Set of Mother’s Day Cards

I made Mother’s Day Cards for my dear Mother and Mother-in-law. The first one I want to share is the hummingbird card I made for my Mom. She loves hummingbirds so I made her this inspired card using the Cricut Pagoda and Tags, Bags, Boxes, & More 2 (TBBM2) cartridges.

Hummingbird Card - Pagoda, TBBM2

Last weekend, I found DCWV’s Nana’s Kitchen Stack at Michael’s on sale for $4.99. I used the pretty floral paper for the card and envelope (TBBM2 page 34 card, page 35 envelope). The card originally has small circles that cut out on the the card’s spine but I hid these in Design Studio (DS). The scalloped card base is cut at 4.5 inches from TBBM2. I cut a second card base in light blue cardstock to serve as a liner and adhered it inside the card. I must not have scored the liner perfectly centered to match the floral card base because it sticks out on the front but the two layered scalloped edge is a happy accident.

Card and Envelope - TBBM2

I used Accent Essentials to cut out the two circles on the front of the card (3 and 4 inches) and one more 4 inch circle for the inside message. The leaves are made from two Martha Stewart punches – Frond and Vine Trim. The hummingbird is cut from the Pagoda cartridge at 3 inches. I added Distressed Clear Rock Candy on the hummingbird and Stardust Stickles on the wing. The flower layers are from the dollar bin at Michael’s and the button brad is from American Craft’s Crate Paper “On Trend” line. I used Cuttlebug folders on the circles on the front of the card – Swiss Dots and D’vine Swirls. The “MOM” alpha stickers at the bottom right of the card face are from Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic.

Mother's Day Card

I wrote a personal message to my Mom in Word and printed it on a 4 inch circle and adhered it to the inside of the card. I then punched out more fronds and adhered them with a Zig 2-Way glue pen. I cut the corresponding envelope in TBBM2 a little larger than the card base because there’s dimension on the card. I cut the envelope out at 4 3/4 inches.

Inside Message

Envelope - TBBM2

The second card is for my Mother-in-law. I used TBBM2 again for the card base and for the mini pizza box. The flower embellishment is very dimensional so I made the pizza box to put the card in. I used the card feature on page 24 at 5 inches. I also used the “Happy Mother’s Day” phrase on page 41 at 5 inches using a pink Cricut Gel Pen. To get it to print on the inside of the card, I rotated the Mother’s Day phrase 180 degrees to print it upside down.

Mother's Day Card  - American Crafts lines

Inside of card

Cricut Gel Pen (Pink) - TBBM2 phrase

The pizza box is cut at 9 inches (page 68). I cut this out in one piece so I used Cricut’s pastel 12×24 cardstock. There is the option to cut sections 1 and 2 and adhere them together for a larger box. I used 1/4 inch Scor-Tape to assemble the box. I decorated the lid with the Mother’s Day phrase layers cut at 2.5 inches (page 41).

TBBM2 - Card and Box

The paper used on the card and on the box’s lid is Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic. The paper is two sided (green and pink). The paper flower is from Crate Paper’s On Trend. The gold scalloped border on the card face is from Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic’s Accent and Phrase Sticker book. The glittery alpha stickers (Thickers) are also from 5th & Frolic.

Mini Pizza Box with Card - TBBM2

Mother's Day Card

I’m entering the hummingbird card into the following challenges:

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge (Challenge Me Monday – #159 Mother’s Day – create a Mother’s Day card). Deadline: 7:00 pm (CST) May 12, 2013.

Cardz TV Stamps DT Challenge #29 (“There’s No Other Like My Mother” – make a card, layout or craft project for Mother’s Day!) Deadline: Noon (EST) May 16, 2013.

My Craft Spot Challenge (Monday Post #96 – For Mom – create something special for Mom). Deadline: May 13, 2013.

