Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Bright and Cheery Thank You

I am really enjoying the Straight From the Nest cartridge.  It is full of all sorts of interesting images - so much more than just birds!

I liked the look of this paisley and decided to use it to make a quick "Thank You" card.

As always, I used Design Studio to help me figure out the sizes and placement of the images on my card.  This screen shot shows my A2 size guideline rectangle and the shapes I would be cutting from the cartridge.

I used this "Thank You" sentiment from the Wild Card cartridge.  The sentiments are sized to fit a card made at the default size on the slider bar so I needed to check "Real Size" to get a true size.

 Here are all of the pieces of my card.  I cut the white card base at 4 1/4 x 11 inches and folded it vertically.  The red cardstock layer is 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches.  I used Core'dinations cardstock for all of the card elements.

There is not a layer for the flower separate from the stem.  I considered cutting a second flower and hand trimming it but then I remembered these string flower brads from Creative Charms.  This LINK will take you to the page for these flowers.  (Be sure to take a look around the site - they have some good specials right now).

The five loops of the string flower fit the five petals of the Cricut cut perfectly.

The brad fastens in the center hole, however, since the hole is oversized, I added some glue dots to hold the flower in place when I assembled the cuts.

 Here is the card with the layers assembled.  The image is oversized and has a big impact - particularly in these strong primary colors.

When I added the sentiment the card was complete but I thought it looked a bit plain.

I used my white Signo gel pen to add some dots on the paisley.  (I would probably be more careful to plan out the positioning or use both dots and lines if I make this card again).

A few more dots in opposite corners finish off the card.  I think I will try this card in some different color combinations.

It is rainy and unseasonably cold here - fortunately they are predicting nice weather for the weekend.  Don't forget to stop over to the Cuttlebug Challenge Blogspot to enter the great giveaway this month - the top prize is a Cricut Cake.  There are just a few days left to enter - you can get all of the details at THIS POST.  You can also have a chance at winning a Gypsy from Scrappy-Go-Lucky - the details and rules are at THIS POST.   Good Luck! 


  1. not only do i love the colors on your card BUT I LOVE the fact that you spell it all out in an easy understandable format and show the mat... THANK YOU! I am a very visual minded person and this is excellent!

  2. Great card, oh I wish I had Straight from the Nest. Thanks once again for all the work you do to make it possible for me to make a fast, beautiful card.


  3. I love this card and I love paisley. Thank you for sharing

  4. Your card is beautiful. I love paisleys. Don't know what it is about them. The string flower is a wonderful finishing touch along with the white pen effects. Nice!

  5. Love the card. Thanks for all the screen shots and the tutorial on how you make your projects. It is very helpful.

  6. I look foward to every one of your posts. You always find such interesting cuts on the cartridges. Especially love the screen shots from DS and how you plan your projects using DS.
    I would LOVE to get SFTN, do you think it will continue to be an HSN exclusive?
    Thank you so much for sharing all your talents!

  7. Great idea! The card is so bright and cheerful and I think the dots add so much...I esepcially like the dots in the corners. Thanks.

  8. Wow the bright card certainly got my attention! I love it. Thank you for the tutorial.

  9. Great card. Bright, happy colours and I think the dots just finish it perfectly!

  10. This is such a pretty, happy card. Love the paisley cut you chose!

  11. Love the paisley cut and the bright colours really bring to life beautifully.
    Kim xXx

  12. I really like the pastel card best but I wish I had Straight From the Nest cart. Love paisleys and thank you for the details you give that are so easy to follow.


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