A Happy 19th!

My niece, Molly, turns 19 in December this year. However, we decided that we would celebrate her birthday while she and her family were visiting for Thanksgiving. The current Stuck On U Die Cut Challenge to incorporate numbers in your project was the perfect inspiration for my niece’s card:

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I decided to do something a little different from the standard A2 design and chose the side-step pattern for my card base, which is cut from Lagoon Cardstock. I used the hip and happenin’ Laughing Lola paper pack by Close To My Heart for the pattern paper. The sentiment, from the Just A Number stamp set, is stamped in Lagoon Exclusive Ink on White Daisy cardstock. I cut the sentiment out using a punch from my collection and layered it onto Black cardstock and Laughing Lola patterned paper and then popped it up with dimensional adhesive. I used two tiny black sequins from the Mini Medley Black Accent collection and added two bitty sparkles in the middle for some bling.

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The 19 and Polaroid-style frames were cut using the Cricut Artbooking cartridge. I cut the 19 twice and used the White Daisy numbers as shadows for the plaid. The white makes the numbers pop off the raspberry background. The heart and polka dot background are both stamped in Lagoon Exclusive ink on White Daisy cardstock. I fussy cut around the heart and popped it up with dimensional adhesive. The polka dot background is layered on Black cardstock and Laughing Lola paper. I added a larger sequin and sparkle combo for pizzazz. The bow is made from Color Ready Seam Binding ribbon, to which I added a black sparkly button from the Mini Medley with a medium rhinestone from the Laughing Lola assortment attached to the center.

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I cut the Polaroid frames twice–once in Laughing Lola and once in Lagoon cardstock and layered them together. This gives them a little extra stability so that I can attach them to the card off-center. I added some more Color Ready Seam Binding ribbon with a large button and bling combo to finish everything off.

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Here’s a view from the side. The card is too thick at the base for a standard envelope (especially when you slide in a gift card!), so I created a little envelope box to pack it in.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. For more number inspiration, stop by Stuck On U sketches and see the beautiful creations the rest of the design team has made for you. Have a fantastically creative weekend!

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Birthdays Galore

This is the fourth birthday card I’ve made in the last week. Between the cards and a going away scrapbook I made for some neighbors (photos to be posted shortly), and the kids being out of school, it’s been a little hectic around here. I completely forgot to take pictures of the other three cards, but I hope you enjoy this one.

The orange cardstock is from a primary stack by Momenta. The lime green cardstock and heart paper are both by Doodlebug. The bird is cut from various cardstock by Creative Memories. The base is cut at 4-inches from the Cindy Loo cartridge. The card is 3 1/2-inches square, and the heart paper is cut at 3 1/4-inches square. The bird is cut at 2 3/4-inches from the 3 Birds on Parade cartridge. The ribbon is from a role I picked up on sale at Michaels a long time ago.

Have a great week!

Peace, Love and Birthdays

Have you ever had one of those projects where everything went wrong? This was one of those projects. The funny thing is that it actually turned out much better because of the changes I had to make to fix the mistakes. There’s a life lesson in there somewhere!

The bag is cut from the gift bag on the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge. I used my Gypsy so I could cut the handles off and make the bag itself larger. (It’s cut at roughly 11.5 x 22 inches.) The “Happy Birthday” is from the Potpourri cartridge. I cut it out of chipboard first. Then I cut it out of green paper and covered the chipboard.

The orange paper is from the ProvoCraft 12×24 primary stack. The blue and green are from The Paper Company value packs, Seaside and Mardi Gras. The ribbon is from the Michael’s dollar bin. I use the Cuttle Bug dots folder to emboss the paper. The ink and stamps are also from Michael’s dollar bin. (Love those!)

The peace signs were cut by hand. Oddly enough, I don’t have a cartridge with one on it. The flowers are from a Creative Memories micro punch that I think has been retired (though I’m sure there’s probably one lurking about on eBay). It has a flower, frog, fish and butterfly on one punch.

This is going to a friend of my daughter’s. Hope she like it, and you do, too!

Cheers!

Birthday Chick card

May is turning out to be a delightful month for card-making. In addition to Mother’s Day cards for my mom and mother-in-law, we have three children’s birthdays, a brunch, and a garden party to attend. (And that’s just what’s on the calendar so far, plus the 5 thank-you cards and gifts for teachers.) The creative juices get flowing just thinking about it!

This is a card I made for my daughter’s friend who had her 9th birthday party today. The little girl really likes purple, so I tried to incorporate that as much as possible.

The card and matching envelope are the “Circle Card” from the Cricut Wild Card Cartridge. Both are cut at 4 inches. The card stock is from the primary colors, double-sided stack by Momenta. I did a reverse cut for the envelop so that the inside of the envelope and its liner coordinates with the outside of the card. The liner paper is from a retired pack by Creative Memories (CM). (I tried to track down the name, but failed. Anyone know it?)
The bird is from the Cricut Create a Critter cartridge and is cut at 2.25 inches. The black base card stock is CM, and the yellow and orange are scraps I had left from the Momenta stack. I used Star Dust Stickles to add some bling. The orange part of the flower is one of the layers for the bird. The coordinating base is from the “Friendship” shape-maker from CM. The large flower is made from the two-in-one Flower and the 1.5-inch Circle shape-makers, also CM. The bling on the flower came with a dollar stamp I bought at Michael’s a long time ago. The “for you” and “friend” stamps were also purchased at Michael’s, but I can’t remember the manufacturer. The red ink is by Ink It Up.

Hope you enjoy it.

Cheers!

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