“Seeing Spots” FCCB Challenge – Thanksgiving Card

The Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog (FCCB) is hosting another challenge this week – Challenge #135 Seeing Spots – make a project featuring polka dots. I decided to make another Thanksgiving card and incorporate polka dots to enter the challenge. The deadline is midnight, November 4th (MT) in case you’re interested in entering! The challenge is listed here: http://fantabulouscricut.blogspot.com/2012/10/challenge-me-monday-135.html.

For this card, I used The Paper Studio’s Natural Botanical stack (Hobby Lobby) and a piece of cream cardstock. I used the Straight from the Nest (SFTN) cartridge for the little tree layers (cut at 3 inches) and Walk in My Garden (WIMG) for the 5 inch square card base (this can also be done by hand with a paper trimmer ~ 10 inch long x 5 inch wide – fold in half). I also used WIMG to cut the square mat layers at 4 & 3/4 and 4 & 1/2 inches. I love using Design Studio to lay out my card designs so cutting squares this way is easier and faster. I also shrunk a WIMG square to measure 2 & 3/4 x 4 & 1/4 inches for the cream mat under the tree.

The polka dots for the FCCB challenge can be seen in the light green polka dotted paper and in the cream cardstock that’s embossed with Cuttlebug’s “Swiss Dots” embossing folder. Even the orange paper on the tree and card base has flowers with dots in the center. And for just a bit more dots, I added tiny pearl embellishments on the upper right! I love the velvet ric rac ribbon from American Crafts. It adds a nice punch of autumn color and texture. The “Bountiful Blessings” sentiment and brown ink are from Stampabilities (Hobby Lobby). I used this same ink to distress the edges of the cream cardstock prior to dry embossing. For additional dimension, I raised the tree up with foam adhesive (Michael’s).

I’m also entering this card in Cardz TV’s “I’m So Thankful” challenge – make a card or project for Thanksgiving. The deadline for this challenge is Thursday, November 8th at Noon (EST). Here is the challenge link for more details: http://cardztv.blogspot.com/2012/11/im-so-thankful-ctv-stamps-dt-challenge.html. One lucky submitter will be randomly drawn for a set of Cardz TV stamps!

And since I just learned about another cool challenge blog, I’m entering a challenge at “Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges”. This week’s challenge is here: http://pausedreamenjoychallenges.blogspot.com/2012/11/ch-44-orange-brown.html. Make anything with orange and brown! I think this card will work! 🙂 The deadline for this challenge is Thursday, November 8th at Noon (EST). A winner will be chosen by random.org for a $10 gift certificate for Dude Time Doodles. It would be fun if you played along!

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa

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Summer Bouquet of Spiral Roses

Here’s another paper bouquet, but made with spiral roses this time. I love the fun pops of color and I plan on using it as decor in my craft room. The materials used were all found in my stash – left over from previous crafts. For a wonderful tutorial on cutting spirals and then rolling them to make your own roses, check out Kay at Kay’s Kreative Korner. I used her technique in an earlier post: My First Spiral Rose and Miniature Envelope.

I don’t have a specialized tool to roll flowers so I use a pencil. Sometimes this leaves a big whole in the center if I don’t re-roll tightly by hand. To help fill in the centers of a few roses, I cut out thin strips of paper, rolled them, and then hot glued them to the centers. I played with the colors by combining a pink center to a yellow flower, etc. I love the two-toned look in a single rose. I also used a pair of scallop scissors on three of the spirals to get two different looks. When you’re holding your scissors, you will be able to see how the scallop blade will cut. Holding them one way will give you a positive (rounded) scallop edge and then flipping them over will give you a negative (pointy) edge. The smoother-edged roses were cut with regular scissors.

