Saturday, March 13, 2010
Catching Up! (and a few more cards)
It was a very soggy Saturday here so I stayed in and spent a lot of time trying to restore some order to my house. After a busy week as the Guest Designer on the Everyday Cricut blog there were many things that needed some attention! I want to welcome any of you who are new visitors to my blog. It was fun to "meet" some new people this week. I am trying to read through all of the comments from last week and I hope to do a post answering as many of them as I can tomorrow or Monday. I am also trying to catch up with emails so please be patient if it takes me a day or two until I can answer everyone.
I was surprised at how many people liked the idea of "leftover" cards. I just hate to throw things away and find that it is a fun challenge to make things out of the bits and pieces left on my table. The only trouble is - sometimes the leftovers cards create new leftovers! So the cycle continues...
I used this sheet of cardstock from the DCWV "Sweet" stack for the strawberries that filled the egg offcut in the card below
The strawberries were just so cute that I had to use up the rest of the strip that was in the project box. (I try to keep all of the bits and pieces from a project together so it will be easier to coordinate the "extras" I do with them.
I used a second large section to make a traditional note card. Super simple - the bright pink layer is 5 1/4 x 4 inches and the strawberry layer is 3 3/4 x 5 inches. I added the dotted ribbon in a bright green, using a few glue dots to anchor it covering a row of the strawberries.
The ends of the ribbon wrap around the strawberry cardstock and are taped in place. Some people call this the "cheater method" but I think of it as the "green method" since you use less ribbon. A small extra piece of ribbon is tied around the base ribbon and it looks like the ribbon is fully wrapped around the card.
I try to cut these pieces to the correct length, but if there is an extra bit left after trimming - you may be able to use it for a tab.
You can see the little tab at the top right of this notecard. The remaining section of the strawberry cardstock is aligned with the extra piece from the first layer on the ribbon card. A very thin strip that was trimmed from the bottom section of the 12 x 12 sheet is layered at the "seam" between the two. I added a flower punched from the gemstone cardstock I used on for the Easter cards with the matte side showing and a tiny pink gem in the center.
The third card uses the rest of the trimmed strip from the 12 x 12 cardstock as a border of a tall strip of the pink gemstone cardstock and a square of the dark pink cardstock used for the layers on the other cards. I added a half inch strip of the pink gemstone cardstock at the bottom of the dark pink cardstock. This time I punched the flower from a scrap and turned it gemstone side up. I also used the Cuttlebug A2 Combo Emboss and Die set "With Gratitude" for the "thanks" - that is one of my favorite "go to" cuts for quick cards when I don't use my Cricut.
This type of card is quick and easy to make and if you use the scraps as you finish a project you will soon have a stock of cards that can be used for quick notes or put together in sets for small gifts. It took me less than half an hour to put these together - so it was a nice break. I enjoy working with happy colors, particularly when we are having such a dreary day.
Our son will be going back to college tomorrow - Spring Break is already over. He is taking the train this time which turns out to be a good choice given the weather. I hope the weather is better wherever you are. Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead!