Saturday, August 15, 2015

Birthday Card for Marti!

My dear friend of around 35 years will be celebrating  her birthday on Wednesday and this is the card I made for her.  I gave it to her a week early so that she could enjoy her birthday even longer!

The stunning "cut out" at the top is from a die in the Sue Wilson "Gemini Collection" called "Pavo" and I think it is beautiful!  The actual die was too large of fit my 5x7 portrait oriented card, so I scanned it and made me a cut out that would fit.  I used that same scan to make the cut out and inlay on the bottom of the white panel.  I used the "LTD Slip" font to make the "Happy Birthday Marti" sentiment and made a mat for it and used two layers of it for dimension.  I also used my glitter brush marker on it.  My dear friend, Peggy Dollar, gifted me a beautiful die set, just as I was working on this card....Marianne Design "Anja Vintage Swirls" and that is what I used to make the curly tendrils around the flowers.  Thank you so much, Peggy!!!  The flowers were made from a free cut file that I found at UK Scrappers years ago.  The gorgeous butterfly was made from an image that I found on Pinterest.  The image was VERY intricate, so I had to alter it to get it to cut.  I cut it out of black cardstock and made a mat to go underneath it out of a piece of Canson iridescent paper.  The sentiment and mat layers were cut using my Pazzles Vue and the white panel, butterfly and the flowers were cut using my Cameo!  Here are a couple of close-up photos.

For the inside I used die cuts from the Marianne die set again, but this time I inlaid them.  For the computer generated text, I used the "Frosting for Breakfast" font.

Now, let's talk about the "hinge" for this card.

I cannot remember where I saw this, but I know it was on one of the YouTube videos that I watched, where you cut two cards panels and score one of them at 1/2" and then glue them together at that 1/2" mark.  I love this idea because the card stands up so beautifully, plus for an A2 (5x7") card you can use 8.5x11" cardstock!!!

Thanks for stopping by and please hurry back.  By the way, Marti loved her card!!!
Finished Card Size:  A2 (4.25"x5.5")

Supplies List
Papers:  Recollections 110 lb. White cardstock (card base), Neenah Bright Whiis 65 lb. White cardstock, Purple 65 lb. cardstock from the "Purple Passion" collection by Recollections, "Plum Iridescent" paper by Canson
Ink:  Tsukineko "VersaMarkWatermark"
Tools:  Silhouette "Cameo", Pazzles "Vue"
Accessories:   "Clear" Wink of Stella Brush Tip Marker, want 2 stamp "Black Pearls", Sue Wilson "Gemini Collection Pave Die", Mariann "Anja Vintage Swirls" die 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

"You" Word Die Freebie

Hello!  This morning I used my own handwriting to design this word die and I'm going to share it with all of you!

Please note that the "can deal with anything if you have the right shoes." is a clear stamp from the "Green Thumb Stamp Set" by Papertrey Ink that was gifted to me by my dear friend Marda!!!  

You can download the free file by going here and I have included the following formats in the zipped file:

Studio 3
Studio 2

Enjoy, and I would love to hear how you like it in the comments below!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Birthday Card for 12 Year Old Girl!

My very sweet home health care nurse (from when I had cancer and then again after my open heart surgery) has the sweetest daughter who will be turning 12 tomorrow and I designed this card just for her!

Blue is her favorite color, so I used a few shades of blue and white and I made it a "shaker card".  The only die I used is a Memory Box die for the leaves.  I used the "2 Peas Mister Giggles" font for her name and for the sentiment and cut them both using my Cameo.  I made a cutting file from a butterfly image the I found online, designed a cut file for the flowers and designed the eyelet frame.  I used sequins as well as the negative cuts from the frame...all cut using my Cameo.  I used the "Frugal Crafters" technique for making the matching "faux enamel dots" can google her YouTube channel to see a video on how to make them!  The adorable little ladybug was made by me using red liquid pearls, a black sharpie and some black stickles.  Here are some close-up photos!

For the inside of the card I designed a border to match the frame and printed it on white cardstock and designed the text portion using the "Girls are Weird" and "2 Peas Mister Giggles" fonts.

This card was fun to design and I hope Destiny likes it!  Thanks for stopping by and hurry back!

