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

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

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

A Carrot For You!

Are you in shock? It’s me, I promise. I’ve been MIA lately but never too far from the craft room. I did some cleaning and reorganizing but I’ve kept a low profile because I didn’t have any paper crafts to share until tonight. I finally got back in the craft room to get re-energized and to remind myself how much I do enjoy making cards. I made this little Easter card using my new Fancy Frames cartridge that hubby got me this month just because. 🙂 I wonder if he was secretly trying to aid me in creating again. I still have so many other goodies to delve into from Christmas and my birthday but I decided to take it slow as I got reacquainted with my Cricut machine. The last time I used it was in December! Well, enough of me trying to explain where I’ve been and why I haven’t been on here lately. I don’t really know why myself, but I have missed blogging, crafting, and reaching out to all my blog pals!

This simple Easter card is A2 (4.25 inches by 5.5 inches). I used Design Studio to scale the light green Fancy Frames image to 4 inches by 5.25 inches. I cut the corresponding background mat in pink at the same size. The bunny rabbit is cut at 3.75 inches from Four Legged Friends. I used Stardust Stickles on its belly, a pom-pom for the tail, and squiggly eyes for some whimsy. Each carrot (front and inside of the card) is cut from Just Because Cards at 3 inches.

Fancy Frames, Four Legged Friends, Just Because Cards

Carrot - Just Because Cards

I stamped “for you” on the front carrot using Fiskars “All Year Greetings”. I love this little stamp! I added a small bow of twine to the carrot as if it was a gift from the bunny. 🙂 The Happy Easter stamp on the inside is from Stampabilities.

Most of the paper used is from Colorbök (I recently learned it’s pronounced as color book, not color bock! I love getting their solid colored cardstock pads at Wal-mart for $5. They cut cleanly and have a nice linen texture.

Thanks for checking out my wee little card. It’s simple, but I’m taking my journey back into paper crafting nice and slow! 😉

A Robin’s Nest Mother’s Day Card

This is a Mother’s Day card that I made for my sweet mom. She loves feeding and watching birds and I have always wanted to make her a card dedicated to her love for nature. The patterned papers and robin die-cut are from Tim Coffey’s Blossomwood line. I hope Mom likes it! The bird’s nest and eggs are cut from Cricut’s Straight from the Nest cartridge at 2 1/4 inches. It’s raised up with foam dimensionals on top of brown jewelry cord wrapped around the mat layers. The “MOTHER” mat is from the Pagoda cartridge and I altered the size to fit on top of the white mat using Design Studio.

I wrote the card’s front sentiment and inside message and typed it up in Word. I changed the ink font to a tannish color to go with the colors of the card and used an Edwardian Script font. The card base and envelope are cut at 7 inches from Cricut’s Just Because Cards.

I love the Blossomwood paper because it’s two-sided and has a nice weight and quality. I received these goodies from my dear sister for my birthday last year.

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa

Garden of Love Mother’s Day Card

Hello! This is the first of two Mother’s Day cards I have been working on this week. The Just Because Cards cartridge has some fun card shapes and I used key 23 cut at 7 inches for this scalloped edge card measuring 5×7. I love the scalloped layer running along the edge. I cut the envelope (key 43) at 7 inches from this same cartridge as well. The fence and flowers are cut at 3 inches from Bloom (key 23). I inked the fence and sentiment banner with a sponge dauber and brown Stampabilities ink. I printed the sentiment using my computer which always comes through in a pinch.

The inside shows a frame from Bloom cut at 2 inches and “Happy Mother’s Day” is from Wild Card cut at 5 inches. I use Design Studio to get the sizes right before cutting since different cartridges vary regarding their image sizes in relation to the cartridge project. I tend to use multiple cartridges in my design so using the software helps me save time and paper! If you don’t use Design Studio, Cricut has a free Cricut Craft Room on their site for designing and cutting.

Thanks as always for taking a look! I will be posting my other card in a separate post when completed.

Hope you all have a wonderful day! And I wish everyone a lovely Mother’s Day this Sunday!

