Saturday, August 29, 2009

Chocolate + Bacon = Crafts?

It is that time of year . . . time for the Minnesota State Fair . . . the place where you can get just about any food you like on a stick, and try some other unique creations, one of them being chocolate covered bacon.

How does this all tie into a crafting blog you ask? Well, recently Conan O’Brien, host of the Tonight Show, made a comment saying that he would attend the Minnesota State Fair if he was sent his body weight in chocolate covered bacon. Be careful what you ask for Conan! What he got was a 200 pound white chocolate bust of himself, with bacon for the hair.

The bust looks so much like Conan it is amazing, and the woman who carved it, Linda Christensen, is a true crafter in my opinion. Linda is the woman who has been carving the bust of “Princess Kay of the Milky Way” which will be on display in the dairy building during the Minnesota State Fair, for the past 34 years.

Monday, August 24, 2009


My daughter wanted to create bookmarks for her friends at the daycare center that she attends over the summer. She came home one day and started cutting strips of paper and decorating them with pictures and her friend’s names. She quickly realized that it was going to be a lot of work to cut each one by hand and draw designs on them. I told her that the Animal Kingdom cartridge had a bookmark feature on it and she was very excited. Soon she was picking out all kinds of wonderful papers and we were cutting out bookmarks.

Then we cut out letters with the Printing 101 cartridge to personalize them for her friends. Once we had the names on them, we laminated them by covering them with clear contact paper.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Animal Kingdom Layout

I used this idea of the animal print paper on a layout for a trip to the zoo, and I liked it so much that I just had to use it again, and it fit perfectly for these pictures of a trip to Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World.

In this layout I used the the Diney Mickey and Friends Cricut Cartridge. I cut the Mickey Icon (page 78 of the Cricut book) out of all of the different animal print papers that I had. I then took some bright colored papers and cut out the same shape with the Shadow feature and placed it behind the animal print shapes.

I finished it off by spelling out Animal Kingdom in animal print stickers.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Beautiful paper crafting!

Artist’s statement by Marnie Karger:

If you’ve ever looked at a map of the state of Minnesota you’ll find it hard to miss the famed 10,000 lakes. They are peppered across the land -- water-filled scars from ancient glaciers. Pristine reminders that this land was once covered in ice a mile thick. They are named after French voyageurs, early politicians, topographical characteristics, and descriptive translations of the Chippewa language. This is where I grew up, and this is what inspires my work.
I could spend hours poring over topographical maps of lakes and the land that surrounds them. I imagine myself in a silent canoe, floating over clear water that deepens steeply into blue-green mysteries. The image concurrently scares and amazes me. When I create my topo pieces, I am, in essence, creating a fictional landscape. I ponder questions as I cut layers of cardstock: What will the water do here around this peninsula? What would this tiny yet deep pond look like from the edge? Would stealthy pike gather in this area? Although they are inspired by maps, the pieces allude to many other images as people have commented that the pieces remind them of amoebas, spilled substances, oil on water, and other abstract forms.

I start by cutting what becomes the top layer of cardstock (usually white or cream). Sometimes I employ a map of a chain of lakes for reference and other times I just let the blade go where it will. I apply an archival adhesive tape to this piece, especially on the thin juts of land and around great curving bodies of water, and then add the first and lightest piece of colored cardstock. I repeat the process with two more pieces of colored cardstock before adding the last, uncut layer in the darkest color of the set. I use a teeny tiny swivel blade for most of the cuts and follow up with a sharp straight blade to clean up any cut outs that struggled to separate.

During the time I spend cutting and layering each piece, I see the work take shape and become complete. When it is done, it is often as if the shapes and depths were there all along and I have merely excavated the site.
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Monday, August 10, 2009

ZOO scrapbooking layout

Here is a layout I did of a trip to the zoo.

I used the Animal Kingdom Cricut Cartridge, on the “Sound” setting/button for the giraffe image to make the large “ZOO”. Then I just pulled out all of the different animal print papers that I had and cut out triangles with the George and Basic Shapes cartridge, and then used some bright colors to cut out triangles using the “Shadow” setting/button to put behind the animal print triangles.

I liked the way that the triangles in the variety of animal print papers worked out so much that I used that same idea again for another layout at Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World . . . but that is for another post.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Crafty Chics Challenge

Each month, we are going to be looking for ideas and inspiration fromall of you. We will be calling this our Crafty Chics Challenge. Forthis month, since it is the last month of summer, we will use summer asour theme. Please post your most your summertime craft project orsummer themed ideas. Some of these ideas may even be used as guestblogs on our site.

Happy Crafting!