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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Carried Away.....

I'm totally loving today's card.   I was up late last night, crafting, which is rare on a Friday because I am usually exhausted.   I grew up in the country and often times, in the summer, we would see hot air balloons.   Somehow they are just a sign of summer to me.   I saw the 3D hot air balloon on a tag in a magazine and loved it!   This is a square gate fold card with a yellow base.   The blue mat is core'dinations paper and the hot air balloon print is American Crafts City Park collection (love it).   The balloons were cut using the Summer in Paris cartridge and then I trimmed them down a little for each layer and cut off the 'strings' and basket.  I put pop dots between the layers to make the stand up.   I also added some string of my own and a basket and then inked all of the edges of the balloon's layers.  

The frame behind the balloon was done with a Martha Stewart Punch around the page and then I put a piece of cardstock behind it so that the dots would pop out more.  The stamp is from Studio 112.   I used 4 different colors of twine from the Twinery, that I won from my blogger buddy, Amber, over at My 3 E Scrapbooking.  Thanks Amber!

I used the same border punch for the inside mat and then cut a printed sentiment out with the balloon shadow for the inside.  I had to cut the 'strings' off of the one inside because the paper was thin paper and the strings tore when cutting.  :(  I still like it though!

Leaving the Hive

My oldest niece is now a high school graduate and is getting ready for her graduation party.  Her school mascot is the Bee.   I created this card using the Sentiments cartridge.   The beehive was cut at 3" and the bee at 2".   I used this honeycomb embossed paper that I picked up in a stack by Carson, at the Flower Factory.  SUPER CUTE and fitting for the theme!

The card is a 5x5 square.  The mat paper is from the DCWV Lemon Flower stack (her school colors are green and yellow).  I have some silver plastic glitter ribbon from Christmas that I used a Fiskars border punch on (although you can't see it that well in the picture).   I added these to the left and right side with thin strips of black ribbon.   I pop dotted the hive and then glued the body of the bee but, pop dotted the wings to make them pop off the card.  The stamp is from a Hamton Arts set.

On the inside, I printed the sentiment 'we heard you would bee leaving the hive.  Congratulations' and stamped some little bees from American Crafts set.  I used the same border punch on the yellow strips inside as well as the silver strips and black ribbon, 

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Happy Birthday Little Lady

Hello all!  Today is a card that turned into a bag and matching wrapping paper for my friend's daughter's 3rd BD.   She loves Strawberry Shortcake and since that isn't a Cricut cartridge, I decided to just do strawberries. 
The main cut here is the sentiment, cut from Birthday Bash at 3 3/4",   It included a ladybug that I cut off to use later.  I used solid pink for the shadow and cut the sentiment using TCP Studio Spring Break stack.   The mat strawberry paper is from the DCWV Sweet stack and the frame is cut from the Just Because Cards cartridge, using the frame function of the Peas cut, at 6" from DCWV Nana's Kitchen paper. 
The berries are cut from Preserves and then embossed with the Swiss Dots folder.   I added a little American Crafts ribbon as well.

For the bag, I used the single Strawberry on Preserves and cut it at 4" I think.   I also embossed it and inked the edges of the leaf.    Have a great day all!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Sweet Berries

Today is another two style card day.   I'm trying to make two card styles for every card I make, for many reasons but I won't get into that.  I started with the Tacky Tuesday Challenge over at the September 9th blog.   The requirement is to use any kind of berry and the word berry.   The bottom sentiment includes berry but, it is hard to read because the font of that stamp isn't very thick.  I cut the raspberries from the Preserves cartridge at 3 1/2".   I used paper from Colorbok and stamps from My Pink Stamper and Scrappy Moms.   I embossed the berries with the tiny bubbles folder and then inked the leaves and attached.  I also added the little ball ribbon at the bottom.   BERRY SWEET!