Friday, December 31, 2010

Christmas Gifts - Glitter ornaments

Yes, I know, Christmas is over! Things were so nuts right before Christmas that I made these gifts but didn't have time to post them. They turned out so cute, that I wanted to share even though it's after Christmas. Maybe they will inspire you for next year. The first gifts are glitter ornaments. I know that many people have posted these this year. I made them last year for my son's 1st grade teacher and for my little one's daycare provider but this year I got a little more inspired!! I have to give a great big thank you to Joy at the Everyday Cricut blog which is where I saw these posted last year. I made mine just like she did using Pledge with future shine to coat the inside, then Martha Stewart fine glitter. I love this project because my kids can shake the glitter around so they have helped make it. This year I decided to make one for my oldest son's teacher, and also for the music and P.E. teacher. The red one I've posted was the one I made for the music teacher. She does such and amazing job and I wanted her's to be special. I used Garnet glitter, then cut the B from Winter Woodland at 1 1/2" with the shadow in white and then in black. I wanted to put music notes around the ornament and didn't have Quarter Note yet. (I got it for Christmas!!) I had just gotten my Winter Frolic cartridge and was thrilled to find the music boarder that went with the carolers. I cut it four times at 1" in black vinyl and then put it around the middle. The blue ornament was for my other son's daycare provider. I had given her one last year with her initial, so I wasn't going to do one again. But, my 3 year old wanted to do one like his big brother. I did this one with lapis blue. I cut the nativity from the Inspired Heart cartridge at 2" but the curved borders would not lay flat so I cut them off. I cut the Bethlehem star from one of the boarders on Winter Frolic and the star border was from Winter Frolic as well cut at 1" I hope you enjoy these!! Thanks for looking!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Cricut Circle Monthly Challenge

I'm so excited that I'm finally doing one of the challenges on the Cricut Circle blog! It's just under the deadline, but that's ok! The challenge this month was to make something that would be a gift. We had to use at least two cricut cuts, the color red, ribbon, a tag from a cartridge and a phrase from a cartridge.

I made a gift bag to hold the candle I made. It's a belated Christmas gift for someone, so I went with a snowman theme so it would work for winter as well. I cut the "bag" portion by using box #1 from the Christmas Village seasonal mini. Thanks to an earlier post from the circle blog that inspired this idea!! I cut the box at fit to page in white cardstock so it would be sturdy, then again in blue snowflake paper from the DCWV Christmas stack from last year to cover it. For the front and back of my "bag" I cut snowman #2 from the Winter Frolic cartridge at 6". I cut the body in white textured cardstock which I ran through my cuttlebug using my Swiss Dots folder. The shadow I cut in dark blue. I cut the layers in light blue for the top of the ear muffs then again in red so the other parts would be red. I flocked the mittens, scarf and ear muffs with red flock from Doodlebug. I used the carrot layer for the nose, but I didnt' like the pink cheek layers so I simply chalked the snowman's cheeks with pink. Then, I used my glue glider to attach the snowmen to the front and back of the box. The tag was also cut from Winter Frolic from the same snowman. I cut the blue at 3" and the patterned paper at 2 3/4" so it would be solid. The phrase was from the same snowman and cut at 2 1/2". The ribbon for the handle and the tag was from some Christmas ribbon that walmart had last year that I stocked up on after Christmas!

The candle was made using a technique that I first saw on the blog. I stamped the image which is by Great Impressions on tissue paper. I added some color with bic markers. Then, I laid the tissue paper on the candle and covered it with wax paper. Using my heat gun I went over the candle until the tissue paper had melted into the candle.

I hope you enjoyed my project. Good luck to all those who entered the challenge!!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Butterfly Thank you Card

Life is crazy!!! And as it usually works out, right after I join the blog motivation support group on the Cricut Circle Message Board, life gets so crazy that I haven't had time to post on the Message Board, much less my blog.

Last month my grandmother passed away. She was an amazing lady. One of her favorite things was butterflies. I made these thank you cards for my church and the school where I worked for the cards and flowers. I decided to use butterflies in her honor.

