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.

Walk in My Garden ~ Cards for Spring

I made two cards tonight from the Walk in My Garden (WIMG) cartridge utilizing the grass feature found on page 108 cut at 1 inch on both cards. 

Hello Card Recipe:

Cut card base from Walk in My Garden (card2) on page 129 on white cardstock.  I designed the size on Cricut’s Design Studio software to get a card that would measure 5 x 6 3/4 once folded in half.  So the card cut actually measured 5 x 13.5.  Next I used a paper trimmer to cut a 4 1/2 x 6 1/4 card face from light blue cardstock from Cricut’s Rainbow 6×12 stack.  I used ribbon from the Dear Lizzy assortment and ran it around the top of the blue paper, taping it on the back, and then adhered the card face to the white card base.

I cut the tree icon from the Wild Card cartridge on page 38 at 6 inches using Cricut’s Earthtones 6×12 stack (light green).  I repeated the cut with brown cardstock by pressing shift to cut the brown tree trunk at 6 inches.

I cut the grass border from WIMG at 1 inch (page 108) in Cricut’s Earthtones 6×12 stack (light green).  I made three cuts of this same image.  I overlapped the grass in the middle before gluing to get the right fit on the card.

I cut the button flower (btnflr) from WIMG at 2 inches (page 94) using Cricut’s Earthtones 6×12 stack (light green).  I made three cuts of this same image.  I then pressed shift to cut the flower petals three times in yellow.  Then cut 3 more times in orange.

I tucked the tree and the assembled flowers/stems behind the grass before completely adhering everything down.

I stamped “Hello” using a pinkish-red ink pad.  I applied pink glitter glue to the leaves on the tree and applied yellow glitter glue to the centers of each flower and grass border for some sparkle.

3/29/10 update to post ~ previous photos of the Hello card showed the card when the glitter glue was still wet.  I was anxious to post pictures when I completed the card that I didn’t wait for it to dry :).  Since that time, I took photos of how it really looked just prior to mailing it to my nephew and niece.  The updated picture is posted above.

Turtle Card Recipe:

Manually trimmed white cardstock to 10×7 (folded in half and scored gets you a 5×7 card).  All of the papers on the card face are from Cricut’s Earthtones 6×12 stack.  The light blue paper was trimmed to 4  x 4 3/4 inches and then I ran this through my Sizzix embossing machine using D’vine Swirls Cuttlebug embossing folder.  The brown paper was trimmed to 2 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches.  I tied ribbon from the Dear Lizzy assortment around the blue paper and adhere this to the card base with an adhesive runner.  Then I adhered the brown paper to nudge up to the blue paper.

I cut the turtle from WIMG at 2 inches (page 111) in Cricut’s Earthtones 6×12 stack (dark green).  I then pressed shift to cut the shell in light green at 2 inches.

I cut the grass from WIMG at 1 inch (page 108) in Cricut’s Earthtones 6×12 stack (dark green).  I made three cuts of this same image.  I then pressed shift to cut the top layer of the grass (grass-s) at 1 inch in light green.  I made three cuts of this same image.

I assembled the turtle and the grass and adhered it to the front of the card.

3/29/10 update to post ~ I recently bought a set of Stickles glitter glue from Hobby Lobby and added it to the turtle’s shell lines.  I used Star Dust stickles (very carefully I might add since the turtle was already adhered :)) and it gave the card some needed sparkle.  The updated picture is posted above.