Crafty Wednesday – cards for boys, big and small

Welcome to another Crafty Wednesday. I apologize to my reader/writer friends. I know I’ve been neglecting my duties as a writer, lately, with only sporadic reviews and interviews. I just can’t get my head into that space, these days.

Since I still had a few cards that I haven’t shown you from the summer gathering, I thought I’d get them done, today. Next week, I may be able to give a tutorial on some pretty, pull-out style cards I made, based on a beautiful one my sister-in-law made for me, a while ago.

star birthday

Let’s begin with the big boy card. I started with a cream-coloured base, 5″ x 7″, pre-cut from a package that included envelopes. I trimmed all the corners with a corner-rounding punch, as I did with all the other rectangular elements. The brown background piece was cut an inch smaller than the base card out of embossed card stock from a paper pack by Tim Holtz. All the embossed card stock from the pack has a white core, which looks very cool when you sand down the top layer. I didn’t do that with this card, though. I attached the brown background to the card base with Sookwang double-sided tape.

The Art Philosophy cartridge for the Cricut (available exclusively through Close To My Heart) had this amazing alphabet graphic that I had to try out while I was at my sister-in-law’s place, since I, myself, don’t own a Cricut. I cut it from turquoise card stock and placed it on a piece of cream patterned paper, then placed it onto the top right-hand corner of the background colour.  I cut a 7″ piece of striped ribbon and secured it over the brown background as well as the background for the alphabet graphic. Onto a small rectangle of cream-coloured card stock, I stamped ‘Birthday wishes’ using one of my sister-in-law’s stamps. (If you wanted to make a similar card any birthday greeting would suffice.) I set it on a beige background with a kind of crackle design and attached it over the ribbon with 3-D squares. The final touch was adding the self-adhesive wooden star (from CTMH) to the top left-hand corner, over the ribbon.

race car

I have two young nephews who both enjoy cars and trucks. For this card, I started with a white card stock base of 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (half an 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet, folded in half). I used one of the thin embossing folders from my Cuttlebug‘s edging set to emboss the top & bottom of the card, then gently sponged blue ink over the raised part of the design. I cut green paper to fit within the embossed areas, allowing a 1/2″ to show on the ends. I attached it to the card with Sookwang.

Close To My Heart has a cool stamp set called Fast and Furious, that includes the race car, a dump truck, various sentiments (including the one I used here) and tire track stamps. For the race car, I stamped its design onto white card stock with Versa Mark, sprinkled the image with blue embossing powder, and heated it until set. I punched out a small circle in which a wrote the #7. Onto a separate piece of white card stock, I stamped and embossed the wheels in black, which I cut out and attached to the car. Before attaching the car, I stamped the ‘tire tracks’ across the green paper all the way to the edges of the card. I used 3-D squares to place the car onto the tracks. I also embossed the sentiment with blue embossing powder & cut it out to place above the car. I stamped two different sized stars, cut them out and placed them on either side of the sentiment.

digger

For this card, I started with the same sized base as above using white card stock. I cut a piece of turquoise card stock two inches smaller than the base card. I used the large tire track stamp from the CTMH set to create the tracks on the turquoise card stock, then attached it to the card with Sookwang. I tried to use the dump truck stamp from the set, but it didn’t turn out too well. (I need to get a dark yellow ink pad so I can stamp it better because the stamp itself is not just an outline.) Instead, I used a the digger and pylon stickers from Darice‘s sticker book called Tough Stuff. The ‘non-STOP-fun’ sign from the stamp set was stamped in red ink onto white card stock, then cut out and placed on a Popsicle stick broken in half. I used white glue to affix the stick onto the card. Finally, I stamped the ‘beep!’s along the right-hand edge of the card.

Well, that’s it for now. I’m off to get ready for a Grandson visit. Hard to believe Daughter will be celebrating her 3rd anniversary, today! 🙂

PS. I just noticed something new that WordPress has added to my site. I apologize for any advertisements that might pop up. It is not something I can control until I decide to purchase the ‘No Ads’ version of my WordPress site. (sigh!)

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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

Still continuing with the Christmas-themed cards, here are another couple using the Sketch Challenge. I’ll quickly run through the basics with you instead of spell out every detail.

