Thursday, April 7, 2011

Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge #27

Today I am entering a contest with the Cricut Circle called "make a game plan." It challenged us to create a sketch before making our project. I created my sketch on the back of an index card. I wanted to create something I hadn't before and use medium I hadn't previously used. For me, this was a 2-for. I created an Artist Trading Card that I will trade at a craft expo this weekend. The Theme is "The Quilting Bee." Since I know nothing about quilting or sewing, I resarched this theme and found out that way back in the day, women congregated to hand sew quilts. I am representing the artistry and social aspect of the theme on my card.

ATC cards must be the size of a baseball card 2.5" x 3.5" include the main images on the front and include specific contact information on the back. I started with my sketch, deciding that a quilt is made of squares. I wanted to fit 9 squares on the card. I also decided to add images to represent the women on top of the quilted squares thus the long images on top.  The sketch was a spring board for creating the ATC. I added additional elements as needed along the way.

I decided to use thin, yet sturdy metal as the base for my card. I have had this in my stash for quite some time and hadn't used it. To add dimension and to bring across the theme, I embossed it with the cuttlebug argyle folder which showcases squares and stitching. I then cut squares of fabric less than one inch and hand sewed them together with blue thread. It was quite a feat. I don't know how those ladies do it! Keeping with the theme I added decorative stick pins and a printed spool of thread and needle printed and cut with the Cricut Imagine. The women were cut with the Cricut Expression machine and sprayed with frost shimmer spritz. I love a little bling or shimmer on my projects! Lastly, the title was added to the back and my information. This is 1 of 1 and original...

The sketch gave me a road map to use as I created my materpiece today. The Cricut Circle is giving away great prize selections too! The winners are randomly chosen so wish me luck! I really want to win something....

  • 2.5" x 3.5" metal sheet
  • embossed with Cuttlebug embossing folder - argyle
  • 5 different fabric patterns
  • Cricut Cartridge - A Child's Year - Pilgims 2.75" (one regular and one using the flip feature)
  • Cricut Imagine Cartridge Imagine More - printed and cut - spool of thread .7" and "a stitch in time" .4"
  • Black cardstock
  • Tsukineko sheer shimmer spritz - Frost
  • Blue thread
  • Pins from my stash

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