  • Metal tin, butterfly, styrofoam, 1/8 inch wooden dowels – Hobby Lobby (all left over from a previous bouquet – to stain the dowels green, I used a green ink pad and a sponge dauber)
  • Ribbon scraps, paper grass, umbrella pick – found in my stash
  • Leaves – cut at 4.5 inches from the Wild Card cartridge (left over from a previous bouquet)
  • Hot glue gun – used to assemble the spiral roses and glue them to the leaf-dowels

Thanks for checking it out!

Vanessa

Hobby Lobby Haul (Some Great Deals)

Just wanted to share some great deals I got at Hobby Lobby on Saturday, 10/29/11.  They were offering scrapbooking paper (single sheets, paper stacks, card stock pads, etc.) for 50% off.  What normally would have cost me $80.00 for 4 pads only cost me $40.00!  I bought 2 Christmas card stock pads (“Ornamental Christmas” by Paper Studio and “O Christmas Tree” by My Mind’s Eye), one Autumn card stock pad called “Natural Botanical” by Paper Studio, and an “All Seasons II” paper pad also by Paper Studio which has 180 sheets of patterned paper for all of the major holidays!  The card stock pads have between 54 and 60 sheets per pad.  These are heavier grade and some have glittery details, thus less sheets for the price but still not a bad deal with the 50% off sale.  The Paper Studio products are made by Hobby Lobby and have a nice quality and design.

The 50% off scrapbooking sale was held October 24-29.  I am sure Hobby Lobby will have more sales of this nature each month so keep an eye out.  I find it helpful to visit their website to check out their weekly coupons and sales ads: http://www.hobbylobby.com/weekly/weekly.cfm.

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I also bought 3 sets of 8 1/2 x 11 card stock (Paper Studio) in Christmas, Kraft, and Earth Tone colors which I plan to use for my Thanksgiving and Christmas card bases.  With 50% off, these were only $1.99 per 50 sheet pack.  Not bad totaling 150 sheets for $6.00!

I am also tickled with what I found in the clearance section at the very back of the store.  I found two cartridges that have been out for two years and I guess they were marked on clearance because of their age.  I got Designer’s Calendar and Pagoda for $25.19 each.  I know these two have been around a while but that doesn’t matter to me.  The original price for Designer’s Calendar and Pagoda was $69.99 (I peeled back the clearance price to see how much I saved 🙂 ).  So I look at it as saving $90.00 and gaining two fully packed “shapes” cartridges, with one including a font and the other including a card feature.  The discounted price of $25.19 is about what I spent for a Cricut Lite cartridge last month at Wal-mart when it finally went on sale from $39 to $20.  The Lites aren’t full cartridges, meaning you have less images and less layering options.  My cartridge collection is slowly growing and with these two new ones, I now have 10!  For now, this is enough for me, since I have yet to fully utilize most of them.  But I am sure, I will find myself longing for another one, especially if it’s on sale! 🙂

MY CARTRIDGE LIBRARY

Walk in My Garden (released October 2006)
Accent Essentials (sold with Cricut Expression bundle circa June 2007)
Camp Out (released March 2008, retired March 3, 2011)
Storybook (released July 2008)
Wild Card (released October 2008)
Designer’s Calendar (released September 2009)
Pagoda (released October 2009)
Bloom (released June 2010)
Christmas Village (released September 2010)
Four Legged Friends (released November 2010)

OTHER PURCHASED ITEMS

I bought a few other items that I wanted to try for the first time as well.  I haven’t been card making for that long so I am still learning as I go.  Sometimes I feel like I am behind in the learning curve when I look at other card maker blogs.  But it’s a hobby and I find great enjoyment from it so it’s ok to go along at my own speed,  LOL.  I have been interested in Glossy Accents and I also wanted to get my first white gel pen, so I did!  I got Glossy Accents, a package of silver, gold, and white gel pens, a jar of red ribbon on clearance (15 yards for $4.79 marked down from $7.99), a “Savior Is Born” Stampabilities wooden block stamp on clearance for $3.23 marked down from $8.99, and a package of pink fabric brads on clearance for $1.07 marked down from $2.99!  I also got another Zig 2 Way glue pen since I have just about used up my other one.  I am a believer in this glue pen!  If you haven’t tried it yet, you should.  It’s perfect for small, detailed images and the adhesive holds well.  It’s perfect for card making and it doesn’t warp your paper like regular glue.  Well, that’s it for now!  I can’t wait to get started on my Thanksgiving cards!

