Friday, May 30, 2014

Retirement Card - in - a - Box

A very good friend and ex- colleague retires from the teaching profession next month and today is her retirement party.  The card was inspired by a regular side fold card on Pinterest, but since I have the Graphic 45 By the Sea stack just waiting to be opened, I used SVGCuts Plain Box Cards file to make one more card - in - a - box.

Hope she likes it!  Thanks for visiting with me today.  : ) Christine

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Summer Treats

Have you ever made sour cream containers?  They really are quick and easy and require no die cutting at all.  I needed something fast but cute for next month's treats for the children at OHM and I was able to put together 24 of them in one afternoon.   The fun part of this treat is that being sour cream containers, they contain Trolli sour gummy treats! (I know, I need to get a life.  LOL!)                                Thanks for visiting with me today.  : )   Christine

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Ice Princess

Look what I've been doing... crafting for my DGD's birthday at the end of the month.  Can you guess the name of her favorite movie? LOL!  I've just got the drink wrappers to finish and plan on getting the girls to help me out when they stay over on Saturday.

The card-in-a-box file comes from SVGCuts and is super simple to construct.  There's a video available on the SVGCuts website.  

The Ice Princesses and Happy Snowman come from Miss Kate's Cuttables here.

The gift bag features the castle from Once Upon A Princess, the snowflakes are from A Child's Year and my favorite tag shape is from Art Philosophy.  Everything was cut on my Explore and the only problems I encountered came from the new, over-sticky mats that I used!

I am linking my gift bag to swell the entries at the Gift Wrapping Challenge over at BBTB2!  The DT's creations are truly inspiring. Check it out!

Thanks for visiting with me today.  : ) Christine

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Hanging Herbs!

Just a quick post to share with you the hanging herb gardens I made for DD and DDIL for Mother's Day.  I bought the chicken wire message centers from Craft Warehouse, removed the clothes pins and string - which as far as I was concerned was attached to the wrong side of the wire to start with!  DH and I added a stronger wire to hold the 3 inch pots in place.  (I WISH I could have found nicer pots to replace the original plastic ones!)

The top is covered in chalkboard vinyl and 'Herbs' is also cut from vinyl.  The font comes from Nursery Rhymes and is one of my favorite fonts.  It always cuts beautifully and is ornate but readable!

We are having beautiful weather this week so I have been able to get out in the garden to tend my own herbs. : ) Thanks for visiting with me today!   Christine


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Another Never -Ending Card!

While the rest of the card-making world is totally engrossed in making wonderful Cards - in - a - Box,  I am fixated on the Never - Ending card!  Ah well!  I'll probably catch up by Christmas.

I love how the Graphic45 stacks enhance this kind of card and the pages are SO pretty, that they need no embellishment, except perhaps a smidge of ink around the edges.

My second Mother's Day card is from the Secret Garden stack.  I added a tiny rose and some ribbon to the stamped tag.  (The tag is the only Cricut cut on the card!!!!!)

I finished the card just in time to link with the Exploring Cricut and More Mother's Day challenge here.

Thanks for visiting with me on this rainy Saturday!  : ) Christine

Friday, May 9, 2014

Mother's Day Card

Here's the first of my Mother's Day cards.  I usually make two - one for my DD and one for my DDIL.  (I will buy a posy of flowers for DD # 2 in memory of our angel GC)

The family traditionally has brunch at DH's Golf Club and the DGDs salivate over the menu in the weeks prior to the occasion and make plans to eat all their favorites.  Lovely!

I tried my hand at a trifold shutter card at Christmas following a pattern from SVGCuts.  This time I imported the file into Design Space and used the Explore to cut the pieces.  The roses were cut from Art Nouveau and the sentiment  phrase comes from Florals Embellished.  I used the Explore to write the outline of the phrase and then colored it in with glitter pens. The paper is from Graphic 45, of course.

The challenge over at BBTB2 this week is... Mother's Day!

I am also linking my card with Challenge Number 210 at FCCB.

To all you Moms, Grandmas and Aunties out there -  Happy Mother's Day!

Thanks for visiting with me today.  : ) Christine

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Never Ending Card

I have had this Lori Whitlock svg for a never ending card for ages and every time I opened it up, it looked too complicated to mess with.  On Saturday, National Scrapbooking Day, I was determined to just do it!

I cut out the card with scrap paper and after watching Lori's Youtube video, I was able to put it together.  Sooooo cool! 

O. K. Time for the real thing - a card for my DS's birthday.  I abandoned the svg and using Lori's measurements, I cut the card using my paper trimmer since I needed to use specific images to decorate the card.  To save time, I cut a square mask, placed it on the Good Ol' Sports papers, drew round the inside and cut it out!   Easy peasy.

 I decided to cut a band to hold the card together and added a label from Preserves and the sentiment 'Happy Birthday' from Wild Card 2.  There are so many layers and such dimension to this cut that it looks like chipboard when it's all put together.  I'll be using this image again!

The challenge at     FCCB
this week is to use patterned paper. All wight!  (As Master J is wont to say!)  Thanks for visiting with me today.  And try a never ending card yourself!  : ) Christine

Monday, May 5, 2014

Birthday Card for an 'Outdoor Man!'

Saturday was National Scrapbooking Day and I spent most of the day 'playing' in my Craft Room, browsing the 'net and visiting Craft Warehouse.  A perfect 'me' day!
My Cricut Circle sisters coordinated 2 days of challenges, tutorials and sharing and fun!  I learned so, so, much.

One of the first challenges was to make a project for a guy and you can see Diane's fabulous wallet mini here.

Awe inspiring and jaw dropping!  I love this Good Ol' Sports Graphic 45 stack and have a project to share with you later,  made with this paper pack.

I was able to combine this challenge with a project that was on my to - do list and again the card was inspired by one on Pinterest that used Stampin' Up products.  I used 'Animal Antics' for the background scene but replaced the trees with less cartoonish, more realistic cuts.  The elk and wolf come from 'Outdoor Man.'

This was a fun card to make and the BEST part was that when DH saw it he asked me to make one exactly like it for his friend's birthday in June.  He specified the exact same colors and papers.  Aghhh!  My hope is that he won't remember the exact same colors and papers by the time June rolls around and I can tweak it a little!

Happy Birthday, Jon!  Thanks for visiting with me today.  : )  Christine

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