Thursday, April 21, 2011

Click it with Cricut - Spotlight on Easter!

Whether you celebrate Easter or not there is no denying that most of us enjoy time with our loved ones and indulging in a piece of chocolate or two... perhaps even more but we won't go there! So this brings us to todays theme of all things 'Easter' inspired by combining non-Easter related products. Yes, you read that right, we asked our talented duo of Rhonda and Shemaine to conjure up Easter projects without a single scrap of bunny printed paper or Easter theme Cricut cartridge in sight! Let's see how they went...

Hi all, it's Rhonda and I'm going to show you how to create two Easter cards by using non-Easter product. Our latest release, Little Cutie has the perfect Easter colors and I just couldn't resist creating a traditional themed card.  Ironically, this card was found on the "Winter Woodlands" Cricut Cartridge.  That's what is so wonderful about Cricut cartridges, they never cease to surprise you with their extreme versatility!

I loved using my Cuttlebug embossing folders on this project to give some more texture and dimension.

To create the “Hop” the Bunny Card:
• Using Cricut cartridge Winter Woodlands, cut 1 < Rabbit Card > at 5 ½ inches, 1 < Rabbit Card > layer at 5 ½ inches, 1 < Rabbit > at 5 inches, 1 < Rabbit-s > at 5 inches, 1 < Rabbit – Layers > at 5 ½ inches.
• Ink edges with distress ink (Worn Lipstick, Yellow Mustard, Weathered Wood).
• Emboss blue card liner with Cuttlebug Birds & Swirls folder.
• Emboss rabbit-s parts with Cuttlebug D’vine Swirl folder, attach layers (eyes and nose).
• Adhere embossed liner to interior of card.
• Adhere 5 inch Rabbit to card.
• Using foam dots, attach Rabbit contrast pieces.
• Add chipboard flower to Rabbit’s tail.
• Trim banner from pattern paper, attach as shown adding bows to ends.
• Add crinkle ribbon or other ribbon bow as desired at Rabbits chin.

- Cricut cartridge "Winter Woodlands"
- Imaginisce “Little Cutie – Girl”, “Sweet Baby”, “Beyond Precious”, Chipboard Stickers, “Daddy’s Little Girl”
- Imaginisce “Garden Party”, “Row of Posies"
- Yellow Cardstock
- Black Cardstock
- Folk Art Pink Paint
- Glue Arts 3D Combo Pac
- Ribbon, Hug Snug
- String, J & P Coates Pearl Cotton
- Distress Ink, “Mustard Seed”

As a Mom of two little boys, I've definitely learned to appreciate the passion for which they express happiness for dinosaurs, cars and anything loud or fast!  I thought it would be fun to create a dinosaur egg card using the Dino Roar collection.  This card was a total experiment and you know I've got to make another for my little guy next.

To create the “Dino Happy Easter” Shaped Card:
• Using Cricut cartridge Create a Critter, cut 1 < Shell > at 6 inches
• Using Cricut cartridge Doodlecharms, cut 1 < Egg > at 6 ½ inches
• Using Cricut cartridge Wild Card, cut 1 < Giftbox - Phrase > at 3 ½ inches (Easter)
• Using Cricut cartridge Beyond Birthdays, cut 1 < HappyDay > at 2 ¾ inches (Happy)
• Ink edges of your cut pieces with respective distress inks.
• Machine or faux stitch around egg pieces as desired.  (Optional)
• Cut piece of burlap to fit width of bottom of Shell, approximately 1” high, fringe, then trim along the crack shape carefully.
• Using 3 in 1 liquid glue, attach burlap to back of paper.  Set aside to dry.
• Cover one 22 mm i-top brad and two 16 mm i-top brads with coordinating circles from Primordial Ooze paper.
• Add Stickles to Happy and Easter cut sentiments, let dry.
• Attach the top of Shell at an angle to your Egg using Glue Glider Pro.
• Use Xyron for “Happy”, attach to card, use mini foam dots for “Easter” word.
• Attach 16 mm i-top brads, one on top and one on bottom of card.
• Using i-Rock, attach green or yellow crystals.
• Add foam dots to back of Shell bottom, attach carefully to create egg.
• Cut chipboard dinosaur tail so you can extend out of the card if desired.
• Create loose bow with seam binding ribbon, pierce and secure large brad through loops.
• Determine location for 22mm i-top brad, then pierce and attach as shown.
• Attach chipboard dinosaur and “Rawr” sentiment.  I used foam dots for the Rawr chipboard
• Arrange Metal Silver Tears to create a little “Dino Drool”.

