Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mother's Day Cards

 This year I made Mother's Day cards for my four daughters, one daughter-in-law and one granddaughter-in-law. The cards are the same with a difference in color and sentiments on the inside.

The topnote was cut from Core'dinations Whitewash cardstock using the Cricut Songbird cartridge, edges  inked, embossed using Cuttlebug Kassie's Brocade folder and sanded to highlight the embossing. Happy Mother's Day was cut using the Cricut Wild Card cartridge and embossed with Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder. The topnote is raised from the base of the card with foam popups.

Envelopes were made using the Martha Stewart scoreboard

Cardstock: Core'dinations; Wausau; AC Cardstock; K & Company
Cricut Cartridges: Songbird; Wild Card
Cuttlebug Folder: Kassie's Brocade; Swiss Dots
Ink: Ranger Distress ( Victorian Velvet and Pine Needle)
Adhesive: Xyron; ATG; Popups(?)
Ribbon: Offray
Tools: Provocraft Cricut Expression; Gypsy; Cuttlebug
           Making Memories sander
           Martha Stewart scoreboard

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Birthday Card for My Daughter-in-law

This 6 X 6 card was made using a sketch from Peachy Keen Stamps for a challenge. The card must contain a metallic element, circle and ribbon. I used metallic paper as the shadow for the sentiment. The Birthday Girl sentiment and the scalloped rings are from the Cricut Storybook cartridge. The card is embossed using the Cuttlebug Oriental Weave embossing folder on the front and using the Cuttlebug embossing folder Created For You With Love on the back.

The outside corners of the front and back of the card were rounded.

DCWV Latte Metallic paper was used for the shadowing of the letters. The sentiment is attached to the card with pop ups to give a 3D effect.

The scalloped rings are partially glued down enabling the ribbon to be weaved through the rings.

 Close up of the bow and button with thread, as well as some of the embossing.

 Inside view of the card showing how a slit was put into the fold of the card to accommodate the ribbon.

 Card and view of the envelope made using the Martha Stewart Scoreboard.

Cardstock: DCWV; K & Company
Cricut Cartridge: Storybook
Embossing folder: Cuttlebug Oriental Weave; Created for You With Love
Ribbon: American Crafts, Thread: (?)
Button: Multi Craft Imports
Adhesive: Zig 2 Way; Glue Dots; Pop up (?)
Tools: Provocraft Cricut Expression,  Gypsy, Cuttlebug; We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-dile Corner Chomper; Martha Stewart Scoreboard

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Spring Blooms

I made this layout to participate in Throwback Thursday on Emma's blog  My Creative Time. Spring is my favorite season, so I decided to make a layout using pictures of some of my daffodils, as well as Camellia and Rhododendron I saw a couple of years ago on a trip back from Virginia. As part of the challenge we were asked to use one of the Cricut Lite cartridges. I used the Lovely Floral Lite Cartridge for the title and the pink flower.

The photo mats, title and flower were cut using the Gypsy and Cricut expression. The photos were distressed and the photos, mats and title shadow were inked.

The flower petals were Stickled.

The font used for the title didn't have a shadow, so I glued it to a mat and roughly cut a shadow. To make the title stand out more I outlined all the letters with a green pen.

The ribbon on the layout is held in place with cute floral brads.

Cardstock: DCWV
Cartridge: Cricut Lite Lovely Floral
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink - Tea Dye; Tsukineko Brillance - Graphite Black; Kuretake Zig Millennium Pens -Pure Green and Pure Black
Adhesives: Rangers Stickles - Cotton Candy; Zig 2 Way; Glue Glide Pro; ATG
Tools: ProvoCraft Gypsy and Cricut Expression; Tim Holtz Distressor; We R Memory Keepers Brad Setter and Crop -a - Dile Corner Chromper; Acrylic Stamps (I don't know the manufacturer)
Accessories: American Craft ribbon; Floral Brads ( I don't know the manufacturer)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Get Well Card

This get well card was made using scraps from the birthday card previously made and posted.

The butterfly negative piece of Coredinaions cardstock was embossed using the Cuttlebug Floral Fantasy folder and sanded to reveal the core, than the edges were inked before adhering to the card base.

Revealing inside of card

Cardstock: Coredinations; DCWV
Cricut Cartridge: Indie Art
Cuttlebug folder: Floral Fantasy
Ink: Distress Ink Tumble Glass(edges); Brilliance Mediterranean Blue( butterfly)
Stamps: Get Well(/); butterfly( Inkakinkado)
Ribbon: Michaels Sugar 'n Spice
Adhesives: ATG
Tools: Making Memories sander

Friday, April 15, 2011

Birthday Card for My Granddaughter-in-law

This is a card I made for my granddaughter-in-law's birthday. The card is 5.25 X 6.25.

