Friday, April 22, 2016

Window Flower Box Thanks


Hey everybody and Happy Friday to you! I'm posting on Friday instead of Saturday because it's going to be a busy weekend. This week's card is a 3D thank you card with some interesting features. It's super textured. The red background page is embossed with a brick wall pattern and the window frame is embossed with a wood grain pattern. I wanted to give the impression of sheer curtains so I used pink vellum and used bits of silver card stock as tie backs. The silver and white diamond pattern looks like wallpaper and the curtains allow the background to peek through the way real sheer curtains do.

Card cuts in Cricut Design Space
The window cut is from the Cricut Access subscription. It has a rectangle for the flower box which I sized deeper so it was wide enough to hold my flowers and leaves. This cut doesn't include curtains so I found another cut for a stage and used the curtain part of it after resizing it to fit my window. After the window and curtains were designed, I searched for branch and found the cut I've used for the leaves. There are 5 branch cuts that I randomly put down as a base after the long stem part was trimmed off so that only leaves remained. Then I found a 3D flower and after they were cut, the petals were shaped using a pencil to roll the petals into a more realistic shape. It really helps to give flat flowers a more realistic look when you bend and shape the petals. After gluing the flowers on the box using white Beads in a Bottle in the centers, the box and flowers were popped up on foam tape to give some further depth. The final touches are a stamped Thanks banner and a bow made from brown and cream baker's twine. Just to give it a little more interest I rounded opposing corners of the card leaving two corners pointed.

I hope you enjoyed this one. If you'd like to make one yourself, the cuts and dimensions are below. Thanks and see you next week!

WINDOW AND FLOWER BOX RECIPE:
Card Base - 5.5" x 4.25"
Curtain Cut: Stage #M467A5 from the Twinkle Toes Cartridge - shape to fit window
Window and Box: Window Sill #M3C5E7 from the Creative Cards Cartridge - 2.43" x 3.36" box is 2.04" x .65"
Branch: #M30301 from the Garden Soup Cartridge .62" x .84"
3D Flower: #M4709B from the Flower Shoppe Cartridge - .54" x .49"

Saturday, April 16, 2016

It's Time for Ice Cream!

Hey everyone! Before I tell you about this week's project, I want to announce that I'm giving away some blog candy - a $20 Amazon gift card. Just become a follower by clicking one of the choices on the right - Facebook, email, Feedburner, Bloglovin or Google+. Go to my Blog Candy Page and tell me you did. Then on June 1, I'll announce the winner on the blog and on Facebook. 

Today I'm sharing a card with you that is what I call a flap style. That's because instead of the standard square shape, the "flap" or front of the card has been cut to have a scalloped shape and the inside of the card peeps out from the negative space that the card front creates by being partially cut away.

This was a fun project. The base card is formed by combining a scalloped shape and a rectangle together. I found the scallop shape in Cricut Design space, I sized it to 4.25 x 5.5 and created a rectangle with the same dimension. Then I flipped the scallop so the straight edge of it butted against the rectangle (where the top folds over the back of the card) and welded the shapes together to form a single one. A quick fold at the join creates the final base card. A card stock accent scallop was cut out of a pretty glittered card stock of pink and and brown. This is one of my favorite color combinations. My grandma had a blouse she loved in these colors and I always think of her when I see it.

I cut a lacy scalloped circle out of white stock and a circle out of the matching accent card stock to go in the middle. Then I cut an ice cream cone shape and accented it with pink and chocolate glitter glue. I even embossed the cone to be a little more like real cones! Unfortunately you can't see that in this picture but trust me, it looks cool in real life. All the pieces were glued together and placed on the card stock. The final piece is a great example of creating your own embellishment out of parts you might not necessary think go together right away but the end result is very pleasing.

The accent in the left corner is a mauve bow made of ribbon with a brown flower and a pink faceted crystal flower on the top. I thought the white edges on the card were too bare so I added some pink chalk to the edges.


Voila! A yummy spring card to say thank you, hi or just because. Thanks for joining me today and I'll be back again next Saturday!

I am pleased to enter my card into the following challenges this week. Click on the links to go to the challenge sites and see all the beautiful projects that have been entered in each one.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Panda Time!

One of my favorite animals are pandas. Today I have a pair of panda goodness for you! I've used the same image from The Paper Shelter in two different ways and I like the results. The image is called Teamwork and it features one panda giving another panda a help up.

First up is a thank you card with our cute little image. The green card base is surrounded by a polka dot frame popped up on foam tape to give it dimension. The frame is inked in brown just to make it stand out a little bit more.
The frame and banner was cut on the Cricut Explore and the tag was also drawn with the Explore. The green holographic sequins finish it off.
Next up is a slightly different twist using the same image and with the same frame. This was a smaller image and I put it on a tag cut with the Explore. The tag opens like card and is connected at the top. The tag base is metallic gray and is matted with some cute patterned paper that I had in my scrap file. The dimensions of this tag is 3.5" x 5.5" Brown and cream baker's twine and a stamped banner make this simple little tag so sweet. This will be perfect attached to a gift or just to say thanks or hi.
I am pleased to enter my project into several challenges this week. 


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Bees & Flowers Mother's Day Card


Wow! It's Saturday already. The week really went fast. Today I'm sharing a Mother's Day card. All the cuts are from Cricut.

The Mother phrase is fairly complex with seven different layers but the time to put it together was worth it because the 3D effect is really neat.


The card is accented with yellow opaque sequins and glittered flowers. The flowers have pink 3D touches which are achieved with Beads in a Bottle. I'm using this more and more, especially to cover up the holes in sequins. The 3D dimension it adds and the fact I control the sizes make it a very versatile product.

The inside is stamped with a very simple message.

Finally, I embossed the envelop with a honeycomb pattern to match the bee theme. Lately, I've been finding ways to make the envelope a little more interesting and this is a quick and easy way to do it.


I am pleased to participate in the following challenges this week:
CardzTV Card Designers Challenge 5   (ends 4/7)
Fresh Brewed Designs #12 Use Yellow (ends 4/5)
Jades Sparkling Butterflies - Anything Goes #16 (ends 4/13)
Avenue 613 Challenge #169-Anything Goes (ends 4/3)

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