Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Jen's Birthday Bash: Day 3 & Cooking With Cricut Challenge

Welcome to Day 3 of birthday card week!   My birthday is tomorrow and I could think of no better way to celebrate than with a week-long celebration with my bloggy buddies! A different card each and every day and a small piece of blog candy, too. And at the end of the week . . . a special gift drawn by from all the party-goers!

Today is Wednesday and that means its Cooking With Cricut Challenge Day!!!  June 22nd is National Watermelon Seed Spittin' Day and so Melin challenged us to include a watermelon on our project.  I have a confession . . . I don't like the taste of watermelon.  GASP!  I know.  However, I think they're really cute and the rest of my family LOVES watermelon! (Hope that gets me off the hook with the National Watermelon Grower's Association!  LOL!) 
My card measures 5 1/2" wide x 8 1/2" tall and is made from a sheet of plain white card stock.  The mat measures 5" x 8" and is Bazzill Splash.  Here's the recipe:

Doodlecharms - Watermelon cut 4" wide.
Create-A-Critter - Flag cut at 3" high.
Plantin SchoolBook - Grass border cut at 2 1/4" high.
The ribbon is a swiss dot grosgrain from Michaels.  The "Happy Birthday" stamp is by StampCraft, Norcross, GA. The sentiment on the inside of the card is computer generated as is the green cross-hatch paper.  The paper is a digital freebie I downloaded from a web site called
Now . . . I bet you're wondering about that cute little watermelon-toting ant, aren't you!  After scouring for an ant (on a cartridge I own)and coming up empty, I decided to get creative.

I used shapes on Doodlecharms for the ant's body.  His head is one of the flower centers; the body is the pumpkin using the blackout feature; and the antennae are from the dragonfly's body.  His legs are the letter "L" on the Pooh Font cartridge.  Using Cricut Design Studio (CDS), I laid everything out on my mat and welded it together! 
I think he turned out pretty darn cute . . . if I do say so myself.  Here is a screenshot of how I created the ant in CDS --  you can click on the picture to enlarge it to see the detail.  (I just snipped off the dragonfly's body that hung down below my ant's chin.  I also circled in red the parts I used to make the ant.)
I hope you'll link up a watermelon project at Cooking With Cricut this week.  You could be our Top Chef winner!  Pop on over and check out the other Design Team member's juicy watermelon creations!

You can't have a birthday without some presents! So each day this week, Monday through Friday, there will be a little blog candy for you to win. And then at the end of my birthday bash there will be a grand prize winner drawn from all the participants during the week.  The comments section for each day will stay open until 10:00 a.m. EST on Monday, June 27th. Winners for each day and the grand prize winner will be announced later that day.

To be eligible for the prizes please be a follower of my blog and leave a comment with your e-mail address. You can increase your chances, of course, by commenting on each day's post. Today's blog candy is two clear mini stamp sets -- one by Studio G and the other by Inkadinkadoo.

~ Jen

P.S.  I'm linking my card up to Getting Cricky with K Andrew's Simply Sunday challenge.


Cathy said...

omg, I love your card..soooo cute!!! I am a follower!! so glad.
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felkatz said...

omgosh that is soo cool!! love the way you did your ant!! i need to use my CDS like that!! wowo..

Thanks for joining us at Getting Cricky's Simply Sunday Face It challenge!


Squirlygirl said...

LOL, Super cute card, I just love that ant carring away the watermelon :) TFS and joining us at Getting Cricky this week!
Becky- Getting Cricky DTM

Amy said...

Jen, Jen, Jen!! Does your creativity know no limits??? I think NOT!! :) You have certainly proven that you can do just about ANYTHING with your Cricut!! Not only do I love your card (and especially your very special ANT), but I love the FACE on your ant!! So stinkin' cute!! You ROCK, girlfriend!! :)

Thanks so much for sharing your talent in the Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge this week!! :)


Amy :) at
Getting Cricky DTM

Charlotte said...

This is so super cute. When I looked at that little ant's face, I fell out laughing. that is one happy ant!!! The inside of the card is so sweet. This is a wonderful birthday card.

BunnyFreak said...

Love how you made the add.

Jean said...

I love how your ant turned out!! He is so cute!

scrapperbecka said...

Awesome card! I like the ant face it turned out soooo cute.
Great job and thanks for playing along with us.
Getting Cricky DTM

Crafting Misfit said...

I love your creative thinking for the ant! Great work.

Thanks for joining us at Getting Cricky
Rebecca "Crafting Misfit"

JulieK said...

LOL! I love the ant! So cute!

Thanks for linking up with Getting Cricky!

JulieK- Getting Cricky DTM

Amanda said...

I forgot to say on my previous post for today (Thurs), HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Hope you have a great day!! This card is adorable!! I love it!

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Kathy said...

OMG, this is just so darn cute. I love everything about it. Great job! Good Luck!
Thank you for playing our Simply Sunday Challenge at Getting Cricky.
Hugs :),
Kathy - Getting Cricky DTM

Stacey's Creative Corner said...

This tuned out super cute! I love how you did the ant! That is so creative!

Kelly S said...

This card is adorable! I love how you made the ant out of different pieces. Very clever.


teachermom said...

Great card. Maybe I will be brave and take that Gypsy out of the box...

scrappinmomma said...

I love your card..soooo cute

Angela said...

Love the cute ant! Happy Birthday!
Hugs, Angela

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