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. 🙂

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A Late Crafty Wednesday

Sorry the past couple of Wednesdays have been rather busy with various life stuff. Last week, I was expecting my sister-in-law to come over for some crafting and needed to clean up the house and make sure my craft room was in order so we could both work in it. It was great having the space to share it with her! Today, I was chasing all over the city to find a particular shower gift for my niece from her gift registry. I still couldn’t find what I wanted, so I hope she will like what I got, anyway. When I got home, I started working on her card. Then, there was dinner to make, dishes to wash, yadda, yadda, yadda…

masculine Hooray

Anyway, I thought I would start with this masculine card, 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, using brown card stock. I added a strip of multi-coloured paper measuring 5″ x 3″ and a 2″ strip of star-patterned paper that was 5″ in length. I added a 3″ square of brown paper stamped with a handwriting stamp. I cut out a 2-1/2″ orange circle using a punch and stamped small stars around the outer edge in red ink. The label was cut with the Cuttlebug and the ‘Fanciful Labels’ die cutter. Before removing it from the die-cutter, I sponged brown ink over the exposed embossing design to bring up the pattern and stamped ‘Hip hip HOORAY …’ using Close To My Heart’s Birthday Greetings set. I added a tiny star brad to the label. Then, I cut out strips of a circle patterned paper and a 5-1/2″ piece of brown & white striped ribbon. I taped the 3″ & 2″ patterned papers together with cellophane tape on the back. I attached the handwriting paper in the centre of that and wrapped the ribbon over the seam, attaching it with a strip of Sookwang. I also used Sookwang to attach the patterned papers to the base card. I added the circle with pop-up squares, then placed the label over the circle using a glue runner, as well as the circle strips in the upper left hand corner.

September

The second card is much more feminine. I started with cream-coloured card stock for the base, 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ folded in half. I added a patterned piece of paper with calendar markings and cut it 1/2″ smaller than the card base. I cut 3 rectangles of different patterned paper measuring 3″ x 1-1/4″, placing them 1/2″ apart. To the yellow rectangle I added three plastic flowers, attaching them with small star brads. To the green rectangle I wrapped a piece of green embroidery thread, strung with 3 flower beads and attached it with Glue Dots. To the brown striped paper I added 3 brass brads. Over that, I added the corset, stamped with a stamp from Stampin’ Up‘s ‘Rue des Fleurs’ set, and a piece of sheet music, punched with a corner punch to get the ‘bites’ all around it.

I still have quite a few cards to finish by the August long weekend, which is when we will be having our family gathering. From June to September, we have 24 birthdays and 6 anniversaries, just on Hubby’s side of the family. That doesn’t include the shower card I need for Sunday and those friends and family on my side who are celebrating birthdays and anniversaries. So, if I don’t get a chance to do another Crafty Wednesday next week, I hope you’ll understand why I didn’t have time. 🙂

Crafty Wednesday

Welcome to my first real Crafty Wednesday post in quite some time. After finally getting my creative spaces rearranged and set up the way I want, I now have time to get down to the business of actually writing and creating. 

You may recall that, back in April, I participated in a Creative Gathering – a two-day event where a whole crowd of avid scrapbook enthusiasts get together and craft. I finally got around to taking pictures of the cards I made there and processing them so I can now share them with you.

yellow with squares

square yellow

 

The first couple of cards were made for one of their challenges where they provide a sketch of how the page or card should look, but it’s up to the creator to decide what materials they will use. As you can see by the similarities, we were to use 9 squares with ribbon to separate them and an embellishment on the right-hand side. These cards are a great way to get rid of those small paper bits you might have leftover from another project. The base card was made from yellow card stock measuring 4-1/4″ x 9″, folded in half. Each small square measures 1-1/4″ square and was punched with Stampin’ Up‘s ‘Postage Stamp’ punch. One could easily just use a cutter to get the appropriate size square. For the center of the flower on the left, I used a green brad. On the right, I used a self-adhesive ‘gem’. Both flowers were stuck to the cards with Glue Dots.

pink polka dots

orange HB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These next two cards have similarities as well, although they look quite different. The sketch for this one required a contrasting rectangle with a ribbon of some kind down the middle. The sentiment needed to be nearly centered on the card with embellishments above and below it, along with a bow near the bottom.

