Monday, November 28, 2011

A Prayerful Get Well Card

Since I didn't put a sentiment on the front of this get well card, I needed to come up with a title for this post, so "prayerful get well card" it is.  It's sort of a play on the word "powerful," since I believe in the power of prayer.  I made this card for a neighbor who had open heart surgery last week.  She is pretty young to be having double bypass surgery.  I'm not positive of her age, but I think she's about 48.  She's had a few rough times in her life, surviving cancer twice, and now this.  I plan to take a meal to her and her husband when she gets home from the hospital, and I will give her the card with the meal.  Here are the details of the card:

Size:  5 1/2" x 5 1/2"
I don't take credit at all for this card.  The credit all goes to Kittie Caracciolo at Kittie Krafts.  Check out her blog here.  She makes amazing cards and gives great tutorials.  I even pinned one of her cards on Pinterest with the caption, "Someday, I'll be able to make cards this pretty (hopefully)."  Thanks Kittie!
Card stock:  American Crafts; Recollections
Bible:  Inspired Heart Cricut Lite cartridge cut at 4 1/2".  When this cartridge came out, I really wasn't that thrilled with the images.  I decided to buy it a few weeks ago when I found it at a steal for $12.50 (with free shipping).  I thought it would be great for get well and sympathy cards, and so far I really like it.  The images are simple but well put together.   Obviously, I will only use a few of the images, but for the price, it was well worth it.
I embossed the gold and background papers using my Cuttlebug (my second favorite toy, after my Cricut).
Flowers:  Punches -- using one of Kittie's great tutorials -- check it out here. (I didn't have one of the punches she used, so I improvised with what I had and used a little gold Stickles in the center.)
Leaves:  Martha Stewart punch as well as a Spellbinders Leaf die (love it).

Click on the photo for a better look.  I hope you like it.  Be inspired!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

From Our Hearts to Your Home

To all of my fellow Americans, Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope God has blessed you beyond measure today and every day.

Today I am sharing with you a card that I made for our ladies' group at church to give a local family who needed a little extra help this Thanksgiving.  We added a gift card to a local grocery store in the card.  The inside reads, "May God bless you and your family this Thanksgiving."

Here are the details of the card:

Size:  A2
Card shape:  I used the Life's A Party Cricut cartridge cut at 5 1/4" using the card feature for the R.I.P. card (p. 38 in the handbook).  I thought it made a good looking door!  I embossed it with my Cuttlebug and added an extra layer for dimension.
Wreath:  Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge cut at 2 1/4" using the frame feature and a scalloped circle.  I then embossed it as well and added some little gems and a bow to look like a wreath.
The door knob of course is a gem.
The sentiment was computer generated and then cut using a Spellbinders Nestabilities die.

Hope you like it.  Be inspired!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

It's Your Day!

Happy Monday everyone.  For those of you who live in the U.S., I hope you will get to enjoy a short week (if you work outside the home), and a great Thanksgiving day with your families, eating lots of good food!

I am sharing a birthday card I made for a co-worker who celebrated her birthday last week.  She is a wonderful card maker, so I'm always intimidated to make cards for her.  She and I have been talking about the Life's a Party cartridge, so I wanted to make a card for her from that cartridge.  Here are the details:

Size:  A2
Card Stock:  Bazzill, Recollections, American Crafts
Card Shape:  This is one of the many great shaped cards from the Life's A Party Cricut cartridge.  I believe this one was from the 50th birthday.  I went into Cricut Craft Room and used the "hide contour" feature to hide the "50" that would have cut out on the front.  I really wouldn't have had to do that though, since my sentiment would have covered it.  (I would have needed to cover it on the inside though.)  I also embossed the card front using my Cuttlebug and the divine swirls folder.
It's Your Day:  This is a phrase on the Life's a Party cartridge.  I cut it at 1 3/4" and added the shadow.
Label behind Sentiment:  Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge cut at 3"
Flower:  Flower Shoppe Cricut cartridge -- I think it was cut at 4 1/2" with some glitter added.  I used the Retro Paper Shapers flower punch to make the leaves behind the flower.
I added some yellow Stickles to the candles to highlight the flames and used a border punch at the bottom.
I added a satin ribbon bow using my Bow Easy, and it was done.

