Saturday, 27 November 2010

Music to your ears

I loved how this card turned out as when I started it I didn't have a final picture in my mind at all. But the real reason I'm pleased is because I finally made a card using my gypsy and an embossing folder I have had for over a year and not used! Bet that sounds familiar for a lot of you. Now that I have made more things easier to get to in my craft room I expect I will be more inclined to use them. I still haven't used my Christmas present from last year, but that's more of a time issue. I also added a musical insert the same as the previous post.

Gypsy Smiley cards mp3 cut a 4.74 inches, Plantin schoolbook letters 1.75 inches, Lyrical letters music notes 1.5 inches, Bigshot Provo craft embossing folder Happy birthday. Base card A4 silver card folded.

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Friday, 26 November 2010

Tweet wishes

I have gone very plain for this card, sort of, less is more. I have made it before but not posted it so have included pictures of both. I first used the idea as part of a much bigger card I made for my granddaughter Katie's card with the pigs. The tweet bit is really inside as I have added a musical insert which plays happy birthday. I love the musical inserts it was fun to give, I have used two this week but haven't been able to source where to buy more. I will have to get internet searching. It has been good to do some cards. I have been so busy and tired lately I have not been able to spoil myself with card making time. I added some tiny black stones after taking the photo.

Home decor branch cut with and without shadow at 5 inches fit to length, bird 1.5 inches, Lyrical letters notes 1.25 inches. Computer font size 20, base card 6 x 6

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Thursday, 25 November 2010

More "B" cards

As promised here are some more of the same B shaped cards. It has been a bit hectic with three family birthdays this week so more cards to follow. Instructions for these are the same as the first one posted B is for birthday. The design works best with strong colours.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Mickey and Pluto

I have been busy making some more "B shaped cards", I will post a picture when I have one to share. Still on the theme of shaped cards here is one I made for my granddaughters 2nd birthday. I added the parcel to create a level base so the card would stand.

Mickey and friends Mickey and Pluto 9 inches,
parcel square cut at 3.25 inches. I typed the label then used the centre cut feature Storybook.
The base card was made using Design studio selecting  two copies of the shape flipping one and welding the two together, them mounting the layered shape onto the base card.

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Thursday, 21 October 2010

B is for birthday

I was really stuck on what to do for my Dads birthday card. I had many versions of this card in my head such as b is for baby but in the end decided to make it as a birthday card. I like the fact that it is plain not too fussy. Sorry that the photos aren't that good. I really like making shaped cards.

I used Design studio and Plantin schoolbook. Base card is the letter B in shadow 7 inches selected twice flipped and welded. The then I cut the B out again with and without shadow and adhered to the base card. I used the computer to make the sentiment, added ribbon and a brad. 

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Monday, 11 October 2010

Toy story Lotso

This cartridge certainly arrived just in time for me to make family birthday cards. Here is the one I made for my youngest granddaughter. When we were out shopping I picked up some pink card, she suddenly shouted out "oh thats nice grandma" at the top of her voice so that was it, it just had to used for her card. Thanks to the ladies who left me lovely comments on my last post on Cricut MB.

Toy story I used design studio to create the base card. I duplicated flipped and welded the bear 7 inches, then hid the contours and cut. I did not use shadow. I then cut the bear added the layers and attached to the base card.
Celebrations balloons cut at 6.5 inches.

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Sunday, 3 October 2010

Mr Potato Head

This card is for my eldest son who will be 30+*! this week. He has a collection of  different character Potato heads so this is just the right card for him. He might not think so, but then he thinks card making is sad. But that's ok because I don't like fishing. The last toy story post generated alot of kind comments on the Cricut message board, thanks for all your messages.

Toy story I created the base card using design studio 12 x 24 mat Potato head with shadow at 6 inches flipped and welded. Then cut the character without shadow and mounted onto folded card.
The sentiment was computer generated.

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Monday, 27 September 2010

Toy story Out of this world

Two weeks without being able to blog hop, how did I survive. We couldn't get a decent signal using a dongle. I was very excited when I got back from holiday to a parcel, cricut Toy story. My DH had ordered this without me knowing meant for Christmas! With 6 grandchildren I hope to get lots of play with this cartridge. It is the first time I have made an easel card.

Toy story aliens 3.75 inches, Ooooh! 1.5 inches with and without shadow
Plantin schoolbook numbers 1.5 inches letters 1 inch with and without shadow
Going places world 5.25 inches
The sentiment on the back reads - wishing you a birthday that is out of this world.

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Friday, 3 September 2010

Daisy fresh

Here is a card I made for a friends birthday. I stamped a daisy image onto acetate using cotton white staz on opaque. I cut the daisies using a punch and added adesive stones. I made the insert on the computer and layered it onto a shaped image cut with the cricut.

