Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Peeking pet cards

I have been dying to get the Art Impressions mini front and backs set (cat and dog, of course) for a long time.  I finally got them in the mail, and of course that night I had to play with them!  They were a little more mini than I had expected, but still so cute!

I stamped the front and back of each pet on white cardstock, colored them with my Bic markers, and cut them out.  Then I went ahead and glued the faces to their backs so they'd be ready when I was able to make a card with them.

The cards here are 4x4, and I rounded the corners.  I cut the circles with my Nestabilities.  I'm not going to lie, I went through a lot of paper trying to get the circles to line up.  Spacial reasoning is not one of my strong suits.  But I finally figured out a method and got the patterned paper (it's from Recollections) just right. I did glue the pets onto the cards, but made sure there was no glue on their feet so it looks a little more like they're hanging there.  If you look closely in the second picture, you can see the shadow from their feet.

I stamped the sentiments on the card front in navy blue.  They're from the Scrappy Mom's Stamps "Raining Cats and Dogs" stamp set.  The Art Impressions set did come with two sentiments, but I wanted something a little different for these cards.  I think they turned out really cute!

I'll be entering this card set into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes challenge.


The front of the cards 
The inside of the cards


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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Heart card

Everybody brace yourselves...for today's card I used my Cricut instead of my Cameo!  I know, right?  With the year halfway over, I've been trying to evaluate my crafty goals and how they will be able to fit in with my new hectic back to work lifestyle.  One thing I want to do is get back to using my Cricut more.  So, here I go.

I needed to make an anniversary card for my brother and sister in law, and I decided instead of the typical reds or black and whites of anniversary cards, I would go with their wedding colors- blue and green.  I cut this heart from the Sweethearts cartridge and inked it up with some Distress Inks.  I used mostly Peacock Feathers and Peeled Paint, with a touch of Broken China to add a little blue in.  I cut the shadow in white as a contrast.

Because of the swirls on the heart, I thought the D'vine Swirls embossing folder would be a good match. I embossed it on vellum, which is one of my favorite things to emboss on. I adhered the heart down really well to the vellum, and put adhesive on the vellum behind the heart to adhere it down to the card.  I have some vellum adhesive, so I'm going to give it a few days and if it really seems too flimsy without the edges adhered, I can use a little of that in the corners.




I'm entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Emboss it challenge.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Silhouette Challenges #15 "Print N Cut"

It's the time for another challenge over at

Ch# 15 Print N Cut
Begins: Tuesday, July 1
Ends: Thursday, July 31

A blog dedicated to the Silhouette Cutting Machines.
You MUST use a Silhouette somehow in your project.

Sponsor this month is:


Silhouette Printable Cotton Canvas

One of the things I love about using the Print and Cut feature is how totally simple it is to put together a card.  I designed this card in my Silhouette studio using files from the Lettering Delights Love Rocks set, printed it on two pieces of cardstock (on my new photo quality printer, so the images are so crisp and clear!) and cut them each on the Cameo.


Once they were cut, I folded the card base so the sentiment would be inside.  I adhered the cassette tape to the front and used a corner rounder to make the corners of the card match the corners of the cassette tape.  It now looks like one card, and it’s done!  Like I said, easy peasy, for a super cute retro card.




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Thursday, July 17, 2014

S'more love

I'm still here!  I feel like I haven't posted in ages.  I've still been crafting, but I've been focusing more on memory keeping lately, which often isn't represented in my blog posts.  But today my work schedule randomly cleared up for the afternoon, and I'd had this idea in my head since this stamp set came in the mail a few weeks ago, so I grabbed the opportunity to make it.

I've been really inspired by smaller, 4x4 cards lately.  This one has a kraft base, and I used some Wild Honey Distress Ink and a Crafter's Workshop mask to make the polka dots on light yellow cardstock.  I used a scrap of light orange ribbon on the bottom of the card.

The sentiment (on a banner I hand cut) and the s'more are from the Jaded Blossom stamp set "Got S'mores?" and I colored the s'more with my Bic markers.



I'm entering this card into the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp, Wednesday Challenge- Spots and Dots
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Monday, July 7, 2014

Dog card

Are you surprised?  No, because dogs are my favorite subject to craft about.  ;)  Sometimes I just have a little bit of free time and no real reason to make a card, and this was one of those times.  I had been wanting to make this cut that I got from the Silhouette Store for awhile, so I cut it out and glittered the heart.  Then I decided it would look really cute on a plain-ish card.

I used a pre-made card base that I got a gazillondy years ago at the Target dollar spot, put some of my dog paw washi tape down the side, and then used three black gems to balance it out.  I went back and forth with other papers and things, but it always came back down to this.




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Friday, June 27, 2014

Sunshine and Happiness

This sunny card just reflects how the weather's been lately for us.  Sunny and not-too-hot...just the way I like it!

The image on the card is cut from a file by Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons.  I popped one of the clouds on foam squares to give it a little dimension.  The patterned paper I used was from my scraps bin, which is always a plus, and the stamp is actually from one of the dollar stamps that I impulse buy from time to time when I'm in line at Michaels or Joanns.  I thought it was a pretty accurate sentiment for this happy sunshine.




I'll be entering this card into the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge blog.
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Sunday, June 22, 2014

"Silhouette Challenges #14 "Create your own Shaped Card"

It's the time for another challenge over at

Ch# 14 Create your own Shaped Card 
(No pre designed shaped card files)
Begins: Sunday, June 1
Ends: Monday, June 30

A blog dedicated to the Silhouette Cutting Machines.
You MUST use a Silhouette somehow in your project.

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(3) Silhouette Replacement Blades

One of the things I love about challenges is that it, well, challenges me to think outside of the box!  When I saw this cut in the Silhouette Online store of a deer head, I knew it would be fun to use for our Father’s Day cards this year.  Normally, I would have cut a couple of A2 card bases, picked some patterned paper, and put the cuts on there.  But instead, I used this challenge as an incentive to make them into shaped cards!


In the Silhouette Studio, I layered the cuts up how I was going to have them look once they were cut.  Then I made an offset, chose how big I wanted it to be, and mirrored it above.  I moved them until they were touching and then welded them together.  This gave me my very own, one of a kind, shaped card!

I picked "Dad-ish" kind of patterned papers- plaid and woodgrain- for this card.  The woodgrain is actually two layers, so I used pop dots in between them for some dimension.




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