The first is a square card using red card stock for the base. It is a very simple design using a large scalloped square over a patterned front, a ‘ribbon’ of sorts, buttons, a main element and a sentiment. If one was really ambitious, they could add stitching around the edge of the scalloped square, either by-hand or using the Sew Easy roller punch to make the holes before stitching.

I started with a cheery red/orange patterned paper with just a hint of green running through it.  I suppose I could have borrowed the Cricut from my sister-in-law to make the scalloped square bigger, but I used the largest punch I had, instead, and although you can’t really see it, I heat embossed a snowflake in the top right-hand corner of it. I used a contrasting green patterned paper for the ‘ribbon’ and found 6 matching green buttons.

I did use my sister-in-law’s Cricut for the snowman, painting the hat and scarf with my shiny paints and using a felt marker for the face and mitten. I used small punches to make the bow with holly embellishment for the simple sentiment, which was stamped with Versa Mark and heat embossed with black embossing powder.

On the inside I stamped the sentiment onto the same cream-coloured card stock as on the front, using a black ink pad and trimming the corners with a corner punch. I reversed the colours, using the green underneath the red/orange, which was cut using the 3″ scalloped square punch. I added the snowflake sequin as a finishing touch, reflecting the nearly invisible snowflake on the front.

For the second card, they ran out of copies so I very quickly copied the example that was hung up on the wall. Basically, the sketch called for 4 squares on the right-hand side, three main elements along the bottom with a sentiment in the top left-hand corner. This time, stitching along the outer edges was a requirement in order to qualify.

Here is my version, using Cricut-cut ‘gingerbread men’. While I was strolling around the ‘store’ that was set up in the hall, I noticed the very cute gingerbread man paper and used that as my background. Using the Sew Easy roller, I punched the stitch holes around the outside and wove red embroidery cotton through the holes. I cut out four plain green squares with my paper cutter. The sentiment was first stamped with Versa Mark and sprinkled with embossing powder, which was then heated until glossy.

There was a bit of a problem with the gingerbread men, since I am not too familiar with all the function buttons. The men came out in two pieces the main body as well as an outline strip. I simply used black marker on the outline and placed it back around the men, gluing both pieces onto card stock and recutting them with scissors.

I used something EXTRA SPECIAL my sister-in-law had brought with her and she wanted me to try it – gingerbread-scented embossing powder! I placed the men onto my Versa Mark pad to get sticky, sprinkled them with the powder and set it with the heat tool to create the shiny – and smelly – effect on the men. Now they are ‘Scratch-and-Sniff’ and smell like real gingerbread! The final touch was adding small coloured ‘jewels’ for the features. This one will definitely go to one of the younger nieces or nephews, this Christmas.

Had you ever heard of scented embossing powders before today? I thought they were pretty cool; what about you? 🙂

Crafty Wednesday/Who wants an Interview?

Before I begin another Crafty Wednesday, I want you to know I have some Sundays open for Interviews, if there is anyone out there who would like a little face time on my blog. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a published author or not, or whether you are crafty or whether you just blog about everyday things.  If you are interested, please leave a comment below and I will contact you.

Now, on to the crafty stuff:

For the musical folks in your circle of family & friends, here’s a simple little number that’s sure to please. I started with a dark green card stock for the base card which measures 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, then folded it in half. I found some green polka dot paper that I cut to 3-3/4″ x 5″, then trimmed the corner with a curved-corner paper punch and attached to the front of the card with a glue-runner. If you have any old sheet music lying about (or if you can find printed paper packs with musical paper in it) cut it to 5-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ and trim the corners with your curved-corner paper punch. I sponged the edges with green ink and angled it over the polka dot paper and attached it with a glue -runner.

The scrolled ‘Happy Birthday’ was created with a Stampin’ Up stamp and the ‘Groovy’ is from the Close To My Heart ‘Groovy’ stamp set. Both sentiments were first stamped using the Versa Mark sticky pad, and then heat-embossed with black embossing powder. I cut out the HB with a 2″circle punch and the groovy was cut out using a 1-1/2″ scalloped oval punch. I sponged their edges with green ink.

