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

Well, looking out the window this morning, I see winter has reasserted itself with another layer of the white stuff covering everything. Hope it’s warmer wherever you are. Okay, enough complaining and on to the cards!

Mar24

Let’s start with this masculine card. The base is brown card stock, cut to 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ & folded in half. I used a piece of lined paper and one of the stars print paper, both from Bo Bunny, cut to 2-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ each and taped their backs together with plain cellophane tape. On the lined paper, I stamped “Happy Birthday” and “You’re a star” in brown ink. With the same brown ink, I stamped 2 stars using stamps from Close To My Heart‘s ‘Typeset’ Workshop on the Go set, one on orange card stock, the other on yellow and carefully cut them out. I popped them up off the card using 3D squares. Before attaching the two pieces of patterned paper to the card base, I cut a piece of yellow ribbon 4-1/2″ long. With a piercing tool, I made five holes near the centre of the ribbon and attached small star-shaped brads. Then I attached the ribbon to the seam of the two papers, wrapping the ends around the edge and fastening them securely with Sookwang double-sided tape. The last step was to centre the star/lined paper onto the card base, attaching it all with Sookwang.

April9

This masculine card also has a brown card stock base (8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, folded in half), as well as a piece of cream-coloured card stock (5″ x 3-3/4″) and paper with a brown and green swirly pattern (4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″). On a separate piece of cream card stock, I stamped “Happy Birthday” and a clock face and hands (from a stamp set by Recollections) using my Versa Mark sticky pad and sprinkling black embossing powder over the image, shaking off the excess. I used my heat tool to set the powder and then cut out both the sentiment and clock face images with my 2″ circle punch. I carefully cut around the clock hands and attached them to the clock face with a small black brad. I used a glue runner to attach the sentiment on the left and pop-up (3D) squares to attach the clock. I centered the patterned paper to the cream card stock and fastened it securely with double-sided tape. Then, I cut a 5-1/2″ long piece of green/brown polka dot ribbon, wrapped it around the patterned & cream-coloured card stock and attached it with Sookwang. Finally, I attached the whole piece onto the card base with Sookwang.

April 8

The last card for today is one of my favourites, to date. It has a red card stock base (same as above), a piece of orange paper cut to 5″ x 3-3/4″ and a sheet of diamond-patterned paper cut to 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″. In the centre of the patterned paper, I cut out a frame that was 2″ x 1-1/2″. I then cut a piece of cream-coloured card stock that was 2-1/2″ x 1″ as a base for the dragon, which was cross-stitched on plastic canvass by my talented friend, who has so generously cross-stitched numerous card designs for me. I attached the dragon to a sheet of Sookwang and carefully cut around it. Peeling off the backing, I attached it to the small rectangle of cream card stock. Centering the orange paper to the base card, I attached it with glue runner, then attached the patterned paper to the centre of the orange paper, also with glue runner. I centered the cream card stock with the dragon design and attached it with more Sookwang – but I wasn’t done, yet!

I searched Goodreads for a quote about dragons and found the one by Ilona Andrews from her book, Fate’s Edge, that reads: “If the sky could dream, it would dream of dragons.” I printed it onto cream card stock, cut it out and sponged around the edges with orange ink, Then, I attached it with pop-up squares to the top left-hand corner. Inside, I wrote, “Hope your birthday is filled with dreams of dragons.” I gave it to my son-in-law who is a fan of fantasy stories, especially when they involve dragons. I’m sure most of you fall into that category, too! 🙂

Here’s hoping you all have a crafty day and dream of dragons! 🙂

Crafty Wednesday

Here we are again, another Wednesday, and I have a few more cards to show you. A couple were inspired by a quote I found on C. B. Wentworth‘s site. She had made another journal page using a quote by George Moore: “A man travels the world to find what he needs and finds it when he gets home.” I thought it would make a great saying for my masculine birthday cards, so she challenged me to use it. Here are the results:

For this card, front and inside, I used the Stampin’ Up set Open Sea. I used copper embossing powder to brighten up the compass and anchor. I used my Crop A Dile (the link will send you to a demo of the device, if you’re interested) to attach the copper eyelets through which I threaded the twine.

Before I started crafting my cards using embellishments, I used a program called Printmaster Gold, the original version. It only works on Windows 95 or XP, but I love the graphics of this program and it is so easy to use, better than subsequent versions. (I bought the Platinum version that works on my MAC but don’t like it nearly as much) I often print some of the pictures onto card stock, cut them out and use them on my cards. I used the scroll graphic from the program for the quote and the greeting inside this card and the other style, below.

For this card, I used Stampin’ Up’s Plane and Simple stamp set. After stamping the plane, compass and goggles with black ink, I added a bit of colour with my shiny paints, using the white for the goggle lenses and over the compass to give it a bit of sheen and the silvery grey paint for around the lenses. I also used a brown cream chalk to brush over the plane and goggle straps. I have some old wallpaper books, one of which has some great map prints which I used, here. You can also buy designer paper with a similar look. At Walmart, I found an inexpensive bag of assorted buttons, three of which I thought would add a finishing touch to the inside of this card. Again, I used my Printmaster Gold program for the scrolls.

Here’s another card I made recently for a little girl. I embossed the front of the card using my Cuttlebug and the Happy Birthday embossing folder. The little girl on the front was a made with a stamp I borrowed from my sister-in-law, so I am not sure what its name is or what type of stamp it is. She also had a little boy stamp, which I haven’t used yet, but you will most likely see it on another card I’ll make in the near future. I used black embossing powder to make the girl’s outline stand out and added colour with my shiny paint set. The black-embossed ‘b is for birthday’, the cupcake and the candle came in the SU set called Party Hearty. The presents stamp was from a bargain set of clear acrylic birthday stamps I picked up at Michael’s. I stamped each box with a different colour chalk ink pad and outlined the boxes in gel pen colours. The sentiment was one I created using MS Word and printed onto white card stock. The ribbon was one of the bargains I picked up at the scrapbook weekend a couple of weeks ago, put on by the owner of The Scrapbook Cottage.

This card is intended for one of the grown-up ladies on my list. The holes for the stitching were made with a roller punch to make sure the holes were equidistance apart. I used a coral-coloured embroidery floss to stitch in and out, then tied a bow through the two centre holes. I used the ‘Anywhere’ Scalloped Square Punch by Martha Stewart Crafts to punch out the centre piece so the Happy Birthday could show through. The 8 scalloped squares were made with the Stampin’ Up Postage Stamp punch. The SU Boho Blossoms Punch cut out the flower shapes, while the Five Petal Flower punch did the leaf shapes. I cut the flower petals out to make the leaves and attached them with glue runner tape. The buttons were attached with Glue Dots. The Happy Birthday was embossed with black embossing powder onto a 2″ scalloped circle cut out with a SU punch. I glitter-embossed the flowers inside the card using the Boho Blossoms stamp from SU’s Language of Friendship stamp set. The sentiment, “May all your wishes come true” was created using a bargain-bin stamp from Michael’s.

Well, I think that about covers it, for now. Hope this might get YOUR creative juices flowing. Now, I have to pack up a few things for my Scrapbooking class. Next week, I’ll show you the pages I make tonight. What have YOU crafted lately?