Loved Beyond Measure

I rummaged through my scrapbook and paper stashes, and the computer, to make this 5×7 card for my husband’s birthday. He is a tool guy and probably has around 10 tape measures. The tapes must only be one brand and only one width – Stanley 3/4 inch. Length doesn’t matter as long as it’s at least 12 feet. 🙂 He always says, “You can never have too many measuring tapes.” But he also says this about flashlights and scissors… and socket wrenches, screwdrivers, and any other kind of tool.

LovedBeyondMeasure

When he’s not stuck behind a desk, he loves getting his hands dirty. His idea of a relaxing weekend is working on a tractor or refurbishing scrap to make something useful. He’s unique and I love him.

So this card is in honor of him and what he loves most – tools. One of his favorite sayings is “Measure twice, cut once”. I think he heard Norm Abram say this on the New Yankee Workshop (which also happens to be the title of Norm’s book), though I also think his dad instilled this important truth in him at an early age.

I found the card sentiment from an unlikely source. I recently bought a small storage box from Dollar General. It was only a dollar, plus I just liked how the box looked. It’s decorated with a ruler, button, and butterflies. It states on the front “Loved Beyond Measure” and that’s where this card idea came from. So there I was trying to find a measuring tape design in my patterned paper stash. I couldn’t find anything resembling a tape measure but I did find a sheet of various colored rulers in an “All Seasons” pad by Recollections. It’s intended for a “back to school” theme but I cut out the yellow ruler to mimic a Stanley tape measure. And because my husband loves woodworking, I used a tan sheet of wood grain paper from Crate Paper’s On Trend line. The actual tape measure clip art is from my computer. I printed it twice onto grey cardstock to dull the colors a bit and hand trimmed each piece. One piece is glued directly to the card and the other is raised up with dimensionals. I typed the sentiment in Word using Bernard MT Condensed 20 pt. font. I trimmed the phrase down with a paper trimmer and then hand cut the banner ends. I’ve noticed a new trend in cardmaking to offset points of interest so I let the banner go beyond the card’s edge. I like the way it looks. It can be tricky for an envelope but I will just cut one a bit larger in Design Studio.

The 12×12 tan woodgrain paper used to make the card face has a blue scalloped edge where the company name is listed. I cut a section of this trim to add some more color to the bottom of the card. The darker woodgrain strip, also from On Trend, was added last to build up the bottom design. I think it adds a nice break from the lighter background. I used these same papers for the inside of the card and printed a message with my computer.

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The cute toolbelt is a Jolee’s scrapbook embellishment I’ve had since around 2007. I bought this toolbelt thinking I would make a scrapbook page dedicated to some of my husband’s woodworking projects. Since that has not happened yet, I used it for his birthday card. It fit the theme and why not? 🙂 Better to use it now than it sit in the box for another 6 years! Do you see the tiny nail adhered directly to the card?

The red baker’s twine is from Martha Stewart. I added three tiny brads to the left corner with a 1/16th hole punch. And the last touch was using a corner rounder on the right edges of the card.

So that’s my dedication to my tool-loving, woodworking, and mechanically inclined husband. 🙂 He better like it after the scavenger hunt mayhem I commenced in my craft room. This truly was a labor of love.

Birthday Card – FFC Sketch Challenge

Hello! I have never done a sketch challenge before but thanks to Jo at Jo’s Scrap Shack, I took the plunge and I’m so happy I did. My niece’s birthday is coming up so I decided to use the sketch as my inspiration to make Amber’s card. She is turning 11 and growing up so fast!

Ice Cream Sundae Birthday Card

If you want to check out the sketch to see how I did, go to Jo’s post here. Every Friday, she hosts a Funday Friday Challenge (FFC) and everyone is invited to play along! This sketch challenge ends June 7th, 6:00 pm CST. Winners will be announced on Monday, June 10th.

