Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I did it! I am a Circlet!

Boy, nothing like waiting until the last minute, huh?  Well, I really have been on the fence about this for a lot of different reasons.  I was convinced by some of my enabler buddies on the MB, decided to cut back on a few things and bite the bullet.  So, I don’t like the name “Circlet”; I think I will have to come up with something else.  I mean Cricette is better than that for goodness sake!!  I know there has been some discussion on the MB, so I will have to see what I like out there.  So, who else is a Circlet?!

Friday, June 25, 2010

A challenge for myself and to you...

So today I was browsing through my RSS feeds and a post from Jennifer McGuire, ink caught my eye.  It was entitled “NEW Cards for Kids Card Drive - Round 3!”  As I was reading I was so touched and I feel compelled to challenge myself for the very first time (craft wise) to accomplish a project.  I am challenging myself to create AT LEAST one card for every child on the list (13 cards).  I am challenging you to do what you can.  Please join me in providing these children and their families with an uplifting card.  They face difficulties the majority of us will never know or understand and if I were in their shoes I would love to know that people were sending prayers my way. 
If you would like to take on my challenge, please post a comment letting me know what you propose to do.  Include a link to or the address of your blog so I may follow you and check up on your status with this challenge.  The deadline for this round of cards is Aug 30.  For further details on this project such as info on the children and their families, where to send the cards, please click here and here

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Patriotic Birthday Card

Well, like I have said before, I think it is important when making a card to make it special for the recipient by using a color, symbol or putting a meaningful memory or saying into it.  I mean what is the point of hand making cards for people if you don’t want it to mean anything to them?  You could just go buy one if you didn’t want it to be personalized!

One of my uncles is a very patriotic guy and really appreciates the US flag.   Being that I hadn’t used my Stand and Salute cart EVER I thought I would try to get some use out of it by making a birthday card for my Uncle.  It is not easy to make a card like this attractive, but I did the best I could.  I hope you like it, but better yet, I hope he likes it J.
I used Stand and Salute for the flag, A Child’s Year for the image of the kid holding a flag with his wagon in tow.  Happy Birthday sentiment was stamped using a glue pad and then PK Glitz glitter (which I absolutely love – it just sparkles so much better than regular glitter).  Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Awesome envelope tutorial - UPDATED

I am ALWAYS looking for envelopes for certain cards, aren't you?  Well, search no more!  All you need is paper, some type of adhesive, a Scor-pal, bone folder, a drafting ruler and one minute and you can have any envelope you need!!  The Frugal Crafter has this awesome tutorial on her blog about making envelopes with your scor-pal to fit all different sizes of cards.  Here is the tutorial and a link to her blog to get the cheat sheet for the sizes.  How awesome is that?!!

I thought I would add this handy dandy card size chart for everyone.  I found this on google, but have no idea who to give credit to.  I think given the above video, this chart will prove to be very useful.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Father's Day Card - UPDATED


My father is an architect and so I wanted to try one of those unusual cards and opted to go with the Tri-shutter card.  Thanks to this website I got the needed instructions to make it.  I really like the way it turned out and am planning to utilize their instructions to attempt some of the other cards featured in the near future.

For this project I used:
Cricut Cartridges: Create a Critter (owl), Calligraphy Collection (Happy Fathers Day), Beyond Birthdays (Dad), and Wall D├ęcor and More (mushroom)
Paper: Stampin’ Up! Soft Suede, MME Magnolia, and DCWV Rock Star.

I hope he likes the card.  I decided that I wanted it to be simply say Happy Father’s Day and chose not to put a sentiment in the card.  I mean, really, most men don’t care for sappy sentiments, right?  I know my dad doesn’t.  What he will know is what the mushroom means…Dad’s of girls are like mushrooms, they are kept in the dark and fed a bunch of B-S,  hahahaha!

Friday, June 11, 2010

A couple of thank you cards

I got a very nice gift from my Aunt and Uncle for my birthday and I thought I would take a minute to make them a thank you card.  I made one and then decided to make another one for use in the future…I mean you can always use a thank you card, right?!  Both Frog and butterfly are from Create a Critter.  Embossing folder on butterfly card is Cuttlebug Stylized Flowers.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

"I'm so fabulous....

…I piss glitter”.  This is a quote a friend of mine uses.  I get cracked up when she does.   Don’t mistake this for arrogance, she is not serious and it is always said in a light-hearted manner.  So, a group of us kind of throw this quote around a little and when her birthday rolled around I thought it would be cute to tie into a card.  However, I didn’t feel right about saying “piss” in the card, so I made this card and changed it up a little.  As you can see the outside says fabulous birthday wishes and the inside said for a fabulous lady that oozes glitter.  The most important thing is that she like it and it brought a smile to her face when she read it!!  I used the Forever Young cartridge for all cuts on this card.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Birthday cards for my cousins

I have two male cousins, who are brothers, that were born one day apart (and 6 and 7 days apart from me – only I am MUCH older, LOL).  I always find it hard to create cards for men; it is such a challenge.  Anyway I came up with these because one of the boys (note to self…they aren’t boys anymore, they are men) reminds me somewhat of a prep.  He is uber sweet and is a doll (can’t call your cousins cute, can you now?  Kind of gives the wrong impression).  Anyhooooo….I thought the argyle cut from Wild Card fit his personality.  The second card was for the younger cousin who just qualified for his pro Motocross license (GO Ricky!!!!); so, I thought the diamond plate embossing folder and the barbed wire image from Indie Art fit.  Both cards have the birthday sentiment from Simply Sweet.

Holy Mackerel...he's 19!

My oldest nephew just turned 19.  I had a card made for him that I just wasn’t loving.  It really is a challenge making cards for guys!  Then I saw it…the perfect card for him.  It was the customer spotlight card in the May 18th issue of the Cricut Chirp Newsletter.  I HAD to scrap lift it, and as the rule goes…give credit where credit is due. You see my nephew eats, sleeps and breathes fishing; making this card a perfect fit.  Of course I changed it up a little and didn’t use some of the cartridges that Ms. Nooren Pierce used.  I decided to use a real fishing lure dangling from the rod, instead of the age she used.  I tried to get a more realistic look by using a silver shimmering ink pad I had (I hope you can see it in the pics).  I thought it turned out super cute and he loved it, which is all that mattered.

Mother's Day Card

Before we get into the card I just want to apologize for the lack of posts lately.   It wasn’t for lack of crafting; it was just from lack of time to spend uploading and posting pics.  I am going to try to catch up tonight, so forgive me for the multitude of posts you will see today.

I made two mother’s day cards; one for my mother and one for my mother-in-law.  Dumb me forgot to take a picture of my mother-in-law's card, but I did get the one I sent my mother.   I had been wanting to use my Forever Young cartridge for a while and I remembered seeing a cut on there that reminded me of an old pic of my mom from the 70’s.  The font is from Hello Kitty Font.  Since I was born in ’73 I thought I would play off of her being established as a mom in 1973 (which was done with flocking).  The paper made me think of the 70’s too.  Anyway…hope you like it.