Birthday Cupcake Wishes

I really enjoy using my Cricut Wild Card and Just Because cartridges.  I used them to make these two cupcake birthday cards and I even made matching envelopes!  I hope the recipient of the first card received it in the mail OK with that patterned paper.  It’s hard to see, but I used Glossy Accents to make the cherry shiny and Stickles to add the pink sprinkles.  The fun Decorative Label punch is from Stampin’ Up!

Stephen's Cupcake Card

Stephen's Cupcake Card

Check out the cute candles on this envelope!

Cupcake Card & Envelope

Cupcake Card & Envelope

Natalie's Card

Natalie's Card

Here’s a close-up of the gems / sprinkles:

BLING!

BLING!

Thanks for reading my blog, Cupcake! 🙂

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!

House-Shaped Replica Ornaments!

This will be my last Christmas blog post of the year!  You may recall the birdhouses and the house replica ornament I made for a friend or one of the many house-shaped cards or house-iversary baskets I have made for friends and clients, all from paper.  Well, today’s post is about that theme – house-shaped ornaments!

Last week I had fun delivering these house-shaped replicas of homes some of my favorite clients bought this year.  I have smudged the last name written above the door on the cream-colored house for privacy.  Inside of each little house is a photo of the family, attached in the center of the floor – kind of 3-D.

 

My House Ornaments in the Christmas Tree

My House Ornaments in the Christmas Tree

I used the Stampin’ Up! Sizzix Big Shot BIGZ L Mini Milk Carton die-cut template in my Cuttlebug machine to make these ornaments and added flowers and little shrubs I free-form cut.  Each door and house looks as close as possible to the house I sold these clients.

 

 

House Ornament One

House Ornament One

House Ornament Two

House Ornament Two

 

Every buyer gets a house-shaped card that looks like their house (made using my Cricut Expression machine and the Wild Cards cartridge).  Because  this was delivered at the same time, I photographed them together.  Sometime I should showcase all of the paper house things I have made for my beloved clients!

 

House Ornament Three + Matching Card

House Ornament Three + Matching Card

 

Finally, here is one last picture of the three ornaments:

 

Three House Ornaments

Three House Ornaments

 

Thank you for reading my blog, and if you’re in the Greater Seattle area looking to buy or sell real estate from a real estate broker who goes above and beyond expectations, please contact me through my website.  😉

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!

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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