Sunday, November 24, 2013

"B-A-B-Y" Blocks Cards

These baby blocks cards were put together a few months ago for two of our friends who had new additions to their families. These were surprisingly very simple to make and only takes half a sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock. The easy to follow video instructional by papercrafter45 for this card can be found here on YouTube.
The fun part....decorating each of the blocks takes a little longer, depending on how fancy you want to get. I decided to keep mine simple with paper piecings of baby toys. Rubber ducky was cut from a Quickutz die, and the others are from Cricut cartridges. Ball is from Create A Critter, and diaper pin and rattle are from the New Arrival cartridge.
The alphabet cuts on the blocks were created in Make the Cut (MTC) using Times New Roman font. I used them to spell "BABY" on the front of the card and the names of the two babies on the back. Fluffy Bear and Bunny are two of my most favorite cutfiles purchased over at My Scrap Chick.
 Just love that these cards actually fold flat so I could add my sentiment to the bottom and easily slip them into their envies.  Had fun with these cards and I wish I could come up with other ways of using this block type card other than just as a baby card...any ideas?

Sunday, November 17, 2013

One In A Minion!

Shopping for gifts for my son in law is easy because he maintains a wish list at When I checked his wish list a few weeks before his birthday this year, I saw that he had recently added a pre-order for the "Despicable Me 2" DVD slated to be released in December. And so of course it was a no brainer that I had to do a Minion birthday card for him to go with his gift.
Happily, super talented Shirley aka Okieladybug created and shares her cutfiles of a trio of Minions on her blog, Okieladybug's Scrap 'N More. As always her cutfiles are wonderfully detailed and cut nice and clean...thank you, Okie!
I used one of the Minions for the front of my card together with a birthday cake cut using CottageCutz' Celebration Cake die, and a gift of bananas (a Minion favorite food) cut from Cricut Create A Critter cart.
Then on the inside, for some birthday fun and silliness, I used the Sizzix Spinning Platform die for a surprise Minion pop up.
And for an extra dose of silliness, I mounted the Minion onto an Action Wobbler before gluing him to the spinning platform...when the card is opened, the Minion pops up and!
Here's the card completely open ...don't you just love the corny sentiment?
Since the "Despicable Me 2" DVD is a pre-order and won't be available till next month, I had no gift to send to my son in law with his birthday card. So instead, I made a little "gift card" to let him know what his birthday gift was together with some Gru funny money...all created in Printshop.
Had a ton of fun putting this together...though I have yet to see even the first "Despicable Me" movie, I watched several trailers and clips from both movies and learned a lot of cute things about these I really hope to see this movie soon! Till next week...."Poopaye"! (Goodbye in Minion)

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Wishing You A PAR-fect Birthday!

While searching the internet for golf themed images recently, I was happy to come across a few of good ol' Snoopy that I thought would work perfectly on a card for hubby's birthday. After using MTC to create a cut file for my golfing Snoopy,  I thought it might be fun to use him on an open front sliding box style card.
A tall panel was added to the back of the box to create a golf course background scene with the green, some trees and clouds. Snoopy and the tee were attached to the sliding element in the center.  I used a 3/8 inch circle punch for the golf ball and adhered it to a strip of clear acetate, which was glued to the inside of the card, hoping to create the look of it taking flight as Snoopy struck it with his!
Lastly, I added my sentiment to some labels and attached them to the front panels of the box.
Here's a view from the top that shows where each of the elements were attached inside the box.
And here it is folded flat, ready to slip into an envelope. LOL, as it turns out, this card worked out as a perfect match for the set of golf irons I just found out I was buying hubby for his birthday!

Monday, November 4, 2013

More Scary Treats!

Though I didn't go trick or treating this year I still scored some fabulous Halloween treats from my generous and uber talented friends! Just had to share!
This beautifully detailed Frankie cookie topper was created by Cricuteer pal Jean. Frankie's head is a Stampin' Up top note die, and Jean used different sized circle punches for the eyes and nose. Love how all the chalking really brings this guy to life!
Spooky girly skull box was Lorna's Halloween treat this year. Skull image is a cut from the Cricut Rock Princess cartridge which she created into a treat holder by adding side gussets. And ooooh.... look at the scary skeleton cookies that were hiding inside....too darned cute to eat!
This adorable mini coffin box with vampire bear treat holder was  created and shared by my sweet friend Kris. She used a svg cutfile template from Scrapping Bug Designs to create this. The most amazing thing about this treat box is that it's no more than 3-1/2 inches tall by 2-1/2 inches! How did she do that?!!!!! LOL, I believe the photograph you see here is LARGER than actual size!
Oopsie...I forgot to include this last treat box created by our dear friend Heather in the group photo at the top. That's because it was hiding in the kitchen where hubby and I were devouring the last of the delicious decadent brownies that were once inside! Heather used a Chinese takeout box adorned with a cute and not so spooky spider cut from the Cricut Doodlecharms cartridge. Love those googly eyes!

And this is the reason I always have so much fun at Halloween! I am truly fortunate to have such generous and creative friends....thank you so much!!!!