Saturday, March 28, 2009

Quick Fix

Ack. I am smack in the middle of grading senior papers but had to get a card-making fix. Carrie needed some quick "Thank You" cards, so I had the perfect excuse to turn on the cricut and have a bit of fun. And, yes, the paper looks familiar because I was also trying to use scraps.
On the top card I used the Walk in My Garden cartridge and on the bottom card I used Storybook. I've never tried running a bead with the glitter stuff. It is not so easy to get a straight line. I'm sure there must be some trick to it.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

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Spring Break Get Away

Well, my break did not turn out as I had expected. I was supposed to spend most of it in New Orleans with my husband, but I was sick all week and did not get to go. Since I was home, Carrie came over for cardmaking. I watched her have all the fun since I had senior papers to grade. Finally, the last night of the break I had a few minutes to make a welcome home card for Chris.
I just love this dog from paperpups. He has his arms open ready for a big hug. I have him holding a dandelion from the storybook cartridge. The dandelion is double layered, embossed, and popped. I used the cricut studio for the sentiment. Funny enough, I just realized that I don't have my layered paper facing the same way. Yikes... I bet Carrie notices it right away.
Anyway, on to Carrie's cards. She rocked it this week. I think her creative muse was speaking.
This birthday card uses Walk in My Garden for the vase and flowers and I think storybook for the butterfly. She popped the flowers, cuttlebug embossed with swiss dots the brown cardstock and stamped the sentiment. The next card she made for her mother. It is one of my favorites.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Smile x2

Today, Carrie and I had a blast making cards and working on techniques. I think Carrie's goal was to use multiple patterned papers. She did that today with her first card. I think her original inspiration came from MojoMonday, and then she pulled out some of her new StampinUp papers to use. She stamped, doodled, and blinged to put the card together. Looks great!

The inside is clever as the scallop is in the middle, and the bird mimics the birds in the paper.

My smile card is also inspired by MojoMonday I had a great time putting it together. I used Storybook, WIMG, and Opposites Attrack. This color combination was a challenge for me because it included orange. I think the smile sentiment allows for the card to be very versatile.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Stationary Box

This stationary box project was sooooo fun. I spied the tutorial for it on CuttlebugChallenges, but had to wait until I got some fun, double-sided paper in the designer series called Washington Apple from StampinUp. Like usual, the project took me forever to work through - just three evenings : ) It is not nearly as easy as it looks! Numbers everywhere ... measuring ... scoring lines. Of course I messed up a few items, and then had to improvise my own numbering system to fit the mess - but it all worked out. When you pull off the top, it opens up like this. I need to buy a 3" x 3" post it note and a few stamps for the red items on the front panel.

There is an area for little 3" x 3" cards - I got to use my new Scallop Edge Punch on these, plus I stamped the background, put on a bit of ribbon and popped a cut-out stamp. The right hand pocket is for tags. I made 4 tags with "Friends," "Thanks," "Smile," and "Be Happy." The back section is for larger 4.5" notecards. I made 4 here again with the same sentiments, and stamped envelope.

St. Patrick's Day - Finally

I've been working on this project since Oscar night. I got the pattern from Splitcoaststampers and I started with the pink background. I didn't think until later that the pink/green combination might not be the best for a male gift. On way or another, it is perfect for gift cards. I enjoyed using the watercolor pencil on the shamrock stamp, but I did not enjoy cutting the stamp out by hand. I ended up having Chris do it for me. Poor fellow had to work on his own gift.

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Our family is excited that our Cousin, Jacob, is returning from his military, overseas deployment. We are having a big family get-together to celebrate, so this card is for him. To make the card, I was inspired by our childhood where Jacob had a fascination with guns. He enjoyed hunting and finding rare guns. He liked dogs as well, so that is why I used the PaperPups Hunting Dog. All the lettering is from the Opposites Attract cartridge, and it seemed logical to use the camo paper. All in all, I'm happy with this card as it looks like a guy card and it expresses our pride in what he does for a living.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Once Upon A Time

I am so excited about how this anniversary card for Adam and Elizabeth has turned out. I used the Mojo Monday Blog Sketch for inspiration. The white paper is stamped with a three heart stamp from Hobby Lobby. The patterned paper Carrie picked out. Of course the dogs are from the Cricut Paper Pups cartridge. The lettering on the front and the inside is from the Cricut Storybook cartridge. The hearts are cut out from the same stamp used to make the pattered paper. Chris actually helped with this. He told me to use an exacto knife to cut the hearts out. I have no experience with the knife, so Chris volunteered to show me how to use it without cutting off a digit. Chris did get into the spirit of crafting and decided he wanted to re-ink the edges of the stamp. Plus he decided it should be sticking up - his words for using pop-dots. I'm giving the card to Adam and Eliz when we see them this wekend as their Anniversary is over Spring Break.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Birthday Stationary

This morning Carrie and I watched a short demonstration video from
After watching the video we were inspireded to use the card option on the Walk in My Garden cartridge for the Cricut Expression. My sister-in-law, Elizabeth, has a birthday coming up, and I wanted to make a bit of stationary for her since we've given up buying birthday presents. She loves everything ladybug which makes the ladybug option perfect. These are two of the four cards I made for her. Because I haven't used my Paper Studio's Daisy Paisley Stack, I decided to use as many of the coording pages as I could. The base for the card is out of Paper Studio's Textured Cardstock Brights. The ladybug front is cut @ 5" so the ladybug would be big enough to work with layers. I embossed the black cardstock with Cuttlebug D'vine Swirls and trimmed it. The layer on the bug is embossed with Ranger Holographic Embossing Powder. Then ribbon from stash to tie in a bit of color. I put a wee ladybug on the envelope and tied it up. I can't wait to see if she likes it.


My friend, Carrie, made this card today. She used the card function on Walk in My Garden and layered green, yellow, and tan for the sunflower. She used WIMG for the phrase as well. Below is a shot of the inside of the card where she popped two of the flowers for a bit of depth.