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.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Personalized Ladybug Birthday Card

Here is another personalized birthday card I made at the request of a co-worker. I used the ladybug from the Cricut Doodlecharms cartridge and I believe it was cut at 3". I added an extra layer of wings and attached it using adhesive foam to give the wings a 3D appearance. The font is from the Cricut Storybook cartridge and I alternated the sizes between 2" and 1.25". I really like the look of the alternating sizes so I'm pretty sure I'll be trying it out again in the future. The design paper is from a K&Company Valentine pack I purchased at Michaels.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Teacher Thank You Card

Last year, one of my colleagues requested some Teacher Thank You Cards to give to her children's teachers at the end of the year. They are both in French Immersion so I used the sentiment 'merci' from the Cricut Beyond Birthdays cartridge. This year, she asked for another set of thank you cards and, being a little pressed for time during a really busy year-end, I just used the 'merci' cut, some ribbon and the pattern paper from the Stampin' Up! Storytime Suite. The size of the card is a standard A2 (5.5" x 4.25"). The sentiment is about 1.75", I believe, and I used the shadow feature in white to make it stand out. I really like the look of the lined paper on the inside.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Personalized Birthday Card with Flower

Sometimes, when you're pressed for time, a simple personalized birthday card will have to do. For this card, I fancied it up a bit by using the Fancy feature on the Cricut Storybook font cartridge for the first initial and smaller letters in the basic font. I really like how it turned out. The card fits a standard A2 envelope and the font is about 1.25" and 2". I used a Prima flower with a purple brad along with some adhesive jewels. I rounded the corners using a corner punch and reused some old ribbon.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Stampin' Up! Spring Surprise Bundle

(Originally published on Toronto Teacher Mom.)

On the weekend, the weather was so cold that we had to turn the heat back on. While Mother Nature may have a hard time understanding that it is spring, Stampin' Up! knows full well that it's the perfect time to celebrate the season of May flowers with their Spring Surprise Bundle, coordinating inks and card stock in bright colours. Stampin' Up! sent me a sample of the bundle that features the Round Array stamp set (available in clear-mount only) and the coordinating Scallop Circle 7/8" punch featured above. The stamp set includes five stamps with sentiments and three generic stamps that are perfect for everyday embellishments.

The Stampin' Up! Spring Surprise Bundle is a perfect set for those looking to incorporate stamping into their crafts as it includes all the elements required to complete a project. With these stamps and coordinating punch, you can easily embellish a variety of projects, like cards, notes, jars of homemade goodies, and more!

Since I love to make greeting cards, I chose to use some Stampin' Up! card stock in Primrose Petal and Raspberry Ripple with coordinating water-based dye ink to create a couple of birthday cards which measure at 5.5" by 4.25". I stamped and punched two of the same images and attached them using a dimensional to add some pop.

I loved using the stamps and coordinating punch so much that I decided to embellish the inside of the cards as well. I seriously need to look into getting more coordinating stamp and punch sets...

Monday, May 6, 2013

Personalized Birthday Card with Monkey Magnet

This past weekend, my son celebrated his fifth birthday. He's such a little monkey that I decided to use the monkey cut (at 4") from the Cricut Create a Critter cartridge to make a personalized birthday card for my parents to give to him. I used three colours of card stock: dark brown for the base layer, a sort of tan colour for the second layer and a lighter brown for the topmost layer. I then rubbed some brown ink along the edges of the cut.

I used the Cricut Pooh marker font to cut out his name in dark brown and used a white shadow, cut at 1". 

I added some adhesive pearls and the vine cut from the Create a Critter cart. I only glued the ends of the vine because I wanted to be able to hang the monkey from it. The reason being is that I adhered a piece of magnet onto the back of the monkey so my son could have his own unique magnet. Isn't it cute?

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Tis the Season for Baby Shower Cards

It seems to be the season for baby showers. I had two requests at work this past week or so for a personalized baby shower card. I first made this style of card using the expectant mother from the Cricut New Arrival cart to make a personalized baby shower card about three years ago. In it, she is holding a Michael Kors bag. For this one, I was asked to make it a Coach bag, so I added the letter C using some Stickles. The mother is cut at 4" and I used design paper from the Super Slab by Rob and Bob Studio. The lettering is from the Cricut Storybook cartridge and I bought the grosgrain ribbon at Michael's. The adhesive half-pearls are from the dollar store. I think the one thing I would change is the ribbon since the green flowers are too bright and don't match well with the green paper. Oh, well. You have to work with what you've got, right?

Friday, February 1, 2013

Paper Pups Birthday Card

Using some Stampin' Up! card stock in kraft as well as some designer paper from the DCWV Green Tea Paper Stack and recycled ribbon, I made this birthday card at the request of my teaching partner whose husband recently celebrated his birthday. She loves dogs and seems to really like the cards I have made in the past using the Cricut Paper Pups card, so I went with the "relax" pup. Isn't he a cutie?


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Create a Critter Owl Invitations

My niece turned one last month and I was asked to make a few invitations for her birthday party. My brother and his wife narrowed it down to the owl on the Cricut Create a Critter cartridge. I kept it a standard A2 size card and used a corner punch to round the edges of the base and the mattes as well. I believe I cut the owl at 3.5" and used regular card stock as well as some Bazzil for the topmost layer to give some texture. The little flower was made using a punch I found at Michael's and the sentiment is computer generated. Both the owl and the sentiment were applied using dimensionals I found at the dollar store.