Thursday, February 27, 2014

Paint Splatter

Today's card set is super quick and simple to make.  I made all six of these in about 45 minutes, and that included the time spent trying to pick out the right shade of paper to match the ink.

All the cards are 4 1/2"x4 1/2."  I used white card stock for the bases, then cut coordinating shades of blue and green for the mats.  They were cut at 4 3/8"x4 3/8."  I then cut another white layer at 4 1/4"x4 1/4."  I used the "Indie Art" cartridge to create my paint splatter.  It is the image with the skull (circled in red on the image), but if you used the blackout feature you get just the splatter.
I cut it at 2 3/4" and used it as a stencil.  I layered it on my cards and then inked up the negative space created my the cut image.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks for all six cards.  The colors were: mowed lawn, peeled paint, crushed olive, faded jeans, peacock feathers, and tumbled glass.  I then stamped my sentiment, which is from Paper Smooches, over the top of the paint splatter.

I made these cards for the following challenges: 

BBTB2: use the Cricut cut as a stencil
Fantabulous Cricut: favorite colors (greens and blues)
CASology: cue word - paint

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Easter Layout

There is an end cap at work that needs some inspiration.  Right now it has shelves of scrapbook storage boxes and some scrapbook albums.  The top shelf is currently empty and every time I walk by it I keep thinking that I should make something to fill that shelf.  Well, today I finally did!

I made a double layout that I will put in an extra scrapbook album and set it on the shelf to display.

Each page is 12"x12."  I used a green card stock for the base of the page, then cut some plaid paper at 11 1/2"x11 1/2" to create a fun background.  I then cut two strips of the same green card stock, at 3 1/2"x12" and some floral paper at 3 1/4"x12."  These were adhered near the top of the page.  The grass at the bottom of the page is 3 1/2"x12" and then punched with a Fiskars border punch.  The two larger photo mats are for 4"x6" photos.  The yellow layers are 4 1/8"x6 1/8" and the green layers are 4 1/4"x6 1/4."  The two smaller photo mats are for 3 1/2"x3 1/2" photos.  The yellow layers are 3 5/8"x3 5/8" and the green layers are 3 3/4"x3 3/4."

The page title was created using the "Phrases" cartridge.  It is on page 45 of the handbook, the phrase 2 feature.  I set the length to 6," so I don't remember how tall it is.  I adhered it with some foam tape.

The bunny, basket, and eggs all come from the "Create a Critter 2" cartridge.  The bunny is on page 42 and the basket and eggs are on page 40.  The basket is the accessory feature and the eggs are the icon feature.  The bunny is 4 1/2" tall, the basket is 6" tall, and the eggs were 2 1/2" tall.  I used Cricut Craft Room to hide all the contours on the eggs and just cut them plain from patterned paper.  I embossed the bottom part of the basket with my Cuttlebug and one of the Simply Charmed Companion folders.  I added glossy accents to the dark parts of the bunny and adhered it with foam tape.

The eggs here are about 3" tall for the two behind the grass and 2 1/4" tall for the smaller one in front.  They are again from "Create a Critter 2," on page 40 (icon feature).  The grass is also from "Create a Critter 2."  It is on page 42, the accessory feature.  I cut two larger ones at 2 1/2" and the smaller one at just over 2."  The smaller piece of grass and the pink egg were adhered with foam tape.

Canoe Dig It?

This card is 4 1/2"x6 1/4."  I used white card stock for the base, then cut an olive green mat at 4 1/4"x6."  I added some white pearls to the corners.  The scalloped mat is from "Elegant Edges" and can be found on page 65, the oblong feature.  I cut it using Cricut Craft Room so that I could turn off the aspect ratio and size it exactly how I wanted it.  It was cut at 6"x4 1/4."  The oval in the center is also from "Elegant Edges."  It is the oblong frame feature, I just hid the scalloped part and cut only the inner oval.

