Sunday, January 29, 2012
I made this card for a colleague who is going to have a much awaited baby. It came together pretty quickly with the Slice. It is marketed for fabrics but cuts paper really well, too. I was inspired by a card by Nichol Magouirk. I liked idea of the stamp of the stroller in the circle frame but I don't have that stamp so I used the stroller image from the Baby Slice Design Card.
- Making Memories Slice Design Card Applique Basics for the circles
- Making Memories Slice Design Card Baby for the stroller
- Papertrey Ink Mega Mixed Messages - Sweet Baby sentiment
- Martha Stewart Edge Punch Stars
I jumped on the Slice bandwagon because everything was so CHEAP (a favorite word when the budget is tight). I tested it out and this little baby can run!
I have to say that it cuts really well. I used light and medium cardstock and there were no problems. (I haven't tried heavy cardstock, yet.) It is small and portable. You can use it without a powercord. Because they cut mostly silouettes, it cuts fast. But to be fair, even the words are cut pretty fast, too. If you are in hurry, this will do it no time at all. It was also really easy to use.
I used the Vintage Findings design card to make the beautiful butterfly on my card. The silhouettes on the design cards are beautifully done and are a nice addition to the Cricut cartridges I have. For example, I have Old West by Provocraft. Great images and they are layered so they have a lot of dimension. I now have Happy Trails by Making Memories. The cuts are just silhouettes but they look more sophisicated. So, to me, they a more grown-up kind of feel. Here is what I mean:
Example of the people from Old West, Provocarft
Examples of the people from Happy Trails, Making Memories
Here is a frame using the branco rider, star, and alphabet:
From the Slice Inspiration Card that comes with the design card, Making Memories
One of the reason I bought Wall Collage was the homage to Jane Austen. Love Jane Austen. It's not everyone's cup of tea but it is definitely mine.
I put it over my desk/workstation so I could admire it when I work. I put a postcard I got of the Notre Dame over it. I got that postcard when my husband and I went to France. And, well, truth be told, I love him even more than Jane Austen :D
I don't anything else to add except that I didn't have a transfer paper or contact paper but I wanted the letters to look just the same as in the booklet. Sooooo, I peeled off the negative space, used some invisible tape and that transferred the letters flawlessly. I didn't have to worry about the spacing between each letter. I just had to be careful of the spacing between each line. Does that make sense?
The wall decor is only 5 1/2 by 6 so it was not hard. I image for something bigger you would need that transfer paper.
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice.
Reminds me of my nerdy self... love to read!
Monday, January 23, 2012
I got this beautiful set of stamps by Crafty Secrets called Sweet Kids about a month and a half ago after seeing this card by Heather. I actually used that image for a birthday card for my mom. But, I love the image of this little boy, too. He kind of reminds me of my son with his mop of dark hair and full face. I decided to make a "Thinking of You" card for one of my sisters. I also decided to experiments with color by using the striped paper in the background.
- Sweet Kids stamp set by Crafty Secrets - boy image and sentiment - the company has great vintage images!!!!
- Elegant Edges Cricut Cartridge - rectangular scalloped frame and shadow
- Road Trip Paper (the colorful striped paper) - Papertrey Ink (PTI)
- Old World Paperstack (light blue paper) - Die Cuts with a View
- Antique Linen Distress Ink Pad - Tim Holz
- Copics and Color Pencils
Here are some close-ups:
A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life. ~Isadora James
Monday, January 16, 2012
My sister's birthday is coming up in early February so I decided to get a jump start on the card. I have been waiting to Twinkle Toes and this was great opportunity. She's not really into pink but I think she will not be able to resist this little dancer.
- Cricut Twinkle Toes Cartridge - dancer3 and all layers; stfrght and stgfght-s
- Papertrey Ink (PTI) Mega Messages - Make a Wish sentiment
- Cuttlebug - Teresa Collins Timeless Embossing Folder
- Making Memories - pink ribbon
- Tim Holtz - Victorian Velvet Distress Pad
- Close to My Heart (CMTH) - Baby Pink Re-inker
- White ribbon, paper, and glitter from my stash
* I cut dancer3 at 4 inches and the stagfrght tags at 2 inches. I cut an extra piece of the headband and cut out the bow so that I could fold it up and make it pop out. But first I inked the edges with Victorian Velvet, added some glitter, and hot pink Jolee rhinestone:
* I added glitter to the little band on her outfit and put all the pieces together.
* I inked the edges of the pink tag with Victorian Velvet and stamped Make a Wish on the white part of the tag.
* I thought the Victorian Velvet might be too strong for the edges of the embossed part of the card so I used Soft Pink by CTMH. I squeezed a couple of drops on my mat and then used the Tim Holtz blending tool to give the paper a soft pink glow.
* I just embossed the paper using a folder from Teresa Collins Timeless Collection. It is a set of four embossing folders. I think they are so elegant. I think in this picture you can see it better.
* I took some white ribbon, Terrifically Tacky Tape and ruffled it up to make a ballerina skirt for my dancer. Oops! One little piece is popping up. I'll go back to that stubborn piece later!
I added some ribbon and popped up the tag. And that's all folks! :)
Dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt.
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth.
~ William W. Purkey
Sunday, January 8, 2012
* I stamped my hot pink paper using the Menhdi Medallion with the Versamark and then brushed on the Perfect Pearls.
* Next, I cut out my pieces and put them together. The front and the back of the toppers:
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Monday, January 2, 2012
Unfortunately, I needed to make sympathy cards for two people. Their loved ones had lived very full and long lives. To make the cards, I decided to use white on white to give the cards a sense of quiet beauty. In this picture you can see the contrast of the warm and cool whites.
- Inpsired Heart Cartridge - Dove and oval layer: <Dove>
- Co'ordinations Pearl Paper
- White paper from my stash
- Pearls from my stash
- Crafty Secrets - Card Sentiments: In Deepest Sympathy and May prayer strengthen you and Memories comfort you- Tattered Angels - Marshmallow Mist
- Cuttlebug - Script Folder
- Dew Drop Ink - Starlight Silver
*I cut the Co'ordinations pearl paper at 10 by 7 to make a 5 x 7 card. I cut the dove and layer at 3.02.
*The dove was cut with the pearl paper and the oval layer was cut with plain white paper.
*I ran the oval through the cuttle bug using the script folder and then spritzed it with Marshmallow Mist. I further inked the edges with the Starlight Silver Dew Drop.
*I put the pieces together and you can see the silver in the this picture:
*I stamped the bottom right hand corner with "In Deepest Sympathy" and added pearls next to the "I" and the "S."
*Lastly, I stamped the inside with "May prayer strengthen you and Memories comfort you."