Snowflake Christmas Card

Hope everyone is enjoying their Christmas Eve so far! I completed the special Christmas card for my dear husband and wanted to share this quick post. Then I’m off to bake a pecan pie! 🙂

Snowflake Christmas Card

This card is different from the more traditional ones I made recently but I loved the glittery patterned paper from My Mind’s Eye  called “O Christmas Tree” and that was my starting point. I used two patterns of paper from this stack.

Snowflake Christmas Card

The overall card measures 5×7 so the tree paper measures 5×7 and the green strip on the left measures 1×7 inches. It made a nice background to run twine and a red button on top. I used a left over holly leaf die-cut from last week’s cards (from Potpourri Basket cut at 1 1/4 inches) and then cut out two snowflakes from the “Potpourri Basket” cartridge at 3 and 2 1/2 inches. The snowflake image is originally from “Joys of the Season”. I highlighted the snowflakes with Stardust stickles and raised them up with foam dimensionals.

Close Up

The sentiment’s frame is cut at 1 3/4 inches from “Storybook” (on page 71) in accent blackout. The Merry Christmas stamp is one of my favorites from Stampabilities. I stamped the sentiment in red ink and used brown ink and a sponge dauber to age the outer edges. I wrote and printed the inside sentiment using Word’s Papyrus font in 18 and 16 pt.

Inside Sentiment

Thanks for following me on my little card journey this year! I appreciate all of your lovely visits and comments. Your support means so much to me as I continue to learn and grow in this paper hobby!

Wishing you and your loved ones a very special holiday season and a blessed and happy New Year!

~Vanessa

Traditional Christmas Cards – Holly and Wreaths

Well, I finally finished my handmade Christmas cards! I mass produced two more designs yesterday and completed 10 cards and envelopes and got them ready for this morning’s mailing! The cards measure 4 ¾ x 6 inches. I cut out envelopes from Just Because Cards at 6 ½ inches using 11×17 white 65 lb. cover cardstock from Desktop Publishing Supplies Inc. I’m so relieved to have finally finished! I chose simple, yet traditional designs this year but I love the old-fashioned Christmas look these have. My colors were Kraft, cream, muted greens, red, and cranberry. I relied on dry embossing, stamped sentiments, and gems on a few of them. I typed and printed one sentiment for all 10 cards using one of my favorite fonts, Papyrus. The assembly line of making just a few designs is definitely the way to go. You can cut a large quantity of the same image using 12×12 paper and make just a few passes in the Cricut machine, instead of trying to make a batch of individual cards that would take much, much longer to finish. Last year, I felt the need to make each card unique and “special” and this is just not realistic unless you start months in advance and don’t mind making that many uniquely designed cards. Last year, by the time it was over, I was burnt out and didn’t craft again for quite a while! Cardmaking should be fun, not stressful! 🙂

Set of Embossed Christmas Cards

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For this set, I relied on my handy Potpourri Basket cartridge which has beautiful Christmas images that originally come from Joys of the Season (JOS)! The only drawback to the Potpourri cartridge is that on some of the images, the layering possibilities are limited as compared to the fuller JOS cartridge. My work around was a simple paper punch – the regular kind sold at most stores in the ¼ inch size. Each of the two holly images on Potpourri only has one layer and its shadow. I wanted to have berries in red so I used the ¼ inch punch to punch out some berries. The size worked perfectly with the size of my holly cuts. The traditional pointy holly was cut at 1 7/8 inch. The smoother holly (which reminds me of a bay leaf) was cut at 1 ¼ inch. Plus the punched berries were perfectly circular so this was a great work around! I made seven holly-themed cards. I glued the holly onto the cardstock, stamped my holiday sentiment in red ink, and then ran it through my Sizzix Damask embossing folder. I love the texture of this folder. It gives a quilt-like appearance adding to that old-timey Christmas feel.