Ice Cream Sundae - JBC

Card Recipe

Cricut’s Just Because Cards – Sundae (3.5 inches)

Cricut’s Fancy Frames – Frame and oval (4.25 inches)

Cuttlebug Embossing – D’vine Swirls & Swiss Dots

Glossy Accents

White Gel Pen

Adhesive gems

Dear Lizzy Ribbon

Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic Thickers (foil letter stickers)

Assorted papers (Recollections All Seasons, Colorbök, and Kraft cardstock)

Inside message printed in Word

Inside of Card

Quick & Simple Birthday Card

My sister-in-law’s birthday ‘snuck’ up on me so I made a quick birthday card today to get it in the mail! The Kraft card base measures 5×7. Then I added mats in orange and cream. I stamped a “D” in turquoise ink from Ink It Up! for Debbie’s initial and ran it through a Swiss Dots embossing folder. I framed this with another orange mat. Using a Uni-ball Signo white gel pen, I added some “stitching” and then embellished the card with “Special Moments” stickers I found last week at Dollar Tree. They even have little rhinestone embellishments. What a great find for $1.00!

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I printed the inside message using my computer and added another 3-D sticker and some more faux stitching.

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Thanks for checking it out!

Vanessa

Mother’s Day Goodness

I hope everyone had a lovely Mother’s Day! My husband and I spent the day with my Mom and Dad. After Mom opened her gifts and her card, we had a lovely time sitting outside enjoying the gorgeous weather, looking at birds, and reminiscing.

I wanted to share some lovely creations my sister, Paula, made for our Mom and Mother-in-law. Paula has been creative since childhood. I didn’t enter the world of creating until much later in life – at least when it comes to arts and crafts. I wrote songs on my keyboard starting in 5th grade and I still enjoy creating songs, but I didn’t start working with paper until 2010. That’s when I received a Cricut Expression from my husband for my birthday. My sister can draw, paint, crochet, knit, make flower arrangements, design, sketch, cross-stitch, sew (clothes, curtains, pillows, etc.), and you get the point! 😉 She’s very talented in all mediums and I like to think my cardmaking came from her inspiring work throughout our life together!

Paula and her husband visited us for her birthday recently and we spent a wonderful day at Michael’s picking out items for Mother’s Day. My mother had mentioned that she wanted to get an orchid for the formal living room. I mentioned this to Paula at the Michael’s store and we found life-like orchids in a gorgeous purple hue and a fitting ceramic pot. I was leaning on my sister to make this a beautiful arrangement and she succeeded! She even removed the taped up leaves to separate them for a more realistic look. I can’t believe it’s artificial and Mom can display this for many years to come!

Purple Orchids Arrangement - artificial

Close Up - Orchids

Paula also made a silk hydrangea wreath as a gift from her to Mom. Our Mom loves hydrangeas and has a blue hydrangea bush in her yard and so did our Grandmother (my Mom’s mother) who has since passed away. Paula found some beautiful hydrangeas in soft blue and cream and added smaller cream and light blue flowers for interest. She found a nice wreath base, some lovely textured ribbon for the bow, and added three butterflies for the finishing touch. This is my favorite wreath Paula has made – it symbolizes the lovely women in our family and continues the tradition of our shared love for hydrangeas.

Hydrangea Wreath

Close Up

Close Up View

And last but not least, here is a bird cage flower arrangement Paula made for her mother-in-law. I love the various shades of pink! Isn’t the bird cage a nice find at Michael’s? It’s so pretty and the butterflies are the perfect complement! I’m amazed that Paula was able to complete all three gifts in one evening. She made it look so effortless!

Bird Cage Flower Arrangement

Bird Cage Arrangement

Close Up

Thank you Paula for making Mother’s Day so special for our family!

Love you sis!

Vanessa

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

Mother’s Day Tea Cups

First I want to wish everyone a very Happy Mother’s Day! I also want to send special Mother’s Day wishes to my sweet Mom and Mother-in-law! For these two lovely women in my life, I made each of them a paper teacup filled with chocolate using Cricut’s Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More 2 (TBBM2). I cut both at 11.5 inches (or fit to page size). This will fit on a 12×12 sheet of paper. I used Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic paper for the cup with leaves and Pebbles Seen & Noted paper for the cup with flowers. Both 12×12 sheets are double-sided with polka dots so I assembled the cups and saucers using both sides of the paper for a coordinated look. I learned an important tip when using the scoring tip. You have to make sure you turn off “Fit to Page” when scoring or the score lines will not line up where needed. I forgot to turn off “Fit to Page” when using the scoring tool so my scoring was off, but luckily the score lines weren’t that visible so I used the cuts as they were and manually folded the tabs on the cup by hand. I used Glossy Accents to adhere the pieces together and it held wonderfully!

