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Friday, December 17, 2010

Corner giftcard pockets

First off, I apologize for the long post.

So after I made a handful of Christmas cards for my kids' teachers, I decided I would insert Starbucks giftcards inside.  I bought a bunch of Starbucks giftcards and then.....what, NO little envelopes?  I was a little peeved, momentarily, especially when my barista suggested I can go to any Starbucks and see if I could find the little envelopes they go in - this is AFTER she has already rung up my 10 or so giftcards!  Grrrrr!  But then, I thought....I'll make my own!  However, instead of making little envelopes for each one of the many giftcards I bought I decided to just make pockets to hold the giftcards inside the greeting cards. 

I wanted to make a pocket using corner picture holders for the giftcards.  I looked through all the cartridges I have linked in my Gypsy and couldn't find a corner picture holder to my liking.  Sure some carts had "corner" images to mimic an actual picture corner holder, but I wanted one that can serve as a "pocket" so that the giftcard recipient can easily take it out.  So I made my own!  Love my G (just saying LOL) for this!  I decided to pick out the corner image on the Picturesque cartridge that looks like it could be a doily corner.  Then I clicked on "Shift/Lock" key and chose its coordinating bottom layer.  I then added 2 rectangular images to serve as "flaps" to hold the giftcard in place, and welded those with the bottom image.

After cutting the images on the Cricut (I needed a bunch!), I folded in the flaps on the bottom images.

Then I snipped off both corner end flaps at an angle.  This is so that when you fold in the two flaps they're not bulky.

I then attached the top layer.

Then put glue on the back flaps ONLY so no excess glue gets on the giftcard.

Then put your gift card in

Here's what you do next....

There you go!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Some Christmas cards

OMG Christmas is almost here!  I need another week, please!  Anyway, here are just a couple of cards I was working on this week to give out along with gifts to my kids' school teachers. They are both size A2 cards.  The ribbons were from the $1 section at Target.  Patterned paper is from a DCWV stack I just recently purchased at Michaels.  The snowflake image was from When It's Cold Outside 2009 seasonal cartridge.  The sentiment was from JustRite Stampers cut out using Nesties and colored in with chalk.  The ribbons are blinged with irock gems. 

Thanks for looking!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Cricut Circle Challenge #10

Here is an A2 card I made for the Cricut Circle Challenge #10.  We were asked to make either a tag or a card using Jana Eubank's sketch below:

I couldn't find a ribbon from my stash that was the right color or the right width, so I made my own - quite accidentally LOL!  I took a one inch tall strip of cardstock and double punched it using a Martha Stewart puncher.  I liked the effect, but thought it was missing something, so......

....I threaded a narrow ribbon through and cut half an inch over the length of the
cardstock on both sides.

Here's another one I made using the same puncher but different ribbon and different color cardstock.  I liked how these turned out I might just experiment more with my other punchers! So easy to do - try it! 

Cricut cuts:
*postage stamp image and shadow - Base Camp
*scalloped oval and shadow - Lacy Labels
*"Seasons Greetings" - Martha Steward Seasonal Cake Art
*bells with layer - Wrap it Up

Once again, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

How do you dough?

My entry for the Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge #10 is a double scrapbook layout.  This week's theme is "Holiday Recipe" and we were asked to

"create a project that is about, includes, or holds a holiday recipe. This could be a scrapbook page, a mini album, a recipe box or book, a Gift for a Neighbor . . . the sky’s the limit. But we want to see you pay tribute to a holiday recipe in some way.
Project must be newly created for this challenge and must include atleast 2 different cuts from any Cricut cartridge to qualify. This challenge is open to Cricut Circle Members only."

My dear sister-in-law is a whiz in the kitchen and loves to bake cookies.  Her favorite is marmalade cookies - strawberries, orange, raspberry, you name it!  I think it's because she was born and raised in London.  I myself love anything chocolate, hence the "chocolate" cookies images, since I couldn't find any "marmalade" cookies images on any of the carts I own.  I suppose I could have made my own - ahhh, next time then!

Some closeups of the cuts

Cricut cuts used:
*title "How do you dough?" - Base Camp (each letter  and question mark embossed with D'vine Swirls CB folder)
*title shadow welded by word - Base Camp
*girl with oven silhoutte and shadow - A Child's Year
*girl and child silhoutte and shadow - A Child's Year
*rolling pin and spoon - A Child's Year
*cookies - Sweet Treats (slightly slanted using the G)

Thanks for looking!



Thursday, December 2, 2010

Recyled Prima Box

I didn't think I was going to be able to play along, but here is my entry for the Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge #9.

We were supposed to incorporate the color black somewhere in our project and recycle or repurpose something, plus use at least 2 different Cricut cuts.

For this project I've decided to use one of my Prima Flowers containers that looks like a pilow box.

 First off I snipped off the plastic part that hangs on the top of the empty pillow box.

Here are the Cricut cuts I used. 

These two cuts were NOT cut using the Cricut.  Just two pieces of scrap I had lying around.  the top one is punched with a Martha Stewart corner punch.

I embossed these two Cricut cuts with the D'vine Swirls CB folder, then inked the sides.

I attached the square cut on the backside to cover the writing on the box.  I then assembled the rest of the tag for the back of the box, which you can see at the top of this post.

To finish off the box and to cover the flower image on the front of the box, I assembled the 3 flower cuts together after crumpling them first to give them some dimension.  I also used foam mounts to adhere each piece together.  I attached a pink button in the middle.

Cricut cuts used:
*tag shape - Just Because
*square - George and Basic Shapes
*3 flower cuts in varying sizes - Picturesque
*rose silhoutte - Picturesque
*"Happy Birthday" silhoutte - Once Upon a Princess

Thanks for looking!