Friday, April 29, 2011

Butterfly Cards

Today I have a couple of cards featuring butterflies. Don't you just love butterflies? The first card was made using a card front from Chris Durnan over at VDBC. All I did was add some Prima flowers and some rhinestone stickers for their centers. Quick and easy. I actually cut the butterfly card front from vinyl because I just loved the turquoise color and didn't have any cardstock in that shade.

The second card also came from a file at VDBC, but this card front is from ArtiCrafts and was part of the April Grab Bag. After I cut the card front, I ran it through my Cuttlebug using a border embossing folder. Then I used my Scor-Pal to put some lines on either side of the border. A few rhinestones, a pretty ribbon and a flower rub-on completed the card. Another quick and easy card to make. And the 3D effect of the butterflies is very cool. They look like they are ready to fly right off the card.

Now I have a couple of cards to add to my stash so I am a step ahead for upcoming birthdays or other occasions.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Halloween Layout for Sketch Challenge

Here is my layout for the FileKutz sketch challenge (details about the challenge can be found here). Besides using the free Swirly Background file, I also used LisaJane's Halloween Spider Web Title (lk00075) and Halloween Spider Web Side Border (lk00183). I cut out 2 of the spider webs from the border and covered them in Icicle Stickles. The patterned paper is from K & Company's Tim Coffey Halloween Specialty Paper Pad. I added a rub-on border to the lower patterned paper strip.

These are photos from last Halloween of my adorable son, Alex. It was his first Halloween. Doesn't he make the cutest little pumpkin? There is still time to participate in the sketch challenge. Entries can be submitted until May 9th (noon EST).

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

One Last Easter Card

Today I wanted to share one last Easter card that I made. Just Laury over at Paperthreads had a fun little make and take project last week. It is a kinetic card - the egg opens to reveal a cute little bunny tucked inside. If you missed it, the file is in the store now. For my card, I pulled out a bunch of embossing folders. For those of you who don't know me, my Cuttlebug is my favorite crafting tool (after my cutter, of course). For the front, I used my Bloom Dots embossing folder and added Wild Wasabi ink. The sentiment is covered in gold Stickles. For the egg, I used several border embossing folders (Frills, Just My Type and With Love) and covered the egg with various colored inks.

Tomorrow I will post my layout for LisaJane's sketch challenge (see my last post for details).

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Sketch Challenge - Win Some Free Files

I am a member of the Design Team for FileKutz by LisaJane. She is hosting her first monthly sketch challenge. LisaJane is offering this freebie file of a Swirl Background DOWNLOAD IT HERE (Password is: iagreetouswirl). The only rule is you must use it (or part of it) on your card, layout or project.

To play along, just post your sketch project to your blog or gallery, then include a link in the InLinkZ form at the bottom of the Design Team Blog. The winner will be chosen on May 9th, so you have just a little over two weeks to work on your idea!! The winner will win 5 free files of there choice from ANY of Filekutz Design's. You can see all of LisaJane's designs between these two places HERE and HERE. To qualify for the prize drawing, have your layout, card or project linked by noon EST on Monday, May 9.

Here is the sketch for you to use in your entries...

Here is a picture of the Cut File offered for this challenge:

I hope you have a chance to play along. It is a wonderful sketch and LisaJane has some wonderful files to choose from. What a great incentive to get some crafting done.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easter Chick in Egg Shell

Here is another Easter card I made. I just love how it turned out.


Patterned paper (either from DCWV or some other paper stack)
Bazzill cardstock
Mica/Metallic papers from PaperTemptress in several colors (for the flowers and stripes)
Bazzill In Stitch'z silly stitches template and French Vanilla floss
Easter Chick in Egg Shell cutter file from FileKutz by LisaJane
Yellow Flock
Self-Adhesive Pearls


I wanted my chick to look fluffy/fuzzy so I decided to coat him in yellow flock. I decorated the egg shell with the provided flowers and added some pearls to the centers. I cut extra flowers when I was decorating the egg and I thought the background paper could use something extra so I added some of the flowers and used a yellow gel pen for the centers. I pulled out my Bazzill In Stitch'z templates to give some extra detail to the blue cardstock piece.


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Easter Layouts

Today I want to share a couple of layouts I made for Easter 2010. Although these are old layouts, I didn't have a blog then so they will be new to some of you. My mom had found a bunny outfit at a yard sale and it was the perfect size for Alex. He only ended up wearing it long enough for me to take some pictures because it was unseasonably warm for Easter last year.

