May 31, 2010

Criss Cross Card..(first try)

Ok, I had to upload my picture onto photobucket first. But here is my first try at the criss cross card. I know the colors don't really match, but this was just my sketch to get it together. So complicated the first time, but hopefully, next time it will be easier. So without further ado...

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Criss-Cross Card Tutortial

I found a tutorial online from Helen Onulak on she makes the criss cross card with only one sheet of paper and some pictures. You know I can't do videos all that well except if I'm at the library...So, here you go:

Materials Used:

■CTMH Serendipity Paper Pack – this was a special offered in 2008
■Fiskars Paper Trimmer with both cutting and scoring blades
■Tombow Adhesive

To make the Criss Cross pocket…I started with a piece of 6″ x 12″ Bamboo Textured Cardstock. Using the Fiskars Paper Trimmer set up with a scoring blade, I scored parallel to the 6″ side at 4″ and again at 8″. Note: When using the scoring blade, use a gentle touch – otherwise, you may end up cutting the cardstock.

Now, to make one of the diagonal cuts for the criss cross portion. I tilted the paper such that the bottom right point of the paper and the fold line were both in the cutting track. Then I made the cut. Tip: I found that if you start the cutting blade from the fold side, the corners stay nice…otherwise, it’s easy for the cutting blade to smoosh the corner.

After making both diagonal cuts, my paper looks like this:
Now…to add patterned paper to the front of the pocket. I needed to figure out if I was goign to put the Chocolate Flower Paper on the left or right flap of the pocket so I would know how to cut it. I decided to have the right flap be the front flap and have this covered with the Chocolate Flower Paper. Looking at the pocket and the paper at the same time helps with making sure the diagonal is cut in the proper direction.
Attach the diagonals to the pocket flaps…
Run a strip of adhesive across the inside center back of pocket (holds down the left flap) and then to the point of the right flap…if you look close, you can see the adhesive on the right flap. Alternative: Use Liquid Glass to glue the pocket closed – it provides a crisper line and is more durable.
I created a pull out insert for the pocket using a 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of Bamboo cardstock. I rounded all the corners, then added Chocolate Organdy Ribbon and CTMH’s new Antiqued Copper brad — I love the color – a bit chocolatey with a hint of metallic. Love how they look with the Serendipity papers. Here’s the embellished pocket & insert —a card!

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Morning Prayer

Good Morning Lord,

Just a simple, sincere, heartfelt prayer to thank you for waking me up this morning. I know that it was you who kept me all night long and will keep me all day today. I honor You for who You are and bless Your holy name. Please forgive me of my sins and renew a right heart within me. Lead me down the path of righteousness and order my steps to do Your will alone.

I love you Jesus, please bless everyone who reads these posts and bless them richly. In your name I pray, Amen.
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May 30, 2010

Celebrating Our Troops...

My my what a day. I'm hoping to get some scrapping done today. It's just so hot out..Well I know that I don't have to scrap in the heat, but I'm trying to cool down from being at a cook-out. (It's hot outside)

I'm in the process of making more father's day cards. My brother in law needs one. I totally forgot it. Hope to be able to post it later on today.

P. S. Church was nice honoring our troops and such. I love my hubby for his service too. I'll chat more soon.

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May 29, 2010

New Blog Divider

Ok, here she is.... my new blog post divider! :O) Hee Hee someone needs to get a life!
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Father's Day Cards and such...

Here are a few more cards I've fininshed. Hope you enjoy!

Happy Birthday Honey

This is the card I made for my husband. It's his 46th birthday. Wow how time has just flew by.

Cheerleading Girls w/EDPD

So sorry these on not facing the same way, but at least you get the idea. these are two girls I cut at 7" for my cheerleading girls. The came out soooo good!! Hee Hee if I must toot my own horn. But anyway...The bottom one shows upright. I also did the cheer megaphone...

May 28, 2010

Card Inspirations

Well, here I go. these cards are for inspiration. I've found them online at various websites, blogs, etc. I would love one day to be as good as these card artists. I hope you find inspiration from them too...:O)

Criss Cross Card

Here is an example of a card that I want to do it's called a criss cross card. I haven't tried it yet, but I will soon! :O)
Step 1 Score both 4 1/4" x 11" pieces of cardstock at 5 1/2".

Step 2 Take one scored piece and cut it diagonally from center top to the bottom left. Take the other piece of scored cardstock and cut it diagonally from the center top to the bottom right.

Step 3 Add adhesive to the rectangle back of one of the cardstock pieces. Tape both pieces together. Make sure both long edges of the diagonal sections are on the bottom.