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone, everywhere! 🙂



Mother’s Day Tea Cups

First I want to wish everyone a very Happy Mother’s Day! I also want to send special Mother’s Day wishes to my sweet Mom and Mother-in-law! For these two lovely women in my life, I made each of them a paper teacup filled with chocolate using Cricut’s Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More 2 (TBBM2). I cut both at 11.5 inches (or fit to page size). This will fit on a 12×12 sheet of paper. I used Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic paper for the cup with leaves and Pebbles Seen & Noted paper for the cup with flowers. Both 12×12 sheets are double-sided with polka dots so I assembled the cups and saucers using both sides of the paper for a coordinated look. I learned an important tip when using the scoring tip. You have to make sure you turn off “Fit to Page” when scoring or the score lines will not line up where needed. I forgot to turn off “Fit to Page” when using the scoring tool so my scoring was off, but luckily the score lines weren’t that visible so I used the cuts as they were and manually folded the tabs on the cup by hand. I used Glossy Accents to adhere the pieces together and it held wonderfully!

Mother's Day Teacups - TBBM2

I made little tags for the cups that coordinated with the paper patterns. For the leaf cup, I cut a 1.5 inch leaf with its shadow from Accent Essentials. I used a 1/16th hole punch on the stem. For the flower cup, I cut both layers of a 1.5 inch flower tag from TBBM2.

Paper Teacup 1 - for my Mom

I stamped “love you” to the back of each tag using a small stamp from Fiskars All Year Greetings. I used twine to tie the tags to the cups’ handles. I filled each cup with paper filler and Dove milk and dark chocolates.
Back View

Paper Teacup 2 - for my MIL

Back View

I’m entering the teacups into the following challenge:

Cardz TV Stamps DT Challenge #29 (“There’s No Other Like My Mother” – make a card, layout or craft project for Mother’s Day!) Deadline: Noon (EST) May 16, 2013.

Happy Mother’s Day!


Nativity Card – Joy to the World

When we think of Christmas, it’s usually filled with images of red and green whether it’s ornaments, holly, presents, wreaths, or candy. For this Nativity card, these colors just didn’t seem to fit because if we reflect on the story of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, we see a different scene in our minds filled with a stable and a baby in swaddling clothes. So I chose more natural colors to depict the wondrous birth of Jesus those many years ago.

I used Cricut’s Christmas Village to cut out Mary (2 3/4 inches), Baby Jesus (2 inches), and Joseph (4 inches). These images are actually intended to be set up 3-dimensionally (it has a cut in the base of each image to insert a stand). I hid these cut lines using Design Studio because I wanted the images to be used on a card. The light blue and tan cardstocks mimicking the sky and sand are from Paper Studio’s Ornamental Christmas Paper Pack. The sand layer is a sheet of music (it reminds me of Christmas songs dedicated to Jesus’ birth such as “Joy to the World” and “Away in a Manger”). The star image is cut from Accent Essentials in blackout at 1 inch. I used Star Dust Stickles on the star for shimmer and added ribbon to two corners of the card. The inside stamped images are from Stampabilities (bought at Hobby Lobby).

Merry Christmas!


Christmas Poinsettia Wreath Made from Paper

Hello all! I am excited to share with you this poinsettia wreath I made today. For this project, I used my Cricut Expression, Design Studio software, and three cartridges: Accent Essentials, Camp Out, and Wild Card. The red and green paper is textured cardstock from Cricut’s 12×24 Basic Brights pad. The brown paper for the pine cones is from the Paper Studio’s Natural Botanical cardstock pad.

