Father’s Day Card with Treat Box

Father’s Day has passed but I wanted to share a Father’s Day Card with treat box that was published in the June issue of Die Cut Crazy. Thanks Stephanie for letting me share my project! I used Cricut’s Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More 2 for the card and shirt box.

TBBM2 - Father's Day Card and Treat Box

Shirt Box - TBBM2

TBBM2 - shirt treat boxes

TBBM2 - Tie Tag Father's Day Card

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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

Traditional Christmas Cards – Holly and Wreaths

Well, I finally finished my handmade Christmas cards! I mass produced two more designs yesterday and completed 10 cards and envelopes and got them ready for this morning’s mailing! The cards measure 4 ¾ x 6 inches. I cut out envelopes from Just Because Cards at 6 ½ inches using 11×17 white 65 lb. cover cardstock from Desktop Publishing Supplies Inc. I’m so relieved to have finally finished! I chose simple, yet traditional designs this year but I love the old-fashioned Christmas look these have. My colors were Kraft, cream, muted greens, red, and cranberry. I relied on dry embossing, stamped sentiments, and gems on a few of them. I typed and printed one sentiment for all 10 cards using one of my favorite fonts, Papyrus. The assembly line of making just a few designs is definitely the way to go. You can cut a large quantity of the same image using 12×12 paper and make just a few passes in the Cricut machine, instead of trying to make a batch of individual cards that would take much, much longer to finish. Last year, I felt the need to make each card unique and “special” and this is just not realistic unless you start months in advance and don’t mind making that many uniquely designed cards. Last year, by the time it was over, I was burnt out and didn’t craft again for quite a while! Cardmaking should be fun, not stressful! 🙂

Set of Embossed Christmas Cards

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For this set, I relied on my handy Potpourri Basket cartridge which has beautiful Christmas images that originally come from Joys of the Season (JOS)! The only drawback to the Potpourri cartridge is that on some of the images, the layering possibilities are limited as compared to the fuller JOS cartridge. My work around was a simple paper punch – the regular kind sold at most stores in the ¼ inch size. Each of the two holly images on Potpourri only has one layer and its shadow. I wanted to have berries in red so I used the ¼ inch punch to punch out some berries. The size worked perfectly with the size of my holly cuts. The traditional pointy holly was cut at 1 7/8 inch. The smoother holly (which reminds me of a bay leaf) was cut at 1 ¼ inch. Plus the punched berries were perfectly circular so this was a great work around! I made seven holly-themed cards. I glued the holly onto the cardstock, stamped my holiday sentiment in red ink, and then ran it through my Sizzix Damask embossing folder. I love the texture of this folder. It gives a quilt-like appearance adding to that old-timey Christmas feel.

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For the other three cards, I used the wreath image, also from Potpourri Basket, and embossed the cream cardstock with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder. The wreath was cut at three inches. I used a 12×12 piece of Colorbox cardstock in a muted light green and laid out six wreaths on my mat in Design Studio and then clicked on “Cut”. I cut out six so that I could have a mirrored look – two wreaths per card. I glued one wreath directly to the embossed cream cardstock and then popped up the second wreath on top with foam dimensionals. I then applied adhesive gems and made a tiny bow using my homemade Bow Easy and secured it with a glue dot.

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For the inside’s printed sentiment, I kept the measurements simple as compared to my overall card base size which is 4 ¾ x 6 inches. I set my Word layout to 4×6 with a .5 inch margin on all sides. I typed my message using the Papyrus font in 17 pt. and red ink. I hand-trimmed cream cardstock to 4×6. I placed these 4×6 sheets into the printer and printed the message. I adhered these printed mats to the inside of each card base by lining it up at the card-fold. This left a ¾ inch space at the bottom which is covered up with a ¾ inch strip of matching red or cranberry cardstock. This adds a nice pop of color to the inside without having to do a whole mat like the front of the card, saving paper! My picture only shows part of the inside because I didn’t take a photo before handwriting personal messages and I felt that was too private to share on the web! So you only get to see the typed part! 🙂

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And that’s it! Thanks for checking out my final Christmas cards! Though I think I still have one more in me – for my darling husband. I have one extra card left over from my glitter reindeer and sleigh batch, but for my husband, I want to make him one that is special because he’s so special to me! 🙂 Awwww…. lol. So if I can get that done in the coming days, I will post it then!