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For the other three cards, I used the wreath image, also from Potpourri Basket, and embossed the cream cardstock with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder. The wreath was cut at three inches. I used a 12×12 piece of Colorbox cardstock in a muted light green and laid out six wreaths on my mat in Design Studio and then clicked on “Cut”. I cut out six so that I could have a mirrored look – two wreaths per card. I glued one wreath directly to the embossed cream cardstock and then popped up the second wreath on top with foam dimensionals. I then applied adhesive gems and made a tiny bow using my homemade Bow Easy and secured it with a glue dot.

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For the inside’s printed sentiment, I kept the measurements simple as compared to my overall card base size which is 4 ¾ x 6 inches. I set my Word layout to 4×6 with a .5 inch margin on all sides. I typed my message using the Papyrus font in 17 pt. and red ink. I hand-trimmed cream cardstock to 4×6. I placed these 4×6 sheets into the printer and printed the message. I adhered these printed mats to the inside of each card base by lining it up at the card-fold. This left a ¾ inch space at the bottom which is covered up with a ¾ inch strip of matching red or cranberry cardstock. This adds a nice pop of color to the inside without having to do a whole mat like the front of the card, saving paper! My picture only shows part of the inside because I didn’t take a photo before handwriting personal messages and I felt that was too private to share on the web! So you only get to see the typed part! 🙂

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And that’s it! Thanks for checking out my final Christmas cards! Though I think I still have one more in me – for my darling husband. I have one extra card left over from my glitter reindeer and sleigh batch, but for my husband, I want to make him one that is special because he’s so special to me! 🙂 Awwww…. lol. So if I can get that done in the coming days, I will post it then!

Thanks for your lovely visits and I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful holiday!

Merry Christmas!

Vanessa

Glittery Reindeer with Sleigh

Hello again! Sorry for three posts in one day! I have been behind in my blogging but I have been busy in the craft room! I’m still working on Christmas cards! Yikes! Time is slipping away fast! Instead of making a dozen individual designs (like I did last year and got creatively drained for a month), I decided to mass produce two or three designs for my sanity and time management.

This set of cards is the first design I finished. I made five of these and when I was done I had silver glitter speckled all over me (in my hair, on my jeans, stuck to my fingers, you name it!) Using glitter can be messy but I love the sparkle! It adds to that Christmas magic we feel this time of year.

Set of cards

All of the die-cut images (sleigh, reindeer, and the word “Joy” are from my Potpourri Basket cartridge. They are originally from Joys of the Season.

Glittery Reindeer with Sleigh

Measurements:

  • Kraft card base – 5×7
  • Black cardstock mat – 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches
  • Snow Drifts – cut a 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 piece of white cardstock then cut that in half – ripped off the top edge of each piece creating snow bank – overlapped one layer on top of the other and highlighted it with Stardust stickles
  • Sleigh – 2 1/4 inches
  • Reindeer – 3 inches
  • Joy – 1 1/2 inches

I cut the sleigh and reindeer out of black cardstock, then used Elmer’s Craft Bond adhesive spray to coat it entirely, and then sprinkled silver glitter on top. I had to make sure to thump the excess off very well so that it’s not too messy for the recipient.

I used a white gel pen to add faux stitching to the Kraft card base and I also made tiny red bows using my homemade “bow easy” to add some color to the reindeer.

The inside sentiment was typed in Word using the Edwardian Script font.

Inside Sentiment

Thanks for checking out this set of Christmas cards!

~Vanessa

Fleur-de-lis Birthday Card

Hello again! I have another masculine birthday card to share. I made this one for my Dad who celebrated his 65th birthday recently! I used Potpourri Basket for the two die-cuts and let the beautiful French Prep paper from Colorbok do the rest! On page 45 of the Potpourri Basket cartridge, I found a fleur-de-lis image that went perfectly with the paper. This image is originally from the Wedding cartridge. I cut this at 2 1/2 inches in brown cardstock. I also cut a 1 1/8 inch frame using <Plate> and it’s shadow layer on page 67. I stamped “Happy Birthday” from TPC Studio using brown Stampabilities ink. The frame is originally from the Street Sign cartridge.

