Goddaughter wedding card

Well, it’s about time that I posted a project that isn’t for a design team!  I just realized that I’ve been so busy with life and school and stuff that  I haven’t posted anything that isn’t for a design team in quite awhile.  This project isn’t for me exactly . . . It’s for my sister-in-law. She asked me to create a special wedding card for her goddaughter, who is getting married next month.  I used a card from the very creative, very generous Bird.

P1110288webI typed the sentiment using a font on my computer called AdineKirnberg-Script.  I love this sophisticated font.  I added a few details on the cake itself with the Divine Swirls Cuttlebug embossing folder and some Liquid Pearls.  The tiny heart at the top is a punch.

P1110291webI used some CTMH white card stock as well as some textured card stock that I had in my stash for some textural interest, and matted it with silver metallic paper.

I have a stamp that says May you live happily ever after, but it didn’t fit with the size of my card, so I typed it using the same font as on the front.


Hope you enjoyed this card as much as I enjoyed making it!  And I hope the bride likes it!


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DCD #230 – Inspired by a Decade

What decade speaks to you?  Are you a flower child from the 60s? a greaser from the 70s? flapper from the 20s?  Our challenge for you this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas is to make a project that is inspired by a decade.  You also must tell us what decade you’re using!

I grew up in the 60s – 70s, but I took inspiration from my new Art Deco Cricut cartridge, which is filled with images reminiscent of the 1920s.  I used one of the awesome cars (and one of the awesome borders) to make a birthday card for my brother, who restores classic cars for fun.



The background is embossed with one of the folders that came with my embosser.  The sentiment inside is from Unity Stamp Company, called Consider Yourself Vintage.


I like how the font is smudged, as if it were typed on an old typewriter.

This challenge begins on Aug 25th and ends on Aug 30th.  Our sponsor again this week is Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons!  I hope you give it a try!


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Cut it Up – Old School

CIU challenge blogFor this week’s challenge at Cut it Up, we’re going old school.  What does that mean?  You can use an old technique, an old image, an old cartridge, old papers or embellishments . . .  You get the idea!

So here’s my project:

P1110203webHow is it old school?  First of all, I used the Rock Princess Cricut cartridge, released in 2012.  Instead of designing on my Gypsy, I just used the cartridge itself.  Haven’t done that in years!  Another old school technique was that I copied the project featured in the manual.  Each Cricut cartridge handbook has one project showcased in the front that you can start with to get accustomed to the various features on the cartridge.

For my old materials: The ribbon and 3D foam squares are years old, and I got the Liquid Glass that I used to hold the phrase against the glitter paper from my initial “start up your Close to My Heart business” in 2012.

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This is a congratulations on your ultrasound card.  The recipient and her husband found out the sex of their baby.  Can you guess?  :)  I’ve been dying to use this adorable cut ever since I got that cartridge!  Isn’t it just too cute??

The stamp inside is So Happy for You, an Itty Bitty stamp by Unity Stamp Company.  I love the image.  It can be used for a boy or a girl; just change the ink!  And the sentiment can be used for a whole slew of occasions.


P1110211webOur sponsor this time around is  Newton’s Nook, and the prize is a $20 store credit!  When you link up your project, don’t forget to tell us how it’s Old School!!


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DCD #229 – Celebrate it! Anything Goes!

Alright, all you crafters!  Anything goes over at Die Cuttin’ Divas this week; you just have to remember to include a die cut!

My nephew landed a job as a Corrections Officer in Oklahoma, and I wanted to congratulate him with a personalized card.  His mom (my sister) sent me a photo of him in his uniform, so I customized the adorable police officer on the Everyday Paper Dolls Cricut Cartridge to match his uniform.  It’s on the inside, but you can see his hand peeking out!


P1100540web Here’s the inside:


Aren’t these the most adorable handcuffs?  He loved the card!


This Die Cuttin’ Divas challenge begins Aug 18th and ends on the 23rd.  Our sponsor is Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons!  We can’t wait to see what you create!


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Stick it Down – August 2015

Alright! Here’s the August card sketch for Stick it Down:

Irmelin Aug card sketchOn my second try, I made this beauty:

P1100821webI moved the sentiment to the lower left hand corner and omitted the arrow.  For the stamping, I used the Flower Patch stamp set from Stampin’ Up as well as the coordinating Flower Flair Framelits dies.  The light green ink is Close to My Heart Olive and the dark green is a Tim Holtz Distress Marker in Peeled Paint.  The brads are from Michaels, I think.

P1100817webI started out with a punched flower (also SU) on a white rectangle to make a negative space.  All the papers are bits and pieces from my stash.


The Simply Fabulous stamp is from Unity, called Simply Fabulous!

P1100819webI just added a strip of leftover patterned paper on the inside:

P1100820webI’d love to see what you can do with this sketch!  Link it on the left hand column over at Stick it Down!  You may be our next guest designer!


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DCD #228 – Nautical theme

This week, Die Cuttin’ Divas is challenging us to create a project with a nautical theme.  This was different for me.  I used this challenge to shore up my stash of masculine cards (get it? :) )


I didn’t use a Cricut cartridge for this one, though, but I did use a file that I had purchased and not used yet — the simple label card base from SVG Cutting Files.  The blue paper is Stampin up retired paper, and the beautiful, pre-colored ship is from Doodle Pantry, aptly named Old Ship.

P1100931web P1100934webI googled how to tie that gorgeous sailors’ knot and used Maya Road ginger root brown cordage to tie it.  It’s taped on the back, but to get it to stay in position, I poured some white glue on a piece of scrap paper and laid the knot on top of it to get the back all gluey.


I saw this inspiring quote online and typed it on my computer to include on the inside:


I only put this on one of the cards, and I’ve stashed that one away to send to my son when he deploys in the fall.  The rest of the cards I left blank and can use as note cards or stamp “Happy Birthday” inside.

This current Die Cuttin’ Divas challenge begins Aug. 11th and ends on the 16th.  Our sponsor is Sherri Baldy Digistamps.  Head on over to DCD to check out the awesome projects made by the other design team members, then put your thinking cap on.  We’d love to see your take on the nautical theme!


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3 Girl Jam guest designing

I’m very happy to be guest designing again for 3 Girl JAM! Today I’m playing with the Sweet Cream crinkle ribbon from the Coffee Bundle.  I made a word mini-album!

01webThe patterned paper is from the retired Close to my Heart set called Pemberly. That was such a pretty set! I scanned the paper into my computer so I would always have it to use. In Silhouette Design Studio, I welded rectangles to letters using Brittanic Bold font and filled them with the Pemberly paper. I adjusted the transparency to 32% to give the album soft baby colors suitable for a newborn.

I scored each page ¾ inch from the edge and used my Crop-a-Dile to punch holes and insert large eyelets for the binding, then threaded the Sweet Cream crinkle ribbon through to make a pretty bow.

02webThis color ribbon was a perfect match for my album!

This is what it looks like when it’s open

03weband when it’s closed.

04webHope you enjoyed my little baby album! It was lots of fun to make!


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