“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)

“Seeing Spots” FCCB Challenge – Thanksgiving Card

The Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog (FCCB) is hosting another challenge this week – Challenge #135 Seeing Spots – make a project featuring polka dots. I decided to make another Thanksgiving card and incorporate polka dots to enter the challenge. The deadline is midnight, November 4th (MT) in case you’re interested in entering! The challenge is listed here: http://fantabulouscricut.blogspot.com/2012/10/challenge-me-monday-135.html.

For this card, I used The Paper Studio’s Natural Botanical stack (Hobby Lobby) and a piece of cream cardstock. I used the Straight from the Nest (SFTN) cartridge for the little tree layers (cut at 3 inches) and Walk in My Garden (WIMG) for the 5 inch square card base (this can also be done by hand with a paper trimmer ~ 10 inch long x 5 inch wide – fold in half). I also used WIMG to cut the square mat layers at 4 & 3/4 and 4 & 1/2 inches. I love using Design Studio to lay out my card designs so cutting squares this way is easier and faster. I also shrunk a WIMG square to measure 2 & 3/4 x 4 & 1/4 inches for the cream mat under the tree.

The polka dots for the FCCB challenge can be seen in the light green polka dotted paper and in the cream cardstock that’s embossed with Cuttlebug’s “Swiss Dots” embossing folder. Even the orange paper on the tree and card base has flowers with dots in the center. And for just a bit more dots, I added tiny pearl embellishments on the upper right! I love the velvet ric rac ribbon from American Crafts. It adds a nice punch of autumn color and texture. The “Bountiful Blessings” sentiment and brown ink are from Stampabilities (Hobby Lobby). I used this same ink to distress the edges of the cream cardstock prior to dry embossing. For additional dimension, I raised the tree up with foam adhesive (Michael’s).

I’m also entering this card in Cardz TV’s “I’m So Thankful” challenge – make a card or project for Thanksgiving. The deadline for this challenge is Thursday, November 8th at Noon (EST). Here is the challenge link for more details: http://cardztv.blogspot.com/2012/11/im-so-thankful-ctv-stamps-dt-challenge.html. One lucky submitter will be randomly drawn for a set of Cardz TV stamps!

And since I just learned about another cool challenge blog, I’m entering a challenge at “Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges”. This week’s challenge is here: http://pausedreamenjoychallenges.blogspot.com/2012/11/ch-44-orange-brown.html. Make anything with orange and brown! I think this card will work! 🙂 The deadline for this challenge is Thursday, November 8th at Noon (EST). A winner will be chosen by random.org for a $10 gift certificate for Dude Time Doodles. It would be fun if you played along!

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa

Hydrangea Birthday Card

Hello again! I made this hydrangea birthday card for a young lady in our family whose favorite color is lavender.

The hydrangea flower is from Walk In My Garden (5 inches). The marquee frame is made using Storybook and Design Studio. I placed a 6 inch marquee shapeinside a 5×7 rectangle so that the shape would cut out leaving the wood patterned paper frame. I cut another 6 inch marquee in cream cardstock and ran that through a Sizzix Damask folder. Here’s a tip I learned out of necessity tonight – my marquee was a little longer than my A2 embossing folder so I took the part that didn’t emboss on the first pass and turned it around and placed it near the bottom of the folder (with most of the embossed marquee sticking out). I then ran it through the embossing machine again. By carefully lining it up with the pattern’s bottom edge, the unembossed tip of the marquee received the needed embossing. Hope this makes sense! 🙂 The frame is raised up with foam dimensionals. I seem to be raising thingsup a lot lately. Guess I’m addicted to the 3-D look! I inked the hydrangea’s edges and the little flowers with brown ink for an aged, distressed look. I then accented the little flowers with pearl adhesives and pinched the petals up a bit. I’m not that tickled with the leaves. I wanted to show the cut lines so I first used a clear ink embossing pen hoping it would darken the lines a bit more than it did. Then I got bold and used some brown ink but it came off too strong, so lastly I resorted to Stardust Stickles to save the flower as much as I could. Sometimes things go the way you want, sometimes they don’t. Overall, I like the idea of the card and its colors so I will try to overlook the leaves.