Fleur-de-lis Birthday Card Inside Mat with Printed Sentiment

One of my favorite color combos is chocolate brown and light baby blue. I think this combo looks great for masculine cards and it’s so peaceful. The card measures 5×7 and I used tiny baby blue brads to secure the frame to the mat before adhering to the card base.

Thanks for checking out another birthday card! 🙂

Vanessa

“Special Delivery” Anniversary Card

Hello all ~ I made a card for my sister and brother-in-law’s upcoming anniversary. They have an autumn anniversary so I played on the idea of autumn leaves but kept the card’s colors bright and playful to fit any occasion. I love the stamp image on Wild Card so I played on the theme of “Special Delivery for two special people” which is the inside sentiment that I typed in Word. The special delivery design can be seen in the stamp mat, the postal mark I made in Word, and in the miniature envelope filled with autumn leaves. It’s as if the envelope idea is deconstructed – envelope, then postal mark, then stamp. It was fun  playing with these elements to design a card for a special event.

The stamp image on Wild Card is found under the alphabet feature. It normally has an inner cut that reads “stamped with love” but I hid these lines to just get the stamp shape cut at 4.5 inches. I then added a square mat measuring 4 inches which I ran through my printer to print the postal mark. I sewed these two layers together with a zig-zag stitch (this is the second time I’ve sewn a card so it’s not perfect! 🙂 ). I cut the cute envelope at 2.5 inches from Just Because Cards and the leaves are from Potpourri Basket cut at 2 inches (these are originally from Doodlecharms). The card base is 5 inches square so I cut an envelope from Walk in My Garden at 5 inches to mail it to my sister! The leaves are doodled with a fine point black pen and distressed with brown ink. I then embossed them with Cuttlebug folders – D’vine Swirls and Swiss Dots. I added a little bow to the envelope with a glue dot.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

http://fantabulouscricut.blogspot.com/2012/11/challenge-me-monday-136.html (Fall Harvest – Make a project using Fall leaves) Deadline: Midnight November 11 (MST)

http://cardztv.blogspot.com/2012/11/attitude-of-gratitude-cricut-cardz.html (Attitude of Gratitude – Make a card for Thanksgiving using any cartridge(s), and any colors you’d like) Deadline: Noon November 20 (EST)

Got Candy? Halloween Card

In honor of my first 2012 Halloween card (it’s the second one I’ve ever made!), I changed my theme to “Monster”. This is a free WordPress.com Theme in case you’re a WordPresser and are interested in using it for the next few weeks, or longer if you dare :)! I used my Potpourri Basket cartridge to make this cute little jack-o-lantern shaped card. I welded two pumpkin shadows at 5.5 inches in Design Studio and then cut the face in orange cardstock. This image is originally from Stretch Your Imagination. Since I have Potpourri there are only two layers – shadow feature and the jack-o-lantern face so I ran the face again in green patterned paper and hand trimmed the vine, stem, and leaf with scissors and glued this to my card. I outlined the green parts with a fine point black pen and inked the edges of the orange pumpkin with black ink for more depth. I’m linking this up to My Craft Spot’s Too cute to spook! challenge!

I had fun with the inside sentiment using Word on my computer. I used the Chiller font in 36 point and inserted a spider symbol using Webdings. This fits perfectly on a 4 inch circle cut from Accent Essentials. I then cut a purple circle at 4 & 1/4 inches, and a black circle at 4 & 1/2 inches. (You will also note that I ran the pumpkin in orange cardstock again as a backdrop to my sentiment and circle mats.) I used Chiller again on the tag in 16 point. I used a 1 & 1/4 inch circle cut from Accent Essentials for “Oct. 31st” and then backed this up with a 1 & 3/8 inch purple circle and a 1 & 1/2 inch black circle. I used my 1/8 inch hold punch on the top of the tag and ran a circular paper clip through it to attach to the pumpkin vine.

