I’m Sew Glad We’re Friends!

Have you seen the adorable button emboss/die “Sizzlet” from Sizzix?  For whatever reason, I have been itching for a way to cut and emboss my own paper buttons from any kind of cardstock or paper.  I finally found that Sizzix sells one such die at JoAnn’s (and other stores) and through Stampin’ Up!  When I picked up my button die a few months ago, I was excited to try it out.  Here is the card I made using a dress form from Lawn Fawn’s Sew Lovely stamp set, Copic markers, and some adorable “Material Girl” paper from Cosmo Cricket.

Sew Glad We're Friends!

Sew Glad We're Friends!

Thank you for reading my blog post and enjoy your day!

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!

A Special Friendship Card

Last month I had the privilege of meeting my friend and fellow blogger Jayma Malme in person for the first time when I was visiting Southern California.  Jayma and I have a common interest: paper-crafting (and so much more)!  We met through Twitter (her name is @jaymalew) and really clicked online as friends, so when I booked my SoCal flight, I let her know.  She moved from San Diego to Fresno recently, and I was so happy when she decided to visit family in San Diego the weekend I’d be in town – perfect!

Jayma and Steph

Jayma and Steph

I was with friends, traveling from Costa Mesa to La Jolla and San Diego and we were on a time crunch.  Jayma and I met outside an In & Out restaurant  for maybe 15 or 20 minutes and had a chance for a quick photo before I got back on the road again.  I’m just so thankful we got to meet face to face!

After meeting a fellow paper-crafter, how could I NOT make her a custom card?  I sketched out this card – which I almost never do – and watched it come to life.  Don’t laugh, but I had to watch my how-to-cut-felt-in-the-Cuttlebug video in order to remember how to cut the felt flowers.  I’m so glad I made that video so that it can help others like it has helped me.  I cut the stem and leaves freehand with scissors, used a rub-on from CTMH, some fun brads from MakingMemories, paper from DCWV, and pleated some ribbon from CTMH.

Thanks for reading my blog post! :)

Friendship Card

Friendship Card

‘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!

This Post Was Sponsored by the Letter A, Number 1 and a Bird!

On Saturday I attended two birthday parties for two sweet little girls who turned one!  They don’t know each other, but they are just 5 days apart in age, and both girls’ names begin with the letter A: Amelia and Avery.  Amelia is my niece and she’ll be one on Saturday, and Avery is a very good friend’s second child, who turned one yesterday.

Amelia’s nursery theme is birds, so when I saw this Hero Arts stamp, I bought it with Amelia’s birthday in mind.  I used it for both girls’ cards and used some new fun flock to make the birds fuzzy.  I also used Glossy Accents to make their wings and hats shiny.  Their eyes were dotted with black Liquid Embossing fluid.  I used ribbon, ink, tabs, paper and markers from Close to My Heart and used the cupcake wheel stamp from Stampin’ Up to decorate the front and backs of the envelopes.

First Birthday Bird Cards

First Birthday Bird Cards

When I was in Las Vegas, Rebecca and Anita wanted to visit a quilt shop called The Christmas Goose.  I’m not a quilter, so they teased me about staying in the car while they shopped, but it was really hot outside so I went in with them.  I was captivated by a really cute felted bird and tree picture displayed right inside.  I had never seen this hobby before: you wash wool felt in hot water to shrink it; trim it to the shapes you want; then hand stitch it together with embroidery floss.  Cool!  I bought the kit and figured this would be perfect for little Amelia’s room.  I don’t have kids yet, and I get confused and boggled in the children’s section of stores – so making something seemed much easier!

I should have taken a picture of the tiny scraps of felt I had to work with.  The kit came with an illustration which was to be a pattern for the felt pieces.  The bird was funny looking, the flowers looked like cracked eggs (ugly) and 24 almond-shaped leaves was too many to cut… so I did  not use the pattern completely.  I “winged it” on the bird (pun intended) and used my Cuttlebug to cut the flowers and leaves.  I was SO HAPPY I learned how to cut felt with the Cuttlebug and I was delighted to find I had a leaf and a pretty flower template in my stash.  Cutting the felt this way saved me so much time!

Here are a few pictures I took of the process:

Felt Bird Project - the cut pieces

Felt Bird Project - the cut pieces

Building the Bird and Tree Scene

Building the Bird and Tree Scene

Here is the finished piece!  I bought a beautiful wooden frame for it and since I decided to add bear stuffing to the bird, it’s too puffy to be framed in glass.  I’m going to have to figure out a way to get it to stay in the frame.