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Saturday, 28 August 2010


I made this card for my youngest son Russell's birthday. I chose this cut as he and his wife collect the Guiness tucan items. He is a very regal, fun character. I am also going to enter it into a challenge that I discovered while blog hopping between you all, Fantabulous Cricut challenge blog
All the cuts are from Life is a beach. I used the tucan card feature then cut the bird layers leaves to decorate. I made two of these cards :-
card cut 5 inch with bird cut at 3.25 inch and card cut at 5.25 inch with bird cut at 3.5 inch 
I used a blue paper for insert and blue chalked the card itself.

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Monday, 16 August 2010

Happy place

I have not been able to post on my blog for a while and am missing you all and my time to craft. My Dad had an accident some weeks ago and I need to spend time visiting him and making sure he has the care needed for the best recovery. I have always wanted my blog to be my happy place, (not where I am at the moment) I hope that I can get back to you all soon. I have even had to buy cards!! sshhh don't tell anyone. I do keep visiting you all to keep me going and see what you are up to.

Celebrating with chocolate

As I promised some time ago here are the pictures of a project  I had been working on, decorating 50 bags of chocolates which were given to the members attending the 20 year celebration party. All the cuts were done with Walk in my garden the ladies seemed to like them.

I can not claim the fame for the cake although I wish I could.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Lazy Hazy Days of Summer

This is the card I have made to enter the Sir Stampalot challenge Lazy Hazy Days of Summer. It was not a quick make, I started it weeks ago then events took over and I only just made the dealine. I wasn't quick enough to be able to take the photo in day light. I must  make myself more organised next time. I doubt I would attempt cutting letters that small too often! I loved the title of the challenge as it allowed me to create a picture using my Cricut. All the peices are made up of several layers. I just hope I can make the link. I was pleased to be able to use the Life is a beach cart.

Sand is layers of cream card cut with a wave cutter and inked
Sea is layers of  core dimention card torn
New arrival boat 3.5 inches
Plantin schoolbook letters .5 inches with and without shadow
Life is a beach castle 2.5 inches brolly 4 inches bucket 1.5 inches
Base card 11 x 8 inches

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Thursday, 22 July 2010

Time for a drink

I bought the base card already embossed which made it a quick card to make but I loved the result. 
I haven't forgotten you all, I have been busy decorating 50 bags of chocolates, a project I will share with you when it's finished. The amazing thing is I haven't eaten any!

Walk in my garden watering can 3.5 inches, flowers .75 inches
Butterfly punch
Base card already embossed 7.75 x 7.75

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Saturday, 10 July 2010

Fairy wishes

This will be my first card challenge entry if I manage to make the link to  shaped card. I am not very good with computers, it's amazing I've managed this far. I certainly get lost on facebook which my eldest son finds amusing. I made this card for our granddaughter Tayla's 10th birthday so I hope she enjoys seeing it online.

When I made this card I did not have Design studio or gypsy I just cut using the cricut and pieced everything together.
The back is just another number one attached and holding it all up.
Plantin schoolbook numbers cut 11.25 inches with and without shadow. I cannot remember what size I cut the wording birthday wishes
Paper doll dress up fairy is 6 inches, her dress is layered card and fancy vellum I gave her tights using the same vellum. The wand I cut a circle of vellum then cut it to the shape once I'd got all the letters on I needed.
Animal kingdom used to cut the dog.
I added the dog as she had a westie puppy.

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Tilda with rose

I had coloured this image some time ago but not done anything with it. The Sir Stampalot challenge gave me the push I needed to finish the card but I lost the courage to enter it.
Maybe I will try a challenge soon. The lace edge is made using a Martha Stewart border punch.

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Day dreaming

I have used this blackout cut of the cat alot, mostly just mounting the cat onto a blank white card. This picture makes me think of a kitten day dreaming in the garden about the yellow ball of wool he cann't reach to unravel and a sky full of birds. 

Base card 6x6 inch
Animal kingdom cat 4.5 inch blackout x 2 layered
Doodlecharms sun 1.5 inch
Plantin schoolbook grass cut to length. I loaded the mat them moved blade in to the left about 2 inches then cut, I  then used the possitive and negative cuts to create the layers. The top layer of paper is mounted on card as it was to flimsy to layer on it's own.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Catch of the day

I don't know about catch of the day. I feel more like caught out, as I did not manage to get a card on my blog for two weeks. We had a lovely restful week away in Wales, then last week just disappeared being back to work and catching up with the family. I even did some ironing! Now that's a sin with so much crafting to do, but I needed clothes. I'm not sure why the colour of these cards isn't as vibrant as they should be in the photos. I haven't used layers with them, which I am sure would give a better effect. I've found when I have donated cards for charity fund raising people worry about the cost of postage. Layered cards really add to the cost of postage in the UK, I don't know if card makers in  America have the same problem.

Everyday paper dolls fisherman 4.75inches, the message was computer generated then mounted on inked card. Peachy Keen stamps for faces which I love.

Plantin schoolbook grass, blue core dimentions card at the bottom, I typed the message then used a centre cut on a cloud, I could not get the Everyday paper dolls to work on this feature so used another cut but can not remember which one.
This will also look more effective if you cut more than one cloud group and layer them.