Hope you like it.  Click on the photo for a better look.  As always, be inspired!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Charger

It's another wonderful weekend coming up.  I hope everyone gets to do a little something crafty!  I am sharing with you today our latest die cut challenge over at Stuck On U Sketches.  The challenge was to use something related to "Thanksgiving Table."  I have to say this was a tough one for me.  I had no Thanksgiving pictures showing food, and didn't really need a Thanksgiving card, and just couldn't think of what to do for this challenge.  Then I remembered doing my Christmas charger last year.  See this post for a peek at it, in case you missed it last year.  I decided I'd love to have one for Thanksgiving.  Once I figured out what to do, I had fun!  Here are the details:

Charger:  Purchased at AC Moore  (It already had the crackled look.)
Circle in Center of Plate:  George Cricut cartridge cut at 8"
Cornucopia:  Celebrate with Flourish Cricut Lite cartridge cut at 4" -- I then did a little embossing with my Cuttlebug on some of the pieces.
Leaves:  Flower Shoppe Cricut cartridge cut at 2 1/4" -- I chalked the edges and used a stylus and foam pad to give them some definition.
Acorns:  Create a Critter cartridge cut at 1 1/4"
Happy Thanksgiving:  Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake cartridge cut at 3" (I think)
Vine at bottom:  Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake cartridge cut at 2 3/4" (I think)
Turkey:  Celebrate with Flourish Cricut Lite cartridge cut at 2 1/2"

Come on -- join us for this cool challenge.  What will you come up with?  You can find the challenge and other designers' creations here.

Thanks for looking, and be inspired!

Click on the photos for a better look.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Congrats Retirement Card

This is a card I made a few weeks ago for a co-worker who retired.  It's one of those, "It's not my favorite" cards.  You know the kind -- the ones that don't come easy, and you keep on re-doing them until you decide you're done, and you still don't like them.  LOL.

Here are the details:

Size:  A2
Card stock:  Recollections, Bazzill and Bazzill Bling
Patterned papers:  DCWV (La Creme Stack)
This really is a simple card.  I punched the flowers from the patterned paper with a square punch.  The green shadow was cut using my Cricut and the George cartridge, cut at 1 1/4".  The scalloped squares are a punch as well.
The sentiment was computer generated and punched with circle punches and a scalloped circle punch behind them.  I added little punched flowers and pearls, ribbon, and a bow, and it was done!

This picture was taken with my phone, so I apologize for the quality!

Thanks, and be inspired!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Chirp Spotlight

I was so very excited to get an email from Provocraft stating that my Fall Banner (see this post) would be in their customer spotlight.  I have submitted projects before, but they were never chosen.  So, this was especially exciting and fun.

So, here is a link to the Chirp newsletter that showcases my project.

Just had to share my joy!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Mr. & Mrs.

I am sharing with you a wedding card I made a few weeks ago for a wonderfully sweet couple.  The bride has been a friend of my daughter for at least 14 years.  She is a photographer and loves everything vintage.  Thus, I tried to make their wedding card look a little vintage as well.  Here are the details of the card:

Size: A2
Card stock:  Recollections and Core'dinations
Embossing:  Cuttlebug
Lace and ribbon:  From my stash
Rose:  Flower Shoppe Cricut cartridge cut at 5"
Leaves:  Martha Stewart punch
Sentiment:  Computer generated (attempting to use a vintage typewriter font).  I then used a Stampin' Up punch to punch it out, and added a little ink to the edges
I also added a brown cording bow.

Hope you like it.  Thanks for commenting, and be inspired!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Fabulous Fall Fun

Happy, happy Friday!  Today is another reveal day over at Stuck On U Sketches.  This week's challenge was to use a leaf or leaves on our project.  I just happened to have these adorable pictures of my granddaughter that I took in 2008 that were waiting to be used on a layout.  I love it when it works out that way.  Here are the details of the layout:

Card stock:  Bazzill and Core'dinations
Patterned papers:  Basic Grey (Origins), My Mind's Eye, DCWV (Rustic Stack)
Leaves:  Flower Shoppe for the large and medium size leaves (cut at 7 1/2" and 2") and for two of the three flowers.  I used a flower punch to make the leaves behind the flowers.  (The third flower is a Recollections flower.)  I ran the leaves through my crimper to give them some texture.
Small leaf banner:  Martha Stewart punch
Tree:  Bloom Lite cartridge cut at 2" layered on a 2" circle and a 2 1/2" scalloped circle cut using the Mini Monograms Cricut cartridge
"Top Note" (yellow background):  I had this in my stash, so I don't remember for sure, but I think this was cut using the Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge.
Fabulous Fall:  3 Birds on Parade Cricut cartridge cut at 2 1/4"
Fun:  Sizzlit Twinkle Toes font
Decorative strip of circles:  Basic Grey

Come and join us in the "leaf" challenge.  Click here to go directly to the challenge.

Hope you like it.  Thanks in advance to leaving a nice comment.  Be inspired!

Click on the photo for a better look.