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March 20th, 2012

stained glass easter card This Stained Glass Easter Card was a make and take at Scrap Arts, the scrapbook store in North Vancouver.

The purple shape was cut with a Cricut.

The stained glass background was created in an unusual way. The oval shape was covered with double sided sticky tape, then a beige colored, microfine glitter was sprinkled on. This incorporated the Burnished Velvet technique, which was developed by a couple of local women a few years ago.

If you are interested in learning more about burnished velvet, search for the term on this blog. I have a video demonstrating how it is done.

We added colour to the glitter by applying various colored markers and crayons to the surface of the glitter. I have not heard of doing this before.

It makes a nice little Easter card. I am planning on adding a sentiment of some sort, and then it will get mailed to someone.

December 2nd, 2011

christmas stocking ornament This hand made Christmas stocking ornament was made for a swap. It is three dimensional so goodies can be stuffed inside.

I drew a picture of the stocking itself, and cut out the drawing to use as a template. I then traced over it using glittery felt fabric. The sock’s cuff is Christmas ribbon.

The faux stitching is done with a red pen.

I cut the stocking stuffers using the Cricut and the Joys of the Season Cartridge.  I added a little Fun Flock here and there on the teddy bears.

The little tag is a ready made tag to which I have added a gold tree sticker and a tiny red bead or two. I attached it to a narrow green ribbon.



October 3rd, 2010

halloween card with pumpkin die cut This Halloween card is easy to make. You need a Halloween themed die cut or other embellishment as the main feature. I used a pumpkin or jack-o-lantern cut with the Cricut Expression Personal Electronic Cutter 290300.

The cartridge I used was Cricut Cartridge, A Child’s Year

However, you could use the same idea with any appropriate die cut, stamp or clip art image that you have handy.

The card itself is made of black card stock with two contrasting pieces of scrapbook paper covering the front.

The orange band running across the card is a ribbon.  The bat is a three dimensional sticker, and the red mouth, eyes and nose of the pumpkin are created with Fun Flock.

As for the feathers, well, there’s a story there. The card is going to a little boy who’s grandmother sends me the feathers that fall off her two budgies.  Feathers are highly admired embellishments on any cards going to that particular family!

I have stamped Happy Halloween along the bottom of the card using a Hero Arts stamp and black ink. It doesn’t show up well in the scan.

October 1st, 2010

halloween card with a die cut witchWorld Card Making Day is coming up on October 2, 2010. It’s also time we start making Thanksgiving Cards (in Canada) and Halloween Cards. I’m kicking off my card making with this Halloween Card featuring a Die Cut Witch.

This card is simple enough to do, once you have a die cut.  The card itself is black card stock.  A Halloween themed scrapbook paper is centered on the card.

The witch is 3-D- ed on top of two layers of card stock — black and orange.  The pumpkin is  a sticker.

You can buy die cuts ready made, if you don’t have access to a die cutting machine. I cut the witch myself using the Cricut Expression Personal Electronic Cutter 290300.  I used the Cricut Cartridge, A Child’s Year.

This is a good cartridge to have. It contains images for all of the events that occur in a year — school, Halloween, Valentines, Easter, Thanksgiving, etc. If you don’t want to buy specially themed cartridges for so many occasions, this one will fill the bill nicely.

I don’t have A Child’s Year myself, but our local scrapbook store allows customers to use their Cricut machine and cartridges. That’s Scraparts in North Vancouver, Canada, if you’re ever in the neighborhood.

I’ve made a few other Halloween cards using the Childs Year Die Cuts. I’ll be posting them here in the next few days.

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March 31st, 2010

easter card with stamped images This hand made Easter card is going to a teenage boy.  I think it would probably work for any age, but its one of the few that may be suitable for the masculine recipient.

The images are made by stamping with two different stamps. I added some Sparkly Fluff (Rockin Pink) for accents.

The “To” embellishment is cut with the Cricut using a shape from A Walk in my Garden cartridge.

I embossed the background papers using the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder and the Big Shot.

March 30th, 2010

easter card with stamped images This hand made Easter card features dry embossing with  Cuttlebug Embossing Folders done with the Sizzix Big Shot.

The tag is a punched shape.

The tulips are cut with the Cricut and come from the folder called A Walk in My Garden.

A bow of white ribbon and a small white eyelet fancy up the look a little.

Happy Spring is a stamped image.

March 27th, 2010

hand made easter card with tulips Yet another hand made Easter card featuring die cut tulips.

As you can see, this one is a little different.

I had a scrap of leftover scrapbook paper that I had been saving for years. I loved it because of the spring crocuses.

It worked well with the gold colored Bazzill Bling Card Stock. The tulips were die cut with the Cricut, using the A Walk in my Garden cartridge.  I cut the tulips from a scrap of white paper. After that, I cut just the tulip heads from purple card stock and stuck them on.

The card has a bow of translucent beige ribbon. It doesn’t show up well in the photo but in real life, it looks quite nice.

The sentiment “Happy Spring” is a stamp.

March 26th, 2010

child's Easter card with die cut shapes This hand made Easter card is intended for a young child.

The words “BE Happy” are die cuts, as is the wheelbarrow and flowers. I did them using the Cricut Expression 24-Inch Personal Electronic Cutting Machine. The cartridge is Cricut 29-0223 Walk in My Garden Shape Cartridge.

The background is actually white, although it looks blue in the picture. It is dry embossed using the
Sizzix Big Shot
and the small flower flower embossing folder from Cuttlebug.

I glued on a few punched flower shapes to add to the flowers in the wheel barrow, and I used a little Sparkly Fluff in the center of the alphabets.

March 25th, 2010

easter card with tulips This is another Easter card using the die cut tulips made with the Walk in my Garden cartridge and the Cricut.

As before, the background is embossed with the Swiss dots, and done with the Sizzix Big Shot.

After cutting the tulip shapes, I ran them through the embossing folder as well, so both tulips and background are embossed with the Swiss dots.

I’ve tied a little yellow bow on the tulips, and the sentiment Happy Spring is a stamped image.