Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Child's Year Wedding Card

Alrighty! Today's project is a wedding card I made for my mom and dad- they're going to a wedding in the next few weeks and needed one.  I figured a spring wedding called for a springy wedding card- although I think this card is pretty versatile for something besides a wedding. 

First I made my sketch (as alllllways) and then I went through some of my paper stacks and picked out the colors I liked.  I then laid them all out together to make sure they coordinated how I wanted them to (Paper is all K&Co)

I cut two scallop rectangles for the background (look at my nice, new shiny cutting mat! yayyyy)  I then trimmed one of the rectangles to make a 'stripe' in the first rectangle.  This was then inked and put on a square piece of background paper.

Then I finished up my cricut cuts.  I used Accent Essentials for the scallop rectangle above, A Child's Year for the kids with the flowers, and Gypsy Wanderings for the hearts and LOVE sentiment.

For the ACY cut: I inked each piece and then glued them slightly askew so it would look like the top piece had a bit of a shadow (the cuts were the same size).  The heart was also inked in a light brown to add a bit of contrast.  Since most of the papers I chose for the background are so pattern heavy it's important to remember to ink around the edges- that little bit of a dark border really adds a lot of contrast in the final card and can make a biiiiiig difference.

Then I started assembling. I added the heart onto the background with pop dots and then added the ACY figures on top of that using taller pop dots. I also added a sentiment with a rubber stamp.

Lastly for embellishment I added a white bow and some pearl accents.  Scroll to bottom of post to see finished card.


I bordered a piece of white cardstock with some of the scrap cardstock leftover from the front of the card.  I also used a piece of scallop border (leftover trimmings from the scallop rectangle from the front of the card again) to add some interest.  Everything was inked in a light brown.

Lastly I added the love sentiment cut out earlier and a green bow to finish.

Outside of Card:

Inside of Card:

Back of Card:

I always forget to show the back of my cards!  This past Christmas my husband had such a great idea for a gift!  He designed 3 logo's for my cardmaking (this is only one of them) and then found a company that could make rubber stamps from design files, so I have customized stamps for all the backs of my cards.  Isn't that neat?  My husband does graphic design as a hobby so the logo part isn't always easy for someone to do but apparently ordering customized rubber stamps is a snap so let me know if you'd like any more details about where he ordered them.  I love them!

That's it! Hope you enjoy :)  More projects to come

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Set of 4 Cupcake Cards

Hey everyone!  Sorry for the loooong delay in between postings, I have about a million projects in the queue however so I'll probably be posting a lot in the next few weeks :)

This project is a set of 4 blank cards I made as a gift.  I had a cupcake stampset from Michaels that had different phrases and cupcake images on it so I knew I wanted that to be the theme (I think I might be one of the only people left out there without the Sweet Treats cartridge!).  I also thought using this stamp set would be a great opportunity to try out using Copics!  I've been hearing and hearing and hearing about them but hadn't gotten a chance to try them out yet, as I mostly rely on my cricut over stamping.  Anyways I used these 4 colors of Copics for this project and then carried the blue, pink, and purple theme throughout the whole project.  Why did I only use 4 copics?  Because that's all I have so far (expensive little buggers!) but I really loved using them and based on this project at least I definitely reccomend them :)

Since I made 4 separate cards for one project my photo tutorials are going to be a little less detailed than I've done in the past.  However this project is pretty basic and not too 'teeny tiny detail' heavy so I don't think you'll need as many pictures to get the gist of how the cards were made anyways :)  At least hopefully!  If you have any other questions feel free to email me at and I'll be happy to get back to you!

Card #1:
I used the Gypsy to cut out the squares used for stamping and matting thinking this might be the sharpest way to do things, but by the 2nd card I just cut out by hand instead.  The squares were from Designer's Calendar, frame is by A Childs Year, and the oval is from Gypsy Wanderings.  I actually didn't use the oval for the 1st card like I thought but I ended up using it for the 2nd one (you'll see!)

Once the pieces were cut I stamped my images on the white squares, matted them with purple squares and matted the larger image on the frame.  For the two smaller images I embossed some pink cardstock and  matted the images on that.


Then I worked on the card background.  The paper used is Basic Grey Urban Prarie (my most favoritest paper pad!)

Then I added a bow, button, a blue border for some contrast, some pearl accents and mounted onto my card- I have all the finished card pictures at the very very bottom

Card #2: 
If you thought that first one was basic, these next 3 are SUPER basic!  I used the leftover oval cut from card #1 in this card and then used the same steps as before to complete this card: cut, stamp, color, assemble, embellish.  The End!  The scallop square was from Accent Essentials (i think....)

Again, finished card at the bottom :)

Card #3:

1. Sketch
2. Stamp and Color

3. Assemble cuts
4. Embellish! 

Card #4:
The simplest of them all :) I used the argyle embossing folder and a bubble kinda punch from EK success for some of the details.  Everything else is pretty self explanatory so I don't have any pictures of the card in progress, sorry about that!

Finished Cards:

The whole set:

Monday, April 12, 2010

Best Wishes Card

Hey Everyone!  Hope you all enjoyed your weekend!  The weather here in CT has been nice and sunny, I started growing some seeds today for my vegetable garden.  I can't wait until I have fresh herbs and veggies right outside!  One of my other hobbies is canning/preserving food and I'm getting perilously low on my homemade salsa so I'm looking forward to making another batch once those tomatoes and peppers come in :)

Thanks for all the cutting mat suggestions- I still couldn't find anything in stores today so I'm going to order some online.  My mats had enough sticky left in them for a few cards today though- phew :)

I got this stamp 40% off at Michaels and knew I wanted to use it on a card but wasn't sure what type of cricut cut would work best with the "best wishes" sentiment and then my hubby suggested stars (coz you wish on stars, get it?)!  Isn't he smart?  And I remembered that there's a star with a great flourish, that kinda matches the one on the stamp, on the home decor cart- and so the sketch was born....

Then I made and assembled my cricut cuts. I used Plantin Schoolbook for the stars, Home decor for the star with the flourish, Gypsy Wanderings for the rectangles, and A Childs Year for the frame.  As I mentioned, my cutting mats were a little less than sticky so I used my mat scraper to flatten down the paper and try to get it as 'stuck on' as possible.

I assembled the pieces and stamped on my sentiment:

One of my pieces above is a tiered ribbon bow.  I'm on a bow kick lately, can you tell?  These are easy to make (just like all the bows I've been using!  i like easy).  First take the two different colors you want in your bow and cut them to size - in some cases you might want them different lengths instead of the same, like I have here.

Then wrap a longer piece of ribbon around them

and tie in a knot! that's it!

So all my pieces were assembled (and *gasp*  NO INKING! haha) so I was ready to put together my card.  For the matting for the background of the card I used a punch to add some interest.

I used some pop dots to add the frame and more to add the final star (see finished product below).  These ended up being quick and simple cards- I made 7 total!  Sometimes it's nice to have a card that's not too involved, but I still think it looks sharp :) Hope you enjoy!!

(and if you've won any of my giveaways you'll be getting one [along with your winnings] in the mail sometime this week!)

Finished Product: