Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas and Snowflakes

Who doesn't love snowflakes when thinking about Christmas?  This card is for my wonderful in-laws.  The family gave them money for Christmas (mainly because we couldn't think of anything else to give them).  They can spend it on a trip or for unexpected expenses.   There is a spot on the inside to stash the money.  Also, this card was made for the latest die cut challenge over at Stuck On U Sketches.  We were to use snowflakes.  Here is how I made the card:

Size:  4" x 7"
Card stock:  Core'dinations and American Crafts
Patterned papers:  My Mind's Eye Wonderful Winter pad
Snowflakes:  I used three different punches for the snowflakes around the sentiment, including Martha Stewart and a Paper Shapers punch.  The snowflake border was cut using the Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake Cartridge.  I cut it using the "cut to length" feature at 4", which ended up cutting it at 2 1/2".  I cut the top layer twice and used pop up dots.  I also ran it through my Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots embossing folder.  I then used a 3/4" circle punch for the red centers.
The verse is my own creation, using a verse I found on the internet as a starting point.  I attempted to make the words look like a Christmas tree.  Did it work?  LOL.  I used a large circle Spellbinders Nestabilities die to cut the sentiment and then added a Nestabilities Lacey Circle behind it.

Hope you like it.  Come join us in the fun and try this snowflake challenge! Check it out here.
Be inspired!

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Blessings

I am sharing with you a Christmas card I made for my boss.  In fact, it is the only Christmas card I made!  I was giving him gift cards for Christmas, so I needed a way to give them to him.  I just don't think I can purchase a card in a store again, so this one was quickly done.  Here are the details:

Size:  4" x 9"
Papers:  Card stock:  Recollections and Bazzill
Patterned Paper:  Wonderful Winter by My Mind's Eye from a couple of years ago.
Christmas Bell Ornament:  Jolly Holidays Cricut Lite cartridge cut at 3"
Oval Label Behind Ornament:  Nestabilities
Snowflakes:  Paper Shapers punch with added gems from my stash
Border:  Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Doily Accents
Sentiment:  Computer generated and punched using a 1" circle punch and a 1 1/2" scalloped circle punch.  I then added some Stickles.

Hope you like it.  Be inspired!

Monday, December 19, 2011

It's Your Day!

I am sharing with you today a card I made over a month ago for a co-worker.  I've been so busy that I'm just now getting around to posting pictures of it.  It certainly isn't a really fancy card, but she liked it, and that is the most important thing.  Here are the details as I remember them (since it's been so long ago).

Size:  5 1/4" x 5 1/4"
Patterned papers:  Recollections
Card stock:  Bazzill, Recollections and American Crafts
Flowers:  Prima (I used a large glass brad for the center)
Flourish:  Storybook Cricut cartridge cut at 2 1/4"
Sentiment:  Computer generated and punched with a Stampin' Up Punch
Pearls:  Queen & Co.
Ribbon:  Unknown.

Be inspired!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Praying For You

I have been busy, busy, busy!  I suppose the season is upon us to be busy, huh?  I love the Christmas season though!  This is a card I made a few weeks ago for a lady who attends our church who fell and broke a rib.  I used the Inspired Heart Cricut Lite cartridge (cut at 4 1/2"), along with a flower punch and a branch punch.  I embossed the top white layer as well.  Pretty simple, huh?  But I liked the end result.  This cartridge has lots of great, simple cuts for making get well and sympathy cards.

Hope you like it.  It's been pretty quiet around here lately.  I'm not sure why.  I miss the comments though!  Be inspired!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Sending Birthday Wishes

Happy Tuesday bloggers!  Today I am sharing with you a birthday card I recently made for a former co-worker.  This friend is battling cancer, and the doctors have actually told her that she only has a couple of months to live.  If you are a praying person, I ask that you pray for her.  Her name is Tori.

I made the card to be sent from a bunch of people.  I cut an extra layer and glued it on the inside left of the card with a place to lift it up to allow more signatures.  We placed it in a central location in the office and had lots of people sign it.  I thought it would brighten her day to know that we were all thinking of her and care for her.  Here are the details of the card:

Size:  A2 (approx.)
Card stock:  Bazzill
Patterned papers:  My Mind's Eye
Card shape:  Wrap It Up cartridge cut using the card feature and cut at 5 1/4" (I think -- I made it two weeks ago.)  I was very happy to find that the layers from the main image on that page (page  31 of the handbook) fit onto the card feature.  So, I was able to cut layers in different papers.
Pearls:  Strand pearls that I purchased in the ribbon section at Hobby Lobby, and the individual pearls are Recollections.
Rose:  Recollections
Flourish:  Jolee's
Sentiment:  Computer generated
I added a little Stickles to the flames for a touch of bling, and it was done!

Thanks for looking, and be inspired!

Friday, December 2, 2011

My Funky Flower Yarn Christmas Tree

Happy Friday!  I am sharing with you today my project for the latest die cut challenge over at Stuck On U Sketches.  Our theme is "O Christmas Tree."  Sounds simple enough, right?  My only problem was that I had a vision in my head that didn't come to pass.  I love the yarn Christmas trees I have seen on Pinterest.  They are each unique.  And so is mine.  :o)  It is definitely funky.  And fun.

Here are the details:

I started with a white Styrofoam Christmas tree (this one is approximately 12 inches tall) purchased at Michaels.  I bought some thick white yarn and wrapped it around the entire tree, using my hot glue gun along the way.  I then added a string of little white pearls (which you can see in the closeup below).  I cut my flowers using two shades of blue and one shade of pink Core'dinations card stock.  I used the Flower Shoppe Cricut cartridge and cut the basic and scalloped flowers at 4" and 4 1/2".  I cut enough leaves from that same cartridge at 1" to put two leaves with each flower.  I rolled the flowers, gluing them as I went, and set them aside.  I put the flowers on the tree in a random pattern.  I then added little foam red berries that were left over from my daughter's wedding.  I added a three dimension star to the top of the tree using my Life's A Party Cricut cartridge cut at 1 3/4".  I added some glue and Diamond Dust to the star.

It really was a fairly simple project that I finished in less than two hours (not counting the many times that I ripped the flowers off and started over).  HA!

Hope you like it.  Maybe you too will want to do a funky Christmas tree!  Be inspired!

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Closeup of Flower and Star