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa

“Birds of a Feather” Flock Together – 2 Sizzix Embossed Cards for Comparison

Last night I made two A2 size cards (4.25 x 5.5 inches) featuring the Sizzix embossing folder called “Birds of a Feather”.  For the blue thank you card, I embossed the image on the actual card base and didn’t add anything else to the image.  The image is so pretty that it can pretty much stand on its own.  Embellishments from the ribbon, rub-on, and a corner rounder punch finish off the card.   For the pink “Thinking of You” card, I embossed the image on a beige linen mat.  I then “colored” in the image with a clear embossing pen by Ranger Inkssentials, making sure to work on small sections at a time.  I then applied chalk using cotton swabs while the clear ink was still damp.  The clear ink helps seal in the chalk, creating a water-color effect.  The chalks used are regular Crayola chalks that can be bought at a dollar store or grocery store.  I used red, green, and blue chalk on the image.  The red actually looks like a darker pink so it worked well with the ribbon and the pink card base.

The sentiments for both cards are “miniMARKS” rub-on transfers from American Crafts.  Both ribbons are also from American Crafts called “Dear Lizzy Value 24 Pack”.  The embossing machine I used is called Sizzix Texture Boutique which I got from Amazon for around $35.00.  It only embosses (no die-cutting) but I can always use my Cricut Expression to cut what I need.

This embossing folder is such a cute image, and just by changing the paper or ribbon, it gives it a different feel.  Also, by changing the direction of the card base cut using the paper trimmer, you can have the A2 size card open from top to bottom or from side to side.  Using pastel 8 1/2 x 11 card stock from Wal-mart, I was able to cut two A2 cards out of the blue paper (opens side to side) and two A2 cards out of the pink paper (opens top to bottom).  I will save the extra cards for other projects.

Tip: To get an A2 that opens from top to bottom, take your 8 1/2 x 11 paper and cut it length-wise at the 4.25 mark.  This will give you a 4.25 x 11 shape that when folded in half (top to bottom) results in a 4.25 x 5.5 sized card.  To get an A2 that opens from side to side, place your paper on the trimmer so its laying width-wise (11 x 8 1/2) and then cut it in half at the 5.5 mark.  This will give you a 5.5 x 8.5 shape that when folded in half (side to side) results in a 4.25 x 5.5 sized card.  Each 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper will make two perfect A2 sized cards with no paper waste (cards must open the same way: top to bottom or side to side to achieve this) and only requires one cut on the trimmer, followed up by one fold with a bone folder.  A2 sized cards are perfect for Cuttlebug, Sizzix, or other brand embossing folders that are sized A2 or smaller.

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa

My Hubby is the Best Hubby in the World!

