Thursday, August 2, 2012

Lots of Birthday Cards


My two best friends' birthdays are this week so I decided to show you 6 simple birthday cards I made.  For each of the cards I used the Sweet Treats cartridge.  Each card is a standard A2 card (4.25x5.5").  I bought this pack of cardstock from Michael's that has a cupcake pattern.  I have since bought the ribbon and two photo boxes that match the paper.  I just love the way the cupcakes look.  The paper pack came with other patterned paper that matches the patterns on the cupcakes.  So I used two different cupcakes from Sweet Treats to make cupcakes for the cards like those on the paper.

These are the first 2 cards.  The cupcake is from page 24.  It is my rendition of the cupcake on the paper that you can see the bottom and the top of on the card on the right.  The top is above the cupcake cut and the bottom is below the cupcake cut.  I cut a white shadow to help the cupcakes stand out.  I also doodled a little bit around them.  I didn't cut out all the layers just the base, cupcake liner and the swirl.  The cupcake is cut at 3.5"  I used my Corner Chomper (1/4" & 1/2" radius) to round the corners of the base and layers.  I used 1/4" radius on one card and the 1/2" radius on the other.  I did this for each pair of cards.  The measurements of all the layers will be at the end of this post.

The second pair of cards uses the cupcake cut from page 27.  I cut these at 3.5" as well.  You can kind of see the cupcake I modeled it after to the left of the cupcake on the card to the right.  It has the pink paisley pattern for the liner and brown with white polka dots for the top of the cupcake.  I also cut a white shadow for these cupcakes and doodled around the edges to help them stand out.

For my third set of cards I used the present cut from page 46.  They were cut at 4.5" with a black shadow.  I used to different patterned papers (black with white polka dots and the blue with black bows) to make these cards.  I doodled around and on the presents with white and black gel pens to add some dimension.

I simply stamped "Happy Birthday" inside each of the cards.  These cards were very simple and would be easy to mass produce plus everybody needs extra birthday cards.  Even though I'm only handing out 2 of them this week I wanted to have extras on hand in case.

White Base: A2 size; 4.25x5.5"
First Layer: 4x5.25" (light pink, brown with white polka dots & black with white polka dots)
Second Layer: 3.75x5" (cupcake pattern, blue with black bows)
Cupcake 1: 3.5"; page 24
Cupcake 2: 3.5"; page 27
Present: 4.5"; page 46
Brown, White & Black Gel Pens
Pop Dots
"Happy Birthday" Stamp & Ink

Hope you enjoyed my birthday cards. 

Have a Magical Day!!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Happy Summer Banner


Today's post is the first of my Days of Summer 2012 series.  I made this banner in June but just never took any pictures of it to post online.  Throughout the month of August I'll be posting summer themed projects since we're wrapping up the summer.  I'm slightly sad that summer will be over but then again I'm looking forward to cooler weather and my favorite holidays of the year (Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas).

Isn't it just so cute.  The main colors of my banner were a bright blue, green and yellow.  I cut the rank shape from the Stand and Salute cartridge.  They were all cut at 2.5".  I used the Cricut Craft Room to cut out the letters from the rank cuts.  The letters are from the Alphalicious cartridge.  The letters were all 2.5" as well within the rank cuts.  Then I cut another rank cut in the blue, green and yellow to layer behind my white cuts.  I also an extra of each color as my accents for the banner.  I punched 2 small holes in the top of each in order to string the ribbon through.

I cut each of the images on my accent pieces from the Pack Your Bags cartridge.  The first image is from page 26.  This image is actually a pair of flip flops connected to a pair of sunglasses.  I just cut off the sunglasses part.  I cut the image at 2.5" with a white shadow to help it stand out.  For the cuts on the accent pieces I used other bright colors (pink, orange and purple) so they would stand out more.  I added purple and orange stickles to really make the flip flops pop.

For the middle accent piece I cut the beach ball from page 31.  I used the purple, pink, yellow and blue for my beach ball.  It was cut at 2.5".  I added purple, pink, yellow and blue stickles to the corresponding paper.  I also popped up all the images on pop dots to really help them stand out.

My last accent piece has the bikini cut from page 27.  It was cut at 3" with a white shadow like the flip flops.  I added pink and yellow stickles to the corresponding paper.  I used 3/8" white satin ribbon to string all my pieces together. 

Tags: 2.5" (Stand & Salute, pg. 42)
Letters: 2.5" (Alphalicious)
Flip Flops: 2.5" (Pack Your Bags, pg. 26)
Beach Ball: 2.5" (Pack Your Bags, pg. 31)
Bikini: 3" (Pack Your Bags, pg. 27)
Stickles: Purple, Orange, Yellow, Pink, Blue
3/8" White Satin Ribbon
Pop Dots

I hope you enjoyed my "Happy Summer" banner. 

