Friday, February 25, 2011

Owl Card for My Granddaughter

My DIL is having a Baby Shower this weekend and I have been working on a card to give to my Granddaughter who will be a Big Sister for the first time soon!

Her Momma loves Owls & Mushrooms and is doing the new Baby's room in a theme related to that.

So I decided to give a shape card a try (for the first time!).

I struggled with it and I'm not sure I did the layering right because I didn't understand the "blackout" feature entirely, so I cut out a solid green color using "blackout" and then didn't really know what to do with it! LOL!

I eventually decided to glue it down to the inside of the card, because the cardstock I used wasn't particularly heavy and the card seemed too thin.
I don't think that is the intention of that blackout piece though...not sure.

I am still in the learning stages of the Cricut Machines and have just recently taken up card making, so hopefully this confusion won't last forever!

Anywhooo...(no pun intended!) is a picture of the finished product:

It only took me four ridiculous is that????!!

My problem is I can never seem to make a decision.
For instance, when I decided to add something to make the Owl look girly, I anguished over the embellishment for hours.
I must have tried 100 different flower combos and blingy centers before I finally settled on the "one".

I was also apprehensive about adding the glitter on the front, but after cutting out the owl using a pattern background, I noticed that the feather markings just got lost in the pattern, so I needed them to stand out.
I'm hoping that the glitter didn't make it too cheesy!

The inside of the card was a little cheating on my part, because I really didn't want to cut out really small letters on the Cricut and I didn't have a sentiment stamp to say what I wanted, so I just used Microsoft Word and a cute font (Harrington) to convey the message.

I added a little flourish & flower stamping also to add a bit of coordinating color.

You'll have to excuse the stray dirty marks on the inside, I honestly don't know how those got there, but I am assuming I had some excess glue somewhere that smudged.
I tried to remove it, but couldn't.
Maybe someone out there knows a secret trick/tip to do that...if so, please pass that on to me...cuz I make a lot of mess when I craft!

One other thing about the card that left me feeling dissatisfied was the beak on the owl.
I just didn't know what to do with it.
It doesn't show up too well, but I didn't want to over-do the embellishing or bling, so I left it alone.
If anyone has any suggestions to help me with this, I'm totally open to them, as I need all the help I can get!

Okay, so this isn't the most elegant looking card...that's for sure, but the good thing is for my sweet beautiful Granddaughter and she will love it just cuz her "Gigi" made it for her!
That makes my heart happy!

Here is a picture and a list of the things I used to make this card:

Cricut Imagine
Wild Card Cartridge
Blossom Imagine Cartridge
Tim Holtz Kushgrip Non-Stick Micro Serrated Scissors
Scribe Tool
Provo Craft Bone Folder (Oops...not pictured...I forgot!)
Recollections Cardstock Paper, 12x12, White
Xyron 500
Scotch ATG Pink Tape Gun
Zig 2-Way Glue Pen
Therm-o-web Super Stick Permanent Glue Stick
Ross Gel Stick Glue
Prima Marketing Iced Got Flowers? Floral Embellishments (pink)
Oriental Trading Floral Embellishments, Yellow, Green
American Crafts Elements Mini Brads, White
American Crafts Elements Brads, Large, Green
Stampendous Jewel Glitter, Sea Green, Ultra Fine
Color Box Pigment Stamp Pad, Sky Blue #15038
Studio G Hampton Art Clear Stamps #VS4911
Clear Acrylic Stamp Block
Microsoft Word 2010 (Harrington Font/26)

Thank-you for visiting me and sharing in my crafting adventures!


debijo said...

You, like me, are way to hard on yourself! Your cards look great, and you inspire me!!! <3

Nikki said...

So cute! I love it :)

scrappingmamma said...

its very sweet , omg you sound like me it takes me forever to make anything. I wonder if i have enough stuff on it or if i have to much, oh my sometimes it takes a weeks to make a layout.
Thank-you for the follow ..

Jillian said...

Hi there! Thanks so much for hopping at the Spring Fever Blog Hop! I hope you enjoyed the projects! I am happy to be your newest follower!