Yesterday I wasn’t feeling too well (a cold is coming on) and my husband, Glen was still enjoying the last day of his vacation from work but he decided to get dressed and go in to town.  I stayed home to convalesce and when Glen came home, he surprised me with cold medicine from the grocery store and goodies from Hobby Lobby.  Here’s some history ~ over the last few weeks, I had mentioned to Glen that my Cricut mats were getting pretty used up and that I would just order some from Amazon.  The last time we went to Wal-mart, we learned that they only carry the small 6×12 mats which will not fit my Cricut Expression.  I made my last two cards securing the paper down with Scotch tape.  So apparently, Glen not only listens to my mundane conversations about non-sticky mats but he pays attention to my card making hobby as well.  To my amazement, he knew exactly what to buy.  He came home with two new 12×24 mats (because he knows I love to make my own envelopes) and two new 12×12 mats.  And that’s not all!  He bought me two sets of Sizzix embossing folders!  One is the Corners and Damask Set containing: Corners, Damask (A2) and Damask #5 (A2).  The other is the Birds and Wreath Set containing: Birds of a Feather (A2) and Wreath, Elegant (A2).    I can not wait to try out these new folders!  I was surprised he knew which folders to buy.  My Sizzix Texture Boutique embossing machine only takes A2 and smaller folders and he bought the right size.  I was impressed.  Glen’s hobbies involve mechanical and woodworking tools.  Over the years, I have learned what his favorite brands are but I am still not sure what to buy without a cheat sheet containing item numbers to help me get the right stuff.  Yet, my loving husband apparently knows the tools I use to make the cards I love.  It says a lot about someone who cares enough about you to know what you love and need.  I gave my husband two hugs and a kiss on the cheek because the gift of love was so apparent in his trip to the store.  It wasn’t just the items he bought me but that he truly cares about my interests.  The cold medicine was just as special too.  So thoughtful, so loving.  Glen truly is the best hubby in the world!

Mother’s Day Cards

I hope all of the mothers out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day yesterday!  I created my very first mother’s day greeting cards for my mother and mother-in-law this past week and had so much fun making them with my Cricut Expression.  I used the Wild Card, Walk in My Garden, and Storybook cartridges to create the rose and hydrangea cards shown above.  The card base was cut from white cardstock and all of the colored paper came from the My Mind’s Eye “Simply Delightful” paper stack.

Rose Card

Wild Card Cuts ~ Cut a 5 inch scallop card (pg. 32) from white cardstock; made the following cuts from red and white polka dot paper: cut the liner (pg. 32) for the card face and the scallop frame (pg. 32) for the inside of the card at 5 inches; cut “Happy Mother’s Day” phrase (pg. 39) from dark brown paper at 6 inches

Walk in My Garden Cuts ~ Cut a 2 inch pot (pg. 91) and then pressed shift to cut the flower pot rim from dark brown paper; cut four roses (pg. 98) at 2 inches (roses took three cuts  ~ cut the rose with stem in light green, then cut the detailed rose head in red paper by pressing shift, then cut the flower head in pink paper using the blackout feature)

Storybook Cuts ~ Cut a 3 1/2 inch oval in dark brown paper by pressing accent blackout and the shift key (pg. 53); cut a 3 1/4 inch oval in white cardstock by pressing accent blackout and the shift key (pg. 53).  I ran the white oval through my Sizzix embosser using the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder

Used pink gauze ribbon with white polka dots from the Paper Studio pastel ribbon pack (Hobby Lobby)

Hydrangea Card

Wild Card Cuts ~ Cut a 5 inch scallop card (pg. 32) from white cardstock; made the following cuts from multi-color polka dot paper: cut the liner (pg. 32) for the card face and the scallop frame (pg. 32) for the inside of the card at 5 inches; cut “Happy Mother’s Day” phrase (pg. 39) from dark brown paper at 6 inches

Walk in My Garden Cuts ~ Cut a 2 inch vase (pg. 102)  from dark brown paper; cut five hydrangeas (pg. 101) at 2 inches (hydrangeas took three cuts  ~ cut the flower with stem in light green, then cut the flower heads by pressing shift in light blue paper, then cut another set of flower heads in darker blue paper for variety)

Storybook Cuts ~ Cut a 3 1/2 inch oval in dark brown paper by pressing accent blackout and the shift key (pg. 53); cut a 3 1/4 inch oval in white cardstock by pressing accent blackout and the shift key (pg. 53).  I ran the white oval through my Sizzix embosser using the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder

Used light blue gauze ribbon with light blue satin borders from the Paper Studio pastel ribbon pack (Hobby Lobby)

