Crafty Wednesday – cupcakes

Things are getting hectic again. I’m trying to finish reading A Turn of Light so I can review it and this afternoon I took a Grant Writing Workshop in case I decide to apply for a writing grant in the near future. As a result, my Crafty post is a little late, again.

A few weeks ago, I visited my sister-in-law, who has a small Cricut die-cut machine so I took advantage of it and cut out a bunch of cupcakes which I added to some masculine cards, all with different designs. I hope you will see that a single theme can be as varied as cupcake sprinkles.

cupcake 1

All of the cards had a 5 x 7″ base in cream card stock. The first card is a simple design, united with a curved top right-hand corner on all the pieces, punched with a corner punch. With this card, I turned it so it was a portrait-oriented card. I added brown textured card stock as the main background. I used a green card stock behind the blue patterned paper. The central square had spotted beige paper behind a light cream-coloured card stock, on which I added the cupcake and stamped Happy Birthday in black ink. Finally, I glued on chunky coloured sparkles as cupcake sprinkles.

cupcake 3

Card #2 is a landscape-oriented card. I used 5 different patterned papers, four were squares with the centre background piece  being a long rectangle. Using the Cricut, I also cut out the centre star paper and the lined paper on which I stamped the Happy Birthday greeting. I added striped ribbon to the right-hand side, through the centre of the squares and added two wooden buttons with Glue Dots. The finishing embellishment is the cupcake, cut with the Cricut.

cupcake 2

The first two cupcakes were cut from brown card stock to make them look like chocolate, with the paper cup from striped paper. These next two are vanilla, using white card stock. This time, I used a piece of brown card stock cut 1/2″ smaller than the base card, on which I added 4 strips of patterned paper. Onto that I added a beige rectangle with the bottom corners punched out. I stretched green twine across the top of it, added 2 brown buttons and stamped Happy Birthday in black ink. The cupcake got the same sprinkle treatment as the chocolate ones and I stuck it onto the top left-hand corner with 3D sticky squares.

cupcake 4

The last one is the simplest with a turquoise patterned paper as the background, cut 1/2″ smaller than the base card. Before attaching it to the card, I wrapped red-and-white bakers twine, running it through a fancy brown button and tied it in a bow. I added the same type of Happy Birthday square as the card above along with the cupcake complete with ‘sprinkles’. I also attached a ‘candle’ made with one of the stripes cut out of the cupcake paper. I added a yellow flame for the card-receiver to blow out. 🙂

There you have it, four very different-looking cards with the same theme – using a simple cupcake design. Now, it’s your turn! lol If any of you do decide to make a cupcake card, let me know. I’d love to see your creative ideas. 🙂

Crafty Wednesday – pretty cards for ladies

There are so many lovely stamps and accessories that making a feminine card is easy. Here are a few examples:

The front of this card has two elements from Stampin’ Up‘s ‘Rue des Fleur’ set. Along with the pen and parasol, there is also a corset bursting with flowers, a trumpet spouting greenery and the word ‘Thanks’. To make this card yourself, here is a list of other materials you will need:

Purple card stock for the base (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″)
Blue ink pad
Blue card stock to match your ink
White card stock
Paper cutter
Ticket corner punch

Sharp scissors
Versa Mark sticky pad
Black heat-emboss powder
Heat tool
2-1/2″ scalloped circle punch
2″ circle punch
‘Happy Birthday’ stamp
Glue runner
3-D double-sided tape
Cuttlebug
‘Victoria’ embossing folder
MS Word and printer
Lost and Found2 stamp set
Shiny paint set
Extra-fine brush