Mother's Day Teacups - TBBM2

I made little tags for the cups that coordinated with the paper patterns. For the leaf cup, I cut a 1.5 inch leaf with its shadow from Accent Essentials. I used a 1/16th hole punch on the stem. For the flower cup, I cut both layers of a 1.5 inch flower tag from TBBM2.

Paper Teacup 1 - for my Mom

I stamped “love you” to the back of each tag using a small stamp from Fiskars All Year Greetings. I used twine to tie the tags to the cups’ handles. I filled each cup with paper filler and Dove milk and dark chocolates.
Back View

Paper Teacup 2 - for my MIL

Back View

I’m entering the teacups into the following challenge:

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.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Vanessa

Southern Cricut Lady is on Facebook!

PicMonkey Collage Spring

I finally took the time to upload 100 photos of my paper creations to my Southern Cricut Lady Facebook page. If you’re on Facebook and would like to check out the album, here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/SouthernCricutLady. Then just click on photos. I’m still working out the kinks and learning my way around. 🙂 Many thanks to the 9 lovely people who have clicked “Like” :). I appreciate your support so much! And Arin thanks again for the PicMonkey link to make my Facebook collages! I love the cool effects this website offers!

Thank you!

Vanessa

Little Moments – My Attempt at Stamping

For Christmas, I received a nice collection of stamps. I admit that stamping is an area that I’m not that comfortable in but I want to incorporate more stamping in my cards. The only way for me to learn is to experiment and watch YouTube videos! 🙂 Today’s card is different from what I usually make (no Cricut!). It started with a small piece of blue cardstock found in a scrap drawer.  I used a tree branch stamp from Inkadinkado’s “Delicate Branches” set in black ink and then in white ink. As the picture developed of a tree canopy I applied more black branches using only part of the stamp. This stamp set also has two bird images. I stamped birds in black ink and then on one bird, I lightly stamped white on top for the look of light reflecting on its back.

"Little Moments" Card

I used the “little moments” stamp from American Craft’s Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic set. I stamped it in white (must have pressed too hard because it looks smeared) and then again in black. Since I was somewhat pleased with my stamping, I decided to make a card! Yay! 🙂 The card base is 5×7 in Kraft cardstock and then I used “Everyday Moments” paper from Recollections (Michael’s). I used three sheets of paper cut in different sizes, not fussing with symmetry. I just layered mats until I liked it. In a happy coincidence, one of the papers features a definition of the word “moment” and glittery birds. It ties in with my stamped birds and the “little moments” stamp.

Close - Up

So there it is! A humble take on stamping. Hopefully it looks ok for a beginner! I’m still struggling with my new camera. I can’t seem to get the lighting right inside or outside! At least the photos are clickable for more close ups.

Thanks for checking it out!

Vanessa

Autumn Banner

Hi all! This will be a quick post (well, quick for me LOL), as I am still getting the house ready for our family’s Thanksgiving! I had a banner planned out since October but didn’t make it until today. I was determined to get it done, even if it’s only to be used this week! I used Cricut’s “Straight from the Nest” cartridge for the banner’s triangles and toppers which were cut at 7 1/2 inches. The banner is cut from two sheets of Paper Studio’s 12×12 “Natural Botanical” patterned paper. Here is the layout of my mat. I cut this layout twice (once in light green leaf paper, and once in brown leaf paper). It made it quick and easy.

For the letters, I used Cricut’s “Designer’s Calendar” cartridge. “A” “U” and “N” are cut at 6 inches, “M” at 5.5 inches, and “T” at 4.5 inches. I alternated the colors of the letters using beige and brown cardstock to show up well against the alternating banner colors. I also ran each letter through a Swiss Dots embossing folder before adhering. I connected the banner sections with bows made from twine. I’m not really pleased with how it’s hung – note the two neon green push pins! 😦 But it works from a distance. I couldn’t find any clear push pins and I couldn’t think of another way to hang it, so the green pins will have to do!

So that’s my first banner! I plan on making one for Christmas too. I think it adds a nice touch to the fireplace.

I am entering this banner into the following challenges:

Due to the holiday, this will be my last post for this week. I’ve got family coming in from Florida and we plan on having a nice Thanksgiving meal and visit together!

I wish you all a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving! Blessings to you and your families!

~Vanessa

Christmas Present Ornaments

If you’re looking for gift ideas to make for family, friends, or co-workers, why not make them a set of Christmas Present Ornaments to hang on their tree? If you’re a crafter, you may already have the supplies on hand so you could start making these today!

