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Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wow, it's already Thursday!  Today is going to be awesome!!  I get to pack up my Expression and we're heading up to Lake Tahoe for the weekend.  It'll be me, Wendy, Nana Susan and about 40 of our closest Cricutty friends.  Our friend Lisa Kirk organizes it each year and I LOVE it.  The place is right on the lake, so it's stunningly beautiful, plus all of our meals are provided and we can scrap as late as we want.  Oh, and I have no responsibility - yay!!!  It's just pure heaven!  So hopefully I'll have a few fun projects to show you when I get back.  Oh, and I don't think I'll have internet access up there, so please be patient and I'll return emails on Monday.  And, we wouldn't leave you hanging, would we?  No way!  So I am VERY excited to say that we will have a fabulous Guest Designer for you tomorrow, so make sure you stop by and check it out - she rocks!!!

Don't forget - we have fabulous blog candy this week - the Paisley cartridge!!!  Just follow this blog and leave a comment each day this week to be entered.  (It also helps to leave your email in case you win).  And I'll be giving a bonus prize away to somebody too!  To be entered for the bonus prize - click on the Cricut Kits tab at the top of the blog and tell me which kit you would pick if you could win your choice.

Alrighty, here's an adorable card project from our wonderfully talented designer, Becca Rees.  Read details below to learn how to make this yourself...


The base of this card is brown and folded into a 5x7 size.  The next layer is a light patterned ivory, which is 4 3/4 x 6 3/4, and you need to build everything on top of this ivory layer before sticking everything to the brown card base.  On top of the ivory patterned piece is the light blue corrugated cardboard which  measures 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 - how cute is that??? 


Wrap the layered ribbon around this blue, and attach the brads through.  Becca then used a stamp, embossing powder and a heat gun for the "you're the best" sentiment, inked the outer part with light green, and pop-dotted it to give it lots of depth.


For the upper portion of the card, the yellow mat measures 4 1/4 x 4 1/4, and the inner white mat is 3 3/4 x 3 3/4.  Both mats are inked, and there's Diamond Stickles and white faux stitching around the edge of the yellow mat.  You can use a white gel pen to do this, and the Signo Uniball is the best one by miles.  There are also "Liquid Pearls" in the corners of the white mat.  The big flower is actually something that Becca made while at CHA.  This was made during a class at the Provo Craft booth.  Use any cart that has a petal-type flower, and cut at least 3 different sizes - small, medium and large (ranging from about 2-3 inches in size).  Then lightly spray with water, crumple them up, and let dry.  When they're dry, un-crumple them a bit, layer and glue together.  Put a stone in the middle, and you're set with one gorgeous flower!  What a fun technique - go try it!!

Somebody asked me the other day about the "Custom Layout" blog candy prize from a couple of weeks ago.  Kathleen in New Jersey was the winner, and she has chosen a very cool theme.  It's going to be a Disney/Music theme for her son who will be competing in a music competition at Disneyworld soon.  This was the perfect excuse for me to buy the Quarter Note cartridge, and I'm hoping to work on this while in Tahoe, so stay tuned!

92 comments:

Sabina said...

Hello,
this is a great idea for a card. Thank you for showing.
Greets Sabina

Angela said...

What an awesome flower idea! So glad you get to go on the Tahoe trip. I'm hoping to attend one of these years . . .Maybe you should go in disguise so you don't end up teaching and can just do your own projects. Have fun!!

Cindylu2u said...

I love all the different layers on this card, and the flower is a perfect touch!!
Cindy
miller896042 at bellsouth dot net

gshrader said...

Very cute card!
I'm definitely in love with your stampede layout from this week!
Would love to win
gayle_shrader@yahoo.com

NSSS said...

Love your card - i love making my flowers like this - adds gret dimension - note though - these cards are hard to post!! Have fun this weekend!!!

shawnsfiresidecraftingroom.blogspot.com

msstoenatrunestonedotnet

emma said...

wooo a lovely card
emmashipley@hotmail.co.uk

Maureen Reiss said...

This card is soooo pretty!! Love your flower!

Bobbi said...

What a beautiful card. I love that flower and am definitely going to have to try it. Have fun at your weekend getaway. Can't wait to see what you make. My favorite layout kit is Catch a Wave. TFS

marieke said...

lovely card... like the colors ...
i wish you a lovely weekend... it sounds like so much creative fun!!!
have a wonderful time enjoy
hernandezmarieke@gmail.com

Kathleen said...

Hi Monique -

Love the card idea posted today and made by Becca. I love that crumpled flower - noticed it was made of musical notes paper too!!! Also, how surprised was I to see my name on your blog! I got my moment of fame twice now all 'cause of you. I was going to wish you a safe and fun trip up in Lake Tahoe, but now that I know you will be working on my Custom Layout - I am even more excited anticipating what you crafty and talented woman will come up with.

Seriously, enjoy your weekend - you so deserve it!!! Never been out that way, so I can only imagine the grandeur of the views you will have to inspire you!!

As always, Rock on, my friend, Rock On!

Kathleen in NJ
kmurphy614@gmail.com

NanetteMT said...

What a great idea for the flower. I'm going to have to try that. TFS!

Jeanie said...

I love this card. Thanks for sharing how to make the rose. Can not wait to make one!

Judy said...

I love this! And I want that Paisley Cartridge! Now I am off to make that flower.

omipersians@yahoo.com

Geri said...

I am working on a layout this weekend and this flower would love AWESOME on it! Thanks!!!!

Kim said...

Beautiful card Becca and another day of inspiration for all of us! I love the beautiful flower. Thanks so much for sharing.
toojoyous@bellsouth.net

Suz said...

beautiful card, love all the texture. I adore your spring layout, but like them all. Thanks for sharing all your creativity. ~Suz
suz.p@comcast.net

Christine said...

that is so cute. thanks for sharing. g-ahelm@hotmail.com

AShu93 said...

That flower is just gorgeous!

And I can't wait to see your Disney/music layout. Please share it when it's done.

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Beverly said...

This is a fantastic card! I love the rustic look. Now I will have to try making the crumpled flower!

hamptongal said...

What a very Pretty card. The earth tones of this card. is very unique. When I saw this card I thought of my Mom. She would have been 90 on March 2nd. She loved earth tone colors. I also love the flower technique. I will have to try this.
vickiebryn@yahoo.com

Dee said...

Have fun in Tahoe. I have a weekend get-away to scrapbook coming up in May and am really looking forward to it. So I can imagine how excited you are.

dacampb at gmail dot come

Dee said...

My favorite kit is the Sweet Treats Party Kit. How special would someone feel to get that for their birthday?

Crazyscrapinmom said...

Too cool I will have to tyr that technique. Have fun. I love it when I get to crop with my friends.

Sandy from Ukiah said...

I know you are going to have a FUN FUN time in Tahoe... Becca's card is sooo cute. Kristy was showing us how to make that flower on the cruise...they are so pretty. hugs

Cathy said...

The crumpled flower card is pretty and unique, I like it. and I like the Just Because card and envelope set.
Cathy
mexicopetshop@hotmail.com

Cindy said...

Love that flower. I'll have to try one of those. Thanks for showing us. Cindy

Emily said...

Have fun on your little trip! That card is beautiful :)

Carol said...

fabulous card! TFS

Have a wonderful time at Lake Tahoe(don't think about all of us at home with responsibilies-LOL).

I still love the 'Beautiful' LO kit the best but they all just amazing!

Carol
clworkman4 at gmail dot com

Katherine said...

Beautiful card. Monique, have fun at Lake Tahoe. I'm envious.

Dakota Bear said...

Awesome card! There are so many neat details. I really like the flower.

dotfree@charter.net

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

I love this card... and can I just say, Jealous!!! I wish I was going somewhere like that, what an awesome thing to be a part of! Thank you!
Lisa
summer_sunset54@hotmail.com

Rebecca said...

Beautiful card. . . . . .Have a wonderful time in Tahoe!

Kay said...

I love anything with flowers especially if they are handmade. Love the color combo.

CathyinMN said...

I really like this card. Love the paper the flower is made of. TFS!

JennyKozar said...

The paper flower is beautiful - have fun this weekend! Cannot wait to see what you ladies create for us.

Craftyhomemade said...

Super cute card and lovely flower.

Indira
craftyhomemade7atgmaildotcom

IRW Dana said...

Gorgeous card!! Love the flower the most and the colors are wonderful. Thanks for the inspiration. papermemories4u @ yahoo . com

Heather DG said...

Yay - relax and have FUN!!!

