Saturday, February 15, 2014

Quick and easy card for your favorite golfer!

It is always hard to come up with a card for the men in your life.  Here's a great birthday card for that someone who loves to golf.  It could even be great for Father's Day.

This isn't totally my inspiration but I thought I would share my instructions on how I put it together.  I'm hoping it will save you lots of time by already knowing all the measurements.

I am still a novice at making cards, actually in paper crafting altogether.  I just started dabbling with scrap booking and card making about 2 years ago.  So if you are like me, it helps to have a little guidance.  Once you get started inspiration hits you, and you add those special little touches that makes it yours.

So here are the cuts and details I used to make this card.  I started with a store bought note card measuring 6 ½ x 5 inches. I prefer pre-cut note cards because they are a little heavier than regular card stock, more like the cards you purchase.  

The maroon (for the lack of actually knowing what color this is) layer is cut at 4 ½ x 6 ½ inches.  I rounded off the corners with my corner punch and then embossed it with the Cuttlebug Fabric Swatches folder.  I received a set of these folder with the purchase of my Cuttlebug.  

The tan (or kraft) layer is 3 x 4 ½ inches and the sky blue layer is 4 ¼ x 2 ¾.  I usually make my layers about ¼ inches smaller. I used a textured paper I purchased in bulk from Tuesday Morning.  I paid $5 for a pack of about 25-30 sheets of Bazzill paper in various colors.  

The green grass is a strip cut at 1 x 4 ¼ inches.  I used the scissors to cut a little fringe and then fluffed it with my fingers to look like grass.  The cuts are about ½ inch; they don’t need to be perfect just close together. 

The golf ball is about 1 5/8 inches.  I used a Spellbinders Circle die to cut the circle; my circle punches were all too large. The birthday sentiment is the Perfect Fit Birthday Occasions  stamp set from Close to My Heart (CTMH).   Always stamp your sentiment before embossing.  I embossed it with a Paper Studio dots folder I purchased from Hobby Lobby, this month you can get a similar embossing folder for free, see the February promotion below.  The tee I cut from a picture I got off the internet because I didn’t have a cartridge that had a tee on it.  I have 27 cartridges and no tee.

I layered all the small pieces and wrapped it twice with a black & silver twine I had left over from the Laughing Lola Card Making kit.   Then added a black fleur di lis brad for a little bling and because of our beloved New Orleans Saints.

That’s it; the hardest part is always finding the right colors.  I hope this makes it easier for you to just whip this card together.  I have stacks of paper, but never seem to have just the right color.  I really need to quit buying, but when you see something you like you have to get it.

February is almost over, don't forget to take advantage of this month's promotions.

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Just a reminder, it's time to get a new CTMH Spring/Summer Idea Book.  It is a how-to book with easy-to-follow patterns.  Celebrate and record your life's little moments with style.  Create gorgeous pages  and greeting cards from pre-packaged kits, o design your own with the coordinated paper and embellishments

Take a moment and look through the book.  There are some beautiful paper packs this year.

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(*Offer valid February 1–28, 2014. Paper Fundamentals, Colonial White, White Daisy, and kraft card stock packs do not count toward the qualifying purchase. No tax will be charged on the free item(s).  Embossing folder size fits most standard embossing machine; sold separately.)

It's so easy just add two qualifying packs of card stock to your cart and you will be prompted to select your free folder.

Place an order for $50 or more and receive the Stamp of the Month (STOM) for only $5. It’s a terrific value, offer is valid until February 28th.

Be sure to look at the new Idea book, the STOM’s are shown through July.

Check back with me each month to see our new promotions.

Happy Craftin!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Cute Valentine Card made with Create a Critter 2

The card was made from a piece of pink card stock, that was cut down to 10 x 7 inches.  This gave me a finished card of 5 x 7 inches.  The white layer is about ½ inches smaller around.  I embossed this with the Cuttlebug Cross My Heart folder. 

The bear and all the layers are cut at 3 inches.  I normally use the Hide Contour feature to remove the eyes.  To add wiggly eyes instead.  It’s not totally necessary to do this if the wiggly eyes are larger than the cut out eyes.  I chalked the edges, then added eyelashes and rosy cheeks.  The bear is attached with foam tape for a 3d effect.

The hearts and wording are from the Cricut Artbooking cartridge.  I cut the hearts at 6 inches so the heart would be big enough to hold my letters.  I had to trim down the length of the stem to fit my card.  I chalked the edges of the hearts so they would pop.

The lettering was also from the Artbooking cartridge.  I love this font; I prefer chunky letters when I am cutting the font less than 1 inch.  Valentine is 1 inch and the other letters were .75 inches.  I welded each word so I wouldn’t have to worry about placement, these letters weld very easily. 

I cut the bottom green layer at 1.5 inches just to give it a little more color.  This paper is from Close to My Heart Lollydoodle  paper pack.  Add a little ribbon and it was finished.

