Cheryl’s #140confNW Card

Recently Cheryl Bledsoe fulfilled her dream to bring Jeff Pulver and his traveling #140conf to the Northwest!! She presented the idea; acquired the funds to make it happen; coordinated about 65 different speakers; gathered a team of volunteers; presented a session herself; attended and hosted a few tweet-ups; and all in all, did a fantastic job pulling off a WILDLY successful and fun event!  In fact, Mr. Pulver was so proud of what Cheryl put together that he invited her to be one of 30 VIPs for today and tomorrow’s HUGE #140conf in New York City!  She flew there and spent the day at the conference – I am sure she’ll have a lot of fun stories to share with us when she returns.

Never heard of a #140conf? It’s a Twitter thing – we only have 140 characters to type a message in a “tweet” (similar to a text message), and this conference is publicized through and put on by avid Twitter users.

Jeff Pulver at the Vancouver #140confNW

Jeff Pulver at the Vancouver #140confNW

Cheryl Bledsoe at the Vancouver #140confNW

Cheryl Bledsoe at the Vancouver #140confNW

This is the card I made for Cheryl with my Cricut Wild Card cartridge:

Cheryl's 140 Card

Cheryl

I am happy that she liked the card so much, she tweeted about it!

@CherylBle's tweet

@CherylBle

Thanks for reading my blog! :)

A Card for a Jeweler

I have a jeweler friend I wanted to make a card for, so I used my Sweethearts Cricut cartridge to cut different styles and shapes of rings on assorted shades of metallic cardstock.  Then I freehand cut gems for the rings and made them shine with a coating of Glossy Accents.  Then I used double-sided puffy mount tape to bump up some of the rings for added dimension.  I love this DCWV Taj Mahal cardstock that a Twitter friend Kim sent me – I used it in the card because I thought the gold foil flowers went well with the card.

Jeweler's Card

Jeweler's Card

Dimensional Rings

Dimensional Rings

Thanks for reading my blog!

Band-Aid Cards

When I learned my dad’s boss had cancer a few years ago, I rushed to make him a card to cheer him up and let him know I was praying for his recovery.  He liked the card so much, he wrote me a very special letter (that I framed) and bought me one of those artist’s kits with several colored pencils, chalk, paints and brushes.

I love to make cards and this Band-Aid shaped card is just like the one I made him and for other friends and family members who are battling cancer, have fallen ill, or are recovering from surgery.  This card was made using the Cricut Wild Card cartridge.  I’m sorry for the picture quality.  I took these on a day I was using my iPhone and uh… let’s say I won’t be doing that again.  I think I have one more blog post to write from pictures I took with the phone.

Band-Aid Card

Band-Aid Card

I used textured DCWV cardstock for that Band-Aid look, and I usually write in red ink because I’m kind of morbid that way (I mean, wouldn’t you expect to find red under a bandage?!).  ;-)

It’s always nice to plan ahead and make several of the same card at once to have on hand as a quick “get well” card:

An army of Band Aid Cards

An army of Band Aid Cards

Elegant Thank You Cards

I have a lot to be thankful for in my life.  Lately, my true friends and some family members have stepped up and shown support when others have failed me.  I am so grateful for the people God has blessed me with in my life, and I am stronger because I have God and those people to lean on.  I have a magnet that says, “I’m only as strong as the coffee I drink.”  Well, I’d rather have one that said, “I’m as strong as the One I lean on.”

So, here are some more thank you cards I’ve made for some friends I’ve seen recently.  If they read my blog, they’ll just have to wait and see which one from these last two posts will show up in their mailbox next week.  ;)

Thank You
Thank You
Thank You + Hugs
Thank You + Hugs

These cards came together easily because I used coordinating cardstock from the glittery Garden Party collection by DCWV. I also used an American Crafts MiniMarks “Mail Phrases” rub-on transfer, a Cricut cartridge, a Fiskars Punch, a ki memories embellishment, a Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper, CTMH ribbon, and odds and ends.

THANK YOU for reading my blog post and have a great weekend!

