Saturday, August 2, 2014

Cricut Paper Pups Birthday Card - Pink

A few weeks ago, my goddaughter turned ten years old. Yes, she's a whole decade old. And that's a pretty big deal in my books. For her birthday card, I chose to go with a pink polka dot theme. Her family has two cats at home and I know how much they love animals so I chose to use a puppy dog cut from the Cricut Paper Pups cartridge. I kind of wish they had a Paper Kittens cart, too, but the paper pup would have to do. I really like this cut since it has an optional bow. If I ever use this cut to make a card for a boy, I can easily use it as a bow tie. Cute, no?

The pup was cut at 2.5" and adhered using pop dots. I also added a self-adhesive rhinestone to the bow and corners for a 'bling' effect. The pink polka dotted designer paper is from the K & Company Valentine pack and the ribbon is from an old stash I bought at Michael's. I also used my Martha Stewart butterfly punch to embellish the inside of the card as well as the envelope.

The sentiment is from Stampin' Up! and I used dimensional foam dots to make it pop out. It's a simple card but my goddaughter seemed to really like it.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Butterflies and Flowers Birthday Card

For this birthday card, I used my cherished Martha Stewart butterfly punch that I found at Walmart to cut out two butterflies and glued them together at the body. I also curved the top set of wings slightly. The flower is from a Recollections Signatures set and the sentiment is a stamp from Stampin' Up! I used a purple brad to attach the flower and pop dots from the dollar store to adhere the central matte.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Handmade Paper Pups Birthday Card

Making a masculin-looking card has never been easy. I always struggle with the colour combinations and motif. It could be that my current stock of art supplies is filled with bright colours and floral patterns. In any case, I often resort to muted or neutral colours when it comes to making cards for males. For this card, I chose two design paper patterns from the SEI Charlemagne paper pad and added re-purposed ribbon. I used a bunch of cuts from the Cricut Paper Pups cartridge and kept them black and white. The sentiment is also a cut from the same cartridge.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Handmade Star Birthday Card

Earlier this month, my dad celebrated his sixty-somethingth birthday. You know, the one that creeps ever so close to seventy. Even though he's retired and spends his well-earned retirement days at home, he is still an all-star in my eyes. He came to Canada with a couple hundred bucks in his pocket, a single piece of luggage and yet not a word of English in his lexicon. But still he managed to find good, honest work, save money for a house, start his own business, and raise three very smart children. It only seemed fitting to make him an all-star birthday card. I used the star cut from the Cricut Plantin Schoolbook cartridge cut in 4 different sizes. I glued two sets of two stars together using a Zig two-way glue pen and then used adhesive foam to the layers to make the star stand out. The pattern paper is from the Recollections Bold Basics paper pad and the cardstock used for the base is from Stampin' Up! as is the sentiment. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Handmade Floral Birthday Card Using EK Daisy Scallop Edger Punch

Over the weekend, I made a couple of birthday cards - one at the request of a co-worker and one to give to my French teaching partner who celebrated her birthday yesterday. I came across this colour combo from the Color Throwdown challenge and I really like how nicely they come together. I also used my brand new EK Daisy Scallop Edger Punch which I received courtesy of DeSerres. I used an underlying layer beneath the border in a solid colour to make the border pop as well as a strip of pattern paper on the inside of the card. I then added some ribbon, Recollections floral embellishments, and an adhesive gem from the dollar store. The sentiment is a stamp I found at the dollar star as well.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Handmade New Arrival Card - Baby Luca

Over the holidays, my brother-in-law flew in from Spain to spend time with the family. It's always great for the kids to get to spend time with their uncle, even if it is only once a year. Before his return last weekend, I went through a bunch of my son's old clothes to pass on to his friend who gave birth to a beautiful baby boy last year. His friend is such a sweetheart and I couldn't be more thrilled for her and her husband. I decided to make a personalized baby card for them using an embellishment that was left over from the baptism invitations I had made for my son nearly five years ago. I used some textured paper and patterned paper, added some grosgrain ribbon and adhesive gems, and stuck on the embellishment using double-sided adhesive foam strips. The lettering is cut at 1" using the Cricut Pooh Font cartridge and I used a Zig two-way glue pen to glue them on.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Personalized Baby Boy Card Using Cricut New Arrival and Pooh Font

A little over a week ago, a friend became a daddy and welcomed a beautiful baby boy. This is the baby card I made for him and his wife. The baby is from the Cricut New Arrival cartridge and I used the blackout option. I chalked the edges, drew his face by hand, added some 'blush' and adhered it to the card using adhesive foam. I personalized it with the baby's name from the Cricut Pooh Font cartridge and used the shadow feature with brown card stock to make the letters stand out. The pattern paper is from the Recollections Bold Basics paper pad. I finished it off with some grosgrain ribbon. Isn't it cute?


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