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The brads I’m using today for my Eyelet Outlet design team post are part of the new Spring release. And, wow, what a release!
When I saw these book brads, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. I just wasn’t sure how I was going to do it. But, lo and behold, it worked out. Here’s the card I made:
I scoured the Internet for free clip art of a sleeping cat. I found this and thought it was perfect, but the image was only the front half of the cat. No artist am I, but I muddled through and drew his bottom half. I played around with placement and got the book and cat the way I wanted them and then attached them on an oval of Very Vanilla and double matted it.
I cut the book card base from a cut file purchased in the Silhouette store, each layer a slightly darker shade of brown. On the top, Very Vanilla, piece I typed the greeting using the Ancient Script font. I sponged the edges of each layer with Soft Suede ink…after all out of circulation books should look aged.
The same font was used inside for the sentiment, with a play on words. I also converted the cut lines from the layers on the front to print lines for inside as a nice accent.
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Here comes Peter Cottontail, hoppin’ down the bunny trail. Hippity hoppity, Easter’s on its way! Thanks for joining us for a fun hop, full of Easter Bunny inspired projects!!
Wishing you all a blessed Easter with your family and friends!!
This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday to finish hopping and leaving your comments for all of the amazing crafters you’ll see along this bunny trail.
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Now to my projects:
My first card was made using the Bunny Shaped Card by our sponsor, Paper Crafting World. It’s a Pazzles Craft Room EXCLUSIVE file. Perfect for Easter, just around the corner. You can find this fabulous file (and many more) in the Pazzles image library for PCW.
I have to say, I LOVE this bunny! I’d love him even more if I could do the fabulous job on his eyes that my fellow blogger and friend, Christi, does. I’m still a work in progress on that, I’m afraid. I used Bazzill card stock for the base and mat. Everything else I was able to make with scraps. I coated his teeth with Glossy Accents to give him pearly whites, but it actually made his teeth look yellow. He’s going to need some Crest White Strips.
Where there’s a bunny, there are also carrots; so I made these cute Sour Cream treat Treat Boxes using a cut file from The Cutting Cafe. These have been around for years, but I was never inspired to make them until I saw the adorable sentiments provided with this file. I filled them with jelly beans…and ate more than a few, too.
And last, here’s a card I made using a cut file from Shirley’s Cards. It’s a rocker card with a twist…that little top-notch included in the cut file. All the elements are provided with the file as well. The embossing and sponging really bring this card to life!
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My post for Connie Can Crop today uses the cute Bears Under Umbrella CF from our sponsor, Paper Crafting World. Every once in a while, I like to make two cards to provide you with a comparison of techniques. Here is a side by side comparison:
The card on the left converts the cut file to print only while the card on the right has all the cut pieces, shaded and glued into place. There’s a big difference; but if you’re short on time, the left card still looks good to the eyes of the recipient. Here’s a closer look at each of them:
I’ve mentioned numerous times how I think sponging the edges of paper piecings makes a big difference. I think you can appreciate the dimension it adds here. As an added touch on the cut card, I coated the raindrops with Glossy Accents. Here’s a confession. I didn’t realize until just now I never drew mouths on the bears…but they’re not telling anyone.
Inside the card, I flipped the image and had the two little bears floating in a puddle. In this case, I used the print only option on both.
I made this card for a friend who is going through a difficult time right now. I hope this will bring a smile to her face!
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It’s Design Team Day at The Cutting Cafe. This month “anything goes”, so I expect to see a wide array of projects from my fellow DT members…they never disappoint. See what they created to share with you; just click here.
For my card today, I used the Milestone Number Shaped Cards. This cut file is chock-full, having 14 cards for milestone events. Not only that, it also has sentiments for each milestone. The Cutting Cafe always does an awesome job of making sure there are plenty of coordinated sentiments…I like that a LOT.
April brings a milestone birthday to a very special family member, so I thought I’d make her a card as special as she is…if that’s even possible.
I made the card base using Melon Mambo card stock to coordinate with the Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up. I decided to make a slightly larger mat of Whisper White and that was a wise choice. The greeting was made using the text to path in Silhouette. I left a little space which was filled perfectly with a Heart Brad from Eyelet Outlet.
