New Year Card - 2013

Here is a card I made to celebrate 2013.
I used SCAL2 and my Cricut to create a New Year's card.
First I created the numbers with the typing tool.

I then added a small rectangle at the bottom and welded it all together. I placed my number rectangle at the 5" mark to start cutting through the card. You can see the dimensions that I used on the right of the screen.

I used some cards from a DCWV set that I didn't like the front pattern and place it open on my cutting mat. An open card measures 8 1/2" long x 5 1/2" wide.

Here is a sample on a plain brown piece of cardstock showing the front of the card after cutting.

Next, I took the cutout and adhered it to the inside of the card with some foam squares to add dimension.
I also adhered my Happy New Year cut at the top.

I created the words "Happy New Year" in Curlz font and welded them together. I also selected the shadow option in the font menu so that the letters would be more rounded. You can see the dimensions I used here.

I took some new year confetti/table scatter which I purchased at a local party store, sprinkled some in a clear plastic bag and taped it the the large opening on the inside of the card. Here is what the finished front looks like.

I also printed out some new year clipart graphics on cardstock, cut them out, and adhered them to the front with foam squares for added dimension.

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope it inspires you to create your own wonderful projects.

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SCAL2 Holiday card

I was inspired by a beautiful Christmas card that my daughter received. It was a gorgeous glittery laser cut snowflake "Papyrus" greeting card.

So, I looked through my svg files and found a snowflake I had downloaded for FREE from ImagesbyHeatherM. Of course, my snowflake isn't as intricate as the one above, but it will work.

After downloading the file, I positioned the snowflake on my mat and then used the shapes selection to add the square background, ensuring all are welding together.

Here is the final view showing the snowflake cut out on white cardstock and adhered to a glittery green card (available from DCWV glitter collections) and a Studio112 adhesive gems in green fastened on top and a small red adhesive rhinestone in the center.

Here are the inside sentiments of my card.

I made one with a blue glitter card and a blue spiral Studio112 adhesive gem.

You can decorate as you see fit...the embellishment possibilities are endless! Happy Crafting!

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope it inspires you to create your own wonderful projects.
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SVG branch file

On the Sure Cuts A Lot Facebook group, (of which I am a member) one of the ladies invited us to test an svg file for free if we would later send in our creations. 

I was fortunate enough to be selected as a tester. I used the juniper.svg file she sent me (shown here). Thank you Pamela!

I then imported it into my SCAL2 program and used my Cricut to cut out several branches to make a wreath.

...and here is what I came up with.

Of course, this is just a prototype. Imagine the possibilities!
Stay tuned for more results with this branch svg file.

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope it inspires you to create your own wonderful projects.

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October Lavender Birthday Card

I made this birthday card using the following items/products:

Cardstock: DCWV Chateau Lavender stack

Embossing folder: Sizzix Summer Fun set

Frame: Cuttlebug Chic Circle Frame (with circle inset)

Dimensional Sticker: Jolee's Happy Birthday Words

Flowers: Spellbinders Anemone Flower

Leaves/Flourish: Sizzix Decorative Flourishes set

I also added some tiny pearls to the leaves/flourish, and a rhinestone to the center of the diecut flower. And, I made my own envelope since the card is a non-standard 6"x6" size.

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope it inspires you to create your own wonderful projects.

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Halloween Card 2012

I made this card using some spiderweb cardstock from the 2011 DCWV "Ghost & Goblins" 12x12 stack (which has been renamed to "Witches Brew" for 2012.

I use the Sizzix Bigz die to cut the spiral spiderweb (as seen in the center of the card) using one of the pages from the DCWV stack, and I used a separate die for the spider, also from Sizzix, an Originals Spider #2 die cut out with patterned paper from DCWV the Natural Stack. I embellished my spider with two red rhinestones at the bottom and attached to the web (as seen in the center).

I embellished the card with some K&Company Halloween-themed diecuts.

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope it inspires you to create your own wonderful projects.

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"Exploding" birthday gift box

I created an Explosion box to hold a gift for a birthday.
This is how the box looks after cutting and decorating.

In order to get your box made, take a 12x12 piece of cardstock (I used a page that had brown shimmery-patterned rectangles) from the DCWV The Natural stack Measure 4" in from each corner and 4" up. Each corner should have a 4" square cut out. Then score and fold your corners upright. This will be your base. See instructions below. 

I used another piece from the same stack to make the top. The top is made using a piece cut at 6 1/4" x 6 1/4" with cut marks 1" in from each corner. It should fit nicely over the box once you cut, score, fold and glue the corners in place. Below is the video that goes over instructions for this box.

I decorated my box with K&Company die cuts with a Birthday theme called "Confetti."

My gift was a store-bought jar of a hair product to which I adhered some home-made labels with a vintage graphic I found on the internet.
The small orange flowers on the box top and the jar were cut from Spellbinders Shapeabilities "Floral Doily Motifs" using the two small inner circles dies.