Step 4 Cut the patterned paper in half diagonally. Adhere it to your card front.

Step 5 Add tape on the bottom of the middle panel, as well as on the bottom of the triangle flap that will be on top of the card. Tape the card base together and set aside.

Step 6 Take both pieces of cardstock for the insert and use the corner rounder on the top corners. Tape together.

Step 7 Stamp and add tab and other embellishments as needed.

Step 8 Take the 1½" x 12" piece of coloured cardstock and score at 5⅝" and 11¼".

Step 9 Add tape to the end of the strip with the small ¾" scored section. Tape band together.

Step 10 Decorate the card band. Slide your band over your card.

Some Card Making Tips:

I found these on love that site!! :O)

1. Use any color cardstock for the base. Leave plain or cover with patterned paper. (Example uses heavy white cardstock from office supply store covered with patterned paper.)

2.Adhesives – I don’t use glue sticks because I like my card to last and at least for me, eventually the glue dries and the pieces fall off. I prefer herma (dotto) dot runner for thinner paper, xyron for ribbon, glue dots for embellishments, the new transparent glue dots sheets for vellum and double stick tape for heavier paper and textured cardstock although I often interchange said adhesives. I’ve recently discovered Tombo Mono Multi glue and really like it too, especially for getting into small places – it has a pen tip side and a broad tip side. People tend to have different favorites, so experiment and see which adhesives work best for you. Keep in mind it usually isn’t necessary to completely cover the back of your paper.

3. Score for a crisp, clean fold. I lay the paper over the trough of my paper cutter and run the small end of an embossing tool down it then fold and smooth with the edge of a bone folder (one comes in the Cricut tool kit). You can use the tip of a bone folder and a straight edge (also comes in the tool kit) to score as well. When I’ve been without a bone folder, the plastic handle of scissors (gee, there’s a pair in the tool kit too, lol!) did okay to smooth the fold. In a pinch I once used a lacquered chopstick to score and fold. (sorry, no chopsticks in the tool kit.) Some paper cutters have a scoring blade.

4. Print or stamp sentiment directly inside or on separate vellum or paper for a different look. If using vellum or paper on just one side, adhere as usual. If doing a double page as shown in example, adhere only on far left ( about ½ inch strip straight down left side only) so the card will close flat. (Example shows a separate cardstock insert for sentiment. BTW, since I got the sentiment off the internet (credited to ‘unknown’) and personalized it, I faded it out but it was actually typed in black ink.)

5. It’s fun to add finishing touches to the inside and back of a card. In the example, the plaid paper was folded to the back and a heart and a rhinestone bring elements from the front to the inside.(btw - the heart is adhered only to the pink cardstock so the page is free from the back and will fold flat.) A fun or personalized stamp makes a great finishing touch on the back of the card. The one in the example says “Handmade” a la Hallmark.

5. Common card & envelope sizes:
4 ¼ x 5 ½” – half sheet of 8 ½ x 11” cardstock folded in half.
envelope = A2 4 3/8 x 5 ¾
5 ½ x 8 ½ - full sheet of cardstock folded in half
envelope = A9 5 ¾ x 8 ¾
5 x 7 - envelope = A7 5 ¼ x 7 ¼
4 x 6 – envelope = A6 4 ¾ x 6 ½

May 26, 2010

Cricky Embossing

Ok, here is my first try at uploading a video. I have dial-up still and it's no use to try and look at it at home, but when I go to the library, I want to be able to see the video. And hopefully learn something! :O) Here is a video on Embossing with my Cricut. (from Joys's

Turning your Cricky into a "Cricut Cake"

Here is Part One of how to turn your cricut E into a cricut Cake! I've been wanting to know how to do this: Hope you'll try it too.

the Cricut Cake is going for about $350 and with using the one you already have...well need I say more about the costs? Hee Hee :O)

cricut cake pt. 1:

And here is : pt.2

How to cut GumPaste with your Cricky

Here's part I to how to cut gumpaste on the cricut. I wanted to know how to convert my Cricut E to a Cricut Cake:

Here is part II to how to cut the gumpaste...

These videos can be found at joy's

Crop-a-Dile and CADII

I couldn't forget this one. I always wanted to know how to use my Crop-a-diles. I have them both and rarely use them, but in this video I think she mentions how to use them and make a ribbon dispenser too. Which I really need. So enjoy!

That's it for me today too. I'll be back tomorrow..
Blessings to you...
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Blog Under Construction

Please excuse the mess while I get things together. I'll be bringing some things over from my other blog.....

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