Sunday, September 26, 2010

Wedding Gown Shower Card

This folded dress card is another that I've been wanting to try for a while. Since I needed a card for a wedding shower earlier this month, I decided this might work. Got the instructions for creating the dress from my Fast and Fun Folded Cards book by Annie's Attic. Since I don't own any scallop oval punches, I substituted by using my scallop oval small and large nestabilities instead, which seems to have worked out fine. I also added an extra tier to my dress so it would be longer and look more like a gown. I just loved that this was so easy to put together!
I used text weight pearlized paper to do the dress and glitzed it up a bit with stickles and flat back pearls, then finished it with a bow. Used the George cartridge and my Cricut to cut the oval window on a piece of Bazzill Bling Diamond cardstock, then ran it through the Cuttlebug Plum Blossom folder for texture. The flourish cuts are from a Quickutz retired set, using DCWV glittered cardstock. Sakura blossoms are from small and medium Carl punches.

Used more flourishes from the same Quickutz set on the inside of the card right below the slit for the giftcard. Oops...LOL...that McDonald's giftcard you see in my photo is one that I keep in my craft room to use as a sizing template to create giftcard holders...the actual giftcard that went into this card was a very pretty silver Macy's one that really matched perfectly!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Teapot Card

I've had my Pagoda cartridge for nearly a year now, and although I did see this teapot and cup cut in the manual, I never thought I'd ever use it. That is, not until I got a look at the gorgeous teapot card set Patti of Creations By Patti received for her birthday. Created by her friend Phyllis, these shaped teapot note cards and holder in beautiful colors were such an inspiration!

I decided this teapot would make a perfect card for my mil's birthday. My version of the teapot card isn't a shaped card like Phyllis' but I did layer it several times to give it some dimension. After all the layers of cardstock and foam tape used, it became too heavy to make into a shaped card so I attached it to a fan cut (also from the Pagoda cartridge) and then to the base, which I embossed with one of the folders from the Cuttlebug Asian bundle.

The flower branch cut is also from Pagoda, I used Design Studio to do the cut out on the fan, then used the cut out piece left from it to embellish the pot and cup. The shadow layer was created in Design Studio by simply welding the shadows of the fan, cup and teapot and cutting in Currency Gold cardstock. Although it's not readily visible on my photos, I sprayed Tsukineko Gold spritz onto the fan and branch cut pieces and totally loved the effect!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

New Member of the Flock

When Donna Mundinger posted her baby announcement card using the lamb from the Easter Seasonal cartridge earlier this year, I thought it was just the cutest card ever, and knew I wanted to CASE it. Donna has her card posted at her blog, Popsicle Toes, and if you own Design Studio, you can also download a copy of her cutfile which she shares over at Custom Crops.
Instead of doing a shaped card like Donna's, I decided to do another easel card...I'm having so much fun with this style of card, plus they're so quick and easy!
Like Donna, I used the cute lambie from the Easter Seasonal cartridge and embossed her with Cuttlebug's Divine Swirls embossing folder. To do "Baby Girl Bethany", I used true type font LD Charming and rendered it into a cut file using Make the Cut. This awesome program also has a shadow feature which easily created and cut the shadow for the words.
Layered and foam dotted for dimension, added a star button & bow and it was done! All patterned papers are digital, from Lettering Delights.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Origami Kimono

When I first got a look at the folding instructions for the origami kimono posted by my blogging friend Patti of Creations by Patti, I thought, "NO WAY!" But then I looked again at the beautiful thank you cards she had created with it and I just had to give it a try. Well, it took an entire weekend and a lunch hour at work of practicing to finally get it right, but oh, what a feeling of accomplishment! I especially like this origami kimono because unlike other simpler versions, the folds on this are similar to the folds and seams on a real kimono. (Thank you, Patti!)

I decided to use my kimono for the card I planned take to a big papercrafters get together hosted by my dear friend Teri last month. Guests were asked to bring an A2 sized card with a color challenge scheme of pink, green and black.

I definitely struggled with this card...A2? No, not me, hardly ever! Pink, green and black? Way out of my comfort zone! Finally got this done a few days before the get together, but caught a bug and was too ill to attend. Darned, I was so looking forward to this event! And from what I've heard from those who attended, I really missed out on a very special and fun day. I did mail my card to Teri later since all our cards are to be donated to charity.