The canoer is from "Fun in the Sun."  I cut it at 2 1/2."  I adhered him to the card with foam tape for added dimension.  The water part of the cut is covered with glossy accents.  The sentiment is from Scrappy Moms Stamps, from the "Happy Campers" set.  I stamped it in faded jeans Distress Ink.  I finished off the card with a little doodling in white gel pen.

I made this for the following challenges:

Color Throwdown.: soft sky, very vanilla, old olive, night of navy
Scrappy Moms Stamps: things that go
My Craft Spot: fun with puns

Monday, February 17, 2014

Reading Bear

Today's card was made for my mother to give to a friend of hers who is retiring.  They both worked at the library together, hence the reading bear.

The card is 5 1/2"x4 1/4."  I used white card stock for the base, then cut a black mat at 5 3/8"x4 1/8," and a pink polka dot mat at 5 1/4"x4."  The next black mat is 3 3/4"x3 1/4" and the white mat is 3 5/8"x3 1/8."  The white layer is embossed with an embossing folder, from The Paper Studio, called Stripes.  I put a strip, cut into a banner, of grey polka dot paper behind the smaller layers.

The book is from "Everyday Paper Dolls."  It is cut at 2.667."  It can be found on page 67 of the handbook, the accessories 1 feature.  I cut it twice, once in white, then again in the blue patterned paper.  I trimmed the blue piece to be the cover and layered it over the white, which are the pages.

The bear is a Peachy Keen Stamp, from the January 2013 Stamp of the Month Kit.  I stamped it on grey polka dot paper and cut it out.  I added some whites to the eyes then covered them and the nose with glossy accents.  I adhered the paws to the outsides of the book, then adhered the head behind it to look like the bear is reading.  The center of the book is adhered with foam tape for a little added dimension.  I left the card blank, mostly because I don't have a stamp for "happy retirement."  I figure my mother can add her own sentiment to the inside.

I made this for the following challenges:

Peachy Keen: photo inspiration (I loved the different patterns and drew from a couple of the colors)

Thursday, February 13, 2014


I have a quick and easy one for you today:

The card is 4 1/2"x4 1/2."  I used white card stock for the base.  The black mat is 4 3/8"x4 3/8" and the white mat is 4 1/4"x4 1/4."

The stars are a cut from the Silhouette.  They are called "shooting stars" and are by Sarah Bailey (#55295).  They are about 3 1/2" tall when assembled.  The banner is also from the Silhouette.  It is called "3d banner curved bottom" and is by Jamie Cripps (#53911).  It is about 4" long when not folded.  The sentiment is from Scrappy Moms Stamps, the "Mini Messages" set.

I made this card for the following challenges:

My Craft Spot: sketch

CASology: cue word - bold
(I used a bold image and what I feel is a bold color combo)

Monday, February 10, 2014

Over the Hill

Here is another card I made for my co-worker, for her mother's birthday.  This gives her a couple of options.

The card is 6 1/4"x4 1/2."  I used white card stock for the card base.  I cut some red card stock at 6"x4 1/4" and then some blue polka dot paper at 5 7/8"x4 1/8."  The image is a stamp from Peachy Keen, from the August 2012 Stamp of the Month Kit.  I paper pieced her together and added some glossy accents to the glasses.  The red strip is 4 3/4"x1 1/2," the pink strip is 3 1/2"x1 1/4," and the white strip is 3/4"x3 1/2."  The sentiment is computer generated.  I finished off the front of the card with three red gems.

The larger red mat on the inside is 6"x4 1/4," and the blue polka dot paper is 5 7/8"x4 1/8."  The smaller red mat is 5"x3 1/4," and the white mat is 4 7/8"x3 1/8."  The sentiment is computer generated and the tombstone is from "Life's a Party."  It is on page 38 of the handbook and cut at 2 1/4."

