I Promise It’s Me and I’m back…

This is my attempt at ‘dusting off the old cobwebs’ on this blog. I’ve missed you buddy and I’ve missed my blog friends even more. Though you have not seen me here lately, some may have seen me in a different forum. I’m a monthly contributor at Die Cut Crazy, a monthly digital magazine for die cut lovers. I thought I would share some past magazine projects with you as a way to say ‘hello old friends’.

DIE CUT CRAZY JULY 2013

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DIE CUT CRAZY AUGUST 2013

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DIE CUT CRAZY SEPTEMBER 2013

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DIE CUT CRAZY OCTOBER 2013

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If you’re interested in learning more about Die Cut Crazy (DCC), I hope you check out their website and their Facebook page. They are a growing magazine which is getting better and better with each issue! I’m so tickled to be a part of this journey. The contributors are a wonderful group of women (though I hope to see some crafty guys join up too)! And Stephanie, the Editor, is so sweet and helpful. She and her lovely husband, Jeremy, make the magazine magic happen with each issue. Not only is the magazine filled with contributors’ tutorials and photos, but there are card and scrapbook galleries for even more inspiration. If you’re feeling crafty ladies and gents and want to share your creations, send DCC an email. You might find yourself in their next issue! More details are provided in their post here.

Die Cut Crazy (DCC) offers three ways to purchase and download – via iPhone, iPad, or PDF. To check out the details in iTunes, click here. For a PDF version, click the DCC website here. The PDF version is perfect for those like me who do not have an iPhone or iPad. Just pay 99 cents and the issue is yours to keep on your computer. Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy!

My final note is to say how much I’ve missed my fellow blog buddies and visitors. I hope to ‘see’ you again soon. I have a lot of blog visiting to do to see what you all have been up to.  I’ve missed your talented creations and want you to know how much you inspire me.

Thank you,

Vanessa

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Two Hearts – Anniversary Card

Here is an A2 anniversary card I made for my parents’ 46th wedding anniversary! It’s a simple card with only two die-cut hearts from the Sweethearts cartridge but I think the colorful paper does the rest. The pretty blue card base is from Michael’s Recollections Preppy Beach cardstock and the cheery patterned paper is from American Crafts’ Pebbles Seen & Noted.

2heartsanniversary

I love the chevron paper! Is that an old trend now or did I make it in time! 🙂 I cut two of these chevron hearts at 2.5 inches – gluing one onto the card and popping the other one on top with dimensionals. I offset the left heart cut at 3 inches to have it go off the page a bit. I’m liking this style.

I used Fiskars All Year Greetings Stamps and StazOn Black Ink for the sentiment and a corner rounder on the bottom edges. I finished it off with baker’s twine from Martha Stewart.

The timing of this anniversary card with Jo’s Fun-day Friday Challenge worked out great! FFC #4 is “Anything Goes!!!!” To check out the challenge on Jo’s blog, click here.

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa

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

Pinky, Sparkly Birthday Card

Here is a 5 x 7 birthday card I made for my sister. It’s really girly and was easy to make using the flower stickers from American Crafts Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic. The fun cloud paper is from Michael’s Recollections All Seasons Cardstock Paper (8.5 x 11 stack). I trimmed a sheet down to 5 x 7 inches and adhered it to the white card base using my pink Scotch ATG gun.

Pinky, Sparkly Birthday Card

Side View

The grass layers (base and base shift)  were cut from Straight from the Nest (SFTN) at 2.5 inches. The bottom grass layer was adhered directly to the card base and then I used foam dimensionals to raise up the top grass layer that has the flower stems. I used The Paper Studio’s Celebrations paper pack for the grass and for the word “Celebrate”. The Celebrate layers (phrase and phrase shadow) were cut from SFTN at 1.5 inches. The Zig 2-Way glue pen does a perfect job for these smaller, intricate cuts. I added a pop of bright pink 1/8 inch ribbon and tied a bow. I punched 2 butterflies out of yellow cardstock using a punch from Emagination. I glued one directly to the card base and then used a glue pen on the center of the top butterfly so I could raise its wings a bit. Before adhering the top butterfly, I coated it in Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles, let it dry, and then used Liquid Pearls White Opal to add some more detail.

Celebrate Birthday Card

I like how this card came together easily but with fun, girly colors and lots of sparkle. For a quick 5 x 7 envelope, use “Just Because Cards” and cut out the third envelope on the bottom row of the key pad at 7 1/4 inches. For these larger envelopes, a 12 x 24 mat and longer paper are needed. I use 11 x 17 cardstock from Desktop Publishing Supplies. I also used Design Studio to rotate my envelope 90 degrees to have the envelope cut lengthwise. I hide the score marks before cutting for a cleaner look and use my score board to score the folds. A 7 1/4 inch envelope leaves plenty of room for the 5 x 7 card that may have slightly raised dimensional layers.