The base of the card was made from white 12x12 cardstock that was cut in half, then cut at a length of 9". This makes a card that is 6" x 4 1/2" and fits perfectly into the invitation envelopes that you can find the the Walmart office supply section. The brown and rose colored cardstock were both from Core'dinations the Nostalgia stack. I cut the brown 1/8" smaller than the front of my base, and the rose 1/4" smaller than that. The patterned paper is from the Laundry Line stack from My Minds Eye and was cut 1/4" smaller than the rose piece. All of the layers were inked with Chestnut Cat's eye ink. The butterfly was cut with the cuttlebug combo die and embossing set. I used cardstock from the jewled Core'dinations stack and sanded the embossing. Some pink skittles acctented the body. The tag was from the Heritage cartridge and cut at 3/4". The sentiment was from Penny Black, and stamped in Chocolate ink from Close to my Heart. I attatched in on brown satin ribbon from Walmart, and added the antique embellishments from the Paper Studio in the corner.

On the inside of the card, I cut the layers the same size as the front, substituting the cream colored cardstock for the patterned paper. The butterfly inside was cut at 1 1/2" from Home Decor in the patterned paper with a shadow from the rose color.

I hope you have enjoyed this card. I know my grandma would have.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Seasons Change

Life has been insane!!! Between teaching school, responsibilities at the church we pastor, two kids which includes scouts and flag football I have been running crazy! Unfortunately, that means I've had precious little time in my craft room lately and when I have been there, I'm too tired to think! I do have a card in the works that I was hoping to post tonight, but hopefully I'll get it done to post tomorrow. I did, however, want to post a picture of the bulletin board I finished at church last night. It's kind of funny that I haven't posted a picture of any of my bulletin boards from church or school on here since this time of year that's what I use my cricut for the most!

The board is covered with brown craft paper. The ribbon boarder is from some seasonal ribbon from Walmart. I love using ribbons for my boarders because I roll them back up and they are already cut the right size to use again! The leaves in the corners are from Stretch your Imagination. The ones without the gold outline embossed on my cuttlebug with the Divine Swirls folder and inked with copper Cats Eye ink. The letters were cut at 4" from Nursury Rhymes. The pumpkin is from the Thanksgiving mini cartridge. I cut it at fit to page on my 12' x 24' mat. The green and orange are from pack of cardstock from Hobby Lobby. Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy!!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Fall is in the Air!!

I love fall!!! I love the colors, the smells, and most of all the cooler weather! We aren't officially into fall yet, but when we had been averaging 105 every day here in Western Oklahoma and then have days with mornings in the 50s and highs in the 80s, it makes me feel like fall is on the way! While in my scraproom this past weekend I felt inspired to make a fall themed card.

The card base is the white, premade 5x6 card. My first layer was dark burgandy cardstock from Hobby Lobby cut at 4 7/8" x 6 7/8". The next layer was New England Ivy from Close to My Heart cut at 4 1/2"x 6 1/2". I embossed this piece with my Cuttlebug using the Autumn Type Folder. I inked over the embossed area with a Copper Cat's Eye ink pad. I cut the scalloped oval from Lacy Labels at 4 inches. The shadow piece is Autumn Terracotta from CTMH. I inked all the edges with a chestnut Cat's Eye ink. The stamped image is from Stampendous and called Harvest Angel. I colored her with my prisma pencils using the Goo Gone technique. I accented her wings, halo and scrolls on her skirt with Copper Stickles to give her some bling. The gold ribbon is from Hobby Lobby, and the jeweled leaf accent is from a pack of buttons in the fabric section of Walmart. I tacked it to the ribbon with gold thread.

For the inside of the card I again layered the burgandy and New England Ivy cardstock. The leaf accent was cut from Stretch Your Imagination at 2 inches using Autumn Terracotta and gold from the Die Cuts With a View. I have to say that the leaves on Stretch Your Imagination are my favorite leaf cuts to use! The stamped sentiment is also from Stampendous and was stamped in Chocolate ink from CTMH.

I hope you have enjoyed this card as much as I enjoyed making it!

Tales from the Cut Drawer!

Does anyone else have a cut drawer? "What is a cut drawer?" you ask. Well I don't know about you, but many times when I'm finished with my project I end up with extra cuts. Usually they are flowers as I tend to cut out more than I need. Sometimes they are cuts that I made thinking I wanted one size, and then after it is cut realize I needed a bigger size. Now like most of you, I HATE wasting my papers and cartstock. Especially if it's the good stuff!! Now I won't cry over a piece of cardstock from the 100 sheet pack from Hobby Lobby, but let me cut something I can't use from DCWV cardstock or Heaven forbid my Core'dinations, well...I don't want to think about it. Yes, I do make test cuts with cheap cardstock if I'm really not sure what size I want. But sometimes I end up with a cut that I decide I want just a 1/2 inch smaller. Other times, I make all of the cuts I think I want for a layout or card, but when I actually start putting it together I decide I don't want to use some of them. Those things (along with all the extra flowers!) get sent to "The Cut Drawer!" I have one drawer in one of my plastic organizers from Walmart dedicated to these extra cuts. They are great inspiration for new projects especially if you are in a hurry!! Need a quick card or embellishment? Just open the cut drawer and see whats there!

This card came from that wonderful cut drawer! When making the purses in my last post, I originally cut the cherries at 3". I had cut all the layers and assembled the cut when I realized it was too big for the purse. To the cut drawer it went just waiting for another day and another card! I put this card on a 5x7 white card base. The black and red cardstock was from Hobby Lobby. The black first layer was cut at 4 7/8" x 6 7/8". The red layer was cut at 4 1/2" x 6 1/2". I embossed the top with my Cuttlebug using my Swiss Dots folder and punched the bottom edge with the Threading Water Punch. For a contrast piece, I cut a 2 1/2" strip of the black polka dot paper I had used on the purses. The cherries are from the Preserves cartridge and cut at 3" using Christmas glitter cartstock from The Paper Studio. I wanted a sentiment piece, so using the Lacy Labels cartridge I cut a label in black and white at 3". The sweet word art was a part of the label and was cut with a scrap of red glitter cardstock. Green ribbon from Walmart finished the front. As always I love to add something to the inside as well. I layered the black, red and white cardstock graduating 1/8" each time. The cherries inside were cut at 2". The sentiment is a stamp from Penny Black that I stamped in Cranberry ink from Close to My Heart. And, of course, all of the edges are inked.

I hope you have enjoyed this card and it has inspired you to check out what might be hiding in your cut drawer. Or, maybe, to start a cut drawer of your own! Have a Cherry Good Day!!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Purse Collection

Hey, everyone!! I can't believe it's almost September. I haven't posted for a few weeks because I've been busy getting my classroom ready and starting school. Here in Northwest Oklahoma we start really early!! We started school on August 12! Anyway, I made these a couple of weeks ago, but have just now had time to post. I was really excited about these, because they were actually the first order I have ever done for anyone. I made these for a lady at our church who loves to give these as gifts!

So, on to the project. The purses were all from the Forever Young cartridge and cut at fit to page. I used the purse on one of the flower buttons that doesn't have any cut out. On the polka dotted and houndstooth purses, I cut out the patterned paper (from Paper Studio) out at fit to page, then trimmed off the bottom flaps and the closure flap. After gluing the paper on top, I folded the purses fastened them with Terrifically Tacky Tape. (I love that stuff!!) I wanted a variety of embellishments. The cherries were from Preserves, and cut out using glitter cardstock from a Christmas Mat stack from the Paper Studio at Hobby Lobby. The hearts are from Sweethearts. I cut the red one out and used both the positive and negative image on a white glitter blackout image. The zebra shoe is from Forever Young. The Eiffel Tower is from French Manor. I didn't have any black glitter cardstock, so I ran it through my Xyron and glittered it with Martha Stewart glitter. The medallion is also from French Manor. I cut it out in red glitter cartstock and the layer in black. I cut out the layer again in red glitter and cut the center out to layer. The rhinestones are self adhesive.

I love these little purses! My friend has already given several away and has already told me she will want more. She has sent them to family, given them as graduation gifts, and others. They make great gift card holders, money holders, small gift holders, or even chocolate holders!! Maybe you have a friend who a purse would make her day!! Get out your ForeverYoung cart and put a smile on someones face! Thanks for looking!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

You're a Peach!

Hey, everyone! I just wanted to share my latest card that I made for my husband's aunt. She's one of those ladies that has amazing hospitality whenever you come over. We visited her a few couple of weeks ago while visiting my in-laws. She sent us home with a loaf of homemade bread (YUM!!) and some amazing peach jelly that she had just been canning. I decided to send her this card as a thank you.