I made this for the following challenges:

Peachy Keen: sketch

The Friday Mashup: cherry cobbler, primrose petals, soft sky, & marina mist

Sunday, February 09, 2014

A Lot of Candles

One of my co-workers asked me to make a card for her to give her mother for her mother's 50th birthday.  I have a few ideas, which should give her some options.  This is the first of them:

The card is 5 1/2"x4 1/4" when folded up and it is an accordion fold card.  I used 6 pieces of black card stock to create my card base.  I cut them at 5 1/2"x12," then scored them at 4 1/4" and 8 1/2."  This left a piece of card stock left over that I used for adhering all the piece together.

The white mats are all 5 1/4"x4."  I used the Silhouette Cameo to print the images, then cut the mats.  The sentiment on the front is just fonts from the computer, I filled them with color and printed it out.  I then cut the mat and adhered it to the card front.

The candles are a print and cut image by Echo Park (#26206), I only printed them, I didn't cut.  I changed the colors of all of it, instead of the candle being white and red I made it black and grey.  I then copied and pasted it to save myself having to change the color on five of them.  The three smaller candles are just over 3 3/4" and the two larger ones are just over 4 3/4."

The final panel is my sentiment panel.  The white mat is 5 1/4"x4," and the dark grey panel is 5"x3 3/4."  I then used another print and cut image.  This one is by Sweet Elsie (#48931).  I printed it out and cut another mat around it, this one at 4.8"x3.455."

Thursday, February 06, 2014


These cards were made at the request of my cousin's wife.  Their daughter just started ballet and she wants to have a little get-together for the girls in the class as a kind of get to know you...thing.  So, she requested some invites with ballerinas on them.  This is what I came up with:

I made 15 total, five of each dancer.

The cards are 5 1/2"x4 1/4" and made from white card stock.  I then cut some blue, purple, and pink polka dot paper for the background at 5 1/4"x4."  The mat the ballerinas are on is from "Elegant Edges."  It is on page 36 and I cut it at 5," using the oblong (shift) and shadow (shift) features.  I embossed the white piece with an embossing folder from Darice called, Dot Background.  The ballerinas are all from "Twinkle Toes."  They are the first, second, and fifth dancers found in the booklet.  I cut them at 4."  I added some Stickles to all the cards, glossy accents to their eyes and I also flocked their hair.

Monday, February 03, 2014

Party Card

At JoAnn Fabrics, where I work, we are supposed to have displays of "live" samples.  These are things we have made in-store (or at home, in my case) to feature our fabric and craft items.  Each month the company sends us items that they require us to make, the rest are left up to each store.  This card is one of those required items.  The company sent us a picture and instructions on how to make the card.  However, we don't have any of the machines or dies that were used to make this card.  Hence why I made it at home, I have a Cricut, Cuttlebug, & a Silhouette.

Here is the example of the card they wanted us to make:
Of course the print-out that I got to reference was in black and white and the instructions they sent were really not great.  There were no sizes referenced for anything or what specific papers they used, so I just made something similar, using paper scraps that I happened to have on hand.

Here is my version:

For my version of the card I made it 5 1/2"x4 1/4."  I used a bright pink card stock for the card base, then cut some white card stock at 5 1/4"x4" and some striped card stock at 5 1/8"x3 7/8."  The white layer is 3 3/4"x3 1/2" and is embossed with a Darice embossing folder called "Damask Background."  I then used a sponge to rub some tea dye Distress Ink over the embossing.  I used "Elegant Edges" to cut the argyle layer.  The image is the oblong (shift) image on page 39.  It was cut at 3 1/2."  I cut a strip of bright pink card stock at 1 1/2"x4" and a yellow polka dot card stock at 1 3/8"x4."  I used some alphabet stamps and rosebud ink by Tsukineko to stamp the word "party."  My rosette is actually two 6"x1" strips of the yellow polka dot card stock that I scored every 1/4."  I then adhered the two pieces together and assembled the rosette.  I covered the center with an orange button tied with pink twine.  The music clef was with the Silhouette.  The music staff is from Lori Whitlock (#4766), the treble clef and first note are from Echo Park (#26897), and the other four notes are also from Lori Whitlock (#4677).