A Carrot For You!

Are you in shock? It’s me, I promise. I’ve been MIA lately but never too far from the craft room. I did some cleaning and reorganizing but I’ve kept a low profile because I didn’t have any paper crafts to share until tonight. I finally got back in the craft room to get re-energized and to remind myself how much I do enjoy making cards. I made this little Easter card using my new Fancy Frames cartridge that hubby got me this month just because. 🙂 I wonder if he was secretly trying to aid me in creating again. I still have so many other goodies to delve into from Christmas and my birthday but I decided to take it slow as I got reacquainted with my Cricut machine. The last time I used it was in December! Well, enough of me trying to explain where I’ve been and why I haven’t been on here lately. I don’t really know why myself, but I have missed blogging, crafting, and reaching out to all my blog pals!

This simple Easter card is A2 (4.25 inches by 5.5 inches). I used Design Studio to scale the light green Fancy Frames image to 4 inches by 5.25 inches. I cut the corresponding background mat in pink at the same size. The bunny rabbit is cut at 3.75 inches from Four Legged Friends. I used Stardust Stickles on its belly, a pom-pom for the tail, and squiggly eyes for some whimsy. Each carrot (front and inside of the card) is cut from Just Because Cards at 3 inches.

Fancy Frames, Four Legged Friends, Just Because Cards

Carrot - Just Because Cards

I stamped “for you” on the front carrot using Fiskars “All Year Greetings”. I love this little stamp! I added a small bow of twine to the carrot as if it was a gift from the bunny. 🙂 The Happy Easter stamp on the inside is from Stampabilities.

Most of the paper used is from Colorbök (I recently learned it’s pronounced as color book, not color bock! I love getting their solid colored cardstock pads at Wal-mart for $5. They cut cleanly and have a nice linen texture.

Thanks for checking out my wee little card. It’s simple, but I’m taking my journey back into paper crafting nice and slow! 😉

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Life is Tweet! – DCWV Challenge

Hello all! I ran across a challenge at Northridge Publishing’s Create Blog. The challenge is to create any project using your favorite Die Cuts With a View (DCWV) paper stack. Six lucky crafters will win 12 new stacks of DCWV patterned paper (one for each month of the year!) I would be so excited to win since I love paper and I love DCWV! I thought the challenge was worth a try (you’ll never know unless you try, right?) so I made this “Life is Tweet” card featuring DCWV’s Linen Closet paper and cuts from Cricut’s Four Legged Friends (FLF) cartridge.

The entire card is made of Linen Closet paper and I used two sizes of stacks – some sheets from a 12×12 pad and some sheets from a 4.5 x 6.5 mat stack. The smaller mat stack has the same designs but they are printed smaller so you can layer against the larger prints of the 12×12. I like mixing the two sizes together for dimension.

Cricut Cartridges and Sizes of Cuts:

  • Bird (4 1/4 inches) – Four Legged Friends
  • Cage (3 inches) – Four Legged Friends
  • Scalloped Mat Layer (5 inches) – Just Because Cards
  • Scalloped Card Base with tan trim (7 inches) – Just Because Cards (this makes the perfect 5×7 card)
  • Life is Tweet (1 3/4 inches) – Straight from the Nest

Other Supplies:

Tan Hemp Cord – tied a double bow through the holes cut in the edges of the scalloped mat

Pearl Embellishment

Googly Eyes

Glossy Accents – for the bird’s cheeks

Stampabilities Brown Ink – to distress the cage

Foam Adhesive Squares – to pop up the bird and cage for dimension

Zig 2-Way Glue Pen – to apply adhesive on those tiny cuts

Elmer’s CraftBond Dot Runner

Here is another card I made last year using the same Linen Closet stack and Four Legged Friends cartridge. I love the light blues and tans of this DCWV stack!

“Not a Creature Was Stirring, Not Even a Mouse”

I love this card! I made this for my husband’s daughter who is an adult but loves the excitement of Christmas as much as I do. I thought she would get a kick out of this fun Christmas card. The mouse is cut at 3 inches from Four Legged Friends. I used the Christmas Village to cut the presents at 2 inches and the tree at 4 1/2 inches. The piece of candy is from Designer’s Calendar cut at 1 inch. The light green cardstock mat is from Michael’s Recollections Sugar Plums stack and it repeats part of the “The Night Before Christmas” story: “The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads”. I used various glitter glues, Glossy Accents, and Stickles to highlight the presents and tree ornaments. The ribbon and the 5×7 card base are from Hobby Lobby’s The Paper Studio line.