As usual I put my card on a white pre-made base. The green base piece of my card was cut at 4 3/4" x 6 3/4" The color is Topiary from Close to my heart and inked around the edges with my chestnut Cat's Eye ink. On top of that I put a piece of cream colored cardstock that I cut at 4 1/2" x 6 1/2". I used the Threading Water boarder punch on the bottom and ran it through my Swiss Dots cuttlebug folder. The edges were inked with Cocoa Cat's Eye ink. I was going for a "Country Kitchen" look and thought the green gingham paper cut at 2 1/2" was a perfect touch. It was inked with Cocoa as well. The peaches are from the Preserves cartridge. The large one is 3" and the smaller one is 2". I cut the base for each one twice, once in brown and once in topiary green. The top layer is peach from the Vintage Core'dinations cardstock stack. I trimmed the leaf off of the brown layer so that when stacked and glued the leaf would show, but the middle would be brown. I cut the flowers from cream cardstock, but I decided that I didn't like the big flowers that matched the sizes. So, I used the two inch flower for the three inch peach, and the 1 1/2 inch flower for the 2 inch peach. The peaches were inked with Chestnut Cat's Eye Ink. The brown ribbon was from Walmart. I was very proud of the sentiment as it was my first time using the Centerpoint button on my E. (Thanks My Pinkstamper for the great tutorial!!) I printed the sentiment was computer generated on the computer. I used the Centerpoint button to cut the piece at 1 1/2" from Lacy Labels on cream cardstock, with the other pieces that went with the cut in topiary and peach core'dinations.

On the inside card I layered the topiary and cream cardstock as on the front. I stamped the checked boarder with Sweet Leaf ink from Close to my Heart. The peach on the inside was cut at 1 1/2" with the flower at 1".

Thanks for looking! I hope you enjoyed!!

Monday, July 12, 2010

When it Rains on Your Parade...

I made this card for a color challenge on My Pink Stamper. The challenge was to use pink, orange, green and brown. I used the Splendor paper pack from Close to My Heart. The brown ribbon is from walmart. I cut the duck from the Create a Critter cricut cartridge at 3" with the boots and umbrella as the accessories. I love the stamp which is from Great Impressions and was stamped in Indian Corn Blue ink from Close to my Heart. The inside sentiment was from CTMH and the umbrella and rain boot boarders were from a set of clear Changito stamps from Stampendous. They were stamped in Chocolate ink. Accent buttons were from walmart as well. Thanks for looking!!

Friday, July 2, 2010

4th of July Layout for CTMH Challenge

I'm taking a break today from posting my parents album to post a layout I made for a challenge. I am a part of a Close to My Heart club and our wonderful consultant Lori put out a challenge to make something to show American Pride. It had to feature Close to My Heart products, but other products could be used as well. These pictures are from July 4th, 2008. (Yes, I'm horribly behind on my scrapbooking!) My parents came over for the 4th and brought my two boys water guns. My dad went outside and had a water gun fight with them. It was a great day this was a perfect excuse to scrapbook those pics I had been needing to scrap!!

On to the layout. All of the papers used are from the Blue Ribbon Level two paper pack from CTMH. The base cardstock was Indian Corn Blue and the picture mats were Outdoor Denim which I inked with a silver Cat's Eye ink. For the accent papers, I cut the red speckled paper at 7", the striped paper at 6 1/2" and the paper with words (I love that paper) at 5 1/2 inches. The bunting across the top was from the cricut Independence Day seasonal mini and cut at 2 1/2" using Colonial White, Outdoor Denim, and Cranberry cardstock. The 4th of July was cut at 4" with red glitter cardstock and the firecracker was cut at 2" and were also from the Independence Day cart. For the journal tag I cut one of the seal cuts from Independence Day at 3 1/2" but I left out the center that is blue with stars. I stamped a journal stamp from the Frame of Mind set in Outdoor Denim. The boy cuts are from A Child's Year ( I love that old pedal car!). I cut the boy in the car at 3 1/2 " in Cranberry with an Dark blue shadow and the boy on the rocket was cut at 2 1/2".

