Saturday, April 26, 2014

No cards for a while

I just had surgery on my wrist and elbow so won't be blogging for a few weeks.  Hope to be back to making more cards soon.

Ann

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mother's Day Butterfly Baskets

I've been working on making more of the butterfly baskets for Mother's Day but this time making matching cards to go with them.  All of these are headed to the church so they can sell them to raise money for various local charities.







Sunday, April 13, 2014

Stampin' Up Butterfly card

Sorry I haven't posted in a while; it's been so nice out here in Maryland that my husband and I have been doing a lot of yardwork and taking advantage of the nice weather while we have it.

Below is a Mother's Day card made using the Stampin' Up butterfly punch that coordinates with the butterfly stamp set.  The background is a new embossing folder by Spellbinders called Grand Dainty Dots which is an 8.5 x 11" embossing folder.  So if you don't have a Spellbinders Grand Calibur or other machine that is wide enough to fit this EF, don't buy it cause you won't be able to use it.  It will not fit in a Cuttlebug or Vagabond.





Friday, April 4, 2014

Butterfly Baskets

QBee's Quest had designed a butterfly basket template that had to be manually cut out...........you can see her blog here and get the template for free:

http://qbeesquest.blogspot.com/2009/05/im-so-wicked-in-nice-way.html

I liked the template but did not want to have to manually cut them all out,  especially since all of the baskets are being donated to a local church where they will try to sell them and raise money for various missions.

Regina Easter at The Cutting Cafe had helped me previously with some cut files, so I asked if she could take the pdf that QBee's Quest had designed and turn it into an svg cut file that I could cut out on my Cricut.  Regina has been great every time I've asked her for help, never taking a penny for the time it took her to make the svgs.  You can see her amazing website here and see all of her shaped cards, printable stamps, and cutting files:

www.thecuttingcafe.typepad.com

My hands thank you Regina.............I didn't have to cut a single thing manually when making these baskets.  I let my Cricut do all the work.  If any of you out there have Sure Cuts a Lot and would like the cut file of the butterfly basket, just email me and I will send it to you.

These are some of the baskets on their way to the church to be sold in time for Easter and Mother's Day:


 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hollyhocks birthday card

I'm going to enter this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wed. challenge which is Birthday cards.  It's the first time I've used the Hollyhocks die from Impression Obsession and found out how big it really is.  The flowers are almost 5" tall from bottom of stem to top of stem.  I had to cut out a taller fence based on that.  The fence is an svg from www.birdscards.com  that I cut out using Sure Cuts a Lot.

One thing I forgot to do with the hollyhocks is ink the centers a little and roll them with a stylus on a mat to give them some dimension.  I ended up cutting out a second set of hollyhocks in each color, cutting the flowers off the stems, then inking the middles and rolling them.  After I adhered them on top of the first layer of flowers and filled the centers with Stickles.  It was a lot of work but would  have been less work if I had thought to ink and roll the centers the first time.

You can see the first card with the flat flowers and then the fix to it where I added dimension and Stickles:



IO Hollyhocks die