Supplies:

  • Cardstock (Kraft, solid, or patterned)
  • Paper Cutter
  • Scoring Board
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive (tape runner, score-tape, or hot glue)
  • Ribbon
  • Twine
  • Embellishments

I took a box that was lying in my closet and broke it down to come up with the dimensions and cut lines. To make a cute 2 inch square box, follow these dimensions:

  • Cut cardstock to measure 4 inches wide by 8.5 inches long.
  • Using a scoring board, score the 4 inch width part at one inch, then two inches, then one inch. The one inch parts will be the flaps on the box.
  • Turn paper around to score the 8.5 inch length at 2 inches, 2 inches, 2 inches, 2 inches, then .5 inches. The .5 inch will be your tab to make the box.
  • Use a bone folder to fold the paper where scored.
  • Use scissors to cut the scored lines that make the flaps. (see picture below)

2×2 square box – cut cardstock at 4 inches wide by 8.5 inches long. Score width at 1 inch, 2 inch, 1 inch. Turn paper and score the length at 2 inch, 2 inch, 2 inch, 2 inch, and .5 inch.

Snip off the corners of the .5 inch tab and apply adhesive on the outside of the tab. This will be folded inward to secure to the first two inch section. You should now have a box that looks similar to a cardboard moving box but with the flaps open on top and bottom. Then fold the flaps as you like – you could fold two sides inward, and then secure the other two flaps on top with adhesive, or you could interlace them if you don’t want to use adhesive.

Inside of box showing tab that constructs the box’s shape

Next is the fun part ~ embellish your little presents with ribbon or twine. I wrapped red ribbon around one of the boxes. I then made a tiny bow out of left over ribbon and secured it with a glue dot. To make a hanger, run a small piece of twine underneath the ribbon and knot it at the top. You can also add other embellishments – tiny tags with the recipient’s name, holly leaves, gems, etc. For this Kraft box, I made a little snowman out of white pom poms I had in my stash! You could also stamp little images on plain cardstock!

Kraft box embellished with snowmen – use pom poms, hot glue gun, and draw hands with a fine point black pen (Pilot Precise V7) – add eyes, mouth, and buttons with the same pen

The measurements can be adjusted to make smaller or larger boxes. Here’s a smaller version that I had fun with by leaving the top flaps open and adding tissue paper! It measures 2 x 6 & 1/4 inches before assembly. I scored at 1/2 inch, 1 inch, 1/2 inch and then turned the paper around and scored 2 inch, 1 inch, 2 inch, 1 inch, and then 1/4 inch for the tab. This gives you a rectangular box. Did you notice I stamped little blue stars on the tissue paper to coordinate with the stamped images on the box? I also added faux stitching with a white gel pen before assembling. I think this is my favorite one so far! You can even go further by placing a tiny ornament inside the box – such as a teddy bear or miniature trumpet. The possibilities are endless!

Side view of the tiny rectangular box – embellished with a white gel pen and indigo blue ink stamped onto kraft cardstock and tissue paper.

Scoring the lines for a 1×2 inch rectangular box. This shows the .5 inch, 1 inch, .5 inch score lines on the paper that measures 2 inches x 6 & 1/4 inches.

Score the other lines for the 1×2 rectangular box. The paper has been turned and scored at 2 inch, 1 inch, 2 inch, 1 inch, and 1/4 inch.

Do embellishments before assembling

Run a hanger made of twine through the open box – tie off with a knot and glue the flaps shut

Stamped tissue paper – cut hole to go over hanger – push in and fluff

Inside of the small rectangular box showing how the hanger is threaded through the bottom flaps and through a hole cut in the tissue paper.

If you don’t want to use them as ornaments, leave off the hanger and you have cute boxes for little trinkets to give at Christmas! You can also use them as decorations under a small tree or place them in a bowl or basket for the table!

Using a fun holiday patterned paper is an easy method because the box already looks like a wrapped present – just add a bow. But if you want to coordinate with your “real” presents, you could wrap these little boxes in your favorite Christmas wrapping paper! And don’t forget to utilize your local dollar store – if you don’t want to use up the ribbon in your stash, buy miniature bows from the dollar store to make it even easier!

Size comparison – miniature gift box ornaments

Close up view