Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Your 50th Birthday is Just Another Day in Paradise

've been thinking about this card for weeks!  As you can see, it's a step fold card.  Yesterday was my wonderful neighbor's 50th birthday.  Since she scrapbooks, I knew she would appreciate this card.  She loves the beach, so I knew I wanted to do a beach themed card for such a special birthday.  So, I pulled out my Life is a Beach Cricut cartridge to find what would work.  I cut the chair, umbrella, wave border, "50" and "Paradise" (I cut off the little branch under the word) from that cartridge.  Then I grabbed Doodlecharms and cut the palm trees from that cartridge.  Life is a Beach has palm trees, but I love cuts with shadows, so I went with the one on Doodlecharms.  The starfish and seashell (that I don't think you can see) are cut from the Create-a-Critter cartridge.  The sun is the blackout/shadow sun on the Going Places cartridge.  I added a ribbon, a punched computer generated sentiment, a couple of border punches, and ta da -- a beach card!

Hope you like it.  She seemed to love it.  Click on the pictures for a better look.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Punches to the rescue!!!

Have you ever known that someone's birthday was coming up, but it never dawned on you that it was 2 days away and it takes two days by mail for a card to get there?  That's what happened to me on Thursday morning.  At 7:40 a.m., I realized that my sweet sister-in-law was having a birthday on Saturday.  I literally ran to the scrapbook room and made this card in 20 minutes.  Thank goodness for my punches!  They are so quick and easy, and that is why I love them so much!  I embossed the entire card on this one, added the punched hearts (thanks Martha Stewart), added a couple of flowers, punched a sentiment, and was done!  Quick and easy, but done with love!  The inside says, "for a special sister.  Happy Birthday!"

Hope you like it.  Click on the photo, and hopefully you can see the embossing then.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Forever In Your Hearts

And I made yet another sympathy card.  This one was made for my wonderful son-in-law (and my daughter too) after his grandfather passed away last week.  He truly was a sweet man.  In fact, my daughter told me this week that sometimes he would call and when they answered the phone, he would simply say, "Hey, I love you!"  He would ask how everyone was and then end the conversation with, "well, Nanny and I just wanted to say hello and tell you that we love you."  How sweet!

This card kept evolving.  I had lots of ideas in my head, but most of them didn't work out.  So, it ended up being a fairly simple card.  I embossed one layer with my Cuttlebug, and then I printed the sentiment and then used a Stampin' Up punch to punch it out and layered it on a marquee shape from the Storybook Cricut cartridge.  I added a few pearls, a couple of punched hearts, ribbon, and a little flower I picked up at ACMoore, and it was done!

As always, I love your comments.  TFL!


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Have a "Tweet" Birthday

This is my first stair step card, and I think I'm addicted!  HA!  First it was easel cards, and now these.  Seriously, I do like the way this turned out.  I know I will do more of them -- maybe not every card I do, but I will make more.  It was time consuming, but pretty easy.  I found the instructions on splitcoaststampers.

I made this card for a co-worker.  She makes cards as well, so I knew she would appreciate the work that went into it.  And I bet she keeps it too.  ;o)

The birdie, and the words "tweet" and "birthday" were all cut from the Create-A-Critter Cricut cartridge.
I printed "Have A" on my computer and punched it out with a Stampin' Up punch.
The border punches (which I'm not sure you can see, but there are three of them) are Martha Stewart punches.
The hot pink flowers came from ACMoore I think -- in the flower section.
The butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch.
The  flowers at the back of the card (below the word "birthday") were made with punches.
The scalloped circle at the back of the card was cut from the Mini Monograms cartridge.

Hope you like it.  Let me know if you do.  TFL!  Click on the pictures for a better look.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn . . .

This is my second sympathy card today.  I made this one for my son-in-law's Mom, whose father passed away this week (see previous post).  I was going to do an all white card, but the black touch just seemed appropriate. 

The card was done from this week's sketch over at cardabilities.  I just found this blog, and I am so excited about it.  I hope to use these sketches a lot.  They are awesome!  And their scrapbooking sketches (entitled, "sketchabilities," which can be found here) are just as wonderful.  I will be visiting them a lot!

The hearts are a Martha Stewart punch.
The flower was made from a scalloped circle punch.  I cannot remember where I found the instructions, but you punch them out, stack them together (3 at a time), cut at the notches, put a brad in, and then fluff them.
The scalloped border was cut from the Cricut Plantin Schoolbook cartridge.
The flourishes were cut from the Storybook Cricut cartridge.

Hope you like it.  If you are inspired, please let me know.  TFL.  Click on the picture for a better look.

