Friday, October 8, 2010

Christmas Card with Cuttlebug Acrylic Mat

Sharing a recent Christmas card using an embossed acrylic background. This was posted on the Cricut Messageboard.
Using Birds and Swirls Cuttlebug folder, I embossed a piece of acrylic (packaging material from a Cuttlebug folder) for the main background mat on this card. Swiss dots used on red mat.

Cricut cartridges:
Winter Woodland - Red bird which I cut several times and layered for chipboard effect.
Joys of the Season --Holly

Cuttlebug Folders - Birds and Swirls, Swiss Dots
Martha Stewart-  punch for the extra leaves. Sentiment from MS Christmas pack of embellishments, ink
Paper - Paper Studio

I really like the look of the CB mat. Hope you enjoy!

Thank you cards


Using the Dahlia Fold flower technique, I made a couple of "Thank You" cards. If you have not tried making this flower, a great tutorial is available on SplitCoastStampers. I enjoy making the flower and like the results.

Using Plantin Schoolbook cartridge, I cut 9 circles at 1 1/4 inch each - using 8 to make the flower and 1 for flower base. The result is a 2 1/2 inch flower.

Cricut Cartridges:
Plantin Schoolbook -- circles
Lovely Floral - doily - cut at 3 3/4 inches
Wild Card - sentiment inside "Thoughtful" cut at 8 inches
Storybook - background for the sentiment cut 8 inches

Cuttlebug folders - Swiss Dots, Polka Dots
Martha Stewart - Doily lace trim punch, Corner punch (trimmed the corner and placed on card) and inks
Gemstones- Recollections
Paper - K&Company Double sided. For the two cards, I used the same paper on the flower and the MS doily edge trim, but by using the reverse side on one of the cards, I have two different looks. I love this paper and use it often.

I hope my friends enjoy the cards!

Thanks for stopping by today! I appreciate all your comments!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

My Pink Card

Using the color pink and the theme, "strength, love, hope, and faith", my card is made in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. This is a worthy cause as we are reminded to do self exams and have those mammograms. Prayers are with our love ones who are going through this battle now.

Wanting to try something different, I used a Martha Stewart Edge and Corner punch to make a pretty edge shape card. There is a great tutorial, Punch Around the Page on SplitCoastStampers.

My card started with a 5X10 inch size of white Colorbok cardstock. This is my first card using the punches and I am pleased with the results. I will have to try this again!

Cricut cartridges:
Forever Young - Lady silhouette - emblem key cut at 2 1/2 inch in white and using shift for the pink background
Home Decor -  Hope cut 1 1/4 in pink and shadow cut in white.
Cuttlebug Folders: Victoria and Textile
Martha Stewart - Topiary Edge and Corner Punch, Flower cut with Pop-up water lily punch, inks
Paper: Colorbok and The Paper Studio
Gemstone and ribbon from the treasure chest

I am honored to participate in several challenges this week sharing projects that are inspired by Breast Cancer Awareness. The design teams have beautiful work to inspire us. If you have time, make a card and give it to someone who may be going through this disease now. My card will be going to a dear sweet lady.


Monday, October 4, 2010

Work of Heart

Designing "Work of Heart" for National Sewing Month was so much fun and I am really pleased with the results!

Choosing paper and a Cricut cut does take some time for me, but I remembered having this pack of 5x7 papers. With the pretty patchwork and other patterned papers, I thought this would make a nice sewing theme card! The name of the paper pack is missing.

Using Cricut Lite Lovely Floral, I cut the corners that are with the "Scatter Kindness" saying at 2 inches. I chose to use the "work of heart" saying and the heart to go in the center of my little quilt. Each was cut at 2 inches. I cut "work of heart" 3 more times using buff cardstock for a chipboard effect.

The sewing machine is from Heritage, cut at 1 3/4 inches using one of the patterned papers. Thought the stitch look on the paper was neat! I also cut the sewing machine again three more times using buff cardstock to give a chipboard effect.

I added a purchased small crochet doily from my little treasures to the card. To add hand sewing, I stitched a Silk Ribbon Embroidery rose on the doily. I enjoy silk ribbon embroidery, but like some of my other hobbies, it was pushed aside when I bought the Cricut. Added faux stitching to the quilt, sentiment, and heart. One heart is placed to give appearance of being stitched. Recollections gemstones for a little bling, Martha Stewart ink and ribbon bow.

Cartridges -- Heritage and Cricut Lite Lovely Floral
Cuttlebug folder -- Measure by measure --love that folder

Fantabulous Cricut  National Sewing Month- create a project using some type of stitching - hand, machine, or faux stitching.
Bitten by the Bug2  Heritage - Sewing machine
Paper Cutz Challenge  3 Patterned papers

                                                                   Close-up of rose

Enjoy my "Work of Heart"!  I believe all of our paper projects are "Work of Heart"!