Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Evolution of an Idea

I'm pretty sure that I've mentioned that one of my bestest friends is expecting her first child. Well, here is another project for the baby and happy mommy! 

I am co-hosting a baby shower for the expectant mother and I eagerly volunteered to create the invitations.  This is the second set of cards that I have made in mass.  Ironically, all for showers and all for the same person!

To the left is a picture of the sketches I drew up.  The ideas came from two different sources to turn into one great card.  The layered squares came from a project that My Pink Stamper did.  The cut out circle came from another source.  I really wish I could remember where I stumbled across it. 


My favorite aspect of these cards are the color combinations.  Besides the purples and green there is also a hint of pink.  You can't see it very well in this picture, but the circle cutout is edged in pink ink.  Such a simple addition really adds some pop to the card.
This invitation project came during the perfect week.  Cardstock was 50% off at Hobby Lobby!  Which means I made 31 invites for under $10.  Obviously that doesn't include the cost for my time! 
In addition to creating the card, I have also created my first video!  The intention of the video was to practice shooting video with my new camera, getting experience shooting a craft video and trying some video editing.  I haven't decided if I'm going to post the video yet.  It depends on how the edited format comes out. 

Thanks for stopping by.  There is a lot more coming your way!


Recipe:
  • Dark Purple Cardstock, Hobby Lobby:  8 x 4 inches
  • Light Purple Cardstock, Hobby Lobby:  3 7/8 inch square
  • Patterned Green Cardstock, My Mind's Eye Penny Lane: 3 5/8 inch square
  • White Shape: 2 inch circle with Baby Rattle from SCAL 2

Monday, June 21, 2010

Best Wishes

This card is also being submitted for my chance at being a Pink Designer for My Pink Stamper. The submission requirements are pretty open....leaving it up to me to be creative!

As I only have three Cricut cartridges, I am always looking for new ways to use basic shapes like circles and squares. For this project I wanted to create a birthday card with a row of either cupcakes or ice cream cones.

I cut the circles at 1 3/4 inches using the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge. The circles fit very well into the ice cream cone from the Birthday Jelly embosser pack. After embossing the circles with my trusty Cuttlebug, I used my new Stampin' Write markers from Stampin Up. I pop dotted the circles onto two inch squares, stamped the green textured paper and started piecing this together.

Originally the design in my head was meant to be a birthday card, but now looking at the completed version I can see that it could be used for many occasions! How fun is that! Thanks for checking it out.

Ingredients:
  • Circles & Squares: Plantin Schoolbook
  • Birthday Jelly Cuttlebug Embosser
  • Stampin' Up markers
  • Green Paper: ATD Vibrant Textured Cardstock
  • Other Paper: Paper Studio
  • Best Wishes Stamp: Inkadinkado

Bridal Shower Card

A friend is getting married this summer and her bridal shower is just around the corner! I designed the cutout for the base of the card in SCAL 2. I'll be saving that file for future use!

The dress is a great SVG file that I found. I cut the file on white paper and on velum paper. I put the velum paper through the Cuddlebug and placed it on top of the white paper. The velum didn't give off quite the look I expected. But it looks great anyways!

I added a pretty blue ribbon (I'm getting better at this knot tying thing), a cute little white stamp and some bling in the corner to finish it off!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Graduation Card



A friend of our's son is graduating from High School this year. I came across a great guide for a Gift Folder Card at Thinking Inking. I really like the folds and the concept of the card so I will be making more of these. The inside is great for holding money, a check or a gift card. So great!



The card is very black and white which I think looks great. One of the graduate's school colors are maroon, so I incorporated it into the seal. If I did this card again, I think I would print the stamp on the maroon instead of the white.



Thinking Inking has good information on how to create the card. Here is the quick and dirty version!

-The white base cardstock is 5 1/2 by 10 inches, scored at 2 and 6 1/4 inches.

-The patterned paper is 5 1/2 by 3 3/8 inches.

-The gray on the inside is 5 1/2 by 2 inches.

SO SIMPLE!!!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Sweet Birthday Card

This card came out looking very cute! The background paper is something I purchased a few weeks ago for another project that I didn't end up using. I printed the statement on velum and then placed the velum on top. I left a little edge on the top and bottom. It looks really cool!

On the left side, I cut a scalloped edge and then put little clear kinda sparkly dot things.

The flower on top of the pink patterned paper was drawn on the purple paper with the Cricut markers and then cut out with the Cricut.

Happy Birthday to my sister! (hopefully she gets the card before she sees this post!)