Saturday, February 19, 2011

Card for a Red Hat Lady

This card is for a Red Hat Lady who hosted a party for our group this afternoon. The original date of the Valentine party was cancelled because of the bad weather back then. Our group enjoys getting together so we do not mind if the party was after Valentine's Day. This morning as I was making the card, I was trying to incorporate a cut from Cricut Create A Critter so I could enter the card in a challenge.

Patti at Patti-Lynn Creations  and her sister, Linda at Lindascreativity are hosting a new Monday challenge called Creative Sisters Challenge Monday. Linda is hosting the current challenge which is to use Create A Critter. Be sure to check out their websites for the fun challenges and details! I think maybe one day is left to enter this challenge.

Are you surprised to see no critters on my card? But I did use Create A Critter! The Love stamp is found on page 67 and is cut at 3 1/2 inches. Red Hat ladies love red purses, of course, so I chose the purse cut on page 47. This is the page with the zebra! The purse is cut at 2 1/2 inches. The flower is also on page 47 and cut at 2 1/2 inches. I used the Cuttlebug folders Hearts and Swiss Dots on the mats behind the stamp.
The purple strip along the lower edge is made with the Martha Stewart Doily Lace Trim punch. Lots of inking and a few gemstones from my stash! Gotta have the bling!! The Red Hat Society paper is from K&Company which a friend gave me a few years ago. Love that pack of paper!
Our hostess loved the card! Hope you enjoy it too!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Flaunt It Fridays #12 Forever Young, Model 1, Silhouette

Thanks for stopping by today. It is time for another fun challenge at Flaunt It Fridays. We are using Cricut Forever Young and are flaunting Model 1 using the emblem (silhouette) feature. This cut is found on page 24 in the handbook. I cut the model silhouette image and the solid emblem at 3 inches.

There are so many pretty shaped card features on the cartridges that I seem to forget to use. For this card, I am using Cricut Sentimentals for the card base found on page 61. I just love the scroll edge. The scroll edge could also be used on the side opening of a card. I cut the card feature at 5 inches using some of my favorite double-sided K&Company designer paper.

To add a vintage look to the card, I made flowers. For the flowers, I used Plantin Schoolbook for the cut on page 77. I cut several flowers in varying sizes starting at 2 1/4 for the largest down to 1 inch. The paper is Life's Journey, another K&Company paper pack of double-sided papers. I chose a paper that had antique looking postcards on one side and the opposite side had newspaper print advertising. I used some of each of the paper patterns for the flowers. For the flowers, I used lots of inking, rolled edges under a bit, pop-dotted the layers and added pearl centers to finish the look. Lace and ribbon are from my stash!

Before you try this particular card feature on Sentimentals, I will mention that the lower edges of the scrolls do not line up evenly with the lower edge of the back side of the card. When the card is folded, the right hand side of the scrolls extends a bit past the edge of the card. You may notice a difference in the lower edges in my photo. I do not know if this is a problem on each Sentimental cartridge or just my particular cartridge. I think it adds more of a unique character to the card!!

Hope you enjoy my card! Now it is your turn to flaunt the model silhouette with us! Remember you can use a similar cut if you do not have the Forever Young cartridge. We look forward to seeing your pretty paper projects!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Valentine Side Step Card

I enjoy learning new techniques and card styles. Today I am sharing a Side Step card that is made for a few challenges. Mary at CARDZ TV has an excellent video sharing the step by step cutting directions for a side step card.  Thank you Mary for your great videos!
After cutting, scoring, and turning the card, the steps on my card are on the left side! Most cards have the steps on the right side. I must have goofed, but I thought it looked ok, so I am using it.  Now to decorating, I needed hearts, flowers, the word Love and also Love/Valentine theme! The double-sided paper is K&Company....I love the pack of paper. I used Cricut Sweethearts cartridge for the hearts, flower, and word Love. Hearts are on page 72 and using the regular and layer cuts are 2 3/4 inches. Flower is on page 73 and is cut at 2 inches using the regular and layer features. The word Love is on page 34 and using the regular and shadow features is cut at 1 1/2 inches. I chose to use Cricut Lacy Labels cartridge for the label and words. The label is the first image on line 1 and is cut 3 1/2 inches. The words Love You are with this label. Because I used the word Love from Sweethearts cartridge, I chose to use the words "you & me". This image is the second one on line 4. The words were also cut at 3 1/2 inches.
The label is embossed using the Cuttlebug Hearts folder and Swiss Dot folder is used on one heart background. To add a bit of lace look, I cut strips using the Martha Stewart Lace Heart punch and glued the strips on each step and top of main piece. Wouldn't you know it! I covered up most of the lace trim!! Lots of Martha Stewart pink ink, a pearl gemstone, and pop-dots complete my card!
For my first side step card, I think it turned out ok! What do you think?

The Cuttlebug Spot -- Step Cards
My Sheri Crafts -- #44 Valentine's/Love
Cooking with Cricut -- C-16 Hearts/Flowers
Fantabulous Cricut -- Word Love on Project

Hope you enjoy! Thanks for your visits and comments!