Because the tag looked too plain, I cut a 1 & 1/2 inch bat from Wild Card and enbellished it with Glossy Accents. I also added the googly eyes to the pumpkin as an after thought to make it more whimsical.

Thanks for checking it out and remember… “Got Candy?” Halloween is two weeks away! 🙂 ~Vanessa

Bon Voyage! Card

This was a fun card to make! It’s a little different than cards I usually make but I just wanted to send best wishes to my sister and her husband as they depart to the Bahamas for a romantic getaway! I’m so jealous! I’ve never been, and their trip there will also be fun as they are going on a cruise! So I made this card with a ship headed to an island with a palm tree (mimicking their voyage to an island in the Bahamas!) 🙂

I used the Potpourri Basket cartridge for most of the cuts. This cartridge contains a nice mix of shapes from multiple cartridges. The ship, waves, and anchor are originally from the Going Places cartridge. The palm tree is originally from Doodlecharms. Then I used Wild Card to cut an oval shape for the island and the phrase “enjoy”. Since some of these images require you to run a shape more than once through the Cricut to get different colors, I use Design Studio to hide the images I don’t want to cut to save paper; for example, the green palm leaves are combined with coconuts in one image, so you would have to cut the shape once in green and once in brown. I also like to use Design Studio to lay out all of my images for one color of paper on one mat to save on loading and cutting time.

Details ~

  • Card base – white cardstock cut at 10×7 inches with a paper trimmer, then folded in half to get a 5×7 card (used a corner rounder punch on the bottom edges)
  • Ship with wave – cut at 2 & 3/4 inch in white cardstock, again in red cardstock to add some color with the stripe, then cut the shadow in black cardstock, then cut out two extra waves in bright blue
  • Palm tree – cut at 2 & 1/2 inches in brown cardstock for the tree base and coconuts, then cut out the palm leaves in bright green cardstock
  • Oval – cut at 4 inches in tan patterned cardstock
  • “Enjoy” phrase – cut at 6 inches in red cardstock
  • Anchor – cut at 1 & 1/2 inches in black cardstock

Embellishments ~

I used Stardust Stickles on the white wave and on the portholes of the ship. I also had some Dear Lizzy ribbon from American Crafts that had a fun banner printed on it. I took scissors to trim away the white parts leaving a true banner of flags to add some color to the ship. Two tiny brads decorate the ends of the banner. I also used a white gel pen just to add some more detail to some of the images. At the very right hand corner of the card face is a stamped phrase and date using K&Co.’s Smash Date Stamp. The phrase is hard to read in the picture because it’s so tiny – it reads “Happy Place” with the date Oct 13 2012, which is when my sister and brother-in-law will be enjoying their cruise through the beautiful turquoise waters of the Bahamas!

The inside is minimal because I wanted to leave enough room to add a personal message. The “Best Wishes” sentiment is a rub-on and it’s accompanied by the anchor.

I hope they enjoy this card as my personal send-off for their trip! I also hope they have the best time of their lives – full of fun, adventure, and romance!

Autumn Leaf Shape Card

With Autumn settling into my mind, I’ve delved into making some Fall inspired cards. I may use some of these for Thanksgiving greetings. Today I created this leaf-shaped card using Cricut’s Design Studio to weld two leaves together. The leaf is originally from Doodlecharms but it’s also included on the Potpourri Basket cartridge, which is the one I have. I used two shadows at 6 inches (flipping one and then pivoting each leaf to intersect enough to hold the card together when folded). I am always looking for ways to weld things together because I love shape cards. The trick is getting enough points to intersect for durability.

Here’s a screen shot of the weld ~ 

And here is the final card ~

I used brown ink to distress the top leaf and the card base. I typed the “Happy Fall” sentiment using Word. I printed it on Paper Studio’s “Natural Botanical” paper trimmed to fit my printer. Then I hand cut it into a banner. I love the typewriter look of the font. It’s called “Batik Regular” in 22 point bold. I used some thin twine and a button to finish off the look. It’s secured with a glue dot.

