Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Quick Embossed Wedding Card

So many cards to do, so little time. That was the case with this card I had to quickly put together for a co-worker's daughter's wedding. Wanted to do elegant, but it had to be fast and simple. Used Bazzill Luster from the metallic cardstock line and Bazzill Diamond from the Bling line. Embossed with Cuttlebug Floral Fantasy and Wedding folders and embellished with MM glitter brads and gold edged white nylon ribbon. Really lovin' how the embossing folders can really make simple look so pretty!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

First Card Class

Held my very first card class ever last month for a group of about 18 young ladies from a co-worker's church. It was quite a learning experience for me, I'm so glad that dd was there to help and support me all the way. Made me really appreciate and respect all of you who are always doing those craft demos and make and takes. Lots and lots of time spent is preparing all the supplies before class. For my first class, I wanted to keep it simple, but interesting so I chose to do a easy peek-a-boo card and a push/pull card. Thank goodness for my Cricut and Design Studio! The card pattern, smiling doggy, scalloped frame and heart frame for the first card were all cut using George and Paper Pups cartridges on the Cricut. Front of card embossed with Cuttlebug heart folder.Sentiments inside from a Stampin Up rubber stamp and peek-a-boo sentiment computer generated.

The second card we made at class was this push/pull birthday card with tabs that pull out
to hold a gift card surprise. Used my favorite Doodlecharms cupcake, decorated with

colorful sprinkles from a Sizzix die. Happy Birthday is also a Sizzix die, and used my Nestabilities dies to do the scallop circle and circle. Swiss dots embossing die from Cuttlebug for the front panel. Didn't have a chance to create the card pattern on Design Studio for this one, but it's definitely on my to-do list! Using the Cricut to make 20 sets of kits for both of these cards plus embellishments certainly made things go a lot faster. Happy to report that everyone that afternoon seemed pretty much pleased with the cards they had created. Thank you for all your help, sweet dd...you know I never could have pulled it off without you!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Congratulations, Graduates!

With so many friends and relatives graduating this year, figured this was a good time to justify the purchase of all my stuff! Made good use of this cute little Graduating Chick stamp from Stampendouse to do Peek A Boo cards for all the "Chicks with Brains" we had graduating...all the same except changed the colors to match school colors. Used Cuttlebug's Graduation embossing folder to do the front panel. And the best part of all was that I took a tip from Okielady's Blog to create the basic card pattern for this Peek A Boo card on my Cricut Design Studio. Now I can make multiples of Peek A Boo cards anytime I please without having to spend time cutting and measuring. What a great timesaving idea! Thank you Okielady! This lady is pure genius when it comes to designing stuff on the Design Studio.

Scalloped window frame for the front of this card was also created with Design Studio, which makes it nice knowing that now the window cut in my frame will be perfectly centered everytime. The flower embellishments are from Prima and Photocraft's All Natural Accents line.

Sentiments inside are computer generated on Printshop. Created and saved files for these too so I can change the sentiments anytime to fit any occasion without worry that everything will be properly aligned on any Peek A Boo card made using this pattern. Now maybe it won't take me a whole day just to make one card!

For the graduating guys, figured they might not appreciate being called a "chick with brains" so had to do something different for them. Made a simple square cut window card, again using the Design Studio to create the pattern. Embellished with die cuts (diploma, hat, globe) from Quickutz and Cuttlebug Congratulations embossing folder.