Card and Envelope

Card Front

View to Show the Inside

Closeup of Sentiment
The lace sentiment was cut from Coredinations cardstock. The Happy Birthday was sanded to reveal the blue core, than covered with Glossy Accents to make it shiny.

Closeup of the Butterflies
The butterflies were layered and shadowed. The top layer of the butterflies were embossed with Cuttlebug Swiss Dot folder and sanded to reveal the core. The tips of the antennae were bejeweled with the I-Rock.

Cardstock: Coredinations; DCWV; scraps(?)
Cricut Cartridges: Paper Lace( Happy Birthday Lace Mat); Indie Art( butterflies)
Cuttlebug Folder: Swiss Dots
Ribbon: Michaels Sweet & Sassy
Adhesives: Glossy Accents; Zig 2 Way; ATG; Popups(?)
Tools: Gypsy; Cricut Expression; Imaginisce I-Rock; Making Memories Sander; Martha Stewart Scoreboard

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Welcome Card for My Greatgranddaughter

On Valentine's Day a beautiful little girl arrived one month early to my grandson and his wife. So I just had to make a special card to welcome her to the family.

 Card and Envelope

Envelope Flap 

Card Front 
5.25 X 6.25

The top layer of the onesie cut from Coredinations paper was embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder and sanded to reveal the pink core. The lace mat was embossed with the Cuttlebug Polka Dots folder. Black Diamond Stickles was used for the duck's eye. Candy Cane Stickles was used to outline the onesie.

 Black Diamond Stickles was used for the lamb's eyes and hooves. 

Frosted Lace Stickles was used to give sparkle to the lambs. 

Cotton Candy Stickles was used to add sparkle to the sentiment.
An I-Rock gem was used for the dot of the letter i.

Cardstock: DCWV; A C Cardstock; Coredinations Whitewash; scraps(?)
Cricut Cartridges: Wall Decor( onesie, duck, lamb, lamb border, and sentiment); Paper Lace(mat)
Cuttlebug Folders: Swiss Dots; Polka Dots; Created For You With Love
Ribbon: American Crafts
Adhesives: Xyron X; Zig 2 Way; Glue Dots; Stickles; Popups(?)
Tools: Gypsy; Cricut Expression; Cuttlebug; Crop-a-dile Corner Chromper; Making Memories sander; Imaginisce I-Rock; Martha Stewart Scoreboard

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Birthday for 6 Year Old Grandson

My youngest grandson celebrated his 6th birthday on March 20th. He loves music and dancing. So I decided to make him a guitar card that is a banner. After making the guitar banner, I decided I wanted something that was more like a card as well, so I made a turtle card. Both cards were designed on the Gypsy and cut using the Cricut Expression.

Fifteen guitars (Paper Dolls for Everyday cartridge) were needed. The opening in the guitar was eliminated by using the hide feature of the Gypsy, then I copied it thirteen more times. The edges of  all the guitars were highlighted with brown ink. One of the altered guitars was welded to the the first guitar (front of the card) with the useful help of a small rectangle (George and Basic Shapes cartridge). Using the Crop-a-dile 1/8 eyelets were added to each guitar. Hemp was knotted to maintain spacing and thread through the eyelets. The letters and number 6 (Lyrical Letters cartridge) were then glued to the guitars.

The circle in the guitar and the number 6 were outlined with stickles to add a little bling.

Cardstock: A C Cardstock
Cricut Cartridges: Paper Dolls for Everyday; Lyrical Letters; George & Basic Shapes
Ink: Colorbox
Adhesive: Xyron X; Stickles
Hemp: Darice 20lb
Eyelets: Making Memories 1/8
Tool: Gypsy; Cricut Expression; Crop-a-dile

This turtle card is large at 10 X 5 1/4. It is from the Cricut Create A Critter cartridge page 64. I used the hide feature of the Gypsy to eliminate the facial features, because I wanted to use a Peachy Keen stamp.

To make it a shaped card I used the Gypsy. With two turtles on the screen mat, I flipped one and welded the backs and heads together. On a second screen mat I had the image of the turtle and the turtle shell. The turtle was inked and embossed with the Cuttlebug Japanese Scales folder. The turtle shell edges were inked and embossed with the Cuttlebug Spots and Dots folder. Cute Peachy Keen 490  1 3/8" face was stamped to make the cutest happy turtle. The happy birthday sentiment stamp I don't recall the manufacturer.

