Monday, May 30, 2011

A True Friend . . .

A sweet friend of mine had a birthday last week, and I made this card for her.  She is a scrapbooker/cardmarker as well, so I love making cards for her.  She truly appreciates them.  And she loves the color pink, so this was especially fun for me, since I love pink as well.  And I love pink and black together.  Since I've made several cards for her, I wanted something unique.  I have done easel cards, which I love, but this time I did a shaped easel card.  I found the tutorial on Beate's blog -- you can find it here.

Here are the details:

Size 5" (approx.) -- I used a Grand Nestabilities die for the scalloped circle
Circles:  I cut a 4 1/4" circle for the outside using the George Cricut cartridge and then shadowed it in pink. The inside circle was cut at 4 1/2".
Card stock:  Bazzill and American Crafts
Patterned papers:  Recollections
Roses:  Recollections
Gems:  I purchased these at Wal-Mart several months ago, but I do not remember the manufacturer.
Pearls on a strand:  Hancock Fabrics
Sentiment:  Computer generated and punched (both on the front of the card and the inside) with EK Success punches  -- The inside sentiment reads, "Remembers your birthday but not your age.  Happy Birthday."
Gems:  Queen and Co.
Pearls:  Katy Cards

Hope you like it!  Please let me know if you have questions.  Also, I appreciate your comments!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Have a Dog-Gone Good Birthday

This is a cheesy, fun card I made for my nephew for his birthday.  I could not think of anything to do for his card.  Everything that came to my mind was cheesy!  So, cheesy it is.  LOL.  I even put on the inside, "I know, it's cheesy! But we still hope you have a great birthday."


Size:  A2
Card stock:  DCWV, American Crafts
Patterned Papers: DCWV
Dog:  Boys Will Be Boys Cricut cartridge cut at 3" (I was surprised it cut so large).  I ran the dog through my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder, and I ran the background circle through the Cuttlebug using the Happy Birthday folder.
Stars:  George Cricut cartridge at 1 1/2" and 1 1/4"
I added baker's twine and then used a Fiskars border punch along the bottom.
The gems are Beads in a Bottle.

Hope you like this simple card!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Birthday Wishes for my Sister-in-Law

I made this card for my sister-in-law's birthday.  After seeing a similar card somewhere out in blog world (I cannot remember whose blog it was on), I decided to do a really tall card that opens at the bottom. 
Here are the details:

Cardstock:  American Crafts; Bazzill
Patterned Papers:  K and Co.
Size:  4" x 8".  Since my paper was 12" and thus folded would only be 6", I added a 2 1/2" section at the bottom of both the front and back of the card and covered it with the pink strip of paper. 1/2" is glued to the other part of the card, which mades the length 8".  I covered the inside with one piece of paper 8" long to hide any seams on the inside.
Cake:  Wrap It Up Cricut cartridge at 2 1/2"  Since this cartridge does not have a shadow, I cut the cake 1/4" larger in yellow.  The candles did not line up, but the cake did, so I cut the candles off.  I added Stickles for the flames and added a string of pearls on the layers of the cake.
Label:  Nestabilities -- embossed with the Happy Birthday Cuttlebug folder.  I added pearls in the corners from my stash.
Flowers:  Recollections
Branches:  Spellbinders
Pearls Strands:  On a roll purchased in the ribbon section at Hancock Fabrics (I think)
I also used the Swirl Cuttlebug folder on the bottom for texture.
Scalloped bottom:  EKSuccess border punch


Thanks for your comments.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Happy Birthday for Co-Worker

This card was made for a co-worker -- one I've worked with for almost 23 years.  She is a cardmaker as well, so I know she will appreciate the time and effort put into it.

Here are the details:

Size:  5 1/4" x 5 1/4"
Cardstock:  Bazzill
Patterned papers:  Recollections (I got these papers in a package at Michael's and just love them.  They have a great vintage feel to them.)
Flower and vase:  Cuttlebug dies (part of the "Olivia" alphabet)
Sentiment:  Computer generated and printed on a Nestabilities label die.  I then cut another label one size larger to use as sort of a shadow.
Fancy border:  Martha Stewart deep edge border punch
Wavy line border:  EKSuccess border punch
Gems:  The white pearl is Queen & Co.; the black pearls are Beads in a Bottle by Tulip

I really like the touch of color in this card.  I hope you do as well.

Thank you for your comments.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Another Welcome Baby Card

I made this card for a dear friend's son and his wife who recently welcomed a new baby girl.

I made this card for the TPE99 sketch challenge over at The Pink Elephant.  Isn't it a sweet sketch?

