Saturday, July 30, 2011

Gift card holder for my son's BD!

I have no idea how my son is so old when I'm just a young thing, but he will be celebrating his birthday on August 2.  I remember the day well.  We had just finished the county fair of which I "waddled" around all week - seriously!  The doctor had told me on my Friday check up that he was going out of town for the weekend but he was sure I'd go another week.  I went into labor the next morning.  This birth was what we used to call "natural".  No drugs or anesthesia, just Lamaze classes to get me through.  I didn't know the sex of the baby as we didn't do routine ultrasounds and I was ecstatic when I heard it was a boy!  My oldest son has been a blessing to me and is a great dad to his two sons.

I got the idea for this card (shape and cuts) from someone on YouTube.  Sorry I didn't keep the video to give credit, but I did a search for Cricut Gift Card Holder.  I wanted to make a card to hold the Bass Pro Gift Card and I think it did come out cute!  As you can see, I didn't use the cricut to cut out an image but I did use My Creative Time's dye and So Many Candles stamp to complete my project.  Thanks for looking!


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Birthday time for sweet Carrie! - Paper Cutz Challenge

My sweet daughter-in-law had a birthday this past week and today I got her gift ready for delivery!  She has a Cricut Expression and I don't think she has ever purchased the Cricut tool kit so when I saw it in pink, I knew I had to get it for her.  Instead of a card, I made a tag from Sweet Treats cartridge.  I LOVE how it turned out.  This tag is a two layer and I actually used my Imagine to print and cut the tag from the Blossom color palette.  The little gift was cut from the Yummy cartridge.  I used My Creative Time sentiment from So Many Candles to stamp the bottom of the gift and it says "you are aging to perfection" and she is!  I added a button (Mary from Cardztv would be so proud of me) and the organza ribbon seemed to be the perfect touch.  I sponged around all layers of the tag and images to add more dimension and a bit of distress look.

This was my first time making a tag and I really love how it turned out!  I am entering this in the Paper Cutz Challenge.  Thanks for looking.  I'd love your comments and even love it more for you to become a follower!  Happy Sunday!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The County Fair

Well last night I went to our county fair and entered five of my cards in Open Class Judging for handicrafts.  I was a 4-H member when I was in school years ago and the old habit dies hard.  It was because of 4-H that I learned to sew and bake.  After I became an adult and mother years later I still used to enter my baking and canning in the Open Class show.  Now that I'm working full time and I have NO garden, I entered my cards.  It was fun - will see how I did on Saturday when I go to the fair grounds.

I needed 3 cards to send tonight and it was great just going up in my loft and looking through my stash and finding the perfect sentiments for certain people.

Time for bed!


Saturday, July 16, 2011

My Pink Stamper Design Team Entry

My Pink Stamper is having a Design Team call and this is the card I am entering.  I LOVE the Preserves Cricut Cartridge and I use My Pink Stamper Fruit and Veggie Punnies all the time with this cartridge.  I had made a version of this card earlier this summer but I had to redo for the color challenge Robyn asked for.  We were to use brown, orange, turquoise & green.  We could add another color if we wished.  I love this card and sentiment!  I used my Imagine to cut out the pear.  What a SWEET way to cut colored layers.  The pear was cut at 3 inches.  I have a Cuttlebug embossing folder that goes along with the Preserves Cartridge (love that!) and that is my first layer.  This is the turquoise and the card base is a deep brown.  I then used a yellow dot background paper and a Martha Stewart Punch on both sides.  The pear was cut with two different green colors and all edges were sponged to add depth and color contrast.  The ribbon came from Really Reasonable Ribbon (I get a new set every month) and that was my orange.  The pear was popped up with Stampin Up Pop Dots.  "What a pear" came from My Pink Stamper's Fruit and Veggie Punnie set.  I use this so much during the summer months - this set was a great investment!

Thanks for checking out my entry!  This was my first time in my loft for almost two weeks.  My husband had knee replacement a week ago and between work and him, I've been a little preoccupied.  He is doing fantastic and walking around the house today with a cane.  He even made it down the stairs so we could have coffee on the front porch!  Praise the Lord!  He is doing great! 

Everyone have a great weekend!

Throwback Thursday Challenge by My Creative Time

This was a fun challenge!  Thank you Miss Emma!  I made a "version of this card for my son for Father's Day and my DIL liked it so much, she wants to use it to send to the buyers of her son's 4-H animals in August.    This will be a fun project as my grandson can help.

I used Wild Card Cricut cartridge and dry embossed the front of the card.  I cut the ribbon out at 4.5 and becasue it was cut at a different size than the actual card, I needed to make another ribbon for the inside of the card.  I used my white gel pen for the stitching around the ribbon.  I also sponged the edges before the gel pen.  I used Emma's Inspiring Words and Inspiring Word Accents.  I heat embossed the words on the ribbon and on the inside of the card.  I loved that I could "curve" one of the accents!  I have never done that before and I think it came out great.  The ribbon was attached with glue dot and I popped up the ribbon on the front of the card.

I have to say these stamps cleaned up like a dream!  The thick craft ink cleaned right out of the words and I only used water and my scrubby cleaner pad from Stampin Up.  Thanks Emma for a quality product!