Thanks for your lovely visits and I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful holiday!

Merry Christmas!

Vanessa

Paper Pumpkins 2012

I’ve made quite a bit of paper pumpkins using brads, twine, and strips of cardstock and I’m at it again this year! This time I changed up the stem and leaves and incorporated a brown pipe cleaner to make a vine tendril. The photos below will show the steps and are captioned with measurements. These pumpkins are inspired by Martha Stewart. Last year, I saw a very helpful video on Linda Kaiser’s blog, “The Paper Boutique” and posted my first pumpkins using her tutorial at these posts: https://southerncricutlady.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/paper-pumpkins/
and https://southerncricutlady.wordpress.com/2011/11/10/pumpkins-and-more-pumpkins/.

Embossed cardstock – Sizzix Damask Folder (6″ x 1″ strips)

Picture shows strips to make 2 Medium and 5 small pumpkins. For a medium pumpkin – cut 18 strips measuring 9″ x 1″; For a small pumpkin – cut 12 strips measuring 6″ x 1″; punch a hole at each end of strip (I used a 1/8″ punch and medium brad but a 1/4″ punch will also work with a larger brad)

Tie each end of a piece of twine or hemp cord just below the head of a brad, leaving about 4 inches of twine between the brads for a medium pumpkin, and 3 inches between the brads for a small pumpkin.

Take one end of the “brad string” and thread one end of the strips of paper onto the brad and fasten to secure. *Note: If using embossed or patterned paper, make sure to thread brad with pattern face up – the head of the brad should be on the wrong side of the paper. Now take the other brad and repeat the steps on the other end of the strips.

Using your fingers, fan out the strips until you get a pumpkin shape.

Cut leaves by hand or by using a die-cutting machine. I used Cricut’s Straight from the Nest cartridge to cut leaves at 5 and 5 .5 inches then punched a 1/8″ hole at the bottom of the leaf. Unfasten a brad and thread the leaf onto the pumpkin.

I didn’t have any crepe paper, so I made a stem out of paper lunch bags. For a medium pumpkin, cut a 3 x 3 inch square from a lunch sack and for a small pumpkin, cut a 2 x 2 inch square. Fold in half, and punch a hole. Now crumple up the square to distress it and make it easier to twist into a stem later. Flatten out the paper and thread onto the open brad. This will momentarily cover the leaf but that’s ok!

Fasten the brad to secure the “stem” paper and leaf. Gather up the sides of the lunch sack square and then twist to make a stem.

Take a pencil and one brown pipe cleaner. Wrap the pipe cleaner around the pencil and slide off. Wrap the “tendril” around the pumpkin stem. Trim the tendril to the desired length with scissors.

And here’s the set of pumpkins – 2 medium and 5 small

Close Up View – patterned paper “Natural Botanical” by The Paper Studio and embossed orange pumpkins using Sizzix Damask and Cuttlebug Swiss Dots

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Another close up view

Pumpkins in a basket

Pumpkins on a fence

*You can also make a large pumpkin by cutting 24 strips of 12″ x 1″ cardstock and using a 5 inch string between two brads.

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa

Colors of Autumn – Thanksgiving Card

I had fun trying out my new “Autumn Leaves” Tsukineko Kaleidacolor ink pad! This is a 5 color ink pad that gives you a rainbow of color for a multi-colored look using stamps or a brayer. For this card, I used the oak leaf from Inkadinkado Mini Stamps, Leaves. I stamped it twice onto cream cardstock, then fussy cut the images out with scissors. The embossed wreath is from Sizzix’s Birds and Wreath set. I dry embossed cream cardstock and colored the raised image using a clear ink embossing pen and soft chalk. It’s best to work in small sections with the embossing pen so that it’s still damp when applying the chalk. The embossing ink permanently sets the chalk so there’s no mess! Plus, if you make a mistake with your chalk on other parts of your paper, you can simply erase the mistake. I stamped “Blessings” using the Kaleidacolor pad to tie in with the leaves. This stamp and the flower layers are from Michael’s Dollar Bin. I secured the flowers together with an orange brad then adhered it with foam dimensionals. One leaf is also adhered with dimensionals to pop it up from the card.