Finished Card Size:  5.5 Square
Supplies List
Papers:  Recollections 110 lb. White cardstock (card base), Recollections 65 lb. 
Tools:  Silhouette "Cameo"
Accessories:   "Clear" Wink of Stella Brush Tip Marker,  Ranger "Liquid Pearls"

Sunday, July 26, 2015

"Thank You" card for my wound nurse and a free file....

for everyone that leaves a comment below!  While I was in rehab after my open heart surgery for an aortic aneurysm, I had the nicest "wound nurse" and I made this "thank you" card for her.  The flowers are a Darice die which was too large for my card size, so I made a cut file using my Cameo software to downsize can find the die here.  I also used the "inlaid" technique on it.  For the insides of the flowers I used the "faux enamel dots" technique.  The gorgeous butterfly is the "Peacock Butterfly" Specialty die by Wild Rose Studio with some pink vellum covered with shimmer using my "Clear Wink of Stella" and I used pink pearls for the body... I also had to downsize it and you can find the die here.  The "Thank You" with mat and the "stitched" panel were designed by me and cut with my Cameo as were the swirls and flourishes.  The pink leaves are a Silhouette file and I tried to find it in their store so that I could give you a link or a design number, but I could not find it...I know it is one of the old ones.   To finish if off, I used some clear sequins.

Please be sure to read all directions for getting the "free file"...I can't send it to you unless you send me an email to reply to.

For the inside of the card, I used the same "stitched" panel.  To get this effect, I first selected the leaf file and placed it on my cut file in Silhouette Studio Designer Edition several times til it looked like I wanted it to and then printed it and placed it on my cutting mat and cut another "stitched" panel.  Then I went into "Word" and typed my text using the "Corinthia" font, set my paper size and printed the text onto my panel.  I added a couple of outlines of my butterfly and used liquid pearls for the body.

For my "signature tag on the back of the card, I used the butterfly outline which I added some flourishes to and a couple more of the butterfly outlines.

For my envelope, I used a Silhouette file byLori Whitlock called "a2 envelope liner card base" (Design ID #50775) which I altered to make a "boxelope".

For the back flap I cut a little strip with the matching paper and adhered it with glue. 

 Now, for the free is the "Thank You with Mat".  After you leave your comment below, just look to the right for "Email Me" (below my profile) and when I get your email, I will send you the free cut file.

Thank you so much for stopping by and come back soon!!!

Finished Card Size:  A2 (4.25"x5.5")
Supplies List
Papers:  Recollections 110 lb. White cardstock (card base), Recollections 65 lb. White cardstock & pink from the  "Dreamy Collection"
Tools:  Silhouette "Cameo", Ranger "Heat It"
Accessories:   "Clear" Wink of Stella Brush Tip Marker, "Sparkling Clear" sequins by Pretty Pink Posh, "3 Flower" Darice die, "Peacock Butterfly" Specialty die by Wild Rose Studio. 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Here are my latest card creations!

My first one is a "thanks" card for my sweet online friend, Peggy Dollar!  Her card creations are can see a lot of them in her Splitcoast Gallery here!  Her gorgeous cards are such an inspiration to me and I happen to be the proud recipient of several of them.  My "thanks frame" was inspired by the My Creative Time "Hello Frames Dies" which you can find here.  I used a stamp for "You Shouldn't Have", added some sequins and some little hearts and stars die cuts, which I applied "Glossy Accents" to!

Finished Card Size:  A2 (4.25"x5.5")
Supplies List
Papers:  Recollections 110 lb. Black cardstock (card base), Recollections 65 lb. cardstock
Stamps:   Inkadinkado "Thank You Words" set
Tools:  Silhouette "Cameo", "MISTI"
Accessories:   "Clear" Wink of Stella Brush Tip Marker, My Favorite Things "Blueprints 13 Stitched Rectangle: die, Simon Says Stamp "Holiday Shapes" (stars & hearts), "Sparkling Clear" sequins by Pretty Pink Posh 
My 2nd card is one that I made for a friend's birthday and I used my new Spellbinders 6" Square Card Creators die sets for the first time and I think this is my first 6" square card.   For the striped card front I used my Anna Griffin "Poppy" embossing folder on a piece of cardstock  and then  cut it into 4 strips...the other strips were glittered with some microfine glitter and then they were all adhered to a square of cardstock  and adhered to the 6" card base.  The frame is also glittered and behind the opening I adhered a piece of Neenah "Dots" vellum and popped the frame up with foam tape.  The frame was cut using my Fiskars Fuse using the "Frame Die & Letterpress" (Set 0190) die.  The lovely shoe is the Tattered Lace "High Heel Glam" die and the "celebrate" was a free cut file from Miss Kate Cuttables and I "altered" the "e" at the end and cut it using my Cameo.  The tiny butterflies are punched and the tag with the sentiment is a Spellbinders "Fancy Tags One" die and I used the "Corinthia" font for the text.  I used card stock to make the little glittered "nail heads" on the tag and then of course, I just had to add some sequins!  Here is a photo of the front view.

