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?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Personalized Smurfette Birthday Card

While rummaging through some of my old photos, I came across this personalized Smurfette birthday card I had made last year. I found an image of Smurfette online and made several copies of her. Then I carefully cut out each one. Starting with the bottom layer, I cut off portions of the cartoon until I eventually ended up with just her hat as the fourth layer. Using foam dots to add depth, I put the layers together before adhering the cutout to the card. The letters have two layers with a white shadow, which I cut using the Cricut Pooh Font cartridge. I like the bunch of flowers I attached using brads but am still unhappy with the general layout of the card. I find that often happens when I make cards larger than an A2. Too much space to fill up! Anyway, I recently decluttered my Cricut/craft space so I'm hoping to work on some more cards in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Personalized Birthday Card with Cow

The requests for personalized cards this year kept adding up. This one was definitely fun to make, though. I used the adorable cow and grass cuts from the Cricut Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge. This card is very similar to the Moochas Grassias cards I made a few years ago. The cow is cut out at 4" and I printed the sentiment using my computer. I adhered the cow using some foam adhesive to give him some dimension and cut out the black spots free-hand. I also inked the edges of the grass as well.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Personalized Anniversary Card Using Cricut Wedding Solutions

A colleague at work asked if I could make a first anniversary card for her and personalize it with the names of the husband and wife. Using the champagne flutes from the Cricut Wedding Solutions cartridge, I used a metallic card stock for the cut, which was at 4". Then I printed out the sentiment and the names onto card stock. I adhered some cellophane to the back of the cutout to give it the appearance of glass and cut the excess by hand. I did the same with the names. The matte is embossed using the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder and I used foam to pop up the glasses. I hope they liked it.


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