Instructions

1. Emboss the front of the card, using the Cuttlebug and ‘Victoria’ folder. Fold card stock in half.
2. On the white card stock, print out sentiment using Word. Cut around it with paper cutter and use ticket corner punch on each corner.
3. Stamp pen and parasol, using blue ink pad on remaining white card stock. Carefully cut around images.
4. Stamp ‘Happy Birthday’ using Versa Mark pad, allowing enough room on the page for the circle punch to cut around it.
5. Sprinkle embossing powder onto image, shake off excess, and heat until the powder melts. Let cool. Cut out with the circle punch.
6. Punch out the blue scalloped circle and attach the ‘Happy Birthday’ circle to the centre of it using glue runner.
7. Attach the scalloped circle ‘Happy Birthday’ element to the centre of the front of the card with a glue runner.
8. Attach pen and parasol to the front of the card as shown using 3-D tape. The front is now complete.
9. For the inside of the card, cut out a piece of the blue card stock 5″ x 3″ and use the ticket corner punch on each corner.
10. Attach sentiment to the centre of the blue card stock with glue runner and attach to inside of card as shown.
11. Stamp 2 of the stained-glass elements with Versa Mark on remaining whit card stock. Sprinkle embossing powder onto image, removing excess. Heat powder until it melts and allow to cool.
12. Paint the stained glass in any colour variation you like, making sure that each half circle has the same colour combination.
13. Allow paint to dry for a few minutes, then cut around them, attaching one to each side of the card with glue runner.

I decided to do something completely different with card #2. I added velum to add another level. One thing I should have done was stamp the outline on one side, then turned it over to paint the rest on the other so the outline didn’t get painted over. Thats why I usually prefer to use the black embossing powder if I am going to paint an image because the outline is raised and more visible. I was not sure what heat would do to the velum, so I just used black ink.

Materials

Yellow card stock 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″
White card stock
Velum 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″
Cuttlebug
Poppies embossing folder


Pebbles Metallic Cream Chalks & applicator
Paper creaser (or pencil – not too sharp)
Ruler
Black permanent ink pad
Red ink pad
Brown ink pad
Rose or poppy stamp
Butterfly stamp (I used one from Martha Stewart’s set)
Shiny paint
Extra-fine brush
2″ circle punch
2-1/2″ scalloped circle punch
2 strips of 1/2″ yellow ribbon, each 5-1/2″ long
Strip of poppy-print paper 5″ x 1-1/2″
Orange paper
MS Word and printer
1/8″ Soowkwang double sided tape
Glue runner
3-D  double-sided tape

Instructions

1. Using Cuttlebug, emboss poppy pattern on a 5-1/2″ edge of the card, making sure that the raised part of the pattern will be on the right-hand side and right-side up.
2. Fold card in half so that the embossed poppies are on the right side of the card front.
3. Lightly brush green metallic chalk over raised portions of the stems and leaves of the embossed poppies, red chalk over the flowers and black over the stamens.
4. Along one 5-1/2″ edge of the velum, use the ruler to measure a 1/4″ seam the whole length of the edge.
5. Use your paper creaser (or pencil) to trace the edge so that you can easily fold the velum at the 1/4″ mark.
6. Wrap the 1/4″ edge of the velum around the right-hand edge of the card front to get a good idea where to stamp the rose/poppy image so that most of the embossed poppies are visible.
7. Stamp the flower in black ink on the front of the velum.
8. Turn velum over and paint the flower. Let dry for a few minutes.
9. On white card stock, print out the sentiment (“Hope your birthday blossoms into dreams that come true”)
10. Cut out sentiment with scalloped circle punch.
11. On remaining white card stock, stamp the Happy Birthday in red ink and cut out with circle punch.
12. Stamp butterfly in brown ink on orange paper and cut out.
13. Now that painted flower is dry, attach the Sookwang tape to the folded edge of the velum so that it will attach to the inside of the card. Attach a strip of the Sookwang tape to the inside of the opposite side of the velum. Peel off the Sookwang backing and carefully attach velum to the front of the card, wrapping the folded edge so it attaches snugly to the inside of the card. (Sorry if that sounds confusing. I should have taken pictures to illustrate the process. Basically, the velum is hooked onto the card front and attached with the double-sided tape)
14. Using the Sookwang tape, attach ribbon along both of the velum’s edges to hide the tape.
15.  With 3-D tape, attach ‘Happy Birthday’ circle to the top centre of the card front.
16. Inside, using a glue runner, attach the poppy-print paper strip to the folded edge of the card and secure the scalloped circle sentiment on the yellow part near the top of the card as shown.
17. Attach the butterfly as shown using the 3-D tape.

Phew! That was more complicated than I thought! Hope I didn’t confuse any of you! 🙂

I think that will be all for today. Enjoy your Wednesday, whether you choose to spend it crafting, writing or working on other things. 🙂