Monday, October 31, 2011

Oh Dear, Another Year!

Good Monday morning!  Today I am sharing a birthday card made for a co-worker of 23 years.  I can just hear her saying, "Oh dear, another year!"  So, I think she will like this card.  Here are the details:

Size:  A2 (I scored it and folded it a little different to make it be a gatefold card.)
Card stock:  Recollections for the kraft paper and DCWV for the aqua, which was then embossed with my Cuttlebug
Patterned paper:  DCWV
Border at edge of fold:  EK Success scalloped border punch (Does anyone else have a problem with this punch in that it is supposed to have embossing, but it randomly shows up?)
Scalloped border separating top and bottom of card:  Martha Stewart diamond lace border punch
Fancy corner:  Cuttlebug die
Frame:  Bloom Lite Cricut cartridge cut at 3" (I'm wondering if anyone else has this cartridge and has noticed that the flower that is supposed to cut at the top doesn't cut.  If you press the layer key, you get a circle, or the frame -- no flower.)
Sentiment:  Computer generated and punched with a 2" circle punch and put behind the frame.
Butterfly:  Martha Stewart punch
Roses:  The white mini roses are from I Am Roses.  The blue rose was made using the Flower Shoppe Cricut cartridge cut at 3".  I used a Martha Stewart (Wal-mart - green) punch for the leaves.
Ribbon:  From my stash
Pearls:  I bought these from Katy Cards (a UK company that seems to have gone out of business --- I can't get their website to come up any longer.  :o()

I think that's about it!  I hope you like the card.  Be inspired!

I am submitting this card for the current challenge (#33) at Birthday Sundaes and the current challenge  (#32) over at Card Makin Mamas.

This is the card sitting in a holder so you can see the front as it looks when it is closed.

This shows the front of the card open a little so you can see the fold of the card.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Memories of Barbara

Hello bloggers!  I am sharing with you a card I made for my neighbors.  If you have been following my blog for a while, you'll remember that I have posted a few cards that I made for my neighbor who was fighting cancer.  She passed away a year ago on October 25th.  She left behind a husband and two teenage daughters.  She was an amazing lady with a positive attitude that kept shining through to the end.  I wanted her family to know that we had not forgotten about her.

Here are the details of the card:

Size:  4" x 8 1/2" (to fit in a no. 10 envelope)
Card stock:  Bazzill and American Crafts
Patterned paper:  My Mind's Eye (I think?)
Lattice border:  Martha Stewart double edge border punch
Lamp post:  Mini Monsters Cricut cartridge cut at 7" (hard to believe it would come from that cartridge, huh?)  I do not like the embossing, but it was done and I didn't want to start over!  The small signs were computer generated.
Flowers:  Made from the Martha Stewart cornflower punch.  See this post for the awesome tutorial.  Thanks Kittie! The pink flower was made using the Retro flower punch (Paper Shapers?)
Leaves:  Spellbinders
Small roses:  I Am Roses

Here is my inside sentiment:

We remember:
Her beautiful smile that could light up a room;
Her vibrant personality;
Her positive attitude;
Her wit;
Her love for God and others.
Yes, it’s been a year, but we have not forgotten her.  May you be comforted to know what an impact she had on our lives.

Thanks for looking and for your comments.  You can click on the photo for a better look.  Be inspired!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Happy Birthday To You!

This is a birthday card I made for a co-worker who is celebrating her birthday today.  She is a few months younger than me, and enjoys every minute of it!  Ha.  Here are the details of the card:

Size:  A2
Card stock:  Core'dinations; Bazzill (I used a Cuttlebug frame folder to emboss the front)
Patterned papers:  DCWV (rose paper)
Oval frame:  Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge cut at 4" (embossed using my Cuttlebug)
Scalloped border:  EK Success border punch (then embossed)
52:  Cuttlebug Baby Face font
Sentiment:  I used Word Art in Word to create the sentiment and made it into a circle and then punched it with a 1 1/2" circle punch.  I then went back and punched the middle out with a 1" circle.  I layered this with pop dots and then punched a 2" scalloped circle punch and put behind it.
Ribbon:  Satin from my stash
Flower:  Prima with a glitter dot added in the middle

Thanks so much for your comments.  Be inspired!

