Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Okay,.. I know I am not visiting all of you as much as I should, but I have a really, really good reason!! I got completely and totally wrapped up in this project I have been working on!! It has been a project in the making the entire month!!! Are you ready for it?!!! Well here it is!!

The Cricut Circle Blog has a monthly challenge and this month the challenge was to make something (LO, card, project) that "Celebrates Creativity!" Well, I started thinking about what I was going to do and then one day, while cleaning out the remaining boxes in my garage, I came across an old frame that I was going to throw away. Then the idea hit me!! I wanted to make something for my new office!! And so... I went to work on it!! The requirements are that I had to use the Cricut with at least 2 cuts and use the shadow feature, I had to use patterned paper and use an embellishment!! Check, check, and check!!

I thought it would be cool to make the word "Create" really big and then include the definition!! Clever huh?!! The word was cut out using the Storybook cart. I distressed the cardboard I was using for the background and popdotted all the letters. I added some pearls to jazz them up a bit!!

As for the definition, I did a lot of distressing, inking and stamping... even though you can't tell in the photos!!

The rest of it was soooooo much fun to make!! I turned each of the little squares into my own little scrapbook canvases to work with!! I wanted to use a variety of colors while still making it something that would look good in the house. I had to control myself from adding too much bling... my favorite thing to add to LOs!!!! lol!! I just didn't think it would look too good in my office if it was glowing from all the bling!!

What?! You would like to see closeups?!! Of course!! Here you go....

The bird in the cage was cut using the French Manor cart. I pop dotted the layers to make it look more dimensional... then of course, added some stickles!! I heat embossed the background and added the paper/ribbon stripe across the middle!!

Is my bird not the cutest?!! I cut him from the Home Decor cart and pop dotted the layers again. But this time, I added some crackle glaze to the top layer to give it a cool, distressed kind of look!!  I found that lovely branch right in my landscaping!! How lucky is that?!! My husband was thrilled!! I hand cut some cute little leaves and added a few charms!!

My favorite part is the way I included quotes that had to do with creativity!! Talk about clever!! They say...

* All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. - Pablo Picasso
* Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted. - Martin Luther King Jr.
* The world is but a canvas to the imagination. - Henry David Thoreau

Aren't those the best?!! I also loved this square! The film strip is Tim Holtz that I had left over from one of my Lucky Girl Kits and the tickets came from the kit too. I just inked them with distress ink and then sprayed them with water!! Love how it gives it that instant worn look!!

Sorry this was so picture heavy... there was just so much to it, I wanted you to be able to see all the details!!

But before I leave, I have a few things to share with you!! My good friend and design buddy, Pat, has started this really cool new blog, Scrapping The Moments, that has a forum and will be a great resource of information!! I am so excited for her!! She is currently looking for some designers for this new blog. Please stop by and check it out!!  I'm sure she would like some blog love!!! You can get there by clicking HERE!!

AND.... one of my other design teams, Sketches in Thyme is also doing a design team call!! Click HERE to check it out!!

I will be back tomorrow with a new design for Sketches in Thyme and a much shorter post!! Have a great day!!

Barb  :)


Random Acts of Krafting said...

You sure have been busy. This is fantastic. LOVE that little red bird.

Beatriz Farquhar-Guzman said...

This is fabulous! Love it all.... so many details! Stop by my blog today.... "creative" minds think alike!

Fern said...

Gorgeous, Barb!!! And I for one am happy for all of the photos showing the closeups!!! This will be beautiful on your wall!!! TFS and take care, Hugs!!!

Jocelyn said...

Oh Barb....where do I begin..I guess with FABULOUS, AWESOME, STUNNING!!!

Love that you used the old frame!!! All the colors and the textures....perfect!!! Love the birdie and the quotes make it complete!!

You are one talented lady....I love it and when you get tired of can send it my way!!!

Love you sweet friend and I LOVED all the pics!!! Have a great one!!!

li-bee-ti said...

Barb, this is stunning, amazing and gorgeous! I just love every detail about it. There is so much to look at, and I'm sure that IRL it is even much more beautiful.
Thanks for sharing it with us, and no worry about long post, so good you gave all the closeups!

Debbie Bakk said...

Wow Barb this is just gorgeous-love all the details the birdie on the branch, adorable bird cage and the distressing makes it even better-I can see why you been a bit busy this month -I'm sure it will look wonderful in your office.

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Barb this is GORGEOUS!!! I love all the details and this would be just lovely in the office. TFS with us and it looks like a winner to me!

Sandi Clarkson said...

Wow, Barb .. this is fantastic! Love all the details. And omigosh, that red bird is just heavenly! Glad you posted .. I was thinking about ya last night!

Debbie said...

WOW Barb this is gorgeous! Love all the loving you put into it! Great details and colors! Makes me want to make one for myself!

Audrey Frelx said...

Barb, this is GORGEOUS!!! You certainly have been busy!!!

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

WoW! This is really amazing! Thanks for all the photos, you can really see all the detail you put into it!! It looks awesome!

Therese said...

I really enjoy this, beautifully executed. Thanks for sharing.

all the days of our life said...

WOW!!! Barb this is gorgeous, I love all of it, the embellishments are beautiful, love the title. Just beautiful.

Angi Barrs said...

AMAZING and GORGEOUS. You did a wonderful job on this Barb. I love it:)

Sentimental Scrapper said...

this is a work of art!!! Sooooo beautiful! I love it!!!!!

Nanne said...

Holy moly Barb... That is just so fabulous.. I think I'm gonna have to scaplift this from ya.. really!! I dont' have an office, but I think something a bit similar for my kitchen would be so cool.. LOL
I absolutely love everything about this wonderful project of yours and I just can not for the life of me pick a fav part :O)

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