Supplies

  • Tsukineko Kaleidacolor Ink Pad – Autumn Leaves
  • Inkadinkado Mini Stamps – Leaves
  • Sizzix A2 Embossing Folder – Elegant Wreath
  • Ranger Inkssentials Clear Embossing Pen
  • Craft-T Chalks – Orange, Ruddy Red, Burnt Sienna, Light Brown, Dark Brown
  • Flowers – Michael’s Dollar Bin
  • Orange Pastel Brad – The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby)
  • “Blessings” Stamp – Michael’s Dollar Bin
  • 4.25 x 5.5 cream cardstock
  • 4.5 x 5.75 brown cardstock
  • 4.75 x 12 orange cardstock – scored in the middle then folded to make card base measuring 4 & 3/4 x 6 inches
  • Corner Rounder Punch – Hobby Lobby
  • 3D foam adhesive squares – Michael’s
  • Elmer’s CraftBond Adhesive dot runner – Wal-Mart

The Sizzix Elegant Wreath embossing folder can be used in so many designs. Just by changing colors or embellishments, you get a whole new look. Here are three other cards I made in previous posts using this versatile folder:

“Autumn Colors” Card

This was definitely one of those experiments where I had a vision and it went into another direction. This happens a lot to me! 🙂 But I always have fun trying new things because I learn more each time I do. For instance, I learned that my Ink It Up! stamp inks don’t work well with a brayer, and some of the lighter colors aren’t as crisp as some of the more expensive inks out there. I am currently waiting on an Amazon order for a set of leaf stamps and a product that’s been around for a while: Tsukineko Kaleidacolor Ink Pads. Since I’m working on Thanksgiving cards, I ordered Tsukineko’s Autumn Leaves palette. Once it arrives, I’m going to try the brayer technique again to see if I get better results.

For this A2 sized card, I used textured white cardstock. It resembles a linen weave. This didn’t help with stamping crisp images (another lesson I learned), but it does add to a faded watercolor look, so I’m satisfied with this experiment :). I used two stamps from Martha Stewart – a leaf and a tree. I used my brayer to roll on different Ink It Up! colors: Harvest Yellow, Terra Cotta, Khaki Green, Cranberry, and Orange.  I used Ink It Up! Orange and Tart Lime to stamp leaves on the background over the “brayered” parts – is that a word? I used Stampabilities brown ink on the edges of the card face and to stamp the tree. Then I ran the stamped cardstock through a Sizzix Damask folder which almost gives it a look of fabric or a quilt. The Blessings stamp is also from Stampabilities and stamped in brown ink.

  • Light Brown Card Base – measures 4 & 1/4 x 5 & 1/2 inches (an A2 sized card) You can get two cards out of a 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of cardstock that opens vertically like this by cutting the sheet in half lengthwise (in portrait mode).
  • Medium Brown Mat – measures 4 & 1/8 x 5 & 3/8
  • Stamped Embossed Mat – measures 4 x 5 & 1/4 inches

I used hemp cord wrapped around three times and then strung the cord through two buttons and tied it off in a bow.

Thanks for checking out my experiment!

Vanessa

3×3 Mini Notes with Box

Hello all! Sorry I’ve been away for a bit! I have a project to share with you – my first handmade box filled with a set of 3×3 note cards. I made this for my sister so that she could write notes to her hubby or her friends at work. The only Cricut cuts used were for the envelopes and the great thing about this particular envelope is that it cuts a slit to tuck the flap in – which means you don’t have to apply adhesive. This makes it great on the recipient unless you invest in “Lick & Stick” which is a remoistenable envelope glue. The envelope is found on page 72 or key #49 on the “Just Because Cards” cartridge. I cut it at 3 inches which makes a 3×3 square envelope perfect for mini notes.

To make the note card, cut cardstock at 6 inches long by 3 inches tall and score/fold in half. I wanted to stamp some images on my note cards so I added some mats to build up the design. I cut a black mat at 2 x 3/4 inches and then added a top white mat at 2 x 1/2 inches. Each stamped image came from a “Martha Stewart Embossing Starter Kit” I got for Christmas a few years ago and the ink is from “Ink It Up!”. Since embossing works best while the ink is still wet, I stamped then embossed each card one at a time using clear embossing powder and a heat gun. The white card stock used for the note cards is from a $5 pack of 12×12 Colorbok cardstock bought at Wal-mart. The embossing worked great so I will be getting more of these Colorbok pads in the future.