I used a base card of 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ folded in half. The center rectangle measured 3-3/4″ x 4-3/4″. The Happy Birthdays were embossed using a Versa Mark sticky pad and black heat-activated embossing powder. I used two different stamps for it, one for the outer label and one for the words, which I cut from different paper and attached to the label with a glue runner. I used actual ribbon on the pink card for the central line, while I used Washi Tape (thin, self-adhesive ribbon) for the orange card. The bows were made with real ribbon and attached with Glue Dots.

I think that’s it, for today. I’ll share more with you next week. 🙂

Crafty Wednesday

Hello fellow crafters & bloggers!

I thought I’d try a different format for my cards, today, for those people who might want to make one like it. I will introduce them to you then supply you with a list of what I used and describe the process.

It’s been a rather hectic 2 weeks so I didn’t get as many cards made as I had hoped, but I did get the ones done that were needed! A dear friend is retiring this year after working in our school division for about 35 years, so of course I had to make her a card! I made this one big enough that all the staff in her class would have room to sign it and add a comment or two. Mrs. L. is a very colourful and gregarious person so the card reflects that – as did her retirement party this past Monday night. The theme for the party was colour!

Supply List

Fanciful labels

1 sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ yellow card stock
Purple card stock (large paisley)
Blue card stock (small paisley)
Green card stock (frame for sentiment)
Orange Card stock (small butterfly)
White card stock (sentiments)
Yellow card stock (large butterfly)
8 1/2″ feathery ribbon
Glue Dots – large & small

Sticky Dots Die-cut Adhesive
Fanciful Labels embossing folder by Cricut (I used the yellow shape)
Cuttlebug plus ‘C’ plate & 2 ‘B’ plates (or a Big Shot)
Versa Mark (or similar) sticky pad for heat embossing
Close To My Heart‘s Sonoma Workshop On The Go acrylic stamp set (or any other style of paisley stamps)
Large swirl from CTMH Love Life clear acrylic stamp set

9 green mini jewels
1 copper-colored mini jewel
1 pink silk flower, 1 3/4″ in diameter
1 small plastic flower (or flower-shaped brad)
small butterfly stamp (I used one from Martha Stewart‘s butterfly clear acrylic stamp set)

Scotch® Quick Dry Adhesive 59mlScotch brand Quick Dry Adhesive (I like this brand because it has a fine spout that’s perfect for gluing on the jewels)
Copper embossing powder
Black embossing powder
Green embossing powder
large butterfly stamp (I used one from Martha Stewart‘s set)
white card stock
green paper
orange/yellow poppy specialty paper
2 1/2″ scalloped circle punch
Lacy Labels embossing folders by Cricut
Microsoft Word for printing the sentiments
non-heat embossing powders in green & gold

Directions

1. Fold the yellow card stock in half.
2. Attach the feather ribbon with small Glue Dots along the left-hand side of the card about a 1/2″ from the edge.
3. Cut out the green label using the Fanciful Labels embossing folder & your Cuttlebug. Then, with your sharp pointy scissors, cut neatly along the inside rim of the label.
4. Print out the sentiments, making sure that the ‘Happy Retirement’ is no longer than the inside dimension of the label you just cut out.
5. Carefully attach the label over the sentiment with sticky dots, then centre on card and attach with Sticky Dots.
6. Stamp the paisley prints (large on purple, small on blue card stock) using your sticky pad and then sprinkle with black embossing powder.
7. Use the heat tool to melt the embossing just until it becomes shiny.
8. Carefully cut out your paisley prints and attach to card using the Sticky Dots.
9. Attach silk flower just below the label/sentiment with a large raised Glue Dot. Use a generous amount of Quick Dry Adhesive to attach the plastic flower onto the centre of the silk flower, then glue the copper-colored jewel to the centre of the plastic flower. Allow plenty of time for the glue to dry. (As an alternative, you could use a flower-shaped brad for the centre of the silk flower.)
10. Use Versa Mark to stamp the swirly design beneath the flower and sentiment on an angle. Add the green embossing powder and heat. Glue on the green mini-jewels onto the ends of the swirly bits.
11. Use Versa Mark to stamp the small butterfly on the orange card stock. Add the copper-colored embossing powder and heat. Cut carefully around the outline of the butterfly and attach it to the bottom right corner of the card with a large Glue Dot.

