Birthday Cards

Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas cards

Another simple card but this time I used the Cricut and Cuttlebug. The Santa sleigh was cut from the Christmas Solutions cartridge that was a free giveaway from Cricut last year. When I cut the sleigh, I did cut it to make a larger card but used the A2 size that I already had cut and embossed and so it extends past the card but I will put it in a larger envelope to mail. It was embossed with Swiss Dots folder and the yellow was from a folder that I bought at Pat Catans in the Darice brand name.
The houses were cut from Plantin Schoolbook and were also embossed. I did trim it also to fit this size of card but did like that it was the same size of the card.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas cards

This year as a change, I did a few cards that were stamped instead of using the Cricut. The first one is done using a stamp that was embossed with black and then the cardinal was colored with a red and yellow marker. Adding a little dimension by using a a gel on the cardinal. Finishing the card by adding red paper cut 1/8" to the white card stock and added to the bought set of blank cards. I did mount two stamps on the clear block to also get the wording done at the same time. The two cards below were from the same stamp but the one in silver was made at Achievers with silver embossing powder and just a portion of the stamp used on white card stock mounted on a red card.

Another stamp bought at Achievers is the "Noel" and done like the sample of the free card showcase. Added green and white Stickles to the details of the stamp. I stamped another :"O", cut it out and added it with a pop dot. The red and green card stock was run through the Cuttlebug and glued on glitter card stock.

A simple tree and "JOY" , then embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder and the corners were cut with a corner punch. The red are brads added to the corners and tree.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Rag Quilt

This is a rag quilt that I created for my granddaughter after she saw one that I created for a baby. That one was only a lap size but this one fits a full bed and was two layers of fleece so it was extra warm.
I cut a total of ten yards of fabric (2 of each of the solids and 4 yards of the print) using a 9.5" ruler for the squares.
The pattern was created in Electric Quilt so that I could use all the squares and the front layer is different from the back. I had 3 squares leftover and was 9 squares by 11 squares.


First, I had to match the front and back and then quilt with a serpentine stitch, sew the rows together and then joined the rows.
Each layer had to be trimmed separately so it I did it in sections of 5 and then six rows so it would be easier to trim. Close up of the quilt stitch.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Fall Embroidery

I have been enjoying the weather lately before it turns snowy and this is a project that I created awhile ago.
Using my off white scraps, I created this place mat size table cover. The squares are only 2.5" so they do use the smallest of scraps. After piecing, I did the embroidery with several layers of stabilizer because the design is very dense(43,398 stitches) I the added the border and then since it was small, I quilted just around the border and the design. Added a binding and was done. Could have been quicker if I put the batting, backing and front with right sides together, stitch and then turned.. This is a closeup of the Deb Strain design.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween


This pumpkin is pieced and then embroidery is added for the face. The stippling is done in a metallic thread that is pre-programmed in my machine, as well as an outline stitch outlining the pumpkin face. Added a binding to finish. It is only about 9" x 11"
Close up of the face.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Birthday card

Sometimes I find a card that I like, maybe with favorite colors or just the shapes. This is one of those cards. Love black, white red or yellow combinations. Taking the idea and using what I have on hand I created this card. The "Happy Birthday" was a stamp and then mounted on red card stock. Used the Cuttlebug to emboss the cherries (with Stickles) and the saying. This is the inspiration for my card that is above. I did not have the cartridge that had the scallop circle or the ribbon. Love this card and the details that the Creator used!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Anniversary Cards

Looking through some of my papers, I came across this silver paper that was perfect for the anniversary cards. Simple but very effective letting the paper do the work. I still have white paper with silver specs from the wedding that I did not use then so it was a perfect compliment for this project. It was more difficult to cut the "happy" because it was delicate and the paper is heavier but they were cut twice with the Cricut. The Celebrate had a set of purchased hearts with a stone at the end of the word. The heart was pop dotted to add the dimension.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

I'm back

After taking a break from the blog due to computer issues, I am back.


I created these cards from some one's idea. I have been on a creative block lately and have been doing more sewing and quilting.
The same idea but in different color waves with the pink showing up better in these pictures. They were sized in the Gypsy to fit the card size that was selected. Both embossed and the letters on the flowers were glued and then attached using a brad. Embroidery floss was attached then mounted on the top layer then attached to the main body of the card.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wedding Announcements

Several more announcement cards. I uses various embossing folders and the butterflies that I cut from MS Elegant Cake Art cartridge @ 2". Some of the folders were from Sizzix and the Cuttlebug. All done with the same glitter paper.

I do like the butterflies on this cartridge but had to set them to cut twice and did it without the gypsy so that I could control the speed. The paper is heavier than most card stock.

The all white does look a little more elegant.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Wedding Announcements

Since it was a small wedding, the grooms mother wanted to know about announcements to be sent out.
The first pictures are a few of the cuts from Sweethearts cartridge on page 65. I had the glitter paper in her colors and decided to use them for the cuts. I emailed the bride with this selection for the announcements for her to pick which one she liked best. Well as it turned out, she liked the all and so I used them all for the cards. The "Just Married" was cut @ 3" and the car was cut @ 4" with all the layers cut also. I actually did this in the Gypsy and fit everything on a 12" x 12" paper so that I could cut multiple images at once.