Envelope (JBC)

Envelope JBC 7.25 inches for a 5x7 card

A Carrot For You!

Are you in shock? It’s me, I promise. I’ve been MIA lately but never too far from the craft room. I did some cleaning and reorganizing but I’ve kept a low profile because I didn’t have any paper crafts to share until tonight. I finally got back in the craft room to get re-energized and to remind myself how much I do enjoy making cards. I made this little Easter card using my new Fancy Frames cartridge that hubby got me this month just because. 🙂 I wonder if he was secretly trying to aid me in creating again. I still have so many other goodies to delve into from Christmas and my birthday but I decided to take it slow as I got reacquainted with my Cricut machine. The last time I used it was in December! Well, enough of me trying to explain where I’ve been and why I haven’t been on here lately. I don’t really know why myself, but I have missed blogging, crafting, and reaching out to all my blog pals!

This simple Easter card is A2 (4.25 inches by 5.5 inches). I used Design Studio to scale the light green Fancy Frames image to 4 inches by 5.25 inches. I cut the corresponding background mat in pink at the same size. The bunny rabbit is cut at 3.75 inches from Four Legged Friends. I used Stardust Stickles on its belly, a pom-pom for the tail, and squiggly eyes for some whimsy. Each carrot (front and inside of the card) is cut from Just Because Cards at 3 inches.

Fancy Frames, Four Legged Friends, Just Because Cards

Carrot - Just Because Cards

I stamped “for you” on the front carrot using Fiskars “All Year Greetings”. I love this little stamp! I added a small bow of twine to the carrot as if it was a gift from the bunny. 🙂 The Happy Easter stamp on the inside is from Stampabilities.

Most of the paper used is from Colorbök (I recently learned it’s pronounced as color book, not color bock! I love getting their solid colored cardstock pads at Wal-mart for $5. They cut cleanly and have a nice linen texture.

Thanks for checking out my wee little card. It’s simple, but I’m taking my journey back into paper crafting nice and slow! 😉

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

You’re A Blast – Birthday Card

Rocket Card - Just Because Cards

This card is for my nephew, Cody. He is turning 15! This left me with a challenge though as to how to make him a card appropriate for a teenager and it be a masculine card as well. My Cricut cartridges are limited so I don’t have many images for teenagers. Luckily, on the “Just Because Cards” cartridge, there was a rocket themed card so I went with that. I hope it doesn’t look too young. The entire card is made using all of the layers for the rocket theme, even the card base. All of the layers are cut at 7 inches, except for the inside sticker which is cut at 2 inches. The envelope is also cut at 7 inches and fits the card very well. The card when folded measures 3 1/8 x 7 inches so it’s a tall, skinny card. I did something a little different on this one – I glued another card base in white to the inside of the red card base. It looks like a liner and I like the added weight. The “Happy Birthday” sentiment is a rub-on.

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Side View

Thanks for looking!
Vanessa

“Special Delivery” Anniversary Card

Hello all ~ I made a card for my sister and brother-in-law’s upcoming anniversary. They have an autumn anniversary so I played on the idea of autumn leaves but kept the card’s colors bright and playful to fit any occasion. I love the stamp image on Wild Card so I played on the theme of “Special Delivery for two special people” which is the inside sentiment that I typed in Word. The special delivery design can be seen in the stamp mat, the postal mark I made in Word, and in the miniature envelope filled with autumn leaves. It’s as if the envelope idea is deconstructed – envelope, then postal mark, then stamp. It was fun  playing with these elements to design a card for a special event.

The stamp image on Wild Card is found under the alphabet feature. It normally has an inner cut that reads “stamped with love” but I hid these lines to just get the stamp shape cut at 4.5 inches. I then added a square mat measuring 4 inches which I ran through my printer to print the postal mark. I sewed these two layers together with a zig-zag stitch (this is the second time I’ve sewn a card so it’s not perfect! 🙂 ). I cut the cute envelope at 2.5 inches from Just Because Cards and the leaves are from Potpourri Basket cut at 2 inches (these are originally from Doodlecharms). The card base is 5 inches square so I cut an envelope from Walk in My Garden at 5 inches to mail it to my sister! The leaves are doodled with a fine point black pen and distressed with brown ink. I then embossed them with Cuttlebug folders – D’vine Swirls and Swiss Dots. I added a little bow to the envelope with a glue dot.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

http://fantabulouscricut.blogspot.com/2012/11/challenge-me-monday-136.html (Fall Harvest – Make a project using Fall leaves) Deadline: Midnight November 11 (MST)

http://cardztv.blogspot.com/2012/11/attitude-of-gratitude-cricut-cardz.html (Attitude of Gratitude – Make a card for Thanksgiving using any cartridge(s), and any colors you’d like) Deadline: Noon November 20 (EST)

