Hello!

P1080319webWhen I saw these Greeting Bubbles from Designs on Cloud 9, that Hello shouted at me.  It asked me to make a set of note cards, so that’s just what I did.  This card uses a really versatile file, the Sunshine Card.  I love the sun’s rays; they add a really inspiring design element that is wonderful for a background for almost any kind of card.  I’m wondering how it would look if the rays were upside down coming out of a cloud like you see sometimes . . .  (I’ll have to find out!!)

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I didn’t use all the pieces of sun rays provided in the file.  I liked the look of the negative space in the greeting bubble and wanted to echo the look in the rays, so I just used every other one and chose yellow background paper for a card base.

P1080324webAnyway, the cute little flowers are borrowed from DC9’s Thanks Card.  I always have fun combining elements from different sets to see what I come up with!  And I made the grass using a Fiskars border punch.

P1080323webHere’s the set:

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Evelyn

 

 

 

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DCD Guest post – Anything Goes!

Thank you, Die Cuttin’ Divas, for having me as a guest designer!  And what a fun challenge!  I’ve been wanting to explore my Cricut cartridges so this fits the bill.  Most of the cuts from this side step card are from Summer Celebrations, the grass is from Designs on Cloud 9’s Hello Sweet Summer set, and the step card itself is from Lettering Delights.

P1080479webThe step card is #5 in the set, but I kind of folded it upside down or backwards to get the tall part on the right hand side to work with my bicycle.  I used the gypsy to cut everything:

The grill is cut at 2.5 inches.

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The tree is cut at 4.7 inches.

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P1080477webI loved the colors in the handbook, so that’s what I used.

P1080475webI love step cards.  You almost get to tell a story!!

Check out all the inspiration on the Die Cuttin’ Divas blog and then go back and link your project.  Anything goes!!

Evelyn

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Cut it Up – Shaped cards with a twist – Animal

CIU challenge blogTime for another challenge at Cut it Up!  This time, we were challenged to create a shaped card with a twist.  The twist was that it has to have an animal on it.

I chose an oval-shaped card, and the animal is a beautiful butterfly.

P1080160webP1080163webThe cut is from Lacy Labels Cricut cartridge.  I welded two cuts together on my Gypsy and cut them in white.  Then I printed the sentiment out just from my computer and used the Center Point function on my Cricut to cut the blue layers.  I used the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder for the little butterflies and put some rhinestones on for their bodies.

Here’s a peek at the inside:

P1080158webP1080161webCheck out Cut it Up Challenge Blog for some more inspiration, then get crafting!  You could win a $10 gift certificate from KaDoodle Bug Designs!

Evelyn

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Ice cream cart card

P1080268webI saw this adorable ice cream cart file at Designs on Cloud 9 and just had to make it up into a shaped card.  Sometimes you just know!  I’ve never seen an ice cream cart this cute in real life, but I’d buy a cone if this one came my way.

This file did not have a base svg to build on.  This is how I solved that problem:

First I brought the png file into Silhouette studio and enlarged it to the size I wanted.

Bring in the png file.

bring in the png file

Next I brought in the svg file, placed it over the png and dragged the corner until the umbrella part of the svg exactly covered the umbrella part of the png.

Bring in svg file. Place it over the png and size it.

Bring in svg file. Place it over the png and size it.

I moved the svg file aside.  I traced the png file.  Now I had a base to start with.

Trace png.

Trace png.

To make the card base, I first made an offset of the trace.

Make offset.

Make offset.

 

Here is the offset.

Here is the offset.

See that little hole to the left of the Umbrella pole?  I didn’t want that hole.

Release compound path.

Release compound path.

Choose Object, release compound path.  Move the main image over and delete the little hole.

Filled with color so you can see better.

Filled with color so you can see better.

(I filled the image with color so you can see it better.)

Mirror to the right.

Mirror to the right.

