Thursday, May 31, 2012

Cutest and fastest baby boy card I ever made!!

Fellow crafters.... watch out! You are going to be hooked after I tell you about my new fav Cricut Imagine cartridge called Greeting cards Inside & Out. I often spend lots of time on the outside of a card only to neglect the inside. But this cartridge solves that dilemma! Because it's for the Imagine, the card and layers are printed and cut so assembly and embellishment is all I have to do. LOVE that when I am in a rush but still must put my best foot forward.

Ok, so I chose the card on page 12 of the handbook for a friend who just had a baby boy. I printed and cut the card at 5.5 relative size so that the layer would match. Laying down the card looks seamless. A square card with a funky baby word pattern.

However, when you lift it up, you automatically notice that there is a cut out in the front of the card that shows a baby carriage design inside!!! So cute! To make sure the design was seamless, I used herma dotto repositionable adhesive on the back of the baby carriage so that I could line it up with the design on the outside of the card and then close it so that the carriage would adhere on the inside of the card.

I love a good surprise in a card. Because the front is so busy, I wanted to make the inside clean and clear. With little room to write my sentiments, I stamped congrats on the top and then hand wrote a message on the bottom.

There was no room for the gift to go inside the card so I used zots to stick it to the back of the card. But wait...Cricut has started branding it's cards!! Another surprise. Good for them, but I had to add my branding too!! We've all got to make a living!! LOL! Luckily, DCWV makes a perfect square envelope 5.5" that fit this card perfectly.


p.s. let me know how you like it? and if you have this cart... let me know how you like it too!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

NSD Something old, Something new Challenge

The Cricut Circle has been hosting National Scrapbook Day challenges all week. I was out of town, so I am entering work I made today in hopes to win some new products! This challenge asks us to create a project using an older Cricut cart and a newer one. The project must include at least 2 Cricut cuts and the prize is a 5 pack of Cricut carts (that I do not yet have!!) So excited!

All the cardstock used is from Bazzill. The old Cricut Cart I used is called My Community and the  plaid ribbon was cut at 4". The rick-rack edge and the decorative edged card was cut from a newer Cricut cart called Sophie. I embellished the ribbon with a fabric flower from K and Company and bling from my stash. I also added bling to the decorative edge of the card. This is one of my fav Sophie cards.

I think I am going to use this as a congrats card for a friend. Wish me luck!


Friday, May 11, 2012

NSD Color Challenge - Cricut Circle

This card is my creation for the Cricut Circle's National Scrapbooking Day Color Challenge. We were asked to create a project using the colors in the photo below and 2 Cricut cuts. The prize is a Cricut Expression machine.

I decided to make a square card using a cricut cut from the Preserves cart to close the front of the card and a princess print and cut from Best Friends Imagine cart. The card base is from American Crafts - 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 trifold card in black. The colored cardstock is from my stash but I believe it is by Bazzill.

Wish me luck!


NSD Recipe Challenge - Cricut Circle

The challenge: 3 cricut cuts, 3 patterened papers, butterfly bird or bug, stitching (pen, hand, etc.), color yellow.

The Prize: a NEW cricut cart - Tags, bags, boxes & more 2, cricut gel pens, cricut scoring pens & housing

The 3 cricut cuts - I love using left over cuts. For example, the circle is the center of a frame I cut out from Wild Cards cart, the birds are cut from the Sophie cart from a card that cut out the shapes of the birds at the bottom of a card. I print and cut the happy birthday from the Lori's Garden cart. All the elements are raised on Zots 3D glue dots.

The 3 patterned papers: are from 3 different Martha Stewart mat pads and the pen stitiching was made with my zig brown pen. The yellow card is from DCWV.

I'm luck #37. Wish me luck!


Happy Mother's Day 2012

This one is a 2-for...I made this card yesterday for Mother's Day and for the NSD Crop: Art Inspiration challenge hosted by the Cricut Circle. The prize is a Cuttlebug and 2 embossing folders. The winner will be chosen at random. I am lucky #28! Wish me luck! I have included the art provided for the challenge below. I chose to focus on the colors, butterflies and flower as my inspiration for this original creation.

This card is for my Godmother who has been in my life from birth. I wanted to make a very special card to thank her for her presence in my life. This is one of my fav card cuts from the Sophie cart. The layers were cut from stock images in the Cricut Expression 2. I love adding bling to the butterflies. I combined the tulle flowers from K and Company with Pebbles to create unique embellishments.
  • Cricut cart Sophie, stock images in E2
  • SEI Poppy Stack
  • Bazzill cardstock
  • Pebbles
  • bling from my stash
  • K and Company Brenda Walton Fabric Art

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mother's Day Card

I created 2 mother's day cards on the fly today to pop in the mail for the special mothers in my life. I took a card I previously cut and embellished it for the ocassion. Happy Mother's Day!
  • Cricut cart Sophie
  • EK Success sticko dimensional stickers
  • Happy Mother's Day stamp from my stash
  • Dotted cardstock - double sided from my stash

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Good Teachers are Never Forgotten

This week is national appreciation week. After I prepared gifts for the teachers at both of my kids' schools,  I found out that my daughter's school PTA served breakfast and lunch to the teachers two weeks ago. I still believe in showing appreciation for teachers and other staff during this week so I am going forward as planned. I could not do their job. I respect their abilities and patience. So I got to creating a special card to express our thanks.

I designed a card, envelope and gift bag for the occasion using school-themed scrapbook papers, Cricut cuts and my favorite teacher-themed stamps. I used different papers on the outside and inside of the card. Stamping my children's names is a time saver.

Using cuts in varying sizes creates a coordinated look. Envelopes and gift bags are often forgotten so I decided to coordinate everything using stamps and dimensional stickers.

Card base - Jo Ann Essentials white value pack cards and envelopes
Solid color layer - SEI Poppy Stack, DCWV adhesive mat stack (neutral)
Patterned paper - Over the Moon Press by EK Success - Classroom ABC
and Back to School border, Colorbok ABCs
Ribbon - American Crafts Premium Ribbon
Stamps - Teacher stamp set by Clear and Simple Stamps, Heart - Something Sweet stamp set by Stampin' Up!, fonts - Impression Obsession
Dimensional stickers - pencils, chalkboard by Punch studio and crayons Karen Foster Designs
Cricut cuts - Apple print and cut from Cricut Imagine cart Kate's Kitchen 3" inside card and 5.5" on gift bag, banner on the card, envelope and gift bag print and cut from Best Friends at 1.5" and 2"
Ink - sweetheart inkers in blue and brown, Colorbok burnt sienna chalk ink, ranger archival ink in jet black

I thought a softer font would be better for my daughter's cards. I decided not to link the letters (even though they are cursive) for a unique look. 

Here I am in my craft room making 15 cards and gift sets. Teachers will receive either Tastefully Simple or Fruit flavored loose tea from Teavana.