Click on the photo for a better look.

Friday, October 21, 2011

With Our Sympathy

Happy Friday everyone.  Although I hate that I needed to make a sympathy card for a friend at church who recently lost his father, I am excited to share this card with you, simply because I was happy with how it turned out!  As part of the current challenge over at Stuck On U Sketches, we were to use a fence on our project.  While trying to think of how to use a fence, it came to me that I could use one on a sympathy card.  Yep, that works!  Then I noticed that the cut I had decided to use really was a fence with a gate, so I did a little research and found a Bible verse that worked great for a sympathy card!  Don't you love it when it all comes together?!?   

Here are the details of the card:

Size:  A2
Patterned paper:  Unknown (I've had this paper forever!)
Card stock:  American Crafts; Wausau (center of sun), Bazzill Bling (grass)
Fence:  Bloom Cricut Lite cartridge cut at 2 3/4"  I added Stickles to the flowers for a touch of bling and green pearls to the centers.
Clouds:  Zooballoo Cricut cartridge cut at 1 3/4" and embossed using my Cuttlebug
Sun:  Create-a-Critter cut at 1 3/4"
Butterflies:  Martha Stewart punch
Grass:  Fiskars border punch
Sentiment:  Computer generated and punched with a McGill punch
Inside I used the following Bible verse:  “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city." (Revelation 22:14)  
I also added the following personal message:  May you be comforted to know that your Dad has passed through the gate and is resting in the arms of our Savior.

Hope you like it.  As always, thanks for taking the time to leave a nice comment.  They really do make me want to make something else and share it with you!

Are you on the "fence" about trying this challenge?  LOL.  Come on over and join us.  Details and inspiration can be found here.  Be inspired!

Click on the photo for a better look!

Monday, October 17, 2011

You're The Best (for my Boss)

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  We just got back from a mini vacation to Florida.  What fun.  It was so nice to get away.  We had to cancel two trips previously this year, one to the Outer Banks of North Carolina when my son-in-law's Dad passed away, and a trip to Southport, North Carolina for our anniversary when my husband fell and broke his heel and had surgery the day before our anniversary.  So, seeing the ocean and putting my toes in the water was a huge blessing for me.  And to top it off, we got to spend four days with our daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren who were there spending the week.

I am sharing with you today a card for my boss.  Today is officially Boss' Day.  And I have a great boss, so I want to let him know that I appreciate him.  I've worked for him for 23 years, so I suppose he plans to keep me.  LOL.

Here are the details of the card:

Size: A2
Card stock:  The case base was purchased in a package of kraft cards made by The Paper Studio.  The metallic paper used for the background is Recollections.
Patterned paper:  DCWV
You're The Best:  Cuttin' Up Cricut cartridge cut at 3"
Scalloped rectangle:  Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge cut at 4"
Leaves:  Martha Stewart punch, using Recollections metallic paper.  I used a stylus to add the veins
I also used my Stampin' Up ticket punch on most of the corners and added some criss-crossed ribbon.
I also added a touch of black Stickles around the edge of the black paper.

Hope you like it.  Click on the picture for a better look.  The picture was taken with my phone because my camera is at my daughter's house in the suitcase she brought back for us (so we wouldn't have to check luggage).  So, I don't think the quality is that great, but it will do!

Thanks for any comments you leave.  Be inspired!

Friday, October 14, 2011

May You Be Strong

I hope everyone has had a great week!  I am sharing with you today a card I made a few weeks ago for my son-in-law's father.  He had to have surgery suddenly because of an internal hernia, so I wanted to make a card for him to let him know that we were praying for him.  Here are the details of the card:

Size:  A2
Card stock:  Bazzill Bling, American Crafts
Patterned paper:  DCWV
Title:  Computer generated
Stars:  McGill punches
Embossing:  Stars embossing is a Paper Studios embossing folder
The yellow paper was embossed with lines when I purchased it.  The manufacturer is unknown.
Border punch:  Fiskars border punch
Frame:  Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge
Strong boy:  A Child's Year Cricut cartridge
Inside sentiment:  "and well again soon is our prayer."
Pearls:  Queen and Company

Thanks so much for looking, and for your comments.  Have a great weekend!  Be inspired!