Amelia's Wool Felted Bird Mural

Amelia's Wool Felted Bird Mural

If you haven’t tried this kind of craft before, it’s really easy to do and the kit came with directions that were pretty easy to figure out.  Thanks for reading my post!

How to Emboss Foil with the Cuttlebug

I am thankful for my blog readers who post comments here, on Facebook, or by email and provide me with ideas for blog posts.  Today’s blog post stemmed from comments by readers Deborah and Danielle.  Ladies, this is for you!

Here is a video that demonstrates how easy it is to emboss regular kitchen / aluminum foil using a Cuttlebug and an embossing folder.  That’s right – you don’t need to spend money on expensive “craft foil” to achieve this look!  Which embossing folders you think would look nice using foil?  I like geometric shapes and semi-masculine emboss folders for silver backgrounds.

I think the best way to carefully adhere a foiled background would be to lay plenty of strips of snail adhesive (a permanent adhesive runner) down on the card JudiKins Diamond Glaze.  I adhered the background in the frog card with Diamond Glaze and I used snail adhesive for the motorcycle card.  Here is the card I made right after making the video for you!  This is the background piece I made:

Frog card made with aluminum foil

Frog card made with aluminum foil

Motorcycle card made with foil

Motorcycle card made with foil

Well, happy crafting, everyone!

How to Cut Felt Without Scissors

I love helping others and solving problems when people ask for my help.  So, when my sister-in-law told me she was tired of tracing and hand-cutting felt flowers and cupcakes over and over for her adorable hair accessories (Millie’s Bows), I wanted to help.  She asked to borrow one of my paper punches but it didn’t work with felt.  I remembered one of the times I went to Impress Rubber Stamps‘ flagship Tukwila store and was shown samples of cut “special” wool felt made for paper-crafts.  It was shaped like a heart and someone had cut the shape with a Spellbinders Nestabilities die.  Soon, I was on a mission to find out if regular craft felt could be cut with my Cuttlebug.

I only had square-shaped Spellbinders dies, so when I attended the Heirloom show, I bought a set of floral dies so I could make a useful sample for my sister-in-law.  I searched YouTube and Google and could not find an answer to my question: “What kind of sandwich recipe do I need to cut felt in my Cuttlebug?”  That may sound funny if you’re not familiar with cutting & embossing machines.  A sandwich is the order in which certain cutting plates and cutting dies are “sandwiched” together before being run through the machine.  My Cuttlebug could break if I got the sandwich wrong and forced it to go through the machine, so I wanted to carefully select the right sandwich.

I asked my Twitter universe to help me, and one of them came to my rescue!  She found a blog post with a sandwich recipe for me.  I tried it and it worked!  Success at last.  I made a video to demonstrate how it’s done and I wrote this blog post so others can find this and get the help they’re looking for when they have a question about how to cut felt with Spellbinders in a Cuttlebug.

Here is the video, and below is the card I made with the felt shapes I cut:

This is the recipe for the felt sandwich, as demonstrated in my video.  First lay down the “A” plate, one Spellbinders Enlarged Embossing Pad, a piece of scrap cardboard, “B” plate, your Spellbinders Nestabilities die (cutting side up), craft felt cut to size, then a final “B” plate:

Cuttlebug sandwich for cutting felt

Cuttlebug sandwich for cutting felt

Here is the card I made.  I only had red felt in the house because it was leftover from an old craft project ~ I made some bean-bag Santas… don’t ask.  :)

Card I made with cut felt

Card I made with cut felt

And finally, here is a close-up of the flower shapes.  I stuck them together with a plain large brad and covered the brad with a sweet yellow floral gem my other sister-in-law gave me.  I suppose I could have adhered the flower to the card by piercing the card with my brad but I used glue dots.

Felt flower

Felt flower

National Scrapbook Day 2010

Saturday, May 1st was this year’s National Scrapbook Day.  I haven’t been bitten by the scrapbooking bug yet, but I did work with stamps, paper and embellishments on Saturday, along with several other card-makers and scrapbookers.  Instead of scrapbooking, I made cards on Saturday.

