Friday, June 24, 2011

End of the school year - "Life is Good"

My son finished school for this year on Tuesday.  In the fall, he'll start grade 12 - his final year in high school.  He'll be working this summer at a plant nursery and hopes to find some time for his favourite activities - fishing, biking and swimming.

Here's the card that I made for him:

The card base is DCWV Shimmer in brown.  The next layer was K & Company Roam in yellow.  Only two Cricut cartridges were used for this card:  Everyday Paper Dolls for the bicycle, swimmer and fishing rod and fish and Graphically Speaking for the saying.  The swimmer was cut at 3 1/2 inches and various scraps of cardstock were used for the swimming trunks, hair, and accessories.  The bicycle was done in green and black - the actual colours of his bike.  The saying "Life is Good" was cut using two different shades of green cardstock.  The corners were rounded. 
So it is officially the beginning of summer for us and "Life is Good"!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Relaxing in my bath!

To mark the end of my daughter's second year of university, I made her a simple card.  Throughout the year, to manage her stress and to relax, she takes a bath.  So here is her card:

I used a free cartridge that I had received, called Ornamental Iron for the background using Bazzil cardstock and the silver is DCWV Shimmer.  I used  "A Child's Year" for the girl in the bath tub using DCWV Taj Mahal cardstock.  I didn't add any other embellishments.

Félicitations ma chérie!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Happy Birthday to a dear niece

My niece celebrated her birthday on Sunday.  I had her card hand delivered by my brother given the possibility of a postal strike (which indeed became reality).  My niece loves purses and shopping so I thought this would suit her perfectly.

The character was cut using Everyday Paper Dolls at 3 1/2 inches.  The card frame was cut using Elegant Edges on DCWV TajMahal cardstock.  I used acetate for the cupcake frame.  I added a polka dot sparkling ribbon and a metal tag.  So Happy Birthday and hope she had a fantastic day!

Monday, June 20, 2011

A parade of "3 Birds on Parade"

As some of you know, there is a Cricut cartridge called 3 Birds on Parade.  I made several cards this past month using it.  It has been fun to make the birds more life-like.

The first card was for my husband for our 23rd wedding anniversary:

The birds were cut using DCWV Shimmer cardstock.  The background is Boys will be Boys cardstock.  I embellished the flowers and created a bow in her hair with pearls.  The base was in brown cardstock using the Sizzix folder then stamped with Happy Anniversary.  I added Daisyd's fabric flowers with American Crafts mini jewel brads.
The next card was a "congratulations" for a dear university graduate.

I used DCWV Shimmer cardstock for the background.  The green frame is cut using Elegant Edges cartridge.  The birdhouse is from Stretch your Imagination cartridge and unfortunately I do not remember which cartridge I used for the saying "Congrats". 

The next two cards were the Father's Day cards from my children to my husband.

For this card, most of the cardstock came from Sei Oasis collection for the patterned paper and Bazzil for the solid colours.  I simply added a small ribbon for embellishment. 

As above, the cardstock was Sei Oasis for the patterned paper and Bazzil for the solid.  The background is DCWV Shimmer.  I used Elegant Edges cartridge for the frame using K and Company embossed paper.  I inked the edges of the marshmallow to give it the "cooked appearance".  I added a simple ribbon and rounded the edges. 

I hope you enjoyed these birds!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Come Sail With Me!

It's nice to be back and posting my work!  Here is the birthday card that I made for my brother-in-law...I knew he liked boats, didn't realize that he really loves sailboats!

For this particular card, I used a few cartridges - Gyspy Wanderings for the sailboat and Elegant Edges for the background.  I inked the sail and added a few button embellishments with twine.  The paper was DCWV Shimmer paper and Boys will Be Boys cardstock.

I look forward to your feedback!

Fabulous Fifty

A dear family member turned 50 on Monday...should I say who it was?  It was my dear sister and I made this special card just to celebrate her!

The card was made to look like a storefront window that I designed using the Gypsy and welding the rectangles.  I placed a piece of acetate over the women's items secured with heart brads and then placed the sentiment "Be Fabulous" on pop-up dots.  All cuts were done using the Cricut cartridge - Gypsy Wanderings but I used two different types of paper.  I added sequin ribbon to the dress, a flower for the shoe and a shimmering brad for the hat.  I used the Cuttlebug polka dot folder for the white background.

I also made her a small wallet folder to include some money in the envelope.  Hope she has a wonderful day at a spa. 
The technique  for making the folder was from Splitcoaststampers but you can view a great video here Paper Boutique Blog - Business Card Folder

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Anniversary Cards - June

It has been a very long time since I've posted on my blog!  The good news is that I have been creating a lot of cards this past month - for birthdays, wedding anniversaries, end of school year celebrations and even a few Christmas cards.

So tonight, I will first show you the anniversary card that I made for my dear brother and his wife.  They celebrated 31 years of marriage and I wish them many more years of happiness!

I used Damask Decor for the cut on the front using a DCWV Shimmer Stack cardstock.  It is such a pretty cartridge that does such nice intricate cuts.  I simply embellished the front with a navy ribbon with sequins.  Inside, I made the "Love" accent with a stamp, embossing powder and a metal tag.  Simple yet elegant!

The next anniversary card was for my niece and her husband.  They were celebrating their second wedding anniversary.  Their wedding colours included purple so that was the theme for my card.  I wish them also much happiness and love for many years to come!

I used Elegant Edges for the card design in deep purple, the vellum and the white cardstock.  The girl and boy were from A Child's Year cartridge using the shadow function too.  I stamped the Happy Anniversary on the front and inserted a small daisy on the inside along with the full sentiment.  I just added a few purple brads to finish it off. 

It's been fun using the Cricut and my new cartridges - Damask Decor and Elegant Edges.  I'll be posting more this week. Stay tuned!