Thursday, August 4, 2011

Cre8tivegirls Blogoversary Blog Hop! First Easel Card and First Entry into Cooking With Cricut Challenge

If you've hopped over from Doris' blog, you're in the right place! If you've just arrived here and want to start at the beginning, head over to Yvette's blog and begin the fun there. Yvette is celebrating her first blog anniversary and this hop is all about "firsts". What a great idea. I thought about making a 1st birthday or anniversary card but I don't have any use for one of those any time soon. Instead I decided to try out some new projects that I've never done before - they're firsts for me!

This is my first easel card. And since I needed a birthday card for a man, I decided to do an easel card with a masculine spin. And because this hop is all about "firsts" I'm entering this card into my first Cooking With Cricut Challenge. The challenge (#45) required using a sailboat in your project made with the Cricut.

Making an easel card is actually very simple but at the beginning I had a hard time figuring it out. Fold this, fold it this way, put this here, etc. - WHAT? I think I'm "craft challenged" in many ways! Then I looked at this video and it made it very easy. Clear sailing from then on! Get it-clear sailing? Ha ha. Here's the link for the written directions with pictures.

In order for the top of the card to stand up, you need to "build up" the base of the card with additional cardstock and a decorated piece of cardstock at least 1/3 the size of the base. This will hold the card upright in the easel position. In this picture the very top of the card was not attached yet.

This card does lay flat for mailing. It's pretty bulky though and will require extra postage.

This card was made using:
Kraft cardstock
Cricut Imagine More cartridge- circle borders and sailboat
Cricut Imagine Hopscotch cartridge - for the cloud patterned paper (this is tucked behind the circle borders)
Scor-Tape - be sure to use strong adhesive
Technique Tuesday stamps - for sentiments
Martha Stewart border punch

Now head on over to Paula's blog and see the darling card she's created for this special occasion! Be sure to leave her a comment!

Here's a list for this Blog Hop if you want to jump from here or if you're lost.
Emma (Sat. and Sun only)
Chris -you are HERE

We'll be hopping for 3 days (through Sunday) so stop by again tomorrow and check out another first for me.

And last, but not least, thank you to Yvette for inviting me to participate in her Blogoversary celebration!!

Have a happy crafting day.


  1. Wow, what a fabulous card:) I like the colors and the sentiment is perfect. Great to be in the hop with you:) I am also your newest follower and excited to see more from you:)
    Sherrie K

  2. For your first easel card you did a fantastic job! Thanks for the tutorial. It is a perfect masculine card as well. Thank you so much for joining me in this blogoversary blog hop. -Yvette

  3. Hello Chris,
    What a great easel card.
    I'am glad to be in this hop with you.
    I'am now follower of your blog.

    Hugs Gerda.

  4. I love your easel card!! It's one of the first kind of fun-fold cards I learned how to make. I just love them.... any yours is no exception.

    Cheryl @
    cardsbycg at hotmail dot com

  5. Hi Chris! You did an amazing job on your very fist easel card! I love the sail boat and the cloud paper. Thank you so much for Celebrating with my Sister this weekend! Big hugs, Yvonne

  6. This is beautiful!

  7. This is so pretty and elegant! What a beautiful card :)


  8. Wonderful card. Following your blog now and look forward to seeing more of your creations!


  9. Your had really sailed away!!!! I cloud paper is just tooo cute...Have Fun Hopping

  10. Wow, Chris! Great card! I love the color combination and now that you've found us at Cooking With Cricut, I hope we get to see more of your beautiful creativity! Thanks for linking up at Cooking With Cricut this week.

    ~ Jen, CWC Design Team

  11. You did a fantastic job on your card. TFS


  12. Love the easel card.

  13. Beautiful card. Love the image.

    creativediva98 at gmail dot com

  14. THis is a really sophisticated and beautiful card! I love it.

    Rebecca "Crafting Misfit"
    I am having a show and tell on my blog- you should link up!!!
    Visit my blog!

  15. Great card!! TFS!

    amandawoodau at hotmail dot com

  16. Quite a detailed project, but very nice. New follower.

  17. Beautiful card. Love the circles behind the image and the cloud paper. Thanks for playing along with us at Cooking with Cricut.

  18. Great easel card, I love the colors and the sailboat.


  19. You did a great job for your first one! Thank you for sharing the video and instructions!
    jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

  20. Great card Love easle cards. Awesome creation Love the sailboat.

  21. wow what a great card love it very much thanks for sharing and for the chance to win

  22. OMG! the easel card, one of my all time favorites so simple to make and so versatile! LOVE it, TFS.

  23. Wow, this came out great for your first time. It is a very nice manly card. Smooches... Felicia - frankleecrafts [at] gmail [dot] com

  24. Fabulous job on your first easel card!! Love it:) TFS

  25. Such a cute card! Especially for your first ever easel card!

    I'm a new follower...stop by my blog and say hi sometime!

    Amy E.