25 May 2012

Friendship card

The challenge at Paper Playtime this week is to make a friendship card with a sentiment.  The timing was perfect for me as I have a beautiful friend going through a tough time at the moment and I know she will appreciate a handmade card.  I like the little sentiment I used - I love a good pun!

I used the Create a Critter cartridge for the little bear image and the scallop on the bottom of the card is a MFT die.  The pink felt flower is also a MFT die.  Papers, stickers and 'thinking of you stamp are all Kaisercraft.  Lace and ribbon are from my stash. 

I used this weeks Card Patterns sketch for the layout of the card. 

Current Sketch

The card is an easel card, so the sketch was used for the top part of the card.  Hopefully this still counts!

Thanks for looking!

19 May 2012

Dragonfly card

Don't you just love this cute little 'wink face'!  It is my favourite Peachy Keen face.  It's from the Everyday Faces set and I use them all the time. 

Please excuse the dreadful lighting in these photos - it's almost dark here and I only have a couple of hours to go before the Paper Playtime challenge ends...so I found the room with the most light (our ensuite), turned on all the lights, tried to get my shadow out of the photo and then clicked and hoped for the best!

This little card was made for two challenges:

Paper Playtime:  For challenge #7 use any type of DIE CUT and/or DIE CUTTING machine and make a BUG CARD!  I chose to use the dragonfly from the Create a critter cartridge.  I hope that dragonflies are considered bugs!  I did have a look at the other entries and there were lots of bees, snails and dragonflies so I think I'm right! 

Peachy Keen Stamps:  Anything goes challenge - must use Peachy Keen stamps.  I used my peachy face for the dragonfly - you know those faces can be added to just about anything!  I first bought them to use exclusively with my Paper Doll Dressup and Everyday Paper doll cartridges, but now I'm enjoying using them for all sorts of things such as faces for flowers, suns, critters...the list is endless!  I've seen them used on cakes, couches, carrots, strawberries...they make the images come to life and look so cute.

I used the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge to cut out the card base in dark blue and also to cut out the green scallop frame.  This cartridge continues to surprise me.  I got it for free when I bought my cricut expression and to be honest, I had a quick flip through the booklet and wasn't overly impressed or excited by many of the images.  But there are a few little surprises in there and I am so glad that I had another look at it and found the card bases and frames - I think I'll be using these a lot more now.

I cut the card at 4 inches and the scalloped frame at 3 1/4 inches.  The dragonfly was 2 3/4 inches.  Patterned papers are from a Jillibean Soup collection - I think it's called Owl Soup.  I wanted the sentiment to say, "Fluttering by to say hi" but given my space restrictions, I settled for the much shorter "hello" sentiment.

Thanks for looking!

Cat in a cake card!

This card was made for a gorgeous little girl who is turning 2 in the next couple of weeks.
I used the Card Patterns sketch for the layout design, I just rotated it 90 degrees to make it fit with the design.
Here is the sketch:
and how it looks rotated! 

I am also entering this card in the Bitten By the Bug 2 challenge.   The theme is.........The Bakery........create a project with anything you would find in a bakery.  Please remember that this is a "Cricut" blog so you MUST use your Cricut for the selected cut to enter the challenge.
I used my Birthday Bash cricut cartridge to cut the cat and cake image.  Yummy cakes are definitely something you would find in a bakery (hopefully not a cat though!)

All papers are Kaisercraft, as is the stamped sentiment and the brad in the middle of the flower.
I used MFT 'pretty posies' die to cut the felt flowers and MFT scallop die for the brown pp scallop.
I used my 'Swiss dots' embossing folder to emboss the pink cardstock.

A little lesson I learnt - if I want to sew on my paper, then I need to do all the sewing before I emboss.  This morning I embossed the dots and then sewed around the edges of the cardstock, but the sewing machine foot kind of flattened some of my dots!  Probably common sense to everyone else, but something I have learned today!

Thanks for looking!

17 May 2012

Flower card

I made some flower cards a few weeks ago in preparation for Mother's day and I really loved how they turned out.  So I decided to make another card using a similar design.  I rotated the card from portrait to landscape so that I could fit in some more flowers. 

The colours in this paper range are beautiful.  I think it's a My Minds Eye range.  The brad in the central flower is from Kaisercraft.  Ribbon, lace and buttons are from my stash.

I am entering this in the Die Cuttin Divas challenge - use flower die cuts.  I used my cuttlebug 'pretty posies' dies for these flowers.

I was going to enter it into a second flower challenge....but I can't remember which site I saw it on!  If anyone knows of another site doing a flower challenge at the moment then please let me know...my memory is not serving me well!

Thanks for looking!

16 May 2012

Some cards I've been working on...

I needed a couple of baby cards the other day so I made these two.  Quite simple but I still like them.  The little monkey is from Create a Critter (of course!).  I really like the textured cardstock that I used for the card base.  A little bit of stitching and inking around the squares and that was pretty much it! 

These little hippo cards were made using the Birthday Bash cartridge - there are so many options on this cartridge, I really need to sit down and read through the booklet.  I really like the sentiment, 'Hip Hippo Hooray' - I love a good pun!  If I make any more of these then I think I would use a neutral colour for the base of the card, maybe kraft or brown to make the hippo stand out a bit more.  But I do like the look of the hippo cut out in patterned paper.  Pretty cute, but best of all, very quick and very easy to make.

Thanks for looking!

Rainbow Happy birthday cards

Some super-simple rainbow Happy birthday cards.  Love the simplicity of them and love that they can be used for male or female and any age.  I wish I could say that I came up with the design idea...but I didn't!  Full credit must go to a card I found here, made by Aga.  I can't remember if I found it on google or pinterest...but this is the link to her flicker account where you can see her card.  Love it!  Thanks for the inspiration!

I had fun playing with my different embossing folders.  For the last two cards I gently rubbed white ink over the embossing to make it stand out, I think I like the effect.  I am a bit disappointed that a couple of my embossing folders are smaller than 6x4 inches, it kind of spoiled the effect of the card to have the white strip along the side.  Oh well, will just have to make a mental note to buy the bigger embossing folders.

The 'Happy' letters were cut using Plantin Schoolbook cricut cartridge.  The 'birthday' stamp is by Kaisercraft.

The cards were nice and quick to make and good ones to make in bulk to keep in my stash.

Thanks for looking!