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

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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

Easter Egg-Shaped Card

I made this Easter card for my sister and her husband. The egg is from Cricut’s Designer’s Calendar (under Events Shift). It has pretty lines and cut-outs that can be embellished with a white gel pen and glitter glue. To get the card base, I chose two eggs at 6.5 inches in Design Studio, hid the contour lines, and welded them together. Then I cut a regular egg with all of its lines and cut outs at 6 inches for the top of the card.

Easter Egg-Shaped Card

Easter Egg-Shaped Card

Egg from Designer's Calendar

For the inside of the card, I used two 6 inch eggs, hiding the contour lines, to serve as card liners. It helped beef up the base and allowed for an area to write a message under the sentiment. The sentiment is cut from Wild Card at 6 inches using Colorbök’s white cardstock. The light blue and green cardstock is from Wal-mart (pastels).

Sentiment - Wild Card

I highlighted the cut swirls with a white gel pen and used Stardust Stickles on the cut-outs. I made a scalloped envelope from Wild Card (not pictured) cut at 5 inches which gives you a 5×7 envelope to fit this card.

Egg - Designer's Calendar

Cupcake Birthday Card

I tried out some new paper I received from Northridge Publishing’s Christmas giveaway. The floral paper is from American Crafts’ Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic! I love how pretty this paper is! This was my starting point for a birthday card for my dear mother-in-law! It went really well with the Recollections Preppy Beach cardstock my sister gave me for my birthday!

Cupcake Birthday Card

The cupcake is from Cricut’s Straight from the Nest cartridge cut at 4 inches.  I ran the cupcake icing through my D’vine Swirls embossing folder. I then took a Versamark pad and rubbed it on the embossed swirls for a bit of definition. I used Liquid Pearls for the sprinkles. The cupcake is finished off with a bit of Dear Lizzy ribbon. My MIL loves all kinds of music and I thought this ribbon added a nice touch.

The envelope and liner are cut from Wild Card (doily blackout) at 5 inches. The inside stamped sentiment is from Fiskars All Year Greetings.

Envelope & Liner - Wild Card

Cupcake - SFTN

“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 Owl Birthday Card with Envelope

Ok, this is one of those cards that I’m not thrilled about. I hope it grows on me in time before I make the decision to mail it to my other brother-in-law who has a birthday coming up later in October. Since he has an autumn birthday, I wanted to use fall-colored patterned paper for the owl card on the “Wild Card” cartridge. I have never made this card before and the opportunities for embellishment are limited due its shape. To make it a bit more masculine, I added a velvety orange belt and used a leaf slider from the “Straight From the Nest” cartridge as a buckle. I wanted to add a birthday sentiment and the only space left was at the top. To keep it from being too plain, I added some maple leafs  and now the placement reminds me of a cluster of flowers as if this was for a female! Maybe I’m just too close to it since just having made it and it’s not that bad. Any whooo (pun intended), I do like the greeting printed on the inside that starts with “Greetings Wise One” so I may just run with it.

The card base was cut at 5 inches along with the corresponding envelope (Wild Card). The slider was cut at 1 & 1/4 inches and worked well with the 1/4 inch ribbon. I ran the slider and the leaves through my Swiss Dots embossing folder and used Ink It Up! inks to distress them. The autumn paper is from Paper Studio’s “Natural Botanical” stack at Hobby Lobby. I used Glossy Accents on the beak, buttons for the eyes, and a rub-on for Happy Birthday.

The inside greeting was printed using my computer. To do this, cut another owl card on lighter paper and cut it in half with scissors. You will need to use the right half to print the sentiment. Take note of the length and width of your shape so that your text doesn’t overflow and get cut off. I use a plain sheet of copy paper first to test how it will print and adjust as needed. Once I am happy with the result, I line up the shape on the back side of the copy paper and tape it down on a few edges. Then just run it back through your printer so that the text prints on the shape. Peel off the tape and adhere the sentiment to your card base. Sometimes when I’m lining up a shape on the back side of copy paper I forget to flip the shape when actually taping it down. Keep this in mind so that the text prints on the side you want.

Thanks for taking a look! Any opinions (negative or positive) are welcome :).

~Vanessa

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

Summer Bouquet of Spiral Roses

Here’s another paper bouquet, but made with spiral roses this time. I love the fun pops of color and I plan on using it as decor in my craft room. The materials used were all found in my stash – left over from previous crafts. For a wonderful tutorial on cutting spirals and then rolling them to make your own roses, check out Kay at Kay’s Kreative Korner. I used her technique in an earlier post: My First Spiral Rose and Miniature Envelope.

I don’t have a specialized tool to roll flowers so I use a pencil. Sometimes this leaves a big whole in the center if I don’t re-roll tightly by hand. To help fill in the centers of a few roses, I cut out thin strips of paper, rolled them, and then hot glued them to the centers. I played with the colors by combining a pink center to a yellow flower, etc. I love the two-toned look in a single rose. I also used a pair of scallop scissors on three of the spirals to get two different looks. When you’re holding your scissors, you will be able to see how the scallop blade will cut. Holding them one way will give you a positive (rounded) scallop edge and then flipping them over will give you a negative (pointy) edge. The smoother-edged roses were cut with regular scissors.

  • Metal tin, butterfly, styrofoam, 1/8 inch wooden dowels – Hobby Lobby (all left over from a previous bouquet – to stain the dowels green, I used a green ink pad and a sponge dauber)
  • Ribbon scraps, paper grass, umbrella pick – found in my stash
  • Leaves – cut at 4.5 inches from the Wild Card cartridge (left over from a previous bouquet)
  • Hot glue gun – used to assemble the spiral roses and glue them to the leaf-dowels

Thanks for checking it out!

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