It's time once again for Sweet Treat Thursday on the Cuttlebug Challenge featuring the Cricut! Make sure to visit and sign up for the prize for the month of February. They are giving away a Celebrations cartridge *totally one of okie's favorites for making birthday cards and layouts* for your Cricut and also three...YES! THREE!! Cardmaking with the Cricut books!
For this week's project on the Cuttlebug Challenge we were assigned to use the theme of Mardi Gras. As a born and bred okie I have no idea what Mardi Gras is all about and about all I know is that ya gotta flash people on floats to get some plastic beads *okie knows if she flashed anyone she would have give folks beads to even look...and possible $5 bills*. Sooo...anywho...I chose to make a mask and a party invitation.
Here is a picture of the mask and card set. I also decorated an envelope to match the set. The mask really does fit a face, well at least mine! *okie cracks up laughin*. I have a picture further down in my post.
For the MARDI GRAS INVITATION you will need the following cartridges:
Don Juan - Mardi Gras
Mickey and Friends - necklaces
Indie Art - mask decorations
Paper Doll Dress Up - mask
George and Basic Shapes - ovals for lettering
The mats are all labeled according to color but of course you can choose to use different colors if you wish.
I used the D'Vine Swirls Cuttlebug folder for the card mat for the texture. The paper is Black Magic by Coredinations. I wanted something subtle in the background but needed something that was just plain. I embellished with Stickles in the following colors - purple, diamond and platinum.
For the MARDI GRAS MASK you will need the following cartridges:
Indie Art - mask
George and Basic Shapes - eye holes
I used chipboard and used multicut of 2 for the mask base. The holes for the brads to apply elastic are included in the cut file.
You will want to completely embellish your mask before adhering to the chipboard base. I found it just makes it easier to work with and if you have any stitching it will be hidden by the chipboard base.
I used clear beads and wire to make the antenna. I hand stitched pearls to the top of the mask and let them hang down. I added ribbon to the sides of the mask. I also cut a butterfly from the purple mat out of cheap white cardstock and then cut off the wings so I could have a body. I put the body through my Xyron and then sprinkled with glitter. I also spritzed glimmer mist on the mask before I started embellishing. I super glued the rhinestones around the eye holes.
Here are some pictures of how the mask goes together....
These are the cuts you end up with and you can see the holes for attaching elastic
Here you can see how to attach the elastic and how the green glues to the back of the purple.
As they say the proof is in the pudding! The mask will fit a face! And like I said, at least my face! LOL
Great project Okie. You've really put a lot of time into this one! How clever to use the necklaces from Mickey cart. I would have never thought of it!ReplyDelete
Okie....This is just beautiful! You are so talented. As a lifelong Texan (I know, I know...BOO Longhorns) I have no idea what Mardi Gras is all about either, but if we get to wear masks this beautiful AND NOT show our boobs....(I would clear out Bourbon St. if I flashed em') I'm all in. Thanks so much. I just love your work.ReplyDelete
I just love this mask!!ReplyDelete
Adorable mask and card!! And thanks for sharing the picture of your wearing it :)ReplyDelete
Wow, Okie this is AMAZING!!! I totally LOVE it.. Now, I just need to get George so I can use the file. TFSReplyDelete
WOW! Very Beautiful!!! Great job:)ReplyDelete
Okie, I LOVE THEM!!!!! How totally adorable!!!!! Fantastic!!ReplyDelete
That is just too stinkin' cute!!!!! I will have to make one. Thx for the cut file and instructions. CarolH :)ReplyDelete
OMG, WAAAYYYY cool Okie! Are you having a party? How very fun! You look so cute in your mask. What did you give up for Lent? Hee hee. xxDReplyDelete
I think the mask is just adorable!!! Wish I had that cart - another one to add to the list! TFS! and the matching invitation is beautiful too!ReplyDelete
Too cool! And just so you know you too can get beads without flashing! There are three ways to get your beads in NewOrleans; flash, sing or play a musical instrument....ReplyDelete
I have plenty of beads myself all the original New Oreleans beads and I didn't flash for any.... nor did I pay... Okie with your talent you are bound to get plenty.... I bet you would get some just for wearing that beautiful mask you made! Have a great day!