Here are the details:

Cardstock:  Bazzill
Patterned Papers:  My Mind's Eye
White daisy button:  Unknown
Ribbon:  Another unknown
Pearls:  Katy Cards (this is a company in England that I've purchased from several times.  She has great prices on pearls.  It takes a while to get them here in the U.S. (Usually 3 weeks or so), but worth the wait!  Here is a link to her site.)
Pink border behind card:  Martha Stewart deep edger border punch
Baby:  Baby Steps Cricut cartridge cut at 2 1/2".  I added Liquid Applique to the cloud.
Scalloped Rectangle:  Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge cut at 3 1/2"  (I think.)
Welcome Baby:  Cuttlebug die

Here is my card:

You comments make my day.  Thank you!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

A Mom Like You

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!  Today's post is the card I made for my mother-in-law for Mother's Day.  If you've been following my blog for long, you've seen this color combo before.  She loves red, black and white. I usually throw a little blue or something in with it.

I used last week's sketch over at Mojo Monday (sketch no. 186).  I didn't get the card finished in time to add it to the challenge, but it was still fun.

Here is the sketch.  Of course I chose the square card.

Here are the details:

Size:  5 1/4" x 5 1/4"
Cardstock:  Bazzill
Patterned paper:  K and Co. and unknown
Daisy border:  Martha Stewart border punch
White ribbon bow with heart:  I bought these in a little package at AC Moore.  I do not remember the manufacturer, but they were in the ribbon section.  I wrapped white satin ribbon around the black strip on the card and then added this little ribbon bow on top.
Pearls:  Queen & Co.
Embossing on black strip: Cuttlebug folder
Blue label and black scalloped circle:  Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge
Circle with sentiment:  Nestabilities circle die
Sentiment and flower:  Clipart found on the internet, copied into Word and then I added the words (I added a touch of yellow Stickles to the center of the flower)
Blue flower:  Retro Flower Paper Shapers punch
Inside sentiment:  "Is a gift from above.  Happy Mother's Day.  We love you."

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

This is a Mother's Day card that I made for my mother.  I really wanted to make something "different" this year, since I have made so many cards for her.  I didn't want to do a typical A2 or square card.  So, I decided on a card that would fit into a no. 10 envelope.  It was not my original intention to put the flowers on it, but after cutting the sentiment, it needed something and evolved from there. I tried cutting several words for the front with my Cricut, but everything kept tearing.  But this finally worked! 

Here are the details:

Size:  4 x 8 1/2"
Cardstock:  Recollections, American Crafts, DCWV (glitter) and Bazzill
Patterned Papers:  My Mind's Eye and unknown
Border punch along bottom with threaded lace:  EK Success
Border punch at bottom of flowers:  EK Success
Flowers:  Paper Shapers Retro flower punch, along with a smaller Paper Shapers flower punch (can't remember the name of it) and a glitter gem.  The leaves are punched with a Martha Stewart rose leaf punch.
Happy Mother's Day:  Martha Stewart Cake Seasonal Cricut cartridge cut at 1 1/4"

Thanks for looking, and for your comments.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Brighten Up The World

This is my sister's birthday card.  Her birthday isn't until later in the week, but since she doesn't even know I have a blog, I doubt she will see the card before it arrives.  LOL. 

This card was inspired by Silke Ledlow's great card for Challenge No. 37 over at Case Study.  Her card was beautiful (see below)!  I knew I wanted to make a card patterned after it.  I asked my sister what her favorite colors on a card would be, and she said red and yellow.  I didn't really have any good red and yellow paper, so red and gold is what I came up with.  This is similar to a lot of the colors in her house, so I think she will like it.

This card is also being submitted for the current polka dots and stripes challenge over at Frosted Designs.  I love a challenge like this!  The stripes are hard to see, but they are in the embossing on the panel down the side.

And lastly, this card is being submitted for the current "make it pop" challenge (find it here) over at Do You Stack Up?.  Check it out!
Here are the details on the card:

Size:  5 1/4" x 5 1/4"
Cardstock:  Bazzill and Core'dinations
Patterned Paper:  K and Co.
Ribbon:  Satin from my stash -- not sure of the manufacturer
Large flower:  I made this flower using two different sizes of flower punches.  I spritzed the punched flowers with water, crunched them, and used a stylus on them on a foam pad to curl them and then layered them.  I added a pearl to the center.  If you'd like more details, just let me know.  I've seen lots of tutorials for handmade flowers that sort of used this techninque.
Small flower:  Punch (it's the smaller of the two punches I used for the larger flower.)
Label:  I used my Cricut Elegant Edges cartridge for the background label using the frame feature.  I ran the top (red) layer through my Cuttlebug to give it some texture.  This cartridge is becoming one of my favorites!  I then layered a lacy scalloped circle Nestabilities die on top of that.  I used a little Cuttlebug folder with a gift on it that I have had for several years (love my Cuttlebug) and then cut it out with a circle Nestabilities die.
Sentiment:  Computer generated and then punched and layered with two EKSuccess punches.
White pearls down the side of the card are Beads in a Bottle.
Inside sentiment:  So He Made You.  Happy Birthday Sweet Sister!

Thank yo so much for your comments.

Here is Silke's card:

And here is my card:

And here is a closeup of the flower: