When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, "I used everything you gave me, Lord." I am a believer that God created each one of us with a unique talent, therefore, use it well to serve Him.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

NCM #5 Project/ Cricut Circle Monthly Challenge - Children at Play

I've been really quiet the last couple days because I was really busy working on this big project. Cricut Circle Monthly challenge is up again and this time the challenge is Children at Play. The rule for this particular challenge is to create any project (except card and LO) in honor of our lovable children. The good thing about this is, you will be playing to win a Litely-Loved Cricut Expression with 4 cartridges, for your local school. Great cause, right!? Project ideas include but not limited to gift items, toys, organizing solutions, items for school and stationary set. Entries must include 2 different Cricut Image cuts.

As soon as I read the rules, I know exactly what project should I make.  Boy, it took me almost 3 days doing this but all the hard work paid off when I gave it to my son, Jackie.

Let's cut the blah, blah and let me show you what I made. So are your son as crazy as mine about Dino Dan?  Well, Dino Dan was my inspiration for this project.  Since my 4 yr old little boy loves to show off to other people that he knows Dinosaurs and know how describe each of them. So I thought why not make him his very own Dinosaur Book.  I know that it was crazy because it required so much time and lot of hard work but I just have to do it.  Anyways, I bought Dinosaur Track cartridge because of him...

 Here's the front of the book.  I used Nate's ABC cartridge for the image and fonts.
 At the back of each Dinosaur page, I used a page protector to insert information.
 This is how the back looks like.
 Thanks to Wikipedia for all the informative facts.  I wish I had more time to incorporate information from other sources.
 With this project I get to use my newly bought Distressed-It-All and my Jurassic patterned paper LOLz... Glad it finally serves its purpose and not collecting dust anymore. 
 My Jurassic era patterned paper really matched this vintage distressed look Dinosaur book. 
 Added couple beads into the binder rings as added touch.  I used eyelets too on the punch holes to make sure the book will last.
Took me almost three days to get this done.  With the cutting, assembly and research, I was totally exhausted when I go to bed yet eager to wake up and start working again the next day.    These are the things that we do for our children.  And despite how hard it was, it's all worth it.  I hope he'll take care of this book and will have many use for him.  When I got done with this, my daughter told me that now I have to make her a fairytale book since I have most of the Disney carts.  Now, that will be a torture! LOLz...

PAPER: CTMH, Bazzill and GP white (CS), unbranded patterned paper
TOOLS: Cricut Expression, Gypsy, Distressed-It-All machine, EK Success papershaper, PC paper trimmer, ATG, Zip Dry, Plaid pop dots and Zig 2-way glue pen
CARTRIDGE:  Dinosaur Tracks (dinasaurs, ferns, palm trees, tag, pick, brush and leaves) Storybook (scalloped oval), Nate's ABC's (boy reading a book and  font)
EMBELLISHMENT: wooden beads, eyelets
OTHERS: bare chipboard sheets, binder rings, protector sheets, chalk

I'm taking this opportunity too to please join us for some giveaways.  Click HERE, HERE and HERE to more info.

Until next project!


Luv Scrapping Together said...

Wow! Claire, you did an awesome job putting this altogether. Your son is going to cherish this because of all the love you put into it. Good Luck on your daughter's book! I don't have many Disney carts but I have heard stories.

Saundra :)

Adrian said...

wow, great job on the book!

liz at liz's paper loft said...

this is crazy cool! amazing teaching tool~
liz :o)

Debbi said...

That is SO amazing!! It is just so awesome, and I know your son will love it. WOW.

geraldina8 said...

i am sure there will be a lot of learning from this.. its so beautiful and truly worth the time and effort put into it. the reward will be great... lucky kids you have.. they have such a great mom.

Christy said...

What a great idea and what a great job you did. I hope you win for your school.


Melissa said...

WOW! This is fantastic!!!!


Kat's Blog said...

Hello Claire,

Wow! This book is awesome, I love it. I'm your newest follower.


Tammy said...

This is such a wonderful creation...super make for a boy. Your son will love it..my little one would for sure.

Coach fans said...

What an amazing book. I have a few students in my class that would LOVE to read it. Looking forward to the fairy tale book.


4kids4 said...

Hi Claire, this was a labor of love! :-) I can just imagine how much time you spent making this...the details are wonderful, as always! What a special book for your son to treasure!! TFS!

~Sharon C.

Kat's Blog said...

Hello Claire,

I didn't see anywhere on here to contact you besides leaving you a comment. Here's my email address: kat.raymond@gmail.com


Auntie Em said...

Your book is awesome! You might have a career in book publishing since I am sure most big companies couldn't get a whole book together in three days!
Love the colours and the papers you used. They really work with the theme. The beads and eyelets are a great idea, as well.
Thanks for sharing! :)

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

This is simply amazing!!! All of that work, and it looks fantastic! What a great project! Thank you so much for your inspiration! And I just added another project to your National Craft Month Challenge!

Kim H said...

Oh my word! This is yet another awesome creation! Your son had to have loved it! It shows how much you love him! I really hope that your school wins this because of your unbelievable talent! You deserve to win! Good luck on your daughter's book... can you adopt me!lol. As always awesome job!

Nubia said...

This is beautiful! It's kind of a shame that there is a random winner for this challenge...but I guess that keeps things fair. I can only begin to imagine the hours that went into this stunning project.

On a side note....can you tell me what storage unit you are using to store your stamps? I'm looking for something similar! thanks!

crazy about cards said...

AWESOME book any little boy would love it! He will learn a lot from using the book!
Hugs, Lisa

cdm317 said...

Incredibly imaginative! I bet your son loves it! Very impressive!
Good luck in the challenge!

PINAY said...

Super awesome project Claire! I'm very sure your son will be bragging this to all his friends :D