- Cricut cartridges "Create a Critter", “Wild Card”, “Beyond Birthdays”, “
- Imaginisce “Dino Roar”, “Primordial Ooze”, “Petrified Wood”, Chipboard Stickers, “Prehistoric Pals”
- i-Top Brads, 1 – 22 mm, 2 – 16 mm
- i-Top
- Paper Piercer
- i-Rock “Hot Rocks Compact – Jewel”, “Glam Rocks – Silver Tears”
- i-Rock
- Burlap
- Distress Ink:  “Shabby Shutters”, “Dried Marigold”
- Ranger Stickles, “Tropical Tangerine”
- Ribbon, Hug Snug dyed with “Crème de Chocolat” Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
- String, J & P Coates Pearl Cotton
- Foam Dots
- Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro
- Xyron
- Beacon 3 in 1 craft glue
- Sewing Machine, Thread (optional)
- White journaling pen for faux stitch marks if desired

Hello everyone, it's Shemaine with you now and today I would like to share a fun Easter Basket that was so easy to whip up and with Easter just around the corner you could make some of these the day before if needed! And no need to panic if you don't have any Easter products in the house as I've made my entire project from the Imaginisce Little Cutie collection and the Cricut cartridge 'Tags, Bags, Boxes and More'.

To create the “E is for Easter” Basket:
• Using Cricut cartridge Bags, Tags, Boxes and more cut a 12x12 piece of Little Cutie card stock at 10 X 10 inches using the Nutcup box pg 130
For the Eggs:
• Using Cricut cartridge Elegant Edges, cut 1 loops border pg 35 at 1 inch
• Using Cricut cartridge Elegant Edges, cut 1 butterfly pg. 57 at 3 inches

• Assemble box with Glue Arts Perma tac adhesive
• Using wired trim create the handle for your basket and tie ribbon and add a button with      twine.
• Wrap the loops border strip around the egg and affix with a Glue Arts 3D Extreme Adhesive Square. Punch out the circle with our small i-top punch and add button with twine. Affix with Glue Arts 3D Extreme Adhesive square.
• Add some bling to the butterfly using oour i-rock tool and the new hot rocks glitter. Use a Glue Arts 3D Extreme Adhesive square to attach the butterfly to the egg. Add grass to basket and place eggs inside.
• Punch another circle with our medium i-top punch and cut out E from the Little Cutie Baby Doll paper and adhere with a pop dot for dimension. 

- Cricut cartridges "Tags, Bags, Boxes and more", “Elegant Edges”
- Imaginisce “Little Cutie - Baby Doll & beyond Precious”
- i-Top Brads punches, small and medium
- i-Rock “Hot Rocks Compact – Glitter”
- i-Rock
- Purple Ribbon and wired white ribbon, Michaels
- Button and Twine from Papertray inks
- Foam Dots
- Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro

To create the “Easter” Chick in a shell Card: finished size 5 x 6 1/2

  • Using Cricut cartridge Create a Critter, cut the Chick at 4 inches with the beyond precious patterned paper and the shell on white glitter paper and then re-cut another the shell again using the shadow button on plain white cardstock. Cut the chick's beak on orange cardstock at 4 inches also. 
  • Assemble chick using Glue Art 3D Adhesive squares and layer the egg with the glitter paper on top. 
  • Make card from cardstock at 5 X 6 1/2. Adhere pink cardstock then affix the yellow flowers.
  • Cut a white piece of cardstock and 4 X 5 1/4 and layer the sweet baby patterned paper cut at 3 3/4 X 5.  Use pop dots to add dimension and affic to face of card.
  • Cut an oval shape at 6 inches and back it with white cardstock. Take decorative scalloped scissors and cut around the oval. Affix the oval to the sweet baby patterned cardstock centered.
  • add the chick die cut and with pop dots add the egg shells.
  • Make medium brad with i-top and brad daddie with pattern paper. Layer two flowers cut at 3 and 2 1/2 behind and adhere to card.
  • Add Hot rocks -Crystal with i-Rock
  • Finish with Easter stamped sentiment and color with purple and yellow pens.
- Cricut cartridges "Create a Critter"
- Imaginisce “”, “Baby Doll”, “beyond Precious”
- i-Top Brads, punches medium
- i-Rock “Hot Rocks Compact – Crystal”
- i-Rock
- glitter cardstock
- stamped Easter sentiment-Studio G
- Foam Dots
- Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro

We hope Rhonda and Shemaine have filled you with loads of inspiration to help you on your way to creating fabulous Easter projects or perhaps another themed project using non-themed products.