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa

Linen Closet and a Turtle

Here is a cute, pun-filled card made from the Cricut Lite Four Legged Friends (FLF) cartridge!  This is my 3rd card made from FLF and I like the layering this cartridge provides because you can play with different colors and patterns.  For this thank you card, I used the turtle image which was cut at 2.5 inches.  The card base is 5×7.

All of the patterned card stock used on the turtle and background is from DCWV’s “Linen Closet Mat Stack with Glitter” which already comes in a 4.5 x 6.5 size which is perfect as a background mat for 5×7 cards.  I used the blue striped mat for the first background layer and then added a trimmed down flower mat to the lower half of the card.  I used white ribbon from American Crafts to hide the seam between the two mats.  The buttons are from a variety pack from Hobby Lobby’s sewing department.  I had fun with some sentiments too using my computer:  “Just popping out to say Thank You!” and “We had a turtle-ific time!”  For the front of the card, I used a ‘speech bubble’ shape from Word, added text, printed it on some scrap card stock, and then trimmed it with scissors.  For the inside, I used cloud clip art from Word, typed the sentiment in 14 pt. Century Gothic font, and printed it on 4.5 X 6.5 cream card stock.  I then added a strip of the flowery DCWV paper to coordinate with the front of the card.  The turtle itself pops off the card thanks to foam tape.  I really enjoyed using the “Linen Closet” paper stack for this card.  It has a peaceful, dreamy effect with its pale blue and beige palette.

Have a “Fin-tastic” Birthday – Fish Bowl Shape Card

Hello, I made this fun ‘fish bowl shape’ card a couple of days ago.  It’s from Cricut’s Four Legged Friends cartridge.

I used Cricut’s Design Studio to weld two 6 inch bowls together and then hid the lines that I didn’t want cut.  My cream cardstock felt a little flimsy once I cut out the fishbowl base so I cut another base in light blue for the inside of the card.  I adhered the two layers together using adhesive tape.  With allowing the bowl’s opening to cut, I was able to tie a tag (cut from WIMG at 3 inches) with a stamped birthday sentiment to the card.  Since this is a shape card, the tag also allowed me room to include the bubbles that go with the fish bowl.  I don’t have a lot of cute stamps with funny puns but my computer has provided a great work around.  I typed the fun, fishy sentiment in Word and printed it on a Storybook image cut at 3 1/2 inch (taped the shape to copy paper and ran it through the printer).  I cut this image again at 3 3/4 inches in orange cardstock for a shadow.  I used foam tape on the fish and sentiment to add dimension.  Here is my tutorial showing how the fish and bowl were cut in Design Studio ~ Fish Bowl Shape Card Tutorial.

You can find related posts below.  Mel and Faith’s blogs are full of fun and creative ideas.  It was nice to have examples to look at when constructing the fish bowl and fish layers.

Embossing Technique for the Water

I am still learning about different embossing techniques and I stumbled onto this wonderful blog by Deena at http://acreativeneed.wordpress.com/techniques.  She features a post called  “Negative Embossing with VersaMark (Watermark)”.  I love the card she made using this technique so I tried it on the water for the fish bowl. I used a VersaMark ink pad to cover the entire negative side of my D’vine Swirl embossing folder.  Then I put the paper inside the folder and ran it through my Sizzix embossing machine.  Next, I sprinkled clear embossing powder over the paper and then used my heat gun.  As I heated the powder, I noticed that my choice of cardstock didn’t result in a shiny finish but rather an oily look which altered the shade of the paper.  But in this instance, I am more pleased with the results because it looks distressed.  By inking the reverse side of the embossing folder, my swirly waves are lighter in color and stand out more.  It looks like I sandpapered the raised edges so it’s interesting how it turned out by “accident” :).

This card was a lot of fun to make and I might make another one to keep on my desk!  It’s pleasing to watch fish swim and this is the next best thing when you have cats!

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa

From Walk in My Garden (WIMG) Cricut Cartridge

Cricut Fun

Welcome to my new blog, “Southern Cricut Lady”!  I decided to create this blog to share my Cricut creations with others.  I have dabbled a little bit with scrapbooking but I have absolutely fallen in love with making cards.  This week I made a shape card by using my Design Studio software from Cricut.  I welded a ladybug to another ladybug image which I flipped and rotated and I just love the results.  Click on my photos below to see how it turned out.