Friday, August 27, 2010

Birthday Fun & New Tools!

I think this should be the last of my "catch-up" posts!  :-)

This card has lots going on!  I got tons of new scrapping goodies for my birthday back in July and wanted to try them all out.  So I used buttons, ribbons, heat embossing, edge punch, and more!

*Purple base card
*Green card layer ~ edge punched using EK Success Dotted Scallop Edger Punch
*Patterned paper ~ Cricut Celebrations Paper Pad
*Cake ~ cut from Celebrations cake2
     *Pink layer ~ "cake" embossed with Cuttlebug Swiss Dots and "stand" heat embossed with Stampin' Up! Silver Stampin' Emboss powder
     *Purple layer ~ cut using Shadow feature
     *Button ~ Wal-mart variety pack
     *Turquoise Ribbon ~ Offray 1/8"
*Happy Birthday Sentiment 
     *Tag ~ cut from George and Basic Shapes cylinder2
          *Pink layer ~ cut using Slotted feature
          *Purple layer ~ cut using Shadow feature
     *Happy Birthday ~ stamped from Paper Studio Everyday Expressions Clear Set
     *Orange Ribbon ~ Paper Studio Orange and White Stitched Ribbon

Until next time, Cricuteers!
~ JD ~

Thank You

I love creating cards with simple, versatile layouts that can be used for a variety of occasions just by changing colors and / or sentiments.  This card made a great thank you, but I can see similar designs for birthdays, get well, congrats... even a simple Christmas card.



*Brown base card ~ cut at 4 1/4" x 11" and folded in half vertically
     *Bottom portion of card front embossed with Cuttlebug Swiss Dots
*Patterned paper (KI Memories) ~ cut at 4 1/4" x 2"
*Ribbon (the Paper Studio - Happy All Over Dots Satin Ribbon) ~ cut, folded, and glued to make bow
*Circle layers ~ cut from Mini Monograms(?)
*Thank You! sentiment (Stampin Up!) ~ inked using brown marker
Until next time, Cricuteers!
~ JD ~

Thursday, August 26, 2010

A Week at the Lake!

This summer, our family spent a wonderful week at my aunt and uncle's lake house in Wisconsin.  It was so relaxing to just get away for the week.  I made this card as a thank you for my aunt and uncle.

*Brown base card ~ cut to 11" by 4 1/4" and folded in half vertically
*Floral paper (DCWV - The Glitter Stack) ~ cut to 4" x 5 1/4"
*Adirondack Chair ~ Life's a Beach Cartridge
*Layered Ovals ~ George Cartridge
*Yellow Ribbon (Offray 1/8")
*Thank You stamp (TPC Studio - Greetings) ~ inked using brown marker

Until next time, Cricuteers!
~ JD ~

Simple Wedding Card

I made this super simple wedding card for friends of ours who recently got married.

*Brown, Pink, & White Paper (the Paper Studio / Recollections)
*Layers on front ~ Stretch Your Imagination
*Ribbon (American Crafts)
*Sentiment on inside ~ Lyrical Letters
Until next time, Cricuteers!
~ JD ~

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Loving My ATG!

As I posted a couple weeks ago, I finally got my new ATG gun.  I ABSOLUTELY LOVE it!  Not only is it super cute and fun, it's super functional, too!  (Who would have thought, eh?)

So in the weeks I spent waiting for my ATG to arrive, I began thinking of how I was going to bling it out once I got it.  Well... let's just say, it didn't take me long once that packaged arrived in the mail.  LoL.  I went to 4 different craft / scrapping stores in search of the "perfect bling".  And by the third day, I had made it my own.

Until next time, Cricuteers!
~ JD ~

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Happy 7th Birthday to a Very Special Niece!

While blog surfing earlier this week, I discovered this great layout done by Holly at Scrappily Ever After... Challenge Card.  I was checking out her Celebrations cartridge designs, and this one was just too adorable not to "scraplift".  As with all scraplifting, I changed the colors and added a few elements of my own.  I was super disappointed b/c the 7 on the Celebrations card didn't have the rectangle scallop cutout like the 5 did, but I was able to add more color and embellishment by simply cutting the rectangle out using the Blackout feature and pop-dotting a 7 from the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge.  I tried (unsuccessfully) recreating the cutout 7, but I'm still learning the Center Point feature on my "new" Expression.

  • All Solid Paper from various The Paper Studio and Recollections value packs
  • Light Pink card - 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" folded with top-fold
  • Patterned Paper - The Paper Studio - cut to 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Dark Pink layer - rectangle cut at 4" x 2 3/4", embossed with Cuttlebug Swiss Dots, and cut on left side with decorative edge scissors
  • Mint Green layer - 3" #5 w/Blackout feature (Celebrations) and embossed using Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirl
  • Purple 7 - 2 3/4" #7 w/Shadow feature (Plantin Schoolbook)
  • Balloons - Blln(1, 3, & 4) layered on Blln(1, 3, & 4)-s w/Blackout feature... don't remember exact size (Celebrations)

Happy Cricuteering!
~ JD ~

Monday, August 9, 2010

My New Toy!

Oh my goodness!  It's here!  YAY!  I'm so excited!!  (Can ya tell??)  My super fun, super cute PINK ATG gun arrived from Custom Crops today.  I placed the order in the middle of JUNE, but due to manufacturer delays, it didn't ship until last week... and then in got stuck in at the post office over the weekend (so close... yet so FAR!).  But it's here NOW!  I can't wait to play with it.  Must... make... dinner... first.  THEN PLAY!  :-)



Saturday, August 7, 2010

Fun Birthday Gift & Card

A few weeks ago, my sister asked me to help her wrap a special birthday gift for one of her best friends ~ a.k.a. my un-biological sister :-).  Here's what we came up with...
Inside was four wine glasses (each stuff with a different colored tissue paper), a bottle of wine, a fun wine stopper, and a set of super cute flip flop wine glass coasters.

She wanted to make a fun card to go along with the gift.  So I pulled out my Life's A Beach cartridge and showed her how to use the Cricut.  She loved it!  She wanted to cut one of everything on the cartridge ~ just to see what they looked like.  :-)  Here's the cute card we made...