For the inside, I used an inspirational quote by Albert Camus ~ font is Batik Regular in 14 point. More inking here too.

Nautical Birthday Wishes

This card is for my dear brother-in-law (BIL) who is celebrating a birthday very soon! I usually struggle with masculine cards but the rustic card base, color scheme, and sailboat image helped me pull this one together without too much fuss! 🙂 I hope my BIL likes it! I usually get wordy in my descriptions because I use my blog as a journal describing how I made a card or why I did something a certain way; so if you are interested, more details follow below. If not, here are some pictures of the card and envelope. 🙂

To help with the masculine feeling, I used Colorbok’s 12×12 patterned paper called “French Prep”. I bought this lovely paper from Wal-mart for only $5.00! I find myself promoting Colorbok quite a bit in my posts but I’m always excited to find paper at a reasonable price. (I’m not endorsed by any companies – I’m just a lover of good deals). The textured kraft and chocolate cardstocks are from Wausau’s 12×12 Creative Collection called “Mocha Mix” which can be bought at Amazon for around $6.00.

I used three Cricut cartridges for the overall card and envelope. The cute sailboat is cut from “Just Because Cards” at 2 inches. The card base and envelope are cut from “Wild Card” at 4 3/4 inches. The card’s frame layers are also cut at 4 3/4 inches using “French Prep” papers. I improvised on the four corners of one of the frames due to a stamping mishap. I had already cut it once in striped paper, put little brads in the frame’s hole cut-outs, and adhered it… but then I had a stamping incident ~ I wanted to add my BIL’s birthday date to the right side of the card, so I used my K&Company Smash Date Stamp but a very noticeable smudge landed on the frame! So I cut the frame again in chocolate cardstock and cut off the four squared corners to glue them on top of the striped frame. I had to push the chocolate squares with the hole cut-outs over the brads since they were already adhered to the card through the striped paper! It turned out to be a happy mistake because I like the brown contrast with the light blues and tans. And even the paper smushed over the brads kinda makes it look like brown leather. I embellished the sailboat with Baby Blue Liquid Pearls and raised the boat up using foam dimensionals. I also “aged” the card’s rough edge using brown ink and a sponge dauber.

The frame on the inside of the card is cut at 2 inches using “Potpourri Basket”. It’s the shadow feature for the “Welcome” sign in case anyone has this cartridge. I used two rub-ons in white ink for the birthday greeting.

Thanks for checking out my card!

~Vanessa

Summertime Scene

Recently, I checked out the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog thanks to a fellow blog buddy, Arin, at A Piece of Life’s Pie. She has been picked as their new design team member! Congrats Arin! 🙂 Thanks to her blog and kind words, I decided to enter this week’s challenge called ‘BBQ Time’ where you make a project using BBQ or picnic foods. This is the second challenge I have ever entered but it was a lot of fun and made me think outside the box. Since I couldn’t find the usual BBQ foods like a hamburger or hot dog on any of my cartridges, I made a cherry pie set on top of a picnic table. To add some interest, I created a summer setting with a bright blue sky, green grass, and some fluffy clouds.

Cartridges Used:

Clouds ~ Potpourri Basket  ~ 1 inch (bonus shift)

Picnic Table ~ Camp Out ~ 2.5 inches (base, base shift, blackout)

Cherry Pie ~ Just Because Cards ~ 2 inches

‘Enjoy’ sentiment ~ Wild Card ~ 4 inches

Other Details:

I made the red and white checkered “table-cloth” using the “Paint.net” program (a free downloadable) using the fill function (large checker board) in red. I printed it out on regular copy paper and then hand trimmed it. I think it adds a nice splash of color under the cherry pie. For the pie tin, I used a silver gel pen on white cardstock. I also inked around the picnic table’s top layers with brown ink for definition. I added faux stitching around the 4×6 Kraft card base using a white gel pen. Lastly, I used a lot of foam dimensionals to make the card pop.

Thanks for checking it out!

Vanessa