Have a Magical Day!!

Friday, July 27, 2012

12 Days of Christmas in July: Day 12


Well today is my last day of this series.  I hope you've enjoyed the last 11 days.  Thinking about Christmastime has definitely got me in a cooler state of mind which is needed in this crazy heat.  Anyway let's see what today's project is.

I really loved the color combo I used in Day 2 so I decided to use it again.  I wanted to make a simple, elegant card.  I think the Gingerbread Seasonal cartridge is great for simple Christmas cuts.  Each cut is 2 layers which makes assembly super easy.

This is standard A2 (4.25x5.5") size card using Kraft cardstock as a base.  The olive green and shimmery eggplant cardstock are both from Michael's.  The white layer on the sleigh and background is a shimmery white cardstock from Michael's as well.  I used clear embossing powder to emboss the eggplant cardstock for a tone-on-tone look.  The sleigh is cut at 2.25" and is popped up with pop dots.  I rounded all the corners with my Corner Chomper using the 1/2" size.

Kraft Cardstock Base: A2 (4.25x5.5")
Olive Green Cardstock: 4x5.25"
Eggplant Cardstock: 3.5x4.75"
White Layer: 1x4.75"
Sleigh Image: 2.25"

I hope you enjoyed my 12 Days of Christmas in July 2012 series.  I really enjoyed breaking up the summer with some Christmas cards and scrapbooking layouts.

This is my last project that I am linking up to the Christmas in July challenge at the Bitten by the Bug 2 blog.
I have some more exciting series planned in the coming months so keep on the lookout for those.

Have a Magical Day!!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

12 Days of Christmas in July: Day 11


Welcome to Day 11 of my 12 Days of Christmas in July 2012 series.  My project today is a favor box from the Sweet Treats cartridge.  I made one of the present favor boxes which could be easily mass produced for a party.

I cut my base (from page 47) in white cardstock and it is cut at 4.75" This cut fit within a 12x12" paper.   In this picture I've already scored and folded the tabs.

Next I cut two present images at 4.75" in order to put them on my box.  With this you have to remember to flip one set of images to place it correctly on the other side of the box.  I chose to go with a white, blues and silver wintery theme for my favor box.  The light blue and silver are shimmery cardstock that I got from Michael's. 

After gluing my presents together I glued them to my flat box.  It is much easier that way.  The one thing that bothers me about at least this box is that you get a gap on one side about a 1/4" wide.  You can see it better in the next picture.  Anyway I used some red tape to hold my box together.  I also used a couple little pieces of red tape on the bottom to hold it together.  It took me a little while to figure out how to get the bottom to stay together.  The box stands about 4.75" tall, 3" wide and 2.25" deep.

Well every present needs a tag and this one was no different.  This tag is a stamp from Studio G.  I just love the little penguin and he fit in well with my wintery theme.  I simply stamped the image in black ink on white cardstock.  Using my heat embosser I sped along the drying process.  After it was dry I colored in my penguin with a silver metallic marker and Zig Writers in Pure Orange and Blue Jay.  I also added some clear stickles on the penguin's hat.  I used a small hole punch to punch out the hole at the end of the tag.  It fit perfectly.  I strung some Sew Easy Fancy Floss (in Slate) through it.

Here's a close up of the cute little tag.

I used a white twist tie to pull the sides in.  From this view you can also see I popped up the tag with some pop dots.

I hope you enjoyed my Christmas project today.  Come back tomorrow for my last day of my 12 Days of Christmas in July 2012 series.  I will also be linking this to the Christmas in July challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2.

Have a Magical Day!!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

12 Days of Christmas in July: Day 10


We're already to day first series is just flying by.  I have a pretty cute card to show you today.  I absolutely love the reds, greens and pinks as a color theme for Christmas.  I actually have pink, orange, green and blue ornaments for my Christmas tree.  They are just so fun and bright.  Well let's get to today's card.

This card is a standard A2 size card.  I cut the red layer at 4x5.25".  The pink layer is cut at 3.5x2.75".  The green patterned paper is from the Me & My Big Ideas paper pad called Explorer and it is cut at 4.5x2.75".  My image is from the Simply Charmed cartridge on page 62.  The image and its shadow are cut at 3.5".  I followed the color scheme in the handbook.  The silver hanger cut is a shimmery silver cardstock from Michael's and the middle pink glitter cut is a glitter cardstock that I got from Joann's.

I stamped a little "Happy Holidays" on the front of my card in black ink.  The stamp is one of the Studio G stamps.  In this picture you can see the metallic pattern of the green paper.

