Friendship and Thank You in the Key of Blue

I needed to make some friendship cards and was inspired by some fun sticky felt and sheet from a big stack of K & Company paper I’d bought ages ago, so I made four cards with them in shades of blue and green.

I’d never used the chipboard from a set of card-making supplies I got from Close to My Heart, so it was fun to use this butterfly.  The white part is glossy and it resisted the ink I applied to the chipboard with a dauber.

There's No One Like You

There's No One Like You

It doesn’t show up very well, but I added a thin line of Stickles glitter glue to the top of the decorative paper.  If you’re looking for a way to add pizzazz to a card, I highly recommend Stickles.  I’ve tried other glitter glues and this brand is really the best.  The stamped sentiment and decorative stamp around the words is from Close to My Heart.

True Friends

True Friends

The stamp and decorative edger punch are from Stampin’ Up! and I also used my favorite Spellbinders to cut out the paper around “Thank You.”

A Simple Thank You

A Simple Thank You

I’ve seen these tags at Impress Rubber Stamps‘ clearance sections for years and when the Making Memories Tag Curler was in the 50% off bin, I bought it and made my first card with it!  I’m hooked – I love this tool and these cute little tags.  The “Thank You” was from Close to My Heart and the bird stamp and punch are from Stampin’ Up!

Thank You - Green and Blue

Thank You - Green and Blue

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‘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!

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