It was a bit of a challenge figuring out how I wanted to type the sentiment. Finally, I opted to use the same text to path to follow the lines of the card.
I also want to share another card I made previously using this cut file. You can see it in this post. And, once again, if you’d like to see what the rest of the team has created, check it out here. See you soon.
Sunsational Stamps is celebrating their official grand opening on April 5, 2017. I am privileged to be sharing a sneak peek using one of the digital images from the Spring is Ducky, part of their April release.
This time of year, ducks are normally associated with Easter, but I always like to make cards for other occasions to show the versatility of the images. In this case, I guess you could call it thinking outside the…Easter basket.
To make this gatefold card, I brought the image into my Silhouette design screen and traced around the outside edge. From this trace, I created a 1/4″ offset which became the opening for my card. Using the cutting tool, I cut vertically down the center. I placed the two halves in the center of a standard gatefold card. Then, using the replicate option, I mirrored the left half to the left and the right half to the right. Finally, I used the align tool to move the halves to the each side. This gives you the perfect opening.
The mats were made by creating internal offsets at 1/8″ and 1/4″ The top mat was filled with a digital plaid pattern that I can manage to locate again…so much for my digital organizing. I used Old Olive card stock for the larger mat and Tempting Turquoise for the card base, both by Stampin’ Up. I printed the adorable duck as well as the greeting on Neenah Solar White card stock.
When you open the card you see the sentiment inside, matched to the turquoise base.
Here’s a closer look at the duck. I colored him using Copic markers.
What you can’t see from look at the card straight on is that I print and cut his adorable little tail feathers a second time and attached it to the image with a homemade wobble spring.
It’s easy to make a homemade spring. Just take 26 gauge wire (which can be found in the jewelry section of any craft store) and wrap it around a pencil about 7 times and cut at the end of that spiral. Next punch four 1/2” circles. Using strong adhesive coat one circle and place on the end of the wire then take a second circle and place it directly on top to make a sandwich around the end of the wire. The spring I made here is a smaller version.
One final idea I wanted to share about the tail, I added little “motion” lines to accentuate the feathers as they move on their spring.
I hope you like my card. I’ll be sharing another Sunsational card in two weeks…looking forward to it.
My crafty friend, Ann, and I were busy making cards again. This time we worked with the Thoughtful Branches stamp set and die Bundle by Stampin’ Up.
We looked through Pinterest for inspiration and found no shortage for this great bundle of stamps and coordinating dies. I wanted to share a few of my favorites and tell you what I particularly like about them.
I love this clever acetate based card. To cover the adhesive, I would cut two of everything and attach it to either side of the acetate. That may be what was done here as well. A heavier weight acetate would help to keep the card from bowing under the weight of the card stock.
By selectively cutting the flower die into three sizes, this card maker created a beautiful topiary. She used Stampin’ Up’s Bell Punch for the urn; just cut off the bottom…genius!
This pretty card was created by die cutting the tree from the Very Vanilla card stock and again in various colored card stocks. The colors were inlaid in the Very Vanilla,matted on matching colored card stock (with a the bird stamped to coordinate) and attached to a black base.
No dies this time, but what an effective use of the tree stamp. That tree just jumps off the computer screen. I need to try this!
A simple design, but so beautiful with copper die cut leaves and embossed greeting. The leaves were also cut from the top piece of Whisper White and then laid on the card base, embossed with the Woodgrain folder.
I’m sharing this because I always marvel over people who come up with unconventional uses for dies and stamps. Here is such an instance, where the tree top has been turned into coral.
There are so many more great cards in Pinterest, but I thought I’d better get to showing you what Ann and I made, inspired by Stamp & Create by Sabrina.
First up, a decidedly feminine birthday card using Pink Pirouette and Whisper White card stock and Brushed Silver Paper (retired).