The other paper I already had on hand.  I really like the glittered paper; I purchased this at JoAnn’s when it was on sale so I have plenty of it.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Cute Valentine Card made with Create A Critter 2

I didn't use the traditional red and white for Valentine's but I thought it came out cute anyway.  I used Paper Studio note card that measures 5 1/2 x 6 inches.

The cute little Koala is on Page 30 of the Create a Critter 2 instruction booklet.  I cut this image at 3 inches, along with all the pertinent layers.  I chalked the edges and embossed the bow with Swiss dots.  I added a few cute details and put wiggle eyes on.  I decided to tie a bow around the neck like a stuffed animal.

The white layer is 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches. embossed with Cuttlebug Cross My Heart embossing folder. It's also on sale this week at JoAnn's

The pink layer is 4 7/16  x 3 7/16 inches, I wanted a little more pink showing.

The top patterned paper  is 3 x 6 1/2 and the bottom layer is 2 x 6 1/2.

I cut a 1 inch strip of paper to go across the seam.It's embossed with the edge embossing folder  that is included with the Cross my Heart embossing folder. I chalked the strip to give dimension to the hearts, plus a hint of color.  I used a pink from my Pebbles Bright Basics collection.

I stamped the sentiment with Juniper Ink and cut it out.  I also stamped the heart with XO, I wanted to put Happy Valentine's, but half the sentiment was hidden by the paw.

I attached the Koala with foam tape to add dimension and a few sparkle gems.

Here is a list of the products I used.

Close to My Heart Lollydoodle paper packet
Create a Critter 2 cartridge
Pink Sparkle gems
Stamp set from the Sarita Scrapbook Workshop
January's Stamp of the Month Cross Stitch Wishes

Hope you like it.

Lollydoodle is a new line of paper this year from Close to My Heart.  There is a scrap booking and card making workshops available also.  The gray was perfect for the Koala and I thought the Cotton Candy color added that Valentines feel to it.  I think this would also make a cute birthday card.  Trim the heart down a little and put a cupcake in the Koala's hand.  Hmmm.. I think I am going to make that for my next female birthday card.

Happy Craftin!

Friday, February 7, 2014

30 Minute Valentine's Day Card

Only 3 cut outs made using the Cricut Artist Cartridge

This is a very simple and quick card you can put together for anyone.   The finished card measures 6 1/2 x 5 inches.  

The red heart is cut at 5 1/2 inches found on Page 72 (Accent 3 tab in CCR) of the instruction booklet.
Cut the white heart  at 3.75" inches, the image used is found on Page 51 of the instruction booklet or Accent 2 tab - Shift Page in CCR.  Emboss the heart with your favorite embossing folder.  I used the Anna Griffith Feather Illusion embossing folder.

Cut the wording at 2", on the same card stock as the red heart.  This image is found on Page 72 or Basic tab in CCR.  This is a red foil paper with hearts on it.  I purchased this on sale at Hobby Lobby last year and had some left.

Layer your cut outs and attach them to the card. Finished, easy peasy.  A really simple card, but it pretty. 

This would also make a nice and quick wedding or anniversary card.  Try it with ivory and gold or maybe white and platinum for a wedding or anniversary card. I have a wedding and anniversary coming up give it a try.

Happy Craftin!  

Close to My Heart For Always Cricut Artiste I Love You card

I have a quick easy Valentine card that is perfect for the man in your life.  It would even make a great anniversary card.  I used Close to My Heart papers and stamps.

The card measures 6 1/2 x 5 inches.  I used Paper Studio Note cards I purchased from Hobby Lobby, but you can also make your own card by using 8 1/2 x 11 card stock.   Just cut the card stock down to 10 x 7 inches, (please print sentiment on inside prior to folding). These cuts will still look great on a 5x7 card too. Just adjust the layer sizes for the larger card.

The Black layer (plain black card stock) is cut at 5 1/4 x 4 3/4 inches
The patterned layer 5 1/2 x 4 inches
The coordinating print across the middle is 1 x 5 1/2 inches.

Here is what my Cricut Craft Room (CCR) layout looked like.

See page 66 of the Cricut Artiste Cartridge instruction book.  All cuts were done using the Relative Sizing in CCR.  I have a Cricut Expression 2, so I can't provide exact instructions for any other Cricut machine.  I use CCR for all my layouts, I find it easier to see in real size and on my computer screen.

The "I Love You" (on page 66 - Accent 1 of CCR) is cut at 2.5 inches

Use the shift key for the layers, the smaller heart 1.75 inches (Blue Heart). Stamp your Valentine Sentiment on this layer. After stamping I passed it through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss dots folder. I used 3D foam tape  to attach it.

See page 51 of the Cricut Artiste instruction book

If you don't know how to use the Hide Contour feature, here are simple instructions.  There are videos on the web if you need to see how it is done, but it is extremely easy.

Cut Red Scalloped heart, use hide contour feature to remove 2nd line (see highlighted line), this leaves a heart in the center and hollow scalloped heart.  Use the center red heart on bottom, and scalloped part is placed behind the I Love You heart.

Cut Black hollow heart at 2.5 inches, use hide contour feature to remove the scalloped edge.

1.1 inch heart (Pink)of coordinating paper as shown.

Cut Small Black Heart at 1/2" (I used Recollections Heart paper punch that I have)

Here is a list of all the products I used.  Since Valentine's is so close you can probably find something in your stash to make this card.

Close to My Heart Products I used

For Always" paper packet (retired)
Exclusive Ink pad in Ruby
Cricut Artiste Collection
3/4" Sparkle Flourish
Holiday Tags Occasions

Other products
Cuttlebug Swiss dots embossing folder
Red and Black glitter paper purchased from Michaels

We have a great giveaway for February,  if you order 2 packs of card stock you get an embossing folder for free.

Embossing Folders
And as always any order over $50 qualifies you for the Stamp of the Month at $5, this is normally valued at $17.95.

I would love to have you join my February gathering and get this great deal!!

I would also be happy to host an Online gathering for you if you would like to invite your friends.

Now I have to get in my craft room and make some Valentine cards for the little ones in my life.

Happy Valentine's Day!!

As always, till next time.

Happy Craftin!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Minnie Mouse Birthday Decoration for a cupcake tower

For my grand daughter's birthday we decided to do cupcakes because we were going to be in an outdoor venue.  The cupcakes were displayed on a cupcake tower, that I decorated with this cute Minnie Mouse arrangement. I used the top layer of the tower for the base of my arrangement.

To make the cake layers cut two circles out of Styrofoam, making the top layer about an inch smaller.  I used packing styrofoam I had in a box in the attic, that wasn't the right depth so I had to cut 4 circles and tape them together.  Do this outside, because it makes a mess.  On the bottom layer I cut out a hole to fit over the center piece of the tower.  I used double sided tape to hold the two layers together; the hot glue just melted the Styrofoam.  I wrapped the layers with strips of card stock cut at about 1 3/4" x 12" (this will depend on the height of your layers). For the top I cut out large scalloped circles with my Spellbinders Grand Nestabilites Large Scalloped Circles(LF-124). I used the two larger dies, which fit perfectly on the top.  I scored each little scallop so that I could fold them over the side like icing was decorating a cake layer.  I purchased Kabob skewers to hold the cut outs.  I just broke them to the length needed to get the staggered affect. I prefer my Scoth Tape Glider for this, but any double sided tape should work, if not use a little hot glue. I purchased a 3 foot length of the wired garland at Party City and cut it into several pieces. Since it was wired I didn't have to add anything to the bottom to stick it in the Styrofoam. To get the twirls, wrap your garland around a pencil or ¼” dowel rod, then slip it off.  Pull on the twirl to open it up to the desired look.  

In the center of the top layer is a Styrofoam ball (3 inches) that I cut in half, I used this to hold all my decorations in place.  The skewers were pushed in the ball as close together as possible, after everything was in place I finished it off with tissue paper.  I took a sheet of tissue paper and cut it into 4 pieces and used 2 pieces to wrap around the ball and tied it together with ribbon.    It not only hid the ball, but added a back drop to Minnie.  I did this in purple to give a little more color to the arrangement.   I used little squares of pink tulle to make the  ruffle around the top layer to hide the seem of the two layers.  I used a 2 inch square and twisted it to make it fluff,  then hot glued it in place.  Next time I would use a little more color so it stands out more.  The closer you place the tulle pieces together, the thicker the ruffle will be.  Then add what ever little things on the layers to give it pizazz.   I used mickey heads that were cut at about 2 inches. I added flowers (cut at ¾” and 1 inch) and a birthday sentiment to the bottom layer.  

Cricut Artbooking Collection
The word birthday was cut using the Cricut Artbooking cartridge (cut at 2 1/2 inches real dial size) from Close to My Heart and Minnie Mouse cut at about 6 inches from the Mickey and Friends cartridge.  All the other cut outs were cut from the Mickey and Friends and Mickey Font cartridges.  I added flowers to the wired stars just to make it a little fuller, by hot gluing them around sporadically. 

Cricut Artiste Collection
My cupcake wrappers were cut using the Artiste cartridge. I cut them at about 2 inches, next time I might try 1.75", because they were a little big. This cartridge is amazing, it has everything you need for a Do It Yourself party.  I use it quite a bit since I purchased it.

Everything came out really cute and it wasn't very expensive.  I was lucky to purchase my paper on sale at Michaels when it was 6 sheets for a $1.00. For more pictures and ideas see my creations on Pinterest. 

Till next time.

Happy Craftin!