Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Cooking With Cricut Challenge: Something New!

Happy New Year!  Today is challenge day over at Cooking With Cricut and Melin decided to change things up a bit to kick off 2012.  The Designers have paired up and selected the challenge themes!  The first set of "hostesses" are Jenny R. and Madison and they challenged the team to use something new -- a new cartridge, paper, ribbon, bling . . . or even a new technique.

I decided to try my hand at one of Melin's wonderful digi stamps!  I hadn't ventured into the digi stamp world yet -- having always been a traditional rubber stamper -- and wasn't sure I was up to all the coloring.  Having had two not-so-successful carpal tunnel surgeries on my right hand, my stamina for coloring just isn't there.  But I gave it a shot and paced myself over several hours.

Not too shabby for my first attempt.  I used Tombow markers to color this sweet little bear; a white Gelly Roll pen for details and doodling; and 3-D Crystal Lacquer to give his eyes, nose, whipped cream and the snowflake on his cup some shine.  (You can purchase this cute "Bear Holding Hot Chocolate" as a digi stamp or cutting file at

The card is a top fold I created using my Cricut Design Studio and the Joys of the Season cartridge.  The cup measures 6 1/2" wide by 4 3/4" tall.  The snowflakes are from the same cartridge and they are 1 1/2" tall.

Here is a side view:

I used the Cake Basics cartridge to cut  "Thank You" to go inside.

Now . . . its your turn!  Link up your project using something new or even a new technique at Cooking With Cricut.  You just might be this week's "Top Chef!"

Head on over to and check out what the other Design Team members created and don't forget to mark your calendars -- our next blog hop is Saturday and Sunday, January 14 and 15th.  Two days of fun with two sets of designers!

~ Jen


Holly said...

Great shaped card Jen! Totally agree, not sure about digi stamps and coloring. You did a good job though. Holly :-)

Charlotte said...

Happy New Year Jen,
I love your shape card. That is about the best looking redpaperever.What kind is it. I lovethat it is bright. Well, for a first time of coloring a digi, you did a fantastic job. I would never have know that it was a first. LOVE IT!!!

Hey, Your Gators looked good the other day. I know it has been a tough year. But everyone has a building year sometime.

2 Ducky said...

OH! He's so cute! Great job coloring and I love the shape card.

Nita said...

Jen, this is adorable! I love your digi - no one would guess it's your first time colouring. I don't have anything wrong with my hands and it still takes me HOURS (and several do-overs!) to get my images coloured the way I want them. :) I love the colours you used - so bright and happy. Awesome card!

Nita :)

Jill said...

Jen, super job! You're braver than I! I haven't attempted coloring digi's! Hope you're having a super New Year!
I would love it if you would link up a project to my weekly link's like an inspiration board. Here's the link:
♥Jill CWC DT

Jani Lewis said...

Love the card. So cute. Thanks for the blog comment from Celeste's blog hop :)