Butterfly Garden Thank You

I had some extra Silhouette cut Thank You sentiments sitting on my desk and decided to put them to use. I adhered the four layers together with liquid glue and then covered the top of the sentiment with VersaMark Ink four times, adding gold embossing powder each time until it gave a smooth gold chipboard look.

I went through my flower patterned papers and found this pretty purple and white design. I cut it down with a scalloped rectangle and adhered it to a quarter sheet of light purple cardstock. The panel was then adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase. The sentiment was adhered to the center.

The final embellishment was to scatter some Pretty Pink Posh Enchanted Garden Sequin Mix and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Ella & Liv Paper Company Butterfly Garden Paper
  • Silhouette Cut Sentiment Thank You
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle Die
  • Pretty Pink Posh Enchanted Garden Mix Sequins
  • Light Purple Cardstock from Stash
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

A Christmas Musical Masculine Thank You

Yesterday, December 20, we had our Church Christmas Program. For the first time since COVID we had musical number at church. I have really missed hearing music, it brings such a wonderful feeling to a meeting. I wanted to express my thanks to those who shared their musical talents yesterday. One was a young man you played “I Heart the Bells on Christmas Day” on the piano. I didn’t want to send him the same card I had sent to the women who performed, so I looked through my patterned paper and found this great plaid.

As with the previous card, I create the sentiment in the Silhouette Cameo and die cut it four times from navy cardstock. I also cut a shadow using pale yellow cardstock. It was the perfect combination.

I didn’t want to add a flower die cut and remembered that I had recently purchased Altenew’s Leaf Mix Dies. They were perfect for a masculine thank you.

The patterned paper was cut using a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Die and adhered to the a side folding cardbase. The sentiment and leaves were adhered to the patterned paper with liquid glue. I really like the way it turned out.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Leaf Mix Die
  • Silhouette Cut File Thank You with Times New Roman Font
  • Hot Off the Press Paper Pizazz Green Plaid
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Grass Green Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Pale Yellow Cardstock from Stash
  • Navy Cardstock from Stash
  • Copic Markers G24
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

A Christmas Musical Thank You

Yesterday, December 20, we had our Church Christmas Program. For the first time since COVID we had musical number at church. I have really missed hearing music, it brings such a wonderful feeling to a meeting. I wanted to express my thanks to those who shared their musical talents yesterday.

So, I pulled out some pretty flower patterned paper. I didn’t have a “thank you” die that was the right size for what I wanted so I created one in the Silhouette Cameo software. I cut it four times and layered them together, adhering them with liquid glue. I also pulled out one of the flowers from Altenew’s Garden Picks 3D Dies to add a pretty flower to the card front.

I cut down the flower paper using a Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangle that is the same size as an A2 card front. When I went to adhered the “thank you” die cut to the card front it got a little lost in patterned paper. So I created a shadow to the sentiment and cut it from vellum and it was just what was needed.

The final embellishment was to add some Ranger Gold Stickles to the flower center.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Garden Pick 3D Dies
  • Silhouette Cut File Thank You with P22 Corinthian Font
  • Paper Ink Lasting Impressions Ballet Cardstock
  • Photo Play Choose Happy Cardstock
  • Bazzill 40# Vellum
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Copic Marker YR23
  • Distress Spun Sugar Ink
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangle
  • Ranger Gold Stickles
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

Personalized Christmas Gift Card Holders

When I give a gift card I like to keep it in the original packaging that shows the amount on the card. The only problem with that is that they don’t fit into standard gift card holders. So, I determined the size that I would need and created a cut file in the Silhouette for the base of the gift card. I wanted to personalize the gift cards so that they were unique to the person receiving them. I found some cut files in the Silhouette store that would work. Below are the cards that were create.

I am going to post of lot of different gift cards in one post, so if you want details on the products used, just let me know.

The first gift card is for my daughter Aimee, they have a cute little Schnauzer dog and so that is what I used for her card.

The second card if for my son-in-law Troy. I saw this cute moose image and it turned out cute.

This card is for my oldest grandson Zachary. He loves to lift weights and is really buff.

Matt is really into football.

Emma hopes to eventually play soccer in college and then professionally.

My daughter-in-law Cassie is a horse enthusiast.

While my son Pat is a chemist, I couldn’t find anything that would work for that. Instead I used this cute snowman.

And, last of all, Patrick and Monica have two very cute French Bulldogs.

