Friday, September 26, 2014

Coffee Cup Lady Birthday Card

This image has been used on other birthday cards.  Up until I learned to do print and cut with my Cameo, I'd just print the clip art image onto white cardstock and then mat it onto a piece of colored cardstock.  It's too detailed to easily cut out by hand so it's always been on a white background rectangle.

Now that I'm an "expert" --- yeah, right!---doing print and cut, I imported the image into Silhouette Studio software and cut it that way.  It did take several tries and a lot of tweaking to get it just right.

I tried several times to do some sort of offset and cut a shadow layer using the Studio software and never could accomplish that.  And when I tried to create a shadow layer using MTC, it never lined up properly.  So, I just pop dotted the image and it looks fine.

The inside sentiment is " You go first. Happy Birthday!".

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Ultimate Gun Lover's Card--30 Minute Card

This is definitely not my original idea.  I saw it on Pinterest and tracked it back to a Mike's Hard Lemonade blog.  Whoever made the original actually made the bullet holes with a .22 rifle.  I took a short cut since it would take too long to (1.) get a rifle out of the gun safe and (2.) drive down to the range to shoot four card fronts.  My "bullet holes" were done with a pencil and shaded a little using a Q-tip and ink to simulate gun powder.

It's one of those super fast, silly cards and would be perfect for a gun lover!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

"Nuts" About You

Card I CASED from Maggie Mata, a Stampin' Up demonstrator.

Vintage Butterflies Card

It takes me forever to pick colors and elements for a card.  The butterflies were what I started with and it took a couple of tries to get a background I liked.  Since I wanted flowers in the corners I tried every flower punch I had with different patterns and colors of cardstock before I gave up and just added some paper flowers with Pearl Pen dots for centers.

So, this would be a 30 Minute Card times four since it took me two hours to complete one.

Part of that time was spent messing with my Cameo to print and cut the butterflies.  Never did get it to work so I cut the first ones by hand.  I contacted customer support and the representative walked me through the process step by step and isolated what I was doing wrong.  It works just fine as long as you do it correctly!  lol!

CASED this card from one seen online.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Black and White Bird Card

I saw this card, done by a Stampin' Up demonstrator from the UK, on Pinterest.  This would qualify as a 30 Minute Card since all you need is a heart punch and Bird Builder punch.  I added the embossed lines using a Martha Stewart scoreboard.
By changing the sentiment, this card can be used for a variety of occasions.

Etch A Sketch Card

I saw this card posted by several Stampin' Up demonstrators.   It's just a red frame, pop dotted onto a grey card base.  The knobs on the Etch A Sketch are 1 1/8" circles that are also pop dotted.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Rock On Birthday Card

I really am pleased with this one.  I like the dark metallic paper that's embossed with a diamond plate folder.  There will be some more cards done with this image; it makes a good masculine birthday card for a teenage boy.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Owls With Harvest Moon

I'm seeing a pattern here this week.  Seems as if owls have been really catching my eye for fall themed cards.

For this card, the fence is an SVG cut, the moon is a 3 1/2" circle, the owls are Stampin' Up owl builder punch, the hearts are a Martha Stewart punch.  The sentiment was computer printed using Hallmark Card Studio software.

Fall Themed Card

My card was inspired by Georgeann Manning and seen on Pinterest.  I used the large oval Stampin' Up punch for the pumpkin and inked the edges of each oval for dimension.  The flower is from their Boho Blossom punch; the greenery is an EK Success punch.  Palotino Linotype font was used for the lettering.  I created a shadow layer with Make The Cut software.

It's a cute card, but it has 25 pieces!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Vintage Moths Card

Full Moon and Owls Card

This is an oldie but a goodie.  While looking through my files for ideas I ran across one similar that I made a long time ago.

The moon is a 3 1/2" circle, the owls, a Stampin' Up punch and the branch is a die that I trimmed to fit. The hearts were done with a Martha Stewart punch and I added some white pen work on the outer edge.

There is no sentiment on the front so it can be used for a "love you" or anniversary card.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

White Mice Card

Jamie AR Albanese came up with the idea of using punches to create these cute little mice.

An 1 3/4" circle is the body and Stampin Up's full heart punch is the head.  I free handed some black dots for the eyes, punched a hole with a Crop-O-Dile and tied on baker's twine for the tail.  The nose was done with one of the Bitty Punches from Stampin' Up.

Black Embossed Butterflies Card

I took several photos of this card and none of them show it off like I wanted.  In real life, the embossed stamps really show up and the mat underneath the card is dark, shiny, smoked grey metallic.

The red cardstock is from a Tim Holtz stack. I used three different sets of stamps for the embossed images.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Kensington Branch Card

The base of this card is some corrugated white paper that I've had on hand for quite a while.  I wanted a white background for the pink and red layers but needed some texture.  The butterfly branch is a Memory Box die named Kensington Branch; I trimmed one branch off to fit and added some hot fix silver dots around the branch.