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Quick to make

Can not believe another week has just flown by. So little time to do all the things I want to do. At least we have good weather long may it stay.
Here is one of my quick makes.

Storybook butterfly 1.25 inch
core dimention card, base card 5 x 5inch

Friday, 28 May 2010


This is a card I was asked to make for someone to give to our new Lady Mayor.I hope she liked it.

Gypsy wanderings Congrats cut at 4.5 inch with and without shadow
Plantin schoolbook stars

Friday, 21 May 2010

From Great Grandad

I think this is my favourite of the baby cards because of the colours and beads, not bad for someone who doesn't like sewing on buttons and would rather buy a new shirt! I made it for my Dad to give. The card base is 12 x 12 folded and covered with srapbook paper. I chose the dog cut because they have a westie.

New arrival It's a boy 2.inch with and without shadow, boat 3.75inch blackout and 2 more cuts layered
Animal kingdom dog 2inch

Card for Granny

After all the waiting I can not believe Thomas is a week old already. Here is the card I made for his other grandparents. The base card is 8 x 8inch.

Christmas noel teddy 4.25inch
Plantin schoolbook Grandson 1.25inch with and without shadow, Thomas 1inch with and without shadow
Brass stencil for dry embossing

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Celebrations at last

It is a great time for us celebrating the safe arrival of our grandson Thomas James 9lb 6oz, not bad for a baby that was predicted to be premature from week 18 of pregnancy! I have never seen such a big new born, it's been a very difficult time so a great result. Well done Mum and all the hospital Doctors that made it possible.

New arrival bottle 4.7inch 1 layer is acetate, booties 2.5inch, train 3inch, rattle 3.75inch.
little one 1.5inch with and without shadow. pins 1.5inch
Plantin schoolbook precious 1.25inch with and without shadow
Base card is A4, shaped buttons, adhesive pearls and feathered cord.

A box full of goodies, I could not resist the monkey, and of course with the world cup on its way every boy needs his kit.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Sweet pea

My first use of the gypsy, not because I used it to do anything fancy but I recorded what was in my mind's eye while I was away from home, then cut in the usual way. I planned it for a 6 x 6 card but when I found the papers in my stash that I wanted to use I put it onto an 8 x 8 card as I wanted the papers to be a prominent feature as well as the cut. I hope our friends like it.
Congratulations Angie and Richie on the arrival of your new baby Peter.

All cuts done on New Arrival sweet pea cut at 1.5inches with and without shadow, pea pod cut at 3.75inches. Hearts and pea's cut using a small punch

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Times gone by

The time certainly has gone by since I did my last post. I received my gypsy in the post three weeks ago and have spent every spare minute trying to overcome how to work it! So much lost crafting time I haven't so much as made a card! So here's another number 30 card I made in the past for my daughter in law. Posting older cards has made me aware of how my style of cards have changed.

I laminated the card used on the back page some items on the front are laminated and others added to the front with pop dots and glue. Plantin schoolbook was used to cut the numbers and frame. Pages were tied using raffia.

Here is another card I made using the same method.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Got you numbered

A number of the family have reached that age the big 30. I made this card for my son in law he hadn't wanted a card showing his age!

Plantin schoolbook numbers cut on shadow and without shadow 8.25inch
Everyday paper dolls golf bag cut real dial size 5.5inch. I stamped and embossed the top of the clubs.

Saturday, 17 April 2010

What next for Katie

The card I made for Katie this year is my most favourite yet. I got the idea from Jeannie Phillips blog  A place for my cards. Infact it was following Jeannie's blog and others linked to her that gave me the courage to have a go at starting a blog, so thanks for all the help by sharing and the fun I am now having.

The base card is A4
Blue sky paper from local craft shop, I added text on the computer.
Core dimentions card two shades of brown.
Paper doll dress up fence 4inch x2 welded using CDS, also used this cart and CDS for the grass.
Home decor branch 3.5inch Bird 1inch
Lyrical letters notes 3.75inch
Every day paper doll pig real dial size 2.5inch, small pig real dial size flipped cut 2inch, pig on inside of card cut at 2.25inch.
The Mummy pig was made using
Plantin schoolbook circle 4inches
Animal kingdom pigs face 3inch, feet 4inches

Then she was seven

I folded an A3 size card in half cut most of the front away then attached an A4 sheet of acetate using balloon shaped brads. The font will have been cut using Plantin schoolbook and the cake, my favourite of the cricut cakes was cut using Doodlecharms. The stamped image inside reads - I have an attitude and  I'm not afraid to use it! Say no more!

Sunday, 11 April 2010


It is my granddaughter's birthday this week and I am looking forward to giving her, her card. I cannot post it yet as she follows my posts and said she was going to look and see what I have made her. Here is a picture of a past card I made. I like using acetate but made this card by laminating the letters cut using Plantin schoolbook. I then cut the sheet into squares, applied various stickers and tied them togther using raffia.