Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Gypsy Spot Challenge Week #3 -- Shape Cards

This week we took on shape cards. I have to admit I don't do alot of these. I was tempted to weld 2 copies of a shape together and fold it into a card but decided to go a different route by making a sleigh card using the 'flower pot' technique.

Click here to download the Gypsy cut file used.
*Note that this file has 2 pages.

I quickly discovered that all of the sleigh cuts from the cricut cartridges were much too shallow to hold a decent sized note card inside. I decided to use the Gypsy's ability to stretch and manipulate images to make a much deeper sleigh.

I started with the shadow blackout sleigh from Winter Woodland. I determined the width I wanted and then stretched the height until I was satisfied. I glued 2 copies of this together, leaving the top open to be able to insert the card note card piece. I then used some basic rectangles from Plantin Schoolbook and dressed them up with poinsettia cuts from Winter Woodland as well as present and penguin cuts from Christmas Cheer. I used white glitter embossing powder on the blades of the sleigh and white flock on the trim piece. My good camera has a dead battery and I've yet to find the charger so the pictures didn't turn out real great but anyway, you get the idea.

I used an MS punch to make one corner of the note card fancy but later regretted it. In the future I would have left it unaltered to allow for more writing space. Despite the manipulation of the sleigh, the nature of this shape card is still very limited in writing space and the corner punch only furthered that.

Thank you for looking. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 12, 2009


CONGRATULATIONS TO MISTY for winning the Christmas in November Cartridge Giveaway!

Misty said...
WOWOOOOOO My eyes BULGED at all that! Congrats to you! I think its awesome that you are sharing the gift! Tis the season... I would LOVE to win this cart as well! I think it is awesome, and its on my list for the hubby and kids to get me!

November 11, 2009 5:11 AM

Please pm me on the cricut messageboards with your mailing address so I can send this cartridge to you first thing in the morning!

Wow 201 entries in the drawing! Thank you so much to everyone who participated and for all the kind words you shared! Thank you for those of you who are now following my blog and I hope to bring you lots of great projects as well as more fantastic giveaways!

Happy Thursday & Happy Scrappin! ~Jenn

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Christmas in November


It was truly Christmas in November last night when I opened up the box of cartridges I received from the Gypsy Challenge. I was as giddy as a kid on any Christmas morning and bouncing off the walls! (My poor husband.)

In the spirit of this fun and exciting time, I'm giving away one of the duplicate cartridges I received. I picked this particular cartridge to give away because it is one of my FAVORITES and I think it's a little under-acknowledged as one of the best font cartridges PC has ever released.

So I'm giving away Lyrical Letters, still in the packaging to one lucky winner. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post. I will be drawing the winner on Thursday morning! Good luck!

Oh and feel free to become a follower if you'd like to!!! ~Jenn

Monday, November 9, 2009

Gypsy Spot Challenge Week #2 - Thanksgiving Recipe Card Gift Box

For this week's welding challenge I used a simple notecard box from the Wild Card cartridge and welded the word "Thanks" from Gypsy Wanderings in the center. I also used little pilgrim cuts form PDDU to dress it up. These notecard boxes could be given to your Thanksgiving dinner guests, containing recipe cards for the dishes you made. A simple but cute little favor.

Click here to download the gypsy cut file used.

Cut file also includes a frame from Wild Card that I cut out and used to back the opening of the box.

**Please note that when you weld a cut that normally includes scoring marks with another cut, the scoring marks disappear. For me, I prefer it that way, as I think scoring marks tend to stick out funny and make the project look less finished. If you're a person who needs the scoring marks, you may not want to use this file. I used my new Martha Stewart scoring board to do this box and I referenced my Wild Card manual to see where the scoring lines should occur.

Feel free to comment or email me with any questions you may have. Thanks for looking!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Gypsy Spot Challenge Week #1 - "Owl My Love" Card

Today is the FIRST challenge for the Gypsy Spot blog and I am so excited to be a designer! This week we were asked to use a cut from Gypsy Font or Gypsy Wanderings. I chose to use both as BOTH of these cartridges are just LOADED with great artwork! Gypsy Font and Gypsy Wanderings are the two on board cartridges that come pre-loaded on each and every Gypsy. Each cartridge features beautiful, whimsical artwork and great creative features as well!

I decided to go with the owl as the central cut on this card. I just LOVE owls! I cut the owl from the Gypsy Wanderings cartridge both in regular and in shadow. I then cut the "O" from Gypsy Font using the "Monogram" & "Monogram Shadow" features. I really like the Monogram style on the G Font cart because it reminds me so much of the way that classic fairytales would start with those big huge swirly fancy letters.

The 'my love' is cut from the standard Gypsy font and welded together. I used prima flowers, ribbon, buttons and glitter to finish it all off.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to become a follower both on this blog AND at The Gypsy Spot! Happy crafting!

Sunday, November 1, 2009


I got extremely good news on Friday when I learned that I had won my category for the Gypsy Challenge. I want to thank each and every one of you who voted for me and encouraged me! I will be receiving 50 free cartridges and I cannot WAIT! I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to have participated in this contest.

SO many incredible projects were submitted and if you have not had a chance to look at them, I would encourage you to do so here. So many entries were crafted from a LONG day of labor and love and they certainly deserve loads of attention and praise.

I am honored to be surrounded by so many incredible men and women and their creative skills and passions! Thank you SO much for all that you have taught me and continue to teach me.