Closeup of cute face and sentiment

Closeup of embossing

Cardstock: A C Cardstock
Cricut cartridge: Create a Critter
Cuttlebug folder: Japanese Scales; Spots & Dots
Ink: Colorbox; Tsukineko Brilliance
Adhesive: ATG
Tools: Gypsy; Cricut Expression

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Birthday Card for My Second Daughter

My second daughter's favorite color is red. She has had quite a year turning lemons into lemonade. After losing her job in this economy she moved across country and started her own Concierge business. Just a month ago she became a grandmother of the most beautiful girl. Her birthday is today. She will be celebrating by seeing her new granddaughter for the first time.

The 6.25 X 5.25 card was designed using the Gypsy and cut on the Cricut Expression

Happy Birthday(Storybook cartridge) letters were welded together, two sets cut from glitter paper and glued one on top of the other. The scalloped circle( Lovely Floral cartridge) with ribbon thread through it was an idea I saw on another blog, but I don't remember who it was thank you very much for the great idea. The corners also come from the Storybook cartridge.

The scalloped ring is attached to the card using pop ups

The quote inside the card is from DCWV

The A7 envelope was made using the Martha Stewart Scoreboard.

Cardstock and paper: K & Company; DCWV
Cricut Cartridges: Storybook; Lovely Floral
Ribbon: Offray
Adhesive: Zig 2 Way; Popups(?); Terrifically Tacky Tape
Tools: Gypsy, Cricut Expression, MS Scoreboard
Quote DCWV

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Birthday Card for Another Grandson

I have a grandson celebrating his 17th birthday today. His favorite basketball team is the Boston Celtics. He has the desire to play basketball himself, maybe someday he will. But at the moment his talents seem to be more in the academic arena. Last year he was inducted into the National Honor Society.

The 5.25 X 6.25 card was designed using the Gypsy and cut on the Cricut Expression.
The Happy Birthday( A Child's Year cartridge) was welded to the frame and a separate gold one was cut and glued on top later. The card frame (Sports Mania cartridge) was cut then the layers were cut and glued on top. A basketball (SM) was cut, covered with Glossy Accents and Glue Pop Dot over the frame basketball. Prismacolor Colored Pencils were used to outline the player and add white detail to his suit.

The A7 envelope was made using the Martha Stewart Scoreboard.

Cardstock and paper: AC Cardstock; Me & My Big Ideas
Cricut Cartridges: Sports Mania; A Child's Year
Adhesive: ATG; Glossy Acents; Zig 2 Way; Glue Dots Pop Up
Tools: Gypsy; Cricut Expression; MS Scoreboard; Prismacolor Color Pencils

Saturday, March 5, 2011

21st Birthday Card for a Grandson

Well it is hard to imagine that my second grandson is going to be celebrating has 21st birthday on Tuesday. Seems like just yesterday he was a baby, than a boy and now he is a find you man attending college and working.

His card was designed using the Gypsy and cut on the Expression. Using the Gypsy I was able to weld some small rectangles from the George basic cartridge to the 2 1(Alphalicious cartridge),  enabling me to suspend the 21 in the window of the card. The card is a window card with jagged edge from the Wild Card cartridge. The card  5 5/8 X 5 3/8 was cut from black paper with white dots. The white layer was cut to fit the front of the card, embossed with the Happy Birthday Cuttlebug folder using the Cuttlebug and the jagged edge was inked with Colorbox ink. The shadow for the Happy Birthday(Birthday Cakes cartridge) was cut a little larger and offset slightly.

The 6 X 6 envelope was made using the Martha Stewart Scoreboard.

Cardstock and paper: DCWV; The Paper Company; Me & My Big Ideas
Adhesive: Zig 2 Way; ATG; Terrifically Tacky Tape
Cricut Cartridges: Wild Card; Alphalicious; Birthday Cakes; George Basic Shapes
Cuttlebug Folder: Happy Birthday; Created For You With Love
Tools: Gypsy; Expression; Cuttlebug; MS Scoreboard

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Bonsai Birthday Card for My Son

My son, who grew up with three older sisters and one younger sister, will be celebrating his birthday this week on March 1st. Since he was a teenager he has been interested and influenced by Asian combat, design and furnishings. He even attempted making a Bonsai tree. Recently I purchased the Pagoda cartridge and obtained Asian cuttlebug folders. What would be more fitting than to make him a birthday card with an Asian motif. The 5.25 X 6.25 card was designed using the Gypsy and the pieces were cut using the Cricut Expression.

Card Front

Inside Card

(prosperity, happiness, strength)


Cardstock: A C Cardstock; The Paper Company, Paper: DCWV
Cricut Cartridge: Pagoda
Cuttlebug Folder: Mandarin Screen and Distressed Stripes
Ink: Colorbox
Adhesive: Zig 2 Way; ATG;Terrifically Tacky Tape; Pop Ups(?)
Hemp: Horizon Group
MS Scoreboard