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Woo hoo! Top 5!

I was so happy to see that I made Top 5 at Fantabulous Cricut as part of their pumpkin challenge!  What an honor!  It sure made my day.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Give Thanks Banner

TGIF again!  I wonder if anyone is as excited as I am about it being Friday.  LOL.  And to top it off, I can share with you my banner I made last weekend.  I've been thinking about making one of these for a while, and since the die cut challenge this week over at Stuck On U Sketches was to use a tree on your project, it was time to make a banner!  I put quite a bit of time into this banner, but I was very happy with the result.  I think it looks great hanging on my mantle!  I hope you will join us and make something with a die cut tree on it for this week's challenge!  And be sure to check out the other designers' creations by clicking here.

Here are the details for the banner:

I used the Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge (my all time favorite) and stretched the swirl1 design on page 25 of the handbook using Cricut Craft Room.  I was even able to make a layer with a decent shadow -- woo hoo!  Each background piece for the banner is 5" wide x approx. 6 1/2" long.
Scalloped ovals:  Elegant Edges cut at 5 1/4"
Letters:  Storybook Cricut cartridge cut at 4 1/2" and then embossed using my Cuttlebug
Top borders:  Various border punches and Bazzill Just the Edge strips
Tree:  Stretch Your Imagination Cricut cartridge cut at 5 1/4" (I added some Stickles to the leaves.)
Pumpkins:  Create-a-Critter Cricut cartridge cut at 1 1/2" and 1" (embossed with my Cuttlebug)
Flowers:  Recollections (most of them anyway, two were made with my Cricut - see below)
Butterflies:  Martha Stewart punch
Leaves:  Spellbinders die
Grass:  Fiskars border punch
Bible verse:  Computer generated and punched using a McGill punch
Rolled flower:  Flower Shoppe Cricut cartridge cut at 5" and one cut at 6 1/2".  I decided the 5" rose was a better size cut.  It was easier to work with.  I have a closeup of this flower below.

I also submitted this for the current "pumpkin" challenge over at Fantabulous Cricut!

I think that's about it!  I hope you like it as much as I do.  Click on the pictures for a better look.  Thanks in advance for any comments you leave.  Be inspired!

My die cut tree!

Here is a closeup of my rolled flower.  I added a little Stickles.

Monday, October 3, 2011

40 or 50?

Happy Monday!  Hope you had a great weekend.  Today I am sharing with you a birthday card made for a co-worker. There's a funny story behind this card.  I was told that this co-worker was turning 40.  So, I made her card with a "40" on the front.  When I gave it to her, she said she loved it and then she said, "But, you do know that I am not 40."  Of course I didn't.  She was turning 50!  I believe it made her day.  She told everyone about it and said it was the best gift she had received.  And I really didn't think she was 50!  What a way to give a gift, huh?!?  Here are the details of the card:

Size 4" x 5 1/4"
Patterned papers: K and Company and Unknown (pink polka dots)
Card stock:  Bazzill and Core'dinations
40:  Storybook cartridge cut at 1 1/2"
Scalloped oval frame:  Elegant Edges cut at 3 1/4"
Roses:  I am Roses
Leaves:  Martha Stewart punch
Butterflies:  Martha Stewart punch
Sentiment:  Sticker from my stash
Border punch:  Martha Stewart
Bow:  Thanks to Joy over at the Cricut message board for posting about these bows.  She found the link to this video and gave me the inspiration to try to design my own using my Cricut.  I welded two ovals and three rectangles from the George cartridge to make my own bow template.  I love, love, love this bow! As you can see, I embossed it with a hearts Cuttlebug folder after cutting it.
Pearl strand:  Unknown

Thanks for your comments.  Be inspired!