You always do such a wonderful job on your projects. Thank you for sharing the cut file. Again they are beautiful.ReplyDelete
How cute (I do mean you)!!! LOL! I love this and the papers you used are great!!!ReplyDelete
Your mask is absolutely beautiful. Love all the detail work you put into it. And the colors are so rich and elegant. Woohoo ... you out did yourself on this one, Girl!ReplyDelete
Okie, Your mask is adorable! Beautiful job on all of it. Shari (cricutrookie)ReplyDelete
Thank you! This blog post will be advertised on CraftCrave in the Cutting category today (look for timestamp: [18 Feb 01:00pm GMT]).ReplyDelete
Hard to say anything that somebody else did not say above me: just fabulous. I love the Mardi Gras colors. TFS!ReplyDelete
You did a really beautiful job on this one!!ReplyDelete
Wow Okie, these are beautiful!!ReplyDelete
You do such great work.
Thanks for sharing!!
Wow!!!! Okie, you really outdid yourself with these projects!!! Gorgeous!!! A LOT of work!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!ReplyDelete
Love this mask!!! This is what Im gonna be for Halloween this year, now! Perfect. Nice job and thanks for sharing with us. CindyReplyDelete
Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Cricut Freebies Search List, under the Wedding, Birthday/Party Theme(s), Mardi Gras/Carnaval Theme post on Feb. 18, 2010. Thanks again.ReplyDelete
you simply amaze me.Great Job!ReplyDelete
Fantastic job, Okie! Love the whole project! I especially love the picture of you wearing the mask!! GORGEOUS!!!ReplyDelete
Wow love the mardi gras stuff!!! Great Job and thanks for showing off your great work.ReplyDelete
This project is awesome, tfs.
Super Duper Job! You look lovely in that mask. Miss you on the MB for cards.ReplyDelete
Love your Mardi Gras projects. The colors are gorgeous. Wonderful job.ReplyDelete
Okie, this is an awesome mask. It makes me want to have a party! Awesome, awesome job. Mary (mary at rievley dot com)ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for the beautiful mask. It is my favorite Mardi Gras mask so far. You look so cute in your picture.ReplyDelete
oh Okie!!! I just LOVE that mask!! What a great job you did!! TFS!!!!!ReplyDelete
Love it! Awesome Mardi Gras mask and card!ReplyDelete
You look sooo cute!!! This card and mask are awesome.ReplyDelete
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I LOVE it! I can't believe how many different carts you used. I need to start looking at my carts again. II am so loving the coordinations paper too. I have 50 sheets of this and just have had a real creative blog over it! Thanks for the inspiration. You ROCK!ReplyDelete
That is just to cute! I am so loving that mask. Great colors and you have an eye for design! Thanks Okie for always making me laugh!!ReplyDelete
Golly Okielady...I don't think I'd have the brain power or patience to do this!! What a fantastic mask...thanks for all the detailed instructions...it makes it possible for someone like me!!ReplyDelete
These are awesome!!!!!! Last yearI hand cut masks for the kids in our school to decorate. Oy that was a long task! I love these! Awesome job ad thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
I need your help. Your not goin believe this but my daughters seniors prom in the mask something like Mardi Gras. We are going to have the best mask contest and I love the king and queen you did and the center piece so the help I need is I need the pattern of the king and queen and how you made the center piece hope you can help
Debbie I only did the butterfly mask. Carol did the king and queen and Kathy did the centerpiece. You should be able to contact them on the Cuttlebug blog.ReplyDelete
Bahahaha $5 bills! You crack me up =) Beautiful projects Okie. My father's side of the family is from the South and we lived in Louisiana for 3 or so years.....Mardi Gras is amazing....however, I'd like to go as an adult to really see what it's all about, lol. Now if you'll excuse me, I think I'll go buy IA just for this mask,......I LOVE IT!ReplyDelete
What an amazing project! I would not even think of the idea of making a mask out of a cute butterfly! Thank you so much for the inspiration!ReplyDelete
This is absolutely beautiful. Very nice job and you look amazing modeling the mask.ReplyDelete
Amazing, This is gorgeous, love the colors!!ReplyDelete
Love your Mardi Gras mask! I will have to get my sister to make me one since I don't have a Cricut yet.ReplyDelete
really fun okie, thanks for sharing with us.ReplyDelete