These are a few of the examples with the cards made up. I did print the announcement details in both landscape and letter so that I could use either style. The image above was embossed first and since it had too much free space, I cut a small card shape and used a folder that just had the smaller designs on them. This one says "Forever Together" but I also used "Love" also

This one was very plain with just the cut file.

On this car, I cut the "just married" center image and just used it so the green was the background

On these last two cards, I just used the "just married" on the layers using different size backgrounds.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Wedding Card

So after working on all these projects for the wedding, at the last minute, I made the couples card. Ran out of time and had to leave so I packed a folder with cuts and paper plus glue, tape, pop dots and any other supplies needed. I did run the paper through the Cuttlebug before also. The inside verse was printed although it wasn't shown in the picture.

The butterfly was cut from Elegant Cake Art on page 48. The heart was also cut from Elegant Cake Art on page 38. The stones were added as a final touch. They were both cut with the shadow feature and the pop dots helped to add dimension to the card. Always, Remember, Love was added from a package die cut that I had to run at the last minute to Joann's because I forgot the other ones that I made. They were also glittered so everything sparkled.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Wedding Projects

Starting with the centerpieces: This was a sample with the picture taken on a dresser so that I could email the bride for her approval.
They were bought with no bottoms so we bought these mirrors to act as bottom to hold the flower petals that were in the bridal department. A bow was added to the bottom and in the end, we did not use the garland. No candles were allowed so bought the battery ones to fit on the inside. Very difficult to see in this picture for they did not fully set up the table with everything in the right places. Place cards were also made using green for the guys colors and purple for the girls with their names printed on the white glitter card stock.

Made from a hat box with a slit cut out of the center. The card box was white satin that I quilted using a double needle with a layer of thin batting on the back. Where the intersections met, I put a stone that had adhesive on the bottom. The same ribbon was added to the bottom the the box as in the centerpieces.The top of the box had lace flowers purchased applique and the purple beads that were on a wire, that surrounded the opening of the box. The cake was not made by me but by the grooms mother. At first they were going to have just a plain cake with just the ribbon but later the patterns were added with the purple color. The flowers which were white roses and orchids on the top of the cake were real and were in a special holder.

More of the petals were added to the table in white and green.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Wedding Projects

This was another banner that was done for the wedding. Using the same font as with all the decorations for the wedding from Storybook. This time just rectangles were used and the holes were punched for the ribbon after everything was put together. Size was 8.5" x 10" These pictures were taken with the banner pieces on a bed. An after thought was to put purple stones on the tips of all the swirls. Between the words, I used the heart from Sweethearts cartridge on page 34 with using the Gypsy to size.

This was the flourish on page 76 from the Sweethearts cartridge without the flowers and circles which were not cut using the Gypsy.

I know it is hard to see how it looked but as for now this is the only picture I have show. Finding a place to hang was difficult but this was where it ended up on a railing that was dividing the room with two levels.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wedding Projects

As in the previous post, these were made for the bride and groom to hold for pictures. They were cut from the same cartridges of Tie the Knot for the base and Storybook for the letters. They were cut smaller than 7.5" , I believe at 6" for the base and 3.5" for the letters.

At the last minute, I thought I would add another base but to fit their last name and the same height so the gypsy was used and it was fit to the paper of 12" . I thought it needed a little more for the name to fill the space so out of their color I cut a flourish to fit at the bottom of the name. Holes were punched to string the ribbon through with the name left with the ribbon opened so they could hold an end.

One of the the pictures taken outside holding the banners.Pictures showing them carrying them when they entered the room.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wedding Projects

My daughter had seen pictures of various banners that she liked, so this is the one that I created to put on the front of her table. These pictures were taken at home on the dining room table.

The white base was cut from Tie the Knot out of the same glitter paper used for all my projects.
They were cut @ 7.5 " and the holes were punched with a hole punch to put the ribbon through the top. The lettering was cut from Storybook out of black glitter paper @ 3.70" with no feature selected. The scroll was from Sweethearts on page 76 but I did go into the hide feature of the Gypsy so I didn't cut the flower or the circles and were cut @ 5.5".
The closeup shows that I added stones to the bottom opposite of the holes punched from the top. The heart was cut as a place to separate the words and was cut from the shadow feature on page 40 of the sweethearts cartridge

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Wedding Projects

So right before the wedding, I bought white vinyl from Provo Craft. It comes wrapped up in a package with 2 sheets that are 12" x 24". I did not use the Gypsy to cut this project but used it to set the size that I wanted. Followed the suggested cutting instructions: The settings used were blade depth at 6 and pressure at 2. this just cuts the white vinyl and leaves the backing liner uncut. I did use transfer tape. If help is needed, go to the Cricut website or do a search for more instructions
The bride and groom was cut from Stretch You Imagination on page 74 and used the silhouette feature at 11.5" and this is how it looked after removing it from the mat with me cutting around The Mr & Mrs was cut from Tie the Knot on page 62.

The "just married" was cut from Sweethearts cartridge on page 65 with the shift key used for this image. I did have to release a few areas that were tacked otherwise I would have the wording still attaches to the mat. I used transfer tape to attach to the car.

The final result with two of the images. The Mr & Mrs were used on another area.