Life is Tweet! – DCWV Challenge

Hello all! I ran across a challenge at Northridge Publishing’s Create Blog. The challenge is to create any project using your favorite Die Cuts With a View (DCWV) paper stack. Six lucky crafters will win 12 new stacks of DCWV patterned paper (one for each month of the year!) I would be so excited to win since I love paper and I love DCWV! I thought the challenge was worth a try (you’ll never know unless you try, right?) so I made this “Life is Tweet” card featuring DCWV’s Linen Closet paper and cuts from Cricut’s Four Legged Friends (FLF) cartridge.

The entire card is made of Linen Closet paper and I used two sizes of stacks – some sheets from a 12×12 pad and some sheets from a 4.5 x 6.5 mat stack. The smaller mat stack has the same designs but they are printed smaller so you can layer against the larger prints of the 12×12. I like mixing the two sizes together for dimension.

Cricut Cartridges and Sizes of Cuts:

  • Bird (4 1/4 inches) – Four Legged Friends
  • Cage (3 inches) – Four Legged Friends
  • Scalloped Mat Layer (5 inches) – Just Because Cards
  • Scalloped Card Base with tan trim (7 inches) – Just Because Cards (this makes the perfect 5×7 card)
  • Life is Tweet (1 3/4 inches) – Straight from the Nest

Other Supplies:

Tan Hemp Cord – tied a double bow through the holes cut in the edges of the scalloped mat

Pearl Embellishment

Googly Eyes

Glossy Accents – for the bird’s cheeks

Stampabilities Brown Ink – to distress the cage

Foam Adhesive Squares – to pop up the bird and cage for dimension

Zig 2-Way Glue Pen – to apply adhesive on those tiny cuts

Elmer’s CraftBond Dot Runner

Here is another card I made last year using the same Linen Closet stack and Four Legged Friends cartridge. I love the light blues and tans of this DCWV stack!

Nautical Birthday Wishes

This card is for my dear brother-in-law (BIL) who is celebrating a birthday very soon! I usually struggle with masculine cards but the rustic card base, color scheme, and sailboat image helped me pull this one together without too much fuss! 🙂 I hope my BIL likes it! I usually get wordy in my descriptions because I use my blog as a journal describing how I made a card or why I did something a certain way; so if you are interested, more details follow below. If not, here are some pictures of the card and envelope. 🙂

To help with the masculine feeling, I used Colorbok’s 12×12 patterned paper called “French Prep”. I bought this lovely paper from Wal-mart for only $5.00! I find myself promoting Colorbok quite a bit in my posts but I’m always excited to find paper at a reasonable price. (I’m not endorsed by any companies – I’m just a lover of good deals). The textured kraft and chocolate cardstocks are from Wausau’s 12×12 Creative Collection called “Mocha Mix” which can be bought at Amazon for around $6.00.

I used three Cricut cartridges for the overall card and envelope. The cute sailboat is cut from “Just Because Cards” at 2 inches. The card base and envelope are cut from “Wild Card” at 4 3/4 inches. The card’s frame layers are also cut at 4 3/4 inches using “French Prep” papers. I improvised on the four corners of one of the frames due to a stamping mishap. I had already cut it once in striped paper, put little brads in the frame’s hole cut-outs, and adhered it… but then I had a stamping incident ~ I wanted to add my BIL’s birthday date to the right side of the card, so I used my K&Company Smash Date Stamp but a very noticeable smudge landed on the frame! So I cut the frame again in chocolate cardstock and cut off the four squared corners to glue them on top of the striped frame. I had to push the chocolate squares with the hole cut-outs over the brads since they were already adhered to the card through the striped paper! It turned out to be a happy mistake because I like the brown contrast with the light blues and tans. And even the paper smushed over the brads kinda makes it look like brown leather. I embellished the sailboat with Baby Blue Liquid Pearls and raised the boat up using foam dimensionals. I also “aged” the card’s rough edge using brown ink and a sponge dauber.

The frame on the inside of the card is cut at 2 inches using “Potpourri Basket”. It’s the shadow feature for the “Welcome” sign in case anyone has this cartridge. I used two rub-ons in white ink for the birthday greeting.

Thanks for checking out my card!

~Vanessa