This first layout uses a page kit file from Sam & Hailey Designs called Page Scene - Easter. The Easter 2010 title is from Shelly's Art and the tufts of grass came from her Build an Easter Egg Two file. I just love Jan's page scene files. They are like little works of art. I had this page framed and hanging on the wall for awhile. I think Alex is the cutest Easter bunny I have ever seen. Of course, I might be a little biased. :-)

This second layout was made for a sketch challenge on VDBC using one of Becky Fleck's Pagemaps. I actually turned the sketch on its side for my layout. The easter eggs are from Shelly's Build an Easter Egg file. The Cute as a Bunny file is from Chris Durnan. The photo mat with the tab is from an I Scrap Designs file called Kinetic Photo Mats. It is the perfect way to add more photos or to find room for your journaling, as I have done. The journaling block is from Shelly's Notebook Edge - Journal Boxes file. The black zig zag line on the left is a rub-on and the silver zig zag on the right is a peel-off sticker.

I hope you enjoyed my Easter layouts. As you may have noticed, I love to combine lots of different cutter files into one project. There are so many wonderful files out there designed by some truly talented ladies. So here is a quick "Thank You" to all of the designers out there! I will have some more Easter cards to share with you later in the week.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Easter Wreath Box

Shelly's newest file in the quarterly membership club at Paperthreads is this super cute Easter Wreath Box. If you haven't tried one of Shelly's boxes, you really should. They are super easy to assemble and there are lots of possibilities for decorating them. I wanted the box to look like a basket so I used my Scor-Pal to make lines and then inked over the lines with a dark brown inkpad. To decorate the eggs, I embossed each one with a different embossing folder. You could also add glitter or rhinestones or doodle some cool designs. The possibilities are endless! I adhered the eggs with pop dots because I wanted to try wrapping Easter grass around them. That didn't work very well. What I ended up doing instead is cutting the grass into little pieces and then gluing it on with Tacky Glue.

Here is the side view before I added the Easter grass.

And here is the top view once I adhered the Easter grass.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Love Link Up Party

K Andrew (of Getting Cricky with K Andrew) is having a party - a Love Link Up Party! Go check it out. She is also having a fabulous giveaway.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Birthday Tag Card

I needed to make a birthday card for my Grandmother, who turned 87 this week. Shelly (of Shelly's Art) shared this unique tag card in her membership club. I used a solid blue cardstock and various blue floral patterned papers for the backgrounds. I also used several embossing folders on cream cardstock (Swiss Dots on the scalloped border and the circle, Stylized Flowers on the section behind the butterfly, and Happy Birthday on the inside section). I inked the birthday and floral embossing with Faded Jeans Distress Ink so it would stand out more. The floral tag on the front is something I found in my stash and the butterfly is a peel-off sticker backed with a shimmery teal paper. The inside sentiment is from Shelly's Dotted Fun Sentiments (SS00061) file and is cut from dark blue vinyl. I finished it off with a silver eyelet at the top and added 3 different ribbons (light blue, dark blue and cream). I think it came together really well and I am sure my Grandmother will love it.

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Toolbox Birthday Card

I needed a birthday card for my Father-in-Law and LisaJane's Father's Day or Birthday Card file (lk00098) was just perfect. I cut the tools out of a shiny silver cardstock so they really look like metal. The front of the toolbox is embossed with the Oriental Weave 5x7 embossing folder to give it more texture. My FIL is quite the handyman so I know he will appreciate the card.

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Easter is Coming

Easter will be here before we know it and I have a couple of projects to share with you to get you in the mood. Shelly (of Shelly's Art) is hosting this quarter's membership club over at Paperthreads and she has already shared 7 fabulous files. One of them is a super cute box shaped like a carrot. Here is my take on it with some embossing added (using the Forest Branches Cuttlebug embossing folder). You could add some candy inside or a small gift. Mine just has some ribbon tucked inside until I can figure out what to use the box for.

Next up is an Easter card I made using Shelly's Build a Bunny file. You get to pick the kind of ears you want, pick what you want the bunny to hold, etc. I gave my bunny one floppy ear and he is dressed up in his tie holding a carrot. Isn't he adorable? I used some Easter egg patterned paper, a few different embossing folders, some cute jelly bean ribbon and a little embroidery floss for the whiskers.

I loved the little bunny so much that I decided to make another one for the inside of the card. This time I just used the head and the paws so he could peek out over the message. The whiskers and the paws both use embroidery floss. I added a little pen detailing to the background paper and cut the sentiment from vinyl. The Happy Easter eggs on the inside and the grass on the front of the card are from Shelly's Build an Easter Egg Two file.

Well, I hope that got you in the mood for Easter. I need to start working on an Easter basket for my son.

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