The box measurements are compliments of Laurie Schmidlin’s tutorial on the Split Coast Stampers website. Laurie’s tutorial includes both written instructions and a video located here ~ 3″ x 3″ Notecard Box. The dimensions for this box easily held the eight note cards and eight envelopes I made in the set. I’m so tickled with how this box turned out and pleased that what I used to find intimidating is now fun and rewarding. I can’t wait to make more of these little boxes!

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa

Hydrangea Birthday Card

Hello again! I made this hydrangea birthday card for a young lady in our family whose favorite color is lavender.

The hydrangea flower is from Walk In My Garden (5 inches). The marquee frame is made using Storybook and Design Studio. I placed a 6 inch marquee shapeinside a 5×7 rectangle so that the shape would cut out leaving the wood patterned paper frame. I cut another 6 inch marquee in cream cardstock and ran that through a Sizzix Damask folder. Here’s a tip I learned out of necessity tonight – my marquee was a little longer than my A2 embossing folder so I took the part that didn’t emboss on the first pass and turned it around and placed it near the bottom of the folder (with most of the embossed marquee sticking out). I then ran it through the embossing machine again. By carefully lining it up with the pattern’s bottom edge, the unembossed tip of the marquee received the needed embossing. Hope this makes sense! 🙂 The frame is raised up with foam dimensionals. I seem to be raising thingsup a lot lately. Guess I’m addicted to the 3-D look! I inked the hydrangea’s edges and the little flowers with brown ink for an aged, distressed look. I then accented the little flowers with pearl adhesives and pinched the petals up a bit. I’m not that tickled with the leaves. I wanted to show the cut lines so I first used a clear ink embossing pen hoping it would darken the lines a bit more than it did. Then I got bold and used some brown ink but it came off too strong, so lastly I resorted to Stardust Stickles to save the flower as much as I could. Sometimes things go the way you want, sometimes they don’t. Overall, I like the idea of the card and its colors so I will try to overlook the leaves.

The inside sentiment was done in Word. The larger font (26 pt.) is called “Waterfalls” which is a free scrapbook font available at Kevin & Amanda’s website. The direct link for this font is here. Just read the terms of use and give proper credit to “Kevin & Amanda” if you post projects online using their fonts. The other font is from Word called “Bookman Old Style” in 18 pt.

Well that’s it! Thanks for checking out my lavender-inspired birthday card! Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July holiday!

~Vanessa

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

Paper with Stitches

Last weekend I pulled the ole’ sewing machine out of the closet. I’d like to clarify that I’m not a sewer but I’ve been around it in my younger years. My dear Grandmother tried to teach me and my older sister how to sew when we stayed with her during summers on the farm. I never got the knack of it but my sister learned how to sew easily. She’s made beautiful clothes and home decor like curtains and pillows. It seems my crafty muse blossomed later in life, and unfortunately after my Grandmother passed away. I wonder what my Grandmother would say to seeing pieces of paper sewn together! 🙂

I owe a big thank you to my husband who also knows how to sew. He’s patched work clothes and fixed a hem here and there. He’s also the reason we have a sewing machine. Admittedly, the old Singer has stayed in the closet for a while now, but as I expand my cardmaking knowledge and gain inspiration from other crafters on the web, this is something I want to learn more about. My husband helped me thread the machine and showed me a few tricks on how to use it. I experimented on some pieces of scrap paper to test it out. The first attempt was a disaster because I forgot to set the presser foot so the paper was jumping all over the place. After I remembered to set the foot, got the feel of the pedal, and remembered to watch my fingers in comparison to the needle zipping by, I created this – the beginnings of a card.

I sewed a green square of cardstock to a larger blue one using a wide zig-zag stitch first. I should have stopped there because when I switched to a single stitch I didn’t sew it as straight. I think I am still scared of the needle and I’m sure sewing with ease will come to me after plenty of practice. To hide the more obvious error in the lower right hand corner, I sewed a little piece of folded cardstock to mimic a little book or card. I then used rub-ons to decorate it. Looking through more of my scraps, I found an old piece of cardstock that had a “Storybook” branch cut out of it.  I used this negative as a stencil and applied brown ink with a sponge dauber. I used another rub-on for the little bird.

The sewed pieces of square cardstock reminds me of a quilting square, bringing back more fond memories of Grandmother and the beautiful quilts she made. I dedicate this little sewing experiment in loving memory of her.