Accent Essentials has a flower shape on page 64 which I think could pass for a poinsettia flower. I cut (9) shapes at 5 inches and (9) shapes at 4 inches. I ran the 4 inch poinsettias through Cuttlebug’s D’vine Swirls embossing folder. I also highlighted the poinsettias embossed petals (technically these are called leaves) with a Versamark pen. The clear ink darkens the paper a bit. The true flower of a poinsettia is the yellow center which I mimicked with either a large jingle bell or 3 small jingle bells depending on what I had in my stash. Before adhering the two flower layers together I folded them into a cup using my hand and then pushed into the center with Zig-Way-2 glue pen (a marker could also work or a wooden dowel). This causes the petals to fold up. I also used a pencil to curl the petals under. When adhering the 4 inch layer to the 5 inch layer, turn the 4 inch poinsettia layer 180 degrees for a fuller poinsettia (simply turn one upside down on top of the larger layer) and glue in place with a hot glue gun. Now you have a 2-dimensional poinsettia with 10 petals showing. Then adhere jinglebells for the “yellow flower center” with the hot glue gun. Other ideas for the flower center are seed beads, glitter, craft pom-poms, buttons, or silk flower stamens.

The wreath base is also cut from Accent Essentials at 11 inches (Accent2> on page 33. I hid the contour lines of the inside square shapes using Design Studio so that only a
solid wreath form would cut. (I did this same method for my Fall Paper Wreath in a previous post.) I cut (2) 11 inch forms out in heavy card stock and adhered them together for added strength using an adhesive tape runner.

The poinsettia’s green leaves came from the Wild Card cartridge cut at 4 inches (page 56). I cut 20 of these out in green cardstock. I used a Versamark pen to highlight the center vein of the leaf which is actually a cut line. I then ran the leaves through a Swiss Dots embossing folder for texture. The leaves were adhered to the bottom of the poinsettia flowers with a hot glue gun prior to being added to the wreath form.

The Camp Out cartridge was used to cut (4) pine cones at 4 inches. I added gold glitter glue to the inside cut outs to add shimmer and to knock down the brightness of the green paper peering through. The gold glitter matches the jingle bells so I think it works.

The finishing touch is a red bow. I also hot glued a little hanger out of twine to the back of the wreath form. Tip: I learned a lesson on not adding a hanger between my two wreath form mats. The hot glue and the twine formed a huge lump and the rest of the form didn’t want to adhere properly. So just as I did with my Fall Paper Wreath, I hot glued a knotted loop of twine to the back of the wreath mats. My Fall Wreath lasted through the season and is still hanging on the wall successfully so this one shouldn’t have any problems. If you attempt this wreath, make sure your hanger is adhered where it will be covered by leaves, flowers, or pine cones so that the nail on your wall doesn’t show through the wreath.

This was a lot of fun to make and if you choose to make one, I would love to see your project!

Thanks as always for looking!


Autumn Wreath ~ Made From Cricut

Autumn is my favorite time of year and I am slowly realizing the change in weather here in Georgia.  The hot peak of the day isn’t as brutal and the evenings are becoming lovelier to sit outside and enjoy the cooler breezes and watch my cats play in the backyard.  Soon we will notice the leaves starting to change color and that is when it will really hit home that fall is here.

This weekend, I will be dragging out my autumn decorations so that I can enjoy them a little longer this year before it’s time for Christmas.  While thinking of decorating with my wreaths and ceramic pumpkins, I decided to try my first Cricut project – a paper autumn wreath using my Cricut Expression.  Until today, the only things I had ever made with this incredible machine were cards.  So this is what I made using the Wild Card and Accent Essentials cartridges.

Details ~ I used two leaf shapes from Wild Card (pg. 43 – both leaf icons) and made the wreath base from Accent Essentials (pg. 33 – <Accent2>).  For the wreath, I hid the contour lines of the inside cuts so that just a solid wreath shape would cut.

Sizes ~ The maple leaf was cut at 6 inches, the elm leaf was cut at 4 inches, and the accent wreath shape was cut at 10 inches.  Note: I cut the wreath shape out of sturdy card stock twice and glued them together to stiffen up the base.  More wreath layers can be used of course, if desired, or if you have a deep cutting blade, chip board would work great.