Thanks for looking!! I had not had a chance to post this until today, but I found out that I won the challenge!! I hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

50th Wedding Anniversary Album pt. 3 "On the Road"

Thanks for following me on this journey! The next layout is titled "On the Road". From the very beginning of my parents marriage they traveled as evangelists singing and preaching in churches. This was while my dad was still in the Air Force as well. This layout has newspaper announcements of some of their early revivals as well as pictures from some of the revivals.

The layout was done on navy cardstock with contrasting pieces from the Faith stack by the Paper Studio. The car is from Heritage and cut at 5" in core'dinations cardstock in gray. I love this car because it reminds me of the old Ford I've heard about that my parents first traveled in. The title is done in Plantin Schoolbook. The journaling tags are from a stamp set from close to my heart called Frame of Mind Thanks for looking!!

50th Wedding Anniversary Album pt. 2

This is the second layout in this album. I make two page layouts most of the time so I can add more pictures. If you missed my previous post, my parents have been married for 50 years and have been in ministry together that long as well. In fact, my dad has been a credentialed minister with the Assemblies of God for 51 years. This layout is titled "The First Church" In 1963 they became pastors of their first church. It was also the church where they met, where they got married, and where they held their first revival. That's why I felt "The First Church" was a very appropriate title! The pictures on the page are the picture they had taken right before becoming pastors when they were traveling and preaching and pictures from inside and outside the church. Also on the page is the newspaper announcement of them becoming the pastors, and my dad's business card while they were there.

The base cardstock is burgandy core'dinations from the Nostalgia stack. The contrast piece is from a stack from Hobby Lobby called Faith. It has great papers with religious patterns as well as other pretty patterns. The pictures are matted in dark green. The title is cut from the Songbird font at 1 3/4" in the same dark green with a tan shadow. The church cut is from Heritage and cut from Core'dinations cardstock in two shades of brown at 8". All of the mats, cuts and contrast pieces have been inked with Cat's Eye chestnut ink. Thanks for looking!!

Monday, June 28, 2010

50th Wedding Aniversary Album pt. 1

I have been working on an album for my parents 50th wedding anniversary which was last week. I hate to say, but I didn't get the entire album finished by their anniversary. I will be showing what I have done in a series of posts, then the rest as I get it done. I realized when posting this, that I have never posted a layout since starting this blog. One of my goals is to get back to scrapbooking. I started this "obsession" to scrapbook my children. I bought my cricut because I could not achieve the pages I wanted on my own! Over the past couple of years, however, I've become a card maker. I enjoy making cards because they are a smaller project that I can get done in an hour or so, while layouts usually take me longer. So...hopefully you will see more layouts in the future.

I will tell you my scrapbooking style is very simple because I focus more on the pictures than the elements of the page. This is especially true with this type of album. I am redoing an album that my mother did years ago. Not only have my parents been married for 50 years they also have been in the ministry that long as pastors and evangelists. This album was one my mother did while we were evangelists as a child for people to see the history of our family. It features pictures of my family traveling, playing instruments and singing, and the churches they have pastored. It's very special to our family.

This first page is a simple layout of their wedding picture. I used pink core'dinations cardstock as the background since pink was their wedding colors. Behind their picture is the round doily cut from the cricut Mother's Day seasonal cartridge which I cut at fit to page in cream colored cardstock. I used brown chalk to antique the edges. The "Husband and Wife" title was cut at 1 1/2 " from the Heritage cart in rose Core'dinations cardstock (that will cut intricate cuts like butter!). The journaling tag is a charm cut from the Heritage cart as well cut in cream cardstock with a rose colored frame. I wrote the journaling in gold gel pen telling when and where they were married and added the gold ribbon from walmart. Thanks for looking!! I hope you'll continue to follow me in this journey through this album!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries

I made this card using the cricut Cherry Limade cart and the Cherry-O paper kit by Close to My Heart. I am in love with these colors and these papers. The stamps used are all from Close to My Heart and came with the Cherry-O kit of the month. I've had this for awhile, but have just now had time to play with it.

On to the card! I put everything on a white card base. The cardstock colors were chocolate, sweet leaf, colonial white, and tulip. The same ink colors were used. The boarder was punched with the Friskas threading water punch and the ribbon was tulip from CTMH. The cherry and the accent on the inside was cut from the Cherry Limade cart that goes great with this paper. I used tulip, sweet leaf, chocolate and baby pink cardstock to cut these out. I can't wait to send this card to someone!