The inside sentiment was done in Word. The larger font (26 pt.) is called “Waterfalls” which is a free scrapbook font available at Kevin & Amanda’s website. The direct link for this font is here. Just read the terms of use and give proper credit to “Kevin & Amanda” if you post projects online using their fonts. The other font is from Word called “Bookman Old Style” in 18 pt.

Well that’s it! Thanks for checking out my lavender-inspired birthday card! Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July holiday!

~Vanessa

Butterfly Artwork

When my husband saw my creation this morning he said, “Well that’s certainly different!” I’m not sure if he liked it or not, but I love how it turned out. The embossing adds a nice twist because it shows that the stamped images beneath don’t have the embossing and that there’s more to the design than one might think at first glance. I’m not sure if someone has thought of this before (though I’m sure it’s out there :)), but I’m proud that I thought of this on my own while trying to fall asleep last night. It took some time completing it but I think the effort shows in the different steps needed to finish it.

If you’re interested in reading on (I get a bit wordy), here are the details…

I used my Cricut Design Studio software and created an A2 sized mat (4.25 x 5.5) with different shapes place inside the square so that these would cut out leaving a stenciled mat. I then cut a solid A2 mat using white cardstock and taped the stenciled mat to the solid one.

I wanted to use some new inks I got for Christmas but all of my sponge daubers were used up so I had to resort to a cleaning sponge (I sacrificed a new one from the kitchen cabinet). I used scissors to cut off chunks of it to make my own daubers. I found the sponge too dry to apply the ink well so I dampened each little ‘dauber’ with a little water and that did the trick. It softened up the sponge and allowed the ink to cover the paper better. Using a textured sponge gave the ink a distressed look which I like.

After the inking was done, I cut another stenciled mat out in white cardstock and ran it through my Sizzix Texture Boutique with a Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder. I then put foam dimensionals all over the back of it to raise it up from the inked layer for a 3-D look. I then added turquoise rhinestones to the flower centers.

Next, I created a frame with a 1/2 inch margin around each side using two square shapes from Walk In My Garden. I stretched the outer square to measure the A2 size. I then added an inner square and stretched it to measure 3.75 x 5 inches. I ran this cut twice to make the frame more durable in apricot cardstock.

I embossed one of the frames using the Swiss Dots folder. I then adhered the two frames together using adhesive tape and added foam dimensionals to the frame’s back to raise it up from the remaining design. Since there are so many foam dimensionals on it adding a nice weight, I am tempted to scrap the card idea and just display this as a little piece of artwork for my office :). I am entering this into the “Hot Summer Colors” challenge at My Craft Spot.

Cricut Cartridges:

Storybook ~ Butterflies

Straight From the Nest ~ Paisley Flowers, Flourish

Walk In My Garden ~ Square Shape (to make frame)

Inks:

Ink It Up! ~ Orange, Tart Lime, Turquoise

Paper:

Colorbok Spring Pastel ($5 at Wal-mart) ~White and Apricot

Rhinestones:

K&Company Brenda Walton Neapolitan Adhesive Rhinestones (Turquoise)

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa

Whooooo’s Having a Birthday?

My niece Amber is turning 10 so I made her this cute owl birthday card! The colorful, patterned paper is from My Mind’s Eye “Simply Delightful” stack. I love the combination of the bright colors against the brown. The owl and filigree frames are from Straight From the Nest, the square card base is from Walk in My Garden, and the balloon is from Potpourri Basket (originally from Celebrations).