Texture and Color ~ I used my Sizzix Texture Boutique to emboss the leaves with a Sizzix Damask folder and a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder.  Then I used a hot glue gun to adhere the leaves in a random pattern (varying the colors, textures, and leaf shapes).  I went in one direction (I personally favored working counter-clockwise) and worked my way around the wreath base.  Where there were gaps or something else needed after staring at it a bit, I added more leaves.  I used three 12×24 sheets of Cricut card stock in shades of yellow, golden-yellow, and orange and used Design Studio to fill up the 12×24 mat with repeating leaf cuts.  For this wreath, I ended up using all of the leaves I cut.  There were 18 orange maple leaves, 18 yellow maple leaves, and 30 golden-yellow elm leaves for a total of 66 leaves.

Screen Shots via PDF ~ Attached are screen shots of how the leaves and the wreath base were cut in Design Studio.

To finish the look, I used some buttons and rust colored ribbon from my stash and adhered it to the bottom with a hot glue gun.

This is my first project, so please let me know how I did.  Thanks for looking!


Romantic Getaway Card

Here is the finished card I am giving to my husband to thank him for the romantic St. Mary’s trip he has planned for us!  This is a 5X7 scenery card focused on the bed and breakfast we will be staying in.  Our B&B room has light blue wallpaper and Victorian-era wide baseboard trim in white.   This card is truly a labor of love.  I had to scour through my cartridges to create new images by using Cricut’s Design Studio because my current cartridges don’t have any furniture or windows. I think it’s time to buy more cartridges :)!

I made the window by placing four 1 inch Walk in My Garden squares inside of a 2 1/2″ WIMG square (no welding so that Cricut would cut the 1″ squares out and leave a window result).  I then cut another 2 1/2″ square on white card stock so that I could create an ocean scene with some Crayola chalks.  I did the water first with blue, green, and yellow chalk and then created a sunset with orange, yellow, and purple chalk.  Next I lightly colored in a light blue sky with chalk and then used a pencil eraser to create clouds.  I used a black pen to draw in some birds flying over the water.  I used Dollar Tree glitter glue pens in blue, green, and yellow on the water, let it dry, and then followed up with Star Dust Stickles for waves.  I glued the window frame on top of the ocean scene last.

The table consists of taking the shape on Pg. 51 of Accent Essentials and rotating it 90 degrees to get the table’s ornate feet and then adding shrunken square shapes (on Pg. 58) for the table top and table stand.  It took some maneuvering and welding to get the resulting look.  The table cloth was an after thought because I thought the table looked too plain.  So I cut out a table cloth by hand and used a black pen to add folds and creases.  The mirror was another creative moment.  I needed something for the wall so I found a shape on the Storybook cartridge (Dandelion Accent/Frame on Pg. 43) that could pass for a decorative oval mirror which I cut in tan paper (trying to make it look like a gold frame).  I cut the shape again in white to get the white oval “mirror” which I added Star Dust Stickles to for a shimmery look to mimic a mirror’s reflection.  The coffee cups and coffee pot are courtesy of some scrapbook stickers I had in my stash.  I thought it was fitting for a Bed and Breakfast card.  I used a ruler and black pen to add slats to the “wooden” floor and then I colored in some knots in the wood.  I also used a ruler and black pen on a strip of white card stock to get the appearance of wide baseboard trim.  I cut a thinner strip of white card stock for crown molding at the top of the card.    The scallop envelope is cut in blackout from the Wild Card cartridge at 5 inches (Pg. 32).  I also cut the coordinating liner at 5 inches.  All of the patterned paper is from My Mind’s Eye’s Simply Delightful paper stack.

For the inside of the card, I wrote a thank you note to my husband using Word and clip art and printed it on white card stock.  The message highlights details of our upcoming trip so that it can be a keepsake of our time at St. Marys.  I used foam tape to raise the sentiment from the base.  I can’t wait for our trip and I plan to give my hubby his card when we get there.  It should be a fun, romantic trip with beautiful scenery.  We plan on exploring the riverfront, watching boats come in, and exploring Cumberland Island.  We hope to glimpse wild horses and whitetail deer and I also read that dolphins follow the ferry as it travels to the island.  We will have to have our cameras ready!

Thanks for looking!