Rainbow Who’s Counting

I had all the positive numbers left over from my previous card and didn’t want to just through them away, so I decided to glue them together and add them to the front a panel that was cut with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangle, which is the same size as a card front.

Once I had all the number it place it was kind of blah and I didn’t like it. So I pulled out my Copic Markers and colored all the number in rainbow order. I think this is my favorite version of this card. It is so bright and colorful.

I used the same sentiment stamp from Penny Black. It was stamped on black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed white. I used a smaller Memory Box Matinee Rectangle to cut it down. Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back and it was adhered in the center of the card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Silhouette Number Collage with Impact Font
  • Penny Black Sprinkles & Smiles
  • Copic Markers: B39, B37, B34; B95, B93, B91; BG34, BG32, BG11; YG17, YG05, YG01; Y08, Y06, Y04; R29, R27, R24; YR16, YR14, YR12; V09, V06, V04
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangle
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Black Cardstock
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape

It’s Just a Number – Who’s Counting

I saw a card on Pinterest by iminhaven that she had created for her father’s 75th birthday. I thought maybe I would replace the previous card I made for my husband with this one, but my daughter Janae liked the first one best, so I didn’t adhered the large “70” onto the front of the card, but made it more generic to be used for anyone.

Iminhaven used difference sized number dies to create her background. I didn’t have a large number die set, so I decided to create it in the Silhouette, which worked out well because you didn’t have to keep placing individual dies, you could cut the entire background at once. I cut it four times from white cardstock and adhered them all together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive.

I then tried to die cut the panel using a stitched rectangle, but it was just too thick to cut through all layers. It did add the nice stitching though and I simply trimmed it down with my guillotine cutter. It was then adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase.

The most time consuming task of creating this card was adhered all the tiny pieces that were the center of the numbers. It took quite awhile.

Once the back ground was complete I went searching for a sentiment that would work with all the numbers in the background and found a perfect sentiment from Penny Black Sprinkles & Smiles. It was stamped on black cardstock and heat embossed white and then cut down into a small rectangle. Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back and it was adhered in the top center of the card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Silhouette Number Collage with Impact Font
  • Penny Black Sprinkles & Smiles
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangle
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Black Cardstock
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive

Janae You Are An Amazing Doctor

After four years of med school, three years of residency in pediatrics, one year as chief resident, and three years of fellowship in pediatric intensive card Janae is finally done with her medical training and is off to a great job at San Antonio Methodist Hospital in Pediatric Intensive Care.  She is an amazing doctor and we reap the benefits of her medical knowledge all the time as aging parents.  We are so very proud of her and her determination and dedication to be the best doctor she can be.  I wanted to create a special congratulations card for her and found this cute image by La-La Land Crafts.

I printed the image onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with my laser printer and the Silhouette Cameo software using registration marks so I could have the machine cut out the image.    This ensures that the lines will not blead when coloring the image with Copic Markers.  Janae’s favorite color is teal/aqua and so that is the color I used for the dress.  She usually wears scrubs in intensive care, but I’m sure she will appreciate the doctor’s coat as a symbol of her profession.  I shaded it with light gray markers to keep it white in color. 

I die cut a rectangle from Gina K. Designs Tranquil Teal Cardstock using a stitched rectangle and then embossed it with the Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder which would be a great background to the image and sentiment.

I originally thought I would have a die cut sentiment block, but the amount of text I wanted to use in the space available just didn’t give a great cut, so I printed a message onto the same size block and cut it with the Silhouette.  There are five layers of the block for dimension so that the focal image, which was adhered with foam tape, could overlap and rest on the word block.  I also cut the Hero Arts Congrats from gold mirror cardstock and sticky back foam twice so that it would be the same height as the sentiment block.  I cut away a little of the foam behind the letters that were resting on the image and word block. 

As a final embellishment I scattered gold confetti around the panel and adhered it to a top folding white cardbase. 

PRODUCTS USED:

  • La-La Land Crafts Doctor Marci
  • Hero Arts Congrats
  • Computer Generated Sentiment with Andy and Arial Fonts Cut with Silhouette
  • Copic Markers: E11, E01, E00, R20; R21, R22; BG49, BG15, BG13; E35, E53, E50; C6, C4, C3, C2, C1, C00
  • Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Confetti
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Tranquil Teal Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 17 Die Cut Pieces Highlight Small Cover Dies

For Day 17 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 May Park and Lea Lawson were the guest designers and their technique was to highlight background die pieces. May ink blended a background, added foam behind it and then die cut a star background from it. The background was once again cut from white cardstock and adhered to a top folding cardbase. The ink blended shapes were then added to areas of the white background creating a lovely colorful card front. She die cut a large sentiment from glitter cardstock and added a secondary black and white sentiment strip. Lea Lawson took a background die and removed the negative die cut,leaving only the positive pieces on the card.

