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

Father’s Day Card with Treat Box

Father’s Day has passed but I wanted to share a Father’s Day Card with treat box that was published in the June issue of Die Cut Crazy. Thanks Stephanie for letting me share my project! I used Cricut’s Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More 2 for the card and shirt box.

TBBM2 - Father's Day Card and Treat Box

Shirt Box - TBBM2

TBBM2 - shirt treat boxes

TBBM2 - Tie Tag Father's Day Card

Here are some exciting updates happening at Die Cut Crazy (DCC):

  • The digital magazine is now available for the iPhone in addition to the iPad.
  • It’s being tested for the Android platform.
  • A PDF version is in the works and will be available soon at their website: http://diecutcrazymag.com/.
  • They’re offering a two month free subscription. Click on the link for more details, but hurry, the code is only good through July.
  • They’re hosting a summer themed challenge. Submissions are due in 2 days – sorry for the late heads up. The winning entry will get a Sizzix Texture Boutique embossing machine!
  • Die Cut Crazy now offers card and scrapbook galleries to showcase your projects. If you would like your project to be published in DCC, send them an email at diecutcrazymag@gmail.com.
  • Die Cut Crazy is on Instagram. Their name is @diecutcrazy. If you tag your posts with #diecutcrazy, they’re happy to share them with their followers and in the magazine.
  • Follow Die Cut Crazy on Facebook to receive further updates.

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! 🙂

Vanessa

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.
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Paper Teacup 2 - for my MIL

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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!

Vanessa

Birthday Treat Boxes

Recently, my sister and I checked out my new cartridge, “Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More 2” (TBBM2), to find an easy favor box that could be mass-produced for my mother-in-law’s birthday party. The easiest one that requires no adhesive and no scoring tool blade is the “flap box flower” or “FlpBxFwr” on page 66 of the TBBM2 handbook. The largest I could cut the box using 12×12 cardstock was 9.5 inches. This size ended up being perfect for a party favor size and held six pieces of wrapped candy such as Hershey’s Kisses and Miniatures.

I made 12 boxes. To speed up the loading and cutting time of my mat, I used a 12×24 mat with two pieces of 12×12 cardstock – one on each end. I’m a Design Studio fan so I placed two 9.5 boxes on my virtual 12×24 mat and pressed cut. Using the longer mat halves the time you have to unload and reload more paper.  So instead of 12 passes, I only made six! 🙂

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I have the Cricut scoring tool for this cartridge but it requires switching out your cutting blade and installing the scoring tool for each box before unloading your mat. This would take quite a bit of time for 12 boxes so I opted for my Martha Stewart Scoring Board. I scored four lines in the center which makes up the bottom of the box. Then you just gather up the “flowered” flaps and thread one slotted flap over them and then the other slotted flap. Easy peasy! The scoring tool does come in handy for the more trickier box designs on this cartridge, especially when the scoring is curved. I will save these boxes for events that don’t need mass-producing!

Dozen flap flower boxes before embellishing

Dozen flap flower boxes before embellishing

Now the time consuming factor did come into play when I embellished the boxes. Trying to add something to the boxes so they weren’t too plain was definitely a process. Dry embossing with a Cuttlebug folder may prove more frustrating than it’s worth with this particular box. The slotted flaps are just too long to successfully emboss any of the flaps… maybe because I’m limited to my A2 folders and my Sizzix Texture Boutique. I tried all kinds of tricks to fold the long flaps behind the folder and in front of the folder to get them out of the way. I wanted to emboss the front flap but it just wasn’t going to happen. I also didn’t like how I was limited to feeding the front flap in one direction at the bottom of the folder which meant the blank portion of the folder that doesn’t have the embossing design would leave a blank 1/2 inch space. It was frustrating so I gave up on this and opted for spiral roses and a stamped sentiment instead!

