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

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

“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

Autumn Leaf Shape Card

With Autumn settling into my mind, I’ve delved into making some Fall inspired cards. I may use some of these for Thanksgiving greetings. Today I created this leaf-shaped card using Cricut’s Design Studio to weld two leaves together. The leaf is originally from Doodlecharms but it’s also included on the Potpourri Basket cartridge, which is the one I have. I used two shadows at 6 inches (flipping one and then pivoting each leaf to intersect enough to hold the card together when folded). I am always looking for ways to weld things together because I love shape cards. The trick is getting enough points to intersect for durability.

Here’s a screen shot of the weld ~ 

And here is the final card ~

I used brown ink to distress the top leaf and the card base. I typed the “Happy Fall” sentiment using Word. I printed it on Paper Studio’s “Natural Botanical” paper trimmed to fit my printer. Then I hand cut it into a banner. I love the typewriter look of the font. It’s called “Batik Regular” in 22 point bold. I used some thin twine and a button to finish off the look. It’s secured with a glue dot.

For the inside, I used an inspirational quote by Albert Camus ~ font is Batik Regular in 14 point. More inking here too.

Autumn Owl Birthday Card with Envelope

Ok, this is one of those cards that I’m not thrilled about. I hope it grows on me in time before I make the decision to mail it to my other brother-in-law who has a birthday coming up later in October. Since he has an autumn birthday, I wanted to use fall-colored patterned paper for the owl card on the “Wild Card” cartridge. I have never made this card before and the opportunities for embellishment are limited due its shape. To make it a bit more masculine, I added a velvety orange belt and used a leaf slider from the “Straight From the Nest” cartridge as a buckle. I wanted to add a birthday sentiment and the only space left was at the top. To keep it from being too plain, I added some maple leafs  and now the placement reminds me of a cluster of flowers as if this was for a female! Maybe I’m just too close to it since just having made it and it’s not that bad. Any whooo (pun intended), I do like the greeting printed on the inside that starts with “Greetings Wise One” so I may just run with it.

The card base was cut at 5 inches along with the corresponding envelope (Wild Card). The slider was cut at 1 & 1/4 inches and worked well with the 1/4 inch ribbon. I ran the slider and the leaves through my Swiss Dots embossing folder and used Ink It Up! inks to distress them. The autumn paper is from Paper Studio’s “Natural Botanical” stack at Hobby Lobby. I used Glossy Accents on the beak, buttons for the eyes, and a rub-on for Happy Birthday.

The inside greeting was printed using my computer. To do this, cut another owl card on lighter paper and cut it in half with scissors. You will need to use the right half to print the sentiment. Take note of the length and width of your shape so that your text doesn’t overflow and get cut off. I use a plain sheet of copy paper first to test how it will print and adjust as needed. Once I am happy with the result, I line up the shape on the back side of the copy paper and tape it down on a few edges. Then just run it back through your printer so that the text prints on the shape. Peel off the tape and adhere the sentiment to your card base. Sometimes when I’m lining up a shape on the back side of copy paper I forget to flip the shape when actually taping it down. Keep this in mind so that the text prints on the side you want.

Thanks for taking a look! Any opinions (negative or positive) are welcome :).

~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

Wreath Christmas Card

Hi all – here is another card I made using Cricut’s Christmas Village. I cut the wreath image in green and red cardstock at 5 inches to fit a 5×7 card base. The only issue I have with the Christmas Village cartridge is that it doesn’t have a layer feature which would easily allow you to add different colors to your image. So I found a work around using Design Studio software. I cut a wreath out in red cardstock but prior to cutting, I hid the contour lines so the berries would not cut out. I then cut an unedited wreath in green cardstock which allowed the circles for the berries to cut. I paper pieced the green wreath portion to fit on top of the red wreath using scissors. This allowed the red bow and red berries to show through. I ran the wreath layers through a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder for texture and then used glossy accents on top of the “berries” to add shine and dimension. It’s hard to tell in the photo but the wreath is popped up with foam dimensionals. The green music sheet is from Paper Studio’s Ornamental Christmas Paper Pack.

Thanks for stopping by!

Vanessa

Wild Card’s Leaf Card – Thanksgiving

I made another Thanksgiving card tonight using Cricut’s Wild Card cartridge. On page 43, there is a nice card base called. Other images for this card include the “Happy Thanksgiving” sentiment and leaf icons. I really like the oval cut-out and the coordinating scalloped frame. I cut all of the corresponding cuts at 7 inches, including the envelope. The envelope is embellished with a leaf icon cut at 7 inches in green card stock. I used a paper trimmer to cut off the excess where the leaf folds over to the addressed side.  Since I will be mailing this card, trimming the leaf portion was necessary. The two charms hanging from the jewelry cord are cut from Cricut’s Designer Calendar cartridge at 1 1/2 inches (pages 36 & 37 for the images, and 47 for the round and square bases). The patterned card stock is from Paper Studio’s Natural Botanical stack and the card base is from Wal-Mart’s 8 1/2 x 11 earth tones card stock found in their office supply section.  I added two small adhesive pearls on the scalloped frame to finish off the card.

I have one more Thanksgiving card that I need to make and it doesn’t require mailing.  It is to be given to my husband who is so loving and supportive of my hobby.  I have a design in mind and hopefully I can get it completed tomorrow.

Till then,

Vanessa

Pumpkins and more pumpkins!

Tonight I made some more 3-D paper pumpkins.  I am giving two to my sister and two to my mother-in-law.  Hopefully they will enjoy them and can use them as decorations for Thanksgiving.  I also made a magnet for each of them using the oval shape from Cricut’s Wild Card cartridge.  Size dimensions are listed below.  More details on how to complete each project can be found at my earlier posts: 3-D Paper Pumpkins and Thanksgiving Pumpkin Card (oval shaped pumpkin).

Dimensions 

3-D Pumpkins (paper is from The Paper Studio’s Natural Botanical)

  • Small pumpkins (12 strips measuring 6 inch x 1 inch;  3 inch string between brads)
  • Leaves – Storybook cartridge cut at 2 inches (flipped one)
  • Stem – Wild Card cartridge cut at 4 inches
  • Medium pumpkin (18 strips measuring 9 inch x 1 inch; 4 inch string between brads)
  • Leaves – Storybook cartridge cut at 3 inches (flipped one)
  • Stem – Wild Card Cartridge cut at 5 inches

Pumpkin Magnet (light orange paper is from Colorbok)

  • 3 individual ovals – Wild Card cartridge cut at 2 inches (hid contour line of inner oval)
  • Pumpkin base achieved by welding 3 of these same ovals together in Design Studio; base allowed for stem to be sandwiched between base and ovals (raised center oval up with foam tape for dimension)
  • Stem – Wild Card cartridge cut at 4 inches (manually trimmed down the top of stem with scissors)
  • Magnet adhered to base using Glossy Accents (can be used as a bonding agent when not used for embellishment)

Autumn Leaves on a Tree – Thanksgiving Card

I am quite tickled with how this card turned out.  It’s a simple card and didn’t take that long to put together but I love the autumn scene that the tree from the Bloom cartridge provided.  I’m also pleased that my button and hemp cord worked out.  I actually threaded the button and didn’t use any adhesive or glue (woo hoo!).  I am not that great at bows, etc. so this is an area that I need more practice with.  I plan on sending each family member a different Thanksgiving card so that it’s unique.  This is the second one made so far, and I have more planned out.  I just have to pick out the papers, cut, and assemble.

Details

Walk In My Garden Cartridge

  • card base (5 inches)
  • square mat on front (4 inches)
  • square mat on inside (4 1/2 inches)

Wild Card Cartridge

  • postage stamp mat layer (4 1/2 inches) –  I hid the contour lines that said “Stamped with Love

Bloom Cartridge

  • tree layers and leaves (3 3/4 inches)

All paper is from Paper Studio.  I used their Natural Botanical 12×12 card stock pad and 8 1/2 x 11 brown card stock.  The stamp is from Stampabilities.  Hemp cord is from Wal-mart and the button is from my stash.

Thanks for looking!  I would love your feedback so please leave a comment or vote at the top of the post!

Vanessa