20 September 2012

Starburst Christmas card

 I saw the idea for a Starburst card on Pinterest (of course!).  The link to the original card and a tutorial on how to make it is here.  The tutorial is excellent, and it is much easier to make than I first thought.  The card on Pinterest is just gorgeous, beautiful colours and beautiful design.  As soon as I saw it I started thinking about Christmas and knew I had the perfect papers to make this card.  I love these Kaisercraft papers and love using pink and blue on a Christmas card!  So happy with how it turned out.

I can't help but think of the hundreds of possibilities with this starburst design - boys cards, masculine cards, birthday cards, thank you cards...the list goes on.
Thanks for looking!

3 Cheers for you

And one more masculine card for the Perfect Sentiments Challenge.
Again, this card used images from the Birthday Bash cricut cartridge.

I embossed the red cardstock with a Tim Holtz embossing folder then inked over the top of it with a white ink pad to make it stand out.  The brown cardstock was embossed with the Swiss dots embossing folder.

Thanks for looking!

Happy Birthday to Moo!

I made this card for my very good friend's husband who is turning 45 in a couple of weeks.  He owns a farm so I thought it was pretty appropriate.  Love the sentiment - always makes me smile!
The cow image is from the Birthday Bash cartridge - a cartridge I turn to a lot.

I am entering this in the Perfect Sentiments Challenge 50 - Masculine birthdays.  This is a challenge blog that I just stumbled upon today, so I look forward to seeing lots of great masculine cards.  There challenge is:  Challenge/Twist: make a birthday card/make it masculine/include a sentiment on the front.  I think I have ticked all the boxes with this one!

I had to hold myself back from adding flowers to this card.  If it was for a girl, then I would have had heaps of bright flowers going up the fence...but it's not really appropriate for a masculine card!  So I have stuck with this simple card and just stitched around the edges in red instead.

Thanks for looking!

16 September 2012

Baby boy helicopter card

I made this baby boy card to have in my stash.  I prefer to use bold colours rather than pastels for boy cards, don't know why, I just love a pop of colour I guess!  I think the helicopter is rather cute.

This card is going in the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge - make a project using some sort of transportation.  I used the helicopter cut from my Boys will be Boys cricut cartridge.  Love this cartridge!  Would also make a great birthday card for a young boy too.

A little bit of stitching around the edges and a couple of sentiment stamps (Amy R Designs 'baby' stamp, and Kaisercraft 'Bundle of Joy' stamp). 

Thanks for looking!

15 September 2012

For the love of Pinterest!

Ahh Pinterest, I tried to avoid you.  I tried to pretend that you didn't exist.  I tried not to think about you.  I tried so hard.  I knew how addictive you would be.  But I have finally succumbed, and oh how I love you!!  So much inspiration to be found.  So much pinning to be done.  So many beautiful card making ideas and craft ideas for my boys.

This post shows a couple of cards that were inspired by things I found on Pinterest.  Well, to be totally honest, they were copied from ideas I found on Pinterest.

The first is a butterfly thank you card that I made.  I copied the idea from here, at a blog called Colorful Om.  I loved the original card as soon as I saw it.  Loved the coloured butterflies and loved the beautifully cut edge of the card.  Plus it was so quick and easy to make.  Would be a great one to make in bulk or to make sets of cards for friends or family.

The second cards were inspired by a very cute caterpillar card I found on Pinterest.  The link to the original card is here.  Her blog can be found here.  Again, the gorgeous bright colours and simple design drew me in straight away.  My boys had a fabulous time making these cards.  Their Nana will be so impressed when she receives these for her upcoming 60th birthday!

My 3 year old declared that his wasn't going to be a caterpillar, it was a worm, but it had to have legs.  No amount of discussion about the body parts of a worm could convince him that worms don't have legs...therefore, we now have a new species of leggy worms!  He also didn't think they required noses or mouths!

Thanks for looking!

4 September 2012

Newborn baby aeroplane card

 This card was made for the Paper Playtime challenge #83 - Gingham and a die cut.
I just love this yellow gingham paper, such a gorgeous colour for a baby card.

The aeroplane and circle were cut at 3 inches using the Boys will be Boys cricut cartridge.  This would have to be one of my most favourite cartridges ever!  So many gorgeous images for boys!  I can picture baby boy cards, birthday cards for little boys, birthday cards for big boys....so much fun!

I'm loving the primary colours for boys cards too.  I'm into anything bright and cheery at the moment.

Thanks for looking!

2 September 2012

Firetruck birthday card

I was so excited about the arrival of my new cricut cartridge the other day!  I have wanted the 'Boys will be boys' cartridge for quite a while now.  There are so many cute images on it, perfect for boy cards (young and old!).  I just know that I will use this cartridge over and over again.

This is a little card that I made with my new cartridge for my girlfriend's son who will be turning 3 next week.  His Dad drives a firetruck so I thought it was pretty appropriate.  The grey paper behind the truck has been embossed, although it's a little bit hard to tell from this photo.

I love using bright and bold colours on boy cards.

Thanks for looking!

Poodle birthday card

Just a little birthday card that I made using the Create a Critter cricut cartridge.  I embossed the white paper using a damask embossing folder-I really like how it turned out, it makes the poodle look a bit posh I think!

The sentiment and the oval shape have pop dots on them for a bit of dimension.  Pretty simple card really!
Thanks for looking!

1 September 2012

Set of hexagon cards

This is a little set of cards that I have made for my Mum for her 60th birthday.  I have already made her birthday gift (a digital scrapbook album of her life from birth to 60 years - 91 pages in total!!) but she will be receiving that gift at her party which is a week before her actual birthday.  So I thought it would be nice to have something little to give her on her actual birthday so that she doesn't go empty-handed on the real day!

So Mum, if you're reading this, stop reading now please!

 First I made this cute little gift bag for the cards.  I cut the bag on my cricut machine using the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge.  I set it to 'fit to page' and it cut and was so easy to put together...I think it took about 1 minute!

I then measured what size my cards needed to be to fit into the bag (which was 3.5 x 5 inches).  I wished I had a 12x24 inch cricut mat so that I could make this bag a bit bigger...however, the smaller cards are still a nice size.

I cut out a HEAP of hexagons on my cricut machine using the Accent Essential cartridge and then just pieced the cards together.  I popped up the centres of the flowers with a pop dot just to give it a little bit of dimension.  I got the idea for the cards on Pinterest where I saw a very cute hexagon flower card.  Here is the link to the site if you would like to look.  I did a 'hexagon cards' search on pinterest and was blown away by how much inspiration there was!  So many clever people out there!

I tried to make the cards bright and cheerful and to fit a range of purposes.  Mostly I use birthday cards, so I gave half of the cards a birthday sentiment.  I think a set of handmade cards is a nice gift, and once you have an idea, it actually doesn't take too long to make them.

Now, what to do with the other 100 random hexagons that are strewn across the kitchen table????

Thanks for looking!