I actually used the flower from the Flower Shop set for some diversity in the cards. It uses the same Pansy Punch as the flower image in the Thoughtful Branches flower. There’s a specific way in which these flowers need to be punched for the pattern to match, so I would suggest you practice first…practice makes (almost) perfect! I stamped the leaves with VersaMark on the Silver paper and heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder. The same was done for the upper portion of the greeting. The bottom portion of the greeting was heat embossed on a Whisper White panel I cut in the Silhouette which sits on a larger Silver mat. I accented the flower centers with Silver Stickles and a Silver Leaf Pen.
Before I attached all of this, I rounded the bottom corners of the card, stamped randomly with the flower cluster stamp using Pink Pirouette and heat embossed just a bit of the edge in Silver.
Inside, I created the sentiment in my Silhouette using the greeting as my guide. You can see that if you click on the card. It’ll take you to the gallery.
Next we made a Thank You card using the beautiful Blackberry Bliss (love this color) paired with Perfect Plum and Whisper White card stock and Gold Brushed Paper (retired).
As with the first card, the greeting was stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed. As you can see, we switched to Gold this time for the greeting and the leaves. For the flower, another stamp from the Flower Shop was used and stamped in Blackberry Bliss on Perfect Plum. I shaded the flower every so lightly with Perfect Plum and an Aqua Painter. I dotted the center with a Gold Leaf Pen. The center panel was placed on a slightly larger Gold mat. Simple, but beautiful.
The sentiment for this card was created in the Silhouette where I duplicated the rectangles, flowers and found fonts which paired well with the stamped greeting. Click on the card to zip over to the gallery if you’d like to see it.
Our last card would work well as a sympathy card or one that offers a show of support for someone who’s struggling with life.
This card was made using Wild Wasabi card stock and ink. I cut the white panel in the Silhouette, creating a stitched edge. This edge was accentuated by sponging. I stamped the leaf randomly on a Wild Wasabi panel and filled in the open spaces with the Dots stamp by Judith & Heather. I used the MISTI to stamp the greeting and I’m so glad I did because it took three attempts to make a nice, bold image. The die cut leaves came from the die bundle; I cut off the top and bottom. I had these very old brads from Stampin’ Up. I cut a 1/2 circle from the card stock after stamping a heart in the center and placed it on the brad before attaching the acrylic topper.
I stamped the sentiment inside to match. You already know to click on the card if you want to see more images.
I’d say Ann and I had a very productive day as we made multiples of each card, had a great lunch and still had time to some Stampin’ Up shopping. I give this day a thumbs up as my blogging friend, Jeanette, would say.
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I couldn’t wait to use them on a card. So without further ado, here’s what I made. It’s a virtual fiesta!
Here’s a closer look at the Llama. That face! Isn’t he just the cutest?
Looking for a way to put the Llama front and center without him looking lost on the card, I decided upon this card base, purchased in the Silhouette store. This card was a good call…I also like that you get to see him even when you open the card. I made some changes to the card by adding a cut border and a mat, into which I imported digital paper from the Thanksgiving Turkeys Paper Pack by Erin Bradley. The edges of the yellow pieces were sponged with the green ink to match the card stock.
I picked my card stock to match the digital paper; Cucumber Crush and So Saffron worked perfectly. The orange card stock came from my stash.
I wanted to come up with a clever greeting to play off the Llama…thank you Google! Inside, I took it a bit further. It may be a little corny, but I think it’s cute. And I think it will put a smile on the recipient’s face!
That’s it for today! See you soon with another project!
It’s time for a new challenge at Connie Can Crop. This month the challenge is, “recycle”; to create a project using something recycled or reused. I had two ideas in mind and was so torn as to which one to make. This is the card that won the toss-up:
I recycled newspaper for this card. There’s no shortage of newspaper in this house, so using it popped into my head immediately. I had to think a bit more about just how.
I used a the Congrats Shaped Card cut file from The Cutting Cafe and cut it from Bazzill 12″ x 12″ card stock. I made the card larger than its intended size of 9″ x 3 1/2″. It’s almost 12″ wide…that’s BIG. The file also includes two mats; so I cut one from Basic Black and the other from the newsprint.
And to play off the news paper and the size of the card, I typed the sentiment using the Times New Roman font in black.
If I get the chance during the month, I’ll made the second card of which I was thinking. It involves something else there’s plenty of around here…bubble wrap.
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