Video Demonstration: Making a Card with the Cricut Expression

Hello everyone!  I hope all my blog readers had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed time with family and close friends.  Did you get any craft-related goodies from Santa?  I received two cartidges from my Cricut Expression machine: Straight from the Nest and “Just Because” Cards – and check out the price right now – $26.45!! I was so excited to have another card-making cartridge that I made a how-to video showing exactly how to make cards with the Cricut.  I very rarely make a card completely with my Cricut because I like the freedom of designing a card with just one or a few Cricut cut-outs, but I like the way this card turned out.  Those Cricut cartridge designers really knew what they were doing when they came up with all of those adorable cards!

 

"Bloom" Cricut Card

"Bloom" Cricut Card

 

Here is the video I made for you:

Thanks for watching and reading!  :)

Have a Very Snowy Christmas

Merry Christmas, everyone!   Here are some cards (mainly snowflake cards) I made one weekend with my Cuttlebug and Cricut.

I bought the beautiful Trim the Tree Cricut cartridge with plans to make some beautiful cards.  It tended to be rather frustrating because the intricate details turn out more successfully with a larger sized project.  I tried a few different shapes and when I cut them at a small 2.75″ or 3″ size in height, the blade tore up my paper.  This bell is so large that I can’t mail the card in the matching A-2 envelope.  I’ll have to use a larger size.  Unless I get into scrapbooking or decorating the house with paper shapes, I do not see myself using this cartridge.  What a shame.

I added Stickles glitter glue to highlight parts of the elegant bell.

Green Bell Cricut Card

Green Bell Cricut Card

I dry-embossed red DCWV paper with my Cuttlebug and sanded / distressed the raised image to expose the white paper core.  I used my new Sizzix Sizzlits Basic Grey snowflake die in my Cuttlebug to cut some cardstock snowflakes and enhanced them with a crystal rhinestone and Stickles glitter glue.

Dry Embossed Snowlake Card

Dry Embossed Snowflake Card

Here’s another interpretation of the card.

Red and Green Snowflake Card

Red and Green Snowflake Card

I finally used my delicate snowflake stickers!  I had been intimidated by them because they are difficult to peel away without stretching.  Now that I have some special adhesive paper designed to transfer these stickers, I can move them onto my project without tearing or warping the image.  You can’t see it, but I outlined the teal DCWV brand paper with Stickles glitter glue.

White and Teal Snowflake Card
White and Teal Snowflake Card

I finally used a snowflake eyelet I’d had for over a year.  I used another detailed snowflake sticker and embossed an image I stamped with a CTMH clear acrylic stamp.

Teal and Silver Snowflake Card

Teal and Silver Snowflake Card

I love this color combo!

White and Light Blue Snowflake Card

White and Light Blue Snowflake Card

I got bold and used a large silver foil snowflake sticker to make this simple card.  I added a crystal rhinestone to the center for some added “bling.”

 

Silver Snowflake Card

Silver Snowflake Card

Here’s a difficult-to-photograph navy blue card with a metallic foil sticker and some freehand wisps of Stickles glitter glue.  This card looks terrible in this photo!!

 

Falling Snowflake Card

Falling Snowflake Card

As always, thank you so much for reading my blog!

Chocolate Equity

What’s a real estate broker to do in order to celebrate a client’s “house-iversary” when there’s little or no equity in the house?  OFFER CHOCOLATE!!  I love making people feel special and when it comes to a client’s house-iversary (I probably made up that word – I’m known to do things like that), I like to come up with a new way to celebrate it each year.  Sometime I’ll have to do a blog post about the house-shaped cards I’ve made for clients.

I was happy to use my new “Handy Man” Cricut cartridge for the first time.  I bought it because it offered a way to cut a house shaped basket!  Last year when this particular family bought their house, I made them a replica of their new home as a card and featured a picture of them in the front door.  For their first house-iversary, I made them this basket and filled it with chocolate equity a.k.a chocolate gold coins!

A tisket, a tasket, a paper house-shaped basket!

A tisket, a tasket, a paper house-shaped basket!

When I drove out to Issaquah just to deliver this I shouted, “HAPPY HOUSE-IVERSARY!” and was immediately shushed because the baby was sleeping, but that was followed by a huge hug and a tour of the house.  I had a fun impromptu visit with her and after she gave me my empty pickle jars from last year, I headed back to my office in Kent.

Here are the goodies I filled the house with.  Below the chocolates in yellow shredded “sizzle” paper.

Chocolate equity!

Chocolate equity!

When I first made an attempt to take a picture of the paper house basket, my cat hopped onto the table… naughty kitty!

