Monday, January 23, 2012

Love anniversary card

In my last post, I mentioned two babies that are due within 2 weeks.  My parents and my in-laws anniversaries are also within two weeks of each other.  This time, I just created two identical cards. 

I tried to follow the card sketch but didn't quite.  All cuts are from Storybook.

I'm entering this into the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #95- Label it!  

Baby Cards

A friend and a coworker are having babies- within two weeks of each other.  Here are cards I created for their showers. 

I used the same paper pack (DCWV Nana's Nursery Baby boy) and the same cartridge (Martha Stewart Birthday Cake Art) but the looks are completely different.  I love it! 

In case you are wondering, there are two different birthday cake cartridges.  One is called Birthday Cakes and the other is Martha Stewart Birthday Cake Art.  I own both of these cartridges. 

I've been working on a Pinterest directory of cricut projects.  It's amazing how it is coming along. 

Here is the link:

card front swap

I'm participating in a card front swap.  Here are the first two months.  December's theme was a sketch challenge and I came up with gratitude card.  The flower is from Give a Hoot and I used George to cut the rectangles/ squares.  January's theme was "A little birdie told me".  The bird and music notes are from Stretch your imagination.  All other cuts are from Birthday Bash. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Hippo Birdie Two Ewes!

My mom's birthday is in January.  Since I just saw her for Christmas and probably won't see her until after her birthday, I hurried to make her a card and wrap her present.

I made this saying using my label maker.
Here are the cuts (all at 2 1/2 inches): 
Hippo- Zooballoo
Bird- Stretch your Imagination (comes with the music notes)
Sheep- Birthday Bash (cut off their noise maker and then embossed with divine swirls) 

I made my mom open the card already.  She thought it was silly. 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Challenge: Birthday Cards with Animals

I had two birthdays this week:  my dad and a good friend's son (turning 3).  I combined these with Cricut Creative Cutter Room's Challenge to use animals.  Here is what I came up with:
 This is my dad's card.  Card base is from DCWV.  The raccoon is from Give a Hoot.  I believe 3 inches.  The top note shape is from Storybook- 5 inches.  I just cut a rectangle to fit behind.  Added buttons to a candle embellishment and stamped the Happy Birthday.  
Here is the young guy's.  Card base from the dollar section at Michaels (Studio G), giraffe from Birthday Bash, top notes from Storybook. 


Christmas Cards and Tags

As you can see, I've been busy making Christmas cards and tags.  I need to wrap presents, attach cards and labels and then make more if I need to.  My favorite card/tag are the Gingerbread men! 

Friday, October 7, 2011

October 2011. . . cards, thoughts, ramblings

 Wow!  I've been so busy!   I've finished my master's and started another year of school; I've finally finished my recipe book and have made lots of cards.  Unfortunately I've given most of my cards away as needed without taking pictures.  Last weekend I decided to play catch-up and add to my card stash for future events.  I decided to post here and include some things I've learned since my last post.
1.  I like shaped cards.  I bought the blue Doodlebug "file folder" type card at Archivers.  I love the extra touch the tab adds.  I bought some shaped cards in the dollar spot at Michaels like the one of the "No Tricks, Only Treats" card.  I've also cut some with my cricut (especially birthday bash cartridge).  I think this is an area I'd like to explore more.  These cards pose special design challenges.  
2.  I need to remember that I'm still learning and it's okay to explore.  I've thrown away pieces and cards that I haven't been able to salvage and I'm okay with that now.  I'm not too crazy about the "No Tricks, Only Treats" card above but as it is for a 6 year old boy, I'm still giving it away.  The "Boo" card was adjusted about 10 times.  I'm super happy with it now and think it's better than what I originally had in mind.  (some of the blocks are on foam tape- lots a lot better in person).  
3.  I am more than my tools.  I love my cricut; I love my cuttlebug.  But many of the cards in this post were made without either.  I am glad I've started exploring other types of paper crafting. 
 4.  It's okay to cut pieces off the side of the card.  I've been experimenting with pieces that hang off the edge of the card- like the circle above.  I think it adds more interest to the card. 