So there you have your finished product. Imagine the possibilities for other occasions, and how surprised and happy the recipient will be to receive this lovely and thoughtful gift.

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope it inspires you to create your own wonderful projects.

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Spellbinders Christmas ornament

I purchased the 2011 Spellbinders Heirloom Ornament, and started experimenting. This is what I came up with.

Here is the 2011 Heirloom Ornament die from Spellbinders. I cut 5 ornaments using the 3rd inner die and scored them down the middle. I then stamped them with the product mentioned below.

I used the JustRite Christmas Miracle Ornament set from Spellbinders to stamp my die cuts with embossing glue and sprinkled it with red glitter. You'll notice the ornament stamp, and the small insert stamp (which is circled in red) stamps the word "NOEL" which fits in the center of the ornament stamp; however, I stamped it separately with blank ink after glittering.
These are the materials used for making of this ornament; glue pad, stamp pad, score board, gold trim and red glitter from Hampton Art.
This was a very easy project to create, and for next time, I'm going to try the 2nd larger die-cut and use another set of stamps I have from Inkadinkado the Bold Damask set!

Thank you for taking the time to visit and I hope it inspires you to create your own wonderful projects.

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All Hallows Eve

I'm late in starting my Halloween cards, but here's a sample of one I made using the Darice embossing folder, "Spider Web."

I used the "debossed" side of a 4 3/8 x 5 3/4" piece of black cardstock to fill in the spider web parts with a white Sakura Glaze pen. While the white glaze ink was still wet, I sprinkled some opaque glitter and shook off the excess.
It's hard to see the results of the opaque glitter in the photo above, and my camera was not cooperating with this close-up shot, either...but you get the idea.
I also used a red Sakura Glaze pen for the spider and in the middle parts of the webs, sprinkled with some fine red glitter (Hampton Art brand).

I then went around the inner border of the frame with some copper-colored Ranger-brand Stickles glitter glue.

These are some of the products used to make this card; Sakura Glaze pens; Stickles glitter glue (copper) and white opaque glitter (a generic brand from Joann's craft store in a 3-pack for $1.00; comes in opaque white, orange and black).

I added a "Happy Halloween" sentiment tag in two parts using the Spellbinders Fancy Tags Two and a clear mini acrylic stamp from the Scrapbookingforless website on sale for 50¢.

I used the bottom die to cut out my sentiment tag. I used two die cut tags; one for the word "HALLOWEEN"and another tag cut off and adhered to the top center with the word "Happy" (as seen in the photo above).

This clear acrylic mini stamp is from Inkadinkado. I blocked off the top and bottom parts with tape so that only the word "Halloween" was clear to stamp with my glue pad. After applying the sticky glue, I removed the tapes to stamp my sentiment.

This is the sticky glue pad I use by Tsukineko for my stamps whenever I dust with glitter which I purchased from Joann craft store.

Here is a close-up view of my two-part stamped and glittered sentiment.

This is the completed portion which I will then adhere to a card. It's a little rough around the edges being I create as I go along, but I'll eventually perfect it now that I've seen it all together. Next time I might use a silver pen for the spider-webbing...who knows?!? That's was creativity is all about! :D

Thank you for taking the time to view my blog and 
I hope it helps inspire you to create your own wonderful cards!

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My daughter was invited to a Bridal Shower, so I gave her this idea for a card. It's a departure from your normal card for a bride-to-be, but I thought it was a cute idea. I can't take all the credit for the idea though, I saw it on someone's blog as an Anniversary card, and this was my version. I think she did a great job on the card, and it turned out so elegant!
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Happy Mother's Day to All!

To all the beautiful ladies out there, I made you a card for Mother's Day, and in it are my wishes for a wonderful day surrounded by those you love and cherish.

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Mother's Day 2012

I created a quick Mother's Day card with a few items in my crafting arsenal.

I used a black and cream colored striped card from DCWV's La Crème assortment of cards as my base.

I took a piece of vellum to fit the A2 card (5½" x 4¼") and embossed it with "Grace's Frame" embossing folder. I adhered it to the front of the card with my Zig two way glue pen.

Next I used a piece of cream pearl cardstock from the coordinating DCWV La Crème assortment mat stack.

I used the Cricut cartridge "Fancy Frames" to cut a small 2¼" frame from the cardstock to place on top of the embossed sheet of vellum.

I embossed the frame with a hearts and flowers folder from "Love is in the Air" Cuttlebug bundled set and used pop dots to add on top of the vellum.

Then, I took out my Cricut "Mother's Day 2010" cartridge to cut the phrase and shadow at 3" which was also adhered on top of the embossed frame with pop dots.

I used this scrap of pink paper from a DCWV mat stack to cut the phrase from the Cricut "Mother's Day 2010" cartridge.

The finished product!

Thank you for visiting. I hope you like my card, and I hope it inspires you to make your own wonderful creations.

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