Now, we'd love to be giving away a big basket full of chocolate but that wouldn't be a good thing to have sitting around the Imaginisce office... way too tempting! So we have something just as scrummy yet far less fattening:
 If you would love to get your hands on this fabulous prize then here's what you need to do:
- Leave a comment on today's post telling us what you loved about Rhonda and Shemaine's Easter projects.
- Head over to the Imginisce facebook page HERE and finish this sentence 'Imaginisce and Cricut are perfect together because...'
That's all you have to do!

Winner will be announced on Saturday.


Kieara said...

I loved how non-traditional your Easter cards were and how many unique features each one of them had!
I find myself sometimes getting into 'funks' when working on cards and scrapbook pages - some of these cards have ideas that I might fly with! Thanks a bunch!!

Kieara said...

and... Cricut has too many facebook friends... so i can't add them :(

Wirg's Creative World 2011 said...

Tried to add Cricut on Facebook but I am getting a message that they already have too many friends, request denied. How can we be in the running if this is the case?

I love Rhonda's & Shemaine's Easter projects because they have been so imaginative with their creations, just brilliant!

Melinda Spinks said...

Apologies... we have now changed the details so that you can just post on the Imaginisce facebook fan page. Thanks :)

Cheryl said...

I love the cards and the Easter basket is adorable! I've been thinking about how to make my own for the kids since money is tight! Thank you all so much for all the inspiration you give! I'm so thankful for you all!!

Sophia said...

Gorgeous projects ladies...

Liz said...

I thought the Dino Easter Egg was definitely cool. Even though my "children" are 23 and 25, I think this would be cool for them - and something they'd expect from their crazy mom ! I also like the way Rhonda and Shemaine showed us that you're not limited by what the cartridge has on it - they are more versatile than I imagined.

Becky said...

I love the non traditional look/colors of the cards

kenia said...

I loved the dinosaur card, so rich details , my son love dinos, and the card it's so fun. Great idea. Thanks for share!

Danielle said...

i love the embossing on the cards. it gives it depth and makes the cards pop

Debc06 said...

Loved Rhonda's Dinosaur Card, Perfect for little boys. Shemaine's Easter chick cards colors and details were just lovely would love to receive that one myself.

Angel said...

I loved that they used there imaginations to come up with Easter gifts, even though they had no Easter supplies. What an inspiration to crafters. Thanks, Angel

Stephanie Buice said...

How cute! Great ideas!


I love how Shemaine tied both projects together by using the same paper for both projects. I love how Rhonda used a dinosaur, which is more practical when you have boys,instead of a chick. Great Job Girls!!!
sierrababy08 at hotmail dot com

Lucy said...

I love the basket. It is so different and colorful. The embossing is fantastic and makes the card. They are perfect together because of the great paper and the great designs. I sure do love that embossing though. Thanks for the chance :)

Kristal said...

I love the texture she has added to everything, the texture on the bunny, the burlap on the egg, everything blends so well and looks awesome! I love the look.

2Bis2DO said...

I love the layers on the cards and those textures, WOW, only a cuttlebug could do that!

Tracey McNeely said...

I just love all their work. I especially love all the fabulous layers and details. Thew Easter basket it just way too cute. I don't know if I could create such awesome cards. Very creative.

alwayscharlie said...

I love the projects without traditional Easter product. So creative!!

Debbie Garcia said...

I love both projects and I have five grandsons and the dinosaur is just the cutest thinng so creative then the chick can be boy or girl I love the I top and the enbossing and that cyttlebug is on my widhlist. I live that rabbit with it. The basket created from tags and bags I'm new to the cricut don't have many cartridges but that is so cute for a small something that baslet and decoratings eggs didn't think I have leanrned so much from this blog left them both love. Amd leabing love and easter wishes to imaginisce again you guys have blown me away

Jodi said...

super cute projects ladies!!! Who would think to check the winter cartridge for a spring card!!! I looove that Rhonda added the flower for the bunnies tail!!! And the Dino....such a fabulous idea for boys!!! I love the bling drool...awesome details!!!

PamS said...

I love that every project that is shown to us has the when we get ready to make a project there are no surprises and we can finish it. On these projects I like the textures that were used plus all the dimension with the layering. They are such sweet Easter projects.

vixen said...

My fave has to be the dinosaur egg its so unique and fun, I love how each of the projects stand out. And I love the use of embossing and unebossed papers to create the bunny :)

Manhattan Mandie said...

