Saturday, March 26, 2011

Rockin Birthday Card

I made this Rockin Birthday Card for my step-son-in-law.  I wanted to use mostly green and gold because he and my step-daughter graduated from the University of South Florida.  
I also haven't been able to scrap as much as I have wanted to lately, but I have been reading lots of blogs and there are so many great ideas that I have been wanting to try.  I started with Jayni Majaski Side Step card Tutorial that was showcased on Thursday at Fantabulous Cricut.  After making one card following Jayni's template, I knew I wanted the card to be bigger.  I will share the measurements that I used to make my 6x9 card (but it will be easier to follow if you print Jayni's template first).
I started with a 8 1/2" x 11" piece of green cardstock.  Using Jayni's template as a guide, I marked my pencil line at 3 1/2" and scored that section at 5 1/2".  The remaining side was scored at 1", 2" 3 3/4", 4 1/2", and 8 1/4".  I followed her directions for the rest of the card assembly.  I then used some patterned paper and buttons to decorate the front and one of the steps of the card.    

I cut "happy birthday" at 2" from Sweet Treats Cricut Cartridge.  The tall present (to the left) is cut at 3 3/4" and the short present is cut using the card feature at 2" (so I would have a place to write a note) from the Sweet Treats Cricut Cartridge.  The guitar is cut at 5" from Rock Princess Cricut cartridge.  (As a side note - I love the way the new cartridge handbooks color coordinate the image and the layers so you can better visualize the way it will all fit together in the end.)

I will be entering this in several challenges:
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #52
More Than Favors Wacky Wednesday Challenge #31
Birthday Sundaes 1st challenge
The Cuttlebug Spot Challenge - Buttons

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Simply Pink Embossed Card

A couple weeks ago, my sister made several embossed cards which turned out simply beautiful.  You can see them here.  I wanted to play use some of my new embossing folders, so I made this card.
I started with a piece of 6x12 cream cardstock.  I used a tag cut at 1 inch from the Cricut cartridge Tags, Bags, Boxes and More and 2 flower shapes cut at 3/4 inch from Accent Essentials cartridge with a brad to hold the layers together.
I really enjoyed using my new additions and I can't wait to incorporate them in more projects!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Bright Eyes Layout

I wanted to do a fun "springy" layout and I wanted to showcase some of the new pictures we have been taking of our daughter.  She has fallen in love with the camera and starts making faces and smiling when the flash goes off.  

I started with a piece of Basic Grey patterned paper (Urban Prairie - Monarch), but I couldn't decide where to place my photos without covering up the designs on the paper, when my uber talented sister Faith-Abigail suggested that I cut it up and use it as accents around the pictures.  As she said "the pictures are the most important part anyway."  So I pulled a wonderful poka-dot paper from my stash and some little paper embellishments (that came with a scrapbook kit I received several years ago). And viola...a two page layout with 6 photos.
Please excuse my messy desk.

Close-up of the first page.

And the second page.
I can't believe how quickly this layout came together, but then again time flies when your talking on the phone.  I'm very please with it and I can't wait to finish filling out the journaling tag and put it in her album.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Scrappy Square Card

It has been a crazy couple of weeks at my house.  But tonight for the first time in over a week, I was able to sit down at my scrap table and work on a couple of projects.  I was playing around with two of my new border punches and this is what I came up with.
The card base is 5 1/4 inches square and I used patterned paper from my scrap box.  The two border punches are Fiskars Give It A Swirl and E.K. Success Diamond Lace.
I finished off the inside of the card with a light gold paper and 2 more borders.  I love this works for so many occasions.

I have two large projects on my scrap table that are almost completed and hopefully I will be able to share those later this week.  But for now, I'm off to bed.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Feather Your Nest Card

As soon as I saw the Bitten By The Bug challenge this week, the idea for this card formed.  This is a shaped trifold card that has a pocket on the inside for a gift card/check or money.
I started with a piece of 8.5"x 12" white cardstock scored at 4" and 8" to make the trifold base.  Using my Gypsy, I welded the birdhouse from Stretch Your Imagination cartridge and the frame from Accent Essentials cartridge.  The frame is 4.25" high and rotated 90 degrees and the birdhouse is 4.50" high.  I cut the welded frame and birdhouse from purple cardstock and then traced it onto the "front" of my trifold card.  I then cut it out except along the right (folded) edge.  I then cut another birdhouse out of the striped paper (which was inspired by my daughter's curtain which you can see in the background of my picture).  I used a navy blue cardstock for the trim pieces on the birdhouse.  I used dimensional foam to attach the birdhouse to the purple welded shape (which was glued to the white cardstock).  I then cut two birds from Gypsy Font cartridge at 1" high.  I used more dimensional foam to attach them to the front of the card.

The middle and back sections were shaped in a similar manner.  I first adhered the cloud paper to both pieces.  I used the tree branch from the Serenade cartridge cut at 2.75" high for the back layer and 2" high for the middle layer.  I played around with the angle of the branches and then traced and cut the white cardstock out around the top of the branch and leaves.

I did most of the cutting with my exacto knife and it was very slow and tedious, but I think it is well worth the effort.  Next time I go shopping, I'm going to look for a better knife (if you have any suggestions I would love to hear them).  For the inside of the card, I cut another frame shape from Accent Essentials at 3.75" high.  I used 1/4" Super Tacky Tape from Provo Craft to adhere the bottom and sides in order to form a pocket.  I cut two clouds from the Serenade cartridge (width was 3.75" not sure on the heights) for the sentiment and for a place to sign the card.

 The sentiments reads: "Just a little something to help feather your nest!"

This card was a lot of trial and error (I went through 3 different white bases), but I love the finished card.  The best thing about it is that it turned out exactly as I first envisioned it.  Sorry the pictures aren't so good - it was dark before I was able to take them.  I will be entering this card into 3 challenges.
Bitten By The Bug 2
Fantabulous Cricut challenge #49
Pile It On Challenge

Thanks for looking and I appreciate all your comments!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Happy 17th Birthday Card

It has been very hectic the last two weeks.  I have been missing my Cricut and all my scrapping tools.  I have several projects in progress on my scrap table and hopefully I will be able to finish them soon and share them with you. In the meantime, I wanted to share the birthday card I made for my 17 year old nephew.

This card was made entirely from my scrap box.  I made the gate fold and used one of my Fiskar border punches along the edges.  I don't think I will use a border punch on both sides next time (just one side), because the edges kept catching on each other when I tried to close the card.  I cut the 17 at 2 inches from the Sweet Treats Cricut Cartridge. 
I used a few more scraps to finish off the inside of the card.  I really love the way this card turned out and I really love being able to make something cool from my scraps.