Saturday, April 7, 2012

My Cricut Craft Room April 100 Cricut Cartridge Blog Hop

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April 100 Cricut Cartridge Blog Hop!

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My family has lots of birthdays coming up. including my husband, who is turning 50!  Since he is turning 50, I am planning a party for him, which means invitations.  His favorite color combinations are blacka nd yellow/gold.

I chose to use the Cricut Cartridge Demask  Decor.   I used the card feature on page 62. I made the card using the card shift feature. I used a 8.5 X 11 in black card stock and used fit to page. 

The Cupcake was cut on yellow card stock. It is hard to see in the picture, but I randomly stamped the cupcake with a filigree filled circle from SEI  and a light silver ink . It is hard to see in the picture, but it really sparkles. 

The "It's A Party was from the Celebration stamp set from CTMH with white ink.

The "50" was cut from Birthday Bash shadow and font features cut at 1 inch.

My layout was made using Just Because Cards. In China, the color red is a sign of good luck. Within the China adoption Community, the lady bug is a sign that referrals are coming. The referral is your first introduction to your new child. People often talk about "lady bug sightings", and, referrals are not far behind (keeping in mind they come on a monthly basis)

I found this little lady bug on Just Because Cards on page 48 using layer 1 and layer 1 shift. The black body was cut in black card stock at 3 inches, and the wings were cut in red card stock at 2 inches.

Picture mats and "adoption sign" is red card stock. The word "adoption" is from CTMH Adoption stamp set.  I used pearl pens to add texture to these pieces.

My daughter lives bling, so I used red sparkle heart on the Lady Bug antenna. 

The pictures show my daughters adjustment to her family. The first picture was a referral picture taken at the orphanage. The 2nd picture was taken after she was with me for a week. And finally, a picture of her today.

Your next stop is Claire. Please HOP over and see her wonderful projects.


  1. Very cute! Great job! Christina

  2. Lisa...these projects are so cute. Love the ladybug! I didn't see these earlier...I guess yours was one of the several blogs I couldn't connect to at the time!
    Glad I came back!

  3. Fun layout and card!!


  4. Oh I love your card but I especially love the LO. Thank you for explaining about the ladybug and your daughter is beautiful. TFS, Mary M

  5. Wonderful layout- what a special page. I really like the birthday card.

  6. Beautiful layout... Did not know that about adoption in China...


  7. Wonderful projects!!!

  8. Wonderful layout. Love the story of the ladybugs.
    thanks for sharing!

  9. I love the card and the layout! Great job, Hope you had a wonderful Easter!

  10. Wonderful projects! I especially love your layout -- my sister adopted my niece and nephew from China and this just touched my heart seeing your layout. TFS.

    dietzrobles at yahoo dot com

  11. Love your card very cute The layout is just adorable.



  12. Wonderful card for his birthday (mine just turned 65!) and the red l/o is beautiful especially those sweet faces!
    Creative wishes,
    Claire S.

  13. I love the card!! Great way to make a cupcake elegant!! I love the LO, I know some friends who adopted little girls from China, they are amazing children! God bless you!

  14. Lisa: Honest to goodness I loved your story I forgot about the blog hop... I was at the verge of tearing up.... I am adopted myself, and so these stories move me more than most. I was fasinated with the whole red for luck and the conecction of the Ladybug how incredible... I so totally love both your projects, I must admit your China Adoption LO impressed me most especially because I can tie it to the story. Thank you for including me in a bit of your family history and sharing a bit of the China Adoption Process!! I really enjoyed stopping by your blog Today!!! Crafty Hugs, Susan MCCR Design Team

  15. Lisa,
    The birthday card is stunning!! I am going to have to take a look at this option on Damask Decor. I love your LO and the story behind your Ladybug. TFS!!
    My Cricut Craft Room Design Team

  16. Cute cards

  17. very cute cupcake shaped the LO with lady bug.tfs