I used the cheater method to add some black 1/8" satin ribbon and then cut another piece off to make a little bow.  I added some black faux stitching to the pink layer to help it stand out.  I also added some little doodles on my ornament cut to give it some character.  In this photo you can see that I popped up the ornament with pop dots.

White Cardstock Base: A2 (4.25x5.5")
Red Cardstock Layer: 4x5.25"
Pink Cardstock Layer: 3.5x2.75"
Green Cardstock Layer: 4.5x2.75"
Ornament & Shadow Cut (p. 62): 3.5"
1/8" Black Satin Ribbon
Black Ink & "Happy Holidays" stamp

I hope you enjoyed day 10 of my 12 Days of Christmas in July 2012 series.  I am linking this card up to the Christmas in July Challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 blog.  I'll be back tomorrow with another card.

Have a Magical Day!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

12 Days of Christmas in July: Day 9


I'm back again for day 9 of my 12 Days of Christmas in July 2012 series.  I have another great card to share with you.  I'm going to be linking this card up to the Christmas in July challenge at Bitten By The Bug 2 Blog.

For today's card I made a Folded Angle card that I saw on Everday Cricut where they have a tutorial on how to cut and fold.  I used Core'dinations Cardstock from their Gemstones Collection that I got at Joann's.  The base for the card is the color Jasper and I chose to have the shiny side up.  This card ends up being a 4x4" card when folded.  My green layer is cut at 3.5x3.5" and the cream layer is 3.25x3.25".  The green is the backside of the Jade Core'dinations cardstock.  The wreath is cut from Celebrate with Flourish Lite cartridge.  I didn't cut the layer with the flourishes because I just wanted a simple wreath.  So the base of the wreath is the Jade Core'dinations cardstock and the bow and holly berries are cut from Ruby Red.  The wreath is cut at 3".  This was a fun card to make and I love the folded angles.

In this picture you can see that only half of the green layer is attached to the top folded angle.

I used a Studio G "Happy Holidays" stamp with dark red ink.  I also cut the green and cream colored layers for the inside the same size as the outside.

Here's another view of the card with just the top folded angle down.

Here's a view from the top of the card.

Base: 4x4" folded (4x12" when flat)
Green Layer: 3.5x3.5" (done twice)
Cream Layer 3.25x3.25" (done twice)
Wreath: 3"

Hope you enjoyed my card for today.  Come back tomorrow for day 10.

Have a Magical Day!!

Monday, July 23, 2012

12 Days of Christmas in July: Day 8


I'm back today with a super cute side step card for Christmas.  I was very excited to learn the Bitten By the Bug 2 Challenge Blog is having a Christmas in July themed challenge this week.  So I'll be linking up my projects from this week of my 12 Days of Christmas in July 2012 series to their challenge.  You can see more information about the Christmas in July challenge here.  Now that I've explained that let's get to today's card.

I found a tutorial on Everday Cricut on how to make an A2 sized side step card.  I decided that I wanted to try making my first ever side step card.  The tutorial is very easy to follow.  I chose to make my base navy to be like the night sky.  After I cut and folded the card I stamped the entire thing in silver ink with a snowflake stamp.  There is a picture of that further down in this post.

For all of my images I used the Create a Critter cartridge and all the images came from page 73.  I used the cute reindeer, a string of lights, the tree accessory and the phrase.

Isn't this just the cutest card?? I had my base cut and folded in navy but I really wanted to add a back piece for my lights and tree to be attached to so I cut a 3.5x3.75" piece of white cardstock.  To add some texture to that piece I ran it through my Cuttlebug using the D'Vine Swirls folder.  The string of lights is cut at 1" and I added some silver gel pen accents to each.  The tree was cut at 2.5".  I didn't cut the layer since you wouldn't be able to see it.  I stamped the green paper with green ink to have a tone-on-tone look.  I also used the same effect on the 0.5x3" piece of green paper in front.  I cut the phrase "JOY" at 2".  I used the same navy cardstock for the bottom layer and silver for the top layer.  The adorable reindeer is cut at 3.5".  I added some red stickles on his nose and popped him up with pop dots.

Here's a picture at a little bit of an angle so you can see the word "JOY" better.

Here's a picture of it more to the side so you can see the steps.

I wanted to show you the silver stamped snowflakes so I took a picture of the back because it was easier to see from that side.

Navy Base: Side Step A2 Card
White Layer: 3.5x3.75"
Reindeer (p. 73): 3.5"
Phrase (p. 73): 2"
Tree Accessory (p. 73): 2.5"
Lights (p. 73): 1"

I hope you enjoyed my card today and come back tomorrow for another Christmas card.

Have a Magical Day!!