Crafty Wednesday – a day late, again

Sorry I missed posting this yesterday. I was hoping to get back into the swing of things, as I have a lot of cards to show you from all the ones I made over the past couple of months. However, as I was sorting through the pictures I took of them, I realized there were a few cards I neglected to take pictures of. Oh, well!

I thought I’d clump some of them together that have a similar theme. I chose a bird theme mainly because we’re still waiting for spring to arrive here in the frozen north!

I love that Stampin’ Up has come up with punches that go with some of their stamp sets. I especially like the bird punch that goes with the ‘Language of Friendship’ stamp set. While I didn’t use the stamp set with these cards, I did use the punch, which not only cuts out the bird shape, but also the wing and a branch for it to sit on.


For this card, I also experimented with Martha Stewart’s stamp-around-the-page set that included this fern pattern. I heat embossed the ‘Happy Birthday’ in the centre and added the bird in the corner, with a flower-patterned ribbon along the bottom. With a small scalloped circle punch, I cut out a frame of music, then cut out a pointed section at the bottom to make it look like a speech bubble. Although it’s a little difficult to see in this shot – you have to click on the picture to enlarge it – I also used my shiny paint set to add copper-coloured ‘feathers’ onto the bird and used a fine-tipped Sharpie for the bird’s eye.


The bird in the card above was created using my sister-in-law’s stamp and blue heat-emboss powder. The card’s base colour was a 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ piece from a wallpaper sample book that looked a little like a wood grain. For the next layer, I cut it an inch smaller in all dimensions out of a green marble-patterned paper to which I added a wavy green velvet ribbon along the bottom. I cut out a 3″ scalloped circle from textured green card stock for the next layer and the smaller scalloped circle was a left-over piece I had cut from another card where I had a sky-patterned piece on top and ‘grass’ below it.

Miranda '12

You may have seen the card above in a previous crafty post, but wanted to show it again because I really love the ‘Find Your Style’ stamp set from Close To My Heart. This card is beautiful in its simplicity. The background was embossed with the Cuttlebug‘s ‘Victoria’ embossing folder. The bird was heat-embossed on white card stock, cut out and placed onto a 3″ scalloped circle. The feathery bits were from a booklet of rub-ons. The ‘soar’ was from the same stamp set as the bird, also heat-embossed in black and cut out with a 1-1/2″ scalloped oval punch. I love the 1″ wide black polka-dotted ribbon accent, too.

Joce '12

The final card is also one you may have seen before, but wanted to showcase Jim Holtz‘s birdcase die cutter that can be used on the Big Shot as well as the Cuttlebug. For the cage, I used a glittery gold card stock. The bird was cut out of brown card stock, using the same die cutter. I added feathers to the bird’s wing and tail for an added touch. I happened to have 1/4″ gold ribbon to tie to the loop at the top of the bird cage and placed the cage, bird included onto blue paper (embossed using the Cuttlebug‘s ‘Swirls’ folder). I hand-cut the ‘tweets’ and used the scalloped oval punch to cut out the ‘for you’.

And there you have it – four bird-themed cards! Hope this post gave you some ideas for making your own bird-themed cards. 🙂

Crafty Wednesday – Spellbinder Pendants

Spellbinders Pendant pkge

Welcome to the first Crafty Wednesday of the new month! Now, those of you who are really into fantasy realms, this is nothing like that! Spellbinders is a trademark name for a brand of die-cutting equipment, similar to the Cuttlebug devices put out by Provo Craft, or the Big Shot products by Sissix. The trick, if you don’t have a Spellbinders machine, is figuring out how to use the much thinner cutting blades on the other machines. I didn’t have a ‘C’ plate for my Cuttlebug, so added layers of corrugated cardboard until the blades cut all the way through the paper. For this anniversary card, I used the ‘Shapeabilities Pendant’ set of 4 cutters with an embossing feature.

I needed to add 4 pieces of corrugated cardboard to cut out the pieces and removed one piece of cardboard, so I could run it through my Cuttlebug again to emboss the piece.

To add a different colour to the embossed area, leave the paper piece attached to the cutting blade and sponge over the exposed section(s) with the desired colour, so it looks like this:

Spellbinders step 1

I cut out 2 different-coloured large pendants (above shape), 1 each of the two smaller pendants in different colours, and 2 of the curly accent pieces. I sponged the lighter coloured pieces in the same red, and the small accent pieces in a lighter pigment-based ink, like this:

Spellbinders step 2

Spellbinders step 3








Spellbinders step 4

I used the dark red piece of card stock (5″ x 3-3/4″) from which I cut the accent pieces as the main background for my card. For the base of the card, I used plain white card stock (8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ folded in half). I sponged the edges of the card front and the inside with the same dark red ink.

Spellbinders step 6

I centered the dark red card stock onto the card base and placed the large pendant at the top. In the center of the large pendant I added the consecutively smaller pendant pieces, like this:

Spellbinders step 5

At the bottom where I had cut out the accent pieces, I used pop-up squares to raise up the red pieces so the white background showed around them.

Spellbinders step 7

Spellbinders slantedTo finish off the front, I took two of the heart-shaped pieces that were cut from the large pendant and hooked them together like linked hearts. I pressed them against sticky dot paper to pick up the sticky dots, and placed them at the bottom between the accent pieces. I stamped the ‘Happy Anniversary’, carefully cut it out and placed it beneath the large pendant.

Spellbinders step 8

On the inside, I used the second large pendant as the background for the sentiment (Stampin’ Up‘s Curvy Phrases), which I cut out using a 2″ circle punch and sponged around the edges using the same dark red ink. And there you have it!

Spellbinders inside

Hope this Crafty Wednesday was worth the wait! 🙂