5.  It's also okay to have things at angles.  I can't line things up perfectly so I might as well twist and turn them.  Pumpkinman is from Stretch Your Imagination.  
6.  Time spent organizing really pays off.  I wanted to create Halloween cards and since I had just organized, I knew I had a sheet of DCWV with all kinds of blocks that could be cut apart.  I also found the plaid from a Jungle Safari mat stack that had a "fall" feel to it.  I recently color-coded my scraps.  I used the colors of the rainbow and have a ziplock for pinks/reds, orange/yellows, greens, blues, indigo/violets, light neutrals (white, cream), and dark neutrals (brown, black).  These ziplocs fit in an expandable file container (like this).  This is the best scrap system I've used-- easy to file, easy to look through, doesn't take up a lot of space. 
7.  Speaking of organizing, I unmounted my rubber stamps.  I literally just finished this.  Easy to do and seems to work well, I just peeled off the foam/rubber and sticker and stuck them together.  Most came off really easily, otherwise I used the microwave for 20 seconds or so.  I then used Aleene's tack-it-over-and-over (found at Michaels) to make it a cling stamp.  I am using clear cd jewel cased to store them in.    Here are some videos I referred to: and  Ask if you have questions.  For me, it saves just a little space but makes it so easy to find the stamp I want.  (I have all my thank you stamps together, all my birthday stamps together, etc.)  By the way, the squirrel above is from Give a Hoot. 
8.  Don't be afraid of patterned paper.  Kristina Werner has been presenting a series on using and mixing patterned papers.  I used her Large pattern/ small pattern/ "solid" to mix the papers above.  I like the "rule" to only have one multicolored pattern paper.  This keeps it from being too busy. 
9.  Speaking of pattern papers, you can stamp on pattern paper and cut it out.  See how it looks on the arrow with "Haunted House".   The owl is from Storybook. 

10.  Keep going until you "finish" the card. I like clean and simple cards but sometimes they look a tad boring.  I added the border lines and some stickles on this card.  The "Boo" frame is from Stretch your imagination.  The cat is from Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake Art. 
11.  Think outside the box.  The Snoopy above is actually a pin; not anything made to be put on a card.  Put on a flower from George, it can be used as a pin by the recipient.  The papers on the butterfly card are all repurposed Halloween papers.  Would you have guessed?  The "Wishing you a happy birthday" sentiments is two sentiments put together. 
12.  Fall in love with your card.  I made the spider from Doodlecharms and fell in love, especially with the spooked expression on his face.  This card makes me so happy!  I also love the elephant from Birthday Bash and think it's a great way to welcome a friend's new baby to the world.  I know I'm not an expert card maker and my cards lack the details that spend hours but I am proud that I can express my love to my family and friends this way. 

There you have a dozen new thoughts from me and 14 new cards.  Here are some challenges I am entering: 
*CARDZ TV:  Owl from Storybook. 

*Paper Playtime:  My Boo to You spider card uses black, orange, and purple. 

*Creative Cutter Room:  My squirrel card is a thank you card. 

*My Creative Time:  George is a font cartridge but I used it for the flower behind Snoopy. 

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Two more recipe pages

 I did another "something new" last night.  A friend and I went to Archiver's crop night.  I had never been to a crop night but we thought it would be fun.  It was!  When we got there, we were a little intimidated as everyone seemed like such professional crafters.  Everyone was nice though.  We worked on our recipe books.  I finished 2 more pages.  The first one only has 1 cricut cut- from Storybook.  I used the same technique to print on the title (I blurred the last name just on this picture- not in real life!) 
 The next page has no cricut cuts! 

Printing on cricut cuts plus a recipe page

I saw a video at about using Microsoft Word to print on cricut cuts.  I thought this was a great idea and incorporated it in a new project.  First, I made my sun cut with Doodlecharms.  (This was 3 inches)  I put some Zip 2 way glue on it and waited. 

 I designed what I wanted to print in word (the video shows how to do this) and put a piece of regular printer paper in the printer.  Note that I wrote the word UP on the paper to show which side was up in the tray. 
 I printed my words on the regular printer paper. 
 I stuck the now dry sun on top of where the words printed.  (Note that I also printed words on a blue "Top Note" from Storybook) 
I made the border in Word with no color and printed again. 
 I used the sun as my title for a recipe book page.  My cricuting friend and I made dessert recipe books.  Some close ups of this page: