Tuesday, April 24, 2007

A Little Note

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I made this card a few weeks ago, but I didn't want to post it until I had sent it out in the mail.

I cut out the "globe" and the green rectangle using my Cricut. I layered several silhouette cuts of the circle to give it the depth needed, and then used a circle of transperency material for the covering.

I inked the edges of the envelope, and used a gel pen to accent the "folds" and heart. I used a paper punch for all the music notes inside the globe.

I used a stamp on the green rectangle, and did not notice until after I took the photo that it was spelled incorrectly (I've already contacted the distributer and should be getting a copy of the new stamp, with the correct spelling). I fixed the misspelling with a pen.

I sent out a different variation of this card to another friend as well.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Congrats- 2007 (Graduation)

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I had a totally different vision in my head when I started this card. Originally, I wanted to cut the "Congrats" out and use the negative as the card front. I actually went through and did that, but I hated the way it turned out- so back to the drawing board.

I cut out both the "congrats" and the "2007" using my Cricut. It ended up looking a little squished, but I think I'm too hard on myself sometimes.

For the background, I used a stamp and a Versamark pad. The inside is blank.


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I made this card for graduation, but I think you could use it for any occasion.

I cut the stars out using my Cricut. I think the next time I make a card like this, I will use a few more stars. The inside of the card has a rectangle (white cardstock with a gold frame around it) that says "Congrats."

This was super easy, and I finished it in like twenty minutes. I like the finished look though.


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I made this card for one of my students who will be working at NBC next year. I was inspired by the peacock logo. Originally, I tried to make the peacock take up the entire front of the card. I could not get it to look right, no matter what I did. Finally, after playing around a little I went with a more abstract version. I actually like this a lot.

I cut the "peacock" feathers out freehand, then inked them with some white ink to make them stand out a bit- but also to give them the same feel that the NBC logo has.

The mortar board is a stamp that I purchased a few years back. I stamped it in white ink on black cardstock. After the ink dried, I cut the image out and went over the lines with Paper Glaze to give it more definition. The image is secured with Pop Dots for even more dimension.

The inside is blank. I thought about using a rub on (Congratulations, or Good Luck), but decided against it.

The Sweet Smell of Success!

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I spent most of my free time this weekend brainstorming and then creating cards for Graduation. I work at a College and have quite a few seniors graduating this year.

For this card, I used my Cricut to cut out the rectangles and the purple circle. I used a stamp to stamp the pig in the bathtub, as well as the sentiment. I colored the pig stamp in with crayons and colored pens. Then I went back and used glitter glue on some of the bubbles, and covered all the bubbles with Paper Glaze.

I put eyelets on the rectangle, and then used embrodery floss as an embellishment. The sentiment inside the card says "The sweet smell of success!"

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Congrats (Engagement)

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Another basic card, made for a college friend who recently got engaged.

The letters are all cut with my Cricut, as is the circle for the ring. The "C" is covered in UTEE. The diamond is hand cut, lines added with a paint pen, and then glitter glue put on top to add extra sparkle.

I finished the card with my corner rounder.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

You're Sweet

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The weather has been so dreary lately, I wanted to make a bright and happy card that reminded me of summer.

I cut the popsicles with my Cricut and used a brown pen to add wood grain to the sticks. I added UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) to the pink popsicle. This is the first time I have worked with UTEE, but I'm pretty pleased with the results. I did three layers of UTEE to get the shine consistent.

The stamp on the side says "you're sweet." I like the pop of the white ink on the colored paper.

I will probably be experimenting more with UTEE. Depending upon the number of layers you do, and how much you let the enamel set you can get different textures. With one layer it looks a little crackly, and if you stamp an image in the enamel before it sets completely, that should give a different look.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Just Chicken In!

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This card was super quick to make. I used a four sided stamp (made of a foamy material) for both the chicken and the chicken feet. I colored the chicken with different marker colors, and then used a Versamark pad for the chicken feet.

The rectangles were cut out with my Cricut. And the phrase is a homemade rub-on. I went over the rub-on with colored pens, as it was a little faded.

I used my corner rounder punch for the corners.

I made two other animal themed cards that were also any occasion cards.

Congrats! (Sorority)

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I made this card over the weekend to send to some women from my Sorority (Alpha Phi).

I used the Cricut to cut out the rectangles, and the letters. I then arranged the letters so they would resemble the Sorority's badge. Obviously, it's not identical but I think I came pretty darn close with the fonts I had available.

The "congrats" is a stamp with white ink. I love the look, but that ink takes forever to dry.

I used a darker color for the card, to make the "badge" and "congrats" stand out. Inside I adhered a white piece of cardstock to write the message on.

I used my corner rounder punch as a final touch.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

I Miss U

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I made this card a while back for my sister who lives in another state. It was really easy.

All cuts were made using my Cricut. I cut out several different sizes for the flowers- both in shadow and silhouette, then layered them together. I used glitter glue for the centers of the flowers, and also on the "I Miss U" tag. I used my corner rounder (paper punch) for the corners.

Inside, it says "in my thoughts" which is a stamped sentiment.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Celebrate! (Birthday Cake)

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This is a really simple card that I made for my Aunt's birthday. I cut the cake using my Cricut. I cut the cake twice, and then cut out the icing in the patterned paper. I used glitter glue to give it a little sparkle.

The back of the cake says "Celebrate" in the patterned paper, again cut with my Cricut.

Birthdays are like shoes...

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This was a pretty simple card to make. I used my Cricut for the Z and tag shapes. I hand wrote the "Happy Birthday" and attached the tag to the Z with a heart shaped mini brad. The strip of blue paper was cut with a simple paper trimmer and stamped with a shoe stamp from Michaels using white ink (which was pretty slow to dry).

The sentiment at the bottom is from a homemade rub-on embellishment. It says "Birthdays are like shoes..." The sentiment is completed inside with another homemade rub on that says, "You can never have too many!"

I think if I make a card like this again, I'll use a solid color for the letter, and have the background paper as the patterned paper.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Diaper Cake & Exploding Scrapbook

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This is my first ever diaper cake. I wanted to keep it small mainly because I wasn't sure how many diapers it would take or how heavy it would get. I actually like the size a lot. I used close to two packages of diapers (one newborn size, and one the next size up). My only regret is that the larger diapers had a picture printed on them.

To make the diaper cake I used instructions at Wiki-How. I used a cardboard cake circle as a base. If I had gotten a bit of a larger circle, I probably would have decorated it around the edges.

I didn't add a lot of "extras" to the cake. I know that a lot of people hide other gifts and things inside, but diapers are quite expensive. And, I didn't really see a lot that went with my color theme (this was for a shower with both parents, I didn't want the father to feel overwhelmed with "pink/girlie" colors- as they are having a girl). I added two wrist rattles to the cake, and a teething ring.

To top the cake, I used an Exploding Scrapbook. I decorated the entire scrapbook, so that once the baby is born, all the parents need to do is add photos and journaling. I even cut out letters and numbers so that they could have the date of birth.

Congrats (Baby)

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I made this card a while ago for a friend who is expecting. Since I wasn't sure whether the baby was a boy or a girl, I went with "neutral" colors. (I am a huge fan of very bright and bold colors/prints. I'm currently working on branching out a bit from that.)

I used my Cricut to cut out the squares and "congrats." I desperately wanted to fit "congratulations," but that's quite a long word.

The bibs are a Stampin' Up stamp that I bought at least six years ago. (Thank goodness I don't know any Stampin' Up demonstrators, because it is impossible to only buy one set of stamps if you see a catalogue.) I tried coloring in the stars on the bibs, but I didn't like the way it looked, so I added jeweled stars. Then I thought the card needed balance at the bottom, so I added the ribbons.

I left the inside blank, so that I could write my own message.

Feel Better...Real Soon!

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This is a pretty easy Get Well card that I made recently. It's not perfect, but it turned out pretty well considering I only had a vague idea of what I wanted.

I cut all the letters and items with my Cricut, which is seriously one of the best craft tools I have ever gotten. It took a little while to get the "band aid" to look right. If I make this card again, I think I would actually punch holes in the mid-section of the band aid, as opposed to just making dots with a pen.

I also don't think I would use a corner rounder (paper punch) on the bottom. It kind of made "fell better" all smushy. I don't like that at all.

The heart, however, turned out great. I used a white paint pen for the stitching effect. I'm still not brave enough to try my sewing machine on paper.

Inside the card it says "Real Soon!" The lettering is just like the front, only opposite colors- so white text with a navy outline (shadow).

Crafty Blog

Welcome to my new blog! Instead of focusing on personal stuff (I have other outlets for that); this blog will focus on my crafts. I hope to share techniques and projects, and just any general knowledge that I might have (or learn from elsewhere).

Lately I've been making a lot more cards and working on more pages for Scrapbooks. I really enjoy it, and it helps me unwind after work or other stressful things.

So, come on in, look around and stay awhile! If you want more details on any project I post, just ask.