For the inside to the card I used one of the stamps from my Stampabilities "Cute Border Mix" stamp set using my MISTI to make a square border, which is embossed in silver and I used a scan of the "High Heel Glam" die cut to make a tiny one on vellum embossed in silver.   If you are wondering how I accomplished that, I used my Cameo "Pen Tool" and a PaperMate "EraserMate" pen so that the ink stays wet enough to apply embossing powder and heat set.  I made four more of the glittered nail heads to place in each corner and then added a few sequins.  I cut and glittered a frame for that panel to sit in.  The text is computer generated using the "Corinthia" and "Inspiration" fonts.

For my signature label, I used that same tag and added a couple more of the nail heads.

Finished Card Size:  6" Square
Supplies List
Papers:  Recollections 110 lb. White cardstock (card base), Recollections 65 lb. cardstock, Neenah 65# "Bright White" Cardstock
Stamps:   Stampabilities "Cute Border Mix" stamp set
Tools:  Silhouette "Cameo", "MISTI", Ranger "Heat It"
Accessories:   "Silver & Black" Wink of Stella Brush Tip Markers, "Sparkling Clear" sequins by Pretty Pink Posh. Tattered Lace "High Heel Glam" die, Spellbinders  6" Square Card Creator & "Fancy Tags One" dies, Martha Stewart "Classic Butterfly" Punch, Elizabeth Craft Designs "Cool Diamond" Microfine Glitter, Anna Griffin "Poppy" embossing folder.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Update & a "thanks" card for my home health care nurse!

I'm quite sure that a lot of my faithful followers are wondering if I fell off the face of the planet...I did not, but about a week after my previous post I had an aortic aneurysm at around 2 am and fortunately it woke me up and my husband called 911 and I was taken to the nearest trauma center where I had open heart surgery to repair it.  At the time they were telling my husband that I only had about a 20 percent chance of  making it.......but I did and here I am, thank you God!!!  I spent ten days in the cardiac care unit and then another three weeks in rehab before coming back home and day by day I've been getting stronger.  I would say that I am 90 percent back to where I previously was.  Needless to say my crafting went by the wayside for quite a while.

I was fortunate to get the same home health care nurse the I had during my bout with cancer....she is not just my nurse, she is my friend and I love her dearly and for my first craft project since being sick, I made this "thanks" card for her.

The beautiful background paper is actually a wallpaper sample that I printed on my Canon called "Classic Promenade"  by Park Place Studio - Heritage Home Book [] and the I cut the panel using the "stitched rectangle" die from my "MFT Blueprints 13" die set.  For the frame, I used a scan of my "large filigree frame" die from the "Coved Labels" die set by Frantic Stamper to make a smaller version of the frame and removed the corners to fit my A2 card size.  The gorgeous butterfly is the "Peacock Butterfly" Specialty die by Wild Rose Studio with some pink vellum covered with shimmer using my "Clear Wink of Stella" behind it and then I added pink pearls for the body.  The pretty flowers were made using my "Arianna Blooms" dies by Heartfelt Creations and the leaves are "Tender Leaves" dies by Memory Box.  The leaves behind the butterfly were cut using my "Curvy Leaves" dies by Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The "thanks" was cut with my Cameo using a free file from Miss Kate Cuttables called "Pretty Words Set".  I finished off the card front with some large pink pearls.  Here are a couple of close-up photos.

For the inside of the card, I used some pretty 65# green parchment called "Celadon" from the Neenah Creative Collection.  The text is computer generated using the "Gravura LET" font.  I used the "Matte" setting on my Canon so the ink stayed wet enough for me to use clear embossing powder and heat set it so that the text is embossed.  I used two borders that I cut with my Martha Stewart "Deco Fan" punch.  Here is a photo.

For my "signature tag" I decided to use the shape of the "Peacock Butterfly" on a piece of the pink parchment called "Shell" from the Neenah Creative Collection and I used the same "Gravura LET" font.

Lorraine loved her card and I loved making it for her!  Hopefully, I will now be crafting a bit more!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by, come back soon and please don't forget that I love reading your comments!!!

