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!  🙂

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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!

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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!

‘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!

Father’s Day Cards

I didn’t really get into card-making until mid-2008.  I had always made invitations to birthday parties, baby showers, wedding showers, dinner parties and wedding invitations & programs – even when I was a teenager.  As an adult, I didn’t find my passion for card-making until last year.

I offer that brief explanation before showing you all the hand-made Father’s Day cards I’ve made, because you’ll see it’s not that many cards.  Last year I finally got my Cricut Expression working properly (I didn’t have the blade dialed down low enough for the first frustrating year I owned it), so I made Father’s Day cards using Cricut DesignStudio.

Here are all the Father’s Day cards I’ve made since taking up card-making.  You can see my cards used to me much simpler:

Father's Day Card for my dad - 2009

Father's Day Card for my dad - 2009

I used the cut-outs from the Dad tag and added Square Stax behind them to make my father-in-law’s card:

Dad Dawson's Father's Day Card - 2009

Dad Dawson's Father's Day Card - 2009

I also made a Father’s Day card for my husband’s grandpa.  I meant to make him a card this year, but I wasn’t feeling well and didn’t have a chance to make one for him ahead of time.  Here’s his ’09 card:

Grandpa Dawson's 2009 Father's Day card

Grandpa Dawson's 2009 Father's Day card

If you read my blog regularly, you’ve already seen this card two other times but I also have to add it to this post.  This is my father-in-law’s 2010 Father’s Day card, using strictly Stampin’ Up! supplies and aluminum foil:

Dad Dawson's 2010 Father's Day Card

Dad Dawson's 2010 Father's Day Card

Finally, here’s the card and envelope I made for my dad this year.  I used parts of the Bits & Pieces card kit and the tie stamp from the June Stamp of the Month from Close to My Heart (CTMH).  I used Glossy Accents to highlight the swirls around the words and the star.  The tiny metal tool came from a set of little tools I bought at Craft Warehouse in Portland, OR.  I tied it onto a silver brad with CTMH natural hemp twine.

Dad's 2010 Father's Day Card

Dad's 2010 Father's Day Card

Thanks for reading my post!  I hope this will give you ideas for next year’s cards… and hopefully whatever I do next year will be more advanced as I learn more techniques.