It's a little more elegant looking than it appears in the photo.  The Memory Box die has a lot of detail and more depth than what shows in the photo.

Fall Pumpkins Card

The pumpkins were made using an oval punch.  I inked the edges and hand cut a piece of brown for the stems.

The green swirl was cut with a die and Cuttlebug.  The green striped shape is from Elegant Edges cartridge cut on my Cameo.

I traced and cut the tiny maple leaves.

This card was inspired by one seen online.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Deer Sillhouette Card

It's that time of the year!  We are having some fall-like weather so I got inspired to make a fall themed card.  Fall in Oklahoma means hunting and this is a perfect masculine fall themed card for the season.

The front is embellished with some hemp twine, burlap and a silk fall leaf.  I had to add some pen stitching, of course.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Doily In A Circle Card

This card was CASED from a Dutch speaking Stampin' Up demonstrator's blog.  It took me quite a while to determine what cuts and what size cuts I'd need to complete my version!

The butterfly was cut out twice with a Sizzix die, once in vellum and once in a bright pink cardstock.  I used copper wire to wrap those pieces together and make the antennas.

The doily is from Elegant Edges cartridge, modified and cut with Make The Cut software on my Cameo.

The pink patterned paper was cut at 3 1/4 x 4 3/4" with a 2 1/2" circle cut on one side for the doily's opening.

The flowers were done with Petite Petal and Boho Blossoms punches from Stampin' Up.  The center is a stick on pearl.

The pink patterned paper didn't photograph well.  It has iridescent lines going throughout the design and they don't show up.  Robin Goens supplied the paper from Stampin' Up.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Mittens Winter Themed Card

The mittens are from the Artiste cartridge, modified and cut in Make The Cut software.  I added some white Signo pen trim on the cuffs and attached some baker's twine onto the back.

The tag is something I had on hand; I colored the reinforced circle with an Old Olive Stampin' Up marker, shaded the edges and stamped a small sentiment across the bottom edge.

The snowflakes were done with an EK Success punch I found at WalMart two years ago.

Inspired by a card seen online.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Post-It Note Holder

This design is from the Silhouette store #63972 titled 3D Easel Sticky Note Holder Tall by Jamie Cripps.  Thank goodness there's link on the design page to her blog or I'd never have figured out how to assemble it!

The original version has an easel so it will stand upright.  I never did figure out how to attach the easel as it appears in her tutorial but that's okay.  I modified it a bit so I can just put magnetic strips on the back and stick it onto the refrigerator.

This is my prototype so I just grabbed some coordinating papers to use.  I plan to do some of these for Christmas gifts and have a lot of embellishments to add.

Artiste Birthday Card

Another card inspired by Joy Tracy at Obsessed With Scrapbooking.  She used several layers from the Cricut Artiste cartridge to make a square fall themed thank you card.  I followed her measurements and made an A2 , 5 1/2 x 4 1/4", card.

The shapes from the cartridge were traced using Make The Cut software and cut on my Cameo.  Using the shadow feature in the software I added a pink layer under the white sentiment layer then added a small punched flower with a pearl center.

Design by Joy Tracy

Design by Joy Tracy

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sunburst Card

Scrolling through a Facebook page devoted to using Silhouette machines, I saw a link to Bird's Cards blog.  It's a place you can go to find some unique and free files to cut with your die cutting machine.  This is my version of her sunburst card front.

I did a little resizing of the images using Make The Cut software and cut them on my Cameo.  I hand cut the tag with the printed sentiment.

The base and the tag for the card are a pale yellow; the lighting makes the tag look as if it's beige.The card cover is yellow metallic cardstock.  I pop dotted the card cover for dimension.

Cut file from Bird's Cards

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Artiste Scalloped Circle Card

Ever since I got Make The Cut to use with my Cricut Expression, it's been my go-to software program to do die cuts.

Today, Joy Tracy posted a video on her blog Obsessed With Scrapbooking featuring the scalloped circle card on the Close To My Heart Artiste cartridge.  I had never used any of the shaped cards from that cartridge and was inspired by hers to give it a try.  Joy did use her Cricut and their software for her card.

I traced the image in MTC and cut it on my Cameo using Joy's dimensions.  A 2 1/4" circle fits perfectly inside the scalloped circle.

The butterfly was stamped using Ladybug Red Memento Ink and a stamp from Stampin' Up that coordinates with their Elegant Butterfly punch.

The sentiment is from a stamp set I've had for some time.  I'm not certain which company it's made by.

Joy cut her card at 5 1/4" so it's slightly smaller than an A2.

The scalloped edges link together to form a closure.

The cream colored insertion will give plenty of space to jot a note.  I cut a narrow strip of cardstock to trim the lower edge.