For the inside of the card, use the Cuttlebug to emboss the frame. Carefully cut around the outside of the frame. Brush the leaves with the green non-heat embossing powder and the flowers with the gold. Brush off any excess. Attach the frame to the inside of the card with sticky dots.
2. Punch out a scalloped circle of the orange/yellow poppies. Carefully cut around the sentiment and place it over the centre of this circle. Use sticky dots to affix to the centre of the green frame.
3. Stamp & heat emboss the large butterfly with black embossing powder. Use large Glue Dot to attach to the bottom of the frame below the sentiment.

This card was for one of the students I have worked with since he started Middle School. He is now 21 and will be graduating, this year. He is in a wheelchair and wears braces over his ankles with the imprint of a motorcycle on each one, so I decided to use a motorcycle theme for his card.

Supplies

5 1/2″ x 2 1/5″ Pale green paper for the grass plus another strip 5 1/2″ x 1 3/4″
3″x 3″ pice of darker green paper for inside
5 1/2″ x 1 3/4″ piece of pale blue or ‘cloud-patterned’ paper for the sky
brown card stock
Sookwang sheet (double sided adhesive sheet) – one piece 5 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ (same as the green paper) & another piece the same size as the road
yellow, white & red glitter mixed together (maybe a teaspoon, altogether)
CTMH Born To Ride clear acrylic stamp set (Born To Ride, Motorcycle stamps)
CTMH Dreamin’ Workshop on the Go clear acrylic stamp set (leaf pattern)
CTMH Hero Alphabet clear acrylic stamp set (1, 2, !, &)
CTMH Pure Adventure clear acrylic stamp set (the flying goose)
Versa Mark sticky pad
Black embossing powder
heat tool
sharp scissors
black ink pad
green ink pad
The boy was from a set of paper dolls I got a long time ago and I don’t remember where I got them or what the name of it was.
3-D double-sided sticky squares
The ‘Happy Birthday’ stamp was from the bargain bins at Michael’s
Cuttlebug, ‘C’ plate & 2 ‘B’ plates
Happy Birthday embossing folder

Directions

1. Draw a road on the green paper to the ‘horizon’. Cut out pieces. Trace shapes onto Sookwang and cut out.
2. Trace the road you’ve just cut out onto the brown card stock. Peel off the backing of the Sookwang from the piece that matches the road shape and affix to the front part of the brown road. Remove the rest of the backing and sprinkle the glitter onto the sticky surface. Rub the glitter around so that no stickiness is left. Cut enough Sookwang to cover the back of the road.
3. Snip the road-side edge of the green paper that will go on the right-hand side to look like grass. Attach the matching piece of Sookwang to this pice of ‘grass’ and attach to the bottom right-hand side of the card front.
4. Peel the Sookwang backing from the road and stick into place under the grassy fringe.
5. Match up the left-hand side of grass with the Soowkang and attach grass to the card.
6.  Stamp the motorcycle, numbers, & sentiments using Versa Mark and black embossing powder. Heat until shiny. Carefully cut around each piece.
7. Stamp the flying goose in black ink at the top left-hand corner of ‘sky’.
8. Stamp leaf patterns in the ‘grass’. if you want them to overlap, use the extra piece of green paper and cut out the patterns to suit your taste.
9. Place the boy on the motorcycle and tape the back so he does not fall off the bike. Use 3-D squares to affix the motorcycle and boy as shown.
10 Inside, use the Cuttlebug to emboss a piece of green paper with the ‘Happy Birthday’ embossing folder. Glue to the centre of the card. Attache the sentiments with 3-D squares as shown.

Phew! That seems like a lot of work when I write it out this way! I hope I remembered to tell you everything. Let me know if I’ve missed a step, or if something seems confusing.

Do you prefer this format, or the previous, more chatty version to describe how I made my cards?