Vanessa

Papier-Mache Easter Egg Baskets

This project channels memories of a fun Easter craft my 5th grade class completed so many years ago: papier-mache Easter egg baskets. I wanted to come up with a cute project to share with my husband as we celebrate Easter this Sunday and I thought of this “too long forgotten” idea. I also made a third one to share with family. Since it has been many years since I made this craft, I found some articles that helped me find a good glue paste ratio and other helpful tips. These lovely articles can be found near the bottom of this post.  As we get closer to Easter, I will make dyed Easter eggs to go in the basket of treats.

Basket Supplies:
  • balloons
  • tissue paper
  • scissors
  • Elmer’s glue (4 ounce bottle)
  • water (4 ounces)
  • foam brush
  • Tupperware bowl with lid
  • newspaper (to protect your work surface)
  • small glass bowl to hold your balloon
  • X-Acto craft knife
  • Easter grass or shredded paper
  • candy
  • small toys
  • die-cut flowers
  • small brads
  • hot glue
Instructions:
  • Cut tissue paper into squares such as 2×2 or 3×3 inches. Since I made three balloons, I cut four sheets of white for the first layer, then two sheets of blue, pink, and purple for the second and third layers.
  • Pour a four-ounce bottle of Elmer’s glue into a Tupperware bowl (with lid). Add a 1/2 cup of water (four ounces) and thoroughly mix to create a 50/50 diluted glue paste.
  • Blow up your balloon to desired size and tie off the end in a knot.
  • Using a foam brush, coat a small section of the balloon with the glue paste.
  • Apply a square of tissue paper and then coat with more glue paste using your foam brush. (For my first layer, I chose to apply a white tissue layer for the entire balloon creating a white liner.)
  • Apply more glue to a small section of the balloon, add another square of tissue paper, overlapping as you go for added strength, and then coat with more glue.
  • Repeat this process until the balloon is covered with the first layer of tissue paper.
  • Hang to dry for at least an hour. (I used binder clips to attach them to a curtain! String or clothes pins will work great too.) While you wait, snap on the lid to your glue paste container to keep it usable for the next two layers.
  • Once the first layer is dry, repeat the tissue paper application process for your second layer. (I used blue, pink, and purple for the second layers of my three balloons).
  • Once again, hang to dry for at least an hour and then repeat the application process for your third layer. (I kept my eggs solid-looking by adding more blue, pink, and purple).
  • Hang to dry overnight.
  • Grabbing the balloon’s knotted end, insert a needle into the knot to slowly deflate the balloon and pull out the balloon remnant. (See tip #6 below for how I ended up doing it).
  • Use scissors and/or an X-Acto craft knife to cut out a basket opening. (I personally don’t trust my hand cutting skills, so I used an egg shape (measuring 4 x 5.75 inches) from the Designer’s Calendar cartridge. I then traced this template onto the papier mache egg with a pencil before cutting out the opening).
  • Using your left over glue paste, apply a couple of layers of tissue paper over the small hole left from the balloon knot.
  • Add decorations to the basket as desired. I chose die-cut flowers with small brads and hot glued them along the opening. I used Cricut’s Mother’s Day Bouquet cartridge for the flowers and leaves.
  • Now for the fun part! Add Easter grass, candy, dyed eggs, and a small toy!
Tips I learned while completing this project:
  • When applying your tissue paper, cover the edges of the knotted balloon area as close as you can. This will leave you with a smaller hole to cover once the balloon and its knot are removed.
  • Using a Tupperware bowl with lid is an excellent idea to keep your paste from firming up too much or drying out while waiting for each layer to dry. I got this idea from Pastiche’s article at Zujava (first link below). She also suggested using a foam brush to apply the glue paste and it worked perfectly!
  • I found it helpful to prop up my balloon using a small glass mixing bowl while I added the tissue paper layers. It also keeps it protected from the newsprint covering your work table.
  • Luckily, the four-ounce bottle of Elmer’s glue was exactly enough to finish three balloons. If you’re doing just one or two balloons, you should have plenty of glue paste left over.
  • It doesn’t matter what color balloon you use to cover with tissue paper since the balloon will be discarded in the end.
  • I found the needle deflation to be too slow, so I used a pair of scissors to cut a small hole. The balloon tended to stick to the paper layer as it deflated and caused some sides to cave in. Not to worry! Once you pull out the balloon, you can blow air into the remaining hole (like you would with a plastic soda bottle) and pop the sides back out!
  • Three layers of tissue paper creates a fragile egg but if treated with care, it should make for a nice Easter treat presentation and can be stored in a box to protect it for future use.
  • Before adding the grass and treats, the fragile empty egg wanted to roll over onto its back. Once I added in my treats, the added weight kept the egg propped up and actually created an indentation in the bottom paper wall. (Updated remark: after Easter passed and the treats were all gone, the indentation left in the bottom of the egg kept it propped up even while empty, so I won’t have to create feet or a base to prop it up for future decor).
  • I read that if you want a truer egg shape, yet a bit smaller, then a water balloon is a good choice. I used regular balloons that could be blown up to a larger size which is a personal preference.
  • The first two links below offer nice alternatives to the egg basket design. They made smaller papier-mache eggs filled with goodies. One has a hinged lid; the other has a string you can pull to open the egg to see the surprises inside. The third link shows a design similar to mine, yet it is a literal Easter basket that can be carried around for egg hunting. It has a corded handle and even feet to prop the egg up! She used newspaper, tissue paper, and paint on the inside of her baskets. The last link is by Martha Stewart designers and shows how you can cut the tops of the eggs with an X-Acto knife for a cracked egg look.