The next four cards I created used small cover dies from Sizzix. I was able to get all four cards from one quarter sheet of ink blended blue cardstock. The greatest challenge with this smaller dies it how to lay them out on a card front. I decided to use small focal images with the panels.

Card 1 Circle and Diamond Background Positive (Featured Image).

As with the other cards I added sticky back foam to the ink blended background before cutting the background die. After cutting the circle and diamond shaped background liquid glue was added to the positive pieces of the die and adhered to a white rectangle the same size as the opening of the background die. I didn’t like the way it looked on the card front so cut a piece of white cardstock 3/4″ larger and embossed to add visual interest and adhered the rectangle with the positive shapes to the center. I still didn’t like the way it looked on a white card front, so I searched and found a scrap of blue cardstock and cut it using a stitched rectangle and adhered the white embossed rectangle with the positive shapes to it and then adhered it all to the card front.

I printed and die cut a hot air balloon image in the Silhouette Cameo software. At the same time I created a sentiment strip with a blue background, which was cut with a sentiment label die. The balloon was adhered to the left of positive die cut shapes and the sentiment label was adhered below the balloon.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Birds Card Hot Air Balloon 4
  • Silhouette Print and Cut Sentiment
  • Sizzix Creative Background Small Cover Die Diamond Circle
  • Altenew Inks: Sea Breeze, Turquoise, Tide Blue, Starlight
  • Copic Markers: B26, B24, B23, B21, B02, BG13; B000, B0000; Y28, Y23; Y17, Y15, Y13
  • Sizzix Dotted Lattice Embossing Folder
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Card 2 Circle and Diamond Background Negative

I decided to turn this panel into a shaker card. Acetate was cut to the same size of the panel and adhered with liquid glue. Foam tape was doubled and cut into thin strips and applied tot he frame of the panel. A blue seed bead mix was added to the well of the die cut. The backing was removed from the foam tape and another piece of acetate was adhered adhered to the back of the panel to create the shaker.

A stitched rectangle was cut from white cardstock and adhered to a top folding white cardbase. I decided to adhere the shaker to the left of the card front and determined where to stamp the sentiment. The cute little bird image was adhered to the right of the panel to be over the sentiment. Ranger Crystal Stickles were added to the polka dot on the scarf on the hat and the center of the flowers.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle Bonnet Birdie
  • Avery Elle Tweet Tweet
  • Sizzix Creative Background Small Cover Die Diamond Circle
  • Altenew Inks: Sea Breeze, Turquoise, Tide Blue, Starlight
  • Copic Markers: B16, B14, B12; YR28, YR26, YR23; Y35, Y18; E33, E31, E30, R20
  • Beader Paradise Miami Surf Mix
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Tonic Tropical Tide Glitter Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Card 1 Moroccan Tile Background Negative

For this card I decided to add some blue glitter paper behind the die cut panel. I also used a Fun Stampers Journey Rectangle Long to cut around the die cut, giving visual interest. To also add visual interest the front of the card base was embossed with the Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder. The panel was adhered in the center of the card and the focal image was added to the left of the panel, sitting on a sentiment strip created in the Silhouette software.

  • Conie Fong Tori The Dragon
  • Silhouette Print and Cut Sentiment
  • Sizzix Creative Background Small Cover Die Moroccan Tile
  • Altenew Inks: Sea Breeze, Turquoise, Tide Blue, Starlight
  • Copic Markers: BG18, BG15, BG13; G19, G16, G14, B7, G07, G03, G02, G00; Y26, Y23, Y21
  • Fun Stamper Journey Rectangle Long Die
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Tonic Tropical Tide Glitter Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder

Card w Moroccan Tile Background Positive

The positive die cuts from the background were adhered to a rectangle of white cardstock and then adhered to the front of a cardbase that was embossed with the Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder. The sentiment was cut from blue glitter cardstock and then twice more from sticky back foam. The cute little bunny was adhere over the sentiment, straddling the Moroccan tiles.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Lili of the Valley Balloon Bunny
  • Penny Black Sweet Wishes
  • Sizzix Creative Background Small Cover Die Moroccan Tile
  • Altenew Inks: Sea Breeze, Turquoise, Tide Blue, Starlight
  • Copic Markers: B97, B95, B93; B16, B14, B12; RV23, RV21, RV02; Y26, Y23, Y21
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Tonic Tropical Tide Glitter Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 17 Die Cut Pieces Highlight

