knitted and crocheted beautiful works of heart.

I am 45 years old and was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia 6 years ago. Due to the rapid onset, constant pain and medications with horrible side effects I was forced to retire from my bookkeeping business and find something to fill my empty days. While I too crochet and knit, it is just not at the quality level to equal my mom’s, so I took up paper crafting. My time at crafting is limited and reliant upon how painful my hands and body are, but when I am blessed with a moderate pain day I love to get my hands on some paper. I set goals for myself to learn new techniques, to share them both in person & with a blog, and to have my ‘hearts work’ published. I am proud to say that I have learned so many techniques (and I am still learning every day), I am sharing them with fellow crafters at their homes and at the local scrapbook store, and as of the Fall Issue of Canadian Scrapbooker I will have achieved the goal of being published in a scrapbooking magazine. With this post I am now achieving the goal of sharing with people through a blog!

Our website,
www.handcrafterz.com , is going to be the showcase of my mom’s and my artistic works of heART. I hope you will stop by the site as it starts to grow and blossom, I would love to have your input. We will also be offering some of Mom's works for purchase through http://www.etsy.com/shop/HandCrafterz

Thank you so much for stopping by and please check back often for ideas, how-to’s, videos and sometimes just chatter. Also, please feel free to contact me at melitta@handcrafterz.com

On behalf of my mom Bev and myself thank you for stopping by.

Blessings,
Bev & Melitta

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Just wanted to share a layout I just completed about our 25th Anniversary Celebration.
The papers are from 'Close to my heart', click here for my girlfriends CTMH site to order
if you would like: http://brenda.myctmh.com/ The paper pack is called 'Grace' and I
highly recommend it.

Welcome to 2010 friends and my goal for 2010 is to spend more time on my blog to offer
inspiration to others in thanks for all of the inspiration I receive from you.

Happy New Year!