All of the projects are so CUTE! I LOVE that Dinosaur card! I'm going to make one for my daughter who is 2 and LOVES dinosaurs :)

Lisa P said...

I love the ideas here because I have every single one of the cartridges used today and I can go create my own. Now I have to get to my LSS and get some of the fab paper Imaginisce has!

Kelly Sas said...

I LOVE Rhonda's Hop the Bunny Card! She inspires me to use embossing folders not just on the background of my cards. Shemaine's projects definitely make me smile and wish our snow would melt and spring would FINALLY come! Off to Imaginisce FB I go............

Frankenmunster said...

I loved Rhonda's Hop the bunny card with the cuttlebug embossed papers!! they totally added a touch to the card for sure....what a great little card, and seems easy to put together for a beginner like me :-) I also LOVE Shemaine's easter basket idea! I love to make homemade gifts for friends and family, they love getting things they know I spent time on making for them. LOVE LOVE LOVE the basket idea!! Great projects ladies, and thank you so much for giving us the materials/instructions list!!!!!

Nicole said...

What FABULOUS projects!! I love the dimension on the bunny and the Dinosaur egg is GENIUS!! Beautiful work, ladies!

joni said...

Oh, I just love the non traditional looks of your Easter projects..especially the dino one! That is really cute!!!! Love all the little details...just adds that touch of wow!!! Thanks!

Nicole said...

I love the bunny card! How clever and thinking outside the box to take the rabbit from the Winter Woodlands cartridge and turn it into a gorgeous Easter bunny. I"m heading to the FB page!

connie said...

I love the Dino Egg! (and all the others too!)

Cherie said...

I love these projects! They are super fun and very detailed, and I love all the paper. It really adds to the projects!!

cherie.goyer at

Charisma3103 said...

I love the little chick popping out of the egg it is so cute and the Easter basket is just stunning.

Janie Boots

Erika said...

I loved the dinosaur card. They all were fabulous. Love how unique they each were

erika.seever at

ShoppingTamii said...

I love how they used non-traditional papers for Easter stuff :)

Liz said...

Your design always something fun. It's one of the favorite things I love to do while having coffee or on lunch break, truly it's like no other design team you guys change it up and I love that.
This is so original the dino what a cute thing for a boy.
Baskets are always a treat we love with the goodies inside
Always a great display... Shemaine post is not up yet on her blog but I will leave her love later
I went there first before coming here

Auntie Ang said...

I am a follower already and these are just the cutest Ideas for Easter.
I adore that Rabbit looks so sweet with the embossing I would have never thought to use that woodland cartridge you guys are so sassy
I love to come here for inspiration

kmcorzatt said...

I love seeing all the texture added to the Cricut cuts. I always forget that I can do that. Thank you for reminding me.

Kelly Massman said...

Loved them all, but that cuttlebug yellow bunny really made me smile!!!! TFS! Thanks also for a chance to win the fantastic prize!!! :-)

Karen AKA Soccerboyzmom said...

Oh Rhonda that bunny card is adorable and the idea you had for the dino card is totally amazing. Your work totally stimulates my mind to create things. I love your ideas. Happy Easter.

mmspiker said...

I liked the use of non-Easter themed products on an Easter card, especially if you didn't want to go out and buy bunny papers. I can't believe Rhonda incorporated the Dino Roar collection, who would have thunk it?

Heather said...

Love all of the projects! My favorite is the little chick coming out of the egg!
ra6352 (at) gmail (dot) com

jime said...

I love the bunny... I've always loved cards that you can "touch-n-feel", and that little fellow has so many different textures!!! Thanks for sharing!

Jean said...

SO SO CUTE!!! Love the bunny with the texture. If only I had a Cuttlebug so I could do that!!

Colleen said...

I love how you used some non-traditional cartridges to find your Easter Card cuts. What fun. I love that everyone is so creative.

Auntie Em said...

Gorgeous Easter cards and projects. I loved the layers and embossing on Rhonda's bunny card. Beautiful! The strip of burlap on the dino card is a fun accent.
Shemaine's Easter basket is so pretty and colourful and I LOVE the covered brad on the chick card. Sweet!
Thanks for sharing and Happy Easter to everyone!

Kim M said...

I love how you give such detailed instructions so I can re-create your lovelies. Happy Easter to all!

Victoria's Place said...

I love how fun your projects are! Great ideas!

Ann said...

I love the bunny - it has both visual and tactile texture. And that dino Easter card is brilliant!
- Ann

mommyof5kidz said...