Something is wrong with this picture.

Something is wrong with this picture.

Finally, here is the house without the chocolate:

House Shaped Basket made with the Cricut

House Shaped Basket made with the Cricut

Tell me, does your real estate broker do this kind of stuff for you?  ;)  Thanks for reading my blog!

Hoot Hoot HOORAY!

A good friend of mine just graduated from nursing school so I wanted to make her a card that would convey my feelings about her achievement.  This seemed like the perfect time to try out the Cricut Lite Hoot ‘n’ Holler cartridge! 

So, here is the fun card I made for my friend.  :)  You may click it to see a larger image. 

Cricut Lite Hoot 'n' Holler "Hoot Hoot Hooray" Card

Cricut Lite Hoot 'n' Holler "Hoot Hoot Hooray" Card

 

I really like the silly owls and fun phrases I can make with this cartridge.  The downside is there are a LOT of layers and tiny pieces to glue.  This cheaper cartridge has fewer options compared to a regular cartridge but I think the designer overdid the layers.  I really only like to cut and use two layers for an image.  This seemed kind of excessive, but it resulted in a really fun card so I will use it again. 

Thanks for reading my blog!  Your comments mean the world to me – reading them is like unwrapping a sweet piece of candy.  :)

How to Save Money Reusing Your Cricut Cutting Mats

When I attended the Scrapbook Expo in Puyallup last month, I was intrigued by a demo a salesman was doing.  He asked if I used a Cricut machine and I said I did.  He did some quick math and told me how much money I am throwing away by replacing my cutting mats.  I threw him off when I explained I buy the two-packs of 12″ x 24″ mats from JoAnn and cut them in half to get four, but he assured me I was still wasting my money.  He demonstrated how to use CC International Stick Away and Stick & Spray products from Crafter’s Companion.  According to him, if I scrape off the old adhesive from my mat and apply a layer of adhesive from a can, I can reuse a Cricut cutting mat and get 50 “new mats” out of each set of aerosol spray.

I paid somewhere between $15 – 17 for the set and last weekend I decided to give it a whirl.  Here is my video showing how easy it is to use.  Does it work?  YES, it does – and it’s REALLY sticky.

Thanks for reading/watching, and… happy crafting, everyone!!

‘Happy Anniversary’ Cards

No, today’s post is not all about the one year anniversary (today!) of seeing my favorite band (Depeche Mode!) for the eighth time… it’s about the anniversary cards I have made for friends and family over the last year.

Saturday was my parents’ 39th wedding anniversary and I made them a card inspired by their ocean vacation.  They went to Cannon Beach, Oregon to celebrate and they had a great time on the Coast.  Today’s blog post was inspired by my parents’ anniversary.

I was happy to have an opportunity to use my new Spellbinders ‘Sea Scape’ Impressabilities tool in my Cuttlebug.  I also used my new Spellbinders ‘From the Sea’ Shapeabilities die for the first time.
Mom and Dad's 2010 Ocean Themed Anniversary Card

Mom and Dad's 2010 Ocean Themed Anniversary Card

Here is the card I made for them last year – I was happy to find that my Cricut cartridge had shapes that were similar to the ribbon I bought at Michael’s:
Mom and Dad's 2009 Anniversary Card Made with the Cricut

Mom and Dad's 2009 Anniversary Card Made with the Cricut

If you see a good “Happy Anniversary” stamp somewhere, will you please let me know??  I get sick of my hand-writing sometimes and would like to have a few nice stamps with that sentiment on it.  The next few cards I made for friends and relatives last year.  I need to make three more anniversary cards this week – ’tis that season!
The background paper is actually just stamped images – I love that CTMH paisley stamp set!
Happy Anniversary Card made with CTMH paisley stamps!

Happy Anniversary Card made with CTMH paisley stamps!

Best Wishes bird themed anniversary card

Best Wishes bird themed anniversary card

CTMH Anniversary Card

CTMH Anniversary Card

It’s hard to tell, but after coloring the stamp with my ZIG markers, I used a white Souffle marker to make puffy white highlights on some of the flower petals and leaves:

Floral Anniversary Card made with the Cuttlebug

Floral Anniversary Card made with the Cuttlebug

Thanks for reading my blog!  If you’re one of the many people having a wedding anniversary this month, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY and congratulations!

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