Pinky, Sparkly Birthday Card

Here is a 5 x 7 birthday card I made for my sister. It’s really girly and was easy to make using the flower stickers from American Crafts Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic. The fun cloud paper is from Michael’s Recollections All Seasons Cardstock Paper (8.5 x 11 stack). I trimmed a sheet down to 5 x 7 inches and adhered it to the white card base using my pink Scotch ATG gun.

Pinky, Sparkly Birthday Card

Side View

The grass layers (base and base shift) ¬†were cut from Straight from the Nest (SFTN) at 2.5 inches. The bottom grass layer was adhered directly to the card base and then I used foam dimensionals to raise up the top grass layer that has the flower stems. I used The Paper Studio’s Celebrations paper pack for the grass and for the word “Celebrate”. The Celebrate layers (phrase and phrase shadow) were cut from SFTN at 1.5 inches. The Zig 2-Way glue pen does a perfect job for these smaller, intricate cuts. I added a pop of bright pink 1/8 inch ribbon and tied a bow. I punched 2 butterflies out of yellow cardstock using a punch from Emagination. I glued one directly to the card base and then used a glue pen on the center of the top butterfly so I could raise its wings a bit. Before adhering the top butterfly, I coated it in Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles, let it dry, and then used Liquid Pearls White Opal to add some more detail.

Celebrate Birthday Card

I like how this card came together easily but with fun, girly colors and lots of sparkle. For a quick 5 x 7 envelope, use “Just Because Cards” and cut out the third envelope on the bottom row of the key pad at 7 1/4 inches. For these larger envelopes, a 12 x 24 mat and longer paper are needed. I use 11 x 17 cardstock from Desktop Publishing Supplies. I also used Design Studio to rotate my envelope 90 degrees to have the envelope cut lengthwise. I hide the score marks before cutting for a cleaner look and use my score board to score the folds. A 7 1/4 inch envelope leaves plenty of room for the 5 x 7 card that may have slightly raised dimensional layers.

Envelope (JBC)

Envelope JBC 7.25 inches for a 5x7 card

Bird Cage Shaped Card

Happy November 1st! We are now in the countdown to Thanksgiving which is one of my favorite holidays other than Christmas! ūüôā For those who stop by and check out my little crafty corner, I thank you for your visit! And for the wonderful people who follow my blog and leave such sweet, supportive comments, please know I appreciate you all so much. Your support gives me the confidence to share my paper crafts with you through this blog. I’m still learning and growing in this hobby and thrilled that I can share the journey with so many people who love paper crafts as much as me! My sweet Mom recently celebrated a birthday and we had a wonderful time with presents, cake, and ice cream. I made her a bird cage shaped card accented with a pretty K & Company die-cut butterfly. Below are clickable¬†photos showing how to create this card using the Cricut Lite Bloom cartridge and Design Studio:

Cage Shadow – 6 inches

Cage Shadow – Distressing with Brown Ink

Hand-trimmed inked shadow layer to hide behind white cage

6 inch cage with flower centers – white cardstock

Back side of white cage with inked shadow layer trimmed to fit

Welded Bird Cages – 6 inches – inner cuts hidden (cut in light blue cardstock)

Layers of cage shaped card

Flower and leaves layer – 6 inches (cut 2 sets in turquoise for dimension)

Flowers – 6 inches (cut 2 sets in red for dimension)

Side view of cage shaped card

Details close-up

Cage Shaped Card

Supplies:

  • Colorbok 12×12 Textured Cardstock, Soft Pastels (light blue, white, turquoise) – Wal-mart
  • Ampad Earth Tone Cardstock (tan) 8 1/2 x 11 – Wal-mart
  • Red patterned paper – My Mind’s Eye “Simply Delightful”
  • Butterfly Die-cut –¬†K & Company Que Sera Sera Die-Cuts & Acetates
  • Pearl Embellishments – Michael’s
  • Tan Hemp Cord – Wal-mart
  • Stampabilities Brown Ink – Hobby Lobby
  • Foam Adhesive Dimensionals – Michael’s

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

Paint Chip Butterflies

When have you turned into a craft supply hoarder? When you pull paint chip cards out of the trash and recycle them into art! 