Thanks for looking!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Close to My Heart Birthday

Life has been CRAZY!!! I have gotten into my craft room a couple of times in the last few weeks, but haven't had time to post. One of my crafting goals this year is to make birthday cards for the people in our church. So far, I'm doing pretty good. They may get there late sometimes, but no one seems to mind so far! I made this card for a lady in our church. It was also for a challenge that my wonderful Close to My Heart consultant Lori Leng laid out. She wanted to see what we were doing with all of our products.

All of the paper on the card is from the Topstitch paper kit. The doily cut is from the Easter Cartridge and cut in Chocolate cardstock, then contrasting circles cut in Baby Pink, and Colonial White. The ribbon is Colonial White. I stamped the images and sentiments with Chocolate ink from CTMH. The birthday cake was colored with prisma pencils. I inked all of my edges with Cat's Eye ink in Chestnut. I hope you enjoy!!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Baby Boy Card

I made this card a few weeks ago but never got around to posting it. It was literally made in 10 minutes before I went to church one Wednesday night for a girl in our church who had just had a baby boy. No cricut on this one, since I didn't have enough time to even look through my handbooks to choose a cut!

The blue striped paper is from a baby boy pad of paper I got at Walmart on clearance a few years ago. I cut it at 5 3/4" x 6 3/4". The contrasting strip is white cardstock cut at 2" x 6 3/4". I embossed it with the baby cuttlebug folder then inked it with baby blue ink from Martha Stewart. For the stamped image I cut a 3" x 3" square of white, and matted it with a square of baby blue cardstock cut 1/4 inch larger. On the inside of the card I added baby blue cardstock. The stamps both on the outside and inside are from a Close to My Heart stamp set called Baby Miracles. I love this set because you can add color to the images, but they look great just stamped as well. I stamped them in Cocoa ink from Close to My Heart. Sorry the pictures are so dark. I was in such a hurry that I didn't have time to take a picture so my husband took one with his iphone at the church. Thanks for looking!!

Jungle Shape Album

This is my first shape album and I love the way it turned out!! I'm going to put my son's pictures from his birthday party in it. All of the rectangles were from the Plantin Schoolbook and the other cuts were from Zooballoo. My favorite page is the last one that has the hidden photo mat. It was made using the card feature on Zooballoo. All of the paper was from the Animal Cracker stack from Die Cuts with a View. The card at the end was made with Core'dinations. I want to give a big thanks to Bug Junkie who has a great series of videos on her blog that show step by step how to make shape albums. If you want to check our her blog, click on the button to the side. Hope you enjoy!!

Butterfly Birthday Card

Hi, everyone!! I've been busy crafting lately, but haven't done too well keeping up with posting. This is a quick birthday card I made last week. The butterfly is from the cricut cartridge Simply Sweet and cut at 4 inches. It's hard to tell in the picture, but I ran it's body through my xyron and covered the antenna with white sugar glitter by doodlebug. It's body I covered with green flocking also from doodlebug. (Flocking is my new addiction, btw!) I embossed the wings with the divine swirls cuttlebug folder then went over the swirls with my zig two way glue pen and covered with glitter as well. Hope you enjoy!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Vintage Birthday Card

Here is a card I made last night for my mother in law's birthday. I went into my craft room with something totally different in mind. While looking through my handbooks I ran across this teddy bear in the Heritage cart. My mother in law collects teddy bears, and I loved the fact that this one had an antique look rather than a kid look. Anyway, on to the card!!

I used a pre-scored card base. The bottom layer of my front is a burgundy core'dinations cardstock cut at 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches. I embossed the top 3/4 of the cardstock with the textile cuttlebug folder and sanded. the contrasting strip is from the DCWV Old World stack cut at 2 x 4 3/4 inches and the edges inked in black. The doily was cut from the Mother's Day 2010 cartridge at 5 inches from ivory carstock and inked with chestnut cat's eye ink. It was the flower shaped doily but I cut two of the scallops off to make it look folded. The teddy bear was from Heritage at 4 inches. The shadow and layer were to shades of brown core'dinations cardstock also from the Nostalgia stack. I used pop dots to give it dimension. The ribbon around the bear's neck and on the card are is from Walmart and the embellishment is from The Paper Studio. At the bottom I stamped Happy Birthday in Cocoa ink from Close to My Heart. The stamp is from a clear set called Party Invite from Stampendous.