I mirrored the image to the right.  (Also filled with brown so you can distinguish between the original and the mirrored image.)  If I stopped here and made this into the card base, there would be no place for me to stamp my sentiment, so this is what I did.

Use the knife.

Use the knife.

I used the knife to extract that little piece in the middle.

Discard the unwanted pieces of the cart.

Discard the unwanted pieces of the cart.

Discard the umbrella and the bottom part of the cart.  I don’t need those.

Move the piece onto the cart.

Move the piece onto the cart.

When I moved the brown piece onto the cart, it didn’t exactly fit. I needed to make it just a little bigger:

Stretch the piece to fit.

Stretch the piece to fit.

I stretched the piece to fit nicely.

Choose both pieces, group and weld.

Choose both pieces, group and weld.

Merge the pieces by choosing them both, group and weld.  Now I can make my card base.

Mirror image to the left.

Mirror image to the left.

I mirrored the card to the left.

Nudge the cards to overlap.

Nudge the cards to overlap.

I nudged the left image to overlap the right.  You see how the umbrella is overlapped but there’s a space between the two carts?  That would be a really weak fold for the card, so I needed to get the two carts together.  If I nudged them together even more, the carts would overlap, but the umbrellas would be overlapped too much.  So . . .

Add rounded rectangle.

Add rounded rectangle.

I added a rounded rectangle between them.

Group and weld.

Group and weld.

Select both carts and the rounded rectangle, group and weld.  There’s my card base!!

P1080268webI used the Swiss Dots embossing file for the umbrella and the cone.  The “Sweet” sentiment is from the My Pink Stamper Winter Punnies set.

I thought it turned out cute!!  And, of course, I made four of them  :)

Evelyn

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Easter chick card

As I said yesterday, there were some Easter cards I made this year and never posted.  Two were made from the same Miss Kate’s Cuttables Girl Chick file.  Yesterday’s cards were made with the left over little chicks!  I usually make as many as will fill a mat so I have extras on hand (and because it’s so much fun to put paper piecing files together!)

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I made one more using this chick, but I can’t for the life of me figure out where I got the egg cut file from.  Do any of you recognize it?  I hate when I don’t take notes as I work !

P1070848webAnyway, here they are!

Evelyn

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Baby cards made from scraps

P1080724webLook at all these scraps of baby paper!  I decided to use up some scraps and extra cuts I had laying around to make some baby girl cards for the Sunshine Committee at my school to have on hand.  Except for the pink card bases, everything is made from scraps and leftovers.   Leftover from what, you ask?  The pink baby girl papers are left over from a project you won’t see until August 19th.  It’s a baby album I made for my niece, who is expecting her baby girl in October.  The little chick is left over from two Easter cards which I somehow neglected to post here . . .  Hmmmm. . .

The little chick was a freebie from Miss Kate’s Cuttables called Girl Chick (now 50 cents.)

P1080718webP1080713webI used the oval tool in Silhouette Studio to make the pink oval and penned in some faux stitches; the sentiment was computer generated using Summertime font; and the scalloped oval was just a file saved on my computer.  I used liquid pearls to give it a little something extra.

I love using scraps, but I’ll never get through them all.  I might as well admit that right now.  But it was a fun way to spend a couple of hours this afternoon!

Evelyn

 

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Birdhouse box card

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I’ve been hesitant to jump on the box card wagon, but they’re really cute and I thought my elderly pen pals would get a kick out of them, so I made several.  The box itself is really easy to make.  I got the directions for mine on Splitcoast Stampers.   I made three of these using the Hello Sweet Summer collection from Designs on Cloud 9.

Here are some other photos of the little card.  I used the acetate from an old Cricut cartridge package to attach the elements.  You can click on them for a better look.

While making the box is a snap, decorating it is really time-consuming.  Look how tiny these elements are!

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and there is a lot of area to be decorated!  My tweezers really got a workout!

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Evelyn

ps – Here’s a picture of the inside so you can see how everything is attached:

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