Friday, March 30, 2012

The Daffodils are in Bloom...

There was a lot of work that went into this project,
but I had so much fun trying to create it.
I wanted to make something that not only represented spring,
but also the Easter season.

I started with an invitation wrap.
I added a punched scalloped edge complete with lace
and adhered it to the slant.
The daffodils and hummingbird are from Art Nouveau
and the embossed circles are fron a Fiskars punch.
The hummingbird's wings are popped 2x
and small gems were added to the stamens of the flowers.

Instead of an invitation, a card was made to coordinate with
the Springtime scene on the wrap.
All cuts on the front of the card are from Heritage.
The frame is embossed and inked -
The flowers are popped 2x -
and larger square gems were added to the corners for elegance.
A scripture which says;
Jesus said to her,
"I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in me will live,
even though he dies;
and whoever lives and believes in me
will never die.
John 11:25-26

 is added to the inside of the frame
to finish off the front.

Adding an inside sentiment would make this
perfect for an Easter, sympathy, get well, or thinking of you card.
I love the end result!
I may even use this as my "Thank You" card to our
Minister for performing the Baptism Ritual for our grandbaby.

My Celebrate Spring Card made the Cricut Chirp!

I am so excited that my Celebrate Spring card
made the Cricut Chirp!
This was the card I gave my Mom this year for Easter.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Be Beary Careful!

With all this great weather in PA, the great outdoors has been on my mind,
and when I saw the challenges @ Creative Cutter Room and Paper Playtime,
I knew I had to play.

All of the cuts are from Campout and almost all were popped for dimension.
The word circle was generated in MS WORD.
The small bear prints are stickers from my stash.
For the CCR challenge there were 4 elements that needed to be met:
1.  glitter
2.  charm
3.  embossing
4.  add color w/ ink, markers, mist paint

The mountains are topped with a silver glitter,
a small charm w/ brown ribbon and brad is added to the top left corner,
the mountains, trees, and bear are CB embossed,
and the trees behind the bear are spritzed w/ antiquing ink.

For the PPT challenge -
For the guys and add a sentiment.
I liked the wording on this card because I think we take too much for
granted and miss the important ones along the way.
Welcome Spring....and enjoy the little things!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Celebrate Spring!

Although we have had wonderful March weather, Spring is finally here!
This is a fun center step card that celebrates the season.

I actually had had this card base made
and hidden in my stash for quite some time.
As I was rummaging around,
 I came across it and since it was done in "springy" colors,
I made it my starting point for this card.

To start, the three flowers are handmade folds and are finished
with small gems in the center.
The leaves are from PS and the stems are cut free-hand.
I added some negative cuts from a previous project to the card sides
and finished them off with a gemstone also.
That cute little bunny (my favorite) is from WW.
He is popped for added dimension and embossed with the CB folder.
Branches from my MS punch and eggs from the Doodlecharms cart
finish off the bottom.
My outside sentiment come from the Happy Hunting stamp set
I won @ Jeanne's  (Thank you Jeanne!) and I could not wait to use it!
I will add an inside sentiment to make this card personal, and all is done!

Welcome Spring!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

National Craft Month Contest

Please go to the National Craft Month Contest and vote for my
Warm Winter Wishes card.
Thank you!

Pinned Image

Flower Pot Card

This is my first attempt at making a flower pot card.
I do like the end result, and the way you can take out the top flowers
to add a sentement is cool!
I also added a butterfly for an extra touch.

I think I will enter this in the Krafty Girls challenge.
Get Growing challenge #3.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A Toast to You!

I made this fun-shaped card for the
 Exploring Cricut challenge  - .Food Frenzy

This is a cut from FMK.
Pretty papers, some inking, and metallic accents make
this card a fun one.

Eye of the Tiger

This exquisite cut is an SVG image that I cut on my Cricut.
I made this particular card for the FCCB challenge this week ;
# 102 In like a Lion.

I started with a center step card in basic black cardstock;
then accented the front, sides, and inside with a black and white
animal print paper from my scrap stack.
The tiger is cut in black; I hand-pieced the green jungle background,
and popped the image frame.
The jungle flower is from the PYB cart.  To accent this piece, I popped it also
and added glossy accents to give it a tropical feel.
This card could be used for many occasions:
-- a masculine birthday
-- strength or encouragement
-- good luck
-- get well
This is a very intricate cut, but if cut twice makes a very clean image for you to work with.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Play Ball!

It is so hard sometimes to come up with birthday card ideas for men.
My brother has a birthday in July, and I finished his card already!
I have had this idea running around in my head for awhile now,
and since my memory is not what it used to be, I thought I should
get "on the ball" and get this project done!

I used the Baseball cart for the baseball, pitcher, bat,
glove, field, and sentiment background.
The star is from HD, the happy birthday is welded in DS
 and I used the "tall ball" font from PS,  and the mustache is from PDDU.

With all the glitter and metallic papers that were used, this card really shines!

The mats that hold the sentiment are edged with a puch
and the golden layer is CB embossed to look somewhat like wood.

There is a lot of embossing and popping on this card to give
it that added dimensional look.
Of course, I have once again used my favorite easel design.

The finished size of this card is 5 1/2 x 8".
A personal message tucked into an inside fold....
and this card is complete!
Take me out to the ball game.....take me out to the crowd!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Unique and Elegant

I just love the Art Nouveau cartridge!
There are so many wonderful cuts that the combinations are endless.
I made this for my friend that I don't get to see very often.
She is a very timeless, unique, and elegant lady;
and I think this fits her perfectly.

I started with a dark blue cardstock that is speckled with white,
and then added the patterened blue paper for the mat.
I then chose a background cut from the AN cart and cut it in shadow,
regular, and layered it in silver metallic.
It was then embossed with the CB paisley and swirls folders.

The peacock was cut @ 5" and the feathers @ 5.5".
There are so many layers to these cuts that they need to be cut on a larger scale.
"Diamond" gemstones were added to the bird's tail along with
black outlining throughout, and all images were popped for dimension.
to give added dimension

The sentiment mats are handcut to fit with
corners rounded, and popped so the card front will slip in behind it for displaying.
The flowers are from AC and cut @ 2".

Of course, this is my favorite card type - Easel -
Maybe I make too many of these, but I just can't help myself!

My computer generated sentiment, "Unique and Elegant,"
describes my friend to a tee.
I will add a personal message inside.....
Voila!  It's finished!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


My "Home Sweet Home" LO was featured in this
month's issue of the Cricut Chirp!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I am always looking for a new fold or interactive card that I haven't tried before,
and I stumbled across this "viewmaster card."
I did get the easy tutorial from Splitcoaststampers and
had a great time making this project.

Using glitter papers, embossing the images, and adding a
fancy punched edge makes this card sparkle.
Since I didn't have any stamps for this occasion,
I used a selection of "hats" for the viewmaster wheel.

The same concept is used on this card, but I added more  bling to the
shamrock by using a silver metallic paper.
I also changed things up by using Cricut cuts on the wheel instead of stamps.
The images include the heart (shown), a leprechan hat, and a shamrock.

These cards are so cute and provide a surprise for the recipient.
The pictures really don't do them justice because the glittery effect is lost.
Give this a'll have fun making it!