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!

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