Happy Birthday Sis! ~ Doily Card

I want to wish my dear sister, Paula a very happy birthday!  I made her birthday card and matching envelope out of My Mind’s Eye “Bloom and Grow” paper line.  The individual floral sheets I used from this line are called “Spring in Bloom”.  I bought five individual sheets from Hobby Lobby to ensure I had enough in case of mistakes.  I also used orange paper for the envelope’s liner from My Mind’s Eye paper stack called “Simply Delightful” and the colors worked perfectly!  I found inspiration for this card  from a truly talented card maker named Mary at her blog called Cardz TV.  Here is a link to an anniversary card she made for her in-laws: http://cardztv.blogspot.com/2010/04/doily-card.html.  I love how Mary used a Cuttlebug folder to emboss cream cardstock as the focal point and let the patterned paper decorate the other parts of the doily card.  Thanks Mary for the inspiration.  I truly love how this card turned out.

Here is the card’s recipe:

  • I cut the doily card base in cream cardstock from Cricut’s Wild Card cartridge at 5 inches
  • I cut the card’s circle liner in “Spring in Bloom” paper at 5 inches
  • I cut another circle liner in cream cardstock at 5 inches (I only wanted the left over circle for the inside of the card’s message)
  • I cut the doily card base again but this time I used the blackout feature and cut it using “Spring in Bloom” paper at 5 inches (I then used a paper trimmer to cut this in half)
  • I ran the top face of the cream doily card through my Sizzix embosser using a Stylized Flower A2 Cuttlebug folder
  • I adhered the floral circle liner to the face of the embossed cream card
  • I then adhered the “cut in half” blackout-cut floral paper to the inside of the doily card’s bottom half
  • I then adhered the cream circle to the floral bottom half
  • I applied miniMARKS rub-on transfers to the cream circle to decorate the message area
  • Lastly I ran orange ribbon through the doily card and tied it off at the top with a bow (Pastel Ribbon Scrap Pack by the Paper Studio)

Here is the envelope’s recipe:

  • I cut the doily envelope base in “Spring in Bloom” paper at 5 inches
  • I cut the envelope liner in orange paper from My Mind’s Eye “Simply Delightful” paper stack at 5 inches
  • I adhered the liner to the envelope base, scored and folded the envelope where dictated by the ‘tic’ marks, and glued down the appropriate edges

Hobby Lobby Haul

I went to my local Hobby Lobby store last weekend and got some goodies for future cards. I am pretty new to cardmaking so I am trying some of the products for the first time such as Stickles (a concentrated glitter glue). It seems to be a much better quality than the Dollar Tree glitter glues I was using LOL. I got a set of 3 Stickles for $4.99 which I think is a pretty good deal. I got Lavender, Stardust, and Cotton Candy. I also bought some single sheet patterned paper for a special birthday card I am making my sister. I love this paper from My Mind’s Eye. It’s called ‘Spring in Bloom’ from their Bloom & Grow line. It cost 59 cents per sheet.  I bought 5 sheets so that I would have enough in case I mess up a cut, etc. for the card.

I also bought some pastel brads and rub-on decals to go along with the pretty paper.  Additionally, Hobby Lobby had some nice items on clearance I found in the back of the store near the scrapbooking section.  I bought some nice ribbon that was on clearance for only 59 cents each.  These rolls have 6 ft. of ribbon on each roll (2 yards). I also found packaged ribbon (6 rolls for $2.99 on clearance) totalling 24 feet or 8 yards.  I am quickly learning that ribbon can become an addiction.  I love pretty ribbon and I am drawn to the gingham and the sheer types.

I am excited to share that I added another Cricut cartridge to my little collection.  I bought “Camp Out” on clearance for $29.99.  Not a bad deal and now I have 7 cartridges! 🙂  To further my money savings, I now need to keep an eye on coupons that Hobby Lobby offers.  I haven’t been good about researching sales but I plan on improving in this area since this hobby can get pricey.  Below is a gallery of my haul.

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