A couple of days ago, I cleaned out our file cabinet and ran across some paint chip cards. My first inclination was to throw them away, so in the trash bag they went. Luckily the trash bag was new and only had old magazines and non-confidential papers in it because a pang of anxiety shot through me as I contemplated projects these paint chips could be used for. *Yes, I know I ended a sentence with a preposition and yes, I’ve turned into a hoarder :). I look at packaging, gift bags, wrapping paper, and bows in a whole new,¬†recyclable¬†way now. So I pulled the paint chips back out and put them in my craft room for safe keeping.

Yesterday, my sister reminded¬†me that my sister-in-law’s birthday is coming up so last night I played around with a card idea. I thought of those paint chip cards and found a pretty one with varying shades of pink and cranberry. I tried my Emagination butterfly punch on the card and it worked perfectly so I punched out as many butterflies as I could for future uses. I used four on the birthday card (one butterfly from each shade of color). I adhered the butterflies in the order of their shades from light to dark using small foam dimensionals that I cut in half with scissors. I also folded their wings back to simulate flying.

The card measures 5×7 and uses plain sheets of cardstock in Kraft, light green, and cream. The oval background is from a Sizzix Birds and Wreath embossing folder set.¬†I used Versamark (clear embossing ink), cotton swabs, and chalk pastels¬†to color in the embossed image. I then cut out the image with scissors and adhered it to the card base with foam dimensionals.

The flower layers and teeny-tiny light green brads are from Michael’s and the larger brad is from Hobby Lobby.¬†For the birthday sentiment, I stamped ‘Happy Birthday’ (TPC Studio) in pink ink and when dry, I ran it through my Sizzix Texture Boutique using a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder.

Thanks for checking it out!

Vanessa

Butterfly Card with Blossomwood Die-Cuts

I made this card today to explore my new Cricut cartridge “Potpourri Basket”. Potpourri is exactly what it implies- it’s a collection of images from 17 Cricut cartridges. The image I chose was the butterfly which is originally from “Home Accents”. I also wanted to explore a birthday gift I received from my sister. She gave me some beautiful die-cuts from K & Company called Blossomwood (Tim Coffey) and Que Sera Sera. She also gave me the corresponding Tim Coffey Blossomwood paper stack, along with some other crafty items. This card is 5×7 and uses the paisley paper from the Blossomwood stack. I cut the butterfly using some pearlescent cardstock by Wausau. The Blossomwood die-cuts I used are on the right hand side of the card. The dragonfly is raised up with dimensionals, as well as the butterfly which is embellished with three small pearls. I tied the colors together with a yellow gingham ribbon.

Thanks for checking it out!

Vanessa

Butterfly Sympathy Card

A dear friend of mine lost her father last month and this is the card I made for her and her family.¬† This was my second attempt as the first just didn’t reflect what I was trying to express to her during this difficult time.¬† She has always been there for me and now we live quite a distance apart.¬†¬† I wish for her peace and comfort, and pray that time will help heal the sorrow she is feeling.

Card Details:
The lavender card base is 5X7. The wreath embossing is an A2 Sizzix folder from the Birds & Wreath Set. I colored in the wreath using a Rangers clear ink embossing pen (working in small sections so it wouldn’t dry too fast) and then I applied green and purple Crayola chalks with Q-tips.¬† I cut the butterfly and cage from the Cricut Lite Bloom Cartridge at 3 1/2 inches. The black and lavender card stock came from Wal-mart in 8 1/2 x 11 sheets. The lavender satin ribbon is from a ribbon scrap pack from Paper Studios. The cream card stock is from a ream I got from Desktop Publishing supplies. The “Thinking of You” is a rub-on I had in my stash. The butterfly is embellished with Lavender Stickles and three light green adhesive gems.

I typed the sentiment in Word using Edwardian Script and printed it on a 5×7 sized sheet of cream card stock which I then trimmed down just a bit with a paper-cutter so it would fit on top of the other mat layers (went 1/8 inch inward around all sides for each mat to show the layers of mats). I used a corner rounder from Paper Studios on all corners of each mat and card base before adhering everything together.

Thanks for stopping by,

Vanessa