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2015-04-25; April Shoebox project by Chrissy

2015/04/25

For our second project of the evening; Chrissy showed us how to make a waterfall card. She was so patient with us, and took us though the whole project step by step. She also pre-cut and scored everything for us to make things go super smoothly.

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I could have colored the pictures but for the sake of time, I skipped that part. Actually I think it looks find un-colored. I thought it was fun that she used DP that I gave her a few months ago. It sure made for a colorful project. Maybe I should pull mine out and use it…

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Thank you Chrissy for taking all of our guff while you patiently showed us how to make this fun design!

2015-04-24; April Shoebox meeting @ Jane’s!

2015/04/24

This month the shoebox meeting was at Jane’s so I thought I’d share her project first.

I know that she just bought the stamp set and matching dies from one of the last SU stamp camps that we went to together. It was fun playing with her new things! We made this fun “happy” card.

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I like the extra stitching that we added and the gold crochet threat makes this fun card pop!

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Thanks Jane for hosting this month. Tell your husband I enjoyed one last lemon bar when he wasn’t looking ;-)

2015-04-22; Crown for the Queen

2015/04/22

For the month of May I’m in a swap where I need to make a card with the theme “Queen”. Since I’ve been into making Cricut cards that’s where I turned as I knew I had seen a crown somewhere in one of my Cricut books. And I found it! The crown was cut from the cartridge Birthday Cakes at 3-3/4″.

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And I found a sentiment with the word queen in it too! This was found on the cartridge Graphically Speaking. I cut it out at 1-1/4″. Originally this was cut from the same cardstock as the card base, dark brown. However; it didn’t show up very well on the card front. To give it contrast I used white distress stain, coated it with lacquer and then sprinkled with champagne colored glitter.

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To get the insets and top star to look more like jewels I added red glitter with lacquer on top. It really makes those cardstock pieces glow like a gem.

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Since I don’t have fancy programs or gadgets to connect the two card pieces, I manually attached two card blanks together and made my own hinge.

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And one last look at the card before you go on about your day…

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I’m really liking all the shaped cards! It’s nice to get out of the rectangle for a while. And did you notice? I actually finished a card for a MAY swap. Let’s pat myself on the back for that one :-)

2015-04-16; Graphically Speaking — Paper Clip Art

2015/04/16

Today I’m sharing another of the butterfly’s that I cut with the Cricut using the cartridge Graphically Speaking. This butterfly was cut out at 1 3/4″, filled with micro marbles and mounted on a paper clip.

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This could be called “clip art” however; to most of the world that would mean something completely different. So we’ll call it Paper Clip Art.

Thanks for stopping by!

2015-04-15; Butterfly in Flight; Graphically Speaking

2015/04/15

I was cutting butterfly’s with my Cricut from cartridge Graphically Speaking. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them, but here is my first take.

Cricut cut butterfly and “trail” from cartridge Graphically Speaking at 2 3/4″; butterfly was filled with micro marbles; sentiment by Hero Arts; Inspiration prints-dragonfly and die cut using Spellbinders Floral Ovals.

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I filled the butterfly with micro marbles. I was able to do this as I had cut multiple butterfly’s, stacked and glued them in place giving me a small space where the marbles could fill in.

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The sentiment is by Hero Arts and is called Inspiration Prints-dragonfly. I masked off the other images on the stamp and just used the sentiment.

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And one final look before you go on about your day…

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2015-04-14; Decorated Paper Clips

2015/04/14

Last week I saw some decorated paper clips. I thought they would be a fun addition to my cards. For the past few days I worked on a couple of styles. Yesterday you may have seen the tiny coffee cups.

Today I will share the very first ones that I made.

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The Ladybugs are purchased glittery stickers. I attached them to the clip and then backed them with card stock.

The “banner” style clips are made using burlap ribbon, a purchased ribbon flower and leaf punches by Martha Stewart.

These will be fun to share with my stamping friends…now to figure a way to incorporate them right into the cards!

2015-04-13; Cricut’s Graphically Speaking; coffee cup

2015/04/13

Over the weekend I played with making decorated paper clips. I used the Cricut and the cartridge Graphically Speaking. Once those were put together I decided to make a matching card. The card was cut at 4″ and can be found on page 55 of the booklet. Here is how it turned out…

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The sentiment was stamped in coffee colored ink (what else?) and is by Stampin Up from the set Espresso Yourself. I die cut using Spellbinders dies Floral Ovals and Classic Ovals.

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I don’t have a fancy editing program for the Cricut so I attached the two pieces manually by scoring the front piece only and then making a hinge. The inside of the card was then matted and another sentiment stamped. This sentiment is also by Stampin Up from the set What’s Brewin? See the green border on the bottom? That is a left over die cut piece from making the little paper clip decorations.

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I have just begun to decorate paper clips. The die cutting and paper piecing is pretty putzy, even for me. However; I did find it to be a relaxing, fun thing to do using the cricut. I cut these out at 1″. Once they were all cut, assembled and attached to the clip I coated them with Mod Podge for durability.
I also made a little “bracket” for the clips to be attached to on the inside of the card so they wouldn’t be flying around in the envelope. Its just a narrow piece of card stock, scored on each end and attached with red line tape.

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One more look at the card before you go on about your day…

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Thanks for stopping by today and checking over my weekend project.

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