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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

Linen Closet and a Turtle

Here is a cute, pun-filled card made from the Cricut Lite Four Legged Friends (FLF) cartridge!  This is my 3rd card made from FLF and I like the layering this cartridge provides because you can play with different colors and patterns.  For this thank you card, I used the turtle image which was cut at 2.5 inches.  The card base is 5×7.

All of the patterned card stock used on the turtle and background is from DCWV’s “Linen Closet Mat Stack with Glitter” which already comes in a 4.5 x 6.5 size which is perfect as a background mat for 5×7 cards.  I used the blue striped mat for the first background layer and then added a trimmed down flower mat to the lower half of the card.  I used white ribbon from American Crafts to hide the seam between the two mats.  The buttons are from a variety pack from Hobby Lobby’s sewing department.  I had fun with some sentiments too using my computer:  “Just popping out to say Thank You!” and “We had a turtle-ific time!”  For the front of the card, I used a ‘speech bubble’ shape from Word, added text, printed it on some scrap card stock, and then trimmed it with scissors.  For the inside, I used cloud clip art from Word, typed the sentiment in 14 pt. Century Gothic font, and printed it on 4.5 X 6.5 cream card stock.  I then added a strip of the flowery DCWV paper to coordinate with the front of the card.  The turtle itself pops off the card thanks to foam tape.  I really enjoyed using the “Linen Closet” paper stack for this card.  It has a peaceful, dreamy effect with its pale blue and beige palette.

Bemused Butterfly

The solitary butterfly rode the wind with falling leaves as companions.  A blanket of greens and blues from the evening sky enveloped his flight.   Lost in his own thought, he enjoyed the summer winds that aided his travel.  It wasn’t a journey of necessity, but a flight of abandonment and joy.

~Vanessa

I made the above butterfly card just for fun. There was no deadline and there was no theme in mind. I just started stamping free-style with no apparent path. This is what evolved from my afternoon of creating from my mind. It is completely handmade. I didn’t use my Cricut or any computer device. I used my brain, a paper cutter, a corner rounder, some stamps, chalk, and a clear embossing pen and embossing pad. I added a ribbon and some adhesive gems to add some interest. The chalk and embossing ink created a watercolor effect which I would love to explore more in the future. I didn’t use any special chalks either. I just used a couple of cotton swabs and a cheap pack of Crayola chalks I had laying around. The card gives me a dreamy, fairy-like feel so I was inspired to write the above narrative.