Friday, March 19, 2010

Welcome! And a Giveaway!

Hi Everyone and welcome to my new blog! I've actually had it for some time now but haven't gotten off my butt to add to it :) I want to show my personal design process on this blog - I always love seeing how people design their cards/layouts so I thought someone might like a step by step picture log of how I do it.


Before I get to my most recent project (I have some other projects ready and waiting to post too!) I think I should tell everyone a little bit about myself! My name is Cassandra and I live in CT with my lovely husband, Robb, and our two wonderful dogs: Baxter and Emma. They are both pug/boston terrier mixes and cute as buttons! I can't help but love those smooshy faces :) I was previously employed as a scientist until getting laid off this past January. I'm also 18 weeks pregnant with out first baby! So for the meantime I'm applying for jobs (although rapidly getting too large to hide my pregnancy :) ) and being a stay at home wifey, which involves my favorite things: cooking for my husband and scrapbooking! I might even add in some recipes along with crafting if anyone is interested because I love to cook, preserve, churn, bake, and more :) I'm hoping to meet lots of other crafters through this blog- at my age (25) I don't know any other scrappers and I think here in CT they're hard to find in the first place!


So onto the project! First I like to sketch out my design. This is something I always do and it is super helpful for a bunch of reasons. I gives me a starting point, it helps me focus while I'm actually making the project, and it gives me an idea of how big I want my cuts to be in relation to the rest of the card. The sketch doesn't have to be good (obviously, just look at mine! haha) but it should have the basic layout and elements you are planning on using. Keep in mind the layouts can completely change once you start- but it is great and really helpful to have a starting point! For this card I decided on a 5x7 card because typically wedding cards tend to be large and fancy.

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I then started designing my cut pages on the Gypsy (LOVE my gypsy) and coordinating my paper. I bought paper at the scrapbooking store before I had my layout in mind but I knew I loved the classic look of black, grey and white. Most of this paper is by Best Creation Inc: Mr and Mrs --> so cute and glittery! Then I started cutting out paper to fit the sizes based on my Gypsy Layouts and let my Cricut do the rest!
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I inked the gray 'ribbons' with black ink and the black 'ribbons' with silver ink and then glued the pieces together. I decided the silhouette I cut was too small so I cut it again at a larger size. I also got an idea of the basic background layout I wanted to use with the card and glued that down. I then assembled my hubby and groom characters and added a little white gel pen to really show the tux. Doesn't that white swirly glittery paper just look great for a wedding dress? I love how that came out!

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I hated how the bigger white gifts turned out so I decided not to use them :)

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I used pop dots to add my silhouettes and then glued the presents down flat, after inking the edges of the gray presents so they didn't blend into the background too much. To polish off the front I just added some diamond (of course hehe) flourishes and white flowers. i picked a light yellow center because the background paper had some daisies on there so it coordinated. There were some cuts I didn't end up using because i didn't like how they looked in the layout and i ended up using different flowers than I originally thought. Like I said before, layouts can change and it's no big deal so don't feel like youre glued to your first sketch :)
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Onto the inside! Short, sweet, and simple-- my favorite :) I used the Mr and Mrs for the title and cut the shadow twice so I was able to add some extra dimension by pop dotting in between the layers. I also inked the inside layers. Luckily I had some gift cuts leftover and decided to add those puppies in there too. Then voila! All done!

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The finished product:

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Thanks so much for reading and checking out my first blog post! If you sign up for my blog and leave a comment I'm going to randomly choose a winner for a brand new Sweethearts cartridge!! One comment per person please! Hope to see you back soon :)

20 comments:

  1. I love your card.I'm new to card making, so there still simple...Please check mine out on my blog and let me know what you think..I could use all the pointers I can get..Thanks..AmberFarley(Cricut MB)

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  2. CONGRATS on your blog! It looks great, and your first post is awesome! Fantastic card, super job! Can't wait to see all the neat things you'll be creating and putting on here! Aloha, J:)

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  3. This card is beautiful! Great Job and thanks for showing us.
    I love the blog as well.
    All the best and if you get a chance check out my blog...not as detailed, but I try to put up all the cards I make.
    Thanks for the give away!
    Alison
    pal635@yahoo.com

    www.craftali.blogspot.com

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  4. Great blog! I wish I knew what I was doing enough to start one! Or had the time! Your card is AMAZING!! Just elegant black and whites yet such a "pop"of a card! Your work is awesome!

    Kristina
    Kristina@thyerzoo.com

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  5. OMG, your card is just beautiful. Love your blog, can't wait to see what all you post on it. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Wow your card is so cute, actually its too nice to be cute its elegant! I am in need of several wedding cards this summer so I may have to use this for inspiration.

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  7. Congratulations on the baby tha will soon be in your life.(well, it already is). Your blog is great. Love the card, and you are right how could anyone not fall in love with Baxter and Emma's smooshy face. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

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  8. Oh wow, I have only just got into paper crafting but your creations are so inspiring. Thanks so much for the motivation.

    I now follow your blog.

    thepricklypinecone(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  9. Congratulations on the blog and the baby! Both will end up being so fun and rewarding =) I think it's great you're offering this cartridge and well, sign me up! Your work is beautiful and I can't wait to see more of it. I love the amount of detail and embellishing you include. Keep up the great work!

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  10. love, love, love the wedding card you made! I'm in the prcess of scrapbooking my wedding album so thank you so much for the inspiration :-)

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  11. I love the Wedding card. Congrats on your blog. I came from the Cricut MB to check you out. I wish I was as creative as you. I mostly scraplift.
    mdot kdot schmidt athotmail dotcom

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  12. Hi! Congratulations on getting your blog up and running!! Your first project is amazing! I, too, came from the cricut mb to check it out. Looking forward to following you and what you have planned next. Good luck with your pregnancy and finding a job! Children are worth the world but they do take up all your energy!!!!
    gaudet5 at rogers dot com

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  13. I love your blog especially how you explain your projects step by step. And the card is beautiful.

    Congratulations on your pregnancy.

    And thank you for the giveaway.

    Kim

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  14. That card is beautiful!! great job. and I love the picture tutorial. Great blog.

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  15. Gorgeous card! Thank you for the opportunity to win this cart!

    Lauren

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  16. Gorgeous card. Thank you for the RAK opportunity. Jenny Gibson

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  17. What a GORGEOUS card! I am in love with your blog and have become a follower!

    MelissaAllore on the Cricut Board
    www.disneydreamerdesigns.blogspot.com

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  18. Love this card! Turned out great, as did the rest of your creations. Best of luck to you with the blog.
    Thanks for the chance to the cartridge!
    All the best
    Melanie

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  19. What a beautiful card.. i love the layers... i love the paper...such detail... love your blog..

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  20. What a gorgeous card!! I love the black and white and all the different paper that you were able to use on 1 card! Fantastic job! :)
    Congratulations on the blog and the baby!! :)
    I really like how you explain everything in detail...I've been sitting here and reading for an hour now! LOL
    I would LOVE to win this cartridge...as a matter of fact it's on my "long" wish list of wanted carts! LOL They're coming out with soooo many carts don't you think? But It's all good!
    Thank you for the opportunity! Oh, and I'm now a new follower of you :)

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