I printed the sentiment on regular copy paper and then taped the cream filigree shape to the other side, making sure it was centered on the text. I then ran it through my printer face down so it would print on the filigree. The font is called Waterfalls at 18 pt. in ‘Tan Darker 50%’. To get this free scrapbook font, check out Kevin and Amanda’s lovely website: www.kevinandamanda.com.

The gold gel pen’s faux stitching blends nicely with this colored font. I used a white gel pen for stitching on the front of the card. A goal of mine is to learn how to use my sewing machine to apply real stitching! I love that handmade look!

Cut Sizes:

  • Owl, shadow, and layers ~ 2.5 inches
  • Square card base and square mats ~ 5 inches
  • Balloon ~ 3 inches (hid contour lines with Design Studio)
  • Filigree frame (shadow cut) ~ cut twice at 4 inches, cut twice at 3.5 inches

Embellishments:

  • googly eyes
  • brown ink
  • American Crafts “Dear Lizzy” ribbon
  • Sizzix Damask embossing folder
  • white and gold gel pens
  • foam dimensionals to raise up the owl, filigree frame, and balloon

I also made a square envelope from Walk in My Garden and cut it just a bit bigger than the card at 5 1/8 inches to allow more room for the bow and raised up images. I used 11×17 65 lb. cover white cardstock purchased from Desktop Publishing Supplies with my 12×24 mat. More information about this paper can be found at my Paper Solutions page at the top of my blog. I love the weight of this paper for envelopes and it scores smoothly with a scoreboard. Walk in My Garden’s envelope has little tic lines to show where to score and fold the flaps but since I don’t want these to cut, I  hid the lines using Design Studio as seen below. The light blue lines mean these are now hidden and won’t cut.

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa

Paper Flower Bouquet with Birthday Card

My lovely mother-in-law is celebrating her 75th birthday! For this special occasion, I wanted to make her a nice keepsake so I made her a paper flower bouquet and a birthday card in pinks, oranges, and greens using my Cricut Expression. I would like to apologize in advance for the long post that is forthcoming below. There are so many details on the bouquet, card, and tag that I want to share with you; but, it’s also for myself so that when I create another one in the future, I can look back and see how I did it! 🙂 Thanks for your interest and patience! LOL

Bouquet

The bouquet flowers were cut using Mother’s Day Bouquet. I cut seven layers of each flower from 3 inches to 1.5 inches (decreasing by a 1/4 inch each time). Here is a chart showing which flowers I used from the cartridge. It also shows how many of each flower were cut and the sizes.

The bright pink container, butterflies, floral styrofoam, spanish moss, 1/8 inch dowels, and sponge daubers to ink the dowels were bought at Hobby Lobby. I had the rest of the supplies in my stash. I used one of my favorite paper pads, Poteeka Soufflé (Paper Studio), for the flowers, along with pastel cardstock from Colorbok (bought at Wal-mart). I used a 1/16 hole punch on the flower centers and secured the layers with small pastel brads. The brads save on glue and you can fluff up and move the layers around as you wish! I also used a pencil to curl the petals down a bit.

The dowels were inked using a green stamp pad and a sponge dauber. I inked the dowels first so that they would have time to dry while I cut out all of my flowers and leaves. There are a total of 22 flowers and 22 leaves but each flower has seven layers. To save time and paper, I cut two types of flowers using one 12×12 sheet of patterned paper. Then repeated the process for two other sets of flowers and another color of paper, and so on.

Some flowers are solid and some are mixed with two colors of paper for variety. I just had fun mixing and matching. Now that I am calculating my total of flowers, I guess I ran my mat through the Expression 11 times to get 22 flowers. I stopped at 22 because that is the lucky number of dowels that fit the styrofoam inside the container. I had inked 30 dowels but couldn’t fit all of them without them hitting each other! So I will save these dowels for a smaller bouquet. Since the dowels are skinny, I was able to snip them to my desired lengths with a wire cutter.