With Our Sympathy

My son-in-law's grandfather passed away this week.  I had sent him the "faith" card a few weeks ago.  He had lung cancer, and we had hoped he could beat it, but that was not meant to be.  And now he is in a far better place, free of pain.  I made this card for my son-in-law's stepmother.  She is a sweet lady, and I pray it will give her just a little bit of comfort.

I used my Cuttlebug for the embossed flowers.  The sentiment is punched and layered on a shape called "cartoche" from the Sweethearts Cricut cartridge.  I also used a border punch on the edge of the card.

Hope you are inspired by it.  Click on the picture for a better look.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

We Love This Game -- Or Do We?

These pictures were taken when we were in Florida two years ago.  These guys are serious about some miniature golf!  LOL.  Of course they were having fun too.  I wanted to get their emotions into my scrapbook though.  I did this layout from Liz Qualman's sketch this week over at StuckOnUSketches.  It is a great sketch.  I just needed to modify it a little to make it masculine.

"We Love This" was cut from the Lyrical Letters Cricut cartridge.
"Game" was cut from the Sports Mania Cricut cartridge.
The arrows were cut from the Going Places cartridge.
The stars are from Plantin Schoolbook.
The journaling tag are Nestabilities dies.
You can't really see the embossing on the word "game" or the little golf ball embellishment.  I may try to get another picture tonight.

Sorry the colors are so yucky.  I must have taken 15 pictures of this layout, and none of them were good!

Thanks for looking.  Click on the picture for a better look.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Hip Hip Hooray

A co-worker had hip replacement surgery a few weeks ago.  So, what could be better than a card that says, "Hip Hip Hooray" on it!  LOL.  I hope she likes it, and it lifts her spirits.

This card has been in my head ever since I got the Create-A-Critter Cricut cartridge and saw the hippo and this phrase.  The tree, hippo, grass, and "Hip Hip Hooray" were all cut from the Create-a-Critter cartridge.  The scalloped oval is from the Alphalicious cartridge.  The flowers are a punch.

The inside says, "What a blessing that you’ve done so well after your hip surgery.  Hurry back to work.  We miss you!"
TFL.  Click on the picture for a closer look.

Friday, May 7, 2010

With Love on Mother's Day

 And a close-up of the front . . .

I made this card for my Mom for Mother's Day.  I think she will like the colors, and she will like the fact that it's an easel card.  I'm sure she's never seen one before, so I will need to tell her how it works once it arrives in the mail.  She is very crafty (not with scrapbooking), but she is a great decorator and makes beautiful flower arrangements, and appreciates the work that goes into a handmade card.

The scalloped heart and the word "Love" were cut from the Sweethearts Cricut cartridge.  I used lace, but you can barely see it.  The butterfly of course is a Martha Stewart punch.   The word "With" was computer generated and punched, as was the words, "On Mother's Day."

Click on the pictures for a better look.  Thanks. 


This is my mother-in-law's Mother's Day card from my husband (and me too of course).  She loves red and black, so I always try to incorporate those colors into her cards. 

The silhouette was cut from the A Child's Year Cricut cartridge, and the word "Mom" was cut from the Storybook cartridge.  The red scalloped frame that I used on both the outside and inside was also cut from A Child's Year.  If you don't have this cartridge, I highly recommend it.  It's a great one to have.

Hope you like it.  And comments mean a lot! 

Click on the pictures for a better look.  TFL.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Another Bookmark -- Chill!

I made another bookmark.  I love these things.  I made this one for my Mom, and I will give it to her for Mother's Day.  I hope she likes it, and I hope you do too!  The penguin was cut from the Cricut Create-A-Critter Cartridge -- my new favorite!

In case you can't read the message, it says, "Chill . . . God's Got Everything Under Control."

TFL.  Click on the picture for a better look.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

My Sheep Bookmark

I made this bookmark to give to my sister for her birthday.  The bookmark was cut using the Tags, Bags, Boxes & More Cricut cartridge.  The sheep/lamb was cut using the Create-a-Critter Cricut cartridge.  In case you can't read the verse, it says, "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.  John 10:27."

TFL! Click on the picture for a better look.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Special Birthday WIshes

This is my sister's birthday card.  I really wanted it to be special because she is!  I made yet another easel card.  And I have a feeling I'll be making two more because Mother's Day is next week!

The card measures 5 1/4" x 5 1/4".  I cut the scalloped circle from the Mini Monograms Cricut cartridge.  The scalloped circle and square are the only two images I ever use from that cartridge, but I can't let it go because I love them!  The silhouette of the two girls is cut from the A Child's Year Cricut cartridge.  I also used the Martha Stewart heart border punch and two EKSuccess punches for the sentiment.  The flower is by Prima.

Hope you like it!  Click on the pictures for a better look.