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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Making Patterned Paper Pop-Sous Chef Saturday

I'm frantically working to finish up the last few Christmas cards so I can mail them from North Pole, Alaska this year.  I hope you'll come join me over at Stampin' Buds to see what I whipped up in a hurry.

Until next time,

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Merry and Bright - Blog Hops with Heart

Time for our last Blog Hops with Heart for the year: Merry & Bright.  I have two cards for you today to show how, with a little planning, you can get more bang for your buck with die cuts.

One of my frustrations with Cricut cutting is that I can't always get my placement on a top panel exactly where I want it.  If you've been to my blog much at all, you know what a "use every scrap" kind of person I am.  Since most of my paper is 12x12, and I usually cut a top panel for my cards that measure 4" across, I can fit three panels across the width of my cardstock.  With metal die cuts, I can precisely place my image in the exact middle of my pre-cut panel.

I cut the snowflake from Sea Glass cardstock, used the die cut for the Christmas card and the negative space left over for the Thanks card.

Here are both cards individually along with instructions:

After die-cutting the snowflake in the center of a 4x 5.25" panel of Sea Glass cardstock, I ran it through the Confetti embossing folder and dabbed White Daisy ink gently--really, really gently--before taking it off the folder to highlight the raised dots.  I glued the panel directly to my card base, taking care around the fragile edges of the snowflake.  Next, I stamped "so very much" in the bottom of the opening in Slate ink.  I die cut the "thanks" three times, once in silver glitter paper and twice in plain white paper.  I wanted the word to have a little extra "oomph" and gluing three layers of paper together is an easy way to pop a die cut up (and give it extra strength).

By changing the orientation of the card, you could use a longer die-cut sentiment like "Christmas" in place of "Thanks" and stamp "Merry" in the opening.  If you're like me, you need to finish up a few more Christmas cards in the next day or two for mailing to friends and family.

I used my Cricut to cut the decorative edge top panel for this card once in Oh, Deer patterned paper and once in Slate. I did some finagling with the Artistry cartridge and Basic Shapes to make it. Here's a link to my Design Space file if you'd like to recreate it. After cutting, I glued them to the card base. Next came the two snowflakes: the Sea Glass one I cut from the center panel of the Thanks card plus a white one cut from White Daisy cardstock. 

Before adding them to the card, I painted them with thinned down iridescent white acrylic paint.  Another way to achieve this same look is to use either "Wink of Stella" or CTMH Shimmer Brush.

The sentiment is from the now retired "Artfully Sent" Cricut cartridge companion stamp sets.  I embossed it in white over Sea Glass, trimmed the edges to create the banner, and mounted it over top of the snowflakes with foam tape.  A few gold sequins later, the card was done.

I think this is one of my favorite cards of the year.  I did garner inspiration for it quite directly so, in the interest of playing nice in blog land, here's the link to the original card made by the amazing Debbie Hughes.

As always, this blog hop is a circle.  You should have come from Stephanie's blog, and you are now headed to Wendy's blog.  It's a short hop this month, so it won't take much time to get some fabulous inspiration.

Until next time,

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Thinking of You Wokshop for Sous Chef Saturday

Here's one of two cards I made for Sous Chef Saturday over at Stampin' Buds today.  I hope you'll come join the fun!

Until next time,

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Sous Chef Saturday with City Sidewalks

I went a little crazy with the City Sidewalks paper and Digital Cricut Cartridge for Sous Chef Saturday over at Stampin' Buds today. I hope you'll come see all five cards.


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Sous Chef Saturday - Thanks

I'm over at Stampin Buds again today with a CAS thank you card using lots of layers for interest.

Until next time,

Friday, November 18, 2016

Happy New Baby

Dear friends of ours just had their first grandbaby...a little girl. To celebrate, I used the soft colors from CTMH's Whimsy Fundamental Paper pack plus stamps and the Mojo Monday Sketch #474 from Verve for this adorable card:

The colors are Thistle and Slate. To color the elephant ("Emory" by Verve), I squeezed a little ink into the lids of my ink pads and used a waterbrush to fill in color.  I didn't use specialty paper, so the outline image bled a little.  MISTI to the rescue!  I simply let the image dry, put the paper back in the MISTI, and stamped again over the top to re-oomph the outline.  Re-oomph.  I think I just made that word up...and I LIKE it!

The stitched edges around the image panel, the fishtail banner and the very outside panel were done using various dies from My Favorite Things.  For the finishing touch, I added three wraps of CTMH Thistle Thick Twine (discontinued now, darn it) and tied a knot.

Time to bundle up and make a run to the post office.  It's -1 outside.  I'm not sure how the cold affects glue and foam tape, but I'm not taking any chances.

Until next time,

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Wedding Wishes

I'm over at again today with card that uses two different CTMH Cricut cartridges.

My post includes complete instructions and the cutting file.

Until next time,