On the inside of the card I layered more burgundy cardstock from core'dinations and ivory cardstock both inked. I added another bear cut at 2 1/2 inches. I hope you enjoy!!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Valentine's Card

Ok, three posts in one night is a record for me!! This card was for my secret valentine at school on Friday when we were supposed to reveal.

The Card base was pink cardstock cut at 4 3/4 " x 6 3/4", and the hear paper is from K and Company Smitten stack cut at 4 1/2" x 6 1/2". Both pieces were inked with brown cat's eye ink. The cut on the front is from A Childs Year (one of my favorite carts!) cut at 4 inches in black with the shadow in pink.

The inside of the card is matted with pink cardstock inked in brown. The sentiment is from Stampabilities stamped in black. In the bottom corner the heart is called "Ornate Heart" and is from Stampabilities. It is stamped in Hollycock from Close to my Heart. The boy and girl is from the "Childhood Memories" from Close to My Heart and is stamped in black. I love how this stamp set coordinates with the A Child's Year cart! Thanks for looking and Happy Valentines Day!

Another Valentine Treat

This is another treat I made this week. I made one for my secret valentine at school, and another for my 3 year old's daycare provider. It is the cake slice box from Tie the Knot. I love this cart!! I cut the box out of brown cardstock at fit to page. The top was cut from paper from the Love Nest Stack from A Minds Eye. The flowers on top are glittered paper from A Minds Eye Laundry Line stack. I had a bunch left over from a centerpiece I had made awhile back from a baby shower. Got to love those bags of scraps and extra cuts when you're in a hurry!! I wrapped pink ribbon around the box and filled it with bliss chocolate. I love how easy and quick this box came together. It truly is an easy project that produces a big wow factor.

Once again, the photo was a quick one before heading out the door. Thanks for looking!!

Valentine's Treats

Life has been crazy!!! Work, church and two sick kids have not allowed me a lot of cricut time. I finally got the chance to play this week. The staff at my school drew names for secret valentine's. This is one of the treats I took this week. It turned out so cute I made another for my son's first grade teacher.
Sorry the photos aren't very good. I was taking a quick pic before heading out the door!

This one is the pillow box from the Easter 2010 cart. I think it was cut at 10 inches. I drug it out on Design Studio until it was the size I wanted. It has a cut out of an Easter Bunny on top, so I used the hide contour feature so it would not cut. I cut the box out of white cardstock and again out of the red valentine paper which is from the Paper Studio All Seasons stack. I trimmed the heart paper to just cover the top. (That's when I got the idea to make another one since I had the other half left!) The big heart on top was from Doodlecharms cut at 3 inches. I stamped it with a sentiment from Stampendous Changito clear valentine stamps. It says, "Sending you a big hug!" I cut another heart at 11/2 inches using the charm feature to make the tag with the to and from on it. I made one of these for my secret valentine at school and the one in the photo for my son's first grade teacher. I filled it with valentine M&Ms. Hope you enjoy!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Just Because card for Hubby!!

Well I'm amazed and proud!! I'm actually posting twice in one week!! I made this card last night for my husband. I actually could have saved it for Valentines day, but he surprised me yesterday by bringing home a new Martha Stewart punch!! So, I wanted to do something for him since he contributed to my "crapbooking" as he calls it. ;)

The card base is an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of black cardstock folded in half. I layered the front with a piece of red cut at 8 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches, then the red and black striped paper cut at 8 x 5 inches. I cut a piece of white carstock at 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches and embossed it with my new Queen of Hearts cuttlebug folder then inked it with black and red. Using my Indie Art cricut cartridge I cut out the dice at 1 3/4 inches in red foil paper with a white background and the word Lucky the same size out of red foil shadowed in black. On the inside I matted the card with a piece of white cut at 8 x5 inches inked in black and added another pair of dice cut the same size. I wrote "because I have you" on the inside.

I was really proud of this card because, as you all know, cards for guys are really tough! I hope you enjoy!!