One challenge I faced when starting this project was how to adhere the flowers to the skinny dowels. I wanted the flowers to look “3-D ish” and I was determined to find a way to glue the flowers on top of the dowel and not flat like a candy sucker. Because the dowels are so thin there wasn’t much surface area to secure the flowers to them. I knew I wanted leaves in the bouquet so instead of gluing the leaves to the backs of the flowers, I glued them to the dowel first. This created more area for hot gluing the flowers. Wild Card has a wonderful leaf icon (key #25) that has a cut line in the center which helps you fold the leaf over the end of a dowel. So I cut 22 leaves at 4.5 inches in light green cardstock and then placed a dab of hot glue on the end of each leaf and folded/pinched it around the end of the dowel and held it until it was “set”. Then I hot glued the completed flowers to the leaf/dowel and it worked great!

The bouquet is finished up with light green ribbon, pink and green butterflies, and spanish moss to hide the green styrofoam.

Bouquet Tag

I made a tag marking the special birthday year using the Sweethearts cartridge and Design Studio (DS). The brown layer is 3 inches and the white layer was scaled down to fit on top using DS. I hid the contour lines for both tag holes prior to cutting. Once the tags were cut, I inked the white layer with brown ink and glued it down to the brown base. The tag comes with a corresponding heart-shaped tag enforcer. I cut this at 3 inches, adhered it with my Zig 2-Way glue pen, and then lined up my 1/8 hole punch over the hole in the heart to punch through the layers of tag. The word “Happy” is from Straight from the Nest, the numbers are from Storybook, the “th” letters are from Wild Card, and the ladybug is from Walk in My Garden. The ring securing the tag is a fun, circular paper clip.

Card

All of the cuts for the card are from Straight from the Nest (SFTN) except the numbers “75” which are from Wild Card. I love the cute banner which was cut at 1.5 inches. I used a 1/16 hole punch and mini brads to string the banner along the corner. I used Poteeka Soufflé  paper on the card to match the bouquet. I inked the edges of the light blue mat with brown ink. I’m really liking this inking technique. 🙂 I used a white gel pen to add some cute dots to the images. The card is 5×7 and I cut out an appropriate sized envelope using Just Because Cards. I added another banner to the envelope and hand wrote “MOM” with a fine tip marker.

Whew! That’s a lot of words for one post. I hope you stayed with me until the end. 🙂 Thanks for checking it out!

~Vanessa

Filigree Take 2 – Straight from the Nest

Hello again! I’m here with two more cards using the filigree image from the “Straight from the Nest” cartridge. For this round, I cut the filigree layer in brown cardstock and overlayed it on brightly colored mats (hot pink and lime green). I think I like this method better rather than cutting the filigree in the brightly colored paper. I also changed the direction of the 5×5 card’s opening, making it open vertically instead of horizontally. This card can be altered to any one’s desire using more mats, ribbon, buttons, or leaving it plain. For the pink card, I applied the 4.5 inch brown filigree image over a 4.5 inch pink mat but then decided to add another 4.75 inch mat to the back of this to give it a framed look. It also adds a nice weight to the overall card with the extra layer. The green card’s filigree matted layer is popped up with dimensionals to make it pop off from the card base. I added ribbon and then hand stitched a button to the center of the card (which was no easy task since the ribbon and cardstock proved tough to put a needle through) :).

The blue and brown card I previously posted cut decently except for one tiny tear in the filigree image; but, since I had two more to cut today, I decided to change my Cricut’s settings to: Blade 6, Speed 3 (medium), Pressure 5 (max). This worked beautifully as you can see in the picture below. All of the papers used are regular cardstock from Wal-Mart and Hobby Lobby in 8/12 x 11 sheets. I believe the only real change was to the speed (from fast to medium) which allowed the intricate details to cut more cleaner with no tears at all. To apply adhesive to intricate cuts, I rely on my favorite Zig 2 Way Glue Pen (pic below).