Am in love with the flower on this card!! Thanks for sharing!

debbie susee said...

The flower is gorgeous. Especially love that you used the music paper.
I love the Party On kit. so sweet. :)
debsusee@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card! Love all the beautiful layers. Have fun in Tahoe!

Debra Hudson
onecraftygirl2010@hotmail.com

Meshell said...

I love Tahoe!! Have tons of fun with your friends. I love her crumpled flower technique. Very easy sounding.....we'll see how many tries it takes to look that good. lol

joni said...

Great flower! Love this card...have a great time at your getaway!!! Sounds like a wonderful time! TFS
hugs,
joni

arcocha at yahoo dot com

alwayscharlie said...

Becca did a great job on this card. That flower is awesome!
smilesmoore2 atverizon dotnet

pamela.dixon said...

Love the card and the Cricut 101 class, I really learned alot. Always thanks for the opportunity to win a gift. pamela.dixon@sbcglobal.net

Kristie Maynard said...

Have fun on your weekend crop! I know you will.
Love the card. I love making my own flowers for cards and layouts. Such fun!

Peg Toth said...

such a neat card! I love the spring layout kit and the just because card kit also. Actually, it's hard to decide which layouts I like the best. they're all so nice.

Aman said...

Have fun in Tahoe! It sounds like a blast!
Love the flower on the card.

Tennille said...

Really love the flower on this card! Now if I could only find the time to get working on my pages and cards! With two boys I have many years to work on soon!

Luria said...

Hello Monique,

I love this card the colors are great. TFS

Luria

sleigh said...

Nice card, like the affect of the flower too. Have a great weekend in Lake Tahoe! :)

PurpleLadyBug said...

I love how easy it is to make that flower, but it looks like it would be hard. Beautiful card! And as I said before the stampede layout kit is my fav. :)

kperlic@hotmail.com

Windy said...

I love the colors and layers on this card. Thanks for the flower idea, too.

Anonymous said...

Wow cool tech 4 d flwr. Ill definitly b tryng it. I guess I hven' t lft my eml. Sorry. :o)
I like d sweat treats kit.
Cheetah61@att.net
~~Becca~~

Rose said...

Oh!A nice warm lake sounds so good.Its snowing here & very coldddddd,have FUN enjoy your weekend!Great card,You Ladies Are the BEST.TSMFS

Maquel said...

Great Card!! Love the crumpled flower!!

mderosby at gmail dot com

st_mccall said...

Have a great weekend, sounds like a lot of cricutty fun! Thanks for the great projects and winning chances!

JANLYNN said...

I love this flowerand will have to make some of them for sure. Your trip sounds like sooo much fun. We will be waiting to se what neat goodies you bring back to show us. jls@eplus.net

Heidi said...

How fun! I wish that some of my friends scrabooked so I could scrap with someone or go away for a few days. That sounds great! Enjoy!

DeAnna said...

Ohhh thankyou for describing how the flower was made!! :) Will go try it out.

Shauna said...

Love the card...so pretty. Thanks for showing!!

♥SuziM♥ said...

So jealous, I am in Lake Tahoe now and going home Sat. Sounds like you will have a great time. Love the card.

SrapaholicRN said...

I love this and can hardly wait to try one.

I just got the Quarter note cart 2 weeks ago and haven't cracked er open yet. Love all the cool stuff on it tho. Anxious to see what you come up with. Ber sure to share.

Have a blast.

Spud

Donna said...

Oh my, vacationing at one of our State's most prized beauties! You can't help but have a wonderful weekend (no matter what the weather) and be inspired to create great things!

Cute card and love making these flowers!

My favorite layout is Spring with Beautiful a very close second. You are very talented, as is your team!

Many blessings, Donna
grandma4five

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love the crumpled flower. I am going to try it. I love the just because cards & envalopes although it is really hard to pick from all your great work. Have a fun trip I'm green with envy.
pattiew@bresnan.net

Jennifer said...

Becca,

Your card is gorgeous!!! :) I love all the details (corrugated cardboard, stickles, liquid pearls,...)!

Thanks so much for sharing,

Jennifer

P.S.
Monique,

Have a great time in Tahoe this weekend!!!!! I can't wait to see what you create...

Crafty hugs,

Jennifer

Fran said...