I attended a twelve-hour crop-til-you-drop event that my friends Christine David and Alicia Bard hosted.  They found a great location to hold all 32 registrants, plus them.  We were comfortable, and for our small registration fee we were treated to a delicious lunch, dinner, dessert, and beverages.  Christine and Alicia put a lot of thought, time, love, and effort into making it a really fun and successful day.  They had ice-breaking games, classes, and lots of raffles for prizes.  Christine and Alicia are Close to My Heart (CTMH) Consultants and they provided us all with the new catalog, free merchandise samples, and the use of their ink pads, markers, Cuttlebug, and Cricut – plus they had a mini CTMH store with them incase we needed to buy cardstock or wanted to purchase retired or clearance items.

For the goodie bags, I designed and made laminated kitchen equivalent magnets, pictured below.  If you would like one, I would be really happy to mail one to you!  Please contact me and I’ll send one out.

"Kitchen Equivalents" Magnets

"Kitchen Equivalents" Magnets

I have only attended a “crop” a few times in my life – my first one was at Christine’s house last Summer.  Since I mainly craft at home, I haven’t purchased a fancy rolling cart or anything, so I felt like it looked like I was moving in.  See what I mean?  Here is everything I packed in my car:

card-making supplies

Here's what I brought

When I arrived, I was greeted by this adorable paper handbag Christine made!  It was filled with lots of stickers, embellishments, and goodies.  I know that’s a bit vague, sorry.

New CTMH Spring 2010 Catalog & Goodies

New CTMH Spring 2010 Catalog & Goodies

I wish I’d taken more photos, but here’s a picture of most of the people who attended the 12 hour crop:

At the 12 hour crop

At the 12 hour crop

I don’t sell my cards because it takes me an hour to craft each one… however, I was surprised that I cranked out 15 cards that day!  I probably only worked on them for 7 hours and although my creativity started out really slow, I got into a groove and created most of the cards after dinner during my second wind.  It helped to stand and walk around between two tables as I worked on the cards.  I now know that if I redesign my craft space, I want s kitchen counter height workspace so I can stand.

My intention was to make cards for several specific individuals  for certain occasions, and I brought several books and card magazines to inspire me.  I didn’t end up using the books or magazines at all, and for once in my life I just made several free-form cards with no specific person in mind.  It was so much fun to just let my creative juices flow.  Normally each card I make is created especially for someone in mind, so it was liberating to try new techniques and create whatever I wanted.  It was also good to have a limited supply of cardstock,  printed paper, stamps and embellishments with me because it saved me from hours of trying to select the perfect paper or “look” for my card as I flip through my stack at home.  Having a lot of supplies can be overwhelming and only bringing the essentials is the key for me.

I reconnected with friends and made some new ones.  All in all, it was a really fun day and I am so happy I attended this crop at the last minute!

Here are the cards I made:

All the cards I made at the CTMH crop

All the cards I made at the crop

Here is a close up of 13 of the cards – the bee and the card with the flower at the bottom left both jiggle because I attached them with wire springs I made.  :)  I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the dark pink card with the flowers.

13 cards I made at the May 1, 2010 crop

13 cards I made at the May 1, 2010 crop

Here is a close up of the other two cards I made, bringing the count to a total of 15 cards for the day!

2 more cards I made at the 5/1/10 crop

2 more cards I made at the 5/1/10 crop

Did you do participate in any National Scrapbook Day events on Saturday?  Or are you like me, and did you just hear about it?  I hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed whatever it was you did.  :)

A Cheerful Hello

My sister in law has her own company, Millie’s Bows, and makes adorable hair clips and headbands for girls.  The company she orders her bulk ribbon from sent her some free samples that she couldn’t do anything with.  So, what did she do?  She gave the ribbon samples to me!

Ribbon Spools

Ribbon spool samples!

My husband will tell you I’m always looking for an excuse to make someone a card, and he’s probably right!  While all four of the ribbon spools are cute and useable, none of them seemed quite right for my “thank you card.”  I ended up using the wrong side of the red gingham “True Love” ribbon to make a nice thank you card for my sister-in-law.

Red "Hi" Card by Dawson Designs

Red "Hi" Card by Dawson Designs

She loved the cheerful card and asked me how I did the background.  I figured it would be described best with a video, so I made a quick demo with my Flip camcorder:

Supplies used:

“Hi” from Cosmo Cricket – Garden Variety Elements / 4 red brads from Jo-Ann Craft Essentials / 12″ x 12″ white core red cardstock / Sizzix embossing folder / Conqueror Diamond White 118.3# cardstock

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