Treat Boxes with Spiral Roses

Treat Boxes with Spiral Roses

My sister gave me the Martha Stewart Frond punch for my birthday and I punched out a pile of leaves so quickly and then I started making my spiral roses. I’ve gotten used to making these flowers so I no longer have to draw a spiral on a square piece of paper. I just cut a square (usually 3×3 inches or I eyeball it). It doesn’t have to be perfect! Then I cut a circle from the square. Then you start cutting the circle as if you’re going to make another circle but you just keep cutting while going round and round until you reach the center. I leave a little tab in the very center of the spiral to anchor the finished spiral rose with adhesive such as Glossy Accents. Then using a pencil and starting with the skinny end of the spiral, I begin tightly wrapping the spiral around the pencil until I reach that tab. Then I slide it off with my fingers and apply Glossy Accents to the tab and pinch the flower between my fingers until it’s secure – for about a minute. Since I don’t have a special rolling tool, my flower centers aren’t the best. I find it easier to fill the hole with a secondary color, then if that color doesn’t fill the hole, I add an adhesive pearl! 🙂 So all of these have two colors and pearls but it looks intentional at least! LOL

Side View

The cardstock used to make the treat boxes, roses, and leaves is by Wausau Creative Collection Classics. You can get this for around $15 from Amazon. It comes in 4 sheets each of 18 colors for a total of 72 sheets of 12×12 cardstock and it cuts great in the Cricut! The “celebrate” stamp is from TPC Studio’s “Greetings “and the “for you” is from Fiskars’ “All Year Greetings”.

Treat Boxes - TBBM2

Treat Boxes – TBBM2

Easter Treat Baskets

Aren’t these little baskets cute? They are cut from Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More 2 (TBBM2) at 5 1/4 inches.

Easter Treat Baskets - TBBM2

With this smaller size, I didn’t have to cut out sections 1 and 2 and adhere them together. I just cut out one entire piece using 12×12 paper. I also tried out my scoring tip which is a great accessory for this cartridge. For these boxes, I cut first then hit load again to align the paper back to its starting position. Then I carefully took out the cutting blade and replaced it with the scoring tip. Then I clicked on the score line feature on the keypad and hit cut again and it scored the needed fold lines. It worked beautifully, though next time I’m going to set the blade depth to 5 instead of 6 because it wanted to rough up the paper in a few areas.

I placed 4 Hershey kisses and 4 wrapped malted eggs in each basket along with some paper grass. They made a perfect treat size which I gave to my Mom and Dad last night along with their Easter card! 🙂

TBBM2 - Easter Baskets with treats

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa

I’m a Winner ~ 30 Days of Holiday Giveaways

Hello all! Sorry for the long hiatus. It seems this always happens after Christmas until I feel refreshed again! My husband got me some awesome crafting items for Christmas, including a new Cricut cartridge – Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More 2 (TBBM2)! Here is a pumpkin gift bag I made. I haven’t embellished it yet but thought I would show how it looks after cutting and assembling.

Pumpkin Bag - TBBM2

I plan on making the tea cup next. Hubby also bought me the scoring tip and my lovely sister and brother-in-law gave me the Cricut gel pens for my birthday to print the card phrases from TBBM2! They also got me a nice selection of stamps, Martha Stewart punches, and paper!!! I feel a bit spoiled! I can’t wait to dig into these items and start crafting again!

On top of this, I won a giveaway through Northridge Publishing’s “30 Days of Holiday Giveaways”. The box of goodies came a week after Christmas! I had never one a prize before so this is quite exciting! Northridge Publishing banded together with Provo Craft to create Cricut Magazine. I became a follower of Northridge Publishing’s Create blog a few months ago because they have card challenges and giveaways throughout the year. During December, they hosted their 30 Days of Holiday Giveaways where you can enter each day’s giveaway by leaving a comment. This particular prize package was hosted by American Crafts and included paper and embellishments from their different lines: Dear Lizzy ‘5th & Frolic’ (my favorite), Pebbles ‘Seen & Noted’, Crate Paper ‘On Trend’, Studio Calico ‘Darling Dear’, and a few embellishments from ‘Yearbook’. Here are pictures of the goodies that arrived. The items were separated by their design lines in 4 big “zip loc” bags.

Box of American Crafts goodies

4 bags of goodies

Dear Lizzy Line

On Trend Line

Studio Calico Line

Pebbles Line

Even though the 30 Days of Holiday Giveaways is over, there are still other giveaways they host each week. And with their new monthly Cards Blog Challenge, there are more opportunities to win some lovely scrapbooking and card supplies! I am not a paid endorser of their site, just a fan 🙂 and I just wanted to share this with others so you too can win. It would be exciting to hear of blog followers winning their own goodies and seeing what you make! If you want to follow the Create blog, here’s their address: http://create.northridgepublishing.com/.

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas holiday and a wonderful New Year so far!!!

Vanessa