I love this card. My favorite layout kit is the stampede layout. The details are so great. Your talent is amazing. Thanks. Fran
choppsrus@gmail.com

Fran said...

I love this card. My favorite layout kit is the stampede layout. The details are so great. Your talent is amazing. Thanks. Fran
choppsrus@gmail.com

Nana Jo said...

Great card and directions. My favorite layout is cricut stampede too.
mmlmn @polarcomm.com

Julia said...

I absolutly love this 'crumpled flower'! My goal for today is to make a few of those :) I'm excited.
juliayoder@hotmail.com

Charlotte said...

What a great card. Love the crumpled flower. So easy and beautiful. Thank you for another great idea!!!!

Northwoodszoo said...

An ingenious, yet simple way to give texture and depth to a flower card -- love it and the papers you used. And given the choice, my personal vote is for "Just Because Cards & Envelopes Kit", just because I love the papers and love to send cards. These with plays on words are right up my alley! Thanks much.

Kim. said...

A really pretty card and I love how the flower came out.
Have a wonderful time in Tahoe ladies.
Kim xXx

LesleyfromWI said...

Love the colors and the flower is beautiful!

Kate said...

I love the look of this card! Thanks for the flower creation directions. I love the little frame around the sentiment especially.
Have a wonderful weekend! Sounds like it will be such fun!

Grammy GG said...
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Grammy GG said...

Loved learning how to make the flower. Your card is lovely and I liked how you explained all the layers. I will try making some of my own flowers now. Thank you.

Peg Toth said...

beautiful card! Enjoy your weekend at Lake Tahoe. I love the Just because card kit. Thank you.

surfnfroggie said...

Love the flower card, just beautiful.
Thanks for sharing this.
surfnfroggie@aol.com

belinda said...

You can also mist it with some shimmer spray like from Tim Holtz line or Stampin' Up. So much fun to doe with diffrent textured paper too. Glad you shared this to remind me how much fun it is to do.

Dawnmarie said...

Just love, love, love that flower!Amazing!

salido99 said...

Wow, love this project. I have been wanting to try one of these crumpled flowers and your instructions make it seem easy. My favorite kit is the Just Becasue Cards kit.
Kathy
salido99@msn.com

Jen Muller said...

I love the paper!! :)

valerie said...

Lovely card with great colors. What a great flower idea. Have a great time on your trip. I'll be scrappin in spirit. I would love to win this week!

valerie902 at gmail dot com

Kristen Ann said...

Beautiful card! I liked the crumpled flower technique. I can see using them on layouts too.
braunkristen@yahoo.com

Beth Anne in PA said...

Here's wishing you a great weekend full of fun and friendship (without responsibilities!) You certainly deserve it. The card and it's flower are great. TFS

Beth Anne in PA
woody42997 at aol dot com

Vickie said...

Love this card especially the flower. TFS

Miss Dhilly said...

Can't wait to see your creations when you return from Tahoe, I'm sure you're having a blast. Beautiful card!

thedhillonz@hotmail.com

mimikat33 said...

The crumpled flowers are so unique, I am going to try that very soon. Thank you for sharing

Kat
cricutcardcreating.blogspot.com
ayers12887@yahoo.com

Mary Jean said...

I m so loving this card!!! Thanks for some great ideas! my favorite kit is still minnie minnie minnie!

Kristen Ann said...

Simple but classy card. Love the flower technique; great use for paper scraps! I really like the "Natural Beauty" layout kit. The paper choices & embellishments are fun.
braunkristen@yahoo.com

Leanna said...

WOW. Great card and the layouts were
all so cute. I love them all, but
guess April Showers would be my fav
Thanks for the ideas.

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Monique Griffith
Rocklin, CA, United States
The Monique Griffith Design Team consists of 4 Cricut Designers: Monique, Wendy Lawrence, Susan Rees and Becca Rees. We specialize in making Cricut Project Kits that you can make on your own with your Cricut, learning more about your bug in the process. You just need your Cricut Expression, the required cartridge(s), and a few basic tools. The directions come with a Cricut Cut Chart that shows you line by line exactly what you'll need to cut on your machine, with all of the settings for each cut. There are also well-organized written instructions and color photographs. We pride ourselves on our detailed designs, and on teaching others how to most effectively design with the Cricut. Currently, we have have downloadable directions on sale for only $5, and there are over 50 projects to choose from.

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