Friday, February 28, 2014

Keep Smiling!

I was inspired by so many challenges this week to create this fun, colourful box and card with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. 

I chose a Mardi Gras inspired theme and used the colours green, purple and gold. 

I cut a scroll from the same cartridge and used it as a stencil, inking around it with Distress Ink on the top flaps of the box and the front of the card. 

I sponged ink on the edge of the card and sides of the box and added Perfect Pearls for shimmer. 

I stenciled on stars with a Heidi Swapp stencil and homemade texture paste, and then added gold embossing powder. 

Inside I used the Simon Says Stamp sentiment from the set that came with the February 2014 card kit, embossed in gold. 

I added gold ribbon to tie the box closed and green and purple flowers, cut with the same cartridge again, into which I placed a pearl in each centre. 

I usually don't incorporate so many challenges, but this fit together perfectly!

Bitten By The Bug 2 - -Use a die cut as a stencil

Die Cuttin Divas- - Mardi Gras Inspired

Simon Says Monday Challenge - - Use Paste

 Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - - Use Pearls

Party Time Tuesday - - Anyrhing Goes

Simon Says Work It Wednesday - - Use a Simon Says Stamp product

Exploring Cricut - - Create a box, tag or bag and add a ribbon. 

Happy Crafting!



  1. What a wonderful project! It was so clever to base it around Mardi Gras and you really made the color palette work beautifully. I would've never thought to combine those colors, but you did it so well. I also love the texture you added with the flowers and it was genius to match your ribbon to the stars. You did an amazing job on this and I'm so glad that you shared your talents with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  2. Beautiful box! Love the Mardi Gras colors, the texture paste, stars, and ribbon! Thanks for joining us at Exploring Cricut this week!

  3. Love the box and the festive colors! Thanks for joining BBTB2

  4. I so love your box Karla!! The colors are fabulous. Love the scroll and the beautiful flowers. Thank you so very much for joining our 'Tag, Bag/Box + Ribbon' challenge at Exploring Cricut and our 'Stencil' challenge at BBTB2!!!! :)

  5. I love this little box and the colors are fabulous!!! Thanks for joining us at Exploring Cricut.

  6. I love your festive card and box! Love how you used the stencil too, looks fabulous. Thanks for joining us at BBTB2;-)

  7. Let the good times rol! Great project this week. I love anything Mardi Gras! Thanks for joining us at bbtb2


  8. Great job on the stenciling. I especially love the box and the pretty flowers. So pretty!! Thanks for joining us at BBTB2.

  9. Very pretty !!! Love the colors and the pretty flowers !!! Thank you for sharing with us at BBTB2 !!

    Mayra DTM

  10. So incredible!! What fabulous embellishments and colors!!

    Thank you very much for joining us at Die Cuttin Divas!

  11. How pretty! The colors certainly look very Mardi-Gras-ish! TFS at DCD.

  12. So fun and festive! What a great Mardi Gras project. Thanks for playing along with us in the Anything Goes (with pearls) challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog this week!

  13. Oh Karla!! what an adorable box, love the flowers and color combo. I need to get my hands on that cartridge ;) Thanks for playing at Exploring Cricut and More Challenge :) BTW, I am so excited to see what you have created with the kit, I am still admiring mine, is so pretty!!!! I need to get working on my cards... my youngest kiddo eat half my chocolate :) it was so yummy, thanks again!!!
    Have a wonderful day!