Supplies List
Papers:  Recollections 110 lb. Ivory (card base), Recollections 65 lb. cardstock. "Classic Promenade"  by Park Place Studio wallpaper sample, Neenaj 65# "Shell" & "Celadon" parchment from the "Creative Collection
Ink:  Tsukineko "VersaMarkWatermark"
Tools:  Silhouette "Cameo", "Milwaukee" Heat Gun
Accessories:   "Clear" Wink of Stella Brush Tip Marker,, Martha Stewart "Deco Fan" punch, My Favorite Things "Blueprints 13 Stitched Rectangle: die, "large filigree frame" die from the "Coved Labels" die set by Frantic Stamper, "Peacock Butterfly" die by Wild Rose Studio,"'Tender Leaves" dies by Memory Box, "Curvy Leaves" die by Elizabeth Craft Designs, "Deco Fan" punch by Martha Stewart, "Arianna Blooms" dies by Heartfelt Creations, Pink Pearls by Recollections

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Birthday card inspired by Christina Griffiths!!!

If y'all have not visited Christina's YouTube channel, you need too, so here is a link!!!  Trust me, you will learn so much by watching her videos!  I had come across one of her cards while surfing on Pinterest (which I do way more than I should) where she cut her Spellbinders ovals in half for her card design and I had just recently bought a new set of Spellbinders Ovals, so I decided to have a go at it as a design for a birthday card for a really dear friend that I have made online.  I have to tell you, by the time I found out her birthday was on the 26th of January, I knew there was no way that I could design and create a card for her in I told her she "would be celebrating her birthday late this year"!!!  At any rate, here is the card that I made for her (I mailed it last week and she should be receiving it today).

I designed the "Birthday Wishes" using the "Corinthia" font and cut it using my new "Pazzles Inspiration Vue".  I want to point out that for the sentiment, I used Recollections 110 lb. cardstock and my "Vue" cut it like it was butter!  I also designed the lattice frame by first cutting the "stitched" rectangle die by My Favorite Things .  I designed the lattice mat to be the same size as my die and when I cut it using my Cameo, I only cut the outer edge to start with.  Then I removed the rectangle from my cutting mat while it was still in my machine and replaced it with my die cut and made sure that it was securely adhered to my mat and then I cut the lattice part....I love that look!  There are four layers of the ovals from my die set, Spellbinders "Elegant Ovals" (S4-425) and I cut all of them in half and then layered them.  I used my Martha Stewart "Hydrangea" punch for the tiny flowers, colored the center of them with my Copic "Blush" (R20) marker and added a tiny pearl.  I also used two tiny pink pearls to dot my "i's" on the "Birthday Wishes" and of course, I just had to use some "Clear" Wink of Stella on my sentment.  Here is a close-up!

For the inside of the card, I was going to place a "corner" in each of the top corners using one of Bird's "Doily Corners" (you can find the free cut files here at Bird's site) that has a lattice in it to match the theme on my card front, but got to thinking how cool it would be to just cut directly to that panel and use the same "stitched" die rectangle.  So I removed the outer frame as well as the first very tiny lattice row from Bird's design and I guess you could say that I "inlaid" the corners!  I also used some of my microfine glitter on the top corners of the pink layer beneath the cream layer so that the corners would be glittery and would match the "glittered" border that I used at the bottom.  Gosh, I hope I am making sense...LOL!!!  The text is computer generated using the "Corinthia" font, which is becoming one of my favorites!  I made my "enamel" dots for each corner using the same pink cardstock.

Here are a couple of close-ups of the inside of the card.

For my "signature" label on the back, I used another Spellbinders die.

I cut my envelope using a Lori Whitlock cutting can find it here and it includes a "liner", which I think makes the envelope look so elegant!!!

Once again, thank y'all so much for visiting my blog and please don't forget to leave your comments below....I SO enjoy reading them!!!  Hurry back!

Finished Card Size:  A2 (4.25"x5.5")
Supplies List
Papers:  Recollections 110 lb. Ivory (card base), Recollections 65 lb. cardstock. Recollections "Garden Florals" Paper Pad (envelope flap)
Ink:  Ink:  Tsukineko "VersaMarkWatermark"
Tools:  Pazzles "Inspiration Vue", Silhouette "Cameo", "Milwaukee" Heat Gun
Accessories:   "Clear" Wink of Stella Brush Tip Marker, Suze Weinberg "Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel", Recollections "Pearls", Martha Stewart "Hydrangea" Punch, My Favorite Things "Blueprints 13 Stitched Rectangle: die, Spellbinders "Elegant Ovals" (S4-425) & "Fancy Tags One" (S4-236), Copic Marker