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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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

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

Candy Canes and a Wreath Card

Hi all! This is an A2 sized Christmas card using Sizzix’s Wreath embossing folder (from the Birds of a Feather & Wreath set). I colored in the embossed image with Bic’s red and green fine tip permanent markers (don’t have any Copics yet :)). Then I applied Glossy Accents to the colored image and waited for it to dry. I added adhesive pearls in two sizes to the leaves. The candy canes were cut using Cricut’s Christmas Village cartridge. I flipped one of the candy canes and cut them in alternating colors. Since the Christmas Village cartridge doesn’t have any layering options, I used Design Studio to hide the contour lines of two canes to get a solid color (one white, one red). I then cut two unaltered canes so that the “holes” would cut out (one red, one white). After I adhered the layers together, I ran them through a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder. I crisscrossed the canes with some adhesive and then added a double loop bow in green Christmas ribbon. I made the bow using my homemade version of a “Bow Easy”. I adhered the candy canes to the card using dimensional foam tape. The cream cardstock was also trimmed on the corners using a corner rounder punch before being adhered to the red card base.

Birds of a Feather – A Simple Christmas Card

This is a simple yet cute Christmas card using only two colors – red and white. I used Sizzix’s Birds of a Feather embossing folder to make this A2 sized card. I used a corner punch for the bottom corners. It’s finished with red and white gingham ribbon.

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