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa

Filigree Thank You Card – Straight from the Nest

I ventured into my craft room tonight for the first time in a while and it felt good making cards again! This card features a filigree cut using the “Straight from the Nest” cartridge that I got for Christmas. I chose the filigree image on page 73 cut at 4 1/2 inches in turquoise cardstock. This is adhered to a brown square card base cut at 5 inches from “Walk in My Garden”. The inside mat is cut at 4 1/2 inches (SFTN page 73).

I embellished the card with flowers from Michael’s dollar bin and used two light blue brads which I highlighted with Liquid Pearls (baby blue and white opal) to make the brads pop a bit. I hand cut the tag in white cardstock and used a Thank You rub-on for the sentiment.

This was a quick and easy card to make. The only effort involved was making sure my paper adhered well to the mat and that my blade was sharp enough to cut out the intricate details of the filigree image. I cut this out once because even though there was one area that tore a bit, my Zig 2-Way glue pen glued everything down perfectly and you can hardly see the tear. I love the combination of brown with blue, but other nice color variations are brown with pink or light green.

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa

A Few More Thanksgiving Cards

I’m really feeling the rush now to get my Thanksgiving cards completed.  For these cards, I used Paper Studio’s Natural Botanical patterned card stock.  The colors reflect Autumn so they work well for Thanksgiving greeting cards.  After this mailing, I have to get started on Christmas cards because I have a longer list of recipients!  I hope I can get it done in time. I love making cards but I tend to over think most of them so this will be a challenge, but I can’t wait to get started because I love this hobby!

Pumpkin Card ~ I used Cricut’s Wild Card cartridge for the pumpkin card (you might remember the Halloween jack-o-lantern variation I made in an earlier posting).  This time, I cut the pumpkin in blackout. The card base, grass, and stem layers were cut at 5 inches.  The Thanksgiving sentiment is cut at 7 inches which is also from Wild Card.  I tied brown jewelry cord around the stem and threaded it through a brown button to add interest.  I also used a brown stamp pad and a Q-tip to highlight the cut lines in the pumpkin.

Blessings Card ~ I used a square card from Walk In My Garden (WIMG) cut at 5 inches.  I don’t know why I am so attracted to square cards! 🙂  This shape requires extra postage but I love the look of it.  I used a paper trimmer to cut the various mats for the front and inside of the card.  I love the chocolate patterned paper with the autumn leaves and I didn’t want to cover up too much of this beautiful paper so I simply added a ribbon, some pearl embellishments, and a stamped sentiment in brown ink using cream card stock on top of  a coordinating mat.  The sentiment is raised up with dimensionals.  For the inside, I used another mat of the chocolate/leaves paper and then added a cream card stock mat stamped with another Thanksgiving sentiment.  This also allowed me an area to write a personal message.  This was mailed using WIMG’s coordinating envelope cut at 5 inches.

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa

Storybook Swirl Frame Card

I made another card last night to give to our Bed and Breakfast hostess to thank her for all of the arrangements she has made for our upcoming trip to St. Marys, GA.  She has been very gracious in obtaining ferry tickets to Cumberland Island and for arranging boxed lunches for the island trip.  And these are accommodations she has done for us before we have even gotten there to enjoy the Goodbread House Bed and Breakfast Inn!  I have been wanting to make the swirl accent/frame on the Storybook cartridge (Pg. 60) for a while and decided to make it last night in black card stock on top of a light blue 5 inch card base cut from Walk in My Garden (WIMG).  Using Design Studio, I cut out a black square picture frame by using two 5 inch WIMG square shapes and shrinking one to cut inside the 5 inch square when layered together.  Gluing the frame on last allowed me to tie a light blue satin ribbon to the front of the card.  I also cut the corresponding envelope from WIMG in white card stock and embellished it with the robin accent/frame and accent blackout image from Storybook (Pg. 31) which is raised up on foam tape.  There is a personal sentiment inside the card written to our hostess which is also raised on foam tape.

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa