I Promise It’s Me and I’m back…

This is my attempt at ‘dusting off the old cobwebs’ on this blog. I’ve missed you buddy and I’ve missed my blog friends even more. Though you have not seen me here lately, some may have seen me in a different forum. I’m a monthly contributor at Die Cut Crazy, a monthly digital magazine for die cut lovers. I thought I would share some past magazine projects with you as a way to say ‘hello old friends’.

DIE CUT CRAZY JULY 2013

Chalk Coloring Method - Mini Notes

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DIE CUT CRAZY AUGUST 2013

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DIE CUT CRAZY SEPTEMBER 2013

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DIE CUT CRAZY OCTOBER 2013

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If you’re interested in learning more about Die Cut Crazy (DCC), I hope you check out their website and their Facebook page. They are a growing magazine which is getting better and better with each issue! I’m so tickled to be a part of this journey. The contributors are a wonderful group of women (though I hope to see some crafty guys join up too)! And Stephanie, the Editor, is so sweet and helpful. She and her lovely husband, Jeremy, make the magazine magic happen with each issue. Not only is the magazine filled with contributors’ tutorials and photos, but there are card and scrapbook galleries for even more inspiration. If you’re feeling crafty ladies and gents and want to share your creations, send DCC an email. You might find yourself in their next issue! More details are provided in their post here.

Die Cut Crazy (DCC) offers three ways to purchase and download – via iPhone, iPad, or PDF. To check out the details in iTunes, click here. For a PDF version, click the DCC website here. The PDF version is perfect for those like me who do not have an iPhone or iPad. Just pay 99 cents and the issue is yours to keep on your computer. Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy!

My final note is to say how much I’ve missed my fellow blog buddies and visitors. I hope to ‘see’ you again soon. I have a lot of blog visiting to do to see what you all have been up to.  I’ve missed your talented creations and want you to know how much you inspire me.

Thank you,

Vanessa

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3×3 Mini Notes with Box

Hello all! Sorry I’ve been away for a bit! I have a project to share with you – my first handmade box filled with a set of 3×3 note cards. I made this for my sister so that she could write notes to her hubby or her friends at work. The only Cricut cuts used were for the envelopes and the great thing about this particular envelope is that it cuts a slit to tuck the flap in – which means you don’t have to apply adhesive. This makes it great on the recipient unless you invest in “Lick & Stick” which is a remoistenable envelope glue. The envelope is found on page 72 or key #49 on the “Just Because Cards” cartridge. I cut it at 3 inches which makes a 3×3 square envelope perfect for mini notes.

To make the note card, cut cardstock at 6 inches long by 3 inches tall and score/fold in half. I wanted to stamp some images on my note cards so I added some mats to build up the design. I cut a black mat at 2 x 3/4 inches and then added a top white mat at 2 x 1/2 inches. Each stamped image came from a “Martha Stewart Embossing Starter Kit” I got for Christmas a few years ago and the ink is from “Ink It Up!”. Since embossing works best while the ink is still wet, I stamped then embossed each card one at a time using clear embossing powder and a heat gun. The white card stock used for the note cards is from a $5 pack of 12×12 Colorbok cardstock bought at Wal-mart. The embossing worked great so I will be getting more of these Colorbok pads in the future.

The box measurements are compliments of Laurie Schmidlin’s tutorial on the Split Coast Stampers website. Laurie’s tutorial includes both written instructions and a video located here ~ 3″ x 3″ Notecard Box. The dimensions for this box easily held the eight note cards and eight envelopes I made in the set. I’m so tickled with how this box turned out and pleased that what I used to find intimidating is now fun and rewarding. I can’t wait to make more of these little boxes!

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa