Sunday, September 25, 2011

Birthday Kimono

Another Asian inspired card, this one for my sweet friend Gene who celebrated her birthday earlier this month. Had been wanting to try a kimono card cut on my Cricut for a long time but just wasn't happy with the kimono cuts on the Pagoda cartridge. After doing an exhaustive image search on the web, I finally found one that I thought looked more like a real kimono, imported it to MTC and rendered it into a cutfile for my card.

Cut my kimono out of washi paper and added cardstock run through an embossing folder from Cuttlebug's Asian bundle as a mat.  Decided to keep it simple so the kimono would be the main focus. Then added a strip of the same washi paper on the inside to pull it all together. Sentiment was computer generated, using Quill, Pristina and Stewardson fonts.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Birthday Stilettos

This was a quick card I recently put together for a co-worker's birthday. The idea for this was totally cased from  talented and creative Cricut Messageboard member, Amanda. My card is no way as stunning as hers, but I was thankful for the much needed inspiration she provided at a time when my mojo was nil. You can check out more of Amanda's fresh ideas and creative Cricut genius on her blog, Amanda's Crafts and More.  Layered stilettos are a cut from the Cricut American Alphabet cart and the sentiment and shadows were created using MTC and true type fonts Ariel and Charming.
Circle shaped base card was created by welding circles from  the George cart in Design Studio. Chalked the edges and added a few flat back pearls for a final touch and it was done.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sliding Tiered Wedding Cake

Here's the third of the four wedding cards I made this summer. Been wanting to try the sliding tiered card again, and thought it might make a neat wedding cake card. The first time I tried this type of card, I struggled with the measurements and promised myself  I would make a cutfile for it in Design Studio. The original design and assembly instructions for this card by Heather Summers are over at Splitcoast Stampers.

For my wedding cake, I altered the size of the card and layers from the original so it would look more like a cake. The cutfile I created in Design Studio uses different sized rectangles with slits for the sliders from the George cartridge. The best part for me is, no more measuring and cutting errors!

Here's what the card looks like when you pull up on the hearts at the top of the cake:
Before assembling, I embossed the layers using Cuttlebug's Floral Fantasy and Swirls folders.
For the embellishments on the cake, I used ovals and rectangles from the George cartridge welded in Design Studio for the frosting, and welded hearts from the Sweethearts cartridge for the cake topper. Monogram was designed in Printshop using Cotillian font, then rendered to a cutfile with shadow in Make the Cut.
Fancy swirls are from the Straight from the Nest cartridge, and tiny scattered blossoms were cut using a Kikyo flower punch from Carl.
Finally, I needed a place to add my sentiment, so I decided to add a cake plate which opens up to a card:
Again, ovals and rectangles from the George cartridge were used to create this, which I attached to the back of the bottom tier of the cake. Really had fun putting this doesn't always happen, but I just love when something turns out just as I had imagined!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Enabler Alert! WikiCAPS Second Die Release

Although sometimes I think I'd like to, I don't usually create cards for challenges or blog candy, mostly because I can barely keep up with all the cards I want to make for my own personal giving. I guess I'm a very s-l-o-w crafter, I'd say on an average, it takes me 5 to 7 days to finish just one card! That's why you speedy crafters who share  cards and projects daily on your blogs just blow me away and amaze me! 
Okay, so this card is my one exception. When Wiki CAPS released their second die in August, Brian at Photocraft offered a 20% discount off his new sakura die to everyone who brought in a card created using the first release sakura outlines die. Did you say DISCOUNT?  LOL! Suddenly I had time to make an extra card! Kept it real simple and this one done in two days!
This gave me a chance to try out an image of an origami folded crane (orizuru) found a while back on the internet which I had been saving to do a cutfile of. Had MTC trace the image and create the shadow for this. Used gold mylar sticker paper for the cut, then transfered it to it's shadow using vinyl transfer paper.

Layered the shadow of the crane a couple times for dimension and placed it onto a circle embossed with an embossing folder from the Cuttlebug Asian bundle. Round window and gold foil frame were created using MTC's basic shapes menu.
Used my Wiki CAPS die to do the various sized sakura outlines to embellish the front of my card and added pretty yuzen paper (thank you, Patti!) for the inside. Stamped sentiment is from Stampin' Up's "Heard from the Heart" set.
Here's a photo of the Wiki CAPS new sakura die, which coordinates with the sakura outlines die which was released earlier. If you look closely, you'll see the flowers on the new die are just a tiny bit larger than the outline die, which gives the sakura an unique layered look when used together. To receive 20% off the price of this new die, all you need to do is take in a card you've created using the sakura outlines die to Photocraft before the end of this month.