I have never even tried embossing...but all the projects that I have seen on this blog lately have me DYING to give it a shot! I LOVE these projects...the bunny card is fantastic with the embossed texture. The Dino and the chic egg cards are suuuuuuper adorable, and the basket is just magnificent! LOVE everything!

Brett said...

That little yellow chick is so stinkin cute!

Jessica Yoder said...

They are wonderful together!!!! I love all the great ideas and things you can do with some Imaginisce and the Cricut because it just WORKS!!

Angie said...

What fun projects, I love the bunny card and how it showcases the embossing! And the dinosaur card is such an excellent way to use non holiday collections for Easter! Thanks for all the inspiration! Happy Easter!

scrappin_in_AK said...

what wonderful projects - love all the detail and dimension - so creative

Morenarte said...

I loved the originality of the projects and the combination of techniques!

Viki said...

Great prodjects but the first card with all the embossing is way cool. OMG would I love to win this prize package. Thanks for the chance.

Debc06 said...

Loved all of the projects but the dino card takes the egg. Imaginisce and Cricut are fit together like 2 peas in a pod. Made for each other.
debbie_craine at hot mail dot com

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [22 Apr 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Kathy said...

Beautiful projects! I love all the texture and dimension! Thanks for the beautiful inspiration!

DIANA L. said...

Your cards are absolutely amazing I am a new follower. You opened my eyes to a whole new realm thank you so much.

Debbie Garcia said...

So sorry I was reading my post and it has so many errrors I have to watch kids si I was trying to hurry and say everything
I really enjoy the inspiration and the dinosaur took me into a spin on how darling my grandsons would love. Then the generous gift
Your company and provo craft just so amazing generous and inspirong thanks again for the wonderful chance happy easter to domeone

Tamara said...

I love the cards and how they used several different patterned papers and several embossing designs on one card! I will have to try that...I'm not usually that brave because I don't think it will turn out. lol Thanks for sharing and thatnks for a chance at an awesome giveaway!!!
sweetheartcopper at msn dot com

kirsten said...

I love all the projects. Very creative.

HeatherC said...

I like the use of the non traditional products for the Easter themed cards.

Edna said...

I love the mix of patterns and the added texture with the embossing so fun and very creative :)

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

Fabulous projects!
I'm impressed!

Your site is super awesome!

Cottagerca said...

Rhonda's easter bunny card is so cute and beautiful........great paper piecing of the bunny.... love the texture.

Cathy said...

I love these projects... just shows how with a bit of out of the box thinking you can turn non-theme related goodies into a special theme project... well done.

yougotmel said...

I love that easter basket....might make a cupcake carrier out of that one!

mitchmac said...

All the projects are so awesome and I really appreciate the detailed instructions.

My favourite would be the little chick card as my daughter is helping my sister take care of some baby chicks and I have some gorgeous photos.

Jennybean said...

My favorite project is the dinosaur egg! Definitely going to have to make that!

Rebekkah said...

I love the dinosaur egg, what a perfect way to make a boy easter project too cute!

Rebekkah B.

rebocker at yahoo dot com

Andrea Amu said...

Such great projects as always!
Love that piece of flower chipboard used as a bunny tail on Ronda's card! said...

All projects are amazingly creative and detail, but what really caught my eye is the burlap used on the dino card, WOW!

JustYolie said...

Original gorgeous projects, love combination of techniques

stampinlara said...

projects were so cute! i love how they both have a high attention to little details. All the projects are AMAZING!!! off to the facebook page!

stampinlara at yahoo dot com

st_mccall said...

Stunning!!! I love the textures, the colors the creativity!!! Happy Easter to all of you and thanks for the chance to win a yummy yummy Easter treat!

doverdi said...

Loved all the great projects. As a mother of a boy (he's now 25) who loved dinosaurs, I loved the dino egg. It's just too cute. Happy Easter & thanks for the chance to have the Easter Bunny show up with another great giveaway. TFS!

Precious Memories Scrapbooking & More said...

Well, whats not to love about their projects!! I do however love the way Rhonda made an Easter Egg card out of Dinosaurs, now that is just adorable, and how she took to papers to make that beautiful Bunny! Amazing!! Shemaines little basket is just way too cute & would be a great addition to home decorations or even a small centerpiece. Thank you so much for the chane to win this awesome prize pack.
Let some love on FB too! :0)
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McVic said...

I love the colors and lines that they chose for the projects! So springy! they look great together

Queenie said...

Love the bunny. The texture gives it life.

jodilee74 said...

I love these projects as I've had a bit of a creative block lately, but now I have heaps of ideas running through my mind. Thanks ladies.


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