The inside started with more green polka dot paper measuring 3″ x 5-1/4″ with corners rounded with the corner punch. It was attached to the inside of thecard with a glue runner. From the CTMH ‘Love Life’ clear acrylic set, I stamped the ‘cherish simple pleasures, Live. Laugh. Love.’ with Versa Mark and heat embossed with black embossing powder. I sponged around its edged with green ink and attached it with a glue runner. The musical grid, notes and treble clef were stamped with black ink using the CTMH ‘Groovy’ stamp set. I cut around the treble clef and stuck it on the card with 3-D sticky dots.

Here’s a masculine card. I started with a white piece of card stock measuring 8-1/2″ x 5-1/4″ and folded it in half. I sponged the edges with brown ink. The brown card stock measures 5″ x 3-3/4″ and was attached with a glue runner. Around a piece of wine-colored card stock, measuring 5″ x 1-3/4″, I wound twine three times, tying it in the front a little off-centre so the ship will hide the bulge of the knot. I attached this piece to the card using Sukwang double-sided tape to secure it & the twine. With my 3-1/2″ scalloped circle punch I cut out the centre piece out of gray card stock, then embossed the bottom half of it with the Cuttlebug‘s embossing folder ‘Vine Swirl‘. I cut out white card stock with my 1-1/2″ scalloped oval punch and stamped ‘happy birthday’ with the stamp from my Stampin’ Up set ‘Plane & Simple’, (there’s a similar ‘happy birthday’ stamp from SU‘s ‘Just My Type’ set) using a blank ink pad. It was slipped under the twine and stuck on with 3-D sticky dots.

The main features of the card front were created using the SU‘s ‘Open Sea’ stamp set for the ship and the globe and a black ink pad. I added color with my shiny paint set & a thin brush. I carefully cut around the ship and used my 2″ circle punch to cut out the globe. The globe was attached with a glue runner, the ship with 3-D sticky dots.

Inside, I cut a 3-1/4″ square, embossed it with the ‘Vine Swirls’ Cuttlebug embossing folder and lightly sponged it with brown ink to bring up the swirl pattern (I probably should have done that on the front, too). It was then secured to the card with a glue runner. Next, I cut out the scalloped circle out of brown card stock with my 2-1/2″ scalloped circle punch and glue-runnered it to the centre of the embossed square. I stamped the compass (SU‘s ‘Open Sea’ set) with black ink. The ‘Go confidently in the Direction of your Dreams’ (from SU‘s ‘Word Play’ set), was stamped with black ink and carefully cut out. Both the sentiment and compass were attached with 3-D sticky dots.

For the super hero among your friends and family, here’s a card that will be sure to ‘fly’ with whoever you choose to give it to. I started with a blue card stock for my base, measuring 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ folded in half. I cut out a yellow card stock ‘sun’ with my 2″ circle punch, & attached it to the lower left-hand corner of the card with a glue runner. Superman was cut out of a wallpaper sample book and attached with 3-D sticky dots. ‘Built Tough’ (CTMH‘s ‘Hero’ set) and ‘Brave and True’ (CTMH‘s ‘Brave Adventure’ set) were stamped with Versa Mark and heat-embossed with black embossing powder. I carefully painted a bit of color onto them with my shiny paint set before carefully cutting them out and attaching them with 3-D sticky dots.

For the inside, I cut out the Superman emblem from a wallpaper sample book page, cutting out the ‘S’ and replacing it with the appropriate letter cut out of red card stock using a Cricut and the ‘Winterland’ cartridge. (Thank-you, Sister-in-law!) It took some adjustments to get the right size, but we finally did it. I attached the red emblem outline to yellow card stock and the whole emblem onto the card with a glue runner. I attached the ‘J’ with 3-D sticky dots. The ‘Incredible’ (from CTMH‘s ‘Hero’ stamp set) and the ‘Happy Birthday’ (from SU‘s ‘Punch Bunch’ set) were stamped with Versa Mark & heat-embossed with black embossing powder and carefully cut out. I colored the ‘HB’ with my shiny paints. Both sentiments were attached with 3-D sticky dots.

Well, I think that about covers it for today. Now, it’s off to make more cards! 

Don’t forget to let me know if you’d like to be interviewed! 🙂