For Day 17 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 May Park and Lea Lawson were the guest designers and their technique was to highlight background die pieces. May ink blended a background, added foam behind it and then die cut a star background from it. The background was once again cut from white cardstock and adhered to a top folding cardbase. The ink blended shapes were then added to areas of the white background creating a lovely colorful card front. She die cut a large sentiment from glitter cardstock and added a secondary black and white sentiment strip. Lea Lawson took a background die and removed the negative die cut,leaving only the positive pieces on the card.

For this set of cards I ink blended three quarter sheets of white cardstock with yellow inks. The first with lighter yellow Altenew inks and the next two with darker color Gina K. Design inks. I added sticky back foam to the back of the lighter yellow ink blended background and die cut one of the Honey Bee hexagon background dies. Liquid glue was added to the back of each hexagon piece and then it was adhered to one of the darker yellow ink blended background. It was left it place for a few minutes giving the glue time to dry and set and then the positive of the background die was carefully removed.

I looked okay, but it needed a little something to give it some visual interest, so I die cut the background die from gold glitter cardstock and adhered them to some of the hexagon cutouts. I liked this much better.

My crafty friend knew I was working on this card and while she was shopping she saw a stamp with a large bumble bee image and bought it for me. I fussy cut it to use as a focal image for the card. I didn’t have any stamps with sentiments to use for a bee so I went to my Silhouette and created one. I decided on a couple of sentiment strips and a die cut word and outline. All elements were adhered to the lower part of the card with liquid glue and the first card was done.

For the second card I used the negative die cut, adhering it to the second darker yellow ink blended background. I added some glitter hexagons to a few placed in the negative spaces on the die.

I found a digital stamp online that had a cut bee and beehive. I pulled them into my Silhouette software to print and die cut. At the same time I created another couple of sentiment strips and a die cut word. They were all adhered to the card front with liquid glue and the second card was done. Below is the image using the positive die cut panel.

My Cute Lobster Design Bees

PRODUCTS USED:

  • American Crafts Vicki Boutin Wildflower
  • Silhouette Sentiment Print and Cut
  • Honey Bee Hexagon Middle Layer
  • Altenew Inks: Citrus Burst, Fresh Lemon, Maple Yellow, Honey Drizzle
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Honey Mustard, Prickly Pear, Wild Dandelion, Sweet Corn
  • Copic Markers: Y28, Y26, Y23, Y21; Y15, Y13,Y11; B00, B000, B0000, C10
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Glitter Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Silhouette Print and Cut
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 12 Geometric Patterns Octagon Birthday Wishes

Laura Bassen was the guest designs for day 11 of the Spring Card Camp 2. She does such amazing work and I always love her card. She is famous for her rainbow colors used on her very graphic designs. Her technique was to take a graphic shape and cut it in graduating sizes and stack them together. She used squares and cut them in rainbow colors. It was an amazing card. I didn’t have any graphic shape dies that I cut in graduating sizes, so I went to my Silhouette Cameo, which worked great because I could cut them all at once.

I chose to do my cards in a monochromatic color scheme. For this first card I decided to use an octagon. I cut it in sizes 1/4″ smaller, starting with 1 1/4″ down to 1/2″. I also colored them in the software in varying shades of blue. The problem was my color ink cartridge was low and they came out very streaky, so I when over them with Copic Markers in different shades of blue.

Laura used foam tape between each of her layers. I had run out of my low loft foam take and using regular foam tape would make it too dimensional to mail, so I just glued each size together with liquid glue and then added foam tape behind the largest octagon and adhered it to my card base.

Laura showed how to line up your first row on your grid mat and add purple tape to hold it in place while positioning them in the exact center of the card. It is easy to then line up the subsequent rows.

Laura had a great thin sentiment die and shadow that wouldn’t cover up too much of the graphic shapes. I didn’t have anything like that, so I once again went to my Silhouette and created a sentiment and shadow. My last embellishment was to scatter little blue stars at different places on my shapes.

I really like the graphic look to the card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Silhouette Cameo Sarah Hurley Geometric Patterns Octagon
  • Silhouette Cameo Arial Sentiment and Shadow with Unicorn MS Font
  • Lucy’s Little Things Twilight Sequin Mix
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Copic Markers: B99, B28, B26, B24
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive